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Mar 28 13:43

We can't just wait until we're destroyed': Japan calls for the right to carry out pre-emptive strikes for the first time since World War II as it seeks to defend itself from North Korea 

Japan has called for the right to carry out pre-emptive strikes for the first time since World War Two in the wake of North Korean aggression.
Politicians in Japan have argued for the technically pacifist country to have the ability to strike North Korea rather than relying on the US for its defence.

The reclusive state has conducted five nuclear tests and a series of missile launches in defiance of U.N. resolutions.

He added: 'Our country is protected by other countries, but we can't do anything to protect them. This is not acceptable in the international community anymore.'

Gen Nakatani, defense minister until last year and a member of the committee, told the newspaper: 'I believe that we should consider having the capacity to strike.'

Last week Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appeared to give weight to the idea, saying he wanted to 'keep an eye' on developments.

Abe oversaw the acquisition of F-35A stealth fighter jets last year, boosting the country's air defense.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Should this legislation come to pass in Japan, and it decides to do a first strike against North Korea, the potential geopolitical fallout is going to be devastating.

What is needed here is for cooler heads to prevail, and for there to be summits, including Japan; South Korea; North Korea; and China to hammer out a true peace deal with which to replace the existing armistice, with the proviso that for this treaty, North Korea will give up its nuclear weapons development program.

Mar 28 12:57

The Dollar Dump Begins: “China, Japan, Belgium, Switzerland and Saudi Arabia Have All Become Big Sellers”

As global financial markets teeter on the edge of collapse, a report published this morning suggests that the run up in the U.S. dollar may be over. As of today, some 80% of post-Trump election gains have been wiped out and as noted in the special video report from Future Money Trends below, it appears that things are only going to get worse:

China sold more U.S. Treasuries last year than any country has ever sold in a single year… $188 billion worth… Japan is also making an exit, selling nearly $30 billion since election day… Belgium, Switzerland and Saudi Arabia have all become big sellers too…

Official national debt is $20 Trillion… the real debt has been calculated to be $200 Trillion… what’s not included in the official numbers is social security, Medicaid and Medicare obligations… Think about it… every penny spent on the military, welfare programs, foreign aid and even your Congressman’s paycheck… it’s all borrowed money…

Mar 26 09:04

US Will Keep Ground Troops in Libya

In a press briefing at the Pentagon today, African Command leader Gen. Thomas Waldhauser announced that the US intends to keep ground troops in Libya for the foreseeable future to support “friendly forces,” and to “degrade” the ISIS forces that remain in the country.

Waldhauser did not specify how many US troops are in Libya now, or how many will stay, but did estimate that there were less than 200 ISIS fighters left in Libya. The US had announced the end of the anti-ISIS campaign in Libya back in December, but never fully withdrew from the country.

The US forces were in Libya trying to help the “unity” government defeat ISIS in the city of Sirte. US officials repeatedly claimed the city was totally surrounded, and that no ISIS fighters would get away, though when the fighting finally ended, a substantial number of ISIS fighters did in fact get away.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: this is "military-speak" for the reality that the US government is never leaving Libya because of the oil and the oil pipelines.

Mar 24 11:30

Scandalous Duterte: a friend of Russia or temporary companion?

This week the Filipino President has bluntly demanded of the European Parliament to mind its own business, rather than that of his country. The reason is a latest resolution of the European Parliament, which condemns Duterte's plans on appliance of death penalty for drug-related crimes in his country. 'Do not impose your culture or your belief in what would be a government in this planet. Do not impose on other countries, especially us. Why don't you mind your own business? Why do you have to f**k with us?' he claimed during his visit to Myanmar. The Filipino President is famous for his sharp terms towards the Western politicians. In particular, he has called the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Raad Al Hussein to be an idiot and Barack Obama to be a son of a whore. Global community used to condemn ways of combating drug dealing in the Philippines. According to the UN data, since Duterte came in power on 30 June, 2016, more than 6,000 people have been killed.

Mar 24 11:17

Japan calculates damage caused by thousands of suicides

Japan has calculated economic damage that the country has suffered as a result of suicides. The damage was evaluated at more than 459 billion yen or 4.1 billion dollars over one year, reports NHK. In 2015, as many as 23,000 Japanese people between 15 and 69 years of age committed suicide. The damage was calculated on a supposition of how much those people could have brought to the Japanese economy if they had worked before turning 70. Special headquarters for the prevention of suicide were established in Japan 12 years ago which made it possible to reduce damage by $900 million. Indicators for 2015 were the lowest for the last 18 years. In Japan, most suicides are committed by males. People mostly kill themselves for health reasons, economic and domestic problems and family difficulties...

Mar 23 00:06

Nuclear War: Hopefully Just A Bad Dream

Go here
for the full text of my description, with images as closely resembling as I could find.

From the conclusion:

Notably, there were two types of nuclear scenarios with which The Powers That Be in my dreamworld had not seen fit to torture me, and with which I therefore had not had the misfortune to have had any familiarity. One of them is the aftereffects, environmental and political, of a modern-day First Strike by the United States....

Excerpts:

Dreamt, last night, that WW3 started.

And we may have started it.

Mar 22 10:00

JEFTA: THE LATEST MASSIVE 'TRADE' DEAL YOU'VE NEVER HEARD OF, NEGOTIATED BEHIND CLOSED DOORS, WITH ZERO PUBLIC SCRUTINY

As Techdirt has reported, the election of Donald Trump has turned the world of US trade deals upside-down. The US officially pulled out of TPP, although some still hope it might come back in some form. TAFTA/TTIP seems to be on ice, but Trump's choice for US trade representative has just said he is open to resuming negotiations, so it's not clear what might happen there (or with TISA). Against that confusing backdrop, the European Union has been quick to emphasize that it is in favor of trade deals, and is keen to sign as many as possible, presumably hoping to fill the economic and political vacuum left by the US.

Mar 22 08:24

Japan beefs up its military might with launch of second big helicopter carrier

JAPAN'S second big helicopter carrier, Kaga, entered service today, giving the nation's military greater ability to deploy beyond its shores as it pushes back against China's growing influence in Asia.

Mar 21 11:37

The Korean Crisis, the US' Next Phase of Pan-Eurasian Containment

The security situation has markedly deteriorated on the Korean Peninsula in recent days following the North’s latest missile test, which Pyongyang antagonistically said was a drill for striking US bases in Japan in response to the latest US-South Korean military exercises that it rightly views as a sign of hostility.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I wish the two "adults in the geopolitical room", and I am talking about Russia's President Vladimir Putin and Sergei Lavrov, would get involved here; they are about the only two human beings in the world who could, potentially, de-escalate this mess, and come up with a face-saving plan which all the major actors could get behind, and help forge a peace treaty with North Korea, in return for its abandoning its nuclear weapons program.

Unfortunately, I am very concerned that the American Deep State will not allow this to happen, and continue to push, and provoke North Korea into a place where it feels it has no choice but to lash out militarily, which will be the "excuse" for a huge, US-sponsored military decap strike against it.

At least, that is the way I'm reading the "tea leaves" on the issue at the moment.

The large scale US/South Korean military exercises will continue until the end of April of this year, right before the South Korean elections in May;

US, South Korea launch large-scale military exercises

After the impeachment and removal of President Park from office this month, Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn took over as acting President. Moon Jae In, a progressive who advocates the "Sunshine Policy", and is doing very well in the polls,is encouraging more rapprochement with North Korea, and may, if elected, want direct negotiations with Kim Jong-Un at a summit, as reported at pressreader.com on 11 March, 2017:

South Korea likely to reset its relationship with the North after Presidential election

It is a very certain bet that, should he get elected, the US government will do everything in their power to crush such an outreach, and insure that his ability to negotiate with North Korea becomes limited in the extreme.

Mar 18 10:42

China Pushes Back on U.S. Talk of ‘All Options’ Over North Korea

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi pushed back against the tougher U.S. line on North Korea, reiterating his country’s view that the only way to rein in its reclusive neighbor is through talks.

Wang spoke at a briefing in Beijing with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who in Seoul on Friday refused to rule out a preemptive strike against Pyongyang if the threat from its weapons program was deemed severe enough. While that’s largely in line with prior U.S. positions, Tillerson’s comments -- and Twitter posts from President Donald Trump -- signal the level of concern over North Korea is rising.

“The most important principle we have identified is that no matter what happens, we have to stay committed to diplomatic means as a way to seek a peaceful settlement,” Wang said on Saturday. “We hope all parties, including our friends from the United States, could size up the situation in a cool-headed and comprehensive fashion and arrive at a wise decision.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Foreign Minister Wang has it entirely correctly.

The only thing that will de-escalate the situation is for North Korea, the US, China, and South Korea to go to the negotiating table and hammer out a peace treaty to replace the existing armistice, with very clear language that in exchange for the peace treaty, North Korea ends its nuclear weapons program.

Unfortunately, it appears that the US government wants war against North Korea, soon, and by any means necessary. Tillerson's position that Kim Jung Un has to give up his nuclear weapons program before negotiations can even begin, betrays an absolute cynicism toward any peaceful means of resolving this issue.

And Secretary Tillerson a word, please; if the US military attacks North Korea, China is treaty-bound to defend it militarily.

