Iranian version of captured U.S. RQ-170 drone makes maiden flight

Iran has put into operation a final version of the sophisticated U.S. RQ-170 drone, which was captured in 2011 and later reverse-engineered by Iranian experts, the commander of the Aerospace Division of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps announced on Monday.
The domestically produced version of the RQ-170 stealth aircraft has made a successful inaugural flight, Brigadier General Amirali Hajizadeh said.
The U.S. aircraft was downed with minimal damage by the Iranian Army’s electronic warfare unit in December 2011, while flying over the Iranian city of Kashmar, some 225 kilometers from the Afghan border.

This post was published at Tehran Times

How Putin is Winning the ‘New Cold War’

The Americans will relentlessly try to subvert Russia as it is the only country that stands between the United States and world domination. However, Putin is a judoka who knows how to use his opponent’s force against the opponent itself.
There are 7.2 billion people in this world but the United States fears only one man – Vladimir Putin. That’s because on virtually every front of the new Cold War, the Russian President is walloping the collective challenge of the West. Fear can make you do strange things. Forbes magazine has named Putin as the most powerful person on the planet for the second year running.
It is said about the Russians that they take a long time to saddle their horses but they ride awfully fast. After slowly nursing the collapsed Russian economy back to health, Putin is now going for broke. In Syria, Crimea and Ukraine, the West has melted away at his approach and has faced humiliating setbacks. In the field of energy, it will be Russian – not western – pipelines that will dominate the Eurasian landmass.
More than any other leader, the Russian President by virtue of his KGB experience understands how the United States operates. The American modus operandi – in sync with the British – is to organise coups, rebellions and counter revolutions in countries where nationalist leaders come to power. Iran, Chile, Ecuador, Venezuela, Panama and Ukraine are the classic examples.

This post was published at RBTH

Obama to Iran: Stop Fighting ISIS and Start Fighting ISIS!

On November 6, it was reported by the Wall Street Journal that U. S. President Barack Obama had secretly written a letter to Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei asking and encouraging him to join America’s alleged fight against the Islamic State.
The Wall Street Journal’s report was based on information provided by ‘unnamed sources’ who indicate that the letter was sent in Mid-October and that it ‘described a shared interest in fighting Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria … [and] appeared aimed both at buttressing the campaign against Islamic State and nudging Iran’s religious leader closer to a nuclear deal.’
In addition, the reporting journalists also state that the letter stressed ‘that any cooperation on Islamic State was largely contingent on Iran reaching a comprehensive agreement with global powers on the future of Tehran’s nuclear program’ ahead of the meeting scheduled to take place on November 24, regarding Iran’s nuclear capabilities.
Although the White House is not officially confirming the letter’s authenticity, the fact is that Barack Obama and the Ayatollah have had communication on the subject of the Islamic State before.
However, this previous communication, also taking the form of a ‘secret letter not acknowledged by the Foreign Ministry,’ was initiated by the government of Iran suggesting that the United States and Iran work together in order to defeat the Islamic State. This suggestion was promptly rejected by the U. S. State Department
Indeed, it was reported by the BBC in September, 2014, that the Ayatollah Khamenei had ‘authorized his top commander to co-ordinate military operations with the US, Iraqi and Kurdish forces.’
While the Iranian Foreign Ministry denied the veracity of the reports about the letter at the time, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani subsequently stated that Iran was open to the idea of working with the United States to combat extremism. As The Daily Beast wrote in September, 2014,

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on November 12th, 2014.

Ex-NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg on Dodd-Frank: ‘The Government Should Have Let the Industry Craft the Bill’

This week has been the week of the ill advised oligarch quote. It all started quietly enough, with Las Vegas Sands CEO and crony Republican godfather, Sheldon Adelson, expressing his disdain for both journalism and democracy, all in one quaint little conference in which participants debated how quickly and how severely Iran should be bombed into the stone age.
Then we had the architect of Obamacare, the consummate oligarch minion, Jonathan Gruber, admit that the law was deliberately crafted deceptively in order to fool the ‘stupid’ American public.
Never wanting to be outdone, ex-NYC mayor, Mike Bloomberg, had to get into the mix. Bloomberg is my favorite sort of oligarch. One so opinionated and completely un-seflaware that he is constantly opening his trap to blurt out stupid shit. You could almost make a career out of chronicling all of his incidents of verbal diarrhea. In fact, some of my post popular posts have revolved around just such a pursuit, including classics such as:

This post was published at Liberty Blitzkrieg on Nov 12, 2014.

