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Jul 19 08:22

Bitcoin Mining And Money Laundering

By Vin Armani

I have developed significant patience for dispelling myths about “Bitcoin as a currency of crime” when in conversations with nocoiners (those who have never participated in the cryptocurrency world), but I was quite shocked recently to hear individuals who called themselves Bitcoiners being quite vocal about Bitcoin, and other cryptocurrencies, being used as a tool for money laundering. It gave me pause and got me thinking about whether Bitcoin could, in fact, be used as a vehicle for money laundering. It turns out that Proof Of Work cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin can indeed be used for money laundering, but not at all in the way that was being claimed...

Jul 19 08:06

What The 15-Hour Work Week Prophets Failed To Account For

By Saul Zimet

There is a utopian vision shared by hard workers everywhere: One day we will look back on all our accomplishments and say “at last, the age of respite and luxury has finally arrived!” But as the forecasted luxury manifests all around us, the respite is nowhere in sight.

John Maynard Keynes, one of history’s most influential economists, predicted in 1930 that the grandchildren of his generation would enjoy 15-hour work weeks. The rest of the labor would be done by machines. This was a popular idea. In 1965, a Senate subcommittee projected that we would only work 14 hours per week by the year 2000. So, what did the prophets fail to account for?...


Jul 19 07:43

Food shortages begin as canned vegetables start to run out at grocery stores across America

Shoppers are starting to notice the effects of the abysmal growing season here in the United States, as grocery stores in various parts of the country are having to post signage explaining that food shortages are the reason why their shelves are unusually bare.

Jul 19 07:34

In response to Trump admin’s announcement of mass deportations, Columbia University offering ‘stress management’ group for illegal immigrants

Columbia University in New York is offering a variety of resources for illegal immigrant students who feel alienated by the Trump administration's promise of mass deportation from the United States.

Jul 19 07:33

13 Philadelphia police officers will be fired over social media posts

Thirteen Philadelphia police officers are expected to be dismissed because of their activities on social media, the department announced Thursday.

Jul 19 07:32

Bitcoin and Voluntaryism – Where Libertarian Philosophy Meets Crypto

By Graham Smith

For the uninitiated, voluntaryism is a philosophy based on consent. In the simplest terms it says: “If it’s not voluntary, it’s not moral.” This basic statement is often countered with “Yes, but not everyone agrees on that, some people use violence to get what they want.” This is 100% true. And this is why voluntaryists are not pacifists, but believe in and support self-defense. Self-defense as per voluntaryism is defined as protecting one’s property, which begins with the self. As such, the philosophy and its adherents have taken a remarkable interest in bitcoin, thanks to the non-violent nature of peer-to-peer, decentralized currency...


Jul 19 07:28

Fresh stalkerware crop pops up on Google's Android Play Store, swiftly yanked offline

By stalkerware, we mean applications scumbags can install on their spouse's or partner's device, or dodgy bosses on staffers' handhelds, to silently track their whereabouts, web browsing, messaging, and other activities. It can also be installed on kids' gadgets by watchful parents.

The mobile research team at Avast Threatlabs told The Register on Wednesday it believes as many as 130,000 people already downloaded the Android tools, which allow snoops to quietly hoover up contacts, texts, and call histories, and other private details, from devices they are installed on.

As of yesterday morning, four of the surveillanceware applications had been taken down after Avast tipped off Google; the rest have since been pulled. The apps are being pitched under the names "Track Employees Check Work Phone Online Spy Free," "Spy Kids Tracker," "Phone Cell Tracker," "Mobile Tracking," "Spy Tracker," "SMS Tracker," and "Employee Work Spy."

Jul 19 07:27

Is President Trump guilty of 'viciously and dishonestly' attacking Rep. Omar prior to 'send her back' chant at rally? Let's take a look

A former speechwriter for former President Barack Obama called the "send her back" chant directed at U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) during President Donald Trump's rally in North Carolina on Wednesday "one of the most chilling and horrifying things I've ever seen in politics."

