November 30, 2017

Death during Yugoslavia trial: ‘Nobody got fair sentence at the Hague’

Since the Hague tribunal was launched, a total of 161 people have been indicted for war crimes in the former Yugoslavia.

Despite the fact that atrocities were committed by all sides, a majority of those defendants, over 60% are Serb. Others are Croat, Bosniak, Albanian and Macedonian.

In light of the unequal weightings across different ethnic groups, critics have slammed the tribunal as unbalanced.


White Helmets taboo: Why is Reporters Without Borders trying to cancel panel on controversial group?

A press freedom watchdog, Reporters Without Borders, has asked the Swiss Press Club to cancel a panel discussion on the ‘true agenda’ of the controversial White Helmets group.

The Western media can’t admit they were wrong in their portrayal of the White Helmets, Guy Mettan, head of the Swiss Press Club, told RT, explaining why Reporters Without Borders demanded to cancel the club’s press conference featuring critics of the controversial Syrian group. Read more.


- White Helmets en minister Bert Koenders (video) - Vrije Tribune

- Extra Nederlandse steun voor Syrische hulpverleners - Overheid
- Koenders: meer steun voor 'helden van Aleppo' - NOS

David Icke: Saturn Isn't What You Think It Is Either

November 29, 2017

They're Trying to Ban Another Harmless Plant That Helps People: Kratom

ONEJJ would you reject the Israeli Law of Return ?

The new campaign of the Open Network of Jews for Justice , calls progressive Jews around the world to reject the Israeli Law of Return and join the movement.

This year’s centenary of the 1917 Balfour Declaration and the 50th anniversary of the Israeli occupation are no cause for celebrations!

Progressive Jews around the world are uniting to raise awareness to the unjust law that gives them access to privileged citizenship over Palestinians around the world who are not allowed to return to their homes.


Israel forces Palestinian farmers off lands in Jordan Valley

Israeli forces have forced Palestinian farmers off lands they were working on in the Jordan Valley area of the Tubas district in the northern occupied West Bank, a Palestinian media report says.

According to official Palestinian Wafa news agency, Israeli forces ordered a group of Palestinian farmers near the village of Sakout to stop working and leave the lands immediately on Wednesday morning. Read more.


Trump Plans to Move US Embassy to Jerusalem

Max Blumenthal and Paul Jay on Mike Pence's announcement that Donald Trump is actively planning to move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, going against decades of US policy


- Pence says Trump ‘actively considering’ moving U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem - Washington Post

- Trump considers moving US embassy to al-Quds (video) - PressTV
- Report: Trump expected to move embassy to Jerusalem within days - Arutz Sheva

- Trump is 'actively considering' moving US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem again, after delaying decision - Independent
- Trump considers when and how to move U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem: Pence - Reuters

- What a US embassy in Jerusalem means to Palestinians - Al Jazeera

Kerry: Israel, Egypt pushed US before deal to ‘bomb Iran’

WASHINGTON — Former Secretary of State John Kerry says both Israel and Egypt pushed the United States to “bomb Iran” before the 2015 nuclear deal was struck.

Kerry is defending the deal during a forum in Washington. He says kings and foreign presidents told the U.S. that bombing was the only language Iran would understand. But Kerry says that was “a trap” in many ways because the same countries would have publicly criticized the U.S. if it bombed. Read more.

Washington Post

- Israel, Egypt Pushed U.S. to Bomb Iran Before Nuclear Deal, John Kerry Says - Haaretz
- Kerry: Israel, Egypt, Saudis pushed US to bomb Iran before nuke deal - Times of Israel

- Netanyahu Needs a War. He Needs It to Be With Iran. And He Needs It Soon (paywall) - Haaretz

Japan To Dump A Million Tons Of Nuclear Waste Into Ocean

Amnesty: Shell involved in Nigeria abuses in 1990s

Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell is denying the latest allegations of complicity in a military government campaign of murder, rape and torture in Nigeria’s oil-rich Ogoniland in the 1990s.

Amnesty International says Shell played a role in crimes against protesters, accusations the Anglo-Dutch oil company has denied. Al Jazeera's Ahmed Idris reports from Abuja. Read more.

Al Jazeera

- Amnesty Wants Shell Probed for Nigerian Abuses in the 1990s - Bloomberg
- REPORT: Internal documents suggest oil giant Shell was involved in 1990s Nigerian human rights abuses - Business Insider

Bosnian Croat war criminal Praljak drinks poison at Hague hearing

A Bosnian Croat war criminal has died after taking poison during the reading of his verdict at the International Criminal Court in the Hague, the AP reports, citing Croatian state television.

Slobodan Praljak, 72, a former wartime leader, was seen drinking from a small container as he heard the verdict of his appeal hearing. Read more.


- UN court confirms death of Bosnian Croat war criminal - AA
- Croatia PM: Bosnian Croats’ Convictions were ‘Moral Injustice’ - Balkan Insight

- Praljak overlijdt in ziekenhuis na drinken vergif - NRC
- Slobodan Praljak, een intellectuele moordenaar - Telegraaf

‘Witch-hunt & modern day McCarthism’: Comedian summoned to intel committee over Assange interview

The US is seemingly living in the past and again eyeing a ‘cold war’ with Russia, while also pursuing its “phony Russiagate” inquiry, an American comedian asked to attend a Congress hearing over his interview with Julian Assange, told RT. Read more.


