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Εγχειρίδιο χειρισμού κρίσεων λόγω πολιτικών ΔΝΤ από τη CIA! / Already confirmed: Civil liberties under attack! / Greece's creditors gone completely insane! / How the global financial mafia sucked Greece's blood / ECB's economic hitmen / Η Μέρκελ επιβεβαιώνει τα σχέδια των γραφειοφασιστών! /Greece: the low-noise collapse of an entire country/ How the neoliberal establishment tricked the masses again, this time in France / Ενώ η Γερμανία προετοιμάζεται για τα χειρότερα, η Ελλάδα επιμένει στο ευρώ! / Ένας παγκόσμιος "proxy" πόλεμος κατά της ελευθερίας έχει ξεκινήσει! / McCarthyism 2.0 against the independent information / Ο επικεφαλής του "σκιώδους συμβουλίου" της ΕΚΤ επιβεβαιώνει ότι η ευρωζώνη είναι μια χρηματοπιστωτική δικτατορία! / It has started: A global proxy war against freedom! / Βαρουφάκης: Το ΤΧΣ δεν ελέγχεται από το δημόσιο! / Δημοψήφισμα για Grexit: η τελευταία ευκαιρία να σωθεί η Ελλάδα και η τιμή της Αριστεράς / Europe crushed by the fascists, islamofascists, bureaufascists and their masters / Δεν γίνεται έτσι "σύντροφοι" ... / Panama Papers: When mainstream information wears the anti-establishment mask / The Secret Bank Bailout / The head of the ECB “shadow council” confirms that eurozone is a financial dictatorship! / A documentary by Paul Mason about the financial coup in Greece / The ruthless neo-colonialists of 21st century / First cracks to the establishment by the American people / Clinton emails - The race of the Western neo-colonialist vultures over the Libyan corpse / Επιχείρηση Panama Papers: Το κατεστημένο θέλει το μονοπώλιο και στις διαρροές; / Operation "looting of Greece" reaches final stage / Varoufakis describes how Merkel sacrificed Greece to save the Franco-German banks / France officialy enters the neo-Feudal era! / The US establishment just gave its greatest performance so far ... / A significant revelation by WikiLeaks that the media almost ignored / It's official: the US is funding Middle-East jihadists! / Οι αδίστακτοι νεο-αποικιοκράτες του 21ου αιώνα / How to handle political unrest caused by IMF policies! / Πώς το νεοφιλελεύθερο κατεστημένο ξεγέλασε τις μάζες, αυτή τη φορά στη Γαλλία / The establishment attacks Jeremy Corbyn in full force - imagine what would happen if he was truly radical

22 June, 2017

Brutal Kangaroo

WikiLeaks

Today, June 22nd 2017, WikiLeaks publishes documents from the Brutal Kangaroo project of the CIA. Brutal Kangaroo is a tool suite for Microsoft Windows that targets closed networks by air gap jumping using thumbdrives. Brutal Kangaroo components create a custom covert network within the target closed network and providing functionality for executing surveys, directory listings, and arbitrary executables.

The documents describe how a CIA operation can infiltrate a closed network (or a single air-gapped computer) within an organization or enterprise without direct access. It first infects a Internet-connected computer within the organization (referred to as "primary host") and installs the BrutalKangaroo malware on it. When a user is using the primary host and inserts a USB stick into it, the thumbdrive itself is infected with a separate malware. If this thumbdrive is used to copy data between the closed network and the LAN/WAN, the user will sooner or later plug the USB disk into a computer on the closed network. By browsing the USB drive with Windows Explorer on such a protected computer, it also gets infected with exfiltration/survey malware. If multiple computers on the closed network are under CIA control, they form a covert network to coordinate tasks and data exchange. Although not explicitly stated in the documents, this method of compromising closed networks is very similar to how Stuxnet worked.

The Brutal Kangaroo project consists of the following components: Drifting Deadline is the thumbdrive infection tool, Shattered Assurance is a server tool that handles automated infection of thumbdrives (as the primary mode of propagation for the Brutal Kangaroo suite), Broken Promise is the Brutal Kangaroo postprocessor (to evaluate collected information) and Shadow is the primary persistence mechanism (a stage 2 tool that is distributed across a closed network and acts as a covert command-and-control network; once multiple Shadow instances are installed and share drives, tasking and payloads can be sent back-and-forth).

The primary execution vector used by infected thumbdrives is a vulnerability in the Microsoft Windows operating system that can be exploited by hand-crafted link files that load and execute programs (DLLs) without user interaction. Older versions of the tool suite used a mechanism called EZCheese that was a 0-day exploit until March 2015; newer versions seem use a similar, but yet unknown link file vulnerability (Lachesis/RiverJack) related to the library-ms functionality of the operating system.

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Alexis Tsipras essentially admits that the Greek experiment is not over


A tired and disappointed prime minister spoke yesterday to the members of his cabinet about the latest developments after the recent eurogroup (another one), concerning the Greek debt issue. The Greek PM, Alexis Tsipras, was restricted on usual generalities, without giving a specific schedule about what Greece's creditors have promised to do about Greece's debt relief. The explanation is simple: they gave him nothing.

Despite the usual rhetoric containing cliches like growth, jobs, investments, fight against corruption and bureaucracy, sometimes, at some point, even politicians reveal directly or indirectly, deliberately or not, some of the real picture behind the curtain.

So, it would be useful to focus on a couple of points that may give us some of the real picture. The first one comes right in the beginning of his speech, where Tsipras essentially admitted that after the latest developments we should not expect the end of the crisis, which is translated that the brutal neoliberal experiment in Greece is not over yet:

            The decision of eurogroup, gives for the first time after seven years, a clear horizon for the exit from the memorandums, from the recession, and from the crisis of the economy. [...] It does not consist the end of the crisis ...

The second one comes little later when the disappointed Tsipras pretends that the exit to the markets for Greece is not a primary target:

           And I estimate that, during the next period, the downward course of the interest rates will be continued, so that very soon to be able to make the first test exit to the markets ... openly, with viable and sustainable terms. Yet, if you like, this is a short-term target for us, and probably, not our primary target ...


Obviously, Tsipras realized that the neoliberal priesthood will not allow Greece to return to the markets with a viable interest rate because that would give a significant independence to the country, in order to avoid tight scrutiny and form its own policies.

As described previously, some Greek government officials expressed recently their optimism that Greece could return to the money markets during the summer with a viable interest rate, but our guess is that it won't happen, because this would give a certain degree of independence to Greece from the ECB and Draghi's liquidity injections. The neoliberal priesthood knows that there is still a danger of a possible sudden interruption, and even reversal, of the Greek experiment, in case that Tsipras administration find an opportunity to make independent moves, away from the creditors' tight scrutiny, towards social policies and public investments. Then, their new 'model' for the whole eurozone, as they dream, could have been 'blown up'.

