Trump aides reportedly hired an Israeli intelligence agency to dig up dirt on Obama’s Iran deal team

Trump aides reportedly hired an Israeli intelligence agency to dig up dirt on Obama’s Iran deal team

07-05-18 01:21:00,

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  • Aides to President Donald Trump reportedly hired a
    private Israeli intelligence agency to dig up dirt on Obama’s
    negotiators of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.
  • The presidential team contacted the firm days after
    Trump visited Israel during his first trip as President in
    order to “discredit those who were pivotal” in the
    deal.
  • The wives of two members of Obama’s administration were
    contacted by dubious foreign investors, as was a prominent
    Iranian-American writer.
  • The firm aides contacted was reportedly Black Cube, the
    same organization Harvey Weinstein used to discredit his
    accusers.

Aides to President Donald Trump contacted a private Israeli
intelligence agency to dig up dirt on negotiators of the 2015
Iran nuclear deal who worked in the Obama administration,

The Observer
reported Sunday.

The aides contacted the firm days after Trump visited Israel
during his first trip as president, sources told The Observer.
During that trip, Trump promised Israeli President Benjamin
Netanyahu that Iran would
never get nuclear weapons
.

A source with knowledge of the “dirty tricks campaign” told
The Observer: “The idea was that people acting for Trump would
discredit those who were pivotal in selling the deal, making it
easier to pull out of it.”

Investigators were told to look into negotiators’ careers,
personal lives, and what contact they’d had with lobbyists and
journalists, but its unknown how much, if any, work was
undertaken.

Sources close to the deal had strange experiences

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Deputy U.S. National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes.
source
Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

At least two men who worked under the Obama administration were
targeted according to The Observer: Ben Rhodes, a former deputy
national security adviser, and Colin Kahl, deputy assistant to
former President Barack Obama.

Both men told The Observer they were unaware of the campaign and
Rhodes added that he was unsurprised by the “chillingly
authoritarian” move.

But after reading The Observer report Kahl
took to Twitter
to relay a “very creepy memory”

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Geoengineering Watch Global Alert News, May 5, 2018, #143

Geoengineering Watch Global Alert News, May 5, 2018, #143

05-05-18 04:00:00,

Geoengineering Watch Global Alert News, May 5, 2018, #143

Dane Wigington
GeoengineeringWatch.org

What is the truth? What are the lies? How are each rapidly determining our collective futures? How can we have any chance of deciphering truth from lies unless or until we are willing to honestly investigate? The biosphere implosion cannot be hidden for much longer which makes the power structure more dangerous than ever. From the 911 attacks to wars of aggression in the quest for resources, those in power have been preparing for what they knew was coming for a very long time. What haven’t we been told by the power structure controlled mainstream media? Who is really pulling the strings and why? What is the end game? The latest installment of global alert news is below.

Those who attempt to expose harsh and unpopular truths will always face fierce resistance from those who refuse to investigate what the truth actually is. Ideology and programmed bias is increasingly ruling the day. Only if we collectively stand firmly in the effort to fully expose verifiable truths do we have a chance of changing course. Investigate, verify facts, and make your voice heard in the fight for the greater good.
DW

This week’s GeoengineeringWatch.org outreach booth is at the Scottish Rite Center, Sacramento, California, and is shown below. My most sincere and continuing gratitude to the Gem Faire exhibition organizers for facilitating and setting up this very effective booth in every week’s Gem Faire location. Geoengineering Watch also wishes to thank Deborah Whitman from the Enviromental Voices nonprofit group for assisting with the Geoengineering Watch outreach booth. The schedule for upcoming Gem Faire events is HERE. A geoengineeringwatch.org booth will be at all events, thanks to the steadfast support of Gem Faire.

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Facebook Co-Founder Wants To Slap $3 Trillion Tax On Rich To Pay For Universal Basic Income

Facebook Co-Founder Wants To Slap $3 Trillion Tax On Rich To Pay For Universal Basic Income

05-05-18 09:33:00,

Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes wants to tax anyone who makes over $250,000 to the tune of nearly $3 trillion over ten years, then use the proceeds to provide universal basic income (UBI) to every working American who makes under $50,000 a year, including those providing services such as child care and elder care. 

Hughes, 34, now devotes his time to evangelizing for higher taxes on the rich, such as himself. He’s proposing that the government give a guaranteed income of $500 a month to every working American earning less than $50,000 a year, at a total cost of $290 billion a year. This is a staggering number, but Hughes points out that it equals half the U.S. defense budget and would combat the inequality that he argues is destabilizing the nation. –Bloomberg

Hughes, who has a related book coming out, has made tackling income inequality his top priority by partnering with the Economic Security Project – a major recipient of his philanthropic efforts. The group is focused finding solutions to provide “unconditional cash and basic income” in the United States due to the effects of “automation, globalization, and financialization” forcing the discussion. 

The plan would essentially be an expansion of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for low-to-moderate income individuals and families.

The Economic Security Project is a network committed to advancing the debate on unconditional cash and basic income in the United States. In a time of immense wealth, no one should live in poverty, nor should the middle class be consigned to a future of permanent stagnation or anxiety. Automation, globalization, and financialization are changing the nature of work, and these shifts require us to rethink how to create economic opportunity for all. –Economic Security Project

While Hughes notes that the annual $290 billion annual price tag is half the U.S. defense budget, he contends that income inequality is destabilizing the nation – and that there is a “very practical concern that, given that consumer spending is the biggest driver of economic growth in the United States and that median household incomes haven’t meaningfully budged in 40 years,”

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DHS Expands Police Spying… | Light On Conspiracies – Revealing the Agenda

DHS Expands Police Spying… | Light On Conspiracies – Revealing the Agenda

05-05-18 09:30:00,

Not content with surveillance cameras on buses, the police state has now begun adding them to bus stops.

Last month an article in WTVR 6 revealed that the Greater Richmond Transit Center (GRTC) is installing more than one hundred surveillance cameras at bus stops.

What should really concern everyone is the amount of cameras being installed at each bus stop.

Each of the 26 new stops, built to accommodate the bus line’s need for more efficient transit, includes about four cameras, making for more than 100 new surveillance devices on the roughly 7.5-mile stretch of road… (Source: Style Weekly)

WTVR also revealed that police can use the cameras to spy on commuters 24/7.

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“The system will be live 24 hours a day and will be connected to Richmond 911 call center,” Rose Pace said.

According to Style Weekly, police will now have access to more than three hundred surveillance cameras.

This new system will bring the total number of easily accessible, city or government-owned cameras available to police and other authorities to more than 300, including roughly 200 stationary cameras Richmond police already have easy access to, and 32 cameras owned by city police.

What’s wrong with adding four surveillance cameras to bus stops you ask?

Every one of GRTC’s buses are already with four surveillance cameras that are capable of spying on
1.6 million commuters.

If you combine bus stop cameras with police cam-share cameras, the picture becomes even more frightening.

Businesses across the country are being encouraged to allow police to have real-time access to their CCTV cameras, effectively creating a city-wide police surveillance network.

At a time when violent crime is at historic lows one has to ask, why do we need city-wide police surveillance networks?

Who’s behind city-wide police surveillance networks?

TSA-style scanners at train stations

DHS and the TSA’s role in turning public transportation into city-wide police surveillance networks is unmistakable.

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Ole Dammegård and Ronald Bernard | Light On Conspiracies – Revealing the Agenda

Ole Dammegård and Ronald Bernard | Light On Conspiracies – Revealing the Agenda

05-05-18 09:29:00,

DVM-TV has invited Ole Dammegård to come to the Netherlands. Again for a couple of days, like the last time and we asked him to give two lectures about False Flag operations. This idea could now go ahead, because by organizing this in collaboration with Studium Generale Breda we can use their beautiful location for this event.

