May 31, 2017

Venezuela furious at Goldman Sachs for making ‘a quick buck’ off its suffering people

The leader of Venezuela's National Assembly has said the country might refuse to repay $2.8 billion for bonds that Goldman Sachs recently bought from the country's central bank.

"It is apparent Goldman Sachs decided to make a quick buck off the suffering of the Venezuelan people," Julio Borges, the leader of the opposition-controlled Congress, said in a letter to Goldman CEO Lloyd Blankfein. Read more.

RT

Captain SKA - Liar Liar GE2017



NHS crisis, education crisis, u turns ... you can't trust Theresa May. Let's get this into the top 40. Download now and force the BBC to play it on our airwaves. 

All proceeds from downloads of the track between 26th May and 8th June 2017 will be split between food banks around the UK and The People's Assembly Against Austerity.

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May 30, 2017

Morocco: Rif protests leader Nasser Zefzafi arrested



A prominent activist has been arrested in Morocco. Nasser Zefzafi has been on the run since Friday.

He's led anti-government demonstrations in the port city of Al-Hoceima in the northern Rif region for the past six months.

At least 20 other protesters were arrested over the weekend, accused of being a threat to national security.

Al Jazeera's Victoria Gatenby reports.

Al Jazeera

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May 29, 2017

Turkish intelligence agency report describes massive global Gülenist organization


The global network of the Fethullahist Terror Organization (FETÖ) is made up of more than 500 companies, hundreds of foundations and media outlets, and over 1,000 schools across 170 countries, a report by Turkey’s National Intelligence Agency (MİT) has stated.

The MİT examines FETÖ’s global network and links in a report sent to the parliamentary panel tasked with probing the failed July 2016 coup attempt, staged by military personnel linked with FETÖ. Read more.

Hurriyet

Syrian army advancing towards Jordanian border



The Syrian army is pressing ahead with its offensive to fully dislodge Daesh terrorists from the war-ravaged country. 

The army and allied forces are advancing towards the Jordanian border in a bid to widen the security belt and tighten the grip on the terrorists.

PressTV

May 28, 2017

Measles outbreak: German kindergartens ordered to report parents who refuse vaccination advice

German kindergartens must notify health authorities about parents who fail to prove they have been counselled on child vaccination, the Health Ministry says, ahead of a law set to be passed next week. The move comes amid a measles outbreak in Europe.

Parents not complying will face fines of up to €2,500 (US$2,800). The authorities can already fine parents who allow children to skip vaccination, which is mandatory for attending kindergartens. However, it was previously up to nurseries to decide whether to report such parents. Read more.

RT

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ISIL: Target Russia



Thousands of ISIL fighters are training in the mountains of Afghanistan, plotting an attack on the Kremlin.

Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) have always considered "the West" - and the United States in particular - the ultimate enemy.

But following President Vladimir Putin's policy of military involvement in Syria, Russia may have taken its place as ISIL's main target. Read more.

Al Jazeera

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Time For The US To Take A Step Back From Afghanistan - ZeroHedge

The U.S. will never win the war in Afghanistan - Washington Post
More U.S. Troops Aren't Enough to Fix Afghanistan - Bloomberg

NATO troop increase plan draws criticism in Afghanistan (video) - Al Jazeera

15,000 Rally in Tel Aviv in Support of Two-state Solution

Palestinian President Abbas' message read at rally: Time for Israel to recognize Palestine, end the occupation; opposition leader Herzog booed by demonstrators 

Some 15,000 people rallied in Tel Aviv on Saturday in support of the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. A message from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas was read during the demonstration at Rabin Square. Read more.

Haaretz

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The Alchemist - Israeli Salad


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U.S. Killing More And More Civilians In Syria



Under the government of President Donald Trump, the United States are killing more civilians in Syria each day.

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Violent clashes erupt at G7 protest in Italy as summit ends



A G7 protest in Taormina, Italy resulted in violent clashes with the police, who were seen deploying tear gas at protesters.

