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13.10.2021 - 08:16 [ Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas ]

Governor Abbott Issues Executive Order Prohibiting Vaccine Mandates By Any Entity, Adds Issue To Special Session Agenda

October 11, 2021 | Austin, Texas | Press Release

Governor Greg Abbott today issued an executive order stating that no entity in Texas can compel receipt of a COVID-19 vaccination by any individual, including an employee or consumer, who objects to such vaccination for any reason of personal conscience, based on a religious belief, or for medical reasons, including prior recovery from COVID-19. Governor Abbott also sent a message to the the Chief Clerk of the House and Secretary of the Senate adding this issue as an item to the Third Special Session agenda. The executive order will be rescinded upon the passage of such legislation.

13.10.2021 - 08:13 [ ValleyCentral.com ]

‘Must always be voluntary’: Texas governor orders ban on private company vaccine mandates

The move comes as the Biden administration is set to issue rules requiring employers with more than 100 workers to be vaccinated or test weekly for the coronavirus. Several major companies, including Texas-based American Airlines and Southwest Airlines, have said they would abide by the federal mandate.

13.10.2021 - 08:10 [ the Hill ]

Texas governor opens new front on vaccine mandates

Abbott’s move is an escalation in the Republican battle against vaccine mandates, something that many public health experts view as a key tool in the fight against the pandemic, given that voluntary efforts like incentives have hit their limits. The politicization of vaccine mandates could also undermine vaccination efforts even for other diseases, some experts warn.

13.10.2021 - 07:53 [ Wall Street Journal ]

Vaccine Mandate Madness

Biden’s needless order is hurting workers and feeding polarization.

04.10.2021 - 04:12 [ theGuardian.com ]

Surge in UK wholesale gas prices fuels winter energy crisis fears

(28.09.2021)

European gas prices rose by 10%, with price pressure exacerbated by a dwindling supply from Russia.

Supply dropped on Tuesday as the flow of Russian gas via the Yamal-Europe pipeline fell by more than half, the Interfax news agency reported, citing data from the grid operator Gascade.

The situation in the UK, where market prices have quadrupled in the past year, is particularly acute.

04.10.2021 - 03:57 [ energyvoice.com ]

Gazprom warns of a gas-short winter for Europe

(20.09.2021)

“The gap in terms of injecting gas into European [underground gas storage] UGS facilities cannot be closed. Europe is going to enter the autumn/winter period with a gas shortage in its UGS facilities. The question is, how big is the shortage going to be?” the Russian executive said.

“They might even break new records very soon,” Miller said. He went on to note that despite European prices, Asian markets continued to pay a premium. As a result, gas is flowing into Asia.

01.10.2021 - 10:55 [ Bloomberg ]

Israel Is Preparing for Possible Fourth Covid Vaccine Dose

(12.09.2021)

Israel is making preparations to ensure it has sufficient vaccine supply in case a fourth round of Covid-19 shots is needed, the country’s top health official said on Sunday.

01.10.2021 - 10:54 [ wionews.com ]

More than 1 million Israelis who haven’t gotten booster will lose quarantine exemption

Holders of Israel’s vaccine passports are required to receive a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine within six months of their second dose, or risk losing their so-called green pass, which grants them more mobility.

08.09.2021 - 17:40 [ Glenn Greenwald ]

The ACLU, Prior to COVID, Denounced Mandates and Coercive Measures to Fight Pandemics

If you were surprised to see the ACLU heralding the civil liberties imperatives of „vaccine mandates” and „vaccine requirements” — whereby the government coerces adults to inject medicine into their own bodies that they do not want — the New York Times op-ed which the group promoted, written by two of its senior lawyers, was even more extreme. The article begins with this rhetorical question: “Do vaccine mandates violate civil liberties?” Noting that „some who have refused vaccination claim as much,” the ACLU lawyers say: “we disagree.” The op-ed then examines various civil liberties objections to mandates and state coercion — little things like, you know, bodily autonomy and freedom to choose — and the ACLU officials then invoke one authoritarian cliche after the next (“these rights are not absolute“) to sweep aside such civil liberties concerns:

17.08.2021 - 12:28 [ Radio Utopie ]

Afghanische Warlords stehen jährlich mit Hunderten von Millionen-Dollar-Margen auf NATO-Gehaltslisten

(4. November 2009)

Denn so lange die Warlords, Gebietsfürsten und Distriktgouverneure mit jährlichen Millionenbeträgen auf der Gehaltsliste der CIA und der NATO stehen, haben sie noch weniger Interesse an friedlichen Verhältnissen in der Region. Je mehr Krieg und Terror, umso besser – ansonsten würden diese hohen Einnahmen für sie wegfallen. Das Geld bekommen diese Führer dafür, dass sie private Sicherheitstruppen mieten, um die jeweiligen Basen der westlichen Allierten sowie die Transportwege vor terroristischen Überfällen zu schützen. Diese Kuh gilt es mit allen Mitteln zu melken.

Somit ist durchaus der Beweis erbracht, dass die NATO den Krieg in Afghanistan doppelt finanziert – nicht nur die eigenen Truppen sondern auch die der Gegenseite gleich mit.

06.08.2021 - 09:07 [ theSun.co.uk ]

TRIP AD-PFIZER: Covid vaccine will be required to travel ‘for ever more’ and people will not be allowed to leave without it, Shapps says

Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, he said: „I think double vaccination, full vaccination, is going to be a feature for ever more and most countries, probably all countries, will require full vaccination in order for you to enter.”

He also warned youngsters they will be unable to travel if they do not get jabbed.

01.08.2021 - 08:26 [ Ynetnews.com ]

Netanyahu in 1993: Iran will have bomb by 1999

(04.03.2015)

The prime minister has been warning for over 20 years that Tehran is close to achieving its pursuit of nuclear weapons.

01.08.2021 - 07:41 [ Gregory Brew / Twitter ]

Khamenei striking a defiant, pessimistic tone in his final address to the outgoing Rouhani admin. Says that #JCPOA talks are not close to concluding, lashes out at US for not dropping sanctions, and notes US wants to commit #Iran to a new, broader deal.

(28.07.2021)

01.08.2021 - 07:31 [ theHill.com0 ]

Biden ramps up pressure on Iran as it grapples with protests

The options on the table for the U.S., which are said to include tighter restrictions on Iran’s oil exports as well as new sanctions on its missile and drone programs, are likely to further strain tensions amid the months-long efforts to revive the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the formal name for the Obama-era nuclear deal that the U.S. exited in 2018 under then-President Trump.

16.07.2021 - 17:06 [ CNN ]

We have to do something dramatic to protect the US against Covid-19, expert says

Experts like Dr. Anthony Fauci have said that local vaccine mandates could be helpful in protecting the US from further surge. And such mandates could become easier for private companies as vaccines move further along.

