Headlines for October 26th, 2013

Was Israel behind the hacking of millions of French phones and NOT the U.S.? Extraordinary twist in spying saga revealed

Saturday 26th October 2013 at 11:11 By

‘Israel and not America was behind the hacking of millions of French phones, it was claimed today.

In the latest extraordinary twist in the global eavesdropping scandal, Israeli agents are said to have intercepted more than 70 million calls and text messages a month.

Up until now the French have been blaming the U.S., even summoning the country’s Paris ambassador to provide an explanation.’

Read more: Was ISRAEL behind the hacking of millions of French phones and NOT the U.S.? Extraordinary twist in spying saga revealed

Saturday 26th October 2013 at 11:25 By



The David Icke Newsletter Goes Out On Sunday

Readers of the newsletters will know that I have been banging on for years about the plan to create a global Hunger Games society by parting from their wealth and assets even those that currently consider themselves well-off.

This most infamously happened in Cyprus when the precedent was created for directly confiscating savers’ money to bail out a banking system which was coldly crashed in 2008 to bring this about. Now comes yet another confirmation that a global bank robbery and asset grab is waiting to be triggered.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has produced a ‘Fiscal Monitor Report’ entitled ‘Taxing Times’ which essentially says that the state of the global economy is so bad that tax increases and asset confiscation must be considered:

‘The sharp deterioration of the public finances in many countries has revived interest in a “capital levy” – a one-off tax on private wealth – as an exceptional measure to restore debt sustainability. The appeal is that such a tax, if it is implemented before avoidance is possible and there is a belief that it will never be repeated, does not distort behavior (and may be seen by some as fair)…

… The conditions for success are strong, but also need to be weighed against the risks of the alternatives, which include repudiating public debt or inflating it away … The tax rates needed to bring down public debt to precrisis levels, moreover, are sizable: reducing debt ratios to end-2008 levels would require (for a sample of 15 euro area countries) a tax rate of about 10 percent on households with positive net wealth.’

The IMF is a Rothschild creation, spawned through the Bretton Woods Agreement at the end of the Second World War when that global problem was supplied with a ‘solution’ of a new economic order.

If the IMF calls for something the script is supplied by the House of Rothschild and here we have the IMF calling for ‘a one-off tax on private wealth’ (one-off my arse) which is nothing more than stealing the assets of a population that was not responsible for the crash of 2008 on the say-so of those who were.

‘Freeze … I’m from the bank.’


Jimmy Savile’s former driver, Ray Teret, charged with 32 sex offences

Saturday 26th October 2013 at 11:08 By

‘Jimmy Savile’s former chauffeur is to appear in court on Saturday charged with 32 sex offences, mostly against underage girls.

Ray Teret, 72, was charged on Friday night following an investigation in which he was initially arrested and bailed last November.

He faces 15 counts of rape of a female under 16, one of rape, one of attempted rape of a female under 16, six counts of indecent assault of a female under 16, three counts of indecent assault of a female under 14 and one count of gross indecency with a child under 13.

Teret, of Atrincham, also faces two counts of conspiracy to rape a girl under 16, one of possession of extreme pornography, one of possession of prohibited images and one of possession of an indecent image of a child.’

Read more: Jimmy Savile's former driver, Ray Teret, charged with 32 sex offences

Moral Decay of America: Pop Star Ke$ha Says Her Vagina is Haunted

Saturday 26th October 2013 at 10:58 By

‘Pop star Ke$ha, whose audience consists of pre-teen girls, says her vagina is haunted and had to be exorcised because she had sex with a ghost.

This is who a whole generation of young children and teenagers look up to as their idol.

Whereas Ke$ha thinks her vagina needs to be exorcised, in reality popular culture and society in general needs to be exorcised of talentless, satanic, occult-promoting pop stars like her, who are brainwashing kids with a poisonous message of amoral, vacuous, nihilistic depravity.’

Deaths, chilling safety lapses, lawsuits, huge cost over-runs and delays: Why we can’t trust the French with Britain’s nuclear future

Saturday 26th October 2013 at 10:53 By

‘But, as we will see, the French state-owned company has very little to celebrate when it comes to its track record on building nuclear power plants.

