January 21, 2018

New oil-backed cryptocurrency aimed at ending market volatility

The first legally compliant digital currency based on a physical asset, OilCoin, was announced last month.

Each token will reportedly represent the value of one barrel of oil. A team of banking and technology managers, and US regulatory commissioners who launched the digital currency claim it would provide users with a safe haven from cryptocurrency volatility. Read more.


- What is OilCoin? The new US cryptocurrency explained - Finder
- Oilcoin Digital Currency Reserve - Oilcoin

- Enter the 'petro': Venezuela to launch oil-backed cryptocurrency (video) - Reuters
- Get Set for Petro, Venezuela's Crypto Answer to Bitcoin (video) - Bloomberg

- PetroDollar - CoinMarketCap

January 20, 2018

Turkish planes bomb Syrian Kurdish targets as Ankara-backed rebels enter Afrin

Turkey has begun a military operation on Syria's Kurdish-held region of Afrin launching air strikes and cross-border shelling with a ground invasion expected on Sunday. Read more.


- Turkish jets destroy PYD/PKK targets in Syria's Afrin - AA
- Erdogan: Operation in Syria's Afrin has begun - Al Jazeera

- Syria condemns Turkey’s ‘brutal aggression' on Kurdish enclave Afrin - PressTV

- Turkey informs UK, France, China on Afrin operation - AA
- Turkey summons UN Security Council member envoys, writes to Syrian regime on Afrin op - Hürriyet

- US ‘made terrible mistake’ by supporting PYD/PKK - AA
- Russia blames US for fuelling tensions in Syria - RT

- Damascus warns Turkey against Afrin attack: Syrian state TV - Reuters
- Damascus warns it may shoot down Turkish planes attacking Kurds within Syrian borders - RT

Nederlanders willen betaaldata niet delen met bedrijven

De animo onder consumenten om betaaldata te delen met grote bedrijven, lijkt niet al te groot. Mensen vertrouwen er niet op dat bedrijven goed met hun data omgaan. Wel zijn jongeren veel eerder geneigd om hun data te delen dan ouderen.

Dat blijkt uit een enquête op de website van deze krant, die door ongeveer 4.500 mensen werd ingevuld. Lees meer.


- Binnenkort mogen bedrijven meekijken op onze rekening - ED

Our politicians are ignoring the bigger debt picture

It is hypocrisy time in Washington. - I know what you are thinking — it’s always hypocrisy time in Washington.

But for our lawmakers, this evil trait is front and center whenever they start trying to put together a budget that doesn’t hurt the nation’s debt level too much. Read more.

NY Post

- The National Debt Is $20 Trillion, And That's A Huge Problem (video) - Newsy
- We Aren’t Lucky Enough for a Government Shut Down - Daily Bell

- The real victims of government shutdowns are poor kids, military vets, and low-paid workers - Vox

'New California' Movement Wants To Create New Territory Independent From 'Tyrannical' State Government

Right-leaning taxpayers don't want California's leftist politicians spending their money.

A "New California" movement says it wants to split the coastal state in half, letting "right-wingers" create their own economy and governmental structure separate from the leftists who rule in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Read more.


- New California declares "independence" from rest of state (video) - CBS News
- “New California” is the latest conservative pipe dream - Salon

- New California State

“US seeks alternative authorities in Syria”

The Russian foreign minister says the US is trying to create alternative bodies of authority on vast parts of Syrian territory. 


- "US will keep open-ended military presence in Syria" (video) - PressTV
- "US to work diplomatically to oust president Assad" (video) - PressTV

- US 🇺🇸 sending mixed messages about border force in Syria (video) - Al Jazeera

- Conflicts between Al-Nusra, Other Terrorist Groups Intensified in Idlib - Fars
- US Gives Green Light to Hundreds of Terrorists for Relocation to Libya from Iraq, Syria - Fars

January 19, 2018

The Bitcoin Psyop

Yes, the blockchain is truly revolutionary. Yes, bitcoin is Tulipmania 2.0. Yes, cryptocurrency is a nail in the coffin of the bankster parasites. Yes, digital currency is a tool of the totalitarian tyrants. No, these statements are not contradictory.

