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'New chapter in African unity': World's largest free trade zone to become reality this week

'New chapter in African unity': World's largest free trade zone to become reality this week

The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) will come into force on Thursday. It will be the largest free trade agreement by population that the world has seen since the 1995 creation of the World Trade Organization. The Egyptian Foreign Ministry said over the weekend that the required 22 ratifications have been received. The latest two ratifications, Sierra Leone and the Sahrawi Republic, were received by the African Union (AU) on April 29. All but three (Benin, Eritrea and Nigeria) of Africa's 55 countries have signed up to the deal. The UN said if Nigeria joins the AfCFTA then intra-African trade could grow by more than 50 percent in the next five years. According to statistics, cited by the ministry, when the agreement enters into force it will affect more than 1.2 billion people, with a total domestic product of about $3.4 trillion. It will cut duties on 90 percent of goods on the continent. The deal could boost intra-African trade by 52.3 percent, the UN said. Rwandan...

Switzerland boosts investments and exports to Russia - envoy

Switzerland boosts investments and exports to Russia - envoy

Export of Swiss goods to Russia surged over 10 percent last year, reaching nearly 80 percent of the pre-crisis levels, according to Tobias Privitelli, the deputy head of the Swiss diplomatic mission in Russia. The deputy ambassador added that Switzerland has been exporting vast volumes of pharmaceutical products, equipment and electronics. Mutual trade between the countries had been declining by about 13 percent from 2017 through 2018, according to Privitelli. "However, exports from Switzerland to Russia grew by 12 percent, which is highly significant. That's 80 percent of exports volumes we had in 2013, before the crisis," he said.

Australia's LNG sector could win big from the US, China trade war

Australia's LNG sector could win big from the US, China trade war

If China follows through on its retaliatory threat of raising U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) tariffs from 10 to 25 percent, U.S. exports will be hit hard - but another country is waiting to gain from it. Australia is poised to fill the gap for China, with its booming LNG sector well positioned. Last year, China imported 23 million tons of LNG from Australia, which made up about 42 percent of Australia's exports. That figure could be increasing. US LNG exports to China have plunged 80 percent this financial year, compared to the same time last year. President Trump's threat to add an additional $300 billion in tariffs on China caused China to retaliate last week with the threat of raising tariffs to 25 percent on these imports starting June 1.

Actor John Voight says Trump is the greatest president since Abraham Lincoln

Actor John Voight says Trump is the greatest president since Abraham Lincoln

Hollywood actor Jon Voight has hailed Donald Trump as the greatest US president since Abraham Lincoln for making all the right moves, much to the delight and disgust of Twitter. Voight trended on Twitter after posting his two-part video endorsement of Trump addressed to "My fellow Americans," in which the film star commended the president for "battling the left and their absurd words of destruction."

Archeologists uncover more of Egypt's oldest fortress

Archeologists uncover more of Egypt's oldest fortress

An archaeological mission in Egypt has uncovered the remains of two towers of a military fortress dating back to the 26th Dynasty, the last native dynasty to rule Egypt before the Persian conquest in 525 BC. The discovery was made in north Sinai, in an archaeological site known as Tal al-Kidwa, according to the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities. Head of the Egyptian Antiquities Department Ayman Ashmawy the mission discovered southeastern and northeastern towers and part of a wall extending for 85 meters (around 278 feet). In 2008, archaeologists had excavated the eastern wall, but the fortress is so large, it took until now to unearth more of its remains. In a statement, Ashmawy said another fortress, discovered previously, had been built on the ruins of this newly discovered fortress.

Iraqi President to visit Iran, expand cooperation, offers to mediate amid tensions with US

Iraqi President to visit Iran, expand cooperation, offers to mediate amid tensions with US

Iraqi President Barham Salih has received an invitation from his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani, to visit Iran, during his meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, the presidential office said. "The Iranian Minister presented an invitation from President Rouhani to President Barham Salih to visit Tehran to follow up the common dossiers," the presidential office said in a statement, published on its official website late on Saturday. According to the statement, the Iranian foreign minister said during the meeting that Tehran was interested in expanding cooperation between the two countries, and conveyed Iran's support for Iraq.

