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"We live constantly with the tensions and costs of the United States' aggressive foreign policy, which not only affects profoundly the likelihood of war or peace throughout the world but also imposes monumental constraints on urgently needed social and economic changes in the Third World today." -- Gabriel Kolko, Confronting the Third World, p298

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January 21, 2016

Jan 21 00:09

US attempts to put pressure on China hopeless

The United States demanded China should stop supplying oil to North Korea and terminate imports of anthracite from North Korea, the Japanese newspaper Asaji wrote. The US gave a reason for its requirements: sanctions for the fourth nuclear test that the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea) conducted on January 6... "China reacts very badly to ultimatums. One can only negotiate with China. As for anthracite, North Korea supplied 15.5 million tons of it to China in 2014 worth $115.5 million dollars. The shipments made up about 40 percent of the total volume of North Korean exports. Anthracite is coal. The Chinese provinces that are located close to North Korea, use coal in their industry. This is a matter of economic import only," said Sergey Lukonin. "If the Americans discuss this question instead of presenting their claims as an ultimatum, then this issue could be resolved," the expert added.

Jan 21 00:05

Dad and brother of Daesh agree to fight against it. Or 'for' it?

Presidents of the US and Turkey Barack Obama and Recep Erdogan have agreed over a phone conversation of 19 January to enforce cooperation in fight against the Islamic State, according to the White House... 'The Turks need the IS for commercial reasons, they supply oil and get decent profits. For the US the IS is a tool to destabilize situation in the Middle East, which is necessary to dethrone regimes, that don't obey the Washington Administration. But the IS exhausts its mission and satisfies the currents demands of Washington less and less. And as usual in such cases a group is being used and then annihilated, while they can even cooperate with current opponents of this group. In this case the US should join the winning side and pretend that it also fights against the global terrorism, that is also very important from the image point of view. Obama's aim, as he used to say it, is to raise the Syrian opposition to power.

Jan 21 00:02

What Europe can learn about immigration from Russia

Although it is the hot topic of the moment, this certainly isn't a new debate. The issue of Muslim integration has been a major political issue in places like France, Germany, Britain, and Scandinavia for decades now. But aside from the odd news about Chechen terrorism, one very rarely hears about the Muslim demographic in Russia. It will probably come as a surprise to many European to learn that Russia has a Muslim population almost twice as large as France in percentage terms (14%) and far higher than any of the other major European countries. Also for a country that is often portrayed as isolationist, it will come as a shock to many westerners to learn that Russia comes second in the world in terms of total immigration. Only the USA is ahead. The vast majority of this immigration into Russia is from Muslim countries. So why is it that we hear so little about this in the West, given our own obsessive debates about the effects of Muslim immigration?

January 20, 2016

Jan 20 23:58

Argentina, think before you vote, or become another Ukraine

A little more than a month has passed since the moment when Argentina elected its new president - pro-American politician and neoliberal Mauricio Macri. His election raised tensions in the country in connection with an abrupt change in the political course. Today, Argentina hopes for Washington's help. Ukraine has been there and done that... When Cristina Kirchner was in power, the Argentine authorities would speak to protesters. Today, they shoot rubber bullets and throw tear gas at them. This is how a peaceful demonstration against public sector layoffs ended on January 8 in the city of La Plata. Opposition journalists lose jobs as well. For example, famous journalist Victor Hugo was fired from Radio Continental. It is worth recalling that Macri is a former mayor of the capital of Argentina.



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Jan 20 23:01

Bob Dole Warns of "Cataclysmic" Losses With Ted Cruz and Says Donald Trump Would Do Better

Bob Dole, the former Kansas senator and 1996 Republican presidential nominee, has never been fond of Senator Ted Cruz of Texas. But in an interview Wednesday, Mr. Dole said that the party would suffer “cataclysmic” and “wholesale losses” if Mr. Cruz were the nominee, and that Donald J. Trump would fare better.

“I question his allegiance to the party,” Mr. Dole said of Mr. Cruz. “I don’t know how often you’ve heard him say the word ‘Republican’ — not very often.” Instead, Mr. Cruz uses the word “conservative,” Mr. Dole said, before offering up a different word for Mr. Cruz: “extremist.”

