April 30, 2015

Investigating CIA Torture: The Bureau and The Rendition Project publish first quarterly report

An unprecedented picture of the 119 individuals secretly detained and tortured by the CIA as part of the US’s war on terror has been published following new research by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and The Rendition Project.

The analysis, which is summarised in our first quarterly report, reveals 101 of the detainees were held by the CIA for more than a month, and 47 of these for more than a year. All detainees were held without access to lawyers, their families or the International Committee of the Red Cross. Read more.

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

Aluminum and the Neurotoxicity of Vaccines

Information that the Vaccine Industry tries to keep hidden “No vaccine manufacturer shall be liable…for damages arising from a vaccine-related injury or death.” – President Ronald Reagan, as he signed The National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act (NCVIA) of 1986, absolving drug companies from all medico-legal liability when children die or are disabled from vaccine injuries.

“In young children, a highly significant correlation exists between the number of pediatric aluminum-adjuvanted vaccines administered and the rate of autism spectrum disorders.” – C. A. Shaw, MD, Vaccine safety researcher. Read more.

Global Research

Okinawa governor warns Japan-U.S. alliance would face obstacles over Futenma issue

Okinawa's governor has warned the Japan-U.S. alliance will face obstacles in response to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's assurances to U.S. President Barack Obama that the relocation of an air base within the prefecture is a done deal.

“It is regrettable that the prime minister showed his entrenched stereotype, though many Japanese citizens oppose the plan,” Governor Takeshi Onaga said at a news conference... Read more.

Asahi Shimbun

Related,
US pumps Japan with more troops, including nuclear-powered supercarrier (video) - RT

Where Japanese fight a US military base with kayaks (video) - BBC
Hundreds of Japanese protest against new base construction in Okinaw - Xinhua

Okinawa base issue tests Japan-U.S. alliance's 'power of reconciliation' - Asahi Shimbun

United States seeks access to Philippine bases as part of Asia ‘pivot’ - Japan Times
US-Japan defense deal broadens Tokyo's role in face of growing Chinese might - Guardian

Media in Japan under growing pressure to toe the line

A former bureaucrat and media commentator has accused PM Abe's administration of using threats and incentives to ensure the Japanese public does not get the whole picture. And he fears a dictatorship is a possibility.

Shigeaki Koga was on the fast-track to important roles at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry when he deliberately stepped out of line. Read more.

DW

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Effort by Japan to Stifle News Media Is Working - NY Times

Cutting Russia off SWIFT banking network would be catastrophic — UniCredit representative

In case of a cut-off, Russia will be much more effective in adopting a different system of payments, maybe in cooperation with China, and many Western banks will collapse 

WASHINGTON, April 30. /TASS/. The idea of cutting Russia off the SWIFT international banking payment system could turn into a catastrophe for the overall system of payments in Europe, the head of public affairs at UniCredit Group, Italy, Giuseppe Scognamiglio has said. Read more.

TASS

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Russian Central Bank cuts key rate to 12.5%, cites risks of economic cooling - RT
Vladimir Putin applauds ruble rebound but it poses risk for Russian economy - Business Insider

Russian Economy Minister says economic growth will resume from start of next year - Reuters

Ukraine wants Italy to explain statement on possible rollback of anti-Russia sanctions

Ukraine's Embassy in Rome has sent an official request to Italy's Foreign Ministry regarding a recent statement by an official from the Italian Ministry of Economic Development who claims that sanctions against Russia will be lifted in the near future. 

This was reported by Ukrainian online newspaper Ukrainska Pravda, which cited a diplomatic source. Read more.

Unian

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Italian Official Says Anti-Russian Sanctions May Be Lifted,Ukraine Protests - Sputnik

Groysman: More than 100 Ukrainian soldiers killed in Donbas since 'ceasefire'

More than a hundred Ukrainian soldiers have been killed since a ceasefire was supposed to have started in the Donbas conflict zone, the speaker of Ukraine's parliament, Volodymyr Groysman, said on Wednesday, according to Ukrainian newspaper Zerkalo Nedeli.

"Since the announcement of the ceasefire on February 15, Ukrainian positions have been fired on over 2,500 times. Read more.

Unian

Mass arrests of opposition activists reported in south Ukraine's Odessa — local media

On Saturday, Odessa will mark the first anniversary of the May 2 tragedy when dozens of people were killed in clashes of pro-federalization and nationalist activists

KIEV, April 29. /TASS/. More than 10 opposition activists have been detained in Odessa on Wednesday by the Security Service of Ukraine (SSU). Read more.