Tsipras will be forced to take only further measures against the Greek society under tight scrutiny, like every other eurozone country under similar programs. The Brussels-Berlin axis will use him and throw him to the dustbin, hoping to replace him with a more secure puppet, like the neoliberal leader of New Democracy, Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

There is only one solution for Greece to be liberated from the European Financial Dictatorship and return to the path of hope: return to national currency, or, Grexit if you prefer. This Grexit should be done with Greece's terms, in order to be able to survive from the subsequent financial war that will be launched by the global financial mafia.

Exploitation of children in propaganda war against Syria continues

Part 1

In December 2016, filmmakers in Egypt were arrested in the process of staging an Aleppo video with two children: the girl was meant to look injured, and the boy was to vilify both Russia and Syria.

Even the corporate media reported on it, including: “The girl’s dress, covered in red paint, was what caught the attention of a police officer driving by, the ministry said.

The incidences of fakery and hoaxes, however, does not end there.

Also in December, the scene of a ‘Girl running to survive after her family had been killed’ was said to be in Aleppo. In reality, it was a scene from a Lebanese music video, which someone at some point clearly chose to depict as in Aleppo, for the same anti-Russian, anti-Assad vilification purposes.

In November 2014, a clip dubbed ‘Syrian hero boy’ went viral, viewed over 5 million times already by mid-November. The clip showed what appeared to be a little boy saving his sister from sniper gunfire, and was assumed to have been in Syria.

The Telegraph’s Josie Ensor didn’t wait for any sort of verification of the video which she cited as having been uploaded on November 10, the next day writing: “…it is thought the incident took place in Yabroud – a town near the Lebanese border which was the last stronghold of the moderate Free Syrian Army. Experts tell the paper they have no reason to doubt its authenticity. The UN has previously accused the Syrian regime of ‘crimes against humanity’ – including the use of snipers against small children.

On November 14, the BBC brought on ‘Middle East specialist’ Amira Galal to give her expert opinion on the clip. She asserted: “We can definitely say that it is Syria, and we can definitely say that it’s probably on the regime frontlines. We see in the footage that there is a barrel, it’s painted on it the Syrian army flag.

Once again, the so-called ‘experts’ got it wrong. The barrel which Galal referred to had a poor imitation of the flag of Syria painted on it, the flag’s color sequence out of order. The clip she was so certain had been filmed in government areas of Syria was actually produced in Malta by Norwegian filmmakers.

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How Greece became a guinea pig for a cashless and controlled society

As Greece moves closer to becoming a cashless society, it is clear that the country’s attitude towards cash is reckless and dangerous. The supposed convenience of switching to a cash-free system comes with a great deal of risk, including needless overreach by the state.

by Michael Nevradakis

Part 1

Day by day, we’re moving towards a brave new world where every transaction is tracked, every purchase is recorded, the habits and preferences of everyone noted and analyzed. What I am describing is the “cashless society,” where plastic and electronic money are king, while banknotes and coins are abolished.

Progress” is, after all, deemed to be a great thing. In a recent discussion, I observed on an online message board regarding gentrification in my former neighborhood of residence in Queens, New York, the closure of yet another longtime local business was met by one user with a virtual shrug: “Who needs stores when you have Amazon?

This last quote is, of course, indicative of the brick-and-mortar store, at least in its familiar form. In December 2016, Amazon launched a checkout-free convenience store in Seattle—largely free of employees, but also free of cash transactions, as purchases are automatically charged to one’s Amazon account. “Progress” is therefore cast as the abolition of currency, and the elimination of even more jobs, all in the name of technological progress and the “convenience” of saving a few minutes of waiting at the checkout counter.

Still insist on being old-fashioned and stuck behind the times, preferring to visit brick-and-mortar stores and paying in cash? You may very well be a terrorist! Pay for your coffee or your visit to an internet cafe with cash? Potential terrorist, according to the FBI. Indeed, insisting on paying with cash is, according to the United States Department of Homeland Security, “suspicious and weird.”

The European Union, ever a force for positive change and progress, also seems to agree. The non-elected European Commission’s “Inception Impact Assessment” warns that the anonymity of cash transactions facilitates “money laundering” and “terrorist financing activities.” This point of view is shared by such economists as the thoroughly discredited proponent of austerity Kenneth Rogoff, Lawrence Summer (a famed deregulator, as well as eulogizer of the “godfather” of austerity Milton Friedman), and supposed anti-austerity crusader Joseph Stiglitz, who told fawning participants at the World Economic Forum in Davos earlier this year that the United States should do away with all currency.

Logically, of course, the next step is to punish law-abiding citizens for the actions of a very small criminal population and for the failures of law enforcement to curb such activities. The EU plans to accomplish this through the exploration of upper limits on cash payments, while it has already taken the step of abolishing the 500-euro banknote.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF), which day after day is busy “saving” economically suffering countries such as Greece, also happens to agree with this brave new worldview. In a working paper titled “The Macroeconomics of De-Cashing,” which the IMF claims does not necessarily represent its official views, the fund nevertheless provides a blueprint with which governments around the world could begin to phase out cash. This process would commence with “initial and largely uncontested steps” (such as the phasing out of large-denomination bills or the placement of upper limits on cash transactions). This process would then be furthered largely by the private sector, providing cashless payment options for people’s “convenience,” rather than risk popular objections to policy-led decashing. The IMF, which certainly has a sterling track record of sticking up for the poor and vulnerable in society, comforts us by saying that these policies should be implemented in ways that would augment “economic and social benefits.”

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Νέες ενδοϊμπεριαλιστικές αντιθέσεις στη Μέση Ανατολή

Στον 21ο αιώνα στα «ευρασιατικά Βαλκάνια» (Λίβανος, Παλαιστίνη, Συρία, Ιράν, Ιράκ), στην περιοχή του Κόλπου και στην ευρύτερη Μέση Ανατολή, μια περιοχή-εθνοτικό μωσαϊκό, εμπλέκονται άμεσα δύο βασικοί άξονες: Από τη μία ο ευρωατλαντικός, με διακριτά συμφέροντα κυρίως μεταξύ ΗΠΑ και Βρετανίας και με διακριτά ενεργό συμμετοχή πρωτίστως της Γαλλίας αλλά και Γερμανίας. Από την άλλη, ο άξονας Ρωσίας-Κίνας-Συρίας-Λιβάνου-Ιράν, με υπαρκτές αντιθέσεις στο εσωτερικό του.

του Αλέκου Αναγνωστάκη


Μέρος 2ο – Σοβαρή απειλή για τις ΗΠΑ η ισχυροποίηση και οι φιλοδοξίες της Τουρκίας και του Ιράν

Φυσικά το ζήτημα δεν είναι η τρομοκρατία. Σε αυτήν την περιοχή του πλανήτη, διασταυρώνονται σήμερα οι επικίνδυνες για τους λαούς ενδοϊμπεριαλιστικές αντιθέσεις του σύγχρονου καπιταλιστικού κόσμου. Οι ΗΠΑ, ειδικά στην περιοχή του Καυκάσου και της Μέσης Ανατολής, αντιμετωπίζουν χρόνια τώρα τον υπαρκτό γι’ αυτές κίνδυνο η Τουρκία και το Ιράν από ισχυρές περιφερειακές δυνάμεις να μετατραπούν σε βασικούς πόλους ενός νέου πολυπολικού κόσμου, με ισχυροποιούμενες ιμπεριαλιστικές βλέψεις και δράσεις. Και έχουν τα φόντα.

