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Macron Campaign Emails

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Today, Monday 31 July 2017, WikiLeaks publishes a searchable archive of 21,075 unique verified emails associated with the French presidential campaign of Emmanual Macron. The emails range from 20 March 2009 to 24 April 2017. The 21,075 emails have been individually forensically verified by WikiLeaks through its DKIM system.
The full archive of 71,848 emails with 26,506 attachments from 4,493 unique senders is provided for context.
WikiLeaks only certifies as verified the 21,075 emails marked with its green "DKIM verified" banner however based on statistical sampling the overwheling majority of the rest of the emails archive are authentic.
As the emails are often in chains and include portions of each other it is usually possible to confirm the integrity other emails in the chain as a result of the DKIM verified emails within it.
Guillaume Poupard, the head of French government cyber security agency ANSSI, told AP on June 1 this year that the method used to obtain the em…

Here is why the Western clowns declared war on Venezuela while doing business with Saudi Arabia

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If you wonder why the banking/corporate occupied media in the West remain silent against Saudi Arabia, one of the most brutal regimes at the same time they declared war on the democratically elected government of Venezuela, here are three good reasons, for a start, as described by Vijay Prashad to Paul Jay and the Real News:
There are perhaps three reasons, and there are probably many more, why the United States in its current class configuration, in other words, the kinds of people who run the United States, have fealty and have a very close tie with Saudi Arabia.
The first one is Saudi oil. It's important to mention because when the Saudis decide to pump more oil or reduce oil, they can manipulate oil prices and break the power of OPEC, that is the oil cartel, without actually breaking OPEC. By the fact of their volume, they can make real mayhem in the world. It's a worthwhile question to ask when commodity prices were high, when these commodity prices enab…

How corporate media gave us Trump

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As described already:
The corporate media pundits were shocked when they realized that Donald Trump will be the next president of the United States. Yet, their media were promoting him during all the presidential race, "surprisingly", even more than their favorite, Hillary Clinton. The markets were going down for a moment, but then, nothing happened. It looked like a well-directed live show by the monstrous mechanisms of the establishment.
If you really want to find who was the real threat for the establishment, go back and review the whole story of the Democratic primaries. At the beginning, the media pundits were certain that Hillary would easily prevail by just walking to the finish line against Bernie Sanders. They were nearly making fun of him. But then, things got really serious. Bernie was building a mass movement outside their corrupted 'control room'.
Especially the American youth was pushing Bernie to the top, really fast, by attending mass…

'Coalition bombed schools & hospitals,' Raqqa refugees tell journalist in his last report for RT

In his last news story for RT Arabic, journalist Khaled Alkhateb talked to refugees from Raqqa who spoke about the death and destruction caused by coalition strikes. The 25-year-old was killed Sunday in a shelling offensive by Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) in Syria.
"The coalition bombed schools and civilians. That’s why our children do not go to schools now. Many civilians were hurt, as it [coalition] hit both schools and hospitals," Abu Amdjad told Alkhateb, who worked with RT Arabic last week.
The man was among many other civilians who had been forced to flee Raqqa. In their home town, not a single government building was left unscathed from the coalition airstrikes, people told the reporter, saying that the US-led coalition bombed every building, claiming that IS terrorists were hiding there.
Alkhateb reported from the Syrian city of Hama.
A fourth grader told the journalist that the coalition forces bombed his school and "deprived us of the opportunity to stud…

Evo Morales denounces Russia sanctions, calls US a 'threat'

"The United States can be described as a threat to multilateralism, international law and the United Nations," Morales wrote on Twitter.
Bolivian President Evo Morales on Sunday slammed renewed U.S. sanctions against Russia, affirming that his country rejects them.
The Indigenous socialist leader announced his disapproval through his Twitter account. “The United States again seeks to impose unilateral sanctions against Russia. They contradict international law. Bolivia rejects them,” Morales tweeted. “With these types of sanctions, the U.S. can be described as a threat to multilateralism, international law and the United Nations,” he added in a second tweet.
The sanctions were implemented to punish Russia for so-called attempts to "destabilize" Ukraine and alleged "interference" in Syrian affairs. It includes a provision that allows Congress to stop any effort by U.S. President Donald Trump to ease existing sanctions on Russia.
The package has been described …

US bombers over Korean Peninsula in threat to DPRK

The United States flew two supersonic B-1B bombers over the Korean peninsula Sunday in the latest provocative move against the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
In a response to the DPRK's successful test launch Friday of its Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missile, the strategic bombers were accompanied by Japanese and South Korean jets, the Pentagon said.
The aggressive overflight came amid belligerent tweets from Washington, including U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley Sunday tweeting that the United States was "done talking" about the DPRK.
If the Yankees brandish the nuclear stick on this land again despite our repeated warnings, we will clearly teach them manners with the nuclear strategic force which we had shown them one by one,” said DPRK leader Kim Jong Un following the successful test launch, according to Pyongyang's Rodong Sinmun official news outlet.
More:
http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/US-Bombers-Fly-Over-Korean-Peninsu…

