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Politicians and bankers exposed as drug-dealing thugs in viral meme

Though the justice system in the United States might continue to be represented by Lady Justice, whose blindfold and scales symbolize the fair and equitable application of law without prejudice, regardless of one's station in life, few could argue how that original intent has actually played out. With the blindfold long ago ripped off, Lady Justice metes out sentences based solely on power, privilege, and the size of one's wallet.

This is, of course, most clearly evident in the State's absurd War on Drugs — far more fittingly called a War on the People. A war in which, just as a recently viral meme describes, "anti-drug" politicians deal drugs, banks launder that illicit profit, the president supplies the cartels with badly needed weapons, and the military ineptly loses massive shipments of drugs — and all of this is carried out with complete impunity. However, if you are not an agent of the State and happen to be caught with one of the most medicinally beneficial plants on Earth in one of the State's arbitrary areas where possessing or using that plant remains a no-no, it's guaranteed you will not receive the same treatment.

Pirates

Speaker Larijani: Occupation, military aggression can't stop terrorism

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Chinese President Xi (2nd L) and Irani Parliament Speaker Larijani (1st R) meet in Tehran, January 23, 2016
Iran's Parliament (Majlis) Speaker Ali Larijani has warned against the deterioration of the security situation in the region, saying occupation and military action will fail to stop the spread of terrorism. The issue of terrorism in the region will not be solved through occupation and acts of military aggression Larijani said in a meeting with the visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping in Tehran on Saturday, adding that the measures only lead to more insecurity and instability. He stressed the importance of improving bilateral economic relations in oil, gas, railway and technology sectors.

The Majlis speaker said some Western powers have exerted great pressure on the Islamic Republic for more than 30 years following the establishment of a popular government in Iran, but stressed that resistance of the Iranian people have rendered all such moves futile.

China keen to help Iran progress: Xi

The Chinese president urged Tehran and Beijing to boost political confidence and firmly support one another in the international arena. Xi expressed China's keenness to play a more effective role in Iran's development in different areas. He said the two countries should work to reach a common stance on matters of mutual interest and viewpoints in the United Nations and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization on issues including the developments in Iraq, Yemen and Syria.

Xi added that the implementation of a nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries, dubbed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), will provide a proper opportunity for the promotion of cooperation. The Chinese president, whose country is a member of the P5+1 group, added that the negotiations between Iran and the six global powers on Tehran's nuclear program were an example of a successful experience which can be used to solve regional problems.

Comment: Xi and Larijani, a couple of voices of reason, it seems. Now that the JCPOA is finally being implemented, it is time to see what effect Iran and China will have on the international scene and to what end the West will object and obstruct.


Question

Is the US unleashing a deadly virus in Donbass, Ukraine?

Is Washington intending biological war on its area residents?

Chemical, biological and radiological warfare is longstanding US practice, used in direct and proxy wars, Syrians and Yemenis notably affected.

On January 22, the Donbass International News Agency (DINA) headlined "Deadly virus leaked from US laboratory - DPR Army and Intelligence," saying:

"More than 20 Ukrainian soldiers have died and over 200 are hospitalized," affected by a virus "immune to all medicines."

Thousands of Ukrainian troops are stationed menacingly in areas bordering Donbass. Intermittent shelling continues, civilians largely threatened.

The lab in question is located in Shelkostantsiay, about 30 km from Kharvov near Donbass. "US military experts" operate there, said DINA.

Cult

Saudi Arabia sees Israel as an ally, says Netanyahu

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Netanyahu at the World Economic Forum
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Saudi Arabia now sees Tel Aviv "as an ally rather as an enemy" as he claims "a great shift taking place" in the Arab policy toward the Palestinian issue. "Saudi Arabia recognizes that Israel is an ally rather than an enemy because of the two principle threats that threaten them, Iran and Daesh," he told CNN's Fareed Zakaria on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos Friday.

