Archive | February 5, 2016

Greed Trumps Justice: Indigenous Tribe Stripped of Their Native Lands – Over Gold*

Greed Trumps Justice: Indigenous Tribe Stripped of Their Native Lands – Over Gold*

By Carolanne Wright

The Dann sisters, Carrie and Mary, are two Western Shoshone elders who live on ancestral and environmentally sensitive lands of Crescent Valley, Nevada. From time immemorial, the Shoshone peoples have lived in a balance of stewardship and reciprocity within this environment. As part of their core values, the Shoshone believe life is a prayer and offer small ceremonies for everything taken of mother earth. The sisters were told by their grandmother that there are nature spirits everywhere. And each time you eat a grain of rice, a grain of wheat, you are eating this thing we call life — don’t waste it.

Unfortunately, Shoshone reverence for the natural world lies in sharp contrast to the desires of the United States Government and its corporate masters.

In 1863, the U.S. government, along with the Shoshone nation, signed the “Treaty of Peace and Friendship” in Ruby Valley, Nevada. At the time, the Shoshone laid claim to 26 million acres of land in Nevada. The treaty between the government and the Western Shoshone nation allowed for settlers and ranchers to have access to the land, but did not include land title. Nonetheless, all of this changed a century later due to a coveted and ecologically devastating resource: gold.

Fraud, Harassment and the U.S. Federal Government

In 1962, the federal Indian Claims Commission determined that, due to “encroachment” of white settlers and ranchers, the land no longer belonged to the Shoshone. ‘Encroach what?” Carrie Dann questions. ”There isn’t anybody living out here. Look around.”

Following this ruling, the government seized the land and paid $26 million into an account for the Shoshone nation. However, the tribe refused the money, stating they never agreed to sell their land.

““The Supreme Court gave its blessing to the Indian Claims Commission ruling, claiming that the Shoshone had no claim to the land since the tribe had been paid $26 million.” (source)

As observed by one attorney following the case, the verdict was completely unconstitutional due to the fact that Indian tribes are forced into treaties without any rights or recourse. He also points out that because something is ‘legal’ does not mean that it is just.

Out of protest, the Dann sisters stopped paying grazing fees in 1973. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) countered by imposing nearly $50,000 in fees and a staggering $3 million in fines by 1998. The agency also ordered a roundup of the Dann’s cattle and horses, claiming the animals were trespassing and degrading federal land.

“Trespass? Who the hell gave them the land anyway?” Mary Dann told the New York Times. “When I trespass, it’s when I wander into Paiute territory.”

Coming in force with helicopters, trucks and armed agents, the BLM impounded hundreds of the Dann’s horses and cattle, which then went into auction. Events became so heated at one point that Clifford Dann doused himself with gasoline and set himself on fire. He served 9 months in prison and was slapped with a $5,000 fine for interfering with a federal officer.

The BLM roundup of 400 horses in 2003 was particularly tragic as it took place in wintertime. Many of the mares were either pregnant or had just given birth. The agency ran horses through fences onto pasture that was inadequate for grazing. Horses and their babies died because the BLM felt the need to run the animals off traditional grazing lands in the middle of winter.

Each roundup cost the agency approximately $1-million to carry out. Information was later uncovered by the Dann’s attorney that the order to confiscate the animals came directly from Washington, D.C. — namely the Department of State, the Department of Justice and the Department of the Interior.

Why such an interest in the land by the federal government?

Greed, Gold and Business as Usual

As it turns out, the Shoshone land in Nevada just happens to sit atop the largest gold find in the United States. But the gold was microscopic and it wasn’t until 1961 that the industry developed a technique to extract the metal. To put this development into context, the Ruby Valley Treaty was revoked one year later in 1962. The land is now the 2nd largest gold producing region in the world.

When gold is microscopic, rock needs to be dug out, crushed, then leached in a cyanide bath to remove the precious metal. The production of one gold ring generates 20 tons of waste material. Not only that, but the gold is located under the water table. The miners are pumping between 20,000 — 70,000 gallons of water per minute out of the ground everyday, year-round. The water table across the entire region has been depleted, while drinking water has become unusable due to heightened salinity and mineral content.

