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28.06.2020 - 14:01 [ Stars and Stripes ]

Army halts MWR at Afghanistan base, orders contractors to leave to prevent virus spread

The U.S. military has ordered contractors in eastern Afghanistan to leave base as part of coronavirus prevention measures, forcing the closure of Morale, Welfare and Recreation facilities and other nonessential services.

26.06.2020 - 15:50 [ USA Today ]

Trump White House wins court ruling upholding plan to require insurers and hospitals to disclose prices

(24.05.2020)

The Trump administration won a court ruling Tuesday upholding its plan to require insurers and hospitals to disclose the actual prices for common tests and procedures in a bid to promote competition and push down costs.

15.06.2020 - 08:50 [ theGuardian.com ]

Cuomo gave immunity to nursing home executives after big campaign donations

(26.05.2020)

Less than two years after that flood of cash from the Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA), Cuomo signed legislation last month quietly shielding hospital and nursing home executives from the threat of lawsuits stemming from the coronavirus outbreak. The provision, inserted into an annual budget bill by Cuomo’s aides, created one of the nation’s most explicit immunity protections for healthcare industry officials, according to legal experts.

Critics say Cuomo removed a key deterrent against nursing home and hospital corporations cutting corners in ways that jeopardize lives.

11.05.2020 - 00:18 [ Common Dreams ]

Farmers Are Destroying Mountains of Food. Here’s What To Do About It

Crises tend to expose pre-existing societal malfunctions, and the Covid-19 pandemic has provided a bleak view into our political and economic soul. This March and April, even as an astounding 30 million Americans plunged into unemployment and food bank needs soared, farmers across the US destroyed heartbreaking amounts of food to stem mounting financial losses.

In scenes reminiscent of the Great Depression, dairy farmers dumped lakes of fresh cow’s milk (3.7m gallons a day in early April, now about 1.5 million per day), hog and chicken farmers aborted piglets and euthanized hens by the thousands, and crop growers plowed acres of vegetables into the ground as the nation’s brittle and anarchic food supply chain began to snap and crumble.

03.05.2020 - 10:51 [ Prof Michel Chossudovsky / Global Research ]

Déjà Vu: The WHO’s Handling of 2009 H1N1 Pandemic: „Deeply Marred by Secrecy and Conflict of Interest“

The same Big Pharma actors, the Gates Foundation, Anthony Fauci et al were behind the H1N1 swine flu scam. Members of the Expert committee of the WHO (including Director General Margaret Chan) were bribed in 2009.

The same committee was bribed in January 2020. And a lot of people have been bribed in relation to COVID-19. That’s an understatement.

02.05.2020 - 17:48 [ Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade - coat.ncf.ca ]

William S. Knudsen (1879-1948)

Knudsen became president of GM in 1937 and served in that position until 1940.

That year, President Roosevelt’s National Defense Advisory Commission was revived and Knudsen was put in charge. He probably felt at home with U.S. Steel’s Edward Stettinius, a Council on Foreign Relations member who later became Secretary of State (1944-1945), and Sears’ chairman, Donald Nelson, the anti-Semite who chaired the America First Committee, an influential outfit that strongly opposed fighting Nazism. By 1941, Knudsen was co-chairing the Office of Production Management to oversee the country’s armament program. He probably felt less at home though with Roosevelt’s choice of co-chair, Sidney Hillman, a Jewish labour leader. But, all-in-all, WWII was highly profitable for Knudsen and his company. GM received $14 billion in contracts from the U.S. War Production Board, which was conveniently chaired by Knudson. GM’s vehicle factories in Germany churned out most of Hitler’s army trucks and many bomber aircraft engines for the Nazi war effort. In 1942, Knudsen was recognized in a special way by the U.S. Army. No he wasn’t arrested for conflict of interest or conspiring to arm the enemy, he became the first civilian to be made a U.S. Army General.

25.04.2020 - 11:43 [ Ansa.it ]

WHO and UN launch drive to accelerate vaccine development

As the deaths caused by the coronavirus passed 190,000 at the global level and the number of cases crossed the 2.7 million threshold (Johns Hopkins University data updated Friday), a „historic collaboration“ was launched to accelerate the arrival of a vaccine.

25.04.2020 - 10:41 [ UN.org ]

Secretary-General’s remarks at the launch of the Statement of Commitment and Call for Support for the Global Collaboration to Accelerate the Development, Production and Equitable Access to New COVID-19 Tools [as delivered]

This launch brings together world leaders, the private sector, scientific and humanitarian actors and other partners to promote health, keep the world safe and advance the public good.

Human health is the quintessential global public good.

And today, we face a global public enemy like no other.

25.04.2020 - 10:35 [ LA Times ]

$8-billion effort aims to speed development of coronavirus vaccines and treatments

Friday’s launch event was co-hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates.

Leaders from South Africa, Rwanda, Germany, Great Britain, Spain, Italy, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Finland and Costa Rica joined the call to pledge their commitment to work with and support the ACT Accelerator.

Representatives from the United States and China were noticeably absent.

25.04.2020 - 10:21 [ World Health Organization WHO.int ]

Global collaboration to accelerate new COVID-19 health technologies

The launch of the new collaboration is being co-hosted by WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic, Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The virtual event will include senior United Nations, government and public health and industry leaders from around the world.

