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Dollar's decline: U.S. investment outflow hits record as China cuts holdings

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The U.S. posted a record cross-border investment outflow in June as China and Japan reduced their holdings of Treasuries and private investors abroad sold bonds and notes.

The total net outflow of long-term U.S. securities and short-term funds such as bank transfers was $153.5 billion, after an inflow of $33.1 billion the previous month, the Treasury Department said in a report today. The June figure, and $40.8 billion in net selling of Treasury bonds and notes by private investors in June, were the largest on record, the Treasury said.

"Right at the beginning of June, you had a very strong sell-off of Treasuries and that's what frightened a lot of private investors," Gennadiy Goldberg, U.S. strategist at TD Securities USA LLC in New York, said by phone. "As yields stayed lower in subsequent months, some of the investors probably resumed their buying."

Comment: Meanwhile, the BRICS countries are busy creating a banking system to rival the Western model:

Moving towards a multipolar world: BRICS countries to set up their own IMF
The BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) have made significant progress in setting up structures that would serve as an alternative to the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, which are dominated by the U.S. and the EU. A currency reserve pool, as a replacement for the IMF, and a BRICS development bank, as a replacement for the World Bank, will begin operating as soon as in 2015, Russian Ambassador at Large Vadim Lukov has said.

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French government warned travelers a year ago to avoid Ferguson, Missouri area

Advisory for northern St. Louis issued at least 1 year ago
© WNDPolice in Ferguson, Missouri, during a fourth night of violence after the police shooting of a black teen.
For the past year, a French government website has warned French travelers to avoid visiting the area north of downtown St. Louis were the police shooting of a black teen Saturday sparked violent, racial tensions that now are being addressed by the White House.

The French government website "France Diplomatie" carries a security warning for St. Louis that reads in French: "St. Louis: Eviter le quartier nord entre l'aéroport et le centre-ville, mais la navette reliant l'aéroport est sûre."

It translates to: "St. Louis: Avoid the northern area between the airport and the city center, but the airport shuttle is safe."

Noticing the French government travel warning last November, KMOX-TV in St. Louis posted an article that began: "It was 250 years ago that Frenchmen Pierre Laclede and Auguste Chouteau founded the fur trading post that would become St. Louis. Now the French government has some warnings for travelers coming here."

War Whore

Sex, drugs and jihad: Meet the British dupes funnelling laundered cash to heart-eating terrorists in Iraq and Syria

© Rex FeaturesAmal el-Wahabi and Nawal Msaad, old schoolfriends who were together accused of being drawn into the Syrian conflict.
Amal el-Wahabi and Nawal Msaad were the first British women to be tried for terror offences linked to Syria, but the jury heard a tale not of extremists but of manipulation from the jihadi frontline

They made unlikely jihadis; Amal el-Wahabi was described by her own barrister as a "foul-mouthed, phone-addicted, weed-smoking kaffir", Nawal Msaad a glamorous university student who had to be warned by the judge for associating with a male defendant in another court.

Wahabi was held in the sway of her husband who had swapped drug-dealing and criminality in the UK for jihad in Syria, while her old schoolfriend Msaad was accused of being an unquestioning mule who was drawn by the promise of €1,000 (£800) to carry money to Turkey.

Msaad was cleared on Wednesday following a four-week trial at the Old Bailey in London. Wahabi, becomes the first British woman to be convicted of terror offences since the Syrian conflict began.

During the trial, jurors heard how the pair, both aged 27, were not extremists and exhibited no support for the jihadist cause; rather they were ignorant dupes who became caught in the ripples of the Syrian conflict washing over communities in the UK.

Comment: What a sly descriptor that just happens to completely white-wash the fact that the mayhem in Syria was hatched by British intelligence:

UK planned war on Syria before unrest began: French ex-foreign minister Roland Dumas

Comment: In times past, Britain sent unwanted criminals to colonize Australia. Now she sends them to wage jihad in the Middle East.

Drugs rackets, police informants, cash mules, 'tours of jihad', prostitution rackets, and state terrorism all seem to blend into one seamless, seedy hive of rank corruption in the UK.

