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All theater? Obama-Netanyahu 'fallout' planned in 2009

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In a 2009 US policy paper published by the corporate-financier funded Brookings Institution, it was made clear that the US was determined to provoke Iran into a conflict and effect regime change at any cost - up to and including an outright military invasion and occupation of Iran with US troops.

However, before it came to that, the Brookings Institution's policymakers explored other options including fomenting US-backed political unrest coupled with covert, violent force, the use of US State Department listed foreign terrorist organizations to carry out assassinations and attacks within Iran, and limited airstrikes carried out by either the US or Israel, or both.

In retropspect, 6 years on, all of these tricks have not only been attempted to one degree or another in Iran, but have been demonstrably employed in neighboring Syria to diminish its strength - which according to Brookings - is a necessary prerequisite before waging war on Iran.

And of particular interest - considering what appears to be a growing diplomatic row between the United States and Israel - is just how precisely the US planned to covertly back what would be made to appear as a "unilateral" Israeli first strike on Iran - an attack that appears to be in the process of being justified through a carefully orchestrated propaganda campaign now unfolding.
Nuke

Lavrov notes serious progress in talks on Iran nuclear program

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Monday noted serious progress in talks on Iran's nuclear program.

"At a meeting with [US Secretary of State John] Kerry and [Iranian Foreign Minister Javad] Zarif, we discussed a number of issues on the Iranian nuclear program," Lavrov said. "We noted serious progress reached at the talks of the P5+1 with Tehran."

"We discussed tasks we have to solve in order to achieve a result within the agreed time frames," he said.

Comment: Let's see what Netanyahu says to Congress tomorrow.

Network

Twitter reactions to murder of Putin's opponent Nemtsov

The range of reactions to the death of Boris Nemtsov at Twitter is wide: disbelief, sadness, glee. But conspiracy theories are already circulating.
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The murder of Boris Nemtsov is a hot topic in social media in Russia. The polarizing Putin critic excited beyond death's minds, the reactions ranging from disbelief and sadness to gloat.

Comment: See:
Gorbachev: Nemtsov's murder was an attempt to destabilize Russia
Preparing the ground for Russian Maidan? Opposition politician Boris Nemtsov killed in the center of Moscow
Did the U.S. murder Boris Nemtsov?
Nemtsov's murder: Russian opposition bloggers weigh in - 'only people to gain want to destablize Russia'

Chart Pie

So just how much of the U.S. does China own?

China owns around 1.3 trillion dollars of the United States' debt, but recently Chinese nationals have been heavily investing in different sectors of US economy. So, how much of the US does China own?


Comment: China has no illusions about the strength of the U.S. dollar and is actively dumping the dollar and acquiring real assets.
Russia, China banking deal to exclude dollar in transactions - Symbolic blow to dollar
China plan to quit dollar infuriates US: Analyst

Star of David

Bibi's latest cartoon: Strange map that shows the reach of 'Iranian-backed terrorists'

Bibi cartoon
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the America-Israel Public Affairs Committee's annual conference on Monday. He defended his coming and highly controversial speech to Congress, arguing that the US and Israel were strategically and sentimentally close enough to weather even major disagreements.

Netanyahu often uses visuals during high-profile speeches — he famously wielded a cartoon bomb to convey Israel's red lines for Iranian uranium enrichment during a 2012 address to the United Nations. Monday was no different, and the Israeli prime minister used the above map to show how Iran and its militant proxies were present "on five continents."

Comment: This is the 'evidence' Netanyahu musters to accuse Iran? It is similar to the 'evidence' released to blame Putin for the downing of MH17, Crimean accession, Invasion of Ukraine and numerous false flag operations.

Eye 1

Travelers to Europe soon to be subjected to a biometric dragnet as part of the 'smart borders' pilot test

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Travel becomes truly ominous...