But don’t worry if you think they are. You’re just a victim of "The Bitcoin Psyop." Read more.

Corbett Report

S Korea creates artificial rain using unmanned tilt-rotor

Source: AP

South Korea has successfully created artificial rain using unmanned tilt-rotor aircraft for the first time.


January 18, 2018

Israel: Rabbis 'Anne Frank' Scheme to Hide Refugees from Gov't

Earlier this month Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced plans to deport around 40,000 African asylum seekers.

A group of Israeli rabbis launched The Anne Frank Home Sanctuary, a program to protect African asylum seekers from deportation by hiding them from Israeli authorities. Read more.


- Israeli rabbis to hide African refugees facing deportation in 'Anne Frank-inspired' scheme - Independent

U.S. warns investors over Venezuela's 'petro' cryptocurrency

WASHINGTON/CARACAS (Reuters) - The U.S. Treasury Department on Tuesday warned that Venezuela’s proposed “petro” cryptocurrency could violate sanctions against the OPEC nation’s socialist government, a statement that could dent investor appetite for the soon-to-be-launched token.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro this month said his government will soon issue 100 million petros, backed by an equivalent number of barrels of oil, partly to get around the U.S. sanctions. Read more.


- Venezuela Condemns Fresh US Sanctions Threat, Interference - Venezuelanalysis
- U.S. Treasury attempts to derail Venezuela's new cryptocurrency (video/start 10:20) - teleSUR

- Russia and Venezuela’s Plan to Sidestep Sanctions: Virtual Currencies - NY Times
- Russia may turn to cryptocurrencies in oil trade to challenge sanctions & the petrodollar - RT

- Venezuela's Congress declares 'petro' cryptocurrency illegal (video) - Reuters

Griepprik helpt niet tegen huidig virus door verkeerde keuze cocktailprik

De griepprik schiet tekort. Uitgerekend de griepvariant die nu duizenden mensen rillend in bed houdt, zit niet in het vaccin.

De griepprik had de meest kwetsbare mensen – ouderen en chronisch zieken – moeten beschermen tegen het virus, maar dat blijkt tegen te vallen. Lees meer.


"US to work diplomatically to oust president Assad"

The United States has signaled on an open-ended military presence in Syria as part of a broader U-S strategy to prevent the resurgence of the Deash terror group.

In a speech at Stanford University, the U-S secretary of State said Washington’s military and diplomatic presence in Syria is crucial to U-S national interest. Rex Tillerson added that the Trump administration's new Syria strategy largely involves an increased diplomatic action with emphasis on political solution to the crisis.

The top U-S diplomat, however, made it clear that Washington would work diplomatically toward the ouster of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from power. He also called for closer cooperation with Russia to avoid conflict in the de-escalation zones in Syria.


European MEP's lash out at Russia, accuse Kremlin of telling lies

Members of the European Parliament had a busy day - discussing Russia and supposed threats coming from Moscow. They accuse Kremlin in spreading fake news.


- EU Issues Call To Action To Combat Russian 'Propaganda' - RFERL
- Russian disinformation campaign has been ‘extremely successful’ in Europe, warns EU - Independent

- European Commission to Issue Plan on Tackling Foreign Fake News - Sp[utnik 

Crypto-bloodbath: Major digital currencies suffer huge losses within hours

What goes up, must come down... Crypto-currencies suffer double-digit losses in the past twenty-four hours, amid global talk of potential regulation of the new money.


January 17, 2018

Fedcoin: One Crypto Currency To Rule Them All

Fedcoin is a cryptocurrency project that is carried out by the Federal Reserve System of the United States of America which could replace the current US dollar. Countries such as China and Russia are constantly working to eliminate the current hegemony of the USD.

