February 28, 2018

Kushner loses top secret clearance

Sources tell CNN that President Trump's son-in-law and senior White House adviser Jared Kushner has had his top secret security clearance significantly downgraded. 

CNN's Jeff Zeleny has the latest. Read more.


- Kushner's security downgrade will hinder but not halt his Mideast peace role (video) - CNN

- Security clearances downgraded for Kushner and other White House officials (video) - Washington Post
- Kushner’s overseas contacts raise concerns as foreign officials seek leverage - Washington Post

- 'Buitenlandse onderhandelingen kostten Kushner toegang staatsgeheimen' - NOS
- Trumps schoonzoon Kushner mag geen topgeheimen meer inzien - Trouw

China to Crack Down on Cryptocurrency Trading Loophole

New measures are aimed at blocking access to offshore venues. Country has already banned domestic digital-currency exchanges.

China is opening a new front in its battle against cryptocurrencies, targeting platforms that allow the nation’s investors to trade digital assets on overseas exchanges, people familiar with the matter said. Read more + video.


- Tighter crypto regulation in the cards for China - ChinaDaily

Turkey mulls 'national' bitcoin

The alliance between Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and its de facto partner, the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), has extended to an unlikely realm: the idea to develop Turkey's own bitcoin.

Amid bitcoin’s meteoric rise last year, the Turkish government had taken an unwelcoming stance toward the cryptocurrency. Read more.


- Turkish Lawmaker Proposes National Cryptocurrency - CoinDesk

Pentagon admits zero evidence of E. Ghouta chem attack – but blames Russia all the same

The Pentagon admits it used NGO reports on alleged recent chemical attacks in Syria and cannot confirm if they even took place. The lack of evidence, however, did not get in the way of the latest Russia blame game galore.

Russia was predictably the target of a barrage of accusations from the West after reports claimed that several people in the Damascus suburb of East Ghouta, which is controlled by militant groups, suffered symptoms consistent with exposure to chlorine gas on Sunday. Read more.


- North Korea is quietly increasing aid to Syria’s chemical, missile programs, U.N. says - Washington Post
- ‘Proof doesn't matter to West regarding Syria chemical weapons-use allegations… as usual’ - RT

 - The Collapsing Syria-Sarin Case - Consortium News

February 26, 2018

46% of Last Year’s ICOs Have Failed Already

It has always been assumed that a large number of ICOs will fail, be it at the fundraising stage or when it comes to delivering the actual project. It’s hard to settle on a precise figure, however, as most dubious ICOs don’t exit scam: they slowly tiptoe away, like a sneak thief rather than a smash-and-grab robber.

Having completed an extensive study into last year’s crowdsales, news.Bitcoin.com can report that 46% of them are effectively dead already – despite raising over $104 million. Read more.


- Helft ICO’s 2017 al mislukt - Emerce

Russia overtakes China in gold reserves race to end US dollar dominance

The Central Bank of Russia (CBR) boosted its holdings of gold by almost 20 metric tons last month, with reserves reaching 1,857 tons. It has increased its holdings every month since March 2015.

Russia is now among the top five gold holders after surpassing China, which reportedly holds 1,843 tons. Over the last 15 years, Moscow and Beijing have been aggressively accumulating gold reserves to cut their dependence on the US dollar. Read more.


- Russia's Central Bank Gold Hoard Is Now Bigger Than China's - Bloomberg
- Russia Surpasses China With Massive Gold Purchases In January - ZeroHedge

‘It’s like when America was discovered’: Discussing future of crypto & mining at Bitcoin Russia 2018

Some have hailed cryptocurrencies as the future of money - others claim it's all a bubble about to burst.

Miguel Francis-Santiago takes a deeper look at how virtual currencies can be used.


Mogelijk Europese regelgeving voor cryptovaluta

Europa moet openstaan voor cryptovaluta, zoals de bitcoin. Maar dan moeten consument en belegger wel beter tegen de risico's van het virtuele geldsysteem worden beschermd.

Dat zegt EU-commissaris Valdis Dombrovskis (financiële stabiliteit) na afloop van een eerste bijeenkomst in Brussel over cryptovaluta. Lees meer.


Daily 5-hour humanitarian pause introduced in E. Ghouta starting Feb 27 – Russian MoD

A daily humanitarian pause will be established in East Ghouta, Syria, starting from February 27, the Russian Defense Ministry has said. That will give civilians an opportunity to flee the fighting areas.

“As ordered by the Russian president, a daily humanitarian pause from 09:00 to 14:00 (local time) is being introduced starting February 27 to... Read more.


- Putin orders 'humanitarian corridor' in Syria's eastern Ghouta: agencies - Reuters
- The Latest: DM: Putin orders daily pauses in Syria’s Ghouta - Washington Post

- Syria’s East Ghouta militants hold civilians hostage, plan ‘chemical’ provocations – Russian MoD (video) - RT

- Syria war: 'Gas attack' kills child in Eastern Ghouta - Al Jazeera
- Chlorine gas symptoms seen after blast near Damascus-opposition health authorities - Reuters

February 24, 2018

The All Seeing AI - Surveillance Nation In Action

In 2017, we see video surveillance continuing its growth trend for security, as well as for retail and traffic management applications and in support of the wider IoT trend

Industry analyst IHS projects video surveillance will capture nearly 6000 Petabytes of data in 2017, and by 2019 3.3 trillion hours of surveillance video will be captured daily. Video is also being retained longer for many reasons, including for use as evidence by law enforcement or to use with advanced analytics in retail environments.

