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  • US govt counterterrorism center accidentally releases ‘remote mind control’ documents – report
    The Washington State Fusion Center, a multi-agency counterterrorism center, accidentally released some puzzling documents this week: A dossier on the effects of remote mind control, a media report claims. Read Full Article at RT.com ... ...
  • Fox News’ Laura Ingraham Sued For Alleged Pregnancy Discrimination
    And the bad news for Fox News' Laura Ingraham just keeps rolling in. ... ...
  • Shall We Dance: Balanchine Sets Tchaikovsky In Motion
    Conductor Marin Alsop muses on the power of ballet and her memories of watching choreographer George Balanchine bring the music of Tchaikovsky to life with the New York City Ballet.(Image credit: AFP/AFP/Getty Images) ... ...
  • Willie Pickens On Piano Jazz
    Chicago jazz mainstay Willie Pickens died this past December at age 86. Revisit his performance with McPartland in this 1997 episode of Piano Jazz. ... ...
  • Tehran Warns Israel: Our ‘Hands Are on the Trigger’
    A senior member of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) alerted Israel Friday that Tehran’s “hands are on the trigger and missiles are ready” to strike all Israeli air bases after a map of air bases in Syria believed to be controlled by Iran was shared with Israeli media earlier this week. ... ...
  • Kitty Collusion?! Russian Cats Work Together in Ledge Scaling
    What could these cats possibly be plotting next?! ... ...
  • Joint enterprise: 4/20 & the roots of international cannabis day
    The term ‘420’ has become a recognized code for ‘cannabis-friendly’ people and places, in addition to describing the de facto world weed day. The term’s origin remains somewhat clouded in mystery, though, owing to multiple myths. Read Full Article at RT.com ... ...
  • Russian Media Company Correspondent Killed in Syria
    A correspondent for Russian media company has been killed in Syria, head of Russia's Chechen Republic head Ramsan Kadyrov reported on social media. ... ...
  • How To Watch ‘Westworld’ Even If You’ve Never Seen An Episode
    It's impossible to watch all the good TV out there. But that's no reason to shy away from the conversation around the buzziest small-screen delights. David Chen and Joanna Robinson host the podcast Decoding Westworld, and join NPR's Ailsa Chang to talk about HBO's Westworld. ... ...
  • Why Mike Pompeo’s Views On Muslims Keep Coming Up In His Confirmation Hearing
    Mike Pompeo's nomination to be Secretary of State is controversial in part because of his history of making incendiary comments about Muslims. Wa'el Alzayat, a former State Department official, who now leads the Muslim-American activist group Emgage Action, talks about why he thinks Pompeo's views are dangerous for the international community. ... ...
  • Outrage as NPR attacks black activist over ‘Russian’ radio appearance
    Black progressive activist Anoa Changa found herself the subject of a vicious hit piece this week on WABE News, an Atlanta NPR affiliate. Her crime? Speaking to a Russian-owned radio station. Read Full Article at RT.com ... ...
  • Syria Sitrep – Cleanup Around Damascus Continues – WMD Rumors Prepare For New U.S. Attack
    After the Syrian army liberated Douma, the next Takfiri held areas near the capital Damascus fell in short order. The Jaish al-Islam militants in Dumayr, north-east of Damascus, gave up without a fight. As usual by now the Takfiris were ... ...
  • Corrupt Randburg magistrate handed 15 years behind bars
    Matobela Kgomo was arrested in 2015 after soliciting funds from a complainant who was due to be extradited to Botswana for fraud. ... ...
  • Russia needs more offensive foreign policy to counter US – security council chief
    With Washington dropping all pretense and turning ever more hostile and confrontational towards Russia, Moscow needs to make its foreign policy more offensive, the head of the Russian national security council believes. Read Full Article at RT.com ... ...
  • Mapisa-Nqakula says SANDF VVIP fleet grounded
    Six aircraft make up 21 Squadron - that’s the name for the fleet of aircraft that’s meant to fly the country’s top dignitaries. None of them can take off because no maintenance contracts are in place. ... ...
  • Deloitte to continue as Steinhoff’s external auditors
    A massive forensic investigation by PwC has uncovered a pattern of transactions that led to the material overstatement of income and asset values of the group. ... ...
  • Mossel Bay Grade 5 pupil killed in accident at school
    Education MEC spokesperson Jessica Shelver says the learner was fatally injured at a blocked off construction site at the school. ... ...
