August 31, 2014

Israel confiscates 1,000 acres of Palestinian land south of Bethlehem

BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities on Sunday announced the confiscation of around 4,000 dunums (1,000 acres) of private Palestinian land south of Bethlehem in the southern West Bank.

Palestinian owners of the land were given 45 days to submit formal objections to the announcement in Israeli courts,.. Read more.


Israel appropriates massive tract of West Bank land - Haaretz
The Israeli Occupation announces the confiscation of 4000 dunums west of Bethlehem - PNN

Rebels In Libya Storm US Embassy Buildings In Tripoli

Rebels fighting for Operation Dawn, a coalition of Islamist and Misrata forces, in Libya stormed the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli Sunday, breaking into its buildings and swimming in its pools.

The U.S. closed its embassy in June and evacuated its staff amid escalating violence between rival militias, the government and forces fighting for renegade Gen. Khalifa Hifter. Read more.


Militia says it has 'secured' U.S. compound in Libya - USA Today

Fighting between rival Libyan militias leave 10 dead - PressTV
Fierce exchanges between Dawn and Warshefana - Libya Herald

1000s of Libyans stage anti-government protest (video) - PressTV
US, NATO aim to destabilize Libya: Abayomi Azikiwe (video) - PressTV

Bahrain arrests top human rights activist

Maryam al-Khawaja, who campaigns against abuse in Gulf state, charged with insulting king and assault on arrival.

The prominent Bahrain human rights activist and critic of the ruling family, Maryam al-Khawaja, has been arrested by authorities on her arrival at the Gulf state's airport. Read more.

Al Jazeera

Bahrain detains Shi'ite rights activist on arrival at airport - Reuters
'Hundreds in jail for exercising their human rights in Bahrain' (video) - Reuters

Bahrain court upholds jail term for journalist - PressTV

Britain and the Kings of Arabia

Britain’s support of the authoritarian regimes of the Arabian Peninsula is deeply rooted in their vast economic and military interests through often corrupt partnership between the royal families.

In this documentary the history of these relations are studied; and it shows how huge amounts of oil revenue is again invested in Britain by Arabian princesses instead of being spent on the people of these nations and where these funds are needed.

The torture and murder of an Afghan laborer at the hands of an Abu Dhabi prince with the aid of the police is also depicted. -- England, 2012


1000s protest government spying in Germany

Thousands of people have taken to the streets in the German capital, Berlin, in protest against the country’s surveillance and data collection programs.

According to protest organizers, about 6,500 people participated in the demonstration, calling for stricter control on German intelligence agencies. Read more.


Thousands of Germans rally to end government spying - RT

Onderzoek naar antidepressiva

Het Nederlandse Bijwerkingen Centrum Lareb gaat onderzoeken of mensen met een bepaalde genetische afwijking agressief worden van antidepressiva. Dat meldt het KRO-programma Brandpunt.

Als een verband wordt aangetoond, kan dat gevolgen hebben voor het toekomstige gebruik van deze middelen. Lees meer.


Moord onder invloed (video) - Brandpunt

Battleground Islamabad: PM back in capital as Imran, Qadri supporters clash with police

ISLAMABAD: Hundreds of people were injured in the federal capital as police battled throngs of protesters led by Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) Chief Dr Tahirul Qadri.

The protesters - demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif - were held back with tear gas, batons and rubber bullets outside the prime minister's official residence and the adjacent parliament building. Read more + photos.


Islamabad clashes leave three dead, 500 injured - SAMAA
Chaos, clashes in Pakistan: Protesters storm PM’s office, hundreds injured (video) - RT

Pakistan calls in reinforcement amid clashes (video) - Al Jazeera

Samaa crew tortured as police storm media vans -SAMAA
Police fire teargas, rubber bullets to disperse PTI, PAT marchers - PakTribune

Sirajul Haq advises Nawaz to get in touch with Imran - Dawn
Army chief calls corps commanders meeting - Dawn

Juice Rap News: MSMBS Headlies

A Rap News summary of the past months' remarkable series of events. From Gaza to Syria, ISIS to Ukraine, Sinkholes to Ebola, Ferguson to Robin Williams, the world has been experiencing a seemingly endless series of events befitting of a Ronald Emmerich movie.

How do we manage to deal with all the painful ironies and bloody tragedies of these times? To find out, we tune into frequency which informs us about all these events: the mainstream media. Join veteran MSMBS host Brian Washington as he brings you all the latest World News Headlies - without a trace of irony.

Written & created by Giordano Nanni & Hugo Farrant in a suburban backyard home studio in Melbourne, Australia, on Wurundjeri Land.


August 30, 2014

Venezuela cheap oil and fuel shipments to allies fall to a five-year low

Venezuela’s shipments of crude oil and fuel to its allies have fallen to a five-year low as a weak economy hits its ability to uphold accords that former president Hugo Chávez struck to lower energy costs for friends and expand his diplomatic clout.

Total shipments under cooperation deals with Latin American and Caribbean countries dropped 11% in 2013 to 243,000 barrels per day (bpd),.. Read more.


Venezuela debates hike in fuel prices (video) - teleSUR
- Venezuelan Experts, Union Leaders Debate Increase in Gasoline Prices - Venezuelanalysis

Anti-vulture fire turns into action

G77 and China push for UN vote as market body changes rules

The G77 group of developing nations, plus China, are requesting that the United Nations hold a General Assembly vote on whether to move forward with a new international convention to regulate the restructuring of sovereign debt. Read more.

Buenos Aires Herald

Judge Griesa schedules new hearing; Argentina appeals to United Nations on holdout case - MercoPress

Shell's Aranguren: energy self-sufficiency possible but Argentina must do 'homework'

Energy self-sufficiency may be looming on Argentina’s scenario, chairman of Shell Argentina Juan Aranguren said warning the South American country should “do homework” and “show judicial security signs” to investors.

