October 30, 2018

US hate crimes: White extremism on the rise



The Trump administration and the United States law enforcement officials have increasingly focused on external sources of violence. But the Government Accountability Office has found that it is right-wing, white "extremism" that is proving to be the greatest source of domestic attacks in the US.

Al Jazeera's Shihab Rattansi reports from Pittsburgh.

Al Jazeera

October 29, 2018

Monsanto set up fake farmers' groups to promote its products - Greenpeace



Agrochemical giant Monsanto is facing accusations it paid tens of thousands of euros to enlist the support of farmers across Europe - to lobby against a ban on one of its pesticides. 

Greenpeace also says Monsanto set up fake farmers' groups - to promote the benefits of the product.

RT

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Right-wing Bolsonaro wins Brazilian elections with landslide despite mass protests

Jair Bolsonaro, the right-wing candidate from Brazil's Social Liberal Party (PSL) has clinched victory in the presidential election run-off, beating Fernando Haddad of the Workers' Party after a campaign riddled with controversy.

With some 99 percent of the ballots counted, Bolsonaro, dubbed "Tropical Trump" for his populist rhetoric, is ahead with 55.1 percent of the vote. His main opponent, left-leaning Haddad, is trailing behind with 44.9 percent. Read more.

RT

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October 28, 2018

Roger Waters dodges arrest with a last-minute slap at Brazil's Bolsonaro

Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters toed the line during his show in Brazil, when he urged people to stop right-wing candidate Jair Bolsonaro seconds before he could be arrested for violating election law.

Waters, an indisputable music icon, has been in Brazil with his Us+Them tour since October 9. The singer, songwriter and bassist had performed six shows in the country before arriving in the city of Curitiba on Saturday. Read more + video.

RT

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October 27, 2018

Is Orwell's Big Brother Here? Bezos & Amazon Team up With Defense, CIA & ICE



Silicon Valley giants like Amazon & Palantir team up with ICE to hunt down immigrants, pick out the innocent as potential criminals, and build the cloud for Defense Department and CIA. Is Big Brother here?

Bob Sheer outlines the problem.

TRNN

Saudi Arabia Kills Yemeni Civilians with Another US-Made Raytheon Bomb

Saudi Arabia attacked Yemenis in Hodeidah with a laser-guided bomb made by US military contractor Raytheon, as a civilian is killed every three hours on average.

A bomb used by Saudi Arabia to attack civilians in Yemen has been identified as a US-made laser-guided bomb manufactured by military contractor Raytheon. Read more.

Gray Zone

US National Debt: Fundamentals of debt


Part 1

BAKU - As of September 2018, the national debt of the United States surpassed 21,4 trillion USD, while the budget deficit is at its highest number since 2012. And, even though there are a lot of unwarranted claims and misconceptions pinned to this topic, many are concerned that the national debt is reaching unsustainable levels.

To get to the bottom of this, we must subtract fact from fiction and go over the fundamentals of America’s sovereign debt.

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How our drinking water could help prevent suicide

Some researchers think putting lithium in our water could save lives

Lithium is a potent psychiatric drug, one of the primary prescribed medications for bipolar disorder. But it’s also an element that occurs naturally all over the Earth’s crust — including in bodies of water. That means that small quantities of lithium wind up in the tap water you consume every day. Just how much is in the water varies quite a bit from place to place. Read more + audio.

Vox

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Hoe de Nederlandse belastingbetaler multinationals geld helpt te verdienen in een straatarm land

De Nederlandse overheid beweert Mozambique te helpen met armoede- en corruptiebestrijding. Maar het straatarme land is rijk aan gas, en dat blijkt belangrijker. De samenwerking tussen de Nederlandse ambassade en Shell reikt ver, tonen opgevraagde documenten.

‘Ze vertellen ons niks,’ zegt een inwoner van het dorp Quitunde, een plattelandsdorp in de noordelijke provincie Cabo Delgado in Mozambique. ‘Mensen kwamen, begonnen kokospalmen te markeren met verf en vertrokken.’ Lees meer (gratis/paywall).

FTM

Demand for Gold Up 42%. Why Are Central Banks Raising Their Reserves?

Since 2010, central banks around the world turned from being net sellers of gold to net buyers of gold. In fact, the World Gold Council (WGC) has shown that demand for gold in the first quarter of 2018 was up 42% year on year.

