December 31, 2013

NSA Interception: Spy malware installed on laptops bought online



If you're considering buying a new laptop online, you might want to think twice ... because US intelligence agencies are reportedly planting bugs on them before they reach their destination. German news magazine Der Spiegel says there is a special NSA unit dedicated to the task.

RT's Peter Oliver has more. For even more on this spy story, let's cross live to London and talk to Jim Killock from the Open Rights Group.

RT

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NSA's Secret Toolbox: Unit Offers Spy Gadgets for Every Need

The NSA has a secret unit that produces special equipment ranging from spyware for computers and cell phones to listening posts and USB sticks that work as bugging devices. Here are some excerpts from the intelligence agency's own catalog.

When agents with the NSA's Tailored Access Operations (TAO) division want to infiltrate a network or a computer,.. Read more.

Spiegel

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- NSA Interception: Spy malware installed on laptops bought online (video) - RT

December 29, 2013

Premier Mas admits EU will expel an independent Catalonia

Government would look for other alternatives “outside the treaties,” says regional leader

For the first time since heated debate broke out over Catalonia’s proposed independence referendum next year, regional premier Artur Mas, who is pushing for the status vote, has admitted that his northeast region would be ejected from the European Union if it seceded from Spain. Read more.

El País

Gov’t prepares for troika talks as EU presidency looms

Amid a tense political climate, and with the country’s assumption of the European Union’s rotating presidency looming, government officials are already preparing for the return of troika officials in the middle of next month, Kathimerini understands.

Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras, whom Prime Minister Antonis Samaras has.. Read more.

Ekathimerini

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Inside TAO: Documents Reveal Top NSA Hacking Unit

The NSA's TAO hacking unit is considered to be the intelligence agency's top secret weapon. It maintains its own covert network, infiltrates computers around the world and even intercepts shipping deliveries to plant back doors in electronics ordered by those it is targeting.

In January 2010, numerous homeowners in San Antonio, Texas, stood baffled in front of their closed garage doors. Read more.

Spiegel

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NSA surveillance eroded transatlantic trust - DW

Clashes renew at Azhar University - State TV

CAIRO, Dec 29 (Aswat Masriya) - Clashes erupted on Sunday morning between security forces and students near the main entrance to Azhar University's dormitory, state television reported.

Students went to the university to take their mid-term exams amid tight security.. Read more.

Aswat Masriya

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'US, UK media are slaves of security apparatus' - Greenwald



Journalist Glenn Greenwald condemned the mainstream media during an address at a German computer conference on Friday and accused his colleagues of failing to challenge erroneous remarks routinely made by government officials around the globe. Read more.

RT

December 28, 2013

Bitcoin 2012 London: Richard Stallman



Richard Stallman's talk on "Digital Freedom: the context for Bitcoin" at the London Bitcoin Conference 2012.

'Orwell's 1984 a fairytale compared to reality': Snowden delivers Xmas message



NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has delivered his 'Alternative Christmas Message' via a British TV channel.

The whistleblower called for an end to mass spying by governments, stating that a child born today will have "no conception of privacy." Read more.

RT

Revolution OS


2001

While Microsoft may be the biggest software company in the world, not every computer user is a fan of their products, or their way of doing business. While Microsoft's Windows became the most widely used operating system for personal computers in the world, many experts took issue with Microsoft's strict policies regarding licensing, ownership, distribution, and alteration of their software.

The objections of many high-profile technology experts, most notably Richard Stallman, led to what has become known as "the Open Source Movement," which is centered on the belief that computer software should be free both in the economic and intellectual senses of the word. Read more.


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Bang: Linux+Openbox

Linux met Openbox als windowsmanager is een lichtgewicht besturingssysteem geschikt voor minicomputers als de Raspberry PiPanda en BeagleBoard, oude computers of nieuw met een lagere processorkracht. Op krachtige computers loopt Linux met Openbox zeer snel. 

Het lichtgewicht besturingssysteem is erop gericht om zo weinig mogelijk eisen te stellen aan de hardware en is geschikt om ieder softwareprogramma te draaien zolang de hardware dit aankan.

Omdat de installatie van Openbox meer tijd en kennis vereist dan een standaard Linux installatie zijn er in de afgelopen jaren enkele iso' s verschenen die een 'kant en klare' Linux Openbox installatie met een aantal basisvoorzieningen leveren. Na deze installatie moet je nog wel zelf een selectie aan programma's installeren voor tekst, web, mail, etc. waarin een ruim aanbod is.
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Crunchbang
Van de hier drie genoemde versies is Crunchbang, gebaseerd op Debian, de meest gebruikers- en privacyvriendelijke versie. De installatie is menugestuurd en zonder full disk encryptie in 15 min. voltooid.

