October 20, 2017

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Secretive Billionaire Wants to Expand Fossil Fuel Empire in the US

James Ratcliffe, the billionaire owner of the chemical giant Ineos Corporation, is pushing for a dangerous pipeline through Pennsylvania, while the company quietly works to start fracking operations in Scotland and the UK, says Food & Water Watch's Patrick Woodall


- Chemical Billionaire’s Bid for Fossil Fuel Empire: Ineos Corporate Profile - Food & Water Europe  

Spain to impose direct rule as Catalonia leader refuses to back down

Madrid will press ahead with suspending autonomy on Saturday after Catalan leader refuses to abandon independence push

The Spanish government is to suspend Catalonia’s autonomy and impose direct rule after the region’s president refused to abandon the push for independence that has triggered Spain’s biggest political crisis for 40 years. Read more.


- Catalan crisis: EU leaders rule out involvement in crisis - BBC
- Jean-Claude Juncker: EU will respect the result of the Catalan referendum - El Nacional

- Cabinet to meet on Saturday to activate Article 155 in Catalonia - El País
- Madrid prepared to halt Article 155 if Catalan premier calls early elections - El País

- The Catalan crisis is not just about nationalism - Al Jazeera

October 19, 2017

Expanding police power: France approves new restrictive anti-terrorism law

French parliament has passed a new anti-terror law which hands increased powers to the security services.

The bill's already sparked concerns it will reduce freedoms. Read more.


- French parliament adopts controversial anti-terror bill - France24
- France's parliament passes new anti-terror law - RFI

- France takes anti-terror legislation to next level - DW
- French Parliament Advances a Sweeping Counterterrorism Bill - NY Times

Russia sandwiched in Syria between Israel, Iran

MOSCOW — Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu paid a two-day visit this week to Israel — his first as the top Russian military commander. On Oct. 16, Shoigu met in Tel Aviv with Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman and the Israel Defense Forces' Chief of General Staff Gadi Eizenkot. On Tuesday, he was hosted by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Hours before Shoigu landed in Tel Aviv, the Israeli air force destroyed a Syrian army anti-aircraft battery in an alleged retaliation to Damascus firing a missile at Israeli planes while they were on a reconnaissance mission over neighboring Lebanon. Read more.


- Russia agrees to limited Israel demands in Syria - MEM
- Benjamin Netanyahu to Russia: Israel won't allow Iranian presence in Syria - JPost

- Who Will Russia Back in the Next Lebanon War: Israel or Hezbollah? - Haaretz

Philip K Dick's Electric Dreams - Trailer

Big Pharma's Master Plan Pays Off

The biggest drug dealer in the U.S. operates legally and with 80% of opioid pills consumed in the country, Big Pharma shows no sign of slowing. 


100 times stronger than heroin: Fentanyl deaths surge in NYC

The dramatic rise in opioid deaths has devastated communities across the United States.

But one drug in particular is largely to blame for crippling many New York neighborhoods, RT America’s Trinity Chavez explains.


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EU encryption plans hope to stave off ‘backdoors’

EU can help break encrypted messages but countries want more.

The European Union will boost its law enforcement agency and free up funding to help police break encryption for investigations, but the move is unlikely to satisfy Europe’s most powerful governments that want broad access to chat messages and data. Read more.


- EU seeks to decrypt messages in new anti-terror plan - EUobserver
- Senior U.S. legal official meeting UK leaders to tackle online security issues - Reuters

- EU’s plans on encryption: What is needed? - EDRi

- EU pompt half miljoen in politietrainingen voor breken encryptie - RTL
- EU investeert in breken encryptie door politie - Bright.nl

- Wat is het effect van de Brexit op encryptie? - Techzine

Facespook! Social media giant becomes arm of US intel

Facebook, the world’s top social media platform, is reportedly seeking to hire hundreds of employees with US national security clearance licenses.

Purportedly with the aim of weeding out “fake news” and “foreign meddling” in elections. Read more.


- Facebook Is Looking for Employees With National Security Clearances (video) - Bloomberg

October 18, 2017

Turkey-US relationship ‘complicated’: State Department spokesperson

The relationship between Ankara and Washington is “complicated,” State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said on Oct. 17, while adding that the U.S. was optimistic about a resolution, amid a diplomatic crisis between the two allies.

“I think our relationship is – no surprise about this – it’s complicated at some times, as are many of our relationships with countries around the world. Read more.


