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Did we vote for war?


Pulitzer (right) and Hearst (left) go to war over the Spanish American War
"How do you like the Journal's war?"

So boasted the headline of William Randolph Hearst's New York flagship that week in 1898 that the United States declared war on Spain.

While Hearst's Journal, in a circulation battle with Joe Pulitzer's World, was a warmongering sheet, it did not start the war.

Yet the headline comes to mind reading the Wall Street Journal, whose editorial pages seem to have concluded that on Nov. 4 America voted for new wars in the Middle East, and beyond.

On Nov. 13, the Journal's op-ed page was given over to Mark Dubowitz and Reuel Marc Gerecht of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. Assuming nuclear talks with Iran conclude unsuccessfully by the Nov. 24 deadline, they write, we have four options.

Two involve continued or tougher sanctions. The other two are a preemptive war featuring U.S. air and missile strikes on Iran's nuclear facilities, or a U.S. attack to bring down Bashar Assad's regime.
"Taking Mr. Assad down would let Tehran know that America's withdrawal from the Middle East and President Obama's dreams of an entente with Iran are over."
It would surely do that.

Comment: Of course! Without wars to feed the bankers, everything would collapse.

Passport

Russia is being 'isolated'. Really? Putin accepts credentials of 15 new ambassadors

Russian President Vladimir Putin accepted the credentials of 15 new ambassadors during a ceremony held on Wednesday at the Grand Kremlin Palace.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin handed out letters of credence to 15 newly appointed ambassadors during a diplomatic accreditation ceremony in Kremlin
"I would like to sincerely wish you every success and express a hope that your work here will facilitate the development of bilateral relations and mutual cooperation in various areas between Russia and the countries you represent," Putin said.

The Russian president handed out letters of credence to newly appointed ambassadors Mohhamed Ali Kamil (Djibouti), Claude Bezot (Central African Republic), Petros Zeggai Asgedom (Eritrea), Katarzyna Pelczynska-Nalecz (Poland), Kim Hen Jun (Democratic People's Republic of Korea), Kodzo Kpoku Alabo (Ghana), Nguyen Thanh Son (Vietnam), John Francis Tefft (United States), Solomon Jason Mbuzi (Zambia), Umit Yardim (Turkey), Wynjones Matthew Kisamba (Tanzania), Yanosh Balla (Hungary), Juan Humberto Umeres Alvares (Peru), Juan Ernesto Vasquez Araya (Nicaragua), and Akmal Kamalov (Uzbekistan).

"Heads of 15 diplomatic missions are here today and, as we traditionally do, I would like to briefly characterize the state of relations with every state which you represent," the president stated.

Comment: Trite as it is, honey really does catch more flies than vinegar, and Russia has backed up its kind words with real deeds. The US will find that its bullying tactics will fail, and sooner than later. Moscow is perfectly positioned to act when that happens.

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The vultures are circling: The end of the Postal Service as we know it

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If Congress does not pass legislation that would save the Postal Service from financial collapse before the end of its current session, the future of the country's mail service will be in the hands of a senator who opposes government unions and thinks the Postal Service should be privatized.

In January, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) is slated to take over as chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, which oversees the federal workforce and the entire Postal Service. Johnson has said that the Postal Service should go through a bankruptcy process that would result in a downsized, private corporation that would lose the benefits of governmental oversight and regulation. It could also allow the revised entity to terminate or substantially modify its contracts, including its collective bargaining agreements with various postal unions.


Comment: And there you have it. The USPS is subject to unique and unfair rules with respect to its operation, such as pre-contribution to its pension fund, which distorts the financial state of the department. The Postal Service is actually one of the few profitable government agencies, running entirely generated revenue:
"The red ink one hears about stems entirely from congressional politics. In 2006, a lame-duck Congress mandated that the Postal Service pre-fund future retiree health benefits. No other public or private entity is required to do this for even one year; USPS has to pre-fund 75 years into the future, and pay for it over a decade. This $5.6 billion annual charge accounts for 100 percent of postal "losses."
One can imagine the salivating private sector just waiting to step into the void if this bill gets through.


Last year, Sens. Tom Carper (D-DE) and Tom Coburn (R-OK) introduced the Postal Reform Act of 2014 which would restructure the needless requirement that the agency pre-fund 75 years' worth of employee health benefits, a demand no other businesses or institutions face. The bill would also allow for a gradual end to Saturday mail service if financially necessary, as well as the eventual termination of door-to-door service, but would not mandate either of these steps.
Light Sabers

Fighting words: Lugansk militia leader throws down gauntlet to Ukraine president

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Prime Minister of the Luhansk People's Republic Igor Plotnitsky (L) and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (R).
The leader of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People's Republic (LPR) Igor Plotnitsky has thrown down the gauntlet to the Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, pledging that "the one who wins, will set his terms" for ending the bloody conflict in the region.