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Ronald Bernard was also on our wish list for a lecture. That gave Studium Generale and DVM-TV the idea to bring these two special speakers together in one day. This has led to a unique day.

DVM-TV heeft Ole Dammegård uitgenodigd om naar Nederland te komen. Opnieuw voor een aantal dagen, zoals de vorige keer en we hebben hem gevraagd om een tweetal lezingen te geven over False Flag-operaties. Dit idee kon nu doorgang vinden, omdat we door dit te organiseren in samenwerking met Studium Generale Breda hun prachtige lokatie kunnen gebruiken voor dit evenement.

Ronald Bernard stond ook op onze wensenlijst voor een lezing. Dat bracht Studium Generale en DVM-TV op het idee om deze twee bijzondere sprekers op één dag samen te brengen. Dit heeft geleid tot een unieke dag.

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About Author

Ole Dammegard was born in Denmark and raised in Sweden, grew up believing he lived in a free and democratic society. As he started to investigate the political assassinations of John F. Kennedy and Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme, he noticed there were some very strange and glaring similarities in these two cases. Since that time, Ole has investigated many other political assassinations, deaths of musicians and false flag events, and has shown the common thread behind them all: the New World Order Agenda. Ole’s aim is to spread this information and to promote a stance of “no-fear”, of peace and recovery from the atrocities and trauma that we have been subjected to for so many years. We are many, they are SO few. Shine the light on these conspiracies, get involved and transcend this evil agenda so we can get on with this amazing and beautiful life.

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Putin Has Shown Weakness in Armenia and Syria – His Credibility Is Collapsing

Putin Has Shown Weakness in Armenia and Syria – His Credibility Is Collapsing

04-05-18 12:45:00,

“since the Ukrainian crisis of 2013-2014, to many observers of the Russian scene it was clear that Putin was not a master strategist who plots his moves well ahead of his opponents. …  At best he is a manager who keeps divergent forces within Moscow’s power structure in balance, rather than a statesman.”

The author is a Serbian-American writer on international affairs and foreign affairs editor for the paleoconservative magazine Chronicles.

Tens of thousands of Armenians converged on the capital Yerevan on Wednesday morning, blocking roads and government buildings in protest over the ruling party’s reluctance to transfer power in the country to opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan.

Protesters said they would stay on the streets for as long as it takes to oust the ruling Republican Party and install Pashinyan as prime minister. Apparently it worked: by the end of the day Pashinyan announced that all parties would support his bid for power, and called for an end to protests. “The issue has practically been solved,” he told the cheering crowd at a rally in Yerevan. “All [parliamentary] factions say they will support my candidacy.”

The regime-change operation in Armenia has been a textbook color revolution every step of the way, tried and tested in Belgrade (2000), Tbilisi (2003), and most notably Kiev (2004, repeated 2014). There is a significant difference, however. Unlike Serbia, Georgia or Ukraine, Armenia is a formal ally of the Russian Federation, a member of the Moscow-led Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) and the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEC)—two pillars of President Vladimir Putin’s presumed geopolitical strategy. Significantly, Armenia also hosts a major Russian military base in Gyumri, leased until 2044, which the current government’s defense minister Vigen Sargasyan described last year as “a vital component of our country’s national security system.”

Armenia is déjà vu all over again. “Envision people from all walks of life—students, teachers, workers, artists, journalists, clergy, soldiers—smiling, laughing, and hugging one another,” a friendly observer gushed. “A sea of flags . . . fills the square, and taxi drivers are honking their horns and popping champagne. The atmosphere is stirring and electric! These are ordinary people who stood up for transparent and accountable government.

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Frontrunning: May 4

04-05-18 12:43:00,

  • Trump Gambit Over Disclosing Porn-Star Payment Stuns Staff (WSJ)
  • U.S. Wants $200 Billion Cut in China Trade Imbalance by End of 2020 (WSJ)
  • Here’s What the U.S., China Demanded of Each Other on Trade (BBG)
  • Small manufacturers tap the brakes as tariffs bite (Reuters)
  • Democrats target union workers who regret Trump vote (Reuters)
  • Trump not seeking to curb US forces in South Korea: U.S. national security adviser (Reuters)
  • U.S. jobs growth expected to regain momentum in April (Reuters)
  • Ex-Volkswagen CEO Winterkorn charged in U.S. over diesel scandal (Reuters)
  • In Birthplace of Junk, Investors See Risks After Decade of Debt (BBG)
  • A Haircut Costs 5 Bananas and 2 Eggs in Venezuela (BBG)
  • How to Look Like a Pro at Buffettpalooza This Weekend (WSJ)
  • Palestinian leader Abbas offers apology for remarks on Jews (Reuters)
  • Should Supply and Demand Determine the Price for a Fast Commute? (WSJ)
  • Walmart Beats Amazon in $15 Billion Flipkart Battle (BBG)
  • 5 Questions for Buffett Ahead of the Annual Meeting (WSJ)
  • Buffett’s Berkshire Braces for ‘Wild’ Swings From New Accounting (BBG)
  • What to Do Now the Deduction for Investment Fees Is Dead (WSJ)
  • Altria Group and Nikon Quietly Stay Away From the NRA’s Big Show (BBG)

Overnight Media Digest

WSJ

– JPMorgan Chase & Co is investing further in artificial intelligence. The largest U.S. bank by assets said Carnegie Mellon University’s head of machine learning will join JPMorgan in a new role, head of artificial-intelligence research. on.wsj.com/2HRRaU0

– Private-equity firm KKR & Co said it would convert to a corporation from a partnership, a significant shift to its structure that signifies how the new tax code is changing the contours of business in the U.S.

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Nobel Nonsense: Nominating Donald Trump for the Peace Prize | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

Nobel Nonsense: Nominating Donald Trump for the Peace Prize | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

04-05-18 10:24:00,

It seems like rich nonsense, but should peace be attained on the Korean peninsula, with arrangements entrenched to ensure durability as opposed to unconvincing window dressing, President Donald Trump might well join the list of frauds and charlatans who have obtained the Nobel Peace Prize.

The nomination for the 2019 prize came in a letter from 18 of Trump’s Republican supporters in the House of Representatives to the Nobel Committee chair Berit Reiss-Andersen, which starkly resembled the narrative of fakery the President delights in. Trump, went the signers, should receive the prize “in recognition of his work to end the Korean War, denuclearize the Korean peninsula, and bring peace to the region.”

The Republicans seem to have things the wrong way around.  Rather than incite instability, Trump supposedly calmed the waters.  Rather than creating teeth-chattering fear amongst allies, he brought accord where there was disagreement.  “Since taking office, President Trump has worked tirelessly to apply maximum pressure on North Korea to end its illicit weapons programs and bring peace to the region.” He was the great unifier, bringing on powers such as China “to impose one of the most successful international sanctions regimes in history.” (Never let history get in the way of a good tale.)

All this, despite sketchy details of a as yet unplanned summit between Trump and Kim Jong Un to take place at the end of this month or early June.  Agendas are also in their infancy: where to with the actual issue of denuclearisation, and what lasting security guarantees might be put in place.

There have been some howlers in the hall of Nobel Peace Prize recipients, and Trump’s addition to the role would be perversely fitting.  Henry Kissinger retains the mantle of the manifest absurd, despite being the blood spatted Iago of US foreign policy. Under his sagaciously poisonous direction, democracies were withered in favour of murderous regimes.  Countries – Laos and Cambodia – were subjected to illegal bombings.  Murdering high officials was condoned.

