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Jan 10 14:53

Australia First to Receive Electricity Using Zero-emission Wave Energy Generators

Waking Times

Wave energy technology has finally proved its feasibility to provide renewable, clean energy on a mass scale.

Dec 30 11:29

Dad Arrested, Two-Year-Old Daughter Taken, for Successfully Treating Her Cancer with Cannabis Oil

By John Vibes

As cannabis is taken more seriously as a medicine and a treatment, more people are taking a chance and using it as a treatment for terminal illnesses. This treatment has had overwhelmingly positive results for countless people who had no other hope of recovery. Every day more stories and scientific studies are appearing from all over the world where people of all ages, even young children, are cured of life-threatening illnesses with cannabis oil.

More often than not, these patients face legal penalties and even jail time for trying to better their lives. In the case of parents with children who have terminal illnesses, they are forced to break laws to get their kids the treatment that they need...

Dec 30 10:14

A United Eurasia From Minsk to Manila

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev built upon President Putin's earlier suggestion and formally proposed a grand multilateral economic partnership during his trip to China.

Russia has historically been known for thinking big, so what the Prime Minister proposed is totally in line with the country's political culture. While in the Chinese city of Zhengzhou to partake in the SCO Council of Heads of Government, Medvedev ambitiously stated that:

"Russia proposes starting consultations with the Eurasian Economic Union and Shanghai Cooperation Organization, including the counties joining the alliance, and with countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations on the creation of an economic partnership based on the principles of equality and mutual interests."

This suggestion corresponds to what President Putin said during his 3 December Address to the Federal Assembly, when he announced that:

Dec 28 08:40

Abenomics Is Dead - Japanese Data Collapses Across The Board

With recent JPY strength not helping, last week ended on a down-note for Japan as its jobless rate ticked up from 3.1% to 3.3% (the biggest rise since January) and Household spending collapsed. However, as the last week of the year begins, things have not improved as a double whammy of awfulness just hit the shores of Abe's nation with retail sales (worst since the tsunami) and industrial production ugly and missing across the board. We are sure, of course, that just one more dose of faith-based QE will fix this.

Dec 26 17:33

Employees In This Office Space Share Their Cubicles With An Urban Farm

By Amanda Froelich

The last place you might expect to see an urban garden is in the heights of a city skyscraper, but that’s exactly what you’ll be surprised with if you visit Pasona Inc. in Japan...

Dec 26 08:07

If We Don't Change the Way Money Is Created and Distributed, We Change Nothing

The only real solution in my view is to create and distribute money at the base of the pyramid rather than to those in the top of the pyramid. Many well-intended people want to reform the status quo for all sorts of worthy reasons: to reduce wealth inequality, restore democracy, create good-paying jobs, and so on. All these goals are laudable, but if we don't change the way money is created and distributed, nothing really changes: wealth inequality will keep rising, governance will remain a bidding process of the wealthy, wages will continue stagnating, etc.

Dec 24 09:27

Empire of Chaos preparing for more fireworks in 2016

In his seminal 'Fall of Rome: And the End of Civilization,' Bryan Ward-Perkins writes, "Romans before the fall were as certain as we are today that their world would continue forever... They were wrong. We would be wise not to repeat their complacency.”

The Empire of Chaos, today, is not about complacency. It’s about hubris – and fear. Ever since the start of the Cold War the crucial question has been who would control the great trading networks of Eurasia - or the “heartland”, according to Sir Halford John Mackinder (1861–1947), the father of geopolitics.

We could say that for the Empire of Chaos, the game really started with the CIA-backed coup in Iran in 1953, when the US finally encountered, face to face, that famed Eurasia crisscrossed for centuries by the Silk Road(s), and set out to conquer them all.

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Putin is a master chess player, and at this moment in world history, appears to be at least 1,000 moves ahead of DC.

Dec 24 08:02

Strategic Moves in East Asia Leave US Policymakers in a Panic

Affiliated with the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), one of Washington's key think tanks on military affairs, Shevin-Coetzee and Hellman warned that "as Russia manages to straddle" the fine line between crisis management and strategic planning, managing "immediate crises and investing in future partnerships," US policymakers must attempt to do the same.
World cities. Harbin
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China to Open New Russia-China Cooperation Area in Harbin
In particular, mindful of the Obama administration's long-standing intention to 'pivot' toward Asia, and of Moscow's new, more assertive stand, the analysts suggest that "policymakers cannot afford to neglect the Asia-Pacific [region] and the increasing role that Russia is playing there. Home to vibrant economies, emerging powers and more than half the world's population, the region holds significant economic promise."

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Could someone at the State Department and Pentagon, have possibly reminded President Obama that the setting up of sanctions against Russia for "allegedly" annexing Crimea (which Russia did NOT do) would set the stage for a vast Sino-Russian reset, economically, and with regard to enhanced military cooperation?!?

Why does the US government, collectively, seem to value, as one of its primary criteria for hiring people, the almost pathological inability to see anything through to its logical conclusion?!?

IF I, as an ordinary US citizen, could have seen this coming from miles away, why couldn't the US government?!?

