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Politics

Saturday, December 14, 2013

China Fakes Moon Lunar Landing / Politics / Conspiracy Theory

By: Nadeem_Walayat

With much fanfare China announced that its Jade moon rover carrying Chang'e-3 space craft successfully touched down on the lunar surface saturday afternoon, which represents the first human non hard impact landing on the moons surface for some 37 years.

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Politics

Saturday, December 14, 2013

France Plays World Cop In Africa – For How Long? / Politics / Africa

By: Andrew_McKillop

GENDARME DE L'AFRIQUE
Inside France, criticism and questioning of France's intensifying role as self-elected “savior of Africa” is mounting. Former defence ministers including Sarkozy-era Herve Morin who took on the role of pacifying Ivory Coast in an operation that took years rather than the promised months or weeks, have said that the ongoing Hollande-era action in Africa will take a lot longer, and cost a lot more in terms of money and French lives lost, than present defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian pretends or claims. Backing that up, Le Drian on 14 December told French media that the Central African Republic (CAR) intervention is facing massively mounting violence and “a descent into anarchy which could destabilize the whole region”. Current government statements on CAR say that French armed forces will likely be expanded, from the present 1600, and their intervention dubbed “Sangaris” which was first stated as being a matter of “days or weeks”, will last 6 months or longer if the African Union force in CAR is not fully operational.  UN sources estimate that the daily death toll in CAR is now close to 200 but this provisional count is uncertain, and could be too low.

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Politics

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Israeli Lobby Forces U.S. Congress to Triple Military Aid to Israel / Politics / UK Politics

By: LewRockwell

The US Congress has authorized $284 million to fund Israel’s missile systems program, triple the amount the Obama administration had requested.

The bill, introduced jointly by the House of Representatives and Senate budget committees, includes $33.7 million to improve the Arrow Weapon System, $117 million for the Short-Range Ballistic Missile Defense Program and $22 million for development of the Arrow-3 upper-tier interceptor, according to Business Week.

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Politics

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Who Needs the Debt Ceiling? / Politics / US Debt

By: MISES

Russell Lamberti writes: US lawmakers reached a budget deal this week that will avert the sequester cuts and shutdowns. These fiscal “roadblocks” supposedly damaged investor confidence in 2013, although clearly no one told equity investors who’ve chased the S&P 500 up 26 percent this year. But even so the budget deal is seen by inflationists as only half the battle won, because it doesn’t deal with the pesky debt ceiling. Unsurprisingly, the old calls for a scrapping of the debt ceiling are being heard afresh.

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Politics

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Bank of Israel Capitalising on U.S. QE Money Printing / Politics / Central Banks

By: Fred_Sheehan

Mr. Hyde and Mr. Hyde - Stanley Fischer is in the pipeline for the vice chairmanship of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. In this capacity, he would bang heads to gather FOMC votes for (Presumptive) Fed Chairman Janet Yellen. According to the New York Times, Fischer would "exert a moderating influence on Ms. Yellen," ("For No. 2 at Fed, White House Favors Central Banker in the Bernanke Mold.")

This is neither the job of the vice chair nor the inclination of the man.

First, Fed vice chairmen do the dirty work, clearing the path for the chairman.

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Politics

Friday, December 13, 2013

Venezuela’s High Inflation Playbook: The Communist Manifesto / Politics / Inflation

By: Steve_H_Hanke

t seems as though each passing day brings yet another piece of bad economic news coming out of Venezuela. For months, I have been tracking the decline of Venezuela’s economy and its currency, the bolivar. As if a collapsing currency, and the resulting inflation and empty shelves weren’t bad enough, Venezuela is now struggling with massive blackouts. Forget the Whig interpretation of history; Venezuela supports the schoolboys’ interpretation: “it’s just one damn thing after another.”

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Politics

Friday, December 13, 2013

Does the US Have Enough Military Bases? / Politics / US Military

By: Mike_Shedlock

Inquiring minds might be interested in the analysis of artist Josh Begley who catalogs every U.S. military base in the world. Here is a representation.