25.04.2020 - 10:15 [ southafrica.watsupafrica.com ]

World leaders call for global collaboration in COVID-19 fight

World leaders have joined the World Health Organisation in calling for global collaboration to accelerate the development and equitable access to new COVID-19 tools, including vaccines.

23.04.2020 - 02:36 [ Global Research ]

Covid-19: Check the Source of your Information! War against… Corruption?

I am a doctor: seven years at medical school, three years of applications, four years of doctoral studies to obtain my MD in Belgium, in 1995. From 1997 to 2003, I specialised in anaesthesia-recovery, then in intensive care. For the last 17 years, I have worked in this field, now in the spotlight during this viral pandemic called Covid-19. I am therefore particularly qualified from a medical standpoint. That’s where I stand out, and I am mainly guided in my profession by the motto passed down from the early days of medicine in Antiquity: “Primum non nocere” or in other words: “First, do no harm.”

22.04.2020 - 16:47 [ Rolling Stone ]

The Question the CDC Won’t Answer About Coronavirus Testing

(10.03.2020)

We asked for a list of all contractors who had a financial interest in providing the agency with reagents and other components of the test. Despite multiple followups, the CDC has not responded.

Reached today, a CDC media staffer said that the agency was overwhelmed with press requests and was working through its backlog. Our questions, she said, were in the queue.

22.04.2020 - 15:39 [ New York Times ]

C.D.C. Labs Were Contaminated, Delaying Coronavirus Testing, Officials Say

(18.04.2020)

Those practices made the tests sent to public health labs unusable because they were contaminated with the coronavirus, and produced some inconclusive results.

22.04.2020 - 15:22 [ theNewAmerican.com ]

Could Contaminated COVID-19 Tests Help Spread the Virus?

(06.04.2020)

Imagine that you are not carrying the virus, but you go in for testing and leave carrying the virus.

The Telegraph report stated that it is “not clear” how the tests were contaminated.

22.04.2020 - 15:18 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Coronavirus testing effort hampered by kits contaminated with Covid-19: Traces of the virus were detected in parts due for delivery from overseas in the coming day

(30.04.2020)

One of the suppliers – the Luxembourg-based firm Eurofins – sent an email on Monday morning to government laboratories in the UK warning that a delivery of key components called “probes and primers” had been contaminated with coronavirus and would be delayed.

The firm admitted there had been “an issue” and insisted other private providers had suffered the same problem.

22.04.2020 - 15:02 [ Alternet.org ]

CDC blocked top FDA scientist dispatched to expedite coronavirus response at critical moment

(05.03.2020)

The FDA’s director of the Office of In Vitro Diagnostics and Radiological Health, Timothy Stenzel, flew to CDC headquarters in Atlanta on the weekend of Feb. 22, but he was immediately forced to wait overnight as health department officials lobbied the CDC to give him access to the agency’s campus, according to Politico. Stenzel was there specifically to work out issues with the CDC’s coronavirus test that had already hobbled more expansive screening for weeks.

22.04.2020 - 14:41 [ Axios ]

Scoop: Lab for coronavirus test kits may have been contaminated

(01.03.2020)

A senior administration official added that the government also moved the manufacturing of the coronavirus tests out of the Atlanta laboratory of CDC.

The official said that the CDC engaged with a third party contractor on Feb. 20 to help manufacture the testing kits. The official added that the FDA regulator, Stenzel, visited the Atlanta laboratory on Feb. 22.

14.04.2020 - 15:54 [ Robert F. Kennedy Jr. / ChildrensHealthDefense.org ]

Gates’ Globalist Vaccine Agenda: A Win-Win for Pharma and Mandatory Vaccination

Vaccines, for Bill Gates, are a strategic philanthropy that feed his many vaccine-related businesses (including Microsoft’s ambition to control a global vaccination ID enterprise) and give him dictatorial control of global health policy.

04.04.2020 - 13:51 [ The Hill / Youtube ]

Tucker Carlson blasts companies putting profits over Americans in time of crisis

(03.04.2020)

Krystal and Saagar discuss U.S. shipments of American-made respirators and ventilators being sold to foreign buyers, Tucker Carlson’s interview with a Florida emergency official that said 3M is selling face masks to foreign countries instead of his state.

03.04.2020 - 04:45 [ Colin Todhunter / Global Research ]

Locked Down and Locking in the New Global Order

Professor Michel Chossudovsky has looked at who could ultimately benefit from current events and concludes that certain pharmaceutical companies could be (are already) major beneficiaries as they receive lavish funding to develop vaccines. He asks whether we can trust the main actors behind what could amount to a multibillion dollar global (compulsory) vaccination (surveillance) project.

01.04.2020 - 16:52 [ Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security ]

Event 201 Recommendations: Public-private cooperation for pandemic preparedness and response

(17.01.2020)

Public health authorities should work with private employers and trusted community leaders such as faith leaders, to promulgate factual information to employees and citizens. Trusted, influential private-sector employers should create the capacity to readily and reliably augment public messaging, manage rumors and misinformation, and amplify credible information to support emergency public communications. National public health agencies should work in close collaboration with WHO to create the capability to rapidly develop and release consistent health messages. For their part, media companies should commit to ensuring that authoritative messages are prioritized and that false messages are suppressed including though the use of technology.

Accomplishing the above goals will require collaboration among governments, international organizations and global business.