Dec 22 12:58

Philippines vows stronger military to back South China Sea claim

Philippine President Benigno Aquino vowed on Monday to leave behind a stronger and a more capable armed forces to face maritime challenges in the South China Sea when he leaves office next year.

Aquino, ineligible to run for re-election under the constitution, promised to spend about 83.90 billion pesos ($1.77 billion) in a five-year period until 2017 to strengthen the military as China asserts its claims to most of the waters.

The spending plan was only approved this year, meaning the bulk of that money will be spent in coming months.

China has overlapping claims with Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Taiwan and Brunei in the South China Sea, through which $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes every year. The Philippines has challenged Beijing before the arbitration court in The Hague, a case Beijing has not recognized.

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So now, the US government is signing off on the Philippines playing picador against China?!?

And of course, great assurances have been uttered that the US will defend the Philippines at any and all costs?!?

Considering how horrifically botched Obama's present and past military misadventures have gone, and the degree to which he has left our military vulnerable, I am very nervous about his starting yet another military flustercluck against China.

And when I make that statement about leaving our military vulnerable, let me explain.

As much as I detest war, as a Christian pacifist, when our military personnel are engaged in combat, I want them to have the finest, most functional equipment with them at every step of the way.

For China and Russia, there is an implicit understanding between these governments and their weapons producers that when weapons are deployed in the field, they work precisely as, or better than, advertised.

With the US and its large weapons manufacturers, it is not that way at all. Weapons companies fund election cycles very lavishly, as the Clinton campaign managers will surely admit.

Unfortunately, when US-made weapons are deployed, our military has utterly no guarantee that these weapons, planes, or ships, will work as advertised.

Many times they are defective; not well conceived, horrifically over budget, and horribly behind schedule.

IF the US government is seriously looking at going to war with China, using the Philippines' claim to the South China Sea as the "bait" here, I would like to politely suggest that they cure this problem first, before looking at a head-on military collision with China.

Dec 21 18:10

China and Japan dump billions of dollars

Dec 20 11:29

A group of extremists preparing terrorist attacks detained in Indonesia

"We have arrested six people suspected of preparation of explosions on the Islands of Java and Sumatra. Fortunately, we managed to intercept them before they committed these acts. This was a mixed group, whose members are connected with the ISIS". According to the newspaper The Jakarta Globe, Saturday night counter-terrorism unit of the national police detained a resident of West Java province named Abu Kareem. He was part of a group of extremists preparing terrorist attacks. They were supposed to happen "soon". In the house of the detainee found the materials for making explosive devices. According to the Indonesian intelligence Agency, more than 100 supporters of the Islamic state returned from Syria and Iraq on the territory of the Republic, reports TASS. "We have information about the likelihood of terrorist attacks in the near future", — said earlier the Minister-coordinator for politics, justice and security Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan.

Dec 18 08:14

Japanese Jawboning Fail - Nikkei Crashes 1000 Points From Overnight Highs

For a brief few minutes, overnight saw exactly the reaction that central planners had hoped for when The Bank Of Japan announced it would buy 'moar' stock ETFs and extend bond duration buying ad nauseum. However, within just 15 minutes something happened that we haven't seen since the world embarked on this experimental nightmare. Despite the front-ran promises to buy Japanese stocks "whatever it takes" traders sold... and sold large.

Dec 17 10:35

Putin Throws Down the Gauntlet

This isn’t a game, it’s a fight for survival; Russia’s survival as a sovereign country. That’s what the stakes are. That’s not something Putin takes lightly.

Would you be willing to defend your country against a foreign invasion?

That’s all Putin is doing in Syria. He’s just preempting the tidal wave of jihadis that’ll be coming his way once the current fracas is over. He figures it’s better to exterminate these US-backed maniacs in Syria now than face them in Chechnya, St Petersburg and Moscow sometime in the future. Can you blame him? After all, if Washington’s strategy works in Syria, then you can bet they’ll try the same thing in Beirut, Tehran and Moscow.

So what choice does Putin have?

Dec 14 17:42

Taiwan Just Banned GMOs In School Cafeteria Lunches

Today in Taiwan, the Legislature effectively banned the use of genetically modified food ingredients – or processed food with such ingredients – in school meals. Some amendments were made to the School Health Act by the amendment sponsors that would halt the use of GMOs in food prepared for students. The Central…

Dec 14 11:21

Australia Pulls Nurofen Products From Shelves

Nurofen Back Pain, Period Pain, Migraine Pain and Tension Headache products are in fact identical, an Australian court has ruled.

Dec 10 11:56

Azerbaijani tanks shell breakaway region killing one: rebels

- Azerbaijani tanks on Wednesday shelled positions in the breakaway Nagorno Karabakh region for the first time in more than 20 years, the rebel defence ministry said, as Armenia arrested a former army officer accused of spying for its archfoe.

Armenia and Azerbaijan fought a bloody conflict over the disputed Nagorny Karabakh territory in the 1990s before reaching a tenuous ceasefire in 1994 but they have not signed a peace deal and clashes erupt regularly.

The ethnic Armenian enclave in Azerbaijan enjoys the backing of the Armenian authorities.

"For the first time since the ceasefire, Azerbaijan has used tanks on the Karabakh frontline," killing one soldier, the rebel defence ministry said in a statement.

