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Climate Fascism: Obama's emission reduction plan will decimate the coal industry and cost countless jobs

Is Barack Obama trying to kill the economy on purpose? On Sunday, we learned that Obama is imposing a nationwide 32 percent carbon dioxide emission reduction from 2005 levels by the year 2030. When it was first proposed last year, Obama's plan called for a 30 percent reduction, but the final version is even more dramatic. The Obama administration admits that this is going to cost the U.S. economy billions of dollars a year and that electricity rates for many Americans are going to rise substantially. And what Obama is not telling us is that this plan is going to kill what is left of our coal industry and will destroy countless numbers of American jobs. The Republicans in Congress hate this plan, state governments across the country hate this plan, and thousands of business owners hate this plan. But since Barack Obama has decided that this is a good idea, he is imposing it on all of us anyway.

So how can Obama get away with doing this without congressional approval?

Well, he is using the "regulatory power" of the Environmental Protection Agency. Congress is increasingly becoming irrelevant as federal agencies issue thousands of new rules and regulations each and every year. The IRS, for example, issues countless numbers of new rules and regulations each year without every consulting Congress. Government bureaucracy has spun wildly out of control, and most Americans don't even realize what is happening.

Comment: See also: The titanic tip of the climate spending iceberg


Bad Guys

Guns and oil: Britain's secret ties to governments and firms behind ISIS oil sales

In the scramble to access Kurdistan's oil and gas wealth, the US and UK are turning a blind eye to complicity in 'Islamic State' oil smuggling.
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Key allies in the US and UK led war on Islamic State (ISIS) are covertly financing the terrorist movement according to senior political sources in the region. US and British oil companies are heavily invested in the murky geopolitical triangle sustaining ISIS' black market oil sales.

The Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) in Iraq and Turkish military intelligence have both supported secret ISIS oil smuggling operations and even supplied arms to the terror group, according to Kurdish, Iraqi and Turkish officials.

One British oil company in particular, Genel Energy, is contracted by the KRG to supply oil for a major Kurdish firm accused of facilitating ISIS oil sales to Turkey. The Kurdish firm has close ties to the Iraqi Kurdish government.

Eye 1

German bloggers face treason charges for exposing internet surveillance

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Representatives of the German Journalists' Association told Sputnik News that the treason charges facing journalists from the blog Netzpolitik represent a 'serious attack on press freedom.'

The German Journalists' Association declared that the charge of treason leveled against bloggers Markus Beckedahl and Andre Meister represents a "serious attack on the freedom of the press," in an interview with Sputnik News' German language radio station.

"This is not treason in any way. It was not the intention of the journalists to harm the Federal Republic of Germany or its foreign policy interests," said Hendrik Zoerner, spokesman for the German Journalists' Association [DJV].

Bad Guys

Crushing circumstances: Greek government is facing down a Grexit, a recession, and the Troika at the same time

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As stock markets crash and Greece plunges deeper into recession, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is left with an even bigger fight on his hands - to revive Greek growth and avoid a Grexit.

The chaos in the Greek stock exchange is clear with the Athens Stock Exchange (ATHEX) falling by 22.87 percent. Greece's four big banks saw the biggest fall; Piraeus Bank, National Bank, Alpha Bank and Eurobank were all down by 30 percent.

But the other numbers causing concern for the Greek PM are that 25 percent of the Greek population who are unemployed as manufacturing activity also dropped to its lowest level on record last month. Markit's Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) for manufacturing fell to 30.2 points. Fifty points indicate growth for a country.

Comment: The economic warfare continues. Check out: The Greek coup: Liquidity as a weapon of coerceion


Dollar

Chinese investment in Ecuador: Is it global ambitions, with loans and strings attached?

© Ivan Kashinsky/ The New York Times
Water pipes set aside near where Ecuador wants a Chinese oil company to build a giant refinery, outside the port of Manta. China has invested heavily in overseas oil projects.
The country has invested billions in Ecuador and elsewhere, using its economic clout to win diplomatic allies and secure natural resources around the world.

