October 31, 2017

Balfour Declaration at 100: Seeds of Discord

Filmmaker: Mohammed Salameh

A hundred years since Britain's infamous declaration, its repercussions are still felt across the Middle East today.

The Balfour Declaration was a public promise by the British government during World War One, announcing support for the establishment of "a national home for the Jewish people" in Palestine. Palestine was still a part of the Ottoman Empire at the time, with a minority Jewish population. Read more.

Al Jazeera

- Who was behind the Balfour Declaration? - Al Jazeera

Puigdemont Seeks Asylum In Belgium After Spain Files Charges Against Catalan Government For Rebellion

Update: As we warned earlier, La Sexta has just reported that (former) Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont will seek asylum in Belgium.

According to eldiario.es, Puigdemont has made the decision to travel to Brussels advised by a legal team that recommends him to remain in that country.

The movement of the former Catalan president intends to internationalize the judicial decisions and to force the Belgian justice to position itself on the possible emission of a euroorder of detention by Spain. In addition, the expresident and the exconsellers that accompany him raise the possibility of requesting political asylum in that country. Read more.


- Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont has fled the country amid rebellion charges (video) - Independent

- Catalonia crisis hits home in Belgium - Politico
- Catalonia Leader Turns Up in Belgium After Spain Seeks Prosecution - NY Times

- Spain Divided: Country deeply split over Catalan independence (video) - RT
- Madrid stuck in the past with idea of unity above all else – Catalan MEP (video) - RT

- Ousted Catalonia leader Puigdemont 'not seeking asylum' (video) - Al Jazeera

The Lima Group: A New Conspiracy Against Venezuela?

After failing to pass sanctions against Venezuela at the OAS, the Lima Group was created by right-wing governments in the region to 'further isolate' the country.


Puerto Rican Resistance - The Jayuya Uprising

Following decades of oppression, the Puerto Rican Nationalists decided they had enough and they took to the gun.

The uprising became known as Jayua Uprising and was crushed by military force.


- Puerto Rico Rejects Loan Offers, Accusing Hedge Funds of Trying to Profit Off Hurricanes - Intercept
- Political Support Growing to Wipe Out Puerto Rico’s Wall Street Debt - Intercept

- Puerto Rico Suffers as Debt Vultures Linger (video) - TRNN
- Rothschild replaces Millstein as Puerto Rico financial adviser - Reuters

- Puerto Rico mogelijk nog maanden zonder stroom - NOS

October 29, 2017

Opioid Killer: Pharma billionaire accused of illegal drug distrubution scheme

A billionaire founder of a drug company has been arrested for his alleged role in persuading doctors to mis-prescribe patients an opioid painkiller.


- Billionaire John Kapoor of Insys Therapeutics Arrested in Phoenix on Opioid Charges - Phoenix New Times
- Founder and Owner of Pharmaceutical Company Insys Arrested and Charged with Racketeering - Justice.gov

Psychedelic drugs may reduce criminal behavior

Illicit substances may be effective interventions to crime

Newly published research suggests that common psychedelic drugs -- such as 'magic mushrooms', LSD and mescaline (a substance derived from the peyote cactus) -- may reduce criminal offenses. The new study found that psychedelic drugs are associated with a decreased likelihood of antisocial criminal behavior. Read more.


- Psychedelic Drugs Appear to Make People Less Likely to Commit Crimes - Science Alert
- Could LSD cut crime? Psychedelic drugs prevent criminals from re-offending, claims study - Daily Mail

Some 30,000 biomedical publications report on misidentified cells

For decades, immortal cells such as the famous HeLa cells have been contaminating other cell cultures in the lab. As a result, scientific studies about certain cells are actually discussing other cells. Willem Halffman and Serge Horbach, researchers at Radboud University, found more than 30,000 publications on the wrong cells. Scientific journal PLOS ONE will publish the results on 12 October.

HeLa cells are used in biomedical research around the world. HeLa was named after Henrietta Lacks, the woman whose cervical cancer cells were biopsied and used for medical research. Read more.


- More than 30,000 scientific studies could be WRONG due to widespread cell contamination dating back 60 years, new report warns - Daily Mail

Catalan President sacked by Madrid calls for peaceful resistance to Spain’s power takeover

Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont, who was fired by the Spanish government over the region’s declaration of independence, has called on the people to non-violently resist Madrid’s takeover bid.

