April 21, 2018

Chemical attacks on Iran: When the US looked the other way

Ted Regencia | Iran denounces 'hypocrisy' of US air strikes as experts urge Tehran to press Syria to stop future chemical attacks.

US President Donald Trump announced on Friday the operation against Syria, framing his decision as a fight against "evil" while saying days earlier that preventing chemical attacks is "about humanity". Read more.

Al Jazeera

April 20, 2018

Dumping the dollar: Iran joins Pakistan, China & Russia to limit use of US currency



Iran has announced it's dumping the dollar in favour of the euro for official financial reporting. That will make it the latest nation to limit use of US money. Read more.

RT

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Iran switches from dollar to euro - MEM
Iran Replaces US Dollar with Euro for Official Reporting Currency - Tasnim

Turkey repatriates gold from US in bid to ditch dollar - RT

April 17, 2018

Corbyn: Does this mean countries could now bomb Saudi airfields over crisis in Yemen?



The Labour leader asked May if she would cease arms sales to Saudi Arabia and stop the government’s support for the bombing campaign in Yemen.

RT

Related,
Anti-war British activists rally in London (video) - PressTV
Angry British MPs denounce their country’s participation in aggression on Syria - Sana

May, Macron try to justify strikes on Syria days later, meet with backlash (video) - RT

OPCW chemical weapons inspectors enter Douma – Syrian state media - RT
Russia: Alleged chemical assault in Syria highly likely staged by Britain (video) - PressTV

Syria Says Missiles Fired at Air Base Intercepted; Pentagon Denies Involvement

Hezbollah: Military airport in Damascus suburb also targeted Reports of loud blasts near Lebanese border All missiles intercepted, Syria says

Syrian air defenses responded to a missile attack over Homs targeting Shayrat air base late Monday night, Syria's official news agency, SANA reported. Hezbollah's media unit said six missiles were fired toward Shayrat and three missiles toward Dumair military airport near Damascus. Read more.

Haaretz

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Syrian air defenses repel missile attacks on airbases in Damascus, Homs - PressTV
Syrian air defenses repel missile strike against Shayrat air base in Homs province – state media (video) - RT

- Air strikes reported in Syria - JPost

Macron under fire from French Parliament over Syria strikes



French President Emmanuel Macron said that the US-led strike on Syria was legitimate, but "history will judge" whether the operation was justified".

The military action has put President Emmanuel Macron under pressure in French Parliament.

RT

Related.
Macron, May get earful from MPs after Syria strikes bypass French, British Parliaments - RT
France’s Macron tries to walk back remarks that he persuaded Trump to keep troops in Syria - Washington Post

Angry British MPs denounce their country’s participation in aggression on Syria - Sana

MPs debate Corbyn’s act on parliamentary approval for military action overseas (video) - RT
UK airstrikes in Syria based on ‘hearsay’ – Labour MP Chris Williamson (video) - RT

Ongeloofwaardig gifgas, de loze luchtslag, WWIII en het publiek dat er niets om gaf

Het kon niet wachten. In de vroege ochtend van zaterdag 14 april sloegen USA, Frankrijk en Groot-Brittannië toe en bombardeerden Syrische vliegvelden en een handvol gebouwen. De drie-staten coalitie nam daarmee haar “verantwoordelijkheid” in reactie op een al weken aangekondigde gifgasaanval door, in de ogen van westerse politici en gleichgeschaltete media, de Syrische regering in het door het Syrische leger omsingelde plaatsje Douma. Veel bewijs voor de zoveelste “chemische moordpartij” door Assad&co. is er niet behalve weinig overtuigende youtube-filmpjes van de door het westen betaalde jihadi-NGO “White Helmets” en berichten van aan USAID en daarmee CIA gelieerde artsenorganisaties.

Terwijl de raketten vallen, arriveren de inspecteurs van het OPWC (Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons) in Syrië om te onderzoeken wat er nu werkelijk in Douma is gebeurd. Helaas te laat om nog invloed te hebben op de compleet illegale (alleen Groot-Brittannië houdt het schaamlapje van “humanitaire crisis” nog eventjes hoog) luchtaanvallen tegen de Syrische staat. Macron, Niki Haley en Boris Johnson hebben op wonderlijke wijze genoeg “bewijs” uit het geïsoleerde Douma verkregen of dikke selffullfilling prophecy “rode lijnen” ten aanzien van gifgas in Syrië getrokken om internationale rechtsregels te verpulveren en de Verenigde Naties buitenspel te zetten.

De hypocrisie is onmetelijk. Jemen mag bijvoorbeeld door Saudi Arabië uitgehongerd worden, Israël kan regelmatig wat ongewapende Palestijnen overhoop schieten of in NATO-puinhoop Libië kunnen gekleurde vluchtelingen als beesten worden behandeld; de “internationale gemeenschap” staat pas op zodra de Syrische regering de oorlog in het land begint te winnen en, weinig overtuigend en opvallend getimed, voor de zoveelste keer, zonder strategisch doel of geopolitiek belang, irrationeel de eigen bevolking vergast. Assad is namelijk gek, zo luidt de argumentatie. En zodoende is het moment gekomen om de wereld op de rand van een wereldoorlog te brengen. Lees meer.

