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.

RT

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

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.

RT

Related,
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.

Haaretz

Rellated,
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.

RT

Related.
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.

Donkerdoorn

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

TRNN

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.

RT

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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.

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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.

National.ae

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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.

RT

Related,
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.

RT

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- 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

Roger Waters: White Helmets are Fake Propaganda construct for terrorists



Filmed by Dima Aboud in Spain. Roger Waters exposes NATO-member-state White Helmets as a multi million dollar funded propaganda construct for terrorist factions inside Syria.

Vanessa Beeley

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Roger Waters slams Syria intervention, attacks White Helmets as 'fake' (video) - JPost
Ex-Pink Floyd singer denounces White Helmets as propaganda tool during Barcelona concert (video) - RT

After missile strikes, Trump resumes exit strategy for Syria

The Middle East a "troubled place"While the United States may be “locked and loaded” to respond to future chemical weapons use, the Trump administration is otherwise planning its exit from Syria.

In announcing the April 14 missile strikes by the United States, United Kingdom and France on Syrian chemical weapons facilities, US President Donald Trump also explained his broader approach to Syria and the region; other than defeating the remaining forces of the Islamic State (IS), this approach envisions a much-reduced American role. Read more.

Al-Monitor

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Syria air strikes: Trump defends claiming 'mission accomplished' (video) - BBC
Trump wants to pull troops from Syria 'as quickly as possible,' but it won't be very quick - RT

Macron says he 'convinced' Trump to stay in Syria ahead of strikes (video) - CNN
Trump wanted out of Syria, but is now firmly back in - Times of Israel

Gorillaz - Let Me Out

Barcelona: Hundreds of thousands protest for release of prisoners

Police figures show 315,000 protesters took to the streets, while organizers state that attendance is at 750,00

Nearly six months to the day have passed since the imprisonment of the grassroots pro-independence activists Jordi Cuixart and Jordi Sànchez, the last presidential candidate. They were arrested by the Spanish police for their roles in the independence roadmap of Catalonia. Read more + video.

Catalan News

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Huge rally in Barcelona to demand jailed separatists go free - Washington Post
Hundreds of thousands demand release of independence leaders in Barcelona (video) - RT

Massive Barcelona protests over separatists' rebellion charges (video) - Al Jazeera
Spain hands Germany new proof to support rebellion charge against Puigdemont - El País

Puigdemont’s release from custody risks rift between Spain and Germany - El País
Honderdduizenden demonstreren in Barcelona - AD

April 15, 2018

Caught in a lie, US & allies bomb Syria the night before international inspectors arrive

Eva Bartlett | The US, Britain and France trampled international law to launch missiles against Syria, claiming to have “evidence” of the government’s use of chemical weapons. That evidence is based on terrorist lies.

After a week of outrageous tweets and proclamations by POTUS Trump, which included continued accusations that Syria’s president ordered a chemical weapons attack on civilians in Douma, east of Damascus, with Trump using grotesque and juvenile terminology, such as “animal Assad,” the very evening before chemical weapons inspectors of the OPCW were to visit Douma, America and allies launched illegal bombings against Syria. The illegal bombings included 103 missiles, 71 of which Russia states were intercepted. Read more.

RT

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US won’t pull out troops from Syria until goals accomplished – UN envoy Haley - RT
Actions similar to coalition strikes in Syria will lead to chaos in international relations – Putin - RT

US in direct ties with Syria terrorists: Rouhani - PressTV
'Double standards: US, UK, France stand by Saudis in Yemen but pose as moral crusaders in Syria' - RT

- Syria: UN Mission Report Confirms that “Opposition” Rebels Used Chemical Weapons against Civilians and Government Forces - Global Research