December 18, 2017

Spain grants bail to arrested pro-independence politicians

Polls show next week's regional election in Catalonia is likely to leave its political crisis unresolved.

Spain imposed direct rule after October's secession referendum and jailed several pro-independence politicians.

Some of them have recently been released, but they still face upcoming trials. Al Jazeera’s Karl Penhaul reports from Igualada, Spain.

Al Jazeera

- Spain: Secession bid a key factor in Catalonia election (video) - Al Jazeera

December 17, 2017

Dat Frankrijk smartphones van scholen bant, is geen verrassing: straling schadelijker dan algemeen aangenomen wordt

Dat je gsm schadelijk kan zijn voor je gezondheid is niet nieuw. Toch zijn de gevolgen groter dan men tot nu toe aannam. 

Zo worden te grote blootstellingen aan gsm-stralen gelinkt aan kanker en onvruchtbaarheid. De stralen zijn het schadelijkst wanneer de gsm slechte ontvangst heeft en tijdens het downloaden en streamen van media. Lees meer.


Nederland betaalde 60 miljoen voor ‘stabiliteit in Syrië’

De Nederlandse regering gaf sinds 2011 bijna 60 miljoen euro uit aan pogingen om het conflict in Syrië te stabiliseren. Dit is slechts een deel van het bedrag dat aan humanitaire hulp werd uitgegeven, dat liep op tot 382 miljoen euro.

Dat meldt het ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken naar aanleiding van Kamervragen van Martijn van Helvert en Pieter Omtzigt (beiden CDA). Lees meer.


How The State Of Israel Occupied Jerusalem

Hot Property (2009): Israeli citizens are bending property laws to their advantage, and the police are helping them.

Journey Pictures

December 16, 2017

Saudis at crossroads with regional policy after US move on Jerusalem

The scandal over Trump's Jerusalem decision has led to unexpected diplomatic consequences for Saudi Arabia - Jacqueline Vouga explains.


The Coming Temple

Filmed in the Old City of Jerusalem, this ground-breaking documentary investigates the research of renowned Biblical archaeologists, Bob Cornuke, David Sielaff and Earnest L. Martin who claim that Solomon and Herod's Temples never stood on the Haram al Sharif, also known as the Temple Mount.

If they are right, then there is nothing to stop the Jewish people building their long awaited for Third Jewish Temple in the actual site where the Temples once stood. But is tradition too strong? We'll see.

EU agrees clampdown on bitcoin platforms to tackle money laundering

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union states and legislators agreed on Friday on stricter rules to prevent money laundering and terrorism financing on exchange platforms for bitcoin and other virtual currencies, the EU said in a statement.

The agreement is part of a broader set of measures to tackle financial crimes and tax evasion. Read more.


- Crypto-crackdown: EU agrees on new rules to curb bitcoin anonymity - RT
- Bitcoin: EU approves cryptocurrency clampdown to combat terrorism financing - DW

CME bitcoin futures trading begins on Sunday

The trading of bitcoin futures, off to a slow but respectable start this week at the Cboe, is about to be given a boost by two additional players: TD Ameritrade and the CME.

The TD Ameritrade story is important because it operates the largest futures operation of any online brokerage firm. Read more.


- Bitcoin futures to be traded on TD Ameritrade & CME - RT

China echos call to make East Jerusalem capital of independent Palestine

China has voiced its support for the establishment of an independent Palestinian state, based on pre-1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital.

A spokesperson for the foreign ministry made the statement during a regular press briefing, Thursday, while addressing questions on a declaration by Muslim nations asserting East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine. Read more.


- China calls for early resumption of Palestinian-Israeli talks - Xinhua

- The battle for Jerusalem: Europe vs. America - JPost
- Netanyahu Agrees to Exclude Settlements From Economic Deal With European Union (paywall) - Haaretz

Three Palestinians Killed, Dozens Hurt in Clashes With Israeli Forces in Gaza, West Bank

Thousands of Palestinians protest Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital

Three Palestinians were killed and 260 were wounded Friday in clashes with Israeli security forces in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and on the Gaza border, according to the Palestinian health ministry. Read more.


December 15, 2017

The Blockchain and Us


In 2008, Satoshi Nakamoto invented bitcoin and the blockchain. For the first time in history, his invention made it possible to send money around the globe without banks, governments or any other intermediaries. The concept of the blockchain isn’t very intuitive. But still, many people believe it is a game changer.

Economist and filmmaker Manuel Stagars portrays this exciting technology in interviews with software developers, cryptologists, researchers, entrepreneurs, consultants, VCs, authors, politicians, and futurists from the United States, Canada, Switzerland, the UK, and Australia.