So which countries are raising their gold reserves and why? Read more.

FX Empire

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Support grows for EU-wide arms embargo on Saudi Arabia

Austria and the European Parliament have called for a bloc-wide halt on arms exports to Saudi Arabia following Jamal Khashoggi's death. Germany also backed the move, but other key exporters were silent or unconvinced.

As outrage over the killing of Jamal Khashoggi continues to grow, more countries within the European Union are reconsidering their weapons exports to Saudi Arabia, with Austria calling for an EU-wide ban on Friday. Read more + video.

DW

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October 25, 2018

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Argentina Says No to IMF and Macri Responds with Repression



Protesters have been attacked while demanding that Congress not approve the "adjustment budget" demanded by the International Monetary Fund

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October 24, 2018

George Soros: 'staatsman zonder staat' met flinke vinger in de mondiale politiek

Een bom in de brievenbus van zakenman George Soros leidt op internet tot tal van goedkeurende reacties, als "nu pas?", "criminelen onder elkaar!", "hij is erger dan Hitler" en "massamoordenaar".

De Hongaars-Amerikaanse miljardair en filantroop is geliefd, maar wordt ook gehaat, is zeer omstreden en heeft veel vijanden. Lees meer.

NOS

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Nieuwe behandeling biedt hoop aan diabetespatiënten

Wetenschappers hebben een behandeling gevonden waardoor diabetespatiënten (type 2) mogelijk niet meer hoeven te spuiten. Het Amsterdamse onderzoek biedt hoop aan honderdduizenden Nederlanders.

Vijftig patiënten van onder meer het Amsterdam UMC kregen een slangetje met camera ingebracht via de mond, dat in het begin van de dunne darm (twaalfvingerige darm) terechtkwam. Lees meer.

AD

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October 23, 2018

We’ll build up nuclear arsenal until Russia & China come to their senses – Trump



Donald Trump has threatened to build up the United State's nuclear arsenal, until 'people come to their senses'...

He earlier vowed to scrap a nuclear treaty with Russia, that's been in force for almost 3 decades. Read more.

RT

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US Nuclear Weapons Policy - Union of Concerned Scientists

Special Report: In modernizing nuclear arsenal, U.S. stokes new arms race - Reuters
British Parliament votes to renew nuclear weapons program for 3 more decades - Washington Post

Withdrawal From INF Nuclear Treaty Brings us “Closer to Doomsday” Than any Time Since 1950’s (video) - TRNN

John Bolton and US ambassador Huntsman visit WWII memorial in Moscow (video) - RT
Washington fears Moscow may play spoiler to US energy-related sanctions against Tehran - RT

US-led airstrikes targeting ISIS kill dozens of civillians in Syria, Damascus calls for UN probe



The Pentagon has defended its airstrike on a mosque in Syria last Friday - saying it was targeting Islamic State militants inside

Reports say dozens of civilians were killed in the attack in Deir ez-Zor province. The Syrian Foreign Ministry is now calling for international organisations to step-in over the US-led coalition's ongoing campaign.

RT

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Reports: Dozens killed or wounded in east Syria airstrikes - Washington Post
Pentagon: U.S. Airstrikes 'Unintentionally' Killed 1,114 Civilians in Iraq, Syria - Al Bawaba

Syria Grants OPCW Requested Access to Research Centers – Minister - Sputnik

October 22, 2018

India sells over $15 billion US govt bonds amid rising rates and to meet local dollar demand

MUMBAI: The Reserve Bank of India is trimming its holding of US Treasuries as it joins many other emerging economies which have been selling off US bonds amid rising rates. Yet it figures in the list of top fifteen foreign lenders to the US government.

RBI sold $ 16.3 billion worth US treasury (USTs) bonds since April with its stock slipping from $157 as of end March to $ 140 billion as of end August, according to the latest data released by the US Treasury department. Read more.

Economic Times

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US Is Negotiating With SWIFT To Disconnect Iran From Network

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said that unlike Obama's 2013 Iran blockade, it would be harder for countries to get waivers on Iran oil sanctions as the US is already working on disconnecting Iran from the SWIFT network and dismissed concerns that oil prices could rise, saying the market had already factored in the output losses.

Speaking in an interview with Reuters in Jerusalem on Sunday at the start of a Middle East trip, Mnuchin said countries would have to reduce their purchases of Iranian oil by more than the roughly 20% level they did from 2013 to 2015 to get waivers... Read more.

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The Lust for Libya: How a Nation was Torn Apart | The Big Picture


The legacy of the life and death of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. Libya has been broken apart. Torn asunder by competing local, regional and international forces, its survival as a singular nation-state is under threat.

Once Africa's wealthiest country with the continent's largest oil reserves and highest standard of living, Libya, liberated from a dictator's grip, is mired in a violent, internecine conflict that has left many of its people struggling for food, fuel and security.

So how did it come to this? Read more.

Al Jazeera

October 21, 2018

Het Nederlandse wietbeleid: van gidsland tot vervloekte achterdeur

Ooit stond Nederland met zijn gedoogbeleid bekend als gidsland. Die dagen liggen ver achter ons. Het gedoogbeleid, en de bijbehorende beruchte achterdeur van de coffeeshop, is achterhaald. Daar zijn de landelijke politiek, de burgemeesters en alle coffeeshophouders in Nederland het over eens.

Maar wat moet ervoor in de plaats komen? In 2013 was het Zuid-Amerikaanse Uruguay het eerste land ter wereld dat cannabis volledig legaliseerde om drugscriminaliteit tegen te gaan. Lees meer + video.

NOS

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Israëlische organisatie mensenrechten B'Tselem bevestigt oorlogsmisdaden bezetting en blokkade Gaza

Lode Vanoost - Op dezelfde dag dat Joods Actueel via een 'bezorgd burger' klacht indiende voor beweerd anti-semitisme tegen vakbondsverantwoordelijke Robrecht Vanderbeeken sprak de Joods-Israëlische mensenrechtenbeweging B'tselem de VN-Veiligheidsraad toe. Hagai El-Ad, directeur van de organisatie, schetste in zijn toespraak een vernietigend beeld van de bezetting van de Palestijnse gebieden en de blokkade van Gaza, die de kritiek op de bezetting in talrijke artikels op deze website volledig bevestigt.

De internationale Israël-lobby voelt de bui al jaren hangen, meer nog dan de regering in Israël zelf. Die laatste kan zich nog enigszins wentelen in de comfortabele bubbel van het zionisme in eigen land, de kolonies in de bezette gebieden en de cenakels van de Amerikaanse regering en politieke elite. Lees meer.

De Wereld Morgen

Trump vows to pull US out of nuclear arms treaty with Russia



The US will pull out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) with Russia, President Donald Trump said. He cited Russia’s alleged treaty violations, while at the same time vowing to 'develop the weapons.' Read more.

RT

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Rusland waarschuwt Trump: opzeggen kernwapenverdrag heel gevaarlijk - NOS

Inside Nikki Haley's Shocking Speech to Secretive Far-Right Group



Just days before she resigned as UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley delivered a private speech to the Council for National Policy, a secretive group of influential right-wing figures

Journalist Max Blumenthal obtained exclusive access and reveals shocking details — including Haley’s admission that she threatened the Chinese ambassador with a US invasion of North Korea.

TRNN

October 20, 2018

Man-made moon to shed light on Chengdu in 2020

China's space industry is preparing to launch the world's first artificial moon to help with urban illumination at night, a leading scientist said.

China plans to put an artificial moon in orbit above Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province, from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan by 2020. If the launch proves successful, three more such objects will be launched in 2022, Wu Chunfeng, head of Tian Fu New Area Science Society in Chengdu, told China Daily in an exclusive interview on Thursday. Read more.

ChinaDaily

Saudi Arabia claims Khashoggi died in accidental ‘fistfight’ inside the consulate


journalist Jamal Khashoggi died in a “fight” with individuals inside the Saudi consulate in Turkey, Saudi authorities said after nearly two weeks of speculation

A senior Saudi intelligence official was fired over the incident. Khashoggi lived in Turkey and was last seen entering the consulate in Istanbul two weeks ago.

The Turkish government almost immediately accused the Saudi authorities of killing the journalist, which Riyadh denied. Read more.

RT

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Deze Nederlander gaat wél naar Saoedi-Arabië: ‘Het is een schatkist’ - AD

Van het gas af gaan is makkelijk te betalen met pensioengeld

Met wat hulp van pensioenfondsen is energieneutraal wonen makkelijk te realiseren, betoogt Sytze de Boer, werkzaam als financieel adviseur.