Venezuela votes for National Constituent Assembly

The National Constituent Assembly is intended to further develop the country's democracy and help ease tensions with the opposition.
Hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans from across the country lined up long before dawn to cast their ballots on Sunday for the National Constituent Assembly.
Polling stations opened at 6 a.m. local time, following a bugle wake-up call and fireworks. Almost 20 million Venezuelans are registered to vote for 545 members of the National Constituent Assembly.
The head of the CNE, Tibisay Lucena, said Friday that the fingerprint-based voting process is automated and guaranteed that the rule of "one elector, one vote" will be in place. The rule prohibits voters from voting more than once.
Lucena said the election process for the National Constituent Assembly is audited by local and international entities, and that her organization will ensure and protect the Venezuelan people's right to vote, despite recent threats by the opposition to stage viole…

Alternative media is ignoring Venezuela’s regime change problem

Independent media outlets tend to pose alternative viewpoints that conflict with the narratives espoused by mainstream media. But when it comes to Venezuela, whose socialist government is in danger of being overthrown, they are parroting the mainstream line or ignoring the issue altogether.
by Whitney Webb
Part 2 - CIA-backed coups and opposition funding
For any student of U.S.-led regime change efforts, Venezuela’s current situation has the hallmarks of previous scenarios: lucrative resources, a history of U.S.-backed coup attempts, U.S.-led economic sabotage and a U.S.-funded political opposition.
Venezuela, which has the largest oil reserves in the world, found itself in the crosshairs of the US corporate empire as soon as its people rejected the U.S.-allied oligarchical government by electing socialist President Hugo Chávez in 1999. Chávez then began implementing policies that put the Venezuelan people ahead of American business interests that sought to exploit the nation’s resources.

Greece: a (basket) case study in savage globalization

As Greeks look inward, they see a country that produces nothing of value and is inferior to the rest of the world - despite evidence to the contrary. The country has been mentally colonized, with outside powers convincing the Greeks that they can do no better.
by Michael Nevradakis
Part 3 - Mental colonization
In a 2013 interview which originally aired on Dialogos Radio, John Perkins, author of the bestselling book “Confessions of an Economic Hitman,” described how “economic hitmen” from institutions such as the IMF and the World Bank, as well as from the private sector, combine their economic takeover of an indebted nation, such as Greece, with a process of mental colonization:
…[T]hat’s part of the game: convince people that they’re wrong, that they’re inferior. The corporatocracy is incredibly good at that… It’s a policy of them versus us: We are good. We are right. We do everything right. You’re wrong. And in this case, all of this energy has been directed at the Greek people to say…

The rise of the "megafarm": How British meat is made

Part 4 - Inside a poultry megafarm
Richard Williams invited the Bureau to Penhros Farm near the picturesque village of Kington, Herefordshire, where he has four sheds each housing 42,000 chickens. From this farm he produces nearly 1.3 million chickens a year for the giant food company Cargill, which supplies Tesco.
Inside, the sweet sickly odour is overpowering. You can’t see the floor for chickens. The sheds have some hay bales and wooden perches.
They’ve got enrichment,” Williams says. “Windows so they get daylight and fresh air… Is this cruel? I don’t think so”.
The chickens are bred to grow quickly, provide a good yield of meat, eat little feed and be disease-resistant. They are trucked in as chicks. Each batch of chickens is called a “crop” and he has about eight crops a year, cleaning the sheds in between each one.
The farm is slick - a computer-controlled environment optimized to produce safe, cheap meat. The birds are fed on pellets provided by Cargill, which contain soya, minera…

The US empire threatens Latin American countries in its effort to overthrow Maduro

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The US State Department makes some aggressive moves aimed at canceling the elections for the National Constituent Assembly in Venezuela, the last 24 hours.

