Archiv: gangs will be gangs


19.07.2021 - 18:07 [ CNBC ]

U.S., NATO and EU to blame China for cyberattack on Microsoft Exchange servers

A new joint effort by NATO members, the European Union, Australia, New Zealand and Japan will call out and confront the threat posed by Chinese state-sponsored cyberattacks.
The nations will share intelligence on cyberthreats and collaborate on network defenses and security, said a senior Biden administration official.
The group will publicly blame China’s Ministry of State Security for a massive cyberattack on Microsoft Exchange email servers earlier this year.

19.07.2021 - 18:02 [ sifi.com ]

‚Israeli spyware firm linked to fake Black Lives Matter, Amnesty websites‘

Using Internet scanning, a team of researchers from the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab and tech giant Microsoft identified more than 750 websites linked to Candiru’s spyware infrastructure.

„We found many domains masquerading as advocacy organisations such as Amnesty International, the Black Lives Matter movement, as well as media companies and other civil-society themed entities,“ researcher Bill Marczak said in a statement.

19.07.2021 - 17:58 [ Microsoft ]

Fighting cyberweapons built by private businesses

(15.07.2021)

We believe Sourgum is an Israel-based private sector offensive actor or PSOA. Citizen Lab has identified the group as a company called Candiru. Sourgum generally sells cyberweapons that enable its customers, often government agencies around the world, to hack into their targets’ computers, phones, network infrastructure and internet-connected devices. These agencies then choose who to target and run the actual operations themselves.

19.07.2021 - 17:54 [ Reuters ]

Microsoft says Israeli group sold tools to hack Windows

(15.07.2021)

The hacking tool vendor, named Candiru, created and sold a software exploit that can penetrate Windows, one of many intelligence products sold by a secretive industry that finds flaws in common software platforms for their clients, said a report by Citizen Lab.

Technical analysis by security researchers details how Candiru’s hacking tool spread around the globe to numerous unnamed customers, where it was then used to target various civil society organizations, including a Saudi dissident group and a left-leaning Indonesian news outlet, the reports by Citizen Lab and Microsoft show.

16.07.2021 - 06:21 [ Right2Know - r2k.org ]

R2K Statement: Stern action must be taken against the instigators!

We understand that former State Security agents and some senior ANC leaders are being investigated as possible instigators to the mayhem, as was admitted by State Security Minister Ayanda Dlodlo. The Minister also told South Africans that the intelligence services knew that something would happen, but law enforcement responses to the unrest prove or paint a completely different reality.

We know that this country’s intelligence services are in shambles because both President Ramaphosa and the minister failed to implement the recommendations of the High-Level Review Panel on the State Security Agency to clean up the spooks. We did mention that these rogue securocrats are a threat to our democracy and they must be dealt with accordingly.

16.07.2021 - 06:00 [ DailyMaverick.co.za ]

Confessions of a dangerous mind, a ‘divinely inspired’ Zuma spy Thulani Dlomo

Shortly after taking his oath of office, Zuma signed a proclamation that bypassed Parliament and collapsed five of South Africa’s agencies into the State Security Agency (SSA).

The door was thus kicked open for the creation of an unlawful, parallel, secret security state, funded by public money — much of which remains unaccounted for — and which served Zuma’s personal and political interests for more than a decade.

15.07.2021 - 18:26 [ Haaretz ]

Israeli Billionaire Dan Gertler Embroil Him in One of Biggest Graft Probes Ever

Surprisingly, Gertler submitted the documents that got him into trouble while he was receiving legal counsel from top lawyers in Israel. In the arbitration, Gertler is represented by attorneys Dori Klagsbald and Boaz Ben Zur. The latter is also former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s defense attorney in the so-called Case 4000, in which Netanyahu is accused of offering favors for positive media coverage.

12.07.2021 - 17:24 [ i24news.tv ]

Netanyahu corruption trial delayed for third time

(05.07.2021)

The trial has been frozen since June 16 and will now reconvene on July 19 instead of the prior dates of July 5 or 12 for restarting witness testimony of July 5, reported The Jerusalem Post.

The court’s decision effectively means that the trial will not fully restart until October; the court’s summer recess runs from July 21 – September 1 and many of September’s hearings will be canceled due to the Jewish High Holy Days and Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles).

09.07.2021 - 18:26 [ ORF.at ]

Schlüsselfigur in Cum-Ex-Skandal in der Schweiz festgenommen

Für die „Cum-Ex“-Transaktionen seien Absprachen unter zahlreichen Beteiligten notwendig gewesen, um die Geschäfte aufeinander abzustimmen, hieß es in einem Beschluss zu einer Beschwerde Bergers gegen den Haftbefehl. Auf Bandenbetrug stehen bis zu zehn Jahre Haft.

07.07.2021 - 07:01 [ DutchNews.nl ]

Three arrested after tv crime journalist Peter R de Vries is shot

He is currently spokesman for a key witness in a major gangland killing trial and had been threatened. According to some reports, he had refused to have personal security.

02.07.2021 - 15:02 [ Times of Israel ]

TV: Police claim ‘most’ violence in Arab sector led by Shin Bet informants

“The criminals who are currently leading the serious crime in Arab society are mostly Shin Bet informants and in this situation, the police are bound because those informants, who enjoy immunity, cannot be touched,” the unnamed senior officer was reported to have said.

02.07.2021 - 14:57 [ Haaretz ]

Protecting Israel’s Arabs Has Become a Matter of Coalition Talks

In other countries, a disclosure like Nussbaum’s would topple governments and drive people out of their minds, and then out of their homes. But in Israel, everything is permitted as long as the victims are from the “non-Jewish sector,” to use a term commonly used by state institutions. It turns out that in Israel, no price is too high to protect Shin Bet collaborators – not even 100 murdered Arabs a year.

23.06.2021 - 11:19 [ Haaretz ]

Israel Is Dealing With Mount Meron. Now Investigate the Submarine Affair

(21.06.2021)

This isn’t the first time Gantz has tried to launch an inquiry into the submarines affair. In November, he appointed a governmental inquiry committee headed by retired Judge Amnon Straschnov. But Mendelblit ordered that panel to hold off on starting work because he said its mandate would overlap with the criminal investigation. Moreover, Straschnov resigned after less than a month after concluding that the committee’s work would be pointless due to limitations to its authority. Nevertheless, it’s impossible not to attribute the dissolution of this committee to the fact that Netanyahu and his power structure controlled Israel at the time.

20.06.2021 - 20:13 [ theSun.co.uk ]

THE SUN ON SUNDAY SAYS: Boris Johnson must grasp the nettle and deliver the freedom we all yearn for

We clearly can’t go on like this forever.

But alarmingly, many people actually think we will.

More than a quarter of people now fear that Britain will never be completely free of anti-Covid restrictions.