(…)

With so many people hesitating or resisting the vaccine and vaccination rates dropping, restrictions to work and school may be key to motivating the public to reach the necessary threshold to slow or stop the spread., experts have said.

25.05.2021 - 07:01 [ CNN ]

Detained Belarusian dissident appears in video as fury mounts over ‚hijacking‘ of Ryanair flight

„The attitude of the [Interior Ministry] employees towards me has been as correct as possible and in compliance with the law,“ Protasevich says in the video, which was posted Monday evening to a pro-government social media channel.
„I continue to cooperate with the investigation and have confessed to organizing mass riots in the city of Minsk,“ he also says. His supporters believe the video was made under duress.

27.03.2021 - 19:01 [ Hindustan Times ]

UAE sheikh lays claim to oil cargo that US seized alleging Iran’s

(14.03.2021)

The case underscores the difficulty the US faces as it tries to bar Iran from generating income from energy sales and pressure it into re-starting nuclear talks.

While shipments of Iranian oil have slumped due to threat of US penalties, they have picked in recent months, though their origin is often disguised. The main buyers are refiners in China.

27.03.2021 - 12:38 [ theGuardian.com ]

France claims UK will struggle to source second Covid jabs

“The UK is proud to have vaccinated many people with the first dose, but they will have a problem with the second dose,” Le Drian said. “And we are fully vaccinated with two doses, not one. Today we have the same number of fully vaccinated people in France and the United Kingdom.

21.03.2021 - 13:26 [ Politico.eu ]

AstraZeneca cuts EU vaccine delivery targets again

(12.03.2021)

But the 180 million doses expected in the second quarter are now also in jeopardy, since half of these doses were planned to be sourced from the global supply chain.

21.03.2021 - 13:14 [ theGuardian.com ]

Brazil, Saudi Arabia and Morocco ‚told of delay in Covid jabs from India‘

The Serum Institute of India (SII) has told Brazil, Saudi Arabia and Morocco that further supplies of the Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine will be delayed because of surging demand at home and work on capacity expansion, a source with direct knowledge of the matter said.

09.03.2021 - 11:30 [ Haaretz ]

Unvaccinated Israeli Medical Students Barred From Clinical Training Programs

Israeli medical students and students in other health-care professions will be banned from participating in clinical training at hospitals and clinics unless they have been vaccinated against the coronavirus, the Israeli Medical School Deans Forum announced on Sunday.

Unvaccinated students will also be prohibited from doing rounds in hospitals.

25.02.2021 - 08:07 [ New York Times ]

As Israel Reopens, ‘Whoever Does Not Get Vaccinated Will Be Left Behind’

(18.02.2021)

New government and business initiatives are moving in the direction of a two-tier system for the vaccinated and unvaccinated, raising legal, moral and ethical questions.

17.02.2021 - 09:58 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Bosses begin drafting ’no jab, no job‘ contracts to force staff to get vaccine despite lawyers warning they will likely be challenged in court – as ministers urge PM to bring in certificates to help open cinemas, theatres and clubs

– ‚No jab no job‘ contracts are being drafted by companies in the care home sector
– The move may mean prospective and current workers need to have jab for work
– Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi said yesterday that it was ‚up to businesses‘
– The Government has so far said it has no plans to introduce a passport scheme
– Ministers have also reportedly urged Boris Johnson to consider jab certificates

15.02.2021 - 10:52 [ .i24news.tv ]

Israel advances bill to compel unvaccinated workers to test for COVID-19 every two days

Israel’s Health Ministry is formulating a legislation that will provide workplaces that receive customers the legal framework to compel employees who refuse to vaccinate against COVID-19 to test for the disease every two days, Health Minister Yuli Edelstein said Monday, according to outlet Ynet.

15.02.2021 - 10:35 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu Labels Unvaccinated Israelis as the New Enemy

Netanyahu has tied his fate in the election to COVID vaccinations, and suspicion arises that his proposals are influenced by personal considerations. Meanwhile, disclosing names of Israelis who have yet to get vaccinated paves way for severe infringement of privacy.

26.01.2021 - 11:52 [ Express.co.uk ]

‚F***ing bonkers!‘ UK attacks Germany over Oxford vaccine ‚lies‘ – EU row erupts

Another Westminster official said: “The efficacy claims circulating in the German media are unsubstantiated and incorrect.”

Speaking to Politico, a third added: “After this, support for Brexit will be at about 90 percent.”

The claims in the German media were made on the same day a row broke out between the European Union and AstraZeneca over supplies of the vaccine to the continent.

26.01.2021 - 11:29 [ Novasep.com ]

Coronavirus: NOVASEP partners with ASTRAZENECA to produce Covid-19 Oxford vaccine for Europe

(15.06.2020)

Novasep brings to AstraZeneca more than 20 years of expertise in viral vector production. Novasep’s investment strategy in the large-scale production of biopharmaceutical products for immunotherapy and gene therapy enables Novasep to support the alliance for the production of the vaccine active substance in Europe.

The production operations will be carried out at Novasep’s Belgian site in Seneffe. Furthermore, the biopharmaceutical ecosystem in the region allows Novasep to rapidly mobilize the additional human resources needed to achieve this project.

26.01.2021 - 11:22 [ hitc.com ]

Where is the Pfizer vaccine made? USA headquarters but produced in Europe!

(December 2020)

Most of the UK’s supply of the vaccine is being produced at Pfizer’s facilities in Puurs, Belgium.

Some does are also being made at BioNTech’s sites in Germany.

26.01.2021 - 11:01 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

The great vaccine blockade? EU threat to cut off UK’s supply of Pfizer jabs will ‚poison relations for a generation‘ as Germans are accused of ‚Russian-style‘ disinformation over ‚rubbish‘ claim that AstraZeneca version is just 8% effective in elderly

Meanwhile, there is another row raging after two German newspapers claimed the EU’s regulator could refuse to give the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab full approval, with officials anonymously briefing its efficacy for pensioners was just eight per cent.

However, the claim was branded ‚absolutely incorrect‘ and ‚unsubstantiated‘ by the pharmaceutical company – and No10 sources told MailOnline it was ‚rubbish‘. One Whitehall source told Playbook it was the kind of tactics ‚you expect from the Russians‘.

09.01.2021 - 18:45 [ Tucker Carlson / Fox News ]

Tucker Carlson: From Twitter to CNN, the left is coming for your speech

The assault on speech accelerates, and we at „Tucker Carlson Tonight“ are not immune. Friday morning, CNN announced that it is working to force the Fox News Channel off the air and run this company out of business. A number of prominent Democrats, including officeholders, support that effort. CNN staffers have already contacted the six major cable carriers in this country, the companies that carry our signal into your home, and pressured them to drop Fox News.

