October 19, 2019

Its The End of the World As We Know It... And I Feel Fine!

Its The End of the World As We Know It... And I Feel Fine! Jeff Berwick walk and talk from Oranjestad, Aruba

The Dollar Vigilante

October 1, 2019

Twitter executive for Middle East is British Army 'psyops' soldier

Head of editorial for MENA is part-time officer in the 77th Brigade, an 'information warfare' unit which has worked on 'behavioural change' projects in the region

The senior Twitter executive with editorial responsibility for the Middle East is also a part-time officer in the British Army’s psychological warfare unit, Middle East Eye has established. Read more.


- Twitter’s ‘head of editorial’ for Middle East is officer in British Army’s information warfare unit - Independent

September 14, 2019

'War is imposed on us by US': Taliban speaks out after peace negotiations cut off

Talks with the Taliban to put an end to the longest of America’s forever wars were killed off by the US last week. The Afghan militant movement is prepared to fight a hundred more years, its chief negotiator told RT.

“The war was imposed on us. It is American soldiers who are in Afghanistan. It’s not our mujahedeen in Washington”- Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai / head of Taliban delegation.


- Trump’s Taliban Talks Led by Neocon Operation Cyclone Agent & PNAC Member - MintPress

September 10, 2019

Trump Fires Bolton: I Disagreed Strongly With Many of His Suggestions

Bolton was considered the most hawkish among Trump's senior advisers, especially with regards to Iran

WASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump announced on Tuesday that he is firing his National Security Adviser, John Bolton, after a year and a half on the job. Read more.


- Trump Ousts John Bolton as National Security Adviser - NY Times
- Trump says he has fired Bolton as national security adviser because he ‘disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions’ (video) - Washington Post

- Trump fires National Security Adviser John Bolton - PressTV
- ‘You’re fired!’ Trump cuts loose of his dog of war - RT

August 28, 2019

Kill or be killed: Israel plays the ‘preemptive strike’ card again

The UN is calling for 'maximum restraint' between Israel and its adversaries, as the threat of a new conflict in the Middle East escalates.

It comes after Tel Aviv confirmed it carried out an air strike against Iranian forces in Syria on Saturday, in what it said was an effort to thwart a planned drone attack.

It's also suspected of drone attacks in Lebanon and Iraq.


- Will Iran respond to Israel's attacks? (video) - Al Jazeera

August 24, 2019

Argentina's Economic Crisis Deepens as Macri Applies IMF Measures

President Macri is trying to blame his predecessor and likely successor in office, Cristina Fernandez and Alberto Fernandez for Argentina's steep economic crisis.

However, the IMF plan he is applying lays out very clearly where the real blame lies, says CEPR's Mark Weisbrot.


August 10, 2019

Joe Rogan Experience #1330 - Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders is a 2020 Presidential Candidate of the Democratic Party and is currently serving as the U.S. Senator of Vermont. https://berniesanders.com/

Joe Rogan Experience

July 30, 2019

Senate fails to override Trump vetoes of bills stopping Saudi weapons sales

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Monday failed to override President Donald Trump’s vetoes of legislation passed by Congress that would have blocked the sales of certain weapons to Saudi Arabia.

In the first of three separate efforts to overturn the Republican president’s vetoes, supporters failed by a vote of 45-40, well short of the two-thirds needed. Read more.


July 26, 2019

ECB Holds Interest Rates, Hints At September Rate Cut

The Topline: The European Central Bank's governing council has left interest rates unchanged but hinted at cutting rates in September in a bid to support the trading bloc's ailing economy.

The eurozone's central bank deposit rate remains at 0.4%, which was last changed in 2016. Read more.


- ECB signals a rate cut, more monetary easing ahead - CNBC
- Euro hits two-year low after ECB signals future stimulus – as it happened - Guardian

- Deutsche Bank's bad bank a 'pimple on the backside' - DW

July 19, 2019

Het vaccin voor de volgende schuldencrisis: meer schulden

Begrotingsbeleid De kritiek neemt toe op de begrotingsoverschotten van het kabinet. Is het dom of juist verstandig om nu schulden af te lossen? 

De kritiek begint oorverdovend te worden: waarom koestert minister Hoekstra van Financiën keer op keer van die enorme begrotingsoverschotten? In 2017 was het 1,2 procent van het bruto binnenlands product, vorig jaar 1,5 procent, dit jaar 1,3 procent en nog steeds 0,6 procent volgend jaar – aldus de jongste ramingen van het Centraal Planbureau. Lees meer.


July 15, 2019

'You are Big Brother!' - Roger Waters slams Twitter for suspending Assange support account

Roger Waters has called out “Big Brother” Twitter for suspending a popular account that supports WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

The Unity4J account shares information and support for Assange and promoted online vigils that rallied support for the jailed WikiLeaks founder, who currently faces possible extradition to the US. The account has over 10,000 followers and has been suspended since Thursday. Read more.


- Then CIA is Invoking Wikileaks to Push for the Expansion of a Cold War Era Secrecy Law - MintPress
- Assange faces ‘psychological torture’ in British prison as UK vows to protect media freedom (video) - RT

Chris Aalberts – Waarom faciliteert het CIDI het Vlaams Belang?

