Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Press Freedom Groups Denounce NSA Spying on Al Jazeera Bureau Chief

NEW YORK, (IPS) - Ahmad Muaffaq Zaidan doesn’t deny that he’s had contact with terrorist groups. In fact, it would have been rather difficult to do his job otherwise. But the fact that Zaidan is a respected investigative journalist and the Islamabad bureau chief for Al Jazeera didn’t seem to...

Will US restrictions on Hezbollah lead to collapse of Lebanon?

BEIRUT - A Lebanese parliamentary delegation met in Washington on Feb. 23-27 with numerous members of Congress, administration officials and various lobbies to discuss the potential consequences for Lebanon of the Hezbollah International Financing Prevention Act of 2015. The act, which US President Barack Obama signed into law Dec. 18, authorizes the president to apply sanctions...

Hillary Clinton’s National Security Advisers Are a Who’s Who of the Warfare State

Hillary Clinton is meeting on Friday with a new national security “working group” that is filled with an elite “who’s who” of the military-industrial complex and the security deep state. The list of key advisers — which includes the general who executed the troop surge in Iraq and a former...

TTIP Must Die So the West Can Live

Free-market evangelists say the U.S.-EU trade deal is essential to the future of transatlantic diplomacy. But dangerous economics could unravel centuries of partnership. In the last few years, almost everyone invested in Europe’s relationship with the United States, and vice versa, has become fixated on the free trade agreement known...

Putin and Raul Castro Discuss Political and Economic Cooperation

In addition to trade and economic talks, Raul Castro's visit responds to Putin's invitation to commemorate the end of WWII in Russia. Cuban President Raul Castro met with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Thursday to discuss political, economic, and trade cooperation, as well as pressing international issues. Talks...

Oil sucks stocks down as global recession fears bubble up

Cheap oil has become too much of a good thing for global equities judging by the way the two markets have tanked since the start of the year, with investors becoming more alarmed by the deflationary effects of crude below $30 a barrel. Crude has been on a downward spiral...

China’s Offering a World Bank Alternative – and U.S. Allies Are Signing Up

Beijing is only too happy to offer an alternative to Western-dominated international finance. What's more surprising is that leading Western economies are signing up. “With friends like this, who needs enemies?” This must be what Washington policymakers muttered to themselves following the decision by their allies in London, Paris, Rome, and...

The battle for Falluja: If they lose it, Isis is finished

Tens of thousands of lives – and the future of Iraq – are at stake as the country’s forces and Shia militias fight Isis for the city. On a narrow dirt road in the village of Sijar, a column of green Toyota pick-up trucks carrying Shia paramilitaries and rocket launchers...

U.S. activates Romanian missile defense site, angering Russia

The United States switched on an $800 million missile shield in Romania on Thursday that it sees as vital to defend itself and Europe from so-called rogue states but the Kremlin says is aimed at blunting its own nuclear arsenal. To the music of military bands at the remote Deveselu...

U.S. Hopes Boom in Natural Gas Can Curb Putin

WASHINGTON — The crisis in Crimea is heralding the rise of a new era of American energy diplomacy, as the Obama administration tries to deploy the vast new supply of natural gas in the United States as a weapon to undercut the influence of the Russian president, Vladimir V....

What’s Behind Turkey’s Coup & Purge?

With Turkey now undergoing the largest military/governmental purge in modern history, the question of Turkey's future in terms of its domestic stability and structure is in flux and the possibilities facing the world, especially Syria, in regards to any changes of Turkish foreign policy are shaky as well. But...
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Pentagon and State Department, or the People of Syria?

The U.S. Peace Movement Has to Decide Which Side It Is On — And Soon. An “Anti-Regime-Change” Position on Syria is NOT the same as a “Pro-Assad” Position! That is for the Syrian People to Decide Free of Foreign Intervention! “All Members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat...

China to invest in Pakistan’s oil and gas sector

ISLAMABAD: Chinese companies have expressed interest to invest in Pakistan’s oil and gas sector, the Petroleum Ministry revealed on Wednesday. A notification issued by the ministry stated that a workshop has been held in this regard. Pakistan was represented by the Petroleum Secretary while China was represented by the Director...

Via container trains from Europe to China and back

About three weeks of transport time and not less than a 10,000-kilometer journey: DB Schenker Develops Eurasian Land Bridge as an Alternative Transportation Route between China and Europe. The first container train of 2012 departed from Chongqing Loading Yard in Sichuan Province on its return journey to Germany in the...

Trump Reverses Obama’s Mortgage Fee Cuts on First Day

Soon after Donald Trump was sworn in as president, his administration undid one of Barack Obama's last-minute economic-policy actions: a mortgage-fee cut under a government program that’s popular with first-time home buyers and low-income borrowers. The new administration on Friday said it’s canceling a reduction in the Federal Housing Administration’s...