09.01.2021 - 18:43 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Tucker Carlson reveals that CNN is trying to force Fox News OFF the air by pressuring cable carriers to drop it because they say the network ‚is irresponsible and dangerous for failing to call MAGA mob an insurrection‘

– Fox News‘ Tucker Carlson revealed during his Friday night show that CNN had allegedly made attempts to take the network of the air
– An enraged Carlson taunted CNN by stating that Fox would be around for a ‚long, long time‘ with ‚enemies like this‘
– He targeted CNN host Brianna Keilar after she tweeted that Carlson is ‚a liar‘ and said he should have called out the ‚insurrection‘ from Trump supporters
– Carlson also responded to an article from CNN’s Oliver Darcy in which he questioned why cable carriers continue to distribute Fox
– Darcy branded Fox’s reporting ‚irresponsible and dangerous‘
– ‚A TV network demanding that media conglomerates ban its competitors,‘ Carlson ranted in his clapback
– In the segment, Carlson also launched into an extended skit casting CNN’s president Jeff Zucker as Mini-Me and correspondent Brian Stelter as Dr. Evil

23.12.2020 - 07:53 [ theSun.co.uk ]

TRUCK OFF, MACRON: Stranded Brit truckers on the move again as shamed Emmanuel Macron is forced to reopen French border

STRANDED truckers were ready to roll again last night after shamed French leader Emmanuel Macron was forced to reopen his country’s border with the UK.

He caved in after pressure from Britain and the EU to end a 48-hour blockade imposed amid fears over the new Covid strain.

23.12.2020 - 07:48 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Thousands of truckers in Dover will have controversial rapid Covid test today after Macron gives way and says lorry drivers CAN now enter France if they have negative result – but freight backlog will take days to clear

The agreement requires every driver to have been tested for coronavirus, using controversial lateral flow tests, which are able to turn around results in under an hour but have had their effectiveness questioned.

Those who come back negative will be told by text message in as little as 20 minutes, and be given the green light to hit the road and head over to the continent, but positive cases will be sent to a hotel to isolate.

21.12.2020 - 20:47 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Boris blusters his way through pointless press conference without giving a single answer about when truckers will be allowed into France: Port chaos could continue until Xmas after Macron insists on Covid tests or no travel

– Port of Dover in Kent was dramatically closed to all freight vehicles leaving the UK for the next 48 hours
– Hauliers coming to UK will still be allowed but there are fears drivers won’t travel to avoid being ‚marooned‘
– Countries including France, Germany, Italy, Belgium and Poland have announced restrictions on UK travel
– Comes after emergence of mutant strain of coronavirus in England which spreads quicker than predecessor
– PM Boris Johnson held a meeting of the emergency Cobra committee this afternoon to discuss travel ban
– Port of Dover later confirmed inbound freights were still arriving and France said movement would resume
– But Mr Johnson was unable to say exactly when the travel ban will be lifted as he expressed his frustrations

11.12.2020 - 14:15 [ Times of Israel ]

Israel said considering restrictions on those who refuse COVID vaccine

Under the proposal being considered, those who refuse to be inoculated will only be allowed to fly, attend certain events, dine at restaurants or frequent cultural venues by providing a recent negative result from a coronavirus test, according to Channel 12 news, which quoted unnamed senior officials.

Health officials were also reportedly considering barring medical personnel who refuse vaccination from working in coronavirus wards or intensive care units.

26.11.2020 - 00:44 [ NBC News ]

Defense lawyers rail about unfair prosecutions. Flynn’s case shows why.

(09.05.2020)

Sometimes federal agents are criticized for „creating“ a crime instead of investigating one. Sting operations are examples of crimes that are a consequence of law enforcement actions. Agents create a fictional crime to trick a suspect into attempting to join that crime, thereby creating the crime.

Similarly, Flynn’s crime of lying to government agents was the consequence of the government agents‘ investigation of Flynn. If there was no crime before Flynn’s interview, then there’s little reason to interview Flynn as part of a criminal investigation, unless the agents were looking to create a crime.

26.11.2020 - 00:40 [ CNN ]

Trump announces pardon for Michael Flynn in tweet

President Donald Trump announced in a tweet Wednesday that he has granted his first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, a „full pardon,“ wiping away the guilty plea of the intelligence official, lobbyist and conservative fringe darling for lying to the FBI.

07.11.2020 - 09:30 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu’s Party Can’t Fathom Politicians Aren’t Above the Law

: Representatives of the ruling party (in the spirit of the commander, the commander’s wife and their son) long ago crossed the red line that separates the parliamentary freedom to criticize and exercise oversight of the branches of government, and sowing fear, stoking unbridled incitement and making explicit threats against those who displease them.

05.11.2020 - 17:29 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu’s Coalition Whip Investigated for Extortion of Attorney General

Zohar allgedly threatened Mendelblit in October, saying that if the attorney general did not resign from his position and drop the three pending corruption indictments against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, incriminating recordings of Mendelblit would be leaked to the public.

The police interrogation of Zohar was authorized by the state prosecutor’s office.

29.10.2020 - 05:51 [ marketscreener.com ]

EU warns not enough COVID vaccines for all in Europe until 2022

(27.10.2020)

The EU has so far secured doses of the potential vaccines being developed by AstraZeneca, Sanofi and Johnson & Johnson. It has also said it is in talks with …

16.10.2020 - 21:01 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu’s Henchmen Prove Once Again They’re Soldiers in a Criminal Organization

It’s just like in the Mafia: The boss is surrounded by soldiers. By made men.

They’re the ones he sends into the streets to kneecap his enemies. They don’t ask questions. They carry out orders. Sorry, instructions. An explicit utterance isn’t always needed. A look or nod can suffice. They understand.

16.10.2020 - 21:00 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu’s Whip Threatens AG: Drop Bibi Indictments, or More Tapes Will Come Out

(14.10.2020)

Saying that there are incriminating tapes from a previous court case against Avichai Mendelblit that will be released, Miki Zohar demanded the attorney general drop Netanyahu’s charges and resign

05.07.2020 - 19:19 [ Kathimerini ]

Mitsotakis: Greece will not accept conditions on coronavirus aid

The former „troika“ of Greece’s creditors, the European Union, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund had „forced (Greece) to do reforms“ even though „there was never really any domestic buy-in“

A six-monthly review of economic performance carried out by the European Commission was sufficient, Mitsotakis said.

26.06.2020 - 16:10 [ i24news.tv ]

Report: Likud party to offer Gantz presidency to scuttle rotation deal

The offer, according to the paper, would upend a rotation agreement between Netanyahu and Gantz for the premiership as stated in their coalition agreement signed earlier this year.