Have you, sir, wargamed this scenario with Sec Def Mattis?!? If not, I think it would be reasonable to do so. And the reason I am mentioning this is that, right now, the US military does not have the money, the weaponry, the troop strength, or the manufacturing to ensure a positive outcome to a conventional war against China.

Mar 18 08:55

Tillerson Urges China to Refrain From Retaliation Against THAAD in S Korea

It isn't economic retaliation Tillerson is bleating about. China moved some heavy EW jammers up to where they can jam THAAD making it useless against an NK riposte!
The Chinese say checkmate.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urged China on Friday to refrain from creating economic policies which could hinder South Korea’s deployment of a US Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-ballistic missile system.

"While we acknowledge China's opposition, its economic retaliation against South Korea is inappropriate and troubling. We ask China to refrain from such actions," Tillerson said during a press conference following his talks with South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se.

Mar 17 10:09

China promises ‘firm response’ if Japan interferes in South China Sea

China pledged to have a “firm response” if Japan further fans regional tensions and “threatens China’s sovereignty and security.” The statement comes after a Reuters report that Japan will send its largest warship to the disputed South China Sea.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a press briefing on Thursday that based on its own interests, Japan has recently been compromising stability in the South China Sea, “causing strong dissatisfaction and opposition from the Chinese people.”

“If Japan persists in taking wrong actions, and even considers military interventions that threaten China’s sovereignty and security… then China will inevitably take firm responsive measures,” she said.

Mar 17 08:00

Trump's aggressive North Korea stance may face backlash in Seoul, Beijing

President Donald Trump, known to elude conventional foreign policy, is expected to seek out new solutions to reign in a belligerent Pyongyang, instead of continuing former President Barack Obama's strategy of economic sanctions. Speaking in Tokyo on Thursday, Tillerson highlighted the need for a fresh approach, acknowledging that two decades of American efforts to denuclearize North Korea have failed.

But while Tokyo may be open to a more forceful stance, the same isn't true for Beijing and Seoul.

South Korea's new president and Chinese sovereignty concerns could emerge as key obstacles to Washington's goal of a unified, confrontational stance against North Korea.

Mar 16 18:13

New approach to North Korea

Mar 15 18:42

Tillerson’s Asia Visit: Could US Change Stance on N. Korea Even If It Wanted To?

As US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson travels across Japan, China and South Korea, amid the impeachment of South Korean president Park Geun-hye and a recent missile launch by North Korea, Radio Sputnik’s Brian Becker invited columnist and author Patrick Lawrence to discuss what’s at the heart of the new diplomat’s trip.

Will a New South Korean Leader Improve Relations With Pyongyang?

The impeachment of South Korean president Park Geun-hye has plunged South Korea into a time of uncertainty. Between America's undecided foreign policy and the massive unpopularity of its THAAD system deployment in South Korea, Park's successor may take an unexpected stance. This seems likely, given that the most probable candidate to win the elections is Moon Jae-in, a supporter of the Sunshine Policy, the idea of close cooperation with North Korea without military intervention.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would love to think diplomacy had a chance here; unfortunately, for both citizens of both North and South Korea, China, Japan, and the world, it appears that the American Deep State has already made up its mind. As reported today at the dailymail.co.uk:

The US prepares to 'incapacitate' Kim: USS Carl Vinson carrying huge fleet of fighter jets arrives in South Korea as military sources reveal plan to 'remove' Jong-un's war chiefs

These troops, coupled with the 300,000 Korean and 17,000 American troops in exercises, called Foal Eagle, off the coast of North Korea, constitute a formidable force. The US has installed Gray Eagle attack drones near North Korea's borders. And, at the end of next month, presuming the South Korean government actually approves it, post-Park Geun-hye's conviction, and removal from office. the US will have its THAAD anti-missile system installed in South Korea, and operational.

You do not deploy a huge number of troops, weapons, and materials, unless you are pretty certain you are going to use them, and quickly; it is very hard to keep up morale and readiness for a long period of time without using those resources.

Therefore, I think that the US war with North Korea is pretty much a near certainty, and that the timing is eminent. Watch for the "false flag", to be blamed on North Korea, and we will be off and running.

I will be interested to see what Tillerson's statements are upon returning from South Korea; those will provide the clues about in which way the US government is going to act here.

Mar 15 13:53

China waits to hear why Japanese warship going to South China Sea

China said on Tuesday it was waiting for an official word on why Japan plans to send its largest warship on a three-month tour through the South China Sea, but that it hopes Japan can be responsible.

China claims almost all the disputed waters and its growing military presence has fueled concern in Japan and the West, with the United States holding regular air and naval patrols to ensure freedom of navigation.

The Izumo helicopter carrier, commissioned only two years ago, will make stops in Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines and Sri Lanka before joining the Malabar joint naval exercise with Indian and U.S. naval vessels in the Indian Ocean in July, sources told Reuters.

Mar 13 12:44

Fury in Cambodia as US asks to be paid back hundreds of millions in war debts

Half a century after United States B-52 bombers dropped more than 500,000 tonnes of explosives on Cambodia's countryside Washington wants the country to repay a $US500 million ($662 million) war debt.

The demand has prompted expressions of indignation and outrage from Cambodia's capital, Phnom Penh.

Mar 13 11:25

"The Biggest Show Of Force Since World War II": Japan To Send Its Largest Warship To South China Sea

The tension over the disputed territory in the South China Sea is about to escalate to another level: according to a Reuters report, Japan is preparing to to dispatch its largest warship on a three-month tour through the South China Sea beginning in May, in "its biggest show of naval force in the region since World War Two."

Mar 12 08:15

Eurasia: The Strategic Triangle that Is Changing the World

Away from the current chaos in the United States, major developments are progressing, with Iran, Russia and China coordinating on a series of significant moves crucial for the future of the Eurasian continent. With a population of more than five billion people, constituting about two-thirds of the Earth’s population, the future of humanity passes through this immense area. Signaling a major change from a unipolar world order based on Europe and the United States to a multipolar world steered by China, Russia and Iran, these Eurasian states are carving out a leading role in the development of the vast continent. As part of the challenges faced by these leading multipolar countries, the disruptive events originating in the post-WWII Euro-Atlantic world order will need to be tackled.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sounds like "peace through commerce" to me!!

Mar 12 06:13

Trump’s wiretap claims are totally plausible

The Trump wiretap debacle is laying the US deep state bare.

President Trump’s claim his phone was tapped during the election campaign by the Obama administration has been ridiculed as “outrageous.” Now, with the latest WikiLeaks disclosure of the large CIA hacking capacity, Trump’s claims aren’t crazy at all.

Indeed one might say allegations of illegal surveillance by US intelligence agencies is consistent with the concept of a ‘deep state’ operating as a shadow government.

The WikiLeaks’ bombshell release this week, the so-called Vault 7, of over 8,000 documents purporting to show a global arsenal of CIA hacking methods appears to be authentic. That is, the illegal surveillance of computers, smartphones and even household televisions by the American intelligence agency is happening on a massive scale.

Mar 11 12:51

The Russian Scare – Israel Shamir

Russia is a Newfoundland dog, not a Rottweiler. It is big, strong, peaceful and not aggressive.

Full disclosure: I’ve met with Russians. I met with a Russian this morning. She brought me coffee. Such crazy and dangerous things can occur in Moscow. I am afraid the CIA and NSA could take notice of this meeting, and then it can be used – even against you. “You have perused an article by Israel Shamir. Were you aware he had Russian contacts?”

Though I am not too young, this is the first time I have witnessed such a witch-hunt. In Russia, there are many foreigners, Europeans and Americans as well, and Russians mingle with them freely, with no fear.

Mar 10 11:36

Into the Syrian Quagmire – Trump meets complexity

In order to fulfill his pledge to “quickly” dispatch ISIS, Trump is ramping up the US presence – and we’re well on the way to getting sucked into the Syrian quagmire.

Donald Trump thinks he’s going to get rid of ISIS in Syria “quickly,” and then we’ll be on our way to making America great again – but already he’s finding that the terrain there is a bit crowded, and that he has a bit more than the fast-dissipating “Caliphate” to contend with.

According to reports, the Pentagon has come up with a plan to carry out Trump’s pledge, as ordered, but reality is racing ahead of the generals – and auguring a clash of civilizations in the midst of Syria’s blasted out cities.

Mar 10 10:26

Freshman Congressman Who Said Some People "Just Don't Want Health Care And Aren't Going To Take Care Of Themselves" To Hold "Listening Tour" In Kansas This Week

Newly elected Congressman Roger Marshall, representing the 1st district of Kansas, is an OB-GYN who has delieverd 5,000 babies. Marshall made some comments in an interview last week which caught him a lot of flak. He explained his position and announced that he will hold a "Listening Tour" with nine stops in Kansas next week. In an earlier interview Marshall had said "Just like Jesus said, 'The poor will always be with us,' There is a group of people that just don't want health care and aren't going to take care of themselves. Just, like, homeless people. I think just morally, spiritually, socially, just don't want health care. The Medicaid population, which is a free credit card, as a group, do probably the least preventive medicine and taking care of themselves and eating healthy and exercising. And I'm not judging, I'm just saying socially that's where they are.

