June 29, 2011

War Is in the Air

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When one surveys the world situation, one cannot react with anything but intense disquiet and apprehension. The premonition of imminent catastrophe cannot be shunted aside as unthinkable or as the capricious imaginings of the congenitally unstable. War is in the air, as it was in 1914 and 1939, before the actual outbreak of hostilities. And the flashpoints are instantly discernible, namely, the Middle East and the South Asian theater. The sequel appears to be pretty much inevitable.

In a certain sense, assigning blame for the coming eruption is a useless enterprise. Al-Qaeda and the Iranian Shi’ite regime are only acting in character; they are the carnivores of the current political world and cannot be expected to begin acting like herbivores. They have openly declared their intentions many times over and have given every indication of being willing to use nuclear weapons once they control or develop them. Those of us who downplay the utter fanaticism of Twelver Shi’a theology or the visceral savagery and determination of al-Qaeda—both Iran and al-Qaeda may be plausibly defined as “non-rational adversaries”—are living in the flimsiest of bubbles. Russia and China have regularly collaborated with the potential “slayers of mankind” as it is in their nature to do. The former is concerned with supply-profit, the latter with energy demands, and both with the purpose of further weakening the United States. Their lack of forethought is endemic and incurable. As for the feeble European democracies, they cannot do other than posture and appease in the face of an approaching firestorm. That is part of their genome.

June 28, 2011

The Obama Doctrine Defined

Commentary Magazine

The words “vacillating” and “aimless” are commonly used by both left and right to describe President Barack Obama’s approach to the Libya war. His political friends and foes alike lament that he has no clear goal in Libya—and that, by failing to articulate one, he is revealing his unease at having been dragged into the fight to oust the regime of Muammar Qaddafi.

Democratic Senator James Webb of Virginia issued a press release on March 21, 2011, noting that the U.S. mission in Libya “lacks clarity.” Former Republican Senator Slade Gorton wrote in the Washington Post: “We should never enter a war halfway and with an indecisive goal. Regrettably, that is where we stand today.”

The criticism has some validity, but it misses an important point: the administration’s approach has logic and coherence in the service of strategic considerations that extend far beyond Libya.

Since his campaign in 2007 and 2008, Barack Obama has declared that he wants to transform America’s role in world affairs. And now,in the third year of his term, we can see how he is bringing about that transformation. The United States under Barack Obama is less assertive, less dominant, less power-minded, less focused on the American people’s particular interests, and less concerned about preserving U.S. freedom of action. It is true that he did not simply pull the plug on the war in Iraq, as he promised he would do, and that he increased the commitment of troops in Afghanistan. But those compromises reflect the president’s pragmatic judgment about the art of the possible, not his conviction about what kind of country America should ultimately become.
Obama determined early on, as the Libyan revolt developed, that no outcome would be more important to him than keeping the United States within the bounds set by the United Nations Security Council. He refused to act on Libya until the Arab League and the UNSC gave approval. He immediately renounced U.S. leadership of the military intervention—and when, due to default by U.S. allies, his own commanders had to take charge at the outset, he insisted they promptly pass the mission to NATO, which they did.

KATYN 2. Late Polish President's family lawyer accuses Obama of supporting Russian terrorism

Kavkaz Center
Publication time: 26 June 2011, 22:58

In an interview to a Polish magazine, Fakt, Rafal Rogalski, a lawyer of the family of Polish president Lech Kaczynski who was murdered by the Russian terrorist network FSB on the orders of Medvedev and Putin, accused Obama of direct complicity with Russian terrorism. Mr. Rogalski said:

"The brother of the slain Polish president, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, personally drafted a letter to Obama asking for legal assistance in the investigation of the Smolensk tragedy. Mr. Kaczynski has full knowledge of the Polish investigation. The letter was sent to American authorities. However, legal assistance and especially the handover of the most important information never followed. It refers in particular to information refuting the unfair and tendentious Russian report by the Moscow Aviation Committee (MAC).

The American president could do much for the investigation of the Smolensk tragedy. First of all, he could order his subordinates to carry out full co-operation with Polish military prosecutors.

The Divided States of Europe

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June 28, 2011 | 0848 GMT

By Marko Papic

Taking Stock of WikiLeaksEurope continues to be engulfed by economic crisis. The global focus returns to Athens on June 28 as Greek parliamentarians debate austerity measures imposed on them by eurozone partners. If the Greeks vote down these measures, Athens will not receive its second bailout, which could create an even worse crisis in Europe and the world.
It is important to understand that the crisis is not fundamentally about Greece or even about the indebtedness of the entire currency bloc. After all, Greece represents only 2.5 percent of the eurozone’s gross domestic product (GDP), and the bloc’s fiscal numbers are not that bad when looked at in the aggregate. Its overall deficit and debt figures are in a better shape than those of the United States — the U.S. budget deficit stood at 10.6 percent of GDP in 2010, compared to 6.4 percent for the European Union — yet the focus continues to be on Europe.

That is because the real crisis is the more fundamental question of how the European continent is to be ruled in the 21st century. Europe has emerged from its subservience during the Cold War, when it was the geopolitical chessboard for the Soviet Union and the United States. It won its independence by default as the superpowers retreated: Russia withdrawing to its Soviet sphere of influence and the United States switching its focus to the Middle East after 9/11. Since the 1990s, Europe has dabbled with institutional reform but has left the fundamental question of political integration off the table, even as it integrated economically. This is ultimately the source of the current sovereign debt crisis, the lack of political oversight over economic integration gone wrong.

