WHAT YOU’RE NOT BEING TOLD ABOUT TRUMP’S WAR AGAINST THE IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL

Last Friday, Donald Trump made a hard-hitting speech demonizing Iran. This shouldn’t have come as a surprise considering candidate Trump made it quite clear that he despised Iran. Prior to that, he had spent the last few years criticizing Barack Obama for entering into a nuclear agreement with the Iranian government. President Trump has now further intensified his stance, threatening to derail the deal multiple times before announcing his plan to ‘decertify’ Iran’s compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
Donald Trump has vehemently voiced his opposition to the JCPOA over the course of the last few years. ‘The Iran deal was one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States ever entered into,’ is just one of Trump’s lamentations. He also called it an ’embarrassment’ and a ‘catastrophe,’ at one point stating it was ‘incompetently negotiated.’
For the sake of this contention, let’s accept Trump’s assertion that the JCPOA is one of the ‘worst’ and most ‘one-sided transactions’ the U. S. has ever been a party to. If this is true, the simple solution would be to exit the deal completely.
So why hasn’t he exited the deal? The president has been in office since January, has been bashing Iran the entire time, and has flirted with demolishing the JCPOA numerous times. Yet the U. S. is still a party to this deal (remember, it’s one of the worst deals of all time).
Vox explains:

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on OCTOBER 19, 2017.

An Outraged George W. Bush Lashes Out At Trump: “Bigotry Seems Emboldened”

Former President George W. Bush came out swinging against the current administration on Thursday, and while he did not name President Castro, Dubya blasted that “bigotry seems emboldened” in the U. S., while urging the country to accept “globalization” – the same globalization which both the IMF, the BIS and even the Federal Reserve now agree and warn has led to record wealth inequality in the US – while rejecting “white supremacy.”
“Bigotry or white supremacy in any form is blasphemy against the American creed,” Bush said.
Former Pres. George W Bush: "Bigotry seems emboldened. Our politics seems more vulnerable to conspiracy theories and outright fabrication." pic.twitter.com/KyQK5vul3j
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) October 19, 2017

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Oct 19, 2017.

Papers Filed To Disbar James Comey Following “False Testimony To Congress”

Ty Clevenger, the “crusading lawyer” who has been trying for months to get Hillary and several members of her campaign staff disbarred in every jurisdiction from Little Rock, Arkansas to New York, has now set his sights on a new target: Former FBI Director James Comey. According to the Washington Times, Clevenger filed a bar grievance in New York this week accusing Comey of lying to Congress and destroying potential evidence in the Clinton email scandal, in a process that could end up costing him his law license.
Ty Clevenger filed the grievance in New York, where Mr. Comey was a former U. S. attorney and is licensed to practice law.
Mr. Clevenger said Mr. Comey’s testimony to Congress that he did not predetermine the outcome of the FBI’s probe into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is belied by revelations this week that he in fact started drafting an exoneration months before even speaking with Mrs. Clinton.
‘Insofar as Mr. Comey gave materially false testimony to Congress, it appears that he violated Rules 1.0(w), 3.3(a)(1), and 8.4 of the New York Rules of Professional Conduct,’ Mr. Clevenger wrote.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Oct 19, 2017.

New Special Edition Of ‘Fahrenheit 451’ Must Be Heated To Be Read

The newest edition of the book Fahrenheit 451 is going to be out soon, and ironically, it must be heated up to be read.
For those who haven’t read the book Fahrenheit 451, it’s coming highly recommended. It tells the story of a dystopian society in which books are outlawed and burned by firemen to prevent citizens from reading them. It follows one fireman’s journey of following orders and questioning authority. Ray Bradbury’s iconic book was originally published in 1953 and will leave a permanent reminder tucked away in the mind as to why free speech should never, under any circumstances, be culled. Simon and Schuster’s website says this is what the book is about:
Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden.
Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television ‘family.’ But then he meets an eccentric young neighbor, Clarisse, who introduces him to a past where people didn’t live in fear and to a present where one sees the world through the ideas in books instead of the mindless chatter of television.
When Mildred attempts suicide and Clarisse suddenly disappears, Montag begins to question everything he has ever known. He starts hiding books in his home, and when his pilfering is discovered, the fireman has to run for his life.

This post was published at shtfplan on October 19th, 2017.

