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France begins clampdown on 'conspiracy theories' to justify state of emergency

As more and more French youth are getting hooked on various conspiracy theories, the French Ministry of Education plans to organize a special meeting and bring together 300 teachers, researchers, psychologists and students, Le Figaro reported.

According to the research company Ipsos, one in five among young French citizens believes and supports conspiracy theories, which became ever so popular as of recent, especially after last year's Paris terrorist attacks.

To combat the spread of disinformation and sometimes outright lunacy, which a few conspiracy theories bring to the table, French Minister of Education Najat Vallaud-Belkacem decided to gather students and educators in a meeting on February 9 and discuss how one could distinguish real and verifiable information from various kinds of unprovable information that many conspiracy theories present.

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Eye 1

Clapper: US intelligence agencies to boost surveillance using home devices

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Just a few of the smart household devices that will spy on you!
The head of the US intelligence community has acknowledged for the first time that American spy agencies might use a new generation of smart household devices to increase their surveillance capabilities. James Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence, made the remarks on Tuesday during a testimony before the Senate Armed Services and Intelligence Committees as part of an assessment of threats facing the United States. "In the future, intelligence services might use the [Internet of Things] for identification, surveillance, monitoring, location tracking, and targeting for recruitment, or to gain access to networks or user credentials," Clapper said.

The Internet of Things is the network of physical objects—devices, vehicles, buildings and other items which are embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and network connectivity, which enables these objects to collect and exchange data.

Clapper did not specifically name any intelligence agency as involved in the surveillance of household devices. But technology experts and privacy advocates examining the Internet of Things believe that US surveillance agencies will intercept the signals the newly networked devices emit, much as they do with those from mobile phones.

The experts warn that thousands of completely unsecured web-connected devices are currently used by customers.

Comment: So if they are "contemplating" it now, it means they are already using it. All that is left is to sell it to the American public, as in homegrown extremists and Russia.


Gold Seal

Russian FM spokeswoman Maria Zakharova slams NATO propaganda in weekly press briefing

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Russian Foreign Ministry's spokeswoman Maria Zakharova
Russian Foreign Ministry's spokeswoman Maria Zakharova is holding a weekly press briefing in Moscow.


Conference begins near 36 minute mark


On the Meeting of the Syria Support Group in Munich

Maria Zakharova has revealed plans to hold an upcoming meeting on Syria. Stressing the need to include the Syrian Kurds — Syrian Democratic Unity Party (PYD) — in the negotiation process. She stressed that the negotiations could lead to no results withthout the participation of the Syrian Kurds who know very well the situation on the ground.

The meeting of the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) is scheduled for February 11, in Munich.

However Maria Zakharova doubted that Russia's Western partners have any strategy for Syria at all, judging by their actions on the ground. their actions resemble some chaotic movement without any clear aim in focus.

Bomb

Mumbai attacks plotter 'says he worked for Pakistan spy agency'

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An American who helped survey targets for the deadly 2008 Mumbai attacks told a special Indian court Tuesday that Pakistan's spy agency provides support to militants blamed for the atrocity, according to a prosecutor.

David Headley, who was sentenced in 2013 by a Chicago court to 35 years in a US prison for his role in the attacks that killed 166 people, also said he worked for Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).

"Today David Headley has given certain sensitive revelations," Indian public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam said outside Mumbai's sessions court on Tuesday following the American's testimony via video link.

Arrow Up

Former MI-6 Agent: The Syria war will not be a quagmire -- Because Putin and Assad are winning

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Late in the night on Feb. 2, the news hit: "all communication and supply line[s]" between Turkey and Aleppo had been severed, according to a Elijah Magnier, a renowned Arab war correspondent with Alrai Media Group. It seems to be so: the Syrian army and allied militias, backed by Hezbollah and Russian air power, took control of a tendril of territory that cuts off Aleppo-based rebels from the Turkish border. See the map below. Eastern supply lines for the so-called Islamic State appear to have also been cut.

