January 31, 2018

Donald Trump signs executive order to keep Guantánamo Bay open

In his State of the Union address, Trump said he directed James Mattis to keep the prison camp open, reversing Obama policy

In his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, Trump said he had directed the defence secretary, James Mattis, “to reexamine our military detention policy and to keep open the detention facilities at Guantánamo Bay”. Read more.

Guardian

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January 30, 2018

Robert Parry (1949-2018) was een authentieke onderzoeksjournalist

Op 27 januari 2018 overleed Amerikaans journalist Robert Parry. Hij was een vastberaden onderzoeksjournalist die zijn eigen regering meermaals confronteerde met zijn illegale en amorele praktijken, zoals het Iran-Contraschandaal en het CIA-folterhandboek voor de Nicaraguaanse contra's. In 1995 richtte hij zijn eigen onafhankelijke nieuwssite Consortiumnews.Com op.

Robert Parry werkte jarenlang als onderzoeksjournalist voor het persagentschap Associated Press. Hij werd meermaals gelauwerd voor zijn reportages. Lees meer.

De Wereld Morgen

House panel votes to release secret memo

Earlier, Trey Gowdy lobbied Devin Nunes to share the controversial memo with the FBI director. 

Republicans on the House intelligence committee voted Monday in favor of releasing a classified memo that alleges misconduct by senior FBI officials involved in the Russia probe, despite objections from the Department of Justice. Read more.

Politico

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- Trump signs surveillance extension into law - Politico
- President Donald Trump has signed the FISA reauthorization bill - Verge

- Trump en conservatief Amerika nemen FBI onder vuur: welk kopstuk moet nu het veld ruimen? - Volkskrant
- #opendebeerput Amerika gaat de memo openbaren. Vandaag wordt er geschiedenis geschreven! - Gedachtenvoer

- FBI keert zich tegen publicatie door Trump van omstreden Rusland-memo - Volkskrant

Cryptolium: Introducing a weekly digest of crypto-news



RT's Cryptolium with Miguel Francis-Santiago offers an exclusive inside look into the world of blockchain technology and cryptocurrency for anyone interested in the latest from the world of crypto.

RT

South Korea bans anonymous cryptocurrency trading



Starting on Tuesday, South Korea's government is banning anonymous trading. This means traders can only make cryptocurrency deposits from bank accounts set up under their real names.

But not everyone is happy with people moving towards an unregulated and decentralised financial system. Al Jazeera's Kathy Novak reports from Seoul.

Al Jazeera

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January 29, 2018

Sanctions? Never heard of it: US receives Russian LNG shipment, 2nd tanker reported on its way



A tanker carrying Russian liquefied natural gas (LNG) has arrived in the US despite US-imposed sanctions against the company that produced it. Read more.

RT

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AIVD-succes maakt sleepwet overbodig

In de inlichtingenwereld geldt: 'hoe meer informatie, hoe meer werk.'

De AIVD heeft geen extra bevoegdheden nodig om door te gaan met het goede werk dat ze al kunnen verrichten en hebben verricht, betogen Lysanne van Schaik en Kevin Brongers van de Jonge Democraten.

Het was vorige week groot nieuws: de AIVD heeft de Amerikanen 'cruciale' informatie gegeven over Russische hackers na een eigen hackoperatie. Lees meer.

Volkskrant

Poisoned toothpaste and exploding phones: Israel linked to 2,700 assassination operations in 70 years

A new book also strongly suggests that Israel used radiation poisoning to kill Yasser Arafat, the longtime Palestinian leader, an act its officials have consistently denied

Poisoned toothpaste that takes a month to end its target’s life. Armed drones. Exploding cell phones. Spare tires with remote-control bombs. Assassinating enemy scientists and discovering the secret lovers of Islamic holy men. Read more.

National Post

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Russian economy under Putin: Quality of life tripled, foreign debt fell 75%

Vladimir Putin was first elected as Russian President in 2000. Here’s how the Russian economy has transformed in the intervening years by numbers.

Quality of life
Before Putin’s election, Russia had a $9,889 GDP per capita by Purchasing Power Parity (PPP). The figure had almost tripled by 2017, and has now reached $27,900. Read more.

