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Iraq sentences three French citizens to death for joining Isis

Iraq sentences three French citizens to death for joining Isis

A court in Iraq has sentenced three men to death after finding them guilty of joining Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS), officials confirmed on Sunday. A court official, who spoke to the press on condition of anonymity, said the trio were sentenced "after it was proven that they were members of the terrorist Islamic State organization." The men have 30 days to appeal their conviction.

SOTT FOCUS: Objective:Health #16 - 2 Billion Rea$ons to Avoid Glyphosate

SOTT FOCUS: Objective:Health #16 - 2 Billion Rea$ons to Avoid Glyphosate

The controversial herbicide glyphosate has been dominating the news cycle lately, but much of the news actually seems to be promising, for a change. Glyphosate is one of the most evil chemicals ever created by mankind, linked to cancers of the bone, colon, kidney, liver, melanoma, pancreas and thyroid, as well as interfering with the gut microbiome, having a detrimental effect on the liver and has even been implicated in autism. The big news is that there have recently been some successful lawsuits against glyphosate's creators, Monsanto (Bayer) for causing Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, a type of cancer of the lymphatic system. As a result, Bayer's stock is at a 7 year low, their CEO's head is on the chopping block and the company has been forced to sell off some divisions and has been conducting lay-offs. Could this be the end of the seemingly unstoppable Monsanto? Are we reaching a tipping point, possibly leading to an outright ban on this terrible creation? Join us on this episode of...

Trump turns AG Barr loose to request any information from intelligence agencies necessary regarding Russiagate probe: "I've declassified everything"

Trump turns AG Barr loose to request any information from intelligence agencies necessary regarding Russiagate probe: "I've declassified everything"

US President Donald Trump has allowed his attorney general to declassify information about what prompted the Russiagate investigation - and ordered the heads of the intelligence agencies to cooperate with the reveal. Attorney General William Barr has been allowed to begin declassifying information related to the counterintelligence investigation into Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 election as he reviews the circumstances that led the FBI to open the probe. The order also directs the "intelligence community" to "quickly and fully cooperate," providing whatever materials Barr requests.

RT France reporter assaulted by policeman while filming Yellow Vests protest

RT France reporter assaulted by policeman while filming Yellow Vests protest

A correspondent with RT France has been beaten with a baton by a police officer in the French city of Toulouse where he was filming a Yellow Vests protest. He was wearing press identification. A video Federic Aigouy shared on Twitter shows a police officer wearing riot gear and holding a baton striking him at the moment when he was filming a protester's arrest. The correspondent had a label on his clothes that clearly identified him as a member of the press, RT France said.

The coming 5G surveillance grid

The coming 5G surveillance grid

The following is an excerpt from a video presentation that James will deliver to the Red Pill Expo in Hartford, CT. The Red Pill Expo runs from June 7-9, 2019 and more information can be found at RedPillExpo.org. As you may have heard by now, telecom companies are currently scrambling to implement fifth generation cellular network technology. Dubbed "5G," these networks will make use of millimetre-length electromagnetic waves, also dubbed Extremely High Frequency, or EHF radiation to transmit information faster than ever before. 5G networks promise to deliver data 100 times faster than the existing 4G networks, and reduce latency as much as 98%. The promise of 5G was promoted by Tom Wheeler, then-Chair of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), when he made a presentation on the US government's vision for the roll out of 5G in America in 2017. TOM WHEELER: Yes, 5G will connect the internet of everything. If something can be connected, it will be connected in the 5G world. But...

British climber dies on Mount Everest; death toll reaches 10

British climber dies on Mount Everest; death toll reaches 10

A British man has died on Mount Everest amid fears of overcrowding, as a record number of people attempt to climb the tallest mountain in the world. Robin Fisher, 44, made it to the summit Saturday morning, but collapsed after 150 meters on the trek down. His Sherpa attempted to wake him up to change his oxygen and give him water, but was unsuccessful. "Our guides tried to help but he died soon after," Murari Sharma of Everest Parivar Expedition told the BBC. The high level of traffic on the mountain can be seen in the photo above, which shows climbers waiting in an area 26,200 feet above sea level, called "the Death Zone." Nepal's tourism ministry has issued a record number of permits to 381 climbers this season, one reason for the overcrowding.

Craig Murray: The intersection of Douma, the Skripals and the OPCW

Craig Murray: The intersection of Douma, the Skripals and the OPCW

If you want to understand what is really happening in the world today, a mid-ranking official named Ian Henderson is vastly more important to you than Theresa May. You will not, however, find anything about Henderson in the vast majority of corporate and state media outlets. You may recall that, one month after the Skripal incident, there was allegedly a "chemical weapons attack" in the jihadist enclave of Douma, which led to air strikes against the Syrian government in support of the jihadist forces by US, British and French bombers and missiles. At the time, I argued that the Douma jihadist enclave was on the brink of falling (as indeed it proved) and there was no military advantage - and a massive international downside - for the Syrian Army in using chemical weapons. Such evidence for the attack that existed came from the jihadist allied and NATO funded White Helmets and related sources; and the veteran and extremely respected journalist Robert Fisk, first westerner to arrive...

