June 23, 2018

Bevolkingsonderzoek door universitaire ziekenhuizen bevat vaak missers

Langlopende bevolkingsonderzoeken aan universitair medische centra (umc’s) leveren geregeld twijfelachtige vondsten op. Dat stellen twee methodologen die op verzoek van de Volkskrant wetenschappelijke publicaties uit deze zogenaamde ‘cohortstudies’ controleerden.

Voor cohortonderzoek laten tienduizenden Nederlanders zich vrijwillig bestuderen door lange leefstijl-enquêtes in te vullen en bijvoorbeeld bloed of urine te doneren. Lees meer.


Resultaten massaonderzoeken in twijfel getrokken - NOS

Ignoring Data, Facts Haley Blasts UN Report on Extreme Poverty, Inequality in US

The report revealed U.S. "citizens live shorter and sicker lives compared to those living in all other rich democracies."

Days after the United States abandoned the United Nations Human Rights Council, its ambassador Nikki Haley criticized a report condemning entrenched poverty in the country and criticizing president Donald Trump’s economic policies. Read more.


Nikki Haley attacks damning UN report on US poverty under Trump - Guardian
Nikki Haley: ‘It is patently ridiculous for the United Nations to examine poverty in America’ - Washington Post

The New Poor People’s Campaign Continues the Work of the Civil Rights Movement (video) - TRNN

US oil & gas methane emissions 60 percent higher than estimated

High emissions findings undercut the case that gas offers substantial climate advantage over coal

The US oil and gas industry emits 13 million metric tons of the potent greenhouse gas methane from its operations each year, 60 percent more than estimated by the US Environmental Protection Agency, according to a new study. Read more.


June 22, 2018

Syrian government forces besiege US base in al-Tanf

Syrian government forces have reportedly encircled a US military base at the al-Tanf border crossing with Jordan, after recapturing large parts of the Badyia region from Daesh.

As part of an anti-terror operation that was launched from the Hamimeh region in southern Aleppo and the second and third oil pumping stations in Badiya a few days ago,.. Read more + video.


Syria's Assad defies U.S., presses southwest assault - Reuters
Army continues to advance in Badiya desert, inflicting heavy losses upon Daesh - Sana

Syrian president says talks with US would be 'waste of time' (video) - PressTV

Iraqi Hashd al-Sha’abi vows revenge for Syria air raid

The Iraqi voluntary and pro-government Popular Mobilization Units have pledged to get revenge for a deadly air raid on their fellow fighters in Syria’s eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr earlier this week, blaming the United States or Israel for the attack.

Hezbollah Brigades spokesman Jaafar al-Husseini said it was still too early to say definitively whose forces carried out the late Sunday strike against the border town of al-Hari near the frontier with Iraq but insisted it “could only have been” the Americans or Israelis. Read more.


Syria strike blamed on Israel kills 22 Iraqi fighters - AFP
US has 'reasons to believe' Israel behind air strike on pro-Syria fighter - MEE

Iraq denounces mysterious Syria airstrike attributed to Israel - Times of Israel

June 21, 2018

"Saudi-led forces seize Hudaydah airport"

The World Health Organization has expressed grave concern over the ongoing fighting in and around the Yemeni port city of Hudaydah

The Incident Manager of the W-H-O in Yemen said the agency is importing additional medicines for cholera as well as other routine medical supplies. Her comments come as fighting rages on for the control of the port city. Meanwhile, the Saudi-led coalition has once again claimed that its forces captured the airport of the Yemeni city.

A similar claim was rejected by Ansarullah on Tuesday. Forces from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates started the invasion on the Houthi-controlled city last week, causing more deaths and destruction to Yemen. Hudaydah is the lone entry point for goods and essentials to the war-battered country.