"Some 1,500 shots were fired from tanks and grenade-launchers," the statement added.

Azerbaijan offered a different version of events, saying Armenia had fired mortar rounds at settlements in Azerbaijan.

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This is another tinder box, just waiting for a match to explode it.

And if Moscow is supporting Armenia in this issue (as it has many troops and military supplies here), is the US arming and supporting Azerbaijan in making this move now, to generate yet another proxy war against Russia?

As reported in April, 2015 at www.nationalinterest.com:

Diplomacy is barely keeping the lid on a conventional war in Ukraine; from Nigeria to the Fertile Crescent war is about as common as peace. But to make accurate predictions about tomorrow’s conflicts, we need to look away from the preoccupations of the moment and turn our attention to the places that trouble is festering unnoticed. To that end, let me introduce readers to my choice for 2015’s sleeper hotspot: Nagorno-Karabakh. What is it that makes Nagorno-Karabakh particularly dangerous? First, there is virtually no room for compromise between the two sides: Azerbaijan refuses to settle for anything less than full control of the entire area, while Armenia will not countenance anything more than a purely symbolic restoration of Azeri sovereignty. It is difficult to imagine Azerbaijan surrendering its claim to almost one-fifth of Azerbaijan’s official territory for any reason. Azeri President Ilham Aliyev continues to assert Azerbaijan’s claim with increasing forcefulness. Armenia is also unlikely to relinquish any land, because Nagorno-Karabakh effectively increases the size of Armenian territory by one-third, which is very valuable for a small, thin and landlocked nation with little strategic depth and historic enemies on almost all sides. The Karabakh conflict is a zero-sum game.

I could find no specific evidence of Azerbaijan buying weapons from the US government, but the reason for this may be that the UK is taking care of this for the US; please note, as documented at https://www.caat.org.uk/issues/arms-fairs/dsei/it-starts-here/azerbaijan from November of this year, that Azerbaijan was invited, directly by the British government,to their Arms Fair:

Issues Arms Fairs DSEI It Starts Here It starts here - Azerbaijan and DSEI 2015 Three uniformed police officers holding back a protester Police repression in Azerbaijan, 2012 Emma Hughes of Platform on Azerbaijan's invitation to DSEI 2015 So our government have invited Azerbaijan to attend the London Arms Fair. To those of us who know people fighting for democracy in Azerbaijan it doesn't come as a surprise. The Aliyev family have been in power in Azerbaijan since the early 1990s. In 2003 Heydar Aliyev died and was replaced by his son Ilham Aliyev ensuring the continuation of this brutal dynasty. The family have ruled through a combination, of rigged elections, a tightly controlled media and a determination to stamp out dissent – which means anyone who opposes the government is likely to find themselves in a cell or a hospital. The Aliyev's rule has been cemented by the oil company BP. In 1994 the British oil company signed a deal with the Azerbaijani government that allowed them to extract oil from beneath the Caspian sea. known as the Contract of the century this deal bought huge wealth and influence to the Aliyevs. One government over whom they have the most influence are the UK who for twenty years have been cheer leaders for the Aliyev regime. What will be on Azerbaijan's shopping list at the arms fair? A personal shopper from Hacking Team might have some suggestions...Hacking Team work with governments and corporations to increase their surveillance capability. This means monitoring the communications of internet users, deciphering encrypted files and emails, recording skype conversations and remotely activating microphones and cameras. The company has been heavily criticised for providing their products to governments with seriously shady human rights records. They'll no doubt find some more at the Arms fair – including an old customer – the Aliyev regime. Azerbaijan's invite comes on the back of a terrible crackdown in the country that has seen lawyers, activists, journalists, politicians, historians, bloggers and human rights defenders imprisoned, including Platform allies like the talented human rights lawyer Intigam Aliyev and the charismatic democracy activist Rasul Jafarov. In August the peace activist Leyla Yunus and her husband Arif Yunus were sentenced to 8.5 and 7 years respectively. Both Leyla and Arif are in extremely poor health. There are growing concerns they will die in jail. And just over a week ago investigative journalist Khadija Ismayil was imprisoned for seven and a half years

So the bottom line here is that the UK is pimping its war wears to a country with a human rights record JUST to the right of that of Attila the Hun, and we are surprised to see this kind of aggression against Nagorno Karabakh right now, when Azerbaijan understands that brand new instruments of death and destruction are on their way, courtesy of the British government, and their weapons manufacturers?!?

I have long since abandoned the notion of "coincidence" when it comes to geopolitics.

Dec 10 10:19

China and Japan Just Dumped Billions of Dollars

Recent signs suggest that the dollar’s rally may be coming to an end. Among them, is the fact that China and Japan, the world’s two largest holders of U.S. Treasury Debt, have just dumped a ton of dollars.

Dec 10 09:15

The Taboo of Radiation Exposure in Japan: The Social Effects of Fukushima

By Erin O’Flaherty

It is understood that radiation is physically harmful to those who are exposed to it. However, it is also harmful on a social level. Those who become exposed to radiation form a new class within society, one that is discriminated against and even feared by many ordinary people. This has certainly been the case with the Fukushima nuclear incident. This discrimination is worsened by the government and mainstream media’s treatment of the incident. This essay will discuss the social effects of the Fukushima incident by comparing it with the victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It will also explain how the media play into this discrimination and attempt to understand why Japanese society is reacting in such a way...

