Last Fri 20 Feb we were hit by a very large cyclone [ hurrican or typhone ].
The power has been out since then until about an hour ago.
Normal posts will resume tomorrow 28 Feb.
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News you won’t read, see or hear in the Australian mainstream media
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY!
“Shake off all the fears of servile prejudices, under which weak minds are servilely crouched. Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call on her tribunal for every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason than that of blindfolded fear.” — Thomas Jefferson
The All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into anti-Semitism wants prosecutors to examine whether prevention orders like those used to restrict sex offenders’ internet access could be used.
The cross-party group also highlighted the use of anti-Semitic terms online.
Last week, a Community Security Trust report said UK anti-Semitic incidents more than doubled to 1,168 in 2014.
It’s official. We live in a country where a high schooler can’t even earn $20 shoveling snow out of a neighbor’s driveway without Uncle Sam taking a cut. What a greedy lowlife scumbag that guy is.
The Global Ramifications Of The Swiss Currency Revaluation May Be A Lot More Severe Than You First May Have Thought.? Don’t Let The Recent Drop In The Gold Price Fool You – US Retail Demand For Gold And Silver Sky-high!
If you get cancer, where will you turn for treatment?
Your options are Chemotherapy, which is refused by 75% of doctors, works only 2-3% of the time, and has been shown in a study to cause more cancer, or, you can utilize natural substances found in nature that science has shown are powerful Cancer Cures, with virtually no side effects.
Despite the horrid report card for chemotherapy treatment, people to this day continue to receive treatment, as doctors profit from each patient to whom they deal these toxic drugs.
Consider this article the final, crushing blow to chemotherapy and the cancer industry.
Science Shows the Untreated Live Longer
After studying the life span of cancer patients for 25 years, Professor of Medical Physics and Physiology at Berkeley, California, Dr. Hardin B. Jones delivered a report, sending shockwaves through an American Cancer Society Seminar in 1969.
We not only have a security industrial complex and a military industrial complex; the US has a medical industrial complex as well.
Please, as a consumer, educate yourself about nutrition, supplements, diet, and exercise.
If you do wind up having a health crisis, be the most informed healthcare client you can be; in this arena, knowledge is definitely power.
The Australian government has decided to discontinue the provision of water and electricity supplies to up to 200 indigenous communities, saying it can no longer afford the basic services, delegating it to state governments.
The remote communities, located across the northern tip of Australia and the Kimberley in the country’s northwest, will be deprived of essential services with the decision by the federal government, Vice News agency reported on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Western Australia (WA) state government has said it cannot afford to cover the costs either, estimating that at least some of the 274 communities in the state – perhaps as many as 200 – will have to close.
WA Premier Colin Barnett has, however, announced that cutting water and electricity supplies does not mean the communities will have to close down.
“There is nothing to stop people going on to land,” Barnett said.
Sorry, Australian government; I have been to Sidney, and loved the city, and the people.
However, these decisions, at both territorial and national levels, reek of the stench of ethnic cleansing against Australia’s First People: there is just no other way to say this politely.
How does privileged prime minister David Cameron have the nerve to tell company directors that “put simply—it’s time Britain had a pay rise”?
This is the man who has pushed austerity and caused the longest fall in living standards since the Victorian age.
As prime minster he has continued to freeze the pay of public sector workers year after year.
In a Tel Aviv storefront, 84-year-old volunteer Zelda Harris is working the phones for the V15 group trying to unseat Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. U.S. billionaire S. Daniel Abraham, founder of Slim-Fast Foods Co., is helping to fund the effort.
Across the country, men and women in red jumpsuits hand out free copies of Israel Hayom, a pro-Netanyahu daily. The paper is financed by American gambling tycoon Sheldon Adelson.
Critics are concerned that cash from overseas donors will affect next month’s vote. “I would like to see foreign money out of Israeli politics,” said Hebrew University of Jerusalem political science Professor Menachem Hofnung. “Legally, it would be very difficult to do” because “you can’t stop people from funding certain ideas,” he said.
The law prohibits foreigners and Israelis living overseas from donating directly to candidates’ campaigns in the general election.
Oh, PLEASE, like Israeli and AIPAC money do not skewer and twist American elections into a pro-Israel direction, even when what is right and good for Tel Aviv is NOT right and good for the American people?!!?
Someone please hand me a bucket: I think I am going to HURL copiously at this hypocrisy!!
The United States is carrying the world economy at the moment but that is not sustainable, and other major nations must shoulder more of the load, Canadian Finance Minister Joe Oliver said on Friday.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said Monday that his bill to spend $1 trillion over the next five years to boost the nation’s transportation infrastructure would cost less than what the U.S. government spent on the Iraq War.
The Obama administration, self-described Most Transparent Administration in History™, is currently engaged in a multi-pronged legal battle to prevent an iota more transparency related to illegal torture. If there was any lingering hopes that the President might use the last two years of his final term in office to bring some accountability to the despicable actions of the CIA or the US military, it appears that he will instead continue to use the power of the office to fight to keep them hidden.
Later today, the government will showcase its latest suppression effort, as the Justice Department will urge a federal judge in New York to keep secret hundreds of photos of torture from Abu Ghraib prison from almost a decade ago. President Obama once promised to release the photos, only to reverse himself months after coming into office – and he’s since been fighting for years to keep them secret.
Imagine my (absence of) surprise here.
History will ultimately judge President Obama as one of the most profound disappointments of American leadership in the 21st century.
And despite his faux populist persona, he is no less a slave to the global corporate and banking institutions than are his Republican counterparts.
It doesn’t matter any more which of the two parties gets elected nationally; what wins is more corporate wealth; more personal wealth inequality; and more wars.
Below is a cartoon, by Cameron Cardow of the Ottawa Citizen, that USA Today selected as its daily editorial cartoon for February 2. It’s not a terribly hard cartoon to parse: Islam is the modern equivalent of Nazism, and threatens a new Holocaust. The cartoon lists entities that have nothing in common with each other aside from their connection to Islam–political movements like Hezbollah and Hamas, who have been the targets of far more violence than they are responsible for, along with groups like ISIS and Boko Haram, terrorist groups whose victims are primarily Muslim. Hezbollah and ISIS are actually engaged in intense warfare with each other.
The short documentary “Khelil Helwa (Hebron is Beautiful)” follows a young boy from Hebron’s Tel Rumeida neighborhood as he goes about his daily life, uncovering the matrix of Israeli military control that defines every aspect of life in the occupied West Bank.For Palestinians, the footage may at first appear somewhat unremarkable, and the scenes of soldiers barking orders and even arresting the film’s 15-year-old star, Awni Abu Shamsiya, are heart-breakingly familiar.But for Israeli-American filmmaker Yuval Orr, it was the hope of showing the footage to Israeli audiences that motivated production.
This holiday has its origins not in the Bible, but rather in the Mishna, which was written in the early 3rd century CE. It is primarily an agricultural holiday, as evinced by its other name, New Year of Trees.
This holiday is celebrated in the midst of the rainy season (late January or early February). It was originally a holiday with halakhic (Jewish legal) significance, as it was used to mark the age of a tree for the purpose of harvesting and tithing its fruit – tithes that were given to the priests who served in the Temple and did not own any land.
Leading Jewish groups have slammed the German government for creating a new commission on anti-Semitism without including a single Jew.
Julius Schoeps from the Moses Mendelssohn Center for European-Jewish Studies on Tuesday called it “a unique scandal” that the Interior Ministry did not include any Jewish scientists or community leaders on the commission it created to fight anti-Semitism and support Jewish life in Germany.
After several months of sort of spinning its wheels in the war against ISIS, retired Gen. John Allen, who’s become sort of the global ambassador to the war, says the Iraqi “ground offensive” will begin in a matter of weeks.
Gen. Allen, whose comments were made to Jordan’s state media, said the coalition intends to provide “major firepower” for the offensive, and that the goal is to “take back Iraq.”
The comments don’t go on to say exactly what this offensive will include, but they certainly give the impression of this being the “big one” which Iraq has been hoping for to try to retake Mosul.
Please take a look at the map on the right hand side of this article.
Mosul, once retaken, would be a perfect staging area for a ground invasion of Syria, under the pretext of “fighting Isis” there.
And General Allen, sir, I have a bone to pick with you: this story should have been in all American outlets, rather than Jordanian outlets, and the coming actions confirmed first.
‘Britain’s temporary equivalent to Lincoln’s Greenback and Jack Kennedy’s Silver backed US Treasury Notes. These Bradbury Pounds were issued at the beginning of World War 1 to prevent a run on the banks and the request most ironically seemed to come from the banks themselves! These ‘interest free’ notes were issued as a form of ‘national credit and were signed by John Bradbury, the then secretary to the Treasury, rather than the chief cashier of the ‘Bank of England’, Britain’s private central bank (it certainly was back then prior to 1946).
They were soon withdrawn after the liquidity crisis was over as it limited the banks from making a healthy profit from the war.
