June 20, 2018

‘Catalan government demands retraction from king’



The Catalan president is considering whether or not to attend the inauguration of the Mediterranean games on Friday - because, the king of Spain is also going. And he says, he should apologize for condoning police violence on referendum day.

And, at the beginning of July, the Catalan and Spanish presidents will hold their first bilateral meeting, Pedro Sánchez announced.

The summit is highly anticipated, and Catalan government officials want them to discuss demands for independence. But before that comes, the two leaders might meet in Tarragona, on Friday, where the Mediterranean Games will be inaugurated.

That is, of course, if President Quim Torra attends, because something which has not been yet decided. Parliament speaker Roger Torrent, however, already said he won't go. Meanwhile, Catalonia prepares a delicious tradition for its summer solstice.

Catalan News

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June 19, 2018

Leaked photos of Australian troops flying Nazi flag in Afghanistan spark scandal



Photos have just emerged in the media showing Australian soldiers flying a Nazi flag over their army vehicle while on operations in Afghanistan.

The pictures were taken a decade ago during a NATO-led deployment. Read more.

RT

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'Arbitrary detention’: Assange marks 6yrs inside Ecuadorian embassy in London



It's been 6 years since Wikileaks editor Julian Assange entered the Ecuadorian Embassy in London and he hasn't left since

Assange sought refuge there to avoid being extradited to Sweden over sexual assault allegations in a case later dropped. But he's still a wanted man in the US on espionage charges. Read more.

RT

Kamer wil snel verder onderzoek naar medicinale wiet, CDA is 'verbijsterd'

Een meerderheid van de Tweede Kamer wil snel onderzoeken of bijvoorbeeld kinderen met epilepsie baat kunnen hebben bij medicinale wiet. Dit tot grote teleurstelling van regeringspartij CDA die 'echt totaal verbijsterd' is over de steun daar voor van coalitiegenoot ChristenUnie.

"Echt totaal verbijsterd CU stemt voor experimenten medicinale cannabis met kinderen????" twitter CDA-Kamerlid Evert Jan Slootweg. Lees meer.

RTL

Oekraïense veiligheidsdienst zwijgt over Babsjenko-vertoning

De in scène gezette dood van journalist Arakadi Babsjenko in Oekraïne heeft geleid tot veel kritiek: de actie heeft de geloofwaardigheid van journalisten geen goed gedaan. De Oekraïense veiligheidsdienst SBU weigert tot nu toe nadere details over de operatie naar buiten te brengen.

Toen het nieuws naar buiten kwam dat journalist Arkadi Babsjenko was vermoord in Oekraïne, werden serieuze vragen gesteld over de veiligheid van journalisten in het land. Toen een dag later het nieuws naar buiten kwam dat zijn dood in scene was gezet, werden ernstige vragen gesteld bij de geloofwaardigheid van journalisten in het land. Lees meer.

De Wereld Morgen

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June 16, 2018

French, US, UK forces aid push to seize Hudaydah: Report

French special forces are present on the ground in Yemen supporting the ongoing Saudi-led military operation on the Red Sea port city of Hudaydah, Le Figaro newspaper has reported.

The Saturday report cited two military sources but provided no further details as Saudi Arabia claimed that forces under its command had entered the airport in Hudaydah. Read more.

PressTV

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Houthis say Saudi-led forces bogged down outside Hudaydah - PressTV

US senators call on Pentagon to fully disclose role in Yemen war - PressTV
'As crimes pile up, they become invisible': Western complicity in Saudi Arabia's dirty war in Yemen - RT

Colombia's Choice: 'Fascism' or 'Protest Vote Without Program'



As Colombians vote in the presidential run-off election this Sunday, they face a stark choice between the far-right/fascist candidate Ivan Duque and the center-left Gustavo Petro.