Jan 20 20:36

BEXALERT!: Earth’s temperature depends on where you put thermometer

HMMMMM!It all depends on where you put the thermometer. Maybe they should try a rectal thermometer!

WASHINGTON (AP) — When it comes to measuring global warming, it’s all about altitude.

Temperature readings taken close to Earth’s surface — about 6 feet off the ground — show a slightly warmer planet than measurements taken from on high by satellites in orbit.

And that discrepancy has given ammunition to climate-change doubters.

Government agencies and most scientists rely primarily on ground measurements, and they show that 2015 was the warmest year on record.

Jan 20 20:22

Iraq’s Oldest Christian Monastery Completely Destroyed by ISIS

ISIS terrorists, in their continued demolition campaign against historical and religious sites in the areas under their control, have recently destroyed the Iraq’s oldest Christian monastery located in south of the Mosul city.

Satellite images released by the Associated Press on Wednesday showed a pile of rubble at the location of St. Elijah's Monastery, situated south of the city of Mosul in northern Iraq.



Jan 20 18:59

911 Truth vs 911 kook movement

Jan 20 18:47

‘Perplexed’ Over Israel’s Double Standards in the West Bank? You Don’t Say, Mr. Ambassador

Double standards? The law is not being applied equally to Palestinians and Jews in the territories? That is what is worrying United States Ambassador Dan Shapiro, the representative in Israel of the greatest power in the world? Suddenly the U.S. is “concerned and perplexed” over Israel’s policy in the territories.

Jan 20 18:46

World Wide Shipping Collapse - Mike Swanson

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Jan 20 18:19

ISIS massacres 280 civilians for ‘cooperation with the Syrian army’

Islamic State jihadists have reportedly slaughtered up to 280 people in the Deir ez-Zor province, killing “whole families” for alleged cooperation with the Syrian troops. The killings are said to have taken place a day after Russian humanitarian aid was air dropped in the region.

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Jan 20 16:45

DEA Hired A TSA Informant To Help Take Cash From People's Luggage

A Department of Justice watchdog officially condemned the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration this month, following a report that the agency had recruited a Transportation Security Administration security screener to search bags for cash that the DEA could confiscate.

The very existence of such a partnership highlights much broader concerns about the controversial legal practice known as civil asset forfeiture, which critics say contorts law enforcement priorities and props up a system of policing for profit.

Jan 20 16:40

16 States Introduce Legislation to Limit Surveillance and Protect Student and Employee Privacy

Today at 2 p.m. ET, a nationwide coalition of legislators from both parties and advocacy groups from across the political spectrum will simultaneously announce legislation in 16 states and the District of Columbia that would provide new privacy protections on a range of issues, including student data privacy, employee data privacy, location tracking, and electronic communications.


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Jan 20 16:39

Luxury Retailer Sinks Into The Quagmire.

Jan 20 16:38

Were French intelligence forces complicit in the Charlie Hebdo attacks?

New revelations on the intensive surveillance of the Kouachi brothers and of Amedy Coulibaly carried out by French intelligence before they launched terror attacks against Charlie Hebdo and the Hyper Cacher grocery in January 2015 raise the most serious questions as to the political origins of the attacks.

Jan 20 16:35

“Policing For Profit”: Cops Claimed Couple Had Drugs, But They Were Really Looking for Cash

After dismantling the dashboard and combing through the car, the police admitted they were really looking to seize cash.

“Well, I’ll be honest with you,” the officer began, as he attempted to justify this outrageous violation of rights. “With you going this direction, I wouldn’t think you’d have drugs in the car — you would have a large amount of money,” he said.

Read more at SHTFplan.com

Jan 20 16:35

Wealth, influence of Gates Foundation distorting intl development

Enormous wealth and influence wielded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) is distorting the direction of international development in a global vacuum of accountability, a new report claims.


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Jan 20 16:34

Here’s how low one bank just took its interest rates—

A friend forwarded me a hilarious note over the weekend informing him that his bank has a “new” interest rate they’re paying on deposits: 0.001%.

Think about that number: 1/1000th of 1%.

Let’s put 0.001% in context just to demonstrate how absurdly small that number is:

* 0.001% is roughly the same as your odds in poker of ending up with a straight flush, and 30 times less than your odds of getting struck by lightning at some point in your life.

* A bank balance of $100,000 earning 0.001% would generate a whopping $1 in interest after an entire year.

