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War, Terrorism and the Global Economic Crisis in 2015: Ninety-nine Interrelated Concepts
By Prof Michel Chossudovsky
Global Research, December 25, 2015

Everything is interrelated: war, terrorism, the police state, the global economy, economic austerity, financial fraud, corrupt governments, poverty and social inequality, police violence, Al Qaeda, ISIS, media disinformation, racism, war propaganda  weapons of mass destruction, the derogation of international law, the criminalization of politics, the CIA, the FBI, climate change,  nuclear war, Fukushima, nuclear radiation, crimes against humanity, The China-Russia alliance, Syria  Ukraine, NATO, false flags, 9/11 Truth,
An overall understanding of  this Worldwide crisis is required: the last section deals briefly with reversing the tide of war, peace-making, instating social justice and real democracy.
This article includes a compendium of relevant citations (from my writings) pertaining to different dimensions of this  global crisis. Citations from other authors are indicated in italics.
The hyperlinks in each of the paragraphs indicate the original source of the quotation.

The Globalization of War. America’s Long War against Humanity
1. The US has embarked on a military adventure, “a long war”, which threatens the future of humanity. US-NATO weapons of mass destruction are portrayed as instruments of peace.
2. Major military and covert intelligence operations are being undertaken simultaneously in the Middle East, Eastern Europe, sub-Saharan Africa, Central Asia and the Far East. The US military agenda combines both major theater operations as well as covert actions geared towards destabilizing sovereign states.
3. “[The] Five-year campaign plan [includes]… a total of seven countries, beginning with Iraq, then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Iran, Somalia and Sudan.”  General Wesley Clark in “Winning Modern Wars” (page 130)
4. In 2005, former Vice President Dick Cheney hinted, in no uncertain terms, that Iran was “right at the top of the list” of the “rogue enemies” of America, and that Israel would, so to speak, “be doing the bombing for us without being asked”, i.e without US military involvement and without us putting pressure on them “to do it”
9/11 and The Global War on Terrorism (GWOT)
5. The “war on terrorism” is a war of conquest. Globalization is the final march to the “New World Order”, dominated by Wall Street and the U.S. military-industrial complex.
6. September 11, 2001 provides a justification for waging a war without borders. Washington’s agenda consists in extending the frontiers of the American Empire to facilitate complete U.S. corporate control, while installing within America the institutions of the Homeland Security State.
7. “The forbidden truth” is that Western governments including US, UK, France, NATO and Israel –while waging a self-proclaimed “Global War on Terrorism”– routinely provide covert support to the same terrorist entities which are the object of their “humanitarian wars” and “counter-terrorism operations”.
War and the Economic Crisis
8. In all major regions of the world, the economic recession is deep-seated, resulting in mass unemployment, the collapse of state social programs and the impoverishment of millions of people.
9. The economic crisis is accompanied by a worldwide process of militarization, a “war without borders” led by the United States of America and its NATO allies. The conduct of the Pentagon’s “long war” is intimately related to the restructuring of the global economy.
10.The Pentagon’s ‘black’ operations, including the intelligence budgets nested inside it, are roughly equal in magnitude to the entire defense budgets of the UK, France or Japan, and ten percent of the total.” (Tom Burghardt)
11. An outright “economic war” resulting in unemployment, poverty and disease is carried out through the free market. People’s lives are in a freefall and their purchasing power is destroyed. In a very real sense, the last twenty years of global “free market” economy have resulted, through poverty and social destitution, in the lives of millions of people.
12. Vast amounts of money wealth are acquired through market manipulation. Often referred to as “deregulation”, the financial apparatus has developed sophisticated instruments of outright manipulation and deceit.
13. With inside information and foreknowledge, major financial actors, using the instruments of speculative trade, have the ability to fiddle and rig market movements to their advantage, precipitate the collapse of a competitor and wreck havoc in the economies of developing countries.
14. What is at stake is a process of  “financial cleansing” whereby the “too big to fail banks” in Europe and North America (e.g. Citi, JPMorgan Chase, Goldman Sachs, et al ) displace and destroy lesser financial institutions, with a view to eventually taking over the entire “banking landscape”.
15. The underlying tendency at the national and global levels is towards the centralization and concentration of bank power, while leading to the dramatic slump of the real economy.
Greece: Austerity Measures
16. The creditors will use Greece’s multibillion debt obligations as means to  impose deadly macro-economic reforms which will serve to destabilize the national economy and further impoverish the population. These are referred to by the IMF as “policy conditionalities’, which enable the creditors to essentially dictate economic and social policy.
17. The creditors are largely interested in acquiring real wealth within the national economy, namely the acquisition of Greece’s national banking institutions, its public enterprises, its agricultural land, etc.
Disinformation, Media Propaganda and the CIA
18. Disinformation is routinely “planted” by CIA operatives in the newsroom of major dailies, magazines and TV channels. Outside public relations firms are often used to create “fake stories”.
19. “A relatively few well-connected correspondents provide the scoops, that get the coverage in the relatively few mainstream news sources, where the parameters of debate are set and the “official reality” is consecrated for the bottom feeders in the news chain.” (Chaim Kupferberg in relation to 9/11 media coverage)
20. To sustain the war agenda, these “fabricated realities”, funneled on a day to day basis into the news chain must become indelible truths, which form part of a broad political and media consensus. In this regard, the corporate media –although acting independently of the military-intelligence apparatus, is an instrument of this evolving totalitarian system.
“Islamic Terrorism” and the Human Mindset
21 Al Qaeda-ISIS concepts, repeated ad nauseam have potentially traumatic impacts on the human mind and the ability of normal human beings to analyze and comprehend the “real outside World” of war, politics and the economic crisis.
22. Al Qaeda constitutes a stylized, fake and almost folkloric abstraction of terrorism, which permeates the inner consciousness of millions of people around the World.
The Islamic State Caliphate Project (ISIS/ISIL/Daesh)
23 Those who ordered the bombing campaign are those who are behind the Caliphate Project.
24. The Islamic State militia, which is currently the alleged target of  a US-NATO bombing campaign under a “counter-terrorism” mandate, is  supported covertly by the United States and its allies.
25.  The ISIS terrorists are the foot soldiers of the Western alliance. While America claims to be targeting ISIS, in reality it is protecting ISIS. The air campaign is intent upon destroying Syria and Iraq rather than “going after the terrorists”.
26. A complex network of Al Qaeda affiliated terrorist organizations overseen by US and allied intelligence agencies has unfolded, extending across the Middle East, North Africa, sub-Saharan Africa, Central Asia, Western China, South and South East Asia.
27. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) is a creation of US intelligence.
Washington’s “Counter-terrorism Agenda” in Iraq and Syria consists in Supporting the Terrorists.
28. The incursion of the Islamic State (IS) brigades into Iraq starting in June 2014 was part of a carefully planned military-intelligence operation supported covertly by the US, NATO and Israel.
29. Without Western support, according to Vladimir Putin, the terrorists would not have been able to gain control over entire regions of the country. “The so-called Islamic State [ISIS] has taken control of a huge territory. How was that possible?" (Vladimir Putin’s speech to the Valdai Conference, October 2015)
Western Special Forces are Assisting the Terrorists in Syria
30. Western special forces and covert intelligence agents including British SAS, French Parachutistes, CIA, MI6  and Mossad have integrated rebel ranks.
31 Their activities are not limited to training. They are routinely involved in overseeing the conduct of terrorist operations on the ground together with Turkish and Qatari special forces, as well thousands of mercenaries recruited from Muslim countries.
32. The French have been actively involved in Syria since the outset of the insurgency on the ground in liaison with their US, British and Israeli counterparts. In February 2012, 13 French military officers were arrested in Homs pointing to the presence of foreign troops on Syrian soil inside rebel ranks.
America’s Allies: Support to the Islamic State by Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey
33 Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Pakistan, Qatar, Jordan, et al.  have been involved in recruiting, training and financing Islamic terrorists.
34. A  large number of ISIS mercenaries are convicted criminals released from Saudi prisons on condition they join the ISIL. Saudi death row inmates were recruited to join the terror brigades.  (January 23, 2013)
35. The practice of beheading civilians by ISIS operative in Syria emanates from Saudi Arabia. The ISIL’s practice of beheadings is part of the US sponsored terrorist training programs implemented in Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
Israel and the Islamic State
36. Netanyahu does not deny that his government’s support of the terrorists in Syria.  The IDF top brass has acknowledged that  “global jihad elements inside Syria” are supported by Israel
37. The State of Israel collaborates with the French authorities in the Charlie Hebdo counterterrorism operation,  while also supporting the two main terrorist entities in Syria: the Islamic State (ISIS) and Al Nusrah.
The Criminalization of the State
38. The “Criminalization of the State”, is when war criminals legitimately occupy positions of authority, which enable them to decide “who are the criminals”, when in fact they are the criminals.
Wars of Aggression are in Violation of International Law  and the UN Charter
39.  The US, France, Britain are the aggressor nations against Syria. They cannot under any circumstances invoke the Right of Self-defense.
40. In contrast, Syria is the victim of foreign aggression and has the Right to Self-defense under Article 51 of the UN Charter which states that: “Nothing in the present Charter shall impair the inherent right of collective or individual self-defence if an armed attack occurs against a member of the United Nations”.