Both Saudi Arabia and Israel are fiercely opposed to a nuclear accord between Iran and the West which came into force recently. They are worried the agreement could boost Iran's role in the region. Last week, The Wall Street Journal reported that Israel was actively seeking to strengthen ties with Arab powers in the wake of the nuclear deal with Iran.

Daesh ideology is rooted in Wahhabism which is widely promoted by Saudi clerics and tolerated by the kingdom's rulers. Both Saudi Arabia and Israel support Takfiri groups fighting in Syria. Meanwhile, there is no known case of a Daesh attack on either Saudi or Israeli targets.


Comment: Don't fight the hands that feed you?


Netanyahu also said "there is a great shift taking place" in the Saudi-led policy toward the Palestinian issue, citing Israel's "relationships" with unknown Arab states. "By nurturing these relationships that are taking place now with the Arab world, that could actually help us resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and we're actually working towards that end," he said.

Comment: Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt, Jordan, Turkey, Sudan...who knew that Israel was making BFFs all over the Middle East? Solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? Nah. Netanyahu wants two things...to usurp Palestinian land and nail Iran as the regional enemy.


Snakes in Suits

War monger Mitch McConnell moves to grant the President unlimited war powers with no expiration date

The essential act of war is destruction, not necessarily of human lives, but of the products of human labour. War is a way of shattering to pieces, or pouring into the stratosphere, or sinking in the depths of the sea, materials which might otherwise be used to make the masses too comfortable, and hence, in the long run, too intelligent.

- From George Orwell's, 1984
This morning, I came across an extremely important story with tremendous long-term negative implications for freedom in these United States. It relates to the fact that the always shady Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is moving to fast track an Authorization of Military Force (AUMF) for the President that would allow for unrestricted warfare against ISIS. There would be no time or geographic restrictions on this authorization. Rather than being a favor to President Obama, this is primarily a means to ensure that whoever takes control in 2017 receives a blank check for unrestrained militarism with no expiration date. This is terrifying.

Wall Street

Goldman Sachs sends U.S. into economic recession, quickly retracts report's slide

Despite being "too big to fail", America's "most important bank" Goldman Sachs may have done so this week, at least for a few minutes, when it possibly tipped off a new economic recession.

A slide in the "Markets do not 'Take it Easy' to start the year" report posted online showed the US in a recession according to Goldman's Current Activity Indicator.

"Although EM assets remain in the cross-hairs - and the outlook there remains tenuous in spots - growth concerns have impacted the market's view of US and European growth as well, pushing our market-based measure of US growth risk to new post GFC lows (see Exhibit 8)," the report read.


Shortly after the financial watchdog website Zero Hedge tweeted their response, Goldman Sachs posted an altered slide, moving the dark blue line from zero to closer to two.


So if Goldman Sachs changed the chart, there's no recession, right?

Comment: Whether it's called corporatism or fascism, how much more blatant can you get?


Newspaper

Russian coalition liberates another Syrian town, allows foreign media in to document the success (VIDEO)

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A group of foreign journalists got a chance to visit the recently liberated town of Salma in the Syrian province of Latakia. The Russian military showed the journalists the mountain resort city which was recently retaken from al-Nusra militants and other terrorist organizations.

The city once a thriving resort now lays in ruins with some areas still mined, but liberated from the stronghold of the terrorists. The journalists were able to witness the results of the Syrian army operation.

American, European, Chinese and Japanese reporters learned that they were going into newly liberated Salma, just a few minutes before arriving in the city - due to security reasons. All of them were given helmets and bulletproof vests, Vesti News reported.

Comment: See also:


Bizarro Earth

NATO, a US cloaking device for global warfare, arms sales and multilateral support

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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, World Economics Forum.
The Pentagon chief's call on members of the US-led coalition against Daesh (ISIL) shows that the United States is exploiting NATO to advance its global warfare and arms sales, according to an international lawyer and analyst. "The United States cannot seem to make up its mind whether it wants a political solution in Syria and Iraq or a full military confrontation," Barry Grossman said in an interview with Press TV on Saturday.

