US Commander In Europe Wants More Troops, Resources To “Deter” Russia

US Commander In Europe Wants More Troops, Resources To “Deter” Russia

27-05-18 10:01:00,

Authored by Jason Ditz via AntiWar.com,

As Russia cuts spending, US continues to escalate…

Russia has begun substantial multi-year cuts on their own military spending, but that isn’t going to deter Pentagon brass who intend to keep using it for more spending to “counter” them. European Command head Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti is the latest to push this narrative.

Gen. Scaparrotti suggested that the “modernization” of Russia’s military means that the US needs to deploy even more troops into Europe, with yet more equipment, to “deter” Russia.

“In terms of the force structure…in each of our domains, there are additions that I need,” he said.

US officials have been claiming that Russia would invade Eastern Europe at some point.

NATO officials have conceded that’s not a realistic concern, and it’s even less realistic with Russia dialing back its military spending.

Boosting U.S. forces in specific air, land and sea areas “would help me do a better job of deterring Russian and set us in a better place to understand how Russia operates,” he said.

Still, the costly deployments to Europe are politically popular for Eastern European NATO countries, and a justification for the Pentagon to get even more money.

While some of Scaparrotti’s comments are about getting more funding in general, he also suggested that “counter-terrorism” forces shift from the Middle East to Europe.

This suggests he is envisioning the US withdrawing some of its forces from Iraq and Syria, and wants to get ahead of the pack in vying for those forces.

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Climate Engineers Cool Eastern US While World Burns | Light On Conspiracies – Revealing the Agenda

Climate Engineers Cool Eastern US While World Burns | Light On Conspiracies – Revealing the Agenda

27-05-18 02:03:00,

Source:  GeoEngineering Watch

by Dane Wigington
May 22, 2018

A primary objective of ongoing geoengineering operations is to mask the true severity of climate collapse from potentially powerful populations who could oppose climate engineering if awakened to the reality. The majority of the US population is in the eastern half of the country. By consistently engineering cool-down zones over the same heavily populated regions, the power structure and the climate engineers are able to further fuel division and confusion in regard to the actual state of global temperatures. The GISS departure from normal high temperature map below is the most recent case in point. Where was the only anomalously cool region in the world for the entire month of April? The eastern half of the North American continent. This anomaly was not an act of nature, it is a direct result of massive climate intervention operations. For the record, though April, 2018, was the 400th consecutive month of above normal global temperatures (3rd warmest April ever recorded globally), the US was miraculously below normal temperatures with the coldest April in more than 20 years.

For the entire month of April, 2018, the bullseye of below normal temperatures was maintained over the most populated regions of the US. It is important to remember and consider that the eastern half of the US is only 1/200th of the Earth’s surface area (1/2 of a percent). Conditions in such a small percentage of the Earth’s surface, of course, do not provide an accurate picture of overall planetary temperatures and conditions.

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Global departure from normal high temperature anomalies have remained similar for an extremely long span of time as next GISS map reveals (April, 2017, through April, 2018). Again, as already stated, such anomalies are not an act of nature, they are the result of climate engineering operations. The country with largest military by far (The US military is larger than the next 10 largest militaries combined) is the most capable of carrying out unimaginably extensive climate engineering operations.

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The Gaza Crisis, Explained in Eight Graphics | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

The Gaza Crisis, Explained in Eight Graphics | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

26-05-18 08:21:00,

1. Where is Gaza?

Gaza is home to almost two million Palestinians, the majority of whom are long-term refugees (a further 3.25 million Palestinians live in the West Bank). It’s been run by Hamas since elections in 2007: the group is designated as a terrorist organisation by Israel, the US and the EU among others. The West Bank is governed by the Palestinian Authority, which is currently controlled by Fatah, rivals of Hamas.

2. The event that changed Palestinians

The dominant event for Palestinians in Gaza during the past century has been the Nakba of 1948, when hundreds of thousands were driven from, or else fled, their homes in what is now modern-day Israel as the state came into existence. The right of return to ancestral homes (or “Haq al-Awda”) is the over-riding long-term priority for many Palestinians: it forms part of United Nations resolution 194.

3. Palestinians recall what was lost

Palestinian houses and cinemas, shops and mosques, train stations and markets were all lost in 1948. Tarek Bakri, a researcher and archivist based in Jerusalem, started to collect archive photography which documented these losses. The image below slides left and right: MEE has published more examples.

Above: Israelis looting houses in the Palestinian neighbourhood of Musrara in Jerusalem. Musrara is one of the oldest neighbourhood built outside Jerusalem’s Old City walls in the 1860s. 

4. Gaza since 1948

The seven decades after the Nakba have been ones of turmoil and crisis for the residents of Gaza, including occupation, uprisings and Israeli military operations.

5. Daily living

Long-term living conditions in Gaza are some of the worst in the Middle East. A report by the UN in 2015 noted that the economic well-being of Palestinians living in Gaza was worse than in 1995 and that it may be “uninhabitable” by 2020;

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America’s Fifth Column Will Destroy Russia. The Insidious Role of Neoliberal Economics | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

America’s Fifth Column Will Destroy Russia. The Insidious Role of Neoliberal Economics | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

26-05-18 08:20:00,

From the standpoint of Russia’s dilemma, this is an important column.  Putin’s partial impotence via-a-vis Washington is due to the grip that neoliberal economics exercises over the Russian government. Putin cannot break with the West, because he believes that Russian economic development is dependent on Russia’s integration within the Western economy.  That is what neoliberal economics tells the Russian economic and financial establishment. 

Everyone should understand that I am not a pro-Russian anti-American.  I am anti-war, especially nuclear war.  My concern is that the inability of the Russian government to put its foot down is due to its belief that Russian development, despite all the talk about the Eurasian partnership and the Silk Road, is dependent on being integrated with the West.

This totally erroneous belief prevents the Russian government from any decisive break with the West.  Consequently, Putin continues to accept provocations in order to avoid a decisive break that would cut Russia off from the West.  In Washington and the UK this is interpreted as a lack of resolve on Putin’s part and encourages an escalation in provocations that will intensify until Russia’s only option is surrender or war.

If the Russian government did not believe that it needed the West, the government could give stronger responses to provocations that would make clear that there are limits to what Russia will tolerate.  It would also make Europe aware that its existence hangs in the balance.  The combination of Trump abusing Europe and Europe’s recognition of the threat to its own existence of its alignment with an aggressive Washington would break the Western alliance and NATO.  But Putin cannot bring this about because he erroneously believes that Russia needs the West.

America’s Fifth Column Will Destroy Russia

If the neoconservatives had self-restraint, they would sit back and let America’s Fifth Column—Neoliberal Economics—finish off Russia for them.  Russia is doomed, because the country’s economists were brainwashed during the Yeltsin years by American neoliberal economists.  It was easy enough for the Americans to do. Communist economics had come to naught, the Russian economy was broken, Russians were experiencing widespread hardship, and successful America was there with a helping hand.  

In reality the helping hand was a grasping hand.  The hand grasped Russian resources through privatization and gave control to American-friendly oligarchs. 

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Is Julian Assange About to be Arrested? | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

Is Julian Assange About to be Arrested? | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

26-05-18 08:20:00,

According to numerous mainstream media reports, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is about to be forced to leave the Ecuadorian embassy in London. If that happened, he would face imminent arrest by British authorities and extradition to the US, where he would probably face life imprisonment on the one hand or execution on espionage charges on the other. The latter being the preferred option for the Trump administration.

