Qatar pledges $15bn of direct investments in Turkey

•August 17, 2018 • 4 Comments

https://www.rt.com/business/436034-turkey-qatar-direct-investment/

Qatar has pledged $15 billion of direct investment in Turkey’s financial markets and banks. The news comes in a statement released on Turkey’s President’s website following his meeting with Qatar’s Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.

“The Turkish President and Emir of Qatar met today [Wednesday[ in the presidential complex in Ankara. They have exchanged views on bilateral relations and regional issues, Al-Thani said that Qatar intends to directly invest $15 billion in Turkey,” said a press release after the meeting.

The Turkish lira firmed to 5.8699, from 6.04 to the US dollar after the news. The record low level of 7.2 against the greenback happened on Monday.

The Turkish officials did not provide any further information on the nature of the investments, according to AP. Erdogan’s office said the pledge was made by Qatar’s head, Al Thani.

The investment will be channeled into Turkish financial markets and banks, a government source told Reuters.

The Turkish economy has recently been hit by a record depreciation in the national currency lira. On Friday, US President Donald Trump doubled tariffs on aluminium and steel from Turkey in response to the detention of a US citizen. American pastor Andrew Brunson is being held on terrorism charges in Turkey, facing up to 35 years in prison for his alleged role in a failed coup in 2016.

In response, Erdogan announced boycott of US electronic devices, including Apple iPhones. Turkey has also hiked tariffs on US goods such as tobacco, alcohol, cars, cosmetics and others.

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“The investment will be channeled into Turkish financial markets and banks, a government source told Reuters.”

smells like a mini bail out of sorts..cash injection..

turkey looking wobbly..they wont win a trade war either..

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Assange’s Senate testimony could “destroy conspiracy theory that Russia hacked DNC”

•August 17, 2018 • Leave a Comment

https://www.rt.com/usa/435463-assange-senate-testimony-destroy-russiagate/

If he accepts the Senate’s request to testify, Julian Assange may provide evidence that would upend allegations that Russia hacked the DNC, putting to rest two years of Russiagate hysteria, journalist Patrick Henningsen told RT.

The WikiLeaks founder should “absolutely” agree to speak with the US Senate Intelligence Committee – but his testimony may cause problems for devout followers of Russiagate’s main tenets, according to Henningsen, executive editor of 21st Century Wire. Assange could in fact provide information to the committee that would “destroy the sort of mainline conspiracy theory that the Russians hacked the DNC servers and stole the emails and handed them to WikiLeaks. The whole Russiagate case more or less hinges on that conspiracy theory.”

In a letter made public by WikiLeaks on Wednesday, the Senate Committee requested that Assange make himself available for a closed interview “at a mutually agreeable time and location.”Henningsen said that the Senate’s request to interview Assange could have a profound impact on the US midterm elections, noting that Assange could potentially be accused of “meddling” if his testimony disrupts mainstream Russiagate narratives.

The independent journalist said that, while he wouldn’t be surprised if Russia-related investigations are stretched out until the 2020 presidential elections, so far no evidence has emerged of nefarious string-pulling by the Kremlin – and with good reason.

“If there was any hard evidence, I guarantee you it would have been on the table before the election – because if they had evidence, it would have absolutely killed the Donald Trump campaign in its tracks. There is no evidence, we would have seen it by now.”

Noting that all 10 senators who called for Assange’s asylum to be revoked in violation of international law were Democrats, Henningsen said that the investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election was a “partisan witch-hunt.”

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they can never let assange testify..ever!

he holds some big secrets..

“all 10 senators who called for Assange’s asylum to be revoked in violation of international law were Democrats”

uh huh..

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China Uighurs: Beijing denies detaining one million

•August 16, 2018 • 1 Comment

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-45173573

China has said reports it is holding a million Muslim Uighurs in detention in Xinjiang are “completely untrue”.

Uighurs enjoyed full rights but “those deceived by religious extremism… shall be assisted by resettlement and re-education”, officials said.

The rare admission from Beijing – at a UN meeting in Geneva – came in response to concerns that the region “resembles a massive internment camp”.

Xinjiang has seen intermittent violence – followed by crackdowns – for years.

China accuses Islamist militants and separatists of orchestrating the trouble.

China has sent a 50-strong delegation to the two-day meeting of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

On Friday, committee member Gay McDougall said she was concerned by reports that Beijing had “turned the Uighur autonomous region into something that resembles a massive internment camp”.