“They are pumping this virgin water out so that we can enjoy wearing gold,” declares Carrie Dann.

“Ladies and Gentlemen, we are killing the earth. The earth is dying because of the way people act, you as consumers and mass producers of gold. We as indigenous people are yelling: stop that! You are killing the mother earth.”

One mine sits upon billions of dollars worth of gold, but at what cost? Is this gold more important than the environment? More important than those who get their food, medicine and sustenance from the land?

“We don’t need that gold. Eighty percent of that gold goes into jewellery. Eighty percent. Anytime you men buy gold for your wives, you think about that. The destruction that is happening in the name of gold,” said Carrie Dann.


Related Topics:

Indigenous Activists Chase McCain off the Navajo Land he intends to Mine*

EPA from Congress on Toxic Mine waste Spilt in Indigenous Waterways*

Obama Changes Mountain’s Name to Its’ Indigenous Name, but Continues to Steal Indigenous Land*

U.S. Cities Change ‘Columbus Day’ to ‘Indigenous People’s Day’*

Eugenics: Kidnapping of the Indigenous Sioux in South Dakota*

The Vanishing Indigenous Nations of the U.S. – Five Facts*

Police Killing Indigenous Americans at Astounding Rate*

Indigenous Americans against the Canonization of Junípero Serra*

Indigenous Candidates Win Big in Washington State Elections*

US Vaporized and Experimented on the Indigenous of Marshall Islands*

Indigenous Group Rejects $1 Billion Offer for Natural Gas Terminal on Ancestral Lands*

Amazonian Elders Conclude Completion of First Indigenous Medical Encyclopaedia*

1947 Rockefeller Patent Shows Origins of Zika Virus*

1947 Rockefeller Patent Shows Origins of Zika Virus*

By Arjun Walia

As you’ve probably already heard, the World Health Organization (WHO) recently made an announcement declaring the Zika virus to be a global health emergency. They did so without providing much detail about the disease, however, so here is some more information and answers to questions many people are asking, such as: Where did it come from? And do the millions of genetically modified mosquitoes that have been released in these areas have anything to do with it?

First of all, this sexually-transmitted virus has been around for approximately 70 years, and is actually marketed by two companies, but before we get to that, let’s find out who owns the patent on the virus. It’s the Rockefeller Foundation.


As PBS points out:

Zika is a flavivirus, which is pronounced a bit a like flavour. Flay-v-virus. Most viruses in this family are carried by arthropods — mosquitoes and ticks. We’ve known about Zika virus since at least 1947, when researchers from the Rockefeller Foundation put a rhesus monkey in a cage in the middle of Zika Forest of Uganda. The team was conducting surveillance for yellow fever. But “Rhesus 766” would ultimately become the first known carrier of Zika virus. (It remains unconfirmed if monkeys or other animals are consistent carriers — or reservoirs — for the disease).

The virus is also marketed by two companies, LGC Standards (headquartered in the U.K.) and ATCC (headquartered in the U.S.).

As Gulliaume Kress from Global Research writes:

The LGC Group is:

…the UK’s designated National Measurement Institute for chemical and bioanalytical measurements and an international leader in the laboratory services, measurement standards, reference materials, genomics and proficiency testing marketplaces.”

One of its branches, LGC Standards, is:

…a leading global producer and distributor of reference materials and proficiency testing schemes. Headquartered in Teddington, Middlesex, UK, LGC Standards has a network of dedicated sales offices extending across 20 countries in 5 continents and more than 30 years experience in the distribution of reference materials. These high quality products and services are essential for accurate analytical measurement and quality control, ensuring sound decisions are made based on reliable data. We have an unparalleled breadth of ISO Guide 34 accredited reference material production in facilities at 4 sites across the UK, the US and Germany.”

LGC Standards entered into a partnership with ATCC, of which the latter is:

…the premier global biological materials resource and standards organization whose mission focuses on the acquisition, authentication, production, preservation, development, and distribution of standard reference microorganisms, cell lines, and other materials. While maintaining traditional collection materials, ATCC develops high quality products, standards, and services to support scientific research and breakthroughs that improve the health of global populations.”

