Craig Murray – Day 2 at the International Court of Justice in The Hague

Craig Murray is a British former diplomat, political activist, human rights campaigner, blogger, and whistleblower At this stage the South African delegation returned to their allocated office inside the building to finalise the formal press statement. We went with them. I was chatting to Amaar Hijazi, Palestine’s Deputy Foreign Minister, who I know a bit. One of the ICJ ladies came
| Geopolitics, Article, Craig Murray

Craig Murray – What We Have Learnt

Craig Murray is a British former diplomat, political activist, human rights campaigner, blogger, and whistleblower But with the woes of sin and strife The world has suffered long; Beneath the angel-strain have rolled Two thousand years of wrong; And man, at war with man, hears not The love-song which they bring; – Oh hush the noise, ye men of strife, And hear the angels sing! Account name MURRAY CJ Account number
| Fake News, Geopolitics, Media

Anderson Cooper Is A Disgusting CIA Goon

Listen to a reading of this article (reading by Tim Foley In a recent CNN interview of US presidential candidate Cornel West, former CIA intern Anderson Cooper argued that the US invasion of Iraq was morally superior to the Russian attack on the city of Grozny.Pushing back against West’s claim that NATO provoked the Russian invasion of Ukraine and his call for
| Article, News, Anderson Cooper

It’s Not The Really Blatant Propaganda That Gets You

Listen to a reading of this article (reading by Tim Foley One of my favorite follows on Twitter right now is a smallish account run by an anti-imperialist activist who goes by “Left I on the News”, because he has a real knack for going through articles in the mainstream press and highlighting the mundane little manipulations we’re
| Article, media, propaganda

Capitalism Is A Giant Scam

Listen to a reading of this article (reading by Caitlin Johnstone One of the most formative moments of my life was when I was running a small eco blog called Earth Mums in the mid-00s which focused on consumer solutions to the problem of environmental destruction. Back then I still believed that while capitalism was driving the destruction
| Article, capitalism, ecocide

It’s going to be an NFT Christmas for digital assets

Persistent supply chain issues could lead to a lack of supply of Christmas gifts Shoppers are exploring NFTs as virtual Christmas gifts, given the increasing hype it has generated NFTs are pieces of digital art, that are minted on the blockchain READ NEXTWhat are NFTs? The blockchain-based tech explained Jingle bells, NFT sells YOU MIGHT LIKE The tech that is pushing the business of fashion forward
| Latest, Cryptocurrency, Digital Transformation

Visa empowering crypto financial inclusion for partner ecosystem

Visa’s Global Crypto Advisory Practice helps financial institutions understand the crypto ecosystem Engagement of crypto is also higher in emerging markets with 37% of the crypto-aware consumers using or owning crypto 40% of crypto owners report they would be either likely or very likely to switch their primary bank, to one that offers crypto-related products in the next 12 months READ NEXTIs Visa’s
| Latest, Cryptocurrency, Digital Banking

Another top crypto exchange just got breached

Crypto exchange platform Bitmart identified a large-scale security breach The hackers were able to withdraw assets of the value of approximately US$150 million Increasing crypto hacks are a reason why some countries are banning and tightening crypto regulations READ NEXTCrypto market tops US$3 trillion – but how much is the true value? YOU MIGHT LIKE Are social networks the digital onramp that crypto needs for
| Latest, Cryptocurrency, cybersecurity

Crypto market tops US$3 trillion – but how much is the true value?

The combined total of the cryptocurrency market has been valued at US$3 trillion, for the first time ever But the soaring value is offset by the number of risky, highly-volatile crypto assets that are prevalent in the market right now New fad-based coins have sprouted up and disappeared just as quickly — sometimes leaving inexperienced traders in the lurch and holding a
| Latest, Cryptocurrency, digital currency

Are social networks the digital onramp that crypto needs for mass adoption?

Experts believe a whole new era of social networks, built on and around crypto, beckons Twitter has been testing a tipping payments feature for a few months now, but only made it widely available last month on iOS The company is also planning to support authentication for non-fungible tokens by letting people connect their crypto wallets Crypto on social networks — the next
| Latest, Apps, Cryptocurrency

El Salvador embraces Bitcoin as new legal tender powering financial inclusion

The ATMs will allow its citizens to convert the cryptocurrency into US dollars and withdraw it in cash Transactions will be commission-free, with 50 financial branches across the country for withdrawing or depositing funds Adopting Bitcoin will save Salvadorans US$400 million/year in fees for receiving cross-border remittances, says the President The road to accepting Bitcoin as legal tender El Salvador vs the world Why you
| Latest, Blockchain, Cryptocurrency

