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13 July 2015 @ 09:02 pm
The European Dictatorship: The Nature of the Beast  
How “Fascist Capitalism” Functions: The Case of Greece

By Eric Zuesse Global Research, July 12, 2015

There is “democratic capitalism”, and there is “fascist capitalism”. What we have today is fascist capitalism; and the following will explain how it works, using as an example the case of Greece.

Mark Whitehouse at Bloomberg headlined on 27 June 2015, “If Greece Defaults, Europe’s Taxpayers Lose,” and presented his ‘news’ report, which simply assumed that, perhaps someday, Greece will be able to get out of debt without defaulting on it. Other than his unfounded assumption there (which assumption is even in his headline), his report was accurate. Here is what he reported that’s accurate:

He presented two graphs, the first of which shows Greece’s governmental debt to private investors (bondholders) as of, first, December 2009; and, then, five years later, December 2014. This graph shows that, in almost all countries, private investors either eliminated or steeply reduced their holdings of Greek government bonds during that 5-year period. (Overall, it was reduced by 83%; but, in countries such as France, Portugal, Ireland, Austria, and Belgium, it was reduced closer to 100% — all of it.)

In other words: by the time of December 2009, word was out, amongst the aristocracy, that only suckers would want to buy it from them, so they needed suckers and took advantage of the system that the aristocracy had set up for governments to buy aristocrats’ bad bets — for governments to be suckers when private individuals won’t. Not all of it was sold directly to governments; much of it went instead indirectly, to agencies that the aristocracy has set up as basically transfer-agencies for passing junk to governments; in other words, as middlemen, to transfer unpayable debt-obligations to various governments’ taxpayers. Whitehouse presented no indication as to whom those investors sold that debt to, but almost all of it was sold, either directly or indirectly, to Western governments, via those middlemen-agencies, so that, when Greece will default (which it inevitably will), the taxpayers of those Western governments will suffer the losses. The aristocracy will already have wrung what they could out of it.

Who were these governments and middlemen-agencies? As of January 2015, they were: 62% Euro-member governments (including the European Financial Stability Facility); 10% International Monetyary Fund (IMF), and 8% European Central Bank; then, 17% still remained with private investors; and 3% was owned by “other.”

Whitehouse says: “Ever since the region’s sovereign-debt crisis first flared in 2010, European nations have been stepping in for Greece’s private creditors — largely German and French banks — by lending the country [Greece] the money to pay them off. Thanks to this bailout [of ‘largely German and French banks’], banks and [other private] investors have much less at stake than before.”

So: what got bailed-out was private investors, not ‘the Greek people’ (such as the ‘news’ media assert, or try to suggest). For example, a reader’s comment to Whitehouse’s article says: “A reasonable assumption is that a large part of the Greek debt to the Germans was the result of Greek consumption of German goods and services bought with the German provided credit. In that case, the Germans have lost the Greek goods and services that could have potentially been bought with the money that is owed to them.” But this is entirely false: that “consumption” was by the aristocracy, not by the public, anywhere or at any time. After all: It’s the aristocracy that get bailed-out — not the public, anywhere. (The same thing is happening now in Ukraine.)

The assumption that the aristocratically-owned press want to convey is, like the sucker there said: consumers, and not bondholders, receive these bailouts from taxpayers. They actually receive none of it. They didn’t receive the loans, and they certainly aren’t receiving any of the bailouts. In fact, the contrary: Greek consumers have been getting hit so hard by the aristocracy’s system (dictatorial capitalism, otherwise known as fascism), that they’re suffering an enormous depression — this is even a condition, a requirement, of such “bailouts.” It’s called “austerity,” and it’s imposed by the IMF. And yet, millions of suckers go for the inference that the aristocrats’ ‘news’ media convey. After all: would people such as Mark Whitehouse have been hired or keep their jobs at major ‘news’ media such as Bloomberg ‘News’ if they didn’t convey this false impression? He’s just doing his job; he’s doing what he’s paid to do. It’s enormously profitable for his employer and for “the investment community” worldwide.

The whole system is a money-funnel, from the public, to the aristocracy. [My emphasis Cc]

The independent economics-writer, Charles Hugh Smith — who was one of only 29 economists worldwide who predicted the 2008 crash in advance and who explained accurately how and why it was going to occur — has provided a more honest description of the sources of Greece’s depression:

1. Goldman Sachs conspired with [actually: were hired by] Greece’s corrupt kleptocracy to conjure up an illusion of solvency and fiscal prudence so Greece could join the Eurozone [despite Greek aristocrats’ massive tax-evasion, which created the original problem].
2. Vested interests and insiders gorged on the credit being offered by German and French [and other] banks, enriching themselves to the tune of tens of billions of euros, which were transferred to private accounts in Switzerland at the first whiff of trouble. When informed of this, Greek authorities took no action; after all, why track down your cronies and force them to pay taxes when tax evasion is the status quo for financial elites?
3. If Greece had defaulted in 2010 when its debt was around 110 billion euros, the losses would have fallen on the banks that had foolishly lent the money without proper due diligence or risk management. This is what should have happened in a market economy: those who foolishly lent extraordinary sums to poor credit risks take the resulting (and entirely predictable) losses.

The Greek Government currently owes 323 billion euros — almost three times as much. The debt rose 213 billion euros, during 5 years of IMF-imposed “austerity” — the Greek depression.

What even Smith fails to recognize is that this money was not ‘foolishly lent.’ (No more, for example, than the Wall Street banks that had tanked the U.S. economy but grew even larger by doing so, had ‘foolishly lent’ it.) The foreign lenders were deceived by lies from the Greek aristocrats’ agent, Goldman Sachs, but, even so, were ultimately able to sell their garbage to Eurozone taxpayers, not always at a loss as compared to what they had originally paid for those bonds; and the original owners of those bonds were receiving interest from those bonds, throughout. Even Smith has been somewhat duped by the aristocracy’s blame-the-victim basic message, that the people who walked off with this money were the Greek public — not Greek aristocrats.

Another well-informed economics-writer, Peter Schiff, likewise is suckered by that false message from aristocrats. He writes: “It’s hard to feel sorry for the [Greek] people standing in lines at the ATMs when they knew this was coming every day for the last four years.” As if they necessarily did. But, even though some did, the accusation that those people are to blame is still off-base. Schiff, a libertarian, goes on to say: “When you borrow more than you can pay back and your creditors have cut you off there are no good options. Your lifetomorrow is going to be worse than it is today; it is just a question of how you want to take the pain.” He’ too, implicitly cast blame at the public, not at the aristocrats, who actually have been bailed-out by the public.

