Friday, April 18, 2014

Dollar Dying; Multi - Polar World In Offing

This will impact Americans worldwide, and they have the Obama criminals to thank for it

PRESS TV
04/18/2014

Washington’s decision to go for the military coup in Ukraine was intended to rupture the emerging cooperation between key Eurasian nations that ultimately would have isolated the power of US hegemony and opened the door for a genuine multi-polar world where peaceful cooperation replaced military threats and sole Superpower domination. 


The very rich and powerful families who control the US military industry complex reacted by trying to revert to their tried strategy of re-activating a new Cold War that paints Russia as evil and tries to cripple or severely weaken her. Ultimately it was a stupid decision being implemented by very stupid people, who believe they are very smart. 
 
 
One of the unintended consequences of their stupidity is the fact that because of the foolish US decision to impose economic sanctions on Russia over Crimea’s annexation, Washington has forced Moscow to react by selling Gazprom bonds not in the dollar market but rather in the fast-emerging Chinese Yuan. 
 
The US has just shot itself in the foot. 
 


OAO Gazprom, the world’s biggest natural-gas producer, plans to issue Chinese Yuan-denominated debt in the coming days. Because of Obama Administration sanction threats, the interest rate for Gazprom debt in dollars is rising dramatically while that of Yuan debt is falling, making it attractive to issue the Yuan debt. But this is a decision that makes more than business sense. It accelerates a trend by Russia, China, Iran and other countries to abandon the US dollar as world central bank and trade reserve currency.

Wars With Other Countries’ Money

The role of the US dollar as the world’s leading reserve currency is more than a status symbol. Since the creation of the Bretton Woods monetary order in 1944, the role of the dollar as reserve currency has been at the center of American power. After August 1971, when Nixon ended the convertibility of foreign-held dollars for US Federal Reserve gold stocks, the dollar has been a fiat currency whose relative value has fluctuated up and down. 
 
 
Today, despite the worst economic depression in the USA since the 1930’s and three decades of US trade deficit, combined with a soaring Government debt now over 103% of GDP, the US Government is able to finance wars in Syria, Libya, Afghanistan and elsewhere because of the reserve currency role. Other trading nations like China or Russia who buy or sell dollar-priced goods must have dollars for trade, so their central banks invest their trade surpluses into “safe” US Treasury bonds.


Ironically, that has in effect meant that the US has been able until recently to finance its foreign wars and trillion dollar military budget using Chinese, Russian and other nations’ dollars.

When the Euro threatened the reserve currency status of the dollar in 2010 as Washington ran annual trillion dollar+ budget deficits, the Chinese and others began buying bonds denominated in Euros instead to diversify their risk of a possible US default. 
 
 
To prevent the emergence of the Euro, Washington launched a financial warfare operation using key Wall Street banks like Goldman Sachs and JP MorganChase together with the US-based credit rating agencies Standard & Poors and Moodys and the US Federal Reserve to prevent the shift to the Euro. It was called the “Greek Crisis.” The Euro fell and the dollar was suddenly “safe haven...”, for a while.

But other national central banks took notice that the dollar was losing its value, as Washington continued to print money without limit, in order to rescue the bankrupt Wall Street banks with what the Federal Reserve calls "Quantitative Easing."


China, Russia and other major trading nations have quietly begun to develop alternatives to using the US dollar for their bilateral trade.

Dramatic Shift in Dollar Role

A new report by the International Monetary Fund reveals a dramatic shift in the role of the US dollar as reserve currency. Some 23 countries today report holding Chinese Yuan as official reserves. That, despite the fact the Yen, much like the French Franc after World War II, is not yet fully convertible into other currencies. The Chinese are moving to convertibility in very carefully measured steps. 
 
 
Not only do 23 other central banks hold Yuan officially, twelve more have invested in Yuan without officially declaring so.

The most dramatic point in the IMF report is the fact that the relative role of the US dollar in central bank reserves is rapidly declining. Yes, the dollar is still the largest reserve currency. 
 
 
But whereas in 2000 some 55% of all reserves worldwide were in US dollars, today it has declined to 33%. And the trend is accelerating. The IMF does not list the Yuan as an official reserve currency as it is not yet convertible. In its statistics the Yuan falls under the category “other currencies.” The Other Currency share according to the IMF has doubled since the US invasion of Iraq in 2003.
 
 
In recent years the central bank of China has been buying gold in huge amounts to prepare for Yuan becoming a fully convertible currency. Now, with Russian companies increasingly looking east to China and Asia generally, the shift away from the dollar could accelerate dramatically, forcing US interest rates sharply higher and significantly increasing the pressures on Washington’s government spending. 
 