Iranian envoy to UN highlights three key problems when dealing with the US

Iranian envoy to UN highlights three key problems when dealing with the US

The permanent representative to the UN said Iran acknowledges US interest in engaging in dialogue, but added that there are three major obstacles that make a diplomatic resolution to the on-going crisis impossible at this moment. Iranian permanent representative to the UN Majid Takht-e-Ravanchi published an opinion piece in the Washington Post, in which he detailed the hardships Tehran faces when dealing with the US. According to Takht-e-Ravanchi, Trump is being driven to a confrontation with Iran by a number of people, both inside the US Government and in the Middle East. The representative argues that "contrary to the views of his close associates," President Trump doesn't seem to genuinely want a war with Iran. However, US policy towards Iran is inconsistent and controversial, he pointed out, adding that the US can't decide between threats and calls for dialogue.

50 children rescued in pedophile website raids in the US, Australia and Thailand

50 children rescued in pedophile website raids in the US, Australia and Thailand

Fifty children have been rescued and nine people arrested after an Interpol investigation into an international paedophile ring. The arrests were made in Thailand, Australia and the US and more are expected, Interpol said. The investigation began in 2017 and focused on a hidden "dark web" site with 63,000 users worldwide. Police believe 100 more children have suffered abuse and are working to identify them. Operation Blackwrist was launched by Interpol after it detected images showing 11 boys aged under 13 being abused on a site where people can use encrypted software to maintain secrecy.

Dozens rescued, 1 missing after flash floods in south west Saudi Arabia

Dozens rescued, 1 missing after flash floods in south west Saudi Arabia

Heavy rain from 22 May has caused flash flooding in south west Saudi Arabia, prompting dozens of flood rescues and leaving at 1 person missing. The rain caused flooding and landslides in Jazan and Najran Regions. Roads have been closed and Civil Defence have carried out dozens of flood rescues, mostly people in vehicles trapped in flood water. Saudi Arabia Civil Defence reports that one person is still missing after he was washed away by flood water in Jazan Region on 23 May. Civil Defence teams assisted by volunteers have been searching for the missing person for the last 3 days. Six people died in similar flooding in the neighbouring country of Oman last week.

Lightning strike kills two people in Nigeria

Lightning strike kills two people in Nigeria

Residents of Ayetoro gdede, Ijumu Local government in Kogi state were taken by surprise on Saturday night when lightning struck and killed two people. The sad incident occurred during a heavy downpour that greeted the community. It was gathered that no fewer than eight people who were playing a game of snooker were struck, leaving two dead. According to an eye witness; "When the rain started, we were all happy because we have had scarcity of rain this year, but the thunder and lightning that accompanied the rain scared everyone.

Trump reaffirms his 'confidence' in Kim Jong-un as they join together in mocking 'Swampman Joe Biden'

Trump reaffirms his 'confidence' in Kim Jong-un as they join together in mocking 'Swampman Joe Biden'

US President Donald Trump has reaffirmed his "confidence" in North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, tweeting an approving snicker at his recent insult of Joe Biden and brushing off concerns over Pyongyang's short-range missile tests. Donald Trump took to Twitter on Saturday to rekindle his somewhat stale bromance with Kim, hanging in the balance after their summit in Vietnam in February faltered and was further threatened by the recent seizure of a North Korean cargo ship by the US. Trump, on a state visit to Japan, which eyes hosting its own summit with North Korea, defied hawkish National Security Advisor John Bolton, tweeting dismissively about "some small weapons" fired by Pyongyang "which disturbed some of my people, and others, but not me."

Tens of thousands of Israelis gather to protest Netanyahu's 'Immunity bills' & racial inequality

Tens of thousands of Israelis gather to protest Netanyahu's 'Immunity bills' & racial inequality

Tens of thousands of people gathered outside the Tel Aviv Museum of Art for the Israeli opposition's first rally since the April 9 election, in a "pro-democracy" protest against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's attempt to pass legislation that would curb the powers of the High Court. Addressing the crowd, Kahol Lavan co-chair Benny Gantz said this was the first protest he's even been to because as the former chief of the Israeli army he could not attend politically-oriented events. "Israel is the fulfillment of a dream but I'm here to say loud and clear what we all feel, that the dream is falling apart. There are those who are attempting to replace the people's rule with the rule of a single man and to enslave an entire nation to the interests of one man," Gantz said.

