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Time to smash NATO before it's too late


NATO Summit, May 2015
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is a war-prone institution that poses the biggest threat to world peace. Since the disappearance of the Soviet Union, which turns out to be the greatest disaster for the stability of the international system, NATO expansionism and aggression is rampant. Although NATO was established to contain the Soviet Union, in reality, however, it has always been a complacent vehicle for U. S. hegemony.

After the Soviet break-up, NATO's illegal expansion in Eastern Europe was relatively successful as long as Russia kept quiet. President Vladimir Putin's speech at the Munich Security Conference in 2007, more accurately a gathering of Western war-hawks, should have rung the warning bells in the West. Explicitly, Putin scorched the U. S. for its policy and warned of NATO's expansionism eastward and the deployment of a missile defense shield that was directed at Russia.

Despite Putin's admonition and the disaster NATO has created in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Yemen, parts of Africa and the Ukraine, this military alliance seems to have learned nothing from its mistakes in the past. The voracity for world domination by the U. S. Empire seems insatiable. It doesn't make any difference who sits in the White House. U. S. Presidents differ only in nuances.

Stock Down

Not crying wolf: The coming global economic collapse will change the world order

Worse than any disease or even leprosy, anyone spouting Austrian economics or even "common sense" (almost extinct today) has been shoved into the outcast corner by the mass delusional majority. Over the last few years, "theory after theory" has become fact after FACT after FACT! There can no longer be any question, conspiracy to delude and defraud has run rampant and is a day to day operation in the Western world.

Originally my thought was to write this piece about and around the perfect response, "but you do agree the government is bankrupt, right?". I say this because almost anyone (in the U.S.), no matter what age, sex, religion, race or financial status will generally agree with this. For those who don't agree, it is better to leave well enough alone, this is a subset living in their own delusional world.

For those who do agree "the government is broke", they are broken down into basic subsets. There are those who "get it" fully. There are those who know the government is broke but don't really understand what it means or the ramifications (they can't connect the dots). Another group are those who agree and know in the back of their mind this is true ...but they don't REALLY believe it because they simply cannot ..."it's too awful to comprehend". Then, we have another group, probably the largest of all, those who agree but think it really doesn't matter. They may also believe no financial crisis will ever occur because "the government will never let it happen". Let's talk about this group next.

Star of David

UN report details Israel's genocidal war crimes against Palestine during 2014 summer assault

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Palestinians pray over the bodies of eight members of the al-Haj family, killed when Israel bombed their Khan Younis house on 10 July 2014. This was one of the attacks investigated by an independent UN body that found extensive evidence of Israeli war crimes during last summer’s assault on Gaza
There can be no surprise that the UN Human Rights Council's independent investigation of Israel's assault on Gaza last summer found evidence of massive and systematic war crimes.

Its report, published Monday in Geneva, says investigators were "able to gather substantial information pointing to serious violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law by Israel and by Palestinian armed groups."

"The extent of the devastation and human suffering in Gaza was unprecedented and will impact generations to come," the chair of the investigation commission, Justice Mary McGowan Davis told media, adding that "there is also ongoing fear in Israel among communities who come under regular threat."

Despite the "balanced" language that is now the habitual refuge of international officials hoping to avoid false accusations of anti-Israel bias, the evidence shows that the scale and impact of Israeli violence dwarfs anything allegedly done by Palestinians.


South Front Crisis News 25 June: 15 buildings destroyed by Ukrainian shellings in DPR

Kiev forces have violated the ceasefire regime over 50 times yesterday. A total of 54 shells of 82 mm and 120 mm caliber have been fired at the republic's territory, DPR's defence ministry said, adding that Kiev forces also use grenade launchers and small arms. Moreover, 15 residential buildings destroyed over the past 24 hours in Dokuchaevsk, the local administration head said.

