Deliberate Targeting of Water Sources Worsens Misery for Millions of Syrians »»
A Syrian man and his wife carry bottles of water as they walk through a sandstorm in the Zaatari refugee camp north of Amman in Jordan, August 31, 2012. (Moises Saman/The New York Times)
United Nations - Imagine having to venture out into a conflict zone in search of water because rebel groups and government forces have targeted the pipelines. Imagine walking miles in the blazing summer heat, then waiting hours at a public tap to fill up your containers. Now imagine realizing the jugs are too heavy to carry back home.
This scene, witnessed by an engineer with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), is becoming all too common in embattled Syria. In this case, the child sent to fetch water was a little girl who simply sat down and cried when it became clear she wouldn't be able to get the precious resource back to her family.
Compounded by a blistering heat wave, with temperatures touching a searing 40 degrees Celsius in the northern city of Aleppo, Syria's water shortage is reaching critical levels, the United Nations said Wednesday.
In an Aug. 26 press relief, UNICEF blasted parties to the conflict for deliberately targeting the water supply, adding that it has recorded 18 intentional water cuts in Aleppo in 2015 alone.
Such a move - banned under international law - is worsening the misery of millions of war-weary civilians, with an estimated five million people enduring the impacts of long interruptions to their water supply in the past few months.
"Clean water is both a basic need and a fundamental right, in Syria as it is anywhere else," Peter Salama, UNICEF's regional director for the Middle East and North Africa, said in a statement today. "Denying civilians access to water is a flagrant violation of the laws of war and must end."
In some communities taps have remained dry for up to 17 consecutive days; in others, the dry spell has lasted over a month.
Often times the task of fetching water from collection points or public taps falls to children. It is not only exhausting work, but exceedingly dangerous in the conflict-ridden country. UNICEF says that three children have died in Aleppo in recent weeks while they were out in search of water.
In cities like Aleppo and Damascus, as well as the southwestern city of Dera'a, families are forced to consume water from unprotected and unregulated groundwater sources. Most likely contaminated, these sources put children at risk of water-borne diseases like typhoid and diarrhoea.
With supply running so low and demand for water increasing by the day, water prices have shot up - by 3,000 percent in places like Aleppo - making it even harder for families to secure this life-sustaining resource.
Ground fighting and air raids have laid waste much of the country's water infrastructure, destroying pumping stations and severing pipelines at a time when municipal workers cannot get in to make necessary repairs.
To top it off, the all-too-frequent power cuts prevent technicians and engineers from pumping water into civilian areas.
UNICEF has trucked in water for over half-a-million people, 400,000 of them in Aleppo. The agency has also rehabilitated 94 wells serving 470,000 people and distributed 300,000 litres of fuel to beef up public water distribution systems in Aleppo and Damascus, where the shortage has impacted 2.3 million and 2.5 million people respectively. In Dera'a, a quarter of a million people are also enduring the cuts.
A 40-billion-dollar funding gap is preventing UNICEF from revving up its water, hygiene and sanitation operations around Syria. To tackle the crisis in Aleppo and Damascus alone the relief agency says it urgently needs 20 million dollars - a request that is unlikely to be met given the funding shortfall gripping humanitarian operations across the UN system.
Overall, water availability in Syria is about half what it was before 2011, when a massive protest movement against President Bashar al-Assad quickly turned into a violent insurrection that now involves over four separate armed groups including the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
Well into its fifth year, the war shows no sign of abating.
As the UN marks World Water Week (Aug. 23-28) its eyes are on the warring parties in Syria who must be held accountable for using water to achieve their military and political goals.
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This episode provides updates on Banksy's Dismaland theme park, Amazon undercutting pensions and recent market chaos. We also give an in-depth analysis on oil market collapse and address rich universities' abuse of tax exemptions.
As Journalists Are Jailed for Three Years in Egypt, Will US Stop "Cozying Up" to Regime? »»
In Egypt, Al Jazeera journalists Mohamed Fahmy, Baher Mohamed and Peter Greste were sentenced over the weekend to three years in jail for "spreading false news" that purportedly harmed Egypt following the 2013 military coup. Fahmy and Mohamed were taken into custody on Saturday. Greste remains free in Australia. The three had already spent more than a year in prison before being released on bail earlier this year. We speak with Democracy Now! correspondent Sharif Abdel Kouddous in Cairo and with Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch. "The US should stop cozying up to General - now President - Sisi," Roth says. "He is presiding over the worst crackdown in modern Egypt history."
This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.
AMYGOODMAN: We head to Cairo, Egypt, where Al Jazeera journalists Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed and Peter Greste were sentenced over the weekend to three years in jail for, quote, "spreading false news" that harmed Egypt following the 2013 military coup. That's what they were convicted of. Fahmy's wife, Marwa Omara, broke down in tears as the sentence was announced on Saturday.
MARWAOMARA: It was extremely unjust and was extremely unfair. And what happened with Mohamed shows how much this case is political. And it's so unfair what's happening to him. ... We got married, and I didn't even enjoy our marriage with him.
AMYGOODMAN: Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed were taken back into custody. The third journalist, Peter Greste, spoke out against the ruling from Australia, where he was deported to.
PETERGRESTE: The fact is that we did nothing wrong, that there was no evidence of wrongdoing, that these guys are innocent men, and innocent men are in prison. That's what this is about. Never mind the sentences. One day in prison would be unjust.
AMYGOODMAN: Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, who represents Canadian-Egyptian Mohamed Fahmy, has called on President el-Sisi to pardon the men. The three were initially arrested as part of a crackdown on Al Jazeera following the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi in 2013, sentenced last June to between seven and 10 years in prison, a ruling condemned around the world. Peter Greste was released in February, deported home to Australia. Shortly afterwards, following more than 400 days behind bars, Fahmy and Baher Mohamed were also freed on bail. The case has been widely condemned. Fahmy and Mohamed were led away to begin their sentences after Saturday's verdict. Greste was tried in absentia.
To find out more, we go to Egypt, to Cairo, by Democracy Now! video stream to be joined by Democracy Now! correspondent Sharif Abdel Kouddous.
Sharif, can you talk about the response right now in Egypt and the significance of these sentences?
SHARIFABDELKOUDDOUS: Well, Amy, it's a really stunning verdict. Many people were expecting that the journalists would be - receive some kind of sentence that would be time served or a suspended sentence, especially given that Egyptian officials had repeatedly signaled that they viewed the trial as a nuisance, that it brought unwanted scrutiny of the Egyptian government. Sisi himself has said several times in the past that he would have deported the journalists rather than try them, and he wished the case had never - the prosecution had never been brought.
And nevertheless, in a really heartbreaking and shocking scene, we saw the three journalists yesterday sentenced to three years in prison. They were hauled away to jail. The judge said in his verdict that they were not journalists because they lacked the necessary credentials. He said they were using unlicensed equipment and broadcasting false news that harmed Egypt's national security. This last accusation is especially shocking, given that during the trial the judge appointed a technical committee to look at the footage, and the head of that committee testified that none of the video evidence, the footage, had been fabricated. And nevertheless the judge included that in his ruling.
So, you know, this is the latest twist in this long ordeal that had began in December 2013 for these journalists, and we'll have to wait and see what will happen next. As you mentioned, Canada has put an official request for deportation for Mohamed Fahmy. They've also called for a presidential pardon from Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. The president can - President Sisi can pardon them at any point. He does not have to wait until the end of the judicial proceedings. He's pardoned people in the past. And that's what - that would be the best-case scenario in this respect. Another one would be the deportation of Mohamed Fahmy, but that would leave Baher Mohamed behind bars. Baher Mohamed got an extra six months in prison and a 5,000-pound fine for possessing a single spent bullet casing.
And so, this was just the latest verdict in, you know, part of a broader crackdown that we've seen in Egypt against the press. The Committee to Protect Journalists recently did a survey, found that 18 or now over 20 journalists are behind bars. That's the highest number since the CPJ has been keeping records in 1990 for Egypt.
AMYGOODMAN: Sharif -
SHARIFABDELKOUDDOUS: There's -
AMYGOODMAN: Sharif, I wanted to play the comment of Amal Clooney, Mohamed Fahmy's attorney, denouncing the verdict.
AMALCLOONEY: I think today sends a very dangerous message in Egypt. It sends the message that journalists can be locked up for simply doing their job, for telling the truth and reporting the news. And it sends a dangerous message that there are judges in Egypt who will allow their courts to become instruments of political repression and propaganda.
AMYGOODMAN: That's Amal Clooney, Mohamed Fahmy's lawyer. We're also joined by Ken Roth. Is there anything the United States can do, considering how many billions of dollars it gives to Egypt?
KENNETHROTH: Yes, the US should stop cozying up to General - now President - Sisi. He is presiding over the worst crackdown in modern Egypt history, much worse than anything that happened under Mubarak. As your colleague noted, there are 22 journalists in prison right now. There are 40,000 political prisoners. The US, nonetheless, is just opening the spigots for military aid. It's selling equipment. It's sending the message that we'll live with this dictator because he's pro-American, pro-Western. That is a disastrous message for the Egyptian people.