The violence erupted as the protesters reportedly veered off the approved route and approached a police checkpoint.

A small group of protesters broke from the main column and tried to flank the riot police checkpoint by running along the beach. The police then charged the protesters and deployed tear gas.

RT

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May 26, 2017

Trump plan to cut trillions of dollars from social programmes defended



US budget director Mick Mulvaney has defended plans to cut trillions of dollars from social programmes over the next decade. He says President Donald Trump's proposals are morally justified and will increase economic growth.

The US government plans to boost spending on the military, but will impose significant cuts in other areas, including food stamps, medical care and education.

Al Jazeera's Alan Fisher reports from Washington, DC.

Al Jazeera

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Africa is not poor, we are stealing its wealth

It's time to change the way we talk and think about Africa.

Africa is poor, but we can try to help its people.

It's a simple statement, repeated through a thousand images, newspaper stories and charity appeals each year, so that it takes on the weight of truth. When we read it, we reinforce assumptions and stories about Africa that we've heard throughout our lives. We reconfirm our image of Africa.

Try something different. Africa is rich, but we steal its wealth. Read more.

Al Jazeera

Watch: Cozying up to dictators

May 25, 2017

The Fed wants to raise rates but inflation could stand in the way

As the Fed sets forth a fairly aggressive path toward higher interest rates, one key element could scuttle those plans.

Substantially lower-than-expected inflation would be a significant hurdle for the central bank in its quest to normalize a benchmark rate kept near zero through much of the post-financial crisis economy. The Fed has hiked the rate three times since December 2015 and economists and Wall Street strategists widely expect at least two more moves before the end of 2017. Read more + video.

CNBC

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Rouhani, Erdogan seeking new chapter in Iran-Turkey ties

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan have expressed their countries’ readiness to shore up bilateral ties especially in the economic field.

During a telephone conversation on Wednesday, the two presidents said that Iran and Turkey were keen to open a new chapter in bilateral ties and take a leap in their economic cooperation. Read more.

PressTV

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Manchester Attack Probe: Suicide bomber's relatives detained in Libya



UK police are investigating a network linked to the suicide bomber who carried out Monday's Manchester concert attack. Eight people have been already arrested. Members of the attacker's family have also been detained.

RT's Emily Siu joins me live in the studio with more.

RT

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Reactions to Manchester Bombing Show How Anti-Muslim Bigots Are “Useful Idiots” for ISIS

Mehdi Hasan - IF YOU WANT to defeat ISIS, listen to former ISIS hostage Nicolas Henin. The group is “heartened by every sign of overreaction, of division, of fear, of racism, of xenophobia … [and] drawn to any examples of ugliness on social media,” the French journalist wrote in November 2015 in the wake of the Paris attacks. “Central to their world view is the belief that communities cannot live together with Muslims, and every day their antennae will be tuned towards finding supporting evidence.”

Get that? Islamophobia plays right into the hands of ISIS. Wittingly or unwittingly, anti-Muslim bigots have become recruiting sergeants for a group they profess to hate and claim to want to destroy. The Islamophobes, to borrow a line from Lenin, are ISIS’s useful idiots. Read more.

Intercept

Brazil Police Crack Down as 150K Protest Temer, Demand Election

The massive demonstrations in the capital come after Temer refused to step down despite widespread calls for his resignation.

Riot police cracked down on tens of thousands of protesters who took to the streets in Brasilia Wednesday against President Michel Temer calling for fresh direct elections after the latest corruption scandal to rock the unelected government. Read more.

teleSUR

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Thousands Protest Trump Before NATO Summit

Bilderberg 2017 split on Trumps future



This year’s Bilderberg conference in Chantilly, Virginia from June 1st through 4th may very well decide Donald Trumps future. Impeachment, open battle or a new modus vivendi with the establishment are all on the table.

During the campaign the big gimmick was „the man of the people“ draning the swamp, but in reality the picture is much more complex, as demonstrated by the split view on Trump amongst the members of the powerful Bilderberg group.

