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Russian boots on the ground in Syria? Middle East mayhem intensifies

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Purported Russian contractors in Syria.
Last month, in a task almost as difficult as Diogenes' search for one honest man, the U.S. allegedly found a staggering 60 'moderate rebels' in Syria to train in its interventionist program to oust Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad 'war against the Islamist terrorists'. This crack team of 'moderate' fighters, trained by the U.S. amid thousands of similarly-motivated terrorists of the Islamic State/al-Nusra/Free Syrian Army variety, demonstrated their valor by immediately refusing to fight Al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra Front in Syria, a dangerous hesitation because they were subsequently attacked by al-Nusra fighters anyway.

As news of the group's uselessness reached Washington at the beginning of August, Obama then pledged airstrikes in Syria to defend said 'rebels', even from 'attacks' carried out by the legitimate authorities in Syria. The airstrikes began a couple weeks ago, launched from NATO bases in Turkey, thus opening a second front of air raids against Syria from the north, following over a year of NATO airstrikes from Iraq 'against Islamic State targets' in both Iraq and Syria's southern flanks. The massive bomb attack in late July at a Kurdish political youth meeting in Suruc, southern Turkey - allegedly carried out by 'ISIS' from Syria - the day before the Turkish air force joined in US bombing raids against targets in northern Syria, is also extremely suspect. I think we can reasonably suggest that internal political opponents were targeted by Erdogan's neo-Ottomanist regime, and their deaths used to justify cross-border air raids against Kurds in northern Syria.

Turkey's perfidy in all this needs to be underscored. Syria-based analyst Thierry Meyssan reckons the Russian alternative gas pipeline route to Mediterranean Europe - 'Turkish Stream', signed between Putin and Erdogan last December - is dead in the water. Indeed, Gazprom suspended related construction contracts in early July, before halving the gas transit capacity slated in the original deal. Turkey's official stance regarding Crimea's secession to Russia is that it "will never recognize Russia's annexation." Ankara has also been dangling massive loans to the Kiev regime and hosting a Crimean Tatar lobby group convention, attended by Kiev's foreign minister, and calling for Russia to 'return Crimea to Ukraine'.


Ponzi scheme: The real reason global markets are crashing

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The Grand Scheme of Things...
The economy is collapsing and the stock market is crashing... again. Is this crash the big one, or is it just another hiccup on the slow road to certain doom? Should we stampede, or should we continue to graze?

For those who've shouldered the responsibility of understanding how our government and economy truly work, this new, latest economic collapse, is not in any way unexpected, but rather a predictable certainty in a long train of abuses by government and Wall Street. You see, the economic system is designed to fail. Collapse is in its DNA.

At its core, our fiat-based, reserve-currency, derivates-driven, interest rate-manipulated economy is a criminal enterprise that is explicitly designed to fail at offering human kind an equitable, just and common-sensical way to facilitate exchange. However, it is very well designed to transfer wealth from the middle class to the wealthiest of the world's elite in crisis after financial crisis until the whole thing collapses. It is engineered to implode.

Comment: The bubbles must continue...a debt-driven deception, systemically operative around the world, amounting to belief and investment in a nonexistent (virtual) financial reality. The end-product is always insolvency and collapse. The architects are the only winners as they are the riggers of the game. What is their next move?


South Front International Military Review: Korean border standoff

The Korean Peninsula faced a new standoff between the North and South along the Demilitarized Zone conducting a complicated environment. On Aug. 20, North and South Korean forces exchanged fire across the inter-Korean border. The South has also raised its military readiness alert to its highest level, "Jindogae 1″.

The latest exchange comes as tension is high on the Korean Peninsula, following the maiming of two South Korean soldiers by a land mine on August 4 as they were conducting a patrol inside the South Korean half of the 4-kilometer-wide Demilitarized Zone, or DMZ, that separates the two countries. Seoul accused North Korea of infiltrating the DMZ and planting the mine. Also, the South Korea began anti-North propaganda broadcasts from a number of towers along the border.

Comment: Meanwhile, Kiev illegally continues to shell Novorossia:


Oh the irony: AP sues over access to FBI records involving fake news story

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The Associated Press sued the U.S. Department of Justice Thursday over the FBI's failure to provide public records related to the creation of a fake news story used to plant surveillance software on a suspect's computer.

