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January 22, 2016

Jan 22 13:44

Russian Marines Arrive at Kuweires Airport

The first batch of Russian Marines have arrived to the Kuweires Military Airport as part of an advisory unit that is meant to overlook the Syrian Arab Army’s military operations against the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) in the Aleppo Governorate’s eastern countryside. According to a field source with the Tiger Forces in the Al-Bab Plateau, a little less than 50 Russian Marines were deployed to the Kuweires Military Airport on Thursday morning after a short stint in the Latakia Governorate that included trying and advising the new recruits from the National Defense Forces (NDF). While the military source was unable to provide much detail regarding their contingency, he did inform Al-Masdar News that the Russian Marines brought their heavy weaponry with them, including several missiles that were housed in the Kuweires warehouses near the helicopter airfield.

Jan 22 13:42

British Parliamentarians pay Homage to Dick Cheney

On 3rd December 2015 at the United States Capitol in Washington a statue was unveiled in honour of Richard “Dick” Cheney, former vice President to George W. Bush. In line with all other past vice-presidents a marble bust will now rest alongside all other United States vice-Presidents.

Coincidentally, the previous day witnessed the British parliament, specifically the House of Commons, inadvertently honour Cheney in the debate on whether to extend the military intervention aimed at ISIS in Iraq into ISIS’s supposed heartland in Syria.

Jan 22 13:34

Expert says $7 bln IMF loan makes possible for Ukraine to stabilize currency exchange rate

The crisis in the foreign trade was developed not least because of serious decline in trade turnover with Russia, the expert said. "This is loss of billions dollars," Suslov added. The free trade zone agreement between Ukraine and the European Union effective from January 1, 2016 "will not save the situation at once, because it will lead to further decline of currency earnings because of canceled duties on European goods," Suslov said. The situation will also be aggravated by the banking crisis, the expert said. "Expected bankruptcy of fifty more banks in 2016 will result in outflow of funds from the banking system, increasing the currency demand and exerting an extremely adverse influence on the hryvna rate," he added.

Jan 22 13:33

Russia’s new manned spacecraft to be 3.5 times cheaper than US Dragon

Russia’s State Corporation Roscosmos intends to spend over 58 billion rubles ($734 million) on a new manned spacecraft or 3.5 times less than NASA has allocated to SpaceX on the Dragon space vehicle, according to a document published on Friday. The promising new-generation transport spaceship developed by Energiya Rocket and Space Corporation is designed to deliver humans and cargoes to the Moon and near-Earth orbital stations The spacecraft will have a crew of up to four persons. The new space vehicle will be able to operate autonomously for up to 30 days and its flight as part of an orbital station can last up to one year... As was reported earlier, SpaceX will receive $2.6 billion from NASA to develop the Dragon 2 manned spaceship.



Taboola
Jan 22 13:30

Syrian government forces launch offensive in 10 directions due to Russian operation

Out of 15 directions, offensives are launched in 10, preparations for launching an offensive are underway in 3 directions, and 2 directions are on the defense, Russia's Chief of General Staff says. However, militants continue receiving supplies of weapons and ammunition from other countries, he added noting that terrorists’ finances considerably shrank as Russian jets continue bombing convoys of fuel trucks and oil extraction facilities. "In general, if we describe the dynamic of military actions on the Syrian territory, I would say that government forces hold strategic initiative and initiative in most directions, that is they are conducting active military actions. Sooner or later ISIL will be defeated". http://tass.ru/en/world/851615

Jan 22 13:27

Kremlin refutes media reports that Moscow offered Assad to resign

"No, this did not happen," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told TASS. The Financial Times wrote today citing unnamed sources in Western intelligence services that Colonel-General Igor Sergun, director of Russia’s GRU military intelligence service, went to Damascus and deliver a message from Russian President Vladimir Putin and ask Assad to resign. According to FT, Assad refused. Sergun passed away on January 3 aged 59.

Jan 22 13:23

Anti-government protests in Moldova

On January 21, riots occurred outside the parliament in Moldova where the new government was endorsed. Thousands of opposition supporters stormed the building saying the cabinet was illegal. Later, supporters of the opposition Party of Socialists, Our Party and the Dignity and Truth (DA) civic platform staged a picket of the building. Moldova’s political crisis has been smoldering since September 2015, when the first protest rallies swept Chisinau. They have already resulted in the arrest of a former prime minister, leader of the Liberal-Democratic Party Vlad Filat on corruption charges and the dismissal of the Valeriu Strelet-led Cabinet.

Jan 22 13:23

Spain: Rajoy Turns Down Offer to Form New Government

Spain's incumbent conservative Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy turned down an offer Friday by King Felipe VI to try to form a new government following last month's inconclusive elections, the Royal Palace said.

The palace announced the decision shortly after the monarch met with Rajoy to wrap up a week of talks with party leaders before nominating a candidate.



Jan 22 13:20

Now the bankers’ triumph is complete

The UK release this week of the Oscar-nominated The Big Short, based on Michael Lewis’s book of the same name, is a fitting bookend to a time when we still believed that the broken financial system might be fixed. But the banks have won. Not a single “top banker” has been jailed and few, if any, have had to return undeserved bonuses. Measures taken since 2008 are being watered down before our eyes and, most dangerous of all, the deeper causes of the crash remain essentially intact. The Occupy movement should call a reunion so we can have a ceremony to bury all remaining hope.

Jan 22 13:19

Video: The Deeper, Uglier Side of TPP

In his State of the Union address, President Obama said the Trans-Pacific Partnership was about staying on top as a global economic power, but a close look at the text shows how that only applies to multinational corporations.

Jan 22 13:18

Sanders is no longer an underdog

Hillary Clinton's supporters and allies are now attempting to paint the same picture: You might like Sanders now, but if this self-proclaimed democratic socialist actually becomes the nominee of the party, he will not only get clobbered, but drag down the entire Democratic ticket. Do you want that to happen? You are being dreamy and idealistic; that's commendable, but totally unpractical and unrealistic.

Their message is: Wake up and face the facts. Sanders will not only lose and lose big, but any chance that the Democrats will regain the Senate (they need to pick up four seats) is out the window. Sanders is just plain unelectable.

This cry will become even louder if Sanders wins the first two contests (Iowa and New Hampshire).



