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03:50 [ Haaretz ]

Gantz Meets Kushner in Washington Discusses Israel’s Military Edge, Additional Peace Deals

Gantz is also expected to meet with U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper and other Pentagon officials in Washington on Tuesday, the Defense Ministry said Monday.

Gantz is also set to discuss international policy vis-à-vis Iran and strategy for stopping its expansion and entrenchment in the Middle East.

01.09.2020 - 15:30 [ Finian Cunningham / Information Clearing House ]

CIA’s Addiction to Afghanistan War

The systematic involvement of the CIA in international drug running is as old as the agency itself, created in 1947 at the beginning of the Cold War. Its function of covert operations is by definition illegal and therefore requires secret funding.

23.08.2020 - 07:01 [ theHill.com ]

House passes $25B bill to boost Postal Service

The House on Saturday passed legislation that would prevent the U.S. Postal Service from making any changes to its operations that could slow delivery of mailed-in ballots for this fall’s elections.

The bill passed largely along party lines, 257-150, with 26 Republicans bucking party leaders to support it.

21.08.2020 - 21:03 [ theGrayzone.com ]

US govt-funded Coda Story smears American journalists who undermine new Cold War propaganda

A shadowy neoconservative website called Coda Story has launched a smear campaign against American journalists who challenge new cold war propaganda. But what this publication has not disclosed is that it is funded by the US government, backed by the European Union, linked to the NATO war alliance, and part of a larger network of regime-change outfits that are bankrolled by Western governments and corporate oligarchs.

14.08.2020 - 06:08 [ CNN ]

Bloomberg to speak at Democratic convention, angering some liberals

Bloomberg jumped into the Democratic presidential primary long after much of the field, arguing that he did so to stop the rise of more liberal candidates like Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts. The former mayor and businessman, who has been a Republican, a Democrat and an independent in his career, ended up spending more than $1 billion on his campaign, an astonishing number that dwarfed every other candidate in the race.

11.08.2020 - 09:10 [ Reuters ]

U.S. nuclear arsenal to cost $1.2 trillion over next 30 years: CBO

(October 31, 2017)

The CBO study reviewed the Obama’s Administration’s plans for modernization of the nuclear arsenal.

10.08.2020 - 04:09 [ Politico.com ]

Trump antagonizes GOP megadonor Adelson in heated phone call

Now, Republican leaders are pleading to billionaires for help. Trump advisers are pining for new outside groups to form, and the White House is growing anxious to see what Adelson, who has pumped hundreds of millions of dollars into Republican super PACs over the past decade, will do.

10.08.2020 - 03:54 [ Haaretz ]

Trump Lashes Out at Mega-donor Adelson for Not Giving Enough to His Campaign, Report Says

Republican Party officials had to intervene in order to assess the damage to the key relationship. Sources close to Adelson said it’s not clear whether this will dissuade Adelson from donating more to Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign. Adelson was the largest single political donor during the 2018 mid-term elections in the U.S. – giving some $113 million dollars to conservative candidates.

09.08.2020 - 17:30 [ Rose Movement / Twitter ]

Y’all — @Bradshaw2020 , a progressive who supports Medicare for All and the Green New Deal, just won her Senate primary race in Tennessee. Her DSCC-backed opponent had raised $2.1M. Bradshaw raised $8,400. Don’t ever tell us that progressives can’t win in the South.

(07.08.2020)

09.08.2020 - 17:25 [ CommonDreams.org ]

Outraised 250-1, Progressive Marquita Bradshaw Upsets Establishment Opponent in Tennessee Primary for US Senate

(07.08.2020)

Despite being outraised 250-1 by her establishment-backed opponent, progressive environmentalist Marquita Bradshaw scored a stunning upset victory in the Tennessee Democratic primary for an open U.S. Senate seat on Thursday after running on a platform that included Medicare for All and the Green New Deal.

04.08.2020 - 20:25 [ Haaretz ]

Changing U.S. Aid Terms Hit Israeli Defense Industry Harder Than Expected, Report Says

To illustrate the importance of U.S. aid to the Israeli defense industry, the State Comptroller noted that in recent years it has accounted for between 34% and 43% of the IDF’s total purchases from Israel’s three biggest defense companies – Israel Aerospace Industries, Elbit System and Rafael. The three account for 94% of all local procurement by the IDF.

15.07.2020 - 14:18 [ theHill.com ]

Battle brewing on coronavirus relief oversight

The three independent oversight panels set up by Congress in the bipartisan CARES Act almost four months ago have all encountered serious obstacles — sometimes because of resistance from the White House, other times due to drafting oversights in the authorizing legislation.

As a result, lawmakers and the public may not have a full understanding of how coronavirus relief aid is being spent until after the election. In the meantime, Congress and the White House are moving toward another pandemic bill that’s expected to carry a price tag of at least $1 trillion.