RT

Rothschild - Soros - McCain Connection to the REAL #Russiagate Scandal



The real #Russiagate includes a syndicate of globalist power-players, including Evelyn de Rothschild, George Soros and John McCain. Paul Manafort is only a cog in the greater New World Order machinery that is slowly taking control over all the resources on the planet.

The text below is what was originally posted on my video when it came out in March. The call to action at the end of the video was to reach out to US Senators to ask them to vote NO to NATO membership for Montenegro. While Rand Paul's objection managed to delay the vote, the Senate ultimately did vote in June to admit Montenegro to NATO - a HUGE victory for the Rothschild syndicate.

Did you know that Senator John McCain has been working as an insider for the Rothschild syndicate for many years? McCain helped Rothschild agent George Soros to gain control of the newly independent nation of Montenegro. This video will help you understand why Senator McCain was so angry at Senator Rand Paul for objecting to Montenegro joining NATO.

Blackstone Intelligence Network

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January 28, 2018

Scientists Discover the Truth: God Helmet placebo


Scientists perform a shocking experiment (2018) | Netherlands music festival god helmet

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US oposes Nord Stream 2 as Russia could steal it as a tool – Tillerson



The US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson has said today Washington opposes the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, over fears it will increase European energy dependence on Russia.

His comment came during a meeting with the Polish foreign minister in Warsaw.

RT

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- Bundesländer wollen Lockerung der Russland-Sanktionen - Suddeutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten

- Polen en VS gekant tegen nieuwe Russisch-Duitse pijplijn: “Bedreiging voor Europese stabiliteit” - HLN
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10 Reasons The Dutch-Russia Hacking Story Is Fake News

It never ceases to amaze me how intelligence agency narratives never fail to trip over their own shoelaces.

Hi Steemians!
As my readers know, I tend to write monolithic pieces (understatement) and I am presently three months into researching a major piece of writing that is still a ways off yet. The last thing I intended to do was divert my attention to debunking a hot topic in the current news cycle instead.

But seeing this THE-DUTCH-FILMED-THE-RUSSIANS-HACKING-OUR-ELECTION nonsense all over Twitter, I couldn't help but stop what I was doing and throw a post together to show you guys just how transparently ridiculous the "huge story" is to anyone with the slightest technical know-how, before more innocent people are fooled by the fake news. Read more.

Steemit

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January 27, 2018

Judge to rule Feb 6 on bid to scrap Assange arrest warrant

LONDON — A British judge says she will rule next month on whether to scrap a U.K. arrest warrant for the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, a move that would free him to leave the Ecuadorean embassy after more than five years.

 Assange’s lawyers went to court Friday to argue that the warrant serves no purpose because he is no longer wanted for questioning in Sweden over alleged sex offenses. Read more.

Washington Post

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$500mn crypto heist: Japanese exchange Coincheck halts trade, ‘deeply sorry’ for users’ loss

The Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Coincheck has suspended trading and withdrawals, saying it “deeply regrets” the loss of tokens worth some $500 million in what appears to be the biggest crypto heist in history.

Coincheck confirmed late Friday that the unknown hackers might have stolen some 500 million NEM tokens (worth up to ¥58 billion or around $532 million at the time of the incident), which makes it the biggest ever theft from a cryptocurrency exchange. Read more.

RT

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Iemand had er belang bij om de operatie van de AIVD te laten lekken. Maar wie?

Het gebeurt wel vaker dat informatie van geheime diensten op straat komt te liggen. Soms met opzet. Door de onthulling van een Nederlandse inlichtingenoperatie tegen Rusland liggen staatsgeheimen op straat.

Mogelijk zitten er dus lekkende medewerkers bij de AIVD die hun werk met journalisten bespreken. Maar het is ook mogelijk dat mensen in of rond de top van de veiligheidsdiensten informatie bewust naar buiten wilden brengen. Lees meer.

Trouw

Rutte breekt lans voor 'sleepwet' na geslaagde hackoperatie AIVD

Premier Mark Rutte pleit er voor om inlichtingendiensten meer bevoegdheden te geven zodat ze meer mogelijkheden hebben om hackers op te sporen die achter cyberaanvallen zitten. Hij brak tijdens zijn persconferentie een lans voor de nieuwe Wet op de Inlichtingen- en Veiligheidsdiensten (Wiv).

Hij wilde niets zeggen over de operatie zelf. Lees meer + video.

