– Greece Was 20 Votes Away From Defaulting This Weekend (ZeroHedge, May 25, 2015):
Over the weekend, in a surprisingly close vote showing just how deeply the ruling Greek Syriza party has splintered, the hard line “Left Platform” a faction within Syriza, proposed that Greece stop paying its creditors if they continue with “blackmailing tactics” and instead seek “an alternative plan” for the debt-racked country. Its motion called for the government to default on the IMF loans rather than compromise to creditor demands, among which a change to value-added tax rates, further liberalization of the labor market and changes to the pension system, including further cuts to pensions and wages. According to the NYT, which reported the vote first, the proposal was narrowly rejected, with 95 people voting against and 75 in favor.
Tags: Debt, Economy, EU, Europe, Global News, Government, Greece, IMF, Syriza
– Silent Circle shifts to Switzerland to bypass US surveillance (RT, May 26, 2015):
As US mass surveillance continues to make headlines, one man has had enough. Philip Zimmermann, creator of one of the most widely-used encryption systems, has moved his company to Switzerland, claiming societies need to “roll back” surveillance tactics.
Expressing his concerns about mass surveillance, Zimmerman told the Guardian that “every dystopian society has excessive surveillance, but now we see even Western democracies like the US and England moving that way.”
Zimmerman is the inventor of the encryption program Pretty Good Privacy (PGP), as well as the co-founder of three-year-old encryption start-up Silent Circle. Continue reading »
Tags: Barack Obama, Global News, Government, Obama administration, Politics, Silent Circle, Society, Surveillance, Switzerland, U.S.
– Defense to offense: China unveils new military strategy to boost naval capability (RT, May 26, 2015):
China has unveiled a new defense strategy to boost its naval capability and said it will now shift from “territorial air defense” to both “defense and offense.” Beijing also slammed its neighbors for their “provocative actions” on its “reefs and islands.”
The white paper China’s military strategy was issued by the State Council on Tuesday, signaling ambitions for greater naval presence in the region where tensions are rising over disputed territories in the South China Sea. Continue reading »
Tags: China, Global News, Government, Military, Politics
– 6 Iranian food companies get access to Russian market (RT, May 26, 2015):
Russia has given the green light for six Iranian companies to export food to Russia, the country’s food inspector Rosselkhoznadzor has said. Additional conditions guaranteeing complete safety are yet to be signed.
“Two of the companies are poultry and meat producers and the other four are dairy products producers (including cheese). The companies will be allowed to start deliveries only after Iran’s Veterinary Service signs an additional number of protocols on safety conditions due to concerns about bird influenza, Newcastle disease and murrain in the country,” Rosselkhoznadzor said in a statement on Tuesday. Continue reading »
Tags: Food, Global News, Government, Iran, Politics, Russia
Under Hillary Clinton, the State Department approved $165 billion worth of commercial arms sales to 20 nations whose governments had given millions to the Clinton Foundation.
– Clinton Foundation Donors Got Weapons Deals From Hillary Clinton’s State Department (International Business Times, May 26, 2015):
Even by the standards of arms deals between the United States and Saudi Arabia, this one was enormous. A consortium of American defense contractors led by Boeing would deliver $29 billion worth of advanced fighter jets to the United States’ oil-rich ally in the Middle East. Continue reading »
Tags: Barack Obama, Global News, Government, Hillary Clinton, Obama administration, Politics, U.S.
H/t reader squodgy:
“Tanks don’t need visas…..Brilliant”
Officials say as many as 250 aircraft and 12,000 service personnel are participating in the war games
– Russia begins huge surprise air force drill on same day as Nato starts Arctic training (Independent, May 26, 2015):
Tags: Global News, Government, Military, Russia, Ukraine, Vladimir Putin
– Senior NATO Official Claims We’ll Be at War by Summer (The Daily Sheeple, May 25, 2015):
Last week, former NSA intelligence analyst John Schindler posted a rather disturbing tweet. With a statement that one could only assume to be a reference towards Russia, Schindler wrote “Said a senior NATO (non-US) GOFO to me today: “We’ll probably be at war this summer. If we’re lucky it won’t be nuclear.” Let that sink in.”