Toen ik nog in Amsterdam werkte, liep ik tussen de middag weleens in het Sarphatipark. Op een hek had iemand daar gekalkt: 'Laat de rijken het gas betalen'. Dat was in de jaren tachtig van de vorige eeuw, toen er nog veel aardgas uit Groningen werd gehaald. De verdeling van de kosten stond toen blijkbaar al ter discussie. Lees meer.

Trouw

Baltimore's Cherry Hill: A Community on the Rise



The Cherry Hill Arts & Music Waterfront festival is one example of a community coming together to reclaim a neighborhood once devastated by crime

TRNN

Russia welcomes foreign banks to join its money transfer alternative to SWIFT

Foreign banks will soon be able to become part of Russia's money transfer network which serves as an alternative to the traditional SWIFT (Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication) system.

“Non-residents will start connecting to us this year. People are already turning to us,” said First Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Russia Olga Skorobogatova. Earlier, the official said that by using the alternative payment system foreign firms would be able to do business with sanctioned Russian companies. Read more.

RT

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October 19, 2018

US shale’s glory days are numbered

There are some early signs that the US shale industry is starting to show its age, with depletion rates on the rise.

A study from Wood Mackenzie found that some wells in the Permian Wolfcamp were suffering from decline rates at or above 15 percent after five years, much higher than the 5 to 10 percent originally anticipated. Read more.

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Israeli Private Intelligence Companies Turn Civilians into Enemies



Shir Hever talks about Psy-Group and other Israeli private intelligence companies and the role which they play in undermining democracy when intelligence gathering is privatized

TRNN

October 18, 2018

Human 2.0 Is Almost Here: The Transhumanism Agenda Just Went Mainstream

Dollar Domination Drowning? Venezuela becomes latest country to ditch bucks



Venezuela is dumping the dollar when it comes to official exchange transactions and will use the euro or other convertible currencies instead 

The move is retaliation for severe American financial sanctions, imposed on the country's officials, including the president. Caracas is not alone in moving away from dollar dependence. Read more.

RT

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'ABN AMRO en Rabobank betrokken bij miljardenroof van Europese belastingdiensten'

Dit schrijft journalistiek platform Follow the Money. Tientallen jaren zouden groepen van bankiers, beurshandelaars, investeerders en pensioensfondsen met dividendbelasting gefraudeerd.

Ook de Nederlandse Belastingdienst zou slachtoffer zijn, ABN AMRO en Rabobank zouden betrokken zijn. Zakenbank MorganStanley zou onze fiscus voor 152 miljoen hebben getild, BNR sprak met hoofdredacteur Eric Smit van Follow the Money. Lees meer + audio.

BNR

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Mass rallies in Catalonia calling for release of political leaders



Mass rallies in Catalonia calling for release of political leaders. Spanish government is facing calls from Catalan politicians and human rights groups to release jailed separatists. Read more.

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October 15, 2018

Saudis preparing to admit Jamal Khashoggi died during interrogation, sources say

Ankara, Turkey (CNN)The Saudis are preparing a report that will acknowledge that Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi's death was the result of an interrogation that went wrong, one that was intended to lead to his abduction from Turkey, according to two sources.

One source says the report will likely conclude that the operation was carried out without clearance and transparency and that those involved will be held responsible. Read more. + video

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1 jaar Raqqa: VS-coalitie blijft verantwoordelijkheid voor burgerslachtoffers ontkennen

De VS-coalitie blijft ontkennen dat het verantwoordelijk is voor een groot aantal burgerdoden in Raqqa en de grootschalige vernieling van de stad, laat staan dat het een onderzoek heeft ingesteld.

Dit is een kaakslag voor de slachtoffers die hun leven en stad trachten herop te bouwen. Dit zegt Amnesty International een jaar nadat het offensief tegen de gewapende groep Islamitische Staat (IS) ten einde kwam. Lees meer.

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Israel approves 31 settler units in West Bank city of al-Khalil



Israeli cabinet members approve the construction of 31 settler units in the occupied West Bank city of al-Khalil, also known as Hebron.

