December 10, 2018

Yemen: Ansarullah says open for more talk if Sweden process yields

Yemen’s popular Houthi Ansarullah movement says it is open for more talks with representatives of the country’s former Saudi Arabia-backed government if underway negotiations in Sweden make progress.

“If we leave these consultations having made progress -- progress in building confidence and finding a framework -- we can hold a new round of talks" in the coming months, the spokesman and chief negotiator for the movement said on Sunday." Read more.

PressTV

Lost Treasures of the Yangtze Valley

Trump's Trade Policy Towards China: A Distraction to Benefit the Rich



As stock markets around the world are reeling from contradictory Trump administration signals regarding US policy towards China, we look at: Who benefits? And: What would a better trade policy towards China look like? 

CEPR's Mark Weisbrot and PERI's Gerald Epstein discuss the issue.

TRNN

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China lodges solemn representations against U.S. for Huawei senior executive's detention - Xinhua
Huawei denies any wrongdoing by company CFO - Xinhua

Lopez Obrador’s Plans to Lead Mexico out of Neoliberalism Will Mean Crossing Swords with the US



We now have a politically experienced president in Mexico – gone are the days when Mexico kowtows to the US. This will mean a more sovereign economic and foreign policy, says Vijay Prashad of Tricontinental Institute for Social Research

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Mexico's new president throws down gauntlet to oil majors - Reuters

Roger Waters: Neoliberalism Is Fueling the Flames of Fascism



After performing in Brazil, Roger Waters discusses the rise of Jair Bolsonaro and the Murder of Marielle Franco

TRNN

December 9, 2018

Why America? Mass Shootings & White Nationalism Share Roots



Since October 2017, America experienced three of the deadliest mass shootings in modern history. This epidemic coincides with a frightening resurgence of white nationalism. Sometimes the two trends overlap.

But why here? Both phenomena can be explained by a common historical thread—to unravel it Abby Martin sits down with indigenous scholar Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz to discuss her latest book “Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment”.

teleSUR

Bye-bye dollar: India & UAE agree to trade in local currencies

New Delhi and Abu Dhabi have inked a currency swap agreement to boost trade and investment without involvement of a third currency like the US dollar.

The swap is for an amount of two billion UAE dirham or 35 billion Indian rupees (US$495 million), according to the Indian Embassy in Abu Dhabi. Read more.

RT

India set to ban use of “last hope” antibiotic to fatten livestock after Bureau story

The Indian government is set to ban the “last hope” antibiotic colistin from being used to make livestock grow faster, in an effort to tackle the rise of superbugs.

Colistin has been used for years on farm animals despite being one of the most important drugs in human medicine. It is known as the “last resort” drug as it is given to patients seriously ill with infections which have become resistant to most other antibiotics. Read more.

TBIJ

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‘India’s unapproved drug combinations are risky -SciDev.Net
Dangerous new superbug confirmed in India as antibiotic resistance spreads - Telegraph

Shell Oil Executive Boasts That His Company Influenced the Paris Agreement

SHELL OIL HELPED write the Paris climate agreement, according to a top Royal Dutch Shell executive. They’re also the world’s ninth-largest producer of greenhouse gas emissions.

The executive, Shell’s Chief Climate Change Adviser David Hone, made his comments at the international climate change conference COP 24 on Friday. Hone was candid about just how much of a hand his company — through their involvement with the International Emissions Trading Association — had in writing the Paris agreement. Read more.

Intercept

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December 4, 2018

Parts Unknown: Bhutan by Late Anthony



Documentary by Late Anthony Borden Zero Point Zero - CNN

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December 3, 2018

Pakistan's New PM Imran Khan Seeks Historic Peace Deal with India, After Decades of Conflict



Pakistan’s new Prime Minister Imran Khan is trying to reach a historic peace deal with rival India, opening a border crossing for Sikh pilgrims.

Journalist Munizae Jahangir says this is the first time in years that civilian and military leadership are on the same page, but Delhi’s 2019 election could derail the efforts

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America’s imperial hubris is pushing Pakistan into the arms of Russia & China - RT

Israel’s opposition urges Benjamin Netanyahu to resign amid bribery charges

Israel’s opposition leader has called on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to step down after the Israeli police recommended indicting him and his wife, Sara, for bribery and other corruption charges.

Tzipi Livni, the leader of the opposition in the Knesset, made the comment in a Twitter post on Sunday. Read more.