Mar 10 09:14

Donald Trump set to send B-52 NUCLEAR BOMBERS to South Korea after North fires missiles at Japan and US warns of ‘overwhelming’ response

DONALD Trump is reportedly planning to send nuclear bombers to the Korean peninsula as tensions in the region reach breaking point.

North Korea and the US have been teetering on the brink of war for months after Kim Jong-un carried out a series of controversial missile launches.

Earlier this week, trigger-happy Kim pushed his luck once more when he fired off four ballistic missiles into the seas near Japan.

Now US military chiefs are reportedly planning to fly in B-1 and B-52 bombers – built to carry nuclear bombs – to show America has had enough, according to the Korea Times.

South Korea and the US have also started their annual Foal Eagle military exercise sending a strong warning to North Korea over its actions.

A military official said 300,000 South Korean troops and 15,000 US personnel are taking part in the operation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These military exercises are scheduled to last for two months, and have just begun. That's a lot of time for something to go "south", either in terms of an accidental blunder, or a deliberate"false flag", to be blamed on the North Korean government.

What would deescalate the situation would be if the US, Japan, South Korea, and China were to get North Korea back to the bargaining table, and replace the current armistice with an actual peace treaty with North Korea, with the caveat being, that in return for a legitimate peace treaty, North Korea would give up its nuclear weapons program.

Of course, THAT...would be logical.

Mar 02 12:41

Is The Intelligence Community At War With Trump?

Phil Giraldi, a career intelligence officer, takes a look at the bizarre standoff between President Trump and the US intelligence community.

Mar 02 12:38

Is There More to the Flynn Story?

A strange resignation in a UK intelligence service suggests U.S. partners may have been involved.

The Hannigan resignation is not occurring in a vacuum, and some in the large and highly networked retired intelligence community have come to believe that it is connected to the investigation and downfall of Trump’s first national-security advisor, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn. Former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy has detailed exactly how the Flynn case does not appear to fit into any acceptable category that would have mandated an investigation and interrogation by the FBI. Surveillance of a Russian official would be authorized under FBI guidelines, but to extend that type of monitoring or investigation to a U.S. citizen would require specific authority from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court to issue a warrant based on probable cause.

Mar 01 14:49

Uber CEO Loses Temper In Tense Confrontation With Driver

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick was video recorded having a heated discussion with an Uber Black driver over dropping fare prices. The driver had been with the rideshare company since 2011 and wanted to call attention to difficulties drivers are experiencing.

Feb 27 11:48

Come to Your Sensei

Last week I saw Piers Morgan tell an American TV personality—a big-time Trump hater whose face looks exactly like a penis—how strange he found it that two people like Bush and Blair, who lied about the war and caused over a million Iraqi and thousands of American deaths, were hardly vilified for their crimes when compared with the stuff being hurled at Trump after only four weeks in the saddle. The penis (Bill Maher) shouted and raved at Piers, who laughed it off.

Feb 24 15:38

Britain’s Nigel Farage exults over Trump and Brexit wins at CPAC

FARAGE insists the tide that caused Brexit and Trump’s victory will not stop.

His speech was entitled ‘Brexit and What it Means for the World’.

Farage claims the people of Europe are tired of being ruled by “boring grey men in Brussels”.

There were loud boos when Farage mentioned former British PM Tony Blair.

He referred to Blair’s recent comments about EU membership.

He said: “Blair is wrong because what happened in 2016 is not the end of this great global revolution.

“What happened in 2016 is the beginning of a great global revolution.”

Feb 22 14:27

Western Russophobia in Psychotic Phase

Divorced from reality this mindset has become psychotic.

Western irrational fear of Russia – Russophobia – is no longer a random prejudice. It has become endemic pathological thinking among Western states.
Western politicians, military leaders and corporate news media increasingly blame Russia for all manner of perceived transgressions. Whether it is alleged interference in national elections or alleged aggressive military maneuvers, the unremitting demonizing of Russia is astonishing.

It is all the more astounding because the anti-Russia accusations are leveled with such high-handedness and yet with so little evidence to support.

Feb 22 14:22

Putin Enjoys a Trump Bump in New Gallup Poll

It sure is becoming more apparent by each passing day the news media is losing more of its credibility, thanks to Trump.

To be fair, it certainly seems that the Trump effect is driving the trend

Feb 19 15:37

FLASHBACK : The Roots of the Refugee Crisis Caused by the West

“The reason so many are fleeing places such as Syria, Libya, Afghanistan, and Iraq is that U.S. and European interventionist foreign policy has left these countries destabilized with no hopes of economic recovery,”explainedformer congressman and three-time presidential contender Ron Paul, a leading voice for a constitutional, non-interventionist U.S. foreign policy. “This mass migration from the Middle East and beyond is a direct result of the neocon foreign policy of regime change, invasion, and pushing ‘democracy’ at the barrel of a gun.”

“Contrary to what one might expect, U.S. military aid doesn’t produce willing, cooperative, or effective security partners. Instead, it incentivizes bad behavior and drives the sources of terrorism: corruption, violence, and poor governance. Unwittingly, this policy is creating its own enemies,” writes Jeremy Ravinsky.

Feb 18 10:43

Does Donald Trump Have The Fortitude To Take On And Defeat The Deep State?

Donald Trump needs to study well how Vladimir Putin defeated the Deep State in order to liberate his People and his country from Occupation...

Even though Donald Trump’s various “America-First” agendas were pronounced crystal clear since the day he began to run for office, he is now fully hitting the Deep State obstructionists on a near daily basis who are literally using their clandestine skills to destroy his agenda, and consequently, the Mandate given to him by the American People in the November 2016 election.

Feb 18 10:39

Insanity of NATO 2.0 for MidEast

If this is to be the new NATO for the Middle East then the world is truly about to descend into barbarism on a scale not seen since the Second World War.

As US President Donald Trump hosts Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu in the White House this week on the agenda is the formation of a “NATO-style” alliance for the Middle East, according to reports.

As if one US-led warmongering alliance in Europe and the North Atlantic were not enough. Now the world will see a clone of NATO let loose on the already conflict-torn Middle East region, if the reported discussions materialize.

Feb 14 05:30

Kim Jong Nam has been murdered

Feb 10 07:52

Trump Plays Cat and Mouse with Iran

Iran needs to shrug off the provocations, and keep up their end of the deal. That’s it; just hang tight and stay cool.

Why is the Trump administration threatening Iran?

On February 1, National Security Adviser Michael Flynn announced that the administration was “putting Iran on notice” after it tested a ballistic missile which the US sees as a violation of Iran’s treaty obligations. Flynn’s frigid tone made it clear that the administration is considering the use of military force. But why?

Feb 10 07:49

We Thank Trump for Exposing the Reality of the U.S – Ayatollah Khamenei

In its 200 years of expansionism, the US has paused too seldom and too briefly to consider the culture, history, lives and dignity of other lands.

Leader Khamenei stressed a “dignified” response to threats and bullying.…

In his February 7th speech, Leader Khamenei has wisely rejected the “threats” already issuing from the Trump Administration. Leader Khamenei stressed a “dignified” response to threats and bullying. I wholeheartedly applaud the emphasis on “dignity” and respect—respect for treaties between democratic governments, respect for the cultures and lives of citizens of this fragile, shrinking planet.

Feb 09 07:48

How Trump Can Defeat ISIS

Attacking Iran will not win the war on terror. Working with Russia and Syria might.

If you recall, Trump came roaring off the campaign trail with the foreign policy priority of defeating ISIS, so why the sudden confrontation with the Islamic Republic of Iran? Though Flynn apparently thinks otherwise, ISIS and Iran are not the same thing at all—they are the exact antithesis of each other.

Feb 08 14:58

Myanmar crackdown has allegedly killed 1,000 Rohingya: UN officials

More than 1,000 Rohingya Muslims have allegedly been killed in Myanmar amid the army's intensified crackdown on members of the minority group, two senior United Nations officials have disclosed the horrifying fact.

Feb 07 13:03

Poroshenko’s Last Chance Saloon

Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko is playing a desperate poker game in which he is gambling his political future with an all-out war in Europe.

In a scene reminiscent of an old Hollywood B-movie Western, Poroshenko appears like a washed-up gunslinger with a lousy hand of cards who is bluffing with empty bravado.

However, the difference is Poroshenko is no gunslinger. And this is not fiction. It is grim reality where lives are suffering from his poker games.

Feb 07 12:19

Okinawa ignored again by US/Tokyo axis

Feb 05 12:05

The Importance of Maintaining The Balance of Power

No one, or country, no matter how novel or inventive they are, has any right, or can be trusted, with absolute power over everyone else.

It is absolutely essential for political leaders, all across the world, to ensure that the balance of power exists, in all spheres of power and the body politic, both domestically as well as internationally, because there is no way that any one individual or government can ensure the equal protection of the people, in all of their myriad conflicts and challenges, from the very large, to the very small.

Feb 05 12:00

Taking the Long View – Justin Raimondo

Dismantling the empire (war party) won’t happen overnight

The other day on Twitter someone tweeted me the news of the latest drone strike in Yemen, with the taunting message: “Congrats, @JustinRaimondo.” I had to laugh, and bemoan my fate: “I am now to be held responsible for everything the Trump administration does, especially their failure to go full pacifist!” Of course, you don’t have to be a pacifist to oppose our drone campaign, in Yemen or elsewhere, as I do, but the comment and my response underscore a basic flaw in the thinking of Trump’s anti-interventionist critics.

