July 30, 2018

US amends UN tuberculosis paper, removing ‘anti-pharma’ paragraph

Tuberculosis - the world's deadliest infection - may become more expensive to treat. That's after the U.S. requested a paragraph be removed from a UN resolution draft.


S. Africa opposes US push to make UN declaration on TB friendlier to big-pharma - RT
Global Health Community Says The U.S. Is Picking Big Business Over Patients Again - Huff Post

Israel Arrests Italian Artists Who Painted a West Bank Mural of Ahed Tamimi

Palestinian officials said Israeli border police arrested the two artists who crafted the large painting, now on display at a separation barrier in Bethlehem

Israeli border police on Saturday arrested two Italian graffiti artists who were painting a mural of a jailed Palestinian teenager, Ahed Tamimi, on the Israeli separation barrier in Bethlehem in the West Bank, according to Palestinian officials. Read more + photos.


Ahed Tamimi speaks to the press after her release (video) - RT
Ahed Tamimi, Palestinian viral slap video teenager, freed in Israel (video) - BBC

Israël laat 17-jarige Palestijnse activiste vrij (video) - NOS
Israël laat Palestijnse activiste Ahed Tamimi (17) vrij - AD

Palestijnse tienerterroriste Ahed Tamimi (17) na acht maanden weer vrij - TPO
Palestijnse verzetsheldin Ahed Tamimi bedankt het Turkse volk en president Erdogan - DutchTurks

Ahed Tamimi wordt zondag vrijgelaten: '1 meisje kan de wereld niet veranderen, een hele generatie wel' - De Wereld Morgen

July 29, 2018

Russia’s gold reserves approaching Stalin-era record, cutting dependence on US dollar

With 2,000 tons of gold in reserves, Russia’s bullion holdings are approaching the Soviet peak seen in 1941. Moscow is striving for financial independence and escape from US dollar hegemony, analysts told RT.

“Some countries in the world want to depend as little as possible on US policy, they dump the dollar in trade and American assets as reserves. Read more.


Kurds reach deal with Damascus to end Syria conflict

An alliance of Kurdish and Arab militants in Syria says it has come to an agreement with the Syrian government to develop negotiations to end violence in Syria.

The announcement was made after the so-called Syrian Democratic Council (SDC), the political wing of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), sent a delegation to Damascus for talks with Syrian officials earlier this week. The SDF, itself, is a US-backed coalition of mainly Kurdish militants. Read more.


Syrian Kurds, Gov't Agree to Work Towards 'Decentralized Syria' - Reports - Sputnik
Syrian Kurds say they will 'chart roadmap to decentralized Syria' with Damascus - Reuters

Syrian Kurds confirms it agreed to chart roadmap with Damascus - Kurdpress
Dealing in Damascus: Rojava Kurds consider pact with Assad - Rudaw

- US-Turkey to conduct joint patrols in Syria: Pentagon head - Kurdpress

EU piles pressure on Imran Khan after Pakistan election

Observers noted ‘systematic attempts to undermine ruling party’ ahead of disputed vote

The EU has piled further pressure on Pakistan’s likely next prime minister, Imran Khan, after his country’s disputed general election, noting a “lack of equality of opportunity” and “systematic attempts to undermine the ruling party” ahead of the vote. Read more.


Final results: PTI becomes the largest party in NA with 115 seats - Samaa
Pakistan election: Imran Khan begins coalition talks as opposition parties protest 'rigged' vote - Independent

Cricket star Imran Khan wins in Pakistan but needs coalition - AP

Imran Khan's dangerous victory - DW
The many challenges awaiting Pakistan's Imran Khan - Al Jazeera

July 28, 2018

Islamic State fired at Israel in bid to draw it into Syria, says ex-intel chief

Amos Yadlin says IDF was correct to shoot at jhadist missile launcher and not regime target after projectiles landed in Sea of Galilee

The former head of the IDF’s military intelligence said Thursday that the firing of a pair of missiles from Syria into the Sea of Galilee a day earlier was likely an effort by the Islamic State group to draw Israel into a confrontation with the Syrian regime. Read more.

Times of Israel

July 26, 2018

Imran Khan claims victory, rivals allege rigging

Cricketer-turned-politician promises peace with neighbouring India, says he plans to put country on the right track.

Pakistan's Imran Khan declared victory as his PTI party increased his lead in a divisive general election marred by a long delay in ballot counting and allegations of vote rigging by the opposition. Read more.

Al Jazeera

Imran Khan likely to be next PM - PakTribune
We completely reject election results: Shahbaz Sharif - PakTribune

Imran Khan: Welfare state, peace, stronger institutions our policy - Samaa
Imran promises wide-ranging reforms: 'All policies for the people' - Dawn

Cricket star Imran Khan wins in Pakistan but needs coalition - AP

Imran Khan's dangerous victory - DW
The many challenges awaiting Pakistan's Imran Khan - Al Jazeera

Verkiezingsuitslag Pakistan vertraagd, cricketlegende aan kop - NOS
Omstreden cricketlegende gedoodverfde nieuwe premier van Pakistan (video) - AD

Uribe Resigns

After the Supreme Court of Justice announced that Alvaro Uribe Vélez would be investigated for corruption, the former president announced his resignation from the senate via Twitter... 