Greece warns that if informal EU leader Germany remains rigid on granting Athens a new deal, it will seek assistance elsewhere. The US, Russia and China are the possible candidates.
“I knew what I was doing,” Harry Truman said after the atomic bombs he ordered dropped not once but twice on Japanese cities—140,000 people dead in Hiroshima that night; 80,000 three days later in Nagasaki; many thousands more, slowly of radiation sickness. “I have no regrets,” Truman boasted. “Under the same circumstances, I would do it again.”
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday that he is determined to address the U.S. Congress on Iran’s nuclear program. Netanyahu rejected the criticism in the United States and Israel, saying that “while some are busy with protocol or politics, a bad deal with Iran is taking shape.”
Speaking at a Likud election event, Netanyahu added that, as prime minister, it is his duty to do everything in his power to prevent a dangerous deal with Iran. “From the day Israel was established to this day, there have been essential differences between Israel and the U.S., and relations remained sound – this will be the case this time as well,” he said.
“This is not a political issue or a party issue, neither here nor there. This is an existential issue, and I approach it with the fullest responsibility.”
Translation from Netanyahu-ese into English:
“I will do my best to destroy any possibility of the P5+1 talks reaching a successful conclusion, and hijack US foreign policy on Iran…because I can!!“
And sir, forgive me, but talking about Iran as an alleged “existential threat” is morally disingenuous in the extreme.
Iran has not started a fight in over 200 years.
One certainly cannot say the same for the State of Israel, however.
And let just say, for the sake of argument, that Iran did develop a nuclear bomb. What would that mean for the State of Israel, which already has nuclear bombs?!?
It would mean, sir, that Israel could no longer attack Iran because it had a nuclear deterrent.THAT is what you are trying desperately to prevent.
The Iranian leadership is many things, but stupid is not one of them. They understand that should they attempt to attack Israel, the US and Israel would reduce Iran to smoldering green glass. So, the bottom line here is, they would not.
And just as do the Israelis, the Iranians love their children as well.
And am I not correct that Iran is home to one of the oldest continuing Jewish communities on the planet, who are so content with their lives in Iran that they are not too eager to “make aliyah” (immigrate to Israel)?!?
IF there were racial intolerance against the Jews of Iran, they would be moving as fast as they can from Iran, to find a new home in Israel, or somewhere else. But as you know, in the 1979 Iranian Constitution, Jews, Christians and Bahais were given the status of respected minority religions, and have a seat at the table in the Iranian Parliament.
Uh, sir, how many Palestinians are allowed to stand for election in the Knesset?!?!?
It is both a fair, and reasonable question, don’t you think?!?
Bitcoin exchange MyCoin has closed its doors, potentially leaving up to 3,000 investors out of pocket.
The closure of the Bitcoin exchange was originally reported by the South China Morning Post on Monday. MyCoin, a supposed Hong Kong-based virtual currency trading exchange, has reportedly closed its doors leaving as many as 3,000 local investors with combined losses of HK$3 billion ($387 million).
So you know those people who say,”I’ve never heard of anyone getting botulism from home-canned food. That’s just a scare tactic from the USDA.” Well, you can tell them about Mr. O’Connell, who still hasn’t fully recovered from his bout with unsafely preserved food. In fact, he may never completely recover.
Senator Patrick Leahy, a key U.S. Senate Democrat and the chamber’s most senior member, said Tuesday that he would not attend Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s planned speech to Congress.
The seven-term senator from Vermont called the speech, arranged by House Speaker John Boehner and Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer, is “a tawdry and high-handed stunt that has embarrassed not only Israel but the Congress itself.”
Leahy joins an increasingly long list of lawmakers who are planning to boycott the speech. According to The Hill news website, more than a dozen congressional Democrats are planning to skip the address. Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent, announced on Monday he won’t attend.
“A principled voice (such a voice!) and expert videographer for humanity has fallen silent. I am deeply saddened by this news. Anthony sensed and reported with visceral certainty the wrongs visited upon the hapless Christians and Muslims of Palestine by the criminally psychotic ideology Zionism and its adherents. I am duly proud that I once facilitated Anthony’s voiceover of a superior article on Palestine-Israel written by New Mexico’s Joe Mowrey; it was presented multiple times on the Oahu public-access TV system circa 2006 by me and my co-producer, the since-departed Dr. Ramsis G. Lutfy. May both R.I.P.” — Robert H Stiver.
The U.S. spends nearly $1 trillion on national security programs and agencies annually, more than any other nation in the world. Yet despite this enormous investment, there is not enough evidence to show the public that these programs are keeping Americans any safer – especially in the intelligence community. Excessive government secrecy prohibits the public and oversight agencies alike from determining whether our expensive intelligence enterprise is worth the investment.
An American official in Washington has confirmed that the United States is closing down its embassy in Yemen completely and the ambassador will depart the Arab country by Wednesday.
Spot is a four-legged robot designed for indoor and outdoor operation. It is electrically powered and hydraulically actuated. Spot has a sensor head that helps it navigate and negotiate rough terrain. Spot weighs about 160 lbs.
With the sound of slot machines blurring out the noise, more than 4,000 pounds of explosives were used to demolish a Las Vegas hotel before sunrise Tuesday.
The 12-story Clarion casino-hotel, which opened its doors in 1970 and was briefly owned by actress Debbie Reynolds, became the 13th hotel to gain implosion infamy in Sin City.
However, despite the high-power blast, one tower remained standing on the end of the building and a second demolition job is expected.
Precedents exist for requiring citizens to produce special ID for domestic travel; they include Nazi Germany, apartheid South Africa and Russia (both Imperial and Soviet).
Over the Christmas season, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) quietly announced that America was walking down that path. By 2016, all domestic air travel will require either a traditional passport or a federally-compliant ID card called “Real ID.” State driver’s licenses will no longer allow Americans access to domestic flights, as they do now. Real ID will constitute an internal passport.
The courts have repeatedly ruled that travel is a Constitutional right that may not be infringed on. U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens in Saenz v. Roe, 526 U.S. 489 (1999) held that the United States Constitution protected three separate aspects of the right to travel among the states: the right to enter one state and leave another, the right to be treated as a welcome visitor rather than a hostile stranger (protected by the “privileges and immunities” clause in Article IV, § 2). Having to have an internal passport is being treated as a hostile stranger!
The conflict in Ukraine can only end if Kiev holds direct talks with representatives of the insurgents in the eastern region, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday.
“Russia strongly calls for a comprehensive and exclusively peaceful settlement of the Ukrainian crisis based on the Minsk agreements, which were largely achieved owing to the initiative and efforts of the Russian side,” Putin told Egypt’s state-run Al- Ahram newspaper before his state visit to Cairo.
Ukrainians need to “gather around the negotiating table” and Russia will continue to make efforts to facilitate “sustainable and direct contacts” between Kiev and the self-proclaimed people’s republics of Donetsk and Lugansk (DPR and LPR), Putin said.
What Putin has said here is completely, sanely logical; and this means that Poroshenko and Obama will completely reject it out of hand.
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) on Monday said the U.S. should be “proud” of how it treats the “savages” it detains at the Guantanamo Bay military prison.
“Terrorists need no excuse to attack us here. They’ve shown that for decades and decades,” Cotton said on Fox News’ “The Kelly File.” “We should be proud for the way we treated these savages at Guantanamo Bay and the way our soldiers conduct themselves all around the world to include the people doing the very hard work at Guantanamo Bay.”
Last year, a lawyer for one Guantanamo detainee said that videos of his client being force-fed were so disturbing that he had trouble sleeping after viewing them. Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, called for the closure of the facility last month, saying that it had created a “psychological scar.” A 2009 report by Amnesty International said detainees were subjected to incredibly harsh conditions, including sleep deprivation and force-feeding.
I am having a palm to forehead moment, at velocity, upon reading this.
And I would share the following observation with Senator Cotton. Many of these men have been convicted of no crime whatsoever; but, as you well know, many of them have been tortured.
And here is the problem, Senator Cotton: there are many at Gitmo who the US government will never release, because the marks of torture on their bodies bears incontrovertible witness to the reality that they were tortured.
And many times, they were tortured by Americans, to get them to confess to specific accusations in order to get US citizens to become more emotionally “comfortable” with the government narrative on specific issues, many of which had absolutely no relationship with reality.
And when the US tortures, or outsources torture, the following things happen, sir.
First, the world understands that those values of humanity, decency, the rule of law, and due process, which this country’s leadership allegedly holds dear, are only practiced in the breach by the leaders of this country.
And secondly, when the US tortures, or outsources torture, it gives carte blanche for any foreign government, which doesn’t like the US very much, to do the same to our military and civilian personnel.
Sir, I would deeply appreciate it if you could actually think about these points for a little while, before ingesting one more drop of the official koolaid on this issue.
‘These bankers are too big to fail and too big to jail, so they just keep engaging in illegal activity.’