Feb 04 15:30

How the US Helped Create Al Qaeda and ISIS

Much like Al Qaeda, the Islamic State (ISIS) is made-in-the-USA, an instrument of terror designed to divide and conquer the oil-rich Middle East and to counter Iran’s growing influence in the region.

The fact that the United States has a long and torrid history of backing terrorist groups will surprise only those who watch the news and ignore history.

Feb 03 09:04

Bangladesh to relocate Rohingya refugees to remote island

Authorities in Bangladesh have controversially decided to encamp tens of thousands of Rohingya refugees from neighboring Myanmar at a remote offshore location.

A committee comprising state officials in the coastal districts of Bangladesh has been set up to direct authorities to help identify undocumented Myanmarese refugees and relocate them to a remote island in the Bay of Bengal, media reported on Monday.

“The committee will assist transferring both registered and unregistered refugees from Myanmar to Thengar Char near Hatiya Island in Noakhali district,” according to an order issued by the Cabinet Division last week.

The order says all the refugees will be relocated to Hatiya Island and required to stay there.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I'm sorry, but it appears that, according to Bangladeshi governmental officials, these Myanmarese refugees have not been marginalized enough, from their horrific treatment in Myanmar.

Where the hell is the conscience of these officials, that these refugees cannot possibly integrate with local Bangladeshi populations?!?!? Are these people supposed to be some kind of monsters?!?

And what about the kids?!? Will they ever get a chance to achieve an education to elevate their life condition, over and above the grinding poverty to which life in this camp condemns them?!?

Jan 29 17:47

Flashback: No reason to protest probe into Soros funding

A lot has happened since news broke early last month of a leaked document showing that some Malaysian NGOs had received funding from George Soros’ Open Society Foundations (OSF).

The NGOs have admitted receiving the funding and police are continuing with their investigations. Of course, some NGOs and individual activists are protesting against the probe, saying it had been a long time since the funds were received and that they were small sums.

For the record, the leaked document was the minutes of a meeting that brought into focus how foreign funding had a part to play in events in the country in the past six years.

At the centre of it all is Soros, who took a personal interest in the 2013 general election.

Jan 29 09:21

Perhaps President Donald Trump Needs To Chill Out A Bit

We are not dealing with “widgets” here, but with people

These Refugee/Immigration Executive Orders appear to be knee-jerk, fear-based, and xenophobic acts of reflexive anger and emotional “lashing out,” rather than well-thought out policy and heavily researched executive action.

The last few Executive Orders pertaining to Refugees and Immigration appear to not have been very well thought through, and the etiology/genesis of the refugee crisis and immigration issues were either completely ignored, or Trump and his administration don’t understand it very well.

Jan 27 13:51

America Has A Moral Obligation To Help Rebuild The Ravaged Middle East

“Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none” - Thomas Jefferson

It is unfortunately incumbent upon the new administration to also pay the proverbial bill, and to fix and rectify the mistakes of the past.

It would be altogether grossly irresponsible and cruel to now leave the entire world in smoke and shambles, burning embers of once great civilizations that have often existed for thousands of years uninterrupted and unmolested.

Jan 25 13:29

Norad Responds after Russian Bombers Zoom around Japan

Old propeller powered Russian bombers "ZOOM" around Japan. GASP! I'm so scared! (Russian patrols are nothing compared to U.S. patrols, and the Ruskies aren't shitting themselves.)

Jan 25 13:23

Japan to replace diplomats in charge of talks with Russia

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to replace a team of high-ranking diplomats responsible for talks with Russia, the Asahi newspaper said on Wednesday. The Japanese government’s special envoy for relations with Russia, Chikahito Harada, who had been the country’s ambassador to Moscow for nearly five years, is expected to be the first person to be dismissed, according to the report... Later this month, some reshuffles are also expected in the Japanese Foreign Ministry. The director of the department for Europe and the head of a Russian department inside its subdivision are expected to be replaced. According to the paper, the upcoming reshuffles are linked to the December 15-16 visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to Japan. Prime Minister Abe is expected to intensify the talks with Moscow by renewing the team.

Jan 24 16:22

With TPP sinking how will Japan respond

Jan 24 09:00

Waking Up To Possible War With China? Team Trump Vows To STOP Beijing in the South China Sea!

I think what the American people need to realize right now, President Trump and his Team mean business...to say when they speak they mean it. I think we have become accustomed to lack of action in the Obama Presidency.

Jan 21 08:13

Myanmar defies OIC call to stop atrocities against Rohingya

Myanmar has defied a call by Muslim governments to stop atrocities against Rohingya Muslims, slamming instead Malaysia for hosting a meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

At an extraordinary OIC meeting in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday, the Malaysian premier called on Myanmar to end its crackdown on Rohingya Muslims and stop the "unspeakable cruelty" against them.

Myanmar's Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Saturday said it was "regrettable" that Malaysia had called the emergency meeting to discuss the plight of the Rohingya.

The ministry accused Malaysia of exploiting the crisis "to promote a certain political agenda" and disregarding alleged efforts of the Myanmar government to tackle the crisis.

Myanmar’s military began its crackdown in Rakhine State after an attack on the country’s border guards on October 9 left nine police officers dead, which the government blamed on the Rohingya.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Malaysian Prime Minister Razak, you have no earthly idea who I am, but I thoroughly support your call for Myanmar to stop persecuting its Muslim minority, the Rohingya.

And to Aung San Suu Kyi; sorry, my dear, but the world cannot "unsee" these images of Rohingya pain, suffering and death, at the hands of your military:

Images of Rohingya villages being burned to the ground by Myanmar
military

Images: Myanmar military persecuting Muslim Rohingya minority

I would also like to politely remind Aung San Suu Kyi that collective punishment, by preventing humanitarian aid to reach desperately starving people, is a war crime.

Jan 20 11:20

Malaysian PM tells Myanmar to 'stop the killing' of Rohingya, as Muslims meet

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak called on Myanmar on Thursday to stop all discrimination and attacks on Rohingya Muslims, and urged the world's Islamic countries to act to end an unfolding "humanitarian tragedy".

Malaysia has spoken out strongly against mostly Buddhist Myanmar over its treatment of its Rohingya minority, especially since October, when security forces launched a crackdown in the north of Rakhine State on the Bangladesh border, where many Rohingya live.

At least 86 people have been killed and an estimated 66,000 have fled into Bangladesh since nine Myanmar policemen were killed on Oct. 9 in attacks on border posts the Myanmar government blamed on Rohingya supported by foreign militants.

"The killing must stop. The violation of women and girls must stop," Najib, the leader of Muslim-majority Malaysia told a meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) called by Malaysia to discuss the Rohingya.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A memo to Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi: sorry, my dear, but the world cannot possibly unsee these atrocities:

Images: Rohingya getting burned out of their homes

Images: Rohingyas being persecuted by Myanmar military

So Aung San Suu Kyi, I have a message for you: if you don't like the reality that the world is witnessing this persecution of your ethnic Muslim minorities, and Malaysian Minister Razak is calling you out on this,then stop the damned behaviour by your military against them!!

I never thought this lifetime that I would have to say, "Watch out: here come the Buddhists!"

Unfortunately, Myanmar has become a place where this vicious persecution of its Muslim members makes that warning a reality.

Jan 19 12:46

CHINESE, ASIAN tourists avoiding Paris like the plague because of Muslim violence, theft, and terrorism

President of the Chinese Association of Travel Agencies in France, Jean-François Zhou, said “increasingly violent” thefts and assaults are turning France into “one of the worst destinations for foreign tourists.” Many tourists are now looking to Russia as a much safer holiday destination.

Jan 19 08:25

Taiwan Has Started Massive Drills Simulating Chinese Attack

Taiwan initiated defense preparation exercises in response to provocation by China, vowing to “enhance training 365 days a year.”

Jan 18 21:43

Hillary Clinton wanted to discuss ditching Taiwan: WikiLeaks

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – According to an alleged e-mail by Hillary Clinton published by WikiLeaks, the former United States Secretary of State was willing to discuss a New York Times editorial calling on Washington to ditch Taiwan in return for China writing off debt.

If Hillary was part of a deal with China to exchange Taiwan for debt then this would explain why China has a problem with Trump, the deal fell through!

Jan 17 10:00

Trump, Kissinger and Ma playing on a crowded chessboard

Place your bets on who will be the major partner in the Trump, Kissinger and Ma law firm.

Kissinger has drafted a plan to officially recognize Crimea as part of Russia and lift the Obama administration’s economic sanctions.

The plan fits into Kissinger’s overall strategy — call it a traditional British Balance of Power, or Divide and Rule, approach — of breaking up the Eurasian front (Russia-China-Iran) that constitutes the real “threat” to what Mattis defines as the “established world order.”

Jan 15 04:39

Can Trump Fix the Economy In 2017?

Paul Craig Roberts (born April 3, 1939) is an American economist, journalist, blogger and former civil servant. He reached the height of his government career when he became the United States Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy under President Reagan in 1981.