Pentagon accuses Iran's Revolutionary Guards of being 'directly responsible' for tanker attacks

Pentagon accuses Iran's Revolutionary Guards of being 'directly responsible' for tanker attacks

The U.S. military on Friday accused Iran's Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) of being directly responsible for attacks on tankers off the United Arab Emirates earlier this month, describing it as part of a "campaign" by Tehran driving new U.S. deployments. "The attack against the shipping in Fujairah we attribute it to the IRGC," said Rear Admiral Michael Gilday, the director of the Joint Staff, adding the Pentagon attributed limpet mines used in the attack to the IRGC. He declined to describe "the means of delivery" of the mines. The remarks were made at a Pentagon news briefing to explain U.S. plans to send 900 more forces, including engineers, to the Middle East to bolster U.S. defense and extend the deployment of some 600 personnel manning Patriot missiles.

Ocasio-Cortez calls Politico 'anti-Semitic' for pointing out Bernie Sanders is rich

Ocasio-Cortez calls Politico 'anti-Semitic' for pointing out Bernie Sanders is rich

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) blasted Politico for using anti-Semitic tropes in its scathing profile of Bernie Sanders. In a piece focused on his 'wealth', the presidential hopeful is shown next to a 'money tree'. The Friday cover of Politico Magazine is graced by the image of Bernie Sanders, the only Jewish candidate in the packed Democratic presidential race, standing against the backdrop of a tree with dollar bills instead of leaves and a luxury mansion. The article, titled 'The Secret of Bernie's Millions', contrasts Sanders' socialist inclinations with being "a three-home-owning millionaire with a net worth approaching at least $2 million." Politico's Michael Kruse does not pull any punches in his review of Sanders' political career, with colorful passages like: "The champion of the underclass and castigator of 'the 1 percent' has found himself in the socioeconomic penthouse of his rhetorical bogeymen." He describes Sanders' 2016 presidential run, effectively hijacked...

$13 million solar plant shut down in Medicine Hat after it couldn't meet energy demands

$13 million solar plant shut down in Medicine Hat after it couldn't meet energy demands

(Alberta, Canada) - A solar power plant intended on testing the feasibility of solar energy was shut down after the cost to maintain the facility didn't justify the plant's energy output. The plant which was poised to add one megawatt of additional power to the city's energy capacity often didn't meet its intended goal. Maintenance during the summer and winter months ended up being too costly for the long term. According to city Councillor Phil Turnbull the low price of natural gas and the high upkeep was the reason behind the city's decision to terminate the project.

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Rain and water everywhere planet wide

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Rain and water everywhere planet wide

Increasing Galactic Cosmic Rays are leading to a visible change in the amount of record rain events across the planet. Australian outback, Oman, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Middle East, North Africa, USA grain Belts all with record ever recorded rainfall and this is a small selection of events unfolding in the last month. Crop prices up due to floods and hail globally.

Tornado leaves 2 dead & many missing after destroying hotel in Oklahoma

Tornado leaves 2 dead & many missing after destroying hotel in Oklahoma

At least two people have died after a tornado ripped through a trailer park and destroyed a hotel in El Reno outside Oklahoma City, officials in the US state have said. The suspected twister struck El Reno during a powerful storm on Saturday night. A number of people are reportedly missing and several people have been hospitalized. Videos show the damage done to the American Budget Value Inn as emergency crews searched for survivors in the rubble and debris left in the tornado's wake. Cars were overturned and trailers at a nearby park were damaged.

Jupiter's magnetic field is changing

Jupiter's magnetic field is changing

For the first time in history, humans have detected a changing magnetic field on a planet other than our own -- Jupiter. The latest revelation could help scientists better understand how a planet's magnetic field changes over time. The discovery was made by NASA's Juno spacecraft, named after the Roman goddess -- mother of Mars and wife of Jupiter. According to NASA, scientists chose the name because the goddess "was able to peer through the clouds and reveal Jupiter's true nature" when he "drew a veil of clouds around himself to hide his mischief." Since its launch in 2011 and arrival at Jupiter in 2016, Juno has been flying by and checking on her namesake husband every 53 days. The scientists discovered changes in Jupiter's magnetic field when they compared the latest Juno data with measurements done by older missions such as Pioneer 10 and Voyager 1 from the 1970s. A paper in Nature Astronomy published this Monday detailed the findings and suggested some explanations.