New details about how HSBC bank helped tax evaders and money-launderers—from political figures to celebrities to arms dealers—conceal billions of dollars in assets have sparked international condemnation, from elected officials as well as public interest groups around the world.
Documents leaked by whistleblower Hervé Falciani, who worked for HSBC, show how a Swiss division of the U.K.-headquartered bank routinely allowed clients to withdraw bricks of cash, often in foreign currencies of little use in Switzerland; aggressively marketed schemes likely to enable wealthy clients to avoid European and U.S. taxes; colluded with some clients to conceal undeclared “black” accounts from their domestic tax authorities; and provided accounts to international criminals, corrupt businessmen, and other high-risk individuals.
Alexi Pushkov, a top Russian MP and close friend of Vladimir Putin, has told the European Parliament that the United States supplying the Ukranian government with weapons could escalate the conflict to ‘all out war’.
While there are only a few wars that are recognized by the public education system and mainstream media, the US has been involved in hundreds of different wars and invasions all over the planet in the past 100 years.
Below is some information about just two of the wars that are often left out of the history books.
Between 1964 and 1973, the U.S. dropped over two million tons of bombs on Laos during 580,000 bombing missions, making Laos the most heavily bombed country in history. The US dropped more bombs on Laos than they did on both Germany and Japan combined during World War 2.
The Jordanian air force pilot filmed being burned to death by Islamic State extremists was heavily sedated and unaware of what was about to happen, it has been claimed.
A report in Saudi Arabia’s burnews.com claims ISIS militants admitted giving Moaz al-Kasasbeh drugs so that he did not scream as flames consumed his body during his grotesque execution.
The globalist plan to incrementally merge the U.S., Canada and Mexico into a North American Union has been ongoing for years. While at times, the agenda appears to have seemingly stalled, current efforts to expand the trilateral partnership show that it is alive and once again gaining steam. With NAFTA as the foundation, the renewed push for deeper North American integration continues on many different fronts.
When Ukrainian army officers came to the Ukrainian village of Velikaya Znamenka to tell the men to prepare to be drafted, they weren’t prepared for what happened next.
As the commanding officer was speaking, a woman seized the microphone and proceeded to tell him off: “We’re sick of this war! Our husbands and sons aren’t going anywhere!” She then launched into a passionate speech, denouncing the war, and the coup leaders in Kiev, to the cheers of the crowd.
In Ukrainian Transcarpathia, well-known journalist for Ukrainian Channel 112 Ruslan Kotsaba has been arrested and charged with “treason” and “espionage” for making a video in which he declared:“I would rather sit in jail for three to five years than go to the east to kill my Ukrainian brothers. This fear-mongering must be stopped.”
President Barack Obama asked Germans to give the United States the “benefit of the doubt” when it comes to snooping by the National Security Agency.
n 2015, an Affordable Care Act provision requiring large employers to offer health insurance to staff working more than 30 hours a week kicked into effect. Now, some part-time staff at Staples say management has become extra vigilant about limiting their hours.
No surprise here.
After all, Obamacare was NEVER about affordable health care for Americans; the legislation was written by the medical insurance companies to insure that their profits stayed predatorily high, while shafting the American consumer with huge deductibles, and items not covered, if someone had a hospital visit.
For those watching the developments from afar, the hope is that the spark in Greece will light the brushfire across Europe and the rest of the world that says “No!” to austerity and banker domination of national economies.
Yet, while the signs coming out of Greece may seem positive at first, there is an ominous cloud approaching – the cloud of George Soros and his color revolution apparatus.
Rebel fighters made a push on Tuesday to cut off a government-held road and rail junction in east Ukraine, vowing on the eve of peace talks that they would not cease fire until they had achieved their aim of taking more territory.
Some 30 miles (50 km) north of the front line, in government-held Kramatorsk, rockets slammed into the headquarters of Ukraine’s local military operation and a nearby district of residential apartment blocks. The rebels denied firing on the town.
Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany are due to hold a summit in Minsk on Wednesday under a new Franco-German initiative to halt fighting that in recent weeks reopened a war which has killed more than 5,000 people.
European officials have so far held out minimal hope for the talks, saying the rebels and Moscow have few reasons to halt while they are taking new ground.
The rebels seem to be holding their own, in terms of strategy and tactics.
But I seriously doubt that Moscow is helping, other than with humanitarian aid, and this is why:
Putin is far too intelligent to do something which could come to light as overt Russian military assistance to the rebels, because that would give both Poroshenko and Obama a justification for further escalation.
Social media is abuzz after CNN labeled Ukrainian forces involved in Kiev’s deadly military operation in the country’s southeast as “pro-US troops.” Online comments are calling it a Freudian slip, claiming it unmasks the true agenda behind the conflict.
The headline during CNN’s Monday segment, dedicated to talks between Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the resolution of the Ukraine crisis, read: “Obama considers arming pro-US troops.”
This was absolutely no accident; right now, the news-reading presstitutes and their editors are desperately attempting to “script” their shows to create popular US citizen acquiescence to supporting Ukraine against Russia in the words uttered by the readers, and by the crawl under the images of their news readers.
The very carefully contrived use of language on the crawl was meant to say, “Ukrainian people and military ….good! They are pro-US troops, so their slaughtering of innocents, and the trail of human misery they are leaving behind is…GOOD!! Russia, however, is very bad, double plus un-good!!”
Expect to see more and more frothing, spewing demonization of Russia, and the attempted geopolitical “canonization” of “Brave, little Ukraine”, accelerate, at warp drive, in the coming days and weeks to come.
Since launching his Open Society Foundations in 1984, Soros has donated more than $8 billion to charities around the world. His reach and influence far surpasses that of the Koch brothers, who have been vilified by the left and the media for their grants to universities.? The Grammy Awards were not just a stage for musicians’ egos in 2015, but a platform for promoting a cause backed by President Barack Obama and a Soros-funded organization.
Leaked files from HSBC’s Swiss banking division reveal the identities of seven donors to the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation with accounts in Geneva. They include Frank Giustra, a Canadian mining magnate and one of the foundation’s biggest financial backers, and Richard Caring, the British retail magnate who, the bank’s internal records show, used his tax-free Geneva account to transfer $1m into the New York-based foundation. Hillary Clinton has expressed concern over growing economic inequality in the US and is expected to make the issue a cornerstone of her widely anticipated presidential campaign in 2016. However, political observers are increasingly asking whether the former secretary of state’s focus on wealth inequality sits uncomfortably with the close relationships she and her husband have nurtured with some of the world’s richest individuals.
On February 10th the Deputy Head of the Poroshenko Administration, Valery Chaly released these statements.
“Every decision concerning outcome of the upcoming meeting (Minsk) has been made already. Kiev unilaterally rejects all proposals for federalization, the expansion of the DNR and LNR to their administrative borders, and granting rights of broad autonomy.
The only thing that Kiev is ready to agree to is abolish duties between Russia and Donbass at their borders and indulge Donbass in the use of the Russian language.”
By taking any and all negotiations off the table, Poroshenko’s government has effectively rendered the Minsk talks and agreement worthless.
What, in the name of heaven, has Obama, Rice, and Nuland promised Ukrainian leadership, that those representing Ukraine would make such claims, or take such positions against Russia?!?
Those promises have to be pretty ginormous.
And I think the American people, who did NOT OK this rush to this potential war with Russia, have the absolute and complete right to know just what these promises are.
I can only speculate, but here is what I would suggest right now, looking at both the facts and postures of Ukraine’s governmental representatives.
- Sophisticated, heavy lethal weapons, no matter how much the rest of Europe’s leadership many be against this, and the “advisers” to train the Ukraine’s military in how to use them.
But that will take time. And most of Ukraine’s conscripts are not happy about having to shoot, bomb, maim, and kill their brother and sister Ukrainians. Nor are they fully trained to use modern American high tech weapons.
This means that foreign mercs have already begun the process, to be followed by Ukrainian military as they become proficient.
- A complete crushing of the heavily-industrialized breakaway Eastern provinces by any means necessary. Ukraine needs these areas in order to ultimately become competitive, in the European Union, to which Poroshenko desperately wants accession to membership.
This is why we are seeing residential complexes bombed to smithereens, and the people inside who could not flee killed or maimed for life. I would like to politely remind both the US and the Ukraine that such an action is a war crime.
- The complete military support of NATO against Russia in Ukraine to achieve these ends.
OF course, to believe that NATO can prevail against Russia, takes a prodigiously huge leap of faith, after having witnessed the complete flustercluck they have made of Afghanistan.
- A potential coming war between the West, Ukraine, and NATO against Russia, and soon.
On some levels, it appears that the US government has, collectively, lost its mind, but it has not, and here is why: the US government desperately needs Russia to knuckle under, economically, to the global supremacy of the US dollar. Russia and China are making deals around the world to drop the use of the the dollar, and trade in local currencies.