“Argentina is now importing 12-13 percent of primary energy. Read more.

Buenos Aires Herald

Malaysia Petronas joins YPF to develop shale-oil reserves in Argentina - MercoPress

Curacao Small Island, Big Problems (Part 4) - Ties Between Politics And The Underworld

There are Indications that Helmin Wiels was misled by his own party members. There was a proposal from a group of “investors” interested in acquiring property and obtaining a concession in the Curacao Sea Port, managed by Curacao Port Authorities (CPA). They wanted to build a new container terminal.

Somehow they had Wiels believe that it was a legitimate group of investors, willing to invest millions in the Island’ Economy. According to reliable sources the group was headed by a notorious narco millionaire and gang leader, under control of DEA! Read more + video.

Curaçao Chronicle

- Curacao Small Island, Big Problems (Part 1) - The Real Story Behind Curacao’s Politics - Curaçao Chronicle

EU says could send over 1 billion euros more aid to Ukraine

(Reuters) - The European Union may disburse more than one billion euros in loans to Ukraine over the coming months and could consider further aid beyond that, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said on Saturday.

In March, the EU offered an 11 billion euro ($14.45 billion) package of loans.. Read more.


Ukraine crisis: Barroso warns Putin not to push EU to 'point of no return' - Guardian

Ukraine crisis: Barroso warns Putin not to push EU to 'point of no return'

European commission president insists it isn't too late for a political solution but tells Russia not to underestimate the EU

Vladimir Putin has been warned that the crisis in Ukraine could be reaching the "point of no return" as European leaders said the EU was ready to defend its principles. Read more.


EU says could send over 1 billion euros more aid to Ukraine - Reuters

Samsom voor strengere sancties Rusland - FOK
Rutte noemt gedrag Rusland 'zeer zorgwekkend' - NU

Pro-Ukraine fighters escape encirclement, others still trapped: Kiev, militia

(Reuters) - A group of pro-Ukrainian fighters broke out of encirclement by Russian-backed separatists near the eastern city of Donetsk early on Saturday, Ukraine's interior minister said, but other reports suggested many were still trapped.

Fighting has intensified in areas near the small town of Ilovaysk and further south along the Sea of Azov coast where separatists are now threatening the port city of Mariupol. Read more.


Residents of Mariupol get ready to defend city from Russian troops - Kyiv Post
OSCE observers arrive in Mariupol - Ukrinform

Real-Time Combat: Donetsk militia in shootout with Kiev forces for Ilovaysk (video) - RT
Rebellen Oekraïne willen gevangenenruil - NU

Residents protest against Osprey deployment at Saga airport

Hundreds of residents in the southwestern Japanese city of Saga rally in front of the city hall on Aug. 30, 2014, to protest against the central government's plan to deploy V-22 Osprey transport aircraft at a local airport.

Kyodo News

Residents protest against Osprey deployment at Saga airport - Mainichi

Eyeing China, Japan seeks record defense budget

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Defense Ministry on Friday requested money for F-35 stealth fighter jets as part of its biggest-ever budget to bolster its ability to defend remote southern islands, including ones also claimed by an increasingly assertive China.

Plans to buy P-1 surveillance aircraft and "Global Hawk" drones, as well as an Aegis radar-equipped destroyer, are also part of the 5 trillion yen ($48 billion) budget.. Read more.


Japan mulls largest-ever defense budget for 2015 - Xinhua

Stop spy flights, China warns the U.S.

Hong Kong (CNN) -- China has warned the United States to end its military surveillance flights near Chinese territory, rejecting claims by Washington that a Chinese fighter jet made several "dangerous" and "unprofessional" passes at a U.S. Navy plane last week.

The U.S. should take "concrete measures" towards ending reconnaissance operations off the coast of China if it wants to improve bilateral ties between the two countries,.. Read more + video.


‘If threatened, China could take serious action against US’ (video) - RT

NATO planning 'rapid-deployment force' of 10,000 troops to counter Russia

NATO is reportedly working towards the creation of an expeditionary force composed of 10,000 troops from seven different member states as a result of escalating tensions with Russia over the conflict in Ukraine.

According to the Financial Times, the force’s creation will be spearheaded by Britain and involve contributions from Denmark, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Norway, and the Netherlands. Read more.


Seven NATO allies to create new rapid reaction force-report - Reuters

'For a good cause': Foreign fighters join anti-Kiev militia in E. Ukraine

Anti-Kiev militias have been making advances in recent weeks in Eastern Ukraine, propped up by a growing number of foreign volunteers.

RT's Paula Slier reports.


French Donbass fighters: We came to inform people of the reality of this war (video) - RT

Imran launches nationwide mass protests

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has decided to mount pressure on the government by launching countrywide protests, Samaa reported.

"We will stage mega protest demonstrations in Lahore, Faisalabad, Multan, and Karachi tomorrow (Saturday)",.. Read more.


PTI Karachi to block Shara-e-Faisal - SAMAA

Imran slams Nawaz for 'lying' about army mediation request - Dawn
Army chief Raheel agrees to broker deal between PTI, PAT and government - PakTribune

Govt asked army chief to act as mediator: ISPR - SAMAA
Army statement echoes govt's view: Nisar - Dawn

No option but army role to end crisis: Nisar - SAMAA

Imran smells victory against government - SAMAA
90 % of PTI, PAT demands already met: Sirajul Haq - PakTribune

August 29, 2014

Wouter Koolmees (D66) over Bitcoin, Bilderberg en meer

Paul Buitink spreekt met Tweede Kamerlid Wouter Koolmees (D66) over crypto-currencies, crowd funding, de Bilderberg bijeenkomsten, bitcoineducatie en meer. 