The foolish Obama sanctions threats against Moscow are simply accelerating the refocus of giant Russian companies like Gazprom and Norlisk Nickel to the huge Asian market. Russian mining companies, including OAO GMK Norilsk Nickel, the world’s largest producer of nickel, are stepping up activities in Asian markets in the last month.

A China-Iran-Russia Triangle

The NATO-led Ukraine coup and ensuing crisis have dramatically accelerated the trend not only by Russian companies to look east. Other nations realize they could someday be target of Washington sanctions and are looking to lessen their dollar exposure. Iran and Russia recently announced a huge barter deal that allows the two to skirt US-imposed economic sanctions. 
 
 
On April 2, the two countries agreed a barter deal that would reportedly be worth up to $20 billion, enabling Tehran to boost vital energy exports in defiance of Western sanctions. Reportedly Moscow would buy up to 500,000 barrels a day of Iranian oil in exchange for Russian equipment and goods. Russian technical assistance in building two new nuclear plants in Iran are reported part of the deal, as well as purchases of various metals and perhaps Russian missiles. The dollar, of course, would play no role. 
 
 
Washington was furious, but why should Russia or Teheran obey US-dictated measures of economic warfare when both now are being attacked by them?

And in May, Russian President Putin is scheduled to fly to Beijing where he is expected to sign a mammoth 30-year deal to supply China’s energy-hungry economy with Russian gas. State-owned Gazprom plans to pump 38 billion cubic meters (bcm) of natural gas per year to China from 2018 via the first pipeline between the world's largest producer of conventional gas to the largest consumer. Signing this deal after almost a decade of tough negotiations would mark another major step away from the dollar in international trade as both countries seek to free themselves from dollar wars or threats of same.

When Rosneft’s Igor Sechin was in Tokyo in late March discussing energy deals there, he told the press that US sanctions on Russia over Crimea could have negative consequences for the West. He declared that more sanctions over Moscow's seizure of the Black Sea peninsula from Ukraine would be counter-productive.
 
 
The underlying message from the head of Russia's biggest oil company, Rosneft, was clear: If the USA and EU try to isolate Russia, Moscow will look East for new business. 
 
That will include major new energy deals, military contracts and political alliances. 
 
 
China surpassed Germany as Russia's biggest buyer of crude oil this year when Sechin’s Rosneft secured deals to boost eastward oil supplies via the East Siberia-Pacific Ocean pipeline and another crossing Kazakhstan.

What is emerging is a tectonic shift in monetary relations with the largest nations of Eurasia to conduct bilateral trade denominated in either Rubles or Renminbi, or gold. If we add Iran, possibly Iraq and India, and now, with Turkey’s Recep Erdogan looking away from NATO for new allies, amid his life-or-death battle with the CIA-run Fetullah Gülen, Turkey could well join such an emerging Eurasian economic alliance.

Unintended Consequences

The Ukraine NATO coup and Washington’s disastrous attempt to topple Syria’s Assad have accelerated the creation of what they ultimately most want to avoid. It’s what Zbigniew Brzezinski warned of in his 1997 The Grand Chessboard when he wrote, “It is imperative that no Eurasian challenger emerges, capable of dominating Eurasia and thus of also challenging America.” The former Obama adviser went on to state,

"In that context, how America 'manages' Eurasia is critical. A power that dominates Eurasia would control two of the world's three most advanced and economically productive regions. A mere glance at the map also suggests that control over Eurasia would almost automatically entail Africa's subordination, rendering the Western Hemisphere and Oceania (Australia) geopolitically peripheral to the world's central continent. About 75 per cent of the world's people live in Eurasia, and most of the world's physical wealth is there as well, both in its enterprises and underneath its soil. Eurasia accounts for about three-fourths of the world's known energy resources." 
 
 
 

Brzezinski then spoke of what he called a “Zone of Percolating Violence.” The heat on the percolator, of course, would be regulated by Washington and NATO.

The people in Washington or Brussels, like Brzezinski or the pathetic Victoria Nuland at the State Department—the former Dick Cheney aide who was given responsibility for the logistics of the Ukraine NATO coup—are essentially stupid people. They are stupid in a very specific way. Not that they are not well-educated, some from the finest “elite” universities, with years of political experience.

Their stupidity lies in their inability to think-through or foresee the global consequences of their actions.