In a televised address on Saturday, Puigdemont said Madrid’s decision to suspend the autonomy of the province and... Read more + video.


- Ex-Catalan premier refuses to accept removal from role by central government - El País

- Sacked Catalonia leader calls for opposition to Madrid's rule (video) - Reuters
- Catalan president calls people to “democratically oppose” Madrid takeover (video) - Catalan News

- Catalan leader vows 'peaceful resistance' as Madrid takes control of region (video) - Guardian
- Deposed Catalan leader Puigdemont faces imminent arrest as he continues to defy Madrid - Telegraph 

- Catalan police chief resigns following Madrid’s orders  - Catalan News

October 27, 2017

Landmark Vote: Catalan parliament votes for independence from Spain

It is a historic day for Catalonia. The regions parliament has voted in favour of declaring independence from Spain.

72 lawmakers voted in favour of Catalan independence, 10 voted against, two abstained. Both pro-independence lawmakers and crowds of people outside the parliament did not hesitate to show their elation. Read more.


- ‘Catalonia declares independence’ (video) - Catalan News
- Rajoy dismisses full Catalan cabinet and calls elections for December 21 - Catalan News

- Spanish PM dissolves Catalan parliament, calls elections - El País
- Independent Catalonia: Spanish PM appeals to Senate to seize Catalonia & dismiss leader (video) - RT

- Catalaans parlement stemt in met uitroepen onafhankelijkheid - RTL
- 'Nu zijn we eindelijk Catalanen' tegenover 'Het is een ramp' - NOS

Wende Snijders & Eric Vloeimans - Black Feather

Why do Far-Right White Nationalists Support Zionism?

The state of Israel is a model for the extreme right in the US and in Europe


- Rise of a New Far-right: The European 'Philosemites' Using Jews to Battle Muslims (paywall) - Haaretz
- Where white nationalists and Zionists meet - DW

October 26, 2017

Argentina 'terror' probe: Former president Kirchner to testify

Argentina's former President Cristina Kirchner has been ordered to testify in an investigation of a "terror" cover-up.

Al Jazeera

The Hit List Of The C.I.A. - Are You Next?

Although banned by executive order, political assassinations carried out by American citizens is still a thing.


JFK Files: Tracing the footsteps of Kennedy’s killer during his defection to the USSR

The Trump administration is allowing the release of classified documents regarding President Kennedy’s assassination. Historians have long wondered about Lee Harvey Oswald’s motive and his past.

Ilya Petrenko retraces a significant chapter in the killer’s life on the other side of the Atlantic.


- National Archives Release Files on John F. Kennedy’s Assassination - NY Times
- More than 50 years of theories: JFK file release spotlights competing explanations - CNN

- JFK files release is Trump’s latest clash with spy agencies - Telegraph
- Bush Admits Guilt in the JFK Assassination (video) - TrunksXV

- Trump delays release of some 'sensitive' Kennedy murder files - PressTV
- De moord op JFK: wat staat er in de geheime documenten? - NOS

October 25, 2017

Don't blame others for your problems, Germany's Schaeuble tells Greece

Outgoing German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble urged debt-wracked Greece to stop blaming others for its financial woes and stick to a reform agenda instead of relying on debt relief.

Schaeuble, a leading advocate of Greece’s tough austerity programs and one of Germany’s most powerful politicians, was elected speaker of its lower house of parliament on Tuesday. Read more.

eKathimerini / Reuters

- Lenders in Athens to discuss austerity reforms (video) - PressTV
- Experts debate tough issues facing EU (video) - PressTV

- Turkey, Greece foreign ministers plan to meet over refugees - PressTV
- Anastasiades: Cancer Hospital in Paphos to be Built with Russia’s Help - Greek Reporter

- Greece, lenders to start talks again, as countdown starts - Reuters
- Greece plans billion euro handout for poor - Reuters

- Greece dreams of post-bailout era (video) - DW
- Greece's Tax Fraud Problem (video) - DW

- The Greek Depression. Hostage to Austerity (video) - RT

October 24, 2017

Gaddafi’s Death: A Curse For A Continent

Gaddafi's death had a horrible impact on both, Libya and the African continent as a whole.


- Muammar Gaddafi's Shocking Secret (video) - Praecursator

Syria says found Nato-made weapons in al-Mayadin in Dayr al-Zawr prov.

NATO-produced armaments were allegedly discovered in the newly recaptured Syrian town of Mayadin, according to Syrian Army Brigadier General Suheil al-Hassan.


