Islamic State Claims Responsibility For Worst Russian Airplane Disaster In History

That didn’t take long: following the worst Russian airplane disaster in history, the question everyone was asking is who is responsible. Moments ago we got the answer.
AFP reports that the Islamic State group’s affiliate in Egypt has claimed it had downed the Russian passenger plane that crashed Saturday in the Sinai Peninsula, where the jihadists are waging an insurgency, killing all on board.


This post was published at Zero Hedge on 10/31/2015.

US AFRICOM Absorbs Rwanda, Makes Military Partner Kagame ‘President for Life’

Rwanda has never, since its independence from Belgium, experienced peaceful transfer of power from one ‘elected’ president to another. Each president that grabs power declares himself the only Rwandan capable of ruling. Each regime comes in power because they want to remove the dictator from power and hand the mantle of state power to ‘the people.’ Change from one regime to another has always been bloody in Rwanda.
In 1994 General Paul Kagame defeated General Habyarimana after a bloody four year civil war. General Habyarimana had made himself ‘the father of the nation’ and an irreplaceable president of Rwanda. General Kagame and his RPF/A waged the 1990-1994 war because General Habyarimana had closed all the possible venues for peaceful transfer of power.
General Kagame and his RPF/A sounded determined to hand power over to ‘the people’ after the war. Over a million Rwandans perished during the war.
General Kagame and his Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) party: More of the same
After the war and massacres that brought Gen Kagame and his RPF/A into power, Gen Kagame’s diagnosis of Rwanda’s problem was ‘bad political leadership and clinging on to power.’
To address this problem, Gen Kagame and his RPF/A wrote the 2003 Rwanda Constitution. Article 101 of the 2003 Constitution provides, inter alia , ‘no person shall be president for more than two terms’. Each term is 7 years under the 2003 Constitution of Rwanda.

This post was published at 21st Century Wire on OCTOBER 30, 2015.

Media Black-Out: Ben Carson

Ben Carson leads Trump in the Iowa polls. Here is how U. S. News & World Report covers this story.
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In 1952, a novel by a black ex-Communist appeared: Invisible Man. The author was Ralph Ellison. It won the National Book Award in 1953, and it has been in print ever since. The book’s title is its main theme: the protagonist’s social invisibility.
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Trump has blown his lead to Carson. The media’s response: stories on Rubio.
A black physician, without $5 billion of his own money to tap into, is leading in the Iowa polls. This cannot be. It breaks with the MSM’s Party Line on Republican racism. Democrats are color blind. They are liberal. They have Obama to prove it. But Republicans? It’s still 1952 for them.
How is it possible for a Right-wing black to be leading in the Iowa poll? It is not possible. So, it isn’t happening.
This is the oddest political story in this generation. Two men without any political background have over half of the Republican support in Iowa. The politicians — Senators and Governors — are also-rans. More to the point, this is why they are also-rans. They ran. They won. Now they are losing. This has never happened before in American politics.
A political party is allowed such a candidate, but only one per election. William Howard Taft was one in 1908. Teddy Roosevelt picked him to succeed him. Herbert Hoover was one in 1928. He was beloved of the media. He had been given newspaper coverage for almost a decade: “the man who fed Europe.” He had been vetted by the Republican establishment. The Democrats had John W. Davis in 1924, a New York lawyer and a founding member of the Council on Foreign Relations, but he won the nomination only on the 103rd ballot — the darkest dark-horse candidate in American history. (Note: lawyer Davis lost Brown v. Board of Education, 9 to 0, in 1954 — the most famous reversal in Supreme Court history. He made the case for school segregation.)

This post was published at Gary North on October 31, 2015.

End of China’s one-child policy comes tragically late for many

Liu Guofa lost his only child five years ago. The boy was only 17 when he died, but by then it was too late for his parents to try for another baby. Liu, now 46 and unemployed, is bracing himself for a lonely and impoverished old age, without the support and love his son was expected by society and tradition to provide.
Liu is one of millions of people whose lives were scarred by the Chinese government’s one-child policy. They include ‘orphaned’ parents, who feel abandoned by the state after losing their only offspring, and ‘illegal’ children, born into a life of legal limbo.
For many of them, the abrupt end to the 35-year-long policy announced by Beijing on Thursday came too late to stir up anything more than bitter memories. ‘It is too late for us now,’ said Liu, who lives in central Henan province. ‘We can’t have another child. I feel helpless.’
China has always allowed bereaved parents to have a second baby, but many lost their son or daughter at an age when that was no longer possible. Liu and his wife had decided years before their bereavement that having a second baby was too risky in their home area, where family planning officials applied the policy ruthlessly.

