News Items – 02.28.17

Duke University: “Each year, 2-16% of hydraulically fractured oil and gas wells spill hydrocarbons, chemical-laden water, hydraulic fracturing fluids and other substances, according to a new study.

Yanis Varoufakis — former Greece Finance Minister during negotiations with the Troika; current professor of economics at King’s College London (England); cofounder of DiEM25; and former professor of economics at the Universities of Cambridge (England), Athens (Greece), Louvain (Belgium), Texas-Austin (US), Sydney (Australia), Glasgow (Scotland), Essex (England), East Anglia (England), and Turin (Italy):

On BBC Radio Ulster replying to listeners’ questions

#TheGreekFiles campaign | DiEM25

The Longest War in American History Has No End in Sight,” by William Astore — retired US Air Force Lieutenant Colonel and former professor at the Air Force Academy and the Naval Postgraduate School.

Ukraine nationalists demand purge of government on the third anniversary of the Maidan uprising,” by Euronews: “The protest ended peacefully but the nationalists have threatened to dissolve parliament if their demands are not met. Those include cutting all ties with Russia and a renewal of Ukraine’s nuclear status. The latest march comes as fighting continues between Ukrainian forces and Russian-backed separatists in the east of the country. Since the conflict began in 2014 almost 10,000 people have been killed.”

Matthew Aid: “DNI Keeping Tabs on Leaked Intelligence Documents

BBC: “French police sniper shoots two in error at Hollande speech

NBC: “AG Sessions Says DOJ to ‘Pull Back’ on Police Department Civil Rights Suits

NBC: “Yemen SEAL Raid Has Yielded No Significant Intelligence: Officials

The Local: “Man arrested for ‘refugee espionage’ in Sweden


Edward Snowden’s Guardian Angels

Merkel Testifies on NSA Spying

Snowden: Interview with a Wanted Man

The New York Times:

Lawyer: Portugal to Extradite Ex-CIA Agent to Italian Jail

In a Blow, Twin Attacks on Syrian Security Kill at Least 32

Italy Reduces Sentence for Ex-C.I.A. Officer Sought in Rendition Case

The Hill: “NSA head Rogers pushes to loosen reins on cyberweapons

Spaceflight Insider: “ULA readies Atlas V for launch of NROL-79 reconnaissance satellite” (NRO)

AP: “Russia military acknowledges new branch: info warfare troops

CNN: “North Korea’s history of covert operations and secret killings


Treason charges against Russian cyber experts linked to seven-year-old accusations

North Korea evades sanctions with network of overseas companies: U.N. report

Gambia arrests head of intelligence agency linked to killings

Canada’s MacDonald Dettwiler to buy satellite imagery firm DigitalGlobe

Russia, China block U.N. sanctions on Syria over gas attacks

Exclusive: Iraq’s Kurdistan negotiates new terms, raises oil pre-payments to $3 billion

California demands details of Trump administration immigration arrests

Samsung Group chief charged with bribery, corporate nerve center dismantled

In sweeping move, Trump puts regulation monitors in U.S. agencies

Exclusive: CIA-backed aid for Syrian rebels frozen after Islamist attack – sources


JPMorgan Software Does in Seconds What Took Lawyers 360,000 Hours

Peter Thiel’s Palantir Spreads Its Tentacles Throughout Europe

Germany’s Merck Taps Palantir for Big Data Health Initiative

Washington Post:

Nixon’s former attorney sees ‘echoes of Watergate’ in President Trump’s first month

NSA denies ‘blanket’ spying on spectators and athletes at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City

German intelligence agency spied on foreign journalists, including BBC and N.Y. Times, report says

The Guardian:

(By George Clooney): “British banks are go-betweens in global conflict. This can be stopped

Boston Dynamics unveils ‘nightmare-inducing’ hybrid robot

DRC minister says country ‘can’t afford’ to hold election this year

Doctors could prescribe houses to the homeless under radical Hawaii bill

‘Shell knew’: oil giant’s 1991 film warned of climate change danger

What Shell knew about climate change in 1991 – video explainer

Trump’s Ascent Was Possible Only in an America Already Run by Billionaires,” / “Trumpocalypse: How the U.S. Invaded, Occupied, and Remade Itself,” by Tom Engelhardt — Teaching Fellow at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley; founder/editor of the indispensable TomDispatch; consulting editor for Metropolitan Books; fellow at The Nation Institute; and cofounder of American Empire Project.

Deutsche Welle:

Clashes over blockade of coal from eastern Ukraine

Eastern Ukraine witnessed ‘most violent’ week in over a year, says OSCE

More than 5,000 cases filed against Turkey over post-coup purge, says ECHR

Turkish Islamic organization DITIB admits preachers spied in Germany

Turkish imam spy affair in Germany extends across Europe

Largest post-coup trial opens in Turkey

Jerusalem Post: “Ukrainians Urge Jewish World to Help Prevent Looting of Holocaust Graves“: “Gold, teeth, jewelry and children’s skulls are some of the item reportedly robbed from mass graves.”

Jewish Telegraphic Agency: “Lithuanian nationalists celebrate Holocaust-era quisling, Pepe the Frog near execution site

AFP via Informed Comment: “ISIL: In Iraq’s desert, mass grave horror beneath the dirt


Iran’s Oscar-Winning Director Hopes Anti-Fascist Movement Grows

Egypt-Born French Holocaust Scholar Nearly Deported from US

Al Jazeera documentaries:

Inside Kenya’s Death Squads

Walls of Shame: The Spanish-Moroccan Border

Racing in Cocaine Valley: In the jungles of Peru, young coca farmers risk everything to win a deadly motor race, now a vibrant local tradition.


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