Assad Says Europe Is Responsible For Refugee Crisis: “If You’re Worried About Them, Stop Supporting Terrorists”

As the flow of refugees fleeing Syria’s bloody civil war continues to drive a wedge between the EU, and as Brussels struggles to craft a coherent approach to handling the crisis in the face of vastly divergent views on what Europe’s response should be, we’ve made a concerted effort to remind the world that it was Western intervention in Syria that created this crisis in the first place.
This makes it all the more tragically ironic that Europe is now set to use the flow of asylum seekers (with the drowned body of a Syrian toddler as the mascot) as an excuse to drop still more bombs in Syria. All of this, in an ill-fated effort to destabilize a regime that the West feels doesn’t serve its interests and which is allied with the Kremlin, and by extension with Gazprom, which holds considerable sway over Europe thanks to Russia’s vast natural gas fields.
Now that Russia has boots on the ground around Latakia and has openly called on the US and its allies to form a real coalition to defeat ISIS, Washington has found itself in a tough position. People are very gradually beginning to wonder why it is that Russia has been able, in the space of just two weeks, to build a forward operating base and prepare to help Bashar al-Assad drive back ISIS and reclaim the country while the US – which, if you believe the rhetoric, is at the forefront of the global effort to eradicate Islamic militants in Syria – has managed to do virtually nothing to debilitate the group even as the campaign has been going on for the better part of a year.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 09/16/2015.

Batchelor-Cohen Update

As the New Cold War expands from Ukraine, north to the Baltic states and south to the Mediterranean basin, Batchelor and Cohen also expand their weekly discussion.
Among topics objectively covered last evening are the changing Ukraine crisis, the growing standoff in Syria and the tide of middle eastern refugees that is flowing into Europe.
As always, this is an extremely informative 39 minutes and I urge you to listen each week.

This post was published at TF Metals Report on September 16, 2015.

Assad Blames U.S. for Syrian Exodus: ‘Worried About Refugees? Stop Supporting Terrorists’

Embattled Syrian president Bashar al-Assad gave an interview to RT yesterday, blasting covert American support for terrorism in Syria and throughout the middle east region.
‘For us, ISIS, al-Nusra, and all similar organizations which carry weapons and kill civilians are extremist organizations.’
Assad argued that Turkey is pouring Western-sponsored terrorism across the Syrian border and prolonging the violence, by delivering weapons, money and training. This synthetic terrorism is what is directly enabling both ISIS itself, and dubious organizations linked with violence on the al-Nusra front and inside the so-called ‘rebel’ groups fighting Assad in a Cold War 2.0 proxy war.

This post was published at shtfplan on September 16th, 2015.

It’s Not Obama’s Fault: Six Rules to Live By

A reader emailed a link to a preposterous Foreign Policy article by Aaron David Miller entitled “It’s Not Obama’s Fault“.
The subtitle was just as preposterous: “The inconvenient truths about why you can’t blame the West for what’s happened in Syria.”
Miller’s article is the same old, same old flag waving “US never does anything wrong, and should apologize for nothing” type of thing.
In retrospect, the article could have been about anything, not just Syria.

This post was published at Global Economic Analysis on September 15, 2015.

WTO’s Stark Warning On Global Trade: “The Timing Belt On The Global Growth Engine Is Off”

One narrative we’ve built on this year is that the subpar character of the global economic recovery isn’t just a consequence of a transient downturn in demand from China whose transition from an investment-led, smokestack economy towards a model driven by consumption and services has effectively caused the engine of global growth to stall. Rather, it seems entirely possible that an epochal shift has taken place in the post-crisis world and the downturn in global trade which many had assumed was merely cyclical, may in fact be structural and endemic.
We touched on this in ‘Emerging Market Mayhem: Gross Warns Of ‘Debacle’ As Currencies, Bonds Collapse,’ when we highlighted a WSJ piece that contained the following rather disconcerting passage: ‘Central to this emerging-market slump is the unprecedented weakness of world trade, which has now grown by less than global output for the past four years, unique since World War II.’
This echoes concerns we voiced in May, when BofAML was out warning that if ‘wobbling’ global trade turned out to be structural rather than cyclical, ‘then EM economies should not count on meaningful demand boosts coming from above-trend growth in DM.’

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 09/15/2015.

