Archiv: cooperations / collaborations


18.01.2020 - 16:19 [ Oilprice.com ]

Mnuchin: US Works With China To Cut Off All Iranian Oil Imports

The United States is working closely with China to have it cut off altogether imports of Iranian crude oil, as the U.S. steps up sanctions pressure on the Iranian regime, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, Steven Mnuchin, told Fox News’ ‘Sunday Morning Futures’.

18.01.2020 - 16:17 [ Oilprice.com ]

China Turns Its Back On Iran’s Crude Oil

(09.01.2020)

This year’s turbulent events in the Middle East—a major source of oil supply for the world’s largest oil importer, China—have had Beijing scrambling to salvage the Iran nuclear deal after the U.S. assassinated Tehran’s top military commander.

At the same time, China has significantly reduced its crude oil imports from Iran in recent months because of the U.S. sanctions on Iranian oil exports.

13.01.2020 - 06:09 [ theHill.com ]

Administration officials defend Trump claims, Soleimani intelligence as senators push back on briefing

Esper also said the so-called Gang of Eight, the top members of Congress’s intelligence committees, did not believe further intelligence on Iran should be shared with Congress.

Esper told CBS’s Margaret Brennan he spoke to one of the officials who briefed the Gang of Eight and that “his assessment was most if not all the members thought the intelligence was persuasive and that the Gang of Eight did not think it should be released to the broader members of Congress.”

08.01.2020 - 15:45 [ theGuardian.com ]

Boris Johnson strongly backs US decision to kill Qassem Suleimani

The Labour leader then asked whether the US operation to kill Suleimani was permitted under international law. He said: “The government has said that it is sympathetic to the assassination of General Suleimani. What evidence has the prime minister got to suggest that this attack on him and his death was not an illegal act by the United States?”

Johnson replied: “Clearly the strict issue of legality is not for the UK to determine, since it was not our operation. But I think most reasonable people would accept that the United States has a right to protect its bases and its personnel.”

07.01.2020 - 17:49 [ Guardian News / Youtube ]

Defence secretary Ben Wallace makes statement in the Commons on Iran – watch live

Defence secretary Ben Wallace updates MPs – returning to the House of Commons after their Christmas break – on the latest in the Middle East, following the assassination of Iran military leader Qassem Suleimani last week. He makes the statement in place of Boris Johnson, who is chairing a meeting of the UK national security council to discuss the crisis.

07.01.2020 - 17:46 [ Independent.co.uk ]

Jeremy Corbyn accuses Boris Johnson of providing ‚cover‘ to Trump over assassination of Iran general

Mr Corbyn branded the drone strike on the leader of Iran’s feared Quds Force an “assassination” and told the House of Commons that it was widely regarded as illegal.

And he accused the prime minister of hiding away from scrutiny after Mr Johnson sent defence secretary Ben Wallace to answer MPs’ questions on the 3 January killing in Baghdad.

07.01.2020 - 17:42 [ Express.co.uk ]

‘US entitled to defend itself’ Britain backs Trump over Iran strike that killed Soleimani

(05.12.2019)

In the absence of Mr Johnson, who is on a Caribbean holiday with his girlfriend Carrie Symonds, Defence minister Ben Wallace said Washington has a right to respond to earlier attacks from Iran that resulted in an assault on the US embassy in Baghdad.

06.01.2020 - 19:19 [ Haaretz ]

Israelis Hailing Trump for Killing Soleimani Forget the Destructive Consequences of Past Assassinations

The killing of Ayyash enraged Palestinians and pushed Hamas to carry out four suicide bombings within eight days, in which 59 Israelis were killed. The shock and fear that gripped Israeli public opinion turned Peres from valiant hero to impotent loser paved the way for Benjamin Netanyahu’s sensational victory in the May 1996 elections – and changed Israel forever.

05.01.2020 - 08:25 [ Washington Examiner ]

Majority of Senate Democrats enabled Trump’s unconstitutional airstrike

“Any member who voted for the NDAA — a blank check — can’t now express dismay that Trump may have launched another war in the Middle East,” thundered Khanna. “Our Congress let our nation down again by failing to stand up against a war in Iran.”

Khanna originally included legislation in the House version of the National Defense Authorization Act that specifically would have prevented the president from carrying out Thursday’s airstrike (co-sponsored with Rep. Matt Gaetz, Republican from Florida), as did Democratic Rep. Barbara Lee.

30.12.2019 - 18:46 [ Hurriyet ]

Turkey rushes to send troops to Libya amid Idlib tension

Despite pressure from Syria and Russia, Akar confirmed once again that Turkey will not abandon its military positions inside Idlib and will be sticking to its commitments underlined by the Sochi deal.

All these developments come before a scheduled meeting between Erdoğan and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Jan. 8 in Istanbul for the inauguration of the TurkStream pipeline. For many in Ankara, escalation in Idlib is not totally irrelevant to the developments in Libya where Turkey and Russia support the opposite camps.

29.12.2019 - 19:36 [ Haaretz ]

Sex for Judgeship: Evidence Against Israel’s Top Lawyer Obtained Through Hacked Phone

(18.01.2019)

Police suspect Nave had sexual relations with the judge in exchange for her promotion as well as with the wife of another judge in exchange for his advancement.

