March 31, 2018

London's role in the Russian Revolution

In August 1903, a small band of dedicated but argumentative political activists held a fractious conference in London.

It consisted of Vladimir Lenin, Leon Trotsky and about 50 other committed agitators who wanted to overthrow the autocratic rule of the Russian Tsar. Their quarrels might have seemed minor at the time, but they have rippled out across history. Read more.

BBC

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17 dead, over a thousand injured after Palestinians clash with IDF on Gaza border

Abbas: 'We will demand protection from the U.N and the Security Council' 

PA leader Mahmoud Abbas said on Friday that Israel is responsible for the deaths of Gazan protesters who participated in the Friday riots near the border fence. Read more.

JPost

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- World weighs in on Gaza violence as Israel condemns Hamas for border violence  (video) - JPost

- Israel's Netanyahu thanks troops for killing Palestinians - PressTV
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- Israeli defense minister describes calls for probe into IDF use of force ‘hypocritical’ - RT

March 30, 2018

Trump wants ‘out’ of Syria ‘very soon,’ contradicting top officials

'We’ll be coming out of Syria, like, very soon,' the president said Thursday, in what would be an apparent change in U.S. policy.

President Donald Trump said Thursday that the United States will end its military presence in Syria “very soon”—contradicting his secretaries of state and defense, who have said U.S. troops should stay in the Arab country for the foreseeable future. Read more.

Politico

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US involved in ‘battlefield management’ of Saudi war against Yemen: Mattis

US Defense Secretary James Mattis has acknowledged that Washington has been involved in managing Saudi Arabia’s brutal airstrikes in Yemen.

Speaking to reporters at the Pentagon on Tuesday, Mattis said the US military is “doing the planning” of Saudi Arabia’s military campaign against Yemen. Read more.

PressTV

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March 28, 2018

US says it needed no proof, only UK’s word to expel diplomats



Russia must confess to the Salisbury ‘chemical attack’ in order to mend relations with the US and NATO, said the US State Department, adding that the only evidence the US needs for Moscow’s culpability was the word of its UK ally. Read more.

RT

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March 27, 2018

Opposition Grows to Merkel Macron EU Superstate

F. William Engdahl | A predictable process of dis-integration across the European union is underway. It has now gained momentum not only from the elections in Italy where more than two-thirds voted against open borders refugee policies pushed by Brussels. And it comes not only from Austria or the East states such as Hungary and Poland or the new Austrian government. Now opposition to the Berlin-Paris-Brussels “centralist” axis is coming from Holland and a group of northern EU countries. 

The issue at the heart involves nations who are asserting the sanctity of national sovereignty versus those who want to dissolve borders and create some form of top-down EU Superstate, euphemistically called the “ever closer union.” The conflict will determine the future viability of the entire European Union project. Brexit was only the first crack in the EU edifice. Read more.

NEO

Dutch probe of stolen artefacts delves into colonial history



Art experts in the Netherlands are trying to use their skills to help the country acknowledge some of its colonial legacy. A leading museum in Amsterdam has been investigating a number of precious objects taken from former colonies.

Some Dutch see the project as a way to better understand their history and come to terms with their past, including dark aspects of it.

Al Jazeera's Fleur Launspach reports from Amsterdam.

Al Jazeera

Russian businessman 'on Vladimir Putin death list' dramatically flees London claiming real threat comes from British secret services

Sergey Kapchuk, 45, filmed last week flanked by two bodyguards, says he is now in hiding in fear of his life somewhere in Europe

A Russian businessman who claimed he was 'marked for death' by Vladimir Putin in London has fled the UK - claiming the real threat to his life comes from British secret services. Read more.

Mirror

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Elke maand 20 ziekenhuisdoden door medische fouten gemeld

In Nederland sterven elke maand zeker 20 ziekenhuispatiënten door medische fouten. Dat blijkt uit cijfers die RTL Nieuws heeft opgevraagd bij de Inspectie Gezondheidszorg. 

Daaruit komt ook nog eens naar voren dat elke maand gemiddeld 32 mensen schade oplopen door een fout in het ziekenhuis. Lees meer.

