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As she enters White House race, demonization of ‘Kremlin’s crush’ Tulsi Gabbard goes full tilt

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04-02-19 10:11:00,

The sky may have been clear in Hawaii when Tulsi Gabbard read her speech promising to fight “greed and corruption,” but she enters her bid under a cloud of negative media coverage and accusations of being Russia’s darling.

At first glance Gabbard would seem almost too perfect for the Democratic candidate to face Trump in 2020: a 37-year-old part-Samoan woman, who previously broke off a promising career in local politics to volunteer for combat zone service in Iraq, and is unfailingly popular with voters on her home island.

“What our country needs now more than ever is the spirit of Aloha. That spirit of respect and love for one another and for our country,” she said in a launch speech that the 2008 Barack Obama, himself, might have found too idealistically bland.

Hours earlier, in a two-author NBC investigation an entirely different picture had been painted of the “controversial” Gabbard – the centerpoint of “the first stirrings of an upcoming Russian campaign” in which the Kremlin “propaganda machine” would seek to inject pro-Russian positions into the Democratic Party’s discussions and debates with help from “inauthentic accounts.”

I’m Not With Her

To understand why Gabbard is not treated as a customary feel-good story of a woman breaking multiple glass ceilings, but as a tool of the Kremlin, several pages of her biography need to be revisited.

The first, her resignation from the senior post of Vice President of the Democratic National Committee in protest at the lack of scheduled debates between frontrunner Hillary Clinton and the rising Bernie Sanders, whom she subsequently went on to endorse.

The second, a now-famous meeting with Bashar Assad in 2017, and Gabbard’s insistence that Washington should not engage in “regime change” or sponsorship of radical militant organizations in Syria or anywhere else.

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Those two incidents alone have pitted Gabbard against two major establishment forces, and that is before one gets into the details of her socialist-tinged platform from healthcare for all to anti-Wall Street policy proposals.

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Euro-Staaten: Gefangen im Schulden-Karussell

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04-02-19 10:09:00,

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Iran überfällt Europa

04-02-19 10:05:00,

USA schützen Russland mit Raketen

Autor: U. Gellermann

Datum: 04. Februar 2019

So schön können Traditionen sein: Es sind rund zehn Jahre her, dass US-Präsident George W. Bush einen Raketenschild ankündigte, der Europa in erster Linie vor “Terroristen” und “Schurkenstaaten” wie dem Iran und Nordkorea schützen sollte. Präsident Obama nahm diese Pläne zum bedingungslosen Schutz von Europa auf, und die NATO, die berühmte Europa-Schutzorganisation, durfte dann 2007 im südrumänischen Deveselu die Raketen-Abwehr-Basis eröffnen. Im Mai 2016 erfolgte der erste Spatenstich auf dem polnischen Flughafen Słupsk-Redzikowo für die zweite Anti-Raketen-Raketen-Station in Europa. Auch die natürlich auf dem Gebiet des ehemaligen Warschauer Paktes. Der Flughafen hat Tradition: Von hier aus flog die deutsche Luftwaffe im Polenfeldzug Angriffe auf das Land, in dem die Wehrmacht hausen sollte – wie schon seit dem 30-jährigen Krieg keine andere Armee mehr. Und das die deutsche Armee dringend als Sprungbrett nach Russland brauchte.

Tatsächlich könnte man annehmen, dass Bush und seine diversen Nachfolger Recht hatten: Bisher gab es weder aus dem Iran noch aus Nordkorea Raketenangriffe auf Europa. Und weil Russland ja irgendwie auch zu Europa gehört – zumindest wenn man die Ansprüche der EU in geografische Wahrheit umsetzte – wurden auch die Russen vor Überfällen aus dem Iran geschützt. Zwar haben bereits damals Kritiker des US-Raketenschilds behauptet, die Iraner würden keineswegs über so weitreichende Raketen verfügen und die Nordkoreaner hätten nicht das geringste Interesse an einem Raketenüberfall auf Europa, die wollten sich höchstens vor den aggressiven USA schützen. Aber was zählt Theorie, die Fakten zählen! Und tatsächlich gab es bisher keine Raketen-Angriffe der Schurken auf die Guten, obwohl die Antiraketen-Station in Polen immer noch im Bau ist und die in Rumänien erst im Mai 2016 in Betrieb genommen wurde. Da kann man mal sehen, wie wirksam bereits ein Versprechen der USA ist.

Nun haben die Russen schon bei der Planung der Schutz-Raketen an ihnen herumgenörgelt und tun es bis heute immer noch. Sie werfen doch den USA glatt vor, dass die mit dem Bau des tollen Schutz-Schildes gegen die Grundlagen des INF-Vertrages verstießen. Den bilateralen Verträgen zwischen der Sowjetunion und den USA über die Vernichtung aller landgestützten Flugkörper mit kürzerer und mittlerer Reichweite von 1988. Und in der schrecklichen Logik des Krieges ist es tatsächlich so: Denn wenn sich die eine Seite mit neuen Waffen gegen die andere absichert,

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Venezuela: Der lang geplante Regime Change

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04-02-19 09:47:00,

Maduro bei der Zeremonie zur Verlängerung seiner Amtszeit am 10. Januar. Foto: Presidencia El Salvador / gemeinfrei

  1. Venezuela: Der lang geplante Regime Change

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Was in Venezuela politisch versucht wird, hätte woanders einen Nato-Verteidigungsfall zur Folge

Man stelle sich vor, die russische Regierung würde Marie Le Pen als neue Präsidentin Frankreichs anerkennen. Sie war als Präsidentschaftskandidatin Macron klar unterlegen. Doch Putin verweist im vorgestellten Szenario auf die wochenlangen Proteste der Gelbwesten-Bewegung und die Ergebnisse von Umfragen, die demonstrieren, dass Macron massiv Vertrauen in der Bevölkerung verloren hat.

Darüber hinaus würde Putin die massive Polizeirepression gegen die Demonstranten vorbringen. Er würde erklären, dass der Einsatz gefährlicher Waffen zu schweren Verletzungen von Demonstranten geführt habe. Zudem würden mit Ausnahmegesetzen die Grundrechte in Frankreich eingeschränkt. Daher habe die bisherige französische Regierung jede demokratische Legitimität verloren und werde von Russland nicht mehr anerkannt.

Eine solche Erklärung der russischen Regierung würde sofort den Natorat auf den Plan rufen. Der Verteidigungsfall würde ausgerufen. Als sich vor einigen Wochen Mitglieder der italienischen Regierung mit den Gelb-Westen in Frankreich solidarisierten, löste das eher Belustigung als Bedrohung aus. Schließlich sind beide Länder im gleichen Bündnissystem und die italienische Regierung hat keine Möglichkeit, einen Regime Change im Nachbarland umzusetzen. Wenn sich aber Russland in die französische Innenpolitik einmischen würde und gar zum Sturz der Regierung aufrufen würde, hätte es weltpolitische Folgen.

Der Regime-Change in Venezuela wird seit 1999 geplant

Doch genau das passiert zurzeit in Venezuela. Der dortige Versuch eines Regime Change ist lange geplant. Spätestens seit der bolivarianische Prozess in Venezuela klar in Frontstellung zur US-Politik ging, wurden in den USA Möglichkeiten des Regime-Change vorbereitet. Der Chavez-Biograph Christoph Twickel schreibt, dass Chavez schon kurz nach seiner überraschenden Wahl 1999 dringend geraten worden sei, seine Wahlkampfrhetorik zu vergessen und die Politik der vorherigen Regierungen fortzusetzen, vor allem die außenpolitische Orientierung an den USA.

