December 29, 2018

What's Really Going Down in Paris?

Dom Dolla - Take It

Israeli Army Strikes Hamas Target After Rocket Launched From Gaza Strip

No casualties or damage have been reported in what is the first flare-up along the border in over a month and a half 

An Israel Defense Force helicopter struck a Hamas target in southern Gaza late Friday night after a rocket was launched from the Strip into Israel, the IDF said in an official statement. Read more.

Haaretz

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The Roots of Venezuela's Economic Crisis



As US sanctions against Venezuela take an ever-greater toll on the country and its people, it is important to understand how the sanctions work and the extent of the damage they have caused, say Steve Ellner and Greg Wilpert, in a joint analysis of the situation.

TRNN

December 28, 2018

Syrian Army ‘raises flag' in Manbij following plea by civilians to secure city



Damascus says it has deployed troops to the city of Manbij, the focal point of a tense standoff between Kurds and Turkey, as the government continues attempts to reassert control over the strategic border area in Syria’s north. Read more.

RT

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US helicopters spotted over Manbij as Turkish forces enter Syria (videos) - RT

- Syrian military arrives in flashpoint Kurdish-held town Manbij - CBC
Syrian army says its troops enter Kurdish-held Manbij to thwart Turkish offensive - Washington Post

- Syrian troops mass at edge of Kurdish town threatened by Turkey - Guardian
Iran: Return of Syrian Army to Manbij, 'important step' - PressTV

Why is the US pulling out of Syria? - Al Jazeera
'Amerikaans vertrek uit Syrië drijft Koerden in handen van Assad' - NOS

LinkedIn co-founder ‘sorry’ for funding fake Russian tweets for Democrats



The co-founder of LinkedIn, Reid Hoffman, has apologized to Republican Roy Moore for funding an organisation that faked a ‘Russian bot’ involvement to mar his election campaign in Alabama. Read more.

RT

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- The only ‘Russian bots’ to meddle in US elections belonged to Democrat-linked ‘experts’ - RT

The Global Power Elite: A Transnational Class



Peter Phillips, the author of the book, “Giants: The Global Power Elite,” examines the roles and networks of the world’s richest and most powerful. This class is no longer bound to national concerns, only to the expansion of its own power, says Phillips

TRNN

December 27, 2018

China to make it rain over area 3 times the size of Spain

Since 2013 China has been creating 55 billion tons of artificial rain a year. The country is now embarking on its biggest rainmaking project ever.

In terms of the plan, announced this month, Chinese authorities intend to force rainfall and snow over 1.6 million sq km (620,000 sq miles), an area roughly three times the size of Spain. Read more.

RT

The Pentagon's Missing Trillions: What You Need to Know



Dr. Mark Skidmore of Michigan State University joins us to discuss his research with Catherine Austin Fitts into the $21 trillion in unaccounted transactions on the books of the US Department of Defence and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development

We discuss what we know and don't know about the subject, the Pentagon's nonsensical and inadequate excuses for the debacle, the new accounting guideline that legally allows every department of the federal government to create fake and altered books for public consumption, the recent failed Pentagon audit, the government's refusal to provide any information about the problem, the failure of congress to pursue the issue, and the failure of the press to report on it. Read more.

Corbett Report

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December 26, 2018

Israel’s airstrikes on Syria threatened 2 civilian flights



Russia says the recent Israeli missile strikes on Syria had put two civilian passenger aircraft in immediate danger

Russia has confirmed that Syria’s air defense systems had destroyed 14 of 16 Israeli missiles which intended to target areas west of the capital Damascus. The Kremlin has also accused Israel of what it called a gross violation of the Syrian sovereignty.

Russia says it is very concerned about Israel's attack. The missiles are believed to have been fired by Israeli warplanes that had also violated the Lebanese airspace.

PressTV

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Israel resumes airstrikes in Syria with attack outside Damascus - Telegraph
Syrian air defense systems shoot down Israeli missiles near Damascus (video) - PressTV

Syria protests Israeli strike in messages to United Nations - Times of Israel
Moscow accuses Israel of 'gross violation of sovereignty' in Syria strikes - France24

US support emboldens Israel to attack Syria: Foreign Ministry - PressTV
Netanyahu says Israel to increase its “efforts” in Syria after US troop pullout - PressTV

Israel’s Christmas Attack on Syria Wasn’t Surprising but It Revealed an “Inconvenient Truth” About Russia’s S-300s Anti-Air Missiles - Global Research

‘We are coming’: Blackwater ad triggers fears Trump is seeking to privatize Mideast wars



Blackwater, the controversial US private security firm, has flagged its intent to resume business, taking out a full-page commercial in the latest edition of Recoil magazine. Read more.

RT

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George H W Bush and the Invasion of Panama



George H. W. Bush carried out a lot of war crimes including a crucial one in his first year in office the invasion of Panama

teleSUR

'The Traitors of Arnhem?' by Tony Gosling



De Verraders van Arnhem - De mythes van Operation Market Garden met Britse journalist Tony Gosling

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Wie gaf toestemming om een voormalig SS officier mee te laten doen in de planning?
Hoe een Nederlands/Britse contra-spionage officier bijna de operatie redde?
Wie sneed de draden door en stopte hiermee de vernietiging van de brug bij Nijmegen?
Waarom stopten 100 Britse tanks die Arnhem hadden kunnen redden bij Lent?