Russia And Syria Tell U.S. Stop Supporting The Terrorists – Episode 766b

The following video was published by X22Report on Sep 15, 2015
Obama is the process of nationalizing the police force, which means they will be under the rule of the federal government. The governor of Okinawa is now stopping the construction of a new US base. Ukraine wants western weaponry just in case the Minsk II deal fails. US using refugees crisis to setup safe zones in Syria and are using the crisis to persuade European countries to get involved in the next war. Assad and Russia tell US to stop supporting terrorists, this is why there is a refugee crisis. DHS expanding the agency’s program to detect nuclear and radiological threats in major US cities.

Assad Speaks Truth to Power: ‘If you are worried about refugees, stop supporting terrorists!’

21st Century Wire says…
Watch a video of this report here:

Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad has dropped the following bombshell in a new interview with RT, where he well and truly drops the hammer on recent Western foreign policy decisions:
‘It’s not about that Europe didn’t accept them or embrace them as refugees, it’s about not dealing with the cause. If you are worried about them, stop supporting terrorists. That’s what we think regarding the crisis. This is the core of the whole issue of refugees.’

This post was published at 21st Century Wire on SEPTEMBER 15, 2015.

Soros in Syria: ‘Humanitarian’ NGO Deployed For Regime Change, Not Aid

21st Century Wire says…
It’s all part of a new 21st century ‘Revolution Business’.
This shocking story, which broke last week here at 21WIRE and this past weekend on theSUNDAY WIRE radio show, has now been picked up by a number of other online journals and news agencies.
More than anything, this story – of the shady quasi-humanitarian organization known as the ‘White Helmets’, demonstrates just how these seemingly innocuous NGO front groups are being deployed as covert tools of international regime change project in Syria – helping to fulfill a primary foreign policy agenda for Washington, London, Tel Aviv, Riyadh and Doha’s joint venture in the region.
The genius of the White Helmet operation is that they are even using crowd funding campaigns in order to raise money for this grey ‘revolution business’. In one of their recent campaignsentitled, ‘Support the women saving Syria from the bombs’, they managed to convince mostly westerners to donate $100,000 – money which will likely be spent to produce more ‘regime change’ propaganda – to be cleverly targeted back at liberal western audiences. A brilliant feedback loop design if there ever was one.

This post was published at 21st Century Wire on SEPTEMBER 15, 2015.

Does the Migrant Crisis Represent the End of the European Union?

An emergency effort led by Germany to force European Union member states to accept mandatory quotas of refugees collapsed in discord.
Berlin called for EU financial penalties against countries that refused to accommodate their share of migrants. A Czech official said such threats were empty but nonetheless ‘damaging’. Slovakia said they would bring the ‘end of the EU’.
In scenes with echoes of the Cold War, families with small children sat in fields beneath the former communist country’s new 3.5-metre (10 foot) high fence, which runs almost the length of the border, topped with razor wire.
The greatest migration to Western Europe since World War Two has also created an institutional crisis for the 28-member EU, with one of the bloc’s signature achievements, its Schengen system of border-free travel across much of the continent, unraveling this week under the strain.
– From the Reuters article: Hungary Shuts EU Border, Taking Migrant Crisis into its Own Hands
Although everyone watching has been convinced that Europe’s disastrous economy and related debt crisis would be the spark to unravel the European Union project, it appears history has its own plans.
While EU technocrats have demonstrated an uncanny ability to scheme, threaten, kick the can and lie their way around the debt crisis, the migrant crisis will prove to be a much graver threat to the project. Strikingly, all it took was a few weeks of unrelenting migrants crossing into EU borders to put an end what is essentially the only achievement of the European Union – the Schengen system of borderless travel.

This post was published at Liberty Blitzkrieg on Sep 15, 2015.

Trump scorches Dallas: why it matters

Trump scorches Dallas: why it matters
The hollow people. The Hillary, the Jeb, the Biden.
Give any one of them the election and you’ll get more of the high-flying soap-opera brain-eating rhetoric that covers the Globalist agenda and Globalist crimes, that signals the pandering for votes.
Biz as usual. Business on a stick. Corn dog on a stick.
Hollow Hillary: ‘There cannot be true democracy unless all citizens are able to participate fully in the lives of their country.’
Zzzzz. Can I have a little ketchup on my corn dog?
Hollow Hillary: ‘It is time to put policy ahead of politics and success ahead of the status quo. It is time for a new strategy to produce what we need: a stable Iraq government that takes over for its own people so our troops can finish their job.’
Can I have a little mayo on my corn dog?
Hollow Hillary: ‘At the end of the day, the American people are going to be faced with some very tough judgments, because, at the current course this president is pursuing, I’m afraid that the next president will inherit this situation, with all of its complexity and all of its heartbreak…’
Can I have a little cheese on my corn dog?
Hollow Jeb: ‘I think we need to lift our spirits and have high, lofty expectations for this great country of ours.’
Can I have a few more chlorine ice cubes in my Coke?

