October 31, 2015

Leaked tape exposes Georgia ex-President Saakashvili for ‘inciting bloodshed’

Georgia is demanding explanations from Ukraine after a leaked tape implicated the governor of the Odessa region Mikhail Saakashvili (also Georgia’s former president), in calling for a violent coup in his home country.

Saakashvili, who resigned his presidential office in 2013 after almost a decade in power, is wanted at home on allegations of embezzlement and abuse of power. Read more.


Wiretapped Recordings of Saakashvili Discussing Rustavi 2 TV Leaked - Civil.ge
President: ‘Those Speaking About Revolution are Out of Touch With Reality’ - Civil.ge

Tbilisi Summons Ukrainian Diplomat over Saakashvili’s Remarks - Civi.ge
Saakashvili: in Georgia protection of freedom of speech equals struggle for existence - Vestnik Kavkaza

State Security Service begins anti-coup investigation - Messenger
PM denies governmental involvement in Rustavi 2 case - Messenger

October 30, 2015

NASA Adds to Evidence of Mysterious Ancient Earthworks

High in the skies over Kazakhstan, space-age technology has revealed an ancient mystery on the ground.

Satellite pictures of a remote and treeless northern steppe reveal colossal earthworks — geometric figures of squares, crosses, lines and rings... Read more

NY Times

Eight-month-old Palestinian Baby Dies of Tear Gas Inhalation in West Bank Clashes

Palestinians report over 30 wounded in West Bank, Gaza border clashes; Border Police jeep runs over man after he tries to attack an officer near Ramallah.

Dozens of Palestinians were wounded in clashes with Israeli security forces across the West Bank and the Gaza border on Friday. Read more.


Palestinian child dies of Israeli tear gas in Bethlehem - PressTV
Israeli jeep runs over Palestinian protester near Ramallah (video) - PressTV

Palestinian victims killed by Israeli forces since 02 October 2015 - PCHR

Palestinian victims killed by Israeli forces since 02 October 2015

Name: Mohanned Shafiq Halabi (19) from Serda village in Ramallah
Date of Killing: 03 October 2015
Killing Circumstances: Israeli forces opened fire at him from a short distance after he stabbed two Israeli settlers n al-Wad Street in Occupied Jerusalem
Nature of Injury: Several bullet wounds throughout his body... Read more.


Mapping the dead in latest Israeli-Palestinian violence - Al Jazeera
Israeli forces have killed 65 Palestinians this month, including 14 children - Mondoweiss

Protection of Civilians Weekly Report | 20 - 26 October 2015 (pdf) - UN OCHA
Over two dozen Palestinian bodies withheld by Israel in October - Middle East Eye

Syria peace plan unveiled following historic Vienna talks

The 19 global and regional powers who have gathered in Vienna agreed to work towards setting up a nationwide ceasefire in Syria, according to a joint statement.


Mogherini terms Syria crisis talks 'historic, substantial' (video) - PressTV
Progress over Syria to be very difficult: Kerry - PressTV

Obama Sends Special Operations Forces to Help Fight ISIS in Syria

WASHINGTON — President Obama announced on Friday that he had ordered several dozen Special Operations troops into Kurdish-controlled territory in northern Syria to assist local fighters battling the Islamic State, authorizing the first open-ended mission by American ground forces into the country.

While the deployment was small in scale, it was large in import for a president who until now had refused to send American ground troops... Read more.

NY Times

Obama to send small Special Operations force to Syria (video) - Washington Post
'To advise and assist': US to deploy special forces in Syria to fight against ISIS (video) - RT

How Russia Just Won and Took Over The Middle East

In this video Luke Rudkowski breaks down important breaking news about Iraq and Jordan former U.S allies joining Russia in the fight against ISIS. Sources.

We Are Change

October 29, 2015

US economic growth slows sharply to 1.5% - live updates

American GDP growth weakened this summer despite solid consumer spending, as firms cut back on their inventories

It’s quite possible that US growth will bounce back this autumn. Sky News reckons the slowdown between July and September is a temporary affair:.. Read more.


Inventories hurt U.S. third-quarter GDP, domestic demand strong - Reuters

'We have enough soldiers': Iraq 'never asked' US for ground ops against ISIS

The Iraqi government never asked for and does not need any US involvement in ground operations against Islamic State terrorists.

The eye-opening statement came only a day after the Pentagon promised its partner more ground support if it was required.


Obama weighs moving U.S. troops closer to front lines in Syria, Iraq - Washington Post
Ashton Carter: U.S. to Begin 'Direct Action on the Ground' in Iraq, Syria (video) - NBC

October 28, 2015

WC eend-wetenschap grijpt om zich heen

Gekocht onderzoek en belangenverstrengeling tasten de geloofwaardigheid van de wetenschap aan.

