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Monday, 18 June

22:05

Where Did the Russian Portfolio of American Bonds Disappear To? "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

By Ivan Danilov Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard cross posted with http://www.stalkerzone.org/where-did-the-russian-portfolio-of-american-bonds-disappear-to/ source: https://ria.ru/analytics/20180618/1522890823.html Practice shows that there are three topics connected to Moscow that attract genuine attention, and

21:19

"That is at best uncertain, at worst misleading" "IndyWatch Feed Europe"


"The Government claims some of the cash will come back from the EU. That is at best uncertain, at worst misleading..."

So said the BBC's political editor Laura Kuenssberg on tonight's BBC One News at Six, referring to Mrs May's 'Brexit dividend for the NHS' claim. 

No, Mr Campbell. I don't think the BBC is pumping out pro-Brexit propaganda for the Government. (And neither, if you're honest, do you). 

20:27

Has Anthony finally gone beserk? "IndyWatch Feed Europe"


Note the irrelevant disclaimer. 

Long-term BBC watchers may recall the former Head of the BBC Multimedia Newsroom Mary Hockaday sending out an email to BBC staff in 2014:


Helen Boaden, then Head of BBC Newshad sent out something similar in 2010


Do these emails from BBC high-ups come in four-year cycles? If so, we're due another this year - especially as more and more high-profile BBC journalists are saying things that brazenly compromise their impartiality.

For example, when I saw that Donald Trump had tweeted the following...
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20:03

Clergymen contest new ID Cards at Greeces Council of State "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

A group of priests has contested the new police identification cards  at the Council of State. The priests problem the electronic data chip RDIP chip that will contain the usual  personal information, biometric data as well as the national security number (AMKA), blood group and Rhesus type, with the last two to  be

The post Clergymen contest new ID Cards at Greeces Council of State appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.

19:57

From Ann Wills "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

D. Mail 18.6.18 LETS GO TO WAR ON NHS WASTE by John Stevens & Sophie Borland.
For all its virtues, the NHS remains wasteful of taxpayers cash.  Without fundamental change no amount of money put into it will be enough.
For instance:  18million a year spent by the NHS on new crutches & walking frames when old equipment could be easily recycled.
640 million a year spent on management consultants to advise hospitals how to spend less money.
90,000 paid to a turnaround director for just 3 months work last year.
300million a year on prescribing medicines that are never used by patients.
1.6billion a year paying compensation for clinical negligence pay-outs for medical mistakes, much of which goes into lawyers pockets.
26 million a year on prescriptions for gluten-free food even though patients can buy them from supermarkets.
David Green of Civitas think-tank says the NHS is paying Boots 3,220 for a mouthwash for cancer patients to use that can cost 93.
The NHS is paying Boots 1,579 for a pot of moisturiser that other pharmacies obtained for under 2.
In 2016-17 some 2.9billion was spent on agency doctors & nurses, instead of employing a stable workforc...

19:37

Dem US-Grenzschutz ist es sehr unangenehm, wenn die ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Dem US-Grenzschutz ist es sehr unangenehm, wenn die Presse das Wort "Kfig" benutzt, um die Aufbewahrungsmodalitten der gekidnapten Einwanderer-Kids zu beschreiben.

Wartet, wird noch geiler!

They say it's not inaccurate and added that they may be cages but people are not being treated like animals.
Also technisch gesehen sind das schon Kfige, aber innerhalb der Kfige drfen sich die Kinder doch relativ artgerecht bewegen!1!!

18:45

What the West Has Done to Syria "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

The appropriate response to the threat of a world war erupting in Syria is not really fear; it is unmitigated, howling rage at the western sociopaths who created this situation in the first place.

By Caitlin Johnstone and cross-posted from her blog, CaitlinJohnstone.com

Rumors are again swirling of an impending false flag chemical weapons attack in Syria, just as they did shortly before the highly suspicious Douma case in April. Warnings from Syrian and Russian intelligence, as well as US war ship movements and an uptick in US funding for the Al Qaeda propaganda firm known as the White Helmets, give these warnings a fair bit of weight. Since the US war machine has both a known regime change agenda in Syria and an extensive history of using liespropaganda and false flags to justify military interventionism, theres no legitimate reason to give it the benefit of the doubt on this one. These warnings are worth taking seriously.

So some people are understandably nervous. The way things are set up now, it is technically possible for the jihadist factions inside Syria and their allied imperialist intelligence and defense agencies to keep targeting civilians with chemical weapons and blaming the Assad government for them until they pull one off that is so outrageous that it enables the mass media to manufacture public support for a full-scale assault on Damascus. This would benefit both the US-centralized empire which has been plotting regime change in Syria for decades and the violent Islamist extremists who seek control of the region. It also creates the very...

18:16

Lets smash their shops and cars: Local New Democracy official calls on pogroms against Left-wing "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Greeces politics has reached bottom. A local official from conservative, right-wing New Democracy has called the community of Pangaio to proceed with pogroms against SYRIZA members and supporters in the area. Lets smash the shops and the cars belonging to Left-wing, the member of the Municipality of Pangaio by Kavala, Northern Greece, said in a

The post Lets smash their shops and cars: Local New Democracy official calls on pogroms against Left-wing appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.