Jan 22 13:18

Kiev decides to fine Russia's Gazprom for $3.4 bln

Ukraine’s Antimonopoly Committee has decided to fine Russian company Gazprom for 85 billion hryvnia (about $ 3.4 billion), the committee’s Chairman Yuri Terentyev said on his facebook page. "Today we have made a decision about the abuse of dominant position on the natural gas transit market with the use of the main pipelines on the territory of Ukraine by Gazprom company as a monopoly buyer. The amount of fines is 85 billion hryvnia,"-Terentyev said.
Germany helped in negotiations on Ukraine’s $3 bln debt to Russia — Ukrainian minister http://tass.ru/en/world/851564

Jan 22 13:17

Bernie Sanders: Hillary Clinton is far from chill

Bernie Sanders tried to fend off a kitchen sink’s worth of attacks from Hillary Clinton and her allies yesterday, accusing the former Secretary of State of “panicking” amid his surging poll numbers in New Hampshire and Iowa — as both campaigns are set to collide ?here today.

“I think it’s fair to say that we have a lot of momentum,” Sanders told a few hundred supporters here last night. “In my view, we will win in Iowa and we will win in New Hampshire if — and it’s a big if — there is a large voter turnout.”

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Jan 22 13:04

OSCE Minsk Group calls on PACE to refrain from resolutions on Nagorno Karabakh

Neighbouring Armenia and Azerbaijan fell out with each other in the late 1980s because of Nagorno Karabakh, the disputed territory that had been part of Azerbaijan before the Soviet Union break-up but was mainly populated by Armenians. In 1991-1994, the confrontation spilled over into large-scale military action for control over the enclave and some adjacent territories. Thousands left their homes on both sides in a conflict that killed 30,000. A truce was called between Armenia and the Nagorno Karabakh republic on one side and Azerbaijan on the other in May 1994...



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Jan 22 13:02

This Month Marks 25 Years the U.S. Has Been at War in Iraq

Saturday, January 17, marked 25 years — a full generation — since the 1991 launch of a U.S.-led air war, “Operation Desert Storm,” that devastated Iraq, causing extensive damage to the country’s electrical, water, and sewage infrastructure, with terrible public health consequences.

Jan 22 13:01

Kyrgyzstan endorses draft agreement with Tajikistan on identifying borderline

Following the meeting, Bishkek and Dushanbe agreed to submit the draft agreement to the governments "for intra-state voting procedures". "To date, the Kyrgyz side has held the approval procedure," the document said. "The Cabinet approved the work of the country’s government delegation on delimitation and demarcation of the Kyrgyz-Tajik state border in the agreed areas with the length of 519,9 kilometers." The total length of the border between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan is about 1,000 kilometers. Some of its sections have been considered disputable after the disintegration of the Soviet Union in 1991.

Jan 22 12:30

Russian relief aid delivered to blocked Syrian cities — Russian Defense Ministry

"We have clear confirmation that all the platforms [with humanitarian aid] have been received by the local [Syrian] authorities ‘on the ground’ in the blocked cities. They have confirmed this fact and, indeed, humanitarian aid is being distributed among people in need". Earlier, the Russian defense ministry said that more than 50 tons of relief aid had been delivered from Russia to Syria since January 15.
Russia to help Syria restore cultural heritage after defeating IS: "Russia is ready to provide its restoration experts. Naturally, only the monuments that lend themselves to restoration can be restored. Unfortunately, many monuments have been severely damaged or completely ruined," Ordzhonikidze said. http://tass.ru/en/society/851691

Jan 22 12:27

Russia slams US’ decision to withdraw accreditation of Russian honorary consuls in US

"We are outraged at Washington’s decision to withdraw the accreditation of five of six honorary consuls of Russia in the United States — in California, Utah, Minnesota, Florida and Puerto Rico," the ministry said. "Moreover, they are even threatened with prosecution." "Attempts to accuse us of escalating tensions in the bilateral affairs to justify such inadequate actions do not stand up to criticism," the ministry said. "It is common knowledge that it was the United States that unleashed the sanctions aggression against Russia and is carrying out large-scale Russophobic propaganda all over the world trying to shirk responsibility for supporting the armed coup in Ukraine and the bloody war in Donbass.

Jan 22 12:22

Relatives of MH17 disaster victims ask Russia, Ukraine to provide radars data

The message was signed by 22 citizens of the Netherlands, Britain, Switzerland, Canada and Australia, who recall that all countries should comply with their commitments to full cooperation in investigating the tragedy (being investigated by the Netherlands). Ukraine has said it does not have the related data, because its radars were allegedly undergoing technical maintenance at the moment. Expert Piet Van Genderen said in parliamentary hearings on Friday that that claim looked very doubtful to him... Earlier, the relatives turned for assistance to US Secretary of State John Kerry, who immediately after the tragedy said that the United States had at its disposal the full information about the disaster, but produced no proof.



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Jan 22 12:20

Russian defense ministry denies the shooting of Russian warplane by Turkish Air Force

The Russian Defense Ministry has described as "absolute nonsense" reports appearing in foreign social networks that the Turkish Air Force has hit another Russian warplane. "These reports are absolute nonsense. All our planes which are destroying terrorist infrastructure in Syria have safely returned to an air base," Russian Defense Ministry Spokesperson Major General Igor Konashenkov told journalists on Friday. He said that about 50 journalists from leading foreign media outlets of the United States; Britain, France, Italy, China, Vietnam and other countries had visited the Hmeymim air base. It would have been impossible to conceal that fact from them, Konashenkov said. "Now they have seen the true worth of these false speculations, which various "sofa analysts" regularly church out in Western media," the general added.

Jan 22 12:18

Ukrainian troops open mortar fire at Donetsk’s western suburb — media

"At about 19:00 local time, Ukrainian troops opened intense fire at the settlement of Staromikhailovka," the Donetsk News Agency. Fire, according to the source, was opened from the positions of Ukrainian troops in Krasnogorovka with the use of mortars and armored vehicles. No information about damage or casualties is available. Earlier on Friday, the DPR defense ministry said that Ukrainian troops had committed 153 ceasefire violations over the past day.

Jan 22 12:15

Donbas militia report shellings of unrecognized Luhansk republic

The Ukrainian armed forces have shelled the territory of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) twice from mortars over the past 24 hours, LPR militia told the LuganskInformCenter news agency on Friday. "Between 14:30 and 14:45 (LPR territory) was shelled from the village of Krymskoye, Hill 175.9 near the village of Sukhodol from a 82-mm mortar (10 mortar bombs). At 15:40 (the Luhansk republic) was shelled from Troitskoye urban-type settlement near the village of Veselogorovka from a 120-mm mortar (2 mortar bombs), the LPR Defense Ministry said.

Jan 22 12:02

Oregon Protesters find and Remove HIDDEN "Goverment" SPY Cameras

Jan 22 11:55

Poor Italians Homeless While Refugees Live in New Buildings

Jan 22 11:54

Shooting of Kurds waving white flag caught on camera (GRAPHIC VIDEO)

An incident in which several civilians with a white flag came under fire has been caught on camera. The victims are reported to be Kurds in the town of Cizre, where they were allegedly shot at by Turkish troops.