De overheid investeert steeds minder in de wetenschap. In 2014 was dat 0,75 procent van het bruto nationaal product, in 2018 zal dat nog maar 0,63 procent zijn. Lees meer.


ING weigert overschrijving voor reis naar Cuba

Een Nederlandse vrouw die een voorschot wou betalen voor een reis naar Cuba kreeg een brief van ING. De bank weigert de betaling uit te voeren. ING dreigde zelfs om de 'bankrelatie te heroverwegen'. 

Twee Nederlanders werden op de vingers getikt door hun bank ING. Lees meer.

De Wereld Morgen

'The worst calories': Sugar even more harmful than it seems, study finds

If you have a sweet tooth, you may want to think twice before you pick up your next donut. A new study says that sugar is “toxic,” leading to metabolic diseases such as high blood pressure and heart disease – even if no weight is gained.

The research – conducted by pediatric endocrinologist Robert Lustig at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital in San Francisco,.. Read more.


Onderzoeker Robert Lustig: "Suiker is echt gif" - 360 Mag

Toxins remain in your clothes

Thousands of chemicals are used in clothes manufacturing. Researchers at Stockholm University have examined if there are chemicals in the clothes we buy as well. Several substances related to health risks were identified and not even organic cotton was a guarantee for non-toxic textiles.

In a new thesis 60 garments from Swedish and international clothing chains have been tested. Read more.


Tampons, sterile cotton, sanitary pads contaminated with glyphosate - study - RT
Ladies: Study Says You Might Be Putting Glyphosate-Tainted Tampons in Your Vagina (video) - Truthstream Media

Shell quits shale gas project in eastern Ukraine

The Dutch-British oil company Shell, which had earlier started the process of development of deposits of unconventional hydrocarbons in Kharkiv and Donetsk regions, finally left this project, Ukrainian Energy Minister Volodymyr Demchyshyn said at a briefing on Tuesday.

Shell came out of this project," he said. At the same time, he said that the project of development of deposits of unconventional hydrocarbons in the Yuzivska area,.. Read more.


Shell walks away from Ukraine shale gas project - RT
Open brief aan de Koning over koninklijke Shell - Sikkom

Putin wants to ax dollar from Russian trade

Russian President Vladimir Putin blasted the government for turning a blind eye on US dollar payments in the domestic oil trade.

"I would like to mention one crucial issue in the development of the energy industry, and the economy as a whole. It is a question of finally stopping the use of foreign currency in internal trade,” said Putin at the fuel and energy presidential commission on Tuesday. Read more.


October 27, 2015

Plasterk weer onderuit in afluisterzaak

De staat mag advocaten niet afluisteren zolang er geen onafhankelijk toezicht is op de inzet van bijzondere bevoegdheden door de AIVD en MIVD. Dat heeft de rechter vandaag in hoger beroep bepaald.

Het gerechtshof in Den Haag heeft dinsdag het vonnis van de voorzieningenrechter van de rechtbank van 1 juli 2015 bekrachtigd. Lees meer.


Kabinet verliest hoger beroep om afluisteren Amsterdamse advocaten - Parool

Catalan secessionist parties declare beginning of independence process

The two separatist groups in the Catalan parliament have agreed on a document declaring “the beginning of the process to create an independent Catalan state.”

Junts pel Sí, the nationalist coalition that won the regional election last month, and CUP, a small far-left party... Read more.

El País

Resolution to start secession process submitted to Catalan parliament - RT
Catalan independence declaration will not achieve its goals, says Rajoy - El País

EU wants banks to refund all money earned from mortgage ‘floor clauses’

Spanish lenders face bill of billions if forced to return funds from abusive loan terms 

The European Commission has issued a damaging report for Spanish banks that for many years introduced so-called “floor clauses” into their home loan contracts. Read more.

El País

Bernie and the Big Banks

Part 2-3

Is Sanders proposal to break up the big banks a solution to the power and concentrated wealth of Wall St.? 

Bill Black and Leo Panitch discuss and debate the plan.


Counter-economics: THIS is what a REAL revolution looks like

Today James talks to Derrick Broze of TheConsciousResistance.com about the philosophy of agorism, the practice of counter-economics, and how the combination of this theory and practice is the true path to dismantling the state. Read more.

Corbett Report

Solutions: Agorism (video) - Corbett Report

Obama weighs moving U.S. troops closer to front lines in Syria, Iraq

President Obama’s most senior national security advisers have recommended measures that would move U.S. troops closer to the front lines in Iraq and Syria, officials said, a sign of mounting White House dissatisfaction with progress against the Islamic State and a renewed Pentagon push to expand military involvement in long-running conflicts overseas.