09.07.2020 - 14:02 [ .i24news.tv ]

Netanyahu lawyer quits ahead of second corruption hearing set for July 19

The 70-year-old premier, whose personal fortune has been estimated at more than $10 million, was also ordered to return some of the money he received from his American cousin Nathan Milikowsky to cover legal expenses.

Following those setbacks, defense lawyer Micha Fettman resigned from the right-wing premier’s defense team.

Multiple Israeli media outlets reported Wednesday that the resignation was linked to money and the prospect that Fettman’s fees would not be covered.

03.07.2020 - 11:26 [ The Hill / Youtube ]

Saagar and Ryan Grim: How Schumer RIGGED Kentucky, Colorado primary against progressives

(01.07.2020)

Saagar Enjeti and Ryan Grim evaluate Amy McGrath’s victory in the neck and neck Kentucky primary race against progressive challenger Charles Booker.

30.06.2020 - 12:55 [ Haaretz ]

Attorney General Opposes Letting U.S. Tycoon Fund Netanyahu’s Legal Defense

The prime minister seeks to receive outside funding from his cousin Nathan Milikowsky as well as from Partrich. After convening last month, the panel asked the attorney general for his position, as Partrich is listed as a witness in one of the cases against Netanyahu.

27.06.2020 - 09:12 [ NPR.org ]

Minneapolis Council Moves To Defund Police, Establish ‚Holistic‘ Public Safety Force

Despite unanimous support Friday, the amendment faces a number of bureaucratic obstacles before voters can vote on it in November.

25.06.2020 - 18:39 [ Xinhua ]

Israel agrees to receive U.S. donation of experimental drug Remdesivir for COVID-19 treatment

(17.06.2020)

Israel will receive a donation of Remdesivir, an experimental antiviral drug for COVID-19, from its U.S. manufacturer, Israel’s prime minister’s office said on Tuesday.

The Israeli cabinet approved in a telephone vote the decision by the Health Ministry to issue a permit to accept a donation of the drug from Gilead Sciences Inc, the U.S. biopharmaceutical company that produces the drug.

18.06.2020 - 11:29 [ law360.com ]

Willkie Sues Defense Agencies For Info On Taliban Payments

(yesterday)

International law firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP has sued U.S. defense agencies for records of protection payments that government contractors in Afghanistan allegedly made to the Taliban, saying the agencies have failed to hand over the requested documents.

In five separate lawsuits filed in a D.C. federal court Tuesday, Willkie accuses the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, the Defense Contract Management Agency, the Drug Enforcement Agency and Defense Intelligence Agency of failing to fulfill the firm’s Freedom Of Information Act requests for documents that allegedly show eight Afghanistan reconstruction companies paid the …

16.06.2020 - 08:34 [ the Daily Pennsylvanian ]

‘A fundamentally broken system’: Why protesters are calling to ‚defund the police‘

Defunding the police is largely understood to mean reallocating funds from police departments to other community resources. Some activists, however, are calling for police departments to be completely dismantled. Regardless, these calls to ‚defund the police‘ — which are supported by about one-third of Americans — involve reimagining the current policing system in the United States.

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.

12.06.2020 - 05:56 [ theAppeal.org ]

Atlanta’s Mayor Wants $13 Million More For Police. Four Officers Were Just Fired For Using Excessive Force.

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has asked for the budget increase amid ongoing local and national reports of police violence against protesters.

12.06.2020 - 05:51 [ NPR.org ]

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser: ‚Not At All‘ Reconsidering Police Funding

The budget that you put out last month, in fact, calls for increasing funding for the police … Are you reconsidering your position in any way?

Not at all.

12.06.2020 - 05:38 [ Benjamin Dixon / Twitter ]

Don’t know who needs to hear this, but the police state services the Democratic Party elite just as much as Republicans & this entire charade over “that’s the wrong slogan” is a massive gaslighting campaign being executed by Dem operatives to ensure nothing changes in this moment

12.06.2020 - 04:49 [ The Hill / Youtube ]

Krystal Ball: Biden’s INSANE call for more police funding

Krystal Ball examines Joe Biden’s policy proposals to address racial inequality if elected president.

12.06.2020 - 04:32 [ theIntercept.com ]

As Calls to Defund the Police Grow Louder, Joe Biden Wants to Give Them More Money

As the force of the defund police movement has taken some by surprise, Biden has hardly been the only politician to seek to defend the status quo. Even his one-time rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders, indicated in a recent interview that he objected calls to defund the police. “I think we want to redefine what police departments do, give them the support they need to make their jobs better defined,” said Sanders. “So I do believe that we need well-trained, well-educated, and well-paid professionals in police departments.”