It has now been exactly two months since Assange has been denied visitors and any outside communications since the Ecuadorian government cut off his access on March 28. He has no internet, phone, television and is no longer allowed visitors at all.

The truth is, no-one actually knows if Assange is still actually on the Ecuadorian premises.

Ecuador gave citizenship to Assange prior to their recent general election in the hope of providing safe transit out of England by giving him diplomatic status. However, the British government continued in its assigned role of jailer by fully rejecting Ecuador’s request for diplomatic status for Assange.

A British tribunal refused to release any documents pertaining to the reasons as to why Assange remains in an effective prison, at taxpayers expense, on the grounds that it had to protect the British Prosecution Service’s relationship with foreign authorities – in this case, the USA.

Britain is doing Washington’s dirty work and given the heavily increased ‘chatter’ on Assange’s fate – it is quite likely the British government is looking for public reaction to be muted enough to simply arrest him, go through the motions and send Assange to certain solitary confinement on death row.

The signs are not good. Since the new Equidorian President Mr Moreno was recently elected he described Mr Assange as an ‘inherited problem’ and ‘more than a nuisance.’

Mr Assange’s lawyer, Melinda Taylor, said:

“For the last eight years, the UK has refused to either confirm or deny that they have received an extradition request from the US.”

Taylor continued:

‘At the same time, they have refused to provide assurances that Julian will not be extradited to the US if such a request were to be received, and maintained an ever-present vigil of the Embassy,

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EU: How To Stop Mass-Migration From Africa? Bring Everyone To Europe!

EU: How To Stop Mass-Migration From Africa? Bring Everyone To Europe!

26-05-18 08:18:00,

Authored by Judith Bergman via The Gatestone Institute,

  • While the focus on illegal migration remains, the original goal of stopping African citizens from migrating into Europe appears to have been lost entirely. Instead, the declaration pronounces African legal migration to be a positive thing, even stressing the beneficial idea of migration of certain groups, such as researchers and business people.

  • No one seems to ask how draining Africa of skilled labor, such as businessmen and researchers, is going to help the continent develop and thus stem the trend of migration?

  • The Hungarian government appears to be the only government that considers whether the citizens it was elected to serve would support the declaration. Other European governments appear to think that asking their electorates what they think about African migration into Europe is irrelevant.

“Migration is a priority for all of us here” said EU Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos, at the recent Fifth Euro-African Ministerial Conference on Migration and Development in Marrakesh at the beginning of May. The conference is a part of the Euro-African Ministerial Dialogue on Migration and Development (also known as the Rabat Process[1]).

The Euro-African Ministerial Dialogue on Migration and Development was founded in 2006 to contain migration from Africa into Europe, specifically, at the time, the increase of migrants crossing the Strait of Gibraltar from Morocco into Spain and from there into the rest of Europe.

Dimitris Avramopoulos (center), the EU Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, at the Fifth Euro-African Ministerial Conference on Migration and Development in Marrakesh on May 2, 2018. (Image source: EU)

The 2006 Rabat Declaration established that the purpose of the process was to

“offer a … response to the fundamental issue of controlling migratory flows … the management of migration between Africa and Europe must be carried out within the context of a partnership to combat poverty and promote sustainable development and co-development”.

In other words, Europe would fund development and anti-poverty measures in Africa, so that Africans would stop looking for a better future in Europe.

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George Soros pouring MILLIONS of dollars into California elections

George Soros pouring MILLIONS of dollars into California elections

25-05-18 05:36:00,

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The United States last week accused the DPRK of violating refined petroleum caps imposed as a part of UN nuclear sanctions dating back to 2006, and is therefore submitting a proposal to cut all petroleum product sales to North Korea.

The Trump administration is keen on not only preserving pressure on North Korea over its nuclear arms development, but in increasing that pressure even as DPRK Chairman, Kim Jong-Un, is serially meeting with world leaders in a bid to secure North Korea’s security and potential nuclear disarmament, a major move that could deescalate tensions in the region, end the war with the South, and ease global apprehensions about the North’s nuclear arsenal.

Meanwhile, Russia is proposing to the UNSC sanctions relief in some form due to the North’s expressed commitment to nuclear disarmament in the light of recent developments.

Reuters reports:

MOSCOW/UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Russia’s envoy to North Korea said on Wednesday it would be logical to raise the question of easing sanctions on North Korea with the United Nations Security Council, as the United States pushes for a halt to refined petroleum exports to Pyongyang.

“The positive change on the Korean peninsula is now obvious,” said the ambassador, Alexander Matsegora, according to the RIA news agency, adding that Russia was ready to help modernize North Korea’s energy system if sanctions were lifted and if Pyongyang can find funding for the modernization.

The U.N. Security Council has unanimously boosted sanctions on North Korea since 2006 in a bid to choke off funding for Pyongyang’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs, banning exports including coal, iron, lead, textiles and seafood, and capping imports of crude oil and refined petroleum products.

China tried late last month to get the Security Council to issue a statement praising the June 12 Singapore meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and expressing its “willingness to adjust the measures on the DPRK in light of the DPRK’s compliance with the resolutions.”

North Korea’s official name is Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

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A Top US Journalist’s Excellent Report from a Security Conference in Iran (Philip Giraldi)

A Top US Journalist’s Excellent Report from a Security Conference in Iran (Philip Giraldi)

25-05-18 02:41:00,

The author is a retired CIA officer who spent 20 years on assignment in Europe and the Middle East. He is Executive Director of the Council for the National Interest, a Washington-based advocacy group which seeks to change the Israeli-centric nature of US foreign policy in the Middle East.

Giraldi has emerged as one of the most outspoken and influential critics of Jewish and Israel influence on American foreign policy, an influence which he believes is pernicious. He publishes at the Unz Review. Here is the archive of his excellent articlespublished on RI.

I have just spent a week in Mashad and Tehran Iran, speaking at an international conference on the future of Jerusalem as well as other related issues while also meeting with a broad range of Iranians, including journalists, students and government officials. The conference was organized by a non-government organization called New Horizon. It was the sixth such conference, intended to bring together speakers from a number of countries to discuss issues involving Middle Eastern security and identity issues.

To be sure, Iran, threatened as it is from all sides, has certain aspects of a security state. And as what is essentially a partial democracy run along religious lines, it has very clear limits on what constitutes acceptable behavior. But I think the representatives of the thirty or so countries who attended the congress would agree that there was no attempt made to limit free speech or guide discussions.

The only attempt to censor the conference and its content has been, I would note, the blocking of sponsor New Horizon’s website on Google and presumably elsewhere in the Zionist/U.S. dominated social media and information-searching world. Indeed, the only coordinated activity that might have been noted at the conference itself was the loud hissing noise that accompanied any mention of the name John Bolton.

Indeed, there was clear criticism of the nature of the Iranian government openly expressed at the conference as well as very heated exchanges on a number of issues surrounding Jewish identity, Israel, the Palestinians, the status of Jerusalem and the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Agreement (JCPOA) on the Iranian nuclear program.

Privately,

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An Icelandic inventor has developed a bird-like drone that could revolutionize surveillance

An Icelandic inventor has developed a bird-like drone that could revolutionize surveillance

25-05-18 01:56:00,

source
Flygildi

  • Icelandic startup Flygildi thinks it has unlocked the
    “holy grail” of drone technology: its drone looks and flies
    like a bird.
  • The AI-powered drone could come in handy for law
    enforcement and military purposes.

