October 31, 2014

UK government’s drug laws survey was suppressed, Lib Dem minister says

Norman Baker says Tories did not like evidence gleaned as deputy prime minister Nick Clegg criticises foot dragging over report that says tough laws make no difference

A groundbreaking Home Office report which concluded that tougher enforcement of drug laws does not lead to lower levels of drug use was “suppressed” by the Conservatives, a Liberal Democrat minister has said. Read more.

Guardian

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UK gov't report says harsh anti-drugs law 'failing' - Buenos Aires Herald

Venezuela's Maduro slams 'fracking'



Ahead of next month's UN climate conference in Peru, Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro slammed the environmental impact of fracking to drill for oil and gas.

teleSUR

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Caribbean’s Largest Oil Refinery Sold - Curaçao Chronicle

Revolutionary Gardening: What Starts From a Seed?



How do we move to a culture of self sufficiency and freedom? One seed, and one person at a time. There is freedom in a seed... Read more.

Truthstream Media

October 30, 2014

Het ‘ontstaan’ van Israël of hoe leugen ‘waarheid’ werd

Historicus Ilan Pappé, bekend om zijn zware kritiek op zijn land Israël, was op 20 september 2014 voor een lezing op Manifiesta, naar aanleiding van zijn boek ‘The idea of Israel: a history of power and knowledge’.

Over dat boek en over zijn ideeën had DeWereldMorgen.be een gesprek met hem. Lees meer.

De Wereld Morgen

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History of Israel: Stolen Land of Palestine by Ilan Pappe (video) - YT

European stocks tumble as banks decline after Enria’s comments

European stocks retreated, erasing earlier gains, as banks from peripheral euro-area nations tumbled. U.S. index futures and Asian shares also declined.

The Stoxx Europe 600 Index fell 0.7 percent to 326.49 at 12:18 p.m. in London. Read more.

eKathimerini

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Greece Named Worst Country for Investments in Europe - Greek Reporter

Germany denies backing proposal for Greece to exit aid program

Germany denied it’s given support to proposals that would help Greece exit its bailout early, dealing a blow to a plan that’s already unnerved investors in the nation’s debt.

The German government issued the statement after a meeting between Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble (photo) and his Greek counterpart, Gikas Hardouvelis, in Berlin on Wednesday. Read more.

eKathimerini

Govt will probe AST worker-police clashes, says Renzi

Premier says 'actions will follow as a consequence'

(ANSA) - Rome, October 30 - Premier Matteo Renzi on Thursday told a union delegation representing workers from the AST steel plant in Terni that the government would look into Wednesday's clashes in Rome between staff from the factory and police. Read more.

ANSA

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Over 28% of people in Italy risk poverty, exclusion

Fall by 1.5 percentage points on previous year

(ANSA) - Rome, October 30 - National statistics agency Istat said Thursday that 28.4% of people living in Italy in 2013 were at risk of poverty or social exclusion. Read more.

ANSA

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UN condemns Israeli settlement expansion



UN political chief tells Security Council that Israeli plans to build new homes in Jerusalem could ignite more violence.

A UN official has warned that Israel's plans for further settlements in East Jerusalem could ignite more violence and threaten the viability of the future Palestinian state. Read more.

Al Jazeera

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Abbas to Israel: Make peace with us and 57 other nations will follow - JPost

Sweden recognizes Palestinian state

The Swedish government has formally recognized Palestine as a state Thursday morning, following through with its earlier promise by Prime Minister Stefan Löfven to acknowledge their sovereignty claim.

Speaking to reporters, Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom said the territory has fulfilled the "criteria of international law" adding that Palestine had both "a territory, a people and government." Read more + audio.

Radio Sweden

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- Israel slams Swedisch recognition of Palestine - Israel Herald
Israel recalls ambassador to Sweden for consultations - JPost

A Third Intifada on the Horizon?



Journalist Max Blumenthal discusses the situation in Jerusalem and the reconstruction plans for Gaza

TRNN

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Al-Aqsa Lockdown: Middle East on brink of new Intifada? (video) - RT
Tensions rise in Jerusalem as Israel closes disputed holy site (video) - DW

Ya'alon to Ban Palestinian Arab Workers from Judea-Samaria Buses - Arutz Sheva
Vissers Gaza blijven lijden onder blokkade Israël - De Wereld Morgen

October 29, 2014

Abbas to Israel: Make peace with us and 57 other nations will follow

The Palestinian Authority President says he does not want an intifada and wants to keep Jerusalem's holy places quiet.

Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas said that if Israel "makes peace," the rest of the Middle East will immediately begin diplomatic relations with Israel, during an interview with Israel's Channel 10 on Wednesday. Read more.

JPost

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Israel faces UN outrage over East Jerusalem settlements - Ma'an
UN condemns Israeli settlement expansion (video) - Al Jazeera

'Сhickenshit' & 'Coward': US officials go tough on Netanyahu



US-Israeli relations have sunk to new lows after Obama administration officials were cited calling Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a “chickenshit” and “coward” engaging in political posturing, instead of efforts at Middle-Eastern de-escalation. Read more.