TASS

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Ukrainian Trade Unionists Call For Unity Against Facism - Popular Resistance
One year after massacre: Odessa resists fascist occupation - Red Star over Donbass

Ukraine's Right Sector to Picket Presidential Administration Building

Representatives of the far-right Ukrainian nationalist political movement Right Sector are due to picket the administrative building of President Poroshenko in central Kiev later on Wednesday.

The far-right Ukrainian nationalist political movement Right Sector will be picketing near the building of President Petro Poroshenko's administration in central Kiev later in the day, Russian news agency RIA Novosti reported. Read more.

Sputnik

Over 120 arrested as Freddie Gray protests spill over to NYC

The anxiety and unrest that has crippled Baltimore spilled over into the Big Apple Wednesday as more than 120 people were arrested across Manhattan in scuffles with cops during protests over the death of Freddie Gray, sources said.

Hundreds of demonstrators, who first gathered at Union Square for what was supposed to be a peaceful rally, erupted into a free-for-all in the streets at about 7:30 p.m. as mobs of demonstrators splintered off into groups to create havoc around town. Read more + video&photos.

NY Post

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Hundreds March in Manhattan to Protest the Death of Freddie Gray - NY Times

U.S. allies in Middle East ramping up support for rebel forces in Syria

U.S. allies in the Middle East have ramped up their support for rebels fighting against Syrian forces in recent months, potentially widening a gulf over strategy between the Obama administration and its regional partners.

The partners have grown increasingly impatient with the administration’s slow march toward training and equipping a viable Syrian opposition force, and its insistence that those fighters focus on the Islamic State, according to officials in the region. Read more.

Washington Post

Heavy fighting in Yemen, Saudi Arabia trains tribal fighters

(Reuters) - Saudi-led air strikes hit five Yemeni provinces as fighting raged in the southern city of Aden on Wednesday, and sources in the region said the kingdom was training armed tribesmen to fight the Iran-allied Houthi group.

Houthi rebels' tanks and snipers killed at least 12 civilians overnight in Yemen's Aden as they advanced toward the centre of the city, residents said, and a Saudi-led coalition airdropped arms to anti-Houthi fighters in the city of Taiz. Read more + video.

Reuters

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Saudi Arabia training tribal ground force in Yemen – report (video) - RT

Veel meer huizen 'op het droge'

Maar liefst 165.000 Nederlandse huis- eigenaren kunnen opgelucht ademhalen. Hun woningen staan niet langer 'onder water'. 

Oftewel: de hypotheekschuld is niet meer hoger dan de waarde van het huis. Dat maakt het voor een grote groep eigenaren eindelijk weer mogelijk om van woning te wisselen. Lees meer.

AD

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112.800 consumenten hebben betalingsachterstand op hypotheek - NU
1,5 miljoen huizen onder water - CBS

Brussels talks resume with reinforced Greek team

A reinforced Greek team is to resume tough negotiations with representatives of the country’s international creditors in Brussels on Thursday, with some new proposals from the Greek side expected to be discussed, in a bid to make some progress toward a deal.

According to a senior Finance Ministry official, the Greek delegation to Brussels involves 18 people, ranging from government negotiators to technocrats expected to provide eurozone officials with some of the accounting data they have struggled to obtain to date. Read more.

eKathimerini

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Varoufakis: I still set the tone in negotiations - TOC
'No compromise with EU and IMF' Lafazanis argues - TOC

Greek Govt Wants a Mutually Beneficial Deal, Possibly Before May 11 - TOC

Parliamentary Budget Office issues damning report - Greek Reporter
Moody's downgrades Greek government bond rating to Caa2 - eKathimerini

- Greek decision to exit euro would be disastrous for Greece - eKathimerini

April 29, 2015

Fascisten in Brussel zijn Nederland en zijn burgers aan het slopen

Brussel is zo langzamerhand Nederland en vooral zijn burgers te slopen. Ons rijke land is een doorn in het oog van deze EU fascisten en doen er nu alles aan om steeds meer geld uit de staatskas te plukken.

De eurosceptici winnen aan kracht in Europa. na de heffing van 1,1 miljard die de burgers effe moesten ophoesten moet er weer 200 miljoen (denk maar aan meer) op tafel komen. Een schandelijke vertoning waar onze heren in Den haag trots op kunnen zijn want zij willen graag voor deze dictators betalen om straks mooie baantjes te bekleden in hetzelfde brusselse paleis als hun vriendjes. Lees meer.

Stop De Bankiers

Media Focuses on Violence, Ignores Poverty and Policy in Baltimore



Maryland State Delegate Jill Carter, Michaela Brown of the Baltimore Bloc, and Baltimore teacher Meghann Harris discuss how the mainstream is covering Baltimore 

TRNN

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National Guard in Baltimore: Armored vehicles, military gear (video/photo) - RT
Baltimore uprising: Solidarity protests spread across US - RT

Poverty in Baltimore is No Accident (video) - TRNN
Police Were Harassing Students Before Monday's Outrage (video) - TRNN

In Freddie Gray's Neighborhood, Residents Say Police Harassment is Constant (video) - TRNN

The Baltimore Riots - Cui Bono?