01.04.2020 - 15:14 [ Worldbank.org ]

China, World Bank and WHO Collaborate to Support ‘Deep Water’ Phase of Health Reforms

(17. Februar 2015)

At the request of senior government officials, the World Bank and the World Health Organization are collaborating with China’s Ministry of Finance, National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) and Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to analyze current constraints within the health reform process and identify practical solutions.

“In 2009, the Government of China launched an ambitious national health reform program to provide affordable, equitable and effective health care for all by 2020,” said Bert Hofman, World Bank Country Director for China.

30.03.2020 - 09:52 [ Wall Street Journal ]

Amazon’s Bezos, Other Corporate Executives Sold Shares Just in Time

(24.03.2020)

Top executives at U.S.-traded companies sold a total of roughly $9.2 billion in shares of their own companies between the start of February and the end of last week, a Wall Street Journal analysis shows.

The selling saved the executives—including many in the financial industry—potential losses totaling $1.9 billion, according to the analysis, as the S&P 500 stock index plunged about 30% from its peak on Feb. 19 through the close of trading March 20.

30.03.2020 - 09:28 [ Challenger Gray and Christmas Inc. ]

2019 November CEO Turnover Report: 148 Out in November, Record High Continues

(11.12.2019)

Last month’s total is virtually unchanged from the 147 CEO exits recorded in the same month last year. So far this year, 1,480 CEOs have left their posts, according to Challenger tracking, 12% higher than the 1,323 CEOs who announced their exits through November 2018. It is the highest January-November total since the firm began tracking in 2002, and only four CEOs fewer than the previous full-year high of 1,484 CEO exits tracked in 2008.

30.03.2020 - 09:09 [ NBC News ]

Why have more than 1,300 CEOs left their post in the past year?

(06.11.2019)

Chief executives are leaving in record numbers this year, with more than 1,332 stepping aside in the period from January through the end of October, according to new data released on Wednesday. While it’s not unusual to see CEOs fleeing in the middle of a recession, it is noteworthy to see such a rash of executive exits amid robust corporate earnings and record stock market highs.

30.03.2020 - 09:05 [ GlobalResearch.ca ]

Why Did Hundreds Of CEOs Resign Just Before The World Started Going Absolutely Crazy?

In the months prior to the most ferocious stock market crash in history and the eruption of the biggest public health crisis of our generation, we witnessed the biggest exodus of corporate CEOs that we have ever seen. And as you will see below, corporate insiders also sold off billions of dollars worth of shares in their own companies just before the stock market imploded. In life, timing can be everything, and sometimes people simply get lucky. But it does seem odd that so many among the corporate elite would be so exceedingly “lucky” all at the same time. In this article I am not claiming to know the motivations of any of these individuals, but I am pointing out certain patterns that I believe are worth investigating.

28.03.2020 - 09:20 [ LawAndCrime.com ]

Trump Axed Congressionally-Mandated Pandemic Recovery Oversight with Stimulus Bill Signing Statement

Trump, by way of a signing statement, noted that his administration would quite simply override a provision in the nearly 900-page stimulus bill that would require the country’s newest inspector general–just created and tasked with overseeing the disbursement of the stimulus funds–to report to Congress any time the administration stonewalled about where or how those funds were being spent.

28.03.2020 - 08:30 [ Huffington Post ]

Trump Claims Power To Gag Watchdog Overseeing New $500 Billion Bailout

President Donald Trump has issued a signing statement declaring that he can block a watchdog from telling Congress when information is withheld about payouts to businesses in the massive new $2 trillion economic relief law.

Democrats fought hard for provisions in the measure to ensure …

27.03.2020 - 18:49 [ Washington Post ]

Gouged prices, middlemen and medical supply chaos: Why governors are so upset with Trump

Masks that used to cost pennies now cost several dollars. Companies outside the traditional supply chain offer wildly varying levels of price and quality. Health authorities say they have few other choices to meet their needs in a ‘dog-eat-dog’ battle.

23.03.2020 - 08:49 [ Pentagon ]

Northcom Commander Calls for 21st Century Tools to Defeat Current Threats

(11.03.2020)

The command will continue to partner with the U.S. defense and commercial industries a „to transform rapidly evolving scientific information into leading-edge digital age technology,“ he said.

The command is building a SHIELD — the Strategic Home and Integrated Ecosystem for Layered Defense — to defend the homeland.

„Our layered defense needs to establish awareness in all domains; from below the oceans to the highest levels of space, including the unseen cyber domain, which are all at risk,“ he said.

22.03.2020 - 13:06 [ Matt Stoller ]

Stop the Coronavirus Corporate Coup

And there’s a precedent.

In 2008, when Congress was on the brink of passing a $700 billion bailout to Wall Street, something astonishing happened. A motley bipartisan group of roughly a hundred members, as well as outside experts, formed what was called the „Skeptic’s Caucus,“ and organized enough votes to take down the package. Congressional leaders then attached some minor tweaks, and forced the package through after the stock market crashed. Ultimately, the skeptics failed, and the bailouts ended up shifting power and wealth to an unaccountable elite class.

But for that brief moment, it became clear that opposition to Congressional leadership on corporate subsidies is possible. We will need another Skeptic’s caucus, and quickly.