De journalistenreis van het CIDI wordt er niet geloofwaardiger op

Sam van Rooy zit sinds kort in het Vlaamse Parlement voor het Vlaams Belang, een soort Vlaamse PVV. Sam vindt allerlei dingen van de islam. U kent die standpunten wel want u hoort ze de hele dag. Lees meer.

Post Online

The Untold Story of Christian Zionism’s Rise to Power in the United States

Whitney Webb - Well before Theodore Herzl founded political Zionism and published The Jewish State, Christian Zionists in the United States and England were already seeking to direct and influence the foreign policy of both nations in service to a religious obsession end times prophecy

The largest pro-Israel organization in the United States is not composed of Jews, but of Christian evangelicals, with a total membership of 7 million, more than 2 million more members than the entirety of the American Jewish community. Read more.


Pharma Companies Win Case Against Drug Price Transparency

One of the Trump administration’s promises leading up to 2020 is to reduce prescription drug prices, but the plan has stalled after a big court loss, and other blows to Trump's grand healthcare plan. 

Wendell Potter discusses the implications.


- Trump’s plan to lower medicine prices hits another setback (video) - RT
- U.S. judge strikes down Trump administration rule requiring drug prices in TV ads - Reuters

July 14, 2019

LU BACH - Beter In Bed

Concord Management and the End of Russiagate?

A federal judge in Washington, D.C., has just shut down half of Robert Mueller’s Russian-interference case, writes Daniel Lazare.

Don’t look now, but a federal judge in Washington, D.C., has just shut down half of Robert Mueller’s Russian-interference case.

In February 2018, the special prosecutor indicted a St. Petersburg troll farm called the Internet Research Agency along with two other companies, their owner, Yevgeniy Prigozhin, and 12 employees.  The charge: fraud, traveling to the United States under false pretenses, and using social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter to “sow discord” and “interfere in US political and electoral processes without detection of their Russian affiliation.” Read more.

Consortium News

- Rechter roept Mueller tot de orde. Het einde van Russiagate? - De Wereld Morgen

July 9, 2019

Spanish security company spied on Julian Assange’s meetings with lawyers

EL PAÍS has had access to video, audio and written reports showing that the WikiLeaks founder was the target of a surveillance operation while living at the Ecuadorian embassy in London

Julian Assange was spied on 24 hours a day during the time that he spent at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he took refuge for seven years. Read more + video.

El País

July 8, 2019

Syria: Germany rejects US demand for ground troops

US representatives had requested Germany increase their military presence in Syria as the US plans to move its own troops out of Syria in the near future.

Germany has rejected a US request for German ground troops to move into Syria. Read more.


- Germany rebuffs US call to send ground troops to Syria - RT
- Kabinet overweegt fregat naar Straat van Hormuz te sturen - NOS

July 7, 2019

The New Living Language, Brainwaves & Babel

They have invaded the very private and personal space inside our heads, and are prepared to literally read our minds… with potentially devastating consequences.

A new threshold has been breached; there will be no turning back – and the system has bet the farm on people accepting it, on dismissing their privacy (even their ultimate privacy) for the convenience of being with it.

Truthstream Media

June 30, 2019

‘You don’t have AIDS’: RT documentary takes on Russia’s top HIV denialist

The spread of HIV/AIDS in Russia is often called an epidemic, but the fight against the disease has a peculiar enemy: denialists who say it's all a hoax. They aren't just bloggers and celebrities, but influential medics too.

The human immunodeficiency virus was first discovered in 1983 in the US and France. As newspaper headlines announced the grim discovery, the denialists soon followed. Almost four decades have passed since, but they’re still going strong in Russia and abroad. Read more + video.


- House of Numbers (video) - Documentary
- The Emperors New Virus? - An Analysis of the Evidence for the Existence of HIV (video) - Documentary

June 22, 2019

Assange judge refuses to step down, despite evidence of intelligence and defence links

Accusations of a conflict of interest have emerged regarding the judge presiding over the pre-extradition hearings of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Indeed, there appears to be overwhelming evidence of family links to the defence industry, to a vocal critic of whistleblower Edward Snowden, and to a former head of MI6 who oversaw the ‘sexed-up’ dossier that led to the Iraq War.

Now it’s reported that lawyers acting for Assange have asked the judge to recuse herself from the proceedings. Read nore.


Can Club Drug Ketamine Cure Depression?

Could the club drug, ketamine, be the best hope for curing chronic depression?

Every year millions of Americans struggle with major depression, but 30% of these people don’t get any better on anti-depressants. However, low dose ketamine infusions can offer complete relief from depressive thoughts and feelings in as little as 1-2 hours.

Though the FDA hasn’t approved ketamine for psychiatric disorders, pioneering doctors have been administering ketamine in a practice known as “off-label” treatment in clinic’s popping up across the country.

But with no FDA approval, no oversight, limited data and no regulations, some medical professionals are concerned patients are essentially lab mice, not realizing the potential risks with this “miracle drug."


June 20, 2019

Survey shows crisis of confidence in vaccines in parts of Europe

Just half of people in eastern Europe think vaccines are safe, compared with 79% worldwide

A global survey of attitudes towards science has revealed the scale of the crisis of confidence in vaccines in Europe, showing that only 59% of people in western Europe and 50% in the east think vaccines are safe, compared with 79% worldwide. Read more.