AP joined with the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press to file the lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

At issue is a 2014 Freedom of Information request seeking documents related to the FBI's decision to send a web link to the fake article to a 15-year-old boy suspected of making bomb threats to a high school near Olympia, Washington. The link enabled the FBI to infect the suspect's computer with software that revealed its location and Internet address.

Comment: So now AP is worried about fake news stories from the government because of planted software on its computers?

Cloud Lightning

New York will fund $100M flood protection project to shield lower Manhattan from 'changing climate'

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Flood walls, levees, and more parkland will be added under the $100 million project to safeguard lower Manhattan from major storms.
The city will spend $100 million to build a new flood protection system to shield lower Manhattan from major storms, Mayor de Blasio will announce Thursday.

The project — stretching from the top of Battery Park City around the tip of Manhattan and up to the Lower East Side — will use measures like levees, flood walls, and more park land to soak up storm water and protect the area from the "absolute devastation" it experienced during Sandy, said Dan Zarrilli, director of the Mayor's Office of Recovery and Resiliency.

"With a changing climate, the risks are growing," Zarrilli said.

Comment: New York may want to change their mind on what to prepare for: Ice age cometh: Brutal winters point to Earth turning colder.

Heart - Black

IDF celebrates anniversary of Gaza op - they should be begging Palestinians for forgiveness

Anybody still laboring under the misconception that we live in a world underpinned by international law, democracy, and human rights have some explaining to do when it comes to the plight of the Palestinian people.
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Destruction in Gaza from Operation Protective Edge.
It is a plight brought back into sharp focus on the anniversary of Israel's military operation in Gaza last year, Operation Protective Edge, during which over 2,000 Palestinians were killed, 500 of them children, with thousands more injured or maimed, many permanently.

No amount of apologetics or denial can possibly deflect from the glaring and grievous injustice of this event, which despite the suffering endured by a civilian population, was commemorated by the Israel Defense Forces, the IDF, with the following recent tweeted message: "One yr ago today, Op. Protective Edge ended. 67 soldiers fell in defense of the country. May their memory be blessed."

The country referred in this message, it is worth recalling, exists on land taken by force from those who lived there previously. Since then the Palestinian people who have managed to remain - dismissed, dehumanized, and demonized - have posed a threat to no-one apart from those who continue to oppress, kill, and occupy them. If resistance to the aforementioned can be described as terrorism then the word is bankrupt of all meaning.

The siege of Gaza, under which 1.8 million people have been forced to exist in what is tantamount to a vast prison camp for the past ten years, shames the West, without whose continued financial, political, and diplomatic support Israel would find its ability to consistently flout international law vis-à-vis its oppression of a people whose only crime is that they continue to exist.

Comment: The probability of Israel showing any remorse for its persecution of the Palestinian people is just about nil.

Snakes in Suits

More fear: French intelligence fears Islamist 'missile strike on airliner' or 9/11-style attack

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French security forces are bracing for the eventuality of civil unrest.
French security forces are bracing for the eventuality of civil unrest and fear there could be a missile strike on a passenger airliner or a September 11-style attack, according to sources close to French intelligence.

"Airlines have been warned of a possible attack on a plane with an anti-tank missile," a source told The Telegraph. "But pilots are unsure how to take evasive action."

After Friday's thwarted attempt to massacre passengers on an Amsterdam-Paris train and a series of terrorist attacks and attempted killings in France this year, President François Hollande warned the nation to prepare for more violence, considered inevitable as the Islamist threat grows.

Comment: This article paints the picture that France is helpless in the face of terrorism and blowback from Libya. Now France "needs" to call in the army in the guise of protecting the people to clean up undesirable neighborhoods and increase security check points.

Eye 2

U.S. puppet state Saudi Arabia and their psychopathic genocide in Yemen

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Blanketed by its wealth and protected by political alliances, Saudi Arabia has covertly run and promoted a new movement in the Middle East: religious eugenics, under the false pretense of opposing the rise of Iran. From Syria to Bahrain and Yemen the evidence is overwhelming.

Earlier this August, the Red Cross added its voice to those of other humanitarian and rights groups in its condemnation of Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen, lifting the lid on Riyadh's little house of horrors in southern Arabia.