RTL

Kabinet wil bewaarplicht van ip-adressen en telefoonnummers

Het kabinet wil een bewaarplicht invoeren waarbij providers worden verplicht om ip-adressen en telefoonnummers van gebruikers op te slaan

Wie met wie en waar communiceert zal niet worden opgeslagen, zo laat minister Grapperhaus van Justitie en Veiligheid in een brief (pdf) aan de Eerste en Tweede Kamer weten in reactie op de uitspraak van het Europees Hof van Justitie 21 december 2016. Lees meer.

Security.nl

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Mogelijk wettelijke limiet voor straling antennes

Het ministerie van Economische Zaken overweegt om wettelijk vast te leggen hoeveel elektromagnetische straling zendmasten maximaal mogen afgeven. In een internetraadpleging zal het ministerie vragen of hier behoefte aan is. De straling levert mogelijk een gevaar op voor de volksgezondheid.

Het ministerie wijst erop dat er vanaf 2020 een 5G-netwerk wordt aangelegd in Nederland. Lees meer.

NOS

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March 26, 2018

Saudis destroyed us with their dollars: FSA militant



Militants and their families continue to leave Syria’s Eastern Ghouta near the capital Damascus for Idlib province while blaming Saudi Arabia and its allies for their destructive support.

PressTV

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Death of US dollar? China launches petro-yuan to challenge greenback’s dominance

The highly anticipated yuan-backed crude oil futures have been launched in Shanghai. China is the world’s biggest oil consumer, with eyes on rival benchmarks Brent and WTI as well as the US currency.

Trading of the new oil futures contracts for September settlement started on the Shanghai International Energy Exchange at 440.20 yuan ($69.70) per barrel, reports Chinese daily the South China Morning Post. Some 18,540 lots have reportedly been sold and purchased so far. Read more.

RT

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Court Rules in Favour of Case Against Fluoride - Fluoridation Could Be BANNED!



Today we talk to Dr. Paul Connett of the Fluoride Action Network (fluoridealert.org) about Food & Water Watch Inc., et al. v. United States Environmental Protection Agency, a lawsuit that could bring an end to the practice of water fluoridation in the United States.

We discuss the Toxic Substances Control Act under which the suit is being filed, how recent court rulings have allowed the case to proceed, and the incredible significance of the chance to depose the EPA’s “experts” under oath. Please help spread the word about this exciting development. Read more.

Corbett Report

5 Privacies You Didn't Know You Lost



We all know that privacy is a thing of the past, right? Pfff. The government spying on everyone? That’s yesterday’s news. But if you think you’ve heard it all when it comes to the obtrusive police state panopticon, you’ve got another thing coming.

Here are five privacies you didn’t even realize you lost. Read more.

Corbett Report

March 25, 2018

Wolfsen: 'kabinet moet Wiv nu aanpassen'

Het kabinet moet de wet op de Inlichtingen- en veiligheidsdiensten op drie cruciale punten aanpassen, zegt voorzitter Aleid Wolfsen van de Autoriteit Persoonsgegevens in BNR Hemmen. De normen moeten nauwkeuriger, het toezicht moet scherper en de voorwaarden voor internationale uitwisseling moeten worden vastgelegd in de wet zelf.

Het zijn de drie kernbezwaren die ook in de maatschappelijke discussie naar voren kwamen, licht Wolfsen zijn opvattingen toe in BNR Hemmen. Lees meer + audio.

BNR

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‘No way’ nerve agent could escape UK lab? Russia demands info on Porton Down toxin research

Porton Down lab claims no toxins could have escaped it’s “four walls,” but has never denied the possession of the nerve agent used on the Skripals, the Russian Embassy said, urging the UK to disclose its chemical warfare program.

The origin of the mysterious nerve agent, used on March 4 to poison former Russian double-agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury, has been the main point of contention in the unraveling international scandal. Read more.

RT

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March 24, 2018

Iran, Syria and Saudi Arabia: Top Three Stunning Admissions From the Top U.S. General in the Middle East

Assad has won, Iran deal should stand and Saudis use American weapons without accountability in Yemen: head of U.S. military’s Central Command's stunning Congressional testimony

The top U.S. general in the Middle East testified before Congress on Tuesday and dropped several bombshells: from signaled support for the Iran nuclear deal, admitting the U.S. does not know what Saudi Arabia does with its bombs in Yemen and that Assad has won the Syrian Civil War. Read more.

