January 15, 2019

IDF chief finally acknowledges that Israel supplied weapons to Syrian rebels

In interview with UK’s Sunday Times, outgoing army commander Gadi Eisenkot says Israel gave opposition groups light arms ‘for self-defense’ 

Outgoing IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot this weekend acknowledged for the first time that Israel had indeed provided weaponry to Syrian rebel groups in the Golan Heights during the country’s seven-year civil war. Read more.

Times of Israel

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Netanyahu confirms assaults on Damascus airport



Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has confirmed carrying out airstrikes on the Syrian capital on Friday 

Netanyahu said the attack hit warehouses containing Iranian weapons in Damascus international airport. Netanyahu added that Israel is more determined than ever to act against Iran in Syria.

Meanwhile, Israel’s outgoing army chief also confirmed that Tel Aviv has conducted thousands of airstrikes inside Syria over the past two years, without claiming responsibility. Gadi Eisenkot claimed that the attacks mostly hit Iranian targets. Tehran has yet to react to the Israeli claims. Iran has repeatedly said that it only deploys advisers in Syria at the country's request.

On Saturday, the Syrian Foreign Ministry wrote to the United Nations to condemn the latest Israeli attacks, describing them as an attempt to prolong the war on Syria.

PressTV

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- Why lift the fog of IDF actions in Syria - JPost
IDF chief finally acknowledges that Israel supplied weapons to Syrian rebels - Times of Israel

Response to US global bullying: Iran, India ditch dollar to continue trading oil despite sanctions

In an effort to circumvent US-imposed sanctions, India and Iran have reportedly ditched the US dollar and are trading oil in rupees. The reason becomes clear after considering the dynamics at play in the region.

In mid-February last year, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani visited India, and the two countries signed nine agreements signalling a strengthening of ties. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi appeared to celebrate the growing relationship, stating that it was “a matter of great pleasure” for India that an Iranian president came to India “after a gap of 10 years.” Read more.

RT

January 14, 2019

‘Consider the danger’: US ambassador threatens to sanction German Nord Stream 2 companies



A US ambassador has reportedly threatened to punish German contributors involved in the multinational Nord Stream 2 pipeline project, and has tried to fan the ‘Russia scare’ to make his point. Read more.

RT

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New Evidence Links UK RAF Pilot to 1961 UN Sec Gen Plane Crash Death

Investigators claim that a 1961 plane crash in Africa that resulted in the death of United Nations Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld and all else aboard may have been the result of a missile shot from another aircraft piloted by Belgian RAF member Jan van Risseghem, who was a mercenary pilot on behalf of Congolese rebels at the time.

Hammarskjold, a key post-World-War-II Swedish diplomat, and 15 others were killed when their plane came down in the jungle as it approached Ndola in what is now Zambia. Read more.

Sputnik

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High-profile opposition leader ready for talks with Syria govt.

The head of a foreign-backed Syrian opposition group says he is ready to visit Damascus for talks with the government following reports that the United States has started withdrawing its troops from the country.

Ahmad Jarba, leader of the Cairo-based Tomorrow Movement, made the announcement during a visit to Baghdad, Lebanon’s al-Mayadeen television channel reported on Sunday. Read more.

PressTV

Cheney’s Lies Left Middle East in Flames – Film Review of “Vice” with Wilkerson and Jay

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Larry Wilkerson tells the story of Powell’s fateful speech to the UN that prepared the way for the invasion; he’s asked why he and Powell didn’t quit – Col. Lawrence Wilkerson joins TRNN’s Paul Jay. Read more.

TRNN

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Trump threatens to ‘devastate Turkey economically’ if it attacks Kurds amid US withdrawal from Syria

Donald Trump has warned its NATO ally to beware of the devastative wrath of US economic pressure if Turkey dares to attack the Kurdish allies America is leaving behind in its “long overdue” pull-out of troops from Syria.

The US military, Trump promised, will still use an “existing nearby base,” apparently in Iraq, to attack the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) militants if the terrorist organization re-emerges in Syria. Read more.

RT

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Turkish, US foreign ministers discuss Syria on phone - Hürriyet

Turkey to boost planting industrial hemp

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said Turkey will cultivate industrial hemp and the necessary talks were already held with Agriculture and Forestry Ministry and Environment and Urbanization Ministry regarding the works to be launched.

“I am calling out to my nation; let’s start the process to cultivate industrial hemp. We will see that industrial hemp has many different benefits in many different areas,” said Erdoğan.. Read more.

