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The flotilla didn't make it to Gaza, but Israel didn't win

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Activists aboard the Marianne before it shipped off, Gaza bound.
Israel Defense Forces violently intercepted the Swedish boat named Marianne in the early hours of June 29 to prevent it from landing in Gaza, using tasers against unarmed passengers. The 18 passengers, whose mission was to break the siege of Gaza, were taken to the Israeli port of Ashdod and the non-Israelis will be deported from Ben Gurion Airport.

The Marianne was originally part of a flotilla comprised of four boats with 48 passengers, including human rights activists, journalists, artists, and political figures representing 17 countries. Three of the boats returned to ports in Greece

Comment: No, Israel didn't win and hopefully the international community will face up to Israel's crimes against humanity.


Blackbox

Bizarro World: Politico claims Putin is involved in Texas Independence Movement

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Since the leftist media has adopted a neoconservative/ liberal interventionist line toward Russia and Putin, it came as no surprise to me when the left-wing Politico published an article accusing the Russian government of involvement in the Texas independence movement. Said article came across the Russia Insider desk last week and the only thing positive that I can say about its contents is that shortly after its publication, somewhere a bell rang and a neo-con got his wings.

"Putin's Plot to Get Texas to Secede" by earnest Columbia grad Casey Michel, draws a specious link between the Texas Nationalist Movement, right-wing Russians, and Vladimir Putin.


Comment: Really? They can say anything they want without any sense of the consequences.


Comment: Welcome to Bizzarro World. Many people are happy spouting whatever nonsense will get them a place at the table.
Obviously, if people who are not 'Bizarro' wake up and find themselves in Bizarro World, or denizens of Bizarro World have landed on earth and taken over, it might require some adjustment for many people. Of course, we notice that a great number of people do not require adjustment to whatever the authorities proclaim or do. That is pretty well explained by psychologist, Bob Altemeyer's work on the Authoritarian Personality.



Vader

The mask comes off: EU plans to force 'communists' Tsipras and Varoufakis from power, regardless of referendum outcome

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'What do you think, Yanis, should we just go quietly?'

'I think we should tell them to go to hell!'
Greece will not get a cent in new eurozone bailout loans while Alexis Tsipras and Yanis Varoufakis remain in power, because Germany will block any such deal, one of Europe's most influential politicians has told The Times.

"Today there is the question of do we trust Tsipras and Varoufakis? The answer is clear to all parties, no," the senior German conservative said.

He also lifted the lid on a European Union attempt to push Mr Tsipras's left-wing Syriza out of power regardless of the outcome of the vote on July 5.

If Greece's prime minister and finance minister remained in office, even after a "yes" vote in Sunday's referendum, then Athens would stand no chance of a new bailout, he indicated.

Under the rules of the European Stability Mechanism, the euro's bailout fund, the German parliament, or Bundestag, has a veto or blocking vote over any new programme such as that requested by Greece at the 11th hour.

Comment: Tsipras all but conceded on every point yesterday... but the Money Masters of the Universe still said 'no more money'... because it's not about the money.

See how this has little to do with finances and everything to do with politics?

Greece 'voted the wrong way' when it democratically-elected the Syriza party into power in January.

Greece must therefore be 'course-corrected' via external financial warfare.

Will Greeks give in to fear? Or will they stand up for humanity against the banksters?


Dollar

Bank Indonesia announces ban on foreign currency payments

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The Central Bank of Indonesia has put into force a complete ban on the use of the US dollar and other foreign currencies in all financial transactions in the country to stop the rupiah free fall.

The ban, effective from July 1, 2015, was first announced by the head of Bank Indonesia Eco Yulianto in April.

He said then that the ban is on any transactions, including payments for hotel accommodation, flights, rental property and the payment of wages, as well as fixed prices in any other currency except the Indonesian rupiah. Breaking the law can be punished with imprisonment of up to a year or a fine of $15,000.

However, the central bank later said it made an exception for international companies who will still be allowed to pay their foreign employees in dollars.

Comment: No surprise the American dollar is losing its dependence in the world market.


Document

The Brookings Institute's plan to destroy Syria: ISIS creates the 'safe zones', U.S. military moves in

Unbeknownst to the general public, their elected politicians do not create the policy that binds their national destiny domestically or within the arena of geopolitics. Instead, corporate-financier funded think tanks do - teams of unelected policymakers which transcend elections, and which produce papers that then become the foundation of legislation rubber stamped by "legislators," as well as the enumerated talking points repeated ad nauseam by the corporate-media.