Where the Andean foothills dip into the Amazon jungle, nearly 1,000 Chinese engineers and workers have been pouring concrete for a dam and a 15-mile underground tunnel. The $2.2 billion project will feed river water to eight giant Chinese turbines designed to produce enough electricity to light more than a third of Ecuador.

Near the port of Manta on the Pacific Ocean, Chinese banks are in talks to lend $7 billion for the construction of an oil refinery, which could make Ecuador a global player in gasoline, diesel and other petroleum products.

Across the country in villages and towns, Chinese money is going to build roads, highways, bridges, hospitals, even a network of surveillance cameras stretching to the Galápagos Islands. State-owned Chinese banks have already put nearly $11 billion into the country, and the Ecuadorean government is asking for more.

Ecuador, with just 16 million people, has little presence on the global stage. But China's rapidly expanding footprint here speaks volumes about the changing world order, as Beijing surges forward and Washington gradually loses ground.

Comment: China needs natural resources and it is using huge financial reserves for investing in other risky economies with high interest rates to fuel its industrialization machine. In short, China is doing "business as usual" instead of Western practices of shock doctrine, austerity and regime change.


Gear

Turkey supports ISIS, declares war on them, bombs Kurds instead


Anti-ISIS Kurdish fighters.
NATO member Turkey has been busted supporting ISIS.

The Guardian reported this week:
US special forces raided the compound of an Islamic State leader in eastern Syria in May, they made sure not to tell the neighbours.

The target of that raid, the first of its kind since US jets returned to the skies over Iraq last August, was an Isis official responsible for oil smuggling, named Abu Sayyaf. He was almost unheard of outside the upper echelons of the terror group, but he was well known to Turkey. From mid-2013, the Tunisian fighter had been responsible for smuggling oil from Syria's eastern fields, which the group had by then commandeered. Black market oil quickly became the main driver of Isis revenues - and Turkish buyers were its main clients.

As a result, the oil trade between the jihadis and the Turks was held up as evidence of an alliance between the two.

Comment: Perhaps part of the reason for exposing Turkey's links with ISIS has something to do with the fact that Israel has been a supporter of Kurdish separatists in Iraq, which naturally has an effect on Turkey.


Eye 1

State secrecy? Govt media adviser denies D-notices suppressed child abuse claims

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The chairman of a committee that oversees Britain's media blackout system has denied claims that state orders were given to withhold child abuse allegations against the late MP Cyril Smith MP.

In his first interview as Chairman of the Defense and Security Media Advisory Committee, Air Vice-Marshal Andrew Vallance said police may have handed fake gagging orders, known as D-notices, to a number of news outlets.

The government D-notices are issued to news editors, demanding they withhold information from the public on national security grounds.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today program, Valance said "not a shred of evidence" exists that authorized D-notices were issued.

Don Hale, former editor of the Bury Messenger, claims he obtained a cache of files in the early 1980s regarding a group of elite political figures who seemed sympathetic to notorious pro-pedophile group The Pedophile Information Exchange (PIE).

Among these high-profile figures was the late Liberal MP Cyril Smith.

Comment: For more information about these depraved monsters who stalk the Establishment corridors of power;

Listen to: the recent Truth perspective radio show: Pervert politicians and other news

Read: UK 'Establishment': Unmasking psychopathic faces - Pedophilia and murder in VERY high place

Watch: Conspiracy of Silence


Quenelle

US stealth coup in Armenia foiled by Russia


Protestors in Yerevan incensed over rising electricity prices. Patsies for a larger purpose?
Times are tough for America's "color revolution" industry. Perfected in Eastern Europe after the fall of the Soviet Union, and honed during the so-called "Arab Spring," the process of backing subversion in a targeted country and overthrowing a sitting government under the cover of staged mass protests appears to be finally at the end of running its course.

That is because the United States can no longer hide the fact that it is behind these protests and often, even hide their role in the armed elements that are brought in covertly to give targeted governments their final push out the door. Nations have learned to identify, expose, and resist this tactic, and like Adolf Hitler and the Nazi regime's tactic of Blitzkrieg or "lighting war," once appropriate countermeasures are found, the effectiveness of lighting fast, overwhelming force be it military or political, is rendered impotent.

