June 29, 2018

Colombia`s New President Duque Moves To Destabilize Peace Process



Opposition politicians in Colombia are preparing to challenge the amendments made by congress to a key part of the peace process with the FARC.

They say the changes, which were demanded by supporters of the President-elect, Ivan Duque, are unconstitutional...

teleSUR

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Israel against easing US nuclear limits on Saudi

Israel's energy minister says the United States is not planning to ease nuclear non-proliferation limits on Saudi Arabia in case it strikes a nuclear power deal with the Arab kingdom.

In a Reuters interview published Wednesday Yuval Steinitz said Israel vehemently opposes any attempt by Saudi Arabia to clinch nuclear power deals with the US that relax the so-called "gold standard." Read more.

PressTV

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June 28, 2018

True scale of UK role in torture and rendition after 9/11 revealed

Two damning reports reveal British intelligence’s treatment of terrorism suspects

British intelligence agencies were involved in the torture and kidnap of terrorism suspects after 9/11, according to two reports by the parliamentary intelligence and security committee. Read more.

Guardian

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June 26, 2018

Nederlandse MH17-missie bespioneerd door Oekraïne

Nederlandse agenten, militairen, OM-personeel en diplomaten in Oekraïne zijn na de MH17-ramp bespioneerd door geheime diensten uit Oekraïne en Rusland.

Dat melden goed ingevoerde bronnen aan RTL Nieuws. De spionage door Oekraïne ligt zeer gevoelig, spionage door een bevriend land is ongehoord. Lees meer.

RTL

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Whistleblower Reality Winner, Charged Under the Espionage Act for Helping to Inform Public of Russian Election Meddling, Pleads Guilty

Whistleblower Reality Winner entered into a plea deal with the Justice Department on Tuesday, ostensibly putting an end to her case that has seen her held in jail for over a year without trial. Her indictment was the Trump administration’s first prosecution in its crackdown on leaks, which now includes many others. As part of the plea agreement, Winner will consent to serving over five years behind bars.

Winner stated in federal court today that she pleads guilty to one count of violating Section 793 of the Espionage Act and will agree to a sentence of 63 months in prison and 3 years of supervised release. Read more.

Intercept

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June 25, 2018

Kabinet schrikt van cijfers: Aantal vaccinaties moet stijgen

Het kabinet zint op maatregelen om ervoor te zorgen dat er weer meer kinderen worden ingeënt tegen infectieziektes. Verantwoordelijk staatssecretaris Paul Blokhuis (Volksgezondheid) zegt dit najaar met nieuwe plannen te komen.

Blokhuis is geschrokken van het nieuws dat nog maar minder dan de helft (45,5 procent) van de meisjes die vorig jaar moesten worden gevaccineerd tegen HPV (het virus dat baarmoederhalskanker veroorzaakt), is komen opdagen. Dat is een daling van 15 procent in twee jaar tijd. Lees meer.

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Ukraine’s Got a Real Problem with Far-Right Violence (And No, RT Didn’t Write This Headline)

It sounds like the stuff of Kremlin propaganda, but it’s not. Last week Hromadske Radio revealed that Ukraine's Ministry of Youth and Sports is funding the neo-Nazi group C14 to promote "national patriotic education projects" in the country.

On June 8, the Ministry announced that it will award C14 a little less than $17,000 for a children’s camp. It also awarded funds to Holosiyiv Hideout and Educational Assembly, both of which have links to the far-right. The revelation represents a dangerous example of law enforcement tacitly accepting or even encouraging the increasing lawlessness of far-right groups willing to use violence against those they don't like. Read more.

Atlantic Council

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June 24, 2018

'Geef ons een verbeterd referendum'

Opinie - De manier waarop het kabinet omspringt met het referendum deugt volgens John Jansen van Galen niet; het lijkt wel een staatsgreepje, uitgevoerd door de zittende regering.

Je kunt voor of tegen het raadgevend referendum zijn, maar de manier waarop het kabinet Rutte III deze vorm van volksraadpleging al na drie jaar wil afschaffen deugt in elk geval niet. Om te voorkomen dat dit plan zelf nog aan een referendum onderworpen kan worden, wil het kabinet de betreffende intrekkingswet met terugwerkende kracht invoeren. Zoiets gebeurt alleen in noodsituaties. Lees meer.