Based on our interactions with customers and partners, we anticipate a number of key developments. Read more.

Shaking My Head Productions

- NSA tracking cellphone locations worldwide, Snowden documents show (video) - Washington Post

Mankind Rise Up

Max Igan - Surviving the Matrix - Episode 324 - American Voice Radio, February 16th, 2017.

The Crowhouse

Just a Rant on the "Disclosure" Movement

Truthstream Media

- T-Files: The Last Card (video) - Truthstream Media

Blockchain will fuel next oil boom – here’s why

Big Oil is due for a disruption. The world’s most important industry has been carrying on without any significant changes in its day to day routine for far too long.

But now, the new tech on the block has its sights set on the multi-trillion-dollar oil and gas sector. It’s official: Blockchain technology has infiltrated Big Oil. Read more.


US not 'touching' al-Nusra terrorists in Syria: Russia

Russia's top diplomat describes al-Qaeda-linked Jabhat Fateh al-Sham formerly known as Nusra Front as the main problem in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta, criticizing the US-led coalition for NOT targeting the terror group.

Sergei Lavrov was speaking during a joint press conference alongside his Uzbek counterpart Abdulaziz Kamilov in Moscow. Lavrov also accused the U-S of seeking to partition Syria, saying the Astana peace process led by Iran, Russia and Turkey hinders Washington’s efforts in that regard.

He also questioned the effectiveness of the United Nations Security Council resolution on a 30-day truce in Syria. The Russian foreign minister said there are no guarantees that anti-Damascus militants will abide by the ceasefire.


- Russian UN envoy: Battle for Raqqa didn't get same outcry as Ghouta (video) - RT 

‘US spits in faces of Palestinians’: Embassy to be moved to Jerusalem sooner than planned

20 Palestinians were injured in Gaza on Friday, on the latest Day of Rage over the US recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.

Demonstrators placed burning tires on the Israeli border, and IDF soldiers forced them back with crowd control weapons.


- US brings forward Jerusalem embassy opening to May - Guardian
- US plans to move embassy to Jerusalem in May (video) - CNN

- Hard-Line Supporter of Israel Offers to Pay for U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem - NY Times
- US ‘destroying grounds for peace’ with Jerusalem embassy move in May – Ankara - RT

February 22, 2018

'I will not shut up, we will not chase after you' - US envoy to Palestinian leader at UNSC

There's been a tense encounter at the United Nations Security Council between the US envoy and the Palestinian leader.

Mahmoud Abbas delivered a vitriolic address on Tuesday, aimed squarely at Washington for recognizing Jerusalem as the Israeli capital and claiming America is not committed to the peace process.


- At UN, Abbas Calls on World Leaders to Recognize Palestinian State (video) - Haaretz
- Abbas, Haley exchange strong criticism over Middle East at U.N. Security Council (video) - Washington Post

February 21, 2018

World Blockchain Economic Forum: Future of cryptocurrencies discussed in Singapore

An anonymous trader has bought 400 million dollars' worth of bitcoin pushing it's value back up to 11 thousand dollars. The purchase became visible thanks to blockchain technology.

During the last days of the World Blockchain Economic Forum in Singapore, RT's Miguel Francis Santiago caught up with a former Mexican president to chat about the future of blockchain technology.


Russia's Capital Is Leading the Charge for Blockchain Democracy

Even as Russia stands accused of meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, its national capital is taking a leadership role in making democracy more transparent.

Using an existing program called Active Citizen, the city of Moscow has been allowing residents to cast votes for measures ranging from the name of their new metro train to the color of the seats in a new sports arena. But in an effort to soothe people's concerns over whether to trust the city in its vote counting, it's added a private version of the ethereum blockchain to that project's architecture. Read more.


Petro Currency Attracts Middle East, U.S. Investors

February 20, 2018

Politiek stop eens met dat laffe, leugenachtige nepnieuws; Stan van Houcke en Kees van der Pijl

Het laffe politieke- en journalistieke klimaat vol leugens en huichelachtigheid rond rasisme en nepnieuws, maar de echte problemen krijgen geen aandacht.

In Amerika is een kompleet nieuwe kernwapen strategie ontwikkeld waarbij het gebruik van de wapens geen bijzondere restricties heeft. Met kan kernwapens inzetten ook al gaat er van de tegenpartij zelf geen nucleaire dreiging uit. De Amerikaanse regering heeft 1000 miljard dollar uitgetrokken voor de vernieuwing van het nucleair arsenaal in opmaat naar een mogelijke confrontatie.

Uit Amerikaanse berekeningen werd geconcludeerd dat bij een nieuw, nucleair conflict ca. 500.000.000 doden zijn te verwachten. Voor de regering Trump een acceptabel getal. In de VS zijn deze ontwikkelingen onderwerp van diepgaande debatten en discussies.

In Nederland worden door politici en beleidsmaker deze echte grote problemen genegeerd. Wel worden triviale zaken zoals de uitspraken van PvD ‘er Yernaz Ramautarsing tot grote proporties opgeblazen.

Dit laffe, politieke en journalistieke klimaat is volgens emeritus hoogleraar Kees van der Pijl mogelijk geworden, omdat de mensen die werkelijk in staat waren om zaken aan te kaarten ooit internationaal werden “weggekocht”.