Statement on European Council meeting

A statement by the Prime Minister David Cameron to the House of Commons following the European Council meeting in Brussels on 23-24 June 2011

With permission, Mr Speaker, I would like to make a statement on last week’s European Council.
The main focus of the Council was rightly on Europe’s economy.
In advancing Britain’s national interest I had two objectives.
First to ensure that Britain did not have to contribute to any new Greek bail-out through the European Financial Stability Mechanism.
Second to support efforts to bring stability to the Eurozone and growth to Europe as a whole, while fully protecting Britain’s position.
Let me take each in turn.
Greece

More Than a Currency

Suppose you are the prime minister of a democracy in Europe or the Pacific. What do you think of the U.S. dollar and its future prospects? Regardless of party affiliation, or private preferences, you support the dollar.

 In fact, you cannot do otherwise. Your country’s security is tied to the dollar, because your country lacks the military strength to guarantee its national survival in a major conflict (like the one that began in 1939, in which dozens of nations were unable to defend themselves). As a small or medium-sized country, you either do not possess any nuclear weapons, or the number is too small to save you in a real conflict with a large nuclear power (like Russia). And so, the dollar is more than a currency. The dollar’s universal value is like an agreed-upon tax that the democratic world pays for the added security provided by the Americans.

The system works in an odd but enduring way. The U.S. dollar is an international fiat currency that can be digitally inflated or printed at will. It might be said that America exports its inflation while it imports everything else. As long as America is willing to defend Europe and the Pacific, the dollar will be supported and the so-called “tax” of dollar inflation will be paid by all. For as a prime minister of a democratic country in Europe, Asia or the Pacific, you crave America’s nuclear umbrella. You want an American military presence in your region, or a promise from the U.S. president that you will be defended in a crisis. And so, if you are Japan or Germany, South Korea or Saudi Arabia, you will stand by the dollar. You will not waiver. Your public criticisms of America and its currency do not reflect your real views. Because of this, multiplied by country after country, the dollar has survived.

June 27, 2011

Weekly Southern African Report

From Jan Lamprecht
Southern Africa in Crisis
Sunday, 26th June 2011
From 1994-Present over 3,000 Farmers have been murdered in S.Africa.
Many thousands of their farm workers have also been murdered too.
S.Africa: Crime: Johannesburg: Attempt to hijack me: Yesterday a black criminal threatened to shoot me... Its not even worth telling the Police...
Saturday 25-Jun-2011: Last night I had an interesting incident. I was driving along Louis Botha ave in Johannesburg. It is a pretty busy road and there were cars and black taxis all over. When I got to a set of traffic (By Jan)...
S.Africa: An Afrikaner AWB Boer writes a message to Julius Malema about the Civil War/Genocide he's sending us to...
Monday 20-Jun-2011: [An Afrikaner Boer who is a member of the AWB wrote this below and I'd like people to read this. I certainly hope that there are guys like him who'll stand in the gap when the day comes. As for me, I (By Jan)...
S.Africa: Afrikanervryheid en -volkseenheid
Wednesday 22-Jun-2011: 19 June, 2011 Daar het die afgelope paar weke hewige debatte gewoed op Praag se blog oor die kwessie van eksterne selfbeskikking vir Afrikaners, maar die meeste deelnemers was dit eens dat Afrikaners...
S.Africa: SOUTH AFRICANS...YOU NEED TO STAND FIRM !! [comment by AWB Boer]
Friday 24-Jun-2011: Meer wil landuit oor Julius 2011-06-23 23:45 Gerhard Pretorius Al hoe meer Suid-Afrikaners soek ’n heenkome buite die landsgrense weens die uitsprake van mnr. Julius Malema, president van die ANC-j...

The Real Ramifications of the Unraveling NATO Alliance

June 27, 2011 | From theTrumpet.com
The mightiest military alliance in history faces “collective military irrelevance,” says Robert Gates. What will be the results of NATO’s deterioration? By Jeremiah Jacques

The ongoing involvement of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (nato) in Libya’s civil war has revealed the alliance to be an increasingly imbalanced and fictitious military organization.

nato started off strong enough. In the Cold War’s aftermath, the organization was dubbed “the most successful alliance in history” because it had prevented the Russian Army from crossing into Western Europe. The organization has defined security in the Western Hemisphere for around 60 years, but the last few of those years have revealed deep fissures in its integrity.

Outgoing Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on June 10 that nato risks “collective military irrelevance” because most of its members put so little toward defense spending that the organization is not even able to defeat a tin-pot dictator like Libyan leader Muammar Qadhafi. The heart of nato’s problem, according to Gates, is a staggering imbalance in the defense contributions of the member states.

“The mightiest military alliance in history is only 11 weeks into an operation against a poorly armed regime in a sparsely populated country—yet many allies are beginning to run short of munitions, requiring the U.S., once more, to make up the difference,” Gates said in Brussels earlier this month.

June 26, 2011

EU becoming dictatorship

The Trumpet Blog



Posted by Robert Morley at 10:32 pm on June 22, 2011

There are large and dangerous cracks in the pavement of the European Union’s democracy. That’s the conclusion of a recent EU Observer article. It is an astounding—and frightening—article, well worth the read.

In essence the conclusion is that the EU has gone from trying to coerce the public to autocratically controlling the various political parties in Europe. In the words of the EU Observer, “political parties with competing manifestos … are still there, but someone else has decided in advance what the result will be.” The conclusion? The people of Europe are looking for a “strongman.” Here are some disturbing highlights (emphasis added throughout).

