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El Chapo Guzmán, Washington's Drug Problem, and the North American Police State

Well, he's done it again! Joaquín Guzmán Loera, better known as "El Chapo", head of the powerful Sinaloa Cartel and formerly the most-wanted billionaire drug lord in Mexico (and elsewhere), escaped from a Mexican maximum security federal prison outside Mexico City a few weeks ago. In 2001, Guzman escaped from another maximum security federal prison.

The story this time goes that a 50cm diameter hole was found in his cell, protected from the prying eyes of security cameras by a blind spot that blocks portions of the adjoining bathroom from view. Then via a "hi-tech" tunnel, Guzmán descended 19 meters to reach a 1.5km underground corridor that ended in a small house just outside the prison. The corridor was fully fitted with electric cables and illuminated by light bulbs, which Guzmán apparently removed on his way out. Incredibly, this 1.5km tunnel was also installed with a rail an a motorbike. For 'human rights reasons', the security bracelet Guzmán was wearing, which he ditched just before descending into the tunnel, didn't have a GPS tracking system.

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With bells and whistles, the military presented the captured drug lord to the press in 2014.
In apparent blunder after blunder, despite the alarm being raised minutes after he vanished from camera view, it took 18 minutes for a guard to arrive at his cell. Security alerts to the nearest airport were issued 5 hours after he was last seen and alerts to other nearby airports were issued almost 15 hours later.

As luck would have it, the prison's layout is exactly the same - down to the very last detail - as the other prison Guzmán broke out of in 2001. There are only 3 identical prisons in Mexico, and Guzmán has been in 2 of them. If he's ever arrested again, I wonder where he'll end up. Curiously, the US government requested Guzmán's extradition to the US on trafficking charges just two weeks prior to his escape.

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Gaza's Black Friday: Israel stands accused of war crimes, murdering 75 children during indiscriminate 2014 slaughter

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Israel lies about the fact that it murdered at least 135 civilians during four days of 'indiscriminate' attacks in Rafah after the capture of an IDF soldier
Israeli forces have been accused of carrying out war crimes during a day of "carnage" in the Gaza Strip that has been called Black Friday.

A report by Amnesty International on alleged atrocities in Rafah during last year's conflict with Hamas claims Israeli forces killed at least 135 Palestinian civilians, including 75 children, following the capture of a soldier.

Lieutenant Hadar Goldin, 23, was with a unit searching for tunnels between Gaza and Israel when a fight started with militants and he disappeared on 1 August 2014.

Philip Luther, director of Amnesty International's Middle East programme, claimed that the "relentless and massive bombardment" that ensured in residential areas of Rafah was a direct response to the capture and displayed a "shocking disregard for civilian lives".


Comment: That's right. A 'direct response' to a capture that had not even been investigated, had not gone through any process remotely resembling a process of justice - just brute aggression that was grossly disproportionate using the 'capture' of Goldin as a pretext for mass murder.


"They carried out a series of disproportionate or otherwise indiscriminate attacks, which they have completely failed to investigate independently," he added.

"This report presents an urgent call for justice that must not be ignored.

"The combined analysis of hundreds of photos and videos, as well as satellite imagery and testimony from eyewitnesses, provides compelling evidence of serious violations of international humanitarian law by Israeli forces which must be investigated."


Comment: Business as usual for the terrorist 'state'. For them, humanitarian law exists to be broken.


Bad Guys

South Front military updates July 20-27: The Afghanistan map of war

The Kabul government is preparing for a big advance in northern Afghanistan.

National Security Forces have been involved in intense clashes with the Taliban in 7 provinces.

At the moment security forces have gained round only in Faryab province. The Taliban has now started a new offensive in the Badakhshan province by taking control of the "Kala" military base, seizing several checkpoints and capturing 100 pro-government fighters. Islamic State has also participated in clashes at the Afghanistan-Turkmenistan border.