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Meet John Bolton: Trump's new security adviser takes hawkish stance on Iran, North Korea



Despite being elected on an anti-interventionist program, Donald Trump has now surrounded himself with foreign policy hawks and Iraq war apologists.

The new National Security Adviser, John Bolton, is just one of the wild bunch. Read more.

RT

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Yemenis fire ballistic missile into Saudi Arabia



Yemen’s Ansarullah fighters have launched a fresh missile attack at Saudi Arabia. Read more.

PressTV

Scores hurt in Barcelona clashes as thousands protest jailing of Catalan leaders

At least 24 people have been injured in clashes, after thousands of people took to the streets of Barcelona to protest against a Supreme Court decision to prosecute Catalan independence leaders on rebellion charges.

Supreme court judge Pablo Llarena ruled that 13 Catalan leaders be put on trial for their part in last year’s Catalonia independence referendum. Read more + photos/video.

RT

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March 22, 2018

Skripals poisoning is terrorist attack on Russian citizens – Moscow



The attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter is an act of terrorism against Russian citizens, the Russian Foreign Ministry says, noting that the UK does not share any evidence with Moscow while demanding explanations. Read more.

RT

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March 21, 2018

‘Bitcoin is #1 priority’: NSA targeted cryptocurrency users globally, Snowden leaks show

The US National Security Agency targeted Bitcoin users around the world, according to classified documents released by Edward Snowden. The revelations strike a blow to the financial privacy of bitcoin users, academics warn.

The National Security Agency (NSA) managed to find ways to ‘track down senders and receivers’ of Bitcoins, according to an internal NSA report dated March 2013. Read more.

RT

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March 20, 2018

China Banning People From Transit for Bad "Social Credit" Scores



The slow-motion train wreck of "social credit" systems and the "gamification" of society has moved to the next stage. Now the Chinese government is going to start barring people from flying or riding trains if their social credit score is not up to snuff.

China may be the test case for these ideas, but they're already being rolled out in other countries. So what are we going to do about it? Read more.

Corbett Report

March 19, 2018

Cybersecurityexperts: “Te weinig in bewijs Russische hack”

Er wordt te makkelijk aangenomen dat het Kremlin e-mails van de Democratische Partij heeft gestolen om die aan Wikileaks te geven. Dat zeggen verschillende cybersecurityexperts tegen het onderzoeksprogramma Argos.

‘Als ik al het bewijs zo naast elkaar leg, kan ik niet aannemelijk maken dat het deze nation state actor is geweest die ervoor gezorgd heeft dat deze informatie bij Wikileaks is uitgekomen’, zegt Oscar Koeroo, digitale beveiligingsspecialist bij KPN. Lees meer.

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Interview met de Rabbi van Neturei Karta International, Joden tegen Zionisme

Sonja van den Ende | Tijdens mijn deelname aan de 4e internationale wereldwijde conferentie over ”de terugkeer naar Palestina” in de Libanese hoofdstad Beiroet van 11 tot 15 maart 2018, was ik in de gelegenheid om Rabbi Yisroel Dovid Weiss, één van de deelnemers te interviewen.

Het authentiek Jodendom erkende nooit het BESTAAN VAN DE STAAT ISRAËL, laat staan ​​Jeruzalem als hoofdstad. Zei Rabbi Yisroel Dovid Weiss in het interview, dit is wat hij te zeggen had:

Rabbi: ”Het zionisme, de beweging die de staat Israël heeft geschapen, is het tegenovergestelde van het traditionele Joodse geloof. Het Jodendom is ondergeschikt aan de Almachtige, terwijl het Zionisme een totale transformatie naar  het nationalisme is. Sinds de vernietiging van de Joodse Tempel 2000 jaar geleden, zijn de Joden in “goddelijke mate” in ballingschap geweest. De Joden mogen geen eigen soevereine staat vestigen, of oorlog voeren tegen welk ander land dan ook. Lees meer.

FreeSuriyah

Blowback: How Israel Helped Create Hamas



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

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

Intercept

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MH17 crash: Ukraine pilot blamed by Russia 'kills himself'

A Ukrainian military pilot blamed by Russia over the 2014 downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 has killed himself, Ukrainian media report, quoting police.