* If at the time of his assassination in 44BC, Julius Caesar had put the equivalent of $100 in a savings account earning 0.001% compounding annually, he would have received a grand total of $2.08 in interest over the last 2,000+ years.

Jan 20 16:27

Hillary Clinton Brags About Getting A Pedophile Off The Hook

By Brandon Turbeville

When Hillary Clinton was just beginning her career as an attorney in Fayetteville, Arkansas, she received a request to represent a 41-year-old man by the name of Thomas Alfred Taylor who had been accused of raping a 12-year-old girl whom he had allegedly lured into his car.

Clinton accepted the case, represented Taylor, and succeeded in securing a plea to a much lesser charge. Years later, Clinton was taped discussing the case (sometime between 1983-1987) and the audio contained in these tapes shocked even those who may have already maintained a hatred for a politician who may be the most openly psychopathic “leader” since Dick Cheney...

Jan 20 16:26

Tying It All Together: Rifle Lost During "Fast And Furious" Found In El Chapo's Hideout

Just when we thought the surreal story surrounding Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's second capture couldn't get any more bizarre, it does just that, but in an oddly satisfying way, one which ties the soon to be incarcerated criminal south of the border with a criminal located right inside Washington D.C., one who however will never be punished. According to the Hill, a .50-caliber rifle recovered from El Chapo's hideout was one of the firearms lost by the U.S. government's gun-smuggling operation Fast and Furious.

Jan 20 16:25

The "Historic" Winter Blizard Was Just Upgraded To A "Potentially Epic Winter Blockbuster"

The upcoming winter stormg hyperbole factor was just went up a notch, this time courtesy the Weather Undereground's Bob Henson, who has decided that merely "historic" is too cut and dry, and has instead dubbed the imminent climatic phenomenon not only "potentially epic" but a "winter blockbuster" to boot.



Jan 20 16:20

Video: Minnesota Undercover Cop Detains Driver Just for “Taking Video”

An undercover sheriff’s deputy in Minnesota spotted a citizen recording him with a cellphone camera while driving and used his unmarked police vehicle to conduct a contentious, and probably unlawful traffic stop.

Jan 20 16:20

Importance of Lifting the Nuclear Based Sanctions on Iran

Phyllis Bennis says, lifting of sanctions will be significant for the Iranian people, they have suffered and it will mean a reintegration of Iran into the world economy.

Jan 20 16:17

Hospital’s Windows XP Computers Cause Chaos After Getting Infected with Virus

Windows XP support came to an end in April 2014, but despite the numerous warnings issued by Microsoft, there still are a lot of companies that are yet to upgrade their computers.

The Royal Melbourne Hospital is one of them, and the network’s administrators found on their own how dangerous it is to run unsupported software when all Windows XP computers got infected with malware last week.

The virus first hit the hospital’s pathology department, so the staff had to manually perform a number of operations that were previously conducted automatically by Windows XP machines, including blood and tissue processing.

Furthermore, nurses and the food service worked together to make sure that each patient receives the proper meals, as computers that stored patient information were also infected.

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Jan 20 16:11

Police ignored 3 chances to arrest Lord Janner over child sex abuse claims

Police and prosecutors missed out on three opportunities to arrest Lord Janner over claims that he sexually abused a string of underage children from 1969 to 1988, an independent inquiry has revealed.

Jan 20 16:07

Nest Thermostat Leaked Zip Codes Over the Internet

Nest may be the poster child for the so-called Internet of Things, but as it turns out, even one of the most popular connected devices—owned by Google’s parent company Alphabet, no less—isn't free from the sorts of security flaws plaguing other smart devices.

Researchers at Princeton University have found that, until recently, Alphabet’s popular Nest thermostat was leaking the zip codes of its users over the internet. This data was transmitted unencrypted, or in the clear, meaning that anyone sniffing traffic could have intercepted it, according to the researchers.

The researchers also studied several other smart devices, including the Sharx security camera, a PixStar smart photoframe, and Samsung’s SmartThings Hub.

Jan 20 16:05

Nielsen Wants to Watch You Talk to Your Facebook Friends About What You Watch on TV

ielsen is going to start tracking discussions that people have about TV on Facebook with their family and friends, even if that discussion isn’t marked as “public.” Nielsen still won’t be able to peer into Facebook messages you send directly to your friends, but it will see if you post a message on someone’s feed declaring your love for “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” or “Jessica Jones.”

