BAGHDAD: Iraqs air force carried out deadly airstrikes on Daesh (ISIS) positions inside neighboring Syria Thursday, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadis office said.
The airstrikes were launched from the Iraqi side of the border, it said in a statement.
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It is common knowledge that Theresa Mays husband Philip essentially acts as the unofficial advisor to the Prime Minister a fact proven by the former Conservative MP for Chichester, Andrew Tyrie, who said during a Newsnight profile of the PMs husband that Philip is clearly acting as, informally, an advisor to Theresa. Probably much like Denis did to Margaret Thatcher. Whilst it is pretty obvious that almost all married couples act as informal advisors to each other in come capacity, Tyries admission that the Prime Ministers husband has such a great influence over his wifes decisions is made all the more worrying by the fact that Mr May who is a Senior Executive at a 1.4Tn investment firm stands to benefit financially from the decisions his wife, the Prime Minister, makes.
The interdependence of technology companies across the Pacific means that a tech war isnt a zero-sum game
Made in China 2025 is Beijings industrial plan to dominate high-tech industries including robotics, aerospace and computer chips. The Trump administration argues China is using the plan to give its tech companies unfair advantage over foreign rivals. But what is it exactly?
April 19, 2018 9:19 a.m. ET
HONG KONGChinese regulators warned they have hard to resolve concerns about Qualcomm Inc.s $44 billion bid for rival NXP Semiconductors NV, the latest shot in a technology-centric trade battle with the U.S. that is growing more intense.
The move follows a decision by the U.S. Commerce Department to ban sales of American components to Chinese telecom giant ZTE Corp., as well as threats from the White House to slap tariffs on $150 billion worth of Chinese goods to punish what it says are efforts to steal U.S. technology.
The tit-for-tat steps have put technology firms at the center of an escalating trade fight between the U.S. and China, placing new constraints on the companies strategic plans and threatening their access to giant markets.
China wants very much to flex its muscles. It can certainly inflict pain on one large U.S. company, Qualcomm, said Peter Fuhrman, chairman and chief executive officer of investment and a...
In Boulder, Colorado, climate change means extreme weather and wildfires. It means worrying about water security for people and farms, and about heat waves and mosquito-borne diseases. These aren't just future risksthey're problems the city and its surrounding county are facing now. On Tuesday, the city and Boulder County joined San Miguel County, home to the ski slopes of Telluride, in suing two fossil fuel companiesExxonMobil and Suncorover the costs of dealing with climate change. Their lawsuit is the latest in a string of legal actions by communities that are attempting to hold fossil fuel companies accountable for the problems climate change creates. Until now, the plaintiffs had been coastal cities and counties worried primarily about sea level rise.
Grant Smith and the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy (IRmep) have released a report on efforts by Israel advocacy groups to effect changes in textbooks used in public schools in Virginia. According to IRmep, the requested changes include: Deletion of references to Israel occupying territories captured during the 1967 Six-Day War and substituting controlled. International conventions clearly outline 
|A picture taken on April 3, 2018, shows vehicles of US-backed coalition forces driving in the northern Syrian town of Manbij|
|A US military base in the al-Asaliyah village, between the city of Aleppo and the northern town of Manbij, is seen April 2, 2018|
Via: Bloomberg: The LAPD uses Palantirs Gotham product for Operation Laser, a program to identify and deter people likely to commit crimes. Information from rap sheets, parole reports, police interviews, and other sources is fed into the system to generate a list of people the department defines as chronic offenders, says Craig Uchida, whose consulting 
On the 17th and 18th of April it will take place a new hearing which will face the Ecuadorian people against the oil company Chevron in Canada. Guillermo Grefa, member of the Kichwa indigenous community of Rumipamba (Orellana) and Jaime Vargas, president of the CONAIE (Ecuadorian Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities) will participate on behalf of the 30.000 affected people, organized in the Union of People Affected by Texaco (UDAPT). They will be supported by the lawyer Julio Prieto. The Court of Appelas of Ontario will be the setting in which the Ecuadorian plaintiffs, through the lawyer Alan Leczner, will demonstrate that Chevron Canada is wholly owned by Chevron Corporation, which would allow the indigenous and peasant people of Ecuador to enforce the judgement of more than 9.5 billion dollars, issued by the Courts of Justice in Ecuador.
By M.K. Bhadrakumar | Asia Times | April 19, 2018 The sensational case of the poisoning of the ex-MI6 agent and former Russian military intelligence colonel Sergei Skripal on March 4 in Salisbury, in the UK, is becoming more and more curious. Under a blinding spotlight from Moscow, the British allegation regarding a Russian hand in the 
Today, as Israel celebrates what it calls its Independence Day, indigenous Palestinians who survived the ethnic cleansing of 1947-49 and have been forced to live as second-class citizens of Israel or under its military rule, including in East Jerusalem, will hold marches and vigils to mark what they consider to be the Palestinian Nakba or Catastrophe.
The Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC), which is the largest coalition in Palestinian civil society, issued the following statement:
Their Independence is our Nakba. The ethnic cleansing of 750,000 to one million indigenous Palestinians 70 years ago and turning them into refugees to establish a Jewish-majority state in Palestine is no cause for celebration.
The Nakba is not a crime of the past, it is ongoing. Seventy years later, Israel continues to demolish Palestinian homes, steal our lands to build illegal settlements exclusively for Jewish-Israelis, push Palestinians out of Jerusalem by revoking our residency rights, and deny Palestinian refugees, like many of our members, our internationally recognized right to return to our homes.
Israel also tries to criminalize our grief and refusal to accept the ongoing Nakba by threatening legal action against Palestinians who commemorate this day as a day of mourning. But we insist on commemorating and resisting this decades-old system of injustice.
We commemorate by asserting our right to return home and to live in freedom and dignity. Thousands of Palestinians in Gaza continue to take part in the Great March of Return, facing the Israeli militarys shoot-to-kill-or-maim policy.
Until Israel stops violating our fundamental human rights, we call on people of conscience and communities around the world to support our efforts to stop Israeli crimes by building and escalating peaceful BDS campaigns.
The most effective form of solidarity with our mass mobilizations includes urging governments and institutions to ban all trade with and divest from companies implicated in Israels illegal...
Brazil's government declared Monday that human rights activist Marielle Franco was very likely killed by militias, according to Minister of Public Security Raul Jungmann. There are basically one or two promising leads: I would say that in one of them, investigators have moved forward significantly. The most probable hypothesis is the involvement of Rio de Janeiro's militias, said Jungmann in an interview with local radio CBN. Militias refer to criminal groups whose members are former police officers or active and corrupted officers, controlling large parts of the city. They function as paramilitary groups and compete with other drug-trafficking groups over the control of favelas, affecting primarily the marginalized populations living there.
AFP/File | A Libyan official points at oil onboard a tanker seized off the coastal city of Zuwara for fuel smuggling, on April 29, 2017
The fuel smugglers and thieves have permeated not only the militias which control much of Libya, but also the fuel distribution companies which are supposed to bring cheap fuel to Libyan citizens, he said.
The huge sums of money available from smuggling have corrupted large parts of Libyan society, he added.
The backbone of the North African countrys economy, Libyas oil sector collapsed in the wake of the 2011 NATO-backed uprising that toppled longtime dictator Moamer Kadhafi.
Before the revolt Libya, with estimated oil reserves of 48 billion barrels, used to produce 1.6 million barrels per day (bpd).
But output fell to less than 500,000 bpd between 2014 and 2016 due to violence around production facilities and export terminals as rival militias fought for control of Africas largest crude reserves.
No oil was exported from Libyas main ports until September 2016 with the reopening of the Ras Lanuf terminal in the countrys so-called oil crescent.
The recovery of oil production and exports is key to restoring Libyas moribund economy.
Sanalla urged Libyas friends, neighbours but above all the Libyan people themselves to do everything they can to eradicate the scourge of fuel theft and fuel smuggling.
A man holds a placard reading Brussels Macron derailed during a demonstration against the French governments reform plans in Paris as part of a national day of protest, France, April 19, 2018. REUTERS/Benoit TessierREUTERS
BY BRIAN LOVE
PARIS (Reuters) Frances far-left CGT labor union sought to broaden resistance to hard-hitting economic reforms on Thursday, urging employees across the public sector to join striking railway workers in their showdown with President Emmanuel Macron.
There was no clear evidence that anything of the kind was about to happen, however, even as rolling stoppages by rail workers halted train services for the eighth day this month.
The CGTs goal is a convergence des luttes or convergence of struggles a storm of public discontent where protests of different origins fuse into one widespread upheaval against government, something like in May 1968 or more recently at the end of 1995.
But a CGT strike call at the Paris subway train and bus group RATP appeared to have little impact: RATP management reported normal service across most of the grid.
More moderate unions involved with the CGT in the industrial action at the state-owned SNCF railway group also kept their distance from the Communist-rooted CGT as it asked others to join the protest action by striking or taking part in street marches.
This is a political operation, not a union one, Laurent Berger, one of the most influential labor leaders in the country, said of the CGT initiative.
That not only highlighted the underlying divisions and turf battles for membership subscriptions that permanently plague the labor movement but also more profound divergences between the Communist-rooted CGT and Bergers more reform-friendly CFDT.
Berger said his union had nothing to do with a day of street marches organized by the CGT on Thursday afternoon.
He said he did not share the CGT penchant for a convergence of strug...
Energy stocks and crude-linked currencies rally as investors eye longer production curbs
Michael Hunter and Adam Samson in London and Peter Wells in New York
The prospect of a longer-term ascent became a talking point among investors in anticipation of a deal on Friday between Opec and Russia to increase the duration of their agreement to limit global oil supply to 1.8m barrels a day.
They are increasingly expected to maintain the cuts into 2019, with Saudi Arabia giving little indication it is keen to reduce the cuts, even as prices hit further heights.
Brent crude rose as much as 1.3 per cent on Thursday to $74.72, taking the international markers year-to-date gain to almost 8 per cent. At the time the production curbs were approved in January 2017, Brent was trading at about $55 a barrel.
Production cuts by Opec and Russia have helped crude prices rally, with the latest leg higher coming as geopolitical risks to crude supplies rise, from Venezuelas economic spiral downwards to the risk of the US reimposing sanctions on Iran.
We are rapidly transitioning from a market drowning in oil to a new reality of undersupply and low storage levels, said Richard Robinson, manager of the Ashburton Global Energy fund.
At the same time, the market is facing heightened risk to current supply as a result of the lack of spend and increasing political volatility in oil-producing nations such as Venezuela, Angola and Iran. The seed is being sown for a structurally higher oil price, combined with heightened probability of risk premium, he added.
This weeks meeting in Jeddah between Opecs ministerial committee and the Russia-led producing countries outside the cartel comes as the outlook for demand improves.
Fears about the impact on global growth of the US-China trade dispute eased as the two countries held back from a further escalation this week, while confirmation of high-level talks between Washington and North Korea also brightened the geopolitical backdrop.
In the US, the rebound for crude has brought investors back to resource stocks in April, after a moribund showing for the sector for the rest of 2018. The energy component of the S&P 500 was up 9 per cent over the mont...
JIJI PRESS/AFP | Mount Io, which has erupted for the first time since 1768, may become more active, volcanologist Makoto Saito warns
There is a possibility that (Mount Io) will become more active, said Makoto Saito, an official from the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), confirming the eruption.
In a televised press conference, he warned residents in the area to stay away from the mountain, part of the Mount Kirishima group of volcanoes, as major ash deposits spread from the crater.
It was the first eruption of the mountain since 1768, the JMA said.
The agency warned that large flying rocks could fall over a three-kilometre (two-mile) radius.
The eruption threw smoke and ash 400 metres (1,300 feet) into the air.
Footage captured by the JMA and local media showed thick white and grey smoke rising from several areas of the mountain.
There were no immediate reports of injuries, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said, adding that the government was taking all possible measures to prevent damage and casualties.
The eruption occurred a few kilometres (miles) away from Shinmoedake, which featured in the 1967 James Bond film You Only Live Twice and erupted in March.
Japan, with scores of active volcanoes, sits on the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire where a large proportion of the worlds earthquakes and volcanic eruptions are recorded.
In January, a Japanese soldier was killed and several other people injured after an eruption near a popular ski resort in northwest of Tokyo.
On September 27, 2014, Japan suffered its deadliest eruption in almost 90 years when Mount Ontake, in central Nagano prefecture, burst unexpectedly to life.
An estimated 63 people were killed in the shock eruption which occurred as the peak was packed with hikers out to see the regions spectacular autumn colours.
April 18, 2018 / Gilad Atzmon By Gilad Atzmon It shouldnt take us by surprise when a country that drops bombs on Syria on behalf of Israel engages in Israeli style racist anti immigration anti black policies. A lot has been written about the deep cultural and spiritual bonds between Britain and Zionism. Some have cited the 
Peltier Delegation Meets with UN Rapporteur -- Freedom for Peltier The Leonard Peltier Delegation met with UN Rapporteur Victoria Tauli Corpuz at the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York. Join the Delegation in New York: Solidarity Center: Solidarity with Leonard Peltier SATURDAY APRIL 21, 2018, 1PM-10pm 1:00PM: Indian Taco Fundraiser2:30PM: Warrior Film6:00PM:
This news is for the fake greens.
Those who push an elitist agenda to the
detriment of everything else. Including bird populations. Ive
written on this topic previously.
Thinking about all these articles that suggest AGW is killing birds. Such as 'warming temperatures" via carbon.... (which isnt proven) The reality is the god awful monstrosities known as wind turbines are killing birds on a mass scale. Thats demonstrable. Provable. Well documented.
Notice from the article linked above blaming AGW we see this?
Species that depend on high-elevation forest habitat, long-distance migrants, and coastal breeders are most at risk from climate changeEuronews
|Migratory birds with a giant wind turbine stuck in the middle of their migration paths|
But all that clean, renewable energy comes with a high cost to the nation's wildlife. Researchers estimate that 140,000 to 328,000 birds are killed every year in collisions with the turbines' spinning rotor blades and support towers. The risk to birds is highest at night, when the blades and towers are cloaked in darkness.Is it clean, green, earth loving energy if it results in mass bird killing?
The first episode in a series by The Cinema Committee which looks at La ZAD, or the Zone to Defend, in France.
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In the early morning of Monday, April 9, 2018, the current invasion of the ZAD began. This land-occupation near the village of Notre-Dames-des-Landes is still under siege after nine days of tear gas, concussion grenades, drones, clubs, tanks, and attack dogs. Like the famous French childrens song, the imperial assault began on a Lundi matin and continued every day of the week until the following Monday when it started all over again. This is now the second week of the siege.
In the original lyrics of the childrens song, the emperor, the empress, and the prince come to put you in a pinch every day of the week but luckily you are never there. The emperor of this little song was based on Napoleon III, the disease-ridden tyrant who ruled over France until his disastrous war with Prussia. Thanks to his idiocy and egotism, the city of Paris was surrounded by the invading army and within a year the autonomous Commune had forced the Republican government to flee the city. The current situation is much different than it was in 1871 and hopefully it ends with victory rather than bloodshed. In no uncertain terms, what is being fought for at the ZAD is the earth itself. Unlike the Paris Commune with its delusions about the citizen, the state school, money, and government, this epic battle in the hedgerows is being fought to free the land from the capitalist economy, not...
Next year in Jerusalem.without the Zionists!
POOL/AFP | Alibaba founder Jack Ma said his compnay is doing research on driverless cars
BANGKOK (AFP) E-commerce giant Alibaba is steering resources towards driverless car technology, its CEO Jack Ma confirmed on Thursday, joining a global race to shape the future of driving.Despite fresh safety fears after a woman was hit and killed by a self-driving Uber vehicle in the US last month, many tech giants like Google as well as automakers are accelerating plans in an industry attracting billions of dollars.
The competition is heating up in China, the worlds largest car market, with internet firm and Alibaba rival Baidu recently predicting that self-driving vehicles will hit the road in the country within three to five years.
Both Baidu and Chinese tech giant Tencent are pursuing the technology, stirring speculation about Alibabas plans.
Weve been doing a lot of research on driverless things, Ma told reporters on Thursday while on a business trip to Bangkok.
What we want to do is (figure out) how we can make the cars more automatic, more friendly, more like a partner of human beings rather than just a driving tool, he said.
Ma was speaking at a press conference in Bangkok after signing agreements with the Thai government, including a more than $300 million investment in a digital hub in eastern Thailand aimed at connecting regional markets.
I believe our children will only work four hours a day and four days a week or maybe three days a week, but they still will tell us they are very busy. Why are they busy? They are in cars, he added.
Ma did not elaborate on the companys plans but said the purpose was not to commercially compete with rivals Tencent and Baidu.
Chinese authorities approved regulations this month to allow for local driverless road tests, according to state-backed media, which reported on Wednesday that Alibaba was adding staff to work on the technology.
Self-driving cars hold the promise of being more attentive and quicker to react than humans at the wheels, while also allowing people to use travel time more productively or pleasantly.
BAGHDAD: Iraqs air force carried out deadly airstrikes on Daesh (ISIS) positions inside neighboring Syria Thursday, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadis office said.
The airstrikes were launched from the Iraqi side of the border, it said in a statement.
By Andrew Illingworth 19/04/2018 Photo credit: AP BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:05 A.M.) According to the TASS news agency claiming to cite a source in the Syrian Ministry of Defense, the Syrian Army has handed over two intact US cruise missiles to the Russian military. The cruise missiles in question had been used to attack Syria during 
. USA Representative Lies About Leonard Peltier at UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues Letter to Democracy Now! by Tony Gonzales Jean Roach, Lakota, speaks on video below Censored News I am tony gonzales, executive director with AIM-WEST. I and members of our delegation that also include members of the International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee are attending the UN
Phi Beta Iota: John McAfee is not just a technology wizard, he is also a philosopher. His comments in history on using blockchain to create a world in which lies are eradicated and truth is a common currency are epic. His comments of replacing all the elements of #GoogleGestapo are also epic.
The Syrian regime is unlikely to tolerate the presence of Arab troops inside Syria the way it has the US military, and absent a mandate from the UN, the force would be treated as occupiers
Chinese air force H-6K bomber
BEIJING/TAIPEI (Reuters) Chinese aircraft have again flown around self-ruled Taiwan in what Chinas air force on Thursday called a sacred mission, as Taiwan denounced its big neighbour over what it called a policy of military intimidation.
Taiwan, claimed by Beijing as Chinese territory, is one of Chinas most sensitive issues and a potential military flashpoint.
China has ramped up military exercises around Taiwan in the past year, including flying bombers and other military aircraft around the island.
More recently, China has been incensed by comments by Taiwan Premier William Lai that it deemed were in support of Taiwan independence, though Taipei says Lais position remains that the status quo between Taiwan and the mainland should be maintained.
In a statement on its microblog, the Chinese air force said H-6K bombers had recently flown a patrol around Taiwan.
The motherland is in our hearts, and the jewelled island is in the bosom of the motherland, an H-6K captain, Zhai Peisong, was quoted as saying in the statement, using another name for Taiwan.
Defending the beautiful rivers and mountains of the motherland is the sacred mission of air force pilots.
Taiwans Defence Ministry said two Chinese H-6K bombers had flown around the island on Wednesday afternoon, passing first through the Miyako Strait, to Taiwans northeast, then back to base via the Bashi Channel between Taiwan and the Philippines.
Late on Wednesday, Chinese state media said the military had also conducted live-fire military drills with helicopters along its southeast coast after increasingly stern warnings by Beijing for Taiwan to toe the line, though the exercises were more low key than had been flagged in state media.
Chinas Taiwan Affairs Office said the islands independence separatist activities were the biggest threat to peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.
No force and no person should underestimate our resolute resolve and strong ability to defend the nations sovereignty and territorial integrity, the office said.
Taiwans China policy-making Mainland Affairs Council said Chinas military exercise which it described as routine and small scale as well as the Chinese air force fly-by, amounted to military intimidation.
Our determination to defend the countrys sovereign dignity will never give in to any threat or inducement of force, it said.
China had said the...
Two cruise missiles found unexploded by the Syrian military after the US missile strike on April 14 have been handed over to Russia, a source in the Syrian defense ministry told TASS on Thursday.
"Two cruise missiles that did not detonate during the US missile strike on Syria overnight to April 14 were found by the Syrian military. Both are in rather good condition. These missiles were handed over to Russian officer the day before yesterday (April 17)," the source said, adding that both "were sent to Russia by plane yesterday (April 18)."
TASS has no official confirmation of this information from the Russian defense ministry.Interesting.
Regarding the Skripal case, there are a mountain of unanswered questions and a multitude of inconsistencies. Yet it is not even this which makes the case so odd. Rather, it is the fact that whenever a question is answered for example, the medical condition of the Skripals it merely seems to throw up even more questions, inconsistencies and oddities.
Reportback and 2 videos about two days on the French territory: Nantes and ZAD.
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Its Joseph-Goebbels-following journalist was implying that the Russia-allied Syrian Government was trying to crush a democratic revolution, instead of the truth, that the US-allied Governments are trying to overthrow and replace the Russia-allied Syrian Government. Its a big difference, between the lie, and the truth.
AFP | A picture taken on October 20, 2017, shows Islamic State group slogans on a wall in the Syrian town of Mayadeen
Mayadeen lies in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor on the western bank of the Euphrates River and is flanked by the vast Badia desert to its west and south.
A military source on Thursday however denied any attack against positions of the Syrian army along the western bank of the Euphrates.
But intermittent bombardment on army positions from its eastern bank had prompted retaliation with suitable weapons, the source said.
The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters, control most of the territory to the east of the Euphrates, where a few villages are still under IS control.
Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman said Thursday morning IS attempts to advance in the direction of the town of Mayadeen are ongoing from the Badia desert.
He said it was the largest IS attack since they were expelled from the town by regime forces and their allies in October 2017.
IS swept across large parts of Syria and neighbouring Iraq in 2014, declaring a cross-border caliphate in areas they controlled.
At its height their pseudo state covered an area the size of Italy, but IS has since lost most of it to a Russia-backed regime assault and a US-backed SDF offensive.
IS now control around five percent of Syria, according to Syria expert Fabrice Balanche.
But the jihadists have retained their ability to carry out deadly attacks. They hold pockets in Deir Ezzor and are present in the southern districts of the capital.
Since regaining full control of Eastern Ghouta to the northeast of Damascus from rebels last week, the regime has turned its attention to jihadist-held districts in the capitals south.
More than 350,000 people have been killed since Syrias war started in 2011 with the brutal repression of anti-government protests.
Metal weaknesses like the fatigue found in a jet engine that exploded during a Southwest Airlines Co. flight on Tuesday can lie hidden for years and elude detection with even the most advanced technology.
A crack on a fan blade on the Southwest jet, for example, was on an internal surface that would not have been detectable by a visual inspection, National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Robert Sumwalt said Wednesday. The plane made a successful emergency landing, but a passenger was killed.
As recently as January, the NTSB called on federal aviation regulators to improve how some engine parts are tested during manufacture because of another engine failure that resulted in a massive fireball in Chicago two years ago.
These are among the most difficult and most critical items that are manufactured by humans, said John Hansman, an aviation professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Theres always some risk of imperfection and thats partly why we do the inspections. But this is really hard.
The safety board is looking at why one of the fan blades shot off on the Southwest jets CFM56-7B engine, which is part of the family of one of the most common power plants in commercial aviation. It broke the engine apart and sent metal parts sla...
This means essentially that the 4+1 Russia, Syria, Iran, Iraq, plus Hezbollah which were at the vanguard of destroying ISIS, or Islamic State, and other crypto-jihadi outfits in Syria, remain in synch. The counter-terror HQ of the 4+1 was in Baghdad. As much as Baghdad may harbor ideological divergences with Damascus, their common strategy is built upon the fight against Salafi-jihadis of all stripes.
By Emre Gnen
The Turkey Progress Report covers September 2016 to February 2018 and was prepared by the European Commission concerning Ankaras accession negotiations. This years report was released on April 17.
Europe fears it is losing Turkey, although it is not so eager on negotiations as the newly released European Commission progress report shows
The long-awaited Turkey Progress Report prepared by the European Commission concerning Ankaras accession negotiations has been made public. It is worth remembering that Turkey, as a potential candidate and associate country, has been closely monitored through annual reports since 1989. After Turkey filed the application in 1987 to start accession negotiations immediately, as was the case for Greece in 1976, the EU has been preparing different evaluation reports for Turkey. The first modern evaluation report is the Emerson report, so called because of the rapporteurs name. It was published in December 1989. This first report stressed that Turkey at that time was not fulfilling enough of the conditions to become a member state. At the same time, it pointing to Turkeys economic potential, which it found very promising.
Turkey was told to follow the path drawn by the Ankara Agreement and the Additional Protocol to the Agreement, which foresaw the completion of a customs union before contemplating full-fledged membership. Turkey succeeded in forming a customs union before becoming a member, which is extremely rare in EU enlargement history.The political eligibility for membership was granted in December 1999, and Ankara has since been struggling to become a member without much success. I have had ample occasions to point to the irr...
In an interview with DW, Sevim Dagdelen said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was deliberately creating tension ahead of the vote in June. The snap elections are being held during an extended state of emergency.
President Erdogans announcement on Wednesday that Turkey would have snap presidential and parliamentarian elections on June 24 came the same day that the parliament voted to extend the state of emergency for a further three months.
The announcements caused Sevim Dagdelen, a Bundestag representative for the Left Party, to look at what is in store in the coming weeks. She shared her thoughts with Deutsche Welle.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
DW: What are Erdogans aims in calling early elections?
Sevim Dagdelen: Its a combination of outward aggression, such as the military action in Afrin [in northwest Syria] that contravened international law, and inward repression, the state of emergency remains in force in Turkey.
Erdogan fears, after such a close result in the constitutional referendum in April, 2017 [which concentrated his political power], that [winning] might not be so easy. And right now, the mood is good for him.
Turkish army tank in Syria (Getty Images/AFP/B. Kilic)
Turkeys military operation in Syria has proven popular among Erdogans voter base
There is currently a very nationalist, chauvinist and Islamist front gathering steam in Turkey because of the war in Syria and Turkeys intervention. Given this starting point, theres a good chance he can win the presidency in the first round of the vote.
Can you have a fair election during this state of emergency, considering the restrictions on things like freedom of assembly?
Theres just as little a chance of this being a democratic, fair and free vote as was the case, for instance, in the constitutional referendum of 2017 which also took place during the state of emergency.
Read more: Turkey getting a last shot at democracy
Thats because the opposition the no camp was completely disrupted when organizing its campaign. And one part of the opposition, the real opposition if you wish, the pro-Kurdish HDP [Peoples Democratic Party] is now in large part in jail; for example, the chair and the former chair of the party, as well as some of its MPs. Meanwhi...
Establishment politics has meant that the United States is now a rogue nation defined by its propensity to go to war. Americas bombing of Syria is illegal, immoral, ineffective and dishonest. It is past time for the United States to pull out its troops and leave the Syrians alone.