November 27, 2017

The Circle - Trailer

A New Hope’ of S. Arabia: The MSM tradition of praising incoming Saudi kings

Saudi crown-prince Mohammed bin Salman is making the headlines across media - being described as a 'revolutionary' politician and a 'new hope" for Saudi Arabia.

He's even leading the race to top Time magazine's 'Person Of The Year' reader's poll. Murad Gazdiev now profiles the man behind Saudi Arabia's rapidly-shifting sands.


Gemeenten: uniforme aanpak gereguleerde wietteelt te beperkt

Proeven met social cannabis clubs of afhaalautomaten

Tientallen gemeenten die willen experimenteren met gereguleerde wietteelt vrezen dat ze te weinig ruimte krijgen. Het kabinet wil in zes tot tien gemeenten 'uniforme experimenten'. Burgemeesters en wethouders dringen juist aan op grote variatie in lokale en regionale varianten. Dat maakt volgens hen de kans op een succesvolle aanpak groter. Lees meer.


November 26, 2017

BRICS consider setting up gold trading system

Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) are discussing the possibility of establishing a separate gold trading system, according to the First Deputy Chairman of Russia’s Central Bank Sergey Shvetsov.

"The traditional (trade) system based in London and partially in Swiss cities is becoming less relevant as new trade hubs are emerging, first of all in India, China, and South Africa,” he said.. Read more.


- BRICS to form own gold trading system - PressTV

50 Years of Life at Esalen

The Esalen Institute, commonly just called Esalen, is a residential community and retreat center in Big Sur, California, which focuses upon humanistic alternative education.

Esalen is a nonprofit organization devoted to activities such as personal growth, meditation, massage, Gestalt, yoga, psychology, ecology, spirituality, and organic food.

The institute offers more than 500 public workshops a year, in addition to conferences, research initiatives, residential work-study programs, and internships.

- This Is Esalen (video) - Elevate
- Accomplishments in Citizen Diplomacy - Esalen

- On the Huxleys, Gordon Wasson, Terence McKenna, Esalen, Psychedelics, 2012 & Mind Control (video) - Gnostic Media
- The Corbett Report 672 -- Jan Irvin on the CIA, MK-ULTRA, and the Creation of the Drug Culture (video) - Corbett Report

Buma: Het is tijd voor surveillance op internet

Rusland voert een ‘koude oorlog op het internet’ en Nederland moet zich daar tegen wapenen, vindt CDA-leider Sybrand Buma. Hoog tijd voor een autoriteit die het onlineverkeer in de gaten houdt, zegt hij. ,,We moeten niet naïef zijn.’’

 ,Hier.” Sybrand Buma grist een A4-tje uit een stapeltje papieren voor zich. Lees meer.


Britain's secret role in Saudi Arabia's dirty war: UK troops are training army that has left a million on the brink of starvation, investigation finds

Up to 50 UK military personnel teaching soldiers who will be deployed to Yemen

The British Army is secretly training Saudi Arabian troops to fight in Yemen, where the country has been accused of committing crimes against humanity, The Mail on Sunday can reveal. Read more.

Daily Mail

-UK secretly training Saudi troops for Yemen war: Report - PressTV

First-ever Photos of Yemen's Jews Stunned the Jewish World

When adventurer and photographer Hermann Burchardt arrived in Sana'a in 1901, he became the first person to chronicle this unique community’s way of life

The search for the authentic Jew was a common pursuit among Jewish communities in the 19th century. Many asked themselves the question in one form or another: “Am I really living according to the ways of my ancestors?” Read more.


The Spanish Government Still Loves its Fascist Dictator

Ever wondered why Catalonia is seeking independence from Spain? Here's one reason.


November 25, 2017

Keeping Enemies Close: Saudi officials visit synagogue, media perceive ‘nod’ to Israel

The Israeli PM has opened up about the country's covert operations with a number of Arab nations, saying Tel Aviv is looking to expand its work. The whispers of growing ties between Israel and the Arab world are getting louder.

Jacqueline Vouga explains why Tel Aviv and Riyadh might be willing to overlook their differences.


November 24, 2017

Netanyahu talks up 'fruitful cooperation' with Arab states

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday hailed his country's "fruitful cooperation" with Arab nations, as fears over Iranian influence appear to drive one-time adversaries closer together. 

"Our fruitful cooperation with Arab countries is in general secret, but I am confident that relations with them will continue to mature and... Read more.

Daily Mail

- Netanyahu hails ‘secret’ but ‘fruitful’ ties with Arab governments - PressTV

- Netanyahu: Arab ties ‘secret’ but ‘fruitful’ (video) -PressTV
- Keeping Enemies Close: Saudi officials visit synagogue, media perceive ‘nod’ to Israel (video) - RT

- Israel instructs diplomats to support Saudis: Cable - Al Jazeera

IDF weighs new tool to legalize settler outposts

“As winter arrives, the imminent demolition will leave 100 people, half of them children, without shelter,” Mishriqi-Assad said. 

The Civil Administration in Judea and Samaria is weighing a new legal tool that would help authorize settler outposts. It could be used in cases where the only other option is a government decision to declare that they are new settlements. Read more.


November 23, 2017

How corporations cooperate with US government

The US intelligence community has struck a deal with Amazon, for the company to provide data storage. The online giant's developed a special project tailored exactly to the government's needs.