In way of contrast, democratic capitalism is bailing out only the public, when times go bad, just like FDR did during the Great Depression, and like socialist countries (Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and Finland, being examples) still do. The aristocracy have managed to fool the public to equate aristocrats’ fascism with ‘capitalism,’ and to equate democracy with ‘socialism’ (meaning, to them and their suckers, communism, or even fascism itself), so that the public will falsely think that what we now have is ‘the free market’ — something that cannot even possibly exist, anywhere, because every economy (every market) is based upon laws that determine who owns what, and who owes what, and under what circumstances, in accord with what laws and economic regulations, all of it being subject to the police power of the State. This ‘free market’ is all a big aristocratic con. It’s just as big as the con that the present Greek government — which had promised, and whose voters a few days ago reaffirmed with a 61% to 39% vote for no more “austerity” — are now delivering, to their victims.

This is not democratic capitalism. It is not socialism. It is, instead, fascism. It is dictatorial capitalism. We have it in the United States. And it predominates also in the Eurozone.

In fact, it predominates around the world. And its grip gets tighter every year now in the United States.

Global Research  http://www.globalresearch.ca/how-fascist-capitalism-functions-the-case-of-greece/5462072

 
 
 
clothcapclothcap on July 13th, 2015 08:06 pm (UTC)
German Finance Minister Schäuble’s Plan for Europe: Do Europeans Approve?
By Yanis Varoufakis
Global Research, July 13, 2015
Yanis Varoufakis 15 July 2015
Article to Appear in Die Zeit on Thursday 16th July 2015
Pre-publication summary: Five months of intense negotiations between Greece and the Eurogroup never had a chance of success. Condemned to lead to impasse, their purpose was to pave the ground for what Dr Schäuble had decided was ‘optimal’ well before our government was even elected: That Greece should be eased out of the Eurozone in order to discipline member-states resisting his very specific plan for re-structuring the Eurozone.
This is no theory.
How do I know Grexit is an important part of Dr Schäuble’s plan for Europe?
Because he told me so!

I wrote this article not as a Greek politician critical of the German press’ denigration of our sensible proposals, of Berlin’s refusal seriously to consider our moderate debt re-profiling plan, of the European Central Bank’s highly political decision to asphyxiate our government, of the Eurogroup’s decision to give the ECB the green light to shut down our banks.
I wrote this article as a European observing the unfolding of a particular Plan for Europe – Dr Schäuble’s Plan.
And I am asking a simple question to Die Zeit’s informed readers:
Is this a Plan that you approve of?
Do you consider this Plan good for Europe?

http://www.globalresearch.ca/german-finance-minister-schaubles-plan-for-europe-do-europeans-approve/5462170

It would have spared the UK a lot of lives and expense if the PTB at the time had told the zionists to GF and let Hitler have Europe. The outcome would have been just the same. A zionist bankster dominated Europe and UK.

Edited at 2015-07-13 08:09 pm (UTC)
clothcapclothcap on July 13th, 2015 08:12 pm (UTC)
Truth about Greece, FBI lies, Eric Holder returns to big banks, & 2 Detroits
July 11
The Redacted Team tackles the shocking, hidden truth about Greece, how the FBI went on every media outlet and lied, how Detroit has split into two cities, and how the homophobes continues to battle gay marriage.

http://rt.com/shows/redacted-tonight-summary/273100-greece-fbi-lies-banks/

A bit of satire never hurts.
clothcapclothcap on July 13th, 2015 08:27 pm (UTC)
Greece’s humiliation has exposed the lie at the heart of the European Union
Dr John C Hulsman is senior columnist at City AM, a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and president of John C. Hulsman Enterprises
I have always thought there should be a special circle of hell reserved for those who cause major crises, but who then, through some sort of fluke, walk between the raindrops, suffering no ill personal effects as they bequeath the mess to posterity. If there is any justice, Yanis Varoufakis – the bombastic, overrated, erstwhile finance minister of Greece – will be in Dante’s inferno. Despite his reputation as a rock star academic, when it came to utilising game theory in the real world, Varoufakis played games, but theory seemed to have little to do with his erratic negotiating style.
As one European official said yesterday, Varoufakis wasted the past crucial five months of the Greek crisis, wrongly convinced for reasons that pass understanding that the European creditors would fold in the face of obvious bluffing from the Marxist schoolboys in Athens. As he now inks what is sure to be a lucrative book deal, dining out for the rest of his life on how useless the EU creditors are, it is worth remembering that Greece and its leaders are the primary authors of their own demise.
But despite the fact that he could not find water if he fell out of a boat, Varoufakis has been correct about one big thing. The endless, enervating Greek drama is now more about politics than economics, more about Germany than anything going on in hapless Athens. The crisis has proven so intractable because it is hard-wired into the fabric of how the European Union was constructed in the first place, illustrating the fallacy of trying to wish politics away from touchy European problems.
Following the calamity of World War II, it is easy to see why the architects of the EU would do almost anything to set up a system that determinedly removed the poison of politics from daily life. Problems would be settled by consensus, which itself would be driven by a bland, technocratic elite, proposing boring, miniscule policy outputs designed to lull the mass of Europeans to sleep. Europe’s post-war leaders preferred to put their countrymen into a coma rather than grapple with actually “solving” problems, a point of view that would put dangerous politics back on centre stage.
But exiling politics from policy was always going to be a fool’s errand; the wonder is that it has taken 60 years to unravel. For in a technocratic sense, Germany – led by the bland Chancellor Angela Merkel and her Euro-idealist finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble – are entirely correct. After Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’s sneering, populist grandstanding, who in their right minds would trust him to implement any sort of deal, one that he had literally damned last week as a form of economic servitude?

More - City AM http://www.cityam.com/219988/greece-s-humiliation-has-exposed-lie-heart-european-union

CFR? Makes me doubt reality for a member of a psychopathic gang that advocates mass destruction on behalf of corporation profits and zionist hegemony to produce something like this. One has to ask; what is the motive?
clothcapclothcap on July 13th, 2015 08:35 pm (UTC)
#ThisIsACoup: Global Anger Erupts Over Germany’s Harsh Austerity Demands
By Common Dreams
Global Research, July 13, 2015
Common Dreams 12 July 2015
A list of draconian new austerity demands handed to the Greek government in Brussels Sunday ignited a global backlash against Germany, German Prime Minister Angela Merkel and finance minister, Wolfgang Schaeuble.