The PM has told us that “freedom day” will come on July 19.

But our poll says that only eight per cent believe him.

20.06.2021 - 20:04 [ Express.co.uk ]

Sack him Boris! ‚Useless‘ Hancock told to go after claim he withheld positive vaccine news

(20.06.2021)

A study by Public Health England (PHE) was released on June 14 and concluded the vaccines offered “significant protection against hospitalisation from the delta variant”. The Health Secretary is alleged to have known about the findings on June 10 – three days before the Prime Minister ultimately decided to delay the June 21 “Freedom Day” by four weeks.

20.06.2021 - 20:01 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Exclusive: Matt Hancock kept Boris Johnson in dark over Covid vaccines success

(19.06.2021)

Matt Hancock failed to tell Boris Johnson about a major Public Health England (PHE) study showing the effectiveness of vaccines against the Indian or delta variant during a key meeting to decide whether to extend Covid restrictions, The Telegraph can disclose.

The Telegraph understands that the Health Secretary had known about the PHE data three days before the „quad“ of four senior ministers, led by the Prime Minister, met last Sunday to decide whether to postpone the planned June 21 reopening until July 19.

15.06.2021 - 17:21 [ Haaretz ]

The Mossad’s International Brigade in Iran

The Mossad uses foreign citizens for its operations in Iran and elsewhere. Israeli and international media outlets have reported this in the past. We can presume these people are well paid. Iranian spokespeople call them “mercenaries.” But when the head of the Mossad himself reveals this, he reinforces the false impression that Israel’s intelligence service, which has a global reputation as one of the best and most professional, is just a gang that acts like an outsourced crime organization.

11.06.2021 - 11:25 [ Haaretz ]

Ex-Mossad Chief Cohen Calls Cash Gift From Australian Billionaire ‚Honest Mistake‘

Cohen was asked about his relationship with Packer following a Haaretz investigation, which revealed he had received a $20,000 gift for his daughter’s wedding, though the figure cited in ‚Uvda‘ was lower.

The recently retired Mossad chief, who is a close confidant of outgoing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, also asserted that „everything was done in consultation and with the approval of the attorney general“ and that Packer wanted to give „much more.“

03.06.2021 - 16:43 [ Times of Israel ]

IDF general warns further Gaza fighting could break out

The head of the Israel Defense Forces’ Southern Command indicates he anticipates fighting to again break out in the Gaza Strip, saying that the conflict last month was only the “first stage” of a wider campaign.

“The operation ended, or at least its first stage did. The next stage will happen if we see that the security situation has changed,” Maj. Gen. Eliezer Toledano says in an on-stage interview at a conference held by Israel’s Channel 13 news.

03.06.2021 - 16:26 [ Al Jazeera ]

Egypt’s intelligence chief holds talks with Hamas in Gaza Strip

(31.05.2021)

Khalil al-Haya spoke after meeting Abbas Kamel, who visited Gaza after meeting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on a trip aimed at shoring up an informal ceasefire brokered by Cairo.

31.05.2021 - 09:22 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Exklusiv: Spionage-Affäre – Wenn Partner Partner abhören

Das haben Geheimdienstquellen einem Team des Dänischen Rundfunks (DR) erklärt, das zusammen mit europäischen Medien, darunter NDR, WDR und die „Süddeutsche Zeitung“ (SZ) die Sache recherchiert hat.

25.05.2021 - 07:49 [ Haaretz ]

Incoming Mossad Chief Revealed as David Barnea. Here’s Where He Came From

The next head of Israel’s Mossad espionage agency will be David Barnea, whose appointment was cleared for publication Monday following consultations among Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit and the outgoing Mossad chief, Yossi Cohen.

22.05.2021 - 13:15 [ Keller Wade ‏ / Twitter ]

Jewish man attacked in a ‚gang assault‘ in New York City speaks out … Via @CNN

15.05.2021 - 06:57 [ defensenews.com ]

Israeli Navy welcomes new generation of German-made warships

( December 3, 2020 )

“Behind me is one of the most advanced war machines in the world, which poses a significant leap forward in the Israeli military’s ability to ensure our strength at sea and in naval operations,” said the military’s chief, Lt. Gen. Aviv Kohavi.

Israel agreed to buy the vessels in a 2015 deal valued at roughly €430 million (U.S. $480 million at the time), with the German government covering about one-quarter of the cost.

Several Israeli businessmen, including confidants of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and a former commander of the Navy, are suspects in a graft scandal connected to the purchase of the warships and submarines from German conglomerate ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems.

14.05.2021 - 03:54 [ Irish Times ]

Israel president warns of civil war as Jewish-Arab clashes spread

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the “anarchy” must stop, and border police reservists were called to reinforce police in mixed Arab-Jewish towns. President Reuven Rivlin described the worst communal violence in years as “civil war”.

08.05.2021 - 07:45 [ FAZ Topthemen / Twitter ]

Viel spricht dafür, dass Geimpfte das Virus kaum noch verbreiten können. Macht es dabei einen Unterschied, welcher Impfstoff verabreicht wurde? Es fehlt an Daten.

(05.05.2021)

08.05.2021 - 07:15 [ Vienna.at ]

Wohl dritte Impfung mit BioNTech/Pfizer nötig

(16.04.2021)

„Ein wahrscheinliches Szenario ist, dass es die Notwendigkeit einer dritten Dosis geben wird, irgendwo zwischen sechs und zwölf Monaten, und danach eine jährliche Neu-Impfung, aber all das muss noch bestätigt werden“, sagte der Vorstandsvorsitzende des US-Pharmakonzerns dem US-Sender CNBC in einem am Donnerstag veröffentlichten, aber bereits Anfang April geführten Interview.

08.05.2021 - 07:09 [ Max Brand / Twitter ]

Was der Bundestag nicht alles beschließen kann…: „Nach der vom Bundestag beschlossenen Corona-Verordnung sollen Geimpfte unbefristet immun sein, Genesene hingegen nur sechs Monate.“

07.05.2021 - 12:54 [ ZDFheute / Twitter ]

Ab Sonntag werden die #Corona-Einschränkungen für vollständig #Geimpfte und Genesene gelockert. Auch der Bundesrat stimmte der Verordnung zu.

07.05.2021 - 08:35 [ NDR ]

Corona-Ticker: Mehrheit gegen sofortige Lockerungen für Geimpfte

Schon am Sonnabend sollen die Lockerungen von Corona-Einschränkungen für Geimpfte und Genesene gelten. Doch laut ARD-DeutschlandTrend steht die Mehrheit der Bürgerinnen und Bürger diesem Vorhaben zum jetzigen Zeitpunkt kritisch gegenüber.

07.05.2021 - 08:31 [ HNA-online / Twitter ]

Der Bundestag stimmt Lockerungen für Geimpfte zu. Sollte der Bundesrat am Freitag zustimmen, wird die Verordnung bereits am Wochenende wirksam.