Spain To Activate Article 155 Process, Suspending Catalonia Autonomy

Spain announced it will trigger the so-called “nuclear option” of Article 155 under the Spanish Constitution, and move ahead with the process of suspending Catalan autonomy and the powers of the local government, after Regional President Carles Puigdemont for the second time in four days refused to comply with a Spanish ultimatum to clearly drop his claim to independence.
Spain deployed the ultimate constitutional weapon after Puigdemont said the regional parliament may declare independence unless the government in Madrid agrees to talks. Puigdemont’s response came to an ultimatum from Madrid to renounce his claims to full autonomy by Thursday or face the consequences. “It’s not that difficult to reply to the question’, but there is still no definitive ‘yes’ or ‘no’. Consequently, Madrid is poised to trigger Article 155 this Saturday, suspending the autonomy of the breakaway region.
As previewed last night, the “final” deadline passed and the Catalonian leader failed to satisfy Madrid’s demands.
Puigdemont had sent a new letter to Mariano Rajoy minutes before the second Article 155 deadline ran out at 10 a.m. on Thursday morning. That new letter did not provide the clarity the central government was seeking about the status of the independence of Catalonia, the Spanish Prime Minister’s office said.
‘The suspension remains, it’s up to the Spanish Government to enforce article 155 with the authorisation of the Senate… If the central government persists in blocking dialogue and continues its repression, the Catalan Parliament may proceed, if it considers it appropriate, to approve a formal declaration of independence,’ Puigdemont said in his letter to Rajoy.
Puigdemont also said that his request for a face-to-face meeting had been ignored, and that Spanish ‘repression’ of Catalonia was being stepped up with the jailing of two separatist activists on Monday. ‘My request for the repression to end has not been met either,’ Puigdemont said. ‘On the contrary, it has increased.’

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Oct 19, 2017.

Ayatollah Blasts Trump’s “Rants And Whoppers”, Says Iran Will “Shred” Deal If US Pulls Out

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei – who famously waited three months before offering a tepid endorsement of the JCPOA – largely echoed the threats of other Iranian government officials when he said Wednesday that Iran would adhere to the terms of the deal if other world powers respected it, but would ‘shred it’ if the US were to pull out.
Speaking publicly about the future of the deal for the first time since President Donald Trump refused to decertify it five days ago, Khamenei confirmed that Iran would likely terminate the deal – and restart its nuclear program – if the US Congress decides to unilaterally rule that Iran is not in compliance, opening the door to reimposing sanctions.
The ayatollah’s proclamation puts Iran at odds with the deals other signatories, who’ve maintained that the US doesn’t have the power to terminate a multilateral accord certified by the United Nations. Khamenei welcomed the support of the other signers – Britain, France, Germany, Russia, China and the European Union – but said it would not be enough to convince Iran to stay, Reuters reported.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Oct 19, 2017.

Barzani’s Failed Kurdistan Project: A Deathblow To The Partition Of Iraq And Syria

Submitted by Elijah Magnier, Middle East based chief international war correspondent for Al Rai Media
The project to divide Iraq was dealt a deathblow by a decision of the Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi to send the Army and the security forces to recover all Iraqi territories controlled by the Kurds of Massoud Barzani. The Kurdish leader was riding the horse of Iraqi partition (in fact, a lame horse) to establish a Kurdish state in the northern part of the country. Following the failure of Barzani’s project in taking advantage of the fight against ISIS and therefore declaring his ‘state’, every country in the Middle East is abandoning him because no one likes to be associated with failure.
Barzani sent envoys (I personally met some) around the globe who returned with apparently promising results: ‘over 80 countries promised to recognise the new State of Kurdistan’. These promises turned out to be false (‘no friends but the mountains’), other (existing) political alliances turned out to be stronger and Barzani was left alone with his empty promises and unreliable advisers.
Countries of the region – France, Saudi Arabia and the Emirates to start with – are now establishing a clear and unambiguous relationship with Baghdad’s government. Abadi, following an authorization of parliament, used a fist of iron to fragment the partition project – not only of Iraq – but of the entire region, that was supposed to be sparked off by the Kurds in Iraq and in Syria and via the regime change attempt in the Levant.
In less than 48 hours, the Iraqi army, with all its security services (army, popular mobilization units, Counter-Terrorism, Federal Police), extended its control over Kirkuk, Khanaqin (Diyala), Bashiqa, Makhmour (Nineveh) and Sinjar – the city that leads to the borders with Syria. All territories that were established for Baghdad’s control under the US administrator Paul Bremer in 2003-2004 (with the limits of Kurdistan) are back now in place.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Oct 19, 2017.

A Failing Empire, Part 3: China & Russia Are Transforming Enemies Into Friends

In the previous articles, the military and economic means by which the United States initially aimed for global hegemony were addressed, detailing how the US became the (declining) superpower it is today. In both analyses I highlighted how the threat of US military power is no longer credible, and how sanctions and the strong-arming behavior of corporate giants and international bodies (IMF, World Bank, BIS, etc) have ceased their effectiveness. This has made the United States increasingly irrelevant, leaving in the process a vacuum to be filled by emerging powers like China and Russia, which effectively ushers in a new world order based on multipolarity. In this third and final part of the series, I will dive into the specific events that show how the military, economic and diplomatic combination of Iran, Russia and China have forged, by known as well as less-known means, an alternative world order to the unipolar American one.
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Russia, China and Iran have in recent years drawn enormous benefit from the declining military and economic power of the United States, further propelled by a general mistrust of Washington’s diplomatic and political abilities, both with Obama and now with Trump. The two previous articles showed that Moscow, Beijing and Tehran, even as they addressed different situations, shared similar interests and came to coordinate their military, economic and diplomatic strategy.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Oct 19, 2017.

