July 17, 2018

EU, China vow to protest multilateral economic order



During the 20th Summit between the European Union and China in Beijing, the two sides agreed to work to protect the world’s multilateral economic order.

This comes as the EU and China are involved in a trade war imposed by the US. From the capital Beijing, Steven Ribet reports.

PressTV

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China-EU summit consolidates momentum of improvement in ties: ambassador - Xinhua
Another leap forward! 1st subway line built by Chinese in Europe reports progress (video) - Xinhua

Japan, EU sign free trade pact amid worries about Trump (video) - Reuters

- Tusk roept VS, Rusland en China op wereldorde niet te vernietigen (video) - NOS
'VS en China met elkaar op de vuist, dat is desastreus voor de wereldeconomie' (video) - NOS

Hier draait het handelsverdrag tussen de EU en Japan om - RTL

July 16, 2018

Papers stolen in a daring Israeli raid on Tehran archive reveal the extent of Iran’s past weapons research

TEL AVIV — New details from a trove of Iranian nuclear documents stolen by Israeli spies early this year show that Tehran obtained explicit weapons-design information from a foreign source and was on the cusp of mastering key bombmaking technologies when the research was ordered halted 15 years ago.

Iran’s ambitious, highly secretive effort to build nuclear weapons included extensive research in making uranium metal as well as advanced testing of equipment used to generate neutrons to start a nuclear chain reaction, the documents show. Read more.

Washington Post

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German court authorises extradition of Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont to Spain on embezzlement charges

The German High Court in Schleswig-Holstein ruled Thursday that former Catalan regional president, Carles Puigdemont, could be extradited to Spain—but only on the lesser charge of embezzlement of public funds.

The German court threw out the charge of “rebellion” requested in Spain’s European Arrest Warrant (EAW), arguing that “violent clashes with the Civil Guards or the National Police did not reach a point where the constitutional order was under threat in Spain.” Read more.

WSWS

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‘Puigdemont extradition partially accepted, rebellion rejected' (video) - Catalan News
Germany to extradite ex-premier Carles Puigdemont for misuse of public funds - El País

Hundreds protest to keep Franco’s remains in Valley of the Fallen - El País

July 15, 2018

PTech and the 9/11 Software



Indira Singh explains about Ptech, the company with numerous investors and managers with direct links to terrorist financing. Ptech’s clients included the CIA, FBI, the White House, the Department of Energy, the Air Force, the Navy, the FAA, IBM and Enron…Yet Singh learnt they were a CIA front company and their software could gain control of the most sensitive computer systems in the country. Read more.

Corbettt Report

West scrambles to evacuate White Helmets from Syria amid assassination threats

Western countries have reportedly been scrambling to evacuate "volunteer" White Helmets from Syria, who have been accused of cooperating with Takfiri terrorists and staging false flag gas attacks.

CBS News broadcasting service reported on Saturday that White Helmets members are in danger of assassination and in need of rescue as the Syrian army intensifies its counter-terrorism operation in the country's southern part. Read more.

PressTV

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Western allies plan White Helmets evacuation from Syria (video) - CBS
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Foute tafels

Ewald Engelen - Het was het economisch wonder van de wereld in de jaren negentig. Van heinde en ver kwamen delegaties op bezoek bij de Sociaal Economische Raad (SER) en de Stichting van de Arbeid (STAR) om te kijken hoe het hier werkte. En Kok en de zijnen vlogen als zendelingen de wereld over om uit te leggen hoe dat kon, hoge economische groei, lage werkloosheid, geringe ongelijkheid en een neoliberale ‘bevrijding’ zonder sociale onrust.

Eind jaren zeventig besloeg de publieke sector nog een ampele zestig procent van het bruto binnenlands product, midden jaren negentig was dat gedaald tot rond de veertig procent. Lees meer.

Groene

Israeli air raids kill two Palestinian teens in Gaza



Dozens of missiles have rained down on Gaza with deadly effect, in a major escalation of Israeli action.

The Israeli military said the wave of attacks targeted Hamas, but they came after Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu had been pressured to take action against burning kites being sent over the border by Palestinian protesters.

There were reports late on Saturday of a ceasefire, brokered by Egypt, but in the hours since that has given way to several new strikes.

Al Jazeera's Bernard Smith reports from Gaza.