  • The drone is so bird-like that radars cannot
    tell it apart from real birds, according to its
    founder.

Drones are all the rage these days, but the technology still has
its limitations. Drones can be noisy and easily spotted, which
makes them difficult to use for surveillance.

Enter renowned Icelandic inventor Hjalti Hardarson and his latest
endeavor, Flygildi, the Silent Flyer.

The autonomous drone comes with all the regular functions, but on
top of that, it is quiet and it looks and flies like a bird.

“The Holy Grail for drone technology has always been the ability
to fly without rotors and using flapping wings instead,” said
Hardardson.

The idea is both simple and radical. “First, we build a bird-like
device where we use seabirds as models. Secondly, we use
evolutionary computational methods to teach the device to fly
like a bird,” Hardarson explained.

It looks like a bird, it flies like a bird

The bird drone uses flapping wings for silent flight and vertical
takeoff and landing.

“We are applying the evolutionary method of flying, and it works.
We have seen devices before with flapping wings instead of
propellers, but mainly as toys or prototypes,” said Hardarson who
developed the Silent Flyer in cooperation with Leifur Thor
Leifsson, Ph.D. in aerospace engineering and his team at
Reykjavik University.

“Our unique wing design makes the device fly like a bird while
the drone operator has real-time control of the wings for
steering the device.”

flygildi silent flyer flying bird drone startup iceland icelandic

source
Flygildi

The Silent Flyer has two main parts, the body with wings, and the
head. The wing motion can be set to any value within the limits
of four DoF (Degrees of Freedom). The head has space for a camera
and is controlled by servomotors enabling it to move up,

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Shocking Wikipedia Scandal Unfolding in UK – Rampant Leftist Political Manipulation

Shocking Wikipedia Scandal Unfolding in UK – Rampant Leftist Political Manipulation

25-05-18 12:32:00,

Editor’s Note: Since publishing this first article 1 week ago which lays out the accusation, Murray has published 3 more articles with additional damning evidence. Murray is a force in the UK and beyond. His 1-man blog gets around 2 million views per month, and his articles are widely republished elsewhere, as we are doing here, giving him millions more views. This makes him, by far, the most popular and influential journalist in the UK.

Here, he has caught Wikipedia red-handed fiddling with entries to achieve political ends. This is very ugly, and it is causing an uproar.

CORRECTION: The original headline of this article said read “leftist political manipulation”, but readers corrected us, pointing out that it is in fact left leaning authors whose data is being misrepresented. We are very grateful for the correction. Thanks readers.

UPDATE “Philip Cross” has not had one single day off from editing Wikipedia in almost five years. “He” has edited every single day from 29 August 2013 to 14 May 2018. Including five Christmas Days. That’s 1,721 consecutive days of editing.

133,612 edits to Wikpedia have been made in the name of “Philip Cross” over 14 years. That’s over 30 edits per day, seven days a week. And I do not use that figuratively: Wikipedia edits are timed, and if you plot them, the timecard for “Philip Cross’s” Wikipedia activity is astonishing is astonishing if it is one individual:

The operation runs like clockwork, seven days a week, every waking hour, without significant variation. If Philip Cross genuinely is an individual, there is no denying he is morbidly obsessed. I am no psychiatrist, but to my entirely inexpert eyes this looks like the behaviour of a deranged psychotic with no regular social activities outside the home, no job (or an incredibly tolerant boss), living his life through a screen.

I run what is arguably the most widely read single person political blog in the UK, and I do not spend nearly as much time on the internet as “Philip Cross”. My “timecard” would show where I watch football on Saturdays, go drinking on Fridays, go to the supermarket and for a walk or out with the family on Sundays,

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Fact or fiction: Is there a fifth column in Russia? (Video)

Fact or fiction: Is there a fifth column in Russia? (Video)

25-05-18 12:15:00,

US President Donald Trump has just lectured NATO on it member’s commitment performance and held a controversial meeting with the Russian President Vladimir Putin and is next week to receive EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, with trade matters being high up on the agenda.

Juncker is expected to present Trump with a package of proposals to help smooth relations and potentially heal areas of division, particularly those surrounding Europe’s trade relationship with America. Those proposals are precisely what is cropping up as another area of divergence between some members of the EU, specifically France and Germany, just after a major contention on migration has been driving discord within the Union.

This gets down to whether Europe should offer concessions to Trump on trade while Trump is admittedly describing the Union as a ‘foe’ and has initiated a trade spat with the Union by assessing trade tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Europe, spurring retaliatory tariff measures from the EU Commission.

France, specifically, is opposed to any sort of compromise with Trump on the matter, where Trump is perceived as an opponent to the Union and its unity, whereas Germany is economically motivated to seek an end to the trade dispute under the threat of a new round of tariffs emanating from the Trump administration, and is therefore seeking to find some sort of proposal that Trump will accept and therefore back down on his protectionism against the EU, and Germany in particular.

Politico reports:

Only a week before European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker flies to Washington, France and Germany are divided over how much he should offer to U.S. President Donald Trump to end a deepening trade war, say European diplomats and officials.

But, they add, Germany has the upper hand. Berlin is shaping Juncker’s agenda, suggesting three offers that he could take to Trump on July 25 to resolve the dispute, according to people familiar with the plans.

The French are uneasy about the wisdom of such a conciliatory approach, however, and publicly accuse Trump of seeking to splinter and weaken the 28-member bloc, which he has called his “foe.”

Despite Paris’ reservations about giving away too much to the increasingly hostile U.S.

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Dr Robin Falkov and guest Ole Dammegard, about the recent attacks | Light On Conspiracies – Revealing the Agenda

Dr Robin Falkov and guest Ole Dammegard, about the recent attacks | Light On Conspiracies – Revealing the Agenda

25-05-18 10:08:00,

Event Horizons with host Dr Robin Falkov and guest Ole Dammegard, about the recent attacks in Europe and the USA, and how they are connected. May 22_2018

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Ole Dammegard was born in Denmark and raised in Sweden, grew up believing he lived in a free and democratic society. As he started to investigate the political assassinations of John F. Kennedy and Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme, he noticed there were some very strange and glaring similarities in these two cases. Since that time, Ole has investigated many other political assassinations, deaths of musicians and false flag events, and has shown the common thread behind them all: the New World Order Agenda. Ole’s aim is to spread this information and to promote a stance of “no-fear”, of peace and recovery from the atrocities and trauma that we have been subjected to for so many years. We are many, they are SO few. Shine the light on these conspiracies, get involved and transcend this evil agenda so we can get on with this amazing and beautiful life.

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Elon Musk to create a site to battle fakes news, its name: PRAVDA

Elon Musk to create a site to battle fakes news, its name: PRAVDA

25-05-18 09:08:00,

Elon Musk is creating a website where “…the public can rate the core truth of any article & track the credibility score over time of each journalist, editor & publication,” as he said in a tweet.

Interestingly enough, he plans on naming it Pravda.

Going to create a site where the public can rate the core truth of any article & track the credibility score over time of each journalist, editor & publication. Thinking of calling it Pravda …

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 23, 2018

When we hear the name Pravda, we think of many things; for Russian speakers, this means “The Truth”, however, it was also the name of a famous Soviet newspaper, which has survived in various successor forms. For example, Komsomolskaya Pravda, who wrote an article (in Russian) about Musk’s idea of the site.

Musk also created a poll, asking people to vote as to whether or not they felt this was a good and useful idea, and so far, according to RIA Novosti, 88% of the 68 thousand asked, supported the creation of Pravda.