It's the classic problem-reaction-solution tactic being played right before our eyes. Just like in Ferguson, but now in Baltimore and coming soon to a city near you.

We've all known the social break down of the United States has been a long-time coming. Add in the destruction of the dollar and it's a perfect recipe for disaster. Sources.

Press for Truth

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National Guard in Baltimore: Armored vehicles, military gear (video/photo) - RT
Baltimore uprising: Solidarity protests spread across US - RT

Police Were Harassing Students Before Monday's Outrage (video) - TRNN
In Freddie Gray's Neighborhood, Residents Say Police Harassment is Constant (video) - TRNN

Baltimore Police Go After and Shoot Journalists



In this video during the Baltimore uprising journalists are repeatedly targeted by the police department and shot with less lethal munitions.

Clearly journalists do not pose a threat in any way with cameras that are visible to the police so why are they getting targeted? In Baltimore journalists are not only attacked by protesters but also have to worry about police officers who target them now.

WeAreChange

Cops Punch And Arrest Man For Talking In Amsterdam



In this video Luke Rudkowski see's a situation unfolding on the streets of Amsterdam and films this encounter with a man who was punched and dragged to the floor for talking to an officer.

WeAreChange

Profiting From War Has Never Been So Easy!

In my various interviews, speeches, q&a sessions and other public interactions, there’s one question that seems to come up over and over. It’s usually delivered in a half-joking way, almost as if the questioner isn’t really serious. But they ask it anyway: “How do we make money from all of this?”

However hesitantly it may be asked, I realize this is a serious question. We all still live in a world where, like it or not, 99.9% of the people around us still treat these colorful pieces of debt-based central bank-authorized funny money as the only possible form of payment. Read more + video.

Corbett Report

Oorlogje Jemen met Hollands tintje

Nederlandse wapensystemen spelen een onzichtbare rol bij de oorlog in Jemen. Veel van de deelnemende marineschepen zijn uitgerust met vuurleidingsradar geproduceerd door Thales Nederland.

Sinds 26 maart voert Saoedi-Arabië, geruggensteund door een coalitie van Arabische landen (Marokko, Egypte, Soedan, Jordanië, Koeweit, Bahrein, Qatar en de Verenigde Arabische Emiraten) bombardementen uit op stellingen van Houthi-rebellen in Jemen. Lees meer.

Ravage Webzine

ADL, Jewish Dems slam congressmen for inviting Dutch pol seen as anti-Muslim

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Anti-Defamation League and Jewish Democrats criticized two Republican congressmen for inviting Geert Wilders, a Dutch politician the groups decried as anti-Muslim, to speak on Capitol Hill.

Wilders, who leads the Freedom Party, has said he will be a guest of Reps. Steve King, R-Iowa, and Louis Gohmert, R-Texas, on Wednesday. Think Progress, a liberal website, confirmed the invitation with Gohmert’s office. Read more.

JTA

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ADL Distressed That Two Members of Congress are Scheduled to Host Anti-Muslim Bigot Geert Wilders in Washington - ADL

Geert Wilders' Anti-Muslim Agenda - ADL
Notorious Islamophobe Who Wants To Ban The Qur’an To Address Members Of Congress - Think Progress

Joodse bewegingen VS: trek uitnodiging Wilders in - Trouw
Wilders maakt zich onmogelijk - Jalta

Air pollution costs European economies US$ 1.6 trillion a year in diseases and deaths, new WHO study says

A staggering US$ 1.6 trillion is the economic cost of the approximate 600 000 premature deaths and of the diseases caused by air pollution in the WHO European Region in 2010, according to the first-ever study of these costs conducted for the Region. The amount is nearly equivalent to one tenth of the gross domestic product (GDP) of the entire European Union in 2013.

The new study was published today by the WHO Regional Office for Europe and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) as a 3-day high-level meeting on environment and health in Europe opens. Read more.

WHO

Coalition Airstrikes Intensify As Military, Popular Committees Advance In Aden, Taiz

Saudi/US-led coalition warplanes bombarded, Monday, a densely inhabited building called, Al-Tayyeb Building, in al-Qatee' area of Crater district, Aden city, destroying it and damaging a number of nearby buildings. The initial death toll reached 5, including a child, as work is still underway to recover the rest of the bodies from under the rubble, according to local sources.

"Joint Military and Security forces backed by popular committees continue combat operations in order to cleanse the southern provinces from foreign intelligence elements under the name of 'al-Qaeda'." al-Masirah channel reported, Sunday. Read more.

