One Dead, Three Wounded in Shooting at Northern Arizona University »»
An 18-year-old freshman at Northern Arizona University opened fire on a group of students after a late-night conflict in a parking lot, leaving one student dead and three others injured, university officials said Friday.
The shooter, identified by campus police as Steven Jones, surrendered his handgun to campus police and was taken into custody not long after the 1:20 a.m. incident, authorities said.
"He stopped his action with his handgun and everything calmed down for a few minutes as our officers arrived," campus police chief Greg Fowler told reporters in Flagstaff.
The condition of the three injured students was not known, but Fowler said "it would be safe to say [they were shot] multiple times."
All of the victims were male, he said.
Maria Gonzalez, a student at the university, told the Associated Press she heard the shots but did not initially realize it was gunfire.
"I was studying for an exam, so I looked out the window and see two people running, and that's when I realized they weren't fireworks, they were actually gunshots," she said.
"How am I supposed to feel safe where I'm learning?" she said.
The incident occurred outside Mountainview Hall dormitory, but authorities said they could not immediately say what led up to the confrontation.
"We don't know the facts yet about what brought them together, or what caused the confrontation," Fowler said.
Like other Arizona campuses, Northern Arizona University does not allow students to carry guns on campus.
"Arizona law allows you to have your gun in a car in a locked compartment on campus. That's where it has to stay. You cannot carry it around on campus," Fowler said.
He said he did not know whether the gunman had the weapon in his possession already when the confrontation first broke out.
"I appreciate the efforts of all state and local law enforcement officials, first-responders and school administrators, and continue to pray for the recovery of the injured, as well as all those in the NAU community who have been impacted by this terrible tragedy," US Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said in a statement.
"All Arizonans have the #Flagstaff community in their hearts today," Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said on Twitter.
The shooting comes as President Obama is scheduled to visit Roseburg, Ore., where eight students and a teacher were shot and killed last week at Umpqua Community College. The Oregon gunman committed suicide after a shootout with law enforcement, authorities said.
Disaster Capitalism From the Migrant Crisis to Afghanistan and Haiti »»
When disaster strikes, who profits? That's the question asked by journalist Antony Loewenstein in his new book, Disaster Capitalism: Making a Killing out of Catastrophe. Traveling across the globe, Loewenstein examines how companies such as G4S, Serco and Halliburton are cashing in on calamity, and describes how they are deploying for-profit private contractors to war zones and building for-profit private detention facilities to warehouse refugees, prisoners and asylum seekers. Recently, Loewenstein teamed up with filmmaker Thor Neureiter for a documentary by the same name that chronicles how international aid and investment has impacted communities in Haiti, Afghanistan, Papua New Guinea and beyond.
This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.
AMYGOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The War and Peace Report. I'm Amy Goodman. When disaster strikes, who profits? That's the question asked by journalist Antony Loewenstein in his new book, Disaster Capitalism: Making a Killing out of Catastrophe. Traveling across the globe, Antony examines how companies, such as G4S, Serco, Halliburton, are cashing in on calamity. He describes how they're deploying for-profit private contractors to war zones and building for-profit private detention facilities to warehouse refugees, prisoners, asylum seekers. Now Loewenstein has teamed up with filmmaker Thor Neureiter for an upcoming documentary by the same name that chronicles how international aid and investment has impacted communities from Haiti to Afghanistan to Papua New Guinea and beyond. This is the trailer.
ANTONYLOEWENSTEIN: For three years, I've investigated what happens after the spotlight fades from disasters in developing countries. What comes when the money and goodwill ends?
UNIDENTIFIED: This country is like a republic of NGOs. And these people, as employees, they are getting paid very fat salaries.
ANTONYLOEWENSTEIN: Often these natural and man-made disasters create an atmosphere reliant on foreign money.
UNIDENTIFIED: They say first we should bring security, then investment. I say first we should invest, then security will come.
ANTONYLOEWENSTEIN: When aid runs out and most NGOs move on to the next disaster, pro-business policies are created in the name of recovery. This investigation has taken me to the streets of Haiti, the mountains of Afghanistan and the lush forests of Papua New Guinea, where I've met the people caught up in a struggle between recovery and the policies that cater to foreign interests.
UNIDENTIFIED: When you talk about disaster capitalism and the capitalists coming in and sweeping up and taking over, they don't need a conspiracy, because those are the interests that prevail, and they're going to get their way.
AMYGOODMAN: The trailer for the forthcoming documentary based on Antony Loewenstein's new book, Disaster Capitalism: Making a Killing out of Catastrophe. Well, journalist and author Antony Loewenstein joins us now in studio, also a columnist for The Guardian.
Welcome back to Democracy Now!
ANTONYLOEWENSTEIN: Thanks for having me.
AMYGOODMAN: It's great to have you with us, Antony. So, explain disaster capitalism.
ANTONYLOEWENSTEIN: People who make money from misery. So, one of the reasons - I was inspired by Naomi Klein's book, The Shock Doctrine, and she coined the term "disaster capitalism" in 2007. For me, it was really about deepening and widening that definition. So I focus particularly on Afghanistan, Haiti, Papua New Guinea, US, UK, Greece and Australia. Immigration is a key part of that. So, the fact that - as you said in your introduction, there are key companies - G4S, Transfield, Serco and others - who are very happy about the massive influx of refugees. Warehousing refugees is huge profit-making business. So I was focusing on that, going to these places and actually seeing the effects of that on both immigrants and also those who work in those centers; looking at, say, in Haiti, the issue of aid and development after the earthquake in 2010, which was a key reason why the US government, as WikiLeaks documents showed, were keen for US contractors to make a fortune; in Papua New Guinea, a country near my own country, Australia, a situation where you have massive mining interests - Rio Tinto and others - again, making a fortune from mining and misery. So, for me, it was about making the connections between various different countries and corporations, and saying - I'm not arguing that Afghanistan is the same as Greece, of course they're different, but ultimately often the same corporations are at play, and the fact that the corporation has become more powerful than the state, which, to me, is a problem.
AMYGOODMAN: I want to ask you about a place some call the Guantánamo Bay of the Pacific. The Manus Island detention center is paid for by the Australian government and run by an Australian contractor, Transfield Services, but located offshore on Papua New Guinea's soil. The prisoners are not accused of any crimes; they're asylum seekers from war-ravaged countries who are waiting indefinitely for their refugee status determination. Earlier this year, Democracy Now! spoke to Australian human rights lawyer Jennifer Robinson about Manus Island.
JENNIFERROBINSON: I've been to PNG, and I've spent times in West Papuan refugee settlement camps, so I can speak with first-hand experience that PNG is not a state that is capable of accepting our asylum seekers and refugees. Ninety percent of these people who come by boat to Australia have been determined to be refugees in the past. The conditions in PNG are terrible. Australia is - it is unlawful for Australia to be continuing to send asylum seekers to conditions the UN has found to amount to inhuman, degrading treatment. We are in breach of our international obligations.
AMYGOODMAN: That's Australian human rights lawyer Jennifer Robinson. Antony Loewenstein?
ANTONYLOEWENSTEIN: It's a problem. I mean, one of the things also we should also say is there's Manus Island in Papua New Guinea, but also Nauru, which is a Pacific island. So, Australia for the last years has been sending thousands of refugees to essentially prison camps in these islands, as you rightly say. They run for profit. It was G4S, it's now Transfield. In a recent Australian Senate report, it was found, clear evidence, that often refugees are being raped and tortured. This is not an allegation, this is a fact. There was one allegation by a guard that he saw evidence of waterboarding. So, ultimately we have a situation where the Australian government, which increasingly, I might add, is being used by the European Union as inspiration in potentially how to deal with their refugee crisis - the key point about the offshore detention camps, and indeed onshore in Australia, is that they're privately run. And the key problem - it wouldn't make a difference if it was publicly run. I mean, it shouldn't be there in the first place. But Australia wants an unaccountable system. Journalists can't get there, as Jennifer rightly said. You essentially have a - it's a black site. The journalists can't get in there, human rights workers can't get in there. You can visit Manus Island as a tourist, but you can't get into the center. Nauru charges $8,000 to apply for a visa. And if you don't get the visa, which you wouldn't, you don't get that money back. So, essentially, many Australians - and sadly, I would argue, only a minority of Australians are outraged by this. But the truth is, like in Europe and like in the US, after decades in my country have privatized detention camps, sadly, a lot of people regard those people as a threat who need to be essentially seen as silenced and as a number, that's all. It's a massive problem, and I write about that in the book.
AMYGOODMAN: I want to go to the larger issue of for-profit prisons. Last month, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, the Democratic presidential candidate -
AMYGOODMAN: - introduced new legislation aimed at banning government contracts with private prisons. Sanders said banning for-profit incarceration is the first step to ending the system of mass incarceration.
SEN. BERNIESANDERS: As a first step, we need to start treating prisoners like human beings. Private companies, private corporations should not be profiteering from their incarceration.
AMYGOODMAN: That's presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, also a senator.
AMYGOODMAN: So he's introduced legislation.
ANTONYLOEWENSTEIN: So encouraging. I mean, one of the things that is less talked about in the US, Jeb Bush, Hillary Clinton, Marco Rubio have taken massive amounts of money from the private prison industry. I'm not saying that their policies are solely based around that, but it's an important part. In the book, I visit some private detention camps in Georgia, particularly run by CCA, which is the largest American privatized corporation running prisons and detention camps. In these centers, human rights are awful. Healthcare is bad. Food is bad. Mental health is bad. And ultimately, like we see in Australia and the UK and elsewhere -
AMYGOODMAN: And CCA is Corrections Corporation of America.
ANTONYLOEWENSTEIN: Indeed, indeed. And ultimately, I think one of the things is, these corporations have no incentive to provide decent care. I mean, that's the bottom line. Profit, of course, is the most important. So putting aside the rights of refugees and immigrants themselves, what I find also in the book is that the guards who are working in those centers, without proper training, they're almost by definition going to abuse refugees. That's part of the problem. I think Bernie Sanders' call was an important one, but sadly, no other major candidate has come out and agreed. And I think one of the interesting things in the US, as we move forward with your presidential campaign, someone like a Donald Trump, who talks, as we know, about potentially getting rid of 11 million undocumented migrants, the private prison industry is very excited about his presidency, and they're scared of any serious reform in the US One of the things that CCA and GEO Group, the two major companies, talk about in their annual reports are that serious reform - in other words, less people locked up - is bad for business. And they've spent over the last 20 years at least $30 million to $40 million. One of the things that comes out in my book, in my investigations, is that this is legalized corruption, that it's nothing - it's not illegal for CCA to assist a congressman or woman in their campaign. That's legal. But the problem is that the result, in state - in state after state in the US, is a mass incarceration culture. And sadly, even under President Obama, there's been no serious look at removing that incentive. I mean, there's a Congress-approved quota that every single night there are 34,000 refugees locked up in the US - every night.
AMYGOODMAN: "Richard Sullivan" - this is from The Intercept, I believe - "of the lobbying [group] Capitol Counsel, is a bundler for the Clinton campaign, bringing in $44,859 in contributions in a few short months. Sullivan is also a registered lobbyist for the GEO Group, a company that operates a number of jails, including immigrant detention centers, for profit."
ANTONYLOEWENSTEIN: That's the nexus, Amy, that I'm talking about in the book, that is - again, this sort of thing is not illegal. It is legal. But the problem is that almost by definition that means that major candidates - Hillary Clinton has said, Jeb Bush, particularly Marco Rubio in his state, as well, has taken massive contributions. And the fact is, without those contributions, the policies would be different, obviously.
AMYGOODMAN: I want to turn to Afghanistan. Wednesday marked the 14th anniversary of the US war in Afghanistan, which began on October 7, 2001. President Obama declared an official end to the US combat mission in Afghanistan last year; however, the US has around 9,800 troops there. And according to Foreign Policy magazine, there are three times as many for-profit private contractors in Afghanistan than US troops, not including the contractors supporting the CIA, State Department, USAID or other government agencies. You have traveled to Afghanistan, Antony Loewenstein, and spoke to some of these contractors. What did they tell you?
ANTONYLOEWENSTEIN: They are worried about the war winding down. For them, they are scared about - I was there in 2012 and also this year in May, in 2015. And one of the things that many of them were saying, both in 2012 and in 2015, is that they realize that the US is winding down its war, but ultimately, as you say, Obama has declared the war finished. It's been rebranded. The occupation continues. There is now talk about possibly raising troops. The Afghan security forces, which, I might add, were trained by private companies - DynCorp trained the Iraqi security forces and the Afghan security forces, massive failures on both fronts, which has had no impact on DynCorp getting more contracts, I might add. So, ultimately, one of the things in Afghanistan - and the attack on the Kunduz medical center, MSF medical center, goes to the heart of that - there's a reduction in space for humanitarian actors.
