November 13, 2018

Watch the film the Israel lobby didn’t want you to see: The Lobby - USA


Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4

The Electronic Intifada has obtained a complete copy of The Lobby – USA, a four-part undercover investigation by Al Jazeera into Israel’s covert influence campaign in the United States.

We are releasing the leaked film simultaneously with France’s Orient XXI and Lebanon’s Al-Akhbar, which have respectively subtitled the episodes in French and Arabic. The film was made by Al Jazeera during 2016 and was completed in October 2017. Read more.

Electronic Intifada

SWIFT Cuts Off Iran Central Bank As Tehran Sells 700,000 Barrels To Anonymous Direct Buyers

As reported last week, shortly after SWIFT caved to US pressure and defied the EU announcing it would cut off a selection of Iranian banks, on Monday, the US Treasury said the Iranian Central Bank has been officially cut off the SWIFT financial messaging system.

The disconnection, which comes at a time when Iran's economy is reeling and its currency is tumbling as a result of restricted oil exports (albeit offset by numerous temporary waivers for top Iranian oil clients), will made it far more difficult for the Islamic Republic to settle import and export bills. Read more.

ZeroHedge

Related,
SWIFT system to disconnect some Iranian banks this weekend - Reuters
EU says SWIFT decision on Iran banks regrettable - Reuters

Russia, Germany slam US re-imposition of sanctions on Iran - PressTV
U.S. sanctions on Iran has drawn barrage of global criticism (video) - PressTV

SWIFT’s Iran ban will ‘expedite global de-dollarization’ – Max Keiser - RT

November 11, 2018

Poland's president addresses far right at independence march

Nationalists burning flares and carrying fascist flags marched at same time as politicians

More than 200,000 people are estimated to have taken part in a controversial independence-day march through central Warsaw on Sunday, after a last-minute agreement was struck between senior politicians and the event’s far-right organisers. Read more.

Guardian

Putin positive on Macron’s ‘European army’ plan, says it's good for multipolar world



Europe’s desire to create its own army and stop relying on Washington for defense is not only understandable, but would be “positive” for the multipolar world, Vladimir Putin said days after Donald Trump ripped into it. Read more.

RT

Related,
Trump, Macron agree on European defense after Trump's 'very insulting' comment - CNBC

Joods-Europese organisaties: "Israël spreekt niet in onze naam"

Vertegenwoordigers van Joods-Europese organisaties protesteerden op een persconferentie samen met groene en linkse Europarlementsleden tegen een samenkomst georganiseerd door de regering van Israël in Brussel, die de bedoeling heeft elke kritiek op Israël te brandmerken als anti-semitisme.

"Niet in onze naam". In Brussel ging op 6 en 7 november in Brussel een conferentie door georganiseerd door de Joods-Europese Associatie en twee Israëlische ministeries, waarop leden van het Europees Parlement uitgenodigd zijn. Lees meer.

De Wereld Morgen

November 7, 2018

Even the FBI Thinks Police Have Links to White Supremacists — but Don’t Tell the New York Times

OVER THE WEEKEND, the New York Times Magazine published a lengthy and in-depth piece on how U.S. law enforcement has willfully ignored the threat of white supremacist extremism for decades. The author, Janet Reitman, takes an ostensibly deep dive into how law enforcement — particularly federal agencies — has neglected the growth of the violent far right, in part owing to Republican political agenda setting. For a story framed around a “blind spot,” though, the piece itself is hobbled by an egregious case of sightlessness.

The Times tells a story about law enforcement failing and struggling to deal with white supremacy. Read more.

Intercept

Related,
- U.S. Law Enforcement Failed to See the Threat of White Nationalism. Now They Don’t Know How to Stop It. - NY Times
US hate crimes: White extremism on the rise (video) - Al Jazeera

NCTV: rechts-extremisme gevaar voor Nederlandse maatschappij - NOS
Zes rechts-extremisten opgepakt voor beramen aanslag op Macron - NOS

Twitteralternatief Gab was toevluchtsoord voor extreemrechts - NOS
Extreemrechts in Nederland is 'what you see is what you get' - NOS

November 5, 2018

Fall Of Empires: Rome vs USA



Can President Trump save America? Will the Federal Reserve Board be able to pull off yet another round of extremist interference and postpone a crisis? 

Find out how Mike he believes it will play out.

Mike Maloney

Remember, remember the 5th of November: ‘Anonymous’ followers expected to hold rallies worldwide



Thousands of demonstrators across the globe are expected to take to the streets on Monday for the Million Mask March. 

The protest is led by hacktivist group 'Anonymous' and has been held every year since 2013.