Nielsen says it will create new social TV ratings that incorporate Facebook data later this year, and will rename its Twitter TV Ratings “Social Content Ratings” when that happens. Eventually, it says, it will also incorporate conversation from Instagram.



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Jan 20 16:05

Hillary Clinton: A Deplorable Choice for President

Among an array of deplorable Republican and Democrat presidential aspirants, Clinton stands out as the most dangerous and sinister of the bunch – an unrequited war goddess, risking nuclear confrontation if elected.

Jan 20 16:05

Shattered Dreams: Europe Doesn’t Want Ukrainian Refugees

As thousands of Ukrainian asylum seekers face deportation from Germany, it will soon become clear how Europeans really feel about Ukrainians.

Jan 20 16:03

Confederate Supporters Steer Clear of Baltimore as Protesters Gather

Annual commemoration of Robert E. Lee at Baltimore monument does not take place as commission recommends removal of statue.

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Jan 20 15:59

Excuse the Middle-East for Resenting Tyranny

At Salon, FPIF regular David Vine, author of a book published this summer titled Base Nation: How U.S. Military Bases Abroad Harm America and the World, writes about the Pentagon’s proposal to build yet more American bases in the Middle East.

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Jan 20 15:51

Your Fear of Terrorism Could Get You Killed

One in 3.5 million: That’s the risk you’ll die from a terrorist attack in the United States, Ohio State professor John Mueller estimates. Rounded generously, that chance comes to 3 one-hundred thousandths of a percent.

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Jan 20 15:44

China Flexes Muscles At Shanghai Gold Exchange

The New Cold War between West and East has already become a Luke-Warm War , and it threatens to become a full-fledged “hot” war. After years of passively reacting to Western crime and aggression; both China and Russia have shown an increasing tendency to adopt a more proactive stance. On the economic front, China has leaped into the international gold market, suddenly and decisively .

Jan 20 15:44

Ron Paul: “Good News” That Secession Is Happening

Former Republican presidential candidate and congressman Ron Paul says secession is happening and it’s “good news.” Paul later predicted the states would stop listening to federal laws.

Jan 20 15:39

Israel begins construction on Jordan border fence

The barrier will be 30 kilometres (19 miles) long between the resort city of Eilat and the site of the Sands of Samar and will cost 300 million shekels ($75 million, 70 million euros), according to the statement.
Note: And the American taxpayer will pay for all of it! Had enough yet!

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Jan 20 15:33

Major winter storm forecast to slam East Coast

Forecasts remain on target for a major, potentially "crippling" snowstorm for the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast on Friday and Saturday.

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Jan 20 15:24

Who is hunting Angela Merkel?

The premeditated operation of New Year’s rapes, in Cologne and elsewhere, continues with a denunciation of the responsibility of the Federal Chancellor, Angela Merkel. A study of computer traffic certify that the Twitter accounts organizing this protest are based on the West Coast of the United States.

Jan 20 15:16

Houthis Activate Russian Surface-To-Air System

The video below shows the launch of a Russian surface-to-air missile system, belonging to the Yemeni Army, with the radars in full operation mode. The missiles used are type S-75 Dvina. The Saudis had previously damaged this system in a strike, but the Houthis have it back up and running.

After the strike, the video shows the result: A U.S surveillance drone smashed to pieces on the ground.

Jan 20 15:03

The REAL story behind the Zionist/Jewish creation of Israel

An excellent speech by Benjamin Freedman's 1961 Speech at the Willard Hotel detailing how WW1 and WW2 really started and why the USA was eventually drawn in.

Jan 20 15:00

Grass-Fed Label For Meat – Gone!

The US Department of Agriculture is nixing its grass-fed standard, but they’re doing it for the most absurd reason imaginable. Action Alert! Last week, the USDA announced it would be withdrawing its standard for the grass-fed meat label. The agency is giving producers who used the grass-fed label thirty days to (1) convert the current…

Jan 20 14:59

This Is Hands-Down The Greatest Drug Commercial Ever Created

If you watch a lot of network TV or cable news shows, chances are you’ve also seen an awful lot of drug commercials. With more and more people taking responsibility for their own health and going the natural route, drug companies are feeling the pressure, and stepping up the advertising. Believe it…

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Jan 20 14:45

Planet of Fear

same silliness different day

snip: And that once again feeds the warmongering hordes, for which that «good old-fashioned world war» is the easiest ticket out. Cancel all the old debt; issue loads of new debt; turn ploughshares and iPhones into cannons. And after a little thermonuclear exchange, welcome to full employment and a new (waste)land of opportunity.