Put it together with 'normalized' and institutionalized pedophilia, legalized torture, secret trials, rampant corporate crime, constant warmongering, and military weaponry being the country's 'greatest' export... and you've got one seriously sick society.



Vanishing point ...

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First, passenger airliner MH370 vanished from Planet Earth. Then MH370 vanished from the news cycle. First, MH17 was shot down by "Putin's missile" - as Planet Earth was told. Then MH17 vanished from the news cycle.

Where's Baudrillard when we need him? Had he been alive, the dervish of simulacra would have already deconstructed these two Malaysian planes as mirror images; from absolute vanishing to maximum exposure, then vanished again. They might as well have been abducted - and shot - by aliens. Now you seem them, now you don't.

Black boxes, data recorders - everything MH17 is now floating in a black void.
The British are taking forever to analyze the data - and if they have already done so, they are not talking. It's as if they were singing, I see a black box / and I want it painted black ... void.

The Pentagon, with 20-20 vision over Ukraine, knows what happened. Russian intelligence not only knows what happened but offered a tantalizing glimpse of it in an official presentation, dismissed by the "West". The best technical analyses point not to "Putin's missile" - a BUK - but to a combination of R-60 air-to-air missile and the auto-cannon of an Su-25.

A reader led me to this fair assessment by former USAF and Boeing engineer Raymond Blohm: "With proper vectoring, a Su-25 need not be quite as fast as a Boeing 777 in cruise. It just has to get to a missile-firing position. Since the 777 was not maneuvering, it would be simple to pre-calculate when to get in a certain spot in the sky below the 777. From there, it's the missile that has the speed and altitude capability to hit the 777. (The R-60 is a very capable missile.) After the missile takes out an engine, both the 777's max speed and its max altitude are well within the Su-25 fighter's speed & altitude capabilities. Then, the Su-25 can show off its cannon power."


Ferguson highlights the rise of police militarization where peaceful protesters become enemy combatants

© Robert Cohen / St. Louis Post-Dispatch/ EPASt. Louis County tactical police officers fire tear gas along West Florissant Road near St. Louis, Missouri, to disperse protesters two days after a St. Louis County police officer shot and killed unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson.
Canisters of tear gas thrown indiscriminately into crowds, armored vehicles rolling through city streets and men in camouflage wielding machine guns - it seems like a scene from Fallujah or Kabul or perhaps from the dark days of the U.S. civil rights movement.

But as the world knows, this is Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014.

Even as the community struggles to come to grips with the tragic shooting death of yet another unarmed young African-American man, the events unfolding in Ferguson have thrown a spotlight on a second alarming trend: the increasing militarization of local police departments.

In response to protesters expressing outrage over the killing of 18-year-old Mike Brown, the St. Louis County and Ferguson police departments have turned the streets of this majority-African-American suburb into a veritable war zone, firing rubber bullets, menacing demonstrators with dogs and in general displaying excessive force for the purposes of security and crowd control.

"This militarization that we are witnessing - police officers dressed as soldiers, using military vehicles and military weapons to engage largely unarmed protesters - is outrageous," said Tom Nolan, chairman of the department of criminal justice at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh, who served for 27 years in the Boston Police Department. "It's a disgrace."

But as jarring as the images coming from Ferguson are, experts say the tinderbox situation on the ground was also inevitable, given how the federal government has readily handed over military-grade weapons, armor and equipment to local law enforcement with scant oversight or training.

Comment: The ultimate objective of the 'War on Terror' has always been to wage war on the People. 'Terrorism' has been made ambiguous enough to morph into any threat, no matter how peaceful, to the psychopaths in charge. Historically, police have been used to serve the interests of the elite, and it should be no surprise by now that we're seeing the same with the rise of the new American Gestapo.

For more information on the type of training American police are receiving see the video here:

An Israeli soldier's realization that the war against Palestinians is an excuse for the Israeli army to test their new weapons before they sell them to other regimes!
Here's a segment from the last ten minutes transcribed by SOTT editors:
"Oh men, you guys are bad asses, you know how to silence the one that opposes you, you know how to come down, nobody disobeys you, you guys are the best!"

