September 30, 2016

Angst over Deutsche Bank blijft toenemen

Er heerst reeds enige tijd een crisissfeer omtrent één van de belangrijkste banken in Europa, namelijk Deutsche Bank. Diverse crisisscenario’s doken reeds op waarbij het ene al onmogelijker uit te voeren valt dan het andere. Wat wel een zekerheid is, is het belang van deze systeembank voor zowel de Eurozone als de wereldeconomie.

De angst welke nu ook de Duitse politiek heeft bereikt laat er geen twijfel over bestaand dat er wel degelijk enkele zaken aan de hand zijn met Deutsche Bank. Lees meer.

Deutsche Bank Wankelt, Nieuwe Bankcrisis Dreigt - DLM

September 29, 2016

Fuck Staatswiet

Met frisse tegenzin ga ik maar weer eens en aflevering van Oma vertelt tikken. Dit naar aanleiding van de zogenaamd historische dag dat er voor het eerst een meerderheid voor de regulering van wietteelt zou zijn, hetgeen een radicale omslag in het gedoodbeleid (geen tikfout) zou zijn. Kort maar goed: quad non. Het is niet voor het eerst dat een meerderheid een legale vorm van wietteelt overweegt en het voorstel van D66 is allesbehalve radicaal. Die meerderheid was er in 2001 en 2003 ook al maar dat werd aan de kant geschoven door een christenkabinet dat Genesis 29 vers 1 negeert.

Het verbod op wietteelt is jonger dan het algemeen kiesrecht. De teelt van wiet of hennep was verplicht voordat het verboden werd. Lees meer.


D66: Kamermeerderheid voor regulering wietteelt - NRC

Onderzoekers leggen link tussen deodorant en borstkanker

Zweedse onderzoekers hebben een link gelegd tussen het gebruik van deodorant en borstkanker. 

Vrouwen die regelmatig gebruik maken van het verzorgingsproduct met de stof aluminiumchloride, lopen een verhoogd risico, zo luidt de conclusie. Je deodorant meteen vaarwel zeggen hoeft volgens KWF Kankerbestrijding nog niet. Lees meer.


Geen bewijs voor verband gebruik deodorant en borstkanker - Borstkankervereniging
Wetenschappers waarschuwen: stof in deodorant vergroot mogelijk risico borstkanker - RTL

Greek parliament passes new austerity measures

Greek lawmakers have approved controversial economic reforms proposed by the country's creditors in return for financial aid.

The bill was favored by a majority vote in the 300-seat parliament. The new austerity measures aim to cut pension spending and speed up privatizations. The ruling will allow major state assets to be run by a new privatization fund. The fund will take control of public utilities and other assets for 99 years.

The Greek Finance Ministry will appoint the majority of members on the fund's executive board, but the international lenders will appoint its chairman. Meanwhile, rallies were held outside Greece's parliament to protest against the move.


This is not sustainable - eKathimerini
- Randstad Survey: 40% of Greeks Fear Losing Their Job - Greek Reporter

Berlin: Nein to Talks with Greece over Reparations; Nein to Debt Relief before German Elections - PressProject

Kerry threatens to sever all Syria cooperation with Russia

The US holds Russia responsible for the violence in Aleppo and is threatening to break off all cooperation with Moscow in Syria, the State Department said.

Russia is asking the US to live up to its obligation to separate US-backed opposition from terrorists.


John Kerry threatens to end Syria talks with Russia over Aleppo - CBS
Kerry defends diplomacy as Russian-backed forces pound Aleppo (video) - Reuters

Daesh loses control of last oil wells in Iraq

The Iraqi oil ministry has announced that Daesh terrorists no longer control any oil wells in the country. The ministry said the terrorist lost control of last oil wells in Iraq after they were driven out of Shirqat district near the city of Kirkuk.

Iraqi forces retook Shirqat from Daesh terrorists on Thursday. According to oil and security officials, terrorists still control the Najma oilfield near the northern town of Qayyarah; however they cannot reach its producing wells due to the ongoing government offensive and airstrikes.

Last month, Iraqi forces recaptured Qayyarah oilfield in an offensive aimed at liberating Mosul which is the largest city still under Daesh's control.


‘Last one’: Joint war games are over, Duterte tells US citing China concerns

Outspoken Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte has declared that the upcoming set of joint military exercises with the US will be “the last one”, citing possible tensions with China.

Duterte made the remarks during a visit to Vietnam on Wednesday, where he was meeting members of Hanoi’s Filipino community. Read more.


President Duterte’s tough-talk foreign policy - Manila Times
- Damage control after Duterte's tough talk - PhilStar 

September 28, 2016

Congress overrides Obama’s veto of 9/11 bill

Congress on Wednesday voted overwhelmingly to override President Obama’s veto of legislation that would allow 9/11 victims’ families to sue the Saudi Arabian government over its alleged support for the terrorists who carried out the attacks.

It is the first override of Obama’s presidency. Read more.