BEST OF THE WEB: How you can be 100% certain that QAnon is bullshit

BEST OF THE WEB: How you can be 100% certain that QAnon is bullshit

President Trump has yet again advanced an evil longstanding agenda of America's depraved intelligence and defense agencies, so as usual the QAnon cult is out in force telling everyone not to worry because this is all part of the plan. Ever since WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was slammed by Trump's Justice Department with a mountain of espionage charges carrying a possible sentence of 175 years in prison, QAnon acolytes have been showing up in my social media mentions with screenshots of a new post from the mysterious 8chan anon assuring us all that Assange is actually being protected by Trump. The post reads in the typical QAnon cryptic word salad style that its adherents often annoyingly imitate when normal people try to engage them in an adult conversation: "Under protection. Threat is real. Key to DNC 'source' 'hack' '187'. Q" I find this subject very tedious, and my regular readers aren't generally the types to fall for this sort of toxic propaganda construct, but I'm...

Israels seeks the assistance of 'friendly' countries to assist with deadly wildfires

Israels seeks the assistance of 'friendly' countries to assist with deadly wildfires

Tel Aviv is considering seeking help from "friendly" neighbors as the country was hit by an extreme heatwave and subsequent wildfires that have already destroyed dozens of houses and displaced some 3,500 people. Raging fires forced evacuation of several small towns in central Israel on Thursday. The blazes affected wooded areas between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, with firefighter crews and airplane tankers trying to push back the flames. Some 22 people have been reportedly hospitalized for smoke inhalation. The fires have been triggered by unusually high temperatures that surged to 37.5 degrees Celsius (99.5 F) near Jerusalem and even 43.5 degrees Celsius (110.3 F) outside Tel Aviv, according to the Israel Meteorological Service.

Symbolic? 5.1 earthquake strikes Tokyo ahead of Trump's visit

Symbolic? 5.1 earthquake strikes Tokyo ahead of Trump's visit

President Trump's trip to Japan started with a bang - a magnitude-5.1 earthquake centered near the golf course where he and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe are scheduled to play golf Sunday. The temblor, which rattled Tokyo just hours before Trump's arrival, briefly halted nearby bullet trains but did not derail the leaders' plans for their first meeting of the four-day visit at the Mobara Country Club in Chiba. Trump spoke to Japanese business leaders at a reception hosted by US Ambassador William Hagerty shortly after his arrival late Saturday, where he teased them about trade. "I would say that Japan has had a substantial edge for many, many years, but that's OK," Trump said. "Maybe that's why you like us so much."

The meteoric rise and fall of failed CIA darling, Juan Guaido

The meteoric rise and fall of failed CIA darling, Juan Guaido

At first, Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido was characterized by the mainstream media as the eighth wonder of the world. But now, after his failed military revolt, it seems 'Coupbama' (as Guaido is known) is being treated more harshly by the press. In the immediate aftermath of the attempted military coup, the mainstream media launched into a defense of the maneuver, admonishing anti-war activists and intellectuals alike for correctly identifying it as a coup attempt. The Daily Beast declared that "John Bolton is right," it wasn't a coup; Al Día, a Philadelphia-based news outlet focused on the experience of Latinos in the U.S., called it a "civic-military rebellion;" and Bloomberg and the Miami Herald ran op-eds to similar effect. Guaido declared that the military coup was the "final phase" of "Operation Liberty" during a video recorded of him standing next to about a dozen armed soldiers. But after CNN's Fareed Zakaria pointed out to Guaido's ambassador to the U.S., Carlos...

Southwest Colorado highway closed as massive boulders crash onto roadway

Southwest Colorado highway closed as massive boulders crash onto roadway

The Colorado Department of Transportation says Highway 145 in Rico will be closed until further notice after large boulders came crashing down Friday night. The slide is between Cortez and Telluride. Crews say the debris left a trench about eight feet deep across both lanes making the road dangerous to drivers.

Amnesty International drops the humanitarian mask - abandons Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning as "not prisoners of conscience"

Amnesty International drops the humanitarian mask - abandons Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning as "not prisoners of conscience"

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, a multi-award-winning investigative journalist and publisher, is locked up in HM Prison Belmarsh in London in solitary confinement. US extradition proceedings have begun. If extradited, he will face charges under the Espionage Act for publishing information that exposed US war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan. The charges being prepared by the US Department of Justice carry the death penalty. Chelsea Manning, who courageously blew the whistle on US atrocities by giving information to WikiLeaks, endured seven years of torture in a military prison and was jailed again last week for refusing to testify against Assange. But according to Amnesty International (AI), neither Assange nor Manning are "prisoners of conscience" and their defence is not being actively pursued by the human rights charity.

