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Saturday, 16 June


Medien im Jahre 2018:Nicht nur der von selbsternannten ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Medien im Jahre 2018:

Nicht nur der von selbsternannten Rchern in Bremen berfallene 50-Jhrige ist vllig unschuldig, sondern offenbar auch derjenige Mann, der im RTL-Magazin Punkt 12 unter Pdophilie-Verdacht gestellt wurde.
Ja! Im "Fernsehen" (RTL) haben sie einen angeblichen Tter gezeigt, aber verpixelt. Der war unschuldig. Aber verprgelt wurde jemand anderes:
Bis zu zehn Mnner hatten den RTL-Film zum Anlass genommen, einen unschuldigen 50-Jhrigen an seiner Wohnungstr zusammenzuschlagen, weil sie ihn irrtmlich fr den im Fernsehen verpixelten Beschuldigten hielten.

Der US-Spamwirtschaft fllt gerade auf, dass niemand ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Der US-Spamwirtschaft fllt gerade auf, dass niemand Opt-In gemacht hat bei ihren Datenschutz-Warnmails.

Ja wie kommt denn sowas? Wollen die Leute etwa die wichtigen Hinweise gar nicht haben?!


#berlin #txl #tegel #airport #woman #working #streetphotography... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

#berlin #txl #tegel #airport #woman #working #streetphotography #dailylife #blackandwhite #photography #photo #streetsofberlin #berlineransichten #berlinstagram #picoftheday #latergram #schwarzweiss


Ich wei ja nicht, wie es euch ging, aber bei einer ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Ich wei ja nicht, wie es euch ging, aber bei einer berschrift wie dieser hier mache ich mir erstmal ein bisschen Sorgen:

"Hackbacks": Bundeswehr-Hacker knnten jetzt zurckschlagen
Glcklicherweise verfliegen die Sorgen schnell, wenn ich ein bisschen runterscrolle und dann lese:
Die Bundeswehr verfolgt im "Cyber- und Informationsraum" zahlreiche Projekte, die bis sptestens 2021 ihren vollen "Wirkbetrieb" aufnehmen sollen, darunter etwa das Absichern von Gefechtskommandos per Blockchain-Technik.
Danke, McKinsey! Ich machte mir kurz Sorgen, dass ihr vielleicht nur das physische Schlachtfeld befrieden knnt mit eurer Geldabsaug- und -vernichtungskampagne gegen die Bundeswehr. Aber offensichtlich seid ihr auch in der Demilitarisierung des Cyberspace bahnbrechend effektiv. Phew! Nicht ausdenken!

Ich hatte kurz Sorgen, dass die vielleicht so viel Geld auf das Problem werfen, dass sich das doch von alleine lst. Aber frchtet euch nicht:

Ein Aggressor msse die Abschreckung sofort nach seiner Identifizierung (sofern sie eindeutig mglich sei) zu spren bekommen, und sie sei auch nicht auf den Cyber-Bereich beschrnkt. Im Rahmen der Null-Toleranz-Richtlinie knnten weitere Manahmen folgen.
Nach dieser Meldung ist vllig ausgeschlossen, dass da jemand sitzt, der mehr als Management by Buzzword-Sprechblase betreibt. Ich schlafe jetzt wieder ruhiger.


Daily Mail "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Sickening truth about how much sugar children are eating: We asked three girls to keep a food diary, the results horrified their mums

  • Studies show children and teenagers consume more sugar than they should
  • FEMAIL asked three mums to help their daughters keep a food diary for a week
  • Jessica, 12, consumed 490g sugar weekly, the recommended allowance is 210g
  • Jessica's mum Claire Lilley, 43, vowed to avoid processed foods to lower intake
  • A dietitian revealed the seemingly healthy foods that are filled with sugar  
  • Sugary treats lie at the heart of family time these days. From after-school snacks to birthday parties with lots of chocolate, biscuits and sweets, sugar is loaded with messages of reward and enjoyment.
    Add to that the hidden sugars in convenience foods and the treats children choose for themselves at school, and even parents with the best of intentions will find it hard to monitor just how much of the sweet stuff their children eat. 
    According to a recent survey, c...