Donkerdoorn

April 16, 2018

Real Media: Direct Action to Stop A War



Sam Walton and Rev. Dan Woodhouse tell their story of how they were acquitted after breaking into a BAE systems airbase in Lancashire to damage fighter jets destined for the Saudi-led bombardment of Yemen

TRNN

Greek protesters attempt to pull down statue of Truman, clash with police over Syria strike



Police in central Athens clashed with members of a communist student organisation on Monday as they attempted to pull down a statue of US President Harry Truman during an anti-war protest over the coordinated strikes on Syria last weekend.

RT

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Thousands protest in Athens against US-led Syria airstrikes - Washington Post
Thousands protest US-led Syria airstrikes in Athens, more rallies planned - eKathimerini

Digitaal kenteken verraadt alles over je auto

Dubai lanceert volgende maand een proefproject met slimme nummerplaten die zijn voorzien zijn van een digitaal scherm, gps en zendertjes. Ook in Nederland wordt getest met digitale kentekens.

Wordt je auto of je nummerplaat gestolen, dan kan op het scherm een waarschuwing getoond worden. Lees meer.

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IMF's Lagarde: Policymakers should view crypto assets positively

The fund chief urges governments and central banks to adopt a balanced approach towards regulation

Policymakers should keep an open mind towards crypto assets and work towards an even-handed regulatory framework that minimises risks and allows creativity to flourish, International Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagarde said on Monday. Read more.

National.ae

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The world must be even-handed in handling digital currencies’ risks and innovations, IMF says - SCMP
JPMorgan Says It May Have to 'Adapt' to Counter Crypto Adoption - Coinsdesk

Christine Lagarde: 3 priorities for the global economy - World Economic Forum
IMF warns of ‘dark clouds looming’ as economic optimism ends (video) - Express

IMF relativeert de gevaren van cryptomunten - NU

Moscow has ‘irrefutable’ evidence chem attack in Syria’s Douma was staged – Russia’s envoy to OPCW

Moscow has “irrefutable proof” that the alleged chemical incident in Syria’s Douma was a “false-flag attack,” orchestrated by UK security services with support from the United States, the Russian envoy to the OPCW said.

“We have not just a ‘high level of confidence,’ as our Western partners uniformly put it; we have irrefutable proof that there was no chemical attack in Douma on April 7,” Russia’s Ambassador to the Organization for the Prohibition of the Chemical Weapons Aleksandr Shulgin said... Read more.

RT

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OPCW inspectors 'not yet' allowed in Syria's Douma: UK delegation - Al Jazeera
US, UK & France’s evidence against Syria questions their reliability – Lavrov (video) - RT

OPCW-accredited Swiss lab can ‘neither confirm nor deny’ BZ toxin was used in Skripal poisoning

The Swiss state Spiez lab which has studied samples from Salisbury said it can “neither confirm nor deny” the Russian foreign minister’s statement that nerve agent BZ was used in Sergei Skripal’s poisoning.

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov made waves on Saturday when he said that Sergei Skripal, a former Russian double agent, and his daughter Yulia, were poisoned with an incapacitating toxin known as 3-Quinuclidinyl benzilate, or simply BZ. While the toxin was never produced in Russia, it was in service in the US, UK and other NATO states. Read more.

RT

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- Swiss Spiez Laboratory ‘bound to OPCW for confidentiality’, says spokesperson - TASS
Corbyn again calls for concrete proof of Russian involvement in Skripal poisoning - RT

Skripals attacked with nerve agent 'in liquid form,' government department says (video) - RT

Roger Waters: White Helmets are Fake Propaganda construct for terrorists



Filmed by Dima Aboud in Spain. Roger Waters exposes NATO-member-state White Helmets as a multi million dollar funded propaganda construct for terrorist factions inside Syria.

Vanessa Beeley

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Roger Waters slams Syria intervention, attacks White Helmets as 'fake' (video) - JPost
Ex-Pink Floyd singer denounces White Helmets as propaganda tool during Barcelona concert (video) - RT

After missile strikes, Trump resumes exit strategy for Syria

The Middle East a "troubled place"While the United States may be “locked and loaded” to respond to future chemical weapons use, the Trump administration is otherwise planning its exit from Syria.

In announcing the April 14 missile strikes by the United States, United Kingdom and France on Syrian chemical weapons facilities, US President Donald Trump also explained his broader approach to Syria and the region; other than defeating the remaining forces of the Islamic State (IS), this approach envisions a much-reduced American role. Read more.