And I am saying, "I don't think you know a lot about the Israeli army, so, you know, never mind..."

He says, "Oh no no, I just came back from there."

I say, "What? As a tourist?"

He says, "No, with the Maryland police, we just came back from training with your military and your police.

I say, "What?"

He says, "You know all of our police force here in the U.S. is going few weeks to Israel and train with your army and your police."

Then before I leave his [police officer] car I am asking, "Is there a chance you know Mr Efrati? My father, the head of the investigation of Jerusalem police?"

And the guy takes out his cell phone and flips his pictures, and he got a picture with my dad, in the middle of the night, in Washington DC. and I am just blown away, I am going out of the car and I am calling my dad in Jerusalem and I am saying "Dad, what the hell?!" And my dad is telling me, "Oh come on Eran, don't be naive! You know when NYPD got an office in Tel Aviv, right? You know we got an office in NYC, right? Come on, we are working together to protect you."

Stock Down

20 reasons why 20 years of NAFTA has destroyed the economy; Obama plans new "NAFTA on steroids"

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Back in the early 1990s, the North American Free Trade Agreement was one of the hottest political issues in the country. When he was running for president in 1992, Bill Clinton promised that NAFTA would result in an increase in the number of high quality jobs for Americans that it would reduce illegal immigration.

Ross Perot warned that just the opposite would happen. He warned that if NAFTA was implemented there would be a "giant sucking sound" as thousands of businesses and millions of jobs left this country. Most Americans chose to believe Bill Clinton. Well, it is 20 years later and it turns out that Perot was right and Clinton was dead wrong.

But now history is repeating itself, and most Americans don't even realize that it is happening. As you will read about at the end of this article, Barack Obama has been negotiating a secret trade treaty that is being called "NAFTA on steroids", and if Congress adopts it we could lose millions more good paying jobs.


Russian convoy delivers humanitarian aid as promised while Kiev huffs and puffs

© Yuri Kochetkov/European Pressphoto AgencyThe Ukraine-bound convoy paused on Thursday near Kamensk-Shakhtinsky, Russia.
A Russian aid convoy rumbled toward rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine on Thursday, stirring fears of a direct confrontation between Russia and Ukraine after months of hands-off sparring through armed proxies between the two bitterly estranged neighbors.

Warning that Ukraine would deploy "all forces available" to halt the convoy if it refused to submit to inspection by Ukrainian border guards, Ukraine's military spokesman, Andriy Lysenko, said that "any attempt to introduce any convoy without the permission of Ukraine would be considered an act of open aggression."

Comment: Let's be clear, the only people stirring fears in this situation are the Neo-Nazi's in Kiev and warmongers in Washington with a little help from propaganda rags like the New York Times.

The convoy of around 260 trucks, mostly military vehicles that had been recently spray-painted white and covered with white tarpaulins, came within miles of the Ukrainian border on Thursday but then halted its advance, turning onto a long dusty road near a Russian military base on the outskirts of the Russian town of Kamensk-Shakhtinsky.

Ukraine and its Western allies have cast a mistrustful eye on the Russian mission from the start, regarding it more as a cynical ploy to help beleaguered rebel forces stave off defeat and thus extend a war that they say the Kremlin itself has covertly stoked, and is the primary cause of the humanitarian crisis that the aid convoy is supposed to relieve.

Comment: Kiev forces can huff and puff as much as they like, and the NYT can try to instigate conflict and rabble rouse all they want, but at the end of the day it comes down to this:

Russia promised aid. Russia delivered aid.


Poroshenko lies again? Kiev says it destroyed part of Russian 'military' convoy

Rostov convoy
© Yuri Kochetkov, EPADrivers of Russian aid convoy and white trucks in a field outside the town of Kamensk-Shakhtinsky in Rostov region, about 18 miles from the Russian-Ukrainian border on Aug. 15,2014.
Ukraine said Friday that its artillery destroyed part of a convoy of Russian military vehicles that crossed into Ukraine at around the same time as a Russian relief aid convoy was reaching the border area.