The Blockchain and Us is no explainer video of the technology. It gives a view on the topic, makes it accessible and starts a conversation about its potential wider implications in a non-technical way.

The film deliberately poses more questions than it answers. For a deep dive, see all full-length interviews from the film here.

- The Bitcoin Phenomenon (video) - Documentary

Data is the New Oil

In this follow up to Why Big Oil Conquered the World, James further explores the concept of technocracy.

If "Data is the New Oil" then what does that tell us about the 21st century oligarchy and the world that they are creating? And, once we understand the technocratic prison they are creating, how do we escape it?

Don't miss this important episode of The Corbett Report podcast. Read more.

Corbett Report

US regulators vote to scrap 'net neutrality' despite criticism

U.S. regulators have voted to end so-called 'net neutrality', which now could significantly alter the web experience for millions of people.

It will allow Internet providers to charge extra to prioritise their traffic - effectively creating a 'slow lane' for smaller websites. Read more.


- The FCC just repealed net neutrality. What happens next? - TechCrunch

Pigs Fly As Pentagon Gets Audited #NewWorldNextWeek

Story #1: World Bank To Stop Financing Oil, Gas Projects From 2019  

Story #2: After Trillions Mysteriously Go ‘Missing,’ DoD Getting Audited for First Time in History

Story #3: AI Algorithms To Prevent Suicide Gain Traction. Read more.

Corbet Report

- World Bank to stop funding oil, gas projects from 2019 - France24
- World Bank to end financial support for oil and gas extraction - Guardian 

Here Come the Bogus Bitcoin Scare Tactics

Steven Hopkins is chief operating officer and general counsel of Medici Ventures, an subsidiary focused on the advancement of blockchain technology.
"Cynicism masquerades as wisdom, but it is the farthest thing from it." – Stephen Colbert 
The run-up in bitcoin and other crypto assets has offered cynics of all stripes a chance to look smart by condemning cryptocurrency as a "Ponzi scheme" that could "cause a recession.” Read more.


World's richest 0.1% have boosted their wealth by as much as poorest half

Inequality report also shows UK’s 50,000 richest people have seen their share of the country’s wealth double since 1984

The richest 0.1% of the world’s population have increased their combined wealth by as much as the poorest 50% – or 3.8 billion people – since 1980, according to a report detailing the widening gap between the very rich and poor. Read more.


- Monsterstudie toont aan: ongelijkheid neemt wereldwijd extreme vormen aan - Volkskrant

China about to knock out petrodollar by trading oil in yuan

As one of the world’s top energy importers, China has successfully completed its fifth dry run in yuan-backed oil futures contract trading. The step has been already called Beijing’s challenge to the US dollar.

According to Bloomberg, which cited a statement from the exchange, 149 members of Shanghai International Energy Exchange traded 647,930 lots in the rehearsal with a total value of 268.2 billion yuan. The system met the listing requirements of crude futures after the exercise, it added. Read more.


- China Regulators Complete Final 'Drill' In Preparation For Petro-Yuan Futures Trading - ZeroHedge
- China's Push to Trade Oil in Yuan Faces a Key Hurdle - Bloomberg

December 14, 2017

Former CIA director speaks out against Russia-gate conspiracy

Former CIA Director Michael Morell said in an interview that he thought if there was evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, special prosecutor Robert Mueller would have found it already and that the evidence would’ve been leaked by now.

RT America’s Anya Parampil has more.


- Ex-Spy Chief: Russia’s Election Hacking Was An ‘Intelligence Failure’ (audio) - Politico

December 13, 2017

Bitcoin makes debut on major US stock exchange

The increasingly popular digital currency, Bitcoin, has made its debut on a major US exchange. 

On Monday, futures trading of the virtual money started in the Chicago Board of Exchange. Interest was so high that the board's website crashed due to heavy traffic. Al Jazeera's Patty Culhane reports from Washington, DC.

Al Jazeera

- Chicago Exchange crashed by Bitcoin - NewsBTC
- Start van de handel in bitcoin futures stuurt koers bitcoin bijna $2.000 omhoog - Business Insider

December 12, 2017

Fatboy Slim - Weapon Of Choice

Egyptian Maths

Michael S. Schneider explains how the Ancient Egyptians (and Chinese) and modern computers multiply and divide

- Egyptian Math - Easy Multiplication and Division (video)

December 11, 2017

Macron 1st leader to welcome Netanyahu despite Jerusalem outrage

France has welcomed Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu despite worldwide outrage over the attempt to make Jerusalem al-Quds the capital of Israel.

