January 18, 2019

Huawei or US way? The fight for 5G dominance



China's ambassador to Canada has hit out at Justin Trudeau's government - warning of consequences if Huawei is frozen out of the country's 5G network. Read more.

RT

Spaanse extreem-rechtse partij VOX gefinancierd met Iraans geld

De Spaanse extreemrechtse partij VOX won in de Zuid-Spaanse regio Andalusië vanuit het niets 12 van de 109 zetels in het regionale parlement. De partij bekent nu dat 80 procent van hun campagne voor de EU-verkiezingen van 2014 gefinancierd werden met geld van aanhangers van de Iraanse oppositiegroep Nationale Verzetsraad van Iran. Sven Tuytens geeft toelichting vanuit Spanje.

De Spaanse kieswet is nochtans zeer duidelijk. Het is voor politieke partijen verboden om geld uit het buitenland te ontvangen eens verkiezingen aangekondigd zijn. Lees meer.

De Wereld Morgen

Israel hacking Lebanese through smartphone apps



Lebanese authorities are calling on their citizens to refrain from using certain smartphone apps that have been developed by Israel. Experts say the apps could hack the smartphones to control all personal data.

PressTV’s Rana Aladdin reports from Beirut.

PressTV

Does Society Realize It Is Being Initiated?

Something Is Happening In Egypt.. Are THEY Hiding It?

January 17, 2019

US 'trying to intervene' in Venezuela... to 'save' its people



Venezuela's political crisis deepens - with the U.S. reportedly considering throwing its full weight behind the opposition leader, after rejecting the legitimacy of Nicolas Maduro's presidency.

RT

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Maduro is a usurper. It’s time to restore democracy in Venezuela - Washington Post
Venezuela’s opposition is gambling it all on a young and untested activist named Juan Guaidó - Washington Post

Israel's new 'apartheid road' is about more than just segregation

Israel claims the new road, which separates Israelis and Palestinians by an eight-meter wall, alleviates traffic for settlers while helping Palestinians travel around the West Bank. Critics say it will help create Israeli-only enclaves free of any Palestinian presence.

Israel unveiled a new segregated highway in the occupied West Bank last week, with a giant eight-meter concrete wall separating Palestinian and Israeli drivers on either side. Read more.

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- ‘Apartheid road’: RT tests notorious West Bank highway segregating Palestinian & Israeli drivers (video) - RT

January 15, 2019

IDF chief finally acknowledges that Israel supplied weapons to Syrian rebels

In interview with UK’s Sunday Times, outgoing army commander Gadi Eisenkot says Israel gave opposition groups light arms ‘for self-defense’ 

Outgoing IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot this weekend acknowledged for the first time that Israel had indeed provided weaponry to Syrian rebel groups in the Golan Heights during the country’s seven-year civil war. Read more.

Times of Israel

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Pummel the bases, miss the men — Israel’s invisible war in Syria - Sunday Times

Israel Secretly Armed and Funded 12 Syrian Rebel Groups, Report Says - Haaretz

Netanyahu confirms assaults on Damascus airport



Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has confirmed carrying out airstrikes on the Syrian capital on Friday 

Netanyahu said the attack hit warehouses containing Iranian weapons in Damascus international airport. Netanyahu added that Israel is more determined than ever to act against Iran in Syria.

Meanwhile, Israel’s outgoing army chief also confirmed that Tel Aviv has conducted thousands of airstrikes inside Syria over the past two years, without claiming responsibility. Gadi Eisenkot claimed that the attacks mostly hit Iranian targets. Tehran has yet to react to the Israeli claims. Iran has repeatedly said that it only deploys advisers in Syria at the country's request.

On Saturday, the Syrian Foreign Ministry wrote to the United Nations to condemn the latest Israeli attacks, describing them as an attempt to prolong the war on Syria.

PressTV

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Israel Strikes Syria: Satellite Images Show Iranian Weapons Depot Targeted Near Damascus (video) - Haaretz

- Why lift the fog of IDF actions in Syria - JPost
IDF chief finally acknowledges that Israel supplied weapons to Syrian rebels - Times of Israel

Response to US global bullying: Iran, India ditch dollar to continue trading oil despite sanctions

In an effort to circumvent US-imposed sanctions, India and Iran have reportedly ditched the US dollar and are trading oil in rupees. The reason becomes clear after considering the dynamics at play in the region.