Dec 09 10:16

US naval base in Japan to be used as Disneyland

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said at a press conference in Tokyo that the government of the country was ready to help transform the US military base into an amusement park, like Disneyland, the South China Morning Post newspaper wrote. The official had had a meeting with mayor of Ginowan in Okinawa, Atsushi Sakima, and received an offer from the authorities to build a theme park on the territory that is currently taken by a US naval base. The base will be relocated. During the meeting, Suga said the the Japanese government would support this idea. The mayor of Ginowan was introduced to representatives of Oriental Land Co. Ltd. - the company that operates Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo Disney Sea under the license from Disney Company. The US naval base in Ginowan is likely to be closed and relocated by 2019. Most likely, the base will be moved to Henoko district in the coastal part of the city of Nago, although the decision caused protests among local residents.

Dec 04 11:19

Thai Baht Preparing to Collapse?

Dec 04 08:52

Britain Dive-Bombs into Another Disastrous War

British addition of more warplanes to the already-crowded Syrian conflict is wholly wrong, just as the Americans and French are. Their underlying criminal objectives of regime change preclude them from bringing any good to the situation.

Dec 02 21:32

FLASHBACK:The World's Foremost Terrorist - The US Government

I asked. "Why would a tough special ops soldier be crying? Loss of a fellow soldier, loss of a leg or limb, or God-forbid his genitals, or face unrecognizable anymore?"

Response: "Because of what they were sent to do, once they figured out what the real mission was."

I asked "Like what? What was enough to make the toughest US soldiers cry? Protecting the high and mighty Americans from the "terrorists"?

Response: "No, they were sent to be the terrorists and it is why they were sent that had them crying. Some of them were afraid that God would never forgive them, and, I think they might be right at times. There were some attacks on the US soldiers by people who do not want us there and some 'pay back' attacks after US forces had attacked them, but for the most part what I was being told about was the US conducting intimidation and terrorism operations against civilians. to get their oil and gas."

Dec 02 09:02

The Nuremberg Principles

Can you smell the putrid aroma of bloody hypocrisy emanting from Foggy Bottom!

The main legal principles from the Nuremberg Trials were later declared general principles of international law by the United Nations: the “Nuremberg Principles.” With these principles, in 1950 the international community of nations demanded for the first time that crimes against international law should no longer go unpunished. From now on, no one should be above the law. The Nuremberg Trials and Nuremberg Principles thus laid the foundation for modern international criminal law.

Dec 01 00:06

Iranian Supreme Leader Sends Crucial Message to World Audience on Terrorism

People at zerohedge are questioning the authenticity of this letter.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-11-29/irans-ayatollah-pens-letter-w...

For those of a cynical persuasion, it’s difficult to ignore the similarities between Islamic State’s brand of puritanical Islam and Saudi Arabia’s propagation of Wahhabism. Put simply, indoctrinating the masses with an ultra orthodox ideal that breeds intolerance sows the seeds of extremism and on that score, Riyadh and Raqqa are really no different.

To the Youth in Western Countries,

The bitter events brought about by blind terrorism in France have once again, moved me to speak to you young people. For me, it is unfortunate that such incidents would have to create the framework for a conversation, however the truth is that if painful matters do not create the grounds for finding solutions and mutual consultation, then the damage caused will be multiplied.

Nov 29 21:23

Iranian Supreme Leader Sends Crucial Message to World Audience on Terrorism

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei released an important message to the world youth on global terrorism, including the recent terrorist attacks in Paris.
Here is the full text of the letter:
In the Name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful

To the Youth in Western Countries,
Today, there are very few people who are uninformed about the role of the United States of America in creating, nurturing and arming al-Qaeda, the Taliban and their inauspicious successors. Besides this direct support, the overt and well-known supporters of takfiri terrorism- despite having the most backward political systems- are standing arrayed as allies of the west while the most pioneering, brightest and most dynamic democrats in the region are suppressed mercilessly.
The other side of these contradictory policies is seen in supporting the state terrorism of Israel.

Nov 28 20:19

Meet the man who funds ISIS: the son of Turkey’s President, Bilal Erdogan

The son of Turkey’s president (and thus, the father) is the silent mastermind who has been responsible for converting millions of barrels of Syrian Oil into hundreds of millions of dollars of Islamic State revenue.

Russia’s Sergey Lavrov is not one foreign minister known to mince his words.

Just earlier today, 24 hours after a Russian plane was brought down by the country whose president three years ago said “a short-term border violation can never be a pretext for an attack”, had this to say:

“We have serious doubts this was an unintended incident and believe this is a planned provocation” by Turkey.

But even that was tame compared to what Lavrov said to his Turkish counterparty Mevlut Cavusoglu earlier today during a phone call between the two (Lavrov who was supposed to travel to Turkey has since canceled such plans).