Musk said the site should not only have protection from bots, but also work to expose anyone who uses them for misinformation. While we know little about the purposed site, based on the description, it seems to be highly community based, where people essentially “rate” as he said, articles, journalists, editors, publications, etc. This could possibly be similar to how Reddit is karma based, though on a much higher level, with “the public” leaving reviews of articles and those who publish them.

This is perhaps the most important aspect of his announcement, in this age of fake news, the idea of the public rating the “truth” of an article. This is an issue perfectly captured in RIA Novosti’s headline describing his idea, which said in Russian “Everyone has his own Pravda (Truth)”. The double entendre of the word Pravda in Russian made the headline so poetic, and so powerful in revealing the major implications of this website. Before we jump into these implications, it is worth noting something interesting about the word Pravda, that non-Slavic speakers may not understand.

While the word does indeed mean “Truth” in Russian,

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Woodrow Wilson Created the Fed, Which Gave Us a War Finance System for the Next 100 Years

Woodrow Wilson Created the Fed, Which Gave Us a War Finance System for the Next 100 Years

24-05-18 07:34:00,

“Indeed, Thomas Woodrow Wilson is the father of most of the last century’s ills. His grand crusade gave the world the curse of Stalin and Hitler, which, in turn, fostered the fallacy of the Indispensable Nation and gave rise to Imperial Washington and its destructive projects of global Empire.”

The author is a prominent American politician, businessman, publicist and author. He was Ronald Reagan’s Budget Director, and a congressman from Michigan. He is a frequent commentator on the major financial TV networks on the state of the economy. You could describe him as America’s financial conscience and scold – and he’s been doing it for 40 years, he famously broke with Reagan over his budget-busting ways.


He writes frequently about the perversity of US policy towards Russia, and we reproduce his work here when he does. See the full archive of his articles on RI here.

This is an excellent series from Stockman considering the history of the last 100 years, chronicling how the US got into its present predicament of trying to run the world with an over-extended military. The original title of the series is  ‘Why the Empire Never Sleeps: The Indispensable Nation Folly’.

Part 1: America Spends $1 Trillion on its Military Every Year – and Has No Way to Pay for It

Part 2: US Entry into WWI Started Her Disastrous March to Empire

Stay tuned for Part 4. 

Woodrow Wilson’s Folly gave rise to more than the 1,000 year flood of Nazi and Soviet totalitarianism and their state orchestrated campaigns of mass murder.

It also opened the door to massive, cheap war finance. And that baleful innovation has sustained the Empire long after Hitler and Stalin met their maker and the case for the Indispensable Nation had become ragged and threadbare.

In the context of American democracy – special interest dominated as it is – the greatest deterrents to imperial adventurism and war are the draft and taxes. Both bring home to the middle class voting public the cost of war in blood and treasure (theirs), and force politicians to justify the same in terms of tangible and compelling benefits to homeland security.

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China Is Winning The “Trade War” Without Firing A Shot

China Is Winning The “Trade War” Without Firing A Shot

24-05-18 07:24:00,

Authored by Lance Roberts via RealInvestmentAdvice.com,

This past weekend, the Administration announced a tentative deal with China to temporarily postpone the burgeoning “trade war.” While the details of the deal are yet to be worked out, the concept is fairly simple – China will reduce the existing “trade deficit” by over $200 billion annually with the U.S. by reducing tariffs and allowing more goods to flow into China for purchase. On Monday, the markets reacted positively with industrial and material stocks rising sharply as it is expected these companies will be the most logical and direct beneficiaries of any deal.

Unfortunately, there are several reasons the whole scenario is quite implausible. Amitrajeet Batabyal recently explained the problem quite well.

“With China, the U.S. imports a whopping $375 billion more than it exportsHow could it whittle that down to $175 billion? There are three ways.

  • First, China could buy more U.S. goods and services.
  • Second, Americans could buy less Chinese stuff.
  • Finally, both actions could happen simultaneously.

The kinds of Chinese goods that Americans buy tend to be relatively inexpensive consumer goods, so even a dramatic decline is likely to have only a trivial impact on the deficit. And since China explicitly controls only one lever — its imports — it’ll have to buy a lot more American-made things to achieve this goal.

For this to happen, without upsetting other trade balances, the American economy would have to make a lot more than it currently produces, something that isn’t possible in so short a time frame.”

While the Administration will be able to claim a “trade victory” over a deficit reduction agreement, such is unlikely to lead to more economic growth as promised.

If we assume China does indeed spend an additional $200 billion on U.S. goods, those purchases will increase flows into the U.S. dollar, causing dollar strengthening relative to not only the Yuan but also other currencies as well. Since U.S. exports comprise about 40% of domestic corporate profits, a stronger dollar will counter the benefits of China’s purchase as other foreign importers seek cheaper goods elsewhere.

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Climate Change & the 43-Year Cycle | Armstrong Economics

Climate Change & the 43-Year Cycle | Armstrong Economics

24-05-18 09:03:00,

QUESTION: Dear Martin,

I was browsing through the website of NASA and came across a graph (see attachment).

It shows the temperature differences between 1880 and 2012. As far as I can see there seems to be a +/- 40-year cycle. I have edited it with the red vertical lines. The end of the current 40-year cycle should be around 2020, which, if I am not mistaken, coincides with a date you have mentioned previously in one of your blogs. This could mean that around that date a new 40-year cycle should start and temperatures should decline. What is your opinion on this?

Best regards,

SG

ANSWER: Yes, not bad. Look closely. The Japanese data seems to be the least messed with. The others have recalculated the data numerous times to get the biggest effect. Our model shows a 43-year cycle to be precise. That is driven by the energy output of the sun for it tests back into ancient times as well. The Japanese data is the least “politically correct” data whereas the US versions have an agenda behind them to justify raising taxes as if we can really change the climate of the entire planet. They get away with this because they confuse people with pollution and climate change. Hospital waste dumped in the sea does not change the climate but is disgusting and dangerous in spreading disease.

The energy output of the sun peaked in 2015 and has been crashing faster than anyone thought possible. The fascinating thing as you look at the chart and see the cycle. They do not. They forecast linearly whatever trend is in motion will last forever.

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The Production and Consumption of Unsafe Genetically Modified (GMO) Food in Nigeria | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

The Production and Consumption of Unsafe Genetically Modified (GMO) Food in Nigeria | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

23-05-18 02:03:00,

At the quarterly press briefing of the Association of Catholic Medical Practitioners of Nigeria (ACMPN), Owerri Archdiocese, on Monday 21st May, 2018, the chairman Academician Dr Prince Philip C. Njemanze MD (Hons) reaffirmed to all Nigerians the need for precautionary approach towards consuming genetically modified organisms (GMO) foods and planting the crops. The ACMPN Annual General Scientific Conference had published earlier the observations arising from the 12th scientific conference and annual general meeting with the theme Genetically-Modified Organisms: How Harmful, Harmless or Beneficial?, that took place at the Catholic Institute of West Africa (CIWA), Port Harcourt from 6th to 8th July, 2017. In attendance were medical doctors, scientific experts in biotechnology and nutrition especially those concerned with food safety regulation.

The general consensus was on the need for precautionary approach towards the introduction of GMO crops into our food system. The participants expressed concern on the rapid introduction of GMO crops into our food system without adequate assurance of safety and declared it highly immoral and a threat to food security.