10.03.2020 - 09:17 [ Forbes ]

The Fed’s $16 Trillion Bailouts Under-Reported

(20.09.2011)

It is the first audit of the Fed in United States history since its beginnings in 1913. The findings verify that over $16 trillion was allocated to corporations and banks internationally, purportedly for “financial assistance” during and after the 2008 fiscal crisis.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) amended the Wall Street Reform law to audit the Fed, pushing the GAO to step in and take a look around.

10.03.2020 - 09:10 [ CNN Money ]

CNNMoney.com’s bailout tracker

Troubled ASSET RELIEF PROGRAM
Financial rescue plan aimed at restoring liquidity to the financial markets

(…)

Committed : $11 trillion (total)
Invested: $3 trillion (total)

09.03.2020 - 06:43 [ clinicaltrialsarena.com ]

Coronavirus treatment: Vaccines/drugs in the pipeline for Covid-19

Here is a list of the major coronavirus drugs that pharmaceutical companies across the world are developing that have the potential to become major coronavirus vaccines or antivirals for treating the contagious coronavirus infection.

07.03.2020 - 20:39 [ New York Times ]

Erik Prince Recruits Ex-Spies to Help Infiltrate Liberal Groups

(today)

One of the former spies, an ex-MI6 officer named Richard Seddon, helped run a 2017 operation to copy files and record conversations in a Michigan office of the American Federation of Teachers, one of the largest teachers’ unions in the nation. Mr. Seddon directed an undercover operative to secretly tape the union’s local leaders and try to gather information that could be made public to damage the organization, documents show.

26.02.2020 - 20:45 [ CatholicNewsAgency.com ]

How assisted suicide discriminates against the poor and disabled

(28.02.2017)

However, groups like Compassion and Choices and Death with Dignity are pushing for these laws to be introduced in state legislatures. And if legalized, physician-assisted suicide could prove especially dangerous to vulnerable populations like the poor, the elderly, and the disabled whose health care costs are seen by some as burdensome.

25.02.2020 - 22:18 [ teleSUR ]

Costa Rica: Jehry Rivera Dies While Defending Indigenous Lands

Costa Rica’s Indigenous leader Jehry Rivera was shot dead on Monday night while the Mano de Tigre community inhabitants tried to defend themselves from hitmen in San Antonio de Terraba, in the Puntarenas province.

19.02.2020 - 21:59 [ Trend.az ]

Canada passenger rail company lays off 1,000 staff as blockades bite

The protesters say they back the Wet’suwet’en indigenous people of British Columbia in their campaign against the C$6.6 billion ($4.98 billion) Coastal GasLink project. Some aboriginal bands claim the right to veto projects on their territory, a stance rejected by a Canadian court earlier this month.

“Reconciliation doesn’t mean allowing a couple of people to shut down the national economy,” Alberta Premier Jason Kenney told reporters.

14.02.2020 - 23:25 [ Reuters ]

Mexico’s oil regulator fires 18 employees from contract oversight unit

Mexico’s oil regulator fired 18 employees on Friday that formed part of a unit responsible for supervising some 100 exploration and production contracts won at auction by private companies including U.S.-based Exxon Mobil Corp and Britain’s BP.

08.02.2020 - 02:37 [ KUNC ]

Trump Administration Releases Final Plans For Grand Staircase, Bears Ears National Monuments

“The Trump administration’s effort to preempt any adverse ruling by prematurely finalizing the land management planning process for the illegally declared Shash Jaa and Indian Creek units, unequivocally demonstrates a complete disregard for Native American concerns and blatant disrespect for the cultural landscape protections the Tribes have sought,” Clark Tenakhongva, vice chairman of the Hopi Tribe and the coalition leader wrote in a press release.

08.02.2020 - 02:27 [ KUNC ]

Company Eyes Massive Lithium Deposit On Public Lands In Nevada

Cattle rancher Jhona Bell, for one, has concerns.

“Well, it takes out a lot of our range, and it has a huge economic impact for us,“ she said. „Obviously you can’t run cattle where there’s a mine.“

Bell said she’s also concerned about water usage, land reclamation and traffic.

08.02.2020 - 02:17 [ Reuters ]

China’s Ganfeng to take control of Argentina lithium project

China’s Ganfeng Lithium Co said on Friday it will take control of an Argentina lithium project it has been developing with Lithium Americas Corp, cementing its control over a key source of the white metal for electric vehicle batteries.

01.02.2020 - 18:23 [ Trend.az ]

Ashgabat, Delhi discuss TAPI gas pipeline project

The Turkmengas State Concern is the leader of the TAPI Pipeline Company Ltd. international consortium. It acts as the main financier and manager of the project. The consortium also includes Afghan Gas Corporation, Pakistan’s Inter State Gas Systems (Private) Limited Company and India’s GAIL Company.

01.02.2020 - 04:55 [ Ramona Wadi / Strategic Culture Foundation ]

The Exploitation of Pascua Lama Is One Example of Chile’s Neoliberal Exploitation

In 2006, Barrick Gold had proposed moving the glacier ice from the Toro 1, Toro 2 and the Esperanza glaciers to facilitate their exploitation of the region’s resources.