Nov 28 10:34

A Feast of Scandal – Justin Raimondo

We’re grateful for and to Patrick J. Fitzgerald, whose existence proves that the old America yet lives.

We have a lot to be grateful for this Thanksgiving

I’m thankful for so many things this Thanksgiving that it’s going to take me an entire column just to adequately describe them. Indeed, I’m already so loaded down with gifts that I don’t need Christmas. My cup runneth over! For an old libertarian “isolationist” like me this holiday season is a bountiful time, one that yields so much that it seems like Thanksgiving, Christmas, and my birthday all rolled into one. Take a gander at this wonderful cornucopia of plenty:

Nov 28 05:42

An Invisible US Hand Leading to War? Turkey’s Downing of a Russian Jet was an Act of Madness

It is all terribly dangerous and it is hard to predict where things will lead.

This outrageous shootdown of a Russian plane that was in no way posing a threat to Turkey or Turkish forces, will not end here, because Russia and President Putin cannot allow Turkey and NATO to so blatantly act against Russia and its pilots and go unpunished, particularly as it is Russia that is acting legally in Syria, while the US, Turkey and other nations backing rebel forces there are in all acting blatant violation of international law.

Unless saner heads start prevailing in Washington, this could all quickly spiral into the kind of situation in 1914, where a lot of ill-conceived treaties led to a minor incident in the Balkans turning inexorably into World War I.

Nov 26 06:07

Is Turkey Starting a Proxi-War for NATO?

It is clear, Turkey hosting the recent G20 meeting and subscribing to the east-west ‘coalition’ of fighting the ISIS / DAESH / Al Qaeda terror, was a loosely disguised farce.

Did Turkey just provoke a proxi-war on behalf of NATO against Russia? – Turkey knew very well that the Russian SU-24 fighter jet was inside Syria’s borders and that even as it may have been close to Turkey it was no threat for Turkey. Russia’s mission was clear to all the 19 nations which attended the G20 meeting some 10 days ago in Antalya, Turkey, when the entire group unanimously decided to cooperate in fighting the Islamic State (IS – or Daesh, according to its Arabic acronym).

Nov 26 06:04

Turkey Shoots Down More Than Just a Russian Jet

It is only a matter of time before the rhetorical shell game conducted by the terrorist sponsors comes unstuck.

Turkey’s shooting down of a Russian fighter jet this week was likely aimed at a bigger political target – to deal a blow to the proposal of a grand anti-terror coalition between the West and Russia for fighting the Islamic State extremist network in Syria.

Such a coalition might seem reasonable, even desirable, to most people. But it is profoundly unacceptable, tacitly, to Washington because it would further expose the criminal nature of the Western-sponsored regime-change operation in Syria.

Washington and its allies do not want Russia to participate in an effective military coalition that would accelerate the destruction of the mercenary terror army that the Western powers have covertly invested in. In that regard, French President Francois Hollande seems to have momentarily lost the devious plot by proposing such an alliance with Russia.

Nov 26 06:02

Manufacturing a phony caliphate

Carefully-orchestrated snuff films directed by media experts.

Image is the most important element of the vaunted but fictional “new caliphate”. This thing is largely smoke and mirrors: manufacturing a phony “caliphate” out of nothing but a misfit band of thugs collected from many disparate countries—all wearing matching black outfits and masks (so that you can’t identify ethnicity), driving identical shiny Toyota trucks by the hundreds, flying identical mass-produced flags and sporting slick logos—supplied by whom?

Nov 23 22:13

CrossTalk: Talking Syria and the Remaking of the Middle East

Join host Peter LaVelle for an amazing talk about the future of the Middle East

After a series of horrific terrorist attacks, a truly global coalition to fight and destroy ISIS is in the making. At the same time Washington continues to ignore those who are really doing the fighting, particularly Russia. Are arrogance and false pride the real barriers to peace in Syria?

CrossTalking with Pepe Escobar, Richard Murphy and Mark Bruzonsky.

Nov 23 22:04

Manufacturing a phony “caliphate”

"This thing is largely smoke and mirrors: manufacturing a phony “caliphate” out of nothing but a misfit band of thugs collected from many disparate countries—all wearing matching black outfits and masks (so that you can’t identify ethnicity), driving identical shiny Toyota trucks by the hundreds, flying identical mass-produced flags and sporting slick logos—supplied by whom?"

"When has a genuine grassroots rebellion ever looked like this? These guys are well-funded by sophisticated backers. And those backers are no friends of the Muslim world.

Nov 21 10:18

US approves sale of Global Hawk drones to Japan

The U.S. State Department has approved the sale of three unmanned drones worth $1.2 billion to Japan, the Pentagon said Friday.

Nov 19 05:09

Rohingya and the Burmese Generals: How to Forge a Democracy and Get Away with It

With Burma climbing to the world top five countries in terms of proven oil and gas reserves, terms such as genocides, military juntas and human rights are abruptly and largely omitted from the new discourse.

Indeed, a whole new narrative is being conveniently drafted, written jointly by the Burmese army, nationalist parties, Aung San Suu Kyi’s NLD, western investors and anyone else who stands to benefit from the treasures of one of the world’s worst human rights violators.