Man wreaks havoc aboard Russian plane, brawls with passengers & dies

Man wreaks havoc aboard Russian plane, brawls with passengers & dies

A plane flying from Moscow to Crimea was forced to return after one of the passengers snapped, assaulting fellow travelers and crew. The rowdy passenger was injured in the rampage and died on the way to the hospital. The freak incident occurred on board of Red Wings flight WZ-307, shortly after it departed Moscow's Domodedovo airport for Simferopol on Thursday. One of the passengers apparently "went mad," as the eyewitnesses put it, and caused all sorts of trouble on board. The passenger, identified as a man in his early thirties, began to bad-mouth pilots and claim they had fallen asleep, incited panic on board, and shouted that everyone "will die." He then reportedly tried to strangle a woman and beat up another passenger with a cell phone.

Venezuela crisis: Maduro officials and Guaido's opposition to hold talks in Norway

Venezuela crisis: Maduro officials and Guaido's opposition to hold talks in Norway

Both Caracas and Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido have confirmed they sent their representatives to Oslo for talks scheduled to begin next week, a second such attempt at dialogue within two weeks. As the Venezuelan government and the opposition remain deadlocked, with Western-backed, self-proclaimed 'interim president' Guaido failing to enlist enough support from the military to overthrow President Nicolas Maduro last month, the parties appear to be turning to diplomacy. Both Guaido and Maduro confirmed on Saturday that their respective delegations will meet in Oslo next week. It was reported that high-ranking officials from the Maduro government and close aides to Guaido have already arrived in the Norwegian capital.

Trump: Pyongyang testing 'small weapons' disturbed 'some of my people' but not me

Trump: Pyongyang testing 'small weapons' disturbed 'some of my people' but not me

US President Donald Trump brushed off the North Korea hawks on his team, saying he was not at all "disturbed" by the news of renewed muscle flexing by Pyongyang. The launch of "some small weapons" by North Korea worries "some of my people, and others, but not me," Trump tweeted on Saturday during his trip to Japan. Pyongyang test-fired short-range ballistic missiles in early May, ending its two-year pause in missile launches. Not surprisingly, the news startled the North Korea hawks in Washington.

Washington D.C. man claims to have performed a DIY castration

Washington D.C. man claims to have performed a DIY castration

A 23 year-old Washington D.C male named Trent Gates claims to have pioneered a new innovation in the world of body modification. Gates, who identifies as non-binary, claims to have personally removed his own testicles and penis, desiring to render himself what he refers to as a genitalia-free 'nullo.' Apparently Gates isn't the first to undergo the procedure in its own right- the phrase is used in extreme subcultures to describe biological males who have chosen to remove their sex organs and nipples. Gates claims to have received inspiration from a California nullo known as 'Gelding.'

Iran proposes 'non-aggression pact' to Gulf neighbors amid rising regional tensions

Iran proposes 'non-aggression pact' to Gulf neighbors amid rising regional tensions

Iran has proposed signing a non-aggression pact to its neighbors, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said. At the same time, the country is ready to defend itself from any attack, be it "an economic war or a military one." "Tehran has offered to sign a non-aggression pact with its neighbors in the Gulf," Zarif said on Sunday during a joint press conference in Baghdad with his Iraqi counterpart Mohamed al-Hakim. Iran's top diplomat did not name an exact list of the countries eyed in the document, yet stressed that Tehran seeks to "build balanced relations" with all Gulf states. At the same time, Zarif cautioned that the country is ready to defend itself if attacked, by any means necessary. "We will defend against any war efforts against Iran, whether it be an economic war or a military one, and we will face these efforts with strength."

Activists say Netflix's 13 Reasons Why should be axed for romanticizing teen suicide

Activists say Netflix's 13 Reasons Why should be axed for romanticizing teen suicide

The popular Netflix series '13 Reasons Why' has sparked controversy in the US as some studies claim it was conducive to a spike in suicide rates, while activist groups demand the company justify airing the show. The series centered around a teen suicide, which has already ran for two seasons, has attracted a significant audience but also generated controversy over its portrayal of self-harm and suicide, which, according to some activists, encouraged people to take their own lives. Meanwhile, the third season of the show is poised for release later in 2019. RT reached out to Julio Rivera, an editorial director for the Reactionary Times and Mark Rutherford, a licensed psychotherapist to discuss the issue.

Dead woman found in Melbourne park, police issue an indictment on 'men's behavior'

Dead woman found in Melbourne park, police issue an indictment on 'men's behavior'

A senior police officer in Australia has said that violence against women "is absolutely about men's behavior" after dog-walkers discovered a woman's body in Melbourne. Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner Luke Cornelius made the comments after the fourth killing of a women in public in Melbourne in less than a year. The officer said he couldn't get into specifics about the current homicide investigation, but spoke more generally about violent attacks by men on women, saying, "the key point I'd make about that is this is about men's behavior, it's not about women's behavior."

Pakistan's PM vows to work together with India's Modi after states nearly went to war in February

Pakistan's PM vows to work together with India's Modi after states nearly went to war in February

Pakistan's PM Imran Khan told Indian counterpart Narendra Modi in a phone call that both states should work together for 'betterment" of their people. It comes after a crisis in February almost saw the nuclear powers go to war. During his talk with Modi, Khan wished for India and Pakistan to strive for "peace, progress and prosperity" in the region, Pakistan's foreign ministry spokesperson, Mohammad Faisal said. Faisal added that Khan "expressed desire for both countries to work together for betterment of their peoples."

Buffalo police conspired with Catholic Church to shield priests from sexual abuse charges

Buffalo police conspired with Catholic Church to shield priests from sexual abuse charges

It was a conspiracy and someone should pay. Attorney General Letitia James is the one to make sure it happens. As disturbing as it is to know that Buffalo police and the Catholic Church were engaged in a depraved and illegal policy to shield priests from criminal prosecution, it doesn't really come as a surprise. That had been standard practice elsewhere in the country, with the church and law enforcement conniving to shield priests at the expense of the children they molested. All in the name of religion. That was among the conclusions of last year's explosive report by the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office - one that the church had tried to suppress. The report, which looked at six of the state's dioceses, concluded that the church persuaded families not to report sexual abuses and police not to investigate them. It's one thing to pressure a family not to report a hideous crime - as revolting as that is - but another entirely to collude with police to turn a blind eye to the...

Liberate Syria's Idlib, precisely for the civilians that America fakes concern over

Liberate Syria's Idlib, precisely for the civilians that America fakes concern over

Western media and politicians are crying for Al-Qaeda in Syria again. It doesn't get much more absurd than this! After years of brutal occupation by terrorists from various groups and now overwhelmingly Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham (aka Al-Nusra, aka Al-Qaeda in Syria), Idlib governorate will eventually, by political or military means, be liberated. For now, military operations to liberate nearby northern Hama and southern Idlib villages are already under way. Idlib, occupied by at least 70,000 terrorists, is the last remaining stronghold of Al-Qaeda in Syria - a fact emphasized by the US' own former special envoy, Brett McGurk, who deemed the northwestern Syrian province the "largest Al-Qaeda safe-haven since 9/11."

Border Patrol seizes aircraft loaded with meth, fentanyl after it flies into US

Border Patrol seizes aircraft loaded with meth, fentanyl after it flies into US

An ultralight aircraft carrying half a million dollars worth of methamphetamine and fentanyl across the southern border was nabbed by Border Patrol agents late Thursday, according to the agency, but the pilot managed to make an escape. The single-person aircraft was tracked flying across the U.S.-Mexico border by agents in the Nogales and Tucson, Arizona, stations at about 11 p.m. The ultralight craft was tracked to a landing site on a dirt road south of Tucson, Customs and Border Protection said in a press release. The drugs were found, but the pilot was not. "An [Air and Marine Operations] helicopter crew and Border Patrol agents conducted an exhaustive search of the area, but did not find the presumed pilot," CBP said in a statement.

Pope Francis: Abortion can never be condoned, having one is like 'hiring a hitman'

Pope Francis: Abortion can never be condoned, having one is like 'hiring a hitman'

Pope Francis on Saturday said abortion can never be condoned, even when the fetus is gravely sick or malformed. He is urging doctors and priests to support families to carry such pregnancies to term. During an audience with participants of a Vatican-sponsored anti-abortion conference, Francis said opposition to abortion isn't a religious issue but a human one: "Is it licit to throw away a life to resolve a problem? Is it licit to hire a hitman to resolve a problem?" Francis denounced decisions to abort based on prenatal testing, saying a human being is "never incompatible with life." The pope has spoken out strongly against abortion, though he has also expressed sympathy for women who have had them and made it easier for them to be forgiven.

Spiral galaxy, Messier 90, is heading our way

Spiral galaxy, Messier 90, is heading our way

The universe is constantly expanding and stretching further afield, but the Hubble space telescope managed to catch one of the rare galaxies that's defying the odds and actually moving closer to us. A stunning spiral galaxy called Messier 90, sitting about 60 million light-years away, is part of a huge cluster of around 1,200 star systems in the Virgo constellation. While the cluster in general is moving farther away from us, Messier 90 is heading in our direction, according to NASA.