FWE/SL
 

F. William Engdahl is a political economist specializing for more than thirty years in geopolitical analysis of global events. He is author of the international best-selling book on oil and geopolitics, A Century of War: Anglo-American Oil Politics and the New World Order, published as well in French, German, Chinese, Russian, Czech, Korean, Turkish, Croatian, Slovenian and Arabic. In 2010 he published Gods of Money: Wall Street and the Death of the American Century, as a sequel to ‘Seeds of Destruction: The Hidden Agenda of Genetic Manipulation, completing a trilogy on the power of oil, food and money control. Engdahl has lectured in economics at the Rhein-Main University in Germany and is a Visiting Professor in Economics at Beijing University of Chemical Technology.  He currently lives in Germany and, in addition to teaching and writing regularly on issues of international political economy and geopolitics, food security, economics, energy and international affairs, is active as a consulting political risk economist for major European banks and private investors. More articles by F. William Engdahl.




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Is U.S. Media Coverage Of Ukraine And Syria Even Worse Than Coverage Of Iraq? Unprecedented Propaganda Blitz

"Mainstream media" will be held fully responsible and accountable for propaganda war mongering, and for the first time MSM individual frauds and spies posing as "journalists" will wind up in the war crimes trials dock alongside their CIA/corporate  masters

GLOBAL RESEARCH 
04/17/2014

Over the last year, we’ve documented that – despite all of the mea culpas for horrible Iraq coverage – the U.S. media’s coverage of Ukraine and Syria is just as biased, superficial and pro-war. 
 
 
Former Associated Press and Newsweek reporter Robert Parry – who broke several of the biggest stories regarding Iran-Contra, and recipient of the George Polk Award for National Reporting in 1984 - writes of U.S. media coverage of the conflict in Ukraine is even worse than Iraq:

In my four-plus decades in journalism, I have never seen a more thoroughly biased and misleading performance by the major U.S. news media. 
 
 
 
 
Even during the days of Ronald Reagan – when much of the government’s modern propaganda structure was created – there was more independence in major news outlets. 
 
There were media stampedes off the reality cliff during George H.W. Bush’s Persian Gulf War and George W. Bush’s Iraq War, both of which were marked by demonstrably false claims that were readily swallowed by the big U.S. news outlets. 
 
 
CNN fraud, CIA war whore Christiane Amanpour; MSM shills responsible for deaths of legitimate journalists tarred with the same brush
 
But there is something utterly Orwellian in the current coverage of the Ukraine crisis, including accusing others of “propaganda” when their accounts – though surely not perfect – are much more honest and more accurate than what the U.S. press corps has been producing. 
 
 
CIA Al Jazeera spy Sue Turdton on absentia trial in Egypt
There’s also the added risk that this latest failure by the U.S. press corps is occurring on the border of Russia, a nuclear-armed state that – along with the United States – could exterminate all life on the planet. 
 
The biased U.S. news coverage is now feeding into political demands to send U.S. military aid to Ukraine’s coup regime.

The casualness of this propaganda – as it spreads across the U.S. media spectrum from Fox News to MSNBC, from the Washington Post to the New York Times – is not just wretched journalism but it is reckless malfeasance jeopardizing the lives of many Ukrainians and the future of the planet. 
 
 
CNN pederast, war shill Anderson Cooper
Media coverage of Syria is also arguably worse than of Iraq.

After all, the American media trumpeted false claims about Saddam’s weapons of mass destruction. But – with Syria – the American media is studiously ignoring the fact that:

Since that didn’t work to start a war, Turkey is trying to carry out new false flag attacks with which to frame Assad;
 
 
 
Fox News CIA whore Gretchen Carlson
As the Council on Foreign Relations notes – based upon data by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights – civilian deaths have been overestimated when compared to deaths of combatants, and “most of the reported deaths in Syria have not been committed by forces under Bashar al-Assad’s command.“

Of course, the corporate media is always pro-war and pro-empire. But now the large “alternative” media outlets – such as Drudge and Huffington Post – are also beating the war drums as loudly as they can. 
 
 
Fox News war criminal, cokehead Dana Perino
 So you’ll hear scary stories that terrorists in Syria are a threat to the U.S. … but you won’t hear that the U.S. has been planning regime change in Syria for 20 years straight (and see this), or that the U.S. and its allies are the ones who pumped up those terrorists in the first place.


You’ll be told that Russia will start World War 3 if we don’t launch a military campaign in Ukraine … but you won’t hear that that the U.S. has planned on taking control of Ukraine since 1997, or that the former Ukrainian Security Chief alleges that the new neo-Nazi government was behind the sniper attacks which turned the West against the old regime in the first place.

You won’t hear any of that when the media is trying to sell a war.