Our correspondent in Bogota, @PortellateleSUR... has more.


Venezuela's New Currency Starts Circulating August 20

The Sovereign Bolivar has five zeros less than the current currency and will be anchored to the Venezuelan digital cryptocurrency, the Petro. 

The president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, announced that on Monday, August 20, a new currency will begin to operate in the country, going from the Bolívar to the Bolívar Soberano (Sovereign Bolivar), anchored to the cryptocurrency, the Petro, the president said. Read more.


Iran closer to own digital money as sanctions loom

Iran says it is preparing to develop its own digital currency as a solution which officials in Tehran say would help the country dodge the returning US sanctions.

A plan to create an indigenous cryptocurrency was already on the agenda of the Directorate for Scientific and Technological Affairs of the Presidential Office, Iran’s media reported. Read more.


With economy faltering, Iran appoints new head of central bank - Reuters
Iran Readies Own Digital Currency to Get Around US Sanctions – Reports - Sputnik

Iran cryptocurrency project on track despite cenbank ban, minister says - Reuters
Iran becomes latest rogue state to develop its own cryptocurrency - CNBC

Hotels In Iran Begining To Accept Cryptocurrency, Will Be US Sanctions? - CoinDiary
Iran Proposes India to Establish Joint Fund for Exchange of Cryptocurrencies - Crypto News

July 25, 2018

DARPA Wants Mind Control Tech for Super Soldiers #NewWorldNextWeek

Welcome back to New World Next Week – the video series from Corbett Report and Media Monarchy that covers some of the most important developments in open source intelligence news.

This week:
Story #1: US Treasury Quietly Allows ‘Dark Money’ Groups to Keep Donors Secret
Story #2: Japan, US Renew Nuke Pact Amid Japan Plutonium Stock Concern
Story #3: The Pentagon Wants to Bring Mind-Controlled Tech To Troops. Read more.

Corbett Report

The Minds of Men - Trailer

It’s finally finished… the feature-length documentary we’ve been working on for what seems like forever is finally out! (Yes, this is why we’ve been so quiet lately.) Read more.

Truthstream Media

- A Talking Cricket, a Self-Writing Quill, and the Coming Hive Mind (video) - Truthstream Media

July 24, 2018

I traced missile casings in Syria back to their original sellers, so it’s time for the west to reveal who they sell arms to

I don’t think either Nato or the EU has the slightest interest in chasing the provenance of weapons in the hands of Islamist fighters in Syria or anywhere else in the Middle East

Readers, a small detective story. Note down this number: MFG BGM-71E-1B. And this number: STOCK NO 1410-01-300-0254. And this code: DAA A01 C-0292. I found all these numerals printed on the side of a spent missile casing lying in the basement of a bombed-out Islamist base in eastern Aleppo last year. Read more.


Western-produced weapons end up in terrorists’ hands – report (video) - RT

Israeli-made weapons among arms handed over by militants in Damascus - RT
Syrian Army Reportedly Finds Cache of French Weapons in Liberated Eastern Ghouta - Sputnik

A Bosnian signs off weapons he says are going to Saudi Arabia – but how did his signature turn up in Aleppo? - Independent
US and Saudi Arabia arms significantly enhanced Isis’ military capabilities, report reveals - Independent

Who is supplying weapons to the warring sides in Syria? - BBC
America's Guns: Secret Pipeline to Syria (video) - Al Jazeera

Beating Soros at his own game: Ex-Trump adviser to promote 'right-wing revolution' with foundation

President Trump's former adviser Steve Bannon has announced plans to spark a right-wing revolution in Europe

He wants to create a new foundation, promoting the ideology. Bannon says he aims to rival the impact of Open Society Foundations, set up by liberal billionare George Soros. Read more.


Bannon plan for Europe-wide populist 'supergroup' sparks alarm - BBC
Steve Bannon Wants to Divide and Conquer in Europe Too - Bloomberg

Former Trump aide Bannon sets up group to undermine EU - Reuters

Steve Bannon wil uiterst rechts een derde van de zetels in het Europees Parlement bezorgen - DM
Sophie in ‘t Veld (Sterk, Solidair, D66, EU) deelt waarschuwende reuzenklap uit aan Steve Bannon - TPO

Modrikamen steunt populistische revolutie van Steve Bannon in Europa - DM

EU: No new trade offer when Juncker meets Trump

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker won't be bringing a specific trade offer when he meets with US President Trump on Wednesday. Germany's foreign minister said the EU won't "cave in" to US trade threats.

Ahead of European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker's meeting with US President Donald Trump, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Tuesday escalating threats won't resolve a trade dispute with the United States. Read more.