Capt Vladyslav Voloshyn had called the Russian allegation a lie. Dutch investigators concluded that a Russian Buk missile had destroyed the Boeing 777 jet, killing 298 people. Read more.

BBC

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Medische gegevens in eigen beheer op je computer of telefoon: vanaf volgend jaar is het mogelijk

De opslag van patiëntgegevens is een politiek gevoelig dossier 

Iedereen kan volgend jaar zijn medische gegevens in eigen beheer krijgen op de computer, tablet, geheugenkaart of mobiele telefoon. Degenen die dat willen kunnen die informatie delen met zorgverleners.

Dit kondigt minister Bruno Bruins (VVD) voor Medische Zorg en Sport aan in een interview met de Volkskrant. Lees meer.

Volkskrant

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March 18, 2018

Central banks manipulating & suppressing gold prices – industry expert to RT

Gold price suppression by the world's central banks is a well-documented fact, according to Singapore’s BullionStar precious metals expert Ronan Manly. He explained to RT.com why that’s the case.

Central banks have a long and colorful history of manipulating the gold price. This manipulation has taken many shapes and forms over the years. It also shouldn't be surprising that central banks intervene in the gold market given that they also intervene in all other financial markets. It would be naive to think that the gold market should be any different. Read more.

RT

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De bereidheid van de VS of Rusland om kernwapens in te zetten, is groter dan we denken

Interview | We zijn naïef over kernwapens. We onderschatten de risico’s - en de bereidheid om ze in te zetten, zegt Daniel Ellsberg.

Kernwapens: lange tijd leken ze er weinig toe te doen, maar nu maken ze weer deel uit van militaire en politieke strategieën. Donald Trump wil kleinere, tactische kernwapens laten maken. Rusland beschikt, zo zei president Poetin onlangs, over kernraketten die onopgemerkt ieder doel kunnen raken. En de jongste kernmacht Noord-Korea krijgt (wellicht) president Trump op bezoek. Lees meer.

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USA vs. DPRK: Ignoring History Paves Way to Disaster



On top of overtly genocidal threats, the Trump Administration has announced new terms: that they "will never accept a nuclear North Korea." But, the Democratic Peoples' Republic of Korea already has nuclear weapons. Does that mean a war is imminent?

While the bipartisan warmongering is receiving no push-back from the mainstream media, Abby Martin interviews Tim Shorrock--journalist and expert on US-Korea relations--to learn what is left out of the debate and the potential cost of a new war.

teleSUR

Lead is even deadlier than we feared as the full extent of its toxic effects are revealed

Decades after this newspaper won a ban on this poison in our fuel, there are still calls for more proof

Looking back, it seems insane. Bluntly put, we took a known poison and – for three quarters of a century – used it in machines that puffed it out in breathable form. Then we drove them millions of miles a day, all over the world, regularly dosing billions of people with the toxin. Read more.

Guardian

March 17, 2018

US training Syria militants for false flag chemical attack as basis for airstrikes – Russian MoD



Russia’s Defense Ministry says “US instructors” are training militants to stage false flag chemical attacks in south Syria.

The incidents are said to be a pretext for airstrikes on Syrian government troops and infrastructure.

RT

UK, Slovakia, Sweden, Czech Republic among most probable source of ‘Novichok’ – Moscow

The substance used in the poisoning of Sergei Skripal may have originated from the countries studying the “Novichok” nerve agent, including the UK, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Sweden, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

“The most likely source of origin of the toxin are the countries which have been carrying out intense research on the substances from the ‘Novichok’ program, approximately since the end of the 1990s until the present time,.. Read more.

RT

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March 16, 2018

America's Guns: Secret Pipeline to Syria | People and Power



How has the international arms trade exacerbated conflict in the Middle East? People and Power investigates.

It's well known that the United States exports billions of dollars' worth of arms and ammunition to its allies. What isn't as widely understood is that many of the guns it supplies to "partner forces" fighting wars in the Middle East - particularly to rebels in Syria - are Soviet-style munitions such as RPGs and Kalashnikovs which are obtained from manufacturers in Bulgaria, Serbia and other Eastern European countries. Read more.

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Putin ‘extremely concerned’ over UK’s ‘destructive, provocative’ stance in Skripal case – Kremlin

In his first public reaction to the UK measures against Russia in ex-spy Sergei Skripal’s poisoning, President Vladimir Putin said he was “extremely concerned” by the “destructive and provocative” stance of the UK.