"I suggest you consider just one, but a very good scenario," Plotnitsky wrote in an open letter to Poroshenko. "Let's (following the example of the ancient Slavic leaders and glorious Cossack chieftains) get together in a fight: whoever wins will dictate terms to the opposite side."

Plotnitsky's "terms" are multiple, among them an immediate cessation of all hostilities; withdrawal of all legal, semi-legal and illegal armed groups of Ukraine beyond the administrative boundaries of Lugansk and Donetsk Regions; the start of peace negotiations between Ukraine on one side and the LPR and Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) on the other.

"For the fight to be fair, each party has a right to engage 10 observers-seconds and 10 mass media representatives," Plotnitsky informed, adding that he doesn't mind a live broadcast on any TV channel, gallantly leaving the choice of location for the fight and choice of weapons up to the billionaire chocolate baron-turned-president.

"Why stir up mutual hatred and destroy people, cities, economy? You and I will have to heal these wounds for decades! Isn't it better to end all disagreements in a fair fight?" Plotnitsky wondered.

"God will judge and will not tolerate unjust victory", he stated.

Comment: What Plotnisky offers makes a lot of sense but Poroshenko knows he cannot win. Back in the day there was a time where military leaders physically led the armies into battle. Now the gutless psychopaths let others do their bidding.

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Ukrainian Economics in 1 Minute

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Ukrainians take a bath
Kiev's foreign reserves plunged last month by a whopping 23.2 per cent to a paltry $12.6 billion.

By the end of the year it will be even messier.

Kiev's gotta pay a $3.1 billion gas bill to Gazprom, or else...

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Ice swimmer in Belarus.
The central bank will have to sell more foreign currency to support the hryvnia. And there are MORE hefty gas bills as General Winter advances.

Is the austerity-devastated EU lending them at least one euro? Of course not.

It's up to the IMF, who now OWNS Ukraine.

Yet there will only be "emergency funding" if Kiev applies that good ol' "structural adjustment" - as in turning the overwhelming mass of Ukrainians into beggars for life.

These are the facts. The rest is rubbish.
Bullseye

Syrian crisis, geopolitics, false flag terror and the nature of ISIS - Interview with Mimi al-Laham (aka Syrian Girl)

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Truth on the Tracks with Brandon Turbeville - November 18, 2014

Brandon inteviews Mimi al-Laham (aka Syrian Girl). Brandon and Mimi discuss the Syrian crisis, Geopolitics, false flag terror, the nature of ISIS, what to expect in the future and much more.


Comment: Interesting interview between two analysts who have been providing objective coverage of the situation in the Middle East.

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Eric Draitser: U.S. fomenting war in Syria

The US strategy of fomenting war in Syria by arming militants there will exacerbate tensions in the Middle East, says Eric Draitser.


The US strategy to continue "fomenting war" in Syria by arming militants there will "exacerbate tensions" in the Middle East and expand the US wars throughout the region, a geopolitical analyst in New York says.

"The United States is already at war in Iraq, the United States is at war in Syria, the US proxies of ISIS are at war against Hezbollah trying to expand the war into Lebanon," Eric Draitser, the founder of StopImperialism.com said, using another acronym for the ISIL terrorist group.

The main objective of Washington in stirring unrest in the region is for the "purposes of advancing a hegemonic agenda," Draitser told Press TV on Saturday.

"The notion that the United States is fighting a war against ISIS is in and of itself a fraud," he said.

"This is sternly the corollary aspect to the larger mission to depose [Syrian President Bashar] Assad, to institute regime change in Syria and deprive Iran of its primary strategic ally in the region, (and) to move towards a US/UK/NATO/Israeli hegemony in the region that breaks the axis of resistance from Tehran, Iraq, Syria, and Hezbollah," he continued.


Comment: GRTV Documentary - ISIL and its So-Called Caliphate: Israeli-US Tools to Divide Iraq
The US military cannot go into any country that it desires for regime change. This is why Washington has applied other techniques for regime change. In 2006, with the failure of the US to break the Resistance Bloc or Axis of Resistance in the Middle East, the US began its "redirection" policy and opted to use insurgencies, sectarianism, colour revolutions, and intensified covert operations.

The Washington Post reports that the United States is preparing plans to escalate the CIA's role in arming and training anti-government militants in Syria.

Officials say the move is aimed at accelerating covert US support to "moderate" militant groups, while the Pentagon is preparing to establish its own training bases, the report said.