17:56

Today five years ago activists held a rally at Berlins... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"



Today five years ago activists held a rally at Berlins Alexanderplatz in solidarity with the so called standing man from Taksim place in Istanbul. They also showed their support for the suppressed Turkish opposition 06/18/2013.
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#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

17:21

Nachtelijke demonstratie door centrum van Nijmegen "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Afgelopen zaterdagnacht hebben we een succesvolle strijdbare demonstratie gehouden. Met een kleine groep zijn we door het centrum gelopen en hebben daarbij veel flyers verdeeld waarop onverwacht veel interesse was. Met een provocatieve flyer hebben we geprobeerd het perspectief op een andere samenleving open te breken en te laten zien wat anarchistische ideen kunnen betekenen:

Anarchisme leeft!

Het gaat goed met Nederland, de economie groeit, de bazen en politici lopen weer de hele dag te grijnzen. Tegelijkertijd gaat het slecht met Nederland; de kloof tussen arm en rijk wordt groter, het aantal sociale huurwoningen neemt af, studieschulden stapelen zich op, arbeidsrechten brokkelen af, oorlogen duren voort en het klimaat gaat kapot. Voor veel meer mensen valt er niets te lachen. Wij betalen de prijs voor het succes van de rijken. Wij vinden dat deze ontwikkeling gestopt moet worden. De politici stellen dat er geen andere uitweg is, dat dit beleid de beste deal is. Wij weten wel beter.

Er is een alternatief

Een andere wereld, waarin we op gelijke voet samen onze wereld vormgeven. Waar we zelf bepalen waar we in willen investeren (niet alleen geld, maar ook tijd, energie en aandacht). Dit is niet in de winst van aandeelhouders, maar in het welzijn van ons allemaal. Wij zijn anarchisten en wij blijven ons inzetten voor zon wereld, want die is hard nodig. Waar sta jij?

Een anarchistisch programma

1. Economie ten dienste van de samenleving stellen: einde aan speculatie met primaire levensbehoeften (landelijk en internationaal)
2. Gelijk werk, gelijke waardering; einde aan de uitbuiting van vrouwen, jongeren, migranten etc.
3. Decentralisatie, federalisering en radicale democratisering van overheidsstructuren en lokaal bestuur; ontmanteling van de staat
4. Woningmarkt socialiseren: onteigening vastgoedhandelaren, privw...

16:00

EU to continue use name FYROM until Macedonia Agreement fully implemented "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

The European Commission and European institutions will continue to use the name Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia for Greeces northern neighbour until the agreement signed by Athens and Skopje on Sunday is fully implemented, a spokesperson for European Commission Vice President and EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini said on

The post EU to continue use name FYROM until Macedonia Agreement fully implemented appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.

15:37

Israeli Military Order 1797 Authorizes Ethnic Cleansing, Demolition of Palestinian Homes "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Israelis are governed by civil law. Palestinians suffer under the oppressive yoke of unlawful militarized rule their fundamental rights denied.

Military order 1797 is the latest example of extremist Israeli policy apartheid ruthlessness by any standard, unrestrained because of full US support.

The world community, including the UN, has done nothing over many decades to challenge what no just societies tolerate.

International law is a nonstarter in Israel, repeatedly breached with impunity, accountability never forthcoming. Slow-motion genocide of an entire population continues unimpeded notably in Gaza.

Theres no ambiguity about fundamental international law binding on all nations, overriding their domestic laws, in America automatically US law under the Constitutions Supremacy Clause (Article 6, Clause 2) for treaties and conventions it signed.

Article 7 of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court bans (d)eportation or forcible transfer of (a) population.

Fourth Genevas Article 49 prohibits the forcible transfer or displacement of protected persons nor may occupying powers legally shift any portion of their own population to territory they occupy.

The Nuremberg International Military Tribunal said forcible deportation of a population constitutes a war crime.

Article 43 of the 1907 Hague Regulations requires an occupying power to respect and observe laws of the territory it occupies.

Israeli Military Order (MO) 1797 is all about unlawful ethnic cleansing. Established under Oslo II (1995), West Bank Area C comprises over 60% of the territory controlled by Israel, the most valued occupied land along with East Jerusalem.

The MO more greatly empowers Israels Civil Administration to order demolitions of Palestinian homes and other structures without the right of a hearing or appeal, excluding judicial authority to overrule whats ordered.

Any Palestinian structure completed in the...

15:30

Moveable Feast Cafe 2018/06/18 Open Thread "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

2018/06/18 13:30:01Welcome 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

15:19

Fake News kill a woman during Macedonia protests on Sunday "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Fake News had a party on Sunday, as police and protesters clashed for more than three hours in Psarades and Posideri, Northern Greece,  while Greece and FYROM officials were signing the Macedonia Agreement. The most stirking Fake News was the one based on unfounded rumors that a woman first fell in coma and then died

The post Fake News kill a woman during Macedonia protests on Sunday appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.

13:37

Space AgroBox: Two Greek students to deliver fresh food in space "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Are you an astronaut bored of frozen hamburgers and pizza? Two Greek students have the solution for you: the Space Agrobox!  The kit supplies gourmet astronauts with fresh food the gASTROnoms can grow in space. PhD student Avgoustinos Pantazidis and pre-PhD Maria Kontogianni at the Agricultural University of Athens invented the tool that will allow

The post Space AgroBox: Two Greek students to deliver fresh food in space appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.