In reality, the history of the Normandy project is one beset by financial mismanagement with rocketing costs, the deaths of workers, an appalling inability to meet construction deadlines, industrial chaos, and huge environmental concerns.

Yet amid great fanfare on Monday, it was announced that EDF, along with the French nuclear group Areva and investors from China, are due to start work on a £16 billion plant in Hinkley Point in Somerset in 2017. It will be the first nuclear reactor in the UK in nearly 20 years.

It will also be this country’s first European Pressurised Reactor (a variant on the pressurised water reactor, which works by having cooling water around the reactor core kept at high pressure to stop it boiling).
Yet no reactor of this design is yet working anywhere in the world.’

Read more: Deaths, chilling safety lapses, lawsuits, huge cost over-runs and delays: Why we can't trust the French with Britain's nuclear future

Leaked Memos Reveal GCHQ Efforts to Keep Mass Surveillance Secret

Saturday 26th October 2013 at 10:36 By

‘The UK intelligence agency GCHQ has repeatedly warned it fears a “damaging public debate” on the scale of its activities because it could lead to legal challenges against its mass-surveillance programs, classified internal documents reveal.

GCHQ fears a legal challenge under the Human Rights Act if evidence of its surveillance methods becomes admissable in court. (Photograph: Barry Batchelor/PA)
Memos contained in the cache disclosed by the US whistleblower Edward Snowden detail the agency’s long fight against making intercept evidence admissible as evidence in criminal trials – a policy supported by all three major political parties, but ultimately defeated by the UK’s intelligence community.

Foremost among the reasons was a desire to minimize the potential for challenges against the agency’s large-scale interception programs, rather than any intrinsic threat to security, the documents show.’

Read more: Leaked Memos Reveal GCHQ Efforts to Keep Mass Surveillance Secret

Rothschild Zionist Cameron defends Britain's spy services as anger mounts in Europe over US and UK state surveillance

‘David Cameron has launched a fierce defence of Britain’s spy services in the face of mounting anger in Europe over state surveillance, accusing the US whistleblower Edward Snowden and newspapers which publish his leaks of putting people’s lives at risk.

After fresh claims that British and US spy agencies monitored Italian communications, Mr Cameron insisted security services needed to use “all of the modern techniques” to prevent attacks by terrorist groups who “want to do us harm, who want to blow up our families, who want to maim people”.’

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The Great Culling – Our Water

Saturday 26th October 2013 at 10:32 By

‘The Great Culling of the human race already has begun. Covertly, insidiously, mercilessly, a global depopulation agenda has been launched.

As this plays out, the vast majority of the human race will be removed from the gene pool. Genetically annihilated. Will you and your genetic lineage survive?

It is being done through chemicals added to our drinking water, food, medicines, and the air we breathe – chemicals that have the known effect of reducing fertility and shortening lifespan.

This documentary is the first of a three-part series. It shows how additives to our drinking water, such as fluoride, supposedly to combat tooth decay, in reality are covert doses of death. It also shows how you can protect yourself and your family.’

Japan secrecy act stirs fears about press freedom, right to know

Saturday 26th October 2013 at 10:29 By

‘Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government is planning a state secrets act that critics say could curtail public access to information on a wide range of issues, including tensions with China and the Fukushima nuclear crisis.

The new law would dramatically expand the definition of official secrets and journalists convicted under it could be jailed for up to five years.

Japan’s harsh state secrecy regime before and during World War Two has long made such legislation taboo, but the new law looks certain to be enacted since Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party-led bloc has a comfortable majority in both houses of parliament and the opposition has been in disarray since he came to power last December.’

Read more: Japan secrecy act stirs fears about press freedom, right to know

Does Humanity Even Want Freedom?

Saturday 26th October 2013 at 10:26 By

The most precious gift given to humanity besides its very existence and innate connectivity to universal Source is the gift of free will. We can choose. We ultimately have the power to make decisions for ourselves. Unfortunately this concept is buried under the rubble of ignorance and social engineering and of course becomes a very complex matter as life’s input and experiences complicate our entire decision-making process.