San Francisco is a sh*thole: The high cost of low-level crime

San Francisco is a sh*thole: The high cost of low-level crime

San Francisco is the nation's leader in property crime. Burglary, larceny, shoplifting, and vandalism are included under this ugly umbrella. The rate of car break-ins is particularly striking: in 2017 over 30,000 reports were filed, and the current average is 51 per day. Other low-level offenses, including drug dealing, street harassment, encampments, indecent exposure, public intoxication, simple assault, and disorderly conduct are also rampant. Many in law enforcement blame the crime wave on Proposition 47, which in 2014 downgraded possession of illegal narcotics for personal use and theft of anything under $950 in value from felonies to misdemeanors. Anti-incarceration advocates disagree with that argument, but theft is indisputably booming, and narcotics activity is exploding on sidewalks, parks, and playgrounds. When compounded with other troubles for which the city is now infamous (human feces, filth, and homelessness, which is up 17 percent since 2017), San Franciscans find...

Mammoth Mountain in California sets record snowfall total of 29 inches for May

Mammoth Mountain in California sets record snowfall total of 29 inches for May

California's strange spring weather continues to stun the state, now setting a record for the snowiest May at Mammoth Mountain. The resort got a record 29 inches of snow this month, giving those in Southern California a chance to ditch the sandy beach for the powdery mountain this Memorial Day weekend. Roughly 1.4 million passengers are expected at Los Angeles International Airport through Tuesday, a new record. The snowfall has already topped May 2015's record of 28 inches, further adding to the enormous dump of powder that Mammoth has received. A total of 489 inches have accumulated at the main lodge, and 715 inches have been recorded at the summit. The ski resort's current base depth is between 90 and 155 inches.

Sperm whale found dead on beach with stomach full of plastic waste in Sicily, Italy

Sperm whale found dead on beach with stomach full of plastic waste in Sicily, Italy

Another whale has washed up on the shores of Italy and just like the last time, the sperm whale's stomach was full of plastic. It appears to be a juvenile seven-year-old whale and it's not known whether the plastic trash was the reason for its death, reports CNN. The environmental organisation Greenpeace Italy posted videos and photos (graphic images) on social media that showed a huge amount of plastic being recovered from the whale's after officials cut open the carcass. Considering the young age of the whale and the incredible amount of plastic in its stomach, it could have been the cause of its untimely death. The plastic could have blocked its stomach from food going inside further. However, it's still under investigation.

CrossFit, Inc. suspends use of Facebook and associated properties

CrossFit, Inc. suspends use of Facebook and associated properties

CrossFit is a contrarian physiological and nutrition prescription for improving fitness and health. It is contrarian because prevailing views of fitness, health, and nutrition are wrong and have unleashed a tsunami of chronic disease upon our friends, family, and communities. The voluntary CrossFit community of 15,000 affiliates and millions of individual adherents stands steadfastly and often alone against an unholy alliance of academia, government, and multinational food, beverage, and pharmaceutical companies. CrossFit, Inc. defends relentlessly the right of its affiliates, trainers, and athletes to practice CrossFit, build voluntary CrossFit associations and businesses, and speak openly and freely about the ideas and principles that animate our views of exercise, nutrition, and health. This website - and, until recently, CrossFit's Facebook and Instagram accounts - has long catalogued CrossFit's tireless defense of its community against overreaching governments, malicious...

Massive magnitude-8 earthquake strikes north-central Peru

Massive magnitude-8 earthquake strikes north-central Peru

A large earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 8.0 struck north-central Peru early Sunday, the U.S. Geological survey reported. The quake, at a moderate depth of 71 miles struck at 12:41 a.m. PDT, 50 miles southeast of the village of Lagunas and 98 miles east-northeast of the larger town of Yurimaguas. There were no immediate reports of casualties or of major damage. Earthquakes that are close to the surface generally cause more destruction.

The Present Phase of Stagnation in the Foundations of Physics Is Not Normal

The Present Phase of Stagnation in the Foundations of Physics Is Not Normal

Nothing is moving in the foundations of physics. One experiment after the other is returning null results: No new particles, no new dimensions, no new symmetries. Sure, there are some anomalies in the data here and there, and maybe one of them will turn out to be real news. But experimentalists are just poking in the dark. They have no clue where new physics may be to find. And their colleagues in theory development are of no help. Some have called it a crisis. But I don't think "crisis" describes the current situation well: Crisis is so optimistic. It raises the impression that theorists realized the error of their ways, that change is on the way, that they are waking up now and will abandon their flawed methodology. But I see no awakening. The self-reflection in the community is zero, zilch, nada, nichts, null. They just keep doing what they've been doing for 40 years, blathering about naturalness and multiverses and shifting their "predictions," once again, to the next larger...