Nave has been a dominant and influential figure on Israel’s legal scene since 2015, when he ousted the president of the Bar Association and took leadership of the professional organization that represents the country’s 59,000 attorneys.

29.12.2019 - 19:32 [ Haaretz ]

A Probe That Exposes the Corruption Behind Israel’s Judicial Appointments

(today)

Nave, who had an alliance with former Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, who was friends with Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit, who would routinely meet with senior politicians and dreamed of becoming a cabinet minister himself someday exploited his position of power to the hilt. Like a vote contractor for a ruling party, he took advantage of his role to gain sexual favors, connections and power. And yet, if there weren’t any people willing to dance to his corrupt tune, the public may have been spared such degradation.

29.12.2019 - 18:51 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

PETER HITCHENS reveals fresh evidence that UN watchdog suppressed report casting doubt on Assad gas attack

he global chemical weapons watchdog is facing renewed questions after fresh details emerged about how it suppressed the findings of its own inspectors who raised serious doubts about an alleged poison gas attack in Syria.

The Mail on Sunday can reveal that a senior official at the Organisation for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) demanded the ‘removal of all traces’ of a document which undermined claims that gas cylinders had been dropped from the air – a key element of the ‘evidence’ that the Syrian regime was responsible.

29.12.2019 - 18:50 [ Tim Hayward ‏/ Twitter ]

Once again, Peter Hitchens is the one journalist to break ranks within mainstream media and report on further damning leaks revealing political capture of chemical weapons watchdog OPCW.

29.12.2019 - 18:08 [ Max Blumenthal / Twitter ]

This appears to be Twitter’s explanation. Make of it what you will.

29.12.2019 - 18:07 [ Tim Hayward / Twitter ‏ ]

Twitter is proactively censoring news about the OPCW scandal and central involvement in it of French diplomat.

29.12.2019 - 18:05 [ Ben Norton ‏/ Twitter ]

Twitter has also censored some of our tweets at @TheGrayzoneNews. These tweets are factual reporting; they don’t violate any rules. Here is an example of Twitter hiding a tweet with a link to our journalistic interview with Bolivia’s leftist leader:

29.12.2019 - 18:02 [ Max Blumenthal, Editor, the @GrayzoneProject ‏/ Twitter ]

This is bizarre, I have never seen anything like it before… Italian reporter @SMaurizi had a tweet on OPCW and Douma arbitrarily blocked by Twitter. It contained important info and did not violate any rules.

29.12.2019 - 13:08 [ Jerusalem Post ]

The triumvirate: Avigdor Liberman, Avichai Mandelblit & Aviv Kochavi

For a decade, Netanyahu dominated Israel like few others since founding prime minister David Ben-Gurion, leaving a huge imprint on every sphere: diplomatic, economic, military.

But in 2019 – Netanyahu’s own annus horribilis, as Queen Elizabeth II referred to her own “horrible year” in 1992 – his utter dominance began to fade.

28.12.2019 - 17:24 [ Haaretz ]

Israel’s Attorney General and Other Cowards in the Face of Netanyahu

We’re in this situation because of the cowards – people like Mendelblit, who had no problem accepting a role as a gatekeeper without growing the requisite backbone. We’re here because for months after the recommendations by the police and the prosecution, the attorney general continued to drag his feet.

And after deciding to file indictments, he didn’t intervene as Netanyahu dragged us into yet another election while using all the power of his status to vilify the legal system that the attorney general is supposed to defend.

28.12.2019 - 16:08 [ Wikileaks ]

OPCW-DOUMA – Release Part 4

27 December, 2019

Today WikiLeaks releases more internal documents from the OPCW regarding the investigation into the alleged chemical attack in Douma in April 2018.

One of the documents is an e-mail exchange dated 27 and 28 February between members of the fact finding mission (FFM) deployed to Douma and the senior officials of the OPCW. It includes an e-mail from Sebastien Braha, Chief of Cabinet at the OPCW, where he instructs that an engineering report from Ian Henderson should be removed from the secure registry of the organisation:

“Please get this document out of DRA [Documents Registry Archive]… And please remove all traces, if any, of its delivery/storage/whatever in DRA”.

The main finding of Henderson, who inspected the sites in Douma and two cylinders that were found on the site of the alleged attack, was that they were more likely manually placed there than dropped from a plane or helicopter from considerable heights. His findings were omitted from the official final OPCW report on the Douma incident.

28.12.2019 - 15:58 [ Caitlin Johnstone ]

Media’s Deafening Silence On Latest WikiLeaks Drops Is Its Own Scandal

This is getting really, really, really weird.

WikiLeaks has published yet another set of leaked internal documents from within the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) adding even more material to the mountain of evidence that we’ve been lied to about an alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma, Syria last year which resulted in airstrikes upon that nation from the US, UK and France.

