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Chinese spies targeting semiconductor, aerospace, maritime industries in the Netherlands to strengthen China’s armed forces, Dutch military intelligence agency claims ( www.europeaninterest.eu )

"China tries to get hold of technology in the Netherlands in various ways, using a combination of (cyber) espionage, company insiders, acquisitions, circumvention of export restrictions and reverse engineering of technology for which no licenses are required,” the Dutch intelligence agency said....

HowRu68 , (edited )

"It also suggests that Chinese universities play a vital intelligence-gathering role, noting that [Chinese] scientists employed by western companies often work for China’s security services and state companies."

Unfortunately, academics whom work in collaboration with China scientists in projects, have claimed similar experiences as to IP theft etc.

You can leave the CCP, but the CCP never leaves you, it seems.

HowRu68 ,

So just to illuminate the argument,
Michel did not let the comment slide.

“The numbers speak for themselves,” he clapped back. “EU contribution to Ukraine: €143 billion ($150 billion).”

Kremlin spy suspect arrests may be tip of iceberg, says former German agency chief ( www.theguardian.com )

He said espionage and sabotage were an integral part of the “standard toolbox of Russian geopolitics”. The secret service activities in Germany exposed by this week’s arrests, he said, were “from that point of view no surprise. Rather, it’s the tip of the iceberg.”He said espionage and sabotage were an integral part...

HowRu68 OP ,

really hope this will be taken more seriously from now on..

There's been imo much news lately about this stuff. Sometimes it feels as if it keeps "hanging " for a long time, and then there is an investigation , and suddenly, arrests.

If this news has been only " the tip of the iceberg " (in Germany and probably all of Europe), like what this expert is saying, then how big is the iceberg?

HowRu68 ,


Leaders of Denmark, Czechia and The Netherlands “will be looking in what ways we can support the German initiative,” Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said.

“We know we have air defence systems in Europe; some have to be delivered,” Fredriksen added.


Secret Russian foreign policy document urges action to weaken the U.S. ( www.washingtonpost.com )

Russia’s Foreign Ministry has been drawing up plans to try to weaken its Western adversaries, including the United States, and leverage the Ukraine war to forge a global order free from what it sees as American dominance, according to a secret Foreign Ministry document....

HowRu68 ,

Good to know that it's official now. Whether something will change; we'll see..

HowRu68 OP , (edited )

"Official Chinese figures show 12,000 repatriation cases from more than 120 countries as a result of the two main repatriation campaigns. These are often touted by Beijing as a major success.
It is not clear exactly how much of this is propaganda and how much is real data. To give a sense of the scale, a few years ago China managed to persuade 230,000 people to return to China in just one year as part of a special campaign in which the threat of collective punishment was also used as a means of persuasion."

So basically Chinese refuges or expats resident have never been safe. Its not something recent .And apperantly the Chinese Gvement isn't respecting the sovereignty of other countries at all.
It's a wakeupcall, our territories are "infiltrated and not safe", and now with the upcoming collaboration between Hungary and China, it will only get worse; if we don't change our ways soon.

HowRu68 OP , (edited )

iirc: then Chinese mafia occasionally works with the CCP, this was hearsay some 20 years ago though, when I came across some several personal experiences. So I'm not sure .

HowRu68 OP ,

holy , that's pretty weird. Also getting a 404 now. good you've it on archive. will add it to OP.

HowRu68 OP ,

The resolution states that the Russian State financial assets already frozen by several countries – approximately US$300 billion – must be made available for the reconstruction of Ukraine, pointing out that the documented damages to Ukraine's infrastructure and economy caused by the Russian Federation’s aggression had reached US$416 billion in June) 2023.(link pace

HowRu68 , (edited )

FYI: medium credibility source
Factual Reporting; mixed
[mediabias link] (https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/truth-out/)
Any other source available?

added: being downvoted for pointing this out won't change the source and it's info, though. Just shows you are very biased.

HowRu68 ,

Land-grab has been ongoing for decades. (link guardian

This has been the most successful land-grab strategy since 1967,” said Yehuda Shaul, a prominent activist who is director of the Israeli Center for Public Affairs thinktank, and a founder of Breaking the Silence, an NGO that exposes military abuses in occupied areas.

Over the last year alone, 110,000 dunams, or 110 sq km (42 sq miles), was effectively annexed by settlers on herding outposts, he said. All the built-up settlement areas constructed since 1967 cover only 80 sq km.

It was also the biggest displacement of Palestinian Bedouins since 1972, when at least 5,000 – and perhaps as many as 20,000 – people were moved from the northern Sinai to make way for settlements, Shaul added.

HowRu68 , (edited )

You couldn't think of a better Propaganda Op for a state actor in the modern Internet age than setting up a centralized "media facts checker" that makes sure media sources

But I could, I could simply write articles which are simply based on half truth and publish them for a wider public. Which is happening already on a huge scale.

So, I was asking for a better source, and then you are suggesting that I'm the one advocating state sponsored propaganda?

So, I wonder, out of curiosity, how would you objectively review news sources?

Here's another media factchecker: groundnews: mixed factuality rating.
Also the credibility score is handed out by an external party Pointer Institute for Fact Checking , and I wasn't talking about the political left or right bias.

HowRu68 , (edited )

So, you claim lots of things, but I miss you backing up your arguments with substantiated evidence like a link. Instead of keeping attacking my argument it would be nice if you'd actually provide evidence based info.

For example, in addition to my earlier point via this article.

"As director of the International Fact-Checking Network, I’ve watched this movement label fact-checkers as part of a “censorship industrial complex,” claiming that fact-checkers are trying to suppress debatable information. Ironically, this deeply misleading argument itself is aimed at suppressing critique and debate."

Sounds familiar?