  • Leanne Gale’s bold challenge to the Jewish community on BDS and anti-Zionism
    One hopeful observation I had at the J Street conference this week is that when the Jewish community reaches out to promising young Jews, it is inevitably granting a platform to non-Zionists and anti-Zionists. You simply cannot hand the microphone to thoughtful young Jews these days without risking the expression of such ideas. This was nowhere so clear as when Leanne Gale took part in a panel titled “To What Effect? Countering BDS on Campus and in Communities” — and all but endorsed the BDS movement, Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions. Gale, who is in her mid-20s, comes out of the heart ... ...
  • Dozens of Saudi-paid mercenaries killed in Jawf
    JAWF, Apr 20 (Saba) - Dozens of mercenaries were killed in an offensive operation of the army and popular committees on their locations in Sefr front of al-Hanaya district, of al- Maton in Jawf, a military official told Saba on Friday. ... ...
  • Aggression airstrikes killed at least 20 civilians in Taiz
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  • Lebanon’s Foreign Ministry Summons UNHCR Representative on Displaced Syrians’ Matter
    Upon the instructions of Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, the Ministry’s Political and Consular Affairs Director, Ambassador Ghadi Al-Khoury, summoned the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees representative for Lebanon, Mireille Girard, against the backdrop of the UNHCR’s statement on the return of about 500 displaced Syrians from Shebaa area to Syria’s Beit Jann. As per a statement by the Ministry, Ambassador Khoury raised the question of the conduct of the Commission in releasing a statement contrary to the Lebanese public policy which is in full conformity with the humanitarian principles and international law, stipulating a safe and dignified return of ... ...
  • Artillery shelling targets mercenaries’ troops’ north Medi desert
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  • As Israel marks 70 years, what have been the true costs?
    Independence Day celebrations tomorrow should be a moment for Israelis – and the many Jews who identify with Israel – to reflect on what kind of state it has become after seven decades. The vast majority of Israelis, however, are too busy flying blue-and-white flags from their cars, venerating their army as the “most moral in the world” and poring over the latest official statistics in the hope that more Israeli Jews than Palestinians were born over the past year. The Zionist project was intended, so its founders claimed, to provide a sanctuary from persecution for all Jews around the ... ...
  • Ongoing clashes with Zionist occupation forces on Gaza border claim four Palestinian martyrs and 445 injured
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  • Steinhoff lays out salmon wraps, begs investors to help save ‘burning building’
    JOHANNESBURG — The management team and the chair of the beleaguered Steinhoff team has had to eat humble pie in Amsterdam as it met investors and shareholders in an awkward annual general meeting. The acting chairperson of Steinhoff’s supervisory board Heather Sonn likened the damage at Steinhoff to a “burning building”. It’s the most anticipated AGM of the year. Meanwhile, Markus Jooste, the man at the centre of the scandal, has been nowhere in sight as he’s left the wreckage for others to take care of. – Gareth van Zyl By Janice Kew and Richard Weiss (Bloomberg) – Steinhoff International Holdings NV’s chairwoman likened ... ...
  • Ethiopia:Efforts to Claim Teff Patent Right
    [Ethiopian Herald] Ethiopia has been undertaking various efforts to claim the patent right, whether through negotiation, public campaign and the legal system. ... ...
  • Lavrov: Solution of Syria crisis must be administered by the United Nations
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  • Lavrov: Tripartite aggression on Syria struck Geneva talks as well
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  • While marchers can’t breathe, people like you are making sure their stories spread around the world
    The photos of homemade gas masks above and several more we posted earlier this week show the ingenuity and unrelenting dedication of Palestinians participating in the Great March of Return. That persistence — the courage people are showing by putting their bodies in snipers’ sights — has sparked admiration and solidarity around the world. While those demonstrating put themselves at the mercy of an army that has proved itself conscienceless, people like you are investing to make sure the word gets out. The support of hundreds of people committed to truth has allowed Mondoweiss to provide these images, reporting and ... ...
  • Yousef al-Kurnz lost a leg covering Gaza’s Great Return March but is not giving up his dream of becoming a photojournalist
    “Basketball is my favorite sport and sometimes I like to play football with my friends in our neighborhood. I am a fitness trainer too. But I don’t know if I will be ever able to play sports again!” Yousef al-Kurnz, a 20-year-old Gazan photojournalist, lost his left leg after being hit with an explosive bullet from an Israeli sniper while he was covering the Great Return March. It was March 30, the 42nd anniversary of Land Day, and protesters were peacefully marking it as they called for enforcement of paragraph 11 of UN resolution 194, which endorses the right of ... ...
