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Russia Ready To Seize Control Of The World’s Largest Oil Reserves

The Venezuelan government is readying to hand over control over state oil company PDVSA to Russia’s Rosneft, a local newspaper has reported, citing sources from the industry. Russian TASS reports, quoting El Nacional, that the radical move is being discussed as a way of erasing Caracas’ debt to Moscow. The debt is sizeable: at the end of June this year, money owed to Rosneft alone stood at $1.1 billion. That’s down from $1.8 billion at end-March. Two years ago, Caracas and Moscow sealed a deal for the restructuring of another $3.15 billion debt to Russia over 10 years with minimum…

Video: Typhoon Sweeps Away Bags of Radioactive Fukushima Waste, Several Open In River

Tons of nuclear-contaminated debris were dumped into Japan’s Furumichi River when devastating Typhoon Hagibis washed away numerous bags of poorly-secured Fukushima waste – but the Environment Ministry won’t say how many. An unknown number of bags, each holding up to one ton of contaminated soil and vegetation from the Fukushima site, were swept away from a storage site in Tamura when the river flooded under heavy rains caused by the typhoon over the weekend.

‘Very High Consequences’: Nuclear Safety Spotlighted as Typhoon Sweeps Fukushima Waste Into Pacific

The powerful Typhoon Hagibis crashed its way through eastern Honshu in recent days, unleashing a tropical fury not seen in decades. The center of the storm passed near Fukushima Daiichi, where an earthquake and tsunami in March 2011 caused a catastrophic nuclear meltdown at several reactors, prompting mass evacuations around the site. The storm caused extensive flooding as hundreds of rivers burst their banks, causing the death toll on Wednesday to rise to 74. The Tamura city government told the Japanese daily paper Asahi Shimbun that 2,667 bags of yard debris collected around the Fukushima site – mostly sticks, grass…

Russia Announces Massive Nuclear War Games In Arctic This Week

We’ve been documenting how there is a new cold war flourishing across the Arctic. The US, Russia, China, and Europen countries are all attempting to militarize parts of the Arctic region. The first country to dominate the frozen frontier will become the world’s next superpower and possibly control $35 trillion worth of natural resources hiding underneath the ocean floor.  In preparation for a fierce fight in the Arctic, possibly in the late 2020s/early 2030s, Russia has launched massive nuclear war games across its Arctic Seas this week, reported The Moscow Times. The Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation said 12,000…

Londoners Consume 23Kg Pure Cocaine Daily, More Than in Multiple European Cities Combined

London’s cocaine market is now worth an estimated £1 billion ($1.27 billion) a year, according to Sky News, citing a study. New inquiries have revealed that Londoners are consuming an average of 23kg of the Class A narcotic daily, the British media outlet reported. Every day, about 500,000 doses of cocaine are consumed in London, with an estimated value of £2.75 million ($3.47 million), a study has found, as quoted by Sky News. This number is greater than in Europe’s three biggest drug-consuming cities combined, as in Barcelona it is 12.74 kg daily, in Amsterdam it’s 4.62 kg, and in Berlin it’s…

Conflicting Reports Emerge as US Special Forces Reportedly Come Under Fire Amid Turkish Shelling

US Special Forces have reportedly come under fire amid Turkey’s ongoing shelling against Kurdish positions in northeastern Syria, Newsweek reported on Friday. Citing a senior Pentagon official and an Iraqi Kurdish intelligence official, Newsweek reported that the attack on US service members unfolded as they were conducting operations on Mashtenour hill, in the Kurdish-majority city of Kobani.  ​The outlet reports that the incident came just as US Defense Secretary Mark Esper assured media during a news conference that US forces had been relocated, and that Turkish forces know US positions “down to the grid.” However, Reuters, citing a US official,…

National Geographic Admits Billions Of People Will “Face Shortages Of Food And Clean Water” Over The Next 30 Years

A lot of people out there don’t like when I write these kinds of articles, because they directly contradict the false narrative that humanity has an extremely bright future ahead.  Sadly, the truth is that our planet and everything that lives on it is rapidly deteriorating.  And I am not talking about the false environmentalism being pushed by the mainstream media, Greta Thunberg and countless well-funded NGOs.  What I am talking about is the stuff that is happening right in our face.  We are systematically poisoning our planet, thousands upon thousands of species are going extinct, and we are literally…

