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Insatiable thirst for violence: Israeli warplanes launch several airstrikes on Gaza Strip

© AFP
Israeli warplanes have launched several airstrikes on the Gaza Strip in yet another act of aggression against the besieged Palestinian coastal territory.

No casualties have yet been reported in the Saturday morning attacks that followed reports of an alleged rocket launch from Gaza on a vacant kindergarten in the town of Sderot in the occupied Palestinian territories.

The Israeli warplanes reportedly hit the Zeitoun district of Gaza City and a site belonging to the Palestinian resistance movement, Hamas.

The Israeli bombardment of Gaza came hours after Tel Aviv imposed a closure on the occupied West Bank city of al-Khalil (Hebron) and its surrounding areas following the killing of an Israeli man in a drive-by shooting there. Earlier on Friday, Israeli forces shot dead a 27-year-old Palestinian woman, identified as Sarah Tarayra, after she allegedly attempted to carry out a stabbing attack near the revered Muslim religious monument of the Ibrahimi Mosque in the city.

Quenelle - Golden

Russia is seeing best inflation & unemployment numbers since before USSR's collapse

Expectations of a rise in inflation because of the base effect, and supply constraints prove to be wrong.


Russia Central Bank
Away from all the noise about Brexit, Rosstat - Russia's statistical agency - and the Central Bank have published more data and forecasts that point towards steady recovery and a rapidly improving inflation picture.

Contrary to the Central Bank's earlier predictions the annualised rate of inflation remained steady in June despite claims that it would go above 8% because of the base effect. The annualised rate of inflation at the end of June instead turned out to be 7.4% compared to 7.3% in the previous months. The true rate of inflation after eliminating all statistical anomalies remains rock steady at 0.1% per week (between 5 - 6% for the whole year) where it has been for months. The Central Bank is now admitting that there will probably be deflation in August - a month when inflation in Russia traditionally falls - and that the annualised rate of inflation for the whole year could be as low as 5.5%. The Economics Ministry more pessimistically predicts 5.9%.

Either figure would represent the lowest inflation rate Russia has experienced in any one year since before the USSR collapsed. Predictions inflation would increase to 16% following the second oil price collapse at the start of the year have proved completely wrong, whilst more recent claims that the peak of the period of inflation decline has passed and that inflation is now rising are also turning out wrong.

Comment: Despite all of this the EU elite are still in denial - continuing to attempt to 'damage Russia's economy' by extending self-defeating and unreasonable sanctions until 2017. The citizens of Europe should be looking to Russia to see how adults run the economy.

Also see: Russia overcomes economic recession despite the West's unreasonable sanctions


Bad Guys

ISIS seeks to control key trade routes for oil to Europe

© AP Photo/ File
In a video that was released by the so-called Islamic State they presented their strategic objective on a map. According to it the Islamist mercenaries want to control the main oil trade route to Europe. If successful, the safe transport of oil by sea to Europe would be at risk. As a substitute the US could jump to help: They have started with the supply of liquefied gas to Europe.

In a recent propaganda video from ISIS's anniversary "Two Years Since the Caliphate" the terrorist militia lays claim to six geographic areas: on part of central Syria and eastern Syria, the Arabian Peninsula, Yemen, Sinai, Libya and Algeria. In all these areas the terrorist militia will be even more active in the future, which will inevitably lead to a destabilization of these regions. Who is exactly behind the IS is not known. A striking feature of the jubilee video is that the alleged leader of the movement, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, does not play a role. One would have actually expected a message from the supposed caliph.

Particularly interesting is that these regions are located at the junctions of the world's most important shipping lane, which in turn is essential for the global oil transfer. The oil trade from the east to the west is implemented through this waterway. According to the US Energy Information Administration, 63 percent of the world's oil is processed via waterways. Destabilization of the chosen ISIS target regions would inevitably impede severely global oil trade. The most important junction for the global oil transfer is the Strait of Hormuz. The terrorist militia wants to destabilize the area of ​​this waterway as well.