Al-Monitor

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Syria air strikes: Trump defends claiming 'mission accomplished' (video) - BBC
Trump wants to pull troops from Syria 'as quickly as possible,' but it won't be very quick - RT

Macron says he 'convinced' Trump to stay in Syria ahead of strikes (video) - CNN
Trump wanted out of Syria, but is now firmly back in - Times of Israel

Gorillaz - Let Me Out

Barcelona: Hundreds of thousands protest for release of prisoners

Police figures show 315,000 protesters took to the streets, while organizers state that attendance is at 750,00

Nearly six months to the day have passed since the imprisonment of the grassroots pro-independence activists Jordi Cuixart and Jordi Sànchez, the last presidential candidate. They were arrested by the Spanish police for their roles in the independence roadmap of Catalonia. Read more + video.

Catalan News

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Huge rally in Barcelona to demand jailed separatists go free - Washington Post
Hundreds of thousands demand release of independence leaders in Barcelona (video) - RT

Massive Barcelona protests over separatists' rebellion charges (video) - Al Jazeera
Spain hands Germany new proof to support rebellion charge against Puigdemont - El País

Puigdemont’s release from custody risks rift between Spain and Germany - El País
Honderdduizenden demonstreren in Barcelona - AD

April 15, 2018

Caught in a lie, US & allies bomb Syria the night before international inspectors arrive

Eva Bartlett | The US, Britain and France trampled international law to launch missiles against Syria, claiming to have “evidence” of the government’s use of chemical weapons. That evidence is based on terrorist lies.

After a week of outrageous tweets and proclamations by POTUS Trump, which included continued accusations that Syria’s president ordered a chemical weapons attack on civilians in Douma, east of Damascus, with Trump using grotesque and juvenile terminology, such as “animal Assad,” the very evening before chemical weapons inspectors of the OPCW were to visit Douma, America and allies launched illegal bombings against Syria. The illegal bombings included 103 missiles, 71 of which Russia states were intercepted. Read more.

RT

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US won’t pull out troops from Syria until goals accomplished – UN envoy Haley - RT
Actions similar to coalition strikes in Syria will lead to chaos in international relations – Putin - RT

US in direct ties with Syria terrorists: Rouhani - PressTV
'Double standards: US, UK, France stand by Saudis in Yemen but pose as moral crusaders in Syria' - RT

- Syria: UN Mission Report Confirms that “Opposition” Rebels Used Chemical Weapons against Civilians and Government Forces - Global Research

Jeremy Corbyn calls Syria airstrikes legally questionable



Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn says parliament should have been consulted over the UK's involvement in the strikes on Syria that took place early on Saturday.

Corbyn says he has asked Theresa May to publish in full the legal basis and justification for the attack Jeremy Corbyn calls Syria strikes legally questionable. Read more.

Guardian

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Jeremy Corbyn urged Theresa May to postpone 'legally questionable' Syria strikes at the eleventh hour (video) - Telegraph

Corbyn on Syria strikes: Bombs won't save lives or bring about peace - PressTV
‘Where’s the legal basis?’ Corbyn challenges legality of Syria missile strikes - RT

- Strike on Syria legitimate as 3 UNSC members acted - Macron - RT

Latin America Leaders Condemn US-led Attack On Syria



The governments of Cuba, Venezuela and Bolivia were among those condemning the airstrikes against the Syrian government.

Several Latin American governments, including those in Cuba and Venezuela, as well as regional leaders and presidents condemned Saturday the attacks by the U.S., France and the United Kingdom on Syria, using as a pretext the alleged use of chemical weapons in Douma by President Bashar Assad's forces without proper investigations being done. Read more.

teleSUR

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Cuba Warns over Perils of the Likely Use of Force in Latin Americas - Prensa Latina
Evo Morales Rebuffs Pretexts to Criminalize Governments - Prensa Latina

Evo Morales Condemns U.S. Actions against Venezuela and Cuba - Prensa Latina
World leaders & regional countries react to US-led military aggression against Syria (video) - PressTV

Who says what about US, UK, France airstrikes on Syria - PressTV
European leaders back Syria airstrikes; China against - ABC

Ayatollah Khamenei: US, UK, French attack on Syria ‘a crime’ - PressTV
China Urges Parties to Syrian Conflict to Return to Norms of Int'l Law - Sputnik

System Of A Down - B.Y.O.B.

Gorillaz - Spitting Out The Demons

‘US, UK & France want new intl. order with no UN supervision’

The missile strikes on Syria are another step by the US, the UK and France toward creating they own global order, where they can do what they want without answering to the UN, Willy Wimmer, former OSCE Assembly vice-head, told RT.

“Since the illegal war against Yugoslavia in 1999, they [the US, the UK and France] want to have their own international structure,” Wimmer said. “They want to destroy the Charter of the UN. Read more.