Waarheen verdween de 1miljard$ die de nazi's stalen uit Europese banken?
Welke Duitsers kwamen naar de eerste Bilderberg conferentie in 1954?
Welke consequenties had de Slag om Arnhem voor de wereld na 1945?
74 Jaar later, wat is nu bekend over de echte helden en schurken van Market Garden?

Winston Churchill zei "In oorlogstijd, is de waarheid zo waardevol dat ze beschermd moet worden door een lijfwacht van leugens." Lees meer.

WeAreChange.nl

Joe Rogan SHOCKED By Hitler Conspiracy Theory

The Capitalist Origins of Christmas

December 25, 2018

David Icke: Saturn Isn't What You Think It Is Either

Zionist Master Plan for next 50 years

What does the U.S. withdrawal from Syria mean for Daesh, Syria, Iran and Russia?



PressTV

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Trump: Saudi Arabia, not US, will pay to rebuild Syria

US President Donald Trump has said that Saudi Arabia, not the United States, will provide funds to help rebuild Syria, destroyed, in fact, mostly by American and Saudi sponsored terrorists.

"Saudi Arabia has now agreed to spend the necessary money needed to help rebuild Syria, instead of the United States," Trump tweeted on Monday. Read more.

PressTV

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December 21, 2018

Spanish PM, pro-secession leader agree to find solution to Catalonia crisis

Spain's socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez Spanish and the regional leader of Catalonia agreed Thursday to find a solution to the political crisis that has been festering since a failed secession attempt by the region last year.

The agreement was reached in a meeting in Barcelona between Catalan regional President Quim Torra and PM Sánchez, whose Socialist administration has taken a more conciliatory approach to the independence issue than its conservative predecessor. Read more.

PressTV

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Sánchez and Torra agree on the existence of a conflict and the need for dialogue - El Nacional

Catalan pro-independence leaders call off hunger strike - El País
Jailed pro-Catalan independence leaders call for peaceful protests on Friday - El País

Catalan protesters block roads over Spanish cabinet meeting - Al Jazeera
- Catalan pro-independence activists scuffle with police at massive rally in Barcelona (video) - RT

Project Censored: All the News the Establishment Media Saw Fit not to Print


Part 2

Since 1976 Project Censored has been bringing us all the news the corporate media don’t want us to hear

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December 18, 2018

Playing ‘Kleptopoly’? Goldman Sachs faces criminal charge over fraud



Malaysia filed criminal charges against Goldman Sachs and two ex-bankers over the multi-billion dollar looting of state fund, 1MDB.

The US bank denies the accusation, claiming it was deceived by the previous Malaysian government. Read more.

RT

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The Minds of Men


Documentary by Aaron & Melissa Dykes

THE MINDS OF MEN is a 3+ year investigation into the experimentation, art, and practice of social engineering and mind control during the Cold War — a mind-bending journey into the past that gives startling insight into the world we are living in today.

Truthstream Media

December 17, 2018

The Killers - Somebody Told Me

The Killers - Mr. Brightside

Yellow Vests protest continues into the night, ‘Santa Claus’ joins in



Some 8,000 police were deployed to the streets of Paris on Saturday, as Yellow Vests protesters demonstrated for the fifth consecutive weekend. Read more.

RT

Waarom ministeries boze burgers nu preventief in de gaten laten houden

Deze week: de opkomst van social media watchers op de Haagse ministeries.Ofwel: over de gevolgen van het effectiefste politieke scheldwoord van deze tijd.

Eerder dit jaar kwam ik in contact met een voormalige ambtenaar van een van de grootste Haagse ministeries. Zij vertelde: ik ben jarenlang social media watcher voor de ambtelijke en politieke top geweest. Lees meer.

NRC

Dutch to boost defence spending for more F-35 jets

The Netherlands pledged Friday to boost its defence spending in the coming year to buy more F-35 fighter jets and strengthen its special forces and cyber capabilities, officials said.

"Extra investment in defence is a necessity because our surrounding safety zone has become a more instable place," the Defence Ministry said. Read more.

France24

Nederland stopt wapenexport naar Saoedi-Arabië

Na Denemarken en Duitsland stopt nu ook Nederland helemaal met het leveren van wapens aan Saoedi-Arabië. En ook aan Egypte en de Verenigde Arabische Emiraten, landen die oorlog voeren in Jemen. Dat is goed nieuws voor de mensen in Jemen, en is mede te danken aan de acties voor een wapenembargo.

Bij monde van de Nederlandse minister Kaag van Buitenlandse Handel en Ontwikkelingssamenwerking laat de regering weten dat Nederland geen wapens meer levert aan... Lees meer.