Dr. Roberts elucidates how Trump can fix the the Economy.

I cannot assure you that Trump is not another fake like Obama. But it is a mistake to begin with this assumption. Why write off in advance the only person with the courage to put his life on the line and take on the corrupt and evil Washington establishment?

Jan 14 16:18

China expert: Tillerson's plan for the South China Sea would 'certainly end up in a shooting war with China' Business Insider

(Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)
President-elect Donald Trump's secretary of state nominee, Rex Tillerson, made waves internationally on Thursday by suggesting that the US should "send China a clear signal that, first, the island-building stops, and second, your access to those islands also is not going to be allowed."
Suggesting China stop its building of artificial islands and militarizing them doesn't sharply break with the policy of President Barack Obama's administration, but suggesting a blockade — or forcefully stopping China from sailing to its land features in the South China Sea — does.
China's response, at first muted, has come back strong, with Chinese media saying that "unless Washington plans to wage a large-scale war in the South China Sea, any other approaches to prevent Chinese access to the islands will be foolish."

Jan 14 13:57

China, Vietnam pledge to settle differences over South China Sea claims

Trump has just helped Obama worsen relations with China. First the Philippines and now Vietnam are sidling up to their big neighbor China and making nice. Good for the Chinese and the Vietnamese.

China and Vietnam have promised to settle their differences regarding territorial claims in the South China Sea and to safeguard peace in the region, the two countries said in a joint communique.

Jan 14 13:35

Is Trump Already Finished? — Paul Craig Roberts

January 13, 2017
Is Trump Already Finished?

Paul Craig Roberts

It did not take long before we knew there was no hope of change from President Obama. But at least he went into his inauguration with an unprecedented number of Americans on the Mall showing their support for the President of Change. Hope was abundant.

But with Trump, we are already losing faith, if not yet with him, at least with his choice of those who comprise his government even before Trump is inaugurated.

Trump’s choice for Secretary of State not only sounds like the neoconservatives in declaring Russia to be a threat to the United States and all of Europe, but also sounds like Hillary Clinton in declaring the South China Sea to be an area of US dominance. One would think that the chaiman of Exxon was not an idiot, but I am no longer sure. In his confirmation hearing, Rex Tillerson said that China’s access to its own South China Sea is “not going to be allowed.”

Jan 14 13:15

Is Trump About to Debunk the Media’s ‘Putin-gate’ Conspiracy Theory?

So get out the popcorn, and put your feet up: the entertainment is about to begin!

Cold war drama fizzling fast

“It wouldn’t be a bad opening for a Tom Clancy novel about the Cold War” – that’s how the Los Angeles Times described the sequence of events leading up to the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats (“spies”) and the latest face-off between Washington and Moscow.

Indeed the whole episode of has about it a fictional aura, which is, after all, only appropriate, since the entire basis of this latest cold war drama is pure invention.

Jan 14 13:12

The Establishment Is Trying To Steal The Presidency From Trump And the Liberal-Left Is Helping

Where is the liberal-left’s moral conscience?

The US military, the CIA, and their whores in the US media are undemocratically pursuing their own agenda independent of the policy of the president-elect.

We could dismiss Trump’s admission as throwing a bone to the CIA so they can feel vindicated and get off his back, and the statements by Tillerson and Mattis could be dismissed as what has to be said in order to be confirmed.

Jan 14 13:05

US Intel Agencies Try to Strong-Arm Trump Into War with Russia

The big shots who run the country are trying to strong-arm ‘the Donald’ into carrying their water so the depredations can continue...

Powerful elites are using the credibility of the US Intelligence agencies to demonize Russia and prepare the country for war.

Last week’s 25-page report, that was released by the Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, illustrates to what extent intelligence is being “fixed around the policy”.

The Intelligence Community has been coerced into compromising its credibility to incite fear of Russia and to advance the geopolitical ambitions of deep state powerbrokers.

Jan 14 12:59

Risks and Opportunities for 2017

Just a few days into 2017 and we can already say with a great degree of confidence that 2017 will be a historical year. Furthermore, I submit that 2017 will be the “Year of Trump” because one of roughly three things will happen: either Trump will fully deliver on his threats and promises, or Trump deliver on some, but far from all, his threats and promises or, finally, Trump will be neutralized by the Neocon-run Congress, media, intelligence community. He might even be impeached or murdered.

Of course, there is an infinity of sub-possibilities here, but for the purpose of this discussion I will call the first option “Trump heavy”, the second one “Trump light” and the third one “Trump down”.

Jan 14 12:55

Let Trump Be Trump?

Could Trump redefine the presidency?

Donald Trump may be a historic figure, but that does not mean he is easy to understand or anticipate. One thing is for sure – he has a unique style and form of communication.

Jan 13 13:40

Is the US Positioning Itself for A Military Presence in Myanmar? Using the “Rohingya Crisis” as a Pretext?

The governments of the United States and United Kingdom have spent decades and millions of dollars creating the political opposition fronts that constitute support for Myanmar’s new (and first ever) State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi. This support includes backing Suu Kyi’s saffron-clad street fronts who make up a nationwide network of “monk” alliances and associations.

And it is these alliances and associations that have served at the forefront of persecution against Myanmar’s Rohingya minority.

Also for years, this violent persecution has unfolded in what was otherwise a media blackout across North America and Europe. When violence reaches fevered pitches, American and European media organisations intentionally introduce ambiguity as to who precisely is leading anti-Rohingya violence.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What is that line about "never letting a good crisis go to waste"?!?

So now, the US expects its military to go in as "advisors" for the Myanmar military against a horrifically persecuted minority group, the Muslim Rohingya who, many times literally get burned out of their shacks?!?

I never thought, looking at various wars blamed on religious differences, but actually, about access to resources, that I would have to say "Watch out; here come the Buddhists!" Unfortunately, Myanmar is the exception to that, and big-time.

Jan 13 10:47

Professor Believes The Irish Will Be An Ethnic Minority In Ireland By 2050

Professor Ferdinand von Prondzynski was referring to an unidentified United Kingdom based research. Speaking at the conferring ceremony at DCU he said that the Irish in Ireland will be a minority by 2050 while the Chinese may form the largest ethnic group.

Jan 13 03:57

Review of The CIA As Organized Crime

The kind of revelation that Valentine has provided needs to be presented judiciously and dispassionately as it is shocking to the uninitiated.

If you want to learn about the CIA as a deep state within the surface state, read this book.

Priceless explanations abound in paragraphs. Valentine writes that the government wages psywar against the American public in various ways for various purposes.

Jan 13 03:54

The Neocon’s declaration of war against Trump

This is a political coup d’etat...an attempt at removing Donald Trump from the White House.

After several rather lame false starts, the Neocons have now taken a step which can only be called a declaration of war against Donald Trump.

It all began with CNN published an article entitled “Intel chiefs presented Trump with claims of Russian efforts to compromise him”

Within one short week we went from allegations of “Russian hacking” to “having a traitor sitting in the White House”

Jan 12 13:10

Obama’s ‘Farewell To Arms’ As War Presidency Ends

Self-declared liberal Americans consider Bush to be a warmongering disaster, yet somehow they hail Obama as some kind of progressive «peace president».

Eight straight years of warmongering come to an end as US President Barack Obama bows out with his «farewell to the nation» speech this week, as fawning American media dubbed his valediction.

In reality, Obama’s outgoing address should have been billed as a «farewell to arms» made by arguably one of the most belligerent presidents to ever have occupied the White House.

Only in exceptionally delusional America could such a pernicious paradox be presented as something honorable and sentimental.

Jan 12 13:05

Stephen F Cohen: Who Are the Real Enemies of US National Security?

If anti-Trump American forces are behind untrue allegations of this magnitude, those forces are the primary enemies of US national security and should be investigated fully and publicly.

Cohen raises the following issues, which he and Batchelor discuss:

Two conflicting interpretations are suggested, says Cohen. Either Trump is about to become a potentially seditious American president. Or powerful US forces are trying to destroy his presidency before it begins, perhaps even prevent him from taking office.

Jan 12 04:15

The biggest moments from Donald Trump’s fiery press conference

“It’s all fake news. It’s phony stuff. It didn’t happen, and it was gotten by opponents of ours, as you know..."

President-elect Donald Trump held his first press conference Wednesday since winning the election and answered questions about his relationship with Russia, arrangements for the future of his business, and some of his plans for the first days of his administration. Trump vowed to repeal and replace Obamacare within the “same hour,”. He also promised to name a Supreme Court nominee within the first two weeks after he takes office. The event was marked by tense exchanges...

Jan 11 23:19

Shadow play: the New Great Game in Eurasia

There you have it, over and over again: Divide and Rule, to counteract the unruly “threats”.

That will be the key story to follow further on down the (New Silk) roads.

Yeats memorably wrote that, “mirror on mirror mirrored is all the show.” Yet the show always must go on — dalangs East and West let loose in deep niskala.

Welcome to the 21st century Tournament of Shadows.

Jan 11 12:13

Myanmar activists say thousands flee airstrikes, fighting

More than 3,000 people have fled airstrikes and heavy fighting in northern Myanmar since the weekend as the government tries to flush out rebel positions, activists said Wednesday.