#ThisIsACoup became the top trending hashtag on Twitter worldwide – and is #1 in Germany and Greece.

The tag was attached to tens of thousands of angry comments denouncing Germany’s aggressive demands that the Greek parliament pass new severe austerity laws within days to raise taxes, privatize public assets and cut back on pensions.
Paul Krugman, the Nobel laureate economist, helped promote the hashtag it on the New York Times website:
“This Eurogroup list of demands is madness. The trending hashtag #ThisIsACoup is exactly right. This goes beyond harsh into pure vindictiveness, complete destruction of national sovereignty, and no hope of relief. It is, presumably, meant to be an offer Greece can’t accept; but even so, it’s a grotesque betrayal of everything the European project was supposed to stand for. ”
The weekend showdown came to a head on Sunday night as Eurozone leaders Angela Merkel and President François Hollande of France presented Greece’s prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, with a new ultimatum.
Here are the EU proposals that outraged many around the globe:

Continues http://www.globalresearch.ca/thisisacoup-global-anger-erupts-over-germanys-harsh-austerity-demands/5462191
clothcapclothcap on July 13th, 2015 08:50 pm (UTC)
Requiem at an Empty Grave: Syriza’s Momentous Day
By Leo Panitch
Global Research, July 13, 2015
Socialist Project 12 July 2015
Did those who are already raising Lenin from his tomb to render quick judgement on Syriza’s abject “world-historic defeat” (without saying much about what victory would look like or require) actually bother to read the rather similar plans that Syriza put forward before the referendum and that were consistently rejected by the EU and IMF “Institutions”? This rejection is what the referendum was about.

The resounding OXI was then used by Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to secure the resignation of the leading political representative of the domestic ruling class (and former Prime Minister), Antonis Samaras, and to get all the party leaders with any such claim or ambitions to speak for that class to adopt Syriza’s position on the need for debt restructuring and investment funds. One might even say that if there was a class crossover involved here it was the other way around, one that looks more like what Gramsci meant by a hegemonic strategy rather than the way it is presented from the perspective of those standing on Lenin’s Tomb.

The virtually same formulations in Syriza’s plans that were just yesterday called intransigence by mainstream media in Greece and aped by the media abroad are now presented as capitulation in order to disguise the significance of this. This is not surprising but what is surprising is the immediate acceptance of this capitulation interpretation by so much of the Western radical left from whom one might have expected a rather more sophisticated reading and less quick rush to negative judgement. Of course, the latter view is shared by many on the radical left here in Greece, including those Syriza MPs who opposed or abstained on the vote in the Greek parliament. But in doing this, they only raise the question of whether the Antarsya strategy of Grexit (which obtained less than 1 per cent of the vote in January) is any more viable today than it was then.
Deal or No Deal?
The real situation is this, as we await the outcome of what will in fact be a momentous day. If there is in fact some significant debt restructuring and investment funds in a deal today and this is not effectively tied to further conditionality, this would offset many times over the four year $12-billion plan for fiscal surpluses in the plan just passed by the Greek parliament. Of course, even if this is the effective outcome of this weekend’s final maneouvres, this will require some political sophistication to discern, since it will be concealed somewhat so that other European leaders can disguise this from their electorates, whose attitudes the Northern and Central European labour movements have done little or nothing to change. Tsipras would need to explain this well to get people to understand the significance of the victory he – and they with their support in the referendum – would have pulled off.
Continues - http://www.globalresearch.ca/requiem-at-an-empty-grave-syrizas-momentous-day/5462137

I was wondering how Tsipras was going to sell it. Now there's the added interest of how our maggot will sell it. And how the troika will swallow it.
clothcapclothcap on July 13th, 2015 09:01 pm (UTC)
Greece: Tsipras Surrenders to Troika Bandits
By Stephen Lendman
Global Research, July 13, 2015
Greece is being systematically raped and pillaged. It’s painful to see how easily powerful monied interests can destroy a nation without firing a shot. Financial war is as cruel and ruthless as naked aggression.
Long-suffering Greeks understand better than establishment economists – paid to con people to believe destructive policies benefit them.
Harder than ever hard times awaits Greeks and ordinary people throughout Western societies. Regimes in Europe and America serve their privileged elites alone at the expense of most others, especially their most vulnerable and needy.
Their governments are their worst enemies – in bed with dark forces destroying their welfare and futures. SYRIZA was elected on a pledge of no more austerity. Betrayal followed. It’s just a question of how bad things will be once the dust settles. What’s happening isn’t pretty.
On Sunday, Eurogroup president/Dutch finance minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem gave Greece the Troika’s take-it-or-leave-it harsh ultimatum – a list of stiffer austerity measures than earlier proposed and other tough ones as a condition for more bailout help – now reportedly for 86 – 87 billion euros over three years (10 billion euros immediately for bank recapitalizations).
Greece’s parliament must approve the deal and legislate Troika diktats into law with Tsipras’ signature by July 15. Terms agreed on include:
Higher regressive VAT taxes hitting millions of impoverished Greeks hardest along with broadening the tax base affecting ordinary people most.
Stiff pension cuts (on top of 40% eliminated earlier) including for poor retirees cut no slack.
Adopting a Code of Civil Procedure to streamline procedures and reduce costs – in other words, continued stiff budget cuts harming millions of Greeks already suffering hugely from earlier imposed austerity.
Full implementation of the Treaty on Stability, Coordination and Governance in the Economic and Monetary Union’s key provisions – including mandated spending cuts gutting social services more than already.
Giving foreign investors freer access to plunder Greece’s economy.
Privatizing power generation and transmission along with other state enterprises previously off-limits.
Neutralizing labor rights ahead of eliminating them altogether – including restricting collective bargaining and right to strike as well as eliminating hiring and firing restrictions.
Rescinding SYRIZA enacted laws not agreed on by the European Commission, ECB and IMF.
Transferring up to 50 billion euros worth of Greek assets to a Troika controlled fund based in Athens to contribute to servicing debt and recapitalizing Greek banks.
Possible debt restructuring by extending maturities, not write-downs.
Troika officials will monitor Greek implementation of demands.
Bottom line: they mandate Athens entirely surrendering its sovereign rights to the European Commission, ECB and IMF.
Greater than ever austerity will be imposed, hitting millions of impoverished/unemployed Greeks hardest, including poor pensioners to receive less than their already meager payments en route to eliminating them altogether.
Privatizing state enterprises earlier considered off-limits. Plans are to transform Greece into an nightmarish dystopian wasteland.
It’s hard imagining any government accepting what’s demanded. No responsible one would. Tsipras sold out. His signature on the final deal alone awaits.
Word from Brussels is all parties agreed on a deal. It’s official. Tsipras handed Greek sovereignty to Troika bandits, agreeing to all their unacceptable demands.
European Council President Donald Tusk tweeted: “Euro summit has unanimously reached agreement. All ready to go for ESM (European Stability Mechanism) program for Greece with serious reforms and financial support.”
Greece’s parliament must accept the deal and enact demanded legislation by July 15 complying with Troika diktats. It’s almost but not entirely certain – defying overwhelming public opposition according to polls.