Met full disk encryptie duurt de installatie vele uren langer. Dit komt omdat de harde schijf word volgschreven met willekeurige data zodat het begin en einde van de encryptie moeilijker traceerbaar is. Ter vergelijking, het volschrijven van een 320GB harde schijf kan 7-10 uur of langer duren. Het is mogelijk dit overschrijven tijdens de installatie af te breken (cancel), je harde schijf is dan nog steeds encrypted, maar de encryptie is makkelijker traceerbaar.

Let op bij de installatie van encryptie dat de /boot ook bootable is ingesteld. Het installatieprogramma lijkt dit te vergeten en je moet zelf de bootable flag bij /boot op 'yes' instellen. Voor het overige kan je deze Crunchbang installatie met 'gesloten ogen' uitvoeren.

Na de installatie start bij de eerste boot het 'cb-welcome' script automatisch op en begeleid je in een verdere installatie. Het eerste gedeelte bestaat uit een aantal basisvoorzieningen zoals een systeemupdate, java, LibreOffice, etc. Het tweede gedeelte biedt de mogelijkheid om development tools te installeren zoals LAMP, Apache, MySQL, PHP, etc.

Openbox gebruikt het ob-menu als programmamenu. Dit is een tekstmenu zonder iconen, die je met een rechtermuisklik in beeld brengt. Het ob-menu houdt niet automatisch bij welke programma's je installeert of verwijdert. Dit moet je zelf bijwerken, wat snel en eenvoudig verloopt via het ob-menu programma (GUI Menu Editor) of door de menu.xml file te editen.

Het is ook mogelijk om een pipe-menu aan te maken die bijhoud wat je aan programma's installeert en verwijderd, maar het programmeren van deze pipe-menu's is niet eenvoudig. Via het internet zijn verschillende pipe-menu's te downloaden, zoals voor het uitlezen van je email, nieuwsbronnen en meer.

Crunchbang biedt een complete installatie voor de gemiddelde en gevorderde gebruiker en is zeer geschikt om de overstap naar Linux te maken.
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Archbang
Archbang is gebaseerd op Arch Linux en gericht op een lichtgewicht besturingssysteem en de gevorderde Linuxgebruiker. In tegenstelling tot Arch Linux waarin de installatie via de terminal plaatsvind, verloopt de installatie van Archbang wel menugestuurd, eenvoudig en snel.

Archbang biedt helaas geen encryptie tijdens de installatie, wat een gemiste kans is in deze tijd, maar wel enigzins past bij hun benadering. Voor full disk encryptie installeer je de standaard Arch Linux via deze instructies, gevolgd door Openbox. Deze procedure is voor een ervaren computergebruiker redelijk makkelijk te doorgronden en duurt een eerste installatie 2-3 uur. Het venijn zit in de laatste stap, het aanbrengen van wijzigingen in de GRUB bootloader waarop heel wat gebruikers vastlopen.

Het grafische comfort welke je in Crunchbang aantreft om allerlei instellingen via menu's te regelen is in Archbang achterwege gelaten en moet je dit zelf via commando's in de terminal regelen of door files te editen. Na de installatie ben je met Archbang dan ook meer tijd kwijt met het instellen. De support hiertoe vind je in de ArchWiki en forum. Het eindresultaat beloont deze inspanning wel, want Archbang verbruikt met amper 105 MB ram het minste geheugen en is het meest snel van deze drie Linux versies.

Archbang maakt gebruik van het ob-menu, maar heeft tevens een obmenu-generator geinstalleerd die de installatie en verwijdering van programma' s bijhoud. Hierdoor is het niet meer mogelijk wijzigingen in het menu aan te brengen via het ob-menu programma of menu.xml te editen, maar via andere files.
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Madbox
De laatste versies van Ubuntu One, gebaseerd op Debian, zijn naar mijn mening te zwaar geworden in systeemeisen en ook te commercieel. In het Ubuntu One hoofdmenu worden je zoekopdrachten geregistreerd door Canonical en verhandeld aan commerciele partijen als Amazon en word er ook reclame getoond.

Madbox is een remix gebaseerd op Ubuntu 12.04 en maakt waar waaraan Ubuntu voorbij is geschoten. Madbox is met een iso van 375 MB compact, voor Ubuntu/Debian snel en ziet er grafisch in alle eenvoud goed uit.

De installatie verloopt menugestuurd, is eenvoudig en voorziet in encryptie van de persoonlijke data in de /home en swapfile.

Naast het ob-menu heeft Madbox ook een traditioneel programma menu geinstalleerd die automatisch je geinstalleerde programma's bijwerkt. Ook Madbox is geschikt voor een overstap naar Linux.
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Drie Linux versies die aantonen dat 'minder beter is' en het waard is om over te stappen van dure commerciele software, die snelle en dure hardware vereisen en ook meer energie verbruiken, naar Linux die gratis is, lagere systeemeisen stelt, energiezuinig is, betere privacy bescherming door o.a. encryptie, nauwelijks virussen kent, beter beveiligd is en een groot aanbod aan gratis software voor zeer veel toepassingen ter beschikking heeft.