French President Emmanuel Macron appeared to soften his tone against the recent decision of Washington, which has sparked violence in Palestine and around the world. Ramin Mazaheri has more from Paris.


- Macron: France won't compete with Trump's Mideast Peace Plan - JPost
- Macron asks Netanyahu to make gestures to break peace impasse - Reuters

- Netanyahu in Paris: We will not be lectured by Erdogan (video) - Al Jazeera
- Netanyahu urges Europe to recognise Jerusalem as Israel capital (video) - Al Jazeera

- Israëlische premier trekt in Parijs van leer - Telegraaf
- Israëlische premier Netanyahu bijt van zich af na ontmoeting met Franse president Macron - VRT

Syrian army seizes US, Israeli-made arms from ISIL

The Syrian army has found a large amount of weapons and equipment left behind by Daesh terrorists, some of which are Israeli and US-made.

The discovery was made during an operation in Dayr al-Zawr province. The weapons include explosive devices, land mines and various types of ammo. The Syrian army said this shows the scale of the direct and systematic support provided to Daesh by regional and western states.

During the past several years, Damascus on many occasions accused Washington and Tel Aviv of direct and indirect support of Daesh terrorist group.


Russia may turn to cryptocurrencies in oil trade to challenge sanctions & the petrodollar

The gradual acceptance of digital currencies, with major exchanges about to launch bitcoin futures trading, may prompt some oil producing nations to ditch the US dollar in crude trade in favor of cryptocurrencies, an oil analyst says.

Russia, Iran and Venezuela have more than one thing in common. All three are major oil producing nations dependent on the dollar since the global crude market is traditionally dominated by contracts denominated in US currency. Read more.


- Enter the 'petro': Venezuela to launch oil-backed cryptocurrency (video) - Reuters
- Oil-rich Venezuela is launching a cryptocurrency called the “petro” - Vice

- Backed by Oil and Gold: What is Known About Venezuela's Petro Cryptocurrency - Sputnik

December 10, 2017

Reality, What a Concept: Scientists Discover New Form of Matter

US researchers claim they now have the “smoking gun” proof of existence of a subatomic particle called an ‘exciton’ - a substance theorized half a century ago.

Researchers from the University of California and University of Illinois claim to have observed and measured excitonium — a form of matter that displays quantum properties. This is the first proof of the matter since its existence was theorized some fifty years ago. Read more.


- Physicists say they've confirmed new form of matter in a breakthrough of 'cosmic significance' - Daily Mail

- Physicists excited by discovery of new form of matter, excitonium -
- Signatures of exciton condensation in a transition metal dichalcogenide - Science

Russia-China real gold standard means end of US dollar dominance

The BRICS counties are considering starting an internal gold trading platform, according to Russian officials. When this happens, the global economy will be significantly reshaped, and the West will lose its dominance, predicts a precious metals expert.

In 2016, 24,338 tons of physical gold were traded, which was 43 percent more than in 2015, according to Claudio Grass, of Precious Metal Advisory Switzerland. Read more.


- Peter Schiff: Biggest crisis ever looms (video) - RT
- ‘Gold price will explode & dollar get wiped out’ – warns investor Peter Schiff (video) - RT

4 soldiers killed, 2 injured in volatile Donetsk

Ukraine says four of its soldiers have been killed during fresh clashes with pro-Russian forces. Two other soldiers were also injured in mortar fire in Ukraine’s restive region of Donetsk.

The Ukrainian army says the situation in the area has deteriorated and the death toll has reached its highest in weeks. Pro-Russian militia and Ukrainian government forces have been involved in armed conflict since 20-14, when Crimea declared independence from Ukraine.

A shaky ceasefire has been in place since 20-15 with the warring sides blaming each other for repeated violations. The crisis has claimed the lives of over ten-thousand people. Many others have also been displaced.


December 9, 2017

Israeli air strike, artillery shells hit Gaza, 25 injured

Fresh Israeli airstrikes on the besieged Gaza Strip have wounded at least 25 Palestinians. Six children are among the wounded in the attacks which targeted areas in the north of the coastal enclave. The regime says its raids came in response to earlier rockets fired at Israel from Gaza.

On Thursday, Israel also hit Gaza Strip with airstrikes and tank shelling. Tensions have been running high across the occupied Palestinian territories since Wednesday when US President Donald Trump decided to recognize Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel's capital. Read more.