This post was published at The Guardian

U.S. Neocons Ready to Risk Lives of American Soldiers in Syria – Ron Paul

Americans must speak out now before it’s too late, Ron Paul warns, pointing to the fact that U.S. neocons obsessed about their regime change idea have no scruples about risking the lives of U.S. soldiers and even a major war in the region.
Although Defense Secretary Ashton Carter admitted the complete failure of the U.S. “train and equip” program for rebels in Syria, he is not going to give up, former U.S. congressman Ron Paul remarks.

This post was published at Sputnik News

Turkish media denounce ‘biggest crackdown on press in republic’s history’

Turkish media are coming under what local journalists have described as one of the worst crackdowns in the republic’s history in the run-up to crucial parliamentary elections that may put an end to over a decade of single-party rule by President Recep Tayyip Erdoan’s Justice and Development party (AKP).
Journalists critical of Erdoan or government policies have been fired from newspapers seen as close to the president and even assaulted, while offices of pro-opposition media outlets have been raided in what observers say is a broad campaign to intimidate voices demanding change and accountability in Ankara.
‘It’s the biggest crackdown on press in Turkish history,’ said Tark Toros, the editor-in-chief of the television station Bugn, which on Wednesday was taken off the air by security officers during a raid, with Toros taking refuge in the station’s control room before being forced out by police.
Runoff parliamentary elections in Turkey are scheduled for 1 November, after a vote in June ended the AKP’s absolute majority in the legislature but coalition talks with the main opposition, the Republican People’s party (CHP), failed.

This post was published at The Guardian

Deutsche Bank Said to Near $200 Million Sanctions Settlement

Deutsche Bank AG is close to settling a regulatory probe into alleged violations of U.S. sanctions laws, probably paying about $200 million, according to a person briefed on the matter.
The New York Department of Financial Services and the Federal Reserve may announce the deal with Germany’s largest bank as soon as next week, the person said, asking not to be identified because the talks are confidential. The agreement wouldn’t resolve investigations opened by the Manhattan district attorney’s office and the U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan, the person said.
Amy Chang, a spokeswoman for Deutsche Bank in Hong Kong, declined to comment. Spokesmen for the regulators also declined or didn’t respond to messages seeking comment. The Frankfurt-based bank previously said it’s cooperating with investigators. The New York Times reported the settlement talks earlier Wednesday.
More than 10 other global banks have resolved claims in recent years that they violated U.S. sanctions laws against Iran and other blacklisted nations — in many cases, with penalties dwarfing the fines that Deutsche Bank is close to paying. Earlier this year, Commerzbank AG, Germany’s second-largest lender, paid $1.45 billion to settle claims it violated sanctions and money-laundering laws.

This post was published at bloomberg

FBI Knew Jared Fogle Was a Pedophile, Let Him Continue Molesting Children for Years

Editor’s Note: Warning – This story is literally gag-inducing. We apologize if it makes you want to throw up. But the question has to be asked. The FBI KNEW this guy was victimizing kids for YEARS… why did they take that long to arrest him???
In August, we learned the shocking truth that a familiar face on television – Jared Fogle, the Subway guy – was a pedophile who used his wealth, status, and secrecy to exploit kids.
Fogle pleaded guilty to having sex with two minors and possessing homemade child pornography, although there were many more victims. He agreed to a plea deal where he will serve 5 to 12.5 years in prison and pay $1.4 million in restitution to his victims.
The story was reignited two days ago when the New York Post revealedthe contents of secretly recorded audio tapes. In them, Fogle’s perversions are laid bare.
‘I would fly us clear across the world if we need to. To Thailand or wherever we want to go. If we’re gonna try to get some young kids with us it would be a lot easier,’ said 38-year-old Fogle, married father of two, in the tapes. ‘I had a little boy. It was amazing. It just felt so good. I mean, it felt – it felt so good.’
The recordings were made by Rochelle Herman-Walrond, a former Florida journalist who took it upon herself to stop Fogle after hearing him profess his sexual taste for children. Masking her own disgust, she befriended Fogle so she could record and expose him.
She contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation, who asked her to wear a wire. Glossed over in the mainstream media, however, is the fact thatthe entire process took ten years, according to an interview Herman-Walrond gave to ABC News.
She wore a wire for four-and-a-half years before the FBI took action and arrested Fogle.

