NATO member Turkey has been busted supporting ISIS. The Guardian reported this week: US special forces raided the compound of an Islamic State leader in eastern Syria in May, they made sure not to tell the neighbours. The target of that raid, the first of its kind since US jets returned to the skies over Iraq last August, was an Isis official responsible for oil smuggling, named Abu Sayyaf. He was almost unheard of outside the upper echelons of the terror group, but he was well known to Turkey. From mid-2013, the Tunisian fighter had been responsible for smuggling oil from Syria’s eastern fields, which the group had by then commandeered. Black market oil quickly became the main driver of Isis revenues – and Turkish buyers were its main clients. As a result, theOIL TRADE between the jihadis and the Turks was held up as evidence of an alliance between the two. In the wake of the raid that killed Abu Sayyaf, suspicions of an undeclared alliance have hardened. One senior western official familiar with the intelligence gathered at the slain leader’s compound said that direct dealings between Turkish officials and ranking Isis members was now ‘undeniable’. ‘There are hundreds of flash drives and documents that were seized there,’ the official told the Observer. ‘They are being analysed at the moment, but the links are already so clear that they could end up having profound policy implications for the relationship between us and Ankara.’
If it were up to the Federal Attorney General and the President of the German Domestic Security Agency, two of our reporters would soon be in prison for at least two years. Today, we were officially informed about investigations against our Markus Beckedahl, Andre Meister and an unknown’ party. The accusation: Treason. – From Netzpolitik.org: Suspicion of Treason’: Federal Attorney General Announces Investigation Against Us In Addition To Our Sources Widespread outrage across Germany is erupting following the revelation that the nation’s Attorney General has launched an investigation into treason charges for two journalists working for Netzpolitik. The charge is treason. The crime is journalism. We learn from the Guardian that:
Attempts to make sense of the prolonged, bloody conflict in Syria which threatens Turkey’s southern border and long ago spilled over into Iraq, are everywhere and always complicated by the constantly shifting alliances among the various groups fighting for control of the country. For instance, commentators were taken off guard in April when al-Qaeda affiliate al-Nusra appeared to be working in tandem with rival ISIS in a push to control the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus. The siege – which transformed the camp into what Ban Ki-Moon called “the worst circle of hell” – also saw Palestinian militiamen forge awkward alliances with the Assad regime in the face of the militant assault. Just this week, Turkey began bombing raids on ISIS targets, marking a departure from the country’s previous position and leading many to question why, given widespread suspicion that Turkey has been cooperating with ISIS for some time, Ankara would suddenly decide to go on the offensive (as we’ve shown, Erdogan’s motivation is purely political, but the official line is that a suicide bombing in Suruc forced the President’s reluctant hand). Turkey has also funnelled money to ISIS’ rivals in Syria in an effort to support any and all efforts (well, aside from those of the YPG) to overthrow Assad.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on 07/31/2015.
The following video was published by X22Report on Jul 31, 2015 Unemployment in Italy has hit all time new highs. Canada’s economy shrinks again, on a verge of a recession. Wage growth is the weakest sine 1982. UMich index declined. 7 out of 10 people are debt slaves. The government is flat broke and all they are doing is shuffling the problem around. Turkey and China want to use their local currencies bypassing the dollar. US Government now pushing the cyber legislation before congress goes on break. Ebola vaccine created, most likely in the next couple of months we might see another Ebola outbreak. Reports coming in of foreign troops entering Ukraine. New report indicates that the US bombing of the IS in Syria is no weaker than it was when the U. S.-led bombing campaign began a year ago.
Can’t a guy enjoy a beautiful Friday in Colorado without being bombarded with another gigantic oligarch scam? I guess not. Today’s article takes the revolving door theme to a whole other level. It even puts the recent revelation that law firm Covington and Burlington kept an office empty for Eric Holder while he was head of the Department of Justice to shame. You can’t make this stuff up. From Reuters: New Bank of England policymaker Gertjan Vlieghe will retain a financial interest in one of the world’s biggest hedge fund firms while he sets interest rates, an arrangement that Britain’s finance ministry said posed no conflict of interest.