I mean, I was there this year with my film partner, Thor Neureiter. We were looking at what Afghanistan's likely to look like in the next five or 10 years. And the resource industry is what the Afghan government and the US government talks about. Briefly, there are apparently $4 trillion of resources under the ground in Afghanistan, mostly untapped, including copper. And one of the things we do in our film is go to an area called - in Logar province about an hour from Kabul, which has the largest copper deposit in the world, run by a Chinese company. They are desperate to start mining those resources. And the problem is, in the last years, the US has given hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of millions of dollars to support a resource industry there. So the nexus between private security and mining industry in that country is devastating for the local people.
AMYGOODMAN: I wanted to go to testimony just yesterday in the House. The US commander in Afghanistan, General John Campbell, is pushing to keep more US troops in Afghanistan than under President Obama's scheduled drawdown, following the Taliban seizure of Kunduz last week. California Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez pressed General Campbell during his testimony to the House Armed Services Committee Thursday.
REP. LORETTASANCHEZ: So, within your own current testimony, let alone the testimony that Mr. Jones brought before you from before, you basically are saying, "I don't know that there's a long-term viability for these security forces." We're paying the majority of that. How much is the majority? How much money does that mean, to have a force that you don't believe has a long-term viability?
GEN. JOHNCAMPBELL: Ma'am, if I could -
REP. LORETTASANCHEZ: How much? How much? That's the question. How much?
GEN. JOHNCAMPBELL: Yes, ma'am. Today, for calendar year '15, the United States put $4.1 billion to build the Afghan security forces.
REP. LORETTASANCHEZ: $4.1 billion.
GEN. JOHNCAMPBELL: For '16, $3.86 billion.
REP. LORETTASANCHEZ: Thank you. $4.1 billion.
GEN. JOHNCAMPBELL: Every year we continue to reduce that by gaining efficiencies. We're not providing infrastructure that -
REP. LORETTASANCHEZ: General, I've heard this. I've heard this for 14 years.
AMYGOODMAN: This comes as Doctors Without Borders says 24 of its staff members are still missing, following the US airstrike on its hospital in Kunduz Saturday. That's in addition to at least 22 people who died in the strike, including 12 medical workers, 10 patients, including three children. Antony Loewenstein?
ANTONYLOEWENSTEIN: I mean, what that testimony shows is that the US has spent over $100 billion since 2001. As you say, it's the 14-year anniversary now. And even the US government itself, SIGAR, which is the sort of the government arm to investigate where money has gone, has found that the vast majority of that has gone to corruption. It's disappeared. It's gone to helping a failing mining industry. It's gone to pay private security. Afghanistan is one of the great disgraces, in some ways, of our time, because, in many ways, the fact that private companies - US companies, Australian companies, British companies - have been used as a replacement for government. One of the things that's so often ignored, and I talk about this in the book, is that the US routinely was paying, to transport goods from A to B, Afghan security, private security or foreign security to basically give money to pay off insurgents to not hit them, to not attack them. So, really, the US taxpayer is weirdly either comfortable or doesn't know about the fact that America is fighting a war against insurgents that they're also paying off to not attack them. It's a crazy situation, but that's what's been happening for years.
AMYGOODMAN: I want to end with Haiti. This year marks the fifth anniversary of the devastating Haiti earthquake that killed, oh, 300,000 people and left more than one-and-a-half million Haitians homeless in what was already the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. In tent camps housing the displaced, Haitian residents said international donors have left them behind.
CLAUTAIREFENEL: [translated] My message to the international donors is that the money they gave to help the people in Haiti is being put to use for the interest of other people instead. It is used to buy luxury cars, pay for hotels and go to high-priced restaurants paid in US dollars.
EUNICEELIASSAINT: [translated] I don't see a future here. I can't hide anything from you. There is no tomorrow. Last night, the children went to bed without anything to eat.
AMYGOODMAN: Lay out what's happened in Haiti, Antony.
ANTONYLOEWENSTEIN: Soon after the Haiti earthquake in 2010, the US ambassador at the time - WikiLeaks documents showed this - wrote a cable essentially saying that a gold rush is on, a gold rush meaning for US corporations and others. The US has spent billions of dollars there, mostly for US contractors. Most of the money the US has spent there since the earthquake has remained in America. Haitians are not really being trained. Haitians are not really being supported. The solution that the Obama administration gave for Haiti, pushed by Obama, Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton, their daughter, were industrial parks - essentially, places that Haitians can get underpaid and not trained to make cheap clothing for Gap and Wal-Mart that you and I maybe, hopefully, won't buy in the US That's the solution that the US sees for Haiti.
AMYGOODMAN: You know -
ANTONYLOEWENSTEIN: And many Haitians - sorry - actually also argue that they feel occupied by foreign interests, the UN and the US
AMYGOODMAN: Democracy Now! went down to Haiti a number of times before and after the earthquake. And I remember one of those times, President Clinton, he was down in Haiti giving a speech, saying there's two things he cares about in the world. One is his daughter's wedding. She was just - Chelsea Clinton was about to get married. And the other is restoring Haiti.
ANTONYLOEWENSTEIN: Well, the legacy of the Clinton Foundation - and I examine this deeply in the book - is utterly appalling. There are example after example of the Clinton Foundation funding a number of centers that have been infected by chemicals, which also, I might add, the Clinton Foundation were investing in failed things after Hurricane Katrina, as well, here in the US Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton and others - I mean, they're one example - their solution has primarily been industrial parks. And one of the things that comes out very clearly, the suggestions - and we talk about this in our film, as well - that the solution for Haiti is not to build massive industrial parks to make clothing that you and I can buy in the US The solution is empowering locals. It's about speaking to locals and saying, "We actually have a solution that empowers you and trains you." And one of the things that comes out also clearly is that so many Haitians feel pretty pissed off with the fact that so often there's actually little or no encouragement of them. And ultimately, Haiti really has never been an independent country, Amy. I mean, the US has had involvement there for a hundred years. And many Haitians ultimately feel that they actually really need to separate themselves from the US, but America doesn't actually view that as a viable option. And the book goes into detail about why that is the case. Haiti is seen as too economically viable for America to let it go.
AMYGOODMAN: Finally, where do you see the hope in this dark history of multinational corporations and the plunder of the most vulnerable?
ANTONYLOEWENSTEIN: The hope are hearing local stories. And one of the things I talk about in the book, and we do in the film, is actually say that so many in the media - and I'm obviously part of that, and you are, as well - I know Democracy Now! is an exception to this - but too often don't report local stories, don't actually hear local people saying what they want. So when disaster strikes in Haiti, don't just focus on celebrities like Sean Penn, focus on other people actually there who are doing good work, empower them, pay them, train them. It's not rocket science how to change this. Ultimately, Haiti's economic structure, as one example, needs to change, but it's not going to change with US contractors doing the job.
AMYGOODMAN: Antony Loewenstein's new book is Disaster Capitalism: Making a Killing out of Catastrophe. This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The War and Peace Report. When we come back, the new US poet laureate. Stay with us.
The Corporatization of Higher Education Is Holding Back Fossil Fuel Divestment »»
Academics, concerned students, or our government is not deciding the future of our universities. In looking at who has the decision making power at large colleges and universities across the country it is clear that those who have the power to make decisions are never going to be affected by those decisions. When it comes to the moral direction of a university's finances the people who are making decisions have had it in their job descriptions to care about the bottom line. The fossil fuel divestment movement across college campuses is a moral question that is largely dependent upon the leadership of the schools. So when university administrators and trustees are drawn from the ranks of business tycoons, Wall Street executives, and real estate moguls, it's hard not to question their motivations, or the future of the movement.
In the private sector, success is about maximizing profits and returns to shareholders. But academia is concerned with more than the bottom line. Universities are generally nonprofit organizations that provide a public good: education. Moreover, they are economic drivers, they produce world-altering research, and they take political stances on moral issues such as apartheid.
Yes, it is important that universities remain financially healthy and solvent; however, it should be noted that any kind of investment is risky, including investments in the fossil fuel industry. In fact, pension funds in both California and Massachusetts lost billions of dollars due to investments in coal and other fossil fuels.
One would expect that those who are involved in financial markets, banking, and business have experience in deciding which transactions are likely to yield gains and which are too risky to pursue. But in practice, this has not been the case. Take Georgetown University as an example: Its board members, who include managing directors of financial firms, chief financial officers of companies, and heads of investment management groups, didn't have a problem engaging in bond swaps that are costing the university millions. Yet when students get involved or question the financial well-being of their university, the response they often hear is that they are not equipped to have an opinion on such matters.
In the University of California system, graduate students brought up risky borrowing practices and put time and energy into researching and writing a detailed report. In response, the chief financial officer, Peter Taylor, wrote an op-ed in the San Francisco Chronicle talking down to the students and suggesting that they shouldn't question authority. "The students who have criticized the university's policies should understand that just because they are in graduate school doesn't mean they are experts in everything," he writes. Now, he's partly right: Students are not experts. That's precisely why they're called students. However, he fails to use this as a teaching moment - precisely what the University of California system is meant to do.
Perhaps speaking with students who are interested in higher education financial practices would allow them to feel that those who purport to have their best interest at heart actually embody the university's mission of teaching and scholarship. However, if we instead follow Mr. Taylor's example of ad hominem critique, we might question whether his previous role as Managing Director of Public Finance at Lehman Brothers has anything to do with his defense of university decisions.
At my own university, NYU, students on multiple causes have tried to question and approach the institution about practices from investments, expansion, and student debt. Each time, my university has met our efforts over the course of the past few years with prohibitive practices. Wonderful professors, peers, and campus organizations at NYU have made me feel like my thoughts are important and worth developing. For that, I am grateful. However, NYU has also been the place where I've felt most small and insignificant, because no matter how much research and effort I put into an idea, and no matter how many official channels I go through, the status quo remains unchanged. In the past few years, NYU has been accused of not prioritizing low-income students and not supporting international students who are in need. One of its previous board members served subpoenas to students who had the audacity to question his practices.
For the past three years, the NYU Divestment movement has used both official and unofficial channels to obtain a meeting with the board of trustees, but the trustees have refused to hear their presentation. Given these past instances, I don't think it's unreasonable to assume that the board will continue to resist any student input on this issue. While I hope that the trustees will side with the students, faculty, and the collective voice of NYU's university senate, which voted for divestment last year, they're under no obligation to do so. I can't help but wonder why we are so beholden to them.
The board of trustees at NYU controls the university's financial well-being, but I would argue they also make a moral statement about who and what they choose to support and listen to. Of course, I'm not saying that all members of the board act in prohibitive ways; I'm simply doing precisely what my university education has enabled me to do: question, think critically, and learn. I hope that members of the board are capable of doing the same, but I question whether they fully understand the weight of the decisions they make and how they will affect not just the students in this community but the wider world.
I hope that they will think critically about the effects of climate change, especially considering the summit in Paris later this year. And I hope that they will learn that students are worth listening to. Most of them were once in our shoes, and perhaps they have forgotten the importance of being given a seat at the table and a voice in the room.
Kunduz Massacre Is a Brutal Reminder of US Militarism's Civilian Victims, Past and Present »»
The recent killing of civilians in Kunduz, Afghanistan, by a US airstrike recalls the many past incidents in which US military action abroad has resulted in civilian deaths. These atrocities are being perpetrated in our name, with our tax dollars. We must hold leaders accountable.
Soon after the bombing of a Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, on October 3, an MSF medic was interviewed, saying he and his colleagues had repeatedly alerted the Pentagon of the facility's precise location before the attack and had also contacted the Pentagon during the attack to urge the United States to stop dropping bombs on the hospital.
I knew immediately that this was yet another case of US military hubris. It brought up graphic memories of the results of a prior US military assault on a humanitarian refuge.
I think it's safe to say that most US residents assume the military that operates thanks to their tax dollars has a permanent, blanket order to not bomb hospitals, schools, clinics, places of worship, community centers, neighborhoods and other civilian structures. Like bomb shelters.
MSF is an internationally acclaimed - and widely beloved - organization that was honored with a Nobel Peace Prize (yes, the Nobel was also awarded to Henry Kissinger, Barack Obama and the European Union, among other unworthy recipients, but in the case of MSF, no rational person could argue it was undeserved). That alone should have ensured that calls from MSF would yield a top-level order to US bombers to steer wide of the hospital, even if a suspected terrorist or two was being treated or even, unwounded, had sought refuge there.