Bitcoinstandpunt binnen de partij wordt momenteel geformuleerd. Meer educatie is nodig.


Militia forces block Mariupol

Army Headquarters of the breakaway People's Republic of Donetsk said that the militia managed to block the city of Mariupol, taking control over a section of a highway linking the city with the Zaporozhye region.

Militia forces continue the offensive, representatives of the Defense Ministry of the People's Republic of Donetsk said. Read more.


Ukraine Rebels Push Toward Strategic Southeast Seaport - NY Times
Ten Ukrainian soldiers killed, 30 injured in eastern Ukraine over past 24 hours - Lysenko - Interfax

Rasmussen not ruling out Ukraine's NATO membership

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has said that Ukraine has the right to decide its military political status.

"We fully respect Ukraine's decisions as regards Ukraine's security policy and alliance affiliation,".. Read more.


Ukraine moves to drop non-aligned status, apply for NATO membership - RT
Obama: no U.S. military action in Ukraine - Interfax

Government tables in parliament bill cancelling Ukraine's non-aligned status - Yatseniuk - Ukrinform
Ukraine moves to shed its non-aligned status in hopes of becoming a NATO member - Kyiv Post

Timoshenko announces start of preparations for NATO accession referendum - ITAR-TASS

Ukraine Gets $1.4 Billion From IMF as Fighting Intensifies

The International Monetary Fund agreed to disburse $1.4 billion to Ukraine under a loan program whose success is threatened by the country’s intensifying conflict against separatists tied to Russia.

The fund said the total amount of the loan remains unchanged at $17 billion.. Read more + video.


IMF approves loan tranche for Ukraine, warns of risks - Reuters
- Ukraine in critical need of second IMF aid tranche - PM - Reuters

Shell won't take part in establishing operator for Ukrainian gas system

Shell refused to take part in the creation of the operator of the gas transportation system of Ukraine.

Shell, which is a partner of Russia's Gazprom in "Sakhalin-2" and "Gazprom Oil" project to extract oil Salym Petroleum,.. Read more + video.


Shell's force majeure in Ukraine - Upstream

Tragedy-hit Malaysia Airlines to lose 6,000 jobs in bold revamp

(Reuters) - Malaysia Airlines (MASM.KL) (MAS) will slash nearly a third of its 20,000 workforce and cut back its global route network as part of a radical 6 billion ringgit ($1.9 billion) restructuring following the devastating impact of two jetliner disasters.

The 42-year-old company will be de-listed by the end of the year under the broad revival plan announced by state fund Khazanah Nasional.. Read more.


Malaysia Airlines loss nearly doubles on MH370 impact - NST

OM sloot deal over onderzoek MH17

Nederland heeft, naar nu bekend wordt, op 7 augustus een overeenkomst ondertekend met Australië, België en Oekraïne over het onderzoek naar de oorzaak van de vliegramp met MH17.

Dat blijkt uit een Engelstalig persbericht namens de vier landen en de Europese justitie-organisatie Eurojust. Lees meer.


Welke geheime overeenkomst sloot Nederland over vlucht MH17? - Elsevier
MH 17... Waar blijven de onderzoeksresultaten??? - Dagelijkse Standaard

Oorzaak ramp vlucht MH 17 moet geheim blijven - Geen Nieuws
Politiek: MH17: Tekende Rutte geheimhoudingsverklaring..?!! - WantToKnow

MH17: IGP, AG going to Amsterdam Sunday - NST
Russia against using MH17 crash probe for political purposes - NST

UN: Ukraine conflict death toll hits 2,600, civilians ‘trapped inside conflict zones’

At least 2,593 people have been killed in eastern Ukraine since the start of the Kiev’s military operation against anti-government forces there started in mid-April, according to a new estimate by the Office of the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights.

The death toll includes civilians, members of the Ukrainian troops and also fighters in the anti-government forces. Read more + video.


UN human rights report on Ukraine distorts situation on Russia-Ukraine border - ITAR-TASS

Doctors want to see a drop in radioactivity

Nuclear bomb tests contaminate soils, while nuclear accidents and X-rays are a direct threat to our health. At a world summit this week, doctors called for more protection and awareness.

It was a central theme at this year's world congress of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) - the consequences of nuclear testing. Read more.


Kazakhstan is one of the leaders of anti-nuclear movement - Nazarbayev - Kazinform

CIA acted to shape Portugal’s post-revolutionary political scene

The US State Department approved its first clandestine operational plan for Portugal on 27 September 1974 with the stated aim of “avoiding the communists taking power” according to documents publicly released on their 40th anniversary.

This is the first time ever that there has been formal acknowledgement of such actions decided upon by the 40 Committee that oversaw all such operations including those run by the CIA. Read more.

Portugal News

Greece's top banks said to seek up to 5.4 bln euros in ECB loans

Greece's four biggest banks are seeking as much as 5.4 billion euros ($7.1 billion) from the European Central Bank's first auction of cash aimed at boosting loans to companies and households, according to people with direct knowledge of the plans.

National Bank of Greece SA, the country’s biggest bank, is bidding for 1.6 billion euros, according to a spokesman. Read more.


Greek quest for debt relief faces hurdles in Paris - eKathimerini

Aantal mensen in de bijstand neemt nog steeds toe

Het aantal mensen in de bijstand is in het tweede kwartaal van 2014 met 8 duizend toegenomen tot 434 duizend. Dit heeft het CBS vandaag bekendgemaakt. 

Het aantal mensen met bijstand is net zo snel gegroeid als een jaar geleden. Daarmee zijn de tekenen van een zich herstellende arbeidsmarkt nog niet zichtbaar in de bijstand. Lees meer.


