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'Empire of Chaos' in the House of Saud

Obama n Salman
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U.S. President Barack Obama meets with Saudi Arabia's King Salman (R) at Erga Palace in Riyadh, January 27, 2015.
No one in Western corporate media will tell you why US President Barack Obama is hitting Riyadh with a high-powered delegation to "pay his respects" to the new House of Saud potentate, King Salman.

Talk about a who's who - including CIA head John Brennan; General Lloyd Austin, head of US Centcom; Secretary of State John Kerry; leading House Democrat Nancy Pelosi; and even senile Senator John "Bomb Iran" McCain.

It must have been heart wrenching for most in this crowd to skip a visit to the Taj Mahal in India so they would be part of the last-minute, "unscheduled" stop in Riyadh.

This is how the astonishing mediocrity that doubles as US Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes, spun it; "Principally, I think this is to mark this transition in leadership and to pay respects to the family and to the people of Saudi Arabia, but I'm sure that while we're there they'll touch on some of the leading issues where we cooperate very closely with Saudi Arabia."

The White House and the Pentagon did not bother to "pay their respects" in person to the people of France after the Charlie Hebdo massacre. The House of Saud - "our" top bastards in the Persian Gulf - is of course much more valuable.

Comment: See also: SOTT Exclusive: Schizophrenia alert! West wails over death of cruel tyrant and state-sponsor of terrorism

Treasure Chest

Need more debt: Ukraine to receive €1.8bn from EU

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European Union finance ministers have agreed to loan Ukraine €1.8 billon to stave off a default. Some governments pressed for €2.6 billion in medium-term loans for 2015 and 2016.

"The European Commission put €1.8 billion on the table. Some wanted us to do more," French Finance Minister, Michel Sapin, told reporters Tuesday. "What is urgent today is to start implementing this package ... because Ukraine needs it so the government will not be faced with an unbearable situation."

Comment: Deeper and deeper the debt hole goes for Ukraine.

Snakes in Suits

Washington is in revolt against Obama

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Barack Obama’s Cabinet.
The crisis gripping the US state apparatus is directly threatening the survival of the Empire. This is no longer merely the opinion of Thierry Meyssan, but the subject that is shaking the ruling class in Washington to the point that the honorary president of the Council on Foreign Relations is demanding the resignation of the chief advisers of President Obama and the appointment of a new team. This clash has nothing to do with a typical opposition of Democrats and Republicans, nor even with that of the doves / hawks. What is at stake is leadership in the United States and NATO.

For several months now, I've been noting that there is no foreign policy in Washington, but two factions that oppose each other in all things and separately conduct contradictory and inconsistent policies. [1]

The climax of this situation has been reached in Syria, where the White House first organized the moult of Daesh and sent it to ethnically cleanse Iraq, then fought it even though the CIA continues to support it. This inconsistency has gradually spread to the Allies. Thus, France joined the anti-Daesh coalition while some of its legionaries are part of the Daesh cadre [2].

When the Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, requested written clarification, he not only received no answer, but he was fired. [3]

Comment: It will be interesting to see if some or all of these requested changes come to fruition soon.

Light Saber

Putin cites Ukraine as example of Western double standards regarding Holocaust

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Russia's president Vladimir Putin and Alexander Boroda, general director of the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Cente
Vladimir Putin delivered a speech at an event dedicated to the 70th anniversary of liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi death camp

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned on Tuesday against the policy of double standards, which can be observed during the ongoing military conflict in the south-east of Ukraine.

"We all know well how dangerous and destructive double standards, indifference and apathy to fate of others are," Putin said at an event dedicated to 70th anniversary of liberation by the Red Army of the inmates of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi death camp in Oswiecim /Poland/.

"This is what for instance is happening with present day's tragedy in Ukraine's south-east, where in the course of many months peaceful residents of Donbas, Luрansk and other towns and residential areas are killed in cold blood," Putin said addressing the event, held at the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center in Moscow.

According to the data provided by the United Nations, over 5,000 people were killed and up to 11,000 wounded since mid-April last year as a result of armed clashes between Ukrainian troops and local militias in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions during Kiev's military operation to regain control over the breakaway territories.

Comment: Of course Putin wouldn't be invited to the murderer's club that is the current crop of memorialists. How could they, knowing Putin would (oh, so courteously) point out their hypocrisy.

Red Flag

SOTT Exclusive: The PR of Priming? The weavers and drawers of fear!

A Spiders Web
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"Oh what a tangled web we weave,
When first we practise to deceive!"
Sir Walter Scott

There has been a great deal of words written since Je suis Charlie and all that that entails, so this is not an attempt to enter into that debate, except perhaps to point out that there are some interesting details surrounding the crime scene. For one example; on the same day as the attacks occurred, there was a very mysterious suicide that would surely whet the appetite of any honest detective.

Unfortunately, these days, whether it is MH17, the London 7/7 bombings or 9/11 itself, the word "investigation" takes on a whole different meaning: there isn't any real investigation to speak of, except of course for the curious minds of regular people who want to try to understand. The official narratives of these events are usually extremely high on MSM-driven propaganda networks and are almost exclusively bereft of pertinent facts.
Arrow Down

Handcuffs, leg shackles and tasers: The new face of punishment in US public schools

"In many parts of the country, teachers are viewed as beyond reproach, much like doctors, police officers, or clergy ... and, therefore, are rarely challenged about their classroom conduct. In some cases, this means that actions that would be considered criminal if committed by a parent remain unchallenged by law enforcement if they occur in a school setting." - Senator Tom Harkin, "Dangerous Use of Seclusion and Restraints in Schools Remains Widespread and Difficult to Remedy: A Review of Ten Cases"
Schools and Prisons
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Roughly 1500 kids are tied up or locked down every day by school officials in the United States.