This “ATCC-LGC Partnership” is designed to facilitate:

the distribution of ATCC cultures and bioproducts to life science researchers throughout Europe, Africa, and India and […] to make access to the important resources of ATCC more easily accessible to the European, African, and Indian scientific communities through local stock holding of more than 5,000 individual culture items supported by our local office network delivering the highest levels of customer service and technical support.

Where Do Genetically Modified Mosquitoes Fit Into The Picture?

A recent article published by The Antimedia first brought to the world’s attention the fact that millions of Genetically Modified Mosquitoes had been released in Brazil. This is where Oxitec first unveiled its large-scale, genetically modified mosquito farm in July 2012 with the goal of reducing the incidence of dengue fever.

Oxitec has already released a large number of GM olive flies that were used to kill off wild pests that damage crops. In the Cayman Islands, 3 million GM mosquitoes were released, and in this case over 90% of the original natural native mosquito population was suppressed. The same results were also seen in Brazil. (source)

On the other side of the coin, genetically modified mosquitoes are now being proposed as a solution to stop the spread of such viruses. Livescience recently published an article alluding to that, as did The Globe and Mail, while other media sources, such as RT news, are reporting that these GM mosquitoes could be linked to the virus.

It is difficult to separate fact from fiction here. The point is, however, that when it comes to GM insects, there are many things to be concerned about, one being, what happens if someone receives a bite from one of these mosquitoes?

“Will their GM DNA be injected into your arm or leg? Oxitec has counteracted this objection by stating they only plan to release male mosquitoes, which don’t bite. This again sounds good in theory… but in reality, sorting millions of insects according to sex is no small feat. And even FKMCD notes that although ‘every effort is made to release only males,’ Oxitec trials show that .03 percent of the mosquitoes released are female.” -Dr. Joseph Mercola (source)

If you think about it, with millions of mosquitoes released, we are still talking about thousands of mosquitoes that can bite. Estimates of genetically modified insects that have been released into the environment are between 50-100 million. What about the environmental health impacts report? And what about the synthetic DNA from the bites? Who is tracking all of this stuff, and how exactly do you track it? Why are we just assuming everything is okay, without any evidence to back it up?

The potential exists for these genes, which hop from one place to another, to infect human blood by finding entry through skin lesions or inhaled dust. Such transmission could potentially wreak havoc with the human genome by creating “insertion mutations” and other unpredictable types of DNA damage. (source)

According to Alfred Handler, a geneticist at the Agriculture Department in Hawaii, mosquitoes can develop resistance to the lethal gene and might then be released inadvertently. (source)

Todd Shelly, an entomologist for the Agriculture Department in Hawaii, said 3.5% of the insects in a laboratory test survived to adulthood, despite presumably carrying the lethal gene. (source)

Another factor to consider is this:

Tetracycline and other antibiotics are now showing up in the environment, in soil and surface water samples. These GM mosquitoes were designed to die in the absence of tetracycline (which is introduced in the lab in order to keep them alive long enough to breed). They were designed this way assuming they would NOT have access to that drug in the wild. With tetracycline exposure (for example, in a lake) these mutant insects could actually thrive in the wild, potentially creating a nightmarish scenario. (source)

Dr Helen Wallace, director of GeneWatch UK, warned about the GM fruit flies that were released a couple of years ago:

Releasing Oxite’s GM fruit flies is a deeply flawed approach to reducing numbers of these pests, because large numbers of their offspring will die as maggots in the fruit. Not only does this fail to protect the crop, millions of GM fruit fly maggots (most dead, but some alive) will enter the food chain where they could pose risks to human health and the environment. Oxitec’s experiments should not go ahead until rules for safety testing and plans for labelling and segregation of contaminated fruits have been thoroughly debated and assessed. If these issues are ignored, growers could suffer serious impacts on the market for their crops. (source)

It’s also important to note that there is there is no specific regulatory process for GM insects anywhere in the world.