‘Tariffs are the greatest!’ Trump tweets tough ahead of trade negotiations with EU - RT

Trump calls Nord Stream 2 ‘horrible,’ but two-thirds of Germans disagree – poll

Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which is currently under construction, is set to deliver natural gas from Russia to Germany. The project has been widely criticized by the US which wants to supply its own liquid natural gas instead.

Trump has also warned that the pipeline will make Berlin too dependant on Moscow, but, according to a recent poll, it seems the majority of Germans don't see it that way. Read more.


- EU, China will both get LNG from US, without Russian gas being sidelined, say experts - TASS

Israel Shoots Down Syrian Fighter Jet Penetrating Israeli Airspace

Two Patriot missiles fired at Russian-made Sukhoi plane, which entered two kilometers into Israel

Israel shot down a Syrian fighter jet that penetrated Israeli airspace on Tuesday, the Israeli army said. It said that the Russian-made Sukhoi was under surveillance when it entered some two kilometers into Israeli airspace. Read more + video.


- Israel fires Patriot missiles against Syrian jet in Golan heights (video) - JPost

Israeli military fires 2 interceptor missiles at Syrian Sukhoi warplane - RT
No ‘confusion’: IDF knew intercepted Sukhoi jet was Syrian, not Russian, spokesman confirms - RT

July 23, 2018

Bloc willing to build bridges in trade dispute with US: EU

EU finance chief Pierre Moscovici has said that the bloc is willing to build bridges in the ongoing trade dispute with the US.

"What I stressed several times in my meetings here is that the EU is certainly not the author of major trade imbalances," said Moscovici while addressing reporters during the Group of 20 summit in Buenos Aires. Read more.


- EU's Moscovici says trade differences persist after G20 talks - Reuters
EU's Moscovici warns of hit to markets if trade tensions escalate - Reuters

G-20 calls for more dialogue on rising trade tensions that threaten global economy - Chicago Tribune

July 22, 2018

Israel Evacuates 800 Members of White Helmets Rescue Organization to Jordan

Israel calls move an 'exceptional humanitarian gesture' that was done at the request of the U.S. and its European allies due to 'an immediate threat to Syrian lives'

Israel rescued some 800 members of the humanitarian organization "White Helmets" from Syria overnight Saturday, allowing them across the Syrian-Israeli border and then transporting them to Jordan. The operation was confirmed by both the Israeli army and the Jordanian Foreign Ministry. Read more.


Syria conflict: White Helmets evacuated by Israel (video) - BBC
Israel Aids Evacuation of Hundreds of ‘White Helmets’ and Families in Syria - NY Times

Israel evacuates 800 White Helmets in face of Syria advance - Guardian
Additional Syrian rebels begin evacuating area bordering Israel - Times of Israel

Israel evacuates 422 White Helmets & families as Syrian army advances (video) - RT
Four rebel commanders flee to Israel as Syrian Army takes over Quneitra - AMN

Netanyahu: Trump asked me to evacuate White Helmets from Syria (video) - RT
Netanyahu: Trump & Trudeau asked Israel to evacuate White Helmets from Syria (video) - RT

- Years of suffering end as thousands of Syrians evacuated from besieged strongholds (video) - RT

White Helmets evacuation to Israel shows their ‘true nature’: Syria (video) - PressTV
White Helmets fail to acknowledge Israel's part in their rescue from Syria - JPost

Stef Blok heeft een veel groter probleem: de steun aan groepen in Syrië - Geenstijl
Wat u nog moet weten over ‘White Helmets’, gesteund door NL, die nu door Israël worden geëvacueerd - TPO

Evacuatie van bekritiseerde Witte Helmen lijkt 'blijk van waardering' - NOS

July 21, 2018

Chinese Man - Step Back

Music video by : Fred & Annabelle
avec l'aide de Lise Corriol à la modélisation
Characters design : Julien Loïs aka ouikid.com
produced by : Chinese Man Records

Hamas Spokesman Says Cease-fire Reached With Israel

Israeli soldier killed by Palestinian snipers; Israel pounds Hamas targets in Gaza ■ Four Hamas members killed in attack after snipers target Israeli soldiers ■ Three rockets launched from Gaza, two intercepted by Iron Dome

Israel and Hamas have agreed to restore calm in the Gaza Strip, a spokesman for Hamas said on Saturday, after the Israel Defense Forces launched a massive attack on the Gaza Strip late Friday evening, following an exchange of fire between Israeli troops and Palestinians in Gaza. Read more.


Qatari envoy sheds light on US plans for Gaza - Al Jazeera
- How the Gaza crises connects Qatar, Egypt and Washington - JPost

- Liberman: Hamas is forcing Israel into a larger Gaza war than 2014 - JPost
Hamas: Kushner and Greenblatt spokespeople for Israeli occupation - Al Jazeera

Don't inflame Gaza situation more: UN to Israel - PressTV

An unlikely union: Israel and the European far right

Israel has been engaging far-right groups and parties across Europe, ignoring their anti-Semitism.

In November 2017, the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) hosted a gala dinner in New York City honouring Stephen Bannon, US President Donald Trump's then-chief strategist. Read more + video.