  • Episode 335 – Solutions: Spontaneous Order
    [audio mp3="https://www.corbettreport.com/mp3/episode335-lq.mp3"][/audio]When you hear the word "order" do you automatically think of government? What if I were to tell you there’s an entirely different conception of societal order, one that doesn’t revolve around hierarchy but in fact specifically refutes it? Well there is, and it’s called “spontaneous order.” ... ...
  • The symbol of political prisoners resonates beyond borders
    On Tuesday across the occupied Palestinian territory demonstrators marked Prisoners Day, an annual call to free over 6,000 Palestinians imprisoned by Israel. The commemoration first began on April 17, 1979, five years to the day after the first prisoner exchange between Israel and the Palestinians. The day has since spread to honor former prisoners, including Ahmad Saadat, Georges Abdallah, and Rasmeh Odeh, who was initially sentenced to 18 months in a U.S. prison in 2015 before her appeal. The conviction rate of Palestinians in Israeli court cases in the West Bank is virtually 100 percent, with only 33 percent ... ...
  • Two aggression airstrikes wages on Sanaa
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  • South Sudan:Army Boss General James Ajongo Dies
    [Nation] South Sudan's army chief General James Ajongo has died in a Cairo hospital where he was undergoing treatment. ... ...
  • South Africa:Former President Zuma a New Father at 76
    [allAfrica] Cape Town -A 24-year-old woman apparently engaged to former president Jacob Zuma delivered a baby boy at the Busamed Hillcrest Private Hospital on the same day he turned 76, The Sowetan reported. ... ...
  • Prof Ruth Hall: Black South Africans dispossessed of land both pre-and-post 1994
    Expropriation of land without compensation is a hot topic in South Africa and Professor Ruth Hall, from the University of the Western Cape, is regarded as one of the prominent experts on this issue. This is a Biznews Premium article. Please login or sign up for a free 1-month trial. ... ...
  • Kenya:Odinga Talks With Former President Kibaki
    [Nation] ODM leader Raila Odinga on Friday met and held talks with retired president and his former coalition partner Mwai Kibaki. ... ...
  • Eskom’s massive post-Gupta headache refuses to go away
    CAPE TOWN — The Eskom debacle roils on as we begin to realise that the full cost of enriching Gupta-linked enterprises; it’s actually threatening a cornerstone of our economy – a reliable and cost-effective power supply. It seems a combination of dismal management by the shaky previous board and dishonestly awarding tenders to Gupta-linked coal mines, (now in business rescue), has left Eskom in a financial crisis so deep it can no longer buy cheap coal from the mines it is contracted to run. That means it has to turn to other suppliers and get special Treasury dispensation to source ... ...
  • Israeli soldiers open fire on Gaza protesters fourth week in a row
    For the fourth consecutive week, Israeli forces shoot Palestinian protesters taking part in the Great Return March demonstrations. This post will be updated as events unfold throughout the day.  By +972 Magazine Staff Israeli soldiers face Palestinian protesters in Gaza during the Return March protests. April 13, 2018. (Oren Ziv / Activestills.org) Israeli forces opened fire on protesters participating in the Great Return March on Friday for the fourth consecutive week. The Great Return March, which began on Land Day, March 30, is a 45-day series of events planned to culminate on May 15, Nakba Day. Update: 5:10 pm Palestinian ... ...
  • Monetising SA’s sunshine: Solar leasing startup eyes raising $1m in ICO pre-sale
    JOHANNESBURG — Abe Cambridge’s ‘The Sun Exchange‘ is a business that finds itself on the cutting-edge of two technologies that have the most potential to disrupt our world today: solar panels and the blockchain. Founded in 2016, Sun Exchange runs a blockchain-based solar micro-leasing marketplace to facilitate financing for small commercial and industrial solar projects in South Africa and other developing regions. There are two key sides to the business. Firstly, it allows people to buy solar panels (using Bitcoin or fiat currency) from as little as R100 up to literally hundreds of thousands of rands and then lease these ... ...
  • Natalie Portman Rejects Israel Prize in Light of its Crimes in Gaza
    Natalie Portman Rejects Israel Prize in Light of its Crimes in GazaUpdateCultural BoycottIn a statement from the Hollywood star said “[r]ecent events in Israel have been extremely distressing to her and she does not feel comfortable participating in any public events in Israel” and that “she cannot in good conscience move forward with the ceremony.”  April 20, 2018 By:  Palestinian Campaign for ... ...