And if there had been a "mistake" at first, the urgent calls should have brought an immediate halt to any further bombing until the situation was clarified.
But none of this happened.
Christopher Stokes, MSF's general director, described the course of events in this way: "The US government has admitted that it was their airstrike that hit our hospital in Kunduz and killed 22 patients and MSF staff. Their description of the attack keeps changing - from collateral damage, to a tragic incident, to now attempting to pass responsibility to the Afghanistan government."
I am sad to say that I'm not surprised.
Attacks on Civilians, From Afghanistan to Iraq
One of the most chilling experiences I've ever had was visiting the site of the Amariyah air raid shelter in Baghdad, Iraq - now a memorial - just a few weeks before the 2003 US invasion of that country. My husband, George Sapio, and I were catching up on a lot of history, learning about how US bombs in 1991 and throughout the Clinton years, in combination with US-imposed sanctions, had devastated Iraqi society.
What happened at Amariyah was horrific. This is what I wrote then, in a piece for Salon:
We went to the site of the Amiriya [sic] bomb shelter, where at 4:30 on the morning of Feb. 13, 1991, more than 400 people, mostly women and children, were vaporized by a U.S. "smart bomb" as they slept in this "safe place" where they'd sought refuge. The bomb caused the temperature in the shelter to rise to 900 degrees Fahrenheit in moments; the bodies were incinerated, the remains blasted into the concrete floor. We stared at the outlines of the children sleeping curled up or stretched out, some of them hugging a sister or brother or mother. One woman was standing, breast-feeding her baby, when the bombs hit. Her image is burned into the concrete wall, her mouth frozen in a scream.
A young woman and her breastfeeding baby, caught for all eternity on the wall of the Amariyah Bomb Shelter, where they were incinerated. (Photo: George Sapio)That gruesome, heartbreaking image has stayed with me all these years, and it has been rising, unbeckoned, in my mind's eye since I learned of the Kunduz attack.
My heart remains heavy for the people of Iraq, who still have no infrastructure. (In most of the country, electricity is two hours on, two hours off, at its best, even when summer temperatures soar to the 110s Fahrenheit and higher, and winter temperatures sink into the 50s and 40s.) And for the people of Afghanistan, and Syria, and all the places where terror - much of it fomented by my own government - is the way of life for all civilians, whether they remain in their ancestral homes or have been forced into displacement in their own or strange lands.
I bow in respect and gratitude to the courageous and compassionate individuals who work with MSF and other humanitarian and human rights organizations in places where violence can come from any direction, including from one's own government.
No More Violence in Our Name
But it doesn't have to be this way. The United States was founded on lofty principles - admittedly by flawed men of privilege, but with many noble intentions. It was not established to be the scourge of the globe, although that is what it has become.
Attacks on civilians - like the ongoing drone attacks on the people of Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia about which we hear next to nothing in mainstream media - are being perpetrated in our name, with our tax dollars and often with our blood, sweat and tears. Thus the buck has to stop with us. Let's hold US officials' feet to the fire.
We must find ways to stop this senseless destructiveness, both abroad and at home, where mass murder of innocents has become so commonplace we forget each incident within days after it occurs. Until we start holding our leaders accountable for these atrocities - these crimes - we will continue to slide into lawlessness on every front, at home and abroad.
Some of the 408 civilians killed in the bomb "shelter" at Amariyah, now a memorial. (Photo: George Sapio)
For starters, we must demand an independent investigation (MSF has a campaign you can join, here) of the attacks on the Kunduz hospital and demand serious consequences for those found guilty of perpetrating them. The consequences must be applied not only to the soldiers and air raiders who were following orders, but also to their bosses, and their bosses' bosses, and their bosses' bosses' bosses. Tweet, email and share out the demand for an independent investigation.
Find your US House of Representatives member and your US senators here. Then, please send all three of them a message. It can be as simple as this:
I'm your constituent. I want you to sponsor or cosponsor a bill to begin a swift, thorough, and thoroughly independent investigation of the Kunduz hospital bombings. This is a critically important issue to me.
Join World Beyond War, Voices for Creative Nonviolence and/or other peace-building organizations and get involved in the long-term struggle to bring sense to US foreign policy. Push for the United States to give asylum to 50,000 Syrians who have fled the violence in their country.
You might also want to join - or start - a group working to end violence in the United States, or in your own community. It all does begin at home.
We're lucky enough to still have a home country that's relatively safe. But it's naive to believe it will stay that way indefinitely if our government continues to attack innocents abroad.
New Environmental Inspectors Offered Free Industry-Funded Classes on Fracking »»
In areas where shale drilling and hydraulic fracturing are heavy, a dense web of roads, pipelines and well pads turns continuous forests and grasslands into fragmented islands. (Photo: Simon Fraser University)
At an industry conference in Philadelphia last month, oil and gas executives gathered to hear about a little-known public relations effort with a very precise target: newly hired state and federal environmental inspectors.
At a seminar titled "Staying Ahead of Federal and State Regulations: A Partnership with Academia and Government," officials from Pennsylvania State University and the University of Texas described how gifts from companies like ExxonMobil allowed their universities, along with the Colorado School of Mines, to offer state regulators free classes on oil industry best practices, travel and accommodations included.
"We're targeting inspectors - oil and gas inspectors - who have three years or less of experience, although we do have lots of inspectors with different experiences on the course," Dr. Hilary Olson, director of Education, Training and Outreach at the College of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering at the University of Texas told attendees at Shale Insight 2015.
The program showcases the industry's technical prowess as it conveys detailed information about the science involved in oil and gas drilling and fracking. "We don't teach them about regulations specific to their state or talk to them about policy; what we're interested in teaching them is the engineering, the science, the technology and how to communicate about that technology," Dr. Olson explained.
The five-day TopCorp course includes both time in the classroom and visits to working oil and gas sites, taught by professors from many disciplines. Sample lesson footage reveals an online course featuring slick CGI graphics as professors lecture on topic ranging from basic principles of geology to complex technological advances that the industry has made in recent years.
All three universities involved have made national headlines in the past for their "frackademia" scandals.
In 2009, a Pennsylvania State University study, which claimed Pennsylvania alone could create 175,000 jobs by promoting fracking in the state, made headlines because the study's lead author, Timothy Considine, had concealed the fact that the research was funded by the shale industry.
In 2009, questions of academic freedom were raised at the Colorado School of Mines when Prof. Geoffrey Thyne said his job was threatened after he made comments that the fracking industry found objectionable (the school's president serves as a director of a number of shale-industry companies).
And in 2012, the University of Texas found itself in hot water after the lead investigator in a study disclaiming a connection between fracking and groundwater contamination was forced to resign and had the paper retracted by the university because he failed to disclose that he sat on the board of directors of a company engaged in fracking.
In this case, the universities involved are upfront about the fact that TopCorp is company-funded. "So these different organizations gave us gifts to develop this program," Dr. Olson explained. "When a university receives a gift, it means there are no specific deliverables, so we maintain our autonomy and our independence on what material goes into the curriculum and how we deliver that."
But scientific research funded by companies tends to slant favorably towards the funder, experts say.
"[E]ven though the vast majority of scientists would never consciously allow the potential for personal financial gain or loss to influence the outcome of their research, that potential should be disclosed to the reader so that the readers can decide for themselves whether to discount the reported results," University of Texas law professor Thomas O. McGarity told The New York Times in the wake of the frackademia scandal at that university. "In that regard, dozens of studies have shown strong correlations between sponsored research and favorable outcomes for the sponsors."
The TopCorp curriculum seems to anticipate that there could be an appearance of unseemliness. "Discuss ways to react to accusations of alleged regulatory coziness" is one learning objective in a sample class module posted on TopCorp's website.
Generally speaking, scandals surrounding "frackademia" have centered on cases where new research is financially connected to the fracking industry, but those ties are concealed. Last week, a Boulder Weekly investigation, built from documents and emails obtained by Greenpeace, revealed that a University of Colorado Boulder paper was not just funded by the American Petroleum Institute, but also that API was allowed to edit the report and to write up quotes attributed to a researcher at the school.
The TopCorp program represents an entirely different tack. Instead of funding research showing fracking to be benign, the TopCorp program communicates directly with the field personnel responsible for policing the industry, helping to shape their understanding of complex - and controversial - topics like whether and how drilling and fracking can cause groundwater contamination. And while the shale industry has for years taken an aggressive approach to beating back regulators, this new program adopts a more collegial tone.
Of course, state regulators who are aware of the program's funding can be expected to take the industry's "educational" programs with a grain of salt. But TopCorp reps told Shale Insight attendees that many regulators who start out with doubts can be won over.
"It was almost a conversion experience," said Pennsylvania State University's Jim Ladlee, describing how one skeptical government official changed her views on the course after attending. "And that's what happens with many of our regulators. They come into the class, they're slightly skeptical of what might be going on in the class. But after we start, we involve somewhere between 15 and 20 different faculty for each of the sessions that we do. We involve a lot of faculty. And as we do that, we start to see that people begin to trust what it is."
At the Shale Insight conference, the ability of academics to gain trust was emphasized repeatedly.
"You know, when you look at a lot of surveys of whom the public trusts to give them information, many times, academia is at the top of that list," Dr. Olson told the gathered oil executives.
A long list of oil and gas companies, including Anadarko, Shell Appalachia, and Halliburton, have provided resources to TopCorp and even made areas of drilling sites that are usually off-limits to visitors accessible for the program's photographers and videographers.
"Exxon Mobil and GE were the founding sponsors of our program and they helped us really spectacularly in the development phase," Dr. Olson explained.
While oil and gas companies have contributed millions of dollars to TopCorp, which Olson described as a "Cadillac version" experience, a contribution from the Environmental Defense Fund of $125,000, announced July 16th, allows program administrators to describe TopCorp as a collaboration between environmental groups, industry and academia.
"Oil and gas inspectors need to be prepared to meet the challenges presented by the complexity and scale of industry operations," Scott Anderson, senior policy director for EDF, said in a TopCorp press release when that funding was announced. "Effective training will equip inspectors to enforce the regulations that protect our environment. That's why programs like TOPCORP are so important."
The program disclaims the idea that the oil and gas industry decides what goes into the course or how it is taught.
"What role do funding corporations or other entities have in setting the detailed curriculum content?," a Frequently Asked Questions section on TopCorp's website says. "None, the detailed curriculum is at the sole discretion of the three universities (principal investigators and instructors)."
As the shale rush swept across the US into areas with little recent history of oil booms, often-underfunded and under-staffed state regulators have repeatedly been forced to scramble to learn to police a highly complex industry with vast resources.
So far, TopCorp been very successful at attracting newly hired regulators from across the country.
"We've had people from different state agencies, we've had young people who have 18 months of experience, maybe 6 months of experience. We've had people go through who have several decades of experience with us," Dr. Olson explained. "We've had people go through from state agencies as well as from federal agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency or the Bureau of Land Management."
"We also invite our sponsors to come to our training so that they can see what we are doing," she added.
The reception from many new inspectors has been enthusiastic, according to teasers for the classes posted on TopCorp's website.
"I feel like I've got a little bit more of an educated opinion, and I know my colleagues will benefit from what we've learned here," one attendee says in a promotional video for the program.
At the Shale Insight luncheon, TopCorp officials touted their ability to promote a friendly connection between the industry and those charged with policing it.
"The other thing I'd like to say is - they're all smiling," Mr. Ladlee said as he showed pictures of attendees at a recent TopCorp training. "So, great to see regulators smiling for a change."
Counter-Strike China-style: Kids sent to military rehab to kick computer game addiction »»
Don't know what to do with your kids who sit glued to their computer screens and other gadgets all day, killing everything that moves in those nasty video games? Send them to rehab to play with a real rifle! Read Full Article at RT.com Read more...
Israeli-Palestinian violence is on rise across Israel, the West Bank and Gaza. Stabbings are becoming particularly common amid fears of a new Palestinian uprising. Read Full Article at RT.com Read more...
Kurdish PKK militant group pledges to stop attacks in Turkey ahead of elections »»
Kurdish militant group PKK has declared it will halt attacks in Turkey ahead of the election next month. The announcement came hours after twin blasts killed dozens people at a rally of pro-Kurdish and leftist activists in Ankara. Read Full Article at RT.com Read more...