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Hundreds Still Missing After South Korean Ferry Sinks

Yet another "Captain" jumps ship in eery replay of Costa Concordia

WORLD SOCIALIST WEBSITE
By John Watanabe
04/17/2014

The South Korean ferry, Sewol, sunk on Wednesday morning, about 20 kilometres off the island of Byungpoong, near the southern tip of the Korean peninsula. The vessel, which is operated by the Chonghaejin Marine Company, was carrying between 459 and 475 people, including 325 high school students aged 16 and 17. 
 
 
The latest reports confirm six deaths—four students, one teacher and one ferry employee in her 20s—and 179 people rescued. Some 290 people are still missing, believed trapped inside the sunken vessel. Water temperature in the area is only 12 degrees C, low enough to cause death from hypothermia in less than two hours. “I’m afraid there’s little chance for those trapped inside still to be alive,” Cho Yang-Bok, a senior emergency official told YTN television.


The ferry was traveling from the north-western port of Incheon to the far south island of Jeju, a popular tourist resort known as South Korea’s Hawaii. The students onboard were from the Danwon High School in Ansan, a suburb of Seoul. Accompanied by 14 teachers, they were on a four-day school trip to Jeju. Only 71 of the more than 300 students are known to have been rescued.

The Sewol, which was operating well below its capacity of 900, was sailing in fair weather conditions with good visibility. Everything points to the ship having hit something. Many of the rescued reported a strong impact sometime before 9 a.m. on Wednesday, after which the ferry listed at a severe angle to the left, before flipping over completely and sinking two hours later. 
 
 
All of the rescued were apparently saved between the arrival of the first rescue helicopter, sometime before 10 a.m., and the ferry’s sinking about an hour and a half later. According to the Joong Ang Daily, the crew did not inform the coast guard for 18 minutes. 
 
 
The crew is also reported to have issued repeated announcements urging passengers to stay calm and not prepare for evacuation. Only those close to the upper decks and on the elevated right side of the ferry were able to escape, many by jumping into the sea.

“There was a bang and then the ship suddenly tilted over,” the Yonhap News Agency quoted a 57-year-old survivor, as saying. “Downstairs were restaurants, shops and entertainment rooms, and those who were there are feared to have failed to escape.” 
 
 
 
 
 Cha Eun-ok, another survivor who had been on the deck of the ferry taking photographs, said, “It was fine. Then the ship went ‘boom’ and there was a noise of cargo falling. The on-board announcement told people to stay put ... [but the] people who stayed are trapped.”

“I wonder why the rescuers who first got to the ship didn’t do anything about those 100 or 200 I think were trapped inside the ship,” another survivor said. “They were just picking up those already on the top of the ship.”
 
 
Parents of the missing students have gathered in Jindo, the nearest town to where the ferry capsized. Prime Minister Chung Hong-won hurried to Jindo to meet the students’ families, but “faced a barrage of fierce protests from many families upset about a delay in rescue efforts,” the Yonhap News Agency reported. 
 
 
According to the Associated Press, Chung had “water thrown at him.”

Authorities initially reported that at about 1 p.m. on Wednesday authorities had rescued almost all the students, the rest of the passengers and the crew, only to back-track two hours later and blame the inaccurate information on overlapping reports.

The South Korean Navy and the Coast Guard have formed a joint task force for the rescue efforts. These were scheduled to start at 5 p.m. on Wednesday but were delayed and reportedly began at around 6:30 p.m. According to Reuters, some of the missing students’ parents are accusing officials of not making enough effort and even lying about the rescue. 
 
 
 

“Since the government refused to take us to the scene 11 parents chipped in 61,000 won ($58.79) each to hire a boat and took a reporter and a diver. But there was no rescue operation going on [Wednesday night],” said one father who declined to give his name. “I am extremely angry. The media is saying the rescue op is still going on. It’s all a lie,” he said.

Some news services have blamed the Chonghaejin Marine Company for changing the ferry’s route, allegedly to speed up its journey and make up for a delayed departure.

The ferry was under the command of a substitute captain, but the company claimed that this had no bearing on the accident. It stated that the captain was a veteran approved by Incheon Regional Maritime Affairs and Port Administration. Chonghaejin Marine, but has yet to offer any explanation for the disaster.

This is the second accident involving the company in three weeks. On March 28, another Chonghaejin ferry hit a fishing boat in the West Sea from Incheon. The 396-tonne ferry was carrying about 140 passengers but no injuries were reported.

The sinking of the Sewol could prove to be the worst maritime disaster in Korea in more than two decades. In 1993, 292 passengers died when an overloaded ferry, sailed despite bad weather warnings and sank off the country’s west coast.