This new WikiLeaks drop includes an email from the OPCW Chief of Cabinet Sebastien Braha (who is reportedly so detested by organisation inspectors that they code named him “Voldemort”) throwing a fit over the Ian Henderson Engineering Assessment which found that the Douma incident was likely a staged event. Braha is seen ordering OPCW staff to “remove all traces, if any, of its delivery/storage/whatever” from the organisation’s secure registry.

27.12.2019 - 17:22 [ New York Times ]

Russia and Turkey to Discuss Libya Military Support in January: Kremlin

(17.12.2019)

„Russia… supports any efforts and individual countries in terms of finding solutions to the (Libyan) crisis,“ said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

Later on Tuesday, Erdogan and Putin held a phone call where they discussed developments in Libya and Syria, as well as their bilateral ties and other regional issues, the Turkish presidency said in a statement. No further details were available.

27.12.2019 - 16:00 [ NewsFromUkraine / Youtube ]

Joint Soviet-Nazi military parade in Poland. The history of Russian aggression.

The Battle of Brest-Litovsk took place between 14 and 17 September 1939. After three days of heavy fights for the stronghold in the town of Brześć, the Germans captured the fortress and the Poles withdrew. According to the terms of the 1939 German-Soviet Nonaggression Pact the territory around Brest as well as 52% of the then Poland was assigned to the Soviet Union. The Soviet 29th tank brigade under Brigadier Semyon Krivoshein reached the area of Brześć on September 21st and took over the fortress from the Wehrmacht. During that event a joint German-Soviet parade was held in the town, after which the German forces left the area. The XIX motorized Corps of Wehrmacht and the 29th Tank Brigade of the Red Army participated in the parade.

27.12.2019 - 15:59 [ learning-history.com ]

German-Soviet Military Parade in Brest-Litovsk

The German-Soviet military parade in Brest-Litovsk was an official ceremony held by the troops of Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union on September 22, 1939, during the invasion of Poland in the city of Brest-Litovsk.

It marked the withdrawal of German troops to the demarcation line secretly agreed to in the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact, and the handover of the city and its fortress to the Soviet Red Army.

27.12.2019 - 15:51 [ Haaretz ]

Putin Says Poland, Western Leaders Cooperated With Hitler

Putin cast the Molotov-Ribbentrop treaty as a move the Soviet Union was forced into following nonaggression agreements some other European nations had signed with Hitler.

He cited a 1938 agreement reached by Germany, Britain, France and Italy that allowed Hitler to annex Czechoslovakia as an example of Western leaders’ alleged “collusion” with Hitler.

25.12.2019 - 15:11 [ The Hill / Youtube ]

Panel: Dems embrace of neocon ‚Never Trumpers‘ is a disaster

Team Rising ponders why the ‚Never Trumpers‘ still think they matter in the Republican party

23.12.2019 - 20:28 [ Xinhuanet ]

Xi meets ROK president, calls for advancing bilateral ties

Chinese President Xi Jinping met with President of the Republic of Korea (ROK) Moon Jae-in Monday in Beijing, calling for joint efforts to lift bilateral ties to a higher level.

As the world is undergoing profound changes rarely seen in a century, China and the ROK should deepen and develop their strategic cooperative partnership, and accommodate each other’s core interests and major concerns, Xi said.

23.12.2019 - 14:54 [ Almasdarnews.com ]

Jihadists suffer heavy losses as Syrian troops keep advancing in southeast Idlib

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is rolling through the southeastern countryside of the Idlib Governorate this evening after launching a big attack at two axes.

According to a military source near the front-lines, the Syrian Arab Army has captured the town of Al-Rafah after a short battle with the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) and their militant allies.

22.12.2019 - 19:19 [ Times of Israel ]

Stav Shaffir says she will start own party to run in March

The former Labor MK and protest leader says her yet-to-be-named party will “sit in any government that respects its values, include that of Likud,” she says, though she rejects teaming up with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

22.12.2019 - 19:10 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Stav Shaffir preparing to run on her own in Green Party

“I am calling for open primaries for the list, which would bring new energy to the camp and enable setting the list according to the will of the public and not a political deal among political hacks. I will continue to fight for our constituents who believed in our path to be represented in the Knesset.”

But just in case, Shaffir hired campaign staff in order to run independently as head of the Green Party, which would also include former Zionist Union MK Yael Cohen-Paran.

21.12.2019 - 03:57 [ Stefania Maurizi / Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity ]

A Massive Scandal: How Assange, His Doctors, Lawyers and Visitors Were All Spied on for the US

Meetings and conversations were recorded and filmed, and all the information was sent to US intelligence. Sometimes the espionage operations were truly off the wall:

21.12.2019 - 02:55 [ El Pais ]

Spanish security company spied on Julian Assange in London for the United States

(26.09.2019)

The UC Global S. L. team was also ordered by its boss to install stickers that prevented the windows of the rooms that the WikiLeaks founder used from vibrating, allegedly to make it easier for the CIA to record conversations with their laser microphones. They also took a used diaper that from a baby that was on occasions taken to visit the activist in order to determine if the child was his by a close collaborator.

The former military man also planted microphones in a number of decorative elements inside the embassy, which were photographed for their reproduction in Spain. He also wanted to install them in the room used by “the guest,” as Assange was referred to in his reports, but some of his workers, concerned over the illegality of these jobs, warned him that they could be discovered. “The WikiLeaks founder was obsessed with being spied on,” a former employee of the company said.