Jan 22 11:53

US to use 'boots on the ground' to fight ISIS: defense chief

The U.S.-led coalition fighting ISIS needs to take back the cities Mosul and Raqqa and will use "boots on the ground" as part of its strategy in doing so, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Friday.

"We need to destroy them in those two places, and I'd like to get on with that as soon as possible," Carter, speaking from Davos, Switzerland, said in an interview on CNBC.

He said the coalition is using raids and bombs to take control of the routes between the two cities and cut off communication between them.

"That'll essentially separate the Iraqi theater from the Syrian theater," he said.


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Jan 22 11:32

Pakistan Mourns New Taliban School Massacre in Latest Blowback from Internal Conflict, Afghan War

Pakistan is once again mourning mass casualties from an armed assault on one of its schools. At least 20 people were killed and dozens injured on Wednesday when gunmen stormed the northwest Bacha Khan University under the cover of morning fog.

Jan 22 11:25

When will Hillary Clinton be indicted

A Clinton indictment could lead to a brokered Democratic national convention

With the revelation that Hillary Clinton stored above top secret documents on her unsecured email server, the question being discussed on the news talk shows is not whether she will be indicted but when. Two scenarios have arisen concerning a possible Clinton indictment under the Espionage Act and perhaps other, related charges.

The first scenario has Clinton being indicted before she locks up the nomination.
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The second scenario has the indictments being handed down after Hillary Clinton locks down the nomination, presuming that she can fend off the stiff challenge from Sanders. Then, the theory goes, she is forced to withdraw from the race and release her delegates to vote for whom they wish. That hypothetical development means that the Democratic National Convention will be brokered.



Jan 22 11:09

GM Wins Big in First Trial Over Deadly Ignition Switch

Robert Scheuer, 49, will walk away empty-handed, ending a lawsuit that was supposed to serve as a guide for hundreds of others against GM over the ignition switch, his lawyer said in a filing Friday in Manhattan federal court.

Jan 22 11:06

Will the DNC Use Super-Delegates to Steal the Primary Election from Bernie Sanders

The Democratic party has a built-in system to eliminate popular candidates with the populace but not as favorable to party leaders by the way of Super Delegates. Super Delegates carry just about 20% of the voting power in the nomination of a Democratic presidential candidate. These Super Delegates do not have to answer to a voting public. They do not have to follow what the people have voted and they can make a choice solely on their personal discretion or relationship with the candidates.

In a tight race, which this one will surely be, it is very likely that Bernie could win the electorate primary pledges but he could lose the nomination by way of his peers. There are 4047 total pledges to be made in the party, 794 by the super delegates.

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And the Democratic Superdelegates have all been given to Hillary by Debbie Wasserman Shultz!

Jan 22 10:58

GOP Drops National Review From Debate Sponsorship Over Trump Attack

Republican National Committee spokesperson Allison Moore said that "debate partners can't have a predisposition towards or against any candidate."

Jan 22 10:40

What is open source software?

Open source software is software whose source code is available for modification or enhancement by anyone.

"Source code" is the part of software that most computer users don't ever see; it's the code computer programmers can manipulate to change how a piece of software—a "program" or "application"—works. Programmers who have access to a computer program's source code can improve that program by adding features to it or fixing parts that don't always work correctly.

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Recent changes in policy by corporate software vendors is boosting interest in open source software development. I was talking with an IT guy just yesterday whose clients are enraged because the vendors they bought software from (and are now dependent on) are moving to month-to-month subscriptions at elevated prices. One wonders what happened to the laws we have in this nation against monopolies, but that is a matter for another article.

The problem is there are no controls on the subscription prices, which means no matter how hard these clients work, most of the profits are now going to the software companies, who because of the month-to-month payment plan, have no real incentive to improve their products, as they have no need to worry about future sales. As a result, America is starting to lose its competitive edge against other countries, where future sales are dependent on coming up with better products.

I have already commented on the long-term effects of refusing to sell perpetual licenses to software as a single slump in business can shut an entire company's computer systems and productivity down completely. Having dusted off my programming skills during the NSA code challenge I find myself writing more and more of my own utilities rather than go through the hassle of licensing from a corporate vendor, and I suggest that it may be time for a programming renaissance among young people, going back to the early days of computers when we wrote most of the software we used. No, it won't have all the whiz-bang of a corporate product, but be honest, have you ever actually used all the bells and whistles in corporate software products, or just the core function? After my experience with Windows 10 (and I did give it a fair test) my next computer will be a Linux open source box. It is really all I need to keep doing what I do now. Yes, I still love to play with my animation software (at least the one that would actually install properly) but I can live without it.

Ancient Rome was built on the development of new technologies, but then as now technology must be maintained. When Rome could no longer keep the roads and aquaducts in working order, Rome started to fall. The same thing is starting to happen with our computers. Even today we are left to find the problems for ourselves and customer service from the software giants has become an industry joke.



Jan 22 10:36

Pentagon Frantic on How to Counter Successful Russian/Syrian Campaigns Against ISIS

they need to keep their mercenary proxy army from being wiped out in their entirety

Jan 22 10:33

Texas high school student suspended after carrying classmate having an asthma attack to the nurse

A Killeen mother is defending her son who was suspended after helping a fellow student having an asthma attack.
Anthony Ruelas, 15, said his eighth grade classmate was wheezing and gagging for three minutes Tuesday morning while no one did anything. But when Ruelas did do something, he apparently broke the rules.

Jan 22 10:32

Independent economists: TPP will kill 450,000 US jobs; 75,000 Japanese jobs, 58,000 Canadian jobs

Proponents of the secretly negotiated Trans Pacific Partnership -- which lets companies force governments to get rid of their labor, environmental and safety rules in confidential tribunals -- say it's all worth it because it will deliver growth and jobs to the stagnant economies of the rich world.

Jan 22 10:13

Germany starts confiscating refugees' valuables; Denmark finalizes bill to do same

Germany's southern states are confiscating refugees' valuables in order to pay for their stay, according to local authorities. It comes as Denmark moves ahead with a plan to do the same, part of a controversial bill aimed at curbing asylum seekers' rights.

Jan 22 10:08

Netanyahu calls for more US aid against strengthened Iran

At World Economic Forum, PM makes case for expanding military aid, which 'pales in comparison to enormous funds Iran gets.'

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Jan 22 10:06

Detroit Student: “I Want to Be Able to Go to School Without Worrying About Being Bitten by Mice”

As a federal emergency is declared over lead poisoning in the Flint water supply, the state of Michigan is facing another crisis over basic services—this time in Detroit.