Jul 19 07:25

Restaurant chain says high minimum wages in places like Seattle caused its bankruptcy

A restaurant chain has blamed its recent bankruptcy on the increased minimum wage in cities like Seattle and San Francisco.


Jul 19 07:20

The Pentagon’s new nuclear doctrine is scary as hell

The Pentagon is actively contemplating the use of nuclear weapons to win wars that need not be fought in the first place. As expected, opposition to the US nuclear doctrine is almost non-existent in the mainstream media.

Jul 19 07:16

Brexit: Merkel says if solution is found on Irish border, backstop could be overwritten

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said that if Brexit negotiators found a solution on the Irish border in the declaration on future ties between Britain and the EU, the backstop would effectively be overwritten.

The backstop is contested by leading British politicians who want it changed or scrapped, and requires Britain to adopt some EU rules unless a future arrangement is found to keep open the land border between Northern Ireland and Ireland.

Merkel also said on Friday that Britain would remain a partner even if it is no longer a member of the EU in the future.

Jul 19 07:13

Leading Economic Indicators Slump Most In Over 40 Months



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Jul 19 07:03

China's space station will plummet back down to Earth TODAY: Spacecraft will burn up in the atmosphere before debris is scattered across the Pacific Ocean in 'planned destruction'

China's Tiangong-2 spacecraft is currently rapidly descending towards Earth after deliberately dropping out of Earth's orbit.

Its path back to Earth will be a destructive one as it is expected the spacecraft will burn up upon re-entry.

The space station, which means 'Heavenly body' in Chinese, will be destroyed at some point today, and any debris that survives re-entry will likely be harmlessly scattered throughout the Pacific ocean between New Zealand and Chile.

Jul 19 06:25

Doctors are still making the most money

Jul 19 06:24

Debt & The Failure Of Monetary Policy To Stimulate Growth


Jul 19 06:20

LVMPD fails to release all officer-worn body camera footage from night of 1 October shooting against court order

It looks like Sherrif Joseph Lombardo has some explaining to do after it has been revealed that many records and video footage pertaining to the 1 October massacre have not been released to the public upon a judge’s orders.

LAS VEGAS (INTELLIHUB) — The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department could be held in contempt of court after breaching a judge’s order to release all records from the night of the 1 October shooting which includes 21,000 hours of officer-worn body camera footage as a video posted to the John E Hoover YouTube channel on Tuesday points out.

Jul 19 05:06

This Meteorologist Spent The Past 30 Years Living Alone at Remote Arctic Outpost

Vyacheslav Korotki, lives on the barents sea, in a century old wooden house that became a meteorological station in 1933, where he was sent by the Russian state to measure and log climatic conditions and then transmit the data via radio to Moscow.

Jul 19 05:01

Deal of the Century Trump

Don't you just "love" it how they say how complex this problem is!
Not complex at all. A bunch of European Jews displaced by murder, beating, discrimination etc. the native population of Palestine.

BTW Israel is not commenting apartheid they are committing genocide.


Jul 19 04:57

Viking Warrior Found Over a Century Ago in Swedish Grave Was Actually A Woman

For centuries, and in almost all societies, men were always viewed as the ones fighting in the battlefront, while women remained behind to take care of the home.
But not in Viking-era Sweden apparently.

Jul 18 19:06

Does huge buybacks guarantee stocks profits?

Jul 18 18:48

Attacks on ‘white & male’ Moon landing prove no US achievement is too big for liberals to destroy


Jul 18 18:43

Woke words: PC bastion Berkeley adopts gender-neutral city code, ‘manpower’ becomes ‘human effort’

In the latest politically correct escalation of the ongoing culture war in the US, Berkeley City Council voted unanimously to remove gender-specific words and phrases from its municipal code on Tuesday.