The construction permits were agreed in October last year and now the regime has issued the final go-ahead for the controversial move. The planned constructions would be the first such decision since 2002 in al-Khalil. The move is expected to escalate tensions in the city where anti-Israeli sentiments are ultra-high.

The Israeli regime has intensified its settlement constructions over the past two years with the new U-S administration taking the helm of the White House. Washington’s support has emboldened Tel Aviv to push ahead with the constructions which are deemed illegal by international law.

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Macri Is Destroying Argentina: Indigenous Leader Milagro Sala



"The big powers come to govern the country (...) they want to take away our Argentine flag and they want to impose on us a colonization flag," Milagro Sala told teleSUR in an exclusive interview.

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Call of the day: Don’t rule out $400 oil if the U.S. sanctions Saudi Arabia

Critical information for the U.S. trading day

So now Ford Motor F, +1.37%  Chairman Bill Ford and JPMorgan Chase & Co. JPM, +0.17%  boss Jaime Dimon have both opted to drop out of that Saudi conference following the country’s suspected role in the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Read more.

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JP Morgan, Ford boycott Riyadh investment conference (video) - PressTV

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Saudis preparing to admit Jamal Khashoggi died during interrogation, sources say (video) - CNN

US-China trade war: Beijing ‘wins 1st round’



Beijing has never sold so much stuff to the United States, while buying so relatively little in return... Is Trump's strategy failing? Read more.

RT

October 14, 2018

'This is so incredibly wrong': RT America correspondent silenced by Facebook purge



RT America’s Rachel Blevins has had her public account axed by Facebook amid the social media giant’s recent crackdown on alternative news sources. 

Blevins says she only posted her journalistic work and is baffled by the move. Read more.

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“Smart” Tech and The End of Privacy



James Corbett joins Dr. Joanne Conaway on The Power Hour to discuss how technology is spying on you in the digital age. Read more.

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Cynthia McKinney: Deconstructing The Deep State



OffPlanet Radio Randy Maugans & Emily Moyer with guest, Cynthia McKinney

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October 12, 2018

Is the U.S. Complicit in Saudi Journalist’s Disappearance?



President Trump says the US is pressing Saudi Arabia for answers on the fate of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi. 

But new questions are being raised about the US role after a Washington Post report that U.S. intelligence intercepted communications of Saudi officials discussing a plan to capture and “lay hands on” Khashoggi.

We speak to Ali Al-Ahmed, founder and director of The Institute for Gulf Affairs.

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Turkey agrees to Saudi request to jointly investigate Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance - Washington Post
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Amerikaanse senatoren willen sancties tegen bondgenoot Saoedi-Arabië, maar Trump aarzelt - Volkskrant

Deel westerse bedrijven neemt afstand van Saudi-Arabië om zaak-Khashoggi - NOS

October 11, 2018

Nikki Haley, strong Israel ally, resigns as U.S. envoy to UN



No one may be more upset at U.S. ambassador's resignation than Israel, as these feisty quotes backing the Jewish state show

While U.S. ambassadors to the United Nations invariably offered their backing to Israel at the UN, Nikki Haley seemingly made the Israeli cause a personal obsession. Read more (paywall).

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October 10, 2018

Khashoggi Signals The TakeDown of Saudia Arabia - Morris

Bellingcat claims second Salisbury suspect also received Russia’s highest award



Controversial website Bellingcat claims it has identified the second suspect linked by Britain to the poisoning of a former Russian spy Sergei Skripal & his daughter. However, the presented facts raise a number of questions. Read more.

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Bellingcat maakt identiteit tweede verdachte Skripal-zaak bekend - NOS
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October 9, 2018

Nederland is niet meer Wietland nummer één

Nederland is als Wietland ondertussen voorbijgestreefd door Canada. Op 17 oktober 2018 zal het produceren, verkopen en gebruiken in Canada volledig legaal zijn. De nieuwe miljardenbusiness van cannabis is in Noord-Amerika helemaal opgelaaid. Nederland, met het gedoogbeleid altijd voorloper geweest, doet niet meer mee.

Legale cannabismarkt heeft waarde van €3 miljard
Ondanks de legalisatie zullen er zekere restricties blijven. Zoals hoe de verpakking er moet uitzien, en welke bedrijven cannabis mogen produceren. Lees meer.