A “detailed discussion” of the current crisis in Russian-UK relations was held when Putin met with top officials from the Russian government, military and security services on Thursday, presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov said. “Extreme concern was expressed about the destructive and provocative stance taken by the British side,” the spokesman added. Read more.

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March 15, 2018

Maidan icon Savchenko accuses top Ukrainian official of deploying snipers at 2014 protest



A member of the Ukrainian parliament has made groundbreaking claims about the events in 2014 that culminated in the overthrow of the country's govt.

And, shortly after her revelations, the authorities accused her of plotting a terror attack at the parliament building. Read more.

RT

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Thousands flee militant-held areas in Ghouta



Thousands of civilians have managed to flee militant-held territory in Syria's flashpoint region of Eastern Ghouta.

The mass evacuation has taken place through the Hamouriyah humanitarian corridor. Media footage shows women and children flooding to government-held shelters under the protection of the Syrian Red Crescent. The International Committee of the Red Cross says a 25-truck convoy carrying food and medical supplies has entered Douma.

The besieged militant-held town is considered the capital of Eastern Ghouta where government forces are advancing. They have retaken the town of Hamouriyah, and seized parts of the town of Jisrin after fierce clashes with armed groups.

The district, which is ten-kilometers from Damascus city centre, has been used as launching pad by terrorists to shell the capital.

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Thousands rally against Czech president's attack on media

Protesters hit the streets of Prague denouncing President Milos Zeman's attack on an independent public broadcaster.

Prague, Czech Republic - Thousands of Czechs have taken to the streets of the capital, Prague, in defiance of a recent attack on local independent media by the country's recently re-elected President Milos Zeman. Read more.

Al Jazeera

March 14, 2018

Ex-mayor of London Ken Livingstone comments on UK-Russia scandal over Skripal case

Snowden: New CIA Head Might Face Arrest in EU Over Role in Torture Program

Former NSA employee and whistleblower Edward Snowden speculated on Twitter that the nominee for CIA director, Gina Haspel, could face arrest if she sets foot in the European Union because she allegedly was involved in a torture program at a secret CIA prison.

"Interesting: The new CIA Director Haspel, who ‘tortured some folks,' probably can't travel to the EU to meet other spy chiefs without facing arrest due to an @ECCHRBerlin complaint to Germany's federal prosecutor," Snowden tweeted,.. Read more.

Sputnik

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March 13, 2018

Greek police arrest 12 amid raids on anarchist squats

The evacuation of three squats in Athens comes after a spate of far-right attacks on anarchist and left-wing spaces.

Athens, Greece - Greek police raided three anarchist squats in the capital and arrested at least 12 people, local media reported on Monday. Read more.

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Multinationals betalen steeds minder belasting, terwijl burgers juist meer kwijt zijn

Terwijl burgers de afgelopen tien jaar meer belasting zijn gaan betalen, zijn multinationals steeds minder kwijt aan de fiscus. Dat blijkt uit onderzoek van de Financial Times.

Grote, internationaal actieve bedrijven zagen in de tien jaar na de kredietcrisis hun effectieve belastingdruk - het percentage van hun winst dat zij daadwerkelijk afdragen aan de fiscus, dus inclusief aftrekposten - dalen met gemiddeld 2 procent. Lees meer.

Volkskrant

De zaak Skripal: Poetin-did-it of deep-state dieper?

Groot-Brittannië is weer eens het podium voor een ouderwets spionnendrama. Het script is ergens al bekend: ex-Russische agent wordt vergiftigt met een bizar gif, in dit geval zenuwgif, en uiteindelijk lopen alle draadjes terug richting het Kremlin. Russen hebben op Britse bodem nu eenmaal een voorliefde voor crazy, omslachtige aanslagen op overlopers.

In deze thriller-editie draait alles om de 66-jarige Sergei Skripal, een officier van de Russische militaire inlichtingendienst die in 2006 werd veroordeeld tot een fijne dertien jaar gevangenisstraf wegens het overgeven van een spionnen-rolodex aan het Britse MI6. Nadat hij en een handvol andere agenten werden uitgeruild, kwam Skripal weer op vrije voeten en vestigde zich in het Engelse Salisbury. Lees meer.