- Israel Strikes Hamas Targets in Gaza in Retaliation for Rocket Fire - Haaretz
- Israeli jets strike Gaza amid Jerusalem unrest - Al Jazeera

Het einde van een wereldmacht is geen prettig gezicht

De definitieve ondergang van de Verenigde Staten is afgelopen week begonnen, schrijft Frans Verhagen. „Een buitenlandse politiek kan niet zonder stabiel binnenland.” Deze week werd de zelfdestructie van Amerika in volle omvang zichtbaar.

De Republikeinse Partij joeg een belastingwet erdoor met letterlijk onvoorstelbare gevolgen; het Ruslandonderzoek naderde de president; Amerika’s buitenlandse politiek was ongekend chaotisch. Het is geen plezierig schouwspel, dit einde van een wereldmacht. Lees meer.


Mikheil Saakashvili detained in Kyiv

Law enforcers have detained the leader of the "Movement of Popular Forces", former Georgian president and ex-governor of Odesa region, Mikheil Saakashvili, while Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko says they managed to avoid the use of force and bloodshed.

"They detained Mikheil, now taking him to the Security Service office on Askoldova!!!" Saakashvili’s ally David Sakvarelidze wrote on Facebook. Read more.


- Police arrest Saakashvili, put him in detention center (paywall) - Kyiv Post
- Ukraine again arrests Mikheil Saakashvili, ex-president of Georgia (video) - DW

- Ukraine leader open to international Saakashvili probe - AFP
- Saakashvili Story Offers Lesson for US - Newsmax

December 8, 2017

Protests against Trump's Jerusalem decision turn deadly

At least two Palestinians have been killed and hundreds injured as Day of Rage protests continue across the occupied West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip over the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

A 30-year-old Palestinian man was killed by Israeli fire during protests in Gaza on Friday,.. Read more.

Al Jazeera

- 2 Palestinians Killed, 98 Wounded in Clashes With Israeli Troops in West Bank, Gaza - Haaretz

- Clashes in Bethlehem following Trump's Jerusalem speech (video) - Haaretz
- Day of rage in Palestine: Protests against Trump’s Jerusalem move (video) - RT

- Palestinians in Jerusalem react to Trump's Jerusalem speech (video) - Haaretz
- Trump is allowing Israel 'to annex Jerusalem': Ashrawi (video) - Al Jazeera

- Hamas leader Haniyeh calls for Intifada against Israel over Jerusalem status - JPost
- Hezbollah's Nasrallah After Trump Speech: Arab World Must Support New Palestinian Intifada - Haaretz

December 7, 2017

De macht van de techreuzen bepaalt de rol die media vandaag (nog) spelen

Facebook, Google en Amazon heersen over informatie, democratie en media

Het westerse ideaal wil dat journalisten in volle onafhankelijkheid naar de waarheid op zoek kunnen gaan en zo de burgers van adequate informatie voorzien. Ze moeten daarbij volgens Walter Lippmann, de bekendste Amerikaanse journalist uit de eerste helft van de twintigste eeuw, ‘niet alleen (…) gebeurtenissen signaleren, maar de burgers ook een beeld van de werkelijkheid verschaffen, op basis waarvan ze kunnen handelen.’ Won dat ideaal van de vierde macht en haar onafhankelijke journalistiek na de val van de Berlijnse Muur terrein, tegenwoordig staat het onder druk. Lees meer.


Air pollution from London traffic is affecting the health of unborn babies

Exhaust fumes, soot and dust spewed out from road traffic in the UK capital may be putting the health of thousands of unborn babies at risk.

The findings come from a study of more than half a million infants, which suggests that pregnant mothers exposed to air pollution from London’s busy roads are more likely to give birth to babies that are underweight or smaller than they should be. When it comes to traffic-related noise, however, they found no conclusive effect on babies’ health. Read more.

Imperial Today

- London air pollution cancels positive health effects of exercise in over-60s - Imperial Today

- Luchtvervuiling verlaagt geboortegewicht - IPS

Catalan independence: 45,000 protesters march in Brussels to support exiled president Carles Puigdemont

Demonstrators also want the EU to support Catalan independence

Around 45,000 protesters have taken to the streets outside EU institutions in Brussels in support of Catalan independence. Read more.


- Pro-independence demonstration in Brussels attracts 45,000 protestors - El País
- Pro-Catalan independence protesters rally in Brussels (video) - Independent

Trump’s Jerusalem decision: Ignorance & political risk or ‘business opportunity’?

Donald Trump’s irresponsible decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is an “example of extraordinary ignorance” which could lead to explosive consequences in the Middle East, regional commentators have told RT.

On Wednesday, Trump officially announced his decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, claiming that such a move along with the relocation of US embassy could help resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Read more + more video.