Europe seems to have slipped almost imperceptibly in the space of only a few months into an electoral interzone, a crack in the pavement of democracy.

The formal trappings of clean elections—in which political parties with competing manifestos contest a ballot free of voter intimidation—are all still there, but someone else has decided in advance what the result will be.

June 25, 2011

The New Imperialism: EU Aid Package Will Destroy Greece and Enrich Germany

Global Politician

By Prof. Peter Morici
 
Greece is insolvent. No amount of new loans from rich EU governments and the IMF can save Athens from default on sovereign debt, and that poses a clear threat to the global financial stability. Moreover, the solutions being imposed will reduce Greeks into poverty to sustain German prosperity. Welcome to the New Imperialism!

Greece’s national debt exceeds 175 percent of GDP, and investors view its debt so risky that its bonds are deeply discounted in the resale market, pushing up yields to 20 percent and more. At those rates, Greece simply can’t refinance existing bonds as those come due.

Either bondholders accept new notes with longer maturities and paying much lower effective yields than the notes they currently hold, or Greece must default on bonds coming due. However, bonds with longer maturities and lower effective yields will be immediately worth less than their face value in the resale market—this makes such a rollover a soft restructuring or soft default. Bond rating agencies, if they apply established standards, must declare Greece in default in the face of such a maneuver.

This poses a twofold challenge for rich EU states. Their banks are extremely vulnerable and Greece has another way out if Athens has the sense to use it.

French and German banks hold $14 billion and $23 billion, respectively, in Greek sovereign debt, and even greater exposure to Greek private debt.

The Value of the Euro

german-foreign-policy.com

The Value of the Euro  2011/06/21

BERLIN/PARIS/ATHENS (Own report) - Once again the EU is bowing to a German-French dictate by enacting the participation of private creditors to finance the Euro debt crisis. An agreement to this effect, reached last weekend between the German chancellor and the French president, was passed yesterday by the EU's finance ministers. Financial companies are to be called upon to make huge payments - but contrary to German demands - only on a voluntary basis. Berlin could have made the popular demand that banks provide the financing, because German credit and insurance institutions have begun to sell off a large portion of their Greek bonds, while their French rivals are still in a vulnerable position. Some members of the ruling parties' parliamentary groups are still calling for credit institutions to play the largest possible role in solving the crisis. In the meantime, German CEOs of export companies owing a large portion of their profits to trade within the Euro zone, and therefore benefiting from the Euro, are placing large-format ads in journals pleading to maintain the Euro.

The Week in Review (theTrumpet.com)

June 24, 2011 | From theTrumpet.com
The Syrian puppeteer, the Iranian space program, two more economic inpatients in Europe, showdown on the South China Sea, Moscow divests dollars, and the U.S. withdraws toward isolationism.

Middle East

According to what appears to be a leaked Syrian state document, Syria’s government orchestrated the Nakba raids that occurred on the Israeli border on May 15. The internal memorandum outlines how the regime ordered security officials on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights to grant passage to 20 buses containing Palestinians to the border, where the crowds attempted to climb the fence and enter Israel. The document states: “It is essential to ensure that no one carries military identification or a weapon as they enter, with a strict emphasis on the peaceful and spontaneous nature of the protest.” At least 27 people were killed in the ensuing demonstrations on May 15 and June 5. This is another example of Palestinians being used to further Arab ambition—this time around, to divert attention away from President Bashar Assad’s brutal onslaught against internal dissenters.

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle visited Israel June 14, meeting with Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas and Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, and also Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman. Westerwelle reiterated that Berlin supported “the Palestinian people in having an independent state,” but said such a state should come about through negotiation, not unilaterally. German Development Minister Dirk Niebel accompanied Westerwelle on the visit, intending to travel to the Gaza Strip to gather information on German-Palestinian development cooperation. Israel denied Niebel access to Gaza, however, in accordance with its general policy toward Hamas. Though a deputy spokesman for German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the move wasn’t taken as a political affront, it received a bad reaction from some other German politicians. The foreign policy spokesman of the Free Democrats, for example, said Israel was “turning off its closest friends.” A week later, Israel announced that it would allow more goods into the Gaza Strip, including materials to build 1,200 homes and 18 schools. Watch for German pressure on Israel to increase and for Germany to seek to get more involved in the peace process.

On June 15, Iran launched its second satellite into orbit, two years after its first one was launched in February 2009. The Rasad-1 (Observation-1) is reportedly a small imaging satellite built by Iran. Since the size and accuracy of the satellite are not sufficient to produce high-resolution maps, according to All Things Nuclear, the goal of the satellite appears to be to give Iran experience with developing and operating satellite technology. The technology needed for launching satellites is the same needed for firing conventional or nuclear warheads. “People wondered after the first time if they just got lucky,” Brian Weeden of the Secure World Foundation think tank says. “Now that they’ve put two satellites up there, that indicates perhaps it wasn’t a fluke the first time. It demonstrates that their rocket technology is pretty good.”

June 23, 2011

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Obama's Afghanistan Plan and the Realities of Withdrawal

 

Tuesday, June 21, 2011


Agenda 21 Indoctrination Going Global at Warp Speed


For those not familiar with Agenda 21 and “sustainable development”, I urge you to take a crash course and visit some of the leading researcher’s on the subject: Michael Shaw at Freedom Advocates, Cassandra Anderson at Morph City, key reports such as "UN Agenda 21 Will Rule the US Waves" from organizations like the Science & Public Policy Institute as well as take a look at the numerous lectures archived by Dr. Stanley Monteith over at Radio Liberty.