Als deutlich wurde, dass sich Chavez darauf nicht einlassen würde, wurden Regime-Change-Pläne entwickelt. Der Putschversuch von 2002, der durch die Massenaktionen der Bevölkerung vereitelt wurde,

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Lachen in der Lücke

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04-02-19 09:39:00,

»Die Anstalt« feiert in diesen Tagen ihren fünften Geburtstag und hat sich inzwischen als die Institution etabliert, deren Insassen sich um Aufklärung und Durchblick im alltäglichen Wahnsinn von Politik, Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft hervortun. »Die Anstalt« leistet Journalismusersatz und ist politisches Theater – stets mit scharfem und hintergründigem Humor im Dienste der Augen öffnenden Wahrheitsfindung. Zum Geburtstag ist nun ein von Dietrich Krauß – neben Max Uthoff und Claus von Wagner der dritte Kopf hinter der Anstalt – herausgegebenes Buch über die Anstalt erschienen, “Die Rache des Mainstreams an sich selbst“, aus dem wir einen Auszug bringen.

Die Rache des Mainstreams an sich selbst

Fast jede Diskussion über Satire und die Anstalt, sei es live[1] oder im Netz, landet früher oder später bei der Frage: »Warum muss ich eigentlich eine Satiresendung gucken, um diese Dinge zu erfahren? Eigentlich seid ihr doch die Nachrichten!« Vor Jahren wäre ein solches Statement noch auf blankes Unverständnis gestoßen. Heute geht meist ein beifälliges Nicken und Klicken durch die analogen und digitalen Räume. Fast immer schwingt im Lob der faktenreichen Satire Kritik am aktuellen Zustand der Medien mit, von deren »Mainstreamjournalismus« man sich nicht ausreichend informiert fühlt. Und das, obwohl dank Internet und Digitalisierung der Zugang zu einer breiten Auswahl an Informationen so leicht ist wie nie zuvor. Die Tatsache, dass satirische Formate wie die heute-show und Die Anstalt wiederum selbst im öffentlich-rechtlichen Fernsehen vor einem Millionenpublikum ausgestrahlt werden, wird dabei mit großer Verwunderung konstatiert, weil es nicht ins Bild passt vom vorgeblich weichgespülten Mainstream. Die Anstalt, das sei wohl die »Rache des Mainstreams an sich selbst«, spöttelte Max Uthoff, und umreißt damit die widersprüchliche Ausgangssituation, der ich hier auf den Grund gehen will.[2]

Hat sich also tatsächlich etwas gewandelt an der Qualität von Journalismus und an seinem Verhältnis zur Satire? Oder ist dies die Fehlwahrnehmung eines überforderten Publikums, das in Zeiten der Unübersichtlichkeit die harte Nachrichtenkost scheut und die bittere Wirklichkeit am liebsten nur noch gesüßt mit satirischen Beigaben konsumiert?

In Zeiten wachsenden Misstrauens gegenüber den klassischen Medien[3] boomt jedenfalls die Satire, die inzwischen vermehrt genutzt wird, um sich politisch zu informieren.

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Goodbye to the Dollar

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04-02-19 09:39:00,

The inept and corrupt presidency of Donald Trump has unwittingly triggered the fatal blow to the American empire—the abandonment of the dollar as the world’s principal reserve currency. Nations around the globe, especially in Europe, have lost confidence in the United States to act rationally, much less lead, in issues of international finance, trade, diplomacy and war. These nations are quietly dismantling the seven-decade-old alliance with the United States and building alternative systems of bilateral trade. This reconfiguring of the world’s financial system will be fatal to the American empire, as the historian Alfred McCoy and the economist Michael Hudson have long pointed out. It will trigger an economic death spiral, including high inflation, which will necessitate a massive military contraction overseas and plunge the United States into a prolonged depression. Trump, rather than make America great again, has turned out, unwittingly, to be the empire’s most aggressive gravedigger.

The Trump administration has capriciously sabotaged the global institutions, including NATO, the European Union, the United Nations, the World Bank and the IMF, which provide cover and lend legitimacy to American imperialism and global economic hegemony. The American empire, as McCoy points out, was always a hybrid of past empires. It developed, he writes, “a distinctive form of global governance that incorporated aspects of antecedent empires, ancient and modern. This unique U.S. imperium was Athenian in its ability to forge coalitions among allies; Roman in its reliance on legions that occupied military bases across most of the known world; and British in its aspiration to merge culture, commerce, and alliances into a comprehensive system that covered the globe.”

When George W. Bush unilaterally invaded Iraq, defying with his doctrine of preemptive war international law and dismissing protests from traditional allies, he began the rupture. But Trump has deepened the fissures. The Trump administration’s withdrawal from the 2015 Iranian nuclear agreement, although Iran had abided by the agreement, and demand that European nations also withdraw or endure U.S. sanctions saw European nations defect and establish an alternative monetary exchange system that excludes the United States. Iran no longer accepts the dollar for oil on international markets and has replaced it with the euro, not a small factor in Washington’s deep animus to Teheran. Turkey is also abandoning the dollar.

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Red Scarves counter protest fizzles as Yellow Vests enter Act 12 (Video)

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04-02-19 09:38:00,

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss ACT 12 of the Yellow Vests protests in France, which saw the French Police turn violent against protestors.

Meanwhile the Red Scarves counter protest (which surfaced last week in France during ACT 11 of the Yellow Vest protests) has all but fizzled away, gaining little momentum and traction despite, heavy main stream media propping up.

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Who are the red scarves (via CNBC)…

Yellow-vested protesters have become synonymous with anti-establishment feeling in France but the public shows signs of wearying of weekly protests, disorder and violence and a counter-protest movement has sprung up in recent weeks. Last Sunday, around 10,000 people marched against the violence seen in Paris, according to French media.

The most prominent counter-violence, protest group is called the “Red Scarves of France” (or Foulards Rouges). Calling for a stop to blockades and violence, the Red Scarves group says it “aims to relay the exasperation of a silent fringe of the population confronted with the blockages and violence perpetrated on the sidelines of demonstrations.”

Via Mint Press News

As the “Yellow Vest,” or Gilet Jaunes, protest in France continues to perplex and concern the French government and European elites, a new “counter-protest” has emerged in response to the popular protest movement now entering its 12th week.

Protesters branding themselves as the “Red Scarves,” or Foulards Rouge, descended on Paris this past Sunday in order to protest the “violence” of some Gilet Jaunes protesters and a desire to see the country return to “normalcy.” The French government, which has sought to weaken and disperse the Yellow Vests movement since its inception, stated that the Red Scarves numbered around 10,500 in Paris, while other reports claimed that the demonstration was significantly smaller than the government-supplied figure.

The group has been described as “diverse” — much like the Yellow Vests, who have drawn support from across the French political spectrum — and “apolitical,” as its leadership have stated that the Red Scarves are not necessarily supportive of French President Emmanuel Macron,

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EU now sees Gibraltar as a UK “colony”

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04-02-19 09:37:00,

On 1 February 2019 the EU published a document which classified Gibralta as a “Crown Colony”. This has caused London to break out in a rash of irritation.

It was the EU Council of Ministers of Foreign Relations that approved this formula. Possible consequences? The EU, a supranational entity, may now decide to support Spain’s claims to title over Gibralta.

Fact: the European Union is now “discovering” the reality of the legal status of Gibralta state is perhaps the prelude of what might soon happen with Northern Ireland. ‎

For the moment, discussions on Brexit are focused on defining the type of border that must be established between the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom of Great Britain. But when the divorce is decreed final, the EU could switch to backing the decolonization of Northern Ireland and its reincorporation into the Republic of Ireland.