Of particular strategic importance is the village of Murassat Khan and adjacent towns north of Aleppo: by taking control of the area, Damascus ended the main Turkey-Aleppo insurgent supply line. The tourniquet around Aleppo can be pulled off the city -- and at the same time, one of the main ISIS oil corridors to Turkey is cut. If things proceed as they have been, with the regime advancing further into rebel-held territory, the red swathe of Syrian government forces will shortly expand to encircle all opposition forces (predominantly Jabhat al-Nusra and ISIS), who themselves have been encircling Aleppo in the east.

Bad Guys

Europe's technocrats fuming because Dutch voters don't want Ukraine in the EU


Dutch FM Bert Koenders - he has smug idiot written all over his face
Well it may very well be that a majority of Ukrainians want to join the EU. But while they may want Europe, Europe may not want them. At least not the Dutch.

A referendum is scheduled in the Netherlands for April 6th on the question of the EU's association agreement with Ukraine. An overwhelming majority of Dutch say they will vote no, reports Politico:
The poll, conducted by the Dutch public broadcaster's program EenVandaag, is the first barometer on the April 6 vote. It found that over 50 percent of voters "are certain" to reject the Ukraine agreement, while another quarter of respondents said they'll "likely" reject the deal.

Over half of respondents also said they will certainly cast a ballot, while another 17 percent said they'd "most likely" vote. The threshold for the referendum to be taken into account is a turnout of 30 percent.

Snakes in Suits

Why so much hate? A closer look at Erdogan's 'Kurdophobia'

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As the ongoing clashes between the Turkish government and Kurds intensify and more innocent civilians are dying, there is something distinct and perhaps intangible about Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan: his deep-rooted personal hatred of Kurds.

Is the reason behind the current war between Ankara and the Kurds in Southeastern Turkey Erdogan's 'Kurdophobia'? Abd Salam Ali, a representative of the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), recently said Erdogan "suffers from Kurdophobia." How true are his words? Sputnik looked at Erdogan's past quotes and actions to find out whether the Turkish president is a true Kurd-hater.

Comment: Erdogan's hatred of the Kurds sounds eerily similar to Israel's hatred of the Palestinians.


Bad Guys

Saakashvili dreaming: Ukrainians with American weapons could conquer all of Russia

The Governor of the Odessa region, Mikhail Saakashvili, believes that Ukrainian soldiers allegedly could "conquer all of Russia", if they are given modern American weapons. Especially, the Georgian politician said, anti-tank weapons. He complained on a broadcast on television about the Ukrainian army having only obsolete Soviet technology, and almost directly appealed to Washington with a request to increase military aid to Kiev, and for the Pentagon to give Ukraine real help.

"The main disadvantage in Ukraine is the outdated anti-tank weapons. But there are newer weapons in the US, and if they will provide them, Ukraine will destory the first 50 Russian tanks, everything will be different," — said Saakashvili.

Bad Guys

U.N. calls for global medical command centers in light of the Zika virus non-epidemic

To all truth seekers who have been following what I call the Zika virus psyop, you can exhale now as the ultimate agenda to this recent engineered virus scare is now clearly appearing to come to full fruition for everyone to see.

With the recent release of a United Nations report titled "Protecting Humanity From Future Health Crisis," the U.N. and the global ruling elite are now declaring themselves to be the ultimate medical authority directly responsible for the survival of the human race.

This shocking report which is a direct reflection of the U.N.'s Agenda 21 assumes many lies that they hope the masses will accept blindly. It first plays on the deceptive assumption and lie that there is a direct connection between the Zika virus and microcephaly in newborns, which there is not based on information freely available to all. According to vaccine researcher Jagannath Chatterjee:

Comment: From James Corbett:

Zika is a bust. But it's accomplished its mission: $1.8 billion in funding, further trial runs of the medical martial law apparatus in another part of the world, and more adulation for the fearless WHO. Join us for today's thought for the day as we put the Zika hype to rest once and for all (hopefully).




Snakes in Suits

Controversial confusion: Merkel wants to deploy NATO forces to Turkish coast

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel wants to send NATO troops to the Turkish coast in order to support Turkey in the fight against illegal trafficking. However, it is unclear whether the increased military presence is connected to the escalation of conflict in Syria, German newspaper Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten (DWN) reported.

Germany and Turkey will seek NATO's mobilization in the fight against illegal trafficking on the Aegean coast, the newspaper wrote.