And freedom and free will? They’re generally relegated to philosophical treatises and ideological tugs of war in the political arena. Nicely sectored off to where they can’t touch our consciousness and every day living.’

Read more: Does Humanity Even Want Freedom?

Britain’s very own X-Files and their space slime mystery

Saturday 26th October 2013 at 10:16 By

‘It is Britain’s own version of The X-Files — a unit of experts who specialize in unravelling the origins of mysterious slimes, animals and objects.

Tucked away in a quiet corner of the Natural History Museum in London are a series of laboratories that would not be out of place in the long-running science fiction series.

This is the Identification and Advisory Service, whose job it is to scrutinize the array of strange objects discovered by members of the public — from apparent dragon skulls to objects that appear to come from outer space.’

Read more: Britain’s very own X-Files and their space slime mystery

Predictive Programming of Society Consuming Itself for the Greater Good

Saturday 26th October 2013 at 10:11 By

‘On June 7th of this year (6+7= 13/13) Universal Pictures released a horror/thriller movie entitled “The Purge.” The title of the film initially seems rather nebulous but the viewer, whether consciously or subconsciously, is immediately exposed to the films’ objective of near future predictive programming. The opening title sequence shows CCTV clips of people shooting and viciously beating others, faceless people are setting buildings ablaze and victims bloodied from their brutal attacks are slowly having the life drained from them in the streets. The date stamps on these CCTV clips are from various smaller suburban towns all around the United States and take place during the years 2017 to 2021. These are clips from past mandatory and sanctioned by the US government annual “purges.”

Not unlike a human spring-cleaning, the purge of humanity is facilitated by members of society and occurs on the Spring Equinox, March 21st. This date conveniently has an occult significance as it is a Sabbath holiday requiring human sacrifice. It just so happens that the purge takes place on this particular day and only between the hours of 7 pm and 7 am (a nod to occult numerology). The people are cued to the commencement of the purge by a televised emergency broadcast system message that we have heard many times before (except this is not a test). We are introduced to this new “violent utopian” America where, in 2022, there is only 1% unemployment, the economy is great, violence is at an all time low, and a new government has taken over.’

Read more: Predictive Programming of Society Consuming Itself for the Greater Good

The elites’ guide to ‘rogue states’

Saturday 26th October 2013 at 10:06 By

‘It’s definitely not good news nowadays for any country to be classified a ‘Rogue State’ by the US-led hegemonic Western Powers, for it will not only cost you billions in cash and economic hardship, but millions of lives as well.

That continues to be the between-the-lines message to the world from US hardliners with their ‘you’re either with us or against us’ rhetoric. A decade ago Iraq was branded a ‘rogue state’; today, moderate estimates speak of an Iraqi death toll of 500,000 since the 2003 invasion and civil war.’

Read more: The elites’ guide to ‘rogue states’

Arrogant Sebelius says : ‘I Don’t Work For People Who Want Me to Resign’ …

Saturday 26th October 2013 at 10:00 By

‘Appointed by Obama…. her boss… not the TAX PAYER who pays her the $199,700. year salary.

Arrogant Sebelius: ‘I Don’t Work For’ People Who Want Me to Resign

This statement points out the fundamental problem with executive appointments. They arrogantly believe they are not subject to the will of the people!’

Forgot to Pay That Speeding Ticket? ‘Turn around. Squat and cough. Spread your cheeks.’

Saturday 26th October 2013 at 09:55 By

‘Sarah Boaz was ticketed for running a stop sign in August.

She lost the ticket. She figured a new one would be sent, or that she’d receive some kind of notice in the mail. She expected to pay some kind of late fee or penalty.

What she didn’t expect was to find the Richland Hills City Marshal waiting at her Texas home with an arrest warrant last Wednesday morning.

Boaz was handcuffed and brought to jail, where a female officer started giving her instructions. She was not prepared for what happened next:’

Read more: Forgot to Pay That Speeding Ticket? 'Turn around. Squat and cough. Spread your cheeks.'