09:30

Operation Velum: A Very Welsh Cover-Up "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Operation Velum: A Very Welsh Cover-Up

By Tim Hicks and Chris Clark

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Introduction

Tim Hicks is a freelance journalist who covers crime for the NYE and followed the Yorkshire Ripper investigation as a young man.

Chris Clark is a retired Police Intelligence Officer with twenty eight years service. In retirement he has pursued his interest in unsolved cases. He has co-authored a book The Face Of Evil. The true story of serial killer Robert Black. He is currently working on a book investigating the Hammersmith nude murders of 1964 to 1965. He co-authored the book Yorkshire Ripper The Secret Murders with award winning investigative journalist Tim Tate, which was reviewed in the NYE by Tim Hicks (Review here). For more information on Chris, please see his website here.

Background 1: The Jeremy Thorpe Affair

If you have been following the NYEs coverage of Jeremy Thorpe affair, then please skip the following background sections.

However, for those that are unfamiliar with the Jeremy Thorpe [1] affair, there is a good summary here [1] and an excellent documentary here [4]. But briefly, Jeremy Thorpe and three other men went on trial in 1979 for conspiracy to murder Mr Norman Scott, who was one of Mr Thorpes homosexual lovers. Thorpe was additionally charged with incitement to murder. All four men were acquitted of all charges. Respected BBC journalist Tom Mangolds original 1979 report into the Thorpe scandal, which he was ordered to destroy at the time can be viewed here. [2].

There has been widespread dissatisfaction with the original investigation and allegations of a cover-up, both at the time and up to the present day.

The NYE first started investigating Thorpe and Cyril Smith in 2012 in connection with their connections to Jimmy Savile and the Scarborough paedophile ring. The NYE has continued this investigation because it is historically such an important case with major implications about the current day...

05:01

Neue Modelle zur Medien-Rettung: "was mit crypto und ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Neue Modelle zur Medien-Rettung: "was mit crypto und blockchain". Seht selbst:

They left The Denver Post amid newsroom layoffs and interference in the editorial process by the newspapers hedge-fund owners. And now those reporters and editors are creating their own news outlet, The Colorado Sun.

They will be partnering with the Civil Media Company, an ambitious New York start-up that aims to use blockchain technology and crypto economics to start 1,000 publications nationwide by the end of the year.

Aha. Soso. Crypto und Blockchain, sagt ihr? Na das ist ja ein Ding!

01:00

THE URGENCY OF BRINGING JULIAN ASSANGE HOME "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

In this address to mark Julian Assange's six years of confinement in the Ecuadorean embassy in London, John Pilger calls on the Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, to recognise the urgency of decisive diplomatic action and bringing Assange home.On Tuesday 19 June, there will be a rally and vigil outside the Ecuadorean embassy in London, beginning at 6pm. Other vigils will be held outside British embassies around the world on the same day. In Dublin, Nobel Peace Prize winner Mariead Maguire and members of the Irish parliament, Clare Daly and Mick Wallace, will speak in support of Julian outside the British embassy.

00:18

David Dimbleby to leave Question Time "IndyWatch Feed Europe"


So David Dimbleby, after 24 years at the helm, is leaving Question Time. 

Who will replace him? 

According to the BBC, Kirsty Wark is top of the list and "other suggested contenders" include John Humphrys, Huw Edwards, Jeremy Vine and Nick Robinson. (What a thrilling list!). 

Quite why Lord Adonis and Alastair Campbell aren't being suggested in that BBC report is surely prove of the BBC pro-Brexit bias. 

With all due respect to Lord and Alastair though, I'm predicting it will be a woman. The Guardian says there's pressure for it to be a woman, and I believe the Graun about that. The BBC is bound to give in to that kind of pressure (and feel smug about so doing). 

So who will it be? Kirsty? Emma Barnett? Victoria Derbyshire? Katty Kay? 

And who's off down the bookies tomorrow? I'm plumping for Victoria Derbyshire, main presenter of the effortfully worthy Victoria Derbyshire show.

00:10

Tweedledum and Tweedledee "IndyWatch Feed Europe"


By updating posts from earlier today (which I've subsequently buried under long new posts) I may have I may have inadvertently 'avalanched' myself and disguised the main point of today's posts. 

However much Tweedledum and Tweedledee (Lord Adonis and Alastair Campbell) may accuse the BBC of bias (from 'the other side'), their claims of bias (however frustrating they must be to some people who work at the BBC) are surely useful to the BBC as a whole as they seem to give credence to the 'we get accused of bias from both sides so we must be getting it about right' (complaints from both sides) argument. 

But in reality they don't give credence to the 'complaints from both sides' argument. 

Why? Because the claims of bias from Tweedledum and Tweedledee are demonstrably false. They are fit only for the bin (though they'll doubtless end up in a recycling bin and get recycled ad nauseam.)

There's no substance to them whatsoever. Disproving them is like shooting paraplegic fish in a tiny barrel. 

And worse, when closely examined, their fake claims of BBC bias actually steer us towards the monstrous crow of truth: that the BBC is biased in the exact opposite direction to that which Lord Adonis and Alastair Campbell claim it is.  