Red Flag

Dual-citizen Australians can now have their citizenship arbitrarily stripped for involvement in "anti-government activity"

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Immigration Minister Peter Dutton, Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Attorney-General Senator George Brandis address the media on Tuesday.
After months of increasingly hysterical scare campaigns about terrorism, Prime Minister Tony Abbott's government on Wednesday unveiled unprecedented legislation to arbitrarily strip citizenship from people accused of involvement in a wide range of anti-government or "terrorist"-related activity.

As with every law imposed under the fraudulent banner of the "war on terrorism," the bill goes far beyond terrorism. Its target is not the relative handful of 50 or so dual citizen "foreign fighters" who have reputedly joined Islamic State (ISIS) or other fundamentalist groups in Syria and Iraq. Its provisions could be used to terminate the most basic political and civil rights of many people, including those opposing predatory and criminal wars being conducted by the US and its allies, such as Australia.

Contrary to misleading media reports, the government has not "backed down" on its drive to revoke the fundamental democratic right of citizenship by ministerial direction, without any criminal conviction by a court. The bill contains far-reaching powers for the immigration minister to unilaterally declare, purely on the basis of secret intelligence reports, that someone has "renounced" Australian citizenship.

Demagogically inciting a wartime atmosphere, Abbott and other senior ministers declared that the new laws would be used to "banish" modern-day "traitors" and "hardened terrorists" who "hate everything about the way we live" and "would take up arms against our soldiers."

Comment: It starts with dual citizens. It won't be long before sole Australian citizens are in the same boat. Welcome to freedom and democracy in the Western world, where your freedom and rights are dependent on your conformity to what the government says. Allegiance to Australia, or say goodbye to your freedoms.

War Whore

Western aggression: NATO expanding military force targeting Russia

NATO defense ministers meeting in Brussels Wednesday and Thursday agreed to the enlargement of the organization's Response Force to 40,000 troops from the current level of 13,000. On Tuesday, ahead of the meeting, US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter announced the positioning of hundreds of American tanks, military vehicles and heavy artillery pieces in the Baltic States as well as Poland, Romania and Bulgaria.

This buildup of troops and military equipment is part of a long-term reorientation of NATO directed against Russia. There is only one conclusion the Kremlin can draw from such threatening and aggressive measures: Washington and its European allies are preparing to go to war against Russia. Moscow is undoubtedly preparing accordingly.

Polish Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak spelled out the implications of the US-NATO policy at the conclusion of NATO war games in Poland last week, declaring: "The peaceful period after the Second World War is over. We cannot defend our European way of life if we don't do more for our defense."

The international working class should take this statement as a dire warning. If the post-World War II period of peace is over, the build-up to World War III has begun.

Eye 1

UK spy unit engaged in online propaganda, psychological operations, and domestic law enforcement

The spy unit responsible for some of the United Kingdom's most controversial tactics of surveillance, online propaganda and deceit focuses extensively on traditional law enforcement and domestic activities — even though officials typically justify its activities by emphasizing foreign intelligence and counterterrorism operations.

Documents published today by The Intercept demonstrate how the Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group (JTRIG), a unit of the signals intelligence agency Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), is involved in efforts against political groups it considers "extremist," Islamist activity in schools, the drug trade, online fraud and financial scams.

Though its existence was secret until last year, JTRIG quickly developed a distinctive profile in the public understanding, after documents from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed that the unit had engaged in "dirty tricks" like deploying sexual "honey traps" designed to discredit targets, launching denial-of-service attacks to shut down Internet chat rooms, pushing veiled propaganda onto social networks and generally warping discourse online.

Early official claims attempted to create the impression that JTRIG's activities focused on international targets in places like Iran, Afghanistan and Argentina. The closest the group seemed to get to home was in its targeting of transnational "hacktivist" group Anonymous.

Dollar Gold

Greece rejects counterproposals from Western creditors

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Comment: The Greek people are much better off without the noose of IMF debt wrapped around their necks. For Greece, they should look to the East and find comfort with help from Russia instead.