‘Too fat to breed': Delhi Zoo sends back glutton jaguar for being too lazy to have sex »»
A 12-year-old jaguar is being sent back from New Delhi zoo after he was found “too fat to breed,” zoo officials said, adding that he just “lies in a corner and refuses to respond” to females enticing him. Read Full Article at RT.com Read more...
Deadly blasts rock Turkish capital »»
Dozens have been killed and injured as two huge explosions rocked at a peace rally in the Turkish capital, Ankara, in what the authorities called a “terrorist attack.” Read Full Article at RT.com Read more...
New Eastern Outlook
Russia’s Casualties Will Be Ash Carter’s Worst Nightmare »»
US Defense Secretary Ash Carter said earlier this week that he expects Russia will soon suffer casualties. The comment has sparked a good deal of debate as to whether Carter is just another hopeful US psychopath, or if the Pentagon has a Soviet-Afghanistan redux in mind for Syria. Either way Russia is infuriated, and a […] Read more...
US and NATO Launch Disinformation Terror War »»
“If the United States is pushed out of the Middle East, it is not going to survive“…Zbigniew Brzezinski, CNN interview with daughter Mica It has been quite a show watching panic set in at the Pentagon, White House and NATO, as the modest Russian air campaign began tearing up the terrorist infrastructure in northern Syria. […] Read more...
With Turkey taking a deep plunge into the war against the ISIS and Kurds, the reality of Erdogan’s popularity is fast turning into a perception—an illusion. Turkey’s decision to play as the U.S.’ new “sweet-heart” in the Middle East is virtually taking it to the verge of civil war in its easternmost region, where Kurds have […] Read more...
Threat of Terrorism in Central Asia »»
Following the speech of Russian President, Vladimir Putin, which he delivered before the General UN Assembly on September 28, 2015, and the latest developments in Syria it evoked, global mass media engaged in a heated debate over the topic of international terrorism, which is associated these days with the activities of militants of the Islamic […] Read more...
The Mystery of ISIS’ Toyota Army Solved »»
The US Treasury has recently opened an inquiry about the so-called “Islamic State’s” (ISIS/ISIL) use of large numbers of brand-new Toyota trucks. The issue has arisen in the wake of Russia’s air operations over Syria and growing global suspicion that the US itself has played a key role in arming, funding, and intentionally perpetuating the terrorist army […] Read more...
China's President Tops Obama In "Most Influential" Ranking »»
Chinese President Xi Jinping topped US President Barack Obama to take the second place amongst 50 people in Bloomberg's 5th annual Market Most Influential Ranking. As Xinhua notes, according to Bloomberg, the world is waiting for Xi and the Communist Party of China to steer the world's second largest economy through turmoil. Xi, however, lost out on the "most" influential position to the diminutive Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen... which, rather worryingly, exposes the terrifying central-planned reality of our 'utopian' new world order.
Apple's CEO Tim Cook ranked the third, with Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett came the fifth and U.S. President Barack Obama the sixth.
Meanwhile, the number of Chinese people got on the list this year marks a record high. Among them were Bao Fan, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at China Renaissance (22th); Wang Qishan, the head of the CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (33rd); and Wang Jianlin, Chairman of Wanda Group (37th) - clearly signifying China's growing influence on global markets.
The Tragic Ending To Obama's Bay Of Pigs: CIA Hands Over Syria To Russia On A Silver Platter »»
One week ago, when summarizing the current state of play in Syria, we said that for Obama, "this is shaping up to be the most spectacular US foreign policy debacle since Vietnam." Yesterday, in tacit confirmation of this assessment, the Obama administration threw in the towel on one of the most contentious programs it has implemented in "fighting ISIS", when the Defense Department announced it was abandoning the goal of a U.S.-trained Syrian force.
But this, so far, partial admission of failure only takes care of one part of Obama's problem: there is the question of the "other" rebels supported by the US, those who are not part of the officially-disclosed public program with the fake goal of fighting ISIS; we are talking, of course, about the nearly 10,000 CIA-supported "other rebels", or technically mercenaries, whose only task is to take down Assad.
The same "rebels" whose fate the AP profiles today when it writes that the CIA began a covert operation in 2013 to arm, fund and train a moderate opposition to Assad. Over that time, the CIA has trained an estimated 10,000 fighters, although the number still fighting with so-called moderate forces is unclear.
The effort was separate from the one run by the military, which trained militants willing to promise to take on IS exclusively. That program was widely considered a failure, and on Friday, the Defense Department announced it was abandoning the goal of a U.S.-trained Syrian force, instead opting to equip established groups to fight IS.
It is this effort, too, that in the span of just one month Vladimir Putin has managed to render utterly useless, as it is officially "off the books" and thus the US can't formally support these thousands of "rebel-fighters" whose only real task was to repeat the "success" of Ukraine and overthrow Syria's legitimate president: something which runs counter to the US image of a dignified democracy not still resorting to 1960s tactics of government overthrow. That, and coupled with Russia and Iran set to take strategic control of Syria in the coming months, the US simply has no toehold any more in the critical mid-eastern nation.
And so another sad chapter in the CIA's book of failed government overthrows comes to a close, leaving the "rebels" that the CIA had supported for years, to fend for themselves.
CIA-backed rebels in Syria, who had begun to put serious pressure on President Bashar Assad's forces, are now under Russian bombardment with little prospect of rescue by their American patrons, U.S. officials say.
Over the past week, Russia has directed parts of its air campaign against U.S.-funded groups and other moderate opposition in a concerted effort to weaken them, the officials say. The Obama administration has few options to defend those it had secretly armed and trained.
The Russians "know their targets, and they have a sophisticated capacity to understand the battlefield situation," said Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., who serves on the House Intelligence Committee and was careful not to confirm a classified program. "They are bombing in locations that are not connected to the Islamic State" group.
With the US now in damage control mode, the finger pointing begins.
First, it is only natural that finger will point at Putin - after all he is an easy target:
U.S. intelligence officials see many factors motivating Russia's intervention: Moscow's reasserting its primacy as a great power, propping up Assad and wanting to deal a blow to the United States, which has insisted that Assad must go to end Syria's civil war.
Russia is also interested in containing IS, an organization that includes thousands of Chechen fighters who may pose a threat to Russia, officials say.
But in the short term, "my conclusion is that the timing of their intervention was driven by Assad really going critical," said Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn., also a House Intelligence Committee member.
Alas, blaming Putin only underscores his latest victory over the US state department, leaving the US diplomatic corps no choice but to blame its own. This is imminent, and many heads will - or should - roll.
The administration is scrambling to come up with a response to Russia's moves, but few believe the U.S. can protect its secret rebel allies. The administration has all but ruled out providing CIA-backed groups with surface-to-air missiles that can down aircraft, fearing such weapons would end up in the wrong hands, officials say.
Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the committee, says the U.S. should consider establishing a no-fly zone that allows rebels a safe place from which to operate, and shooting down Syrian helicopters that are bombing civilians. He said the U.S. also should provide arms to the Ukrainian government fighting Russian-backed separatists.
A no-fly zone would require the U.S. military to be ready to engage in air battles with the Syrian government, something it is not prepared to do.
Why? Because it is not the Syrian government that is flying those sorties above Syria, it is Putin, and despite all the posturing, Obama is unwilling to risk World War III just to stop a Qatar gas pipeline to Europe.
Which means Obama now has just one option: admitting that his latest gamble to overthrow Assad, one which started in 2013 with the fake YouTube clips of "chemical attacks", and the resultant naval escalation, coupled with the CIA's training of thousands of local rebels mercenaries, and which escalated with the "appearance" of ISIS in the summer of 2014, is about to end with Obama admitting yet another major political defeat.
The administration "is debating the merits of taking further action or whether they are better off letting Putin hang himself," he said, referring to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Because somehow handing over control of the Middle East to the Russian-controlled axis - incidentally the topic of another article yesterday in the WSJ "America's Fading Footprint in the Middle East" - is now spun as a defeat for Putin.
"Our options are much narrower than they were two weeks ago," said Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, who serves on the Intelligence and Armed Services committees. "I don't think there is any simple answer. ... Further air involvement has become very problematic because of the Russian engagement."
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And so Putin has once again "won", or as the administration would prefer to spin it, "has hung himself."
Incidentally, this is just the beginning. Now that the U.S. has begun its pivot out of the middle-east, handing it over to Putin as Russia's latest sphere of influence on a silver platter, there will be staggering consequences for middle-east geopolitics. In out preview of things to come last week, we concluded by laying these out; we will do the same again:
The US, in conjunction with Saudi Arabia and Qatar, attempted to train and support Sunni extremists to overthrow the Assad regime. Some of those Sunni extremists ended up going crazy and declaring a Medeival caliphate putting the Pentagon and Langley in the hilarious position of being forced to classify al-Qaeda as "moderate." The situation spun out of control leading to hundreds of thousands of civilian deaths and when Washington finally decided to try and find real "moderates" to help contain the Frankenstein monster the CIA had created in ISIS (there were of course numerous other CIA efforts to arm and train anti-Assad fighters, see below for the fate of the most "successful" of those groups), the effort ended up being a complete embarrassment that culminated with the admission that only "four or five" remained and just days after that admission, those "four or five" were car jacked by al-Qaeda in what was perhaps the most under-reported piece of foreign policy comedy in history.
Meanwhile, Iran sensed an epic opportunity to capitalize on Washington's incompetence. Tehran then sent its most powerful general to Russia where a pitch was made to upend the Mid-East balance of power. The Kremlin loved the idea because after all, Moscow is stinging from Western economic sanctions and Vladimir Putin is keen on showing the West that, in the wake of the controversy surrounding the annexation of Crimea and the conflict in eastern Ukraine, Russia isn't set to back down. Thanks to the fact that the US chose extremists as its weapon of choice in Syria, Russia gets to frame its involvement as a "war on terror" and thanks to Russia's involvement, Iran gets to safely broadcast its military support for Assad just weeks after the nuclear deal was struck. Now, Russian airstrikes have debilitated the only group of CIA-backed fighters that had actually proven to be somewhat effective and Iran and Hezbollah are preparing a massive ground invasion under cover of Russian air support. Worse still, the entire on-the-ground effort is being coordinated by the Iranian general who is public enemy number one in Western intelligence circles and he's effectively operating at the behest of Putin, the man that Western media paints as the most dangerous person on the planet.
As incompetent as the US has proven to be throughout the entire debacle, it's still difficult to imagine that Washington, Riyadh, London, Doha, and Jerusalem are going to take this laying down and on that note, we close with our assessment from Thursday: "If Russia ends up bolstering Iran's position in Syria (by expanding Hezbollah's influence and capabilities) and if the Russian air force effectively takes control of Iraq thus allowing Iran to exert a greater influence over the government in Baghdad, the fragile balance of power that has existed in the region will be turned on its head and in the event this plays out, one should not expect Washington, Riyadh, Jerusalem, and London to simply go gentle into that good night."
Which is not to say that the latest US failure to overthrow a mid-east government was a total failure. As Joshua Landis, a Syria expert at the University of Oklahoma says "probably 60 to 80 percent of the arms that America shoveled in have gone to al-Qaida and its affiliates."
Which is at least great news for the military-industrial complex. It means more "terrorist attacks" on U.S. "friends and allies", and perhaps even on U.S. soil - all courtesy of the US government supplying the weapons - are imminent.
From the Slope of Hope: I'm getting uncomfortable pounding on the same theme over and over again (there's only so many times I can point out the large, looming topping patterns across the board), so I thought I'd mix things up a bit and just get of the price bars entirely and catch up on a trio of exponential moving averages to show how things have turned south, irrespective of the gargantuan, quadruple-point rally on the Dow. Here are the Industrials:
The even-more-important Dow Composite:
And the S&P 500:
I'll be the first one to admit that the moving averages looked very similar to this in October 2011, after which time we simply kept soaring higher. But - dare I say it? - it's different this time! OK, OK, stop throwing rotten vegetables at me. I'm serious.
Even more enticing to me is the shape of the energy sector, which has been simply nuked:
I have vastly expanded my short holdings over the course of this week, and if we (finally) start re-weakening this week, I'm going to augment my favorite positions. As I suggested, my favorite sector is (once again) energy, as giants like Exxon are exhibiting topping patterns that strike me as once-a-generation type opportunities.
In The Coming US Recession Charted (June 20, 2015) we argued that the US economy is heading toward recession, not escape velocity as the sell-side and Fed officials have been telling us. Today we will revisit the possibility of the US entering a recession in 2016 and by extension substantiate our argument for NIRP, and not lift-off, as the most likely next move by FOMC.