Yemen rebels vow to fight on after Hudaida airport defeat - Al Jazeera

- Saudi claims of advance on port city of Hudaydah rejected (video) - PressTV
- Army soldiers, allies kill Saudi troopers, mercenaries in western Yemen: Report (video) - PressTV

"Lives at risk due to Hudaydah siege" (video) - PressTV
Yemen: coalition's 'stranglehold' on aid deliveries is endangering millions - new report - Amnesty International

Yemenis protest against Saudi-led attack on Hudaydah - PressTV

June 20, 2018

‘Catalan government demands retraction from king’

The Catalan president is considering whether or not to attend the inauguration of the Mediterranean games on Friday - because, the king of Spain is also going. And he says, he should apologize for condoning police violence on referendum day.

And, at the beginning of July, the Catalan and Spanish presidents will hold their first bilateral meeting, Pedro Sánchez announced.

The summit is highly anticipated, and Catalan government officials want them to discuss demands for independence. But before that comes, the two leaders might meet in Tarragona, on Friday, where the Mediterranean Games will be inaugurated.

That is, of course, if President Quim Torra attends, because something which has not been yet decided. Parliament speaker Roger Torrent, however, already said he won't go. Meanwhile, Catalonia prepares a delicious tradition for its summer solstice.

Catalan News

Prosecutors call Catalan referendum a "chronicle of a rebellion foretold" - El Nacional
Spanish justice denounced to UN Human Rights Council by relatives of Catalan prisoners, exiles - El Nacional

Turull: "There are new paths, maybe longer but more viable, and we can find them" - El Nacional

June 19, 2018

Leaked photos of Australian troops flying Nazi flag in Afghanistan spark scandal

Photos have just emerged in the media showing Australian soldiers flying a Nazi flag over their army vehicle while on operations in Afghanistan.

The pictures were taken a decade ago during a NATO-led deployment. Read more.


- Australian soldiers flew Nazi swastika flag from vehicle in Afghanistan; PM says diggers' actions 'absolutely wrong' - ABC

'Arbitrary detention’: Assange marks 6yrs inside Ecuadorian embassy in London

It's been 6 years since Wikileaks editor Julian Assange entered the Ecuadorian Embassy in London and he hasn't left since

Assange sought refuge there to avoid being extradited to Sweden over sexual assault allegations in a case later dropped. But he's still a wanted man in the US on espionage charges. Read more.


Alleged WikiLeaks source who helped expose CIA hacking tricks faces 135 years in prison (video) - RT

Kamer wil snel verder onderzoek naar medicinale wiet, CDA is 'verbijsterd'

Een meerderheid van de Tweede Kamer wil snel onderzoeken of bijvoorbeeld kinderen met epilepsie baat kunnen hebben bij medicinale wiet. Dit tot grote teleurstelling van regeringspartij CDA die 'echt totaal verbijsterd' is over de steun daar voor van coalitiegenoot ChristenUnie.

"Echt totaal verbijsterd CU stemt voor experimenten medicinale cannabis met kinderen????" twitter CDA-Kamerlid Evert Jan Slootweg. Lees meer.


Oekraïense veiligheidsdienst zwijgt over Babsjenko-vertoning

De in scène gezette dood van journalist Arakadi Babsjenko in Oekraïne heeft geleid tot veel kritiek: de actie heeft de geloofwaardigheid van journalisten geen goed gedaan. De Oekraïense veiligheidsdienst SBU weigert tot nu toe nadere details over de operatie naar buiten te brengen.

Toen het nieuws naar buiten kwam dat journalist Arkadi Babsjenko was vermoord in Oekraïne, werden serieuze vragen gesteld over de veiligheid van journalisten in het land. Toen een dag later het nieuws naar buiten kwam dat zijn dood in scene was gezet, werden ernstige vragen gesteld bij de geloofwaardigheid van journalisten in het land. Lees meer.