RT

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From Srebrenica to Syria: How the US replaced the UN as ‘world police’ - RT
Putin: History pinned blame on US for ‘bloody carnage’ in Yugoslavia & Iraq, same will be with Syria - RT

Latin America Leaders Condemn US-led Attack On Syria (video) - teleSUR
Cuba Warns over Perils of the Likely Use of Force in Latin Americas - Prensa Latina

April 14, 2018

Independent Swiss Lab Says 'BZ Toxin' Used In Skripal Poisoning; US/UK-Produced, Not Russian

Remember how we were told my the politicians (not the scientists) that a deadly Novichok nerve agent - produced by Russia - was used in the attempted assassination of the Skripals? Remember the 50 questions (here and here) we had surrounding the 'facts' as Theresa May had laid them out? Ever wonder why, given how utterly deadly we were told this chemical was, the Skripals wondered around for a few hours after being 'infected' and then days later, survived with no chronic damage?

Well those doubts may well have just been answered as according to the independent Swiss state Spiez lab, the substance used on Sergei Skripal was an agent called BZ, which was never produced in Russia, but was in service in the US, UK, and other NATO states. Read more.

ZeroHedge

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Russia: Swiss lab analysis shows nerve agent designed in West - NY Post
Russia's Sergey Lavrov claims Sergei Skripal was poisoned with Western BZ nerve agent - DW

Lavrov: OPCW may’ve misidentified nerve agent used in Skripal poisoning (video) - RT
Lavrov: Swiss lab says ‘BZ toxin’ used in Salisbury, not produced in Russia, was in US & UK service - RT

Russia asks OPCW why Swiss experts’ conclusions on Salisbury case omitted — Lavrov - TASS

Minister Lavrov: sporen westers zenuwgas gevonden in zaak-Skripal - NOS
Blok bekritiseert Russische 'mist en desinformatie' over Skripal - NOS

13 US missiles shot down by Syria air defense system



Multiple places in Syria have come under attack by US, British and French military forces after President Donald Trump ordered a military strike against the war-torn country.

"A short time ago, I ordered the United States Armed Forces to launch precision strikes on targets associated with the chemical weapons capabilities of" Syria, Trump said in a televised address from the White House on Friday evening.

US officials said that Tomahawk cruise missiles and other types of bombs were used in the attack, with UK's Defense Ministry saying that four RAF tornado jets also took part in the strike. Read more.

PressTV

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Russia: Syria air defence intercepted 71 missiles (video) - Jazeera
US and France say none of their missiles intercepted in Syria - Al Jazeera

Syria strikes: What sites were targeted by US, UK and France? - Al Jazeera

Syria Under Siege: Guarding Against Wolves in Sheep Clothing



Vanessa Beeley & Eva Bartlett vs. Ethical Journalism & Human Decency in the Age of Social Media Reporting

Syria is a cultural, ethnic and religious mosaic of a country with Sunnis, Shias, Druze, Christians. Additional ethnicities include Syrian Kurds, Turkmens, Armenians, Circassians, Turkmens, Greeks, Yezidis, and Shabaks.

Syria is a nation under siege with multiple forces involved, from many sides, by multiple factions and nations. We have Assad’s Forces, Syrian Kurds, FSA, Al-Nusra, ISIS, Al-Qaeda, Hezbollah, Ahrar ash-Sham, Faylaq Al-Sham. And we have multiple nations and their bases: Turkey, Iran, Russia, US-NATO, Israel.

With so many factions involved, so many divided geographical areas, and so many diverging foreign interests, how do journalists go about factual and unbiased reporting on Syria? How can this be done through ethical journalism, but most importantly with human decency? How can outsiders sift through information and misinformation bombardment, and detect facts versus agenda and biased-based reporting? Read more.

Newsbud

Japanese Protesters Demand ‘Liar’ Abe’s Resignation Over Scandal

Tens of thousands of people joined a demonstration outside Japan’s parliament Saturday, in a sign of growing public anger over cronyism scandals engulfing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Organizers say about 50,000 people attended this weekend’s rally in Tokyo -- the biggest in nearly three years. Protesters, many young, held up signs calling Abe a "liar" and seeking his resignation. Read more.

Bloomberg

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Anti Abe Protest In Front Of Tokyo Parliament (photos) - Getty
Scandal-hit Abe moves to shore up base in Osaka ahead of LDP presidential election - Japan Times

Can a Weekend at Mar-a-Lago Rescue the Trump-Abe Relationship? - Foreign Policy
Trump, Abe to meet as U.S.-Japan relationship shows strains over North Korea, trade - Washington Post

Chemical weapons investigation team arrives in Damascus – OPCW

A fact-finding mission by the UN’s chemical weapons watchdog has arrived in Damascus. The agency said earlier its work would continue despite airstrikes carried out on the country hours earlier by the US, UK, and France.

Inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) are in the country to investigate the circumstances surrounding reports of a gas attack in the Syrian city of Douma,.. Read more.