One of the most reliable predictors for the business cycle is the yield curve. Unfortunately, due to Federal Reserve manipulation, whereby the short end of the curve have been permanently pegged to zero, an inverted yield curve is more or less impossible. However, if we look at the relative change from trend we can construct an equally good predictor. The blue line in the chart below depicts difference in the 10/5 term spread vs. its underlying trend. Historically, a breach of 50 basis points have indicated an upcoming recession. While the current trend deviation is not giving a clear signal yet, it is close enough to suggest we are heading straight into another recession.
Source: Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Bawek.net
The growth rate in real GDP for 2015 goes a long way to validate what we see in the picture above. Sup-par performance, even by a lacklustre post-crisis standard, is the most likely outcome for the year. Recent data point to a very weak third quarter, with growth probably coming in less than 1 per cent SAAR; supported by the prescient Atlanta nowcast model. The annual run rate for GDP suggest growth below 2 per cent, thus entering 2016 on slowing momentum.
Source: Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Bawerk.net
Why do we believe the second half will weaken from an already dismal first half? One reason stems directly from the outcome of the so-called residual seasonality debate that raged after the catastrophically poor first quarter. In what, by now, have become a sell-side embarrassing ritual, first quarter GDP ruin all preceding year-end forecast of impending escape velocity.
This year they had enough of it and demanded from the BEA to remove any residual seasonality that had to still be left in the data. The BEA complied and revised the first quarter as requested. The problem with such myopic thinking is that it obviously comes back to bite you when you least need it. We are sure the Atlanta Fed model does not account for the fact that GDP “given” to the first quarter must be “taken”, most likely from second and third quarter, since seasonal adjustment cannot (or should not) change the average growth rate for the year as a whole. If BEA shifted GDP units into the first quarter, they must revise down second and third quarter correspondingly as shown by our “second round” seasonal adjustment in the chart below. In other words, there should be downside in the already downbeat Atlanta Fed nowcast.
The FOMCs lift-off debate will thus do a one-eighty quicker than most people think possible.
Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), Bawerk.net
In addition, as we pointed out in our update from June 20, time is getting ripe for another down cycle. Historically the trough to peak last around 40 months, while the current expansion has been ongoing for 75 and is by that the fourth longest on record (actually third, as the second world war was not a time of prosperity in the US, but the statistics measure it as such).
Source: National Bureau of Economic Research, Bawerk.net
As we should expect in a mature expansion, business sales stalls and have actually started to fall; this is not something that just tend to happen now and then. The chart below clearly shows what falling business sales means – recession.
Source: Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Bawerk.net
Inventories, as witnessed in the latest wholesale sale report, are rising fast with the inventory to sales ratio clearly in recessionary territory. As ZeroHedge recently pointed out, the dollar value of inventories over sales have never been higher.
Source: Census Bureau, Bawerk.net
In this environment, we should expect imports to slow down, but due to a strong dollar, it makes more sense for Americans to import goods than buy from local suppliers. We calculate the non-oil trade deficit to be at a record while the overall deficit is flattered by increased domestic oil production and oil product exports. As the shale-gale settles down, domestic oil production will fall; probably 400 – 600kb/d in 2016. Imports will obviously rise accordingly. The total deficit will converge with the non-oil deficit, creating another GDP headwind.
Source: Census Bureau, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Bawerk.net
As a side-note regarding the strong dollar and how the Fed has become the global central bank. In times of QE, dollar liquidity has improved, which includes the all-important Eurodollar market. With increased confidence that actual dollars will be there if needed, money flows back out pulling the dollar value down. However, as soon as the Fed stops the flow of fresh dollars, the dollar value spikes wreaking havoc to global dollar liquidity. What is interesting to note is how QE3 completely failed to lift confidence in the global dollar market and the mere taper crushed the remaining confidence leading to a scramble for actual dollars, thus bringing the EM down with it.
Source: Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Bawek.net
But we digress, with higher inventories and more goods flowing in from foreign markets US industrial production growth has fallen (to a large extent tied into reduced activities in shale oil development) and will soon cross the zero line as production need to be realigned with demand.
Source: Federal Reserve, Bawerk.net
The factory order report confirms our view. Both “core” and headline factory orders are pointing to tougher times for US manufacturing.
Source: Census Bureau, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Bawerk.net
We end with an update to our cumulative goods sales vs. cumulative inventories chart derived from the GDP report.
There can be little doubt that the massive, unprecedented surge in inventory accumulation (which counts positively to GDP) will eventually be liquidated. When it does the US enter recession, global dollar liquidity crashes, the value of dollar surges even higher, pulling EM further down and a world recession will be upon us again. In this scenario central banks panic; NIRP, QE4 and helicopter money is the only thing they know and they will stick to it.
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Lagging in the polls, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump came from behind ranting Mexican migrants. Trump exploited a real topical complex issue to mobilise the White Republican base and rode to the top of the ticket deriding Mexicans. Ben Carson was however more inventive. He created a fictitious candidate to rally the same delusional crowd. […] Read more...
Putin’s Blitz Leaves Washington Rankled and Confused »»
On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin delivered a blistering critique of US foreign policy to the UN General Assembly. On Tuesday, Barack Obama shoved a knife in Putin’s back. This is from Reuters: “France will discuss with its partners in the coming days a proposal by Turkey and members of the Syrian opposition for a […] Read more...
Putin Calls Out Washington: The Breakup of Empire is on the Horizon »»
“We can no longer tolerate the state of affairs in the world.” President Vladimir Putin Last Wednesday (28 Sept 2015) the world saw the difference between Russia and Washington. Putin’s approach is truth-based; Obama’s is vain boasts and lies, and Obama is running out of lies. By telling the truth at a time of universal […] Read more...
Putin’s Lightning War in Syria »»
For more than a year, the United States has been playing patty-cake with an army of homicidal maniacs who call themselves ISIS. On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that he’d had enough of Washington’s song-and-dance and was planning to bring a little Russian justice to the terrorist militias that had killed 225,000 Syrians and ripped […] Read more...
21st Century Wire
ANKARA BLASTS: War on Kurds, ISIS Terrorism, or, False Flag? »»
Stuart J. Hooper | A look at three possible explanations for today's tragic events. Read more...
MORE THAN A COINCIDENCE? Author of Gun Bill ‘Related’ to Victim in Umpqua College Shooting »»
21WIRE | The shooting event in Oregon has become a heavily politicized event. Read more...
Putin Destroys 40% of ISIL’s Infrastructure in One Week »»
21WIRE | The Russians are not waiting around for the West. Read more...
Killing Fields: Are Israeli Forces Preparing For Another Genocidal Massacre of Palestinians? »»
21WIRE | Many now believe that a new Intifada will emerge out of the current maelstrom in Jerusalem and the West Bank. Read more...
(VIDEO) Paris Hero Spencer Stone In Night Club Brawl »»
21WIRE | Watch as gay club brawl spills out on to city streets last night. Read more...
Egypt decries Israeli ‘excessive violence’ against Palestinians »»
TCP : Egypt slammed the latest Israeli violations and use of “excessive” violence against the Palestinians of Gaza strip, said Egyptian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid in a Saturday statement. Egypt has called on Israel as the occupying power to provide Palestinian people the required protection and stop repeating its attacks that lead more […] Read more...
Ukraine: Kiev, Lughansk and Donetsk to withdraw more Arms from the Line of Contact »»
nsnbc : Ukrainian officials and officials from the self-proclaimed Lughansk Peoples’ Republic (LPR) in eastern Ukraine agreed on the withdrawal of further weapons from the line of contact. The move is considered one additional step towards the implementation of the Minsk Accord. The Speaker of Ukraine’s General Staff, Vladislav Seleznev, told the press that units of […] Read more...
Russia’s Casualties Will Be Ash Carter’s Worst Nightmare »»
Phil Butler (NEO) : US Defense Secretary Ash Carter said earlier this week that he expects Russia will soon suffer casualties. The comment has sparked a good deal of debate as to whether Carter is just another hopeful US psychopath, or if the Pentagon has a Soviet-Afghanistan redux in mind for Syria. Either way Russia […] Read more...
GOP’s Case Against Planned Parenthood Collapses Due to Lack of Evidence »»
Susanne Posel (OC) : The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee (HOGRC), chaired by Republican Congressman Jason Chaffetz, has admitted that their investigation into allegations that Planned Parenthood misappropriated federal funds to pay for abortions has come up empty handed. Chaffetz admitted at a recent hearing of the HOGRC: “Did I look at the finances […] Read more...
Watch Journalist Force David Cameron to Explain His Support of Saudi Arabia »»
Michaela Whitton (AM) : On Tuesday’s Channel 4 news, David Cameron repeatedly refused to answer journalist Jon Snow’s questions on Britain’s secret pact with Saudi Arabia, one of the worst human rights abusing regimes on earth. The toe-curling interview shows slippery Cameron grasping for words and wheeling out the terror threat as Snow pushes for answers on […] Read more...
Man swings at female cop, KOs rookie partner »»
Truth: Man was beaten with baseball bat… then Donald Trump’s limo rolled up »»
Dean James | An incident involving Donald Trump has recently surfaced Read more...
NASA attempts to hide Saturday’s ‘Near Earth Event’ from public, a 1.6 mile-wide asteroid! »»
Shepard Ambellas | New shock claim has some Internet conspiracy theorists on their toes for next 24 hours Read more...
Purdue deletes video of author’s academic talk on NSA after federal order »»
RT | “Universities are not secret agencies,” Barton Gellman bluntly stated in a blog post after a video of his presentation on the National Security Agency at Purdue University was ordered destroyed Read more...
Patrick Wood | It was just a matter of time before Eugenics met Climate Change Read more...
ICE: Sanctuary cities explode to 340, 9,295 illegals released from jail, 6,460 still at-large »»
Despite the public outcry over so-called “sanctuary cities” after a California woman was murdered by an illegal immigrant released from jail in one of the cities, their number has grown to 340, and new statistics show that they release 1,000 inmates, many with violent histories, each month. An analysis of U.S. Immigration and Customs […]
Study: Government Workers Make 78 Percent More Than Private Sector »»
Employees for the federal government earn far more than their counterparts in the private sector, according to a new study by the Cato Institute. Federal workers’ pay and benefits were 78 percent higher than private employees, who earned an average of $52,688 less than public sector workers last year. The study found that […]
4 Reasons ‘Universal Background Checks’ for Gun Buyers Are a Bad Idea »»
An expanded requirement would be ineffective, unjust, and unenforceable Senate Democrats plan to ingratiate themselves with voters by introducing a new package of gun controls. In a letter to fellow Democrats, Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) said they hope gun control advocacy “will be a rallying point for a public that is […]
Would-be killers target gun-free zones »»
There has been another horrible crime committed and once again it is followed by calls for so-called universal background checks on private transfers of guns. Hillary Clinton vows, if she becomes president, to use executive action to enact such rules. She is angry that Republicans “refuse to do anything” about mass shootings. But […]
September Sees Record Gun Sales »»
The Federal Bureau of Investigation processed a record number of background checks in the month of September, indicating that gun sales were at an all time high for the month. The FBI’s National Instant Background Check System processed 1,795,102 applications to buy a firearm in September. That represents a new record: 335,739 more checks […]
China will not tolerate U.S. incursions in South China Sea, slams U.S. plans to send warships »»
China said on Friday it would not tolerate violations of its territorial waters as the United States considers sailing warships close to Beijing's man-made islands in the disputed South China Sea.
A Pentagon official said the United States was considering sending ships within the next two weeks to waters inside the 12-nautical-mile zones that China claims as territory around islands it has built in the Spratly chain, Reuters reported.
China claims most of the South China Sea, though Washington has signaled it does not recognize Beijing's territorial claims and that the US Navy will continue to operate wherever international law allows. Read more...
'You're either with us or against us' - Washington and al-Qaeda are officially together at last »»
We have just observed the 14th anniversary of "Operation Enduring Freedom," otherwise known as the war in Afghanistan. It is the longest war in US history, a conflict that never even came close to achieving its stated goal of stabilizing the area and eradicating the Taliban. The US-backed central government in Kabul today has no more control of the country than it did when first established, and the Taliban is on the march, retaking city after city and inching toward the capital with the inevitability of high tide at the beach. And while the pretext for this costly adventure - the capture of Osama bin Laden - has long since been rendered moot, his heirs and legatees not only persist, but they prosper - with our help.