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23:11

Brexit dividend (2) "IndyWatch Feed Europe"


Contrary to an optimistic statement I made in the previous post, you should never put anything past Big Bad Al.

The former Labour spin supremo has been accusing the BBC of "Brexit Dividend propaganda" this morning. (Of course he has. He's got no shame!). It's "the Beeb playing along with Tory spin yet again" apparently. 

Unfortunately, he then goes and spoils his own spin by re-tweeting Paul Johnson of the IFS saying there isn't a Brexit dividend. And where was the IFS man saying that? Er, on the BBC. 

Indeed, the busy Mr. Johnson has been on both The Sunday Politics and the BBC News Channel this lunchtime rubbishing the claim of a Brexit dividend.


Ah, I see that Rob Burley and Alastair Campbell are back at it again!:


Yes, that's exactly what Polly Toynbee did. And anyone who reads the BBC Breakfast transcript in the previous will realise that BBC journalists haven't been far behind her either.

And the RB-AC exchange continues and it gets madder and madder (on AC's part anyhow):
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23:09

East Med Sitrep May June 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

by Kakaouskia for The Saker Blog Greetings to the Saker community and readers. Cyprus: Reports in the press show that the Cypriot government has signed an agreement with France for

22:59

An Amerikanischen Unis gibt es systematischen Rassismus. ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

An Amerikanischen Unis gibt es systematischen Rassismus. Asiaten werden beim Immatrikulationstest systematisch benachteiligt. Die inhaltlichen Bewertungen sind alle spitze, aber es gibt da noch eine zweite Spalte an Bullshit-Bewertungskriterien, und da kriegen die dann ihr Fett weg:

Harvard consistently rated Asian-American applicants lower than others on traits like positive personality, likability, courage, kindness and being widely respected, according to an analysis of more than 160,000 student records
Nanu? Was haben denn diese Kriterien da zu suchen? Wo kommen die denn her?

Nun, h, die sind aus den 1920er Jahren! Die sind damals eingefhrt worden, damit man die damals zu dominieren drohenden Juden wegfiltern kann. Nein, wirklich!

They compare Harvards treatment of Asian-Americans with its well-documented campaign to reduce the growing number of Jews being admitted to Harvard in the 1920s. Until then, applicants had been admitted on academic merit. To avoid adopting a blatant quota system, Harvard introduced subjective criteria like character, personality and promise. The plaintiffs call this the original sin of holistic admissions.
Holistisch, ja? Na sowas.

Update: Leserbrief dazu:

da muss man nicht mal ber den groen Teich schauen. Auch an meiner Uni hat man sich einen "Hebel" zurechtgelegt. Konkret wird bei uns im Masterstudiengang ber das Motivationsschreiben gefiltert, welches der Studiendekan bewertet. Dieses Schreiben hat eine Gewichtung von 40-60% (die genaue Zahl msste ich nachschauen). Im Gesprch hat unser Dekan das damals als Manahme gegen die die Flut indischer Studenten mit perfektem 1,0er Abschluss angepriesen. Durch das Motivationsschreiben hat man also noch die Mglichkeit, die fertig abgeschlossenen Bachelor-Studierenden aus dem eigenen Haus (oder vielleicht auch Land) in den Master zu bekommen.

Update: Leserbrief zum Leserbrief:

du diskutierst ja gerade die Behandelung von Asiaten in Havard und einer deiner Leser hatte das auch bei deutschen Unis sehen wollen. Ich sa da mal in dem Bewerbungsausschuss und ganz so einfach ist das nicht. Es nicht darum die Zahl der Inder zu reduzieren (mein Studiengang ist 60% indisch und die sind alle sehr gut), es geht darum dass indische Unis uerst unterschiedlich sind. Es gibt die relative berhmten India Institute of Technology, wo wir ziemlich jeden nehmen und dann gibt es noch tausende andere Unis, die keiner kennt und wo teilweise 1.0 Schler noch grottenschlecht sind.

Das wird am Ende ber die (Mathe-)Note entschieden, aber die Begrndung ist bewusst schwammig gehalten, damit keiner auf die Idee kommt sich reinzuklagen...

22:57

Brexit dividend (3) "IndyWatch Feed Europe"


Alastair Campbell

I suppose we could just assert that all those wild claims of 'pro-government BBC bias' from the likes of arch-spinner Alastair Campbell (and myriads more on Twitter) over the corporation's reporting today of Mrs May's NHS funding/Brexit dividend pledge as simply the result of the partisan stupidity and utter mendacity of far too many people on Twitter (including Big Bad Al), but I think that blogs like this ought to at least try to do better than that. 

So here's a snapshot of this afternoon's coverage of the story...

You'll find below six lovingly-prepared transcripts of this afternoon's hourly BBC Radio 4 news bulletins. 

Do they prove pro-government bias from the BBC? 

I know I shouldn't ruin it for you with spoilers, but the answer is emphatically 'no'. 

When you see it laid out before you, in print, six hours of BBC Radio 4 reporting becomes sharper in focus. 

Every one of those six bulletins began by framing the story with criticism of Mrs May's Brexit dividend claim. 

All of them gave the the lion's share of the bulletin to reporting the views of critics of Mrs May and her Brexit dividend claim. 