RT's Jaqueline Vouga explains.


- Trick & Track! Google admits collecting location data from Android users (video) - RT
- ‘By the people, for the people’: Kim Dotcom to launch alternative internet -  RT

- ‘US Tech giants happy to hand over social media users’ data to govt’ – American journalist (video) - RT

US war on drugs led to opioid epidemic: Analyst

The US has been waging a war against drugs for half a century, viewing drug addiction as a criminal phenomenon instead of a health issue, therefore no headway has been made in curbing the US opioid crisis, an American analyst says. Read more.


- Trump Made Millions of Dollars From Drug Money Laundering in Panama: Report - Newsweek

- A Panama tower carries Trump’s name and ties to organized crime (video) - NBC
- Trump-branded building in Panama City reportedly connected to Russian mafia, drug trafficking - NY Daily

- Mexico Is Losing the Drug War As Devastating Violence Grips the Nation - Newsweek
- Venezuela's Maduro offers to help Trump fight drugs - Reuters

- The U.S. begins bombing Taliban drug labs as Trump’s Afghanistan strategy takes hold - Washington Post

Wilders naar Moskou: 'Rusland is bondgenoot'

PVV-leider Wilders wil volgend jaar een bezoek brengen aan Rusland om daar duidelijk te maken dat niet iedereen in Nederland afkerig is van de Russen. Hij heeft op de Russische ambassade in Den Haag al overleg gevoerd over een reisprogramma.

Dat zegt hij in een interview met Elsevier. "Rusland is geen vijand en dat moeten wij er niet van maken." Hij ziet het land van president Poetin vooral als een bondgenoot in de strijd tegen terrorisme en massa-immigratie uit Afrika. Lees meer.


- Wilders neemt het op voor Rusland in onthullend interview - Elsevier
- Wilders improves relations with Russia - Geert Wilders

- Wilders defends Russia, speaks out against 'Russophobia' - NL Times
- Wilders and Russia: Geert wants to visit ‘friendly’ Russia - DutchReview

- Geert Wilders trakteert koning op borrel - RD
- Geert Wilders bezoekt Koning Willem-Alexander - PVV

- Speculaties over 'de machtige hand van Moskou' werken op de lachspieren - Volkskrant

Russia at U.N. Says Open to New Syria Chemical Weapons Probe

After vetoing the renewal of a U.N.-led probe into chemical attacks in Syria, Russia on Wednesday said it was open to establishing a new panel to investigate the use of toxic gases in the six-year war.

Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia told reporters that the "JIM is dead," referring to the Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) that shut down on Friday after two years of work to identify the perpetrators of chemical weapons attacks in Syria. Read more.


- Russia says expert body on Syria chemical attacks ‘is dead’ - Washington Post

Ratko Mladic sentenced to life in prison for genocide

Former Bosnian Serbian commander Ratko Mladic has been sentenced to life in prison, for genocide and war crimes during the Balkan conflict more than two decades ago.

The presiding judge of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on Wednesday found that the 74-year-old general "significantly contributed" to genocide committed at Srebrenica.

Previous judgments of the tribunal in the Netherlands already ruled that the massacre of about 8,000 Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica was genocide.

Al Jazeera's Neave Barker reports from The Hague and Al Jazeera's David Chater reports from Srebrenica.

Al Jazeera

- Ratko Mladic convicted of genocide and jailed for life - Euronews
- UN hails conviction of Mladic, the 'epitome of evil,' a momentous victory for justice - UN

- Mladic Conviction Closes Dark Chapter in Europe, but New Era of Uncertainty Looms (video) - NY Times

- Serbs divided over Mladic verdict - EuroNews
- Serbian President reacts to Hague Tribunal’s Mladic ruling - InSerbia

- Kosovo welcomes verdict for Serb military leader - AP
- Dacic: Serbia will not recognize Kosovo in order to join EU - InSerbia

- Gen. Ratko Mladic Was Convicted of Siege Warfare in Bosnia. Will the U.S.-Backed Siege in Yemen Face Justice? - Intercept

- Vreugde bij nabestaanden Srebrenica om vonnis Mladic (video) - RTL
- 'Karremans wil lans breken voor procederende Dutchbatters' - NOS

- Vonnis Mladic voltooit juridische revolutie die Joegoslaviëtribunaal is - Volkskrant 

Lebanon's PM Hariri defers resignation for dialogue

Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri has promised his supporters that he will stick with them and defend his country, more than two weeks after announcing, while in Saudi Arabia, that he was stepping down.

Hariri is now back in Beirut, where he has agreed to delay his resignation after a request from Lebanon's President Michel Aoun to allow more dialogue. Al Jazeera's Zeina Khodr reports from Beirut.