Το Ιράν καταλαμβάνει εξέχουσα θέση σε θέματα παγκόσμιας ενεργειακής πολιτικής και οικονομίας, ως η τέταρτη μεγαλύτερη χώρα-παραγωγός πετρελαίου παγκοσμίως και ταυτόχρονα ως η χώρα των μεγάλων αποθεμάτων πετρελαίου και φυσικού αερίου. Αλλά και ως η χώρα με ξεχωριστή πετροχημική βιομηχανία, υφαντουργία, βιομηχανία τροφίμων, σιδηρουργία χάλυβα, αυτοκινητοβιομηχανία, σημαντικά αποθέματα ψευδάργυρου, μόλυβδου, σιδήρου, χρωμίου και βαρίου. Η εκτόξευση, στις 2 Φεβρουαρίου 2009, του δικού της δορυφόρου Omid που τον έθεσε σε τροχιά με έναν πύραυλο κατασκευασμένο στο Ιράν, αποκαλύπτει τη δυναμική της.

Αλλά και η Τουρκία δεν πάει πίσω. Έχει το 17ο μεγαλύτερο ονομαστικό ΑΕΠ παγκοσμίως. Μπήκε με το σπαθί της στο κλαμπ των μεγάλων οικονομιών της G-20. Είναι από τα ιδρυτικά μέλη του ΟΟΣΑ. Με βασικούς οικονομικούς τομείς τη ναυπηγική βιομηχανία, τις τράπεζες, τον τουρισμό, τις κατασκευές, τις οικιακές συσκευές, τα ηλεκτρονικά, τα υφάσματα, τη διύλιση πετρελαίου, τα πετροχημικά προϊόντα, τα τρόφιμα, το σίδηρο και χάλυβα, τη βιομηχανία μηχανών και αυτοκινήτων (16η παραγωγός στον κόσμο, παρήγαγε 1.072.339 αυτοκίνητα το 2012), τους λιθάνθρακες, τα μεταλλεύματα χρωμίου, χαλκού, μόλυβδου, ψευδάργυρου, αντιμονίου, μαγγανίου, βόριου, χρυσού (πάνω από 6.500 τόνους αποθεματικό).

Οι ΗΠΑ, με όλη την αναμφισβήτητη στρατιωτική τους ηγεμονία και παρά την οικονομική τους οπισθοχώρηση, ακολουθούν μια μόνιμη πολιτική περιορισμού αυτών των δυο δυνάμεων, αποτροπής της μετατροπής τους σε μεγάλες δυνάμεις της ευρύτερης περιοχής. Εξ’ ου και οι κατά καιρούς προστριβές και αναμεταξύ τους εντάσεις.

Η άνοδος του Ομπάμα στην προεδρία σήμανε ορισμένες μετατοπίσεις στην πολιτική τους προκειμένου να υπηρετήσουν τα στρατηγικά τους σχέδια. Οι ΗΠΑ, μετά την εκδήλωση του οικονομικού κραχ το 2017, εγκαταλείπουν αναγκαστικά το οικονομικά δυσβάστακτο στρατιωτικό δόγμα περί «της ικανότητας διεξαγωγής δύο ταυτόχρονα μεγάλων πολέμων σε δυο διαφορετικές περιοχές της γης».

Αντί αυτού, επιλέγουν την πολιτική των εταιρικών στρατιωτικών ιμπεριαλιστικών αλλά και πολιτικών επεμβάσεων σε μια περιοχή, σε συνδυασμό με την επιβολή οικονομικών, κυρίως, κυρώσεων. Αυτή την πολιτική υλοποιούν στην ευρύτερη περιοχή της Μέσης Ανατολής. Επεμβαίνουν μόνο εταιρικά και επιβάλλουν κυρώσεις στη Ρωσία. Το δε «δικαίωμα» ακόμη και μονομερούς επέμβασης σε δεύτερη περιοχή το διατηρούν και το προσδιορίζουν για την Άπω Ανατολή.

Στα πλαίσια αυτά, σύμφωνα με το δόγμα Ομπάμα, μειώνουν το στρατό στο χαμηλότερο επίπεδό του από το 1940, «αναγνωρίζοντας τις οικονομικές προκλήσεις της εποχής» (εισήγηση υπουργού Άμυνας Χέιγκελ). Στο ζήτημα των σχέσεων και της πολιτικής που ακολουθούν απέναντι στο Ιράν, ειδικά, οι κυρίαρχες δυνάμεις του αμερικάνικου κατεστημένου επέλεξαν, δια του Ομπάμα, αντί της συνεχούς και απρόβλεπτης ρήξης, τις απευθείας διαπραγματεύσεις.

Το αποτέλεσμα ήταν η «συμφωνία για το πυρηνικό πρόγραμμα της Τεχεράνης», που τέθηκε σε ισχύ το Γενάρη του 2016. «Η συμφωνία για το Ιράν πρέπει να συγκριθεί με τις εναλλακτικές επιλογές, μια διπλωματική επίλυση που θα εμποδίζει το Ιράν να αποκτήσει πυρηνικά όπλα είναι σαφώς προτιμότερη από ένα ελεύθερο πυρηνικό πρόγραμμα του Ιράν ή άλλον ένα πόλεμο στη Μέση Ανατολή. Οι ΗΠΑ πρέπει να θυμούνται ότι αυτή η συμφωνία είναι αποτέλεσμα πολυετούς εργασίας κι αποτελεί μια συμφωνία μεταξύ των μεγάλων δυνάμεων της διεθνούς κοινότητας, όχι μόνο των ΗΠΑ και του Ιράν», διαμηνύει ο Ομπάμα στις 16 Ιανουαρίου 2017.

Μετά την εκλογή Τραμπ, το αμερικάνικο κατεστημένο αλλάζει αυτήν την πολιτική και επιστρέφει στην πολιτική της ευθείας σύγκρουσης με το Ιράν, με τον πόλεμο ως ενδεχόμενο. Με δυο κινήσεις του Τραμπ καταργεί και το «δόγμα Ομπάμα». Πρώτη κίνηση, επεμβαίνει συμβολικά –άμεσα και μονομερώς– στη Συρία. Δεύτερη κίνηση, ανακοινώνει την οικοδόμηση ενός ισχυρότερο στρατού και την αύξηση των πολεμικών δαπανών. Ο Τράμπ υπόσχεται να αυξήσει το στρατό από 475.000 που είναι σήμερα σε 540.000 εν ενεργεία στρατιώτες, τα μαχητικά αεροσκάφη σε 1.200 από 1.113, το συνολικό στόλο στα 350 πολεμικά πλοία, να αναβαθμίσει τα ταχύπλοα σκάφη του Ναυτικού και να αποκτήσει σύγχρονα αντιτορπιλικά «για την αντιμετώπιση των πυραυλικών απειλών από το Ιράν, τη Βόρεια Κορέα και άλλες χώρες».