Biflatie

Tegenlicht: Peperdure pillen



Big Pharma heeft de prijsbepaling van nieuwe medicijnen stevig in handen. De productiekosten zijn geheim en alle pogingen van academische ziekenhuizen en apothekers om medicijnen goedkoper te maken worden met succes tegengehouden door de industrie.

VPRO Tegenlicht volgt vijf professionals die dit niet meer accepteren en vanuit hun persoonlijke betrokkenheid in actie komen en met nieuwe modellen experimenteren. Deze gedreven pioniers willen medicijnen voor iedereen beschikbaar en betaalbaar maken en laten zien dat dit kan. Lees meer.

VPRO

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Minister Bruins is gefrustreerd: medicijnafspraken moeten geheim blijven - Trouw

Medicijnen 132 miljoen euro goedkoper door deals overheid en fabrikanten - RTL
Onderhandelen over dure geneesmiddelen bespaart steeds meer - Medisch Contact

October 8, 2018

Artificial sweeteners have toxic effects on gut microbes

The collaborative study indicated relative toxicity of six artificial sweeteners (aspartame, sucralose, saccharine, neotame, advantame, and acesulfame potassium-k) and 10 sport supplements containing these artificial sweeteners.

The bacteria found in the digestive system became toxic when exposed to concentrations of only one mg./ml. of the artificial sweeteners. Read more.

ScienceDaily

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‘We bombed you to save you’ – NATO head Stoltenberg speaks about 1999 bombings on visit to Serbia

Although many people in Serbia hold “painful” memories of NATO’s 1999 bombing of their country, it was, in fact, done precisely to protect them from their own government, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said in Belgrade.

He was answering questions about the bombing and about the NATO campaign against the government of the former Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic, during a meeting with the students of Belgrade University. Read more + video.

RT

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Stoltenberg in Belgrade: Excellent relationship with Serbia, we support the dialogue - Nezavisen

Stoltenberg Tells Serbs Why NATO Bombed Them in 1999 - Sputnik

Iran MPs pass controversial bill on fighting terror financing

The Iranian parliament has passed a bill on combating the financing of terrorism as part of the country's implementation of international standards set by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).

The combating the financing of terrorism (CFT) bill, one of four put forward by the government to meet FATF demands, was passed on Sunday by 143 votes to 120, according to the ISNA news agency. Read more.

PressTV

Dangerous standoff between Russia and US



Tensions between the US and Russia have been going on for a while. The US, by some accounts, has provoked Russia. Washington has accused Mowcow of meddling in the US presidential election in 2016 and interference in Syria.

The latest charge against Russia: illegal cyber activities. But Russia also has reasons to hit back at the US, and NATO. Let's see what they are.

PressTV

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October 7, 2018

Over 100,000 Scots rally to call for independence



Tens of thousands of people attend a mass rally in Scotland to demand the region’s independence from the United Kingdom.

Local media said Saturday that at least 30,000 people attended the rally in the Scottish capital of Edinburgh. Read more.

PressTV

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Khan Al-Ahmar: Reflection of Israel’s Illegal Settlement Colonies



The international community has condemned Israel’s actions as a war crime and residents continue to resist armed soldiers and military bulldozers.

teleSUR

Ahed Tamimi Has A Message To Trump



Palestinian icon Ahed Tamimi has called out Trump when she spoke at a festival of the Greek Communist Party recently

teleSUR

'We will pay nothing for our security': Saudi Arabia disregards Trump's warnings



The crown prince of Saudi Arabia says his country doesn't owe the US a cent in unpaid weapons bills. His remark was a response to Donald Trump, who issued a warning to the Gulf kingdom.

RT

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Iran's World Court Win Exposes U.S. as Rogue State



After the International Court of Justice ruled in Iran’s favor on U.S. sanctions, the Trump administration pulled out of a 1955 treaty and announced a review of its relationship to the court

Trita Parsi, author and founder of the National Iranian American Council, says that when it comes to Iran, the U.S. is acting like a rogue state

TRNN

Onderzoekers waarschuwen voor een nieuw biologisch wapen dat gewassen kan vernietigen

Officieel is genetische verbetering van landbouwgewassen het doel, maar wie goed naar het miljoenenproject van de Amerikaanse Defensie kijkt, ziet dat het een nieuwe generatie biologische wapens kan opleveren om gewassen in vijandelijk gebied te vernietigen. Die waarschuwing uiten Europese onderzoekers in Science.