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As part of the politically correct purge of offending, gendered language within the city’s municipal code, a “manhole” will now become “maintenance hole,” “craftsmen” are now “artisans,” “heirs” are “beneficiaries,” and “manpower” will now be classified as “human effort.”

Jul 18 18:40

UK commandos fail to ‘liberate’ Estonian island during wargame, beaten by locals

The action was an utter defeat for the Brits, or at least that’s how the drill’s ‘referees’ saw it when they awarded victory in the Battle of Saaremaa to the Estonians.

The Royal Navy did not provide an in-depth analysis of why the liberation mission flopped. They mentioned that the Estonians had more personnel fighting, and that their troops had grown up on Saaremaa. They therefore “knew every rock and tree upon it.”

The British also pointed out that some of the UK Apache helicopters were fighting for the Estonian side. Despite the referees’ verdict, “the commandos claim it was a draw,” the Royal Navy noted in a lighthearted fashion.

Jul 18 17:29

A Bad Copyright Bill Moves Forward With No Serious Understanding of Its Dangers

By Katharine Trendacosta

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted on the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act, aka the CASE Act. This was without any hearings for experts to explain the huge flaws in the bill as it’s currently written. And flaws there are.

During the vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee, it was once again stressed that the CASE Act—which would turn the Copyright Office into a copyright traffic court—created a “voluntary” system. “Voluntary” does not accurately describe the regime of the CASE Act...

Jul 18 17:22

New Hampshire Bill Creates Process to Expunge Some Marijuana Charges

By Michael Maharrey

Last week, New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu signed a bill to create a process to expunge certain marijuana charges form people’s records. Passage into law would take another step toward nullifying federal marijuana prohibition in effect in the Live Free or Die State...

Jul 18 16:50

The 99th Congress ‘Screwed’ Us By Giving Vaccine Makers Legal Exemptions From Product Liability Regarding Vaccines: That Has To Stop NOW

By Catherine J. Frompovich

Ever since the 99th U.S. Congress caved to Big Pharma—under DURESS—in the 1980s with passage of the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 (42 U.S.C. §§ 300aa-1 to 300aa-34), the U.S. CDC and FDA have been committing healthcare and medical science FRAUD regarding vaccines...

Jul 18 16:30

Passive Facebook Use Correlated with Depressive Symptoms

Great holiday, fantastic party, adorable children, incredible food: everyone shows their life in the best light on social networks. Those who take a look around on such sites can find that their self-esteem takes a hit as it seems as though everyone is better than them.

Users who use social networks passively, i.e. do not post themselves, and tend to compare themselves with others are in danger of developing depressive symptoms. This is what a team of psychologists at Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) led by Dr. Phillip Ozimek discovered...



Pixfuture
Jul 18 16:27

Boeing takes $5bn hit over grounding of 737 Max

Boeing is taking a $4.9bn hit to cover the costs of the grounding of its 737 Max aircraft after two deadly crashes.

The charge is set to wipe out profits when the world's biggest planemaker posts quarterly results next week.

In a statement, Boeing also said its "best estimate at this time" is that 737 Max will return to service in the last three months of this year.

Jul 18 16:17

We don't mean to poo-poo this, but... The Internet of S**t has literally arrived thanks to Pampers smart diapers

What's that unpleasant whiff? No, it's not little Johnny's sticky bowel movement but the new "smart diaper" containing his special effort.

That's right folks, this month brings us a literal internet of shit, courtesy of Pampers, which for some ungodly reason has decided to add app technology to its namesake absorbent underpants.

Jul 18 16:14

Parents explode as Republicans refuse to defend kids from library drag queens

It became clear why the Maryland event organizers wanted to keep this Drag Queen's identity hidden. What Tracy discovered was truly frightening.

