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

CNN

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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.

De Wereld Morgen

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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.

MarketWatch

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- Iside Story: How will Saudi deal with stock market plunge? (video) - Al Jazeera

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.

RT

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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.

TRNN

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Turkey agrees to Saudi request to jointly investigate Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance - Washington Post
Scepticism over Turkish probe of Khashoggi disappearance (video) - Al Jazeera

What makes Jamal Khashoggi’s alleged murder so depraved - Washington Post
Jamal Khashoggi’s fate casts a harsh light on Trump’s friendship with Saudi Arabia - Washington Post

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Will the Disappearance of Journalist Jamal Khashoggi Bring Down the US-Saudi Alliance? (video) - TRNN

'Turken hebben audiobewijs van moord Saudische journalist Khashoggi' - NOS
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).

Haaretz

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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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Salisbury poisoning: Russian doctor identified by Bellingcat as second Skripal suspect - CNN

Bellingcat maakt identiteit tweede verdachte Skripal-zaak bekend - NOS
Zo spoorde Bellingcat in no time de tweede Skripal-verdachte op - Trouw

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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'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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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