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The global vulture elite swap strategy: sovereign debt for territory

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In recent decades, dozens of sovereign nations have fallen into ever-deepening trouble by becoming indebted with the "private megabank over-world" for amounts far, far in excess of what they can ever pay back.

Is this due to bankers' professional malpractice coupled with government mismanagement on a truly grand scale? Or are we seeing global power elite long-term planners slowly achieving their goals?

It takes two to dance the tango

Recurrent sovereign debt crises reflect neither "over-lending mistakes" by bankers and investors, nor "innocence" on the part of successive governments in deeply indebted nations.

Rather, it all ties in with a global model for domination driven by a system of perpetual national debt which I have called "The Shylock Model".

Comment: The US supports vulture capitalism. Economic blackmail is but one instrument to bring countries to support the empire. The following books describe it well: Confessions of an Economic Hitman by John Perkins and The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein.

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Star of David

A tragedy in three acts: Israel & Palestine

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A Palestinian man salvages gas canisters from the ruins of buildings destroyed by what police said were Israeli air strikes and shelling in Khuzaa, east of Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip August 3, 2014.
Israel did not arise from the struggle of a settled indigenous people fighting for territorial independence from Western colonial powers as was the case in dozens of nations throughout the Americas, Africa, Levant and Asia over the past two centuries.

Israel is no ordinary state. It's in a class by itself. Israel was born of the iron will of a small, very close-knit and highly organized ethnic group bent on occupying a specific territory in obedience to ancient religious tradition and highly doubtful historical continuity.

Prologue

Cosmopolitan Ashkenazim and Sephardic Jews combined their leaders' immense political, financial, media and diplomatic clout to ensure European Jews would, against all odds, get their homeland in Palestine. This entailed ignoring the interests and lives of millions of Palestinians living there for many generations, which for the past eighty years has meant untold suffering and millions of dead, maimed and injured throughout the Middle East; today, it even means risking a new global war.

The fight for a Jewish homeland is rooted in 19th Century movements promoting "Zionism": the forced emigration of Central European Jews - notably from Russia, Poland, Ukraine and Germany - into Palestine, as well as North and South America.

The undisputed founding father of International Zionism was Viennese lawyer Theodor Herzl who convened the First Zionist Congress in Basel, Switzerland in 1898. His seminal book, Ein Judenstaat ("A Jewish State") published in 1896 sets out the rationale, method and plan for founding a sovereign Jewish State, discretely leaving the door open for founding not just one but two Jewish states.

Comment: For more insights, see:
  • The Protocols of the Pathocrats


Heart - Black

Rapacious Israel announces 'unprecedented' land seizure

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An Israeli soldier looks on during a protest in the village of Al Ma'sara.
Israel announced on Sunday it was seizing 988 acres of land in the West Bank, an amount described as 'unprecedented' by a peace organization.

The appropriation is reportedly in retaliation for the kidnapping of three Israeli teens in June.

According to reporting by Haaretz, "The appropriated land belongs to five Palestinian villages in the Bethlehem area: Jaba, Surif, Wadi Fukin, Husan and Nahalin."
Ma'an News adds:

Part of the lands being confiscated are already home to the illegal Jewish settlement of Gvaot, part of the Gush Etzion settlement bloc.

Local settlers moved into the area and took over Palestinian land with military support more than a decade ago, but have been living in an area technically unrecognized by Israeli authorities despite their armed protection.

Comment: For more information about what's behind the Israeli land-grab, read Joe Quinn'sIsraeli Collaborators, Provocateur Rocketeers and Cynical Ceasefires.

Alarm Clock

Israeli Collaborators, Provocateur Rocketeers and Cynical Ceasefires

Did anyone else notice that the 'ceasefire' in Gaza sort of came out of the blue? Pundits put this down to 'war weariness' on both sides, but the precise timeline of events leading up to the ceasefire has me a little perplexed.

On Monday, 18th August, a 72-hour ceasefire was declared as part of the talks in Cairo. The following day, Tuesday, the Israeli delegation left at 4 pm, precisely the time when the IDF would later say that Hamas had fired rockets at Beersheba, thereby "breaking the ceasefire".
Gear

Propaganda parade: Polish President demonizing Putin at behest of his U.S. masters

Bronislaw Komorowski
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Bronislaw Komorowski
Polish President Bronis law Komorowski said that Vladimir Putin is trying to build a new Russian empire for Moscow and that the region now had to choose whether it wanted "a Cossack Europe or a democratic one".

"Russia has carried out an invasion in Ukraine," the Polish head of state told German public radio, according to excerpts of an interview to be broadcast later on Saturday.