UN maritime convention can't be applied to Kerch Strait incident because Russia opted out decades ago

UN maritime convention can't be applied to Kerch Strait incident because Russia opted out decades ago

The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea is urging Russia to hand over Ukrainian ships and crew detained for "border violation" off Crimea in 2018. Moscow has hit back, saying the body has no jurisdiction here. Russia's Foreign Ministry said Moscow had made an opt-out while ratifying the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea which now effectively "excludes" its rules from being applied to the case with Ukraine. The opt-out in question allows Russia not to follow the international rulings on issues of its borders, military and national security. Stressing this point, the ministry again lamented the "irresponsible" behavior of Ukrainian sailors during the incident almost a year ago.

Stoltenberg: 'NATO to adopt new strategy' - but can't say what it is

Stoltenberg: 'NATO to adopt new strategy' - but can't say what it is

NATO 'experts' have developed an updated strategy, the bloc's chief Jens Stoltenberg revealed. And one doesn't have to look for long for an explanation, with 'bad Russia' conveniently cited as a reason for the overhaul. "Our military experts have adopted a new military strategy for the alliance this week," NATO's Secretary General Stoltenberg told Germany's Die Welt. The very ability to come up with a new strategy, according to NATO's chief, shows the alliance's strength, since "we are able to change when necessary." No actual details about the strategy have emerged at this point. The need for an updated document was explained by Stoltenberg as a reaction to a "new security situation," as well as "challenges in the east and the south." The top brass also did not miss out on the opportunity to cite a commonly hyped "nuclear threat" from Moscow as one of the reasons.

Trump attacks Military Industrial Complex and calls for infrastructure investments in the Middle East

Trump attacks Military Industrial Complex and calls for infrastructure investments in the Middle East

For the first time in over half a century, an American President has actually come out attacking the Military Industrial Complex. Of course, everyone knows of President Dwight D. Eisenhauer's famous outgoing 1961 speech warning the world (and the incoming President Kennedy) what sort of monster had arisen at the heart of America's defense institutions. Very little on the matter was said on the frightening topic by decades of political leaders who rose to prominence in the shadow of JFK's corpse. Instead, the beast grew like a malignant cancer over the ensuing years as a major branch of the British-run deep state that carried out a coup with Sir Winston Churchill's Iron Curtain speech in 1946 and the MI6-directed re-organization of American intelligence with the creation of the CIA in 1947. After John F. Kennedy's assassination, networks of neoconservative contaminated all branches of government in both parties bringing the USA into a frenzied military doctrine centered on regime...

Sanders tweet-burns neocon fossil Bill Kristol over 'foolish' pushing for Iraq war, asks where his apology is

Sanders tweet-burns neocon fossil Bill Kristol over 'foolish' pushing for Iraq war, asks where his apology is

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders took a swipe at neoconservative Bill Kristol for his "foolish advocacy of the Iraq war," and questioned whether he had apologized to the country for it yet. Sanders was responding to a tweet Kristol sent that said, "#Never Sanders," and linked to a New York Times article about the longtime Vermont senator's opposition to war. "Have you apologized to the nation for your foolish advocacy of the Iraq war?" Sanders tweeted, adding he makes "no apologies for opposing it." Sanders' record of opposing wars like Vietnam and Iraq, and US meddling in Nicaragua, has recently been highlighted by the media as the 2020 presidential primaries approach.

'Negotiating with the devil bears no fruit' - IRGC on talks with US

'Negotiating with the devil bears no fruit' - IRGC on talks with US

Talking with Washington is akin to talking with the devil, a senior official with Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) said, downplaying the US military presence in the region as the "weakest in history." "Negotiating with the devil, the Quran says, bears no fruit," the deputy commander of the IRGC, Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi, said, as cited by Fars News Agency. Fadavi made his remarks while talking about the longtime lack of effective negotiations between Tehran and Washington. He also did not mince his words on the state of the US military presence in the region, labeling it the "weakest in [its] history." The influence of Saudi Arabia, a US major ally and arms-buyer, in the Middle East has also been diminished over the years, the official added. Comment: However: Weapons worth $8 billion headed to Middle East without congressional approval

Ukraine appoints 'Russian agent' as Army chief, claims that the Crimea was lost long before 2014

Ukraine appoints 'Russian agent' as Army chief, claims that the Crimea was lost long before 2014

In a major development, the newly appointed Chief of the General Staff of Ukraine and the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Ruslan Khomchak, acknowledged that the Crimea actually became Russian long before 2014. Of note to readers, is that General Khomchak is widely reviled in ultra-nationalist circles that comprise the volunteer battalions that are sanctioned by the UAF. He is accused across their media and campaigns as a traitor and 'Russian agent'. According to UNIAN, the general said that he had the impression that Crimea was already Russian when he went to there to rest in 2010, having bought a ticket to a vacation spot in Alupka. He said that he was "shocked" by what he saw in the city, and decided not to go there again to rest. "It was a bad remnant of the Soviet Union ... I asked myself the question, am I in Ukraine? I did not understand where I was. So, the seizure of the Crimea began much earlier, " quotes the words of Khomchak UNIAN. Comment: And just...

