April 21, 2019

Cut Military Aid, Not Humanitarian Aid, to Reduce Refugee Numbers



Trump's announcement to cut humanitarian aid to Central America will not have much effect. It's the military aid that reinforces brutality in Guatemala and Honduras, says Prof. Adrienne Pine.

TRNN

Tweede man van Forum Henk Otten: ‘Baudet trekt de partij te veel naar rechts’

Mede-oprichter FVD Het is hoog tijd dat Forum voor Democratie meer van zichzelf laat zien dan alleen voorman Thierry Baudet, vindt mede-oprichter Henk Otten.

We zullen Henk Otten, zegt Henk Otten, vaker gaan zien. En wat hem betreft ook andere, nu nog onbekende politici van Forum voor Democratie. De tijd is voorbij, vindt Otten, dat dat alleen de partij was van Thierry Baudet, en ook wel van het ándere Kamerlid, Theo Hiddema. Lees meer.

NRC

Related,
- Strijd tussen Baudet en Otten om koers in partijtop, kan Forum flink beschadigen - AD
- FvD-voorzitter Otten wil extreemrechtse ideologie binnenskamers houden - Joop

De Thaise constructie van televisiebaas Frans Klein

NPO-chef Frans Klein was bestuurder van een brievenbusfirma voor zijn broer, die kampte met schulden van Thaise restaurants. Waarom deed Klein, die gaat over 500 miljoen subsidiegelden, dit? „Je mag het naïef noemen.” Het uitzicht is adembenemend.

Vanaf het balkon van 15 Alexandra Corniche in Hythe, even ten zuiden van het Engelse Dover, kun je op een heldere dag Frankrijk zien. Lees meer.

NRC

April 14, 2019

IS targets the Philippines



Is the so-called "Islamic State" aiming to use the Philippines as its bridgehead in Asia? IS took control of the predominantly Muslim city of Marawi in 2017, and it took the Philippine army five months to take it back.

We report from a country that the so-called "Islamic State" apparently wants to use as a bridgehead to spread its ideology in Asia. Marawi's total destruction made the Philippine state look weak and incapable of defending its own territory. The IS fighters may have been defeated, but the grueling house-to-house fighting against a well-equipped army supported by the USA was a propaganda coup for the Caliphate. Martial law still applies on Mindanao, the second largest island in the south of the Philippines where Marawi is located.

More than 60,000 of the city’s inhabitants are still living in refugee camps or other emergency shelters, and reconstruction could take years. The terrorist group’s capture of Marawi was the climax to an old, religiously charged conflict that IS did not cause but was able to exploit. A feud between local Muslim inhabitants and Christian colonial rulers and settlers from the north of the archipelago has been smoldering in the south of the Philippines for more than 400 years. Many Muslims still complain about the discrimination they face from a mainly Catholic society, which is an ideal environment for the recruitment of new fighters for jihad.

The fact that the Islamists' black flag flew over Marawi for 154 days could boost radical forces throughout the entire region. IS terrorists are also targeting neighboring Indonesia. And Rodrigo Duterte, a president better known for his toughness than his talent for peace making, is pouring fuel on the flames. Read more.

DW

April 13, 2019

The dangerous health business



More and more people are dying or suffering injury from unsafe medical devices such as prostheses, pacemakers or breast implants. In Germany, such incidents have tripled over the last 10 years, whilst in the USA it’s five times as many.

Jürgen Thoma, who needed a new hip in 2005, says "We were the guinea pigs". He was recommended a new product, an "innovation" better than anything on the market so far. But this "innovation" has probably caused massive suffering to hundreds of people.

The metal in the prostheses deteriorated due to abrasion and many patients suffered from metal poisoning that ate into their bones. Thomas Woska suffered years of pain until a defective prosthetic disc was removed from his back in a lengthy operation. The prosthesis had disintegrated, distributing fragments of plastic along the channel of his spinal cord.

Internal documents from companies and ministries and countless conversations with industry representatives and whistleblowers show that side effects are repeatedly concealed. The authorities usually leave it to the manufacturers to recall defective products or issue safety warnings. Since 2010, this has happened around 1000 times a year, an average of about three times a day, but the authorities seem to have ordered only six recalls during the same period.

Often nothing at all is done about defective products. Doctors regularly implant products that have hardly been tested. Internal documents from 2016 show that even the Ministry of Health assumes that only one in ten medical devices with the highest risk levels has been clinically tested, and the public is largely unaware of the risks. By linking compensation payments to obligations of confidentiality, companies prevent patients from talking about their cases.

More than 250 journalists from almost 60 different media companies were involved in the worldwide research into medical products under the title "The Implant Files," including the BBC, Le Monde and representatives from Japan, Pakistan, Mexico, Tunisia and many European countries.