Just days after the director of CIA revealed that he had contacts with officials in Mexico and Colombia to overthrow President Maduro, the US embassy in Caracas is removing the families of its diplomats and staff from the country.
At the same time, the US Ambassador in Nicaragua, Laura Dogu, has openly threatened the country's government with sanctions for its relations with Venezuela. The US diplomat stated that the US government and Congress know which countries support Venezuela, and added that Nicaragua has not so many friends in Washington to be able to support Caracas.
Washington has been threatening Nicaragua for years with a financial embargo - a tool that now uses for its plans to overthrow the Venezuelan president.
For his part, the president of Bolivia, Evo Morales, warned that Washington's possib…

Απειλές και σε γειτονικές χώρες από τις ΗΠΑ με στόχο την ανατροπή του Μαδούρο

Με επιθετικές κινήσεις, που στόχο έχουν την ακύρωση των εκλογών για τη συντακτική συνέλευση στη Βενεζουέλα, κινείται τα τελευταία 24ωρα το Στέιτ Ντιπάρτμεντ.
Λίγες μόλις ημέρες ύστερα από την αποκάλυψη του διευθυντή της CIA, ότι είχε επαφές με αξιωματούχους σε Μεξικό και Κολομβία, με αντικείμενο την ανατροπή του προέδρου Μαδούρο, η αμερικανική πρεσβεία στο Καράκας απομακρύνει από τη χώρα τις οικογένειες των διπλωματών και του προσωπικού της.
Την ίδια ώρα η Πρέσβης των ΗΠΑ στη Νικαράγουα, Λάουρα Ντογου, απείλησε ανοιχτά την κυβέρνηση της χώρας με κυρώσεις, για τις σχέσεις που διατηρεί με τη Βενεζουέλα. «Η Αμερικανική κυβέρνηση και το Κογκρέσο γνωρίζουν ποιες χώρες υποστηρίζουν τη Βενεζουέλα» είπε η Αμερικανίδα διπλωμάτης και συμπλήρωσε «ότι η Νικαράγουα δεν έχει και τόσους φίλους στην Ουάσινγκτον ώστε να μπορεί να στηρίζει το Καράκας».
Η Ουάσινγκτον απειλεί εδώ και χρόνια τη Νικαράγουα με οικονομικό αποκλεισμό – εργαλείο το οποίο τώρα χρησιμοποιεί στα σχέδιά της για την ανατροπή του προέδ…

Congo violence leaves 850,000 children displaced

Children in central Democratic Republic of Congo are bearing the brunt of violence between the army and a local militia which has uprooted at least 1.4 million people over the past year, the UN children's agency (UNICEF) said on Friday.
Six in 10 of those forced to flee their homes in the conflict-ravaged Kasai region - about 850,000 - are children, leaving them prey to attack, detention, sexual violence, and recruitment by militia fighters, according to the UN agency.
More than 3,300 people have been killed in Kasai since the start of an insurrection in August by the Kamuina Nsapu militia, which wants the withdrawal of military forces from the area.
Kasai is the scene of a growing humanitarian disaster in a nation where violence has spiraled since President Joseph Kabila refused to step down when his mandate ended in December.
Full report:
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/07/28/529957/Africa-DR-Congo-UNICEF

BRICS ready for closer ties, says Xi Jinping

The BRICS cooperation will usher in its second "golden decade" as long as the five members make joint efforts for closer ties with the spirit of openness, inclusiveness, cooperation and win-win, President Xi Jinping said on Friday.
Xi made the remarks while meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing with heads of the delegations for the 7th Meeting of BRICS High Representatives for Security Issues. During the two-day meeting, which ended on Friday, the five countries-Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa reached consensus on many things, according to the Chinese Foreign Ministry.
South Africa's Minister of State Security David Mahlobo, Minister Sergio Etchegoyen of the Office of Institutional Security of the Presidency of Brazil, Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev of the Russian Federation and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval of India attended the meeting. State Councilor Yang Jiechi hosted it.
The president offered his congratulations on the s…

ΣΚΑΪ κι ο Γκέμπελς από τη ζήλια του

Ο ΣΚΑΪ κατάφερε χθες να ξεπεράσει τον ίδιο του τον εαυτό αποδεικνύοντας ότι η αντίδρασή του για τις αθλιότητες του Κωνσταντίνου Μπογδάνου πριν από 15 ημέρες, δεν ήταν τίποτα παραπάνω από ένα πυροτέχνημα αξιοπρέπειας η οποία χάθηκε πριν αλέκτωρ λαλήσει.
Το τι συνέβη μπορείτε να το φανταστείτε αν σκεφτείτε ποια ήταν η είδηση που έκανε χθες τον γύρο του διαδικτύου. Δεν εννοούμε την έξοδο της χώρας στις αγορές, αλλά το περιβόητο επίδομα σφραγίδας που δήθεν θα θέσπιζε το Δημόσιο για τους υπαλλήλους του. Η συγκεκριμένη είδηση όπως πιθανώς γνωρίζετε, δημοσιεύθηκε από το σάιτ tovatraxi.com το οποίο ειδικεύεται στην κατασκευή χιουμοριστικών «ρεπορτάζ».
Επειδή η προπαγάνδα δεν έχει όρια, ο «Βηματοδότης» αποφάσισε να μετατρέψει το δημοσίευμα σε «αποκάλυψη». Έτσι διάφορα media απ’ όσα έχουν υιοθετήσει και αναπαράγει διάφορες αθλιότητες όπως για παράδειγμα ότι ο Νίκος Φίλης θα απαγόρευε στους γονείς να αποκαλούν τα παιδιά τους «πριγκίπισσες» και «βασιλόπουλα», αποφάσισαν πως ήταν μια ακόμη καλή ευκ…