06.05.2021 - 12:52 [ ntv Nachrichten / Twitter ]

Corona LIVE: Der Bundestag beschließt die Verordnung zu den Rechten für Geimpfte.

06.05.2021 - 06:24 [ Tagesschau.de ]

„Alles andere hätte viel Vertrauen zerstört“

Nach dem Karlsruher Nein zum Stoppen der Bundesnotbremse per Eilantrag zeigt sich die Bundesregierung erleichtert. Aus der Opposition kommt dagegen Kritik. Die FDP sieht sich in ihrem Druck auf den Bund bestätigt.

06.05.2021 - 00:37 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Karlsruhe lehnt Eilanträge ab: Ausgangsbeschränkung bleibt in Kraft

Das Gericht begründete die Ablehnung damit, dass die Folgen schwerwiegender seien, wenn jetzt ein Stopp erfolge, die Ausgangsbeschränkung später aber für verfassungsgemäß erklärt würde. Zudem sei die Geltungsdauer der angegriffenen Regelung nach derzeitiger Rechtslage zeitlich relativ eng begrenzt.

04.05.2021 - 19:39 [ Haaretz ]

How a Drunk, Unstable Billionaire Became Netanyahu and Mossad Chief’s Confidant

(29.04.2021)

James Packer wasn’t just another billionaire who developed relationships with Israel’s elite. The Australian media and casino tycoon with the troubled psyche mingled with those in the most secret circles in the country. Benjamin Netanyahu exploited him to the hilt – and he wasn’t the only one who did so.

03.05.2021 - 05:23 [ Frankfurter Allgemeine / Twitter ]

Nach fast zwanzig Jahren hat der Abzug der ausländischen Truppen aus Afghanistan offiziell begonnen. Angriffe und Anschläge mit vielen Toten überschatten ihn.

(02.05.2021)

03.05.2021 - 05:17 [ Gabriele Meissner / Twitter ]

Die Nato hat die Warlords in Afghanistan gestärkt – nicht die Demokratie

(29.04.2021)

03.05.2021 - 04:54 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Afghanistan-Mandat der Bundeswehr: Hauptsache flexibel bleiben

(24.02.2021)

Fest steht, dass man in Berlin einen endgültigen Abzug vom Hindukusch weniger an ein festgelegtes Datum knüpfen als vielmehr von der Lage vor Ort abhängig machen möchte. „Ein Abzug unter den derzeitigen Voraussetzungen birgt nicht nur Gefahren für die unmittelbare Stabilität Afghanistans und der Region, sondern auch für die hart errungenen Fortschritte der letzten Jahrzehnte insgesamt“, heißt es in der Begründung für die angestrebte Mandatsverlängerung.

03.05.2021 - 04:42 [ taz ]

Deutschland stärkte die Warlords

(12. 11. 2013)

Doch nach dem Sturz der Taliban Ende 2001 gewannen die Kommandeure wieder Einfluss, auch weil sie nach 9/11 Verbündete des Westens in dessen Kampf gegen die Taliban wurden. Sie konnten sich seitdem durch die Übernahme offizieller Ämter als Gouverneure, Polizei- oder Geheimdienstchefs auf Provinz- oder Distriktebene legitimieren. Das gab ihnen ein offizielles Gewaltmonopol, den Zugang zu staatlichen Pfründen und große Korruptionsmöglichkeiten.

03.05.2021 - 04:08 [ Radio Utopie ]

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

(4. November 2009)

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

Somit ist durchaus der Beweis erbracht, dass die NATO den Krieg in Afghanistan doppelt finanziert – nicht nur die eigenen Truppen sondern auch die der Gegenseite gleich mit. Auf das der Krieg nicht zum Erliegen gebracht wird!

Welcher Provinz-Warlord könnte nicht in Versuchung kommen und lässt schnell mal ein Attentat inszenieren, dass dann immer die über die Grenze gekommenen Aufständigen waren? Seine Sicherheitskräfte brauchen schliesslich Arbeit, Lohn und Brot. Ohne Gefahr gibt es kein Geld – eine einfache Rechnung und ein fataler Teufelskreis. Die Ansicht der USA, dass, wenn man den Kriegsherren kein Geld mehr für ihre Dienste zur Verfügung stellt, dann eine Eskalation der Lage erfolge, kann man unterschiedlich bewerten. So wie jetzt die Lage in Afghanistan ist, hat diese bisherige Strategie nach acht Jahren keinen Erfolg für den ISAF- Einsatz gebracht und die meisten Anschläge erst hervorgerufen.

Alle gefallenen Soldaten, einschliesslich der deutschen Opfer, sowie die Toten und Verletzten der afghanischen Zivilbevölkerung oder der Hilfsorganisationen, sie alle sind gestorben in dem grausamen korrupten Machtspielen der Westmächte und den Führungskräften in Afghanistan.

Stellungnahmen der Bundesregierung, der Parteien und Medien zu dem Bericht des Zentrums für internationale Zusammenarbeit an der New York University waren bis heute in Deutschland nicht festzustellen.

03.05.2021 - 03:39 [ Center on International Cooperation (CIC) at New York University ]

The Public Cost of Private Security in Afghanistan

(9.September 2009)

The private security industry in Afghanistan has grown apace with demand. As of August 2009, the total number of private security personnel employed by the US Department of Defense – the largest employer of private security in the country – increased 19 percent (from 4,373 to 5,198) in response to the deployment of additional military forces. Since 2001, a range of private security providers (PSPs) has emerged, including international and national PSCs operating with or without the required Afghan licensing permits, as well as militias hired as “armed support groups” (ASG) by international military forces. Many PSPs are controlled by prominent Afghan families, including Hashmat and Ahmed Wali Karzai, brothers of President Hamid Karzai; Hamid Wardak, the son of Defense Minister Rahim Wardak; Gul Agha Shirzai, the governor of Nangarhar province; and Hajji Jan Mohammad Khan, the former governor of Uruzgan.

The use of unregistered PSCs and militia groups by the NATO International Security Assistance Force and US military contingents is widespread. Many of these PSPs serve as ready-made militias that compete with state authority and are frequently run by former military commanders responsible for human rights abuses or involved in the illegal narcotics and black market economies.

03.05.2021 - 02:47 [ Sueddeutsche.de ]

Krieg in Afghanistan: Warlord Inc. – freies Geleit gegen Geld

(23. Juni 2010)

Die USA verteilen in Afghanistan Milliarden Dollar an Firmen, damit schwerbewaffnete Söldner für Sicherheit sorgen. Die Dienstleister verdienen prächtig – und bestechen mit dem Steuergeld zwielichtige Kriegsfürsten und möglicherweise auch Taliban.