The debate over the proposed steps, which would for the first time position a limited number of Special Operations forces on the ground in Syria and put U.S. advisers closer to the firefights in Iraq,.. Read more.

Washington Post

Pentagon chief says more raids key to new Iraq, Syria strategy - PressTV
Ashton Carter: U.S. to Begin 'Direct Action on the Ground' in Iraq, Syria (video) - NBC

US-led coalition does not know who the terrorists in Syria are – Lavrov

The US-led coalition lacks a common understanding of who the terrorist threat in Syria is coming from, Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov believes. He also said that Russia is trying to establish contacts with the Syrian opposition.

“Last Friday I met with [US Secretary of State] John Kerry, Saudi and Turkish foreign ministers in Vienna …and I once again saw that the US-led coalition has no common understanding [about] who poses a terrorist threat in Syria,” Read more.


Syrian rebels reject Russian help against ISIS - Al Arabiya
Syria war: Russia 'is ready to assist FSA rebels' - BBC

FSA proposes Russia to hold talks on Syrian crisis in Cairo – official - RT
Free Syrian Army Comes To Moscow ‘All The Time’: Russia - IBT

Syrian rebels to Russia: Stop bombing us - Reuters

IS militants airlifted from Syria to Yemen, Saudi Arabia — Syrian army spokesman

According to the reconnaissance data, on October 26 four planes from Turkey arrived to the airport of the city of Aden (Yemen) with more than 500 IS militants taken from Syria on board 

LATAKIA (Syria), October 27. /TASS/. The Islamic State (IS) militants have been airlifted from Syria by Turkish aircraft to save them from Russian airstrikes,.. Read more.


Turkey attacks Kurdish fighters inside Syria

Two attacks, confirmed by Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoglu, come after town of Tal Abyad is included into Kurdish enclave.

Turkey has confirmed that the country's military has attacked fighters from the main Kurdish force in northern Syria. Read more.

Al Jazeera

Turkey hits PYD twice for crossing Euphrates: PM - Hürriyet
HDP leader says gov’t eager to declare war against Syrian Kurds - Hürriyet

No solution in Syria crisis without Turkey, says PM - AA

Gov’t takeover of Koza İpek signals further attacks on critical media in Turkey

The corporate headquarters of Koza İpek Holding, which owns five critical media outlets, were raided by the riot police on Tuesday who used pepper spray as they entered the building to serve the holding with what opposition voices have said is an unlawful decision to take over the company management in order to silence the free media less than a week before the Nov. 1 general election.

The remaining media outlets that are critical and independent of the government line are also under the risk of unlawful seizure. Read more.

Today's Zaman

Police teams enter Koza İpek Holding HQ after seizure decision - Today's Zaman
EU says concerned about Koza İpek takeover - Today's Zaman

All trustees appointed to Koza İpek Holding are pro-AK Party - Today's Zaman

Money Laundering Probe at Mexico Border Casts Cloud Over Rabobank

Rabobank’s Calexico branch had an unusual problem -- too much cash.

Among the Dutch bank’s 119 branches in California, the tiny outpost along Mexico’s border needed weekly armored truck visits -- sometimes more than one -- to haul away all the U.S. dollars being deposited. Read more.


‘Rabomedewerkers maskeerden mogelijk witwasoperaties in Amerika’ - FTM

UK academics boycott universities in Israel to fight for Palestinians' rights

British and Israeli governments condemn pledge by 343 professors and lecturers who criticise what they call ‘Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestinian land’

More than 300 academics from dozens of British universities have pledged to boycott Israeli academic institutions in protest at what they call intolerable human rights violations against the Palestinian people. Read 11:33more.


- Hundreds of British Academics Sign Letter Vowing to Boycott Israel - Haartez
100s of British academics to boycott Israel (video) - PressTV

J.K. Rowling defends decision to oppose cultural boycott of Israel - JPost

Israel Strikes Hamas Targets in Response to Gaza Rocket Fire

No injuries reported after rocket explodes in southern Israel.

The Israeli Air Force struck Hamas targets in Gaza Monday night in response to the day's earlier rocket fire. Read more.


Israel Air Force strikes Gaza targets following rocket attack on South - JPost

Israel hopes to coordinate Temple Mount camera installation ‘as soon as possible’

Ban: I hope security steps can demonstrate restraint, respect for sanctity of area, Wakf yet to decide on camera proposal 

Israel is interested in working with a Jordanian team to coordinate the placement of 24-hour surveillance cameras on the Temple Mount “as soon as possible,”... Read more.