- 'Two-state Solution Is Over,' Top Palestinian Diplomat Says After Trump's Jerusalem Speech (paywall) - Haaretz
- Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital is cruel. It may also hasten peace. - NBC

- World leaders warn peace process doomed after Trump announcement - JPost
- EU warns Trump against recognizing Jerusalem as Israeli capital (video) - Haaretz

- Abbas slams Trump Jerusalem move as 'condemned, unacceptable' (video) - JPost
- Trump says his decision on Jerusalem is long overdue (video) - Haaretz

- Trump's 'Criminal' Jerusalem Move Could Backfire (video) - TRNN
- Analysis: Trump's Jerusalem move a 'declaration of war on Palestinian rights' (video) - Al Jazeera

Israel is Turning Palestine Into A Trash Dump

Israeli occupation is now using Palestinian land to rid itself of its toxic waste and for a lower price!


Onderzoek naar Nederlands drugsbeleid jarenlang gemanipuleerd

Na druk van hooggeplaatste ambtenaren op het ministerie van Justitie is een onafhankelijk onderzoeksrapport over regulering van de wietteelt in 2014 drastisch aangepast. De onderzoeksopdracht, rapportage en conclusies zijn zo beïnvloed dat het softdrugsbeleid van de minister van Justitie ondersteund werd, in plaats van bekritiseerd zoals onderzoekers feitelijk hadden vastgesteld.

Dat blijk uit een interne klacht van een projectleider in handen van Nieuwsuur. Lees meer + video.


- Kamer schrikt van politieke sturing op onafhankelijk onderzoek (video) - Nieuwsuur 
- 'Er zijn zaken fout gegaan, het protocol is nu aangescherpt' (video) - Nieuwsuur 

December 6, 2017

Nederland stopt betaling Syrische politie om mogelijke banden met extremisten

Het ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken heeft de miljoenensteun aan een hulpproject in Syrië voorlopig stilgezet uit vrees dat een deel van het geld bij extremistische strijdgroepen is beland.

Het gaat om 12,5 miljoen euro, waarmee onder meer een Syrische politiemacht is opgezet. Lees meer.


- Extra Nederlandse steun voor Syrische hulpverleners - Rijksoverheid

- British aid for Syria being funneled to extremists (video) - RT
- Panorama: Yihadis You Pay For (video/parts) - BBC / Archive

- Panorama: Yihadis You Pay For (paywall) - BBC
- Yet Another Video Shows U.S.-Funded White Helmets Assisting Public Executions in Rebel-Held Syria (video) - Alternet

Franz Ferdinand - Demagogue

Arcade Fire ft. Mavis Staples - I Give You Power


Trump tells Abbass about plan to move embassy

The US president has informed the Palestinian president of his plan to relocate the American embassy to Jerusalem al-Quds.


- White House: Jerusalem embassy move a 'recognition of reality' (video) - CNN
- Trump Tells Abbas, Jordan's Abdullah He Intends to Move U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem - Haaretz

- Trump Plans Waiver on Moving U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem - Bloomberg
- WATCH: President Trump’s dangerous move on Jerusalem al-Quds (video) - PressTV

- Trump erkent Jeruzalem als hoofdstad van Israël - NOS
- Witte Huis bevestigt: Trump zal ambassade verplaatsen - NRC

- Trump durft heikele erkenning Jeruzalem best aan - Trouw
- Deel Kamer: Steun bij VN geen anti-Israëlmoties - RD

- ChristenUnie en SGP willen opheldering over anti-Israëlisch stemgedrag - CIP
- Tweede Kamer erkent Jeruzalem niet als hoofdstad Israel - CIDI

Supreme Court withdraws European arrest warrant for Puigdemont

Spanish authorities concerned Belgian courts could limit their ability to pursue rebellion charges

In a surprise move that comes just as the campaign for regional elections in Catalonia is getting underway, Spain’s Supreme Court on Tuesday withdrew European arrest warrants... Read more.

El País

- Spanish judge withdraws arrest warrant for Carles Puigdemont - Guardian
- Belgium drops Puigdemont extradition case - TASS

- Aanhoudingsbevel afgezette Puigdemont ingetrokken - NRC
- Uitlevering Puigdemont van de baan - Telegraaf

Ex-president of Georgia freed after dramatic standoff in Kiev

Mikheil Saakashvili threatens to jump from roof before being detained then released in security forces standoff with supporters

Ukraine’s prosecutor general has called Mikheil Saakashvili a “fugitive from justice” after security service agents detained the former Georgian president at his Kiev apartment, only for him to escape into an angry crowd of supporters. Read more.