U.S. President Donald Trump waves at the conclusion of a joint news conference with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Trumps Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, on Wednesday. REUTERS
PALM BEACH, FLORIDA In a win for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the Japanese leader said Tuesday that U.S. President Donald Trump has pledged to raise the issue of Japanese nationals abducted by Pyongyang decades ago during his planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Trump and Abe met at Trumps Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, where the pair agreed to pile maximum pressure on North Korea until it takes concrete steps toward complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Yasutoshi Nishimura said.
Tokyo was also seeking a U.S. commitment that any denuclearization deal the president seals with Kim will include not just long-range missiles but those that could be aimed at Japan.
Appearing before the cameras on the first day of their two-day summit, Abe expressed gratitude for Trumps understanding that Japan has put emphasis on the abduction issue and for his promise to take it up in the first-ever U.S.-North Korea summit, which is expected by early June.
For his part, Trump stressed that the two sides in this weeks talks are unified.
Japan and ourselves are locked, and we are very unified on the subject of North Korea, he said.
Nishimura, who attended the meeting and then briefed reporters, quoted Trump as telling Abe that the United States will do its best for Japan on the North Korean issues as a whole.
We will bring up the abductees. Well bring up many different things. I think its a time for talking, its a time for solving problems. I know thats been a very big factor for you, Trump told Abe at the meeting, part of which was open to the media.
Noting that Washington has been engaged in direct talks at extremely high levels with Pyongyang in preparation for the summit, the U.S. president said, I look forward to meeting with Kim Jong Un. And hopefully, that will be a success. And maybe it will be, and maybe it wont be. We dont know. But well see what happens.
The abduction issue has long been a key issue for Abe, and is one of his governments top priorities. Tokyo officially lists 17 of its citizens as having been abducted by North Korean agents in the 1970s and 80s.
Five of the 17 were returned to Japan in 2002, following then-Prime Minister Junichi...
On 18 April 2018 Syrian Archive and Knack revealed information that Belgium violated EU sanctions against Syria according to the summons of an upcoming lawsuit. The Belgian customs found that without having requested the appropriate export licenses three Flemish companies have exported 96 tonnes of isopropanol in a concentration of 95% or higher to Syria since sanctions came into force in September 2013.
The Syrian Archive has worked with Belgian news outlet Knack on this investigation for the past year. All of the information was publicly or collaboratively sourced through searching online databases, submitting Freedom of Information Requests and requesting statements from authorities, courts and companies involved.
This article documents some of the open source investigative methods employed in our investigation that discovered several key pieces of information.
Syrian Archive staff began our investigation in the aftermath of last year Aprils sarin attack in Khan Sheikhoun in which the Organisation for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), that oversees compliance with the Chemical Weapons Convention, examined samples from and around the impact crater in Khan Sheikhoun, finding in laboratory tests that isopropanol was used in the production of sarin used in the attack.
Comtrade, coordinated by the United Nations Statistical Division, collects monthly and annual trade statistics from more than 170 countries and displays these figures online in a public, downloadable and queriable format. The OCCRP similarly queried the Comtrade database in their investigation of Croatian arms sales being diverted to Syria.
Below is a walkthrough of the search we conducted on the Comtrade database.
While amounts reported to Comtrade may potentially under-represent true trade export figures due to self-reporting b...
FILE PHOTO: South Koreas President Moon Jae-in is seen during a meeting with Vietnams Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (not pictured) at the Government Office in Hanoi, Vietnam March 23, 2018. REUTERS/Kham/Pool
SEOUL (Reuters) North Korea has expressed its desire for complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and is not seeking conditions such as U.S. troops withdrawing from the South first, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Thursday.
Moon said big-picture agreements about normalization of relations between the two Koreas and the United States should not be difficult to reach through planned summits between North and South, and between the North and the United States, in a bid to rein in the Norths nuclear and missile programs.
North Korea is expressing a will for a complete denuclearization, Moon told reporters.
They have not attached any conditions that the U.S. cannot accept, such as the withdrawal of American troops from South Korea. All they are expressing is the end of hostile policies against North Korea, followed by a guarantee of security.
North Korea has defended its weapons programs, which it pursues in defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions, as a necessary deterrent against perceived U.S. hostility. The United States stations 28,500 troops in South Korea, a legacy of the 1950-53 Korean War.
North Korea has said over the years that it could consider giving up its nuclear arsenal if the United States removed its troops from South Korea and withdrew its so-called nuclear umbrella of deterrence from South Korea and Japan.
South Korea announced on Wednesday that it is considering how to change a decades-old armistice with North Korea into a peace agreement as it prepares for the North-South summit this month.
Reclusive North Korea and the rich, democratic South are techni...
.Bertrand Guay, AFP | Students block the entrance to Sciences Po university on April 18, 2018 in Paris.
Latest update : 2018-04-19
French President Emmanuel Macron faces mass demonstrations Thursday as students join trade unionists and public sector workers opposed to his reform plans. Students are protesting a bid to overhaul the university admission system.
he main entrance to another French university was blocked Wednesday by protesting students only this time, it was the alma mater of French President Emmanuel Macron, whose reforms the students oppose.
A group of around 70 students are occupying the prestigious Sciences Po university in the sixth arrondissement of the French capital. They are part of a nationwide show of force by students and other groups opposed to the Macrons plans to reform the university admission system, making it more merit-based and selective.
Right now, French high school students enter their university choices into an online platform, which then allocates admission spots according to student preferences, or for highly sought-after programmes, at random. While highly egalitarian, this system leads to one in three students dropping out within the first year.
This made no sense, was profoundly unjust, and simply an absurd form of selection. We believe theres a need to guide, accompany and inform prospective students, said French Minister of Higher Education Frdrique Vidal, in an interview with FRANCE 24s sister station, Radio France Internationale (RFI).
Egalit without merit
The reputation of Frances higher education system has been falling in recent years. Only one French university made it into the top 100 of...
One America's Pearson Sharp visited the war-torn town of Douma outside the capital of Damascus, looking for evidence of a chemical attack. However, residents there deny the claims of an attack, and say it was staged to help the rebels escape
Trump didnt believe those words anymore than I did, but watching him confirmed for me that he knows there will not be peace any time soon. That hes not up to the task of resisting the pressure.
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Austrias Chancellor Sebastian Kurz attends a news conference after a cabinet meeting in Vienna, Austria (Reuters Photo)
Austrias anti-Turkey Chancellor Sebastian Kurz threatened to close one of the biggest mosques in Vienna and urged municipal authorities to be stricter regarding state subsidies for Muslim organizations in the city, reports said.
Kurz, who is known for his Islamophobic and anti-Turkey stance, criticized a commemoration event held in a Turkish mosque back in 2016, where children dressed up as Turkish soldiers took part in a reenactment of the World War I battle of Gallipoli.
What took place here has no place in Austria. There will be zero tolerance from the government, Sebastian Kurz told reporters. This government will deal with these negative developments with full force.
The rightwing Kurz, 31, said that under Austrian law, the mosque could be closed.
His chief of staff Gernot Bluemel said on Tuesday that he had ordered the Kultusamt, the religious affairs authority, to conduct a very thorough probe.
The photos, published by the Falter weekly, showed the young boys in...
The Belgium city of Antwerps criminal court opened cases against three Flemish companies for alleged violations
of EU sanctions barring the sale of illegal chemical to the Syrian regime, according to a Wednesday report from the Belgium news weekly Knack.
Knack magazine reported that the Belgian companies AAE Chemie, Danmar Logistics, and the shut-down Anex Customs exported the chemicals to Syrias regime, including isopropanol, a chemical that can be manufactured for the use of sarin nerve gas.
The regime of Syrian president...
Three weeks ago the current reinforcement of the siege of Berlin-Friedrichshains Nordkiez culminated in yet another crazy raid in Rigaer Str. 94, at the center of the so called danger zone. Two residents were imprisoned. The riot police is nearly 24/7 stationed in front of the squat and they make checkpoints in different streets. Undercover cops try to infiltrate the area.
Originally published by Indymedia Bruxsel.
Note: Enough is Enough is not organizing any of these events, we are publishing this text for people across the US and Europe to be able to see what is going on and for documentation only.
Three weeks ago the current reinforcement of the siege of Berlin-Friedrichshains Nordkiez culminated in yet another crazy raid in Rigaer Str. 94, at the center of the so called danger zone. Two residents were imprisoned. The riot police is nearly 24/7 stationed in front of the squat and they make checkpoints in different streets. Undercover cops try to infiltrate the area.
At approximately 8 oclock in the morning on 29th March 2018 our dear friend Isa was assaulted and arrested by special forces. 350 pigs were luring around the neighbourhood and waiting for him to be alone, walking his dog, Raf. Only then they dared to approach him. They ripped off his keys and entered Rigaer94 to raid his home. Dozens of pigs supported with ballistic shields and backed up by helicopter entered his flat, seeking to humiliate his teenage daughters, who, too, rank very high on the pigs personal lists of enemies of the law and order. Isa is accused of selfdefence against a drunken idiot, which attacked his family with a bottle and ended in hospital. He is also accused to have used pepperspray against a mad pig, which tried to enter the door of Rigaer94.
After two long years of round the clock siege,
this is the most recent climax of escalation and police terror in
our Kiez. The answer wont be violent enough.
In the course of the action another resident of Rigaer94, Michal, was arrested. They both are kept imprisoned in JVA Moabit. Since eight month in prison is Nero, sentenced for attacking a helicopter with a laserpointer.
Two nights before this raid, a van of riot police was attacked with stones at Dorfplatz [crossroad Rigaer with Liebig Stre...
Venezuela and Spain have agreed to begin the process of normalizing their diplomatic relations, Venezuelas Foreign Ministry says, reinstating their ambassadors in order to restore channels of diplomatic dialogue, within the framework of mutual respect and international law.Nicolas Maduro
The Kingdom of Spain through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela through the Ministry of Peoples Power for Foreign Affairs, have agreed to begin a process of normalization of diplomatic relations for the benefit of its citizens, who are united by close links that must be preserved, a statement by the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry said Wednesday.
To this end, they have agreed today on the return of their ambassadors in the coming days, in order to restore channels of diplomatic dialogue between the two governments, within the framework of mutual respect and international law.
Last week, Spanish and Venezuelan officials met in Madrid and expressed their willingness to restore diplomatic relations between the two countries. Venezuelas President Nicolas Maduro said the meeting, organized at his request, would only yield positive results if the parties move forward on the basis of mutual respect.
The Venezuelan government has in the past rejected the harsh stance taken by the Spanish government on Maduros administration, which has led to a diplomatic crisis further aggravated by the recent EU sanctions imposed on the Bolivarian government.
Venezuela expelled the Spanish ambassador in January 2018 after the EU imposed sanctions on high-ranking officials, which was followed by the expulsion of Venezuelas ambassador to Spain by Mariano Rajoys gover...
On 14 April, attempts to negotiate peace between the Awlad Suliman, Tebu and Tuareg tribes, who have been clashing in and around the southern Libya city of Sebha since February of this year, have moved to Niger and are allegedly being facilitated by French diplomats after multiple attempts to reach a solution to the fighting have failed. The Awlad Suliman is an Arab tribe while the Tebu area traditionally nomadic non-Arab tribe, with members spread across southern Libya, Niger, and Chad. Both have a presence in Sebha, along with the Tuareg, an Amazigh (Berber) tribe.
The new negotiations follow a spate of drive-by shootings and kidnappings despite a supposed ceasefire being announced on the 10 April in Sebha by the Tebu Council of Elders the Awlad Suliman Council has allegedly denied that these were agreed upon. Likewise, on 9 April, the Awlad Sulimans 6th Brigade issued a statement declaring a unilateral ceasefire and giving its allegiance to the LNA.
On 10 April, unconfirmed reports began circulating that that Libyan National Army (LNA) commander Khalifa Haftar, after losing consciousness in Benghazi, was rushed to Amman in Jordan then transferred to the Val-de-Grace hospital in Paris, France. He is said to have suffered a cerebral hemorrhage. A torrent of contradictory reports on Haftars health quickly followed, ranging from LNA spokesperson Ahmed al-Mismari stating that Haftar is alive and well and due to return to Libya, to reports on 13 April that he had died. A tweet from UNSMIL on 13 April sought to allay rumors of his death, stating that UN Envoy Ghassan Salame had spoken to Haftar that day. The reality of the situation remains unclear at present.
On 11 April, the House of Representatives (HoR) President Agilah Saleh accepted the invitation of the new head of the Tripoli-based High State Council, Khaled Mishri, to meet for reconciliation talks at some point in the following days. Saleh said he accepted the invitation in the interest of reaching a consensus that would amend the Libyan Political Agreement and conclude the current political crisis.
And here's RT's take on the whole Skripal-Syria mess:
Caught in a lie, US & allies bomb Syria the night before international inspectors arrive
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Striking Syria: U.S. Shameless Violation of International Law. Fabricating Evidence and False Flag Operations
The Real Reasons. Defeat in Syria is more than defeat in one Arab state. It portends a significant shift in the power balance in the entire region.By Dr. Chandra Muzaffar
Global Research, April 17, 2018
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AFP | Merck had been seeking options for its consumer healthcare business for months
Merck had announced in September that it was looking at options for the consumer health business, including a possible sale.
On Thursday, Merck said it would use the net proceeds from the spinoff primarily to accelerate deleveraging, but also to give its key businesses healthcare, life sciences and performance materials extra financial clout.
Procter & Gambles CEO David Taylor, meanwhile, said his company liked the steady, broad-based growth of the over-the-counter healthcare market.
Merck said its consumer healthcare business, which comprises more than 900 products sold in 44 countries, had outperformed the markets overall growth in the past three years.
The deal is to be completed by the end of the year.
Germanys Merck, founded in 1668, is the worlds oldest chemical and pharmaceutical company. It employs 53,000 staff across the world and had sales last year of 25.3 billion euros.
BEIJING (AFP) Chinese combat helicopters conducted live-fire drills with missiles off the countrys southeast coast, state media said Thursday, without confirming whether the exercises took place in the sensitive Taiwan Strait.The Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) exercise took place Wednesday and involved various types of helicopters that tested all-weather operational capability of the air force at sea, the official Xinhua news agency said.
State broadcaster CCTV showed footage of helicopters firing missiles at distant objects in the water.
The reports did not say exactly where the exercises took place, but they occurred on the same day that China conducted live-fire drills in the Taiwan Strait.
Beijing had announced the Taiwan Strait drills last week, further ramping up tensions following stark warnings against any independence moves by the self-ruled island, which China sees as its sovereign territory.
Vessels had been ordered to avoid a certain area off the Chinese mainlands coast, triggering speculation that a flotilla spearheaded by Chinas sole aircraft carrier would take part in the exercise.
But Taiwans defence ministry said Wednesday that the drills only involved land-based artillery conducting routine shooting practice, accusing Beijing of exaggerating its plans as a form of verbal intimidation and sabre-rattling.
The drills coincided with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wens visit to Swaziland, one of Taipeis few remaining international allies.
Beijing has stepped up military patrols around Taiwan and used diplomatic pressure to isolate it internationally since Tsai took office.
China sees the democratically-governed island as a renegade part of its territory to be brought back into the fold and has not ruled out reunification by force.
Beijing has also been angered by Washingtons arms sales to Taipei, and China protested last month after President Donald Trump signed a bill allowing top-level US officials to travel to Taiwan.
Washington switched diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to China in 1979 but maintains trade relations with the island.
Although President Trump has so far shown goodwill to talks with North Korea and the search for peace, when Washington realizes that a genuine peace settlement involves the complete withdrawal of American military forces from Korea, his thumbs-up is likely to become inverted.
Israelis second-favorite choice for prime minister charges that the long-serving incumbent does not put the greater good of Israel ahead of his own political interests anymore
Something happened to him. Something changed. Hes not the same person that he was.
So says Yair Lapid, the countrys second most favored choice of prime minister, about the man he is determined to defeat: the seemingly perennial first choice, Benjamin Netanyahu.
Interviewed this week in a bustling Ramat Aviv cafe, Yesh Atid leader Lapid acknowledges helpfully that hes not Netanyahus psychologist, but he ascribes that change to a combination of factors including the prime ministers legal problems, the sheer length of his time in office, and the fact that the world is changing and he didnt change fast enough with it.
Lapid insists that hes not blind to Netanyahus many achievements, but ultimately, in his telling, what Israel is witnessing with Netanyahu now is the corrosive impact of a premier far too long in power. He cant even think of another Western leader in office today who was first elected as far back as Netanyahus initial victory, in 1996. (Because there isnt one, though it should be noted, of course, that Netanyahu was out of office for 10 of those 22 years, between 1999 and 2009.)
And while Lapid goes to considerable lengths to challenge Netanyahus persuasive assertion of Israels economic and foreign relations renaissance, and to highlight Netanyahus failures in tackling the threats posed by Iran, he says it is Israels domestic cohesion that is most threatened by the prime ministers hold. W...
President Donald Trumps push for a quick resolution to NAFTA talks is being stymied by persistent differences among the U.S., Canada and Mexico over a handful of make-or-break issues.
After seven rounds of talks rotating between the three countries, negotiators have entered what theyve called a permanent round in Washington and are expected to keep going until a deal is struck.
Digging in for more technical talks starting on Monday, they remain at loggerheads over regional content rules for automobiles and other sticking points, even as U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said over the weekend that an agreement could be wrapped up in weeks.
A meeting between cabinet-level trade officials planned for last week to deal with the toughest issues was canceled when U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer skipped a regional summit in Peru. On Monday, Mexican Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo told reporters that he spoke to his Canadian counterpart and plans to talk with Lighthizer on Tuesday about rescheduling their meeting for Thursday in Washington. He repeated his assessment that the nations may reach a deal in the coming weeks.
Guajardo said that its important for Lighthizer to look for solutions with Mexico and Canada so that he can turn his attention to China and tariff decisions.
The faster that he resolves one of these various issues, the better, Guajardo said.
While talks are continuing on less contentious topics such as the environment and financial services, they werent the catalysts that spurred Trump to call for a renegotiati...
BEIJING (Reuters) China has conducted live-fire military drills along its southeast coast after increasingly stern warnings by Beijing for neighboring Taiwan to toe the line, but the exercises were more low key than had been flagged in state media.
The government had said the drills would happen on Wednesday off the city of Quanzhou, in between two groups of islands close to Chinas coast but that Taiwan has controlled since 1949 when defeated Nationalist forces fled to the island at the end of the Chinese civil war.
Chinese state media has said the drills were a direct response to provocations by Taiwan leaders related to what China fears are moves to push for the self-ruled islands formal independence. China claims Taiwan as its sacred territory.
Late on Wednesday, Chinese state television showed footage of helicopters firing missiles during an exercise it said was taking place on Chinas southeast coast.
While it did not provide an exact location, the report said the drills had attracted much attention in Taiwan and that they took place from 8 a.m. until midnight, giving the same time frame for the previously announced exercises in the Taiwan Strait.
State television only showed pictures of helicopters, with no mention of ships or other military equipment such as tanks or amphibious assault vehicles. The widely read Global Times tabloid said last week amphibious landing operations and long-distance attacks were likely to be simulated.
Taiwan is one of Chinas most sensitive issues and a potential military flashpoint. China has ramped up military exercises around Taiwan in the past year, including flying bombers around the island.
Taiwans Defence Ministry said on Wednesday afternoon two Chinese H-6K bombers had flown around the island, passing first through the Miyako Strait to Taiwans northeast and then back to base via the Bashi Channel between Taiwan and the Philippines.
Taiwans China policy-making Mainland Affairs Council said on Thursday the drills which it described as routine and small scale as well as the Chinese air force fly-by amounted to military intimidation.
Our determination to defend the countrys sovereign dignity will never give in to any threat or inducement of force, it said.
The latest Chinese military movements come during a time of heightened tension between Beijing and the island and follows strong warnings by Chinese President Xi Jinping against Taiwan separat...
AFP/File | China announces it will impose temporary anti-dumping measures on synthetic rubber imported from the United States, the European Union and Singapore
Chinas commerce ministry repeated that the two sides were not negotiating on the issue appearing to contradict US President Donald Trumps claim last week that the two sides were having great discussions on trade.
The two sides have not conducted any bilateral negotiations on the USs section 301 investigation or the USs proposed list of Chinese products to tax, ministry spokesman Gao Feng told a regular press briefing.
The US section 301 investigation focuses on what Washington describes as Beijings intellectual property breaches, including a failure to respect foreign patent holders.
When asked if China had underestimated the Trump administrations resolve on trade, Gao shot back: We hope the US will not underestimate Chinas resolve.
He warned that Beijing would fight back against any erroneous scheme by the US that would attempt to contain Chinas development and force China to yield.
On the surface the USs actions are targeting China, but actually it is harming itself, Gao said.
The anti-dumping measures on rubber come after an initial investigation by Chinas commerce ministry found evidence the countries were dumping the halo-isobutene-isoprene rubber.
Importers were directed to place deposits with Chinas customs department ranging in amount from 26 percent to 66.5 percent of the goods cost to be applied against the imposed tariffs if the ministry finds dumping in its final ruling.
The dumping did substantial damage to Chinas domestic industry, the commerce ministry said in a statement.
The US and Singapore are Chinas main foreign sources of the synthetic rubber, with imports from the two countries respectively totalling $153 million and $115 million last year.
It follows a similar case from Tuesday when China decided to slap provisional anti-dumping duties...
It marks Beijings first public comments about its review of the pending deal since U.S.-China trade tensions ramped up
A spokesman for the ministry, which is Chinas main antitrust regulator, said the review is still going on. Initially, the review has turned up related issues that are hard to resolve, making it difficult eliminate a negative impact, the spokesman, Gao Feng, said Thursday.
China is the last major government yet to approve the pending deal between the San Diego-based Qualcomm, a major supplier of smartphone chips, and NXP, a Dutch semiconductor maker.
US streaming service will double production budget in region in 2018
Traditional broadcasters are already grappling with how to attract and retain viewers in the face of growing competition from rivals like Netflix Reuters
Matthew Garrahan in Rome
Netflix will escalate its assault on European broadcasters by sharply increasing its content investment across the continent, with plans to spend about $1bn on original productions this year.
According to people briefed on the investment plans, the revised budget will be more than double that of last year. The company will expand both its English and foreign language offerings, with new dramas going into production in Spain, Germany, Italy, France, Poland, Turkey and the Netherlands.
The sharp increase, which will almost double the number of European productions this year, will have repercussions for traditional broadcasters who are already grappling with how to attract and retain viewers in the face of growing competition from Netflix as well as other streaming players such as Amazon.
The company said this week that international revenues would exceed US sales for the first time this quarter. Netflix expects to spend as much as $8bn on original and licensed content in 2018, with most of that spent in the US.
Netflixs rapid expansion has already helped spark a wave of media mergers in the US and Europe as cable and satellite providers bulk up in order to lure back viewers who are increasingly cutting the cable and relying solely on streaming services for TV programming.
AT&T aims to emulate Netflixs global reach with its proposed acquisition of Time Warner a deal that is being challenged by the US government while Rupert Murdoch recently admitted his decision to sell the entertainment assets of his 21st Century Fox group to Walt Disney was due to his inability to compete with Netflix.
Netflix shares hit new highs this week after its quarterly subscriber numbers topped 125m. Its market value hit $144bn, making it larger than General Electric and IBM, and only marginally smaller than Walt Disney.
The company used a plush event at a villa in Rome to launch a slate of new series on Wednesday. Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes is writing a Netflix drama about the invention of football and movie star Idris Elba is producing and starring in a new comedy.
Our belief is that great storytelling transcends borders, said Ted Sarandos, Netflixs chief content officer. The company was committed to being a voice for European entertainment, he added.
The company, one of the so-called Faangs a group of tech stocks that includes Facebook and Google has attempted to wi...
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(CD) After struggling for nearly seven months to rebuild Puerto Ricos power grid, which was destroyed by Hurricane Maria, the U.S. territory experienced an island-wide blackout on Wednesdayits first since the storm struck last September. As meteorologist Eric Holthaus put it, This is still a humanitarian emergency. Puerto Rico, Day 210:The entire island (>3,000,000 people) is w/o power for 
Women who take antidepressants during pregnancy may be more likely to have children who suffer from anxiety.Now a study has found babies born to these women have differences in their brains which may make them more susceptible to anxiety disorders in later life.
This could be because serotonin, the so-called happy hormone, affects the development of the childs brain in the womb. Antidepressants called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are believed to increase levels of the hormone.
Led by Dr Claudia Lugo-Candelas at Columbia University, New York, the study of 98 babies looked at those born to women without depression; women with depression but not on pills; and women on SSRIs.
The researchers found babies born to women on these drugs had a larger amygdala and insular cortex areas of the brain critical to emotional processing.
Professor Andrew Whitelaw, of the University of Bristol, who was not involved in the research, said: These regions of the brain are involved in the regulation of fear and anxiety. Other studies have shown that enlargement and activity in these regions are associated with anxiety disorders.
However, infants in this study were examined at just a few weeks of age and the findings may be transient.
Research from Finland has previously found children of women on SSRI pills in pregnancy are more likely to develop depression as teenagers.
The Columbia study showed babies whose mothers had taken these antidepressants while pregnant had more grey matter in their amygdala and insular cortex than those whose mothers were not depressed or depressed but not on pills.
MRI scans taken when they were three-and-a-half weeks old also showed greater connection between the two areas. This may affect how they process fear and whether they feel anxious in uncertain situations.
Following a series of advances by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and counter-attacks by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, the situation in the Rastan pocket was stabilized as the SAA and local militants reached a temporary ceasefire and agreed to re-launch negotiations on a reconciliation deal.
The SAA launched an advance in the area on April 15. However, by April 18, government forces had lost momentum and had been forced to take up defense. One of the key reasons behind this situation is problems with the operation planning and a lack of elite troops on this front.
The post Map Update: Military Situation In Rastan Pocket Following Advance By Syrian Army appeared first on .
BELLEVUE, Wash. Amazon has built its brand as a digital marketplace, but its increasingly clear that it also needs a big physical presence to sell the devices that will further knit customers into the Amazon ecosystem.
A deal announced Wednesday that Best Buy will exclusively sell Amazon Fire-edition smart televisions suggests that it can no longer achieve the scale it wants without access to more brick and mortar.
In a rare sit-down meeting with a small group of reporters on Tuesday, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos made the announcement together with Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly.
This summer, Best Buy will begin selling more than 10 4K and HD Fire TV Edition television models from Insignia, Best Buys in-house brand, and Toshiba. The TVs will have Amazon Fire TV built in, allowing users to search for and watch broadcast TV, or choose from a catalog of streaming TV episodes and movies from Netflix, Prime Video, HBO, PlayStation Vue, Hulu and other streaming sites.
The TVs will also include a voice-activated remote with Alexa, Amazons voice-enabled assistant, and are set up to pair with any Echo device, allowing users to issue commands to their television via their Echo.
The news sent shares of Internet-streaming device maker Roku (ROKU) down 12%. Its operating system has powered the Insignia house-brand TVs at Best Buy. Best Buy will keep selling Roku-powered TVs from other brands.