Cafe Weltschmerz

Mueller’s office just unsealed a charge against a new player in the Russia investigation

The special counsel Robert Mueller’s office has charged Alex van der Zwaan, a wealthy and connected Russian lawyer, with making false statements to the FBI.

The special counsel Robert Mueller’s office has charged a wealthy Russian lawyer with making false statements to the FBI, according to a court filing unsealed Tuesday. Read more.

Business Insider

- Russia probe: Mueller charges lawyer with lying about role of Manafort partner - RT
- Former Skadden Lawyer Accused in Russia Investigation of Making False Statements - NY Times

- Nederlandse advocaat geeft toe: ik loog tegen FBI - RTL

- Aanklager Robert Mueller beschuldigt Nederlandse advocaat van liegen - NOS
- Nederlandse advocaat aangeklaagd voor leugens over Russische inmenging VS - RTL

Assad to get involved in conflict between Kurds, Turkey - reports

With Turkey trying to oust the Kurds from northern Syrian region, both sides appear to be looking to strike an unlikely alliance.

Damascus is reportedly in talks to assist the Kurds while Turkey said it would welcome any effort by the Syrian army, to drive out what it calls terrorists from Afrin. Read more.


- Pro-Assad terror groups withdraw from Afrin - AA
- Turkish army shells pro-Syrian government forces as they enter Afrin - PressTV

- Pro-government fighters move into Syria's Afrin - Al Jazeera
- Syrian pro-govt. forces will enter Afrin 'within hours' (video) - PressTV

- Over Dozen civilians killed in new US-led strikes in Syria’s Dayr al-Zawr - PressTV
- Dozens of Russian, CIS citizens killed & injured in recent clashes in Syria – Foreign Ministry - RT

- Syrian National Coalition: Ghouta being 'exterminated' (video) - Al Jazeera

De Griekse beerput van het Novartis-schandaal

Griekenland staat in rep er roer vanwege het Novartis-schandaal. Dit Zwitserse pharmabedrijf deelde steekpenningen uit aan dokters en politici om zijn geneesmiddelen duurder te verkopen en vaker voor te schrijven dan gelijkaardige goedkopere geneesmiddelen.

Bruno Tersago lijst de betrokken politici op in een vernietigende analyse van de Griekse politieke en mediacultuur. Lees meer.

De Wereld Morgen

- Greek judges call for calm over Novartis scandal - EurActive
- “Novartis is just the tip of the iceberg that led Greece to bankruptcy,” says - Keep Talking Greece

Wietolie is zo populair dat gemeenten soepelere regels overwegen

Medische cannabisolie is populair. Zo populair dat inmiddels een handvol gemeenten nadenkt over coulantere regelgeving voor het veronderstelde medicijn.

Wietolie is ondanks het verbod op wietteelt door particulieren aan een opmars bezig in Nederland. Lees meer.


What EVERYONE is Missing About "Russiagate"

Yes, America interferes in elections all the time. And yes, the Russian ad buys happened after the election. And yes, the DNC really did rig the primaries for Hillary. But if you believe the truth then you're a dirty Russian!  Read more.

Corbett Report

February 19, 2018

Netanyahu’s ‘cartoonish circus’

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s theatrics at Munich Security Conference on Sunday a “cartoonish circus."


- Iranian FM Ridicules Netanyahu's 'Cartoonish Circus' as Attempt to 'Avoid Domestic Crisis' - Haaretz
- 'Cartoonish circus': Iran, Israel trade barbs as Netanyahu brandishes Iranian drone - MEE

Switzerland embraces bitcoin & cryptocurrencies amid global crackdown

While financial regulators across the world are cracking down on bitcoin, Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) has decided to encourage digital currencies by issuing guidelines on initial coin offerings (ICOs).

According to the regulator, Switzerland has recently seen a sharp growth in the number of upcoming ICOs planned to be launched in the country, as well as numerous enquiries about cryptocurrency regulation. Read more.


- Switzerland Enacts ICO Guidelines - Bitcoin

'Bitcoin is geen bubbel'

De bitcoin is geen bubbel. Dat zegt Fred van Raaij, emeritus hoogleraar Economische Psychologie aan de Tilburg University. Was er sprake van een bubbel, dan zou de waarde op nul zijn geëindigd, maar dat is (vooralsnog) niet gebeurd.

De koers van de bitcoin kent een verloop die veel gelijkenissen toont met die van de grafiek die hoort bij een bubbel. Alleen waar de bubbel met niets eindigt, heeft de bitcoin nog altijd waarde. 'Je kunt zeggen dat het begint met een hype maar dat er toch wel een intrinsieke waarde in zit'. Lees meer + audio.


How Capitalism steals your free time

Never have there been so many chances of liberation from work but somehow people have never worked as hard as they do now


Noam Chomsky: The Decline of U.S. Empire

February 17, 2018

Iran, Iraq, Syria will not let US sway in Kurdish areas: Velayati

A senior Iranian official has said that constant cooperation among Iran, Iraq and Syria will not allow the US to wield influence in Kurdish regions.

According to the Iraqi local TV network al-Beladi, Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior advisor to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, made the remarks at a meeting with Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari in Baghdad on Friday. Read more.