PressTV

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Opposition: 'Mob boss' Netanyahu must quit (video)- JPost
Opposition excoriates PM for saying criminal probes were ‘skewed from the start’ - Times of Israel

Israeli Opposition Calls on Netanyahu to Resign After Police Recommend Bribery Charges - Haaretz
- 'Witch Hunt': Netanyahu Blasts 'Tainted' Investigation After Police Recommend Bribery Charges - Haaretz

- Netanyahu: Polici reconmmendations to indict me are 'nothing' - JPost
‘What a Hanukkah gift’: Bitter PM slams police call to charge him with bribery - Times of Israel

Fatah: Hamas is not a terrorist group

Fatah, he said, was prepared to lay aside its differences with Hamas in order to reject the resolution against the terrorist group that has been ruling the Gaza Strip since 2007.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s ruling Fatah faction is opposed to an American proposal to condemn Hamas at the United Nations General Assembly, Osama Qawassmeh, a spokesman for the group, said on Sunday. Read more.

JPost

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Fatah slams US-sponsored anti-Hamas UN draft resolution - Peninsula

Hamas: Truce with Israel Ongoing Regardless of Stalled Reconciliation - Al-Awsat

Moscow hosts Fatah, Hamas members amid Palestinian unity efforts - JPost
Hamas Leader Says He Has Been Invited to Moscow - NY Times

How Israel helped create Hamas - Washington Post
Blowback: How Israel Went From Helping Create Hamas to Bombing It - Intercept

Microsoft vows to hand over all its technologies to ‘ethical & honorable’ US military

As big tech in the US faces increased opposition from its own employees over Pentagon contracts, the head of Microsoft Corporation appears to have decided to throw his weight behind the US military and to offer them full support.

Microsoft is “going to provide the US military with access to the best technology ... all the technology we create. Full stop,” Brad Smith, the president of the tech giant, said at the Reagan National Defense Forum, held at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California. Read more.

RT

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Microsoft Will Give US Military Access to 'All the Technology We Create' - Military.com
Microsoft will give the U.S. military access to 'all the technology we create' - LA Times

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Microsoft vows to hand over all its technologies to ‘ethical & honorable’ US military (video) - Anon News Feeds

November 30, 2018

Bad publicity? Cohen? Russiagate? Many reasons Trump canceled Putin meeting, but Ukraine isn’t one

US President Donald Trump cited the recent incident in the Kerch Strait when canceling the meeting with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. Experts who spoke with RT doubt that this is the real reason behind the last-minute move.

Officially, Trump called off the meeting because “the ships and sailors have not been returned to Ukraine from Russia,” he tweeted on Thursday, referring to the three vessels seized by the Russian coast guard while attempting to pass from the Black Sea to the Sea of Azov through Russian waters. Read more + video.

RT

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Trump abruptly cancels planned Putin meeting - CNN
Trump Cancels Meeting With Putin, Citing Naval Clash Between Russia and Ukraine - NY Times

Senate vote on Yemen rebukes Trump administration's pro-Saudi stance

Senators allow floor vote on cutting US military aid for war. Mattis and Pompeo fail to dampen unease about US-Saudi ties. 

The Senate has delivered a significant rebuke to the Trump administration by defying the advice of its top officials and advancing a measure that would cut US military support for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen. Read more.

Guardian

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Yemen war: Vote in US Senate delivers rebuke to Trump - BBC
Senate advances bill to end U.S. involvement in Yemen war after 'inadequate' briefing on Saudi Arabia - NBC

Senate defies White House on Saudi support in Yemen - Politico
Lobbyists have paid five of the Senators who shot down Yemen bill - Al Jazeera

Senate votes to end Saudi support in Yemen over Jamal Khashoggi murder  - Telegraph
Senate Vote on Yemen: An Embarrassment to Trump, a Blow to Saudi Arabia (paywall) - Haaretz

The WWI Conspiracy - Part Two: The American Front



Difficult as it had been for the Round Table to maneuver the British Empire into the war with Germany, it would be that much harder for their American fellow travelers to coax the United States out of its neutrality and into World War One. 

The cabal was going to have to leverage its control of the press and key governmental positions to begin to shape public perception and instill pro-war sentiment. And once again, the full resources of these motivated co-conspirators were brought to bear on the task.

Join The Corbett Report for Part Two of The WWI Conspiracy. Read more + part 1.

Corbett Report

November 29, 2018

‘Shell betaalt in Nederland geen winstbelasting’

Shell betaalt volgens ingewijden al jaren geen winstbelasting in Nederland. Een vertrouwelijk intern document van het ministerie van financiën ondersteunt dat.

Het bedrijf verdient miljarden op Nederlandse bodem, maar door gebruik te maken van legale aftrekposten weet het bedrijf volgens bronnen van Trouw de winstbelasting telkens op nul uit te laten komen. Shell ontkent dat. Lees meer.