Some big regular names that are unhappy with Trump or neutral are Banco Santander, Evercore, the European Central Bank, Lazard, the IMF, most media like the Washington Post. But there are also movers and shakers in Bilderberg who like Trump and actucally work with him. Read more + video.

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May 23, 2017

US, Israel will never allow Iran to have nuclear weapon: Trump

US President Donald Trump has said the United States and Israel will never allow Iran to have nuclear weapons, even though the Islamic Republic has already made it very clear that it has no desire or program to develop one.

“The United States and Israel can declare with one voice that Iran must never be allowed to possess a nuclear weapon - never, ever - and must cease its deadly funding, training and equipping of terrorists and militias, and it must cease immediately," Trump said after a meeting with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin in Jerusalem al-Quds on Monday. Read more.

PressTV

Lord Rothschild Discusses How His Family Created Israel ! 2017 Interview

May 21, 2017

The REAL Reason Trump Fired Comey (Worse Than You Think)

New Temer scandal rattles markets in Brazil, Argentina

Stocks and currencies nosedive as investors scramble in response to corruption allegations involving Brazilian president

Brazilian markets plummeted yesterday as allegations that President Michel Temer condoned bribes to silence a key witness deflated investor optimism about the prospects for his ambitious pension and labour reform agenda. That pessimism spread to Argentina, which saw declines in stocks markets and a jump in the value of the US dollar against the peso. Read more.

Buenos Aires Herald

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Seism in Brazil: Temer could soon be joining Rousseff at the removed ex presidents' club - Mercopress

Brazil's Spiraling Corruption Scandal Deepens with Temer at the Centre (video) - TRNN

BRICS Under Attack: The Empire Strikes Back In Brazil - MintPress
WikiLeaks: Brazil’s Acting President Michel Temer Is US Diplomatic Informant - MintPress

Chaos in Brazilië – aandelenmarkt crasht - Biflatie

The Strategy Behind Washington’s Destabilization Of Venezuela

Venezuela represents everything that the U.S. opposes in the region: socialism, anti-imperialism, economic independence via energy exports and a viable ally for China, Russia, Iran and other countries that oppose the hegemonic designs of Washington.

NEW YORK (Analysis)– The corporate media continues to churn out endless stories detailing repression, state violence and socioeconomic collapse in Venezuela. Conspicuously absent from their stories, however, is the fact that much of the turmoil in the Bolivarian Republic is a result of an economic and psychological war being waged against the country by right-wing elements inside Venezuela and their backers in the United States. Read more.

MintPress

May 19, 2017

Cabinet OKs compulsory vaccination for school entry

Up to the age of six says Gentiloni

(ANSA) - Rome, May 19 - The cabinet on Friday approved a decree reintroducing compulsory vaccinations for school admissions. The decree had been held up by a row between Health Minister Beatrice Lorenzin and Education Minister Valeria Fedeli over the age limit for the obligation, with Lorenzin wanting it raised to 10 and Fedeli insisting it should be left at six. Read more.

ANSA

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Protest turns violent: Brazilians call for impeachment of Temer over bribery allegations



Violence erupted late on Thursday in Rio de Janeiro after protesters rallying for the resignation of President Michel Temer, who is engulfed in a corruption scandal, clashed with police.

Thousands of protesters marched peacefully at first in downtown Rio. After they reached their final destination, an anarchist group known as Black Bloc clashed violently with police. Read more.

RT

May 18, 2017

Puerto Rico: 179 public schools to close amid financial crisis



The US territory of Puerto Rico plans to close 179 schools due to crippling debt of more than $70 bn.

Officials say it’s an opportunity to re-invest in Puerto Rico’s education system but with thousands of students affected, many are now worried about the future.

Al Jazeera's Andy Gallacher reports from San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Al Jazeera

Thousands protest against austerity in Greece



More than 12,000 people have marched through the Greek capital protesting against the new austerity measures being debated in parliament.

