December 31, 2017

Als de big data heersen kan de mens bij het vuilnis

Schrijver Maxim Februari: 'We stevenen af op een totalitair systeem' 

Facebook, Google en de andere grote techbedrijven sleuren ons mee naar een totalitair systeem, volgens jurist, filosoof en schrijver Maxim Februari: 'We zitten midden in een revolutie en die is ingrijpender dan de industriële.'

Wilma de Rek 30 december 2017, 02:00 Het begon met koppeling. Of eigenlijk begon het met een gesprek over mobiliteit. Maxim Februari zat thuis aan de eettafel met zijn geliefde, vertaler en literatuurcriticus Gerda Meijerink, te praten over het idee van mobiliteit. Lees meer.

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Jihadist Group Blows Up Oil Pipeline In Iran, In Midst Of Protests

Overnight Friday a well-known Sunni jihadist group which operates in Iran posted a video to its media accounts purporting to show an attack on an oil pipeline in Iran's southern Khuzestan province, which has historically been a restive area in which Sunni Arab separatists have been active.

Though Iran has yet to confirm the attack, the terror group Ansar al-Furqan Ahwaz Martyrs Brigade claimed responsibility in an official statement, which noted "This operation was conducted to inflict losses on the economy of the criminal Iranian regime." Read more.

ZeroHedge

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- Protests in Iran: The genie is out of the bottle - DW

December 30, 2017

US choppers evacuate Daesh commanders from Syria’s Dayr al-Zawr: Report

US helicopters have reportedly evacuated commanders of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group from Syria’s eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr to the neighboring province of Hasakah. 

Syria's official news agency, SANA, citing information received from local residents, reported on Friday that the American helicopters had evacuated Daesh commanders... Read more.

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December 29, 2017

Cold War Kids - Locker Room Talk

Report: US, Israel sign secret deal to counter Iranian threat

US, Israeli intelligence reportedly set up joint teams to counter all aspects of Iranian threat, from nuclear program to terrorism.

Israel and the United States signed a joint memorandum of understanding (MOU) to cooperate to counter the Iranian nuclear and ballistic missile threat, according to a report by Channel 10 News. Read more.

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Conscience As A Weapon Of Change



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Leave Your State Behind: Free State Project



Leave your state behind. Help grow life, liberty, and happiness in the Free State. Join the Free State Project

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December 28, 2017

Students pen letter refusing draft: IDF implements policy of racist gov't

The students called on other youth to question and refuse enlistment in the IDF.

Sixty-three teenagers from around the country penned an open letter on Thursday declaring their refusal to enlist in the IDF.

The letter, first published by Yediot Aharonot, was addressed to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, Education Minister Naftali Bennett and IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eizenkot. Read more.

JPost

December 27, 2017

US lets militants train, mount attacks from its Syrian bases – chief of Russian General Staff

The US is hosting training camps for militant groups in Syria, including former ISIS fighters who fled from Raqqa, said the head of Russia’s General Staff, Valery Gerasimov, citing data obtained by aerial surveillance.

The US forces have effectively turned their military base near the town of al-Tanf in southeastern Syria into a terrorists’ training camp, Gerasimov said in an interview to Russia’s Komsomolskaya Pravda daily on Wednesday. Read more.

RT

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Bitcoin will EXPLODE in 2018 - Here's Why



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December 26, 2017

The Information-Industrial Complex



Half a century ago, outgoing President Dwight D. Eisenhower coined the term “military-industrial complex” to describe the fascistic collusion between the Pentagon and America’s burgeoning armaments industry.

But in our day and age we are witnessing the rise of a new collusion, one between the Pentagon and the tech industry that it helped to seed, that is committed to waging a covert war against people the world over. Now, in the 21st century, it is time to give this new threat a name: the information-industrial complex. Read more.

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Five Corporations Hire Two Intelligence Firms to Spy on Activists



The Guardian exposes corporate espionage against human rights groups. Read more.

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Palestinian teen shot in the face by IDF speaks to PressTV



A recent report shows Israeli forces have used excessive force against Palestinian children while attempting to quell protests against the US recognition of Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel’s capital.

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The Holy Land



In this News Special, Al Jazeera will examine why this moment - when Donald Trump unilaterally recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital - pitted America against some of its own allies. And why the Palestinians now say the US can no longer have a role in the peace process.

It's a move that has made millions of people demand the US reverse its decision. From Asia to Europe, Africa to the Middle East, a feeling of unity and resistance. Read more.