So who is John Schindler? As a ten-year veteran of the NSA, he was in the news a bit more when Snowden was making frequent headlines. He used to be a professor at the U.S. Naval War College, and is currently a frequent contributor to Business Insider. According to his biography on Business Insider, he used to teach classes on security, strategy, intelligence, and terrorism, and he has “collaborated closely with other government agencies who would probably prefer he didn’t mention them.” It’s safe to say that Schindler probably brushes shoulders with high-ranking officials from time to time, so his tweet should be taken seriously. Continue reading »
Tags: Barack Obama, EU, Europe, Global News, Government, Military, NATO, Obama administration, Politics, U.S.
– Chinese State Paper Warns “War Will Be Inevitable” Unless U.S. Stops Meddling In Territorial Dispute (ZeroHedge, May 24, 2015):
Just to confirm that if the US had hoped it could threaten Beijing into submission and force the Politburo into curbing its expanionist appetit, it was dead wrong, the nationalist Global Times, a paper owned by the ruling Communist Party’s official newspaper, the People’s Daily, said in a Monday editorial that war was “inevitable” between China and the United States unless Washington stopped demanding Beijing halt the building of artificial islands in the disputed waterway.
Tags: China, Global News, Government, Military, Politics, U.S.
– Secret Pentagon Report Reveals US “Created” ISIS As A “Tool” To Overthrow Syria’s President Assad
– Wahhabis Go Nuclear — Literally. Saudi Arabia’s Bomb? (Global Research, May 24, 2015):
The serious possibility of a nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1 is only a few weeks away – on June 30.
So guess what the terminally paranoid House of Saud is up to: Lay their hands on a nuclear bomb to counteract the non-existent “Iranian bomb”, which Tehran, via Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, has consistently abhorred as un-Islamic, and wouldn’t have it anyway because of stringent inspections bound to be part of the final nuclear deal.
The proverbial “former Pentagon official” has leaked to a Rupert Murdoch paper that the House of Saud is bound to buy a ready-made nuclear bomb from Pakistan. The choice of media already offers a clue; Prince Alwaleed bin Talal is one of News Corporation’s leading shareholders.
The “why now?” concerning the leak is pretty obvious. Yet the whodunit is hazier territory. Continue reading »
Tags: Global News, Government, Iran, Israel, Middle East, Palmyra, Politics, Saudi Arabia, Syria
H/t reader M.G.:
“More from the WSJ….this time from the insurers point of view. Some greedy gut insurance companies are asking premium rates of over 50%……Obamacare put no limits on the amount of money they can charge. It just made it a crime for any American to go without coverage……..giving greedy guts a captive market of over 316 million people.
The IRS will go after anyone who defies this law, and the IRS has more financial power than any other government agency.
Found the link on Huffington Post……..”
– Health Insurers Seek Hefty Rate Boosts (Wall Street Journal, May 21, 2015):
Major insurers in some states are proposing hefty rate boosts for plans sold under the federal health law, setting the stage for an intense debate this summer over the law’s impact.
In New Mexico, market leader Health Care Service Corp. is asking for an average jump of 51.6% in premiums for 2016. The biggest insurer in Tennessee, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, has requested an average 36.3% increase. In Maryland, market leader CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield wants to raise rates 30.4% across its products. Moda Health, the largest insurer on the Oregon health exchange, seeks an average boost of around 25%.
All of them cite high medical costs incurred by people newly enrolled under the Affordable Care Act.
Continue reading »
Tags: Barack Obama, Global News, Government, Healthcare, Obama administration, Obamacare, Politics, U.S.
– Putin enacts law banning ‘undesirable’ NGOs (AFP, May 23, 2015):
Moscow (AFP) – Russian President Vladimir Putin officially enacted a controversial law banning “undesirable” non-governmental organisations, the Kremlin said Saturday, in a move condemned by human rights groups across the board.