Continues - A Final Comment
http://www.globalresearch.ca/greece-tsipras-surrenders-to-troika-bandits/5462271

Reality on the ground. The cost of having banks paramount in the economy with a fiat currency run by foreigners. Those banks in cahoots with the ECB?
clothcapclothcap on July 13th, 2015 09:18 pm (UTC)
CIVIL WAR IN GREECE?
Syriza's strangely connected finance minister; and Greek people's voice ignored
"Immediately after the Nazis left Greece, Winston Churchill realised that the anti-Nazi resistance movement in Greece, largely left wing, was a threat to the British and bankers' plans ...
http://olivefarmercrete.blogspot.gr/2015/07/the-trail-of-troika-hd-720p-must-see-to.html

athens-1944-britains-dirty-secret
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/nov/30/athens-1944-britains-dirty-secret

"What followed was a civil war...

"A commanding General of the UK/US-supported Greek Army which put down its own people was one Thrasyvoulos Tsakalotos.

Thrasyvoulos_Tsakalotos
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thrasyvoulos_Tsakalotos

"The incumbent Minister of Finance for Syriza, the one that, along with Tsipras, completely and utterly ignored the democratic voice of the Greek people as expressed in the referendum, is Thrasyvoulos Tsakalotos' grand-nephew, one Euclid Tsakalotos!"

Continued here: Syriza's strangely connected finance minister; and Greek people's voice ignored.
http://olivefarmercrete.blogspot.gr/2015/07/the-trail-of-troika-hd-720p-must-see-to.html

What's next for Greece?
http://olivefarmercrete.blogspot.gr/2015/07/whats-next-for-greece.html

Vid - Aangirfan http://aanirfan.blogspot.co.uk/2015_07_01_archive.html

Edited at 2015-07-13 09:19 pm (UTC)
clothcapclothcap on July 13th, 2015 09:44 pm (UTC)
EU demands Britain joins Greek rescue fund
Telegraph
By Matthew Holehouse Telegraph – 2 hours 41 minutes ago
Jean-Claude Juncker, European Commission president, discards David Cameron's deal that spares Britain from Eurozone bailouts
Britain will be liable for close to £1 billion of emergency loans to Greece, it can be revealed, after Jean-Claude Juncker tore up a “black and white” deal to protect UK taxpayers from Eurozone bailouts.
George Osborne, the Chancellor, today attempted to fight off a proposal to raid the EU budget to save Greek banks from financial collapse.
Under a plan drawn up in the small hours of Sunday night as leaders wrestled to save Greece from economic collapse, Mr Juncker, the president of the European Commission, wants to revive a mothballed bailout fund. It will use the EU budget as collateral against 8.6 billion euros of short-term bridging loans to Greece.
The proposal tosses aside a written agreement between David Cameron and his counterparts that stated British taxpayers would never again be exposed to Eurozone bailouts.
https://uk.finance.yahoo.com/news/eu-demands-britain-joins-greek-185456957.html
I'll can what I'd like to write and just say that it would be better for the UK to help Greece directly so there are no bureaucratic deductions from the aid en-route.
clothcapclothcap on July 13th, 2015 10:00 pm (UTC)
Greek tourist hotspots face big bailout tax hikes
Greek beaches empty at idyllic hotspots where local businesses face hotel, meal tax hikes
By Alan Clendenning, Associated Press Jul 12, 2015
PSATHA, Greece (AP) -- An hour west of Athens, the pebbly beaches by turquoise waters and pine-covered mountains are nearly empty as the Greek sunbathers who normally pack them stay home amid fears their country's economy could implode.
Only a few dozen people sit down for a fresh grilled seafood lunch at the beachside restaurant Mary Cromba has owned for 15 years in the tiny village of Psatha. That's down from the hundreds she served most days last year in July.
Now beachgoers on day trips from the capital find parking spaces easily and haul their own food in coolers.
"Last year the beach was packed with people, from the sea to the parking lot," Cromba said, her eyes welling. "This year I had to let three employees go."
The consumer paranoia keeping customers away, however, is overshadowed by a Greek government crisis solution that Cromba said could eventually kill her business and many others that depend on domestic Greek tourism. Sharply higher sales taxes are coming, part of the governing Syriza party's promises to the 19-nation eurozone in return for a third multi-billion euro (dollar) bailout.
The Greek meal sales tax in the bailout proposal being considered Sunday by European leaders would boost it from the current 13 percent to 23 percent, while hotels would see room sales taxes rise from 6.5 percent to 13 percent.
Cromba and many other merchants said they would be forced to offset the higher taxes with lower prices to keep their cash-strapped customers.
While the tax hikes will affect all of Greece's tourism industry, they are expected to hit Psatha and other places that cater almost exclusively to Greeks much harder than foreign tourist destinations like Athens — where many central hotels are now fully booked — and islands such as Corfu, Mykonos, Rhodes or Santorini.
More https://uk.finance.yahoo.com/news/greek-tourist-hotspots-face-big-144759143.html

Tsipras will offset this how? Cheap gas from Russia?
If the tourist trade is killed off Greece has no substitute.
clothcapclothcap on July 13th, 2015 10:11 pm (UTC)
Greek chaos ‘boosting campaign for UK exit’
THE Greek crisis has seen support for Britain leaving the European Union soar, according to organisers of the £20million referendum “No” campaign, which is funded by some of the country’s richest entrepreneurs and business leaders.
By Caroline Wheeler, Political Editor Jul 11
The group, led by Arron Banks, an insurance millionaire and a major donor to Ukip, launched its website last week and has taken out adverts in national newspapers.
Although the campaign will not officially be launched until September, Mr Banks said that interest in the group had soared since the Greek crisis began to unravel.
“There is a heightened awareness around the issue in the wake of the Greek situation, which is why we took the decision to launch the website in advance of the official campaign launch date in September,” Mr Banks said.
“The reaction to the adverts we’ve run is massive and my feeling is that if the referendum were held tomorrow, Britain would vote to leave.”
Since the adverts were published on Thursday, almost 1,500 people have registered their interest in the group on its website theknow.eu.
Among those who also expressed interest in the campaign, which Mr Banks claimed would be non-political, was an unnamed group of four Tory MPs, who recently attended a briefing with organisers.
A Labour MP was also at the meeting in a Westminster hotel.
Several donors, including Richard Tice, a property entrepreneur and supporter of Eurosceptic think tank Global Britain, also backed the group.
This week they will host lunches with three more interested “leading business figures”.
They also hope to secure the services of a political strategist with interviews due to take place both in the US and the UK this week.
The group continues to talk to sports stars and celebrities to try to give the campaign broad appeal, in the hope it will attract two million members.
Mr Banks claimed a British band, which made it big in the US, was interested, along with a number of senior military figures.
Full http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/590521/Greek-chaos-boosting-campaign-UK-e
clothcapclothcap on July 13th, 2015 10:27 pm (UTC)
Russia says to support Greece recovery by deepening energy cooperation
MOSCOW - Reuters - Hurriyet
Russia intends to support an economic recovery in Greece by expanding cooperation in the energy sector, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on July 12.
Novak said in a statement sent to reporters that Russia was considering the possibility of organizing direct energy supplies to Greece and hoped to reach an agreement on this within the next few weeks.
Greece currently buys Russian gas delivered by pipeline via Ukraine and the Balkan countries as well as Russian oil, usually through tenders from the Black Sea port of Novorossiisk.
Greece and Russia signed a memorandum in June on extending the planned Turkish Stream gas pipeline to Europe through Greek territory, with financing coming from Russia.
Greek Energy Minister Panagiotis Lafazanis said at the signing ceremony in the Russian city of St. Petersburg that Greece needed support and not pressure during its debt crisis and that cooperation with Russia was not aimed against other countries or Europe.
Also speaking at the ceremony, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said Russian state-owned gas producer Gazprom would not own the Greek part of the pipeline.
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/russia-says-to-support-greece-recovery-by-deepening-energy-cooperation.aspx?pageID=238&nID=85382&NewsCatID=348
clothcapclothcap on July 14th, 2015 09:01 am (UTC)
SCO threatens US-European monopoly on power: Economist
Jul 13, 2015
The expanding Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) alliance will create a new sphere of influence for Russia and China and threatens the US-European monopoly on power, an American economist has concluded.
The SCO is “creating a new orbit for Russia and China against the US-European alliance,” said Mark Thornton, senior fellow with the Ludwig von Mises Institute in Alabama and a research fellow with the Independent Institute in California.
“What you see here is that Russia and China are trying to establish a balancing and also a recognition of their importance in the world economy,” Thornton said in a phone interview with Press TV on Monday.
“Of course the United States is not happy about these developments because it’s had a monopoly status as a world power since the downfall of the Soviet Union and doesn’t like this idea of China and Russia trying to get their fair share of power and recognition in the world economy,” he added.
The SCO is a Eurasian political, economic and military organization which was founded in 2001 in the Chinese city of Shanghai by the leaders of China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
SCO approved entry of India and Pakistan into the strategic alliance at the summit meeting in Ufa, Russia on July 10, thus moving towards a new reincarnation of Pan-Asianism.
The organization apparently aimed to strengthen the grouping by inviting the Indian subcontinent’s major nations and become truly multilateral.
“Eventually, the SCO expects to cover most of the Eurasian continent,” Thornton said. “Most notably this year, they held the Shanghai Cooperation Organization meeting together with the BRICS conference and the EEU (Eurasian Economic Union) and that’s very notable because it’s bringing together more than half of the world’s population [and] political leadership into play.”
Vid http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2015/07/13/420124/SCO-Russia-China-US-monopoly
clothcapclothcap on July 14th, 2015 09:22 am (UTC)
Obama’s Pacific Trade Deal Trails Behind China’s Development Vision
10.07.2015 Author: Nile Bowie
Often touted as the centerpiece of the Obama administration’s re-engagement with Asia, a close vote in the US Senate has brought the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) a major step closer to becoming law. Facing significant opposition within his own party, the US president has secured fast-track negotiating authority, limiting Congress’s constitutional authority to regulate the contents of the trade accord.
Though the US Congress and American public will have an opportunity to review the deal before it is voted on, fast-track passage procedure reduces time for debate and prohibits amendments to the proposed legislation, limiting Congress to passing an up-or-down vote on the deal. Negotiated behind closed doors and drafted under tremendous secrecy for nearly a decade, elected representatives have thus far had limited access to the draft text.
The negotiations, intended to eventually create a multilateral trade and foreign investment agreement, involve Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States and Vietnam. Comprising some 40 percent of the world’s economy, the trade pact represents Washington’s response to the rising influence of China, which is not a participant, despite being the region’s largest economy and the largest trading partner of Asia-Pacific economies.
Bringing together a diverse grouping of culturally and economically disparate countries, the pact aims to enforce a common regulatory framework that governs rules for tariffs and trade disputes, patents and intellectual property, banking, foreign investment and more. The deal is widely seen as being representative of Washington’s long-term commitment to the Asia-Pacific region.
Rebranding the Asia Pivot
Described as a “comprehensive trade pact that could help cement our dominance over China in Asia” by a prominent American columnist, Senator Charles E. Schumer claimed the deal’s stated goal is to “lure” other countries “away from China”. If the underlying geopolitics of the deal weren’t clear enough, President Obama himself claimed, “If we don’t write the rules, China will write the rules,” in an interview with the Wall Street Journal. Needless to say, the TPP is no ordinary trade agreement.
Substantial differences have emerged between Democrats and Republicans over trade policy, though the bulk of American policy makers view the deal in terms of its strategic benefits: consolidating a new regional economic architecture in the Asia-Pacific on American terms. Mainstream economists such as Paul Krugman and Joseph Stiglitz have argued that the deal would in fact yield marginal economic benefits for the US, even for the corporate and financial interests that stand to gain most from regulatory liberalizations.
More http://journal-neo.org/2015/07/10/obama-s-pacific-trade-deal-trails-behind-china-s-development-vision/
clothcapclothcap on July 14th, 2015 09:56 am (UTC)
Billions of Dollars Laundered Through United Kingdom Banks
13.07.2015 Author: Vladimir Platov
The UK National Crime Agency recently stated that “hundreds of billions of US dollars” are laundered through banks in the United Kingdom every year. London holds first place among world capitals with regard to the volume of drug trade and money laundering. Describing the global international drug trade network, Roberto Saviano, an Italian investigative journalist and author of Gomorrah, a book on the Neapolitan mafia, said a few days ago of the international drug trade that “Mexico is its heart and London is its head”. He also reminded readers of the British bank HSBC’s £1.2 billion fine for money laundering for a Mexican drug cartel in 2012.
The British HSBC Private Bank has been accused of facilitating money laundering and earned big profits handling secret accounts for arms dealers, dictators and blood diamond traffickers, according to materials released in February by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) from the non-governmental organization Transparency International. In recent years, in a number of cases relating to money laundering and tax evasion, criminal investigations into HSBC have been initiated by Argentine, Brazilian, Swiss and United States authorities. However, there has been no such investigation in the UK, where HSBC is headquartered and where it is the country’s biggest bank in terms of assets.
Journalists laid their hands on the first information about suspicious HSBC bank transactions in 2007 when Herve Falciani, a programmer formerly employed at HSBC’s Geneva office, stole their service database and handed it over to the French tax authorities and the French newspaper Le Monde; the latter, with the help of an ICIJ team of more than 140 highly qualified professionals from 40 countries of the world, conducted an analysis of the information they received, involving almost 110 thousand depositors from more than 200 states.
The journalists came to the conclusion that the British HSBC bank was actively helping its clients commit tax evasion and conceal financial transactions relating to illegal arms and drugs transactions, as well as diamonds smuggling. The preliminary information alone suggests that quite a few former and even active politicians from the UK, India, and African states, as well as members of royal families from Arab countries, were involved in criminal transactions for the total amount of $100 billion. This scandal with the Swiss Division clients of the British HSBC bank was then named “the Swiss Leaks.”
Recently, French law enforcement agencies also initiated an investigation into the British HSBC bank on suspicion of facilitating money laundering; they obliged the bank to provide financial collateral guarantees in the amount of one billion euros. In order to settle the investigation about money laundering, the British HSBC bank paid Swiss authorities a record-breaking fine of 40 million Swiss Francs ($43 million); in return, Geneva’s public prosecution office promised to close the investigation without publishing its results and prosecuting HSBC in court. However, they made it crystal clear to the bank that next time, should there be one, the case would not end with a “settlement.”
More http://journal-neo.org/2015/07/13/billions-of-dollars-laundered-through-united-kingdom-banks/
clothcapclothcap on July 14th, 2015 10:17 am (UTC)
Greek crisis endgame: EU agrees to allocate €80bn+ over 3 years
July 13, 2015
After 17 hours of marathon talks, the eurozone leaders have reached an agreement over a third three-year bailout for debt-ridden Greece worth around €82-86 billion, which averts the risk of the country leaving the eurozone.
Greek debt crisis: EU leaders struggle to reach bailout compromise LIVE UPDATES
In his Twitter account the President of the European Council Donald Tusk said that agreement on Greece was reached “unanimously”. All of the key participants in the talks acknowledged that the deal means a so-called Grexit was no longer on the agenda.
The program will affect the overall pension reform, reform of the product markets, privatization and changes in labor exchanges, said German Chancellor Angela Merkel after the eurozone summit Monday.
“We have been long engaged in the matter of the size of the program, which is very significant - from €82 to €86 billion over three years," she said at a news conference.
A write-off of Greece’s debt is not on the agenda, she added.
“It has been agreed to start negotiations on an (European Stability Mechanism) ESM program, which means continued financial support for Greece," said Tusk. "The decision gives Greece the chance to get back on track with the support of European partners," he said, adding there would be "strict conditions."
More http://rt.com/business/273274-greece-debt-crisis-deal/

