“Serious Depressive Episode” May Have Driven Germanwings Pilot To “Criminal, Mad, Suicidal” Action, Prosecutors Allege

Andreas Lubitz, the 28-year-old co-pilot who murder-suicided a plane full of 150 people into the Alps, had been judged to have suffered a “serious depressive episode” around the time he suspended his training in 2009, according to internal documents cited by Germany’s Bild. As Reuters reports, Lubitz had broken off his training in 2009 and reportedly spent a year in psychiatric treatment but as the Lufthansa CEO noted, “After he was cleared again, he resumed training. He passed all the subsequent tests and checks with flying colors. His flying abilities were flawless.” French Prime Minister Manuel Valls urged patience during the investigation but stated, “everything points to a criminal, mad, suicidal action that we cannot comprehend.”

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 03/27/2015.

Risk of ‘World War’ between NATO and Russia on Ukraine as Yemen Bombed

– World sleep walking from ‘Cold War’ to ‘Hot War’ and new World War – U. S. resolution to supply Ukraine with lethal weaponry passed – Russia warns such moves would ‘explode the whole situation’ – Minsk agreement remains intact – little justification for escalation and ignoring EU allies – US continues to act as only global superpower despite powerful Russia and China and new multi-polar world – Hubris could lead to a new World War

Geopolitical risk has escalated sharply this week after the Saudi bombing of Yemen and the U. S. House of Representatives voting overwhelmingly for the President to provide offensive weaponry to the Ukrainian army.
Both are likely to result in sharp escalation in tensions between NATO and Russia and see an intensification of war in Eastern Europe and the possibility of a regional war in the Middle East.

This post was published at Gold Core on March 27, 2015.

U.S. Policies in Yemen, Ukraine Double Standard — Lavrov

The U.S. approaches towards the ousted Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and the former President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych represent double standards, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Thursday.
"A much-employed cliche has to be used: obvious double standards, but we clearly did not want neither what is happening in Ukraine, nor what is happening in Yemen," Lavrov said at a press conference.
On Wednesday, Saudi Arabia-led coalition which includes Bahrain, Qatar and Egypt launched airstrikes against Houthi rebel positions in Yemen following a request by Hadi.  The United States is not participating in the military operation, but agreed to provide logistical and intelligence support.
It is necessary to renew the negotiations process in Yemen, as playing political games between Shiite and Sunni Muslims is too dangerous, Russian Foreign Minister said.

This post was published at Sputnik News

The Central Banker Who Saved the Russian Economy From the Abyss

Panic reached the inner sanctum of the Russian central bank.
It was Dec. 16 — the day Russian traders would later christen Black Tuesday — and the ruble was in a free fall.
“Intervene! Intervene!” a central bank official shouted.
Governor Elvira Nabiullina watched the currency on her tablet screen react to her emergency rate increase. No, she said, not this time: Russia would no longer fight the market. Speculators needed a cold shower, she said.
That daring decision, related by two people with knowledge of the meeting, has begun to pay off for Nabiullina, 51, and her patron, President Vladimir Putin. Despite sanctions meant to punish Russia for its foray into Ukraine a year ago, the ruble has stabilized. Since Black Tuesday, when it plunged to a record low, the ruble has rebounded 19 percent against the dollar, the most among 24 emerging-market currencies.

This post was published at bloomberg

Saudi Arabia Invades Yemen, US helps Iran in Iraq, US Caves on Iran Nuke Deal

The following video was published by Greg Hunter on Mar 26, 2015
Saudi Arabia and Egypt are getting ready for an invasion of Yemen. Saudi Arabia has already been bombing key positions of Iranian backed terrorists (also known as Houthi rebels). It was little more than six months ago that the President called Yemen a success in terms of fighting terror, but now the government has imploded, and al-Qaeda backed terrorists are fighting for control of the country with Iranian backed terrorists. Of course, Saudi Arabia and Egypt are enemies of the Iranians, and now it looks like the Saudis will also team up with al-Qaeda to drive out the Iranian terror group on its southern border in Yemen.
Meanwhile, in Iraq, the U. S. is conducting air strikes against ISIS, cousins to al-Qaeda, for the Iranian led attack to retake Tikrit. So, the Saudis, a U. S. ally, are teaming up with al-Qaeda to fight against the Iranian backed terrorists in Yemen, while the U. S. helps out the Iranians in Iraq. What happened to Syria?
We move on the negotiations over curtailing the Iranian nuclear deal, and we find out that the French are pushing for a better deal than the U. S. There are reports that the U. S. has caved into Iranian demands and will not be driving a very hard deal. For one thing, all Iranian sites will not be up for verification and inspection. This includes military sites that are deep underground.

