October 17, 2017

Alle handtekeningen voor referendum tapwet binnen

Alle handtekeningen voor een raadgevend referendum over de Wet op de Inlichtingen- en Veiligheidsdiensten zijn afgeleverd bij de Kiesraad. De laatste stapel - zo'n 15.000 - kwam vandaag binnen. Dat heeft Tijn de Vos, een van de initiatiefnemers, laten weten.

In totaal zetten meer dan 407.000 mensen een krabbel voor een volksraadpleging over de zogenoemde Sleepwet. Lees meer.


October 16, 2017

Africa First? US military to spend $5.2bn in the continent in 2018

It's not just eastern Africa suffering from the threat from extremists - it's a problem occurring continent-wide.

Because of that, President Trump's been increasing the US presence, at great expense to American taxpayers.


- France's Areva to cut Niger uranium production on price drop - Reuters
- Welcome to Arlit, the impoverished uranium capital of Africa - African Arguments

- Uranium doet België draaien, maar verwoest Niger - MO
- In dit dorp zag ik de verwoestende gevolgen van het uranium dat in onze kerncentrales wordt verwerkt - Correspondent

De schimmige spelletjes van een topbankier

Wilfred Nagel is met pensioen. Hij was een van de weinige topbankiers die het publieke debat sinds de crisis niet schuwde. Maar van werkelijke openheid was geen sprake, blijkt uit de beerput die hij volgens advocaat Hester Bais achterlaat.

Topbankier Wilfred Nagel leek er wel zin in te hebben om een stap terug te doen. De Chief Risk Officer van de ING had op zijn werkkamer foto’s van zijn zeiljacht aan de muur hangen, zagen de journalisten van Het Financieele Dagblad die hem eind juli interviewden. ‘Op volle zee en in zijn vaste Turkse thuishaven Marmaris,’ schreven ze. Het interview blikte terug op zijn loopbaan als bankier, want Nagel stopte ermee. ‘Van terugkijken kun je leren,’ zei hij. ‘Zeker nu ik de bank verlaat, doe ik dat veelvuldig om lessen te formuleren voor de toekomst van de bank.’ Nagel had er kennelijk schik in, want ook in de Telegraaf sloeg hij op hetzelfde moment in een groot interview aan het reflecteren. Lees meer (betaalmuur/proefperiode).


October 14, 2017

IAEA chief reaffirms Iran’s full commitment to JCPOA

The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has reconfirmed that Iran is fully implementing its commitments under the 2015 nuclear agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), shortly after US President Donald Trump refused to certify the landmark accord.

“As I have reported to the Board of Governors, the nuclear-related commitments undertaken by Iran under the JCPOA are being implemented,” IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano said in a statement on Friday evening. Read more.


- Statement by IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano - IAEA

Embrace of the Serpent - Trailer

Noam Chomsky: The Mafia Principle

October 13, 2017

Deal or No Deal: Fears rise Trump to ditch Iran nuclear deal in new strategy

Donald Trump's expected to announce a new strategy on Iran this Friday, and all bets are on the President ripping up the 'historic' nuclear deal.

The deal was hammered out by the US, Russia, France, the UK, China, Germany and Iran back in 2015. It followed nine years of talks. Political scientist, Kaveh Afrasiabi, believes the nuclear deal was always at risk because Trump doesn't understand Iran as a country.

RT’s Ilya Petrenko reports.


US withdraws from Unesco over 'anti-Israel bias'

The US cites mounting arrears, anti-Israel bias, and ‘need for fundamental reform in the organisation’


- Israel says will withdraw from UNESCO, hours after US announces same decision - PressTV 

October 12, 2017

Nederland grootste importeur van insecten in EU

Van alle landen in de Europese Unie, besteedt Nederland het meeste geld aan de import van insecten. In de eerste helft van 2017 werd voor 8,2 miljoen euro aan levende insecten ingevoerd, meldt het Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek (CBS) donderdag.

Deze invoerwaarde is vijf keer hoger dan in 2012. Lees meer.


- Meelwormen, bijen, wespen: Nederland grootste insectenimporteur in EU - NOS

October 11, 2017

The Rise of Eugenics: Why Big Oil Conquered The World

Oil. The 19th century was transformed by it. The 20th century was shaped by it. And the 21st century is moving beyond it. 

But who gave birth to the oil industry? What have they done with the immense wealth and power that it has granted them? And what are they planning to do with that power in a post-carbon world? This is the remarkable true story of the oiligarchs and the world they have created. Read more.

Corbett Report

October 9, 2017

Terence McKenna: Timewave Zero


- Terence McKenna with Art Bell (audio) - Coast to Coast AM

Hezbollah chief says US helps Daesh, does not allow it to be eliminated

The secretary general of the Lebanese Hezbollah says the United States does not want Daesh Takfiri group to be destroyed and is providing Takfiri terrorists with assistance through its bases in Syria.

Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah made the remarks while delivering a speech at a ceremony held in al-Ain town in North Bekaa region to commemorate two martyred members of the resistance movement. Read more.


- Nasrallah: U.S. Backing IS, Wants a Collaborator in Baabda Palace - Naharnet
- Sayyed Nasrallah: US Delaying Fight against ISIL, Wants a Conspirator in Baabda - Al-Manar

- US-backed SDF to launch offensive to retake Raqqa - Al Jazeera

30,000 Israelis, Palestinians Take Part in Women Wage Peace Rally in Jerusalem

‘I call on [Abbas] and Netanyahu – enough! Sit already. Sit already! We want peace,’ says former Israeli Arab lawmaker whose son was killed in terror attack on Temple Mount

Some 30,000 people took part in the Women Wage Peace rally in Jerusalem on Sunday night in Independence Park. Read more.


- Women march through desert for Israeli-Palestinian peace - Reuters
- Israeli, Palestinian women march together for peace - DW

- Duizenden Israëlische en Palestijnse vrouwen wandelen voor vrede (video) - NOS

'Viva Espana!': Fascist salutes seen at pro-Spanish unity demos in Barcelona

Several protesters could be spotted giving fascist salutes in Barcelona during a rally against Catalan independence on Sunday. Read more.


- Massive march in Barcelona in favor of the Constitution and the unity of Spain (video) - El Pais

- Anti-secessionist Catalans take to streets after referendum (video) - Al Jazeera
- Hundreds of thousands rally against Catalan independence in Barcelona (video) - RT

- Spanish PM: “Catalonia is Europe’s battle” (video) - El Pais
- Rajoy warns Spain could suspend Catalonia autonomy - Al Jazeera

- Spanish PM rules out mediation to resolve crisis (video) - PressTV
- Spain apologises for police violence during Catalan vote (video) - Al Jazeera

October 8, 2017

Political Support Growing to Wipe Out Puerto Rico’s Wall Street Debt

President Donald Trump, Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders, and Illinois Democratic Rep. Luis Gutiérrez are all on the same page when it comes to how to handle Puerto Rico’s crushing debt load in the wake of Hurricane Maria: The hedge funds need to take the hit.

“They owe a lot of money to your friends on Wall Street, and we’re going to have to wipe that out,” Trump said on Fox News this week. “You can say goodbye to that. I don’t know if it’s Goldman Sachs, but whoever it is, you can wave goodbye to that.” Read more.


- Puerto Rico Suffers as Debt Vultures Linger (video) - TRNN

- Rothschild replaces Millstein as Puerto Rico financial adviser - Reuters
- Rothschild to advise Puerto Rico on $69bn debt restructuring - Financial Times

- Puerto Rico Finds Going Bust Isn't Cheap as Consultant Fees Rise - Bloomberg
- Honest Government Advert - Visit Puerto Rico (video) - Juice Media

Honest Government Advert - Visit Puerto Rico

Hola amigos, here is our latest Honest Government Ad!

After the Visit Hawai’ i video, SO many Boricuas asked us to make one about the current situation in Puerto Rico; I’ve never received so many requests for a video – so we just had to do it! Read more.