Brawl At Sikh Temple In Indiana Is Giving All North American Sikhs A Bad Name
By Surjit Singh Flora
Sikhism is the fifth-largest organized religion in the world, with more than 23 million followers. It originated in the Punjab region of northern India in the early 15th century.
Every April, millions of Sikhs world-wide celebrate Vaisakhi Day, a day that marks the New Year. Vaisakhi Day is considered one of the most important festivals in the Sikh calendar. Parades celebrating the event are held in Sikh communities around the world.
Sikh means disciple or learner in Sanskrit. Founded on the teachings of the guru Nanak, the faith grew in the region during the time of this first guru (teacher) and nine subsequent Sikh gurus.
The teachings of the gurus and other writings compose the Guru Granth Sahib ji, the holy scripture of the Sikh faith. Among other writings, this scripture includes about 3,000 poetic compositions, many of them hymns.
Leaders of the Central Indiana Sikh community say the brawl that broke out Sunday at a Greenwood temple does not reflect their religious teachings.
Its only a couple of people, two or three people, who are making the problem for everybody, said Jagbish Singh of the Sikh Society of Indiana.
Police from several agencies were called to a fight at the Gurdwara Sikh Temple, 1050 South Graham Road, shortly before 3 p.m. on a report of a large disturbance with weapons, dispatchers said.
Officers arrived to find a crowd of 100 to 150 people and some people tra...
(CNN) Investigators dont yet know what caused the engine failure that forced Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 to an emergency landing in Philadelphia on Tuesday, but it has similarities to an incident with the same airline in 2016.
Heres how a free press, one owned by a handful of corporations, uses its freedom. It simply tells you what it is good for its business interests, or more generally for the political and business environment it operates in. Its not interested in truth or airing all sides, or even necessarily basic facts.
The only restraint preventing the corporate media from outright lying to promote its material interests is the fear of being found out, of readers starting to suspect that they are not being told the whole truth.
If that sounds like conspiratorial nonsense to you, consider this single example (there are lots more if you trawl through my past blog posts). Lets take the matter of veteran Middle East reporter Robert Fisk arriving in Douma this week, the first western correspondent to get there. Fisk is like some relic from a bygone era, when journalists really sought to arrive at the truth, often at great personal danger, not simply win followers on Twitter.
Until his arrival, all the information we were receiving about Douma in the west originated not with on-the-ground reporters, but with jihadist groups or those living under their Islamist reign of terror. That was true of the Youtube videos, the accounts from western reporters based far off in other countries, the human rights organisations, the World Health Organisation, and so on. The fog of war in this case was truly impenetrable.
So Fisks arrival was a significant event. He was clearly aware of the journalistic burden on his shoulders. Those still in Douma, after the jihadists fled, we can assume, are mostly supporters of the Syrian government. Even if they are not, they may be fearful of retaliation from the Syrian army if they speak out against it.
So Fisk, a very experienced reporter who has won many awards, was careful in the way he handled the story. Unlike many reporters, he is prepared to add context to his reports, such as the manner or tone of the person he talked to clues to help him and us decode what they might really be thinking or meaning, rather than just what they are saying.
But the content of what he reported was incendiary. Just a few days after the US, UK and France had bombed Syria, in violation of all principles of international law, on the grounds that the Syrian government had used chemical weapons in Douma, Fisk interviewed a doctor at the clinic where the victims were treated. The doctor said no chemical attack occurred. The video footage from last week was genuine, the doctor added, but it showed civilians who had inhaled dust after a Syrian bombing attack, not gas.
Fisks account is clearly honest about what he was told. And the doctors account clearly is plausible it could fit what the video shows. So, whether right or wrong, it is a vital piece of the jigsaw as we, ordinary citizens, decide whether our gov...
Yes, you read that headline right. In the dystopian world of the United Nations, Syria will chair the UN conference on global chemical and nuclear disarmament.
Syria has consistently used chemical weapons on its people, including the latest instance earlier this month on April 7, 2018, in which 42 people, including many children, were killed in a gas attack in Douma. The U.S. retaliated for that attack in a missile strike April 14.
Having the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad preside over global chemical and nuclear weapons disarmament will be like putting a serial rapist in charge of a womens shelter, said Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch, in a statement.
The charade will continue for nearly a month, from May 28 until June 24, in Geneva.
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Allied cooperation in Syria offers a way to overcome differences over the nuclear deal.
Updated April 18, 2018 6:58 p.m. ET
Since the weekend military strike against chemical-weapons sites in Syria, the debate in Washington has centered on whether the strike went far enough. But policy makers should consider another question of equal importance: Is the U.S. prepared to cut off the financial lifelines that keep Bashar Assad in power?
The Islamic Republic of Iran spent roughly $15 billion last year to bolster its longtime strategic partner in Damascus. It bought arms for Mr. Assads military and financed the foreign Shiite militias, including Lebanons Hezbollah, that fight for the Syrian dictator. Irans annual contribution to Hezbollah alone stands at between $700 million and $800 million. Tehran has deployed its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps to Syria and has lent money to Mr. Assad to finance imports such as petroleum. Iran extended a $1 billion line of credit in 2017, on top of the $5.6 billion it had already provided. This credit is provided through the Islamic Republics Export Development Bank, while all funds ultimately run through Irans central bank.
A Syria strategy that leaves these Iranian financial spigots open is doomed to fail. W...
(FAIR) A survey by FAIR of the top 100 papers in the US by circulation found not a single editorial board opposed to Trumps April 13 airstrikes on Syria. Twenty supported the strikes, while six were ambiguous as to whether or not the bombing was advisable. The remaining 74 issued no opinion about Trumps latest escalation 
by Hugh ONeill One of the oldest cities in the world, Damascus was already 2,000 years old at the time of Homers Trojan War (1200 BC). In order to understand the present, we have to place it within the context of the past. However, there is a caveat that only the winners write history and so the challenge to historians is to read between (and behind) the lines. Historians must also deploy their judgement of the various human factors in the events recorded, by whom recorded and why; they must also be aware of their own biases which inevitably influence their vision i.e. what they choose to see or ignore. War may be defined as the deployment of mass violence to acquire resources of the many to benefit the few. Homer would have us believe that many thousands of Greek heroes left their homes and families for ten years so that King Menelaus could rescue Helen his queen who had been abducted by Paris, son of King Priam of Troy. We also learn from Homer
Wealth maketh many friends; but the poor is separated from his neighbour.
James Mad Dog Mattis spoke this week, at a pentagon press briefing, saying, among other things, that it was a time for all civilized nations to unite. The use of this trope civilized echoes colonial sensibility. It is part of general shifting of meaning in the rhetoric of Empire over the last, say, 80 years.
Never mind that the occasion of this speech, as seems increasingly the norm, was based on mostly propaganda. No evidence for a chemical attack was actually provided. Just as the evidence in the Skripal (attempted) murder (sic) is conspicuously lacking.
This is a time when war criminals (unprosecuted, of course) can simply count on the utter amnesia of both the public and the quisling western press.
So lets go back and check a few boxes on Mattis. This is the man who oversaw the war crimes of Fallujah and then helped cover them up. One can read about it here
So how is it that Mattis can so confidently count on the silence and complicity of the corporate press? Mattis is no doubt sociopathic. He is a lizard eyed lisping sadist and yet he is fawned over and described as the the most revered Marine in a generation by the same prostrate press. The adoration of the military in western media is at an all time high. And entertainment today is laden with the most jingoistic and nativist rhetoric imaginable. Hollywood today produces fiction that is uniform in its opinions and values. Watch this season of Designated Survivor. I know that is asking a lot, but do it anyway. Kiefer Sutherland is one of those actors who in middle age has begun to take on the tight lipped appearance of an aggrieved or constipated Quaker. The show is so stunningly reactionary that one finds some difficulty in arriving at the right words. But it is not an anomaly. Half of network prime time drama is military-based in theme. And today Hollywood staff writers can count on CIA or Pentagon advisors taking an active part in the creation of scripts. The blurring of fiction and Imperial fiction, as it were. There are ongoing themes in this Sutherland show about Russian interference in US democracy and most recently a story built around a tiny Asian nation with an insane dictatorial leader who wants nuclear weapons. The depictions of the Asian characters is only slightly less cartoon like than Charlie Chan. And always there are the requisite evil Muslim terrorist.
But back to the disturbing figure of Jim Mattis. His...
Obamas lawyers never thought Trump would be the next White House incumbent, or that it would be Bolton whispering in his ear. If they had, maybe they wouldnt have corroded the U.S.s commitment to following international law before launching military strikes abroad
There has been too little discussion in the U.S. about the legality, under international law, of President Donald Trumps...
Nigerian forces battling Boko Haram jihadists need a change of mindset to overcome an evolving guerrilla threat, US military officials said this week on the sidelines of an African security summit.
Boko Harams tactics from improvised explosive devices to hiding within the local population necessitate a shift away from conventional strategies, said Lieutenant-Colonel Sean McClure, the US defence attache in Abuja.
We havent necessarily seen that kind of adaptation cycle, he told AFP. Theyre trying to figure out how to do this.
How they think in terms of combat, in my opinion, is still thinking of things as conventional warfare.
As the United States steps up its military presence in Africa, it hopes to share lessons learned in the Middle East with Nigeria and other countries in the Sahel fighting extremist groups.
The Sahel region is host to a string of Islamist groups including Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) in Mali and Boko Haram in Nigeria and the wider Lake Chad area.Nigeria, Africas most populous country with more than 180 million people, has been fighting Boko Haram since 2009 and has repeatedly claimed to have defeated the group.Nigerias Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai, declared on Tuesday there was no doubt Boko Haram terrorists have been defeated, they dont have the capacity. . Nigerias Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai
But persistent attacks against soldiers and civilians, including a brazen new kidnapping of over 100 schoolgirls from the northeastern town of Dapchi on February 19, suggest otherwise.
Meanwhile, the emergence of an ISIS-allied faction of Boko Haram, whose strategy is to provide an alternative government for people living in the impoverished region, poses a new threat.
It starts to become a very wicked problem, McClure said.
At a military demonstration in Gwagwalada, a town on the outskirts of Abuja, Nigerian special forces performed a battle drill in front of Africas senior commanders.
Soldiers rappelled from helicopters as the midday sun blazed over the savannah, then the infantry moved in to liberate mock hostages from a compound.
But with Bor...
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This article was republished with permission from the Middle East Forum
Victor Orbns landslide electoral victory on Sunday, gaining 134 seats out of 199 in Hungarys parliament, increases his governing supermajority and endorses his tough policy of excluding illegal immigrants, especially from the Middle East. His success dramatizes a new reality across Europe and in Australia: a novel kind of party has emerged, disturbing the political scene and arousing impassioned debate.
Examples of this phenomenon include the other three members of the Visegrd group (Poland, Czechia, and Slovakia) as well as Austrias four-month old government. Geert Wilders, leader of the Party for Freedom in the Netherlands, sees western Europe following the Visegrd group: In the Eastern part of Europe, anti-Islamification and anti-mass migration parties see a surge in popular support. Resistance is growing in the West, as well.
In France, the National Front emerged as the second strongest party in last years presidential elections, in Italy, a muddled situation could lead to an Orbn-like government, while Cory Bernardis Conservatives and Pauline Hansons One Nation have made their mark on the Australian scene. Indeed, like-minded parties have quickly become a significant force in some twenty countries....
David Davis (left) and Michel Barnier Reuters
Move to set agenda by early publication of plans for future UK-EU relationship
James Blitz and George Parker
David Davis, the UK Brexit secretary, is urging prime minister Theresa May to get ahead of the EU by publishing detailed proposals for the future UK-EU relationship as soon as possible rather than waiting for Brussels to lay down its terms.
Mr Daviss allies have discussed Britain producing a document of more than 50 pages possibly as early as next month setting out detailed plans on issues such as a future customs relationship, financial services and regulation.
Until now, Michel Barnier, the EUs chief negotiator, has always been the first to produce drafts of the legal texts that need to be negotiated in the Brexit negotiations, effectively setting the agenda for talks.
UK and EU officials met in Brussels on Wednesday to hold preliminary talks on the future relationship, with a view to drawing up a political declaration by October.
Mrs Mays allies confirmed that there had been early-stage discussions on producing a report on the British negotiating position ahead of the June European Council meeting, and that Mr Davis wanted the paper to be as detailed as possible.
But publishing a detailed account of Britains plan for a future relationship could upset a fragile cabinet truce on Europe, as there are still tensions among ministers over exactly how close the UK should stay to the EU after Brexit.
The more general it is, the easier it would be to get through cabinet, said one person close to the discussions. There is obviously some tension around how much detail we can agree.
Olly Robbins, the lead official in Brexit talks, has pointed out that the EU expects detailed negotiations on a trade deal to take place after the UK leaves the EU next March, during the implementation period, regardless of whether Britain tries to force the pace.
However, Mrs May and Mr Davis have decided that Britain should try to secure as much detail in October as possible, rather than deliberately keeping the deal vague, so as to secure maximum agreement within the Tory party and satisfy Whitehall officials.
The big decision has been taken, said one senior government figure. We want to secure a detailed agreement on the future relationship in October, otherwise how will we get it through parliament?
Mr Davis has argued that Eurosceptic Tory MPs will not sign off on the EU withdrawal treaty including an exit bill of 39bn unless they know what they are being offered by Brussels in terms of a long-term trade deal.
Dominic Grieve, a leading pro-European Tory MP, sa...
We are living in scary times. And I wont pretend I dont feel despair I do. But since we cant control our future, and since our days are counted,
French President Emmanuel Macron is headed to Berlin on a trip aimed at bringing Chancellor Angela Merkel into his corner on EU reforms. But when it comes to European policy, the two leaders remain far apart.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron address one another as lieber Emmanuel and chere Angela. They appear friendly two leaders who trust one another. But they also dont mince words on issues they dont agree on. Both know that Europe wont move forward without close Franco-German coordination. And thats why Merkel and Macron are still seeking compromise when it comes to European Union economic and finance policy.
Macron wants to fortify the eurozone against unexpected financial crises, and is demanding a roadmap for step-by-step progress. Germanys new government, meanwhile, is pushing for a new era for Europe and has even declared a readiness to contribute more to the EU budget.
Nevertheless, Berlin is largely skeptical of what Macron is selling. Opponents argue the French presidents plans are not in Germanys interest as they force the German taxpayer to foot the bill for other countries. A transfer union is not compatible with Germanys constitution, they say, adding that it contradicts the voters will as well as that of many northern states in the eurozone.
If they shared a budget, the eurozone states could counter economic crises and plan future investments, Macron says. It is still unclear who would fill the coffers.
Macron has also repeatedly mentioned creating the post of e...
The monthly settlement of the VIX has left investors feeling decidedly unsettled....
The US Capitol (Photo: PAUL J. RICHARDS / AFP / Getty Images)
One of the best things about living in America, or another Western democratic country, is that if you dont like the government, you can vote to change it. If enough people vote to change it, the government will change.
Of course, there are many flaws with the system and politicians may not be as responsive to voter concerns as many would like. But the principle is still there. Elections take place, a government comes in and a government leaves.
Each election cycle has the power to bring in someone who will radically remake the state. This makes democracies flexible.
But what they gain in flexibility, they lose in perspective. Five years is not actually a very long time. Most mortgages are 25 or 30 years. Children will stay in the same elementary or high school for longer. It can take two or three years for a start-up business just to break even, let alone become profitable and establish itself in the marketplace.
This is nothing compared to the scale of long-term geopolitical trends. The Syrian Civil War has been going on for seven years. Does America have a long-term strategy for dealing with the problems associated with that war? For resettling refugees?
Islamists, on the other hand, do not have to worry about four-year election cycles. There is no handover of power other than if a leader is too old or dies, and usually, the successor is designated.
The downside of this kind of thinking is that authoritarian movements become stagnant, rigid and inflexible compared to democracies. They are also non-responsive to the needs of citizens, so problems can fester for a long time before being dealt with. Authoritarian states often have worse of economies and less happy citizens for t...
The Statue of Liberty in New York (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
The late Andrew Breitbart, founder of the news site Breitbart, believed in the dictum that politics is downstream from culture.
What this means is that while individual politicians may come and go, surrounding cultural attitudes to religion and politics are more important than any set of policies, since those attitudes will end up producing the politicians who go on to implement the policies.
We can see this plainly. If the culture shifts (to take a random example) against the notion that gun ownership is an acceptable form of self defense, then politics will change to reflect that and the constitution will be amended.
Right now the Left has one overarching cultural narrative. That narrative dominates and impacts all its attitudes, radical Islam included.
The Narrative of Smashing White Supremacy Shapes the Left
The Left sees itself as champion of progress and positive change. The enemy of the Left is the white supremacist/capitalist Christian conservative archetype, drawn from centuries of European history, apocryphally known as The Man.
In the United States in the modern period, it is exemplified in the person of George Wallace, four time governor of Alabama who vigorously opposed the civil rights movement. The Left see it as its duty, and its core reason for existing, to oppose and dismantle their notion of white supremacist brutality...
(TIM) An exclusive report by Pearson Sharp of One America News, who went to the site of the alleged chemical weapons attack in the war-torn town of Douma outside the capital of Damascus, reported that residents there deny an attack happened and instead claim it was staged by rebel forces in an effort to incite a 
Why has the fact finding mission (FFM)of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) not visited Douma? The OPCW inspectors are held up by the United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) which has a say about...
For weeks, British Prime Minister Theresa May and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson have insisted that there is no alternative explanation to Russian government responsibility for the poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury last month. But in fact the British government is well aware that such an alternative explanation Continue reading "An Alternative Explanation to the Skripal Mystery"
The contra-narrative about Assads alleged gas attack is gaining traction as the evidence comes in. It increasingly seems probable that some folks suffocated or were overcome with smoke inhalation and hypoxia (oxygen deprivation) when buildings, tunnels and underground bunkers collapsed into clouds of dust during the final battle for Douma last Saturday. Then the desperate Continue reading "The Deep State and the Big Lie Douma Deposed"
Hopefully we will never reap what we sow. The state violence that the U.S. has incurred on other nations has been unparalleled since World War II. The Vietnam War caused two million-plus civilian deaths to prevent a Soviet ally from burgeoning in Southeast Asia. Latin American interventions during the 1980s on behalf of right-wing dictators Continue reading "On Reaping What We Sow, Civilian Deaths and the Syrian Airstrikes"
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Poor Nikki Haley: she doesnt get that having presidential ambitions and actually being the President are two different things! She went ahead and announced new sanctions on Russia and was promptly contradicted by the White House, which averred that Nikki is confused, and that no new sanctions are contemplated. I dont get confused, said Continue reading "A President Held Hostage?"
(ANTIWAR.COM) The UN Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) continues to prevent chemical inspectors from entering Douma for their investigation, citing safety concerns. They have offered no timetable for when the Organization for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) inspectors will be allowed in. The OPCW inspectors did not visit Monday, and there were a lot of allegations exchanged as to 
Via: WTOP: A woman who drove into the CIA headquarters compound in McLean, Virginia, with a loaded gun, a passport and $100,000 in cash while wearing a wig is being held without bond. Charging documents said Beth Huth drove her white Kia Soul onto CIA property in Langley last Friday afternoon past signs restricting access 
Britains Admiral Lord West. Neil Hall / Reuters RT | April 18, 2018 During a live interview, a BBC news presenter declared were in an information war with Russia after a former Royal Navy chief questioned the extraordinary claims surrounding an alleged chemical attack in Syria. Former Navy Admiral Lord Wests questioning of the 
Courts in Nineveh province have sentenced hundred of militant suspects to death since the beginning of the year.
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Tokata Iron Eyes, 14-year-old Dakota, is among youths who first brought attention to Dakota Access Pipeline threatening Standing Rock. "We are the new generation.""We are going to change the world.""The only enemy that we have is ignorance.""No one knows what they are doing right now, because they will hide it from us." LaDonna BraveBull Allard. "We must empower ourselves. We have a
. April 15 -- 25, 2018 -- The Sixth Commission of the Zapatista Army for National Liberation convokes a ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION (or seedbed, depending on who you ask): To Watch, to Listen, to Speak: No Thinking Allowed? Third session is live now. https://www.facebook.com/EnlaceZap/videos/2333416026687226/
It appears Israelis have every reason to be in festive mood this week as they celebrate the 70th anniversary of their states founding.
This Independence Day, which Israel marks according to the Hebrew calendar, on April 19, the regional, security and diplomatic environment looks to be the most favourable Israel has faced in its short history.
The Palestinians have been crushed, and Israel faces no international pressure to concede a two-state solution. The Arab states are in disarray, with growing signs that Saudi Arabia and some other Gulf states may be ready to normalise relations.
The Trump administration is little more than a cheerleader for Israel, and has pre-empted Palestinian ambitions for statehood by moving its embassy to Jerusalem next month.
And Israel has one of the few economies that is thriving despite the global recession sparked by the financial meltdown a decade ago.
Nonetheless, analysts warn, the picture over the coming decades may prove to be far less rosey than it appears now. The relatively free hand Israel currently enjoys comes with new costs and dangers, they argue.
This is more like a pyrrhic victory, Amal Jamal, a politics professor at Tel Aviv University, told Al Jazeera.
Israel has won this round of the battle, but at a price it probably cant afford in the coming rounds.
The end of the Jewish state
That sentiment is shared in unlikely places. Last month Israels popular Yedioth Aharonoth daily published the assessments of six former heads of Israels spy agency Mossad, headlined: The country is in grave condition.
One, Dani Yatom, went so far as to predict the end of the Jewish state. Another, Nahum Admoni, warned that the rift within the Israeli Jewish public was greater than at any other time in Israels history.
Michal Warschawski, an Israeli analyst and founder of the Alternative Information Centre, argued that Israel was suffering from classic hubris.
Israel is strong, rich and has powerful allies. That explains its extreme arrogance at the moment, he told Al Jazeera.
We are now in a strange situation in which the security apparatus has more insight into Israels problems than the politicians.
An indication of Israels troubles ahead are the popular, unarmed protests that have exploded on to the Palestinian political scene along Gazas perimeter fence.
For decades Israels internal security has been carefully built on an intricate system of containing, isolating and repressing Palestinians with walls, checkpoints and blockades.
But the Gaza protests suggest to some observers that Israels complex fortifications could quickly turn into a house of cards if unarmed resistance by Palestinians grows or spreads.
Israeli military commanders have repeatedly warned that they have no strategy for countering a mass popular revolt. The use of snipers to ter...
Imagine a privatized America where rugged individualism reigns supreme within a vast network of corporate America, Inc., similar to 19th century wild west lifestyle, no social security, no Medicare, no Medicaid, no public law enforcement as individuals stand their own ground. Read all about it in Scott Ericksons The History of the Decline and Fall of Americas Dystopian Future, (Azaria Press, 2018).
Ericksons newly released semi-fictional satire of American history and subsequent decline into deepening pits of despair is a sure-fire treasure trove of Americana, at its best. Its a page-turner par excellence, rich in accurate textured American history and jam-packed with imagery of a dystopian future that is simply unavoidable based upon Americas character and development over the past two centuries. The dye was cast long before onset of dystopian existence.
The History of the Decline and Fall of America highlights and exposes inherent limitations of democratic capitalism whilst explaining in full living color a future American dystopia that is fully expected based upon Americas beginnings from the time of Captain John Smith at historic Jamestown (1607). The history lesson therein is superb, not missing a beat of what shaped America up to the final tipping point of neoliberal dogma and beyond into a deep dark world order.
That process of failure, the root causes, is what intrigues. For example, Americans were not only inventing a country but inventing what it meant to be an American. Indeed, America came into being as a brand new experiment in capitalistic democracy. Within that quest for a new way forward, inclusive of equality and fraternity amongst equals, Erickson discovers and reveals unique American traits that belie that mission, leading to a neoliberal/privatization hellhole that goes horribly wrong.
That fascinating pathway is explained via enchanting quips, for example, de Tocquevilles remarkably astute comment: I know of no country, indeed, where the love of money has taken a stronger hold on the affections of men. This one isolated statement from the 1830s tells a tale of American character molded by artificiality of wealth creation simply for the sake of possessing it. Americas pursuit of happiness was the pursuit of affluence and...
. April 18, 2018: Watch the powerful presentation: https://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2018/04/live-indigenous-women-land-defenders-at.html Indigenous Women Protecting and Defending Rights, Land and Climate Dear Friends and Allies, Please be invited to join the Women's Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) International, tomorrow, Wednesday April 18th for 'Indigenous Women Protecting and
(ANTIMEDIA) Last week, the Supreme Court dealt another blow to police accountability in the United States. In a 7-2 ruling in Kisela v. Hughes, a majority of Supreme Court justices decided that police officer Andrew Kisela of the University of Arizona Police Department could not be sued for shooting Amy Hughes, who was holding a knife at the time of the shooting but was not 
By Tyler Durden | Zero Hedge | April 18, 2018 The United States Army wants to develop a system that can be quickly integrated and deployed into its weaponized drone fleet to automatically Detect, Recognize, Classify, Identify (DRCI) and target enemy combatants and vehicles using artificial intelligence (AI). This is an impressive leap forward, whereas humans still 
Source 18.04.2018 Hassan Diab shown in Al-Jazeeras coverage of the alleged chemical attack. Click to see the full-size image A group of Russian correspondents led by Evgeny Poddubny has found a boy filmed by the White Helmets in their video showing people affected by the alleged chemical attack in Douma on April 7. According to 
Palestine Chronicle April 18, 2018 On Monday, April 16, 2018, the Durham city council in the US, became the first US city council to ban police exchanges with the Israeli policy. After 3.5 hours and 50 powerful and inspiring testimonies, the Durham city council has just unanimously passed a resolution to end Durham police 
Sudan again came under pressure last week to withdraw troops from Yemen when pictures depicting yet another failure surfaced on social media. Yemens Army and Popular Committees who control most of Yemens northern provinces ambushed and killed dozens of invading Sudanese troops.
The United Arab Emirates reportedly reached out to Uganda this week seeking troops for an upcoming military operation along Yemens western coastline. Indigenous Yemeni forces currently control these areas.
This demonstrates the Saudi coalitions failure to rally support from the Yemeni military for their war. Throughout the course of the conflict, Yemens Republican Guard has fought on the side of Ansarullah aka. the Houthis. After the death of late Yemeni President, Ali Abdullah Saleh, the Saudi coalition expected most Republican Guard forces to join their cause.
That didnt work out. Many Republican Guard forces refused to join the Saudi coalition afte...
New York, April 18, 2018--Liberian authorities should thoroughly investigate the killing of Tyron Brown, a video editor and camera operator with Super Communications, a privately owned outlet that runs Super FM and Super Television, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.
Over the past three weeks the Great March of Return in Gaza has been met with an overwhelming Israeli military response. During this time Israel has killed nearly 40 protesters. In addition, Israel has used massive amounts of tear gas in an attempt to quash the protests.
Below are a series of photos that demonstrate the creativity and resilience of the Palestinian protesters demanding their rights in Gaza. Due to the ongoing siege many common materials are not available, but much like Onion boy Mohammed Ayyash, the people of Gaza are finding a way.