Chortle "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

According to the comedy website Chortle, Laurence Howarth, the script writer for Radio 4's Dead Ringers, has conceded (a) that his show may have an inherent anti-Brexit bias [you don't say!], (b) that it does more jokes against Brexit than for it [well, know me down with the late Sir Ken's tickling stick!], and (c) that it has a writers room that's "intrinsically partisan" because it has more than its fair share of "typically London-centred, broadly left-wing people", who were also predominantly Remain voters [who'd have guessed?!]...

...but it's all OK really because, being conscious of this inherent, intrinsic bias, they can counteract it, and, "overall", the show doesn't have a point of view, and "a natural balance" emerges between and during sketches. (So there you go: there's nothing to worry about after all!)

And why does Lawrence think there are there more jokes against Brexit than for it? Because "thats whats happening" and because "the ones doing Brexit are in power".

Hmm. There's a huge effort to stop Brexit, and plenty of the 'stoppers' are also plum targets for satire. And even if we except his "the ones doing Brexit are in power" argument why exactly does that justify there being more anti-Brexit jokes than pro-Brexit ones? It possibly explains the people targeted for satire, but surely doesn't explain the preponderance of jokes against Brexit itself? Or am I missing something?

Anyhow, here's a joke: Took the shell off my racing snail this weekend. Thought it might speed him up. If anything, it made him more sluggish.


How Did JPMorgan Reverse an Arrest Warrant for its Mexico Bank Chief? "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Peculiar things happen a lot where JPMorgan Chase is involved.

By Pam Martens and Russ Martens of Wall Street on Parade

On Monday Reuters reported that a judge in Mexico has issued an arrest warrant for the country head of U.S. investment bank JPMorgan for alleged fraud. Details about the arrest warrant were provided the same day in a lawsuit filed in the Federal District Court for the Southern District of New York.

The lawsuit explained that a prosecutor has conducted a criminal investigation into fraud by J.P. Morgan. Based on the preliminary evidence collected, the prosecutor recently (in June 2018) requested that a judge detain Eduardo Cepeda, the chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Defendants Mexican unit, and former J.P. Morgan managing director Miguel Barbosa. Upon review of the evidence presented by the prosecutor, a criminal court judge has found the elements of felony fraud in the amount of $100 million, and issued a detention order for Eduardo Cepeda and Miguel Barbosa.

That was this past Monday. By Wednesday, Reuters was reporting the following: A judge in Mexico canceled an arrest warrant for the country head of U.S. investment bank JPMorgan Chase & Co and another employee, the bank said on Wednesday, just days after it was issued.

Exactly how does one get a judge to rescind an arrest warrant after an alleged finding of felony fraud in the amount of $100 million? Well get to the details of the alleged fraud in a moment, but first a bit of historical perspective on JPMorgan Chases decade-long crime spree.

Peculiar things happen a lot where JPMorgan Chase is involved. Crimes are routinely committed, tens of billions of dollars are paid in fines, the bank admits to three felony counts in a two year period, it gambles in exotic derivatives with its bank depositors money and loses $6.2 billion and yet, no executive ever goes to jail and CEO Jamie Dimon not only keeps his job but keeps getting big pay raises, moving him now onto the Forbes billionaire list

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Three opinions "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

I'll set three opinion pieces side-by-side here and let you judge....

North Korea's answer to Fiona Bruce

The first comes from John Simpson on this morning's Today programme:
The exultant voice of Ri Chun-hee, North Korean television's top newsreader. She tells her audience the good news. Apparently even North Koreans find her hard to take. Still, the main thing she announced was - to use a familiar Trumpism - fake news. President Trump had, she said, promised to lift the sanctions on North Korea. Well, no-one knows for sure what went on when the two men were just talking alone together with their interpreters but if he did that really would have been dynamite. Even so Mr. Trump, who'd said beforehand he wouldn't be doing any preparation for the summit, did promise (apparently off the cuff) to stop the joint military exercises which the US has always carried out with South Korea without telling the South Koreans first.
Donald Trump: We will be stopping the war games, which will save us a tremendous amount of money, unless and until we see the future negotiation is not going along like it should.
Until now North Korea has always wriggled out of promises it's made to the Americans and others about its nuclear programme, but, if it suits him, Kim Jong-un could perhaps agree to cut back on his nuclear weapons and even let international inspection teams check that he's keeping his word.