That’s what officials have promised for years. P

11.06.2020 - 11:49 [ Forbes ]

Joe Biden Declares Definitively, „I Do Not Support Defunding Police“

During an interview Tuesday night, Biden said there is „absolutely“ systemic racism in law enforcement, arguing that he believes the problem exists „across the board.“

Yet, in an op-ed published Wednesday morning in The USA Today, Biden declared definitively, „I do not support defunding police.“

10.06.2020 - 11:49 [ NYPD - nyc.gov ]

NYPD: Intelligence and Counterterrorism

The Deputy Commissioner oversees both the Intelligence Bureau, which is responsible for intelligence collection and analysis; and the NYPD’s Counterterrorism Bureau operations, including the partnership with the FBI/NYPD Joint Terrorism Task Force, the first and largest of its kind in the nation.

New York City is home to more than 8 million people and hosts over 58 million visitors from all over the world annually. The Intelligence and Counterterrorism Bureaus provide some of the most highly trained and best equipped officers to patrol the city, collect and analyze data, and collaborate with partner agencies.

10.06.2020 - 11:41 [ NYPD - nyc.gov ]

NYPD: Counterterrorism

The CT Bureau reviews possible terrorist targets and develops innovative, forward-thinking policies and procedures to guard against attacks, training first responders and specialized units and developing intelligence capabilities for detecting and preventing terrorist attacks. The bureau coordinates with federal, state, and other law enforcement agencies in intelligence gathering and sharing, and plays an integral role in the FBI’s Joint Terrorist Task Force.

Critical Response Command (CRC) is one of the Department’s first lines of defense against a terrorist-related attack. A permanent cadre of hand-selected police officers devoted to counterterrorism, CRC members are trained to respond swiftly, with sufficient expertise and force, to the most highly organized and heavily armed attacks. All CRC team members are trained in special weapons and long-range guns, explosive trace detection, radiological and nuclear awareness, biological and chemical weapons awareness, and are equipped with the skills to detect an impending attack and utilize the best possible response to an emerging situation. The team conducts daily counterterrorism deployments to critical infrastructure sites throughout New York City, saturating strategic locations with a uniform presence to disrupt and deter terrorist planning and hostile surveillance operations.

(…)

Domain Awareness System (DAS) is a powerful counterterrorism and policing tool jointly developed and built by the NYPD and Microsoft. As a central platform, DAS is used to aggregate data from internal and external closed-circuit television cameras, license plate readers, and environmental sensors, as well as 911 calls and other NYPD databases. DAS uses an interactive dashboard interface to display real-time alerts whenever a 911 call is received or a sensor is triggered.

10.06.2020 - 11:23 [ NYPD - nyc.gov ]

NYPD: Intelligence

Through its International Liaison Program, the Intelligence Bureau posts officers in law enforcement agencies in major cities around the world. These liaisons support the NYPD by providing situational awareness and exchanging best-practices related to policing with local agencies. Similarly, members of the Intelligence Bureau in New York work closely with federal, state, and local law enforcement partners to keep the city safe.

The Intelligence Bureau’s investigative activities are conducted in accordance with rules established pursuant to a federal court decree.

10.06.2020 - 11:22 [ NYPD - nyc.gov ]

NYPD: Information Technology

The Information Technology Bureau (ITB) plays an integral role in establishing the NYPD as one of the leading counterterrorism and crime-fighting forces in the nation, developing and implementing cutting-edge technology to support strategies, programs, and procedures that promote safety, efficiency, and effectiveness.

The bureau provides the department with state-of-the-art technological support, building a leading IT and telecommunications infrastructure. ITB comprises six divisions, each with its own specialized directive, which report directly to the Deputy Commissioner, Information Technology. The six divisions are:

10.06.2020 - 11:11 [ NBC News New York ]

NYPD Commissioner Addresses Calls to Defund Department

NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said he gets “beyond concerned” when he hears calls to defund the police. He spoke with NBC New York’s Melissa Russo about what that could mean.

09.06.2020 - 21:34 [ Andrew *is tired of this* Nguyen / Twitter ]

„Defund the police? Impossible!“ they cried as they defunded education, healthcare, social security, welfare, planned parenthood, public transit…

09.06.2020 - 21:16 [ Jimmy Dore / Twitter ]

Democrats making clear that voting won’t help you.

09.06.2020 - 21:02 [ the Hill ]

Biden, Democrats seek to shut down calls to defund police

„No, I don’t support defunding the police. I support conditioning federal aid to police based on whether or not they meet certain basic standards of decency and honorableness,“ he said.

Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill were adopting a similar position.

08.06.2020 - 00:43 [ New York Times ]

De Blasio Vows for First Time to Cut Funding for the N.Y.P.D.

The mayor on Sunday declined to say precisely how much funding he planned to divert to social services from the New York Police Department, which has an annual budget of $6 billion, representing more than 6 percent of Mr. de Blasio’s proposed $90 billion budget.