- US-led coalition carries out another airstrike in Syria's Dayr al-Zawr (video) - PressTV
- Syrian army close in on ISIL-held town of Abu Kamal (video) - PressTV

How do major media outlets evaluate Syrian army gains?

October 23, 2017

Anti-G7 protest held in Naples, Italy

Hundreds of people rallied in downtown Naples on Saturday protesting the G7 meeting of Interior Ministers, which had been held on the Italian island of Ischia on October 19-20.

Demonstrators marched holding signs and banners criticizing the G7 summit and Italian Interior Minister Marco Minniti in particular.

The ministers met to discuss, among other things, a possible influx of foreign fighters to Europe following the impending defeat of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS, ISIL) in parts of the Middle East. More video.


October 22, 2017

‘It’s a coup’: Thousands protest power transfer from Barcelona to Madrid

The head of the Catalan parliament, Carme Forcadell, has denounced Madrid’s decision to transfer the powers from the regional authorities to the central government as a “coup” as hundreds of thousands took to the streets of Barcelona in protest.

Earlier, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said his government wants to dissolve the Catalan parliament and call a snap election to restore order in the region. Read more + video.


- Spanish PM activates Article 155, stripping powers of Catalan government - El País
- Catalan leader: Madrid’s steps toward direct rule are 'worst attacks' since Franco’s dictatorship (video) - RT

- Catalonia leader urges strong response to Spain government (video) - PressTV
- Catalonia cannot accept control from Madrid: Regional President - PressTV

- Spanje straft Catalaanse separatisme met centralisme - Trouw

October 21, 2017

Netanyahu lobbies world powers to support Iraqi Kurds’ secession bid

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is lobbying world powers to support the independence of the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region from the rest of the Iraqi territory, as Kurdish Peshmerga forces are losing ground to Iraqi army forces in the country’s oil-rich northern province of Kirkuk.

Israeli officials, requesting anonymity, said Netanyahu raised the Kurdish plans for independence with German Chancellor Angela Merkel last week, and with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday. Read more.


- Netanyahu lobbies world powers to stem Iraqi Kurd setbacks - Reuters
- Saudi, UAE secretly worked for Kurdistan secession: Report - PressTV

- Iraq army takes control of several oil fields in Kirkuk (video) - PressTV
- Kurds lose vital oil fields after Iraqi forces capture Kirkuk (video) - Al Jazeera

Syria War Report: Army And US-backed Forces Race For Syrian Oil

Russia tells US to remove nuclear weapons from Europe

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has called on Washington to remove its nuclear weapons deployed in Europe.

The top Russian diplomat said US nukes deployed in Europe needed to be returned back to US territority. Read more.


- US indulging in lies to have UN-OPCW mission’s mandate extended — Foreign Ministry - TASS

- Iran nuclear deal vital for strategic stability: Russia - PressTV
- North Korea says nuclear weapons 'matter of life and death' for Pyongyang - PressTV

Poisoned Planet: Pollution Causes 9 Million Deaths Worldwide Each Year

New research carried out by The Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health showed that pollution’s harmful impact on people’s health, the environment and our planet was responsible for one in six deaths worldwide in 2015.

The report, published Thursday in The Lancet, says that the deaths of approximately 9 million people worldwide in 2015 were linked to some form of pollution — air, water, soil, chemical or occupational pollution. Read more.


- Pollution is deadlier than wars, disasters, hunger: study - NY Post
- Pollution’s Annual Price Tag? $4.6 Trillion and 9 Million Dead (video) - Bloomberg

- At 2.5 million, India tops list of pollution-linked deaths: Study - Indian Express

October 20, 2017

First official recognition': US admits Al-Nusra uses chemical weapons in Syria

The US Department of State admitted that militants linked to Al-Nusra Front are carrying out terrorist attacks using chemical weapons in Syria.

Russia’s defense ministry says it’s the first admission of its kind. Read more.


- Syria Travel Warning - US department of State

Gorillaz - Feel Good Inc.

Secretive Billionaire Wants to Expand Fossil Fuel Empire in the US

James Ratcliffe, the billionaire owner of the chemical giant Ineos Corporation, is pushing for a dangerous pipeline through Pennsylvania, while the company quietly works to start fracking operations in Scotland and the UK, says Food & Water Watch's Patrick Woodall


- Chemical Billionaire’s Bid for Fossil Fuel Empire: Ineos Corporate Profile - Food & Water Europe  

Spain to impose direct rule as Catalonia leader refuses to back down

Madrid will press ahead with suspending autonomy on Saturday after Catalan leader refuses to abandon independence push

The Spanish government is to suspend Catalonia’s autonomy and impose direct rule after the region’s president refused to abandon the push for independence that has triggered Spain’s biggest political crisis for 40 years. Read more.