Al Jazeera

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American Jews slam Israel’s ‘racist’ nation-state bill as thousands protest against it in Tel Aviv

Thousands of people have taken to the streets of the Israeli capital in protest against the so-called nation-state bill, which, they say, would enable ethnic segregation.

The controversial bill also drew criticism from US Jews. Demonstrators marched through the streets of Tel Aviv chanting: “Full equality and no less,” “Jews and Arabs refuse to be enemies" and "The nation bill is a disaster," according to witnesses. Read more.

RT

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Liberman yells at Shin Bet: I won’t allow Palestinian families to reunite - JPost

July 13, 2018

Rightward Shift in Latin America Spelling End of Regional Integration



The Union of South American Nations – UNASUR – was an ambitious project to integrate South America not just on economic terms, but also on political and social terms, but the rightward drift in Latin America is leading to its dissolution, with the unfortunate help of Ecuador’s government, where its headquarters are, says former foreign minister Guillaume Long. Read more.

TRNN

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Trump says NATO withdrawal is 'unnecessary' after allies agree to increase spending

President Donald Trump said NATO allies had committed to raising their defense spending beyond 2 percent on Thursday morning, following a flurry of public diatribes against key members of the 29-nation bloc.

“NATO is much stronger now than it was two days ago,” Trump told reporters in Brussels, shortly after he had prompted an unscheduled crisis meeting among the group’s members. Read more + video.

CNBC

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NATO Shields U.S. From Its Military Adventures (video) - TRNN

Verwarring over extra geld bij NAVO na top met Trump - NOS
Trump: NAVO-landen zeggen veel meer geld toe - RD

Na keiharde uithaal roept Trump de NAVO-top uit tot een succes (video) - Nieuwsblad

Bad detective? Kiev accuses Blumenthal of exposing neo-Nazis under pen name



Ukraine is accusing the Israeli newspaper "Haaretz" of spreading "fake news" after it published a report about Israel arming Ukrainian neo-Nazis. Read more.

RT

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Max Blumenthal: US is Arming Neo-Nazis in Ukraine (video) - TRNN

Ukraine’s Got a Real Problem with Far-Right Violence (And No, RT Didn’t Write This Headline) - Atlantic Council

July 11, 2018

israel seizes Gaza vessel carrying injured Palestinians



Israeli warships have stopped a boat from a humanitarian flotilla set off from the Gaza strip to Cyprus to break the regime's 11-year siege on the coastal enclave. Read more.

PressTV

Syrian troops seized French-made APILAS anti-tank systems in Daraa province

The Syrian government announced on 10 July that the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) troops had seized several French-made APILAS anti-tank weapon system in Daraa province, in the south-west of the country.

The local media have released imagery showing a captured two APILAS anti-tank weapon systems developed in France by GIAT Industries. Read more.

Defence Blog

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July 10, 2018

China Warns of "Peace Disease" And "Unavoidable" War With US



A leaked Chinese memo reveals that the Chinese military is combating "peace disease" and avoiding an "unavoidable" war by . . . building up their military? What does all this mean, what does it have to do with Thucydides, and what is the reality behind this smoke and mirrors?

Find out in today's thought for the day. Read more.

Corbett Report

Israeli settlement goods face ban in Ireland



RT took to the streets in Dublin, Ireland to ask people what they thought of proposed legislation to ban imports from Israeli settlements. Read more.

RT

July 9, 2018

Rights Groups Demand Israel Stop Arming neo-Nazis in Ukraine

Human rights activists petition the court to cease Israeli arms exports to Ukraine since some of these weapons reach neo-Nazi elements in Ukraine’s security forces

A group of more than 40 human rights activists have filed a petition with the High Court of Justice, demanding the cessation of Israeli arms exports to Ukraine. Read more.

Haaretz

Syrian Air defense intercepts Israeli aggression, downs a number of missiles that targeted T-4 airport

Homs, SANA-A military source announced on Sunday that Syrian air forces intercepted an Israeli aggression and downed a number of missiles which were targeting T-4 airport in Homs.

The source added that the Syrian Air defense hit one of the attacking warplanes and forced the others to leave the airspaces.

SANA

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Syrian state media says air defenses hit Israeli plane, thwart missile strike - Reuters
Syrian air defenses repel missile attack on Homs T4 airbase - PressTV

Iran to remain in Syria to keep Israel out: Official - PressTV
Syria's war: Who controls what? - Al Jazeera