The government prevented a U.N. official from visiting the area on Tuesday as waves of people crossed the border into China to escape the turmoil.

Jan 04 08:12

Liberate the Whistleblowers Now

The only test to determine if one qualifies for heroic whistleblower status is whether or not more people were affected positively than negatively.

The Founding Fathers knew exactly the heroism and personal self-sacrifice of those who gave up their life, liberty and pursuit of happiness for the sake of freedom for all.

Jan 02 17:28

2016: The Year of Russia’s Triumph – The Saker

2016 has been a fantastic year for Russia. Putin’s policy of slow, low-key and deliberate move and counter-move has proven to be extremely effective.

Just like European maps place Europe in the center of the planet, so do most western commentators look at the past year from a US/Europe-centered perspective. Which is fair enough. Furthermore, the AngloZionist Empire has just suffered two major disasters, the Brexit and the election of Trump.

The credit for the election of Donald Trump goes first and foremost to the American people to whom I sincerely believe the entire planet owe a heartfelt and loud “THANK YOU!!!!!”.

Not only did the British people defy the Empire and vote for a Brexit, but now the Imperial Homeland has “backstabbed” them by electing a patriot who is not interested in maintaining the global empire (or so he says, at least for the time being).

Jan 02 09:04

Putin’s Bear to Obama’s Turkey

Putin's stoic statesmanship speaks for itself.

Not for the first time, the contrast in character between Putin and Obama was illustrated in the latest diplomatic spat over alleged Russian hacking.

For one thing, Putin’s gracious magnanimity always in the face of American provocations shows the Russian leader to be a fine statesman and human being; whereas Obama looks like a pathetic, cheap nonentity.

President Putin made a surprise attack:

He said that his government would not take retaliatory measures. Indeed, he went further by offering seasonal goodwill greetings to President Obama, his family and the people of America, as well as repeating invitations to the children of accredited US diplomats in Russia to festivities being held at the Kremlin.

Jan 02 08:58

Russia Delays Retaliation – Trump: “Great Move” By “Very Smart” Putin – Special Report

The bad losers Democrats are STILL shell shocked about the fact that they lost and are throwing a temper tantrum, trying to cloud President-elect Trump’s incoming policies.

The Truth is that the US as a nation need to now move past the NeoCon era, the warmonger era...

Jan 01 11:08

What is Henry Kissinger Up To? — Paul Craig Roberts

Until Trump relegates 'the neocons' to the ideological backwaters, Russia and China had best hold on to their strategic alliance.

Kissinger, an old cold warrior, is working to use Trump’s commitment to better relations with Russia in order to separate Russia from its strategic alliance with China.

China’s military buildup is a response to US provocations against China and US claims to the South China Sea as an area of US national interests. China does not intend to attack the US and certainly not Russia.

Jan 01 10:51

Back to the Future: From the USSR to the Eurasian Century

Get ready, because the thick of the action starts now.

The 2008 casino capitalism-provoked financial crisis, plus the American “resolve” to remake the so-called Greater Middle East through wars of choice, regime change and covert ops miserably failed.

As we wait for the dawn of the Trump era – an almost intergalactic geopolitical question mark – what’s certain is that the War Party US deep state won’t admit defeat. And the key geopolitical riddle to be answered is how strident internal American tensions will deal with the hub of progressive Eurasia integration: Russia, China and Iran.

Dec 29 14:37

Japan minister visits controversial shrine honoring war dead after Pearl Harbor trip

Japan's defense minister visited a controversial shrine to Japan's war dead on Thursday, just after accompanying Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on a historic visit to Pearl Harbor, where Japan's attack brought the United States into World War Two.

Television footage showed a smiling Tomomi Inada in a black jacket and skirt arriving at Tokyo's Yasukuni Shrine, which honors Japanese who lost their lives in the country's wars, including several leaders executed for war crimes.

Visits to the shrine by prominent Japanese officials anger neighbors China and South Korea, which consider Yasukuni a symbol of Japan's militarism and a reminder of its wartime atrocities.

China and South Korea again voiced their disapproval on Thursday, with China saying it would make "solemn representations" to Japan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Dear Japanese Defense Minister Inada; right after the Pearl Harbor visit, the optics of a visit to the Yasukuni Shrine was just...ugly, geopolitically, and insensitive; and I am utterly gobsmacked that you didn't understand this.

Can you please tell Japanese voters just what you intended to signal, with this trip?!? Because I sure as heck do not understand what this is all about.

I do, absolutely, understand why governmental spokespeople from China and South Korea expressed their displeasure so publicly with this trip.

The dynamic future of Asia has to be built on countries in the Asia/Pacific region working together, and collaborating, and building strength, economically and socially, through peaceful trade.

Dec 26 12:28

The Good That Trump Could Do – Robert Parry

Trump Challenge

Can Trump withstand the barrage of slings and arrows if he rejects the neocons’ “regime change” ambitions?

Eight years ago, President Barack Obama had a similar opportunity but chose to accommodate the Establishment and empower the neocons and liberal hawks...

Dec 26 10:18

Corporate Media Admits 5 Years of Fukushima Fake News

The Corporate Media Called The Fukushima Nuclear Meltdown Coverup Fake News For Over 5 Years Before Finally Admitting The Truth.

Dec 26 10:16

CIA has interfered with over 81 foreign elections in the past century

These acts, carried out in secret two-thirds of the time, include funding the election campaigns of specific parties, disseminating misinformation and propaganda...

The CIA has accused Russia of interfering in the 2016 presidential election (with absolutely zero evidence) by hacking into Democratic and Republican computer networks and selectively releasing emails.

But critics might point out the U.S. has done similar things.

Dec 26 09:15

China-led AIIB invests in gas pipeline linking Azerbaijan with Turkey, Europe

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has approved its biggest loan so far for the construction of a gas pipeline connecting Azerbaijan to Turkey and Southern Europe.

The Beijing-based AIIB will lend US$600 million to the Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline Project (TANAP) which, when completed, will transport natural gas from fields in Azerbaijan through Georgia into Turkey and then onto markets in Southern Europe.

The bank said investment in the project, which will be financed together with other multinational lenders including the World Bank as well as commercial investors, was vital for linking the South Caucasian country with new markets.

“This crucial upgrade of energy infrastructure between Asia and Europe will further strengthen the economy of Azerbaijan while underpinning energy security in Turkey, as well as several countries in southern Europe,” AIIB Vice-President DJ Pandian said in a statement on Wednesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This pipeline will be a huge boost, economically, for Azerbaijan, and give Turkey and Southern Europe more options in terms of purchasing natural gas.

Dec 26 07:46

Okinawa governor rescinds action against US base relocation

The governor of Okinawa has reportedly rescinded an action against the relocation of a US airbase, despite being an extremely vocal critic against the presence of American troops on the Japanese island, according to sources cited by Kyodo News.

Governor Takeshi Onaga's apparent decision follows his defeat last week in a lawsuit filed by the central government over a plan to move the US Marine Corps Futenma Air Station from Ginowan to the less-populated area of Henoko, in Nago.

Japan’s Supreme Court found that it was illegal for Onaga to revoke the approval granted by his predecessor, Hirokazu Nakaima, for land reclamation required to build replacement runways at the new base.

Dec 25 22:59

Aleppo celebrates Christmas, shares stories of joy & loss

Syrians in the liberated city of Aleppo are celebrating Christmas…

‘We had 4 years of pain, of war & blood’

Christians in Syria have largely rallied behind the secular government, seeing it as their protector.

This year, many people in the liberated city of Aleppo are celebrating for the first time since the war began. RT’s Lizzie Phelan talked with residents of the war-ravaged city now recovering from its wounds.

Dec 25 12:23

Pacified Japan Begins Huge Re-Militarization To Confront China

All quiet since the end of World War 2, the days of pacifism in Japan are now more or less over.

Dec 23 09:35

Japan scraps nuclear reactor that cost £7 billion after just 250 days' operation

Japan has decided to scrap an experimental nuclear reactor that cost the equivalent of nearly £7 billion over 22 years - even though it was only operational for 250 days.

Government ministers decided to decommission the trouble-plagued “Monju” fast-breeder reactor that had drained government finances for decades without living up to hopes it would be a saviour for the resource-poor nation's energy needs.

Dec 22 14:14

Bipartisan War – A new study urges more U.S. interventions

Written before the presidential election, the co-authors could not have anticipated a Donald Trump victory, but they might be hoping that the report would serve as a guideline for the new administration.

Hopefully they will be wrong in that expectation, but it is difficult at this point to see where the next White House will be going with its Middle Eastern policy.

There are a number of things wrong with the report from my perspective. Most significant, it assigns to the United States the responsibility to set and enforce standards of governance in parts of the world where the American people have little in the way of actual interests.

Dec 22 14:08

Chilling Speech by Syrian Ambassador to UN

“I’m an eye witness, I work at the UN and I know what I am talking about…”

“The British Intelligence facilitated the creation of this Radical Islamic Movement”

“I am Muslim myself and I am proud to be Muslim, but I have nothing to do with this garbage.” Nothing to do.”

“You will never hear any of this in the Main Stream Media…Reporters from all over the world accredited to the UN, boycott my speeches… when I take the floor, next to the Security Council…, 50 of them disappear, they leave because they don’t want to hear, if they hear, they will have to report.”