Al Jazeera

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December 25, 2017

Right-wing Dissent Against Netanyahu Is Growing, but They’re Not Turning on Him Just Yet

A protest organized by right-wingers this weekend in Jerusalem could decide Netanyahu's fate – but harsh lessons learned in the 1990s mean the right will only press the 'Reset' button as a very last resort

On Saturday night, an assorted group of right-wingers, settlers and religious folk will gather in Jerusalem’s Zion Square for a rally in support of the rule of law and against corruption. Read more.

Haaretz

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‘FSB trap’ conspiracy around Snowden’s app forces Greenwald to lecture Guardian’s new Moscow chief

Journalist Glenn Greenwald has schooled the Guardian’s newly appointed Moscow bureau chief after he “accidentally” joined a chorus of hysteria which mocked Edward Snowden’s new security app as an “FSB trap.”

Continuing in the vein of MSM coverage of Russia, journalist Andrew Roth was quick to jump on the bandwagon after a tweet by the Russian Embassy in Canada highlighting Edward Snowden’s new app ‘Haven’ was trolled. Read more.

RT

Where's the 'Collusion'?



Amid news the Mueller probe could extend through 2018, Guardian reporter Luke Harding and TRNN's Aaron Mate discuss Russiagate and Harding's new book "Collusion: Secret Meetings, Dirty Money, and How Russia Helped Donald Trump Win" Read more.

TRNN

Guatemala erkent Jeruzalem ook als hoofdstad van Israël

Guatemala is van plan zijn ambassade in Israël naar Jeruzalem te verhuizen. Het land is daarmee het eerste dat een besluit van de Amerikaanse president Trump volgt.

President Jimmy Morales maakte het besluit op Kerstavond bekend in een kort bericht op Facebook. Begeleid door een foto van de vlaggen van Israël en Guatemala schreef hij dat hij gesproken had met premier Netanyahu om hem het besluit te vertellen. Lees meer.

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Nikki Haley Pranked By Russian Comedians: "Putin Absolutely Meddled In The Binomo Election!"

Do you know Binomo?” the impersonator asked. “They have declared independence. They had elections, and we suppose Russians had its intervention.”

“Yes, of course they did, absolutely,” Haley confidently replied.

And with that US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley got punked by well-known Russian comedians and professional pranksters Vovan and Lexus (Vladimir Kuznetsov and Alexei Stolyarov) - sometimes called "The Jerky Boys of Russia" - who had previously phone pranked figures ranging from Elton John to Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Rep. Maxine Waters to Senators Lindsey Graham and John McCain. Read more + video.

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December 23, 2017

Jaafari: US, Turkish troops must leave Syria



The Syrian envoy to the United Nations has condemned the presence of US and Turkish troops in Syria calling on them to leave the war-torn country.

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Nikki Haley throws a party! Who is invited?



Nations that voted ‘no,’ abstained, or were not present during the UN General Assembly’s diplomatic spanking of Washington’s Jerusalem move will get a “thank you” reception from US envoy Nikki Haley.

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Israel quits UNESCO over ‘attacks’ months after US withdrawal



Following in the footsteps of the US, Israel announced its exit from UNESCO, citing the it's 'attacks' on the Jewish state. Read more.

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Haven App by Edward Snowden



Haven is for people who need a way to protect their personal spaces and possessions without compromising their own privacy. It is an Android application that leverages on-device sensors to provide monitoring and protection of physical spaces.

Haven turns any Android phone into a motion, sound, vibration and light detector, watching for unexpected guests and unwanted intruders. We designed Haven for investigative journalists, human rights defenders, and people at risk of forced disappearance to create a new kind of herd immunity.

By combining the array of sensors found in any smartphone, with the world’s most secure communications technologies, like Signal and Tor, Haven prevents the worst kind of people from silencing citizens without getting caught in the act. Read more.

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December 22, 2017

Saakasjvili wil naar Nederland

MOSKOU - Michail Saakasjvili, de vroegere president van Georgië die op dit moment als opposant van de Oekraïense president Petro Porosjenko zwaar onder vuur ligt, wil vertrekken naar Nederland. 

Het ministerie van Veiligheid en Justitie in Den Haag heeft tegen deze krant bevestigd dat Saakasjvili, die feitelijk stateloos is, onlangs op de Nederlandse ambassade in Kiev een visum heeft gekregen voor ons land in het kader van de gezinshereniging. Lees meer.