03.05.2021 - 02:38 [ Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform / 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.

02.05.2021 - 10:06 [ .theYeshivaWorld.com ]

BEHIND THE SCENES: What Really Convinced Pfizer To Use Israel As Its “Test Nation?”

(23.04.2021)

As Bourla said in an interview with Channel 12 News last month, Bourla was impressed with Netanyahu’s “obsessiveness” with purchasing the vaccines. The Yisrael HaYom report added that Bourla was also impressed by Netanyahu’s insistence on having the lawyers from both sides joining in on the conversations in order to prevent any legal deterrents to the deal.

02.05.2021 - 09:52 [ ORF.at ]

Netanjahu-Prozess: „Der Große“ und die Zähmung der Medien

In Israel läuft seit Wochen der erste Korruptionsprozess gegen Regierungschef Benjamn Netanjahu. Der zentrale Zeuge schilderte dabei im Detail, wie ein Regierungschef versucht, sich Medien gefügig zu machen: mit dem Versprechen, dem Inhaber via Medienbehörde lukrative Vorteile zu verschaffen, und gleichzeitigen Drohungen, ständigen Interventionen zu Artikeln und enormem internem Druck – dokumentiert in Telefonaufzeichnungen und Chatverläufen, in denen Netanjahu als „der Große“ bezeichnet wird.

13.04.2021 - 11:47 [ Michael Thenissen / Twitter ]

Achtet bitte auf das Abstimmungsverhalten zum #Infektionsschutzgesetz im Bundestag! #FDP #DieLINKE #AfD #DieGruenen

13.04.2021 - 11:45 [ Regio-Journal / Twitter ]

Das Bundeskabinett hat die Änderung des Infektionsschutzgesetz beschlossen. Die Gesetzesänderung muss nun durch Bundestag und Bundesrat.

#AngelaMerkel #BundesNotbremse #Bundesregierung #Infektionsschutzgesetz

12.04.2021 - 17:14 [ Tagesschau.de ]

German Property Group: Offenbar mehrere Milliarden Euro bewegt

In Irland ist ein Anwalt über einen Zufallsfund auf Dutzende Kisten mit Dokumenten gestoßen, die das Ausmaß der Geldschiebereien der niedersächsischen Firma möglicherweise deutlich machen.

12.04.2021 - 17:03 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Gamestop-Spekulationen: BaFin prüft Mitarbeitergeschäfte

Die Bundesregierung verwies darauf, dass es sich bei Gamestop und AMC um US-Unternehmen handele und Aktien dieser Unternehmen nicht dem Handelsverbot der BaFin für private Finanzgeschäfte unterliegen. Diese Unternehmen unterstünden auch nicht der Unternehmensaufsicht der BaFin.

Grundsätzlich wäre ein Handel mit diesen Aktien für BaFin-Mitarbeiter also gestattet.

12.04.2021 - 16:38 [ Heise.de ]

Wirecard betrog ein System, das betrogen werden wollte

Statt den Vorwürfen der Skeptiker nachzugehen, arbeitet sich die Staatsanwaltschaft München lieber an den Skeptikern ab – und greift dabei auch willig auf Informanten aus dem Konzern zurück, deren Eigeninteresse offensichtlich ist. Während der Münchner Shortseller Tobias Bosler wegen kritischer Berichte in anderem Zusammenhang sogar im Gefängnis landet, hat das Wirecard-Management nichts zu befürchten.

11.04.2021 - 15:49 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Corona-Maßnahmen: Machtgerangel um die Bundesnotbremse

Zunächst ernteten die Pläne viel positives Echo: Es gab ein grundsätzliches Ja aus der CDU und CSU, Zustimmung aus der SPD, die Grünen drängen auf die schnelle Umsetzung.

10.04.2021 - 11:55 [ Peter Voegeli / Twitter ]

Zentralismus in Corona-Politik: Alle Macht für Merkel

(04.04.2021)

10.04.2021 - 06:43 [ Zeit.de ]

Infektionsschutzgesetz: Regierung legt Pläne für „Bundesnotbremse“ vor

Laut den Berichten, soll das Bundeskabinett die Vorlage bereits am Dienstag verabschieden, dafür sei die Kabinettssitzung um einen Tag vorgezogen worden. In der kommenden Woche soll sich dann der Bundestag damit befassen. Damit auch der Bundesrat rasch abstimmen kann, soll die nächste Sitzung vorgezogen werden, die ursprünglich für den 7. Mai geplant war.

09.04.2021 - 20:07 [ Heise.de ]

Corona-Krise: Alle Macht der Bundesregierung

Schon das Bund-Länder-Entscheidungsgremium stand in der Kritik, da es im Grundgesetz nicht vorgesehen war. Jetzt soll es ab einer Sieben-Tage-Inzidenz von 100 praktisch obsolet werden

05.04.2021 - 13:53 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu Corruption Trial: Witnesses Set to Take the Stand

(today)

The second group of witnesses are to testify in the so-called Case 1000 – the illicit gifts affair. First up will be businessman Arnon Milchan, who according to the indictment gave Netanyahu gifts valued at hundreds of thousands of shekels. The prosecution recently announced that it had moved up the testimony of the witnesses in this case, following a report in Haaretz that the prosecutors feared the prime minister could exert undue influence on Milchan.

05.04.2021 - 13:47 [ Times of Israel ]

Netanyahu made ‘highly irregular’ phone calls to key witness in graft case — TV

(17.02.2021)

According to Channel 13 news, Netanyahu phoned Milchan on consecutive days last year around May or June, apparently around the time of the Shavuot holiday, telling him how much he and his wife Sara love the Hollywood producer and his family.

The calls came after Netanyahu pressured Milchan to release lawyer Boaz Ben Tzur so he could instead represent the prime minister, the network said.

05.04.2021 - 12:47 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu Trial: PM, His Family Asked to Make Negative Articles ‚Disappear,‘ Ex-news Site Chief Says

Yeshua, the first witness, is testifying on the claims that Walla gave favorable coverage to Netanyahu at the request of Walla owner Shaul Elovitch. The latter, who was the controlling shareholder of the telecommunications giant Bezeq, is accused of bribing the prime minister, which, according to the indictment against Netanyahu and Elovitch, he did in exchange for regulatory benefits the prime minister gave Bezeq when he was communications minister.

04.04.2021 - 12:19 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

State of fear: how ministers ‘used covert tactics’ to keep scared public at home

The same document presented a grid of 14 options for increasing compliance which included “use media to increase sense of personal threat”, a tactic which was seen as having a “high” effectiveness though spill-over effects “could be negative”.

Some Sage participants now admit to feeling “embarrassed” by such advice.

One regular Sage attendee said: “The British people have been subjected to an unevaluated psychological experiment without being told that is what’s happening.