Jan 20 14:44

FLASHBACK - 9 11 John Kerry admits that WTC7 was brought down by controlled demolition!

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Jan 20 14:34

Bottom of barrel: Crude oversupply makes producers cut oil output to stabilize market

The oil price dropped to a 13-year low on Monday trading below $28 per barrel. Large oil producers are struggling to keep the economy afloat, with the global crude prices at rock bottom. With the huge crude oversupply - some oil producing countries have been acknowledging the need to cut production.

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Jan 20 14:32

Federal Judge Obama Appointed Strikes Down His Fast and Furious Executive Privilege Claim

After significant deliberation U.S. District Judge Amy Berman has struck down Obama's assertion of executive privilege over documents pertaining to Operation Fast and Furious, the Department of Justice program that allowed the sale and trafficking of thousands of weapons to violent Mexican drug cartels. Berman was appointed to the Court by President Obama in 2011. POLITICO has the details:

Jan 20 14:30

Wage Pressures, Falling Commodity Prices Spell Trouble for the Global Economy ROKU

With no recovery in the Eurozone and the whole of Eastern Europe in trouble, greater turmoil in Asian economies could bring the world economy to a critical moment, says economist Heiner Flassbeck.

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Jan 20 14:22

Democrats in ‘Group Think’ Land

A curious reality about Official Washington is that to have “credibility” you must accept the dominant “group thinks” whether they have any truth to them or not, a rule that applies to both the mainstream news media and the political world, even to people who deviate from the pack on other topics.

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Jan 20 14:13

Combat cam: Russian Air Force kills 60 militants in Deir ez-Zor

The Russian Air Force in Syria has eliminated 60 Islamic State militants in eastern Deir ez-Zor province, the Defense Ministry reported.

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Jan 20 13:49

How Monsanto’s Glyphosate Attacks our Core Cellular Functions

Monsanto’s Round Up herbicide, containing the likely-carcinogenic glyphosate, is causing widespread mitochondrial dysfunction in cells. This is associated with a long list of degenerative disease and chronic health conditions including autism, Alzheimer’s, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, type 2 Diabetes, Parkinson’s, and obesity.

Jan 20 13:44

The International War On Cash

Back in 2008, I began warning of increasing capital controls that we would see in the future, as a component in the decline of Western economies (Western in the broad sense, including Japan, Australia, etc.)

Along the way, it occurred to me that, at some point, governments might collectively attempt to eliminate paper currency in favour of an electronic currency – transferred from party to party solely through licensed banks. Sound farfetched? Well, maybe, but what if the U.S. and EU agreed on an overall plan, then suggested it to other governments? On the face of it, this smacks of conspiracy theory, yet certainly, all governments would benefit from this control and would be likely to get on board. In fact, it might prove to be the only way out of their present economic problems.

Jan 20 13:43

Meet Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s First-Ever Primary Challenger

Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the six-term Congresswoman from South Florida and Chair of the Democratic National Committee, has been embroiled in numerous, significant controversies lately. As The Washington Post put it just today: “DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s list of enemies just keeps growing.”

Jan 20 13:42

Marines crack down on trail trespassers

Hiley and his group were escorted around a bend where six to eight Marines in vests and flight suits stood next to a pile of bikes. The Marines explained the riders were being ticketed for trespassing on federal land and that their bicycles were being confiscated.

Marines issued tickets to 50 people for trespassing and impounded 45 bikes and three motorcycles over the weekend, said 1st Lt. Matthew Gregory, the base’s public affairs officer.

Jan 20 13:41

Always on the Wrong Side: US Vet Questions Military's Muddled Loyalties

An American Marine combat veteran has provided his own analysis of why US military leaders are frequently perceived as “mental cripples, delusional, paranoid and morally repugnant” and why the US military simply cannot be trusted by either the US president, its Commander-in-Chief, or by the American people.