Tracy found that one of the Drag Queens, "Stormy Vain" (real name: Todd Musick), is involved with numerous lurid and pornographic sexual businesses and activities. He runs "Stormy's Angels of Entertainment" and "Eroticasy." Among his business offerings: male escorts/companions, nude maid services, sex toys, hiring out strippers for parties and one-on-one sessions, nude maintenance service, nude personal trainer, nude hair styling, X-rated candies, and "much more." On his website (now offline), he offered "male companions" under a tab that warned "Nudity!! Must be over 18 to view."

Jul 18 15:53

Jeffrey Epstein’s New Mexico Ranch Linked To Sex Trafficking

At the center of Jeffrey Epstein’s secluded New Mexico ranch sits a sprawling residence the financier built decades ago — complete with plans for a 4,000-square-foot (372-square-meter) courtyard, a living room roughly the size of the average American home and a nearby private airplane runway.

Known as the Zorro Ranch, the high-desert property is now tied to an investigation that the state attorney general’s office says it has opened into Epstein with plans to forward findings to federal authorities in New York.


Jul 18 15:22

The Tale of rBGH, Milk, Monsanto and the Organic Backlash

Organic milk is now as readily available as conventional milk as more consumers and companies are recognizing its benefits and demand. A recent estimate by the USDA, says organic products are now available in nearly 20,000 natural food stores and nearly 3 of 4 conventional grocery stores.

If you and/or your children drink organic milk, you’ve already heard about rBGH (recombinant bovine growth hormone), which may have prompted you to switch from conventional milk to organic milk in the first place.

Jul 18 14:46

Pastor Jeremiah A. Wright Jr preaching "God Is On A Manhunt" at Union Temple Baptist Church

Jul 18 14:18

Man shouting ‘You die’ kills 33 at Japan anime studio

A man screaming “You die!” burst into an animation studio in Kyoto, doused it with a flammable liquid and set it on fire Thursday, killing 33 people in an attack that shocked the country and brought an outpouring of grief from anime fans.

Thirty-six others were injured, some of them critically, in a blaze that sent people scrambling up the stairs toward the roof in a desperate — and futile — attempt to escape what proved to be Japan’s deadliest fire in nearly two decades. Others emerged bleeding, blackened and barefoot.

The suspect, identified only a 41-year-old man who did not work for the studio, was injured and taken to a hospital. Police gave no details on the motive, but a witness told Japanese TV that the attacker angrily complained that something of his had been stolen, possibly by the company.



Taboola
Jul 18 14:14

Few signs of expected mass immigration raids

The nationwide crackdown on illegal immigrants the Trump administration said were going to start Sunday didn't materialize, reports CBS News' Laura Podesta. There were few reports of unusual activity by immigration agents.

The New York Times said instead of one massive, simultaneous sweep, the operation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement will be carried out as a series of smaller raids, spread out over several days.

Jul 18 13:32

4,600-Year-Old Complex On A Tiny Greek Island Is Totally Changing Our Understanding Of Ancient Greece

New excavations on the Aegean islet of Dhaskalio are giving archaeologists an entirely new understanding of ancient Greece. According to The Independent, a dig on the small island 125 miles southeast of Athens has revealed a stunning 4,600-year-old complex of buildings.

Jul 18 13:24

9,000-Year-Old City Just Unearthed Near Jerusalem Is A ‘Game Changer’ For Archaeologists

An excavation project archaeologists are calling “a game changer” in Motza near the city of Jerusalem, has revealed an expansive 9,000-year-old settlement. According to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, the site was saved when builders surveyed it before their planned construction of a highway.

Jul 18 13:11

Inmate, 77, considered 'too old to be a threat' is freed from prison after serving 25 years for murdering his wife and goes on to kill a second woman in an identical knife attack in front of her children

Albert Flick, 77, was convicted of murdering Kimberly Dobbie, 48, on Wednesday
Last year, he stabbed Dobbie 11 times outside a laundromat in Lewiston, Maine
Her two sons were watching and the attack was caught on surveillance cameras
In 1979, Flick was jailed for 25 years for stabbing his wife 14 times in front of their daughter
He was released in 2004 then went back to jail in 2010 for assaulting another woman
But in 2014, a judge released him on the grounds that he was not a threat
He will now no doubt spend the rest of his life behind bars

Jul 18 12:57

US strategic bomber & aircraft carrier drill ‘strike operations’ on Iran’s doorstep (PHOTOS)

Multiple US Air Force aircraft, including a B-52 strategic bomber, have joined the USS Abraham Lincoln in the Arabian Sea for a ‘simulated strike operations’ exercise to prepare to take on Iran “when called upon.”