AD

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January 26, 2018

Now is the best time to invest in bitcoin, says digital currency hedge-fund manager


Three golden rules for trading cryptocurrencies from CNBC.

Market watchers should invest in bitcoin now that prices are down, says BK Capital Management founder Brian Kelly.

"Now, when everyone is saying ... it's over, that's it, bitcoin is dead, for the 175th time. Now's the time you start looking at it, on the buy side," Kelly, portfolio manager of the BKCM Digital Asset Fund, told CNBC on "Fast Money" Tuesday. Read more.

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What Is IOStoken? IOST's Price Rises, Could Be Next Big Cryptocurrency

A new cryptocurrency called IOStoken (IOST) has taken the market by storm over the last week and, as of Thursday, has already worked its way up to the most traded coin by volume on trading platform Binance.

IOStoken incredible rise has come in a very brief period of time. The digital token launched on Jan. 16 and was trading at just $0.02. Read more.

IBT

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Dutch intelligence first to alert U.S. about Russian hack of Democratic Party

In the Summer of 2015, Dutch intelligence services were the first to alert their American counterparts about the cyberintrusion of the Democratic National Committee by Cozy Bear, a hacking group believed to be tied to the Russian government.

Intelligence hackers from Dutch AIVD (General Intelligence and Security Service) had penetrated the Cozy Bear computer servers as well as a security camera at the entrance of their working space, located in a university building adjacent to the Red Square in Moscow. Read more.

NOS

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January 25, 2018

Draghi Hits Back at Mnuchin in Global Currency War of Words

European Central Bank President Mario Draghi attacked the U.S. Treasury Secretary’s comments on the dollar, saying he isn’t playing by the rules.

Speaking in Frankfurt on Thursday, Draghi said recent euro-dollar moves are partly down to Steven Mnuchin’s intervention at the World Economic Forum in Davos, at which he said a weaker greenback is good for U.S. trade. The remarks breach a pledge by IMF members, Draghi said. Read more + video.

Bloomberg

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Trump & the Fed: Shadow Bankers Deepening Control of US Economy

Trump's imminent appointments of Fed chairs, vice-chairs and governors may prove the first step in the total capture of the US central bank by the shadow banker element in the US economy.

What are sometimes referred to as 'shadow bankers' have been running the economy and drafting US domestic economic policy since Trump took office. 'Shadow banks' include investment banks, private equity firms, hedge funds, insurance companies, finance companies, and asset management companies. Read more.

teleSUR

4 out of 5 dollars generated in 2017 went to top 1% - report



The vast majority of wealth generated around the world last year went to the top 1%, with the 42 richest people owning wealth equivalent to the world’s poorest 3.7 billion, according to a new report by Oxfam International.

RT America’s Natasha Sweatte takes a closer look at the numbers.

RT

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Hoe krijg je grip op cryptomunten?

De cryptomunt, zoals de bitcoin, is helemaal los. Razend als een orkaan en dan weer bladstil. De ene dag als een raket de hoogte in, de dag erop of zelfs een paar uur later dalen de koersen razendsnel.

Koerswisselingen van tien, twintig procent op een dag op en neer zijn handelsmerk. In Nederland hebben een paar honderdduizend mensen geïnvesteerd in bitcoins of andere cryptomunten. Lees meer.

NOS

January 24, 2018

Syria, China discuss bolstering transport cooperation

Damascus, SANA-Transport Minister Ali Hammoud discussed on Wednesday with a Chinese economic delegation means to develop cooperation in the field of air, road and rail transport.

The Chinese companies are ready to invest in Syria and to participate in the reconstruction phase, the delegation said,.. Read more.

Sana

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RT participates in Davos panel, clashes with BBC during debate



The World Economic Forum is underway in Davos, with some of the world's biggest players readying for talks at the luxury Swiss resort.

RT's Deputy-Editor-in-Chief has been taking part in a panel on fake news. During the debate, the BBC's representative went out of her way to criticize RT, and question our role as an alternative voice in the media. Read more.

RT

US rejects Moscow-proposed UN mechanism to probe Syria chemical attacks



The UN Security Council has concluded an emergency session, on the use of chemical weapons in Syria.

US has firmly rejected a Russian-drafted Security Council resolution seeking to establish an objective investigative mechanism to probe all allegations of chemical attacks in Syria 'based on impeccable and irrefutable data'. Read more.