AMYGOODMAN: Should the US cut off aid?
KENNETHROTH: Absolutely. It should never have resumed the aid. It resumed the aid because, ostensibly, Egypt is on a transition to democracy. But I think John Kerry is the only person in the world who sees that transition.
AMYGOODMAN: Ken Roth, I want to thank you for being with us, executive director of Human Rights Watch. And, Sharif, thanks for joining us from Cairo, Sharif Abdel Kouddous, Democracy Now! correspondent in Egypt.
The financial markets have been through some wild and crazy times over the last two weeks, although it appears that they have finally stabilized. The net effect of all the gyrations is that a serious bubble in China's market seems to have been at least partially deflated. After hugely over-reacting to this correction, most other markets have largely recovered. Prices are down from recent peaks, but in nearly all cases well above year ago levels.
But the stock market is really a side-show; after all back in 1987 the US market fell by almost 25 percent for no obvious reason, with little noticeable effect on the US economy. The more serious question is what is happening with the underlying economy, and there are some real issues here.
China's economy had become a major engine for world growth just as the US economy had been a major engine for world growth in the last decade. While predictions of an economic collapse in China will almost certainly prove wrong (many China experts have a long history of such predictions), it does seem likely that its growth going forward will be considerably slower than it has been in the past.
This will be bad news for exporters of oil and other commodities, the price of which were being sustained by the rapid growth in China. But a slowdown in China will also be bad news for the United States and other rich countries who were expecting that continued strong growth in China would boost their net exports, thereby lifting their weak growth rates.
Over the longer term it is reasonable to expect that China will continue to move from large trade surpluses to trade deficits or at least near balanced trade, the movement will likely be in the other direction in the immediate future. This means that trade with China will be a factor slowing growth in Japan, Europe and the United States for the immediate future.
While we can be unhappy with China for slowing our growth, the important point to remember is that we do still possess the keys for more rapid growth. After all, the problem is simply a lack of demand in the US and world economy. We can create more demand by having the government spend money or give out tax cuts. Larger deficits will boost the economy.
If the private sector isn't prepared to spend, the government can increase demand by repairing and improving the infrastructure, increased funding for health care, child care and education, or subsidizing wind, solar and other forms of clean energy. With interest rates at extraordinarily low levels and no signs of inflation anywhere in sight, there is no economic barrier to spending in these and other areas. Such spending would both help to make up the demand gap resulting from our trade deficit, thereby creating jobs, and also increase our economy's longer term potential and the country's well-being.
The only obstacle to such spending is political. This spending would mean larger budget deficits and our politicians are scared of talking about budget deficits.
The current economic situation is more than a bit absurd. Essentially, we have a worldwide shortfall in demand. Countries that have their own currencies, like the United States, United Kingdom and Canada could deal with their own shortfalls simply by running larger budget deficits. But for political reasons these countries don't want to run large budget deficits. Instead they are praying that their trading partners will increase their budget deficits, which will increase net exports and lead to more economic growth.
If the path to increase growth and employment remains blocked for political reasons, we should always remember that we can look to increase employment by going the opposite direction of decreasing supply. This can begin with work sharing, the policy of encouraging companies to reduce work hours rather than lay off workers. This was the key to Germany's low unemployment rate even at the worst points in the recession.
And, we can look to measures such as mandated paid sick days, parental leave and vacation, which have the effect of reducing the average number of hours worked in a year. These are all policies that can be implemented without running large budget deficits. Furthermore, since the reduced labor supply is likely to tighten up the labor market, it could lead to stronger wage growth. And, these measures will provide for a better balance between work-life and family life.
The best part is that these policies may be more politically feasible than other approaches. In addition to national governments, state and even local governments can put in place policies that shorten the average work year. Many states and cities across the United States have already implemented regulations in these areas.
If we had a saner conversation on economic policy in this country, we would be talking about stimulus to boost the economy and create jobs. But if we can't go this route due to irrational fears, we should look to getting to full employment by reducing labor supply. It cannot be acceptable to do nothing when so many people need jobs and can't find them.
As Obama Visits Arctic, Alaskans Urge Him to Reverse Shell Oil Deal »»
Weeks after approving Shell's plans to drill in Alaska, President Obama is heading to the state to warn about the dangers of climate change. "Alaska's glaciers are melting faster, too, threatening tourism and adding to rising seas," Obama said in his weekly address. A protest is scheduled today in Anchorage to urge Obama to reverse his decision on Shell and stop all exploratory drilling in the Arctic. We speak to Richard Steiner, an Alaskan marine conservation biologist, who is speaking at the "Our Climate, Our Future" rally.
This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.
AMYGOODMAN: President Obama arrives in Alaska today, where he's becoming the first sitting US president to visit Arctic Alaska. He talked about his trip during his weekly address.
PRESIDENTBARACKOBAMA: I'll have several opportunities to meet with everyday Alaskans about what's going on in their lives. I'll travel throughout the state, meet with Alaskans who live above the Arctic Circle, with Alaska Natives and with folks who earn their livelihoods through fishing and tourism. And I expect to learn a lot.
One thing I've learned so far is that a lot of these conversations begin with climate change. And that's because Alaskans are already living with its effects - more frequent and extensive wildfires; bigger storm surges as sea ice melts faster; some of the swiftest shoreline erosion in the world, in some places more than three feet a year. Alaska's glaciers are melting faster, too, threatening tourism and adding to rising seas. And if we do nothing, Alaskan temperatures are projected to rise between six and 12 degrees by the end of the century, changing all sorts of industries forever.
AMYGOODMAN: On Wednesday, President Obama will deliver a speech at the Conference on Global Leadership in the Arctic: Cooperation, Innovation, Engagement and Resilience, or GLACIER, to address the crucial climate challenges in the Arctic. Obama's visit to the Arctic comes on the heels of his administration's decision to approve Shell's plans to begin oil extraction off the Alaskan coast this summer, despite protest from environmental groups.
Also, ahead of the trip, President Obama announced the name of North America's tallest mountain peak will be changed from Mount McKinley back to Denali, its traditional Alaska Native name. Ohio's congressional delegation had fought to defend the name McKinley, which honors former President William McKinley, who was from Ohio. But Alaska Natives have long viewed the name as imperialist.
Well, for more, we go to Anchorage, where we're joined by Rick Steiner via Democracy Now! video stream, a marine conservation biologist, former professor at the University of Alaska. Today, Dr. Steiner will speak at the "Our Climate, Our Future" rally convened by a coalition of Alaskan grassroots groups ahead of President Obama's speech. He's involved in the emergency response to the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill and proposed the court settlement and major thrust of the restoration program for habitat protection. He has now started a petition called "Tell President Obama to designate Marine National Monuments in Alaska," which just surpassed 100,000 signers.
Rick Steiner, welcome back to Democracy Now! Talk about what you'll be saying in your speech today and why you're protesting President Obama, who's the first sitting president to come to the Alaskan Arctic to address the issue of climate change.
RICKSTEINER: Well, thanks, Amy. It's good to be back. And yeah, I think President Obama has been good on climate. He's probably been the best president in the history of the nation on climate change. But the problem is, he hasn't been good enough. The commitments that he has made are not enough to turn the tide on climate change. We're on a sinking boat, and it's like we're taking on two gallons of water - excuse me - every minute, and we're bailing one gallon. So, it's a recognition that they've made that there's a serious problem here, but it's not enough to fix the problem. This is an enormous threat in Alaska. We're living it daily. We're in crisis. And we need to have a response that's commensurate with the crisis.
AMYGOODMAN: So, explain what Alaskan - what drilling off the Alaskan coast will mean - all of the environmentalists, the "kayaktivists," the people who hung from the bridges to try to prevent Shell from moving its rigs to Alaska to drill, to the Arctic.
RICKSTEINER: Well, in a real sense, we think it's somewhat - it seems somewhat hypocritical to, on the one hand, say we're concerned about climate change, and the scientific community is very clear that we need to be leaving maybe two-thirds of the hydrocarbon reserves, the oil and gas and coal around the world, right where it is right now, in the ground and in the seabed, in order to be able to stabilize global climate in the future. The best place to start doing that, in our view, is this new frontier of the Arctic, in which there's something like 100 billion tons of carbon. Now, to the climate, it probably doesn't matter if the ton of carbon comes from the Middle East or the Gulf of Mexico or Africa or the Arctic, but the optics of this are very worrying. It shows us that if we're going to go ahead and drill for oil offshore in the Arctic Ocean, impose this industrialization and disturbance and this huge spill risk to this extraordinary ecosystem - it shows us that we may not be really serious enough, with enough resolve, to actually want to leave carbon in the ground and in the seabed, which is what we know we need to do. So it's worrisome to many people who are concerned about climate.
AMYGOODMAN: Rick Steiner, you ultimately resigned from the University of Alaska around your views and scholarship on environmental protection. Can you talk about what happened, and talk more broadly about the power of the oil industry?