Iranian oil tanker hit by two blasts in Red Sea

Two separate explosions, possibly caused by missile attacks, in an Iranian oil tanker operated by the National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC) have hit the vessel near the Saudi port city of Jeddah. The incident took place some 60 miles from Jeddah early Friday, according to informed sources. The explosions have reportedly hit the vessel’s hull, causing heavy damages to the vessel’s two main tanks, which has resulted in an oil spill in the Red Sea. The spill is currently stopped, according to officials. Technical experts are currently investigating the cause of the explosion. They believe it was a “terrorist attack”, unnamed sourced told the Iranian…

Video: Coming to America-Mexican mayor kidnapped, tied to a truck and dragged around the town by angry dwellers

Jorge Luis Escandon Hernandez, the #mayor of #LasMargaritas, #Mexico, failed to fulfill his election promises about repairing the roads, so some residents decided to take drastic action. CCTV cameras captured them kidnapping Hernandez in broad daylight and then dragging him from the back of the truck around the town. Fortunately, the mayor escaped incident without serious injury. Eleven people were arrested that day, and 10 were injured in the fracas.

‘We went to war under false, now disproven premise’: Trump calls US wars in ME ‘worst decision’ ever

President Donald Trump has denounced America’s decades of war in the Middle East – Iraq in particular – as one big mistake based on a ruse, saying openly once again that Saddam had no WMDS at the time of the invasion. Trump once again took to Twitter to revive the anti-war rhetoric of his 2016 election campaign, in another attempt to defend his recent decision to withdraw troops from northeastern Syria. The move sparked an uproar among Trump’s critics, who have accused him of betraying the US-backed Kurdish militia in the area which is now about to face a Turkish…

Turkey Launches Land Offensive in Northeastern Syria – Defence Ministry

Turkey has kicked off its military operation against PKK/YPG and Daesh in Syria’s north, dubbed ‘Operation Peace Spring’. According to Ankara’s defence ministry, its ground forces have crossed the border into northern Syria. Following aerial and artillery attacks on military positions of the Kurdish militia, Turkish forces launched another stage of the Peace Spring operation by advancing into the northern territory of the war-torn country. According to the press service of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), at least three Kurdish militia fighters and five civilians have been killed, with dozens injured in Turkish shelling of border areas inside Syria…

2 Dead, Several Injured In German Synagogue Shooting; One Suspect Still At Large

The latest synagogue shooting in the West unfolded Wednesday morning – coinciding with the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, what is supposed to be a day of rest, fasting and prayer – in the East German city of Halle. Police told RT that one individual has been arrested in connection with the shooting, which left two people dead and an unknown number of others injured. While most synagogue shootings in the US have been blamed on far-right-wing ideologies, some local media outlets reported that the attackers were fundamentalist Muslims. Still others reported that the shooters were right-wing anti-semites. The attack…

Erdogan Announces Start of Military Operation in Syria

Earlier on Wednesday, Turkish President Erdogan and Russian President Putin talked on the phone and agreed on the importance of ensuring the unity and territorial integrity of Syria and respect for its sovereignty. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced the start of Operation Peace Spring in northeastern Syria. Mr Erdogan added that the operation is aimed against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party and Daesh* and is meant to protect Syria’s territorial integrity. Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu took to Twitter to explain the reason for Operation Peace Spring in Syria. Syria Reacts to Start of Turkish Military Operation Syria’s state…

Some targeted sanctions! Adobe cancels all subscriptions in Venezuela, no refunds will be allowed

Washington likes to claim that the sanctions it imposes against foreign nations are tailored to harm the rulers and spare the common folk. Well, here is Adobe banning all of its Venezuelan customers. California based software giant Adobe Inc. is best known for its array of designer tools like Photoshop and Illustrator. Lately, the company has been switching to a subscription-based business model, which means clients pay regular fees to keep using its products rather than make a one-time purchase and own them. Later this month, all subscriptions in Venezuela will be canceled without refund, Adobe informed its clients in…

“World Take Note!” – Genocide Of Christians In Nigeria Escalates

“It’s tough to tell Nigerian Christians this isn’t a religious conflict since what they see are Fulani fighters clad entirely in black, chanting ‘Allahu Akbar!’ and screaming ‘Death to Christians.'” — Sister Monica Chikwe, reported by John. L. Allen Jr., Crux, August 4, 2019. “Hundreds of indigenous Numan Christians in Adamawa state were attacked and killed by jihadist Fulani herdsmen. When they tried to defend themselves the Buhari govt. sent in the Airforce to bomb hundreds of them and protect the Fulani aggressors. Is this fair?!” — Femi Fani-Kayode, former Minister of Aviation, Daily Post (Nigeria), December 6, 2017. Such…