This post was published at Jon Rappoport on SEPTEMBER 15, 2015.

North Korea Restarts Nuclear Complex, May Nuke US “At Any Time” For “Mischievous Behavior”

Late last month, things got tense in the Korean Peninsula after an argument over a DMZ loudspeaker spiraled out of control. After two South Korean soldiers were wounded by North Korean landmines, the South began blasting propaganda messages over giant speakers on the border. When the North took a shot at one of the speakers, the South returned fire, providing Kim Jong Un with an opportunity to remind the world that he exists (something he is forced to do every now and again when geopolitical realities conspire to relegate the North Korean ‘menace’ to the backburner).
That conflict came on the heels of a hilarious declaration by Pyongyang that the North was prepared to invade the US mainland in retaliation for joint military drills Washington was set to carry out with the South. As part of the planned invasion, Kim said the North was prepared to use ‘weapons unknown to the world.’
Well, the world may just get a look at one of these heretofore “unknown” weapons on October 10, which marks the 70th anniversary of the foundation of North Korea’s ruling Workers’ Party. Kim reportedly plans to celebrate the milestone by launching an long-range ballistic missile.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 09/15/2015.

For China, Migrant Crisis Is Someone Else’s Fault, and Responsibility

Earlier this year, as war-dazed Syrians fled to Europe and the Rohingya ran from murder in Myanmar, European diplomats suggested to their Chinese counterparts it might be good to talk about migration. There was a perfect opportunity: the 17th E.U.-China Summit in Brussels in June.
Although China sent ships to evacuate its own citizens caught up in the fighting in Libya in 2011 and this year in Yemen, it believes the migrant crisis sweeping Europe is mostly the fault, and responsibility, of the United States and Europe, for trying to foment political change in countries such as Syria and Libya.

This post was published at NY Times

Migrants, Refugees, Clandestines and…Jihadis — Pepe Escobar

The plight of the refugees could become the perfect excuse to precipitate a new R2P (responsibility to protect) war; Libya remixed, with fighting ISIL barely disguising the real agenda: regime change in Damascus.
So Europe has suddenly, miraculously “discovered” that the civil war/proxy war raging in Syria since early 2011 has hemorrhaged into an extremely serious refugee crisis.
European Sturm und Drang on what to do about the refugee drama is unprecedented in modern times. Bitterness permeates the fault lines separating fear and intolerance from generosity and solidarity.
Among quite a few progressive circles, there are widespread fears that the current Western media campaign centered on the plight of refugees may be a catalyst to prepare European-wide public opinion for an all-out war in Syria before the end of 2015.

This post was published at Sputnik News

Putin Sends Tanks to Syria: ‘Largest Deployment of Outside Russian Forces Since USSR Collapse’

Now that Syria is back in the news with the refugee crisis, Russia appears poised to raise another round of alarm bells about the prospect of wider war.
The pending deal with Iran could be broken at any time by all sides, including a preemptive nuclear strike by its enemies. The tensions over Syria – triangulated between Assad’s forces, ISIS terrorists and Western-backed ‘rebels’ – are equally likely to boil over, as the attempts to oust Assad have been stymied.
The attempts to condemn Assad in international public opinion have largely failed, as the accusations of a chemical weapons attack did not stick or even carry credible evidence. Likewise, Russia has stuck up for the Syrian regime, and vowed to oppose a Western agenda to overrun it without proper justification.
However, the announcement of tank shipments from Russia takes it to a whole new level. Via Fox News:
Russia’s military build-up in Syria has grown to include the shipment of a half-dozen highly sophisticated battle tanks – and more troops – a defense official told Fox News, in what the source called the ‘first clear sign of offensive weapons arriving in Syria.’

This post was published at shtfplan on September 14th, 2015.

Did US Authorities Really Just Stop an Assassination Attempt on the Pope?

