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French 14-year-old arrested, handcuffed and locked up for saying three words

In Saudi Arabia, bloggers are condemned to 1,000 lashes of the whip and 10 years in prison for 'insulting Islam'. In 'Socialist' France, we arrest children and lock them up before putting them under investigation for 'incitement to terrorism'.

Since the attacks of 7 January, a collective air of madness has descended on France. The Ministry of injustice has opened more than 100 cases into "justifications for terrorism", about 10 per day. 30 people have already been convicted, more than were convicted for anything similar in the last 20 years.

Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and France's Union of Magistrates have denounced this totalitarian drift. They are the only organizations in the Western hemisphere to have done so.

Comment: Things are progressing nicely for those psychopaths who would like nothing more than to bring about a second Holocaust, this time against Muslims. All the signs are there. Will humanity see them in time?

Stormtrooper

'We didn't even really know who we were firing at' - former US drone operator

US drone
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Former US drone sensor operator Brandon Bryant admits he "couldn't stand" himself for his participation in the country's drone program for six years - firing on targets whose identities often went unconfirmed.

Since 2001, and increasingly under the Obama administration, the US has been carrying out drone strikes against targets believed to be affiliated with terrorist organizations in countries like Afghanistan, Yemen, Pakistan and Somalia. The program, which has been shrouded in secrecy, has been routinely criticized for the high number of resultant civilian casualties.

Pakistan's Peshawar High Court ruled in 2013 that the attacks constitute a war crime and violate the UN Universal Declaration on Human Rights. Meanwhile the Obama administration continues to insist that drone warfare is a precise and effective method of combat.

According to data collected by the human rights group Reprieve and published last November, attempts to kill 41 targeted individuals across Pakistan and Yemen resulted in the deaths of some 1,147 people. Often a kill requires multiple strikes, the group noted.

Bryant, who worked as a sensor operator, manning drones' cameras and other intelligence gathering hardware, worked from an airbase in Nevada. The operator who left his post in 2011 spoke harshly of the program and the leadership responsible for approving it.

"There was no oversight. I just know that the inside of the entire program was diseased and people need to know what happens to those that were on the inside," he told RT's Anissa Naouai. "People need to know the lack of oversight, the lack of accountability that happen."

Bryant decried the "black hole putrid system that is either going to crush you or you're going to conform to it," and apologized to families of victims whose deaths he was responsible for. By his estimation, he helped kill some 1626 people. "I couldn't stand myself for doing it" he added.
Nuke

Nuclear War: Three minutes to midnight

Nuclear Armageddon
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"The threat is serious, the time short. The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists does not move the hands of the Doomsday Clock for light or transient reasons. The clock ticks now at just three minutes to midnight because international leaders are failing to perform their most important duty - ensuring and preserving the health and vitality of human civilization." (Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, January 2015.)
When Barack Hussein Obama was presented with the Nobel Peace Prize on 10th December 2009, just eight months in to his Presidency, the motivation was: " for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and co-operation between peoples."

The Nobel Committee: " ... attached special importance to Obama's vision of and work for a world without nuclear weapons ... as President he (had) created a new climate in international politics."
"Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world's attention and given its people hope for a better future."
In his presentation speech, Nobel Committee Chairman, Thorbjørn Jagland said that Obama had, from the first moments of his Presidency strived against confrontation and had already: "lowered the temperature in the world."

In his acceptance speech the President Obama stated that: "Our actions matter, and can bend history in the direction of justice."

He was also committed to: "upholding the (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty.) It is a centerpiece of my foreign policy. And I'm working with President Medvedev to reduce America and Russia's nuclear stockpiles."

In conclusion, to applause, he appealed: "Let us reach for the world that ought to be - that spark of the divine that still stirs within each of our souls."

Since then the myriad mass graves of America's victims have become silent witness to the hypocrisy and insincerity of his address at Oslo City Hall on the 113th Anniversary of Alfred Nobel's death in acceptance of an Award which Nobel's will had specified should be presented: " ... to the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses."
Dollar

Iran signals move away from US dollar in foreign trade

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Iran is stopping mutual settlements in dollars with foreign countries and agreements on bilateral swap in new currencies will be signed in the near future, the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) has said.

"In trade exchanges with foreign countries, Iran uses other currencies, including Chinese yuan, euro, Turkish lira, Russian ruble and South Korean won," Gholamali Kamyab, CBI deputy head, told the Tasnim state news agency.

He added that Iran is considering the possibility of signing bilateral monetary agreements with several countries on the use of other currencies.

Kamyab believes bilateral currency swap agreements will ease trade and economic transactions between Iran and other states.