Trouw

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Khashoggi killing was ‘brutal & foolish’… but we can help you with publicity, hints US think tank



A think-tank that advises Facebook is offering its help to Saudi Arabia, in handling the fallout caused by the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Read more.

RT

November 27, 2018

Jared Kushner pushed to inflate Saudi arms deal to $110 billion: Sources

President Donald Trump's reluctance to hold Saudi leadership accountable for the brutal murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi stemmed from a partly aspirational $110 billion arms deal between the U.S. and Saudia Arabia that was inflated at the direction of Trump's son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner, according to two U.S. officials and three former White House officials.

Kushner, in a bid to symbolically solidify the new alliance between the Trump administration and Saudi Arabia while claiming a victory on the president's first foreign trip to Riyadh,.. Read more + video.

ABC

France, Germany may host payment channel aimed at bypassing US bans on Iran

France and Germany will likely host the Special Vehicle Purpose (SPV), a special payment channel created by Europe as part of its efforts to keep trade flowing with Iran in defiance of US sanctions, senior diplomats told the Wall Street Journal.

The Monday report said the governments participating in the payment channel will directly manage the company (mechanism) in order to prevent the US from putting direct sanctions on it. Read more.

PressTV

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How India Cooks Lunch for 50,000 People for FREE! The MIRACLE in Punjab, India



The Golden Temple is a Gurdwara, a place of worship for Sikhs, located in the city of Amritsar, Punjab, India. The Golden Temple is the most important pilgrimage site of Sikhism and considered to be spiritually the most significant shrine in Sikhism. Along with being a central religious place for Sikhs, it is a symbol of human brotherhood and equality, as people from all faiths, as well as those who do not profess any faith, are welcomed.

The Golden Temple is home to a Langar, a community-run free kitchen and dining hall where food is served around the clock to all visitors, regardless of faith, gender, nationality or economic background. There are thousands of Sikh volunteers cooking and serving the food as well as cleaning after visitors finish eating. Each day, thousands of people from varied backgrounds come to The Golden Temple, sit on the floor and eat together as equals. All of the food served is vegetarian.

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November 25, 2018

Israeli government video: Welcome to the home of the Jewish people

Saudi Dissidents Hit With Stealth iPhone Spyware Before Khashoggi's Murder

President Trump committed to standing with Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, amidst a global furor over the brutal murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. But the Saudi regime's campaign against dissidents living aboard was apparently more widespread than previously known, and included a spate of insidious digital attacks in the months leading up to Khashoggi's death.

One of those dissidents is the well-known YouTube comic and satirist Ghanem Almasarir, based in London. Read more.

Forbes

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Terrorists target neighborhoods in Aleppo city with shells containing toxic gas, causing asphyxiation among civilians

Aleppo, SANA – Terrorist groups on Saturday evening fired rocket shells containing toxic gases at al-Khalidiye and al-Neel Street neighborhoods in Aleppo city.

SANA’s correspondent in Aleppo reported that the attack caused 50 civilians to suffer from asphyxiation. Read more.

Sana

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Syrische staatsmedia: Burgers Aleppo gewond door aanval met gasgranaten - AD

November 24, 2018

Harvard and Yale scientists planning to dim the sun to fight global warming

A new study conducted by researchers at the Harvard and Yale Universities has proposed a new way to combat the issue of global warming, dimming the sun. Even though the new method seems bit cinematic, experts believe that blotting out the sun using chemicals could help the world from fighting adverse climate change.

The study report published in the journal 'Environmental Research Letters' suggests that spraying large amounts of sulfate particles into the Earth's lower stratosphere will reduce the brightness of the sun, which will, in turn, cut down the effects of global warming by half. Read more.

IBT

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Steun Trump voor Saoedi-Arabië is identiek aan Obama en hun voorgangers

Lode Vanoost - De Amerikaanse mainstream pers doet heel verontwaardigd over de steun die president Trump blijft geven aan de Saoedische kroonprins. Dat heeft alles te maken met hun afkeer van Trump, niet met Saoedi-Arabië, dat ze tot voor kort altijd ruim hebben verdedigd als een "sterke bondgenoot". Trump reproduceert getrouw het beleid van alle vorige presidenten voor hem.

Onafhankelijk journalist Glenn Greenwald is categoriek. Zijn reactie op de recente verklaring van president Trump vat hij zo samen: "Trumps amorele Saoedi-verklaring is een tientallen jaren oude, loepzuivere uitdrukking van 'Amerikaanse waarden' en een traditionele weergave van het Amerikaanse buitenlandse beleid" Lees meer.