RT

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View of science center in Syria targeted by US-led strikes (video) - RT

Westerse inmenging in Syrië is een ramp

De militaire aanval van de VS, Frankrijk en Groot-Brittannnië op Syrië draait niet om principes zoals democratie of mensenrechten, maar is een geostrategische zet in een falende belangenpolitiek.

Vorige nacht hebben de VS, samen met hun immer trouwe vazallen Frankrijk en Groot-Brittannië, een militaire aanval ingezet op Syrië. Lees meer.

VRT

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Poetin: 'Aanval Syrië in strijd met internationaal recht en regels VN' - RTL
Het Pentagon kon Trump beletten om een rechtstreekse oorlog met Rusland uit te lokken. Deze keer dan toch - De Wereld Morgen

From Srebrenica to Syria: How the US replaced the UN as ‘world police’ - RT
‘US, UK & France want new intl. order with no UN supervision’ - RT

Putin: History pinned blame on US for ‘bloody carnage’ in Yugoslavia & Iraq, same will be with Syria - RT

Russia to suspend nuclear, rocket cooperation with America, ban US tobacco & alcohol – draft law

Russian lawmakers have drafted a bill suspending cooperation with US companies in the nuclear, missile and aircraft-building spheres, as well as introducing restrictions on imports of alcohol and tobacco produced in the US.

“The bill is about alcohol and tobacco products and about ceasing or suspending international cooperation in the nuclear sphere, rocket engine building and aircraft building between Russian companies and organizations under US jurisdiction,”... Read more.

RT

US and allies launch strikes on Syria chemical weapons sites

President Donald Trump says he has approved US military strikes against Syrian chemical weapons sites, in collaboration with the UK and France.

The strikes are in response to an alleged chemical attack on the Syrian town of Douma last week. Read more.

BBC

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U.S. launches missile strikes in Syria (video) - Washington Post
First images of US-led strikes on Damascus emerge (video/photos) - RT

Syria comes under military attack on Trump's orders - PressTV
Explosions heard in east Damascus after Trump announces Syria strikes – witnesses - RT

Pentagon says Syria strikes are 'one time shot' to send strong message to Assad - RT
Strike on Syria won't remain without consequences – Russian ambassador to US - RT

Westerse bombardementen op Syrië - NOS
VS voert samen met bondgenoten raketaanval uit in Syrië - AD

Poetin: 'Aanval Syrië in strijd met internationaal recht en regels VN' - RTL

Putin warns Macron against any ‘dangerous actions’ in Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin has cautioned his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron against any “dangerous actions” in war-torn Syria, as the West ponders possible strikes on the Arab country in retaliation for a suspected chemical attack near Damascus last week.

“The most important thing is to refrain from ill-considered and dangerous actions that would constitute a gross violation of the UN Charter and... Read more.

PressTV

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French President tells Putin he wants to 'intensify' Syria dialogue - Pulse
Syria crisis: Putin warns France against 'ill-considered and dangerous actions' - Independent

Syria 'chemical attack': France's President Macron 'has proof' - BBC

April 13, 2018

April 11, 2018

The Anti-capitalist Folk Band That Has Been Arrested 400 Times



A Turkish protest band is singing about capitalism, imperialism and anti-Americanism

teleSUR

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In Call to Netanyahu, Putin Urges Israel Not to Take Action in Syria

Netanyahu told Putin: Israel will not permit Iran to set up military presence in Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke on Wednesday, and the Russian leader urged Israel not to take action in Syria and to threaten its security. Read more.

Haaretz

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Putin talks to Netanyahu, says respect Syria's sovereignty - Reuters
Putin asks Netanyahu to avoid destabilizing steps in Syria - Times of Israel

- Senoir Security Officials: If Iran acts against Israel, we'll tople Assad (video) - JPost
Analysis Russia's Tough Rhetoric Shows Israel Is Losing Its Leeway With the Kremlin (paywall) - Haaretz

Ukraine slams German-Russia gas pipeline



Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has urged Germany to abandon plans to build a second pipeline to bring gas from Russia.

 Ukrainian president alleged that the pipeline would enable a "blockade" against his country. Poroshenko described the Nord Stream-2 project as a political bribe for loyalty to Russia. He charged that the pipeline is not justified economically. The pipeline would double the amount of Russian gas arriving in Germany via the Baltic Sea.

The Nord Stream-2 pipeline will be operational by late 2019. Kiev has refused to pay for gas imports from Russia, forcing Moscow to cut off gas flow to Ukraine.

PressTV

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Poroshenko tells Germany Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline is a ‘political bribe’ - Kyiv Post
Poroshenko proposes Germany modernize Ukrainian GTS instead of participating in Nord Stream 2 - Interfax

Merkel says Nord Stream 2 not possible without clarity for Ukraine - Reuters
Is Germany Souring on Russia’s Nord Stream? - Foreign Policy

US Occupying Oil-Rich Areas in North Syria to Choke Damascus



Turkish-Kurdish journalist Ali Ornek says the United States is keeping a military presence in SDF/YPG-held areas in northern Syria to starve the government in Damascus of revenue needed to rebuild.