Comment: This is a natural progression for countries to stop relying on the US dollar for trade. Challenging the US dollar hegemony can be dangerous. Since this is a possible future event, perhaps this is bargaining room with the US sanctions.

Gold Coins

Koos Jansen: Financial system reset to gold coming soon?


Koos Jansen
Anyone who has been paying attention to the global economy the past years can agree with me our central bankers have conducted miserable monetary policy and have taken the insufficient measures to fight crises. All major economies have embarked in printing unprecedented quantities of money, but the only thing they bought was time. Quantitative easing on such a scale is like kicking the can determined to reach the end of the road. The future looks anything but sanguine.

Where is this going? Are our leaders truly gonna allow for the international monetary system to implode? Is there no plan B? And we are supposed to believe gold isn't of any significance in economics?

In our current highly unstable economic environment the price of gold is relatively low, according to gold proponents like me. In addition, we can see immense flows of physical gold going from West to East that are guaranteed not to return in the foreseeable future. If the price of gold isn't suppressed, my previous two observations can only be explained as physical supply outstripping demand since April 2013 - when the price of gold declined substantially to its current relative low levels. But perhaps there is more than meets the eye.

Comment: Indeed, the track of bread crumbs suggests that gold will play the premier role in a world financial system reset - one that may be coming very soon now. The war for hegemony through the US Dollar Reserve may be in its final battle - and US attempts at co-opt of EU/NATO may have very deep roots.

Eye 1

Elections ploy: London announces 'new powers' for Scotland - Terms significantly watered-down from #IndyRef 'vow'

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A Scottish Saltire flag and British Union flag fly together with the London Eye behind in London September 19, 2014.
The British government began a historic transfer of powers to Scotland on Thursday, keeping a pledge it had given to persuade Scots to reject independence as renewed nationalist support surges.

The draft bill, to be enacted after a general election on May 7, will further dismantle Britain's highly centralized system of government, a move critics fear could trigger the beginning of the end of the United Kingdom.

It has already spurred demands from some politicians for similar moves in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, teeing up political uncertainty and heralding an eventual redistribution of power in the world's sixth largest economy.

Comment: The British government appears to be throwing bread crumbs to Scotland. It's a pity the Scottish independence referendum failed but was no surprise.

Vader

SOTT Exclusive: EU-NATO hopes latest 'Islamist' terror-mongering will draw Balkans closer to West


Is it mere coincidence that 'ISIS terror' pops up at the right time and place with respect to the long-term geostrategic interests of the Atlantic Empire?
Are 'Islamic' terrorists in the Balkan region threatening the freedom of the EU?
The European Union is concerned about efforts by Islamist terrorist groups to seize the western Balkans as a springboard for action in the EU. The EU is planning closer cooperation with the countries from the region and tougher controls at border crossings.
One preliminary question to ask might be; how did any such 'Islamic' terrorists wind up in the Balkans in the first place?

Having trained and armed their terror brigades to fight the 'Soviet invaders' during the Afghan-Soviet war, the U.S. was so pleased by their efforts that they expanded their field of operation.
In the wake of the Cold War, the CIA continued to support the Islamic brigades out of Pakistan. New undercover initiatives were set in motion in the Middle East, Central Asia, the Balkans and south East Asia.
As the FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds revealed, the Balkan region, along with Central Asia and the Caucasus, was turned into one of the main fields of operations for 'Gladio B' - that is, using jihadist mercenaries as foot soldiers for the Western empire. So if you hear about terrorists operating out of some location, it's a safe bet that they were put there by our leaders.

While we have no evidence that these alleged terrorists are presently using the Balkans as a springboard for further terror activity in the EU, we do have evidence that the U.S. is doing so. An article that appeared in the Telegraph notes that the U.S., along with Britain and other European states, is shipping weapons to rebels terrorists in Syria - via Zagreb, Croatia.
Briefcase

Racist California congressman: Keep minimum wage low 'for minorities' who aren't worth more than $7 an hour

California Republican Rep. Tom McClintock said on Thursday that the minimum wage should not be raised because low pay was necessary for minorities and other unskilled workers who were not worth more than $7 an hour.


Comment: What a racist remark. So, all minorities have the same skills as unskilled workers?


During an appearance on C-SPAN's Washington Journal, host Greta Brawner asked McClintock if he could get behind a presidential candidate like Mitt Romney, who is one of an increasing number of Republicans saying that the minimum wage should be at least $10.10 an hour.

But McClintock argued that raising the minimum wage would "rip the first rung in the ladder of opportunity for teenagers, for minorities, for people who are trying to get into the job market for their first job."


Comment: How does being a minority place you in the same 'class' as teenagers getting their first job? Translation: Increasing minimum wage would help minorities who are a huge portion of the workforce in California, but higher wages would cut into the businesses profits, so it's bad.