De Wereld Morgen

After the Faked Journalist Killing in Ukraine, the Murk Deepens - NY Times
"Real" Assassin Arrested In Staged Kiev Hit Linked To Ukrainian Intelligence As Official Story Unravels - ZeroHedge

June 16, 2018

French, US, UK forces aid push to seize Hudaydah: Report

French special forces are present on the ground in Yemen supporting the ongoing Saudi-led military operation on the Red Sea port city of Hudaydah, Le Figaro newspaper has reported.

The Saturday report cited two military sources but provided no further details as Saudi Arabia claimed that forces under its command had entered the airport in Hudaydah. Read more.


French special forces on the ground in Yemen: Le Figaro - Reuters
Yémen : la France prête à déminer le port d'al-Hodeïda (paywall) - Figaro

Saudi-UAE led forces 'capture' Yemen's Hudaida airport - Al Jazeera
Houthis say Saudi-led forces bogged down outside Hudaydah - PressTV

US senators call on Pentagon to fully disclose role in Yemen war - PressTV
'As crimes pile up, they become invisible': Western complicity in Saudi Arabia's dirty war in Yemen - RT

Colombia's Choice: 'Fascism' or 'Protest Vote Without Program'

As Colombians vote in the presidential run-off election this Sunday, they face a stark choice between the far-right/fascist candidate Ivan Duque and the center-left Gustavo Petro.

Even though the center-left has enough votes, infighting could very well keep Petro from winning, says Manuel Rozental of pueblosencamino.org


Colombia election: Ivan Duque may jeopardise FARC deal (video) - Al Jazeera
- Who will win Colombia’s elections? Let these 6 polls give you an idea - Colombia Reports

Shell ontwijkt dividendbelasting

Via een trust op het - als belastingparadijs bekend staande - Kanaaleiland Jersey boekt olieconcern Shell dividend over naar aandeelhouders. Belastingvrij, mèt toestemming van de Belastingdienst.

Olieconcern Shell, één van de grootste pleitbezorgers voor de afschaffing van de dividendbelasting, heeft jarenlang waarschijnlijk ten onrechte geen dividendbelasting afgedragen over een groot deel van zijn aandelen. Lees meer.


'Shell ontwijkt miljarden aan dividendbelasting via Jersey' (video) - NOS
Een oplossing voor Shell - Trouw

Jesse Klaver: Parlementaire enquête nodig voor belastingafspraken - Trouw
- Shell: 'Stemmingmakerij van Trouw' - NPO Radio 1

Bilderberg and the Digital New World Order

June 15, 2018

Israeli lawmaker proclaims supremacy of ‘Jewish race’

Likud's MK Miki Zohar says Jews are the smartest in the world, so know Netanyahu isn't corrupt

A lawmaker from the ruling Likud party said Wednesday that the “Jewish race” is the smartest in the world and possessing of the “highest human capital,” which is why, he said, the Israeli public did not buy into the allegations of wrongdoing by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Read more.

Times of Israel

‘Muslims are the vilest animals’: post shared by Jewish Board of Deputies member sparks probe - RT
- Board announces ‘urgent review’ into deputy, after JC reveals she promoted ‘Islamophobic’ views - JC

“Het zijn de slechtsten die regeren”

Het bestuur van westerse landen vertoont kenmerken van een kakistocratie, vindt cognitiewetenschapper Tjeerd Andringa. “Het zijn de slechtsten die regeren.” De enigen die hier een einde aan kunnen maken, zijn wijzelf. “Geopolitiek wordt bepaald aan de keukentafel.”

“Kakistocracy, een 374 jaar oud woord, is zojuist opgenomen in het woordenboek.” Aldus kopte The New York Times op 13 april 2018. Wat bleek? Voormalig CIA-directeur John O. Brennan had een tweet de wereld ingestuurd waarin hij president Donald Trump toebeet: “Jouw kakistocratie staat op instorten na de bedroevende weg die deze heeft afgelegd.” Lees meer.


Tjeerd Andringa Exposes the Kakistocracy (video) - Corbett Report