Erdogan threatens to send refugees to EU as NATO steps in

Ankara (AFP) - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened to send the millions of refugees in Turkey to EU member states, as NATO pledged to deploy ships to the Aegean Sea to ease the migrant crisis. Erdogan stepped up his denunciations of Western policy on migrants in a speech...

After Executing Regime Critic, Saudi Arabia Fires Up American PR Machine

Saudi Arabia's well-funded public relations apparatus moved quickly after Saturday’s explosive execution of Shiite political dissident Nimr al-Nimr to shape how the news is covered in the United States. The execution led protestors in Shiite-run Iran to set fire to the Saudi Embassy in Tehran, precipitating a major diplomatic crisis between the two major...

Gold: You Can’t Hack It, You Can’t Erase It, You Can’t Delete It

Last month, hackers managed to get into the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s computer system and swipe some $100 million from a Bangladeshi government account. As James Rickards pointed out in an interview last week on Fox Business, the vulnerability of digital wealth to hacking and cyber manipulation provides...

Russia’s Oil Industry Not Designed for Swing Production

New rumors have surfaced regarding the potential for OPEC collaboration with other major producers—namely Russia—as oil prices continue to languish around $30 per barrel. This afternoon, fresh reports said that the head of Russia’s Transneft was in discussions with Saudi Arabia, and that both producers had sent signals of greater interest in...

Did Pakistan secretly fund an attack on CIA officers in 2009? Memo makes controversial...

The document, marked “secret” and still heavily redacted, makes a startling claim: The Pakistan government helped fund a suicide bombing in Afghanistan in 2009 that became the bloodiest attack on the CIA in a quarter-century. “Foreign intelligence service and Haqqani network involvement in the 30 December 2009 suicide attack at...

Understanding Deutsche Bank’s $47 Trillion Derivatives Book

Size of figure can be misleading, but some of those assets are hard to value, stoking concern among investors. Shares in Deutsche Bank AG have fallen by more than 48% this year amid concerns that the lender faces a hefty fine from the Justice Department and as its core lending...

A Slavers’ Coup in Brazil?

Among the many groups pushing for the impeachment of Dilma Roussef, one is seldom discussed: companies that profit from slavery. Among the opponents of Brazil’s embattled president, Dilma Rousseff, who is about to be driven from office, is an interest group thought to have lost political power over a century...

Bye Bye, Bandar

Prince Bandar bin Sultan, one of the most powerful Saudis ever to serve in Riyadh—and Washington—has just been ousted by the new king. Editor’s Note: The new Saudi monarch, King Salman, and the people he has brought to top positions around him have wasted no time shaking up some of...

Hacking Team hacked: firm sold spying tools to repressive regimes, documents claim

Cybersecurity firm has 400GB of what purport to be its own documents published via its Twitter feed after hack. The cybersecurity firm Hacking Team appears to have itself been the victim of a hack, with documents that purport to show it sold software to repressive regimes being posted to the...

Russia: We will respond to entry of U.S. naval vessel into Black Sea

The Russian Foreign ministry said Moscow would respond to a U.S. naval ship's entry into the Black Sea with unspecified measures, saying it and other deployments were designed to ratchet up tensions ahead of a NATO summit, the RIA news agency reported. Russian state media reported that the USS Porter,...
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Why Ohio has purged at least 200,000 from the voter rolls

CHRIS BURY: Larry Harmon, a lifelong Ohioan who has lived in the same house near Akron for 16 years, never gave his voting registration a second thought. LARRY HARMON: I’ve been voting since 1976. A couple of times I didn’t vote. If I felt I wasn’t up on the issues...

U.S. set to approve sales of Boeing fighters to Qatar, Kuwait

The United States is poised to sell $7 billion worth of Boeing Co fighter jets to Qatar and Kuwait after years of delays, and it may start notifying U.S. lawmakers as early as next week, four U.S.- and Gulf-based sources familiar with the matter told Reuters. The sales had stalled...

Tensions Mount In The Golan Heights Over Oil And Territory

Following the resolution of a permit issue, Afek Oil & Gas, a subsidiary of American company Genie Energy, has resumed efforts to verify whether or not commercially viable options for oil extraction exist within the Golan Heights region. These drillings are anything but routine, as years of conflict and...

NSA Monitors Financial World

The NSA monitors banks and credit card transactions -- sometimes in apparent violation of national laws and global regulations. The European SWIFT financial transaction network is being tapped on different levels, internal documents from the US spy agency show. In the summer of 2010, a Middle Eastern businessman wanted to...

Islamic State extends its tentacles into Yemen

ADEN, Yemen — Yemen’s civil war is allowing the Islamic State (IS) to expand its presence there. Amid the spread of extremism engendered by the conflict between the Houthis and the central government, IS is becoming the main adversary for both the Houthis and al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). IS is strengthening...

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