03.04.2021 - 19:55 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

The ‚covert tactics‘ used to scare Britons into staying at home: How SAGE document called for increase in ‚perceived threat‘ of Covid using ‚hard hitting emotional messages‘

Psychologists have accused Downing Street of using ‚covert psychological strategies‘ to emphasise the threat from Covid-19 without contextualising the risks, the Telegraph reported.

It was said this created ‚a state of heightened anxiety‘, adding many people became ‚too frightened to attend hospital‘.

Experts fear Britons have been the subject of an experiment in the use of tactics which operate ‚below their level of awareness,‘ it was said.

03.04.2021 - 00:47 [ Haaretz ]

Israel Election Results: Netanyahu’s Loyal Soldiers Are Slowly Losing Faith in Their Leader

Just like the people caught in traffic jams during the intermediate days of the Pesach holiday, the political convoy is stuck on its way to forming a government. The infrastructure (i.e., the system) is to blame, and so are the drivers themselves.

They turned off Waze and knowingly headed into dead ends.

28.03.2021 - 21:01 [ ORF ]

Gipfel EU-USA gegen sichere Verschlüsselung

Fakt ist, dass es derzeit eine solche Verpflichtung für Provider weder in den USA noch im EU-Raum gibt. Fakt ist weiters, dass der Europäische Gerichtshof – von der Vorratsdatenspeicherung angefangen – noch jede solche anlasslose Massenüberwachungsmaßnahme als grundrechtswidrig verworfen hat.

08.03.2021 - 09:13 [ i24news.tv ]

Israel praises Brazil for steadfast support against ICC war crimes probe

Israel’s Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi met Sunday his Brazilian counterpart in Jerusalem and thanked his country for its “steadfast position against the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) decision to launch a [war crimes] probe” against the Jewish state.

“It is a decision that harms international law and distances the possibility to advance negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians,” Ashkenazi stressed at the meeting.

01.03.2021 - 08:35 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Atomabkommen: Iran lehnt Gesprächsangebot ab

Im Streit um das Atomabkommen hat der Iran einem Treffen mit den USA eine Absage erteilt. Die USA müssten zuerst alle Sanktionen aufheben. Washington reagierte „enttäuscht“, aber signalisierte weiterhin Gesprächsbereitschaft.

01.03.2021 - 08:26 [ New York Times ]

Iran Rejects Nuclear Deal Talks With U.S. Proposed by Europe

The rejection came days after President Biden ordered retaliatory strikes against Iranian-backed militias in eastern Syria.

01.03.2021 - 07:42 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Israel strikes Iranian targets in Syria in response to ship attack – report

Speculation strike was response to what is believed to be an Iranian attack on an Israeli-owned ship in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday.

01.03.2021 - 07:38 [ BusinessInsider.com ]

Biden defends airstrike on Syria in letter to leaders in Congress and says US has the right to defend itself

(28.02.2021)

– President Joe Biden justified airstrikes in Syria in a letter to congressional lawmakers.
– Biden said he directed the airstrikes in response to a recent militant strike in Iraq.
– He said the US „always stands ready to take necessary and proportionate action in self-defense.“

28.02.2021 - 09:15 [ Steve Herman / Twitter ]

There was congressional notification prior to the US airstrike on #Syria, @PentagonPresSec tells reporters.

(26.02.2021)

„The Department of Defense briefed Congressional leadership before the action last night,“ confirms @PressSec
. „The administration has been briefing the Hill at the Member- and staff-level today. There will be a full classified briefing early next week at the latest.“

28.02.2021 - 08:55 [ theHill.com ]

Biden administration to give Congress full classified briefing on Syria strikes by next week

(26.02.2021)

“The Department of Defense briefed Congressional leadership before the action last night. The Administration has been briefing the Hill at the Member- and staff-level today. There will be a full classified briefing early next week at the latest,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement.

24.02.2021 - 21:23 [ Golem.de ]

Bundestagsanhörung: Eco warnt vor Komplettzugriff des BND auf das Internet

(22.02.2021)

Ebenfalls wurde bemängelt, dass der Kontrollrat über kein Verfahrensrecht verfüge. Daher könne das Gremium externe Personen nicht zu einer Zeugenaussage oder zur Abgabe eines eidesstattlichen Gutachtens verpflichten. Die Zeugen müssten daher auch nicht die Wahrheit sagen, weil, anders als beispielsweise bei einem Untersuchungsausschuss des Bundestags, eine uneidliche Falschaussage nicht strafbar sei. Damit falle die Kontrollintensität hinter die eines normalen Gerichts zurück.

24.02.2021 - 21:22 [ Eco / Bundestag ]

Hauptkritik zum Gesetzesentwurf zur Reform des BND-G (BT-Drs. 19/26103

(18.02.2021)

eco bewertet die Befugnis zum staatlichen Hacking aus §19 Abs. 6 grundsätzlich sehr kritisch. Gegenstand der Regelung ist der Zugriff des BND auf Bestands-, Verkehrs- und Inhaltsdaten ohne Wissen des jeweiligen Betreibers. Die Regelung ist auch auf Plattformbetreiber wie Google, Facebook, Amazon und Apple anwendbar. Grundsätzlich wären alle Dienstanbieter von Telekommunikation, Clouddiensten und sonstigen Telemediendiensten im Ausland potentielle Ziele eines staatlichen Eindringens.

24.02.2021 - 21:14 [ Netzpolitik.org ]

BND-Gesetz: Sachverständige kritisieren Hacken und Ausspähen unter Freunden

(23.02.2021)

Die Geheimdienst-Gesetzgebung in Deutschland folgt einem rechtstaatlich recht fraglichen Muster. Regierungen schlagen neue Befugnisse vor, Parlamente beschließen sie, Juristen klagen dagegen, Gerichte stufen die Gesetze als verfassungswidrig ein und kippen sie. Dann beginnt der Kreislauf von vorn.

Vor bald einem Jahr hat das Bundesverfassungsgericht das BND-Gesetz von 2016 als verfassungswidrig eingestuft…

24.02.2021 - 11:35 [ Yahoo.com ]

SolarWinds, Microsoft, FireEye, CrowdStrike defend actions in major hack – U.S. Senate hearing

Lawmakers started the hearing by criticizing Amazon representatives, who they said were invited to testify and whose servers were used to launch the cyberattack, for declining to attend the hearing.

23.02.2021 - 10:10 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

We surrendered our freedom to lockdown – the state must never hold such control over our lives again

We know that the trajectory of the virus has been indistinguishable between North Dakota (with masks and distancing in restaurants) and South Dakota (without restrictions). We know that California, which locked down and closed schools, seems to have fared worse than Florida, which did not. We can see that the picture in Belgium with its hard lockdowns has now converged with that in Sweden which famously took a voluntary approach. Similarly, the ‘second wave’ trajectory in Japan is remarkably similar to that of the UK.