De Wereld Morgen

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Trump went off-script, exposed Saudi-Israel alliance: Analyst (video) - PressTV
To unlock the diplomatic mysteries behind Khashoggi’s murder, take a look at Syria - Robert Fisk

Eerste halfjaar van de nieuwe privacywet levert ruim 7000 klachten op

De nieuwe wet rond gegevensbescherming heeft geleid tot bewustwording en een regen aan klachten.

Of de wet echt een verschil kan maken moet nog blijken. Sinds de invoering van de nieuwe privacywet, kwamen er dik 7000 klachten en tips binnen over vermeende schendingen. Lees meer.

Trouw

Anonymous blows lid off huge psyop in Europe and it's funded by UK & US

Anonymous has published documents which it claims have unearthed a massive UK-led psyop to create a "large-scale information secret service" in Europe – all under the guise of countering "Russian propaganda."

In a document dump on November 5, the group exposed the UK-based 'Integrity Initiative', said to have been established by the ominously titled Institute for Statecraft in 2015. Read more.

RT

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‘Integrity Initiative’ project - CyberGuerilla
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November 23, 2018

Trump Considering to Put Venezuela on 'State Sponsor of Terrorism' List and Intensify Sanctions



According reports in Washington Post and Reuters, the Trump administration is actively exploring the option of placing Venezuela on the state sponsor of terrorism list, to further intensify sanctions that have already caused significant damage to Venezuela's economy. 

We speak to Steve Ellner about the sanctions' effects.

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U.S. considers adding Venezuela to terrorism sponsors list: source - Reuters
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Maduro: Venezuela Sitting on 2nd Biggest Gold Reserve on Earth - Venezuelanalysis

Venezuela is a tragedy, not a terrorist threat - Washington Post
Trump's Latin American Sanctions: Clear ‘Political Tactic' For Midterms - Venezuelanalysis

U.S. weighs sanctions on Cuban officials over role in Venezuela crackdown - Reuters

‘Ironic that US sanctions those who defeated ISIS while claiming it’s fighting terrorism’ - prof



The US has introduced sanctions against what it called a network of petroleum shipments to Syria, including Russian and Iranian companies and individuals. Washington says it wants to disrupt shipments to Syrian-owned ports. Read more.

RT

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November 22, 2018

Soros sold off Facebook stocks before they tanked, documents show

Liberal financier George Soros sold off his stake in Facebook earlier this year, before the social media giant’s stocks tumbled drastically. Documents also show that Soros dumped some Netflix and Goldman Sachs shares.

Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings show that the Soros Fund Management sold off all of its Facebook holdings, and cut back on holdings in Netflix and Goldman Sachs in the third quarter of 2018. Read more.

RT

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Soros foundation takes aim at Facebook, calls for congressional oversight - RT

- Facebook policy chief admits hiring PR firm to attack George Soros - Guardian
How Facebook’s P.R. Firm Brought Political Trickery to Tech - NY Times

Facebook-top wist van contact met lobbybedrijf - Bright

Historisch onderzoek: Zwarte Piet is racistische blackface-traditie

Het uiterlijk van Zwarte Piet is wel degelijk gebaseerd op de racistische blackface minstrels die in de 19de eeuw populair waren in met name het zuiden van de Verenigde Staten. Dat schrijft historica Elisabeth Koning na uitgebreid onderzoek. Haar artikel ‘Zwarte Piet, een blackfacepersonage‘ is gepubliceerd in Tijdschrift voor Geschiedenis (TvG).

Hoewel anti-racisten al langer wijzen op de link tussen het karikaturale uiterlijk van Zwarte Piet en de Amerikaanse blackface-personages, houden voorstanders van de knecht van Sinterklaas stug vol dat het een niets met het ander te maken heeft. Lees meer.

Joop

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Ministerie deelt namen van Syrische groepen die steun kregen

DEN HAAG - Het ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken heeft per abuis de namen van twee gematigde strijdgroepen in Syrië bekendgemaakt die hulp van Nederland hebben gekregen. Ze worden onthuld in circa 2000 pagina’s die nu zijn vrijgegeven.

In de officiële documenten staan de namen van Jabhat al-Shamiya en de Hama Rebels Gathering. Lees meer.

Telegraaf

November 21, 2018

Israel slams Airbnb, after the company removed home listings located in Israeli occupied West Bank



#Israel looks set to take on travel accommodation giant #Airbnb, after the company removed home listings located in the Israeli occupied #WestBank from its Website.

Airbnb says the move was down to political reasons in the disputed territory. Read more.