November 22, 2013

UN warns of deteriorating Gaza humanitarian situation

GAZA CITY (AFP) -- The humanitarian situation in Gaza has deteriorated one year after a truce that ended fighting between Israel and the Hamas rulers of the Palestinian enclave, UN officials said Thursday.

"After 12 months the initial hopes for a significant improvement on the ground have not been realized,".. Read more.

Ma'an

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Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

Israeli forces launched 8 air strikes on the Gaza Strip. 3,500 chicks and 15 sheep died in Israeli raids on poultry and sheep farms in Khan Yunis.

Israeli forces have continued to open fire at the border areas in the Gaza Strip, but no casualties were reported. Read more.

PCHR

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Cleansing Nazareth: Israeli mayor turns racism to social policy



Nazareth Illit in Israel is a multi-ethnic community of Jews, Arabs and Christians. But the mayor is very open about his desire to change that, and his openly racist views were no barrier to his reelection.

RT's Paula Slier takes a look.

RT

November 21, 2013

Greek PM heads to Berlin for meeting with Merkel

In Berlin, Samaras to highlight progress, warn against more austerity

Prime Minister Antonis Samaras is to meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Friday and is expected to underline Greece’s progress in implementing economic reforms while also stressing his government’s inability to impose further painful austerity measures in an increasingly tense political climate. Read more.

Ekathimerini

Bulgarian Protests: Students Determined to Overthrow System

For months on end, furious Bulgarian protestors have been gathering in front of parliament in Sofia to accuse the government of corruption and demand its resignation.

The latest unrest began when Bulgaria's new government tried to appoint controversial media mogul Deylan Peevski to head the national security agency in June. Read more.

Novinite

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On 160th day of demonstration, Bulgaria’s largest trade union joins student-led protests - Euronews

Germany Received 29,000 Immigrants from Bulgaria in H1, 2013

In the first half of 2013, a total of 555,000 people immigrated to Germany according to provisional results of the Federal Statistics Office.

Germany's Federal Statistical Office reported an 11% year-on-year increase in German immigration numbers in the first half of the year. Read more.

Novinite

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£1,430,000,000,000 (that's £1.43 trillion): Britain's personal debt timebomb

Britain faces a timebomb as the cost of living crisis forces more people into crippling debt they will not be able to repay, according to a major study published today.

The Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) think tank, founded by Iain Duncan Smith in 2004, warned that.. Read more.

Independent

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Ukraine scraps plan to sign historic pact with European Union

Ukraine has said it is suspending preparations to sign a landmark trade and political pact with the European Union.

It comes after parliament rejected legislation to free jailed ex-prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko. Read more.

DW

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Near Zero: ECB Interest Rate Cuts Hit Savings Hard

As the European Central Bank pushes interest rates to a new low, Germans are growing increasingly concerned about their savings. The money in their accounts is losing value and life insurance policies are yielding lower returns.

Investors and central bankers feel trapped. Read more.

Spiegel

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Second consecutive interest rate cut as economy cools

Chile’s quarterly GDP growth exceeds estimates with a 4.7 percent hike compared to last year, while internal demand and investment rates disappoint.

After 21 months of leaving them unchanged,.. Read more.

Santiago Times

Police clash with student protesters in Santiago

Chilean police have clashed with hundreds of middle and secondary school students who were protesting against an annual exam they say does not take diversity into account.

About 500 students aged between the ages of 13 and 18 clashed with police on Wednesday,.. Read more.

PressTV

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Harper’s love affair with Zionism

Most Canadians have at one time or another heard the dubious platitude that Canada is an “honest broker” and a “peacekeeper” when it comes to international affairs.

This widely held view is one of the grand myths that are repeated time and again in mainstream political discourse in this country. Read more.

PressTV

France Asks Palestinians to Give Up Right of Return



Shir Hever: French President Hollande suggests Palestinians give up right of return in exchange for Israel ceasing new settlement construction.

TRNN

Spanish birth defect victims win damages from German drug maker

A court in Spain has ruled that German pharmaceutical company Grünenthal must compensate people born with birth defects in the 1960s due to the drug thalidomide.

The company must pay at least 20,000 euros to each victim. Read more.

DW

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Spanish students protest against education reform



In Spain, hundreds of students took to the streets of Madrid to protest against the education reform enacted by the government of Mariano Rajoy, the protesters see this as an attack on education.

teleSUR

Farmers block highways leading into Paris to protest rising taxes



In France, farmers have protested rising taxes by blocking roads around the capital Paris. The angry farmers say they are fed up with what they call over-taxation. This they say includes the so-called "eco-tax" placed on road freights. The farmers believe the measure will lead to the loss of thousands of jobs.

