August 21, 2018

ISIL claims attacks on security forces in Russia's Chechnya

At least five assailants reported killed and several police wounded in a string of attacks claimed by ISIL

A series of coordinated attacks against security forces hit Russia's volatile autonomous republic of Chechnya on Monday with authorities claiming to have killed at least five assailants - all of them children. Read more.

Al Jazeera

Militants Attack Police Officers in Chechnya; ISIS Claims Responsibility - NY Times
Police Neutralize Gunmen Plotting High-Profile Attacks in Chechnya - Kadyrov - Sputnik

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Venezuela's Sovereign Bolivar, Economic Reforms Go Into Effect

The new Venezuelan currency has five fewer zeros compared to the Bolivar, which will coexist for retail operations or smaller amount.

The monetary measures announced by the Venezuelan government, as part of the Recovery, Growth and Economic Prosperity Program, went into effect Monday, as the circulation of the Sovereign Bolivar began around the country. Read more + video.


-Venezuela launched new currency,'Sovereign Bolívar' pegged to energy cryptocurrency 'Petro' (video) - teleSUR

Venezuela lops five zeros off its currency in bid to tackle hyperinflation (video) - Independent
Venezuela is pegging its economic recovery to a cryptocurrency that’s widely considered a scam (video) - CNBC

Venezuela Changes Oil Policy To Combat Smuggling (video) - teleSUR
Morales Slams US "Invasion" (video) - teleSUR

August 20, 2018

Pieter Omtzigt: Nederland doneerde sinds 2015 uitrusting (oa 313 voertuigen) aan gewapende groepen in Syrie

Nederland doneerde sinds 2015 uitrusting (oa 313 voertuigen) aan gewapende groepen in Syrie. De overdrachtsbewijzen zijn staatgeheim. Het onderzoek ernaar is nu ook geheim verklaard.

Ik wil kunnen controleren wat de regering gedaan heeft. Daarom deze vragen aan Blok en Rutte... Lees meer.


- Rutte stuurde 313 voertuigen naar Syrische rebellen, verklaart bonnetjes tot staatsgeheim - Geenstijl

Two thirds of Russians believe secret groups conspiring to rewrite history & harm nation

About two thirds of Russians think there are certain groups seeking to rewrite the history of their country in a bid to undermine traditional values and promote tolerance to “non-traditional” sexual relations.

Russian state-run public opinion research center VTSIOM reported on Monday that a recent poll had shown that 66 percent of the country’s population believe in the existence of “a group of individuals” who see their goal as rewriting Russia’s history and falsifying historical facts. The ultimate objective of this alleged group is to harm the Russian nation and undermine its greatness, Russians believe. Read more.


Yanis Varoufakis: “We should have been allowed to go bankrupt“

BILD meets Yanis Varoufakis – the man who was THE symbol of the Greek left-wing government’s resistance against the targets set by the bailout troika for the broke state of Greece.

From late January to early July 2015, Varoufakis – professor of economics, motorcyclist, and prominent baldhead – was minister of finance at the side of radically left-wing head of government, Alexis Tsipras. Europe’s left was eating out of his hand. The rest was scared to watch the show that he pulled off: a loud and complete refusal. In early July 2015, it was over for Varoufakis. His former buddy, Alexis Tsipras, advised him to step down. Read more + video.


Varoufakis: ‘Griekenland nog steeds niet gered maar wel geruïneerd’ - Joop
Varoufakis: Grieks economisch gat dieper en nog net zo zwart als voor financiële steun - Volkskrant

Griekenland staat financieel weer op eigen benen, en nu? - NOS
Griekenland betaalt Nederlandse miljardenlening vanaf 2020 terug - NU

Turkey & Qatar seal currency swap deal to cut US dollar transactions

Qatar and Turkey have inked a currency swap agreement to boost liquidity and provide financial stability, Qatar’s central bank said, days after Doha pledged $15 billion of direct investment into Turkish markets.

The deal, which aims to boost cooperation between the countries, was clinched on Friday. The agreement will set up a two-way currency exchange line and facilitate exchange of trade between the nations, according to the Qatari central bank statement. Read more.


Turkey lira crisis: Turkey and Qatar sign currency swap agreement as US sanctions bite (video) - Express

August 19, 2018

Japan & China slashing US sovereign debt is Washington's worst nightmare

Latest figures from the US Treasury Department show that Russia and Turkey are not the only countries to dump US debt bonds. Washington’s second-biggest creditor, Japan, is doing the same.

Tokyo dumped $82.9 billion, or seven percent of its US Treasuries holdings, over the twelve months ending in June - the latest month for which data is available. Read more.


Possible Wolverines? US plans to revolutionize warfare through bio-enhanced soldiers

Captain America, Deadpool, Wolverine: three fictional characters with superhuman bodies boosted for combat. Such stories, however, may soon become reality through US military trials currently proposed to revolutionize warfare. Read more.