Telegraaf

Catalonia secessionist parties set for majority after 90% of votes counted

Unionist Citizens party on course to become largest party but unable to form government

Marta Rovira of the pro-independence ERC has also said that the republic “has beaten article 155”,. She called on Mariano Rajoy to withdraw the controversial constitutional measure, release the imprisoned pro-independence politicians and sit down at the negotiating table. Read more (live updates).

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December 21, 2017

U.N. resoundingly rejects U.S. decision on Jerusalem in pointed rebuke



The U.N. General Assembly on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a measure rejecting the Trump administration’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, which was repeatedly criticized as undermining prospects for peace.

Despite blunt warnings that U.S. aid to countries that backed the resolution and even funding for the United Nations itself may be cut,.. Read more.

Washington Post

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Catalonia Votes Again, This Time in a Gamble to Stall Its Secessionists



BARCELONA — After Catalonia declared independence two months ago, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy of Spain took extraordinary control of the region and called elections, gambling that voters would punish the separatists who had propelled the nation’s worst constitutional crisis in decades.

That election now comes Thursday, but far from solving the conflict, it could just as easily complicate the task of governing the first of Spain’s 19 regions to have its autonomy stripped, placing the country in uncharted political terrain. Read more.

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Up to 11,000 civilians killed in battle to free Mosul – AP probe



Ten times more civilians may have been killed by the US-led coalition in the liberation of Mosul than previously reported, according to new research by Associated Press. Read more.

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UN calls to probe Palestinian man's death in clashes with IDF in Gaza



A new Day of Rage has been declared by Palestinians, with a fresh wave of protests in the West Bank and Gaza.

That's in reaction to Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Read more.

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December 20, 2017

Raad van State positief over intrekking raadgevend referendum

De Raad van State is positief over het wetsvoorstel om het raadgevend referendum af te schaffen. Minister Ollongren van Binnenlandse Zaken heeft daarom het wetsvoorstel tot intrekking van de wet naar de Tweede Kamer gestuurd.

In het regeerakkoord staat al dat het kabinet niets meer ziet in de wet die burgers een kans biedt om een mening te geven over een wet. Lees meer.

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ISIS is verslagen dus waarom zijn “we” eigenlijk in Syrië?

De Islamitische Staat, de vrijwel uit het niets opgekomen en militair zeer succesvolle maar „mysterieuze“ organisatie, is zo goed als verslagen. De regime-change vereniging houdt welleswaar nog enkele dorpjes in het grensgebied tussen Syrië en Irak maar nadat zowel de Irakese- als ook Syrische regering de overwinning heeft uitgeroepen, lijkt Al Qaida 2.0 definitief naar de bladzijden van de geschiedenis te zijn verwezen. Voor de immer moreel superieure westerse naties, die al jaren kostte wat het kost vasthouden aan het „Assad-moet-weg“-principe, kleuren deze bladzijden, met de kennis die we nu over de Syrische oorlog hebben, diep, diep zwart.

Het uitschakelen van ISIS kan met gemak de belangrijkste historische gebeurtenis van 2017 genoemd worden. Lees meer.

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December 19, 2017

Syrian president: UN can play role in elections



The Syrian president says he welcomes any role played by the UN in the country’s elections. Bashar al-Assad made the remark following a meeting with Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin at Syria's Hmeimim base.

He says Damascus will also allow the U-N to review and observe any changes to Syria’s constitution. Assad noted that the world body’s role must not be in violation of Syria’s sovereignty.

The Syrian leader also launched a scathing attack on France, accusing Paris of backing terrorists in Syria. The comments come on the heels of accusations by France that the Syrian government is obstructing the Geneva peace talks.

Assad also touched on U-S backed militants operating in Eastern Syria, describing them as traitors.

PressTV

ISIS Has Arsenal Purchased By The U.S. Government



Serial numbers on weapons used by extremists including ISIS are traceable. In one way or another, much of the weaponry leads back to the U.S government.

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Saudi Arabia: Army intercepts Houthi missile fired from Yemen, "aiming at a royal palace in Riyadh"

‘Saudis using starvation as weapon in Yemen, breach intl law’ – UK govt



The Saudi-led coalition says it has shot down a ballistic missile targeting the Royal Palace in the capital, Riyadh.