Importantly, he was given the Nobel for supposedly concluding the war in Vietnam despite frustrating the Johnson administration’s efforts to do so in 1968.  (Fun if cruel fact: the Vietnam War would only conclude in 1975, two years after Kissinger’s award.)  Along with that dark lord of mendacity and cunning Richard Nixon,

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1983 CIA Document Reveals Plan To Destroy Syria, Foreshadows Current Crisis | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

1983 CIA Document Reveals Plan To Destroy Syria, Foreshadows Current Crisis | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

03-05-18 02:32:00,

Relevant Zero Hedge article first published and crossposted on GR in April 2017.

Prophetically foreshadowing the current crisis (and apparent action plan), leaked CIA documents from the reign of Bashar al-Assad’s father in the 1980s show a Washington Deep State plan coalescing to “bring real muscle to bear against Syria,” toppling its leader (in favor of one amenable to US demands), severing ties with Russia (its primary arms dealer), and paving the way for an oil and gas pipeline of Washington’s choosing.

As ActivistPost.com’s Brandon Turbeville detailed (just a day before Trump unleashed his Tomahawks), as the Syrian crisis enters its sixth year, the Donald Trump administration is looking more and more like the Obama administration every day. With the Trump regime refusing to open useful dialogue with Russia regarding Syria, its obvious anti-Iran and pro-Israel positioning, and support for a very questionable “safe zone” plan for Syria, the odds of a rational U.S. policy in regards to Syria has lower and lower odds of existence as time progresses.

Yet, despite the fact that the Trump administration is apparently poised to continue the Obama regime’s proxy war of aggression against the people of Syria, an example of seamless transition, it should also be remembered that the plan to destroy Syria did not begin with Obama but with the Bush administration.

Even now, as the world awaits the continuation of the Syrian war through a Democratic and Republican administration, the genesis of that war goes back to the Republican Bush administration, demonstrating that there is indeed an overarching agenda and an overarching infrastructure of an oligarchical deep state intent on moving forward regardless of which party is seemingly in power.

As journalist Seymour Hersh wrote in his article, “The Redirection,”

To undermine Iran, which is predominantly Shiite, the Bush Administration has decided, in effect, to reconfigure its priorities in the Middle East. In Lebanon, the Administration has cooperated with Saudi Arabia’s government, which is Sunni, in clandestine operations that are intended to weaken Hezbollah, the Shiite organization that is backed by Iran. The U.S. has also taken part in clandestine operations aimed at Iran and its ally Syria. A by-product of these activities has been the bolstering of Sunni extremist groups that espouse a militant vision of Islam and are hostile to America and sympathetic to Al Qaeda.

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Global military spending remains high. ​​​​​​Spending falls sharply in Russia, but rises in Central and Western Europe

Global military spending remains high. ​​​​​​Spending falls sharply in Russia, but rises in Central and Western Europe

03-05-18 08:21:00,

SIPRI for the media

Global military spending remains high at $1.7 trillion

2 May 2018

World military spending 1988–2017. Data and graphic: SIPRI
World military spending 1988–2017. Data and graphic: SIPRI

(Stockholm, 2 May 2018) Total world military expenditure rose to $1739 billion in 2017, a marginal increase of 1.1 per cent in real terms from 2016, according to new figures from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). China’s military expenditure rose again in 2017, continuing an upward trend in spending that has lasted for more than two decades. Russia’s military spending fell for the first time since 1998, while spending by the United States remained constant for the second successive year. The comprehensive annual update of the SIPRI Military Expenditure Database is accessible from today at www.sipri.org.
‘Continuing high world military expenditure is a cause for serious concern,’ said Ambassador Jan Eliasson, Chair of the SIPRI Governing Board. ‘It undermines the search for peaceful solutions to conflicts around the world.’
After 13 consecutive years of increases from 1999 to 2011 and relatively unchanged spending from 2012 to 2016, total global military expenditure rose again in 2017.* Military spending in 2017 represented 2.2 per cent of global gross domestic product (GDP) or $230 per person. ‘The increases in world military expenditure in recent years have been largely due to the substantial growth in spending by countries in Asia and Oceania and the Middle East, such as China, India and Saudi Arabia,’ said Dr Nan Tian, Researcher with the SIPRI Arms and Military Expenditure (AMEX) programme. ‘At the global level, the weight of military spending is clearly shifting away from the Euro–Atlantic region.’

​​​​​​China leads continued spending increase in Asia and Oceania 
Military expenditure in Asia and Oceania rose for the 29th successive year. China, the second largest spender globally, increased its military spending by 5.6 per cent to $228 billion in 2017. China’s spending as a share of world military expenditure has risen from 5.8 per cent in 2008 to 13 per cent in 2017. India spent $63.9 billion on its military in 2017, an increase of 5.5 per cent compared with 2016, while South Korea’s spending, at $39.2 billion, rose by 1.7 per cent between 2016 and 2017. ‘Tensions between China and many of its neighbours continue to drive the growth in military spending in Asia,’ said Siemon Wezeman,  » Lees verder

Climate Engineering And Climate Collapse, A Live Debate On WBAI Radio In New York

Climate Engineering And Climate Collapse, A Live Debate On WBAI Radio In New York

02-05-18 06:22:00,

Climate Engineering And Climate Collapse, A Live Debate On WBAI Radio In New York

Dane Wigington
GeoengineeringWatch.org

This one hour live debate on WBAI radio in New York (hosted by Geoff Brady) presents two opposing positions and conclusions regarding the state of the climate and the biosphere. Dane Wigington (lead researcher from GeoengineeringWatch.org) and Patrick Wood (author of the book Technocracy Rising) debate the facts. The significance of the threat posed by ongoing global climate engineering operations is addressed, along with the role that climate engineering operations are playing in the rapidly unfolding climate / biosphere collapse, which Mr. Patrick Wood denies is occurring. 

Facts matter if credible conclusions are to be reached. Opinions and conclusions that lack verifiable facts, are ideology. If we are to have any chance of gaining desperately needed traction in the critical fight to expose and halt the climate engineering / intervention insanity, we must stand on credible data. All are needed in the effort to wake the masses to what is unfolding at blinding speed, make your voice heard.
DW

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US Claims of “Russian Meddling” Exposes Its Own Global Meddling | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

US Claims of “Russian Meddling” Exposes Its Own Global Meddling | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

02-05-18 12:44:00,

The 13 Russians indicted allegedly represent  the “Internet Research Agency” merely referred to as “the organization” throughout the FBI’s highly publicized indictment (PDF). The Internet Research Agency was allegedly run by Concord Management and Consulting.

However, the FBI failed to establish any link between the Internet Research Agency’s supposed operations and the Russian government. It attempts to claim that Concord Management and Consulting and Concord Catering are “related Russian entities” with various Russian government contracts – however the FBI failed to detail what this statement meant, merely insinuating that the Internet Research Agency may have been another Russian government contract.

The “Russian meddling” described in the FBI indictment consists of Facebook ads and the creation of accounts posing as American social media personalities commentating on US political issues. The FBI’s indictment failed to list any instances of Russian government money, or money from an alleged intermediary being funneled into any actual US political parties, opposition or activist groups, or any US-based media organizations.

Putting the “Full Shape” of “Russian Meddling” Into Perspective 

The FBI indictment claims that monthly funding for the Internet Research Agency’s “influencing operations” peaked at $1.25 million, but did not provide any additional information regarding the organization’s budget, or how significant this peak was when compared to monthly averages.

The Western media has presented this number as significant. The BBC in its article, “Russia-Trump inquiry: Russians charged over US 2016 election tampering,” would claim (emphasis added):

On Friday, Robert Mueller’s team released a slate of indictments that lays bare what it asserts is the full shape of the Russian meddling apparatus.

And what an apparatus it was. In the run-up to the US presidential election “Project Lakhta”, as it was called, had an operating budget of more than $1m a month.