RT

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Israeli minister urges Airbnb boycott, talks up rival service - Reuters
Israel may look to punish Airbnb with special tax after settlement ban - Times of Israel

Israel to turn to U.S. government over Airbnb removal of settlement listings (video) - Reuters
Israeli forces demolish dozens of Palestinian-owned shops in East Jerusalem (video) - RT

Commentaren op Airbnb’s besluit, “nu Oost-Jeruzalem nog” - DOCP

‘Assange showed that the media is an appendage of established power’ – John Pilger



On this episode of Going Underground, legendary journalist John Pilger discusses Syria and it’s ally Iran and the Trump administration’s policies towards the two countries, the Venezuela crisis, Julian Assange, austerity and the concept of approved news and unapproved opinions!

Watch the full episode.

RT

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Muse - Propaganda

November 20, 2018

Why Did CIA Turn Against Saudi Crown Prince MBS? It's More than Khashoggi



CIA officials are signaling Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman must be replaced. Is this all about the killing of Jamal Khashoggi?

Professor Asad AbuKhalil says there are other political reasons.

TRNN

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Saudi foreign minister says CIA assessment on Khashoggi murder is false - Reuters
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Trump not taking punitive measures against Saudis over Khashoggi - Al Jazeera
Read Trump’s bizarre statement on Saudi Arabia and Jamal Khashoggi - Vox

Why the US won’t break up with Saudi Arabia over Jamal Khashoggi’s murder - Vox
A brave new US Congress or same old hypocrisy? - RT

"Saudi royal family members against Bin Salman" (video) - PressTV

Trump: Opzeggen wapencontracten om moord Khashoggi zou dom zijn - AD
Trump: kroonprins wist mogelijk van moord - Telegraaf

Saudi Arabia continues to pound Yemen's Hudaydah



Saudi Arabia continues to pound the Yemeni port city of Hudaydah despite UN-led ceasefire efforts.

Saudi warplanes carried out more than 10 air strikes on Hudaydah. Locals say fierce battles could also be heard on the edges of the city. Riyadh has also confirmed that it is continuing military operations against the strategic port.

PressTV

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BOJ's Kuroda rules out early end of negative rate policy

TOKYO (Reuters) - Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda on Tuesday ruled out the chance of abandoning negative interest rates in the near-term, saying they are necessary to accelerate inflation to his 2 percent inflation target.

Kuroda also said there was no need to ramp up stimulus, arguing that the current ultra-loose program was enough to accelerate inflation to the BOJ’s target. Read more.

Reuters

US Dept of Defense Failed Audit While Spending $5.9 Trillion Since 9/11



The Watson Institute released its report 'Costs of War,' showing astronomical costs of $5.9 trillion and at least 500,000 killed due to the never-ending war on terror. Is there an alternative?

The report was published on the heels of the news that the Pentagon failed its first and only audit.

TRNN

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Erdoğan-Putin mark completion of offshore section of Turkish Stream

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Nov. 19 attended the completion ceremony of the offshore section of the Turkish Stream Project (TurkStream).

“For us, Russia is a friend we can have long term cooperation with and is an important natural gas supplier,” the president said, speaking at the ceremony. Read more.

Hürriyet

Imran Khan hits back at Trump's 'tirade' against Pakistan

PM hits back at 'false assertions' by US president, who accused Islamabad of not doing 'a damn thing' for Washington.

Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan has said Donald Trump needs to inform himself about historical facts after the US president alleged that Islamabad did not adequately support the Washington-led "war on terror". Read more.

Al Jazeera

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British foreign secretary in Tehran for nuclear deal talks

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has met with his Iranian counterpart, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, in the Iranian capital Tehran for talks that were expected to focus on a 2015 multilateral nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic.

The British official arrived in the Iranian capital earlier on Monday and later met with Zarif. Read more.

PressTV

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Jeremy Hunt warns of Middle East 'first world war risk' on Iran visit - Guardian
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Germany issuing travel bans to 18 Saudis over Khashoggi's death

Germany is banning 18 Saudi citizens suspected of being involved in Jamal Khashoggi's death from entering Europe's Schengen zone. The government says it is also halting previously approved arms exports to Saudi Arabia.

Germany has triggered proceedings to ban 18 Saudi citizens allegedly involved in the murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi from entering Europe's border-free Schengen zone, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Monday. Read more.

DW

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Tesla Technology Has Been Revived

Britain's enemy is not Russia but its own ruling class, UN report confirms

As the UK political establishment rips itself to pieces over Brexit, a far greater crisis continues to afflict millions of victims of Tory austerity.

A devastating UN report into poverty in the UK provides incontrovertible evidence that the enemy of the British people is the very ruling class that has gone out of its way these past few years to convince them it is Russia. Read more.

RT

Dilma Rousseff at CLACSO: We Have to Resist

November 19, 2018

If Voting Changed Anything... #PropagandaWatch



If voting changed anything they'd make it illegal.d But why doesn't it change anything? After all, it's the elected politicians who steer the ship of state, isn't it? Isn't it?