- Tillerson in Ankara pledges limited weapon supplies to SDF, says Manbij ‘priority’ in Syria - RT
- Turkish President Erdogan offers US 'Ottoman slap' ahead of Rex Tillerson's visit to Turkey - Independent

- Russia: US plans to keep forces inside Syria forever - PressTV
- US special forces 'operating illegally in Syria', Sergey Lavrov tells euronews - Euronews

- Turkey hits Kurds with toxic gas, 6 civilians injured – reports - RT
- Turkish army hit village in Syria's Afrin with suspected gas: Kurdish YPG, Observatory - Reuters

Cryptolium: Deep inside Russia's crypto-world

This week's episode Miguel Francis-Santiago takes RT's Cryptolium deep into Russia's crypto-world.

As India threatens to shut down crypto, while other government also hint at a clamp down, which way is Russia leaning? Find out the gritty details only in RT's Cryptolium.


February 16, 2018

Washington no more: Palestine turns to Moscow for future Israel talks

It is no secret that Palestinian trust in Washington as an impartial broker and mediator in future peace talks with Israel has been shredded.

And given the Trump administration’s reckless, not to mention illegal, decision to declare Washington’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in December 2017, who can blame them? Read more.


- Palestinian president: U.S. no longer a mediator (video) - PressTV

In the cases of two separate holocausts, Israel and Poland find it difficult to acknowledge the facts of history

While Poland has decided to outlaw any claims that their countrymen participated in the extermination of the Jews, Israel continues to ignore the Armenian genocide

The Israelis have been mighty pissed off with the Polish government these past few days. I don’t blame them. In fact – and I’m not referring to the racist, extremist military occupation government of Benjamin Netanyahu – the Israeli people and Jews around the world are quite right to be enraged at Poland’s latest Holocaust denialism. Read more.


February 15, 2018

Max Blumenthal in Gaza: Netanyahu Faces Scandal, Palestinians a Crisis

Reporting from the Gaza Strip, journalist and best-selling author Max Blumenthal says Netanyahu's domestic corruption case has not even registered to a besieged Palestinian population under Israeli blockade.


- Shir Hever: Netanyahu Could Fall for Corruption, Not War Crimes (video) - TRNN

Russia inks huge energy deals with Saudi Arabia, challenging US dominance in Gulf region

Hidden by the fog of the ongoing oil market volatility and the Turkish adventures in Syria, OPEC leader Saudi Arabia has been cementing its geopolitical position for years.

In Riyadh meetings this week between Saudi and Russian officials, major energy deals were sealed, changing the regional constellation dramatically. At the same time, the geopolitical shift of the century now starts to bear fruit. Read more.


- Saudi Arabia, Russia Ink 3 Huge Energy Deals - Oil Price
- Riyadh to cut oil production, drive prices up - New Arab

- Russian fund builds investors pool for Saudi Aramco IPO - Reuters
- Saudi Arabia, Russia focus on rebalancing oil markets - Arab News

Qatar: Beyond the Blockade

On June 5th, 2017, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Egypt imposed a blockade on Qatar - closing their land, air and sea borders with it - accusing it of funding "terrorism" and fomenting regional instability. 

The Saudi, Emirati and Bahraini governments told their citizens to return from Qatar. They also asked Qatari citizens who were visiting, studying or living in their respective countries, to leave for Qatar within 14 days.

This diplomatic move left Qatar partially isolated - economically, politically and culturally.

As this crisis continues without a solution, this film follows several people in Qatar to find out how they are facing up to life under blockade.

Al Jazeera

- Qatari emir: Saudi-led blockade ‘futile’, unity needed in Middle East - PressTV 

February 14, 2018

Russian embassy criticizes Netherlands after minister admits lying about Putin meeting

The Russian embassy released a statement criticizing the Netherlands following Minister Halbe Zijlstra of Foreign Affairs admitting that he lied about attending a meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin in 2006.

The embassy accuses the Netherlands of "persistently" propagating an image of Russia having aggressive intentions to the Dutch public. "As we can see, this is the reason behind this whole story with the alleged meeting between Minister Zijlstra and President Putin", the statement, in broadcaster NOS' possession, reads. Read more.

NL Times

- Disgraced Minister's Remarks on Russia Reflect Reality: Dutch PM Rutte - NY Times
- The Netherlands is spreading anti-Russian sentiment, The Hague embassy says - Dutch News

- Dutch Foreign Minister admits he made up fake news about Putin (video) - RT
- Dutch Lies Over Putin’s ‘Aggression’ Expose NATO War Agenda - SCF

- Russische ambassade uit felle kritiek op Nederland - NOS

Dutch FM resigns after admitting lie about meeting Putin

Dutch Foreign Minister Halbe Zijlstra has resigned, a day after he admitted lying about overhearing Russia’s President Vladimir Putin.

In 2016 Zijlstra alleged Putin had in 2006 expressed ambitions to create a “Greater Russia.” The official admitted that his credibility had been damaged by the ongoing scandal to such an extent that his position had become untenable. Read more.


- Dutch foreign minister quits after lying about Putin meeting - Reuters

- Zijlstra stapt op vanwege leugen over ontmoeting met Poetin (video) - NOS
- Rutte geeft fouten toe in affaire-Zijlstra, weinig steun motie van wantrouwen - NOS

'Normalizing' Britain's Interest Rates by Raising Them May Slow Economy

The Bank of England announced plans to raise interest rates to combat inflation, but the actual effect will be to slow its economy and raise unemployment in light of a phantom threat, explains economist Mark Weisbrot.