De Week van Bitcoin: Clevercoin sprak met Rutte en Zalm om bankrekening te krijgen

In De Week van Bitcoin 42 is Brabantse IT ondernemer Christian de Kok van Clevercoin te gast om te praten waar ze nu staan en wanneer de exchange open gaat.

Hij onthult details over hoe hij zowel Mark Rutte als Gerrit Zalm sprak om een rekening bij de ABN Amro proberen te krijgen.

Aaron van Wirdum is ook te gast en spreekt over nieuwe de nieuwe richting van Coincourant

Tomer Kantor, aka IAmSatoshi tenslotte spreekt over zijn documentaires. Meer info over hem en hoe hem te helpen hier.


NATO sat-image credibility dubious: Ron Paul Inst for Peace & Prosperity Exec Dir

On Thursday, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Russian troops had entered Ukraine. The statement came as NATO released satellite images that it claimed showed Russian self-propelled artillery on Ukrainian territory.

Daniel McAdams from the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity, share his thoughts on how credible these statements may be.


Russian, US envoys to UN clash at Security Council emergency meeting

The UN Security Council has held an emergency session on the Ukrainian crisis, after Kiev accused Russia of full-scale invasion.

RT's Marina Portnaya reports. Read more.


Putin: Failure by Kiev to rescue surrounded troops would be a grave mistake

President Putin has called on self-defense militias in Ukraine to provide Kiev's military units blocked in the east of the country with a safe humanitarian corridor to leave the combat area and "reunite with their families." Read more.


Putin: Kiev’s shelling in E.Ukraine reminiscent of WW2 Nazi siege of Leningrad (video) - RT
Putin hails Ukraine separatists; Kiev raises prospect of joining NATO (video) - Washington Post

France reaches 36 straight months of rising unemployment

France’s new cabinet has been welcomed with the same old bad news: unemployment data for July was in the red yet again. That means the jobless rate has risen for 36 consecutive months, if we exclude the one month in which the government admitted a technical malfunction compromised the data.

A new historical low is reached with every passing month, and 500,000 people have lost their jobs since President Francois Hollande took office in May 2012. France’s official unemployment rate is nearly 11%, but that number would triple if it included those who are out of benefits, the unregistered and those stuck in part-time jobs.

Economists say job creation begins when the economic growth rate reaches 1.5%. Unfortunately, France admitted growth would only attain 0.5% this year, and optimistically forecast a growth of just 1% for all of 2015.


French unemployment rises 0.8% in July to record high (video) -  France24

August 28, 2014

'Kiev, rise up!' Protesters demand ouster of Ukrainian president, defense minister

Hundreds of people have gathered in front of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry in Kiev, demanding resignation of President Petro Poroshenko and the defense minister over the poor handling of the military operation in the southeast.

The demonstrators, many of whom were mothers and wives of the soldiers involved in the fighting in the Donetsk and Lugansk Regions,.. Read more + video.


Kiev protesters show support for Ukrainian troops (video) - Washington Post

James Foley execution video hoax?

The video of the demonstrative execution of American journalist James Foley may not be real. Experts who studied the deadly "Message to America"​​, believe that the death of the reporter was staged. Firstly, Foley's speech was made from several takes. Secondly, when the militant is cutting Foley's throat with a knife, there is no blood flowing down the journalist's neck.

In any case, there is no doubt that the journalist was killed indeed, although it most likely happened off camera.

The video of the execution of American journalist James Foley appeared on the internet last week. He disappeared two years ago. His car was attacked when a group of reporters was entering the war zone in Iraq.


Foley video with Briton was staged, experts say - Times
Foley murder video 'may have been staged' - Telegraph

Analysts: Beheaded James Foley is NOT James Foley - NewsRescue

‘Cuban missile crisis 2.0 - NATO approaches Russian border’

The President of Ukraine has accused Russia of deploying troops in East Ukraine. That's as anti-government forces launch a counter-offensive and advance on key areas in the south-east.

RT is joined by Tony Gosling, an investigative journalist on the unfolding Ukrainian crisis.


Poroshenko triggers 'invasion' alarm as Kiev crumbles under militia offensive (video) - RT

UN unable to confirm Russia presence in Ukraine - PressTV
NATO says over 1000 Russian troops in Ukraine (video) - PressTV

Ukraine calls for military assistance from EU - PressTV

Ukraine's GDP fall reaches 7.7% in Jan-July 2014, to accelerate to 6% in 2014, says ministry

Ukraine's GDP fall in January-July 2014 tentatively fell by 3.3% year-over-year and it could accelerate to 6% by the end of the year, First Deputy Economic Development and Trade Ministry of Ukraine Anatoliy Maksiuta has said.

"We expect that this year real GDP will be minus 6%. Read more.


- Ukrainian Finance Ministry to sell $340 mln to National Bank to stabilize exchange rate - PM Yatseniuk - Interfax
Oekraine - parlement naar huis - de staat bankroet - het leger kapot - Herstel de Republiek

Kiev shelling devastates Kalininski as rallies spark against govt inaction

Civilian areas remain in the sights of Ukraine's army in the country's East - with residential parts of Donetsk and Lugansk being hit on a daily basis. Kiev says it's only targeting rebel fighters.

The outskirts of the regional hub, Donetsk, have come under violent shelling once again – RT’s Paula Slier has more.


About a dozen civilians killed in mortar bombardment near Donetsk (video) - PressTV
GRAPHIC: Fierce shelling leaves Donetsk residential area devastated (video) - RT

'You abandoned us!' Ukrainian soldiers & families despair over Kiev failures

Over 400 people picketed the President's administration in Kiev, saying the authorities abandoned soldiers in the city of Eelovaysk, E. Ukraine. Troops there have been encircled by anti-government forces for 5 days now.