Parool

US tells rebels not to count on its help as Syrian army advances into country’s southwest – report

The US military has reportedly warned the rebels it backs in Syria that it will not help them thwart a large-scale offensive of the Syrian Army, which is rapidly gaining ground in the southwest of the country.

In a letter to the commanders of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), a loose umbrella group of armed rebels, Washington wrote that they should not base their decisions "on the assumption or expectation of a military intervention by us.” Read more.

RT

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'Verenigde Staten geven geen steun meer aan Syrische rebellen' - NU

India looks to revive rupee payment system for Iran oil imports: government sources

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India is looking to revive a rupee trade mechanism to settle part of its oil payments to Iran, fearing foreign channels to pay Tehran might choke under pressure from U.S. sanctions, two government sources said.

During a previous round of sanctions, India devised a barter-like scheme acceptable to Washington to allow it to make some oil payments to Tehran in rupees through a small state bank. Iran used the funds to import goods from India. Read more.

Reuters

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Bayer + Monsanto = A Match Made in Hell



It is hardly surprising that the first thing Bayer did after completing their takeover of Monsanto earlier this month was to announce that they were dropping the Monsanto name, merging the two companies' agrichemical divisions under the Bayer Crop Science name.

After all, as everyone knows, Monsanto is one of the most hated corporations in the world. But Bayer itself has an equally atrocious history of death and destruction. Together they are a match made in hell. Read more.

Corbett Report

June 23, 2018

Bin Salman, Netanyahu met secretly in Amman: Report

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have held secret meetings in Amman, Israel's Maariv newspaper reported Friday.

The two leaders met at the Royal Palace in the Jordanian capital on the sidelines of a visit to Amman by White House special adviser Jared Kushner and US Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt. Read more.

PressTV

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One Card to Rule Them All

Bevolkingsonderzoek door universitaire ziekenhuizen bevat vaak missers

Langlopende bevolkingsonderzoeken aan universitair medische centra (umc’s) leveren geregeld twijfelachtige vondsten op. Dat stellen twee methodologen die op verzoek van de Volkskrant wetenschappelijke publicaties uit deze zogenaamde ‘cohortstudies’ controleerden.

Voor cohortonderzoek laten tienduizenden Nederlanders zich vrijwillig bestuderen door lange leefstijl-enquêtes in te vullen en bijvoorbeeld bloed of urine te doneren. Lees meer.

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Ignoring Data, Facts Haley Blasts UN Report on Extreme Poverty, Inequality in US

The report revealed U.S. "citizens live shorter and sicker lives compared to those living in all other rich democracies."

Days after the United States abandoned the United Nations Human Rights Council, its ambassador Nikki Haley criticized a report condemning entrenched poverty in the country and criticizing president Donald Trump’s economic policies. Read more.

teleSUR

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US oil & gas methane emissions 60 percent higher than estimated

High emissions findings undercut the case that gas offers substantial climate advantage over coal

The US oil and gas industry emits 13 million metric tons of the potent greenhouse gas methane from its operations each year, 60 percent more than estimated by the US Environmental Protection Agency, according to a new study. Read more.

ScienceDaily

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June 22, 2018

Syrian government forces besiege US base in al-Tanf

Syrian government forces have reportedly encircled a US military base at the al-Tanf border crossing with Jordan, after recapturing large parts of the Badyia region from Daesh.

As part of an anti-terror operation that was launched from the Hamimeh region in southern Aleppo and the second and third oil pumping stations in Badiya a few days ago,.. Read more + video.

PressTV

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Iraqi Hashd al-Sha’abi vows revenge for Syria air raid

The Iraqi voluntary and pro-government Popular Mobilization Units have pledged to get revenge for a deadly air raid on their fellow fighters in Syria’s eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr earlier this week, blaming the United States or Israel for the attack.

Hezbollah Brigades spokesman Jaafar al-Husseini said it was still too early to say definitively whose forces carried out the late Sunday strike against the border town of al-Hari near the frontier with Iraq but insisted it “could only have been” the Americans or Israelis. Read more.