Manufacturing Dissent – Paul Craig Roberts

Professor Michel Chossudovsky is the author of many important books. His latest is The Globalization of War: America’s Long War Against Humanity. Chossudovsky shows that Washington has globalized war while the US president is presented as a global peace-maker, complete with the Nobel Peace Prize. Washington has military deployed in 150 countries, has the world divided up into six US military commands and has a global strike plan that includes space operations. Nuclear weapons are part of the global strike plan and have been elevated for use in a pre-emptive first strike, a dangerous departure from their Cold War role.
America’s militarization includes military armament for local police for use against the domestic population and military coercion of sovereign countries in behalf of US economic imperialism.
One consequence is the likelihood of nuclear war. Another consequence is the criminalization of US foreign policy. War crimes are the result. These are not the war crimes of individual rogue actors but war crimes institutionalized in established guidelines and procedures. ‘What distinguishes the Bush and Obama administrations,’ Chossudovsky writes, ‘is that the concentration camps, targeted assassinations and torture chambers are now openly considered as legitimate forms of intervention, which sustain ‘the global war on terrorism’ and support the spread of ‘Western democracy.”
Chossudovsky points out that the ability of US citizens to protest and resist the transformation of their country into a militarist police state is limited. Washington and the compliant foundations now fund the dissent movement in order to control it. He quotes Noam Chomsky and Edward S. Herman about manufacturing consent. He lets Paul Kivel describe how funding of dissent by the elite results in the co-option of grassroots community leadership. The same thing is happening to environmental organizations. Black Americans also have lost their leaders to the elite’s money and ability to bestow position and emoluments.

This post was published at Paul Craig Roberts on March 26, 2015.

China’s Stock Bubble Leaves BNP Speechless: “What Happens Next Is An Unknown-Unknown”

Earlier this month, we identified the reason why Chinese stocks have continued to rise in the face of overwhelming evidence that the country’s economy is decelerating quickly. While the first part of the 8-month run can be plausibly attributed to PSL, the furious buying that began in late November looks to be at least partly attributable to the fact that thanks to tighter regulations on lending outside the traditional banking system, China’s $2 trillion shadow banking complex needed somewhere to put cash to work and that somewhere turns out to be the giant bubble that is the SHCOMP. Here’s more:
Because according to Reuters, it is precisely China’s trust firms, with total assets of $2.2 trillion, and who together with Banker Acceptances comprise the bulk of China’s shadow banking pipeline, and no longer able (or willing) to lend to China’s small companies and individuals due to a spike in regulation, are shifting more cash into frothy capital markets and over-the-counter (OTC) instruments instead of loans. In other words, instead of using their vast cash hoard of over $2 trillion to re-lend and stimulate China’s economy, China’s unregulated, shadow banking conduits are now directly buying stocks!
Shortly thereafter we highlighted the 7 main reasons for the Chinese stock ramp all of which boil down to one thing: liquidity. Here they are, courtesy of UBS:

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 03/26/2015.

The Middle East War Will Eventually Lead To World War – Episode 626

The following video was published by X22Report on Mar 26, 2015
Initial Jobless Claims are unchanged and have now stalled. Kansas FED economic indicators show a collapse and do not match the US government and corporate media report on the state of the economy. China may replace Catepillar as Russia’s partner. CISA is cyber surveillance on the American people. Austalia will not collect meta data and store it for 2 years. People in Spain are protesting the gag law with holograms. Ukraine moving heavy artillery up to the contact line. Saudi Arabia attacks Yemen, other gulf countries ready to mount a ground offensive. The Germanwings airliner crashed at the same time the Saudi offensive began. Is this a distraction from the middle east war.

It’s The End Of March And 99.85% Of California Is Abnormally Dry Already

With NASA scientists warning about California only having one year of water left, it appears The Kardashians and March Madness continue to distract Americans from the ugly looming reality of water shortages. With summer around the corner, the US Drought Minitoring service reports today that a stunning 99.85% of California is “abnormally dry,” and 98.11% of the state is in drought conditions leaving over 37 million people in harm’s way.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 03/26/2015.

AIRBUS CRASH: What Caused Germanwings Flight to Crash into the French Alps?