Donkerdoorn

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Mae Brussell: The Gemstone File


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March 11, 2018

Bacteria-Killing Viruses Found in a Pond Knocked Out an Antibiotic-Resistant Infection

Phage therapy isn’t a new idea, but it’s taken a while to gain traction in the US.

After years of struggling with a persistent, antibiotic-resistant infection in his chest that required regular courses of intravenous antibiotics, you can understand why someone might be open to trying something a little more experimental. Read more.

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Putin is getting slammed for saying Jews might have interfered in the US election

Russian President Vladimir Putin made controversial statements about Jews and several other groups in Russia, shifting the blame to them for Russia's interference in the 2016 US election.

President Vladimir Putin of Russia elicited sharp blowback when he claimed that even though individuals with Russian citizenship may have worked to interfere in the 2016 US elections, they may not actually have been Russian because of their Jewish faith. Read more.

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March 10, 2018

Unarmed militants leave eastern Ghouta through humanitarian corridors



Group of unarmed militants has left the besieged enclave of eastern Ghouta in Syria, through humanitarian corridors. This comes after talks brokered by Moscow.

This video shows the militants leaving the area through the exit route. Read more.

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- Syria army 'splits rebel-held Eastern Ghouta in three' (video) - Al Jazeera

March 9, 2018

Saudi raids kill 7 civilians in Yemen



Saudi Arabia’s fresh airstrikes on Yemen have left at least seven civilians dead.

PressTV

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Trump ready to meet Kim after N. Korean leader says he wants to talk denuclearization



President Trump has agreed to meet the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un. White House Press Secretary, Sarah Sanders, has just confirmed the plans, tweeting that it will happen "at a time and place to be determined".

The surprise announcement was made earlier by South Korea's national security advisor, speaking after talks in the White House. Read more.

RT

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Cryptocurrencies 'will REPLACE Euro, dollars and pounds by 2030'

CRYPTOCURRENCIES such as Bitcoin have the potential to replace major world currencies in a little over a decade, futurologists have predicted.

Expert forecasters say the advantages digital coins have over fiat currency could is likely to become the norm by 2030, especially in developing countries where access to financial services is limited. Read more + video.

Express

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March 8, 2018

Japan's FSA Suspends Two Crypto Exchanges

Finance regulators in Japan have ordered month-long suspensions for two domestic cryptocurrency exchanges.

The Financial Services Agency (FSA) said on Thursday that it has issued business suspension orders to two exchanges - FSHO and Bit Station - effective for one month starting from today. Read more.

Coindesk

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Hundreds protest visit of Saudi crown prince to Britain



Britain's rolling out the red carpet for the Saudi Crown Prince, who's arrived for a three-day visit.

But a lot of protests are also planned against Saudi Arabia's deadly bombing campaign in Yemen, which has been going on for three years. Read more.

RT

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- Security, trade top agenda as Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince visits UK - CNN
- UK to focus on areas of agreement as Saudi crown prince arrives (video) - Guardian

- Mohammed bin Salman visit: UK protesters ‘misunderstand war in Yemen’, claims Saudi foreign minister - Independent
- Mohammad Bin Salman: 'Bizarre' PR drive launched by Saudi Crown Prince's backers in face of UK protests over Yemen war (video) - Independent

- ‘Toxic, damaging & shameful’: Fury as UK and Saudi Arabia sign huge arms deal - RT

Syria War: What the mainstream media isn’t telling you about Eastern Ghouta

Rania Khalek | As Syrian government forces battle Jaysh al-Islam to retake Eastern Ghouta, Western media outlets have totally ignored the atrocities of the insurgents, preferring to blame all the violence on the "regime."

They're at it again, howling about a town in Syria that’s being retaken by the government. This time it’s Eastern Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus and one of the last remaining strongholds of the Islamist insurgency that has torn the country apart over the last seven years. Read more.

RT

How the Zionists won the body but lost the soul of US politics

Hamid Dabashi | Despite millions spent on propaganda, the Zionists have failed to frighten the moral conscience of the US into silence.

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the Israeli Fifth Column in the United States, is staging its annual policy conference from Sunday the 4th through Tuesday the 6th of March 2018 in Washington, DC, the very nodal core of this careworn empire. Read more.