PressTV

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June 21, 2018

"Saudi-led forces seize Hudaydah airport"



The World Health Organization has expressed grave concern over the ongoing fighting in and around the Yemeni port city of Hudaydah

The Incident Manager of the W-H-O in Yemen said the agency is importing additional medicines for cholera as well as other routine medical supplies. Her comments come as fighting rages on for the control of the port city. Meanwhile, the Saudi-led coalition has once again claimed that its forces captured the airport of the Yemeni city.

A similar claim was rejected by Ansarullah on Tuesday. Forces from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates started the invasion on the Houthi-controlled city last week, causing more deaths and destruction to Yemen. Hudaydah is the lone entry point for goods and essentials to the war-battered country.

PressTV

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June 20, 2018

‘Catalan government demands retraction from king’



The Catalan president is considering whether or not to attend the inauguration of the Mediterranean games on Friday - because, the king of Spain is also going. And he says, he should apologize for condoning police violence on referendum day.

And, at the beginning of July, the Catalan and Spanish presidents will hold their first bilateral meeting, Pedro Sánchez announced.

The summit is highly anticipated, and Catalan government officials want them to discuss demands for independence. But before that comes, the two leaders might meet in Tarragona, on Friday, where the Mediterranean Games will be inaugurated.

That is, of course, if President Quim Torra attends, because something which has not been yet decided. Parliament speaker Roger Torrent, however, already said he won't go. Meanwhile, Catalonia prepares a delicious tradition for its summer solstice.

Catalan News

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June 19, 2018

Leaked photos of Australian troops flying Nazi flag in Afghanistan spark scandal



Photos have just emerged in the media showing Australian soldiers flying a Nazi flag over their army vehicle while on operations in Afghanistan.

The pictures were taken a decade ago during a NATO-led deployment. Read more.

RT

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'Arbitrary detention’: Assange marks 6yrs inside Ecuadorian embassy in London



It's been 6 years since Wikileaks editor Julian Assange entered the Ecuadorian Embassy in London and he hasn't left since

Assange sought refuge there to avoid being extradited to Sweden over sexual assault allegations in a case later dropped. But he's still a wanted man in the US on espionage charges. Read more.

RT

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Kamer wil snel verder onderzoek naar medicinale wiet, CDA is 'verbijsterd'

Een meerderheid van de Tweede Kamer wil snel onderzoeken of bijvoorbeeld kinderen met epilepsie baat kunnen hebben bij medicinale wiet. Dit tot grote teleurstelling van regeringspartij CDA die 'echt totaal verbijsterd' is over de steun daar voor van coalitiegenoot ChristenUnie.

"Echt totaal verbijsterd CU stemt voor experimenten medicinale cannabis met kinderen????" twitter CDA-Kamerlid Evert Jan Slootweg. Lees meer.

RTL

Oekraïense veiligheidsdienst zwijgt over Babsjenko-vertoning

De in scène gezette dood van journalist Arakadi Babsjenko in Oekraïne heeft geleid tot veel kritiek: de actie heeft de geloofwaardigheid van journalisten geen goed gedaan. De Oekraïense veiligheidsdienst SBU weigert tot nu toe nadere details over de operatie naar buiten te brengen.

Toen het nieuws naar buiten kwam dat journalist Arkadi Babsjenko was vermoord in Oekraïne, werden serieuze vragen gesteld over de veiligheid van journalisten in het land. Toen een dag later het nieuws naar buiten kwam dat zijn dood in scene was gezet, werden ernstige vragen gesteld bij de geloofwaardigheid van journalisten in het land. Lees meer.

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June 16, 2018

French, US, UK forces aid push to seize Hudaydah: Report

French special forces are present on the ground in Yemen supporting the ongoing Saudi-led military operation on the Red Sea port city of Hudaydah, Le Figaro newspaper has reported.

The Saturday report cited two military sources but provided no further details as Saudi Arabia claimed that forces under its command had entered the airport in Hudaydah. Read more.

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Colombia's Choice: 'Fascism' or 'Protest Vote Without Program'



As Colombians vote in the presidential run-off election this Sunday, they face a stark choice between the far-right/fascist candidate Ivan Duque and the center-left Gustavo Petro.