Carambola
Jan 22 10:05

The Clinton Foundation: Hillary Beholden To Banks, Corporations, And Foreign Governments

By Brandon Turbeville

Much has been made of the questionable actions and connections held by Clinton’s foundation enterprise over the last year. Many allegations have been made but what is entirely undebatable is the fact that the Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation works closely with Wall Street banks and is also heavily funded by them ... then there is the apparent loyalty to foreign governments...

Jan 22 10:03

They Tell Us Nothing But Lies — Paul Craig Roberts

A British governmental inquiry has concluded that Russian President Putin “probably approved” the killing of Alexander Litvinenko by polonium poisoning. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article44002.htm

As no evidence is provided for the surmise, we can conclude that this report on an unresolved event that happened a decade ago is part of the lies being used by the West to demonize Putin, just as the lies about MH-17 and “the Russian invasion of Ukraine.”

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Jan 22 09:48

Cashless Society War Intensifies During Global Epocalypse

By David Haggith

In the fall of 2015, the world descended into an economic apocalypse that will transform the globe into a single cashless society. This bold prediction is based on trends in nations all over the earth as shown in this article.

As we enter 2016, we are only beginning to see this Epocalypse form through the fog of war. The war I’m talking about is the world war waged furiously by central banks against the Great Recession as the governments they supposedly serve fiddled while their "capital" burned...

Jan 22 09:46

China braces for record cold snap with temperatures expected to drop to minus 30

SCHOOLS have been suspended and emergency workers put on standby in China as the country braces for historically cold weather, including 30-year lows in places, the government and state media said on Thursday.

Jan 22 09:45

D.C. region braces for epic blizzard; Metro to shut down subway, bus lines

With an epic blizzard virtually certain to pummel the Washington area this weekend, Metro threw up a white flag Thursday, announcing that it will shut down the nation’s second-busiest subway and all bus service Saturday and Sunday in a move that apparently is unprecedented in the transit system’s 40-year history.

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Jan 22 09:42

Historic winter storm begins in Charlottesville; record snow event is possible

Just before 10:30 a.m. Friday, the snowflakes began to come down on Charlottesville. And, according to records, it could be an historic snowfall when it's finally done.
The National Weather Service office in Sterling predicts Charlottesville could see anywhere from 19 to 31 inches of snow on Friday and Saturday. The record, kept by the McCormick Observatory, for a major snow event is 24 inches, accumulated over two days in January 1922.

Jan 22 09:42

Several states, DC urged to brace for potentially historic snowstorm

The powerful winter storm bearing down on Washington, D.C. and several states has "life and death implications," Mayor Muriel Bowser warned Friday as she urged people to prepare for more than 2 feet of snow

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Jan 22 09:41

Six senators accidentally just admitted they are clueless about internet speeds

Congress has struggled to understand the internet for a long time, and a group of six US senators joined a chorus of ignorance today when they submitted a letter to the FCC criticizing it for changing the definition of high-speed internet, The Hill first reported. Last January, the FCC made an obvious and reasonable decision to raise minimum download and upload speeds for "broadband internet" from a measly 4Mbps/1Mbps to 25Mbps/3Mbps.

Jan 22 09:40

Hillary Clinton angers Iowa fans who waited hours for five-minute speech

Hillary Clinton left her audience cold in Iowa City on Thursday night, after she spoke for less than five minutes to a crowd of more than a thousand people, some of whom had lined up for more than an hour to see her.

Jan 22 09:38

BEX ALERT - Iran was moving towards producing nukes, Kerry claims

US Secretary of State John Kerry has once again accused Iran of moving towards producing nuclear weapons before Tehran reached a nuclear deal with P5+1 group of countries.

Kerry said on Thursday because of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), all pathways for Iran to make nuclear bombs are blocked.

"Iran was hurtling towards an unaccounted for, uninspected, full-fledged nuclear program with high levels of enrichment where they had enough enriched material to make 10 to 12 bombs," Kerry told CNBC's "Squawk Box" at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

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And where is your proof, John? And why aren't you talking about Israel, which already has hundreds of nuclear weapons, refuses to sign the NNPT, refuses IAEA inspections, and was caught trying to sell a clandestine nuclear weapon to the former government of South Africa; the very activity the NNPT is supposed to prevent!

Jan 22 09:31

Billionaire CEO of Blackstone Trolls the American Public – He Doesn’t Get Why People Are Angry

DAVOS MAN: “A soulless man, technocratic, nationless and cultureless, severed from reality. The modern economics that undergirded Davos capitalism is equally soulless, a managerial capitalism that reduces economics to mathematics and separates it from human action and human creativity.”

– From the post: “For the Sake of Capitalism, Pepper Spray Davos”

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Jan 22 09:29

Bernie Sanders Surges Ahead of Hillary Clinton in New Iowa Poll

Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is now beating Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton in Iowa, according to a new poll, just over a week away from the Iowa caucuses.

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Jan 22 09:27

WELFARE USES "PREDICTIVE ANALYTICS" TO IDENTIFY "BAD KIDS" IN L.A. COUNTY

A primary goal of Los Angeles County’s child welfare system is keeping kids out of lock-up. In this pursuit, the county took a surprising step: It used a predictive analytics tool as part of a program to identify which specific kids might end up behind bars, says Pacific Standard magazine. The process wasn’t incredibly complicated: It involved analyzing data about a child’s family, arrests, drug use, academic success, and abuse history. The goal was abundantly clear: separating out the good kids from the potentially bad.

Jan 22 09:23

Jews Criminalize Un-Kosher Laughter

In the past, Mr. M’Bala M’Bala has raised his voice either in support of Holocaust Revisionism or in protest against the oppression of Palestinians. The verdict was gleefully cheered by Eric Lemmens, a lawyer for Belgium’s Jewish organizations,” For me this is more than satisfying, this is a major victory,” Ibid. A major victory for Censorship. A Major Defeat for Free Speech... Western governments have piously lectured the rest of the World on how the West protects Free Speech (as in the Perinçek case.) The continued persecution of Dieudonne is an example of the hypocrisy and dishonesty of Western governments. Maybe they think the rest of the World won’t notice?

Jan 22 09:23

Strange and Crazy in the Financial World!

t’s been crazy so long it feels like normal …

Jan 22 09:22

Britain had more motivation to kill Aleksandr Litvinenko than Russia, brother claims

The brother of Aleksandr Litvinenko says the UK government had more motivation to kill him than Russia did, despite a British public inquiry which concluded that President Putin “probably” approved the assassination.

Maksim Litvinenko, Aleksandr's younger brother who lives in Rimini, Italy, responded to the Thursday report by saying it was “ridiculous” to blame the Kremlin for the murder of his brother, stating that he believes British security services had more of a motive to carry out the assassination.