Alternative media is ignoring Venezuela’s regime change problem

Independent media outlets tend to pose alternative viewpoints that conflict with the narratives espoused by mainstream media. But when it comes to Venezuela, whose socialist government is in danger of being overthrown, they are parroting the mainstream line or ignoring the issue altogether.
by Whitney Webb
Part 1
Even though the independent media community in the West is diverse, there are often some common themes that unite alternative media outlets from different sides of the political spectrum. Common among these unifying forces is a criticism of the U.S. imperial war machine and U.S. efforts – both covert and direct – to subject governments throughout the world to regime change, often for simply conflicting with the U.S.’ “national interest.”
This has held true for independent media coverage of U.S.-led regime change efforts in countries like Iraq, Libya, Ukraine and Syria, where the reporting of most alternative media outlets has brought them into direct conflict with mainstream medi…

Greece: a (basket) case study in savage globalization

As Greeks look inward, they see a country that produces nothing of value and is inferior to the rest of the world - despite evidence to the contrary. The country has been mentally colonized, with outside powers convincing the Greeks that they can do no better.
by Michael Nevradakis
Part 2 - Modern-day Greece: Fatalism, defeatism and hopelessness
The extent of the demoralization of the Greek people is plainly evident through everyday conversations and encounters. Ordinary Greeks, upon learning that I came to the country to perform academic research, react in surprise and confusion, wondering why anyone would be crazy enough to come to Greece to stay for an extended period. Years ago, soon after the onset of the crisis, two different taxi drivers, upon realizing that I was from overseas, questioned why I chose to come to Greece. “Why are you here? Don’t you see what is happening?” I was asked. “Leave now, as quickly as you can!
Another driver interrogated me about job conditions in the Uni…

The rise of the "megafarm": How British meat is made

Part 3 - Advanced technology
Currently there has been little demand to stop the growth of intensive farms and move to organic farming, said Richard Griffiths, chief executive of the British Poultry Council. He said organic farms would take up much more space “If we tried to grow a billion birds a year, that would be a lot of land It’s a balancing act and it’s demand driven.
Intensive farms maintain high environmental, hygiene and welfare standards when they are run properly these are high health and welfare farms,” he argued. "The husbandry of the birds is the crucial element here. I think people think of hens roaming around a farm but that image is no longer the case – that’s not how chicken is farmed any more.
Dr Zoë Davies, chief executive of the National Pig Association (NPA), the industry body for pig farmers, said farmers had to operate intensive systems to compete with cheap European imports.
Intensive farms have to meet many different regulations to get an Environment Ag…

Macron leads the effort of the Western neocolonialists to make a deal on looting Libya's resources

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Here what's one of the primary priorities of the new golden boy of the neoliberal establishment. Emmanuel Macron met with Libya's two main rival leaders, presumably to achieve a piece deal so that the Western vultures could start looting the rich Libyan resources in an environment of 'peace and stability'.


From Guardian:
Libya’s two main rival leaders have agreed to call a ceasefire and hold elections early next year after a meeting in Paris hosted by the French president, Emmanuel Macron.
Macron said Libya’s UN-backed prime minister, Fayez al-Sarraj, and Khalifa Haftar – the military strongman whose forces control large tracts of land in the east of the country – had displayed “historic courage” at the talks outside Paris on Tuesday.
The cause of peace has made great progress today,” declared Macron at the end of the talks. [...] The communique says the two leaders accept that only a political solution can end the crisis, and calls for all militia t…

Corbyn told Venezuelan President Maduro that EU is ‘bad for the poor’, which is 100% true

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, a lifelong Euroskeptic, reportedly told Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro that EU institutions are bad for the poor.
The Daily Mail – which calls the democratically-elected Maduro Corbyn’s “dictator pal” – says the Labour leader made the comments in 2014, a year before he was elected party chief.
The paper claims that a recording of a meeting between the two reveals Corbyn telling the Latin American leader that European Central Bank (ECB) policies are “detrimental to the poor of Britain and other countries” and that the EU is a barrier to “building socialism and the fight against capitalism.
His political mentor, the late socialist Labour MP Tony Benn, was very much of the same stripe when it came to the EU.
Corbyn reportedly referred to Benn during the interview, telling Maduro he had been “a leader in the struggle against the economic policies of the European Bank and others, which were detrimental to the poor of Britain and other countries.
During his …