Partnership between Facebook and police could make planning protests impossible

Saturday 26th October 2013 at 09:44 By

‘A partnership between police departments and social media sites discussed at a convention in Philadelphia this week could allow law enforcement to keep anything deemed criminal off the Internet—and even stop people from organizing protests.

A high-ranking official from the Chicago Police Department told attendees at a law enforcement conference on Monday that his agency has been working with a security chief at Facebook to block certain users from the site “if it is determined they have posted what is deemed criminal content,” reports Kenneth Lipp, an independent journalist who attended the lecture.

Lipp reported throughout the week from the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference, and now says that a speaker during one of the presentations suggested that a relationship exists between law enforcement and social media that that could be considered a form of censorship.’

Read more: Partnership between Facebook and police could make planning protests impossible

Proposed Belo Monte Gold Mine Means More Devastation for Amazon & Indigenous People

Saturday 26th October 2013 at 09:34 By

‘For years now the world has watched as native peoples of the Amazon along the Xingu river have battled against the government and corporate development of the Belo Monte Dam, a massive hydro-electric power station that will displace tens of thousands of indigenous people and destroy the natural eco-system along this important Amazon River tributary.

The struggle to stop this development continues, as does construction, but now there is another a massive industrial development that threatens to bring even further devastation to the stunning biodiversity, ecology and ancient cultures in this part of the Amazon…’

Read more: Proposed Belo Monte Gold Mine Means More Devastation for Amazon & Indigenous People

Top priest ‘blames’ kids for sex abuse

Saturday 26th October 2013 at 09:29 By

‘The leader of Poland’s Catholic Church has come under a wave of condemnation by appearing to suggest that children are partly to blame for being sexually abused by priests.

Archbishop Jozef Michalik, head of Poland’s influential Episcopate, was commenting on revelations about Polish paedophile priests. A child from a troubled family, Michalik told reporters, “seeks closeness with others and may get lost and may get the other person involved, too”.

The words triggered an uproar – one that Michalik immediately tried to stamp out by apologising and saying he was misunderstood. He had not, he said, meant to suggest that child victims were in any way responsible. But the damage was done.’

Read more: Top priest ‘blames’ kids for sex abuse

Monsanto’s Very Bad Week: Three Big Blows for GMO Food

Saturday 26th October 2013 at 09:24 By

‘It hasn’t been a good week for Monsanto and the rest of the biotech industry.

Just three days ago, Mexico banned genetically engineered corn. Citing the risk of imminent harm to the environment, a Mexican judge ruled that, effective immediately, no genetically engineered corn can be planted in the country. This means that companies like Monsanto will no longer be allowed to plant or sell their corn within the country’s borders.

At the same time, the County Council for the island of Kauai passed a law that mandates farms to disclose pesticide use and the presence of genetically modified crops. The bill also requires a 500-foot buffer zone near medical facilities, schools and homes — among other locations.

And the big island of Hawaii County Council gave preliminary approval to a bill that prohibits open air cultivation, propagation, development or testing of genetically engineered crops or plants. The bill, which still needs further confirmation to become law, would also prohibit biotech companies from operating on the Big Island.’

Read more: Monsanto's Very Bad Week: Three Big Blows for GMO Food

ADL: 100 Years of Hate

Saturday 26th October 2013 at 09:15 By

‘The ADL was founded in the immediate aftermath of the conviction of Atlanta B’nai B’rith President Leo Frank for the strangulation and sex murder of a 13-year-old factory girl, Mary Phagan. The international Jewish community did not believe that Frank should have been convicted. They had mounted a huge press, publicity, legal, and lobbying campaign to convince officials and the public that a Black man, James Conley, was the real killer. But the evidence against Frank was so strong — and the evidence against Conley so thin — that the Southern, all White, and doubtless philo-Semitic (like most of the Christian South) jury unanimously convicted Leo Frank and sentenced him to hang.

