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Politics

Saturday, July 19, 2014

'Mysterious' Plane Crash - Who benefits? / Politics / GeoPolitics

By: LewRockwell

David A. Stockman writes: More and more bizarre info. and allegations keep popping up about the latest “mysterious plane plane crash”!

One U.S. Media Flash this morning says the pilot asked the Ukrainian air controllers for permission to fly at 35,000 ft. but was denied that request and had to stay a half mile lower–to make it an easier target, I imagine–but the “story line” said nothing about that possibility.

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Politics

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Sanctions and Airliners - What’s the U.S. Empire’s Agenda? / Politics / US Politics

By: Paul_Craig_Roberts

The unilateral US sanctions announced by Obama on July 16 blocking Russian weapons and energy companies access to US bank loans demonstrate Washington’s impotence. The rest of the world, including America’s two largest business organizations, turned their backs on Obama. The US Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers placed ads in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post protesting US sanctions. NAM said that the manufacturer’s association is “disappointed that the US is extending sanctions in increasingly unilateral ways that will undermine US commercial engagement.” Bloomberg reported that “meeting in Brussels, leaders of the European Union refused to match the US measures.”

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Politics

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Edward Snowden Towers Over His Enemies / Politics / Intelligence Agencies

By: John_Rubino

The Guardian just ran an interview with Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor who blew the whistle on perhaps the most extensive secret spying program in human history and is now a man without a country, very much in danger of assassination or rendition or any number of other nasty things should Washington get ahold of him.

It’s a short interview, just 14 minutes, but by the end it is clear that this guy is vastly smarter and more interesting than the politicians and bureaucrats who would like to hang him. See it here:

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Politics

Friday, July 18, 2014

Central Bank Monetary Discord / Politics / Central Banks

By: Alasdair_Macleod

Last Monday's Daily Telegraph carried an interview with Jaime Caruana, the General Manager of the Bank for International Settlements (the BIS). As General Manger, Caruana is CEO of the central banks' central bank. In international monetary affairs the heads of all central banks, with the possible exception of Janet Yellen at the Fed, defer to him. And if any one central bank feels the need to obtain the support of all the others, Caruana is the link-man.

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Politics

Friday, July 18, 2014

Central Banks and The Dollar Hitting the BRICS / Politics / Emerging Markets

By: Dr_Jeff_Lewis

“We are pleased to announce the signing of the Treaty for the establishment of the BRICS Contingent Reserve Arrangement (CRA) with an initial size of US $100 billion. This arrangement will have a positive precautionary effect, help countries forestall short-term liquidity pressures, promote further BRICS cooperation, strengthen the global financial safety net and complement existing international arrangements.... The Agreement is a framework for the provision of liquidity through currency swaps in response to actual or potential short-term balance of payments pressures.”

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Politics

Friday, July 18, 2014

Flight MH17 – Kiev Flash Mob's Last False Flag? / Politics / Ukraine Civil War

By: Andrew_McKillop

Escalating To War
Financial markets reacted with a predictable kneejerk massive gold-and-oil price spike, to news of the mid-air destruction by missile or (theoretically-only) by an onboard bomb explosion, of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 near Donetsk in Ukraine. The recent-model Boeing 777 had 290 persons on board, all of whom died. Known data on the flight, until it suddenly went off-air, is that the flight was progressing normally at the plane's design cruise speed (about 0.84 Mach or 1000 kilomtres/hour), and its normal cruise altitude of 10 000 metres or 33 000 feet.

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Politics

Friday, July 18, 2014

American Press Blames Russia for Downed Malaysia Flight MH17 / Politics / Mainstream Media

By: Walter_Brasch

Overshadowing news of the BRICS summit of July 16 and Israel's ground offensive in Gaza on July 17, came breaking news that Malaysia Air flight MH17 crashed in Eastern Ukraine near the Russian border with 298 people on board of which 154 were nationals from the Netherlands. The flight originated in Amsterdam destined for Kuala Lumpur. While proof was not forthcoming about the cause of the accident during the day, media-induced speculation quickly emerged that it was shot down by either Ukrainian forces or by pro-Russian separatists in Eastern Ukraine. Within hours after the tragedy, U.S. media overtly alleged without substantiation Russian complicity. By evening, unidentified American intelligence and military officials said the plane had been destroyed by a Russian SA-series missile.