- UK inflation still at 3% despite fall in food prices - BBC
- Are UK households ready for an interest rate rise? - Money Observer

- UK interest rate rise is coming, Bank of England tells borrower - Guardian
- UK interest rates doubling this year would be 'no great shock', says Bank of England deputy governor - Independent

Trump Privatizes America

Trump's infrastructure privatization plan is a hat trick that optimistically turns $200 billion into $1.5 trillion, is designed to eliminate the public sector and to bankrupt cities and states, says economist Michael Hudson.


- Why Trump’s infrastructure plan doesn’t pass the straight-face test - Washington Post
- The Trump administration's $200 billion infrastructure plan unveiled Monday includes a mix of grants and loans (video) - CNBC

- Trump takes aim at blue states in infrastructure plan - Politico

Erdogan threatens US with 'Ottoman slap,' says all NATO countries created equal

Washington could soon receive the "Ottoman slap," Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned, while also stating that all members of NATO are equal with the US.

While speaking to the ruling Justice and Development (AK) party in Ankara on Tuesday, Erdogan referenced a recent remark by Lt. Gen. Paul E. Funk, the top US commander in the US-led coalition against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), who said that Turkey would face a sharp response if it struck Manbij, Syria. Read more.


- 'It is wrong to say NATO equals US' - AA
- It’s Time to Kick Erdogan’s Turkey Out of NATO - Huff Post

'France will strike' if proven chemical bombs used in Syria: Macron

PARIS (Reuters) - President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday that “France will strike” if chemical weapons are used against civilians in the Syrian conflict in violation of international treaties, but that he had not yet seen proof this was the case. 

Macron said last May that the use of chemical weapons would represent a “red line”. Read more.


- France will strike if chemical weapons use proven in Syria: Macron - PressTV
- Macron Ready to Order Syria Strike If Chemical Attacks Proven - Bloomberg

- Tip-off received on Al-Nusra, White Helmets plotting chemical weapons provocation in Syria – Moscow - RT

US discussing no ‘annexation plan’ with Israel despite Netanyahu’s claim

The United States dismisses claims by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that Washington and Tel Aviv are in talks for “annexation” of Palestinian lands, grabbed by the regime for construction of settlements.

The White House made the announcement Monday in a rare show of discord between Netanyahu and US President Donald Trump. Read more + video.


- Trump: Palestinians Aren't Looking to Making Peace – but I'm Not Sure Israel Is Either - Haaretz

- Trump: “I’m Not Sure Israel Is Looking to Make Peace” With Palestinians - Slate
- Trump: Not sure Israel truly wants peace, settlements ‘complicate’ peacemaking - Times of Israel

- Palestinian president: U.S. no longer a mediator (video) - PressTV

February 13, 2018

Tip-off received on Al-Nusra, White Helmets plotting chemical weapons provocation in Syria – Moscow

Russia’s Center for Reconciliation in Syria says it's been warned that Jabhat Al-Nusra terrorists brought in chlorine containers to a local village, where they aimed to work with the White Helmets to stage “a provocation.”

Late on Monday, the center received a phone call from a resident of the village of Serakab in Idlib province about the planned incident. Read more.


'Completely political': Assange loses bid to have his UK arrest warrant dropped

An arrest warrant for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will not be dropped, a British judge has ruled. His lawyers had argued it was no longer in the public interest to arrest him. Read more.


- Judge refuses to withdraw Julian Assange arrest warrant - Guardian
- British judge refused to withdraw Julian Assange's arrest warrant (video) - teleSUR

- Britse rechter houdt arrestatiebevel tegen Julian Assange overeind - NOS

SDF moved to northern Syria to protect territory from Turkey – Mattis

Washington has admitted that some of the Kurdish forces it trains in Syria are shifting to fight against one of America's own allies. 

Turkey is currently on the offensive in northern Syria against groups it deems are terrorists. Read more.


- James Mattis: Some PYD/PKK shifting to Afrin - Al Jazeera
- Pentagon seeks to invest $550M in PYD/PKK - AA

- Turkey, US relations heading toward ‘close combat’ in Syria: MHP chair - Hürriyet

February 11, 2018

The Alien Agenda Just Jumped the Shark

Truthstream Media

- How to Fake an Alien Invasion (video) - Corbett Report


Gorillaz ft. Little Simz - Garage Palace

Trump tells Israeli daily Jerusalem move was a high point

JERUSALEM — An Israeli newspaper on Friday quoted President Donald Trump as saying his recognition of Jerusalem as the country’s capital was one of the highlights of his presidency thus far.

Israel Hayom — a free daily that largely backs Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — carried some quotes Friday from an interview with Trump to be published next week. Read more.

Washington Post

- Trump: My greatest moment was recognizing Jerusalem - Arutz Sheva

February 10, 2018

Israel Downs Iranian Drone, Strikes Syria; Israeli F-16 Shot Down

One pilot in serious condition | Israel attacks Syrian, Iranian targets in fresh strike | Rocket sirens sound throughout northern Israel

An Israeli F-16 was downed Saturday morning after Israel intercepted an Iranian drone launched from Syria into Israeli territory. Read more + video.