Join James for today's edition of #PropagandaWatch where he explores the hidden history of WWI and exposes the lie that your vote counts. Read more.

Corbett Report

November 18, 2018

Thousands protest in London against Far-Right support



Tens of thousands of British people take to the streets to make their voices heard against the worrying trend of far-right sentiment in the world

The protest comes amid political turmoil in the country over Brexit, which has largely been blamed on racial divides.

PressTV

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Mexicola: Diabetes spike in town where Cola used as drinking water, currency & religious offering



Public health fears have been expressed in one Mexican state, over the vast amounts of Coca-Cola being drunk. People have been turning to the fizzy drink, due to a water pollution crisis. Read more.

RT

US ‘secretly charged’ Assange, prosecutor accidentally reveals – WikiLeaks



Julian Assange has been already charged by the US, but the case will remain sealed until the arrest of the whistleblower, WikiLeaks has revealed citing court filings unrelated to its co-founder.

RT

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November 16, 2018

Merkel party’s youth wing filmed singing ‘Nazi-era’ song



The Christian Democrats’ youth wing was filmed yelling out a song sung by Wehrmacht soldiers in the 1930s, causing quite a stir in Germany and an accusation of getting closer to the far-right. Read more.

RT

US carries out airstrikes in Syria using white phosphorus munitions, Moscow says

The foreign ministry spokeswoman recalled that Syria’s SANA news agency earlier reported that over 60 civilians had been wounded in these airstrikes

MOSCOW, November 15. /TASS/. US aircraft have resumed airstrikes against targets in Syria with the use of white phosphorus munitions, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday. Read more.

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November 15, 2018

The WWI Conspiracy



What was World War One about? How did it start? Who won? And what did they win? Now, 100 years after those final shots rang out, these questions still puzzle historians and laymen alike. 

But as we shall see, this confusion is not a happenstance of history, but the wool that has been pulled over our eyes to stop us from seeing what WWI really was.

This is the story of WWI that you didn't read in the history books. This is The WWI Conspiracy.

Corbet Report

EU-wapenverkoop aan Saoedi-Arabië 55 maal bedrag EU-hulp Jemen

Lode Vanoost - Terwijl EU-regeringen en EU-instellingen hun bezorgdheid uiten over de gruwel van de oorlog in Jemen en het land "levensreddende hulp" aanbieden staan zij toe dat EU-wapenbedrijven nog steeds wapens verkopen aan Saoedi-Arabië en de Verenigde Arabische Emiraten voor een bedrag 55 maal groter dan het totaal van alle Europese 'hulp' aan Jemen.

Saoedi-Arabië en zijn bondgenoten in de regio voeren reeds meer dan drie jaar een verwoestende oorlog tegen de bevolking van buurland Jemen, omdat die in opstand is gekomen tegen een onderdrukkende en wreedaardige dictator die met steun van Saoedi-Arabië aan de macht was gebleven. Lees meer.

De Wereld Morgen

Bomb Egypt, behead disloyal Arabs: Israel parts ways with 'Jewish ISIS' defense chief

Avigdor Lieberman has resigned as Israel's defense chief, but his inflammatory utterances – ranging from calling for disloyal Arabs to be beheaded, to proposing Egypt be bombed – remain as reminders of his right-wing politics.

Lieberman, who created Israel's right-wing Yisrael Beiteinu party, resigned as defense minister on Wednesday after denouncing the government's recent ceasefire with Hamas as a "capitulation to terror." Read more.

RT

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Populism and Empty Threats: Lieberman Earned the Public's Disdain (paywall) - Haaretz

Hamas And Israel Agree To Egyptian-Brokered Cease-Fire - NPR
Abbas agrees to Egypt-mediated ‘calm’ between Israel and Hamas — report - Times of Israel

Israeli Defense Minister’s Resignation not a “Victory” for Gaza but a Warning that the Worst is to Come - MintPress

November 13, 2018

Watch the film the Israel lobby didn’t want you to see: The Lobby - USA


Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4

The Electronic Intifada has obtained a complete copy of The Lobby – USA, a four-part undercover investigation by Al Jazeera into Israel’s covert influence campaign in the United States.

We are releasing the leaked film simultaneously with France’s Orient XXI and Lebanon’s Al-Akhbar, which have respectively subtitled the episodes in French and Arabic. The film was made by Al Jazeera during 2016 and was completed in October 2017. Read more.