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Jorge Mascarillo
Activist Post

It is time to sound the alarm yet again on Agenda 21. Much of the focus of critical LA21 discussion has centered on its progress in the United States, but it too has been making rapid inroads into México, as to the rest of the planet. 

Background - Regionalization

As we all know (or should be aware of), México is purported ground zero for the testing and total implementation of iris-scanning biometric identification technology according to Hoyos Group (formerly Global Rainmakers), which is set to eventually encompass the globe (their estimate is ten years).[1] Youth here will soon be obligated to receive national biometric ID cards with a view of moving on to the general population. This is all for our safety. Please try to ignore the fact the US agency, ATF, has been arming drug cartels with heavy weaponry.[2] Please also make an attempt to pretend you never heard drug cartels have been moving massive amounts of cocaine and heroin into the U.S. with the oversight of the DOJ, FBI, DEA and ICE.[3]

Harper and Obama’s recent agreement on the common security perimeter has stated the move to work “toward common technical standards for the collection, transmission, and matching of biometrics that enable the sharing of information on travellers in real time.”[4] We know that the 1980 Bilderberg report stated the goal of working toward a “North American common bloc” and that the 1989 US-CAN bilateral trade agreement added México into the mix in 1994 with NAFTA.[5] One can assume that the 2011 US-CAN common security perimeter will eventually add in a bit of Méxican spice to spruce things up. These developments also mirror the 2005 Council on Foreign Relations Task Force objectives.[6]

Agenda 21 Indoctrination

Desouche Histoire : Napoléon III, modernisateur de la France (partie 1)

L'apothéose de Napoléon III - Cabasson, 1854

L’apothéose de Napoléon III (Guillaume Alphonse Cabasson, 1864).
En haut à gauche, deux putti tiennent l’urne du suffrage universel, celui de gauche brandit le parchemin où est inscrit le résultat : Napoléon III Empereur.
« L’Empereur peut attendre avec confiance le jugement de la postérité.
Son règne restera comme l’un des plus glorieux de notre histoire. »

Louis Pasteur, le 5 septembre 1870.

Ennemi personnel de Victor Hugo, bouc-émissaire des républicains pour la défaite de 1870, éclipsé par la légende dorée de son oncle, Napoléon III reste perçu comme un empereur faible, hésitant et rêveur, portrait que lui ont brossé ses adversaires. Pourtant, son règne coïncide avec un essor économique sans précédent et marque une amélioration significative de la condition des classes laborieuses. Et au contraire de son illustre oncle, il laissa la France plus grande qu’il ne l’a trouvé.


Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte fut élu premier président de la République en 1848 (à 74,1 % des suffarges) mais ce n’est qu’à partir de 1851 qu’il put réellement exercer le pouvoir comme il l’entendait, étant auparavant « prisonnier » de son gouvernement, lequel, dominé par les monarchistes, continuait à gérer les affaires comme sous Louis-Philippe. En 1852, il restaura l’Empire le 2 décembre suite à un plébiscite (91 % de « Oui ») dont même Jules Ferry ne remettra pas en doute le bon déroulement et l’authenticité du résultat.
L’Empire dura 18 ans, et l’on y distingue traditionnellement la phase « autoritaire » (1852-1860) et la phase « libérale » (1860-1870). Le Corps législatif, composé de 270 élus au suffrage universel, ne posséda que peu de pouvoirs durant la phase autoritaire (le seul important était la possibilité de rejeter une proposition de loi). A partir de 1860, l’empereur libéralisa son régime, assouplissant la censure et octroyant davantage de droits au Corps législatif (droit d’adresse, droit d’amendement élargi). Napoléon III voulut montrer que l’Empire était compatible avec la liberté. En 1867-1868, l’Empire prend un tournant encore plus libéral avec la suppression de la censure et l’octroi du droit d’interpellation au Corps législatif.

Desouche Histoire : Napoléon III et l’Europe (partie 2)

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La visite de Napoléon III à Gênes (Théodore Gudin, 1859).

La politique étrangère de Napoléon III a toujours suivi trois grands objectifs : le premier, ramener la France au rang des grandes puissances par l’abolition des traités de 1815 ; le deuxième, faire coïncider autant que possible les territoires avec les nationalités (l’union italienne) ; le troisième, mettre fin aux grandes guerres en favorisant le règlement des conflits par la négociation dans le cadre de congrès qui se réuniraient régulièrement. Napoléon III a réussi le premier objectif qu’il s’était fixé, le second s’est retourné contre lui (l’union allemande), il s’est montré visionnaire pour le troisième avec la mise en place plus tard de la Société des Nations.


I. L’Europe de Napoléon III

Après la chute du Premier Empire, les Alliés avaient érigé au congrès de Vienne un nouvel équilibre européen dirigé contre la France, et maintenu par la Sainte-Alliance (Empire russe, Empire d’Autriche, royaume de Prusse). Ce nouvel ordre européen était insupportable aux Français et Napoléon III dut une grande partie de sa popularité à sa volonté de la remettre en cause. Les traités de 1815 furent effectivement abolis de fait par l’intervention de l’empereur en Italie pour y chasser l’Autriche, par le rattachement de la Savoie et de Nice.
Napoléon III voulut ainsi assurer à la France un rôle de premier plan en Europe en prenant la tête d’un mouvement général de révision des frontières de 1815. L’empereur n’oublie pas la France : il s’agit de remodeler l’Europe pour y développer l’influence française. En outre, la France pourrait obtenir en compensation justifiés par le principe des nationalités : Nice, la Savoie, la Belgique, le Luembourg et éventuellement le rive gauche du Rhin.