21st Century Wire says… Here’s how history might one day look back on the west’s democracy rackets of the last 15 years: ‘In the early part of the 21st century, The Revolution Business really took off, as US-funded NGOs around the globe began to nibble away at the social and political foundations of countries all over the planet. Consultants and ‘agents of change’ were dispatched to places like Georgia, the Ukraine, Tunisia and Egypt. Their task was to help build two kinds of mobs – virtual mobs on Twitter, as well as street mobs. The best part about it was that you can actually make money off of other nation’s misery and social strife. For ambitious young social entrepreneurs, if you could ‘get in there’ with USAID, then you’d be in the chips, as it were. For hapless activists and their shrewd nation-wrecking bosses in Washington, it was a charmed life of endless globe-trotting, transatlantic social justice junkets and promoting democracyworldwide. Life couldn’t be better. It was all going swimmingly well, until the road show hit the wall in Armenia this month…’
Over the past two days, we’ve documented the escalating violence in Turkey, tracing the roots of Ankara’snewfound zeal for combating Islamic State to a long-running conflict with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party and, more specifically, to an electoral setback for AKP. In short, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s push to consolidate his power by transforming the country into a presidential republic was derailed last month when, for the first time in more than a decade, AKP lost its absolute majority in parliament thanks to the pro-Kurdish HDP which won 13% of the vote. The coalition building process has been predictably rocky, prompting Erdogan to threaten new elections in the event politicians can’t “sort it out.” Needing just two percentage points to regain its majority and clear the way for Erdogan’s power grab, Ankara has moved to stoke a nationalistic fervor by reigniting the conflict with PKK and drawing explicit links between the “terrorist” group and HDP politicians. Case in point (from AFP):
This post was published at Zero Hedge on 07/31/2015.
The White House is such a joke, and the people who appear to be running it aren’t just treating the American public with kid gloves…they are treating you all like children. Even though only one of the 18 documents the Obama administration delivered to Congress for review of the nuclear deal is classified, all of these documents have been basically made classified anyway so the public cannot read them. They are all being kept in what are called Sensitive Compartmentalized Information Facilities, or SCIFs, around the U. S. Capitol complex, far away from the average citizen’s eyes. Even though the completely unclassified items should be open to the public, apparently in the most ‘transparent administration ever,’ even unclassified stuff is…well…classified.
The ‘war on terror’ is a status quo fraud perpetuated by the oligarch-controlled mainstream media and authoritarian members of Congress as a way to systematically strip the American public of its freedom and civil rights in the name of fighting an outside enemy. This tried and true tactic has been used by statists throughout history, and history is indeed repeating itself here in the ‘land of the free.’ Of course, I’ve spent innumerable hours writing on this topic for many years, even before I started this website. Here are a few recent examples: The ‘War on Terror’ Turns Inward – DHS Report Warns of Right Wing Terror Threat More ‘War on Terror’ Abuses – Spying Powers Are Used for Terrorism Only 0.5% of the Time How the Department of Homeland Security Monitored and Tracked Peaceful ‘Black Lives Matter’ Protests Moving along, today’s story is so incredible it’s almost hard to believe. It appears our so-called ‘representatives’ recently took fifteen minutes to pass a bill that allows the Secretary of State to revoke Americans’ passports with no due process. Did you know about this? Well neither did I, and what’s worse, these members of Congress are so cowardly they passed the bill with a voice vote to avoid going on record. Talk about anti-American. First, from Reason:
The purpose of this article is to take existing on-the-ground-evidence and see what consistent theme emanates from this evidence. The United States military is following two parallel paths, the establishment of martial law preparations and following a path of extreme combat readiness. What is not quite as clear with regard to combat readiness, is the readiness about civil war preparations, a coming world war, or both? Before I present today’s information related to these topics, I would first like to digress in the following section of this paper in order to demonstrate, in a general fashion, how I form conclusions and what motivates me to investigate certain issues over others. Finally, the question will be answered as whether we are more in war mode or martial law mode with regard to Jade Helm. No Shortage of Tips People often ask me how I make the decisions on what to cover and how I connect the dots. Some have told me that I have the rare ability to connect dots and come to coherent connections which reveals the true nature related to some set of circumstances. How do I do it? I cheat! Actually, I use the research and statistical strategies that I have been trained in to make these connections. Please allow me to say that there are no absolute foolproof methods of analysis. However, there are tried and true methods that when consistently employed can yield much quicker and better analyses than random chance guessing which is what I see a lot of on many sites. Briefly, here are two examples, derived from a plethora of strategies, of how I use my training to form conclusions and then make near-term projections based upon the data. Using these strategies connected to probability modeling, I am right far more than I am wrong, because I follow the pattern of odds once that pattern begins to emerge in a data set. Briefly, I often follow two strategies when sifting through large amounts of data being sent to me. One qualitative strategy that I employ is to make conclusions regarding the consistent themes of the data is to create a computerized raw frequency count along with subject specific subcategories regarding preprogrammed variables as benchmarks for analysis. This enables me to find patterns that the average person, not privy to the data, would miss. I also use a computer based statistical analysis program which correlates variables I program into the analysis. This allows me to narrow down related variables very quickly and this also allows me to ignore ‘the noise’. I am also able to avoid most the Disinfo trolls deception strategies by following my methods and the deception is easy to pick out because the deception pattern is not consistent or tied to other variables (e.g. correlation analysis). I am amazed how unsophisticated most trolls are.