This was most recently observed in Armenia during the so-called "Electric Yerevan" protests - Yerevan being the capital of Armenia, and "electric" in reference to the alleged motivation of protesters - rising electric prices.

American-backed "color revolutions" always start out with a seemingly legitimate motivation, but soon quickly become political in nature, sidestepping many of the legitimate, practical demands first made, and focusing almost entirely on "regime change." For the Armenian agitators leading the "Electric Yerevan," they didn't even make it that far and spent most of their initial momentum attempting to convince the world they were not just another US-backed mob.

Comment: Indeed. Russia has taken some bold, necessary steps to inoculate itself from the West's pernicious efforts to destabilize her from within.
  • Russia moves to classify NGOs financed by other states as foreign agents



Eye 2

Samantha Power: no lie too bald in the service of power

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U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power
It's been a bad month for the angst-ridden US ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power. Last week, she was "outraged" by Russia's veto at the UN Security Council of an international criminal court into the downing of Malaysian airliner MH17 over eastern Ukraine.

Three weeks prior, Power was again "outraged" by Russia's veto of a draft resolution to declare the mass killing at Srebrenica during the Bosnian War in 1995 a "genocide."

On Srebrenica, Power said: "Russia's veto is heartbreaking for those families and it is a further stain on this council's record."

On the latest MH17 veto, the American ambassador fulminated: "When people see Russia's hand up on something like this, when the whole world is united that when a civilian airliner goes up in smoke and so many families are affected, it is in all of our interests, our collective interests to see that justice is done."

Leave aside Power's assertion that "the whole world is united" over the crashed airliner, which was apparently shot down near the city of Donetsk, in eastern Ukraine in July 2014, with the loss of all 298 people onboard. The draft resolution for a criminal tribunal was tabled by the Netherlands, Australia, the Western-backed Kiev regime and Malaysia. The first three are allies of the US-led NATO military alliance. Hardly a world consensus, as Power would claim.

But it was what Power said next in relation to the Russian veto on a MH17 probe that reveals the politicized agenda lurking behind her emotive appeal. She told US government-controlled Voice of America: "I think not only does it raise real questions about Russia's relationship to the crime itself and what they're afraid of within the creation of an independent tribunal, but also raises real questions about the Security Council and whether it can be counted on to enforce the UN charter."

Comment: The author generously assumes Ms. Power has a soul to sell. Her track record might suggest otherwise.


Star of David

Piracy ignored: Israel seized latest freedom flotilla ship illegally, tasered and held activists

© Marko Djurica / Reuters
Some of the Marianne's activists.
Just a few weeks ago, an act of piracy took place on the high seas, whereby a group of international activists taking part in a humanitarian mission including a member of the Israeli parliament, were captured and detained.

The story didn't attract much coverage in the MSM. Coverage elsewhere among alternative media outlets ranged from being accurate to downright disingenuous. At best, those taking part were described as what they were - aid workers, artists, journalists and politicians working toward a shared aim of reaching Gaza - and, at worst, were described as terrorists and "agitators."

The illegally seized boat, the Marianne, was part of a convoy of vessels which had set sail from different destinations in European waters, with the aim of reaching Gaza in occupied Palestine.

Needless to say, a group of activists attempting to break an illegal blockade of a country occupied by one of the most powerful armed forces in the world can hardly be viewed as troublemakers.

Nevertheless, the Marianne was halted in its tracks, approximately 100 nautical miles from Gaza by the Israeli navy, which, operating without jurisdiction and in complete disregard of international law, boarded the boat, taking those on board prisoner.

These are the facts, and this is what happened. The wave of propaganda which consequently emanated from some Israeli press offices attempted to divert attention away from the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, to another equally tragic humanitarian crisis in Syria. In a letter presented to activists on board the Marianne after its seizure, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu suggested that the activists had gotten "lost" on their way to Syria.

Perhaps in reality it was the Israeli navy which had lost its sense of direction (and priorities) by taking control of a boat of civilians in international waters and by then taking them to the Israeli port of Ashdod.

One of the activists on board the Marianne, Charlie Andreasson, was held by the Israeli authorities in Ashdod for six days before finally being released.

Comment: Some of the reasons people of conscience decided to join the aid flotilla: