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28 August 2015 @ 08:09 am
Press TV debate: Did West INTENTIONALLY destabilize Mideast post-9/11?  
VT. By Kevin Barrett on August 27, 2015
Or were they just trying to be helpful by committing genocide?
The Middle East is a mess.
Iraq is nearly ungovernable, littered with depleted uranium. Four million people are homeless refugees, including two million outside Iraq’s borders. ISIS, known by some as “Israeli Secret Intelligence Service,” continues to rampage, while Iraqi Kurdistan has become an oil colony of Israel.
The Middle East is a mess.
Iraq is nearly ungovernable, littered with depleted uranium. Four million people are homeless refugees, including two million outside Iraq’s borders. ISIS, known by some as “Israeli Secret Intelligence Service,” continues to rampage, while Iraqi Kurdistan has become an oil colony of Israel.
The US-backed war on Syria has left almost ten million Syrians refugees, including 6.5 million inside the country and more than three million who have fled.
Libya, once the most prosperous and developed country in Africa, is now a Mad Max style battleground ruled by warlords.
Sudan, like Iraq, has been smashed into two pieces. And as in Iraq, the smaller, resource-rich piece is unofficially Israeli-occupied territory.
Egypt has seen the first attempt at democracy in its 5,000 year history crushed by the brutal Israeli agent Gen. al-Sisi, who has slaughtered and tortured to death thousands of peaceful activists.
Fifteen to twenty million Middle Eastern refugees are looking for a home. Where should they go?
To solve this problem, we need the truth about who created it.

In yesterday’s Debate show on Press TV (posted above) Robert Evans, a former member of the EU parliament, argued that the devastation of the Middle East is an unintended consequence of well-intentioned policies.
Offended by such evident bad faith, I reminded Evans that the destabilization and Balkanization of the Middle East was the decades-old objective of Israel’s Oded Yinon plan. Reasserted by Netanyahu’s Clean Break document in 1996, re-framed as an “American” plan in PNAC’s “Rebuilding America’s Defenses” in September 2000, and put into action after the 9/11/2001 Zionist coup d’état, the destruction of the Middle East is a long-desired goal, not an unintended consequence.
Four million Muslims have been butchered as a result of 9/11 and the 9/11 wars. Since 1990, eight million Muslims have been killed.
This is a deliberate genocide, a bona fide holocaust.
People like Robert Evans are the real “holocaust deniers.”
This is something that all reasonable people, and maybe even a few unreasonable ones, can agree on. Even Jim Fetzer – who is unable to attend the Conference on Covert Harassment and Mind Control in Berlin this coming October 1st and 2nd due to the possibility he would be arrested for his views on the Nazi holocaust – cannot deny that the massacre of Muslims post 9/11 constitutes a very real case of genocide.

[Watch the latest False Flag Weekly News]

VT http://www.veteranstoday.com/2015/08/27/yinon/
clothcapclothcap on August 28th, 2015 02:39 pm (UTC)
So that's another one to chalk up on Cameron's charge sheet. Participation in ME (and NA) genocide of semite and other Arabs.

A friend added a reason to the list for the Cameron instigated destruction of Libya. Revenge for Gaddafi's bloodless coup against the family that was imposed and given royal status by the Brits.
clothcapclothcap on August 28th, 2015 02:59 pm (UTC)
More death down to Cameron
Two Thousand People Have Died Soon After Being Declared ‘Fit For Work’
More than 80 people a month are dying
Rob Waugh
By Chris Hall, Rob Waugh Aug 27, 2015
More than two thousand people have died shortly after being declared ‘fit for work’ by the Department of Work and Pensions.
Statistics released today show that 2,380 people have died between December 2011 and February 2014, after being found able to work by a work capability assessment (WCA).
The data was released in response to freedom of information requests.
The Department of Work and Pensions cautioned against reading too much into the figures.
The DWP said, ‘These isolated figures provide limited scope for analysis and nothing can be gained from this publication that would allow the reader to form any judgement as to the effects or impacts of the Work Capability Assessment.’
Mark Serwotka of the PCS Union said, What lies behind these figures is a cruel climate generated by some politicians and sections of the media that seeks to demonise those in need and undermine public confidence in our welfare state.'

Edited at 2015-08-28 03:12 pm (UTC)
clothcapclothcap on August 28th, 2015 03:19 pm (UTC)
Confirmation Tianjin was Nuked
By Ian Greenhalgh with Jeff Smith August 25, 2015
This was no chemical fire, this was China's 9-11
Editor’s Note:
Two weeks ago a devastating explosion took place in the port city of Tianjin, China. Official reports claimed a chemical storage facility had caught fire and exploded. Mobile phone footage taken by residents showed an enormous blast and fireball.
Within days, aerial photos revealed the stunning extent of the damage. A steaming black crater marks ground zero, while the apocalyptic surrounding landscape is charred and flattened. Rows of burnt-out cars and twisted shipping containers stretch into the distance on all sides.
The total burned area spans 20,000 square meters and continues to be dangerous—more explosions were reported by Chinese authorities on the 15th of August. Residents within a 3-mile radius have been relocated; at least 85 victims of the accident have been reported dead.
We were immediately suspicious, such huge explosions have to be viewed with suspicion these days when tactical nuclear weapons can and are used with alarming frequency – 9-11, The Khobar Towers, the Haiti Earthquake and most recently, air dropped on Yemen.
The mobile phone as radiation detector
The key clue that allowed us to identify the use of a nuke in Yemen was the presence of scintillating pixels – white dots that flashed on and off briefly in the mobile phone videos of the explosion. The CCD imaging sensor within the camera phone is being struck by radiation thus causing a pixel to overload and appear white; in this way a mobile phone can serve double duty as a crude but effective radiation detector.
When the Tianjin blast occurred I immediately looked at the mobile phone footage of the blast and tried to find scintillating pixels; I couldn’t find any, but the huge white hot fireball and sheer size of the blast effect apparent in the footage (shaken buildings, breaking windows etc.) certainly didn’t feel like a conventional explosion to my relatively untrained eyes.
It was actually VT Contributor and expert on all things nuclear, Jeff Smith who taught us about scintillating pixels and the use of a mobile phone camera to detect radiation; therefore I consulted him about the lack of scintillation in the Tianjin footage:
Scintillation is based on the distance from the blast. The farther you get away from the blast the less neutron exposure you get. CCD Cameras will detect scintillation but only at high levels. They are not sensitive to far field radiation patterns. All CCD cameras were too far away to be sensitive enough to show scintillation properly.
So you have to look at the white out in the centre of the photo. This is where the brightness is so great that it overloads the ccd pickup chip causing a clipping effect. The fact that the fireball was whited out or clipped indicates that the colour temperature was over 4,000 degrees C. Only achievable in a nuclear blast. The cameras auto gain circuit clips the video level for being too bright so you get a white out on the screen.
No scintillation but a clear piece of evidence indicating a nuclear explosion in the form of the huge white fireball – once again, mobile phone footage proves useful in deciphering the truth.
More, pics, vids http://www.veteranstoday.com/2015/08/25/confirmation-tianjin-was-nuked/
Nuked by?

Update: We have a followup article showing a frame by frame analysis of the explosion video.

Edited at 2015-08-28 03:24 pm (UTC)
clothcapclothcap on August 28th, 2015 03:36 pm (UTC)
EU to approve new measures against Israeli settlements
Editor's note:
By Jim W. Dean, Managing Editor August 27, 2015
Like everywhere else, when was the last time an Israeli espionage network was broken up in Europe?
The European Union’s outgoing envoy to Palestine says the 28-nation bloc is continuing its efforts to pass more measures against illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.
John Gatt-Rutter, the envoy to the besieged Gaza Strip and the occupied Palestinian territories, said on Thursday that “there is support within the union to go on” with anti-settlement measures.
Among debated proposals is labeling of products made in settlements. These goods have already been barred from receiving customs exemptions. Gatt-Rutter also emphasized that there were “more tools” the EU can use against Israel over its illegal settlement activities in the occupied West Bank.
Diplomatic sources earlier said that the EU was looking into the possibility of blacklisting “violent settlers.” The sanctions are expected to affect up to 200 individuals.
More http://www.veteranstoday.com/2015/08/27/eu-to-approve-new-measures-against-israeli-settlements/
Jim's ed note is worth noting]

Edited at 2015-08-29 07:05 pm (UTC)
clothcapclothcap on August 28th, 2015 04:03 pm (UTC)
Aangirfan 28 August 2015
The Powers-That-Be produce their stories about, for example, the French train 'shooting'.
But then certain 'citizen journalists' query the official story.
So then the Powers-That-Be make sure that the 'citizen journalists' who actually get heard are all working for the Powers-That-Be.
Above, we see BBC anchor Nik Gowing (left), Jeff Jonas, IBM Entity Analytics chief engineer, and John Rendon (right) at the Highlands Forum.
Anonymous asks:
The Highlands Forum is this the glue that links the CIA, the Military, the Corporates, Goldman Sachs and the Media?
How the CIA made Google. / HIGHLANDS GROUP - About
Subaskaran Allirajah, Chairman de Lycamobile
The alleged shooter on the French train is called Ayoub el Khazzani.
According to French daily Le Monde, the Khazzani's employer in Spain - British mobile network operator Lyca Mobile - offeredhim a six-month contract in the Paris suburb of Seine-Saint-Denis in 2014.
Anonymous comments on the French Train False Flag:
Ayoub el Khazzani's father in interviews said that his son was normal until hired by Lycamobile, the mobile phone network operator.
He stayed 2 months of a 6-month employment.
Lycamobile has reportedly been linked to:
(1) The sponsorship of certain cricket events relating to the 7/7 London bombers.
7/7 bombings: Cricket initiative.
(2) Samantha Lewthwaite, the alleged terrorist.
(3) Iraqi suicide bombers.
(4) The Tamil Tigers.
Sri Lanka Tamil Tigers - Huffington Post.
Chris Norman
Anonymous comments:
Chris Norman is the 62-year old Brit who jumped into the fray when 'the jihadist' attacked.
His current partner is Philippe Potin, a former employer Maroc Telecom.
Philippe POTIN | LinkedIn.
Their Linkedin profiles all sound like a bunch of old mercenaries and spooks.
Chris NORMAN has worked for clients in Morocco.
"He was responsible for the corporate tax assistance provide to the Deloitte clients for their operations in ... Morocco."
BMO Africa.
clothcapclothcap on August 28th, 2015 04:13 pm (UTC)
Op-Edge: Brave (miserable) new normal world
Pepe Escobar 25 Aug, 2015
So what’s the real story behind the made in China Black Monday (followed by a Blue Tuesday)?
Shares in the Shanghai/Shenzhen soared a whopping 150 percent in the 12 months up to mid-June. Small investors – almost 80 percent of the market – believed in a never-ending party, and often borrowed heavily to be part of the “get rich is glorious” bonanza.
There had to be a correction. Those shares – which had hit a 7-year peak - were obviously overvalued. Couple it with a mountain of data showing essentially a Chinese economic slowdown, and the result was predictable; Shanghai and Shenzhen lost all their gains so far in 2015 – and engineered a massive global sell-off. Even notorious billionaires lost, well, billions in a flash.
Welcome to China’s new normal; or our brave (miserable) new normal world.
The crisis of the Neoliberal Disorder
The sharp correction in the Shanghai/Shenzhen is part of the end of a cycle. Goodbye to China relying on investment rates of 45 percent of GDP. And goodbye to China’s unchecked thirst for commodities.
The problem is China’s tweaking of is economic model is directly linked to the persistent coma of the neoliberal disorder, in effect since 2007/2008.
You don’t need to be Paul Krugman to know the new normal is anemic global trade; a severe crisis in most emerging markets; Europe’s absolute stagnation cum recession; and “factory of the world” China selling less to the rest of the world.
Meanwhile, the hyper-valued US dollar is strangling US exports; up to 3 percent decline in the first semester alone. Imports also fell by 2.2 percent; and that ties in with the structural corrosion of America’s dwindling middle class spending power.
Everywhere we look, the whole structural landscape screams crisis of the neoliberal disorder. When the Chinese engine of turbo-capitalism faces (relative) trouble that glaringly reveals how the global financial casino enjoys no dynamic support anywhere else.
Over $5 trillion in paper money has been wiped out since Beijing (modestly) devalued the yuan on August 11 – triggering the global sell-off.
Now the Fed may postpone raising interest rates for the first time in almost a decade until the end of 2015. Still, no one dares to predict a rosy growth scenario, considering an ultra-strong US dollar, a relatively devalued yuan and a steady fall in oil prices.
No implosion, no panic
Contrary to Western forecasts/wishful thinking, China is not imploding. Credit Suisse has released some quite level headed analysis. Here are the highlights.
h/t Aangirfan
clothcapclothcap on August 28th, 2015 04:17 pm (UTC)
Never Forget: The Central Banks Have Engineered This Collapse
Corbett • 08/25/2015
TheInternationalForecaster.com August 25, 2015
