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The dollar takes another hit: Iran demands Euros for oil

Even with a number of U.S. sanctions against Iran coming to an end, the Iranian government has recently made a very important decision in regards to its oil payment system and it could spell bad news for the United States. This is because Iran has apparently decided to no longer accept U.S. dollars for payment on both its new and outstanding oil sales. Instead it will receive its payment in euros.

Reuters has cited an official from the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) as stating that the new plan will apply to "newly signed deals" with France's Total, Russia's Lukoil, and Spain's Cepsa.

Reuters quotes the official as saying that "In our invoices we mention a clause that buyers of our oil will have to pay in euros, considering the exchange rate versus the dollar around the time of delivery."

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Children as cannon fodder: U.S. funding militias who employ child soldiers

The killing of a 10-year-old Afghan boy, Wasil Ahmad, by Taliban forces has raised serious questions about the United State's creation and backing of a militia group using of child soldiers.

Ahmad has been lionized as a national hero in Afghanistan after his death on Monday in the Uruzgan province at the hands of Taliban militants. The boy had previously gained national prominence for helping militia forces break an insurgent siege after his uncle had been wounded.

Ahmad's death, while fighting alongside his uncle, with a U.S. supported government militia called the Afghan Local Police (ALP) has thrust the grim practice of child soldiers in combat into the international spotlight once again.
"There's nothing heroic about putting a child in danger by arming him and having him fight in a war. The Taliban killed 10-year-old Wasil Ahmad, but those who encouraged him to fight bear responsibility as well," Patricia Gossman, the senior Afghanistan researcher for Human Rights Watch, told The Guardian.

Comment: The empire of chaos isn't remotely concerned about the fate of vulnerable children. Global conquest is the prime motivator and in such a conscienceless regime, everyone is disposable. The U.S. and its allies have no qualms about targeting civilian infrastructure in its wars, which has resulted in the deaths of countless numbers of women and children.


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Saudi warplanes bomb Yemen reservoirs, destroy 2 dams

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Marib Dam before destruction by Saudi warplanes.
Saudi warplanes have carried out fresh airstrikes across the war-ravaged Yemen, inflicting damage and destruction on a dam and reservoir in the Arabian Peninsula country. Saudi Arabia's fighter jets totally destroyed a reservoir in al-Nahdin district in the Yemeni capital Sana'a on Sunday evening, Yemen's Arabic-language Saba news agency reported.

According to the report, the reservoir, which supplied water to at least 30,000 people in the densely populated area, could store up to 5,000 cubic meters of water and had cost Yemenis $4 million. Since the beginning of the Saudi aggression on Yemen, the reservoir had been targeted by warplanes some 20 times and sustained partial damage but on Sunday it was completely destroyed.

The Saudi war machine conducted three airstrikes on a dam in the Sirwah district in the central Ma'rib Province and caused heavy damage to its structure. They also carried out attacks on some areas in the western province of Hudaydah.

Saudi jets also bombarded a hospital in the province and seriously wounded a physician and a nurse. The airstrike also inflicted damage to the building and some medical devices.

Yemen has been under airstrikes by Saudi Arabia since March 26 last year. The Saudi strikes have been meant to undermine the Houthi Ansarullah movement and bring fugitive former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, back to power. Some 8,280 people, among them 2,236 children, have reportedly been killed and over 16,000 others injured. The strikes have also taken a heavy toll on the impoverished country's infrastructure.

Comment: Saudi Arabia, by bombing the reservoirs and destroying the dams, has denied the Yemeni people one of the most basic, life-sustaining, and essential substances known to man. In a primarily eco-desert country, the effect of these wanton acts of aggression will be no less than devastating on the human population, wildlife, and eco-systems, indiscriminate of its victims.


Bad Guys

Terrorists versus extremists: Clashes break out between Daesh and al-Nusra Front

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Clashes between Daesh and al-Nusra Front terrorists have been reported at the ad-Deb valley near the border between Syria and Lebanon.

Fierce clashes have broken out between militants of Daesh and the al-Nusra Front terrorist group near the Syrian-Lebanese border. Both sides are sustaining casualties, a source close to Hezbollah told RIA Novosti on Monday.

"Clashes resumed between Daesh and al-Nusra Front militants at the ad-Deb Valley in the mountainous region of Arsal," the source said.

Comment: Well that is certainly helpful they are killing each other.


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Spain busts terror cell smuggling arms to Islamic State militants disguised as humanitarian aid

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Seven suspected jihadist cell members have been arrested in Spain in a series of raids across southern provinces. The ring is being accused of funding terrorism as well as money laundering for Islamic State and Al-Nusra terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq.