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Politics

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Channel 4 News Catches Israeli War Machine Killing Children Playing on Gaza Beach / Politics / Israel

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Channel 4 News shattered the thick smoke screen of the slick Israeli propaganda machine of the past 10 days of its missile barrages on the Gaza strip concentration camp populated by 3 million people, attacks that were accompanied by Israeli propaganda of defending itself against Gazan rockets despite the fact as illustrated by the growing piles of dead bodies in Gaza that now number more than 200 women and children.

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Politics

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Carbon No Longer Captures Australia / Politics / Climate Change

By: Andrew_McKillop

Fragile Trust and Ambition
Both Australian and international NGOs operating the climate-change and Low Carbon lobby were quick to accuse Australian government legislators of “going backwards in time” and destroying the nation's standing in the world by pushing back proposed legislation to further raise carbon taxes and further reduce national CO2 emissions.

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Politics

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Germany Pivoting East, Exit US Dollar, Enter Gold Standard / Politics / GeoPolitics

By: Jim_Willie_CB

It is finally happening in full view, in unmistakable manner, in a way that the awake, the aware, and the conscious can perceive in alarming stunning terms. The central force of Europe, the industrial juggernaut, the stable core, has begun to pivot East. The Germans have had enough, fed up with destructive US activities of all kinds. For the last few months, they have been laying out their indictment, their justification, their reasons to abandon the corrupt US-UK crowd. The bank wreckage, the market rigging, the endless wars, the sanctions which backfire, the sham monetary policy, the economic sabotage, the spying, the gold gimmicks, it has finally reached a critical level.

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Politics

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Israeli Massacres of Palestinian Women and Children Echos Hitler Mentality / Politics / Israel

By: Submissions

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has condemned the latest Israeli aggression against the besieged Gaza Strip, accusing Israel of massacring Palestinians.

Erdogan told members of his ruling Justice and Development Party in parliament on Tuesday that Israel is perpetrating a “massacre” of Palestinians and “is continuing to carry out state terrorism in the region.”

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Politics

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Justified Vengeance, Pretext for Gaza Bombing War, Netanyahu Government behind Israeli Teenager Killings? / Politics / Israel

By: Michel_Chossudovsky

The pretext for bombing and shelling Gaza was the death of three Israeli teenagers allegedly killed by Hamas.

‘Operation Protective Edge (OPE) directed against Gaza is reminiscent of the infamous 2001 Dagan Plan entitled “Operation Justified Vengeance” in which the deaths of innocent Israeli civilians had been envisaged and foreseen by IDF military planners.

The deaths are then used to muster the support of the Israeli public as well as provide a justification for a “legitimate” counter-terrorism operation in the eyes of the international community directed against the Palestinian occupied territories.

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Politics

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Making Sure Your Young Adult Emerges on Time / Politics / Educating Children

By: Don_Miller

My youngest son, who is now in his 50s, asked me what it felt like when all the children left the nest. I thought for a moment and said:

For my entire adult life, I’d driven a boat down a clearly marked narrow channel. I had to stay between the markers in order to provide for my family. Then, when you and your siblings left, I came to a vast ocean with no markers and no land in sight. It was exciting and overwhelming; I had all these options, and I wasn’t sure what to do. But it sure was nice my money was finally freed up to make that last push toward retirement.

He told me that was exactly how he felt after graduating college—minus that bit about retirement: flat broke with no real job on the horizon.

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Politics

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Janet Yellen Is A Religious Nutcase / Politics / US Federal Reserve Bank

By: Raul_I_Meijer

Janet Yellen is a religious nutcase. She may not appear like one at first glance, but take a look at her picture again and you may find that instead that’s exactly what she looks like. She may have that nice little grandma façade, but then those are often the worst cases. I realize this is not a nice thing to say, but there are limits to what even nice little grandmas can say and do, especially when they run a central bank where an embroidery class would seem like a much better fit.

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Politics

Monday, July 14, 2014

Higher Education: The Biggest Scam Going / Politics / Education

By: Money_Morning

Shah Gilani writes: Here’s a question for you: Has higher education become another great American scam?

I’m not talking about the rich getting scammed. They get what they pay for. They can afford to be scammed – they know what’s up.

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