An alternative explanation to the mystery surrounding the poisoning of Russian double-agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter may involve a possibility that neither the British nor Russian governments want to talk about. (CN) For weeks, British Prime Minister Theresa May and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson have insisted that there is no alternative explanation to Russian government responsibility for 
'De Russen, Chinezen en Iranirs komen er aan';
Stan van Houcke en Kees van der Pijl
L'eau Est La Vie Camp - No Bayou Bridge April 18th 2018Media Contact: firstname.lastname@example.orgOne Arrested for Continued Resistance of the Bayou Bridge PipelineMAURICE, LA -- On the morning of April 18th a water protector locked herself into a cement filled barrel placed in the trench of a horizontal directional drill on a construction site of the Bayou Bridge Pipeline. Over a dozen more
(ANTIMEDIA) The U.S. nuclear submarine that helped U.S., U.K., and French forces commit an act of war against Syria last week is no longer welcome near the waters of Italys largest seaports, Newsweek reports. Citing Italian newspaper La Repubblica, Newsweek reported that Naples Mayor Luigi de Magistris wrote last week to Rear Admiral Arturo Faraone, head of the citys port authority, 
Beirut, April 18, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed concern about the arrest of Hazem Naser, a Palestinian cameraperson and video editor for An-Najah Broadcasting Channel (NBC).
Workers assembly at Officine Zero, a former night train repair facility, in Rome (Photo: Officine Zero)
A common feature in every crisis situation, from the upheavals of the early 20th century to the neo-liberal re-structurings of the late 20th century, is the emergence of workers control workers organising to take over their workplaces in order to defend their jobs and their communities. We interviewed Dario Azzellini* to talk about this issue in depth: the emergence of new values and social relations not just in the recuperated workplaces but also in the communities, the need to re-orient production, the overcoming of the separation between political, economic and social spheres, and the role of workers control in the larger struggle against capitalism.
Ricardo Vaz: Why is workers control an important issue?
Dario Azzellino: It is an important issue because if we look at what is socialism, what Karl Marx described, the living example for him is the Paris Commune. It is the people taking matters into their own hands, and the state as such disappears because power is no longer delegated.
But I would say that workers control is one first step on a path to socialism, in the sense that control over production and workplace should not be only on behalf of the workers but also of the communities, the self-organised people in general. And even that is still not the last step, because as Marx says, the commune is the finally discovered political form, so it is still a political form. Socialism, or communism, is about going beyond politics, achieving the self-organisation of life.
So these are all intermediary steps, and even the commune would not be the final form, but we cannot even imagine the final form, because we are trapped in the imagination of what we know and what has been done. What has to be developed is probably beyond our imagination now.
RV: Nevertheless it is important also in the immediate context
DA: Yes, because if workers take charge of their workplaces and decide on production, the labour processes, the values, everything changes. We have seen that in worker-controlled places. Security and health questions become central, and they are far from it in capitalist workplaces. For example, many worker-controlled workplaces start working with organic, or less toxic, production, because they are exposed to it.
New York, April 13, 2018 --The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the killing of three members of an Ecuadoran reporting team who were kidnapped on March 26 in northern Ecuador near the Colombian border and called for the perpetrators to face justice. President Lenn Moreno confirmed today that reporter Javier Ortega, photojournalist Pal Rivas, and driver Efran Segarra, who worked for Ecuadoran daily newspaper El Comercio, have been killed.
(ANTIMEDIA) Mike Pompeo, current CIA director and U.S. President Donald Trumps nominee for secretary of state, reportedly met with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un over the Easter weekend, further indicating that the two countries are becoming increasingly serious about meeting later this year. The Washington Post broke the story about what was supposedly a top-secret meeting late Tuesday night. The Post noted 
Ruptly broadcast of the presser held by Russian Ambassador to the United Kingdom Alexander Yakovenko on Friday, April 13 regarding the alleged Skripal poisoning and the alleged chemical weapon attack on Douma. Worth watching for the video comparison of Tony Blair, lying about WMDs in 2003 to promote war in Iraq, and proclaiming his support for war in Syria in 2108, based on the lies about the certitude of Russian culpability promulgated by the current UK govt. The statement took place the day after the release of the report by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which backed the U.K.s assessment that a military-grade nerve agent was used to poison former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury. The US/UK/French air strikes took place the night of 13-14 April, just hours after this
The Douma event was agreed to be investigated by OPCW inspectors. They moved to Lebanon, they were told by the Syrian Government that they would be immediately issued visas as they come to the border...
https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-april-18-2018-syrian-army-advances-in-rastan-reaches-deal-in-dumayr/ After the victory in Eastern Ghouta, the Syrian military turned its eyes to other militant-held pockets across the country. On April 15, the Syrian Army and the National Defense
Listen here. Its been a week of battle at La ZAD, and we share a day-to-day play-by-play of the resistance to the governments eviction operation. Elsewhere in France, the Tarnac Nines legal victory shows that with a little luck and courage, we can beat the state. Direct action gets the goods for a university occupation against a racist student body president at Texas State University in San Marcos, we finally have an address where you can write Cedar, who is in jail on charges of conspiracy over the anti-gentrification prole stroll in Hamilton, Ontario, and we close the episode by sharing calls for May Day actions in Los Angeles, Eugene, Portland, Olympia, and Seattle.
Peering into Central America's largest protected area, from the "buffer zone" in Volcan Baru, northwest Panama (Photo courtesy of the author)
On April 18, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the Tiger Forces launched a military operation against the US-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) in the Eastern Qalamun region, 40km north of the city of Damascus. Syrian pro-government sources reported that the SAA had begun its advance around the town of al-Ruhaybah and had captured the Hawash area.
Warplanes of the Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) and the Russian Aerospace Forces supported the SAA attack and conducted more than 600 airstrikes on positions of the FSA in the mountainous areas of the Eastern Qalamun region, according to Syrian opposition sources.
Creeping Sharia, April 17, 2018: 9/11 was just the first notable battle in the Islamic takeover of the United States. As we noted a few weeks ago, the Ongoing Islamization of America Muslims Going Hyper Political. Its much worse than Continue reading
18, 2018 
Steve Carlisle will replace Johan de Nysschen in an effort to push the brand back on top
April 18, 2018 12:34 p.m. ET
General Motors Co. has replaced the head of its Cadillac luxury brand amid a lackluster turnaround effort in the U.S. market despite strong results in China.
Johan de Nysschen, 58, best known in the auto industry for helping Volkswagen AGs Audi brand gain U.S. prominence a decade ago, is leaving the company effective immediately, GM said Wednesday.
GM named Steve Carlisle, 55, a longtime GM veteran who has been running the auto makers Canadian business, to succeed Mr. de Nysschen.
GM President Dan Ammann, who oversees GMs luxury brand, in a statement praised Mr. de Nysschen for setting a stronger foundation for Cadillacs growth but added that the brand must accelerate its turnaround.
The world is changing rapidly,and it is paramount that we capitalize immediately on the opportunities that arise from this rate of change, Mr. Ammann said. This move will further accelerate our efforts in that regard.
Once the top U.S. luxury auto maker, Cadillac has been surpassed in the last two decades by...
If your social media feed was abuzz with snaps from the annual Coachella festival this weekend, it probably looked like an idyllic gathering of the worlds most beautiful people, all living their best lives while watching the biggest music acts in the world.
But Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat are lying to you. Its true that this weekends festival featured some of pops A-list, including headline sets from The Weeknd, Eminem and Beyonc (whose set really was all that). But for most attendees, Coachella is a grueling weekend that can leave you shattered, broke and possibly suffering from a respiratory infection. Heres why the festival isnt quite what its painted to be.
Do you enjoy breathing? Well, the desert dust at Coachella will put an unceremonious end to that. Theres nothing remotely glamorous about hacking up brown phlegm and desperately calling every pharmacy in the Palm Desert area to ask if they stock neti pots.
The crowd at Coachella is particularly young, and that means having to dodge people dabbling in narcotics for the first time. At one point during a set by Brit-rockers Alt-J, a young man came up to me and nervously asked me for some kind of pill. I was sorely tempted to give him one of my antihistamine tablets and send him on his merry way.
Watching everything from miles away
Coachellas so sprawling that unless youre willing to stay in one spot all day and have a camel-like ability to go without water youre not gonna be in the front or even the middle for your favorite acts. Cardi Bs set was so well-attended that the crowd stretched back for two football fields. At that point, you could watch it with greater clarity on Periscope.
Traffic, traffic and more traffic
Unless youre camping, youll spend several hours of your Coachella experience in a car. The incoming traffic to the site during the day is a major...
Press TV April 18, 2018 Iran has firmly rejected fresh US and British allegations of Tehran sending missiles to Yemen, saying the two are seeking to whitewash their shameful complicity in the crisis gripping the war-torn country by leveling false charges against others. The US and UK complicity in Yemen crisis is shameful, Irans 
AFP | EU lawmakers want Zuckerberg to answer their questions in person, just like he did before the US Congress
The EU is introducing tough new data protection rules next month, which Facebook has said it will comply with, and Tajani warned the parliament was a key decision maker in the regulatory process.
In the letter, seen by AFP, Tajani thanks Zuckerberg for his kind offer to send Joel Kaplan, Facebooks vice-president for public policy and external affairs.
However, all political groups stressed the absolute need of your personal presence, as was the case before the United States Congress, the letter continues.
We are convinced that the millions of Europeans affected by the Cambridge Analytica scandal deserve a full and thorough explanation from Facebooks top manager, just as was the case for US citizens.
Facebook admitted earlier this month that up to 87 million users may have had their data hijacked by British consultancy Cambridge Analytica, which worked for US President Donald Trump during his 2016 campaign.
The social media giant took out full-page ads in a number of European newspapers on Monday to trumpet the new EU data protection rules as it tries to win back trust.
The EUs General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which comes into effect on May 25, aims to give users more control over how their personal information is stored and used online, with big fines for firms that break the rules.
Zuckerberg, who has repeatedly apologised for the massive data breach, last week told the US Congress that the more stringent EU rules could serve as a rough model globally.
April 16, 2018 / Gilad Atzmon by Gilad Atzmon Holocaust Is Fading From Memory the New York Times reported last week. Apparently a survey commissioned by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germanyfound that many adults lack basic knowledge of what happened and this lack of knowledge is more pronounced among millennials, whom the survey defined as people 
18.04.2018 Written by Brian Kalman exclusively for SouthFront; Brian Kalman is a management professional in the marine transportation industry. He was an officer in the US Navy for eleven years. A number of days have passed since naval and air assets of the United States, France and the UK struck a number of targets of the Syrian government within that 
Heden mocht ik van de organisatie achter het symposium over 9/11, dat op 13 mei a.s. gehouden wordt in de Stadsschouwburg te Utrecht, het hierna volgende bericht ontvangen.
Alvast nog dit: voor degenen die Barbara Honegger willen interviewen, een der sprekers op 13 mei te Utrecht, daarvoor is gelegenheid op 11 of 12 mei in Amsterdam. Voor meer info daarover, gelieve contact op te nemen met Jan van Aken via email@example.com of via 06 - 26 28 55 68.
Stuur deze mededeling vooral door naar andere genteresseerden, journalisten etc.
Dank en groet,
Barbaba Honegger naar Nederland voor symposium over complot 9/11
Barbaba Honegger, voormalig politiek analist van het Witte Huis, komt naar Nederland. Op 13 mei geeft zij in de Stadsschouwburg in Utrecht een presentatie over de nieuwste ontwikkelingen in het onderzoek naar 9/11 en de nieuwe grote rechtzaak. Insteek: De huidige officiele complot theorie van de Amerikaanse regering kan onmogelijk waar zijn. Explosieven zijn gebruikt om de 3 WTC torens te laten instorten.
Afgelopen week ging in New York een procedure van start die uiteindelijk moet leiden tot het instellen van een Grand Jury. Die wil de oorzaak van de aanslagen van 11 september 2001 gaan onderzoeken. In een officile petitie van 52 paginas met 57 bewijsstukken die door topjuristen is opgesteld, wordt aangetoond dat er explosieven zijn gebruikt om de drie WTC-torens te laten instorten.
Architects & Engineers for 911 Truth
De juristen hebben de informatie gebruikt die verzameld is door de 3000 architecten en ingenieurs die zich verenigd hebben in de wereldwijde organisatie Architects & Engineers for 911 Truth. Ook de oprichter en voorzitter van deze organisatie, Richard Gage, spreekt op het symposium in Utrecht.
Bevrijding van Bedrog
Het symposium met de titel Bevrijding van Bedrog wordt georganiseerd door de recent opgerichte stichting '11 September'. Bestuurslid Wico Valk: Het symposium gaat over de belangrijkste en nog steeds onbeantwoorde vragen rond 9/11 en wordt begeleid door medebestuurslid George van Houts, acteur en theatermaker en bekend van het theatergezelschap De Verleiders. Hij zal met gepaste wrange humor de aantoonbare onhoudbaarheid van de officile samenzweringstheorie aannemelijk maken door enkele van de top-experts aan het woord te laten en vragen van het publiek te laten beantwoorden.
Misdadigers van 11 september
George van Houts: Ik zal tevens een interview/dialoog houden met emeritus hoogleraar Karel van Wolferen. Deze voormalig NRC-journalist spreekt vrijuit over de stilte die klinkt over alle onbeantwoorde 9/11-vragen".
""n van de juristen die aan de wieg heeft gestaan van de nieuwe juridische procedure is de dit jaar overleden erevoorzitter van he...
As the Great March of Return enters its fourth week in the besieged Gaza Strip, the activists behind the massive peaceful demonstrations have a message for the world:
The Palestinian people, especially in Gaza, cannot bear the Israeli siege any longer, says Nabeel Diab of the National Commission to Break the Siege of Gaza. The Palestinian people are eager to achieve their freedom, their independence, and their right to return to the villages where they were forced out of 70 years ago.
Diab is a member of a grassroots organization of activists who helped plan the march. He says the idea was born after the massive Nakba Day demonstration in 2011 when thousands of Palestinian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Egypt and the Palestinian territory marched to the borders with Israel to demand their collective right of return to their homelands.
Diab says the message of the Great March of Return is the same as the message of the 2011 protests. The march is a massive, popular event, supporting the idea that the Palestinian people maintain their right to return and to stay on their lands, he tells Mondoweiss.
The Great March of Return protests have been portrayed by Israels government and military as Hamas-led, controlled, and inspired. Israeli media has largely maintained the governments narrative that Hams is inciting violence in Gaza.
But, Diab insists that is not the case.
The Israeli governments allegations that Hamas organized these protests are lies, and are defamatory statements that have no basis in reality, Diab says. This march is the embodiment of popular action involving children, women, and involving all the Palestinians that refuse to accept the occupation of our land.
Critics have argued that Israel has used the Hamas narrative to justify their excessive use of force against protesters.
As of April 14, 36 Palestinians had been killed in Gaza by the Israeli army since the protests began.
These protests have shown the world how the right-wing Israeli occupation government commits war crimes against us and our rights, Diab tells Mondoweiss.
By Neil Clark | RT | April 18, 2018 According to Russias Prosecutor General, 61 criminals who stole up to $10 billion in Russia are enjoying life in the UK. Britain claims to be concerned about dirty money, but has rejected requests from Moscow for extradition. It was the financial heist of the century. The looting 
One reason its so easy to get an American administration, the mainstream media, and the American people to jump on an anti-Russian bandwagon is of course the legacy of the Soviet Union. To all the real crimes and shortcomings of that period the US regularly added many fictitious claims to agitate the American public against Moscow. That has not come to a halt. During a debate in the 2016 Republican presidential primary, candidate Ben Carson (now the head of the US Housing and Urban Development agency) allowed the following to pass his lips: Joseph Stalin said if you want to bring America down, you have to undermine three things: Our spiritual life, our patriotism, and our morality. This is a variation on many Stalinist quotes over the years designed to deprecate both the Soviet leader and any American who can be made to sound like him. The quote was quite false, but the debate moderators and the other candidates didnt raise any question about its accuracy. Of course not.
Another feature of Stalinism that was routinely hammered into our heads was that of the non-person or unperson the former well-known official or writer, for example, who fell out of favor with the Stalinist regime for something he said or did, and was thereafter doomed to a life of obscurity, if not worse. In his classic 1984 George Orwell speaks of a character who was already an unperson. He did not exist: he had never existed. I was reminded of this by the recent sudden firing of Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State. Matthew Lee, the courageous Associated Press reporter who has been challenging State Department propaganda for years, had this to say in an April 1 article:
Rex Tillerson has all but vanished from the State Departments website as his unceremonious firing by tweet took effect over the weekend.
The Secretary of State Tillerson link at the top of the departments homepage disappeared overnight Saturday and was replaced with a generic Secretary of State tab. When clicked, it leads to a page that informs visitors in a brief statement that Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan became acting Secretary of State on April 1, 2018. It shows a photo of Sullivan signing his appointment papers as deputy in June 2017 but offers no explanation for the change in leadership.
In addition to that change, links that had connected to Tillersons speeches, travels and other events now display those of Sullivan. The link to Tillersons biography as the 69th secretary of state briefly returned a Were sorry, that page cant be found message. After being notified of the message, the State Department restored the link and an archive page for Tillersons tenure was enabled.
The most repea...
Wednesday 18 April 2018: today cops were playing with the electricity and shot people in the back. ZAD activists also received explicit photos of an individual in civilian clothes talking with riot cops and then leaving to rejoin our side.
Read all our articles about ZAD here.
Wednesday 18 April 2018 10:32 TODAY THE GENDARMES ARE PLAYING WITH THE ELECTRICITY: Recall of previous episodes: Last Wednesday during a massive attack gendarmes took up a position around La Gre and cut off electricity to different locations in the Zone. Enedis [the power utility ed. note] was contacted and said that the Gendarmerie was refusing to let them restore power.
A little gremlin therefore took it upon him/herself to restore electricity a few days later. This morning, under the pretext of protecting Enedis, who supposedly wanted to verify that the re-connection was not dangerous, the Gendarmerie launched a major operation with several hundred gendarmes, two armoured vehicles, GIGN [SWAT] troops, a canine team, drones, etc., because rather than coming on foot they preferred to systematically attack all the barricades in the Zone, surround La Gre, take up a position in front of Les Fosses Noires by blocking once again access to the Les Cheveux Blancs campground, etc. We have reports from people who were shot in the back as they were running from La Gre and from others who had stun grenades launched at them without prior warning.
Once again the Gendarmerie is playing with fire by provoking an increase in tension in the Zone and cutting off electricity under the pretext of verifying its operation. Im beginning to lose faith in public service!
10:16 INFILTRATION BY PLAINCLOTHES POLICE: Weve been sent some fairly explicit photos of an individual in civilian clothes talking with the Gendarmes Mobiles and then leaving to rejoin our side.
Al Houthi drone downed over Saudi city of Abha
DUBAI: The UAE armed forces anti-aircraft defense unit has intercepted an Iranian Qassef-1 drone loaded with explosives aimed at Yemeni forces, state news agency WAM reported.
The Saudi-led Arab coalition emphasized the need to address the capabilities of Iran, which it said posed a direct threat not only to the Yemeni forces and people, but to the freedom of maritime navigation in the Red Sea.
Yemens government previously accused the Iranian regime of supplying the Houthi militia with drones.
At the time, the government said the aircraft were made in Iran as Yemen did not possess the capability to build them.
By Gareth Porter | Consortium News | April 17, 2018 For weeks, British Prime Minister Theresa May and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson have insisted that there is no alternative explanation to Russian government responsibility for the poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury last month. But in fact the British government is 
We, the representatives of social and popular organizations of Peru, Latin America and the Caribbean, have met in Lima / Peru from April 10 to 14, 2018 to discuss the political, social and economic reality of our America, to share our struggles and resistance, to strengthen the militant solidarity of our peoples and the continental unity of the social and popular movements of our region. The movements which find themselves here again include union organizations that fight for the defense of the labour rights of the working class, trade associations, feminist organizations that fight for gender equality, youth and student organizations that defend the rights of youth as a leading actor, campesino organizations that continue to fight for the right to land, indigenous organizations that resist the onslaught of savage capitalism, environmental organizations that confront the predatory extractive model, organizations that defend the rights of sexual diversity...
Every year, on April 17, social movements and Campesinos commemorate the International Day of Campesino Struggle to honor the 19 campesinos of Brazils Landless Workers Movement murdered by Brazilian military in the northern state of Para on April 17, 1996 during a protest to demand their right to land. Struggle against the concentration of land in the hands of a few large landowners, a colonial legacy, has been marked in Latin Americas struggle for independence, nation-state building and its present. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Latin America has the most unequal distribution of land in the world. A 2016 Oxfam report on the issue showed that 1 percent of productive land estates hold over half of the total arable land. That means 1 percent concentrates more land than the other 99 percent.
by Abigail R. Esman Special to IPT News April 17, 2018 Forget the beheading videos, the ISIS propaganda on social media, even the terrorist attacks themselves. Europe, sayscounterterrorism expert Afshin Ellian, is Islamizing itself, and in the process, the Western values Continue reading
In 2017, individuals and corporations were still paying taxes under the old system. The Trump tax plan that Congress passed in December 2017 hadnt yet taken effect. In 2018, the rules have changed. The new tax plan favors billionaires and corporations, while leaving poor and middle income Americans essentially where they are. The richest one percent of Americans will receive a total of $85 billion in tax cuts in 2019, while the poorest twenty percent one in five Americans will receive tax cuts totaling just $3 billion. Foreign investors will benefit more from the tax cuts ($48 billion) than the bottom sixty percent (or 3 in 5) American earners ($41 billion, combined).
By Finian Cunningham | RT | April 17, 2018 With astounding double-think, the US and Britain accuse Russia of tampering with the alleged chemical-weapon attack site in Syrias Douma just days after the US, UK and France barraged the county with over 100 missiles. If anyone is guilty of tampering with the alleged crime 
One day, when historians discuss the history of Palestine under Zionist occupation, two dates will be remembered as important indicators. The first is the massacre and total destruction of the village of Deir Yassin, which was committed by Zionist militias on April 9, 1948. The second is a statement given almost exactly seventy years later by Israels defense minister, Avigdor Lieberman. Lieberman, in response to Israeli soldiers murdering innocent civilians in Gaza, said There are no innocent people in Gaza. As the state of Israel prepares to celebrate seventy years of independence, and Palestinians mourn seventy years of genocide, ethnic cleansing and apartheid, it is abundantly clear that in the eyes of Zionist Israel all Palestinians are guilty and deserve to die. As it was in Deir Yassin in April 1948, so it was in Gaza in April 2018.
Will Israel ever suffer a 'dictatorship'? Who will be the true friends of a future Israel? These, and other questions, answered
Charlottesville organisers pledge support of African Americans on trial for 'self-defence' at white nationalist rally. The trial of Corey Long, an African American man who was allegedly shot at by a white nationalist during last August's "Unite the Right" Rally in Charlottesville, Virginia has been granted a continuance. Community organisers gathered outside the courtroom on Tuesday morning wearing all black in support of Long, whose lawyers asked for the continuance. Organisers told Al Jazeera they believe the trial will take place in June. Long has been charged with misdemeanour assault and disorderly conduct related to his use of a "flamethrower" at the rally. Long's lawyers asked for the delay after being offered a plea deal, which they did not accept, activists said. Organisers feel Long was unjustly charged after white nationalists present during the August 12 rally told law enforcement they were assaulted.
RT | April 18, 2018 The US and its allies are doing practically nothing to help rebuild Raqqa, which is de-facto occupied, Russias UN Ambassador told the UNSC, after a UN representative reported on the mass-scale devastation of the Syrian city. On average, an estimated 50 people a week are being killed in Raqqa, the 
On April 8-11, the resort town of Boao, situated on the Chinese island of Hainan, saw the regular economic Boao Forum for Asia (BFA). Let us note the increasing importance of this forum that today is called the Asian Davos. This time it was visited by both the former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (chosen as Continue reading The Boao Forum for Asia at the Prospect of the US-China Trade War
Russia and India are long-standing partners with a rich history of mutually beneficial cooperation. The two countries have great trading potential. However, Russian-Indian trade and economic cooperation cannot yet be called very active. This situation is not acceptable to either side, and now Russia and India are working to develop their economic relations. For many Continue reading Russia and India on the Brink of a Major Trade Breakthrough
(TIM) British Petroleum, better known as BP, sought to convince the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) of Australia that a potential oil spill off the countrys coast would provide a welcome boost to local economies. BP made the claim in 2016 in an environmental plan written to convince NOPSEMA to approve the companys bid 
Children in the Gaza Strip. Gazans have been largely unable to rebuild from the devastation of three major Israeli military operations due to Israel's ongoing illegal blockade (Photo: public domain)
AFP/File | Former FBI director James Comey (L)and President Donald Trump: Trump denies firing Comey over the Russia collusion investigation
Slippery James Comey, the worst FBI Director in history, was not fired because of the phony Russia investigation where, by the way, there was NO COLLUSION (except by the Dems)! Trump said via Twitter early Wednesday.
Officially, Comey was fired based on the recommendation of Trump-appointed Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
But in an interview with NBC News two days after the firing, Trump made clear the letter was not the real reason, and suggested that the Russia probe was behind his thinking.
Regardless of recommendation, I was going to fire Comey, he said.
In fact, when I decided to just do it, I said to myself, you know, this thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story, an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election.
As far as Im concerned, I want that thing to be absolutely done properly, he added.
In my opinion, it shouldve been over with a long time ago because all it is an excuse.
That statement, together with Trumps later attacks on Comey and the Justice Departments Special Counsel Robert Mueller, now the head of the Russia investigation, have stoked accusations by Democrats and some legal experts that Trump has sought to stifle the probe.
Comeys memoir released on Tuesday, A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership, describes conversations he had with Trump before he was fired in which the president seemed to pressure him over the Russia investigation.
But Comey has refrained from accusing Trump of obstruction, saying in an interview with National Public Radio Tuesday that he did not have the full picture of Muellers probe to be able to make that judgement.
Mueller, meanwhile, has been silent on the direction of his nearly year-long investigation, but media reports citing people informed on the probe say it has widened from allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia to include possible obstruction.
Sputnik April 18, 2018 Swedish TV-channel TV4 has sparked outrage by offering its viewers a skewed picture of reality by substituting the US with Russia in a critical news report on the US-backed attacks against the war-torn middle-Eastern country. In a news report about the conflict in Syria by TV4, a Syrian woman was speaking about the US, 
Today, April 18th, is the eve of Israels 70th Independence Day. Some are probably wondering how that may be possible, if Israel declared its independence on the evening of May the 14th. The answer is, that Israel celebrates the event as if it was a Jewish holiday, according to the moon calendar, which most often does not coincide with the Latin, sun-based calendar.
This is only one aspect in how Israel seeks to apply itself as a Jewish State. But I am going to speak about an even more essential ideological aspect that sits at the heart of Zionism. It is not the notion of the Jewish state as such, but the notion of the Jewish nation.