06.06.2020 - 15:15 [ New York Times ]

Cities Ask if It’s Time to Defund Police and ‘Reimagine’ Public Safety

In the wake of George Floyd’s killing, some cities are asking if the police are being asked to do jobs they were never intended to do. Budgets are being re-evaluated.

06.06.2020 - 15:04 [ theIntercept.com ]

Hundreds of Activists and Elected Officials Call on Mayors and Cops to Decrease Police Power

Non-reformist reforms seek abolition as an end goal, and include defunding and demilitarizing the police — a demand that has long been considered politically impossible but has entered mainstream discourse over the last week and is reflected in the letters sent Friday.

The letter to police chiefs asks them to help curb the power of police unions. “Making sure that unions aren’t as powerful so that you can keep bad apples on the force, and prevent robust oversight and disciplinary action,” Medwed said.

05.06.2020 - 05:17 [ Curbed.com ]

What L.A. could do with its $1.8 billion police budget

The LAPD will receive a $120 million increase in funding under Garcetti’s budget, which was adopted by default Monday after the City Council declined to review it by the June 1 deadline. More city money will be dedicated to policing than any other service this budget year. If you added up the budgets for housing, streets, and transportation, then tripled the sum, it still would not match the city’s LAPD budget.

03.06.2020 - 20:13 [ @aaronnarraph / Twitter ]

Okay, here we go: Of the 59 Assembly Democrats running again in NYC, 25 (42%) have taken law enforcement (police, correction, or court officer) money this cycle.

NOTE: DenDekker, Simotas, and Lentol are all in the top 10. All face challengers in increasingly-leftist districts.

03.06.2020 - 20:09 [ CNN ]

A 19-year-old called out New York Democrats accepting police campaign donations. To his surprise, many have listened

„I’ve been looking at state finance disclosures for candidates in New York and I was noticing a lot of police money, law enforcement money taken by Democrats claiming to be against it,“ he said. „I was making this spreadsheet. Then (the death of) George Floyd happened — so many people responded and it got, like, a hundred likes in a couple hours? So people wanted to see this.“
Since sharing his „Who’s Taking Cop Money?“ Google spreadsheet on Twitter on May 29, eight Democrats — including a state senator, state assembly members and New York councilmembers — have vowed to donate their police-funded contributions to bail funds or criminal justice reform organizations.

06.05.2020 - 15:10 [ Communist Party of Israel ]

Rallies against the Far-Right Gov’t Follow May Day Events Nationwide

Thousands of workers, unemployed, self-employed and small business owners took part in demonstrations throughout the country Saturday night, May 2, against the economic and social policy of the far-right government, while demanding support in the wake of the economic crisis brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.

Saturday night, rallies were held in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa, Beersheba, Eilat, Kiryat Shmone and Kufr Qassim, with demonstrators condemning as woefully inadequate the government’s limited economic support by means of unemployment stipends and grants.

06.05.2020 - 13:35 [ Ilhan Omar, Abgeordnete im US Repräsentantenhaus ]

Rep. Ilhan Omar Introduces Bill to Cancel All Rent and Mortgage Payments During the COVID-19 Pandemic

April 17, 2020

WASHINGTON— Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) unveiled the Rent and Mortgage Cancellation Act, a bill to institute a nationwide cancellation of rents and home mortgage payments through the duration of the coronavirus pandemic. The bill would constitute a full payment forgiveness, with no accumulation of debt for renters or homeowners and no negative impact on their credit rating or rental history. The legislation will establish a relief fund for landlords and mortgage holders to cover losses from the cancelled payments and create an optional fund to fully finance the purchase of private rental properties by non-profits, public housing authorities, cooperatives, community land trusts, and states or local governments—in order to increase the availability of affordable housing during this downturn.

06.05.2020 - 13:33 [ Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Abgeordnete im US Repräsentantenhaus / Twitter ]

And I hear @IlhanMN has a bill to do just that! It’s an opportunity for Congress to help working people in an ambitious and meaningful way.

Revelatory, I know:

06.05.2020 - 13:30 [ Ayanna Pressley, Abgeordnete im US Repräsentantenhaus / Twitter ]

It’s absolutely time to #CancelRent

06.05.2020 - 13:16 [ the Hill ]

Battle brewing over how to get more relief money to Americans

Reducing payroll taxes is an idea championed by conservatives with connections to the president. They argue that it could be a way to encourage people to work …

24.04.2020 - 13:15 [ BBC ]

Coronavirus: Hard to prevent care home deaths, says Chris Whitty

Coronavirus is likely to result in a high mortality rate in care homes, England’s chief medical officer has said.

Chris Whitty said it was hard to prevent deaths in care homes „sadly because this is a very vulnerable group“.

Current statistics were likely to be an „underestimate“, he added.

24.04.2020 - 10:33 [ the Hill ]

House passes $484B coronavirus relief package

The legislation, which the Senate passed unanimously on Tuesday, now goes to the desk of President Trump, who has promised to sign it quickly into law.