At least 500 students are locked up in some form of solitary confinement every day, whether it be a padded room, a closet or a duffel bag. In many cases, parents are rarely notified when such methods are used.

On any given day when school is in session, kids who "act up" in class are pinned facedown on the floor, locked in dark closets, tied up with straps, bungee cords and duct tape, handcuffed, leg shackled, tasered or otherwise restrained, immobilized or placed in solitary confinement in order to bring them under "control."

In almost every case, these undeniably harsh methods are used to punish kids for simply failing to follow directions or throwing tantrums. Very rarely do the kids pose any credible danger to themselves or others.
Eye 2

It's not the Greeks who failed, it's the predatory beast EU

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Aircraft refueling at Semakh, British Mandate Palestine 1931.
In what universe is it a good thing to have over half of the young people in entire countries without work, without prospects, without a future? And then when they stand up and complain, threaten them with worse? How can that possibly be the best we can do? And how much worse would you like to make it? If a flood of suicides and miscarriages, plummeting birth rates and doctors turning tricks is not bad enough yet, what would be?

If you live in Germany or Finland, and it were indeed true that maintaining your present lifestyle depends on squeezing the population of Greece into utter misery, what would your response be? F##k 'em? You know what, even if that were so, your nations have entered into a union with Greece (and Spain, and Portugal et al), and that means you can't only reap the riches on your side and leave them with the bitter fruit. That would make that union pointless, even toxic. You understand that, right?
Snakes in Suits

U.S. broadcasting chief compares RT to ISIS and Boko Haram

Following comments from the US overseas broadcasting chief listing RT as a challenge alongside the Islamic State and Boko Haram, critics said the outlet was singled out for "daring to advocate a point of view," as well as for "competing for viewership."


Comment: How dare RT have a point of view! They should be repeating the U.S. government's talking ad nauseam without any critical thought. Don't they know that that is how things are done in the great U.S.A.?


On Wednesday, the new chief of the US Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), Andrew Lack, told the New York Times that RT posed a significant challenge - putting the broadcaster in a list alongside the Islamic State and Boko Haram terror groups.

The comments have since been denounced on social networks and across the media spectrum. Speaking to RT, legal analyst and media commentator Lionel said the channel was being outrageously singled out and equated to the Islamic State for "daring to advocate a point of view."

"In the history of incoherent statements, this might be the granddaddy of them all. In reading this, he alleges that Russia Today pushes... 'a point of view,'" he told RT's Ameera David.

Georgetown University journalism professor Chris Chambers added that Lack's words were "supremely silly and careless," especially considering his media background. Lack previously worked for NBC, Bloomberg, and Sony Music.

USA

Freedom, where are you? Not in America or Europe today

When the former Goldman Sachs executive who runs the European Central Bank (ECB) announced that he was going to print 720 billion euros annually with which to purchase bad debts from the politically connected big banks, the euro sank and the stock market and Swiss franc shot up. As in the US, quantitative easing (QE) serves to enrich the already rich. It has no other purpose.

The well-heeled financial institutions that bought up the troubled sovereign debt of Greece, Italy, Portugal, and Spain at low prices will now sell the bonds to the ECB for high prices. And despite depression level unemployment in most of Europe and austerity imposed on citizens, the stock market rose in anticipation that much of the 60 billion new euros that will be created each month will find its way into equity prices. Liquidity fuels the stock market.

Where else can the money to go? Some will go into Swiss francs and some into gold while gold is still available, but for the most part the ECB is running the printing press in order to boost the wealth of the stock-owning One Percent. The Federal Reserve and the ECB have taken the West back to the days when a handful of aristocrats owned everything.

The stock markets are bubbles blown by central bank money creation. On the basis of traditional reasoning there is no sound reason to be in equities, and sound investors have avoided them.

But there is no return anywhere else, and as the central banks are run by the rich for the rich, sound reasoning has proved to be a mistake for the past six years. This shows that corruption can prevail for an indeterminable period over fundamentals.
Airplane

Symbolic? Greek F-16 crashes into NATO base in Spain - 10 dead


The crash scene at Albacete air base today
Ten people have died in a fighter jet crash at an air base in central Spain, the defence ministry says. The Greek F-16 jet "lost power" during take-off, crashing into other planes and exploding at Los Llanos airbase in Albacete, the ministry said.

One of the pilots performed a wrong manoeuvre during take-off, according to local media. Both pilots were killed. One French person was among those killed and five others were injured, France's defence ministry confirmed. In a statement (in French), the ministry said French jets were stationed at the base.

Late on Monday evening, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said eight French personnel and two Greeks had been killed. Contacted by BBC News, the French air force said it could neither confirm nor deny the information given by Mr Rajoy for the time being. Reports suggest that many of the injured are Italians while details of the other fatalities have not been given. Personnel from the US, Denmark, Germany, Belgium and the UK are said to be stationed at the base.

Comment: Coming immediately after the victory of the anti-austerity anti-NATO Syriza party in Greek elections yesterday, this accident appears somewhat symbolic.

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