Comment: Further reading: ISIS announces new plans to pivot to Southeast Asia


Control Panel

Learning from Russia? US General Dunford, Chairman of Joint Chiefs, preaches 'multinational cooperation' to closed UN group

© John Tlumacki
Ein reich, ein volk... oops, wrong era! US Marine Corps General, Joseph Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Turkish boss Tayyip Erdoğan has begun to open dialogue with Damascus, and has offered his apologies to Russia over the unjustifiable shoot-down of a Russian jet over Syria 7 months ago. Turkey's proxies were also responsible for the followup shoot-down of a rescue helicopter and the murder of a pilot. So far the perpetrator has escaped prosecution in Turkey. Was the sidelining of Davutoglu, formerly PM, also an ambiguous sign, possibly signaling that Turkey is taking a half-step backwards?

On the other side of the globe, disputed imperial claims in the South China Sea have not softened, but China is participating in a grand naval exercise with US forces in the Pacific Ocean. Both sides report the greatest professionalism in the other. The biennial RIMPAC (Rim of the Pacific) naval exercises will involve 27 nations and 25,000 service members, 45 ships, five submarines and more than 200 aircraft. China is among this year's contingent that will operate off the coasts of Hawai'i and Southern California.

Brexit too suggests a further crumbling of the US imperium — at least its imperiousness has been curtailed. The EU, like the ECB, IMF, other members of Greece's enslaving Troika, and the World Bank, are beholden to central banksters and international oligopolists. So are the Warriors of Terror which the US and its satellites have unleashed on the world. Though the US lefty press is in the dark, much of Europe is waking up to the effects of rule by bureaucrats who promise equality, but systematically undermine labor, pensions, and even corporate security, in interest of the banksters. If they truly care about the lower classes, leftists should pray a Frexit follows, even if led by Marine Le Pen. "Remember Greece!" should be the cry. (But see this for the uses the elites make of the Brexit referendum.)

Pistol

More Western terror: Mystery gunmen shoot up bakery in Dhaka, Bangladesh - 20 hostages dead


The Islamic State's Amaq News Agency said the attack on the restaurant was carried out by "Islamic State commandos,'' ...says Israeli SITE Intelligence Group.
Gunmen seized a bakery in Dhaka overnight, killing 20 hostages and two officers in a siege that ended Saturday morning, the Bangladeshi military said.

All the hostages killed were foreigners, the military said.

The attackers used guns, explosive devices and "a lot of sharp domestic weapons," said Brig. Gen. Naeem Ashfaq Chowdhury of the Bangladesh army. The hostages' bodies were found after the standoff ended in the country's capital.

Bangladeshi troops rescued 14 hostages, according to Brig. Gen. Mujibur Rahman of the Bangladesh army.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina provided a different number, but officials said the figures are preliminary.

"We were able to save 13 people, we weren't able to save a few," Hasina said at a news conference. Six terrorists were killed and one was captured alive, she said.

One Japanese national and two Sri Lankans were among the hostages rescued, officials from both nations said.

Comment: Let's cut straight to the chase: the Anglo-American-Israeli global terror network is behind this attack, same as all the other ones.

The British in particular have the means and motive to 'create facts on the ground' that justify their continued management of Bangladesh's government deaths squads (now murdering dissidents there for 12 years):

Made in England: Bangladeshi death squads trained by British government

See also:

Behind the Headlines: Britain's Secret Wars: Interview with T.J. Coles


Pistol

Made in England: Bangladeshi death squads trained by British government


Bangladesh's R.A.B., British proxy terrorist army in Bangladesh
The British government has been training a Bangladeshi paramilitary force condemned by human rights organisations as a "government death squad", leaked US embassy cables have revealed.

Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), which has been held responsible for hundreds of extra-judicial killings in recent years and is said to routinely use torture, have received British training in "investigative interviewing techniques" and "rules of engagement".