Today five years ago thousands took the streets of Berlin to... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Today five years ago thousands took the streets of Berlin to march against Turkeys Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his AKP administration. They also expressed their solidarity with the Turkish opposition. The participants came from a political wide range from left wing and Kurdish groups to Turkish nationalists. 06/16/2013.
#berlin #turkey #kreuzberg #embassy #akp #erdogan #geziparki #occupygeziparki #direngezi #heryertaksim #gezi5yanda #tamam #rally #demonstration #reportage #blackandwhite #photojournalism #documentary #photography #photo #streetsofberlin #berlineransichten #berlinstagram #photooftheday #latergram #schwarzweiss #fromthearchives


'Free Thinking' lives up to its name again "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Philip Dodd

I praised Radio 3's Free Thinking before and am about to do so again. You'd never find anything like Wednesday night's edition anywhere else on the BBC, and certainly not on Radio 4. It was a 45-minute conversation about 'the intellectual dark web' hosted by the excellent Philip Dodd and featuring Douglas Murray, Bari Weiss and Ed Husain. All three guests were sympathetic towards 'the intellectual dark web' and Philip Dodd got it spot-on by providing a sceptical counterweight to them without being overly intrusive. (Most other BBC interviewers would have failed on that front). Please listen for yourselves. 

Meanwhile, here's something Douglas Murray said on the programme:
I'm not answering for Bari but, if I can say so, I think we all know exactly what is going on it with these attacks. If you got a load of crap you get when you write about one thing, when you see something else that is a lie are you likely to identify it as such or are you likely to think I could do without that crap as well it? I know journalists all across our country - and many journalists from the BBC - who say things like, 'I'm not willing to take x on as a subject. I'm just not willing to'. I've had this discussion  with senior people in the BBC who have admitted to me they don't want to take stuff on because they know what's coming their way if they do. Now an individual may occasionally be willing to take on one big fight, but there's just the point where you go, you know...I said some years ago, 'I've already got some Islamist problems going for me. I've already been told not to appear in public by the police for some time. I could do without the transsexuals coming for me as well. I could just do with a break this week, OK!' We've all ha...


Losing just his temper? "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

A.C. Grayling is still smarting after his performance on this week's This Week. The philosopher has now tweeted

One of Andrew Neil's former colleagues on The Daily Politics, Giles Dilnot, has provided a succinct paraphrase:

Giles then added:

If only we had a present-day Molire to write a new play about the great man. Le professeur draisonnable perhaps? 


Another bouquet (containing a hidden brickbat) "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Here's another bouquet for the BBC - something I missed at the time but found yesterday via a comment at Biased BBC.

Back in early Mark on The World This Weekend made a major thing of something that wasn't true. 
The bones of the English local election results have been picked clean by now but here's one under-reported result: Nearly 4,000 people who wanted to vote were stopped from doing so, according to the Electoral Reform Society.
(Obviously the bouquet isn't for Mark Mardell here!)

We expressed scepticism about it at the time, questioning how 'under-reported' it was and, more seriously, questioning why The World This Weekend took that dodgy-sounding ERS figure at face value. We wondered, 'Was it a case of "fake news"?'.

What I didn't realise was that Radio 4's More or Less debunked the ERS's figure a few weeks later and played a clip of Mark Mardell saying what I quoted above. It turns out that the ERS - and, thus, the ever-so-trusting Mr Mardell - were wide of the mark by a factor of ten. 

More or Less made it clear that it was another BBC reporter, namely Newsnight's David Grossman, who first smelt a rat at the BBC. His journalistic instincts told him that the figure sounded suspiciously large. He dug into it and did the calculations. A BBC News website article followed with the final findings that only around 340 people had been turned a...