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Politics

Friday, December 13, 2013

U.S. Congress Bravely Chickens Out of Dealing with Debt Crisis / Politics / US Debt

By: Peter_Schiff

Earlier this week Congress tried to show that it is capable of tackling our chronic and dangerous debt problems. Despite the great fanfare I believe they have accomplished almost nothing. Supporters say that the budget truce created by Republican Representative Paul Ryan and Democratic Senator Patty Murray will provide the economy with badly needed certainty. But I think the only surety this feeble and fictitious deal offers is that Washington will never make any real moves to change the trajectory of our finances, and that future solutions will be forced on us by calamity rather than agreement.

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Politics

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Russia and Europe Battle for Ukraine / Politics / GeoPolitics

By: Stephen_Lendman

Ukraine matters. It’s strategically located. It’s in Europe’s geographic center. It borders seven countries.

In alphabetical order, they include Belarus, Hungary, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Russia. After Western/Central Russia, it’s Europe’s largest country territorially.

It’s resource rich. Zbigniew Brzezinski once said “without Ukraine, Russia ceases to be an empire, but with Ukraine suborned and then subordinated, Russia automatically becomes an empire.”

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Politics

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Scientology a Mirror for Christianity and All Religions of Eternal Slavery / Politics / Religion

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Scientology made the news yesterday on the UK broadcast news channels following recognition by the British state that L Ron Hubbard's Church of scientology has been finally accepted as being a religion and therefore has access to all of the trappings that go along with it such as having tax exempt status and liberal use of playing the religious persecution card to perpetuate their version of slavery that overturns the 1970 high court ruling that scientology was not a religion.

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Politics

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Three Words That Will Save Your Life / Politics / Social Issues

By: DailyWealth

Alex Green writes: Talk about a model prisoner...

In 1985, Fleet Maull began serving a 14-year sentence for drug trafficking. During his incarceration, he completed a PhD in psychology, authored a well-received book, became an ordained priest, founded a prison hospice program, and launched the Prison Dharma Network, a non-profit organization that supports prisoner rehabilitation through contemplative spirituality.

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Politics

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Crony Democracy And Japan's Nuclear Disaster / Politics / Nuclear Power

By: Andrew_McKillop

LIBERAL DEMOCRATIC DISASTER
Abenomics has come, but is already on its way out. A short-term pack of phony reforms to befuddle public opinion, buy time, and develop new bad panic responses to Japan's enduring economic crisis. Because this is New Normal anywhere in the former rich nations - which are called “advanced industrial” as well as “postindustral” (well exhibiting their cognitive dissonance, schizophrenia and existential crisis) - Shinzo Abe and his clique of crony corporate profiteers stumble along to their next crisis with their heads held high. TEPCO, until March 2011, was a peer-respected player in the crony corporate court circus close to power. Today it is special – because it brought down a nuclear disaster of planetary scale, bigger than Chernobyl – but Japan's crony democracy, like its peers is hardwired to only react with panic to any disaster its incompetence produces. Bad panic or good panic, always panic.

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Politics

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Obama's Long War - Enduring Security And Perpetual Illusion / Politics / Middle East

By: Andrew_McKillop

US OBSESSION WITH THE MIDDLE EAST
In a December 6th thinkpiece for 'Washington Post', Andrew J. Bracevich argues that the drift of history and the progression of things signal that now is the time for “ringing down the curtain on (the USA's) 30-plus-year military effort to pull the Islamic world into conformity with American interests and expectations”. As he says, this job befell to Obama and its high time the curtain falls. Almost for sure and certain, this will bring a sense of loss. Bacevich notes that the politics of war in former ages – he quotes Wellington – deals a melancholy sort to the victors of great wars, comparable with what the vanquished resent. They often plot and scheme to make revenge war when they can – not necessarily on their previous enemies. In other words, on collateral country victims of previous defeat. 

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Politics

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Kurdistan At the Edge of Empires / Politics / GeoPolitics

By: STRATFOR

Reva Bhalla writes: At the edge of empires lies Kurdistan, the land of the Kurds. The jagged landscape has long been the scene of imperial aggression. For centuries, Turks, Persians, Arabs, Russians and Europeans looked to the mountains to buffer their territorial prizes farther afield, depriving the local mountain dwellers a say in whose throne they would ultimately bow to.