Al Jazeera

July 20, 2018

‘Dark step towards the end of democracy in Israel’: IDF critics to be banned from schools

Israel’s parliament has passed a law giving the education minister sweeping powers to ban any organizations critical of the Israeli state or military from entering schools. Read more.


Knesset okays banning groups critical of IDF from schools - Times of Israel

Israel passes controversial 'Jewish nation-state' law

Law defines the country as Jewish homeland, further marginalising 1.8 million Palestinian citizens of Israel. Israel's parliament on Thursday adopted a law defining the country as the nation-state of the Jewish people, provoking fears it will lead to blatant discrimination against its Palestinian citizens. Read more.

Al Jazeera

Israel adopts divisive Jewish nation-state law - Reuters
Read the full Jewish Nation-State Law - JPost

Israel passes Jewish nation law branded 'racist' by critics (video) - Independent
Jewish Nation-state Law Makes Discrimination in Israel Constitutional (paywall) - Haaretz

Israel Legislates Apartheid into Law (video) - TRNN
EU leads criticism after Israel passes Jewish 'nation state' law - Guardian

British Labour Party's Anti-Semitism Document: Criticizing Israel Is not Anti-Semitism

Moshé Machover discusses the advances and limitations of the Labour Party's document on anti-semitism, which represents an important step forward to diffuse an issue that has become an artificial controversy designed to undermine Jeremy Corbyn


- New Labour anti-Semitism code faces criticism - BBC
Debate continues over Labour’s code on antisemitism - Guardian

Chief rabbi: Labour should toughen up anti-Semitism code - BBC
Jeremy Corbyn called 'f****** racist and antisemite' by Labour MP Dame Margaret Hodge - Independent

An unlikely union: Israel and the European far right - Al Jazeera

July 19, 2018

Biologische landbouw in Nederland neemt toe

De biologische landbouw is afgelopen jaar duidelijk gegroeid ten opzichte van een jaar eerder. Dat meldt het Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek (CBS) op basis van de meest recente gegevens.

Het totale aantal biologische varkens groeide in vergelijking met een jaar eerder met bijna een kwart tot ruim 91.000. Lees meer.


Biologische landbouw groeit - CBS

The United States of Arms

U.S. weapons exports from 1950 to 2017. Data from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute's Arms Transfers Database. Units are expressed in trend indicator values (TIV). Each dot on the map = one TIV.

Visualization by Will Geary

'Our militaries get along very well': Russia ready to cooperate with US in Syria

The Russian military is ready to work with the US colleagues on all the areas discussed by the two presidents during the Helsinki summit, namely cooperation in Syria and mutual reduction of the strategic nuclear arsenals. Read more.


Government air raids pound rebel holdout in southwest Syria - Al Jazeera
Syrian forces’ bombing intensifies in southern rebel holdout - Washington Post

Israeli-made weapons from terrorists’ remnants found in Aqrab town in southern Hama - SANA
121 buses enter terrorist-besieged towns of Kefraya and al-Fouaa in Idleb to transport locals - SANA

Yemen will allow UN supervision if Hudaydah assault ends: Houthi chief

The leader of Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement says he will not reject the United Nations’ supervisory role in Hudaydah if the Saudi-led coalition ends its weeks-long aggression against the Red Sea port city. 

In an interview with French daily Le Figaro published on Tuesday, Abdul-Malik Badreddin al-Houthi said he had informed Martin Griffiths, the UN special envoy for Yemen, about his readiness to place Hudaydah under the world body’s supervision. Read more.


Yemeni forces fire drone, hit Aramco refinery in Saudi capital - PressTV

Peaceful multicultural societies don’t exist, Dutch FM says in explosive leaked speech

Peaceful multicultural societies don’t exist and the EU won’t be able to force “equal” migrant distribution on Eastern Europe, where colored people are beaten to a pulp, the Dutch FM said according to a leaked video.

The explosive comments were delivered by Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok during a private meeting attended by some 80 people working for the Netherlands’ international organizations. Read more.


Do peaceful multicultural societies exist? - Debate (video) - RT

Minister Blok: Suriname is a failed state (video) - NOS
Minister Blok door het stof: 'Ik ben te ver gegaan, en dat betreur ik' - NOS

Boze Surinamers halen uit naar Blok (video) - Telegraaf

July 17, 2018

EU, China vow to protest multilateral economic order

During the 20th Summit between the European Union and China in Beijing, the two sides agreed to work to protect the world’s multilateral economic order.

This comes as the EU and China are involved in a trade war imposed by the US. From the capital Beijing, Steven Ribet reports.