The 2017 General Election One Year On "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Jon Bigger looks over the stumbling Parliamentary scene as Theresa May struggles with Brexit and Ireland. Theresa May is the figurehead of a government that could last a full five-year term or collapse at any moment. It is now just over a year since her party failed to win an overall majority at the last


Saker Community Translations and new collaboration launched! "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Dear friends, Excellent news!  First, I am happy to announce the official launch of the Saker Community Translations YouTube channel which you can find here: This project has been


This Is How Wars Start "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

by Rostislav Ishchenko for Actual Comment Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard Russia keeps its most powerful grouping of troops in the western direction. Just according to official

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#berlin #txl #tegel #airport #streetphotography #dailylife... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

#berlin #txl #tegel #airport #streetphotography #dailylife #blackandwhite #photography #photo #streetsofberlin #berlineransichten #berlinstagram #picoftheday #latergram #schwarzweiss


How Finland and Estonia fooled laws of nature and Russian gas, by Ruslan Ostashko "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

  Dear friends, here are some perplexing news. I read and reread them several times, checked sources and encyclopedia, and still couldnt understand what exactly is happening. Hopefully, together we


Rhodes: Lightning strikes right next to a group of people (video) "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

We narrowly escaped, a man wrote on his Facebook acocunt and posted a video showing a lightning striking right next a group of Greeks enjoying their coffee on the island of Rhodes. Vassilis Anadiotis from Patras was apparently still overwhelmed by the shock to see a lightning crashing like a bombshell right next to their

The post Rhodes: Lightning strikes right next to a group of people (video) appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.


Trump verhngt 50 Milliarden Dollar Strafzlle gegen ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Trump verhngt 50 Milliarden Dollar Strafzlle gegen China.

Wie eine Motte zum Licht macht Trump immer genau die Sache, die ihm am meisten Aufmerksamkeit bringt.


Rev. William J. Barbers Moral Movement "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

A Radical Review of William J. Barber The Third Reconstruction (2016)
Rev. Dr. William J. Barber is an important organizer of North Carolina's Moral Monday movement and now of the national Poor People's Campaign. He and his co-workers have organized large scale demonstrations and civil disobedience at statehouses across the U.S. He has worked to build a fusion coalition of oppressed and exploited people. This book provides a view of the political and religious thinking which has motivated him and many others.


Felony charges against ex Golden Dawn MP for preparations of High Treason acts "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

In fast track procedures a prosecutor in Athens pressed felony charges against the now ex Golden Dawn Mo, Konstantinos Barbarousis, for preparing acts of high treason. Prosecutor Giorgos Kaloudis completed the investigation commissioned by Greeces Supreme Court on Friday afternoon. Investigation was completed in fast track, in less than 8 hours after the MP called

The post Felony charges against ex Golden Dawn MP for preparations of High Treason acts appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.


Repeating the Same Mistakes "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Repeating the Same Mistakes

Guest Author ALLAN ROBERTS reports on another example of Scarborough Borough Council Officers knowing better than the people they are paid to serve and, in particular, those who know their working environment far, far better.


At a time when moves are afoot to resurrect the Scarborough Harbour Users Group, perhaps now is the time to look at just why that group was virtually dismembered by the actions of the Director of Finance at SBC, Nick Edwards.

Many of stakeholders at Scarborough Harbour feel they have been let down by SBC Director of Finance Nick Edwards refusal, since July 2015, to meet with the Scarborough Harbour Users Group.

Nick Edwards reason to suspend the consultation meetings is because the Group refused to accept the Terms of Reference concocted by SBC as part of the failed Whitby Harbour Board fiasco.

The Terms of Reference Mr Edwards refers to were delineated in 2011 by the then Director of Tourism, Brian Bennett, who has since left SBC, reportedly to join Sirius Minerals.

Those Terms of Reference were deemed necessary to comply with Governmental legislation regarding the formation of the Pilot Whitby Harbour Board which, in turn, required an official consultation group.

Download the PDF file WHB_ToR_2011.

Without a consultation group, the Pilot Whitby Harbour Board would be acting in contention to governmental recommendations, which would be embarrassing for SBC, and so the Terms of Reference were hastily cobbled together by Brian Bennett.

The Terms of Reference are contained in the separate, but identical, Reports presented to the Whitby Harbour Board dated Oct 3rd 2011, and then to Whitby Harbour Users Group dated Oct 11th 2011.

This is the Risk Matrix that accompanied the Report as presented to the WHB.

This is the Risk Matrix that accompanied the Report as presented to the Whitby Harbour Users Group.



Unbelievable: Non-Schengen nationals need passport for beach Tsamakia on Lesvos "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

An organized beach on the island of Lesvos has introduced new practices that stun not only  swimmers but also local media. Tsamakia Beach requests from visitors to show their passport at the entrance if they are from countries outside the Schengen zone. With a notice posted at the entrance, visitors are warned that will be

The post Unbelievable: Non-Schengen nationals need passport for beach Tsamakia on Lesvos appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.