RT

Opinion | The Israeli Military First Took His Legs, Then His Life



On Friday, a sharpshooter shot and killed Ibrahim Abu Thuraya, a Gazan double amputee, as he protested from his wheelchair near the Israeli border

The Israeli army sharpshooter couldn’t target the lower part of his victim’s body — Ibrahim Abu Thuraya didn’t have one. Read more.

Haaretz

Zorgen over 'extreemrechtse patrouilles' in Nederlandse duinen

Het CDA in de Rotterdamse gemeenteraad wil opheldering over 'patrouilles' die de extreemrechtse groep Voorpost zegt uit te voeren in de duinen van Hoek van Holland om illegale migranten op te sporen. De partij vindt dat dergelijke zoekacties de openbare orde in gevaar brengen en noemt dat 'hoogst onwenselijk'.

Fractievoorzitter Christine Eskes wil weten of het college van burgemeester en wethouders meer weet over dergelijke patrouilles. Lees meer + video.

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December 18, 2017

Hamas Arrests and Tortures Salafi Militants to Curb Gaza Rocket Fire Into Israel

The group has sent messages to Israel saying it does not seek an escalation, but Israel’s opposition parties are playing a dangerous game. Read more (paywall).

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US vetos ‘insulting’ UN vote over status of Jerusalem



The US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, says a resolution calling for the withdrawal of Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is 'an insult which will not be forgotten'.

The US used its veto in order to stop the resolution passing, after every other security council member supported it US outnumbered 14 to 1 as it vetoes UN vote on status of Jerusalem. Read more.

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Bitcoin Hits $20,000 Per Coin, Capping Year of Enormous Growth

Bitcoin has cemented its glory year by hitting $20,000 barely a month after achieving five figures for the first time. After several weeks of considerable volatility, mixing rapid growth with sudden declines, momentum finally boosted Bitcoin to its new historic high.

Outperforming almost everyone’s expectations in 2017, Bitcoin prices received a decisive push from Wall Street regulated futures trading,.. Read more.

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Crypto-crackdown: EU agrees new rules to curb bitcoin anonymity



If we have something that decentralizes the money supply and threatens the business model of the banks, there’s going to be pushback against it, claims former MI5 intelligence officer Annie Machon.

RT

Spain grants bail to arrested pro-independence politicians



Polls show next week's regional election in Catalonia is likely to leave its political crisis unresolved.

Spain imposed direct rule after October's secession referendum and jailed several pro-independence politicians.

Some of them have recently been released, but they still face upcoming trials. Al Jazeera’s Karl Penhaul reports from Igualada, Spain.

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December 17, 2017

Dat Frankrijk smartphones van scholen bant, is geen verrassing: straling schadelijker dan algemeen aangenomen wordt

Dat je gsm schadelijk kan zijn voor je gezondheid is niet nieuw. Toch zijn de gevolgen groter dan men tot nu toe aannam. 

Zo worden te grote blootstellingen aan gsm-stralen gelinkt aan kanker en onvruchtbaarheid. De stralen zijn het schadelijkst wanneer de gsm slechte ontvangst heeft en tijdens het downloaden en streamen van media. Lees meer.

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Nederland betaalde 60 miljoen voor ‘stabiliteit in Syrië’

De Nederlandse regering gaf sinds 2011 bijna 60 miljoen euro uit aan pogingen om het conflict in Syrië te stabiliseren. Dit is slechts een deel van het bedrag dat aan humanitaire hulp werd uitgegeven, dat liep op tot 382 miljoen euro.

Dat meldt het ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken naar aanleiding van Kamervragen van Martijn van Helvert en Pieter Omtzigt (beiden CDA). Lees meer.

Elsevier

How The State Of Israel Occupied Jerusalem



Hot Property (2009): Israeli citizens are bending property laws to their advantage, and the police are helping them.

Journey Pictures

December 16, 2017

Saudis at crossroads with regional policy after US move on Jerusalem



The scandal over Trump's Jerusalem decision has led to unexpected diplomatic consequences for Saudi Arabia - Jacqueline Vouga explains.

RT

The Coming Temple



Filmed in the Old City of Jerusalem, this ground-breaking documentary investigates the research of renowned Biblical archaeologists, Bob Cornuke, David Sielaff and Earnest L. Martin who claim that Solomon and Herod's Temples never stood on the Haram al Sharif, also known as the Temple Mount.

If they are right, then there is nothing to stop the Jewish people building their long awaited for Third Jewish Temple in the actual site where the Temples once stood. But is tradition too strong? We'll see.