Al Jazeera

- Lebanon's PM Saad Hariri holds off resignation (video) - Al Jazeera
- Lebanese Premier Hariri arrives in capital Beirut (video) - PressTV

- Lebanon-PM-Hariri Hariri tells supporters he will stay in Lebanon - PressTV
- Hariri Interview Confirmed Lebanese Impressions about His Resignation: Al-Akhbar - Al Manar

- ‘Saudi Arabia backfires on itself by forcing Lebanese PM Hariri to resign’ – expert (video) - RT

- Hariri from Beirut: I will continue serving Lebanon's stability - Al Arabiya
- Hariri Meets Berri and Daryan, Says Arab States 'Inclined' to Back His 'Approach' - Naharnet

- Saudi Arabia Consolidates its Alliance Against Iran - Al Akhbar
- Hariri blasts Iran’s Rouhani: Has no right to tell us what we should do in Lebanon - Ya Libnan

- France says Hezbollah must disarm - Ya Libnan
- Saudi Arabia Wages Wars That Can Never Be Won! - Al Manar

November 22, 2017

Syria Milestone: Last round of peace talks marks crucial change in long military op

Since ISIS lost its last city in Syria, there's renewed hope that a political solution could finally bring peace.

Today in Sochi, the leaders of Russia, Turkey and Iran are holding talks that could bring the long-lasting conflict to an end. RT’s correspondent Ilya Petrenko is following the developments.


- Putin, Erdogan & Rouhani agree on holding Syrian national dialogue congress in Sochi  (video) - RT

- Turkey, Russia, Iran meet in bid to end war in Syria - Hürriyet
- Turkey's Erdogan meets Iran's Rouhani at summit in Russia (video) - PressTV

- Putin brings Iran and Turkey together in bold Syria peace plan - Guardian
- Putin, Erdogan & Rouhani speak after Syria talks in Sochi (FULL PRESSER) (video) - RT

- Syria welcomes final statement of Sochi summit - Sana
- Sochi Summit statement: intensifying efforts to preserve Syria’s sovereignty independence and territorial integrity - Sana

- Putin Talks to Trump as Russia Sees Endgame in Syria (video) - Bloomberg

Geharrewar over geneesmiddelen, maar zijn ze nou echt zo duur?

Linkse partijen die de farmaceutische industrie willen aanpakken, een middel tegen taaislijmziekte dat na veel geharrewar toch wordt vergoed, ziekenhuizen en zorgverzekeraars die samen medicijnen gaan inkopen om de kosten te drukken.

Er is de afgelopen tijd veel te doen over de kosten van geneesmiddelen, in het licht van de stijgende zorgkosten in het algemeen. Maar wat zijn de kosten voor medicijnen nou eigenlijk? En moeten we daar wat aan doen? Of kan dat helemaal niet? Lees meer.


- Apotheker daagt farmaceuten uit: medicijn kan miljoenen goedkoper - NOS
- Kamer: bekijken of apotheker medicijnen kan maken (video) - NOS

- Three things Trump can do to bring drug prices ‘way down’ - Washington Post
- Donald Trump nominates man whose firm tripled price of insulin to regulate drug companies - Independent

De Europese trojka hielp de Griekse economie naar de filistijnen

Ruim 368 miljard euro: zoveel belastinggeld is er inmiddels via diverse bail-outs in de Griekse economie gestopt. Hoe werd al dat geld besteed? Vorige week verscheen het rapport van de Europese Rekenkamer over die vraag — en de conclusies liegen er niet om.

‘Dramatisch’, ‘vernietigend’, ‘onthutsend’, ‘een zooitje’: dat waren de kwalificaties die diverse commentatoren en columnisten gaven aan de inhoud van het vorige week verschenen rapport van de Europese Rekenkamer. Het onderwerp: het optreden van de Europese Commissie in de financiële crisis in Griekenland. Lees meer.


November 21, 2017

Intl criminal court to investigate Afghanistan war crimes, CIA among suspects

The International Criminal Court's requested judicial authorization to investigate alleged war crimes committed during the war in Afghanistan.

Among the suspects may be US military as well as CIA employees. But that could prove difficult, as the US has cut all ties with the Court. RT's Sameera Khan has the story. Read more.


- ICC prosecutor seeks probe into war crimes allegations against U.S. military, CIA in Afghanistan - Washington Post
- ICC seeks investigation into US military, CIA personnel in Afghanistan war crime probe - FT

The Anti-Iran Axis Tries to 'Blackmail' Palestine

The Trump administration's threat to close the PLO mission in Washington, DC is part of a wider US-Israel-Saudi effort to assert regional dominance, says Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies


Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“A person who does not know the history of the last 3,000 years wanders in the darkness of ignorance, unable to make sense of the reality around him”


Wende - Au Suivant

November 20, 2017

The War Industry - Bleeding Out Mexico and Colombia

The military business is booming in Mexico and Colombia. Here is why...


Saakashvili leads anti-Poroshenko rally in Kiev

Former Georgian President and Odessa Governor Mikheil Saakashvili spoke to a large crowd outside the Ukrainian parliament in Kiev, Sunday, where he reportedly announced that he should head a new Ukrainian government.


- Saakashvili: ‘I’m ready to head government’ (paywall) - Kyiv Post
- Saakashvili announces kidnapping four Georgian citizens in Kiev - Caucasian Knot

- Ex-Georgian leader Saakashvili challenges Ukraine government - AP
- Mikheil Saakashvili - IVLP: International Visitor Leadership Program - 1999 - Wikipedia

- Waar kwam Balkenende ineens vandaan? The International Visitor Leadership Program - Zaplog

November 19, 2017

Wat wil NRC met de karaktermoord op Omtzigt? Karel van Wolferen en Leander van Splunter

Waarom komt NRC juist op dit moment met een oude en opgepoetste gebeurtenis waarbij een uitstekend functionerend kamerlid het veld moet ruimen?