RT

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Syrië: het “Here’s Johnny”-effect en de Amerikanen, Koerden en Turken

De Amerikanen blijven in Syrië. Hoewel er na de teloorgang van het „regime-change“ speeltje ISIS, of ISIL, of Islamitische Staat geen enkele internationaalrechtelijke basis (in zoverre die er überhaupt was) is of andere argumenten meer voorhanden zijn om de aanwezigheid van Amerikaanse militairen in het kapotgemaakte Syrië te rechtvaardigen, zullen de US „boots-on-the-ground“ daar blijven waar ze zijn.

Langzaam kristalliseert de Amerikaanse post-ISIS strategie zich. Zoals de Min Def Mattis het verwoordt, gaat de strijd in Syrië niet meer om „terreur“, zoals de westerse „schijnoorlog“ tegen de IS al behoorlijk glashelder maakte, maar om het aloude doel regime-change en, dit is de nieuwe insteek, om de invloed van Iran in Syrië het hoofd te bieden. Lees meer.

Donkerdoorn

January 23, 2018

Sacked Catalan leader to form govt. despite Spain 'threats'



Catalonia’s sacked leader, Carles Puigdemont, has pledged to form a new government despite pressure by the Spanish government.

PressTV

January 22, 2018

Will Governments BAN Bitcoin? - What You Need To Know!



In this video, Luke Rudkowski talks with Josh Sigurdson of World Alternative Media about the recent price drop of Bitcoin as well as government regulators attempting to stamp out Bitcoin throughout the world.

Let us know below if you like these weekly cryptocurrency news wrap ups.

WeAreChange

Jerusalem: EU assures Palestinian leader of its commitment to oppose Trump on capital city

The EU remains committed to seeing Jerusalem as the shared capital of Israel and a proposed future Palestinian state, the bloc's foreign policy chief has told the visiting Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas, despite Donald Trump's shift of US policy on the city.

Federica Mogherini said leaders needed to "speak and act wisely", and with a sense of responsibility, when discussing the Middle East peace process, and told Abbas... Read more.

Independent

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January 21, 2018

New oil-backed cryptocurrency aimed at ending market volatility

The first legally compliant digital currency based on a physical asset, OilCoin, was announced last month.

Each token will reportedly represent the value of one barrel of oil. A team of banking and technology managers, and US regulatory commissioners who launched the digital currency claim it would provide users with a safe haven from cryptocurrency volatility. Read more.

RT

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January 20, 2018

Turkish planes bomb Syrian Kurdish targets as Ankara-backed rebels enter Afrin



Turkey has begun a military operation on Syria's Kurdish-held region of Afrin launching air strikes and cross-border shelling with a ground invasion expected on Sunday. Read more.

RT

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Nederlanders willen betaaldata niet delen met bedrijven

De animo onder consumenten om betaaldata te delen met grote bedrijven, lijkt niet al te groot. Mensen vertrouwen er niet op dat bedrijven goed met hun data omgaan. Wel zijn jongeren veel eerder geneigd om hun data te delen dan ouderen.

Dat blijkt uit een enquête op de website van deze krant, die door ongeveer 4.500 mensen werd ingevuld. Lees meer.

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Our politicians are ignoring the bigger debt picture

It is hypocrisy time in Washington. - I know what you are thinking — it’s always hypocrisy time in Washington.

But for our lawmakers, this evil trait is front and center whenever they start trying to put together a budget that doesn’t hurt the nation’s debt level too much. Read more.

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'New California' Movement Wants To Create New Territory Independent From 'Tyrannical' State Government

Right-leaning taxpayers don't want California's leftist politicians spending their money.

A "New California" movement says it wants to split the coastal state in half, letting "right-wingers" create their own economy and governmental structure separate from the leftists who rule in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Read more.

DailyWire

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“US seeks alternative authorities in Syria”



The Russian foreign minister says the US is trying to create alternative bodies of authority on vast parts of Syrian territory. 

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January 19, 2018

The Bitcoin Psyop



Yes, the blockchain is truly revolutionary. Yes, bitcoin is Tulipmania 2.0. Yes, cryptocurrency is a nail in the coffin of the bankster parasites. Yes, digital currency is a tool of the totalitarian tyrants. No, these statements are not contradictory.