China is investing 9 times more into Europe than into North America, report reveals - CNBC

China-EU summit consolidates momentum of improvement in ties: ambassador - Xinhua
Another leap forward! 1st subway line built by Chinese in Europe reports progress (video) - Xinhua

US will fail to split ‘indivisible’ EU on trade - PressTV
Trade war danger: IMF warns of global recession (video) - Al Jazeera

Japan, EU sign free trade pact amid worries about Trump (video) - Reuters
Hier draait het handelsverdrag tussen de EU en Japan om - RTL

- Tusk roept VS, Rusland en China op wereldorde niet te vernietigen (video) - NOS
'VS en China met elkaar op de vuist, dat is desastreus voor de wereldeconomie' (video) - NOS

July 16, 2018

Papers stolen in a daring Israeli raid on Tehran archive reveal the extent of Iran’s past weapons research

TEL AVIV — New details from a trove of Iranian nuclear documents stolen by Israeli spies early this year show that Tehran obtained explicit weapons-design information from a foreign source and was on the cusp of mastering key bombmaking technologies when the research was ordered halted 15 years ago.

Iran’s ambitious, highly secretive effort to build nuclear weapons included extensive research in making uranium metal as well as advanced testing of equipment used to generate neutrons to start a nuclear chain reaction, the documents show. Read more.

Washington Post

How Israel, in Dark of Night, Torched Its Way to Iran’s Nuclear Secrets - NY Times
Blowtorches in the night: Israel briefs US media on Iranian archive heist - RT

German court authorises extradition of Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont to Spain on embezzlement charges

The German High Court in Schleswig-Holstein ruled Thursday that former Catalan regional president, Carles Puigdemont, could be extradited to Spain—but only on the lesser charge of embezzlement of public funds.

The German court threw out the charge of “rebellion” requested in Spain’s European Arrest Warrant (EAW), arguing that “violent clashes with the Civil Guards or the National Police did not reach a point where the constitutional order was under threat in Spain.” Read more.


‘Puigdemont extradition partially accepted, rebellion rejected' (video) - Catalan News
Germany to extradite ex-premier Carles Puigdemont for misuse of public funds - El País

Hundreds protest to keep Franco’s remains in Valley of the Fallen - El País

July 15, 2018

PTech and the 9/11 Software

Indira Singh explains about Ptech, the company with numerous investors and managers with direct links to terrorist financing. Ptech’s clients included the CIA, FBI, the White House, the Department of Energy, the Air Force, the Navy, the FAA, IBM and Enron…

Yet Singh learnt they were a CIA front company and their software could gain control of the most sensitive computer systems in the country. Read more.

Corbettt Report

West scrambles to evacuate White Helmets from Syria amid assassination threats

Western countries have reportedly been scrambling to evacuate "volunteer" White Helmets from Syria, who have been accused of cooperating with Takfiri terrorists and staging false flag gas attacks.

CBS News broadcasting service reported on Saturday that White Helmets members are in danger of assassination and in need of rescue as the Syrian army intensifies its counter-terrorism operation in the country's southern part. Read more.


Western allies plan White Helmets evacuation from Syria (video) - CBS
Possible provocations? Reports claim White Helmets are evacuating Syria (video) - RT

'Nederland helpt bij plan om hulpverleners uit Syrië te halen' - NOS

Foute tafels

Ewald Engelen - Het was het economisch wonder van de wereld in de jaren negentig. Van heinde en ver kwamen delegaties op bezoek bij de Sociaal Economische Raad (SER) en de Stichting van de Arbeid (STAR) om te kijken hoe het hier werkte. En Kok en de zijnen vlogen als zendelingen de wereld over om uit te leggen hoe dat kon, hoge economische groei, lage werkloosheid, geringe ongelijkheid en een neoliberale ‘bevrijding’ zonder sociale onrust.

Eind jaren zeventig besloeg de publieke sector nog een ampele zestig procent van het bruto binnenlands product, midden jaren negentig was dat gedaald tot rond de veertig procent. Lees meer.


Israeli air raids kill two Palestinian teens in Gaza

Dozens of missiles have rained down on Gaza with deadly effect, in a major escalation of Israeli action.

The Israeli military said the wave of attacks targeted Hamas, but they came after Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu had been pressured to take action against burning kites being sent over the border by Palestinian protesters.

There were reports late on Saturday of a ceasefire, brokered by Egypt, but in the hours since that has given way to several new strikes.

Al Jazeera's Bernard Smith reports from Gaza.

Al Jazeera

- IAF strikes terror tunnel, IDF officer wounded in Friday protest (video) - JPost
Gaza Flare-up: 2 Palestinian Teens Killed, 4 Israelis Wounded After Widest Strikes Since '14 War - Haaretz

- 200 projectiles fired at Israel from Gaza Strip - JPost

American Jews slam Israel’s ‘racist’ nation-state bill as thousands protest against it in Tel Aviv

Thousands of people have taken to the streets of the Israeli capital in protest against the so-called nation-state bill, which, they say, would enable ethnic segregation.

The controversial bill also drew criticism from US Jews. Demonstrators marched through the streets of Tel Aviv chanting: “Full equality and no less,” “Jews and Arabs refuse to be enemies" and "The nation bill is a disaster," according to witnesses. Read more.