The law allows authorities to bar foreign civil society groups seen as threatening Russia’s “defence capabilities” or “constitutional foundations” and go after local activists working with them, the Kremlin statement said.
Supporters presented the law as a “preventative measure”, necessary after the wave of Western sanctions put in place over the Ukraine conflict. Continue reading »
Tags: Economy, Global News, Government, Politics, Russia, Vladimir Putin
H/t reader squodgy:
“This little list should be a mantra…..”
– 10 Tools Needed By Globalists To Finally Get Their One World Government (Activist Post, May 24, 2015):
We all know that to build a house you need to have the right tools. Not having the right tools makes the difference between success and failure. So, then, what tools might the globalists be using right now to advance their plans for a one world government, the so-called new world order of global enslavement?
Understanding the necessary tools the controllers need and are currently using to meet their goals might allow us to figure out where we should focus our energy; and it may show us what things we might be able to do to slow down, derail or even stop their new world order plans altogether.
So here are ten powerful tools being used by the controllers, ten tools without which there will be no new world order. Continue reading »
Tags: CIA, Global News, Global Warming, Government, ISIL, ISIS, Politics, Terrorism, TPP
– Michael Brelo, Cleveland Patrolman, Found Not Guilty In Deaths Of 2 Unarmed Suspects (Huffington Post/AP, May 23, 2015)
Tags: Crime, Global News, Government, Police, Police State, Politics, Society, U.S.
– FBI Confirms No Major Terrorism Cases Cracked Via Unconstitutional Patriot Act Phone Spying (ZeroHedge, May 23, 2015):
“FBI agents can’t point to any major terrorism cases they’ve cracked thanks to the key snooping powers in the Patriot Act, the Justice Department’s inspector general said in a report Thursday that could complicate efforts to keep key parts of the law operating... Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz said that between 2004 and 2009, the FBI tripled its use of bulk collection under Section 215 of the Patriot Act, which allows government agents to compel businesses to turn over records and documents, and increasingly scooped up records of Americans who had no ties to official terrorism investigations.”
– Former CIA Agent: ‘Every Single Terrorist Incident We Have Had In The U.S. Has Been A False Flag’ (Video)
Tags: FBI, Global News, Government, New World Order, Patriot Act, Politics, Society, Surveillance
– Grexit “Disaster” Looms As Greek Hospitals Run Out Of Sheets, Painkillers (ZeroHedge, May 24, 2015):
“Greek hospitals have run out of supplies such as painkillers, scissors and sheets as budget cuts have left the health service unable to provide even basic provisions for operations and medical procedures,” The Independent reports. With Tsipras still refusing to compromise on campaign “red lines,” the end game is quite clearly approaching.
Tags: Collapse, EU, Europe, Global News, Government, Greece, Politics, Society
– “It’s A Coup D’Etat,” David Stockman Warns “Central Banks Are Out Of Control” (ZeroHedge, May 24, 2015):
We’re all about to be taken to the woodshed, warns David Stockman in this excellent interview. The huge wealth disparity is “not because of some flaw in capitalism, or Reagan tax cuts, or even the greed of Wall Street; the problem is central banks that are out of control.” Simply put, they have “syphoned financial resources into pure gambling” and the people that own the stocks and bonds get the huge financial windfall. “The 10% at the top own 85% of the financial assets,” and thus, thanks to the unleashing of almost limitless money-printing, which has created a massive worldwide financial inflation, “the central banks have created and exaggerated the wealth gap.” Stockman concludes, rather ominously, “it’s a coup d’etat, the central banks have taken over – unconstitutional domination of the entire economy.”
Tags: Central Bank, Economy, Fed, Federal Reserve, Global News, Government, Politics, Society
– Paul Craig Roberts: “Our Soldiers Died For The Profits Of The Bankers” (ZeroHedge, May 24, 2015):
Memorial Day commemorates soldiers killed in war. We are told that the war dead died for us and our freedom. US Marine General Smedley Butler challenged this view in 1933: “War is just a racket… our soldiers died for secret agendas of which they knew nothing. Capitalists hid their self-interests behind the flag, and our boys died for the One Percent’s bottom line. Our Soldiers Died for the Profits of the Bankers.” It appears 82 years later – nothing has changed.