Juice Media

- Honest Government Ad: Visit Hawai’i (video) - Juice Media

October 7, 2017

Han Boering on I Ching, Freedom, Joy and Resonance

click CC for English subtitles

Han Boering, author of "I Ching for the 21st Century" (written in Dutch) passed away on June 10th, 2015. He was a very wise man, but also very modest. An inhexaustible source with his vision on life. 

I made this interview with him on February 25th, 2011. This was within the context of my documentary "Freedom". But I never published the full interview. His passing is the reason to share it here.

Han Boering, schrijver van "I Tjing voor de 21ste eeuw" overleed op 10 juni 2015. Het was een man met heel erg veel wijsheid en toch bescheiden. Een onuitputtelijke bron van visie op het leven.

Ik interviewde hem op 25 februari 2011 in het kader van mijn film "Freedom", maar heb dat interview nooit gebruikt of gedeeld. Zijn overlijden is de aanleiding om dit te delen.

PJ Ardies

- Han Boering - Juwelenschip

- Terence McKenna - Time and the I-Ching (video)
- Terence McKenna - Timewave Zero (video)

New Dutch coalition government on the way

After months of negotiations, four Dutch parties have reportedly reached a tentative agreement to form a new government. After years of austerity, it is expected to bring in tax cuts and boost spending on defense.

Four Dutch parties have moved closer to reaching an agreement to form a new government after talks since the March elections, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said Friday. Read more.


German spy chiefs say 'no' to EU intelligence service

The EU does not need a joint intelligence service despite the heightened terrorist threat in Europe, German spy chiefs have said.

"Although I am a true friend of European integration, in my opinion, we do not need a European intelligence service, and we would not get one," Bruno Kahl, the head of Germany's foreign intelligence service, the BND, said on Thursday (5 October). Read more.


- Germany rejects creating European intelligence agency - Politico
- ‘Security not paid in euro’: German security chiefs reject pan-European intelligence service - RT

- Nachrichtendienste sehen sich vor gro­ßen Herausforderungen - Bundestag

Eerie Predictions in Vegas... Cui Bono?

Franco legacy: Crackdown on Catalan voters recalls Spanish Civil War

A Madrid representative in Catalonia has for the first time apologized for the police violence during the recent independence vote in the Spanish region.


October 5, 2017

Europese ‘gedachte’

Ewald Engelen - Europa is goed voor banken en multinationals en slecht voor burgers. En met de democratie zit het ook niet helemaal snor. Dat is de conclusie na de beschamende vertoning van de Spaanse regering tijdens het Catalaanse referendum.

761 gewonden; afschuwelijke beelden van bebloede burgers, beschoten met rubberen kogels en geslagen met gummiknuppels; mannen en vrouwen die worden weggetrokken door Spaanse politieagenten; ontroerende scènes van Catalaanse brandweermannen die onschuldige burgers beschermen tegen de lange wapenstokken van de politie; hartverwarmende speeches van Catalaanse politici die zich uitspreken voor open en vrije verkiezingen. Afgelopen zondag kan met recht een zwarte dag voor de democratie worden genoemd. Lees meer.

De Groene

Tegenlicht: Het wonder van Baskenland

5 maart 2012

Tegenlicht bivakkeert in het Baskische stadje Mondragón, waar het overgrote deel van de bevolking werkt in coöperaties. Elke werknemer is er mede-eigenaar en men beslist samen welke keuzes het bedrijf moet maken. Met succes, ook in deze economisch harde tijden. Mondragon maakt hoogtechnologische producten en is als 7e grootste bedrijf van Spanje uitgegroeid tot een multinational met vestigingen over de hele wereld.

"Tijdens het naoorlogs kapitalisme en in een vijandige omgeving een coöperatief sociaal model ontwikkelen: dat is een wonder." Lees meer.


October 4, 2017

The Caribbean Pays for Capitalist Greed

Capitalism profits from global warming while the Caribbean pays the price.