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on October 30th, 2015.

Obama Announces ‘Boots on the Ground’ in Syria, Despite Promising ‘No Boots on the Ground’ 16 Times

The following was reported by Reuters earlier today.
The United States will deploy dozens of special operations forces to northern Syria to advise opposition forces in their fight against Islamic State, a major policy shift for President Barack Obama and a step he has long resisted to avoid getting dragged into another war in the Middle East.
Announcing the measure on Friday, the White House said the troops would be on a mission to ‘train, advise and assist’ and would number fewer than 50. Spokesman Josh Earnest declined to give details about their exact role.
The decision by Obama, deeply averse to committing troops to unpopular wars in the Middle East, would mark the first sustained U. S. troop presence in Syria and raise the risk of American casualties, although U. S. officials stressed the forces were not meant to engage in front-line combat.
Earnest said the special operations mission in Syria was open endedand did not rule out the possibility of sending additional special forces troops into Iraq.
Given this new ‘strategy,’ if we can even call it that, I thought it’d be useful to share with readers the 16 times Obama has publicly promised over the last couple of years to not send ground forces into Syria.
From USA Today:

This post was published at Liberty Blitzkrieg on Oct 30, 2015.

Can the US be a ‘safe harbor’ for travel surveillance?

At its plenary session today in Strasbourg, the European Parliament adopted a’Resolution on the electronic mass surveillance of European Union citizens’.
As part of that resolution, the European Parliament, ‘Calls on the EU Member States to drop any criminal charges against Edward Snowden, grant him protection and consequently prevent extradition or rendition by third parties, in recognition of his status as whistleblower and international human rights defender.’
We’re pleased, of course, to see such a democratically and popularly elected body as the European Parliament coming to Mr. Snowden’s defense and joining the calls for recognition of his claim for asylum. But while the Snowden clause is getting most of the attention, it’s not all that’s included in today’s Europarl resolution.
The resolution adopted today by the European Parliament discusses what needs to be done, and by whom, to address the ‘electronic surveillance’ Mr. Snowden has helped to expose. Notably, the resolution explicitly includes the electronic surveillance of travel and finance along with surveillance of telephone and Internet communications.
We have long argued, and we suspect Mr. Snowden would agree, that warrantless, suspicionless dragnet collection of metadata about the movements of peoplethrough root access by governments to PNRs stored in airlines’ Computerized Reservation Systems, warrantless, suspicionless dragnet collection of metadata about the movements of money through government access to electronic funds transfer intemediaries like SWIFT, and warrantless, suspicionless dragnet collection of metadata about the movements of messages through government root access to telecom and Internet backbone networks are all part of the same overarching surveillance program that raises issues common to all of these types of movement metadata. That point of view is implicitly endorsed by today’s Europarl resolution.

This post was published at Papers Please on October 29th, 2015.

Obamacare Is A Disaster: Co-Op Insurers Across America Are Collapsing, And Now There Is Fraud

Two weeks ago we reported that in what at the time was still a rather isolated incident, Colorado’s largest nonprofit health insurer (aka co-op), Colorado HealthOP is abruptly shutting down, forcing 80,000 Coloradans to find a new insurer for 2016.
At the time, we said that the health insurer had been decertified by the Division of Insurance as an eligible insurance company because the cooperative relied on federal support, and federal authorities announced last month they wouldn’t be able to pay most of what they owed in a program designed to help health insurance co-ops get established.
In other words, one of the 24 co-ops funded with Federal dollars and created to give more policyholders control over their insurers – especially those who wished to stay away from various corporate offerings, had failed simply because the government was unable to subsidize it: the same government that spends $35 billion in global economic “aid” but can’t support its most important welfare program.
Fast forward to today, when we learn that another co-op, this time New York’s Health Republic Insurance – the largest of the nonprofit cooperatives created under the Affordable Care Act – is not only shuttering, but was engaging in fraud.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 10/30/2015.