And as RT's Paula Slier reports, despair is growing both among the soldiers and their families. Read more.


Over 60 Ukrainian troops cross into Russia seeking refuge - RT
At least 129 Ukrainian soldiers surrender to Donetsk militia - Pravda

The Southern Front Catastrophe – August 27, 2014 - Slavyangrad

Kiev accuses Russia of 'bringing troops' to Ukraine, no proof offered

The chorus of allegations about a full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine has President Poroshenko calling for an emergency meeting of the country’s security and defense council, while the Prime Minister Yatsenyuk is calling for a Russian asset freeze.

"I have made a decision to cancel my working visit to the Republic of Turkey due to sharp aggravation of the situation in Donetsk region,.. Read more.


Ukraine Reports Russian Invasion on a New Front - NY Times
U.S. Department of State: Russia directing counteroffensive in Donbas - Interfax

Separatist Leader Says Thousands of Russians Have Fought in Ukraine - NY Times
Only Russian volunteers fighting with anti-Kiev forces - Donetsk Republic leader - RT

Pyatt says more Russian troops in eastern Ukraine - Ukrinform
Yatseniuk asks Western partners to call urgent UN Security Council meeting due to Russia's actions - Interfax

Kyiv needs NATO help – Yatseniuk - Interfax
Poroshenko triggers 'invasion' alarm as Kiev crumbles under militia offensive (video) - RT

Kiev loses control of Novoazovsk, rebel troops advance in southeast Ukraine - RT
Militia takes control of east Ukraine’s Novoazovsk, several neighboring districts - ITAR-TASS

Verslagen Kiev junta "bereid tot wapenstilstand" (video) - Herstel de Republiek
- Oekraine: Paniek aan het thuisfront - Herstel de Republiek

Ukraine Reports Russian Invasion on a New Front

DONETSK, Ukraine — Determined to preserve the pro-Russian revolt in eastern Ukraine, Russia reinforced what Western and Ukrainian officials described as a stealth invasion on Wednesday, sending armored troops across the border as it expanded the conflict to a new section of Ukrainian territory.

The latest incursion, which Ukraine’s military said included five armored personnel carriers,.. Read more.

NY Times

U.S. Department of State: Russia directing counteroffensive in Donbas - Interfax
Russian helicopters invade Kherson region - Ukrinform

Battle for Ukraine's souteast coast heats up - AP
‘NATO’s broken promises bring world closer to global war’ (video) - RT

Militia takes control of east Ukraine’s Novoazovsk, several neighboring districts - ITAR-TASS

'Russische troepen beginnen derde front in Oost-Oekraïne' - Volkskrant
Kiev: weer Russische infiltranten (video) - NOS

Rus: Grad-raketten naar Oekraïne - NOS

August 27, 2014

George Soros sues Bank of New York for not paying Argentinian bonds

The Central Bank of the Republic of Argentina has revoked the authorization granted to the Bank of New York to operate within its borders for not making a payment to those bondholders who had agreed to the debt restructuring.

George Soros' Quantum Partners and Kyle Bass' Hayman Capital are suing the Bank of New York for blocking the Argentinian payment based on a decision by Judge Thomas Griesa to halt it.


Investor Soros sues BONY for unpaid Argentina bonds - Buenos Aires Herald
Hedge Funds Sue to Get Argentine Bond Payment in London - NY Times

Billionaire Soros buys 3.5 stake in YPF - Buenos Aires Herald
'Paying vultures means passing debt problems to future governments' - Buenos Aires Herald

Colonization by Bankruptcy: The High-stakes Chess Match for Argentina - 4th Media
As confidence vanishes, US dollar in Argentina breaks new record: 14.20 Pesos - MercoPress

Colombia ‘peace talks hacker’ blows whistle, implicates military and Uribe in spy scandal

Colombia’s military, its intelligence agency under former President Alvaro Uribe, and the family of former presidential candidate Oscar Ivan Zuluaga were all directly involved with illegal spying on the ongoing peace talks, the alleged spy said in an interview on Sunday.

Computer engineer Andres Sepulveda was arrested in May, weeks before the elections, and accused of illegally spying on the peace talks that are held between the government and rebel group FARC in Cuba. Read more.

Colombia Reports

Uribe’s Democratic Center party ‘was organized to commit crimes’: Colombia Congressman - Colombia Reports

Venezuela fights smuggling mafias

More than 600 tons of food and 413,000 liters of fuel have been confiscated from smuggling mafias.

Even though 17,000 members of the Venezuelan military patrol the 2,200km of border shared with Colombia, 30% of Venezuela's basic products are smuggled into Colombia every year.


Venezuelan Army Major Killed in Latest Wave of Anti-Smuggling Operations - Venezuelanalysis

Drug traffickers pose a challenge for Colombia peace process

Telesur's Charles Parkinson talks to the wife of a social activist murdered by an armed criminal group in Colombia due to his work combatting drug addiction on a neighborhood level.

Her story pinpoints the difficulties the government will face if a peace deal is signed with the rebels.


Peru Seizes Over 3 Tons of Cocaine Bound for Europe

Police have arrested five Peruvians and two Mexicans, and believe that a Mexican cartel is behind the operation.

Peruvian police this Tuesday seized at least 3.3 tons of cocaine that was bound for Belgium and Spain, and is said to be one of the year's largest seizures, according to officials. Read more.


Curaçao Small Island, Big Problems (Part 3) - War Against Drugs. . . Or The Curacao Connection?

It is known that DEA agents infiltrate legit business in all sectors, to control businessmen with lucrative deals, as compensation for their participation in the lucrative Narco trafficking.

