August 31, 2017

Abby Martin Speaks to Dan Kovalik about US hypocrisy on Colombia



Colombia and Venezuela: two neighboring countries that receive extremely different treatment by the US Empire and the mass media.

teleSUR

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Empire Files: Human Rights Hypocrisy - Colombia vs. Venezuela (video) - teleSUR

82 Environmental Activists Killed in Latin America in 2017



More and more defenders of the earth in Latin American continue to die for their activism.

teleSUR

August 30, 2017

US nuclear weapons should be removed from our country – German FM



German Foreign Minister says he’d like to see American nuclear weapons removed from his country.

RT's Peter Oliver has more.

RT

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Germany's Gabriel warns of 'Cold War 2.0' threat from rearmament - Reuters

“Amerikaanse kernwapens moeten weg uit Duitsland” - Geotrendlines

US-led coalition exchanged fire with Turkish-backed rebels in Syria



US-led coalition forces in Syria have returned fire after being shot at by Turkey-backed rebels near the northern city of Manbij, according to a coalition spokesman.

RT

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648 detained, 282 arrested in 117 ISIL operations in Istanbul over one year - Hurriyet

August 29, 2017

US test-drops 2nd nuclear bomb

The US has carried out a second flight test of a newly upgraded nuclear free-fall bomb in five months at the Tonopah Test Range in the state of Nevada which it says is designed to “meet national security requirements.”

The test of the B61-12 bomb, which was the second of the upgraded B-61 variant, was dropped by an F-15E Fighting Falcon jet on August 8. Read more.

PressTV

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US Conducts Successful Field Test Of New Nuclear Bomb - ZeroHedge
Trump: ‘All options are on the table’ after N. Korea missile launch over Japan - RT

How many nukes are in the world and what could they destroy? - Telegraph
- US B61-12 nukes may lower threshold of using nuclear weapons, diplomat says - TASS

Trump: US 'should & will’ get along with Russia



During a joint news conference with his Finnish counterpart Sauli Niinisto president Donald Trump has expressed confidence that the world's two nuclear superpowers would 'get along' and that US relations with Russia will eventually improve from their record low, to if not 'great,' then at the very least, 'good.' Read more.

RT

August 28, 2017

Do We Have a "Right" to Mental Privacy and "Cognitive Liberty"?



That headline on the tile for this video is from Scientific American. Not only are they pretending this is suddenly a question now, but they're acting like they don't know the answer, like it's somehow up for debate.

Truthstream Media

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Do We Have a Right to Mental Privacy and Cognitive Liberty? - Scientific American
Preserving the Right to Cognitive Liberty - Scientific American

- Hacking the Soul: Cracking the brain’s codes. Christof Koch, Allen Institute for Brain Science (video) - MIT
- Hacking the Soul: Reviving hope for more effective treatment for psychiatric disorders. Steven Hyman, Broad Institute (video) - MIT

August 26, 2017

Trump imposes hard-hitting economic sanctions on Venezuela

The United States has imposed potentially hard-hitting economic sanctions on Venezuela, barring banks from any new financial dealings with the government or state-run oil company PDVSA.

The White House on Friday announced President Donald Trump had signed an executive order "imposing strong, new financial sanctions” on the government of Venezuela. Read more.

PressTV

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U.S. New Sanctions on Venezuela Designed to Strangle its Economy (video) - teleSUR
New US Sanctions Against Venezuela to Cause Greater Economic Instability (video) - TRNN

Maduro decries US sanctions against Venezuela (video) - Al Jazeera
- US sanctions against Venezuela won’t work, warns Beijing - RT

No military action against Venezuela soon: McMaster - PressTV
Venezuela drills begin in face of Trump threats (video) - PressTV

August 24, 2017

Keiser Report: Empire of Debt



Max & Stacy discuss the narcissism of central banks holding $15 trillion in their own assets

They also discuss Morgan Stanley saying that some of their investors see Bitcoin as a better hedge to inflation than gold.

Max continues his interview with Dan Collins of TheChinaMoneyReport.com to discuss the looming trade war between the US and China, and the mountain of US treasuries owned by China.

RT

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"Nothing Else Matters": Central Banks Have Bought A Record $1.5 Trillion In Assets In 2017 - ZeroHedge

Global Debt Hits A New Record High Of $217 Trillion; 327% Of GDP - ZeroHedge
Emerging market borrowing spree lifts global debt to record $217 trillion -IIF - Reuters

August 22, 2017

UN accuses Saudi, UAE of funding armed groups in Yemen



A confidential report by the United Nations accuses Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates of financing armed groups in Yemen.