First, lets jump back 100 years and look once again at the words of the British (and notably Jewish) Secretary of State for India Edwin Montagu, in his critique of His Majestys Governments intentions to endorse a Jewish national home in Palestine in 1917:
I assert that there is not a Jewish nation. The members of my family, for instance, who have been in this country for generations, have no sort or kind of community of view or of desire with any Jewish family in any other country beyond the fact that they profess to a greater or less degree the same religion. It is no more true to say that a Jewish Englishman and a Jewish Moor are of the same nation than it is to say that a Christian Englishman and a Christian Frenchman are of the same nation: of the same race, perhaps, traced back through the centuries through centuries of the history of a peculiarly adaptable race.
But Montagus logic did not win the day. Zionism did. And nowadays, many Jews around the world are relating to Israels Independence Day as if it was a religious holiday. Last Friday I had a conversation in Copenhagen with a man I hardly knew, we both merely knew we were Jewish:
Will you be celebrating Yom Haatzmaut [Israeli Independence Day]?, he asked.
You betcha I wont! I answered.
The man responded with a predictable expression of bewilderment.
Id rather be commemorating the Nakba, I said.
Nakba? Whats that? He wondered.
Its Arabic for catastrophe', I explained, when the vast majority of Palestinians was expelled.
Oh, he said.
After a short pause, he went:
But I love holidays like for example Pesach [Passover], he said.
Alright, but thats a religious holiday. Independence Day is not a religious holiday, unless you consider nationalism to be religious, I said.
That was that conversation. Yesterday I was invited by another Jew to celebrate Israeli Independence Day at the Copenhagen synagogue (as the very issue of Independence Day as a Jewi...
The head of the conservative House Freedom Caucus has asked the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to take a closer look at emails and texts between demoted FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page that previously had been given to Congress.
In a letter to Oversight Committee chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., claimed recently uncovered documents suggest a concerning level of coordination between the Department of Justice and the FBI throughout crucial moments of the investigation into [Hillary] Clintons private email server.
Meadows claim contradicts repeated statements by former FBI Director James Comey, who has said the bureau and the DOJ did not coordinate on his July 2016 statement recommending Clinton not be charged for keeping classified information on her personal email server.
Given the tone of Director Comeys sworn testimony, and his stated intention to continue to publicly speaking about the investigation in support of his new book, Meadows wrote, we believe it is important to further examine whether his previous statements before Congress and the American people were misleading.
Meadows quoted a July 1, 2016 text exchange between Strzok and Page about then-Attorney General Loretta Lynchs pledge to accept Comeys recommendations in the email case.
Timing looks like hell, Strzok wrote. Will appear choreographed. All major news networks literally leading with AG to accept FBI [Directors] recommendation.
Yeah, that is awful timing, Page answered. Nothing we can do about it.
What I meant was, Strzok said, did DOJ tell us yesterday they were doing this, so [Comey] added that language.
Page texted back: I think we had some warning of it. I know they sent some statement to [Comey chief of staff James] Rybicki bc he called andy [Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe].
Vietnam has tried and imprisoned several members of a US-funded network engaged in sedition across the country. The move follows trials and prison terms handed out earlier this year for other US-funded operatives meddling in Vietnams internal political affairs. The prison terms for agents of US-funded political meddling in Vietnam come as the US and its European allies continue pushing accusations of Russian meddling. However, unlike the US and Europes accusations against Russia, agents of US-funded sedition in Vietnam are exposed by extensive evidence, much of which comes from the US government itself. The BBC in its April 6, 2018 article, Nguyen Van Dai: Vietnam jails activist lawyer and five others, would claim...
The series of brief reviews of critical moments in recent US history in this article would be described by some as "conspiracy theories," but over the years many have been shown to be conspiracy facts. There are conspiracies, i.e. agreements by people in and out of government to work together to accomplish an end result. These are only some recent examples and do not include many US government regime change efforts that the US initially denied but are now admitted and documents prove they occurred. Their are allegations of fake news conspiracies today. The most recent are the allegations of a chemical attack by President Assad in Syria.
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Hannitys rising role in Trumps world: He basically has a desk in the place
The phone calls between President Trump and Sean Hannity come early in the morning or late at night, after the Fox News host goes off the air. They discuss ideas for Hannitys show, Trumps frustration with the ongoing special counsel probe and even, at times, what the president should tweet, according to people familiar with the conversations. When hes off the phone, Trump is known to cite Hannity when he talks with White House advisers.
The revelation this week that the two men share an attorney is just the latest sign of how Hannity is intertwined with Trumps world an increasingly powerful confidant who offers the media-driven president a sympathetic ear and shared grievances. The conservative commentator is so close to Trump that some White House aides have dubbed him the unofficial chief of staff.
This portrait of the interactions between the president and the talk-show host is based on interviews with more than a dozen friends, advisers and associates of the two men, some of whom spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe private conversations.
For a president who feels, intensely, that he is under siege, Hannity offers what he prizes: loyalty and a mass audience. And Trump, in turn, has directed his supporters to Hannitys show urging people on Twitter last week to watch the commentator attack special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, who heads the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 campaign.
Their bond intensified during the 2016 campaign and has grown stronger during Trumps time in office.
The bottom line is, during the heat of the campaign when relationships are forged, he was always there, offering good advice, in person and on television, former deputy Trump campaign manager David Bossie said of Hannity. The president sees him as an incredibly smart and articulate spokesman for the agenda.
Chinese supremo Xi Jinping laid out Chinas vision for the international system at the Bo Ao conference on Hainan Island. And it sounds pretty good. Especially when contrasted with Donald Trumps clumsy application of the America First! principle in his illegal bombing of Syria. The PRC probably wishes that Donald Trump could stay president of 
by W. Stephen Gilbert Its more than time to try to unpick the shemozzl of anti-Semitism in the Labour Party 1. Self-harming is ever Labours favourite activity, and those MPs determined to keep the row going have lost sight of the danger that what they wish for will hurt them more, that unseating Jeremy Corbyn will cost some of them their own seats and condemn us to Tory rule for the forseeable future. It is essential to get this thing back into perspective and to halt the misinformation over the issue both current and retrospective. It seems to me that there are five propositions on the table, four of which are simply not sustainable. They are: 1) anti-Semitism is rife throughout the Labour Party; 2) the left is innately anti-Semitic; 3) Jeremy Corbyn is complicit in anti-Semitism or at best complaisant in face of its incidence; 4) this controversy has been whipped up now in order to damage Corbyn; 5) charges of anti-Semitism in the party are wholly fabricated. Propositions 1) and 5) are mutually
Sputnik 18.04.2018 In an interview with BFMTV, the leader of the right-wing National Front has cast doubt on the credibility of the claims made by French authorities in relation to missile strikes on Syria in response to the alleged use of chemical weapons in the city of Douma in Eastern Ghouta. First of all, 
Straddling the northeast branch of the Anacostia River just outside of Washington, D.C., is a half-square-mile patch of green called Edmonston. Its a tiny Maryland town where, despite its distance from the Chesapeake Bay, the residents seem to understand that what they do here affects what happens there. What started in the early 2000s as an effort to ameliorate flooding on the towns main thoroughfare has snowballed into a series of water quality-minded projects that are sprucing up streets, filling empty lots with community gardens and reducing the amount of polluted stormwater flowing into the Anacostia River. The projects also have burnished the towns sense of identity, setting Edmonston apart from the maze of Maryland suburbs tucked inside DCs bustling beltway in Prince Georges County.
Latin Americas left has been in disarray since the commodity boom ended five years ago, with events in Brazil, Venezuela, and elsewhere conspiring to see a return of right-wing parties and politicians to office in their respective countries. Progressive groups saw events like the impeachment of the then-Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff as a reassertion of an old pattern of elite conservative (and pro-US) influence in the region at the expense of the previously dominant left. But observers on both the right and the left do not seem to have accounted for how poorly many of the right-of-center Latin American governments have fared once coming to power, a trend that suggests this right-wing resurgence in the Americas may end up being relatively brief, even despite recent conservative victories in countries like Honduras.
Once again a bellwether could be Brazil, the largest and most important country in the region. After years of political chaos, the unpopular interim administration of Michel Temer (who is serving out the remainder of Dilma Rousseffs term) is due to end in October. The race is currently wide open, with frontrunner and former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (popularly known as Lula) in prison and his most right-wing rival Jair Bolsonaro facing criminal charges for inciting hatred. The way Brazil turns in October could signal a change in political direction for the whole of Latin America; therefore, it merits a closer look at the factors affecting Brazils presidential race.
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Neither zealous supporters of Assad nor those oblivious to ongoing mass atrocities have the capacity to generate a vision for Syrias future
Are teachers professionals, proletarians, or both? One symptom of our pathological denial of class realities is that we are accustomed to thinking of teachers as middle class. Certainly, their professional bona fides should entitle them to that social station. After all, middle class is the part of the social geography that we imagine as the aspirational homing grounds for good citizens of every sort, a place so all-embracing that it effaces signs of rank, order, and power. The middle class is that class so universal that its really no class at all. School teachers, however, have always been working-class stiffs. For a long time, they were also mainly women who would have instantly recognized the insecurities, struggles to get by, and low public esteem that plague todays embattled teachers.
Medical personnel on the ground in Syria give testimony that those videos show people suffering from hypoxia not gas poisoning By Frank Sellers | The Duran | April 18, 2018 On April 7th, an attack was carried out in the town of Douma, just a few kilometers out of Syrias capital, Damascus, which was 
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.The Weather Underground, a clandestine revolutionary organization that advocated violence, was seen by my father and other clergy members who were involved in Vietnam anti-war protests as one of the most self-destructive forces on the left. These members of the clergy, many of whom, including my father, were World War II veterans, had often became ministers because of their experiences in the war. They understood the poison of violence. One of the most prominent leaders of Clergy and Laymen Concerned About Vietnam (CALCAV), to which my father belonged, was the Catholic priest Philip Berrigan, who as an Army second lieutenant fought in the Battle of the Bulge.
Philip talks about the scripture with the Ethiopian eunuch
Bogot, Colombia, April 17, 2018--Authorities in Ecuador and Colombia must conduct a transparent investigation into the kidnapping and killing of an Ecuadoran reporting team in Colombia and ensure all those responsible face justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.
After proving powerless to prevent the airstrikes on the Assad regime, how can Putin restore deterrence?
Saturday mornings combined attack by the United States, Great Britain and France on the Assad regimes chemical warfare bases in Syria may have been, as U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis described it, a one-time shot, but it also proved an important point.
Russia does not have the military capabilities necessary to prevent the U.S. and its allies from destroying targets that are ostensibly under its protection in Syria...
If there was one clear theme at the J Street conference that just concluded, its that young Jews are taking over as the leaders of the Jewish community, while older Jews are often the sources of stale, bigoted, or foolish comments. The generational divide in the Jewish community that I cant shut up about was on full display.
The highlights of the conference were two statements by Jews in their 20s, critical of Israel or the Jewish establishment. Zoe Goldblum was the only Jewish speaker I heard criticize the killings of Palestinians at the Gaza fence (along with Bernie Sanders, 76, that is). While Leanne Gale all but endorsed Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions.
The low points included Rep. Jan Schakowsky admitting shed never used the word occupation till last year and Jewish leader Jeremy Burton declaring that he refused to debate BDS, even among Jews.
And yes, there are exceptions to the generational rule. Bernie Sanders gave one of the best speeches at the conference.
Schakowsky, the liberal Jewish congresswoman from Illinois, reflected on a trip she took to the occupied West Bank last fall with J Street:
I have to tell you that before that trip I never even used the word occupation before. It really sunk in when I saw on the ground what it means. And I am so grateful to all of the students who are trying to bring to the attention of Americans, of the world how unfair this is, how unjust, how inhuman.
And you thought people have trouble getting to apartheid. This is reminiscent of NY Rep. Anthony Weiner saying in 2011, there is no occupation. Schakowsky, 73, is considered progressive on foreign policy. And by the way, she addressed the Nation Institute gala back in 2009 and held up a burka she had brought back from Afghanistan, to say, This is what Americas fight against the Taliban is all about.
Leanne Gale, an activist...
Wie wat van nabij het optreden van de EU in de zaak van de vermeende gifgasaanval in de Syrische stad Douma bekeek zal onmiddellijk het verschil in houding van de verschillende lidstaten hebben opgemerkt. Het was in wezen Frankrijk versus de andere landen in de EU. Toch als we het Verenigd Koninkrijk er buiten houden....
Lawsuit asks to decide if blog post was protected academic debate or internet trolling
Wisconsins Supreme Court on Thursday will hear oral arguments in a suit that questions how far the principles of academic freedom at private colleges extend into the rough and tumble world of internet trolling.
The case centers on whether Marquette University in Milwaukee had the right to discipline tenured political-science professor John McAdams for something he wrote online that resulted in threats against another instructor.
In a post on his personal blog, Dr. McAdams called out a graduate-student instructor for telling an undergraduate in her ethics class that arguing against gay rights and same-sex marriage was homophobic and unwelcome in her classroom.
The November 2014 post, which was picked up by conservative media outlets, included the instructors name and a link to her personal blog. The woman, Cheryl Abbate, received hostile messages, including what the school says were threats to her safety.
Ms. Abbate was just using a tactic typical among liberals now, Dr. McAdams wrote on the blog, the Marquette Warrior. Opinions with which they disagree are not merely wrong, and are not to be argued against on their merits, but are deemed offensive and need to...
AFP | Palestinians burn tyres during clashes with Israeli security forces following a protest on the Israel-Gaza border in the northern Gaza Strip on April 6, 2018
It said the men were on a base belonging to the military wing of Gazas Islamist rulers Hamas when they were struck.
The Israeli army confirmed it had fired on five Palestinians it said had approached the border.
In a statement, the army said at least one of the men was armed. It did not provide details on what type of fire its soldiers used.
The Gaza border has seen protests and clashes since March 30.
At least 34 Palestinians have been killed and hundreds wounded by Israeli fire since the protests began. There have been no Israeli casualties.
Israel says it only opens fire when necessary to stop damage to the fence, infiltrations and attempts at attacks.
Palestinians say protesters are being shot while posing no threat to soldiers, while the European Union and UN chief Antonio Guterres have called for an independent investigation.
Israel has rejected calls for an independent probe, saying its open-fire rules are necessary to defend the border.
Israel and Hamas have fought three wars since 2008 and the Gaza Strip has been under an Israeli blockade for more than a decade.
Jeremy Corbyn | Response to Prime Minister's
'Does the humanitarian crisis in Yemen entitle other countries to arrogate to themselves the right to bomb Saudi positions in Yemen, given their use of cluster bombs and white phosphorous? Will the PM commit to ending support to the bombings of Saudi Arabia?'
An early sneak peek at Westworld season 2? Not quite. But these lifelike dolls are part of a fantasy-fulfilling experience in Germany called Bordoll, the countrys first sex-doll brothel.
After an initial test-run last year, business is booming something owner Evelyn Schwarz attributes to the high quality of her dolls. These are Next Top Model standard girls, she recently told Vice. Most guys would be too intimated to approach a real woman if she looked this good.
Robert Fisk This is the story of a town called Douma, a ravaged, stinking place of smashed apartment blocks and of an underground clinic whose images of suffering allowed three of the Western worlds most powerful nations to bomb Syria last week. Theres even a friendly doctor in a green coat who, when I 
Phi Beta Iota: Robert Steele nailed it on Korea months before crap news media; Syria is next. Then domestic purge and financial reboot, perhaps with a debt jubilee, and finally the end of Zionism in America and the end of US support for Zionist genocide against Palestine. It will take two terms but the tide has turned.
California Governor Jerry Brown on Tuesday insisted that Californias sanctuary state laws do not benefit criminal illegal aliens.
While speaking at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, Brown was asked whether Californias sanctuary state laws favor the rights of criminal illegal aliens over the rights of law-abiding Californians.
Brown said that notion is absolutely false and claimed that there is not a scintilla of evidence that would support such an outlandish proposition.
The California governor also said that it is a lie to say that Fullertons Grace Aguilar would still be alive if the state had more stringent immigration enforcement.
Aguilar, who was just six years of age, was reportedly murdered this year while sitting in her front yard by a twice-deported illegal immigrant who was driving under the influence.
NBC4 reported in February:
Immigration officials say 50-year-old Maximino Delgado Lagunas, who is in the United States illegally, had a blood alcohol level nearly three times the legal limit when he was arrested. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has revealed to NBC4 that Lagunas, a Mexican national, had been deported twice, once in 2001 and again in 2008.
Court records show that in 20...
Phi Beta Iota: Article is very good but mis-titled. Only 10% of the Feds (at the executive level generally) are sell-outs. The 10% that try to clean house get stomped on hard to the point of being fired, bankrupted, and if necessary, suicided. Good news: the tide has turned. Whistle-blowers backed by Trump are ascendant. Also the crypto-billionaires and a tiny handful of traditional billionaires are coming together Trump has been offered private funding for the wall, private funding for a truth channel that displaces #GoogleGestapo, and private funding to mobilize 22 million veterans and bring the 50% that do not vote back into the electoral process where reforms will terminate, among other evils, electronic voting machines that are rigged before the first vote is cast.
Phi Beta Iota: A healthy society not only kills the existing fraudulent medical-pharmaceutical industry, but definition it also kills the poisonous agricultural and manufacturing industries. Legalizing cannabis oil is the single biggest good President Trump could direct. Creating an Open Source Agency that documents true cost economics of everything would kills off the rest of the Deep States cash flow cows.
ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif asserted on Tuesday that uncivilised restrictions cannot be placed on anyone in the country.
The world has changed and so should we. Old mistakes should not be repeated, he said while talking to reporters inside the accountability court hearing corruption cases against him.
Referring to the Lahore High Courts Monday verdict banning anti-judiciary speeches, the former premier said the court should make clear what anti-judiciary means.
We cannot restrict someone from speaking, he said, adding that he wanted everyone to go along together.
Elected governments made historic decisions, including the atomic tests which were completely conducted by the civilian government, claimed Nawaz.
The three-time prime minister said he does not regret moving on. We moved on did but not compromise. The other side should have moved on too, he asserted, terming unfortunate the dharnas (sit-ins) carried out in the country against his government.
He said the National Accountability Bureau is inquiring into the widening of Raiwind Road in 2013 [which leads to Nawazs residence], adding that, in 1990 we started the motorway there should be a case on it too and one over the atomic tests.
I see widespread discord if the peoples aspirations are not adhered to, he said further.
Referring to recent waves of defections within the party, the PML-N supremo said those who left us were never ours. Adding to that, Nawazs daughter Maryam said the PML-N has its dedicated vote bank which is not seasonal.
Talking about the governments plan to merge the Federally Administered Tribal Areas with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Nawaz said the tribespeople should get their rights.
Nawaz Sharif leaves for London
Lahore: Pakistans deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif, on Wednesday, left for London along with his daughter to see his ailing wife amid speculations that he might not return because of a likely conviction in three corruption cases against him.
As Sharifs family spokesman did not reveal his return schedule, analysts in Lahore believe...
THE details may change somewhat from year to year, even show an improvement here and there, but the overall picture of the state of human rights in this country remains dismal.
The HRCPs latest annual report dedicated to that redoubtable human rights defender, the late Asma Jahangir is a trenchant illustration of the fact that a decline in casualties due to terrorism does not necessarily translate into respect for peoples inalienable rights.
Granted, some progressive legislation was enacted, but we fell short on a number of fronts.
Religious minorities and law-enforcement personnel continued to be targeted by extremist elements.
Mob violence, especially driven by allegations of blasphemy, showed no let up; in fact, the nation plumbed a new low with Mashal Khans murder.
Gender equality and sexual violence against women and children still pose a huge challenge.
Moreover, sinister methods have been devised to stifle freedom of expression, both in mainstream and social media, and society in general.
To this is linked yet another issue of grave concern highlighted in the HRCP report ...
The failed missiles-invasion of Syria might be a turning-point in reality; but, if its not also a turning-point in the way that Western publics view reality, then WW III will probably come soon. Can the human lemmings be fooled all the way off the cliff? Fooled much farther, well all fall.
The March of Return offers a great opportunity to rebuild the Palestinian national movement and stop the normalisation process between Israel and Arab states
(CNN)With nets in hand and the boats motor chugging along on still waters, dozens of fishermen set out to Lake Victoria, Africas largest lake, at the crack of dawn.
Its hard to define what is exactly meant by the term friendship in international affairs. There are allies, partners and fellow travelers. The US still enjoys significant clout but it is being diminished as new poles of power appear.
President Duterte said that he ordered the detention of Patricia Fox, 71, for her supposed vocal criticism of the government.
(philstar.com) April 18, 2018 6:40pm
MANILA, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday blasted an Australian nun for her supposed vocal criticism of the government and said that he was the one who ordered the Bureau of Immigration to detain her.
Particia Fox, 71, an Australian nun who has been advocating land reform and rights of farmers in the Philippines, was detained from Monday to Tuesday for her supposed violations of an immigration order banning the involvement of foreign nationals in the partisan activities and political assemblies.
Duterte said that the only reason Fox was released was she was not caught in the act of berating the government.
Bureau of Immigration lawyers, in a two-page note with recommendation to Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente prior to her release, said that while Fox was alleged to have taken part in protest actions by farmers in the past, she was not doing so at the time when BI operatives served her the mission order.
The Philippine leader made the statement after Fox, in a television interview, said that the military might be behind her detention at the office of the Bureau of Immigration.
It was not the military who arrested the Catholic nun. It was upon my orders implemented by the Bureau of Immigration, and I take full responsibility, legal or otherwise, for this incident, Duterte said during his remarks at the turnover ceremony at the Armed Forces of the Philippines in Camp Aguinaldo.
I ordered her investigated not arrested, for a disorderly conduct, the president said.
According to a Law professor who agreed to give input on condition of anonymity, as a general rule, arrests can only be made if a judge has issued a warrant after a criminal case has been filed or if a crime is committed in the presence of law enforcement. In which case, an inquest proceeding must be held immediately to determine if charges should be filed.
The Immigration commissioner, who is under the authority of the president, has a unique power to issue warrants against a foreigner who violates immigration law, the professor said.
MANILA, Philippines President Rodrigo Dutertes attacks against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno should not be interpreted as an attack to the co-equal judiciary branch, Malacaang said Wednesday.
The Presidents rebuke of the Chief Justice must therefore be taken as a dislike of the Chief Justice and not an attack to the judiciary or an affront to judicial independence, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said.
This statement was made in response to a lawyers groups report to the United Nations special rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers narrating how the Duterte government attacks the judiciary.
Several lawyers groups, headed by the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, urged UN special rapporteur Diego Garcia-Sayan to take action on Dutertes attacks against Sereno.
The recent tirades of the president against the chief justice do not sound at all foreboding. They rather expectedly punctuate the long-winded attacks on judicial independence that began almost two years ago, when the chief justice dared resist an apparent intrusion into judicial power, the groups said.
Roque, on the other hand, stressed that some justices of the Supreme Court have testified against Sereno during House impeachment hearings.
The Chief Justice was made to go on indefinite leave by her colleagues to protect the integrity and reputation of the court after it became clear that the CJ failed to file some of her annual SALN, Roque said....
Illustrative picture. (Photo: Public Domain)
As part of our commitment to improve the debate surrounding issues of radical Islam and human rights, Clarion launched an essay contest. After writing extensively about how the First Amendment was the key to fighting Islamism, we wanted to hear from you. So, the topic we chose was:
Assessing the First Amendment: Religious Freedom, Hate Speech and Extremist Incitement
We spent some time coming up with the exact topic and want to share a few of our reasons for the choice with you.
Firstly, we wanted something that would capture the complexity of the issue at hand. The debate over radical Islam and the debate over religious freedom and anti-Muslim bigotry go hand in hand. At Clarion, we feel they are actually the same conversation. We oppose radical Islam and anti-Muslim bigotry for the same reason: We believe in freedom of conscience for the individual.
But where to draw the line has become a critical question. When does a theological objection to homosexuality become hate speech against the gay community? When does a reasonable objection to religious supremacism spill over into unfairly demonizing an entire community? When is a hijab a forced symbol of female oppression and when is it a symbol of identity, personal liberty and empowerment?
Many different policies to tackle these issues have been proposed by the government. During his election campaign, President Trump called for surveillance of certain mosques. The NYPD se...
Clarion Projects National Security Analyst and director of the Clarion Intelligence Network Ryan Mauro reacts to reports that Israel bombed the Syrian T-4 airbase that was linked to Irans terrorist drone program, Hezbollah and the radical Shiite forces supported by Iran and Assad in the Middle East.
Mauro also comments on reports that China will be assisting Tehran in building nuclear power plants in Iran.
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In July 2017 35 men were arrested on Lesvos, Greece. Documentary filmmaker Fridoon Joinda released a 28 minute long documentary about the case. From what I understand, I was only arrested because I am a black man. Didier Ndiay, Senegal.
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35 men who were arrested on Lesvos Island are awaiting their trial on 20th of April 2018. If convicted, they could be sentenced for up to ten years. From what I understand, I was only arrested because I am a black man. Didier Ndiay, Senegal
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The Tories are trying doggedly to maintain control of the narrative. Stakes are high for if it eventuates that the Tories have lied deliberately for political gain, at the risk of destabilising European, indeed world peace and security, the Tory government should be forced to resign and new elections, called.
Israeli leaders have kept silent about the attack, but intelligence officials offered new details on the specific target, Israels goals and the discussions with Washington
April 17, 2018 5:37 p.m. ET
WASHINGTONWith tacit American support, the Israeli military targeted an advanced Iranian air-defense system at a Syrian base last week, said intelligence officials and others briefed on the matter, the latest sign the Trump administration is working with Israel to blunt Tehrans expanding influence in the Middle East.
After conferring with President Donald Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered a strike on the newly arrived antiaircraft battery to prevent Iranian forces from using it against Israeli warplanes carrying out increasing numbers of operations in Syria, some of these people said.
Israeli officials told the Trump administration about the planned strike in advance so that the U.S. was aware of their plans to directly target an Iranian base, according to...
Jerusalem conferred with Washington before launching April 9 attack, which killed at least seven Iranian troops, Wall Street Journal reports
An alleged Israeli strike on an air base in central Syria on April 9 targeted a soon-to-be-deployed Iranian advanced air defense system and a drone hangar, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.
The article also confirmed that several days beforehand Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu alerted the White House of the IDFs plans to carry out the strike on the T-4 air base, which killed at least seven Iranian soldiers, including a senior officer, and sparked a near unprecedented level of public threats between Tehran and Jerusalem.
The target of the April strike was a Russian-made Tor missile defense system, which is designed to destroy aircraft, helicopters, drones, guided missiles and other precision weapons flying at medium, low, and extremely low altitudes, in difficult air and jamming environments, according to its manufacturer.
If deployed, this relatively modern air defense system, first purchased by Iran in 2007, could make it more difficult for Israel to conduct air raids in the areas where it is deployed.
The airstrike also destroyed a hangar that was being used for the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corpss drone program, according to the report.
Syrian government forces are repelling a counter-attack by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) in the areas of Jarjsia and Qubbat al-Kurdi in the so-called Rastan pocket in northern Homs, according to pro-government sources.
The Syrian Army launched a military operation in the Rastan pocket on April 15 and even captured a number of areas there. However, almost no elite pro-government units particiapte in this operation. Thus, their success mostly depends on a lack of resistance from the militants.