But don’t worry if you think they are. You’re just a victim of "The Bitcoin Psyop." Read more.

Corbett Report

S Korea creates artificial rain using unmanned tilt-rotor


Source: AP

South Korea has successfully created artificial rain using unmanned tilt-rotor aircraft for the first time.

PressTV

January 18, 2018

Israel: Rabbis 'Anne Frank' Scheme to Hide Refugees from Gov't

Earlier this month Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced plans to deport around 40,000 African asylum seekers.

A group of Israeli rabbis launched The Anne Frank Home Sanctuary, a program to protect African asylum seekers from deportation by hiding them from Israeli authorities. Read more.

teleSUR

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U.S. warns investors over Venezuela's 'petro' cryptocurrency

WASHINGTON/CARACAS (Reuters) - The U.S. Treasury Department on Tuesday warned that Venezuela’s proposed “petro” cryptocurrency could violate sanctions against the OPEC nation’s socialist government, a statement that could dent investor appetite for the soon-to-be-launched token.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro this month said his government will soon issue 100 million petros, backed by an equivalent number of barrels of oil, partly to get around the U.S. sanctions. Read more.

Reuters

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Griepprik helpt niet tegen huidig virus door verkeerde keuze cocktailprik

De griepprik schiet tekort. Uitgerekend de griepvariant die nu duizenden mensen rillend in bed houdt, zit niet in het vaccin.

De griepprik had de meest kwetsbare mensen – ouderen en chronisch zieken – moeten beschermen tegen het virus, maar dat blijkt tegen te vallen. Lees meer.

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"US to work diplomatically to oust president Assad"



The United States has signaled on an open-ended military presence in Syria as part of a broader U-S strategy to prevent the resurgence of the Deash terror group.

In a speech at Stanford University, the U-S secretary of State said Washington’s military and diplomatic presence in Syria is crucial to U-S national interest. Rex Tillerson added that the Trump administration's new Syria strategy largely involves an increased diplomatic action with emphasis on political solution to the crisis.

The top U-S diplomat, however, made it clear that Washington would work diplomatically toward the ouster of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from power. He also called for closer cooperation with Russia to avoid conflict in the de-escalation zones in Syria.

PressTV

European MEP's lash out at Russia, accuse Kremlin of telling lies



Members of the European Parliament had a busy day - discussing Russia and supposed threats coming from Moscow. They accuse Kremlin in spreading fake news.

RT

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Crypto-bloodbath: Major digital currencies suffer huge losses within hours



What goes up, must come down... Crypto-currencies suffer double-digit losses in the past twenty-four hours, amid global talk of potential regulation of the new money.

RT

January 17, 2018

Fedcoin: One Crypto Currency To Rule Them All

Fedcoin is a cryptocurrency project that is carried out by the Federal Reserve System of the United States of America which could replace the current US dollar. Countries such as China and Russia are constantly working to eliminate the current hegemony of the USD.

The governments of Beijing and Moscow have accelerated the offensive hegemony by seeing how Bitcoin is threatening the current financial system controlled by the USD. It should also be taken into account that the value of the USD has plummeted in the last 100 years. Read more.

CryptoCoin.News

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January 16, 2018

New austerity measures spark angry protests in Athens



Clashes have erupted between protesters and police outside the Greek Parliament after lawmakers voted to approve more painful austerity measures.

Demonstrators threw rocks, molotov cocktails and flares at the police forces. They also sprayed the police with red paint. The police used pepper spray to disperse the crowd on the steps of the parliament building. No arrests or injuries were reported.

Earlier, thousands of people marched in anti-government rallies in the capital Athens and the second largest city of Thessaloniki. They were voicing anger over measures that include tougher conditions for unions to call strikes, speedier property foreclosures, and cuts in family benefits.

The new austerity measures were demanded by Greece’s international lenders to receive further bailout funds.

PressTV

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Israël gunt Palestijnen geen snipper van Jeruzalem

Een nieuwe Israëlische wet maakt het nog moeilijker dan het was om Jeruzalem als hoofdstad met de Palestijnen te delen.

Zelfs de grootste optimist zal het moeten erkennen: de tweestatenoplossing in het Israëlisch-Palestijnse conflict raakt uit beeld. Lees meer.

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What is Syria Border Security Force? Meet the new US proxy army



Getting squeezed out of a country but wanna stay at all costs? Here’s the latest bright idea from the US: Meet the new proxy army in Syria. Read more.