Good news, everybody! The markets are rebounding! Yes, we just a hit a minor bump in the road there, but don’t worry, everything is back to normal now. Let’s forget about the tail end of last week and this week’s Black Monday, shall we? Pay no mind to the uncomfortable lowlights of the global stock rout:
The staggering $5 trillion wipeout of funny money paper promise “wealth” since the yuan deflation began ($2.7 trillion on Monday alone).
The all-time record spike on the volatility index (aka the “Fear Index”).
The 1000 point Dow plunge off the opening bell on Monday morning.
The halting of every major US index during the market mayhem.
The 4500 mini crash events that forced indices worldwide to halt and unhalt at a dizzying pace.
The amazing magic levitating act courtesy of our friends at the Plunge Protection Team that brought about the largest intraday point swing in Dow history.
Nope, nothing to see here. And now that this dead cat bounce is underway, surely there will be no more commodity deflation or global economic slowdown or worldwide currency war or historically unprecedented bond bubbles to worry about, right?
OK, enough sarcasm. Readers of this column will know by now that the phoney baloney stock markets, manipulated as they are from top to bottom and juiced as they are on the Fed’s QE heroin, are no longer reflective of economic reality. The only question is how far this particular dead cat market will bounce, and whether it will be helped along with more heroin from the Fed
But there is already one vitally important take away from these events that the independent media must articulate now, before it’s too late. Namely: This crisis was engineered by the central banks. It is their fault.
More https://www.corbettreport.com/never-forget-the-central-banks-have-engineered-this-collapse/
h/t Aangirfan
clothcapclothcap on August 28th, 2015 07:08 pm (UTC)
Who slipped? How fake report on ‘Russian soldier deaths’ in Ukraine set MSM on fire
RT 27 Aug, 2015
A Forbes report on alleged Russian army casualties in Ukraine citing a dodgy Russian website has sparked a media and Twitter storm. Some said Russia had “finally slipped” with the leak on its troops in Ukraine; others were baffled by the “fake publication.” RT decided to investigate.
A Forbes contributor, Paul Roderick Gregory, published an article on Wednesday citing a Russian web source called “Delovaya Zhizn” (translated as Business Life), which was said to reveal “official figures on the number of Russian soldiers killed or made invalids in eastern Ukraine.”
The report, dated March 2015 and entitled “Increases in Pay for Military in 2015,” was altered, with the relevant information being removed, after the Forbes publication came out. However, the original copy was webcached by Google.
The cache shows that the website, which has articles on Russian finance, markets and leisure, claimed that the Russian government had paid monetary compensation to Russian soldiers who “took part in military actions in Eastern Ukraine.”
Without citing a source, the article claimed that as of February 1, more than 2,000 families of soldiers killed in Ukraine had received compensation of 3 million rubles (about $50,000) and those crippled during military action – a half million rubles (about $25,000). It added that another 3,200 soldiers wounded in battle had received compensation of 1,800 rubles for every day they were in the conflict zone.
The Forbes contributor accused “Russian censors” for “quickly removing the offending material.”
The Forbes report was picked up by Western media and independent journalists. The International Business Times reported that the Russian article had “accidentally published the leaked figures.”
The statement said that the original story in question had not contained the part about “[Russian] servicemen in Ukraine” nor had it been edited by any of the site’s staff until August 23.
“On August 23 the editorial staff received emails requesting clarification of the information contained in the article, in its last part. This is how we discovered that the site had been hacked… and an editor removed the part of the text added by the perpetrators to the story,” the email said.
More http://www.rt.com/news/313653-russia-ukraine-soldiers-fake-forbes/
W. propaganda sheets humiliated. But lies are MSM'S currency. You will see no apology, even an acknowledgement will be buried inside. Job done, demonisation of the Russians by the servants of the servants of lucifer.
clothcapclothcap on August 28th, 2015 07:17 pm (UTC)
Voltaire Net, Thierry Meyssan
Syria - the rhetoric and the truth
For the last two weeks, the international Press has been full of rumours announcing the beginning of a US military operation against Syria. Thierry Meyssan, who has already denounced a manipulation by General John Allen and his friends, whose aim is to sabotage the USA/Iran agreements, revisists the absurdity of this charge. He explains why the strategic support offered by Russia and China to a secular Syria is not negotiable.