The governments of Beijing and Moscow have accelerated the offensive hegemony by seeing how Bitcoin is threatening the current financial system controlled by the USD. It should also be taken into account that the value of the USD has plummeted in the last 100 years. Read more.


- Bitcoin is big. But fedcoin is bigger. - Washington Post
- The Washington Post Propagandizes Again: Says 'Fedcoin' Will Be 'Bigger' Than Bitcoin - ZeroHedge

- Lord Rothschild Vows To Destroy Bitcoin – Launches ‘FedCoin’ - YourNewsWire
- Fedcoin Could Be Coming Soon, But Would It Really Challenge Bitcoin? - Nasdaq

January 16, 2018

New austerity measures spark angry protests in Athens

Clashes have erupted between protesters and police outside the Greek Parliament after lawmakers voted to approve more painful austerity measures.

Demonstrators threw rocks, molotov cocktails and flares at the police forces. They also sprayed the police with red paint. The police used pepper spray to disperse the crowd on the steps of the parliament building. No arrests or injuries were reported.

Earlier, thousands of people marched in anti-government rallies in the capital Athens and the second largest city of Thessaloniki. They were voicing anger over measures that include tougher conditions for unions to call strikes, speedier property foreclosures, and cuts in family benefits.

The new austerity measures were demanded by Greece’s international lenders to receive further bailout funds.


- Greek Parliament Backs Controversial Reforms - Greek Reporter
- Protests and clashes in Athens as parliament passes more reforms - Euronews

- Greece plans three new bond sales to build post-bailout buffer - eKathimerini
- ECB supervision of failing banks is flawed, auditors warn - eKathimerini

Israël gunt Palestijnen geen snipper van Jeruzalem

Een nieuwe Israëlische wet maakt het nog moeilijker dan het was om Jeruzalem als hoofdstad met de Palestijnen te delen.

Zelfs de grootste optimist zal het moeten erkennen: de tweestatenoplossing in het Israëlisch-Palestijnse conflict raakt uit beeld. Lees meer.


What is Syria Border Security Force? Meet the new US proxy army

Getting squeezed out of a country but wanna stay at all costs? Here’s the latest bright idea from the US: Meet the new proxy army in Syria. Read more.


- Erdoğan accuses US of planning to form 'terror army' in Syria - Guardian
- Erdogan: we will 'strangle' U.S.-backed force in Syria "before it's even born" - Reuters

- Syrian army vows to eject US troops (video) - CNN
- Syrian rebel delegation in Washington seeking revival of CIA aid - Reuters

January 15, 2018

Thousands in Israel urge Netanyahu to resign

Thousands of Israelis have held another anti-corruption demonstration in Tel Aviv, calling on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to resign days after the release of an audiotape, in which the premier’s son is heard bragging about his father’s role in a shady gas deal.

Protesters took to the streets for a seventh consecutive week on Saturday, chanting slogans against the premier such as, “Shame” “Bibi go home,” “Corruption is going to be broken,” and “a corrupt government of corrupt tycoons.”


- Israel: Anti-Netanyahu, 'StripperGate' Protesters Flood Tel Aviv - teleSUR
- Sins of father: Netanyahu's son exposes unknown corruption schemes (video) - RT

- Thousands attend Tel Aviv anti-corruption protest against Netanyahu - Times of Israel
- Thousands of Israelis Protest Corruption, Chant Against Netanyahu's Son Over Stripper Scandal (paywall) - Haaretz

- Netanyahu Visits India: Muslims Burn Israeli Effigies in Protest - Sputnik
- 'Go back, Netanyahu': Hundreds of protesters march through the city of Kargil, India (video) - RT

‘CIA friends’ asked Moby to promote Trump-Russia stories

American musician and DJ Moby claims he's been doing the behind-the-scenes bidding of anti-Donald Trump figures...

In a recent interview, he said friends and contacts within the CIA had asked him to promote certain ideas online - including the alleged collusion between the President and Russia. Read more.