- Thousands of protesters gather against nation-state bill in Tel Aviv - JPost
‘Racist and Discriminatory’: U.S. Jewish Leaders Warn Israel Against Passage of Nation-state Bill - Haaretz

Liberman yells at Shin Bet: I won’t allow Palestinian families to reunite - JPost

July 13, 2018

Rightward Shift in Latin America Spelling End of Regional Integration

The Union of South American Nations – UNASUR – was an ambitious project to integrate South America not just on economic terms, but also on political and social terms, but the rightward drift in Latin America is leading to its dissolution, with the unfortunate help of Ecuador’s government, where its headquarters are, says former foreign minister Guillaume Long. Read more.


US Interventions in Latin America Continue and Intensify (video) - TRNN

Trump says NATO withdrawal is 'unnecessary' after allies agree to increase spending

President Donald Trump said NATO allies had committed to raising their defense spending beyond 2 percent on Thursday morning, following a flurry of public diatribes against key members of the 29-nation bloc.

“NATO is much stronger now than it was two days ago,” Trump told reporters in Brussels, shortly after he had prompted an unscheduled crisis meeting among the group’s members. Read more + video.


Trump Gives NATO Backing After Sowing Summit Discord (video) - Bloomberg
Trump vs. NATO: It's Not Just About the Money - Atlantic

NATO Shields U.S. From Its Military Adventures (video) - TRNN

Verwarring over extra geld bij NAVO na top met Trump - NOS
Trump: NAVO-landen zeggen veel meer geld toe - RD

Na keiharde uithaal roept Trump de NAVO-top uit tot een succes (video) - Nieuwsblad

Bad detective? Kiev accuses Blumenthal of exposing neo-Nazis under pen name

Ukraine is accusing the Israeli newspaper "Haaretz" of spreading "fake news" after it published a report about Israel arming Ukrainian neo-Nazis. Read more.


Rights Groups Demand Israel Stop Arming neo-Nazis in Ukraine - Haaretz
Max Blumenthal: US is Arming Neo-Nazis in Ukraine (video) - TRNN

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

July 11, 2018

israel seizes Gaza vessel carrying injured Palestinians

Israeli warships have stopped a boat from a humanitarian flotilla set off from the Gaza strip to Cyprus to break the regime's 11-year siege on the coastal enclave. Read more.


Syrian troops seized French-made APILAS anti-tank systems in Daraa province

The Syrian government announced on 10 July that the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) troops had seized several French-made APILAS anti-tank weapon system in Daraa province, in the south-west of the country.

The local media have released imagery showing a captured two APILAS anti-tank weapon systems developed in France by GIAT Industries. Read more.

Defence Blog

Syria seizes French anti-tank weapons in Dara’a: Report - PressTV
Army discovers US-made weapons left behind by terrorists in Daraa eastern countryside - SANA

July 10, 2018

China Warns of "Peace Disease" And "Unavoidable" War With US

A leaked Chinese memo reveals that the Chinese military is combating "peace disease" and avoiding an "unavoidable" war by . . . building up their military? What does all this mean, what does it have to do with Thucydides, and what is the reality behind this smoke and mirrors?

Find out in today's thought for the day. Read more.

Corbett Report

Israeli settlement goods face ban in Ireland

RT took to the streets in Dublin, Ireland to ask people what they thought of proposed legislation to ban imports from Israeli settlements. Read more.


July 9, 2018

Rights Groups Demand Israel Stop Arming neo-Nazis in Ukraine

Human rights activists petition the court to cease Israeli arms exports to Ukraine since some of these weapons reach neo-Nazi elements in Ukraine’s security forces

A group of more than 40 human rights activists have filed a petition with the High Court of Justice, demanding the cessation of Israeli arms exports to Ukraine. Read more.


Syrian Air defense intercepts Israeli aggression, downs a number of missiles that targeted T-4 airport

Homs, SANA-A military source announced on Sunday that Syrian air forces intercepted an Israeli aggression and downed a number of missiles which were targeting T-4 airport in Homs.

The source added that the Syrian Air defense hit one of the attacking warplanes and forced the others to leave the airspaces.


Syria: Israel Behind Attack on Iranian Air Force Base Near Homs - Haaretz
Syrian TV: Israel responsible for air strikes on T-4 military base in Homs - JPost

Syrian state media says air defenses hit Israeli plane, thwart missile strike - Reuters
Syrian air defenses repel missile attack on Homs T4 airbase - PressTV

Iran to remain in Syria to keep Israel out: Official - PressTV
Syria's war: Who controls what? - Al Jazeera

July 8, 2018

'Compounds found by OPCW in Douma commonly used in industry' – chemistry professor

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has issued an interim report, on the alleged use of chemical weapons in the Syrian city of Douma in April.

It says various chlorinated substances were found in samples from two sites in Douma. Yet, the report also states no nerve agents or their degradation products were detected. The OPCW has not yet reached a final conclusion about the allegations, and its work is still ongoing. Read more.


Syria war: 'Possible chlorine' at Douma attack site - watchdog - BBC

KLM suspends service to Theran, delivers further blow to Iranian economy

The airline’s announcement coincided with a major diplomatic spat between Iran and the Netherlands.