Some are also against a government decision to focus on EU subsidies on poorer livestock farmers. Rising taxes have been a source of growing anger in France. Several violent anti-tax protests have erupted throughout the country during the past weeks. At least one fireman was killed in one of the incidents. Read more.

PressTV

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Thousands of trucks block French roads in tax protest - France24

November 20, 2013

Home Front: NATO to 'keep itself busy' in Europe after Afghan pullback



NATO may be gradually withdrawing from Afghanistan, but the Alliance is making sure its troops are kept busy elsewhere.

Officials say military exercises on an unprecedented scale will take place in Europe over the coming years.

RT

November 19, 2013

Bitcoin skyrockets to $900 amid Senate scrutiny



The value of Bitcoin skyrocketed to a new record of $900. The price of the digital currency has now tripled since last month and this latest surge came thanks to some high power support from within the US. 

RT

Bitcoins: digitaal geld van de toekomst?

Bitcoins: heeft u ze al? De virtuele munteenheid is bezig aan een enorme opmars. Ze bestaan alleen op het internet, maar je kunt er wel in de echte wereld spullen of diensten mee betalen.

Verscheidene Amerikaanse toezichthouders in de Senaat verklaren nu dat de bitcoin een legitiem financieel instrument is. Lees meer + video.

EenVandaag

China's heating companies seek alternatives to coal



During the winter, heating in China is heavily dependent on coal-fired plants. But together with car emissions, coal has become the leading cause of acid rain and toxic air pollution in the country.

So, CCTV reporter Guan Yang went to find out if there was any way to cut down on coal and still keep people warm.

CCTV

Pentagon guilty of billion-dollar accounting fraud, reveals Reuters investigation

A new report from Reuters has discovered widespread accounting fraud at the Pentagon, describing a budget of more than $8 trillion disappearing into a mess of corrupted data, erroneous reports, and unauditable ledgers.

Sources from the Department of Finance and Accounting describe.. Read more.

The Verge

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At Least 23 Martyrs in Two Explosions near Iranian Embassy in Beirut

At least 23 people were killed and 146 were injured in two explosions that hit south of Beirut near the Iranian embassy.

Among the martyrs was the Iranian embassy cultural Adviser, Sheikh Ibrahim Al-Ansari, Iranian Ambassador in Lebanon Ghadanfar Roknabadi confirmed. Read more + video.

Al Manar

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Syria min. blames KSA, PG states, Israel for Beirut blasts - PressTV

ECB won’t include public debt in bank asset quality review

Public debt holdings will not be classified as risky assets in the examination of the asset quality review of the European banks to be conducted by the European Central Bank (ECB), ECB governing council member Yves Mersch said Monday.

However, Mersch said no decision has yet been taken on the treatment of public debt.. Read more.

El País

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Brussels asks Spain for more fiscal adjustment to meet deficit obligations - El País
Europe endorses Spain’s exit from bailout program - El País

Libyan capital back to normal as army deploys

Libyan army units take up positions around the city as militia fighters pull out.

Libyan army troops have swept into the capital in an operation to drive out militiamen after days of violence. Read more + video.

Al Jazeera

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November 18, 2013

Court Grants Bail to 3 Russians From Jailed Greenpeace Group

MOSCOW, November 18 (RIA Novosti) – A Russian court ruled Monday to grant bail to three people out of the Greenpeace group that was detained in September for mounting a protest against oil drilling in the Arctic Sea.

A judge at Kalininsky District Court in St. Petersburg set the bail for freelance photographer Denis Sinyakov,.. Read more.

RIA Novosti

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Bitcoin = Drug trade? Angry US govt seeks to curb alternative currency



The renegade crypto-currency that's used to avoid the watchful eye of financial authorities, has made history yet again. Bitcoin's value surged past 500 dollars this weekend after months of steady growth.

But as the currency is scoring more and more points it keeps raising eyebrows in Washington, as Gayane Chichakyan reports.

RT

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TEPCO starts removing fuel rods from Fukushima No. 4 reactor

TOKYO — Workers at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant on Monday began moving fuel rods from a reactor building, in their most difficult and dangerous task since a tsunami crippled the facility in 2011.

Operator Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) said it had begun the process.. Read more.

Japan Today

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Netanyahu to Hollande: Israel will not be bound by 'bad' agreement on Iran

Prime Minister says a good deal would dismantle Iran's ability to prepare fissile material for a nuclear bomb; French president says France demands guarantees Iran will abandon nuclear weapons program.

Israel will not be bound by a “bad agreement” with Iran,.. Read more.

JPost

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Sunday Times: Israel, Saudi Arabia cooperating to plan possible Iran attack

Saudis would allow Israel use of air space and provide drones, rescue helicopters and tanker planes, report says.

Israel and Saudia Arabia are secretly working together on plans for a possible attack.. Read more.

Haaretz

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European Students Union Endorses Sofia University Occupation

The European Students' Union has sent a message in support of Bulgarian students who have occupied lecture halls across the country, most notably the main building of Sofia University.

