Headlines of note for June into July 2018 [updated]…

We begin with the abysmal EU copyright reform directive, which threatens the very format of this web log…

Electronic Frontier FoundationThe Crucial Next Few Days In the EU’s Copyright Filter and Link Tax Battle

Vice MotherboardEurope’s New Link Tax Will Enshrine Big Tech’s Stranglehold Over the Internet

If the proposal is adopted, a service that publishes a link to a story on a news website with a headline or a short snippet would have to get a license before linking. News sites could charge whatever they want for these licenses, and shut down critics by refusing to license to people with whom they disagreed. And the new rule would apply to any service where a link to a news story can appear, including social media platforms, search engines, blogging platforms

EFFThe EU’s Copyright Proposal is Extremely Bad News for Everyone, Even (Especially!) Wikipedia

Fuck Wikipedia. We are more concerned about Auribus Arrectis and everything we link, cite, and quote here (which is scarcely ever Wikipedia).

June 12 letter of Tim Berners-Lee et al to Antonio Tajani MEP, President of the European Parliament (Pdf) – Article 13 of the EU Copyright Directive Threatens the Internet

…By requiring Internet platforms to perform automatic filtering all of the content that their users upload, Article 13 takes an unprecedented step towards the transformation of the Internet from an open platform for sharing and innovation, into a tool for the automated surveillance and control of its users…

TechdirtUN Free Speech Expert: EU’s Copyright Directive Would Be An Attack On Free Speech, Violate Human Rights

Onto geopolitical events… After 65 years, may we soon declare the Korean War to be out of limbo and over?…

KCNA WatchKim Jong Un Leaves for Singapore

South China Morning PostKim Jong-un arrives in Singapore for historic summit with Donald Trump

NK NewsNorth Korea will learn from Singapore’s economic development: Rodong Sinmun

Kim, Trump meet for historic summit in Singapore

It’s probably nothing, but meanwhile this happens…

Zero Hedge (NHK) – US Fighter Jet Crashes Into Sea Near Japan; Pilots Ejected, Condition Unknown

And this, not far from Everett, Washington (where Trump’s grandfather had once set up shop – or brothel – many years ago)…

Cliff Mass Weather and Climate BlogWas there an unannounced missile launch on Whidbey Island early on Sunday morning?

The debunking, it was a helicopter…

The DriveLet’s Talk About That Mysterious ‘Rocket Launch Over Whidbey Island’

Known disinfo sand thrower Hal Turner has a yarn about how Trump launched the missile as a warning to Kim to not get cold feet on the eve of the summit, while the ‘white hats’ of Q subtly suggest the missile was an assassination attempt as Trump was en route to Singapore – at time stamp 10:19 of the Youtube video, Q – The Plan To Save The World

Back across the very big pond…

Eurasia Future (Adam Garrie) – Has Japan Lost Its Last Excuse for Re-Militarisation?

Islamic Republic News AgencyIran urges NKorea’s vigilance in talks with US

‘The US has a history of sabotage, violation and withdrawal with respect to bilateral and multilateral international commitments,’ Qasemi cautioned Pyongyang…

National Interest (James Robbins) – This is Trump’s Opportunity to Uncover the Iran-North Korea Connection

BloombergThese Are the Dealmakers Behind Trump and Kim

Trump Says U.S. to Suspend ‘War Games’ in Korea

Asahi ShimbunTrump: Summit is ‘very, very good,’ Kim calls it prelude to peace

However…

38 NorthInfrastructure Improvements at North Korea’s Yongbyon Nuclear Research Facility

Should we believe 38 North? Noted, from…

Disobedient MediaCIA Teams Up With Defense Industry To Undermine Korea Negotiations

38north is a project run by the Henry L. Stimson Center. The Stimson Center’s Board of Directors includes individuals associated with organizations such as Northrop Grumman, the Boeing Company, Warburg Pincus, the Carnegie Endowment, Mercy Corps, The Council on Foreign Relations, the Department of Defense, the CIA and US Department of the Treasury. Their Partners include the George C. Marshall Foundation, Saudi Arabia’s Gulf Research Center and the Jinnah Institute.