Yet, to put that “$1m a month” budget into perspective, the BBC alone operates on an annual budget of between 4-6 billion – or up to $500 million a month. This is a monthly budget up to 400 times larger than that of what the BBC calls the “full shape of the Russian meddling apparatus.”

Considering that the BBC coordinates its own “influence operations” with other multi-billion dollar media corporations in the United Kingdom,

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“Rain of terror: Egypt to crack down on ‘fake’ weather reports”

“Rain of terror: Egypt to crack down on ‘fake’ weather reports”

02-05-18 12:08:00,

“Rain of terror: Egypt to crack down on ‘fake’ weather reports”

Dane Wigington
GeoengineeringWatch.org

The unfolding planetary climate collapse is accelerating by the day with covert global climate engineering operations further fueling the overall process. In an ever more desperate attempt to hide the climate engineering assault from their populations, governments are taking draconian steps to completely control the flow of weather related information. Egypt is the latest glaring example of the crackdown on any and all “unauthorized” weather forecasts. Excerpts from a new report from The Guardian, UK, are below.

Donald Trump may routinely rail against the “fake news media”, but Egypt is going one better by cracking down on “fake” weather reports. 

Meteorological authority prepares draft law to ban unauthorized forecasts.

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Egypt is… cracking down on “fake” weather reports.

The head of the Egyptian Meteorological Authority has said it is the only government body authorized to make predictions about the country’s weather, and is preparing a draft law to ban unauthorized forecasts.

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… a draft law… seeks to punish anyone “talking about meteorology”… without consent (of the Egyptian governmental agencies)…

… it reflects the government’s view that it has a right to regulate any and all information, even information that should be a product of apolitical scientific analysis.

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The head of the Egyptian Meteorological Authority has said it is the only government body authorized to make predictions about the country’s weather, and is preparing a draft law to ban unauthorized forecasts.

The country (Egypt) has experienced some unusual and extreme weather in recent weeks…

From the illegal federal “gag order” on US  National Weather Service and NOAA employees, to the new weather information crackdown in Egypt, global power centers are increasingly desperate in their attempts to hide the climate engineering atrocities from populations. In the coming days, GeoengineeringWatch.org will publish statement from our legal team that address the US government’s escalating efforts to muzzle weather forecasters. Global “climate intervention” programs are mathematically the greatest and most immediate threat we collectively face short of nuclear cataclysm.

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Facial Recognition For ALL International Inbound and Outbound Passengers | Light On Conspiracies – Revealing the Agenda

Facial Recognition For ALL International Inbound and Outbound Passengers | Light On Conspiracies – Revealing the Agenda

02-05-18 12:00:00,

It’s a trend that is quickly becoming accepted reality – biometric identification at U.S. airports.  However, until now, it has been marketed either as an elective measure for preferred travelers who wish to expedite clearance or for inbound international travelers.

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As I previously reported, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has a mandate that’s been 15 years in the making to integrate government databases for ID verification. Private companies have been enlisted to ensure that there is a “quick and easy roll out across U.S. airports,” according to Jim Peters, chief technology officer for SITA, one of the information technology companies working with airlines.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, British Airways has become the first in the nation to employ the new routine at Orlando International Airport, but all of the airport’s 25 international carriers are expected to adopt biometric processing in the near future:

The passengers had shown no boarding pass, passport or any other identification.

Instead, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection computer was comparing each traveler’s passport photo on file – or a visa photo of those not from the U.S. – with their newly captured portrait.

[…]

John Newsome, the airport’s chief information officer, said all of the airport’s 25 carriers with foreign flights and the two border checkpoints will be equipped for biometric screening through this summer.

The decision means spending $4 million on gates and high-definition cameras for departing and arriving international flights.

The technology is being touted as being “quick as a Google search for most passengers.”

As we know, however, privacy and data breaches have become as common as the days of the week, so I personally don’t feel reassured by the reference to Google when my biometric data is being harvested.

If you are a U.S. citizen, the plan is to dispose of the photos collected within 14 days and, according to CBP’s deputy director, “At some point in the future, that time frame is going to shrink, and photos of U.S. citizens probably won’t be kept at all,” Dan Tanciar stated.

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Frontrunning: May 1

01-05-18 01:08:00,

  • Netanyahu says not seeking Iran war as U.S. faces deadline (Reuters)
  • Trump Extends Relief, Confusion as Allies Get Tariff Reprieve (BBG)
  • Canada repeats that U.S. steel tariffs would hurt American jobs (Reuters)
  • Dollar goes positive for year before Fed meeting (Reuters)
  • As Cities Gentrify, Efforts Help Families Stay (WSJ)
  • Boom time comes early to West Texas oil patch (Reuters)
  • Mnuchin Says U.S. Isn’t Looking to Put Rusal Out of Business (BBG)
  • How Bad Is the Labor Shortage? Cities Will Pay You to Move There (WSJ)
  • Fed likely to keep rates steady; investors bet on June hike (Reuters)
  • Guitar-Maker Gibson Brands Files for Bankruptcy (WSJ)
  • Peter Thiel-Backed Venture to Help Big Investors Bet on Bitcoin (WSJ)
  • Mall Owners and Retailers Clash Over Avalanche of Online Returns (BBG)
  • Netanyahu told Trump about Iran claims at March 5 meet: senior official (Reuters)
  • Forget 3%. That Amazing Bull Run in Treasuries Ended Years Ago (BBG)
  • Weinstein Company set to be taken over by Lantern Capital (Reuters)
  • BP Shares, Boosted by Higher Oil Prices, Hit Eight-Year High (WSJ)
  • Michael Cohen Hit With New Taxi Taxes, Owes New York $282,000 (BBG)
  • Insurgents start leaving south Damascus pocket, release hostages (Reuters)
  • Tomorrow’s jobs require impressing a bot with quick thinking (Reuters)
  • Iraq’s Shiite-Sunni Divide Eases, in Unity Against Islamic State (WSJ)
  • Banker’s Alleged Use of F-Word Sparked Legal War With Jersey Guy (BBG)
  • North and South Korea start to dismantle border speakers, fulfilling summit pledge (Reuters)
  • Pfizer revenue misses as breast cancer drug sales disappoint (Reuters)

Overnight Media Digest

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Bill Binney: “Impossible To Communicate Safely… NSA Knows Our Weaknesses”

Bill Binney: “Impossible To Communicate Safely… NSA Knows Our Weaknesses”

01-05-18 07:51:00,

If the statements below are correct a lot of people have gone to jail using illegal evidence and parallel construction. I would guess many defense attorneys would like to know more about type of behavior and how to stop it.

“Question: And is that what Snowden was complaining about?”

“William Binney: Yes. Now, it even gets worse, because once NSA has all this data, they have to have a customer for it, and it’s now turned out to be law enforcement… It’s the FBI and DEA and they’re going directly into these databases and querying them and looking for criminal activity and then they use this data to go arrest people… when they do that, they can’t take it into court, because it wasn’t acquired with a warrant, so it’s not admissible in court. And, these are the rules for the– this is the– in the DEA is this SOD, or the “Special Operations Division”. It’s specifically tasked to look at NSA data for criminal activity. In the SOD is FBI, CIA, DEA, of course, DHS and the IRS.”

[IRS involvement in spying and harassment]

“Question: Is that just your hypothesis?”

“William Binney: The only key point I have is the– I can’t remember her name, but I have it at home. She was testifying to the House Judiciary Committee. This was one of the people targeted by the IRS. And she mentioned some of the questions they were asking, she said, “They asked me a question about– what’s my relationship with this specific other person?” …my question now is (not what her relationship is) but how did the IRS know that she had it? The only way they [IRS] would know is looking right into SOD at the graphing in NSA. They would know that from that.”