I know, I know, fascinating stuff…. but let’s leave all that for the public inquiry.

23.02.2021 - 10:03 [ theSun.co.uk ]

DEADLY DATA: Plan to lift lockdown by Easter ‘was canned after Sage scientists warned it would cause 91,000 more deaths

Models predicted it would lead to nearly 60,000 Covid patients in hospital by June, compared to last month’s high of 39,000.

Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance spoke of his support for the gradual approach taken by PM Boris Johnson, saying: „The sooner you open up everything, the higher the risk of a bigger resurgence.

„The slower you do it, the better.“

23.02.2021 - 06:05 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Covid cases are UP for first time in SIX WEEKS with 10,641 new infections while deaths tumble to 178 in lowest toll since December 13 – and Britain dishes out just 150,000 vaccines in worst performance since inoculation drive started

– Department of Health figures show infections are 9 per cent up on last Monday, when 9,765 were declared
– But laboratory-confirmed coronavirus fatalities have dropped by almost a quarter, from 230 last Monday
– Britain dished out 150,000 vaccines yesterday, in worst daily toll since roll-out began to speed up last month

23.02.2021 - 06:03 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Boris, Whitty and Vallance dismiss Tory and business fury at ultra-cautious lockdown ‚roadmap‘ saying the country wants ‚certainty not urgency‘ – with shops, salons and drinks outside from April 12 but no foreign travel before mid-MAY or hugs until June

Social distancing rules will stay in force until June 21 at the minimum, with a government review to decide their future after that. The decision means that grandparents face months of waiting before they can hug their grandchildren – even though millions have already been vaccinated.

23.02.2021 - 06:01 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Corona-Lockerungen in England: Auf der „Einbahnstraße in Richtung Freiheit“

Die Kurve der Neuinfektionen geht in Großbritannien langsam, aber dennoch deutlich zurück, 124 neue Fälle pro 100.000 Einwohner waren es in den vergangen sieben Tagen. Immerhin schon 17 Millionen Menschen erhielten eine erste Corona-Impfdosis.

23.02.2021 - 05:36 [ Haaretz ]

5 U.S. Billionaires Who Are Potential Witnesses at Netanyahu’s Corruption Trial

(04.12.2019)

Several prominent U.S. billionaires are on the list of over 300 people who could potentially be called as witnesses at Prime Minister Benjamin’s Netanyahu’s upcoming corruption trial.

23.02.2021 - 05:02 [ Haaretz ]

Court Will Hear Witnesses in Netanyahu’s Trial Only After Israeli Election

The opening of the premier’s trial last May followed years of investigations, deliberations and legal proceedings that eventually took place during the course of three election campaigns, capped by a last-minute delay due to the coronavirus.

23.02.2021 - 04:57 [ i24news.tv ]

Next stage of Netanyahu’s corruption trial postponed until after elections

The court rejected a demand from the prime minister’s lawyers to dismiss the indictment by reason of Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit’s failure to formally file a written request for the probe of Netanyahu.

However, the court did condemn Mandelblit for the oversight, saying it was a „defect“ in the legal procedures.

„This is a matter of procedural defect which doesn’t concern the root of the matter,“ the court stated, as cited by Hamodia.

23.02.2021 - 04:55 [ ORF.at ]

Netanjahu-Prozess: Zeugenvernehmung beginnt nach Wahl

Die Anwälte des Regierungschefs hatten Berichten zufolge auf einen Termin nach dem für den 23. März geplanten Urnengang gedrängt. Es ist die vierte Abstimmung binnen zwei Jahren.

20.02.2021 - 13:00 [ Heise.de ]

Corona-Management: „Entscheidungsträger haben sich verrannt“

Matthias Schrappe: In diesem Punkt muss man Herrn Laschet voll und ganz zustimmen: Der Grenzwert von 35 ist „gegriffen“. Es gibt es keine Evidenz dafür, dass es sich ausgerechnet dabei um einen relevanten Grenzwert handelt.

Denn erstens kann er nicht zuverlässig gemessen werden. Es handelt sich um eine anlassbezogene, unsystematische Zählung von Meldungen, die ohne Berücksichtigung der Dunkelziffer auf die Gesamtbevölkerung umgelegt werden.

Und zweitens ist er nicht valide, er sagt nichts voraus, was von Interesse wäre.

18.02.2021 - 22:48 [ CNN ]

Biden speaks with Netanyahu after delay raised questions

„It was a good conversation,“ Biden told reporters in the Oval Office shortly after the call ended, without elaborating.

In a post on Twitter, Netanyahu said he had spoken with Biden for roughly an hour in „friendly and warm“ terms, affirming the US-Israel alliance and discussing issues related to Iran, regional diplomacy and the coronavirus pandemic.

17.02.2021 - 17:05 [ Spiegel ]

Spahn gibt neue Daten bekannt: Anteil britischer Mutante in Deutschland bei mehr als 20 Prozent

Die ansteckendere Corona-Variante aus Großbritannien macht bei den Neuinfektionen in Deutschland mittlerweile einen deutlich größeren Anteil aus. Laut Gesundheitsminister Spahn könnte sie bald dominierend sein.

17.02.2021 - 16:45 [ Jasmine the European Cat / Twitter ]

But the Oxford/AstraZeneca team, which uses more traditional viral vector technology, says that while it can make a new formulation in days, it takes much longer to produce.

(09.02.2021)

It expects to have a vaccine designed to address the variant discovered in South Africa ready by autumn.

17.02.2021 - 16:35 [ usatodaysun.com ]

AstraZeneca expects updated COVID-19 vaccine by autumn

(14.02.2021)

The Anglo-Swedish company, which makes a vaccine developed by the University of Oxford, said it is working with the university’s scientists to adapt the shot to combat new variants.

17.02.2021 - 16:31 [ MSN.com ]

Masks and social distancing could stay until AUTUMN at earliest – sources

(12.02.2021)

SAGE member Professor John Edmunds painted a darker picture and suggested the measures could last even longer.

He told ITV’s Peston face masks could be required „probably forever“ if COVID-19 becomes endemic in the UK.

31.01.2021 - 20:06 [ Spectator.co.uk ]

The way ‘Covid deaths’ are being counted is a national scandal

(May 30, 2020)

Normally, two doctors are needed to certify a death, one of whom has been treating the patient or who knows them and has seen them recently. That has changed. For Covid-19 only, the certification can be made by a single doctor, and there is no requirement for them to have examined, or even met, the patient. A video-link consultation in the four weeks prior to death is now felt to be sufficient for death to be attributed to Covid-19.