Jan 20 13:37

ATF Finds ‘Fast and Furious’ Rifle at El Chapo Hideout

A .50 caliber rifle lost during the botched Operation Fast and Furious has been found at the hideout of infamous drug kingpin El Chapo.

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Jan 20 13:33

Harry Reid Wants to Use $600K of Unspent Campaign Funds for Retirement

Just how Harry Reid became a wealthy man during a lifetime in politics is the subject of a Wall Street Journal editorial that questions the Democratic Senate majority leader's ethics.

"[Reid] attributes it to shrewd investing, and we wonder if that includes the sweetheart retirement deal he's trying to score with some $600,000 in campaign and political action committee funds," the Journal writes.

"Federal Election Commission regulations allow former Members of Congress to use leftover campaign funds for things like organizing their congressional papers, but spending campaign cash for personal use has long been prohibited."

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Jan 20 13:25

Sanders Supporters Optimistic as he Surges in Polls, Earns Endorsements

TRNN speaks to two Sanders supporters in Baltimore who say the Democratic candidate has earned their trust based on policies that would improve their lives.

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Jan 20 13:21

$10 Oil Banks Bracing

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Jan 20 13:14

Macedonia Closes Border with Greece to Migrants

Macedonia has closed its border with Greece to migrants, police in Skopje said Wednesday, blocking the path of hundreds trying to reach northern Europe.

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Jan 20 13:10

‘We’ll fight ISIS until its complete annihilation’ – Russian FM Lavrov after Kerry talks

Islamic State and the Nusra Front won’t be part of the proposed Syrian ceasefire as the fight against the jihadists will go on until their complete annihilation, Russian FM Sergey Lavrov and his US counterpart, John Kerry, agreed during talks in Zurich.

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Translation: The US doesn't get its puppet regime in Syria after all!

Jan 20 13:10

US Analysts Sweat Bullets as China Moves to Supplant Washington in Mideast

American observers are keeping an eagle eye on Chinese President Xi Jinping as he conducts his five-day tour of the Middle East, which includes stops in Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Iran. For their part, analysts speaking to The Washington Times warned that Beijing may be pushing to supplant Washington's influence in the region.

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The US' global influence is on the wane, collapsing along with the US economy, so it is inevitable that others will step in to fill the vacuum!

Jan 20 13:09

World facing ‘wave of epic debt defaults,’ says economist who predicted Lehman crash

The financial situation in the world has become so unstable that a new wave of defaults and bankruptcies will soon emerge, says William White, the chairman of the OECD's review committee and former chief economist of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS).

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Jan 20 13:08

Rotten Shame: Western Firms Operating in, Dealing with Israeli Settlements

Human Rights Watch should be lauded for decrying Israel’s illegal settlements as "an inherently unlawful and abusive system that violates the rights of Palestinians."

Jan 20 13:02

Prepare For Empty Grocery Store Shelves

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Jan 20 12:56

Contractor Hired to Remove Confederate Monuments Finds $200K Lamborghini Torched

The man who owns the company contracted to remove the Confederate statues that have stood in New Orleans for decades discovered his $200,000 Lamborghini sports car torched and destroyed, reports say.

Jan 20 12:54

Canadian Student Shot by Israeli Sniper in the West Ban

The Trudeau government remains silent on the case of a Canadian Government-Funded PhD Student who was shot by Israeli sniper in the West Bank without legal recourse against her attacker - TRNN speaks with Rebab Nazzal and her legal council, Dimitri Lascaris.

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Jan 20 12:50

Squeezed Out of Syria, Daesh's Next Target Could Be the House of Saud

With Daesh's self-proclaimed Islamic caliphate slowly crumbling under the pressure of attacks from all sides in Syria and Iraq, the terrorist group may eventually call it quits in Mesopotamia and the Levant and move on to attack the Saudi monarchy, warns geopolitical analyst Schuyler Moore.

Jan 20 12:47

IRS Erases Hard Drive Despite Court Order

This is not the first time the agency has failed to preserve key information. The IRS also “accidentally” destroyed the hard drive belonging to Lois Lerner during investigations into the targeting of conservative groups. As many as 24,000 emails were lost forever when 422 backup tapes were wiped clean despite an agency-wide preservation order and congressional subpoena.