Two months after Frank’s conviction, on October 20, 1913, the ADL was formed. To this day, the ADL and its allies promote the fiction that Frank’s conviction was a result of “anti-Semitism” and use the case a rallying cry to garner support and funding.

The ADL operates as a private intelligence agency, sending spies, infiltrators, disruptors, and agents provocateurs into the camps — both Jewish and non-Jewish — of those who disagree with its radically pro-Israel and Jewish supremacist agenda. Also like an intelligence agency, it maintains a huge database containing personal information on politicians, writers, dissidents, activists, publishers, bloggers, and even unaffiliated private citizens so that — should any of these people “get out of line,” in the opinion of the ADL — they can be threatened, “exposed,” blackmailed, and thus silenced with maximum effectiveness.’

Read more: ADL: 100 Years of Hate

McDonald’s helpline to employee: Go on food stamps

Saturday 26th October 2013 at 08:58 By

‘The protest movement for higher wages for fast food workers has been simmering for several months now, in the form of employee walkouts and street rallies in several major US cities. Now, advocates have zeroed in on another group they say is suffering financially from fast food chains’ corporate stinginess: the American taxpayer.

The charge is that McDonald’s and other fast food giants who pay their workers less than what many consider a “living wage” are letting taxpayers pick up the slack in the form of public assistance. A video released Wednesday by the labor advocacy group Low Pay is Not Ok drives the point home. In it, Nancy Salgado, a 10-year McDonald’s employee in Chicago and a mother of two, calls a worker helpline called McResources, purportedly set up to help employees with financial issues. During the call, which the group recorded and edited, the operator suggests that Ms. Salgado apply for food stamps and Medicaid, giving her numbers in the Chicago area to call.’

Read more: McDonald’s helpline to employee: Go on food stamps

Elizabeth Warren to Wall Street Regulators: Put Big Bank CEOs in Jail

Saturday 26th October 2013 at 08:49 By

‘This past weekend, the Department of Justice slapped a record fine on JPMorgan Chase for packaging and selling the mortgage-backed financial products that helped cause the financial meltdown. But Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) wants the administration to know that fines are not enough. On Wednesday, she called on Wall Street regulators to hold all those responsible for the 2008 crisis accountable.

In a letter to the Federal Reserve, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Officer of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), Warren lauded the overseer of the TARP bailout program for cracking down on financial industry players who wasted, stole, or abused the federal emergency funds doled out to banks during the financial crisis, and implied that the three banking regulators should also punish individuals who helped cause the financial meltdown.’

Read more: Elizabeth Warren to Wall Street Regulators: Put Big Bank CEOs in Jail

Rebel leaders form shadow government in eastern Libya

Saturday 26th October 2013 at 08:23 By

‘The leaders of a rebel movement have unilaterally declared the formation of a shadow government in oil-rich eastern Libya, dealing another blow to the central government in the capital Tripoli.

Thursday’s development came months after the Barqa movement, which is supported by some rebel militias and local tribal chiefs, declared Cyrenaica — or Barqa in Arabic, the eastern half of Libya — to be an autonomous state.

Abd-Rabbo al-Barassi, the head of the self-declared Barqa government, said the aim is to weaken the authority of the central government, claiming Tripoli has discriminated against the eastern half.’

Read more: Rebel leaders form shadow government in eastern Libya

Stop Watching Us: The Video

Saturday 26th October 2013 at 08:10 By

Fuel Removal From Fukushima’s Reactor 4 Threatens ‘Apocalyptic’ Scenario. Radiation Fuel Rods Matches Fallout of 14,000 Hiroshima Bombs

Saturday 26th October 2013 at 08:09 By

‘An operation with potentially “apocalyptic” consequences is expected to begin in a little over two weeks from now – “as early as November 8″ – at Fukushima’s damaged and sinking Reactor 4, when plant operator TEPCO will attempt to remove over 1300 spent fuel rods holding the radiation equivalent of 14,000 Hiroshima bombs from a spent fuel storage tank perched on the reactor’s upper floor.’