War with Russia? Obama Just Authorized ‘Boots on the Ground’ in Syria

In what is being reported as ‘the most significant escalation in the US military campaign against ISIS to date,’ Obama has just authorized boots on the ground in Syria.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest said that the U. S. would be deploying ‘less than 50′ Special Operations forces, who will be sent to Kurdish-controlled territory in northern Syria. The American troops will help local Kurdish and Arab forces fighting ISIS with logistics and are planning to bolster their efforts.
Remember back in fall 2013 when Americans were literally protesting an invasion into Syria because everyone knew it was b.s.?
Well, they wanted in to Syria somehow. It’s one of the paths to Persia, so-to-speak. They were going to make it happen any way they could.
All it took was two years and a little ISIS scaremongering to change all that real quick, huh?

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on October 30th, 2015.

US Special Forces Are In Iraq/Syria To Hide The Islamic States True Mission – Episode 805b

The following video was published by X22Report on Oct 30, 2015
33% of Americans believe the states should use the 10th Amendment and stand up to the Federal Government. Obama now needs to address the strong encryption debate. More unidentified planes hit the Libyan city of Sirte. US is using propaganda to blame Russia for a hospital bombing, when asked for proof the US could not provide it. US special forces now deployed to Iraq and Syria to cover the true mission of the IS. US backed into a corner losing the narrative in Syria. Be prepared for a false flag.

S&P Downgrades Saudi Arabia On Slumping Crude, Ballooning Fiscal Deficit

Over the course of the last several months, the consequences for Saudi Arabia of deliberately keeping crude prices suppressed in an effort to, i) bankrupt uneconomic producers in the US, and ii) pressure Moscow into giving up Bashar al-Assad have begun to make themselves abundantly clear.
Not only has the kingdom been forced into liquidating its SAMA reserves…

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 10/30/2015.

ISIS Mayhem Being Fueled by Drugs, Arms – Supplied by Saudi Arabia and the CIA

21st Century Wire says…
It’s the untold and often hidden history which underpins many of today’s proxy wars, conflicts and the horrific activities of death squads the world over.
The strategic dispensing of narcotics in the military theater and in guerrilla warfare is more common than many people realize. In many cases this is the X-factor that fuels the mayhem and terrorizes vulnerable bystanders on the ground.
Aside from the traditional problem of substance abuse by the US military and others, drugs have played a pivotal role in many recent conflicts and tend to be a feature where US military and covert intelligence are involved. Narcotic trafficking and use by military has been well-documented in US-backed wars in Vietnam and Central America, specifically with El Salvador, Nicaragua, Brazil, Columbia (to name only a few), and also with NATO’s 21st century opium boom in Afghanistan, other NATO narco wars like Yugoslavia, as well as countless CIA-linked conflict zones featuring death squads in Iraq, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Rwanda and Angola.
This issue is very real. Examples of the narco-guerrilla warfare phenomenon are numerous and well-documented. A UNICEF report explains:
‘Children are often deliberately brutalized in order to harden them into more ruthless soldiers. In some conflicts, children have been forced to commit atrocities against their own families. In Sierra Leone, for example, the Revolutionary United Front forced captured children to take part in the torture and execution of their own relatives, after which they were led to neighbouring villages to repeat the slaughter. Elsewhere, before battle young soldiers have been given amphetamines, tranquillizers and other drugs to ‘increase their courage’ and to dull their sensitivity to pain.’
Drugs are also coupled with sexual exploitation in order to help war planners retain cadres of militant recruits. These reports have been commonplace coming out of the ISIS crisis in Syria and Iraq, but has also been a fixture in other US-linked dirty wars. UNICEF adds here:

This post was published at 21st Century Wire on OCTOBER 30, 2015.

War Crime: Evidence Proves US Strike on Afghan Doctors Without Borders Hospital Was Deliberate

Editor’s Note: The government only changed its story on this four times, but hey, at least Obama apologized, right?
Changing US explanations following the October 3 Kunduz hospital attack were all lies – willful deception, covering up a deliberate attack on a Doctors Without Borders (MSF) facility.
Pentagon officials knew it was a hospital, yet attacked it anyway – multiple times for over an hour, killing 24 doctors, other medical staff and patients, injuring 37 others.
Make no mistake! This was a deliberately planned war crime. An AP reportsaid ‘US analysts knew (the) Afghan site was (a) hospital.’
They’d been gathering intelligence on it for days – the strike authorized on the phony pretext of it being used by ‘a Pakistani operative…coordinat(ing) (with) Taliban activity,’ said AP.
MSF stressed doctors, other medical staff and patients alone were in the facility – no Taliban, Taliban supporters, or other US-installed Afghan puppet regime opponents.
According to AP,

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on October 30th, 2015.