Now, when Hayat Tahrir al-Sham units are re-grouped and set to counter-attack, government forces in the area will likely face new problems with making further progress.
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Low-life politicians to blame for nations immigration impasse, Jerry Brown says
Jerry Brown at the National Press Club
By EMILY CADEI
California Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday delivered a blunt message to the Republicans he blames for the countrys dysfunctional immigration system. I think its time to just chill, recognize the fact that theyre here, Brown said of the countrys undocumented immigrants.
With all the other talk and noise about the border, the fact is America has 10 to 11 million people that are here, he continued. And theyre human beings, they have families, its very important that they be integrated in a humane, intelligent way.
Speaking to reporters at the National Press Club, part of a brief visit to the nations capital, Brown lamented how the immigration debate has become an inflammatory football that very low-life politicians like to exploit. And I think its shocking, its despicable and its harmful to California, mostly to the people.
It would be hard to interpret Browns comment as anything other than a swipe at President Trump, who has made illegal immigration a focal point of his run to the White House and has sparred with California repeatedly over the states immigration policies.
If Trump wants to round em up like some totalitarian government and ship them out, then say that, the governor said. But he doesnt say that because the American people will repudiate him and the party.
But Brown also emphasized that its Congress, not the president, that is truly to blame for the current dysfunction. Everyone wants to talk about Trump but the Republicans in Congress are the guilty party, they make laws. The other fella is supposed to execute them.
I substantially modified the original provisions, Brown noted. Were going to have some court lawsuits and maybe theyll further delineate it.
American Islamist Daniel Haqiqatjou. (Photo: Screenshot from video)
A prominent conservative Muslim commentator has caused controversy after praising the arrest of an atheist YouTuber in Egypt named Sherif Gaber. Gaber has gained a following making videos critical of Islam in Arabic and posting them online. His activities have drawn the ire of the Egyptian state.
On March 31, the Salafi Al-Nour party filed a criminal complaint against him for blasphemy. There is now a warrant out for his arrest.
When Gaber tweeted the news of his impending arrest, American commentator Daniel Haqiqatjou tweeted Finally.
This prompted a Twitter spat between the two of them.
The hero commercial pilot who safely landed a Boeing 737 full of passengers after shrapnel from an engine explosion breached the cabin was an ace Navy pilot and one of the first women to take the yoke of an F/A-18 fighter jet, according to reports.
Southwest Airlines pilot Tammie Jo Shults, 56, kept cool Tuesday as she brought Flight 1380 down for an emergency landing in Philadelphia when an engine exploded mid-air, according to passengers social media.
A huge thank you to the Southwest Crew & Pilot Tammie Jo Shults for their knowledge and bravery under these circumstances. God bless each one of them, passenger Diana McBride Self wrote on Facebook Tuesday.
The pilot, Tammy Jo was so amazing! She landed us safely in Philly, wrote Instagram user Amanda Bourman.
After graduating from MidAmerica Nazarene University in Kansas in 1983, Shults signed up with the Navy and became one of its first female fighter pilots, according to a Facebook post by the schools alumni association
She landed her fighter plane on boats at 150 miles per hour and eventually became an instructor, an article about her posted to a pilots forum reads, noting she was among the first to pilot a supersonic F/A-18.
Shults, who lives in Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas, is married to pilot Dean Marcus Shults and has two children, Sydney and Marshall, according to Heavy.com.
The plane was en route to Texas from La Guardia Airport when its left engine exploded around 11:20 a.m.
There were 143 customers and five crew members on the plane.
SINGAPORE: The police have received reports of WhatsApp accounts being taken over by scammers, the Singapore Police Force (SPF) said in a news release on Wednesday (Apr 18).
Victims would first receive a WhatsApp message from one of their contacts, whose WhatsApp account might have been compromised. The message asks for WhatsApp account verification codes that the victims would have received through SMS.
The victims would subsequently lose access to their WhatsApp account once the WhatsApp verification codes are sent to the scammers, the police said.
SPF added that a variant of the scam has been reported overseas where the scammers were known to have used the compromised accounts to deceive the account holders contacts into purchasing gift cards and sending over the password for the cards.
The scammers then sold the gift cards online.
The police advised members of the public to beware of unusual requests received over WhatsApp, even if they were sent by their WhatsApp contacts.
Anyone with more information on such scams can call the police hotline at 1800-255-0000, or dial 999 for urgent police assistance.
To seek scam-related advice, members of the public may call the National Crime Prevention Councils anti-scam helpline at 1800-722-6688 or visit www.scamalert.sg.
FRANKFURT (Reuters) German authorities searched 62 brothels, offices and homes in several federal states and arrested seven people on Wednesday in a crackdown on suspected human trafficking in connection with a Thai prostitution ring, prosecutors said.
Police said on Twitter that the raids, which involved more than 1,500 officers, prosecutors and tax officials, represented the biggest mass search in the history of the federal force.
The investigation has turned up 56 people, aged 26 to 66, who are suspected of crimes related to human trafficking, forced prostitution, pimping, withholding of wages and tax evasion, the Frankfurt general prosecutors office said in a statement.
Prosecutors suspect that a number of people, led by a 59-year-old Thai woman and her 62-year-old German partner, brought women and transsexuals from Thailand to Germany on tourist visas and forced them into prostitution, it said.
The woman is suspected of keeping money that the prostitutes earned, supposedly to cover the cost of bringing them to Germany as well as for room and board at several brothels in the western town of Siegen, and of eventually passing them on to brothels elsewhere.
The investigation has so far identified a total of 32 women and transsexuals who were smuggled into Germany by the suspects and who allegedly worked in the brothels as prostitutes, the prosecutors office said.
Reporting by Maria Sheahan; Editing by Nick Macfie and David Stamp
Comments follow suggestion by fellow administration official that she suffered momentary confusion
By Jeremy B White
Based on information found through the UN Comtrade database, freedom of information requests, and confirmed by the Belgian Customs, we can reveal that a criminal case regarding exports of chemicals to Syria has been opened in Antwerp Criminal Court. This case is brought by the Belgian Customs against three Flemish companies, one managing director and one manager, according to court press judge Roland Cassiers citing the summons.
Since EU sanctions from September 2013 made export licences compulsory for the export of isopropanol to Syria in concentrations of 95% or higher, Syrian Archive and Knack can report that Belgian companies exported 96 tonnes of isopropanol, a sarin precursor, to Syria between 2014 and 2016.
Sarin is the nerve gas used by the Syrian government in the Khan Shaykhun attack that killed 74-100 people in April of last year, as attributed by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. According to Belgian toxicologist Jan Tytgat (KU Leuven), victims of sarin die a painful death. Diarrhea, urinary flare, narrowed pupils, spasms that give you the feeling of suffocation, vomiting, lacrimation and saliva production: the victim quickly becomes paralyzed, suffocates and dies. The lethal dose of sarin for adults is estimated to be less than 1 milligram.
Video by Hadi Alabdallah of a factory next to the impact site which was targeted by a chemical bomb in Khan Shaykhun
The Organisation for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), that oversees compliance with the Chemical Weapons Convention, examined samples from and around the impact crater in Khan Shaykhun,...
AFP | Standing between high-rises, the giant air purifier is capable of cleaning between 5 million and 18 million cubic meters of air each day, depending on the weather, season, and level of pollution, according to a report by a Chinese website
Standing between high-rises, the device is capable of cleaning between five million and 18 million cubic meters of air each day, depending on the weather, season, and level of pollution, according to a report by the Chinese website Thecover.cn.
The tower can reduce the density of PM 2.5 the tiny airborne particles considered most harmful to health by between 10 and 19 percent in a 10 square kilometer (3.9 square mile) area, the website said.
PM 2.5 can play a role in heart disease, stroke, and lung ailments such as emphysema and cancer.
For now, the facility which was built in June 2016 is just an experiment.
But its designers hope to build similar towers across the city.
Cao Junji, an environmental protection expert at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, told reporters that it would take about 100 towers to cover the city of 1,000 square kilometres (385 square miles).
A lot of people have questioned the devices effectiveness, he said.
I questioned it myself. But when we finished, the results were quite good. They met our expectations.
Chinas government declared war on pollution in 2014.
Pollution is so bad in many regions that people often wear masks on the street and buy expensive air purifiers for their homes.
This past winter, China cut production for many steel smelters, mills and factories.
The environment ministry imposed tough anti-pollution targets on 28 cities around Beijing, with at least three million homes expected to switch from coal to gas or electric heating.
Chinas air quality improved in 2017, with the average level of PM 2.5 particles falling by 6.5 percent in 338 cities, according to environmental authorities.
A University of Chicago study found last year that air pollution in northern China had cut life expectancy by three years compared with the south of the country.
But a ne...
So the moment weve been holding our breaths for a week finally came. In the end, I am mighty glad that this particular strike seems more like the impotent thrashing of the neocon snake that didnt dare to attack places where Russian servicemen were likely to be killed, than it does the start of World War III. For the moment, at least, thank God.
Via: Reuters: In a telephone call with the emir of Kuwait in January, U.S. President Donald Trump pressed the Gulf monarch to move forward on a $10 billion fighter jet deal that had been stalled for more than a year. Trump was acting on behalf of Boeing Co, Americas second-largest defense contractor, which had become 
ISIS propaganda poster threatens an attack on the Brooklyn Bridge subway station in New York City
ISIS latest threat is against New York City, where the group has promised to attack the subway. A new poster appeared on a messaging platform used by the terror group showing a man standing inside Brooklyn Bridge Station at High Street, the Daily Mail reported.
Behind him sticks of dynamite are shown rigged to a timer. The poster states, You will not expect where we will attack.
The poster was produced by the groups propaganda wing, the Wafa Media Foundation, which also produced posters threatening the 2018 World Cup to be held in Russia. That poster states, Putin: You disbeliever. You will pay the price for killing Muslims. Just Terror.
The group also threatened to attack Paris again. Last year, its propaganda was directed towards the Queen of England and the Vatican.
As ISIS self-declared caliphate crumbles in the Middle East, the group hopes to show its relevance through attacks in the West.
China places great store on symbolism. The Shanghai spirit is often invoked to hail the historic Sino-Russian rapprochement in the mid-1990s, which subsequently blossomed into the Shanghai Cooperation Organization as a vehicle to carry forward the impulses of their dtente.
The proposal is seen as a response to Washingtons efforts to boost Indo-Pacific alliances to rein in Chinese military deployment and investment
Beijings plan to open up Chinas Hawaii as a gateway for Indo-Pacific investment and economic ties is an attempt to counter the United States efforts to form alliances against China in the region, analysts say.
The Hainan plan, unveiled by President Xi Jinping in Haikou, the provincial capital, on Friday, will have genuine value for Chinas trade with countries in the Southeast Asian and Pacific regions, according to Iris Pang, chief Greater China economist with banking and financial services provider ING.
The proposal comes as Washington works to build up its alliances in the Indo-Pacific region, including the Indian Ocean and the western and central Pacifi...
Israeli media reported that Al-Assad has left his presidential palace yesterday morning accompanied by a Russian military convoy for fear of an American strike, reports Russia has denied.Israeli Housing Minister, Yoav Galant
In preparation for a possible US-led strike on Syria, Russia Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsiya) yesterday recommended all Russia flights exercise caution while traveling through the eastern Mediterranean region.
Rosaviatsiya has sent telegrams to air transport companies notifying them to give special attention to planning flights in the Eastern Mediterranean region and to the importance of notifications provided by the aviation authority to alert pilots to hazards on the flight course, a source at the Russian organization told TASS news agency.
The international air traffic control agency Eurocontrol has also warned flights traveling over the Eastern Mediterranean to exercise ex...
AFP/File | The 1950-53 Korean War ended in an armistice rather than a peace treaty, leaving the two sides technically at war. The Demilitarised Zone between them bristles with minefields and fortifications
But this is not something we can do by ourselves. It needs close discussions with relevant parties including North Korea.
The comments came after US President Donald Trump said that the summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and the Souths President Moon Jae-in could, with his blessing, discuss a peace treaty to formally close the conflict.
The 1950-53 Korean War ended in an armistice rather than a peace treaty, leaving the two sides technically at war. The Demilitarised Zone between them bristles with minefields and fortifications.
But while the US-led United Nations command, China and North Korea are signatories to the decades-old armistice, South Korea is not.
Reaching any final treaty would be fraught with complications.
Both Pyongyang and Seoul claim sovereignty over the whole Korean peninsula, but a treaty could imply mutual recognition of each other.
The North would be likely to demand the withdrawal of US troops, while the Souths national security adviser Chung Eui-yong said Wednesday that Seoul and Washington wanted to see Pyongyang give up its nuclear ambitions.
In meetings with his newly-appointed US counterpart John Bolton, the two had discussed ways to establish an ultimate peace regime, but only if the North makes the correct decision, he said.
Pyongyang has in the past demanded a peace treaty with the US, describing them as the two direct parties in the conflict.
South Korea is a direct party. Who can argue that? the Blue House official said.
The two Koreas could first reach an agreement which would be followed by a meeting between Kim and Trump and a trilateral summit to seal the deal, he suggested.
But four-party talks could also be needed, he added, in a reference to China.
But he cautioned I am not sure if we will use the expression ending the war' at the summit. We want to reach an agreement on banning hostile activities between the South and North, he added.
The two Koreas wi...
Syrian Rebels Used Sarin Nerve Gas Sold By Britain By TruePublica: The British government, like many others around the world, have been developing chemical weapons since the First World War and continue to do so from Porton Down. However, unlike others, the Conservative government were complicit in the sale of these deadly banned weapons 
National Transportation Safety Board investigators examine damage to the engine of a Southwest Airlines plane that made an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport on Tuesday.
WASHINGTON Almost 100 million U.S.-operated airline flights, carrying several billion people, had taken off and landed safely over a nine-year span since the last time a passenger died in an accident in the country.
That record for avoiding fatalities which had never been approached in the history of modern aviation was splintered in an instant Tuesday when an engine on a Southwest Airlines Co. plane exploded mid-air, spewing shrapnel into a window and killing a passenger. The plane, a Boeing 737-700 which was bound to Dallas from New York, made an emergency landing in Philadelphia.
The death of 43-year-old Jennifer Riordan on Flight 1380 was the first in a U.S. commercial aviation accident since 2009, according to National Transportation Safety Board statistics.
This is a tragedy, but it has now reached a state where its a one off, a fluke, an extraordinary event, Stuart Matthews, who worked on reducing accidents for more than a decade as president of the nonprofit Flight Safety Foundation, said of the Southwest accident. We shouldnt stop flying or have other hysterical reactions.
The last fatal crash on a U.S.-registered carrier occurred near Buffalo, New York, on Feb. 12, 2009, when a commuter plane operated by Colgan Air crashed, killing 49 on board and a man on the ground. The National Transportation Safety Board concluded a pilot overreacted to a cockpit warning, causing the plane to plunge, and the case prompted improvements in training.
Three people died on July 6, 2013, after a Korean-registered Asiana Airlines plane struck a seawall as it attempted to land in San Francisco. And...
Israeli defense minister claims right of total freedom of action in Syrian airspace FILE PHOTO: Israeli F-15 fighter jet Amir Cohen / Reuters Israel will not accept any limitations to its operations in Syrian airspace against Iranian threat, the defense minister said, expressing hope that communication lines with Moscow will help avoid any friction 
Problematic proposal is backed by national security adviser John Bolton but could worsen conflict
The Trump administration is renewing an effort to replace US troops in Syria with an Arab force, but the proposal faces substantial obstacles and could potentially exacerbate the conflict.
The Saudi foreign minister, Adel al-Jubeir, said his government was talking to Washington about raising such a force, confirming a report in the Wall Street Journal that said the new US national security adviser, J...
Fighter jets and bombers fly overhead on National Army Day as Rohani tells Tehran crowd and a live TV audience on Wednesday that Irans forces posed no threat to its neighbors
President Hassan Rohani said Iran would make or buy any weapons it needed to defend itself in a region beset by invading powers, as the military paraded missiles and soldiers in front of him on National Army Day.
Fighter jets and bombers flew overhead as Rohani told the Tehran crowd and a live TV audience on Wednesday that...
A jury in Kansas this week is deliberating whether three militia members should spend the rest of their lives in prison. LIBERAL, Kan. Kay Burtzloff, a 61-year-old small-business owner whos lived in this area for nearly 20 years, likes to joke that shes one of Liberals only liberals. The county, after all, went to 
Dawn (Pakistan) April 18, 2018
Terror Fraudsters, Clooney and Trump and their White Helmets Clooney and the White Helmets, Dupe or Dope? by Gordon Duff and New Eastern Outlook, Moscow Editors note: The world was warned and everyone knew, the White Helmets were terrorists, total bad news and might well kill us all. Russia, however, failed, year after year, to 
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The presidents of Turkey and Iran on Tuesday vowed to press on with their alliance alongside Russia over Syria, the Turkish presidency said Tuesday, after Ankara backed strikes by the U.S. and its allies against the Assad regime.
The two leaders emphasized the importance of continuing the joint efforts of Turkey, Iran and Russia to protect Syrian territorial integrity and find a lasting, peaceful solution to the crisis, a Turkish presidential source said following telephone talks between President Recep Tayyip Erdoan and Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani.
The two leaders also discussed bilateral relations, said the source, who refused to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media.
Stating Turkeys clear stance against the use of chemical weapons, Erdoan said it is important to not allow tensions to escalate and evaluate the incidents within its context.
The leaders spoke about Syrias territorial integrity, adding that it was important to continue the joint efforts by Turkey, Iran and Russia for a lasting political solution to the Syri...
U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted early Wednesday in support of American pastor Andrew Brunson, who is held in Turkey on terror charges for his links to the PKK and the Glenist Terror Group (FET).
Pastor Andrew Brunson, a fine gentleman and Christian leader in the United States, is on trial and being persecuted in Turkey for no reason, Trump claimed.
The pastor, imprisoned in the city of Izmir, is accused of espionage and aiding two terror groups, charges carrying up to 35 years in prison.
They call him a Spy, but I am more a Spy than he is, Trump said in his tweet.
Killing Mosquitoes: The Latest Gaza Massacres, Pro-Israel Media Bias And The Weapon Of Antisemitism The Palestinians have long been seen as an obstacle by Israels leaders; an irritant to be subjugated. Noam Chomsky commented: Traditionally over the years, Israel has sought to crush any resistance to its programs of takeover of the parts of Palestine 
By April 17, 2018
China is slapping a huge import charge on a crop that it accuses American farmers of dumping on its markets.
Chinas Commerce Ministry said Tuesday that customs officers will charge importers a fee of about 179% on US sorghum after an investigation found the shipments were unfairly subsidizedand damaging Chinese producers.
Sorghum is a grain that is used to feed livestock and make a liquor thats very popular with Chinese drinkers.
China is the largest buyer of American sorghum products. Its imports of the crop were worth about $960 million last year, according to Chinese customs data.
The move is likely to stoke fears of a trade war between the United States and China. Tensions have risen sharply since the start of 2018, with both governments announcing plans to slap tariffs on major imports.
China announced that it would investigate alleged dumping of American sorghum back in February.
Sorghum is a good target for a trade dispute since it would have a major financial impact on the US, Loren Puette, director at ChinaAg, an agricultural research firm, told CNN at the time.
Squeezing the sorghum trade could also hurt Americas rural economy particularly in states like Kansas where President Donald Trump has a lot of support.
The Commerce Ministry said its ruling was preliminary, and that the charges which take effect on Wednesday were temporary. It said it would announce a final decision in the sorghum probe at a later date.
OAN Investigation Finds No Evidence of Chemical Weapon Attack in Syria One America`s Pearson Sharp visited the war-torn town of Douma outside the capital of Damascus, looking for evidence of a chemical attack. However, residents there deny the claims of an attack, and say it was staged to help the rebels escape.
Historically, reactionary forces on the verge of extinction invariably conduct a last desperate struggle against the revolutionary forces, and some revolutionaries are deluded for a time by this phenomenon of outward strength but inner weakness, failing to grasp the essential fact that the enemy is nearing extinction while they themselves are approaching victory.
In the face of steadily deteriorating imperial power, the reactionary forces of global capital have pressed the panic button and are performing far worse than rats on a sinking ship, unless those rats were armed with nuclear weapons and were as deluded as the politburo of western capitalism. Unfortunately some who were previously considered advocates of change are now among the deluded mentioned in the quote and have become foremost protectors of the reactionary political economics of global capital controlled by the market forces of Artificial Intelligence. As the world lurches closer to what could become a nuclear confrontation and the western toadies of empire raise wimpy voices in an atonal chorus of support for accusations against logic and reality, it would be nice to think the quote had it right and that this is just a sign of their and not our extinction. But while we need to keep the faith and work for a better future it must be noted that things get worse and more worrisome in the present.
The most recent nerve gas charges in Syria coming from the mental bowels of western reactionaries were as believable as the last ones, which means hysterically funny when not tragically frightening. The only truthfulness comes from Americas Pinhead-In-Chief who actually believes that Assad is as dumb as American policy pundits and would use poison gas to kill for no reason other than sadistic pleasure, or at least to conveniently cause photo-ops of suffering babies being protected by performers in uniform. Only slack-jawed oafs could believe that at a time of near total victory over the American sponsored and trained anti-civil warriors Assad would be so venal, stupid and morally corrupt as to order such a thing and most American leadership jackals would know it was political bullshit and simply lie about how terrible and dreadful and monstrous all of this was. Trump, in his incredibly ignorant honesty, actually believes it, which makes him the most sincere potential mass murderer weve ever had in the now diverse formerly white house. Thats not really a comfort but more a terrible statement about the murderous political pimps we deify as great leaders of the past, both historic and very recent.
Following the equally unbelievable charges against Russia and Putin which had them-him putting nerve-gas-poison on a doorknob to kill an ex-spy who had been exiled-swapped to and living anonymously in England for years, and leaving out the numbskull idiocy of any alleged super-agent doing so and jeopardizing any visitor, salesperson, neighbor or delivery person who might...
Comeys memoir shows he is more like Trump than he cares to admit.
April 17, 2018 7:07 p.m. ET
Donald Trump was warned. Seven days before his inauguration, these columns advised the President-elect to replace James Comey as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. We had no knowledge of secret probes, but we did have long experience watching Mr. Comey. And we knew Mr. Trump, whose narcissism would cause him to believe he could charm or dominate the director.
Mr. Trump didnt take that advice, firing Mr. Comey four months later when as President he was sure to pay a higher political price. He had ample cause to fire him, as a memo from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein laid out.
But Mr. Trump told an interviewer that he had fired Mr. Comey because the FBI chief wouldnt say publicly that the FBI wasnt investigating Mr. Trump. The President also threatened Mr. Comey with a false claim about Oval Office tapes. Mr. Comey responded by leaking documents that caused Mr. Rosenstein to name a special counsel, which has put Mr. Trumps Presidency in mortal peril.
Now comes Mr. Comeys memoir, A Higher Loyalty, which is an attempt at revenge and vindication. With the help of special counsel Robert Mueller, Mr. Comey may succeed at the former. He fails utterly at the latter. The main lesson from Mr. Comeys book is that Mr. Trumps abuse of political norms has driven his enemies to violate norms themselves.
The most notable fact in the book is how little we learn that is new about Mr. Trump. The tales of Mr. Comeys meetings with the President were leaked long ago, and on the specific facts they are plausible. Mr. Trump is preoccupied with his critics and the validation of his presidential victory. He i...
As we have recorded here in the past, the BBC has often failed to give its audiences a clear and accurate portrayal of Irans military entrenchment in Syria and Iranian financing and supply of weapons to the Lebanese terror group Hizballah.
BBC audiences have been repeatedly encouraged to view Israeli actions against the supply of Iranian arms to Hizballah as involvement in the Syrian civil war.
Moreover, the BBC rarely reports on Irans serial threats against Israel.
It was therefore refreshing to see BBC Radio 4 taking a step in the right direction albeit only for domestic audiences in the April 15th edition of The World This Weekend....
Google says it will take action if apps violate policies 57 per cent of Android apps used by children and families are potentially in violation of a federal law designed to protect children Peace and Freedom
The company was responding about certain apps that could be illegally monitoring childrens behaviour online
Responding to a study that found nearly 60 per cent of free Andorid apps used by children potentially violate a federal law, Google has said that it will take action if companys policies are violated.
If we determine that an app violates our policies, we will take action. We always appreciate the research communitys work to help make the Android ecosystem safer, technology news website Toms Guide quoted a Google spokesperson as saying.
Google responded to a study by the International Computer Science Institute in Berkeley, California, that found 57 per cent of the 5,855 Android apps used by children and families are potentially in violation of a federal law designed to protect the privacy of kids under 13-years-old.
The report said that these apps could be illegally monitoring childrens behaviour online.
The federal law, 1998s Childrens Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), mandates privacy and consent requirements for website operators catering to children under 13.
We are taking the researchers report very seriously and looking into their findings. Protecting kids and families is a top priority and our Designed for Families programme requires developers to abide by specific requirements above and beyond our standard Google Play policies, the spokesperson added.
The study further found that 92 per cent of the 1,280 Android apps that utilise Facebooks application programming interface (API) are potentially in violation of COPPA.
The decision comes at a time when Facebook is embroiled in a scandal after reports that British data firm Cambridge Analytica had improperly gathered detailed Facebook information on 87 million users.
Last week Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before the US Congress over his companys handling of user data.
Facebook exposed private friend lists to app developers without their knowledge until two weeks ago, despite claiming to have blocked the service three years ago.
The loophole allowed apps to collect the friend lists of anybody who had installed the app, exposing their names and profile photos. Facebook quietly switched the taggable friends interface off on April 4, burying the announcement among a series of other privacy measures.
The revelations are the latest privacy blow to the social network, which has come under fire for enabling app makers to pool the personal information of millions of unknowing users, which was later sold to companies such as Cambridge Analytica, and allegedly employed
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President Donald Trump dispatched his nominee for secretary of state to meet countrys leader in Pyongyang over Easter
Mike Pompeo, director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Getty Images
Updated April 17, 2018 11:53 p.m. ET
President Donald Trump sent Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo on a secret trip to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang over Easter, according to people familiar with the matter.
Mr. Pompeo, tapped by Mr. Trump last month to serve as secretary of state, met with Mr. Kim to discuss terms of a summit between the leaders of the two countries aimed at ending North Koreas nuclear-weapons program, these people said. A U.S. official said Tuesday the direct talks with Mr. Kim are ongoing.
Mr. Trump referred to the discussions Tuesday, saying his administration had directly engaged North Korea at extremely high levels. Mr. Pompeos trip was first reported by the Washington Post on Tuesday.
Mr. Trump said he expects a summit to be convened probably in early June or before. He would become the first serving U.S. president to meet with a North Korean leader.
After returning from his secret trip to North Korea, Mr. Pompeo spoke at length about the likelihood of a meeting between the president and Mr. Kim during his confirmation hearing last week before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He didnt mention his trip.