It also accuses all parties of violating international humanitarian laws in a war that has killed thousands of people and devastated the country.

Al Jazeera's Mohammed Jamjoom reports.

Al Jazeera

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UN accuses both sides in Yemen war of international law violations (video) - Al Jazeera

Military-led nation building no more: Trump announces strategy change



Donald Trump says restrictions on fighting terrorists in Afghanistan have been lifted, and the US is no longer focused on nation-building, in a speech unveiling a new strategy for the country.

Richard Becker from the anti-war Answer Coalition comments President's statement. Read more.

RT

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Trump Outlines New Afghanistan War Strategy With Few Details (video) - NY Times
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Afghan government, Taliban react to Trump’s war plan (video) - Al Jazeera
With Bannon back, Breitbart is crushing Trump for his speech - Washington Post

Raqqa: US-led attacks 'kill 100 civilians' in 48 hours

Women and children among the dead as a barrage of US-led coalition raids hit ISIL-held city.

At least 100 civilians have been killed over the past 48 hours by US-led air attacks targeting fighters in Raqqa, the de-facto capital of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) in Syria. Read more.

Al Jazeera

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UN ‘deeply concerned’ about US-led Raqqa airstrikes that reportedly killed dozens of civilians - RT

August 19, 2017

Lebanon discovers US-made arms left by Nusra terrorists



A Lebanese security source says the army has discovered US-made weapons in an arms cache seized from Nusra Front terrorists.

The weapons cache reportedly included TOW anti-tank missiles made by the U-S as well as surface-to-air missiles. The weapons were recovered during an operation in northern Lebanon, where the army is pushing back terrorists along the Syrian border.

It comes after Syria accused the U-S and the U-K of supplying chemical weapons to terrorists in the country. Syria’s Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad said the toxic agents found in the cities of Aleppo and Damascus were produced by British and American companies.

PressTV

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Lebanon, Hezbollah move against ISIL (video) - Euronews

War in Syria almost over: Advisor to Assad (video) - PressTV

Seven million in Yemen face threat of famine



The UN Security Council has been told that seven million people in Yemen are facing the threat of famine.

The body's humanitarian chief, Stephen O'Brien, says the crisis is entirely caused by the civil war. The UN is once again calling for Sanaa airport to be reopened to allow in aid and let Yemenis seek medical help.

Al Jazeera’s Rosiland Jordan reports from the UN headquarters in New York.

Al Jazeera

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Reasons behind Saudi crackdown on Awammiyah



Why has Saudi Arabia launched a crackdown campaign against its own people in the city of Awamiyah?

PressTV

August 18, 2017

We Accept The Reality With Which We Are Presented



“Why do you think that Truman has never come close to discovering the true nature of his world until now?”

Truthstream Media

Scuffles in Barcelona between far-right & counter-protesters following terrorist attack

Police were forced to intervene as scuffles broke out between far-right anti-Islam protesters and participants of a counter demonstration in Barcelona, following Thursday’s terrorist attack in the city.

Anti-fascist and far-right groups organized simultaneous protests in Barcelona just one day after a terrorist attack claimed the lives of 14 people and injured 100 more. Read more + video.

RT

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Violence erupts as protesters clash near scene of Barcelona terror attack - Daily Star
Extreemrechts protest zet kwaad bloed in Barcelona - Knack

Alt-Right and Ultra-Zionist Alliance against National Security Advisor McMaster



Pro-Israeli groups are pushing the White House to transition from neo- conservativism to Alt-Right, says Shir Hever

TRNN

August 17, 2017

China's and Russia's VPN crackdown - The Listening Post



Russia and China have both recently taken action against the use of VPNs, virtual private networks. VPNs enable internet users in one country to surf the web as if they are in another.

Up until now, China has taken a selective approach to prohibiting VPN use - usually choosing to look away when people tunnelled through the "great firewall" that Beijing has put in place to regulate access to the internet. Their new approach requires the support of companies like Apple, which has obeyed an order from Beijing to remove VPN apps from its Chinese App store.

Russia has a more open internet than China, but it's just passed a new law banning VPNs and other proxy servers.

Beijing's approach is more subtle, but in both countries, the pattern is unmistakable: the powers that be are out to limit - and, in effect, decide - what you can or cannot see and do online.