The drills witnessed F/A-18 Super Hornets, MH-60 Sea Hawk helicopters, and E-2D Growlers from the USS Abraham Lincoln mastering joint maneuvers to improve their “operational tactics in several warfare areas,” US Naval Forces Central Command said on Sunday. Among other “joint training evolutions,” the US Air Force participated in “strike coordination and reconnaissance exercises.”

Jul 18 12:56

US Navy shoots down Iranian drone in Strait of Hormuz – Trump

Shortly after entering the Persian Gulf, a US warship shot down an Iranian drone that had approached to within less than a kilometer, US President Donald Trump said at a White House press event.

Amphibious assault ship USS Boxer took “defensive action” against an Iranian drone that approached to within 1,000 yards (900 meters), and ignored multiple calls to stand down, Trump said on Thursday.

Jul 18 12:29

Scientists Now Believe Quantum Entanglement May Apply to Time Itself

By Jake Anderson

The discoveries made over the last century by physicists studying quantum mechanics—some of which suggest that reality is only made certain by the presence of a conscious observer—is nothing short of mind-blowing.

One particular concept, entanglement, was so out there that Albert Einstein called it “spooky action at a distance” and for many years refused to accept it as true...

Jul 18 12:16

Railroad CEO: This Economy Is The “Most Puzzling” In My 40-Year Career

By Mac Slavo

Railroad CEO James Foote says that the behavior of this economy is the “most puzzling” he’s seen in his 40-year career in the railroad industry. “The present economic backdrop is one of the most puzzling I have experienced in my career,” Foote told Wall Street analysts on a conference call Tuesday evening.

“Both global and U.S. economic conditions had been unusual this year, to say the least, and have impacted our volumes. You see it every week in our reported carloads...

Jul 18 12:11

REPOST: WikiLeaks founder addresses death of DNC staffer Seth Rich in Fox News interview

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has spoken out about the death of a Democratic National Committee staffer killed nearby his Washington D.C. home.

In the past, Assange hinted Seth Rich may have been a WikiLeaks informant, and in an exclusive interview with Fox News' Megyn Kelly, he revealed even more.

But once again, Assange skirted the question of whether Rich was an informant in the interview. He would only say he was concerned about any potential sources who would try to help WikiLeaks in its endeavors.

Kelly also questioned Assange about WikiLeaks' involvement with the Russians in American politics and his view of both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, including what information he may have on Trump and if it will ever be released.

But the exchange with Kelly about the D.C. murder of the 27-year-old Democratic National Committee employee revealed some interesting information.

Jul 18 11:46

US Preparing to Deploy Additional Troops to Saudi Arabia Amid Spat With Iran – Report

Tensions between Washington and Tehran have escalated in the last few months as Iran withdraws from voluntary obligations under the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear deal and the US builds up its military presence in the Middle East under the pretext of “the Iranian threat.”

The US president’s administration is reportedly prepared to send its military personnel to Saudi Arabia, according to CNN, citing two unnamed defence officials.

According to the report, five hundred troops are slated to be deployed to the Prince Sultan Air Base, located to the east of the country’s capital of Riyadh.

The US troops will reportedly become reinforcements to the US military and support personnel already on the site with beginning preparations for a Patriot surface-to-air missile system, a runway and other airfield improvements.