Explosion on sailing boat injures UK family of tourists on Corfu "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

A 9-year-old girl reportedly suffered serious injuries after the engine of a sailing boat exploded earlier on Friday near the island of Corfu in the Ionian Sea. The girls parents were injured as well even though much slighter than the girl. The 9-year-old is being hospitalized with serious burning injuries in a hospital in the

The post Explosion on sailing boat injures UK family of tourists on Corfu appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.


The WSWS, Irans economy, the Basij & Revolutionary Shiism: an 11-part series "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

by Ramn Mazaheri for The Saker Blog In February the WSWS published a three-part series in response to my criticism of their inflammatory coverage of the protests last winter in


Israeli lawmaker proclaims supremacy of Jewish race "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Likuds MK Miki Zohar says Jews are the smartest in the world, so know Netanyahu isnt corrupt by Stuard Winer for the Times of Israel A lawmaker from the ruling Likud party said


Gercht des Tages: Angeblich kndigt die CSU das ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Gercht des Tages: Angeblich kndigt die CSU das Unionsbndnis mit der CDU auf.

Die Frage ist, was dann passieren wrde. Mal ein Gedankenspiel.

Die CSU knnte dann auch anderswo auftreten und mglicherweise der AfD Stimmen klauen, msste dann nicht mehr in Bayern so viele Stimmen kriegen, dass es bundesweit fr 5% reicht. Da wre viel Druck raus dann in Bayern, besonders nach den desastrsen Wahlergebnissen in letzter Zeit.

Die Frage ist, wenn die CSU aus der Union raus ist, ob die CDU dann anfngt, selbst wahlkampftechnisch eine Rechtsauen-Abteilung aufzumachen gegen die AfD. Gengend potentielles Personal haben sie ja, beispielsweise diesen unsglichen Bouffier, von dem das Gercht hier kommt. Oder vielleicht ist das ja auch vllig einvernehmlich und die machen weiter zusammen rum, aber halt nicht als Zwangskoalition wie im Moment sondern jeweils nach der Wahl einvernehmlich, wie das ja auch jahrzehntelang mit der CDU und der FDP lief.

Spannende Zeiten jedenfalls.

Ob das PR-Gedns oder ein Streit ist, werden wir daran erkennen, ob die CDU nach Bayern geht.

Update: Das ist der Account von Titanic-Redakteur Moritz Hrtgen, nicht vom hr. Aber lasst uns doch mal alle so tun, als sei da was dran. Die Idee ein bisschen verbreiten. Ich hrte, dass gestern im Bundestag die Abgeordneten von CDU und Grnen auffllig oft zusammen gesehen wurden in der Kantine und beim Spazieren.

Beim Hubble-Teleskop erzhlt man sich die Story, dass ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Beim Hubble-Teleskop erzhlt man sich die Story, dass die Optik von einer "befreundeten Agency" wohlttig gespendet wurde, weil die nicht mehr mit ansehen konnten, wie bei der NASA unter dem Kostendruck mit vorsintflutlichem Schrott hantiert wurde. Das war die Optik aus einem zu dem Zeitpunkt veralteten Spionagesatelliten, nur halt bei Hubble von der Erde weg gerichtet, nicht auf die Erde.

Stellt sich raus: Bei der Vorbereitung zur Mondlandung haben sie auch Spionage-Optiken verwendet. Und dann deren Bilder knstlich verrauscht fr die Verffentlichung, weil sie nicht preisgeben wollten, wie gut ihre Spionage-Optiken waren.

Seit ein paar Jahren gibt es jetzt ein Projekt, um die Originalaufnahmen von Tapes zu kratzen, bevor die ganz zerfallen sind. Die sind schon seit 2014 fertig, und die Bilder bei der NASA, aber die Gegenberstellung verrauscht-Original hatte ich noch nicht gesehen.