21.12.2019 - 02:43 [ Yahoo.com ]

WikiLeaks‘ Assange testifies in embassy spying case

Assange, who is currently serving time at a high-security prison in Britain, was to answer questions from a judge at Spain’s National Court in Madrid, testifying by videoconference from Westminster Magistrates Court in London, his legal team said.

18.12.2019 - 16:11 [ theHill.com ]

The Memo: Trump era flips script on views of intelligence agencies

Republicans — historically the strongest defenders of the national security apparatus — complain about abuse of power and the malignant influence of a so-called ‘Deep State.’

Democrats — traditionally more skeptical of the intelligence community — insist that the agencies are virtually beyond reproach.

On Monday, President Trump retweeted someone who called the FBI and the media “a criminal organization” and “tyrants.”

17.12.2019 - 17:02 [ Wikileaks ]

OPCW Douma Docs

14 December, 2019

Today WikiLeaks releases more documents showing internal disagreement within the OPCW about how facts were misrepresented in a redacted version of a report on an alleged chemical attack in Douma, Syria in April 2018.

Amongst these is a memorandum written in protest by one of the scientists sent on a fact finding mission (FFM) to investigate the attack. It is dated 14 March 2019 and is addressed to Fernando Arias, Director General of the organisation. This was exactly two weeks after the organisation published its final report on the Douma investigation.

WikiLeaks is also releasing the original preliminary report for the first time along with the redacted version (that was released by the OPCW) for comparison. Additionally, we are publishing a detailed comparison of the original interim report with the redacted interim report and the final report along with relevant comments from a member of the original fact finding mission. These documents should help clarify the series of changes that the report went through, which skewed the facts and introduced bias according to statements made by the members of the FFM.

15.12.2019 - 12:51 [ Ben Norton / Twitter ]

376 congressmembers just voted to increase the US military budget to an absurd $738 billion per year 187 Democrats helped 189 Republicans Only 41 Dems opposed the absolutely awful 2020 NDAA bill—including Tulsi Gabbard, Barbara Lee, Ro Khanna, AOC, Ilhan Omar, and Rashida Tlaib

(11.12.2019)

15.12.2019 - 01:03 [ Anadolu Agency ]

Turkish lawmakers to ratify Libya military coop deal

The earlier memorandum on maritime boundaries asserted Turkey’s rights in the Eastern Mediterranean in the face of unilateral drilling by the Greek Cypriot administration, clarifying that the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) also has rights to the resources in the area. It went into effect on Dec. 8.

14.12.2019 - 10:52 [ NPR.org ]

Lawyer: Bolton Aide Charles Kupperman Fears House Will Reissue Subpoena For Testimony

Kupperman and his previous boss, former national security adviser John Bolton, were close to Trump and counseled the president on Ukraine matters. Kupperman was also listening in on the July 25 call between Trump and the president of Ukraine that triggered a whistleblower complaint. Cooper also represents Bolton, who refused to testify after the White House claimed he and Kupperman were among a small cadre of close advisers to the president who have absolute immunity from congressional subpoenas.

09.12.2019 - 06:14 [ Haaretz ]

From Now On, Every Palestinian Is an anti-Semite

The plague is spreading. Under cover of the (just) war against anti-Semitism, Europe and the United States silence every voice daring to criticize Israel. Under cover of this war, they are undermining their freedom of speech. Incredibly, this new phenomenon is not triggering any protest, as one would expect. Laws labeling anti-Zionism as anti-Semitism and the anti-occupation movement as anti-Semitic, are passed with overwhelming majorities.

07.12.2019 - 11:16 [ Javad Zarif, Foreign Minister of Islamic Republic of Iran / Twitter ]

Israel today tested a nuke-missile, aimed at Iran. E3 & US never complain about the only nuclear arsenal in West Asia—armed with missiles actually DESIGNED to be capable of carrying nukes—but has fits of apoplexy over our conventional & defensive ones.

(06.12.2019)

07.12.2019 - 11:02 [ Haaretz ]

Zarif: Israel Tested Nuclear Missile Aimed at Iran

France, Germany and the United Kingdom said in a letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres circulated Wednesday that Iran was developing „nuclear-capable ballistic missiles,“ which they say is in violation of a Securiy Council resolution endorsing the 2015 nuclear deal.

The letter cites footage released on social media April 22, 2019, ..

29.11.2019 - 12:16 [ CNN ]

This is House Democrats‘ big chance to bring in John Bolton

(26.11.2019)

While the committee has requested Bolton’s testimony, it is not currently pursuing a subpoena in court.

28.11.2019 - 21:00 [ CNN ]

John Bolton’s attorney says he won’t appear without subpoena after impeachment investigators invite him to testify

(31.11.2019)

Asked whether he would issue a subpoena to Bolton, House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff would not say.