Even though the center-left has enough votes, infighting could very well keep Petro from winning, says Manuel Rozental of pueblosencamino.org

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Shell ontwijkt dividendbelasting

Via een trust op het - als belastingparadijs bekend staande - Kanaaleiland Jersey boekt olieconcern Shell dividend over naar aandeelhouders. Belastingvrij, mèt toestemming van de Belastingdienst.

Olieconcern Shell, één van de grootste pleitbezorgers voor de afschaffing van de dividendbelasting, heeft jarenlang waarschijnlijk ten onrechte geen dividendbelasting afgedragen over een groot deel van zijn aandelen. Lees meer.

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June 15, 2018

Israeli lawmaker proclaims supremacy of ‘Jewish race’

Likud's MK Miki Zohar says Jews are the smartest in the world, so know Netanyahu isn't corrupt

A lawmaker from the ruling Likud party said Wednesday that the “Jewish race” is the smartest in the world and possessing of the “highest human capital,” which is why, he said, the Israeli public did not buy into the allegations of wrongdoing by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Read more.

Times of Israel

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“Het zijn de slechtsten die regeren”

Het bestuur van westerse landen vertoont kenmerken van een kakistocratie, vindt cognitiewetenschapper Tjeerd Andringa. “Het zijn de slechtsten die regeren.” De enigen die hier een einde aan kunnen maken, zijn wijzelf. “Geopolitiek wordt bepaald aan de keukentafel.”

“Kakistocracy, een 374 jaar oud woord, is zojuist opgenomen in het woordenboek.” Aldus kopte The New York Times op 13 april 2018. Wat bleek? Voormalig CIA-directeur John O. Brennan had een tweet de wereld ingestuurd waarin hij president Donald Trump toebeet: “Jouw kakistocratie staat op instorten na de bedroevende weg die deze heeft afgelegd.” Lees meer.

Novini

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F-Droid: The private, secure, free and open app store for Android



Most app stores encroach on users freedoms by closely monitoring and profiling how people use their devices. They reject apps which do not align with their terms of service. They are also unavailable in some of the worlds biggest markets, such as China, due to being blocked by the Government.

F-Droid is the open source app store for Android focusing on freedom, privacy, and security.

It doesn't track what you search for, what you install install, or what apps you use. It warns you about apps which track you or show you ads. The main F-Droid repository gives you access to over 2000 open source apps, and there are other 3rd party repositories which expand this even further. In addition, it is essentially unblock-able, making it a vital piece of infrastructure for activists and journalists who need access to apps to facilitate secure communication.

Over the last year, the F-Droid project has completely revamped its UI to make it more friendly to non-tech users, adding support for screenshots, feature graphics, and localized metadata about apps. We have also added several new tools to make it easier for anybody to setup and run their own curated app store. This talk will cover the various aspects of the project, focussing on the client, its security model, and how it is being used to ensure everyone is able to access high quality open source apps as the smart phone revolution continues.

This talk was given at Linux.conf.au 2018 (LCA2018) which was held on 22-26 January 2018 in Sydney Australia.

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Yale-onderzoekers adviseren F-Droid in plaats van Google Play - Security.nl
Android zonder Google? Zo doe je dat - Computer Totaal

June 14, 2018

Israel and Germany green light billion dollar killer drone deal

"This is a great contribution to the Israeli security industry and to the Israeli economy. The giant deal is an expression of the strategic partnership between Germany and Israel," says Netanyahu.

German lawmakers approved a military deal worth close to $1billion to lease several Heron TP drones manufactured by Israel Aerospace Industries, part of a deal with Israel estimated at roughly a billion dollars. Read more + video.

JPost

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US to shell out $6.6mn for White Helmets ‘vital operations’ weeks after promising funding freeze

The United States will resume funding for the controversial, militant-linked White Helmets, a month after the group had its financial support frozen. The State Department also lauded the group for saving “100,000 lives” in Syria.