Yemen Observer

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Militants retreat from Taiz warfronts - Yemen Post
More Than 5000 Killed And Injured , Over 150,000 Yemeni People Displaced - Yemen Observer

30 dead in Khor Maksar in Aden and UNICEF delivers medical supplies by boat - Yemen Times

Israel's secret cooperation with Hamas

Analysis: For several weeks now, official representatives of the Israeli government and defense establishment have been holding a real dialogue with the Islamic terrorist group in a bid to reach a long-term calm on the Gaza border.

It turns out that for several weeks now, official representatives of the Israeli government, members of the defense establishment, have been holding a real dialogue with Hamas – partly direct, partly indirect – in a bid to reach a long-term calm between the sides. Read more.


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Sweden to Hear Assange Appeal

Sweden's Supreme Court has just made a decision that could be a major breakthrough in the Assange case.

Sweden's Supreme Court announced Tuesday it will hear an appeal by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange against an outstanding arrest warrant. Read more.

teleSUR

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Sweden court to hear Assange’s appeal over arrest warrant - RT

Ñ Don't Stop - NY Loves Mumia



This week, Rebel Diaz has a benefit concert for Mumia Abu Jamal as he is battling for his life due to medical neglect while in prison.

M1 of Dead Prez, Aja Monet, Rumya Ramana, YC The Cynic, Tef Poe and many more along with Rebel Diaz pour their hearts out and deliver great performances to help raise funds for Bring Mumia Home Campaign.

teleSUR

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The Public Execution of Mumia Abu-Jamal? - CounterPunch
- Mumia Abu-Jamal's Condition Has Worsened Say Supporters - teleSUR

7 Times Hip-Hop Honored Ailing Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jama (video) - Urban Daily

Prime Minister Fed Up With Insinuations The Netherlands

WILLEMSTAD – Some politicians in the Netherlands continue to criticize Curaçao without knowing what they are talking. Prime Minister Ivar Asjes indicated clearly during his last press conference that he’s fed up with these politicians.

When he was asked for his reaction to the motion adopted in the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament... Read more.

Curaçao Chronicle

Argentine FM quits Jewish organization targeted by deadly 1994 blast

Hector Timerman criticized leaders of the Argentine-Israeli Mutual Association for blocking a deal with Iran to jointly probe the attack.

Argentina's foreign minister is quitting his membership in a leading Jewish organization targeted by a deadly bombing in 1994. Read more.

Haaretz

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Timerman quits AMIA with harsh criticism - Buenos Aires Herald
Héctor Timerman submitted his “indeclinable” resignation as an AMIA affiliate - Télam

Iran insists Israel ‘give up the bomb’ as Tehran seeks nuclear-free Middle East

Iran has demanded that Israel give up its “nuclear weapons”, as it spoke on behalf of the 120-nation Non-Aligned Movement.

Iran’s Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif said the bloc also wants a nuclear free-zone in the Middle East. Mohammad Javad Zarif was speaking at the United Nations for the non-aligned group of countries. Read more.

RT

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Iran leads calls for Israel to give up nuclear weapons - AFP
Analysis: No miracle in sight for nuclear-free Middle East - JPost

Syrian Resistance Forces Strike Israeli Army

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian resistance forces in Syria's Golan region attacked an Israeli military site in the Occupied Golan Heights in response to the recent Israeli aggression on different parts of Syria.

The resistance forces stationed in the Golan hit an Israeli military site near the border with the Occupied Golan. Read more.

Fars News

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Latest incidents on Syria border could be misleading - Haaretz

ISIL Leader Al-Baghdadi Clinically Dead, Members Peldge Allegiance to Successor

TEHRAN (FNA)- Leader of the ISIL terrorist group Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has died and members of the Takfiri group in Iraq have already sworn allegiance to Abu Ala Afri as his successor, Arab media reports said on Sunday.

According to two Iraqi news agencies, Alghad Press and Al-Youm Al-Thamen (the 8th Day), as well as sources in the Iraqi city of Mosul, Baghdadi died in an Israeli hospital... Read more.

JPost

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ISIL Leader Al-Baghdadi Clinically Dead, Members Peldge Allegiance to Successor - Fars News

Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi 'seriously wounded in air strike' (video) - Guardian
Hoax: ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi dies in Golan Heights Israeli hospital - Iraqi News

Security Official: Yemeni Army, Popular Forces Moving to Borders with Saudi Arabia

TEHRAN (FNA)- A Yemeni security official declared on Tuesday that the country's army and popular forces are moving towards the border with Saudi Arabia in order to "suppress the Saudi aggression".