Chinese Army Documents Leak Set To Embarrass Beijing

In the vaults of Amazon.com’s self publishing market place, a growing series of books exposing China’s dark secrets is seeing the light. Six books with colorful covers, which constitute the ‘China Secrets’ series, introduce a reader to the fascinating world of China’s internal – or neibu – documents. But many questions remain.
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Since 2015, unnoticed by the large majority of the China watchers, the books, with titles like The China 1989 Army Documents, Spying against the United States, Spying against India and others can now be bought on Amazon.
Author Ben Keiler [probably a pseudonym] claims the documents are being put before the public ‘for the first time ever’.
They shed a new and unique light on events as diverse as the 1989 Tian’anmen Square massacre and the martial law imposed in Tibet three months before, the China-India border conflict culminating in hostilities in Bhutan earlier this year

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Oct 18, 2017.

Massachusetts Man Convicted Of Plotting To Behead Conservative Blogger Pamela Geller

A Massachusetts man named David Wright has been convicted of plotting to kill conservative blogger Pamela Geller after she organized a draw the Prophet Muhammad contest in Texas in 2015.
Wright, 28, is facing life in prison after being found guilty on all charges, including conspiracy to provide material support to a designated terrorist organization and conspiracy to commit acts of terrorism transcending national boundaries, after prosecutors said Wright, his uncle and a third man conspired to kill Geller because they were outraged that she organized the contest. The contest, which took place in 2015, was interrupted when two men opened fire outside the event, wounding a security guard before they were killed ina shootout with law enforcement. But the attackers had no connection to Wright or his family members.
Wright’s uncle, Ussamah Rahim, told Wright on a recorded phone call that took place after Geller’s event that he couldn’t wait to attack Geller and decided instead to go after ‘those boys in blue,’ referring to the police. Wright told his uncle that he thought this was ‘beautiful’ and encouraged him to delete all the data from his computer before carrying out his attack, the Associated Press reported. Hours later, Rahim was shot and killed by authorities after he lunged at them with a knife when they approached him in Boston. The group never carried out their planned attack on Geller.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Oct 18, 2017.

Civil liberties and human rights groups denounce illegal DHS social media monitoring

The Identity Project and ten other civil liberties and human rights organizations filed comments today with the US Department of Homeland Security objecting to the DHS keeping records of what we say and publish and who we associate with on social media.
(See our FAQ: U. S. government monitoring of social media. The DHS isn’t the only Federal agency spying on us on social media. We submitted comments earlier this month on parallel proposals by the Department of State to expand social media monitoring that it began last year over our objections and those of many other organizations and individuals.)
The comments from civil liberties and human rights groups were submitted in response to a notice from the DHS last month that ‘Social media handles and aliases, associated identifiable information, and search results’ would be added to DHS ‘Alien Files’.
Our comments were co-signed and submitted jointly on behalf of:
The Identity Project (IDP) Government Information Watch National Workrights Institute Woodhull Freedom Foundation

This post was published at Papers Please on October 18th, 2017.

FBI Reports 61% Surge In “Felonious” Cop Killings Year Over Year

Coinciding with an unprecedented surge in violence in cities like Chicago and Baltimore last year, the 2016 Law Enforcement Officers Killed And Assaulted (LEOKA) report released by the FBI earlier today has revealed a staggering increase in criminal attacks against police officers. Per the report, a total of 118 law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty in 2016, of which 66 were felonious, a 61% increase versus 2015 and 144% increase compared to 2013.
A total of 118 law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty in 2016, according to the FBI’s annual Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted (LEOKA) report released today. Of those deaths, 52 were accidental and 66 were felonious.
Additionally, 57,180 officers were assaulted in the line of duty, with nearly 30 percent of those officers being injured in the incidents.
All of these numbers increased from figures reported in 2015, when 45 officers died accidentally and 41 were feloniously killed in the line of duty. There were 50,212 assaults against law enforcement listed in the 2015 LEOKA report.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Oct 18, 2017.