Even though the center-left has enough votes, infighting could very well keep Petro from winning, says Manuel Rozental of pueblosencamino.org

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Shell ontwijkt dividendbelasting

Via een trust op het - als belastingparadijs bekend staande - Kanaaleiland Jersey boekt olieconcern Shell dividend over naar aandeelhouders. Belastingvrij, mèt toestemming van de Belastingdienst.

Olieconcern Shell, één van de grootste pleitbezorgers voor de afschaffing van de dividendbelasting, heeft jarenlang waarschijnlijk ten onrechte geen dividendbelasting afgedragen over een groot deel van zijn aandelen. Lees meer.

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Bilderberg and the Digital New World Order

June 15, 2018

Israeli lawmaker proclaims supremacy of ‘Jewish race’

Likud's MK Miki Zohar says Jews are the smartest in the world, so know Netanyahu isn't corrupt

A lawmaker from the ruling Likud party said Wednesday that the “Jewish race” is the smartest in the world and possessing of the “highest human capital,” which is why, he said, the Israeli public did not buy into the allegations of wrongdoing by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Read more.

Times of Israel

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“Het zijn de slechtsten die regeren”

Het bestuur van westerse landen vertoont kenmerken van een kakistocratie, vindt cognitiewetenschapper Tjeerd Andringa. “Het zijn de slechtsten die regeren.” De enigen die hier een einde aan kunnen maken, zijn wijzelf. “Geopolitiek wordt bepaald aan de keukentafel.”

“Kakistocracy, een 374 jaar oud woord, is zojuist opgenomen in het woordenboek.” Aldus kopte The New York Times op 13 april 2018. Wat bleek? Voormalig CIA-directeur John O. Brennan had een tweet de wereld ingestuurd waarin hij president Donald Trump toebeet: “Jouw kakistocratie staat op instorten na de bedroevende weg die deze heeft afgelegd.” Lees meer.

Novini

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F-Droid: The private, secure, free and open app store for Android



Most app stores encroach on users freedoms by closely monitoring and profiling how people use their devices. They reject apps which do not align with their terms of service. They are also unavailable in some of the worlds biggest markets, such as China, due to being blocked by the Government.

F-Droid is the open source app store for Android focusing on freedom, privacy, and security.

It doesn't track what you search for, what you install install, or what apps you use. It warns you about apps which track you or show you ads. The main F-Droid repository gives you access to over 2000 open source apps, and there are other 3rd party repositories which expand this even further. In addition, it is essentially unblock-able, making it a vital piece of infrastructure for activists and journalists who need access to apps to facilitate secure communication.

Over the last year, the F-Droid project has completely revamped its UI to make it more friendly to non-tech users, adding support for screenshots, feature graphics, and localized metadata about apps. We have also added several new tools to make it easier for anybody to setup and run their own curated app store. This talk will cover the various aspects of the project, focussing on the client, its security model, and how it is being used to ensure everyone is able to access high quality open source apps as the smart phone revolution continues.

This talk was given at Linux.conf.au 2018 (LCA2018) which was held on 22-26 January 2018 in Sydney Australia.

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June 14, 2018

Israel and Germany green light billion dollar killer drone deal

"This is a great contribution to the Israeli security industry and to the Israeli economy. The giant deal is an expression of the strategic partnership between Germany and Israel," says Netanyahu.

German lawmakers approved a military deal worth close to $1billion to lease several Heron TP drones manufactured by Israel Aerospace Industries, part of a deal with Israel estimated at roughly a billion dollars. Read more + video.

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US to shell out $6.6mn for White Helmets ‘vital operations’ weeks after promising funding freeze

The United States will resume funding for the controversial, militant-linked White Helmets, a month after the group had its financial support frozen. The State Department also lauded the group for saving “100,000 lives” in Syria.

President Donald Trump has authorized the US State Department, in conjunction with the United States Agency for International Development, to release $6.6 million for the “vital, life-saving operations” of the so-called Syrian Civil Defense group, known colloquially as the White Helmets, and for the UN’s International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism (IIIM), a UN agency that is investigating war crimes committed during the conflict. Read more.

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Tether Used to Manipulate Price of Bitcoin During 2017 Peak: New Study

Tether, one of the most-traded cryptocurrencies, shows a pattern of being spent on Bitcoin at pivotal moments, helping to drive the world’s first digital asset to a record price in December, according to research by a University of Texas professor known for flagging suspicious activity in the VIX benchmark.