29.01.2020 - 00:24 [ Mike Garrity / CounterPunch ]

Natural Gas Pipeline Corridor Threatens Imperiled Species and Inventoried Roadless Areas

We are giving the Forest Service the opportunity to address the serious legal problems with this decision before actually filing a lawsuit. For the sake of our public lands and wildlife – especially the imperiled species that will be harmed by this project – we truly hope the Forest Service reconsiders its decision and either cancels the project or takes the steps necessary to bring the project in compliance with federal law.

27.01.2020 - 08:31 [ theGrayzone.com ]

DNC’s Tom Perez nominates regime-change agents, Israel lobbyists, and Wall Street consultants to rig the game against Bernie

With Sen. Bernie Sanders surging in the polls, DNC chair Tom Perez has put forward a cartoonishly neoliberal cast of foreign policy hacks and corporate lobbyists to sabotage his nomination.

25.01.2020 - 11:50 [ New York Times ]

You Are Now Remotely Controlled

Surveillance capitalists control the science and the scientists, the secrets and the truth.

20.01.2020 - 06:01 [ Wall Street Journal ]

Capitalism Draws Fire, Despite Strong Global Economy

Worries about income inequality, jobs disappearing due to automation and environmental sustainability are all feeding wide-scale distrust in capitalism as the world knows it, according to a new study released Sunday.

Edelman, a public-relations firm, conducted its 20th annual analysis of public trust in major institutions, surveying 34,000 people in 27 countries and Hong Kong. The data reveal both skepticism about those institutions—including government, business, the media and nongovernmental organizations …

08.01.2020 - 12:52 [ Haaretz ]

How Israel Covers Up Corruption by Its Spies, Soldiers and Arms Dealers

Israel’s security apparatus and its over-collaborative judiciary would do well to look up, then commit to memory, the words of U.S. Supreme Court justice Louis Brandeis: „Publicity is justly commended as a remedy for social and industrial diseases. Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants.“

06.01.2020 - 18:37 [ Politico.com ]

Defense secretary’s chief of staff to step down

He joined the Pentagon in 2017 as deputy assistant secretary for industrial policy from McKinsey & Company, a management consulting firm where he specialized in the aerospace industry.

Then-acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan tapped Chewning as his chief of staff in January 2019 after the departure of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. Chewning continued to serve in that role when then-Navy Secretary Richard Spencer stepped in temporarily as acting Pentagon chief while Esper, who was serving as Army secretary, awaited confirmation from the Senate. Chewning then stayed on when Esper took over in July.

03.01.2020 - 02:07 [ The Hill ]

Thousands of classics from Gershwin to Wharton enter public domain

The legislation created a gap between the release of works from 1922 to those released in 1923, which became part of the public domain on Jan. 1, 2019. The Gershwin family was part of an effort that also includes Disney and other corporations to lobby lawmakers to extend copyrights, Mic reported.

24.12.2019 - 14:39 [ New York Times ]

It Seemed Like a Popular Chat App. It’s Secretly a Spy Tool.

A technical analysis and interviews with computer security experts showed that the firm behind ToTok, Breej Holding, is most likely a front company affiliated with DarkMatter, an Abu Dhabi-based cyberintelligence and hacking firm where Emirati intelligence officials, former National Security Agency employees and former Israeli military intelligence operatives work. DarkMatter is under F.B.I. investigation, according to former employees and law enforcement officials, for possible cybercrimes. The American intelligence assessment and the technical analysis also linked ToTok to Pax AI, an Abu Dhabi-based data mining firm that appears to be tied to DarkMatter.

24.12.2019 - 14:35 [ New York Times ]

Where Even the Children Are Being Tracked

As they go about their daily lives, many Pasadena residents we spoke with, like the rest of us, frequent locations whose populations for one reason or another could be vulnerable — because they attend mosques or synagogues or work at secure facilities, like NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. We plucked one scientist at the lab out of the data, and when we tracked him down in real life and explained how we did it, he was alarmed. “Somebody who might want to get some information from [the lab] for instance, they might target me,” the scientist told us. “This will be a treasure trove for any spying agency, I would presume.” He asked that we preserve his anonymity in this story.

23.12.2019 - 16:19 [ Annie Grayer, for @CNN covering the 2020 presidential election / Twitter ]

Last night in Nashua, NH @berniesanders talked about his critics of Medicare for All. He mentioned three groups: 1. Trump and Republicans 2. The health care industry 3. Establishment Democrats Listen for which group got the loudest boo from the crowd

23.12.2019 - 11:21 [ CNN ]

Internet shutdowns used to be rare. They’re increasingly becoming the norm in much of the world

Hong Kong (CNN) At the start of this year, as Zimbabwe cut off internet access across the country following anti-government protests, the internet pressure group Keep It On warned that such „shutdowns must never be allowed to become the new normal.“
Twelve months later, however, that’s exactly where we are.

23.12.2019 - 09:44 [ New York Times ]

Total Surveillance Is Not What America Signed Up For

The largest such file known to have been examined by journalists, it reveals more than 50 billion location pings from the phones of more than 12 million Americans across several major cities.

By analyzing these pings, our journalists were able to track the movements of President Trump’s Secret Service guards and of senior Pentagon officials. They could follow protesters to their homes and stalk high-school students across Los Angeles. In most cases, it was child’s play for them to connect a supposedly anonymous data trail to a name and an address — to a real live human being.