The cell was also responsible for running arms, military equipment, bomb material, and electronic devices disguised as humanitarian shipments destined for the jihadist groups in the Middle East, Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz announced, confirming the arrest of seven cell members on Sunday.

Snakes in Suits

Furious Erdogan asks 'how can we trust you?' after US meets Kurds

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Riled by a meeting between a US official and members of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), which controls the Syrian town of Kobane, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has told Washington to choose between Turkey and, as he put it, the "terrorists."

A delegation featuring Brett McGurk, the United States' envoy to the coalition it leads against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), met the YPG over the last weekend in January. The YPG took full control of Kobane late last June, in what was a powerful symbol of Kurdish resistance.

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People power: Haitian President Michel Martelly finally steps down from office

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Haitian President Michel Martelly has stepped down from office, with no successor in place following several postponements of presidential elections, media reported Monday.

According to the CNN, Martelly delivered a speech to the country's National Assembly, in which he said he was resigning, on Sunday.

The first round of the elections took place on October 26, with Jovenel Moise from Haitian Tet Kale Party and Jude Celestin from Alternative League for Haitian Progress and Empowerment gaining nearly 33 and 25 percent of votes respectively.

Comment: Haiti is completely fed up with the amount of suffering they've had to endure while Martelly and other corrupt officials live 'high on the hog,' showing absolutely no desire to improve the lives of the people.
"We do not want street lights, we want electricity in our homes so that our children can study their lessons," he said. "We will not yield to the pressures of the police. Our demands are fair and justified. Martelly and Lamothe steal funds intended for development of the country, while we have no electricity, we have no drinking water. MINUSTAH's cholera is killing us.



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The Return of 'Syria Danny'?, Actor Danny Dayem (agitator) turns up in latest Rami Jarah fictional short

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Has Danny Abdul Dayem been resurrected?

In Rami Jarrah's recent Ana Press academy award winner, "ISIS wherefore art thou ISIS" [Edited title] we saw a surprise guest appearance, either from Danny Abdul Dayem's doppelganger or Danny himself has been brought out of retirement by Soros backed ANA Press.

Comment: Who is Danny?
Truth about Western media's favourite Syrian 'activist' Danny Dayem

Who are the White Helmets?

Syria's White Helmets: War by way of deception - Part 1 (with comment from the article):
Comment: In this article, author Beeley outlines why NGOs, in particular the White Helmets - one of the largest NGOs operating in Syria - are merely instruments used by Anglo-American warmongers to further their agendas. Considering that American and English taxpayers (unknowingly) fund these particular NGOs posing to be 'independent' and 'humanitarian', this article is one not to be missed.



Bad Guys

French lawmaker estimates 2 million more refugees to enter EU in summer of 2016

© AFP 2016/ TT NEWS AGENCY / STIG-AKE JONSSON
The situation with the refugee influx in Europe can reach catastrophic levels in the summer, as some two million people could claim asylum in the continent this year, a French lawmaker said Monday.

The European Union is currently struggling to manage a massive refugee crisis, with hundreds of thousands of people leaving conflict-torn countries in the Middle East and North Africa for Europe.

"This year my forecast is 1.5-2 million [refugees]. I am afraid it will come true," Thierry Mariani told the Ogoniok magazine.

Comment: Further reading:
It's really very simple: if you keep bombing their homes - directly from the air or indirectly through proxy forces - then you keep sending more refugees Europe's way.

Western media tears for Daesh as Syrian-Russian alliance frees besieged towns, cuts off Turkish terrorist supply routes



Star of David

Ten facts explaining why Netanyahu is a criminal and that Israel is a "rogue state"

1. Netanyahu heads the only undeclared nuclear weapons entity on the planet yet still ludicrously alleges that non­ nuclear Iran is trying to exterminate the state of Israel with its 100s of warheads in its Dimona secret arsenal, (all of which are outside the inspection of the IAEA), in an abortive effort to damage the agreed Iran peace deal, painstakingly negotiated by the UN Security Council members and the EU. His convoluted political machinations, in Washington and Europe, have resulted in ignominious failure as Iran rejoins the international community.

2. His government also refuses to be a party to both the Chemical and Biological Weapons Conventions (CWC / BWC) to which all EU members and most other UN states are signatories

3. His right­wing, extremist government supports the continued illegal occupation and settlement of the Palestinian West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights in violation of international law, in addition to continuing a blockade of essential materials to 1.8 million in Gaza that has received global condemnation.

Comment: See also: 10 Facts about Israel that everyone should know