American Military NewsNorth Korea cancels annual anti-US rally for first time in years

Asia Times (Pepe Escobar) – Sexy metal: the missing element in the Korean puzzle

The key word in the Trump-Kim show

By reaffirming the Panmunjom Declaration, the US President has committed to bringing its military back from South Korea and thus a complete denuclearization of the South as well as the North

Those nukes will have someplace else in the hemisphere to go to…

SCMPChina puts missiles back on contested South China Sea island as United States pushes allies for bigger military presence in waters

Wall Street JournalAmerican Military Aircraft Targeted By Lasers in Pacific Ocean, U.S. Officials Say

China’s Xi Tells CEOs He’ll Strike Back at U.S.

WiredChina Escalates Hacks Against the US as Trade Tensions Rise

Strategic Culture (Federico Pieraccini) – As the G-7 Implodes, SCO Meeting Confirms the New Century of Multipolarity

Daily Mail (Sian Boyle) – Undercover at the world’s most secretive society: Mail reporter infiltrates shadowy Bilderberg summit where the West’s power brokers set the world to rights

Voltairenet (Thierry Meyssan) – What Donald Trump is preparing

Executive Intelligence ReviewTrump’s Battle To Meet with Putin

The TimesFears grow over prospect of Trump ‘peace deal’ with Putin

Vesti News (Youtube) – Zhirinovsky: Trump Will Unite Korea, Cede Donbass to Russia, Strangle Europe and Win the Nobel

Business InsiderTrump was reportedly surprised by the number of US troops stationed in Germany and expressed interest in pulling some of them out

AxiosA leaked Trump bill to blow up the WTO

U.S. and Israel formed joint team to internally pressure Iran regime

Middle East EyeRevealed: How Trump confidant was ready to share inside information with UAE

28 PagesLeaked Emails Suggest Trump Campaign Duplicity on 28 Pages

Has he been keeping the 9/11 card as his Ace of Spades?…

InfowarsTrump to Go After Mueller For 9/11-Saudi Cover-Up

President about to drop the hammer on former FBI Director for burying Saudi involvement in attacks

Intelligence OnlineIPPO facilitates rapprochement between Putin and Netanyahu

Khamenei.irAEOI must urgently make preparations for achieving 190K SWU within JCPOA

Middle East MonitorIran warns US ship carrying chemical material docked in the region

Press TV (RT) – Hersh suggests Saudi role in 2013 gas attack in Ghouta

Zero HedgeArmed Clashes In Iran As Guiliani Calls For Regime Change: “End Is Near”

Y-netIMS, IAI develop missile undetected by enemy

SputnikUnknown Force Shells US Military Advisers, Allies in al-Tanf – Coalition

Jerusalem PostIsrael will hit Iran throughout Syria, not only along border

And so it did, but not without again making it look as if the U.S. were striking… Zero Hedge notes: “Syrian military sources initially told Reuters that the strikes were conducted by attack drones flying from the direction of U.S. lines.

Al Masdar NewsUS official says Israel was behind attack on Syrian, Iraqi troops – CNN

Times of IsraelFormer Israeli minister Gonen Segev charged with spying for Iran

HaaretzIsrael Forms Team With U.S. to Enforce Iran Sanctions

Eurasia Future (Adam Garrie) – Russia is Now Closer to Israel Than to Iran When it Comes to Syria

ThereAreNoSunglasses Two Princes and the Emperor’s Son-In-Law – What Have These “Princes” Got Up Their Collective Royal Sleeves?

Jerusalem PostU.N. expert: Israel moving closer to formal West Bank annexation

Al Monitor – Is Riyadh really pushing for control of Jerusalem holy sites?