In mid-February last year, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani visited India, and the two countries signed nine agreements signalling a strengthening of ties. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi appeared to celebrate the growing relationship, stating that it was “a matter of great pleasure” for India that an Iranian president came to India “after a gap of 10 years.” Read more.

RT

January 14, 2019

‘Consider the danger’: US ambassador threatens to sanction German Nord Stream 2 companies



A US ambassador has reportedly threatened to punish German contributors involved in the multinational Nord Stream 2 pipeline project, and has tried to fan the ‘Russia scare’ to make his point. Read more.

RT

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New Evidence Links UK RAF Pilot to 1961 UN Sec Gen Plane Crash Death

Investigators claim that a 1961 plane crash in Africa that resulted in the death of United Nations Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld and all else aboard may have been the result of a missile shot from another aircraft piloted by Belgian RAF member Jan van Risseghem, who was a mercenary pilot on behalf of Congolese rebels at the time.

Hammarskjold, a key post-World-War-II Swedish diplomat, and 15 others were killed when their plane came down in the jungle as it approached Ndola in what is now Zambia. Read more.

Sputnik

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High-profile opposition leader ready for talks with Syria govt.

The head of a foreign-backed Syrian opposition group says he is ready to visit Damascus for talks with the government following reports that the United States has started withdrawing its troops from the country.

Ahmad Jarba, leader of the Cairo-based Tomorrow Movement, made the announcement during a visit to Baghdad, Lebanon’s al-Mayadeen television channel reported on Sunday. Read more.

PressTV

Cheney’s Lies Left Middle East in Flames – Film Review of “Vice” with Wilkerson and Jay

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Larry Wilkerson tells the story of Powell’s fateful speech to the UN that prepared the way for the invasion; he’s asked why he and Powell didn’t quit – Col. Lawrence Wilkerson joins TRNN’s Paul Jay. Read more.

TRNN

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Trump threatens to ‘devastate Turkey economically’ if it attacks Kurds amid US withdrawal from Syria

Donald Trump has warned its NATO ally to beware of the devastative wrath of US economic pressure if Turkey dares to attack the Kurdish allies America is leaving behind in its “long overdue” pull-out of troops from Syria.

The US military, Trump promised, will still use an “existing nearby base,” apparently in Iraq, to attack the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) militants if the terrorist organization re-emerges in Syria. Read more.

RT

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Trump Warns Turkey Not to Attack Kurds After U.S. Syria Pullout - Bloomberg
Trump to ‘devastate Turkey economically if they hit Kurds’ in Syria - PressTV

Turkey-US talks intensify to shape Syria withdrawal - Hürriyet
Turkish, US foreign ministers discuss Syria on phone - Hürriyet

Turkey to boost planting industrial hemp

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said Turkey will cultivate industrial hemp and the necessary talks were already held with Agriculture and Forestry Ministry and Environment and Urbanization Ministry regarding the works to be launched.

“I am calling out to my nation; let’s start the process to cultivate industrial hemp. We will see that industrial hemp has many different benefits in many different areas,” said Erdoğan.. Read more.

Hürriyet

January 13, 2019

'Farm Warfare': Israel urged to stop spraying dangerous herbicides over Gaza



A number of human rights defenders have urged Israeli authorities to stop spraying dangerous herbicides over territory in Gaza. 

In a letter to military officials, they insist that it contravenes both Israeli and international law. Read more.

RT

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De Nederlandse Spoorwegen en de Jodentransporten

De Nederlandsche Spoorwegen gaat de nabestaanden van de slachtoffers van de Jodentransporten naar Westerbork en Duitsland financieel compenseren.

In 2005 hadden ze al hun welgemeende excuses voor die zwarte periode tijdens de bezetting aangeboden, maar zo gemakkelijk zijn ze er niet van afgekomen: betalen! Salo Muller, voormalig verzorger van voormalige topclub Ajax heeft zijn gelijk gehaald. In een interview zegt hij: “Het gaat niet om het geld, al dat leed is toch niet te vergoeden. Maar ze werden gedwongen op transport gezet en moesten hun eigen treinkaartje betalen. Dat willen we terug hebben.” Lees meer.

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