Nov 17 02:12

From Pol Pot to ISIS: "Anything that flies on everything that moves"

In transmitting President Richard Nixon's orders for a "massive" bombing of Cambodia in 1969, Henry Kissinger said, "Anything that flies on everything that moves". As Barack Obama wages his seventh war against the Muslim world since he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, and Francois Hollande promises a "merciless" attack on that ruined country, the orchestrated hysteria and lies make one almost nostalgic for Kissinger's murderous honesty.

As a witness to the human consequences of aerial savagery - including the beheading of victims, their parts festooning trees and fields - I am not surprised by the disregard of memory and history, yet again. A telling example is the rise to power of Pol Pot and his Khmer Rouge, who had much in common with today's Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). They, too, were ruthless medievalists who began as a small sect. They, too, were the product of an American-made apocalypse, this time in Asia.

Nov 16 11:52

‘Million Cancer Deaths From Fukushima Expected in Japan,’ New Report Reveals

Waking Times

A shocking new report defies the chronically underestimated impacts of the Fukushima’s triple meltdown on the risk of cancer in exposed populations, which does not just include Japan, but arguably the entire world.

Nov 15 09:51

Kyrie Eleison - Claire Rivero

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BUMP TO THE TOP
I am convinced Paris is just another false flag attack to trick us all into supporting more wars. However, I am being flooded with emails (possibly paid for) denouncing me and basically saying that just because there have been so many other false flag attacks used by governments against their own people to incite wars is no reason to assume this is just another one, even though it has all the hallmarks. These writers insist that Paris is the work of Eeeeeevil Muslims, and to them I offer this video as a reminder that maybe the Muslims living in all those nations constantly attacked over the last several years have just cause to dislike the west!

Nov 14 07:52

Putin not going to APEC summit in Philippines. PM Medvedev will go instead

Russian President Vladimir Putin will not attend the APEC summit that will take place on November 17-18 in the Philippines, RBC reports. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev will go to the summit instead. The reason for the decision has not been specified.

President Putin will go to Turkey for the G20 summit on November 15-16. Originally, it was planned that Putin would visit one of Russian regions on November 17 before going to the Philippines on November 17-18 - See more at: http://www.pravdareport.com/russia/kremlin/12-11-2015/132575-putin_ape...

Nov 13 11:56

Myanmar’s Rohingya Could Be The World’s Next Major Refugee Crisis

Six months ago, the plight of the Myanmar's Rohingya minority briefly garnered international attention when they were among thousands of starving refugees and migrants abandoned in the Andaman Sea and Bay of Bengal.

Human rights groups now say a new refugee crisis looms, as members of the Rohingya minority are excluded from the dramatic reforms taking place in their country. Amnesty International recently warned that thousands more people could set sail in the coming months, risking a repeat of the May crisis.

Most of the Rohingya, who number around 1 million in Myanmar, were barred from voting in the election. They are the largest group of stateless people in the world, having been denied citizenship in Myanmar under a 1982 law, and are subject to numerous legal restrictions, including requiring permission to travel, marry or have more than two children in some areas.

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It is ironic in the extreme that much of the persecution of the Rohingya people comes from highly nationalistic Buddhists.

Were Buddha to come back today, and look at the carnage and subjugation they have created, I think he would be ashamed of them, for this behaviour.

Nov 12 10:21

SECRECY AND WILLFUL IGNORANCE AT DOJ ARE LAYING THE GROUNDWORK FOR FUTURE TORTURE CRIMES

As philosopher George Santayana famously warned, “Those who cannot remember the past, are condemned to repeat it.” Perhaps that’s what Senator Richard Burr, chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, is counting on as he crusades to erase from history one of the most shameful chapters in memory, the CIA’s kidnapping, rendition, and torture program. Burr has demanded that the Obama administration return to his committee every copy of the 6,700-page torture report compiled by his predecessor, Senator Dianne Feinstein. Copies of the report, a 500-page summary of which was made public last year, were in December 2014 distributed to offices at the Pentagon, CIA, and State Department. There they have sat untouched for nearly a ye

Nov 11 15:45

The “War On Terror” Is The Hoax Foundation Of The Police/Spy State — Paul Craig Roberts

The “war on terror” was a hoax. Americans were deceived by policymakers, who are pursuing a hegemonic agenda. The American people were too trusting and too gullible and, consequently, Americans were easily betrayed by Washington and by the presstitute media.

The consequences of the deceit, gullibility, and betrayal are horrendous for Americans, for millions of peoples in the Middle East, Africa, Ukraine, and for Washington’s European vassals.

The consequences for Americans are an aborted Constitution, a police/spy state and rising resentment and hatred of America around the world.

The consequences for peoples in Somolia, Libya, Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, Pakistan, Syria, Palestine, and Ukraine have been massive deaths and dislocations, infrastructure destruction, internal conflicts, birth defects, invasions, bombings, drones. Millions of peoples have been murdered by Washington’s pursuit of hegemony, and millions have been turned into refugees.

Nov 11 07:27

Myanmar election: President congratulates Suu Kyi

Myanmar President Thein Sein has congratulated Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition party on its success in polls, a spokesman told the BBC.

With about 40% of seats declared, the National League for Democracy (NLD) has taken nearly 90% of the vote.