RT

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Amid crisis, Netanyahu's senior adviser to hold White House talks - Haaretz
Despite tensions with US, Israel to purchase second batch of F-35 fighter jets - JPost

Frontlines Podcast: Chickenshit hits the fan (audio) - JPost

High milk intake linked with higher fractures and mortality

A high milk intake in women and men is not accompanied by a lower risk of fracture and instead may be associated with a higher rate of death, suggests observational research published in The BMJ this week.

This may be explained by the high levels of lactose and galactose (types of sugar) in milk, that have been shown to increase oxidative stress and chronic inflammation in animal studies, say the researchers. Read more.

Medical Xpress

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Soros and CIA Suffer Huge Defeat in Brazil

Wayne Madsen | The Central Intelligence Agency and its George Soros-funded «democracy manipulators» in Brazil suffered a major defeat with the re-election as president of Brazil of Workers’ Party standard bearer and ex-Marxist guerrilla Dilma Rouseff.

In the hours prior to Rousseff’s handy re-election, the corporate Western media was still reporting that the election was «too close to call» even as exit polling indicated that the election was «too close to call» even as exit polling indicated that Rousseff would trounce her CIA- and Soros-backed conservative opponent Aecio Neves by at least 2 percentage points. Read more.

SCF

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After Re-election, Rousseff Faces A Conservative Congress in Brazil (video) - TRNN

Pagan symbolism in all major religions



This section of the documentary talks about the pagan symbolism which connects virtually all the religions to each other through their astrological symbolism personified as deities or "saviors" most recently Jesus Christ.

Religion also serves as the base for taking authority as the truth, rather truth as their authority which is why most people deny to even listen to "conspiracy" theories, let alone research.

Orbital Sciences' Antares rocket explodes 6 seconds after liftoff



About six seconds after liftoff at 6:22 p.m. Eastern, the Antares rocket exploded in mid-air. Fortunately, no people were aboard and no one was injured.

The rocket is designed by Orbital Sciences Corporation, under a contract with NASA. Read more.

Verge

October 28, 2014

Ambition



Ambition is a collaboration between Platige Image and ESA. Directed by Tomek Bagiński and starring Aiden Gillen and Aisling Franciosi.

Ambition was shot on location in Iceland, and screened on 24 October 2014 during the British Film Institute’s celebration of Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder, at the Southbank, London. Read more.

ESA

'Genetische modificatie van voedsel kan wereldwijd schade aanrichten'

Worden de risico's van knutselen met het dna van voedsel onderschat? Onderzoekers van de New York University beweren van wel. In het land waar 90 procent van alle sojabonen genetisch gemodificeerd is, luiden zij nu de noodklok. De wetenschappers willen dat het voorzorgsprincipe wordt ingevoerd.

Zes vragen die de discussie verduidelijken: Lees meer.

Trouw

'West used MH17 tragedy as pretext to sanction Russia'



The Malaysian passenger jet that crashed in eastern Ukraine in July, may have been shot down by another aircraft, according to the Dutch investigator leading the international probe into the tragedy. However, he also said that a surface-to-air missile attack is still considered the most likely cause.

Journalist and broadcaster Neil Clark joins RT for more insight.

RT

UN Favors Again Lifting the Blockade Against Cuba

United Nations, Oct 28 (Prensa Latina) The United Nations General Assembly approved today almost unanimously and for the 23rd consecutive year, a resolution demanding the the end of the US blockade against Cuba, a unilateral measure imposed by Washington since 1962.

The 193-member plenary backed with 188 votes in favor,.. Read more.

Prensa Latina

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Lyric (translated)

Relative risk of poverty in Germany at 16.1% again

WIESBADEN – Almost one in six people were at risk of poverty in Germany in 2013 according to the results of the survey EU-SILC (LEBEN IN EUROPA) – that is 16.1% of the population or roughly 13 million people. The Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) reports that the proportion of people at risk of poverty in the population in reference year 2013 remained unchanged on reference year 2012.

According to the EU definition for EU-SILC, people are considered as being at risk of poverty if they dispose of less than 60% of the median income of the total population (poverty risk threshold value).

Statistisches Bundesamt

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- Household saving rate down to 12.9% in the euro area and to 10.4% in the EU28 (pdf) - Eurostat

Ukraine elex: Local TV shows turnout 99.9%, Crimea also votes...wait, what?



Since the two Eastern regions in Ukraine - Donetsk and Lugansk - are battling for autonomy from Kiev, they mainly boycotted parliamentary elections.

But viewers across Ukraine saw different figures on their TV screens on a national TV channel. According to them, the turnout across the entire country - including the East - was 99.9%...

RT

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Local election watchdog OPORA cites no serious election violations, reports 51.2 percent turnout - Kyiv Post
More than 4.5 million voters will not be able to vote - Ukrinform

Yatsenyuk's People's Front leads as over 65 percent of votes counted - Kyiv Post
Latest vote count shows virtually no change in political configuration - CEC - Interfax

October 27, 2014

MH17 might have been shot down from air – chief Dutch investigator

The chief Dutch prosecutor investigating the MH17 downing in eastern Ukraine does not exclude the possibility that the aircraft might have been shot down from air, Der Spiegel reported. Intelligence to support this was presented by Moscow in July.