"My father and I are sure that the Russian authorities are not involved. It's all a set-up to put pressure on the Russian government,” Litvinenko told the Mirror, adding that such reasoning is the only explanation as to why the inquiry was launched 10 years after his brother's death.

Jan 22 09:22

Exclusive: Former Pearson Exec Reveals Anti-American Agenda in Common Core

Kim Koerber, a former Pearson executive who now works as a sales consultant for National Geographic – another Gates Foundation-funded Common Core publisher – tells the Project Veritas undercover journalist that “conservative voters are afraid of everything,” and proceeds to say why Common Core is important in her view.

She explains that those behind Common Core and the new AP U.S. History framework have attempted to minimize the Constitution and remove Christianity from the core concepts, while they also stress the importance of teaching about Islam:

Jan 22 09:19

ISRAEL SAYS WILL SEIZE WEST BANK LAND; DEMOLISHES EU STRUCTURES

Israel confirmed on Thursday it was planning to appropriate a large tract of fertile land in the occupied West Bank, close to Jordan, a move likely to exacerbate tensions with Western allies and already drawing international condemnation. In an email sent to Reuters, COGAT, a unit of Israel's Defence Ministry, said the political decision to seize the territory had been taken and "the lands are in the final stages of being declared state lands".

Jan 22 09:16

HORRIFYING VIDEO SHOWS TROOPS FROM NATO COUNTRY GUN DOWN CIVILIANS CARRYING A WHITE FLAG

An incident in which several civilians with a white flag came under fire has been caught on camera. The victims are reported to be Kurds in the town of Cizre, where they were allegedly shot at by Turkish troops. The series of short video clips published on social media shows a procession of people going along a street, pushing a cart with what appears to be two covered bodies. The walls of the buildings are dotted with holes, possibly from bullets. A tank is shown in the distance.

Jan 22 09:11

Davos elite alarmed at the prospect of 'embarrassing' Trump being the GOP presidential nominee 

The surprise emergence of a billionaire real estate developer who has proposed banning Muslims from entering the United States as the front runner to become Republican nominee for president is one of the hot topics of conversation among the rich and powerful at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

While calling Donald Trump 'unbelievable', 'embarrassing' and even 'dangerous', business executives and finance leaders said he had nevertheless 'hit a vein' with his direct talk.

Jan 22 09:00

Oregon standoff Day 21: What you need to know Friday

The coverage by the Oregonian IMHO is inflammatory and incendiary. They and the governor would appear to be trying to motivate the feds to go in and massacre these people. The trolls in the comments section calling for Bundy and his supporters to be killed is appalling. Rivero's Rangers need to kick some butt,commentarily speaking that is!

Jan 22 08:56

Outsiders are in: Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders lead in latest Iowa poll

According to the poll, Trump leads the Republican race, with 37 percent support compared to 26 percent for Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas). Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) has an eight point lead as the preferred Democratic presidential candidate over rival Hillary Clinton, leading her in Iowa 51 percent to 43 percent.

Jan 22 08:47

Soros Reveals He Is Short The S&P 500: Warns China Will Have A Hard-Landing, Says "Fed Hike Was A Mistake"

As for the Fed, Soros is on the policy mistake bandwagon, saying Yellen may have mistimed liftoff. That echoes sentiments voiced by Marc Faber among other prominent investors and speaks to what we’ve been saying since September, namely that December's hike might go down as the worst-timed rate hike in history. "The investor said he would be surprised if the Federal Reserve raised interest rates again after hiking them in December for the first time in almost a decade," Bloomberg writes. He, like Ray Dalio, says the FOMC is more likely to cut than hike going forward.

Jan 22 08:46

WHY AMERICA ALLOWS SAUDI ARABIA TO GET AWAY WITH BLATANT HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES

U.S. dependence on oil prevents Washington from opposing Saudi Arabia’s repeated human rights violations and support for terrorist groups like ISIS or Boko Haram.

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Saudi Arabia also holds a huge chunk of US debt. If pressured, Saudi Arabia can just dump[ treasuries and refuse to rollover investment in the US. They may do it anyway as the pressure from oil prices continues to strain their economy.

Jan 22 08:44

IMF recommends paying refugees below the minimum wage

The International Monetary Fund has highlighted the positive effect of public spending on refugees on European GDP, but has also recommended that employers pay them less than the minimum wage. EurActiv France reports.

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It is amazing how blind the money-junkies are. If you are not paying workers a decent wage or salary, they will not be going to the shopping malls to buy what corporations are selling, even with the new trend of forcing people to buy things they do not want or need. Money cannot just pile up at the top. It must recirculate to keep the economy working.

Jan 22 08:42

Migration crisis can destroy Europe, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls says

Europe cannot take in all the refugees fleeing war-torn Syria and Iraq and the migration crisis is putting the European Union in grave danger, the French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has said.

Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Mr Valls added that Europe needed to take urgent action to control its external borders. “Otherwise,” he said, “our societies will be totally destabilised”.

Jan 22 08:38

Stretched to the Limit: Has the German State Lost Control?

After the violent excesses in Cologne on New Year's Eve, German government failures have come to light, with many asking if the country is still safe. Police and the justice system have been stretched to their limits

Jan 22 08:35

The 1% Economy: The World’s Richest 62 People Now Have as Much as Poorest 3.6 Billion

A new report from Oxfam on global inequality finds the world’s richest 62 billionaires now own as much wealth as half the world.

Jan 22 08:28

Dangerous Winter Storm Jonas to Bring Crippling Snowstorm, Major Ice Threat; Blizzard Warnings for D.C., Baltimore

"As of Friday morning, more than 85 million people – or roughly one in every four Americans – in at least 20 states were covered by either a blizzard warning, winter storm watch, winter storm warning, winter weather advisory, or freezing rain advisory from Arkansas to the Carolinas to the New York City area and extreme southern New England."

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Jan 22 08:17

12 trigger events that could unleash economic collapse in the U.S

As practically the entire world seems to be nearing the end of its run financially, many people are beginning to wonder how much longer America has before our own teetering house of cards finally falls. Nobody can say for sure how it will all play out, of course, but there are a number of potential scenarios that could act as trigger events to bring about a cataclysmic economic collapse here in the United States, in the very near future.

According to Jim Willie from GoldenJackass.com, the following imminent events could predicate a complete financial breakdown, unlike anything ever before seen in America:

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Jan 22 08:14

"Dip Buying Is Officially Dead"

"dip buying is officially dead and stocks (esp. US ones) are no longer impressed by promises of central bank largess. The reason the SPX has only witnessed insipid rally attempts during this weeks-long swoon is the absence of robust dip-buying."