Such a policy paper has been recently written by the notorious US policy think-tank, the Brookings Institution, titled, "Deconstructing Syria: Towards a regionalized strategy for a confederal country." The signed and dated open-conspiracy to divide, destroy, then incrementally occupy a sovereign nation thousands of miles from America's shores serves as a sobering example of how dangerous and enduring modern imperialism is, even in the 21st century.

Comment: ISIS is simply the U.S.'s mercenary army to effect this slow-motion invasion. The U.S. used this tactic successfully in Libya, but Syria has held out these last 4 years. If there's one thing we know about the American Empire, it would rather destroy itself than admit defeat. And that does not bode well for the world.


Boat

Gaza: The hijacking of The Marianne by "The pirates of the Mediterranean."

Piracy:" The practice of attacking and robbing ships at sea." (Oxford English Dictionary.)
© Michel Floch/MarineTraffic.com
Marianne av Göteborg
The "international community" is, it would seem, remarkably selective over piracy.

Concern over Somali pirates was such that foreign Navy's were sent to protect shipping in international waters. In one incident three alleged pirates were killed and a Somali teenager spirited away to the US to be tried, whilst eleven others were sent for trial in Kenya. (1)

However, in the early hours of the morning (local time) of 29th June, three Israeli Navies ships intercepted and hijacked a Swedish flagged ship, the Marianne av Göteborg on route to Gaza in the State of Palestine (recognized as a State by the United Nations on 30th November 2012 by an overwhelming vote of 138-9, elevating Palestine to Non-Member Observer State a status bestowed on just one other entity, The Vatican.)

The ship was in international waters (approximately one hundred nautical miles off shore) but was boarded, towed by Israeli Navy vessels to Israel's port of Ashdod. Cameras, computers, mobile 'phones and belongings have been allegedly stolen by those who boarded. It is hoped they will be returned, but the track record is not good judging by the lack of return of personal - or any items, including aid cargo purchased by public donations destined for the people of Gaza - from the numerous previously pirated vessels. The Marianne was carrying a consignment of solar panels for a people whom, for most, a constant electricity supply has become a distant memory.

Israel's territorial waters (in to which the Marianne had no intention of heading) presumably should extend just twelve nautical miles from shore as laid down in the 1984 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea which directs that:

"Every State has the right to establish the breadth of its territorial sea up to a limit not exceeding 12 nautical miles, measured from baselines determined in accordance with this Convention." They do not extend one hundred nautical miles.

Israel has stated the Marianne was requested to change course a number of times. Israel has no legal right to demand anything of a vessel in international waters.

Bad Guys

South Front International Military Review - Syria, 1 July

In 2011 Syria felt into a full, intense and bloody war. After 4 year of full-scale war the battlefield of Syria are still complicated. The fight to wrest territory away from the Islamic State and al-Qaeda extremists as well as from the Syrian government of President Bashar al Assad has opened multiple front lines. Many anti-Islamic State operations have been led by Kurdish forces, sometimes fighting in parallel with factions of the Free Syria Army (FSA), an alliance that includes Sunni Arab tribal leaders. Meanwhile, Syrian Islamists factions in the northern countryside of Aleppo, reached an agreement with fighters of the Islamic State to open routes between the areas controlled by the two parties. Recently, we observed a series of military events in Syria:

Syrian Kurdish YPG forces supported by FSA-affiliated rebels in the Euphrates Volcano Operations Room seized the ISIS border crossing at Tel Abyad in northern ar-Raqqa Province on June 15, 2015. 2 days later forces of YPG took control of border area to west from Tel Abyad.


Yoda

They just keep coming: Putin gobsmacks Uncle Sam ... again

Way to go, Vladimir.

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Gazprom Germania CEO Hans - Joachim Gornig in Berlin
Here's the scoop: Two days before the swaggering Sec-Def touched down in Germany, Gazprom announced that it was putting the finishing touches on a massive deal that would double the amount of Russian gas flowing to Germany via a second Nord Stream pipeline. The shocking announcement made it look like the clueless Carter had no idea what was going on and that his efforts to isolate Russia were a complete flop. And, make no mistake; the deal is huge, big enough to change the geopolitical calculus of the entire region. Robert Morley explains what's going on in a recent article at The Trumpet:
"Once this pipeline is finished, almost all of Eastern Europe can be completely cut out of the gas picture. There will be no need for any gas to transit through Ukraine, Poland, Romania, Belarus, Hungary or Slovakia." (Gazprom's Dangerous New Nord Stream Gas Pipeline to Germany, The Trumpet)



Comment: The linked article is worth a read just to see with what hysteria Robert Morley interprets the deal. There's nothing new here. The original agreement was signed in 2011.