Obviously F.d.c.G. is one of them. However he isn’t personally involved in the actual smuggling of the drugs. But as an operative for DEA, he still controls the shipping on behalf of corrupt DEA agents. Read more.

Curaçao Chronicle

Curacao Small Island, Big Problems (Part 1) - The Real Story Behind Curacao’s Politics- Curaçao Chronicle
Curacao Small Island, Big Problems (Part 2) - U.S. Intelligence Infiltrates Curacao - Curaçao Chronicle

Costa Rica considers approving medicinal use of marijuana

The Costa Rican parliament is discussing a bill that would allow for the medicinal use of cannabis (marijuana).

Cannabis is known to have analgesic, neuro-protective and anti-inflammatory properties.


'Kiev's Western backers have their own agenda'

The talks between Putin and Poroshenko in Minsk marked the first time the two had a formal meeting after the Ukrainian leader secured his office in June.

Political analyst William Dores thinks that relations between two countries will depend on a number of factors.


‘NATO’s broken promises bring world closer to global war’

Under the pretext of an 'overt' Russian threat, NATO is pushing for a ‘readiness action plan’ that will bring the Cold War military bloc closer to Russian borders than ever - even despite objections from some NATO members.

James Corbett, editor of the Corbett Report, an independent Japan-based news outlet, gave his perspective on the matter.


NATO chief eyes more bases in E. Europe to confront Russia - RT

IMF’s Lagarde investigated in French corruption case

IMF chief Christine Lagarde revealed Wednesday that she is under formal investigation in France for “negligence” over her role in a 2008 corruption case that involved a controversial state payout to French tycoon Bernard Tapie.

The former French finance minister told the AFP news agency that she had no intention of resigning from her position at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) over the investigation. Read more.


IMF chief Lagarde under investigation in France (video) - Washington Post

Ex-banker replaces rebel minister in French cabinet shake-up

(Reuters) - President Francois Hollande replaced his maverick leftist economy minister with a former Rothschild partner on Tuesday, in a reshuffle intended to reconcile his efforts to revive the stagnant French economy with deficit-cutting orthodoxy.

The shake-up is the latest episode in the wrangling across Europe about how much budgetary rigor the region's economies can bear as they recover from financial crises. Read more.


America’s Backyard: Panama

This documentary series looks at the historical and contemporary interventions of the United States in the internal affairs of Latin American nations.


August 26, 2014

MH17 Fully Exposed!! You Won't Believe the Shocking Truth about the Ukraine False Flag

When Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 went down on July 17, 2014, we were immediately inundated with base propaganda trying to convince us that the shootdown could be traced back to the Kremlin.

But what was this rush to judgement based on? What have we learned about the crash since then? Why has MH17 completely disappeared from the news cycle? And who really stood to benefit from the disaster?

Find out the answers to these questions and more in this week's edition of The Corbett Report. Read more.

Corbett Report

Hamas claims Gaza truce agreed with Israel

Senior official says details of agreement to be released soon, although Israeli spokesman says nothing has been signed.

Senior Hamas officials have said an open-ended agreement has been sealed with Israel to end seven weeks of fighting in Gaza, describing the ceasefire deal as a "victory for the resistance". Read more.

Al Jazeera

Palestinian officials: Gaza cease-fire to be announced on Tuesday evening - JPost

6 Palestinians killed in Israeli airstrikes on Gaza - Ma'an
Israel is intensifying its aggression on Gaza and orders residents east of the Strip to evacuate - PNN

Gaza cease-fire set to begin at 7 p.m. goes into effect - JPost
Cease-fire accepted by Israel without cabinet vote - Haaretz

- Opposition to cease-fire comes from across political spectrum - JPost

The Powers Behind The Islamic State

Investigative journalist Nafeez Ahmed gives specific examples of how Saudi, Qatari, and American interests have supported the group formerly known as ISIS, and what the global community can do now to rein them in.


- James Petras: ISIL an ‘outgrowth of US policy’ (video) - PressTV

Poroshenko calls an early election on Oct. 26

President Petro Poroshenko set an early parliamentary election for Oct. 26, a right the current version of the Constitution gives him in the case when a parliamentary coalition fails to form within 30 days after breaking. 

Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reform and Svoboda quit the coalition on July 24. Read more.

Kyiv Post

Poroshenko dissolves Verkhovna Rada, early elections to be held on October 26 - Ukrinform

Putin arrives in Minsk, may hold bilateral talks with Ukraine’s Poroshenko

Russian President Vladimir Putin is arriving in Minsk for talks with the leaders of the member states of the urasian Customs Union, Ukraine and representatives of the EU. Putin could also hold a bilateral meeting with Petro Poroshenko, the Kremlin said.

The negotiations will be as part of a Customs Union summit, which also includes the Ukrainian president and representatives of the European Commission,.. Read more.


Poroshenko to meet with Putin in Minsk today - Ukrinform
EU foreign policy chief arrives in Minsk for Customs Union-Ukraine summit - ITAR-TASS

Ukrainian Conflict Can’t Be Resolved in Military Way – Polish Ex-Premier - RIA Novosti
Poroshenko: peace in Ukraine will not be achieved in exchange for its sovereignty and integrity - Interfax

Wasteland: Devastation and breadlines behind Ukraine's frontlines

Weeks of fighting and shelling have left thousands of people in the East struggling to find any food.

Russian humanitarian aid is being distributed in Lugansk, with anti-government forces also handing out supplies to the struggling citizens of Donetsk.


Shell's ex-CEO says sanctions on Russia don't work

The former head of Royal Dutch Shell, Jeroen van der Veer, has said sanctions on Russia just “lead to frustration”, as they did not produce their desired effect and led to more sanctions.

“The sanctions do not work. They lead to counter sanctions, which lead to frustration and never solve anything. Read more.