- Moby Says CIA Agents Asked Him to Spread the Word About Trump and Russia (video) - Pitchfork

Moby and the Void Pacific Choir - Little Failure

How To Engineer A Crisis

Are you a dictator in need of public support for your latest draconian clampdown on dissent? Or a deep state plotter hoping to topple a foreign government who doesn't comply with your every wish? A low-level Machiavellian schemer looking for the ultimate trick for defeating your enemies without lifting a finger?

Then look no further than this handy-dandy guide to "How To Engineer A Crisis." Read more.

Corbett Report

- 64 Years Later, CIA Details Long-Hidden Role in Iran Coup (video) - TRNN

The Coming Anastrophe

In this age of economic and societal Armageddon, everyone is looking for peace and stability: so why are so many agitating for violent revolution?

Join us this week on The Corbett Report as we take a page from “It’s A Wonderful Life” to explore the possibility for peaceful, community-based solutions to our problems and attempt to answer the question: what is the opposite of catastrophe? Read more.

Corbett Report

January 13, 2018

WaPo bureau chief praises ‘brave Syrian journalist’ – who has jihadist links

The Washington Post is under fire after one of its bureau chiefs in the Middle East posted a tweet apparently praising a journalist from Free Syrian TV. Read more.


Rivlin, Dutch FM agree on confidence-building measures between Israel and the Palestinians

The stalled peace process between Israel and the Palestinians was one of the main topics of discussion when Halbe Zijlstra, the foreign minister of the Netherlands, called on President Reuven Rivlin on Wednesday.

The two men agreed that in order to resume negotiations confidence between the two sides must be restored. Read more.


- Zijlstra: VS moeten rol spelen bij vredesproces - RD

- BDS criminaliseren? Minister Zijlstra begint zijn rug te rechten - docP
- Zijlstra in Israel: Nederland is tegen BDS en bestrijdt antisemitisme - CIDI

January 12, 2018

Chinese bitcoin miners consider setting up in energy-rich Canada

The mounting pressure by Chinese authorities on the country’s cryptocurrency industry is forcing mining companies to look for alternatives, and Canada is one of the preferred hot spots.

Bitmain Technologies, the operator of some of the largest mining farms in China, is among several companies looking to expand overseas. Read more.


- Quebec Lures Cryptocurrency Miners as China Sours on Industry - CoinDesk
- Chinese bitcoin miners eye sites in energy-rich Canada - Independent

- Chinese bitcoin mining giant sets up Swiss hub - SWI

US has de-facto occupied part of Syria & hinders humanitarian aid – Moscow

All limitations on the access of humanitarian convoys to the Rukban refugee camp in the Al-Tanf area of Syria – which is de-facto occupied by US forces – must be lifted, Russia’s Foreign Ministry has said.

Moscow has firmly emphasized “the need to respect the sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence of Syria in the implementation of humanitarian deliveries and the observance of international humanitarian law.” Read more.


- Russian Foreign Ministry: US Claims of Fighting Terrorists in Syria Unconvincing - Sputnik

'De geblokkeerde eilanden hebben Venezuela harder nodig dan andersom'

Er komt al dagen geen fruit en olie meer uit Venezuela. Het land heeft de grenzen met Aruba, Bonaire en Curaçao gesloten. De hoop is dat een ambtelijk overleg tussen Venezuela, de eilanden en Nederland morgen, leidt tot de opheffing van de blokkade.

Volgens de Venezolaanse president Nicolas Maduro doen de buurlanden te weinig tegen smokkelaars die goud, koper, diamanten en voedsel uit het land zouden wegsluizen. Lees meer.


- Venezuela houdt grens met Benedenwindse Eilanden nog langer dicht - NOS
- Premier Aruba in gesprek met Venezuela over spanningen met eilanden  - NU

- Ronald van Raak – Wat ik niet mocht zien op Aruba - TPO

South Korea’s Finance Ministry Refuses to Support Cryptocurrency Trading Ban

Earlier today, on January 11, the South Korea Ministry of Justice reaffirmed that it is continuing to draft its cryptocurrency trading closure bill, which has been in the works since December 13.