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12:03 GMT:
Greek banks will remain closed for now, the Finance Ministry said, without saying when exactly they will open again.
"The bank holiday will be extended," the official from the ministry said, as cited by Reuters.
http://rt.com/news/271735-greece-bailout-referendum-euro/
clothcapclothcap on July 14th, 2015 10:19 am (UTC)
5 key points in landmark Greek debt accord
July 13, 2015
Seventeen hours of talks, more than five months of tough negotiations between Greece and its international creditors… And a crucial accord seems to be found. RT explains the deal and what is in store for Greece.
1-What just happened?
Greece and the Troika of international creditors – the IMF, the ECB and the European Commission along with the eurozone leaders have agreed on a €80 billion plus bailout package over the next three years which should put an end to fears of Greece leaving the euro.
2-What are the details of the deal?
The key point is that the agreement, worth about €82-86 billion, means a Greek exit from the eurozone is no longer on the agenda.
In more figures, Greece agreed to set up a €50 billion fund to repay its debt, 50 percent of the fund will go to recapitalizing banks. The deal also includes €35 billion investment from the European Commission into the Greek economy.
On the part of the EU, increased taxes, better sustainability of the pension system, as well as scaled up privatization lay at the heart of the requirements.
You can read the full list of terms EU placed on Greece here.
3-Why now?
The Greeks voted ‘No’ to the proposals from the creditors in the national referendum on July 5. This meant that Athens was closer to leaving the eurozone than ever. So, the creditors decided to take emergency steps to avoid the fear of a Greek exit would trigger a domino effect and mark the start of the end of the currency union, as Spain and Portugal could have followed the lead.
After failing to pay its €1.6 billion debt to the IMF by the July 1 deadline, Greece became the first eurozone country to default on its international obligations. On the same day the second bailout deal for Greece expired. Since 2010 the two aid packages for Greece are estimated to be worth €240 billion. The ECB turned down the Greek request to expand emergency liquidity assistance (ELA) to its lenders by €6 billion to tackle bank runs in the country. As a result, banks in Greece have been closed since then and daily cash withdrawals have been limited to €60.
More http://rt.com/business/273334-greece-debt-bailout-crisis/
clothcapclothcap on July 14th, 2015 10:26 am (UTC)
The Problem of Greece Is Not Only a Tragedy. It Is a Lie
By John Pilger
Global Research, July 13, 2015
An historic betrayal has consumed Greece. Having set aside the mandate of the Greek electorate, the Syriza government has willfully ignored last week’s landslide “No” vote and secretly agreed a raft of repressive, impoverishing measures in return for a “bailout” that means sinister foreign control and a warning to the world.
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has pushed through parliament a proposal to cut at least 13 billion euros from the public purse – 4 billion euros more than the “austerity” figure rejected overwhelmingly by the majority of the Greek population in a referendum on 5 July.
These reportedly include a 50 per cent increase in the cost of healthcare for pensioners, almost 40 per cent of whom live in poverty; deep cuts in public sector wages; the complete privatization of public facilities such as airports and ports; a rise in value added tax to 23 per cent, now applied to the Greek islands where people struggle to eke out a living. There is more to come.
“Anti-austerity party sweeps to stunning victory”, declared aGuardian headline on January 25. “Radical leftists” the paper called Tsipras and his impressively-educated comrades. They wore open neck shirts, and the finance minister rode a motorbike and was described as a “rock star of economics”. It was a façade. They were not radical in any sense of that cliched label, neither were they “anti austerity”.
For six months Tsipras and the recently discarded finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis, shuttled between Athens and Brussels, Berlin and the other centres of European money power. Instead of social justice for Greece, they achieved a new indebtedness, a deeper impoverishment that would merely replace a systemic rottenness based on the theft of tax revenue by the Greek super-wealthy – in accordance with European “neo-liberal” values — and cheap, highly profitable loans from those now seeking Greece’s scalp.
Greece’s debt, reports an audit by the Greek parliament, “is illegal, illegitimate and odious”. Proportionally, it is less than 30 per cent that of the debit of Germany, its major creditor. It is less than the debt of European banks whose “bailout” in 2007-8 was barely controversial and unpunished.
For a small country such as Greece, the euro is a colonial currency: a tether to a capitalist ideology so extreme that even the Pope pronounces it “intolerable” and “the dung of the devil”. The euro is to Greece what the US dollar is to remote territories in the Pacific, whose poverty and servility is guaranteed by their dependency.
In their travels to the court of the mighty in Brussels and Berlin, Tsipras and Varoufakis presented themselves neither as radicals nor “leftists” nor even honest social democrats, but as two slightly upstart supplicants in their pleas and demands. Without underestimating the hostility they faced, it is fair to say they displayed no political courage. More than once, the Greek people found out about their “secret austerity plans” in leaks to the media: such as a 30 June letter published in the Financial Times, in which Tsipras promised the heads of the EU, the European Central Bank and the IMF to accept their basic, most vicious demands – which he has now accepted.
More http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-problem-of-greece-is-not-only-a-tragedy-it-is-a-lie/5462175
clothcapclothcap on July 14th, 2015 10:44 am (UTC)
Putin Leads BRICS Uprising
By Mike Whitney
Global Research, July 13, 2015
CounterPunch 10 July 2015
There’s been a virtual blackout of news from this year’s seventh annual BRICS summit in Ufa, Russia. None of the mainstream media organizations are covering the meetings or making any attempt to explain what’s going on. As a result, the American people remain largely in the dark about a powerful coalition of nations that are putting in place an alternate system that will greatly reduce US influence in the world and end the current era of superpower rule.