Electronic Intifada

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SWIFT Cuts Off Iran Central Bank As Tehran Sells 700,000 Barrels To Anonymous Direct Buyers

As reported last week, shortly after SWIFT caved to US pressure and defied the EU announcing it would cut off a selection of Iranian banks, on Monday, the US Treasury said the Iranian Central Bank has been officially cut off the SWIFT financial messaging system.

The disconnection, which comes at a time when Iran's economy is reeling and its currency is tumbling as a result of restricted oil exports (albeit offset by numerous temporary waivers for top Iranian oil clients), will made it far more difficult for the Islamic Republic to settle import and export bills. Read more.

ZeroHedge

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EU says SWIFT decision on Iran banks regrettable - Reuters

Russia, Germany slam US re-imposition of sanctions on Iran - PressTV
U.S. sanctions on Iran has drawn barrage of global criticism (video) - PressTV

SWIFT’s Iran ban will ‘expedite global de-dollarization’ – Max Keiser - RT

November 11, 2018

Poland's president addresses far right at independence march

Nationalists burning flares and carrying fascist flags marched at same time as politicians

More than 200,000 people are estimated to have taken part in a controversial independence-day march through central Warsaw on Sunday, after a last-minute agreement was struck between senior politicians and the event’s far-right organisers. Read more.

Guardian

Putin positive on Macron’s ‘European army’ plan, says it's good for multipolar world



Europe’s desire to create its own army and stop relying on Washington for defense is not only understandable, but would be “positive” for the multipolar world, Vladimir Putin said days after Donald Trump ripped into it. Read more.

RT

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Trump, Macron agree on European defense after Trump's 'very insulting' comment - CNBC

Joods-Europese organisaties: "Israël spreekt niet in onze naam"

Vertegenwoordigers van Joods-Europese organisaties protesteerden op een persconferentie samen met groene en linkse Europarlementsleden tegen een samenkomst georganiseerd door de regering van Israël in Brussel, die de bedoeling heeft elke kritiek op Israël te brandmerken als anti-semitisme.

"Niet in onze naam". In Brussel ging op 6 en 7 november in Brussel een conferentie door georganiseerd door de Joods-Europese Associatie en twee Israëlische ministeries, waarop leden van het Europees Parlement uitgenodigd zijn. Lees meer.

De Wereld Morgen

November 7, 2018

Even the FBI Thinks Police Have Links to White Supremacists — but Don’t Tell the New York Times

OVER THE WEEKEND, the New York Times Magazine published a lengthy and in-depth piece on how U.S. law enforcement has willfully ignored the threat of white supremacist extremism for decades. The author, Janet Reitman, takes an ostensibly deep dive into how law enforcement — particularly federal agencies — has neglected the growth of the violent far right, in part owing to Republican political agenda setting. For a story framed around a “blind spot,” though, the piece itself is hobbled by an egregious case of sightlessness.

The Times tells a story about law enforcement failing and struggling to deal with white supremacy. Read more.

Intercept

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- U.S. Law Enforcement Failed to See the Threat of White Nationalism. Now They Don’t Know How to Stop It. - NY Times
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NCTV: rechts-extremisme gevaar voor Nederlandse maatschappij - NOS
Zes rechts-extremisten opgepakt voor beramen aanslag op Macron - NOS

Twitteralternatief Gab was toevluchtsoord voor extreemrechts - NOS
Extreemrechts in Nederland is 'what you see is what you get' - NOS

November 5, 2018

Fall Of Empires: Rome vs USA



Can President Trump save America? Will the Federal Reserve Board be able to pull off yet another round of extremist interference and postpone a crisis? 

Find out how Mike he believes it will play out.

Mike Maloney

Remember, remember the 5th of November: ‘Anonymous’ followers expected to hold rallies worldwide



Thousands of demonstrators across the globe are expected to take to the streets on Monday for the Million Mask March. 

The protest is led by hacktivist group 'Anonymous' and has been held every year since 2013.

RT

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Turkey will not accept attempts to seize eastern Mediterranean resources, Erdoğan says

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan warned Sunday that Turkey will not allow oil and gas extraction in eastern Mediterranean through plans excluding the nation and the Turkish Republic off Northern Cyprus

(TRNC). "We will not accept attempts to seize natural resources in eastern Mediterranean through exclusion of Turkey and the TRNC," Erdoğan said at a ceremony at the Istanbul Shipyard Command of the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) in Tuzla district for the delivery of TCG Burgazada corvette to the Turkish Navy. Read more.

Daily Sabah

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October 30, 2018

US hate crimes: White extremism on the rise



The Trump administration and the United States law enforcement officials have increasingly focused on external sources of violence. But the Government Accountability Office has found that it is right-wing, white "extremism" that is proving to be the greatest source of domestic attacks in the US.

Al Jazeera's Shihab Rattansi reports from Pittsburgh.

