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A Surprise Boost for Euro from China

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China’s Premier Wen Jiabao is congratulated by his Greek counterpart, left, and President of Greek Parliament, right, after receiving the gold medal of the Parliament in Athens on 3 October 2010
The embattled Euro has gotten a surprise boost from an unexpected quarter―China. The country with the world's largest foreign exchange currency reserves, China, has pledged to support Greek debt as well as the Euro in what is clearly a geopolitical decision. In doing so, China has signaled it seeks to prevent the US financial warfare attack on Europe and to play the EU off against the USA in a geopolitical chess game of a fascinating dimension.

Chinese Prime Minister, Wen Jiabao, on an unusual visit to tiny Greece, a country which normally would never warrant such a high-level visit from the world's fastest growing economic giant, has pledged support for Greece and for the Euro. According to the official Chinese Xinhua News Agency (and China Daily), "China supports Greece in firmly carrying out structural reforms and cutting its fiscal deficits to improve competitiveness. China welcomes the EU and the IMF's rescue package for Greece and stands ready to help Greece out of recession."

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Interview with Sandra Brown and Harrison Koehli on psychopathy (Full Transcript)

Sandra Brown, author of Women Who Love Psychopaths, and Harrison Koehli, SOTT editor, discuss psychopaths, empathy, domestic violence, and other topics.


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Yemen: The Covert Apparatus of the American Empire

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Mass protest in South Yemen
In 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered one of his least known and ultimately one of his most important speeches ever, "Beyond Vietnam," in which he spoke out against the American war in Vietnam and against American empire in all its political, military and economic forms. In his speech, King endorsed the notion that America "was on the wrong side of a world revolution." Dr. King explained:
During the past ten years we have seen emerge a pattern of suppression which now has justified the presence of U.S. military "advisors" in Venezuela. This need to maintain social stability for our investments accounts for the counter-revolutionary action of American forces in Guatemala. It tells why American helicopters are being used against guerrillas in Colombia and why American napalm and green beret forces have already been active against rebels in Peru. It is with such activity in mind that the words of the late John F. Kennedy come back to haunt us. Five years ago he said, "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable."[1]
This is the nature of war of today: during King's time, the pretext for war was to stop the spread of Communism; today, it's done in the name of stopping the spread of terrorism. Terror has since time immemorial been a tactic used by states and governments to control populations. Al-Qaeda is no exception, as it was created and continues to largely function as a geopolitical extension of the covert apparatus of American empire. In short, al-Qaeda is an arm of the covert world of American intelligence agencies. In particular, the CIA, DIA [Defense Intelligence Agency], US Special Forces, and multinational mercenary companies such as Blackwater [now Xe Services]. Where they go, al-Qaeda goes; where al-Qaeda goes, they accumulate; where they lay the groundwork, the American empire stands behind.[2]

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Bin Laden is Dead, Long Live Bin Laden

With more absurd reports surfacing recently of Osama Bin Laden publishing videos and the War on Terror propaganda in Europe being hyped up, we wonder whether the "private intelligence agencies" like Rita Katz's SITE Intelligence Group is really "monitoring Jihadist websites" or simply making this stuff up on the fly thanks to intelligence leaks and a vivid, though decidedly repetitive, imagination...


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Saudi Prince farming out 'terrorists' (agents) to Iraq

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A Saudi 'terrorist', brought to you by SITE Intelligence Group
Iraqi Interior Minister Jawad Kadhim al-Bulani has announced that more than 100 prisoners from Saudi Arabia are being held in the war-torn country.

Al-Bulani told Saudi newspaper al-Yaum on Saturday that the inmates were accused of illegally entering Iraq and cooperating in the terrorist attacks in the country.

Last month, Iraqi border guards arrested five Saudi arms dealers in the southern province of Najaf.

The smugglers were captured as they were traveling in a car, carrying drugs, explosive-laden belts and firearms fitted with silencers.

Iraq's Buratha news agency had earlier revealed documents indicating Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, who heads the Saudi National Security Council, appointed a new leader for the al-Qaeda cell operating in Iraq.

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German president Angela Merkel is stockpiling food and supplies

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German chancellor admits to a deep-seated practice of stockpiling food and cleaning products from her communist past

She may be the most powerful woman in Europe but that does not stop her from stockpiling food and cleaning products.

German chancellor Angela Merkel, who spent her first 35 years in communist East Germany, where people often queued for food, has admitted that the fear of running short of consumer goods continues to haunt her 20 years after unification.