23.04.2020 - 16:46 [ theGuardian.com ]

Clashes predicted over trillion-euro Covid-19 aid as EU meets online

European Union leaders are expected to clash over the size and scope of a coronavirus recovery fund as they stand on the precipice of an economic slump unparalleled since the 1930’s Great Depression.

17.04.2020 - 01:40 [ Prof Michel Chossudovsky / Global Research ]

Video: Coronavirus: Economic and Social Collapse: Mass Unemployment, Bankruptcy, Poverty and Despair

October 18, Event 201. New York. Coronavirus nCoV-2019 Simulation and Emergency Preparedness Task Force, John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Health Security. Big Pharma-Big Money Simulation Exercise sponsored by WEF and Gates Foundation

16.04.2020 - 06:27 [ Global Research ]

US Hospitals Getting Paid More to Label Cause of Death as ‘Coronavirus’

Dr. Scott Jensen says the American Medical Association is now “encouraging” doctors to overcount coronavirus deaths across the country.

Jensen received a 7-page document that showed him how to fill out a death certificate as a “COVID-19 diagnosis” even when there isn’t a lab test confirming the diagnosis.

02.04.2020 - 17:08 [ DutchNews.nl ]

Dutch propose EU corona medical fund, will contribute up to €1bn

The Netherlands has proposed establishing an EU emergency fund to cover the immediate health costs associated with the coronavirus outbreak and, according to Trouw, is prepared to contribute around €1bn.

The fund, prime minister Mark Rutte said during Wednesday’s debate in parliament, would be filled by contributions by member states and would be a ‘gift to those in need’ rather than a loan or a guarantee.

02.04.2020 - 04:16 [ Xinhuanet ]

China lifts foreign ownership limits on securities, fund management firms

Foreign financial institutions have acted quickly. On Friday, Morgan Stanley said it had received CSRC approval to increase its shareholding in its China securities joint venture, Morgan Stanley Huaxin Securities Company Limited, from 49 percent to 51 percent.

On the same day, Goldman Sachs said it had been approved to increase its ownership in its China joint venture, Goldman Sachs Gao Hua Securities Company Limited, from 33 percent to 51 percent.

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 - 09:33 [ Ansa.it ]

Conte, 8 EU leaders call for ‚Coronabonds‘

The letter was signed by Spain, France, Portugal, Slovenia, Greece, Ireland, Belgium, Luxembourg and Italy, the Italian premier’s office at Palazzo Chigi said.

27.03.2020 - 09:27 [ Kathimerini ]

EU leaders fail to agree on coronavirus economic rescue

European Union leaders failed to agree on Thursday on the scale of support for their economies battered by the coronavirus, but gave themselves two more weeks to work out details in a dispute between the ailing south and the fiscally conservative north.

Highlighting how the pandemic is testing the bloc’s cohesion, Germany and the Netherlands blocked a call from Italy, Spain and France to issue joint debt to help finance a recovery.

16.03.2020 - 10:15 [ Marketscreener.com ]

Moderna : Germany tries to halt U.S. interest in firm working on coronavirus vaccine

CureVac in 2015 and 2018 secured financial backing for development projects from its investor the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, working on shots to prevent malaria and influenza.

In the field of so-called mRNA therapeutics, CureVac competes with U.S. biotech firm Moderna and German rival BioNTech, which Pfizer has identified as a potential collaboration partner.

15.03.2020 - 22:51 [ Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News - genengnews.com ]

CureVac, Sanofi Pasteur, and In-Cell-Art Collaborate on €33.1M DARPA-Supported Vaccine Program

(November 15, 2011)

The four-year DARPA-supported program will exploit CureVac’s RNActive technology along with In-Cell-Art’s nanoparticle expertise and Sanofi’s vaccine development capabilities.

The option agreement signed between Sanofi and CureVac in parallel with the DARPA collaboration covers pre-agreed license terms for the development of vaccines against a number of predefined pathogens.

09.03.2020 - 07:24 [ Voice of America - voanews.com ]

EU Announces Syria Donors Conference for June

(06.03.2020)

Announcement of the June 29-30 donors conference came during an EU foreign ministers meeting in Zagreb that addressed two related refugee crises. The first involved the roughly 1 million Syrians hoping to cross Turkey’s now-closed borders to safety, following an uptick in fighting in Idlib.

07.03.2020 - 13:18 [ Yahoo ]

EU TO HOST SYRIA DONOR CONFERENCE IN BRUSSELS ON JUNE 29-30, WILL ALSO INVITE GOVERNMENTS INVOLVED IN CONFLICT – BORRELL

EU TO HOST SYRIA DONOR CONFERENCE IN BRUSSELS ON JUNE 29-30, WILL ALSO INVITE GOVERNMENTS INVOLVED IN CONFLICT – BORRELL

07.03.2020 - 13:06 [ Tamer Yazar / Twitter ]

The #EuropeanUnion said Friday that it would host an international donors conference in June for #migrants & #refugees from #Syria and surrounding countries, even as the bloc criticized #Turkey for using #AsylumSeekers as #political pawns.