Al Jazeera

'State of Surveillance' with Edward Snowden and Shane Smith



When NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden leaked details of massive government surveillance programs in 2013, he ignited a raging debate over digital privacy and security. 

That debate came to a head this year, when Apple refused an FBI court order to access the iPhone of alleged San Bernardino Terrorist Syed Farook. Meanwhile, journalists and activists are under increasing attack from foreign agents.

To find out the government's real capabilities, and whether any of us can truly protect our sensitive information, VICE founder Shane Smith heads to Moscow to meet the man who started the conversation, Edward Snowden.

VICE

It's Official: This Is Straight out of Orwell's 1984...



You can't get a more literal interpretation. It's 1984. Is anyone going to say anything? And if they do, will anyone hear us?

Truhtstream Media

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Shikantaza (Just Sitting)



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China tells ‘imperfect’ US to mind its own business over religious freedom criticism

China has blasted “wanton” criticism from the US over religious freedom, saying that Washington confuses the facts and is itself far from perfect. The statement comes following a US State Department report on religious freedom worldwide.

On Tuesday, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson commented on the 2016 International Religious Freedom Report released by the State Department. While Tillerson did not speak about China in particular, the document itself lists China among “countries of particular concern.” Read more.

RT

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Tillerson calls out Turkey, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia & Iran over religious freedom - RT

August 15, 2017

August 11, 2017

'We're living in 1984' - Roger Waters



RT America’s Anya Parampil sat down for an exclusive interview with Roger Waters discussing fake news, US-Russia relations, war and Palestine.

RT

The Art of Documenting the Undocumented

Bart Plantenga - It’s December 2007, and the young Dutch artist Domenique Himmelsbach de Vries has called together some adventurous, non-acrophobic squatter volunteers. He wants them to help him climb a gigantic billboard along the A28 highway outside the city of Zwolle and unfurl an 1,100-square-foot banner across the billboard. In 5-foot-high letters, the banner declares simply: “I FEEL FOR YOUR MISERY” (“IK BEN BEGAAN VAN JULLIE ELLENDE”).

“The question is: What can an artist do to alleviate some of the misery in this world?” Himmelsbach says as we sit in his ramshackle studio. Lees meer.

Truthdig

August 10, 2017

Poison Papers: Monsanto Knew PCBs Were Toxic for Years But Sold Them Anyway

Washington could have an ace up its sleeve in its major lawsuit against Monsanto over PCB (polychlorinated biphenyls) contamination throughout the state.

Before switching operations to agriculture, Monsanto was the primary manufacturer of PCBs, which was used for paints, electrical equipment and other products, from 1935 until 1977. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) banned PCBs in 1979 due to its link to birth defects and cancer in laboratory animals. Read more.

EcoWatch

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August 9, 2017

Blackwater massacre trial: US court overturns sentences for mercenaries



The accusation of a massacre in Iraq in 2017 is heading back to the U.S. courts.

Judges overturned sentences for murder against three operatives from the private U.S. security contractor formerly known as Blackwater. A fourth now faces a retrial.

RT’s Jacqueline Vouga explains.

RT

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Man Of No Ego - Blinkers Removed

A New Generation of Paramilitary Groups is Killing Social Activists in Colombia


part 2/2

Colombia is one of the most dangerous countries in the world for social activists. We speak to Bladimir Sanchez Espitia, a TRNN collaborator who documents cases of human rights violations and has received a "death letter" himself

Oscar Leon: Colombia is the most dangerous country in the world for social activists. After 52 years of war, peace was declared, when guerrilla commander Timoleón Jiménez and President Juan Manuel Santos both ordered their respective parties to cease all hostilities starting Monday August 29, 2016, almost a year ago. Read more.

TRNN

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August 6, 2017

Democrats Help Trump Sabotage Iran Nuclear Deal



US isolation will only deepen if Trump and Congress continue to undermine the Iran nuclear deal, says Mohammad Marandi of the University of Tehran

TRNN

9 family members killed in alleged Saudi-led coalition airstrike in Yemen

A disturbing video has emerged showing the aftermath of what reportedly was a deadly Saudi-led coalition airstrike in Yemen. Six children and three women, said to be members of the same family, were killed in the strike.

In a video obtained by RT’s Ruptly video agency, the bodies can be seen dragged from the rubble of a family's house in northern Yemen. Read more + video.

