July 20, 2018

Israel passes controversial 'Jewish nation-state' law

Law defines the country as Jewish homeland, further marginalising 1.8 million Palestinian citizens of Israel. Israel's parliament on Thursday adopted a law defining the country as the nation-state of the Jewish people, provoking fears it will lead to blatant discrimination against its Palestinian citizens. Read more.

Al Jazeera

Israel adopts divisive Jewish nation-state law - Reuters
Read the full Jewish Nation-State Law - JPost

Israel passes Jewish nation law branded 'racist' by critics (video) - Independent
Jewish Nation-state Law Makes Discrimination in Israel Constitutional (paywall) - Haaretz

EU leads criticism after Israel passes Jewish 'nation state' law - Guardian

British Labour Party's Anti-Semitism Document: Criticizing Israel Is not Anti-Semitism

Moshé Machover discusses the advances and limitations of the Labour Party's document on anti-semitism, which represents an important step forward to diffuse an issue that has become an artificial controversy designed to undermine Jeremy Corbyn


- New Labour anti-Semitism code faces criticism - BBC
Debate continues over Labour’s code on antisemitism - Guardian

Chief rabbi: Labour should toughen up anti-Semitism code - BBC
Jeremy Corbyn called 'f****** racist and antisemite' by Labour MP Dame Margaret Hodge - Independent

July 19, 2018

Biologische landbouw in Nederland neemt toe

De biologische landbouw is afgelopen jaar duidelijk gegroeid ten opzichte van een jaar eerder. Dat meldt het Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek (CBS) op basis van de meest recente gegevens.

Het totale aantal biologische varkens groeide in vergelijking met een jaar eerder met bijna een kwart tot ruim 91.000. Lees meer.


Biologische landbouw groeit - CBS

The United States of Arms

U.S. weapons exports from 1950 to 2017. Data from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute's Arms Transfers Database. Units are expressed in trend indicator values (TIV). Each dot on the map = one TIV.

Visualization by Will Geary

'Our militaries get along very well': Russia ready to cooperate with US in Syria

The Russian military is ready to work with the US colleagues on all the areas discussed by the two presidents during the Helsinki summit, namely cooperation in Syria and mutual reduction of the strategic nuclear arsenals. Read more.


Government air raids pound rebel holdout in southwest Syria - Al Jazeera
Syrian forces’ bombing intensifies in southern rebel holdout - Washington Post

Israeli-made weapons from terrorists’ remnants found in Aqrab town in southern Hama - SANA
121 buses enter terrorist-besieged towns of Kefraya and al-Fouaa in Idleb to transport locals - SANA

Yemen will allow UN supervision if Hudaydah assault ends: Houthi chief

The leader of Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement says he will not reject the United Nations’ supervisory role in Hudaydah if the Saudi-led coalition ends its weeks-long aggression against the Red Sea port city. 

In an interview with French daily Le Figaro published on Tuesday, Abdul-Malik Badreddin al-Houthi said he had informed Martin Griffiths, the UN special envoy for Yemen, about his readiness to place Hudaydah under the world body’s supervision. Read more.


Yemeni forces fire drone, hit Aramco refinery in Saudi capital - PressTV

Peaceful multicultural societies don’t exist, Dutch FM says in explosive leaked speech

Peaceful multicultural societies don’t exist and the EU won’t be able to force “equal” migrant distribution on Eastern Europe, where colored people are beaten to a pulp, the Dutch FM said according to a leaked video.

The explosive comments were delivered by Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok during a private meeting attended by some 80 people working for the Netherlands’ international organizations. Read more.


Minister Blok: Suriname is a failed state (video) - NOS
Minister Blok door het stof: 'Ik ben te ver gegaan, en dat betreur ik' - NOS

Boze Surinamers halen uit naar Blok (video) - Telegraaf

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.


China is investing 9 times more into Europe than into North America, report reveals - CNBC

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

US will fail to split ‘indivisible’ EU on trade - PressTV
Trade war danger: IMF warns of global recession (video) - Al Jazeera

Japan, EU sign free trade pact amid worries about Trump (video) - Reuters
Hier draait het handelsverdrag tussen de EU en Japan om - RTL

- 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

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

How Israel, in Dark of Night, Torched Its Way to Iran’s Nuclear Secrets - NY Times
Blowtorches in the night: Israel briefs US media on Iranian archive heist - RT

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.


‘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.


Western allies plan White Helmets evacuation from Syria (video) - CBS
Possible provocations? Reports claim White Helmets are evacuating Syria (video) - RT

'Nederland helpt bij plan om hulpverleners uit Syrië te halen' - NOS

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.


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

- IAF strikes terror tunnel, IDF officer wounded in Friday protest (video) - JPost
Gaza Flare-up: 2 Palestinian Teens Killed, 4 Israelis Wounded After Widest Strikes Since '14 War - Haaretz

- 200 projectiles fired at Israel from Gaza Strip - JPost

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.


- Thousands of protesters gather against nation-state bill in Tel Aviv - JPost
‘Racist and Discriminatory’: U.S. Jewish Leaders Warn Israel Against Passage of Nation-state Bill - Haaretz

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.


US Interventions in Latin America Continue and Intensify (video) - TRNN

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.


Trump Gives NATO Backing After Sowing Summit Discord (video) - Bloomberg
Trump vs. NATO: It's Not Just About the Money - Atlantic

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.


Rights Groups Demand Israel Stop Arming neo-Nazis in Ukraine - Haaretz
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