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22:34

Nomi Prins: The Central Banking Heist Has Put the World at Risk "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

By Liam Halligan and cross-posted from Unherd.com

The 2008 financial crisis was the consequence of a loosely regulated banking system in which power was concentrated in the hands of too limited a cast of speculators, Nomi Prins tell me. And after the crisis, the way the US government and the Federal Reserve dealt with this corrupt and criminal banking system was to give them a subsidy.

Such strong, withering analysis is, perhaps, unexpected from someone who has held senior roles at Wall Street finance houses such as Bear Stearns and Goldman Sachs. But Prins is no ordinary former banker.

The US author and journalist left the financial services industry in 2001. She did so, in her own words, partly because life was too short, and partly out of disgust at how citizens everywhere had become collateral damage, and later hostages, to the banking system.

Since then, Prins has chronicled the closed and often confusing world of high finance through the 2008 crisis and beyond. Her writing combines deep insider knowledge with on-the-ground reporting with sharp, searing prose. Alongside countless articles for New York Times, Forbes and Fortune, she has produced six books including Collusion: how central bankers rigged the world, which has just been published.

Her main target in the new work is quantitative easing described by Prins as a conjuring trick in which a central bank manufactures electronic money, then injects it into private banks and financial markets. Over the last decade, she tells me when we meet in London, under the guise of QE, central bankers have massively overstepped their traditional mandates, directing the flow of epic sums of fabricated money, without any checks or balances, towards the private banking sector.

Since QE began, in the aftermath of the financial crisis, the US Federal Reserve has produced a massive $4.5 trillion of conjured money, out of a worldwide QE total of around $21 trillion, says Prins. The combination of ultra-low interest rates and vast monetary expansion, she explains, has caused speculation to rage much as a global casino would be abuzz if everyone gambled using everyone elses money.

Much of this new spending power, though, has remained inside the system, with banks shoring up their balance sheets. So lending to ordinary firms and households has barely grown as a result of QE, says Prins, nor have wages or prosperity for most of the worlds population. Instead, the banks have gone on an asset-buying spree, she explains, getting into her stride, with the vast flow of QE cash from central banks to private banks ensuring endless opportunities for market manipulation and asset bubbles driven by government support....

22:30

Russians are much admired and Putin is loved by the Chinese, for good reasons "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

by Jeff J. Brown for The Saker Blog Crosslinked with: http://chinarising.puntopress.com/2018/06/17/russians-are-much-admired-and-putin-is-loved-by-the-chinese-for-good-reasons-china-rising-radio-sinoland-180618/ https://youtu.be/txVSSlfUD6o https://soundcloud.com/44-days/russians-are-much-admired-and-putin-is-loved-by-the-chinese-for-good-reasons-c-rising-r-sinoland Looking back at the rocky, mutually suspecting and disrespecting relations between Russias and Chinas leaders, 1917-2000, this

21:12

Notes from the US: No backers for gas power? Just hire some! "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Louis Further rounds up the latest in dodgy goings on across the pond. Truth convenient or inconvenient is counting for less and less in Trumps United States. Any kind of understanding which the lite have of the climate let alone climate change is hard to find. In part this can be

21:03

Rain- and thunderstorm cause problems in Athens and broader Attica "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

It was a powerful thunderstorm in Athens on Sunday afternoon and a strong rainfall that caused problems in large parts of the city and in broader areas of Attica Prefecture. Households and businesses experienced short power outages, other broken internet or cable TV connections. A thunder stroke one signal transmitter of state broadcaster ERT triggering

The post Rain- and thunderstorm cause problems in Athens and broader Attica appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.

20:59

Questions, questions "IndyWatch Feed Europe"


Norm

I usually try to post tidy-looking transcripts, but this one is too long and I'm running out of time today. So please find below a transcript of the part of today's London section of The Sunday Politics, hosted by our old friend Norman Smith. 

It's taken straight from TV Eyes, with a few corrections from me. I hope it's still easy to read. The bold bits are Norman Smith speaking. The non-bold bits are his various guests. I've indicated who is being questioned at which point by highlighting their names in red

I haven't marked out the interruptions though, but there were quite a few and you'll easily be able to guess where they came. (Look for the balance of bold lettering and non-bold lettering. The closer they are the more interruptions there were. And the longer the length of the non-bold lettering the more the interviewee got to make their point). 

This is for those of you here at ITBB who know a lot more about this than I do and will be able to spot any bias (or lack of bias) much better than me here.

So, dear reader....

Was Norman Smith as factually mistaken about everything as Elizabeth Campbell, from Kensington and Chelsea Council, implied in her often incredulous-sounding responses to his accusatory ('accuse-a-Tory'?) questions?
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19:21

Kurze Durchsage von Michael "CIA, NSA" Hayden:Other ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Kurze Durchsage von Michael "CIA, NSA" Hayden:

Other governments have separated mothers and children
Und dann ein Foto von Auschwitz.

Und dann kommt dieses Highlight:

Civilization is a thin veneer that must be protected
Oh, ach? Wenn sich jemand mit dem Schutz der Zivilisation auskennt, dann jemand wie Hayden, der fr anlasslose Massenberwachung verantwortlich war!

Update: Muss man vielleicht anders herum sehen. Wenn selbst DER erkennt, dass das Unrecht ist, dann ist die Lage wirklich bel.