Several demonstrators fought with police who used tear gas to disperse them. Al Jazeera's John Psaropoulos reports from Athens.

Al Jazeera

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May 17, 2017

Time to assassinate Assad & get to his allies in Iran – Israeli minister



An Israeli minister has bluntly called for Syrian leader Bashar Assad to be assassinated after unsourced media reports claimed Damascus was using a “crematorium” to cover-up mass killings.

He said the “serpent’s head” in Tehran should be dealt with next.

RT

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‘Trump rules out moving US embassy to Jerusalem'

Friedman: US president won’t unveil diplomatic plan.

President Donald Trump will not use his upcoming trip to Israel to announce plans to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, although he still ultimately wants to take that step, a senior administration official said on Wednesday. Read more.

JPost

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Mercury in Vaccines Has Never Been Tested for Safety



Mercury in Vaccines Has Never Been Tested for Safety since the introduction in 1929 till 2004

Truthstream Media

Assange: CIA is the world's most dangerously incompetent spy agency



The CIA is the world's most dangerously incompetent spy agency. That's what WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange has told RT, after the CIA slammed him as the 'terrorists' best friend'.

The agency also claims Russian hacking of the US elections is a fact, and this channel's trying to cover it up.

RT

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May 16, 2017

Deep Web


2015

A feature documentary that explores the rise of a new Internet; decentralized, encrypted, dangerous and beyond the law; with particular focus on the FBI capture of the Tor hidden service Silk Road, and the judicial aftermath. Read more.

Violence In Venezuela Aims to Create Chaos and Topple the Government



Elias Jaua, President of the Commission for the National Constituent Assembly describes the opposition violence as a strategy to create chaos and eventually topple the state through foreign intervention.

teleSUR

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May 15, 2017

Exploring Jewish life in Iran



As Iran prepares to hold presidential elections on Friday, DW's Theresa Tropper visits the capital, Tehran, to find out how members of the Jewish community feel about their country's future.

DW

'France divided': Emmanuel Macron takes office amid protests



Centrist Emmanuel Macron has officially assumed power in an inauguration ceremony at the Elysee Place in Paris, becoming the youngest president in French history.

RT

Syria's al-Qaeda affiliate escapes from Canada's terror list

Failure to list group keeps Canada in line with U.S., but complicates potential prosecutions

The Syrian branch of al-Qaeda, currently calling itself Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), has succeeded in getting itself off Canada's list of designated terrorist entities following its latest identity shift. Read more.

CBC

May 14, 2017

Study finds link between brain damage and religious fundamentalism

A new study published in the journal Neuropsychologia has shown that religious fundamentalism is, in part, the result of a functional impairment in a brain region known as the prefrontal cortex. 

The findings suggest that damage to particular areas of the prefrontal cortex indirectly promotes religious fundamentalism by diminishing cognitive flexibility and openness—a psychology term that describes a personality trait which involves dimensions like curiosity, creativity, and open-mindedness. Read more.

Raw Story

May 11, 2017

Stockholm clinic probed for discouraging vaccination, says measles is good for child’s development

A children’s clinic in Stockholm is being investigated after giving parents dubious information about vaccines and advising homeopathy, leaving their young patients at risk of developing potentially life-threatening diseases, local media report

The Allvis clinic in the Sodermalm district, which practices alternative medicine, allegedly advised parents to wait before vaccinating their child against measles, mumps and rubella, claiming that having the diseases can help along their child’s development. Read more.

RT

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Amerika mag drugshandel langer bestrijden vanaf Antillen

DEN HAAG - Nederland heeft de Verenigde Staten langer toestemming om drugstransporten op te sporen vanaf luchthavens op de Antillen. 

Minister Bert Koenders verlengde het bestaande verdrag met vijf jaar. Lees meer.