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Anoosha Boralessa

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Starbuck’s and Modern Mercantilism: No Different Than the British East India Company

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04-02-19 09:36:00,

Starbuck’s and Modern Mercantilism: No Different Than the British East India Company

Howard Schultz, the founder and current major shareholder of the ubiquitous coffee chain, Starbuck’s, wants to be president of the United States. When asked why he wants to run as an independent candidate, Schultz replied with a “glittering generality” common among new age mercantilists who run for political office: “I want to bring the country together.”

Schultz and those like him who have or are harboring political ambitions want governments to serve the neo-mercantilist elites, not the common folk. The historical precedent for this behavior is the British East India Company, also known as the “Honorable East India Company.” This London-based company controlled a vast monopoly on trade, extending from India and Southeast Asia, China, and Japan to the wharves of Boston in the British colony of Massachusetts Bay in North America.

The famous “Boston Tea Party” of 1773 was a rebellion by American colonial merchants over the imposition of the Stamp Tax on tea and other goods imported to North America from India by the British East India Company. However, the rebels of Boston were more interested in their bottom line than in political fervor to break from the British Crown. In fact, the thirteen red and white stripes on the flag of the British East India Company, with the British Union Jack in the canton, became the basis for the design of the American flag, with a field of white stars replacing the Union Jack. When Americans fight over respect for “the flag,” few realize that what they are being forced to respect is a modified form of the standard for one of the largest mercantilist contrivances in history. In effect, the British East India Company, which had its own army and navy, ruled over India and British colonies in Malaya, China, Burma, Mauritius, and Reunion.

The same mercantilist notions of trade expansion and control of commodities exists today with companies like Starbuck’s. The coffee chain distinguishes itself from its competitors by offering coffee choices with exotic-sounding names like “Sulawesi Dark Roast,” “Rwanda Blue Bourbon,” “Sumatra Dark Roast,” and “Guatemala Antigua,” and menus featuring choices written in a bastardized version of Esperanto. Schultz prides himself on being an enlightened entrepreneur, however, a close look at the Brooklyn-born mega-merchant of Seattle, yields the company he formed far from advocating any notions of progressive capitalism.

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Handelskrieg: Keine Einigung – Gespräche zwischen Peking und Washington einmal mehr vertagt | www.konjunktion.info

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04-02-19 09:30:00,

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Die Gespräche zwischen China und den USA bzgl. der Handelsproblematik (Strafzölle, Handelskrieg) und das, was dabei herum kommt, sind leicht vorhersehbar. Nach zahlreichen Treffen, in denen außer Spesen (lautes Tamtam ohne konkrete Ergebnisse) Nichts gewesen ist, spricht Donald Trump auch nach den jüngsten Gesprächen von “Optimismus” und dass man die Gespräche zu einem späteren Zeitpunkt fortsetzen will.

Einmal mehr wurde aus den Rufen “Dieses Mal wird es eine Einigung gegen!”, nur eine erneute Gesprächsrunde. In der Zwischenzeit setzt Peking den Abverkauf seiner US-Staatsanleihen fort – den sechsten Monat in Folge und aktuell ist kein Zeichen erkennbar, dass sich dies ändern könnte. Parallel dazu steigt das Handelsdefizit der USA gegenüber China weiter an – trotz Sanktionen und Strafzöllen

Die Realitätsprüfung zeigt, dass der Handelskrieg das von mir so oft aufgeführte Ablenkungsmanöver aka Kabuki-Theater ist. Trump hat keinerlei Interesse daran, eine Einigung zu erzielen – und auch China hat keines. Die Internationalisten/Globalisten/Eliten (IGE) scheinen ein Ereignis vorzubereiten, dass im Frühjahr “starten” wird: einmal wird die Haushaltsdebatte in den USA wieder aufkommen und der Handelskrieg wird an Schärfe und Intensität zunehmen, falls im März keine Einigung erzielt wird.

Präsident Donald Trump hat am Donnerstag Chinas Engagement zum Kauf weiterer amerikanischer Sojabohnen angesprochen. Aber die zähen Probleme, die die beiden größten Volkswirtschaften der Welt voneinander trennen, blieben jedoch nach zwei Tagen Gesprächen zwischen amerikanischen und chinesischen Verhandlungsführern ungeklärt.

Trump sagte, dass er ein Treffen mit seinem chinesischen Amtskollegen Xi Jinping erwartet, um zu versuchen, eine endgültige Lösung für die sechsmonatige Handelspause zu finden.

“Wenn wir zu einer Einigung kommen, muss noch viel getan werden”, sagte der US-Handelsvertreter Robert Lighthizer gegenüber den Reportern, zusammenfassend sprach er nach zwei Tagen und einen Abend von “sehr intensiven, detaillierten und spezifischen Diskussionen”.

“Meines Erachtens haben wir Fortschritte gemacht”, sagte er und lehnte es ab, bestimmte Bereiche zu skizzieren, in denen er der Meinung war, dass die beiden Seiten Fortschritte gemacht hätten. Lighthizer bekräftigte, dass die Fristen für den 2. März gültig seien, und sagte, es sei Trumps Sache zu entscheiden, wie er vorgehen sollte, wenn ein umfassendes Handelsabkommen mit China unerreichbar bleibt.

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Venezuela Primer Pt. 1: Why Did Venezuelans Elect Hugo Chávez?

Over and over again US media outlets make the claim that Venezuela was the “jewel of Latin America” before Hugo Chavez was elected in 1998 and that his election marked the country’s downfall. In part 1 of this Venezuela primer, on the 20th anniversary of Chavez first taking office on February 2, 1999, we look at what led up to his election

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Russia Walking a Fine Line between Turkey & the US in Syria | New Eastern Outlook

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03-02-19 07:22:00,

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The politics of ‘safe-zone’, a stretch of Syrian territory along Turkey-Syria border jointly managed by Turkey and the U.S., has certainly given a new twist to the Syrian end-game. Most certainly, the US’ encouragement of this ‘safe-zone’ is part of its plan to win back its largely lost position and leverage in Syria. For Turkey, this ‘safe zone’ would ensure its position vis-à-vis Kurdish militias. The diplomatic manoeuvring around ‘safe-zone’, therefore, is of crucial significance. A US-Turkish understanding over this ‘safe-zone’ would certainly weaken Syria’s control over its own territory and it would create difficulties for Russia and Iran to complete the objective of establishing Syrian sovereignty over all of Syria, restoring the pre-war Syrian territorial reality. But Russia and Iran also want to make sure that Turkey continues to side with them, as the Syrian neighbour is not only a crucial partner in Sochi and Astana peace processes, but also a vital connection in the wider Eurasian connection that Russia has built over the last few years. Therefore, a US manoeuvre to win over Turkey by wetting its appetite for ‘safe zone’—a demand that the US had previously rejected many times—presented a major diplomatic challenge for Russia, which of course, featured prominently in the last week’s meeting between Turkey’s Erdogan and Russia’s Putin.

But what was even more prominent in that meeting was the way Putin’s diplomacy neutralised rather successfully the US ability to manipulate Turkey’s security concerns. This was done by not only showing sensitivity to Tukey’s concerns and interests, but also by reinforcing the importance of a US withdrawal from Syria as the key to settling all aspects of the conflict. In doing this, Putin’s intention was obviously to take Russia’s relations away from the reach of US tentacles.