The ESU statement stresses on students' right to.. Read more.

Novinite

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Controversy continues over ultra-nationalist ‘civil patrols’, while Sofians march against fascism

The “civil patrols” by Bulgarian ultra-nationalist group National Unity will continue in capital city Sofia on November 18, leader Boyan Rasate told public broadcaster Bulgarian National Television.

His statement came on the same day that an ultra-nationalist march calling for.. Read more.

Sofia Globe

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November 17, 2013

Three Million More in Poverty than Previously Estimated



Census reveals new poverty figures near 50 million.

TRNN

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Klay BBJ explains his arrest



Tunisia Live's Nissaf Slama interviews rapper Klay BBJ on his music, arrest, and release from prison.

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Red Ice TV - Symbolism in Logos



This episode was filmed in Bath and Bristol, England featuring special guests such as Michael Tsarion, Neil Hague, Ralph Ellis, Leo Rutherford, Neil Kramer, Dan Tatman and Peter Taylor.

We also interview a priest, university students, teachers and of course a couple random pub interviews. We begin the show discussing the symbolism of two major corporations, Starbucks and Apple. What is really being said in logos?

Red Ice Creations

November 16, 2013

Schrijver Tomas Ross' nieuwe complot

De tijden van Big Brother lijken definitief te zijn aangebroken: onze sporen op het internet worden bijgehouden en onze telefoongesprekken worden afgeluisterd.

In Twee Dingen een week lang gesprekken over Big Brother. Met in deze uitzending Tomas Ross. Lees meer + audio.

Radio 1

Meet Lee Harvey Oswald, Sheep-Dipped Patsy



In this week's special documentary episode of the podcast, we explore the life and legend of Lee Harvey Oswald. Was he a poor, disgruntled loner or an overachieving marine? A presidential assassin or a sheep-dipped patsy?

Find out in this week's edition of The Corbett Report.

Corbett Report

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China to ease one-child policy

BEIJING, Nov. 15 (Xinhua) -- China will loosen its decades-long one-child population policy, allowing couples to have two children if one of them is an only child, according to a key decision issued on Friday by the Communist Party of China (CPC).

China will implement this new policy while adhering to the basic state policy of family planning,.. Read more.

Xinhua

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Bytes & Bars: Hacktivist gets 10 yrs for passing info to Wikileaks



A cyber-activist behind a massive exposé on a US private intelligence firm that spied for the government, has been sentenced to ten years behind bars.

The case though, was anything but clear-cut, and is being described as a warning shot to whistleblowers.

RT

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Civilian injuries from NATO explosives on the rise in Afghanistan

So far this year, 240 civilians in Afghanistan have been either killed or injured by explosives - an increase of over 30% from 2012.

Over the last decade, NATO troops have dropped tens of thousands of bombs and laid out landmines throughout the country, many of which remain undetonated. Read more + video.

France24

Why Did France Thwart The Iran nuclear deal?



Robert Parry: France was pursuing its own economic, regional interests in thwarting the nuke deal with Iran.

TRNN

World powers, Iran may reach nuclear deal next week, says top U.S. official

Netanyahu presses France not to weaken on Iran; Israeli officials wage aggressive campaign in Washington to block the agreement.

The world powers and Iran may reach an agreement over the Islamic Republic's nuclear program as early as next week, a senior U.S. official said Friday. Read more.

Haaretz

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Netanyahu urges France not to weaken on Iran talks - JPost
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Iran putting brakes on nuclear expansion under Rouhani: IAEA report

(Reuters) - Since Hassan Rouhani became president, Iran has stopped expanding its uranium enrichment capacity, a U.N. inspection report showed on Thursday, in a potential boost for diplomacy to end Tehran's nuclear dispute with the West.

The quarterly report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) also said.. Read more.

Reuters

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14 injured as Israeli forces disperse West Bank protests

JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces dispersed a weekly nonviolent protest in the Qalqiliya village of Kafr Qaddum on Friday, injuring at least 14 Palestinians.

Four people were hit by rubber-coated bullets.. Read more + photos.

Ma'an

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Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

2 Palestinian civilians were killed by Israeli forces at military checkpoints in the West Bank. 2 Palestinian civilians were wounded by Israeli forces in border areas in the Gaza Strip.

Israeli forces have continued to use excessive force against peaceful protesters in the West Bank. Read more.

PCHR

Army Carries Out Two Airstrikes In Gaza

Gaza – Thursday evening November 14, 2013, Palestinian sources have reported that the Israeli Air Force carried out two separate airstrikes targeting what appeared to be open areas in Gaza city and Beit Hanoun.

The sources said that an Israeli F16 jet fired missiles targeting.. Read more.