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Bandar Commissioned To Overthrow Assad : Analyst

"Chemical" Bandar responsible for supplying poison gas to CIA/FSA mercs

PRESS TV
04/17/2014

A political analyst says the policies of former Saudi spy chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan have created havoc for the US policy in the Middle East. 
 
 
Poison gas tzar, Obama CIA dupe "Chemical" Bandar
The removal of Prince Bandar came after loss of control over militant groups deployed by Riyadh to Syria and Iraq, who "started series of terrorist bloodletting" in the two crisis-hit countries, Ralph Schoenman told Press TV on Wednesday.

The US officials felt the policy was “becoming risky and not successful,” he also said. 
 


The analyst stressed that under Bandar’s leadership top US security officials had met with Saudi diplomats in the Saudi embassy.

“Those were the circumstances in which Bandar was effectively removed as the US rulers were giving indication that he had been linked to the policies of the neocons and Bush and that set their foot on the path that was clearly creating havoc for US policy in the region,” Schoenman further noted. 
 
 
Drunken retard, coward mass murderer Bush with Bandar
The discontent of US officials came despite Bandar’s intent of plotting to overthrow the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and to “destabilize any opposition to Zionist policies in the region,” he added. 
 
On Tuesday, Saudi King Abdullah replaced Bandar with Youssef al-Idrisi. 
 


Saudi Arabia's official news agency SPA has cited a royal decree as saying that Bandar was “exempted... from his position at his own request” and replaced by his deputy al-Idrissi.

The 65-year-old prince, a former ambassador to the United States, is known to have had close ties with former US President George W. Bush and came to be known as Bandar Bush. He was an advocate of the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003.

He is believed to be the key figure trying to increase Saudi weapons flow to the foreign-backed militants in Syria.

SAB/AB/SL




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CIA Terror Chief Pulls Rank In Kiev

Brennan in failed attempt to shore-up Kiev fascist coup plotters

STRATEGIC CULTURE FOUNDATION
By Finian Cunningham
04/15/2014

There could hardly be an American official more sinister than CIA director John Brennan, yet when his mysterious visit to Kiev at the weekend is exposed in various news media the White House responded with vacuous naiveté and as if Russia is foolishly over-reacting. 
 
 
Personification of evil:  CIA mass-murderer John Brennan
It is not without good reason that Brennan is known unofficially as Obama’s "assassination and torture tsar". The 58-year-old spymaster is the embodiment of how Washington has itself become a secret, unaccountable government that has set itself above the law in the running of torture and assassination programs by presidential command. Brennan is the "éminence grise" of the White House’s covert world of state terrorism.


Following disclosure of Brennan’s weekend visit to the Ukrainian capital, the White House was evidently caught on the back foot. The Oval Office made the somewhat unconvincing attempt to portray it as a perfunctory meeting between security officials. Well, if it was merely a routine itinerary then why was the fact of the meeting such a closely guarded secret – up until the matter was leaked by parliamentary sources in Kiev?

The timing of Brennan’s sojourn in Kiev comes at a crucial juncture. The unelected Western-backed junta in Kiev is threatening a violent crackdown on pro-Russian protesters in the east and south of the country. 
 
 
So far, the protesters have taken over government and police buildings in the major cities of Donetz, Karkhov, Lugansk, Slavyansk and Horlivka. 
 
The takeovers have been carried out with notably little violence – in contrast to the Western-backed street violence that occurred in Kiev from the end of November. 
 
 
 
The eastern Ukraine protests have met minimal resistance from local police and other security forces, and indeed the latter seem to have willingly joined in the defense of the demonstrations.

The leaders of the self-appointed regime in Kiev are struggling to contain the protesters in the east and south of Ukraine. The chaotic situation is a pointed reminder that the fascists and neo-Nazis who seized power in Kiev at the end of February – after nearly three months of Western-backed street subversion – do not have a democratic mandate to rule over the whole country. The protesters in the eastern cities view the Kiev junta as having come to power illegally. As one woman told media: "They are just a gang of criminals". 
 
 
Obama's CIA whore Victoria Nuland with Kiev fascists
That view would seem to be substantiated by the tacit revolt among police and security forces in the east of Ukraine against the orders for a crackdown given from Kiev. Such clear lack of command over a basic institution of the state indicates that the Kiev cabal has lost control, or more accurately, never had control in the first place – apart from precipitating the illegal coup in Kiev against the incumbent President Viktor Yanukovych.