Washington Post

Congress Votes to Override Obama Veto on 9/11 Victims Bill - NY Times
Capitol Hill overrides Obama's veto on 'Sue the Saudis' 9/11 bill (video) - RT

Debunking 'arm chair blogger' Bellingcat

The MH17 crash has prompted many to launch their own investigations. You might think such investigations require a certain level of experience, but that’s not always the case.


Russian Buk missile producer, radar producer hold presser on MH17 (video) - RT

Russian Buk missile producer, radar producer hold presser on MH17

Russian arms producer Almaz-Antey is commenting on the investigation into the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine on July 17, 2014

The Boeing 777 was en route to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam when it came down. All 298 people on board, including 80 children and 15 crewmembers, were killed.


Karrenvrachten MH17-bewijs in zeven hoofdpunten (video) - NOS
Rusland verwerpt conclusie en wil nieuw MH17-onderzoek - NOS

Dutch Joint Investigation Team Presents First Results of MH17 Crash Probe

The Joint Investigation Team is presenting the initial results of the criminal investigation into the MH17 crash in eastern Ukraine. During the press conference the exact location where the plane was downed and by which weapon will be announced.

The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) consists of Dutch, Australian, Belgian, Ukrainian and Malaysian prosecutors. Read more + video.


Russia rejects downing Malaysia plane, refutes probe findings - PressTV
MH17 shot down by rebels using Buk system brought from Russia – int’l investigators - RT

Int’l investigators allowed Ukraine to fabricate MH17 evidence – Russia - RT
‘Nightmare movie in my head’: Relative of MH17 victims to RT ahead of Dutch report (video) - RT

JIT: Buk-raket vanuit Rusland aangevoerd, 100 betrokkenen in beeld (video) - NOS
OM: BUK die MH17 neerschoot, vanuit Rusland naar rebellengebied gebracht - RTL

Rusland verwerpt conclusie en wil nieuw MH17-onderzoek - NOS

September 27, 2016

Philippines President Duterte ready to open alliances with China & Russia

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has reiterated his intention to distance his country from the US, its former colonial master, saying he is about to pass “the point of no return” with the US.


US to remain close Philippine friend, partner - PhilStar
‘Last one’: Joint war games are over, Duterte tells US citing China concerns - RT

Duterte and the Multipolar Strategy That Shakes Washington - SCF
Philippine President Duterte Trading U.S. Ties For China - Forbes

Before Duterte was the Philippines’ president, he was ‘the Death Squad mayor’ - Washington Post

WHO: Nine of 10 people breathe bad air

The World Health Organization has released a new report showing that nearly everywhere people live, the air is polluted beyond safe levels. Polluted air doesn't just smell bad - it's unhealthy, even life-threatening.

The cause of death for one in nine people who died in 2012 was related to the effects of air pollution - and air pollution is getting worse in many regions, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Read more.


FARC Top Leaders: "The War is Over"

"The war is over," said FARC's top leaders after their conference. Will Colombians vote for the 'YES' in the upcoming and final step towards peace? Read more.


EU suspends FARC from terror list, while US prefers more cautious approach - DW
Colombia’s D-Day+1: FARC demobilization and disarmament to begin - Colombia Reports

Data shows no aerial objects approached MH17 from the east - Russian MoD

There are new details on the fate of the MH17 passenger jet accident, after Russia's Defence Ministry released radar data from the day of 2014 tragedy in Eastern Ukraine.

According to the military, there's no evidence of a missile being fired at the plane from the territory controlled by anti-government forces. Read more.


Russian radar data shows no missile attack on MH17 from rebel side, indicates Ukraine involvement (video) - RT
- Real Reason Behind the Delay of Investigation Into MH17 Crash in Ukraine - Sputnik

Russen komen met radarbeelden MH17: 'Ze willen verwarring zaaien' - RTL
Rusland toont radarbeelden: 'MH17 niet neergehaald vanuit rebellengebied' - Volkskrant

Geheime Buk-tests in Finland - Telegraaf

Al-Nusra commander says US supports jihadists indirectly, provides tanks & artillery via allies

Al-Nusra Front is a terrorist group and the US will never provide it with any aid, said the State Department, reacting to revelations in a German newspaper – while admitting that unnamed US allies might be backing the jihadist militants in Syria. Read more.


"America Is On Our Side": Al-Nusra Commander Tells German Press US Is Arming Jihadists - Zero Hedge
"US trying to topple Assad by backing terrorists" (video) - PressTV

Damascus Has Audio of Daesh Talks With US Military Before Strike on Syrian Army

The Syrian intelligence possesses an audio recording of conversation between Daesh terrorists and US military prior to the Washington-led coalition's airstrikes on the government troops near Deir ez-Zor on September 17, the speaker of the People's Council of Syria said Monday

"The Syrian Army intercepted a conversation between the Americans and Daesh before the air raid on Deir ez-Zor", Hadiya Khalaf Abbas said as quoted by the Al Mayadeen broadcaster. Read more.


Syrie: “Amerikaanse leger voerde overleg met ISIS” (video) - MarketUpdate