The US government is desperate to see this stop, and its members see a war with Russia and China, no matter how many of your kids get killed in it, as the only way to prevent the financial degradation of the dollar even further.
I am watching the talking heads on Faux News go on, on, and on, about the death of Kayla Meuller, most likely, from a Jordanian air strike, which is, God knows, a human tragedy. This was one very, very special woman, who wanted to see the alleviation of suffering in Syria, and for that, her life, work, and death, should be celebrated.
But we are being “conditized” here, folks (remember all the “scuttle” about Gary Condit and Shandra Levy, right before 9/11?!?). There have been, so far, between 5,000, to 6,000 civilians killed in the slaughter in Eastern Ukraine, and German intelligence estimates that around 60,000 Ukrainian military have been killed.
The US government, apparently, is egging Poroshenko on to escalation in Eastern Ukraine, to the point where, ultimately, Putin will have no other alternative but to order Russian military strikes.
And right now, the cold, hard truth is that the US military does not have the troop strength, the money, or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a conventional military conflict with Russia; this is what makes the military scenario so scarily dangerous.
I utterly despise the scenario I have just created; but based on the military, political, and economic facts on the ground, this is where we are right now.
Missouri cities sued over municipal court practices accusing them of running the equivalent of debtors’ prisons by illegally jailing hundreds of mostly poor, black residents for unpaid debts, many of them from traffic tickets.
Civil rights lawyers filed federal lawsuits Sunday night accusing authorities in Ferguson and Jennings, Mo., of running the equivalent of debtors’ prisons by illegally jailing hundreds of mostly poor, black residents for unpaid debts, many of them from traffic tickets.
A resident of Kramatorsk, Ukraine, captured a two-minute bombardment of the town, showing 24 separate explosions pummeling homes and buildings. Separatist forces launched the rockets as part of their attacks on the Ukrainian government’s military headquarters.
Nearly 7 in 10 reporters and journalist say that the Obama Administration has been spying or collected data on them, according to a Pew Research Center survey. Some are saying that the fear and threat of spying has effected how they write stories, handle sensitive information or pursue a source, with some leaving the field of investigative journalism,
The publicly funded University of Michigan has launched a $16,000 campaign, warning students not to use “unacceptable words” that might be “offensive” and not “inclusive.” Students are also asked to sign a pledge to use inclusive language and work with their peers to help them understand the “issues.”
What do loss of confidence, loss of faith in financial systems, and pervasive lies have to do with gold and silver? The answer begins with: Gold is far more truthful money – central banks can’t print it or create it from “thin air.” Dollars, euros, yen and others are fiat currency units based on confidence and debt (not assets) and are supported by government mandates that these pieces of colored paper and computerized digits shall be accepted as money.
The New York University study examined 57 clinical trials that received a notice of violation from the FDA for poor record keeping, false information, and poor patient study. Researchers found that findings from those clinical trials were used in 78 published papers – but only in three instances were the faults in the clinical trials mentioned in the papers.
Having fallen for 47 of the last 51 days, The Baltic Dry Index (tracking the cost of shipping dry bulk from iron ore to grains) has been collapsing in a well-documented manner by Zero Hedge (though not the mainstream media). With Cramer having told investors of its importance previously, it will be hard to ignore the fact that, as of this morning, the index of global shipping costs has never (ever) been lower at 554. We leave it to readers to decide what they think this means (but we already know what it means for shippers and ship-building companies).
Are we on the verge of a major worldwide economic downturn? Well, if recent warnings from prominent bankers all over the world are to be believed, that may be precisely what we are facing in the months ahead. As you will read about below, the big banks are warning that the price of oil could soon drop as low as 20 dollars a barrel, that a Greek exit from the eurozone could push the EUR/USD down to 0.90, and that the global economy could shrink by more than 2 trillion dollars in 2015. Most of the time, very few people ever actually read the things that the big banks write for their clients. But in recent months, a lot of these bankers are issuing such ominous warnings that you would think that they have started to write for The Economic Collapse Blog. Of course we have seen this happen before. Just before the financial crisis of 2008, a lot of people at the big banks started to get spooked, and now we are beginning to see an atmosphere of fear spread on Wall Street once again.
NBC-TV’s star news-anchor Brian Williams got caught repeatedly lying and fabricating his fake-‘courageous’ personal involvement in news stories that he had ‘reported.’ At LinkedIn, Rob Wyse headlined recently, “Brian Williams Essentially Lied on His Resume, Or Exaggerated The Truth,” and he noted there.
The parents of an American woman held by Islamic State militants say they have been notified of her death.
Carl and Marsha Mueller, the parents of Kayla Jean Mueller, released a statement on Tuesday saying they have been told that she has died.
The White House also issued a statement confirming her death.
The campaign for divestment from companies that assist and profit from Israeli violations of Palestinian human rights took a big step forward in California this weekend.
The board of the University of California Students Association (UCSA) passed two resolutions at its 8 February meeting in Los Angeles urging university governors to divest from companies including Boeing, Caterpillar and Hewlett-Packard that make weapons and systems Israel uses to commit violations of Palestinian rights.
Her home, where she lived with her husband and eight children, was hit by four missiles fired by an Israeli drone during the first week of the Israeli attack. “Only two of them exploded,” she said. “If the others had blown up, we’d have all died.”
Not everyone survived. Her eighteen-year-old daughter Amal, who was disabled and unable to walk, died on 17 July, four days after their house was struck.
Benjamin Netanyahu has nothing in common with the vast majority of American Jews, seven out of ten of which voted for a man he implicitly demonized as ‘anti-Israel'; but he still intends to speak as their representative before Congress.
On Monday’s edition of “Morning Joe,” host Joe Scarborough snapped when asked if House Speaker John Boehner had acted wisely in inviting Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak to Congress. He scolded Democrats for their criticism of the prime minister, arguing that Netanyahu is a “spokesperson for Jews worldwide.”
When co-host Mika Brzezinski pointed out that Scarborough had actually had the opposite opinion just days before, he got nasty.
Those relying on the notoriously servile NY Times are now learning, several weeks late, that the recent drop in oil prices is likely politically motivated.
Mike Whitney reports (“The Fallujah Option for East Ukraine”):
Until this week, the mainstream media dismissed the idea that the Saudis were deliberately pushing down oil prices to hurt Russia. They said the Saudis were merely trying to retain “market share” by maintaining current production levels and letting prices fall naturally. But it was all bunkum as the New York Times finally admitted on Tuesday in an article titled: “Saudi Oil Is Seen as Lever to Pry Russian Support From Syria’s Assad”. Here’s a clip from the article:
And like so much of US foreign policy, this one was not thought all the way through as to the harm it would cause the rest of the world.
If you’ve ever filed a public records request with your local police department to learn more about how cell-site simulators are used in your community—chances are good that the FBI knows about it. And the FBI will attempt to “prevent disclosure” of such information.
The United Arab Emirates launched airstrikes Tuesday against the Islamic State group from an air base in Jordan, marking its return to combat operations against the militants after it halted flights late last year.
The General Command of the UAE Armed Forces said Emirati F-16s carried out a series of strikes Tuesday morning, according to a brief statement carried by the Gulf nation’s official WAM news agency.
The fighters returned safely back to base after striking their targets, the statement said. It did not elaborate, nor did it say whether the strikes happened in Syria or Iraq. The militants hold roughly a third of each country in a self-declared caliphate.
Last year DoD also ordered $3,505 worth of Levitra, and $14,540 of Cialis, other popular erectile dysfunction drugs.
The contracts were filed under “Troop Support.”
New figures show Turkey has been boosting its trade ties with Israel in recent years, despite the harsh anti-Israeli rhetoric used by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Data from the Turkish Statistics Institute (TurkStat) showed that the volume of mutual trade between Turkey and Israel exceeded USD 5.6 billion in 2014, showing a nearly 50-percent increase from 2009.
According to TurkStat, Turkey exported more than USD 2.9 billion worth of goods to Israel in 2014, while its imports were USD 2.7 billion during the same year.
The trade volume between Ankara and Tel Aviv stood at USD 2.6 billion in 2009.
The rise in bilateral trade comes as Erdogan has been harshly criticizing Israel over its brutal and repressive policies against Palestinians in Gaza.
Chief among the stated reasons the United States has decided to arbitrate the future of Ukraine for its citizens, is the grave danger Russia allegedly poses not only to Kiev, but to Europe and the rest of the world. This despite the fact that it was the US which facilitated violent protests that eventually overthrew the elected government of Ukraine in 2013-2014 in the first place, leading directly to the war now unfolding in the heart of Eastern Europe.
It was not long ago that another ambitious power cited Russia as a threat and invoked “collective defense” to justify what would become a contest between nations leaving tens of millions dead and entire countries in ruins…
Human consciousness and the ability to understand that which really occurred in the past, is a skill that many people have little experience with mastering
With rising anti-Semitism, spotlight has shone on whether Europe’s Jews will stay or go. But actually, the Jewish population of Europe has been declining since World War II.