Abdul Sattar Monem al-Bashiri, a Yemeni security official, told FNA that the popular committees and the Yemeni army are moving towards the Saudi border region of Najran in order to suppress the Saudi army aggression and thwart an impending Saudi ground assault into Yemen. Read more.

Fars News

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U.S. blames Houthi moves for renewed Saudi strikes - Al Arabiya
Yemeni Governor Flees to Saudi Arabia as Ansarullah Continues to Advance - Fars News

April 28, 2015

Saudi Arabia bombs Yemen runway ‘to stop Iranian flight landing’

Saudi Arabia says it has bombed the runway in the Yemeni capital Sanaa to stop an Iranian flight from landing there because it allegedly refused to coordinate its flight with the coalition.

A spokesman for the Saudi led coalition said that the runway is now out of service and is no longer able to accept aid flights. Read more + video.

RT

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- Iran plane breaches Yemen no-fly zone - Al Arabiya
Saudi-Led Coalition Fails To Halt Iranian Plane Heading To Yemen - National Yemen

3,512 killed in Saudi offensive: Yemen NGO

The Freedom House for Anti-Corruption and Defense of Rights and Freedoms said that 492 children and 209 women had been among those killed by the offensive, Yemen's Houthi-held news agency reported.

SANAA - Some 3,512 people have been killed in a Saudi-led air campaign against Yemen's Shiite Houthi group, a Yemeni NGO said Monday. Read more.

AA

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Aid groups warn of deteriorating situation in Yemen (video) - AA
Yemen suffers vital food and aid shortages as shelling continues (video) - RT

Fighting leaves Yemen desperate - DW

Freddie Gray Laid to Rest, Baltimore Rises Up



TRNN's Eddie Conway reports on Freddie Gray's funeral and explains the context for the outburst of anger and frustration by youth in Baltimore

TRNN

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Baltimore rioting kicked off with rumors of 'purge' (video) - Baltimore Sun
Baltimore riots: Looting, fires engulf city after Freddie Gray's funeral (video) - CNN

Baltimore descends into chaos, violence, looting (video) - Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Riots: Buildings on fire, stores looted, state of emergency declared (video) - RT

Gangs call for calm in Baltimore (video) - Baltimore Sun

Not Fit to Rule



Paul Jay says the elites are incapable of making cities safe, dealing with chronic poverty and unemployment, and facing up to economic stagnation and climate change - their only answer is war

TRNN

Happy 100th Anniversary, Poison Gas!



As the world marks the passing of the 100th anniversary of the use of poison gas on the battlefield, James takes a moment to note some of the dark legacy of Bayer that the German chemical/pharmaceutical giant would prefer you didn't know.

Corbett Report

April 27, 2015

Losing Faith: EU officials back off as Ukraine reforms fail



The EU's foreign policy chief is not coming to the Union's first formal summit with Ukraine after an association deal was agreed last year.

Federica Mogherini said she won't be able to be in Kiev today, because she has to see the UN Secretary General. But this comes amid reports that Europe is losing faith in Ukraine's commitment to make political and economic reforms. RT's Murad Gazdiev reports.

RT

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- Ukraine-EU Summit starts in Kyiv as Russian forces in east show readiness for combat - Kyiv Post

Ukraine to apply for EU membership in five years - Poroshenko - Ukrinform
Poroshenko hopes every EU member state will ratify Association Agreement over next few months - Kyiv Post

Berlin knew Ukraine skies unsafe days before MH17 crash – reports



A German media investigation has revealed Berlin was informed about the dangers of flying over Eastern Ukraine, just days before MH17 was downed over the area last July. However the government didn't pass that information to any airline.

RT's Peter Oliver in Berlin has more. Read more.

RT

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MH17: German government failed to warn airlines - DW
MH17 - German investigative team's fact-check - DW

Muss sehen: Nieuwe feiten in Duitse MH17-repo (video) - Geenstijl
Die Story im Ersten: Todesflug MH17 (video) - Das Erste

Das Erste: Todesflug MH17 - Warum mussten 298 Menschen sterben?



In einer groß angelegten investigativen Recherche haben sich Reporter von WDR, NDR und Süddeutscher Zeitung auf Spurensuche begeben und neue Ergebnisse zutage gefördert. Sie sprachen mit Augenzeugen an der Absturzstelle, internationalen Ermittlern, Militärexperten, Politikern und Geheimdienstvertretern. Und trafen die Hinterbliebenen der Opfer.

In ihrer umfassenden TV-Dokumentation geben sie Antworten auf bislang ungeklärte Fragen.

Das Erste

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MH17: Das Erste (ARD) propaganda legt Achilleshiel bloot - De Grijze Duif

Iranian researchers produce anti-cancer nano-drug

Iranian researchers have produced a nano-drug which has proven effective in battling treatment resistant cancers.