De Wereld Morgen

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'Lazy attitude in media towards Yemen crisis': 6x more casualties than previously thought (video) - RT

December 15, 2018

Russian Bombers Landing in Venezuela: A Reaction to US Threats



While the US tried to portray the landing of Russian nuclear weapons capable bombers in Venezuela as a threat, Venezuela clearly sees the US as the threat, which is why the Russian military was invited, say Steve Ellner and Greg Wilpert.

TRNN

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December 10, 2018

Yemen: Ansarullah says open for more talk if Sweden process yields

Yemen’s popular Houthi Ansarullah movement says it is open for more talks with representatives of the country’s former Saudi Arabia-backed government if underway negotiations in Sweden make progress.

“If we leave these consultations having made progress -- progress in building confidence and finding a framework -- we can hold a new round of talks" in the coming months, the spokesman and chief negotiator for the movement said on Sunday." Read more.

PressTV

Lost Treasures of the Yangtze Valley

Trump's Trade Policy Towards China: A Distraction to Benefit the Rich



As stock markets around the world are reeling from contradictory Trump administration signals regarding US policy towards China, we look at: Who benefits? And: What would a better trade policy towards China look like? 

CEPR's Mark Weisbrot and PERI's Gerald Epstein discuss the issue.

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Lopez Obrador’s Plans to Lead Mexico out of Neoliberalism Will Mean Crossing Swords with the US



We now have a politically experienced president in Mexico – gone are the days when Mexico kowtows to the US. This will mean a more sovereign economic and foreign policy, says Vijay Prashad of Tricontinental Institute for Social Research

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Roger Waters: Neoliberalism Is Fueling the Flames of Fascism



After performing in Brazil, Roger Waters discusses the rise of Jair Bolsonaro and the Murder of Marielle Franco

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December 9, 2018

Why America? Mass Shootings & White Nationalism Share Roots



Since October 2017, America experienced three of the deadliest mass shootings in modern history. This epidemic coincides with a frightening resurgence of white nationalism. Sometimes the two trends overlap.

But why here? Both phenomena can be explained by a common historical thread—to unravel it Abby Martin sits down with indigenous scholar Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz to discuss her latest book “Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment”.

teleSUR

Bye-bye dollar: India & UAE agree to trade in local currencies

New Delhi and Abu Dhabi have inked a currency swap agreement to boost trade and investment without involvement of a third currency like the US dollar.

The swap is for an amount of two billion UAE dirham or 35 billion Indian rupees (US$495 million), according to the Indian Embassy in Abu Dhabi. Read more.

RT

India set to ban use of “last hope” antibiotic to fatten livestock after Bureau story

The Indian government is set to ban the “last hope” antibiotic colistin from being used to make livestock grow faster, in an effort to tackle the rise of superbugs.

Colistin has been used for years on farm animals despite being one of the most important drugs in human medicine. It is known as the “last resort” drug as it is given to patients seriously ill with infections which have become resistant to most other antibiotics. Read more.

TBIJ

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Shell Oil Executive Boasts That His Company Influenced the Paris Agreement

SHELL OIL HELPED write the Paris climate agreement, according to a top Royal Dutch Shell executive. They’re also the world’s ninth-largest producer of greenhouse gas emissions.

The executive, Shell’s Chief Climate Change Adviser David Hone, made his comments at the international climate change conference COP 24 on Friday. Hone was candid about just how much of a hand his company — through their involvement with the International Emissions Trading Association — had in writing the Paris agreement. Read more.

Intercept

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December 4, 2018

Parts Unknown: Bhutan by Late Anthony



Documentary by Late Anthony Borden Zero Point Zero - CNN

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December 3, 2018

Pakistan's New PM Imran Khan Seeks Historic Peace Deal with India, After Decades of Conflict



Pakistan’s new Prime Minister Imran Khan is trying to reach a historic peace deal with rival India, opening a border crossing for Sikh pilgrims.

Journalist Munizae Jahangir says this is the first time in years that civilian and military leadership are on the same page, but Delhi’s 2019 election could derail the efforts

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Israel’s opposition urges Benjamin Netanyahu to resign amid bribery charges

Israel’s opposition leader has called on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to step down after the Israeli police recommended indicting him and his wife, Sara, for bribery and other corruption charges.

Tzipi Livni, the leader of the opposition in the Knesset, made the comment in a Twitter post on Sunday. Read more.

PressTV

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Fatah: Hamas is not a terrorist group

Fatah, he said, was prepared to lay aside its differences with Hamas in order to reject the resolution against the terrorist group that has been ruling the Gaza Strip since 2007.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s ruling Fatah faction is opposed to an American proposal to condemn Hamas at the United Nations General Assembly, Osama Qawassmeh, a spokesman for the group, said on Sunday. Read more.

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Microsoft vows to hand over all its technologies to ‘ethical & honorable’ US military

As big tech in the US faces increased opposition from its own employees over Pentagon contracts, the head of Microsoft Corporation appears to have decided to throw his weight behind the US military and to offer them full support.

Microsoft is “going to provide the US military with access to the best technology ... all the technology we create. Full stop,” Brad Smith, the president of the tech giant, said at the Reagan National Defense Forum, held at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California. Read more.

RT

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