IMEMC

Sewage floods Gaza streets as lack of fuel plunges strip into darkness

BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Sewage has flooded the streets of a central Gaza City neighborhood as an ongoing fuel shortage and the shut down of the besieged region's sole functioning power plant has caused the failure of the strip's main waste water treatment plant.

Residents of the al-Sabra neighborhood in al-Zaytoun in central Gaza City.. Read more.

Ma'an

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Gharghour death toll rises to 37

Thirty seven people are now said to have been killed in the Gharghour shootings and at least 225 wounded, according to Tripoli SSC head, Hashim Bishr.

Nine of the dead had been taken to Tripoli Medical Centre when 25 people were being treated for their injuries. Read more.

Libya Herald

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Jadhran launches new Cyrenaican oil company, mocks Zeidan’s ten-day deadline - Libya Herald

C.I.A. Collects Global Data on Transfers of Money

WASHINGTON — The Central Intelligence Agency is secretly collecting bulk records of international money transfers handled by companies like Western Union — including transactions into and out of the United States — under the same law that the National Security Agency uses for its huge database of Americans’ phone records, according to current and former government officials.

The C.I.A. financial records program, which the officials said was authorized by provisions in the Patriot Act.. Read more.

NY Times

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November 15, 2013

Bulgarian Anti-Govt Protesters Turn to Banksy for 'Support'

A picture from the Bulgarian antigovernment rally on Tuesday, when violent clashes with riot police occurred, has been published on one of Facebook pages of popular graffiti artist Banksy.

The picture, made by photographer Anton Stankov, shows a.. Read more.

Novinite

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Outstanding Spanish public debt hits new record high in September

Obligations were equivalent to 93.4 percent of GDP, just under government target for full year

Spain’s public debt climbed sharply in September to a new record high of 954.863 billion euros, casting doubt about the government’s ability to meet its target for the end of the year. Read more.

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Anti-austerity protests continue in Greece



The ousted employees of Greece's former national broadcaster ERT join state teachers on this mass mobilization against relentless austerity policing in the crisis-afflicted EU member state.

So far this year, the government has shut down ERT, thus ousting 2.600 state media employees.. Read more.

PressTV

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EU approves 2014 budget 7% lower; 62bn Euros to stimulate growth and jobs

The European Union has clinched a deal on a sharply trimmed 2014 budget after a marathon 16-hour session ending a long dispute over how best to spend taxpayers' money.

After decades of growth, next year's EU budget is set to be around 7% lower than this year's at 135.5 billion Euros in contributions by member states. Read more.

MercoPress

Exit Clause: Merkel's Partners Want Broke Countries Out of Euro

Chancellor Angela Merkel wants the next government to be unified on its EU policy, but her sister party is resorting to populism. 

Bavaria's Christian Social Union wants tougher provisions against deficit offenders and the ability to drive them out of the euro zone. Read more.

Spiegel

Curaçao Calls For Help Against Organized Crime

WILLEMSTAD – The Government of Curacao request assistance from the Netherlands and the other islands in the Dutch Kingdom to begin an offensive attack against organized crime.

This is according to the Minister of Justice, Nelson Navarro. Read more.

Curaçao Chronicle

November 14, 2013

Report Pretu: Navarro Will Not Resign

WILLEMSTAD – The Minister of Justice, Nelson Navarro, is accountable in Parliament for the death of Luigi ‘Pretu’ Florentina and the investigation surrounding this case.

Pretu was the second suspect in the murder of the late political leader and Member of Parliament, Helmin Wiels. Read more.

Curaçao Chronicle

Wiels: ‘They Try To Make Me Politically Dead’

WILLEMSTAD – Minister Plenipotentiary Marvelyne Wiels denies the speculations about nepotism, resume fraud and she invented a top job at the ABN AMRO Bank.

The minister was under fire this afternoon at a press conference in Fort Amsterdam where the Prime Minister Ivar Asjes was also present. Read more.

Curaçao Chronicle

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Suriname Probes Leader's Son over U.S. Hizbullah Charges

Suriname has launched a formal investigation into the son of President Desi Bouterse after he was charged by U.S. authorities with attempting to funnel weapons to Hizbullah, officials said Thursday.

Dino Bouterse is currently in U.S. custody following his extradition from Panama in August. Read more.

Naharnet

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Nog veel onduidelijkheid voortgang goudovereenkomst

PARAMARIBO - Er is nog erg veel onduidelijkheid over de voortgang van de goudovereenkomst die de Surinaamse Staat met Surgold, de joint venture tussen Suralco en de Amerikaanse multinational Newmont Mining Corporation, van plan is aan te gaan.

Volgens president Desiré Bouterse heeft hij de overeenkomst.. Lees meer.

NoSpang

Threats of violence continue to cast shadow over Colombia’s press freedom

December 17, 1986: a voice is silenced. Machine gun fire shatters the stillness of the cold Bogota night. Motorcycle tires rip the pavement, leaving wisps of smoke in its wake. The director of newspaper El Espectador, Guillermo Cano, slumps over in his car, eyes unfocused, as the pools of blood darken around his motionless body.