To begin with, Putin first salvaged Turkey out of the criticism it had faced from Syria regarding the un-authorised presence of Turkish forces inside Syria. He did so by making a clear distinction between the US and Turkey in Syria. Although Putin underscored that any foreign presence on Syrian soil will lack “international legal grounds” if it is not on the basis of an invitation from Damascus or emanating out of a decision of the UN Security Council—and in saying so he was specifically referring to the US occupation of Syria— he was quick to give a special qualification to Turkish presence by calling it “constructive cooperation”,

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Is Oil Behind Washington’s Venezuela Coup Madness? – Global Research

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03-02-19 05:37:00,

On January 23 US Vice President Pence sent a message via Twitter that Washington recognized the 35-year-old Speaker of the Venezuela National Assembly, Juan Guaido, as the “legitimate” President of the troubled country, and not elected President Maduro. The fact that it was first Pence and not the US President, who seemed forced to play catch-up, says much about the intervention. The question is whether oil was the reason as neo-con Security Council adviser John Bolton claimed or something else. The evidence suggests something else, but what something?

The Washington “recognition” of Guaido as “legitimate” president of Venezuela is not only a blatant breach of international law. It goes back on Donald Trump’s repeated campaign promises to stop US meddling in internal affairs of other countries. The attempted coup is being run on the ground by the same criminal operators, call them the deep state, who were behind the regime change operations of repeated US Color Revolutions from Ukraine to Libya, including CANVAS and the CIA’s surrogate, National Endowment for Democracy. Many are asking why, after twenty years of Chavez and Maduro versions of central socialist economics, just now Washington makes such a brazen and dangerous step. One explanation is oil, but if so, not in a simple sense some may think.

In an interview on Fox News following US claims that Guaido was the legitimate interim president, John Bolton declared that, aside from declaring Maduro was “authoritarian” as reason for the Washington move, oil was a major factor. Bolton told Fox News,

“We’re looking at the oil assets…We’re in conversation with major American companies now,” he continued.

Then he made this bizarre remark, all the more as the US today claims to be world number one oil producer: “It will make a big difference to the United States economically if we could have American oil companies really invest in and produce the oil capabilities in Venezuela.” How that would “make America great again,” he did not say.

World’s Largest Reserves?

It’s true that, officially, Venezuela claims to hold the world’s largest oil reserves, estimated 297 billion barrels as of 2010, larger even than that claimed by Saudi Arabia. That makes an impressive headline but is misleading.

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A Timeline of CIA Atrocities – Global Research

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03-02-19 05:35:00,

The following article was initially published in 1997. It is in part based on the work of William Blum. Killing Hope: U.S. Military and CIA Interventions since World War II, 1995 (GR Ed. M. Ch.)

By Steve Kangas

The following timeline describes just a few of the hundreds of atrocities and crimes committed by the CIA. (1)

CIA operations follow the same recurring script. First, American business interests abroad are threatened by a popular or democratically elected leader. The people support their leader because he intends to conduct land reform, strengthen unions, redistribute wealth, nationalize foreign-owned industry, and regulate business to protect workers, consumers and the environment. So, on behalf of American business, and often with their help, the CIA mobilizes the opposition. First it identifies right-wing groups within the country (usually the military), and offers them a deal: “We’ll put you in power if you maintain a favorable business climate for us.”

The Agency then hires, trains and works with them to overthrow the existing government (usually a democracy). It uses every trick in the book: propaganda, stuffed ballot boxes, purchased elections, extortion, blackmail, sexual intrigue, false stories about opponents in the local media, infiltration and disruption of opposing political parties, kidnapping, beating, torture, intimidation, economic sabotage, death squads and even assassination. These efforts culminate in a military coup, which installs a right-wing dictator.

The CIA trains the dictator’s security apparatus to crack down on the traditional enemies of big business, using interrogation, torture and murder. The victims are said to be “communists,” but almost always they are just peasants, liberals, moderates, labor union leaders, political opponents and advocates of free speech and democracy. Widespread human rights abuses follow.

This scenario has been repeated so many times that the CIA actually teaches it in a special school, the notorious “School of the Americas.” (It opened in Panama but later moved to Fort Benning, Georgia.) Critics have nicknamed it the “School of the Dictators” and “School of the Assassins.” Here, the CIA trains Latin American military officers how to conduct coups, including the use of interrogation, torture and murder.

The Association for Responsible Dissent estimates that by 1987, 6 million people had died as a result of CIA covert operations.

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Water Cannon & Blood: Paris ‘Yellow Vest’ Protest Turns Violent – Global Research

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03-02-19 05:34:00,

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Water cannon & blood: Paris ‘Yellow Vest’ protest turns violent#YellowVests https://t.co/TfWk7jR4sU pic.twitter.com/bljkWYcZUv

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It’s Not Brexit But ‘Deutsche-it’ You Want To Worry About

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03-02-19 05:31:00,

Via Golem XIV’s blog,

While everyone is endlessly told about the world-ending dangers of Brexit, I wonder if we should be paying a little more attention to Deutsche-it.  If the UK leaves the EU the EU will survive.  But what happens when – and surely it’s no longer if – but when Deutsche, Germany’s biggest and only truly global bank has to be rescued? What will the fallout from that be?

I am sure the German authorities will claim its not a rescue its a merger. Yeah right!  It’s a rescue. Deutsche’s shares have fallen 48% in just the last 12 months – the same time the management said they were going to have the bank turned around. The bank’s shares are now worth no more than they were nearly 40 years ago. Which is not such good news.

But there’s worse. While, and perhaps in part because(?) Deutsche’s share price has been in free-fall,  Deutsche has been money laundering around the world. That corruption is now beginning to catch up with the bottom line that it had been pumping cash into for so long.  Deutsche is being investigated after the Panama papers revealed its roll in industrial scale tax avoidance and money laundering. No sooner had the ink dried on that headline when the revelations about Deutsche’s central role in laundering money through Danske bank drew yet more investigators to its HQ like flies to a fresh and steaming turd.

Now don’t get me wrong I’m not saying this makes Deutsche special among big banks except in the category of being caught. There, they have certainly wrestled the crown from Citi and Wachovia.

What I am saying is that that much laundering in that many localities is going to mean the usual bankers defence of ‘one bad apple’, ‘one corrupt employee’, ‘one weakness in our otherwise impeccable rules which are now being updated etc etc’ is not going to wash (sorry I couldn’t resist) so easily.  Deutsche is a dirty bank. But does this mean Deutsche could be brought up on corporate criminal charges? Not a chance. To do that could mean it would lose its banking license and that would be Deutsche-it. And Deutche-it would be far more dangerous to the EU as a whole than Brexit.

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Americans More Likely To Be Murdered By Police Than By Terrorists – PaulCraigRoberts.org

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03-02-19 05:23:00,

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Totalitarianism: Buying A Hammer Now Makes You A Terrorist In The UK

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03-02-19 05:21:00,

Authored by Mac Slavo via SHTFplan.com,

If you need a hammer for any reason, the United Kingdom’s counter-terrorism policing unit will consider you a potential terrorist.  They are also asking that anyone who sees someone doing something suspicious, like purchasing a hammer, to report it to the enforcers.

Buying a hammer is suspicious and is potentially an indicator of criminal activity according to the Tweet below posted by the U.K. Counter Terrorism Policing office.

Information from YOU, the public, has helped foil terror plots in the UK.

Last year, 22% of information we received assisted live investigations.

If you see something that doesn’t look right. Look again, ACT and report it 📲 https://t.co/AZvXoV84Qg#ActionCountersTerrorism pic.twitter.com/GtPVNSuTc7

— Counter Terrorism Policing UK (@TerrorismPolice) January 28, 2019

It’s hard to see in the Twitter photo, but the guy looking at the hammer also has a few knives in his shopping basket. That’s apparently supposed to be a context clue that he’s maybe a very bad person, if not a terrorist. The U.K. has a borderline-comical campaign going on trying to convince young people not to carry knives aroundAccording to Reason, there’s actually a very logically and likely explanation for needing some knives and one hammer. The man might be a chef doing some work in his restaurant, but the point of this ad campaign is that they actually don’t want you to think of the most likely explanation. They want you to be suspicious and live your life in fear of other’s everyday activities. Complete with the scary “Life Has No Rewind Button” motto. Reason further pointed out that the entire video ad is actually a lot more sinister; not because it’s eerie at all, but it’s a bit horrifying what the UK counter-terrorism police demand you feel is “suspicious” behavior: like taking out the trash.