In a trend that isn't wholly surprising, EU Observer reports:
US citizens and other non-EU nationals who enter Europe will be asked to have their faces image-captured and fingerprints scanned upon arrival at a half-dozen major airports. [emphasis added]
This "biometric dragnet" is the pilot test for the EU's new "smart borders" packages. The test portion will run March - September 2015, for starters. The commission originally proposed this package in 2013 but pulled it and began revising. While there is some opposition, the experiment is shortly underway.

The captures include fingerprint scans, iris scans and facial recognition scans for all forms of European travel - road, train, sea and air.

Of course, what's usual for such programs - travelers can refuse...for now. But officials are letting travelers know through the media that it will become mandatory in time.

Arlanda (Sweden), Charles de Gaulle (France), Frankfurt (Germany), Lisbon (Portugal), Madrid (Spain), and Schiphol (Netherlands) are the test airports. The multi-million euro project is still in the draft stages but nevertheless, is set to go...now. The document notes:

Comment: Are you ready to sacrifice your privacy in order to function within the matrix?

Snakes in Suits

Bill O'Reilly take four: Fox News admits his tall tales about Irish terrorists

Bill O'Reilly
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Fox News issued a mea culpa for one of anchor Bill O'Reilly's too-good-to-be-true stories ‒ but not for all his anecdotes that critics complain are fake. The controversial talk show host has been under fire for recollections of his reporting career.

In his 2013 book, Keep It Pithy, O'Reilly wrote, "I've seen soldiers gun down unarmed civilians in Latin America, Irish terrorists kill and maim their fellow citizens in Belfast with bombs."

Asked about O'Reilly's statements Friday, a Fox News spokesman told the Washington Post that O'Reilly was not an eyewitness to any bombings or injuries in Northern Ireland. Instead, he was shown photos of bombings by Protestant police officers.

Comment: Finally more transparency on his outrageous words and behavior. Sure doesn't help the mainstream news credibility.

Bizarro Earth

Ukraine shuts down and conscripts 800 protesting coal miners from Western region


One way to deal with dissent.
This article originally appeared at Vesti (a Russian-language Ukrainian news portal). It was translated by J.Hawk at Fort Russ.

The coal miners of Western Ukraine who threatened a large-scale rebellion due to the three- month delay of salaries are being inducted into the army.

800 rebellious miners received notices directly from military commissars who delivered them to the coal mines.

According to the deputy mayor of Novovolynsk, Eduard Savik, the notices were delivered to coal mines no. 1 and no. 9 in Novovolynsk, which the state is planning to close. That's where the majority of rebellious miners is employed.

Comment: Ukraine really is in bizarro world! Kiev's actions just don't make any sense.

Bad Guys

Poroshenko graduates Ukrainian cadets early due to 'military threat from the East'

As it stated on the 2th of March 619 graduates all over the country got their officer ranks. According to decree of the President of Ukraine P.Poroshenko, graduation of cadets happened this time three months earlier than usually. It happened for the first time since the end of the Great Patriotic War.

In Odessa 144 cadets graduated from military academy ahead of time. Also in Kiev 268 cadets from two military academies got their officer ranks.

Their main qualifications: troopers, intelligence officers, artillerists and workers on the home front.

The main emphasis during cadets training was laid on tactical training and weapons practice. Besides, much emphasis was laid on the experience of combat operations in the South of Ukraine.

Comment: More 'cannon fodder' for the glory of Ukraine. Can't have cadets hanging around in school during the war.

TV

CNN wins new accreditation for Russian airwaves

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Federal broadcasting authority Roskomnadzor has issued American news channel CNN with the first of two licences required for a return to the airwaves after a two-month break in transmission.

Accreditation now needs support from a general broadcasting licence from the Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media before the channel's output is back on Russian screens.

"Accreditation for Russia has been signed off," said Roskomnadzor representative Vadim Ampelonskiy, noting the two-stage approval process.

Comment: Interesting since this comes on the heels of John Kerry begging Congress for more money to counter RT in Russia.

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