Pew report published Monday finds Jewish population in Europe is dwindling. Some Jewish leaders have been talking about a Jewish exodus from Europe in response to rising anti-Semitism and extremism.
But though events such as the increasing anti-Semitism during the summer’s Gaza war and the deadly attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris last month have focused the world’s attention on the issue, the truth is the Jewish population of Europe has been steadily declining since World War II, as a recent Pew report demonstrates.
The steepest drop, of course, was between 1939 and 1945, when 6 million Jews were killed in the Holocaust and the Jewish population went from 9.5 million to 3.8 million.
Possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use has been decriminalised in Jamaica after a drugs law that was passed on Friday was debated by senators for five hours.
Having up to two ounces (around 56 grams) will only be punishable by a fixed penalty ticket, instead of a criminal charge.
The amendment of the law happens to have been passed on the birthday of reggae legend Bob Marley, who died of cancer aged 36 in 1981. He is well-known to have praised weed as “the healing of a nation.”
Russia and Egypt have agreed to create a free trade zone and a Russian industrial zone near the Suez Canal. President Sisi of Egypt announced the plan at a joint news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
There was more than $4.5 billion of trade between Russia and Egypt in 2014, a more than 80 percent increase on the year before, said President Putin.
Is it the job of police in a “free society” to roughly arrest a citizen who objects to being denied entry to a public event because of his perceived political opinions — and to prevent the citizen from having the chance to ask a question?
Guess who’s eavesdropping on you now? It’s not some nefarious government agency (although, rest assured, there has been no downturn in surveillance). Nope, it’s that smart TV you paid good money for and invited into your home.
What has changed that suddenly a snow storm produces a political response comparable to a declaration of martial law?
What will the next excuse be?
Are Americans being trained to accept arbitrary curtailments on their freedom of movement?
Pay attention. The likelihood is that you are being conditioned for narrowing the dimensions of your freedom.
Are you, your family or your community at risk of turning to violent extremism? That’s the premise behind a rating system devised by the National Counterterrorism Center, according to a document marked For Official Use Only and obtained byThe Intercept. The document–and the rating system–is part of a wider strategy for Countering Violent Extremism, which calls for local community and religious leaders to work together with law enforcement and other government agencies. The White House has made this approach a centerpiece of its response to terrorist attacks around the world and in the wake of the Paris attacks, announced plans to host an international summit on Countering Violent Extremism on February 18th.
Greece’s finance minister Yanis Varoufakis has spelled out the negotiating strategy of the Syriza government with crystal clarity.
“Exit from the euro does not even enter into our plans, quite simply because the euro is fragile. It is like a house of cards. If you pull away the Greek card, they all come down,” he said.
“Do we really want Europe to break apart? Anybody who is tempted to think it possible to amputate Greece strategically from Europe should be careful. It is very dangerous. Who would be hit after us? Portugal? What would happen to Italy when it discovers that it is impossible to stay within the austerity straight-jacket?”
Meghan Rice, the 85-year-old nun who broke into a nuclear facility and was sentenced to nearly three years in prison last February on charges of interfering with national security and damaging federal property, is being held in “unfair conditions,” advocates say. Undeterred by the prison sentence, she has been continuing her activism from behind bars at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, according to a report by NPR, dedicating some of her time in custody to her fellow inmates.
Internet movie and television streaming service Netflix has launched in Cuba, as diplomatic relations between the US and Cuba continue to thaw.
The 9/11 trial judge abruptly recessed the first hearing in the case since August on Monday after some of the alleged Sept. 11 plotters said they recognized a war court linguist as a former secret CIA prison worker.
Alleged plot deputy Ramzi bin al Shibh, 42, made the revelation just moments into the hearing by informing the judge he had a problem with his courtroom translator. The interpreter, Bin al Shibh claimed, worked for the CIA during his 2002 through 2006 detention at a so-called “Black Site.”
“The problem is I cannot trust him because he was working at the black site with the CIA, and we know him from there,” he said.
Oh yeah, that’s very timely right now! Did Jonah get shot down in a helicopter over Iraq?
Russian TV has just shown footage of the crater left by the explosion and it is absolutely huge. See for yourself:
After being promised a “post-racial” America by Barack Obama, this nation has instead seen cities set ablaze, anarchy in the streets, police officers assassinated in cold blood, and violence directed against innocent whites. Similarly, not only are members of the New Black Panther Party permitted to intimidate voters at polling stations, their leaders unequivocally call for the slaughter of whites, including their children.
Dave Gahary speaks with Victor Thorn and Pete Papherakles about the new book, America’s Racial Powder Keg, which takes the race-baiters head-on, in this candid and politically-incorrect interview (36:01).
David Icke – Two Hour Special on Royal/Political Paedophilia Talking on the Richie Allen Show – How the Global Pieces Fit.
In a story that was mysteriously pulled within hours of being posted, The Independent reported last Friday that a new study posted in the British Medical Journal has indicated that the pharmaceutical giant GlaxcoSmithKline (GSK) used money and influence to skew the debate about the controversial diabetes drug Avandia. Avandia, Glaxco’s tradename for rosiglitazone, has been at the center of a controversy since news about its increased risk for heart attacks and strokes was reported in 2007.
The new study found that over 90% of the scientists who backed the drug Avandia had financial links to the pharmaceutical industry. The disclosure will likely renew concern about the influence of the multinational pharmaceutical companies on patient safety, where a warning about a drug can wipe out billions of dollars in profits.
The words come as the EU suspends new sanctions – including visa bans and asset freezes – to give peace efforts a chance.
News you won’t read, see or hear in the Australian mainstream media
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY!
“Why is it that we rejoice at a birth and grieve at a funeral? It is because we are not the person involved.” — Mark Twain, Pudd’nhead Wilson
Suddenly, around two in the morning, the image materialized in my head. I made my way down the hall to my computer and typed in: “Waco, Texas. Lynching.”
Sure enough, there it was: the charred corpse of a young black man, tied to a blistered tree in the heart of the Texas Bible Belt. Next to the burned body, young white men can be seen smiling and grinning, seemingly jubilant at their front-row seats in a carnival of death. One of them sent a picture postcard home: “This is the barbeque we had last night. My picture is to the left with a cross over it. Your son, Joe.”
BUMP TO THE TOP
President Obama on Thursday described ISIS as a “brutal, vicious death cult” that commits “unspeakable acts of barbarism,” in some of his most emotionally charged rhetoric about the terror group.
BUMP TO THE TOP
President Obama said Monday he’s considering providing Ukraine with lethal military arms to battle pro-Russian separatists, a potential move that would both ratchet up tension between Ukraine and Russia and also could create a rift between the U.S. and its European allies.
Mr. Obama made the comments at a White House press conference alongside German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who strongly opposes the idea of providing arms to the Ukrainian military. Ms. Merkel and French President Francois Hollande this week will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in yet another effort to diffuse the situation through diplomacy.
Remind me again; what did Obama win the Nobel Prize for?
The crisis has been building for six years. Barack Obama arrived at the White House just as Israel elected one of the most right-wing governments in its history, led by Benjamin Netanyahu. At their first meeting Mr Obama reportedly told his Israeli counterpart “not one more brick”.
Mr Netanyahu soon defied the president, and has been doing so ever since.
By taking on the president, Mr Netanyahu risks smashing Washington’s political consensus on Israel and exposing the American public for the first time to a debate about whether Israeli interests coincide with US ones.
The very rift he is fostering with Mr Obama is likely to rebound on him strategically too. He is giving Tehran every incentive to sign an accord with the western powers, if only to deepen the fracture between Israel and Washington.
Corporatism is not Capitalism: Corporatism is the destruction of the free market and the creation of corporate monopolies archived through the regulatory and monopoly power of strong central government.
The universe may have existed forever, according to a new model that applies quantum correction terms to complement Einstein’s theory of general relativity. The model may also account for dark matter and dark energy, resolving multiple problems at once.
Israel is ranked sixth on a list of nations whose citizens held the largest amounts of funds in secret offshore Swiss bank accounts belonging to HSBC, with Israelis holding a total of 10 billion dollars in combined accounts.
This certification, which the company received for 12 of its products, comes from the Non-GMO Project, created in 2008 by a group of food retailers who wanted their customers to know exactly what they were eating. Products with the “Non-GMO Project Verified” seal have been through a rigorous verification process, so consumers can be sure that these foods contain the least amount of genetically modified organisms possible.
What this means to Manischewitz is that customers now have actual proof that the food they are buying is healthy and safe, said Sara Stromer, assistant brand manager for the company. She stresses that there has not been any alteration to the taste that customers love. “There is no change in the ingredients or how the products are made,” Stromer said. “We’ve always been using non-GMO products. Now we just have some proof to show for it.”