- Israeli Police Remove Cameras Installed by Muslim Officials at Temple Mount (paywall) - Haaretz
- Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister: I Dream of Israeli Flag on Temple Mount (paywall) - Haaretz

Grand mufti: There was never a Jewish Temple on Temple Mount - JPost

October 26, 2015

When will the Fed stop administering its sweet pill?

For seven years, the US central bank has kept its benchmark interest rate near zero. And while the Fed may want a shift away from ultra-cheap money, it's been hesitant to disappoint those addicted to its current policy.

No one really expects the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates for the first time since 2008 at its meeting on October 28. Read more + video.


US Treasury Pushes Unprecedented Bankruptcy Plan For Puerto Rico

WASHINGTON, USA — At Thursday’s US Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing, Puerto Rican Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla and Antonio Weiss of the US Treasury Department asked Congress for unprecedented bankruptcy measures for Puerto Rico, including allowing Puerto Rico to walk away from its constitutional debt.

As the New York Times reported, no state has the ability to restructure constitutional, or full faith and credit debt,.. Read more.

Curaçao Chronicle

Senate Panel Is Chilly to Puerto Rico’s Pleas and Obama’s Aid Plan - NY Times
Obama backs special bankruptcy protection for Puerto Rico - Washington Post

Save Puerto Rico Before It Goes Broke - NY Times

Saudi Arabia attacks Jeremy Corbyn over lack of 'respect'

The Labour leader has urged the Government to scrap a £5.9m prison consultancy contract with the repressive Middle Eastern regime

Saudi Arabia has launched an attack on Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn after he urged the UK Government to scrap a £5.9m prison consultancy contract with the repressive Middle Eastern regime. Read more.


Saudi ambassador says Jeremy Corbyn 'lacks respect' - Telegraph
Saudi Arabia angered by Jeremy Corbyn - PressTV

October 25, 2015

‘Crystal clear case for Tony Blair war crimes in Iraq’

Amid the rhetoric surrounding the conflict in Syria, former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair admitted that there are 'elements of truth' in the accusation the intervention in Iraq in 2003 was one of the main causes for the rise of Islamic State.

He made this comment in an exclusive interview with CNN. Neil Clark, journalist and broadcaster joins RT for more. Read more.


Tony Blair says he's sorry for Iraq War 'mistakes,' but not for ousting Saddam (video) - CNN

‘Blair apology manipulation tactic’ (video) - PressTV
Tony Blair apologises for Iraq War mistakes and accepts invasion had part to play in rise of Islamic State (video) - Telegraph

Blair biedt excuses aan voor 'fouten' rond oorlog in Irak - Volkskrant

The Real Situation Inside The Fukushima Nuclear Fallout

In this video Luke Rudkowski takes you inside Fukushima, as he gives you a sneak peak at the upcoming content that he will be creating.

As you can see in the video a safe level of radiation on a geiger counter is 0.23 but his geiger counter showed 39.3 inside the exclusion zone which we only gained access to through an evacuee who was picking up his belongings.

Hillary Versus Herself on Benghazi

At the new Benghazi hearing today, Hillary is saying she took responsibility... A bit of a rewriting of history, no?

Then again, what difference, at this point, does it make?

Truthstream Media

Mother of slain State Dept. officer in Benghazi: Hillary Clinton ‘tells lies,’ treated me like dirt - RT

Clinton Emails Reveal Foreign Meddling in Last Haitian Presidential Election

Part 2

As Haitians vote for their next president, Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network Ezili Danto and IJDH attorney Nicole Phillips discuss the past and present influence of the international community in election results 


Noam Chomsky & Abby Martin: Electing The President of an Empire

At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass., Abby Martin interviews world-renowned philosopher and linguist Professor Noam Chomsky.


Syria's President Assad ready for early elections - Russian delegation to Damascus

The Syrian President Bashar Assad has agreed to hold preliminary elections in the country, on the condition the move has the backing of the population, a member of Moscow's Parliamentary delegation has told the TASS news agency.

Russian Communist party MP Aleksandr Yushenko mentioned from Syria that the president “is ready to... Read more.


Syria’s Assad ready to hold early polls, take part in election — Russia’s Communist Party - TASS
President al-Assad to Russian delegation: Eradication of terrorist organizations would lead to political solution - SANA

De ideologie die Europa in zijn greep houdt

Weinig mensen zullen ooit van Richard Coudenhove-Kalergi gehoord hebben. Toch is het gedachtegoed van de Oostenrijker zeer bepalend geweest voor de koers van Europa en beïnvloedt deze tot op de dag van vandaag. Zowel in het kader van Europese integratie, economisch beleid evenals immigratie dient de visie van Coudenhove-Kalergi als een handboek voor de hedendaagse Europese elite. Hoe kan een individu die dusdanig veel invloed uit heeft geoefend op de ontwikkeling van de Europese Unie (EU) zo onbekend zijn bij het grote publiek?