Continues, subheadings
War Crimes
The Clash of Civilizations: Worldwide Campaign against Muslims
US-NATO Threatens Russia and China
The Dangers of Nuclear War
Fidel Castro on the Dangers of Nuclear War
Fukushima: Worldwide Nuclear Radiation
Geo-engineering: Modifying the Weather for Military Use
The Police State
Reversing the Tide of War, Building Peace, Democracy and Social Justice
Regime Change in the West

http://www.globalresearch.ca/war-terrorism-and-the-global-economic-crisis-in-2015-ninety-nine-interrelated-concepts/5497812

Concise, informative.
 
 
 
clothcapclothcap on December 26th, 2015 04:33 pm (UTC)
Spain has Fallen – not like Greece – but Fallen all the Same
Spain has Fallen – not like Greece – but Fallen all the Same
By Peter Koenig
December 22, 2015 "Information Clearing House"
The Spanish elections – 20 December – were a deceit and a farce. Nobody seems to notice. At least not those concerned, the ignorant electorate, those who will suffer again possibly under a new neoliberal Rajoy leadership.
People forget and are vulnerable to propaganda and lies and manipulations through the bought media in Europe as much as in the US. And this in Spain of all places, where unemployment is still hovering around the 20% – 25% mark, with youth unemployment around 50%, and where an average grad student coming out of university earns on average 1,000 euros or less per month, if he can find a job; hardly a liveable wage.
Others have to survive on monthly incomes in the 500 to 800 euro range. Spain, a country like Greece, where neoliberal troika policies cut minimum wages, pensions, increased retirement age, privatized the health system – and are at the verge of privatizing education. Spain, a country where the ruling Partido Popular (PP) was and still is involved in horrendous corruption scandals all the way to the top, as was widely divulged earlier this year even by the mainstream media. Does it not seem absurd that in this miserably down-trodden Spain, the largest single block of people are no more awake than voting again for their hangman?
Maybe they are awake, but stunned of the results and are too tired from working for peanuts than ‘wasting’ their scarce spare-time to investigate election results, analysing how elections could have turned out the way they did: The arch-conservative neoliberal PP winning a majority of parliamentary seats – 123 (28.7% of votes), though a far cry from the absolute majority (176) and a drop of 64 seats from 2011; the PSOE (Socialist Party) coming in with 22% and 90 seats (down 20), its worst result ever; the up-and-coming PODEMOS – gaining 69 seats (20.7%); and the new center-right Ciudadanos Party winning 40 seats (13.9%), the latter two from basically zero in 2011.
Forming a new Government with these fractured election results will not be easy. While the new Congress is normally responsible for choosing the new Prime Minister, in the present divided Spain it is likely that King Felipe will have to intervene, negotiating with the leading parties to propose a candidate that suits them all. This process starts officially on 13 January 2016, when the new deputies are sworn in and the speaker is selected. If the Monarch’s suggested candidate doesn’t get an absolute majority in the first round, there will be a second round of voting 48 hours later, where the proposed candidate must only receive a majority of the cast votes. Failing this, new elections will have to be called within two months. This would be a first in Spain’s history. The socialists have already said they would not support the incumbent, Mariano Rajoy. But will they stick to their promise?
The 2015 Spanish elections beg two questions: First, how come that in the traditional two-party system, suddenly four parties emerge, three of which of almost equal strength, PP, PSOE and Podemos, and the fourth, Ciudadanos rapidly growing. Together they accumulate 322 of the 350 seats, or 85.3%. The two new ones, Podemos and Ciudadanos (also called C’s) grew from basically nothing in March 2014, some 18 month ago, to take a total of 109 parliamentary seats, almost one third of all seats. That is unheard of anywhere in the western world. This coincides with the time when in Greece Syriza started making headways.
Second, how come that in a country where 80% to 90% of the population suffered misery and social hardship from the neoliberal PP-imposed austerity programs – still vote with a considerable majority for the party that punished them? Is this the Stockholm syndrome, or what? – Is there perhaps something else behind it?
More http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article43790.htm


