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IN THE NEWS | 16 July 2017

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16 July 2017

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OWON: Anti-Jewish backlash is building in the UK.

Police 'failing to protect Jews as anti-Semitic crimes rise'

Suspected hate offences rose by almost 15% in 2016 compared with 2015, reaching the worst level on record, research suggests.

Jewish people in Britain are being "betrayed" by police and prosecutors who are failing to clamp down on anti-Semitic crimes, it is claimed.

Suspected hate offences against them rose by almost 15% in 2016 compared with a year before, reaching the worst level on record, research suggests.

There are warnings that British Jews have to endure "intolerable" levels which have become the "new normality".

Campaigners say 1,078 offences were recorded by police forces in the UK last year, compared to 938 in 2015 and 746 in 2014.

But the number of charges fell by 30.5% last year, with alleged perpetrators charged in fewer than a tenth of cases, they add.

Charges were brought in 83 cases - or 8.3% of offences recorded, said a report by the Campaign Against Antisemitism, following Freedom of Information requests.

Police recorded 105 violent offences against Jews in 2016 - down by 44% compared to 2015...


OWON: Welcome to reality.

Why should anyone be surprised. One assumes everyone does it and in keeping with their largesse that we should not be shocked at the Chinese effort.

And in a world of competing hegemony it is better to have three strong participants rather than two. The weak do not fare well when the pie is sliced at meal time.

Remember that the best war is the one you did not fight but allowed your foe to defeat himself by his own hand.

Watch the sale of 'Grouse Mountain'. An all year outdoor play ground overlooking Vancouver. It is more than just foreign investment as the whole nature of the resort will change in time. And while foreign investment should be accepted and indeed in many cases welcomed, assuming reciprocity, wholesale selloffs of certain asset classes cause more long term issues than expected, especially when other objectives rule.

Chinese billionaire warns America | China has 25,000 spies who are "ready to destroy the U.S."

Since the 1980’s, the US has caught and imprisoned over a dozen people who were spying on American government agencies and corporations. So we catch Chinese spies once every few years. With that kind of frequency, you’d probably assume that China doesn’t have that many intelligence assets in America at any given time. Based on those numbers, a safe estimate would be in the hundreds, or perhaps thousands.

But it turns out that those estimates would be incredible low. According to Guo Wengui, a billionaire investor who has fled China and moved to New York since becoming a major critic of the Chinese regime, there are probably 25,000 spies in America who are working for Beijing.

Those numbers are derived from what he claims, are his close ties to multiple Chinese intelligence agencies. That may sound far fetched to most Americans, but in China the public and private sectors are closely aligned. They’re practically the same entity. So we should take his warnings very seriously, which were brought up in a recent interview with The Freebeacon.

Guo said that Chinese intelligence operations in the United States sharply increased after the 2012 Communist Party Congress that brought current leader Xi Jinping to power.

“Before 2012, cumulatively China had around 10,000 to 20,000 agents working in the United States,” he said. “These agents had been sent to work in the United States over a 50 year period of time, and they were working in a defensive mode.”

According to the businessman, defensive intelligence was mainly focused on learning about the United States. The operations then shifted in 2012 to “offensive” spying, he said.

“By offensive [operations], I mean to be ready to destroy the U.S. in ways they can,” Guo said.

And these spies don’t just consist of Chinese immigrants. According to Guo, many of them are treasonous Americans who have sold their country out for a paycheck, and they can be ruthless...


OWON: This is a huge event. Freeing humanity? Way to go!

Unhackable Quantum Network underway | China is evolving

Jinan, a hub city located between Beijing and Shanghai has successfully trialled an “unhackable” quantum communications network. They informed the Financial Times that they will have quantum networks implemented by the end of August.

"We plan to use the network for national defense, finance and other fields, and hope to spread it out as a pilot that if successful, can be used across China and the whole world."

– Zhou Fei, assistant director of Jinan Institute of Quantum Technology, the research institute involved in the project.

Telephone and internet cables can be tapped without the sender and recipient being aware. Hacking a quantum cable however, due to the fundamental nature of quantum mechanincs changes the information.

Known as Quantum key distribution (QKD) networks, a secure cryptographic “key”, or password, is sent between the two parties over the network, which they can use to encrypt future communications. If the key is interfered with, they will instantly become aware and know to avoid using it.

The Beijing-Shanghai network that is currently under construction is set to host the world’s longest land-based quantum communication channels, stretching over 2,000km with Jinan as its hub...


OWON: Really not looking good for the Chump.

Opinion: Trump Jr. emails should be ‘game over’ for this White House

Direct contact between Trump campaign and Russia fails to move GOP.

Real life isn’t usually like the movies. In the movies, there are clean, satisfying explanations. Defendants in criminal trials blurt confessions. Real life usually is much more ambiguous.