Luchtvaart Nieuws

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May 10, 2017

Chavistas Continue Counter Marches for Peace



Supporters of the Maduro led government number in the millions. Many hit the streets to send a message of peace, during a time of intense opposition led street protests, many of which have contributed to close to 40 deaths since early April.

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Left-Wing Activists in the Crosshair in Venezuela



Since opposition protests began in April, members and leaders of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) have been targeted and killed.

teleSUR

U.S. Military Exercises in Amazonia - Who is the Target?



A coming U.S. military drill in South America is being justified as training to deal with drug traffickers.

Yet, similar drills in the past were used to strengthen U.S. bases as well as to combat insurgencies like the FARC. Who are the targets this time around?

teleSUR

Dutch parliament grills ECB chief Draghi; Demands shutting down Europes money faucet

On Wednesday afternoon European Central Bank president Mario Draghi is visiting the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament. He can expect to be met with hostility and demands for the ECB to stop pushing billions of euros into the European economy in an effort to boost growth, NU.nl reports after speaking with numerous parliamentarians.

The Dutch parliamentarians want the ECB to reduce its large debt buying program to a gradual stop. "Sooner rather than later", CDA MP Pieter Omtzigt said. PVV MP Tony van Dijck agrees. "He has to stop it as soon as possible. It's bad policy for the Netherlands." Read more.

NL Times

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ECB-president blijft rustig tijdens bezoek aan Kamer: 'Ik ben niet geïrriteerd, hoor' - Volkskrant

Cannabis reverses aging processes in the brain, study suggests

Researchers restore the memory performance of Methuselah mice to a juvenile stage Memory performance decreases with increasing age.

Cannabis can reverse these ageing processes in the brain. This was shown in mice by scientists at the University of Bonn with their colleagues at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel). Old animals were able to regress to the state of two-month-old mice with a prolonged low-dose treatment with a cannabis active ingredient. This opens up new options, for instance, when it comes to treating dementia. Read more.

ScienceDaily

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Leden Trekt Uw Plant blijven aangehouden

Enkele tientallen leden van Trekt Uw Plant vzw en sympathisanten verzamelden deze middag voor het Justitiepaleis in Antwerpen. Ze waren hoopvol dat de drie aangehouden leden zullen vrijkomen. "Een vzw die altijd open is in haar communicatie met de stad. Waarom willen ze hier nogmaals een zaak van maken", vragen de leden zich af. Eens binnen kwam het verdict. Voor de drie aangehouden leden wordt de aanhouding verlengd met 30 dagen. Ongeloof en verbijstering alom.

Amper vijf minuten waren ze binnen toen ze het verdict hoorden van de advocaat van één van de beklaagden. Het argument voor een verlengde aanhouding is "recidivisme". Lees meer.

De Wereld Morgen

‘Most toxic place in US’: Hanford nuclear waste site tunnel collapses triggering emergency



Hundreds of workers at a nuclear waste site in Washington state have been ordered to 'take cover', after a tunnel used to store radioactive material collapsed. Read more.

RT

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May 9, 2017

Big Pharma's pollution is creating deadly superbugs while the world looks the other way

Antibiotic Resistance: Environmental standards do not feature in international regulations governing drug production

Industrial pollution from Indian pharmaceutical companies making medicines for nearly all the world’s major drug companies is fuelling the creation of deadly superbugs, suggests new research. Global health authorities have no regulations in place to stop this happening.

A major study published today in the prestigious scientific 'Journal of Infection' found “excessively high” levels of antibiotic and antifungal drug residue in water sources in and around a major drug production hub in the Indian city of Hyderabad, as well as high levels of bacteria and fungi resistant to those drugs. Scientists told the Bureau the quantities found meant they believe the drug residues must have originated from pharmaceutical factories. Read more.

TIBJ

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Angela Merkel congratulates Macron on presidential win



Macron's victory has been welcomed by European leaders who feared that a win by Le Pen could mean the end of the EU. German Chancellor Angela Merkel congratulated Macron on what she called a spectacular success.