The chief investigator with the Dutch National Prosecutors' Office Fred Westerbeke said in an interview.. Read more.

RT

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Chief MH17 Investigator on German Claims: 'We Will Need Evidence' - Spiegel
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Jerusalem and the Fate of Palestinians



Israeli activist Jeff Halper says the recent tension and violence in Jerusalem is a product of defeated Palestinian political resistance and Israel's policy of Judaization

TRNN

600 units to be constructed in Ramot Shlomo and another 660 to be built in Har Homa, says PMO official.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu authorized planning to advance 1,060 new housing units in neighborhoods in Jerusalem beyond the 1967 lines, officials in the Prime Minister's Office said Monday.

According to the officials, 660 of these units will be constructed in the northern neighborhood of Ramot Shlomo, and another 400 in Har Homa. Read more.

JPost

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Jordan warns settlements may "imperil" treaty with Israel - Reuters
Jordan slams Israel illegal settlement expansion (video) - PressTV

Why peace with Israel was bad for Jordan - MEM
Twenty years on, Israeli-Jordanian peace is troubled, but perseveres - Times of Israel

In Cold War, U.S. Spy Agencies Used 1,000 Nazis

WASHINGTON — In the decades after World War II, the C.I.A. and other United States agencies employed at least a thousand Nazis as Cold War spies and informants and, as recently as the 1990s, concealed the government’s ties to some still living in America, newly disclosed records and interviews show.

At the height of the Cold War in the 1950s, law enforcement and intelligence leaders like J. Edgar Hoover at the F.B.I. and Allen Dulles at the C.I.A. aggressively recruited onetime Nazis of all ranks as secret, anti-Soviet “assets,” declassified records show. Read more.

NY Times

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Record number of Britons in low-paid jobs, says thinktank

Resolution Foundation says number of people earning less than £7.69 an hour increased by 250,000 last year to reach 5.2m

A record 5 million workers are now in low-paid jobs, according to a new report, sparking calls for government action to help tackle the problem. Read more.

Guardian

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October 26, 2014

NY Times Calls for Cuban Blockade to be Lifted

Editorial board re-iterates its position and highlights changes within U.S. political establishment.

Calling current policy a “failed course,” the Editorial Board of The New York Times printed an Editorial on Saturday that once again brought to light the problems with the current U.S. policy toward Cuba. Read more.

teleSUR

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The Shifting Politics of Cuba Policy - NY Times
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Duma calls on US to lift Cuba embargo - RT

Curatele: Een derde curatele die wij niet mogen weten

Curatele is een zwaar woord en mensen associëren het meteen met een rechter of met een sterke man/vrouw die een ander financieel of psychisch moet controleren. Deze twee vormen van curatele zijn vele mensen bekend.

Maar er is een derde curatele die je niet in woordenboeken tegenkomt en waarvan nauwelijks iets gevonden kan worden op internet. Een curatele waar geen rechter bij te pas komt. Het is wel een curatele die je, je leven lang mee blijft dragen als je hem eenmaal op je naam hebt staan. Deze curatele wordt geheim gehouden voor de buitenwereld maar ik ben per toeval achter gekomen en in terecht geraakt. Hier mijn verhaal, mijn ervaring. Download boek (pdf).

John Baselmans

'Curatele' is het relaas van John Baselmans die wantoestanden op Curaçao onderzoekt en aan de kaak stelt. Enkele sleutelwoorden uit dit boek zijn politiek, koninklijk huis, vrijmetselarij, veiligheidsdiensten, corruptie, maffia, drugs- en wapensmokkel, kindermisbruik, slavernij, olie en gas. Boeiend en vlot leesbaar, 124 blz.

Juice Rap News: G20 Rap with Tony Abbott - feat. Scott Ludlam



Welcome to Rap News. The G20 Summit is happening and the leaders of the wealthiest nations on the planet are converging on Australia to come and learn directly at the feet of the master of fascist dystopian fuckwittery: Tony Abbott.

Join the noble Australian Prime Minister as he lists his recent achievements and launches the opening of the G20 Summit in Australia, backed by a faithful and compliant mainstream media, represented by our favourite local correspondent Ken Oathcarn.

This episode features a magical cameo from Wizard Senator Scott Ludlam, who has been campaigning tirelessly in speeches to empty Senate rooms to stop the Government’s proposed mandatory data retention laws - coming up soon for a vote in the Senate. After this G20 episode, no one will be in any doubt why Australia is leading the civilised world in the global race to towards 1984.

Written & created by Giordano Nanni & Hugo Farrant in a suburban backyard home studio in Melbourne, Australia, on Wurundjeri Land.

Special thanks to Scott Ludlam for working with us on this video. Click here to help him #StopDataRetention

Juice Media

Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia

Maandag 20 oktober presenteerde Filmfest Gent de documentaire 'Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia' van regisseur Nicholas D. Wrathall. Voor de fans een mooie terugblik op het leven van een fascinerende man. Wie hem nog niet kent, vindt hier een geweldige aanzet.