Moscow regrets ‘baseless’ accusations by intl probe Russian military complicit in MH17 crash

Russia called regrettable the “absolutely baseless” accusations made by the international #investigation into the downing of #MalaysianAirlines flight #MH17, which said the Russian military was involved in the incident.

On Wednesday, the Dutch-led Joint Investigations Team (JIT) accused three Russians nationals and a Ukrainian of playing a significant role in the downing of MH17 over Ukraine in 2014. Read more.


- ‘It’s a one way investigation’ - Aviation lawyer Van Schyndel on MH17 probe (video) - RT

June 12, 2019

Goede journalistiek gaat uit van complotten: Patrick Savalle en Eric van de Beek

Een echte journalist gaat geen enkele vraag uit de weg. Hij kijkt met een open geest en schuwt het niet om dogmatische kaders te doorbreken. Complotdenkers zijn ‘gekkies’, is de algemene teneur. Maar is het niet precies andersom? Zijn het niet juist ‘gekkies’ die complotten uitsluiten? Is het niet bijzonder naïef te veronderstellen dat machthebbers maatschappelijke impact creëren om buiten de waarneming van de burgers hun zaken te kunnen regelen?

In de kern is de journalistiek dienend aan de burger en daarbinnen controleert zij de macht. Een goed functionerende kritische journalistiek is van groot belang voor een gezond werkende democratie. Een relevante journalist moet daarom juist open staan voor complottheorieën.

Patrick Savalle is, software architect, publicist, opiniemaker en oprichter van de Hersengarage.

Cafe Weltschmerz

- Cursus complotdenken - Hersengarage

June 11, 2019

Graeme MacQueen Reveals The Anthrax Deception

In this 2014 interview about his book “The 2001 Anthrax Deception,” Dr. Graeme MacQueen lays out the case for a domestic conspiracy in the 2001 anthrax attacks in the US.

James and Graeme discuss the context in which these attacks happened, the way they were portrayed by the government and the mainstream media, their ultimate effect, and the voluminous evidence that disproves the FBI’s assertion that the attacks were the work of Dr. Bruce Ivins. Read more.

Corbett Report

June 8, 2019

Puerto Rico to Receive New Disaster Relief, but Colonial Status Prevents Economic Recovery

Congress passed a new disaster relief bill, to provide Puerto Rico an additional $1.4 billion. But colonial status, a financial oversight board with conflict of interest, and unfavorable laws ensure that the Island remains mired in poverty.


- Rothschild replaces Millstein as Puerto Rico financial adviser - Reuters
- Who Owns Puerto Rico’s Debt, Exactly? We’ve Tracked Down 10 of the Biggest Vulture Firms. - InTheseTimes

- Citigroup Drove Puerto Rico Into Debt. Now It Will Profit From Privatization on the Island. - Intercept

Trump still not satisfied with Mexico's proposal as tariff deadline looms

The White House faces a deadline Friday to decide whether to impose new tariffs on all Mexican imports. A third day of intense negotiations between U.S. and Mexican officials will try to stop those tariffs from taking effect on Monday. 

President Trump is threatening tariffs to get Mexico's government to do more to stop illegal immigration. Weijia Jiang reports.


- Trump considers national emergency to impose Mexico tariffs: Report (video) - Fox
- Trump sees 'good chance' of Mexico migration deal as clock ticks down to tariffs - Reuters

- Trump Ushering In Dollar Collapse With Mexican Trade War (video) - Dollar Vigilante

The power struggle between corporations and the state

May 31, 2019

The final punishment of Julian Assange reminds journalists their job is to uncover what the state keeps hidden

Robert Fisk - If we do our job, we will expose the same vile mendacity of our masters that has led to the clamour of hatred towards Assange, Manning and Snowden

I’m getting a bit tired of the US Espionage Act. For that matter, I’ve been pretty weary of the Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning saga for a long time. No one wants to talk about their personalities because no one seems to like them very much – even those who have benefited journalistically from their revelations. Read more + video.


- As Trump Threatens Iran With War, Espionage Charges Against Assange Threaten Journalist (video) - TRNN

May 30, 2019

Malaysia wants evidence to show Russia shot down MH17

TOKYO: The Malaysian government wants strong evidence to show that Russia is responsible for the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 tragedy in 2014, says Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today.

He said Malaysia accepted the investigation report of Holland but only up to the point where the plane was brought down by a missile made by Russia. Read more.

Borneo Post

- Malaysia wants evidence to show Russia shot down MH17 - MSN
- Malaysia tak percaya Rusia yang jatuhkan pesawat MH17 - PM - Astro Awani

Infuriating but not finishing Netanyahu, Liberman drags Israel back to the polls

The prime minister has long asserted that his enemies are pursuing a vendetta against him. Turns out he was looking in the wrong direction

For two years, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been charging that his enemies are pursuing a “vendetta” to push him out office. As criminal investigations against him gathered pace, he blamed the opposition, the media, the police, the state prosecution hierarchy and the attorney general. Read more.