"Of course, bearing in mind the way the United Nations-sponsored Syria talks have been engineered to fail, a person could be forgiven for assuming that any prospect for a political solution stands no chance given the US-led coalition's demands, its myriad objectives in the region which are inconsistent with peace and its unqualified commitment to escalating the use of force," he continued.

"While not so long ago, conventional wisdom considered NATO to be a relic of the Cold War that should be relegated to the dustbin of history, but its quite recent usefulness to US hawks as a tool for advancing belligerent US foreign policy cloaked with the legitimacy of multilateral support at times when the United Nations has been less than perfectly compliant, has given NATO a second lease on life which has now made it all but indispensable to the US-led war program," the analyst explained.

"Apart from creating the impression of broad-based multilateral support," Grossman said,"NATO also provides a convenient mechanism for the US to spread the cost of its now continuous global warfare and, at once, market its overpriced weapons technology to member countries."

Comment: A pretty accurate depiction, when we scratch the veneer. NATO is quite the tool and the US is plumbing it for all its estimated worth. How long will member states let this go on and what is their recourse should they be bold enough to say "enough!"?


Bad Guys

You read it right: US wants Al-Qaeda's allies to govern Syria

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A Saudi-backed opposition committee representing the rebels fighting to overthrow the Assad government in Syria have agreed on a chief negotiator for peace talks scheduled to begin in Geneva next week. The rebels will be represented by Mohammed Alloush, political leader of Jaysh al-Islam.

Mohammed Alloush's brother, Zahran, led Jaysh al-Islam until he was killed in an airstrike at the end of December. Under Zahran's rule, Jaysh al-Islam was a fiercely Islamist group that insisted strict Sharia law must govern Syria. He maintained close ties with the al-Nusra Front, otherwise known as al-Qaeda in Syria.

John Landis, Director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma, put together a detailed profile of the then-leader of Jaysh al-Islam. Should this group fulfill the US/Saudi/Turk/Israeli/Qatari wish of overthrowing Assad in Syria, there is little reason to believe the bloodshed would stop. In fact it may only really begin in earnest if they succeed in gaining power. Here is Landis on Zahran:
Zahran calls for cleansing Damascus of all Shiites and Nusayris. ("Nusayris" is the old term that referred to the Alawites prior to the adoption of "Alawite." It is considered a term of abuse by Alawites).

Comment: Also see: US continues to violate international law by occupying Syrian airbase


Bad Guys

With friends like this... Israeli justice minister calls for Kurdish state

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Ayelet Shaked, Israel's Justice Minister of the far-right Jewish Home party.
Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked has spoken out in favor of an independent Kurdish state. She also urged increased cooperation between Israel and the Kurdish people. Shaked sees this as an opportunity to weaken Israel's rivals in the region.


Comment: Below Shaked is quoted as labeling one such enemy as ISIS. Surely she jests: Israeli defense minister would 'prefer ISIS' in open conflict over Iran


"We must openly call for the establishment of a Kurdish state that separates Iran from Turkey, one which will be friendly towards Israel," Shaked told the annual INSS security conference in Tel Aviv on Tuesday, as cited by the Times of Israel.

More precisely, Shaked proposed the new state be founded between Turkey, Israel and Iraq.

The minister stressed that Israel should "promote steps that would correct the injustice that [made Kurds] the biggest nation without a state," BasNews reported. She also emphasized that "the Kurds are an ancient people with thousands of years of history, and a democratic nation" - one that has "never attacked any other nation."

For Shaked, this isn't just about driving a regional wedge between all the countries that could not accommodate a separate Kurdish state.

Comment: The fate of the Kurds has been a travesty. But to add insult to historical injury, they are courted by American and Israeli patrons who only care about using them to achieve their own ends, after which the Kurds will be thrown away, like all other Anglo-Zionist 'assets'. Back away slowly, Kurdistan, back away slowly. And remember who really supports ISIS; they happen to be the very same people courting you.

Is this the kind of person whose support you will accept?