Im optimistic that the United States government can set the conditions for that appropriately so that the president and the North Korean leader can have that conversation [that] will set us down the course of achieving a diplomatic outcome that America so desperatelyAmerica and the world so desperately need, Mr. Pompeo said.
Mr. Pompeo, a former House member from Kansas, is in danger of receiving an unfavorable committee recommendation because of concerns that his past hawkish statements complicate his ability to conduct diplomacy....
The term media bias does not do justice to the western corporate medias relationship with Israel and Palestine. The relationship is, indeed, far more profound than mere partiality. It is not ignorance, either. It is a calculated and long-term campaign, aimed at guarding Israel and demonizing Palestinians.
The current disgraceful coverage of Gazas popular protests indicates that the medias position aims at suppressing the truth on Palestine, at any cost and by any means.
Political symbiosis, cultural affinity, Hollywood, the outreaching influence of pro-Israel and Zionist groups within the political and media circles, are some of the explanations many of us have offered as to why Israel is often viewed with sympathetic eyes and Palestinians and Arabs condemned.
But such explanations should hardly suffice. Nowadays, there are numerous media outlets that are trying to offset some of the imbalance, many of them emanating from the Middle East, but also other parts of the world. Palestinian and Arab journalists, intellectuals and cultural representatives are more present on a global stage than ever before and are more than capable of facing off, if not defeating, the pro-Israeli media discourse.
However, they are largely invisible to western media; it is the Israeli spokesperson who continues to occupy the center stage, speaking, shouting, theorizing and demonizing as he pleases.
It is, then, not a matter of media ignorance, but policy.
Even before March 30, when scores of Palestinians in Gaza were killed and thousands wounded, the US and British media, for example, should have, at least, questioned why hundreds of Israeli snipers and army tanks were ordered to deploy at the Gaza border to face-off Palestinian protesters.
Instead, they referred to clashes between Gaza youth and the snipers, as if they are equal forces in an equivalent battle.
Western media is not blind. If ordinary people are increasingly able to see the truth regarding the situation in Palestine, experienced western journalists cannot possibly be blind to the truth. They know, but they choose to remain silent.
The maxim that official Israeli propaganda or hasbara is too savvy no longer suffices. In fact, it is hardly true.
Where is the ingenuity in the way the Israeli army explained the killing of unarmed Palestinians in Gaza?
Yesterday we saw 30,000 people, the Israeli army tweeted on March 31. We arrived prepared and with precise reinforcements. Nothing was carried out uncontrolled; everything was accurate and measured, an...
SEOUL (Reuters) South Korea said on Wednesday it is considering how to change a decades-old armistice with North Korea into a peace agreement, as U.S. officials confirmed an unprecedented top-level meeting with the North Korean leader.
U.S. Secretary of State nominee and CIA Director Mike Pompeo became the most senior U.S. official ever known to have met North Korean leader Kim Jong Un when Pompeo visited Pyongyang over a weekend at the end of March to discuss a planned summit with U.S. President Donald Trump.
Pompeos visit provided the strongest sign yet about Trumps willingness to become the first serving U.S. president ever to meet a North Korean leader.
At the same time, old rivals North Korea and South Korea are preparing for their own summit between Kim and South Korean President Moon Kae-in on April 27, with a bid to formally end the 1950-53 Korean War a major factor in talks.
South Korean President Moon Kae-in
As one of the plans, we are looking at a possibility of shifting the Korean peninsulas armistice to a peace regime, a high-ranking South Korean presidential official told reporters when asked about the North-South summit.
We want to include discussions to end hostile acts between the South and North
South Korea and a U.S.-led U.N. force are technically still at war with North Korea after the Korean War ended with a truce, not a peace treaty.
Such discussions between the two Koreas, and between North Korea and the United States, would have been unthinkable at the end of last year, after months of escalating tension, and fear of war, over the Norths nuclear and missile programs.
But then North Koreas leader declared in a New Years speech his country was a peace-loving and responsible nuclear power and called for lower military tension and improved ties with the South.
He also said he was considering sending a delegation to the Winter Olympics in South Korea in February.
A visit by a high-level North Korean delegation to the Olympics began a succession of steps...
AFP/File / by Ali BEKHTAOUI | The bitcoin cryptocurrency has risen and fallen in recent months, testing investors nerves, but the founder of Bitcoin Center in New York says the digital money seen here in gold-plated souvenir form is not for dilettantes
People outside couldnt get inside.
The center, which was set up in December 2013, calls itself a one-of-a-kind epicenter for all things bitcoin. It is primarily frequented by technology and financial types, mostly male and mostly younger, although it aspires to go well beyond that core audience.
The Bitcoin Center is open seven days a week to shed light on the world of bitcoin to whoever walks in our doors!, proclaims its website. Our staff can provide an overview of bitcoin on the spot or register guests for our comprehensive bitcoin courses.
On a recent weekday evening, about 100 people gathered in the space, a parlor in a Ukrainian restaurant, to trade bitcoins on smartphone applications, nibble on complimentary snacks and take in the latest insights from Spanos.
He threw a few barbs at journalists who have cast a skeptical eye on the cryptocurrencys rollercoaster performance.
But Spanos, who worked previously for former Republican and Libertarian presidential candidate Ron Paul, saved his sharpest words for Jamie Dimon, the JPMorgan Chase chief who last year said it was stupid to invest in bitcoin, which he has called a fraud.
The mention of Dimon drew boos from the crowd, who have seen bitcoin swoon from nearly $20,000 in mid-December to $7,895 on Tuesday, according to Bloomberg.
Total trading volumes have fallen in half between mid-December and the start of April, according to Bitcoinity.org.
In another sign of faltering interest, the number of weekly searches on Google for bitcoin now stands at about one-fifth the peak level in December, when the cryptocurrency began trading on major exchanges.
The price retreat comes as regulators adopt an increasingly skeptical stance towards the digital money.
On Tuesday, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, citing reports of theft of vast sums of virtual currency from customer accounts, and sudden and poorly explained trading outages, sent queries to 13 major tradi...
(ZHE) So much for President Donald Trumps promises to pull US troops out of Syria. Despite the USs insistence that it intends to pull troops out of Syria (at some point, possibly in the distant future), local media report that the US has set up a new military facility in Eastern Deir ez-Zor not far from ISISs 
The government of Canada has announced plans to evacuate family members of its diplomats serving in Cuba, because of medical issues caused by an alleged espionage-related technological device.
(ANTIWAR.COM) Syrian Ambassador Bashar Jaafari told the UN Security Council on Tuesdaythat a UN security team has entered the city of Douma. The inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) are scheduled to visit on Wednesday. The OPCW inspectors did not visit Monday, and there were a lot of allegations exchanged as to why. 
17, 2018 . 
Seven militants wives were sentenced in an Iraqi court. Four of them were given death penalties.
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Pollster Gallup has claimed since the year 2001 that the majority of Americans (averaging 59% between 2001-2018) hold much greater sympathy for Israelis than for Palestinians (averaging 17%) in the Middle East situation. Gallup releases its yearly results with titillating headlines, such as Americans Remain Staunchly in Israels Corner (2018 poll) and "Israel Maintains Positive Continue reading "Why Gallup Overstates American Sympathy for Israel"
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It seems that many who supported the weekends air strikes on Syria are overlooking the significance of Robert Fisks report today from Douma, the site of a supposed chemical weapons attack last week. Fisk is the first western journalist to reach the area and speak to people there. One is a senior doctor at the Continue reading "Robert Fisks Douma Report Rips Away Excuses for Air Strike on Syria"
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When the Cold War officially ended in 1991, Washington could have pivoted back to the pre-1914 status quo ante. That is, to a national security policy of America First because there was literally no significant military threat left on the planet. Post-Soviet Russia was an economic basket case that couldnt even meet its military payroll Continue reading "America First R.I.P."
(MEE) Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir reaffirmed on Tuesday the kingdoms willingness to deploy troops to Syria as part of US-led efforts to stabilize the conflict-torn country. Speaking at a press conference alongside UN chief Antonio Guterres, Al-Jubeir said that Riyadh had held previous discussions with America to deploy troops in Syria after the civil war 
By News Desk 18/04/2018 BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:20 A.M.) An alleged chemical arsenal was discovered by Russian servicemen in the basement of a high-rise apartment building in the Eastern Ghouta city of Douma on Tuesday. A statement by the Russian Ministry of Defence reports that chemicals such as chlorine, thiodiglycol and diethylamide were found. According 
by SouthFront, April 15, 2018 A day after the US-led attack on Syria, the suspicion run deep in the public over the results of the massive missile strike carried out by the US, the UK and France. The Pentagon says that 105 cruise missiles were launched at 3 targets in Syria adding and all of them hit their targets. The Russian Defense Ministry says that 71 missiles were intercepted adding that there were 8 targets of the US-UK-French missiles strike. Since April 14, SouthFront has been receiving indications that the US military leadership is concerned over the results of its military action. Informed sources close to the Pentagon say that the US military is about to launch an internal probe in order to get a true picture of the situation, a real number of missiles, which had hit their targets, the reasons behind a minor damage delivered by the strike and the explanations how the Syrian Air Defense Forces had been able to intercept a part of the missiles using their old-fashioned air defense systems. The Pentagons
Watch now LIVE Day 2 above and below. April 15 -- 25, 2018 -- The Sixth Commission of the Zapatista Army for National Liberation convokes a ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION (or seedbed, depending on who you ask): To Watch, to Listen, to Speak: No Thinking Allowed? Watch Day 1 at https://www.facebook.com/EnlaceZap/videos/2329833713712124/
Cumbre de los Pueblos 2018 Translation by Internationalist 360 Original Text in Spanish Below FINAL DECLARATION OF THE SUMMIT OF THE PEOPLES FOR THE SOCIAL ARTICULATION OF OUR AMERICA Lima , Peru 10 14 April 2018 We, the representatives of social and popular organizations of Peru, Latin America and the Caribbean, have met in...
Bruno Rodriguez, Cuba Debate, April 15th 2018 Translated by Tortilla Con Sal The United States Vice President seems to be ill-informed, ignoring reality and concealing the truth. I want to ask Mr. Pence directly whether or not the Monroe Doctrine guides his government in its policy towards Latin America. I want to reply to him...
(CD) As Americans rushed to pay their taxes on Tuesday before the official deadline, peace groups reminded the public of the uncomfortable fact that an astronomical amount of the money sent to the IRS each year goes not to funding education or a single-payer healthcare system the U.S. supposedly cant afford, but straight into the bloated coffers 
On the eve of a divestment vote by George Washington Universitys (GWU) student senate, multiple students witnessed two men who they say clearly did not attend the university, posting spurious flyers around campus, all with the clear aim of undermining the credibility of the divestment resolution SR-S18-21 or The Protection of Palestinian Human Rights Act.
Divest This Time, the student group responsible for the resolution, and supporters like Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) were subjected to the attacks, as were Student Association Senators (SA).
Flyers read SJP Anti-semitic Cowards! Make BDS Vote Public, JVP: Fake News Fake Jews and Be Proud Antisemites! Dont Vote BDS in Secret.
The vote was indeed cancelled due to safety concerns.
In an initial statement, the SA explained the cancellation noting their duty to prioritize the safety of the student body and members of the Student Association.
Not more than two hours later and after public backlash, SA updated its statement to prioritize the safety of Palestinian students and their allies, who have been targeted by outside organizations and members of our community.
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(ANTIMEDIA) A police officer in Alpharetta, Georgia, claims he was fired for not issuing enough traffic tickets to motorists in the area. Officer Daniel Capps was on the force for nine years and was ultimately terminated because he declined to issue a traffic ticket to a driver after he bumped into another car. According to a department memo 
Above: Flowers of peace will bloom in the shape of the Korean Peninsula on the grass at Seoul Plaza starting on April 13 to celebrate the upcoming Inter-Korean Summit. The photo is a digital image of the flowers that will be planted. (Seoul Metropolitan Government).
The 1950 to 1953 war between North and South Korea ended with a truce and the creation of a demilitarized zone. Now the North and South Korea governments are preparing to announce a permanent end to the Korean War with a peace agreement, the newspaper Munhwa Ilbo reported Tuesday, citing an unnamed South Korean official.
S Koreas Munhwa Ilbo reports Seoul and Pyongyang plan to announce an end to the military conflict between the two countries at the inter-Korean summit, citing an unidentified diplomatic security official https://t.co/R1c56pCvTh
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Ahead of a summit next week between North Korean premier Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, lawmakers from the neighboring states were thought to be negotiating the details of a joint statement that could outline an end to the confrontation.
Kim and Moon could also discuss returning the heavily fortified demilitarized zone separating them to its original state, the newspaper said.
The move comes ahead of next weeks summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.
Moon said Tuesday that th...
https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-april-17-2018-syrian-forces-repel-more-missile-strikes/ Last night, the Syrian Air Defense Forces (SADF) repelled another missile attack allegedly carried out by the Israeli military. Missiles were intercepted in two areas: Near Shayrat military airfield
RT | April 17, 2018 Seoul and Pyongyang are reportedly set to make a huge step in the peace settlement on the Korean Peninsula, as officials from the two states are negotiating a joint statement outlining a formal end to hostilities. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and the Souths president, Moon Jae-in, are scheduled to 
By Danielle Ryan | RT | April 17, 2018 When US President Donald Trump fired a barrage of Tomahawk missiles at Syrian government targets last week, it was a good day for defense contractors, at least. In the aftermath of the strike, which Trump claimed was in retaliation for an alleged chemical attack by the 
(ANTIMEDIA) In what can only be described as a remarkable coincidence, thousands of U.S. Marines arrived in Jordan at around the same time the U.S., U.K., and France were organizing a direct military strike on Jordans neighbor, Syria. According to the Marine Corps Times, nearly 3,600 U.S. troops, including roughly 1,800 Marines with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, arrived in 
The 1950 to 1953 war between North and South Korea ended their hostilities with a truce and the creation of a demilitarized zone. Now the North and South Korea governments are preparing to announce a permanent end to the Korean War, he newspaper Munhwa Ilbo reported Tuesday, citing an unnamed South Korean official. CNBC reports: Ahead of a summit next week between North Korean premier Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, lawmakers from the neighboring states were thought to be negotiating the details of a joint statement that could outline an end to the confrontation. Kim and Moon could also discuss returning the heavily fortified demilitarized zone separating them to its original state, the newspaper said.
The OPCW has, to date, made no comment and issued no rebuttal of Lavrov's assertion concerning the full findings of Spiez Laboratory and the presence of BZ and its precursors in the March 23 blood samples taken from Sergei and Yulia Skripal. If Lavrov's statement accurately reflects the actual findings of the Spiez Laboratory, and if the Skirpals were indeed given BZ in some form, this would account for both the state in which they were discovered on March 4, one of them unconscious and the other spaced out on a bench in Salisbury, and for the length of time Sergei and Yulia Skripal were comatose.
Twice, offiziere.ch has taken a critical look at the new Russian combat tank, the T-14 Armata. In the first critique in the summer of 2015, Joseph Trevithick came to the conclusion that the basic design of the T-14 was rather antiquated, based on the limited public resources available at the time. He was not alone in this opinion at the time: Dave Majumdar, for example, noted in an article in National Interest that the Leopard 2 could successfully engage the T-14 if the right ammunition was used. With the publication of additional technical details, Sbastien Roblin critically analyzed the T-14 once again and came to a mixed conclusion. However, some findings were based on incomplete data resources to this day, not all the technical details have been published. For this reason, and the fact that both authors are not engineers, we take into serious consideration the criticism offered to us that the reports on the T-14 on offiziere.ch may be politically biased and may no longer be based on fully accurate facts. We are, therefore, extremely grateful to Captain Stefan Bhler for making his article available to us for a second publication, and for giving us a somewhat different perspective.
(ANTIMEDIA) There are more than enough sound reasons to doubt the official narrative on the Syrian conflict and the alleged poison gas attack, according to the Independents Robert Fisk, who is currently on the ground in the Syrian city of Douma. While in Douma, Fisk met with Dr. Assim Rahaibani, a Syrian doctor from an underground clinic that emerged as 
The Russian Army began suffering first losses long before the full-scale invasion to the territory of Ukraine...
Who is James Le Mesurier, former British army officer and private military contractor who founded the White Helmets, the civil defence organisation operating exclusively in opposition-held parts of Syria? It is a question more and more people are asking as the function of the organization comes under increasing scrutiny.
RT | April 17, 2018 Washington reportedly wants Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Qatar to replace the US in terms of troop deployments and funding in stabilizing northeastern Syria, according to the Wall Street Journal. The US currently has two major points of military presence on the ground in Syria: one on the border with 
By David Swanson, April 17, 2018
Scott Ritter is a former Marine Corps intelligence officer who worked in the former Soviet Union implementing arms control treaties, in the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm, and in Iraq overseeing the disarmament of WMD. He is the author of Deal of the Century: How Iran Blocked the Wests Road to War. And he recently published an article in the American Conservative called Trumps Rush to Judgment on Syria Chemical Attack.
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April 15, 2018 / Gilad Atzmon By Eve Mykytyn The US led bombing raid on Syria on April 13th came at an odd time. The civil war in Syria has basically been won by Assad, and in response to the calming of tensions, President Trump said on April 4 that he intended to withdraw US troops from 
April 14, 2018 / Gilad Atzmon By Gilad Atzmon If you have just 60 seconds watch this brief video. https://youtu.be/CpdT79rm1ts In 2014 Sky owner and media mogul Rupert Murdoch won the ADL Award. The honour was clearly awarded for a reason. On occasion, Sky changes itself into a state propaganda service. The video above shows such an event 
In 1972, a project emerged for a Nantes-Rennes airport on the site of Notre-Dame-des-Landes, Vigneux de Bretagne, and other villages. Resistance groups and associations mobilised to prevent its construction. Little by little certain historical farmers and also new ones, militants, but also homeless and excluded persons of all types, came together on the site corresponding to the outline of the proposed airport [called the ZAD for Zone Dfendre (Zone to Defend) ed. note] to live, work, and cultivate the land while preserving the landscape of hedgerows, fields, wetlands and woodland and its fauna and flora. For a few years, they experimented with a self-managed micro-society . Intrigued by the anything-but-flattering image of the Zadistes put forward by a few mainstream media, I decided to go and meet these radical vandals a few days before the start of the attempts to evict them. I found people with highly diverse profiles and with varied backgrounds and motivations. But they all had points in common openness to others, a sharp-eyed way of seeing the world, an awareness of their responsibility, etc. From gutter punks to young engineers, and including young mothers and artists, their presence here was no accident. All of them had reflected deeply and had real confidence in what they were doing. A few agreed to talk frankly with me. JJ, a militant artist, lives in the ZAD with his partner. He is extremely active. Among other things, he welcomes visitors, teaches, communicates.
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Fantine: What brought you to the ZAD?
JJ : Ive been involved in several militant struggles before, including the Camp for Climate Action  in 2009, in England. There were people there who were very involved in supporting the ZAD. At the start, I wasnt living in the ZAD. Two years ago, my girlfriend and I came to live here because we felt we couldnt support it from a distance we had to live there all the time.
LIVE: Indigenous Protest U.S. Bank Investment in Pipelines in Albuquerque -- Stop Energy Transfer Partners based in Texas, owners of Dakota Access Pipeline and more pipelines Photos and video by Red Nation Below: Joye Braun, Lakota, live at U.S. Bank shareholders meeting in Albuquerque. April 17, 2018 US Commercial Banks In For a Spring of Fossil Fuel ResistanceDavid Turnbull,
The Great Return March has already made a difference. As thirty thousand non-violent marchers are all indiscriminately viewed as legitimate targets for asserting their inalienable human rights, the image of Israel as a liberal democracy, an image already severely tarnished by its brazen embrace of apartheid over the past few years, is now receiving additional blows that will be hard to recover from. US politicians are finally noticing, and expressing criticism of the country that was once untouchable. As Philip Weiss notes: As protests at the Gaza border get underway this morning, several liberal Democratic politicians have finally objected to Israels shooting of unarmed Palestinians at the Gaza fence. Weiss goes on to point out that the criticism of Israel is nevertheless tempered by the call on Palestinians to exercise their rights nonviolently, and describes Senator Elizabeth Warrens criticism as tepid.
My own take about US politicians response to these attacks is quite different. Up to the latest attacks, on the weekly Great Return Marches by Palestinian refugees in the Gaza Strip, American politicians have come out in droves to assert that offensive formula, Israel has the right to defend itself. It is offensive because Israel is not defending itself, it is defending an illegal occupation, which violates the human rights of a civilian people it is obligated, according to international law, to be protecting. It is also offensive because we have never, not once, heard an equivalent Palestinians have the right to defend themselves, even when they are the ones coming under attack.
Much more revealing than the few comments by congresspeople who criticized Israel, Mark Pocan (WI), Pramila Jayapal (WA), Keith Ellison (MN), Barbara Lee (CA), and Henry C. Hank Johnson Jr. (GA), is that, this time around, not a single Democrat has actually come out to shield Israel. Not one has stated that Israel is our friend and strongest ally, not one has spoken of joint values. As Jonathan Ofir noted, Israels genocidal comments are isolating it.
From the Balfour Declaration to todays Great Return March, the past hundred years of Palestinian history have been one painful trajectory of racist settler-colonial injustice imposed upon t...
A bipartisan group of senators proposed updating Congresss authorization for U.S. military action in the Middle East, days after President Donald Trump ordered strikes on Syria to retaliate against a chemical weapons attack.
The authorization would apply to the war on terrorism and n...
A trade war with America and the battle against debt at home cloud the horizon
JUST a few years ago Wuhan, a sprawling metropolis in the middle reaches of the Yangtze River, exemplified Chinas economic woes. Municipal debt had soared. The most senior local official was known as Mr Dig Up The City, a reference to his zeal for grandiose construction projects. A movie theme park, intended as a landmark, closed after failing to draw crowds. It would take nearly a decade, it was estimated, to sell all of Wuhans vacant homes.
These days, the city of 11m stands as a monument to Chinas resilience. Its economy has accelerated even as the government has controlled debt more strictly. Five subway lines were opened or extended in the past two years alone; they are jammed in rush hour. Investment is pouring into semiconductor production, biotech research and internet-security companies. The glut of unsold homes is almost cleared.
Chinas economy, like Wuhans, is in much better shape than was the case in late 2015. Then, the country was reeling from a stockmarket crash, suffering from capital outflows and accumulating debt at an alarming rate. But figures reported on April 17th showed growth of 6.8% in the first three months of 2018 compared with the same period a year earlier. In nominal terms growth was above 10%. Chinas total debt-to-GDP ratio has stabilised, a sign that the risk of financial crisis has receded (see chart).
The improvement in Chinas fortunes can be traced to three factors. First, the government has started to tackle several ingrained problems. After a long period of overproduction of steel and coal, a campaign to close unused capacity restrained output and pushed up prices. To reduce the property overhang, local governments bought millions of unsold homes from developers and gave them to poorer citizens.
In the financial sect...
(CD) Technically, North and South Korea are still at war, and have been for more than six decadesbut an absolutely earth-shaking new report on Tuesday indicates the Korean War may soon be coming to an end. Citing an anonymous South Korean diplomatic official, Munhwa Ilboa South Korean daily newspaperreported that the neighboring countries are hashing out a 
Lesvos, Greece: Refugees spontaneously marched from the Moria refugee camp to Sappho square in Mytlini today, after a refugee almost died in the Moria refugee camp.
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Lesvos, Greece: Refugees spontaneously marched from the Moria refugee camp to Sappho square in Mytlini today, after a refugee almost di...
By Pat Buchanan Unz Review April 17, 2018 Ten days ago, President Trump was saying the United States should withdraw from Syria. We convinced him it was necessary to stay. Thus boasted French President Emmanuel Macron Saturday, adding, We convinced him it was necessary to stay for the long term. Is the U.S. 
April 14, 2018 / Gilad Atzmon I had an incredible time yesterday talking to Jason Liosatos. We spoke about the current Dystopia, tyranny of correctness, ID nonsense, the Ziocon war mongers and their service providers in Britain, USA and France. Truth doesnt need a movement it needs to be explored! If they want to burn it, you 
By Tim Anderson | American Herald Tribune | April 17, 2018 Why support other peoples, especially during conflict? Some explanation seems necessary because wartime debates often degenerate into simplistic clichs, personal abuse and confusion. I am one of many who have been subject to this abuse. Even the sanity of the critics of war is 
(ZHE) Robert Fisks bombshell first-hand account for the UK Independent runs contrary to nearly every claim circulating in major international press concerning what happened just over week ago on April 7th in an embattled suburb outside Damascus: not only has the veteran British journalist found no evidence of a mass chemical attack, but hes encountered multiple local eyewitnesses who experienced 
On April 18, the United States Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Washington v. United States, which pits the state of Washington against the United States and 21 Indian tribes. The main question in the case is narrow whether the state must quickly replace hundreds of culverts that allow the flow of water under roads but also block salmon migration. Yet the underlying issue is far broader. At stake in the case is the Supreme Courts ongoing role as the nations highest arbiter of justice. Despite immense changes, that role remains grounded in a 229-year-old Constitution premised on the supremacy of federal treaties and individual rights. In previous cases, the Supreme Court upheld the tribes rights to fish salmon, spelled out by various treaties entered in the 1850s. But, having insulated those rights from destruction previously, the court must now decide their meaning for the 21st century and beyond.
While the vast majority of the media--print and electronic--have been missing in action on the real story about what happened on the ground in Douma, Syria, the upstart, conservative One America News Network showed up. A OANN reporter went to...
Coffey knew, as soon as she read an urgent text from a neighbor and left work in a rush, that it was the day she had been dreading the day that tree-cutting for the Mountain Valley Pipeline would invade her family farm on Bent Mountain. For three years, Coffey had fought the natural gas pipeline. She spoke against it at a public hearing. She marched against it at a rally on Capitol Square in Richmond. She argued against it when Mountain Valley took her to federal court, where the company obtained an easement through her property by eminent domain. On the day the tree-cutters arrived unannounced, Coffey did the only thing left within her power. She stood as close as she could to the pipelines right of way, marked by blue-and-white flagged stakes, and dared the men with chainsaws to keep coming.
Contradictory statements from the White House are leading to confusion over whether or not new sanctions will be slapped on Russia.
The threat was originally made by Nikki Haley, who said that new sanctions would be announced early this week. The sanctions are a response to Russias indirect support for Syrias chemical weapons program. Haley, speaking on NBCs Face the Nation, said they would target companies providing the kind of equipment that could be used in the production of chemical weapons.
White House now evaluating options after UN representative Nikki Haley said new measures over suspected Syrian chemical-weapons attack were forthcoming
The Trump administration said Monday that it is evaluating prospects for new sanctions against Russian entities and companies involved in Syrias chemical-weapons program, an apparent step back from a pledge just a day earlier by Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, for swift, new punitive actions.
We are considering additional sanctions on Russia and a decision will be made in the near future, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters Monday. Were evaluating, but nothing to announce right now.
On Sunday, Haley said new sanctions against Russia were imminent as part of the U.S. response to a suspected Syrian chemical-weapons attack earlier this month. She said they would be announced on Monday by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.