The California Republican explained that the minimum wage was not supposed to be a living wage that could support families.

"It's not supposed to support a family. The minimum wage is that first job when you have no skills, no experience, no working history. That's how you get into the job market, that's how you develop that experience, develop that work record, get your first raise, then your next raise, then your promotion."


Comment: Says who? Minimum wage was designed to be a living wage, but that's long gone thanks to the 1%. Wages as they are, cannot keep up with the cost of living. It's slave labor.


McClintock continued: "If your labor is an unskilled person just entering the workforce is worth say $7 an hour at a job and the minimum wage is $10, you have just been made permanently unemployable. That first rung of the economic ladder has been ripped out and you can't get on it. That is a tragedy."


Comment: That's completely illogical. The working people have been at the mercy of greedy psychopathic corporation for too long. There is NO economic ladder. It's an American myth.


Comment: Economists: Pay workers a living wage to increase productivity

Sherlock

Which countries benefit most from Paris shootings?


Psychos pretending to care
The scale of the events in France and the intensity of the ensuing panic turned out to be so massive that even the most politically unprepared people realized that the stability of EU is facing an enormous threat. And it doesn't even matter if the French authorities are successful in neutralizing the current situation - it may repeat on a much larger scale. It is impossible to stop this process within the framework of the modern "tolerant democracy" - placing well armed professional security units in front of every building in every city is simply not an option and everything else would be ineffective. An honest assessment of risks associated with similar events, even just in terms of insurance claims, will show that the entire economy is at risk of going down the drain. And I am talking about world-wide economy. Since I have written here a forecast that, among other things, contains some information about year 2015, I am obliged to add some commentary. The first question that begs an answer is: who stands to profit?

Here I will simply list possible beneficiaries. First choice - the US. The authorities in that country realized that the influence of opposition elites (the ones I wrote about in my forecast) is increasing so much that it is not only jeopardizing the agreements around the Trans Atlantic Free Trade Area (TAFTA), but also becoming a threat to the pro-American elites' hold on power in Europe. Orban in Hungary, Zeman in Czech Republic, Marin Le Pen in France... All of these represent very negative processes for the US. Therefore, the situation must be blown up, "democracy" must be tucked away and a strict dictatorship must be established. A pro-American dictatorship that is, which will thoughtlessly follow orders from Washington without the need to engage in any kind of "democratic" procedures. In other words, install "pinochets" in every EU country complete with all the "bells and whistles" that always accompany these types of regimes: "death squadrons", rollback of all social security standards, removal of state regulations - that is total liberalization. And, of course, along with these developments a free trade area with the US will be established. By the way, the refusal by French authorities to allow "Front populaire" to participate in the "unity march" fits the above scenario very neatly - what kind of "democracy" and "unity" is this when a quarter of the native French (!) population is being rudely shoved aside.


Comment: As most SOTT readers are aware, the U.S. and Israel are very much the same entity, politically speaking, so in the above one could easily swap out Israel and it would still be relevant. It's interesting that the writer avoids any mention of Israel in this article, whether that's intentional or the author feels his audience will understand that the U.S. and Israel are interchangeable. But there is a lot of evidence that points to direct Israeli involvement in the Paris shootings, and that further demonization of Muslims benefits Israel more than any other country:

I also would like to note that within the US elite there are several groups each of them having their own channels which could be used to stimulate and organize terrorist attacks that will fit their agenda. Each group has their own partners (British Windsors, world financial elites, China and many others), as well as their own interests, and all of this requires a very detailed and thorough analysis.
Star of David

UN saw Israeli drones over Syrian ceasefire line before airstrikes killed Hezbollah commanders, Iranian general

Imad Moughniyah
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Jihad Moughniyah (R), son of Lebanon's Hezbollah late military leader Imad Moughniyah, sits beside Hizbollah Deputy Secretary General Naeem Kassem during a ceremony marking his fathers 40th death in Beirut's suburbs in this March 24, 2008
The United Nations has condemned Israel for flying unmanned drones over the ceasefire line inside Syria, before an airstrike killed senior Hezbollah commanders and an Iranian general on Sunday.

This comes after an air raid allegedly carried out by Israel killed six members of Lebanon's Shiite Hezbollah group as well as a senior commander of Iran's revolutionary guards' corps (IRGC), Mohammad Ali Allahdadi (or Dadi).

The airstrike took place in Quneitra, near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, when it hit a convoy carrying Jihad Moughniyah, son of Imad Moughniyah ( who was slain in a 2008 bombing, which was also blamed on Israel) and commander Mohamad Issa, according to a statement issued by Hezbollah.

Comment: Israel doesn't care about anybody else, does what it wants and dictates what it wants others to hear.

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