Syrian War Report June 15, 2018: Russia, Turkey Reportedly Reach Agreement On Tell Rifaat "IndyWatch Feed Europe" Russia and Turkey have reached an agreement on the situation in the town of Tell Rifaat in the province of Aleppo, the London-based newspaper al-Araby al-Jadeed reported on June


Golden Dawn expels MP after Justice launches investigation for High Treason "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Golden Dawn leader Nikos Michaloliakos expelled MP Konstantinos Barbarousis less than an hour after the Justice Ministry announced investigation  on crimes of high treason.  The General Secretary said the party was distancing itself from Barbarousis statement and that he was off the party line. With the expulsion the far-right party hopes to escape any persecution

The post Golden Dawn expels MP after Justice launches investigation for High Treason appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.


Department of Health and Social Care written question answered on 14th "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Steve McCabeSteve McCabe Labour, Birmingham, Selly Oak
Photo of Steve McCabeTo ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of the 27 April 2018 to Question 137414, what information his Department holds on preventative dental health programmes delivered at local authority level.

 Steve BrineSteve Brine
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care
Photo of Steve Brine
In May 2018, Public Health England (PHE) published a stocktake which reported on oral health improvement programmes, commissioned by local authorities targeting zero to five years old in England.

Of the 95% of local authorities who responded, the majority (77%) are commissioning oral health improvement programmes for zero to five year olds.

The most commonly commissioned programmes are as follows: training for the wider professional workforce (71%); healthy food and drink policies (57%); supervised tooth brushing in early years and school settings (51%); targeted provision of toothbrushes and toothpaste (46%); integration of oral health into targeted home visits by health and social care workers (44%); local or national government policies used to improve oral health (30%); community fluoridevarnish programmes (24%); community water fluoridation (14%) and peer support workers supporting oral health improvement (5%). Further information is available at the following link:


Kennt ihr den schon? Boris Beckers beruft sich auf ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Kennt ihr den schon? Boris Beckers beruft sich auf seine diplomatische Immunitt in einem Konkursverfahren.

Der Ex-Tennisstar berufe sich dabei auf seine Funktion als Sport-Sonderattach fr die Zentralafrikanische Republik

Erinnert ihr euch daran, wie James Comey die Untersuchungen ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Erinnert ihr euch daran, wie James Comey die Untersuchungen gegen Hillary Clinton gefhrt hat, weil sie ihre private E-Mail fr Geschftliches genutzt hat?

Nun, der Inspector General hat mal eine Untersuchung gegen Comey gefhrt. Ergebnis:

The inspector general also found that multiple senior FBI officials including Comey and Strzok used personal email accounts to conduct FBI business, a finding that flabbergasted Clinton allies who have long complained that she was unfairly maligned for her own use of private email.
Hillary konnte sich einen gehssigen Tweet nicht verkneifen :-)


Everywhere is Taksim, everywhere is resistance.... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Everywhere is Taksim, everywhere is resistance. Today five years ago about 500 attended a demonstration in Berlin Kreuzberg in solidarity with the opposition in Turkey. They chanted against Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his AKP administration. 06/15/2013.
#berlin #turkey #kreuzberg #embassy #akp #erdogan #geziparki #occupygeziparki #direngezi #heryertaksim #gezi5yanda #tamam #rally #demonstration #reportage #blackandwhite #photojournalism #documentary #photography #photo #streetsofberlin #berlineransichten #berlinstagram #photooftheday #latergram #schwarzweiss #fromthearchives


Blackstone Becomes Biggest Hotel & Property Owner in Spain "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

The PE firm as global landlord.

Private equity firm Blackstone, the undisputed king of property funds, continues to bet big on global real estate. In the last week it raised $9.4 billion for Asian real estate. It was also given the green light to acquire Spains biggest real estate investment fund (REIT), Hispania, for 1.9 billion. The move, after its prior acquisitions, will cement its position as Spains biggest hotel owner and fully private landlord.

Hispanias 46 hotels, added to Blackstones other hotels, will turn the PE firm into Spains largest hotelier with almost 17,000 rooms, far ahead of Meli (almost 11,000), H10 (more than 10,000) and Hoteles Globales (just over 9,000).

It took Blackstone just three moves to become market leader. First, it acquired the hotel group HI Partners from struggling Spanish lender Banco Sabadell for 630 million in October 2017. Then, a month ago, it bought 29.5% of the hotel chain NH Hoteles, which is currently in the hands of the Chinese conglomerate HNA. Now, by raising its stake in Hispania from 16.75% to 100%, it will take up a dominant position in one of the worlds biggest tourist markets

With this deal, it will also expand its residential property empire in Spain. Blackstone has over 100,000 real estate assets controlled via dozens of companies. Those assets include a huge portfolio of impaired real estate assets, including defaulted mortgages and real estate-owned assets (REOs).