Wallace went on to state that:

“Regulatory decisions on GM insects in Europe and around the world are being biased by corporate interests as the U.K. biotech company Oxitec has infiltrated decision-making processes around the world. The company has close links to the multinational pesticide and seed company, Syngenta. Oxitec has already made large-scale open releases of GM mosquitoes in the Cayman Islands, Malaysia and Brazil and is developing GM agricultural pests, jointly with Syngenta. (source)(source)

“The public will be shocked to learn that GM insects can be released into the environment without any proper oversight. Conflicts of interest should be removed from all decision making processes to ensure the public have a proper say about these plans.” – Dr Helen Wallace, Director of GeneWatch UK (source)

Environmental NGOs like Greenpeace suggest that GM insects could have unintended and wide ranging impacts on the environment and human health due to the complexity of ecosystems and the high number of unknown factors which make risk assessment difficult. These companies have raised a number of concerns which include: (source)

  • New insects or diseases may fill ecological niche left by the insects suppressed or replaced, possibly resulting in new public health or agricultural problems
  • The new genes engineered into the insects may jump into other species, a process called horizontal transfer, causing unintended consequences to the ecosystem
  • Releases would be impossible to monitor and irreversible, as would any damage done to the environment

A briefing done by these organizations also shows that Oxitec is trying to influence regulatory processes for GM insects, that they: (source)

  • Don’t want to be liable for any complications
  • Try to avoid any regulation of GM agricultural pests on crops appearing in the food chain
  • Exclude important issues from risk assessments, like the impact on human health
  • Release of large amounts of GM insects prior to regulations
  • Undermining the requirement to obtain informed consent for experiments involving insect species which transmit disease


Related Topics:

Western Medicine Is Rockefeller Medicine*

Rockerfeller’s Flu Pandemic*

Are the Birth Defects of Zika virus Caused by Tdap Vaccine?

Zika Epicentre in Same Area GM Mosquitoes were Released in 2015*

Brazilians Panic as Mosquito-Borne Virus Is Linked to Brain Damage In Thousands of Babies*

The NWOs TPP Will Be Signed Today, but Congress has to Approve It*

The NWOs TPP Will Be Signed Today, but Congress has to Approve It*

It was signed on the 4 February 2016

By Arjun Walia

Today is the day that the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) will be signed, but it won’t become law until Congress approves it, which means there is still time to stop it. The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) is the largest trade agreement since the creation of the World Trade Organization (WTO), and the United States has been engaged in discussion with eight Pacific nations to come to an agreement on the terms of the TPP. It is a free trade contract that would, ostensibly, allow for a more open system of exchange between the United States and less developed nations, and it has been wrapped in secrecy since discussions began within the Bush administration in 2005. This is one of many examples of global economic/political partnerships and deals that are happening underneath public radar.

Despite the vast uproar that has been raised across various non-corporate media outlets, and the seemingly endless amounts of people opposing the trade deal, it still remains wrapped in secrecy. This is because it’s not really about trade. The agreement has 29 chapters, and only five of them have to do with trade. The other 24 chapters either put restrictions on domestic governments or limit food safety, environmental standards, financial regulation, climate policy, and more. It’s basically an agreement for establishing new and enhanced powers for the multinational corporations that have a stranglehold on the world’s resources. It will affect every major industry and influence the way we govern our planet and the way we are allowed to live our lives. It will affect everything.

This is just one of many examples of global economic/political partnerships and deals that are happening outside of the public eye. The TPP itself is not really a secret, but many of the details of it are. And considering the immeasurable impact it is about to have on our lives, it is not talked about nearly enough. Many people remain woefully ignorant of what is going on, so it’s important that we spread the message before it’s too late.

Below is a video of Robert Reich, an American political economist and professor who served in the administrations of Presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter, talking about the deal. He was also Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton from 1993 to 1997. Today, he doesn’t agree with what politics has become, and now discusses how America has been taken over by moneyed interests.

To help stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership, please go HERE.  It’s a petition from urging Congress to vote no on the TPP when the time comes. They state that “an agreement like the TPP should be negotiated in the full light of day. America must reserve the right to determine our own consumer, health, safety, labor, privacy, and environmental regulations. Do not surrender our rights to transnational corporations.”