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EU agrees clampdown on bitcoin platforms to tackle money laundering

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union states and legislators agreed on Friday on stricter rules to prevent money laundering and terrorism financing on exchange platforms for bitcoin and other virtual currencies, the EU said in a statement.

The agreement is part of a broader set of measures to tackle financial crimes and tax evasion. Read more.

Reuters

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CME bitcoin futures trading begins on Sunday



The trading of bitcoin futures, off to a slow but respectable start this week at the Cboe, is about to be given a boost by two additional players: TD Ameritrade and the CME.

The TD Ameritrade story is important because it operates the largest futures operation of any online brokerage firm. Read more.

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China echos call to make East Jerusalem capital of independent Palestine

China has voiced its support for the establishment of an independent Palestinian state, based on pre-1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital.

A spokesperson for the foreign ministry made the statement during a regular press briefing, Thursday, while addressing questions on a declaration by Muslim nations asserting East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine. Read more.

RT

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Three Palestinians Killed, Dozens Hurt in Clashes With Israeli Forces in Gaza, West Bank

Thousands of Palestinians protest Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital

Three Palestinians were killed and 260 were wounded Friday in clashes with Israeli security forces in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and on the Gaza border, according to the Palestinian health ministry. Read more.

Haaretz

December 15, 2017

The Blockchain and Us


2017

In 2008, Satoshi Nakamoto invented bitcoin and the blockchain. For the first time in history, his invention made it possible to send money around the globe without banks, governments or any other intermediaries. The concept of the blockchain isn’t very intuitive. But still, many people believe it is a game changer.

Economist and filmmaker Manuel Stagars portrays this exciting technology in interviews with software developers, cryptologists, researchers, entrepreneurs, consultants, VCs, authors, politicians, and futurists from the United States, Canada, Switzerland, the UK, and Australia.

The Blockchain and Us is no explainer video of the technology. It gives a view on the topic, makes it accessible and starts a conversation about its potential wider implications in a non-technical way.

The film deliberately poses more questions than it answers. For a deep dive, see all full-length interviews from the film here.

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Data is the New Oil



In this follow up to Why Big Oil Conquered the World, James further explores the concept of technocracy.

If "Data is the New Oil" then what does that tell us about the 21st century oligarchy and the world that they are creating? And, once we understand the technocratic prison they are creating, how do we escape it?

Don't miss this important episode of The Corbett Report podcast. Read more.

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US regulators vote to scrap 'net neutrality' despite criticism



U.S. regulators have voted to end so-called 'net neutrality', which now could significantly alter the web experience for millions of people.

It will allow Internet providers to charge extra to prioritise their traffic - effectively creating a 'slow lane' for smaller websites. Read more.

RT

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Pigs Fly As Pentagon Gets Audited #NewWorldNextWeek



Story #1: World Bank To Stop Financing Oil, Gas Projects From 2019  

Story #2: After Trillions Mysteriously Go ‘Missing,’ DoD Getting Audited for First Time in History

Story #3: AI Algorithms To Prevent Suicide Gain Traction. Read more.

Corbet Report

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Here Come the Bogus Bitcoin Scare Tactics

Steven Hopkins is chief operating officer and general counsel of Medici Ventures, an Overstock.com subsidiary focused on the advancement of blockchain technology.
"Cynicism masquerades as wisdom, but it is the farthest thing from it." – Stephen Colbert 
The run-up in bitcoin and other crypto assets has offered cynics of all stripes a chance to look smart by condemning cryptocurrency as a "Ponzi scheme" that could "cause a recession.” Read more.

CoinDesk

World's richest 0.1% have boosted their wealth by as much as poorest half

Inequality report also shows UK’s 50,000 richest people have seen their share of the country’s wealth double since 1984

The richest 0.1% of the world’s population have increased their combined wealth by as much as the poorest 50% – or 3.8 billion people – since 1980, according to a report detailing the widening gap between the very rich and poor. Read more.

Guardian

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China about to knock out petrodollar by trading oil in yuan

As one of the world’s top energy importers, China has successfully completed its fifth dry run in yuan-backed oil futures contract trading. The step has been already called Beijing’s challenge to the US dollar.

According to Bloomberg, which cited a statement from the exchange, 149 members of Shanghai International Energy Exchange traded 647,930 lots in the rehearsal with a total value of 268.2 billion yuan. The system met the listing requirements of crude futures after the exercise, it added. Read more.