Likud party officials insist it would be „unreasonable“ for Netanyahu to honor the agreement – which allows Gantz to become Prime Minister in November 2021 – due to his politically weakened position, according to a string of national polls.

03.06.2020 - 19:52 [ New York Times ]

Police Union Discloses Arrest of de Blasio’s Daughter in Privacy Breach

(01.06.2020)

In the post, the union asked how police officers could protect New Yorkers from “rioting anarchists” when “the mayor’s object-throwing daughter is one of them.”

There was nothing in the police report that suggested Ms. de Blasio had thrown any object, and the mayor said she was protesting peacefully. The report said that the police had advised her to leave the street, at 12th Street and Broadway, and she had “refused to do so.”

27.05.2020 - 20:46 [ Journal-News.net ]

Handling of Flynn case should concern all Americans

Regardless of our political leanings, what happened to Michael Flynn should concern every American. While we should insist on details about his case, a more important question needs to be answered:

How many other people have been treated similarly by the FBI and other law enforcement agencies?

14.05.2020 - 23:17 [ Real Clear Politics ]

Rand Paul: „Vice President Biden Is Guilty Of Using Government To Go After A Political Opponent“

Sen. Rand Paul called for acting Director of National Intelligence Rick Grenell to testify about a list of Obama administration officials, including Obama and Biden, involved in the „unmasking“ of then-incoming National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s communications after the 2016 election.

Speaking to members of the press, Paul also said he wanted testimony from the officials on the list, including James Comey and James Clapper.

14.05.2020 - 23:00 [ AJC.com ]

‘He knew everything’: Trump demands that Obama testify in Flynn case

“Here is the concern: If you don’t have a national security reason, you’re basically spying on a political opponent,” the South Carolina Republican said on the news show.

“What is the national security reason to unmask Gen. Flynn in transition? I can’t think of one. But, I do believe, given their behavior, they’re looking to get rid of Flynn and if they used our intelligence apparatus to basically act on a political vendetta, that’s chilling to every American and would be very wrong.”

14.05.2020 - 22:56 [ Wall Street Journal ]

More Than a Dozen Obama Officials Requested ‘Unmasking’ That Identified Michael Flynn in Intelligence Reports

The list includes then-Vice President Joe Biden and former CIA Director John Brennan; the requests came after Russian interference in U.S. election.

14.05.2020 - 22:48 [ Fox News ]

Unmasking’ requests number in thousands across administrations, as pols demand details

The numbers reflect how frequently national security and intelligence officials use this tool in their work. Unmasking occurs after U.S. citizens‘ conversations are incidentally picked up in conversations with foreign officials who are being monitored by the intelligence community. The U.S. citizens‘ identities are supposed to be protected if their participation is incidental and no wrongdoing is suspected. However, officials can determine the U.S. citizens‘ names through a process that is supposed to safeguard their rights. In the typical process, when officials are requesting the unmasking of an American, they do not necessarily know the identity of the person in advance.

10.05.2020 - 03:54 [ New York Times ]

Obama Warns That Dropped Charges Against Flynn Put ‘Rule of Law’ at Risk

“There is no precedent that anybody can find for somebody who has been charged with perjury just getting off scot-free,” Mr. Obama said on a call with thousands of supporters who worked in his administration or campaigns.

10.05.2020 - 03:51 [ NBC News ]

Defense lawyers rail about unfair prosecutions. Flynn’s case shows why.

Sometimes federal agents are criticized for „creating“ a crime instead of investigating one. Sting operations are examples of crimes that are a consequence of law enforcement actions. Agents create a fictional crime to trick a suspect into attempting to join that crime, thereby creating the crime.

Similarly, Flynn’s crime of lying to government agents was the consequence of the government agents‘ investigation of Flynn. If there was no crime before Flynn’s interview, then there’s little reason to interview Flynn as part of a criminal investigation, unless the agents were looking to create a crime.

06.05.2020 - 21:18 [ the Hill ]

Did the FBI target Michael Flynn to protect Obama’s policies, not national security?

How would you like to be investigated by the FBI because you disagreed with the president’s policies? Sounds a little KGB-ish, you might think — and you’d be right, because the FBI has zero authority to conduct such an investigation. But the more we learn about the FBI’s investigation of Michael Flynn, the more it appears he was targeted precisely because, as the national security adviser to the incoming Trump administration, he signaled that the new administration might undo Obama administration policies — which is kind of what the American people voted for in 2016.

02.05.2020 - 17:18 [ Alan Dershowitz / the Hill ]

Michael Flynn case places both FBI integrity and civil liberty on the line

More than a year ago I wrote a series of columns that made the point that former national security adviser Michael Flynn had been set up by the FBI and may have committed no crime. I repeated my legal arguments in several interviews. This led the professional Trump-bashers — who care more about “getting” Trump than about protecting civil liberties — to attack me for “inventing” legal principles that help the Trump team.

Well, it now turns out that I was right all along.

01.05.2020 - 16:11 [ the Hill ]

Trump says he would consider bringing Flynn back into administration

The documents released Wednesday show FBI agents discussing how to handle a January 2017 interview with Flynn, who was still working as Trump’s national security adviser at the time.

„What’s our goal? Truth/Admission or to get him to lie, so we can prosecute him or get him fired?“ an unnamed FBI agent wrote in a handwritten note included among the documents. „If we get him to admit to breaking the Logan Act, give facts to DOJ & have them decide. Or, if he initially lies, then we present him [redacted] & he admits it, document for DOJ, & let them decide how to address it.“

01.05.2020 - 15:58 [ National Review ]

Explosive Revelations in the Flynn Case

(27.04.2020)

As I’ve noted several times over the years, it has long been speculated that Flynn — though he did not believe he was guilty (and though the agents who interviewed him also did not believe he had intentionally misled them) — nevertheless pled guilty to false-statements charges because prosecutors from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s staff threatened him. Specifically, Flynn is said to have been warned that, if he refused to plead guilty, prosecutors would charge his son with a felony for failing to register with the Justice Department as a foreign agent. Such a so-called FARA violation (Foreign Agent Registration Act) is a crime that the DOJ almost never charged before the Mueller investigation, and it had dubious application to Flynn’s son (who worked for Flynn’s private-intelligence firm).

01.05.2020 - 15:56 [ MSNBC ]

‚Get him to lie‘: MSNBC’s Ari Melber breaks down new Russia probe Flynn docs

New developments in a key case from the Mueller probe. Former national security advisor Michael Flynn had pled guilty to lying to the feds in a cooperation deal. For the first time, we are seeing how they approached him. MSNBC’s Chief Legal Correspondent Ari Melber analyzes all the documents, giving you a fascinating look inside the probe.