Zelensky admits it's impossible for Ukraine to break economic ties with Russia

Zelensky admits it's impossible for Ukraine to break economic ties with Russia

The representative of the new president of Ukraine in the government of the country, Andrei Gerus, admitted that today Kiev is unable to break all economic ties with Russia. Speaking on the TV channel NewsOne, the representative of Vladimir Zelensky explained that Kiev received export proceeds from the sale of its goods in the Russian Federation, and Russian goods also continued to be sold in Ukraine, despite all the restrictions previously imposed. "If we make decisions, including economic ones, we must first of all think whether we will shoot ourselves in the leg," said Gerus, answering the question of the moderator, on whether it's possible to stop trade. Comment: The first Ukrainian official in the last 5 years who actually demonstrated the ability to think. At the same time, he recalled that there are sectors of the economy, such as energy, in which the percentage of supplies from Russia is especially large, and without which Ukraine simply cannot do. "And moreover, if we take...

SDF Forces Arrest 200 Men in Syria for Resisting Forced Recruitment - Unconfirmed Report

SDF Forces Arrest 200 Men in Syria for Resisting Forced Recruitment - Unconfirmed Report

Civilians refusing to enlist are being imprisoned or executed, sparking violent protests among locals, according to reports. In the meantime, the SDF forcibly thwarted an attempt by a group of women and children trying to escape a camp in al-Hawl. The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces arrested approximately 200 male civilians, including children, during raids in Hasaka province of Syria between Friday and Sunday, according to Fars News report. According to the report, the detained civilians were forced to join the ranks of People's Protection Units (YPG), the predominantly-Kurdish militia that comprises the core of multinational SDF. The raids are said to be in line with the SDF policy of forced mobilization, despite protests among the local population. The SDF also conducted raids in Raqqa province, arresting dozens of civilians. On Thursday, SDF forces opened fire on residents of al-Hawl Refugee Camp located in southeastern Hasaka, some 15 km from the Iraqi border, according to...

The geometry of an artificial atom's electron determined for the first time

The geometry of an artificial atom's electron determined for the first time

Physicists at the University of Basel have shown for the first time how a single electron looks in an artificial atom. A newly developed method enables them to show the probability of an electron being present in a space. This allows improved control of electron spins, which could serve as the smallest information unit in a future quantum computer. The experiments were published in Physical Review Letters and the related theory in Physical Review B. The spin of an electron is a promising candidate for use as the smallest information unit (qubit) of a quantum computer. Controlling and switching this spin or coupling it with other spins is a challenge on which numerous research groups worldwide are working. The stability of a single spin and the entanglement of various spins depends, among other things, on the geometry of the electrons-which previously had been impossible to determine experimentally.

Fitness brand CrossFit slams door on Facebook & Instagram after popular user group deplatformed

Fitness brand CrossFit slams door on Facebook & Instagram after popular user group deplatformed

Bertrand Guay Popular fitness brand CrossFit has deleted its Facebook and Instagram accounts with a combined following of about 6 million, saying the platforms betrayed users' trust after they removed a popular nutrition-oriented user group. "Facebook is acting in the service of food and beverage industry interests by deleting the accounts of communities that have identified the corrupted nutritional science responsible for unchecked global chronic disease," CrossFit said in a statement posted on Wednesday, referring to the Banting7DayMealPlan group that Facebook mysteriously deleted - only to reinstate it without an explanation. The group's 1.65 million users shared their experiences and information about low-carb high-fat diets.

Amazon facial recognition technology sale ban won just 2% of shareholder vote

Amazon facial recognition technology sale ban won just 2% of shareholder vote

Some 2.4% of Amazon.com shareholder votes were in favor of a proposal that the company stop selling facial recognition technology to government agencies A second proposal that called for a study of the extent to which Amazon's "Rekognition" service harmed civil rights and privacy garnered Amazon.com shareholders overwhelmingly rejected a proposal that the company stop selling facial recognition technology to government agencies, while a resolution to audit the service drew more support, a regulatory filing on Friday showed. Some 2.4% of votes were in favor of the ban. A second proposal that called for a study of the extent to which Amazon's "Rekognition" service harmed civil rights and privacy garnered 27.5% support.

Missouri governor signs pro-life bill banning abortions at 8 weeks

Missouri governor signs pro-life bill banning abortions at 8 weeks

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson on Friday signed a bill that bans abortions on or beyond the eighth week of pregnancy without exceptions for cases of rape or incest, making it among the most restrictive abortion policies in the nation. Under the law that comes into force Aug. 28, doctors who violate the eight-week cutoff could face five to 15 years in prison. Women who terminate their pregnancies cannot be prosecuted. A legal challenge is expected, although it's unclear when that might occur. The measure includes exceptions for medical emergencies, such as when there is a risk of death or permanent physical injuries to "a major bodily function of the pregnant woman." But the lack of exceptions women who find themselves pregnant after being raped or subject to incest has drawn sharp criticism, including from wealthy GOP donor David Humphreys, a Missouri businessman, who had urged the Republican governor to veto the bill and called it "bad public policy."