Times of Israel

- Knesset dissolved, Israel going to elections - Arutz Sheva
- Israel goes back to elections as Netanyahu fails to form coalition - JPost

- Netanyahu's decade-long rule in doubt as coalition talks falter - Guardian
- Netanyahu Just Suffered One of the Biggest Losses of His Political Career (paywall) - Haaretz

- Netanyahu slaagt niet in vorming coalitie: Israël in september weer naar stembus - AD

May 22, 2019

State Bureau of Investigation launches probe against Poroshenko

The fifth President of Ukraine is accused of state treason

State Bureau of Investigation launched a probe under the application of Andriy Portnov, who accuses the fifth President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko of state treason, as the press office of the establishment reported. Read more.


- Zelenskiy appoints new commander of Armed Forces - Kyiv Post
- Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko warns of ‘full-scale war’ with Russia in wake of dramatic sea clash - SCMP

- Zelensky Dissolved The Parliament. Race Against Time - Warsaw Institute

Why Is The Bilderberg 2019 Location Still a Secret?

We’re just weeks out from when Bilderberg normally holds its annual meeting, and so far, nothing has officially been announced regarding where the meeting will be held, who will be in attendance, or what topics they plan to discuss this year. The group typically meets at the end of May or beginning of June, but this year they have not even announced on what days the secretive elite confab will be taking place.

This is unprecedented in modern times; last year the date and location was announced in late January for the June 7-10 meeting in Turin, Italy. Read more.

Truthstream Media

- Bilderberg Back In Switzerland for 2019 (video) - Corbett Report
- James and Luke Tackle Bilderberg 2019 (video) - Corbett Report

May 21, 2019

Peter & Paul Manning - Martin Bormann: Nazi in Exile

Dave Emory with Peter Manning on his father Paul Manning and the horror the Manning family went through because of Paul Manning's book Martin Bormann: Nazi in Exile

Laurence de Mello, May 2, 2014, in The Real Deal with Jim Fetzer. On Bormann's escape from Berlin and his life in Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil. Also some.

Tony Gosling with Julian Charles in The Mind Renewed, Revelations Radio Network April 24, 2013. Tony Gosling, investigative radio journalist and ex-BBC.

Credits: Discussion about the origins and objectives of the infamous Bilderberg group in the run-up to.

- Martin Bormann: Nazi in Exile - Good Reads
- Hunting Hitler: Martin Bormann May Have Been in Argentina After WWII  (video) - History

- Hunting Hitler: Could Juan Keller Have Been Martin Bormann? (video) - History

May 18, 2019

Life in West Bank Palestine

Anti-coup activists charged with ‘interfering’ in US raid on Venezuelan embassy

Four protesters arrested inside the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, DC have been released pending hearing – but could face up to a year in jail for trying to prevent a takeover of the building by the US-backed opposition.

Members of the Embassy Protection Collective have been released on various conditions after their arrest Thursday afternoon by heavily armed US police. Read more.


- Venezuela: Gov’t-Opposition Talks Reported as DC Embassy Raided - Venezuelanalysis
- Maduro Confirms Dialogue with Venezuelan Opposition in Norway - teleSUR

- Venezuela's Arreaza: 'We Have to Reject War, Bet on Dialogue' - teleSUR
 - Jorge Arreaza's Message To The US: This Is The Moment For Diplomacy (video) - teleSUR

The Last House In The Village

Graveyard of Empires: Dawn of the Afghan Empire

May 5, 2019

EU, Britain censure fresh US restrictions on Iran's oil, nuclear sectors

The European signatories to the 2015 Iran deal have censured recent decisions by the United to stop sanctions waivers for Iran oil imports and to impose restrictions on the country’s exports of enriched uranium.

"We ... take note with regret and concern of the decision by the United States not to extend waivers with regards to trade in oil with Iran," Britain's foreign office said in a joint statement with its German and French counterparts and the European Union (EU) on Saturday. Read more.


- EU and Britain condemn U.S. oil and nuclear sanctions on Iran - Reuters
- Europe vows to uphold Iran nuclear deal as Trump raises pressure - Politico

- Iran to continue enrichment under nuclear deal: Parliament speaker - PressTV

Lightning Bolt - Dead Cowboy

Beast - Paprika Shorts

The Calm After the Storm in Venezuela: Opposition and Government Measure Support in Streets

It would seem that the April 30th coup effort by Juan Guaidó backfired and energized the Chavista base while it demoralized the opposition. Mike Fox reports from Caracas.


- Venezuelan Army Reaffirms Loyalty To Bolivarian Revolution (video) - teleSUR
- US State Department publishes, then deletes sadistic Venezuela hit list boasting of economic ruin - Grayzone

May 3, 2019

Billionaire founder of opioid firm guilty of bribing doctors to prescribe drug

The head of a leading drug manufacturer has been found guilty of bribing doctors to prescribe a dangerous painkiller to patients who did not need it, in the first criminal conviction of a pharma chief over the opioid epidemic.

A Boston jury also found John Kapoor, the 75-year-old billionaire founder of Insys Theraputics, guilty of defrauding insurance companies in the push to sell Subsys, a spray made from fentanyl, a synthetic opioid many times stronger than morphine. Read more.


May 2, 2019

Venezuelan Military Putsch Defeated as Leopoldo Lopez Takes Refuge in Spanish Embassy

Opposition protesters clashed with security forces while government supporters swiftly mobilized to defend the presidential palace.