The Russian defense ministry flatly denied the report and the Russian Foreign Ministry said it has information that Ukraine was planning to attack the now stalled 262-truck Russian humanitarian convoy.

Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko confirmed the attack on the Russian armored personnel carriers in a telephone call, saying that a "significant" part of the military column had been destroyed, according to the Ukrainian leader's website. "Much of this equipment was destroyed by the Ukrainian artillery at night," the statement says.

Andriy Lysenko, spokesman for Ukraine's National Security Defense Council, also reported that parts of the armored were "destroyed."

Comment: We guess that explains why there most likely will be no credible evidence brought forward: it was 'destroyed'!

"Appropriate actions were undertaken and a part of it no longer exist," Lysenko told reporters. He said the military convoy had been closely observed since crossing the border from Russia.

Comment: So where's the rest of it? Evidence, please.

Comment: It's looking like Kiev will do just about anything to prevent people from seeing Russia for what it truly is in this 'conflict': the only one who really cares, who really wants peace, and who is actually doing anything to help and support the suffering civilians caught in the crossfire.

Top Secret

Edward Snowden questions competence in NSA investigation into security disclosures - sez he left detectable traces

NSA whistleblower says he left detectable digital traces of his removal of documents which the agency did not pick up on

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National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden has called into question the competence of the investigation into the aftermath of his disclosures, which was overseen by the NSA's new deputy director, Rick Ledgett.

In a new cover story for Wired magazine, the former NSA contractor provided writer James Bamford with previously unreported allegations of NSA cyberattack tools, including a piece of software, codenamed MonsterMind, that would automate a hostile response when it detected a network intrusion. He also alleged that a 2012 incident that took Syria's internet offline was the fault of the NSA.

Snowden told Bamford, a longtime chronicler of the agency, that he left detectable digital traces of his removal of scores of documents from the technically sophisticated agency, allowing the NSA to know precisely what he did and did not take. Yet making a specific determination of the extent of the data breach has escaped the agency, which has simultaneously made vast and dire claims about the damage Snowden caused.

The head of the NSA's digital forensics investigation into the Snowden disclosures, considered the most extensive in the agency's history, was Ledgett, who has since been promoted to deputy director, its most senior civilian position.


Desperate Kiev regime now claiming pro-Russian rebels shot down Flight MH17 by mistake in attempt to shoot down Russian airliner

The official MH17 narrative still prevails: the "pro-Russian rebels" shot down Malaysian airlines MH17 with a Buk missile system provided by Russia.

In a new and rather unusual twist, however, according to the Kiev regime, the Donetsk militia did not intend to shoot down Malaysian airlines MH17. What the "pro-Russian rebels" were aiming at was a Russian Aeroflot passenger plane.

The MH17 was shot down "by mistake" according to an official statement by the head of Ukraine's Secret Service, Valentyn Nalyvaichenko(Ukraine News Service, August 7, 2014)

According to SBU Chief Nalyvaichenko:
"Ukraine's law enforcement and intelligence agencies have established during the investigation into a terrorist attack on the Boeing... that on that day, July 17, and at that time military mercenaries and terrorists from the Russian Federation planned to carry out a terrorist attack against a passenger aircraft of Aeroflot en route from Moscow to Larnaca... as a pretext for the further invasion by Russia,"

"This cynical terrorist attack was planned for the day when the [Malaysia Airlines] plane happened to fly by, planned by war criminals as a pretext for the further military invasion by the Russian Federation, that is, there would be a casus belli," he added.

Thus, according Nalyvaichenko, the terrorists downed the Malaysian airliner by mistake." (Ukraine Interfax News, August 8, 2014)
Nalyvaichenko said that the Kiev government reached this conclusion "in the course of its own investigation into the downing of MH17″.

Comment: What is so ridiculous about the outright lies being spewed by Kiev is that this is the exact logic that Kiev and the U.S. used for planning and executing the deliberate destruction of Flight MH17. THEY wanted to down the plane to justify further action against Russia. Talk about projection! There was a false flag that occurred all right, but it was the Kiev/U.S. government that is the culprit.