TRNN

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Trump Warns Russia That Missiles ‘Will Be Coming’ to Syria

WASHINGTON — President Trump put Syria and Russia on notice Wednesday morning, promising that missiles fired at Syria “will be coming, nice and new and ‘smart!’” — while also telling the Kremlin that it should not partner with a “Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!”

Mr. Trump’s early morning comments were remarkable in that he is, in some way, telegraphing the United States’ response to a suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria, which is something he had previously criticized other leaders for doing. Read more.

NY Times

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Trump: Get ready Russia, missiles will be coming at Syria, nice and new and ‘smart’! - RT

'Get ready Russia' - Donald Trump tells Putin and Assad to expect missile attack as he says relations now worse than during Cold War - Telegraph

Russia to US: Save your missiles for terrorists - PressTV
Moscow to Trump: Are ‘smart’ missiles an attempt to destroy alleged chem attack evidence in Syria? - RT

'US-led jets flying over Syria amid looming threats of military strike' - PressTV
Russia threatens to shoot down any US missiles fired at Syria - Al Jazeera

Apologetic Tony Blair backs US intervention in Syria despite his Iraq disaster



britain's controversial former prime minister Tony Blair has bid to push his country into yet another military conflict - this time in Syria. 

In an interview, Blair claimed the UK should back a U.S. intervention against Damascus, in the wake of the alleged chemical attack.

RT

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Israel verifies video of sniper shooting Palestinian on Gaza border



The Israeli military has confirmed a video that shows an army sniper shooting a Palestinian during peaceful protests on the Gaza border is authentic. Palestinians say it shows Gazans are being shot while posing no threat to soldiers.

Israel's military says the video, which was apparently shared on social media recently by an Israeli soldier, was taken in December.

Al Jazeera's Bernard Smith reports from West Jerusalem.

April 10, 2018

The Hit List: What it takes to make it ON or OFF US terror file



The leader of the Lebanese political party and militant group Hezbollah has revealed Washington offered to remove it from the terror watch list, and give it financial aid, if it dropped its resistance to Israel.

RT

'Everywhere you go, chaos is left behind' – Russia’s UN envoy to US over 'chem attack' in Syria

Gifgasaanval of oorlogspropaganda?

De oorlogspropaganda draait weer op volle toeren. Een ‘vermoedelijke’ gifgasaanval in het kleine rebellengebied Douma wordt zonder onderzoek in de schoenen van het Syrische regime geschoven en in een adem krijgen ook Moskou en Iran er weer duchtig van langs.

Een jaar geleden was de oorlogsretoriek even groot als vandaag en werd een Syrische luchtmachtbasis vanwaar de 'gifgasaanval' tegen Khan Sheikhun zogezegd werd gelanceerd met 59 kruisraketten bestookt. Lees meer.

De Wereld Morgen

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US has no evidence of Syrian use of sarin gas, Mattis says - Washington Post
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Tucker: Would war against Assad make US safer?



Tucker Carlson blasted those who feel the latest gas attack targeting Syrian civilians is a call to declare war on Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad.

Carlson said "talk-show generals" and war hawk politicians like Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) have "no real idea what happened." Read more.

Fox

Chemical Weapons Attack in Syria? An Open Source Investigation



No sooner has the idea of a US withdrawal from Syria been floated than Assad launched a chemical weapons attack on the suburbs of Damascus...or so we are being asked to believe. But this is not the first time we have been lied to about chemical weapons claims. What is the evidence about this situation, and what are the latest developments with regard to the international response? 

Corbett Report members are asked to contribute to this open source investigation by posting information and links about this breaking news event. Read more.

Corbett Report

Video: A Brief History of U.S. Intervention in Iraq Over the Past Half Century



FIFTEEN YEARS AGO this week, on April 9, 2003, television networks across the globe cut to a live scene unfolding in Baghdad’s Firdos Square. A motley hybrid of what appeared to be ordinary Iraqis and uniformed U.S. troops — who had begun to occupy Baghdad — pulled down a massive statue of Saddam Hussein. It was a brilliant, semi-staged propaganda exercise meant to reinforce the neoconservative promise that ordinary Iraqis would be exuberant over the fall of the regime and welcome the U.S. troops as liberators.

It was with this image firmly tattooed on the public consciousness of the war that George W. Bush stepped off a fighter plane onboard the USS Abraham Lincoln on May 1, 2003, ridiculously dressed in a flight suit, and told the world that the American mission was accomplished. There was a massive banner with that message created just for that moment. In reality, this particular war was just beginning and it continues on to this day. Read more.