The Endgame of US ‘Islamic State’ Strategy: ‘Keep Arabs Divided, Rule Over Them’

21st Century Wire says…
The ISIS/ISIL phenomenon is a custom-built, violent gang organisation, which is the media face of a Salafist Islamic pseudo-ideology specifically designed to weaken the region. The end result is a 360 theater of terror designed mainly for western audiences.
Since the beginning of this ‘ISIS Crisis’ we’ve shown readers various facets of who the ‘Islamic State’ really is, where they came from and why. The timing of the emergence of ISIS is also important. There are still many unanswered questions however, like what is the Islamic State’s actual relationship with foreign agencies like the CIA, Britain’s MI6, Turkish (NATO) intelligence, Saudi intelligence, and Israeli intelligence? In time, history will flush out the answers to these and other key steps in the ISIS DNA strand, and the guilty parties will be duly noted. The following is a major piece to that puzzle. Here’s what the CFR mob and the mainstream media do not want you to know, or understand…
By Nicola Nasser
Dismantling what the former US President George W. Bush once described as the Syria-Iran component of the ‘axis of evil,’ or interrupting in Iraq the geographical contiguity of what King Abdullah II of Jordan once described as the ‘Shiite crescent,’ was and remains the strategic goal of the US-Israeli allies in the Middle East unless they succeed first in ‘changing the regime’ in either Damascus or Tehran.
The US, Israel and their regional allies have been on the record that the final target of their ‘regime change’ campaign in the Middle East was to dismantle the Syria – Iran alliance.
With the obvious failure of Plan A to dismantle the self- proclaimed anti-Israel and anti-US, Syrian-Iranian ‘Resistance Axis’ by a forcible ‘regime change’ in Damascus, a US-led regional alliance has turned recently to its Plan B to interrupt in Iraq the geographical contiguity of that axis.
This is the endgame of President Barak Obama’s strategy, which he declared on last September 10 as ostensibly against the Islamic State (IS).
This would at least halt for the foreseeable future all the signed and projected trilateral or bilateral Iranian, Iraqi and Syrian pipeline networks to carry oil and gas from Iran and Iraq to the Syrian coast at the Mediterranean.
Israeli Col. (res.) Shaul Shay, a research associate at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, and former Deputy Head of the Israel National Security Council, anticipated in writing on last January 21 what he called the ‘Salafi Crescent’ that is dangerously emerging to challenge the ‘Shia Crescent.’
‘The growing involvement of Sunni Salafi jihadis in Iraq (since 2003), among the rebels in Syria (since 2011), and in Lebanon has created a ‘Salafi Crescent’ from Diyala [in eastern Iraq] to Beirut,’ he wrote.
‘A positive outcome’ of this ‘Salafi Crescent’, will be the decline in Iranian influence in the region,’ Shay concluded.

This post was published at 21st Century Wire on NOVEMBER 11, 2014.

More Blowbacks: Russia to Build 8 New Nuclear Reactors in Iran; Putin Signs Another Gas Deal with China

As the US (but not Germany) threatens more sanctions to “punish” Russia, I keep wondering who is punishing whom?
Is Chancellor Merkel finally beginning to see the economic and geopolitical stupidity of sanctions?
I ask because the Wall Street Journal reports Merkel: No New Economic Sanctions on Russia Planned.
Meanwhile, Obama and Putin briefly met on Tuesday at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Beijing.
On that note, the Washington Examiner reports Obama Talks Ukraine with Putin as White House Hints New Sanctions are Coming.
Rocks in Head Sure to Rattle
Russia has responded twice in two days in ways that will have the rocks in president Obama’s and Senator John McCain’s head rattling for sure.
Russia to Build 8 New Nuclear Reactors in Iran
The Financial Times reports Russia-Iran Nuclear Reactor Deal Raises Eyebrows.
Russia has agreed to build eight new nuclear reactors in Iran in a deal raising eyebrows in Washington and Europe as fraught international talks to curb Tehran’s atomic ambitions near their deadline.
Meeting in Moscow on Tuesday, Iranian and Russian officials said they had negotiated terms for the construction by Russia’s state nuclear power company Rosatom of four new reactors at the Islamic republic’s existing Russian-built Bushehr facility, and four more at another site in the country.