RICKSTEINER: Well, the oil industry is God in Alaska. That's the way it's viewed by many politicians. It's responsible - oil revenues run the state of Alaska budget. It constitutes something like 80 or 90 percent of Alaska's state revenues. It's a big deal in Alaska. And it has this political momentum around it. So all the institutions - the university is extraordinarily pro-oil, and so are the state agencies and even the federal agencies here. And I've seen that all over the world, where a large oil industry develops - in Africa, in the Middle East, in Southeast Asia - and has this peculiar political momentum.
In Alaska, the university did not want me seeking and teaching my truth publicly, that there were concerns and risks about offshore drilling in Alaska. And they didn't want me saying that. I argued that I had the - not just the right, but the responsibility, to seek and teach that truth. That was part of my - the work I was doing on behalf of the university. I complained about the risks of one particular offshore drilling project in Bristol Bay, and the university terminated my federal funding because of that. I argued with them, and then I ultimately said the heck with it, and I resigned on principle, that I was not going to pretend to work for an institution that pretended to honor academic freedom and, in the end, actually didn't. So I resigned. The problem is, is the university still - I mean, everybody else has this very clear message right now that thou shalt not criticize oil in Alaska, or else your position is at risk.
AMYGOODMAN: In the last minute we have together, we are leading up to the UN climate summit in Paris.
AMYGOODMAN: What do you think needs to happen?
RICKSTEINER: Well, certainly, the US needs to double down on the commitments that President Obama has made so far. The US declared commitment is something like 28 to 30 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2030. That's good, but about half of what we need at Paris. The big deal, as well, is, the US agreement with China last year allows China to continue increasing their carbon emissions until 2030 - for the next 15 years. And conceivably, China could then double their carbon emissions by the time that this agreement requires them to cap their emissions and begin reducing it. When President Obama meets with President Xi Jinping next month in Washington, they should revisit that deal and get China to commit to earlier and more substantial greenhouse gas reductions. And that - you know, Paris is the make-or-break game. Either we get this strong, urgent, legally binding deal in Paris, or I think we're kind of sunk. So, Paris is a make-or-break deal.
AMYGOODMAN: Rick Steiner, I want to thank you for being with us, marine conservation biologist, former professor at University of Alaska. Today he will be speaking at the "Our Climate, Our Future" rally ahead of President Obama's speech. He's started a petition that has now more than 100,000 signatures, "Tell President Obama to designate Marine National Monuments in Alaska." This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The War and Peace Report.
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Pentagon understated cost of new bomber by $25bn, blames ‘human error’ »»
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Unusually Massive Protests Erupt in Japan Against Forthcoming "War Legislation" »»
In case you aren’t up to speed on your Japanese history, the nation’s post WWII Constitution prohibits military action unless it’s in self-defense. Clearly a sensible approach, which is why the current Japanese government, led by the demonstrably insane and incompetent Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, wants to get rid of it.
This story is very important. Not only will this action increase the likelihood of World War III in the Far East, but it’s another important example of a government acting against the will of the people.
Polling has indicated the Japanese public is against a pivot toward militarization and war, but Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is pushing forward nonetheless. In fact, the current legislation to allow overseas military intervention has already passed the lower house of government. This prompted many Japanese to emerge from their decades long political apathy and get out into the streets. It’s estimated these protests were the largest in recent memory.
TOKYO (AP) — Mothers holding their children’s hands stood in the sprinkling rain, some carrying anti-war placards, while students chanted slogans to the beat of a drum against Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his defense policies.
Japan is seeing new faces join the ranks of protesters typically made up of labor union members and graying leftist activists. Tens of thousands filled the streets outside Tokyo’s parliament on Sunday to rally against security legislation expected to pass in September.
“No to war legislation!” “Scrap the bills now!” and “Abe, quit!” they chanted in one of the biggest protests in recent memory. The bills would expand Japan’s military role under a reinterpretation of the country’s war-renouncing constitution.
In Japan, where people generally don’t express political views in public, such rallies have largely diminished since often-violent student protests in the 1960s.
The demonstrations started earlier this year and grew sharply after July, when Abe’s ruling coalition pushed the legislation through the more powerful lower house despite polls showing a majority of Japanese were opposed.
A group called Mothers Against War started in July and gained supporters rapidly via Facebook. It collected nearly 20,000 signatures of people opposed to the legislation which representatives tried unsuccessfully to submit to Abe’s office last Thursday.
The security bills would permit the military to engage in combat for the first time since World War II in cases of “collective defense,” when Japan’s allies such as the U.S. are attacked, but Japan itself is not.
Abe’s government argues that the changes are needed for Japan to respond to a harsher security environment, including a more assertive China and growing terrorist threats, and to fulfill expectations that it will contribute more to global peacekeeping.
…and to distract a disillusioned population from the disastrous economic policies of its government. Recall from earlier this year:
The topic has become almost a regular item in women’s magazines, traditionally known more for covering entertainment, beauty, health, food and the Imperial family.
Takashi Watanabe, a deputy editor-in-chief of Shukan Josei (Ladies Weekly), said there has been a growing appetite for social issues among readers, especially since Fukushima.
This is a great sign for Japan. However, when will Americans emerge from their political slumber? Will it take several decades of economic decay such as in Japan?
About half a century ago, 300,000 students, many of them Marxist ideologues, staged violent protests, repeatedly clashing with police, over revising the U.S.-Japan security treaty. Those protests played a role in driving Abe’s grandfather, then-Prime Minister Nobusuke Kishi, out of office after his government approved the revision.
Apparently, they love failed political dynasties in Japan as well.
“I’m afraid the legislation is really going to reverse the direction of this country, where pacifism was our pride,” said a 44-year-old architect who joined Sunday’s rally with her 5-year-old son. “I feel our voices are neglected by the Abe government.”
You’re not the only one…
Of course, when it comes to Japan this has been a long time coming. Recall the following published in 2013:
Extrapolating from that and applying Citi’s take on the impact of EM reserve drawdowns on 10Y UST yields (which, incidentally, is based on "Financing US Debt: Is There Enough Money in the World – and at What Cost?", by John Kitchen and Menzie Chinn from 2011), we noted that potentially, if China were to use its FX reserves to offset the pressure on the yuan from the unwind of the great RMB carry, the effect could be to put more than 200bps of upward pressure on the 10Y yield.
Going farther, we also said that $1 trillion in FX reserve liquidation by the PBoC would essentially negate around 60% of QE3. In other words, China’s persistent FX interventions amount to reverse QE or, as Deutsche Bank calls is "quantitative tightening."
Now, SocGen is out with a description of China's "impossible trinity" or "trilemma". Here's the critical passage:
The PBoC is caught in an awkward position: not letting the currency go requires significant FX intervention that will not prevent ongoing capital outflows but which will result in tightening domestic liquidity conditions; but letting the currency go risks more immense capital outflow pressures in the immediate short term, external debt defaults and possibly further domestic investment deceleration. Furthermore, it has to consider the painful repercussions globally that could result from any sharp RMB depreciation.
In other words, because the new currency regime looks to have paradoxically created a situation where the market will play less of a role in determining the exchange rate for the yuan, China will be stuck liquidating its reserves and offsetting that resultant liquidity drain with reverse repos, RRR cuts, and a mishmash of short- and medium-term lending ops which, to the extent they're seen as net easing, will only exacerbate pressure on the yuan, necessitating still more interventions in a very non-virtuous loop until such a time as the PBoC either runs out of assets to sell or else throws in the towel and moves to a free float which would likely trigger an all-out short-term panic.
Well, that's not entirely true. Everything could suddenly be "fixed", or, as SocGen describes it, "for the RMB to appreciate compared to its current value (6.40) will require a very positive environment for EM coupled with a cessation of capital outflows and a vibrant cyclical growth and an export recovery."
Since it's difficult to imagine a situation that's further from what's currently playing out across emerging economies, we can rule that out, and because even if China can manage to mitigate outflows by "temporarily tighten[ing] (the implementation of capital controls," solving the puzzle here will, to quote SocGen again, "still entail large-scale FX intervention," we can move straight to a consideration of how dramatic the FX reserve liquidation may ultimately be. Here's SocGen's three scenarios:
Logically, we should first make assumptions about the PBoC’s tolerance for currency volatility and FX reserves drawdown. However, practically, it still helps to envision likely scenarios of capital outflows and reverse-engineer the amount of FX reserves needed. We present a few scenarios over a one-year time horizon to gauge possible reserve usage.
Base case: Current account surplus of $280bn over the next four quarters plus capital outflows (FDI + portfolio + other + NEOs) that are 50% greater than the previous year ($560bn) would equate to the PBoC needing to use $280bn of reserves over the next twelve months if it wanted to stabilize the RMB.
Moderately bad case: Current account surplus falls by 50% ($150bn) and capital outflows accelerate by a factor of two compared to the previous year ($750bn). The PBoC would need to absorb $600bn in outflows if its goal was no further RMB depreciation
Worst case: Foreigners exit all cumulative portfolio investment from the past five years ($260bn), five years worth of cumulative foreign inflows into trade credit/loans/deposits are reversed ($530bn), and locals accelerate outflows by a factor of two ($400bn). There could be $1.2trn in outflows. If the current figure halved over the next year to $140bn, net outflows would be around $1.04trn. There would be hardly any money left to leave after this, and the PBoC would be left with a meagre $2.5trn in reserves (chart 18).