[Parallel criminal case reconstruction]

“William Binney: …they participate in the parallel reconstruction… when you [Law enforcement] can’t use the data, you [Law enforcement] have to go out and do a parallel construction, means you use what you would normally consider to be investigative techniques, go find the data. You have a little hint… NSA is telling you where the data is, it makes you look really good. If you have it quickly. So then you can justify, taking it into court and use that in court…I call that perjury…

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Bernie Proposed Every Gets a Job & Free Healthcare | Armstrong Economics

Bernie Proposed Every Gets a Job & Free Healthcare | Armstrong Economics

01-05-18 07:16:00,

You really have to wonder just when will these people stop with the promises of robbing the rich to hand out free everything to everyone else. Bernie Sanders wants to introduce a plan to guarantee everyone a job at $15 an hour. He is clueless that if you raise wages, people spend more and prices rise and will NOT remain the same. You end up back where you started. To begin with, not everyone wants a job. There are plenty of people who have no problem living off of welfare. But he also wants to guarantee healthcare to everyone. That may be a wonderful idea, but you MUST first nationalize all hospitals and then doctors must become government employees. You have to lower the wages of doctors and you have to eliminate the lawsuits or specify how much you will be paid for what injury.

Without a comprehensive structural reform, all these proposals are absolutely worthless and would bankrupt the entire system as is. We simply have to let it burn down to the ground and start from scratch. Healthcare and education will ONLY become affordable when people cannot get insurance and to stay in business, prices will have to drop.

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Millennial Homeownership Rate Collapses In Britain

Millennial Homeownership Rate Collapses In Britain

01-05-18 07:10:00,

Theresa May could be entirely correct. Britain’s real estate market is severely dysfunctional and needs to be reformed. Homeownership for millennials has collapsed over the past three decades; the investigation reveals that millennials are facing a housing crisis from London to Manchester.

The homeownership rate for millennials aged 25- to 34-year-old has nearly halved in some regions of Britain, showing that the housing affordability crisis extends far beyond the boundaries of London.

According to The Guardian, the report was conducted over a two-year investigation of “intergenerational fairness in Britain,” supervised by think tank Resolution Foundation and directed by former universities minister David Willetts. The team discovered that overpriced homes in Britain had forced millennials into “increasingly cramped and expensive rented properties that leave them with a longer commute and little chance of saving for a home.”

The figures below show how a collapsing homeownership rate for millennials is much more widespread than thought:

“Ownership among 25- to 34-year-olds has plummeted in Greater Manchester from 53% in 1984 to 26% last year. It has fallen from 54% to 25% in south Yorkshire, from 45% to 20% in the West Midlands, from 50% to 28% in Wales and from 55% to 27% in the south-east. In outer London, the proportion has collapsed from 53% to just 16%. Out of 22 regions analysed by the commission, in only one – Strathclyde in Scotland – has home ownership among the young remained stable. It stood at 32% in 1984 and 33% last year, having peaked at 45% in 2002.”

Shockingly, with today’s sub-par economic growth conditions in the region, millennials are expected to be at the same level of homeownership as the previous generation by the age of 45. The Guardian notes that inheritances could speed up the home buying process, but added that “nearly half of young non-homeowners have parents who do not own either.”

Nearly two-fifths of millennials rent by the age of 30, double the rate for Generation X, and almost four times the rate for baby boomers. It was estimated that millennials spend roughly a quarter of their net income on housing, which is three times more than the pre-war generation.

The Guardian explains how millennials are facing smaller living spaces with longer commutes to their jobs.

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May 1st: As long as capitalism exists, every generation of workers is condemned to wage the same struggles again and again – for dignity, wages, conditions, hours

May 1st: As long as capitalism exists, every generation of workers is condemned to wage the same struggles again and again – for dignity, wages, conditions, hours

01-05-18 07:10:00,

Today, May 1, we struggle not to forget the sacrifices of generations of workers  to etch onto the world’s collective conscience the crucial principle that labour is not, and can never be, just another commodity. We struggle to remember past struggles so that the next struggles can be won in the name of humanism.
The 1st of May commemoration is not an exercise in remembrance alone: Today’s generation is struggling against the same monsters that crushed the workers in May 1886 in Chicago – and for the same reason: The struggle to limit working hours to 8 per day, to extract from employers a living wage, to secure decent conditions, to safeguard the workers’ dignity in an era where young people are forced to choose between Uberisation, endless internships, or a soul-destroying process of branding and re-branding themselves as ultra-flexible, all-hours wage slaves who live for the corporation and not for themselves.
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Why Did the US and Its Allies Bomb Libya? Corruption Case Against Sarkozy Sheds New Light on Ousting of Gaddafi | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

Why Did the US and Its Allies Bomb Libya? Corruption Case Against Sarkozy Sheds New Light on Ousting of Gaddafi | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

30-04-18 02:49:00,

Seven years after the popular uprising against Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi and the NATO intervention that removed him from power, Libya is extremely fractured and a source of regional instability. But while Congress has heavily scrutinized the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi a year after Gaddafi’s overthrow and death, there has been no U.S. investigation into the broader question of what led the U.S. and its allies to intervene so disastrously in Libya.

However, a corruption investigation into former French President Nicolas Sarkozy is opening a new window into little-known motivations in the NATO alliance that may have accelerated the rush to oust the Libyan dictator.

Last month, French police detained and questioned Sarkozy about illicit payments Gaddafi is said to have made to Sarkozy’s 2007 presidential election campaign. A few days after Sarkozy was released from detention, he was ordered to stand trial for corruption and influence-peddling in a related case, in which he had sought information on the Gaddafi inquiry from an appeals court judge. The scandal has highlighted a little-appreciated bind that Sarkozy faced in the run-up to the Libyan intervention: The French president, who took the lead among Europeans in the military campaign against Gaddafi, was eager to compensate for diplomatic blunders in Tunisia and Egypt and most likely angry about an arms deal with Gaddafi that went awry. Sarkozy, it now appears, was eager to shift the narrative to put himself at the forefront of a pro-democracy, anti-Gaddafi intervention.

Libya today is divided between three rival governments and a myriad of armed groups backed by external powers like the United Arab Emirates and Egypt. Security gaps have allowed terrorist groups to step up operations there and permitted a flow of weapons across the Sahara, contributing to destabilizing the Sahel region of northern Africa. The lack of political authority in Tripoli has also opened the door for the migrant crisis in Europe, with Libya serving as a gateway for migrants to escape Africa via the Mediterranean Sea. Although far fewer people have died in the Libyan conflict than in Iraq or Syria, the problems Libya faces seven years after NATO’s fateful intervention are no less complex, and often have more direct impact on Europe than what’s happening in Syria and Iraq.

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Why the U.S. Regime Hates Vladimir Putin | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

Why the U.S. Regime Hates Vladimir Putin | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

29-04-18 07:53:00,

Here is Putin in extemporaneous discussion and interview (translated into English): See this and this.

The second of those videos shows Putin offering Russia’s billionaires the choice between being dispossessed of their companies by the Government, or else signing an agreement with the Government, promising that they will henceforth place the welfare of their workers and of the people of Russia, above their own personal welfare and wealth, and only one billionaire there, Oleg Deripaska, hesitated, at which point Putin treated him contemptuously and Deripaska promptly signed.

Here is how Britain’s Express newspaper, on 7 October 2015, described that second  video (below):

It shows the 63-year-old [Putin], who has launched a blitz of more than 50 airstrikes against the terror regime [Syria’s ISIS] in recent days, directly confronting Russian oligarchs and ranting at them that they are good for nothing COCKROACHES.