In the Lerner case, the IRS failed to take simple steps to ensure compliance with the order, according to a report by the House Oversight Committee.

Now, it appears that important information has once again disappeared because of IRS corruption, incompetence, or both.

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Jan 20 12:36

Gold Tops $1100, Breaks Above Key Technical Resistance

Having bounced higher off the 50-day moving-average 3 days ago, gold has surged back above $1100 this morning, pushing back above the crucial 100-day moving-average. Silver has also broken above its 50-day moving-average.

Jan 20 12:27

U.S. Throws Kurds To The Wolves, Launches Program To Roll Back Kurdish, Not ISIS, Advances In Syria

By Brandon Turbeville

It has been said by RPI advisor John Laughland that “it is better to be an enemy of the Americans than their friend. If you are their enemy, they might try to buy you; but if you are their friend, they will definitely sell you.”

Regardless of whether or not one can apply such logic to every interaction with the United States, it is a lesson that the YPG Kurds are learning in Syria...

Jan 20 12:16

2007 Video: Hillary Clinton To Wall Street: Financial Crisis Is Not Your Fault, Home Buyers To Blame

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton once said that Wall Street did not cause the mortgage crisis that led to the financial collapse, and she also partly blamed poor people who took out mortgages that they could not afford.

Jan 20 12:13

A Large Corporation Claims It Owns The Trademark To "Yosemite National Park"

Yosemite National Park is changing the names of several iconic sites due to trademark concerns after awarding a $2 billion federal contract to a new concessionaire - but challenges the previous concessionaire's trademark claim to "Yosemite National Park."

The Ahwahnee Hotel, built in 1927, will become the Majestic Yosemite Hotel on March 1 when Aramark takes it over from DNC Parks & Resorts.

Curry Village, which has borne that name since it opened in 1899, will be renamed Half Dome Village.

Badger Pass Ski Area, which became California's first ski resort in the 1930s, will become the Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area; Yosemite Lodge at the Falls will be renamed Yosemite Valley Lodge; and the Wawona Hotel will become Big Trees Lodge.

Yosemite Superintendent Don Neubacher said the names are changing to eliminate potential trademark issues with DNC, which lost a $2 billion bid last year to renew its contract. The new contract was granted instead to a subsidiary of Aramark.

Jan 20 12:11

Hollywood Director jailed on child porn charges.

Jan 20 11:49

UN Reports ‘Staggering’ Civilian Toll in ISIS War in Iraq

A new report by the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) is warning of a “staggering” civilian death toll in the ISIS war in Iraq, with their own accounting putting the toll at 18,802 civilians killed and 36,245 wounded since the beginning of 2014.

Officials acknowledge that this is almost certainly a dramatic under-count, with the death tolls in the Anbar Province, where all the heaviest fighting has happened, coming straight from the provincial health directorate, and generally not covering the broad territory held by ISIS within the province.

While the report focuses heavily on human rights violations by ISIS, it also reports continued evidence being amassed of violations by the Iraqi security forces and its militia allies, along with the Kurdish Peshmerga.

The report also accuses ISIS of holding an estimated 3,500 people as slaves across Iraqi territory, using many as human shields, and also pressing 800-900 children into military service for the conflict.

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These are distressing numbers, all right.

But please remember: these numbers, created by the acts of the US-government funded and trained ISIS, are supposed to get the American people to sign off on yet another "reinvasion" of Iraq.

This was the very clear result of the Bush Administration's pre-emptive war against Iraq, based on the lie that Saddam Hussein had nuclear weapons.

The US government was lying to you then, and is lying to you now, about the need for a "reinvasion".

The real goal here, as it is for Syria, is to redraw that map, and crush Iraq into thousands of little "controllable statelets", so that Iraq can never (allegedly) be an existential threat to Israel.

Jan 20 11:38

MONSANTO SUPPLIED CHEMICAL WEAPONS TO ISRAEL; GUILTY OF WAR CRIMES

Monsanto’s history in the food and pesticide business has become well documented. The Big Agricultural giant has found themselves in many a headline from the production of synthetic marijuana patents to Indian farmers committing mass suicide, to the run of the mill lawsuit over cross pollination of crops. In short, Monsanto is on every turn in the agricultural world; yet in another terrifying turn they’ve now been linked to the use of White Phosphorus on Palestinians in Gaza 2008 and 2009.