US Has Not Informed Russia On Syria Troop Withdrawal, Russia Not Sure It’s Happening – Kremlin

Earlier on Tuesday, the Turkish Defence Ministry said that all preparations for a military operation in Syria had been completed. Ankara says the establishment of a safe zone is necessary to ensure the peace and stability of the region. The US has not informed Russia about its plans to withdraw troops from Syria, and Moscow is not sure it is happening, Russia’s presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.  “No, no one has informed us. You and us don’t know yet what troops are being withdrawn from there, to what extent and are they withdrawn at all. You know, there have been…

Sweden: One in Four Women are Afraid to Leave Their Homes

According to a new survey, almost a quarter of Swedish women are afraid to leave their homes over fears they will be attacked or sexually assaulted. “15.3 percent of people aged 16 or older stated that they did not want to go out in the evening out of concern about being assaulted or threatened. Among women, the proportion was almost 25 percent,” reports Statistics Sweden. As we reported back in August, sales of pepper spray in some areas of Sweden have surged as much as 90 per cent amidst concerns over the country’s rape problem. After a string of four…

Turkey ‘launches airstrike’ against Kurds on Syria-Iraq border – reports

Videos circulating on social media appear to show Turkish forces targeting Kurdish troops near Syria’s border with Iraq with airstrikes, just hours after the US announced it would be pulling out of the region. Turkish forces launched airstrikes against Kurdish and Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) positions in al-Hasakah province in northeastern Syria, according to SANA news agency, which initially reported there were no casualties from the attacks. Turkish planes reportedly attacked SDF headquarters in Hasakah province, according to Saudi broadcaster al-Ikhbariya. Other reports suggest Turkey targeted the Kurdish YPG militia, which Ankara views as a terrorist group and which is part…

Hong Kong Government Considering Internet Ban to Stop Protests

The Hong Kong government is considering an Internet ban as the latest tactic to stop protests and riots that have been ongoing since June. As violence continues to escalate, a ban on face masks that was put into effect before the weekend failed to keep thousands of demonstrators off the streets who defied the new law. Now authorities are refusing to rule out blocking the Internet in an effort to stop protesters organizing. “Currently, the government is considering all possible legal options to halt the violence, which couldn’t rule out an ‘internet ban’ in the future,” Ip Kwok-him, a member…

🚨 As Hong Kong ATMs Run Out Of Cash, Central Bank Steps In To Prevent “Panic Among The Public”

As the violence in Hong Kong escalates with every passing week, culminating on Friday with what was effectively the passage of martial law when the local government banned the wearing of masks at public assemblies, a colonial-era law that is meant to give the authorities a green light to finally crack down on protesters at will, one aspect of Hong Kong life seemed to be surprisingly stable: no, not the local economy, as HK retail sales just suffered their biggest drop on record as the continuing violent protests halt most if not all commerce: We are talking about the local…

🚨 People In Iran Rioting And Attacking Government Buildings After Claims Gov’t Used Contaminated Needles And Gave People AIDS

Enraged people in a village in southwest Iran stormed the Friday Prayer Imam’s office, set it on fire, and attacked the Governor’s building. At least 300 people, including children, are believed to have been infected with HIV in the province by a medical assistant using a contaminated syringe, furious people say. Based on the latest reports, protesters burned the health network facilities on Saturday, October 5. Local health clinics are run by the country’s health ministry. People in the village of Chenar Mahmoud in the town of Lordegan, Chahar Mahal & Bakhtiari, maintain that their loved ones contracted HIV from…

Scientists Reveal Safest Countries to Ride Out Apocalypse

If you have ever worried about where you, your friends, and your family can hide if the events shown in 28 Days Later or other apocalyptic movies were to happen in real life, then fret no longer – the answer has been found. Researchers from the University of Otago have named the best countries where people can hide, should a global pandemic break out. Their choices fell on island nations, with the scientists pointing out that it would be hard for disease carriers to reach them. This doesn’t mean, however, that any island is suitable for repopulating the earth. The…

Netanyahu to Knesset: Israel Needs ‘Many Billions Immediately’ to Fight Iranian Threat