RT

Total Loss: US spent half a billion in taxpayer dollars in Afghanistan in 16yrs, goals not achieved



The longest war in US history shows no sign of ending. The US special inspector general for Afghanistan admitted that a defense department program, costing taxpayers almost half a billion dollars, failed to achieve its goals.

Former Pentagon official Michael Maloof says the US has no strategy, and won’t have one if it continues using only a military solution. RT’s Murad Gazdiev has details. Read more.

RT

August 5, 2017

On The News Line: US arming Kurds in Syria


US arming the Kurds
Reports say Syrian Kurdish forces which are backed by the United States have made significant advances against Daesh terrorists in Raqqah. The Syrian Democratic Forces – as they’re called – are believed to be close to seizing full control of the southern parts of the city – which is the defacto capital of Daesh. But that, of course, may not have been possible without the direct help of the United States. 

These images show how the US army has blatantly involved itself in the war in Syria. That would sooner or later draw the criticisms of the international community. And beyond that, it is the consequences of US military deployment to Syria – not only for Syria but also for its neighbors – which is increasingly becoming a source of concern.

Pakistan politics
There’s been a major upheaval in Pakistan’s politics. The country has seen an eventful week with the top official losing his post. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was ousted on Friday by the Supreme Court over corruption allegations. The top court has ordered a criminal probe into the Sharif family.

Pakistani lawmakers have now elected a former petroleum minister to take the top job. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, a long-time ally of Nawaz Sharif. He was elevated by the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz which holds a majority. It easily got its candidate through. The new premier’s term is expected to be very short because the ruling party wants him to hold the post until Sharif's brother, Shahbaz Sharif, can take the helm.

PressTV

Poland and EU probably don’t need one another – Donald Tusk



Poland's future within the EU is shrouded by a "question mark," European Council head Donald Tusk has warned.

It comes amid ongoing rows between Brussels and Warsaw over the country's actions on its justice system, state media, and the environment.

RT

Chinese Man - Shikantaza

August 4, 2017

Empire Files: Head of Venezuela National Guard on Insurgency & US Threats



Use of force by Venezuela's Bolivarian National Guard has become a regular sight in corporate media, and those actions are used by foreign powers as justification for intervention.

With very real possibilities of another US-backed coup, Abby Martin interviews the head of Venezuela's Armed Forces and Minister of Defense, General Padrino López. They discuss the National Guard's control of food and medicine, condemnations over use of force, and the threat of US military intervention.

teleSUR

August 3, 2017

Know Your Enemy: US considered most dangerous country globally



A new study into which country people fear most, found an answer that might surprise some. Researchers surveyed 42,000 people across 38 countries.

RT's Murad Gazdiev has the story.

RT

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These are the greatest fears that people have in the world - Business Insider

August 2, 2017

US vice president condemns Russia’s occupation of Georgian land



US Vice President Mike Pence has been in Georgia where he has condemned Russian occupation of one-fifth of the country and promised new sanctions against the Kremlin.

Pence visited US troops in the former Soviet republic as part of his regional tour aimed at reassuring NATO allies.

Pence's visit was deemed a display of support for a country whose breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia are under Russian control.

Al Jazeera's Robin Forestier-Walker reports from the Georgian capital Tbilisi.

Al Jazeera

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Kremlin agrees with Trump that Russia-US ties at ‘very dangerous low’ - RT

August 1, 2017

Maduro: I Am Proud to Be Sanctioned Mr Donald Trump

"Impose whatever sanctions you like but I am the leader of the free people," said Maduro in response to recent U.S. sanctions.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has defended himself against recent sanctions imposed by the United States. Read more.

teleSUR

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US hits Venezuelan president with financial sanctions - Washington Post
US hits Nicolás Maduro with sanctions after Venezuela's 'sham' election - Guardian

US sanctions Maduro, avoids targeting Venezuelan oil sector (video) - RT

Over 8 Million Vote in Venezuela's National Constituent Assembly Election - teleSUR
Venezuela Sees “Historic” Turnout in National Constituent Assembly Elections - Venezuelanalysis

Bolivia, Russia Defend Venezuela's Constituent Assembly - teleSUR
Venezuela en de verkiezingen voor de grondwetgevende vergadering: grote overwinning voor het chavisme - De Wereld Morgen

Morales Declares 'Total Independence' from World Bank and IMF

Since 2006, a year after Morales came to power, social spending on health, education, and poverty programs has increased by over 45 percent.

Bolivia's President Evo Morales has been highlighting his government's independence from international money lending organizations and their detrimental impact the nation. Read more.

teleSUR

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