Professor Karel van Wolferen gaat op zoek naar de argumenten.

Cafe Weltschmerz

Zimbabwe’s Mugabe resigning after 37 years: Official

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe is resigning after nearly four decades in power, according to an official close to the talks on his departure, in an extraordinary end for the world’s oldest head of state who had vowed to rule until death.

The news came hours after the ruling party’s Central Committee on Sunday fired Mugabe as party leader and... Read more.


- 'Surprise and disbelief' as Mugabe refuses to resign - Al Jazeera

- Anti-Mugabe protests near president’s offices in full swing in Zimbabwe (video) - RT
- Zimbabwe war vets threaten to unleash crowds on Mugabe if he fails to resign (video) - PressTV 

Keystone Pipeline Leaks 210K Gallons of Oil

TransCanada Corp.'s Keystone pipeline leaked an estimated 210,000 gallons of oil onto agricultural land in northeastern South Dakota, the company and state regulators said Thursday.


November 18, 2017

Hariri to Arrive in France Saturday to Meet Macron

Lebanese Premier Saad Hariri will arrive in France on Saturday and meet President Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace, the French presidency said Thursday.

Hariri, who announced his resignation as Lebanon’s prime minister during a visit to Saudi Arabia, is travelling to France at the invitation of the French government in a move that diplomats hope will ease regional tensions.


- Hariri Leaves Riyadh for Paris - Naharnet
- Lebanon's Hariri leaves Saudi capital for France: Lebanese TV - PressTV

- Saudi FM says Hariri free to leave ‘when he pleases’ (video) - Al Jazeera
- 'Israel shouldn't go to war with Lebanon, as we will surely win' – Lebanese FM  - RT

House of Saud: The meteoric rise of Mohammed bin Salman

November 17, 2017

“Israel to work with Saudis to confront Iran”

Zimbabwe army chief's trip to China last week raises questions on coup

General met Chinese military leaders and defence minister in Beijing on eve of move against Robert Mugabe

When one of the architects of Zimbabwe’s low-key coup landed in Beijing last week he was met by two of the most senior members of the world’s largest military force. Read more.


- Zimbabwe Coup Leader Traveled to China One Week Before Arresting Mugabe - Sputnik

- Zimbabwe: China's influence comes under scrutiny - Washington Post
- Zimbabwe military chief's China trip was normal visit, Beijing says - Reuters

- Pressure mounts on Mugabe as ruling party calls for him to step down (vieo) - France24

- Zimbabwe: bezegelde China lot van Robert Mugabe? - Elsevier
- Zit China achter de legercoup in Zimbabwe? - Trouw

November 16, 2017

‘You beat us with sticks, we’ll beat you with votes’: Catalan MP threatens Spanish MPs with handcuffs

A Spanish parliament session has once again highlighted the divide over Catalan independence.

With Catalonia's former leader in Belgium and potentially facing extradition, one Catalan MP in Madrid flirted with the idea of the Spanish prime minister being arrested for his actions against the region.


Speculaties over 'de machtige hand van Moskou' werken op de lachspieren

We moeten ons niet gek laten maken door speculaties over 'de machtige hand van Moskou'.

De angst voor politieke beïnvloeding door Rusland begint door te slaan naar hysterie. Er gaan geen 24 uur voorbij zonder urgente waarschuwingen in de media tegen de manipulatie van onze geestesgesteldheid door Moskou. Lees meer.


November 15, 2017

Germany: 150 percent rise in number of homeless since 2014

German government figures estimate the number of homeless people in the country to total around 860,000 — more than half of whom are refugees. That number is expected to rise a further 40 percent to 1.2 million by 2018.

Figures released on Tuesday by Germany's federal working group for homeless persons' assistance (BAG) point to a shrinking supply of affordable and social housing,.. Read more.


November 14, 2017

‘I can help’: Trump tries global mediation & arbitration and here’s how it goes

The US leader's again offering to help mediate the region's divisive conflicts, as he dives in to the South China Sea dispute. 

We look closer at his arbitration efforts.


November 12, 2017

Saudi easing of Yemen blockade not enough — EU, UN

Coalition shut down Yemen’s borders on Monday in response to missile attack by Houthi rebels

AFP | DUBAI - The Saudi-led coalition’s easing of its blockade on famine-threatened Yemen is “a step in the right direction” but does not go far enough, the European Union and United Nations said. Read more.

Jordan Times

- EU says partial removal of Saudi blockade not enough to help Yemenis - PressTV
- Saudi-led coalition airstrikes hit defence ministry in Sana'a (video) - PressTV

‘Trying hard to be friend!’ Offended Trump says would never call Kim Jong-un ‘short & fat’

Donald Trump seems disappointed that he has so far failed to make friends with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, saying he would never call Kim “short & fat,” in contrast to Pyongyang, which keep calling him names.

With tensions running high over North Korea, Trump mocked his nemesis Kim, deviously calling him “short and fat,” after Pyongyang’s spokesman dubbed Trump a “dotard.” Read more.


- Trump insults 'short and fat' (and nuclear-armed) Kim Jong Un - USA Today
- Donald J. Trump: "When will all the haters and fools out there realize that having a good relationship with Russia is a good thing, not a bad thing." - Twitter

The Big Short - Trailer


November 11, 2017

Information is a Weapon in the War of Terror

In the wake of London and Manchester, politicians around the world are trying to convince the public that the free flow of information on the internet is a terror threat.