President Donald Trump has authorized the US State Department, in conjunction with the United States Agency for International Development, to release $6.6 million for the “vital, life-saving operations” of the so-called Syrian Civil Defense group, known colloquially as the White Helmets, and for the UN’s International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism (IIIM), a UN agency that is investigating war crimes committed during the conflict. Read more.

RT

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US releases funding for volunteer group complicit in 'staged' gas attacks in Syria - PressTV

White Helmets: A tool for ‘regime change’ in Syria that’s too important to stop funding? - RT

Tether Used to Manipulate Price of Bitcoin During 2017 Peak: New Study

Tether, one of the most-traded cryptocurrencies, shows a pattern of being spent on Bitcoin at pivotal moments, helping to drive the world’s first digital asset to a record price in December, according to research by a University of Texas professor known for flagging suspicious activity in the VIX benchmark.

 “Tether seems to be used both to stabilize and manipulate Bitcoin prices,” finance professor John Griffin and co-author Amin Shams wrote in a paper released Wednesday. Read more + video.

Bloomberg

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June 13, 2018

Review: Divided by Tim Marshall



BAKU - Good fences make good neighbours. This is not just a saying but an inescapable truth of the human condition. When the Berlin Wall was brought down, the idea of enforced separation was dismissed as something from the past. In practice, however, it is the exact opposite.

Divided: Why We're Living in an Age of Walls by Tim Marshall explores how societies have responded to the changes brought by globalization and how each nation tries to maintain a sense of national identity.

Soundtrack: Comfortable Mystery Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Caspian Report

June 10, 2018

No Russia-Israel coordination on Syria strikes: Assad

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has rejected reports that Russia had coordinated or even known in advance about the recent Israeli strikes on the Arab country.

"Russia never coordinated with anyone against Syria, either politically or militarily, and that’s contradiction" Assad said during an interview with the British Daily Mail newspaper released on Sunday. Read more.

PressTV

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Let’s stop ‘babbling’ and get back to real work: Putin fires back at G7 criticism on Russia



Russia has never turned its back on the G8 (now G7), Vladimir Putin said, speaking at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO).

The latter, however, is now stronger in some aspects, including power parity, he added. Read more.

RT

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Rouhani warns of US unilateralism threat in address to SCO summit

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has slammed US attempts to impose its own policies on others, saying Washington's "unilateral sanctions" damage international business.

Addressing the 18th summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in the Chinese port city of Qingdao on Sunday, Rouhani warned of threats posed by economic, political and legal unilateralism to regional convergence. Read more.

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Spain's Basques form 202-km human chain to call for independence vote

MADRID (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of people from Spain’s Basque Country joined hands to form a human chain running some 202 kilometers (125 miles) on Sunday to call for the right to hold a regional independence vote.

Spain’s Constitution, created in 1978 after the end of dictator Francisco Franco’s regime, states that the country is indivisible and last-year’s attempt by Catalonia to hold a secession referendum was met with a harsh legal crackdown. Read more + video.

Reuters

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June 9, 2018

Israeli forces kill four Palestinians, injure hundreds in Gaza

Israeli forces have killed four Palestinians and injured more than 600 others who took part in protests marking the International Quds Day along the border between the besieged Gaza Strip and occupied territories.

Masses of Palestinians gathered at the eastern border of Gaza on Friday to take part in the protest dubbed “One-Million March for al-Quds” to mark the annual event, which falls on the last Friday of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. Read more.

PressTV

Israeli Military Pushes Misleading Video in Attempt to Smear Slain Palestinian Medic Razan al-Najjar



In Gaza, thousands of Palestinians have resumed protests against the Israeli blockade. Israeli soldiers have killed at least 119 Palestinians and wounded more than 13,000 more since the Palestinians’ nonviolent Great March of Return protests began on March 30.

A week ago today, Israeli forces shot dead Palestinian medic Razan al-Najjar as she was helping evacuate wounded Palestinians at a protest near the separation fence between Israel and Gaza. At the time of her killing, she was wearing a white medical coat and a medical ID card. Read more.