McDonald’s fries fried in poison twice, investigation reveals
“With its report today, the US Copyright Office was clear: the current music licensing system needs reform and fast. The report emphasizes how the current system undervalues musical works – something many of our members experience daily. The many proposed updates – particularly recommendations intended to make the system more equitable for songwriters – underscore yet again the inefficiency of the current system for music fans and creators alike.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s team is considering changing the format of his planned address to Congress, Reuters reports Monday, due to the waves of criticism directed at Jerusalem over the invitation.
Netanyahu’s address to Congress on Iran was initially planned to be televised live, as important addresses have been in the past.
However, following the constant criticism leveled at Netanyahu for the invitation – which was extended to him by House Speaker John Boehner, but not directly by US President Barack Obama – the team is reportedly considering scheduling his address for a closed-door session of Congress instead.
A short question for Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu: what do you want to say to Congress that the American people are not supposed to hear?!?
That, sir, is what every thinking American will want to know.
And a short memo to the American Congress: if you allow Netanyahu to do this, every single American will understand that US foreign policy, particularly as it effects the P5+1 negotiations with Iran, is dictated by Israel, and Congress has been completely co opted by a foreign government.
mong the many things that John Boehner is not, prominent among them is, “a competent ratfker.” I’m sure that Boehner and his colleagues in the monkeyhouse leadership thought inviting Benjamin Netanyahu to come over here and submarine the president and the administration on the negotiations with Iran was a brilliant idea when they thought it up. Once Operation Suckup went into effect, however, almost nothing went right and now, of course, everybody’s blaming everybody else.
Several pro-Israel lobby groups in the United States have threatened to “publicly condemn” Democrats who plan to skip the Israeli prime minister’s speech about Iran before Congress next month.
Benjamin Netanyahu’s well-funded Jewish conservative backers say they may use their funds to draw attention in the districts and states of any Democratic lawmaker who is not at the US Capitol to listen to Netanyahu on March 3.
Netanyahu has been invited by House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner to address a joint session of Congress to speak about the “threat” of Iran’s nuclear energy program.
“This is, I think, a critical visit by the prime minister. If these Democrats would rather put partisan politics ahead of principle and walk out on the prime minister of Israel, then we have an obligation to make that known,” said Matt Brooks, the executive director of the Republican Jewish Coalition, a political lobbying group which promotes Jewish Republicans.
A memo to Messrs Kline and Brooks: what is in the best interests of Tel Aviv, many times is NOT in the best interests of the American people, the American military, and the American economy; waging war against Iran happens to be one of those things NOT in the best interests of this country.
And the utter, unabashed hubris, Mr. Klein, of demanding that Democrats who don’t show PROVE that they were ill and could not attend Netanyahu’s speach by way of presenting a Doctor’s note to you?!?
But Mr. Klein, I cannot possibly thank you enough for having given me a marvelous idea for a slogan campaign, that the American people – and all of Rivero’s Rangers – should be up to, regarding Netanyahu’s blatant attempt to sway US public policy against Iran.
It should be Teeshirts, Bumperstickers, and logos, faxed into every congressional office thickly, and that is:
Regarding Netanyahu’s address to Congress:
“Hell, no, don’t you go
Hell no, don’t you go
Did you not get the word
To put YOUR country
second and third?
Hell, no, don’t you go,
hell, no, don’t you go
We don’t need Bibi
To dictate our foreign policy,
Hell no, don’t you go
Hell no, don’t you go,
IF you don’t treat your fellow citizens right,
you’ll be treated like Kryptonite.
Thanks again, Mr. Klein! You are too kind.
“Greece will leave the Eurozone. I don’t see that it helps Greece to be in the Euro, and I certainly don’t see that it helps the rest of the Eurozone. It’s just a matter of time before everyone recognizes that parting is the best strategy…. The problem is that there there is no way that I can conceive of the euro of continuing.”
Feb 09 09:36
Pro-independence fighters in eastern Ukraine say they have intercepted conversations between international mercenaries in Debaltseve speaking in four different languages – English, Polish, French and some Flemish.
Debaltsevo and Uglegorsk update
Still Not a War? German Intelligence Puts Ukraine Death Toll at 50,000
Pro-independence fighters say there might be some foreign mercenaries among the pro-Ukrainian combatants who have been encircled near the city of Debaltseve between Donetsk and Luhansk.
“We have intercepted the talks in four different languages,” Donetsk Peoples Republic (DPR) deputy of defense Edward Basurin told the journalists on Monday. “Those are English, Polish, French and some Flemish.”
“At the same time, we do not have in [our] possession any personal belongings which could serve as proof,” he added. “As soon as we get any we will show them to you.”
You can almost bet that private armies of hired mercs are well and truly on the scene, in behalf of the Ukrainian government.
But with the Ukrainian government nearly broke, I wonder: who pays for this?!?
In a broadcast exclusive interview, we spend the hour with John Kiriakou, a retired CIA agent who has just been released from prison after blowing the whistle on the George W. Bush administration’s torture program. In 2007, Kiriakou became the first CIA official to publicly confirm and detail the agency’s use of waterboarding. In January 2013, he was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison. Under a plea deal, Kiriakou admitted to a single count of violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act by revealing the identity of a covert officer involved in the torture program to a freelance reporter, who did not publish it. In return, prosecutors dropped charges brought under the Espionage Act.
With Spanish and Italian leaders desperately running around to any and every media outlet to proclaim themselves economically fit and deny deny deny what Greek FinMin Varoufakis said yesterday, it appears the market has a different perspective. Portuguese bond spreads are 16bps wider and Spanish and Italian bond spreads are 12bps wider – their worst day in almost 4 months – as it appears Grexit fears are starting to creep into the rest of the periphery.
China may establish a free trade zone with the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) in the future, says the Russian Ambassador to China Andrey Denisov. It would make trade with Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Armenia, and soon Kyrgyzstan tariff-free.
“At first the Chinese were cautious about the Eurasian Trade Union; they just needed to make sure that it works. Now they are increasingly showing interest in participation with the union, not just with Kazakhstan, Belarus, Russia, Armenia, and Kyrgyzstan on an individual basis, but with the union per se,” Denisov told RIA in an interview published on Monday.
As far as I know they [the Chinese – Ed.] offered us, the members of this Union –EEU – to think long-term about the creation of a free trade zone. Well, this is probably the case, even if it’s far off in the future.
Congrats, all those folks who thought sanctioning Russia would be a great idea; because all this has done is push Russia further toward China and Central Asia, both economically and militarily.
Oh, and by the way… the dollar is getting dropped more and more frequently in international trade as well, thanks to the sanctions.
DON’T YOU FEEL PROUD OF BEING PATHOLOGICALLY INCAPABLE OF THINKING ANYTHING THROUGH TO ITS LOGICAL CONCLUSION?!?!?!?
A new decree that went into effect today allows the French government to block websites accused of promoting terrorism and publishing child pornography, without seeking a court order. Under the new rules, published last week by France’s Ministry of the Interior, internet service providers (ISPs) must take down offending websites within 24 hours of receiving a government order. French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve says the decree is critical to combatting terrorism, but civil rights groups say it gives the government dangerously broad powers to suppress free speech.
The European Union has announced new sanctions against Russian officials and Ukrainian militias, but will postpone enforcing for a week, pending new peace talks in Minsk on Wednesday, according to French foreign minister Laurent Fabius.
“The principle of these sanctions remains but the implementation will depend on results on the ground. We will see by [next] Monday and see how the meeting in Minsk went,” said French foreign minister Laurent Fabius.
The foreign ministers of the 28 European Union member states added five Russian citizens, TASS sources said. The ‘black list’ also reportedly includes 14 members of the eastern Ukrainian militia and nine organizations the EU considers responsible for the escalation of violence in Ukraine.
The four-way talks in the Belorussian capital between Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France are set to take place on Wednesday.
Sanctions are most generally preludes to war.
Were I a betting woman, I would not bet on the coming Minsk Conference to offer any concrete solutions to the crisis at hand.
And why?!? It is simple: Poroshenko has been given his marching orders by Washington to accelerate the pain and devastation in the breakaway republics.
Additionally, Poroshenko refuses to bend in any way to federalize these republics which are looking for autonomy, and claims that they must fall under the complete sway of Ukrainian hegemony.
This is not a recipe for constructive negotiations; it is a recipe for utter disaster.
President Obama may think that there is a point past which Putin will not be goaded, and will feel he has to act against Ukraine.
But I understand that Putin is a master chess player, and may very well not give Obama the war he wants here.
It seems that Fake AMD processors are in circulation from the online retailer Amazon, as some Amazon UK purchasers report.
How can a CPU be fake some of you may ask, well picture it like this, you buy a new Ferrari to get an unpleasant drive home to find that the engine underneath is from a Volkswagen Beetle. The fake AMD processors have heatspreaders which say that they are an FM2+ AMD A8-7600, to go home and when you try to install it find out that it does not fit.
To be more specific the CPU underneath is an AM2 Athlon 64 X2 5200+, which was a CPU produced and sold between 2007 and 2009.