Till Trump do they part: Top tech firms cut ties with Huawei, Chinese drop iPhones

Till Trump do they part: Top tech firms cut ties with Huawei, Chinese drop iPhones

Last week, US President Donald Trump signed an executive order aimed at banning Chinese telecoms like Huawei from selling equipment to the US over an unacceptable risk to national security. Following the order, the US Department of Commerce announced the blacklisting of Huawei along with 70 of its affiliates. The step prevented US-based corporations from selling or transferring technology to Huawei without a license issued by the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS). The harsh step has forced both foreign and US technology giants to halt their business transactions with the Chinese corporation to comply with the president's order. RT looks at the companies that have opted to break up with Huawei.

Weapons worth $8 billion headed to Middle East without congressional approval

Weapons worth $8 billion headed to Middle East without congressional approval

The Trump administration on Friday notified Congress it plans to sell $8.1 billion worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates without congressional approval - a move that has incensed members from both parties who have sought to cut off military aid for the Saudi-led coalition fighting Iranian-backed rebels in Yemen. The decision covers 22 pending transfers of munitions, aircraft parts, and other supplies "to deter Iranian aggression and build partner self-defense capacity," Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement. "These sales will support our allies, enhance Middle East stability, and help these nations to deter and defend themselves from the Islamic Republic of Iran." Normally such sales are subject to congressional approval. But Trump is using a loophole in the Arms Export Control Act that allows him to bypass the process in case of emergency. The move is similar to Trump's declaration of a border emergency this year, which allowed him to...

US-backed terrorists "struggle" after returning from Syria in whitewash Financial Times piece

US-backed terrorists "struggle" after returning from Syria in whitewash Financial Times piece

Upon reading the Financial Times article, "Isis fighters struggle on return to Balkan states," you might almost forget the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) was and still is a hardcore terrorist organization guilty of some of the most heinous terrorism carried out in the 21st century. The article begins, claiming: In a village in the Kosovar countryside, Edona Berisha Demolli's family have gathered to celebrate her return from Syria where she and her husband fled to six years ago to fight for Islamic militants Isis. "I am exhausted," said Ms Demolli, as her relatives served guests slices of celebratory chocolate and vanilla cake and children played in the yard. "I thank God, the Kosovo state, and the US for bringing me home," she said, referring to the pressure Washington put on countries to take their fighters back from camps across the Middle East and the logistical assistance they provided to that end. The Financial Times would note that some 300 Bosnians joined ISIS and...

Cannabis may have originated in the Tibetan Plateau 28 million years ago

Cannabis may have originated in the Tibetan Plateau 28 million years ago

A trio of researchers with the University of Vermont, Middlebury College and the University of Nottingham, Ningbo, China, has found evidence that suggests cannabis originated in the Tibetan Plateau. In their paper published in the journal Vegetation History and Archaeobotany, John McPartland, William Hegman and Tengwen Long describe their analysis of prior studies of the plant and how they narrowed down the likely place where it first developed. Cannabis is likely one of the most well-known plants on Earth because it produces cannabinoids-chemicals that have a pronounced impact on the human brain. Prior studies have suggested the plant likely originated somewhere in central Asia approximately 28 million years ago-the point where it diverged from an ancestor, the common hop. In this new effort, the researchers sought to more precisely pin down the most likely place where the plant got its start.

Chimpanzees seen smashing and eating tortoises for the first time

Chimpanzees seen smashing and eating tortoises for the first time

Tortoises' thick shells protect them from most predators. But our closest relatives have found a way to circumvent this defense: vigorously bashing them against trees. In a paper published today in the journal Scientific Reports, scientists report seven chimpanzees breaking open forest hinge-back tortoises in Gabon's Loango National Park. The behavior occurred on multiple occasions over 5,000 hours of observation, and the primates often shared the meat with others in their group. This is the first time than any chimpanzee has been documented eating any kind of reptile. It's also unique because the way in which the primates eat these tortoises-slamming them against tree branches and trunks-is a type of "percussive" technology that is akin to tool use, says study coauthor Simone Pika, who studies chimpanzees at Germany's University of Osnabrück.

Rare twin tornadoes snapped in the Scottish highlands

Rare twin tornadoes snapped in the Scottish highlands

The spectacular sight of a twin twister in the Angus glens has been captured by a keen Courier country hillwalker. Dundee's Dave Barrett was out in the hills north of Kirriemuir this week when the unusual natural phenomenon unfolded in front of him. He quickly grabbed a picture of the two funnels in the low cloud conditions. Meteorological experts say a single waterspout is not an out of the ordinary occurrence in the UK, but the sight of two so close together is a rarity.

Is key to indecipherable Pictish stones to be found in ancient Tibetan symbols?

Is key to indecipherable Pictish stones to be found in ancient Tibetan symbols?