Saudi Arabia bails out Jordan

PA worried by potential Hamas-Israel truce

Is Israel going easy on Hamas?

(Fars) – Assad says he’s open to establishing Iranian bases in Syria

Kurdish rebels move to gain US support for operations against Iran

Turkey tries to legitimize incursion in northern Iraq

Elijah J. MagnierThe Kurds have lost the chance to decide their fate: only Damascus can save them

Academia (Edith Szanto) – “Zoroaster was a Kurd!”: Neo-Zoroastrianism among the Iraqi Kurds

Al Masdar NewsErdogan furious over Austria’s shutdown of Turkish-funded mosques

Consortium News (Aydogan Vatandas) – Erdogan’s Ambition for the Caliphate and the Failure of Turkish Democracy

He’s not dead…

Maghreb ConfidentialPrince Salman puts pressure on Sarraj

ThereAreNoSunglasses (Khaama Press) – ISIS Acquires Escape Route From Syria To Afghanistan Next Week, When Air Corridors Open From Saudi Arabia and Turkey

(VOA) – How Many Times Must The Pentagon/CIA Claim To Have Just Killed Terrorist Leader Fazlullah?

Eurasia Future (Adam Garrie) – The Taliban Will Soon Be Back in Power in Afghanistan – The Question is How to Manage This Re-Transition Peacefully

Interview with Obama’s deputy national security advisor Ben Rhodes, in which, as Zero Hedge highlights, admission is meekly given to U.S. support of ISIS in Syria…

InterceptConfronting the Consequences of Obama’s Foreign Policy

Real NewsUS-Backed Coalition Bombs Yemen’s New Cholera Treatment Center, After Unleashing World’s Largest Outbreak

Al JazeeraSaudi Arabia, UAE conduct air strikes on Yemen’s Hudaida airport

Mint Press NewsYemen’s Houthis Strike Back Amid Saudi-led Bombardment of Hodeida

Intelligence OnlineSaudi Arabian largesse delivers French weapons to Africa

Al MonitorHifter may be pushing his luck by manipulating Libya’s oil

The DiplomatSatellite Images: A (Worrying) Cuban Mystery

teleSURNicaragua: Breaking Out of ‘Soft Coup’ Psychosis

Popular ResistanceLetter From Nicaragua: A Catastrophic Well-Orchestrated Event Is Occurring

Strategic Culture (Wayne Madsen) – Plan Colombia Version 2.0

Consortium News (Dan Steinbock) – Obrador Seeks to Restore Mexican Sovereignty

Caitlin JohnstoneWhite House: US, Ecuador Coordinating About Future Of Assange Asylum

TASSTwo hospitalized near Salisbury, exposure to unknown substance suspected

It’s Going DownConcerning the Recent Raids across Europe and Ongoing Repression from the Hamburg G20

Gold TelegraphCountries Around the World Have Begun Pulling Their Gold from U.S Vaults

Strategic CultureRussia Sells Off Record Amount of US Treasury Bonds

Economic TimesIndia, Russia weigh rupee-rouble trade for defence deals

Antiwar (Grant Smith) – Four Presidents Conspired To Give $100 Billion to Israel

Electronic IntifadaIsrael’s secret assassinations

HaaretzDemocrat Who Slammed Israel for Gaza Killings Is Shock Winner of New York Primary

As the world turns in D.C…

Office of the Inspector GeneralA Review of Various Actions by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Justice in Advance of the 2016 Election

New York TimesEx-Senate Aide Charged in Leak Case Where Times Reporter’s Records Were Seized

AxiosInside the State Department’s hunt for leakers

Disobedient MediaMaltese Professor Interacted With Institutions Known For Propaganda Peddling

The Hill (John Solomon) – How Comey intervened to kill WikiLeaks’ immunity deal

Real Clear InvestigationsSeven Mysterious Preludes to the FBI’s Trump-Russia Probe