This erosion of opportunities to complete life’s stages and core dramas is rarely recognized, much less addressed. The idea that human life subdivides rather naturally into stages is based on our natural progression from childhood into adulthood and eventual (if we’re lucky) old age. Confucian thought views life as a developmental process with seven stages, each roughly corresponding to a decade: childhood, young adulthood (16-30), age of independence (30-39), age of mental independence (40-49), age of spiritual maturity (50-59), age of acceptance (60-69), and age of unification (70 – end of life). Each stage has various tasks, goals and duties, which establish the foundation for the next stage. Each stage is centered on a core human challenge: for the teenager, establishing an identity and life that is independent of parents; for the young adult, finding a mate and establishing a career; for the middle-aged, navigating the challenges of raising children and establishing some measure of financial security; for those in late middle-age, helping offspring reach independent adulthood and caring for aging parents; early old age, seeking fulfillment now that life’s primary duties have been accomplished and managing one’s health; and old age, the passage of accepting mortality and the loss of vitality.
As someone who lives in the Bay Area, I can say from experience that I am absolutely sick of the housing bubble. While this is a national problem, it’s especially bad in America’s major metropolitan areas. You can’t buy a house out here without selling your children into slavery. And forget about rent. In places like Oakland, arguable one of the crappiest cities in America, the rent has doubled in the span of 5 years to an average of $2800 per month. The cost of shelter has surpassed the ridiculous heights of the last housing crash, and the average wage earner in California can neither afford to buy, nor rent. And yet, the bubble continues to grow, and where it ends, nobody knows.
Des Moines, Iowa – It’s that time again, folks – the season when America’s megalomaniacs glut the airwaves with nationalist pomp vying for your worthless vote in the race to buy the title of 2016′s Corporate Oligarch-in-Chief. This year’s election competition is replete with hypocritical antics befitting our politicians – but Hillary Clinton truly stepped it up a notch on Monday evening. After unveiling her sweeping vision to install a half billion solar panels and cut carbon emissions in order to fight climate change, Clinton could have crossed the Democratic platform’s obligatory ‘say something about the environment’ off her list. Could have.
Dear Tony, As we all know, earlier this year you decided that Australian families must vaccinate their children, or else lose government benefits. And then you also decided that all vaccine exemptions would be cancelled, except the rare medical one. Well, Tony, something just happened in Washington DC that leaves you hanging out on a very dangerous limb, unless you can suppress all mention of it in the Australian press. US Congressman Bill Posey, speaking on the House floor (July 29), read a statement from a senior scientist at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The scientist’s name is William Thompson, and he is a whistleblower. In 2004, Thompson and several other CDC scientists authored a study on the MMR vaccine and its potential connection to autism. The study was published in the journal Pediatrics. The MMR vaccine is mandated for children in Australia, as you know, Tony. The CDC study claimed there was no sign that the MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine was dangerous.
Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders recently raised the ire of both progressives and libertarians with his remarks concerning immigration: ‘Open borders? No, that’s a Koch brothers proposal,’ Sanders said. ‘That’s a right-wing proposal, which says essentially there is no United States.’ ‘It would make everybody in America poorer – you’re doing away with the concept of a nation state, and I don’t think there’s any country in the world that believes in that,’ Sanders said. ‘If you believe in a nation state or in a country called the United States or (the United Kingdom) or Denmark or any other country, you have an obligation in my view to do everything we can to help poor people.’ In just a few sentences, Sanders manages to demonstrate a hodgepodge of nativist, nationalist, protectionist, and socialist sentiments. But for anyone wondering why he wandered off the progressive narrative on immigration, it’s because protectionist labor unions pay him better than, say, La Raza. If Bernie Sanders sounds like Donald Trump when it comes to ‘taking our jobs,’ consider that both are statists who reflect the widely and deeply held belief that nations are defined by states. This may be an uncomfortable reality for libertarians, but it is reality nonetheless.