26.11.2019 - 10:52 [ theGrayzone.com ]

Hong Kong’s opposition unites with Washington hardliners to ‘preserve the US’s own political and economic interests’

(22.11.2019)

While claiming to fight for “self-determination,” Hong Kong opposition leaders are collaborating with regime-change neoconservatives in Washington to “preserve the US’s own political and economic interests.” A new DC lobbying front has become their base of operations.

26.11.2019 - 10:44 [ Mint Press ]

How Human Rights Watch Whitewashed a Right-Wing Massacre in Bolivia

(20.11.2019)

While some may be surprised by its response to the Bolivia crisis, Human Rights Watch’s support for a U.S.-backed right-wing coup is no aberration.

25.11.2019 - 06:11 [ i24news.tv ]

Netanyahu ‚confirms‘ Iran is planning new attacks in Middle East

Incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that he can „confirm“ Iran is planning new attacks in the region, vowing Israel will do everything to push back against its expanding militant influence.

Netanyahu made the comments during his visit with Defense Minister Naftali Bennett to the northern border with Syria.

21.11.2019 - 06:51 [ Haaretz ]

Israel’s Attorney General Must Decide on Netanyahu Before the Next Election

A third election isn’t the worst alternative among everything that could have happened if Netanyahu had formed a government. But a third election must be held only after Mendelblit announces his decision on the cases against Netanyahu. Mendelblit must decide before the next election.

20.11.2019 - 19:38 [ MENAnalyst ‏ / Twitter ]

… So its really interesting to see how Syrian air defense [S-300s protect Damascus AP] was whistlin dixie while IAF F35s were doing slam dunks & the Russians [S-400 range covers this area] were out to lunch ? “ #SYRIA

20.11.2019 - 19:36 [ Al-Masdar News ]

Israel sends powerful message as they destroy entire Syrian air defense storage

In addition to the attack on the air defense storage, the Israeli Air Force also targeted a number of sites belonging to the Syrian military in the nearby Beit Saber area of southern Damascus.

A source from the Syrian military said that the Israeli Air Force launched 18 air-to-surface missiles towards southern and southwestern Damascus, with at least 11 managing to hit their intended targets.

20.11.2019 - 06:20 [ i24news.tv ]

Netanyahu green-lights advance of Jordan Valley annexation bill

The bill was put forth two weeks ago by Likud lawmaker Sharren Haskel, who said “the bill has the prime minister’s full backing,” The Jerusalem Post reported.

In light of the US announcement on Monday to shift its position on West Bank settlements, the Knesset (Israeli parliament) member requested to fast-track her bill, aiming to pass it next week.

18.11.2019 - 12:22 [ Hong Kong Free Press ]

Activist Joshua Wong urges Germany to halt Chinese army training, as Hong Kong protests spiral

Speaking to the top-selling Bild newspaper, Wong said: “It makes me furious that the German Bundeswehr is apparently helping to train Chinese soldiers. Given the riots in Hong Kong, the defence ministry should have ended this programme long ago.”

18.11.2019 - 07:25 [ Haaretz ]

Mendelblit, Don’t Delay

(14.02.2018)

The police announcement Tuesday – that the investigations into two cases involving Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had been completed – came 13 months after Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit decided that a “preliminary examination” of the allegations, which itself took six months, should become full-fledged criminal investigations.

18.11.2019 - 07:22 [ Haaretz ]

Israeli Prosecutors’ Conference Postponed Ahead of Netanyahu Indictment

State Prosecutor Shai Nitzan announced Sunday the postponement of a conference for senior prosecutors scheduled for Thursday. His office cited “scheduling constraints” and said a new date would be set for the gathering in Jerusalem.

13.11.2019 - 07:53 [ New York Times ]

US Troops at Syria Base Say They’ll Keep Pressure on IS

Speaking at a remote base in Syria where the Bradleys arrived last week, he said „our primary way that we do that“ is through working with the U.S. partners, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces.

The deployment of the mechanized force comes after US troops pulled out from northeastern Syria, making way for a Turkish offensive against Kurdish fighters that began last month. Only several miles away from the base, fighting between Turkish-allied fighters and the SDF was ongoing, …

12.11.2019 - 18:23 [ i24news.tv ]

Israel targets senior Islamic Jihad figure in Damascus, kills son: report

Since civil war erupted in Syria in 2011, Israel has carried out hundreds of strikes in the neighboring country.

12.11.2019 - 17:09 [ Techdirt ]

India Is Stifling Kashmir Journalists And Twitter Is Helping Get The Job Done

The Indian government has asked third party contractors to help it build a massive surveillance network utilizing thousands of cameras and the current cream of the facial recognition crop at the time of deployment. The whole thing needs to be in place less than 8 months after the contract is secured, suggesting the government is more than happy to move forward with whatever it has on hand rather than whatever might actually do the job well.

It’s also climbing the global censorship charts, trailing only Russia, China, and Turkey in various social media platform demographics. But it is the king of Facebook censorship, delivering more takedown demands to Facebook than closest rival, Russia. When you’re out-censoring Russia, you’re playing the censorship game right.

04.11.2019 - 06:13 [ Daily Mail ]

Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson admits electoral pact plot as rumours swirl ‚Remain Alliance‘ could target 60 seats

Talks have been under way between the unashamedly pro-EU Lib Dems, Plaid Cymru and the Greens maximise their chances in key constituencies in the December 12 election.