- Syria shoots down Israeli F-16 jet, pilots eject (video) - PressTV
- Israel strikes Iranian targets in Syria, IAF pilots eject F-16 (video) - JPost

- Iran rejects 'ridiculous' Israeli claim on downing Iranian drone (video) - PressTV
- Operations Room of Syria’s Allies: Israeli aggression direct support to terrorism in Syria - Sana

- Israeli Air Force General: Syria Strike Is the Most Substantial Since 1982 - Haaretz

- Hezbollah: We stand by Syrian people in defending their land, sovereignty - Sana
- Lebanese Foreign Ministry condemns Israeli aggression on Syrian territories - Sana

Putin Hopes West Gets Tired of Sanctions Path, Ties With Russia Become Normal

Russian President Vladimir Putin described the imposition of restrictions on Russia as a deadlock solution, which is likely to lead to losses for those who introduced them.

In his speech at the meeting of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, Putin expressed hope that the West would soon "get bored with sanctions policy" and the relations with Russia would normalize. Read more.


- Russia's Putin discussed U.S. 'oligarch list' with Russian businessmen - Reuters
- West's anti-Russia sanctions will backfire: Putin - PressTV

US transferred ISIL members to Afghanistan by helicopter: Russia

A high-ranking Russian official has accused the U-S military of allowing Daesh terrorists - who have been defeated in Syria and Iraq - to infiltrate Afghanistan.

The Russian envoy for Afghanistan says various witness accounts indicate that the terrorists are often transferred to Afghanistan by helicopters. Zamir Kabulov added that because the U-S and NATO fully control the skies over Afghanistan, there is every reason to believe they have a hand in the transfer, or at least refuse to confront such flights.

In 2001, the US and its allies invaded Afghanistan under the pretext of 'war on terror'. Some 17 years on, terrorism is still growing in Afghanistan. The Daesh terrorist group has recently established a foothold in eastern and northern Afghanistan and stepped up its attacks against civilian targets across the country.


- UN official calls for 30-day Syria cease-fire - AP

February 9, 2018

The White Helmets Are A Propaganda Construct

Contrary to what its multi-million dollar international PR campaign would have you believe, the “White Helmets” are not a group of volunteer search-and-rescue workers that sprang spontaneously out of the Syrian soil.

When you peel back the layers of foreign financing and reveal the foreign intelligence operatives and murky lobbying groups at the heart of the organization, what you find is that the White Helmets are, in fact, a propaganda construct. Read more.

Corbett Report

- Interview 1342 – Vanessa Beeley Exposes the White Helmets (video) - Corbett Report

Corporate Media Hires CIA, Pentagon Officials as Talking Heads - Who Push for More War

CNN, MSNBC, and more corporate news networks hire former top U.S. government officials as analysts, who call for a more belligerent foreign policy, Ben Norton reports. Americans frequently boast of how free and independent their press ostensibly is.

Overlooking the fact that, according to the watchdog group Reporters Without Borders, media freedoms in the United States come in at a measly 43rd place globally, some of the liberties that do indeed exist are being whittled down. Read more.


The Rise and Fall of the Stock Market: What to Expect

Economist Dean Baker says that after such a sharp run-up in stock prices, "it really shouldn't be a surprise to anyone that you're going to see some downturn in the market"


- Stocks plunge deeper into correction - Business Insider
- S&P 500, Dow close in correction territory as stocks suffer bloodbath - MarketWatch

- Asia stock markets drop sharply after US falls - BBC

- Weer forse verliezen op Europese beurzen - Beurs.nl
- Weer forse verliezen Amerikaanse beurzen: 'Nu komen klappen' - RTL-Z

Cryptoforecast with Tone Vays: Bitcoin may fall to $1,300 before rocketing to $20,000 & beyond

The host of RT’s ‘Cryptolium’ Miguel Francis-Santiago travels to the World Blockchain Economic Forum in Singapore, where he tries to figure out what’s wrong with the price of bitcoin and if it’s bubble is about to burst.

He met with two speakers from the forum: Miko Matsumura of the world’s largest crypto fund, Pantera Foundation, and Tone Vays, the world’s most accurate bitcoin price predictor.


February 8, 2018

An investor's best friend? Israel Diamond Exchange launches digital coins

RAMAT GAN, Israel (Reuters) - Israel’s diamond exchange is turning to digital currencies to inject new life into a marketplace long ruled by cash and backroom handshakes, but it must first persuade traditionally conservative players that the technology can work.

One of the world’s largest diamond centers, the exchange hopes its virtual currency will make trading more efficient and less opaque. Read more + video.


Freemasons: we have been undeservedly stigmatised

Organisation places adverts in press and says it will hold Q&A sessions to explain its work

Freemasons have been “undeservedly stigmatised” and will be running a series of open evenings to prove they are not a secret society, the organisation’s leader has said. Read more.


- Two Freemasons' lodges operating secretly at Westminster - Guardian
- Secret Freemasons should have no place in public life - Guardian

- Freemasonry, politics, the press and transparency - Guardian
- Freemasonry explained: a guide to the secretive society - Guardian

George Soros, the man who 'broke the Bank of England', backing secret plot to thwart Brexit

George Soros, the billionaire known as the man who “broke the Bank of England”, is backing a campaign to overturn Brexit, the Telegraph can disclose.

The investor is one of three senior figures linked to the Remain-supporting campaign group Best for Britain... Read more.