Hürriyet

January 13, 2019

'Farm Warfare': Israel urged to stop spraying dangerous herbicides over Gaza



A number of human rights defenders have urged Israeli authorities to stop spraying dangerous herbicides over territory in Gaza. 

In a letter to military officials, they insist that it contravenes both Israeli and international law. Read more.

RT

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De Nederlandse Spoorwegen en de Jodentransporten

De Nederlandsche Spoorwegen gaat de nabestaanden van de slachtoffers van de Jodentransporten naar Westerbork en Duitsland financieel compenseren.

In 2005 hadden ze al hun welgemeende excuses voor die zwarte periode tijdens de bezetting aangeboden, maar zo gemakkelijk zijn ze er niet van afgekomen: betalen! Salo Muller, voormalig verzorger van voormalige topclub Ajax heeft zijn gelijk gehaald. In een interview zegt hij: “Het gaat niet om het geld, al dat leed is toch niet te vergoeden. Maar ze werden gedwongen op transport gezet en moesten hun eigen treinkaartje betalen. Dat willen we terug hebben.” Lees meer.

Herstel de Republiek

Guatemalans Demonstrate For and Against Banned Anti-Graft Body

Guatemala's foreign minister announced a premature end to CICIG's mandate in the country

Guatemalans staged protests on Saturday both for and against the government’s decision to end the United Nations-backed International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala’s (CICIG) mandate prematurely.

CICIG’s mandate was slated to end in September, after President Jimmy Morales decided to revoke work visas and expel the organization due to a personal and political dispute. Recent developments and controversies, however, brought forward the deadline. Read more.

teleSUR

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January 12, 2019

Asbestos Found in Baby Powder. You'll Never Guess How J&J Respond!... #PropagandaWatch



On this week's edition of #PropagandaWatch we examine a case study in corporate spin as a thoroughly researched and meticulously documented Reuters report is marginalized with a magic two word phrase. Corporate stooges and PR lackeys take note! Read more.

Corbett Report

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Earth’s magnetic field is mysteriously acting up, pushing North Pole towards Siberia

Earth’s magnetic field, the basis for modern global navigation systems, is constantly in some state of flux. However, it now seems to be going haywire, pushing the North Pole closer to Siberia, and no one’s sure why.

The field changes as the molten metals surrounding the earth’s solid iron core churn and flow, creating electric currents and a corresponding magnetic field. As a result, the magnetic poles tend to shift slightly as a matter of course. Read more.

RT

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Merkel ‘inspects the desert she made’: Varoufakis slams German chancellor’s visit to Greece

Former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis slammed German Chancellor Angela Merkel, ahead of a two-day visit by Merkel to the austerity-stricken country.

“Mrs Merkel is in Greece to inspect the desert she made and to call it... recovery,” Varoufakis tweeted on Thursday. “Ironically, her Greek triumph unleashed deflationary forces that hit Germany (eg -ve interest rates) and wrecked her career. Never before has a German Chancellor wasted so much political capital.” Read more + video.

RT

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January 11, 2019

Alarming study shows most of Earth's land critically endangered



Scientists in the United States have published their latest findings on the state of the world's landscape and the impact of human development on it; what they have found is frightening

The study found that 95 percent of the Earth's land surface has had some human modification, while 84 percent is experiencing multiple human impacts.

Only 18 percent of the world's countries retain most of their natural lands. Meanwhile, 57 percent of land on earth can be classified as critically endangered.

Christina Kennedy, a senior scientist at the Nature Conservancy, talks to Al Jazeera about the alarming damages to our planet.

Al Jazeera

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CDC’s Own Expert Vaccine Court Witness Confirmed Vaccines Can Cause Autism, So They Fired Him Immediately

Sharyl Attkisson, an intrepid and forthright journalist, formerly with CBS TV News, has been persistent in her media exposures regarding vaccine-caused health problems, especially the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), ever since she did an in-depth report for CBS, which the media bosses refused to broadcast. That led to Sharyl’s independent journalism programs, a blessing in disguise.

Recently, Sharyl exposed that CDC’s expert vaccine witness, who previously debunked vaccine autism claims during Vaccinees Injury Masters hearings, Dr. Andrew Zimmerman, a pediatric neurologist, told CDC “long ago” that vaccines could cause Autism, but they refused to accept Zimmerman’s information. Instead, Department of Justice [DOJ] lawyers immediately fired him. Read more.

Activist Post

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January 10, 2019

Abuse in Yemen's secret prisons: Was US involved?



The Pentagon is denying allegations that US personnel witnessed or were complicit in torture in Yemeni secret prisons, overseen by its ally - the United Arab Emirates.

The investigation by the AP news agency uncovered some gruesome details.

RT

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