In a statement, South Korea Attorney General Park Sang-ki said: “The South Korean Ministry of Justice is considering the closure of cryptocurrency trading to bring cryptocurrency mania and speculation under control for investor protection.” Read more.


- Korean Official: Cryptocurrency Exchange Ban 'Not Finalized' - Coindesk
- S.Korea presidential office says ban on cryptocurrency market not yet finalised - Reuters

- S. Korea readies ban on cryptocurrency trading as police & tax agency raid exchanges (video) - RT

- Bitcoin Price Stays Heavy Amid Korean Regulatory Reports - CoinDesk
- Cryptocurrency Market Begins Recovery after South Korea Trading Ban Fiasco - CNN

Goldman of crypto: Billionaire bitcoin buff to launch first cryptocurrency ‘merchant bank’

Billionaire and ex-fund manager Mike Novogratz has unveiled the launch of a cryptocurrency "merchant bank."

Novogratz, a former chief investment officer for Fortress, is behind Galaxy Digital, which according to a Jan. 9 announcements will constitute a "full service, digital assets merchant bank." Read more.


- Mike Novogratz Wants to Build the Goldman of Crypto and List It in Canada (video) - Bloomberg

- Thailand’s Regulators Allow Bitcoin Futures Trading - Bitzamp
- Japan's Fisco Launching $2.66 Million Cryptocurrency Fund - CoinDesk

January 11, 2018

MEPs back down from EU bisphenol ban

The European Parliament has shied away from demanding a full ban on bisphenol A, instead approving measures that will lower the amount of the chemical that can be part of food packaging.

On Wednesday (11 January), MEPs on the Environment, Food and Public Health committee defeated a cross-party proposal by four deputies, which argued that “only a full ban can provide certainty for both consumers and industry”, by 42 votes to 17. Read more.


- Europa weert bisphenol-A niet uit voedselverpakking - IPS

UK, Germany and France urge US not to tear up Iran nuclear deal

Three EU signatories to 2015 deal say Iran is respecting agreement that has made world safer and ‘prevented potential nuclear arms race’

Washington’s closest allies have sent a carefully timed warning to Donald Trump not to tear up the Iran nuclear deal, saying it is essential for international security, and no better alternative has been suggested by the White House. Read more.


- EU officials praise Iran deal, urge US to stick to agreement (video) - RT
- EU to meet Iran to back nuclear deal in message to Trump (video) - Reuters

- Zarif hails talks with European ministers (video) - PressTV
- ‘Trump’s termination of Iran deal will harm US interests’ (video) - PressTV

- AP sources: Trump to extend sanctions relief for Iran - Politico

Russen tasten in het duister na mysterieuze aanvallen met 'killerdrones' in Syrië

Het Russische ministerie van Defensie tast in het duister na een reeks mysterieuze drone-aanvallen op militaire bases in Syrië.

Er zou sprake zijn van zeker tien aanvallen met technisch zeer geavanceerde vliegtuigjes, de Russen spreken zelfs van 'killerdrones'. Lees meer.


- Russia knows who staged attacks on Syrian base & it’s not Turkey – Putin - RT
- Threat of terrorist drone attacks is real, says Russian military after assault on base in Syria  - RT

Ecuador grants citizenship to Assange – FM

Ecuador has granted citizenship to Wikileaks chief Julian Assange, who's been holed up in the country's embassy in London for more than 5 years now. Read more.


- Looking For A 'Save Passage' For Julian Assange (video) - teleSUR

January 10, 2018

US to develop more ‘usable’ nuclear warheads

A former US official says the administration of President Donald Trump plans to adopt a hawkish position on the use of nuclear weapons. Read more.