Experts agree that food safety certification usually takes several decades since effects take place at molecular genetic level before subsequent clinical manifestation. It is therefore irresponsible for any organization or association, medical or scientific to give a risk free certification for any GMO crop to be used as food prior to long-term effects monitoring and continuing experimentation. Moreover, scientific studies in animals fed with GMO foods have shown detectable biological changes of cellular transformation into cancer cells or other forms of biochemical malfunction leading to liver failure and kidney failure. Studies in humans show strong association of GMO food with allergic reactions and mental diseases such as autism spectrum disorders.

The provision of unsafe food is no solution to hunger, but rather results in even greater health hazards. The use of transgenic crops which implies changing genetic material could be used for good and bad purposes. For example, the insertion of a sterilizing gene called Epicyte gene in Corn flex could sterilize children of school age using Corn flex in a school feeding programme, leading to loss of generations of people in Nigeria. These genetic changes are not reversible. There should be heightened attention to food safety in schools with feeding programs. Moreover, school feeding poisoning linked to insecticides have occurred in India.

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Abby Martin & Dr. Jill Stein on How You can Change the World – A Solution Oriented Discussion

Abby Martin & Dr. Jill Stein on How You can Change the World – A Solution Oriented Discussion

23-05-18 01:57:00,

Abby Martin & Dr. Jill Stein on How You can Change the World – A Solution Oriented Discussion

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On the 6th of May 2018 we organized an event in Munich with Glenn Greenwald, Jill Stein & Abby Martin under the title „Freedom & Democracy: Global Issues in Context 2.0“. This is the last part of the event which hosted a solution oriented discussion that focused on how individuals can change the world for the better.

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ABOUT DR. JILL STEIN

Dr. Jill Stein was the U.S. Green Party’s presidential candidate in 2016 and 2012. She is an organizer, physician and environmental health advocate. In the 2016 election, she was the only national Presidential candidate to call for an emergency jobs program to jointly solve the climate and economic crises, and for demilitarization through a foreign policy based on international law, diplomacy and human rights. She was also the only candidate to be arrested for supporting the Dakota Sioux nation in resisting the DAPL pipeline. Following the 2016 election, she launched a recount initiative – which is ongoing – to investigate potential interference in the presidential election.

ABOUT ABBY MARTIN

Abby Martin is a visual artist and independent journalist. She is the founder of Media Roots,

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Frontrunning: May 23

23-05-18 01:11:00,

  • Rare Bipartisan Deal Rolls Back Postcrisis Banking Regulation (WSJ)
  • Fed Minutes to Detail Views on Inflation Overshoot, Yield Curve (BBG)
  • Turkey Heads Toward a Currency Crisis as Lira Goes Into Freefall (BBG)
  • U.S. warns citizens in China after ‘abnormal’ sound injures consulate worker (Reuters)
  • The Hard Truth at Newspapers Across America: Hedge Funds Are in Charge (BBG)
  • Eurozone composite PMI down to lowest in 18 months (MW)
  • Barclays explores mergers with rival banks (FT)
  • Apple Avoids Amazon’s Beauty Contest, Searches Secretly for New Campus (WSJ)
  • Ocean, jungle explosions new risks from Hawaii eruption (Reuters)
  • Barclays has no plans for tie-up with rival banks: sources (Reuters)
  • Lira Plunges as Japanese Investor Exodus Adds to Turkey’s Woes (BBG)
  • Gun control support fades after Florida shooting: poll (Reuters)
  • Tiffany Sales Blow Away Estimates (BBG)
  • Comcast says considering all-cash offer to buy Fox assets (Reuters)
  • Ex-Trump campaign chief seeks to suppress evidence seized by FBI (Reuters)
  • Tesla Model 3 registrations zip past rivals in California (Reuters)
  • Why Do Americans Stay When Their Town Has No Future? (BBG)
  • Iranian officials split over response to U.S. demands (Reuters)
  • London’s Long Housing Boom Is Over. Is a Bust Coming? (BBG)
  • How the U.S. Will Launch More Rockets, And Faster (BBG)

Overnight Media Digest

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– J.C. Penney, struggling to reverse its decline, is losing its chief executive to Lowe’s Companies Inc, another retailer trying to fix itself. on.wsj.com/2rZt27W

– Amazon.com Inc found itself thrust into the contentious issue of government surveillance on Tuesday after dozens of civil-rights organizations called on the tech giant to stop selling its facial-recognition technology to law-enforcement organizations.

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Contemporary Sources | Armstrong Economics

Contemporary Sources | Armstrong Economics

23-05-18 07:07:00,

(from the collection of Martin Armstrong)

QUESTION: A friend of mine has one of your original Greatest Bull Market in History books. I noticed that you quote your direct sources from newspapers and magazines rather than other people histories. Did you find the newspaper a better source of truth?

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ANSWER: Absolutely. I have collected newspapers from the 1600s to date. They are an invaluable contemporary source of what was being talked about and events at that moment in time. Here is a rare early publication known as The History of Popery, printed in London October 3rd, 1679. This newspaper was an example of the religious issues in Britain that led to the Civil War. This was an anti-Catholic newspaper, which is rather rare for it had a short life before it was suppressed. This one was on Purgatory stating that this is “[t]he belief thereof a Popish Article of Faith.” It goes into the brewing hatred of Catholic in England at that moment in time. You cannot get a sense of real beliefs by reading someone’s interpretation. They tend to pick and choose events or comments to support a predetermined conclusion.

Take the Great Crash which has been the seminal foundation of the history of the causes of the Great Depression. It is a total piece of socialist propaganda in my opinion. Nowhere in this book do you even find a mention of the 1931 Sovereign Debt Crisis. The predetermined conclusion was to be corporate greed and that is why we needed big government. The same is true of the Creature of Jekyll Island and countless other books that were just anti-central banks. When I read Herbert Hoover’s Memoirs, and all the documentation he put in there with the letters between the heads of state, there was NOT a single book written about the Great Depression that was fair, honest and approached the subject with a quest to follow the facts to see where they truly led.

I studied ancient languages. So I learned to read Latin and ancient Greek. This gave me an unusual background when I was interested in economics. Adam Smith’s teacher was Francis Hutcheson (1694–1746) who was a professor of Philosophy at the University of Glasgow.

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Cryptocurrency & Dancing with the Devil | Armstrong Economics

Cryptocurrency & Dancing with the Devil | Armstrong Economics

23-05-18 07:04:00,

COMMENT: Hi Martin, I really love your work. You are the only one financial guy I follow. Your power is obviously your prediction computer program Socrates which I use every day. I understand that your other posts are just your opinions and I would like to point out some of the flawed arguments you make about Cryptocurrencies( in my humble opinion) as I would really like to see you put a little more effort to study them if you are interested in this field

1) As you said many times. The majority must be wrong in order for big moves to happen. Well, I can see that this might be the case for cryptos.

2) Government can just kill Cryptos by banning them. Well, they can but they would have to do it simultaneously. Which will never happen. If US ban cryptos, all that will happen is that ale IT specialist and all money created in this new industry will shift elsewhere. There is no benefit at doing this. It is the same if any state would ban Internet back at 90ies. They would get isolated. Also, keep in mind that law which is not enforceable is not a law. People will just ignore it. You cannot ban cryptos, same as you cannot ban torrents or internet.

3) Bitcoin cannot be used as currency because the economy needs fractional lending to create money and elastic money supply. That is true. Number of Bitcoins is fixed. That is why Bitcoin in the crypto world is called digital gold.