Royal Dutch Airlines announced on Saturday that it will suspend its direct flights to Tehran, delivering another blow to Iran’s struggling economy. Read more.


Netherlands expels two Iranian embassy staff: Dutch intelligence service - Reuters
Iran slams Netherlands 'unconstructive' expulsion of embassy staffers - PressTV

Iran Summons Dutch Envoy Over Expulsion of 2 Diplomats - NY Times
Iran oil war: Netherlands kicks Iranian embassy officials OUT amid furious Trump row - Express

Speech by Ad Melkert at Free Iran: The Alternative Gathering 2018 Villepinte, Paris (video) - Iran Freedom

Franse rederij CMA-CGM en KLM trekken zich terug uit Iran - VRT

Twee Iraanse ambassademedewerkers het land uit gezet - NOS
Iran veroordeelt Nederland om uitzetten Iraanse ambassademedewerkers - NOS

Ad Melkert geeft speech bij Iraanse “terreurgroep” MEK - Joods.nl
Ad Melkert met Amerikaanse conservatieven op congres Iraanse dissidenten - Jalta

Arrestaties voor geplande aanslag bij Parijs op bijeenkomst Iraanse oppositie - NOS

July 7, 2018

Nederland gaf steun aan 22 gematigde gewapende groepen in Syrië

De afgelopen jaren heeft Nederland 22 gematigde gewapende groepen in Syrië gesteund. Het ging niet om militaire steun, maar om voedsel, medicijnen en communicatieapparatuur. Ook werden er tenten, uniformen, trainingen en 313 voertuigen gegeven aan de gewapende oppositie. Minister Blok heeft dat geantwoord op Kamervragen van CDA-Kamerleden Van Helvert en Omtzigt.

De waarde van de hulp bedroeg meer dan 25 miljoen euro. De hulp begon in het voorjaar van 2015 en heeft drie jaar geduurd. Lees meer.


Antwoord op vragen van de leden Van Helvert en Omtzigt over het steunprogramma aan de Syrische gewapende oppositie - Tweede Kamer
Antwoord op vragen van de leden Van Helvert en Omtzigt over de steun van de Nederlandse regering aan de rebellen in Zuid-Syrië - Tweede Kamer

How Trump’s trade war with China could go sideways on him

President Trump is a man who judges his successes by anecdote — both real and embellished. But his trade war is turning the anecdotes against him, and there are growing signs of trouble, even as the war officially began Friday.

A poll conducted by The Washington Post and the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University asked whether people felt Trump's "taxes known as tariffs" against China were a good thing or a bad thing, in light of news that China retaliated with its own tariffs on U.S. goods. Fully 56 percent of voters thought the situation was bad for U.S. jobs. Read more + video.

Washington Post

North Korea says US attitude in talks was 'extremely regrettable'

North Korea has accused the US of demanding unilateral denuclearization and said their attitude was "extremely regrettable." US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had a different takeaway, saying the talks were "productive."

US and North Korean officials gave conflicting statements following the conclusion of high-level talks in Pyongyang on Saturday that took place following last month's summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Read more.


N. Korea dismisses U.S. talks as ‘robber-like,’ rejecting Pompeo’s takeaway - Washington Post
N. Korea regrets US attitude & unilateral denuclearization demands during Pompeo talks - RT

U.S. and Israel formed joint team to internally pressure Iran regime

Israel and the United States formed a joint working group a few months ago that is focused on internal efforts to encourage protests within Iran and pressure the country's government.

Why it matters: The Obama administration almost completely refused to discuss any potential efforts for stirring unrest or encouraging protest inside Iran with Israel due to its efforts to complete the Iran nuclear deal. The joint team is a major example of the Trump administration's policy shift in the region. Read more.


Israël en VS vormen werkgroep die Iraans regime moet destabiliseren - Express
Speech by Ad Melkert at Free Iran: The Alternative Gathering 2018 Villepinte, Paris (video) - Iran Freedom

The Weird DARPA/Facebook "Coincidence" You Never Heard About

Ever hear about "Lifelog?" You know, the DARPA project to create an automatically updated, itemized, organized, electronic list of every interaction you have, every event you attend, every place you go and everything you do?

The project that was announced as canceled the very same day Facebook launched? Well, neither had I? In today's Thought for the Day we explore the Lifelog/Facebook "coincidence" and what it tells us about our wired world. Read more.

Corbett Report

July 6, 2018

EU, UN & rights groups condemn Israel’s plan to bulldoze West Bank Bedouin village

The UN Human Rights Office and many European countries have slammed Israel’s decision to demolish a small Bedouin village in the occupied West Bank. Activists claim Israel wants to use the land to expand settlements.

Israeli authorities have moved three bulldozers to Khan al-Ahmar, a Bedouin herding village in the West Bank, following a court’s ruling that declared the settlement illegal under Israeli law. The military already left a land confiscation notice there on Tuesday, local media reported. Read more + video.