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- Asgardia
'Space kingdom' Asgardia wants IQ tests for wannabe citizens - Independent

Asgardia: The Real Space Nation (video) - Full Frontal on TBS
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Police question Netanyahu in 11th interrogation over graft probes

PM faces investigators at his official residence for final questioning over Bezeq corruption allegations, before expected recommendation of bribery charges 

Police investigators rolled into the Prime Minister’s Residence Friday morning to interrogate Benjamin Netanyahu in the high-profile Bezeq graft probe, known as Case 4000, in what is expected to be his last questioning over allegations of bribery. Read more.

Times of Israel

Israeli Police Again Question PM on Corruption Allegations - NY Times
“Crime Minister” Netanyahu interrogated by police! (video) - PressTV

What does IDF closing Black Friday war crimes probe mean for ICC?

The good news for Israel is the ICC Prosecution is taking its time and not rushing to conclusions like the UNHRC.

So much action happened and so many Palestinian civilians died tragically on Black Friday, August 1, 2014, that it is hard to distill the issues. Read more.


Weed firms fume as government rolls with cannabis research but stubs out exports

The Volcani Center's medical marijuana research is part of Israel's bid to be a world leader in medical cannabis, though businesses are angry over Netanyahu's exports freeze 

The State of Israel’s official marijuana plants grow in four squat, unassuming greenhouses in the city of Rishon LeZion. About 100 marijuana plants grow in carefully controlled conditions, grown exactly to specifications for ongoing medical research. Read more.

Times of Israel

- Police chief calls for more cannabis clubs where drug can be used and traded safely - Guardian

August 18, 2018

Bomb that killed 40 children in Yemen was supplied by the US

(CNN) The bomb used by the Saudi-led coalition in a devastating attack on a school bus in Yemen was sold as part of a US State Department-sanctioned arms deal with Saudi Arabia, munitions experts told CNN.

Working with local Yemeni journalists and munitions experts, CNN has established that the weapon that left dozens of children dead on August 9 was a 500-pound (227 kilogram) laser-guided MK 82 bomb made by Lockheed Martin, one of the top US defense contractors. Read more + video.


US condemned for supplying bombs to Saudis - PressTV
Saudi-led coalition defends deadly Yemen bus attack - NewArab

Lockheed Martin receives bloody images instead of cool weapons photos in failed Twitter campaign - RT

US creates Iran Action Group to ‘change regime’s behavior’

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has formed a special group that will co-ordinate Washington's policy on Iran, that's as it continues to pressure the country with sanctions. 

The head of the new group, Brian Hook, says the US is prepared to punish any country trading with Iran. Read more.


US forms ‘Iran Action Group’ to run aggressive policy toward Tehran (video) - PressTV
Trump administration forms new team to promote pressure policies against Iran - Washington Post

1953 Iran coup – a crime authored in London and Washington - RT

August 17, 2018

Qatari emir vows $15bn Turkey investment after Erdogan meeting

Qatar pledges to make direct investment in Turkey, currently hit by currency crisis amid a diplomatic standoff with US.

The Turkish lira rallied from record lows on Wednesday after Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani said Qatar was standing by its "brothers in Turkey" as he announced a $15bn investment into the country's financial markets and banks. Read more + video.

Al Jazeera

Turkish lira rallies as Qatar makes $15bn loan pledge - Guardian
Germany, Qatar vow support for Turkey amid US pressure - PressTV

World financial markets suffer as US-Turkey ties decline, Washington vows to keep sanctions (video) - RT

August 16, 2018

UN Report Finds ISIS Given “Breathing Space” in US-Occupied Areas of Syria

By maintaining an ISIS pocket in the territory it occupies, the U.S. can continue to justify its illegal presence in the country for the long-term, ultimately substituting Iran for ISIS as its new regional boogeyman.

NEW YORK — A recent report from the UN Security Council’s Sanctions Monitoring Team has found that many of the places in Syria where the terror group Daesh (ISIS) continues to operate, recuperate and extract oil for profit are in areas of the country occupied by the United States. Read more.


'Islamic State': Up to 30,000 fighters still in Syria and Iraq, UN says (video) - DW
Islamic State may still have 30,000 fighters in Iraq and Syria, even after setbacks - Washington Post

Syria warns of Saudi plots as Daesh 're-emerges' - PressTV
UN warns terror group rising in Syria again (video) - PressTV

Syria, UN delegation discuss redeployment of peacekeepers to occupied Golan

A delegation of UN commanders has visited Damascus for talks with Syrian Defense Minister Ali Abdullah Ayyoub on the redeployment of the world body’s peacekeepers to the volatile demilitarized zone along the Israeli-occupied side of Syria’s Golan Heights.

In a meeting in Damascus on Tuesday, the two sides discussed coordination between the Syrian government and the world body’s command on the resumption of the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF)’s mission along the ceasefire line between Syria and Israel based on the 1974 armistice, Syria’s official SANA news agency reported. Read more.


Defense Minister, UN delegation discuss coordination on redeployment of UNDOF in disengagement zone - SANA