The vacuum of central authority in Ukraine is evident from the ineffective deadlines issued by the office occupiers in Kiev. Ironically, this supports Moscow’s position that any political solution will have to be based on a federal settlement among the regions of Ukraine. American, European and Russian officials are to meet in Geneva this week, but there is little sign that the Western parties can admit to the reckless folly of their efforts at forcing regime change across Ukraine on the back of the Kiev cabal. 
 
 
Foul mouthed Nuland has managed to indeed "Fuck" the EU
Kiev’s first ultimatum for the protesters in the eastern cities to relinquish their occupation of public buildings expired last Friday. Kiev had given demonstrators 48 hours last week to disperse otherwise it was sending in "anti-terror" military forces to do so. 
 
 
 
That deadline was defiantly ignored by armed protesters behind their barricades. So too was a second deadline, which expired on Monday morning.

This is the context for the secret visit by CIA chief John Brennan to Kiev at the weekend. The Washington-backed regime is floundering to cope with the nationwide crisis it has helped to provoke, and it needs a steadying hand from Uncle Sam.

The CIA’s covert involvement in destabilizing Ukraine goes all the way back to the end of the Cold War, when the country was targeted for regime change from the early 1990s as a calculated pressure point to exert on Russia. The admission at the end of last year by US state department official Victoria Nuland that the US had funneled some $5 billion into Ukraine for subversive activities under the guise of myriad CIA front organizations, such as the National Endowment for Democracy and the Heritage Foundation, is testimony to this strategic gambit. 
 
 
The question might be asked: why did Brennan have to visit Kiev in person? 
 
Surely, a lesser dignitary bearing a sealed letter would have sufficed? 
 
The fact that Brennan was obliged to press the flesh with leaders of the Kiev junta suggests two things. 
 
 
 
 
Firstly, the junta is way out of its depth in maintaining a façade of "governance" over a population of 45 million, many of which are armed and implacably opposed to its Western-infiltrated rule. Given Brennan’s top ranking as Washington’s éminence grise, his meeting in Kiev was probably designed at shoring up the shaky US-backed regime in the face of growing dissent.

Secondly, and more sinisterly, Brennan was letting his hosts in Kiev know – in the most authoritative unspoken way – that they could rely on the full panoply of Washington’s state terrorist expertise. 
 
 
All about gas:  Putin squeezes the EU/UK/NATO fascists into submission
 
The CIA director is a holdover from the Bush administration in which he was a formative figure in drawing up the torture and extraordinary rendition practices during the 2000s. Brennan’s rise through the ranks of the American national security apparatus is in tandem with the rise of American government lawlessness around the world.

In 2008, he had to withdraw his nomination for the top CIA post under public pressure then from his known involvement in and support for torture. The Obama administration circumvented that glitch by appointing Brennan as the president’s "chief counterterrorism advisor" – a career appointment that did not require Congressional oversight. 
 
 
CIA Al Jazeera, CNN, Fox News, Euronews shill for fascists
Last year, the Obama administration finally appointed Brennan as head of the CIA with minimal controversy. The promotion was a reward for Brennan’s legal streamlining of the American killer drone program, which has given the White House control of selecting targets in the weekly meetings known as "Terror Tuesdays", where suspects around the world in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia among other places, are nominated for assassination. 
 
 
This facility of extrajudicial murder in the hands of an American president – requiring no legal or public oversight – is the dubious deft work of John Owen Brennan.

The Kiev putschists came to power after covert snipers shot dead up to 100 people in the Maidan Square, including protesters and police, during late February. The Western mainstream news media quickly blamed the deaths on the Ukrainian security services and the public outcry led partly to the ouster of President Yanukovych on February 22-23. 
 
 
Brennan's Ukraine fascists
It has since been disclosed that the snipers were actually working for the coup organizers, and there is evidence that the CIA was involved in orchestrating that atrocity, as it had done for the general street protests leading up to it.

In the present standoff between the US-backed regime in Kiev and the cities of eastern Ukraine, the rent-a-mobsters in Kiev led by the so-called Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk are in danger of buckling from the trenchant popular opposition to their illegal power grab. Washington’s $5 billion covert investment in regime change is at stake. This is where Uncle Sam steps in to straighten up the rattled ranks. And who better to exude sinister authority than John O. Brennan – Obama’s right-hand man for state terrorism?


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Syrian Opposition Fighters Obtain U.S.- Made TOW Antitank Missiles

And as with the Iran-Contra Stingers, these weapons will wind up killing U.S. military personnel - with Obama and his murdering CIA responsible

WASHINGTON POST
By Karen DeYoung
04/16/2014

Syria’s opposition fighters have been supplied with U.S.-made antitank missiles, the first time a major American weapons system has appeared in rebel hands. 
 