Democracy Now

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Blowback: How Israel Helped Create Hamas



WHAT DO YOU know about Hamas?
That it’s sworn to destroy Israel? That it’s a terrorist group, proscribed both by the United States and the European Union? That it rules Gaza with an iron fist? That it’s killed hundreds of innocent Israelis with rocket, mortar, and suicide attacks?

But did you also know that Hamas — which is an Arabic acronym for “Islamic Resistance Movement” — would probably not exist today were it not for the Jewish state? That the Israelis helped turn a bunch of fringe Palestinian Islamists in the late 1970s into one of the world’s most notorious militant groups? That Hamas is blowback? Read more.

Intercept

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June 8, 2018

'No leader is forever': Macron strikes hostile tone against Trump, says US can be kicked out of G7

If Donald Trump doesn't care about "being isolated," then G7 may be better being G6, says Emmanuel Macron. The French president slammed US counterpart for "unproductive" tariffs and preventing other nations from dealing with Iran.

When reporters asked Macron on Thursday if the problem with Trump was that he “didn’t care” about being isolated, Macron struck a hostile tone, reminding the media that no president “is forever.” Read more.

RT

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The US-OAS Fails In Trying To Isolate Venezuela



“There are hitmen governments in the Americas because they want to destroy - they do not come with a project or with a hope for the people," Arreaza said.

Speaking at a press conference in New York Wednesday, Venezuelan Foreign Affairs Minister Jorge Arreaza said that after the session of the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington, it was clear that "U.S. imperialism does not rule" or have the final say in this regional bloc. Read more.

teleSUR

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UN Blue Helmets in Syria



What is the responsibility of the UN’s Blue Helmets in the ambush on Syrian Police?

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June 7, 2018

Israel Aiding Saudi Arabia In Developing Nuclear Weapons

Saudi interest in developing nuclear weapons dates back to the 1970s, when the kingdom learned of major steps taken by both Israel and India in the development of nuclear armaments.

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA – The Israeli government has begun selling the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia information on how to develop nuclear weapons, according to a senior official at the Israeli military organization iHLS (Israel’s Homeland Security). Read more + video.

MintPress

June 6, 2018

Saudi Arabia Steals Yemeni Oil



Reports show that Saudi Arabia is using its devastating blockade and war against Yemen as an excuse to steal its oil.

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June 5, 2018

"Real" Assassin Arrested In Staged Kiev Hit Linked To Ukrainian Intelligence As Official Story Unravels

The Ukrainian government's staged assassination of anti-Putin journalist Arkady Babachenko has taken an even stranger turn, as evidence has emerged that his would-be "Russia-ordered" assassin and the man who supposedly hired him, both say they worked for Ukrainian counterintelligence, casting serious doubt on the official story.

To review, Ukrainian authorities announced last Tuesday that Babachenko had been assassinated after returning home from the store. On Wednesday, Babachenko appeared at a press conference with Ukrainian authorities who said that the faked assassination was an elaborate sting to bust an actual hit planned by Russia. Read more.

ZeroHedge

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Syria: Raqqa in ruins and civilians devastated after US-led ‘war of annihilation’

From amid the rubble of Raqqa, civilians are asking why US-led Coalition forces destroyed the city, killing hundreds of civilians in the process of “liberating” them from the armed group calling itself “Islamic State” (IS), Amnesty International said in a new report ahead of the offensive’s anniversary.

Amnesty International researchers visited 42 Coalition air strike sites across the ruined city and interviewed 112 civilian residents who had survived the carnage and lost loved ones. Read more.

Amnesty International

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June 4, 2018

New Catalan president promises to continue push for independence



Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy was ousted in a no-confidence motion over a corruption scandal. Officials are accused of taking bribes to award government contracts.

Just hours after Pedro Sanchez took office, a separatist government was sworn-in in Catalonia after months of direct rule by Madrid. Read more.

RT

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June 3, 2018

Israeli jets fly over Hudaydah amid Saudi push to seize city: Houthi chief

Leader of Yemen's Houthi Ansarullah movement Abdul-Malik Badreddin al-Houthi has revealed that Israeli warplanes have been detected flying over the key port city of Hudaydah.

Houthi said Israeli jets have been seen in Hudaydah's skies over the past few days amid a push by Saudi mercenaries to seize the city, Arabic-language al-Masirah television network reported. Read more.

PressTV

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Word War at UNSC: Call for protection of Palestinians vetoed by US



The US has vetoed a UN resolution that called for the protection of Palestinian civilians on the Gaza border.

America's proposed its own resolution, that blamed the Islamist militant group Hamas for the violence, how many votes of support did it get? Read more.

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June 2, 2018

The Even Older Plan for World Gov't You've Never Heard Of



Roosevelt, Edith K. “Little Known World Parliament Group Pushes Along” Tallahassee Democrat, Sun, Oct 7, 1962 https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/244234570/

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Spanish PM Rajoy is booted out of office



Spain’s Parliament has voted to oust Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, over a corruption scandal swirling his party.

Rajoy was removed from office after he failed to garner enough votes to survive a no-confidence motion. The motion placed Socialist leader, Pedro Sanchez, with absolute majority to take power.

The no-confidence vote was proposed by the opposition Socialists. They accused Rajoy of failing to take responsibility for his party’s corruption scandal that includes charges of money laundering and tax crimes.

Rajoy’s chance of surviving the vote was minimized on Thursday after the Basque Nationalist Party said it would support the motion.

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German court gives itself a month to decide on Puigdemont's extradition - El Nacional

Scientists call for urgent action on bee-killing insecticides

More than 200 researchers sign letter calling for ban. Andrew Masterson reports.

Continued applications of the most widely used insecticides in the world must be urgently restricted, say 233 scientists in a tightly argued letter published in the journal Science. Read more.

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June 1, 2018

Lithuania & Romania complicit in CIA torture program, EU court rules



The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Lithuania and Romania participated in the CIA's programme of secret black site detentions and also violated the prohibition on torture - by helping the Agency with interrogation of two al-Qaeda terror suspects.

RT

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May 31, 2018

No conclusive evidence Russia behind MH17 downing: Malaysia transport minister

KUALA LUMPUR: There is no conclusive evidence to confirm that Russia was responsible for the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, Malaysian transport minister Anthony Loke said on Wednesday (May 30).

Investigators probing the 2014 downing of flight MH17 said last Thursday for the first time that the missile which brought down the plane over eastern Ukraine originated from a Russian military brigade. All 298 people onboard died. Read more.

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May 30, 2018

Germ-free children may be more prone to leukaemia

A new theory of the disease is compelling, but not quite proven

THE long struggle to cure acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL), a childhood blood cancer, is a stand-out tale in the history of medicine. It was a massive endeavour, over decades, with many toxic drugs being tested in different combinations on dying children. It succeeded in the end. Read more.

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Blockade blowback: Qatar bans Saudi imports as it eyes closer economic ties with Turkey, Iran



Qatar’s new ban on Arab products signals that the year-long Saudi-led blockade aimed at keeping Doha in Riyadh’s economic and political orbit has likely backfired, an analyst told RT.

Qatar’s Ministry of Economy and Commerce announced on Saturday that it would prohibit the sale of all products made in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt – nearly a year after the four Arab states severed diplomatic ties with Doha and imposed sanctions and airspace restrictions. Read more.

RT

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May 29, 2018

Israel Pounds Gaza as Second Rocket Barrage Launched at Israeli Town

IDF carries out 30 strikes on Gaza, including attack tunnel ■ Some rockets fired from Gaza 'Iranian-made' ■ IDF calls incident worst since 2014 Gaza war

The Israeli air force struck targets in Gaza in response to a barrage of 28 mortar shells fired toward southern Israeli communities Tuesday. One of the shells fell into the yard of a kindergarten. Read more.

Haaretz

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Flotilla carrying Gaza wounded set for bid to break Israeli siege



Two boats aim to defy the Israeli blockade as thousands of Palestinians wounded by the Israeli snipers in recent protests struggle for help.

Two boats are set to sail from the Gaza Strip in a bid to break an Israeli-imposed 11-year siege which has prevented medical supplies from getting into the coastal enclave and patients from leaving. Read more.

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May 28, 2018

Israel to demolish Palestinian Bedouin village to build new West Bank settlements



A small Bedouin village on Palestinian territory is about to be demolished, despite EU missions in Jerusalem calling on Israel to stop it.

However, Israelis say the village was built without permission in the first place.

RT

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May 27, 2018

Berlin clubbers oppose AfD march with dance party

Thousands of supporters of Germany’s rising far-right party, the AfD, are marching in Berlin on Sunday. The demonstration is being met with counter-protests by several groups including some from the city’s renowned club scene.

Up to 10,000 people are expected to take part in the march entitled ‘Future for Germany,’ according to its organizers, the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party. Read more + video.

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British arms exports to Israel reach record level

Figures reveal defence firms’ sales at new high, as Prince William prepares for visit to Ramallah and Jerusalem

British defence contractors are selling record amounts of arms to Israel, new figures reveal, just days after it was confirmed that Prince William will represent the UK government on a visit to the country next month. Read more.

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Why does Soros spend millions to elect US prosecutors?



Billionaire philanthropist George Soros is pouring millions of dollars into the campaigns of selected District Attorney candidates in California. 

Caleb Maupin looks at how far the billionaire's sphere of interest extends.

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May 26, 2018

Hare Krsna

Will Oil End the American Century?

F. William Engdahl - The American Century, so triumphantly proclaimed in a 1941 Life magazine editorial by US establishment insider Henry Luce, was built on the control of oil and on an endless succession of wars for that control of global oil. Now, ironically, with the illegal and unilateral cancellation of the Iranian nuclear agreement by the US President, oil may be set to play a key, if unintended, role in the downfall of the global hegemony of that same American Century.

Each element of various countries’ recent and increasing steps to get away from dollar dependency, in and of itself is insufficient to end the domination of the US dollar through Washington’s ability to force other countries to buy or sell their oil only in dollars. Yet each unilateral provocation and sanction action by Washington forces other countries to find solutions only four years ago not deemed possible or practical. Read more.

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EU finance ministers 'regret' Trump's JCPOA move



The EU’s finance ministers express regret over US President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear agreement

In a meeting in Brussels, the ministers said they fully support moves to ensure companies in the 28-nation bloc can continue doing business with Iran.

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Historic demolition: RT reporter witnesses N. Korean nuclear test site blow up



With a series of loud blasts, North Korea's only nuclear test site – underground tunnels and surface infrastructure – went up in a cloud of dust.

RT was at the scene to witness the historic demolition. Read more.

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May 25, 2018

Honest Government Ad | Aussie Arms Industry



The Australien Government made an ad about how its plans to become one of the top 10 exporters of arms in the world, and it's surprisingly honest and informative.

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May 24, 2018

Russian MoD criticizes MH17 investigation for using social media, not witnesses



The Russian Defence Ministry criticises the latest findings from the air crash investigators looking into the MH17 tragedy in 2014 for relying on social media pictures instead of witness accounts. Read more.

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End of unipolar world? New world order evolves in response to US demands on Iran

F. Michael Maloof - If Mike Pompeo’s ultimatum to Iran, after US withdrawal from the Iranian nuclear deal, was fulfilled it would inflict economic warfare on the country and set up Tehran for failure while reasserting a US-led unipolar world order. However, it is doomed to failure.