In the incredible footage, Putin humiliates Oleg Deripaska, one of the world’s richest men with a fortune of $6m [Deripaska’s fortune in 2009 was actually $3.5 billion], and treats him like his personal lapdog.

It was filmed on a tour of Pikalevo, a struggling factory town where families had been venting their anger over job losses and unpaid wages.

Back when the Putin-Deripaska encounter happened, the right-wing British newspaper Telegraph had bannered, on 4 June 2009, “Vladimir Putin takes Oleg Deripaska to task”, and it placed their hostile slant on the event by sub-heading: “Vladimir Putin, the Russian prime minister, publicly criticised his most faithful oligarch on Thursday in an attempt to deflect growing social discontent on to the country’s unpopular super-rich.” (Of course, the U.S. regime would ignore why Russia’s super-rich were “unpopular,” much less the fact that America’s super-rich were involved in these heists from Russia that had caused so much of Russia’s post-Soviet depression.)

Image below right: Putin and Deripaska

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On 27 April 2018, Deripaska ceded control over the world’s second-largest aluminum-producer, Russal, and he did it because the United States regime had recently placed him and his corporations under new economic sanctions,

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Here’s why the US ‘deep state’ HATES Vladimir Putin

Here’s why the US ‘deep state’ HATES Vladimir Putin

29-04-18 07:33:00,

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Here is Vladimir Putin in extemporaneous discussion and interview (translated into English):

This next video shows Putin offering Russia’s billionaires the choice between being dispossessed of their companies by the Government, or else signing an agreement with the Government, promising that they will henceforth place the welfare of their workers and of the people of Russia, above their own personal welfare and wealth, and only one billionaire there, Oleg Deripaska, hesitated, at which point Putin treated him contemptuously and Deripaska promptly signed.

Here is how Britain’s Express newspaper, on 7 October 2015, described that second video:

It shows the 63-year-old [Putin], who has launched a blitz of more than 50 airstrikes against the terror regime [Syria’s ISIS] in recent days, directly confronting Russian oligarchs and ranting at them that they are good for nothing COCKROACHES.

In the incredible footage, Putin humiliates Oleg Deripaska, one of the world’s richest men with a fortune of $6m [Deripaska’s fortune in 2009 was actually $3.5 billion], and treats him like his personal lapdog.

It was filmed on a tour of Pikalevo, a struggling factory town where families had been venting their anger over job losses and unpaid wages.

Back when the Putin-Deripaska encounter happened, the right-wing British newspaper Telegraph had bannered, on 4 June 2009, “Vladimir Putin takes Oleg Deripaska to task”, and it placed their hostile slant on the event by sub-heading: “Vladimir Putin, the Russian prime minister, publicly criticised his most faithful oligarch on Thursday in an attempt to deflect growing social discontent on to the country’s unpopular super-rich.” (Of course, the U.S. regime would ignore why Russia’s super-rich were “unpopular,” much less the fact that America’s super-rich were involved in these heists from Russia that had caused so much of Russia’s post-Soviet depression.)

On 27 April 2018, Deripaska ceded control over the world’s second-largest aluminum-producer,

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Frontrunning: April 25

29-04-18 10:45:00,

  • Stocks slide toward longest losing streak of the year (Reuters)
  • Global Stocks Extend Slide After Treasurys Hit 3% (WSJ)
  • Boeing Shakes Off Trade-War Jitters (BBG)
  • Why High-Flying U.S. Home Prices Are About to Get Another Jolt (BBG)
  • North Korea Nuclear Test Site Largely Unusable, Chinese Scientists Say (WSJ)
  • Facebook Investors on Alert for Any Evidence of User Defections (BBG)
  • Comcast Pursues Sky, Sizes Up Bigger Move for Fox Assets (WSJ)
  • The ‘Amazon Effect’ Stings Consumer-Staples Stocks (WSJ)
  • Venezuelan schools emptying as Chavez legacy under threat (Reuters)
  • Apple’s Tim Cook to Meet With Trump (BBG)
  • Arizona Republican declares victory in tight race for House seat (Reuters)
  • Call Him Mr. Impeachment: Tom Steyer’s War Against Donald Trump (BBG)
  • Credit Suisse Reaps Wealth Management Rewards (BBG)
  • Takeda Nears Shire Deal as Japan Inc. Chases Growth Overseas (WSJ)
  • French Police Question Tycoon Bollore for Second Day (Reuters)
  • Winklevoss Twins Hire Nasdaq to Keep Cheaters Off Crypto Market (BBG)
  • Macron’s Pitch to Trump on a ‘New’ Iran Deal Surprises EU Allies (BBG)

Overnight Media Digest

WSJ

– Two senior Senate Democrats have asked a number of large banks to turn over information about accounts and assets controlled by a group of Russian elites who have been designated by the U.S. Treasury Department for possible sanctions. on.wsj.com/2HpjTPB

– The Trump administration is considering sending Harry Harris to South Korea as its new ambassador, according to two people familiar with the matter, turning to a military man to fill a diplomatic vacancy at a pivotal moment on the Korean Peninsula. on.wsj.com/2HoNZCQ

– Yahoo Inc’s response to a 2014 hack of hundreds of millions of user accounts drew a $35 million fine from regulators,

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The Moment of Truth Has Come! What Now? Threat to Life on Planet Earth: Ozone Dying and the Deadly Ultraviolet Cosmic Radiation | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

The Moment of Truth Has Come! What Now? Threat to Life on Planet Earth: Ozone Dying and the Deadly Ultraviolet Cosmic Radiation | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

29-04-18 09:54:00,

There is no possibility of mistakes since 04.04.2018. Beyond all official claims and speculation about increasing CO2 emissions as a threat to earth’s life there is now proof to the contrary. The real threat to life is the deadly ultraviolet cosmic radiation that in the meantime reaches the Earth’s surface because the ozone layer can no longer stop it.

That means, that a part of the atmosphere, the famous and unique Blue of the planet Earth, that all the astronauts worship, is in is in the process of dissolution. The atmosphere thus no longer offers the protection for which it was created in the course of earthly life. Specifically, the ozone layer is disappearing, which is responsible for this protection. Already at the end of the Perm 250 million years ago nearly all life on earth became extinct, because nothing grew any more. The so-called “Great Dying” had then probably the same reason (Gabbattis 2018).

Today, the problem consists not only in the existence of the infamous ozone holes over the Antarctic and over the Arctic, too, but also in that they, contrary to expectations, make no attempt to close themselves (Titze 2018), and that the ozone layer as such has in the meantime generally become very weak (Dönges 2017). This means that it lets the cosmic radiation pass also far from the ozone holes themselves. That this is possible, has always been denied.

The bearer of the horrendous message is Dr. Marvin Herndon together with Raymond Hoisington and Mark Whiteside, who have their respective Research results just published in the “Journal of Geography, Environment and Earth Science International”, Vol. 14, Issue 2, – titled:

“Deadly Ultraviolet UV-C and UV-B Penetration to Earth´s Surface: Human and Environmental Health Implications” (1)

In their article, the authors explain that UV-B radiation is a “stress factor”, that has a negative influence on the survival and growth of organisms in marine and freshwater, for instance Plankton, both as vegetable as well as animal. Thus, the food base of the marine and generally water inhabitants is endangered. In addition, UV-B can affect the photosynthesis, growth and metabolism of the underwater world, it can disturb the coral reef communities and destroy them by coral bleaching as well as by leading to a genome instability of plants.

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The League of Assad-Loving Conspiracy Theorists

The League of Assad-Loving Conspiracy Theorists

29-04-18 09:40:00,

by C J Hopkins

a meeting of the “pro-Assad/Putin” Twitter community

So the global capitalist ruling classes’ War on Dissent is now in full swing. With their new and improved official narrative, “Democracy versus the Putin-Nazis,” successfully implanted in the public consciousness, the corporatocracy have been focusing their efforts on delegitimizing any and all forms of deviation from their utterly absurd and increasingly paranoid version of reality.