Coudenhove-Kalergi (1894) was de zoon van een Oostenrijkse vader en een Japanse moeder. Lees meer.


Ideological and Geopolitical Origins of the EU, Part I: Richard von Coudenhove-Kalergi's Pan-Europa - Council of European Canadians
Het mislukte Amerikaanse project: de Verenigde Staten van Europa - Beurs.com

October 24, 2015

Nu ook Portugal in opstand tegen bezuinigingen

Een tijdje geleden zaten we in een eurocrisis waarbij verschillende landen uit de eurozone dreigden te vallen omwille van ontspoorde begrotingen en immense schulden. Na enkele tussenkomsten van het IMF en de ECB was het gevaar geweken, ook Europa legde voor de lidstaten specifieke begrotingsregels op, maar daar wilt Portugal nu niks meer van weten. 

“Genoeg is genoeg”, zo zullen de Portugezen denken. Lees meer.


President Portugal houdt linkse meerderheid uit regering vanwege EU - Joop
#ItsACoupAgain, maar nu echt: Portugese president zet democratie buitenspel - Sargasso

Eurozone crosses Rubicon as Portugal's anti-euro Left banned from power- Telegraph
Defiant Portugal shatters the eurozone's political complacency - Telegraph

US-Turkey “Buffer Zone” to Save ISIS, Not Stop Them

Russia’s intervention in Syria has derailed US regime-change efforts aimed at Damascus. It also threatens America’s secondary objective of dividing and destroying Syria as a functioning, unified nation-state.

Long sought after “buffer zones” also sometimes referred to as “free zones” or “safe zones” still stand as the primary strategy of choice by the US and its regional allies for the deconstruction of Syria’s sovereignty and the intentional creation of a weak, failed state not unlike what the US and NATO left within the borders of Libya since 2011. Read more.


8 Saudi princes want King Salman ousted: Report

A new report reveals that eight of the 12 surviving sons of Saudi Arabia’s founding monarch are supporting a palace coup to oust King Salman.

British daily, the Independent, quoted an unnamed Saudi prince as saying that there is an increasing pressure within the royal family to end the internal power struggle that has erupted since King Salman inherited the throne early this year.

He said a clear majority of powerful clerics also back the move to oust the current King and install his younger brother, Ahmed bin Abdulaziz, in his place. The prince also predicted that eventually either King Salman will step down or Prince Ahmed will become Crown Prince, with full control over the whole country.

The prince, who was not named for quote-security reasons, is reportedly the author of two recently published letters calling for the royal family to replace the current Saudi leadership.


Saudi Arabia: Eight of King Salman's 11 surviving brothers want to oust him - Independent
Saudi prince accused over drug-taking, drinking and escorts at LA mansion - Independent

Tampons, sterile cotton, sanitary pads contaminated with glyphosate - study

The vast majority ‒ 85 percent ‒ of tampons, cotton and sanitary products tested in a new Argentinian study contained glyphosate, the key ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup herbicide, ruled a likely carcinogen by the World Health Organization.

Meanwhile, 62 percent of the samples tested positive for AMPA, glyphosate's metabolite, according to the study,.. Read more.


Ladies: Study Says You Might Be Putting Glyphosate-Tainted Tampons in Your Vagina (video) - Truthstream Media

Netanyahu's Record on Inciting Violence Against Palestinians

Max Blumenthal, author of The 51-Day War: Resistance and Ruin in Gaza, says Netanyahu absolved Hitler of the final solution by placing the blame for the Holocaust on the Palestinians


Paranoia fuels mistaken identity killings in Israel

Israeli solders shoot dead Israeli Jew mistaken for Palestinian attacker in second accidental killing in a week.

Israeli soldiers have shot dead a Jewish Israeli man mistaken for a Palestinian attacker less than a week after an Eritrean refugee - also mistaken for a Palestinian attacker - was murdered. Read more.

Al Jazeera

Masked Jewish Man Attacks Head of Rabbis for Human Rights (paywall) - Haaretz
Far-right Jewish mob tries to attack 'anti-Israel' French journalist in Paris - JPost

Three Israeli children, parents suffer burns in West Bank firebombing attack - JPost
Israeli gunfire leaves two more Palestinians dead - Al Jazeera

October 23, 2015

Russia, Jordan to coordinate actions on Syria via Amman-based center, others invited

Russia and Jordan agreed to create a coordination center in Amman, which will be used by the two countries to share information on the counter-terrorism operations, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said.

Russia is already in touch with Iran, Iraq and Syria through a Baghdad-based center used for the same purpose. Read more.