Netanyahu called Iran an “enormous security challenge” and accused the country of attacking US aircraft and Saudi oil facilities. Iran denies any wrongdoing. Fears of a large-scale military confrontation in the Middle East have grown recently amid ever-increasing tensions between the US and its Gulf allies on one side, and Iran on the other. Israel must inject billions of shekels into its defence budget to fight a growing threat from Iran, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the newly sworn-in Knesset as he upped the ante in his struggle for a unity government and the future of his prime ministership. Speaking…

Former Interior Minister Matteo Salvini Criticizes Italy’s New Mass Migration Policies

The Gatestone Institute reported that Italy’s new government plan to reverse former Interior Minister Matteo Salvini’s tough approach on illegal immigration has appeared to create a new wave of mass migration from northern Africa. Once the new government came into office on September 5, more than 1,400 migrants arrived on Italian shores according to data from the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The number of migrants arriving in Italy has gradually increased during the last few weeks. 59 migrants arrived on September 6, 67 arrived on September 9, 121 arrived on September 14, 259 arrived on September 15, 275 arrived…

JPMorgan Banker Beaten In Hong Kong As Protests Rage

A JPMorgan private banker was assaulted in front of the company’s main Hong Kong offices on Friday as violence escalated throughout the city, according to SCMP.  The unidentified employee was surrounded by reporters and protesters shouting “Go back to the mainland!” To which the banker, speaking in Mandarin, responded “We are all chinese!” A protester then punched him n the face, knocking his eyeglasses off. There is little more in the way of context according to the report.  “Some of you will be aware of an incident today that occurred outside of our Chater House office involving an employee,” reads a…

Freezing to death: Unheated homes killed over 16,000 people across UK last winter, govt watchdog finds

Staggering energy prices are taking a toll on those unable to pay their bills, a UK regulator has admitted, confirming that thousands of people may have died because of fuel poverty and lack of heating during winter. The most vulnerable households spend more on their energy bills than wealthier ones, and “can therefore be at greater risk of fuel poverty,” according to a comprehensive new study by the Office of Gas and Energy Markets (Ofgem) on Thursday. Fuel poverty, a common UK term for customers who cannot afford to keep adequately warm at an affordable cost, “increases the risk that…

Bin Salman: ‘Help us take control of Middle East so that we can normalize with Israel’

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman has vowed to recognise and normalise trade with Israel if the United States helps him “defeat Iran and take control of the Middle East.” These statements, which were revealed by a documentary presented by PBS network, on Saturday, in the TV programme Frontline, were made by Bin Salman in a meeting with US President Donald Trump during his famous visit to Riyadh in May 2017. Martin Smith, the presenter of the documentary, entitled The Crown Prince, said that Mohammad bin Salman wanted Trump to ensure “the United States’ assistance in defeating Iran while supporting…

UN report gives Israel free hand to smear BDS movement

A new report by a United Nations expert gives Israel and its lobby carte blanche to smear the movement for Palestinian rights as anti-Semitic. Ahmed Shaheed, the UN special rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, issued the report ostensibly focused on anti-Semitism in late September. It adopts a controversial definition of anti-Semitism which is being promoted by Israel and its lobby groups. Human rights defenders have long warned that the so-called IHRA definition conflates criticism of Israel and its state ideology Zionism, on the one hand, with anti-Jewish bigotry, on the other. Shaheed’s report acknowledges that critics of the…

Fukushima: Storage tanks are full, radioactive waste to be dumped straight into the ocean

Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant was commissioned back in 1971 and was one of the world’s largest power stations until double natural disasters in March 2011 caused the second worst nuclear accident in history. The plant’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco), has tried everything to contain the resulting buildup of contaminated groundwater, but recent reports indicate that they have effectively lost the war. The go-to solution has been to store 1 million tons of the toxic water in 1,000 tanks at the site, but the company has now warned that it will have run out of tank storage by…

Hamas jails women for unpaid debts

This year, Nawal Ahmad could not spend the holiday at the end of Ramadan with her five children. Ahmad, 42, spent two months in prison in northern Gaza after failing to pay debts incurred for her husband’s pain medicine – he suffers from a slipped disc – to a local pharmacy in the al-Salateen neighborhood of Beit Lahiya where she lives with her family. The debts amounted to around $420. And having failed to secure the necessary drugs through the health ministry, Ahmad was relying on charities to cover the costs. Some of these charities had covered her husband’s medical…