The Democratic Party is suing Russia, the Trump campaign, and Wikileaks (seriously … they’ve filed an actual lawsuit in an actual court of law an everything) for launching “an all-out assault on democracy” by publishing the DNC’s emails, “an act of unprecedented treachery,” according to Party Chairman Tom Perez. Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, having already spent the last six years in a room in the Ecuadorian embassy in London to avoid being arrested by the British authorities, extradited to the United States, and imprisoned for the remainder of his natural life, has been cut off from the outside world in order to prevent him from further “interfering” with democracy by expressing his opinions.

In Syria, where the “international community” has been battling the “global terrorist threat” by supporting moderate jihadist militias intent on overthrowing the government and establishing a fundamentalist theocracy, the corporate media have been hard at work sanctifying the official story of the “chemical weapons attack” in Douma. According to this story, Bashar al-Assad, an uncooperative brutal dictator whom the corporatocracy has been trying to replace with a more cooperative brutal dictator, dropped a lot of chlorine gas bombs (and possibly sarin, the deadly nerve agent), onto a house full of innocent babies. He did this on the eve of victory over those moderate jihadist militias the “international community” has been supporting in their eight-year attempt to take over his country, slaughter him and his entire family, mount their severed heads on spikes, implement nationwide Sharia law, and then go out hunting homosexuals and heretics to gruesomely behead on YouTube. The evacuation of these freedom fighters was already being negotiated, but Assad didn’t want to miss his last chance to sadistically gas a lot of women and children and have the Western corporate media broadcast his war crimes throughout the world, or something more or less along those lines.

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Russia Brings Syrians to The Hague to Make Underwhelming Case Chemical Attack Was Fake

Russia Brings Syrians to The Hague to Make Underwhelming Case Chemical Attack Was Fake

28-04-18 09:12:00,

Over the objections of chemical weapons inspectors, who are still at work in Syria trying to determine if gas was used to kill dozens of civilians in the former rebel stronghold of Douma on April 7, Russia flew 17 Syrians from the war zone to The Hague, Netherlands, on Thursday, where they all testified that they had seen no sign of a chemical attack.

The Syrians were chosen because they had been seen in video that was recorded by an opposition activist in the immediate aftermath of the attack. The activist’s footage showed what looked like frantic efforts in the town’s hospital to treat survivors for possible exposure to a chemical agent, by dousing them with water and helping them to breathe.

Even though no one claimed that the hospital had been attacked with chemical weapons, Russia has made undermining the credibility of that video the centerpiece of its effort to prove that no chemicals were used in the Syrian government’s final bombardment of the town, which passed out of rebel hands the following day.

The group it brought to the Netherlands included several medical workers seen in the footage and one patient, 11-year-old Hassan Diab, who has been described by Russian officials as the star witness in support of its case that the entire incident was a hoax, staged by volunteer rescue workers to provoke Western military intervention against Russia’s ally, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

When Hassan told Russian state television last week that he had been given sweets in return for taking part in filming of the video in the hospital, and his father said the boy had been doused in water for no reason, since there was no sign of any chemical attack, Russia’s United Nations ambassador announced plans to screen the interview for the U.N. Security Council.

However, Russia has failed to acknowledge concerns that the boy and his father might not have felt free to accurately describe what happened, given that the interview was filmed at a Syrian army facility used by Russian military advisers.

Former colleagues of the Douma hospital workers told The Guardian that Syrian officials had subjected the medics to “extreme intimidation,” threatening to harm their families if they made any mention of chemical weapons.

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The Balfour Declaration Was NOT Written by Arthur Balfour | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

The Balfour Declaration Was NOT Written by Arthur Balfour | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

28-04-18 08:23:00,

In November 1917, Arthur Balfour, was Foreign Secretary in the British government of Prime Minister David Lloyd George.

‘At a meeting on 19 June, Balfour asked Lord Rothschild and Chaim Weizmann to submit a formula for a declaration. Over the next few weeks, a 143-word draft was prepared by the Zionist negotiating committee.’

‘Separately, a very different draft had been prepared by the Foreign Office.

The Foreign Office draft was strongly opposed by the Zionists, and was discarded.’

‘Following further discussion, a revised – and at just 46 words in length, much shorter – draft declaration was prepared and sent by Lord Rothschild to Balfour on 18 July. It was received by the Foreign Office, and the matter was brought to the Cabinet for formal consideration.’

‘As part of the War Cabinet discussions, views were sought from ten “representative” Jewish leaders. Those in favour comprised four members of the Zionist negotiating team (Rothschild, Weizmann, Sokolow and Samuel).’

The decision to release the declaration was taken by the British War Cabinet on 31 October 1917.’

In essence, the idea of an Israeli state was a Zionist construct from the late 19th century and their goal was eventually realised through pressure applied by them to the US President in 1948.  The eventual site of an Israeli state in Palestine was only confirmed after many other sites had been proposed and subsequently rejected.  The proposal of ‘a country without people for a people without a country’, was, of course, a Zionist fabrication, for Palestine had an indigenous Arab population there continuously for over a thousand years.

That fact was, however, intentionally concealed from the world as hundreds of Arab villages were razed to the ground in 1947/8, in an orgy of violence by armed Zionist militias comprising political refugees primarily from Eastern Europe; from Russia, Ukraine and Poland, the birthplaces of the majority of Zionism’s future leaders and politicians. Today, there are over one million Russians in Israel.

The truth is not easy reading nor the political intrigue that abounded in 1947/8 in Britain and America. An intrigue, that tragically, still abounds in both London and Washington,

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Will the EU Block China’s Economic Silk Road? Two Models of Global Development | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

Will the EU Block China’s Economic Silk Road? Two Models of Global Development | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

28-04-18 08:22:00,

In the clearest sign to date, EU Ambassadors to Beijing have just released a document critical of China’s vast Belt, Road Initiative or New Economic Silk Road infrastructure project. All EU ambassadors excepting Hungary signed off on the paper in a declaration of growing EU opposition to what is arguably the most promising economic project in the past century if not more. The move fits conveniently with the recent Trump Administration targeting of China technology trade as tensions grow.

Twenty-seven of the 28 EU ambassadors to China have just signed a report sharply critical of China’s BRI development. Ironically, as if the EU states or their companies did not do the same, the report attacks China for using the BRI to hamper free trade and put Chinese companies at an advantage. The document claims that the Chinese New Economic Silk Road project, unveiled by Xi Jinping in 2013, “runs counter to the EU agenda for liberalizing trade and pushes the balance of power in favor of subsidized Chinese companies.”

Two Models of Global Development

Chinese President Xi Jinping first proposed what today is the Belt, Road Initiative, today the most ambitious infrastructure project in modern history, at a university in Kazakhstan five years ago in 2013. Despite repeated efforts by Beijing to enlist the European Union as a whole and individual EU member states, the majority to date have remained cool or distant with the exception of Hungary, Greece and several eastern EU countries. When China officially launched the project and held an international conference in Beijing in May 2017, it was largely boycotted by EU heads of state. Germany’s Merkel sent her economics minister who accused the Chinese of lack of commitments to social and environmental sustainability and transparency in procurement.

Now 27 of 28 EU ambassadors in Beijing have signed a statement suspiciously similar to that of the German position. According to the German business daily, Handelsblatt, the EU ambassadors’ declaration states that the China BRI “runs counter to the EU agenda for liberalizing trade and pushes the balance of power in favor of subsidized Chinese companies.” Hungary was the only country refusing to sign.

