April 23, 2018

Solutions: Spontaneous Order

When you hear the word "order" do you automatically think of government? What if I were to tell you there’s an entirely different conception of societal order, one that doesn’t revolve around hierarchy but in fact specifically refutes it? 

Well there is, and it’s called “spontaneous order.” Read more.

Corbett Report

April 22, 2018

A battle for transparency: putting names and numbers to the US drone war

The Bureau has been tracking US drone strikes for seven years. Its work is now as important as ever. This is an extract from the Bureau's report, Naming The Dead, published in April 2018, written by Jack Serle

The phenomenal assassination tool that is the attack drone was born of frustration – the inability of the US to kill Osama bin Laden.

The CIA and its Afghan militia allies were pretty sure they knew where he was, training would-be suicide bombers in his Afghan hideout. Whenever they did get a read on his location, albeit briefly, it was thanks to the CIA’s small fleet of surveillance Predator drones. They could fly high and for more than 12 hours on end, constantly filming the scene below them and sending the footage back to the US. Read more.

Bureau of Investigative Journalism

- Naming The Dead (pdf) - Bureau of Investigative Journalism

Austrian doctor Asperger 'actively cooperated' with nazis, study says

Although Asperger did not join the Nazi party itself he did join affiliated groups and "publicly legitimized race hygiene policies" including forced sterilization.

VIENNA - Hans Asperger, the Austrian pediatrician who pioneered research into autism and after whom Asperger syndrome is named, "actively cooperated" with a Nazi program under which disabled children were killed, an academic paper published on Thursday says. Read more.


Thousands rally in Tel Aviv to protect Israel from turning into ‘Netanyahu state’

Alarmed and angered by a draft bill that would strip Israel’s Supreme Court of the power to overturn laws, thousands of activists have staged a protest in Tel Aviv, accusing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of a power grab.

Chanting slogans against the Israeli PM, hundreds of anti-government activists marched down the streets of Tel Aviv holding banners. “'Bibi take your hands off the supreme court', 'Corrupted, you don't have a mandate' and 'Bibi, organized crime, leave the supreme court alone',” they shouted. Read more + video.


Thousands Protest to ‘Defend’ High Court - Hamodia
Hundreds rally in Jerusalem against government bid to limit High Court’s powers - Times of Israel

April 21, 2018

Chemical attacks on Iran: When the US looked the other way

Ted Regencia | Iran denounces 'hypocrisy' of US air strikes as experts urge Tehran to press Syria to stop future chemical attacks.

US President Donald Trump announced on Friday the operation against Syria, framing his decision as a fight against "evil" while saying days earlier that preventing chemical attacks is "about humanity". Read more.

Al Jazeera

April 20, 2018

Dumping the dollar: Iran joins Pakistan, China & Russia to limit use of US currency

Iran has announced it's dumping the dollar in favour of the euro for official financial reporting. That will make it the latest nation to limit use of US money. Read more.


Iran switches from dollar to euro - MEM
Iran Replaces US Dollar with Euro for Official Reporting Currency - Tasnim

Turkey repatriates gold from US in bid to ditch dollar - RT

April 17, 2018

Corbyn: Does this mean countries could now bomb Saudi airfields over crisis in Yemen?

The Labour leader asked May if she would cease arms sales to Saudi Arabia and stop the government’s support for the bombing campaign in Yemen.


Anti-war British activists rally in London (video) - PressTV
Angry British MPs denounce their country’s participation in aggression on Syria - Sana

May, Macron try to justify strikes on Syria days later, meet with backlash (video) - RT

OPCW chemical weapons inspectors enter Douma – Syrian state media - RT
Russia: Alleged chemical assault in Syria highly likely staged by Britain (video) - PressTV

Syria Says Missiles Fired at Air Base Intercepted; Pentagon Denies Involvement

Hezbollah: Military airport in Damascus suburb also targeted Reports of loud blasts near Lebanese border All missiles intercepted, Syria says

Syrian air defenses responded to a missile attack over Homs targeting Shayrat air base late Monday night, Syria's official news agency, SANA reported. Hezbollah's media unit said six missiles were fired toward Shayrat and three missiles toward Dumair military airport near Damascus. Read more.


Syrian air defenses repel missile attacks on airbases in Damascus, Homs - PressTV
Syrian air defenses repel missile strike against Shayrat air base in Homs province – state media (video) - RT

- Air strikes reported in Syria - JPost

Macron under fire from French Parliament over Syria strikes

French President Emmanuel Macron said that the US-led strike on Syria was legitimate, but "history will judge" whether the operation was justified".

The military action has put President Emmanuel Macron under pressure in French Parliament.


Macron, May get earful from MPs after Syria strikes bypass French, British Parliaments - RT
France’s Macron tries to walk back remarks that he persuaded Trump to keep troops in Syria - Washington Post

Angry British MPs denounce their country’s participation in aggression on Syria - Sana

MPs debate Corbyn’s act on parliamentary approval for military action overseas (video) - RT
UK airstrikes in Syria based on ‘hearsay’ – Labour MP Chris Williamson (video) - RT

Ongeloofwaardig gifgas, de loze luchtslag, WWIII en het publiek dat er niets om gaf

Het kon niet wachten. In de vroege ochtend van zaterdag 14 april sloegen USA, Frankrijk en Groot-Brittannië toe en bombardeerden Syrische vliegvelden en een handvol gebouwen. De drie-staten coalitie nam daarmee haar “verantwoordelijkheid” in reactie op een al weken aangekondigde gifgasaanval door, in de ogen van westerse politici en gleichgeschaltete media, de Syrische regering in het door het Syrische leger omsingelde plaatsje Douma. Veel bewijs voor de zoveelste “chemische moordpartij” door Assad&co. is er niet behalve weinig overtuigende youtube-filmpjes van de door het westen betaalde jihadi-NGO “White Helmets” en berichten van aan USAID en daarmee CIA gelieerde artsenorganisaties.