In reality, independent online media are exposing the real terrorists: the politicians and their deep state handlers who are funding, arming, aiding and enabling false flag terror.

Global Research

- Extradition of Manchester bomber's brother being processed by Libya - Guardian
- Libyan armed group refuses to extradite brother of Manchester bomber to UK -  Independent

- 'Bulkdata kunnen wel degelijk aanslagen voorkomen' (audio) - BNR

Is Israel seeking role of leader of the Sunni bloc?

Nazareth - Israel has instructed its overseas embassies to lobby their respective host countries in support of Saudi Arabia and its apparent efforts to destabilise Lebanon, a recently leaked diplomatic cable shows.

The cable appears to be the first formal confirmation of rumours that Israel and Saudi Arabia are colluding to stoke tensions in the region. Read more.

Al Jazeera

- Nasrallah says Saad Hariri resignation 'illegal' - Al Jazeera
- How Israel and Saudi Arabia Conspire to Seize Control of the Middle East - SCF

Lucis Trust President Speaks: Satan, Lucifer & the UN

Sarah McKechnie is the International President of the Lucis Trust which was founded by Alice and Foster Bailey in 1922 and orginally named the Lucifer Publishing Company, to release Alice's writings which examined the principles and secrets of the Ageless Wisdom. Out of the Trust came The Arcane School, a free correspondence program that helps to develop the spiritual consciousness of an international student body, while guiding them in the growing awareness of their soul's true purpose. Lessons are taught in eight languages and emphasizes study, meditation and service to humankind.

Today we learn about the life and times of Alice Bailey and her mentor Madame Helena Blavatsky, then McKechnie helps to clarify the so-called controversial threads of the Lucis Trust, from what inspired Bailey to name the organization after history's most famous fallen angel Lucifer; why they await the world teacher known as the Maitreya, if they take a position on population control and if the Trust's United Nations affiliated World Goodwill movement is part of a new world oder agenda for the establishinment of global governance.

Like Alice Bailey, Sarah McKechnie is taking her professional and spiritual journey thorough life with her husband Dale McKechnie who serves as the Lucis Trust Vice President.


- Lucis
- Adyar: Home of the Theosophical Society (documentary/video) - Theosophical Society

Dutch scientists close to 'breakthrough' method of growing crops in deserts

Scientists in the Netherlands say they are close to a breakthrough which will allow crops to be grown in deserts. Many say this could completely alter life on the African continent and even end hunger.

World leaders meeting at the climate talks in Germany are being urged to commit to more funding for new agricultural projects in drought-stricken parts of the world.

Al Jazeera's Laurence Lee reports from the Netherlands.

Al Jazeera

November 10, 2017

Trump is Killing Our Brains with Nazi-era Chemicals


Trump takes donor's money at any cost, even when it means poisoning the U.S. masses.


- Trump’s Legacy: Damaged Brains - NY Times
- Dow Likely Greased Wheels for Chlorpyrifos, a Nerve Gas, to Remain in Food Usage - Cornucopia Institute

US will protect Niger due to uranium production ‒ news editor

The Niger government has asked the US to use armed drones to combat Islamic militants in the West Africa. Meanwhile, the US has also begun its first airstrikes against Islamic State in Somalia.

RT America’s Ashlee Banks asks Abayomi Azikiwe, editor of the Pan-African News Wire, about the growing US military presence in Africa.


- The truth about U.S. military operations in Niger - Workers World
- Uranium miner Cameco not planning more output cuts 'right now': CEO - Reuters

- Living near uranium mines in Niger (video) - Scidevnet

Huizenbezitters durven overwaarde weer te verzilveren, net als voor de crisis

Huiseigenaren verzilveren in toenemende mate de overwaarde van hun woning, blijkt uit cijfers die vandaag worden gepresenteerd. De schrik van de crisis, toen veel huizen onder water kwamen te staan, lijkt uit de benen.

Steeds meer huiseigenaren steken zich dieper in de schulden om hun huis te verbouwen. De bedragen die zij lenen voor een nieuwe keuken, badkamer of dakkapel worden bovendien hoger. Lees meer.


- Hebben we dan niets geleerd van de kredietcrisis? Situatie vandaag lijkt op die van 2007 - Volkskrant
- The Big Short - Trailer (video) - Trailer

Greece’s hemp industry experiencing rebirth

Early in the morning on the Mantineia plateau, the air is chilly. Even in summer, the temperature drops considerably during the night despite climbing above 30 Celsius during the day. “Big swings in temperature aid the production of resin in cannabis plants,” Argyris Mountzouris told us as he laid out a large cloth on the ground upon which to collect the plants.

With a magnifying glass, he showed us the tiny trichomes on a flower that produce cannabidiol (CBD) oil, a major nonpsychoactive component of Cannabis sativa with anti-inflammatory, anticonvulsant, antioxidant, antiemetic, anxiolytic and antipsychotic properties. Read more.


Thousands protest in Athens for higher minimum wage

‘We are here to show them that we will not accept any more austerity measures,’ says one demonstrator

Athens - Around 3,000 protesters took to the streets of Athens Thursday to demand a hike in the minimum wage. Read more.