- Hefty donation: Soros contributes to Anti-Brexit campaign (video) - RT

- Soros doneerde 4 ton om Brexit tegen te houden - Novini
- Misselijke George Soros steunt geheim plan om Brexit te voorkomen - DDS 

Crypto: The End of Freedom!

Cryptocurrency will make a huge number of people fabulously rich, whilst choking the life out of the human race.

At this point, the amount of utterly baseless, contradictory propaganda, mass hysteria, and just flat out insanity the ruling classes have demanded they swallow is more than any human mind, no matter how medicated, could possibly handle.

A dire warning from Brandon Smith found here.

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Be aware. Come alive. Be prepared for the level shift. Be the explosion you want to hear.


- The Bitcoin Psyop (video) - Corbett Report
- RFID, Blockchain, AI, Bitcoin - The Truth Will Shock You! (video) - Shaking My Head Productions

- Bitcoin is NSA Project (video) - 1 Anonymous Org

- Bitcoins Mysterious Origins Revealed (video) - Do You See What I See Productions
- Bitcoin/Cryptocurrency is a Government Conspiracy (video) - Do You See What I See Productions

- History of cryptography - Wikipedia
- History of Cryptocurrency, Part I: From Bitcoin’s Inception to the Crypto-Boom - CoinTelegraph

Pentagon Says Conducted 'Defensive' Airstrikes Against Pro-Syrian Gov't Forces

Centcom announced that US opened fire at pro-Syrian government forces, saying it was a "defensive" measure.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The US-led coalition conducted defensive airstrikes against pro-government forces in Syria that attacked Syrian Democratic Forces headquarters near the Euphrates River, the Central Command said in a press release. Read more.


- US-led coalition conducts ‘defensive’ airstrikes against Syrian forces (video) - RT
- What right does US have to defend anti-Assad forces? – fmr diplomat (video) - RT

- The Latest: Russia blames unnamed powers of helping al-Qaida - Washington Post
- Lavrov: Washington’s real goal in Syria has no relation to combating Daesh - Sana

- Syria war: Israel 'strikes Damascus military complex' - BBC
- Syria: Israel attacks military post on outskirts of Damascus - Ynet

- Timing of Israeli airstrikes, terrorist attacks in Syria no coincidence: Damascus - PressTV

- Coalitie geleid door VS voert luchtaanval uit op Syrisch leger - NU

Vanessa Beeley Exposes the White Helmets

For the past two years, Vanessa Beeley has been doing on-the-ground reporting in Syria exposing the lies of the NATO powers and their terrorist proxies.

Her work on the White Helmets in particular has drawn the ire of the warmongers and their media mouthpieces. Today we talk to Beeley about the true nature of the White Helmets and the well-funded PR campaign that seeks to defend them. Read more.

Corbett Report

- Syrian Civilians Hit by Chlorine Gas Attack, Activists Say - Haaretz
- Syrian gov't likely uses chlorine gas in rebel-held zones: French FM - Xinhua

February 7, 2018

Cryptocurrency comes storming back after a blockbuster regulatory hearing on Capitol Hill

Regulators are taking a “do no harm approach” to the crypto market, while monitoring activity in the ICO market closely.

Lawmakers pressed the two top financial regulators during a morning hearing on cryptocurrency – and now the market for digital currency is storming back. Read more.

Business Insider

- Crypto Industry Reacts to US Senate Hearing Remarks - CoinDesk

- ECB President: EU Banks Show 'Limited Appetite' for Cryptocurrencies - CoinDesk
- Bitcoin price WARNING: Crypto to reach $100,000 if it holds onto this KEY metric (video) - Express

Tensions rising between Israel, Lebanon over oil assets

Tensions are rising between Israel and Lebanon over their joint hydrocarbon reserves with some speculating that economic gains could push Tel Aviv to declare its third war on Beirut.


- Lebanese leaders agree to take action against Israel threats - PressTV

- Lebanese leaders agree to act against 'Israeli threats' - Ynet
- Lebanon tells Israel its border wall violates sovereignty - JPost

UNICEF France lance Game Chaingers

Israel Pays a Bounty of $5,000 and Arms for Each African Asylum Seeker Expelled

Israel was the main driver behind the 1951 UN Convention on the Rights of Refugees, but after signing it, it has never respected the rights of refugees.

In fact, it has created one of the biggest refugee crisis the world has seen, says Journalist and Filmmaker Lia Tarachansky.


- Israel to Pay Rwanda $5,000 for Every Deported Asylum Seeker It Takes In (video) - TRNN

Is Assange’s Fate already decided?

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been holed up in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London for over five years.

A UK court looking into whether authorities should drop any action against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange for breaching bail terms in 2012 has adjourned, and the presiding judge said she will issue her ruling on Feb. 13. Read more.


- Julian Assange still faces arrest after judge rules warrant valid - Guardian
- Arrest warrant upheld in Julian Assange case, new hearing on February 13 - RT

- ‘White powdery substance’ delivered to Assange at Ecuadorian embassy - RT
- Assange's Arrest Warrant Continues to Expose Him to Danger of Extradition to US (video) - TRNN

- Brits arrestatiebevel tegen Julian Assange blijft van kracht - NOS
- Britse rechter: arrestatiebevel Assange nog steeds geldig, WikiLeaks-oprichter blijft 'gevangen' in ambassade - Volkskrant

February 6, 2018

‘Shutting Russia out’: EU seeks to expand into Balkans amid ‘Moscow influence’ concerns

The EU is looking to accelerate its expansion into the Balkans. On Tuesday, the European Commission will discuss a plan to bring Serbia and Montenegro into the bloc by 2025, followed by four more countries.