Similar tweets and the video ad above did get some good and decent mocking (and rightfully so) on Twitter:

So we are all guilty until proven innocent then?

— STOTTINMAD (@STOTTINMAD) January 30,

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Everyone but himself: Macron blames social media & Russia for Yellow Vests

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03-02-19 05:20:00,

Who is at fault for Yellow Vest protests raging in France since November? For President Emmanuel Macron it’s not actual economic problems or his own decisions, but the right, the left, social media and, of course, “Russes.”

Macron blasted the nation’s mainstream media for failing to control the narrative and argued that social networks and “the Russians” are driving all content instead, with traditional outlets falling into line. The president’s calculated outburst was published by the weekly Le Point on Friday, just before the Yellow Vests officially marked the 12th consecutive week of staging large-scale protests against the government.

The president dismissed Eric Drouet, the 33-year-old trucker who emerged as a prominent figure in the protests, as “a media product, a product of social networks,” and claimed that the demonstrators are being “advised from outside,” without elaborating. He argued that 90 percent of the chatter online about the Yellow Vests comes from the “[far] rightists, leftists, and the Russians.”

First slackers, now trolls

Yet, 18 months after bending the French party system to his will and his triumphant win against bien-pensant pariah Marine Le Pen, Macron’s excuses for disappointing expectations are running thin.

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His first cannonade in what was intended to be a sweeping march of modernity, was a labor reform that he claimed would help small businesses. It was met with protests from unions, public sector workers who said it made firing easier, and those fearing loss of benefits.

In a preview of what has now become the norm, Macron dismissed the opponents of his policies as “slackers.” In spring the following year thousands were back in the streets protesting against an education reform that makes it more difficult for students to attend public universities of their choice, and taxes that favored the rich.

Unlike the Yellow Vests which began on November 17, 2018, these did not become a weekly feature of French political life. Nor did they spill into nationwide discontent.
This time not only are the protesters demanding more,

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VIDEO zeigt offenbar US-Werk zur Produktion von verbotenen Mittelstreckenraketen

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03-02-19 05:19:00,

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17:00 03.02.2019(aktualisiert 17:50 03.02.2019) Zum Kurzlink

In den USA ist ein Video aufgetaucht, das offenbar einen Ort zeigt, wo möglicherweise vom INF-Vertrag verbotene Raketen mittlerer und kürzerer Reichweite gebaut werden. Das Video wurde am Sonntag auf der Webseite des TV-Senders RT veröffentlicht.

Auf der Aufnahme sind Begrenzungsschilder, Zäune mit Stacheldraht, Industriebauten und Lagerräume zu sehen. 

„Bilder eines Werkes der Korporation ‚Raytheon‘ in den USA, bei der laut dem russischen Verteidigungsministerium die verbotenen Raketen hergestellt werden“, heißt es in der Aufschrift zum Video.  

Nach Angaben der russischen Behörde hatten die USA ihre Entscheidung, sich aus dem INF-Vertrag zurückzuziehen, schon vor zwei Jahren getroffen, bevor sie unbegründete Vorwürfe gegen Russland erhoben.

Nach Angaben des russischen Verteidigungsamtes wurde im Juni 2017 bei einem Betrieb der Militär-Industrie-Korporation „Raytheon“ in der Stadt Tucson (im US-Bundesstaat Arizona) ein Programm zum Ausbau und zur Modernisierung von Produktionskapazitäten gestartet. Ziel sei es gewesen, gemäß dem Vertrag verbotene Raketen mit kürzerer und mittlerer Reichweite zu bauen.

Satellitenaufnahme des Produktionswerkes, veröffentlicht vom russischen Verteidigungsministerium:

​Laut dem Verteidigungsamt hat sich die Fläche der erwähnten Produktionsstätte in den vergangenen zwei Jahren um 44 Prozent von 55.000 auf 79.000 Quadratmeter vergrößert. Zudem soll die Personalstärke des Betriebs um fast 2.000 Menschen aufgestockt worden sein.  

Der russische Präsident Wladimir Putin

hatte am Samstag angekündigt, dass Russland seine Teilnahme am INF-Vertrag aussetze – als Antwort auf das Vorgehen der USA.

Washington hat die Einhaltung der Verpflichtungen zum INF-Vertrag ab dem 2. Februar ausgesetzt und als Grund dafür angegeben, Russland verletzte systematisch die Vertragsbedingungen.

verbietet den Besitz von bodengestützten ballistischen Raketen und Marschflugkörpern mit Reichweiten von 500 bis 5.500 Kilometern. Moskau und Washington beschuldigen einander immer wieder, gegen die Vertragsbedingungen zu verstoßen.

Die USA haben Russland unter anderem vorgeworfen, die echten Möglichkeiten des Marschflugkörpers 9M729 des Iskander-M-Komplexes zu verheimlichen. Wie das Pentagon vermutet, soll diese landgestützte Mittelstreckenrakete eine Reichweite über 500 Kilometern haben. Moskau weist diese Behauptung zurück.

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Ken je Dr. Robert Bowman, officier en 911-patriot..?

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03-02-19 05:14:00,


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Voor veel mensen is 911 nog steeds geen duidelijk verhaal. Ze blijven hun twijfels houden en houden derhalve (te) vaak vast aan de officiële theorie. Om in ieder geval iets vast te hebben en omdat iedereen dat immers doet.. En zo wordt het officiële narratief plotseling een soort ‘waarheid’ waartegen de werkelijke waarheid zich dient te bewijzen. Vreemd dat het mogelijk is, dat een leugen de plaats inneemt van de waarheid, totdat… Totdat het frame van ‘officiële waarheid’ wordt afgenomen van de leugen en gehangen om de werkelijke waarheid..

Het is voor andere mensen wel degelijk een mogelijkheid om te twijfelen. Dat wil zeggen dat de officiële waarheid wordt ontdaan van zijn ‘heilige huisjes’-imago, maar dat mensen zélf willen beslissen welke versie van de ware toedracht zij voor waarheid houden. Er is immers door het vertellen van leugens, veel te winnen voor degenen die achter de aanslagen van 911 -want daar gaat het in dit geval over- de masterminds vormen. Wij dragen graag bij om deze mensen te helpen hun afwegingen te maken.

Daartoe reiken we veel bewijsmateriaal aan, dat controversieel staat op de uitgangspunten/het fundament van de officiële theorie rondom deze verschrikkelijke aanslagen. Wat te denken van verklaringen van mensen van erudiete statuur en bewezen wijsheid..!? Zo geloven mensen dat er maar weinig officiële personen zijn, die wijzen op het karakter van een valse-vlag-operatie, dat in overvloed zichtbaar is bij deze aanslagen. Wat te denken van legerofficieren, brandweerlieden, verkeersvliegers (zie afbeelding), top-politici en vele anderen, die de officiële waarheid van 911 regelrecht naar de vuilnisbak verwijzen..!?

Robert Bowman is één van die dappere patriotten, die vragen om WAARHEID..!
Op de zustersite van wanttoknow.nl/be kun je een hele lijst van deze mensen vinden. Kijk eens op de site van WantToKnow.info en zie een aantal van deze erudiete mensen, die de huidige theorie (wat meer is het niet!) van de aanslagen verwerpen.. Wanneer je deze geïllustreerde instructie volgt kun je bij de keuze, waar de felrode pijltjes staan, zien hoeveel officiële personen vragen om minimaal een nieuw onderzoek. Een uiterst diplomatieke manier om te zeggen, dat het officiële rapport niet deugt natuurlijk..!

Onder de genoemde personen,

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Bertrand Russell Diagnoses Washington War Madness and the Coming Rape of Venezuela

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03-02-19 12:56:00,

Bertrand Russell Diagnoses Washington War Madness and the Coming Rape of Venezuela

It is a scene depressingly familiar to inhabitants of Political Washington over the past 30 years since US armed invasion of small or vulnerable countries came back into fashion after being briefly discredited following the Vietnam War. This time it is Venezuela and its twice democratically-elected President Nicolas Maduro that is being demonized as a Diabolical Menace to the very survival of All That is Good and True.

One does not have to uncritically admire everything President Maduro has done as leader of his country to confidently predict what will happen if the US government succeeds in toppling him and imposing its own ridiculous figurehead – boyish, fearful, eager-to-please little Juan Guiado: Venezuela’s version of Mario Rubio and the nonentity being touted as his country’s liberator (how the spirit of Simon Bolivar must be raging – or laughing uncontrollably!).

Then, the miseries of the unfortunate Venezuelan people will not end: They will only just have begun.

Washington’s Armchair Heroes are determined to transform the Bolivarian Republic into the Gulliverian Republic – a joke of a state presided over by worthless tiny midgets.

We have seen this same infernal script play out in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Ukraine with efforts to impose it on Syria and Yemen.

The outcome is always the same: Worse wars, worse suffering, huge increases in civilian death tolls, collapses of economies, violent anarchy, flourishing extreme Islamist and other terrorist groups where previously there were none, enormous rackets sexually enslaving children and young women, soaring per capita drug abuse rates.

The philosopher-statesmen and wise pundit-prophets of Washington shake their heads sadly and move on every looking for new worlds to liberate – and destroy.

Why is this happening yet again as it has remorselessly before under the previous five successive US presidents?

The answer is simple: President Donald Trump has now surrounded himself with neoconservative super-hawks. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton are driving policy. They have eagerly recruited Elliott Abrams, who was widely accused of supporting the genocide of the Mayan native peoples of Central America back in the time of Ronald Reagan more than 35 years ago as their Special Envoy to restore Democracy in Venezuela – a title with a devilishly Orwellian touch: For Abrams,

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Unrest In France: No End In Sight

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03-02-19 12:55:00,

Authored by Guy Millière via The Gatestone Institute,

  • The third group is extremely large: it is the rest of the population. The upper class treat them as regrettable dead weight and expect nothing from them except silence and submission. Its members often have a hard time making ends meet. They pay taxes but can see that a growing portion is being used to subsidize the very people who drove them out of their suburban homes.

  • For the moment, Macron does not seem to want to recognize that these people even exist.

  • When Macron lowered the taxes of the wealthiest but increased the taxes of these “peripherals” by means of a fuel tax, it was seen as the last straw — in addition to his arrogant condescension.

  • “Today, most of those who protest do not attack the police. But instead of acting to bring down the violence, the police are receiving orders pushing them to be very violent. I do not blame the police. I blame those who give them orders”. — Xavier Lemoine, the mayor of Montfermeil, a city in the Eastern suburbs of Paris where the 2005 riots were extremely destructive,

Police scuffle with a yellow vest protester on December 18, 2018 in Biarritz, France. (Photo by Gari Garaialde/Getty Images)

Saturday, January 26th 2019. “Yellow vests” protests were being organized in the main cities of France. Mobilization was not weakening. Support from the population had decreased slightly but was still huge (60%-70%, according to polls). The main slogan has remained the same since November 17, 2018: “Macron must resign”. In December, another slogan was added: “Citizens’ initiative referendum“.

The government and French President Emmanuel Macron have been doing everything they can to crush the movement. They have tried insults, defamation and have said the demonstrators were both “seditious people” wishing to overthrow the institutions and fascist “brown shirts“. On December 31, Macron described them, as “hateful crowds“. The presence of some anti-Semites led a government spokesman (incorrectly) to describe the entire movement as “

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Bolton: I’ll Send Maduro to Guantanamo – Global Research

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03-02-19 12:53:00,

On Friday, the neocon running Trump’s foreign policy, John Bolton, threatened to send the elected president of Venezuela to the indefinite torture camp at Guantanamo. 

Maduro should be relieved. The previous neoliberal regime in DC had the disfavored leader of Libya assassinated, but not before NATO-backed Islamists sadistically raped him with a bayonet. The longer Maduro resists, the more likely a variation of the above scenario will play out in Venezuela. Indefinite detention without charge is no doubt the preferable option. 

Bolton is a well-seasoned neocon. He knows instinctively how to play the game. It was of course not a mistake his notepad said troops may be sent to neighboring Columbia. 

His hint about sending the president of Venezuela to Camp Gitmo is also not a mistake. These are the guys who set-up Saddam Hussein and arranged to have him sent to the gallows. 

On Hugh Hewitt’s show, John Bolton suggested that Venezuelan president Maduro could be sent to Guantanamo https://t.co/5B85dU44CH pic.twitter.com/feivveWHRn

— jeremy scahill (@jeremyscahill) February 1, 2019

In all cases—with the exception of Afghanistan—the primary objective is to control the vast oil reserves in Iraq, Iran, Libya, and now Venezuela, the country with the largest known oil reserve in the world. 

It is well-known that a Unocal pipeline and its rejection by the Taliban served as the pretext for an invasion of Afghanistan—and before the events of 9/11. 

In the former, the objective is to make Israel the undisputed hegemon of the Middle East and a forward base in the effort to contain the vassals, as former national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski called the victims of neocolonialism. 

Considering Israel’s long-standing barbaric treatment of the Palestinians—and the establishment of an apartheid state—its multiple invasions and occupations of Lebanon, and its history of border provocations and false flag schemes (the Lavon Affair most prominent), it’s quite natural Israel’s Arab and Muslim neighbors are skeptical peace will ever be realized. This is exacerbated by the fact the peacemaker—the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner—is a confirmed Zionist and Likudnik. 

The neocon plan was designed for creative destruction in the name of neoliberal-corporate domination and secondarily in service of the geopolitical goals of the Zionist state. 

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The Monitoring Game: China’s Artificial Intelligence Push – Global Research

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03-02-19 12:52:00,

It’s all keen and mean on the artificial intelligence (AI) front in China, which is now vying with the United States as the top dog in the field.  US companies can still boast the big cheese operators, but China is making strides in other areas.  The UN World Intellectual Property Organisation’s Thursday report found that IBM had, with 8,920 patents in the field, the largest AI portfolio, followed by Microsoft with 5,930. China, however, was found dominant in 17 of 20 academic institutions involved in the business of patenting AI. 

The scramble has been a bitter one.  The Trump administration has been inflicting various punitive measures through tariffs, accusing Beijing of being the lead thief in global intellectual property matters.  But it is also clear that China has done much to play the game.

“They are serious players in the field of intellectual property,” suggests WIPO Director-General Francis Gurry. 

Machine learning is high up in this regard, as is deep learning, which saw a rise from a modest 118 patent applications in 2013 to a sprightly 2,399 in 2016.  All this is to the good on some level, but the ongoing issue that preoccupies those in the field is how best to tease out tendencies towards bias (racism, sexism and so forth) that find their way into machine-learning algorithms. Then comes that problem of technology in the broader service of ill, a point that never really goes away.

In other areas, China is making springing efforts.  Moving in the direction of developing an AI chip has not been missed, propelled by moves away from crypto mining. 

“It’s an incredibly difficult to do,” claims MIT Technology Review senior editor Will Knight.  “But the fact that you’ve got this big technological shift like it once in a sort of generation one means that it’s now possible, that the playing field is levelled a little bit.”