Let’s cut to the chase: Leaders of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) realize that global security cannot be entrusted to a country that sees war as a acceptable means for achieving its geopolitical objectives. They also realize that they won’t be able to achieve financial stability as long as Washington dictates the rules, issues the de facto “international” currency, and controls the main levers of global financial power. This is why the BRICS have decided to chart a different course, to gradually break free from the existing Bretton Woods system, and to create parallel system that better serves their own interests. Logically, they have focused on the foundation blocks which support the current US-led system, that is, the institutions from which the United States derives its extraordinary power; the dollar, the US Treasury market, and the IMF. Replace these, the thinking goes, and the indispensable nation becomes just another country struggling to get by. This is from the Asia Times:
“Leaders of the BRICS… launched the New Development Bank, which has taken three years of negotiations to bring to fruition. With about $50 billion in starting capital, the bank is expected to start issuing debt to fund infrastructure projects next year. They also launched a foreign-exchange currency fund of $100 billion.
The two new endeavors are statements that the five largest emerging markets are both looking out for each other and, simultaneously, moving away from the western financing institutions of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund.
“The BRICS states intend to actively use their own resources and internal resources for development,” Putin said, according to Reuters. “The New (Development) Bank will help finance joint, large-scale projects in transport and energy infrastructure, industrial development.”…..Birthing the two initiatives in Russia had been Putin’s top priorities.”
(“Russia’s Putin scores points at Ufa BRICS summit“, Asia Times)
Can you see what’s going on? Putin has figured out the empire’s vulnerabilities and he’s going straight for the jugular. He’s saying: ‘We’re going to issue our own debt, we’re going to run our own system, we’re going to fund our own projects, and we’re going to do it all in our own currency. Kaboom. The only thing you’re going to be doing, is managing your own accelerating economic decline. Have a good day.’ Isn’t that the gist of what he’s saying?
So can you see, dear reader, why none of this is appearing on the pages of US newspapers or on US television. Washington would rather you didn’t know how they’ve bungled everything by alienating the fastest growing countries in the world.
The Ufa conference is a watershed moment. While the Pentagon is rapidly moving troops and military hardware to Russia’s borders, and one bigwig after another is bloviating about the “Russian threat”; the BRICS have moved out of Washington’s orbit altogether. They are following the leadership of men who, frankly speaking, are acting exactly like US leaders acted when the US was on the upswing. These are guys who “think big”; who want to connect continents with high-speed rail, lift living standards across the board, and transform themselves into manufacturing dynamos. What do America’s leaders dream about: Drone warfare? Balancing the budget? Banning the Confederate flag?
More http://www.globalresearch.ca/putin-leads-brics-uprising/5462262
clothcapclothcap on July 14th, 2015 02:35 pm (UTC)
Here's everything we know about Greece's new deal with its creditors
13 July 2015 by Emma Haslett
The FTSE 100 and the euro both rallied this morning after it was revealed that, after 17 hours (and six long months) of negotiations, Greece had finally reached a deal with its creditors.
Although the details are still sketchy, here's what we know so far.
The deal should unlock €82-86bn (£59-61bn) of funds for Greece
That's enough to keep it going for another three years. However, no bailout has actually been agreed yet.
That means there will be no Grexit
European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker and German Chancellor Angela Merkel both made that much clear.
Greece must develop a "significantly scaled up" privatisation programme
The proposals show Greece has agreed to increase privatisations, while "valuable" government-owned assets will be transferred to an independent fund which will "monetise the assets through privatisations and other means".
Cash generated will be transferred into a fund, held in Athens (not Luxembourg, as previously mooted), and will be used to pay off the European Stability Mechanism (Europe's bailout fund), as well as generate €50bn, of which €25bn will be used to recapitalise Greek banks, while another €12.5bn will be used to decrease Greece's debt to GDP ratio.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) will continue to be involved
The IMF's continued involvement was also disputed, but at a press conference this morning German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the IMF's bailout programme will "extend beyond 2016".
This still isn't guaranteed
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras still needs to pass the proposals - that's six reform bills - by Wednesday. That's going to be tough - but according to Merkel, he thinks he can do it.
Greece will now need to arrange bridge financing
Because it may take some time to get through the bureaucracy necessary to unlock the new funds, Greece needs to arrange €7bn of financing to pay money it owes next Monday (which includes €1.5bn it owed the IMF in June and another €1.6bn it'll owe in July, as wewll as €4.1bn due to the European Central Bank), plus another €5bn by mid-August.
The Eurogroup is ready to grant longer grace periods and longer loan maturities
That's according to Merkel, which suggests creditors were willing to make some concessions for Greece.
Greek banks could reopen tomorrow
If the European Central Bank (ECB) agrees to provide another €2bn of Emergency Liquidity Assistance (ELA) to Greek banks, they can open tomorrow, it has said. However, the €60-a-day withdrawal limit is likely to stay in place.
But there may be a delay - the leaked document said the ECB will conduct a "comprehensive assessment... after the summer". That's a long time to wait.
Full http://www.cityam.com/220013/heres-everything-we-know-about-greeces-new-bailout-deal-its-creditors?ITO=related-content
clothcapclothcap on July 14th, 2015 09:27 pm (UTC)
The Anunnaki - Michael Tellinger
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Gets really interesting around 30mins or so from the end when he talks about collapsing the bank system.
clothcapclothcap on July 14th, 2015 11:57 pm (UTC)
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US arms manufacturers have already exploited IranDeal for $6 billion in new arms contracts with Gulf regimes. http://bloom.bg/1NVsWAT