RT

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Anonymous descend on London for 'Million Mask March' (video) - RT
Million Mask March in London 2018: Who are Anonymous? What is the event? Where is it and what time is it? (video) - Standard

Turkey will not accept attempts to seize eastern Mediterranean resources, Erdoğan says

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan warned Sunday that Turkey will not allow oil and gas extraction in eastern Mediterranean through plans excluding the nation and the Turkish Republic off Northern Cyprus

(TRNC). "We will not accept attempts to seize natural resources in eastern Mediterranean through exclusion of Turkey and the TRNC," Erdoğan said at a ceremony at the Istanbul Shipyard Command of the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) in Tuzla district for the delivery of TCG Burgazada corvette to the Turkish Navy. Read more.

Daily Sabah

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Turkey vows to make ‘sea bandits’ drilling gas off Cyprus pay, like ‘terrorists in Syria’ did - RT

October 30, 2018

US hate crimes: White extremism on the rise



The Trump administration and the United States law enforcement officials have increasingly focused on external sources of violence. But the Government Accountability Office has found that it is right-wing, white "extremism" that is proving to be the greatest source of domestic attacks in the US.

Al Jazeera's Shihab Rattansi reports from Pittsburgh.

Al Jazeera

October 29, 2018

Monsanto set up fake farmers' groups to promote its products - Greenpeace



Agrochemical giant Monsanto is facing accusations it paid tens of thousands of euros to enlist the support of farmers across Europe - to lobby against a ban on one of its pesticides. 

Greenpeace also says Monsanto set up fake farmers' groups - to promote the benefits of the product.

RT

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How lobbyists for Monsanto led a ‘grassroots farmers’ movement against an EU glyphosate ban - Greenpeace

Right-wing Bolsonaro wins Brazilian elections with landslide despite mass protests

Jair Bolsonaro, the right-wing candidate from Brazil's Social Liberal Party (PSL) has clinched victory in the presidential election run-off, beating Fernando Haddad of the Workers' Party after a campaign riddled with controversy.

With some 99 percent of the ballots counted, Bolsonaro, dubbed "Tropical Trump" for his populist rhetoric, is ahead with 55.1 percent of the vote. His main opponent, left-leaning Haddad, is trailing behind with 44.9 percent. Read more.

RT

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Haddad Takes Last Shot to Win Presidential Elections in Brazil - Rio Times
NGOs Condemn Threats to Journalists in Brazil’s Elections - Rio Times

Extreemrechtse Jair Bolsonaro verkozen tot president van Brazilië - Knack.be

October 28, 2018

Roger Waters dodges arrest with a last-minute slap at Brazil's Bolsonaro

Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters toed the line during his show in Brazil, when he urged people to stop right-wing candidate Jair Bolsonaro seconds before he could be arrested for violating election law.

Waters, an indisputable music icon, has been in Brazil with his Us+Them tour since October 9. The singer, songwriter and bassist had performed six shows in the country before arriving in the city of Curitiba on Saturday. Read more + video.

RT

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Calling Brazil’s Presidential Frontrunner ‘Neofascist’ is Accurate (video)  - TRNN

Brazilian Students Protest Police Raids Ahead of Presidential Election (video) - TRNN
Brazil at the Crossroads: Rising Violence During Presidential Election (video) - TRNN

October 27, 2018

Is Orwell's Big Brother Here? Bezos & Amazon Team up With Defense, CIA & ICE



Silicon Valley giants like Amazon & Palantir team up with ICE to hunt down immigrants, pick out the innocent as potential criminals, and build the cloud for Defense Department and CIA. Is Big Brother here?

Bob Sheer outlines the problem.

TRNN

Saudi Arabia Kills Yemeni Civilians with Another US-Made Raytheon Bomb

Saudi Arabia attacked Yemenis in Hodeidah with a laser-guided bomb made by US military contractor Raytheon, as a civilian is killed every three hours on average.

A bomb used by Saudi Arabia to attack civilians in Yemen has been identified as a US-made laser-guided bomb manufactured by military contractor Raytheon. Read more.

Gray Zone

US National Debt: Fundamentals of debt


Part 1

BAKU - As of September 2018, the national debt of the United States surpassed 21,4 trillion USD, while the budget deficit is at its highest number since 2012. And, even though there are a lot of unwarranted claims and misconceptions pinned to this topic, many are concerned that the national debt is reaching unsustainable levels.

To get to the bottom of this, we must subtract fact from fiction and go over the fundamentals of America’s sovereign debt.

CaspianReport

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How our drinking water could help prevent suicide

Some researchers think putting lithium in our water could save lives

Lithium is a potent psychiatric drug, one of the primary prescribed medications for bipolar disorder. But it’s also an element that occurs naturally all over the Earth’s crust — including in bodies of water. That means that small quantities of lithium wind up in the tap water you consume every day. Just how much is in the water varies quite a bit from place to place. Read more + audio.

Vox

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Lithium levels in the public drinking water supply and risk of suicide: A pilot study - Science Direct
Lithium in drinking water and the incidences of crimes, suicides, and arrests related to drug addictions - NCBI