- Catalan crisis: EU leaders rule out involvement in crisis - BBC
- Jean-Claude Juncker: EU will respect the result of the Catalan referendum - El Nacional

- Cabinet to meet on Saturday to activate Article 155 in Catalonia - El País
- Madrid prepared to halt Article 155 if Catalan premier calls early elections - El País

- The Catalan crisis is not just about nationalism - Al Jazeera

October 19, 2017

Expanding police power: France approves new restrictive anti-terrorism law

French parliament has passed a new anti-terror law which hands increased powers to the security services.

The bill's already sparked concerns it will reduce freedoms. Read more.


- French parliament adopts controversial anti-terror bill - France24
- France's parliament passes new anti-terror law - rFI

- France takes anti-terror legislation to next level - DW
- French Parliament Advances a Sweeping Counterterrorism Bill - NY Times

Russia sandwiched in Syria between Israel, Iran

MOSCOW — Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu paid a two-day visit this week to Israel — his first as the top Russian military commander. On Oct. 16, Shoigu met in Tel Aviv with Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman and the Israel Defense Forces' Chief of General Staff Gadi Eizenkot. On Tuesday, he was hosted by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Hours before Shoigu landed in Tel Aviv, the Israeli air force destroyed a Syrian army anti-aircraft battery in an alleged retaliation to Damascus firing a missile at Israeli planes while they were on a reconnaissance mission over neighboring Lebanon. Read more.


- Russia agrees to limited Israel demands in Syria - MEM
- Benjamin Netanyahu to Russia: Israel won't allow Iranian presence in Syria - JPost

- Who Will Russia Back in the Next Lebanon War: Israel or Hezbollah? - Haaretz

Philip K Dick's Electric Dreams - Trailer

Big Pharma's Master Plan Pays Off

The biggest drug dealer in the U.S. operates legally and with 80% of opioid pills consumed in the country, Big Pharma shows no sign of slowing. 


100 times stronger than heroin: Fentanyl deaths surge in NYC

The dramatic rise in opioid deaths has devastated communities across the United States.

But one drug in particular is largely to blame for crippling many New York neighborhoods, RT America’s Trinity Chavez explains.


Gorillaz - Sleeping Powder

EU encryption plans hope to stave off ‘backdoors’

EU can help break encrypted messages but countries want more.

The European Union will boost its law enforcement agency and free up funding to help police break encryption for investigations, but the move is unlikely to satisfy Europe’s most powerful governments that want broad access to chat messages and data. Read more.


- EU seeks to decrypt messages in new anti-terror plan - EUobserver
- Senior U.S. legal official meeting UK leaders to tackle online security issues - Reuters

- EU’s plans on encryption: What is needed? - EDRi

- EU pompt half miljoen in politietrainingen voor breken encryptie - RTL
- EU investeert in breken encryptie door politie - Bright.nl

- Wat is het effect van de Brexit op encryptie? - Techzine

Facespook! Social media giant becomes arm of US intel

Facebook, the world’s top social media platform, is reportedly seeking to hire hundreds of employees with US national security clearance licenses.

Purportedly with the aim of weeding out “fake news” and “foreign meddling” in elections. Read more.


- Facebook Is Looking for Employees With National Security Clearances (video) - Bloomberg

October 18, 2017

Turkey-US relationship ‘complicated’: State Department spokesperson

The relationship between Ankara and Washington is “complicated,” State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said on Oct. 17, while adding that the U.S. was optimistic about a resolution, amid a diplomatic crisis between the two allies.

“I think our relationship is – no surprise about this – it’s complicated at some times, as are many of our relationships with countries around the world. Read more.


- US visa crisis to be solved soon: Presidential spokesperson - Hürriyet
- Russia agrees to import 50,000 tons of Turkish tomatoes in December - Hürriyet

117.5 million people on or below poverty line in EU

Close to a quarter of the entire population of the European Union is living on or below the poverty line. That's according to data just published by the bloc's statistical office, Eurostat.

Campaigners say very high youth unemployment levels in nine EU member states is contributing to the problem. Jerome Hughes reports.