Related Topics:

New Zealand Police Intimidate Anti-TPP Activists in Their Homes*

TPP Negotiators Meet this Week to Finalize Corporate Trade Deal*

Protest Rally Ends with a Call for Fatwa against TPPA in Malaysia*

Japan to Lift Duties Vegetables, Most Fishery Products under TPP*

Canada under Pressure from Obama for Quick TPP Approval*

Over 1,000 Plaintiffs File Lawsuit to Keep Japan out of TPP*

TPP Preparedness: EU Drops Pesticide Laws*

TPP Preparedness: New Bolivian Law Forces Investor Disputes to Be Settled Locally*

12 Nations Sold their Sovereignty to a Controversial TPP Deal in Atlanta*

Microsoft Shifts Spyware Windows 10 to ‘Recommended’ Update, Automatic Download*

Microsoft Shifts Spyware Windows 10 to ‘Recommended’ Update, Automatic Download*


Microsoft has been increasingly aggressive in its attempts to push consumers to download Windows 10 as it is upping the ante once again.

As of now, Windows 10 is now classified as a “Recommended” update, which means many Windows 7 and 8.1 users will download and begin the installation automatically.

By default, Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 shipped with updates enabled and a second box — “Give me Recommended updates the same way I receive important updates” checked as well. Plenty of users have changed these settings, but you can bet millions of people haven’t. We’ve written before about the power of defaults, and in this case, leaving automatic updates on has been a good idea for many users.

“As we shared in late October on the Windows Blog, we are committed to making it easy for our Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 customers to upgrade to Windows 10. We updated the upgrade experience today to help our customers, who previously reserved their upgrade, schedule a time for their upgrade to take place,” a company spokesperson told ZDNet.

There are several issues to be aware of here. First, users on metered connections must either turn off recommended updates or disable automatic updates altogether if you don’t want the 6GB download to count against your monthly limit. Simply deleting the file isn’t sufficient, your OS will download it again. Microsoft doesn’t recommend disabling automatic update, but the company has no solution for users who can’t spare the bandwidth to download the OS, but don’t want the update.

Microsoft has stressed that end users who begin the upgrade process will still have the option to say “No” before the upgrade begins, but I’m dubious of this for several reasons. First, we’ve already seen what Microsoft’s version of “No” looks like — it looks like this:

Microsoft made this change to the Windows 10 GWX application, in a patently obvious attempt to shove more users towards upgrading. The company’s opt-out for Windows 10 installation is unlikely to be much better. Even if it is, however, there’s still a larger issue — specifically, the people this upgrade is going to hit are those who are the least likely to know it’s coming.

There’s no way this doesn’t create headaches for at least some Windows users, as well as Microsoft. Some drivers won’t update properly. Some people will misinterpret the installation as malware, since Microsoft hasn’t historically updated its operating systems in this fashion. Some will click on “Get Windows 10″ without realizing that it’s an entirely new operating system that makes significant changes to how basic system functions work. Resetting system defaults to MS programs is going to leave some people thinking their previous browser settings or customizations are gone.

All of these issues are issues with any OS upgrade, but OS updates are typically something the user initiates. Microsoft clearly wants its entire user base on Windows 10. But think about it: This move targets users who don’t know enough to disable Recommended updates, but have also rejected Microsoft’s previous offers. This could create a nasty snarl of blowback if the upgrade push starts making life difficult for large numbers of people.

Microsoft has published a KB article detailing how end-users can control the upgrade prompts and disable them in the future, available here.


Related Topics:

Senior Russian Lawmaker Seeks Ban on Windows 10 in State Agencies*

Microsoft Adding Windows 10 Spyware to Windows 7 and 8*

The World Leader Who Stole His Citizens’ Gold*

The World Leader Who Stole His Citizens’ Gold*

By Simon Black

Even before his coronation in 1626, King Charles I of England was almost bankrupt.

His predecessors King James and Queen Elizabeth had run the royal treasury down to almost nothing.

Costly war and military folly had taken its toll. The crown had simply wasted far too much money, and brought in too little.

To make matters worse, King Charles was constantly at odds with parliament.

The English government was completely dysfunctional, with constant bickering, personal attacks, and very little sound decision-making.