Op negentienjarige leeftijd schreef Gore Vidal al zijn eerste boek Williwaw. Lees meer + video.

De Wereld Morgen

Deutsche Bank Lawyer’s Death in New York Ruled Suicide

The death of Calogero Gambino, a Deutsche Bank AG (DBK) lawyer and managing director, was ruled a suicide by New York City officials.

Gambino died by hanging, said Julie Bolcer, a spokeswoman for New York City’s Office of Chief Medical Examiner. Read more.

Bloomberg

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Recensie | De economie van goed en kwaad

In ‘De economie van goed en kwaad’ houdt de Tsjechische econoom Tomás Sedlácek een gedreven en goed onderbouwd pleidooi om de ethische kant van de economie weer in ere te herstellen, schrijft Hans Beerends.

Economen gaan uit van data en statistieken, verwerken deze in een computermodel en de uitkomsten worden gepresenteerd als objectieve waardevrije adviezen. Lees meer.

Sargasso

AIIB authorized capital amounts 100 billion U.S. dollars

BEIJING, Oct. 24 (Xinhua) -- The Memorandum of Understanding on Establishing the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) specifies that the authorized capital of AIIB is 100 billion U.S. dollars and the initial subscribed capital is expected to be around 50 billion dollars. 

The paid-in ratio will be 20 percent, according to Chinese Finance Minister Lou Jiwei on Friday. Read more.

Xinhua

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China welcomes India's participation in AIIB: spokeswoman - Xinhua
India, 20 others set up Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank - Indian Express

Three major nations absent as China launches World Bank rival in Asia - Reuters
- China launches AIIB to rival World Bank in Asia, three nations skip launch amid US pressure - India Today

October 25, 2014

False Flag? WA School Shooting During Drill and Right Before Gun Control Vote



What are the odds?

Just a few weeks ago, I wrote an article about how a few elite billionaires including Michael Bloomberg and Bill Gates have spent some $8 million to make sure Washington’s controversial gun control bill, Initiative 594, will appear on the state’s November ballot and that voters will be flooded with anti-gun propaganda in the lead up. Read more.

Truthstream Media

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Georgia’s NATO bid prompts new treaty between Abkhazia, Russia, says foreign minister

“We must act together, as Georgia plans accession to NATO, and the U.S. is actively lobbying Georgia’s membership of the North Atlantic Alliance,” Chirikba said

SUKHUM, October 25. /TASS/. A new treaty under way between Russia and Abkhazia is prompted by an aggressive policy of Georgia,.. Read more.

TASS

Poroshenko: Peace most important goal, no military solution to Donbas problem

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said that the conflict in the east of Ukraine cannot be resolved by military means.

"Only through a political settlement we can return those territories where there is and there can be no military solution to the problem," he said in an address released by his press service on Saturday. Read more.

Interfax

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Militants block road to Donetsk airport with tanks. Prepared assault? - Ukrinform
Ukraine prepares massive offensive on Novorossiya (video) - Pravda

Donetsk City Administration Reports Lull in Fighting - RIA Novosti
Artillery salvos, explosions heard in Donetsk from time to time - city council - Interfax

Ten Ukrainian soldiers injured in Donbas conflict zone over past day - NSDC - Interfax

Knockout Wisdom: Pearls from Kiev mayor, ex-boxing champ Vitali Klitschko



The mayor of Kiev and former boxer Vitali Klitschko, is also running for the Ukrainian Parliament and remains the face of the bloc headed by President Petro Poroshenko.

RT

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Patriotism Trumps Graft in Ukraine’s Wartime Election - Bloomberg

George Soros: Russia poses existential threat to Europe

Investor says Vladimir Putin’s aggressive nationalism challenges values and principles on which the EU was founded

George Soros has warned that Russia’s expansionism poses an existential threat to the EU and called for greater material support for Ukraine. Read more.

Guardian

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Russia Kasparov: 'Putin is a bigger threat than IS' (video) - BBC
Russia to be another Libya and Putin another Gadaffi? (video) - Pravda

Putin at Valdai 2014 - World Order: New Rules or a Game without Rules



Vladimir Putin lashed out at the United States and the West for destabilizing the world order of checks and balances for its own gains.

He also accused the West of inflaming the situation in Ukraine and said Russia is not interested in building an empire. Read more.

RT

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George Soros: Russia poses existential threat to Europe - Guardian
Russia Kasparov: 'Putin is a bigger threat than IS' (video) - BBC

Russia to be another Libya and Putin another Gadaffi? (video) - Pravda

Alec Empire - New World Order

How to Overcome Fear When Facing Real Danger



This is the method I use to manage fear. It has helped me in life or death situations. I hope it helps you.

It is possible overcome fear when facing real physical danger, and there are some very compelling reasons to learn how, but it's not easy. Having the right philosophical scaffolding can help, but in the end it will always be up to you. Read more.

SCG

Hundreds of thousands rally in Rome in protest over ‘anti-job’ reforms

Protesters from all over Italy have packed the streets of Rome to express their anger at labor market reforms, one of the main building blocks of the government of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s policy. 