Caracas, April 30, 2019 (venezuelanalysis.com) – “Interim President” Juan Guaido and right-wing opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez spearheaded an unsuccessful coup attempt in Caracas on Tuesday. Read more.


- Maduro declares victory against Guaido’s coup attempt (video) - RT
- Venezuela: Maduro Holds US, Bolton Responsible for Coup Attempt - teleSUR

- A Coup Mastermind: Leopoldo Lopez (video) - teleSUR
- Venezuela: Spain to Limit Leopold Lopez's Political Activity - teleSUR

- 25 Venezuelan Troops Seek Asylum in Brazil After Coup Attempt - teleSUR

- U.S. military action in Venezuela is possibility if 'required': Pompeo - Reuters
- Venezuela becomes Trump's latest proxy battle with Russia - Politico

April 28, 2019

America's Birthplace 2019: A UNESCO World Heritage Site of Global Culture and Interdependence

It’s honestly a weird feeling to go to the birthplace of America – where the ideals of freedom, liberty, independence, etc. were enshrined – only to find that these symbols have been watered down, transferred, or stolen, and subsumed into a “global vision” that lacks substance, sovereignty or liberty of any kind. And yes, U.S. of A. is a “republic” not a “democracy” in the first place – but the powers that be are replacing either/both of those anyway…

The United Nations takeover of United States’ landmarks is sending a clear message to newer generations – that the days of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, independence, and the like are somehow gone – magically evaporated in the wake of a new world order that no one voted for, only a tiny elite few championed, and yet everyone is supposed to yield and submit to.

Truthstream Media

April 25, 2019

Afghan and U.S.-led allied forces killed more civilians than Taliban in first three months, U.N. says

Kabul, Afghanistan -- Afghan and international forces have killed more civilians than the Taliban and other militants in the first three months of this year -- the first time deaths caused by government forces and their allies have exceeded those caused by their enemies, a new U.N. report said Wednesday. The insurgents were still responsible, however, for the majority of the killed and wounded civilians combined, according to the report by the U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan.

The report said that 1,773 civilians were killed or wounded overall in the three months -- a significant drop from the same period last year, when 2,305 civilians were killed or wounded in conflict. Read more.


- More civilians now killed by US, Afghan forces than by insurgents — UN - Mail&Guardian

Psychedelic Psychotherapy: Using LSD, MDMA and Psilocybin to Treat Mental Health

While psychedelic drugs such as LSD, psilocybin, and DMT are most commonly associated with recreational highs and headtrips, a groundswell of academic opinion suggests that the substances could be utilised to serve a raft of therapeutic benefits as well. In Australia, official trials of medicinal psychedelics are only just starting to get off the ground. 

But a small community of experimental psychotherapists—along with self-medicating users—have been using acid and mushrooms to treat mental health conditions for years, with promising results. We speak to some of the people who are at the coalface of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy in Australia—and hear their views on how mind-expanding drugs could be the next frontier in mental health treatment.

Please note that since this video was made, a medical trial using psilocybin for palliative care patients will be introduced in Melbourne, Australia. Read more.


April 21, 2019

Cut Military Aid, Not Humanitarian Aid, to Reduce Refugee Numbers

Trump's announcement to cut humanitarian aid to Central America will not have much effect. It's the military aid that reinforces brutality in Guatemala and Honduras, says Prof. Adrienne Pine.


Tweede man van Forum Henk Otten: ‘Baudet trekt de partij te veel naar rechts’

Mede-oprichter FVD Het is hoog tijd dat Forum voor Democratie meer van zichzelf laat zien dan alleen voorman Thierry Baudet, vindt mede-oprichter Henk Otten.

We zullen Henk Otten, zegt Henk Otten, vaker gaan zien. En wat hem betreft ook andere, nu nog onbekende politici van Forum voor Democratie. De tijd is voorbij, vindt Otten, dat dat alleen de partij was van Thierry Baudet, en ook wel van het ándere Kamerlid, Theo Hiddema. Lees meer.


- Strijd tussen Baudet en Otten om koers in partijtop, kan Forum flink beschadigen - AD
- FvD-voorzitter Otten wil extreemrechtse ideologie binnenskamers houden - Joop

De Thaise constructie van televisiebaas Frans Klein

NPO-chef Frans Klein was bestuurder van een brievenbusfirma voor zijn broer, die kampte met schulden van Thaise restaurants. Waarom deed Klein, die gaat over 500 miljoen subsidiegelden, dit? „Je mag het naïef noemen.” Het uitzicht is adembenemend.

Vanaf het balkon van 15 Alexandra Corniche in Hythe, even ten zuiden van het Engelse Dover, kun je op een heldere dag Frankrijk zien. Lees meer.


April 14, 2019

IS targets the Philippines

Is the so-called "Islamic State" aiming to use the Philippines as its bridgehead in Asia? IS took control of the predominantly Muslim city of Marawi in 2017, and it took the Philippine army five months to take it back.

We report from a country that the so-called "Islamic State" apparently wants to use as a bridgehead to spread its ideology in Asia. Marawi's total destruction made the Philippine state look weak and incapable of defending its own territory. The IS fighters may have been defeated, but the grueling house-to-house fighting against a well-equipped army supported by the USA was a propaganda coup for the Caliphate. Martial law still applies on Mindanao, the second largest island in the south of the Philippines where Marawi is located.