The chart above is important: what it shows is that not only is the Fed trapped in a corner domestically, on one hand dreading the launch of the tightening cycle (as can be seen by the endless drama and dithering about whether or not to hike rates) which will not only unleash even more asset selling and in the process tighten financial conditions even more, thus limiting what little inflationary impulse exists in the economy, while on the other risking complete loss of confidence if it were to postpone or cancel the tightening cycle, but now it is also trapped internationally, courtesy of China's August 11 announcement of its currency devaluation, which has started a T-minus 365 day countdown on the Fed's successful conclusion of its monetary policy implementation.
Furthermore, as SocGen explains vividly, the potential outcomes for China from this point on, are bad, worse and worst, and since China's recent "success" in effectively controlling its housing, credit, and last but not least, its stock market bubble, has demonstrated a worst case scenario is almost certainly the most probable one, what the above analysis means, is that while the Fed may be hoping for the best and expecting an even better outcome, the "reverse QE" that China launched less than three weeks ago, will make the Fed's job that much more difficult as its presents not only a timing constraint to Fed policy, but a monetary one as well in the form of what Deustche Bank dubs "Quantitative Tightening."
In fact, one can argue that since there is no way resolve China's "impossible trinity" of pursuing a stable exchange rate, an open capital account and an independent interest rate policy all at the same time, the worst case scenario is very likely an optimistic one. This means that as the Fed debates whether or not to hike, and how much, the acceleration in Chinese capital outflows starting on August 11 has set the path for the Fed, and at this point any incremental delay in hiking merely adds more to the already vast cross-capital and currency confusion around the globe. However, no longer is the Fed's quandary open ended: with every passing day, China is suffering incremental tens of billions in capital flight, in reserve liquidation, and thus, tighter global financial conditions, as can be expected from the unwind of the world's largest depository of USD-denominated reserves.
Finally, what all of this really means, is that having pushed China to the point of dissociating itself from the USD peg officially, the more the Fed tightens, the more China will have to push back through devaluation or otherwise, and the more capital outflows it will be subject to, thereby amplifying the Fed's tightening posture around the globe. In this very unstable arrangement, suddenly the smallest policy error will reverberate exponentially, and result in the only possible outcome: the Fed's admission of policy failure by adopting a tightening bias, and ultimately launching another phase of monetary easing, be it QE4 or perhaps even the long-overdue and much anticipated Friedmanesque "helicopter money" episode.
In even simpler terms: China has just cornered the Fed: not just diplomatically, as observed when China's PBOC clearly demanded that Yellen's Fed not start a rate hiking cycle, but also mechanistically, as can be seen by the acute and sudden selloff across all asset classes in the past 3 weeks. Now Yellen has about 365 days or so to find a solution, one which works not only for the US, but also does not leave China a smoldering rubble of three concurrently burst bubbles. Good luck.
Monday Humor: Go 'West' Young Men »»
First Trump, now this...!?
Relive the moment...
...and read on for the full transcript below:
“Bro. Bro! Listen to the kids. First of all, thank you, Taylor, for being so gracious and giving me this award this evening.
And I often think back to the first day I met you also. You know I think about when I’m in the grocery store with my daughter and I have a really great conversation about fresh juice… and at the end they say, ’Oh, you’re not that bad after all!’ And like I think about it sometimes. … It crosses my mind a little bit like when I go to a baseball game and 60,000 people boo me. Crosses my mind a little bit.
And I think if I had to do it all over again what would I have done? Would I have worn a leather shirt? Would I have drank half a bottle of Hennessy and gave the rest of it to the audience? Ya’ll know ya’ll drank that bottle too! If I had a daughter at that time would I have went on stage and grabbed the mic from someone else’s? You know, this arena tomorrow it’s gonna be a completely different setup. Some concert, something like that. The stage will be gone. After that night, the stage was gone, but the effect that it had on people remained.
The … The problem was the contradiction. The contradiction is I do fight for artists, but in that fight I somehow was disrespectful to artists. I didn’t know how to say the right thing, the perfect thing. I just … I sat at the Grammys and saw Justin Timberlake and Cee-Lo lose. Gnarls Barkley and the FutureLove … SexyBack album … and Justin, I ain’t trying to put you on blast, but I saw that man in tears, bro. You know, and I was thinking, like, ’He deserved to win Album of the Year!'”
And this small box that we are as the entertainers of the evening … How could you explain that? Sometimes I feel like all this s–t they run about beef and all that? Sometimes I feel like I died for the artist’s opinion. For artists to be able to have an opinion after they were successful. I’m not no politician, bro!
Look at that. You know how many times MTV ran that footage again? ’Cause it got them more ratings? You know how many times they announced Taylor was going to give me the award ’cause it got them more ratings? Listen to the kids, bro! I still don’t understand awards shows. I don’t understand how they get five people who worked their entire life … sold records, sold concert tickets to come stand on the carpet and for the first time in they life be judged on the chopping block and have the opportunity to be considered a loser! I don’t understand it, bruh!
I don’t understand when the biggest album, or the biggest video … I’ve been conflicted, bro. I just wanted people to like me more. “But f–k that, bro! 2015! I will die for the art! For what I believe in. And the art ain’t always gonna be polite! Ya’ll might be thinking right now, ’Did he smoke something before he came out here?’ The answer is yes, I rolled up a little something. I knocked the edge off!
I don’t know what’s gonna happen tonight, I don’t know what’s gonna happen tomorrow, bro. But all I can say to my artists, to my fellow artists: Just worry how you feel at the time, man. Just worry about how you feel and don’t NEVER … you know what I’m saying? I’m confident. I believe in myself. We the millennials, bro. This is a new mentality. We’re not gonna control our kids with brands. We not gonna teach low self-esteem and hate to our kids. We gonna teach our kids that they can be something. We gonna teach our kids that they can stand up for theyself! We gonna teach our kids to believe in themselves!”
If my grandfather was here right now he would not let me back down! I don’t know I’m fittin’ to lose after this. It don’t matter though, cuz it ain’t about me. It’s about ideas, bro. New ideas. People with ideas. People who believe in truth. And yes, as you probably could have guessed by this moment, I have decided in 2020 to run for president.”
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If you thought Kanye West’s declaration that he would run for president in 2020 was a joke, guess again.As MediaEqualizer reports,
A Maryland Republican has already registered a pro-West committee with the federal government, Ready For Kanye. Eugene Craig III of White Marsh (shown above) submitted paperwork to the Federal Election Commission this morning and was given FEC Committee ID number C00585596:
Two T-shirt designs are featured there as well, appearing to have heavily borrowed from past campaigns including Mitt Romney’s in 2012:
Craig is the Third Vice Chair of the Maryland Republican Party and Executive Director of The Bulldog Collegian.
We asked Craig whether West would run as a Republican and why his candidacy should be taken seriously and are awaiting a response.
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Crazy or not, West, 38, scored the award show's top hashtag, #Kanye2020, according to social analytics company NetBase. The show became the most-tweeted television program since Nielsen began tracking Twitter TV activity in 2011, with some 21.4 million tweets sent in the United States alone.
Stocks Suffer Biggest Monthly Drop In Five Years As Oil Spikes Most Since 1990 »»
Only one thing for it really...
Forget stocks, today was all about crude oil again...
WTI pushed into the green for August!!!
3 Bear markets and 3 Bull markets now in 2015 so far... perfectly tagging the 50-day moving-average today...
This is the biggest 3-day rise in WTI since 1990!!
Oil Volatility and credit markets were not squeezed into euphoria at all...
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Having got that out of the way...Dow's worst monthly drop since May 2010..
and had an ugly close...
Stocks got some lift from the momo-igniters -but once NYMEX closed, it was over. Stocks traded in a relatiovely narrow range glued to VWAP after the overnight plunge... Small Caps outperformed as Nasdaq Underporformed...
But were glued to VWAP all day... on no volume
Futures markets giveus a better idea of the moves...NOTE -0 this is from the beginning of Friday's pathetic EOD ramp...
Once again complete chaos on VIX ETFs...
VIX had its biggest monthly jump in history...
For the month, it's been a wild ride!! but just look at how clustered the moves were...
Finacials & Enmergy and Healthcare (Biotech) were worst performers in August...
For all the excitment over FANG - August was a mixed bunch for them with FB and AMZN notably red...
With all the craziness in stocks, Treasury yields at the long-end ended the month practically unch... 2Y rose 8bps...
With some more notable weakness today (which was also seen in Bunds)...note once again selling weas in US session, buying in Asia and Europe...
The USD ended the day lower with some major swings in CAD...
As August's USD Index drop was the biggest in 4 months...
Commodities were insane today - led obviously by crude!
And on the month... perhaps most notably, the perfect recoupling of crude and gold on the month!!??
But we note that Gold (+3.5%) had its best month since January even as Silver dropped
Finally - amid all the chaos in August, it appears there is a safe-haven... Gold outperforms
There’s no question that the world economy has been shaky at best since the crash of 2008.