31.01.2021 - 20:04 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Social distancing may remain in place ALL YEAR: Graphs show how UK could see huge spike in deaths if restrictions are lifted too early as vaccine would have to be 85% effective to stop a surge in fatalities

Grim new graphs lay bare the dilemma facing Boris Johnson’s government as officials try to work out how to reopen the country without causing a third wave of coronavirus infections, as SAGE recommends keeping social distancing measures in place until 2022.

28.01.2021 - 16:21 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Vaccines WILL limit the spread of coronavirus – but we won’t know by how much until mid-February, experts say

Another burning question which will determine how gung-ho ministers can be with easing restriction is to what extent the vaccines stop people from spreading Covid.

The Government has commissioned a study to investigate the vaccines and their role on transmission, which is being overseen by Public Health England. It is focused on frontline healthcare workers who’ve been jabbed.

28.01.2021 - 16:19 [ Sky News ]

COVID-19: PM criticised for being too secretive about scientific advice that led to tiers and lockdowns in England

(08.01.2021)

The MPs also express concern about the government presenting statistics in a misleading way, and urge ministers to take care to maintain public confidence in them.

„There is nothing to fear from openness,“ said Tory MP Greg Clark, who chairs the committee.

23.01.2021 - 19:33 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

London is burning in lockdown – and if it falls, so will the rest of the UK

London is burning. There are no flames but, make no mistake, it is burning. Instead of fighting the fire, the government and its ineffectual mayor are pouring fuel on it.

23.01.2021 - 09:05 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Revealed: SAGE warning that says scientists are only 50% sure Kent strain is more deadly in evidence that was handed to ministers just hours before ’scaremongering‘ press conference

A SAGE warning revealing that scientists are only 50% sure the Kent strain of coronavirus could be more deadly was handed to ministers just hours before last night’s ’scare-mongering‘ press conference, it has been revealed.

Ministers were only informed about the development yesterday morning after scientists on the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (Nervtag), a subcommittee of Sage, discussed the issue on Thursday.

22.01.2021 - 20:42 [ Spectator.co.uk ]

The way ‘Covid deaths’ are being counted is a national scandal

(May 30, 2020)

Normally, two doctors are needed to certify a death, one of whom has been treating the patient or who knows them and has seen them recently. That has changed. For Covid-19 only, the certification can be made by a single doctor, and there is no requirement for them to have examined, or even met, the patient. A video-link consultation in the four weeks prior to death is now felt to be sufficient for death to be attributed to Covid-19.

22.01.2021 - 20:30 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Boris Johnson, Chris Whitty and Patrick Vallance make shock claim the Kent mutant coronavirus MIGHT be 30-40% more deadly but provide no evidence at all – as Covid cases fall AGAIN by 30% to 40,261 and R number drops below 1

Boris Johnson and his top scientific advisers tonight sensationally claimed the Kent coronavirus variant could be up to 40 per cent deadlier – but sparked fury by not providing the public any evidence for their doom-mongering.

Critics argued No10’s bold claim – based on findings by three academic groups – were reminiscent of ‚Project Fear‘, accusing ministers of managing to find a ’new twist‘ in Britain’s crisis whenever hopes are raised that lockdown could be eased.

17.01.2021 - 17:25 [ Spectator.co.uk ]

The way ‘Covid deaths’ are being counted is a national scandal

(30.05.2020)

Normally, two doctors are needed to certify a death, one of whom has been treating the patient or who knows them and has seen them recently. That has changed. For Covid-19 only, the certification can be made by a single doctor, and there is no requirement for them to have examined, or even met, the patient. A video-link consultation in the four weeks prior to death is now felt to be sufficient for death to be attributed to Covid-19.

14.01.2021 - 09:06 [ Spiked ]

The government is terrorising the public

The politics of fear is being used to justify another authoritarian lockdown.

14.01.2021 - 08:56 [ Spectator.co.uk ]

The way ‘Covid deaths’ are being counted is a national scandal

(30.05.2020)

Normally, two doctors are needed to certify a death, one of whom has been treating the patient or who knows them and has seen them recently. That has changed. For Covid-19 only, the certification can be made by a single doctor, and there is no requirement for them to have examined, or even met, the patient. A video-link consultation in the four weeks prior to death is now felt to be sufficient for death to be attributed to Covid-19.

14.01.2021 - 08:54 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Government’s chief scientific advisor Sir Patrick Vallance warns UK is in for ‚a pretty grim period‘ for Covid deaths which won’t reduce ‚for some weeks‘ even if lockdown measures bring infections down – as Britain sees daily record of 1,564 fatalities

Department of Health figures show the daily laboratory-confirmed death toll has risen 50 per cent week-on-week, with data suggesting the total number of coronavirus victims — both suspected and confirmed — has now passed the 100,000 mark.

13.01.2021 - 18:30 [ Nature.com ]

UK science advisers: publish evidence behind COVID vaccine changes

Pfizer–BioNTech say they do not have evidence of what happens to immunity beyond 21 days after the first dose.

(…)

The JCVI adds that: “Protective immunity from the first dose likely lasts for a duration of 12 weeks.” But it has not published evidence to support this.

13.01.2021 - 16:26 [ Swiss Policy Research ]

Medien in Deutschland

Deutsche Medien und Journalisten sind aus historischen Gründen besonders eng in transatlantische Netzwerke eingebunden. Die folgende Infografik gibt einen Überblick über die wichtigsten Akteure und Verbindungen.

13.01.2021 - 10:00 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Netanyahu trial postponed by coronavirus lockdown

(09.01.2021)

The order could potentially postpone the calling of witnesses to right before Election Day, or right after.

The order came less than 48 hours after the same court rejected Netanyahu’s request for postponing his January 13 hearing next week.

13.01.2021 - 09:19 [ Tagesspiegel ]

Syrien: Bundeswehr machte vor tödlichem Luftschlag Fotos vom Ziel

(29.03.2017)

Bei einem Luftangriff im Norden Syriens sind vergangene Woche zahlreiche Zivilisten getötet worden – die Bundeswehr hat vorher nach Informationen der dpa sowie weiterer Medien Aufklärungsfotos des Schulgebäudes an die Anti-IS-Koalition geliefert.

Wie „Süddeutsche“ und „ARD““ berichten, wurde der Verteidigungsausschuss des Bundestags in geheimer Sitzung darüber informiert.

13.01.2021 - 09:10 [ marsvonpadua.com ]

Militär: Russischer Luftüberlegenheitsjäger Su-35S „Flanker“ hält in Syrien die Lufthoheit

(25.12.2020)

Russland weist die Türkei in die Schranken und behauptet die Lufthoheit auf syrischem Kampfgebiet. Das Abfangmanöver des russischen Kampfjets machte gegen den amerikanischen Konkurrenten eine überzeugende Figur. Eine Gelegenheit den vielfältig einsatzbaren Jäger näher zu präsentieren.