Η πολιτική, λοιπόν, του αμερικάνικου καταστημένου δια του Τραμπ παίρνει άλλη μορφή και ιεραρχήσεις με το πλησιέστερο το ενδεχόμενο του πολέμου. Οι προτεραιότητες της αμερικανικής εξωτερικής πολιτικής στη Μέση Ανατολή συμπληρώνονται με την ανάθεση σε υπεργολάβους-συμμάχους» των ΗΠΑ «εργολαβιών» εναντίον π.χ. του Ιράν ή του Isis, με την ήττα πάση θυσία του δεύτερου (αφού δεν τα κατάφερε…) καθώς και της αλ-Κάιντα στη Συρία και την Υεμένη, τη στήριξη των φιλικών σε αυτή την πολιτική καθεστώτων, παρά το τυχόν βεβαρυμμένο παρελθόν τους.

Στην πρόσφατη επίσκεψη του Αμερικανού προέδρου στη Σαουδική Αραβία, την πρώτη του στο εξωτερικό, ο Τραμπ ανέλυσε τη νέα πολιτική των ΗΠΑ απέναντι στο Ιράν, γεγονός που αποτέλεσε τον συνεπαγόμενο καταλύτη για την εκδήλωση της κρίσης του Κατάρ. Για μεν τις ΗΠΑ, τα κολοσσιαία εξοπλιστικά συμβόλαια τελικού ύψους 350 δισ. (!) δολαρίων ήταν η υλική βάση για να αποκτήσει ξεχωριστή αξία ο βασιλιάς της Σαουδικής Αραβίας, Σαλμάν Μπιν Αμπντουλαζίζ. Για δε το Σαουδάραβα εκπρόσωπο των Σαούντ, ο ντίλερ του αμερικάνικου στρατιωτικού και βιομηχανικού συμπλέγματος πρόεδρος Τραμπ είναι προνομιακά χρήσιμος στη διαπάλη με το Ιράν. Τα οφέλη είναι συνολικά και τελικά αμοιβαία. Γι’ αυτό και ο Τράμπ μετά τη συμφωνία δηλώνει κατενθουσιασμένος: «Ήταν μια φανταστική ημέρα, τρομερές επενδύσεις στις ΗΠΑ …και δουλειές, δουλειές, δουλειές» (το επίσημο πρακτορείο της Σαουδικής Αραβίας SPA έκανε λόγο για 34 συμφωνίες που υπέγραψαν οι δύο πλευρές χωρίς να αναφέρει τη συνολική τους αξία).

Υπενθυμίζεται ότι η διοίκηση Ομπάμα, λίγο καιρό πριν, είχε μπλοκάρει την πώληση όπλων στο Ριάντ, με το σκεπτικό ότι αυτά θα χρησιμοποιούνταν για τον βομβαρδισμό αμάχων στην Υεμένη. Τελικά, όμως, σε αυτό το αλισβερίσι φαίνεται πως ο Οίκος των Σαούντ απέσπασε το πολυπόθητο «πράσινο φως» για να εξαπολύσει την ολομέτωπη επίθεση κατά του Κατάρ.

Αλλά γιατί το Κατάρ, αφού σε αυτό έχει την έδρα της η αμερικάνικη βάση με 11.000 στρατιωτικούς; Το Εμιράτο-Μίδας παρουσιάστηκε ισχυρότερο στο ουράνιο στερέωμα της Μέσης Ανατολής μετά το 1995 και ειδικά μετά το 2005. Αυτό το μόλις 46 χρόνων ανεξάρτητο κράτος (ήταν βρετανικό προτεκτοράτο και απέκτησε την ανεξαρτησία του το 1971), έκτασης όσο περίπου η Κρήτη, είναι ο μεγαλύτερος εξαγωγέας υγροποιημένου φυσικού αέριου, με αποθέματα που αποτελούν το 13% των παγκόσμιων. Διαθέτει αποδεδειγμένα και αποθέματα πετρελαίου ύψους 15 δις βαρελιών (τώρα έχει μικρή παραγωγή). Είναι μια από τις χώρες με τη χαμηλότερη φορολογία στον κόσμο, χωρίς φόρο εισοδήματος και 0.1% ανεργία με το τέταρτο, παγκοσμίως, υψηλότερο κατά κεφαλήν ΑΕΠ.

Το 2005 ίδρυσε την «Αρχή Επενδύσεων του Κατάρ». Έκτοτε ξεσάλωσε. Το πλεόνασμα ύψους πολλών δις δολαρίων από τη βιομηχανία φυσικού αερίου το επενδύει στις Ηνωμένες Πολιτείες, την Ευρώπη και την Ασία. Ανάμεσα στις επενδύσεις περιλαμβάνονται το αεροδρόμιο Χίθροου, η Siemens, όμιλος Volkswagen, Valentino, Printemps, Harrods, The Shard, Παρί Σεν Ζερμέν, Royal Dutch, Barclays Bank, Bank of America, Shell, Tiffany, Αγροτική Τράπεζα της Κίνας, Sainsbury’s, BlackBerry και Santander Brasil.

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21 June, 2017

WikiLeaks reveals that literally every router in America has been compromised

The latest Wikileaks Vault7 release reveals details of the CIA’s alleged Cherry Blossom project, a scheme that uses wireless devices to access users’ internet activity.


As cyber security expert John McAfee told to RT and Natasha Sweatte:

Virtually, every router that's in use in the American home are accessible to hackers, to the CIA, that they can take over the control of the router, they can monitor all of the traffic, and worse, they can download malware into any device that is connected to that router.

I personally, never connect to any Wi-Fi system, I use the LTE on my phone. That's the only way that I can be secure because every router in America has been compromised.

We've been warning about it for years, nobody pays attention until something like WikiLeaks comes up and says 'look, this is what's happening'. And it is devastating in terms of the impact on American privacy because once the router is compromised and it infects the cell phones that are attached, your laptop, your desktop computer, your tablet, then they become compromised and [someone] can watch the data, start listening to conversations, start watching through the cameras on these devices.

We are in a situation with our government where they know everything about us and we know nothing about what the government is doing. They have the right to privacy and secrecy, but the individual does not, anymore.


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Ridiculously cheap hacking software to break into webcams spreads in China

The notion of “the privacy of your own home” may be becoming a thing of the past. Cheap software has reportedly spread in the Chinese Internet, allowing web-connected cameras and home surveillance devices to be infiltrated.

Virtually anyone can buy the hacking software for just 188 yuan ($28) with an attached list of IP addresses and a manual on how to use the malware, China’s CCTV broadcaster reported after conducting an investigation. The malware scans for internet-connected webcams, giving its buyers easy access to them.

The tool has recently spread in Chinese online chat rooms such as QQ Messenger, along with usernames and passwords to affected devices, CCTV reported.

Lists of up to 200 to 400 compromised cameras and login credentials are given away each day, and are downloaded by hundreds of people, according to the Chinese media outlet.

Those with webcams and other easily hackable camera devices are advised to change their passwords immediately and often, as a safety precaution.