- U.S. to develop more "usable" warheads to deter Russia - Unian
- US to loosen nuclear weapons constraints and develop more 'usable' warheads - Guardian

Israel launches secret squad to challenge negative image & boycott campaign

Israel has created a secretive body made up of ex-generals and a former UN ambassador to engage in an online propaganda campaign against the state’s opponents internationally.

The Strategic Affairs Ministry created the corporation to carry out “mass awareness activities” to counteract what it describes as “the delegitimization campaign” against Israel internationally, Haaretz reports. Read more.


- Israel Sets Up Secret Firm With Top Ex-generals, Envoys for Online 'Mass Awareness' Campaign 'To Fight Delegitimization' (paywall) - Haaretz

January 9, 2018

Syria accuses Israel of targeting Damascus military outposts with missiles

Syria's military has accused Israel of launching missiles at its outposts near Damascus in a wave of three pre-dawn attacks, and claimed the Syrian air force hit one of the Israeli jets and shot down several missiles.

The army said the Syrian air defence confronted the attacks on military outposts in the area of Qutayfeh in the Damascus countryside. Read more.


- Syria Confirms Israel Strikes Near Damascus With Jets, 'Ground-to-ground Missiles Intercepted' - Haaretz
- Netanyahu: Israel acts to keep game-changing arms away from Hezbollah - Times of Israel

‘Bibi go home!’ Thousands take to the streets in Tel Aviv demanding Netanyahu resign

Thousands have marched through the streets of Tel Aviv in Israel, demanding the resignation of the country's Prime Minister - over mounting corruption allegations.

The protesters were carrying placards and shouting slogans denouncing the government. Murad Gazdiev picks up the story. Read more.


- The son also falls - Times of Israel
- Benjamin Netanyahu’s son may have gotten him in trouble thanks to a drunken rant - Salon

- Al zes weken straatprotest tegen corruptie regering Israël - De Wereld Morgen

January 8, 2018

Police nationwide fatally shot nearly 1,000 people in 2017

Cops across the country killed nearly 1,000 people last year, including 19 unarmed black males — figures that have remained consistent since 2015.

The data, compiled by The Washington Post from media accounts and public records, was released on Friday. It shows officers last year shot and killed 987 people, about two dozen more than the 963 people fatally shot in 2016. Read more.

NY Daily

- Nationwide, police shot and killed nearly 1,000 people in 2017 - Washington Post
- Police shootings 2017 database (database) - Washington Post

- Amerikaanse politie schoot in 2017 987 mensen dood - HLN

De Hoop Scheffer: Poetin werd radicaler door NAVO

De NAVO heeft Vladimir Poetin in een hoek gedreven, waardoor hij radicaler werd. Dat zijn niet de woorden van Rusland, maar die van de voormalige secretaris-generaal van de NAVO, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer.

Volgens Jaap de Hoop Scheffer moet het Westen de Russische rode lijn respecteren. Lees meer + video.


- Jaap de Hoop Scheffer: NAVO had rode lijn van Poetin moeten accepteren - RTL

January 7, 2018

Pensioenen, hoe worden jong en oud belazerd?

Het Algemeen Burgerlijk Pensioenfonds (ABP) is het grootste pensioenfonds van Nederland. Volgens eigen informatie had het ABP eind 2014 opgeteld aan waarde van de beleggingen (vooral aandelen en obligaties) en aan liquide middelen een belegde reserve van € 347 miljard tot zijn beschikking.

Deze € 347 miljard is bestemd voor de uitbetaling van aanvullende pensioenen aan gepensioneerden van nu en in de toekomst. De totale verplichting die het ABP eind 2014 had bedroeg -ruim gerekend- eind 2014 € 214 miljard. Lees meer.

Ad Broere

- Bouwend Nederland wil €385 miljard uit de pensioenkassen voor verduurzaming - Das Kapital

Dirty deal traced to three Ukrainian tycoons

Three Ukrainian oligarchs traded part of around $1.5bn in illicit assets traced to cronies of former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich, an exclusive investigation by Al Jazeera revealed on Sunday. They did so as the war-torn country struggled to return suspected misappropriated funds to its coffers.