- Saakashvili's Ups & Downs: From eating tie to Kiev rooftop (video) - RT
- ‘Freed’ by crowd, Saakashvili marches to parliament, calls for Poroshenko’s impeachment - Kyiv Post

- Ukrainian protesters free former Georgian leader Saakashvili from detention (video) - Washington Post
- Supporters Free Ex-Georgian Leader Saakashvili From Ukrainian Police Amid Chaotic Scenes - NY Times

December 5, 2017

Beerput Nederland

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Diepgaand onderzoek naar milieucriminaliteit in Nederland. Milieurechercheurs vertellen in de documentaire 'Beerput Nederland' hoe frauduleuze afvalbedrijven al decennialang ongestoord hun gang kunnen gaan.

Eind 2016 staat een Nederlandse inzamelaar van scheepsafvalstoffen voor de rechter. Lees meer + video.


Einde van aanvullende zorgverzekering dreigt: verzekeraars verdienen er niet genoeg meer aan

De aanvullende ziektekostenverzekeringen voor bijvoorbeeld de tandarts of de fysiotherapeut dreigen zo verlieslatend te worden dat ze op termijn verdwijnen. Daarvoor waarschuwt De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB), die toezicht houdt op de zorgverzekeraars, in een vandaag verschenen rapport.

Nederlanders stellen zich volgens DNB steeds rationeler op: zij verzekeren zich alleen nog voor zorg waarvan zij zeker weten dat zij die gaan gebruiken. Lees meer.


- Reserves van zorgverzekeraars raken op - bereid u voor op een fors hogere premie - Volkskrant

- Waarom de zorgkosten stijgen, maar de premie kan dalen - NOS
- Minister: Zorgverzekeraars kunnen premie 2017 laag houden door reserves te gebruiken - Eigen Risico Verkering

- 2016: Buffers zorgverzekeraars bijna verdubbeld - PlusOnline
- 2016: Zorgverzekeraars hebben steeds meer geld in kas - NOS

WHO backs Philippines suspension of Sanofi's dengue vaccine

GENEVA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization supported a decision by the Philippines Department of Health on Tuesday to suspend vaccinations with Sanofi’s dengue drug Dengvaxia, the WHO said in a statement.

“Like many others in the Philippines, WHO is awaiting the expert analysis of new data and advice about its implications for use of the vaccine. Read more.


- Philippines halts sale of Sanofi dengue vaccine amid health risk (video) (video) - Channel NewsAsia

- Suspended dengue vaccine was given to 730,000 children, Philippines says - Guardian
- Philippines prepared for 'worst-case scenario' after 733,000 given dengue vaccine that could worsen disease (video) - Independent

- Philippines orders probe into Sanofi dengue vaccine for 730,000 children - Reuters

What Does Saleh's Killing Mean for Yemen?

Yemen's longtime ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh has been killed by his former allies, the Houthi rebels.

Sheila Carapico of University of Richmond says the devastating Yemen war could now expand to even more fronts.


The Hague says claims of war crimes by UK troops have 'reasonable basis'

International criminal court to press ahead with investigating allegations that British forces mistreated detainees in Iraq

The chief prosecutor at the international criminal court in The Hague, Fatou Bensouda, has declared there is a “reasonable basis” to believe that UK soldiers committed war crimes against detainees during the Iraq conflict. Read more.

Daily Mail

- US and UK could face Afghanistan war crimes investigation (video) - Independent
- The Hague says claims of war crimes by UK troops have 'reasonable basis'  - Guardian

- “Britse soldaten mogelijk schuldig aan oorlogsmisdaden in Irak” - HLN

Turkey says recognizing Jerusalem as capital would cause catastrophe

ANKARA (Reuters) - A formal U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel would cause catastrophe and lead to new conflict in the Middle East, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said on Monday.

Speaking to reporters after a cabinet meeting, Bozdag, who is also the government spokesman, said Jerusalem’s status had been determined by international agreements and that preserving it was important for the peace of the region. Read more.


- Declaring Jerusalem the capital of Israel would be ‘catastrophe’: Turkish official - NY Post
- Egypt, Jordan and Turkey Warn U.S. Over Trump's Plan to Recognize Jerusalem as Israeli Capital (paywall) - Haaretz

- OIC: Recognizing al-Quds as Israeli capital illegal - PressTV

Reports: Israeli aircraft struck an Iranian base outside Damascus

Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman has repeatedly warned of Iranian entrenchment in the war-torn country. Israeli aircraft attacked an Iranian base outside Damascus according to Sky News.

According to foreign media reports, the Israeli fire was carried out from Lebanese airspace. The reports said that in response anti aircraft missiles were fired on the plane. Read more + video.