17:34

Set menu time "IndyWatch Feed Europe"


As you may know, I think that Radio 4's Sunday programme has a particularly pronounced liberal bias. I used to joke that it took its topics for discussion from a set menu. Among the items on that menu were "the usual airing of Muslim grievances" and "a call for something or other by a left-wing campaign group". This week's edition gave us items on Tax Justice Sunday, why Muslims are feeling victimised in Austria, an evangelical Christian's struggles with her sexuality (she's lesbian) and the Church's issues with LGBT rights, what difference having a female as head of Orthodox Judaism in the UK might make, Windrush and racism in the CofE, and why people in America think God has a feminine face...plus, in light of the Trump-Kim summit, an interview with a UK-based human rights advocate who fled North Korea. Very little of that dispels my impression about Radio 4's Sunday's bias. (Not that it wasn't interesting).

I particularly enjoyed the Tax Justice Sunday item - a joint interview with Methodist minister Rev David Haslam and Dr Jamie Whyte from the Institute of Economic Affairs. Ed Stourton's handling of it made me laugh. I think it's safe to say that he was more of Rev David's (pro-tax) party than Dr Jamie's (anti-tax) party.  (Listening to it brought back memories of that scene in The Simpsons where someone's monocle keeps dropping out through shock. Please listen for yourself. It begins at 11.56).  

16:33

Brexit dividend "IndyWatch Feed Europe"


Jonathan Blake

Wonder if Lord Adonis and Alastair Campbell will be retweeting Guido Fawkes today?  The latter writes, "Have to say the Number 10 press team have played a blinder this morning. First they got Marr to agree to an easy pre-record interview rather than a live. Then they got the BBC to lead all morning on the Brexit dividend rather than the fact that the money is actually coming from tax rises".

Is it fair to say that the BBC has acted as Mrs May's lapdog over this? Well, here's an example of how they've been reporting it - a BBC-on-BBC interview on Breakfast
Sally Nugent: We're joined now by our political correspondent Jonathan Blake. Jonathan, so we're hearing about this kind of...it's being framed as money as a result of Brexit, but it's really not as straightforward as that, is it?
Jonathan Blake: No. Things in politics are rarely as simple as the politicians might like to point out. And when the Prime Minister talks about the Brexit dividend, that is something which a lot of people argue doesn't really exist. The UK will stop paying into the EU budget after we leave the EU, but that money may well be accounted for elsewhere if the government wants to keep funding sectors such as agriculture which get funding back from the EU as a result. There is also the rebate that the UK gets back every year as well from its contributions. And the government's own spending watchdog, the Office for Budgetary Responsibility, has said that tax revenues will fall overall as a result of Brexit. The government has accepted that so we'll have less money to spend in general. Nevertheless, that's the detail. It's the message that matters for the government and for the Prime Minister to come out and clearly link the money she apparently thinks the UK will save as a result of leaving th...

16:03

Daily Mail - Vulnerable children are forced to wait more than six months to have teeth removed "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Vulnerable children are forced to wait more than six months to have teeth removed as levels of tooth decay soar

  • Number of children waiting more than half a year for dental care has risen 52%
  • Labour has blasted the deterioration in youngsters' dental care as 'unacceptable'
  • New figures follow Freedom of Information Act requests sent to NHS trust
Vulnerable children are waiting for months in agony to have their teeth fixed in a 'totally unacceptable' deterioration in youngsters' dental care, Labour said.

The number of children have to wait more than half a year for hospital dental treatment has risen 52 per cent, the party revealed.

A further 1,498 youngsters were forced to wait longer than six months in 2017.

Labour also found a 15 per cent increase over three year in the number of children on waiting lists for dental operations under general anaesthetic............

15:43

And next... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"



In the last-but-one post we found a BBC presenter leading a Twitter mob. In the last post we found a BBC editor on the receiving end of a Twitter mob, and Rob Burley - the BBC's Editor of Live Political Programmes - made a cameo appearance. Earlier in the week, however, Rob himself was on the receiving end of a massive Twitter mob. This one was led by Carole Cadwalladr of the Observer, still fuming over her last appearance on The Andrew Marr Show where Isabel Oakeshott was put on the sofa next to her. Carole was reported as being in tears after the show, after having the accuracy of her reporting challenged on air. Isabel Oakeshott has subsequently released a stash of emails she'd been sitting on for months. Carole thinks those emails reinforce her own case and blames Isabel for sitting on them whilst simultaneously besmirching her journalism on the Marr sofa. The massed battalions of her supporters (the Cadwalladristas) lit their torches and brandished their pitchforks and set out to burn the witch (Isabel Oakeshott). On the way they turned on poor Rob Burley. It all got out of hand for a while, with Rob also copping it over Isabel's invite to appear on this week's Question Time (which went down very badly with the Cadwalladristas), and Ms Cadwalladr ended up having to delete another tweet after getting her facts wrong (not for the first time). 

15:14

Attack Dog "IndyWatch Feed Europe"


Yet more Twitter fun....


BBC Newsdesk and Planning Editor Neil Henderson is known on Twitter for his almost daily posting of the newspaper front pages. 

He posts an image of the front page with the name of the newspaper and the headline written above it. 

It's a service he's been performing for years. 

Of course, not all of the Twitter public like some of the headlines. So guess what they do? Yes, they blame him!