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“Arab Spring or not, Israel stands alone”

by Niccolò Locatelli

A conversation with Mordechai KEDAR, former member of Tsahal's Intelligence Unit.

Heartland: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says peace can only be achieved through negotiations, but he does not want to negotiate with Hamas. On the other hand, Hamas is not ready to recognize Israel. Will this stalemate ever be broken? How?

Kedar: This is connected to the concept of peace in the Middle East. In Europe, peace is made between two parties which decided to quit war and live with each other peacefully. In the Middle East, peace is the situation which exists between the invincible and the defeated. It does not include hugs and kisses, only co-existence of two parties, one of which gave up on eradicating the other. This kind of peace does not need negotiations, and therefore we can have such a peace with Hamas as well, after they give up on throwing us to the sea, not because of our nice eyes, but only because Israel is invincible. As long that they think that we are invincible, they will leave us alone in peace. This is the maximum which we can expect in this unfortunate region.

Heartland: What do you make of the Hamas-Fatah accord? Will it hold? Do you think it can survive a political election?

Kedar: Both parties to the Hamas-Fatah “unity” agreement are acting on the basis of expediency. In fact, the appearance of unity and the accolades for achieving it are of more significance than unity itself. Mahmoud Abbas is racing forward in preparation for the unilateral declaration of a Palestinian state. This in fact would be domestically disastrous for him. In Palestinian and Arab eyes, Abbas would be viewed as a traitor for relinquishing Haifa and Jaffa (i.e. Israel of 1948), for forsaking the refugee camps in Lebanon, Syria and Jordan, and for building a state on “only” 22% of Palestine. He must prepare for September by establishing a temporary state of calm in his backyard – this is what he aims to achieve through the agreement with Hamas. Hamas, for its part, is amazed by the way the world ignores its de facto state in Gaza, with an army, a missile industry, a legislative system, law and order. Hamas is concerned that the PLO will be recognized as the official ruling body in the new state, which is unacceptable to it. The recent agreement, therefore, is favorable to Hamas as it enables both groups to share the steering wheel: Abbas with his foot on the gas and Hamas riding the breaks.

June 22, 2011




Germany and Russia: Cooperation Increases
June 21, 2011 | From theTrumpet.com
What is behind Berlin and Moscow’s efforts to resolve the dispute between Moldova and the breakaway territory of Transnistria?

Berlin and Moscow are collaborating to formally resolve the continuing frictions between Moldova and the breakaway region of Transnistria. These efforts mark the first demonstrable indication of Russo-German collaboration to resolve European security problems.

According to Stratfor Global Intelligence, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin agreed on the resolution on June 14 when they met in Geneva, Switzerland. The two sides have been talking the details over with Moldova and Transnistria in the lead-up to a meeting about the issue taking place today in Moscow.

Tension has thrived between Moldova and Transnistria ever since the breakaway region gained de facto independence from Moldova shortly after the Soviet Union’s fall. Since then, Moscow has propped up the breakaway territory, in part by stationing 500 Russian soldiers in the small region. Moldova leans toward Europe in its politics, but Transnistria is a staunch Russian ally. The new resolution is expected to grant representation to Transnistria in the Moldovan parliament, and to allow European security forces into Transnistria to assist the Russian troops there.

June 21, 2011

The American Dream

Waking People Up And Getting Them To Realize That The American Dream Is Quickly Becoming The American Nightmare

12 Things That The Mainstream Media Is Being Strangely Quiet About Right Now

 

As the mainstream media continues to be obsessed with Anthony Weiner and his bizarre adventures on Twitter, much more serious events are happening around the world that are getting very little attention.  In America today, if the mainstream media does not cover something it is almost as if it never happened. Right now, the worst nuclear disaster in human history continues to unfold in Japan , U.S. nuclear facilities are being threatened by flood waters, the U.S. military is bombing Yemen, gigantic cracks in the earth are appearing all over the globe and the largest wildfire in Arizona history is causing immense devastation.  But Anthony Weiner, Bristol Palin and Miss USA are what the mainstream media want to tell us about and most Americans are buying it.

In times like these, it is more important than ever to think for ourselves.  The corporate-owned mainstream media is not interested in looking out for us.  Rather, they are going to tell us whatever fits with the agenda that their owners are pushing.

That is why more Americans than ever are turning to the alternative media.  Americans are hungry for the truth, and they know that the amount of truth that they get from the mainstream media continues to decline.
The following are 12 things that the mainstream media is being strangely quiet about right now....

#1 The crisis at the Fort Calhoun nuclear facility in Nebraska has received almost no attention in the national mainstream media.
Back on June 7th, there was a fire at Fort Calhoun.  The official story is that the fire was in an electrical switchgear room at the plant.  The facility lost power to a pump that cools the spent fuel pool for approximately 90 minutes.  According to the Omaha Public Power District, the fire was quickly extinguished and no radioactive material was released.
The following sequence of events is directly from the Omaha Public Power District website...