The pact would see two of the three parties stand aside to favour the one with the best chance of victory – replicating the success in the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election.

02.11.2019 - 14:07 [ Haaretz ]

Mendelblit, Don’t Delay

(14.02.2018)

The police announcement Tuesday – that the investigations into two cases involving Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had been completed – came 13 months after Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit decided that a “preliminary examination” of the allegations, which itself took six months, should become full-fledged criminal investigations.

02.11.2019 - 14:04 [ i24news.tv ]

Israel’s attorney general scheduled talks regarding Netanyahu indictment

Israeli Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit will be holding talks in the coming week with aims to reach a decision at the end of November on whether or not to …

02.11.2019 - 13:39 [ Washington Post ]

The Trailer: The Democrats‘ fast shift to the left on Israel

In this Democratic primary, it was shifting faster than ever. Candidates were taking positions that the party would have warned against just a year or so earlier.

01.11.2019 - 12:29 [ theRegister.co.uk ]

China and Russia join to battle ‚illegal internet content,‘ which means what you fear it does

(09.10.2019)

More disturbing were the extraordinary technical capabilities that were used to remove – in real time – any mention of the death of Chinese dissident and Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo.

Russia wishes to be equally restrictive although it does not appear to have the technical capabilities and it has not put itself behind a national firewall, at least not yet – it is working on it. It has instead focused on removing people’s ability to access information anonymously.

31.10.2019 - 17:12 [ Jacobin Magazin ]

“I Was Fired for Helping Julian Assange, and I Have No Regrets”

We talk to Fidel Narvaez, the ousted Ecuadorian diplomat who handled Julian Assange’s case about why Lenín Moreno caved to international pressure, broke his promises, and gave Assange up to British authorities.

29.10.2019 - 08:07 [ Haaretz ]

Gantz Says No Progress Achieved in Talks on Unity Government With Netanyahu’s Likud

Yair Lapid, the No. 2 on the Kahol Lavan roster, said at the party meeting that a government can’t be created in the space of 48 hours, and that all Netanyahu had to agree to was to be second in the rotation – i.e., to agree that Gantz serve as prime minister first, then Netanyahu. But what Netanyahu wants is a third election, Lapid said.

“That’s what his lawyers suggested to him, that’s what he needs because of the indictments,” Lapid said.

23.10.2019 - 17:24 [ Kreml ]

Memorandum of Understanding Between Turkey and the Russian Federation

1. The two sides reiterate their commitment to the preservation of the political unity and territorial integrity of Syria and the protection of national security of Turkey.

2. They emphasize their determination to combat terrorism in all forms and manifestations and to disrupt separatist agendas in the Syrian territory.

3. In this framework, the established status quo in the current Operation Peace Spring area covering Tel Abyad and Ras Al Ayn with a depth of 32 km will be preserved.

23.10.2019 - 17:18 [ Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper / Twitter ]

I had a very productive meeting this evening with HRH Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. We discussed many bilateral issues. Most importantly I wanted to reinforce the U.S. commitment to helping #SaudiArabia defend itself in a time of destabilizing Iranian activity.

21.10.2019 - 17:53 [ Kreml ]

Telephone conversation with Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu

The officials also discussed current bilateral topics and Syria.

Vladimir Putin also sent a message of greetings to Benjamin Netanyahu.

The message reads, in part:

19.10.2019 - 10:52 [ theGrayzone.com ]

The US has backed 21 of the 28 ‘crazy’ militias leading Turkey’s brutal invasion of northern Syria

(16.10.2019)

According to a research paper published this October by the pro-government Turkish think tank, SETA, “Out of the 28 factions [in the Turkish mercenary force], 21 were previously supported by the United States, three of them via the Pentagon’s program to combat DAESH. Eighteen of these factions were supplied by the CIA via the MOM Operations Room in Turkey, a joint intelligence operation room of the ‘Friends of Syria’ to support the armed opposition. Fourteen factions of the 28 were also recipients of the U.S.-supplied TOW anti-tank guided missiles.”

17.10.2019 - 18:59 [ USA Today ]

President Donald Trump moves to stop ‚endless wars.‘ I stand with him: Sen. Rand Paul

Then-candidate Trump said often that the Iraq War was a mistake, and that we were in too many places for too long. Fast-forward to 2019, and the president is now moving forward to stop the “endless wars.” I stand with him.

The idea that our president would make this decision from this perspective is refreshing and long-awaited. Virtually every president in my lifetime has ended up in a new conflict or extending and expanding the old ones.

In particular, in the past 18 years, from Iraq to Libya to Syria, past presidents went into one bad misadventure after another.

17.10.2019 - 18:29 [ Max Abrahms ‏/ Twitter ]

If you think the Kurds feel abandoned just imagine how Turkey & the Syrian rebels feel. They’ve gone from being our main allies in the war to our arch enemies. Politicians who favored arming them & giving them a no-fly-zone now say they’re our enemies & are sanctioning them.