This fake lying prick will eventually be sacked, BUT with a golden handshake for being a liar and a fraud.
NBC executives were reportedly aware of anchor Brian Williams’ tendency to embellish long before he admitted that he exaggerated a story from his coverage of the Iraq invasion in 2003.
Maureen Dowd writes in The New York Times that network executives were warned a year ago about Williams, who has taken himself off the air for “several days” amid the controversy.
“NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams could face new questions this week over differing versions of a story he repeatedly told about coming under Hezbollah rocket fire while riding in an Israeli Defense Forces helicopter in 2006, according to a published report.
The Washington Post reported late Sunday that Williams has given differing accounts of how close the rockets came to the helicopter he was riding in over northern Israel.
The UK will send 2,000 specialist troops and a spy plane to Jordan to aid its efforts to defeat the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), a government source has revealed.
The decision follows criticism from the Commons Defence Select Committee that the UK was not committing sufficient troops or resources to the area.
An initial group of 60 military planners will join a coalition HQ in Jordan, which will be used to co-ordinate support of Kurdish and Iraqi troops, followed by a further 2,000 who will mainly act in a training capacity, the source told the Express.
The UK’s increased involvement follows Jordan’s decision to extend airstrikes from Syria to Iraq.
This situation is escalating exponentially, and I have to wonder: will the RAF be bombing ISIS infrastructure, or that of the Syrian government, in order to “soften Syria up” for a UK/US/Jordanian ground strike in order to achieve regime change here?!?
Only time will tell, but I am seeing a massive increase in military activity in Iraq and beyond.
As Congress readies to reauthorize Michelle Obama’s Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act this year, students and parents continue to post photographic evidence of the program’s shortcomings.
“We want to avoid further deterioration in relations between Russia and Europe,” explained Cyprus’ President Nicos Anastasiades upon reportedly signing an agreement to offer Russia military facilities on its soil (that we noted previously). The air force base at which Russian planes will use is about 40 kilometers from Britain’s sovereign Air Force base at Akrotiri, on the south shores of Cyprus, which provides support to NATO operations in the Middle and Near East regions. As fault lines within the EU widen, Anastasiades said in his interview that Cyprus opposes additional sanctions against Russia by the European Union over Ukraine, “Cyprus and Russia enjoy traditionally good relations and that is not going to change.”
Keep your friends close… and enemies closer?
Having fallen for 47 of the last 51 days, The Baltic Dry Index (tracking the cost of shipping dry bulk from iron ore to grains) has been collapsing in a well-documented manner by Zero Hedge (though not the mainstream media). With Cramer having told investors of its importance previously, it will be hard to ignore the fact that, as of this morning, the index of global shipping costs has never (ever) been lower at 554. We leave it to readers to decide what they think this means (but we already know what it means for shippers and ship-building companies).
With numbers looking like this, it appears, economically, that the excrement is going to hit the ventilator, globally, and with extreme force, very soon.
U.S. Stocks Open Lower
Worries About Greece Weigh on Sentiment
U.S. stocks fell early Monday, dragged by sliding shares in Europe amid a flare-up in tensions between Greece and its international creditors.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 27 points, or 0.2%, to 17798, while the S&P 500 index was marginally lower at 2055. The Nasdaq Composite Index declined two points, or 0.1%, to 4742.
The declines come on the heels of a tumble in European markets, after Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras unveiled plans Sunday to undo several austerity measures that were a condition of the country’s international bailout.
In a new twist to the old Green revolution, AGRA is focusing on private control rather than public—more profit, less oversight. A prime example, private seed companies will produce and sell their “improved” seed varieties to farmers, rather than giving farmers access to publicly developed seeds.
Now, as global agribusiness interests look to expand their profits with the financial backing of the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), various “charitable” foundations and the political backing of the more “developed” countries of the world (the G-8), Africa is the obvious target to be saved and developed. Corporations profit, Western governments gain control.
A U.S.-backed coalition is “on the road” to winning the fight against Islamic State terrorists who reached new heights of barbarism last week, Secretary of State John F. Kerry declared Sunday, a rosy outlook rebutted by Kurdish leaders close to the conflict and Republican critics who say U.S. leadership is sorely lacking in several corners of the globe.
Mr. Kerry said the U.S.-led coalition, working with Arab partners, had taken back wide swaths of territory while eliminating top Islamic State commanders who had menaced a cross-section of Iraq and Syria, leading him to believe they are winning.
“I absolutely do,” he told NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “And I think the evidence is not in my saying it, but it’s in the facts of what is happening.”
Mr. Secretary, forgive me, but as a rational American citizen who loves her country very much, and is very concerned about it’s future course, I am having an industrial-strength palm to forehead moment, at velocity, right now.
Sir, you have offered absolutely no specifics, stating instead, “…it’s the facts of what is happening.”
Mr. Secretary, this is sound and fury, signifying….absolutely nothing. There are no facts, no specifics, and the Kurds, on the ground fighting ISIS, have a spectacularly, diametrically opposite assessment of what is going on than do you.
Americans deserve more from their leadership; and sir, right now you and this Administration are absolutely not providing it, in terms of facts and figures which can be fact checked.
Your statements about ISIS leave American citizens very skeptical indeed,about if you folks actually have a coordinated plan, thought through to its logical conclusion.
Ever since NBC Anchor and Council on Foreign Relations member Brian Williams came forward and claimed he “misremembered” his tale of being in a chopper that was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade in Iraq (Williams was apparently in another chopper that arrived an hour after the one that was fired upon landed), more of Williams’ tall tales have come to light.
As if Iraq, Syria, ISIS, Iran, Cuba, Yemen, Obama’s anti-China “pivot to Asia,” and the Republican train wreckers who now control Congress aren’t enough, there’s a permanent taste for war among the Imperial City’s hawks, now ready to fight with your kids (never theirs) to teach that bastard Vladimir Putin a lesson and show him who’s boss. We did it to Grenada and Panama and we can do it again.
According to the think tankers, “The West has the capacity to stop Russia. The question is whether it has the will,” sounding exactly like the blind and arrogant men who took us into Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq.
The truth is US and NATO instigated the Ukrainian civil war by brazenly drawing ever closer to the Russian border. Unanswered is why Obama has exerted no control over Joe Biden, John Brennan and John Kerry’s alleged State department subordinate Victoria Nuland, all of whom spent time in secret negotiations with Kiev.
Unfortunately, given the current state of the American military, it does not have the troop strength, the money, or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a conventional military operation; and that is what makes the war scenario so scarily dangerous.
Other people’s kids are always expendable to the warhawks; it is rarely ever their own.
If I had the ability to introduce a Constitutional Amendment, it would be this: that any person applying for election to high office MUST, at the time of their candidacy, leading to their election, have a close family member, forward serving in our military, in a unit most likely to see combat.
This just might reduce the Federal government’s willingness to choose war as the only solution to geopolitical challenges.
For years people have been running around Washington yelling that the United States was at risk of becoming Greece. There may actually be a basis for such concerns, but not for the reason usually given.
Michael Kofman isn’t just a defense expert; he’s specialized in the precise region where Ukraine is located. He spent years managing professional military education programs and military-to-military engagements for senior officers at National Defense University. There he served as a subject matter expert and adviser to military and government officials on issues in Russia/Eurasia. And, now, he is telling the Brookings Institution war-hawks, and its insider ‘experts’ whose expertise is about getting America into invasions but not getting us out, and is certainly not about “winning” anything more than defense contracts — he is telling them that their arguments for getting us into sending weapons to Ukraine as our “proxy” against Russia, is a shockingly stupid and counterproductive idea for everyone but America’s armaments-makers.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was among the first to recognize that a deal might happen, and saw this as a potentially huge threat to his would-be war. He’s now promising to do everything and anything in his power to sabotage the deal.
Memo to Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu; sir, I would like to politely point out to you that you, and the country of Israel, are completely irrelevant to this process, where no members of the Israeli government were invited to join these negotiations, due to your transparent desire to be the warmonger-in-Chief against Iran.
I know, sir, that you have had an extensive university education, and speak brilliant English, so there is a word about which I wish to strongly caution you, particularly in light of your addressing a joint session of the US Congress on 3 March, to bully them into rejecting the treaty.
That concept, sir, is hubris: an unbounded pride which dictates that the person demonstrating this quality believes that there will be utterly no consequences to their actions, even if those actions are completely morally reprehensible.
Iran has chosen to sign the NNPT; Israel, which has a nuclear weapons program, refuses to become a signatory, and allow their nuclear sites to be inspected. We have known this from the late 80s, through the exposure of this program through Mordecai Vanunu.
It is an open secret in the West that there is no “nuclear ambiguity” for Israel.
As well you know, every bit of American aid, both military and monetary, is ILLEGAL, under the Symington Act.
Therefore, it is not the business of any foreign government, including that of Israel, to attempt to form or mold US foreign policy; but your address to Congress regarding Iran, is just such a blatant attempt to do this.
