10:06 [The Electronic Intifada] (E)
Perhaps the most frank description of Mossad is that it is “a crime syndicate with a license.” The comment was made by Tamir Pardo, who headed Israel’s infamous spy agency between 2011 and 2016. Far from repenting for running a crime syndicate, Pardo has capitalized on it. Possessing a virtually unique resume – only the select few get to lead Mossad – he has nabbed top-level posts in Israel’s private sector over the past few years. The European Union is now rewarding his crimes. XM Cyber – a firm which Pardo founded – is part of an EU-financed project which will kick off in September. Named Impetus, the $10.5 million project will address the ethics of using surveillance technology in cities.
10:41 [Global Research] (E)
Imagine, you are living in a world that you are told is a democracy – and you may even believe it – but in fact your life and fate is in the hands of a few ultra-rich, ultra-powerful and ultra-inhuman oligarchs. They may be called Deep State, or simply the Beast, or anything else obscure or untraceable – it doesn’t matter. They are less than the 0.0001%. For lack of a better expression, let’s call them for now “obscure individuals".
10:55 [Mint Press News] (E)
The move will doubtless signal the end of the MTCR, a longstanding international agreement with 34 signatories designed to stop the spread of nuclear missiles and other weapons of mass destruction. Most of the developed world, including Russia, has signed up to its principles. However, the Trump administration’s abrupt shift is another example of the policy of escalating the likelihood of international conflicts.
23:11 [Stalker Zone] (E)
The Federal Reserve’s printing press is working at full capacity: the regulator is fighting against the economic crisis by flooding the markets with cash. For the first quarter alone the monetary issue exceeded $2 trillion. The result – a $26 trillion national debt and the risk of the devaluation of the dollar. China, the second largest foreign lender to the United States, decided not to wait for the devaluation and is actively selling off American debt securities. In the conditions of the coronavirus pandemic the Federal Reserve System took unprecedented measures: it practically nullified the key interest rate and launched a program of unlimited purchases of government bonds and mortgage-backed securities. In the first quarter over $2 trillion poured into the national economy. They had been just printed.
9:00 [Asia Times] (E)
In sharp contrast, whenever China entered the picture, successful completion prevailed. Beijing financed a gas pipeline from Turkmenistan to Xinjiang, finished in 2009, and will profit from two spectacular Power of Siberia deals with Russia. And then there’s Ukraine. Maidan was a project of the Barack Obama administration, featuring a sterling cast led by POTUS, Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, John McCain and last but not least, prime Kiev cookie distributor Victoria “F**k the EU” Nuland. Ukraine was also supposed to prevent Russia from deepening energy ties with Germany, as well as other European destinations.
16:35 [CCTV.com] (E)
China`s commerce ministry said on Thursday that the status of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) as a separate customs territory has a legal basis in World Trade Organization (WTO) agreements, rather than it being granted by any specific WTO member alone. Gao Feng, a spokesperson with the Ministry of Commerce, made the remarks at a press conference while commenting on threats made by the United States to revoke the HKSAR`s special customs status.