The Cancer Research Center of Tehran University of Medical Sciences produced the polymer-based nanocarrier for the targeted release of the anti-cancer drug curcumin, ISNA reported on Sunday. Read more.

PressTV

Air raids and ground clashes rage in Yemen

Airstrikes continue across country despite Saudi claim that focus would be shifted to diplomacy and humanitarian issues.

Warplanes from the Saudi-led coalition battling Shia rebels in Yemen have struck targets in several provinces, including the capital Sanaa, security officials said, as fighting raged across the country. Read more.

Al Jazeera

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Taiz Battle: Heavy fighting erupts in Yemen streets (video) - RT
Hadi supporters make gains in Yemen’s Taez - Al Arabiya

Yemen FM rejects peace talks call from Saleh - Al Arabiya

April 25, 2015

Paradise Stolen: The Myth of Terrorism



Part 4 and possibly the most controversial of the series, The Myth of Terrorism reveals the real reason for the war on terror.

China Strategies

Houthi Arms Came from Saleh, not Iran



Gareth Porter says the claim that Iran is supplying Houthis with weapons ignores that the group was flush with American arms from ex-president Saleh

TRNN

Al-Qaeda's Air Force: United States And Saudi Arabia

By Brandon Turbeville - It was evident early on that the US bombing of alleged ISIS targets inside Syria was, in reality, an attempt to support the terrorist organization backed by NATO and the US as opposed to an attempt to defeat it. While such a suggestion has been repeatedly labeled as a “conspiracy theory” by the mainstream media and other gatekeepers in the “independent” media, the fruits of America’s labor in terms of the bombing campaign cannot be ignored. Likewise, neither can the world ignore the results of Saudi Arabia’s bombing of Yemen.

The truth is that the United States, NATO, and the GCC/Arab League are bombing in couched support of ISIS, increasing its gains and hold on power with every sortie fired. With this fact recognized, the NATO/GCC network of national governments can now officially be labeled as the Air Force of Al-Qaeda. Read more.

Activist Post

Israel reportedly hits Hezbollah, Assad targets in Syria

Al-Arabiya: IAF jets struck missile depots on Wednesday, Syrian army military bases near Lebanon border on Saturday

Israel reportedly hit several targets belonging to Hezbollah and the Syrian army in a series of air attacks Saturday morning in the Kalamun area on the border between Syria and Lebanon. Read more.

Israel Times

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Report: Israel Targets Hizbullah Arms Depot in Qalamoun - Naharnet
Report: Israel strikes Syrian military bases, Hezbollah targets near Syria-Lebanon border - Haaretz

With Iran out of the picture, Hezbollah tops Israel's threat list (paywall) - Haaretz

Reports: Syria government loses stronghold in Idlib

Security units withdraw after Jisr al-Shughur in Idlib falls to Nusra Front and its allies, Syrian Observatory says.

Fighters of Syria's al-Qaeda affiliate and its allies have overrun the last major government-held city in the northwestern province of Idlib, according to the monitoring group. Read more.

Al Jazeera

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Islamist rebels capture major Syrian stronghold in Idlib province - DW
The army fights fierce battles against terrorists in different areas - SANA

Russia Rescue: Americans evacuated from Yemen conflict



An American man has told RT how ten members of his family, including his wife and young daughters, were left stranded in war-torn Yemen. Khaled Alamari said his children had been severely traumatized by the conflict, and questioned Washington's line that it would not evacuate its own citizens.

The family have now been reunited after they were able to get on a Russian rescue plane at very short notice.

RT

Fresh fighting flares in Yemen as dialogue hopes dim

At least 28 killed in fighting between Houthis and Hadi loyalists near Aden despite appeals by ex-president for calm.

Fierce fighting has been raging between Yemen's rival factions in the south of the country a day after Ali Abdullah Saleh, the former president, urged his allies to withdraw from the areas they have captured. Read more.

Al Jazeera

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At least 27 killed in south Yemen fighting - Al Arabiya
Yemen Clashes: Intense firefight erupts in Aden (video) - RT

Yemen ex-president urges dialog among all warring sides - PressTV
US aircraft carrier leaves waters around Yemen - PressTV

Turks join Armenians in marking 1915 mass killings

Thousands of Turks commemorate centenary of 1915 mass killings of Armenians, despite Ankara's refusal to admit genocide.

Thousands of Turks and Armenians from around the globe have commemorated in Istanbul the centenary of the 1915 mass killings of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire. Read more + video.