However, there are other cryptos which can fulfill this role easily. That is why we have hundreds of them and each is experimenting with different branches of society. For example, there are cryptos which have steady inflation mechanics build into them. And suddenly there you have predictable inflationary money supply which everyone can predict. I can remember you actually rooted for this idea – Why do we have taxes after all? The more easy way would be if the state just prints its money it wants to spend, for example, it will say that it will print 30% of GDP each year. Well, this is easily achievable by cryptocurrencies.

You can do ANYTHING with them.

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Ron Paul: Haspel Is Not The Problem…The CIA Is The Problem

Ron Paul: Haspel Is Not The Problem…The CIA Is The Problem

23-05-18 07:02:00,

If you live outside DC, you’re a foreigner, if outside wall street, you’re an alien, and if outside the MIC, you’re DISPENSABLE! November 2018, will be the battle between privilege, and disenfranchised.

If you want your Republic, you’re gonna hafta fight for it. So, start recruiting your liberty battalions, the fight will be LOCAL, the victory, NATIONAL!

This is not the time for “theory”, come November, the rubber meets the road!

Don’t argue with recruits, don’t browbeat them, just ask questions, and LISTEN! It’ll take many attempts before you succeed in making em SEE the light and that’s why you need to LISTEN, so you can recalibrate your questions to them.

Ask questions like:

“what if you had more money in your pocket?”

“what if you had less stress in your life?”

“what if you had less fear in your life?”

“what if you had more time for family?”

Use your imagination folks! Let them talk, ramble, or what have you, your part is to LISTEN, ATTENTIVELY and SYMPATHETICALLY! Don’t judge them, just listen, and you’ll discover what they’ll BUY!

After understanding their preferences, integrate it into your pitch, and gently, but SURELY make the PITCH that what they really DESIRE, is LIBERTY! Freedom to LIVE life ABUNDANTLY.

Do that, and you have an auxiliary vote in the bag. Now, you need to understand, you’re RESPONSIBLE for your auxiliaries, so don’t betray their confidence by fighting on behalf of dirt bags!

Choose your candidates CAREFULLY, you’re gonna be fighting for them, alongside your auxiliaries, make it worth your energy.

One auxiliary, two auxiliaries, no auxiliaries, thousands of auxiliaries, it matters not! What matters, is the FIGHT IN YOU, not the you in the fight!

Good luck, God speed, happy Liberty RECOVERY!…

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Climate Engineers Cool Eastern US While World Burns

Climate Engineers Cool Eastern US While World Burns

22-05-18 07:15:00,

Dane Wigington
GeoengineeringWatch.org

A primary objective of ongoing geoengineering operations is to mask the true severity of climate collapse from potentially powerful populations who could oppose climate engineering if awakened to the reality. The majority of the US population is in the eastern half of the country. By consistently engineering cool-down zones over the same heavily populated regions, the power structure and the climate engineers are able to further fuel division and confusion in regard to the actual state of global temperatures. The GISS departure from normal high temperature map below is the most recent case in point. Where was the only anomalously cool region in the world for the entire month of April? The eastern half of the North American continent. This anomaly was not an act of nature, it is a direct result of massive climate intervention operations. For the record, though April, 2018, was the 400th consecutive month of above normal global temperatures (3rd warmest April ever recorded globally), the US was miraculously below normal temperatures with the coldest April in more than 20 years

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For the entire month of April, 2018, the bullseye of below normal temperatures was maintained over the most populated regions of the US. It is important to remember and consider that the eastern half of the US is only 1/200th of the Earth’s surface area (1/2 of a percent). Conditions in such a small percentage of the Earth’s surface, of course, do not provide an accurate picture of overall planetary temperatures and conditions.

Global departure from normal high temperature anomalies have remained similar for an extremely long span of time as next GISS map reveals (April, 2017, through April, 2018). Again, as already stated, such anomalies are not an act of nature, they are the result of climate engineering operations. The country with largest military by far (The US military is larger than the next 10 largest militaries combined) is the most capable of carrying out unimaginably extensive climate engineering operations. It must be remembered and considered that the materials utilized in these operations are highly toxic.

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For an entire year (April,

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The Betrayal of India: A Close Look at the 2008 Mumbai Terror Attacks | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

The Betrayal of India: A Close Look at the 2008 Mumbai Terror Attacks | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

22-05-18 06:31:00,

This article was originally published on Global Research in June 2017.

These days we rush from one media story to another, trying to keep up with the latest terrorist attack. Yesterday Paris; today London; tomorrow, who knows? These attacks are tragic enough when they are acts of violence by religious extremists who have outsmarted our police and intelligence agencies. But, of course, many of them are actually violent acts facilitated by our police and intelligence agencies, directly or indirectly. The tragedy in such cases lies not only in the immediate human suffering but in the way our civil society and elected representatives are betrayed, intimidated, disciplined and stripped of their power by our own security agencies. The War on Terror, which goes by different names in different countries but continues as a global framework for violent conflict, thrives on this fraud.

But if the very agencies that should be investigating and preventing these attacks are involved in perpetrating them, what is civil society to do to protect itself? Who will step in to study the evidence and sort out what really happened? And who will investigate the official investigators? Over the years, civilians from different walks of life have stepped forward–forming groups, sharing information and methods, creating a tradition of civilian investigation.

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One such investigator is Elias Davidsson (image on the right). Some readers will be familiar with his meticulous book, Hijacking America’s Mind on 9/11 or his more recent work, Psychologische Kriegsführung und gesellschaftliche Leugnung. Davidsson has now produced a book on the 2008 attacks that occurred in Mumbai, India. The book is entitled, The Betrayal of India: Revisiting the 26/11 Evidence (New Delhi: Pharos, 2017).

To remind ourselves of these attacks–that is, of the official story of these attacks as narrated by the Indian government–we can do no better than to consult Wikipedia, which seldom strays from government intelligence narratives:

“The 2008 Mumbai attacks were a series of attacks that took place in November 2008, when 10 members of Lashkar-e-Taiba, an Islamic militant organization based in Pakistan, carried out a series of 12 coordinated shooting and bombing attacks lasting four days across Mumbai. The attacks, which drew widespread global condemnation,

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Russia’s new government: here’s why Putin chose to stick with his team

Russia’s new government: here’s why Putin chose to stick with his team

22-05-18 06:25:00,

President Putin of Russia met on Friday with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, who confirmed to Putin the line up of Russia’s new government.

It is fair to say that this new line up has disappointed many people at both ends of the political spectrum.

The great purge of the liberal members of the government which some people have been hankering for for years has once again failed to happen.

Two prominent liberals – Deputy Prime Ministers Shuvalov and Dvorkovich – are both gone, but key liberals in charge of actual ministries remain in place.

Overall control of the economy has been put in the hands of Finance Minister Anton Siluanov, who has been promoted to First Deputy Prime Minister whilst remaining Finance Minister.  Siluanov is in economic terms unquestionably a liberal.

By contrast enthusiasts for what they like to call radical “structural reform” are going to be equally disappointed that what they see as the conservative and anti reformist line up of the government remains unchanged.

Above all they will be disappointed that their great hero, former Finance Minister Alexey Kudrin, has not been given a place in the government.  He is being appointed to head the Audit Chamber instead.

Rumours that the two most prominent ministers running Russia’s foreign and defence policies – Foreign Minister Lavrov and Defence Minister Shoigu – might be on their way out have also proved to be wrong.