Mario Draghi: ECB prepared to cut interest rates and expand QE

Bank’s president stuns markets with announcement, saying slowdown in emerging markets has weakened eurozone

Mario Draghi, the president of the European Central Bank, has stunned markets by signalling that he is prepared to cut interest rates and step up quantitative easing... Read more.


Draghi Signals ECB May Add Stimulus This Year on Weak Growth (video) - Bloomberg

With Inflation Near Zero, Will The ECB Expand Quantitative Easing? - Forbes
Eurozone inflation higher than expected due to quantitative easing - IBT

ECB: nieuwe stimuleringsmaatregelen nabij - Volkskrant
Draghi: Besluit over extra stimulering in december - NRC

Meanwhile, in Iceland, the 26th banker has been jailed for their role in the 2008 financial crisis

While British and American bankers who brought the world's economy to its knees in 2008 have barely faced the consequences for their actions, in Iceland, it's a different story.

The Nordic nation, which was one of the worst affected by the 2008 financial crisis,.. Read more.


Ondertussen zitten in IJsland 26 bankiers in de gevangenis - Welingelichte Kringen

'Moderate terrorists' US play on words: Putin

Russia’s president has lashed out at the US for making a distinction between “moderate” and “non-moderate” terrorists in choosing its targets in Syria.

"There is no need to play with words and divide terrorists into moderate and non-moderate ones. Read more.


Putin: No need to distinguish between ‘moderate’ & other terrorists (video) - RT

IMF: Saudi Arabia running on empty in five years

Gulf kingdom could deplete financial assets within five years as it struggles with slumping oil prices.

Saudi Arabia could burn through its financial assets within five years, as the country grapples with slumping oil prices. Read more.

Al Jazeera

The Oil Showdown is Approaching! - NEO

October 22, 2015

Leaked Audio Reveals Venezuelan Opposition in Secret Talks with IMF

Caracas, October 19th 2015 (venezuelanalysis.com) - A leaked audio of a conversation between Venezuelan businessman, Lorenzo Mendoza, and former politician, Ricardo Hausman, has revealed Venezuela’s political and business opposition to be seeking collaboration with the IMF (International Monetary Fund) ahead of the country’s parliamentary elections on December 6th.

In the phone conversation, leaked in Venezuela last Wednesday,.. Read more.


Venezuela’s Maduro Raises Minimum Wage by 30% - Venezuelanalysis

Secret U.S. Drone Base Rapidly Expanding in Djibouti

Leaked cables and Google Earth have revealed a secret drone base in a remote Djibouti airstrip, essential for U.S. military presence in Africa.

The newest budding star of the U.S.'s accelerating military presence in Africa is a drone base in Djibouti, according to an investigation by The Intercept, which added an Africa chapter to its Drone Paper leaks on Wednesday. Read more.


- The stealth expansion of a secret U.S. drone base in Africa - The Intercept
The Military’s New Lily-Pad Strategy - The Nation

WikiLeaks publishes CIA director John Brennan’s emails

WASHINGTON — The WikiLeaks organization posted material Wednesday from what appears to be CIA Director John Brennan’s personal email account, including a draft security clearance application containing personal information.

The material presumably was taken in a compromise of Brennan’s email account by a hacker who told The New York Post he is a high school student protesting American foreign policy. Read more.

Washington Post

CIA Director John Brennan emails - WikiLeaks
WikiLeaks exposes CIA Chief’s emails on torture tactics, Iran, Afghanstan (video) - RT

WikiLeaks releases documents from CIA director's personal AOL account - Guardian
‘They can’t track us down’ – hackers who cracked CIA Director Brennan’s email to RT (video) - RT

Israeli forces kill two more Palestinians in West Bank

Israeli forces have killed two more Palestinians in the occupied West Bank as Tel Aviv’s violence continues unabated.

Israeli authorities said on Wednesday that their forces shot dead a young Palestinian man after he allegedly stabbed a female Israeli officer in the neck. Read more.


Palestinian shot dead after alleged stabbing - Al Jazeera
Israel's excess force on Palestinian children decried - Al Jazeera

Saudi soldiers killed in retaliatory attacks by Yemeni forces

Yemeni forces have carried out retaliatory attacks against military bases Saudi Arabia has set up in Yemen’s central province of Ma’rib and similar targets on the Saudi soil.

According to local media reports on Wednesday, the Yemeni forces hit a Saudi base in Ma’rib,.. Read more.


- Rebal shelling kils at least 17 in besieged Yemeni city - AP
Yemen's Houthi rebels 'violating laws of war' - Al Araby

US, Russia, Saudi and Turkey to meet to discuss Syria

The meeting on Friday in Vienna follows surprise visit by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to Moscow.