Russia sanctions not working: Ex-Shell CEO - NL Times
Ex-Shell topman Van der Veer: sancties tegen Rusland werken niet - Z24

Interview with Sergei Glaziev - Advisor to President Putin

Subtitles 'Click CC' in english, french,german, and (NEW) KOREAN

Konstantin Semin’s interview with Russian Presidential Advisor Sergei Glazyev on July 24 2014.

Translation & Transcription: Marina / Subtitling in English: Augmented Ether / Bruce,Vaughan & Michael - English editing / French: Dominique / Gerrman: Dagmar

Adviseur Poetin: “Amerika is uit op oorlog in Europa” - MarketUpdate

Is Fluoride in Private Wells Causing an IQ Decline?

Excess fluoride, which may damage both brain and bone, is leaching out of granite and into Maine's drinking water—and potentially other New England states

Locals call it the “Switzerland of Maine” for its breathtaking mountains and picturesque waters, yet Dedham is just one of a cadre of communities in The Pine Tree State where tap water may not be as safe as it appears. Read more.

Scientific American

August 25, 2014

Egypt and United Arab Emirates Said to Have Secretly Carried Out Libya Airstrikes

CAIRO — Twice in the last seven days, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates have secretly teamed up to launch airstrikes against Islamist-allied militias battling for control of Tripoli, Libya, four senior American officials said, in a major escalation between the supporters and opponents of political Islam.

The United States, the officials said, was caught by surprise: Egypt and the Emirates, both close allies and military partners, acted without informing Washington or seeking its consent,.. Read more.

NY Times

Foreign Ministry condemns killing of Egyptian in Libya, denies bombing militant sites - Egypt Independent

Egypt sponsors initiative to disarm Libya's militias - Ahram
Libya’s neighbours meet in Cairo in bid to contain Libya’s conflict - Libya Herald

Libya's neighbours call for militants' disarmament - Aswat Masriya
'VAE achter bombardementen Tripoli' - NU

Syria could work with West against 'terror'

Syrian FM says Damascus open to co-operation at both regional and international level to combat Islamic State fighters.

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem has said that his country is ready to work with the international community to battle against "terrorists" within the framework of a recent UN resolution. Read more.

Al Jazeera

Al-Moallem: Syria prepared to cooperate and coordinate to combat terrorism as per resolution no. 2170 - SANA
Moscow affirms support to Syria and Iraq in counter-terrorism push - SANA

'Moscow, Beijing, Damascus fight terrorism while London & Washington promote it'

The Islamic State has been increasingly turning to social networks. One extremist posted images of a child decapitating a doll in a re-enactment of the American journalist's execution.

The caption urges followers to "teach your children to cut necks." Sukant Chandan, an activist and journalist, joins RT to discuss this issue.


New York Times: ISIL Funded by Gulf, Infiltration Facilitated by Turkey

The so-called 'Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant' terrorist organization, also dubbed as ISIL, is receiving funds from donors in Kuwait and Qatar, the U.S.-based New York Times newspaper said in its editorial on Monday.

The daily underlined that the Saudi Arabia has sent weapons to the Syrian opposition.. Read more.

Al Manar

A Necessary Response to ISIS - NY Times
Saudis Must Stop Exporting Extremism - NY Times

An austerity revolt has broken the French government – the EU may follow

While the chaos in France will be swiftly resolved, time is running out to save the eurozone and EU from their economic fault lines

If there were any lingering doubts about the seriousness of the crisis hanging over the future of the euro – and potentially of the European Union itself – the shock announcement of the dissolution of the French government should remove them. Read more.


French goverment resigns amid rancor over German austerity pressure - RT
- France’s Hollande orders cabinet reshuffle amid economy row (video) - France24

French ministers demand Hollande abandon austerity and condemn Angela Merkel's 'right-wing dogma' - Independent
French economy minister urges alternative to German austerity - Reuters

Merkel seeks Spanish support for unpopular austerity measures

German Chancellor Angela Merkel traveled to Spain on Sunday for a two-day trip aimed at securing Spanish support for her austerity policies, now under fire in the European Union.

In return, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is seeking Merkel’s help to place two of his officials in top European positions. Read more.

El País

Struggling Spaniards don't buy message of recovery - DW

Public debt climbing at €1 billion a month

Portugal’s public debt reached 134% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) at the end of June 2014, higher than the 132.4% seen three months earlier, the Bank of Portugal said.

Portugal News

Draghi urges new stimulus to stave off stagnation

BRUSSELS - The European Central Bank (ECB) is preparing to step up its attempts to breathe life into the eurozone’s stagnant economy.

During a speech in the US on Friday (22 August), ECB chief Mario Draghi called on eurozone treasuries to take fresh steps to stimulate demand amid signs that the bloc’s tepid recovery is stalling. Read more.


Draghi is de armzalige toestand van Europa eindelijk beu! -
Economie stagneert al maanden volgens CBS - NU

Hackers take down key Israeli websites

Hacktivists from the Anonymous group have attacked key Israeli websites in retaliation for Tel Aviv’s current offensive against the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

The websites of Israeli military, Bank of Israel, and the Israeli prime minister’s office were taken down, RT reported on Monday. Read more.


Hack Attack! Anonymous strikes at Israeli govt over Gaza - RT

Donetsk fighters encircle third Ukrainian army grouping

About 2,000 Ukrainian troops, over 100 pieces of the armor and about 60 artillery guns of various caliber have been encircled by Donetsk fighters

DONETSK, August 25. /ITAR-TASS/. Self-defense militias of the Donetsk People’s Republic have encircled a third attack force of the Ukrainian army by Monday morning, the local news agency Novorossiya reported. Read more.