Up to 1 million people flooded the streets of the Italian capital, the organizers of the rally said. Read more + video.

RT

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Italians protest against PM Renzi's contested labor reforms - DW
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ECB rumored to fail 25 banks in stress test

A confidential draft of the European Central Bank's stress test of eurozone banks has reportedly shown that 25 financial institutions failed the review.

The European Central Bank is reportedly set to fail 25 banks in an unprecedented health check of the eurozone's major financial institutions,.. Read more.

DW

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The Zombie System: How Capitalism Has Gone Off the Rails

Six years after the Lehman disaster, the industrialized world is suffering from Japan Syndrome. Growth is minimal, another crash may be brewing and the gulf between rich and poor continues to widen. Can the global economy reinvent itself?

A new buzzword is circulating in the world's convention centers and auditoriums. Read more.

Spiegel

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October 24, 2014

Oil Background in Destabilizing Plan in Venezuela

Caracas, Oct 24 (Prensa Latina) The destabilization plan against Venezuela is also part of an internal struggle for controlling the country''s oil reserves, economist Fernando Travieso asserted today.

The venezuelan Government has been promoting for 15 years policies aimed at keeping sovereignty over the natural resource, but the right-wing sectors seek a change of power to boost privatization of the sector, he explained. Read more.

Prensa Latina

Arjen Kamphuis en Carlien Roodink over privacy en fintech



In De Week van Bitcoin 49 zijn Arjen Kamphuis en Carlien Roodink te gast. Arjen Kamphuis is hacktivist en verhuisd naar Berlijn, Duitsland, wat momenteel een veilige haven is voor veel hackers en activisten.

Hij is nu in een kraakpand in Amsterdam voor een meeting. Klimaat in Duitsland is beter dan Nederland na onthullingen Snowden. Lees meer.

deBitcoin

U.S. Destroys Its Own Weapons in Enemy Hands

UNITED NATIONS, Oct 22 2014 (IPS) - When the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) captured a treasure trove of U.S. weapons from fleeing Iraqi soldiers last month, one of the rebel leaders with a morbid sense of humour was quoted as saying rather sarcastically: “We hope the Americans would honour their agreements and service our helicopters.”

As fighter planes continue attacking ISIL targets, some of the U.S. airstrikes are, paradoxically, aimed at U.S.-made helicopters, Humvees, armoured personnel carriers and anti-aircraft artillery guns originally supplied to the Iraqi armed forces and currently deployed by the rebel group. Read more.

IPS

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Ebola scare fabricated by US media to make profit

American lies brought to you an Iraq war and hundreds of thousands dead. American lies recently brought us the barbarism of Ukraine. American lies next forced all to bear witness to contrived atrocities in Syria and accept fabricated excuses for hundreds of dead children in Gaza.

American lies now bring you Ebola. Read more.

PressTV

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Acht wetenschappelijk onderbouwde argumenten tegen Zwarte Piet

Net zoals vorig jaar is de figuur van Zwarte Piet in Nederland onderwerp van een nationaal debat tot in de hoogste gremia. Voor de gerenommeerde sociaal en cultureel antropoloog Gloria Wekker van de Universiteit Utrecht mag het gepalaver onderhand stoppen. Ze noemt acht redenen op waarom het hulpje van Sinterklaas van het toneel moet verdwijnen.

De Raad van State buigt zich momenteel over de kwestie-Zwarte Piet. Lees meer.

De Wereld Morgen

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Witmans heeft het maar moeilijk - Anja Meulenbelt

Government debt increased to 92.7% of GDP in euro area and to 87.0% in EU28

At the end of the second quarter of 2014, the government debt to GDP ratio in the euro area (EA18) stood at 92.7%, compared with 91.9% at the end of the first quarter of 2014. In the EU28, the ratio increased from 86.0% to 87.0%.

Compared with the second quarter of 2013, the government debt to GDP ratio rose in both the euro area (from 91.7% to 92.7%) and the EU28 (from 85.1% to 87.0%). Read more (pdf).

Eurostat

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October 23, 2014

Donetsk separatists end truce days ahead of parliamentary polls, which Kiev accuses Moscow of vying to disrupt.

Donetsk separatists end truce days ahead of parliamentary polls, which Kiev accuses Moscow of vying to disrupt.

Pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine's eastern region of Donetsk have announced the end of a ceasefire,.. Read more.

Al Jazeera

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October 22, 2014

Corbett in Phila. signs 'Mumia bill'

Just a few feet from the site where Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner was gunned down by Mumia Abu-Jamal in 1981, Gov. Corbett on Tuesday signed into law a bill that would aim to stop former offenders from causing victims mental anguish.

With Faulkner's widow, Maureen, at his side Corbett said the law was not just about one particular killer. Read more.

Philly

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Mumia's Comments on First Amendment Attack (2-2) (audio) - Prison Radio

48th Anniversary of the Founding of the Black Panther Party (video) - TRNN

Bitcoin Miner Ditches Clients to Chase $2 Billion Coding Prize

A Swedish company that estimates its equipment is behind about 25 percent of the bitcoins being generated has had enough of servicing unhappy clients.