Edited at 2015-12-26 04:34 pm (UTC)
clothcapclothcap on December 26th, 2015 04:35 pm (UTC)
Daesh'ite news

200 al-Shabab fighters pledge allegiance to ISIS: official
December 22, 2015 Associated Press
The Daily Star
NAIROBI, Kenya: About 200 Islamic extremist fighters have split from Somalia's al-Shabab rebels, who are allied to al-Qaida, and have instead pledged allegiance to ISIS, Kenya's police chief said Thursday.
The splinter group is operating around the Somali border in Kenya's north, and has carried out at least two attacks in the last two weeks, killing one soldier and two civilians in Mandera County, Joseph Boinett told The Associated Press.
The split in al-Shabab poses an extra challenge for Kenya's security forces, Boinnet said. Among those who have joined the pro-ISIS faction of al-Shabab is Mohamed Kuno, alias Gamadhere, who is wanted for the April 2 attack by al-Shabab gunmen on a Kenya's Garissa University in the country's east, in which 148 people were killed, Boinnet said.
Al-Shabab has vowed retribution on Kenya for sending troops to Somalia to fight the Islamic extremists. Kenya has experienced a series of al-Shabab attacks since it sent its troops to Somalia in 2011.
The defections are causing tensions within al-Shabab.
Two men, an American citizen and U.S. resident defected, defected from al-Shabab and surrendered to Somali authorities earlier this month fearing they would killed by their former colleagues on suspicion that they are ISIS supporters. Al-Qaida and ISIS are rivals.
In October, Nigeria's Boko Haram extremists urged al-Shabab rebels to join them in pledging allegiance to ISIS and thus abandon al-Qaida.
The appeal from an unidentified armed fighter is part of a wider courting of al-Shabab. Similar messages came nearly two weeks ago from militant extremists in Iraq, Sinai, Syria, and Yemen.
http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2015/Dec-24/328881-200-al-shabab-fighters-pledge-allegiance-to-isis-official.ashx
H/t ICH
Look look al Shabab has renounced al Qaida, now they are proper moderates we can send them (even more) lethal aid.
clothcapclothcap on December 26th, 2015 04:39 pm (UTC)
Turkey ‘officially acknowledges’ attack on Su-24 was a planned step - Russian MoD

Turkey ‘officially acknowledges’ attack on Su-24 was a planned step - Russian MoD
RT 23 Dec, 2015
A recent statement by a Turkish official revealing detailed awareness of Russian Air Force sorties in Syria can be regarded as “official acknowledgment” that the operation to down the Su-24 was a planned step, Russia's Ministry of Defense said.
“When on November 24 the Turkish fighter jet treacherously fired a rocket at our Su-24, the Turkish General Staff was perfectly aware about when and where our two bombers would be carrying out their mission,” ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov told journalists on Wednesday.
The statement recently made by Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus in which he provides information on Russian sorties in Syria, “can be regarded as official acknowledgment by Turkey that the operation to destroy the Russian jet in Syria and kill Russian soldiers was a planned step,” he said.
Ankara’s awareness of Russian military operations in Syria confirms that all intelligence given to the US under the memorandum signed between the two countries and regulating the operations of their air forces in Syria was passed to the Turkish General Staff, he added.
Russia strikes 1,000+ terror targets in Syria over 6 days
Meanwhile, the Russian Air Force has conducted 302 sorties targeting 1,093 terrorist targets from December 18-23, the ministry spokesman said. The strikes were carried out in Aleppo, Idlib, Hama, Homs and Deir ez-Zor provinces.
Russian Su-34 jets destroyed two oil storage facilities and three installations for oil extraction located in Syria’s eastern Deir ez-Zor region, he said. The jets also targeted a command post discovered by Russian drones in Aleppo province.
In Idlib province, a terrorist training camp was destroyed by Russian strikes, Konashenkov said.
According to the intelligence obtained on the camp, the terrorists who arrived there via Turkey also included CIS citizens. The information was provided by the Syrian opposition.
Amnesty’s report full of ‘cliches,’ includes no evidence
Speaking about the report published on Wednesday by Amnesty International, Konashenkov said it includes no facts, only “clichés” and groundless accusations.
The NGO’s report accused Russia of failing to acknowledge it carried out strikes that “killed hundreds of civilians and caused massive destruction in residential areas.” The report was based on eyewitness testimonies and videos “showing the aftermath of the attacks,” the human rights group said.
More https://www.rt.com/news/326899-russia-turkey-knew-syria/
clothcapclothcap on December 26th, 2015 04:42 pm (UTC)
More RT

Russian intel spots 12,000 oil tankers & trucks on Turkey-Iraq border - General Staff
RT 25 Dec, 2015 11:35
Russian intelligence has spotted up to 12,000 tankers and trucks on the Turkish-Iraqi border, the General Staff of Russia’s armed forces has reported.
“The [aerial] imagery was made in the vicinity of Zakho (a city in Iraqi Kurdistan), there were 11,775 tankers and trucks on both sides of the Turkish-Iraqi border,” Lieutenant-General Sergey Rudskoy told journalists on Friday.
More https://www.rt.com/news/327063-russian-intelligence-oil-tankers-turkey/

Top Syrian rebel leader Zahran Alloush killed in airstrike in Damascus suburb
https://www.rt.com/news/327094-top-syrian-rebel-killed/

German consortium offers €2bn to invest in high-speed Russian railways
More https://www.rt.com/business/327095-germany-russia-railway-investment/
clothcapclothcap on December 26th, 2015 04:46 pm (UTC)
Putin’s Progress in Syria Sends Kerry Scampering to the United Nations