- JPMorgan

Jan 22 08:13

The Fragile Forty & How The World Lost $17 Trillion In 6 Months

It's official. More than 50% of the "wealth" effect created from the 2011 lows to the 2015 highs has been destroyed (despite the world's central banks going into money-printing overdrive over that period). Almost $17 trillion of equity market capitalization has evaporated in just over 6 months with over 40 global stock indices in bear markets...

Jan 22 08:08

Missoula Doolittle Raider Thatcher to join Living Legends of Aviation

Missoula’s David Thatcher, one of two remaining crew members of the famed Doolittle Raiders of World War II, will be feted again Friday night.

Thatcher and his wife, Dawn, are in Beverly Hills, California, where he’ll be inducted into the Living Legends of Aviation at a $5,000-a-plate dinner ceremony hosted by John Travolta.

Thatcher, 94, will be joined by the other Doolittle survivor, Dick Cole of Texas, who turned 100 in September.

Jan 22 08:05

For the First Time Ever, Older Albums Are Out-Selling Newer Albums

If albums are still worth billions of dollars, then a majority of those billions are now going to older releases. According to US-based data just released by Nielsen Music, older, ‘catalog’ albums outsold newly-released albums in 2015, the first time that has ever happened.

Nielsen categorizes an album as ‘catalog’ when its release date is more than 18 months ago. In almost all cases, an album has exhausted its new-release sales energy after that point, and becomes an older selection.

Jan 22 07:58

10 Times Americans Almost Destroyed The World

For a planet so often on the edge of nuclear apocalypse, we sure do like our post-apocalypses. Seriously, how often do we indulge in fantasies about the end of the world? Like, three times a day. Double that if you read the Daily Mail.

Jan 22 07:57

Boston Brakes? How to Hack a New Car With Your iPhone or Android

According to crafty insurance moguls, their revolutionary ‘smart’ plug-in device connects to your car’s computer port which is normally located just beneath the steering wheel. They claim that it only records drivers when they accelerate, brake and steer. They claim that this data will reveal how erratic a driver you are, which in turn will determine your road risk actuary – and how much you will have to pay for auto insurance.

Most ‘smart’ people realize that this smart device will not save you money, as much as it will give insurance companies like Progressive an easy metric by which to raise your rates, not lower them.

If that isn’t bad enough, now cyber researchers in America have shown how hackers can send a simple text message to manipulate your car’s functions – even disable your car’s brakes.

Jan 22 07:51

Apocalypse in the Jungle as Migrants Burn Camp Down

Footage has emerged of the Calais Jungle looking like a scene from a dystopian movie: fires burn as far as the eye can see while migrants let off fireworks and yell “fuck you!”

Jan 22 07:51

The Seven Stages of Establishment Backlash: Corbyn/Sanders Edition

evidence of a growing Sanders movement is unmistakable. Because of the broader trends driving it, this is clearly unsettling to establishment Democrats — as it should be.

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Democrats are taking the "Anyone but Hillary" approach to this election.

Jan 22 07:47

Catherine Herridge: "The @FBI was able to recover [Clinton's] deleted emails ... [wipe] was not what I would call a professional standard."

Jan 22 07:47

Clinton’s Emails: A Criminal Charge Is Justified

When asked whether she had her server “wiped,” she assumed an air of grandmotherly befuddlement: “What, like with a cloth or something?” she said. “I don’t know how it works digitally at all.”

The current news, reported in the Journal and elsewhere, is that her server contained information at the highest level of classification, known as SAP, or Special Access Program. This is a level so high that even the inspector general for the intelligence community who reported the discovery did not initially have clearance to examine it.

The server also contained messages showing her contempt for classification procedures. This was bred at least in part by obvious familiarity with exactly “how it works”—such as when, an email shows, she directed a staff member simply to erase the heading on a classified document, converting it into “unpaper,” and send it on a “nonsecure” device.

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UPDATE: For some reason the Wall Street Journal has moved this article behind their subscriber wall, right after I asked if Hillary was selling US secrets using her email server and collecting/laundering the payments through her "charitable" foundation.

Jan 22 07:41

Lost voters say they have found their candidate in Trump

At least 1 in 10 Americans who plan to cast a vote this election will do so for the first time in years!

Ted Wade hasn’t cared about politics enough to cast a vote in a U.S. presidential election for almost a quarter of a century, back when he supported Ross Perot’s independent candidacy in 1992.

But Republican Donald Trump’s 2016 White House bid has motivated Wade to get involved and he plans to support the real estate mogul in Nevada’s nominating caucus next month. Trump is a “non-politician” who can fix the “chaos” in Washington, he says

Jan 22 07:40

“They won’t be able to break us,” says arrested Israeli activist

An Israeli court ordered the immediate, unconditional release of Palestinian human rights defender Nasser Nawaja on Thursday, but as of Friday morning he remained in custody. Lawyers are filing a motion against Israeli police for contempt of court.

Jan 22 07:39

University of South Florida students pass Israel divestment resolution

On Tuesday night, the student senate at the University of South Florida in Tampa passed a joint resolution calling on the board of trustees of the USF Foundation to divest from corporations involved in Israel’s occupation and human rights violations.

The resolution, which passed in a landslide vote of 32-12 with 5 abstentions, demands that the university pull its investments in corporations that “are continuously and knowingly complicit” in violations of Palestinian rights.

It lists Caterpillar, Hewlett-Packard, G4S, Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman as examples of such companies whose shares are in the university’s portfolio.

Jan 22 07:38

Mossad-linked group’s case against US trade union thrown out

The National Labor Relations Board has dismissed a case brought by a Mossad-linked Israeli group against a US trade union over its support for Palestinian rights.

In August 2015, the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America – known as UE – voted to back the Palestinian call for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) on Israel.

In October, Shurat HaDin filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board, the statutory body that enforces US trade union laws, to try to force UE to abandon its decision.

The complaint alleged that UE’s resolution violated the prohibition in US labor law against secondary boycotts.

Shurat HaDin is an Israeli organization that acts as a proxy for Israel’s Mossad spying and assassination agency. It uses legal cases to harass supporters of Palestinian rights, a strategy known as lawfare.

Jan 22 07:38

SPOOF OF THE DAY ~~ ISRAEL DESTROYS TO BUILD

Israel confirmed on Thursday it was planning to appropriate a large tract of fertile land in the occupied West Bank, close to Jordan, a move likely to exacerbate tensions with Western allies and already drawing international condemnation.

The appropriation, covers 154 hectares (380 acres) in the Jordan Valley close to Jericho, an area where Israel already has many settlement farms built on land Palestinians seek for a state. It is the largest land seizure since August 2014.