Al Jazeera

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- Turkey says term 'genocide' incorrect (video) - Al Jazeera
- Armenian President: ‘Turkish govt didn’t commit genocide, but take responsibility for it with denials’ - RT

Armenia ready for normalization of ties, President Sargsyan says - Hürriyet
- ‘Genocide’ term gains wide currency as Armenians mark 1915 killings - Today's Zaman

Bundestag ceremony recalls Ottoman 'genocide' of Armenians (video) - DW
Turkish government reacts angrily to German recognition of Armenian 'genocide' - DW

Germany, Turkey and the Armenian Genocide


Click here to view: Playlist - All Parts

A documentary of the Armenian genocide. Describes how Turks and Germans conspired to commit the first genocide of the twentieth century. 

Watch all 7 parts. You can click "more from this user" and see all parts listed.

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Armenian genocide - German guilt? - DW

April 24, 2015

Independent Study Finding No MMR Autism Link Not So Independent

For those who may be critical of the process of vaccination, particularly its safety and effectiveness, it is a known fact that there has never been a study proving safety or effectiveness that was not linked to a pharmaceutical firm or vaccine maker.[1] Indeed, if vaccines were so easy to prove safe and effective, then certainly an entirely government-funded or independent agency would have done so by now.

With the recent mainstream media hype, however, one would be tempted to believe that such an independent study has finally taken place proving that the MMR vaccine is not linked to autism. Read more.

Activist Post

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No association found between MMR vaccine and autism, even among children at higher risk - ScienceDaily
Why Japan banned MMR vaccine - Daily Mail

Drones Undone: Media eyes open after 2 Western hostages killed in CIA op



The White House is under pressure to disclose the full details of events that led to the death of two Western hostages in a US drone strike on al-Qaeda in Pakistan. President Obama revealed that American and Italian captives were accidentally killed in the CIA operation.

This is far from the first time civilians have become casualties of the War on Terror - Gayane Chichikyan looks at some of the stories that receive less media attention.

RT

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Hostage deaths mean 38 Westerners killed by US drone strikes, Bureau investigation reveals - Bureau of Investigative Journalism

Eurozone to Greece: No cash till full reform deal

Eurozone finance ministers delivered a stark warning to Greece that its new government will get no more aid until it agrees a complete economic reform plan.

After a tough morning of talks with Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, the chairman of the Eurogroup of finance ministers, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, slammed the door on a request for early cash in return for partial reforms. Read more.

TOC

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- Hollande-Juncker: Greece Must Cooperate and Table Reforms - Greek Reporter
EU frustration mounts as Greeks try to sidestep aid process - eKathimerini

"Grexit not a bluff" Varoufakis tells Philosophie magazine causing uproar - TOC
- Greek default without euro exit conceivable for economists - eKathimerini

Japan's defense cooperation with U.S. to expand to five areas, cover outlying isles

Tokyo and Washington will expand the areas of defense cooperation from the current three to five under new guidelines that clearly mention Japan’s outlying islands.

A formal agreement on the revised defense cooperation guidelines will be made at a meeting in New York scheduled for April 27 involving Cabinet ministers and secretaries of the two nations in charge of foreign affairs and defense. Read more.

Asahi Shimbun

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Park in Ikebukuro closed after hot spot detected in playground

An unusually high level of radiation has been detected at a park in Tokyo’s Ikebukuro area, the Toshima Ward Office said Thursday, prompting speculation that hazardous material has been buried there.

The ward office has banned entry to the municipal park, which is right next to Tobu Railway Co.’s Shimoitabashi Station in the Ikebukuro-honcho district and surrounded by residences. Read more.

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Why Didn’t Bush/Cheney Prevent 9/11? - John Kiriakou on Reality Asserts Itself



On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Kiriakou and Paul Jay discuss the role of the White House in ignoring the CIA's warning that "something terrible" was coming.

TRNN

Back to old tactics: US envoy tweets ‘Russian BUKs in Ukraine’ with pic of Moscow show

US ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt has claimed that Russia’s military is continuing to expand its presence in eastern Ukraine. As for proof, Pyatt posted a two-year-old picture of an air defense system from an air show near Moscow.

“This is the highest concentration of Russia air defense systems in eastern Ukraine since August,” the ambassador tweeted,.. Read more.

RT

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US military instructors in eastern Ukraine combat zone – Russian military

The Russian Defense Ministry said the US military instructors have been spotted in the combat zone in eastern Ukraine, training the country’s National Guard in the field, despite promises to hold the exercises at a remote range in Lvov.

Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov slammed Washington’s claims of increased presence of Russian... Read more + audio.

RT

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500,000 Mexicans More Suffering Poverty

Mexico, Apr 23 (Prensa Latina) Half a million Mexicans were included in the great masses of poor people, when Mexico went from 5.8 million to 53.3 million in 2012, as revealed by a report from the Mexican Social Development Policy Office in 2014.