The nature of technological advancement often entails a moral and ethical lag.  Functionality comes before philosophy.  AI has been seen to be a fabulous toy-like thing, enticing and irresistible.  But what is good in one field is bound to be inimical in another.  The implications for this should be clear with the very idea of deep learning,

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Amnesty start actie tegen toeristische platforms om steun aan Israëlische kolonies – The Rights Forum

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03-02-19 11:36:00,

Campagnes

Booking.com

Ali Abunimah Rapport Airbnb Booking.com UN Guiding Principles toerisme Kfar Adumim Onderzoek Amnesty International mensenrechten Khan al-Ahmar Oost-Jeruzalem Kolonisering Westoever

Booking.com / Amnesty start actie tegen toeristische platforms om steun aan Israëlische kolonies

Het promoten van Israëlische kolonies in bezet Palestijns gebied betrekt Airbnb, Booking.com, Expedia en TripAdvisor bij mensenrechtenschendingen. Dat stelt Amnesty International bij de start van een campagne tegen de vier bedrijven. The Rights Forum roept op die campagne te steunen.

Verwijzing naar een camping bij de illegale Israëlische kolonie Kfar Adumim. De camping staat op land waarop Palestijnse bedoeïenen voorheen hun kuddes lieten grazen.Amnesty International  

In het deze week gepubliceerde rapport Destination: Occupation beschrijft Amnesty de rol die de vier marktleiders in het online toerisme spelen in de promotie van de Israëlische kolonies (‘nederzettingen’) in bezet Palestijns gebied. Airbnb, Booking.com, Expedia en TripAdvisor bieden hotels, bed & breakfasts, toeristische attracties en activiteiten aan in die kolonies.

‘Oorlogsmisdaden geen attractie’

Na decennia van kolonisering mag de status van de Israëlische kolonies in bezet Palestijns gebied – Oost-Jeruzalem en de Westelijke Jordaanoever – bekend worden verondersteld. De kolonisering is illegaal onder internationaal recht, en maakt ernstige inbreuk op de rechten van de lokale Palestijnse bevolking. Het overbrengen van de eigen burgerbevolking naar bezet gebied door het Israëlische regime geldt als oorlogsmisdaad.

Met andere woorden: ieder bedrijf dat zaken doet met de Israëlische kolonies draagt bij aan die praktijk. Dat is geen acceptabel business-model. ‘Oorlogsmisdaden zijn geen toeristische attractie’, aldus Amnesty’s Seema Joshi bij de introductie van het rapport.

Terecht stelt Amnesty dat een risicoanalyse aan de hand van criteria als de UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights de vier toeristische bedrijven direct zou doen inzien dat hun activiteiten in de Israëlische kolonies niet deugen. Desondanks hebben zij verzuimd die te beëindigen.

Hoewel verhuurplatform Airbnb in november bekend maakte accommodaties in kolonies op de Westelijke Jordaanoever uit het aanbod te schrappen,

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Diese vier Kriege werden um Venezuela gefochten

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03-02-19 11:28:00,

Maduro spricht vor Anhängern. Screenshot, Video teleSUR TV

  1. Diese vier Kriege werden um Venezuela gefochten

  2. Der psychologische Krieg


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Der Machtkampf um das südamerikanische Land verläuft auf vielen Ebenen – und ist noch lange nicht entschieden

Der Krieg um Venezuela ist in vollem Gange – und er wird bislang vor allem psychologisch geführt. Gut eine Woche nach seiner bislang gescheiterten Machtübernahme lanciert der selbsternannte “Interimspräsident” Juan Guaidó täglich neue Meldungen, mit denen er den vermeintlichen Zuwachs seiner Unterstützerbasis zu belegen versucht.

Präsident Maduro trat am Samstag indes vor hunderttausenden Anhängern auf und beschuldigte die Teile der Opposition, die hinter Guaidó stehen, mit Hilfe der USA einen Staatsstreich organisieren zu wollen. Seine Gegenspieler machen es ihm dabei nicht allzu schwer.

Sie traten bei einer parallelen Großdemonstration am Samstag im wohlhabenden Osten von Caracas unter einer riesigen projizierten US-Flagge auf und bejubeln offene Gewaltdrohungen von US-Vertretern gegen die amtierende Regierung des südamerikanischen Landes. Dennoch ist der Kampf um Venezuela auch in der zweiten Woche nach Guaidos versuchter Selbstinthronisierung noch lange nicht entschieden.

Auch wenn Venezuela das Ziel ist, wird die Auseinandersetzung vor allem auf der internationalen Bühne geführt. Mexiko, Uruguay und die Karibische Gemeinschaft (Caricom) laden in einigen Tagen nach Montevideo zu einer Vermittlungskonferenz ein. Der Staatenverband positioniert sich damit – von der westlichen Presse weitgehend ignoriert – gegen rechtsgerichtete Regierungen der sogenannten Lima-Gruppe, die sich nach dessen Selbstausrufung umgehend auf die Seite Guaidós geschlagen haben.

Vertreter von Guaidó führen von Washington aus derweil mit Unterstützung einiger US-Abgeordneter, dem Weißen Haus und Diplomaten ihre internationale Kampagne mit dem Ziel weiter, die Regierung Maduro zu stürzen. Carlos Vecchio, der von der US-Regierung als “Geschäftsträger” der “Botschaft” Venezuelas in Washington anerkannt wurde, bezeichnete einen Dialog mit Maduro als reine Zeitverschwendung. Es müsse stattdessen der Druck auf den Straßen, von der Nationalversammlung aus und von internationalen Verbündeten aufgebaut werden.

Der diplomatische Krieg

Dabei spielen die USA eine zentrale Rolle. US-Außenminister Mike Pompeo hatte nach der Zeremonie zur Amtsübernahme des rechtsextremen Präsidenten von Brasilien, Jair Bolsonaro, die Unterstützer in der Region bei einer Rundreise auf Linie gebracht.

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Der spanische Prozess gegen den katalanischen “Procés”

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03-02-19 11:28:00,

“Selbstbestimmung ist ein Recht und kein Verbrechen”, prangt es an der besetzten Vertretung der EU-Kommission in Barcelona. Foto: CDR

  1. Der spanische Prozess gegen den katalanischen “Procés”

  2. Kritik an der EU und an Gerichten


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Die katalanischen politischen Gefangenen wurden nach Madrid verlegt, wo ihnen unter Ausschluss internationaler Beobachter der Prozess gemacht wird

Es kommt alles, wie erwartet. Zuletzt hat der Oberste Gerichtshof in Madrid den Prozesstermin gegen die katalanischen Politiker und Unabhängigkeitsaktivisten tatsächlich weiter verschoben. Er soll nun erst am 12. Februar in der spanischen Hauptstadt beginnen.

An den Verlegungen der politischen Gefangenen aus Katalonien in Madrider Gefängnisse hat die Verschiebung um eine Woche allerdings nichts mehr geändert. In einer siebenstündigen Odyssee wurden sie am vergangenen Freitag mit einem Bus aus Katalonien in Gefängnisse ins Umland von Madrid gebracht. Die fünf ehemaligen Minister und die beiden Aktivisten der großen zivilgesellschaftlichen Organisationen sitzen nun wieder in Soto del Real und die ehemalige Parlamentspräsidentin Carme Forcadell und die frühere Ministerin Dolors Bassa in Alcalá-Meco.

Von einem “VIP-Transport” kann keinesfalls gesprochen werden, wie die rechtsradikale spanische Zeitung La Razón heute tönt, nur weil ein neuer Bus zum Einsatz kam. Sieben Stunden in einer winzigen Zelle transportiert zu werden, die zu klein ist, um einmal aufstehen zu können, ist eine Tortur.