Cano’s story serves as a reference point for journalists. Read more.

Colombia Reports

Full FARC amnesty against international law: former ICC prosecutor

A possible amnesty for FARC guerrillas would violate Colombia’s commitments to international law, said a former chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in Bogota on Wednesday.

The International Criminal Court (ICC) is a top-level international court based out of The Hague in Belgium,.. Read more.

Colombia Reports

New U de Chile leader for free education, against all parties

Melissa Sepúlveda of the group Luchar wins leadership of FECh, plans to continue emblematic student federation’s support of free education with fierce autonomy

Universidad de Chile students voted to end Izquierda Autónoma’s (AI) two-year reign of its influential student federation Wednesday,.. Read more.

Santiago Times

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Repression, the only answer given by Chile's government to the Mapuche



The Mapuche's struggle to claim their lands is likely to influence the results of the coming elections in Chile.

After exhausting all the legal parameters to advance their rights, the only answer that they received from the government of this country was repression.

teleSUR

Heroin Capital: Afghan opium sets global drug supply record



Opium farmers in Afghanistan are expecting a record harvest this year - bringing huge profits for warlords and heroin traffickers. Poppy production continues to spread at a staggering pace, with some growers claiming government officials are taking a cut from the lucrative business.

Let's cross live now to Kabul, to talk to Jean-Luc Lemahieu - he's the head of the UN drug control agency in Afghanistan and neighboring countries.

RT

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November 13, 2013

NATO extends Patriots' deployment term in Turkey

NATO officials believe the threat that might originate from Syria continued

BRUSSELS - NATO officials have decided to extend the term for deployment of patriot missile batteries in Turkey as they believe the threat that might originate from Syria continued. Read more.

AA

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Syrian army continues to gain ground in fight against militants



This is Hujaira town just a few kilometers south of the capital Damascus. Overlooking Seyeda Zaineb shrine and the highway to the international airport, the town transformed from being a commercial hub for the shrine visitor to an insurgents' stronghold and now it is the scene of the Syrian army's latest operation.

The fight in Hujaira had its challenges.. Read more.

PressTV

Syrian rebels attack own neighborhoods and kill innocent children



Armed groups in Syria, which have been thwarted by the military, are directing mortar attacks on their own neighborhoods in the capital Damascus. 

Their actions have left several dead including children.

teleSUR

Bangladesh garment factories close amid violent protests

(Reuters) - Violent protests shuttered some 250 Bangladesh garment factories near the capital Dhaka on Wednesday, as thousands of workers demanded higher wages at the outlets providing cheap clothing for retailers such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

Striking workers clashed with police for a third successive day,.. Read more.

Reuters

Study finds drug industry 'exaggerated' swine flu risks for profit

Large pharmaceutical companies are in business to make money, just like every other large corporation. So, when a new study published in BMJ finds the drug industry exaggerated the risk of swine flu (H1N1) and in turn made billions of dollars, we really shouldn’t be surprised.

According to the study “Academics and competing interests in H1N1 influenza medial reporting,”.. Read more.

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Mortgage defaults up while personal credit defaults drop

The number of Portuguese families who are not managing to pay their loans fell in September to a total of 658,900, but the number who are finding it tough to pay their mortgages is increasing, according to data compiled by Lusa News Agency from Bank of Portugal data.

These latest figures mean that the number of families in default dropped by.. Read more.

Portugal News

Slovenia a bailout candidate?

Slovenia's central bank chief, Bostjan Jazbec, has said he cannot rule out a bailout request from his struggling country as recession is deeper than expected.

He urged speedier reforms in the eurozone nation. Read more + video.

DW

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Alarm Bells: Tough economic times in France raising suicide rate among farmers



The tough economic times have ruined many lives, and it seems in France, they've taken them too. A recent report cites an alarming rate of suicide among farmers.

Tesa Arcilla traveled to one of the worst hit regions.

RT

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Cutting Antibiotics: Denmark Leads Way in Healthier Pig Farming

Many tons of antibiotics are administered every year to chickens and pigs in Europe, a trend that encourages the rise of drug-resistant microbes. 

But Denmark has shown how farmers can be made to abandon this policy of dangerous over-medication. Read more.

Spiegel

After uproar, Netanyahu orders stop to West Bank housing tenders

U.S. demands explanations from Israel; Palestinians threaten to call off peace talks.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered to halt potential construction of about 24,000 homes in the West Bank, including housing tenders for the contentious E-1 area outside Jerusalem. Read more.

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Conspiracy theories? No one does it better than West’s elite

For a long time elite establishment gatekeepers in the West have scoffed at that those who claim Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was poisoned. As to those who claimed he was poisoned by Israel - well-of course they're crazy conspiracy theorists!