Yet, politicians, central banks, et al., have, since then, regularly announced that “things are picking up.” One year, we hear an announcement of “green shoots.” The next year, we hear an announcement of “shovel-ready jobs.”
And yet, year after year, we witness the continued economic slump. Few dare call it a depression, but, if a depression can be defined as “a period of time in which most people’s standard of living drops significantly,” a depression it is.
Many people are surprised that no amount of stimulus and low interest rates have resulted in creating more jobs or more productivity. Were they a bit more cognizant of the simple, understandable principles of classical economics (as opposed to the complex theoretical principles of Keynesian invention), they’d recognise that, when debt reaches the level that it cannot be repaid, a major re-set of some sort must take place.
The major economies of the world have reached and exceeded that point and the debt problem is no mere anomaly that can be papered over. It is, instead, systemic. There must be a major forgiveness of debt, a default, or an economic collapse, or some combination of the three.
And so, those who recognise the inevitability of such an event have been storing their nuts away in preparation for an economic winter.
Those of us who warned of the 2008 crash in advance had been regarded as economic “Chicken Littles.” After the crash, we were largely resented as having made a “lucky guess.” Following that time, a moderate amount of credence has been allowed us, as we’ve recommended investments in real estate and precious metals (outside of those jurisdictions that are most at risk). However, since the Great Gold Correction (2011-2015), that begrudging credence has worn away and been replaced with renewed contempt.
To the naysayers, the 2001-2011 gold boom has been relegated to the investment dustbin and, to most punters, gold is clearly “over.”
Just as importantly, the most significant events of the “Greater Depression” that we had been predicting have clearly not yet come to pass. They’re still ahead of us. And, in this, we must confess that those of us who made this prediction did unquestionably believe that it would have taken place by now. We were wrong.
Or at least we were wrong on the timing, but most of us still believe, more than ever, in the inevitability of a collapse (again, this is true because the problem is systemic, not symptomatic).
All of the above is a preface of the coming of October, a month which, historically, has seen more than its fair share of negative economic events.
This time around, there are warning signs aplenty that, sometime around October of this year, we shall see a number of black swans on the wing, headed our way.
The greatest of these is that, once every five years, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) renews its membership structure (SDR quota, governors, and voting power.) This is significantly in question this year, as China vies for a larger chair at the table.
Although China surpassed the US in 2014 as the world’s largest manufacturing economy, it still has less than one-quarter of the voting power of the US and even has less than France or Germany. To say the IMF has been dragging its feet on a rebalancing of IMF member voting would be an understatement.
In fairness, China should expect to be allotted significantly greater voting power in October. But we are discussing the IMF, which has never been known for fairness. It has, indeed, been infamous for its duplicity and self-serving inclinations (having been created at Bretton Woods in 1944 to allow the US hegemony over the world economy, its primary purpose is to assure US dominance).
Still, it would be difficult to imagine how the IMF could avoid a shift in its voting (diminishing the US and increasing China). Anything the IMF did at this point to derail the re-balance would be highly suspect.
And yet, that’s exactly what the IMF has done. It has publicly questioned whether 2015 is the right year for the review. However, even it is worried enough about its presumptuousness that, rather than announce a delay, it has announced the consideration of a delay. It has run the possible delay up the flagpole to see whether it will fly or be torn down.
Clearly the IMF feels it’s on shaky ground with its proposal. And it should be. In recent years, it has arrogantly pushed China away from the IMF table time after time, so the Chinese have taken matters into their own hands. They’ve created their own international development bank, their own worldwide cable communication system, and even their own SWIFT system.
Very soon, they’ll have the ability to run their own worldwide economic system, independent of the US/EU/IMF system. Early on, many of the world’s governments recognised the future opportunities that this would bring to the world. First, Russia and the countries of Southeast Asia signed on, then South America, Africa, and, finally, some EU countries reached agreements with China.
The IMF is in a jam, no member country more so than the US. If, in October, it allows China greater voting power, it will cast in stone China’s increased economic influence over the world. However, if the IMF chooses to put off China another year, China may move ahead with its own economic system.
There can be no doubt that the IMF is hoping to buy time. The question is whether it merely wishes to buy time to delay the inevitable, or whether it feels it has a card up its sleeve that it might be able to play, should it gain another year.
If the US is arrogant (as it generally is), it’ll employ its customary bravado and, in so doing, may well cause the Chinese to play hardball and dump some of their US Treasuries and/or dollars.
In considering the above, the US/IMF may feel that China is in the throes of a major correction at present and cannot retaliate without feeling the pain itself. They’d be correct. And so, the Chinese, known for being patient and choosing their moment carefully, may choose to swallow the IMF delay quietly, then, when they’ve dumped some of their baggage and possibly rebounded in 2016, make an even firmer stand than they could now make. For that reason, US arrogance now would create a very short-lived gain, and a very foolish one.
So, what does this mean to the investor? It suggests that, once again in history, October promises to be a month when great economic change may well take place. When dramatic change looms, it’s best to keep your powder dry, whilst keeping an eye open for opportunities as soon as events reveal the future. Until then, nut–gathering serves to provide an insurance policy against unpleasant economic surprises.
Washington’s Financial Currency War on China: The Eclipsing of the US Dollar by the Yuan »»
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The Military Industrial Complex Makes $10 MILLION Per Day ‘Fighting ISIS’ »»
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Al-Jazeera Journalists Found Guilty of Creating ‘Fake News’ in Egypt »»
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CIA admits to Congress the agency uses mainstream media to distribute disinformation: 1975 video »»
It has been verified by a source who claims she was there that then-CIA Director William Casey did in fact say the controversial and often-disputed line "We'll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false," reportedly in 1981.
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The incident involved Form Two, Three and Four students who were studying in the second and third floor of the school's building.
It was reported that the incident started on the top floor involving a Form Four student who claimed to have seen a phantom before a several other students on the lower floor were attacked by hysteria.
The incident caused the school to stop the learning session earlier than scheduled to help the students recover.
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The promo of X Factor UK 2015 depicts the judges as mind controlled robots being programmed in an underground lab. It is a rather accurate way of describing the music industry. X Factor is one of those singing competitions plaguing the music industry today, turning an art form that is about creativity and artistic expression [...]
The unveiling of the 9-feet tall and 1.5 ton statue of Baphomet took place in Detroit and was dubbed “largest satanic event in History”. On July 26th, the Satanic Temple unveiled a massive bronze statue of Baphomet sitting on a throne, complete with two children look up to him in admiration. The unveiling took place [...]
Bobbi Kristina Brown died on July 26 – six months after she was found face down in a bathtub and three years after her mother was found dead in a bathtub. In both cases, the true cause of death remains unexplained, a hallmark of a elite-sponsored murder. On January 31st, Bobbi Kristina Brown, the daughter [...]
As the UN announces that the number of refugees and migrants in the Mediterranean this year exceeds 300,000, Vijay Prashad says the superpowers must move towards a ceasefire in Syria as soon as possible to stem the tide Read more...
Pocomoke to Attorney General: Reason for Secret Meeting is Secret »»
The city says it cannot disclose why the council met without
public notice to fire its first black chief Read more...
Illinois Budget Crisis So Deep It “Pays Lottery Winners In IOUs” »»
"The lottery is a state agency like many others... Since the legal authority is not there for the comptroller to disburse payments, those payments are delayed." Read more...
CDC Issues Warning: Doctors on Alert for Bubonic Plague: “There is a Heightened Risk… We Don’t Want People To Panic” »»
It is unclear why the number of cases in 2015 is higher than usual... Read more...
Got White Privilege? College Students Flunked for Using “Oppressive and Hateful Language” »»
Reports are pouring in that the politically-correct politics surrounding the term 'white privilege' are gaining traction at many universities. Read more...
Total System Collapse In Real Time: “Due to the Shortage of Food… the Desperation Is Enormous” »»
Soldiers have now been deployed to stem rampant food smuggling and price speculation... Read more...
Police Tell Reporter Filming Crash of Virginia Shooter “Delete Footage or Lose Camera” »»
If the camera needed to be confiscated because it contained evidence, why would the officers insist that exact same evidence be deleted? Read more...
Stop Making Sense
The Soft Logic of Soft Targets »»
Stephen M. Walt writes for Foreign Policy: The recent “lone wolf” attack on a French train — thankfully foiled by three alert and courageous American passengers — has sparked new concerns about terrorist assaults on so-called “soft targets.” These are places where people congregate and are potentially vulnerable, but are not subject to airport-style security procedures. […] Read more...
Emerging Markets Offer Growth Opportunities For Western Defense Firms »»
Andrew Clevenger reports for Defense News: […] The shift in defense spending creates opportunities for Western defense contractors as demand for sophisticated weapons will likely outpace emerging countries’ abilities to produce them domestically. As a white paper published by Avascent in March noted, the US has a leading position in these markets, but political friction between […] Read more...