PayPal UK customers come closer to a full-fledged crypto ecosystem

The new feature lets customers buy or sell bitcoin, bitcoin cash, ethereum, or litecoin with as little as £1 PayPal’s CEO has also been talking at length about central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) and PayPal’s potential role in them PayPal crypto future bright in the UK The younger generation trusts Paypal more than banks
| Latest, Cryptocurrency, Fintech

Jack Dorsey wants Bitcoin as the “native currency” of Twitter

Jack Dorsey touted bitcoin as the “best candidate” to become the “native currency” of the internet He believes it could help Twitter move faster in product expansions and claims it is important shareholders to continue to look at the crypto space and invest aggressively in it It was the first time that Dorsey has spoken publicly about how Twitter could integrate bitcoin
| Insights, Blockchain, Cryptocurrency

Bitcoin as legal tender? Here’s why the World Bank denied El Salvador’s plea

El Salvador became the first country in the world to vote in favor of formally implementing bitcoin as legal tender Two weeks later, citing environmental and transparency concerns, the World Bank refused to accept El Salvador’s request for technical help What does ‘legal tender’ mean? Should your business accept Bitcoin? What else is being done by the nation?
| Latest, Blockchain, Cryptocurrency

What are NFTs? The blockchain-based tech explained

Non-fungible tokens and blockchain technology are taking the mainstream art world by storm, fetching huge prices Just as with any other white-hot tech innovation, when the dust settles there will be aspects of NFTs that become ubiquitous as we move forward How is an NFT different from a cryptocurrency? The challenges and downsides of NFTs explained 4 blockchain trends to watch in 2021, beyond
| Latest, Blockchain, Cryptocurrency

4 blockchain trends to watch in 2021, beyond cryptocurrency

Since last year, blockchain technology is being employed across the world in a variety of industries to make life easier, safer, and more convenient for businesses and individuals This year the technology would widely be used for more transparent supply chains, central bank money, NFTs, and BaaS Supply chain optimization Introduction of Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs) Blockchain as-a-service Blockchain may not have the solutions
| Latest, Blockchain, Cryptocurrency

Will Europe proceed with the Digital Euro?

As a counter-punch to the dizzying rise of cryptocurrencies, the ECB is proposing a digital euro ECB said it should be prepared to issue a digital euro, but it would co-exist with euro notes and coins rather than replace them A digital euro would combine the efficiency of a digital payment instrument with the safety of central bank money Benefits of digital euro Why
| Latest, Cryptocurrency, Digital Transformation

He just spent $69 million on a digital piece of art. It’s not his first Beeple.

Last week, a mysterious buyer paid $69.3 million for a digital collage, an auction heralded as a historic moment for the art world and the third-highest price ever paid for a work by a living artist. The buyer, a cryptocurrency entrepreneur who uses the pseudonym MetaKovan, may have benefited financially from the sale.
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Is Visa’s crypto roadmap a breakthrough for traditional finance?

Credit card company Visa has completed its about-turn on Bitcoin with the reveal of its crypto payments service for banks Visa’s new APIs will allow banks and other traditional financial outlets to enable their users to make and receive Bitcoin transactions, among other cryptocurrencies Visa’s new stand, along with the support of PayPal and institutional investors, signals a tremendous change
| Latest, Blockchain, Cryptocurrency

Crypto coder surge indicates blockchain’s back in business

As bitcoin surged to a three-year high, software developers are flocking back to the cryptocurrency world at a level not seen since the market last peaked in 2017 The first 10 months of 2020 saw the number of new monthly crypto developers rose 15% The return of coders PayPal allows crypto spending — is the rest of the world ready?
| Latest, Blockchain, Cryptocurrency

PayPal allows crypto spending — is the rest of the world ready?

The shift from legacy finance is happening and firms like PayPal have the muscle to hasten things along The move may stimulate the global use of virtual coins and new digital currencies that may be developed by central banks and corporations READ NEXT Will crypto crack the mainstream in 2020? YOU MIGHT LIKE How ‘legitimizing’ cryptocurrency could benefit businesses Are
| Latest, Cryptocurrency, Innovation

How ‘legitimizing’ cryptocurrency could benefit businesses

The European Commission aims to establish clear ground rules for the cryptocurrency industry The new proposal could help ‘legitimize’ cryptocurrency for businesses and bring a host of benefits with it READ NEXT Cryptocurrency exchanges act like banks, but not for the lawyers Benefits for business Raising funds Accurate valuations Encourages investment YOU MIGHT LIKE How will blockchain solidify 5G-inspired applications?
| Latest, Big Data, Blockchain

Afrofuturistic AKON CITY Underway in Senegal

Business Development in Africa Akon City, the futuristic pan-African city named after and envisioned by Senegalese-American Hip hop R&B recording artist Akon, is officially underway. Located in Mbodiene, Senegal some 100 kilometres from the capital, the grammy-nominated star intends for this project to provide much-needed jobs to the Senegalese and serve as home to people of African ancestry in the
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How will blockchain solidify 5G-inspired applications?