Details of the training were revealed in a number of cables, released by WikiLeaks, which address the counter-terrorism objectives of the US and UK governments in Bangladesh. One cable makes clear that the US would not offer any assistance other than human rights training to the RAB - and that it would be illegal under US law to do so - because its members commit gross human rights violations with impunity.


Comment: Wow, not even the US government would stoop so low (not openly anyway).


Comment: Notice that it's lefties they're really after, not 'terrorists', which is the ideological cover for clamping down on dissent to Anglo-American rule.


Light Saber

Candidate for US Senate: McCain, Obama and Clinton are "partners in creating and arming ISIS"


Dr. Kelli Ward
An Arizona Senate candidate has emerged who is calling a spade a spade. The following video portrays the most shocking allegations in the history of American politics.

VIDEO: Senator John McCain is "Directly Responsible" for arming and supporting ISIS — Dr. Kelli Ward

Dr. Kelli Ward has taken the gloves off where it concerns the public service of Senator John McCain. She has rightly stated the McCain, along with President Barack Hussein Obama and Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton, were actual "Partners in Creating and Arming and Funding ISIS".

It really does not get more serious than this accusation unless someone alleges that rogue elements within the U.S. Federal Government were directly responsible for the planning, coordination, execution and cover-up of the false flag terror attacks on September 11, 2001 ... ... ...
which it was.

Comment: There's more to what occurred in Benghazi than what Dr. Ward would seem to know, but be that as it is, she's got the right idea!


Bad Guys

Boogeyman rises: Al Qaeda leader issues dire warning if Boston bomber executed

© AP Photo/ File Photo
Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri issued a statement warning the United States that if the Boston Marathon bomber, or any other Muslim prisoner, is executed, there will be the "gravest consequences."

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, now 22 years old, was named specifically in the warning. Tsarnaev is currently on death row for the detonation of an improvised explosive device during the Boston Marathon, which killed three people and injured some 280 on April 15, 2013.

"If the U.S. administration kills our brother the hero Dzhokhar Tsarnaev or any Muslim, it... will bring America's nationals the gravest consequences," Zawahri said in the video statement.

Snakes in Suits

Wishful thinking: Slovakia promises Brussels shakedown as it heads EU presidency

© AFP 2016/ Samuel Kubani
Slovakia takes over the rotating presidency of the European Council on July 1 - for the first time - promising an overhaul of the Brussels machine as it struggles to deal with the fallout of Brexit, the migrant crisis and the Eurozone troubles.

Slovakia's presidency comes at a critical time for the EU, with calls for massive reforms to prevent a domino effect, following the decision by Britain to leave the EU amid growing anti-EU sentiment throughout Europe.

Slovakia is no stranger to euroskepticism, being part of the Visegrad group — along with the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland — which has been staunchly opposed to the mandatory relocation of refugees, as proposed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

Comment: So Fico thinks he can create change with this guy?




Take 2

Finally CIA tentacles in Hollywood on verge of being exposed


Hollywood, the land of dreams
An amendment added to Congress' annual intelligence spending bill may help the public gain a better idea of the U.S. government's relationship with Hollywood.

According to VICE News, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC), included an amendment to S. 3017 that would require the Director of National Intelligence to submit reports detailing the relationship between the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) agencies and Hollywood. It would also require 15 other agencies to disclose the nature of their relationships with the film industry. These reports would have to be presented annually to congressional oversight committees.

Between 2006 and 2011, VICE reported, the CIA's Office of Public Affairs (OPA) had a role in at least 22 of the U.S. entertainment industry's projects. Some of the productions listed by VICE included the films Argo and Zero Dark Thirty, television shows like Top Chef and Covert Affairs, and documentaries such as the History channel's Air America and the BBC's The Secret War on Terror. The book, The Devil's Light, also had the help of the CIA.

Comment: It's highly doubtful that this amendment will put a stop to CIA/Hollywood connections however it's a step in the right direction.