 “Tether seems to be used both to stabilize and manipulate Bitcoin prices,” finance professor John Griffin and co-author Amin Shams wrote in a paper released Wednesday. Read more + video.

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June 13, 2018

Review: Divided by Tim Marshall



BAKU - Good fences make good neighbours. This is not just a saying but an inescapable truth of the human condition. When the Berlin Wall was brought down, the idea of enforced separation was dismissed as something from the past. In practice, however, it is the exact opposite.

Divided: Why We're Living in an Age of Walls by Tim Marshall explores how societies have responded to the changes brought by globalization and how each nation tries to maintain a sense of national identity.

Soundtrack: Comfortable Mystery Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Caspian Report

June 10, 2018

No Russia-Israel coordination on Syria strikes: Assad

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has rejected reports that Russia had coordinated or even known in advance about the recent Israeli strikes on the Arab country.

"Russia never coordinated with anyone against Syria, either politically or militarily, and that’s contradiction" Assad said during an interview with the British Daily Mail newspaper released on Sunday. Read more.

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Let’s stop ‘babbling’ and get back to real work: Putin fires back at G7 criticism on Russia



Russia has never turned its back on the G8 (now G7), Vladimir Putin said, speaking at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO).

The latter, however, is now stronger in some aspects, including power parity, he added. Read more.

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Rouhani warns of US unilateralism threat in address to SCO summit

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has slammed US attempts to impose its own policies on others, saying Washington's "unilateral sanctions" damage international business.

Addressing the 18th summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in the Chinese port city of Qingdao on Sunday, Rouhani warned of threats posed by economic, political and legal unilateralism to regional convergence. Read more.

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Spain's Basques form 202-km human chain to call for independence vote

MADRID (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of people from Spain’s Basque Country joined hands to form a human chain running some 202 kilometers (125 miles) on Sunday to call for the right to hold a regional independence vote.

Spain’s Constitution, created in 1978 after the end of dictator Francisco Franco’s regime, states that the country is indivisible and last-year’s attempt by Catalonia to hold a secession referendum was met with a harsh legal crackdown. Read more + video.

Reuters

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June 9, 2018

Israeli forces kill four Palestinians, injure hundreds in Gaza

Israeli forces have killed four Palestinians and injured more than 600 others who took part in protests marking the International Quds Day along the border between the besieged Gaza Strip and occupied territories.

Masses of Palestinians gathered at the eastern border of Gaza on Friday to take part in the protest dubbed “One-Million March for al-Quds” to mark the annual event, which falls on the last Friday of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. Read more.

PressTV

Israeli Military Pushes Misleading Video in Attempt to Smear Slain Palestinian Medic Razan al-Najjar



In Gaza, thousands of Palestinians have resumed protests against the Israeli blockade. Israeli soldiers have killed at least 119 Palestinians and wounded more than 13,000 more since the Palestinians’ nonviolent Great March of Return protests began on March 30.

A week ago today, Israeli forces shot dead Palestinian medic Razan al-Najjar as she was helping evacuate wounded Palestinians at a protest near the separation fence between Israel and Gaza. At the time of her killing, she was wearing a white medical coat and a medical ID card. Read more.

Democracy Now

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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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June 8, 2018

'No leader is forever': Macron strikes hostile tone against Trump, says US can be kicked out of G7

If Donald Trump doesn't care about "being isolated," then G7 may be better being G6, says Emmanuel Macron. The French president slammed US counterpart for "unproductive" tariffs and preventing other nations from dealing with Iran.

When reporters asked Macron on Thursday if the problem with Trump was that he “didn’t care” about being isolated, Macron struck a hostile tone, reminding the media that no president “is forever.” Read more.

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The US-OAS Fails In Trying To Isolate Venezuela



“There are hitmen governments in the Americas because they want to destroy - they do not come with a project or with a hope for the people," Arreaza said.

Speaking at a press conference in New York Wednesday, Venezuelan Foreign Affairs Minister Jorge Arreaza said that after the session of the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington, it was clear that "U.S. imperialism does not rule" or have the final say in this regional bloc. Read more.