5G is estimated to be at least 100 times faster than 4G and will be radically different from other generations Blockchain has outgrown the niche world of cryptocurrency and can serve a myriad of 5G applications READ NEXT Can a blockchain timestamp help rebuild trust in web content? YOU MIGHT LIKE Amazon, Verizon bring 5G edge to US businesses with
| Latest, 5G, Blockchain

Virus-hit Hong Kong says it with face masks, not flowers, on Valentine’s Day

Hong Kong’s flower markets are lamenting dismal Valentine’s Day sales as the city battles the deadly coronavirus outbreak, with admirers joking that a box of face masks is a better way to say “I love you” than a bouquet. Aman Fong, an art director at a flower shop in the district of Mong Kok, says the usually bumper week leading
| Business, Hong Kong, 2020 coronavirus

Hong Kong Free Press Editorial: Our new Annual Report

Downlo a d a copy of our latest Annual Report – it includes a Transparency Report based on our latest yearly, independent audit. Letter from the Editor: Last year, Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement sought to “blossom everywhere,” with protesters vowing to “be water” and act with fluidity, speed and flexibility. The HKFP team had
| HKFP Editorials, Hong Kong, Hong Kong Free Press

Silicon Valley 2.0? Dubai to develop 'Crypto Valley' ... and it'll be tax-free

Silicon Valley 2.0? Dubai to develop 'Crypto Valley' ... and it'll be tax-free Dubai's Crypto Valley will be supporting startups on their path to blockchain glory. January 31st, 10:47 am January 31st, 10:49 am Reem Mehio [ Travelzoo ] The Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC), the emirate's free zone,
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Hong Kong Free Press Editorial: Our new Transparency Report

We are proud to be Hong Kong’s most transparent news outlet and, as a non-profit company, HKFP is externally audited every year. Be assured that, when you donate to HKFP , every cent is put to careful use and goes directly towards frontline journalism and original reporting. Income for our latest audited year
| HKFP Editorials, Hong Kong, Hong Kong Free Press

Akon targets Senegal's tourism in latest African project

Tourism is the latest sector that Senegalese-American singer and songwriter Akon has identified as a potential area of investment on the African continent. Best known for his R&B hits such as “Locked Up” and “Smack That,” the singer whose real name is Aliaume Thiam has over the years championed different projects notably Lighting Africa that aims to provide electricity to
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Fugitive Businessman Carlos Ghosn Puts Spotlight on Japanese Justice

TOKYO—Though former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn is unlikely to stand trial in a real court, he has made himself a key witness in putting Japan’s justice system on trial. In his first public appearance after fleeing to Lebanon, Ghosn lambasted what he called unfair detention and bail conditions, saying he was presumed guilty and had “zero chance” of a fair
| 15-year prison term, 99% conviction rate, former nissan chairman carlos ghosn

Bahrain’s Rain closes $2.5 million seed round, becomes first licensed cryptocurrency exchange in the Middle East

Rain, a Bahrain-based cryptocurrency exchange has closed its $2.5 million seed round, it announced in a statement to MENAbytes. The round was co-led by BitMEX Ventures, the investment arm of the BitMEX, which is a cryptocurrency derivatives trading platform and Kuwait-based cryptocurrency fund, Blockwater. Some other regional investors including Vision Ventures, 500 Startups (MENA), and Taibah Valley also […] The post Bahrain’s
| Investments, News, Startups

Facebook takes on the world of cryptocurrency with ‘Libra’ coin

FACEBOOK unveiled plans Tuesday for a new global cryptocurrency called Libra, pledging to deliver a stable virtual money that lives on smartphones and could bring over a billion "unbanked" people into the financial system. The post Facebook takes on the world of cryptocurrency with ‘Libra’ coin appeared first on Asian Correspondent .
| Business, Insights, News

Facebook announces its cryptocurrency ‘Libra’, to launch next year

Facebook has finally confirmed its plans to launch a cryptocurrency called Libra. As the previous reports suggested, Libra won’t be controlled by Facebook alone. The cyptocurrency is being launched by Libra Association, a governing body (being established not-for-profit organization) that has 27 founding members to oversee Libra and its development. Facebook will be having one […] The post Facebook
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Bitcoin: Cryptographic Tool That Can Secure Civil Liberties

Over a half-century ago, President Dwight Eisenhower recognized a force that threatens democratic government. In his farewell address on January 17, 1961, he alerted the American people about a "permanent armaments industry of vast proportions" and its impact in shaping the very structure of our society. He called it the military-industrial complex and urged the … Continue reading "Bitcoin:
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Dubai-based luxury ecommerce platform The List now accepts Bitcoin payments