Jan 22 07:37

“Holocaust Survivor” Tells Her Story

LOL, I cannot stand these “Holocaust survivors,” and the absurd tales they tell. Who believes these liars?

Jan 22 07:28

Sick: Warmist Scientist William Connolley Cheers Death of Climate Skeptic Dr. Bob Carter as an ‘advancement in science’ – Gloats: ‘Science Advances One Funeral At A Time’

Climate Depot’s Marc Morano’s Response to Connolley: ‘You are a pathetic individual who relishes in a scientific colleague’s death in this way. You owe the family of Bob Carter an apology and an apology to the public.’

Climate Audit’s Stephen McIntyre called Connolley’s remarks “sheer mean mindedness.”

Jan 22 07:27

Saudi Arabia's Secret Holdings of U.S. Debt Are Suddenly a Big Deal

It’s a secret of the vast U.S. Treasury market, a holdover from an age of oil shortages and mighty petrodollars: Just how much of America’s debt does Saudi Arabia own?

But now that question -- unanswered since the 1970s, under an unusual blackout by the U.S. Treasury Department -- has come to the fore as Saudi Arabia is pressured by plunging oil prices and costly wars in the Middle East.

Jan 22 07:26

Ex-Russian spy dismisses Litvinenko inquiry

A former Russian spy has rejected as nonsense a new British inquiry saying he was one of the state-directed murderers of dissident Alexander Litvinenko.

Andrei Lugovoi dismissed the findings of the inquiry that said President Vladimir Putin “probably” approved the assassination of Litvinenko in London in 2006.

Jan 22 07:20

Make Mine Freedom (1948)

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You can't say you weren't warned!

Jan 22 07:16

Fed Requires URGENT Help From the Treasury- Silver Will Soar Through $400/oz!

"The USFed is so strapped, so deeply under siege, so overwhelmed, that it requires urgent help from the USDept Treasury. So they have expanded QE to become Double Barreled Hidden QE to Infinity. The Gold price will find its true value and price over $10,000 per ounce.The Silver price will find its true value and price over $400 per ounce. In reaching these levels, the ratio will return to the 25-1 range. Several steps have been laid out toward the return of proper price to precious metals.

Jan 22 07:14

Oil to Recover by July, Saudis Digging Their Own Graves to Please Global Elite

The Masters of the Universe are ready to bring the whole world down in a major recession to strangle Russia

Jan 22 07:14

Russian Navy to hold drills with China, Egypt, India this year — deputy commander

Russia’s Fleet will take part in a range of international naval exercises this year jointly with China, Egypt, India and other countries, the deputy commander-in-chief of Russian Navy said on Thursday.

"To continue work on strengthening ties with the naval forces of foreign countries in 2016 a number of joint drills have been planned: with the Navies of China, Egypt and India," Alexander Fedotenkov said.

Joint drills will also be held for the first time between Russia, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan, he added.

Jan 22 07:12

Angela Merkel: Going, Going…Gone?

Can “the most powerful woman in the world”, according to Time magazine, finally be on her way out? An overview of the German press suggests that is the case.

Jan 22 07:11

Pharma Drug Trial in France Results in Brain Damage and Death

A recent medical trial in France has left one person dead, three others with possibly irreversible brain damage, and a grim reminder of the dangers of drugs. The study, carried out by Biotrial, a pharmaceutical research firm, was using healthy volunteers to determine the maximum tolerability of an experimental painkiller manufactured by Bial, a Portuguese drug maker. In return for their taking part in the two-week test, the volunteers are said to have each been paid a fee of 1,900 euros (US $2,070). With two more men also said to have been hospitalized, and all six participants having taken the drug at the highest dosage used in the trial, the outcome has been described as the worst tragedy of its kind to have taken place in France.

Jan 22 06:33

Ted Cruz has a very real birther problem

Ted Cruz has a very real birther problem: The law is not settled — but the history is

Webmaster addition: Actually, "Natural Born" was clearly defined in "The Law of Nations" by Emerich de Vattel, published in 1758 and relied on heavily by the framers of the Constitution. "Natural Born" was already legally defined when the Constitution was written as "born inside the nation."

The inclusion of the "Natural Born" requirement for the Presidency was proposed at the Constitutional Convention by Chief Justice John Jay, who wrote, "Permit me to hint, whether it would not be wise and seasonable to provide a strong check to the admission of Foreigners into the administration of our national Government and to declare expressly that the Command in Chief of the American army shall not be given to, nor devolve on, any but a natural born Citizen..."

Jan 22 06:19

Ruble Rebounds From Record Low as Oil Surge Lifts Russia Assets

The ruble jumped the most since August, rebounding from its lowest level on record, as a recovery in crude prices encouraged investors to buy assets in the world’s biggest energy exporter.

Jan 22 06:02

Silver to Be Unleashed: Andy Hoffman

Jan 22 05:59

Dimon's Pay Jumps 35% to $27 Million

>Package includes $20.5 million linked to bank's future returns
>New performance units come after shareholders rejected pay

JPMorgan Chase & Co. boosted Jamie Dimon’s pay 35 percent, tying most of the package to future performance after a record share of investors rejected the bank’s compensation practices last year.

(*>Package includes $20.5 million linked to bank's future returns
Translation, the money the bank will be making in the future from penalties , fees , loan interest , and 'dip ins' that we'll be paying , for the next bout of 'quantitative easing' .
This Is Where That Money Will Be Going ! DIMON 'S PAY !!!)

Jan 22 05:53

The Latest: State of Emergency in Pennsylvania Ahead of Snow

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Pennsylvania's governor has declared a state of emergency as an approaching winter storm targeting the Washington area and the Northeast is expected to dump more than a foot of snow on much of the southern part of the state.

Jan 22 05:39

Weather Forcast Washington DC

Snow starting in 86 minWashington (*submitting article @ 7:40AM EST)

A snowstorm from late this afternoon into tomorrow evening with blizzard conditions from late this evening into tomorrow afternoon and accumulations of 1-2 feet; roads will be slippery

Jan 22 05:34

Could the DC, Baltimore blizzard eclipse historic snowstorm totals?

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If 18 inches of snow falls in Washington, D.C., then it would eclipse the "Blizzard of 1996" and the "Snowmageddon Storm" of Feb. 5-6, 2010.

The greatest snowfall for a single-day in Washington, D.C., was 21.0 inches on Jan. 28, 1922, during the "Knickerbocker Storm."
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If 18 inches of snow falls on Baltimore, then it would tie the top 10 storm from Dec. 18-19, 2009.

The greatest snowfall for a single-day in Baltimore was 23.3 inches on Jan. 28, 1922.

Snowfall records date back to 1884 at Washington, D.C., and 1892 at Baltimore.