18.12.2019 - 19:40 [ Max Blumenthal / theGrayzone.com ]

The insider: How national security mandarins groomed Pete Buttigieg and managed his future

Pledging to “end endless wars,” Pete Buttigieg claims he has “never been part of the Washington establishment.” But years before he was known as Mayor Pete, an influential DC network of military interventionists placed him on an inside track to power.

17.12.2019 - 16:12 [ theGuardian.com ]

Brexit: No 10 tells businesses to prepare for life outside EU customs regime ‚in all circumstances‘ – live news

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including the cabinet, the House of Commons and the parliamentary Labour party all meeting for the first time since the general election

30.11.2019 - 20:02 [ Ilhan Omar, Abgeordnete im US Repräsentantenhaus / Twitter ]

Walmart made $9.86 billion last year. Surely, they can afford to pay employees working over the long Thanksgiving weekend extra. America doesn’t suffer from scarcity — we suffer from greed.

25.11.2019 - 19:31 [ CNN ]

He invented the web. Now he’s warning of a looming ‚digital dystopia‘

Ahead of a conference in Berlin Monday, Berners-Lee tweeted a warning of the risks faced.
He wrote: „If we fail to defend the free and open web, we risk a digital dystopia of entrenched inequality and abuse of rights.“
In an earlier statement on his foundation’s website, he called the web „one of the defining opportunities of our time,“ adding that collaborative action must be taken „to prevent the web being misused by those who want to exploit, divide and undermine.“

25.11.2019 - 19:27 [ kiwifarms.net ]

Research paper claims Google has achieved ‚quantum supremacy‘ – a milestone in computing after their quantum processor performed a ‚calculation in three minutes and 20 seconds that would take a state-of-the-art supercomputer 10,000 years‘

(22.09.2019)

The technology carries major national security implications because quantum computers potentially could break traditional internet security programs or other codes.

Developing viable quantum computers has proved to be hugely challenging because they rely on superconductivity that can only be achieved in temperatures close to absolute zero.
Any instability in the qubits, for example from vibrations, can lead to ‘noise’ that causes calculation errors and undermines a quantum computer’s power to solve problems.

Earlier this month, IBM announced it was joining forces with a German research institute to explore the potential of quantum computing, backed by a government plan to invest $717million over two years in wider research in the field.

25.11.2019 - 19:23 [ Freeman LaFleur / Twitter ]

A claim by Google researchers that they performed the first quantum computation was briefly posted on a NASA website before being removed.

(21.09.2019)

24.11.2019 - 17:07 [ Bloomberg ]

EU Plans $3.9 Billion Fund for Startups in ‘Valley of Death’

The fund will seek to close that investment gap by providing equity and grant funding to early stage firms in so-called deep tech, such as manufacturing, biotechnology, health-tech and artificial intelligence, he said. It’s set to formally launch in 2021 and will be run by the European Innovation Council, though the final size could change depending on the outcome of budget talks with the bloc’s member states.

23.11.2019 - 11:10 [ Haaretz ]

Ex-tycoon, News Publisher Indicted for Bribery in Netanyahu Cases

(21.11.2019)

Arnon (Noni) Mozes, the publisher of Israel’s largest daily newspaper, Yedioth Ahronoth, is indicted for bribery in Case 2000, and Shaul and Iris Elovich are indicted for bribery, obstruction of justice and obstruction of the investigation.

In February, the attorney general announced that he was closing the cases against several other suspects in the Netanyahu cases; among them were the premier’s wife Sara, Hollywood mogul Arnon Milchan and Knesset member Eytan Cabel (Labor-Gesher).

12.11.2019 - 16:59 [ Techdirt ]

Mozilla: ISPs Are Lying About Encrypted DNS, Should Have Privacy Practices Investigated

The effort would effectively let Chrome and Mozilla users opt in to DNS encryption — making your browser data more secure from spying and monetization — assuming your DNS provider supports it. Needless to day, telecom giants that have made billions of dollars monetizing your every online behavior for decades now (and routinely lying about it) don’t much like that.

As a result, Comcast, AT&T, and others have been trying to demonize the Google and Mozilla efforts any way they can,

12.11.2019 - 16:33 [ Common Dreams ]

Bolivian Coup Comes Less Than a Week After Morales Stopped Multinational Firm’s Lithium Deal

The Sunday military coup in Bolivia has put in place a government which appears likely to reverse a decision by just-resigned President Evo Morales to cancel an agreement with a German company for developing lithium deposits in the Latin American country for batteries like those in electric cars. …
ACISA told German broadcaster DW last week that the company was „confident that our lithium project will be resumed after a phase of political calmness and clarification.“

30.10.2019 - 09:21 [ Haaretz ]

Facebook Sues Israel’s NSO Group Over Alleged WhatsApp Hack

Facebook is seeking to have NSO barred from accessing or attempting to access WhatsApp and Facebook’s services after hacking spree that targeted journalists, diplomats, activists and others

15.10.2019 - 15:55 [ Bernie Sanders, candidate for Presidents / Twitter ]

For over 40 years, the largest and most profitable corporations in America have rigged the tax code and our economy. That ends when we’re in the White House. Read our plan to put power back in the hands of workers:

04.10.2019 - 14:53 [ Truthdig.com ]

Wall Street Is Killing Local Newspapers

Perhaps the most infamous recent example was the breakdown of the 127-year-old Denver Post. Since private equity firm Alden Global acquired the paper, it has cut two out of every three staff positions — twice the industry rate for downsizing.