The world after the Washington/Teheran agreement
The cease-fire decreed between the United States and Iran redefines the conflicts in the Near East and moves the war towards the Black Sea. Even though it is yet too soon to predict the way in which the rivalry between Riyadh and Teheran will evolve, and also what will become of Turkey, it is already clear that we are moving towards peace in Yemen and Syria.

The Russian army is beginning to engage in Syria
A profound and significant change has just occurred in the Levant – the Russian army has begun to engage against terrorism in Syria. Although Russia has been absent from the international scene since the dissolution of the Soviet Union, and although it is moving with care, it has just created a Russo-Syrian Commission, has begun supplying weapons, sharing intelligence, and sending advisors. All of this is more or less coordinated with the White House.

Turkey hands over Kurdish prisoners to Al-Qaïda
Voltaire Net 15 August 2015
While Ankara, under pressure from Washington, gave up the idea of attacking the Kurds of the YPG in Syria [1], it handed over six wounded Syrian Kurdish prisoners to Al-Qaïda (al-Nusra Front), the YPG spokesperson said. The men are Ahmed Şêrko, Omer Qadir, Rêber Seyho, Ehmed Helûm, Cemal Ehmed and Beşîr Mihemed.
They will probably be executed by the terrorist organisation.
Officially, Turkey has no relations with Al-Qaïda, but
- Turkish Justice has demonstrated that while President Erdoğan was Prime Minister, he received many visits from the banker for the terrorist organisation, who is in fact currently being sought by the United Nations [2].
- On the 14th July 2015, Syria’s permanent representative to the UNO, ambassador Bachar el-Jafaari, presented to the Security Council a letter from the Free Syrian Army which shows that France and Turkey had supplied them with weapons that were intended for al-Qaïda. The Turkish ambassador was absent, but the French ambassador, who was present, did not contest the authenticity of the document [3].