Ms Suu Kyi has written to the leadership requesting talks on national reconciliation.

But spokesman U Ye Htut said such a meeting could only take place after the final results were announced.

Nov 10 18:02

How Jimmy Carter and I Started The Mujahideen

Q: The former director of the CIA, Robert Gates, stated in his memoirs [“From the Shadows”], that American intelligence services began to aid the Mujahadeen in Afghanistan 6 months before the Soviet intervention. In this period you were the national security adviser to President Carter. You therefore played a role in this affair. Is that correct?

Brzezinski: Yes. According to the official version of history, CIA aid to the Mujahadeen began during 1980, that is to say, after the Soviet army invaded Afghanistan, 24 Dec 1979. But the reality, secretly guarded until now, is completely otherwise: Indeed, it was July 3, 1979 that President Carter signed the first directive for secret aid to the opponents of the pro-Soviet regime in Kabul.

Nov 10 17:55

35 Countries Where the U.S. Has Supported Fascists, Drug Lords and Terrorists

The U.S. is backing Ukraine's extreme right-wing Svoboda party and violent neo-Nazis whose armed uprising paved the way for a Western-backed coup. Events in the Ukraine are giving us another glimpse through the looking-glass of U.S. propaganda wars against fascism, drugs and terrorism. The ugly reality behind the mirror is that the U.S. government has a long and unbroken record of working with fascists, dictators, druglords and state sponsors of terrorism in every region of the world in its elusive but relentless quest for unchallenged global power.
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Behind a firewall of impunity and protection from the State Department and the CIA, U.S. clients and puppets have engaged in the worst crimes known to man, from murder and torture to coups and genocide. The trail of blood from this carnage and chaos leads directly back to the steps of the U.S. Capitol and the White House.

Nov 10 17:50

FLASHBACK: Sleeping With the Devil: How U.S. and Saudi Backing of Al Qaeda Led to 9/11

A little disingenuous or CUDP on the blowback angle but I like the pics and the vids!

Preface: The director of the National Security Agency under Ronald Reagan – Lt. General William Odom – noted:

Because the United States itself has a long record of supporting terrorists and using terrorist tactics, the slogans of today’s war on terrorism merely makes the United States look hypocritical to the rest of the world.

Odom also said:

By any measure the US has long used terrorism. In ‘78-79 the Senate was trying to pass a law against international terrorism – in every version they produced, the lawyers said the US would be in violation.

(audio here). Background here.

Nov 10 17:44

FLASHBACK: Al Qaeda and the “War on Terrorism”

Not to worry. Cause they are back. Those pesky Russkies are are enemy once again. Moderate terrorists are our friends!Orwell must be rolling in his grave.

One of the main objectives of war propaganda is to “fabricate an enemy”. The “outside enemy” personified by Osama bin Laden is “threatening America”.

Pre-emptive war directed against “Islamic terrorists” is required to defend the Homeland. Realities are turned upside down. America is under attack.

In the wake of 9/11, the creation of this “outside enemy” has served to obfuscate the real economic and strategic objectives behind the war in the Middle East and Central Asia. Waged on the grounds of self-defense, the pre-emptive war is upheld as a “just war” with a humanitarian mandate.

Nov 10 17:34

FLASHBACK: The CIA's "Operation Cyclone" - Stirring The Hornet's Nest Of Islamic Unrest

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Zbigniew Brzezinski not long ago revealed that on July 3, 1979, unknown to the American public and Congress, President Jimmy Carter secretly authorized $500 million to create an international terrorist movement that would spread Islamic fundamentalism in Central Asia and "de-stabilise" the Soviet Union...
The CIA called this Operation Cyclone and in the following years poured $4 billion into setting up Islamic training schools in Pakistan (Taliban means "student").

Young zealots were sent to the CIA's spy training camp in Virginia, where future members of al-Qaeda were taught "sabotage skills" - terrorism.

Others were recruited at an Islamic school in Brooklyn, New York, within sight of the fated Twin Towers.

Nov 09 08:42

Japan-Russia military and defense cooperation important for security in Asia — expert

The defense cooperation between Japan and Russia is of major importance for improvement of the regional security in Asia, Shinji Hyodo, Director of Regional Studies Department at the Japanese National Institute for Defense Studies, said in a lecture on Monday.

"Exchange of information about the security situation in East Asia between Russia and Japan is of major importance," he said. "It is especially true in relation to various views on the situation in the Korean Peninsula and on China’s growing activities."

"Military exchanges are also important for improvement of trust," he told TASS.

Nov 08 21:05

Japan: 'My Number' national ID law will track vaccination records, link to bank accounts from 2018

The Diet passed a bill Thursday to expand the use of a personal identification number to improve tax collection, despite ongoing concerns over the potential leak of private information and identity theft. Under changes to the so-called My Number system, personal ID numbers can be linked to people’s bank account numbers from 2018. Although such links will be made initially on a voluntary basis, the government is considering making it mandatory from 2021. The amendment will make it easier for the government to discover tax evasion or welfare benefits fraud by having better access to information on people’s assets.