Blackstone also owns 1,800 social housing units, which it acquired from Madrid City Hall in a controversial deal brokered by the son of former Spanish prime minister Jos Mara Aznar and former Madrid mayor Ana Botella

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Fresh Bread in Jordan "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Here we share the reflections of a Jordanian anarchist on the ongoing popular mobilizations that have gripped Jordan beginning on May 30, 2018, as a response to tax-reform measures proposed by the State in accordance with International Monetary Fund (IMF) demands. As soon as authority was born, it developed its most dangerous habit: creating scenarios


Australia - Liverpool Plains Shire Council will investigate adding fluoride to its regional water supply "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

iverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) will consider fluoridation of the local water supply.
Council has resolved to begin an investigation process, which will involve extensive community consultation. 
It comes after NSW Health contacted the council urging it to consider fluoridation of the regional water supply and offering its support to do so, including the provision of design consultants for fluoride systems and a 100 per cent capital cost subsidy. .............


Can the EU become a partner for Russia? "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

[This analysis was written for the Unz Review] The re-nomination (albeit somewhat reshuffled) of the economic block of the Medvedev government has elicited many explanations, some better than others.  Today


Moveable Feast Cafe 2018/06/15 Open Thread "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

2018/06/15 02:00:01Welcome to the Moveable Feast Cafe. The Moveable Feast is an open thread where readers can post wide ranging observations, articles, rants, off topic and have animate discussions of


Die gute Nachricht: Die nach-7-Tagen-Depublizieren-Regel ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Die gute Nachricht: Die nach-7-Tagen-Depublizieren-Regel ist fr die ffentlich-rechtlichen vom Tisch.

Die schlechte Nachricht: Dafr drfen sie keine Texte mehr publizieren, nur noch Audio und Video.


Die Zeitungen schieen sich gerade alle selbst weg mit ihren Paywalls und Nervpopups, und jetzt wollen sie uns auch noch wegnehmen, den letzten sicheren Hafen?! Das darf ja wohl alles nicht wahr sein!

Gut, ganz weg steht da nicht. Mal gucken.


Alternatives to capitalism: the Rojava experiment "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

rojava_copy.pngPart 1 of an Educational Series on Alternatives to Capitalism
In this education series we look at experiments, which have arisen through working class struggles, to create alternatives to capitalism. This will include looking at present and past alternatives to capitalism. In doing this, we are not saying these experiments should be carbon copied they have often taken place in very different times and contexts.

Rather we are trying to show that, through struggle and experimentation, new societies that overturn capitalism can be brought into being; even under very harsh conditions. This, we believe, provides hope to working class struggles: what we have today under the capitalist and state system can be ended and replaced by a better society. Experiments in alternatives show clearly how another world is possible.

In this article, the first article of the education series on alternatives to capitalism, we look at an experiment that is taking place today, known as the Rojava Revolution, to overturn capitalism and the state system in northern Syria (which is being subjected to an imperialist and civil war). In Rojava a social revolution, influenced by libertarian socialism, has been underway since 2012 and a new society has emerged in the process.

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Thursday, 14 June


Trouble Clef "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

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By Gilad Atzmon


The Jewish Chronicle seems dismayed that the singer-songwriter Alison Chabloz has escaped jail time, at least for the time being. But the message conveyed by Ms. Chablozs conviction is devastating for Britain. This kingdom has, in just a short time, become a crude authoritarian state.

For posting so-called grossly offensive songs on the internet, Chabloz was sentenced by District Judge John Zani to 20 weeks imprisonment suspended for two years. It seems that now music is deemed a major threat to Britain.

Chabloz was also banned from posting anything on social media for 12 months. I am perplexed. What kind of countries pre-vet social interaction and intellectual exchange? Israel imposes such prohibitions on its Palestinian citizens. Soviet Russia banned certain types of gatherings and publications and, of course, Nazi Germany saw itself qualified to decide what type of texts were healthy for the people and actively burned books.  I guess that Britain is in good company.

Chabloz was further ordered to complete 180 hours of unpaid work. This amounts to something in the proximity of 90 Jazz gigs. And Chabloz is required to attend a 20-day rehabilitation programme. In 21st century Britain,  a singer songwriter has been sentenced to re-education for singing a few tunes that offended some people. The initial objective of the Nazi Concentration camp was also to re-educate the people.  Dachau was built to re-educate cosmopolitans, dissenter communists and to make them into German patriots. I wonder what this particular rehab program will entail for the revisionist singer? Chabloz was guilty of introducing new lyrics to Ava Nagila, will she have now to learn to sing Ava Nagila in Yiddish, or maybe to try to fit her own  original subversive lyrics to the music of Richard Wagner? Who is going to take care of Chablozs education, and what happens if the singer insists on continuing to mock the primacy of Jewish suffering or far worse, compare Gaza to Auschwitz?

Satire aside, the Chabloz trial and othe...


Greeces Taxi drivers suspend 24h strike, yellow cabs back on the streets "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Yellow cabs are back on the streets of Athens, after drivers suspended the 24-hour strike on Thursday afternoon, June 14th 2018. The powerful lobby of taxi drivers had earlier reached an agreement with Transportation Minister, Christos Spirtzis, to not cancel the clause the would allow the return of Uber. Taxi drivers had threatened with 24-hour

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Greek Parliament passes austerity bill with prior actions worth 5.5billion "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

The Plenary of the Greek Parliament passed the omnibus bill with the prior actions necessary for the conclusion of the fourth and final review of the Greek programme. The fast-track bill was passed on Thursday afternoon with 154 votes in favor and and 144 against, in a total of 298 votes. Two deputies were absent.

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ESM approves release of 1 billion bailout tranche to Greece "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

The Board of Directors of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) today authorised the release of 1 billion to Greece for the clearance of arrears. This is the remaining amount of the fourth tranche of ESM financial assistance, approved on 27 March 2018. It will be disbursed to a dedicated account for further clearing arrears. The

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Middle Ages in Greece: Families with small children live without electricity due to debts "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Middle ages in Greece 2018: Two families with a total of seven children live in Middle Ages in the city of Patras in North-West Poloponnese.  They use oil lamps to lighten the dark nights and cook on fire with wood branches they have gathered from the area for this purpose. Reason for the primitive living

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Rouvikonas opens banner in Acropolis, in favor of 17. Nov convict "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Rouvikonas anarchists climbed up to Acropolis in support support of  Dimitris Kouvodinas, the convicted member of terror organization 17. November. A couple of members of Rouvikonas went to Acropolis and opened a banner, claiming that the Greek democracy  assassinates the convict on hunger strike. He started a hunger strike a couple of weeks ago after

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Monday, 11 June


DILLON: I Am God (Part One) "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

DILLON: I Am God (Part One)

  • an In My View article by NIGEL WARD  shedding light on the burgeoning scandal of a Councillor having been prohibited from acting as a Councillor. Confused? You are supposed to be . . .



Readers who caught my article NOCK and DILLON: Formal Complaints, published on Friday Tuesday 5th June 2016, will be aware that there is much disquiet about SBC CEO Jim DILLONs decision to prohibit a Scarborough Borough Councillor from entering the Town Hall and attending Council Meetings, and even to communicate with Council Officers.

The very idea that a mere employee of the Council could take it upon himself to countermand a Councillors democratic electoral mandate is deeply abhorrent for, if legal, it would signal the fact that the will of the people amounts to nothing in the Borough of Scarborough, at least in the mind of the would-be omnipotent Mr DILLON.

The Formal Complaints set out in my article were, in fact emailed to SBC Monitoring Officer and Director of Legal & Democratic Services at 3:50pm on Friday 1st June 2018. The Councils Complaints Procedure informs us that the Council will aim to provide a full and in-depth response to your complaint and we will aim to do this within 20 working days so keep that start-date in mind.

At 5:05pm on Wednesday 6th June 2018, I received a bounce-back notification. A five-day delay. It is now 15th June 2018.

Again, the time is noteworthy because 35 minutes earlier, at 4:30pm on Wednesday 6th June 2018, SBC CEO Mr Jim DILLON emailed all Councillors, as follows:


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