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When it comes to making money in any way possible, no matter how illegal or immoral such a transaction may be, Monsanto has the morals of a turd.

Jan 20 11:32

Russia to respond to NATO Black Sea force by deploying new weapons - report

The Russian Army and Navy will deploy additional forces and modern weapons to its southwest in reply to NATO’s plans to boost its presence in the Black Sea region, a Russian newspaper reported quoting Defense Ministry sources.

The military is planning to test the fresh forces, infrastructure and weapons deployed to the regions bordering the Black Sea in the headquarters exercise Caucasus-2016, scheduled for September, the sources told Novaya Gazeta daily. The exercise will include joint use of various forces in the Caucasus Mountains and on the Black Sea, they added.

The plans to reinforce Russia’s southwestern borders must be tied with NATO’s plans to boost its military presence in the region, as well as with its constant effort aimed at increasing the combat abilities of the Ukrainian Army, the newspaper suggested after receiving the sources’ information.

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The problem for NATO is that when Russia military weapons builders have delivered their equipment, that equipment works precisely as advertised if not better.

With Western made military equipment, many times the products are very much behind delivery schedule, way over budget, and not performing at all to spec, when field tested.

Jan 20 11:28

GAS BELOW 80 CENTS PER GALLON!

Jan 20 11:27

Global Poverty Is Soaring

On January 18th, Oxfam issued an analysis of the direction of the world economy, and titled it “An Economy for the 1%.” They found that:

During the period 2010-2015, the total wealth of the world’s poorer half went down from $2.5 trillion to $1.8 trillion, while the total wealth of the world’s 62 richest people went up from $1.2 trillion (not counting undeclared wealth) to $1.8 trillion (also not counting secret wealth).

Jan 20 11:25

Netanyahu Hated The Iran Deal. Now He's Taking Credit For It.

Back in September 2015, two months after the historic Iranian nuclear deal was finally struck, Jeffrey Goldberg wrote in The Atlantic that the international agreement to restrain Iran’s nuclear program “should count as the crowning diplomatic achievement of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.“ Counter-intuitive, yes – but also prescient.

Recognizing that “Netanyahu, of course, doesn’t see this agreement as a victory for Israel; he sees it as a victory for evil,” Goldberg sought to “highlight a public path Netanyahu could have chosen.“ As Goldberg suggested, instead of slamming the agreement in addresses to the US Congress and the UN, Netanyahu could hold up the deal as “the first time Iran has agreed to radically curtail its previously unregulated nuclear activities” – and claim that would not have happened without sustained pressure from Israel.

Perhaps Bibi, as he’s known, was reading.

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Amazing, this U-turn in Netnayahu's rhetoric!!

Jan 20 11:25

LINDA TRIPP: I SAVED MONICA LEWINSKY FROM BEING KILLED

When the Lewinsky episode became public knowledge, Tripp said she feared for both her life and for Lewinsky's.

"I say today and I will continue to say that I believe Monica Lewinsky is alive today because of choices I made and action [that] I took. That may sound melodramatic to your listeners. I can only say that from my perspective I believe that she and I at the time were in danger, because nothing stands in the way of these people achieving their political ends," she said. "I think that had it not become public when it did, particularly in light of the Paula Jones lawsuit, which was coming to a head with President Clinton's deposition, that we may well have met with, um...an accident. It's a situation, where unless you lived it as I did, you would have no real framework of reference for this sort of situation."

Jan 20 11:23

Dutch PM: EU needs to sharply reduce refugee numbers

The number of refugees coming to Europe must be vastly reduced in the coming weeks, Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte said on Wednesday (20 January), as he outlined the priorities for the Dutch presidency of the EU for the next six months.

“We are running out of time. We need a sharp reduction in the coming six to eight weeks,” Rutte warned.

He told MEPs that tackling the migration crisis would be top of his agenda, and urged states to implement agreements which have already been made.

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Jan 20 11:21

Is Washington Hiding the Truth Behind US Navy Incident in Iran?

On Thursday, US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said that the sailors "obviously had misnavigated." At the same time, mechanical failure was ruled out as a reason for the incident. This means that the boats were not in distress when they sailed near Farsi Island, which houses a naval base of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards Corps. This also means that Iran was within its right when it detained the soldiers.

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