This time, however, an attention-seeking former spin doctor also got involved:

Neil Henderson (BBC): SUNDAY TELEGRAPH: NHS to get extra 384m per week tomorrowspaperstoday
Lando Loves Norwich: Brexit dividend = an utter lie. Nice of BBC journos to punt that one out there unchallenged. Holding absolutely NO one to account.
Rob Burley (BBC): Is this a parody account?
Alastair Campbell: No. All too spot on.
Rob Burley (BBC): So you think by tweeting the front page of a newspaper, the BBC is endorsing the words on the front page of that newspaper? Wow!
Jackie Leonard (BBC): Every. Bleeding. Time.
Rob Burley (BBC): I think he knows that's a daft thing to say but just wants to start a fight. Unless, of course, this is a parody account...
Alastair Campbell: Go to bed. Unless you want to stay up to hear me on @bbc5live shortly talking about the non Brexit dividend.
Rob Burley (BBC): I'll go to bed when I choose thank you very much! Actually, I am, er, going to bed. Better quality control with the BBC bashing tweets please...
Alastair Campbel...

13:52

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



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

13:41

Black Dog "IndyWatch Feed Europe"


More Twitter fun...

Nicky Campbell raised a pitchfork-brandishing Twitter mob last night and sent them marching against the Mail on Sunday. His tweet read: "Appalling headline in the Mail Online. Beggars belief". 

The headline in question was this:


Unfortunately for Nicky, lots of sensible people pointed out that BLACK DOG is the pseudonymous name of a Mail on Sunday columnist and the Mail on Sunday has a BLACK DOG column every week and has done for years. 

Of course, lots of less sensible people were already incensed by this stage and weren't for letting this irritating fact get in the way of their outrage. They are raging on.

Nicky, however, deleted his original tweet. He then posted another one (minus any manifestation of contrition): 


The answer, regardless of any silly Twitter debate, is that "it's the name/pseudonymn of the column/journalist and has been for years". End of story.

13:32

Wir erinnern uns: Aussphen unter Freunden, das geht ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Wir erinnern uns: Aussphen unter Freunden, das geht gar nicht!

Gut, dann ist sterreich anscheinend nicht unser Freund, denn:

Der BND hat laut Medienberichten systematisch Einrichtungen in sterreich ausgespht. Die Agenten berwachten offenbar mehr als 2000 Ziele.
Wohlgemerkt: Wir reden hier von 1999-2006. Kontext: Jrg Haiders Zeit in der Bundespolitik war bis 2000.

Roland Kochs Performance bei Bilfiger war grob wie ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Roland Kochs Performance bei Bilfiger war grob wie erwartet. Auf dem Niveau seiner politischen Arbeit. Mit anderen Worten: Unter aller Sau.

Meine Damen und Herren, es ist soweit!Seit Tagen eskaliert ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Meine Damen und Herren, es ist soweit!

Seit Tagen eskaliert der Streit in der Union. In der Whlergunst schadet ihr das massiv, ebenso wie der SPD. Diese liegt nur noch ganz knapp vor der AfD. Die Groe Koalition htte laut dem aktuellen RTL/n-tv Trendbarometer keine Mehrheit mehr.
Das Szenario male ich ja seit Jahren an die Wand. Jetzt, wo es da ist, fhlt sich das auch Scheie an. Htten sie das nicht machen knnen, bevor es die AfD gab?

13:30

Consumers Stubbornly Cling to Cash, after Multiple IT Fiascos & Payment Systems Outages "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

An industry dogged by non-believers who fret about privacy and fraud.

The last month has been an unhappy time for daydreamers of a cashless nirvana. Following weeks of disruptive tech failures, payment outages, and escalating cyber fraud scams, much of it taking place in Britain, consumers have been reminded of one of the great benefits of physical cash: it is accepted just about everywhere and does not suddenly fail on you.

The findings of a new study by UK-based online payments company Paysafe, partly owned by US private equity giant Blackstone, confirm that consumers on both sides of the Atlantic continue to cling to physical lucre.

For its Lost in Transaction report, Paysafe surveyed over 5,000 consumers in the UK, Canada, the US, Germany, and Austria on their payment habits. One of its main findings is that 87% of consumers used cash to make purchases in the last month, while 83% visited ATMs, and 41% are not interested in even hearing about cash alternatives.

Despite the apparent benefits of low-friction payment technologies, these findings suggest many consumers arent ready to lose visibility of the payment process, says Paysafe Group Chief Marketing Officer Oscar Nieboer. Its clear that the benefits are not unilaterally agreed upon, with cultural and infrastructure trends at play, and it may be some time before adoption is widespread.

Although consumers continue to cling to cash, they appear to be carrying less of it: 49% overall in the survey and 55% of U.S. respondents said they carry less cash now than they did a year ago. The average American consumer carries $42 today thats $8 less than in 2017. In the UK the average amount carried in 2017 was 33; that has now fallen to 21

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13:10

Greece and FYROM sign Macedonia agreement as protesters clash with police (videos, picts) "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

While officials from Athens and Skopje were celebrating the historic agreement, protesters clashed with police nearby and in some villages church bells rang in mourning. In the small village of Psarades at the Prespes Lake, Greece and FYROM signed the Macedonia agreement that will rename the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia early Sunday morning. Foreign

The post Greece and FYROM sign Macedonia agreement as protesters clash with police (videos, picts) appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.