Parliament refused to pass the taxes that Charles needed to make ends meet. But at the same time, the King was legally unable to levy his own taxes without parliamentary approval.

So, faced with financial desperation, he began to look for alternative ways to raise revenue.

One way was relying on practically ancient, obscure laws to penalize his subjects.

The Distraint of Knighthood, for example, was based on an act from 1278, roughly three and a half centuries before Charles’ coronation.

The Act gave him the legal authority to fine all men with a minimum level of income who did not present themselves in person at his coronation.

Charles also commandeered vast amounts of land, restoring the boundaries of the royal forests to where they had been during the time of King Edward I in the 13th century.

He then fined anyone who encroached on the land, and resold much of it to industries that were supportive of his reign.

King Charles even resorted to begging; in July 1626, he requested that his subjects “lovingly, freely, and voluntarily” give him money.

When that didn’t work, the King levied a Forced Loan, effectively confiscating people’s funds under the guise of ‘borrowing’ it.

He raised about £250,000, the equivalent of about $7.5 billion today.

Emboldened by his success, Charles eventually seized assets directly, including all the gold on deposit being held at the Royal Mint– money that belonged to the merchants and goldsmiths of England.

At one point Charles even forced the East India Company to ‘loan’ him their pepper and spice inventory. He subsequently sold the products at a steep loss.

If any of this sounds familiar, it should.

Today there is no shortage of nations facing fiscal desperation. Most of Europe. Japan. The United States.

In the Land of the Free, the government has spent years… decades… engaged in the most wasteful folly, from multi-trillion dollar wars to a multi-billion dollar website.

U.S. debt just hit $19 trillion a few days ago. And it’s only going higher.

We can already see the government’s financial desperation.

Over the years, the government has effectively levied a ‘forced loan’ totalling more than $2.6 trillion on the Social Security Trust Fund, whose ultimate beneficiaries are the taxpayers of the United States.

Bottom line, they’re ‘borrowing’ YOUR money.

Last year the government stole more from Americans through ‘Civil Asset Forfeiture’ than all the thieves in the United States combined.

In December, the U.S. government confiscated $19.3 billion from the Federal Reserve, which, by the way, was already very thinly capitalized.

Even if you want to believe the propaganda, it’s clear that these are not the actions of a healthy, solvent government that embraces liberty.

In fact, the government published over 80,000 pages of laws, bills, regulations, and executive orders last year. Just this morning they published another 308 pages.

It’s impossible for anyone to keep up with all of these rules. And yet each can carry civil and criminal penalties, including a fine now for not having health insurance.

As Mark Twain used to say, history may not repeat, but it certainly rhymes.

Financially insolvent governments of major superpowers do not simply go gentle into that good night.

They don’t suddenly turn over a new leaf and start embracing economic freedom.

Instead, they get worse. More desperate. More destructive.

Should we honestly believe that they can continue racking up more debt than has ever existed in the history of the world without any consequences?

This is madness. At some point, fiscal reality always catches up. Maybe not at $19 trillion. Maybe not even at $20 trillion.

Maybe it takes 3 months. Or 3 years. But somewhere out there is a straw that can break the camel’s back. And that has serious consequences.

Never forget that if something is predictable, then it’s also preventable.

And facing such obvious trends, it makes all the sense in the world to take some simple, rational steps to put together your own Plan B.


Related Topics:

Cash Banned in Louisianna*

Ban Cash to Help Central Banks stinks of Total Control – NWO’s Cashless Society*

U.S. Banksters Stealing Anyone’s Gold*

I.R.S. Stealing Citizen’s Hard-earned Money*

Germany: “Punishment Interest” Meaning We want your Money*

It’s Time to Start Watching your Bank Account – G2O is!*

Australia has Stolen $360 million from Dipping into Personal Accounts*

IMF Eyes on Pensions and Your Savings Account

Danske Bank Denying Access to Personal Accounts*

U.K.s Chancellor Gives Power to take from Personal Bank Accounts*

Belgium Dips into Citizens’ Bank Accounts*

E.U. Takes Countries to Court for not Dipping into Personal Bank Accounts*

Western Megabanks Are Now Stealing Depositors’ Money*

Why Central Banks HATE Cash and Will Begin to Tax It Shortly*


Russian Interior Ministry Foiled Mass Robbery of All National Banks*

Russian Interior Ministry Foiled Mass Robbery of All National Banks*

The head of Russia’s cybernet department said that Russian Interior Ministry was able to foil an attempt to rob practically all of Russia’s banks in a single swipe.