All through the Cold War, the Turks were among America’s most reliable allies. After World War II, when Stalin encroached upon Turkey and Greece, Harry Truman came to the rescue. Turkey reciprocated by sending thousands of troops to fight alongside our GIs in Korea. Turkey joined NATO and let the U. S. station Jupiter missiles in their country. When JFK secretly traded away the Jupiters for removal of the Soviet missiles in Cuba, the Turks went along. Early this century, under Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey seemed to be emerging as a major power, a land bridge between Europe and the Islamic world, a friend to its neighbors, and future member of the EU. But, recently, a U. S. diplomat blurted, ‘The Turks are out of their lane!’ And that describes the situation succinctly and well. When rebels rose up to overthrow Bashar Assad in Syria, and Assad elected to fight not quit, Erdogan turned on him and began to permit jihadists to enter Syria.
What compliance expectations does the Department of Justice have for businesses entering the virtual currency space? How can a company meet those expectations to stay out of trouble with DOJ, or at least mitigate the effects of any criminal inquiry on it as well as its executives, employees and investors? A recent speech by the Criminal Division head, Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell, provides critical guidance on DOJ’s ‘approach to the emerging virtual currency landscape’ and expands on its view that ‘compliance and cooperation from exchanges, companies and other market actors can ensure that emerging technologies are not misused to fund and facilitate illicit activities.’ DOJ’s View of How Virtual Currencies Are Used DOJ is skeptical. While it knows virtual currency has ‘many legitimate actual and potential uses,’ its enforcement stance is informed by the observation that ‘the inherent features of virtual currencies are exactly what make them attractive to criminals.’ For instance, virtual currency systems ‘conduct transfers quickly, securely and with a perceived level of anonymity,’ have an ‘irreversibility of payments made in virtual currency and lack of oversight by a central financial authority’ and have the ‘ability to conduct international peer-to-peer transactions that lack immediately available personally identifiable information.’ Virtual currency thus ‘facilitates a wide range of traditional criminal activities as well as sophisticated cybercrime schemes.’ For instance, ‘online black markets’ on the dark web offer a ‘wide selection of illicit goods and services’ paid for in virtual currency, including ‘more traditional crimes such as narcotics trafficking, stolen credit card information, and hit-men for hire.’ But there has also been ‘a significant evolution in criminal activity.’ Virtual currency has funded ‘the production of child exploitation material through online crowd-sourcing.’ It has been used to ‘buy and sell lethal toxins over the Internet,’ to make payments in ‘virtual kidnapping and extortion’ and to allow ‘near-instantaneous transactions across the globe between perpetrators of phishing and hacking schemes and their victims.’
The German Attorney General has notified two German bloggers that they could be charged with TREASON for exposing the German involvement in collecting data along with the USA’s notorious NSA. Meanwhile, Oliver Stone has produced a movie on Edward Snowden due to be released by the end of the year.
If you follow geopolitics you’re well aware that China has become a magnet for maritime conflict and controversy over the past six or so months. It all started earlier this year when satellite images showing the construction of what appeared to be a 10,000 foot runway (long enough to accommodate military aircraft) atop a newly constructed island in the contested waters of the South China Sea touched off an international firestorm as the US and its allies accused Beijing of seeking to redraw maritime boundaries and expand its naval capabilities at the expense of regional security. China vigorously denied the accusations, pointing to the fact that other nations had undertaken similar land reclamation efforts in the Spratlys. The situation escalated meaningfully when the PLA threatened a US spy plane, prompting Washington to remind Beijing that artillery stationed on “sand castles” would certainly not be enough to deter the US Navy from navigating wherever it chooses whenever it chooses to do so. The “conflict” subsided briefly after a propaganda campaign by Beijing put a humorous spin on the entire ordeal, but China found itself right back in the spotlight last week after Japan essentially accused it of stealing natural gas by positioning rigs too close to a demarcation line that separates the two countries’ exclusive economic zones.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on 07/30/2015.