  • Syrian Boy in White Helmets FAKE Chemical Attack Video Reveals the Truth
    ShareThe Russia 24 TV channel released an exclusive interview on April 18 with a boy, who participated in filming White Helmet  fake video, as evidence of the false-flag chemical attack in Douma. In the interview, Hassan Diab says that he and his mother heard loud voices on the street, urging everyone to rush to the hospitals. When Hassan entered the hospital, unknown people grabbed him, poured water on him and then put him with other patients.How many Ziocon immoral interventionist wars are going to be launched before the penny drops? to read more: https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/201804181063698154-syrian-boy-reveals-truth-helmets/ If they want to burn it, you want ... ...
  • Ruling Class Operatives Say the Darndest Things: On Devils Known and Not
    “Solving Other People’s Problems in the Middle East” Establishment journalists and politicos write and say the darndest things, advanced as common sense under the sway of reigning nationalist and imperial ideology. Take the New York Times’ chief White House correspondent Peter Baker.  In a page-one “news analysis” last Sunday, Baker wrote the following about Donald Trump’s recent missile strike on Syria: “The strike brought home Mr. Trump’s competing impulses when it comes to Syria — on the one hand, his manful chest-thumping intended to demonstrate that he is the toughest one on the international block, and on the other, ... ...
  • The Great Game Comes to Syria
    Photo by Freedom House | CC BY 2.0 An unusual triple alliance is emerging from the Syrian war, one that could alter the balance of power in the Middle East, unhinge the NATO alliance, and complicate the Trump administration’s designs on Iran. It might also lead to yet another double cross of one of the region’s largest ethnic groups, the Kurds. However, the “troika alliance”—Turkey, Russia and Iran—consists of three countries that don’t much like one another, have different goals, and whose policies are driven by a combination of geo-global goals and internal politics.  In short, “fragile and complicated” doesn’t ... ...
  • Roaming Charges: Mother of War
    Photo by David Valdez | CC BY 2.0 So Barbara Bush, the matriarch of a dismal and bloody era of American politics, died this week. Predictably, in death she is being hailed as a feminist, a humanist, a doyenne of literacy, a moderating force on the viciousness of the neocons and racists who populated the White Houses of her husband and son. That’s not the way I recalled her, in my brief biography of her son George W., “High Plains Grifter,” published in Grand Theft Pentagon: Tales of Corruption and Profiteering in the War on Terror. Here, then, is ... ...
  • “How Come?” Questions
    Photo by Elvert Barnes | CC BY 2.0 There are many reasons why American politics often seems more baffling than the politics of other so-called democracies. These would include un- and anti-democratic provisions enshrined in the U.S. Constitution and statutory law, the duopoly party system that the Democratic and Republican Parties have concocted over the years, and spillovers from the economic into the political realm. With increasing economic inequality and Supreme Court rulings that have turned “campaign contributions,” political corruption by another name, into Constitutionally protected free speech, the spillover problem has become especially egregious in recent years. Add to ... ...
  • A total success? Some glitches in the Western Bombing of Syria
    Two US missiles launched during the Western bombing of Syria did not successfully detonate. Both these explosives have been sent to Russia for analysis . The US and Russian technology in this type of weapon are radically different. As a result, progress made in one system, is difficult to transplant to and bring benefits to the other system. That said, Russian military engineers do intend to study the US missiles to improve the Russian anti-missile system. A French air plane, Rafale, (...) ... ...
  • General Benoît Puga’s act of revenge on President Al-Assad
    The French Defense Minister, Jean Yves Le Drain announced to the National Assembly that proceedings would be commenced to strike Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad off the Order of the Legion of Honour. It was President Jacques Chirac who had conferred this honour on al-Assad. Chirac had made out that he was Godfather to al-Assad, lending his patronage to Assad as he introduced the latter into the international arena. This procedure is highly exceptional and is spearheaded by General (...) ... ...
  • Russia discovers a chemical laboratory in Douma
    The Russian army has discovered an underground chemical laboratory set up in Douma in the area that the jihadists who had occupied the city, have now abandoned. 17 April 2018: Alexander Rodionov, an expert on chemical weapons, declared on Rossiya TV, that basic ingredients for chemical weapons such as thiodiglycol and diethanolamine, had been discovered in the lab. Importantly, such chemicals are used to manufacture mustard (...) ... ...
  • COMIC: Processing good news
    By Noam Rabinovich Processing good news, by Noam Rabinovich ... ...