German Envoy: ‘US Considered Using Nukes Against Afghanistan After 9/11’ »»
Ofer Aderet reports for Haaretz: The United States considered using nuclear weapons against Afghanistan in response to the September 11 attacks, Der Spiegel reported on its website Saturday. Michael Steiner, who served as a political advisor to then-German Chancellor Gerhard Schroder, told the German daily that the nuclear option was one of the possibilities examined […] Read more...
In Japan, Tens of Thousands Anti-War Protesters Reject Return to Militarism »»
Jon Queally reports for Common Dreams: Tens of thousands of people gathered outside the Japanese parliament building on Sunday to reject plans put forth by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that would see an aggressive expansion of the nation’s armed forces despite a long-standing constitutional mandate for a “defense only” military posture. The enormous crowd—estimated by organizers […] Read more...
Jeremy Corbyn poses national security threat, says Brititsh Chancellor George Osborne »»
Press Associated reports: A Labour party led by Jeremy Corbyn would pose a threat to national security by undermining the future of the UK’s nuclear deterrent, according to the chancellor, George Osborne. The chancellor said “an unholy alliance of Labour’s leftwing insurgents and the Scottish nationalists” would shatter decades of near-unbroken Westminster consensus in favour […] Read more...
The Economic Collapse Blog
CNN Tells Americans That The Stock Market Is Not Going To Crash »»
On Wednesday we witnessed the third largest single day point gain for the Dow Jones Industrial Average ever. That sounds like great news until you realize that the two largest were in October 2008 – right in the middle of the last financial crisis. This is a perfect example of what I wrote about yesterday. [...] Read more...
During Every Market Crash There Are Big Ups, Big Downs And Giant Waves Of Momentum »»
This is exactly the type of market behavior that we would expect to see during the early stages of a major financial crisis. In every major market downturn throughout history there were big ups, big downs and giant waves of momentum, and this time around will not be any different. As I have explained repeatedly, [...] Read more...
BLACK MONDAY: The First Time EVER The Dow Has Dropped By More Than 500 Points On Two Consecutive Days »»
On Monday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average plummeted 588 points. It was the 8th worst single day stock market crash in U.S. history, and it was the first time that the Dow has ever fallen by more than 500 points on two consecutive days. But the amazing thing is that the Dow actually performed better [...] Read more...
This 2 Day Stock Market Crash Was Larger Than Any 1 Day Stock Market Crash In U.S. History »»
We witnessed something truly historic happen on Friday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average plummeted 530 points, and that followed a 358 point crash on Thursday. When you add those two days together, the total two day stock market crash that we just witnessed comes to a grand total of 888 points, which is larger than [...] Read more...
We Have Already Witnessed The First 1300 Points Of The Stock Market Crash Of 2015 »»
What has been happening on Wall Street the past few days has been nothing short of stunning. On Thursday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average plummeted 358 points. It was the largest single day decline in a year and a half, and investors are starting to panic. Overall, the Dow is now down more than 1300 [...] Read more...
'Mega' Agenda 21 resurrected with pope's help »»
As the choppy waters of September 2015 move ashore, all eyes will be on Pope Francis’ visit to the United States, jittery stock markets and signs in the heavens. Francis is expected to enthusiastically endorse a new U.N. document that promises to wipe out poverty by 2030 by reordering the world economy along the line [...] Read more...
New Christian movie stuns at box office »»
Secular reviewers aren’t exactly fond of the new movie “War Room,” made by the producers of the Christian films “Courageous” and “Fireproof.” In fact, TV Guide reported it got “nearly universal bad reviews.” But TV Guide said that despite the reviews, “War Room” earned $11 million and challenged “Straight Outta Compton” for the No. 1 [...] Read more...
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Innovative gun-ownership system goes national »»
This is the second in a two-part series on estate-planning attorney Dennis Brislawn’s creation of “gun trusts” to protect Second Amendment rights. The first article showed how Brislawn developed his “gun trust system” and began to market his innovative legal approach to complex state and federal firearms laws. This second article explains how Brislawn has [...] Read more...
Ancient surprise from time of Jesus unearthed in Jerusalem »»
JERUSALEM – Archaeologists here Monday unveiled a well-preserved, 2,000-year-old pyramid-shaped staircase believed to have been a podium used to communicate with pilgrims ascending the main road to the Second Jewish Temple. “What we believe is probably someone would stand on the podium and preach to the people as they went by,” archaeologist Joe Uziel, who [...] 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
Third Consecutive Zionist Jew to Head U.S.’s Economic Warfare Division »»
By Mark Anderson — It’s not well known that the United States Treasury Department has what amounts to a war room. Its strategists dole out economic warfare much like the Pentagon’s strategists deploy physical military might around the globe. On Thursday, September 10, the Senate Committee on Banking, Read more...
Rothschild’s IMF May Be Erased »»
• BRICS create “New Silken World Order” to bypass West’s monetary stranglehold. By Ronald L. Ray — In July, world-changing events occurred, portending the approaching end of Zionist-Anglo-American financial and geopolitical hegemony, but they were ignored deliberately by most Western media. On July 8-9, the seventh summit of Read more...
• Little known “TiSA” could solidify global governance. By Mark Anderson — The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the U.S.-EU Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) will bring plenty of trouble if fully approved. The 12-nation TPP would be the world’s largest-ever trade and investment scheme, straddling the Pacific. Read more...
Prison Cell Not Oval Office for Hillary? »»
• FBI criminal investigation of Clinton should uncover multiple serious felonies. By Victor Thorn — What is the likelihood that Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton could end up behind bars for storing top-secret files on her own personal computer server in her home? If Federal Bureau of Investigation Read more...
• Is Donald Trump America’s savior or a plutocratic shill? By Christopher Petherick — Is billionaire Republican presidential candidate Donald John Trump a man of the people worth endorsing, or is he playing a part in a carefully crafted script that seeks to keep the tens of thousands of Read more...
Strategic Culture Foundation
US F-22 Fifth Generation Fighter Jets Seen in Skies Over Poland »»
Schumer’s Troubling Mideast Record »»
Exclusive: In trying to torpedo the Iran nuclear deal, Sen. Charles Schumer is continuing his longstanding role as a front man for U.S. neocons and Israeli hardliners who favor a Mideast strategy of violent “regime change” over negotiated solutions, as Jonathan Marshall describes. By Jonathan Marshall If Congress derails the hard-won “P+5” nuclear deal with Iran, much blame ... Read more...
Video: The Media Assassin and Shooting the Enemy »»
Hip-hop activist and “Media Assassin” Harry Allen discusses his career working with legendary rap group Public Enemy and his new lecture series about his … Via Youtube Read more...
Newspeak is here: Professors threaten failing grade if students use the terms he or she and male or female »»
By Kevin Dooley | dcclothesline.com
In yet another sign of how far American University’s have fallen to the leftist thought police, multiple professors with at least two colleges are threatening students with failing grades if they use language deemed offensive by the hard left. “Offensive” and “problematic” terms include illegal alien and illegal immigrant ... Read more...
Video: Deer escapes flooded zoo in Ussuriysk, Russia’s Far East »»
A deer was spotted in a residential area of Ussuriysk, Sunday, after it escaped from the local zoo during heavy floods. A number of other animals are believed to … Via Youtube Read more...
Missing From Reports of Yemeni Carnage: Washington’s Responsibility »»
This photo of the aftermath of an airstrike in Sana, Yemen, accompanied a New York Times story (6/24/15) that provided a detailed account of the human toll of the air war—but made no mention of the US’s responsibility. (photo: Mohamed Al-Sayaghi/Reuters) The New York Times (8/30/15) reported on the deaths of civilians in a military ... Read more...
We Are Change
NASA Employees Caught buying Child porn- but Escape Prosecution »»
NASA employees were caught buying child pornography from a criminal ring in Eastern Europe that distributed images of minors as young as three, it can be revealed. An investigation by Daily Mail Online found staff members from the space agency paid for pictures and videos of children in sexual situations, but were never prosecuted. Their […]
On 8-29-2015 far right nationalists took to the streets of Hoyerswerda?, Germany to protest and march against a 3rd refugee shelter being built in Hoyerswerda? to house refugees coming in to Germany. Alex Poucher was on scene and this is what he saw. Add/Follow WRC contributor on social media! FOLLOW ALEX ON FACEBOOK – […]
(CounterCurrentNews) Bolivia — After the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) was kicked out of Bolivia, the country was able to drastically reduce the amount of coca (cocaine) produced within its borders. According to data released by the United Nations, cocaine production in the country declined by 11% in the past year, marking the fourth year […]
Facebook: Dear Little Girl at sea… (Migrant Tales, under Enrique Tessieri and Tom Vandenbosch) The picture above and the comment that follows on Facebook is dedicated to the all those anti-immigration parties and politicians throughout Europe. Since I live in Finland, I’ll dedicate this tragic picture of the girl to our most anti-immigration and anti-EU […]
As Al Jazeera Journalists Are Jailed for 3 Years in Egypt, Will U.S. Stop "Cozying Up" to Regime? »»
In Egypt, Al Jazeera journalists Mohamed Fahmy, Baher Mohamed and Peter Greste were sentenced over the weekend to three years in jail for "spreading false news" that purportedly harmed Egypt following the 2013 military coup. Fahmy and Mohamed were taken into custody on Saturday. Greste remains free in Australia. The three had already spent more than a year in prison before being released on bail earlier this year. We speak with Democracy Now! correspondent Sharif Abdel Kouddous in Cairo and with Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch. "The U.S. should stop cozying up to General—now President—Sisi," Roth says. "He is presiding over the worst crackdown in modern Egypt history." Read more...