Al Jazeera

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Keiser Report: Bitcoin Battle



In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max and Stacy discuss confronting the truth and lies about bitcoin. They also look at the end of the low volatility regime.

In the second half, Max continues his interview with Mitch Feierstein of PlanetPonzi.com about manipulation of the volatility index and the collapse of some of its associated derivative products. They also look at the overall state of the markets.

RT

March 7, 2018

Venezuelan Lawmakers Declare Petro Crypto Illegal

One of Venezuela's two opposing lawmaking bodies has ruled that the country's issuance of a national cryptocurrency is illegal under domestic law.

Announced Tuesday, Venezuela's Asamblea Nacional, a group of politicians largely at odds with President Nicolas Maduro and his policies, declared it believes the petro cryptocurrency is unconstitutional, using harsh rhetoric that denounced the project as not only a fraud, but a threat to potential investors. Read more.

CoinDesk

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- Venezolaanse wetgevers: cryptomunt Petro is ‘illegaal en een act van rebellie’ - Geldpers

‘US aid ends up with extremists’: Analysts alarmed over Pentagon’s 60,000-strong Syrian rebel force



Analysts have warned that US-supported groups in Syria often defect to extremists with their weapons. That's after it was revealed the Pentagon plans to spend around $300 million to train and equip a 60,000-strong army in Syria. 

Commenting on the Pentagon’s plans to build, train and equip a massive ‘Vetted Syrian Opposition’ to fight Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) in Syria, a number of US-based experts told RT the move has nothing to do with combatting terrorism. Read more.

RT

March 6, 2018

Russia offers militants safe passage out of Syria’s Eastern Ghouta

Russia says it has offered anti-Damascus militants safe passage out of the Eastern Ghouta region, which they have been using as a launch pad for deadly terrorist attacks on civilians in the Syrian capital.

Major-General Yuri Yevtushenko, head of the Russian peace and reconciliation center in Syria, announced in a statement on Tuesday that... Read more.

PressTV

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- Fighting Jabhat al-Nusra in Eastern Ghouta is absolutely legitimate - Lavrov - TASS
- Putin, Macron agree to facilitate Syrian peace settlement - TASS

- US Poised to Create Garrison State in Syria – Turkish General - Sputnik
- Turkey expects US to take back weapons handed to Syria-based Kurdish militants: Foreign Ministry - PressTV

- US Coalition Asks for Pause in Hostilities in Northwest Syria - VOA
- US halts ground operations against ISIS in eastern Syria amid Turkish offensive (video) - RT

Not so private: Tor funded by US govt study reveals



The Tor Project, hailed as a bulwark against the encroaching surveillance state, has received funding from US government agency the BBG and cooperates with intelligence agencies, according to released documents. Read more.

RT

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Israel's Deepening Involvement in the Syrian War



Israel has recently been intensifying air strikes and the arming of anti-government forces in Syria, some of which are close to Al Qaeda.

Professor As'ad AbuKhalil explains how Israel's activity in Syria is part of a larger pattern of its overall foreign policy engagement around the world

TRNN

AIPAC urges support for Saudi Arabia and UAE

Iran labelled 'common enemy' of Israel and Arab Gulf states while Palestinian leadership comes in for criticism.

Washington, DC - The chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations in the US has urged the pro-Israel lobbying group, AIPAC, to support Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the leadership of the United Arab Emirates. Read more.

Al Jazeera

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- U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley addresses AIPAC (video) - JPost

- ‘AIPAC falsely claims Israel supports two-state option,’ right says - JPost
- 'Why is AIPAC pushing Palestinian statehood?' - Arutz Sheva

- AIPAC panics over progressives abandoning Israel - Mondoweiss

In Deal With Police, Former Netanyahu Aide to Hand Over Recordings of Netanyahu and Wife

Nir Hefetz, Netanyahu's spin doctor, becomes a state witness | Hefetz is suspected of bribery and obstruction of justice in the telecom corruption affair

Nir Hefetz, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's "spin doctor" and confidant, will hand over recordings of Netanyahu and his wife Sara as part of a deal with police to turn state's evidence in the bribery case involving the Bezeq telecom giant and the Walla news site. Read more.