It should come as no surprise that the Ukraine coup plotter Victoria Nuland was involved with the “Russiagate” dossier cabal…

Daily CallerREVEALED: Christopher Steele Visited State Department Shortly Before 2016 Election

FBI Sat On Weiner Probe For A Month To Prioritize Russia Probe

Recall that it was Erik Prince who went public late in October 2016 on allegations of Clinton pedophilia crimes revealed on Wiener’s laptop…

ABC NewsSpecial counsel obtains Trump ally Erik Prince’s phones, computer

Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting ProjectSteppe to Soho: How Millions Linked to Kazakhstan Mega-Fraud Case Ended up in Trump Property

Zero HedgeHorowitz Reveals That Comey Is Under DOJ Investigation Over Mishandling Classified Info

Bombshells Everywhere During Horowitz Day 2 Testimony

FBI Agent Strzok Was Escorted Out Of FBI Building

(Crowdsource the Truth) – Why Does Imran Awan Work At His Clinton-Linked Attorney’s Law Firm?

(Mornings on the Mall) – Congressman Investigating FISA Abuse, Awan Says DOJ Spying On Him

Imran Awan Gets Sweetheart Plea Deal; DOJ Won’t Prosecute Alleged Spy Ring, Cybercrimes

Daily CallerDem Chief Of Staff Tried To Expose Suspected Theft Ring On Capitol Hill, Was Met With Resistance

Washington ExaminerRobert Mueller was the biggest obstacle for Sept. 11 families who wanted to sue Saudi Arabia

WaPoTrump associate Roger Stone reveals new contact with Russian national during 2016 campaign

NYTEx-Aide to Roger Stone Is Subpoenaed in Russia Investigation

Mint Press NewsReality Winner to Sign Plea Deal on Espionage Charge

Maghreb ConfidentialRichard Branson and his sister hit problems in Marrakesh

Art VoiceJudge denies bail package for Raniere, Bronfman identified as co-conspirator

Maghreb ConfidentialRichard Branson and his sister hit problems in Marrakesh

Millennium ReportAnthony Bourdain Murdered: Everything points to all the usual suspects

Crazy Days and NightsShe Didn’t Go

@AsiaArgento (Twitter) – For nothing is concealed that won’t be revealed, and nothing hidden that won’t be made known and brought to light.

Skip Chasey is a VP at William Morris Endeavor (home of the Miss Teen USA Trump dirty talk tape); he likes it rough…

Hollywood ReporterDeath in a Hollywood Sex Dungeon: How a Top Agency Executive’s “Mummification” Ritual Ended in Tragedy

Disobedient MediaHead Of Charity Against Sexual Violence Charged For Attempting To Arrange Rape Of Children

Who Is Joel Davis, Really?

Zero HedgeFormer Secret Service Agent Files RICO Suit Against Clintons, Soros, Podesta, Brock

DOJ Indicts “Vault 7” Leak Suspect; WikiLeaks Release Was Largest Breach In CIA History

(NextGov) – NSA Launches Amazon-Backed Cloud-Computing Service For Sharing “Top Secret” Info

The HillNSA deletes scores of call records over ‘technical irregularities’

InterceptThe Wiretap Rooms – The NSA’s Hidden Spy Hubs in Eight U.S. Cities

GGI NewsAadhaar, Skynet & Death By Glitch

CNBCFacebook denies building eye-tracking software

Wall Street JournalFacebook Gave Some Companies Special Access to Additional Data About Users’ Friends

Business InsiderGoogle reportedly allows outside app developers to read people’s Gmails

NBC NewsCalifornia passes digital privacy bill that could have impact across U.S.