 
U.S. AT TOW missile
It is unclear how the rebels obtained the wire-guided missiles, which are capable of penetrating heavy armor and fortifications and are standard in the U.S. military arsenal. The United States has sold them in the past to Turkey, among other countries, and the Pentagon approved the sale of 15,000 of the weapons to Saudi Arabia in December. Both countries aid Syrian opposition groups.

U.S. officials declined to discuss the origin of the weapons but did not dispute that the rebels have them.


Their appearance in Syria coincides with a U.S. commitment this year to escalate a CIA-run program to supply and train vetted “moderate” rebel groups and to improve coordination with other opposition backers.

“The United States is committed to building the capacity of the moderate opposition, including through the provision of assistance to vetted members of the moderate armed opposition,” said National Security Council spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan. “As we have said, we are not going to detail every single type of our assistance.”

Videos showing rebels using the weapons were first uploaded to YouTube between April 1 and 5 by Harakat Hazm, a moderate insurgent splinter group, according to Charles Lister, a visiting fellow at the Brookings Doha Center, who was among the first to identify the so-called TOW (“Tube-launched, Optically-tracked, Wire-guided”) antitank missiles.
 
 
North, Poindexter, Weinberger responsible for U.S. stinger deaths
In an article published last week by Jane’s Defense Weekly, Lister noted that any country that transferred U.S. weapons to third parties was required to notify the United States and receive its approval.

The United States secretly supplied hundreds of TOWs to Iran during the Reagan administration’s arms-for-hostages arrangement in the 1980s. But Lister noted that the weapons seen in the newly released videos appear in good condition and with configurations different from the 1980s version.


Iran is a principal backer of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government, the other side in the civil war.

While some dispute the difference the weapons can make in the Syrian conflict, now well into its third year, the appearance of the missiles caused a flurry of excitement among experts who closely chronicle weapons used by either side.

The rebel movement has become deeply splintered over the past year, with an influx of foreign fighters and al-Qaeda-linked groups gaining prominence and increasingly fighting against more moderate opposition groups, as well as against Syrian government forces.
 
 
Iran-Contra stingers went on to shoot-down U.S. military helicopters, kill U.S. servicemen
 
The presence of Islamist radicals within the opposition has long made the Obama administration reluctant to supply weapons, a reticence that last year caused other prominent rebel backers, most notable among them Saudi Arabia, to complain about a lack of U.S. leadership.

Those complaints were heightened last fall, when President Obama first approved, then stopped, a U.S. airstrike against Syrian targets associated with the government’s chemical weapons program. Obama pulled back after Congress indicated it would not approve the strikes, and he subsequently negotiated an agreement with Russia — Assad’s leading weapons supplier — to destroy Syria’s chemical arsenal.

After many delays, the removal of Syria’s chemical weapons and components is close to being on schedule for completion by the end of April. Destruction is to occur at sea by the end of June.

But even as Assad’s weapons of mass destruction are being eliminated, government forces, using so-called “barrel bombs” and other weapons primarily targeting civilians, have regained some territory previously lost to the rebels.

Rebel losses, infighting and surging extremist groups caused the administration and its allies in Europe and the Persian Gulf to reassess their strategy early this year. In a meeting of intelligence chiefs in Washington, they agreed to increase and better coordinate their aid. Countries such as Qatar, which the Treasury Department alleged were funding extremists, agreed to stop.

According to a senior Treasury official, it is not yet clear how effective those agreements have been.

But officials from a broad array of partner governments have said the United States is slowly expanding its role as a leader and as a supplier. Some disagreements remain, including over a Saudi proposal — opposed by the administration — to supply the rebels with shoulder-launched surface-to-air missiles capable of shooting down Syrian aircraft.




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"Zero Knowledge Privacy" : NSA-Proof EMail Service Goes Online

The now never-ending intel war escalates

RT
04/17/2014

A new email service that protects its users from the prying eyes of the NSA and other spy agencies has gone online. The service’s creators say it will make encrypted messaging accessible to all and curtail internet snooping. 
 
 
Yahoo betrays customers, leads pack in allowing NSA spying
Germany-based Lavaboom was inspired by Lavabit, the encrypted email service that was believed to have been used by whistleblower Edward Snowden before it shut down its operations in August last year. The service pioneers a new system called “zero-knowledge privacy”, which allows users to personally encrypt and decrypt their mail from their browsers using JavaScript codes.


“Key handling is a very sensitive issue," Lavaboom said in a technical FAQ section on its website. "We let you download your keypair during registration. This is to ensure that your key remains in your possession.” 
 