CCTV traffic monitoring cameras as well as other cameras in the city can be also hacked if their passwords are not safe enough, cybersecurity experts warned, as cited by South China Morning Post. Those who exploit these gaps in security to invade personal space can be sentenced to up to three years in prison in China, the newspaper added.

Hijacked webcams have long been a cybersecurity concern, particularly after analysts concluded that massive DDoS attacks in October 2016 were the result of smart devices – including webcams and thermostats – being infiltrated to carry out the attacks. More than 80 popular websites were affected, including PayPal, Reddit, Amazon, Spotify, and Twitter.

Webcam hacking even seems to be cause for concern for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. A sharp-eyed Twitter user noticed in June 2016 that a photo posted online by Zuckerberg showed his laptop in the background, with tape over the camera and microphone.

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Εξωφρενικά φθηνό λογισμικό hacking που παραβιάζει web κάμερες εξαπλώνεται στην Κίνα

Ένα εξαιρετικά φθηνό λογισμικό που επιτρέπει τον χρήστη να παραβιάζει web κάμερες και κάμερες παρακολούθησης ιδιωτικών χώρων έχει εξαπλωθεί στο Κινεζικό διαδίκτυο σύμφωνα με ορισμένες αναφορές.

Σχεδόν ο καθένας μπορεί να αγοράσει το συγκεκριμένο λογισμικό στην τιμή των μόλις 188 γουάν (28 δολάρια), με ενσωματωμένη λίστα IP διευθύνσεων και εγχειρίδιο για το πως να χρησιμοποιήσει το κακόβουλο αυτό λογισμικό, σύμφωνα με έρευνα του ραδιοτηλεοπτικού φορέα της Κίνας (CCTV). Το λογισμικό ψάχνει για web κάμερες συνδεδεμένες στο διαδίκτυο, δίνοντας εύκολη πρόσβαση σ'αυτούς που το χρησιμοποιούν.

Το λογισμικό έχει διαδοθεί πρόσφατα σε Κινεζικά chat rooms όπως το QQ Messenger, ταυτόχρονα με τα ονόματα χρηστών και τους κωδικούς πρόσβασης στις συσκευές που έχουν παραβιαστεί, σύμφωνα με το CCTV. Συνιστάται σε όσους χρησιμοποιούν web κάμερες να αλλάζουν τους κωδικούς τους συχνά, ως μέτρο προστασίας.

Οι κάμερες παρακολούθησης κυκλοφορίας και άλλες κάμερες εντός των αστικών κέντρων μπορούν επίσης να παραβιαστούν, σύμφωνα με ειδικούς στον τομέα της ασφάλειας στο διαδίκτυο. Όσοι εκμεταλλεύονται τα κενά στην ασφάλεια παραβιάζοντας τον ιδιωτικό χώρο οποιουδήποτε , αντιμετωπίζουν ποινές φυλάκισης ως και τρία έτη, σύμφωνα με την εφημερίδα South China Morning Post.

Η παραβίαση web καμερών φαίνεται ότι απασχολεί ακόμα και τον ιδρυτή του Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg. Ένας οξυδερκής χρήστης του Twitter παρατήρησε τον Ιούνιο του 2016 ότι σε μια φωτογραφία που ανέβασε ο Zuckerberg, η κάμερα και το μικρόφωνο του υπολογιστή του ήταν καλυμμένα με ταινία.

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WHO says child from Raqqa among 15 new polio cases in Syria

Fifteen new cases of polio have been confirmed in Syria, including a child who may have caught the disease in Raqqa, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday.

Aid workers are unable to vaccinate the population in and around Raqqa, a city held by Islamic State militants and a target of US-led airstrikes. The WHO reported two polio cases in an area of Syria partly held by IS earlier this month, the first re-emergence of the virus in Syria since 2014 and a blow for hopes of eradicating the disease globally.

WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic told a UN briefing on Tuesday that 14 more cases had been found in the same area, the Mayadin district of Deir al-Zor province, and another had come from Raqqa.


20 June, 2017

Venezuela on the route to Socialism despite the war by the neoliberal circus

Today in the corporate media, Venezuela’s economic problems are used to paint the country as a failed state, in need of foreign-backed regime change. To get the Bolivarian government’s side of the crisis, Abby Martin interviews Venezuela’s Minister of Economic Planning, Ricardo Menéndez. They discuss shortages, oil dependency, the role of the US-backed opposition movement and more. The Empire Files joined him in Cojedes, Venezuela, where he was speaking to mass community meetings, organizing the population to fight against what he calls an economic war.


In this part of the interview, Menéndez says Venezuela will continue on the same route towards Socialism, without dogmatic approach, despite the war launched by the neoliberal circus in which the US empire has dominantt role:

We are one of the few nations in the world that pays all its financial duties on time, all of its international commitments. Nevertheless, our "country risk index" has increased continuously. These conditions show one of the attacks we've been under in recent years. This attack is expressed by raising the price of our debt.

Our economy has shrunk 87% of its total income from oil revenue. The actual income of the Republic is less. However, we have increased social investment in our nation. These are some traits that, probably in the international arena, and specifically in neoliberal circles, they don't understand how we can increase the social investment when the national revenue has decreased. We have fulfilled all our international commitments. This demonstrates the actual strength of the revolutionary model, the strength of the revolution.

From 1998 to 2012, Venezuela has doubled the family consumption values of its population. Additionally, we have maintained constantly that every time a raise in wages was needed, if the purchasing capacity of our population was below the basic food basket, these adjustments are made.

Our Bolivarian constitution establishes in article 299 the existence of the state along with the private sector. We are certain of the route to the construction of Socialism. We are not dogmatic, we don't work over dogmas for the construction of Socialism. Our vision is to untie all productive factors and during this process everyone plays a role.

What our constitution rejects is the existence of monopolies. Our constitution doesn't allow that a single actor dominates the rest, that wants to subdue our country.

Israel begins reducing power supply to Gaza

The Israeli regime has begun reducing electricity supplies to the besieged Gaza Strip, a week after Tel Aviv announced its much-condemned decision to further pressure the impoverished Palestinian sliver.

The Gaza Energy Authority announced the news in a statement on Monday, adding that Israeli authorities "began to reduce by eight megawatts electricity flow" into the Palestinian enclave. It also warned that the "dangerous" reduction would have "serious effects" on the crisis-hit territory.

It further said that the cutback was expected to reduce the amount of the mains electricity supplied to the blockaded sliver by at least 45 minutes of the daily average of four hours of power that Gaza's nearly 2 million inhabitants receive from an Israeli power plant, which provides them with some 125 MW a month, or 30 percent of the total mains electricity needs of the enclave.

On June 11, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's security cabinet gave the state-owned Israel Electric Corporation (IEC) the green light to implement the controversial cut, a step that is expected to further deteriorate the power crunch plaguing the Palestinian seaside territory, run by the Palestinian Hamas movement.

Israel’s decision was reportedly made after the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority (PA), led by President Mahmoud Abbas, slashed its monthly payments for the power supplies to Gaza by 30 percent. The PA and Hamas are at loggerheads, and Abbas' decision is then considered as indirect pressure on Hamas to relinquish control of the enclave.