An unsigned contract obtained by Al Jazeera's Investigative Unit identifies Alexander Onyschenko - the gas tycoon,.. Read more.

Al Jazeera

Crypto... What? Can cryptocurrencies change the world?

2017 Lexicon: Bitcoin

Bitcoin has hit a financial milestone not reached in almost four centuries. It's taken over the title of "biggest bubble in history" from what was known as ‘Tulip Mania’ in the Netherlands.


Trump says he 'absolutely' would talk to Kim Jong Un, won't compromise on border wall

WASHINGTON – President Trump said during a Camp David news conference Saturday that he “absolutely” would hold phone talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, appearing to contradict some of his top administration officials.

National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster is among those who’ve said there must be preconditions for high-level talks with North Korea, which is racing to develop a nuclear weapons arsenal. Read more.

USA Today

- Trump ready to speak to Kim under certain conditions (video) - RT
- Trump takes credit for Olympics talks between North and South Korea - Guardian

- Trump staat open voor gesprek met Kim Jong-un - NOS

Max Blumenthal on 'Fire and Fury', Clinton Probe, and Russiagate

The book 'Fire and Fury' sparks a rift between Trump and Bannon, the FBI revives scrutiny of the Clinton Foundation, and GOP Senators target the author of the Steele dossier.

Best-selling author Max Blumenthal breaks down the growing intra-elite clashes and the key developments that are being overlooked. Read more.


- Michael Wolff's 'Fire and Fury': Inside Trump's White House - NYMag
- Trump Declares Himself 'Stable Genius', Trolled Hard by Twitter & the World - Sputnik

- Tapper cuts off Trump adviser interview: I've wasted enough of my viewers' time (video) - CNN

Jeff Flake says no evidence of ‘sonic attacks’ in Cuba

HAVANA — Republican Sen. Jeff Flake says the U.S. has found no evidence that American diplomats in Havana were the victims of attacks with an unknown weapon.

Flake, a Senate Foreign Relations Committee member, met with high-ranking Cuban officials in Havana on Friday. He spoke with The Associated Press on Saturday morning. Read more.

NY Post

- Jeff Flake says there's "no evidence" Cuban government attacked American diplomats (video) - CBS

- Sen. Jeff Flake criticizes Trump’s decision to reverse US’ Cuba policy - KTAR
- VS vindt geen bewijzen voor 'mysterieuze aanvallen' op diplomaten in Cuba - NU

January 6, 2018

We Need to Talk About the Iran Protests

Are these protests in Iran spontaneous, or are they the result of another regime change operation?

This week on The Corbett Report James explores the past, present and future of US and Israeli involvement in Iran, and the attempts to foment unrest in the country. Read more.

Corbett Report

- USAID and the destabilization of Iran (2009) - Geopolitical Monitor

Internet Association to join expected net neutrality lawsuit

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Internet Association, a trade group representing companies such as Google parent Alphabet Inc (GOOGL.O) and Facebook Inc (FB.O), said on Friday that it intends to join an expected lawsuit against a decision to roll back net neutrality rules.

One of the group’s members, e-commerce site Etsy Inc (ETSY.O), said that it would separately also join the legal effort. Read more.


- Big Tech to Join Legal Fight Against Net Neutrality Repeal - NY Times
- Statement Announcing Intention To Intervene In Judicial Action To Preserve Net Neutrality Protections - IA

- Amerikaanse techgiganten werpen zich in juridische strijd tegen einde van netneutraliteit - DeMorgen

January 5, 2018

Tbilisi Court Sentences Georgian Ex-President Saakashvili to 3 Years in Absentia

MOSCOW(Sputnik) - A court in Tbilisi on Friday sentenced former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili in absentia to three years in prison for abusing his power, within the framework of a murder case.