21st Century Wire asks…
What was it that caused Germanwings flight 9525 to descend abruptly into the French Alps?
Last summer at 21WIRE we conducted a lengthy investigation into the history of avionics, following the ‘questionable’ vanishing of Malaysian flight MH370 and the downing of MH17.
After extensively examining both the unprecedented disappearance of MH370 and the subsequent downing of MH17, certain details came to light regarding the history of theremote autopilot function installed within Boeing commercial airliners.
While authorities have been quick to implicate Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, we must consider the following…
The Boeing 777 along with other Boeing models, can in fact be flown remotely through the use of independent embedded software and satellite communication. Once this advanced system is engaged, it can disallow any pilot or potential hijacker from controlling a plane, as the rooted setup uses digital signals that communicate with air traffic control, satellite links, as well as other government entities for the remainder of a flight’s journey.
This technology is known as the Boeing Honeywell ‘Uninterruptible’ Autopilot System.
The mere existence of this technology would most certainly provide the final piece to a number of seemingly unsolved airline disaster puzzles in recent years…


This post was published at 21st Century Wire on MARCH 26, 2015.

Britain Gives 280 MILLION to Military Industrial Complex to Boost Falklands Islands Defences

21st Century Wire says…
While mainland Britain is under devastating austerity measures, the British government is spending 280 million on boosting its defences… in the Falklands Islands.
This should not be seen as a response to any particular threat to the contested British territory, but instead as a payoff to the Military Industrial Complex – through an expansion of the UK defence budget. This thesis stems back to the British government’s refusal to go to war with Syria.
Find a detailed explanation and look at the Falklands conflict in this video report from Stuart J. Hooper:


This post was published at 21st Century Wire on MARCH 26, 2015.

In Yemen, It’s The Bad Guys Vs. The Bad Guys

Saudi Arabia and Egypt stand poised to conduct a massive ground invasion of Yemen, and the western media will be full of tales about how ‘Operation Decisive Storm’ is liberating that country from the evil Iranian-backed Houthi rebels. And without a doubt, the Houthis are bad guys and so are their Iranian benefactors. But don’t be fooled into thinking that the war in Yemen is a battle of good vs. evil. The truth is that the conflict in Yemen is actually a proxy war between two sets of bad guys that both ultimately plan for Islam to take over the entire planet. On one side, the Iranians are very honest about the fact that they view us as an enemy, and they plan to impose their version of radical Shia Islam worldwide as soon as they can. On the other side, the Saudis pretend to be our friends, but they don’t hide the fact that they believe that their version of Sunni Islam will eventually rule the world. And their version of Sunni Islam includes constant beheadings, the destruction of all churches and the death penalty for anyone caught smuggling a Bible into Saudi territory. At the end of the day, there is very little difference between the Saudis and ISIS. In fact, ISIS gets a lot of funding from Saudi sources, and there is more support for ISIS on Twitter from Saudi Arabia than from anywhere else. Saudi Arabia is a horribly repressive regime where women are treated like dirt, where the secret police conduct a never ending reign of terror and where even a minor deviation from sharia law can mean the loss of a limb. But because our politicians and the mainstream media constantly tell us that they are ‘our friends’, we cheer them on.
It is being reported that the Saudis have mobilized 150,000 troops for a ground invasion of Yemen, and Egypt says that it is ready to contribute a very large force as well. The Saudis simply were not going to just sit back and watch as pro-Iranian forces took total control of their neighbor. The following is how the Telegraph recently described what the Iranians have been up to in Yemen for the past several years…

This post was published at The Economic Collapse Blog on March 26th, 2015.

True Story – U.S. Military Lost Equipment from $750 Million Program, Some Ended up on eBay and Craigslist

The Pentagon lost track of sensitive equipment from a $750 million program to help U. S. soldiers spot roadside bombs – and some of it wound up for sale on eBay, Craigslist and other websites, according to a Navy intelligence document obtained by The Intercept.
The report went on to state that ‘more than 32,000 pieces of equipment were issued’ under the program, and the items ‘are NOT for civilian use and are controlled under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations.’ The devices went missing because the military units had poor control over equipment distributed to them, according to the intelligence brief.
JIEDDO has been heavily criticized over the years for expending large sums of money without attaining clear results. According to a 2012 report by the Government Accountability Office, JIEDDO had spent over $18 billion yet lacked an effective way to oversee its programs.
– From the Intercept article: Sensitive Military Gear Ended Up on eBay, Craigslist
Another day, another example of the inconceivable incompetence of the U. S. government.
Just yesterday, I published a post titled, Can’t Make This Up – U. S. Providing Aid in Fight Against ISIS in Iraq Alongside Iranian Troops. Here’s an excerpt in case you missed it:

This post was published at Liberty Blitzkrieg on Mar 26, 2015.