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U.S. and Pakistan: Afghan Strategies

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June 20, 2011

China's Counterfeit Economy: The Hidden Global Threat

By Andrew Thomas

In a desolate, seemingly post-apocalyptic landscape, a Chinese peasant climbs over a rain-soaked mountain of electronic garbage.  He is joined by hundreds of other peasants, scavenging through endless acres of discarded computers, junked telephones, and millions of scrapped consumer electronic devices.  The peasant searches for any electronic components that look undamaged.  Sifting through this vast graveyard of imported American e-waste, he stuffs printed circuit boards into a sack. 

Communist China has graciously accepted our technological trash, made too expensive to dispose of in the US due to the onerous regulations imposed by the EPA (Economic Prevention Agency).

The peasant sits in a dusty clearing and starts a small fire.  He holds a circuit board over the flame until the solder starts to melt.  Quickly rapping the board against a rock, he watches as the precious harvest of integrated circuit (IC) components fall to the ground.  The peasant gathers the ICs and takes them to a small ramshackle factory where he can sell them for a few pennies per dozen.   

Within this makeshift workshop, the ICs are cleaned, and painted with a black epoxy to cover up the original markings.  They are then silkscreened with false information including a consistent date code to make them appear to be from the same manufacturing lot.  Of course, these ICs are severely weakened by the harsh environmental conditions and exposure to Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) through unprotected handling, which is devastating to active electronic components.

The reprocessed ICs are subsequently sold to independent electronic component brokers, who ship them back to the US and sell them at discount prices to largely unsuspecting electronics manufacturers.

June 20, 2011

 

Monday, 20 June 2011





Hate To Say We Told You So – Nigel Farage


Monday, 20th June 2011

We hate to say 'We told you so' but what is happening in Europe and Greece has a horrid fascination but comes as no surprise as UKIP has been predicting for years that the Euro project was doomed to fail.
It is like an old worn joke. There is an American, a German, a Frenchman, and a Greek. The Greek is rapidly sliding of a cliff. The American is telling the German and the Frenchman to do something, and the German and Frenchman are tied to the Greek by a thread and are shouting orders at the Greek to save himself. But on he slides. On and over the cliff. If he goes he takes the Frenchman and the German with him. All the time a Brit stands by, watching, writing ever larger cheques.
The problem is of course this isn't a joke. This is real life, and the joke is on the British taxpayer as much as it is on the Germans and French. The Greek Economy is bust, defunct. Repeated transfusions of our cash, will not resuscitate this corpse.

Although there is a way out of it the political elite of this and other EU countries refuse to accept it. The Greeks could default, leave the Euro and find their own level. This would allow them to set interest rates and wage rates that suit their economy instead of trying to emulate the Germans.
Instead, because of the terror felt in Brussels at the prospect of their beloved Euro falling apart, the taxpayers of the UK will be forced to dig even deeper into their pockets at a time when they are enduring pay freezes at best.

Chancellor George Osborne says we will not participate in a fresh bailout but one must remember that the UK also contributes to the International Monetary Fund which is also involved in the Greek rescue efforts through which it has loaned £1.9bn. And last week, in a move that received little media attention, the UK almost doubled its annual subscription to the IMF from £10bn to £19bn. 



U.K. Closer to Removing Climate Change from National Curriculum

Wednesday, 15 June 2011 10:29

If a government official’s recommendation is followed, children in the United Kingdom will no longer learn about “climate change.” Instead, British science teachers will go back to teaching “the basics” of that subject.

Earlier this year, Education Secretary Michael Gove called for a review of the nationwide standardized curricula in core subjects. Upon announcing the review, Gove promised to reverse the "profound mistakes" made by the previous government and to restore "academic rigour" to the classroom.

Under the previous Labour government, the national standardized science curriculum had swollen to 500 pages and given precedence to “scientific issues” over the basic and undisputed science principles.

Following up on Secretary Gove’s proposal, Tim Oates, the head government advisor reviewing educational plans, has completed a study of the curriculum currently being taught to English children ages five to 16. The results of his review and his recommendations will be published later this year, but Oates has previewed the findings by telling reporters that he believes that individual schools should determine their own approach to subjects related to how “scientific processes” affect their lives.

 

Bluntly About NATO


Duly NotedIt follows from the nature of alliances that their evolvement is burdened by tensions. This is especially true of arrangements that bind fully sovereign entities together and whose primary aim is the protection of independence. Accordingly, compared to NATO, the Warsaw Pact had fewer crisis but the ones that broke out –Hungary in 1956, Czechoslovakia in 1968 and Solidarnost - proved explosions. Tito’s break with Moscow does not entirely fit the list, as formally Yugoslavia’s relationship to the USSR has been bilateral. Meanwhile, since 1949, NATO’s internal dissonances were audible while they never led to the deafening rumble of the WP’s dissonances.

De Gaulle’s order that NATO leave French soil is not comparable to the turmoils in the alliance that legalized Soviet domination. The only opposition the General encountered has been one of the best comebacks of history. The US’ ambassador responded to the demand that “everything must go” by asking whether the graves of those that liberated France should also be removed. For lesser offences, the Kremlin removed national leaders. Outstanding is the case of Imre Nagy, who, once pushed, declared neutrality and Hungary’s exit of the WP. Nagy was hung for treason and other trifle charges. Such discrepancies discredit those that compare the WP and NATO to declare them analogous products of the Cold War. The distortion of the facts is not an accidental. The seeming error serves a purpose. It is to undermine the legitimacy of the Atlantic Alliance and to imply that, with the WP gone, NATO, should also be formally abandoned.

June 19, 2011



The Week in Review
June 17, 2011 | From theTrumpet.com
Hezbollah stomping through the halls of power, thieves waltzing in and out of an Israeli air base, Germans needing Russian gas, South Africa nationalizing, and Washington turning its back on the Philippines.