Jul 18 11:45

Mitiga Airport in Tripoli Closed Due to Being Targeted by Air Strikes

The airport, the only one still functioning in Tripoli, has already endured airstrikes in the past that forced it to close to all air traffic, but was recently restored at the beginning of July.

Tripoli's Mitiga International Airport has closed for incoming and outgoing air traffic after being hit by air strikes, the airport reported on its Facebook page. No further details have been given so far.

Libya's capital Tripoli, which is controlled by the Government of National Accord (GNA), has been under attack by the forces of Libyan National Army (LNA) commanded by Khalifa Haftar since April. Haftar announced that the LNA would clear the city of GNA forces, which he described as "terrorists".

Jul 18 11:44

In Major Threat To Dollar's Reserve Status, Russia Offers To Join European SWIFT-Bypass

Three weeks after a meeting between the countries who singed the Iran nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which was ditched by US, French, British and German officials said the trade mechanism which was proposed last summer - designed to circumvent both SWIFT as well as US sanctions banning trade with Iran - called Instex, is now operational.

And while we await for the White House to threaten Europe with even greater tariffs unless it ends this special purpose vehicle - it already did once back in May when it warned that anyone associated with the SPV could be barred from the U.S. financial system if it goes into effect - a response from the US is now assured, because in the biggest attack on the dollar as a reserve currency to date, on Thursday, Russia signaled its willingness to join the controversial payments channel, and has called on Brussels to expand the new mechanism to cover oil exports, the FT reported.

Jul 18 11:43

Cambodia will send back 1,600 tons of trash to US and Canada, govt says country is ‘not a dustbin’

Cambodia will return 83 shipping containers loaded with plastic waste to the United States and Canada, the country’s Environment Ministry has announced. The move comes as Southeast Asia tires of accepting the west’s refuse.
The shipping containers were discovered on Tuesday in Sihanoukville, once a sleepy fishing village and now an overdeveloped, rubbish-strewn port city on the country’s south coast. Though the ministry does not yet know which companies were responsible for bringing in the containers, a spokesman said that 70 were American and 13 came from Canada.

Any companies found responsible will be prosecuted, he said.

Jul 18 11:29

PAUL OF PERSIA: Rand Paul Emerges as President Trump’s New Peacekeeping Force in Iran

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) recently proposed to President Donald Trump that he should take a larger role in negotiating with Iran during a golf outing, a notion that Trump apparently supports, in order to prevent another endless war from starting in the Middle East.

Paul wants to sit down with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif in order to ease tensions with the Islamic Republic, which has been confirmed by four U.S. officials according to Politico. This news has enraged the neocon war hawks in the Trump administration, who want a wedge to remain between the two nations preventing any talks.

Jul 18 11:29

Google kills 'Project Dragonfly' China search engine project

Google's VP of public policy, Karan Bhatia, today told the US Senate the company has “terminated” Project Dragonfly, its localized search engine project for China.

“We have terminated Project Dragonfly,” Bhatia said of the search app for people in China that Google was reported to be working on in 2018.

Bhatia was responding to Republican senator Josh Hawley's questions about Google’s business with China.

Davey Alba at BuzzFeed News writes the company didn't rule out the possibilities of doing other projects for China, now or in the future.

Jul 18 11:28

CALIFORNIA IS LARGEST INSANE ASYLUM IN THE WORLD

From the LA. Times:

1. 40% of all workers in LA County (10.2 million people) are working for cash; and not paying taxes. This is because they are predominantly illegal immigrants, working without a green card. (Donald Trump was right)

2 95%of warrants for murder in Los Angeles are for illegal aliens.

3. 75% of people on the most wanted list in Los Angeles are illegal aliens.

4. Over 2/3 of all births in Los Angeles County are to illegal alien Mexicans on Medi-Cal, whose births were totally paid for by taxpayers.

Jul 18 11:26

China to Ban Doing Business with Firms Selling Weapons to Taiwan

China considers Taiwan its sovereign territory, treating it as a breakaway province to be eventually reunited with the mainland.