More than 60,000 of the city’s inhabitants are still living in refugee camps or other emergency shelters, and reconstruction could take years. The terrorist group’s capture of Marawi was the climax to an old, religiously charged conflict that IS did not cause but was able to exploit. A feud between local Muslim inhabitants and Christian colonial rulers and settlers from the north of the archipelago has been smoldering in the south of the Philippines for more than 400 years. Many Muslims still complain about the discrimination they face from a mainly Catholic society, which is an ideal environment for the recruitment of new fighters for jihad.

The fact that the Islamists' black flag flew over Marawi for 154 days could boost radical forces throughout the entire region. IS terrorists are also targeting neighboring Indonesia. And Rodrigo Duterte, a president better known for his toughness than his talent for peace making, is pouring fuel on the flames. Read more.


April 13, 2019

The dangerous health business

More and more people are dying or suffering injury from unsafe medical devices such as prostheses, pacemakers or breast implants. In Germany, such incidents have tripled over the last 10 years, whilst in the USA it’s five times as many.

Jürgen Thoma, who needed a new hip in 2005, says "We were the guinea pigs". He was recommended a new product, an "innovation" better than anything on the market so far. But this "innovation" has probably caused massive suffering to hundreds of people.

The metal in the prostheses deteriorated due to abrasion and many patients suffered from metal poisoning that ate into their bones. Thomas Woska suffered years of pain until a defective prosthetic disc was removed from his back in a lengthy operation. The prosthesis had disintegrated, distributing fragments of plastic along the channel of his spinal cord.

Internal documents from companies and ministries and countless conversations with industry representatives and whistleblowers show that side effects are repeatedly concealed. The authorities usually leave it to the manufacturers to recall defective products or issue safety warnings. Since 2010, this has happened around 1000 times a year, an average of about three times a day, but the authorities seem to have ordered only six recalls during the same period.

Often nothing at all is done about defective products. Doctors regularly implant products that have hardly been tested. Internal documents from 2016 show that even the Ministry of Health assumes that only one in ten medical devices with the highest risk levels has been clinically tested, and the public is largely unaware of the risks. By linking compensation payments to obligations of confidentiality, companies prevent patients from talking about their cases.

More than 250 journalists from almost 60 different media companies were involved in the worldwide research into medical products under the title "The Implant Files," including the BBC, Le Monde and representatives from Japan, Pakistan, Mexico, Tunisia and many European countries.


- Implant Files - ICIJ

- Implant Files - Radar
- Verantwoording voor het Implant Files-onderzoek - Trouw 

Pilger: What got Assange into trouble was exposing the homicidal nature of American wars

Journalist and documentary filmmaker, John Pilger, thinks among all the leaks, what really landed Assange in trouble, was the revelation of the true nature of modern war.


- Julian Assange arrested after Ecuador tears up asylum deal (video) - RT
- IMF Executive Board Approves US$4.2 Billion Extended Fund Facility for Ecuador - IMF

- ‘Greatest traitor in Ecuadorian history’: Ex-President Correa slams Moreno over Assange’s arrest  - RT
- President Moreno van Ecuador verdacht van corruptie (video) - De Wereld Morgen

March 27, 2019

The Scary Future of America!


Jason A

VVD en CDA, leg om het FvD een cordon sanitaire

Beste VVD’ers en CDA’ers, het is hoog tijd om een cordon sanitaire tegen Thierry Baudet en zijn Forum voor Democratie te sluiten.

Een partij die racisme, vrouwenhaat en xenofobie in het algemeen promoot is bij de Provinciale Statenverkiezingen van woensdag 20 maart de grootste geworden. VVD en CDA moeten uitspreken dat ze niet met het extreemrechtse Forum voor Democratie gaan samenwerken. Het is hoog tijd voor een cordon sanitaire. Lees meer.


Baudets Franse partners vinden ‘boreaal’ te ver gaan - NRC
Boreaalkwestie – Franse vrienden Thierry Baudet bestrijden dat zij afstand van hem nemen - TPO

March 26, 2019

Trump signs declaration recognizing Israel's sovereignty over disputed Golan Heights

In a joint press conference with Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday, Trump hailed the “powerful” relationship between the US and Israel, while Netanyahu called the signing “historic justice” and a 'diplomatic victory.' Read more.


With Oil, Water and Iran as Targets, US on Brink of Recognizing Israeli Sovereignty Over Golan Heights - MintPress
Israel Grants First Golan Heights Oil Drilling License To Dick Cheney-Linked Company - Business Insider

Israel NOT on Golan For Resources & Gaza Escalation (video) - 108Morris108

March 17, 2019

Radioactive Art in Fukushima | Don’t Follow the Wind

The Creators Project heads to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster zone to get an exclusive look at Japanese art collective, Chim↑Pom's latest project "Don't Follow The Wind."

This group of installations feature the work of various artists and are housed by four buildings inside the exclusion zone, serving as a monument to the disaster and its ongoing consequences.

We sit down with Ryuta Ushiro and Ellie of Chim↑Pom, as well as featured artists Ai WeiWei, Trevor Paglen, and Eva and Franco Mattes to chat about how and why building this installation inside the radioactive space was essential in communicating the devastating impact of the disaster.