BEST OF THE WEB: Are Rare Earth Metals China's Ultimate Weapon?

BEST OF THE WEB: Are Rare Earth Metals China's Ultimate Weapon?

In the dramatic escalation of tariff escalations and trade war tensions between China and the USA, China President Xi Jinping made a well-timed visit to see the JL Mag Rare-Earth Company Ltd., a state-owned complex in Ganzhou. Though he did not openly threaten, he sent a clear psychological message to Washington that China has more weapons in its arsenal to pressure the Trump Administration. What is the nature of the China role in rare earth minerals mining and how serious is the likelihood they could weaponize it? In a May 20 article the China government paper, Global Times, wrote of the Xi Jinping visit, "The visit [is] seen as a sign of backing from the top leadership for the domestic rare-earth industry." They further noted not so subtly, "Many have suggested that China should limit rare-earth exports to the US as a countermeasure to the US decision to slap tariffs on Chinese goods and cut supplies of semiconductors for Chinese companies." The paper makes a point to note that...

More flash foods leave 24 dead, houses destroyed in Afghanistan

More flash foods leave 24 dead, houses destroyed in Afghanistan

Natural Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) said on 25 May, 2019, that at least 24 people have died in a new wave of flash flooding that has affected several parts of the country. Fatalities were reported in Kabul, Parwan, Ghour, Herat, Bamyan and Ghazni provinces. Eleven people have been injured, 116 houses damaged and 221 destroyed. NDMA said that over 500 people were recently rescued from floods in the Shebar district of Bamyan province.

The Golden Golem strikes back

The Golden Golem strikes back

Not long ago, few Americans of the thinking persuasion might have imagined that such a well-engineered republic, with its exquisite checks and balances, sturdy institutions, and time-tested traditions would end up as so much smoldering goop in a national dumpster fire, but such is the sad state-of-the-union moving into the fateful summer of 2019. The castle of the permanent bureaucracy is about to be torched by an uprising of deplorable peasants led by a Golden Golem made furious by relentless litigation. It's Game of Thrones meets the Thermidorian Reaction with a Weimar-flavored cherry on top - really one for the ages! There's perhaps a lot to dislike about Donald J. Trump, US President No. 45. Despite all the grooming and tailoring, there's little savoir faire there. He tweets not like a mellifluous songbird, but in snorts like a rooting aardvark. His every predilection is an affront to the refined Washington establishment: his dark business history, his beloved ormolu trappings,...

New study links Roundup weed killer to liver damage

New study links Roundup weed killer to liver damage

The popular weed killer Roundup might be linked to liver disease, a new study suggests. A group of patients suffering from liver disease had elevated urine levels of glyphosate, the primary weed-killing ingredient in Roundup, according to researchers at the University of California, San Diego. "We found those patients who had more severe disease had higher levels of [glyphosate] excretion, which means they had higher levels of exposure, presumably through their diet," said lead researcher Paul Mills. He is director of UCSD's Center of Excellence for Research and Training in Integrative Health.

'Disaster-predicting fish' spotted in Peru days before earthquake

'Disaster-predicting fish' spotted in Peru days before earthquake

The massive deep sea fish is popularly believed to appear on the ocean surface before an earthquake, with the creature's latest appearance possibly reinforcing this belief. A magnitude 8 earthquake that struck northern Peru early on 26 May might've been preceded by a herald straight from ancient folk tales, the Daily Star reports. Mere days before the disaster struck the South American country, and shortly before a similar calamity hit eastern Japan, a deep sea dweller known as the giant oarfish or king of herrings was discovered by locals washed up on Vichayito beach in the Peruvian town of Máncora.

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 for 2019 hits 17

British climber dies on Mount Everest - Death toll for 2019 hits 17

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...

SOTT FOCUS: How You Can be 100% Certain That QAnon is Bullshit

SOTT FOCUS: 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...

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

Israel 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."