Common Dreams‘Groundbreaking Victory’ for Privacy as Supreme Court Rules Against Warrantless Cellphone Tracking

NYTInside the White House’s Quiet Campaign to Create a Supreme Court Opening

It is an extremely rare occasion when the U.S. Congress does something laudable; this is one…

ForbesU.S. Senate Votes To Legalize Hemp After Decades-Long Ban Under Marijuana Prohibition

But this shall go down as a vote of infamy…

The Atlantic (Conor Friedersdorf) – Congress May Declare the Forever War

Mary Ferrell Foundation2017 & 2018 JFK Releases: Progress, Issues, Recommendations

Judicial WatchJudicial Watch Obtains IRS Documents Revealing McCain’s Subcommittee Staff Director Urged IRS to Engage in “Financially Ruinous” Targeting

PJ Media‘About 60 Organizations’ Are Considering a Lawsuit Against the SPLC Following $3M Nawaz Settlement

47 Groups Weighing SPLC Lawsuit Warn ‘Editors, CEOs’: ‘You Are Complicit’ in Hate Group ‘Defamation

WaPo (Marc A. Thiessen, op-ed) – The Southern Poverty Law Center has lost all credibility

NYTGoodbye, Denver Post. Hello, Blockchain.

Business InsiderMore than 400 Washington Post staffers wrote an open letter to Jeff Bezos calling out his ‘shocking’ pay practices

Free Thought Project (Jay Syrmopoulos) – Council on Foreign Relations Tells Gov’t They “Have To” Use Propaganda on Americans

Alex Jones Channel (Youtube) – Trump Prepares Rex 84 Martial Law Plan To Stop Fall Of US

Trading ReportThe Real Economic Numbers: 21.5 Percent Unemployment, 10 Percent Inflation And Negative Economic Growth

Organic PrepperIs the Media Deliberately Trying to Spawn Civil War 2.0?

USA Today (Glenn Harlan Reynolds) – Is America headed toward a civil war? Sanders, Nielsen incidents show it has already begun

Oregon LivePortland Police revoke permit, declare riot as protesters clash downtown

It’s Going Down#OccupyICE Explodes, Bloody Portland

Strange signals from the First Family…

VarietyMelania Trump Wears ‘I Really Don’t Care’ Jacket During Immigration Trip

The HillTrump autographs photos of people killed by immigrants for ‘Angel Families’ event

CBS NewsTexas deputy sexually abused undocumented immigrant girl, 4, sheriff says

Unicorn RiotIcebreaker Pt. 5 – Confidential Homeland Security Undercover Operations Handbook

SHTFPlanWorld Domination: UN Continues Fight To Disarm All Americans

Baltimore SunAlleged Annapolis Capital shooter Jarrod Ramos had long-running feud with paper

Zero HedgePolice Warned Multiple Times About Annapolis Shooting Suspect; Gazette Employee Took Out Restraining Order

BBCUS-Israeli teen convicted of threats against Jewish centres

Strategic Culture (James George Jatras) – Atrocity Porn and Hitler Memes Target Trump for Regime Change

The HillBrzezinski says Trump complains he can’t watch porn in White House

That’s OK, with his “beautiful military” he can draw porno sketches in the sky…

Task and PurposeIs That Another Sky Penis Above Another US Military Base?

On a much more serious note…

RT‘Way to disaster’: Moscow warns US against deploying WMDs in space, threatens with ‘tough response’

Lockheed MartinLockheed Martin Wins Potential $928 Million Contract to Develop New Hypersonic Missile for the Air Force

Washington PostChina hacked a Navy contractor and secured a trove of highly sensitive data on submarine warfare

BloombergRocks Under I-95 Present Odd, and Scary, Threat to Power Grid

ExpressFreak weather storm HITS UK: Snow, twisters and lightning fireballs wreak HAVOC

Sky NewsGuatemala’s Volcano of Fire: Deadly eruption ‘one of the biggest in 500 years’

Daily MailIncredible images show devastating lava flows from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano which wiped out ‘hundreds’ of houses in just ONE night – including Big Island mayor’s home

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