Shelling Civilian Facilities in East Ukraine by Army Cannot Be Called Accidental – Lavrov

MOSCOW, August 25 (RIA Novosti) – The shelling of civilian facilities in eastern Ukraine by the army cannot be called coincidental, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday.

“Military specialists probably understand this better than many of you here, including myself, but to refer to [the shelling of civilian facilities] as inaccurate firing, accidental, or any other way doesn’t work,” Lavrov said during a briefing. Read more.

RIA Novosti

Putin, Poroshenko may discuss Ukraine crisis, humanitarian issues, bilateral ties - ITAR-TASS

Russia to send another humanitarian convoy to Ukraine

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has announced plans for a second humanitarian convoy to be sent to eastern Ukraine, urging all foreign actors and agencies to participate. Read more.


Russia to send another humanitarian convoy to Ukraine - Pravda
Russian trucks carried nothing but humanitarian aid — Lavrov - RT

Shelling Civilian Facilities in East Ukraine by Army Cannot Be Called Accidental – Lavrov - RIA Novosti
Putin, Poroshenko may discuss Ukraine crisis, humanitarian issues, bilateral ties - ITAR-TASS

'Ukraine's economy on verge of death spiral'

With war waging in the East, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is vowing to boost military spending by $3 billion . But where will the money come from? Leading economists says Kiev's finances are in tatters.


Ukraine plans $3 billion boost to defense spending - Washington Times

Ukraine asks IMF to combine two aid tranches for total of $2.2 billion: IFX - Reuters
Big test is looming for Ukraine and the IMF - FT

Ukraine risks losing IMF support over stalled anti-corruption laws - Kyiv Post

Libya airport takeover widens political split

Armed fighters have backed the return of Libya's previous parliament, as the country's political crisis deepens.

Tripoli, Libya - Islamist-led armed groups have announced the reinstatement of Libya's previous parliament after taking control of the international airport in Tripoli, effectively splitting Libya's polarised political system into two separate bodies. Read more.

Al Jazeera

War planes attack Libyan capital again as airport terminal is destroyed - Reuters
War planes bombard Libyan capital as Islamists seize control of Tripoli and airport (video/photos) - RT

Libya Dawn accuses Egypt and the UAE of Tripoli airstrikes - Libya Dawn
Amid Attack on Libya Airport, Conflict Threatens to Become Prolonged Civil War - NY Times

Water supply to Tripoli cut, yet again - Libya Herald
- Brand-new turbine breaks down at Sirte’s power station - Libya Herald

'Cold war' over Crimean gold

An Amsterdam museum is caught in the middle of a proxy fight between Russia, Ukraine and the West.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands - A golden helmet with the silhouettes of soldiers engraved. Ancient jewels, coins and caskets that are hundreds of years old sit at the University of Amsterdam's archaeological Allard Pierson Museum. They had been discovered in Crimea and show the richness of the peninsula in the Black Sea. Read more.

Al Jazeera

August 24, 2014

Anti-govt forces ‘circle 1000s of Kiev troops, capture 2 tank battalions’ in E.Ukraine

After sustained defensive combat against Ukrainian troops in the self-proclaimed People’s Republic of Donetsk during August, rebels are now reporting of entrapping two large groups of Kiev troops and seizing military hardware in a counteroffensive.

The main headquarters of the DPR army has made a decision to stop operations in small groups and form full-bodied independent military units,.. Read more.


Fighting resumes on Ukrainian territory near Russian checkpoint - ITAR-TASS

Donetsk Meets Sunday Under Artillery Salvo - RIA Novosti
GRAPHIC: Donetsk ravaged, more killed as shelling intensifies in E.Ukraine (video) - RT

Abandoned Donbas Battalion fights on - Kyiv Post
Novorossiya Military Briefings, August 19-21, 2014 - Slavyangrad

"Offensief separatisten in Oekraïne" - NOS
Donetsk kleineert krijgsgevangenen - NOS

- Oekraine: Bevrijdingsfeesten (video) - Herstel de Republiek

Iran downs Israeli drone near Natanz

TEHRAN, Aug. 24 (MNA) – Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Aerospace forces have downed an Israeli drone near Natanz nuclear facility.

In a statement sent to Mehr News, IRGC has stated that the Israeli UAV was traced by force and successfully targeted by a missile. Read more.


- Iran Downs Israeli Spy Drone near Natanz Nuclear Site - Fars
- Iran claims Revolutionary Guards shoot down Israeli spy drone - JPost

Iran reveals footage of alleged Israeli spy drone (video) - Haaretz

Holocaust survivors condemn Israel for 'Gaza massacre,' call for boycott

In response to Elie Wiesel advertisement comparing Hamas to Nazis, 327 Jewish Holocaust survivors and descendants publish New York Times ad accusing Israel of 'ongoing massacre of the Palestinian people.'

Hundreds of Holocaust survivors and descendants of survivors have signed a letter, published as an advertisement in Saturday's New York Times,.. Read more.


Anti-Zionist Holocaust survivors publish ad in New York Times - i24 News

Hajo Meyer (Een Ander Joods Geluid) overleden (video) - Krapuul
In memoriam: Hajo Meyer - Ravage

Moment Israeli airstrike destroys 13-storey residential tower in Gaza City

An Israeli airstrike has destroyed a residential block of flats in Gaza City. The air strike hit a 13-storey residential tower block in the center of Gaza City and there are reports of 13 people wounded.

A spokeswoman for the Israeli military said that the building was being used as a command center by Hamas militants. Read more.


Gaza tower collapses after Israel strike, several injured - PressTV
- Air strike destroys key Hamas command center - JPost

Egypt calls for immediate Gaza ceasefire - Al Jazeera
Abbas reaches agreement with El-Sisi on resumption of peace talks - Ahram