- Dijsselbloem wants review progress - eKathimerini
- Duizenden Grieken protesteren tegen nieuwe bezuinigingen in Athene (video) - NU

NATO reveals plans for 2 new headquaters

In a move likely to irk Russia, NATO has backed plans for two new military headquarters in Europe.

The move represents the biggest expansion in decades for the Western military alliance. NATO says its members hope the military headquarters will boost the organization’s deterrence against Russia in the event of a conflict. According to western diplomats, Germany is eager to host one of the NATO headquarters.

Moscow has time and again condemned moves by the alliance to expand in Europe, saying such attempts aim to encircle Russia. The Kremlin has responded by holding large military exercises on its western borders and boosting its military capabilities.


- US Senate & House agree $700 billion budget for Pentagon (video) - PressTV
- House, Senate negotiators agree on $700 billion for Pentagon - Washington Post

WikiLeaks: CIA wrote code 'to impersonate' Russia’s Kaspersky Lab anti-virus company

WikiLeaks claims the CIA's created a computer programme that impersonates the software of the Russian anti-virus company, Kaspersky Lab. Read more.


- Vault 8: Hive - Wikileaks
- Kaspersky Lab Confirms Software Firm’s Certificates Were Forged - Sputnik

- Does Hive malware point to a CIA false flag? (video) - RT

November 9, 2017

Opinie: Ordinaire gegraai koninklijke families zorgt dat hun functie als symbool voor een natie totaal ongeloofwaardig is

Na het lezen over de meer dan honderd woningen die prins Bernhard jr. heeft in Amsterdam, voelde ik net als veel stadgenoten woede opkomen. De huizenmarkt in Amsterdam is verpest en de happy few profiteren van de schaarste op de markt.

Reinout Oerlemans stond ook op die lijst, maar dat deed me niks. Waarom zorgt de verrijking van de prins voor zo een groot gevoel van onbehagen? Lees meer.


Bangladesh to offer sterilisation to Rohingya in refugee camps

Family planning authorities have asked the government to launch vasectomies and tubectomies for women in Cox’s Bazar, where 1m refugees fight for space

Bangladesh is planning to introduce voluntary sterilisation in its overcrowded Rohingya camps, where nearly a million refugees are fighting for space, after efforts to encourage birth control failed. Read more.


- Over 600,000 fled Myanmar since late August (video) - PressTV

Syria's liberation: Army recaptures last major ISIS stronghold

The Syrian army and its allies, including the Lebanese militia Hezbollah, say they've liberated the last major ISIL stronghold in Syria - the town of Al Bukamal.

The town is on the border with Iraq, and was the terrorists' last major bastion after they were driven from the city of Deir ez-Zor. Read more.


- ‘Foiling Zionist-American Projects’ and ‘Defending’ Sovereignty, Syria Declares Victory Against IS Group - teleSUR

- US Army Continues Heliborne Operation to Take ISIL Commanders Away from Deir Ezzur - Fars

There is NO life after death: Scientist insists afterlife is IMPOSSIBLE

THERE is NO life after death, according to one well respected physicist who claims humanity has to abandon all fanciful beliefs and focus on what the laws of the universe dictate.

Sean Carroll, a cosmologist and physics professor at the California Institute of Technology, believes he has put the debate surrounding the afterlife to bed after extensively studying the laws of physics. Read more.


Het uitgebreide interview met Vrijmetselaar Paul Marselje


- Vrijmetselaren, een geheim ontsluierd (video) - Orde van Vrijmetselaren

While Everyone Was Busy Being Distracted by Texas...

What a Priti! UK minister may lose job because of secret talks with Israeli officials

Speculation's rife that the UK minister for international development, Priti Patel, is about to get sacked after it came to light she held unofficial meetings with key Israeli officials during a holiday.

If confirmed, she would become the second minister to go in just a matter of days. RT's London correspondent Anastasia Churkina reports.


- British aid minister resigns over undisclosed meetings in Israel - JPost
- Priti Patel, U.K. Foreign Aid Minister, Resigns Over Secret Meetings in Israel - NY Times

- What did Israel hope to gain from Priti Patel's secret meetings? - Guardian

'Grote bedrijven zetten onderhandelaars kabinet onder druk'

De onderhandelaars van VVD, CDA, D66 en CU zeggen dat zij hebben besloten de dividendbelasting te schrappen op aandringen van vier grote internationale bedrijven. Die zeiden dat dat zwaar zou meewegen bij hun besluit om in Nederland te blijven.

Volgens de onderhandelaars gaat het om Shell, AkzoNobel, Unilever en Philips. Lees meer + video.


- Plan van dividend gekraakt - Telegraaf
- Zwichtte Rutte III nu voor chantage of niet? - NRC

- 'Hoe onafhankelijk ben je als land als je keuze beperkt is tot het meestappen in de logica van multinationals?' - Knack

Endspiel in Syrië: de race om Deir ez-Zor (3)

Dus toch Saudi Arabië en Israël to the rescue. Nu de militaire rol van ISIS in Syrië en Irak is uitgespeeld, de Amerikanen, Koerden en SDF (waar waarschijnlijk eenheiden van ISIS in zijn opgegaan)(zie deel II, dat nog gepubliceerd moet worden.