Read more: Fuel Removal From Fukushima’s Reactor 4 Threatens ‘Apocalyptic’ Scenario. Radiation Fuel Rods Matches Fallout of 14,000 Hiroshima Bombs

Fukushima Fraud and Corruption: Japanese Organized Crime Involved in Recruitment of 'Specialized Personnel'

‘There is another dimension: The coordination of the multibillion dollar Fukushima decontamination operation relies on Japan’s organized crime, the Yakusa, which is actively involved in the recruitment of “specialized” personnel for dangerous tasks.

“The complexity of Fukushima contracts and the shortage of workers have played into the hands of the yakuza, Japan’s organized crime syndicates, which have run labor rackets for generations.” (Reuters, October 25, 2013)

The Yakuza labor practices at Fukushima are based on a corrupt system of subcontracting, which does not favor the hiring of competent specialized personnel. It creates an environment of fraud and incompetence, which in the case of Fukushima could have devastating consequences. The subcontracting with organized crime syndicates is a means for major corporations involved in the clean-up to significantly reduce their labor costs.’

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Protesters gather in Tokyo for mass demonstration against nuclear energy

‘Fresh on the minds of the thousands of Japanese people who recently took to the streets of Tokyo in protest of nuclear energy is the ongoing Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, which continues to wreak havoc both in Japan and abroad. According to RT News, many of these folks want to see an end to the use of the high-risk technology, which continues to pollute the environment, the seas and the food supply.

Some 9,000 Japanese activists marched through the streets of Tokyo on October 13, according to reports, holding up signs demanding that nuclear energy production cease. Translated into English, the signs bore phrases like “Stop the atom” and “Don’t pollute our sea,” referring to the untold millions of gallons of radioactive water from Fukushima that continue to be dumped into the Pacific Ocean.’

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UK Government Uses Parliament to Accuse Guardian Newspaper of Treason

Saturday 26th October 2013 at 08:06 By

‘Conservative backbencher Julian Smith is leading the calls for the prosecution of the Guardian for publishing documents provided by former US National Security Agency Contractor Edward Snowden revealing mass state surveillance by the United States and Britain.

On Tuesday, Smith was granted a debate in parliament to make his claim that the Guardian should be prosecuted for aiding terrorism and endangering national security. Last week Prime Minister David Cameron urged a parliamentary inquiry into whether the Guardian had broken the law in publicising Snowden’s revelations.’

Read more: UK Government Uses Parliament to Accuse Guardian Newspaper of Treason

What ‘Sanctions’ Will Happen If Syrian ‘Rebels’ Are Shown To Have Used Poison Gas?

Saturday 26th October 2013 at 08:02 By

‘Outside the reality-distorting bubble of US corporate media, almost nobody believes the Syrian regime are the only ones who have sarin gas in that unhappy country, but the rebels are not included in its inspections protocols or threatened sanctions. And while the Syrian regime gets six months to dispose of all chemical weapons, why does the US need ten years to get rid of its own stockpile?

President Obama still wants his war in Syria. To get him what he wants, the language in the agreement signed by the US and Russia over chemical weapons in Syria is sown with vague terms having multiple and contradictory definitions and nearly un-meetable conditions, all presented in a framework of blatant lies.’

Read more: What 'Sanctions' Will Happen If Syrian 'Rebels' Are Shown To Have Used Poison Gas?

Armed ground drones to take over battlefields in five years

Saturday 26th October 2013 at 07:53 By

‘The United States Army is one-step closer to deploying weaponized robots to the front lines of battlefields following a recent demonstration that’s being largely considered a success.

Defense contractors and other companies brought their deadliest on-the-ground drones to Fort Benning, Georgia earlier this month for the Maneuver Center of Excellence (MCoE) Robotics Limited Demonstration — or “Robotic Rodeo — and according to those who were there, the future of fighting might soon revolve around a whole new type of arsenal.

The annual event is billed by the Army as “an opportunity for industry to demonstrate new and innovative unmanned ground systems,” and four companies did just that by unveiling an unusual breed of robots that can be equipped with lethal weaponry and sent into battle, replacing human soldiers with space-age specimens straight out of science fiction.’