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Republican data-mining firm exposed personal information for virtually every American voter

The GOP’s 2016 presidential upset wasn’t surprising just because it put Donald Trump in the White House; it also proved the party had vastly improved its ability to exploit data, including precision ad targeting campaigns on Facebook. Now comes the fallout of all that information hoarding: A California-based security researcher says Republican-linked election databases were inadvertently exposed to the entire internet, sans password, potentially violating the privacy of almost every single registered voter in the United States.

The data trove was apparently made public by accident by one of the data-mining companies that compiled it. It includes a mix of private information and data gleaned from public voter rolls: “the voter’s date of birth, home and mailing addresses, phone number, registered party, self-reported racial demographic, voter registration status” as well as computer “modeled” speculation about each person’s race and religion, according to an analysis provided to The Intercept.

The leak was discovered by Chris Vickery, an analyst at the U.S. cybersecurity firm UpGuard, who last year discovered an enormous breach of Mexican voter data and in 2015 a 300GB leak of records of 191 million voters. This new incident is more extensive, according the analysis, written by UpGuard:

            UpGuard’s Cyber Risk Team can now confirm that unsecured databases containing the sensitive personal details of over 198 million American voters was left exposed to the internet. The data, which was stored in a publicly accessible cloud server owned by Republican data firm Deep Root Analytics, included 1.1 terabytes of entirely unsecured personal information compiled by DRA and at least two other contractors, TargetPoint Consulting, Inc. and Data Trust. In total, the personal information of nearly all of America’s 200 million registered voters was exposed, including their names, dates of birth, home addresses, phone numbers, and voter registration details, as well as voter ethnicities and religions as “modeled” by the firms’ data scientists.

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Νέες ενδοϊμπεριαλιστικές αντιθέσεις στη Μέση Ανατολή

Στον 21ο αιώνα στα «ευρασιατικά Βαλκάνια» (Λίβανος, Παλαιστίνη, Συρία, Ιράν, Ιράκ), στην περιοχή του Κόλπου και στην ευρύτερη Μέση Ανατολή, μια περιοχή-εθνοτικό μωσαϊκό, εμπλέκονται άμεσα δύο βασικοί άξονες: Από τη μία ο ευρωατλαντικός, με διακριτά συμφέροντα κυρίως μεταξύ ΗΠΑ και Βρετανίας και με διακριτά ενεργό συμμετοχή πρωτίστως της Γαλλίας αλλά και Γερμανίας. Από την άλλη, ο άξονας Ρωσίας-Κίνας-Συρίας-Λιβάνου-Ιράν, με υπαρκτές αντιθέσεις στο εσωτερικό του.

του Αλέκου Αναγνωστάκη


Μέρος 1ο – Πυριτιδαποθήκη

Μιλάμε για μια περιοχή στην οποία, μόνο τα τελευταία τριάντα χρόνια, έχουμε δύο εισβολές των ΗΠΑ, την καταστροφή δυο χωρών –του Ιράκ και της Συρίας– και τον διαρκή αγώνα των Παλαιστινίων. Στη διαπάλη που διεξάγεται όλα γίνονται και όλα επιτρέπονται. Κράτη, πολυεθνικά μονοπώλια, ομάδες επιχειρήσεων και επιχειρηματιών, σύμμαχοι, «φίλοι» και συνεργάτες από τη μια μέρα στην άλλη ονομάζονται εχθροί και τρομοκράτες –και αντιστρόφως– σε ένα σκληρό παιχνίδι χωρίς τέλος. Ο αιώνιος νόμος του καπιταλισμού, ο ανταγωνισμός και η ταξική πάλη, δρα –καθοριστικά πολλές φορές– στο εσωτερικό των διάφορων μερίδων της αστικής τάξης, σε διαφορετικούς μονοπωλιακούς κλάδους ή στο εσωτερικό του ίδιου κλάδου, εξίσου σκληρά ή και σκληρότερα από ό,τι ανάμεσα σε διαφορετικές τάξεις.

Ο σημερινός χάρτης της περιοχής του Περσικού Κόλπου, με τα κράτη και εμιράτα της αραβικής χερσονήσου διαμορφώθηκε μετά το Δεύτερο Παγκόσμιο Πόλεμο από τις φυλές και τις φατρίες που κατάφεραν να διατηρήσουν την αυτοτέλειά τους. Τότε οι Αμερικανοί, οι νέοι ηγεμόνες που αναδύθηκαν από τον πόλεμο, χάραξαν τα σύνορα των κρατών με τις ανατριχιαστικές ευθείες που γνωρίζουμε σήμερα. Η διαπάλη ανάμεσα στις «μεγάλες και πολιτισμένες δυνάμεις», το ενδιαφέρον και ο ρόλος τους, ξεκινά και συνεχίζεται με τα ίδια κίνητρα που είχαν και οι Βρετανοί χρόνια πριν. Τότε που μοίραζαν τα εδάφη της διαλυόμενης Οθωμανικής Αυτοκρατορίας.

Το πετρέλαιο τότε, το πετρέλαιο και το αέριο τώρα, οι φυσικοί δρόμοι εμπορίου τότε, οι σύγχρονοι δρόμοι του μεταξιού τώρα, για τον νέο ηγεμόνα την Κίνα, η οποία αναδύεται καθώς οι ΗΠΑ, όπως τότε η Μεγάλη Βρετανία, υποχωρούν και ανταγωνίζονται. Μόνο που τώρα το ρόλο του «Λόρενς της Αραβίας» τον παίζουν ξεδιάντροπα πότε ο Τραμπ και πότε ο Σαρκοζί και ο Σρέντερ, άλλοτε ο Μπλερ και άλλοτε ο Ολάντ και η Μέρκελ, που αποτυπώνουν τα κεντήματα της σύγχρονης ιμπεριαλιστικής διπλωματίας.

Σε αυτό το φόντο, το ζάμπλουτο Κατάρ μέχρι πριν από λίγο ήταν αξιόπιστος φίλος των Αμερικανών. Ξαφνικά, μετά την επίσκεψη Τραμπ στη Σαουδική Αραβία, εμφανίζεται ως ο αποδιοπομπαίος τράγος, ως «ο προστάτης των τρομοκρατών». Και μάλιστα, από τις χώρες (Σαουδική Αραβία και ΗΠΑ) με τις πλέον σκοτεινές και δαιδαλώδεις σχέσεις με ό,τι αντιδραστικό και ακροδεξιό κυκλοφορεί στον πλανήτη.

Σε κάθε περίπτωση, μετά και την απόφαση της Σαουδικής Αραβίας, των Ηνωμένων Αραβικών Εμιράτων, της Αιγύπτου και του Μπαχρέιν να συγκροτήσουν αυτό που ονομάζουν ισλαμική στρατιωτική συμμαχία, παράλληλα με τις οικονομικές κυρώσεις εναντίον του Κατάρ, η κρίση στον Κόλπο κλιμακώνεται.