DW

Related,
- Implant Files - ICIJ

- Implant Files - Radar
- Verantwoording voor het Implant Files-onderzoek - Trouw 

Pilger: What got Assange into trouble was exposing the homicidal nature of American wars



Journalist and documentary filmmaker, John Pilger, thinks among all the leaks, what really landed Assange in trouble, was the revelation of the true nature of modern war.

RT

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- Julian Assange arrested after Ecuador tears up asylum deal (video) - RT
- IMF Executive Board Approves US$4.2 Billion Extended Fund Facility for Ecuador - IMF

- ‘Greatest traitor in Ecuadorian history’: Ex-President Correa slams Moreno over Assange’s arrest  - RT
- President Moreno van Ecuador verdacht van corruptie (video) - De Wereld Morgen

March 27, 2019

The Scary Future of America!


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VVD en CDA, leg om het FvD een cordon sanitaire

Beste VVD’ers en CDA’ers, het is hoog tijd om een cordon sanitaire tegen Thierry Baudet en zijn Forum voor Democratie te sluiten.

Een partij die racisme, vrouwenhaat en xenofobie in het algemeen promoot is bij de Provinciale Statenverkiezingen van woensdag 20 maart de grootste geworden. VVD en CDA moeten uitspreken dat ze niet met het extreemrechtse Forum voor Democratie gaan samenwerken. Het is hoog tijd voor een cordon sanitaire. Lees meer.

Jalta

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Baudets Franse partners vinden ‘boreaal’ te ver gaan - NRC
Boreaalkwestie – Franse vrienden Thierry Baudet bestrijden dat zij afstand van hem nemen - TPO

March 26, 2019

Trump signs declaration recognizing Israel's sovereignty over disputed Golan Heights



In a joint press conference with Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday, Trump hailed the “powerful” relationship between the US and Israel, while Netanyahu called the signing “historic justice” and a 'diplomatic victory.' Read more.

RT

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With Oil, Water and Iran as Targets, US on Brink of Recognizing Israeli Sovereignty Over Golan Heights - MintPress
Israel Grants First Golan Heights Oil Drilling License To Dick Cheney-Linked Company - Business Insider

Israel NOT on Golan For Resources & Gaza Escalation (video) - 108Morris108

March 17, 2019

Radioactive Art in Fukushima | Don’t Follow the Wind



The Creators Project heads to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster zone to get an exclusive look at Japanese art collective, Chim↑Pom's latest project "Don't Follow The Wind."

This group of installations feature the work of various artists and are housed by four buildings inside the exclusion zone, serving as a monument to the disaster and its ongoing consequences.

We sit down with Ryuta Ushiro and Ellie of Chim↑Pom, as well as featured artists Ai WeiWei, Trevor Paglen, and Eva and Franco Mattes to chat about how and why building this installation inside the radioactive space was essential in communicating the devastating impact of the disaster.

Vice

US airstrikes increase in a secret, secret war in Somalia, and no one’s paying attention



With so many little wars to keep track of, you probably haven’t noticed that the US has quietly been increasing its airstrikes against targets in Somalia. It seems few people in Washington have either.

In recent months, dozens of Al-Shabaab terrorist suspects have been killed by American drones and planes in Somalia, reportedly thanks to a surplus becoming available from Syria. However, in a familiar pattern, the US military has denied any civilians were harmed, while locals and aid agencies deny that denial.

A former US ambassador to Somalia told the New York Times: “It could be there is some well-thought-out strategy behind all of this, but I really doubt it.”

Another former US government official described Somalia as a “massive war on autopilot.”

RT

Related,
US attacks on Somalia's al-Shabab increase under Trump - BBC
Behind the secret US war in Africa - Politico

March 14, 2019

In Rebuke to Trump, Senate Votes Again to End Aid to Saudi War in Yemen

WASHINGTON — The Senate on Wednesday again rebuked President Trump for his continued defense of Saudi Arabia after the killing of the dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, voting for a second time to end American military assistance for the kingdom’s war in Yemen and to curtail presidential war powers.

The 54-to-46 vote, condemning a nearly four-year conflict in Yemen that has killed thousands of civilians and inflicted a devastating famine, sets the foundation for what could become Mr. Trump’s first presidential veto, with the House expected to overwhelmingly pass the measure, possibly this month. Read more.

NY Times

Related,
Senate passes resolution to end US support for Saudi war in Yemen - Guardian
Senate votes to end US support for Saudi-led Yemen conflict despite Trump’s veto threat - CNBC

Senaat VS wil einde steun aan oorlog in Jemen - DvhN