Komorowski said Putin was quite open about his ambitions to "rebuild the empire". The Cossacks long served Russian czars in military and security roles on the borders of the empire and their brand of Russian Orthodox patriotism is admired by Putin.


Comment: Poland is merely the West's agent. They are only repeating what their NATO (Read: U.S.) masters are telling them. There is no evidence that Russia has carried out any invasion in the Ukraine, except an 'invasion' of humanitarian aid!


The Polish president, whose post is largely ceremonial but does give him a say in foreign policy, is an ally of Prime Minister Donald Tusk from the centrist Civic Platform (PO).

Comment: Ukraine on verge of collapse as Kiev forces capitulate: U.S. 'catapults the propaganda' with another desperate 'Russian invasion' ploy

Target

If Russia really had invaded Ukraine, this is what the picture would look like


Comment: A sensible analysis of the "Russia has invaded Ukraine" nonsense being propagated by the Western presstitute media.


ukrainian tank

A Ukrainian tank opens fire during a battle with pro-Russian separatist fighters in Slovyansk on Friday, June 6.
How can you tell whether Russia has invaded Ukraine? Last Thursday the Ukrainian government, echoed by NATO spokesmen, declared that the the Russian military is now operating within Ukraine's borders. Well, maybe it is and maybe it isn't; what do you know? They said the same thing before, most recently on August 13, and then on August 17, each time with either no evidence or fake evidence. But let's give them the benefit of the doubt.

You be the judge. I put together this helpful list of top ten telltale signs that will allow you to determine whether indeed Russia invaded Ukraine last Thursday, or whether Thursday's announcement is yet another confabulation. (Credit to Roman Kretsul).

Because if Russia invaded on Thursday morning, this is what the situation on the ground would look like by Saturday afternoon.

1. Ukrainian artillery fell silent almost immediately. They are no longer shelling residential districts of Donetsk and Lugansk. This is because their locations had been pinpointed prior to the operation, and by Thursday afternoon they were completely wiped out using air attacks, artillery and ground-based rocket fire, as the first order of business. Local residents are overjoyed that their horrible ordeal is finally at an end.

2. The look of military activity on the ground in Donetsk and Lugansk has changed dramatically. Whereas before it involved small groups of resistance fighters, the Russians operate in battalions of 400 men and dozens of armored vehicles, followed by convoys of support vehicles (tanker trucks, communications, field kitchens, field hospitals and so on). The flow of vehicles in and out is non-stop, plainly visible on air reconnaissance and satellite photos. Add to that the relentless radio chatter, all in Russian, which anyone who wants to can intercept, and the operation becomes impossible to hide.

3. The Ukrainian military has promptly vanished. Soldiers and officers alike have taken off their uniforms, abandoned their weapons, and are doing their best to blend in with the locals. Nobody thought the odds of the Ukrainian army against the Russians were any good. Ukraine's only military victory against Russia was at the battle of Konotop in 1659, but at the time Ukraine was allied with the mighty Khanate of Crimea, and, you may have noticed, Crimea is not on Ukraine's side this time around.

Comment: Also take into account the fact that the leaders of Novorossiya have openly stated they understand that Russia won't and can't intervene. They are capable of defending themselves.

Ukraine on verge of collapse as Kiev forces capitulate: U.S. 'catapults the propaganda' with another desperate 'Russian invasion' ploy
If you think that Russia is sending its regular units here, then let me tell you something. If Russia was sending its regular troops, we wouldn't be talking about the battle of Elenovka here. We'd be talking about a battle of Kiev or a possible capture of Lvov.

Now there is a war on our soil for our territory. We have an influx of volunteers from all over the world. Of course, the Russian help would be very desirable, but from a political point of view it is impossible and unrealistic.
As he [Aleksandr Zakharchenko] freely admits, yes, there are Russian volunteers fighting alongside the DPR and LPR. That is no surprise, given the extent of historical, cultural, ethnic, religious, political and economic integration between Russia and Ukraine, but it's worlds apart from the Russian government actually sending troops and hardware across the border.

Briefcase

Polish prime minister Donald Tusk selected to become new undemocratic 'president' of Europe

The European Union should be brave but reasonable in its actions on the Ukraine crisis the newly appointed president of the European Council said.

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Donald Tusk, a dangerous warmonger.
Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk on Saturday was elected the new president of the Council of Europe, its outgoing President Herman Van Rompuy said on Twitter. Tusk will officially take office in November.

The European Union should be brave but reasonable in its actions on the Ukraine crisis, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk, the newly appointed president of the European Council, said in Brussels on Saturday.

The dramatic events in Europe, he said, require from all EU countries to hold a common stance.

"The most important thing is to understand who we are and how we can reply," Tusk said adding Europe would be able to help Ukraine only if took a common approach.