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19 June, 2017

The coordinated economic war on Venezuela briefly explained

Today in the corporate media, Venezuela’s economic problems are used to paint the country as a failed state, in need of foreign-backed regime change. To get the Bolivarian government’s side of the crisis, Abby Martin interviews Venezuela’s Minister of Economic Planning, Ricardo Menéndez. They discuss shortages, oil dependency, the role of the US-backed opposition movement and more. The Empire Files joined him in Cojedes, Venezuela, where he was speaking to mass community meetings, organizing the population to fight against what he calls an economic war.


In a specific part of the interview, Menéndez explains briefly the economic war launched by the US empire against Venezuela:

We are the victims of an attack to the Bolivar, the national currency. This charge against our currency has become evident on certain websites based outside Venezuela, where fictitiously, without any rationale or economic proof to back it up, they determine a political value of our currency. With this political value they pretend to generate the cost structure of what happens in our nation. You can have a product made in Venezuela that contains no imported parts, but the price is fixed by this rate, which is set in Miami, where they decide precisely the rate for the Bolivar.

At the same time, it gains an economic presence and they decide to accelerate the process. They detonate the price between Miami and Cucuta. These are two geopolitical components that you can have a clear read of their participation in the economic assault on Venezuela.

70% of the inflation in Venezuela is related to the American dollar rating being effectively made both in Miami and Cucuta. Afterwards, the extraction of paper currency. This means actually taking Bolivars out of the borders in order to generate a drought, affecting the ability of Venezuelans to pay in cash. These are concrete elements. So, the currency was affected by extraction smuggling. This extraction smuggling, envelops in certain cases, up to 40% of the products of the country that are taken away via extraction smuggling. This is a clear call of aggression towards a nation.

We have imported 300,000 tons of rice, and 300,000 tons of rice goes through the border towards Colombia. In the face of this strategy that intended to bring our country to bankruptcy, that was the basic intention, breaking the Republic, the nation. The government declared emergency measures in the face of this intention.

18 June, 2017

From al-Qaeda terrorist to CIA “Freedom Fighter”: one man’s journey from Europe to Libya

In the bloody terror-fueled conflicts that have been waged by the U.S. and NATO in Libya and Syria, one man has helped to recruit so-called “freedom fighters” and unleash them on those countries’ innocent civilians. But he has yet to be brought to justice.

by Steven Sahiounie

Part 4 - Qatar: Trump’s scapegoat

So what has changed so drastically to allow for a touted “freedom fighter” like al-Harati to now be labeled as a terrorist? The difference is in U.S. President Donald Trump, who announced during a recent trip to the Middle East that his administration will look at things differently. Trump has singled out Qatar as the sacrificial lamb on the altar in the U.S.’ fight against terrorism – despite the fact that Qatar is just one of several parties who have supported Syrian terrorists, parties ranging from the Free Syrian Army to ISIS. Someone has to pay the price – and this time, it is Qatar.

Qatar does support the Muslim Brotherhood, as does Turkey. It is no wonder that Turkey has sent troops to protect Qatar from attack by Saudi Arabia and the other Arab countries that have lined up with the U.S. against Qatar. But how will U.S., UK and EU leaders explain their own past support and defense of the Muslim Brotherhood? Some may suggest that should the Muslim Brotherhood is outlawed in their countries, their citizens may face chaos and rioting.

Trump and the American people will need to ask themselves if they really want to shut down extremism and CIA-backed jihad – or if they would rather watch Qatar sink into the sand from which it arose?

America lost its war on Syria, and it seems that Qatar will pay the price for allying itself with Iran — Syria’s only friend in the region.

William J. Murray is the chairman of the Religious Freedom Coalition and director of several aid programs. Murray writes:

           “The United States and its NATO and Islamist Gulf States allies have made the disease of jihad more infectious and spread it across the world. The American strategic concept of arming the “enemy of our enemy” does not work when both combatants have an equal hatred for democracy. What the United States has accomplished during two decades of interventionist doctrine is the destruction of several functioning nations that were no threat to Americans, and the formation of terrorist groups bent upon the destruction of the West and the establishment of Shariah-compliant governments worldwide.

Al-Harati swapped his camouflage military garb for a suit and tie when he became mayor of Tripoli in 2014 – perhaps as part of efforts to reinvent his image. But with his recent arrest in Malta and his arrival on a list of most wanted terrorists, al-Harati’s supporters and sponsors are fading into the woodwork as the shifting sands of the Arab Gulf are making old friends into enemies and old causes are becoming lost.

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17 June, 2017

Varoufakis explains why economics is not science


Russell Brand discusses with Yanis Varoufakis what happens when you take on the political, financial and media elite, and how radical reform can occur. Through accounts of his confrontations with the IMF, European institutions and the German government they examine where true power lies and how it is wielded.

In a particular part of the interview, Varoufakis explains simply why economics is not science:

          I call it organized religion with equations, superstition. The only way to become free of superstition is through overcoming. But you need to study. I've always pissed off my academic colleagues and other economists who actually believe that is real science what they are doing.

       Our mathematical models of the weather can be judged by objective reality. If I am a meteorologist and come up with a prediction that tomorrow there is going to be a heatwave in Leicester square, all we have to do is to wait until tomorrow to see if I'm right or wrong. The weather will either confirm or junk my theories about it.

And by the way, this is exactly the process of how real science progress. Try – fail - come with an improved idea, and so on. Real scientists abolish old theories even if they work well with new ones that explain better the nature, the world, etc.

Varoufakis continues:

        Let's say that I have the same kind of computer model and actual machine and data mining that the meteorologist does, but instead of using it to predict the weather I use it to predict the stock exchange. And suppose that I was somebody very highly respected as a predictor of stock exchange changes and let's say that today, I were to predict that tomorrow is going to be a major crash in the stock exchange. There might be because I predicted it! In society and in the economy, our beliefs about the phenomenon under study are part of the phenomenon under study.


The last paragraph above depicts soundly why mainstream economics are far from the concept of modern science. The 'gurus' of the dominant economic system 'teach' us how economy should be treated, based on mathematical models that assume standard conditions that, essentialy, do not exist in the real world. This kind of peculiar 'determinism' in economics is already considered obsolete in other scientific fields.

In Quantum Mechanics, for example, Heisenberg's uncertainty principle not only acknowledges that the observer affects the final situation of a physical system but also embeds this interference mathematically. As a consequence, the final situation of a physical system can be determined only in statistical terms.

Mainstream economics, dominated by the neoliberal perception, is full of assumptions that are not applicable in the real world, yet being used to justify the satisfaction of the interests of the elites.

Almost everywhere, neoliberal policies imposed through IMF have brought unprecedented disaster. Despite the obvious failure, financial technocrats assume that all cases are similar, imposing the same recipe in every region. Their models are full of assumptions in every level and that's why they fail miserably. Yet, despite the obvious disaster, the neoliberal priesthood demands from societies to adopt its models through simple faith.

Which shows that the only and real target of the mainstream economics, is simply retain the domination of a small elite on the top of the economic hierarchy, at the expense of the majority of the people.

When bots learn to lie

An AI chatbot programmed to negotiate with humans has figured out that lying can be a useful tactic in bargaining – an ominous sign for those who believe humans will one day bow at the electronic feet of robot overlords.