KnCMiner has stopped selling hardware and is instead expanding its own data center where thousands of its machines mine bitcoin and similar software by solving complex algorithms. Read more.

Bloomberg

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Ukraine's multi-billion dollar gas debt: Who pays?

Ukraine plans to buy $770 million worth of gas (2 billion cubic meters) from Russia this winter to keep the heat on. The question is: who is going to pay the bill?

All three parties, Russia, the EU, and Ukraine met in Brussels on Tuesday and confirmed Kiev will pay $385 per 1,000 cubic meters of Russian supplied gas through the end of March. Read more.

RT

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Ukraine wants to formalize winter package by Naftogaz-Gazprom agreement, Russia says government resolution is sufficient - ministers - Interfax

Ukraine to get about EUR 2 bln in EU financial assistance - Ukrinform
Ukraine asks EU for 2 billion euro loan to pay for Russian gas - Kyiv Post

Gas debt of Donetsk/Luhansk regions in 2014 reaches UAH 5.2 bln – Yatseniuk - Interfax

Ukrgazvydobuvannia ups gas production in nine months - Ukrinform
Naftogaz revenue from gas transit will not count as payment of debt to Gazprom - Interfax

Yatseniuk: Stockholm arbitration accepts Naftogaz lawsuit on interim gas price - Interfax

Ukraine needs additional four million tonnes of coal - Yatseniuk - Ukrinform
Waar gaat Oekraïne deze winter haar energie mee opwekken? - Beurs.com

Ukrainian government denies allegations of war crimes, use of cluster bombs

Human Rights Watch, an influential human rights watchdog, claimed in its report on Oct. 20 that Ukraine forces have used banned and dangerous cluster bombs in its war against Russian-backed separatists in the east.

The allegations were swiftly denied by the Ukrainian government, but the charges -- along with earlier allegations of indiscriminate attacks on civilians in the Donbas -- may harm to country’s image in the West. Read more + video.

Kyiv Post

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Ukraine: Widespread Use of Cluster Munitions (video) - HRW
Ukraine has evidence that cluster bombs were used by Russian troops - Ukrinform

Onder Mediadoctoren: Afl. 19 Oorlogspropaganda



Er zijn veel complexe conflicten in de wereld waar media over rapporteren. We hebben bovendien toegang tot veel verschillende media: buitenlandse kranten zijn online te lezen en journalisten zijn op sociale media te volgen. Maar hoe weten we welke berichten we kunnen vertrouwen? 

In deze aflevering verwonderen de mediadoctoren zich samen met Cees Hamelink, emeritus hoogleraar Internationale Communicatie, over oorlogspropaganda. Dat klinkt een beetje als een woord uit de Koude Oorlog. Wat is oorlogspropaganda eigenlijk en is dat door de jaren heen veranderd? Lees meer.

Onder Mediadoctoren

MH-17: The Untold Story



Three months after Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was violently brought down from the skies over Ukraine, there are still no definitive answers to what caused the tragedy.

Civil conflict in the area prevented international experts from conducting a full and thorough investigation. The wreckage should have been collected and scrupulously re-assembled to identify all the damage, but this standard investigative procedure was never carried out.

Until that’s done, evidence can only be gleaned from pictures of the debris, the flight recorders or black boxes and eye-witnesses' testimonies. This may be enough to help build a picture of what really happened to the aircraft, whether a rocket fired from the ground or gunfire from a military jet.

RT

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Colombia govt confirms more FARC commanders on their way to join peace talks

Sources within Colombia’s Prosecutor General’s Office on Tuesday confirmed to Colombian media that four more FARC commanders are on their way to Cuba to join ongoing peace talks.

The new FARC negotiators will join a rotating team of rebels in Havana led by alias “Pacho Chino,” who replaced negotiator “Pablo Catatumbo” as commander of the Western Joint Command that controls rebel units in the southwest of the country. Read more.

Colombia Reports

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Curacao Reacts: Wants Separation From Dutch King

WILLEMSTAD – Curacao wants to get rid of the governor that must approve minister appointments by law.

The parliament filed a motion for this. With this the way is open to appoint Ministers to post without being screened for integrity. Read more.

Curaçao Chronicle

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‘Suck You Blows’ St. Maarten Politicians - Curaçao Chronicle

- Parlement wil gouverneur buitenspel zetten - Versgeperst
- Aruba verdeeld over aanwijzing Sint maarten - Versgeperst

Claims of IS use of chemical weapons in Kobani, Syria



The battle rages on in the Kurdish Syrian city of Kobani amidst claims by Kurdish groups that Islamic State (IS) militants there have unleashed chemical weapons on the local population.

According to journalists, there are insufficient medical facilities and staff in the area to verify claims, but the injured are complaining of burns and trouble breathing.

teleSUR

ISIS shows off weapons cache allegedly airdropped by US



Islamic State has published a new video in which a jihadist shows off brand-new American hardware, which was purportedly intended for the Kurds they are fighting in the Syrian border town of Kobani.

The undated video, posted by the unofficial IS mouthpiece “a3maq news”, sees a jihadist showing several boxes of munitions with English-language markings, with a parachute spread out on the ground beside. Read more.