U.N., Europe urge Israel not to demolish Khan al-Ahmar (video) - JPost

- High Court temporarily suspends razing of Bedouin village Khan al-Ahmar - JPost
Israel declares Khan al-Ahmar a closed military zone during European visit - JPost

July 5, 2018

25 Families Own $1.1 Trillion Between Them as the Global Wealth Inequality Gap Grows

Once a family-owned business Forbes is well known for producing their annual list of the world’s richest billionaires. Launched in 1982 the original list ranked the top 400 Americans by net worth. Only 13 billionaires were included in that list, and their combined worth was the equivalent of 2.8% of GDP.

In an era where “Greed is Good”, the list became wildly popular, by 2000 the combined net worth of the top 400 equated to 12.2% of US GDP. So prestigious became the list that an ex-employee of Forbes has claimed that Donald J Trump inflated his personal wealth to be included. Read more.

South Front

China: US tariffs will hit intl. supply chains

China says US tariffs on Chinese goods will hit international supply chains as Washington’s new duties are expected to take effect at midnight Thursday.

China’s commerce ministry reiterated that Beijing does not want a trade war with Washington. Separately, China’s customs agency said retaliatory tariffs on US goods will come immediately after US duties on China kick in.

The US measures target 32 billion dollars of Chinese goods. Beijing will impose duties on nearly 30 billion dollars of American products. The tit-for-tat trade spat between the two countries has recently escalated amid fears that the situation may get out of control.


U.S. tariff move hurting itself, the world: MOC - Xinhua
China to implement countermeasures immediately after U.S. tariffs take effect - Xinhua

How Trump’s trade war with China could go sideways on him - Washington Post

'See results!' Iran hints it will block all Gulf oil exports in case of American sanctions

Iran has threatened to block seaborne oil shipments along a route that is used for almost 1/3 of all oil exports if Washington attempts to halt ehran's own exports

The US State Department's policy planning official earlier said that America's goal was to reduce Iran's oil revenues to zero. Read more.


Iran Threatens to Stop Hormuz Oil Exports If Own Crude Cut (video) - Bloomberg
IRGC ready to act on Rouhani's warning on US oil bans: Chief commander - PressTV

Iran may alter cooperation level with IAEA: Rouhani - PressTV

July 4, 2018

Liberman yells at Shin Bet: I won’t allow Palestinian families to reunite

"As long as I am defense minister, there will not be any reunification of Palestinian families," Liberman said.

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said during a recent heated debate at the Prime Minister's Office that he will not allow the reunification of Palestinian families inside Israel, according to Channel 2 News. Read more.


Israeli forces assault Palestinians, prepare to demolish village

At least 35 Palestinians wounded as Israeli forces prepare to demolish the entire Khan al-Ahmar village near Jerusalem.

Israeli forces have assaulted dozens of Palestinians protesting the demolition of a Bedouin village near occupied East Jerusalem and the forcible transfer of the entire community. Read more + video.

Al Jazeera

Scuffles break as Israel wanted to raze village in West Bank (video) - PressTV
European Countries Slam Impending Demolition of West Bank Bedouin Village: 'We'll Take Action (paywall) - Haaretz

July 3, 2018

British jets bombed Syrian forces in Tanf last month: Paper

A British warplane directly attacked Syrian forces near the border with Iraq and Jordan last month, killing an army officer and injuring seven others, the Sunday Times daily has reported. 

A Typhoon fighter jet dropped a 500-pound (226-kilo) bomb on Syrian forces who were fighting Takfiri terrorists near the al-Tanf base where British and US special forces train militants, it said. Read more.


- RAF bombed Assad’s border fighters (paywall) - Sunday Times
- US tells rebels not to count on its help as Syrian army advances into country’s southwest – report - RT

- US warns Damascus to cease army operations in Syria (video) - RT

- Israel deploys more artillery, armored reinforcements in occupied Golan - PressTV
- Syrian army advances against terrorists in Dara'a; Israel raises alert in Golan - PressTV

Former Ukrainian neo-Nazi leader speaks at NATO think tank event as it laments rise of right

The Atlantic Council hosted a top Ukrainian official with deep ties to neo-Nazi groups days after he lamented the rise of far-right violence in the country, underlining how the NATO-funded think tank continues to enable Kiev.

Andriy Parubiy, chairman of Ukraine's parliament, spoke at an Atlantic Council event in Washington, DC last week entitled "The Frontlines of Freedom: A Conversation with the Speakers of Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine." Read more + video.


- Congress Hosts Actual Fascist as Nazi Violence Rages in Ukraine (video) - Mintpress
- Ukraine’s Got a Real Problem with Far-Right Violence (And No, RT Didn’t Write This Headline) - Atlantic Council

- Parliament Spokesperson urges US to deter Nord Stream 2 construction - 112.UA
- Verkhovna Rada Speaker Andriy Parubiy hopes that the U.S. Congress will soon adopt a resolution on recognizing the Holodomor of 1932-33 as genocide of Ukrainian people - Ukrinform