By Mike Whitney
“It is remarkable that western leaders only remember the term ceasefire when their rebels on the ground are losing. Why didn’t they see the need for peace in Syria before the Russian operation started?” Iyad Khuder, Damascus-based political analyst
Dec 23, 2015 ICH - Counterpunch
Imagine if the American people elected a president who was much worse than George W. Bush or Barack Obama. A real tyrant. Would that be sufficient justification for someone like Vladimir Putin to arm and train Mexican and Canadian mercenaries to invade America, kill US civilians, destroy cities and critical infrastructure, seize vital oil refineries and pipeline corridors, behead government officials and prisoners they’d captured, declare their own independent state, and do everything in their power to overthrow the elected-government in Washington?
Of course not. The question is ridiculous. It wouldn’t matter if the US president was a tyrant or not, that doesn’t justify an invasion by armed proxies from another country. And yet, this is precisely the policy that US Secretary of State John Kerry defended at the United Nations on Friday. Behind all the political blabber about a “roadmap to peace”, Kerry was tacitly defending a policy which has led to the deaths of 250,000 Syrians and the destruction of the country.
And, keep in mind, Kerry didn’t drag his case before the UN Security Council because he’s serious about a negotiated settlement or peace. That’s baloney. What Kerry wants is a resolution that will protect the groups of US-backed jihadis on the ground from the Russian-led offensive. That’s what’s really going on. The Obama administration sees the handwriting on the wall. They know that Russia is going to win the war, so they’ve settled on a plan for protecting their agents in the field. That’s why the emphasis is on a ceasefire; it’s because Kerry wants a “Timeout” so his Sunni militants can either regroup or retreat. Just take a look at this short excerpt from the UN’s summary of last Friday’s confab and you’ll see Kerry’s really up-to:
“In its first resolution to focus on the politics of ending Syria’s five-year-long war, the Security Council today gave the United Nations an enhanced role in shepherding the opposing sides to talks for a political transition, with a timetable for a ceasefire, a new constitution and elections, all under UN auspices….
(The Security Council) acknowledged the close linkage between a ceasefire and a parallel political process, with the former to come into effect as soon as the sides have begun initial steps towards a political transition under UN auspices….
The resolution asked Mr. Ban through the offices of his Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura to determine the modalities of a ceasefire and plan to support its implementation, while urging Member States, in particular members of the ISSG, to accelerate all efforts to achieve a ceasefire, including through pressing all relevant parties to adhere to one.
Emphasizing the need for a ceasefire monitoring and verification mechanism, the Council asked Mr. Ban to report back to it on options with a month, and called on Member States to provide “expertise and in-kind contributions” to support such a mechanism…”
(“In first political resolution on war-torn Syria, Security Council gives UN major role in seeking peace”, UN News Centre)
See what I mean: Ceasefire, ceasefire, ceasefire. It’s all about a ceasefire. Kerry wants a ceasefire. Obama wants a ceasefire. A big part of the ruling US establishment want a ceasefire. No, not the neocons, not the liberal interventionists, and not the diehard hawks like Ash Carter at the Pentagon, but a good portion of the ruling elites who’ve been following events on the ground and who know how this thing is going to end. The smart money has already moved on to Plan B, which is why they’re now focused on cutting their losses and saving as many of “their guys” as possible. Naturally, the people who funded, armed, trained and deployed these various Sunni fighters feel responsible for their safety, so they’re going to do whatever they can to get them out.
More http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article43799.htm
clothcapclothcap on December 26th, 2015 04:50 pm (UTC)
The Price Of Oil To The U.S. Economy: “Look Out Below”

Activist Post December 7, 2015
By Dave Kranzler
The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary. – HL Mencken, 20th century American writer
Kinder Morgan stock is perhaps the reigning poster child for the message being conveyed by the collapsing price of oil as it pertains to the U.S. economy:
[Graph]
KMIIt’s too late to recommend shorting this stock, although I do believe it will hit $10 before it hits $25. KMI has been a darling of financial advisors and Wall Street pimps. It sports a big dividend and was billed as a “must own” stock. Of course, the moronic “wealth” advisors can’t analyze their way out of a paper bag and thus were ignoring KMI’s monstrous debt load, which exceeds the Company’s book valued by a significant amount now. If your trusty Schwab or AG Edwards broker calls you up to recommend this stock, hang up the phone. This one’s a goner unless the price of oil does a spectacular U-turn back up. Highly unlikely.
But take a look at that graph. In all probability that is likely the path that the real inflation-adjusted U.S. GDP is about to follow. The price of oil is collapsing, not because supply is flooding the market but because, at the margin, demand for the quantity supplied is falling. It’s falling because basic, grassroots-level economic activity is collapsing. Trucking and rail – freight volume – in the U.S. is collapsing at a shocking rate – Heavy Truck Orders Plunge 59% in November; US Freight Shipments In North America Plunge. Freight shipping, both truck and rail, are heavy users of diesel fuel. You can figure out the rest of the narrative from there as it pertains to the demand for oil…
Housing is now rolling over. Notwithstanding the manipulated and highly misleading data reporting from the Census Bureau and the National Association of Realtors, home sales volume is rolling over and it is about to go off a cliff. This is exactly why the Federal Government is now trying to roll out zero-down, zero-percent mortgage financing – LINK. I’m not making this up. The Federal Government, backed by the Taxpayer, is now going to fill the void left by Countrywide, Wash Mutual and Wachovia after those banks blew up on subprime crap mortgage paper. Instead of bailing out the big Wall Street banks who choked on this garbage, let the Taxpayer make the loans directly. That avoids the political disaster of the next bank bailout.
But the message is desperation. Desperation to force air into a collapsing economic system. The next shoe to drop will be auto sales and the collapse of the related subprime junk debt which has been issued for the purpose of propping up the auto industry and the related manufacturing. Freight shipments tells us this business is collapsing.
Just about anyone with a credit score over 600 can walk into an auto dealer and get a 135% loan-to-value loan on a used car without any income verification documentation. Most OEM’s are now funding 0%, 72-month loans for new cars. Both flavors of car loans are funded by banks, large and small. Here’s what this looming disaster looks like graphically:
[Graph]
As the pool of potential debt-financed car buyers shrinks, the blue line (auto sales) will do a cliff-dive. As the existing pool of loans age, the default rates will soar and the universe of subprime loans will begin a default-driven death spiral. It’s going to get very ugly over the next 12-24 months in the auto sales and auto finance sector.
The U.S. economy, along with the entire global economy, is collapsing. This is most likely why the volume on “terrorism” has been turned up to eleven on a dial that only goes to ten. The next push will be for sending a lot more ground troops to the Middle East. Obama confirmed this last night when he denied the need to do that. It needs to be denied two more times according to the old political rule of thumb and then it will happen.