RT

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December 14, 2017

Former CIA director speaks out against Russia-gate conspiracy



Former CIA Director Michael Morell said in an interview that he thought if there was evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, special prosecutor Robert Mueller would have found it already and that the evidence would’ve been leaked by now.

RT America’s Anya Parampil has more.

RT

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December 13, 2017

Bitcoin makes debut on major US stock exchange



The increasingly popular digital currency, Bitcoin, has made its debut on a major US exchange. 

On Monday, futures trading of the virtual money started in the Chicago Board of Exchange. Interest was so high that the board's website crashed due to heavy traffic. Al Jazeera's Patty Culhane reports from Washington, DC.

Al Jazeera

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December 12, 2017

Fatboy Slim - Weapon Of Choice

Egyptian Maths



Michael S. Schneider explains how the Ancient Egyptians (and Chinese) and modern computers multiply and divide

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December 11, 2017

Macron 1st leader to welcome Netanyahu despite Jerusalem outrage



France has welcomed Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu despite worldwide outrage over the attempt to make Jerusalem al-Quds the capital of Israel.

French President Emmanuel Macron appeared to soften his tone against the recent decision of Washington, which has sparked violence in Palestine and around the world. Ramin Mazaheri has more from Paris.

PressTV

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Syrian army seizes US, Israeli-made arms from ISIL



The Syrian army has found a large amount of weapons and equipment left behind by Daesh terrorists, some of which are Israeli and US-made.

The discovery was made during an operation in Dayr al-Zawr province. The weapons include explosive devices, land mines and various types of ammo. The Syrian army said this shows the scale of the direct and systematic support provided to Daesh by regional and western states.

During the past several years, Damascus on many occasions accused Washington and Tel Aviv of direct and indirect support of Daesh terrorist group.

PressTV

Russia may turn to cryptocurrencies in oil trade to challenge sanctions & the petrodollar

The gradual acceptance of digital currencies, with major exchanges about to launch bitcoin futures trading, may prompt some oil producing nations to ditch the US dollar in crude trade in favor of cryptocurrencies, an oil analyst says.

Russia, Iran and Venezuela have more than one thing in common. All three are major oil producing nations dependent on the dollar since the global crude market is traditionally dominated by contracts denominated in US currency. Read more.

RT

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December 10, 2017

Reality, What a Concept: Scientists Discover New Form of Matter

US researchers claim they now have the “smoking gun” proof of existence of a subatomic particle called an ‘exciton’ - a substance theorized half a century ago.

Researchers from the University of California and University of Illinois claim to have observed and measured excitonium — a form of matter that displays quantum properties. This is the first proof of the matter since its existence was theorized some fifty years ago. Read more.

Sputnik

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Russia-China real gold standard means end of US dollar dominance

The BRICS counties are considering starting an internal gold trading platform, according to Russian officials. When this happens, the global economy will be significantly reshaped, and the West will lose its dominance, predicts a precious metals expert.

In 2016, 24,338 tons of physical gold were traded, which was 43 percent more than in 2015, according to Claudio Grass, of Precious Metal Advisory Switzerland. Read more.

RT

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4 soldiers killed, 2 injured in volatile Donetsk



Ukraine says four of its soldiers have been killed during fresh clashes with pro-Russian forces. Two other soldiers were also injured in mortar fire in Ukraine’s restive region of Donetsk.

The Ukrainian army says the situation in the area has deteriorated and the death toll has reached its highest in weeks. Pro-Russian militia and Ukrainian government forces have been involved in armed conflict since 20-14, when Crimea declared independence from Ukraine.

A shaky ceasefire has been in place since 20-15 with the warring sides blaming each other for repeated violations. The crisis has claimed the lives of over ten-thousand people. Many others have also been displaced.

PressTV

December 9, 2017

Israeli air strike, artillery shells hit Gaza, 25 injured



Fresh Israeli airstrikes on the besieged Gaza Strip have wounded at least 25 Palestinians. Six children are among the wounded in the attacks which targeted areas in the north of the coastal enclave. The regime says its raids came in response to earlier rockets fired at Israel from Gaza.

On Thursday, Israel also hit Gaza Strip with airstrikes and tank shelling. Tensions have been running high across the occupied Palestinian territories since Wednesday when US President Donald Trump decided to recognize Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel's capital. Read more.