Merkel on Monday held her last meeting with current French President Francois Hollande. Al Jazeera's Dominic Kane reports from Berlin.

Al Jazeera

Europa dag: We vieren vandaag het Coudenhove-Kalergi Plan

Gefeliciteerd Europeanen!

Gefeliciteerd inwoners van het (vierde) Europese Rijk. Het is vandaag weer Europa-dag en dat wordt (te Brussel) feestelijk gevierd. En ook voor u: felicitaties met het voortgaan van immer nauwere politieke integratie, de Ever Closer Union. Gefeliciteerd met het opdoeken van Nederland als land, en het steeds verder overdragen van uw inspraak, macht en zeggenschap naar de Europese Unie en al hun ongekozen eurocraten.

De achtergronden achter het plan voor Europa zijn in de praktijk heel anders dan normaliter wordt voorgehouden, heel anders dan wordt verkondigd in het recent op uw kosten geopende Europa-museum in Brussel. Lees meer.

Lang Leve Europa

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May 7, 2017

Banksy Brexit mural of man chipping away at EU flag appears in Dover

Artwork confirmed as genuine is reclusive artist’s first comment on vote to leave EU and comes at time of increasing tensions

A Brexit-inspired mural by Banksy showing a metalworker chipping away at a star on the EU flag has appeared in Dover. Read more.

Guardian

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French authorities warn against circulating Macron leaks



French authorities have taken a harsh stance against circulating the leaked information from a massive hacking attack targeting centrist presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron's campaign.

Electoral authorities have warned that circulating the fraudulently obtained data could amount to a criminal offense. The internal documents of Macron’s campaign were spread online after France’s final day of campaigning came to an end on Friday night.

France’s election campaign watchdog has launched an investigation into the hacking. It’s also warned that some of the released documents could be fake. There are growing fears that the leaks could affect the outcome of the presidential run-off on Sunday.

Latest polls show that Macron has a support of 62-percent compared to 38-percent for his far-right rival Marine Le Pen in Sunday’s runoff vote.

Interview: Scott Rickard, Former American Intelligence Linguist.

PressTV

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French Presidential Elections: Choice of Lesser Evil Between a White Supremacist or Ultra Neoliberalist



Yasser Louati, says French voters face an impossible choice of an openly racist candidate Le Pen and uber neoliberal, former investment banker that will implement policies that will fuel, ignite and spark even more competitive hatred among French

TRNN

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New Conflicts of Interest Uncovered for Trump's Son-In-Law Jared Kushner



TRNN's Shir Hever analyzes the financial ties that Jared Kushner has to the Steinmetz family, whose members have been accused of corruption in Africa

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John Cale on David Bowie and Donald Trump



Like his friend, David Bowie, he has been reinventing rock music for nearly half a century. 

Welshman John Cale was - with Lou Reed - a founding member of the New York band, the Velvet Underground.

John Cale - Mercenaries

May 5, 2017

Why Do North Koreans Hate Us? One Reason — They Remember the Korean War.

It’s a question that has bewildered Americans again and again in the wake of 9/11, in reference to the Arab and Muslim worlds. These days, however, it’s a question increasingly asked about the reclusive North Koreans.

Let’s be clear: There is no doubt that the citizens of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea both fear and loathe the United States. Paranoia, resentment, and a crude anti-Americanism have been nurtured inside the Hermit Kingdom for decades. Children are taught to hate Americans in school while adults mark a “Struggle Against U.S. Imperialism Month” every year (it’s in June, in case you were wondering). Read more.

Intercept

Rebel spirit: Majority of EU youth ready to join mass uprising – poll



A new poll suggests the majority of young Europeans are ready to join a full-scale revolt against the EU's ruling elites. 

RT's Maria Finoshina has the details.

RT

Iran calls for pressuring Tel Aviv to join NPT



A senior Iranian foreign ministry official has urged the international community to put pressure on Israel to join the Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Gholam-Hossein Dehqani expressed concern regarding the Israeli nuclear arsenal. Dehqani said Israel’s nukes pose a threat to regional and global peace and security. He made the remarks at a conference on the Nuclear non-proliferation Treaty in Vienna.