Pete Kimberley
Vid, links http://www.voltairenet.org/article188516.html

[1] “Washington forbids Ankara to attack the Syrian Kurds”, Translation Pete Kimberley, Voltaire Network, 13 August 2015.
[2] “Erdoğan received Al-Qaeda’s banker in secret”, Translation Alizée Ville, Voltaire Network, 6 January 2014.
[3] “Resolution 2165 and debates (humanitarian aid in Syria)”, Voltaire Network, 14 July 2014.
clothcapclothcap on August 28th, 2015 07:58 pm (UTC)
US pressured Norway to arrest & extradite Snowden, seize all devices – documents
RT 28 Aug, 2015
The US repeatedly asked Norway to detain and deport whistleblower Edward Snowden if he tried to enter its territory in the aftermath of his leaks on mass US global surveillance, Norwegian media revealed citing formal requests.
Norway’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs received the first letter from Washington shortly after the former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor’s revelations went public when he was stranded in Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport.
The note, dated June 27, 2013, was quoted by Norway’s NRK broadcaster: “We request that should US citizen Edward J. Snowden attempt to enter Norway through any means, the Government of Norway notify the Embassy immediately and effectuate the return of Mr. Snowden to the United States by way of denial of entry, deportation, expulsion or other lawful means.”
On the same day, the FBI’s Scandinavia office followed up with another letter addressed to justice authorities in Norway, Sweden and Finland. It described Snowden as a criminal fugitive and urged them to notify American personnel if the whistleblower booked a flight to one of their countries from Moscow.
More http://www.rt.com/news/313663-snowden-norway-us-pressure/
clothcapclothcap on August 28th, 2015 08:48 pm (UTC)
59 men, 8 women & 4 children among 71 migrants found dead in Austria truck - police

Newsline 15:10 GMT
Armed militia frees 163 children in C. African Republic
An armed militia group in the Central African Republic has released 163 children, according to UNICEF. They are some of thousands who have been conscripted into serving the militia as combatants, messengers and cooks. The children were released at a handover ceremony in the northern town of Batangafo that was facilitated by the UN children’s agency and the UN peacekeeping mission in the country, AP said.