To add insult to injury, the firm has been using staff pension funds as its own personal piggy bank. In total, they’ve moved nearly $250 million into investment accounts in the Cayman Islands.

03.10.2019 - 08:38 [ MercoPress ]

Peruvian vice-president resigns as interim president and supports general election

Ms Fujimori, the daughter of former President Alberto Fujimori, is in jail awaiting trial for allegedly accepting illegal funds from Odebrecht.

The president also argued that Congress’s appointment of a new judge to the constitutional court would interfere with his efforts to stamp out corruption. Among other things, the court is soon due to decide whether to free Keiko Fujimori from pre-trial detention.

30.09.2019 - 22:07 [ Washington Post ]

Bernie Sanders pushes new tax targeting large companies where CEOs earn far more than workers

Under Sanders’s plan, the government would increase a firm’s corporate tax rate if its highest-paid employee earns more than 50 times what its average worker does — an attempt to encourage companies to distribute their profits more equitably.

The plan would apply only to companies with more than $100 million in annual revenue.

27.09.2019 - 14:37 [ El Pais ]

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

Morales ordered his workers to install microphones in the embassy’s fire extinguishers and also in the women’s bathroom, where Assange’s lawyers, including the Spaniard Aitor Martínez and his closest collaborators, would meet for fear of being spied on. The cyberactivist’s meetings with his lawyers, Melynda Taylor, Jennifer Robinson and Baltasar Garzón, were also monitored.

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.

27.09.2019 - 14:31 [ WikiLeaks / Twitter ]

MAJOR SCOOP by El Pais: US intelligence had cameras, microphones concealed throughout Ecuador’s London embassy, including in diplomats‘ bathroom. The US was not just spying directly on Assange but also on Ecuador’s diplomats inside their own embassy.

15.09.2019 - 19:45 [ Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Abgeordnete des US Repräsentantenhauses / Twitter ]

Your ability to get insulin or see a doctor shouldn’t depend on how generous a billionaire is feeling today. Employers stripping healthcare, either by taking it away or worsening it, is just part of the casual dehumanization of working people to increase returns for the rich.

15.09.2019 - 19:39 [ Business Insider ]

Whole Foods is cutting medical benefits for hundreds of part-time workers

A 15-year employee of Whole Foods said she was devastated by the news.

She told Business Insider in an interview that her family was covered by the health-insurance plan she is enrolled in through her job at Whole Foods.

She said she would have to increase her hours to become eligible for full-time benefits and pay for childcare, or shop for a new and potentially more expensive health-insurance plan on the private marketplace.

07.09.2019 - 15:27 [ Techdirt ]

Getting Upload Filters Wasn’t Enough: EU Copyright Industry Starts Stealth Campaign To Demonize Internet Companies Even More

The EU Copyright Directive was supposed to bring copyright into the digital age. Instead, it turned into an attack on the Internet ecosystem by companies that once dominated analog media, and which are still struggling to accept the arrival of online services with a global reach. For example, the upload filters that are unavoidable under Article 13/17 of the Directive are really directed against Google, which ironically won’t be much inconvenienced by them. Ordinary people, by contrast, may find their perfectly legal uploads forbidden without explanation. You might think the EU copyright companies would be pretty satisfied now they have this powerful new right to block uploaded materials using automated filters as their proxy, without needing a judge’s approval. Not a bit of it. The German Web site Netzpolitik has obtained a leaked document revealing a coordinated campaign by copyright companies to hammer home the message that Internet companies are today’s baddies:

30.08.2019 - 05:33 [ CBS News ]

DNC announces criteria for fall debates – and ups the ante

(29.05.2019)

Candidates will need to score at least 2 percent in at least four national or statewide polls in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. The polls must be sponsored by a DNC-approved news organization: The Associated Press, ABC News, CBS News, CNN, Des Moines Register, Fox News, Monmouth University, NBC News, New York Times, NPR, Quinnipiac University, University of New Hampshire, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Washington Post, or Winthrop University.

24.08.2019 - 21:14 [ theHill.com ]

Trump takes aim at media after ‚hereby‘ ordering US businesses out of China

Trump took aim at the press for questioning his authority to order businesses out of China, tweeting, „For all of the Fake News Reporters that don’t have a clue as to what the law is relative to Presidential powers, China, etc., try looking at the Emergency Economic Powers Act of 1977. Case closed!“

24.08.2019 - 21:09 [ Washington Post ]

Trump ‘hereby’ orders U.S. business out of China. Can he do that?

President Trump’s extraordinary edict demanding U.S. companies move out of China — delivered in a series of angry tweets Friday — left industries of every stripe scrambling to understand how seriously to take the order, and how the White House might enforce it.

24.08.2019 - 12:34 [ SpaceNews.com ]

Administration policies seek to promote use of space nuclear power

A revised policy for approving the launch of spacecraft with nuclear power systems is the latest measure intended to support greater use of nuclear power systems in orbit and beyond.

The policy, formally issued by President Trump Aug. 20 to coincide with the latest public meeting of the National Space Council, updates guidelines for how both government and commercial spacecraft carrying space nuclear systems are reviewed and approved for launch.