You can read more from Dave Kranzler at his site InvestmentResearchDynamics.com
http://www.activistpost.com/2015/12/the-price-of-oil-to-the-u-s-economy-look-out-below.html
clothcapclothcap on December 26th, 2015 04:59 pm (UTC)
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IrmakYenisehirlioglu
IS fighter captured by YPG: "We received military training in Adana [Turkey], local media were told we were FSA."
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BREAKING: 100 killed in gas blast in Nigeria: local media
'Foxes guard the henhouse’: End Wall Street regulation of the Fed - Bernie Sanders
http://on.rt.com/70ce

Even when reality makes it to front page headlines. Consumers struggle with internalizing painful lessons
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The best way for the British to pay their respects to Princess Diana is watch the banned documentary https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-c1ouaehwg&ab_channel=JacobBird


green heart
Philosophile
Says it all!
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-The one in the middle might be the problem!
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CXAI-MyUwAIT8sN.jpg
-Like I've been saying over and over and over again! Stop Israeli and US agression!
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Freepress
Warmongering US aimed to nuke civilian populations in enemy cities during Cold War – declassified doc.. https://www.rt.com/news/326879-cold-war-nuclear-list/
No Surprise
Philosophile
The Syrian War What You're Not Being Told
THIS IS MUST WATCH!
https://youtu.be/dkamZg68jpk

Syriabetweenthelines
Syrian Army Kills Around 30 Militants in Operation Near Damascus - Source
http://fb.me/4nv26LrrC
Syriaonline
Russian Jets Bomb ISIL's Unbelievably Long Column of Trucks and Oil Tankers in Syria
http://en.farsnews.com/player.aspx?nn=13941004000489
ISRAEL BOMBS BABIES
Playing with fire: Labour MPs who use Syria to undermine Corbyn
http://goo.gl/atpZ5e
Ian56
Big Christmas Gifts For Syria - Alloush Killed, Yarmouk Cleared
http://www.moonofalabama.org/2015/12/big-christmas-gifts-for-syria-alloush-killed-yarmouk-cleared-.html
Homeland Defense: The Pentagon Declares War on America -
https://shar.es/1G96Nv
Here are all d countries that officially recognise Palestine - Eu didn't yet, shame on u now Zion_American_Slaves !
http://i100.io/o8cO2mG
Melanie
US Air Force Admits They Can Control Weather
http://wp.me/pIqYp-740 via eClinik

Enrique Ferro
Ukraine on the brink of a nuclear disaster | @scoopit
http://sco.lt/5ne7qD
Aftermath Of Bombardment On Transport Trucks Near Aleppo by Russian Airforce (VIDEO) | @scoopit
http://sco.lt/5uSUxl

Cynthia McKinney PhD
Here's the mass spying article:
https://privacysos.org/congress-sneaks-massive-surveillance-expansion-into-budget/

Robina Creaser
CDHill
Uh-oh the Taliban are getting near the opium fields in Helmand province-better send the troops in to secure the supply…
Afghanistan
Malcolm Ellis
http://ln.is/abovetopsecret.com/kiLh1 some background on aussie geo engineering project..worth the read for certain
can't say how stupid this is; dangerous

RT America
'Blowtorch': Eastern US could hit record ChristmasEve temps
http://on.rt.com/70c4

? Mofeeda Al Aradi
Haidar Sumeri
Has anyone seen any articles from western media outlets on the ongoing invasion of Saudi by Yemen's forces?
Media blackout?
-Yemen's Houthi/army forces storming the defence complex in Khobah, Jizan, southern Saudi.
http://youtu.be/u_p2-CrhvS4

Activist Post
Dr. Barrie Trower Talks About Microwaves: What You Should Know
http://buff.ly/1RJCrb6

Raja Chemayel
All knives attacks in Israel end up with the immediate killing of the perpetrators......no exception !!
Explain that !!
[Ethnic cleansing.]
clothcapclothcap on December 27th, 2015 02:52 pm (UTC)
Re: Tweetz
I only listened to part of the Fox News Judge Jeanine Pirro before I put it, just finished listening to the rest. This must have been scripted by one of the zionist think tanks. Using an attack on Obama as a vehicle to convey propaganda.
There are no depths they won't plumb.
clothcapclothcap on December 26th, 2015 05:34 pm (UTC)
Aangirfan

JEWS, CRYPTO-JEWS AND OTHERS
Aangirfan 25 December 2015
Archbishop Justin Welby with Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner, the daughter of Greville Janner. JANNER PART OF WORLDWIDE RING
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has been saying that ISIS is like King Herod.
Perhaps he means that both are Jewish.
Christians face elimination by Isis in Middle East, says archbishop.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has Jewish roots.
One of his cousins is a rabbi.
'My Cousin The Rabbi'.
Justin Welby has said that he "only learned as an adult that his father was Jewish."
John Kerry claimed to be an Irish Catholic but then "discovered as an adult his father was also a Jew, one linked to the CIA."
Archbishop of Canterbury.
Justin Welby (left) in Baghdad in 2003, with MI6's Sir John Sawers (right).
Justin Welby "has a secret past smuggling in cold war Europe, briefing US state department officials on rebels in the Niger Delta and chatting to the future head of MI6 in Baghdad."
MI6 spy - Archbishop of Canterbury
Howard Jacobson once wrote: "I stopped watching Who Do You Think You Are? once it became apparent that every episode was going to end with some scion of an ancient Roman Catholic dynasty weeping buckets outside Auschwitz over the fate of his great-aunt Yetta."
Justin Welby.
Justin Welby's grandfather, Bernard Weiler, was born a Jew in Germany.
Bernard's brother Siegfried married the grand-daughter of Anton Dunkelsbühler, who once employed Ernest Oppenheimer.
Fanny, the daughter of Bernard's brother Anton, married Ernest Josephthal, son of the founder of the New York banking dynasty.
Bishop's family .
Justin Welby's father, Gavin, dated John F Kennedy's sister Patricia, and temporarily was married to Winston Churchill's private secretary.
Justin Welby.
Howard Jacobson once wrote: "A few years ago, in the course of making a documentary about Jesus and the crimes committed in his name, I filmed in Belmonte in north-eastern Portugal where there survives a small Jewish community ...
"They had lived all this time as Catholics, going to church and openly following the rituals of that faith, while practising a subterranean version of their real religion..."
How do the top Jews get away with murdering so many people?
John Paul II was a Jew.
The Jewish Mafia likes to control everything, including the Catholic Church, the Protestant churches, and Islam.
The late Pope John Paul II's mother (Emily Katz), grandmother and great-grandmother were Jewish.
John Paul "played as a member of the Jewish soccer team against his Catholic neighbours."
The Pope was Jewish says historian / Pope John Paul II Had a Jewish Mother
More http://aanirfan.blogspot.com.au/2015/12/jews-crypto-jews-and-others.html