"Our Climate, Our Future": As Obama Visits Arctic, Alaskans Urge Him to Reverse Shell Oil Deal »»
Weeks after approving Shell’s plans to drill in Alaska, President Obama is heading to the state to warn about the dangers of climate change. "Alaska’s glaciers are melting faster, too, threatening tourism and adding to rising seas," Obama said in his weekly address. A protest is scheduled today in Anchorage to urge Obama to reverse his decision on Shell and stop all exploratory drilling in the Arctic. We speak to Richard Steiner, an Alaskan marine conservation biologist, who is speaking at the "Our Climate, Our Future" rally. Read more...
Preserving Borders vs. Preserving People: Death Toll Rises as Refugees Head to Europe Seeking Safety »»
The European Union has called for emergency talks to address the rapidly growing number of people fleeing to Europe to escape violence and unrest in Syria, Libya, Somalia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, sub-Saharan Africa and other regions. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, approximately 2,500 people are believed to have died or gone missing trying to reach Europe so far this year. On Sunday, 37 people died when a boat capsized off the Libyan coast. This came just days after another boat capsized off the Libyan coast killing more than 200 people. Meanwhile, investigators in Hungary and Austrian authorities are continuing to probe the deaths of 71 people who were found abandoned last week inside a truck on the main highway between Budapest and Vienna. We speak to Joel Millman of the International Organization for Migration in Geneva; Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch; and Dr. Chiara Montaldo of Doctors Without Borders in the Sicilian town of Pozzallo in Italy. She has been providing medical and psychological care to people rescued from boats in the Mediterranean. Read more...
Headlines for August 31, 2015 »»
EU Calls Emergency Talks on Migrant Crisis, Obama Arrives in Alaska for Trip Focused on Climate, Obama to Restore Mount McKinley's Alaska Native Name, "Denali", Dominica: Tropical Storm Erika Kills 20, Wreaks "Monumental" Damage, Yemen: 36 Civilians Killed by Saudi-Led Strike on Bottling Plant, Report: Saudi-Led Forces Used U.S.-Made Cluster Munitions in Yemen, Egypt: Al Jazeera Journalists Sentenced to 3 Years in Jail, Syria: ISIL Destroys Part of Key Temple in Palmyra, Japan: 120,000 Protest Push to Rewrite Peace Constitution, Malaysia: Up to 300,000 Demand PM Resign over Financial Scandal, Texas: Suspect in Killing of Deputy Spent Time in Sheriff-Run Jail, Texas: Video Shows Deputies Killing Man After He Raised Both Hands, West Bank: Female Relatives Free Boy from Israeli Soldier, Sanders Closes in on Clinton in Iowa Poll, Christie Says He Would Track Immigrants Like FedEx Packages, Virginia: Black Man Dies in Jail After 4 Months for $5 Theft, Highest-Ranking Vatican Official to Be Charged with Sex Abuse Dies, Renowned Neurologist Oliver Sacks Dies at 82, Bush Dances at Katrina Anniversary Event in New Orleans Read more...
"George Bush Doesn't Care About Black People": Reflections on Kanye West's Criticism 10 Years After »»
On Sept. 2, 2005, during a nationally televised telethon benefit for victims of Hurricane Katrina, hip-hop legend Kanye West went off script to directly criticize the media and the White House’s handling of the storm. "I hate the way they portray us in the media," he said. "If you see a black family, it says they’re looting. If you see a white family, it says they’re searching for food." West went on to say, "George Bush doesn’t care about black people." Bush later wrote in his memoir that this moment was an all-time low of his presidency. Read more...
The Dark Side of Katrina Recovery »»
Outsiders may gush about how far New Orleans has come, but those who live here know better. Read more...
The Dark Side of Katrina Recovery »»
Outsiders may gush about how far New Orleans has come, but those who live here know better. Read more...
The Dark Side of Katrina Recovery »»
Outsiders may gush about how far New Orleans has come, but those who live here know better. Read more...
The Dark Side of Katrina Recovery »»
Outsiders may gush about how far New Orleans has come, but those who live here know better. Read more...
The Dark Side of Katrina Recovery »»
Outsiders may gush about how far New Orleans has come, but those who live here know better. Read more...
Are Russians Sending Military Support To Syria? Potential For Conflict With NATO? »»
By Brandon Turbeville If reports coming from YNet News are accurate, the Syrian crisis just became more complex and more dangerous. The report would be... Read more...
How the US Can Stop ISIS Without Setting Foot in Syria »»
By Tony Cartalucci Increasingly difficult to cover-up or spin, it is becoming apparent even in Western media coverage that the so-called “Islamic State” (ISIS) is... Read more...
Back to School Vaccine Hysteria Culminates in Hunt for Unvaccinated Kids »»
By Heather Callaghan Due to increased mandatory vaccination legislation, parents are being politely threatened by the corporate-sponsored press, the CDC and the school systems that... Read more...
Who Would Really Want to Live in the Eugenics Record Office? »»
By Aaron and Melissa Dykes Recently we went to take the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory tour, mainly just to see if the place owns up... Read more...
Connecticut Becomes The FIRST State To End Chronic Homelessness Among Veterans »»
By Amanda Froelich Positive news! Officials of Connecticut announced last Thursday that the state has officially become the first in the nation to provide housing... Read more...
Press TV talks with ex Daesh member »»
The United Nations says recruitment of children is one of the worst abuses against them in areas of conflict. 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...
NoBitcoinLicense.org: The Fastest, Most Impactful Tool to Fight the California Virtual Currency License »»
We’re deeply concerned about A.B. 1326, a misguided virtual currency licensing proposal moving quickly through the California legislature. We’ve blogged about the problems with the bill, urged supporters to send emails to their legislators, and released a coalition letter from 17 companies and nonprofits to educate lawmakers about the issues with the proposed license. Read more...
State Dept. to release 6,000 pages of Clinton emails »»
The State Department is set to release a new batch of Hillary Clinton’s private emails Monday amid a broadening FBI investigation into whether the former secretary of state mishandled classified information on her private server. State officials have said they plan to release “6,106 or more pages” of emails Monday, according to court documents filed in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by Vice News that has forced the agency to publish Clinton’s emails on a rolling basis. Read more...
The Oligarch Recovery – Low Income Americans Can’t Afford to Live in Any Metro Area »»
Low-income workers and their families do not earn enough to live in even the least expensive metropolitan American communities, according to a new analysis of families’ living costs published Wednesday. The analysis, released by the left-leaning Economic Policy Institute, is an annual update of the think tank’s Family Budget Calculator that reflects new 2014 data. The Family Budget Calculator is a formula designed to determine the income “required for families to attain a secure yet modest standard of living” in 618 different communities across the country that the U.S. Census Bureau defines as metropolitan areas. The formula uses data collected by the government and some nonprofit groups to measure costs Read more...
Maryland Man Fined $50 for Picking Berries in Park »»
To me, nothing screams summer like picking and eating fresh berries. I know I'm not alone. Greg Visscher, head of the Montgomery County (Maryland) Young Republicans Club, has been picking berries with his family for years. So it was with some degree of surprise that Visscher found himself confronted last month by a trio of county park police officers and handed a $50 ticket for "destroying/interfering with plants to wit: berries. Without a permit on park property." Read more...
How the US Can Stop ISIS Without Setting Foot in Syria »»
Increasingly difficult to cover-up or spin, it is becoming apparent even in Western media coverage that the so-called "Islamic State" (ISIS) is not sustaining its fighting capacity from within Iraq or Syria, but rather through supply lines that lead to and from adjacent nations. These nations include Jordan, Lebanon, Israel, and most obviously, NATO-member Turkey. Read more...
Latest Debacle Plays Out Treacherous Logic of Turkey's Erdogan and US ISIS Czar Allen, by Webster G. Tarpley »»
Al Qaeda Cleared Out, “Free Syrian Army” Ran Away, so Caliphate Took Over Vital Territory– as per Allen's Calculations; Time for Obama to Reject Calls for US Divisions, Unleash Kurds, Demand Turkey Finally Interdict Border with Syria; Allen Implicated in Fake Optimism of “Reworked” Pentagon Reports of US Phony War on ISIS; Obama's New Syria Envoy Ratney Sensibly Starting Work in Moscow Amidst Intensive Diplomacy Seeking Non-Military Solution; Neocons Hysterical Over Iran Nuclear Accord, but Obama May Have Senate Votes to Win on First Round as UK, Germany Rush to Seek Tehran's Business; New York Times, in Best Judith Miller Tradition, Inveighs Against Deal; #FireAllen4ISIS (...) Read more...