US airstrikes increase in a secret, secret war in Somalia, and no one’s paying attention

With so many little wars to keep track of, you probably haven’t noticed that the US has quietly been increasing its airstrikes against targets in Somalia. It seems few people in Washington have either.

In recent months, dozens of Al-Shabaab terrorist suspects have been killed by American drones and planes in Somalia, reportedly thanks to a surplus becoming available from Syria. However, in a familiar pattern, the US military has denied any civilians were harmed, while locals and aid agencies deny that denial.

A former US ambassador to Somalia told the New York Times: “It could be there is some well-thought-out strategy behind all of this, but I really doubt it.”

Another former US government official described Somalia as a “massive war on autopilot.”


US attacks on Somalia's al-Shabab increase under Trump - BBC
Behind the secret US war in Africa - Politico

March 14, 2019

In Rebuke to Trump, Senate Votes Again to End Aid to Saudi War in Yemen

WASHINGTON — The Senate on Wednesday again rebuked President Trump for his continued defense of Saudi Arabia after the killing of the dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, voting for a second time to end American military assistance for the kingdom’s war in Yemen and to curtail presidential war powers.

The 54-to-46 vote, condemning a nearly four-year conflict in Yemen that has killed thousands of civilians and inflicted a devastating famine, sets the foundation for what could become Mr. Trump’s first presidential veto, with the House expected to overwhelmingly pass the measure, possibly this month. Read more.

NY Times

Senate passes resolution to end US support for Saudi war in Yemen - Guardian
Senate votes to end US support for Saudi-led Yemen conflict despite Trump’s veto threat - CNBC

Senaat VS wil einde steun aan oorlog in Jemen - DvhN

March 13, 2019

Chinese Man - Modern Slave

The Chemical Brothers - Free Yourself

The Chemical Brothers - Go

EU warns US against military action on Venezuela

The European Union has cautioned the United States against taking military action against Venezuela, saying the Latin American country’s crisis has to be resolved through peaceful and political solutions.

"We believe that no military development, from inside or outside of the country, would be acceptable," EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini told a United Nations Security Council meeting on cooperation between the European Union and the UN on Tuesday. Read more.


US to slap ‘very significant’ sanctions on Venezuela - PressTV
US sponsoring regime change in Venezuela: Analyst  (video) - PressTV

Venezuela: Attack to Electricity System to Be Investigated - teleSUR
The Attack on Venezuela's Electrical System (video) - teleSUR

Despite Opposition Sabotage Attempts, We Have Succeeded: Rodriguez (video>) - teleSUR

Arrest of Murder Suspects in Rio Spotlights Bolsonaro Family

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro and his sons were in the spotlight on Tuesday over their ties with two suspected killers, reviving a sense of unease over his administration.

The day started with a police raid on the gated community in Rio de Janeiro where the president lives. One of his neighbors, a former police officer, was arrested for the murder of Marielle Franco. Read more.


- Brazil: two ex-police officers arrested over murder of Marielle Franco - Guardian
Ex-Officers Arrested in Killing of Marielle Franco, Brazilian Politician and Activist - NY Times

Rio Police Arrest Two Suspects in Murder of Activist Marielle Franco - Rio Times
Brazil President Bolsonaro and U.S. President Trump to Meet on March 19th - Rio Times

Verdachten in Rio opgepakt voor moord op linkse politica - NOS

March 12, 2019

Head of ‘Blackwater’ wants to end 18-year Afghan conflict with another war

Founder of the notorious #Blackwater firm Erik Prince wants to end the 18-year #Afghan stalemate with… another #war which could see 6,000 mercenaries replace US troops on the ground once they leave the country. Read more.


Blackwater's Erik Prince: Iraq, privatising wars and Trump (video) - Al Jazeera

March 9, 2019

It’s Time to Tell the Truth: Israeli Journalist Gideon Levy Supports Ilhan Omar’s Critique of Israel

The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a resolution Thursday condemning anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim discrimination, white supremacy and other forms of hate, following a week of debate among congressional Democrats.

The controversy began after some lawmakers accused Democratic Congressmember Ilhan Omar of invoking anti-Semitic tropes while questioning U.S. foreign policy on Israel. The House leadership initially drafted a resolution condemning anti-Semitism in what was seen as a direct rebuke of Omar.

But many progressive Democrats said Omar, one of the first two Muslim Congresswoman in U.S. history, was unfairly being singled out. The split within the Democratic Party forced the leadership to withdraw its initial resolution and then present a much broader one. Congressmember Ilhan Omar voted for and praised the new resolution in a joint statement with fellow Muslim lawmakers Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and André Carson of Indiana.

We speak with Gideon Levy, Haaretz columnist and member of the newspaper’s editorial board. His latest piece is headlined “Keep It Up, Ilhan Omar.”

Democracy Now!

Joodse steun voor Democratisch Congreslid Ilhan Omar - De Wereld Morgen
Amerikaans afgevaardigde Ilhan Omar in zwaar weer na aanhoudende kritiek op Israël - Volkskrant

Pre-IDF Brigades: Haganah, Irgun and Lechi

This week, we’re examining the underground militias that preceded the IDF and looking at the divisions that pitted Jew against Jew in pre-State Israel. Lechi. Irgun. Haganah. We ask who these groups were, what caused them to - briefly - unite and what led them to ultimately disband.