The hot temperament of this borderland was evident in an exchange of letters between Ottoman Sultan Selim I and Safavid Shah Ismail I shortly before the rival Turkic and Persian empires came to blows at the 1514 Battle of Chaldiran in northern Kurdistan. The Ottoman sultan, brimming with confidence that his artillery-equipped janissaries would hold the technological advantage on the battlefield, elegantly denigrated his Persian foes:

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Politics

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Hope and Defiance - A Lot of Hope is Dangerous / Politics / US Politics

By: James_Quinn

In the 1st installment of this article – May the Odds Ever Be in Your Favor – The Reaping, I addressed how wealth inequality created by men rigging the system and utilizing media propaganda ultimately leads to rebellion. In Part 2, I will show how hope and defiance can ignite the flame of liberty in the minds of men. Edward Snowden has ignited that flame.  

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Politics

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Nelson Mandela the Myth and the Reality / Politics / Africa

By: BATR

Seldom does a cultural test so clearly delineate the rational from the imbeciles. The interminable eulogizing of Nelson Mandel is an unambiguous sign of the lack in historic perspective and understanding that passes for public consensus. The mass media would have you believe that Mandela is a hero, when the evidence and particulars tell a very different story. Let no fact get in the way of making a New World Order icon. Simply put, the elites created Communism as a step towards imposing a universal authoritarian dictatorship.

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Politics

Monday, December 09, 2013

All The Plans We Make For Our Futures Are Delusions / Politics / Social Issues

By: Raul_I_Meijer

What worries me most about the world today, in the last weeks before Christmas and New Year’s Day 2014, is that all the plans we make for our futures and more importantly our children’s futures are DOA. This is because nobody has a clue what the future will bring, and that’s more than just some general statement. Is the future going to be like the past or present? We really don’t know. But we do exclusively plan for such a future. And that’s not for a lack of warning signs.

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Politics

Monday, December 09, 2013

The Magic CIA Security Cult And Its Bungled Trip To Paradise / Politics / Intelligence Agencies

By: Andrew_McKillop

NATIONAL SECURITY
Like a really bad film – certainly not a remake of George Orwell's 1984 – national security “concerns and threats” and the herd political response to these mostly fake threats - produces farce after farce. Absurdity piled on top of imbecility. With body parts on the sidewalk. As we know, although it wore itself out and is winding down now, global warming was an epic challenge to our civilization needing urgent extreme action by stern-jawed great leaders. Now it concerns electric bicycles. Economic challenges, as we also know, mutated into an enduring farce of selectively enriching the rich and the criminal bankster-broker fraternity, and impoverishing everybody else. The record got stuck in the groove. When our great leaders blether and gurgle about “the economic crisis”, these days, everybody turns off.

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Politics

Monday, December 09, 2013

The Reaping of Wealth, Bread, Circuses & Reality TV / Politics / US Politics

By: James_Quinn

 “Human history seems logical in afterthought but a mystery in forethought. In every prior Fourth Turning, the catalyst was foreseeable but the climax was not.” -  The Fourth Turning – Strauss & Howe – 1997

We are five years into the Crisis that will not resolve itself until sometime in the 2020’s. No one can predict the specific events that will fundamentally change history over the next decade, but the catalysts of debt, civic decay and global disorder were evident sixteen years ago when Strauss and Howe wrote their prophetic generational history. The volcanic eruption occurred in 2008 when the worldwide financial system blew and the molten lava continues to spew forth and flow along the Federal Reserve created channels, protecting the corrupt establishment while incinerating senior citizens, the working middle class and Millennials. Deep within the volcano the pressure is building again as the mood of the country darkens. It will blow again and the economic, social, political and military distress will catalyze into a catastrophic emergency that will tear the fabric of the country asunder. The existing social order will be swept away and replaced by a new paradigm which could be better or far worse.

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Politics

Monday, December 09, 2013

NSA Inks Landmark Deal to Share Information With Central Banks / Politics / Central Banks

By: David_Hague

Dear reader put away your charts and graphs. Forget about fundamental and technical analysis. Ignore financial statements and trends. The extraordinary agreement to share information between the National Security Agency [NSA], a host of European, Russian, Canadian and Chinese spy agencies and the world's Central Banks will ensure that the only relevant force in Global Stock markets will be the trading activity of the world's Central Banks. Thanks to the data gathering of the NSA and its subsidiary spy agencies around the world, the Central Banks will be privy to the most confidential conversations and communications from the boardroom, the bedroom and the trading floor. Central Banks will now be able to trade with inside information that could only be dreamed about in years gone by.

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