RT

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Some of US airdrops fell into hands of Islamic State militants (video) - teleSUR

October 21, 2014

The Eyeopener: Ebola



"Ebola" is a video critique of the role that the media plays in terrorizing the public by hyping and selling pandemic fears, including the current Ebola "crisis" in the US.

Inspired by Jason Vosu's video critique of the 2001 anthrax scare which is shown in this video and available here.

Colbert Report

Ukraine: Widespread Use of Cluster Munitions

Government Responsible for Cluster Attacks on Donetsk

(Berlin) – Ukrainian government forces used cluster munitions in populated areas in Donetsk city in early October 2014, Human Rights Watch said today. The use of cluster munitions in populated areas violates the laws of war due to the indiscriminate nature of the weapon and may amount to war crimes. Read more + video.

HRW

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Ukrainian government denies allegations of war crimes, use of cluster bombs (video) - Kyiv Post

Twijfels over satellietbeelden MH17

Het is onduidelijk of Nederland nu wel of niet beschikt over satellietbeelden die iets verklaren over het neerschieten van de MH17

Afgelopen weekend zei de Nationaal Coördinator Terrorismebestrijding en Veiligheid dat Nederland de beelden wel heeft en die deelt met de instanties die onderzoek doen naar de vliegramp. Maar het Openbaar Ministerie, dat op zoek is naar de dader, zegt ze niet te hebben. Lees meer.

NOS

'Poets and Alchemists': Berlin and Paris Undermine Euro Stability

Market uncertainty over the future of the euro has returned, but that hasn't stopped France from flouting European Union deficit rules. Berlin is already busy hashing out a dubious compromise.

Following three hours of questioning at European Parliament, a visibly exhausted Pierre Moscovici switched to German in a final effort to assuage skepticism from certain members of European Parliament. "As commisioner, I will fully respect the pact," he said. Read more.

Spiegel

In rare outbreak success, Nigeria declared Ebola-free

The World Health Organization has declared Nigeria Ebola-free, after 42 days without new confirmed cases of the deadly virus. 

In Luxembourg, EU foreign ministers are meeting to discuss a unified response to the outbreak. Read more.

DW

US Army withheld promise from Germany that Ebola virus wouldn't be weaponized

The United States has withheld assurances from Germany that the Ebola virus - among other related diseases - would not be weaponized in the event of Germany exporting it to the US Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases.

German MFA Deputy Head of Division for Export Control Markus Klinger provided a paper to the US consulate's Economics Office (Econoff), "seeking additional assurances related to a proposed export of extremely dangerous pathogens." Read more.

RT

October 20, 2014

'Het probleem van het hedendaagse Israël is racisme'

Vergeet de verbanning van de Joden uit Judea, vergeet de Joodse exodus uit Egypte. De Babylonische ballingschap? Een fictie. De Joden als één homogeen volk? Een constructie. 

Het zijn harde noten die de Israëlische historicus Shlomo Sand (68) kraakt. Hij kreeg een Amsterdams publiek vorige week aan het sidderen tijdens een emotionele lezing en een verhit debat over het Joodse volk. Lees meer.

Trouw

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- "The Invention of the Jewish People" (book review) - Electronic Intifada
How I Stopped Being a Jew by Shlomo Sand (book review) - Independent

'Nederland heeft niets geleerd van de crisis'

De Nederlandse financiële sector heeft niets geleerd hebben van de crisis. Een netwerk van bestuurders zou moedwillig een mythe van groei in stand hebben gehouden.

Dat schrijft financieel geograaf Ewald Engelen in zijn boek over de financiele elite. RTL Z sprak met hem. Meer video.

RTL Z

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Blast rocks chemical plant in Donetsk, claims of tactical missile

A huge blast has rocked a chemical factory in Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, the city council says on its website.

The blast wave reportedly shattered windows in houses in a radius of several kilometers. The explosion reportedly took place at 12:10pm local time. Read more + video.

RT

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No Proof of Mass Killings in Eastern Ukraine: Amnesty International

MOSCOW, October 20 (RIA Novosti) - Both pro-Kiev forces and independence supporters have been involved in extrajudicial killings in eastern Ukraine, however, there is no substantial evidence of mass killings near Donetsk, Amnesty International said in a report published Monday.

"There is no doubt that summary killings and atrocities are being committed.. Read more.

RIA Novosti

German intelligence report says Russia has no relation to MH17 crash — lawmaker

Alexey Pushkov says German report on the Boeing carsh in Ukraine contradicts the Western version on the causes of the tragedy

MOSCOW, October 20. /TASS/.The German BND foreign intelligence agency's new report on the Boeing crash in Ukraine in fact contradicts the Western version on the causes of the tragedy. Read more.


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U.S. drops weapons, aid to Kurds fighting Islamic State in Syria

U.S. aircraft dropped weapons and medical supplies late Sunday to besieged forces fighting the Islamic State in the Syrian border town of Kobane, the first airdrops into Syria since the civil war there began more than three years ago.

Senior administration officials said the emergency decision to drop the supplies, including small arms and ammunition,.. Read more.