The one prominent casualty other than Shuvalov and Dvorkovich is Dmitry Rogozin, the flamboyant former Deputy Prime Minister in charge of the defence industries.

He has been replaced by Yury Borisov, a Soviet trained engineer and technocrat with a long career of service in the Soviet and Russian militaries.

Borisov was previously Defence Minister Shoigu’s deputy in the Defence Ministry.  Shoigu as it happens is also a Soviet trained engineer and technocrat, making it likely that the two men, both with technical backgrounds, like each other and work well with each other.

If so then it is likely that Borisov is Shoigu’s ally, in which case his appointment in place of the independent minded Rogozin consolidates Shoigu’s leadership of the Russian defence establishment.

It also puts in charge of the defence industries a trained engineer and professional manager (Borisov) in place of a politician and amateur (Rogozin).

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The Baltic States Ask The US For A Bigger Military Presence On Their Soil

The Baltic States Ask The US For A Bigger Military Presence On Their Soil

22-05-18 06:34:00,

Authored by Arkady Savitsky via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

The foreign ministers (FMs) of the Baltic states have wound up their May 16-18 visit to Washington. They asked National Security Adviser John Bolton to reinforce the NATO battalions that have been deployed to their countries with air and naval units. They also want their air-defense capability enhanced. Lithuanian FM Linas Linkevicius emphasized that it’s not just the numbers that are important, but also training exercises, visits, the distribution of equipment, and the establishment of new military facilities. Latvian FM Edgars Rinkevics called for making the US military presence in the Baltic states and Poland permanent. It’s hardly a coincidence that the issue has been raised prior to the NATO 2018 summit that will take place on July 11-12.

The leaders of the Baltic states have always stressed that they see the current military build-up as only the starting point for a larger effort that will include modernized routes and infrastructure sites, as well equipping their national forces with more up-to-date weapons for offensive operations.

NATO has deployed four battalion-sized battle groups (roughly 4,500 troops) to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland. The nations that comprise the backbone of this force are the US, the UK, Germany and Canada. Twelve other allies also contribute to the Enhanced Forward Presence (EFP). Eight small staffs known as NATO force integration units have also been established. Common rules of engagement (ROE) are in the process of being hammered out, taking into account regional nuances. In the event of war, the Graduated Response Plan (Eagle Defender) with its own detailed ROE will come into play.

Under the European Deterrence Initiative (EDI), the US military has transferred over to Europe a 3,500-strong armored brigade combat team and a 2,200-strong combat aviation brigade that is headquartered in Germany, and a combat sustainment support battalion (750 troops) that is stationed on Polish soil to be used as a logistics hub in Romania. It has also deployed a support team to Lithuania.

In total, America now has three combat-ready brigades stationed in Europe, along with pre-positioned stockpiles of weapons systems and equipment that will allow a fourth brigade to rapidly beef up its forces to launch an attack against Russia.

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Pentagon Spends $1 Billion To Acquire More War Robots

Pentagon Spends $1 Billion To Acquire More War Robots

22-05-18 06:32:00,

According to a new report from Bloomberg, the Pentagon is spending approximately $1 billion over the next several years for a variety of robots designed to complement combat troops on the modern battlefield.

In addition to scouting and explosives disposal, these new war robots will reportedly be able to perform more complex tasks, including surveillance missions, detection of chemical or nuclear agents, and even have the ability to transport soldiers’ rucksacks.

“Within five years, I have no doubt there will be robots in every Army formation,” said Bryan McVeigh, the Army’s project manager for force protection. He applauded the efforts of the Pentagon to field more than 800 robots over the past 18 months.

“We’re going from talking about robots to actually building and fielding programs,” he said. “This is an exciting time to be working on robots with the Army,” McVeigh added.

Bloomberg says the Pentagon has classified its robot platforms into light, medium and heavy categories.

Last month, the Army awarded a $429.1 million contract to two Massachusetts robotic defense companies, Endeavor Robotics and QinetiQ North America, for miniature size war robots weighing less than 25 pounds. Not too long ago, Endeavor Robotics was awarded two other contracts worth roughly $34 million from the Marine Corps for medium size robots.

Modular Advanced Armed Robotic System. (Source: QinetiQ) 

In 4Q17, the Army awarded Endeavor a $158.5 million contract for 1,200 medium size war robots, called the Man-Transportable Robotic System (MTRS), Increment II, weighing around 165 pounds. Bloomberg said the MTRS is designed to detect “explosives as well as chemical, biological, radioactive and nuclear threats,” with a deployment date set for the second half of 2019.

Endeavor Robotics Product Overview. (Source: Endeavor Robotics)

“It’s a recognition that ground robots can do a lot more, and there’s a lot of capabilities that can and should be exploited,” said Sean Bielat, Endeavor’s chief executive officer. He points out “the dull, the dirty and the dangerous” infantry tasks are being supplemented by war robots.

The introduction of war robots onto the modern battlefield is undoubtedly intended to streamline tasks in combat situations for infantry troops,

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The London terror attack of March 22 was fake, says Ole Dammegård. | Light On Conspiracies – Revealing the Agenda

The London terror attack of March 22 was fake, says Ole Dammegård. | Light On Conspiracies – Revealing the Agenda

22-05-18 06:29:00,

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Concerned father, mathematician, researcher programming languages, statistics skeptic, animal caregiver.

A colleague wrote me today:

Can you remember that a short time ago I told you these terror attacks are orchestrated? Your reaction was: “I don’t buy that”.

In the morning I had published an articleabout a taped interview with investigative journalist Ole Dammegård. He called the London attacks of March 22 fake. The article got a lukewarm reception, whereas I had expected a lot of attention. My colleague explained the discrepancy: the subject is too unfamiliar for many people; the historic context needs to be presented. And then he reminded me about my recent dismissal.

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So why had I changed my mind? I had stumbled yesterday on a video with an interview with Ole. At first I thought it would a nonsense piece by a tinfoil hat wearer. But I pretend to dislike information bubbles, so I started watching the video. After 5 minutes my prejudice had faded. At the end of the video Ole had convinced me that there are too many weird details, and an independent investigation would be warranted. And I felt confused for a while.

According to Ole, a number of terror attacks in recent years have been ‘false flag operations’, aimed at seeding fear and division among population groups. In January there had been a car attack in Melbourne. Ole studied the video footage, and concluded after some analysis that a next attack would be at the Big Ben in London. He outed that prediction a month later in a radio show and in his news letter. And it did indeed come true.

Was that just a coincidental hit? Is it a hoax story? Or has Ole hit the unfolding scandal of the century up to now? Are we being manipulated into something, just like with the later admitted lies about Saddams weapons of mass destruction, that enabled so much misery over the Middle East?

In the interview Ole mentions some notable facts about the attack in London, such as victim’s outcast shoes, blades without blood, dismissed observation cameras, a freemasonry helicopter,

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Europe Must Now Show Solidarity with an Iranian Government that Faithfully Obeyed All the Rules We Drafted. | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

Europe Must Now Show Solidarity with an Iranian Government that Faithfully Obeyed All the Rules We Drafted. | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

22-05-18 06:00:00,

It wasn’t just the news that the US had pulled out of the Iran Deal – that died when the White House opened its doors once again to John Bolton, a challenger to Kissinger’s status as the most unhinged sociopath in Washington history. It was the conditions drafted for a post-Iran deal world that really turned heads: that European, Russian and Chinese firms have 90-180 days to divest from Iran or meet the wrath of US financial penalties.