This is one of the more difficult periods in Israeli history and a subject that raises a lot of questions. After all, we aren’t talking about polite squabbles. This was real life-on-the-line-type of disagreements between Jewish groups that led to intimidation, violence and even assassinations and bombings.

The violence and actions of the period we’re talking about, from the 1930s to the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948 showed the British (who ruled Palestine at the time) and the rest of the international community how important the establishment of a Jewish state meant to the Jewish people.

But did obtaining the Zionist dream come at the expense of morals, especially Jewish morals?

Photo/Video Credit:
- GPO Israel/KLUGER ZOLTAN/FRITZ COHEN/Milner Moshe/Pinn Hanns
- Courtesy of Jabotinsky Institute
- Courtesy of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
- Courtesy of Beit Hatfusot
- Courtesy of Israel State Archives

Jerusalem U

March 7, 2019

Trump Cancels U.S. Report on Civilian Deaths in Drone Strikes

President Donald Trump revoked a requirement that U.S. intelligence officials publicly report the number of civilians killed in drone strikes and other attacks on terrorist targets outside war zones.

Trump formally ended the requirement with an executive order on Wednesday, months after signaling such a move. Read more.


Trump nixes public report on drone-strike deaths - Hill
US not to report drone strike deaths anymore - PressTV

Drone Warfare - Bureau of Investigative Journalism

March 6, 2019

"Tegen de criminalisering van antizionisme in Frankrijk"

400 Franse intellectuelen hebben in de krant Libération een open brief aan president Macron gericht, als protest tegen zijn voornemen antizionisme te criminaliseren door het gelijk te schakelen met antisemitisme. "Als U van plan bent ons te vervolgen, om ons het zwijgen op te leggen, of zelfs om ons in de Bastille te gooien, wel, dan weet U ons te vinden."

Mijnheer de President,
U heeft recent verklaard de intentie te hebben om het antizionisme te criminaliseren. U heeft deze verklaring afgelegd nadat U ze had besproken met Benjamin Netanyahu, net voor u zich naar het diner van de CRIF begaf (Conseil Représentatif des Institutions Juives de France – Representatieve Raad van de Joodse Instellingen in Frankrijk). Lees meer.

De Wereld Morgen

Stel kritiek op Israël niet gelijk aan antisemitisme - NRC
Gesol met joodse belangen moet stoppen - Rights Forum

Palestijnen: de laatsten der semieten - De Wereld Morgen

March 4, 2019

Age of Surveillance Capitalism: “We Thought We Were Searching Google, But Google Was Searching Us”

Corporations have created a new kind of marketplace out of our private human experiences. That is the conclusion of an explosive new book that argues big tech platforms like Facebook and Google are elephant poachers, and our personal data is ivory tusks.

Author Shoshana Zuboff writes in “The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power”: “At its core, surveillance capitalism is parasitic and self-referential. It revives Karl Marx’s old image of capitalism as a vampire that feeds on labor, but with an unexpected turn. Instead of labor, surveillance capitalism feeds on every aspect of every human’s experience.” Read more.

Democracy Now

Bolton: US wants ‘broad’ regime-change coalition on Venezuela

Venezuela's self-proclaimed interim president, Juan Guaido, has pledged to return to the country he supposedly leads on Monday. US National Security Adviser John Bolton has warned against to any attempts to prevent Guaido's return. Read more.


Blood on his hands’: Survivors demand Elliott Abrams be removed from Holocaust museum board (video) - RT

Venezuela Moves PDVSA Europe Headquarters to Russia (video) - teleSUR
Warning About False Flag Operations Against Venezuela - teleSUR

Aftermath of the Failed Humanitarian Aid (video) - teleSUR
Venezuela's Government Continues to Deliver Food to Farthest Regions (video) - teleSUR

March 3, 2019

US-backed forces move against last ISIL-held stronghold in Syria

U.S.-backed forces in #Syria have launched an assault on, what they call, the last #ISIL-held area near the Iraqi border.

The village of #Baghouz has been a hotspot for the Syrian Democratic Forces for several weeks. They say hundreds of civilians withdrew from the area a day before the attack.


March 1, 2019

Nederland raakte gaandeweg controle kwijt over NLA-programma

Een deel van de steungoederen die Nederland naar Syrische opstandelingen stuurde, zou in handen zijn gekomen van terreurbeweging Jabhat al-Nusra. Dat vertellen betrokkenen en oud-medewerkers van de bedrijven die het steunprogramma in Syrië namens Nederland uitvoerden, aan Nieuwsuur en Trouw. De bedoeling was juist dat het steunprogramma "gematigde" strijdgroepen zou versterken.

Jabhat al-Nusra, de Syrische variant van al-Qaida, zou de Nederlandse goederen in de meeste gevallen in beslag hebben genomen. Lees meer.


Overheidssteun aan rebellen belemmert vervolging van Syriëgangers - Trouw

Nederland steunde 'terreurbeweging' in Syrië - Trouw
In Syrië is de vijand van je vijand níet je vriend - Elsevier