'AP lawsuit against FBI opens window on secret world of intelligence’
clothcapclothcap on August 28th, 2015 08:54 pm (UTC)
To those that scoffed and haven't got their tins and dried foods in -
ZH: We Are All Preppers Now
Submitted by Tyler Durden on 08/28/2015 13:36 -0400
Via The Mises Institute,
Damian McBride is the former head of communications at the British treasury and former special adviser to Gordon Brown, erstwhile Prime Minister of the U.K. Yesterday he tweeted some surprising advice in response to the plunge in global equities markets.;
Advice on the looming crash, No. 1: get hard cash in a safe place now; don't assume banks & cashpoints will be open, or bank cards will work.
Crash advice No. 2: do you have enough bottled water, tinned goods & other essentials at home to live a month indoors? If not, get shopping.
Crash advice No. 3: agree a rally point with your loved ones in case transport and communication gets cut off; somewhere you can all head to.
Evidently, McBride interprets the wipe-out of over $3 trillion in total global market cap during the three-day rout as a prelude to a much broader and deeper financial crash that will precipitate civil unrest.
Just like mid-October last year, the market howls; the Fed panics & puts the dummy back in; and we all pretend it's OK again. It's madness.
— Damian McBride (@DPMcBride) August 25, 2015
Every day the era of easy borrowing persists just means even more loans that won't be repaid when the real crash finally comes.
— Damian McBride (@DPMcBride) August 25, 2015
Today is just the stock market catching up with the terror over defaults that's been gripping the bond market for months.
— Damian McBride (@DPMcBride) August 24, 2015
According to McBride,
We were close enough in 2008 and what's coming is on 20 times that scale.
clothcapclothcap on August 28th, 2015 09:02 pm (UTC)
The War on Syria
Foreign intervention has only worsened the situation in Syria.
by Patrick Higgins
In May 2014, the Syria Centre for Policy Research in Damascus released a report on the economic and social conditions in Syria. Its findings were staggering. More than half the country’s population lives in extreme poverty. Most school-age children no longer attend school, and 45 percent of its public hospitals are out of service.
By the time the report was published, almost 3 percent of the Syrian population had already been wounded or killed in the conflict. The carnage has only increased since.
As the human toll of the Syrian catastrophe spirals ever higher, one detail on which everyone can agree is that the situation is an ongoing tragedy. And the specter of humanitarian crisis has compelled every stripe of policymaker and pundit to call for some form of action — the need to do something.
But far too often the demand to “do something” sidesteps what has already been done — there is a foundational assumption that the ruin and bloodshed of this terrible war have been produced by inaction.
Take as an example Nader Hashemi and Danny Postel, heads of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Denver. Their edited collection, The Syria Dilemma, hopes to present an “array of contending perspectives [reflecting] the profound dilemma that Syria confronts us with.”
What perspectives have they set into contention with one another? Most are united by a call for some projection of American power. Familiar interventionist tropes are presented. Responsibility to Protect (R2P) receives frequent mention. The book cites the Bosnia example at least eight times, along with mentions of Rwanda.
This isn’t unique to discussions about Syria. Policy wonks, such as Michael O’Hanlon of the Brookings Institute, see the example of Bosnia — indeed, of the total breakup of Yugoslavia — as a sound precedent for American policy goals in Syria. In a paper dated June 2015, O’Hanlon places Bosnia alongside Afghanistan and Somalia as a desirable model for the fragmentation he recommends for Syria.
In addition to a “confederate” Syria that could entail all-out partition, O’Hanlon calls for increased intervention in the form of guns and training provided to selected Syrian opposition outfits, protective safe zones governed by US troops, and the demolition of the existing government air force. For O’Hanlon, the problem with US policy in Syria is that it hasn’t gone nearly far enough.
Or, to try another example, there is Robert Kaplan’s recent article in Foreign Policy proclaiming that the violence in which the Middle East is currently mired comes as the result of a “demonstrably hands-off approach” to recent events in the Middle East by an Obama administration that has neglected its role of “organizing and stabilizing the region.” News sources like CNN have, as late as August 2014, been asking why the US has not yet intervened in Syria as it has in Iraq.
All these narratives share either explicitly or implicitly a history of the Syrian conflict that simply does not hold up under critical scrutiny. Indeed, the official chronology of events in these pro-intervention narratives — about a peaceful revolution turned reluctantly to arms, and thus in need of a military savior — eclipses the actual, far more complicated one.
The Tropes of Interventionism
Indeed, calls for increased intervention have a long history in Syria. These appeals in the US press have long been tied to calls made within the Syrian opposition. They began early, within the first year, and often rather vociferously. But the signals regarding intervention from what was then the most influential exile opposition outfit, the Syrian National Council (SNC), were in the first year of the uprising muddy.
On the one hand, they claimed to oppose military intervention, but on the other, called on the “international community” to “protect the Syrian people.” Still, this SNC line was always clearer than any of their other demands, suggesting that intervention was for many a crucial piece of the vision for what they and its local Syrian allies called the Syrian revolution.
More https://www.jacobinmag.com/2015/08/syria-civil-war-nato-military-intervention/
H/t joolsd via MRZine
clothcapclothcap on August 28th, 2015 09:22 pm (UTC)
ZH: The Greatest Con Job In Central Banking History
Phoenix Capital...
08/28/2015 - 14:59
One of the greatest con jobs in history was convincing ordinary people that Central Bankers care about the “economy” or Main Street.
One of the greatest con jobs in history was convincing ordinary people that Central Bankers care about the “economy” or Main Street.
Aside from the complete lack of relevance that Main Street has for Central Bankers from a professional perspective (more on this in a moment), when do you think was the last time that Janet Yellen or her ilk spent an evening with non-banker/financial types? Years ago? Decades ago?
Yellen lives in a super-affluent, gated part of Washington DC. And even within that subset of the US population she lives in a higher echelon: her entourage of security annoys her wealthy neighbors… though I suspect part of the annoyance stems from jealousy.
Regard professional significance… why would Janet Yellen care about ordinary people? They’re just data points in her financial models. Ordinary people didn’t place her at the Fed (the big banks did). And they didn’t place her as Fed Chair (the financial/ political elite did… with the express intent of gaining future favors).
Think of it this way… imagine there was a super cartel of English Professors who controlled what words you or I could use in daily conversation. These individuals literally could change the structure of the human language if they wanted… removing words or adding words at random.
Now imagine that they randomly pick out a low level English Professor who they elevate to being the face of their organization. Do you think this professor would give a damn about how her decisions/ words affected speech? She literally was made one of the most powerful people in the world by this cartel.
This is case worldwide. Most Central Bankers came up from the Too Big To Fails or Primary Dealers (or they are academics like Yellen or Banenke who get their first taste of the “real world” when they’re literally running the financial system).
Literally their entire personal net worth… their professional clout… and their sense of accomplishment was derived from working at these organizations.
And somehow they’re supposed to give a hoot about Joe the Plumber or Bob the Boilermaker? They don’t even deal with those people face to face when they have a problem with their homes. “Hello this is Mario Draghi… the man who controls the currency in your economy… could you please come fix the sink?”
This is why Yellen, Draghi and the like can say with a straight face that maintaining ZIRP or NIRP benefits the economy. It’s why they can spent trillions to bail out/prop up banks without batting an eyelid. It’s why no one who committed fraud went to jail. It’s why lying and cheating in the financial system is allowed… even applauded… because the ones lying and cheating are the same people who picked out/ promoted the regulators.
And this is why we’re heading for another Crisis… one that will be even bigger than 2008. The fraud that caused 2008 was not solved. Instead it was allowed to spread into the public sector. Today most Central Banks are sporting leverage ratios that would put Lehman Brothers (pre-crisis) to shame.
So the next time something breaks in the financial system… it won’t be just individual banks going belly up. It will be entire countries.
Indeed, consider China, where the Central Bank is pumping $29 billion per day into the financial system… and the stock market continues to Crash. There are in fact situations that are so dire that Central Banks cannot fix them.
What’s happened in China is coming to your neighborhood… wherever you are.
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clothcapclothcap on August 28th, 2015 09:50 pm (UTC)
ZH: Tyler Durden puts...
Biggest Short Squeeze Since 2008 Bank Bailout And Epic VIX Rigging Sends Stocks Green For The Week
[Lottsa graphs with comments]