14.04.2020 - 08:44 [ Express.co.uk ]

Italian MEP sheds light on Germany’s ‚diabolical EU plan‘ to push its interests forward

(12.04.2020)

„It has been like this for years.“

The Italian politician added: „What Germany is doing is disgusting and I believe that the EU will look very different when this virus is over.

„The UK could have not made a better decision in leaving this bloc.“

07.04.2020 - 11:04 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

EU project in ‘mortal danger’ if Italy and Spain are abandoned

(29.03.2020)

Conte said anybody who thinks they can force Italy to accept disciplinary terms as a condition for loans – a sort of „Troika“ regime – have gravely misjudged the mood of his nation. Italy will not take the money. “We will do it alone,” he said.

The message is that if there is no EU solidarity when it matters, then it no longer makes sense for Italy to accept EU surveillance and constraints, or for Italy to forgo use of its own sovereign policy instruments in self-defence.

07.04.2020 - 11:01 [ Edmund Knowles ?? #VoteBrexitParty / Twitter ]

„When Italy invoked the EU’s formal disaster procedure with desperate calls for protective gear and ventilators, no country responded. Germany and France instead imposed export bans. The EU’s single market did not exist when push came to shove.“

(30.03.2020)

29.02.2020 - 10:57 [ New York Times ]

Turkey, Pressing E.U. for Help in Syria, Threatens to Open Borders to Refugees

Friday was much the same, as Turkey demanded help from NATO after a deadly clash in Syria. But this time, Mr. Erdogan not only threatened to let refugees enter Greece. Local officials bought several thousands of them tickets, helped them onto shiny Mercedes-Benz buses and drove them to the border.

The mini-exodus was accompanied step by step by state-run Turkish media, …

26.01.2020 - 18:52 [ Wall Street Journal ]

Prosecutors Have Evidence Bezos’ Girlfriend Gave Texts to Brother Who Leaked to National Enquirer

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan have evidence indicating Jeff Bezos’ girlfriend provided text messages to her brother that he then sold to the National Enquirer for its article about the Amazon.com Inc. founder’s affair, according to people familiar with the matter.

12.01.2020 - 17:41 [ Wall Street Journal ]

U.S. Warns Iraq It Risks Losing Access to Key Bank Account if Troops Told to Leave

The State Department warned that the U.S. could shut down Iraq’s access to the country’s central bank account held at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, a move that could jolt Iraq’s already shaky economy, the officials said.

21.12.2019 - 10:56 [ Commondreams.org ]

‚It Was an Outrage‘: Mike Pompeo Celebrates Defeated ICC Probe Into US War Crimes

(28.08.2019)

Pompeo made the remarks in a „Celebrating Americanism in Our Foreign Policy“ speech at the American Legion National Convention in Indianapolis.

„Americanism means taking care of our own,“ said Pompeo.

„We stopped international courts from prosecuting our service members,“ Pompeo continued, adding that the potential probe „was an outrage.“

In April, the ICC announced that it rejected a probe into possible war crimes and crimes against humanity in Afghanistan. Outgoing ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda requested the investigation in 2017, saying at the time that there was a „reasonable basis to believe“ that war crimes were committed by the Taliban, Afghan National Security Forces, U.S. armed forces, and the CIA. That move won the praise of human rights organizations and triggered over one million statements from alleged Afghan victims.

14.12.2019 - 11:33 [ Vice.com ]

How Hackers Are Breaking Into Ring Cameras

In a video obtained by WMC5 courtesy of the family, you can see what the hacker would have seen: A viewpoint that looms over the entire room from where the camera is installed in a far corner, looking down on their beds and dressers while they play. The hacker is heard playing the song „Tiptoe Through the Tulips“ through the device’s speakers, and when one of the daughters, who is eight years old, stops and asks who’s there, the hacker says, „It’s Santa. It’s your best friend.“

14.12.2019 - 11:26 [ ABC News ]

Ring security camera hacks see homeowners subjected to racial abuse, ransom demands

Multiple U.S. families have reported incidents of Ring camera systems being hacked in recent days, raising questions as to whether the systems are allowing hackers access to people’s homes, without ever having to set foot inside.

Owners of Ring security cameras in Mississippi, Georgia, Florida and Texas have reported incidents where hackers tormented families with racial slurs, encouraged children into destructive behavior and demanded a ransom in Bitcoin.

03.11.2019 - 09:40 [ Observer.com ]

Scariest Takeaways on the Current State of Smartphone Surveillance From Edward Snowden

(28.10.2019)

Snowden’s point: you better not have done anything you’ve regretted in your digital past; you better not have put an unsavory term in a Google Search bar—because there will be a permanent record of that, which can be found and used against you if need be.

Snowden also pointed out that the term for this is “bulk collection,” a euphemism the government uses for mass surveillance work.

“They simply collect it all in advance and hope that one day it will become useful,” he said.

26.06.2019 - 16:28 [ ITV.com ]

What to do if you are a victim of ‚revenge porn‘ or ’sextortion‘

Criminals use fake identities to befriend victims online, using websites such as Facebook, Skype or LinkedIn, then threaten to share the video with the victim’s friends or family.

‚Revenge porn‘ more often involves an ex-partner or person known to you, who seeks to use what you thought were private images to embarrass or humiliate you.

16.06.2019 - 12:07 [ Times of India ]

Pakistan to present austerity-centred budget following IMF deal

(11.06.2019)

Analysts have warned the IMF deal would likely come with myriad restrictions that could bridle Khan’s grand promises to build an Islamic welfare state, as the country is forced to tighten its purse strings.

Pakistan’s increasing economic woes also come as the country is facing possible sanctions from the Financial Action Task Force — a money-laundering monitor based in Paris — for failing to rein-in terror financing.

08.06.2019 - 18:52 [ WSWS ]

Mexico to deploy 6,000 troops to southern border as Trump postpones tariffs

On Thursday, Mexican officials announced plans to deploy 6,000 Mexican National Guard troops to Mexico’s southern border. The deployment will consist of 13 units made up of between 450 and 600 troops. Ten units will be sent to the border with Guatemala, where most Central American asylum seekers cross into Mexico, and three will operate in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec region of southern Mexico. The troops are set to arrive by September.

08.06.2019 - 07:16 [ Marcelo Ebrard C., Secretario de Relaciones Exteriores de México ‏/ Twitter ]

No habrá aplicación de tarifas por parte de EU el lunes. Gracias a todas las personas que nos han apoyado dando cuenta de la grandeza de México.

08.06.2019 - 06:35 [ Donald J. Trump, President of the United States / Twitter ]

I am pleased to inform you that The United States of America has reached a signed agreement with Mexico. The Tariffs scheduled to be implemented by the U.S. on Monday, against Mexico, are hereby indefinitely suspended.

Mexico, in turn, has agreed to take strong measures to….