For a long time that help arrived by indirection: the jihadists prospered in reaction to our intervention. As we lurched around Afghanistan, and then Iraq, kicking down doors, slaughtering civilians, and setting up torture chambers from Bagram to Abu Ghraib, we created the conditions for a global insurgency that had once been relatively localized. The classic theory of "blowback" operated with relentless predictability.
But then something else occurred: the so-called "Arab Spring." You'll recall that the War Party, in selling the invasion of Iraq to the American public, promised that our intervention would provoke a wave of sympathy throughout the Muslim world, and the Middle East would witness the arising of a movement demanding their version of "democracy" on a regional scale. President George W. Bush made a speech declaring that the US was leading a "global democratic revolution" that would incite a "fire in the mind" of the populace and soon put an end to the Bad Guys. Read more...
Propaganda alert! Mixing the Big Lie with a little 'truth' in Russia's battle for Syria »»
Comment: This piece is an excellent example of just how subtle propaganda can be. Here the author shows a more 'enlightened' approach to Russia's involvement in Syria, acknowledging Western mistakes and praising Russian resolve. He takes a little truth, and then mixes it with the most glaring, and bizarrely inaccurate, 'Big Lies'. In the process the author completely misinforms the audience, so, out of respect for reality, we dissect the piece and expose the 'Big Lies'. But expect them to get worse as the West reacts to the changing balance of power with even more brazen and bizarre propaganda.
Saddam Hussein hanged: is Iraq a better place? A safer place? Gaddafi murdered in front of the viewers: is Libya a better place? Now we are demonising Assad. Can we try to draw lessons?
— Sergei Lavrov, Russian foreign minister, United Nations, 1 October
Russia was right about Iraq and Libya, and America and Britain were dead wrong. Regime change doesn't seem to have changed Middle Eastern countries for the better, as Vladimir Putin has been warning for years. His policy is not to support any armed groups 'that attempt to resolve internal problems through force' — by which he means rebels, 'moderate' or otherwise. In his words, the Kremlin always has 'a nasty feeling that if such armed groups get support from abroad, the situation can end up deadlocked. We never know the true goals of these "freedom fighters" and we are concerned that the region could descend into chaos.'
Yet after a decade and a half of scolding the West for non-UN-sanctioned military interventions, Putin has now unilaterally committed Russian forces to what the former CIA director General David Petraeus calls the 'geopolitical Chernobyl' of Syria. Russia finds itself allied with Syria, Iraq and Iran — a new 'coalition' no less, as Syria's president Bashar al-Assad described it on Iranian state TV last week. How and why did Putin fail to take his own advice about the unintended consequences that breed in middle-eastern quagmires? And most importantly, how has he managed — so far at least — to make Russia's intervention in Syria into something close to a diplomatic triumph? Read more...
Rewriting the rules: Putin's endgame in Syria »»
Russia doesn't want to fight a war with Turkey, so Russian generals devised a simple, but effective plan to discourage Turkey from taking any action that could lead to a clash between the two nations.
Last week, Russian warplanes intruded into Turkish airspace twice. Both incidents caused consternation in Ankara and send Turkish leaders into a furor. On both occasions, officials in Moscow politely apologized for the incursions claiming they were unintentional ("navigational errors") and that they would try to avoid similar intrusions in the future.
Then there was a third incident, a more serious incident, that was not a mistake. It was clearly intended to send a message to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Here's a short summary of what happened from an article at the World Socialist Web Site:
"Turkish officials claimed a third incident on Monday, when an unidentified MiG-29 fighter jet locked its radar for four and a half minutes on eight Turkish F-16 jets that were on patrol on their side of the border, in apparent preparation to open fire." ("US, NATO step up threats to Russia over Syria", World Socialist Web Site) Read more...
More than 150,000 Germans protest against TTIP trade deal »»
More than 150,000 protesters participated Saturday in what was Germany's biggest rally yet against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, according to the city's police.
Comment: According to the Confederation of German Trade Unions (DGB), the organizer of the demonstration, 250,000 people rallied in Berlin.
Labor unions, environmentalists, social movements and anti-globalization activists like Attac were behind the protest, which goes by the slogan "Stop TTIP and CETA" — referring not just to the EU-U.S. trade deal but also a similar deal with Canada. Trains and buses brought people from across Germany to the capital, and the scale of the protest caused severe traffic disruptions.
"This is the biggest protest that Germany has seen for many years," said Christoph Bautz, CEO of the citizens' movement Campact, in a speech. Read more...
The Vigilant Citizen
“American Horror Story : Hotel” Stars Lady Gaga … and Pushes a Disturbing Agenda »»
The trailer and the first episode of the fifth season of American Horror Story are already full of Illuminati symbolism and occult elite agenda. With a name like American Horror Story, one cannot expect to be watching unicorns jumping above rainbows. It is however clear that this season is all about glorifying the occult elite’s [...]
The former rock star Ralph Rieckermann candidly explains on camera how he attended parties where guests paid big bucks to see people get killed. If regular people knew what the occult elite did behind closed doors, they would be horrified, terrified and completely baffled by the fact that they hold most of the world’s wealth [...]
Bill Burr gets real on Conan as he states that it doesn’t matter who is President, that Hillary Clinton goes to “those Bilderberg meetings” and that she probably “hooked up with a guy wearing a goat’s head”. Comedian Bill Burr is never afraid to speak his mind, even if his opinions often go against the [...]
The Weeknd’s videos “The Hills”, “Can’t Feel My Face” and “Tell Your Friends” form a trilogy that tells a disturbing story. Through symbolism, the videos describe a dark and occult path to fame. The Weeknd is a Canadian R&B singer who has enjoyed a steady rise in popularity in the past few years. However in [...]
America's Unofficial Religion - The War on an Idea »»
The Empire has a range of weapons to maintain its power: from it's courts to it's military. But it also has effective ideological weapons. Watch more on teleSUR Read more...
Defeat and Demoralization in Greece (1/2) »»
Stathis Kouvelakis, member of Popular Unity, says the SYRIZA capitulation to creditors was followed by a voter turnout of 44%, the lowest in the country's history. Read more...
The Future of Popular Unity in Greece (2/2) »»
Stathis Kouvelakis, member of Popular Unity says the future of Popular Unity will depend on the Greek peoples reaction to the economic tsunami unleashed as a result of Syriza's surrender to the creditors Read more...
Countdown to Paris: Are the Pledges to Cut Emissions Enough to Save the Planet? »»
Andrew Jones and Chris Williams discuss the UN submissions from 130 countries and the road blocks to averting climate disaster. Read more...
Journalist Patrick Cockburn, who just returned from Syria, speaks about the impact of the Russian airstrikes in Syria and whether it can play a role in bringing the civil war to an end Read more...
U.S. Government is Now “World’s Most Dangerous Terrorist Organization” »»
"The U.S. has destroyed seven countries... The populations there are subject to ongoing continual violence either from the U.S. or the Islamic State jihadists." Read more...
IMF: $3 trillion in “Over-Borrowing Now Threatens To Unleash a Wave of Defaults” »»
Things are apparently teetering dangerously over the edge, with plenty of room to trigger further chaos across the world. Read more...
Study Shows No Correlation Between Violent Crime and Gun Laws: “Really Isn’t Any Evidence” »»
I’m baffled that they can make same argument over and over again with a straight face. Read more...
Pentagon Escalates Hostilities with Russia: “We Are In a Proxy War” »»
Warmongering retired general says Putin “is counting on the U.S. fear of escalation and fear of confrontation to stop any thought of retaliation.” Read more...
Why a Prepper Homestead Isn’t a Good Plan for Survival: “Raising Your Own Food Takes Time” »»
The real truth is, raising your own food takes time – do not START after the SHTF. If a self-reliant homestead is your survival strategy, you need to start now. Read more...
Stop Making Sense
What Washington Isn’t Saying About the TPP ‘Victory’: Interview with Manuel Pérez-Rocha »»
Manuel Pérez-Rocha is a policy analyst at Institute for Policy Studies. In this short interview he says that the stated purpose of the agreement, to eliminate tariffs, has distracted people from its more subtle goal of protecting corporate profits by establishing a judicial system that prioritises the big multi-nationals. (The Real News) The US strategy to create a new […] Read more...
Here’s What Happens Under the TPP (SHAFTA): Interview with Ari Rabin-Havt and Kevin L. Kearns »»
Thom Hartmann talks to Ari Rabin-Havt of The Agenda and SiriusXM Progress, and Kevin L. Kearns of United States Business and Industry Council, about the TPP and whether Congress will go along with this corporate negotiated and corporate managed trade agreement. (The Big Picture) The US strategy to create a new global legal and economic system Consumer Groups Slam the TPP as ‘NAFTA on Steroids’: Interview with […] Read more...
Consumer Groups Slam the TPP as ‘NAFTA on Steroids’: Interview with Robert Weissman »»
Amy Goodman talks to Robert Weissman, president of the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen, about the agreement reached this past Monday between the United States and 11 other Pacific Rim nations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the largest regional trade accord in history. The agreement has been negotiated for eight years in secret and will encompass 40 percent of the […] Read more...
How World War Three could start tomorrow »»
PW Singer and August Cole write for The Telegraph: There is an old adage that militaries set themselves up by failure by preparing to fight the last war. When it comes to 21st Century warfare, the problem however may not be with looking back, but that we aren’t looking back far enough. For the last […] Read more...
Top Tory Donor Lycamobile’s Offshore Empire Is Embroiled In Sri Lanka’s Hunt For Stolen Assets »»
Heidi Blake and her team report for Buzzfeed: The offshore empire of the Lycamobile tycoon Subaskaran Allirajah is facing investigation as part of a sprawling international probe into allegations that billions of dollars were stolen from Sri Lanka by associates of the country’s former president Mahinda Rajapaksa. BuzzFeed News has uncovered secret details of a […] Read more...
The Economic Collapse Blog
Why Are The IMF, The UN, The BIS And Citibank All Warning That An Economic Crisis Could Be Imminent? »»
The warnings are getting louder. Is anybody listening? For months, I have been documenting on my website how the global financial system is absolutely primed for a crisis, and now some of the most important financial institutions in the entire world are warning about the exact same thing. For example, this week I was stunned [...] Read more...
Global Financial Meltdown Coming? Clear Signs That The Great Derivatives Crisis Has Now Begun »»
Warren Buffett once referred to derivatives as “financial weapons of mass destruction“, and it was inevitable that they would begin to wreak havoc on our financial system at some point. While things may seem somewhat calm on Wall Street at the moment, the truth is that a great deal of trouble is bubbling just under [...] Read more...
Electromagnetic Pulse: One Day We Will Wake Up In An America Without Electricity And Society Will Totally Break Down »»
What would you do if the power grid went down and never came back up? One of these days, and it could be a lot sooner than most people think, we will all wake up in a country without electricity. And considering how utterly dependent we have become on technology, that is a very frightening [...] Read more...
Stock Market Crash October 2015? 9 Of The 16 Largest Crashes In History Have Come This Month »»
The worst stock market crashes in U.S. history have come during the month of October. There is just something about this time of the year that seems to be conducive to financial panic. For example, on October 28th, 1929 the biggest stock market crash in U.S. history up until that time helped usher in the [...] Read more...
Right Now There Are 102.6 Million Working Age Americans That Do Not Have A Job »»
The federal government uses very carefully manipulated numbers to cover up the crushing economic depression that is going on in this nation. For the month of September, the federal government told us that 142,000 jobs were added to the economy. If that was actually true, that would barely be enough to keep up with population [...] Read more...
Muslim students take over chapel at university »»
(Christian Today) Right in the American Heartland, in the state of Kansas, a minority group of Muslim students have succeeded in taking over what used to be the Christian chapel of their university to the dismay of the school’s majority Christian population. Ironically, the Muslims gained control of the Christian prayer area with the help [...] Read more...
Ankara bomb blasts kill 86 at peace rally »»
(Yahoo) At least 86 people were killed Saturday in the Turkish capital Ankara when twin blasts ripped through groups of leftist and pro-Kurdish activists gathering for an anti-government peace rally, the deadliest attack in the history of modern Turkey. The attack, near Ankara’s main train station, ratcheted up tensions ahead of Turkey’s November 1 snap [...] Read more...
Harry Reid, wife sue for loss of sex »»
(Speroforum) U.S. Senator Harry Reid, a 75-year-old Democrat who represents Nevada, filed a lawsuit on October 6 that contends a rubber band has ruined his sex life. Filed in a district court in Clark County, Nevada, the complaint detailed how a Theraband elastic changed his life. On January 1, 2015, “”The Theraband was mounted to [...] Read more...