Think the US is Corrupt? 6 Countries Who Say, “Hold My Beer”

You know the cliché “power corrupts,” but what does corruption look like? Wherever people have a little bit of power over other people, at least some will misuse it. Most people are not evil or cruel, but if they think they’ll get away with it, they’ll game the system to get rich. Each year, at least 5 percent of the global gross domestic product (GDP) is wasted by corruption. Corruption makes everything cost more. You might be forced to pay bribes for a permit to build your house, pay police to use roads or bridges, pay kidnappers to avoid violence,…

Jeffrey Epstein’s Alleged Pedo Scout Flees To Brazil

A French model scout alleged to have provided Jeffrey Epstein with minor victims has fled to Brazil as the first official investigation into one of the pedophile’s closest associates is underway, according to the Daily Mail.  Officials in Paris are investigating model scout Jean-Luc Brunel on charges of rape and sexual assault for crimes that he allegedly committed on French soil, as well as one he may have committed in other countries involving French citizens. Police began their probe shortly after receiving a letter from a former Dutch model, Thysia Huisman, who said that Brunel spiked her drink and then raped her in…

Venezuela Wants To Use Bitcoins For Oil Transactions

According to Bloomberg, the Central Bank of Venezuela is examining whether it can receive and transfer cryptocurrencies.  The bank’s investigation follows the news of state-run Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PSDV), which has been running tests to eventually transfer Bitcoin and Etherum to the central bank and have it pay its suppliers with digital currency, according to four people with direct knowledge. Sources said the central bank has been studying plans that would allow cryptocurrencies to be recorded as international reserves, now near-record-low levels.  Dwindling reserves come as US sanctions tighten the financial noose around President Nicolas Maduro.  Economic sanctions have…

China Is Deliberately Using Fentanyl to Destroy the US, Says Dissident Chinese Businessman

China is the United States’ largest source of fentanyl. Exiled Chinese businessman Guo Wengui revealed on his YouTube channel that fentanyl is actually the Chinese Communist regime’s “toxic weapon” in its covert warfare with the United States. The regime is fighting this war knowingly and willfully, and its intention is to use fentanyl to weaken, mangle, and ruin the United States. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine. According to public data, in the 12-month period ending December 2018, synthetic opioid overdose deaths in the United States, mostly from fentanyl, increased to over 31,000…

Venezuela’s Maduro Records Video Address From Moscow’s Red Square

The Venezuelan leader said in his video that Moscow and Caracas had ratified a cooperation roadmap which would ensure Venezuela’s prosperity. Maduro met with Russian President Vladimir Putin while the former’s foreign minister, Jorge Arreaza, speaking at the UN General Assembly in New York, lashed out at imperialism. Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro recorded a video address as he wandered across Moscow’s Red Square, following a meeting with Putin. “It’s Red Square, the temperature is +3C, the time is 22:15, in Venezuela it’s 15:15. Sending my regards to the people of Venezuela and our friends in Latin America and the world,”…

Reuters Seems Frustrated US Not Striking Iran for Aramco Attacks

Some in the mainstream western media are lamenting why US President Donald Trump is dragging its feet to march off to another open-ended military conflict in the Middle East, after days of reckless efforts to implicate Iran in the September 14 Yemeni attacks into Saudi oil installations. The MSM outlets are repeating that Iran was behind the attack, despite the fact Iranian complacency with the Yemeni strike has not yet been publicly demonstrated. They are following in the footsteps of US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, who has put American credibility on the line by accusing Iran of perpetrating an…

NZ Introduces bill for Mandatory Gun Registry, Claims No Right to Arms

In New Zealand, the far-left government has decided a national gun registry is necessary. They have been unsuccessful in confiscating (with payment) most of the previously legally owned semi-automatic rifles in the country.  There has been massive civil disobedience among New Zealand gun owners. The party line of the leftist government is there is no right to own guns in New Zealand. They cannot be entirely sure of that, because part of the new gun control scheme is to place into law the premise that there is no legal right to arms for New Zealanders. From npr.org: New Zealand’s government…