Nov 06 23:25

Putin Tells Everyone Exactly Who Created ISIS

American people rarely listen to Putin’s speeches. Few opportunities to do so unless they go looking for it; They just assume their media is right and Putin‘s a “brutal dictator” who’s “trying to re-establish the Soviet empire”, end of story.

In western media Putin could soon find himself painted as the new combination Hitler/Stalin in a looming WWIII—another so-called “just war” which US will be “morally compelled to fight”, to “save the world from tyranny”. Christian dominionists will be calling it Armageddon—the final battle between Good and Evil before the return of the King!

Nov 06 23:21

Syria – Vienna-Geneva Peace Talks, an exploded Russian Airliner – and NATO-Trident Juncture

Why a foreign imposed transition? Transition seems to become a propaganda indoctrinated fait accompli.

Washington has been quite successful in its wicked embrace of Syria over the last few weeks. Just imagine, Kerry, in a propaganda-painted gesture of goodwill, forges the Vienna Peace Conference, this past Friday, 30 October. The results are inconclusive, but on to more talks in Geneva; no longer ‘Assad must go’, but rather the concession that “Assad is going to be part of any transitional governing body.” – Why a foreign imposed transition? Transition seems to become a propaganda indoctrinated fait accompli.

Nov 06 23:18

Why British Haste on Plane Bomb Theory?

Cameron and Obama are evidently being fed intelligence assessments of a bomb being stowed in the airplane's hold by terrorists.

British officials have made an unseemly leap to speculate on a terrorist plot in the Russian airliner crash over Sinai last weekend.

And Russia has understandably reacted furiously to the speculation, saying that it is too early to make such an assessment when crash investigators have not even compiled, let alone evaluated, evidence.

American officials, including President Barack Obama, are also now echoing the British claims of a bomb on the plane. The question is: why the haste?

Nov 06 20:56

NATO Invades Spain

The notion that the Pentagon would dare declare its own no-fly zone over northern Syria to protect a gaggle of “moderate rebels” from Russian and Syrian Arab Army (SAA) bombing is preposterous.

Fresh from its thunderous humiliation by the Taliban; its “liberation” of Libya for the benefit of militia hell; and while Russia was bombing the hell out of a Salafi-jihadi/”moderate rebel” constellation in Syria, NATO – in search for a “360-degree” response to Russia – resorted to invading… Spain.

Nov 06 13:51

Croatia Under Siege: Migrants vs. Mad Germans - Dr Tomislav Sunic

The Afro-Asian and Middle Eastern mass migration to Europe, falsely labeled by the mainstream media as the “refugee crisis,” is being examined from all angles. Why use the word ‘refugee’ if the majority of migrants passing through Croatia are men between 20 and 40 years of age?

Nov 06 09:13

The China-Russia-Mongolia Trilateral Gains Steam

As Diplomat authors have reported, trilateralism is all the rage these days. Ministerial-level dialogues sprinkle the sidelines of multilateral gatherings, and often set the tone for the more comprehensive leaders’ summits. For the past two weeks all eyes focused on the highly anticipated China-Japan-South Korea leaders’ summit, which concluded this past weekend. But here’s another big trilateral that you probably haven’t heard much about: China-Mongolia-Russia.

As Russian President Vladimir Putin has remarked himself, cooperation between the three countries only makes sense given their geographic proximity. After their first trilateral summit in September 2014, the three leaders met once more in July 2015. The three countries’ three foreign ministers have met twice in the same time frame.

Nov 05 09:53

TEXT OF THE TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP

THE TEXT OF THE TPP WAS RELEASED BY TPP PARTIES ON 5 NOVEMBER 2015 AND CAN BE ACCESSED BY CHAPTER BELOW. LEGAL VERIFICATION OF THE TEXT WILL CONTINUE IN THE COMING WEEKS. THE AGREEMENT WILL ALSO BE TRANSLATED INTO FRENCH AND SPANISH LANGUAGE VERSIONS.

THE GOVERNMENT IS PREPARING A LEGAL SYNOPSIS OF THE AGREEMENT AND THIS WILL BE AVAILABLE BELOW IN THE COMING DAYS.

Nov 04 11:40

State Department: Reporter’s removal was ‘standard procedure’

The State Department on Monday declined to say that its officials did anything wrong when a reporter was removed from a room with Secretary John Kerry and the president of Uzbekistan after asking a question about human rights.

Instead, spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau said that the incident appeared to be “part of a standard procedure.”

“People were being ushered out of the room at the end of the photo spray,” Trudeau, the director of the office of press relations, told reporters during a daily briefing.
“Photo sprays are very different from standard press conference where reporters can ask questions,” she maintained. During photo sprays, which tend to be brief, officials typically offer a short statement at either the beginning or end of an important meeting.

“However, we’re not perfect,” she added. “We’re going to take a look at what happened,” and review any possible ways to improve in the future.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Bravo, Carol Morello, for actually doing your job!

And folks, let's face facts here; when those "values" America
is supposed to hold near and dear to its collective heart (human rights, democracy, human dignity, etc.,) ever get in the way of doing business, no matter how slimy the handshake with a foreign dictator may be, business trumps human rights every time in US governmental dealings.

Just stating the obvious here.

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