PressTV

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Het einde van een wereldmacht is geen prettig gezicht

De definitieve ondergang van de Verenigde Staten is afgelopen week begonnen, schrijft Frans Verhagen. „Een buitenlandse politiek kan niet zonder stabiel binnenland.” Deze week werd de zelfdestructie van Amerika in volle omvang zichtbaar.

De Republikeinse Partij joeg een belastingwet erdoor met letterlijk onvoorstelbare gevolgen; het Ruslandonderzoek naderde de president; Amerika’s buitenlandse politiek was ongekend chaotisch. Het is geen plezierig schouwspel, dit einde van een wereldmacht. Lees meer.

NRC

Mikheil Saakashvili detained in Kyiv

Law enforcers have detained the leader of the "Movement of Popular Forces", former Georgian president and ex-governor of Odesa region, Mikheil Saakashvili, while Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko says they managed to avoid the use of force and bloodshed.

"They detained Mikheil, now taking him to the Security Service office on Askoldova!!!" Saakashvili’s ally David Sakvarelidze wrote on Facebook. Read more.

Unian

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December 8, 2017

Protests against Trump's Jerusalem decision turn deadly



At least two Palestinians have been killed and hundreds injured as Day of Rage protests continue across the occupied West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip over the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

A 30-year-old Palestinian man was killed by Israeli fire during protests in Gaza on Friday,.. Read more.

Al Jazeera

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December 7, 2017

De macht van de techreuzen bepaalt de rol die media vandaag (nog) spelen

Facebook, Google en Amazon heersen over informatie, democratie en media

Het westerse ideaal wil dat journalisten in volle onafhankelijkheid naar de waarheid op zoek kunnen gaan en zo de burgers van adequate informatie voorzien. Ze moeten daarbij volgens Walter Lippmann, de bekendste Amerikaanse journalist uit de eerste helft van de twintigste eeuw, ‘niet alleen (…) gebeurtenissen signaleren, maar de burgers ook een beeld van de werkelijkheid verschaffen, op basis waarvan ze kunnen handelen.’ Won dat ideaal van de vierde macht en haar onafhankelijke journalistiek na de val van de Berlijnse Muur terrein, tegenwoordig staat het onder druk. Lees meer.

MO

Air pollution from London traffic is affecting the health of unborn babies

Exhaust fumes, soot and dust spewed out from road traffic in the UK capital may be putting the health of thousands of unborn babies at risk.

The findings come from a study of more than half a million infants, which suggests that pregnant mothers exposed to air pollution from London’s busy roads are more likely to give birth to babies that are underweight or smaller than they should be. When it comes to traffic-related noise, however, they found no conclusive effect on babies’ health. Read more.

Imperial Today

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Catalan independence: 45,000 protesters march in Brussels to support exiled president Carles Puigdemont

Demonstrators also want the EU to support Catalan independence

Around 45,000 protesters have taken to the streets outside EU institutions in Brussels in support of Catalan independence. Read more.

Independent

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Trump’s Jerusalem decision: Ignorance & political risk or ‘business opportunity’?



Donald Trump’s irresponsible decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is an “example of extraordinary ignorance” which could lead to explosive consequences in the Middle East, regional commentators have told RT.

On Wednesday, Trump officially announced his decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, claiming that such a move along with the relocation of US embassy could help resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Read more + more video.

RT

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Israel is Turning Palestine Into A Trash Dump



Israeli occupation is now using Palestinian land to rid itself of its toxic waste and for a lower price!

teleSUR

Onderzoek naar Nederlands drugsbeleid jarenlang gemanipuleerd

Na druk van hooggeplaatste ambtenaren op het ministerie van Justitie is een onafhankelijk onderzoeksrapport over regulering van de wietteelt in 2014 drastisch aangepast. De onderzoeksopdracht, rapportage en conclusies zijn zo beïnvloed dat het softdrugsbeleid van de minister van Justitie ondersteund werd, in plaats van bekritiseerd zoals onderzoekers feitelijk hadden vastgesteld.

Dat blijk uit een interne klacht van een projectleider in handen van Nieuwsuur. Lees meer + video.

NOS

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December 6, 2017

Nederland stopt betaling Syrische politie om mogelijke banden met extremisten

Het ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken heeft de miljoenensteun aan een hulpproject in Syrië voorlopig stilgezet uit vrees dat een deel van het geld bij extremistische strijdgroepen is beland.

Het gaat om 12,5 miljoen euro, waarmee onder meer een Syrische politiemacht is opgezet. Lees meer.

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