The latest EU statement, soon to be followed by a long critical report on the new Silk Road from the EU Commission in Brussels,

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Geoengineering Watch Global Alert News, April 28, 2018, #142

Geoengineering Watch Global Alert News, April 28, 2018, #142

28-04-18 08:16:00,

Geoengineering Watch Global Alert News, April 28, 2018, #142

Dane Wigington
GeoengineeringWatch.org

The human race must untether the natural world from its global onslaught of countless destructive activities if nature and the web of life is to have any hope of surviving. Technology (and those who worship it), cannot save us from ourselves, that is collectively up to us. Are major environmental organizations truly committed to the greater good of the biosphere as a whole? Or are they often little more than false fronts that mask total hypocrisy? Could climate engineering lead to war? Has this already been the case? Based on international surveys, which countries are considered the greatest threat to international peace? How desperate will the power structures of these countries become as a wider awareness of their actions (past and present) grows? The latest installment of Global Alert News is below.

As the path before us grows rapidly more difficult, how many will continue to cling to willful blindness? Who will summon their courage to fully face the wider horizon? Who will choose to make every possible effort to do their part for the greater good at this late hour? If we are to have any chance of waking the masses in time to make a difference, it will take our collective efforts, it will take all of us.
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This week’s GeoengineeringWatch.org outreach booth is at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa, California, and is shown below. My most sincere and continuing gratitude to the Gem Faire exhibition organizers for facilitating and setting up this very effective booth in every week’s Gem Faire location. The schedule for upcoming Gem Faire events is HERE. A geoengineeringwatch.org booth will be at all events, thanks to the steadfast support of Gem Faire.

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Geoengineering Watch wishes to extend our most sincere gratitude to Phil Dugas for spearheading the anti-geoengineering awareness effort at the New Consciousness Expo in Salt Lake City, Utah, April 28th, 2018.

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More photos from Earth Day, April 21st,

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Donald Trump and the Next Crash: Making the Fed an Instrument for Disaster

Donald Trump and the Next Crash: Making the Fed an Instrument for Disaster

28-04-18 10:09:00,

Warning: What you are about to read is not about Russia, the 2016 election, or the latest person to depart from the White House in a storm of tweets. It’s the Beltway story hiding in plain sight with trillions of dollars in play and an economy to commandeer.

While we’ve been bombarded with a litany of scandals from the Oval Office and the Trump family, there’s a crucial institution in Washington that few in the media seem to be paying attention to, even as President Trump quietly makes it his own. More obscure than the chambers of the Supreme Court, it’s a place where he has already made substantial changes. I’m talking about the Federal Reserve.

As the central bank of the United States, the “Fed” sets the financial tone for the global economy by manipulating interest rate levels. This impacts everyone, yet very few grasp the scope of its influence.

During times of relative economic calm, the Fed is regularly forgotten. But what history shows us is that having leaders who are primed to neglect Wall Street’s misdoings often sets the scene for economic dangers to come. That’s why nominees to the Fed are so crucial.

We have entered a landmark moment: no president since Woodrow Wilson (during whose administration the Federal Reserve was established) will have appointed as many board members to the Fed as Donald Trump. His fingerprints will, in other words, not just be on Supreme Court decisions, but no less significantly Fed policy-making for years to come — even though, like that court, it occupies a mandated position of political independence.

The president’s latest two nominees to that institution’s Board of Governors exemplify this. He has nominated Richard Clarida, a former Treasury Department official from the days of President George W. Bush who later became a strategic adviser to investment goliath Pimco, to the Fed’s second most important slot, while giving the nod to Michelle Bowman, a Kansas bank commissioner, to represent community banks on that same board.

Like many other entities in Washington, the Fed’s Board of Governors has been operating with less than a full staff. If Clarida is approved, he will join Trump-appointed Fed Chairman Jerome Powell and incoming New York Federal Reserve Bank head John C.

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“No More War!” An emotional North and South Korea make history

“No More War!” An emotional North and South Korea make history

28-04-18 09:57:00,

US President Donald Trump has just lectured NATO on it member’s commitment performance and held a controversial meeting with the Russian President Vladimir Putin and is next week to receive EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, with trade matters being high up on the agenda.

Juncker is expected to present Trump with a package of proposals to help smooth relations and potentially heal areas of division, particularly those surrounding Europe’s trade relationship with America. Those proposals are precisely what is cropping up as another area of divergence between some members of the EU, specifically France and Germany, just after a major contention on migration has been driving discord within the Union.

This gets down to whether Europe should offer concessions to Trump on trade while Trump is admittedly describing the Union as a ‘foe’ and has initiated a trade spat with the Union by assessing trade tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Europe, spurring retaliatory tariff measures from the EU Commission.

France, specifically, is opposed to any sort of compromise with Trump on the matter, where Trump is perceived as an opponent to the Union and its unity, whereas Germany is economically motivated to seek an end to the trade dispute under the threat of a new round of tariffs emanating from the Trump administration, and is therefore seeking to find some sort of proposal that Trump will accept and therefore back down on his protectionism against the EU, and Germany in particular.

Politico reports:

Only a week before European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker flies to Washington, France and Germany are divided over how much he should offer to U.S. President Donald Trump to end a deepening trade war, say European diplomats and officials.

But, they add, Germany has the upper hand. Berlin is shaping Juncker’s agenda, suggesting three offers that he could take to Trump on July 25 to resolve the dispute, according to people familiar with the plans.

The French are uneasy about the wisdom of such a conciliatory approach, however, and publicly accuse Trump of seeking to splinter and weaken the 28-member bloc, which he has called his “foe.”

Despite Paris’ reservations about giving away too much to the increasingly hostile U.S.

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This Is The Military “Batmobile” That May Soon Be Protecting The US Border

This Is The Military “Batmobile” That May Soon Be Protecting The US Border

28-04-18 08:33:00,

It might look like a golf cart from a distance, but “nothing this light and agile ever offered so much protection for a 3-man crew.” At least, that’s how Israeli company Plasan is marketing its new Yagu “battle buggy”, which features lightweight armor that can withstand concentrated automatic-weapons fire without slowing down.

As the Drive reports, the company is pitching the design, called the Yagu, as a tool for border patrol or local law enforcement. But Plasan explains that the vehicle could also be used for military excursions and special operations, offering a better protected, lightweight vehicle.

Golfcart

The buggy, which Plasan is calling the Yagu, can also be outfitted with “optional” features that would essentially transform it into the world’s most lightweight tank.

But many of the Yagu’s other optional features point to its potential utility in military missions, as well. At its core, the buggy is a modified Arctic Cat Wildcat 4x 1000 all-terrain vehicle. It uses the same 95-horsepower engine and automatic transmission, which has the same ability to switch between two and four-wheel drive modes, as the Wildcat.

On top of that, though, Plasan, a specialized in vehicle armoring and composites, has added a new lightweight armored shell with bullet-resistant front and side windows. The company says this provides B6+ level protection on all sides for the crew of three, though an auxiliary power unit and air conditioning system are both exposed at the rear.

A European standard, B6 type armor can stop many high-powered rifle rounds, such as the NATO-standard 5.56x45mm and the ever popular Soviet-era 7.62x39mm. The “+” suggests that Plasan’s protective suite should be able to defeat more powerful cartridges, such as the NATO 7.62x51mm and the Soviet-designed 7.62x54mmR, but only if they don’t have special armor-piercing bullets.

In the past, achieving the level of protection available on the Yagu required installing ballistic steel at least a third of an inch in thickness. But by designing a special composite material, Plasan has achieved this level of protection with a curb weight of just over 3,300 pounds, making it lighter than the General Dynamics Flyer 72.

Further rounding out the “optional” features, Plasan is also offering a drone launching system and remote weapons system,

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