In an experiment by Facebook’s AI researchers, chatbots were paired off and set the task of dividing a collection of items among themselves. Each item was designated a certain value based on how much the chatbot cared about them.

Researchers noted that the haggling bots were quick to discover that lying about their interest in an item could bring them favorable results.

There were cases where agents initially feigned interest in a valueless item, only to later ‘compromise’ by conceding it – an effective negotiating tactic that people use regularly,” the researchers said in a statement. “This behavior was not programmed by the researchers but was discovered by the bot as a method for trying to achieve its goals.

The AI system learned to negotiate by analyzing each side of almost 6,000 human conversations. The model was designed so the bots had to continue negotiating until a common outcome was met, meaning it was not allowed to quit.

Facebook tested the bots against humans – most of whom did not realize they were engaging with AI, according to the researchers.

The best negotiation bot equaled the skill of human negotiators and achieved better deals about as often as worse deals. The team believes this shows that the bots “think intelligently about what to say.

This breakthrough is an important step toward building a personalized digital assistant that can reason, converse, and negotiate, according to researchers. Facebook is open-sourcing all of its code and data from the research in an effort to accelerate developments in the field of AI.

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China's quantum satellite establishes photon entanglement

A team of Chinese scientists have realized the satellite-based distribution of entangled photon pairs over 1,200 kilometers. The photon pairs were demonstrated to be still entangled after travelling long distances.

This satellite-based technology opens up bright prospects for both practical quantum communications and fundamental quantum optics experiments at distances previously inaccessible on the ground, said Pan Jianwei, an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

The achievement was made based on the world' s first quantum satellite, Quantum Experiments at Space Scale (QUESS), also dubbed Micius, launched by China on August 16, 2016, and was published as a cover article in the latest issue of academic journal Science.

This experiment was made through two satellite-to-ground downlinks with a total length varying from 1,600 to 2,400 kilometers. The obtained link efficiency is many times higher than that of the direct bidirectional transmission of the two photons through telecommunication fibers, said Pan, who is also the lead scientist of QUESS.

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Επιστήμονες πέτυχαν κβαντική τηλεμεταφορά σε απόσταση 1203 χιλιομέτρων!

Κινέζοι επιστήμονες ανακοίνωσαν ότι πέτυχαν το φαινόμενο της κβαντικής διεμπλοκής (ή κβαντικού εναγκαλισμού) δύο φωτονίων σε απόσταση 1.203 χιλιομέτρων, πετυχαίνοντας ένα νέο παγκόσμιο ρεκόρ και καταρρίπτοντας κατά πολύ το προηγούμενο ρεκόρ που ήταν περίπου 100 χιλιόμετρα.

Οι Κινέζοι ερευνητές ανέφεραν την επιτυχή δορυφορική μετάδοση των κβαντικά «διαπλεκόμενων» φωτονίων (σωματιδίων του φωτός) μεταξύ της Γης και του διαστήματος. Με αυτό τον τρόπο, έκαναν ένα άλμα προς τον τελικό στόχο της δημιουργίας κρυπτογραφημένων κβαντικών δικτύων τηλεπικοινωνιών και Ίντερνετ, τα οποία θεωρούνται αδύνατο να πέσουν θύμα χάκερ.

Ο κινεζικός δορυφόρος Micius, ο οποίος είχε τεθεί σε τροχιά πέρυσι το καλοκαίρι, είναι ο πρώτος διεθνώς που έχει εφοδιασθεί με τον κατάλληλο εξοπλισμό για κβαντικά πειράματα. Χρησιμοποιήθηκε για την κβαντική επικοινωνία με τρεις επίγειους κινεζικούς σταθμούς που απείχαν μεταξύ τους απόσταση περίπου 1.200 χλμ., ενώ η απόσταση του δορυφόρου από τους σταθμούς ποίκιλε από 500 έως 2.000 χλμ.

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From al-Qaeda terrorist to CIA “Freedom Fighter”: one man’s journey from Europe to Libya

In the bloody terror-fueled conflicts that have been waged by the U.S. and NATO in Libya and Syria, one man has helped to recruit so-called “freedom fighters” and unleash them on those countries’ innocent civilians. But he has yet to be brought to justice.

by Steven Sahiounie

Part 3 - Linking Ireland to Western-backed terrorists

Al-Harati’s home country of Ireland is tightly connected to the same terrorists that he has worked with for years. After the Manchester and London terrorist attacks in early summer 2017, it came to light that they had a strong link to Ireland. We now know that the government of Ireland has been consistently supporting radical Wahhabist terrorists in Syria, describing them as “freedom fighters.” Ireland itself has a long history of homegrown terrorism. There is also a long-established trend of terrorist groups having helped each other in joint ventures – one hand washing the other.

The deserts of Libya were home to Irish terrorists-in-training from 1986 to 1997. Even now, the Shannon Airport is still being used to channel weapons and supplies to terrorists in Syria. The Irish Anti-War Movement (IAWM) unequivocally called for the Libyan fighters who overthrew Gaddafi to be armed and internationally recognized.

Several of the Manchester and London terrorists have been associated with the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG, a CIA-run terrorist group that was founded in Dublin by Housam “Sam” Najjair and al-Harati.) Najjair and Harati have been described by Pat Kenny, Mary Fitzgerald and other political notables of Ireland as freedom-fighting secularists – not as the sectarian monsters that the people of Syria and Libya know them to be.

However, the mainstream Irish press has continued to praise such “freedom fighters” – at least, until their connection to the UK attacks was made known. Irish citizens have died as jihadists in Syria, but mainstream Irish politicians have still supported jihadi carnage across Syria.

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Automation and the planned obsolescence of the Proletariat

Garry Glass discusses how advances in automation are disrupting class relations.

Part 6 - Planned obsolescence of the Proletarian subject


If automation is to be adopted then it should be because the workers themselves want it, that they may find more useful things to do with the new efficiency gains. Without worker engagement it is much more likely to look like planned obsolescence of the worker themselves.

The question automation poses labour is a crisis for the proletarian subject – how will we reproduce our lives, in a world dominated by access to a wage – when gaining full time, well remunerated or secure employment has become destabilized?

Our bargaining power within the capitalist system either comes from our ability to sell our labour, or through our ownership of property. Whilst the working population have been enchanted by accumulating goods and using services, they have not been accumulating their own means of production. The crisis in wages and entrepreneurship along with collapse of effective unionism means that individual bargaining power has been eroded significantly.

There is a prevailing myth that money is a reward for graft, that somehow getting things for free is a handout from a nanny state funded by hard working taxpayers. Gains in efficiency that come from all the innovations and labours of our ancestors must be seen as a common good and not subject to private ownership.

The left does need to be propositional if it is to get beyond being reactive. The right needs people to be kept in drudgery, to internalise the guilt of debt and to not have enough free time on its hands to organise rebellion. UBI will lift people out of poverty somewhat but it is imperative that this is seen as a concession on the road to greater political and economic freedom. To settle for this as sufficient can only disempower the working class. Ultimately what makes a right work ethic in the 21st century needs to be clarified as does the question of what amount of luxury we actually need to be satisfied.

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