So it seemed highly improbable that there would be any “smoking gun” showing collusion or cooperation between Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia’s government. At most, it seemed, there would be indirect evidence — reports of meetings, suggestions of assistance offered, but no clear proof that the Trump team knew precisely what Russia was doing to help Trump win and was willing to accept its assistance.

No longer. Donald Trump Jr., the president’s son, released emails on Tuesday showing that he met with a “Russian government attorney” in June 2016 after being told that the Russian government wanted to give the Trump campaign potentially incriminating information about Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. The emails Trump Jr. released (sent to him by an intermediary who helped arrange the meeting) explained that “This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.”

So we know now that (1) Donald Trump Jr., along with the president’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and former Trump presidential campaign manager Paul Manafort, met with a representative of the Russian government based on the expectation that Russia would provide information to help Trump in the November 2016 election, and (2) senior Trump advisers understood as early as June 2016 that there was a larger Russian effort to help Trump win...


OWON: This is outrageous to even ask.

Bezos, Slim, and Buffett, publicly pleading poverty, ask Congress for help with their newspapers

It’s the sort of brazen move that might ordinarily trigger a front-page news story or an outraged editorial — a bunch of rich individuals asking Congress to write them a law that would give them better negotiating power against other rich individuals.

Yet in this case, the rich individuals wanting special treatment are the newspaper owners themselves. Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos (worth $83.9 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaire’s Index), New York Times owner Carlos Slim (worth $61.1 billion), and Buffalo News owner Warren Buffett ($76.9 billion), publicly pleading poverty, are asking Congress for a helping hand in their negotiations with Google, controlled by Sergey Brin ($45.6 billion) and Larry Page ($46.8 billion).

In a Wall Street Journal op-ed, David Chavern, president and chief executive of the News Media Alliance, whose board has representatives of Bezos-Slim- and Buffett-backed papers, complained about what he called “an economically squeezed news industry.” The Times, in a column sympathetic to the effort, likened the news providers to “serfs.”

Maybe Serf Bezos should have considered the economics of the news industry when he bought the Washington Post, or Serf Slim when he bought his stake in the New York Times. The idea that Congress needs to roll to the rescue of “serfs” like Messrs. Bezos, Buffett, and Slim to bail them out of bad investments just doesn’t pass the laugh test...


OWON: More baggage, more dirt.

Now Jared is revealed to have been pursuing $500 MILLION bailout from Qatar for troubled New York property deal

Jared Kushner, a White House aide and President Trump's son-in-law, sought a $500 million investment from a top Qatari businessman to keep his family's struggling Manhattan real estate project afloat, the Intercept reported Monday.

Throughout 2015 and 2016, Kushner and his father Charles pursued a deal to prop up their property, 666 Fifth Avenue, seeking funds from Qatar's former prime minister and billionaire Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani, who is also called 'HBJ.'

Sources told the Intercept that HBJ agreed to invest at least half a billion dollars with the Kushners, through his Al Mirqab investing firm, as long as the Manhattan real estate dealers were able to come up with the rest of the multi-billions they would need to salvage the project.

'HBJ basically told them, we’re good for 500, subject to a lot of things, but mainly subject to you being able to raise the rest,' a source told the Intercept.

Another source told the publication the financing wasn't contingent on the Kushners finding more money, instead the deal was paused as the structure of the financing was reexamined...



Head of Mt Gox bitcoin exchange on trial for embezzlement and loss of millions

Mark Karpelès faces up to five years in jail as Japanese authorities press charges in bankruptcy case that lost 850,000 bitcoins and $28m of user money.

The 32-year-old head of failed bitcoin exchange Mt Gox pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to charges relating to the loss of hundreds of millions of dollars worth of bitcoins and cash from what was once the world’s biggest exchange based in Japan.

Mt Gox, which handled around 80% of global bitcoin trades, shut down and went bankrupt in February 2014, saying that it had lost about 850,000 bitcoins – then worth around half a billion US dollars – and $28m (£22m) in cash from its Japanese bank accounts. The Tokyo-based Mt. Gox blamed hackers for its lost bitcoins, pointing to a software security flaw, but subsequently said it had found 200,000 of the missing bitcoins.

At a Tokyo District Court, French-born Mt Gox chief Mark Karpelès stands accused of embezzlement and data manipulation, including for accessing the exchange’s computer system to inflate his account by $1m and for transferring 341m yen ($3m) from a Mt Gox bank account holding customer funds to an account in his name during September to December 2013.

Karpelès was arrested in August 2015 and released on bail last year. He denied wrongdoing, telling the three-judge panel hearing his case that “I swear to God that I am innocent”. If found guilty of embezzlement, he could face up to five years in prison, or a fine of up to 500,000 yen ($4,000).

People affected by Mt Gox’s failure are still trying to obtain funds they lost and are hoping the trial will help explain what happened...

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