Het Amerikaanse vakblad geeft ruim baan voor hun kritiek op een onderzoeksprogramma van Darpa, een kennisinstelling van Defensie. Lees meer.

Trouw

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October 6, 2018

Belangrijk rapport over wietteelt blijkt gebaseerd op dubieuze bron

Het rapport Integraal Appel over de wietteelt in Tilburg is gebaseerd op drijfzand. Dit concluderen hoogleraar Michel Vos van de Universiteit Groningen en onderzoeker Nicole Maalste van de Universiteit Utrecht in Argos.

Volgens Integraal Appel is de omzet van de wietteelt in Tilburg groter dan de gemeentebegroting. Het rapport speelt een belangrijke rol in de discussie over de ondermijning van de samenleving door de georganiseerde misdaad. Een probleem waar de regering 100 miljoen euro voor heeft uitgetrokken. Er is zelfs een speciale ondermijningswet op komst. Lees meer.

NPO

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The Quickest Way to Make Cannabis Dabs



Dabbing has become a super popular way to smoke weed over the past few years, but wax or cannabis concentrate is not always the easiest thing to come by

However you can make it yourself at home with just some parchment paper, some weed & a flat iron, Watch as Abdullah shows us how.

Vice

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October 5, 2018

Netherlands accuses Russia of cyberattack attempt on OPCW



Russia’s alleged attempts to hack into the OPCW chemical weapons watchdog show that it was ‘without doubt’ behind the Salisbury poisonings, Britain's foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt has claimed. Read more.

RT

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Zeven terrorismeverdachten langer vast

De zeven mannen die worden verdacht van het voorbereiden van een aanslag in Nederland, blijven zeker veertien dagen langer vast. De rechter-commissaris in Rotterdam ziet voldoende aanleiding om de terreurverdachten langer vast te houden.

Vorige week donderdag arresteerde de politie de zeven verdachten in Weert en Arnhem. Lees meer.

NOS

Lockheed Martin Are F@%&ing Idiots - #PropagandaWatch



The good folks at Lockheed Martin kindly invited you to submit your photos of their wonderful products . . . until they realized that wasn't such a good idea. 

Because they're blithering idiots. Don't be afraid to laugh at them. Read more.

Corbett Report

October 3, 2018

Pre-emptive hit: US NATO envoy threatens striking Russian missiles



The U.S. ambassador to NATO has threatened Russia with pre-emptive engagement over some of its missiles. The official claims Washington could strike to take them out - as they are in breach of a Cold War-era treaty. Read more.

RT

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‘49 pieces of hardware’: Syria gets S-300 missile system & more from Russia in wake of Il-20 downing

The S-300 air defense system and dozens of additional hardware pieces have been delivered to the Syrian military to boost security of Russian personnel there, Russian Defense Minister, Sergey Shoigu, told President Vladimir Putin.

“We have completed the delivery of the S-300 system,” Shoigu said Tuesday. The hardware supplied to Syria consisted of 49 pieces of military equipment, including radars, control vehicles and four launchers, he added. Read more.

RT

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Israel can beat Russian-supplied S-300 air shield in Syria: minister - Reuters
Israeli official: S-300 delivery to Syria ‘a complex challenge’ for Israel - Times of Israel

One of Yemen’s poorest regions surviving by eating tree leaves



UN described the situation in Yemen as the world's worst humanitarian crisis, with more than 20 million people in need of aid.

RT

October 2, 2018

Tensions flare at Barcelona protests on anniversary of independence vote

Activists block roads and railway to mark a year since referendum result was overruled by Madrid

Tens of thousands of Catalans congregated in Barcelona on Monday to mark the first anniversary of the region’s unilateral and illegal independence referendum as groups of pro-independence activists blocked roads, motorways and a high-speed rail line and surrounded the Catalan parliament. Read more.

Guardian

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US, Canada and Mexico clinch new trade deal

Trump celebrates trade deal as signaling a 'new dawn' for the US, says it would still have to be ratified by Congress.

President Donald Trump has described the signing of a new free trade deal with Mexico and Canada as signaling "a new dawn" for Americans and the return of the country as a "manufacturing powerhouse". Read more.

Al Jazeera

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