RT

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January 15, 2018

Thousands in Israel urge Netanyahu to resign



Thousands of Israelis have held another anti-corruption demonstration in Tel Aviv, calling on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to resign days after the release of an audiotape, in which the premier’s son is heard bragging about his father’s role in a shady gas deal.

Protesters took to the streets for a seventh consecutive week on Saturday, chanting slogans against the premier such as, “Shame” “Bibi go home,” “Corruption is going to be broken,” and “a corrupt government of corrupt tycoons.”

PressTV

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- Thousands of Israelis Protest Corruption, Chant Against Netanyahu's Son Over Stripper Scandal (paywall) - Haaretz

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‘CIA friends’ asked Moby to promote Trump-Russia stories



American musician and DJ Moby claims he's been doing the behind-the-scenes bidding of anti-Donald Trump figures...

In a recent interview, he said friends and contacts within the CIA had asked him to promote certain ideas online - including the alleged collusion between the President and Russia. Read more.

RT

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How To Engineer A Crisis



Are you a dictator in need of public support for your latest draconian clampdown on dissent? Or a deep state plotter hoping to topple a foreign government who doesn't comply with your every wish? A low-level Machiavellian schemer looking for the ultimate trick for defeating your enemies without lifting a finger?

Then look no further than this handy-dandy guide to "How To Engineer A Crisis." Read more.

Corbett Report

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The Coming Anastrophe



In this age of economic and societal Armageddon, everyone is looking for peace and stability: so why are so many agitating for violent revolution?

Join us this week on The Corbett Report as we take a page from “It’s A Wonderful Life” to explore the possibility for peaceful, community-based solutions to our problems and attempt to answer the question: what is the opposite of catastrophe? Read more.

Corbett Report

January 13, 2018

WaPo bureau chief praises ‘brave Syrian journalist’ – who has jihadist links



The Washington Post is under fire after one of its bureau chiefs in the Middle East posted a tweet apparently praising a journalist from Free Syrian TV. Read more.

RT

Rivlin, Dutch FM agree on confidence-building measures between Israel and the Palestinians

The stalled peace process between Israel and the Palestinians was one of the main topics of discussion when Halbe Zijlstra, the foreign minister of the Netherlands, called on President Reuven Rivlin on Wednesday.

The two men agreed that in order to resume negotiations confidence between the two sides must be restored. Read more.

JPost

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January 12, 2018

Chinese bitcoin miners consider setting up in energy-rich Canada

The mounting pressure by Chinese authorities on the country’s cryptocurrency industry is forcing mining companies to look for alternatives, and Canada is one of the preferred hot spots.

Bitmain Technologies, the operator of some of the largest mining farms in China, is among several companies looking to expand overseas. Read more.

RT

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US has de-facto occupied part of Syria & hinders humanitarian aid – Moscow

All limitations on the access of humanitarian convoys to the Rukban refugee camp in the Al-Tanf area of Syria – which is de-facto occupied by US forces – must be lifted, Russia’s Foreign Ministry has said.

Moscow has firmly emphasized “the need to respect the sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence of Syria in the implementation of humanitarian deliveries and the observance of international humanitarian law.” Read more.

RT

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'De geblokkeerde eilanden hebben Venezuela harder nodig dan andersom'

Er komt al dagen geen fruit en olie meer uit Venezuela. Het land heeft de grenzen met Aruba, Bonaire en Curaçao gesloten. De hoop is dat een ambtelijk overleg tussen Venezuela, de eilanden en Nederland morgen, leidt tot de opheffing van de blokkade.

Volgens de Venezolaanse president Nicolas Maduro doen de buurlanden te weinig tegen smokkelaars die goud, koper, diamanten en voedsel uit het land zouden wegsluizen. Lees meer.

NOS

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South Korea’s Finance Ministry Refuses to Support Cryptocurrency Trading Ban

Earlier today, on January 11, the South Korea Ministry of Justice reaffirmed that it is continuing to draft its cryptocurrency trading closure bill, which has been in the works since December 13.

In a statement, South Korea Attorney General Park Sang-ki said: “The South Korean Ministry of Justice is considering the closure of cryptocurrency trading to bring cryptocurrency mania and speculation under control for investor protection.” Read more.