Comment: Turkey is preparing a no-fly zone over Syria while bombing Syria and Iraq, and Washington's "ISIS" is moving across the Middle East and Ukraine, waging barbaric warfare for the "Empire of Chaos". But there has got to be a limit to the amount of chaos that can be reasonably controlled. As NATO becomes more and more irrelevant, the amount of chaos they can control is bound to slip, and "controlled chaos" will likely become uncontrollable chaos for the entire planet. Check out:


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Attention Tomi Lahren: It's not the Muslims stupid!

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Tomi Lahren: New darling of American fascists.
Tomi Lahren's rant heard round' the world was the first I've ever heard of her. I listened to it a couple of times and a few of her other shows to understand her perspective and motivation. The way she repeatedly ties radical terrorism to Islam and then backs off half a step before letting loose another salvo against Muslims and president Obama is almost artistic.

I live in Donbas and there are currently over 200 ISIL terrorists operating here. Should the US bomb them and everyone that supports them Tomi?



Comment: Can you say cookiecutter-jingoistic-fascistic-robotic-xenophobic-psychopathic-American Empire-propagandizer?


Comment: ...its YOU, Tomi Lahren! You and your mindless mainstream media ilk have more in common with the essence of terrorism than you'll ever know.


USA

Drugged up Jihadis with civilian drones to drop bombs on our heads

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British security services, known for their hysterical obsession with terrifying the British public by way of repeated bogus terror threats, recently used the British gutter press to claim that IS (the CIA/Mossad/Saudi proxy army formerly known as ISIL/ISIS) could use easily-affordable home-assembly drones to drop explosives on open-air sporting and cultural events (but not British government or intelligence service buildings, of course), causing mass casualties which could be filmed by on-board cameras. These videos would then be handed to Rita Katz and her SITE group for uploading to Youtube, thereby ensuring the drama reaches the widest audience.

An unnamed counter-terrorism source, probably from MI5's department of propaganda, told the British Daily Express that "terror groups had been trying to launch a drone-borne bomb attack for some time, as these machines are getting more hi-tech every year." While the unnamed MI5 propaganda source did not reveal how he knew the intentions of jihadi groups, the fact that British intelligence has a long track record of grooming militant Islamists to carry out "terror attacks" against civilians, meant he didn't have to.

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The reasons why Neocons want Putin to invade the Baltics

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We examine why the claims that a confrontation between Russia and Northern European states is apparently inevitable, are a road to increased tensions, and the ideologies behind them.


A new article in Politico.eu suggests the idea that a Russian invasion of Baltic states is somehow inevitable, and that military escalation in the region is therefore necessary.

The article is very transparent about a desire to militarize the region, a process already underway with increased US troop presence and even military equipment holdings in the states, which are at Russia's borders. The article also raises more questions about the author, Andrew Michta, and his intentions for the region than it does about Russian foreign policy.

In his conclusion, the author makes an assertion that "It is ultimately academic to try to second-guess [Russian President Vladimir] Putin's ultimate goals" and that "When it comes to Putin's Russia today, expect the unexpected — or rather more of the same." "The same" in this case is that Russia's 2008 peace enforcement action in the Georgian-Ossetian conflict and the 2014 Crimean reunification somehow predict the inevitability of a Russian invasion of the Baltic states.

Comment: It is a testament to Putin's forbearance, clear thinking, and long view of the situation that he has not allowed Russia to get drawn in to the Western traps that are being set like so many land mines. But one day, possibly soon, Putin may be pressed to act in such a way that the narrative will be written against him, yet again. And lines will further be drawn between those who believe the lies, and those who do not.See also: Putin's phone call to Obama and its significance


Bad Guys

Syria, Iraq, and the deadly Turkish deception

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Today, all 28 NATO nations agreed to back Turkey in what is claimed to be their war on ISIS, four years late and likely to inflame the long predicted apocalypse. Erdogan, citing terror attacks has entered on a path of terrorism and mayhem now "NATO certified" as a just conflict.

This week, by all accounts, Turkey attacked itself, wiping out 32 Kurds, opponents of Erdogan's continued dictatorial rule despite his election loss. The bombing in Suruc didn't announce Erdogan's personal war on the Kurdish people; that had been going on some time.

Murdering political opponents is nothing new. In 2013, Turkish intelligence (MIT) murdered three Kurdish activists in Paris, all women, an execution according to the French newspaper Le Monde.