#Ankara #Greece #Idlib #Erdogan #Europe

02.03.2020 - 10:59 [ theHill.com ]

AIPAC chief promises to defeat ‚those who try to harm the U.S.-Israel relationship‘ in veiled shot at Sanders

Howard Kohr, CEO of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), opened the organization’s annual conference in Washington D.C. by issuing a stark warning to push back against “political leaders and their supporters” who call for conditions on U.S. support for Israel.

Sanders is the only candidate in the Democratic presidential race to raise the issue of conditioning military aid to Israel.

29.02.2020 - 17:47 [ Haaretz ]

Mossad Chief Visited Doha, Urged Qatar to Continue Hamas Financial Aid

The visit came to light in an interview former Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman gave Israel’s Channel 12 News on Saturday, saying Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had sent Cohen and the Israeli military’s chief of Southern Command Herzl Halevi to „beg the Qataris to keep funneling money into Hamas.“

29.02.2020 - 10:57 [ New York Times ]

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

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

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

16.02.2020 - 16:19 [ theGrayzone.com ]

State-backed Alliance for Securing Democracy disinfo shop falsely smears The Grayzone as ‘state-backed’

Western government-funded German Marshall Project, falsely and hypocritically characterized The Grayzone and independent journalist Jordan Chariton as “state-backed media,” smearing them for their factual reporting on the shadowy network behind the controversial app that undermined the integrity of the Iowa caucuses.

The Grayzone has exposed the Alliance for Securing Democracy (ASD) in a series of investigative reports as a neo-McCarthyite outfit prone to spreading disinformation, staffed by counter-terror cranks and national security hustlers.

29.01.2020 - 11:54 [ Al-Monitor.com ]

Intel: Pelosi seeks to reassure Israel as Democrats debate military aid

(23.01.2020)

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is leading a congressional delegation to Israel this week amid an intraparty debate over conditioning military aid to the close US ally and Democratic efforts to limit President Donald Trump’s ability to attack Iran.

“And no matter what our party — or wherever we are within our party — the fact that we have the shared values with Israel and that is one reason for our joy in the creation of Israel as a historical miracle, the greatest accomplishment of the [20th] century,” Pelosi said at a working lunch with Knesset members.

28.12.2019 - 17:05 [ The Young Turks / Youtube ]

DNC’s Billionaire Bonanza

The ultra-wealthy are pouring money into the 2020 Democratic Primary. Cenk Uygur, John Iadarola, and John Fugelsang, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down.

28.12.2019 - 12:59 [ Bernie Sanders, candidate for President / Twitter ]

1 in 6 of our children lives in poverty. 500,000+ Americans are homeless. 87 million are uninsured or underinsured. Half live paycheck to paycheck. But the billionaire class is doing better every day. This is a rigged economy and we are going to change it.

28.12.2019 - 12:54 [ Consortium News ]

The Pentagon Budget Still Rising, 40 Years Later

In our case, of course, the definition of “national security” is subsidizing the U.S. military-industrial complex, year in, year out, at levels that should be (but aren’t) beyond belief. In 2019, Pentagon spending is actually higher than it was at the peak of either the Korean or Vietnam conflicts and may soon be — adjusted for inflation — twice the Cold War average.

Yes, in those four decades, there were dips at key inflection points, including the ends of the Vietnam War and the Cold War, but the underlying trend has been ever onward and upward. Just why that’s been the case is a subject that almost never comes up here.

28.12.2019 - 12:40 [ QuickTake by Bloomberg / Twitter ]

The world’s 3 richest people in 2019 have added a total of $231 billion to their fortune over the past decade, according to @wealth.

Here’s how they got here

19.12.2019 - 01:49 [ Netzpolitik.org/ ]

Facebook und die TU München: Ein Geschenk auf Raten

Mit seinen Bemühungen um die Erforschung von „Ethik in der KI“ lenkt Facebook von diesen Praktiken ab. Die Technische Universität München muss sich nach den neuen Erkenntnissen erst Recht fragen lassen, ob sie sich dabei nicht zum Helfer machen lässt. Dass das Ethik-Institut unter den von Facebook diktierten Bedingungen Kritik an Facebook produziert, dürfte jedenfalls unwahrscheinlich sein.

15.12.2019 - 10:09 [ theSun.co.uk ]

Boris Johnson will guarantee his £34billion NHS spending pledge by putting it into law next week

The PM will make it a legal requirement for him to keep his promise to boost funding by £33.9billion a year.

The bold gesture – the first made by any government – will convince doubters of his determination to make the health service a top priority over the next five years.

Mr Johnson wants to build on his stunning general election victory by proving to those who voted Tory for the first time that he can really be trusted.