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and international creditors have failed to reach a common ground on tax and reform proposals, which adds more doubts over the country's chances of averting an imminent debt default.

The lack of concrete proposals coming from the Greek side, according to representatives of the lending institutions, is the main stumbling block in its talks with the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Such an attitude they say is more likely only to impede progress in the negotiations.

"Our impression is that there's still a long way to go," said German Finance Ministry spokesman Martin Jaeger on Wednesday at a government briefing in Berlin. He added that lending institutions have made "exceptionally generous" concessions to the Greek government, and "it's now up to the Greek side to show some movement."

Meanwhile, the Greek PM insists that the country's reform plan is equivalent to the counterproposals by the creditors, but much less recessionary.

Eye 1

Wikileaks: NSA spied on French presidents

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Presidents Francois Hollande and Jacques Chirac
The United States National Security Agency spied on French presidents Jacques Chirac, Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande, WikiLeaks said in a press statement published on Tuesday, citing top secret intelligence reports and technical documents.

The revelations were first reported in French daily Liberation and on news website Mediapart, which said the NSA spied on the presidents during a period of at least 2006 until May 2012, the month Hollande took over from Sarkozy.

Comment: Dollars to doughnuts it didn't stop there...

WikiLeaks said the documents derived from directly targeted NSA surveillance of the communications of Hollande (2012 - present), Sarkozy (2007 - 2012) and Chirac (1995 - 2007), as well as French cabinet ministers and the French ambassador to the U.S.

According to the documents, Sarkozy is said to have considered restarting Israeli-Palestinian peace talks without U.S. involvement and Hollande feared a Greek euro zone exit back in 2012.

These latest revelations regarding spying among allied Western countries come after it emerged that the NSA had spied on Germany and Germany's own BND intelligence agency had cooperated with the NSA to spy on officials and companies elsewhere in Europe.

Comment: Fluff and flutter over presidential somebodies being spied upon. For sure, no one seems to be exempt. Begs the question: who or what is behind the screen? A runaway idea or a damned big and nefarious global agenda? Where is the outrage? Is releasing this information part of the "Plan?"

Face it, we live in Cyberia. Location: the whole planet.
The predator is among us, has surfaced, IS US. Boggles the "mind," doncha think?

Che Guevara

Russia's offer to Greece

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Greek Prime Minister meets with Vladimir Putin
Russia's offer of a pipeline came with an offer of a $5 billion prepayment. This was intended to buy Greece time to apply for a loan from the BRICS Bank. However the Greeks don't seem to be embracing the offer.

In the article about how Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras's dealings with Moscow are putting at risk Greece's traditionally friendly ties to Russia, I said that the gas pipeline proposal the Russians have floated is intended to help Greece, not achieve some grand Russian pipeline strategy. In this article I will explain why.

It is first necessary to say something about Russia's gas export policies.

Western paranoia about Moscow's supposed "pipeline politics" has distorted understanding of Russian gas policy to a quite extraordinary degree, even among commentators who are generally favourable to Russia.

Comment: Greece has been subjected to shock doctrine measures, and those are intended to make it a loyal vassal to Washington. As a young government, Syriza is undoubtedly under enormous pressure. There is a financial war being waged in Greece, and the stakes are high:
The Greek government is currently locked in a life and death struggle with the elite which dominate the banks and political decision-making centers of the European Union. What are at stake are the livelihoods of 11 million Greek workers, employees and small business people and the viability of the European Union. If the ruling Syriza government capitulates to the demands of the EU bankers and agrees to continue the austerity programs, Greece will be condemned to decades of regression, destitution and colonial rule. If Greece decides to resist, and is forced to exit the EU, it will need to repudiate its 270 billion Euro foreign debts, sending the international financial markets crashing and causing the EU to collapse.

James Petras: The Assassination of Greece
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