The Iranian official also criticized nuclear-armed countries for failing to abide by their commitments to dismantle the weapons of mass destruction. Israel, a non-NPT member, is believed to have up to 400 nuclear warheads in its arsenal.

PressTV

May 4, 2017

Russia, Iran, Turkey adopt memorandum on creation of 4 de-escalation zones in Syria



Idlib, Latakia and Homs are included in the safe zones, as well as parts of Aleppo, according to the Turkish Foreign Ministry.

Under the memorandum, any fighting between government forces and armed opposition will cease within the safe zones. Read more.

RT

Related,
Iran, Russia, Turkey sign deal to set up safe zones in Syria - PressTV
Turkey, Russia, Iran back Syria 'de-escalation zones' - AA

Safe zones to solve 50 percent of Syrian conflict: President Erdoğan - Hurriyet

Syria: Russia, Turkey, Iran agree on safe zones at ceasefire talks - CNN
Russia, Turkey, Iran ink deal on safe zones in Syria - Times of Israel

May 2, 2017

Odessa Massacre: 3 years since tragedy that killed 48, guilty still not found



The nearly 50 victims of the May 2014 violence in Odessa, Ukraine – most of whom died in a trade union building after being attacked by pro-Kiev radicals – are remembered across the world 3 years on, while no verdict has been delivered in the case.

RT

Hamas presents new charter accepting a Palestine based on 1967 borders

Document aims to heal divisions within Palestinian movement and ease peace process but Netanhayu says: ‘Hamas is attempting to fool the world’

Hamas has unveiled a new political programme softening its stance on Israel by accepting the idea of a Palestinian state in territories occupied by Israel in the six-day war of 1967. Read more.

Guardian

Related,
In Palestinian Power Struggle, Hamas Moderates Talk on Israel - NY Times
Hamas to drop call for Israel's destruction in new policy document - Independent

Israel dismisses purportedly ‘friendlier’ Hamas principles - Times of Israel
As Israel marks independence day, Hamas issues new and threatening charter - JPost

NRC-correspondent Derk Walters moet weg uit Israël

Derk Walters, die sinds september 2014 correspondent is van NRC Handelsblad in Israël, moet uiterlijk 1 juli dat land uit. Volgens hoofdredacteur Peter Vandermeersch gebeurt dat op bevel van het Government Press Office (GPO), dat onder de de minister-president valt.

In een stuk in NRC vertelt de hoofdredacteur wat aan de beslissing vooraf is gegaan. Lees meer.

NOS

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Israël weigert correspondent NRC verlenging visum - NRC

Adviseur Poetin: “Amerikaanse agressie alleen te stoppen via dollar”

De enige manier om Amerikaanse agressie een halt toe te roepen is om van de verslaving aan dollars af te komen. Die zei Sergey Glazyev, adviseur van het Kremlin, afgelopen vrijdag in een interview met het Russische persbureau TASS.

“Hoe agressiever de Amerikanen worden, hoe sneller ze de ineenstorting van de dollar zullen meemaken. Het dumpen van dollars is de enige manier voor slachtoffers van Amerikaanse agressie om dit te stoppen. Zodra wij [Rusland] en China de dollar dumpen betekent dat het einde van de militaire macht van de Verenigde Staten.” Lees meer.

MarketUpdate

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Kremlin advisor reveals 'cure for US aggression' - TASS

May 1, 2017

Trump's 100 days: US air campaign hammers Yemen with almost a strike a day

More US strikes have hit Yemen in President Donald Trump's first 100 days in office than in all of 2015 and 2016 combined, as the US military takes full advantage of the White House designating parts of the country areas of "active hostilities".

In March and April alone the US carried out 80 air attacks with jets and drones - itself more than double the number seen last year. Read more.

TIBJ