Israeli authorities approve permits for 31 settler units in West Bank city of al-Khalil

Israeli authorities approve permits for 31 settler units in West Bank city of al-Khalil:

Israeli authorities have approved permits for 31 settler units in the West Bank city of al-Khalil (Hebron) as the Tel Aviv regime continues to defy the international community by building more settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories. 

Anat Ben Nun of Peace Now, an Israeli NGO which closely monitors settlement construction, said on Monday that an Israeli committee had approved construction permits for 31 units in the flashpoint city.

Peace Now added that a planning council meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday is expected to have over 2,000 units on the agenda. 

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Syria intercepts Israeli warplanes near Lebanese border: Army

Syria intercepts Israeli warplanes near Lebanese border: Army:

The Syrian army says its air defense has responded to an Israeli aerial violation of the Arab country’s territory in the vicinity of the Lebanese border, hitting an intruding warplane and forcing the fighter jets to retreat.

According to a statement released by Syria’s General Command of the Army and Armed Forces, carried by the country’s official news agency, SANA, an undeclared number of Israeli warplanes violated Syria’s airspace on the border with Lebanon in Baalbek area at 08:51 a.m. local time on Monday.

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Asset-Stripping by Private Equity Firms Is Booming

Asset-Stripping by Private Equity Firms Is Booming:

Here are the numbers. Peak chase-for-yield by institutional investors?

Most of the brick-and-mortar retailers that have filed for bankruptcy protection to be restructured or liquidated over the past two years have been owned by private equity firms – including the most recent major casualty, Toys ‘R’ Us. Part of how PE firms make money is by stripping capital out of their portfolio companies via special dividends funded by “leveraged loans” – more on those in a moment – leaving these companies in a very precarious condition.

So just how much have PE firms paid themselves in special dividends extracted from their portfolio companies? $4.76 billion in the third quarter, bringing the year-to-date total to $15.3 billion. So the year-total for 2017 is going to be a doozie.

H/t reader Squodgy.

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#Germany: Syrian supporters of #FSA (= Al-Nusra = Al-Qaeda = Al-CIAda = ISIS = Mossad) protest in Frankfurt!

Looks like ‘all’ the terrorists are now in Germany.

Good luck Germany!

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#Italy: Italian Citizens protest in #Rome against “Citizenship for Children of Migrants” (Video)

“STOP INVASIONE!”

Looks like at least some Italians have an idea of what is really going on here.

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‘Germany: Mass brawl at county league game SV Prutting (German) against Türkspor Rosenheim (Turks). Match abandoned after 7 red cards 4 Turks!

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Iraq on brink of civil war. What NATO couldn’t accomplish with ISIS they’ll now try to do with the Kurds. #WW3

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#Germany: In front of a nightclub in #Essen: 6 Syrian men surround women & harass them sexually.

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While Christian Church in #Pakistan’s Mardan Is Burning, Hundreds Of #Muslims Are Celebrating – #Islam, #ReligionofPeace

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Julian Assange Thanks US Govt For His 50,000% Gain On Bitcoin As Russia Unveils ‘CryptoRuble’

Assange Thanks US Govt For His 50,000% Gain On Bitcoin As Russia Unveils ‘CryptoRuble’

Once again the unintended consequences of government intervention are exposed

In 2010 – following the release of sensitive government documents related to wars in Afghanistan and Iraq – John McCain and Joe Lieberman led a bipartisan attempt to cut off WikiLeaks funding by forcing ‘traditional’ payment systems to block them.

7 years later and the price of Bitcoin has… risen…50,000%!

And Julian Assange chose yesterday to thank the US government and its corporatocracy for his forced investment…

As CoinTelegraph concludes, Wikileaks has been on the forefront of revealing government corruption, and Assange has lived as a fugitive in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London since 2012. With all the antigovernment rhetoric, it’s no wonder Assange is not friendly with pro-government fiat currencies. Wikileaks and its founder represent the sort of non-governmental control that Bitcoin is founded upon.

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Meet The 31-Year-Old Austrian Anti-Immigrant Who Just Became The World’s Youngest Leader

Meet The 31-Year-Old Austrian Anti-Immigrant Who Just Became The World’s Youngest Leader:

As discussed earlier, Austria’s young conservative star, Sebastian Kurz, is now assured of becoming the country’s next leader, projections of Sunday’s parliamentary election result showed, but his party is far short of a majority and is likely to seek a coalition with the resurgent far right.

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In Historic Result, 31-Year-Old Wins Austrian Elections, Worst Result For Establishment Party Since Hitler Rule

In Historic Result, 31-Year-Old Wins Austrian Elections, Worst Result For Establishment Party Since Hitler Rule:

In another stunning defeat for Europe’s establishment, as previewed earlier this morning Austria’s 31-year-old Sebastian Kurz is assured victory in the Austrian National Council elections, becoming Chancellor with his center-right People’s Party set to take roughly 30.2% of the vote – the best result in almost two decades – according  to exit polls by Austrian broadcaster ORF, while just as shocking is that the anti-immigrant, nationalist Freedom Party appears set to top the Social Democrats in 2nd place with 26.8% of the vote: the two parties are expected to form a coalition government. If confirmed out by final results, that would be its strongest performance for the Freedom Party since the 26.9% it won in 1999 when the party was led by the charismatic Jorg Haider. Meanwhile, Chancellor Christian Kern’s Social Democrats are looking at another devastating – for Europe’s establishment – loss, sliding to 3rd spot with just 26.3% of the vote.

The full breakdown from the initial exit polls vs the last election results in 2013:

  • People’s Party (Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz) 30.5% vs 24%
  • Freedom Party (Heinz-Christian Strache) 26.8% vs 20.5%
  • Social Democrats (Chancellor Christian Kern) 26.2% vs 26.8% in 2013
  • Neos (Matthias Strolz) 5.3% vs 5%
  • Greens (Ulrike Lunacek) 4.7% vs 12.4%
  • Liste Pilz (Peter Pilz) 4.3% (didn’t run in 2013)

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State Of Emergency Declared As California’s Hepatitis A Outbreak Accelerates

Hepatitis A???

State Of Emergency Declared As California’s Hepatitis A Outbreak Accelerates:

A month after San Diego began street-bleaching in an effort to control its spread, Governor Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency as California’s Hepatitis A outbreak has “gone statewide,” with dozens dead and hundreds hospitalized.

In order to combat the disease, the southern California city of San Diego has literally begun spraying the streets with bleach.

An article by NPR said that the Hepatitis A was first identified in the area in early Marchaccording to the county, and declared a public health emergency earlier this month. Nearly 400 people have been infected with the disease.

The majority of those sickened by this viral infection outbreak have been homeless people. A letter from San Diego County health officials stated that hepatitis A is being spread through contact with a “fecally contaminated environment” as well as person-to-person transmission. A big part of the problem is an apparent lack of public restrooms in areas where the homeless population congregates.

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