2 + 2 = 4

Head of Russia's Central Electoral Commission says SNP election landslide proves Scottish referendum result was rigged

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The SNP landslide at the General Election is evidence that the 2014 independence referendum was rigged, according to Russia's top elections official.

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Quite literally in-credible
Vladimir Churov, who heads the Central Electoral Commission, told the official Tass news agency that last September's poll - at which there were Russian monitors - should now be investigated.

Commenting on the Nationalists' emphatic victory in Scotland, the official said: "It confirms our position; that the outcome of the independence referendum in Scotland was a total falsification."

Mr Churov noted how the election results showed "the SNP, which fought for a Yes in the referendum, won far more votes now than it did then".

He went on: "We doubted that the referendum had been organised cleanly and we had observers there".

He added that he felt the scale of the SNP's success in Scotland last week "gives further cause to examine the referendum".

Comment: The Scottish National Party's entire political platform is based on freeing Scotland from London via peaceful means. Therefore, the only reason a Scot would vote for this party would be if he or she was in agreement with its primary political platform.

It is as patently obvious to Sott.net as it is to these international elections observers that the Scottish independence referendum last September was thoroughly rigged, presumably by the British security services.

The most likely result is one that reflects recent Scottish (and UK general) elections results, both before and since the referendum: a landslide 70+% Yes vote in favour of independence from London.

See also:

Special Report: Scottish Referendum Rigged - The 'How' and the 'Why'

American constitutional expert, and accredited international observer at Scottish independence referendum, doubtful about vote's official outcome

Russian accredited election observers say Scottish referendum badly flawed


Syringe

Live anthrax was shipped to 192 labs and seven countries: Pentagon admits

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Spores from the Sterne strain of anthrax bacteria (Bacillus anthracis) are pictured in this handout scanning electron micrograph (SEM) obtained by Reuters May 28, 2015. The U.S. military mistakenly sent live anthrax bacteria to laboratories in nine U.S. states and a U.S. air base in South Korea, after apparently failing to properly inactivate the bacteria last year, U.S. officials said on May 27, 2015.
The Pentagon has admitted that a US Army lab accidentally shipped live anthrax to at least 192 laboratories over the past decade. The figure is more than double the number the agency reported in June. The agency said on Monday that the list now includes labs in all 50 states, as well as Guam, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands and Washington, DC. The labs received live anthrax because of ineffective sterilization methods for killing the deadly bacteria.

Seven foreign countries also received the shipments, including Australia, Canada, Germany, Italy, Japan, South Korea, and the UK, according to the Department of Defense's Laboratory Review site. "It's déjà vu all over again," said US Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Pennsylvania), a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, referring to the new count at a Tuesday hearing, according to USA Today. "What we have here is a pattern of recurring issues, of complacency, and a lax culture of safety," he said.

Comment: Must have been completely accidental: Pentagon reports live anthrax shipped across states by accident.


Wall Street

Supply and demand in the gold and silver futures markets

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This article establishes that the price of gold and silver in the futures markets in which cash is the predominant means of settlement is inconsistent with the conditions of supply and demand in the actual physical or current market where physical bullion is bought and sold as opposed to transactions in uncovered paper claims to bullion in the futures markets.

The supply of bullion in the futures markets is increased by printing uncovered contracts representing claims to gold. This artificial, indeed fraudulent, increase in the supply of paper bullion contracts drives down the price in the futures market despite high demand for bullion in the physical market and constrained supply. We will demonstrate with economic analysis and empirical evidence that the bear market in bullion is an artificial creation.

The law of supply and demand is the basis of economics. Yet the price of gold and silver in the Comex futures market, where paper contracts representing 100 troy ounces of gold or 5,000 ounces of silver are traded, is inconsistent with the actual supply and demand conditions in the physical market for bullion. For four years the price of bullion has been falling in the futures market despite rising demand for possession of the physical metal and supply constraints.

Comment: So don't pay attention to the price of silver and gold. It is merely based on fiat currency. But seeing the manipulation of the price is a sure bet that something stinks in the world economies.