08.06.2019 - 06:33 [ telesur ]

Mexico Confirms 6,000-Troop Deployment to Guatemalan Border, Arrests Migrant Advocates

Mexico is strengthing its migration enforcement at its border with Guatemala by sending up to 6,000 National Guard troops, Minister of the Interior Olga Sanchez announced Friday afternoon after meetings between Mexican and White House delegates in Washington. Meanwhile, the country is cracking down on human rights and migrant advocates.

31.05.2019 - 12:25 [ Washington Post ]

Will the White House’s bullying of Europe over Iran work?

Those European efforts have centered on the creation of a payment channel with Iran, which in theory could allow European companies to keep trading with the country despite U.S. sanctions. The Paris-based Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges (INSTEX) was formally registered by Britain, France and Germany more than three months ago and is expected to operate essentially like a clearinghouse for credit points.

31.05.2019 - 12:06 [ theAmericanConservative.com ]

Threatening Europe Over INSTEX Is Insane

That confirms a few things that we already suspected. First, it tells us that the U.S. is determined to cut off all legitimate trade with Iran, including trade in supposedly exempted humanitarian goods. They are actively working to cause the Iranian people as much misery as they can. Second, it tells us that the administration is willing to wreck its relations with some of its closest European allies to pursue their economic war against the Iranian people. U.S. interests and longstanding relationships with important allies are being sacrificed for the sake of a vindictive and outrageous policy of collective punishment against a population of more than eighty million people.

31.05.2019 - 11:45 [ TatyanaRozenblum ? (כחול לבן כמו כולנו, לא מפלגה) / Twitter ]

„Finally, he said that the EU countries’ special purpose vehicle – INSTEX, a mechanism designed to circumvent US sanctions on Iran – has been nearly useless to date“. @Jerusalem_Post

31.05.2019 - 11:39 [ Bloomberg ]

U.S. Warns Europe That Its Iran Workaround Could Face Sanctions

Sigal Mandelker, the Treasury Department’s undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, signaled in a May 7 letter obtained by Bloomberg that Instex, the European vehicle to sustain trade with Tehran, and anyone associated with it could be barred from the U.S. financial system if it goes into effect.

31.05.2019 - 11:37 [ energy-reporters.com ]

Trump team threaten Europe with sanctions over Instex

Donald Trump’s staff have threatened sanctions against the financial body created by Germany, the UK and France to preserve trade with Iran in defiance of US trade barriers.

Sigal Mandelker of the US Treasury Department threatened Instex – the European body established to sustain trade with Iran – and anyone associated with it with exclusion from the US financial system.

31.05.2019 - 08:42 [ BBC ]

Conservative Party donations fall by £3.8m

It had been a „challenging fundraising year“ for all parties, the Tories said.

The figures do not represent all donations, as only those above £7,500 have to be reported.

31.05.2019 - 08:40 [ BBC ]

Business lobby group CBI warns Tories over no-deal Brexit

A no-deal scenario would do „severe“ damage to businesses, it said in an open letter to all the MPs running to lead the party.

Director general Carolyn Fairbairn warned them that smaller companies cannot afford the necessary preparations for leaving without a plan.

06.05.2019 - 11:04 [ Bloomberg Politics / Youtube ]

Trump Ramps Up Pressure on China to Complete Trade Deal

May.05 — President Trump is ramping up pressure on China to finalize a trade deal during talks in Washington this week. He’s threatening to more than double tariffs on $200B of Chinese sales to the U.S. and he posed new import taxes.

24.04.2019 - 18:18 [ Spectator ]

The folly of war with Iran

Like Franklin Roosevelt, who tried to starve Japan into submission by halting its imports of oil, Trump seems intent on trying to bludgeon Iran into submission by preventing it from exporting any crude. The problem is that the Iranians aren’t cracking. Instead, they are likely to double-down. Already they are threatening to shut down the Strait of Hormuz. Trump will be in dire straits if Iran does that. A fifth of the world’s crude oil flows through it. The US military has positioned two carrier strike groups near Iran.

10.04.2019 - 11:51 [ ITV.com ]

Another year in Brexit limbo dominates the front pages

Brexit leads most of Wednesday’s papers as EU leaders gather in Brussels for another crunch summit when they will be asked to sign off on a second extension.

09.04.2019 - 13:42 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Nein means NEIN! Merkel ‚will rebuff May’s desperate pleas‘ in Berlin as Macron vows to get even TOUGHER on year-long Brexit delay with a ’stop Boris‘ clause to prevent a new Brexiteer PM ‚vandalizing‘ the EU

– Theresa May will jet to Berlin and then on to Paris today to urge Merkel and Macron to agree Brexit delay
– Their price is expected to be to refuse to let the UK have any say in future EU budget talks and trade deals

09.04.2019 - 13:40 [ Standard.co.uk ]

Brexit news: Behave to earn long Article 50 extension, EU set to tell Theresa May

Theresa May was today ordered by Germany and France to accept “very strict” conditions in return for a Brexit delay.

In a fresh humiliation, the Prime Minister was told she can only have a longer extension of Article 50 if Britain is bound by a good behaviour contract.

31.03.2019 - 16:21 [ Independent.co.uk ]

EU would delay Brexit again to let UK hold a second referendum

EU leaders are prepared to let Britain delay Brexit again to allow time for a second referendum, The Independent understands.

After parliament rejected Theresa May’s deal for a third time, the bloc called a summit on 10 April – two days before the UK is on course to leave without a deal.

25.03.2019 - 05:50 [ Haaretz ]

‚If Netanyahu Had a Way to Get Me Hurt, Killed, He Would,‘ Gantz Says in Leaked Recording

In the recording, broadcast on Israeli television news, Gantz said Netanyahu may have coordinated with the Russians to hack his phone

21.03.2019 - 14:13 [ Express.co.uk ]

BREXIT ULTIMATUM: Furious Merkel demands UK pass May’s deal or GET OUT of bloc NEXT WEEK

Mrs Merkel said: „We, the EU27, will discuss this today. We can fulfil this wish in principle if there will be a positive vote about the exit deal next week in the British Parliament.

15.03.2019 - 19:42 [ Haaretz ]

Gantz Denies Sex Tape After Iranians Hack Phone, Says There’s No Threat of Extortion

In special press conference, main Netanyahu rival calls the story ‚a political spin,‘ said no compromising data was found in phone ■ Likud petitions election committee not to allow live broadcast for fear of electioneering

15.03.2019 - 09:55 [ Alexandra Allio De Corato ‏/ Twitter ]

Israel says Iran hacked phone of ex-general Gantz whose party leads in the polls ahead of Israeli election

14.03.2019 - 19:46 [ theSun.co.uk ]

MPs vote to DELAY Brexit until at least June killing March 29 Leave date

Mrs May will next week bring her Brexit deal back to the Commons for a third meaningful vote.