Yep, Ukraine is out and Germany's in, which means that Washington's plan to extend US hegemony by driving a wedge between Russia and Europe is down the plughole.

Judo expert Putin has done it again; he waited until the eleventh hour to pull the rug out from under the blustery Carter, and now he's sitting back enjoying the show. Is it any wonder why Carter's been running around Europe with his hair on fire? Here's more from the same article:
"Think of the huge leverage this will give Russia.....Germany may not have much in the way of natural resources of its own, but with Russia's help, it is becoming an energy hub of Europe! Increasing quantities of Russian gas are flowing through Germany before being distributed to countries like the Netherlands, Belgium, France and Britain. In this way Germany leverages the power of Russia. Western Europe also is becoming dependent on Germany for gas supplies too...

Don't let the current conflict in Ukraine cloud what is happening. Germany and Russia have a history of secret cooperation—even when headline conflict appears to indicate otherwise. That Germany and Russia would push through such a deal when the West is supposedly sanctioning Russia for its actions in Ukraine speaks volumes."

Bad Guys

Attempting to stave off the inevitable - nurturing a financial black hole

A while ago I had the pleasure of hearing Sergey Glazyev—economist, politician, member of the Academy of Sciences, adviser to Pres. Putin—say something that very much confirmed my own thinking. He said that anyone who knows mathematics can see that the United States is on the verge of collapse because its debt has gone exponential. These aren't words that an American or a European politician can utter in public, and perhaps not even whisper to their significant other while lying in bed, because the American eavesdroppers might overhear them, and then the politician in question would get the Dominique Strauss-Kahn treatment (whose illustrious career ended when on a visit to the US he was falsely accused of rape and arrested). And so no European (never mind American) politician can state the obvious, no matter how obvious it is.

The Russians have that pretty well figured out by now. Yes, maintaining a dialogue and cordial directions with the Europeans is important. But it is well understood that the Europeans are just a bunch of American puppets with no will or decision-making authority of their own, so why not talk to the Americans directly? Alas, the Americans too are puppets. The American officials and politicians are definitely puppets, controlled by corporate lobbyists and shady oligarchs. But here's a shocker: these are also puppets—controlled by the simple imperatives of profitability and wealth preservation, respectively. In fact, it's puppets all the way down. And what's at the bottom is a giant, ever-expanding, financial black hole.

Do you like your black hole? If you aren't sure you like it, then let me ask you some other questions: Do you like the fact that your credit cards still work, or that you can still keep money in the bank and even get cash out of an ATM, or that you are either receiving or hope to eventually receive a pension? Do you like the fact that you can get useful things—food, gas, airline tickets—for mere pieces of paper with pictures of dead white men on them? Do you like the fact that you have internet access, that the lights are on, and that there is water on tap? Well, if you like these things, then you must also like the financial black hole, because that's what's making all of these things possible in spite of your country being bankrupt. Perhaps it's a love-hate relationship: you love being able to pretend that everything is still OK even though you know it isn't, and you wish to enjoy a bit more of the business-as-usual before it all goes to hell, be it for a few more days or another year or two; but you hate the fact that eventually the black hole will suck you in, after which point things will definitely... suck.

Comment: The black hole may shrivel up and die, but unfortunately it will not be without a lot of suffering on the part of ordinary people. As for the psychopaths who created this whole situation, there's really no hope of them 'snapping out of it', nor much for their authoritarian followers.


Phoenix

Greek military spending the real cause for its economic collapse, not public spending

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Decades of exorbitant military spending account for Greece's present downfall under an Olympian-sized debt. European governments and news media portray the problem of Greece's financial woes as public spending profligacy.

The truth is that Greece's debt mountain has been incurred from years of wasteful military splurging. That is the tragic downfall of the country, which European creditor governments and the mainstream news media tellingly ignore.

But in this understanding of Greece's modern tragedy, there is hope for democratic renewal and redemption. Because that realisation permits a radically different option to restore Greece's economy in a way that is rational and achievable, without piling up more debt and misery for the population. Instead of more austerity imposed on workers and pensioners, the solution is for Greece to embark on a massive disarmament programme to overturn decades of reckless militarism.

Greece's outstanding total debt is around $320 billion - or 175 per cent of its national economic output (GDP). Its creditors - the Troika of European Union, European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund - are insisting that the Athens government must oversee more public cuts.

The reality is that austerity is only driving the Greek economy into further depression and debt.