Intercept

Pro-Lula Protests Continue In Brazil



On Sunday, thousands of supporters set up the Lula Libre camp in Curitiba. They are hoping to press for a Supreme Court decision this week that could free Lula.

teleSUR

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Brazil Lula Update (video) - teleSUR
As President, ‘Lula’ of Brazil Opened the Prison. Now He’s an Inmate. - NY Times

Brazil ex-leader Lula's supporters camp outside jail - BBC
Lula behind bars: Brazil's ex-president faces uncertain future (video) - Al Jazeera

Lula's imprisonment sends a dark message to Brazil's poor - Al Jazeera

Venezuela Approves Decree on the Use of Cryptocurrencies

Venezuela’s National Constituent Assembly has approved the decree on the use of cryptocurrencies and the country’s new “oil-backed” currency, after repeatedly declaring the Petro illegal. The new currency began its initial coin offering last month as the Venezuelan president continues to strongly push its use.

The Venezuelan National Constituent Assembly (ANC) has approved the draft Constituent Decree on Cryptoassets and the Petro, the country’s government announced last week. Read more.

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Free Publicity: Venezuela Thanks Trump’s Petro Ban for Doubling Investors - CCN
Venezuelan Crypto-currency Joins U.S. Dollar Destabilization - Prensa

First Soros, Now Rockefellers Move into Cryptocurrency


First, if reports are to be believed, legendary investor George Soros was found to be investing in cryptocurrency. Now, Venrock, a 3 billion USD venture capital firm owned by storied American family, the Rockefellers, have taken to crypto.

Limited liability venture capital firm, Venrock (a compound of “venture” and “Rockefeller”), is turning its sights on cryptocurrency projects and markets. Famously an investment vehicle of the Rockefeller family, the focus for Venrock since its inception nearly half a century ago is technology and science. Read more.

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It Started With the Rockefellers. Now It's Taking on Crypto (video) - Fortune

April 9, 2018

Enter Bolton: Trump’s new security adviser comes with chemical casus belli on hand

On Monday evening, President Donald Trump will meet senior Pentagon officials with his new mega-hawk National Security Advisor John Bolton taking part. Bolton enters the office with a brand new pretext to bomb Syria. 

Bolton, a key player in building the George W Bush administration’s fraudulent case for attacking Iraq, starts his tenure in the Trump administration this week. Read more.

RT

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- Syria attack response looms over Bolton's first week as national security adviser (video) - CNN
Bolton starts today, with a Syria crisis on the agenda. But there are limits to what he can do. - Washington Post

- Trump says U.S. to decide on response to ‘atrocious’ Syria chemical attack in 24 to 48 hours (video) - Washington Post
- WikiLeaks issues a US$100,000 reward for information chemical attack Douma - Wikileaks

Syrië: weer gifgas op bestelling

Terwijl het Syrische leger de laatste jihadi’s uit Ghouta een vrije uittocht garandeert en de Syrische oorlog langzaam maar zeker een einde vindt, doet crazy Assad het alweer: een compleet nutteloze aanval met chemische wapens op de burgers van het stadje Douma. Het script is ondertussen bekend en voorspelbaar. 

De beelden van de door het westen ondersteunde en aan Al Qaida groepen gelieerde “Witte helmen” gaan de wereld over (wederom wordt gifgas zonder beschermende kleding behandeld), alle oorlogspartijen in het “Assad-must-go” kamp brullen om wraak en gerechtigheid en uiteindelijk is compleet onduidelijk, nadat de anti-Assad media-propaganda-shitstorm is gaan liggen, wie er eigenlijk achter de aanslag zit.

Logica: iedereen behalve de Syrische regering. Onlogica en het “officiële verhaal”: de Syrische regering. Het enige wat de gifgasaanval van april 2018 nog “opvallend” maakt, is het feit dat deze er al weken aan zat te komen. Nu is duidelijk waar de hele “Skripal” onzin, de bijzonder ongeloofwaardige “Russische” aanslag met Sovjet-gif op een uitgerangeerde ex-spion in het Verenigd Koninkrijk, om draait. Lees meer.

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Israeli warplanes carried out strikes on Syrian airbase – Russian MoD



Two Israeli F-15 fighters targeted Syria’s T-4 airbase in Homs province, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Monday.

The jets fired eight guided missiles, but five of them were shot down before they hit the airfield. Read more.

RT

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Several Dead After Israeli Attack On Syrian Airbase (video) - teleSUR

Video shows Ahed Tamimi interrogation in Israeli detention centre



A video showing a portion of an Israeli interrogation session with jailed teen activist Ahed Tamimi was released to the public on Monday at a press conference in Ramallah, showing Israel's interrogation tactics on the then 16-year-old.

The video showed a portion of a more than two-hour interrogation session with the minor at Israel's Shaar Binyamin detention centre in the occupied West Bank on December 26.

The Israeli interrogators used verbal threats and intimidation techniques to coerce Tamimi into cooperating with Israeli authorities.

Al Jazeera's Mohammed Jamjoom reports from Ramallah.

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Londoners held anti-Israeli rally in the British capital



People have staged a rally in the British capital London to denounce Israeli slaughter of Palestinians in their peaceful March of Return. Londoners then slammed their government’s support for the regime and its silence on the atrocities being committed in the Palestinian territories.

Richard Sudan has this report from London.

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Moscow calls ‘chemical attack’ in Douma ‘fake news,’ warns against Syrian intervention

Reports of an alleged gas attack in the Syrian town of Douma are ‘fake news’ aimed at justifying potential strikes against Syria, Moscow said. It warned of “dire consequences” in the event of any military interference.

The Russian Foreign Ministry denounced the latest reports about a chemical attack that allegedly affected dozens of civilians in the militant-controlled town of Douma. Read more.

RT

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- Syria war: At least 70 killed in suspected chemical attack in Douma - BBC
- Trump and others condemn chemical attack in Syria that Russia calls a 'hoax' - (video) - CNN

- Trump Blames Putin, Iran For Backing ‘Animal Assad’ In Wake Of Reported Chemical Attack - Huff Post

Seed bank saved from war to serve Syrian agricultural resurrection



Tens of thousands of precious seed samples were rescued by scientists from the International Centre for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) in the war-ravaged Aleppo countryside at the height of the conflict in Syria.

Although most of ICARDA expatriate staff left the Aleppo site in 2012, the center’s scientists continued to maintain original seed samples in Syria for years, while also sending duplicates of the seed pool to other seed banks. Read more.

RT

April 8, 2018

'Ghana will not offer a military base to US' - President



The president of Ghana announced on Thursday that the U.S. will not be offered a military base in the West African country.

RT

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- Deal With U.S. Military Sets Off Protests in Ghana - NY Times 

Kabinet houdt kaken op elkaar over steun aan ‘gematigde’ rebellen Afrin

Na eerdere berichtgeving van het Vrije Syrische Leger (FSA) dat 25.000 van haar strijders samen met het Turkse leger in de Noord-Syrische regio Afrin vechten, wil het kabinet niet prijsgeven in hoeverre er eenheden meevechten die Nederlandse steun hebben ontvangen. 

Eerder meldde de Nederlandse regering dat zij enkel rebellen van het Vrije Syrische Leger steunde, maar nu weigert het kabinet dat te bevestigen. Lees meer.

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Bert Wagendorp: 'Hopelijk groeit de roep uit tot een koor: krijg de kolere, stelletje graaiende pillendraaiers'

Het Academisch Medisch Centrum in Amsterdam gaat een medicijn maken dat wordt gebruikt bij een zeldzame stofwisselingsziekte. 

De fabrikant rekent voor het middel tussen 160- en 200 duizend euro per patiënt per jaar, de apotheek van het AMC doet het voor 25 duizend. Er zijn in Nederland 65 lijders aan de ziekte CTX, dat scheelt dus gauw 9 miljoen euro. Lees meer.

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April 7, 2018

DHS: Fears over journalist database 'fit for tin foil hat wearing ... conspiracy theorists'

(CNN)The Department of Homeland Security is pushing back on reaction to reports that it's seeking access to a database of journalists and bloggers, arguing that the move is "standard practice."

A solicitation posted to the Federal Business Opportunities website, the main contracting website used by the federal government, outlines a number of requests from DHS related to media monitoring -- including 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week access to a "media influencer" database that would be made up of reporters, editors and bloggers. Read more.

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‘Novichok would have affected many more people’ – former OPCW head



The recovery of the Skripals has raised questions about how they managed to survive after reportedly being poisoned by such a strong nerve agent.

RT discusses this issue with former OPCW Director General Jose Bustani.

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- Sergei Skripal: 21 people have been treated following Russia spy poisoning, police say (video) - Independent

- A Poisoning in England: But Which Poison? - Sciencemag
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- Salisbury poisoning: UK experts cannot prove novichok nerve agent used on Skripals came from Russia, MoD says (video) - Independent

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- Nicht van vergiftigde oud-spion Skripal mag niet naar Groot-Brittannië komen - NU

Rebel CIA officer launches petition to 'reconnect' Assange



Former intelligence officers have launched a petition in support of Julian Assange. They want the Ecuadorian embassy, where he's been staying since 2012, to restore his internet connection.

The petition letter was handed over by a former CIA officer-turned-whistleblower.

RT

Aanpassing van de Wiv is pr-stunt

De aanpassingen van de inlichtingenwet zijn een wassen neus, meent chef parlement Hans van Soest. Het kabinet doet net alsof er iets is veranderd zonder dat dat het geval is. Een gebrek aan lef van de coalitie om gewoon achter de wet te blijven staan.

Politieke partijen blijven in hun maag zitten met het raadgevend referendum. Het kabinet mag een ‘nee’ van de kiezer naast zich neerleggen. Dat doet het ook, maar tegelijkertijd probeert het kabinet te doen alsof het tegemoet komt aan de tegenstanders. Lees meer.

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