11:43

Another point of view "IndyWatch Feed Europe"


The 'upskirting Sir Christopher Chope' story (have I phrased that correctly?) is an interesting one. 

The almost universal political clamour (two minute hate?) for the Christchurch MP's damnation (perhaps suggestive of what Douglas Murray was describing on Free Thinking the other night) after he halted a Private Members Bill making 'upskirting' an imprisonable offence for up to two years and, thus, prevented it from passing into law on a lowly-attended Friday nod-and-a-wink vote without a full parliamentary debate has been echoed across much of the media and social media - though I've seen a fair few expected dissenting voices - from Spiked to The Conservative Woman

As you can see from the way I phrased it there, in full-blown biased fashion, it's perfectly possible to put up a defence of Sir Christopher, however bad the signals such a defence might send.

In other words, it's perfectly possible to believe that 'upskirting' is immoral and should be illegal (if it isn't already) whilst also believing that if youre going to create a law that could put someone in prison, it should be considered worth debating and worth the time of the governments legislative agenda rather than being rubber stamped on a Friday afternoon when few MPs are there.

Wearing my usual blogging hat, the odd thing that struck me here is that the BBC seems to have given more of a context to Sir Christopher's actions than other prominent media outlets, And, in parallel to that, I've read a few articles and plenty of comments about this and was struck by how many people were also citing the BBC's reporting in their criticism of other media for simply berating him. 

Why? Well, people had spotted the BBC's Mark D'Arcy veteran parliament correspondent reporting that:
Sir Christopher is a leading member of a group of backbench Conservatives who make a practice of ensuring that what they see as well-meaning but flabby legislation is not lazily plopped on...

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10:00

Appeal to Locate Wanted Scarborough Woman "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Appeal to Locate Wanted Scarborough Woman

Police are asking members of the public to help locate a wanted woman.

Scarborough Magistrates Court issued a warrant for the arrest of Rhianne Warriner in May 2018, after she failed to attend court in connection with theft allegations.

Officers have been searching for her, but she remains outstanding.

Warriner, 32, is believed to be in the Scarborough.

Anyone who sees her, or knows where she is, is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101. Please select option 1, and quote reference number 12180084282.

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Friday, 15 June

17:16

Votando o no votando: las soluciones las conseguimos luchando "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

35385706_1023632721133420_8868624883714621440_n.jpgNuestra palabra frente a la coyuntura electoral
En definitiva, la cuestin para nosotras no se encuentra en votar o no votar, sino en encontrarnos para luchar, en unir fuerzas de manera horizontal, solidaria y de abajo a arriba para lograr conseguir vida digna, respeto a nuestros territorios y autogestin social de nuestras comunidades. Y en ese camino ya estamos, y lo demuestran las banderas de lucha que todava an son vigentes y requieren de toda nuestra energa y esfuerzo, y que al da de hoy la respuesta de guerra del establecimiento ha dejado 370 luchadores sociales muertos que han cado en defensa de la Madre Tierra, contra el extractivismo minero-energtico, defendiendo los derechos humanos de sus comunidades, resistiendo contra la guerra en sus territorios, dando la pelea por los derechos de mujeres y compas LGBTI, rechazando el militarismo y paramilitarismo del Estado; es all donde debemos concentrar nuestras fuerzas, en la voz rebelde del pueblo, no en domesticar esa voz en manos de Petro ni alejarnos de las luchas.

01:02

Rojava: The betrayal of a Revolution "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

turkeyinvadesafrin_jan2018_1.jpgThe ongoing war in the Middle East, the Arab Spring followed by what seems to be a winter of war
that rivals Game of Thrones has seen the death of many a revolutionary and many a revolutionary
dream.


Within this ongoing war are stories of struggle against tyranny, struggles by ordinary people to gain
some sort of control over their lives as they get buffeted between superpowers and ideologies
fuelled by greed and underlying neoliberal capitalism. The struggle of the Kurdish people of Rojava is
one such story. It is not a new one and it is not a perfect one. It is a story of courage and inspiration,
of brave women and men, of complexity and of huge challenges. It is a story of our age, where
competing geo-political powers fuel wars in other lands and on other people to further their own
interests.

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Wednesday, 13 June

23:31

Um risco real do protofascismo no Brasil "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

bolsonaro_trump.jpgTrs comentrios aps a pesquisa de inteno de votos do Datafolha de 09 e 10 de junho de 2018
No texto abaixo, realizo trs comentrios rpidos a respeito desta situao inusitada, onde a democracia indireta, liberal, representativa e delegativa no Brasil ps-golpe coxinha pode levar a um protofascista ao segundo turno, e qui, ao Palcio do Planalto.

Wednesday, 30 May

23:50

La Venganza de Salem "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Hay inexactitudes e injusticas ridculas cometidas por los nuevos evangelistas. Y ni siquiera todo lo incoherente que se plantea, es capaz de estremecer a un importante sector de la izquierda, donde algunos han mostrado ser cobardes y rastreros que guardan silencio cmplice, con tal de malversar un par de adeptos o votos. Son fanticos, irracionales, dogmticos, mercaderes de ideales segn cmo flucte la bolsa de valores ticos en la orbe impuesta por el mercado internacional.

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