A total of 11.5 were in extreme poverty, and 41.8 million in moderate poverty, with difficulties for the access to dwelling, food and quality education. Read more.

Prensa Latina

Spain: We do not intend to break relations with Venezuela

Spanish Foreign Affairs Minister José Manuel García-Margallo defended former President Felipe González, and applauded his offer to collaborate in the defense of Venezuelan detained dissenters Leopoldo López and Antonio Ledezma

The Spanish government said that it does not intend to break relations with Venezuela,.. Read more.

El Universal

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US Threatens to Cut Aid to El Salvador for Backing Venezuela

The United States is threatening the small Central American country of El Salvador with financial repercussions for having supported Venezuela's campaign seeking the repeal of sanctions against the country.

The leftist Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN) Front government of Salvador Sanchez Ceren, together with all of the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, called on U.S. President Obama to repeal the executive order that declared Venezuela to be a “threat” to its national security. Read more.

Venezuelanalysis

Plasterk Worried About Security Situation In Venezuela

THE HAGUE, WILLEMSTAD – The Dutch Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, Ronald Plasterk, expressed his concern about the economic situation in Venezuela and the impact this has on the region, especially in the three Dutch islands, Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao. Plasterk indicated this in the annual report of the Dutch Intelligence and Security Agency, or the AIVD.

The Dutch Minister fears that the rising tensions in the country,... Read more.

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Russia-Cuba Commission''s Session a Success, Lavrov Says

Moscow, Apr 23 (Prensa Latina) Foreign Minister Serguei Lavrov praised today the successful special session of the intergovernmental commission for economic-trade and scientific-technical cooperation between Russia and Cuba, held in Kazan, Republic of Tatarstan.

After receiving today Ricardo Cabrisas, Vice President of Council of Ministers, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Lavrov praised the results of this session, chaired in the Russian segment by Vice President Dmitri Rogozin. Read more.

Prensa Latina

Griesa asks Argentina, banks information on recent bond offering

US District Judge Thomas Griesa has called for an urgent meeting with representatives of Argentina and so called “vulture” funds to address the country’s move to issue dollar-denominated debt, selling US$1.4 billion despite pressure by NML Capital, one of the two leading hedge funds involved in debt talks with Buenos Aires, to scare off potential investors.

After the meeting meeting, Griesa urged Argentina to provide details on the dollar bond operation. Read more.

Buenos Aires Herald

Russia and Argentina seal energy package, $3bn in deals

Russia plans to invest $2 billion in Argentinian nuclear power plants, and Russia's Gazprom has signed a deal to explore oil and gas fields in Argentina, a project worth another $1 billion.

Argentinian President Cristina de Kirchner and Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a renewed energy pact at a news conference in Moscow on Thursday. Read more.

RT

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Eric Smit van FTM over ABN Amro en de toekomst van de Nederlandse bank



Deze week praten we met Eric Smit, oprichter en schrijver bij Follow the Money en tevens veelgevraagde expert in de netelige ABN Amro kwestie.

Met hem praten we over de toekomst van die bank en de bank in het algemeen in Nederland. Uiteraard komen nieuwe geldsoorten ook aan bod. Lees meer.

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Deutsche Bank to pay record fine in Libor scandal

Deutsche Bank has agreed to pay a massive penalty for its role in manipulating Libor interest rates. Germany's biggest private lender is also being forced to fire individual employees who engaged in misconduct.

The New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) announced Thursday that... Read more.

DW

BND helped NSA spy on German, European interests

A German media report has implicated Germany's foreign intelligence agency in helping the NSA target European interests. The revelation has prompted politicians to call for an end to the collaboration.

The German Intelligence Agency (BND) assisted the US National Security Agency (NSA) in spying on European targets,.. Read more.

DW

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Watching the Watchers: Code Red plans 'to hold govts' feet to the fire'



A new think-tank targeting global surveillance has been launched in Berlin. Named Code Red it will link technologists and activists from across the globe.

RT speaks to one if its co-founders, internet privacy activist Simon Davies.

RT

Schizofrenie bestaat niet

De Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen (KNAW) organiseert op 20 mei het debat ‘Schizofrenie bestaat niet’. 

Hoogleraar psychiatrische epidemiologie Jim van Os van het Maastricht Universitair Medisch Centrum gaat in debat met hoogleraar cognitieve neuropsychiatrie André Aleman van het Universitair Medisch Centrum Groningen. Lees meer.

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Vaccines cause autism, says confidential document from corrupt drug company

(NaturalNews) While the debate rages on about whether or not vaccines cause autism, a confidential document has surfaced that makes clear what science has led Natural News readers to believe: Yes, vaccines are linked to autism.

The document,[PDF] which runs over 1,000 pages, is from the fraudulent and corrupt GlaxoSmithKline. Read more.

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