- EU opens door to Balkans with 2025 target for membership - Reuters
- Mogherini: New Balkan strategy can be EU ‘turning point’ - Politico

- Bilderberg Group Favours Serbian PM With Invitation - Balkan Insight

Bilderberg Group Favours Serbian PM With Invitation

The staunchly pro-NATO Bilderberg Group has invited Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic to attend its next next invitation-only conference in June in Italy – in what looks like a tribute to her Atlanticist credentials.

Serbia's Prime Minister, Ana Brnabic, is the only person from the Western Balkans so far to have received an invitation to this year's Bilderberg group meeting from June 7 to 10 June in Turin, Italy. Read more.

Balkan Insight

- Bilderberg Group Reveals 2018 Meeting Date, Location - American Free Press

Damascus stresses support for chemical probe

Syria has dismissed US chemical attack claims, calling the use of such weapons a crime against humanity.

Speaking at a U-N Security Council session, the acting charge d’affaires of Syria’s permanent delegation at the world body rejected the U-S claims as false and cheap. Munzer Munzer said Damascus supports any action taken by the UN to investigate the use of chemical weapons in Syria.

Munzer noted that Washington uses the chemical issue whenever it realizes that terrorist groups are in trouble in the face any progress by the Syrian army. Moscow has also accused Washington and London of using the issue to sabotage Russia’s efforts to find a political solution to the crisis ravaging the Arab country.


- US has no evidence of Syrian use of sarin gas, Mattis says - Washington Post

Mona Haydar - Hijabi

Max Blumenthal: US is Arming Neo-Nazis in Ukraine

Max Blumenthal reports that the US has provided military assistance to the Azov Battalion, known as a bastion of neo-Nazism within the Ukrainian armed forces. 

He also discusses US and Israeli ties to the far-right government in Poland, where neo-Nazism is on the rise.


The Pentagon Bio-Weapons program in Georgia, Ukraine, the Middle East, South East Asia and Africa

DilyanaGaytandzhieva is a Bulgarian investigative journalist and Middle East Correspondent. Over the last two years she has published a series of revealed reports on weapons smuggling. In the past year she came under pressure from the Bulgarian National Security Agency and was fired from her job in the Bulgarian newspaper Trud Daily without explanation. Despite this, Dilyana continues her investigations. Her current report provides an overview of Pentagon’s vigour in the development of biological weapons.

The US Army regularly produces deadly viruses, bacteria and toxins in direct violation of the UN Convention on the prohibition of Biological Weapons. Read more.

South Front

- The Pentagon Ponders the Threat of Synthetic Bioweapons - Wired
- Pentagon seeking vaccine for bioterror disease threat - USA Today

Switzerland & United States are the world’s most corrupt nations – report

A new study from advocacy group Tax Justice Network reveals that Switzerland is the world’s most-corrupt country, with a “high secrecy score of 76.” It’s followed by the US and the Cayman Islands.

“Switzerland is the grandfather of the world’s tax havens, one of the world’s largest offshore financial centers, and one of the world’s biggest secrecy jurisdictions or tax havens,” said the group’s report ‘Financial Secrecy Index — 2018 Results’. Read more.


- Financial Secrecy Index - 2018 Results - Tax Justice Network
- EU removes Panama, seven others, from tax haven blacklist - ICIJ

Dow Jones plunges 1,175 points as Wall Street bloodbath intensifies

The Dow Jones Industrial Average has tumbled by 1,175 points at the closing bell — its largest drop in points for a single day.

In percentage terms, that was a steep drop of 4.6 per cent, taking it down to 24,346 points. At its worst, the Dow fell by more than 1,500 points overnight. When last Friday's results are included, the blue-chip index has plunged by more than 1,800 points in two days — erasing all its 2018 gains. Read more.


- Bad Day Turns Terrifying With the Dow's Dramatic Drop (video) - Bloomberg
- 'There's no place to hide': A Wall Street chief strategist breaks down the stock market's catastrophic plunge - Business Insider

- Dow Jones industrials plummets with largest drop since 2011 - DW
- Market Rout Wipes $114 Billion From Fortunes of World's Richest - Bloomberg

- Why Did The Market Crash? Goldman's Quants Explain - ZeroHedge
- "Termination Event" Arrives: Traders Panic As XIV Disintegrates -90% After The Close (video) - Zero Hedge

- Wall Street sluit diep in het rood, Dow Jones min 4,6 procent - RTL-Z
- Wall Street ging vandaag het hardst onderuit sinds het crisisjaar 2008 - Business Insider

Bitcoin Tumbles Almost 20% as Crypto Backlash Accelerates

Lloyds joins U.S. banks in prohibiting purchases with cards Value of the biggest cryptocurrency drops by as much as $1,990.

Bitcoin tumbled for a fifth day, dropping below $7,000 for the first time since November and leading other digital tokens lower, as a backlash by banks and government regulators against the speculative frenzy that drove cryptocurrencies to dizzying heights last year picks up steam. Read more + video.


- Lloyds Bank bans customers from buying bitcoins using credit cards - Guardian