15.12.2019 - 10:03 [ theGuardian.com ]

Boris Johnson announces plans for spending spree in north

Boris Johnson is considering a raid on a £80bn fund to fuel an infrastructure blitz in regions that helped deliver his election victory, it has emerged.

Speaking in Tony Blair’s former seat, Sedgefield, which voted in a Tory MP last week, Johnson said his party “will repay your trust” and that voters had “changed the Conservative party for the better”.

12.12.2019 - 16:24 [ RT.com ]

US Senate advances bill giving State Department right to call Russia ‘sponsor of terrorism’

The US Senate Foreign Relations Committee has approved a bill asking the State Department to determine whether Russia falls under criteria of a state sponsor of terrorism, potentially opening a way stricter sanctions.

The US Senate Foreign Relations Committee has approved a bill asking the State Department to determine whether Russia falls under criteria of a state sponsor of terrorism, potentially opening a way stricter sanctions.

09.12.2019 - 06:21 [ Ynetnews.com ]

Biden calls Sanders’ pitch to leverage Israel aid ‘bizarre’

Joe Biden said Saturday that it is “bizarre” for Bernie Sanders to propose withholding U.S. military aid from Israel if the government there doesn’t moderate its treatment of Palestinians.

The remarks highlight a nuanced but significant distinction between the Democratic presidential contenders.

08.12.2019 - 18:00 [ Haaretz ]

Needed: A Commission of Inquiry Into the Submarine Affair

The corruption involved in the purchase of submarines and ships from the German shipbuilder ThyssenKrupp makes it among the worst such affairs in Israel’s history. It involves bribery, fraud, breach of trust and money laundering by a criminal network that functioned at the highest levels of Israel’s government and business people between 2009 and 2019 , funnelling government funds from the defense budget into private pockets, by swaying decisions regarding purchases from the German shipbuilder.

06.12.2019 - 16:47 [ Haaretz ]

Damage to Israel’s Security Inflicted by Submarine Affair Will Linger for Decades

The agreement with ThyssenKrupp included provisions for what would happen if corruption were discovered on the German end; in that situation, the corporation would be able to cancel the existing deals. But it included no provisions on what would happen if corruption were discovered on the Israeli end.

06.12.2019 - 16:37 [ i24news.tv ]

Netanyahu lawyer to be charged with money-laundering: judiciary

Israel’s attorney general said Thursday he intends to charge the personal lawyer of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with money-laundering in the state’s purchase of submarines from German firm Thyssenkrupp.

The justice ministry said that charges were also expected against a businessman who represented the firm in Israel and against a former head of the Israeli navy.

29.11.2019 - 20:21 [ North Atlantic Treaty Organization ]

NATO Secretary General announces increased defence spending by Allies

Ahead of the meeting of NATO Leaders in London to mark the Alliance’s 70th anniversary, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Friday (29 November 2019) gave details of large increases in Allied defence spending. Mr. Stoltenberg announced that in 2019 defence spending across European Allies and Canada increased in real terms by 4.6 %, making this the fifth consecutive year of growth. He also revealed that by the end of 2020, those Allies will have invested $130 billion more since 2016.

29.11.2019 - 19:53 [ Independent.co.uk ]

Trump to cut Nato funding days before London summit

(28.11.2019)

The administration sought to cut its contribution to Nato’s direct budget from 22 per cent to around 16 per cent, CNN reported, citing US defence officials.

It would bring its contribution closer to Germany, which pays 14.8 per cent. The UK pays 10 per cent.

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.

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.

26.10.2019 - 12:52 [ Slate ]

We Can’t Keep the Oil – Trump’s new rationale for keeping troops in Syria makes no sense.

First, Syria doesn’t even rank among the world’s top 60 oil producers, pumping out only about 0.05 percent as much petroleum as Iraq—just half as much as Cuba, which isn’t known as an oil power.

Second, its oil fields aren’t America’s to protect. They are owned by the Syrian government, with some venture capital provided by China, Russia, and India. No American oil companies are keen to step into the fray.

26.10.2019 - 12:34 [ Washington Post ]

Trump decided to leave troops in Syria after conversations about oil, officials say

The eastern oil fields in Deir al-Zour province, where most of Syria’s relatively small and low-quality reserves are located, were once the primary source of income for the militants, who sold the oil to the Syrian government, Turkey and, reportedly, even to the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

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.”

13.10.2019 - 11:27 [ theHill.com ]

Trump releases $50 million to protect ethnic and religious minorities in Syria

A statement from the White House Saturday evening said the funds would „provide emergency financial assistance to Syrian human rights defenders, civil society organizations, and reconciliation efforts directly supporting ethnic and religious minority victims of the conflict.“

10.10.2019 - 17:07 [ Haaretz ]

Erdogan Threatens EU: We’ll Flood Europe With Syrian Refugees

Erdogan said on Thursday Ankara will send the 3.6 million Syrian refugees in Turkey to Europe if European countries label the country’s military incursion in Syria as an occupation.