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UN Blue Helmets in Syria



What is the responsibility of the UN’s Blue Helmets in the ambush on Syrian Police?

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June 7, 2018

Israel Aiding Saudi Arabia In Developing Nuclear Weapons

Saudi interest in developing nuclear weapons dates back to the 1970s, when the kingdom learned of major steps taken by both Israel and India in the development of nuclear armaments.

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA – The Israeli government has begun selling the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia information on how to develop nuclear weapons, according to a senior official at the Israeli military organization iHLS (Israel’s Homeland Security). Read more + video.

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June 6, 2018

Saudi Arabia Steals Yemeni Oil



Reports show that Saudi Arabia is using its devastating blockade and war against Yemen as an excuse to steal its oil.

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June 5, 2018

"Real" Assassin Arrested In Staged Kiev Hit Linked To Ukrainian Intelligence As Official Story Unravels

The Ukrainian government's staged assassination of anti-Putin journalist Arkady Babachenko has taken an even stranger turn, as evidence has emerged that his would-be "Russia-ordered" assassin and the man who supposedly hired him, both say they worked for Ukrainian counterintelligence, casting serious doubt on the official story.

To review, Ukrainian authorities announced last Tuesday that Babachenko had been assassinated after returning home from the store. On Wednesday, Babachenko appeared at a press conference with Ukrainian authorities who said that the faked assassination was an elaborate sting to bust an actual hit planned by Russia. Read more.

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Syria: Raqqa in ruins and civilians devastated after US-led ‘war of annihilation’

From amid the rubble of Raqqa, civilians are asking why US-led Coalition forces destroyed the city, killing hundreds of civilians in the process of “liberating” them from the armed group calling itself “Islamic State” (IS), Amnesty International said in a new report ahead of the offensive’s anniversary.

Amnesty International researchers visited 42 Coalition air strike sites across the ruined city and interviewed 112 civilian residents who had survived the carnage and lost loved ones. Read more.

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June 4, 2018

New Catalan president promises to continue push for independence



Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy was ousted in a no-confidence motion over a corruption scandal. Officials are accused of taking bribes to award government contracts.

Just hours after Pedro Sanchez took office, a separatist government was sworn-in in Catalonia after months of direct rule by Madrid. Read more.

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June 3, 2018

Israeli jets fly over Hudaydah amid Saudi push to seize city: Houthi chief

Leader of Yemen's Houthi Ansarullah movement Abdul-Malik Badreddin al-Houthi has revealed that Israeli warplanes have been detected flying over the key port city of Hudaydah.

Houthi said Israeli jets have been seen in Hudaydah's skies over the past few days amid a push by Saudi mercenaries to seize the city, Arabic-language al-Masirah television network reported. Read more.

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Word War at UNSC: Call for protection of Palestinians vetoed by US



The US has vetoed a UN resolution that called for the protection of Palestinian civilians on the Gaza border.

America's proposed its own resolution, that blamed the Islamist militant group Hamas for the violence, how many votes of support did it get? Read more.

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June 2, 2018

The Even Older Plan for World Gov't You've Never Heard Of



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Spanish PM Rajoy is booted out of office



Spain’s Parliament has voted to oust Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, over a corruption scandal swirling his party.

Rajoy was removed from office after he failed to garner enough votes to survive a no-confidence motion. The motion placed Socialist leader, Pedro Sanchez, with absolute majority to take power.

The no-confidence vote was proposed by the opposition Socialists. They accused Rajoy of failing to take responsibility for his party’s corruption scandal that includes charges of money laundering and tax crimes.

Rajoy’s chance of surviving the vote was minimized on Thursday after the Basque Nationalist Party said it would support the motion.

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Scientists call for urgent action on bee-killing insecticides

More than 200 researchers sign letter calling for ban. Andrew Masterson reports.

Continued applications of the most widely used insecticides in the world must be urgently restricted, say 233 scientists in a tightly argued letter published in the journal Science. Read more.

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June 1, 2018

Lithuania & Romania complicit in CIA torture program, EU court rules



The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Lithuania and Romania participated in the CIA's programme of secret black site detentions and also violated the prohibition on torture - by helping the Agency with interrogation of two al-Qaeda terror suspects.

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