Carly: I would have voted for Sotomayor »»
(The Right Scoop) Well this is a bit of troubling news on the Carly Fiorina front: From 2009: POLITICO – California Senate candidate Carly Fiorina told a group of conservative journalists yesterday that she probably would have voted to confirm Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court, handing conservatives an issue to use against her in [...] Read more...
Newly uncovered letters could change Kim Davis story »»
(Western Journalism) Anticipating a Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriage, Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis wrote Kentucky state lawmakers early in 2015 requesting they exempt country clerks who had religious objections from being required to issue same-sex marriage licenses. Davis sent the letters about two weeks after she took office in January VICE [...] Read more...
Earlier this year, a US drone strike killed two innocent hostages, one American and one Italian citizen near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. The incident spurred outrage across the media, resulting in Obama having to apologize for the grave error. If only one could expect the same apology for the thousands of drone victims across the Muslim World since the advent of … Read More Read more...
Chelsea Manning & the Military Entertainment Industrial Complex »»
As the futures of whistleblowers like Edward Snowden and Julian Assange hang in the balance, the fate of another has been sealed for 35 years. Chelsea Manning sacrificed it all to leak classified information which exposed some of the most heinous US war crimes from Iraq and Afghanistan.Manning shattered paradigms yet again by coming out as transgender. In a recent interview from jail, she discusses her … Read More Read more...
Baltimore Uprising, Freddie Gray & the Police State »»
Despite bizarre allegations that Freddie Gray killed himself by those trying to justify abominable police brutality, a medical examiner’s report officially ruled Gray’s death a homicide. After more than two weeks of sitting idly while the city erupted into protest, Baltimore’s chief prosecutor charged six officers with crimes including murder and manslaughter. The arrests are likely due to enormous community pressure, as … Read More Read more...
Saudi Arabia’s Yemen War, Factory of Terror & American Bribery »»
Saudi Arabia’s American backed war in Yemen continues, yet it is massively failing to achieve its stated objectives. The Houthis continue to advance in the region, and the instability is causing Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula to gain more ground.Bombing civilians in the poorest country in the Arab World is only exacerbating the crisis. Before the bombing campaign even … Read More Read more...
Washington, DC: The Emperor Wears No Clothes »»
Those that have been paying attention to the war hawks in DC know about the Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI), a neocon think tank that rose out of the ashes of infamous Project for a New American Century (PNAC). When Abby was placed in the crosshairs of war mongers last year during the Ukraine incursion, Media Roots was repelled by the … Read More Read more...
American Free Press
Was Ben Carson Right?; Is There a Place for Muslims in the West? »»
• A man’s religion is fair game for discussion when he runs for president. By Patrick J. Buchanan — Beliefs matter. “Ideas Have Consequences,” as conservative scholar Richard Weaver wrote in his classic of that title in 1948. Yet, for so believing, and so saying, presidential candidate Dr.
What Does America Stand for Today? Nation Faces Religious, Cultural Crisis »»
• Loss of core faith at the root of the decline of Western civilization. By Patrick J. Buchanan — During the 1950s, the twin pillars of worldwide anti-communism were Dwight Eisenhower’s America and the Roman Catholic Church of Pope Pius XII. During the 1980s, the last decade of
Secretive Globalist Group Reignites Push for ‘United States of Europe’ »»
• AFP only news outlet at Bilderberg-related meeting in Washington. By Mark Anderson — WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Bilderberg group’s Steering Committee chairman waltzed into Washington September 17 to speak to the Brookings Institution on how to keep the European Union’s (EU) member states in line while enlarging the EU toward
Meet the Only Person to Beat a Federal “Conspiracy” Charge—Without a Lawyer, from Behind Bars »»
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Legislation Passes to Protect Babies Who Survive Abortion »»
• Abortion providers could face criminal charges if they allow children who have survived brutal procedure to die. WASHINGTON, D.C.— During House business on September 18, United States Representative Marlin A. Stutzman (R-Ind.) was floored by the stubborn unwillingness of House Democrats to part ways with and defund
Russian President Putin’s decision to escalate military support for the Syrian government brings to mind earlier interventions in Afghanistan that went badly – but that cautionary history and the changed Syrian dynamic also raise the prospects for negotiations, says ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar. By Paul R. Pillar The Russian military intervention to shore up ... Read more...
Video: ‘EU seeks for any possibility to stop Syrian-migrant crisis’ »»
Europe must treat Russia with more decency, improve the relationship, and not let EU policies be dictated by Washington, European Commission President … Via Youtube Read more...
Video: Winter is coming: China wraps up 2015 military drills »»
Ministry of National Defense of the People’s Republic of China published a video concluding vast 2015 drills program. RT LIVE http://rt.com/on-air Subscribe to … Via Youtube Read more...
We Are Change
Mysterious Death of Holistic Doctors Uncovered »»
Cuba developed a $1 lung cancer vaccine but Americans & Europeans can’t have it. Most people would be quite surprised to learn that there is a vaccine for lung cancer, one which has been proven effective in over 25 years of intense research and several years of clinical use. So why is most of the […]
While the Obama administration and their mainstream surrogates maintain that the economy is growing at a booming pace, the reality of the situation is starkly different. According to a report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics some 94.6 million Americans (age 16 and over) are either not working or have made no effort to find […]
First Latino US Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera on Migrant Farmworkers, the Border and Ayotzinapa »»
We speak with Juan Felipe Herrera, who has begun his term as the 21st poet laureate of the United States. A son of Mexican migrant farmworkers, Herrera is the first Latino poet laureate of the United States. Written in both English and Spanish, his work has been celebrated over the past four decades for its energy, humor, emotion and ability to capture the consciousness of a cross-section of America. In announcing Herrera's appointment, Library of Congress Director James H. Billington said, “I see in Herrera’s poems the work of an American original—work that takes the sublimity and largesse of 'Leaves of Grass' and expands upon it. His poems … champion voices and traditions and histories, as well as a cultural perspective, which is a vital part of our larger American identity." Herrera is the author of 28 books, including "187 Reasons Mexicanos Can't Cross the Border" and, mostly recently, "Notes on the Assemblage." He is a past winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and the International Latino Book Award. Herrera discusses the role of poets in social movements, and reads his poem "Ayotzinapa," about the disappearance of 43 students in Guerrero, Mexico. Read more...
Making Money from Misery? Disaster Capitalism from the Migrant Crisis to Afghanistan and Haiti »»
When disaster strikes, who profits? That's the question asked by journalist Antony Loewenstein in his new book, “Disaster Capitalism: Making a Killing out of Catastrophe.” Traveling across the globe, Loewenstein examines how companies such as G4S, Serco and Halliburton are cashing in on calamity, and describes how they are deploying for-profit private contractors to war zones and building for-profit private detention facilities to warehouse refugees, prisoners and asylum seekers. Recently, Loewenstein teamed up with filmmaker Thor Neureiter for a documentary by the same name that chronicles how international aid and investment has impacted communities in Haiti, Afghanistan, Papua New Guinea and beyond. Read more...
Nobel Peace Prize to Tunisian Civil Society Groups for Democratization Efforts After Arab Spring »»
This year’s Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to a coalition of civil society organizations known as the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet. The move comes nearly five years after a Tunisian street vendor set himself on fire, sparking the Arab Spring that included the ouster of Tunisia's longtime, U.S.-backed dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. "The quartet was formed in the summer of 2013 when the democratization process was in danger of collapsing as a result of political assassinations and widespread social unrest. It established an alternative, peaceful political process at a time when the country was on the brink of civil war," said Kaci Kullmann Five, Norwegian Nobel Committee chair. The Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet is composed of four organizations: the Tunisian General Labour Union; the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts; the Tunisian Human Rights League; and the Tunisian Order of Lawyers. The committee said it hopes its recognition of the quartet's achievements will "serve as an example that will be followed by other countries." We speak with Sarah Chayes, senior associate of the Democracy and Rule of Law Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. She writes about Tunisia in her recent book, "Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security." Read more...
Headlines for October 9, 2015 »»
Nobel Peace Prize Awarded to Tunisian Civil Society Organizations, McCarthy Withdraws from House Speaker Race; Congress in Disarray, U.S. General Pushes to Keep U.S. Troops in Afghanistan, Doctors Without Borders: 24 Staffers Still Missing After U.S. Strike, Obama Ends $500 Million Program to Train and Arm Syrian Rebels, Syria: Iranian General Advising Assad Killed by ISIL, Documents: Chilean Dictator Pinochet Ordered 1976 Murder on U.S. Soil, Report: "Systemic" Overpolluting by Car Manufacturers, Japan: Kids Near Fukushima 20-50 Times Higher Rates of Thyroid Cancer, ACLU: Benton County, WA, Operating "Modern-Day Debtors' Prison", South Carolina: Walter Scott's Family Settles for $6.5 Million, Ben Carson: Holocaust Might Have Been Avoided If Jews Had Guns, Michigan: Flint to Return to Detroit Water amid Contamination Scandal Read more...
"People Have the Power": Patti Smith on Pope Francis and Her Performances at the Vatican »»
Over the last two years, Patti Smith has twice been invited to sing at the Vatican. We air part of her performance of "People Have the Power" and talk to her about why she cheered when the new pope took the name Francis after St. Francis of Assisi. Read more...
Life in top tier tests Rubio »»
The Florida senator learns the perils of being a $6 million man. Read more...
Guess who's polling on Hillary? »»
Mark Penn is no longer her campaign guru, but he's still testing the waters for Clinton. Read more...
Biden may ditch 'Draft Biden' super PAC »»
If the vice president runs, he's inclined to start fresh, sources say. Read more...
Sanders’ challenge: Winning over Obama supporters »»
Potential “Nuclear Fallout” Imminent As Radioactive Waste Sets to Burn in Missouri »»
By John Vibes According to an emergency plan recently distributed by St. Louis County officials, a fire at the Bridgeton Landfill is now within 1,000... Read more...
Victory For “Criminal” Homeless Who Local Government Tried To Jail »»
By Sophie McAdam Criminalizing homelessness is a worrying new trend on both sides of the Atlantic. In Manchester, England, the local government went as far... Read more...
The Final Leaked TPP Text is All That We Feared »»
By Jeremy Malcolm Today’s release by WikiLeaks of what is believed to be the current and essentially final version of the intellectual property (IP) chapter... Read more...
Mysterious Death of Holistic Doctors Uncovered »»
By Luke Rudkowski In this video Luke Rudkowski interviews Erin Elizabeth of health nut news, The lead investigative reporter in the case of 11 holistic... Read more...
Meet the Secretive Committees that Run the Global Economy »»
By Andrew Gavin Marshall There exists an overlapping and highly integrated network of institutions, committees and secret meetings of ad-hoc groups that collectively run the... Read more...
‘Army fire kills civilian in east Ukraine’ »»
At least one person is reportedly killed and another wounded in Ukrainian army fire in eastern Ukraine. Read more...
Ankara blasts perpetrators hard to say: Pundit »»
An analyst says it is hard to say who was behind the Ankara blasts. Read more...
India police nab 21 over anti-Muslim violence »»
Indian police detain 21 people violence against Muslims accused of slaughtering a cow in Uttar Pradesh. Read more...
US blacks descend on Washington against racial inequality »»
The 20th anniversary of the ‘Million Man March’ against racial inequality draws tens of thousands of US blacks to the National Mall in Washington. Read more...
Casualties rising among Palestinians amid WB tensions »»
Nearly a dozen Palestinians have been killed and more than 1,200 have been wounded in the occupied territories over the past 11 days. Read more...
End The Lie
New Leaked TPP Chapter Shows Countries Converging on Anti-User Copyright Takedown Rules »»
A draft of the Trans-Pacific Partnership ‘s “Intellectual Property” chapter from May 11, 2015 has recently been leaked to journalists. This is the fourth leak of the chapter following earlier drafts of October 2014, August 2013, and February 2011. The latest leak is not available online and we don’t have a copy of it—but we […] Read more...
Ghost rider in the sky: Scientists use lasers to project movie onto clouds (VIDEO) »»
Published time: July 06, 2015 21:35 Screenshot from YouTube.com video A green ghost rider appeared in the sky over the British city of Nottingham when scientists started testing a newly developed projecting device which allows the beaming of moving images directly onto clouds for the first time ever. The image of a galloping horse rider […] Read more...