Middle East

Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (akp) won a resounding victory in parliamentary elections on June 12 with 50 percent of the vote, but did not gain the supermajority it hoped for in order to change the constitution unilaterally. This means the status quo in Turkey remains much the same, with the Islamist-rooted akp remaining in power as the most powerful party in the country. Islamist Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan now has a renewed mandate to rule the country for a third consecutive four-year term. Since Erdogan first came to power in 2002 elections, he has slowly taken the secularist country in a more religious direction, seeking to bring Islamic culture into the public and political spheres. Barry Rubin, director of the Global Research in International Affairs Center, says the elections in fact mark an Islamist revolution by stealth. The Trumpet wrote back in November/December 2007: “Any shift within Turkey away from secularism and toward Islam could help alter the balance of power in the Middle East—most notably, in favor of Iran.” Watch as Turkey treads a course that prophecy reveals will ultimately be deadly for Israel and America.

[Comment] The junta of experts tells us: ‘Vote how you like, but policies cannot change'


LEIGH PHILLIPS
17.06.2011 @ 10:30 CET


EUOBSERVER / COMMENT - Europe seems to have slipped almost imperceptibly in the space of only a few months into an electoral interzone, a crack in the pavement of democracy.

The formal trappings of clean elections - in which political parties with competing manifestoes contest a ballot free of voter intimidation - are all still there, but someone else has decided in advance what the result will be.

It's not the voters that are intimidated any more: it's the parties that are.

The count of EU member states now tallies to four - Ireland, Portugal, Finland and Greece - where this post-political phenomenon has materialised, but committed democrats across the Union should wonder which country is next.

This has not happened by putsch or coup d'etat, at least not one involving any guns or tanks. There are no colonels or partisans who have captured the garrisons and seized the telephone exchange.

Yet a junta has installed itself nonetheless, a junta of ‘experts', technocrats, those educated in the knowledge of What Needs To Be Done.

These are the experts who, in the words in May of the president of the Eurogroup of states and Luxembourgish Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker, believe that fiscal policy (that is to say almost all government endeavours involved in spending money that touch most citizens apart from home affairs and foreign policy) is "too important" for voters to have a say over, that would be better be agreed, again, in his words, in "dark, secret debates."

June 18, 2011

Global Governance Archive
"The Cold War also saw the European Community pioneer the kind of regional cohesion that may pave the way for globalism." - S. Talbott


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Globalization: The Road to Global Governance

 

Editor | 16 June 2011

The planet is in a constant phase of artificial restructuring, that is, an evolutionary process that is not natural. Forces we pay little attention to are guiding our nations and our very lives. Let us begin our voyage at the early part of the 20th century, circa 1909.

Congressional investigator for the Reece Committee on the illicit actions of tax-exempt foundations, Norman Dodd, very well documented the subversive agenda of such organizations during the mid-20th century.[1] Having had the privilege to view the minutes of early meetings (i.e. 1909) from the Carnegie Endowment, he came across discussions on modes of societal control.[2] War (as later affirmed again in the 1967 Report from Iron Mountain), they concluded, was the ultimate mode of control.[3] The question that followed was: how to induce the United States into a war? Five years later, we had our first great war for civilization, obviously implicating the foundation networks in their agenda.

Clearly, the events leading up to the First World War were not some organic process. Even Gavrilo Princip’s secret Serbian society, the Black Hand, had reported connections to various intelligence agencies, which is likely the case of any other secret society today (i.e. Freemasonry). Furthermore, we had Colonel Edward Mandell House (not really a colonel) representing the internationalist or globalist establishment along with forces within the U.S. who deliberately sent a full passenger ship (the Lusitania) to certain death in order to foment entry into war, a formula that has been used again and again with great success (the false flag operation).[4] The Germans had clearly warned that the ship would be sunk and tried to dissuade passengers from voyaging.

The key point here to establish is cui bono or who benefits? Always examine the result. The (Cecil) Rhodesian League of Nations was painfully birthed into being, the framework for a global government.

June 17, 2011

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Ahmadinejad joins China, Russia leaders at summit
ASTANA — Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Wednesday joined the Chinese and Russian leaders in a rare encounter at a summit in Kazakhstan, where he launched a new attack on the "slavers and colonisers" of the West.

Host Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev urged the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), a security group regarded as a NATO rival founded in 2001, to take a more active role in ensuring regional security.

But most attention was focused on Ahmadinejad, who was absent from last year's SCO meeting in Tashkent after the UN Security Council agreed sanctions against Iran and was making a rare appearance at a big international meeting.

In a characteristically firebrand speech peppered with rhetorical questions, he launched a new call for a wholesale shake-up of the world order, which he said was "managed and run by slavers and colonizers of the past."

"I believe together we can reform the way the world is managed. We can restore the tranquillity of the world," he said.

Turning to his audience of ex-Soviet and Asian leaders he asked: "Have any of us used an atomic bomb against the defenceless citizens of any other country?"

Returning to his past claims that a conspiracy could have been behind the September 11 attacks on the United States, Ahmadinejad added:

June 16, 2011


‘ON YER BIKE’ SAYS MARTA TO NEW EU RULES

June 16, 2011 3:21 pm - Posted by Marta in Policy Challenges


marta checks out one of the bikes at Reading event

Last weekend I met with Motorcyclists in Reading at a biking festival. It was a celebration of motorbikes and the biking subculture. Unfortunately many of the wonderful 3 wheeled creations and tweaked bikes I saw could soon be illegal.