Terwijl de raketten vallen, arriveren de inspecteurs van het OPWC (Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons) in Syrië om te onderzoeken wat er nu werkelijk in Douma is gebeurd. Helaas te laat om nog invloed te hebben op de compleet illegale (alleen Groot-Brittannië houdt het schaamlapje van “humanitaire crisis” nog eventjes hoog) luchtaanvallen tegen de Syrische staat. Macron, Niki Haley en Boris Johnson hebben op wonderlijke wijze genoeg “bewijs” uit het geïsoleerde Douma verkregen of dikke selffullfilling prophecy “rode lijnen” ten aanzien van gifgas in Syrië getrokken om internationale rechtsregels te verpulveren en de Verenigde Naties buitenspel te zetten.

De hypocrisie is onmetelijk. Jemen mag bijvoorbeeld door Saudi Arabië uitgehongerd worden, Israël kan regelmatig wat ongewapende Palestijnen overhoop schieten of in NATO-puinhoop Libië kunnen gekleurde vluchtelingen als beesten worden behandeld; de “internationale gemeenschap” staat pas op zodra de Syrische regering de oorlog in het land begint te winnen en, weinig overtuigend en opvallend getimed, voor de zoveelste keer, zonder strategisch doel of geopolitiek belang, irrationeel de eigen bevolking vergast. Assad is namelijk gek, zo luidt de argumentatie. En zodoende is het moment gekomen om de wereld op de rand van een wereldoorlog te brengen. Lees meer.


April 16, 2018

Real Media: Direct Action to Stop A War

Sam Walton and Rev. Dan Woodhouse tell their story of how they were acquitted after breaking into a BAE systems airbase in Lancashire to damage fighter jets destined for the Saudi-led bombardment of Yemen


Greek protesters attempt to pull down statue of Truman, clash with police over Syria strike

Police in central Athens clashed with members of a communist student organisation on Monday as they attempted to pull down a statue of US President Harry Truman during an anti-war protest over the coordinated strikes on Syria last weekend.


Thousands protest in Athens against US-led Syria airstrikes - Washington Post
Thousands protest US-led Syria airstrikes in Athens, more rallies planned - eKathimerini

Digitaal kenteken verraadt alles over je auto

Dubai lanceert volgende maand een proefproject met slimme nummerplaten die zijn voorzien zijn van een digitaal scherm, gps en zendertjes. Ook in Nederland wordt getest met digitale kentekens.

Wordt je auto of je nummerplaat gestolen, dan kan op het scherm een waarschuwing getoond worden. Lees meer.


Anoniem door EU reizen kan binnenkort niet meer: alle gegevens opgeslagen - Gelderlander

IMF's Lagarde: Policymakers should view crypto assets positively

The fund chief urges governments and central banks to adopt a balanced approach towards regulation

Policymakers should keep an open mind towards crypto assets and work towards an even-handed regulatory framework that minimises risks and allows creativity to flourish, International Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagarde said on Monday. Read more.


The world must be even-handed in handling digital currencies’ risks and innovations, IMF says - SCMP
JPMorgan Says It May Have to 'Adapt' to Counter Crypto Adoption - Coinsdesk

Christine Lagarde: 3 priorities for the global economy - World Economic Forum
IMF warns of ‘dark clouds looming’ as economic optimism ends (video) - Express

IMF relativeert de gevaren van cryptomunten - NU

Moscow has ‘irrefutable’ evidence chem attack in Syria’s Douma was staged – Russia’s envoy to OPCW

Moscow has “irrefutable proof” that the alleged chemical incident in Syria’s Douma was a “false-flag attack,” orchestrated by UK security services with support from the United States, the Russian envoy to the OPCW said.

“We have not just a ‘high level of confidence,’ as our Western partners uniformly put it; we have irrefutable proof that there was no chemical attack in Douma on April 7,” Russia’s Ambassador to the Organization for the Prohibition of the Chemical Weapons Aleksandr Shulgin said... Read more.


OPCW inspectors 'not yet' allowed in Syria's Douma: UK delegation - Al Jazeera
US, UK & France’s evidence against Syria questions their reliability – Lavrov (video) - RT

OPCW-accredited Swiss lab can ‘neither confirm nor deny’ BZ toxin was used in Skripal poisoning

The Swiss state Spiez lab which has studied samples from Salisbury said it can “neither confirm nor deny” the Russian foreign minister’s statement that nerve agent BZ was used in Sergei Skripal’s poisoning.

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov made waves on Saturday when he said that Sergei Skripal, a former Russian double agent, and his daughter Yulia, were poisoned with an incapacitating toxin known as 3-Quinuclidinyl benzilate, or simply BZ. While the toxin was never produced in Russia, it was in service in the US, UK and other NATO states. Read more.


- Swiss Spiez Laboratory ‘bound to OPCW for confidentiality’, says spokesperson - TASS
Corbyn again calls for concrete proof of Russian involvement in Skripal poisoning - RT

Skripals attacked with nerve agent 'in liquid form,' government department says (video) - RT