24.08.2019 - 12:32 [ Weißes Haus ]

Presidential Memorandum on Launch of Spacecraft Containing Space Nuclear Systems

This memorandum establishes processes for Federal Government launches and launches for which the Department of Transportation (DOT) has statutory authority to license as commercial space launch activities (commercial launches). These processes include transparent safety guidelines and are forward-looking and amenable to effective use of space nuclear systems for heating, power, and propulsion.

20.08.2019 - 18:22 [ Haaretz ]

Mysterious Israeli Businessman Behind Mega-deal to Supply Spy Planes to UAE

The fact that there are no diplomatic ties between Israel and the UAE and other Persian Gulf countries has not prevented the shared interests of the countries in the region to forge an extensive unofficial relationship, including in business, military and political spheres. In the case of Israel and the Gulf states, one main shared interest is their mutual enemy: Iran.

20.08.2019 - 18:18 [ Middle East Monitor ]

Israel businessman behind UAE spy plane deal

However, as Haaretz points out, “it is interesting to discover that Israel’s name is totally absent from the hundreds of thousands of words describing the transaction in detail. The only mention of the country is in one document originating in Switzerland that describes the structure of AGT. It mentions in German that Kochavi is an Israeli citizen.”

The Israeli daily also notes that this deal is not Kochavi’s first project on behalf of the UAE, pointing to the installation of thousands of cameras, sensors and license-plate readers in Abu Dhabi in a bid to turn the capital into a “smart city”.

14.08.2019 - 19:06 [ The Young Turks / Youtube ]

Bernie Sanders TRIGGERS Washington Post With Facts

The establishment media only wants to attack Bernie Sanders. Cenk Uygur and John Iadarola, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down.

13.08.2019 - 15:26 [ theHill.com ]

Washington Post editor calls Sanders claim about campaign coverage a ‚conspiracy theory‘

Sanders and his campaign have begun arguing recently that a variety of news outlets, including the Post and the Times, are biased in their coverage of his 2020 White House bid.

„We have pointed out over and over again that Amazon made $10 billion in profits last year. You know how much they paid in taxes? You got it, zero! Any wonder why The Washington Post is not one of my great supporters, I wonder why?“ Sanders said in North Conway, N.H. on Monday night, according to CNN.

03.08.2019 - 21:44 [ Common Dreams ]

‚A Dystopian Surveillance State Being Built in Plain Sight‘: Pentagon Tests Radar-Equipped Balloons to Spy on Vehicles Across Midwest

„From police partnerships with Amazon’s Ring doorbells to these privately contracted spying balloons,“ she said, „a dystopian surveillance state is being built in plain sight, by government agencies with authoritarian dreams and corporations willing to trample our rights to turn a profit.“

03.08.2019 - 17:42 [ Communist Party of Israel ]

Likud Plans to Spend $570,000 to Spy Again on Arab Polling Stations

Now, according to a report broadcast by Channel 13 news, the Likud plans to double its budget for a repeat campaign, spending two million shekels (approximately $570,000) to install cameras in Arab polling stations. The campaign will once again be headed up by Kaizler Inbar, and will be accompanied by increased police presence to monitor Arab voters.

Israel’s Central Election Committee – which oversees the state’s election process – will reportedly meet later this week to discuss the Likud’s program. The Channel 13 news report told how the Likud party plans to ask Supreme Court Judge Hanan Melcer, head of the elections committee, to “detail in writing what their poll watchers can and cannot do with the surveillance cameras”.

03.08.2019 - 17:38 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Likud doubles budget for program placing hidden cameras in Arab polling stations

The operation is set to be run again by the Kaizler-Inbar communications firm, the source said. Kaizler-Inbar organized the April effort by recruiting activists mainly from national religious seminaries across the country and boasted in a Facebook post shortly after the vote of “success” in bringing turnout among Arabs to below 50 percent, its lowest level in decades.

01.08.2019 - 16:56 [ theGuardian.com ]

BMW boss urges Boris Johnson to abandon no-deal Brexit

German carmaker’s CEO offers to travel to London to deliver message to PM saying ‘listen to business’

30.07.2019 - 06:01 [ US House Oversight and Reform Committee ]

New Documents Show Corporate and Foreign Interests Seek to Influence U.S. Nuclear Policy

Chairman Cummings issued the following statement:

“Today’s report reveals new and extensive evidence that corroborates Committee whistleblowers and exposes how corporate and foreign interests are using their unique access to advocate for the transfer of U.S. nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia. The American people deserve to know the facts about whether the White House is willing to place the potential profits of the President’s personal friends above the national security of the American people and the universal objective of preventing the spread of nuclear weapons.”

The Committee’s second interim report is based on more than 60,000 pages of new documents produced to the Committee in response to requests that Chairman Cummings made to a host of outside companies about their involvement with plans to transfer U.S. nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia. The report states:

New documents and communications show that IP3, the private company lobbying the White House to transfer U.S. nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia, repeatedly sought a $120 million investment from Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. It is unclear if the company ultimately received the investment.

30.07.2019 - 05:41 [ LA Times ]

Tom Barrack to step down as Colony Capital chief executive

(25.07.2019)

Barrack played a high-profile role in Trump’s ascent to power, attending the 2016 Republican convention to deliver a primetime address in support of his longtime friend. He also introduced the future president to his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who is now serving a 47-month prison sentence for financial fraud.