Tensions between Moscow and Washington »»
“I would really like to see Europe demonstrate some real independence and sovereignty”, Interview with Vladimir Putin / Obama should release MH-17 intel Memorandum for the President, by Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) / Crash of Malaysia Airlines MH-17 – Statement of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation / Transfer union instead of Grexit, by Eberhard Hamer / Greece cannot escape the tragedy. Euro-Europe increasingly shows the grimace of dictatorship, by Karl Müller / Why the agricultural policy 14–17 is undermining Switzerland's sovereignty, Interview with Jakob Büchler CVP / Local agriculture is part of the provision with basic food supplies, by Reinhard Koradi / No centralised control of education in federalist Switzerland, by Marianne Wüthrich / Commemoration of General Guisan's “Rütli-Rapport” in 1940, by Elisabeth Nussbaumer and Trudi (...) Read more...
The devaluation of the yuan tests China's rise as a world power, by Ariel Noyola Rodríguez »»
After the devaluation of the yuan, the international financial markets started trembling. Washington accused Peking of taking advantage of the market. As China wants to incorporate the yuan into the Special Drawing Rights, it is inconvenient to prolong the devaluation. Furthermore, if a currency war broke out, China would risk increasing the economic and geopolitical tensions between countries in the Asian-Pacific region. That way, the United States would have more possibilities to disrupt regional co-operation initiatives and thereby undermine China's rise as a world power. Read more...
Scheming ISIS Czar Allen Has Until Labor Day to Attack Syria, by Webster G. Tarpley »»
Pullout of NATO Patriot Missile Shield from Turkey, Russian Delivery of MiG 31s to Syria Set Stage for Destruction of Caliphate; Allen's M.O. Calls for Covert War Coup While President Is Out of Town; Advisers Aid Assad, Prepare Way for Collective Security Treaty Organization Peacekeepers; Putin in Crimea Warns of Terror Offensive; Need High Alert for False Flag Attacks; Israeli Bombing of Syria a Diversion to Help Jihadis; Chinese Contraction and Competitive Devaluation Spread Monetary Chaos to Vietnam and Kazakhstan; Turkey, Nigeria, Pakistan, Others May Be Next; Tsipras Resigns, Calls Early Vote; Lafazanis Leads 25 Popular Unity Reps Out of Syriza – but Have They Learned the Right Lessons?; Fascist Trump Demands Mass Deportations, Wants to Destroy Greatest US Strategic Advantage; (...) Read more...
The Russian army is beginning to engage in Syria, by Thierry Meyssan »»
A profound and significant change has just occurred in the Levant – the Russian army has begun to engage against terrorism in Syria. Although Russia has been absent from the international scene since the dissolution of the Soviet Union, and although it is moving with care, it has just created a Russo-Syrian Commission, has begun supplying weapons, sharing intelligence, and sending advisors. All of this is more or less coordinated with the White House. Read more...
The UNFCCC Caught in a Pressure Cooker »»
“Paris 2015” designates the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21) to be held November 30 to December 11. The participants will be seeking a new international agreement on climate with a goal of holding global warming below 2°C (3.6°F) relative to pre-industrial temps. […] Read more...
An Open Letter to Stanley Cohen »»
Establishment forces are trying to silence Stanley Cohen, a lawyer for those who resist. ***** Stanley, Hey, so I was on Youtube listening to the unforgettable Amiri Baraka, the late playwright, jazzman, truth teller and mounting flame who never sold out, reciting his great poetic indictment “Somebody Blew Up America” against the backdrop of a […] Read more...
Environmental/Ethical/Spiritual Costs of Northern California’s Wine Industry »»
I have been contemplating why the growing struggle by rural residents against the expanding, industrial wine industry in Sonoma and Napa counties, Northern California, has touched my heart and soul so deeply. An email from Sister Julie DeRossi of the Starcross Monastic Community to the Board of Supervisors, which follows at the end of this […] Read more...
Colombia has received more US military aid — over $6 billion dollars in the past decade — than any country in the Western Hemisphere. For its part, Colombia allowed the Pentagon to build seven military bases, more than all the other countries in the region combined. There are over 2,000 US military officers and private […] Read more...
Predicting the Next Juvenile Revolution »»
The establishment, not so very long ago, had a healthy fear of juveniles. In the 1950s: A thousand conferences, agencies, committees, and newspapers alerted the country [USA] to the danger. Juvenile delinquency was the only rebellion around, and it had to be stopped. Articles on teenage delinquency gushed forth. Experts labelled it a “national epidemic,” […] Read more...
Kiev Mobilized For Full-Scale Aggression On Donbass »»
Obama’s war on Donbass using Ukrainian army foot soldiers, paramilitaries, foreign mercenaries, Nazi-infested death squads and others never stopped since initiated in April 2014. Kiev flagrantly violated Geneva and two Minsk ceasefire agreements straightaway. Obama wants endless war. So do US-installed fascists violating human and civil rights brazenly, terrorizing Ukrainians opposing their ruthless rule. At
Generation Nonsense: Over-Entertained, Under-Educated And Distracted »»
By: Kip Louder, KingfisherAndWren.com | It is easy to statistically measure the effects of bad nutritional consumption, knowing one out of three children in the U.S. are considered overweight or obese. But how do we calculate the effects of an unhealthy diet of the mind? How do we measure mental nutrition? Today it is very popular
All War All The Time (VIDEOS) »»
“Mankind must put an end to war before war puts an end to mankind.” John F. Kennedy Ever since I can remember, there has been war after war and talk of another war: Vietnam, Iran, Libya, Iraq and Afghanistan. As a matter of fact, the United States has been at war almost continually since 1776.
It Is Time To Kick Prepping Into Overdrive, Because This Stock Market Crash Is Just The Beginning »»
If you have not been preparing for what is coming, you need to get off your sofa and you need to start prepping right now. Just remember what happened back in 2008. That crisis took most people totally by surprise. Millions of Americans lost their jobs, and because most of them were living paycheck to
VA Reporter And Cameraman Shooting Discrepancy (VIDEO) »»
Video and photographic evidence suggests assailant in video is white, yet so-called shooter Vester Flanagan is black. There appears to be a major contradiction in what has been presented as the official storyline of what has come to be known as the “TV Reporter, Cameraman Murdered Live on Air” story being pushed by mainstream and
A Wichita State University mathematician is suing the state of Kansas for the release of their most recent election records after she noticed a pattern consistent with election fraud. Read more...
Blaming the Mexicans? WaPo Jumps on Trump Bandwagon With Heroin Article »»
As the debate on immigration intensifies in the United States, a recent article linking Mexican drug cartels to the prevalence - and shocking affordability - of heroin in the country may only serve to fuel the flames of anti-Mexican rhetoric and hatred, activist Ron Gochez told Sputnik. Read more...
As scientists move ever closer toward developing true artificial intelligence, horrible predictions of a humanity ruled by Terminators and supercomputers grow. A casual reference made by this Philip K. Dick robot probably won’t help. Read more...
Professor Barack? Reports Obama Going to Columbia University in 2017 »»
The president of Columbia University on Monday said Barack Obama will be part of the New York school in some way when his presidency ends. Read more...
UN Satellite Images Prove ISIL Razed Another Palmyra Temple »»
Satellite imagery provided by a UN research institute UNOSAT confirmed late Monday that Islamists had destroyed the ancient Temple of Bel in Syria’s Palmyra. Read more...
Bond Market Explosion Not Stoppable-Craig Hemke »»
By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com (Early Sunday Release) Financial expert Craig Hemke says there is an explosion coming in the bond market–it’s just a matter of when. Hemke explains, “Yes, at some time eventually, yes, just because mathematically the debt based system is unsustainable. It’s now grown so large in the amount of continued debt […]
Market Pre-Crash, China Bumps US Debt, Biden Better than Hillary, Dems for Iran Deal »»
By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com (WNW 205 8.28.15) To say the stock market was on a roller-coaster ride this week is an understatement. Already, some are saying this action is just a blip. They say it’s a buying opportunity. They say it’s a correction and nothing more. My sources say none of that is true, that […]
Plunge Protection Team Losing Control of Markets-Jim Sinclair »»
By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com Legendary gold expert Jim Sinclair says what is going on right now in the stock market is just the warm-up act. Sinclair contends, “This is a pre-crash, and we are not making it through September without the real thing. Everybody is on credit. Main Street is on credit. This seems to […]
Global Crash Will Force More Money Printing-Gerald Celente »»
By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com (Early Sunday Release) Top trends researcher Gerald Celente has recently predicted a market crash between now and the end of the year. It looks like that prediction is unfolding now, and Celente contends, “It’s very simple. You have a global slowdown, and this is after central banks have pumped in trillions […]
Hillary in Deep Trouble, Iran Nuke Side Deal, Economic Warnings »»
By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com (WNW 204 8.21.15) Hillary Clinton’s email troubles keep getting worse. It is reported that national security laws were broken by Clinton and at least two of her staff. More that 300 of her emails have now been deemed classified and allegedly mishandled. Clinton turned over her server to the FBI and […]