Its ruling authorities call incursions by US warships in the Taiwan Strait provocative – the 110 mile-wide waterway separating Taiwan from the mainland.

They consider US arms sales to Taiwan a hostile act.

China’s Defense Minister Wei Fenghe earlier was unequivocal, saying the nation’s military will “firmly defend (China’s) national sovereignty, security and developmental interest.”

Beijing expressed outrage over the Trump regime’s approval to sell about $2.2 billion worth weapons to Taiwan, including Abrams tanks, Hercules armored vehicles, heavy equipment transporters, and Stinger anti-aircraft missiles.

Jul 18 11:25

Pentagon Confirms Removing Turkey From F-35 Fighter Jet Program

Pentagon officials confirmed on Wednesday that Turkey has been removed from the F-35 fighter jet program, despite President Trump complaining about how “unfair” it was to America to have to do so just the day before.

US law established a mechanism for punishing other nations who buy weapons from Russia, and threatened Turkey time and against for buying the S-400. Turkey began taking delivery of the S-400, and that set the US move to ban them from accessing the F-35 jets.

Trump didn’t like this, because the F-35 isn’t exactly flying off the shelves and Turkey was a potential customer. Undersecretary of Defense Ellen Lord argued that all the nations partnered on the F-35 are “aligned in this decision to suspend Turkey.”

Jul 18 11:24

Afghan Army Commander Killed in Insider Attack in Central Afghanistan

Details have emerged on an insider attack on Wednesday in Afghanistan, when an Afghan soldier shot and killed the commander of the Afghan Army’s 3rd division, Col. Mateen Mujtaba, in the Ghazni Province.

Afghan officials reported this was an insider attack, saying the soldier who killed the colonel was a Taliban insider, and was killed himself when other troops returned fire during his shooting. They claimed only the colonel was killed.

The Taliban confirmed that the attacker was theirs, but also claimed that US soldiers were killed in the insider attack. US officials have not reported any such casualties, nor did Afghan officials mention US troops being present, only calling them “near” the attack.

Jul 18 11:24

The Taliban wiped out dozens of Afghanistan's most elite commandos

An Afghan regional governor said 25 members of the country's elite commando units have been killed in fighting with the Taliban.

The incident, which occurred on July 15 in the northern province of Badghis, is the latest in which specially trained Afghan military units have suffered unusually high death tolls.

In comments to RFE/RL, Badghis Governor Abdul Ghaffar Malakzai blamed a lack of coordination as the main reason for the deaths of the commandos. He did not elaborate.

He also said that more than 20 Taliban militants were killed in the clashes.

Qari Yousuf Ahmadi, a Taliban spokesman, said that at least 39 commandos were killed. He said that the militants also captured 16 soldiers.

Badghis, located along the border with Turkmenistan, has been the scene of frequent Taliban attacks.

Jul 18 11:23

US to Divert $40 Million in Humanitarian Aid to Venezuela Opposition

The Trump Administration has informed Congress that they intend to divert $40 million in humanitarian aid away from that and giving it to Venezuela’s opposition instead.

USAID, nominally a humanitarian aid body but in practice tends to be used to subsidize covert actions, informed Congress that the $40 million will be used to pay for salaries and other expenses for the Guaido “government” budget.

USAID argues that the funding of Guaido is in “the US national interest,” while Maduro criticized the vote as more proof that Guaido is just a US-funded puppet.

Jul 18 11:22

US Democrats remove ‘occupation’ from two-state solution resolution

A US House Democrat’s resolution in support of the two-state solution has been amended to remove references to the Israeli occupation and settlement activity, reports the Times of Israel. The amended bill also claims attempts by Palestinians to achieve statehood outside of negotiations with Israel as is unacceptable.

In April, California Democrat Alan Lowenthal introduced House Resolution 326, a symbolic resolution that reaffirmed the US’ commitment to resolving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict through a two-state solution.