In a magazine interview today, Merkel said that try as she might, she cannot break her hoarding habit. "I still buy something as soon as I see it, even when I don't really need it. It's a deep-seated habit stemming from the fact that in an economy where things were scarce you just used to get what you could when you could."

The leader, on an annual salary of €303,000 (£257,000), said that her diet continues to be shaped by foods with an eastern European flavour which were typical in the German Democratic Republic (GDR). "I'm particularly fond of solyanka (a meat and pickled vegetable soup), letcho (a Hungarian vegetable stew) and shashlik (a spicy kebab)," she said. Her comments came in an interview with the magazine SUPERillu - which was founded in East Germany and continues to focus on issues affecting former East Germans.

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Hamas Claims to Have Found Israeli "Sleeper Cells" in Gaza

A Hamas official on Sunday said that Israel has several undercover spies operating in "sleeper cells" in the Gaza Strip, awaiting instructions to carry out special operations.

Speaking on Hamas television station Al-Aksa TV, the official said that the organization had a recording of one such operative speaking with Israeli intelligence officials.

The recording allegedly proves that Israel and Fatah cooperate to gather information on Hamas activities.

The Hamas official said that through the discovery of the "sleeper cells" Hamas has learned Israel's methods for connecting with spies in Gaza.

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Mossad Suspected In Murder of Top Russian Military Intelligence Operative

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Gen. Yuri Ivanov, 52, deputy head of GRU, the Russian military's overseas intelligence arm of Russian military, was found dead in mysterious circumstances
Major-General Yuri Ivanov, 52, was the deputy head of Russia's foreign military intelligence arm known as GRU which is thought to operate the biggest network of foreign spies out of all of Russia's clandestine intelligence services.

His badly decomposed body was found washed up on the Turkish coast by local fishermen earlier this month after he disappeared in the Syrian coastal resort of Latakia further south. The Russian army's in-house newspaper, Red Star, did not report his death until last Saturday when he was quietly buried in Moscow.

The circumstances of his death are reminiscent of a John Le Carre novel and have therefore fuelled theories that he may have been murdered in Syria and his body then thrown into the Mediterranean where it drifted for days.

According to the Kremlin, he was on holiday in Syria and died in a tragic swimming accident. However, other reports have suggested he was on official business and the location where he is reported to have disappeared was only about fifty miles from a strategically vital Russian naval facility in the Syrian port of Tartus which is being expanded and upgraded to service and refuel ships from Russia's Black Sea Fleet.

The facility is Russia's only foothold in the Mediterranean Sea, and Mossad, Israel's national intelligence agency, is know to be concerned that Moscow will use the upgraded facility as a base for spy ships and electronic espionage directed at the Middle East.

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Obama Deplores World Poverty: Welcome to the Theatre of Absurd

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US President Barack Obama is the latest voice from the "great and good" to bemoan the lack of achievement in the United Nation's Millennium goals, first declared 10 years ago, to drastically reduce world poverty and generate sustainable development. Earlier in the week, former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and ex-UN chief Kofi Annan espoused similar sentiments of disappointment with the fight against poverty and all its miseries. Welcome to the Theatre of Absurd.

Here we have the very managers and apologists for the economic system that generates poverty and environmental destruction on a massive scale seeming to lament those manifestations. Not only that, but they affect a demeanour of brooding puzzlement over why poverty remains so entrenched across the world, with over one billion people (and counting) deprived of basic necessities for a decent life.

Obama's foray was particularly absurd and insidious. While he oversees a foreign policy involving mass murder and war crimes in several countries, Obama exhorts to the world to get serious about fighting poverty and human suffering. With his typical rhetoric of "deep concern" that sounds increasingly hollow, the US president said that we need to move beyond "managing poverty... to provide paths out of poverty". He deplored "dependence" on Western aid (sic) and called for greater accountability among poorer nations.

There are several self-serving myths here that, if inculcated, help to reduce not poverty but the public's understanding of the real cause of poverty. First of all, Obama and his ilk are projecting themselves as having some kind of moral authority because they appear concerned for humanity. This is particularly absurd in the case of Obama given his record of exacerbating poverty, suffering and death all over the planet. Thus, with rhetorical flourish, the enemies of genuine human development somehow are able to appear as guardian angels and escape accountability - accountability that Obama ostensibly recommends - for the misery that they help inflict on a daily basis.

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Truth to power! CNN's Larry King Interview with Ahmadinejad

CNN's Larry King's One-on-One Interview With Ahmadinejad on Larry King Live.