Dec 22 13:36

The Real Saboteurs of a Trump Foreign Policy

The real danger may be that a new Trump foreign policy could be hijacked or scuttled by anti-Trump Republicans, not only on Capitol Hill but inside the executive branch itself.

Incoming Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer sees Russian hacking as a way to put a cloud over the administration before it begins. But it is the uber-hawks hereabouts who are after the really big game.

If the War Party can convert this “fake story” into the real story of 2016, then they can scuttle any Trump effort to attain the rapprochement with Russia that Trump promised to try to achieve.

Dec 20 16:13

West Directed Killer’s Hand in Assassination of Russian Ambassador

Virtually everything that Western official sources have been saying about Aleppo, and the Syrian war more generally, is seen to be a grotesque lie.

The climax of condemnation reached unconscionable heights last week when Washington, its Western allies and the UN – all amplified unquestioningly by the Western news media – vilified Russia for allegedly slaughtering civilians in east Aleppo. American ambassador Samantha Power specifically cited unverified reports of children being killed in a basement by Syria and Russian forces.

Dec 20 13:12

CFR’s Preventive Priorities Survey for 2017 Fails to Mention the Main Thing

Nobody else but the US itself has created the security problems it faces.

On December 13, the Council on Foreign Relations released its annual Preventive Priorities Survey to help policymakers plan for potential contingencies. The document evaluates ongoing and potential violent conflicts and sources of instability based on the impact they would have on US interests as well as their likelihood of occurring in 2017.

Dec 20 13:07

Council on Foreign Relations – The Power Behind Big News (Fake News)

This is a video on NEWS FABRiCATiON and also about the powers that REALLY run the big media. It is no secret.

From World War II to the present the Establishment has maintained it’s LOCK grip on the Presidency. The subservient media keeps such information from becoming news.

The Elite however, occasionally have difficulty ruling themselves.

Dec 20 10:15

The Striking Audacity of the Coup-in-Process – Paul Craig Roberts

Unsubstantiated stories have been planted throughout the presstitute media by anonymous CIA officials that Donald Trump’s electoral victory was the result of Russian intervention. This absurd claim has now been elevated to the even more absurd claim that Putin himself oversaw and even conducted the manipulation of the US presidential election.

No evidence has been provided for these amazing claims.

As a result of the prestitutes’ lies, millions of peoples have been killed and dislocated.

Only a Counter-Coup Can Save American Democracy — Paul Craig Roberts

Dec 20 09:03

A few initial short thoughts on the murder of the Russian Ambassador to Ankara

Okay, so tonight we have the name of the assassin, it is Mevlut Mert Aydintas, a 22 year old policeman who had been recently fired following the anti-Gulenist crackdown of Erdogan against the forces which had attempted to overthrow him recently.

When such an event occurs it is also important to ask cui bono – whom does it benefit?

Alas, both the Turks and the Russians have a long tradition of secrecy and we might never find out who, if anybody, really was behind Mevlut Mert Aydintas.

Dec 19 17:12

The Bad Losers (And What They Fear Losing)

As the worst loser in American electoral history, she must blame Russia, rather than recognize that there were multiple reasons to vote against her.

If the 2016 presidential campaign was a national disgrace, the reaction of the losers is an even more disgraceful spectacle. It seems that the political machine backing Hillary Clinton can’t stand losing an election.

And why is that?

Because they are determined to impose “exceptional” America’s hegemony on the entire world, using military-backed regime changes, and Donald Trump seems poised to spoil their plans.

Dec 19 14:47

Russophobia and Sinophobia – Pepe Escobar

As the asinine regime change attempt on Trump fades into the annals of failed color revolutions, keep your focus on the South China Sea.

It’s by now crystal clear the coup-in-progress against Donald Trump is a made in USA regime change op using standard hybrid war techniques such as manipulation of public opinion by mainstream media.

The coup has been articulated by the usual suspects, from neocons to neoliberalcons, “humanitarian” imperialists included, with a special starring role for their pet agency, the CIA, which during the Bush-Obama continuum further specialized in fake “intelligence”.

Dec 18 16:32

Neocon Panic and Agony – THE SAKER

This is not a Democrat vs Republican issue, but a “deep state vs The People of the USA” issue.

There are clear signs that the Neocons running the AngloZionist Empire and its “deep state” are in a state of near panic and their actions indicate they are truly terrified.

On the home front, the Neocons have resorted to every possible dirty trick on the book to try to prevent Donald Trump from ever getting into the White House
Most experts agree that none of these tactics are going to work. So this begs the question of whether the Neocons are stupid, whether they think that they can succeed or what their true objective is.

Dec 18 16:22

Trump Sets the Cat Among the Jewish Pigeons

Palestine/Israel will be transformed into a democratic state, where Jews and Palestinians will live happily ever after, as equals.

The nomination of David Friedman horrified liberal Israelis, cheered Palestinian activists, befogged the Israeli and Palestinian officials, and created a great rift among US Jews. With one brilliant stroke Donald Trump made more mischief than one would think possible. If you have no time for details, I’ll tell you: it is a good, even very good development for Palestine and Palestinians, and it is likely to save Trump’s skin back home.

Dec 18 08:38

‘Russia Card’ Vendetta

Hack or Leak ?

When it comes to American politics specifically and European politics in general, there is nothing like playing the Russia card. If there is something wrong or there is something you don’t like, simply blame Vladimir Putin.That is exactly what the CIA is doing.

CrossTalking with Former Intelligence Analyst Ray McGovern, Former CIA Philip Giraldi, and James Jatras

http://mycatbirdseat.com/2016/12/russia-card-vendetta/

Dec 17 16:20

Trump’s people ignore Electoral College threat at their electoral peril

We'll see in a few days how the Electoral College gambit (Hillary's "Plan D" - the first three being rig the election [A], recounts [B] and Russia [C], all failed) plays out.

Anyone who has access to the Trump transition team needs to get one clear message through to them. This is, that the 2016 election is NOT YET over, and Trump could find himself on the evening of December 19th with the new President-elect, Hillary Clinton, having a majority of the votes in the Electoral College which votes that day; or having the election sent to the US House of Representative for the outcome to be determined, as happened in 1800, 1824 and 1876 (for different reasons).

Dec 16 10:21

Foreign Meddling In Our Vote? Remember How This Feels!

Even in an election year as shot through with conspiracy theories as this one, it would have been hard to imagine a bigger bombshell than Russia intervening to help Donald Trump. But that’s exactly what the CIA believes happened, or so unnamed “officials brief on the matter” told the Washington Post.

Dec 15 07:30

THE ULTIMATE “FAKE NEWS” LIST

Isn’t it ironic how the mainstream media has the nerve to lecture everyone else about “fake news” when they are the primary source of fake news on a consistent basis stretching back years?

Fake news stories and fake narratives put out by the mainstream media have resulted in deaths, destruction and people’s lives being ruined.

The most harmful fake news is routinely published by the mainstream media.

They are the main progenitors of fake news.

Dec 13 16:53

Myanmar military behind torching of Rohingya villages: HRW

Human Rights Watch says evidence shows Myanmar’s military is behind the torching of villages belonging to persecuted Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State, urging the government to allow aid agencies and media into the troubled region.

On Tuesday, the New York-based rights body released Satellite imagery and interviews with witnesses, saying at least 1,500 buildings have been destroyed since October 2015 in Rakhine, home to a large number of Rohingya Muslims.

“The new findings refute the Myanmarese military and government’s claims that Rohingya militants were responsible for burning down their own villages,” said Brad Adams, Asia director at the rights group.

“The satellite imagery and eyewitness interviews clearly point the finger at the military for setting these buildings ablaze,” he added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I never, this lifetime, thought I would have to say, "Watch out: here come the Buddhists!" Unfortunately, however, in Myanmar, that seems to be the case.

This ethnic cleansing attempt, on the part of the government by destroying Rohingya homes, is a very black mark against the Mayanmarese military.

And Aung San Suu Kyi, now the State Councellor of Myanmar, shame on you! Because of your background, and your steadfastness for human rights, people in both your own country, and around the world, are thoroughly disappointed in your not taking a very strong stand against this behaviour.

Dec 12 23:12

Exclusive Interview with President-elect Donald Trump Dec 11 2016

The Trump Wave – Chris Wallace with President-elect Donald Trump

When asked why would the CIA put out the story that the Russians wanted you to win, Trump said I don’t think it is the CIA, I think it is the Democrat’s,because they suffered one of the greatest defeats in the history of politics.

I am open-minded… I’m somebody that gets it…other countries are eating our lunch…the great American people have been forgotten…millions of people have given up looking for work… I understand our country – Donald J Trump

Dec 12 17:21

Philippine President Duterte Agrees to Buy Chinese Firearms - Break Away From US NWO?

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte expressed willingness to accept an arms deal proposed by China, further signifying a recent thaw in relations between the two countries.

Dec 12 13:22

Obama Out Not With a Bang, But a Whimp

The whimpering Obama administration is not over yet. Expect more sensational CIA exploits; more demonization of Russia; more weaponizing of “moderate” Syrian “rebels”; and even the odd false flag.