- Sint Maarten niet langer levensvatbaar als autonoom land - Clingendael 

Russian FM slams US “double standards” in Syria

The Russian foreign minister accuses the United States and its allies of fatal provocations against the Russian troops in Syria.

In an interview with the UK-based Asharq al-Awsat newspaper, Sergei Lavrov said the US-led coalition and the militants they support consistently act in a way that helps Daesh and other terrorist groups.

Lavrov criticized Washington’s double standards regarding Syria, noting that there were no such thing as good or bad terrorists. He defended Russia’s involvement in the battle against terrorists in Syria. He also hailed the cooperation between Moscow, Ankara and Tehran as a decisive factor in restoring stability in the region.

Lavrov slammed the US sanctions against Russia, warning that such aggressive measures won’t go unanswered.

Scott Bennett, Former US Army Psychological Warfare Officer.


- Russia accuses U.S. of 'deadly provocations' against Russian troops in Syria - Reuters
- Russia’s Lavrov Says Cooperation with US on Syria ‘Not without Problems - Asharq al-Awsat

- Rouhani: Iran, Turkey anchors of stability in Middle East (video) - PressTV
- US, foreign powers after creation of new Israel: Leader - PressTV

- Endspiel in Syrië: de race om Deir ez-Zor - Donkerdoorn

Endspiel in Syrië: de race om Deir ez-Zor

Een beeld of een kaart vertelt soms meer als duizend woorden. Hieronder een afbeelding van ongeveer de situatie in de Syrische provincie Deir er-Zor op dit moment. Rood zijn het Syrische leger en haar bondgenoten, zwart zijn stellingen van de zogenaamde Islamitische Staat en geel zijn de oprukkenden Koerden, de Syrian “Democratic” Force, ofwel het Syrische Vrije Leger, en illegaal in Syrië opererende Amerikaanse (en Europese) Special Forces. 

Opvallend zijn de gele en zwarte uitlopers richting Deir ez-Zor. Schijnbaar en zichtbaar heeft het omsingelen van de hoofdstad van de IS, Raqqa, geen prioriteit meer voor de US en Koerden maar stoot de “anti-IS” coalitie liever, bijzonder ver, door richting Syrische olie- en gasvelden. De IS zelf blijft nog steeds een kleine corridor om over de Eufraat te ontsnappen. Lees meer.


Tillerson called Trump a ‘moron,’ weighed resigning in summer over policy disputes

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson referred to President Donald Trump as a “moron” after a meeting in July at the Pentagon and was on the verge of resigning this past summer amid mounting policy disputes with Trump.

US Vice President Mike Pence and other top officials intervened to persuade Tillerson not to resign, NBC News reported Wednesday, citing 12 current and former senior administration officials and other people close to Trump. Read more.


- Rex Tillerson says he 'never considered' resigning; does not deny calling Trump 'moron' (video) - CNBC

Catalan referendum: Region's independence 'in matter of days'

Catalonia will declare independence from Spain in a matter of days, the leader of the autonomous region has told the BBC.

In his first interview since Sunday's referendum, Carles Puigdemont said his government would "act at the end of this week or the beginning of next". Read more + video.


- Catalonia region to declare independence in "a matter of days" (video) - PressTV

- King Philip VI addresses the nation - El Pais
- Spain’s parties struggle to find a common stance against Catalonia challenge - El Pais

- Tens of thousands take to streets of Catalonia on day of general strike - El Pais
- 700,000 protest Spanish crackdown in Catalonia (video) - PressTV

- Catalans react to Spanish king's address (video) - BBC

October 3, 2017

Psychiatric patients in Norway given electro therapy without consent: report

At least 40 patients at Norwegian psychiatric treatment units have been treated with electric therapy over the last three years without giving consent, a report has revealed.

The report, the result of an investigation by the Verdens Gang (VG) newspaper, claims that electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) was given 166 times over a three-year period without the prior consent of patients. Read more.


- Patients unwillingly treated with electroshock at Norwegian mental hospitals – media - RT
- VG avslører: Ga elektrosjokk 166 ganger uten pasientenes godkjenning - Verdens Gang