How Hillary Clinton Is Responsible for Overthrowing Ukraine and Provoking War with Russia

Editor’s Note: But the mainstream media doesn’t talk about this stuff when it come to Hillary, the stuff that actually matters, stuff like the fact that $6 billion dollars went missing during her tenture as Secretary of State or the fact that her husband hangs out with convicted sex offenders. No… just her emails which the real ones would, of course, never be made public.
Everyone knew that already… but did you know this?

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on March 26th, 2015.

Putin Says Attempts To Tip Nuclear Balance Don’t Scare Russia, Moscow Will Uncover “Schemes”

Russia is once again ratcheting up the rhetoric, this time to a fever pitch. Just a day after Putin’s Security Council posted a remarkably accurate and amusingly concise assessment of US foreign policy aims on its website, a spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry as well as President Putin himself are out with strong condemnations of both the NATO presence in Eastern Europe as well as US plans to arm Kiev.
The comments come on the heels of a House vote which showed overwhelming support for the provision of lethal aid to Kiev and just a day after the first batch of American humvees received a warm welcome from President Petro Poroshenko. As a reminder, here’s what both sides had to say about Congress’s willingness to maybe start an all out proxy war in the Baltics:
The prepackaged spin is already ready: “sending weapons to the Kiev government would not mean involvement in a new war for America”, claimed the abovementioned Eliot Engel who sponsored the document. ‘The people of Ukraine are not looking for American troops,” Engel said. “They are just looking for the weapons.’ So the only question is how Russia will responds to this escalation: according to RT, “Washington’s decision to supply Ukraine with ammunition and weapons would ‘explode the whole situation’ in eastern Ukraine and Russia would be forced to respond ‘appropriately,’ Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said at the end of February.
While it’s not immediately clear what constitutes an ‘appropriate’ response, and while the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Alexander Lukashevich contends that an outright military confrontation between the West and Russia ‘isn’t something anyone wants,’ that’s where the ambiguity and niceties end. Here’s more via Bloomberg:

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 03/26/2015.

Saudi Arabia and Iran Compete in Yemen

Summary
While the al-Houthi movement struggles to manage multiple regional challenges to its north, its rise to power in Yemen is a setback for Saudi Arabia on its southern flank. After the fall of the Yemeni government, Riyadh will have to capitalize on the al-Houthis’ need for political and financial support to re-establish its influence in the country. But because Iran is trying to fill that support gap, too, Yemen has become another battleground where the two sectarian rivals will struggle against one another.
Analysis
After being driven from the capital of Sanaa in September, Yemen’s government is at war with itself. President Abd Rabboh Mansour Hadi issued a statement March 19 denouncing the airstrikes on his compound in the southern port city of Aden as an attempted military coup by forces loyal to his predecessor and one-time ally, former President Ali Abdullah Saleh. Earlier that day, soldiers and militiamen loyal to Hadi battled their way into Aden’s airport and stormed a nearby military base, both of which were under the control of Gen. Abdel-Hafez al-Saqqaf, a Saleh loyalist.
The infighting in Aden comes after Ansar Allah, the pro-Iranian Zaidi group led by Abdul-Malik al-Houthi, emerged as the single largest force in the country after taking over large swathes of territory in north and central Yemen. The al-Houthis represent a change in the balance of power in Yemen and even the Arabian Peninsula that has opened the door for Iran to become a major player in what was the exclusive domain of Saudi Arabia not too long ago.
The Rise of the al-Houthis
A number of factors facilitated the al-Houthis’ power grab in Yemen. First, Saudi Arabia’s attempts to manage the Yemeni government in the wake of Arab Spring protests did not go as planned. Saleh stepped down in favor of his one-time vice president, Hadi, but the move exacerbated intra-government fissures along tribal, ideological, political and military lines. By the time Hadi took over, Riyadh’s method of playing the various Yemeni factions against each other had undermined the old system to the point where the al-Houthis could take advantage of and align enough tribes to push beyond its northern stronghold of Saada and make their way down into areas south of the capital.