Comment: Mr. Tusk has been calling for the stationing of more NATO troops in Poland, obviously having this lunatic as a president of the Council of Europe isn't a good idea. What makes it all the worse, now he can act officially (under the orders of the US/NATO), maneuvering Europe's nations to what may well lead to escalation of the conflict. And how convenient for them to have a Polish politician elected as a president.
"For the US and Germany, Poland is of key strategic importance in expanding their influence over Ukraine. As early as 2012 in the book "Strategic Vision: America and the Crisis of Global Power", the Polish-American political scientist and former national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski wrote, "Without Ukraine, Russia will not be an empire. Some Eastern European countries, such as Poland and Ukraine, thanks to their size, location and economic and military potential, can have a real impact on the balance of power in Europe."


Snakes in Suits

Mort Zuckerman: Obama "has lost the confidence of the business community"

US News and World Report Chairman and Editor-in-Chief and publisher of The New York Daily News, Mort Zuckerman argued that President Obama "has lost the confidence of the business community" on Friday's broadcast of "The McLaughlin Group."

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"[The economy] has...grown by about 2%, 2.1%, for the last five years, which is the lowest rate of growth coming out of a recession we have had ever, since the Great Depression. And what's more, that only took place, not because of the fact that the economic environment was that good, it's because we have a hugely stimulating monetary policy and fiscal policy. We have run up huge national debt and we have undermined the value of the dollar, and this is in my judgment not representing a good economic policy" he argued. And "he [Obama] has lost the confidence of the business community and the business world in terms of where it counts, which is investment, and new plant[s] and equipment."


Comment: The poverty in the U.S. is rampant and it's worse than most people believe: more than 46 million Americans are on foodstamps.


Zuckerman concluded that the national debt would "restrict what we are going to be able to do as a country for decades," adding that "we have a situation where we are losing the competitive edge that we had, not totally, but in many, many areas."

Comment: Mr. Zuckerman and the business community aren't the only ones displeased with Obama: Big surprise: Americans' strongly negative views of Obama significantly outweigh the strongly positive

Bomb

Spreading of fear: Italy steps up security over phony ISIS plot to kill the pope

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Pope Francis recently decided to stop using the bullet-proof 'Pope-mobile' in favour of greeting crowds in the open air
As Pope Francis continues to straddle the fine line between calling for the end of persecution of Christians in Iraq and blessing American airstrikes against the Islamic State (also known as the "Caliphate," ISIS, or ISIL), there is increasing concern for the pontiff's - and the public's - safety.

Earlier this week, the Roman newspaper Il Tempo published a disturbing report that Francis is "in the crosshairs" of ISIS for "bearing false witness" against Islam. Citing anonymous sources within Italy's intelligence community and pointing to notable heightened security in Rome, the paper went on to say that ISIS plans to heat things up by "raising the level of confrontation" with Europe, Italy and very specifically Pope Francis, the "greatest exponent of the Christian religions." The Vatican downplayed the concerns, calling them unfounded despite growing concern in Italy that it is not just the Pope who is under threat. "There is nothing serious to this," Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi told Catholic News Agency. "There is no particular concern in the Vatican."

Comment: Italian authorities are following the script, just as it was with "Al Qaeda", but you know the truth behind 'ISIS/IS', don't you? They have to keep the fear level high.

Syria next: US is using ISIS as a pretext for war
Is US being prepared for a false-flag attack on American soil?

See also: Hyping fake terror threats: Israeli sources say ISIS targeting the Pope

Briefcase

Tax policies drive corporations to join multitude renouncing U.S. citizenship

Don't be surprised to lose if you don't make an effort at being competitive. And if you go out of your way to make yourself less competitive, expect to lose. If that sounds like simple common sense, that's because it is.

But it's also exactly what the US has been doing for years - enacting tax policies that sabotage its global economic competitiveness. It's like trying to get in shape for a marathon by going on an all-McDonald's diet. (Speaking of McDonalds, check out this funny video spoof of what their commercials should really look like.)

Here are two major reasons why the US is lagging in the global economic marathon:
1. The US has the highest effective corporate income tax rate in the developed world (see chart below).

2. Unlike most other countries, which only tax domestic profits, the US taxes the earnings of foreign subsidiaries of US companies when the money is transferred back to the US. This has had the effect of US corporations keeping over $1.9 trillion in retained earnings offshore to avoid the crippling US corporate income tax.

Comment: Psychopaths crave power and will do anything to hold on to it. In a capitalist system, that power is money. A bloated sense of entitlement and pathological corporate greed is driving businesses to move overseas.

Ponerology 101: Snakes in Suits

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