Trump Dossier Creators ‘Plead Da Fif’ During House Intel Hearings

Is it just us, or are the only people refusing to testify during Washington’s ever-decreasing circle of Russiagate witch-hunting, the leftists who cast the largest aspersions in the first place?
Two of the co-founders of Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm behind the infamous Trump dossier, invoked their Fifth Amendment rights during a meeting with the House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday, a person familiar with the matter told The Daily Caller.
As a reminder, Fusion was working for an ally of Hillary Clinton’s last June when the firm hired Steele to investigate Donald Trump’s personal and business activities in Russia. The result is a 35-page document full of salacious and uncorroborated allegations about Trump and his campaign associates. The dossier has been cited by the FBI as part of its investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian operatives.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Oct 18, 2017.

Surprisingly, I’m Quite Optimistic About the Future

To summarize, in just the last few years the world has invented a way to create software services that have no central operator. These services are called decentralized applications and they are enabled with crypto assets that incentivize entities on the internet to contribute resources’ – ‘processing, storage, computing’ – ‘necessary for the service to function.
It’s worth pausing to acknowledge that this is kind of miraculous. With just the internet, an open protocol, and a new kind of asset, we can instantiate networks that dynamically assemble the resources necessary to provide many kinds of services.
– From Adam Ludwin’s: A Letter to Jamie Dimon
I’m actually pretty optimistic about the future. I know some of you might be surprised to hear that, but it’s true. This might not be the case if I had only five years left on the planet, but assuming I’m fortunate enough to stay healthy for another few decades, I think the world will be a much better place when I leave it than when I came in.
The simple fact of the matter is this. For things to get substantially better from any situation, it’s always easier to start from a pretty bad place. When I write articles describing the U. S. economy as a rent-seeking, oligarch controlled swindle, I don’t do this to fill you with a sense of insurmountable dread. Rather, the purpose of those posts is to shake as many people as possible out of their slumber. There’s simply no way we can come up with appropriate and conscious solutions to our problems unless we can identify the various scams that govern so much of life around us.

This post was published at Liberty Blitzkrieg on Michael Krieger /Oct 18, 2017.

In Bizarre Feud, Trump Denies Disrespecting Army Widow As Mother Says President Lies

For the second time in 24 hours, President Trump again pushed back against reports that he crassly told the widow of one of the US Green Berets killed in an Al Qaeda ambush in Niger two weeks ago that her husband ‘must have known what he signed up for’. In response to a reporter’s question following a press conference with Republican senators that was intended to focus on tax reform, Trump again accused Democratic Rep. Frederica Wilson of lying after she spoke to CNN and the Washington Post about Trump’s comments
‘I didn’t say what that congresswoman said – didn’t say it at all – she knows it,’ Trump told reporters. ‘I would like her to make the statement again because I did not say what she said.”
The comments followed an early tweet by Trump in which the president claimed Wilson ‘totally fabricated’ her account of the call.


This post was published at Zero Hedge on Oct 18, 2017.

Senate Deal To Stabilize Obamacare “Dead On Arrival” In The House

Not even a full day after Senators reached a “bipartisan” deal to keep subsidies to health insurers for the next two years, this latest attempt to keep Obamacare alive appears to be dying, because moments after Fox News reported that the Alexander-Murray Bill “will be dead in the House” as many in the GOP “want full repeal and replace”, Bloomberg reported that the bipartisan deal has “stalled out” according to Senator Thune, while Senator Hatch said that he opposes the Alexander-Murray fix altogether.
ALEXANDER/MURRAY HEALTHCARE BILL WILL BE DEAD ON ARRIVAL IN THE HOUSE. HOUSE GOP INSISTS ON REPEAL/REPLACE – SOURCES: FOX NEWS ALEXANDER-MURRAY PLAN `HAS STALLED OUT,’ GOP SEN. THUNE SAYS SEN. ORRIN HATCH SAYS HE OPPOSES ALEXANDER-MURRAY OBAMACARE FIX

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Oct 18, 2017.

Bannon Says GOP “Trying To Destroy Me” As He Sets His Sights On Jeff Flake’s Senate Seat

Having successfully led a campaign to elect Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore in his primary runoff against the GOP establishment candidate Luther Strange, former Trump Chief Strategist Steve Bannon has now set his sights on Jeff Flake’s Arizona Senate seat. At a kickoff rally for Flake’s Republican primary opposition, Dr. Kelli Ward, Bannon said that the Republican establishment, led by Mitch McConnell, John McCain and Bob Corker are actively “trying to destroy him everyday.” More from The Hill:
Former chief White House strategist Steve Bannon attacked top Republicans at a primary campaign rally Tuesday, accusing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and other GOP leaders of “trying to destroy him every day,” according to the Associated Press.
Bannon also targeted Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) in his speech at a campaign fundraiser for Kelli Ward, a primary challenger to Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), who is one of the many incumbent Republicans that Bannon is targeting in 2018.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Oct 18, 2017.