In his response, Hu Lianhe, deputy director of China’s United Front Work Department of the Communist Party Central Committee, said: “Xinjiang citizens, including the Uighurs, enjoy equal freedom and rights.”

“The argument that one million Uighurs are detained in re-education centres is completely untrue,” he added, before admitting the existence of resettlement or re-education programmes.

Correspondents say it is unusual for China to give public explanations about how it deals with the situation in Xinjiang.

Meanwhile the state-run English-language Global Times newspaper defended tough security measures in the region, which it said had prevented it from turning into “China’s Syria” or “China’s Libya”.

“The turnaround in Xinjiang’s security situation has avoided a great tragedy and saved countless lives,” it said in an editorial.

However, Ms McDougall sought further clarification.

“You said I was false on the million, well, how many were there? Please tell me. And what were the laws on which they were detained?”

And she went on inquiring how many people were undergoing re-education.

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a million?..no..no..no..errr..more like 750,000..so you know..theres no story here..shh..

“Uighurs enjoyed full rights but “those deceived by religious extremism… shall be assisted by resettlement and re-education“, officials said.”

great use of doublespeak here..orwell would be proud..

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Australia adopts presumption of guilt denying any presumption of innocence rejecting all principles of a free society

•August 16, 2018 • 3 Comments

https://www.armstrongeconomics.com/international-news/australia-oceania/australia-adopts-presumption-of-guilt-denying-any-presumption-of-innocence-rejecting-all-principles-of-a-free-society/

Australia is really rejecting all the basic tenets of civilization and is moving ever closer and closer to simply an authoritarian government. Australia is rejecting the foundation of a FREE SOCIETY by rejecting the presumption of innocence and assuming you are just guilty while shifting the burden to you to prove you are innocent. Australia has rejected the fundamental principle of a FREE SOCIETYand is now crossing into the zone of an authoritarian regime that is unfit for consideration of capital investment. This is a BLUNT statement, but it is one that indeed is shocking to have to even write.

Australia is making it that anyone convicted of any crime whatsoever that they can call a “criminal”will have the burden to explain how they got all the money in their life. In reality, Australia has restored the very greed of the state that led to the abuse of the rule of law that even led to the both the English Civil War and the American Revolution. The English system was stark. If you were charged with a felony, of which there were over 200 such crimes that did not need to be violent, then you were sentenced to death and the king confiscated all your property. Your family was thrown out of the street. This is where torture entered the legal system. If you confessed, then you were granted a swift death and the King took all your property. Even entering a plea of not guilty would result in the confiscation of all your property. People would stand there and refuse to enter a plea. The king would then torture you. Many people endured the torture to save their families.

This is the policy now adopted by Australia. Under a national scheme, the government gets to confiscate ALL your assets if you are convicted of a crime. Of course, this now creates the incentive to deny people the right to any fair trial and the average conviction rate of 90% will now surely rise to match that of the United States which stands at around 99%. Unfortunately, a Senate committee unanimously recommended the “unexplained wealth” legislation be passed despite concerns being raised by the Law Council and Civil Liberties Australia.

It is shocking that Australia would even contemplate such legislation that would force people convicted of crimes to prove that their wealth was derived from legitimate sources. The way this will be enforced is clear. You can be convicted of drunk driving and then have to prove all your assets are derived from legitimate sources. There will be NO requirement to establish any nexus between the crime being charges and the possession of assets.

Banks will be forced to hand over any information they have on the unexplained wealth of a convicted person in Australia. The Police Federation has been lobbying for this type of legislation so they can fill their coffers and pay their pensions.

https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/criminals-required-to-explain-their-wealth-in-national-crackdown-20180806-p4zvt9.html

Criminals who can’t explain how they got their money will be punished under a national scheme that allows the government to sweep up their assets.

A Senate committee unanimously recommended the “unexplained wealth” legislation be passed on Monday despite concerns being raised by the Law Council and Civil Liberties Australia.

The legislation will force people convicted of crimes to prove that their wealth was derived from legitimate sources, rather than the onus being on prosecutors to establish that it came from the proceeds of crime.

The new scheme will co-ordinate state-based frameworks that Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton had argued were used by criminals to evade jurisdictions.

Banks will be forced to hand over any information they have on the unexplained wealth of a convicted client.

The Police Federation has been lobbying for the national scheme for more than a decade. “Crime bosses were exploiting differences in criminal laws in Australia,” it said in its submission.

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thanks to rev17 for the link..