The original text highlighted “the special relationship between the US and Israel” and how the US “remains unwavering in its commitment to help Israel address the myriad challenges it faces.” It also mentioned the long history of US presidents seeking a two-state solution and how “delays to a political solution… pose a threat to the ability to maintain a Jewish and democratic state of Israel.”

Jul 18 11:21

Turkey criticises US deal of the Century, supports Palestinian rights

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu yesterday criticised the US deal of the century and emphasised the importance of supporting Palestinian rights, Turkish news agencies reported.

During his speech at the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) executive committee meeting held in Saudi Arabia, Cavusoglu said sustainable peace cannot be achieved by disregarding the Palestinians’ dignity and ignoring “the just and legitimate aspirations of the Palestinian people.”

Referring to the US economic workshop held in Bahrain last month, he said: “Economic projects and plans cannot replace the need for dignity, justice and freedom. And no project can succeed without a just peace.”

He added: “Expansion of illegal settlements continues throughout the occupied Palestinian territory, including in and around Al-Quds, as well as in the West Bank. This is a deliberate attempt to undermine the two-state vision.”

Jul 18 11:21

Israel settlers set up mobile homes in Jordan Valley

Israeli Jewish settlers have set up mobile homes on the Palestinian lands in the Jordan Valley in the occupied West Bank, Shehab news agency reported yesterday.

Palestinian rights activist Aref Daraghma said that the mobile homes were set up in Abu-Qandoul neighbourhood, located in Al-Maleh Valley.

He stated that the settlers installed wires around an area called Al-Mirmala, to which the settlers opened a street a couple of days ago.

Jul 18 11:03

British MPs condemn killing of Palestinian medics by Israel forces in Gaza

A number of British Members of Parliament have slammed the killing of Palestinian medics at the hands of Israeli forces in the occupied Gaza Strip.

On 15 July, an Early Day Motion (EDM) entitled “Health Workers in Gaza” was tabled in Parliament.

The EDM begins with a condemnation of “the killing of healthcare workers in Gaza and in particular the recent killing of Gaza paramedic Mohammed Al-Jedaili”, who, the motion adds, was “the fifth Palestinian health worker to be killed by Israeli forces in just over a year”.

The motion then “notes that according to the World Health Organisation more than 750 health workers in Gaza were also injured between 30 March 2018 and 31 May 2019.”

The context for the timeframe is the Great March of Return, and the efforts taken by Israeli forces to violently suppress its associated demonstrations.

Jul 18 11:02

Wasp spray used as meth alternative has caused at least 3 fatal overdoses, West Virginia police say

People in West Virginia are using a new chemical to gain a methamphetamine-like high: wasp spray.

State police told WCHS that the chemical spray is being used as an alternative form of meth.

On Friday, nearly 30 cans of wasp spray were sold in Boone County alone.

"From what we're being told, if you use it, you know, you might use it once or twice and be fine, but the third time when your body hits that allergic reaction, it can kill you," Sgt. Charles Sutphin said.

Jul 18 11:01

Five Years on from Malaysian Airlines MH17 Destruction: A Clear Lack of Evidence that Moscow Was Behind It

Five years ago, on 17 July 2014, Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 (MH17) was shot down approximately 30 miles from the Ukrainian-Russian border, while fighting raged below between Western-supported groups and “Moscow-backed separatists”.

During late afternoon local time 298 people, including crew members, lost their lives when the scheduled passenger aircraft was blown out of the sky. In the following time, some of the dead were found scattered in the surrounding sunflower fields.

Many reports later emanated from Western media, without necessary supporting evidence, claiming that “Russian-sponsored militants” were responsible for firing a Buk surface-to-air missile at the plane. Buk missile systems are in fact under possession of both Moscow and Kiev.

Almost 200 of those killed were of Dutch nationality – with the aircraft itself, a 64 metre long Boeing 777-200ER, having intended to reach Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s capital, after departing Amsterdam about three hours before.

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