CCN

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- Bitcoin Price Stays Heavy Amid Korean Regulatory Reports - CoinDesk
- Cryptocurrency Market Begins Recovery after South Korea Trading Ban Fiasco - CNN

Goldman of crypto: Billionaire bitcoin buff to launch first cryptocurrency ‘merchant bank’

Billionaire and ex-fund manager Mike Novogratz has unveiled the launch of a cryptocurrency "merchant bank."

Novogratz, a former chief investment officer for Fortress, is behind Galaxy Digital, which according to a Jan. 9 announcements will constitute a "full service, digital assets merchant bank." Read more.

CoinDesk

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January 11, 2018

MEPs back down from EU bisphenol ban

The European Parliament has shied away from demanding a full ban on bisphenol A, instead approving measures that will lower the amount of the chemical that can be part of food packaging.

On Wednesday (11 January), MEPs on the Environment, Food and Public Health committee defeated a cross-party proposal by four deputies, which argued that “only a full ban can provide certainty for both consumers and industry”, by 42 votes to 17. Read more.

EurActive

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UK, Germany and France urge US not to tear up Iran nuclear deal

Three EU signatories to 2015 deal say Iran is respecting agreement that has made world safer and ‘prevented potential nuclear arms race’

Washington’s closest allies have sent a carefully timed warning to Donald Trump not to tear up the Iran nuclear deal, saying it is essential for international security, and no better alternative has been suggested by the White House. Read more.

Guardian

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- AP sources: Trump to extend sanctions relief for Iran - Politico

Russen tasten in het duister na mysterieuze aanvallen met 'killerdrones' in Syrië

Het Russische ministerie van Defensie tast in het duister na een reeks mysterieuze drone-aanvallen op militaire bases in Syrië.

Er zou sprake zijn van zeker tien aanvallen met technisch zeer geavanceerde vliegtuigjes, de Russen spreken zelfs van 'killerdrones'. Lees meer.

Volkskrant

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Ecuador grants citizenship to Assange – FM



Ecuador has granted citizenship to Wikileaks chief Julian Assange, who's been holed up in the country's embassy in London for more than 5 years now. Read more.

RT

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January 10, 2018

US to develop more ‘usable’ nuclear warheads



A former US official says the administration of President Donald Trump plans to adopt a hawkish position on the use of nuclear weapons. Read more.

PressTV

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Israel launches secret squad to challenge negative image & boycott campaign

Israel has created a secretive body made up of ex-generals and a former UN ambassador to engage in an online propaganda campaign against the state’s opponents internationally.

The Strategic Affairs Ministry created the corporation to carry out “mass awareness activities” to counteract what it describes as “the delegitimization campaign” against Israel internationally, Haaretz reports. Read more.

RT

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January 9, 2018

Syria accuses Israel of targeting Damascus military outposts with missiles

Syria's military has accused Israel of launching missiles at its outposts near Damascus in a wave of three pre-dawn attacks, and claimed the Syrian air force hit one of the Israeli jets and shot down several missiles.

The army said the Syrian air defence confronted the attacks on military outposts in the area of Qutayfeh in the Damascus countryside. Read more.

Independent

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‘Bibi go home!’ Thousands take to the streets in Tel Aviv demanding Netanyahu resign



Thousands have marched through the streets of Tel Aviv in Israel, demanding the resignation of the country's Prime Minister - over mounting corruption allegations.

The protesters were carrying placards and shouting slogans denouncing the government. Murad Gazdiev picks up the story. Read more.

RT

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January 8, 2018

Police nationwide fatally shot nearly 1,000 people in 2017

Cops across the country killed nearly 1,000 people last year, including 19 unarmed black males — figures that have remained consistent since 2015.

The data, compiled by The Washington Post from media accounts and public records, was released on Friday. It shows officers last year shot and killed 987 people, about two dozen more than the 963 people fatally shot in 2016. Read more.

NY Daily

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De Hoop Scheffer: Poetin werd radicaler door NAVO

De NAVO heeft Vladimir Poetin in een hoek gedreven, waardoor hij radicaler werd. Dat zijn niet de woorden van Rusland, maar die van de voormalige secretaris-generaal van de NAVO, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer.

Volgens Jaap de Hoop Scheffer moet het Westen de Russische rode lijn respecteren. Lees meer + video.

NOS

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