Tags: Banking, Economy, Global News, Government, Military, Paul Craig Roberts, Politics, U.S.
– Former CIA Agent: ‘Every Single Terrorist Incident We Have Had In The U.S. Has Been A False Flag’ (Video)
– Secret Pentagon Report Reveals US “Created” ISIS As A “Tool” To Overthrow Syria’s President Assad (ZeroHedge, May 24, 2015):
From the first sudden, and quite dramatic, appearance of the fanatical Islamic group known as ISIS which was largely unheard of until a year ago, on the world’s stage and which promptly replaced the worn out and tired al Qaeda as the world’s terrorist bogeyman, we suggested that the “straight to beheading YouTube clip” purpose behind the Saudi Arabia-funded Islamic State was a simple one: use the Jihadists as the vehicle of choice to achieve a political goal: depose of Syria’s president Assad, who for years has stood in the way of a critical Qatari natural gas pipeline, one which could dethrone Russia as Europe’s dominant – and belligerent – source of energy, reaching an interim climax with the unsuccessful Mediterranean Sea military build up of 2013, which nearly resulted in quasi-world war.
The narrative and the plotline were so transparent, even Russia saw right through them. Recall from September of last year:
If the West bombs Islamic State militants in Syria without consulting Damascus, LiveLeak reports that the anti-ISIS alliance may use the occasion to launch airstrikes against President Bashar Assad’s forces, according to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. Clearly comprehending that Obama’s new strategy against ISIS in Syria is all about pushing the Qatar pipeline through (as was the impetus behind the 2013 intervention push), Russia is pushing back noting that the it is using ISIS as a pretext for bombing Syrian government forces and warning that “such a development would lead to a huge escalation of conflict in the Middle East and North Africa.”
But it’s one thing to speculate; it’s something entirely different to have hard proof. Continue reading »
Tags: Al-Qaeda, Al-Qaida, Barack Obama, Global News, Government, ISIL, ISIS, Israel, Military, Obama administration, Politics, Syria, Terrorism, U.S.
– China Establishes World’s Largest Physical Gold Fund (ZeroHedge, May 24, 2015):
Overnight Xinhua also reported that a gold sector fund involving countries along the ancient Silk Road has been set up in northwest China’s Xi’an City during an ongoing forum on investment and trade this weekend. (read more about the “New Silk Road” which could change global economics forever here). The fund, led by Shanghai Gold Exchange (SGE), is expected to raise an estimated 100 billion yuan (16.1 billion U.S. Dollars) in three phases. The amount of capital allocated to nothing but physical gold purchases (without plans for financial paper intermediation a la western ETFs) will be the largest in the world.
Tags: China, Global News, Gold, Government, Politics
– Under Shadow of Trade Deal, US Pesticide Lobby Pressured EU to Dump Toxic Pesticide Rules (Common Dreams, May 22, 2015):
Report details how corporate lobbyists mobilized to stop the EU from regulating hormone disrupting chemicals known to have significant health and environmental impacts
Under pressure from the U.S. and agrochemical industry lobbyists and amid ongoing negotiations for a controversial trade deal, the European Union dropped planned rules that could have led to the banning of 31 pesticides containing hazardous chemicals, a new investigative report has revealed.
The probe, led by the Brussels-based research and watchdog group Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) and French journalist Stephane Horel, exposes how corporate lobby groups like the American Chemistry Council, CropLife America, and the American Chambers of Commerce, mobilized to stop the EU from taking action on hormone (endocrine) disrupting chemicals (EDCs)—known to have significant health and environmental impacts. Continue reading »
Tags: Barack Obama, Environment, Food, Global News, Government, Health, Obama administration, Politics, U.S.