Haaretz

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March 5, 2018

Russia delivering more gas to Britain to relieve cold-weather shortage

The UK is expecting another tanker of Russian liquefied natural gas (LNG), as an abnormally-cold winter causes shortages. There have also been price spikes for gas, which is needed for heating.

The Financial Times reports that the LNG cargo is coming from Russia’s Yamal plant in the far north. Read more.

RT

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- Russian gas defies U.S. sanctions to reach New England - Politico
- Sanctions? Never heard of it: US receives Russian LNG shipment, 2nd tanker reported on its way (video) - RT

March 3, 2018

How Did Communist China Become a Capitalist Superpower?



In his new book, "Competing Economic Paradigms in China," Steve Cohn examines how China's economic policy went from Maoist to "iron rice bowl" to neoliberal.

TRNN

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A Little Girl With Epilepsy Tries Cannabis Oil



This little girl with epilepsy was having 40-50 seizures a day. Her father decided to take matters into his own hands and try cannabis oil.

Collective-Evolution

March 2, 2018

The Weaponization of Social Media



Now openly admitted, governments and militaries around the world employ armies of keyboard warriors to spread propaganda and disrupt their online opposition.

Their goal? To shape public discourse around global events in a way favourable to their standing military and geopolitical objectives. Their method? The Weaponization of Social Media. This is The Corbett Report. Read more.

Corbett Report

March 1, 2018

Iran bans using dollar as base import pricing currency

Iran moved a step closer to a plan to ditch the dollar in its trade activities by announcing that purchase orders by merchants that are based on the greenback would no longer be allowed to go through import proceedings.

Iran’s domestic media reported that the policy was in line with an official request by the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) and was specifically meant to address fluctuations in market rates of the dollar. Read more.

PressTV

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US training EU armies to nuke Russia: Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has accused the United States of hurdling international nuclear disarmament efforts by training European armies to use tactical nuclear weapons against Russia.

Addressing the United Nations Conference on Disarmament on Wednesday, Lavrov said the US military had deployed strategic and non-strategic weapons across Europe... Read more.

PressTV

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- Putin: Missile defense useless against our new technologies (video) - RT
- Putin: US deployed 5 cruisers, 30 destroyers near Russian borders as part of missile defense system - RT

Chomsky: US moving to ‘destroy the world,’ losing international prestige with Trump as president



A new show on RT premieres today, hosted by the former Ecuadorian president, Rafael Correa. His first guest is the American linguist and philosopher, and author of more than 100 books, Noam Chomsky.

RT

Senators Sanders, Lee seek to end US role in Saudi war on Yemen

Two senators are introducing a bill to end the Unites States’ intervention in Saudi war on impoverished Yemen.

Independent Senator Bernie Sanders and Republican Senator Mike Lee introduced a resolution on Wednesday afternoon to stop Washington’ support for the Saudi-led war. Read more.

PressTV

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- Bernie Sanders Wants Congress to End U.S. Support for Yemen War. Saudi Lobbyists Fought Similar Measures Last Year. - Intercept
- Bernie Sanders And Mike Lee Want A Fight With The Saudis. Trump’s Working To Stop Them. - HuffPost

- UN humanitarian chief calls Yemen conditions ‘catastrophic’ - Washington Post
- Russia vetoes UN draft resolution pressuring Iran over Yemen (video) - Al Arabiya

- For Yemen’s sake, stop giving Saudis WMDs: Rouhani to West - PressTV

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"The Russians Are Still Coming" - Hillary Demands Trump 'Do Something'

Seemingly unembarrassed for being exposed as funding the Trump Dossier, having benefited from various meddling efforts by Russia, The FBI, and The DNC during her campaign, and being involved in the Uranium One deal with Russia; failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton called upon President Trump to act now.. because "the Russians are still coming."

As The Hill reports, Clinton accused President Trump of ignoring a threat to national security after Adm. Michael Rogers, head of U.S. Cyber Command, said he has not been directed to counter possible Russian meddling in the 2018 midterm elections. Read more.

ZeroHedge

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California Dems Reject Sen. Feinstein, Open Path for Progressive Candidate



Long-serving Senator Dianne Feinstein failed to receive the endorsement of the California Democratic Party, signaling a shift in the state's politics towards a more progressive alternative.

TRNN

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