Thinking Americans resent this, because they understand that what may be considered by Tel Aviv to be in Israel’s best interests, are many times NOT in the interest of the American people; and a war against Iran, which now means most likely means a war with Russia, on Iran’s side, is not good for the American people, our military, or our economy.
You are expecting AIPAC to deliver the appropriate hammer blows to Congress in terms of threats to withhold money and support, after your address, and after their meeting in early March.
However, I would suggest that the results of reactions against your speech will include a backlash against more Iranian sanctions here at home, and a deeper distrust of you in Israel, ahead of a crucial election for you.
Sir, I would strongly urge you to be careful about what you wish for as the outcome of this speech.
But he’s just a TV personality, another hubris-filled, shallow egotist. NBC doesn’t care what you think, and if they decide he stays, he stays. You don’t have any say in the matter: It’s a corporate issue.
But not at all so for Hillary Rodham Clinton. In March 2008, giving a foreign policy speech on Iraq about her days as first lady and a trip to Tuzla, Bosnia, she delivered an unbelievable tale.
“I remember landing under sniper fire. There was supposed to be some kind of a greeting ceremony at the airport, but instead we just ran with our heads down to get into the vehicles to get to our base.”
So, picture that: Chopper lands, sniper bullets pinging and zinging everywhere, she and her comrades sprinting across the tarmac, perhaps zigzagging to throw off the sharpshooter.
Want to tell us about those cattle futures again, Hillary?
“I went to Paris not just as the prime minister of Israel but as a representative of the entire Jewish people,” Netanyahu said, during a conference for French-speaking Likud activists. “Just as I went to Paris, so I will go anyplace I’m invited to convey the Israeli position against those who want to kill us. Those who want to kill us are, first and foremost, any Iranian regime that says outright it plans to destroy us. I will not hesitate to say what’s needed to warn against this danger, and prevent it.”
Netanyahu’s ego is getting the best of him.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed yesterday to do everything possible to prevent world powers from reaching a “bad and dangerous deal” with Iran over its nuclear programme.
I wonder if that includes bombing Iran.s power station the way Israel bombed Iraq’s power station at Osirak. As a postscript, when inspectors examined the ruins of Osirak, they found no evidence that it was anything other than a power station.
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras of Greece has said he is sticking to plans to roll back austerity and rejecting an international bailout extension.
New video evidence has been added to the already-conclusive video evidence which shows that the U.S. Government was the controlling power behind the extremely violent and illegal 18-27 February 2014 Ukrainian coup, which overthrew the democratically elected and never legally removed-from-power Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.
Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan says the US-led invasion of Iraq was a mistake and helped create the Takfiri ISIL terrorist group.
What’s the problem? Well, Cohen is not only a well-known scholar, he is a prominent public intellectual and commentator on U.S.-Russian relations. Recently he has criticized in print and on television U.S. and European policy in Ukraine. This has led some journalists and “pundits” (but few, if any, scholars) to claim that he is “Putin’s American toady,” as The New Republic put it. He has also been branded an “apologist,” a “useful idiot,” and a “dupe.”
An official with Greece’s newly elected Syriza party may have sounded the death knell for a proposed EU-U.S. trade deal that has faced a mountain of opposition from civil society.
The deal is the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), now facing its eighth round of talks between negotiators this week in Brussels.
The TTIP, which would be the biggest trade deal ever, has been criticized as a corporate-friendly deal that threatens food and environmental safety under the guise of “harmonization” of regulations.
Georgios Katrougkalos, now deputy minister for administrative reform, confirmed what he had told EurActiv Greece ahead of his Syriza party’s victory last week: that his parliament would not ratify the trade deal.
“A clueless political personnel, in denial of the systemic nature of the crisis, is pursuing policies akin to carpet-bombing the economy of proud European nations in order to save them.”
The Internet nearly exploded yesterday after it was revealed that a Pentagon “movement patterns analysis expert” concluded—after carefully studying video footage—that Vladimir Putin has an “autistic disorder.”
But the study’s spectacular findings pale in comparison to similar research funded by the Kremlin, which has clearly demonstrated that Barack Obama is a lizard from outer space.
Let the finger-pointing begin.
Two weeks into the Bibi-gate (or perhaps Bohener-gate, or simply speech-gate) controversy, with no sign of Democratic anger subsiding, Benjamin Netanyahu and his allies are starting to look for excuses.
The defense Bibi has settled on can be summed up in three words: “It’s Boehner’s fault.”
US warplanes continue to pound Mosul, the largest city in ISIS territory and the major prize Iraqi officials are constantly talking about retaking. Yet officials are heavily debating the timetable for retaking the city, and how difficult it will be.
ISIS has shown an ability to defeat Iraqi troops in head-on battles, even when backed by US warplanes, and the militants have had half a year to fortify Mosul, which they know is going to be attacked sooner or later.
US officials have downplayed the chances of Iraqi forces retaking the city on their own, and may be planning to use the importance of retaking it as an excuse to justify the use of US ground troops in direct combat.
It appears that, once again, our military and civilian leadership are collectively suffering from severe SMD (selective memory disorder.)
Does ANYONE in Foggy Bottom NOT remember Muqtata Al Sadr, the founder of the Mahdi Army which threatened US forces to commit to the SOFA agreement with the Iraqi government, or face deadly consequences?!?
This man is no less respected and revered than when he made those demands of the US government and military, and they took him at his word.
I don’t know what the bookies in Vegas will wager the chances of him reviving that military unit, if the US goes into Mosul with boots on the ground, but I surely would not bet against it.
But I think there is another agenda here, IF Obama gets his authorization to use military force against ISIS, no matter where it happens to be operating, (Lichtenstein, look out!!) I would almost be willing to bet that the capturing of Mosul would be about the US military using it as a forward base for sending US troops on the ground in Syria.
The map at the upper right of this article screams, “location, location, location…from which to send US land troops into Syria.”
Kiev authorities have ordered their forces to mine the entire rail infrastructure in the eastern Ukrainian town of Debaltseve, deputy head of the self-proclaimed Dontesk People’s Republic’s (DPR) militia Eduard Basurin said Sunday.
Governments from Around the World Admit They Do It
There are many documented false flag attacks, where a government carries out a terror attack … and then falsely blames its enemy for political purposes.
In the following 42 instances, officials in the government which carried out the attack (or seriously proposed an attack) admits to it, either orally or in writing:
The University of California Student Association (USCA) voted Tuesday in favour of divestment from companies “engaged in the systematic violation of Palestinian rights in the Occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip.”
The motion was adopted 9-1, with 6 abstentions.
Following yesterday’s summary of the utter farce that the Minsk Summit/Ukraine “peace” deal talks have become, the various parties involved appear to be fracturing even faster today. The headlines are coming thick and fast but most prescient appears to be: Despite John Kerry’s denial of any split between Germany and US over arms deliveries to Ukraine, German Foreign Minister Steinmeier slammed Washington’s strategy for being “not just risky but counterproductive.” But perhaps most significantly is France’s continued apparent pivot towards Russia…
This is the month when the future of the eurozone will be decided. This week, Greek leaders will meet with European officials to discuss what comes next for Greece. The new prime minister of Greece, Alexis Tsipras, has already stated that he will not accept an extension of the current bailout. Officials from other eurozone countries have already said that they expect Greece to fully honor the terms of the current agreement. So basically we are watching a giant game of financial “chicken” play out over in Europe, and a showdown is looming. Adding to the drama is the fact that the Greek government is rapidly running out of money. According to the Wall Street Journal, Greece is “on course to run out of money within weeks if it doesn’t gain access to additional funds, effectively daring Germany and its other European creditors to let it fail and stumble out of the euro.”
Russia has rolled out the red carpet to Greece. The EU hard line may shove Greece down that path!
These artifacts are among the very few Apollo 11 flown items brought back from Tranquility Base and, thus, are of priceless historical value. Of utmost importance is the 16mm movie camera with its 10mm lens. The camera was mounted behind the right forward window of the lunar module and was used to film the final phase of the descent to the lunar surface, the landing, as well as Neil Armstrong’s and Buzz Aldrin’s activities on the lunar surface including taking the first samples of lunar soil and planting the US flag. Thanks to the Neil Armstrong family, the Apollo 11 purse and its contents are now on loan at the National Air and Space Museum for preservation, research and eventual public display.
New revelations are emerging that could implicate Loretta Lynch, President Obama’s attorney general nominee, in the world’s largest banking scandal.
As WND reported, Lynch, as the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, oversaw the investigation in 2012 of drug-related international money laundering allegations against London-based HSBC Holdings LLC.
As a result of HSBC agreeing to a settlement requiring the international bank holding company to pay the U.S. government more than $1.2 billion in fines for money laundering, Lynch’s office agreed in return not to press criminal charges against any bank employee of the U.S.-based HSBC subsidiary.