KOSHER NOSTRA
Aangirfan 26 December 2015
Ivanka Trump, the Jewish daughter of Donald Trump, married in a Jewish ceremony.
Ivanka is rich.
Not all Jews are part of the wealthy Kosher Nostra.
A study found that over 15% of US Jews are poor.
Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, Lord Levy and Boris Johnson
However, the top people, if they want to achieve their ambitions, have to link to the Kosher Nostra's Jewish Networks.
According to Francis Carr Begbie, the top politicians have to be seen (1) wearing a Jewish skull cap at the Wailing Wall and (2) be seen attending top Jewish events such as Jewish charity events.
Jewish Networks
UK politician Boris Johnston, who has been to Israel and made clear his support for Israel.
In the UK, the top people should try to get invited to The Norwood Trust banquet, in order to mix with such top friends of Israel as Simon Cowell, Tom Jones, Elton John and Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber.
At the last Norwood banquet Boris Johnson, who wants to be UK Prime Minister, was seen 'congratulating' the former 'sleazy' lobbyist Jonathan Mendelsohn.
Jonathan Mendelsohn is now in the House of Lords.
At his induction he was accompanied by Lord Greville Janner, the alleged child abuser.
More http://aanirfan.blogspot.com.au/2015/12/kosher-nostra.html

The biggest turds (weakest puppets) always float to the top of the cess pool theatre we call administration/bureaucracy.
clothcapclothcap on December 27th, 2015 02:48 pm (UTC)
On the 19th Day of Christmas...

By Dmitry Orlov
December 22, 2015 ICH
With all the action in Syria, the Ukraine is no longer a subject for discussion in the West. In Russia, where the Ukraine is still a major problem looming on the horizon, and where some 1.5 million Ukrainian refugees are settling in, with no intentions of going back to what's left of the Ukraine, it is still actively discussed. But for the US, and for the EU, it is now yet another major foreign policy embarrassment, and the less said about it the better.
In the meantime, the Ukraine is in full-blown collapse—all five glorious stages of it—setting the stage for a Ukrainian Nightmare Before Christmas, or shortly after.
Phase 1. Financially, the Ukrainian government is in sovereign default as of a couple of days ago. The IMF was forced to break its own rules in order to keep it on life support even though it is clearly a deadbeat. In the process, the IMF stiffed Russia, which happens to be one of its major shareholders; what gives?
Phase 2. Industry and commerce are approaching a standstill and the country is rapidly deindustrializing. Formerly, most of the trade was with Russia; this is now over. The Ukraine does not make anything that the EU might want, except maybe prostitutes. Recently, the Ukraine has been selling off its dirt. This is illegal, but, given what's been happening there, the term “illegal” has become the stuff of comedy.
Phase 3. Politically, the Ukrainian government is a total farce. Much of it has been turned over to fly-by-night foreigners, such as the former Georgian president Saakashvili, who is a wanted criminal in his own country, which has recently stripped him of his citizenship. The parliament is stocked with criminals who bought their seat to gain immunity from prosecution, and who spend their time brawling with each other. Prime Minister Yatsenyuk was recently hauled off the podium by his crotch; how dignified is that? He seemed unfazed. Where are his testicles? Perhaps Victoria Nuland over at the US State Dept. is keeping them in a jar. This sort of action may be fun to watch on Youtube, but the reality is quite sad: those who “run” the Ukraine (if the term still applies) are only interested in one thing: stealing whatever is left.
Phase 4. Ukrainian society (if the term still applies) has been split into a number of warring factions. This was, to some extent, inevitable. What happens if you take bits of Poland, Hungary, Romania and Russia, and stick them together willy-nilly? Well, results may vary; but if you also spend $5 billion US (as the Americans did) turning the Ukrainians against Russia (and, since they are mostly Russian, against themselves), then you get a complete disaster.
Phase 5. Cultural collapse is quite advanced. The Ukraine once had the same world-class educational system as Russia, but since independence they switched to teaching in Ukrainian (a made-up language) using nonexistent textbooks. The kids have been taught a bogus history hallucinated by rabid Ukrainian nationalists. They've been told that Russia is backward and keeping them back, and that they deserve to be happy in the EU. (Just like the Greeks? Yeah...) But now the population has been reduced to levels of poverty not commonly seen outside of Africa, and young people are fleeing, or turning to gangsterism and prostitution, to merely survive. This doesn't make for a happy cultural narrative. What does it mean to be “a Ukrainian” now? Expletives deleted. Sorry I asked.
Now, here's what it all really means. With so much going wrong, the Ukraine has been unable to secure enough natural gas or coal supplies to provide a supply cushion in case of a cold snap this winter. A few weeks of frosty weather will deplete the supply, and then pipes will freeze, rendering much of the urban areas unlivable from then on (because, recall, there is no longer any money, or any industry to speak of, to repair the damage). That seems bad enough, but we aren't quite there yet.