- Downward trend in the share of persons at risk of poverty or social exclusion in the EU - Eurostat

- Poland leads EU states in reducing poverty: Eurostat - Radio Poland
- Bulgarians most endangered by poverty and social exclusion within EU - BNR

World Hunger on the Rise Once Again

Iraqi army takes ‘full control’ of Kirkuk without fight from Kurdish forces

Government forces in Iraq have taken full control of the contested city of Kirkuk without any opposition from Kurdish fighters who had controlled it.

A major advance on Kurdish-held territories came amid tensions that have been mounting in the oil-rich region since Kurds held a referendum on secession. Al Jazeera's Charles Stratford reports from Erbil.

Al Jazeera

- Iraq army takes control of several oil fields in Kirkuk (video) - PressTV
- Kurds lose vital oil fields after Iraqi forces capture Kirkuk (video) - Al Jazeera

- Kurdish Peshmerga forces leave more disputed areas in Iraq (video) - pressTV
- Iraqi forces, Peshmerga fighters exchange artillery fire (video) - PressTV

- The Debate - Kirkuk Tensions (video) - PressTV
- What does the future hold for Iraq's Kurds after territory seized? (video) - Al Jazeera

Big Oil "Environmentalism" - Why Big Oil Conquered The World

...But perhaps the most remarkable thing about Strong, this ubiquitous figure of the 20th century environmental movement, was his background: a Rockefeller-connected millionaire from the Alberta oil patch who divided his time between environmental campaigning and running major oil companies... Full documentary.

Corbett Report

October 17, 2017

Alle handtekeningen voor referendum tapwet binnen

Alle handtekeningen voor een raadgevend referendum over de Wet op de Inlichtingen- en Veiligheidsdiensten zijn afgeleverd bij de Kiesraad. De laatste stapel - zo'n 15.000 - kwam vandaag binnen. Dat heeft Tijn de Vos, een van de initiatiefnemers, laten weten.

In totaal zetten meer dan 407.000 mensen een krabbel voor een volksraadpleging over de zogenoemde Sleepwet. Lees meer.


October 16, 2017

Africa First? US military to spend $5.2bn in the continent in 2018

It's not just eastern Africa suffering from the threat from extremists - it's a problem occurring continent-wide.

Because of that, President Trump's been increasing the US presence, at great expense to American taxpayers.


- France's Areva to cut Niger uranium production on price drop - Reuters
- Welcome to Arlit, the impoverished uranium capital of Africa - African Arguments

- Uranium doet België draaien, maar verwoest Niger - MO
- In dit dorp zag ik de verwoestende gevolgen van het uranium dat in onze kerncentrales wordt verwerkt - Correspondent

De schimmige spelletjes van een topbankier

Wilfred Nagel is met pensioen. Hij was een van de weinige topbankiers die het publieke debat sinds de crisis niet schuwde. Maar van werkelijke openheid was geen sprake, blijkt uit de beerput die hij volgens advocaat Hester Bais achterlaat.

Topbankier Wilfred Nagel leek er wel zin in te hebben om een stap terug te doen. De Chief Risk Officer van de ING had op zijn werkkamer foto’s van zijn zeiljacht aan de muur hangen, zagen de journalisten van Het Financieele Dagblad die hem eind juli interviewden. ‘Op volle zee en in zijn vaste Turkse thuishaven Marmaris,’ schreven ze. Het interview blikte terug op zijn loopbaan als bankier, want Nagel stopte ermee. ‘Van terugkijken kun je leren,’ zei hij. ‘Zeker nu ik de bank verlaat, doe ik dat veelvuldig om lessen te formuleren voor de toekomst van de bank.’ Nagel had er kennelijk schik in, want ook in de Telegraaf sloeg hij op hetzelfde moment in een groot interview aan het reflecteren. Lees meer (betaalmuur/proefperiode).


October 14, 2017

IAEA chief reaffirms Iran’s full commitment to JCPOA

The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has reconfirmed that Iran is fully implementing its commitments under the 2015 nuclear agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), shortly after US President Donald Trump refused to certify the landmark accord.

“As I have reported to the Board of Governors, the nuclear-related commitments undertaken by Iran under the JCPOA are being implemented,” IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano said in a statement on Friday evening. Read more.


- Statement by IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano - IAEA

Embrace of the Serpent - Trailer

Noam Chomsky: The Mafia Principle

October 13, 2017

Deal or No Deal: Fears rise Trump to ditch Iran nuclear deal in new strategy

Donald Trump's expected to announce a new strategy on Iran this Friday, and all bets are on the President ripping up the 'historic' nuclear deal.

The deal was hammered out by the US, Russia, France, the UK, China, Germany and Iran back in 2015. It followed nine years of talks. Political scientist, Kaveh Afrasiabi, believes the nuclear deal was always at risk because Trump doesn't understand Iran as a country.

RT’s Ilya Petrenko reports.


US withdraws from Unesco over 'anti-Israel bias'

The US cites mounting arrears, anti-Israel bias, and ‘need for fundamental reform in the organisation’


- Israel says will withdraw from UNESCO, hours after US announces same decision - PressTV 

October 12, 2017

Nederland grootste importeur van insecten in EU

Van alle landen in de Europese Unie, besteedt Nederland het meeste geld aan de import van insecten. In de eerste helft van 2017 werd voor 8,2 miljoen euro aan levende insecten ingevoerd, meldt het Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek (CBS) donderdag.

Deze invoerwaarde is vijf keer hoger dan in 2012. Lees meer.


- Meelwormen, bijen, wespen: Nederland grootste insectenimporteur in EU - NOS

October 11, 2017

The Rise of Eugenics #Why Big Oil Conquered The World

Oil. The 19th century was transformed by it. The 20th century was shaped by it. And the 21st century is moving beyond it. 

But who gave birth to the oil industry? What have they done with the immense wealth and power that it has granted them? And what are they planning to do with that power in a post-carbon world? This is the remarkable true story of the oiligarchs and the world they have created. Read more.

Corbett Report

October 9, 2017

Terence McKenna: Timewave Zero


- Terence McKenna with Art Bell (audio) - Coast to Coast AM

Hezbollah chief says US helps Daesh, does not allow it to be eliminated

The secretary general of the Lebanese Hezbollah says the United States does not want Daesh Takfiri group to be destroyed and is providing Takfiri terrorists with assistance through its bases in Syria.

Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah made the remarks while delivering a speech at a ceremony held in al-Ain town in North Bekaa region to commemorate two martyred members of the resistance movement. Read more.


- Nasrallah: U.S. Backing IS, Wants a Collaborator in Baabda Palace - Naharnet
- Sayyed Nasrallah: US Delaying Fight against ISIL, Wants a Conspirator in Baabda - Al-Manar

- US-backed SDF to launch offensive to retake Raqqa - Al Jazeera

30,000 Israelis, Palestinians Take Part in Women Wage Peace Rally in Jerusalem

‘I call on [Abbas] and Netanyahu – enough! Sit already. Sit already! We want peace,’ says former Israeli Arab lawmaker whose son was killed in terror attack on Temple Mount

Some 30,000 people took part in the Women Wage Peace rally in Jerusalem on Sunday night in Independence Park. Read more.


- Women march through desert for Israeli-Palestinian peace - Reuters
- Israeli, Palestinian women march together for peace - DW

- Duizenden Israëlische en Palestijnse vrouwen wandelen voor vrede (video) - NOS

'Viva Espana!': Fascist salutes seen at pro-Spanish unity demos in Barcelona

Several protesters could be spotted giving fascist salutes in Barcelona during a rally against Catalan independence on Sunday. Read more.


- Massive march in Barcelona in favor of the Constitution and the unity of Spain (video) - El Pais

- Anti-secessionist Catalans take to streets after referendum (video) - Al Jazeera
- Hundreds of thousands rally against Catalan independence in Barcelona (video) - RT

- Spanish PM: “Catalonia is Europe’s battle” (video) - El Pais
- Rajoy warns Spain could suspend Catalonia autonomy - Al Jazeera

- Spanish PM rules out mediation to resolve crisis (video) - PressTV
- Spain apologises for police violence during Catalan vote (video) - Al Jazeera

October 8, 2017

Political Support Growing to Wipe Out Puerto Rico’s Wall Street Debt

President Donald Trump, Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders, and Illinois Democratic Rep. Luis Gutiérrez are all on the same page when it comes to how to handle Puerto Rico’s crushing debt load in the wake of Hurricane Maria: The hedge funds need to take the hit.

“They owe a lot of money to your friends on Wall Street, and we’re going to have to wipe that out,” Trump said on Fox News this week. “You can say goodbye to that. I don’t know if it’s Goldman Sachs, but whoever it is, you can wave goodbye to that.” Read more.


- Puerto Rico Suffers as Debt Vultures Linger (video) - TRNN

- Rothschild replaces Millstein as Puerto Rico financial adviser - Reuters
- Rothschild to advise Puerto Rico on $69bn debt restructuring - Financial Times

- Puerto Rico Finds Going Bust Isn't Cheap as Consultant Fees Rise - Bloomberg
- Honest Government Advert - Visit Puerto Rico (video) - Juice Media

Honest Government Advert - Visit Puerto Rico

Hola amigos, here is our latest Honest Government Ad!

After the Visit Hawai’ i video, SO many Boricuas asked us to make one about the current situation in Puerto Rico; I’ve never received so many requests for a video – so we just had to do it! Read more.

Juice Media

- Honest Government Ad: Visit Hawai’i (video) - Juice Media

October 7, 2017

Han Boering on I Ching, Freedom, Joy and Resonance

click CC for English subtitles

Han Boering, author of "I Ching for the 21st Century" (written in Dutch) passed away on June 10th, 2015. He was a very wise man, but also very modest. An inhexaustible source with his vision on life. 

I made this interview with him on February 25th, 2011. This was within the context of my documentary "Freedom". But I never published the full interview. His passing is the reason to share it here.

Han Boering, schrijver van "I Tjing voor de 21ste eeuw" overleed op 10 juni 2015. Het was een man met heel erg veel wijsheid en toch bescheiden. Een onuitputtelijke bron van visie op het leven.

Ik interviewde hem op 25 februari 2011 in het kader van mijn film "Freedom", maar heb dat interview nooit gebruikt of gedeeld. Zijn overlijden is de aanleiding om dit te delen.

PJ Ardies

- Han Boering - Juwelenschip

- Terence McKenna - Time and the I-Ching (video)
- Terence McKenna - Timewave Zero (video)

New Dutch coalition government on the way

After months of negotiations, four Dutch parties have reportedly reached a tentative agreement to form a new government. After years of austerity, it is expected to bring in tax cuts and boost spending on defense.

Four Dutch parties have moved closer to reaching an agreement to form a new government after talks since the March elections, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said Friday. Read more.


German spy chiefs say 'no' to EU intelligence service

The EU does not need a joint intelligence service despite the heightened terrorist threat in Europe, German spy chiefs have said.

"Although I am a true friend of European integration, in my opinion, we do not need a European intelligence service, and we would not get one," Bruno Kahl, the head of Germany's foreign intelligence service, the BND, said on Thursday (5 October). Read more.


- Germany rejects creating European intelligence agency - Politico
- ‘Security not paid in euro’: German security chiefs reject pan-European intelligence service - RT

- Nachrichtendienste sehen sich vor gro­ßen Herausforderungen - Bundestag

Eerie Predictions in Vegas... Cui Bono?

Franco legacy: Crackdown on Catalan voters recalls Spanish Civil War

A Madrid representative in Catalonia has for the first time apologized for the police violence during the recent independence vote in the Spanish region.


October 5, 2017

Europese ‘gedachte’

Ewald Engelen - Europa is goed voor banken en multinationals en slecht voor burgers. En met de democratie zit het ook niet helemaal snor. Dat is de conclusie na de beschamende vertoning van de Spaanse regering tijdens het Catalaanse referendum.

761 gewonden; afschuwelijke beelden van bebloede burgers, beschoten met rubberen kogels en geslagen met gummiknuppels; mannen en vrouwen die worden weggetrokken door Spaanse politieagenten; ontroerende scènes van Catalaanse brandweermannen die onschuldige burgers beschermen tegen de lange wapenstokken van de politie; hartverwarmende speeches van Catalaanse politici die zich uitspreken voor open en vrije verkiezingen. Afgelopen zondag kan met recht een zwarte dag voor de democratie worden genoemd. Lees meer.

De Groene

Tegenlicht: Het wonder van Baskenland

5 maart 2012

Tegenlicht bivakkeert in het Baskische stadje Mondragón, waar het overgrote deel van de bevolking werkt in coöperaties. Elke werknemer is er mede-eigenaar en men beslist samen welke keuzes het bedrijf moet maken. Met succes, ook in deze economisch harde tijden. Mondragon maakt hoogtechnologische producten en is als 7e grootste bedrijf van Spanje uitgegroeid tot een multinational met vestigingen over de hele wereld.

"Tijdens het naoorlogs kapitalisme en in een vijandige omgeving een coöperatief sociaal model ontwikkelen: dat is een wonder." Lees meer.


October 4, 2017

The Caribbean Pays for Capitalist Greed

Capitalism profits from global warming while the Caribbean pays the price.


- Sint Maarten niet langer levensvatbaar als autonoom land - Clingendael 

Russian FM slams US “double standards” in Syria

The Russian foreign minister accuses the United States and its allies of fatal provocations against the Russian troops in Syria.

In an interview with the UK-based Asharq al-Awsat newspaper, Sergei Lavrov said the US-led coalition and the militants they support consistently act in a way that helps Daesh and other terrorist groups.

Lavrov criticized Washington’s double standards regarding Syria, noting that there were no such thing as good or bad terrorists. He defended Russia’s involvement in the battle against terrorists in Syria. He also hailed the cooperation between Moscow, Ankara and Tehran as a decisive factor in restoring stability in the region.

Lavrov slammed the US sanctions against Russia, warning that such aggressive measures won’t go unanswered.

Scott Bennett, Former US Army Psychological Warfare Officer.


- Russia accuses U.S. of 'deadly provocations' against Russian troops in Syria - Reuters
- Russia’s Lavrov Says Cooperation with US on Syria ‘Not without Problems - Asharq al-Awsat

- Rouhani: Iran, Turkey anchors of stability in Middle East (video) - PressTV
- US, foreign powers after creation of new Israel: Leader - PressTV

- Endspiel in Syrië: de race om Deir ez-Zor - Donkerdoorn

Endspiel in Syrië: de race om Deir ez-Zor

Een beeld of een kaart vertelt soms meer als duizend woorden. Hieronder een afbeelding van ongeveer de situatie in de Syrische provincie Deir er-Zor op dit moment. Rood zijn het Syrische leger en haar bondgenoten, zwart zijn stellingen van de zogenaamde Islamitische Staat en geel zijn de oprukkenden Koerden, de Syrian “Democratic” Force, ofwel het Syrische Vrije Leger, en illegaal in Syrië opererende Amerikaanse (en Europese) Special Forces. 

Opvallend zijn de gele en zwarte uitlopers richting Deir ez-Zor. Schijnbaar en zichtbaar heeft het omsingelen van de hoofdstad van de IS, Raqqa, geen prioriteit meer voor de US en Koerden maar stoot de “anti-IS” coalitie liever, bijzonder ver, door richting Syrische olie- en gasvelden. De IS zelf blijft nog steeds een kleine corridor om over de Eufraat te ontsnappen. Lees meer.


Tillerson called Trump a ‘moron,’ weighed resigning in summer over policy disputes

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson referred to President Donald Trump as a “moron” after a meeting in July at the Pentagon and was on the verge of resigning this past summer amid mounting policy disputes with Trump.

US Vice President Mike Pence and other top officials intervened to persuade Tillerson not to resign, NBC News reported Wednesday, citing 12 current and former senior administration officials and other people close to Trump. Read more.


- Rex Tillerson says he 'never considered' resigning; does not deny calling Trump 'moron' (video) - CNBC

Catalan referendum: Region's independence 'in matter of days'

Catalonia will declare independence from Spain in a matter of days, the leader of the autonomous region has told the BBC.

In his first interview since Sunday's referendum, Carles Puigdemont said his government would "act at the end of this week or the beginning of next". Read more + video.


- Catalonia region to declare independence in "a matter of days" (video) - PressTV

- King Philip VI addresses the nation - El Pais
- Spain’s parties struggle to find a common stance against Catalonia challenge - El Pais

- Tens of thousands take to streets of Catalonia on day of general strike - El Pais
- 700,000 protest Spanish crackdown in Catalonia (video) - PressTV

- Catalans react to Spanish king's address (video) - BBC

October 3, 2017

Psychiatric patients in Norway given electro therapy without consent: report

At least 40 patients at Norwegian psychiatric treatment units have been treated with electric therapy over the last three years without giving consent, a report has revealed.

The report, the result of an investigation by the Verdens Gang (VG) newspaper, claims that electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) was given 166 times over a three-year period without the prior consent of patients. Read more.


- Patients unwillingly treated with electroshock at Norwegian mental hospitals – media - RT
- VG avslører: Ga elektrosjokk 166 ganger uten pasientenes godkjenning - Verdens Gang