„We will open the gates and send 3.6 million refugees your way,“ Erdogan said in speech to lawmakers from his AK Party.

08.10.2019 - 19:16 [ Reuters ]

Sudan has received half the $3 billion promised by Saudi Arabia and UAE

Finance Minister Ibrahim Elbadawi said Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) had deposited $500 million with the central bank while $1 billion worth of petroleum products, wheat and products used by the agricultural sector had been received.

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 …

08.09.2019 - 19:20 [ New York Times ]

Arms Sent by U.S. May Be Falling Into Taliban Hands

(19. Mai 2009)

Of 30 rifle magazines recently taken from insurgents’ corpses, at least 17 contained cartridges, or rounds, identical to ammunition the United States had provided to Afghan government forces, according to an examination of ammunition markings by The New York Times and interviews with American officers and arms dealers.

08.09.2019 - 18:57 [ Independent.co.uk ]

Revealed: British plan to build training camp for Taliban fighters in Afghanistan

(4. Februar 2008)

Afghan government staff also claimed the „EU peace-builders“ had handed over mobile phones, laptops and airtime credit to insurgents. They said the memory stick revealed plans to train the Taliban to use secure satellite phones, so they could communicate directly with UK officials.

Mr Patterson, a Briton, was the third-ranking UN diplomat when he was held. Mr Semple, an Irishman, was the acting head of the EU mission. Officially, the British embassy remains tight-lipped, fuelling speculation that the plan may have been part of a wider clandestine operation.

08.09.2019 - 18:33 [ Unterausschuss für Nationale Sicherheit und Auswärtige Angelegenheiten des U.S. Repräsentantenhauses / Washington Post ]

Warlord, Inc.: Extortion and Corruption Along the U.S. Supply Chain in Afghanistan

June 22, 2010
To the Members of the Subcommittee:

Today I present to you a report entitled, Warlord, Inc.: Extortion and Corruption Along the U.S. Supply Chain in Afghanistan, which has been prepared by the Majority staff of the Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
After a six-month investigation, the report exposes the circumstances surrounding the Department of Defense’s outsourcing of security on the supply chain in Afghanistan to questionable providers, including warlords.

The findings of this report range from sobering to shocking. In short, the Department of Defense designed a contract that put responsibility for the security of vital U.S. supplies on contractors and their unaccountable security providers. This arrangement has fueled a vast protection racket run by a shadowy network of warlords, strongmen, commanders, corrupt
Afghan officials, and perhaps others.

Not only does the system run afoul of the Department’s own rules and regulations mandated by Congress, it also appears to risk undermining the U.S. strategy for achieving its goals in Afghanistan.

04.09.2019 - 16:32 [ PoliticsHome.com ]

Sajid Javid declared he was “turning the page on austerity” as he unveiled a £13.8 billion Whitehall spending spree.

There will be a £6.2 billion increase in NHS funding next year, including £2 billion of new capital funding to upgrade 20 hospitals.

In education Mr Javid announced an increase in spending of £7.1 billion by 2022-23, with a minimum of £5,000 extra for secondary schools per pupil next year, and at least £3,750 per primary pupil.

30.08.2019 - 06:13 [ Jake Mercier / Medium ]

NH Pollster: ‘Our Polling Schedule is Determined by CNN’

In an exclusive comment to CitizenSource, the University of New Hampshire Survey Center — one of the only DNC-approved pollsters in New Hampshire (due to the fact that they are “partners” with CNN) — explained why they wouldn’t be conducting a poll this month in the battleground state before the crucial September debate. Director Andrew E. Smith responded:

“The UNH Survey Center is funded by grants and contracts. We have contracted with CNN during this primary cycle as we have since 2000. Our polling schedule is determined by CNN and their polling budget.”

Mr. Smith, just a few days before, told a Tulsi Gabbard supporter that they would be happy to conduct a poll “if someone was willing to pay the $50,000 cost,” a cost that CNN usually covers. (Of course, even if a third party provided the funding, the poll wouldn’t count — even if it had the same methodology — simply because it wasn’t funded by CNN or another DNC-approved media organization).

04.08.2019 - 11:27 [ joan schwartz ‏/ Twitter ]

@SpeakerPelosi Congratulations on passing legislation to stop fueling war in Yemen by unconditionally suspending arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE in the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). This must remain in the final bill sent to the President for signature.

(31.07.2019)

27.07.2019 - 13:01 [ Nancy Pelosi, Sprecherin des US Repräsentantenhauses / Twitter ]

This evening’s Supreme Court ruling allowing @realDonaldTrump to steal military funds to spend on a wasteful, ineffective border wall rejected by Congress is deeply flawed. Our Founders designed a democracy governed by the people — not a monarchy.