Goes nuclear here http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article43793.html
clothcapclothcap on December 27th, 2015 04:16 pm (UTC)
Putin Blasts Interventionist US Foreign Policy, Calls Forcible Regime Change "Intolerable"

Zero Hedge Submitted by Tyler Durden on 12/20/2015
"Let’s remember why we became part of a coalition to stop [Libyan dictator Muammar] Gaddafi from committing atrocities against his people.”
That’s from Hillary Clinton who defended here foreign policy credentials in Saturday night’s third Democratic presidential debate. Hitting back at Bernie Sanders, who accused her of being “too much into regime change and a little bit too aggressive without knowing what the unintended consequences might be,” the former Secretary of State said the US “will not get the support on the ground in Syria to dislodge ISIS if the fighters there - who are not associated with ISIS, but whose principal goal is getting rid of Assad - don’t believe there is a political diplomatic channel that is ongoing.”
"I am not giving up on Libya and no one should," she added.
Unfortunately, we probably should “give up” on Libya, because the power vacuum created by Gaddafi’s fall has turned the country into a lawless wasteland and a breeding ground for ISIS. For those who might have forgotten what “democratic regime changed” looked like in Libya, allow us to refresh your memory:
[Vid: 2 uncut clips of Gaddafi's murder]
Ah, yes, a peaceful transition in the true spirit of democracy.
For his part, Putin asked the following: "Who gave the West the right to carry out regime change?" Here's the clip from 2011:
[RT vid: Putin. Who gave NATO the right to kill Gaddafi?]
Well, in the wake of Hillary's comments during the debate, Putin is out with a bit of fresh criticism with regard to what Russia calls illegitimate attempts to bring about the downfall of governments deemed "undesirable" by Western powers.
"Outsiders forcing change of legitimate powers in other countries is intolerable," Putin told Rossiya TV.
While geopolitical disagreements are “inevitable and "all right", foreign policy needs to be conducted "by civilized rules”, he continued. We assume that "civilized rules" do not include arming and funding Sunni extremists especially ones who The Pentagon knows are likely to establish Salafist principalities within the borders of sovereign states.
Putin went on to say that by becoming a puppet of the US, "Europe has given up [an] independent foreign policy" thereby surrendering part of its sovereignty to US."
When it comes to intervening in order to keep the geoplotical scales in balance, "Russia isn’t afraid" to step in, and will always act with "maximum caution," (we're not entirely sure one can classify the rather rapid and aggressive deployment in Syria as being conducted with "maximum caution", but it's certainly a more cautious approach than arming any and all anti-government elements in hopes that one of them will turn out not to be extremists).
In the end though, Putin concedes that Russia has no catch-all solution for color revolutions. The "only recipe for how to deal with them is to strengthen international law," he concludes.
Exactly. Which means that at some point, the international community needs to insist that the US and its allies both in the Mid-East and Europe cease the ubiquitous practice of fomenting discord within sovereign states. It never works where "works" means a stable deomcracy takes root in the ashes of a dictatorship. Between Libya, Iraq, and Syria, the US truly has "become Death, the destroyer of worlds."
Vids http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-12-20/putin-blasts-interventionist-us-foreign-policy-calls-forcible-regime-change-intolera
clothcapclothcap on December 27th, 2015 04:59 pm (UTC)
Arabia's decline

ZH: Russian Oil Production Hits Record As Saudi Gambit Fails:
Russia has once again bested the Saudis for the top spot on China’s crude suppliers list. “Russia overtook Saudi Arabia for the third time this year in November as China's largest crude oil supplier,” Reuters writes, adding that “China brought in about 949,925 barrels per day (bpd) of Russian crude in November
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-12-21/i-know-no-one-who-predicted-russian-oil-production-hits-record-saudi-gambit-fails

Reuters:: Oil prices hit eleven-year low as global supply balloons:
Global oil production is running close to record highs and, with more barrels poised to enter the market from nations such as Iran and Libya, the price of crude is set for its largest monthly percentage decline in seven years.
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-global-oil-idUSKBN0U400T20151221

Will Yemen expand into Arabia, intervene to end a truly brutal, primitive regime?

Via ICH
clothcapclothcap on December 27th, 2015 05:50 pm (UTC)
David Cameron’s ‘counter extremism’ experts work with far-right Donald Trump sympathisers

By Nafeez Ahmed
his exclusive is published by INSURGE INTELLIGENCE, a crowd-funded investigative journalism project
Last week, leading Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump provoked global outrage with his call for a ‘temporary’ ban on all Muslim immigration to the United States.
His remarks also sparked enthusiastic support from neo-Nazi white supremacists, triggered a spike in campaign donations, and maintained his 35% lead in the Republican campaign race.
In Britain, Prime Minister David Cameron described Trump’s proposal as “divisive, unhelpful and quite simply wrong.”
Since then, over half a million Britons have signed a petition demanding the government to ban Trump from entering the UK, making it the most signed UK government petition ever.
But Trump has unlikely allies in Britain?—?some with close links to the Tory government.
Far from simply popping out of nowhere, Trump’s ideology of hate has been incubated by a trans-Atlantic network of rightwing lobby groups and think-tanks, members of which have advised David Cameron himself.
Two influential organisations in London that stand out are the Quilliam Foundation and Henry Jackson Society (HJS): Quilliam is part of the Prime Minister’s new anti-extremist Community Engagement Forum; its founding director, Maajid Nawaz, claims to have fed into Cameron’s speeches on extremism; and a HJS report, ‘Preventing Prevent’, authored by HJS fellow Rupert Sutton, was plagiarised by Downing Street in its October statement on extremism on UK university campuses.
“This isn’t a presidential candidate,” declared Nawaz on CNN about Donald Trump, “this is a presidential troll.” He warned, rightly, that Trump’s exclusionary politics could pave the way for “fascist or far-right groups… taking matters into their own hands against the eight million Muslims in the United States.”
But Nawaz didn’t admit his own role in mainstreaming people who promote exactly that form of fascism.
Continues https://medium.com/insurge-intelligence/donald-trump-s-trojan-horse-in-britain-bdb40f7d1867
clothcapclothcap on December 27th, 2015 06:06 pm (UTC)
Ten facts about Canada’s arms deal with Saudi Arabia

