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26.08.2018 - 09:20 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Boris Johnson and Jacob Rees-Mogg, the Brexiteers‘ dream team, may soon be a reality

(1.8.2018) Until recently, Theresa May managed to keep a shaky truce in her party over her handling of Brexit. But the offer to Brussels she agreed at Chequers shattered it, as David Davis and Boris Johnson were forced to leave her cabinet in protest.

The Prime Minister hoped that she could neutralise Mr Johnson by keeping him prisoner in the gilded cage of the Foreign Office.

24.08.2018 - 14:46 [ theGuardian.com ]

The Guardian view on no-deal Brexit: Tory tactics make a second vote more likely

The chancellor Philip Hammond reminded his party on Thursday that there would be “large fiscal consequences” of £80bn of extra borrowing. Not one part of this is acceptable. To think otherwise is to live in a demented political la-la land in which fanatical dogma outweighs the jobs, security and life chances of ordinary people.

24.08.2018 - 14:41 [ Washington Post ]

Britain seeks to calm fears of ‘no-deal’ Brexit doomsday — and worries over BLTs, sperm donors and civil unrest

For weeks, there has been a string of doomsday scenarios in the British news media about what could happen if Prime Minister Theresa May’s negotiators fail to strike an agreement with Brussels.

There has been speculation — floated by think tanks, business lobbies and hospital administrators — a “no-deal Brexit” could create total havoc.

11.08.2018 - 09:26 [ Rudaw.net ]

Syrian troops shell Idlib, drop ’surrender‘ notes

A Syrian man holds a leaflet stamped with the government forces‘ seal and dropped by helicopters flying over the city of Saraqibon August 9, 2018 reading in Arabic: „Which do you prefer? This was Syria before terrorism and its militiamen, and this is what armed terrorism has one to Syria and its people. The fate of your family, children, and future depend on your decision. Quickly join the local reconciliations to return the smile and guarantee the future.“

11.08.2018 - 08:55 [ Al-Monitor.com ]

Syria’s Kurds cautiously progress in talks with Damascus

(6.8.2018) The Kurdish delegation, however, did not offer much information, simply saying that committees will be set up to prepare for a transition to the phase of negotiations.

This Kurdish-regime dialogue, which was held July 26-27, offered optimism that war may not be the only option, yet there are many obstacles left to overcome. For one thing, the 50,000-strong SDF and the proposed model of democratic autonomy, with its abundant local institutions, are not easy for a centralized system like Damascus to accept.

29.07.2018 - 12:24 [ businessinsider.com ]

Former CIA director asks what Trump is ‚hiding‘ by meeting with Putin alone

(16.7.2018) John Brennan, the former director of the CIA, on Monday asked what President Donald Trump was „hiding“ by meeting alone with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland.

Trump sat with Putin alone with only translators for roughly two hours on Monday. This was reportedly the first time in history a US and Russian president have met alone.

23.07.2018 - 14:04 [ Patreon.com ]

Whitewashing the White Helmets – Peter Ford

Former Ambassador to Syria 2003 – 2006, Peter Ford responds to the UK Government statement by Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt and International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt on “exceptional” Israeli evacuation of the UK/US Coalition intelligence construct, the White Helmets:

21.07.2018 - 10:20 [ Microsoft ]

Facial recognition technology: The need for public regulation and corporate responsibility

Imagine finding a young missing child by recognizing her as she is being walked down the street. Imagine helping the police to identify a terrorist bent on destruction as he walks into the arena where you’re attending a sporting event. Imagine a smartphone camera and app that tells a person who is blind the name of the individual who has just walked into a room to join a meeting.

20.07.2018 - 05:43 [ Washington Post ]

The intelligence community has never faced a problem quite like this

“There are almost two governments now,” worries John McLaughlin, a former acting CIA director. He discusses the Trump conundrum with the same vexation as a dozen other former intelligence officials I’ve spoken with since the president’s shockingly acquiescent performance onstage Monday with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

10.07.2018 - 10:52 [ BBC ]

Latest after Brexit resignations

– PM Theresa May will chair her new-look cabinet later
Prominent Leave campaigner Dominic Raab is the new Brexit secretary
– Jeremy Hunt moves from health to become new foreign secretary
– Boris Johnson resigned as foreign secretary amid growing crisis over UK’s Brexit strategy
– Mr Johnson said the Brexit „dream is dying, suffocated by needless self-doubt“
– David Davis quit as Brexit secretary, saying he did not believe in the Brexit plan
– Matt Hancock moves from culture secretary to health secretary

02.07.2018 - 11:51 [ New York Times ]

Angela Merkel Seemed to Get a Reprieve Over Migrants. It Didn’t Last.

Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany thought she had fended off a mutiny within her own conservative alliance after returning from marathon talks with fellow European leaders on Friday with an agreement on how to handle migration.

But instead, the rebellion escalated late on Sunday, further weakening Ms. Merkel, who was once seen as a rock of European politics and the guardian of the liberal world order.

31.05.2018 - 18:48 [ Ansa.it ]

Salvini, Di Maio meet for govt talks

Rome Tor Vergata University economics lecturer Giovanni Tria is now being touted as a possible economy minister, sources said.
Savona would move to European affairs and Enzo Moavero Milanesi, a former EU affairs minister, would be foreign minister, the sources said.