In no uncertain terms Peter Maurer, the head of the international Red Cross told reporters he had seldom witnessed such degree of devastation. He said: "Yemen after five months looks like Syria after five years ... The images I have from Sanaa and Aden remind of what I have seen in Syria."

He stressed "the firepower with which this war is fought on the ground and in the air is causing more suffering than in other societies, which are stronger and where infrastructures are better off and people are wealthier and have reserves and can escape."

A country in ruins, Yemen is also a nation in permanent mourning, as every day its people are relentlessly slain - casualties of a violent and murderous colonial war - the latest victims of Riyadh's expansionist military campaign in the Middle East.


The rotting corpse of Minsk 2.0

The Minsk-2 ceasefire agreement is dead but no one wants to bury the rotting corpse. Since it was signed in February of this year the Donbas governments and Russia have bent over backward to comply with the terms of that agreement hoping against hope that the Kiev junta would do the same. They hoped in vain.

Poroshenko and his fascist allies instead have refused to change the constitution to accommodate the concerns of the Donbas republics, have tried to suppress the Communist Party and other parties in opposition, have refused to withdraw heavy weaponry from the line of contact, have maintained increasingly heavy artillery attacks on the civilian populations and areas and cut off routes for essential foodstuffs, medical aid and technical equipment. Rather than enjoying a ceasefire, the peoples of the Donbas are under a state of siege.

Poroshenko openly calls for a military solution to the crisis and has increased the draft in the west. The NATO alliance continues to pour in its forces disguised as "advisers" and "mercenaries" and puts additional pressure on Russia with multiple military exercises from the Baltic to Bulgaria, where more tanks have been recently dispatched to "send Russia a message."

Comment: Russia and Donbass have played the game of geopolitics well, despite the carnage and massive war crimes committed by Kiev and NATO against them. Knowing full well that peace was the last thing Kiev/NATO wanted (despite lip service to the contrary), Russia not only drafted all the important portions of the Minsk agreements to show that they were fully committed to a rational, peaceful resolution to the conflict; Donbass fully complied with their end of the bargain.

So when the agreements inevitably fail, it will be demonstrably Kiev's failure. What then? It looks like DPR and LPR haven't given up their wish to join the Russian Federation:
In late autumn, the integration of the two Novorossiya republics, the DPR and LPR, into the structure of Russia will reach a qualitatively new level: it is expected that after a month, after holding local elections to the government of Novorossiya, a referendum will be carried out which will put forth the question of the DPR and LPR joining the Russian Federation.
Moscow has consistently stated its wish that DPR and LPR remain part of Ukraine, albeit as semi-autonomous regions. Will that change? Or will the people's will have some effect on the so-far intransigent Kiev 'government'?


China confirms it has begun liquidating US Treasuries

On Tuesday evening, we asked what would happen if emerging markets joined China in dumping US Treasurys. For months we've documented the PBoC's liquidation of its vast stack of US paper. Back in July for instance, we noted that China had dumped a record $143 billion in US Treasurys in three months via Belgium, leaving Goldman speechless for once.

We followed all of this up this week by noting that thanks to the new FX [currency] regime (which, in theory anyway, should have required less intervention), China has likely sold somewhere on the order of $100 billion in US Treasurys (UST) in the past two weeks alone in open FX ops to steady the yuan. Put simply, as part of China's devaluation and subsequent attempts to contain said devaluation, China has been purging an epic amount of Treasurys.

But even as the cat was out of the bag for Zero Hedge readers and even as, to mix colorful escape metaphors, the genie has been out of the bottle since mid-August for China which, thanks to a steadfast refusal to just float the yuan and be done with it, will have to continue selling USTs by the hundreds of billions, the world at large was slow to wake up to what China's FX interventions actually implied until Wednesday when two things happened: i) Bloomberg, citing fixed income desks in New York, noted "substantial selling pressure" in long-term USTs emanating from somebody in the "Far East", and ii) Bill Gross asked, in a tweet, if China was selling Treasurys.

Comment: Another sign that the economies of the world are all fighting for survival and quickly will use all of their options available to forestall a catastrophic event from happening or reduce their exposure to US debt.