This post was published at FinancialSense on 03/26/2015.

Black Helicopters Rehearse Transporting ‘American Enemy Combatants’ to Jade Helm 15 ‘Black Sites’

Black helicopters in Texas moving ‘enemy combatants’ from Point A to Point B
As I was working on a report concerning the existence of nationwide rendition centers known as black sites, I was sent a video, from multiple people, made by Aaron Dykes and Melissa Melton filming black helicopters, yesterday, in Texas (see video below). This video validates many reports that I am receiving about preemptive arrests of dissidents notated as ‘enemy combatants’ in preparation for Jade Helm 15 and this is what I believe the two reporters are witnessing.
Execution of Red List Activities to Remove Known Dissidents
Dissident extractions consist of personnel in armored vehicles descending upon a home of a known dissident. The known dissident and the family are SWAT-teamed and arrested. The dissident is transported to a waiting helicopter where they and other similarly collected dissidents are transported to where ground transportation will be used to move the captives to a ‘black site re-education facility’. This protocol is for the main target only. The planned fate of dissident family members is something that I have not been able to determine


This post was published at The Common Sense Show on March 26, 2015.

Yemen Ground Invasion By Saudi, Egyptian Troops Imminent

As reported first thing today, while the initial phase of the military campaign against Yemen has been taking place for the past 18 hours and been exclusively one of airborne assaults by forces of the “Decisive Storm” coalition, Saudi hinted at what is coming next following reports that it had built up a massive 150,000 troop deployment on the border with Yemen.
And as expected, moments ago AP reported that Egyptian military and security officials told The Associated Press that the military intervention will go further, with a ground assault into Yemen by Egyptian, Saudi and other forces, planned once airstrikes have weakened the capabilities of the rebels.
Will this invasion mean that Yemen as we know it will no longer exist and become annexed by Saudi Arabia? According to coalition military sources, the answer is no, but that remains to be seen:
Three Egyptian military and security officials told The Associated Press that a coalition of countries led by Egypt and Saudi Arabia will conduct a ground invasion into Yemen once the airstrikes have sufficiently diminished the Houthis and Saleh’s forces. They said the assault will be by ground from Saudi Arabia and by landings on Yemen’s Red and Arabian Sea coasts.
The aim is not to occupy Yemen but to weaken the Houthis and their allies until they enter negotiations for power-sharing, the officials said.
They said three to five Egyptian troop carriers are stationed off Yemen’s coasts. They would not specify the numbers of troops or when the operation would begin. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk about the plans with the press.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 03/26/2015.

Beyond Iran And Pakistan: 7 Nuclear Wannabes

The meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex in 2011 following the Japanese tsunami forced a major rethink of nuclear power as a safe form of electricity generation. As radiation from the plant spewed into the ocean and nearby communities following an immediate evacuation, the world reaction was swift and dramatic. Within days the spot price of uranium collapsed. Japan ordered the shutdown and maintenance of all its existing reactors. Germany, a major consumer of nuclear power, permanently closed 8 of its 17 nuclear reactors; other European countries shelved their nuclear plans.
While fear still lingers of a nuclear catastrophe on a similar scale as Fukushima, or earlier accidents such as Three Mile Island or Chernobyl, that hasn’t stopped a slew of countries from moving forward on plans to develop nuclear plants as an adjunct to existing power sources like hydro, coal, natural gas and good ol’ oil.
Especially in developing countries that lack access to fossil fuels, nuclear is seen as a viable and cost-effective form of baseload power.
Of course, these plans immediately arouse suspicions that nuclear power is being used as a ruse for developing nuclear weapons. The most obvious example is Iran, which already operates a large nuclear reactor – Bushehr 1 – but continues to engage in uranium enrichment despite a requirement by the United Nations Security Council to suspend such activities. Iran’s nuclear ambitions have resulted in U. S.-led sanctions and raised the opprobrium of Israel, which in turn has found itself at odds with the United States, particularly the Obama Administration, which seeks an accommodation with Iran.
Pakistan is a nuclear power whose capability to develop nuclear weapons is of major concern to regional rival India. The country is not a party to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and has refused calls for international inspections of its enrichment activities. In 1998 Pakistan exploded five atomic devices in Baluchistan. A U. S. think tank said last fall that Pakistan has the world’s fastest growing nuclear program, with enough fissile material to produce between 110 and 120 nuclear warheads.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 03/26/2015.