Russian President Valadimir Putin and his Russian foreign minister have been involved in a flurry of diplomatic talks, with the Kremlin chief speaking by phone to both... Read more.

Al Jazeera

Putin discusses situation in Syria with Egyptian, Jordanian, Saudi, Turkish leaders - TASS

U.S. slams Russia rolling out ‘red carpet’ for Assad - Al Arabiya
Putin informs Saudi king of results of Assad’s visit to Russia — Kremlin - TASS

Qatar says could intervene militarily in Syria but prefers political solution - Reuters
Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid Al Attiyah on Conflict Zone (video) - DW

Assad, Putin talk of political course after military ops - Saudi Gazette
Political settlement in Syria can start only after stage of anti-terror struggle — Kremlin - TASS

Russian planes hit 83 IS targets in Syria over past 24 hours — Defense Ministry - TASS

October 21, 2015

Canadians Vote For 4 More Years of Oligarchy

Canadians enthusiastically lined up on Monday to vote in yet another term of Bilderberg crony oligarchical globalist government.

Joining us in the election hangover to dissect the propaganda and unmask the Trudeau deception is Dan Dicks of PressForTruth.ca. Read more.

Corbett Report

Obama Told You They Were Training ISIL Forces

It's like our Nobel Peace Prize winning president once said: "We must declare war on war, so the outcome will be peace upon peace."

More proof we're living in an Orwell novel.

Truthstream Media

Putin & Assad hold surprise meeting in Moscow: Key points

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar Assad have held talks in Moscow on Tuesday. 

Assad informed the Russian leader about the situation in Syria and the plans of government forces. Read more.


Putin discusses situation in Syria with Egyptian, Jordanian, Saudi, Turkish leaders - TASS

Putin informs Saudi king of results of Assad’s visit to Russia — Kremlin - TASS
Political settlement in Syria can start only after stage of anti-terror struggle — Kremlin - TASS

Russian planes hit 83 IS targets in Syria over past 24 hours — Defense Ministry - TASS

Finkelstein: Stabbings in West Bank mean despair, First Intifada started same way

Part 2

RT discusses the new outbreak of violence in the West Bank with American political scientist Norman Finkelstein.


New Jewish network launches worldwide initiative against occupation

Group seeks to ‘reclaim Jewish identity,’ raise a global Jewish voice to ‘challenge Israel’s destructive policies.’

A new international network of Jewish groups and individuals committed to justice in Palestine released a statement over the weekend calling for an end to the killing and an end the occupation. Read more.


Joods netwerk lanceert wereldwijd initiatief tegen de bezetting - De Wereld Morgen

Canada’s PM-Designate to Obama: I’m Withdrawing Canadian Forces from Iraq and Syria

Canada has a new government following the country’s federal election on Monday. The Liberal Party won in a landslide and dethroned Conservatives, who held the majority in the Parliament for nine years. Canada’s current prime minister, Stephen Harper, was also ousted by Liberal Party candidate, Justin Trudeau, amid the Parliamentary takeover.

The Liberal Party has vowed to end the prohibition of cannabis, but also ran on a much more dovish foreign policy platform. Read more.

Anti Media

- Justin Trudeau says he told Obama he will pull out of air war against ISIL. And Obama’s OK with it - National Post

Canada withdrawing fighter jets from Iraq, Syria, Trudeau tells Obama - AFP
Justin Trudeau: I'll end ISIS combat mission, restore relations with Iran - CBC

October 20, 2015

Trudeau wins majority, Harper steps down

In a stunning political comeback propelled by a national desire for change, Justin Trudeau and the Liberals won a decisive majority Monday night, bringing an end to the Stephen Harper era and a decade of Conservative rule.

Long derided by opponents as shallow and inexperienced, the Liberal Leader will now be the second Trudeau to take up residence... Read more.

Globe and Mail

Canadian election 2015 hands Justin Trudeau and the Liberals a majority government - National Post

Kissinger: Defeat of ISIL more important than Assad ouster

Former US Secretary Of State Henry Kissinger argues that the United States strategy in Syria should focus more on defeating the Daesh (ISIL) terrorist network than removing President Bashar al-Assad.

“The destruction of ISIS is more urgent than the overthrow of Bashar Assad,”... Read more.


A Path Out of the Middle East Collapse - WSJ
‘Assad doesn’t have to leave tomorrow, can be part of transitional process’ – US State Department - RT

October 19, 2015

You Won't Believe The SHOCKING Truth About the Iraq War Revealed in AMAZING New Memo!!!

As the same establishment press that sold the public the Iraq WMD lies "breaks" the "news" that Bush and Blair planned the invasion in advance, James shows the documents we've had for a decade telling us the exact same thing.