 
In this way, the service only acts as a carrier for already encrypted messages which will prevent government agencies from extracting information. 
 
It will also mean Lavaboom will be unable to handover unencrypted mails and codes to government agencies if they request them.


Lavaboom is currently in its beta stage of development and plans to offer users free accounts with 250MB of storage space, while subscribers will receive 1GB for around $11 a month.

The service is aimed at blocking the spying of government agencies like the NSA who gather huge amounts of information using special espionage programs. Lavaboom’s creator, Feliz Muller-Irion, said that unencrypted mails are more often than not caught in the NSA’s information dragnet. 
 
 
“An email that I sent to my mother can potentially go through Russia, China and the US even though she lives in the same building as me,” he told Spanish publication el Economista. “If you choose not to encrypt your email, it is very possible that the conversation you thought was private will appear on the screens of the NSA or be picked up by PRISM.”


Following the spy revelations divulged by former CIA contractor-turned whistleblower Edward Snowden last year, governments and organizations have adopted measures to try and combat the NSA’s spying antics. 
 
 
The Brazilian government began the installation of a secure digital communication network earlier this month, following reports the NSA was spying on the personal communications of President Dilma Rousseff and her top aides.

The coordinator of the federal government's Serpro data processing service, Marcos Mello, said the new service will employ passwords and digital markers to ensure the safety of governmental communications. The system should be fully operational by the end of 2014.


In response to the international uproar caused by the spying revelations, US President Barack Obama stated in a January address that the NSA would no longer keep tabs on foreign heads of state, but said it would continue to gather data on the “intentions” of other governments. 
 




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ANDREW KREIG: EXPERTS REJECT FIRE AS CAUSE FOR 9/11 WTC COLLAPSES

The real truth on 9/11 slowly continues to bleed out

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Technical experts are mounting major challenges to official U.S. government accounts of how three World Trade Center skyscrapers collapsed in near-freefall after the 9/11 attacks 15 years ago.

Many researchers are focusing especially on the little-known collapse of

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The Geopolitics Of The United States, Part 1: The Inevitable Empire

The Empire and the inevitable fall of the Obama criminal regime

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STRATFOR Editor’s Note: This installment on the United States, presented in two parts, is the 16th in a series of STRATFOR monographs on the geopolitics of countries influential in world affairs.

Like nearly all of the peoples of North and South America, most Americans are not originally from the territory that became the United States.

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Geopolitics Of The United States Part 2: American Identity And The Threats of Tomorrow

A look back at 2011 predictions for the future in order to put events of today into perspective

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We have already discussed in the first part of this analysis how the American geography dooms whoever controls the territory to being a global power, but there are a number of other outcomes that shape what that power will be like. The first and most critical is the impact of that geography on the American mindset.

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By Robert S. Finnegan

This e-mail outlines and confirms the acts of espionage against Indonesia and Indonesians by Akiko Makino and the others involved both in Kobe University and in AI Lab at University of Airlangga, Surabaya; Bahasa Indonesia original follows English translation...

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UPDATED 01/07/2015 : New Analysis Challenges Tamiflu Efficacy; Hong Kong Corona Virus Outbreak

UPDATED 01/07/2015 : FOX NEWS CORPORATE PHARMA SHILL MEGAN KELLY AND FOX NEWS QUACK DOCTOR NOW PUSHING TAMIFLU FOR PREGNANT WOMEN AND CHILDREN;

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THE 5TH ESTATE UNEQUIVOCALLY WARNS THE PUBLIC NOT TO TAKE OR GIVE THIS PROVEN DANGEROUS, INEFFECTIVE DRUG TO ANYONE

Obama criminals now resulting to biowarfare in quest to destroy Chinese and ASEAN economy; "novel virus substrain" points directly to a Kawaoka / Fouchier / Ernala-Ginting Kobe lab virus weaponized and genetically altered to specifically target and infect the Asian population: Ribavirin...

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The 5th Estate has just purchased a library on H5N1 "Novel" virus pandemics, there are dozens of PDF and Exel documents we feel will assist you in saving lives following intentional releases of the H5N1 and now MERS viruses; we will begin by printing those that appear to be extremely relevant here: H5N1 Kobe-Kawaoka-Ernala series continues soon with more "Smoking Gun" e-mails from Teridah Ernala to The 5th Estate . . .

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By Robert S. Finnegan

On October 12, 2002 the Indonesian island of Bali experienced a terrorist attack that rocked the world. It was unquestionably well-coordinated and executed, the largest in the country's history.

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