31.05.2018 - 00:17 [ FXStreet.com ]

Moody’s reviews Italian banks for downgrade

The following banks are affected by today’s rating actions:

UniCredit S.p.A., Intesa Sanpaolo S.p.A., Banca IMI S.p.A., Cassa Depositi e Prestiti S.p.A., Mediobanca S.p.A., FCA Bank S.p.A., Banca Nazionale Del Lavoro S.p.A., Credito Emiliano S.p.A., Credit Agricole Cariparma S.p.A., Cassa Centrale Raiffeisen S.p.A., Invitalia S.p.A. and Banca del Mezzogiorno – MCC S.p.A.

30.05.2018 - 15:01 [ theGuardian.com ]

Head of Italy’s M5S rekindles negotiations to form a government

Luigi Di Maio, the 31-year-old head of M5S, Italy’s largest party, indicated on Wednesday he was prepared to compromise on his controversial choice of a eurosceptic economist, Paolo Savona, for finance minister.

28.05.2018 - 17:19 [ Seattle Times ]

Ex-IMF official tapped to head Italy firmly backs euro

The man tapped to head a neutral government in Italy after two populists failed in their bid is a former official at the International Monetary Fund who is a firm believer in the euro and in the necessity of Italy cutting its stubbornly high-debt load.

28.05.2018 - 16:43 [ Ansa.it ]

No one contemplated euro exit-Salvini

„No one ever thought about quitting the euro,“ Salvini told Radio Capital.
„It wasn’t in our programmes, it wasn’t in Savona’s programme.
„There was just the revision of the banking system and the taxes“.

28.05.2018 - 16:31 [ Ansa.it ]

PD backs Mattarella

The centre-left Democratic Party (PD) on Sunday backed President Sergio Matterella after his controversial rejection the nomination of Paolo Savona as economy minister.
„The League and the 5-Star Movement are using unheard of words and unprecedented threats,“ caretaker PD leader Maurizio Martina said via Twitter.

28.05.2018 - 16:20 [ Bloomberg ]

Italy’s Establishment Vetoes the Populists

Italy’s two populist leaders forged a coalition from very different policy platforms. They found a prime minister that both could accept. Then President Sergio Mattarella vetoed their finance minister and their bid for power foundered, unleashing chaos and rage in equal measure in Rome.

28.05.2018 - 16:19 [ Euractiv.com ]

Technocrat PM to take over in Italy as President steps in to protect the euro

Shortly afterwards, he summoned former International Monetary Fund (IMF) senior official Carlo Cottarelli for a Monday morning meeting — an indication he may be considering asking him to head a government of unelected technocrats.

28.05.2018 - 16:09 [ Ansa.it ]

Impeachment Mattarella – Di Maio

5-Star Movement (M5S) leader Luigi Di Maio said Sunday that President Sergio Mattarella should be impeached after he rejected the nomination of Paolo Savona as economy minister.
„(What) if we have elections and we win and the we go to the president’s palace and they say we cannot form a government?“ Di Maio said on a telephone interview with RAI show ‚Che Tempo Che Fa‘.

28.05.2018 - 16:00 [ CNBC ]

Italy plunged back into political crisis as president faces calls for impeachment

Luigi Di Maio of the populist Five Star Movement (M5S) said Sunday that the actions of Italy’s president had triggered an „institutional crisis.“
Mattarella, who was installed by a previous pro-EU government, refused to accept the nomination of eurosckeptic candidate Paolo Savona for economy minister.

23.05.2018 - 20:45 [ Forbes ]

Has Our Government Spent $21 Trillion Of Our Money Without Telling Us?

(8.12.2017) First, what is the source of the additional $794 billion in the Army’s Fund Balance? This adjustment represents more than six times appropriated spending. Second, do these transfers represent a flow of funds to the Army beyond those authorized by Congress? Third, were these funds authorized and if so when and by whom? Fourth, what is the source of these funds?

06.05.2018 - 18:21 [ Al Jazeera English / Youtube ]

The Lobby P4: The Takedown – Al Jazeera Investigations

(14.1.2017) In part four of The Lobby, the senior political officer at the Israeli Embassy in London discusses a potential plot to ‚take down‘ British politicians – including a Minster of State at the Foreign office who supports Palestinian civil rights.

06.05.2018 - 18:05 [ Al Jazeera English / Youtube ]

Exclusive: Israel’s parliamentary plot against UK politicians

(7.1.2018) Al Jazeera has uncovered evidence of an Israeli diplomat’s involvement in smear campaigns to discredit a British minister and other politicians. Al Jazeera’s investigative unit went undercover with an Israeli lobby group for several months. The investigation reveals conversations in which a diplomat plotted to damage the careers of MPs they feel don’t give enough support to Israel.

06.04.2018 - 08:12 [ cleantechnica.com ]

Tim Cook Blasts Facebook & Google, Calls For Government Regulation

Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, sees things differently. In an interview with Kara Swisher of Recode and Chris Hayes of MSNBC scheduled to air April 6, he tells the two hosts, “I think the best regulation is no regulation, is self-regulation. However, I think we’re beyond that here.” He then goes on to blast Facebook and Google for their despicable business ethics — assuming they have any at all.