Clinton’s campaign – fully supported by President Obama — spent a whopping $1.2 billion and floundered ignominiously at the US presidential election. So Obama decided that the consolation “prize” is to order the “intelligence community” – a contradiction in terms – to conduct a “full review” of how the evil Russians handed out the Big Prize to Donald Trump.

Dec 12 13:16

Stop the CIA Coup – The Deep State versus Donald Trump

The CIA is up to its old tricks: overthrowing a democratically elected government. Only this time it’s our government.

“The CIA presentation to senators about Russia’s intentions fell short of a formal US assessment produced by all 17 intelligence agencies. A senior US official said there were minor disagreements among intelligence officials about the agency’s assessment, in part because some questions remain unanswered.” [emphasis added]

Dec 11 12:38

Fake News and War Party Lies – Pat Buchanan

Now, Americans should be on guard against “fake news” and foreign meddling in U.S. elections.

Yet it is often our own allies, like the Brits, and our own leaders who mislead and lie us into unnecessary wars. And is not meddling in the internal affairs, including the elections, of regimes we do not like, pretty much the job description of the CIA and the National Endowment for Democracy?

Dec 11 12:32

‘Total respect!’ Troops show their love for Trump at Army-Navy game; check out the video, photos

This is the year of breaking records, Army beating Navy after 14 years
The annual Army-Navy game is a proud American tradition often attended by U.S. Presidents ever since Theodore Roosevelt first attended a snow-filled event in 1901.

The 117th annual game, however, saw the first president-elect on record in attendance.

If you were at the game or watching on television, you couldn’t have missed Trump’s entrance thanks to the massive cheers coming from the military cadets in attendance.

Dec 10 17:27

President-elect Trump Delivers Remarks At “Thank You” Rally In Michigan

President-elect Trump Kicks Off Victory Tour in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

“You the American people will be in-charge. Your voice will never fall on deaf ears again.”

“Thank you Michigan. We are going to bring back your jobs & together, we will MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”

Dec 10 17:23

Marine Generals on Trump’s Team

"Mad Dog" Mattis Plays no Games" - Donald Trump

Former members of the Marines, the military’s smallest but proudest branch have gone on to become senators, governors, and senior government officials. But never has a former Marine become president of the United States. Perhaps with the elevation of these Marines into senior foreign policy roles, that could change.

Dec 10 00:44

Rolling Back the Empire: Washington’s Proxy-Army Faces Decisive Defeat in Aleppo

It appears that the battle of Aleppo is about to end and the Syrian Army is on the “verge of total victory.”

Syrian Army helicopters dropped leaflets on parts of eastern Aleppo on Sunday warning anti-government fighters to surrender while they still had the chance. Hundreds of jihadists have already laid down their weapons and surrendered while a hardline corps of deadenders continue to fend off the rapidly advancing army.

Dec 08 12:16

JAPAN TAGS DEMENTIA SUFFERERS WITH BARCODES

Dec 08 09:27

The Tide Is Turning Against the Oligarchs — Paul Craig Roberts

The ruling oligarchy and their presstitute media have become desperate now that they are losing control over explanations and Americans’ minds. Thus, they charge independent Internet journalists such as myself with being Russian agents peddling fake news.

Recent legislation in the House of Representatives, the list of 200 alleged Russian agents, and the attacks on president-elect Trump from within the US intelligence community make it clear that pressures on truthtellers are increasing.

Dec 08 09:24

Is Peace Possible? A Dialogue With Johan Galtung On Ukraine; Trump, Putin, And…

I expect these two men to cooperate — Johan Galtung

JG: I think there is a big difference in the campaigner Donald Trump, with his horrible remarks, and all his prejudices, and the President-Elect—who announces himself as the President for all Americans! While we are focusing on Ukraine, I was particularly interested in a statement made by a member of the Trump team about the 200-year relationship between Russia and the United States: the point was made that Russia supported what became the United States, against the French and the English empires. And that was Tsar Alexander I!...

It helps to have a long time-perspective! This is the first time in my life that I have heard of a President-Elect, or a President, having an historical perspective!

Dec 07 13:14

US Has Enduring Interest In Asia-Pacific Region: Carter

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter? says the US has “enduring and important” interests in the Asia-Pacific region amid anxieties over President-elect Donald Trump’s call for withdrawal of American forces from the region unless Washington’s allies pay more.

Dec 07 12:43

Can Trump Leash His Pentagon ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis?

President-elect Donald Trump formally introduced his pick to lead the defense department Tuesday, as he brought his “thank you” tour to Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Will the mad dog be leashed? Ron Paul Liberty Report weighs in:

Dec 07 12:38

‘Mad Dog’ Mattis and the Spirit of Trumpism

When it comes to foreign policy, the incoming Trump administration displays a split personality.

Mattis exemplifies the dual nature of the new administration.
This was readily apparent during the campaign, when, on the one hand, Donald Trump told us we were lied into the Iraq war, that NATO is “obsolete,” and that we have no business supporting regime change in Syria – and, on the other hand, he declared that he would crush ISIS, that it was a mistake to leave Iraq, and that we have to “rebuild our military,” as if we don’t already spend as much as the top ten defense spenders.

Dec 07 11:37

Beijing Calls on US to Refuse Taiwan President Entry During Diplomatic Trip

Days after President-elect Donald Trump riled Beijing by speaking to Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, China has asked Washington to not let Tsai visit the US on her way to Guatemala. China maintains a rocky relationship with Tsai, as they believe she may push for full independence of the autonomous nation.

Trump’s talk with Tsai on Friday was the first communication between a Taiwanese head of state and an American President-elect or President since the Taiwan Relations Act was passed in 1979, under US President Jimmy Carter.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi blamed Taiwan for the conversation just hours after it happened, stating that, "This is just the Taiwan side engaging in a petty action, and cannot change the 'one China' structure already formed by the international community…I believe that it won't change the longstanding 'one China' policy of the United States government."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A short memo to Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi: The Chinese are very much admired for looking at the long term, in terms of how its government creates its strategies for moving forward economically and politically.

Your criticism of Taiwan's President's congratulatory call to President-Elect Trump, coupled with your demand that President Tsai not be allowed to visit the US on her way to Guatemala, does not seem to be in character with those attributes.

Dec 07 05:33

Can Trump Leash His Pentagon ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis?

President-elect Donald Trump formally introduced his pick to lead the defense department Tuesday, as he brought his “thank you” tour to Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Will the mad dog be leashed? Ron Paul Liberty Report weighs in:

Dec 06 18:36

NAKED SELFIES USED AS COLLATERAL FOR CHINESE LOANS

Dec 06 13:01

Iranophobes on Parade – Philip Giraldi

Will Iran be the target of the Trump regime?

Hopefully someone will convince Donald Trump that the real answer to eliminating the “Iranian threat” is not war.

One of the most discouraging aspects of the filling out of the Donald Trump cabinet is the array of Iran haters that seem to be lining up in the foreign policy and national security areas.Trump has been personally advocating sensible policies relating to Russia and Syria but he appears to have gone off the rails regarding Iran, which just might be attributed to those who are giving him advice.

Dec 06 11:40

Mr. Trump: Use Your America-First Instincts to Pick a Secretary of State

These five men taken individually or together amount to a poisonous dog’s breakfast of intervention, war-mongering, deeper bankruptcy, and Israel First.

There is not an America First-bone in any of them, and they would work against your often-stated goal of reforming U.S. foreign policy in the direction the Founders intended, and ending the influence of the passions of Neoconservatives and Israel Firsters for involving the republic in endless, unnecessary wars.

Dec 06 11:31

Failed EU – Means an Expanded Dictatorship

Mass movements frequently take on a life of their own.

As the people of the world awaken to the pernicious nature and destructive wreckage of European civilization, the EU technocrats and oligarchs respond with even greater measures of control, repression and intimidation. Yet the prospects that they will be able to maintain their autocratic rule lessons with each populist rebellion against the beasts from Brussels. Induced panic is a tool used to scare the peasants into additional submission. The most obvious method will be a major economic and monetary implosion designed to create fear so that their revered and lauded interdependency necessitates another surrender of national sovereignty.

Dec 05 12:40

Officer Once Jailed For DUI And Making His Child Drive Is Up For Promotion – Report

A Milwaukee sergeant, who once served a jail time after making his minor daughter drive while he was drunk, may soon become a lieutenant. Milwaukee Police Chief reportedly named him among candidates “suitable for promotion.”

John P. Corbett served 30 days on work release in 2011, when he was indicted for driving under influence with a child in his car and letting his then 13-year-old daughter get behind the wheel.

Dec 05 09:12

Japanese News spins Taiwan call to Trump

Dec 05 06:15

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts Is A Former Treasury Secretary Who Actually Cares

Here’s an idea – how about appointing a US Treasury Secretary who actually cares for the ultimate welfare of the American People and the United States of America for a change, as opposed to using his position as a “revolving door” a la the cadre of treasonous “America-last” gaggle of premeditated criminals merely taking a leave of absence from their full-time jobs at Goldman Sachs and Covington & Burling LLP?

The American economy and its engineered 2008 crash wrought by such “financial luminaries” as Robert Rubin, Larry Summers, Gene Sperling, Hank Paulson, Tim Geithner, and others, has left a lasting effect, if not almost the total destruction of, the American Economy.

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