13.01.2021 - 08:50 [ NationalInterest.org ]

The Russia-Israel Relationship Is Perfect Realpolitik

(March 23, 2017)

The same can be said about the relations of most Western countries with Israel—whether Germany, with its emotional attachment to Israel, or France, with its historically complicated Middle Eastern policy.

08.01.2021 - 21:17 [ Haaretz ]

President Rivlin, Act Now – Before It’s Too Late

The moment of truth for our future is approaching. What we saw the other day on the steps of the Capitol and inside it is a warning sign. Netanyahu’s readiness to break every rule and law is obvious, and reached a peak at the start of his trial, with that scene in the courthouse that could have come right out of a gangster movie. And in fact, the prosecutor in his trial is already under guard day and night, just like the prosecutors in the trials of organized crime bosses, and for the same reasons.

The trial has begun, and so a new situation is before us.

28.12.2020 - 11:55 [ Haaretz ]

This Incredible Story Proves Netanyahu Has No Limits

The High Court, its president, Esther Hayut, the prosecution, Mendelblit, all have been subjected to brutal, ugly attacks. There’s no reason to envy them. But if there’s one thing they understand from their own life experience: Silence and capitulation is no way to stop a serial attacker.

19.12.2020 - 11:07 [ theIntercept.com ]

The CIA’s Afghan Death Squads

While CIA officers run the operations, most of the ground support during strike force unit missions, including the control of air power, is provided by fighters loaned out by Joint Special Operations Command. Variations on this arrangement have been used by the CIA since the Church Committee clamped down on agency excesses at home and abroad in 1975. Originally dubbed “Omega” in Afghanistan, the program temporarily strips special forces of their regular military designation — a process known as “sheep-dipping”— and places them under CIA command. This enables the CIA to circumvent the restrictions placed on fighters who ordinarily operate under regular wartime Title 10 authority, placing them instead under the agency’s Title 50 authority for covert actions.

18.12.2020 - 09:00 [ @DanielLuecking / Twitter ]

Veranstaltungssicherheitskonzeptn wurden erarbeitet. In der Selbstdarstellung hat sich @derInnensenator nichts vorzuwerfen. Er plädiert im Umgang mit Gefährdern für die „Al Capone“-Methode. Gefährder sollten bei anderen Straftaten keine Nachlässigkeit erfahren. #UA1BT

18.12.2020 - 08:45 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Attorney-General to High Court: Don’t overturn unity gov’t

It was unclear whether the High Court could ever strike down a quasi-constitutional basic law, he said. In any event, if it were possible, it would need to be a far more extreme law, implying something criminal or actively undermining democracy, he added.

Furthermore, Mandelblit rejected the notion that the coalition was abusing or ignoring the will of the voter by forming coalitions they had vowed not to form.

18.12.2020 - 08:35 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu Preparing Another Request for Lawmakers to Grant Him Immunity

(30.11.2020)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is preparing to ask the Knesset again for immunity from prosecution in his corruption cases, based on his lawyers’ argument that the criminal investigation against him was flawed and should be reconsidered.

In the past month, the prime minister has told associates that he is weighing the benefits of such a move against the possible damage it could do to his image in public opinion.

25.11.2020 - 17:49 [ Politico.com ]

Intelligence disputes fuel rare public acrimony among Gang of Eight

(29.07.2020)

The public spat between the Democratic and Republican sides of the so-called Gang of Eight, less than 100 days before Americans go to the polls, is highly unusual for the group, whose obligations normally rise above the political fray and rarely descend publicly into the partisan squabbles that define Capitol Hill.

25.11.2020 - 17:31 [ CNN ]

Feinstein to step aside as top Democrat on Senate Judiciary Committee

California Sen. Dianne Feinstein announced on Monday that she would step down from the top Democratic spot on the Senate Judiciary Committee next year, following sharp criticism from liberal activists over her handling of the hearings for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett.
Feinstein, 87, said she would „increase“ her „attention“ on the wildfire and drought crisis in California …

25.11.2020 - 11:05 [ Haaretz ]

Next Stage of Netanyahu’s Corruption Trial Delayed Until February

The prime minister’s lawyers had also previously argued that the trial should be delayed due to coronavirus health restrictions, saying that it would be difficult to see whether a masked witness was „telling the truth.“

07.11.2020 - 09:30 [ Haaretz ]

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

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

03.11.2020 - 06:28 [ i24news.tv ]

Gantz asserts Netanyahu won’t honor coalition agreement: report

Gantz, according to the report, stressed that he is willing to “pay with [his] seat,” but will delay a decision for two weeks.

21.10.2020 - 11:01 [ theHill.com ]

Democrats seem unlikely to move against Feinstein

Any decision to remove Feinstein from serving as chairwoman or ranking minority member in the 117th Congress, which convenes in January, would have to be approved by a vote of the entire Senate Democratic Caucus. And the support for such a move does not appear to be there.

24.09.2019 - 05:49 [ junge Welt ]

Gangster am Ruder

(21.9.2019) Bolsonaro konnte aus allen Schichten Menschen mobilisieren, die eine Rückkehr der Arbeiterpartei an die Regierung um jeden Preis verhindern wollten. Das Feld für den Erfolg seines Marketings hatte die Angstmache vor der Linken bereitet, wie sie der viertgrößte Medienkonzern der Welt Globo betrieb.

01.03.2019 - 10:13 [ Haaretz ]

Facing Charges, Netanyahu Looks to World Stage for Help

Netanyahu has one great advantage over his rivals, and he’s using it to maintain his image ■ The election campaign will heat up, with potentially violent consequences

25.11.2018 - 11:35 [ Mirror.co.uk ]

Theresa May’s open letter direct to voters begging them to back her Brexit deal

Desperate Theresa May on Sunday goes over the heads of MPs to appeal directly to the nation to back her Brexit deal.

As things stand, the PM knows she faces defeat when the deal comes before the Commons next month as enemies on all sides gang up on her.

24.08.2018 - 01:54 [ Craig Murray / Information Clearing House ]

A Gangster State

Rory Stewart appeared on Sky News this morning and the very first point he saw fit to make was a piece of impassioned shilling on behalf of G4S. That this was the first reaction of the Prisons Minister to a question on the collapse of order at Birmingham Prison due to G4S’ abject performance, shows both the Tories’ ideological commitment to privatisation in all circumstances, especially where it has demonstrably failed, and shows also the extent to which they are in the pockets of financial interests – and not in the least concerned about the public interest.

03.07.2018 - 08:00 [ BBC ]

Redoine Faid: Paris helicopter prison break for gangster

(1. Juli) France’s Justice Minister Nicole Belloubet, who travelled to the Sud-Francilien prison in Réau on Sunday evening, called it „a spectacular escape“.
„It was an extremely well-prepared commando unit that may have used drones to survey the area beforehand,“ she said.