So schreibt zum Beispiel der baskische Politiker Pernando Barrena, dass er die schlimmsten Erinnerungen an die Verlegungen während der zwei Jahre hat, die er in spanischen Gefängnissen verbringen musste. Er hatte, anders als die Katalanen, allerdings zudem noch die Hände auf den Rücken gefesselt.

Verabschiedet wurden die Katalanen von zahllosen Menschen, die sich an den drei Gefängnissen versammelt hatten, in denen die neun Gefangenen bisher inhaftiert waren. Es kam zu kleineren Blockaden am frühen Freitag, die von der katalanischen Polizei aber schnell aufgelöst wurden.

Der Prozess gegen den “procés”

Real sollten die Verlegungen auch nicht verhindert werden, denn die Gefangenen wollen den Prozess gegen den “procés”, wie der Unabhängigkeitsprozess in Katalonien genannt wird, dazu nutzen, um Spanien dafür anzuklagen, dass es Menschenrechte verletzt.

Denn die Durchführung eines Referendums ist auch in Spanien keine Straftat,

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“I Oppose Intervention, But…” – But Nothing! Don’t Be A Pro Bono CIA Propagandist

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03-02-19 11:19:00,

Authored by Caitlin Johnstone via Medium.com,

In a recent interview with The Corbett Report, the Ron Paul Institute’s Daniel McAdams spoke disdainfully of those ostensibly anti-interventionist libertarians who picked this moment of all times to loudly and aggressively condemn Venezuela’s president Maduro, just as the US power establishment is ramping up its campaign to topple the Venezuelan government.

“All of a sudden now there are millions of Venezuela experts in America, and many of them could not point Venezuela out on a map five days ago,” McAdams said.

“And everyone has to have this disclaimer, ‘Well, I know it’s probably worse than North Korea, but the US government shouldn’t get involved.’ It’s cowardice, because once the war starts, they can say ‘Hey I never called for US intervention!’ No, but you’re a conveyor belt for propaganda. You’re a conveyor belt to get the machine ginned up for war. And so you’ve got to stand up and take responsibility.”

McAdams has for years consistently operated in the hub of one of America’s most forceful and effective branches of opposition to US interventionism, and he is absolutely correct here. On both sides of America’s political divide, the primary objections you will see to this administration’s campaign to delegitimize and topple the Venezuelan government are prefaced with a strong condemnation of Maduro followed by some feeble equivocations voicing vague objections to Trump’s actions, if that.

Even more often, what you will see is excuses made for the US government’s aggressive attempts to control who runs Venezuela, followed by some mumbling along the lines of “I don’t want us to go to war, though” dribbling out of the corner of their mouths. Some silly, arbitrary line in the sand saying that Trump’s current ongoing starvation sanctionsCIA covert ops and premeditated campaign to delegitimize and overthrow Venezuela’s government is fine, and hey, maybe arming some right-wing militias via Columbia would be fine too, but don’t send American troops to do the killing or we’ll be a tad upset.

All these wimpy, wishy washy “I oppose US interventionism sorta kinda but not really P.S.

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Saving the Earth or Saving Capitalism? The Inconvenient Truth Behind Today’s Youth Climate Campaigns – Global Research

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03-02-19 11:18:00,

What is going on – is the launch of a global campaign to usher in a required consensus for the Paris Agreement, the New Green Deal and all climate related policies and legislation written by the power elite – for the power elite.”

– Cory Morningstar [1]

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One Swedish teenager, 16 year old Greta Thunberg, captured the imagination of the world with her resolute determination to demand urgent action on climate.

For three weeks last year, in the lead up to the Swedish general election, she refused to attend classes at school and instead sat outside the Swedish Parliament as a visible presence demanding climate action. Since the election she has continued to take Fridays off of school. [2]

Greta herself has become a celebrity climate activist. She has given a Tedx Talk, she was invited to speak at the most recent UN Climate talks in Katowice, Poland, and in late January, she participated in a panel at the World Economic Forum (WEC) in Davos, which included U2 frontman Bono, acclaimed conservationist Jane Goodall, and the UN climate chief Christiana Figueres.

Her climate strike for climate action has garnered attention the world over and inspired young people by the tens of thousands to follow her example and skip classes one day a week as a way of heightening the need for urgent action. In Brussels alone, 32,000 students and their supporters took to the streets during the final day of the WEC, to be followed by a reported turn-out of 100,000 the following Sunday. In France, on that same Sunday, 80,000 reportedly took to the streets in centres across the country, exceeding the turn-out at the previous day’s Yellow Vest rallies! [3][4]

Inspiring as the example of Greta Thunberg may be – she also happens to be on the autism spectrum – questions arise as to how exactly one teenaged girl managed to attract so much international attention to her cause, with a humble action outside the Swedish parliament.

Global Research audiences are well aware of how simple it is to dismiss and ignore people with narratives that threaten the powerful (think about challenges to the official stories about the White Helmets in Syria,

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Trump Is Right: The Intelligence Community Needs to ‘Go Back to School’

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03-02-19 10:06:00,

“The current crop of national intelligence chiefs are careerists who have risen to the top through their willingness to conform to a system that is designed not to challenge conventional thinking”

Earlier this week, the collective leadership of the United States intelligence community briefed Congress on the Worldwide Threat Assessment Report. In doing so, they provided testimony that seemed to contradict virtually every aspect of President Donald Trump’s foreign policy, including the decision to withdraw troops from Syria and Afghanistan, the threat posed by Iran, North Korean denuclearization, and improving relations with Russia.

The president, in typical fashion, lashed out, criticizing the intelligence community’s collective analysis, which predictably elicited criticism from both Democrats and Republicans. They accused him of undermining public confidence in the pronouncements of the intelligence agencies and damaging national security.

In this case, Trump is right and his detractors are wrong.

The current crop of national intelligence chiefs are cut from the same cloth as their predecessors. They are careerists who have risen to the top not through their analytical or operational talents, but through their willingness to conform to a system that is designed not to challenge conventional thinking—especially when such thinking sustains policies that have been given the imprimatur of the entrenched establishment.

Rare is the politician who is well enough versed in the minutia of history and foreign affairs to generate original thinking—or bold enough to challenge the status quo on the grounds that it isn’t working. Richard Nixon and George H.W. Bush were among the original thinkers, leaders who opened relations with communist China and oversaw the peaceful collapse of the Soviet Union, respectively. Among those who challenge the status quo is Donald Trump, a political maverick who, rightly or wrongly, has sought to challenge the conventional dogma in ways no previous politician ever has.

There is no better illustration of the intellectual corruption of the intelligence community than its performance in the lead-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq. The current dean of the intelligence establishment, the former director of national intelligence, James Clapper, illustrates perfectly the slavish impulse to conform. In his book Facts and Fears: Hard Truths from a Life in Intelligence,

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Education And The Dismantling Of The Mind | Light On Conspiracies – Revealing the Agenda

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03-02-19 10:00:00,

By Jon Rappoport

Are there any States in the Union that allow public schools to opt out of providing sex education to children?

Of course, a counter-argument would be made that, although there was once a time when our country abounded in responsible two-parent families, that’s not the case anymore. Therefore, education about sex is lacking. Therefore, schools have to step into the breach and supply what is missing.

Otherwise, children won’t know about STDs, pregnancy, contraception, etc.

Over the last 40 years or so, school systems, under the aegis of government, have expanded their role. Using “duty” as the prow, these institutions have generated enormous programs to teach children what to think about everything from aluminum cans to bestiality.

Because it’s “right” and “important” and there is a “duty.”

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Translation: outside groups with agendas worm their way into schools.

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