"The city court of Tbilisi has brought in the verdict of guilty in the case on abuse of power as for Mikheil Saakashvili and set four years in custody as a punishment measure that... Read more.


- Saakashvili sentenced in Georgia to 3 years in absentia - Washington Post

- Saakasjvili bij verstek veroordeeld wegens machtsmisbruik - NOS
- Georgische oud-president Saakasjvili veroordeeld tot drie jaar cel - AD

- Saakasjvili wil naar Nederland - Telegraaf

Freemasons leader rejects claim group is blocking police reform

David Staples says claim by former Police Federation chair is laughable and defends secrecy on grounds of discrimination

A leader of England’s Freemasons has stepped out of the shadows to say members of the organisation have to be secretive because they are discriminated against. Read more.


- Freemasons are not blocking reform in the Police Federation - Guardian
- Freemasons are discriminated against, says leader amid claims group is blocking police reform - RT

January 4, 2018

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Rouhani criticizes Paris' support for France-based terrorist organization

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has called on France to take immediate actions against a Paris-based terrorist organization that is inciting violent protests in the Islamic Republic.

"We expect the French government to abide by its legal responsibility towards this terrorist group along the lines of battling terrorism and violence," Rouhani made the call during a phone conversation with French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday. Read more.


- Macron tells Rouhani of 'concern' over Iran demo deaths - RFI

- Why Trump’s support for Iranian people is not welcome? (video) - PressTV
- Iran slams ‘grotesque’ meddling and calls for regime change by US through social media (video) - RT

- Iranians hold nationwide rallies to denounce riots, back Islamic establishment (video) - PressTV

January 3, 2018

Wikileaks appear to show collusion between New York Times & Clinton

Wikileaks has published an e-mail apparently showing that the New York Times was providing the State Department - and Hillary Clinton - with advanced warnings about potentially damaging stories.


January 2, 2018

Israel slams German foreign minister for comparing Jewish State to apartheid

BERLIN - Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan blasted German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel on Tuesday for comparing the Jewish State's policies in the disputed West Bank territory to the former racist apartheid system in South Africa.

Erdan told The Jerusalem Post that "The statement that Israel is reminiscent of apartheid South Africa is not only totally false, but it also delegitimizes and demonizes the Jewish state. Read more.


Israel's Next Move: To Annex The West Bank

Could GCHQ influence Iran protests? They’ve done it before, claims researcher

The UK government uses fake content & sockpuppet accounts on social media to infiltrate activist groups & “destroy” enemies, former hacktivist Mustafa Al-Bassam claims.

A shadowy unit is known to target the Middle East, he says. Al-Bassam, who uses the alias TFlow, was a black hat hacker and one of the six core members of hacktivist group LulzSec. Read more.


- Iran's Khamenei Says Nation's 'Enemies' are Behind Protests - teleSUR
- Iran: People are not happy with current regime - Analysis (video) - Al Jazeera

- ‘US is watching!’: Rising political crisis in Iran stirred by US, Israel support (video) - RT 

Deadman's switch? Encryption key? Cryptic Assange tweet ignites concern for his wellbeing

A Julian Assange tweet featuring a 60 character code and a YouTube link to a popular rap song has sparked a frenzy of speculation about the meaning of the message and the wellbeing of the WikiLeaks founder.


Google rules the future… Whether you like it or not

Google rules the future… Whether you like it or not


Californians line up to legally buy recreational pot

California began selling recreational marijuana Monday in what's seen as a milestone in the mainstreaming of the weed, and hundreds lined up to buy it.

Lines formed outside stores licensed to sell the drug long before opening hours, and store owners said they had stocked up in expectation of huge demand. Read more + video.


- California Turns Over a New Leaf as Legalization of Marijuana Takes Effect (video) - Time
- Recreational marijuana is now for sale in California — here's what you need to know - Business Insider

- Iwoners Californië in de rij voor legale wiet (video) - NOS 
- Recreatief gebruik marihuana in Californië officieel legaal - NU