Without the secondary sanctions which Bolton and co have threatened on Europe the US breaking the agreement means very little. US trade with Iran only came to about $200 million last year, whereas Iran-EU trade grew to represent €20 billion. EU exports to Iran grew at an annual rate of 31.5 percent and imports grew 83.9 percent during 2016-17. From 2013 to 2017, the annual growth rate for imports was a staggering 89.7 percent, and growth for exports was 18.7 percent. For a largely economically stagnating continent, the new Iranian market comprising 80 million people is a big deal.

It’s important to make the distinction that the US did not formally withdraw from the JCPOA as most media outlets have lazily described it. The Iran deal is an agreement, not a treaty, and no mechanism for withdrawal is in place. The US simply chose to break the rules of an agreement they signed just three years ago.

To bow to American economic threats would be to enable the undermining of international law and punish those who have played along with good faith. According to all independent research, and not just Benjamin Netanyahu’s mad drawings of cartoon bombs, Iran have adhered to all the terms of the agreement and thus don’t possess the means to launch a nuclear weapon, unlike Benjamin Netanyahu, who possesses the world’s third largest stockpile.

Divesting from Iran as John Bolton is furiously demanding would be like awarding a gold star to the kid who spent all day screaming at the back of the class and making the swot who completed all his homework face the wall. It would represent a watershed moment in the dissolution of rational international relations in favour of bending over to a bully.

The EU have stood up to an aggressive Trump administration once this year and they should do it again.

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New Armed Drone Operators: A Large Number of Countries are Now Deploying Armed Drones | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

New Armed Drone Operators: A Large Number of Countries are Now Deploying Armed Drones | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

22-05-18 05:59:00,

A new report published by Drone Wars UK reveals that over the last five years the number of countries actively using armed drones has quadrupled. Drone Wars: The Next Generation demonstrates that from just three states (US, UK and Israel) in 2013, there are now a further nine who have deployed armed drones in a variety of roles including for armed conflict and counter-terror operations. The report also shows that a further nine states are very close to having armed drone capabilities, almost doubling the number of existing users. To this number, we have added five non-state actors who have used armed drones, which will take the number of active operators of armed drones to over 25 in the next few years.

A number of studies by think tanks and NGOS over the last few years have shown that military drone technology has spread to over 90 countries, however, the ability to use armed drones has until recently remained in the hands of only a relatively few states. Some media reports, perhaps egged on by special interest groups, can give the impression that the skies are already filled with armed drones from many countries, ready to strike at any moment and so there is little to be done. However, while the numbers of countries operating armed drones is increasing, we are not yet at the point of being unable to control the proliferation and use of these systems.

Drone Wars has sifted through much rumour, hearsay and propaganda from various countries to find out exactly who has manufactured, exported or acquired armed drones, and in what ways these drones have been put to use. We believe our report gives a clear picture of the reality of armed drone proliferation and the implications for global peace and security.

Click image at the right to read report.

The report also looks at the international mechanisms under which the export of armed drones is controlled and discusses whether they are fit for purpose.  The report ends with a call to the UK government to support a new initiative, developing under the auspices of the UN agency UNIDIR, to build a multilateral process to address the concerns around the proliferation and use of armed drones.

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Say hello to the FBI mole inside the Trump campaign

Say hello to the FBI mole inside the Trump campaign

21-05-18 08:20:00,

Say hello to the FBI mole inside the Trump campaign

by Jon Rappoport

May 21, 2018

Well, you see, the mole wasn’t a spy, he was an informant. Aha. Let’s use a microscope to tell the difference.

The mole: Stefan Halper, a Cambridge professor.

Supposedly, Halper was gathering information for the FBI about a suspected Trump-Russia connection.

Well, what else has Halper done? At The Intercept, Glenn Greenwald reports: “Four decades ago, Halper was responsible for a long-forgotten spying scandal involving the 1980 election, in which the Reagan campaign – using CIA officials managed by Halper, reportedly under the direction of former CIA Director and then-Vice-Presidential candidate George H.W. Bush – got caught running a spying operation from inside the Carter administration. The plot involved CIA operatives passing classified information about Carter’s foreign policy to Reagan campaign officials in order to ensure the Reagan campaign knew of any foreign policy decisions that Carter was considering.”

Oops. That doesn’t smell good. CIA operatives, managed by Halper, infiltrated the presidential campaign, spied on Jimmy Carter and his advisors, and relayed information about Carter’s foreign policy to Reagan’s team.

But we’re supposed to believe, without evidence, that in 2016 Halper was only trying to dig up information on a Trump-Russia connection.

What more do we know about Stefan Halper, the mole for hire? Breitbart: “Halper…served as an assistant to all three of President Gerald Ford’s Chief of Staffs — Alexander Haig, Donald Rumsfeld, and Dick Cheney…” Quite a trio of politicians. I don’t think you’d want to list them on your resume, if you were applying for a job with an organization that showed a shred of ethics.

And then there is this: In 1984, Halper was the chairman of the Palmer National Bank. Breitbart: “White House official Oliver North wired loaned funds from the Palmer National Bank to a Swiss bank account, which were later used to aid the [Nicaraguan] contras.” The contras, backed by the CIA, were trying to derail the Sandinista government, and in the process, reportedly carried out over 1000 terrorist attacks. Transferring funds from the US to the contras was illegal.

Glenn Greenwald: “…the CIA operative and FBI informant [Stefan Halper] used to gather information on the Trump campaign in the 2016 campaign has,

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Frontrunning: May 21

21-05-18 02:06:00,

  • Justice Department to Review FBI Probe of Trump Campaign (WSJ)
  • Trump’s Russia Probe Attacks Escalate From Tweets to Action (BBG)
  • U.S.-China Trade Truce May Not Last With Differences Unresolved (BBG)
  • U.S. Sends Mixed Messages on China (WSJ)
  • ‘Don’t Scream’: How the Texas School Shooting Unfolded (WSJ)
  • China Considers Ending Birth Limits as Soon as This Year (BBG)
  • GE to Merge Rail Division With Wabtec in $11 Billion Deal (WSJ)
  • Rising Dollar Sparks Tumult in Emerging Markets (WSJ)
  • An Arab Plan B for Containing Iran (BBG)
  • Venezuela’s President Keeps His Grip on Power (WSJ)
  • Forget About Oil at $80. The Big Rally Is in Forward Prices (BBG)
  • Trans-Atlantic Oil-Price Spread Soars as Supply Glut Disappears (WSJ)
  • Surging Prices, Rates Test Demand in Housing Market (BBG)
  • Fall of a Malaysian Dynasty Puts Target on Alleged 1MDB Mastermind (WSJ)
  • The Beginning of the End of Forward Guidance (BBG)
  • Cohen Probe Trips Up Bridgewater, World’s Biggest Hedge Fund (WSJ)
  • How Canada’s Brookfield snatched bargain assets amid Brazil panic (Reuters)
  • Modi’s Party Fails to Form Government in India’s Karnataka (BBG)
  • China’s Bond Market Is a Real Minefield for Investors (BBG)

Overnight Media Digest

WSJ

– Investigators have yet to issue their final report on a Southwest Airlines Co flight last month that ended in an emergency landing and a passenger’s death. But one thing is clear: Despite a warning about a suspect engine part nearly two years earlier, investigators didn’t mandate enhanced inspections for an unusually long time and acted only after the high-profile fatality. on.wsj.com/2rWNfLp

– Starbucks Corp said it is creating an official policy that allows all guests to use its cafes,

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