As Iranian President Hassan Rouhani pointed out following the US Secretary of State’s declaration mirroring the views of President Donald Trump’s new national security adviser, John Bolton, the era when the US will “decide for the world” is over. Read more.

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May 23, 2018

UK diplomats to use US Embassy in Jerusalem despite opposing relocation – report



The UK diplomats in Israel will do their business with Americans through the newly-inaugurated embassy in Jerusalem, a UK minister reportedly said. 

The UK snubbed the grand opening, voicing criticism over the move. Read more.

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May 22, 2018

NGOs Are The Deep State's Trojan Horses



The Trojan horse was the earliest recorded military psyop. That psyop continues to be deployed on unsuspecting populations and it is just as useful as ever, but today's tricksters have donned the mantle of philanthropy, and their Trojan horses are not wooden statues but non-governmental organizations offering "aid" to foreign nations.

In today's edition of The Corbett Report, we'll learn about how NGOs are the deep state's Trojan horses. Read more.

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Pull out of Syria? Bare all to IAEA? Why 12-point US list for Tehran is ‘ultimatum’ meant to fail

The US has laid out 12 demands for Iran that it says Tehran must meet for a new nuclear deal. Problem is, telling Iranian troops out of Syria and dictating what nuclear watchdog inspects doesn’t sound like a real roadmap for peace

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made the White House’s stance crystal clear Monday, calling the nuclear agreement between Tehran and six world powers a “loser.” Read more.

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May 19, 2018

U.S. Scraps Military Exercise to Appease North Korea

North Korea has been seeking a one-on-one meeting between its supreme leader and the U.S. president for more than two decades. And it isn’t difficult to understand why: For the leader of the world’s most powerful country to sit down with his North Korean counterpart would be to bestow an aura of legitimacy and international importance on the rogue state’s regime.

For this very reason, Donald Trump’s immediate predecessors declined to honor North Korea’s request, absent sweeping concessions that Pyongyang proved unwilling to make. Read more.

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Shia cleric Moqtada Sadr bloc wins Iraq elections

An alliance headed by the former Shia militia chief Moqtada Sadr has won the parliamentary elections in Iraq.

Final results released by the electoral commission give his Saeroun bloc 54 seats, with current Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in third place with 42. Read more.

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‘There Is No Opposition in Israel’ as Netanyahu Massacres Gazans, Israeli Journalist Says



Renowned Israeli journalist Gideon Levy says "the victims of Gaza hardly touch anybody in Israel," as the IDF mows down protesters.

Hardline right-wing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has a stranglehold on politics and the left barely exists.

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May 18, 2018

Syrian Army detains 60 French forces

Damascus, May 17, IRNA – Syrian Army has detained 60 French military forces in Hasaka Province in the north of the country, Syrian media said on Thursday.

The detained forces crossed the Syrian border from Iraq in a convoy comprised of 20 Toyota vehicles. Read more.

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May 17, 2018

Haifa the forgotten Palestinian city



This Palestinian family produced an abundance of goods from Haifa, until their homes and factories were destroyed by Israeli settlers.

Lost Cities of Palestine shows rarely seen archival footage of forgotten Palestinian cities before the creation of Israel.

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3 strikes in 24 hours: Israel Attacks Hamas Posts in Gaza Overnight

IDF responds to earlier gunfire, says 'We are determined to ensure security for the residents of Israel'

The Israeli army attacked Hamas military compounds in the northern Gaza Strip overnight on Wednesday, according to the IDF spokesperson's unit. Read more.

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Liberman: Israel, U.S. must leave UNHRC over its Gaza support

The UN body is set to discuss the deadly protests in Gaza and the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem Friday.

Israel and the US must immediately withdraw from the United Nations Human Rights Council to protest its decision to hold an emergency session Friday against Israeli actions on the Gaza border, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman wrote on Twitter Thursday morning. Read more.

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