Record-breaking or not, the weekend blizzard will prove to be very disruptive over a broad area of the mid-Atlantic and perhaps part of southern New England as well.

Jan 22 05:05

Syria Lies Dept: 60 Minutes declares the Russian intervention a flop

Taking no chances, CBS 60 Minutes program also manages to denigrate the brave Syrian Arab Army, just about one of the most heroic forces fighting ISIL and other brutal terrorists in the Middle East.

Jan 22 04:42

Snow Coating Cripples DC Commute, Leaves Drivers Stranded

There were collisions and spinouts, all from the inch of snow and black ice that coated the DC area. It’s an ugly preview of what’s to come when the region is expected to be pounded with as much as two feet of snow.

January 21, 2016

Jan 21 23:26

Yemen: Britain and Saudi Arabia Shoulder to Shoulder in Atrocity

“British military advisers are in control rooms assisting the Saudi-led coalition staging bombing raids across Yemen that have killed thousands of civilians, the Saudi Foreign Minister and the Ministry of Defence have confirmed

Jan 21 20:21

To the Rescue of ISIS: Turkey Prepares Ground Invasion of Syria

A ISIS field training camp including the militants’ command post and barracks in the vicinity of the village of Mreya in Deir ez Zor province was also destroyed. Separately, the Russian jets hit the terrorists near Jabal al-Akrad as they fled Latakia being attacked by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA).

Jan 21 20:21

Yemen being pounded by US, British, Israeli jets: Army

Israel, the United States and the United Kingdom have been contributing to Saudi Arabia’s deadly war on Yemen by sending warplanes to bomb the impoverished nation, a Yemeni army official reveals.

Jan 21 19:59

Gearoid O Colmain on “Coercive Engineered Migration: Zionism’s War on Europe” _ on Kevin Barrett’s Truth Jihad Radio

Gearoid O Colmain, commentator for Russia Today and contributor to the new book ANOTHER French False Flag?, may be politically on the left…but he is definitely not part of the co-opted foundation-funded pseudo-alternative world that passes for the “respectable left” these days. In his new article “Coercive Engineered Migration: Zionism’s War on Europe”– and even more so in this interview – Gearoid offers a frightening, plausible, politically-incorrect analysis of what’s behind the manufactured “refugee crisis.”

Gearoid’s early report for RT on the 11/13/15 false flag in Paris has already passed a million views.

Jan 21 19:56

“Staggering” violence in Iraq: The legacy of US war and occupation

Describing current levels of killing and mayhem in Iraq as “staggering” and “obscene,” two United Nations agencies released a report Tuesday that recorded at least 55,047 civilian casualties between January 1, 2014 and October 31, 2015. The total included at least 18,802 civilians killed and another 36,245 wounded.

Jan 21 19:56

How New Sanctions Will Be Perceived in Iran

The moment the United States removed their nuclear sanctions on Iran, they slapped new sanctions on Iran, claiming that two Iranian tests of ballistic missiles that are capable of delivering nuclear warheads violates Security Council resolutions. The Iranians had no sooner learned that nuclear sanctions had been removed following the International Atomic Energy Association (IAEA) announcement that they had verified Iran’s compliance with all of their obligations under the P5+1 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) agreement than they learned that new sanctions had been imposed.

Jan 21 19:34

Ron Paul Says When Free Trade Fails, War Follows

Free trade — not corporatist, managed trade — is the best guarantor of peace and prosperity. Protectionism leads to trade wars which very often lead to hot wars. In the US presidential race the issue of tariffs and other taxes on trade have begun to enter the conversation. We should remember how dangerous this kind of isolationism is, especially to working and middle class Americans. In today’s Liberty Report, Ron Paul explains the importance of real free trade:

Jan 21 19:11

Flashback - Cynthia Mckinney: AIPAC is in total control of US Government & few Americans know anything about it

Five words rule congress - "Have you signed the pledge?"

Jan 21 18:19

NSA Director Finally Admits Encryption Is Needed to Protect Public’s Privacy

By Carey Wedler

Encryption, a security measure that makes data impossible to read without a secure code or password, has become an increasingly contentious subject for government agencies and private companies. While the likes of Apple, Android, and other technology companies maintain it is vital, the federal government has forcefully resisted. On Thursday, however, NSA Director Mike Rogers expressed his support for the security feature, drawing a clear line in the sand between federal intelligence and law enforcement...

Jan 21 18:03

Was Hillary SELLING FOREIGN ACCESS TO CLASSIFIED INFORMATION on her private server?

I hope the FBI is checking into the reason WHY Hillary had highly sensitive information on her private, non-government server that was HIDDEN FROM CONGRESS AND POSSIBLE OVERSIGHT BY OTHER GOV'T AGENCIES.

Did Zero order her to do this as part of some treasonous plot to forward our national security information to hostile countries such as Iran?

Did Hillary SELL access to her private server to the highest bidders by giving them passwords to her email accounts where classified information was located?

Although Hillary was Secretary of State, did she have 'need to know' for each of the various Top Secret/SAP programs data found on her server? If not, for what reason did she possess such information?

Was Hillary 'cleared' for each program which she possessed information for on her server?

Was there any classified information on her server which there was no compelling need for her to have?

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Starting to go viral!

Jan 21 17:45

Chief Israeli rabbi calls for executing Palestinians

We must not allow a Palestinian to survive after he was arrested. If you leave him alive, he will be released and kill other people,” Eliyahu said, “we must eradicate this evil from within our midst.”

Jan 21 17:36

Economy Stalled, Going DOWN - David Morgan

Jan 21 17:13

Ted Cruz's Closest Counselors Are Neocons

There’s a lot about Ted Cruz that should worry constitutionalists considering voting for the senator in the presidential election of 2016.

Recently, Infogram published brief but illuminating biographies of several of Cruz’s key foreign policy advisors. The information disclosed in these revelations could trouble many constitutionalists otherwise keen on the senator and who rely on him to restore the rule of law to the White House.

The first person highlighted in the article is the chairman of Cruz’s foreign policy team, Chad Sweet (shown).

Sweet’s professional and political background betrays Cruz’s claims of being someone who promises “not to continue going in the same direction” and to “bring power out of Washington, and back to we the people.”

Infogram’s biography of Chad Sweet includes the following associations, demonstrating that he is very much a step in the “same direction”:

Jan 21 17:03

Native American Tribe Just Donated $10,000 To Help Flint Deal With Lead Water Crisis

The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians in Manistee, Michigan has donated $10,000 to the Genesee County sheriff’s office to assist in providing clean water to the residents of Flint, Michigan. Flint is currently under a state of emergency after local, state, and federal officials admitted there was lead contamination in…

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