And people wonder why trust in media is at an all-time low... Read more.

Corbett Report

October 18, 2015

Mosaic of Facts: Intricacies of Information War

Can you tell truth from lies in mass media? RTD’s Miguel Francis-Santiago delves deep to try to understand the intricacies of information war.

He meets media experts and puts together the Mosaic of Facts, showing how public opinion is manipulated, not just over the Ukrainian Crisis but throughout the world. Read more.


October 16, 2015

Mind hack: Scientists use magnets to change attitudes on immigration, religion

Researchers from the University of York have used magnetic energy to suppress humans’ ‘threat-response’ functions and dramatically change people’s attitudes to immigration.

Psychologists used magnetic force to safely shut down the region of the brain associated with “threat-response functions” and conducted a series of tests where volunteers were asked questions about their beliefs. Read more + video.


Research that is simply beyond belief - University of York

Alleen de pillenindustrie werd gelukkiger van antidepressiva

Psychofarmaca Terwijl het aantal gebruikers van psychofarmaca blijft stijgen, blijkt het aantal mensen met psychische klachten helemaal niet af te nemen, schrijft Bram Bakker.

In de jaren negentig van de vorige eeuw promoveerde ik op de behandeling van de paniekstoornis (het ouderwetse hyperventilatiesyndroom) met het destijds nieuwe antidepressivum paroxetine (Seroxat). Lees meer.


TPP vs China on the 2D Chessboard - Asia-Pacific Perspective

Welcome back to The Asia-Pacific Perspective, where James Corbett of corbettreport.com and Broc West of apperspective.net bring you the latest news from the Asia-Pacific region.

This month:
- STORY 1: Will China Joins Forces Against The #TPP?
- STORY 2: Controversial Australian Data-Retention Laws 'Unlikely To Prevent Crime'
- #APPerspective Updates. Read more.

Corbett Report

Why the TPP Is Literally the Worst Trade Deal Ever (video) - Anti Media

US analysts knew Afghan site was hospital

WASHINGTON (AP) — American special operations analysts were gathering intelligence on an Afghan hospital days before it was destroyed by a U.S. military attack because they believed it was being used by a Pakistani operative to coordinate Taliban activity, The Associated Press has learned. 

It's unclear whether commanders who unleashed the AC-130 gunship on the hospital — killing at least 22 patients and hospital staff — were aware that the site was a hospital or... Read more.


Doctors Without Borders Starts Petition for Independent Investigation of Kunduz Hospital Bombing (video) - Time
'US bombing harming civilians, not stopping terrorists' – Hamid Karzai (video) - RT

October 15, 2015

Yemeni forces launch Scud missile at Saudi military base

Yemeni army soldiers backed by Popular Committees have fired a Scud ballistic missile at a Saudi military base in retaliation for Riyadh’s unrelenting military campaign against its impoverished Arab neighbor.

On Thursday morning, the Yemeni troopers and their allied forces fired the missile from an area in the vicinity of the capital,.. Read more.


Saudi Arabia launches fresh airstrikes on different parts of Yemen (video) - PressTV
5 killed in Saudi bombing of Yemen’s Ta’izz, Sa’ada (video) - PressTV

Iran 'deploys troops' to help Syrian army offensive

Activists say thousands arriving via Latakia airport as Assad government declares assault on rebels in Homs province.

Groups of Iranian troops have been arriving in Syria via an airport in Latakia province, activists and a monitoring group say, as the Syrian army launches a major offensive north of the strategic city of Homs. Read more.

Al Jazeera

100s of Takfiri militants killed in Syrian army operations - PressTV

Pentagon chief threatens to deter Russia influence in Syria

US Defense Secretary Ash Carter has threatened Russia, saying the US will take all necessary steps to counter Moscow's “malign influence” in Syria.

“We will take all necessary steps to deter Russia’s malign and destabilizing influence, coercion and aggression,” carter said on Wednesday. Read more.


-Pentagon Sermonizes Against Russia's 'Malign Influence' in Middle East - Sputnik
US defense chief: we will deter Russia's 'malign and destabilizing influence' - Guardian

Putin: I don't get how US can criticize Russian op in Syria if it refuses dialogue - RT

Combat report: Russian jets make 41 sorties against ISIS in Syria, cut off its arms supplies

Islamic State terrorists in Aleppo province have been cut off from their arms supply sources, the Russian Defense Ministry has stated.

Over the past 24 hours, Russian jets made 41 sorties and carried out 40 attacks against the terrorist group in five Syrian provinces. Read more.


- U.S. delivers 50 tons of ammunition to Syria rebel groups (video) - CNN
ISIS jihadists love driving Toyotas, US wonders why (video) - RT