Saudi prince: Erdogan being paid to talk about Khashoggi

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is being paid to discuss Saudi’s alleged involvement in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Prince Abdulrahman Bin Musa’id Bin Abdulaziz once again claimed yesterday. Writing on Twitter, the prince said: “Nothing new, Erdogan continues his nonsense”, before republishing a claim he made in February: “In the last 10 days of every month, Erdogan speaks about Khashoggi’s issue, repeating the same old/new claims about Saudi Arabia. He knows this did not make sense in the past, but he may be do this at the time of the due payment!” This came after Erdogan met with…

UK Bans Photos Of Knives To ‘Help Reduce Fear Of Knives’ Amid Knife-Crime Epidemic

Instead of addressing actual knife crime which has gripped the UK, authorities opted instead to ban photos of knives turned in during amnesties in case they scare the public. Yes, really. “We have made the decision to stop publicising images of seized knives to help reduce the fear of knives and knife carrying in our local communities,” a Thames Valley police spokesman said earlier this week. The new policy has been branded as “pathetic” by most Brits due to its obvious ineffectiveness of stopping knife crime. From The Sun: But it has sparked an outcry on social media from the…

12 Tons Of Cocaine Worth $575 Million Seized In Malaysia’s Largest Drug Bust

Royal Malaysia Police have seized 12 tons of cocaine worth about $575 million in the most massive drug bust ever in the country, reported Malay Mail.  The cocaine, found at the North Butterworth Container Terminal (NBCT) earlier this month, was divided in three 40ft shipping containers, which had 60 sacks of charcoal blended with the drug, a new technique used by drug smugglers to evade drug-sniffing dogs and or electronic sniffers. Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador said in a press conference on Sept 20 that government forces conducting Op Eagle, a drug busting operation at the country,…

Israel’s Mossad chief prepares to become Netanyahu’s successor

Chief of Israeli Mossad, Yossi Cohen, is preparing to succeed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as the head of the Likud party, Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper reported on Friday. In the past, Netanyahu has hinted to Cohen as a possible replacement for him, among other figures of Likud. According to the Hebrew Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth, Al-Quds Al-Arabi stated that Cohen had examined the seriousness of Netanyahu’s intention years ago. After the countdown had commenced for Netanyahu, Cohen mentioned that he had started to receive calls asking whether he intended to accept a position as successor. Cohen explained “yes, I am…

The Price of ‘Freedom’? US Drone Massacres Dozens of Afghan Farmers as They Slept

Imagine for a moment that you had just finished a long day’s work with two hundred other farmers. You were settling down to relax for the night, when out of nowhere, hell fire missiles rain down from drones in the sky and blow up dozens of your coworkers, maiming and tearing limbs from dozens more. Imagine if this happened inside the United States. Imagine the reaction from politicians and the US war machine looking to right this wrong. Would you, as an American citizen sit idly back and accept the excuse given by the country who carried out that attack?…

REPORT: Iranians selling body parts to survive — Tehran alley known as ‘Kidney Street’

A report released Thursday by an Iranian opposition group exposes the burgeoning human organ trade operating in the Islamic Republic of Iran, where desperate sellers regularly post public ads for everything from kidneys to livers, lungs, bone marrow, corneas, blood plasma and other body parts. The Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, an opposition group operating out of Albania, issued the report “Selling body parts: a tragedy in Iran” to highlight how the country’s high cost of living and widespread poverty is leading many to take drastic measures to survive. “In Tehran, Farhang Hosseini Alley…

The dangerous, exploitative, and dirty business of “healing” crystals

Not only is the purported “healing” power of crystals total bullshit, but most of these “magical” talismans come from mines rife with exploitation, danger, environmental ruin, and shady business practices. Good vibes, eh? Tess McClure investigates for The Guardian: Madagascar is one of the poorest countries in the world, but beneath its soil is a well-stocked treasure chest. Rose quartz and amethyst, tourmaline and citrine, labradorite and carnelian: Madagascar has them all. Gems and precious metals were the country’s fastest-growing export in 2017 – up 170% from 2016, to $109m. This island country of 25 million people now stands alongside…

Netanyahu lost Israeli vote, but Palestinians were bound to lose whoever won

Vladimir Lenin is said to have opined that the only thing certain about British elections is who is going to lose. He meant the British working class, at a time when they were effectively unrepresented in the political system. Equally, whatever the outcome of the Israeli elections, the Palestinians will be the big losers. According to preliminary results, Netanyahu has lost his majority of course – having failing to reach the magic number of 61 seats in the Knesset. But his opponents – the Palestinians living under siege in Gaza, under occupation in the West Bank, or under annexation in…