Varoufakis resigns as Greek finance minister 'to aid deal' »»
Published time: July 06, 2015 05:42Edited time: July 06, 2015 06:14 Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis.(Reuters / Alkis Konstantinidis) After securing a ‘no’ vote at Greek referendum on bailout, Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis resigned, saying it would help Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras negotiate a better deal with foreign creditors. “Soon after the announcement of the […] Read more...
Published time: July 05, 2015 21:38 Screenshot from YouTube video by Jenya Yakut Homelessness is rampant in Russia, and the nation’s capital is no exception. But one homeless man’s inventiveness makes him stand out in the crowd – his online video blog focuses on the life of Russia’s homeless, and provides tips for them as […] Read more...
Tentative agreement on sanctions relief for Iran reached in Vienna – sources »»
Published time: July 04, 2015 14:58 U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (2nd R) meets with the Iranian delegation including Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (not pictured) in Vienna, Austria July 2, 2015. (Reuters / Carlos Barria) A tentative agreement between six world powers and Iran has been reached that includes sanctions relief for […] Read more...
The Military Is Creating Vampire Drones That Die in the Sun »»
The program is called Inbound, Controlled, Air-Releasable, Unrecoverable Systems, or ICARUS, after the boy in Greek mythology who flew too close to the sun and saw his feather and wax wings melt. But the mission for this ICARUS is far simpler: the Pentagon wants to send drones on one-way trips. DARPA is seeking to address a “capability gap in eliminating the leave-behind of air vehicles used to deliver supplies to personnel on the ground without requiring pack-out. Such pack-out of these systems is cumbersome, time-consuming, and adds significant weight to the individuals’ loads,” officials wrote in the announcement. The program will last 26 months with about $8 million in funding. Read more...
“Go Golf!”: HUNDREDS TURN OUT to Protest Barack Obama in Oregon (VIDEO) »»
There was an AMAZING turnout today to protest Obama in Oregon after the mass shooting at Umpqua College. Read more...
Canadian Tories funneled $8M in tax money to US Republican Party's NGO »»
Under the Stephen Harper government, $8M was given to the John McCain-chaired International Republican Institute, a non-governmental organization started by the US Republican party to advocate for right-wing policies abroad. Read more...
How the DEA Uses “Parallel Construction” to Hide Unconstitutional Investigations »»
Earlier this year, I highlighted the fact that unconstitutional surveillance was in many ways birthed by the pointless, misguided and utterly failed, “War on Drugs.” Here’s an excerpt from that post, titled, How NSA Surveillance Was Birthed from the Drug War – The DEA Tracked Billions of Phone Calls Pre 9/11: The now-discontinued operation, carried out by the DEA’s intelligence arm, was the government’s first known effort to gather data on Americans in bulk, sweeping up records of telephone calls made by millions of U.S. citizens regardless of whether they were suspected of a crime. It was a model for the massive phone surveillance system the NSA launched to identify terrorists after the Sept. 11 attacks. That dragnet drew sharp criticism that the government had intruded too deeply into Americans’ privacy after former NSA contractor Edward Snowden leaked it to the news media two years ago. Read more...
There and Back Again - Your Trip Through the American Empire »»
The October 8, 2015 US Senate Committee on Armed Services hearing titled, "Russian Strategy and Military Operations," gave viewers an instructive snapshot at the current state of America's dwindling power. Read more...
Will Switzerland stop to ccoperate with NATO? »»
“On-site assistance – that is the Swiss principle”. Withdrawal from Partnership for Peace, Interview with Luzi Stamm / Wanted: Representatives who are not casting one eye at Brussels, by Marianne Wüthrich / An alliance from left to right in the National Council disapproved of transport aircraft / New US-nuclear weapons in Germany – a concealed military build-up, by Herbert Klar and Ulrich Stoll / New nuclear weapons in Büchel – the tip of the iceberg of multiple cases of bending the law / Democracy and its praxis / “Stop the erosion of democracy”. UN rights experts urge Governments across the world, by Alfred de Zayas and Dr Maina Kiai / New developments in the Middle East? / The solution of the Syrian crisis, an important step towards a multipolar world, by Georges Corm and Gabriel Galice / Foundations in the role of instigators. Swiss education policy in the sights of international (...) Read more...
«Quite Right Mr. Ambassador», by Michael Jabara Carley »»
Recently the Russian ambassador in Warsaw, Sergei Andreyev, gave an interview on a Polish television station about the lamentable state of Polish-Russian relations. World War II came up as a point of discussion, as it often does these days in the western Mainstream Media. Read more...
Ukraine: Buckle of US Encirclement of Russia, by Michael Jabara Carley »»
The war in the Ukraine goes on, seemingly with no end in sight. It is not just a civil war, by the way, but a proxy war of aggression waged by the United States and its European and Anglo-Saxon satellites against the Russian Federation. Why the US government should pursue such a dangerous policy may be a mystery to some people, and so it is good to remember the origins of the present war. Read more...
Russian Bombing of Terrorist Forces in Syria, by Webster G. Tarpley »»
Syria, Hezbollah, Iraq, Iran Reported Ready to Crush Caliphate Under Russian Air Cover; CIA Terrorist Factions Targeted Are Notoriously a Revolving Door with Al Qaeda; #ArrestMcCain4ISIS!; Washington Must Coordinate with Moscow to Avoid Dangerous Incidents; US Paying Price for Year of Phony War Under Ousted ISIS Czar Allen; Jubeir of Saudi and Netanyahu Posture at UN; Trump's Tax Plan Rewards Finance Oligarchs and Tax Evaders; Post-1990 Neocon Malevolence and Stupidity Squandered US Advantages, Forced Coalescence of Russian-Led Anti-Hegemonic Bloc; Unipolar World Was Disaster for Americans Too Read more...
“Russia has played a very crucial role in the independence and neutrality of our country”, Interview with Oskar Freysinger / Angela Merkel in Switzerland – a review / Robbing Greek national wealth, by Henriette Hanke Güttinger / Syria – from the colonial interests of Britain and France to securing raw materials for the USA, Interview with Karin Leukefeld / Direct democracy relies on historical knowledge, by René Roca / The significance of direct democracy to secure social peace (part 5). People's rights as a instrument and guide in the economic crisis, by Werner Wüthrich / Art as a “textbook of life”. On Russian 19th century painting and the work of the “Peredvizhniki”, by Urs Knoblauch / Manifesto for Europe. We want Europe to be based on peace and (...) Read more...
Video: Israelis Shoot Motionless Arab Woman »»
In the age of phone cameras, we have become increasingly used to photos and videos of Palestinians in the West Bank being shot by soldiers in unjustifiable circumstances. Think of 18-year-old Hadeel Hashlamon, who was killed late last month at a checkpoint in Hebron. A series of photos of her suggest, in the words of Amnesty International, that […] Read more...
Stop Millons of Western Immigrants »»
Tens of millions of European and North American immigrants, legal and illegal, have been flooding both the cities and countryside in Asia, Latin America, and even Africa. Western migrants are charging like bulls and the ground is shaking under their feet; they are fleeing Europe and North America in hordes. Deep down they cannot stand […] Read more...
It is Acceptable to Slaughter Children »»
Teach your parents well, Their children’s hell Will slowly go by And freed them on your dreams — Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, “Teach Your Children,” from their 1970 album “Deja Vu” As U.S. bombs and gunfire continue to fall on the Middle East, Southwest Asia, many nations in Africa and across much of the […] Read more...
For Vietnam: Artemisinin from China, Agent Orange from America »»
One half of this year’s Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine went to Tu Youyou for her discovery of the antimalarial drug artemisinin. Many of us who do research in the biological sciences have felt that this award was long overdue. The discovery of artemisinin has saved the lives of millions. And so the Nobel […] Read more...
God moves in a mysterious way, His wonders to perform; He plants His footsteps in the sea, And rides upon the storm. This is the first verse of a hymn entitled “Conflict: Light Shining out of Darkness,” written by William Cowper in 1773. The author failed at a suicide attempt after penning his creation. More […] Read more...
2,000 Reasons It Is Unethical That Turmeric Is Not FDA Approved »»
There are over 2,000 studies on the GreenMedInfo database demonstrating the power of turmeric to heal, but this time-tested, safe, and affordable healing substance still has not received FDA approval to “prevent, treat, or cure” disease despite the fact that it is capable of doing exactly that. One of the greatest if not the greatest
This Disaster Kills More Americans Than Natural Disasters Combined (Infographic) »»
As parents, we do everything we can to keep our children safe. We make sure they have safety helmets when riding their bikes, we ensure they are buckled up in the car. But have we done everything we can to make sure our homes are safe from fires? Each year, fires kill more American than
Confirmed: Monsanto Caught Working With Harvard Staff To Spread Pro-GMO Propaganda »»
By: Justin Gardner, The Free Thought Project | It seems that Monsanto’s reach extends to the most prestigious of collegiate institutions. According to email messages obtained by the Boston Globe, Harvard professor Calestous Juma received instructions from biotech giant Monsanto on how to present a paper on a topic suggested by the company. Juma did
European Court Blocks U.S. Spying Agreement With EU »»
The agreement signed in 2000 is now without effect after a challenge by an Austrian citizen. The Court of Justice of the European Union just invalidate the agreement between the EU and Washington which since 2000 has enabled hundreds of companies, multinationals such as Facebook, Apple and Amazon, to store and process, in the United
Pentagon Lies: Covering Up Its Latest War Crime »»
US warplanes deliberately and maliciously terror bombed Kunduz, Afghanistan’s hospital, the only one in the area – striking it multiple times for over an hour, despite knowing it was not involved in ongoing fighting in the city. The death toll stands at 22, dozens more injured, including Doctors Without Borders (MSF) physicians, other medical staff
Anti-ISIL Campaign: With Just One Blow Russia May Win Many Victories »»
Despite the West’s repeatedly expressed doubts regarding Russian airstrikes on ISIL militants in Syria, it should be crystal clear that Moscow has flawlessly calculated each and every move, Chinese analyst Feng Yujun wrote for an article in Global Times. Read more...
US Has to Admit Failure of Its Strategy in Syria – German Newspaper »»
The US government suspended a training program of rebel fighters in Syria. Now, US President Barack Obama introduced a new approach, which also raises questions about its feasibility, German newspaper Die Welt wrote. Read more...
Idlib Governor Says Russia Will Help Liberate Province From Insurgents »»
The Russian military operation in Syria will provide the Syrian Army with assistance necessary to free the northwestern province of Idlib from militants, the province's governor, Khaireddin al-Sayyed, said Saturday. Read more...
Kunduz Attack: When One Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Bombs Another »»
After the hospital bombing in Afghanistan Barack Obama, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate, has justifiably been under heavy criticism; but it turns out Obama isn’t the first Nobel Peace Prize winner to bomb hospitals. Read more...
Putin Calls for Joint Effort in Terror Fight After Deadly Ankara Blasts »»
Russian President Vladimir Putin called for uniting efforts in tackling terrorism after a deadly terrorist attack in Ankara. Read more...
Syria War Escalates, Economic Data Getting Worse, Hillary Email Scandal Update »»
By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com Weekly News Wrap-Up (WNW 211 10.09.15) The Russians are putting on a clinic on how to destroy terrorists. They are pulling off a well-planned takedown of just about anyone who stands in the way of the Assad regime. To the Russians, there are no so-called moderate rebels—just terrorists and non-terrorists. Only […]
We Are Entering the Time of Financial Collapse Point-V the Guerrilla Economist »»
By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com “V, the Guerrilla Economist” says we have reached the point of no return in the global financial system. “V” explains, “We are entering a time which I call the collapse point. At the collapse point, there is going to be massive systemic shock. Why? Because you have one paradigm and one […]
Fed Plan is Print Money Until System Blows-Bix Weir »»
By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com (Early Sunday Release) Financial writer and analyst Bix Weir is not surprised by the Federal Reserve’s policies because it is all part of the long term plan. Weir explains, “The goal, since we went off the gold standard in 1971, has been to run the financial system as long and as […]
Middle East Chaos &War, Clinton Email Woes, Planned Parenthood Update »»
By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com (WNW 210 10.02.15) The Middle East is spiraling into chaos and war at an alarming rate. It went from a war of words between President Obama and President Putin at the UN on Monday to the Russians bombing targets in Syria just a few days later. The Russians say they are […]
Magnitude of Correction Will Eclipse Them All-Gregory Mannarino »»
By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com Trader/analyst Gregory Mannarino says what is going on in the stock market is way worse than a so-called “correction.” Mannarino explains, “We are definitely going lower. Everything I look at, and there is a lot of material, is pointing lower. This is just the beginning. If we continue on the current […]