She says that if it passes, she will then ask the EU for a „short technical extension“ until the end of June, to give Parliament the time to force through the necessary legislation.

But if the deal is defeated again, the PM has warned that Britain will have to stay in the EU beyond the summer and take part in European Parliament elections.

08.03.2019 - 18:40 [ LBC / Twitter ]

Dame Margaret Beckett doesn’t hold back as she berates Theresa May over Brexit: “She is blackmailing Parliament, she is blackmailing the country… Her behaviour is utterly disgraceful!” @ShelaghFogarty | #Brexit

08.03.2019 - 18:36 [ Independent.co.uk ]

Brexit news latest: Theresa May says EU withdrawal could be cancelled, in desperate plea to MPs days before critical vote

Theresa May has pleaded with her EU counterparts to give ground in a key speech just days before MPs vote on her Brexit deal.

Speaking in Grimsby, the prime minister said „no one knows“ what will happen if her plan is rejected, warning Brexiteers: „We may never leave at all“.

08.03.2019 - 18:35 [ theSun.co.uk ]

ARE EU JOKING? EU make insulting Brexit offer that could break up the United Kingdom

Eurocrat Michel Barnier tabled an offer that would allow Britain to quit the customs union rather than being trapped in the backstop.

But the plan would see Northern Ireland staying tied to the EU – effectively creating a border inside the United Kingdom.

The offer is almost identical to a proposal which was rejected by Theresa May months ago.

27.02.2019 - 18:53 [ Independent.co.uk ]

Brexit delay: France would block Article 50 extension ‘without a clear objective’, Macron says

France would block a delay to Brexit unless it had a “clear objective” based on a “new choice” by the British, Emmanuel Macron has said.

Speaking at a joint press conference with German chancellor Angela Merkel in Paris, the French president gave the clearest signal from an EU leader so far that there would be conditions on an extension to the Article 50 negotiating period.

27.02.2019 - 17:25 [ Standard.co.uk ]

Brexit news latest: Brussels ‘will insist on delay of up to two years if UK fails to agree deal’

Senior ministers believe that the European Union will insist on a Brexit delay of up to two years if Britain fails to agree a deal in the next few weeks.

Several sources have told the Standard they do not think the sort of “short, limited extension” of Article 50 suggested by Theresa May in the Commons yesterday would be permitted by Brussels.

26.02.2019 - 10:40 [ Peter / Twitter ]

Time to dissolve this Tory Party! It grieves me to say that I will be cutting up my card after 45 years of being a Tory supporter! Brexit Party for me now!

26.02.2019 - 10:23 [ ConservativeHome.com ]

If May backs a Brexit extension once, why wouldn’t she do so again? And U-turn on a second referendum too?

But there would be a deeper lesson, and one that is painful to grasp. It is that nothing than May says about her Brexit policy can be trusted. Only yesterday, she was insisting that “an extension to Article 50…doesn’t deliver a decision in parliament”. The words of Gordon Brown to Tony Blair echo in our ears: “there is nothing that you could say to me now that I could ever believe”.

26.02.2019 - 09:15 [ POLITICO Europe ‏/ Twitter ]

POLITICO London Playbook: A big 48 hours in the Brexit endgame is underway today as Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn prepare to make seismic shifts in their Brexit positions

26.02.2019 - 08:51 [ Japan Times ]

In day of U-turns, Theresa May considers delaying Brexit while Labour’s Corbyn backs second referendum

Theresa May is considering a plan to delay Brexit and stop the U.K. leaving the European Union with no deal next month, according to people familiar with the situation.

The prime minister is expected to allow her Cabinet to discuss extending the deadline beyond March 29 at a crunch meeting on Tuesday, one of the people said.

26.02.2019 - 08:47 [ theSun.co.uk ]

Theresa May to propose to Cabinet today that she formally rules out No-Deal Brexit

THERESA May will today propose to Cabinet that she formally rules out a No Deal Brexit on March 29, opening the door to a delay.

26.02.2019 - 08:34 [ Spectator.co.uk ]

The dramatic shift in the prime minister’s no-deal Brexit position

The prime minister is tonight preparing a dramatic shift in her Brexit policy, namely an announcement that if her reworked Brexit deal is not passed by MPs on or before 12 March she will shortly afterwards give MPs a binding vote on whether or not to go ahead with a no-deal Brexit on 29 March.

This would be seen by many as a significant U-turn – because she will promise to abide by the will of parliament, and thereby admit that a significant Brexit delay may be necessary.

09.02.2019 - 20:10 [ Bloomberg.com ]

The Bezos-National Enquirer Story Has *Everything*

Bezos’s accusation last night that National Enquirer owner American Media Inc. is trying to blackmail him had everything: Extortion, murder, politics, a billionaire’s private parts. It inspired both HuffPost and the elder Post to write the mathematically perfect tabloid headline, which I will not reprint in this wholesome family newsletter. More seriously, this is the latest and weirdest front in a clash of titans pitting the President of the United States against the World’s Richest Man.

08.02.2019 - 10:07 [ Jeff Bezos / Twitter ]

I’ve written a post about developments with the National Enquirer and its parent company, AMI. You can find it here:

28.12.2018 - 16:36 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

EU planning to hit small businesses in UK with VAT bombshell after Brexit, MPs warn

Brussels is preparing to reduce the threshold at which businesses start paying VAT from a turnover of £85,000 to £76,700 in a bid to „harmonise“ tax systems.

MPs on the EU scrutiny committee warned Britain will have to accept the move if it comes into force after Brexit in March 2019 because it will lose its right to veto the plans.

28.12.2018 - 15:25 [ Independent.co.uk ]

Brexit: Jeremy Corbyn challenges Theresa May to recall parliament early over critical vote on deal

In an interview with The Independent, the Labour leader said he believed the prime minister and her allies were engaged in a “cynical manoeuvre” to run down the clock and offer MPs the “choice of the devil or the deep blue sea”.

His remarks come as the Commons prepares to vote on the UK-EU deal in the week beginning 14 January – in what is being billed as the most significant moment in parliament for a generation.

26.12.2018 - 18:11 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Is the era of central bank independence over?

The fortress walls of the Bank of England project an image of solidity, stability and impregnability. It matches the reputation it has tried to build over more than 400 years for sober analysis and, in recent years, steady impartiality.

Yet its defences have been infiltrated.

30.11.2018 - 09:13 [ CityAM.com ]

Critics accuse Bank of England of using its forecasts to play with politics

The Bank of England sparked a row today after publishing analysis of its ‘worst case Brexit scenario’ just 13 days ahead of a crucial Parliamentary vote on Theresa May’s deal.