17.10.2019 - 18:22 [ Mark Ames ‏/ Twitter ]

Magically before our eyes, the same groups that our media called „Syrian rebels“ or „Free Syrian Army“ for 8 straight years have been rebranded as „Arab militias“ who are all Turkey’s fault. Like, we never even met these assholes—just armed & trained & PR’d them is all.

16.10.2019 - 18:48 [ Lindsey Graham, US Senator / Twitter ]

I worry we will not have allies in the future against radical Islam, ISIS will reemerge, & Iran’s rise in Syria will become a nightmare for Israel.

I fear this is a complete and utter national security disaster in the making and I hope President Trump will adjust his thinking.

16.10.2019 - 06:09 [ theHill.com ]

Military veterans Gabbard, Buttigieg tangle over Syria during Democratic debate

“As president I will end these regime change wars by doing two things: ending the draconian sanctions that are really a modern-day siege the likes of which we are seeing Saudi Arabia wage against Yemen that have caused tens of thousands of Syrian civilians to die and to starve, and I would make sure that we stop supporting terrorists like al Qaeda in Syria,” she said.

15.10.2019 - 12:22 [ Brett McGurk, Former Presidential Envoy. Served under Bush, Obama, Trump / Twitter ]

Indeed, US officials signed the SDF up to a “security mechanism” plan by which it removed all defensive barriers on the Syrian side of the border to forestall a Turkish incursion. EUCOM issued this just yesterday. Was Trump ever even briefed on this plan?

(06.10.2019)

14.10.2019 - 06:22 [ Rudaw.net ]

Kurds strike deal with Damascus for gov’t force entry of north Syria towns: officials

The Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (NES) announced the deal with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government in a Sunday evening statement.

“This deployment occurred through coordination and agreement with the Self-Administration Authority for Northern and Eastern Syria and the Syrian Democratic Forces,” the statement said.

14.10.2019 - 06:19 [ Yahoo.com ]

Kurds announce deal with Damascus as Turkey pushes deep into Syria

Syria’s Kurds have announced a groundbreaking deal with Damascus on a Syrian troop deployment near the border with Turkey, as Ankara presses a deadly cross-border offensive that has sparked an international outcry.

The announcement on Sunday came as the United States ordered the withdrawal of almost its entire ground force in Syria.

13.10.2019 - 11:07 [ AlArabiya.net ]

Putin praises Saudi-Russian relations, condemns Aramco attacks, in interview

“If anyone thinks that seizing tankers and attacking oil infrastructure can in any way affect cooperation between Russia and our Arab friends, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, that they can undermine or break down our cooperation with OPEC+, then they are profoundly wrong,” said Putin, addressing a question on regional security.

“On the contrary, we will forge ever closer ties because our main goal is to stabilize global energy markets,” he added, saying that Russia remained committed to the initiatives of the OPEC+ group of oil producers driven by Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

13.10.2019 - 10:50 [ AlMasdarNews.com ]

Developing: Massive Syrian Army force arrives at outskirts of Manbij amid reports of imminent takeover

According to a source in Aleppo, the Syrian Army deployed a large force from the provincial capital to the southern outskirts of Manbij as the government holds talks with the SDF about preventing the Turkish Army and their militant allies from taking control of the town.

13.10.2019 - 10:35 [ AJSB ‏/ Twitter ]

Yesterday there was apparently meeting between #USA & #Russia|n delegation in #Manbij, after it, #USA started to pack & exit City. Reporter Oleg is in Town. Expected Russian MPs to arrive today, later, #SAA forces will enter.

12.10.2019 - 10:44 [ Kreml ]

Vladimir Putin will pay a state visit to Saudi Arabia on October 14

During the talks with King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the current state of and prospects for multifaceted Russia-Saudi Arabia cooperation, including in trade, the economy and investment, are expected to be reviewed.

There will be an exchange of views on pressing issues on the international agenda, primarily the situation in the Middle East and North Africa.

12.10.2019 - 10:04 [ Pentagon ]

DOD Statement on Deployment of Additional U.S. Forces and Equipment to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

At the request of U.S. Central Command, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper authorized the deployment of additional U.S. forces and the following equipment to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia:

11.10.2019 - 14:40 [ APnews.com ]

Iran says Chinese state oil firm withdraws from $5B deal

(06.10.2019)

Officials in Beijing didn’t immediately acknowledge their decision. Phone calls to the CNPC rang unanswered on Sunday and its website bore no mention of the withdrawal.

However, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif separately complained Sunday about the U.S. campaign against Tehran and its impact on foreign investments.