The European Parliament is looking at plans to regulate 2, 3 and 4 wheel quad bikes, in short sticking its nose in where it is not needed.

What is worse is that the proposals show a distinct lack of understanding of how motorbikes work, discriminate against the disabled and, if implemented, could ironically make bikes less safe.

The plans, which are before Parliament but are yet to be voted on in the Plenary include:

Compulsory Advanced Braking Systems (ABS). According to experts ABS does not work well on loose surfaces. The Commission’s internal Impact Assessment admits that the data on the effectiveness and costs of compulsory ABS is weak. Where riders choose bikes with ABS the rider must be able to turn the system off when riding on loose surfaces such as gravel.

‘Anti-Tampering’ measures. Again according to experts this restricts riders’ choice of air filters, engine management systems, internal parts, exhausts, sprockets, tyres, etc. and in their view riders’ ability to make modifications to suit their own situation should not be regulated. The ability of qualified riders to de-restrict or otherwise tune their vehicle should not be removed.

The anti-tampering measures also seriously affect disabled bikers. It goes without saying that if you have a physical disability and wish to ride, modifications enable you to do that. Changing the law would exclude the many disabled people who enjoy biking.

I am campaigning with bikers across the UK to lobby their local MEP and ensure that this needless legislation is thrown on the scrap heap. According to the bikers I met this proposal is seen as more than just nanny-stateism at its worst. It is actually an attack on biking culture and a way of life.

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WE LIVE IN AN UPSIDE DOWN WORLD


By Coach Dave Daubenmire
June 16, 2011
NewsWithViews.com

NOTE: We have just returned from our 2nd trip to Joplin. We will be going again next week. The need remains. You can still help put fuel in our tanks here.

We live in an upside down world.

The things that we know to be true are no longer honored. In this information age, when knowledge is as available as the nearest computer, the Truth has become neutered by two very simple words.

Prove it.

For most of my life I have tried to live by principles that were considered to be immutable, unchanging, and true. In fact, not only did I live my life by those values, but most everyone I grew up with did as well.

I remember the days when there was no such thing as abortion, and how shocked we all were when we found out that one of our buddies “had to get married.” I don’t know what amazed me more; the fact that his girlfriend was pregnant, or the shocking realization that at age 16 he had actually “done it” with a girl.

In the sixties, if you got a girl pregnant, you married her. No argument, just a “shotgun” wedding. They claimed that marrying the girl was the “right thing to do.” I’m not sure who determined it was the “right thing”, but it was nearly universally agreed that it was the only responsible thing to do following such an irresponsible act.

Later on, as the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and Janis Joplin began to make inroads into what was at the time a fairly “innocent” culture, the mantra changed from “do the right thing” to “if it feels good, do it.” No longer were established morals obediently followed, but the very truth of that morality was suddenly brought into question. “Question authority” became the siren song of a generation.
Europeans in Uniform


2011/06/03  BERLIN (Own report) - A working group of the SPD-affiliated Friedrich-Ebert Foundation is demanding the Federal Security Council be upgraded to become a sort of National Security Council and that the whole of society be subordinated to the primacy of "security policy." The social democrat foundation's Working Group on International Security Policy writes in a recent paper that an approach, differentiating between "domestic" and "foreign" security can no longer adequately meet the requirements of the new global threat situation. The traditional division of labor defined along territorial lines - with the police being responsible for domestic and the military for foreign operations - must be replaced with "functional" assignments. All "portfolios," including economic and development policy, should be aligned on "security policy." The segments of civil society not yet under state control, particularly the NGOs, should also serve "security policy." In addition, a European Army jeopardizing "the USA's claim to leadership should be finally established." The working group responsible for this paper includes parliamentarians in the Bundestag and functionaries in government ministries.
Claim to Power
The strategy developed by the working group of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation parts from the premise of current scenarios of global threats and essential German interests. According to their paper, threats to German interests include the illegal proliferation of nuclear arms ("dirty bombs"), international terrorism and organized crime - particularly piracy - but also include "regional great powers' asserting their claims to power."[1] The paper qualifies safeguarding German national sovereignty and territorial integrity, "maintaining its integration in the Transatlantic Alliance" and "protecting Germany's economic basis to preserve its level of prosperity" as essential German interests. The allegation that German interests include the "protection of human rights," the "reinforcement of international law" and the "global war on poverty" cannot be taken seriously. Berlin is in fact implementing a policy running completely contrary: Germany is supporting numerous countries practicing torture,[2] has violated international law several times [3] and instead of the redistribution of prosperity, is currently imposing brutal austerity measures inside its immediate sphere of influence.[4]

Completely without Restrictions
Faced with global threats, "the differentiation between ‘domestic' and ‘foreign' security" has become "problematic", the paper states. This differentiation has been "along territorial boundaries, i.e. the police being responsible for domestic and the military for operations abroad. However, because "domestic" and "foreign" security are today equally threatened, a "security policy must be developed that is oriented along the boundaries of function, capacity and processes." This is alluding to the tendency that has already become obvious: foreign deployment of police and domestic intervention of the military with their specific priorities. The authors demand that all government ministries apply "security" policy measures. "Whole-of-government thinking" must be firmly established "at all levels of government activity." This, according to the paper, demands "constant coordination of civilian and military instruments" as well as "a clear political line that combines all means at the disposal" - diplomacy, "economic instruments," so-called development aid, "police work" and "finally the military."