Dit is een rush-release) niet in staat zijn om aansluiting tussen het Syrische Nationale Leger en het Irakese leger aan de Syrisch-Irakese grens te verhinderen en de mislukte „gok“ van de Irakese Koerdenleider Talibani om over een onafhankelijk Irakees Koerdistan door de bevolking te laten afstemmen (om vervolgens de controle over op ISIS veroverde olierijke gebieden (Kirkut) aan de nationale regering te verliezen), is het voorlopig onmogelijk om de zogenaamde sjiitische „halve maan“ (Iran-Irak-Syrië-Libanon) te doorbreken. Lees meer.


- Endspiel in Syrië: de race om Deir ez-Zor (1) - Donkerdoorn

Inside story of Saudi night of long knives - Pepe Escobar on detained royals

11 princes, 4 ministers and many ex-ministers were detained by the Saudi anti-corruption body.

The US president's expressed his approval for the controversial move - despite the fact one of his former business partners was reportedly among those detained.

Independent geopolitical analyst Pepe Escobar joins RT to discuss this issue.


November 8, 2017

UK sales of bombs and missiles to Saudi Arabia increase by almost 500% since start of Yemen war

Campaigners say ‘mountain of evidence’ shows British-made weapons being used to commit war crimes 

The number of British-made bombs and missiles sold to Saudi Arabia since the start of its bloody campaign in Yemen has risen by almost 500 per cent, The Independent can reveal. Read more.


South Korean villagers contest THAAD deployment

November 7, 2017

Paradise Papers: New offshore leaks mention Queen Elizabeth, Trump govt & Putin’s ‘inner circle’

There are plenty of excuses and embarrassment swirling among some of the world's wealthiest people and companies in the wake of the leaking of a massive trove of financial files.

The 'Paradise Papers' have exposed where the richest are hiding their money and swerving around the tax system.


Hebben we dan niets geleerd van de kredietcrisis? Situatie vandaag lijkt op die van 2007

Direct na een crisis likt iedereen zijn wonden, maar niet voor lang

Nee, een kredietcrisis zoals die van tien jaar geleden zouden we nooit meer krijgen. Want we hebben ons lesje geleerd en maatregelen genomen. En toch zijn er volop signalen dat de geschiedenis zich aan het herhalen is. 

1. Er worden weer volop riskante leningen verstrekt
Aan de andere kant van de oceaan verstrekken banken weer uiterst riskante leningen aan bedrijven en huishoudens die deze schulden helemaal niet kunnen dragen. De gevolgen blijven niet uit. Lees meer.


- Global Debt Hits A New Record High Of $217 Trillion; 327% Of GDP - ZeroHedge
- Emerging market borrowing spree lifts global debt to record $217 trillion -IIF - Reuters

- US debt surpasses historic $20 trillion (video) - RT
-The US government just passed $20 trillion in debt for the first time ever - Business Insider

- The U.S. is now over $20 trillion in debt — here’s how it got there - MarketWatch

Spain vows to prosecute Catalonia's ex-leader

Saudi minister: Lebanese government ‘declaring war’ on Saudi Arabia

Saudi minister of Gulf affairs, Thamer al-Sabhan, said on Monday that Lebanon had declared war against Saudi Arabia because of what he described as aggression against the Kingdom by the Iran-backed group Hezbollah.

“We will treat the government of Lebanon as a government declaring war on Saudi Arabia due to the aggression of Hezbollah,” he said in response to the recent decisions taken by the Lebanese government. Read more.

Al Arabiya

- Sayyed Nasrallah: Hariri’s Resignation a Saudi Decision, Violates Lebanon Sovereignty - Al-Manar
- Saudi Arabia says Hezbollah actions show it has declared war against kingdom - PressTV

- Saudi Puts Ansarulah Officials on ‘Terror’ List, Offers Bounty for Information on Them - Al-Manar

- Mashnouq Has 'Impression' Hariri Will Return, Lauds Aoun's 'Wisdom - Naharnet
- Rifi: Aoun Failure to Set Date for Parliamentary Consultations a Constitutional Violation - Naharnet
- President Aoun Won’t Take Any Decision before Meeting Hariri: Minister - Al-Manar

Honest Government Advert: War on Satire

The Australien Government just released this ad about how it doesn't like us satirically impersonating the Australian Government, and it's surprisingly honest and informative.

Juice Media

Mural of Trump Kissing Netanyahu in Bethlehem Vandalized

Australian street artist Lushsux painted a mural on the separation wall in Bethlehem, Israel, depicting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Donald Trump going in for a smooch - and it was daubed over with pink paint within 24 hours.

Originally completed the night of October 28, the artist told Reuters, “the wall is a message in itself. I don’t need to write ‘Free Palestine’ or something like that, something really direct … that people will ignore.” Read more + photo.


- Graffiti In Bethlehem Shows Donald Trump Kissing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu - India Times
- Bethlehem graffiti lampoons Trump embrace of Israeli wall - Reuters

November 6, 2017

What are the Paradise Papers?

A massive leak of more than 13m files reveals the hidden wealth of some of the world’s richest people including sports stars, celebrities and heads of state.

The Paradise Papers show how complex schemes set up in offshore islands can help the super-rich avoid billions in tax. Read more.


- Paradise papers: special investigation - Guardian
- Paradise Papers: Tax haven secrets of ultra-rich exposed (video) - BBC

- Paradise Papers - Colombian President Deep in the Swamp (video) - teleSUR
- Paradise Papers: rijke Europeanen sluizen 120 miljard aan belastinggeld weg - Gelderlander