Yet these same people who ridiculed the idea of Arafat’s poisoning are.. Read more.

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ILL BILL - Society Is Brainwashed


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November 12, 2013

Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak could be released as early as this week

Move would follow expected lifting of state of emergency that was put into place in the summer.

Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, who was forced from power in 2011 after a popular uprising broke out against him,.. Read more.

JPost

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State Dept. 'surprised' by Israeli announcement || U.S. demands Israel explain plans for 20,000 new West Bank homes

State Department expresses 'deep concern' over construction tenders, says Washington does 'not recognize the legitimacy of settlements.'

Palestinian President Abbas threatens to call off peace talks. Read more.

Haaretz

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Andrew Huszar: Confessions of a Quantitative Easer

We went on a bond-buying spree that was supposed to help Main Street. Instead, it was a feast for Wall Street.

I can only say: I'm sorry, America. As a former Federal Reserve official, I was responsible for executing the centerpiece program of the Fed's first plunge into the bond-buying experiment known as quantitative easing. Read more.

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Vinnie Paz - You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train


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Libyan militia alliance to start selling oil



Announcement comes as sources of revenue continue to slip out of central government's coffers, especially in the east.

A coalition of Libyan militias has announced it will sell oil from a terminal it controls, as more sources of revenue continue to slip out of the Ali Zeidan-government's coffers. Read more.

Al Jazeera

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Iran nuclear deal key to political solution in Syria

US Secretary of State John Kerry provided an upbeat assessment of the marathon talks held in Geneva between the P5+1 countries and Iran on a nuclear agreement, saying the negotiators made “significant progress” and that “we are closer now, as we leave Geneva, than we were when we came.”

A follow-up meeting is scheduled at the political directors level for Nov. 20. Read more.

Al Monitor

Iran, IAEA Sign Roadmap to Resolve Remaining Issues

TEHRAN (FNA)- Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Yukiya Amano and Head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi today signed a joint statement today which presents a roadmap for future cooperation to resolve the remaining issues between the two sides.

According to the statement, the IAEA and Iran agreed today, 11 November 2013, to strengthen their cooperation and dialogue aimed at.. Read more.

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Air pollution surprises Iranians living in Tehran

Air pollution hits Tehran early this year. Although Iranians have to deal with increase amounts of air pollution during winter in the capital, this air pollution has started in the autumn season.

Since Saturday the government has closed elementary schools and has advised offices to close almost 2 hrs early due to the increase in air pollution. Read more + video.

PressTV

Greenpeace: Bulgaria 1st in Europe by Air Pollution

The highest in Europe air pollution with sulfur dioxide and fine dust particles per produced kWh of electricity has been registered in Bulgaria, according to the Bulgarian office of the international eco-organization Greenpeace.

Greenpeace cited Monday their own research report. Read more.

Novinite

How Zinc Starves Lethal Bacteria to Stop Infection

Nov. 11, 2013 — Australian researchers have found that zinc can 'starve' one of the world's most deadly bacteria by preventing its uptake of an essential metal.

The finding, by infectious disease researchers at the University of Adelaide and The University of Queensland,.. Read more.

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Quarter of patients who died in 2011 had hospital bug

According to the latest report from the national health board, a quarter of hospital patients who died in 2011 had picked up a hospital infection, but it is “impossible” to know exactly how many died from the bug, the authority said.

The report ‘Portugal - Control of Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance’ states that in 2011, 11,357 deaths had a hospital bug associated to them,.. Read more.

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Students to Occupy Bulgaria's Parliament in Anti-Govt Rally

Protesting students from all over the country plan to occupy the Parliament building in Sofia, demanding the resignation of the socialist-led government.

Students from Plovdiv-based universities, as cited by Darik radio, vowed they would head for Sofia.. Read more.

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Stournaras seeks progress in Tuesday's talks with troika ahead of Eurogroup summit

Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras is to resume tough negotiations with troika envoys on Tuesday, amid concerns that the two sides remain far from an agreement on key issues ahead of a eurozone finance ministers summit on Thursday and the scheduled submission in Parliament next week of Greece’s 2014 budget.

Stournaras is to have two meetings with troika chiefs on Tuesday.. Read more.

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1000s protest austerity measures in Greece



Thousands of Greeks have staged a protest against austerity measures in the capital Athens, as the government survives a no-confidence vote in parliament.

On Sunday, the demonstrators mainly from the leftist opposition party, SYRIZA, gathered in front of the parliament in Athens, carrying banners which read, "Go now" and "No to austerity policies." Read more.

PressTV

November 11, 2013

Easy Money: ECB Embarks on Risky Experiment

Last week's ECB interest rate cut was aimed at averting deflation and shows that the central bank is following the risky policy of monetary expansion adopted by Japan and the United States. Despite the latest figures, inflation is by no means banished.

It was one of those days when Mario Draghi just couldn't.. Read more.

Spiegel

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