Read more: Armed ground drones to take over battlefields in five years

Obomber left increasingly isolated as anger builds among key US allies

Saturday 26th October 2013 at 07:50 By

‘International anger over US government surveillance has combined with a backlash against its current Middle East policy to leave President Obama increasingly isolated from many of his key foreign allies, according to diplomats in Washington.

The furious call that German chancellor Angela Merkel made to the White House on Wednesday to ask if her phone had been tapped was the latest in a string of diplomatic rebukes by allies including France, Brazil and Mexico, all of which have distanced themselves from the US following revelations of spying by the National Security Agency.

But the collapse in trust of the US among its European and South American partners has been matched by an equally rapid deterioration in its relationships with key allies in the Middle East.’

Read more: Obama left increasingly isolated as anger builds among key US allies

Israel To Issue Tenders For New Settlement Units

Saturday 26th October 2013 at 06:58 By

‘Israeli sources have reported that the Israeli Housing Ministry is planning to issue tenders for the construction of hundreds of units in Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank, this coming week.

Israeli daily, Haaretz, quoted a government official stating that the announcement of the bids will take place as Israeli releases 25 Palestinian political prisoners, part of the second stage of detainees’ release to boost direct talks with the Palestinians.

The new constructions will be in major settlement blocks in the occupied West Bank, and in occupied East Jerusalem.’

Read more: Israel To Issue Tenders For New Settlement Units

Senators might break with Obama on Iran

Saturday 26th October 2013 at 06:54 By

‘Key Democratic senators are considering whether to break with President Barack Obama on diplomacy with Iran as the administration is urging lawmakers to delay a new round of sanctions.

The Senate Banking Committee had been expected to introduce new sanctions legislation next Tuesday and mark it up next Thursday, a Senate aide told The Hill.

At a meeting at the White House on Tuesday, administration officials urged top staffers to postpone the legislation to give nuclear talks a chance to play out.

“A date has not been finalized yet,” a Senate Banking Committee staffer told The Hill following the meeting.’

Read more: Senators might break with Obama on Iran

Kerry: Washington dysfunction biggest threat to US

Saturday 26th October 2013 at 06:50 By

‘US Secretary of State John Kerry has warned Congress that political dysfunction in Washington is the greatest threat to the United States, not foreign rivals.

Kerry, speaking Thursday at the Center for American Progress, a Washington policy group, slammed the 16-day partial government shutdown that ended last week and added that it eroded US standing and influence around the world.

“Make no mistake, the greatest danger to America doesn’t come from a rising rival, it comes from the damage that we’re capable of doing by our own dysfunction and the risks that will arise in a world that may see restrained or limited American leadership as a result,” Kerry said.’

Read more: Kerry: Washington dysfunction biggest threat to US

Germany seeks domestic Internet to counter spying

Saturday 26th October 2013 at 06:45 By

‘Germany’s major telecoms provider Deutsche Telekom has urged German communications companies to join forces and protect local internet traffic from foreign intelligence services.

The initiative, which has been introduced on the back of revelations that the US has been tapping Chancellor Angela Merkel’s mobile phone, seeks to have all German Internet traffic handled by local companies, with Deutsche Telekom serving as a custodian.

German communications companies are now negotiating connection agreements with three operators to enable national routing. Telefonica Germany and Vodafone have both confirmed conducting early discussions about the project.’

Read more: Germany seeks domestic Internet to counter spying

NSA chief: Journalists must be stopped

Saturday 26th October 2013 at 06:43 By

‘Gen. Keith Alexander, the head of the embattled National Security Agency, is calling on governments to stop journalists from public disclosure of his agency’s secret documents.

“I think it’s wrong that that newspaper reporters have all these documents, the 50,000-whatever they have and are selling them and giving them out as if these-you know it just doesn’t make sense,” Alexander said in an interview with the Defense Department’s “Armed With Science” blog.

“We ought to come up with a way of stopping it. I don’t know how to do that. That’s more of the courts and the policymakers but, from my perspective, it’s wrong to allow this to go on,” the NSA director added.’

Read more: NSA chief: Journalists must be stopped