Dubai-based luxury ecommerce platform The List that raised $1.7 million in seed funding last year now accepts Bitcoin as a payment method, the company announced in a statement yesterday. The payment method is only available on The List’s iOS app. The startup claims to be the first luxury fashion mobile platform to offer the Bitcoin […] The post Dubai-based
| News, Technology, Crypto

Afghan voting, Ugandan mudslides and Burundi’s rusty old signs: The Cheat Sheet

Here’s the IRIN team’s weekly take on humanitarian news, trends, and developments from around the globe. */ On our radar A vote for stability in Afghanistan This weekend, analysts will be keeping an eye on voter turnout for parliamentary elections – seen as a harbinger of
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Afghan voting, Ugandan mudslides and Burundi’s rusty old signs: The Cheat Sheet

Here’s the IRIN team’s weekly take on humanitarian news, trends, and developments from around the globe. */ On our radar A vote for stability in Afghanistan This weekend, analysts will be keeping an eye on voter turnout for parliamentary elections – seen as a harbinger of public confidence ahead of presidential
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Zambia central bank warns against use of cryptocurrencies

Bank of Zambia (BoZ), the country’s central bank has cautioned members of the public against cryptocurrencies. BoZ says cryptos are not legal tender in the Republic of Zambia, local portal Mwebantu reports. The bank stressed that persons who involve in such transactions will be doing so at their own risk because cryptocurrencies are not issued by the bank or any
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South Africa kidnappers demand ransom in bitcoin to free teenager

A criminal gang in South Africa who kidnapped a teenage boy on Sunday are demanding a ransom in bitcoin crytocurrency of nearly $120,000, police said. Katlego Marite, 13, was dragged into a car while playing with two friends near his home in Witbank, a town in the eastern province of Mpumalanga, on Sunday afternoon, police spokesman Leonard Hlathi said. “They
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Dubai-based crypto exchange BitOasis to suspend dirham transactions amid issues with local banks

BitOasis, the leading digital asset exchange of United Arab Emirates that allows customers to buy different cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin and Ripple is suspending dirham deposits and withdrawals from 4th June onwards. The company had announced the decision last week in an email sent to its users, giving them 24 hours to complete any dirham transaction […] The post Dubai-based
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Canaan IPO puts Hong Kong at centre of blockchain world

The Chinese chipmaker plans to raise $1 billion with a HKEX listing, as the industry moves from murky ICOs to a more regulator-compliant environment The post Canaan IPO puts Hong Kong at centre of blockchain world appeared first on Asia Times .
| Canaan ,Bitcoin mining ,HSBC

Is blockchain the answer that Africa needs?

Conversations about blockchain have grown louder and louder in recent months sending ripples across the continent. About two years back when cryptocurrency started gaining fame on the continent, state financial institutions were quick to strongly warn their citizens against making investments. In fact this week, Zimbabwe effected a ban against cryptocurrency. But elsewhere on the continent, leaders in government and
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Goldman-backed startup to launch dollar-based token

Circle Internet Financial also gets investment from the world's biggest Bitcoin miner, Beijing-based Bitmain, to launch the USD Coin The post Goldman-backed startup to launch dollar-based token appeared first on Asia Times .
| Circle ,Bitmain ,stablecoins

For real royal tradition, look to crowd's taste in wedding souvenirs

Limited edition package of Crown Jewels Condoms? Wedding-themed cryptocurrency? Giant Harry and Meghan dolls? They're all on offer. But who's buying them?
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Zimbabwe bans banks from processing payments for cryptocurrencies

Zimbabwe’s central bank has stopped local banks from trading or processing payments linked to cryptocurrencies like bitcoin, its governor said on Monday, but stopped short of banning local cryptocurrency trading exchanges. In the southern African nation, those who trade in bitcoin say it offers rare protection as their bank deposits lose value almost by the day while others use it
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How rogue states learned to stop worrying and love Bitcoin

Iran, Venezuela and supposedly North Korea have all tried to turn to crypto-currencies to side-step US sanctions, with varying degrees of success The post How rogue states learned to stop worrying and love Bitcoin appeared first on Asia Times .
| crypto-currency trading ,Economic Sanctions ,Iran

Pakistani crypto PakCoin up by 60% despite central bank ban

PakCoin founder 'Abu Shaheer' believes the move worked in the currency’s favor by exposing its name, so "more people got interested in it" The post Pakistani crypto PakCoin up by 60% despite central bank ban appeared first on Asia Times .
| South Asia ,Pakistan ,Cryptocurrency

Buffett the Bitcoin slayer meets crypto Wolves of Wall Street

The Oracle of Omaha compares Bitcoin trading to 'rat poison,' while New York investment heavyweights launch crypto trading platforms. So who is right? The post Buffett the Bitcoin slayer meets crypto Wolves of Wall Street appeared first on Asia Times .
| Wall Street ,crypto-currency trading ,Bitcoin