“Australia is making it that anyone convicted of any crime whatsoever that they can call a “criminal”will have the burden to explain how they got all the money in their life. In reality, Australia has restored the very greed of the state that led to the abuse of the rule of law that even led to the both the English Civil War and the American Revolution. The English system was stark. If you were charged with a felony, of which there were over 200 such crimes that did not need to be violent, then you were sentenced to death and the king confiscated all your property. Your family was thrown out of the street.”

get it?

“Banks will be forced to hand over any information they have on the unexplained wealth of a convicted client.”

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Roundup’s $289M cancer verdict opens up floodgates for thousands of other lawsuits

•August 15, 2018 • 1 Comment

https://www.foxbusiness.com/features/roundups-289m-cancer-verdict-opens-up-floodgates-for-thousands-of-other-lawsuits

Bayer shares plunged Monday after subsidiary Monsanto suffered a huge blow last week following a jury awarding a California groundskeeper $289.2 million in a landmark lawsuit claiming the company’s weed killer Roundup causes cancer.

A California jury concluded the Monsanto’s Roundup and Ranger Pro products presented a “substantial danger” to terminally ill 46-year-old Dewayne “Lee” Johnson, who became sick with non-Hodgkin lymphoma after using the spray for more than two years as a groundskeeper for a school district outside San Francisco. Jurors believed the company knew or should have known about the potential risks the products posed.

Johnson’s case is the first of a long list of about 4,000 people looking to sue the weed and seed maker for similar allegations.

Aaron Johnson, a 48-year-old former macadamia nut field manager, who was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2014, is looking to sue the agrochemical company next, after he says he got the disease from using its weed killers for more than 12 years.

Johnson tells FOX Business that after he heard the verdict on Friday, he couldn’t stop crying.

“I was so relieved that the truth came out in this trial and the jury recognized that and responded with an appropriate verdict,” he says.

Immediately following the verdict, Monsanto Vice President Scott Partridge released a statement saying despite the jury’s decision, it “does not change the fact that more than 800 scientific studies and reviews – and conclusions by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. National Institutes of Health and regulatory authorities around the world – support the fact that glyphosate does not cause cancer, and did not cause Mr. Johnson’s cancer.”

Monsanto says it plans to appeal the court’s decision.

Carey Gillam, an investigative journalist and author of a new book, “Whitewash,” that details Monsanto’s history with this chemical and the revelations found in the company’s internal records, tells FOX Business that Johnson’s case shined a public spotlight on Monsanto’s attempt to cover up studies linking the chemical with the disease for decades. With this verdict and more than 4,000 other plaintiffs waiting in the wings, Monsanto could be in court for decades to come and it could cost them and its new owner, Bayer, hundreds of millions – if not billions – of dollars in damages.

“The case is historic. It is the first time secrets from within Monsanto have been laid bare in a public court of law for all to scrutinize,” Gillam says. “Monsanto is facing a flood of thousands of additional lawsuits with several trials already scheduled over the next several months.”

Christine Sheppard, a 68-year-old retired coffee bean farmer, who is also represented by Johnson’s Timothy Litzenburg and plans to take her case against Monsanto to trial soon, tells FOX Business that she was “shocked, surprised, and thrilled” when she heard the verdict on Friday.

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it would be nice to think this is the start of the end for this evil company..

but some turds are very hard to flush away..

“Monsanto’s Roundup and Ranger Pro products presented a “substantial danger” to terminally ill 46-year-old Dewayne “Lee” Johnson, who became sick with non-Hodgkin lymphoma after using the spray for more than two years as a groundskeeper for a school district outside San Francisco. Jurors believed the company knew or should have known about the potential risks the products posed.”

bankrupt them!

“Monsanto’s attempt to cover up studies linking the chemical with the disease for decades. With this verdict and more than 4,000 other plaintiffs waiting in the wings, Monsanto could be in court for decades to come and it could cost them and its new owner, Bayer, hundreds of millions – if not billions – of dollars in damages.”

and this is without mentioning their frankenstein seeds..

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UN chief pushes for greater benefits from new technology

•August 15, 2018 • 2 Comments

https://news.un.org/en/story/2018/07/1014511

A high-profile group of tech experts has been assembled at the request of United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, tasked with putting the benefits of digital technology to more effective use, while also protecting against unwanted or unexpected negative impacts.

“This is the first such panel of its kind – and will be comprised of women and men at the frontiers of technology, public policy, science, and academia,” Mr. Guterres told reporters at UN Headquarters in New York.

The Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation, which is to be co-chaired by US philanthropist Melinda Gates and China-based Alibaba founder Jack Ma, will have 20 members in total and include leaders from industry, civil society and academia, said the UN chief, announcing the panel on Thursday.

Mr. Guterres noted that digital technology is changing economies and societies “at warp speed” and the scale and pace of change is “unprecedented.”

“But the current means and levels of international cooperation are unequal to the challenge,” he said. “I see the United Nations as a unique platform for dialogue in our digital age.”

The Panel will map trends in digital technologies, identify gaps and opportunities, and outline proposals for strengthening international cooperation.

The initiative comes after approximately a year of consultations involving his team and more than 120 Member States, industry and civil society.

Representing the body on behalf of the UN Secretariat, Executive Director and co-chair, Ambassador Amandeep Gill, said that the UN chief wanted to avoid the “competitive” approach to digital issues that currently impacts on discussions around trade, data and security.

“That competitive spirit, that mindset, could pervade this domain and does impede the potential of digital technology to contribute to the achievement of the goals of the Agenda 2030 on sustainable development,” the Ambassador said.

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the image with the one eye was straight from their page..

“which is to be co-chaired by US philanthropist Melinda Gates and China-based Alibaba founder Jack Ma”

melinda..please..lol..

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China’s navy is going global

•August 14, 2018 • 1 Comment

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/chinas-navy-going-global-28467

In recent days, a flotilla of Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) warships set sail to the Gulf of Aden from a Chinese naval base in Qingdao, which is in the eastern part of Shandong Province.

The Chinese naval taskforce consists of a pair of Type-054A guided-missile frigates , Wuhu (Hull 539) and Handan (Hull 579), the “comprehensive supply ship” Dongpinghu (Hull 960), two ship-borne helicopters and dozens of special operations soldiers. All together, there are nearly 700 Chinese personnel involved.

While the Chinese taskforce might look unremarkable considering that this the thirtieth time that Beijing has deployed such a flotilla to the region since 2008, there is a difference this time. The presence of the Dongpinghu highlights the fact the PLAN is transitioning into a force that can operate around the globe.

As Chinese reporter Bei Guo Fang Wu notes in a piece translated in the Chinese People’s Liberation Army-sponsored ChinaMil site, the Chinese fleet has until recently relied upon three elderly supply vessels to sustain operations far from Beijing’s shores.

“In the first four and a half years of the escort mission in the Gulf of Aden, the battleships were replaced one group after another, while the supply ships were always chosen among Weishanhu (Hull 887), Qiandaohu (Hull 886), and Qinghaihu (Hull 885),” Bei writes.

“Meaning that, the battleships withdrew after only one term of mission, while the supply ships had to sustain two terms of mission.”

With the introduction of the newer Type-903A comprehensive supply ships, starting with Taihu (Hull 889) in August 2013, the situation has started to improve for the PLAN. The PLAN’s supply vessels no longer have to undertake deployments that are twice as long as the combat vessels they escort, instead there are enough of the newer supply ships that those crews can return home with the rest of the flotilla.

Indeed, the PLAN’s underway replenishment fleet has grown rapidly in recent years. There are now ten Type-903 and Type-903A vessels serving in the Chinese fleet, according to Bei. The vessels displace 25,000 tons and are able to carry 10,500 tons fuel, 250 tons of fresh water and 680 tons of ammunition. The ships also carry four small boats, a Z-8 ship-borne helicopter and four 37mm twin-barreled cannons.

Not only are the new vessels more numerous, they are also considerably more capable than their predecessors.

“The Type-903 series supply ships have greatly improved their replenishment efficiency and are able to conduct alongside, astern, vertical, and skin-to-skin connected replenishment-at-sea at the same time,” Bei writes.

“Therefore, they can carry out underway replenishment missions under more complicated conditions.”

The Chinese fleet’s underway replenishment capability is set to further expand and improve with the introduction of the new 45,000-ton Type-901 fast combat support ship, the first of which, Hulun Lake, was commissioned into service in September 2017. A second vessel of the type is currently under construction in at the Guangzhou Shipyards.

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somebody just realised?

“There are now ten Type-903 and Type-903A vessels serving in the Chinese fleet, according to Bei. The vessels displace 25,000 tons and are able to carry 10,500 tons fuel, 250 tons of fresh water and 680 tons of ammunition. The ships also carry four small boats, a Z-8 ship-borne helicopter and four 37mm twin-barreled cannons.”

doesnt sound like a lot..but supply is vital to operations..

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