Al Jazeera

October 29, 2018

Monsanto set up fake farmers' groups to promote its products - Greenpeace



Agrochemical giant Monsanto is facing accusations it paid tens of thousands of euros to enlist the support of farmers across Europe - to lobby against a ban on one of its pesticides. 

Greenpeace also says Monsanto set up fake farmers' groups - to promote the benefits of the product.

RT

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Right-wing Bolsonaro wins Brazilian elections with landslide despite mass protests

Jair Bolsonaro, the right-wing candidate from Brazil's Social Liberal Party (PSL) has clinched victory in the presidential election run-off, beating Fernando Haddad of the Workers' Party after a campaign riddled with controversy.

With some 99 percent of the ballots counted, Bolsonaro, dubbed "Tropical Trump" for his populist rhetoric, is ahead with 55.1 percent of the vote. His main opponent, left-leaning Haddad, is trailing behind with 44.9 percent. Read more.

RT

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Extreemrechtse Jair Bolsonaro verkozen tot president van Brazilië - Knack.be

October 28, 2018

Roger Waters dodges arrest with a last-minute slap at Brazil's Bolsonaro

Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters toed the line during his show in Brazil, when he urged people to stop right-wing candidate Jair Bolsonaro seconds before he could be arrested for violating election law.

Waters, an indisputable music icon, has been in Brazil with his Us+Them tour since October 9. The singer, songwriter and bassist had performed six shows in the country before arriving in the city of Curitiba on Saturday. Read more + video.

RT

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October 27, 2018

Is Orwell's Big Brother Here? Bezos & Amazon Team up With Defense, CIA & ICE



Silicon Valley giants like Amazon & Palantir team up with ICE to hunt down immigrants, pick out the innocent as potential criminals, and build the cloud for Defense Department and CIA. Is Big Brother here?

Bob Sheer outlines the problem.

TRNN

Saudi Arabia Kills Yemeni Civilians with Another US-Made Raytheon Bomb

Saudi Arabia attacked Yemenis in Hodeidah with a laser-guided bomb made by US military contractor Raytheon, as a civilian is killed every three hours on average.

A bomb used by Saudi Arabia to attack civilians in Yemen has been identified as a US-made laser-guided bomb manufactured by military contractor Raytheon. Read more.

Gray Zone

US National Debt: Fundamentals of debt


Part 1

BAKU - As of September 2018, the national debt of the United States surpassed 21,4 trillion USD, while the budget deficit is at its highest number since 2012. And, even though there are a lot of unwarranted claims and misconceptions pinned to this topic, many are concerned that the national debt is reaching unsustainable levels.

To get to the bottom of this, we must subtract fact from fiction and go over the fundamentals of America’s sovereign debt.

CaspianReport

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How our drinking water could help prevent suicide

Some researchers think putting lithium in our water could save lives

Lithium is a potent psychiatric drug, one of the primary prescribed medications for bipolar disorder. But it’s also an element that occurs naturally all over the Earth’s crust — including in bodies of water. That means that small quantities of lithium wind up in the tap water you consume every day. Just how much is in the water varies quite a bit from place to place. Read more + audio.

Vox

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Hoe de Nederlandse belastingbetaler multinationals geld helpt te verdienen in een straatarm land

De Nederlandse overheid beweert Mozambique te helpen met armoede- en corruptiebestrijding. Maar het straatarme land is rijk aan gas, en dat blijkt belangrijker. De samenwerking tussen de Nederlandse ambassade en Shell reikt ver, tonen opgevraagde documenten.

‘Ze vertellen ons niks,’ zegt een inwoner van het dorp Quitunde, een plattelandsdorp in de noordelijke provincie Cabo Delgado in Mozambique. ‘Mensen kwamen, begonnen kokospalmen te markeren met verf en vertrokken.’ Lees meer (gratis/paywall).

FTM

Demand for Gold Up 42%. Why Are Central Banks Raising Their Reserves?

Since 2010, central banks around the world turned from being net sellers of gold to net buyers of gold. In fact, the World Gold Council (WGC) has shown that demand for gold in the first quarter of 2018 was up 42% year on year.

So which countries are raising their gold reserves and why? Read more.

FX Empire

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Support grows for EU-wide arms embargo on Saudi Arabia

Austria and the European Parliament have called for a bloc-wide halt on arms exports to Saudi Arabia following Jamal Khashoggi's death. Germany also backed the move, but other key exporters were silent or unconvinced.

As outrage over the killing of Jamal Khashoggi continues to grow, more countries within the European Union are reconsidering their weapons exports to Saudi Arabia, with Austria calling for an EU-wide ban on Friday. Read more + video.

DW

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