The stage is already being set for false flag and/or psyop shenanigans to go down during the pope’s visit…
As has been heavily announced, Pope Francis is making his way here in a few days not only to address the United Nations and kick off the new Agenda 2030 plan otherwise dubbed as ‘Agenda 21 on steroids,’ but to address Congress for the first time ever that a Pope has officially addressed Congress.
The pope is scheduled to arrive in the U. S. on August 22nd, and what has been reported as a ‘massive’ security operation is now underway in Washington D. C., New York City and Philadelphia where he is set to tour.
Meanwhile, Representative Michael McCaul (R-TX) was on ABC’s ‘This Week’ Sunday and he seemed to suggest that a plot against the pope has already been thwarted (via WAPO):

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on September 14th, 2015.

Guest Post: Eastern Europe’s Crisis Of Shame

As thousands of refugees pour into Europe to escape the horrors of war, with many dying along the way, a different sort of tragedy has played out in many of the European Union’s newest member states. The states known collectively as ‘Eastern Europe,’ including my native Poland, have revealed themselves to be intolerant, illiberal, xenophobic, and incapable of remembering the spirit of solidarity that carried them to freedom a quarter-century ago.
These are the same societies that clamored before and after the fall of communism for a ‘return to Europe,’ proudly proclaiming that they shared its values. But what did they think Europe stands for? Since 1989 – and particularly since 2004, when they joined the EU – they have benefited from massive financial transfers in the form of European structural and cohesion funds. Today, they are unwilling to contribute anything to resolve the greatest refugee crisis facing Europe since World War II.
Indeed, before the eyes of the entire world, the government of Hungary, an EU member state, has mistreated thousands of refugees. Prime Minister Viktor Orbn sees no reason to behave otherwise: the refugees are not a European problem, he insists; they are a German problem.
Orbn is not alone in this view. Even Hungary’s Catholic bishops are following Orbn’s line, with Laszlo Kiss-Rigo, Bishop of Szeged-Csanad, saying that Muslim migrants ‘want to take over,’ and that the Pope, who has called on every Catholic parish in Europe to take in a refugee family, ‘doesn’t know the situation.’

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 09/14/2015.

Russian Tanks, Artillery Massing Near Syrian Airfield, US Officials Tell Reuters

While the build up of Russian military forces in Syria has hardly been unexpected or a surprise, as it is a repeat of what happened in the summer of 2013 when in response to foreign provocations the Assad regime was once again on the edge of collapse and only Russian intervention prevented the fall of Syria to ‘western’ forces, the question has emerged in the past week: just how much of the military build up is real and verifiable, and how much is a function of the western media euphoria now intent on scapegoating the upcoming land invasion into Syria by US-supported al Nusra (and ISIS) forces as a retaliation for Russian military build up which in itself is a reaction to the now-confirmed western strategy to oust Assad.
In many this is a mirror image of the recent debate: is Russia retaliation to the NATO build up on its borders, or is NATO amassing forces on the Russian border to deter Russian expansion. The answer naturally depends on one’s bias and no amount of proof or factual evidence can sway opinion one way or another.
The latest report from Reuters is precisely such an example: in it we read that “Russia has positioned about a half dozen tanks at a Syrian airfield where it has been steadily building up defenses.” The sources of this material escalation: two U. S. officials… speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss the matter. Just like the “sources” on all Greek developments over the past 5 years.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 09/14/2015.

Is the UN In Control of Jade Helm? The Ominous Implications

After reviewing the data that has been streaming in over the past several months, I have concluded that there is a strong possibility that the United Nations has taken over Jade Helm operations and that was the intention all along. And it is not just Jade Helm operations that the American people should be concerned about, all Americans should be wary that the UN is taking over many facets of the American military/political system.
The Beginning Under the guise of the Central American illegal immigrant invasion of 2014, the United Nations has used this event as well as the Ebola scare to infiltrate its military hardware inside the United States.

This post was published at The Common Sense Show on 14 September, 2015.

European Border Controls Return; Is the Schengen Free Movement Treaty Dead?

The Schengen Agreement represents a territory in Europe where the free movement of persons is guaranteed. 26 nations signed the treaty.
The signatory nations abolished internal borders in lieu of a single external border. Common rules and procedures apply to visas, asylum requests and border controls.
The treaty has been under pressure with a huge wave of migrants pouring into Germany, Sweden, Hungary, Italy, and Greece from Syria and other countries.
Last week I noted Denmark Cancels All Trains From Germany.
Today, reader Olivier pinged me with this comment “An Austrian rail company spokesman said trains from Austria to Germany have stopped running.”
Confirmation comes from Spiegel article Stopped Trains from Austria to Germany: Refugee Crisis. Trains were not stopped heading the other direction.

This post was published at Global Economic Analysis on Sunday, September 13, 2015.