The Central Bankers’ Malodorous War On Savers
The private economy and its millions of savers exist for the convenience of the apparatchiks who run the central bank. In their palpable fear and unrelieved arrogance, would they now throw millions of already ruined retirees and savers completely under the bus? Yes they would.

Blood money
Oil Surges To $45 After Saudi Troops Invade Yemen
For the 3rd day in a row, crude oil prices are spiking as the short squeeze morphs into a war premium. Heberler reports that Saudi ground troops have entered Northern Yemen and seized control of two areas in the Saada province. WTI is now above $45...

Putin To Get $3 Billion From US Taxpayers After Ukraine Bond Debacle
On Thursday, Ukraine struck a restructuring agreement on some $18 billion in Eurobonds with a group of creditors headed by Franklin Templeton. That's the good news. The bad news is that Ukraine also owes $3 billion to Vladimir Putin, and Vladimir Putin wants it back. All of it.
[UK VAT funds nazis in the Ukraine]

The Investor Revolt Arrives: This Hasn't Happened Since Q4 2008
Save_America1st 6480866 wrote
regular households don't even have investments anymore and haven't since 2008. This is the big money folks getting out and cashing in now while they still can and before the U.S. gov-scum takes a page from the Chi-com's book and starts arresting people for selling stocks and shooting them in the head for shorting the "market".
The very quiet mass exodus that's been going on for quite a while is now starting to get loud and get noticed.
The only thing us little guys can feel good about is that we're not in the fucking "markets" anymore anyways and haven't been other than what little we might have trapped in some 401k plan that we'll never see in our lifetimes anyways.
I haven't contributed to mine since 2008 anyway. Let it just sit there and disappear over the next 20 years...I don't give a fuck about it and consider it long gone at this point. Same with any future Soc. Sec. benefits. LOL That's a good one, ay?!
However, in saying that, I suppose the gov-scum could always one-up the Chi-coms by threatening to throw the little guys in jail if we don't buy Apple stawk with guns pointe at our heads with what little we have left after trying to live each week.
Or in the not-so-distant future those who are still dumb enough to keep more than a couple hundred bucks in the bankster system will eventually figure out what the term "bail-in" really means.