- Syrian air defense intercepts Israeli missiles targeting military facility - PressTV
- Israeli bomber jets 'kill 12 members IRGC in Syrian airstrike - Baghdad Post

- Israël vuurt opnieuw raketten af op Syrië - NOS

December 4, 2017

British aid for Syria being funneled to extremists

The UK government has suspended a foreign aid project in Syria amid allegations that funds are being pocketed by extremists groups.

It is yet another report of British taxpayers’ money reaching the wrong hands.


- UK foreign aid money 'diverted to extremists' in Syria - BBC
- British aid scheme suspended amid allegations of payments to Syrian jihadis - Guardian

- BBC in row over ‘false claims’ of cash for Syrian police being paid to jihadists  - Guardian
- Panorama: Yihadis You Pay For (video/parts) - BBC / Archive

"We gaan onze veiligheid toch niet in handen leggen van wapenindustrie?"

De wapenindustrie heeft Europa stevig in z'n greep. Voor de 3e keer in korte tijd toont Vredesactie hoe die dat voor elkaar krijgt. Vredesactivisten voeren vandaag actie aan de European Defence Industry Summit.

Daar komen politici en wapenlobbyisten bij elkaar om de toekomst van de wereld te bepalen. Activisten waarschuwen de conferentiegangers voor 't gevaar van de wapenlobby op vrede en veiligheid. “We gaan onze veiligheid toch niet in handen van de wapenindustrie leggen? Dat leidt alleen tot meer wapenexport, meer geweld, meer oorlog.” Lees meer + foto's.

De Wereld Morgen

Houthi media: Ali Abdullah Saleh killed in Sanaa

Yemen's ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh has been killed in the capital, Sanaa, according to the radio station of the Houthi-controlled interior ministry.

Footage circulating on social media on Monday appeared to display a body resembling Saleh, with one video showing how armed militiamen used a blanket to move the corpse into the back of a pickup truck. Read more.

Al Jazeera

- Former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh was killed (video/graphic) - WAW Feed
- Saudi-led air strikes support Yemen's Saleh as he shifts against Houthis (video) - Reuters

- Yemen: "Ali Abdullah Saleh has started his seventh war against the Houthis" (video) - France24

- "Saleh was the last card of UAE, Saudis" (video) - PressTV
- What Does Saleh's Killing Mean for Yemen? (video) - TRNN

- Ansarullah: Saleh not honest in fighting against S Arabia (video) - PressTV

Diphtheria Outbreak: Yemen on the brink of new deadly epidemic

Yemen is on the brink of a new, deadly epidemic. In the past three months, hundreds of diphtheria cases have been registered in the war-torn nation with 20 deaths recorded.

The World Health Organization is calling for millions of vaccine-doses to be sent to the country.


- Former Yemeni president calls for ceasefire (video) - Al Jazeera 

Houthis claim missile launch at UAE nuclear reactor

United Arab Emirates' state news agency denies report

The United Arab Emirates on Sunday denied a claim by Yemen's Shiite rebels that a rebel missile had been fired toward the country's under-construction nuclear plant. Read more.


- UAE denies claim of Yemen missile attack against its plant - Washington Post
- Yemen: Conflict intensifies between former rebel allies (video) - Al Jazeera

Iran is like Nazi Germany in its 'ruthless commitment to murder Jews' – Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister went on another fiery tirade against Iran, comparing the Islamic Republic with Hitler’s Germany, claiming both shared the goal to exterminate all Jews.

“Obviously, there are some differences between the Nazi Germany and Islamic Republic of Iran,” Benjamin Netanyahu generously allowed, “but both regimes do have two important things in common: one, a ruthless commitment to impose tyranny and terror, and second, a ruthless commitment to murder Jews,” he claimed in a video message,.. Read more + video.


- Netanyahu: 'Iran & Nazi Germany share ruthlessly commitment to murder Jews, but Iran will fall' (video) - RT
- Netanyahu at Saban Forum: Iran, Like Nazi Germany, Has 'Ruthless Commitment to Murdering Jews' (video) - Haaretz

December 2, 2017

Israel reportedly strikes Syrian ‘military targets’ near Damascus

Israeli warplanes have reportedly conducted a number of air strikes on a Syrian military target near Damascus

That's according to Israeli and Arab media. Several missiles were reportedly fired at a site in the countryside south of the capital with some intercepted by Syrian Air Defences, and others hitting their mark. Some sources claim the target was in fact an Iranian military base. Read more.