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clothcapclothcap on July 14th, 2015 11:58 pm (UTC)
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A show is over: the nuclear deal between Iran and the US that was already closed year ago is being showed as the end of a long negotiation

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Μπορεί να μην τους κάνουμε μεγάλο κακό άλλα είναι το μόνο όπλο που έχουμε. BoycottGermany ThisIsACoup greekment
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Would tend to explain why US appears to welcome, and will likely intervene to exacerbate, European chaos.
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IMF Declares War On Germany: In "Secret" Report Lagarde Says Greece Will Need Massive Debt Relief http://dlvr.it/BWpYwW
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clothcapclothcap on July 15th, 2015 12:13 pm (UTC)
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Leader of Ahrar al-Sham terrorist group killed in Syria http://ptv.io/1uia
US drone strike kills 28 in Nangarhar, eastern Afghanistan
US war in Afghanistan costs American taxpayers $4 million every hour: Study http://ptv.io/1ujD

SyriaNews.cc
‘Moderate Rebels’ Kill 3 Judges in Idlib, Syria http://bit.ly/1f2C0Ie

Net News Global
Iraqi forces kill over 200 ISIL militants in mop-up operations http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2015/07/15/420314/Iraq-army-Popular-Mobilization-Anbar-Karma-ISIL-militants
Army continues operations against terrorists, inflicting more casualties upon them http://www.sana.sy/en/?p=48343
[updates]
NATO’s Missile Defense Strategy Based on Lies – Russian MP http://sputniknews.com/russia/20150715/1024638924.html
What About Syria? http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940423000041
Oh boy what a shot
ISIS leader in Pakistan admits receiving funds via US [VIDEO, 2 min] ─► http://bit.ly/1e08CS3
Army continues operations against terrorists, inflicting more casualties upon them Syria http://syriatimes.sy/index.php/news/local/18726-army-continues-operations-against-terrorists-inflicting-more-casualties-upon-them
Peace endangers existence of Israel: Iran foreign minister http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2015/07/15/420308/Iran-Zarif-Israel-existence-P51-
Draining the U.S. Treasury: Cost of War in Afghanistan Hits $4 MILLION PER HOUR http://investmentwatchblog.com/draining-the-u-s-treasury-cost-of-war-in-afghanistan-hits-4-million-per-hour/
Partisangirl
Discussing the staged isis beheading video with @PrisonPlanet https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=zrdqgHG9PSc
Glass-Steagall, Financial Warfare: The Murder of Greece https://larouchepac.com/20150714/murder-greece
The corporate media’s destructive agenda http://rinf.com/alt-news/editorials/corporate-medias-destructive-agenda/

green heart
State of Globe
The ‘Greek Debt Deal’ Is Already Starting To Fall Apart - http://stateofglobe.com/2015/07/15/the-greek-debt-deal-is-already-starting-to-fall-apart/
Rashid Gill BDS
US, AlQaeda, NATO, Israel, IDF, US DoD, IMF, EU, Boko H, Mossad, & Blackwater are all anti-Christ terrorists.
clothcapclothcap on July 15th, 2015 12:16 pm (UTC)
US, UK, other NATO regimes, IL and vassal ME states blatant state sponsors of terrorism
They don't care that we know.
TIME Admits ISIS Bringing Arms, Fighters in From NATO Territory
http://clothcap.livejournal.com/179148.html