You will see that Russian sanctions will be coming down, Haley said on CBSs Face the Nation. Secretary Mnuchin will be announcing those on Monday, if he hasnt already. And they will go directly to any sort of companies that were dealing with equipment related to [Syrian President Bashar al-Assad ] and chemical weapons used.
Democratic lawmakers criticized the administration for not acting immediately, saying the decision appeared to put Trump out of step with his top aides and could give Russia time to relocate assets in anticipation of sanctions.
On March 14th thousands of students walked out of school to protest gun violence, demanding legislators enact more stringent gun control in the U.S. Later that night, black Brazilian city council member and vocal critic of Brazils militarized law enforcement, Marielle Franco, was assassinated. Four days later, 22 year old father of two, Stephon Clark, was shot in his back eight times by the Sacramento Police. While news outlets and social media made note of these murders, the national conversation instead largely focused on the March for Our Lives protest that took place the following weekend. As the media continued to cover the responses to the March for Our Lives, news broke that the two officers responsible for the murder of Alton Sterling would not be facing charges for their use of lethal force that left yet another black father dead.
Some Israeli soldiers who are posted to the Gaza border have reached out to Breaking the Silence, the dissident Israeli group that prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has tried to ban because it publishes soldiers testimonies that are highly critical of the occupation.
Avner Gvaryahu, the head of Breaking the Silence, described the contacts during a panel at the J Street conference in Washington yesterday:
As long as there will be an occupation, soldiers will speak out. As long as we will continue to control Palestinians, there will be those people who say I have to take responsibility for what I did. And the numbers of soldiers who are coming are as high as they were ever, you know even soldiers reaching out who are currently on the border with Gaza.
I later asked Gvaryahu if these soldiers are refusing to shoot, as BTselem, the human rights organization, has urged. No, I said, some of them have reached out to us, he responded.
What are they saying? We dont know yet. We have to sit down with them and verify the testimonies and so on, he said.
Typically anonymous but extremely detailed, soldiers testimonies to Breaking the Silence have documented persecution, abuse, detention, and killings of Palestinians. Its report after the last large Gaza massacre of 2014 fostered international demands for war crimes prosecutions, and led to the official crackdown.
Israeli soldiers have shot and wounded more than 1000 Palestinian protesters, killing more than 31, over the last two-and-a-half weeks. Almost all have been reported to be unarmed.
Gvaryahu described 2-and-1/2 years of heavy, heavy attack on his group from the Israeli right wing. That includes almost a dozen bills in the parliament to try and ban the group from access to public spaces, or from speaking in schools, as well as efforts to block international funding, and personal threats of violence.
When you look at what is happening in Israeli society you would expect after these two years of attacks, that soldiers would stop coming to Breaking the Silence. I was actually fearful of that, he said. But that has not been the case, and he thanked many organizations for blunting these attacks, including the Meretz Party, Yesh Din, Peace Now, BTselem and our mother and father, the New Israel Fund.
He also urged Americans to support Breaking the Silence and invite the group to gatherings here so as to insure its continuing freedom. He said that leading Ame...
Posted on April 16, 2018 by Richard Edmondson Roger Waters, speaking at a concert in Spain, branded the White Helmetsuniversally portrayed by Western media as glorious heroesas a bunch of frauds. We live in a world where propaganda seems to be more important than whats really going on. Roger Waters In a time of universal deceit, telling 
Starbucks coffee is anti-black, the demonstrators chanted Monday morning. Protesters swarmed a Starbucks in Philadelphia on Monday, days after police arrested two black men who had been waiting there to meet a friend. Dozens of demonstrators shut down the coffee shop in Philadelphias central business district for over three hours Monday morning. The activists came out to protest racial profiling after the stores manager called police Thursday to remove the men for sitting at a table without buying anything. A whole lot of racism, a whole lot of whack, protesters chanted Monday. Starbucks coffee is anti-black.
(MEE) Inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) have entered Douma, according to Syrian state news agency SANA. Speaking to MEE, an OPCW spokesperson said that it could not confirm or deny whether its inspectors had entered the area due to safety reasons. France had earlier warned that it was very likely that 
The Incirlik air base in southern Turkey was not used in the U.S.-led airstrikes on Assad regime targets in Syria, Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said on Saturday."May be" indicates can't be certain, but, it's certainly curious.
The United States has transported the Armag weapons vault from Turkeys Incirlik Air base to another facility, YeniSafak reported.
According to the source, a 40-ton portable weapons vault was transported to another country via a C-5M Super Galaxy transport aircraft.
There has been no official explanation over the transfer yet.
Amidst tensions between Washington and Ankara on a series of issues, the US military is reportedly harbouring thoughts about developing in Greece a regional alternative to the use of the crucial Incirlik base in Turkey....
These considerations, which were reported in the Vimatodotis (pacemaker) column in the To Vima newspaper and website, would be a major shift for the regional military presence of the US.
There is another issued that draws American interest to our country, and that is none other than military bases, the column reported.
More than two-thirds of Americans support stronger U.S. sanctions on Russia, according to a Washington Post/ABC News poll released Tuesday.
According to that survey, 68 percent of respondents said that they would back tougher sanctions. That position largely spans the partisan divide. Seventy-four percent of Democrats and 68 percent of Republicans and independents voiced support for such penalties.
The poll results came a day after President Trump reversed on a plan to sanction Russian companies associated with the Syrian governments alleged chemical weapons program.
On Friday, Trump authorized military strikes in concert with France and the U.K. on targets in Syria associated with the countrys chemical weapons arsenal. Those strikes were swiftly condemned by Moscow as a flagrant violation of international law.
Despite the broad support for tougher sanctions against Moscow, the Washington Post/ABC News poll also found that more than half of U.S. adults 52 percent believe that Trump should invite Russian President Vladimir Putin to the White House in an effort to warm relations between Washington and Moscow.
Another 42 percent said that Trump should not hold such a meeting with Putin, so as not to grant the Russian leader legitimacy.
Nearly half of respondents said that Trump has done too little to criticize Russia. By comparison, 32 percent said that hes handled the situation properly, while just 4 percent believe that the president has criticized Russia too much.
The Washington Post/ABC News poll found a large partisan divide in perceptions of Trumps treatment of Russia.
An overwhelming majority of Democrats 70 percent said that Trump has not been harsh enough in his criticism of Moscow. Seventy-one percent of Republicans, on the other hand, believe that Trump has handled the situation about right.
The Washington Post/ABC News poll was conducted April 8-11, and surveyed 1,002 U.S. adults. Its margin of error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.
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Via: Reuters: North and South Korea are in talks to announce a permanent end to the officially declared military conflict between the two countries, daily newspaper Munhwa Ilbo reported Tuesday, citing an unnamed South Korean official. Ahead of a summit next week between North Korean premier Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, 
This is the story of a town called Douma, a ravaged, stinking place of smashed apartment blocks and of an underground clinic whose images of suffering allowed three of the Western worlds most powerful nations to bomb Syria last week. Theres even a friendly doctor in a green coat who, when I track him down in the very same clinic, cheerfully tells me that the gas videotape which horrified the world despite all the doubters is perfectly genuine. War stories, however, have a habit of growing darker. For the same 58-year old senior Syrian doctor then adds something profoundly uncomfortable: the patients, he says, were overcome not by gas but by oxygen starvation in the rubbish-filled tunnels and basements in which they lived, on a night of wind and heavy shelling that stirred up a dust storm.
A new national database of court filed evictions filed since 2000 released this week by The Eviction Lab documented an estimated 2.3 million people who were evicted last year. The database - which doesnt account for hundreds of thousands of evictions through intimidation and diception that happen without ever going to court - found that 2461 people were evicted EVERY DAY last year in the United States. In many communities like Richmond, Virginia, as many as 1 in 9 renters faced eviction. For women, particularly black women, that rate of eviction is even higher. We launched Homes For All in 2013 because we believe that every single person has a right to a safe, affordable and dignified home. We believe that if we guarantee that every child, person and family can live in a quality home without fear of eviction, rent increases or intimidation our entire society will be better off.
"There is no truth to the rumor that, after watching an episode of "Gilligan's Island" on TV, President Trump ordered a search party sent out for the passengers and crew of the S.S. Minnow. But he does tend to get...
West Virginias public school teachers had endured years of low pay, inadequate insurance, giant class sizes, and increasingly unlivable conditionsincluding attempts to force them to record private details of their health daily on a wellness app. Their governor, billionaire coal baron Jim Justice, pledged to allow them no more than an annual 1% raiseeffectively a pay cut considering inflationin a state where teacher salaries ranked 48th lowest out of 50 states. In February 2018, they finally revolted: In a tense, four-day work stoppage, they managed to wrest a 5% pay increase from the state. Teachers in Oklahoma and Kentucky have now revolted in similar protests. Its the latest battle in a contest between two countervailing forces: one bent on reengineering America for the benefit of the wealthy, the other struggling to preserve dignity and security for ordinary people.
AFP/File / by Ryan MCMORROW | The IMF is bullish about emerging Asia
BEIJING (AFP) The IMF said Tuesday it remains upbeat about the economic prospects of emerging Asia, labelling the region the most important engine of global growth despite concerns over trade disputes and mounting debt.The International Monetary Funds latest quarterly World Economic Outlook forecasts global growth of 3.9 percent this year as the world economy hums along and nations retain supportive fiscal policies.
The fastest-paced expansion will remain concentrated in Asia, it predicts, where the buoyant economies of China, India and a host of Southeast Asian nations will perform well above the global average.
The IMF left unchanged from January its growth estimate for China of 6.6 percent for 2018 and 6.4 percent in 2019. The countrys own 2018 target is around 6.5 percent.
China reported Tuesday that its economy had grown 6.8 percent in the first quarter, maintaining the same pace as the fourth quarter.
India is widely expected to be the next global growth juggernaut.
The IMF foresees the nations economy surging by 7.4 percent this year and 7.8 percent in 2019, also unchanged from its previous outlook in January.
The two Asian giants have seen their economic prospects brighten amid strong global demand for their exports and as their massive populations start spending, the IMF said.
Southeast Asias booming economies of Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam will collectively maintain growth above five percent this year and next, the fund said.
Emerging Asia, which is forecast to continue growing at about 6.5 percent during 2018?19, remains the most important engine of global growth, the fund wrote.
Global trade jumped 4.9 percent last year, the fund estimated, with Chinas exporters being among the largest beneficiaries.
Their prospects are less certain amid US President Donald Trumps threats to impose tariffs on up to $150 billion worth of Chinese goods as part of his America First agenda.
Growing trade tensions and risks of a shift toward protectionist policies, and geopolitical strains are among the greatest concerns, the fund said.
An increase in tariffs and non-tariff trade barriers could harm market sentiment, disrupt global supply chains, and slow the spread of new technologies, reducing global productivity and investment, the fund said.
The West has built up its unparalleled armoury for one reason only - to protect its dominant world position. Syria is most likely where it will be used
April 14, 2018 Yup, he said mission accomplished, perfectly executed and that he was so proud of his great military. That considering that 71 out of 103 missiles were intercepted. That there were no Syrian (or Iranian or Russian) fatalities. That not a single airfield was hit. That the buildings destroyed were empty. That only Syrian air 
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In 2013, Callie Greers daughter Venus died in her arms after a battle with breast cancer. If caught early, the five-year survival rate for women diagnosed with breast cancer is close to 100%. But Venuss cancer went undiagnosed for months because she couldnt afford health insurance. She lived in Alabama, a state that refused to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Venuss death is not an isolated incident more than 250,000 people like her die in the United States from poverty and related issues every year. Access to healthcare is just one of the issues facing the 140 million people who live in poverty in the US today. Over the past two years, the Poor Peoples Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival has carried out a listening tour in dozens of states across this nation.
April 15, 2018 Lets begin by a short summary of events. About a month ago Nikki Haley announces to the UNSC that the USA is ready to violate the rules of this very self-same UNSC should a chemical attack happen in Syria Then the Russians announced that they have evidence that a chemical false flag 
For several years now, on and off rumors about the general financial health of behemoth German-based Deutsche Bank have sent everything from a nagging unease to outright panic across international financial and political circles. At times it would be described in mainstream corporate press as the next Lehman Brothers meaning a major global bank 
Five straight days of lively demonstrations against water shortages have culminated in a police action on April 14 to disperse protestors. The decision to use tear gas came after signs that the protest movement was expanding and drawing in new supporters from the surrounding countryside.
The incident took place in Isfahan, the Irans third-largest city. It illustrates the growing prevalence of water conflict in Iranian society, as increasingly scarce resources are diverted away from small-scale agriculture and toward industrial interests that are at times opaque and/or tied to Irans Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).
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We, the G7 foreign ministers, of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States of America and the High Representative of the European Union, are united in condemning, in the strongest possible terms, the attack that took place against Sergei and Yulia Skripal, using a nerve agent in Salisbury, United Kingdom, on March 4, 2018. A British police officer and numerous civilians were exposed in the attack and required hospital treatment, and the lives of many (...)
Source Last night, the Syrian Air Defense Forces (SADF) repelled another missile attack allegedly carried out by the Israeli military. Missiles were intercepted in two areas: Near Shayrat military airfield in the Homs countryside 6 missiles were intercepted (according to some sources, 9 missiles) Near Dumair military airfield in the Damascus countryside 3 missiles were 
Harrisburg, PA - Pennsylvanians from across the state converged in the capitol rotunda today to declare that they are choosing a better path, one that leads to a responsive government that prioritizes the best interests of the people over those of the natural gas industry and that leads to a clean, renewable energy future. More than 700 individuals and organizations made their declaration in a letter that was delivered to Governor Wolf after the rally. Their sentiments mirror those of a majority of Pennsylvanians, according to fresh polling from Franklin & Marshall College. The poll released at the end of March found that 69% of Pennsylvanians think the state government should prioritize renewable energy over coal and gas. Public opinion on fracking has soured, according to the poll that found that 55% of Pennsylvanians now think that the environmental risks of fracking outweigh economic benefits.
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By John Crudele
Mark Zuckerberg proudly trotted out a number when he was being questioned last week by Congress: His company, Facebook, would soon double the security team that monitors content on the site, to 20,000.
There are now 10,000 people who keep watch for the bad things that users can put on Facebook and the monkey businesses they can conduct through the website. So that figure would be multiplied by two.
That seems like a lot. And the lawmakers who questioned Zuckerberg must have thought so because nobody brought up what I am about to.
Facebook proudly claims to have 2 billion active users, although some question that number. But lets give Zuckerberg that one 2 billion users it is.
Divide 2 billion by 20,000 and youll see that each one of Facebooks monitors will be responsible for keeping 100,000 Facebook users in line.
Ill say it again: Each monitor is expected to keep track of what 100,000 Facebook users put on the site, even if the postings are for a mere minute or two in the middle of the night.
I am also wondering about this: Did Facebook decide to spend the extra dough on those additional monitors minutes before Zuckerberg sat down before Congress?
Or was Zuckerberg incensed enough by the shenanigans on Facebook that he made a grown-up corporate decision months ago probably on a day when he wasnt wearing his hoodie in order to be proactive about the problem?
Criminals and perverts have long been able to correspond with one another over Facebook at prearranged times. In fact, thats precisely how pedophiles have been operating without fear of expulsion from Facebook or criminal prosecution.
Surprisingly, nobody last week asked Zuckerberg about the pedophiles who meet on certain Facebook pages.
Congress was mostly interested in how political dirty tricks are played on Facebook and how children can have their IDs stolen. But, Ill tell you this, children can lose a lot more than their identities on Facebook.
Nothing short of childrens innocence is at stake. You can fix identity theft, but you cant fix the other bad stuff that can happen to your kids.
Ive written a lot about Facebooks pedophile problem. And that particular problem isnt likely to go away, especially since, deep down, Facebook doesnt seem to think there is anything wrong with it.
Earlier this month, for instance,...
This evening the Day of Remembrance for the Fallen Soldiers of Israel and Victims of Terrorism begins.
Nestled between cypress trees and banana groves alongside a dusty track just north of Kibbutz Shaar HaGolan in the Jordan Valley lies a memorial to four members of the Border Police.
On the night of October 8th 1966, windows in Kibbutz Shaar HaGolan shattered due to loud explosions from the direction of El Hama valley then part of a demilitarised zone according to the 1949 Armistice Agreement between Israel and Syria.
Flames were seen about a kilometer and a half from the kibbutz and members of a Border Police unit immediately set out to investigate. Having checked one water pumping station they continued to a tool store...
U.S. administration has refused dialogue with press freedom groups
New York, April 17, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and Reporters Without Borders (RSF) are joining to document challenges that journalists face entering or exiting the United States. The organizations are calling on reporters to share cases of extra screenings, invasive searches of electronic devices, or difficulty obtaining visas to travel to the U.S.
Tomgram: Steve Fraser, Teaching America a Lesson
[Note for TomDispatch Readers: I have a special offer for you today. TomDispatch author Steve Frasers newest book, Class Matters: The Strange Career of an American Delusion, has just been published. Of it, Barbara Ehrenreich writes, a bold and brilliant account of how the subject of class was expunged from American consciousness and culture. I finished it with regret, because there were no more fascinating pages to read, but also with delight, because I had found someone new to learn from. The Washington Post calls it intriguing, provocative, and revealing... shot through with illuminating passages. As for me, I just say: go read Frasers chapter on the Statue of Liberty and youll know why we call her lady. His book is a history of why class has mattered in this country from Jamestown to late last night (with a splendid side trip into the world of the proletarian cowboy) of a sort I havent seen before. And for a limited period, TomDispatch is offering a signed, personalized copy of the book to any r...
All along the straight-shot roads of Nolan County in West Texas, wind turbines soar over endless acres of farms, the landscape either heavy with cotton ready to harvest or flushed green with the start of winter wheat. The turbines rise from expanses of ranches, where black Angus beef cattle gaze placidly at the horizon. Here and there are abandoned farmhouses dating to the 1880s, when this land was first settled and water windmills were first erected. Occasionally a few pump jacks bob their metallic heads, vestiges of a once-booming oil industry still satiating an endless thirst. Every industry creates an ecosystem around it. If the wind turbines that sprouted in West Texas were huge steel trees, spinning sleek carbon-fiber blades 100 feet in length, then the wind farmsincluding Roscoe Wind Project and Horse Hollow Wind Energy Center, some of the largest in the worldwere their forest.
Israel continues to wag the dog for Middle Eastern wars By Philip Giraldi Unz Review April 17, 2018 In March 2003, Pat Buchanan wrote a groundbreaking article entitled Whose War? in opposition to the Bush Administration fueled growing hysteria over Saddam Husseins alleged weapons of mass destruction which was producing demands for an 
Jewish activists storm senators
office as lawmakers sound off on Gaza
WASHINGTON (Haaretz) by Amir Tibon A group of around 30 demonstrators from the left-wing Jewish group If Not Now gathered Monday in front of the office of Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) to protest Israels use of deadly force against thousands of Palestinian demonstrators on the Israel-Gaza border in recent weeks. The demonstrators called on Cardin, one of the most senior Democratic Senators on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, to denounce Israels response, specifically its use of live ammunition to keep Palestinian protesters away from the border fence between Israel and Gaza. The protesters blocked the entrance to Cardins office and asked: How many more lives need to be lost until you will speak up about the violence in Gaza? Cardin was slated to speak before the annual J Street conference in Washington later on Monday afternoon. Five participants were briefly detained during the demonstration, which took place as an increasing number of Democratic legislators in Washington have spoken out against Israels handling of the events on the Gaza border.
[Senator Bernie Sanders later praised the group, If Not Now, in his own speech to the J Street conference. Editor]
Dozens of American Jews arrested
protesting Gaza violence
+972 mag 16 Apr by Edo Konrad From Boston to San Francisco, young activists from IfNotNow demonstrate outside the offices of prominent Jewish institutions and senators, demanding they condemn Israels violence against Gaza protesters 32 American Jews were arrested across the United States last week in a series of actions outside the offices of major Jewish institutions and elected officials to protest the ongoing violence against Palestinians at the Israel-Gaza border.
The actions, organized by the Jewish-American group IfNotNow, took place in Boston, New York, Twin Cities, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, where young Jews de...
This is Nasreen al-Najjar. She walks toward the fence separating the Gaza Strip from Israel. Alone, only her clothes on her body, she waves the Palestine flag.
She approaches the fence and tense soldiers keep her in their sights. They are amazed at her courage. They try to discern if she is hiding explosive, but do not see any. She moves slowly, she sometimes smiles at them. The commander of the unit suddenly stands and orders them to take down their rifles, lest any of them fire a bullet at her. He instructs two of them to go down to the fence and open an entrance for her so she can pass. She walks by them, greets them and continues on her way to visit the place where her parents were born. There she picks up vine leaves and other native plants that have continued to grow since that time.
She breathes in the air of her house, a house she was prevented from reaching until now. Neighbors come to ask if she needs anything. They want to know if they can help organize for a her real return, beyond this brief visit.
No, this did not happen. In reality, she was shot by a soldier and fell on the spot, a few dozen yards from the fence that cuts her from the 48 territory. Because nowsince the Nakbathis is Israels time. A country whose rulers do not dream of living together. A state whose soldiers shoot at anyone trying to visit their house, even a woman alone carrying a flag.
Where is Nasreen? Is she a refugee? Maybe from Barbara? Perhaps from Hamama? Where did she want to go? Maybe to Jaffa, a place of so many stories she has heard?
What is the thing that is so threatening in her march towards the fence? What is it that the Israelis are so careful to prevent? We heard our commanders sanctify the defense and security infrastructure of the fence space. The physical barrier that separates here and there. No one should undermine it and anyone who does, his blood be on his own hands. Its not a mere threat, as you know. This is clear from the high number of Palestinians who were killed in an attempt to approach the fence.
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Humans Will Be Genetically Modified for First Time In Europe Video DAHBOO Humans will be genetically modified for the first time in Europe after regulators have given the go ahead to trial DNA-splicing therapy. A destructive blood disorder known...
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Israel benefits from a strong military and even stronger allies, but analysts warn the state faces major challenges Al Jazeera 17 April 2018 It appears Israelis have every reason to be in festive mood this week as they celebrate the 70th anniversary of their states founding. This Independence Day, which Israel marks according to 
Moscow took note of the statement made by foreign ministers of the G7 countries in connection with the Skripal case. The G7 again leveled fictional, absolutely unsubstantiated accusations against Russia in connection with the poisoning of Sergey Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the UK. Under a far-fetched pretext, it is demanded that we disclose to the OPCW all the data on the programme for creating the nerve agent Novichok that allegedly exists in our country. In short, nothing new. As (...)
We, the G7 Leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States of America and the European Union, are united in condemning, in the strongest possible terms, the use of chemical weapons in the April 7 attack in Eastern Ghouta, Syria. We fully support all efforts made by the United States, the United Kingdom and France to degrade the Assad regime's ability to use chemical weapons and to deter any future use, demonstrated by their action taken on April 13. (...)
Cancillera Bolivia Translated by Internationalist 360 Within the framework of the XVII Forum on Indigenous Issues, under the theme Indigenous peoples, collective rights to land, territories and resources, the Chancellor of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, Fernando Huanacuni Mamani, highlighted the important advances of the Plurinational State, which has consolidated the struggle for the recovery...
Cancillera Bolivia Translated by Internationalist 360 The President of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, Evo Morales Ayma, participated in the XVII Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues at the United Nations in New York. In his speech he highlighted the urgent need to fight against policies genocide. If we want to guarantee the rights of Mother...
LA VIA CAMPESINA (Harare, April 17th 2018) After two decades of Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), being advanced in an attempt to recolonize and 22 years after the de Eldorado dos Carajs massacre in Brazil, La Via Campesina denounces the impunity with which these actions are carried out. The global peasant movement issues a call to...
Mision Verdad Translated by Tortilla Con Sal The 8th Americas Summit was controversial thanks to the many corruption cases involving Latin Americas political classes. Its international impact was lessened by the absence of Donald Trump and another ten or so heads of State. But it still served as a platform to try and shape a...
New York, April 16, 2018--Russian authorities must conduct a thorough investigation into the death of journalist Maksim Borodin and consider the possibility that he was killed in retribution for his reporting, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.
New York, April 16, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned a decision by Angolan authorities to continue the trial of journalists Rafael Marques de Morais, who runs the anti-corruption news website Maka Angola, and Mariano Bras Lourenco, a correspondent for the newspaper O Crime, behind closed doors instead of in open court. The two were charged in June 2017 with crimes against the state.
New York, April 13, 2018--Kazakh authorities should stop harassing journalists with the independent news outlets Forbes Kazakhstan and Ratel and dismiss criminal defamation suits against the two outlets and their journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.
1. The Syrian conflict has entered its eighth year of continuous and widespread violence, persistent and brutal violations of international law, including abuses of human rights and international humanitarian law, by all parties as well as the repeated use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime and by Da'esh. The Syrian regime bears the overwhelming responsibility for the catastrophic humanitarian situation and the suffering of the Syrian people. We strongly condemn the continued and (...)
Wayne Madsen When it comes to creating bogus news stories and advancing false narratives, the British intelligence services have few peers. In fact, the Secret Intelligence Service (MI-6) has led the way for its American cousins and Britains Commonwealth partners from Canada and Australia to India and Malaysia in the dark art of...
The African Union is following with concern the ongoing developments regarding Syria. The African Union strongly condemns any use of chemical and other weapons prohibited under international law. The African Union, which is strongly committed to multilateralism, underlines that any response to such acts ought to be based on incontrovertible evidence gathered by a competent, independent and credible entity and comply strictly with international law, including the primacy of the United (...)
Washington, D.C., April 13, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemned a missile attack that killed a journalist and injured three others in Yemen today. Abdullah al-Qadry, a photographer and camera operator for the privately owned station Belqees TV, died from injuries while covering clashes in Bayda province, according to news reports.
Brussels, April 12, 2018--A delegation from the Committee to Protect Journalists this week met with senior European Union officials, including European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans, to urge them to ensure EU institutions uphold press freedom in member states.
New York, April 11, 2018--A Dominican Republic court yesterday sentenced Matas Avelino Castro to 20 years in prison for his role in the 2011 murder of journalist Jos Agustn Silvestre, according to reports. The court convicted Avelino Castro, whom police had identified as the alleged mastermind of the killing, of being an accomplice to murder, according to reports.
New York, April 11, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed concern over a US$1.8 million civil defamation lawsuit against Front Page Africa, a privately owned Liberian newspaper that has long been the subject of complaints and harassment for its critical reporting on successive governments.
A former city council president in the northeastern Brazilian town of Patos threatened two local radio show hosts, Jozivan Antero and Abrantes Jnior, on March 15, 2018, days after they reported on accusations of alleged corruption during their two shows, according to the news website Central Vale Notcia.
New Delhi, April 11, 2018--Authorities in West Bengal state must identify and bring to justice those who assaulted Biplab Mondal, a photojournalist with the Times of India Kolkata city bureau, and Manas Chattopadhyay, a reporter with the regional ETV Bharat television channel, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Mondal and Chattopadhyay were covering a local village council election's nominations process on April 9 in West Bengal state's South 24 Parganas district when they were attacked, according to a report in The Indian Express newspaper.
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