Washington Post

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US air-drops weapons for Kurds near Kobani after Turkish objection - Today's Zaman

Erdoğan, Obama agree to step up cooperation against ISIL - Today's Zaman

October 19, 2014

'We are ready!' Tens of thousands of Catalans rally, demand early elections

About 110,000 people gathered in the center of Barcelona to call for snap regional elections after Catalonia was forced to cancel its November 9 independence referendum under pressure from Madrid.

The action, dubbed “Now is the Time,” was organized by Òmnium Cultural – a Catalan cultural organization – and the Catalan National Assembly (ANC), which campaigns for Catalonian independence. Read more + video & photos.

RT

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1,000s of Catalans call for early regional election (video) - PressTV
- Thousands of Catalans crowd Barcelona to call for early elections - Reuters

Spanish PM calls for dialogue after Catalan referendum pulled - El País

France, Italy, Germany, the UK and the US: “There is no military solution to Libyan crisis”

The governments of France, Italy, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States have agreed that there can be no military solution to the Libyan crisis and have said that they are “dismayed” that parties have not respected the calls for a ceasefire following the recent meetings in Ghadames and Tripoli.

While the countries have condemned the crimes of Ansar Al-Sharia entities and have recognised that Libya’s “hard fought freedom” is at risk.. Read more.

Libya Herald

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Tawerghans flee fighting in Benghazi as suicide bomber kills four in Buhdeima - Libya Herald

The Houthis take over strategic towns in southern Yemen



The Houthis have captured the town of Yarim, some 170 kilometers south of the capital Sana’s. The town is seen as a stronghold of al-Qaeda militants.

Ansarullah fighters have already seized control of Rada in Bayda province. They've been sending reinforcements to the south, near al-Qaeda strongholds in an attempt to drive the terrorists out of the area.

PressTV

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Fierce fighting rages in Syria's Kobane

Kurdish fighters repel ISIL advance on Kobane, as besieged border town witnesses its most "intense clashes in days".

The Syrian border town of Kobane has been hit by the fiercest fighting in days as Kurdish forces repelled advancing fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a group monitoring the violence has said. Read more.

Al Jazeera

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Israel treated over 1,400 wounded Syria militants: Analyst

Israeli political commentator, Ehud Yaari, says the Tel Aviv regime has provided medical treatment for hundreds of wounded militants fighting against the Syrian government.

According to a report by Washington Institute citing the Israeli analyst, more than 1,400 wounded Syria militants have been admitted to Israeli hospitals. Read more + video.

PressTV

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Deadly Ukraine Crash: German Intelligence Claims Pro-Russian Separatists Downed MH17

Germany's foreign intelligence agency says its review of the crash of a Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 in Ukrainian has concluded it was brought down by a missile fired by pro-Russian separatists near Donetsk.

After completing a detailed analysis, Germany's foreign intelligence service, the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), has concluded that.. Read more.

Spiegel

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In Bologna, Italian Riot Police Attack Antifascists to Protect Neo-Nazi Rally&Bank Propaganda

When neo-nazis and bank pursue their capitalist propaganda, who is the police attacking, beating unconsciously and arresting? The anti-capitalists and antifascists who are trying to stop the nazis from hurting immigrants and the banks from hurting the workers, the poor and the vulnerable.

In Bologna, one anti-fascist was arrested, and many others were injured by the riot police when they tried to stop the Neo-nazi and catholic fundamentalist party Forza Nuova.. Read more.

Revolution News

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Tens of thousands take to UK streets in pay protest

Union members march in London, Glasgow and Belfast to call for pay rises for workers whose real-term incomes have fallen

Tens of thousands of union members have marched through central London to highlight their calls for pay rises. Read more.

Guardian

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October 18, 2014

Kobani Kurds to RT: ISIS forces pushed out of city



In Syria, it seems the lengthy siege of the city of Kobani seems to be finally breaking. Kurdish fighters have reportedly halted the Islamic State advance, and are slowly taking it back street by street.

Fierce battles that had been raging inside the town have now eased, with just occasional gunfire and explosions being heard.

RT

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Germany could send arms to PKK: official - Kurdpress

New US ambassador to Turkey John Bass arrives in Ankara - Today's Zaman
US holds direct talks with PYD - Kurdpress

Kurdistan Region parliament recognizes Syrian Kurds autonomy - Kurdpress
U.S. foreign policy leads into creation of Kurdish state: Russian analyst  - Kurdpress

PM Davutoğlu: PKK failed to keep promises on withdrawal - Today's Zaman
Turkish-Kurdish peace deal shaky but not broken - Kurd Net

After repelling ISIL, PKK fighters are the new heroes of Kurdistan - Al Jazeera

Dutch biker joins Kurds fight vs ISIS: 'Can't sit on couch when Yazidis killed'



Members of the Dutch motorcycle gang "No Surrender" have joined the Kurdish Peshmerga forces in the Northern region of Iraq in their fight against Islamic State (IS) militants.

Dutch gang member Ron, who did not give his last name, is fighting with the Peshmerga forces on the frontline in the city of Zummar, close to the Syrian border.

RT

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