Thomas A Wise, a doctor from Dundee, left Scotland 1827 to take up a position in the Bengal Medical Service. It was a journey made by many Scots medical graduates before him. His 23 years in in India fuelled an intense interest in the cultural and social aspects of his adopted home. He wrote treatise on the Hindu system of medicine, diseases of the eye and preservation of ice while investing heavily in a hospital and servings as the Secretary to the Committee of Public Instruction in Calcutta. But it was his theory that suggested the ancient Buddhists of Tibet travelled to Scotland to meet the Picts of the North and East that truly consumed the polymath.

SOTT FOCUS: How Trump is Strengthening Xi Jinping And The CCP

SOTT FOCUS: How Trump is Strengthening Xi Jinping And The CCP

Trump and the entire group of US political and corporate elites are doing Xi Jinping and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) an incredible favor. Trump and his team are obviously thinking that signing a death sentence for Huawei and arresting its CFO will give him a "huge" advantage when he meets Xi Jinping at the G20 summit in a month. However, the US actions are going to backfire horribly.

The compiler: Computing's hidden hero and the woman who created it

The compiler: Computing's hidden hero and the woman who created it

One, zero, zero, one, zero, one. Zero, one, one... That is the language of computers. Every clever thing your computer does - make a call, search a database, play a game - comes down to ones and zeroes.Actually, it comes down to the presence (one) or absence (zero) of a current in tiny transistors on a semiconductor chip.Thankfully, we do not have to program computers in zeroes and ones. Microsoft Windows, for example, uses 20GB, or 170 billion ones and zeroes. Printed out, the stack of A4 paper would be two and a half miles (4km) high. Imagine setting every transistor manually. Ignoring how fiddly this would be - transistors measure just billionths of a metre - if it took a second to flip each switch, installing Windows would take 5,000 years. Early computers really were programmed rather like this.

BEST OF THE WEB: Yemeni insurgents successfully target two Saudi oil plants with multiple drone strikes

BEST OF THE WEB: Yemeni insurgents successfully target two Saudi oil plants with multiple drone strikes

Comment: This story SHOULD have rattled the markets and sent the price of oil sky high. But because the media largely airbrushes out Yemeni successes against Saudi targets, the illusion of stability on the Arabian Peninsula is maintained... Aramco oil stations targeted as Houthi-run media says military operation a response to 'continued aggression'. Armed drones attacked two oil pumping stations in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday in what Riyadh called a "cowardly" act by Yemen's Houthi rebels, two days after Saudi oil tankers were sabotaged off the coast of the United Arab Emirates. The drone strikes caused minor damage to one of the stations supplying a pipeline running from its oil-rich Eastern Province to the Yanbu Port on the Red Sea, Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said in a statement carried by the state-run Saudi Press Agency. "These attacks prove again that it is important for us to face terrorist entities, including the Houthi militias in Yemen that are backed by Iran,"...

Oldest meteorite collection on Earth found in the Atacama Desert

Oldest meteorite collection on Earth found in the Atacama Desert

Boulder, Colo., USA: Earth is bombarded every year by rocky debris, but the rate of incoming meteorites can change over time. Finding enough meteorites scattered on the planet's surface can be challenging, especially if you are interested in reconstructing how frequently they land. Now, researchers have uncovered a wealth of well-preserved meteorites that allowed them to reconstruct the rate of falling meteorites over the past two million years. "Our purpose in this work was to see how the meteorite flux to Earth changed over large timescales-millions of years, consistent with astronomical phenomena," says Alexis Drouard, Aix-Marseille Université, lead author of the new paper in Geology. To recover a meteorite record for millions of years, the researchers headed to the Atacama Desert. Drouard says they needed a study site that would preserve a wide range of terrestrial ages where the meteorites could persist over long time scales. While Antarctica and hot deserts both host a large...

The new Wild West: Avenatti, Wohl and the Krassensteins prove political media is a hucksters' paradise

The new Wild West: Avenatti, Wohl and the Krassensteins prove political media is a hucksters' paradise

In the Trump era of cartoon politics, the world's biggest jackasses have an easy highway to fame and fortune From the depths of scandal, Michael Avenatti gave an interview to Vanity Fair. He cried four times and said: "Some would argue at this point that I flew too close to the sun. As I sit here today, yes, absolutely, I know I did. No question. Icarus." Michael Avenatti isn't Icarus, or any other Greek mythical figure. He's just a jerk. The quote is the self-promoting sleaze-dog lawyer version of Alex Rodriguez owning two portraits of himself in the form of a centaur. Already charged for attempting to extort Nike and for embezzling $12 million from a batch of clients, he's been hit with a new indictment. He's accused of blowing the proceeds of porn star Stormy Daniels' book deal on things like his monthly $3,900 Ferrari payment , while stalling her with excuses that the publisher was late or "resisting... due to poor sales of [Daniels's] book."