Comment: Related video that reveals the AngloZionist plans for the Middle East that are currently unfolding.



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Count 'em! Twenty-six things about the Islamic State (ISIL) that the U.S. gov't would rather you don't know

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An ISIL convoy that, with all of the billions of dollars of high-tech military gadgetry at the U.S.'s disposal, could conceivably be turned to dust at just the touch of a button. But just like the caves that Osama bin Laden hung out in, they are oh so hard to reach!

The US led war against the Islamic State is a big lie.


Going after " Islamic terrorists", carrying out a worldwide pre-emptive war to "Protect the American Homeland" are used to justify a military agenda.

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) is a creation of US intelligence. Washington's "Counter-terrorism Agenda" in Iraq and Syria consists in Supporting the Terrorists.

The incursion of the Islamic State (IS) brigades into Iraq starting in June 2014 was part of a carefully planned military-intelligence operation supported covertly by the US, NATO and Israel.

The counter-terrorism mandate is a fiction. America is the Number One "State Sponsor of Terrorism"

The Islamic State is protected by the US and its allies. If they had wanted to eliminate the Islamic State brigades, they could have "carpet" bombed their convoys of Toyota pickup trucks when they crossed the desert from Syria into Iraq in June.

Comment: So, the next time you see a well filmed and edited video on the web of ISIL (however horrifyingly) beheading Syrian soldiers or American peace-keepers; or the next time you read about an act of terrorism (however horrifyingly) committed in the heart of a Western town or city; or the next time you hear about 'jihadists' of any stripe (however horrifyingly) striking the government or innocents in any nation in the world - know that behind them is a cabal of psychopaths based in the U.S., Israel, Great Britain, and Saudi Arabia who are writing the scripts and directing those scenes in order, ultimately, to capture YOU: mind, body and soul.

Pistol

Israel attacks Palestinian cities following synagogue assault

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Israeli forces keep their position during clashes with Palestinians near the West Bank city of Ramallah, on November 18, 2014.
Tensions have been escalating in the occupied Palestinian lands as Israeli forces attack several cities and towns across the West Bank.

Israeli forces with armored vehicles attacked Palestinian cities of Ramallah, al-Bireh and Wadi al-Joz in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday, leading to rising tensions between Israelis and Palestinians.

Meanwhile, a Palestinian man was stabbed by a group of Israelis in northern al-Quds (Jerusalem).

Fadi Jalal Radwan, 22, was attacked and stabbed by four Israelis while walking in the town of Kafr 'Aqab. He was seriously injured as he was stabbed three times in the legs and once in the back.

The rising tensions came after four Israelis and two Palestinians were killed in an attack on a synagogue in West al-Quds on Tuesday.

Earlier in the day, the two Palestinian men reportedly armed with axes and handguns, entered the synagogue in Har Nof, killing four Israelis, and leaving several others wounded. The two were then fatally shot by Israeli security forces.

Following the incident, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered authorities to destroy the homes of the Palestinian attackers.

He also lashed out at the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, saying the attack was the "direct result" of his incitement.

Netanyahu warned that Israel would "respond with a heavy hand" to those responsible for organizing the deadly attack.

Tensions have been running high in East al-Quds after Israeli troops shot dead a young Palestinian man in northern occupied territories last week.

Israeli forces claim Khair al-Din Hamdan was shot during a raid, but video footage released after the incident shows an Israeli soldier getting out of his car and shooting directly at Hamdan.

Comment: And so it begins.

Stop

Forest Service caves in to fracking largest national forest on East Coast

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Fracking the George Washington National Forest will threaten the water supply for over 5 million people living in and around Washington D.C.
Threatening the water supply for millions of Americans, the U.S. Forest Service has opened the doors for oil and gas companies to drill by fracking the largest national forest on the East Coast, the George Washington National Forest, according to an updated federal management plan released Tuesday.

Backtracking on an earlier plan to restrict fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, which has been linked to dangerous levels of air and groundwater pollution, the Obama administration reportedly caved to industry pressure to permit such drilling of the Marcellus Shale within park perimeters.

"In the face of dire warnings from the world's foremost climate scientists about the need to phase out fossil fuels by 2100 and an authoritative body of science demonstrating the health impacts faced by communities living near oil and gas development, this administration continues to promote an 'all of the above' energy policy rather than a swift transition to renewable energy," Bruce Baizel, energy program director for environmental nonprofit Earthworks, said in a press statement following the release of the new management plan.

"The President can protect the climate and public health, or he can continue to promote fracking," Baizel continued. "He cannot do both."

Comment: For more on the dangers of hydraulic fracturing: Fracking Hell: The Untold Story

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