29.11.2018 - 18:14 [ Spiked ]

Why the Brexit fearmongering won’t work – Elites have always tried to pit economic stability against democratic control.

The Remain campaign put economic risk front and centre – and they lost. And yet the anti-Brexit set still seem convinced that more gloomy prognostications will eventually bring Leave voters to their senses.

They’re wrong. So painfully wrong that it is hard not to put it down to pig ignorance.

29.11.2018 - 17:20 [ Spiked ]

Mark Carney’s Brexit catastrophism – This isn’t ‘forecasting’, it’s economic blackmail.

Yesterday, the UK government and the Bank of England separately presented their analyses of several different ‘scenarios’ for the UK economy after Brexit. Unsurprisingly, given the anti-Brexit prejudices in establishment circles, both conclude that the best result for us would be to remain in the EU.

29.11.2018 - 09:21 [ Sky News ]

Jacob Rees-Mogg savages ’second-tier‘ Mark Carney

(28.11.2018) Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg has dismissed the governor of the Bank of England as „a second-tier Canadian politician“ who „got a job in the UK“.

29.11.2018 - 09:18 [ theGuardian.com ]

Bank of England chief is ‚enemy of Brexit‘, says Jacob Rees-Mogg

(25.10.2017) He added: “Mark Carney is one of the enemies of Brexit. He has opposed it consistently.”

Carney, the Canadian central banker who was handpicked in 2012 for his role at the Bank by George Osborne when chancellor, warned about the economic risks of Brexit during last year’s referendum campaign.

28.11.2018 - 21:11 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

‚They ALWAYS get it wrong‘: Brexiteers lash out at ‚Project Fear 2.0′ after government unveils study claiming ’no deal‘ would cost each Briton £3,000

– Brexiteers have lashed out after the government issued Brexit deal forecasts
– Official government analysis admits every Brexit option is bad for the economy
– The PM’s proposals would see growth 2.5 per cent lower over a 15-year period
– But no-deal could deliver a 10 per cent hit to GDP, the new estimates suggest

28.11.2018 - 21:08 [ Chris Giles , Economics Editor, FT / Twitter ]

My column: Politicians hoping for a TARP scenario to force Brexit through Parliament should take note of how little notice markets are taking of the BoE at the moment via @financialtimes

(23.11.2018)

28.11.2018 - 20:59 [ Alex Wickham, senior political correspondent @BuzzFeedUK ‏/ Twitter ]

Surprised more wasn’t made of the Sunday Times story that No10 is planning to encourage a crash in the financial markets. Now @peston also says that’s the plan:

(21.11.2018)

28.11.2018 - 20:48 [ theGuardian.com ]

Bank of England says no-deal Brexit would be worse than 2008 crisis

Bank warns of immediate economic crash, GDP to fall by 8%, unemployment to rise to 7.5%

25.11.2018 - 15:58 [ Independent.co.uk ]

Brexit EU summit LIVE: EU leaders issue ultimatum to MPs — back May’s deal or get nothing

EU leaders have challenged MPs to either back Theresa May’s Brexit deal or face up to the economic consequences of crashing out of the bloc.

21.11.2018 - 19:06 [ Sebastian Payne, @FinancialTimes political leader writer ‏/ Twitter ]

@Peston reporting that the May government is „banking on“ the stock market and sterling to tank if the Commons rejects her Brexit deal on first pass – the so-called „TARP scenario“ as outlined by @rbrharrison.

21.11.2018 - 19:01 [ Alex Wickham, senior political correspondent @BuzzFeedUK ‏/ Twitter ]

Surprised more wasn’t made of the Sunday Times story that No10 is planning to encourage a crash in the financial markets. Now @peston also says that’s the plan:

21.11.2018 - 18:56 [ itv.com ]

Theresa May’s cunning plan to get Brexit deal through Parliament

But MPs would then stare into the „abyss“, she said, recognise that a no-deal Brexit would be a disaster and another referendum too risky, and would then approve the deal – perhaps slightly modified – when brought back to them a second time.

This is what ministers refer to as the „TARP model“ – as recently coined by former government aide Rupert Harrison.

For the uninitiated, TARP was the US scheme to bail out bust banks after the Crash in 2008.

05.11.2018 - 08:14 [ New York Times ]

Did You Vote? Now Your Friends May Know (and Nag You)

Whom Americans vote for is private. But other information in their state voter files is public information; depending on the state, it can include details like their name, address, phone number and party affiliation and when they voted. The apps try to match the people in a smartphone’s contacts to their voter files, then display some of those details.

04.08.2018 - 16:23 [ Newsweek.com ]

U.S. Attempts to Change Europe’s Mind by Accusing Iran of Terror Plots

The U.S. is reportedly adopting a new approach in its ongoing efforts to convince European countries to renounce the 2015 Iran nuclear accord and isolate Tehran.

The U.S., Israel and Iranian dissidents say that Iran is „hunting its enemies in Europe,“ according to The Wall Street Journal. American and Israeli governments say alleged terror plots and killings are sponsored by Tehran and are telling European governments to withdraw from the nuclear accord and ban Iranian officials.

03.08.2018 - 15:54 [ Wall Street Journal ]

U.S. Pushes Europe to Abandon Iran Over Terror Plots—but Meets Resistance

Washington, Israel and Iranian dissident groups say the alleged recent operations show that Iran has ended years of caution about hunting its enemies in Europe. They are urging European governments to withdraw support for Iran and ban Iranian officials …

16.05.2018 - 11:09 [ theGuardian.com ]

‘Any Palestinian is exposed to monitoring by the Israeli Big Brother’

(12.September 2014) We take advantage of the capabilities that we have over these people in order to put ourselves at ease. We take advantage of the impact that we have on their lives. Sometimes it involves truly harming a person’s life, or their soul. I mean extortion whereby they must hide things from people around them. It can really screw up their lives. It made me feel omnipotent.

13.05.2018 - 15:51 [ Techdirt ]

Court: FBI Agents Can Be Held Accountable For Tossing Immigrants On The No-Fly List Because They Refused To Be Informants

The Second Circuit Appeals Court has revived a lawsuit brought by a group of Muslim men who allege the FBI placed them on the „no fly“ list after they refused to become informants. This is not unusual behavior — on the part of the FBI. Documents obtained by The Intercept show the CBP and FBI routinely pressure immigrants and visitors to become informants, threatening them with deportation or adverse decisions on visa requests.

04.05.2018 - 08:28 [ Matt Gaetz, Abgeordneter des U.S. Repräsentantenhauses / Twitter ]

[Rosenstein] „signed a document to spy on an American citizen with no justification and put his name to silence the whistleblower in the Uranium One case. Rod Rosenstein’s understanding of extortion is apart from the law“