I am just critical about newssources with mixed credibility when we are already facing a very polarised situation.

HowRu68 ,

Condemning Iran because of attacking back but when Israel does it - it suppose to be okay?
Double standards.

No, you are wrong. The EU condemned the atack on the embassy in Damascus, see link

"BRUSSELS, April 3 (Reuters) - The European Union on Wednesday condemned an airstrike on the Iranian embassy in Damascus on April 1 that killed seven people and called on countries in the region to show restraint."

Please respond in an informed way, instead of escalating things without any basis. Let's stay on topic.

An espionage scandal rocks Austria, laying bare alleged Russian spying operations across Europe ( apnews.com )

The case is special given its international dimension and the fact that it is not only about espionage but also about the infiltration of the Austrian political system and the weakening of the country’s internal security,”...

EU passes asylum and migration pact after eight years of deadlock ( www.theguardian.com )

Roberta Metsola, the European parliament president, wrote on X: “History made. We have delivered a robust legislative framework on how to deal with migration and asylum in the EU. It has been more than 10 years in the making. But we kept our word. A balance between solidarity and responsibility. This is the European way.”

HowRu68 OP ,

to relieve the pressure from the supply side.

EU is for example paying or subsidising billions to some sort of called " external migration route " countries, to help shelter migrants ( I think Turkiya, Tunesia maybe some others). Also they came up with a kind of billions Euro European Aid program to offer third countries alternatives to the Chinese Belt and Road initiative.

Most measures seem quite complicated and sometimes controversial. Imo there doesn't seem to be one best simple solution as the world is facing multiple geopolitical problems and disorders.
I believe they are working with several policies simultaneously. Also, it's poltics and we do have a surge of right winged politics, so it seems a relative win for the centre.

EU’s historic migration pact passes amidst divisions and far-right fears ( www.euractiv.com )

Now, we must make sure that what has been agreed to is fully implemented in all our Member States, and that implementation goes hand in hand with the respect for our shared humanity,” Parliament’s President Roberta Metsola said after the vote....

HowRu68 OP , (edited )

Here some extra info:
link European Parliament with additional links to regulations

HowRu68 OP ,

My mistake, I thought you were looking for content and not for controversy.
Being critical is good, but I'm not sure where you stan when you label an official democratic EU website, like the one from EP, as a "salespitch".

HowRu68 OP ,

was more looking at analysis about what the effects of the legislation

Sure, I can understand that, but it's probably hard to find a good one.
The treaty leaves room for interpretation by memberstates. So depending on the implementation it will have it's effects. In due time we'll probably see.

Imo, the important bit here is that there finally is a much needed accord after all these years; and also, just before the expected rise of the far-right wing influence. So yes, it's good news.

At the end of the day it's a political choice between EP representatives Some are unhappy because it's too strict , others find it's too lean. Anyhow, there is an accord, and that's better then having none, and having (legal) uncertainties.

HowRu68 OP ,

Hopefully it gives right wingers less ammo

Yes, I believe that the timing was not a coincidence, as it is before the EP elections.
And, like you said, the idea of giving them ammo, although often used as an argument, won't matter too much as the claims by far right aren't based on the immediate reality but on fears.

HowRu68 OP ,

The Panama papers consisted of 11 millions documents, 214 000 offshore companies, 14.000 customers..
And now 27 are charged, and that's it.

HowRu68 OP , (edited )

A basis for the ruling was a breach of art 8 of the Human Rights convention"

"Today, the Strasbourg Court declared that Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights encompasses a right to effective protection by the state “from the serious adverse effects of climate change on lives, health, well-being and quality of life”.

It found that the Swiss Confederation had failed to comply with its duties under the Convention concerning climate change."

HowRu68 OP ,

I just hope this ruling, and future ones, will be used on a wise and right way. I mean one could rule that a certain country hasn't been upholding its own climate targets which sounds fair enough; it seems more or less measurable, accountable and executable.
I imagine that Switzerland will have to adjust its environmental policies to match their climate quotas.

HowRu68 OP , (edited )


Yips, that's the idea.

Here some DW background info of the youth protest, especially by the Portuguese youngsters.

HowRu68 OP ,

Unfortunate turn of events, can't see how a second Orban will benefit the people.

HowRu68 OP ,

This CNN article has a deeper, different take; and gives some context:

"The campaign was marked by concerns over disinformation, with Věra Jourová, the European Commission’s top digital affairs official, saying in advance the vote would be a “test case” of how effective social media companies have been in countering Russian propaganda in Slovakia. "

Seems there were plenty of protests as well.

HowRu68 OP ,

Interesting point. I feel that the role of disinformation as a whole, is being dowplayed in society, if that's what you mean. At the end of the day it is people /civilians whom are being influenced and they vote or elect a government.
Also, the EU is trying to cope with it, but it seems they are one of the few fighting this battle, and they aren't always backed strongly by national governments.

If you ask me, the mainstream culture ( media and bartalk etc) hasn't catched up with current events as they have been unfoldind for the last decade. People still want to believe that" all is well, and maybe we don't need to change too much".

But many, if not most people underestimate the power of propaganda/ disinformation. It is being used because it works. It's hard to fight it , but I 100% agree that more could and should be done.

HowRu68 , (edited )

Update Renew Europe MP:

"We urge you to launch an immediate and transparent investigation, in cooperation with national authorities, to uncover the scale of the influence operation within this house and allegations of potential corruption.

If sitting MEPs or candidates in the upcoming European elections have taken money from or been corrupted by the Russia Government or their proxies, they must be exposed."

Added: most corrupt Mp's name were probably already known across Europe. Usually they were also far right speakers at website "voiceofEurope" , now offline.

According to Moscowtimes :
The payments targeted politicians from Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands and Poland, Denik N said, citing a Czech foreign ministry source.

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