On the largest Canadian arms deal ever, with a human rights violator no less, the facts speak for themselves.
September 25, 2015 By: Cesar Jaramillo Executive Director of Project Ploughshares
The largest arms exports contract in Canadian history will see Canadian-made military equipment shipped to one of the worst human rights violators in the world — Saudi Arabia. This will happen despite an existing export control regime specifically intended to prevent Canadian goods from fuelling human rights violations abroad.
The deal was brokered by the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) — a taxpayer-financed Crown corporation — for an undisclosed number of Light Armoured Vehicles to be manufactured by General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS), based in London, Ontario.
While many details of the deal remain shrouded in secrecy, below are 10 indisputable facts.
Fact 1: The deal is, by far, the largest military exports contract in Canadian history.
The contract, valued at $14.8-billion, was awarded during the 2013-2014 fiscal year. It dwarfs any other military exports contracts brokered by the CCC — ever.
With the total value of all military export contracts for 2013-2014 at $15.5-billion, the Saudi deal accounted for more than 95 percent of military exports for the fiscal year.
Fact 2: Canada’s trade policies state that Canada “closely controls” military exports to governments with “a persistent record of serious violations of the human rights of their citizens.”
According to Canada’s export control policies, “once an application to export goods or technology has been received, wide-ranging consultations are held among human rights, international security and defence-industry experts” at Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD), the Department of National Defence, and, “as necessary, other government departments and agencies.”
Before export permits for military equipment are issued, the human rights safeguards built into Canada’s export control policies call for a case-by-case assessment, after which the Canadian government must be satisfied that “there is no reasonable risk that the goods might be used against the civilian population.”
The position of the Canadian government — as stated on the publicly accessible DFATD website — is that Canada has “some of the strongest export controls in the world.”
Fact 3: Saudi Arabia is one of the worst human rights violators in the world.
More https://www.opencanada.org/features/ten-facts-about-canadas-arms-deal-with-saudi-arabia/

On Iran, a triumph for diplomacy
https://www.opencanada.org/features/on-iran-a-triumph-for-diplomacy/

The Arms Trade Treaty: Canada still absent
https://www.opencanada.org/features/on-iran-a-triumph-for-diplomacy/
(Anonymous) on December 27th, 2015 07:37 pm (UTC)
Must be Chossudofsky's HAARP theory, not AGW. Yer right.
UK floods and extreme global weather linked to El Niño and climate change

"Scientists say flooding in Britain, record US temperatures and Australian wildfires linked to El Niño making effects of man-made climate change worse. ................................................Scientists have warned for years that extreme weather would become more common as a result of climate change, but have until recently fought shy of attributing single events to global warming.

But researchers at Oxford University and the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI) calculated earlier this month that man-made climate change was partly responsible for Storm Desmond’s torrential rain, which devastated parts of Scotland, the Lake District and Northern Ireland. The scientists ran tens of thousands of simulations of the flooding event and found it 40% more likely with climate change."

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/dec/27/uk-floods-and-extreme-global-weather-linked-to-el-nino-and-climate-change
clothcapclothcap on December 29th, 2015 12:33 am (UTC)
Re: Must be Chossudofsky's HAARP theory, not AGW. Yer right.
You pass wind, you are partly responsible for whatever climate results.
Should I tax you?
Jail you?
Or just shake you and tell you to wake the F up.
clothcapclothcap on December 27th, 2015 09:08 pm (UTC)
The Coming Saudi Crack-up?

President Obama, like generations of Western leaders, has coddled the oil-rich Saudi monarchy by tolerating its reactionary politics, its financing of radical Islam and its military support for Sunni jihadist terrorism. But the spoiled Saudi leaders may finally be going too far, as Daniel Lazare describes.
By Daniel Lazare
December 23, 2015 "Information Clearing House" - Is the Saudi monarchy coming apart at the seams? Scholars and journalists have long predicted the kingdom’s demise, but this time the forecasts may finally prove correct.
The reason is an unprecedented avalanche of problems pouring down on Saudi Arabia since 79-year-old Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud assumed the throne last January. A hardliner in contrast to his vaguely reformist predecessor Abdullah, Salman lost no time in letting the world know that a new sheriff was in town. He upped the number of public executions, which, at 151, are now running at nearly double last year’s rate.
After meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, he promised to intensify efforts to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad by increasing aid to Al Nusra, Al Qaeda’s official Syrian affiliate. A few weeks later, he assembled a coalition of nine Sunni Arab states to launch nightly bombing raids on Yemen, quickly reducing one of the poorest countries in the Middle East to ruin.
People certainly took notice. But if Salman thought such actions would win him respect, he was wrong. Instead, the result has been a steady drum beat of negative publicity as the world awakes to the fact that, with its public beheadings and barbaric treatment of women, the Islamic state headed by the House of Saud is little different from the Islamic State headed by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in northern Syria and Iraq.
Topping the kingdom’s list of woes is the economy. With its stubbornly high unemployment rate and growing wealth gap between the rich and poor, Saudi Arabia has long been the sick man of the Persian Gulf. Even though planners have been talking about economic diversification since the 1970s, the kingdom was actually more dependent on oil as of 2013 than 40 years earlier.
“Saudization” of the workforce is another mantra, yet the labor market remains polarized between a private sector dominated by foreign guest workers, mainly from South Asia, and a public sector filled with Saudi “sofa men” who spend their days lounging about in government offices.
Riyadh wishes that young people would take jobs in hotels, oil refineries and the like, but most prefer to wait for a high-paid government sinecure to open up – which is one reason why the jobless rate among young people is as high as 29 percent.

Oil Price Crash
Given this combination of oil dependence and joblessness, a two-thirds drop in the price of crude since mid-2014 couldn’t be more painful. But what makes it even more frightening is the growing realization that, with softening demand due to the global slowdown and growing over-supply due to the fracking revolution, low prices will be a fact of life for years to come.
This prospect does not bode well for a country dependent on oil for 91 percent of its foreign revenue, one that is currently burning through its foreign reserves at the rate of $10 billion a month
The news on the political front is almost as dire. Every week seems to bring a fresh new scandal. First, liberal blogger Raif Badawi was sentenced to a thousand lashes for the crime of speaking his mind. Then Karl Andree, a 74-year-old British grandfather, was sentenced to 350 for the crime of having a bottle of wine in his car
Three Saudi Shi‘ite youths – Ali al-Nimr, Abdallah al-Zaher and Dawood al-Marhoon – have been sentenced to death for participating in Arab Spring protests while still in their teens. A kangaroo court has imposed a death sentence in the case of Ali’s uncle, a Shi‘ite religious leader named Nimr al-Nimr, convicted of inciting sectarian strife (i.e. opposing flagrant Wahhabist discrimination and oppression).
Yet another religious court has sentenced a 35-year-old artist and poet named Ashraf Fayadh to death for the crime of atheism and apostasy.
More http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article43798.htm