10.10.2019 - 18:16 [ Ban Ki Moon / Sicherheitsrat der Vereinten Nationen ]

Report of the Secretary-General on the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force for the period from 4 September to 19 November 2014

(1.12.2014)

5. In view of the heavy fighting, which was approaching close to the UNDOF headquarters at Camp Faouar and the mission’s positions in the central part of the area of separation, the Force Commander briefed both parties early in September on the Force’s plans to relocate its personnel and assets should the Nusra Front or other extremist fighters who posed a clear threat to the mission endanger the safety and security of the United Nations personnel. It should be noted here that from information posted on social media as well as in the course of its efforts to secure the release of the peacekeepers, the United Nations learned that its personnel had been taken and held by members of the Nusra Front. There were indications that the Nusra Front intended to detain additional UNDOF personnel and take from UNDOF more weapons and vehicles as opportunities arose. (…)

12. Crossing of the ceasefire line by civilians, primarily shepherds, was observed on an almost daily basis. On 24 October, United Nations observation post 73 observed 12 IDF soldiers who detained one civilian between the Alpha line and the Israeli technical fence south-east of the observation post and subsequently took him away. IDF informed UNDOF that they released the person within one hour at the same location. On 27 October, position 80 observed two IDF soldiers east of the technical fence returning from the direction of the Alpha line towards the technical fence. UNDOF observed IDF opening the technical fence gate and letting two individuals pass from the Bravo to the Alpha side. Following the evacuation of UNDOF personnel from position 85 on 28 August, UNDOF sporadically observed armed members of the opposition interacting with IDF across the ceasefire line in the vicinity of United Nations position 85.

10.10.2019 - 18:15 [ UN Tribune ]

UN Peacekeepers Observe IDF Interacting With Al Nusra in Golan

(4.12.2014)

UN troops monitoring the 1974 ceasefire between Israel and Syria have witnessed interactions between members of the Israeli Defence Forces and the Al Nusra Front who have taken over a large part of the Golan Heights.

10.10.2019 - 17:21 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Netanyahu says cooperation with Russia ‚critical‘ with U.S. to leave Syria

(07.10.2019)

Netanyahu made the comments at a holiday toast with workers in his office, during which he relayed that he just had a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

10.10.2019 - 10:22 [ Guido Fawkes ]

EU President: Bercow Working with me to Block No Deal

Addressing the EU Parliament, it’s President, David Sassoli, let slip that he is now bypassing the UK Government and talking directly to Bercow about how to delay Brexit. Bercow has always claimed he isn’t a Remainer and just wants the Commons to have its say – according to Sassoli, Bercow is actively lobbying against No Deal behind the scenes…

10.10.2019 - 06:52 [ Haaretz ]

Defending Syria Pullout, Trump Says U.S. Should Never Have Been Involved in ‚Stupid‘ Mideast Wars

Trump’s call for ending U.S. military involvement in the Middle East and bringing the troops home was a feature of his presidential campaign, but it flies in the face of many decades of bipartisan American policy, even as the Trump administration and its immediate predecessor have tried to give additional attention to what they see as long-term security threats elsewhere, including from China and Russia.

09.10.2019 - 19:01 [ Donald J. Trump, President of the United States / Twitter ]

Fighting between various groups that has been going on for hundreds of years. USA should never have been in Middle East. Moved our 50 soldiers out. Turkey MUST take over captured ISIS fighters that Europe refused to have returned. The stupid endless wars, for us, are ending!

09.10.2019 - 18:54 [ Daily Mail ]

Furious Donald Trump calls going into the Middle East ‚the worst decision ever made‘ and demands Turkey take responsibility for captured ISIS fighters – opening way for Erdogan’s forces to move into Kurdish Syria

Trump suggested that Republican predecessor George W. Bush, whose military invaded Iraq based on bad intelligence, was responsible for entangling the United States in a regional quagmire that has resulted in more 50,000 American casualties since 2001.

‚We went to war under a false & now disproven premise, WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION. There were NONE! Now we are slowly & carefully bringing our great soldiers & military home. Our focus is on the BIG PICTURE! THE USA IS GREATER THAN EVER BEFORE!‘ he proclaimed.

Trump said that religious clashes in the Middle East will never be resolved by an American military presence.

09.10.2019 - 18:36 [ Kreml ]

Telephone conversation with President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan continued their exchange of views on Syrian problems, including in the context of the agreements reached in September in Ankara during the meeting of the leaders of the guarantor states in the Astana process. In light of the plans announced by Turkey to conduct a military operation in northeastern Syria, Vladimir Putin urged his Turkish partners to carefully consider the situation so as not to damage the overall efforts to resolve the Syrian crisis.

09.10.2019 - 18:27 [ Jens Stoltenberg ‏/ Twitter ]

#NATO has been informed by Turkish authorities about their ongoing operation in Northern Syria. I count on Turkey to act with restraint & ensure that the gains we have made in the fight against ISIS are not jeopardised. I will discuss this issue with President Erdogan Friday.

08.10.2019 - 16:02 [ Sputnik ]

Kurds in Syria Ready to Negotiate With Damascus as Turkish Operation Looming – Official

„In order for the AANES to continue to safeguard the people’s rights and play a role in all Syria, an agreement with Damascus is necessary. This is why we have repeatedly tried, either directly or through Russia, to hold dialogue with Damascus and reach a political agreement to end the Syrian crisis and confront the agendas seeking the division of the Syrian territory“, Badran Jiakurd, an adviser to the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria, said.

07.10.2019 - 14:21 [ Daily Star ]

Hariri in Abu Dhabi to rally support for Lebanon

Prime Minister Saad Hariri arrived in Abu Dhabi Sunday on the first leg of an Arab and foreign tour aiming to drum up Arab and international financial …