- US visa crisis to be solved soon: Presidential spokesperson - Hürriyet
- Russia agrees to import 50,000 tons of Turkish tomatoes in December -  Hürriyet

117.5 million people on or below poverty line in EU

Close to a quarter of the entire population of the European Union is living on or below the poverty line. That's according to data just published by the bloc's statistical office, Eurostat.

Campaigners say very high youth unemployment levels in nine EU member states is contributing to the problem. Jerome Hughes reports.


- Downward trend in the share of persons at risk of poverty or social exclusion in the EU - Eurostat

- Poland leads EU states in reducing poverty: Eurostat - Radio Poland
- Bulgarians most endangered by poverty and social exclusion within EU - BNR

World Hunger on the Rise Once Again

Iraqi army takes ‘full control’ of Kirkuk without fight from Kurdish forces

Government forces in Iraq have taken full control of the contested city of Kirkuk without any opposition from Kurdish fighters who had controlled it.

A major advance on Kurdish-held territories came amid tensions that have been mounting in the oil-rich region since Kurds held a referendum on secession. Al Jazeera's Charles Stratford reports from Erbil.

Al Jazeera

- Iraq army takes control of several oil fields in Kirkuk (video) - PressTV
- Kurds lose vital oil fields after Iraqi forces capture Kirkuk (video) - Al Jazeera

- Kurdish Peshmerga forces leave more disputed areas in Iraq (video) - pressTV
- Iraqi forces, Peshmerga fighters exchange artillery fire (video) - PressTV

- The Debate - Kirkuk Tensions (video) - PressTV
- What does the future hold for Iraq's Kurds after territory seized? (video) - Al Jazeera

Big Oil "Environmentalism" - Why Big Oil Conquered The World

...But perhaps the most remarkable thing about Strong, this ubiquitous figure of the 20th century environmental movement, was his background: a Rockefeller-connected millionaire from the Alberta oil patch who divided his time between environmental campaigning and running major oil companies... Full documentary.

Corbett Report

October 17, 2017

Alle handtekeningen voor referendum tapwet binnen

Alle handtekeningen voor een raadgevend referendum over de Wet op de Inlichtingen- en Veiligheidsdiensten zijn afgeleverd bij de Kiesraad. De laatste stapel - zo'n 15.000 - kwam vandaag binnen. Dat heeft Tijn de Vos, een van de initiatiefnemers, laten weten.

In totaal zetten meer dan 407.000 mensen een krabbel voor een volksraadpleging over de zogenoemde Sleepwet. Lees meer.


October 16, 2017

Africa First? US military to spend $5.2bn in the continent in 2018

It's not just eastern Africa suffering from the threat from extremists - it's a problem occurring continent-wide.

Because of that, President Trump's been increasing the US presence, at great expense to American taxpayers.


- France's Areva to cut Niger uranium production on price drop - Reuters
- Welcome to Arlit, the impoverished uranium capital of Africa - African Arguments

- Uranium doet België draaien, maar verwoest Niger - MO
- In dit dorp zag ik de verwoestende gevolgen van het uranium dat in onze kerncentrales wordt verwerkt - Correspondent

De schimmige spelletjes van een topbankier

Wilfred Nagel is met pensioen. Hij was een van de weinige topbankiers die het publieke debat sinds de crisis niet schuwde. Maar van werkelijke openheid was geen sprake, blijkt uit de beerput die hij volgens advocaat Hester Bais achterlaat.

Topbankier Wilfred Nagel leek er wel zin in te hebben om een stap terug te doen. De Chief Risk Officer van de ING had op zijn werkkamer foto’s van zijn zeiljacht aan de muur hangen, zagen de journalisten van Het Financieele Dagblad die hem eind juli interviewden. ‘Op volle zee en in zijn vaste Turkse thuishaven Marmaris,’ schreven ze. Het interview blikte terug op zijn loopbaan als bankier, want Nagel stopte ermee. ‘Van terugkijken kun je leren,’ zei hij. ‘Zeker nu ik de bank verlaat, doe ik dat veelvuldig om lessen te formuleren voor de toekomst van de bank.’ Nagel had er kennelijk schik in, want ook in de Telegraaf sloeg hij op hetzelfde moment in een groot interview aan het reflecteren. Lees meer (betaalmuur/proefperiode).