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‘Thousands of demonstrators formed a human chain around the American embassy in the South Korean capital, Seoul, to register their disapproval of the US-built THAAD missile defense system in their country.

According to organizers, 3,000 people attended a march through the center of Seoul, holding signs that read ‘Koreans hate THAAD’ and ‘Yes to peace talks,’ as well as banners directed at US President Donald Trump.

“The deployment of THAAD, which is unnecessary for the defense of the Korean Peninsula, should be pulled back,” said one of the speakers at the rally, quoted by local news outlet Yonhap. “The South Korea-US summit to come next week should be a venue where the review of the THAAD deployment should be assured.”‘

Read more: ‘THAAD out, Peace in’: South Koreans protest US missile deployment ahead of Trump talks

‘A US district court has ordered Swiss agrochemical company, Syngenta, to pay out US$217.7 million to Kansas farmers who say the company commercialized a genetically modified corn product before being approved by China, a major corn importer.

Friday’s ruling by a US district court in Kansas arose from farmers claiming that the Swiss agro giant caused them catastrophic damage when Chinese authorities began refusing shipments of corn shipments in 2013, after detecting a chemical that had not yet been approved by the Chinese government, according to court documents.

The farmers’ case was the first to go to trial, but thousands of corn producers and traders are now also seeking compensation for lost revenue from the Swiss company.

Lawyers for the corn producing farmers released a statement saying the court’s decision is “only the beginning.” They claim that damages for farmers nationally totaled $5.77 billion, according to court documents.’

Read more: Swiss company ordered to pay billions in reparations to Kansas farmers over GMO corn

‘The High Court in London ruled on Thursday that the Conservative government acted unlawfully in trying to prevent local councils in the United Kingdom from divesting from firms involved in Israel’s military occupation.

The successful legal challenge for the right to boycott was brought by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign in March, and was supported by War on Want, the Campaign Against the Arms Trade and the Quakers.

”We couldn’t be happier that this right has been upheld by the court,” said PSC Director Ben Jamal.

Recent UK polling showed that two in five people consider BDS – boycott, divestment and sanctions – a reasonable Palestinian response to Israel’s crimes.

“Today is a victory for Palestine, for local democracy and for the rule of law,” PSC Chair Hugh Lanning said. “Absolutely everyone has a right to peacefully protest Israel’s violation of Palestinian human rights.”’

Read more: Israel boycott restrictions thrown out by UK’s High Court

‘Hundreds of Croatian taxi drivers on Wednesday blocked one of the capital’s main boulevards with their cars to protest against Uber services in the country.

They demanded that the US-based ride-hailing company’s app be banned, claiming it has been operating illegally in the country for two years.

The Croatian government on Wednesday discussed the protesters’ demands and Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said “we have concluded that transportation via Uber is against the current regulations in the Republic of Croatia.”

Plenkovic said authorities already have carried out 170 inspections, handed down fines worth 5.2 million Croatian kunas (700,000 euros; $779,000) and confiscated 11 cars over the issue. He urged the taxi protesters to stop their action until a solution is worked out.’

Read more: Taxi drivers protest against Uber in Croatia

‘An EU Parliament committee has proposed implementing end-to-end encryption for all digital communications and banning so-called “backdoors” which allow law enforcement guaranteed access to private data.

The proposals were put forward by the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs earlier this month.

Under the proposals, providers of “electronic communications services” would have to ensure there is protection “against unauthorized access or alterations” to sent messages.

It also states that such providers must ensure the “confidentiality and safety of the transmission are also guaranteed by the nature of the means of transmission used or by state-of-the-art end-to-end encryption of the electronic communications data.”

The document goes on to state that backdoors should not exist, and that “when encryption of electronic communications data is used, decryption, reverse engineering or monitoring of such communications shall be prohibited.”’

Read more: EU Parliament committee wants massive end-to-end encryption, no more snooping ‘backdoors’

‘A number of intercity railways in Germany have been hit by simultaneous arson attacks, according to police. Investigators suspect involvement of far-left groups trying to disrupt the upcoming G20 summit.

Cable duct fires ducts of rail signaling equipment affected intercity railways in several Germany’s federal states, including Berlin, Lower Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia, and Saxony, federal police said in a statement.

“According to the first evaluations, it might be a deliberate arson attack. The investigations into this [incident] and motives behind it are ongoing, a politically motivated crime cannot be ruled out,” the statement reads.

In all, 12 cases of arson have been reported. Railway connections in several locations – the eastern cities of Leipzig and Dresden, western cities of Cologne and Dortmund, as well as long range intercity lines between Berlin and Prague – has been disrupted, rail operator Deutsche Bahn said in a statement.’

Read more: Arson attacks disrupt German railways, police suspect anti-G20 activists

‘Protests continue against police brutality in the United States, two days after a white police officer was acquitted of killing an African-American man in Saint Paul, Minnesota, last year.

Hundreds of people gathered in New York City on Saturday to demand justice for Philando Castile who was killed by Officer Jeronimo Yanez inside his car as he tried to reach for his driver’s license during a traffic stop near St. Paul in July 2016.

The protest rally started in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan and continued to Trump Tower. The protesters condemned police brutality against African-Americans and other minorities and chanted “Black Lives Matter.”’

Read more: Protests against police brutality continue in US

‘Scores of protesters have taken to the streets of London to mark the International Quds Day in solidarity with the Palestinian people.

The demonstration was held on the last Sunday of the holy month of Ramadan and saw people marching down Regent Street before gathering at the junction with Oxford Street.

The protesters chanted “Free Palestine” and carried signs that read “Boycott Israel”, “Freedom for Palestine” and “Zionism = racism.”

Calls for boycotting Israel remained the main theme of the protest, a trend that has been promoted by pro-Palestinian activists for years as part of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, or BDS.

The demonstrators also held banners that condemned Israel’s “criminal siege and occupation” of Palestinian lands and stated that “Judaism rejects the Zionist state.”’

Read more: Thousands of UK protesters mark Quds Day in London

‘”You sound like a conspiracy theorist.”

RESPONSE: “Conspiracy Theorist?” Now tell me the truth, where did you hear that term…on TV? (Laugh) … The label of “Conspiracy Theorist” is tactic used to discredit those of us who can see through the government/media-bullshit that you, evidently, cannot. Let me get this straight. Are you saying that men in high positions of power are not capable of criminal activity and telling lies to the general public to cover that up? Are you really that naive?”‘

Read more: How to Respond to an Anti-‘Conspiracy Theorist’


The War On Conspiracy Theories –  David Icke

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