The Russian Interior Ministry was able to foil an attempt to rob practically all of Russia’s banks in a single swipe, the head of Russia’s cybernet department (K Unit) said Thursday.

“Last year, the K Unit exposed an international criminal group that put the entire Russian banking system under threat. At the time of their detention, the criminals were preparing a global operation on stealing money from practically all of the country’s banks,” K Unit director Alexei Moshkov said.

He added that the key part of their activities was targeted cyberattacks on processing centres of Russian and foreign banks, as well as the global system of interbank financial exchanges.


Related Topics:

Russia has had enough: No more ‘business as usual’ with U.S.*

U.S. Cyber-attack on Iran Foiled*

China Blast Linked to Cyber-Warfare*

A Zionist to Head U.S.’s Economic Warfare Division*

Tyupkin Malware Helping Hackers Steal Millions through ATMs*

7.3 Quake and Multiple Aftershocks Strike Russia’s Far East*

Syrian Army ends 3-year siege of 2 Shia Towns in Aleppo*

Syrian Army ends 3-year siege of 2 Shia Towns in Aleppo*

Syrian Amy units have broken a siege imposed by terrorist organizations in the towns of Nubbul and al-Zahraa, local media report.

“The Syrian army and its allies have totally broken the siege on Nubul and Zahraa,” a senior army official told Reuters.

The siege is said to have lasted for 40 months. The Syrian troops were assisted by local fighters in order to break it.

The Syrian Army has also managed to cut off supply routes for the terrorists between the towns of Mayer and Maarasta al-Khan, Syrian radio and TV reports.

The end to the siege has been described as a major “breakthrough” for the Syrian army by Abdel Bari Atwan, editor of the London-based Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper.

“It is actually a breakthrough for the Syrian army in Aleppo area,” he told RT.

“I believe this will change the equation there and it could be a turning point. Aleppo is actually very close to falling, partly or fully, to the hands of the Syrian official forces.”

Atwan attributed the success of the operation to the Russian forces providing a “very efficient air cover” that in cooperation with Syrian ground forces resulted in “huge advances.”

Earlier in the day, the army worked in cooperation with local defence units to destroy a vehicle equipped with heavy machine guns near Maarasta al-Khan village, a source on the ground told SANA. The vehicle belonged to Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists, the source said.

The Syrian army has lately been making advances in the west of the country. On Monday, it seized a strategically important village, Hardatnin, located about 10 km (6 miles) northwest of Aleppo.

On the same day, the town of Kinsabba in Latakia was also recaptured by Syrian troops.

U.N. envoy Staffan de Mistura announced on Wednesday that the Syria talks in Geneva are to be “temporarily halted” until February 25.

The U.N. official said that he was not frustrated or disappointed with the process, but has to be realistic.

Citing difficulties with select procedural matters for the break in talks, de Mistura said he remained determined to continue with the negotiations.

Countries backing the talks will be asked to meet again immediately to resolve the issues, he added.


Related Topics:

Russian Jets Hit 900 Terrorist Targets in Five Syrian Regions in Three Days*

U.K. Gov to Invest an Extra £1.2bn in Syria*

U.N. Vaccine Program has Deliberately Killed Syrian Kids*

What Really Happened When Iran Captured Two American Vessels*

Nusra Disintegrate as Hezbollah, Syrian Army Capture Tal Jibbin in Aleppo*

10,000 Kids Missing in E.U. as Criminals ‘exploit’ Migrant Flow*

These People are Going into Syria on Feb 1st to Meditate for Global Peace*

ISIS and Nusra Warring in East Lebanon*

Dutch Parliament Now Backs Illegally Bombing IS Targets in Syria*

U.S. Senate to Declare “International Martial Law”*