- Arab media: 12 Iranians killed in ‘Israeli strike’ in Syria - Times of Israel
- Watch: Netanyahu slams Iran in statement after reported airstrike on base in Syria (video) - JPost

Palestinians warn Trump over recognizing Jerusalem as Israel capital

Palestinians have warned of the destructive effects of any move denying their claim to East Jerusalem al-Quds as the capital of their future state.


December 1, 2017

Trump weighs plan to replace Rex Tillerson with CIA boss Mike Pompeo

WASHINGTON – After months of clashes on policy and personality, President Donald Trump is considering ousting Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and replacing him with hard-nosed CIA Director Mike Pompeo following less than a year on the job, senior U.S. officials said Thursday as turmoil within Trump’s national security team burst into the open.

The White House plan, which Trump has not yet signed off on, would force a major realignment early in his term,.. Read more.

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- White House Plans Tillerson Ouster From State Dept., to Be Replaced by Pompeo (video) - NY Times

- White House wanted to publicly shame Tillerson, source says (video) - CNN
- The Trump administration’s inevitable drift toward yes-men - Washington Post

- 'Trump en Tillerson oneens over nucleaire deal' - AD
- 'Trump zet CIA-chef op Buitenlandse Zaken en vervangt Tillerson' - NOS

Emperor Akihito to abdicate on April 30, 2019

Tokyo --- Emperor Akihito will abdicate on April 30, 2019, at age 85 in the first such abdication from the Chrysanthemum Throne in about 200 years, the government said Friday.

Akihito's elder son Crown Prince Naruhito will ascend the throne a day later, on May 1, 2019, beginning a new as yet unnamed era. Read more.

Japan Today

- Japan panel agrees on April 30, 2019 for emperor's abdication - Reuters
- Japanse keizer treedt af op 30 april 2019 - NOS

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F.C. Barcelona - More Than a Club

F.C. Barcelona is one of the most popular soccer teams in the world and is also a symbol of Catalan nationalism

The club first became a symbol of resistance against Spanish dictator De Rivera in the 1920s and against Spanish fascist dictator Franco in the 1940s.


- What might an independent Catalonia mean for FC Barcelona? (video) - Guardian
- Barcelona could play in the Premier League if Catalonia manages to secure independence from Spain - Independent 

Kremlin not aware Russia’s business elite allegedly ‘blamed’ Putin for sanctions’ impact

Dmitry Peskov also assumed that Washington’s actions coincide with the upcoming presidential election in Russia

MINSK, November 30. /TASS/. The Kremlin has no information that Russia’s business elite has allegedly accused President Vladimir Putin of the economic slump resulting from the sanctions, Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said at the Kremlin’s Thursday press conference when replying to questions from a foreign media source. Read more.


US-led coalition acknowledges killing 800+ civilians in Iraq & Syria airstrikes

At least 800 civilians have been killed by US-led coalition airstrikes in Iraq and Syria since 2014, a coalition report says. It adds that the group holds itself accountable for “unintentional injury or death to civilians.”

“To date, based on information available, [the coalition] assesses at least 801 civilians have been unintentionally killed by Coalition strikes since the start of Operation Inherent Resolve [in 2014],” Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF–OIR) said in statement on Thursday. Read more.


- CJTF-OIR Monthly Civilian Casualty Report - OIR

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Hariri: Lebanon no longer tolerates Hezbollah's intervention in the Gulf

In an exclusive interview with French-language weekly news magazine Paris Match, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri spoke about his resignation, Iran, Hezbollah and rumors he was detained in Saudi Arabia.

Regarding the claims stated by Lebanese President Michel Aoun, Saad Hariri said: “Many stories have been told but if I had been detained, I would not be here in Beirut today. Before that, I was able to go to Paris, Egypt, Cyprus. I was free.” Read more.

Al Arabiya

- Where do Lebanon's Christians stand on Hezbollah? - Al Jazeera
- Hariri Backtracks, Prince Salman Goes Quiet, and Lebanon Takes a Breath - NEO

Yemen rebel missiles fired at Saudi Arabia appear Iranian - U.N.

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Remnants of four ballistic missiles fired into Saudi Arabia by Yemen’s Houthi rebels this year appear to have been designed and manufactured by Riyadh’s regional rival Iran, a confidential report by United Nations sanctions monitors said, bolstering a push by the United States to punish the Tehran government.

The independent panel of U.N. monitors, in a Nov. 24 report to the Security Council seen by Reuters on Thursday,.. Read more.


- Saudi Arabia intercepts Yemeni missile, second in a month - Reuters
- Yemeni army ballistic missile pounds target inside Saudi Arabia: Report - PressTV

- 'Houthi-raketten afgevuurd op Saudi-Arabië van Iraanse makelij' - NU