This post was published at Global Economic Analysis on November 11, 2014.

Pakistan and the Problem of Military Aid

‘Trade, not aid’ said the current prime minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif. It was six years after its 1947 independence from India that Pakistan experienced a near-famine due to two failed crop seasons from lack of monsoon rains. Meanwhile, Pakistan didn’t have enough hard currency to buy wheat on the international market. The US State Department considered Pakistan on the brink of starvation, so President Eisenhower gained approval from Congress to send one million tons of wheat (known as the Wheat Aid Act), thus beginning Pakistan’s tragic addiction to US foreign aid.
According to former Pakistani ambassador to the US Husain Haqqani, Eisenhower’s advisors had spoken of their agenda for ‘bringing strategically situated Pakistan into the free world’s defense system’ and ‘building a Pakistani army and eventually locating American airfields there.’ Pakistan had always turned to America for expensive weapons and economic aid, especially due to frequent tension with its much larger neighbor, India. In exchange for weaponry, the US government would make Pakistan a key ally in its ‘Northern Tier of Defense’ (which also included an alliance with Iran, Iraq, and Turkey) to fight against the Soviet threat. The US entered into numerous negotiations in order to finally install bases in Pakistan. On May 19th, 1954, Pakistan and the US signed a Mutual Defense Assistance Agreement, which led to US military ‘assistance’ for Pakistan. At the time, the leftist and Islamist all opposed it on the grounds that militarization would trump development, but in Pakistan today, the military now remains the central player in all affairs, receiving huge subsidies while it maintains an iron grip on the private sector. ‘What it doesn’t own it controls,’ says Ayesha Siddiqa.

This post was published at Ludwig von Mises Institute on Tuesday, November 11, 2014.

Russia Signs Deal With Iran To Build 8 Nuclear Power Units

With this year’s APEC meeting in China having just barely concluded, where the biggest news was not the inability of the US to make any material headway in trans-Pacific trade (who needs trade when you have a printer?) or that China is “willing” to import even more NSA bugs courtesy of Cisco and Qualcomm, but Russia’s second “western” mega gas deal with China, as well as the following photo-op of course…

… and with the WSJ reporting that in the now year-old “nuclear”negotiations between the west and Iran, there has been no progress, it was once again Putin’s turn to turn the screws on the lame duck president following a report moments ago that Russia inked a deal to build eight nuclear power units in Iran, as a new partnership agreement, guaranteed by the IAEA.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 11/11/2014.

Iran Unleashes Reverse-Engineered US Drone In First Test Flight

Almost three years ago, Iran reportedly downed a US drone. The RQ-170 Sentinel recon drone that was reportedly captured has apparently been reverse-engineered, and now, as Reuters reports, Iran state news agency IRNA reports the drone-clone has taken its first flight. Iran’s Supreme Leader noted, “Today is a very sweet and unforgettable day for me.” Of course, this ‘news’ should be taken with a modest pinch of salt but, as with everything in foreign policy these days, Brigadier General Ali Hajizadeh states that “a film of the flight will be released soon.”

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 11/10/2014.

Chaos In The Middle East, Paralysis In The West

Excerpted from Paul Singer’s letter to investors,
CHAOS IN THE MIDDLE EAST, PARALYSIS IN THE WEST Weakness, indecision and unreliability are terrible characteristics in a dangerous world. Strength does not mean bombing everyone. It means having capabilities, choosing one’s spots, and doing what you say you will do.
It is not an exaggeration to say that the Middle East is in a state of head-spinning chaos.
The U. S. has been all over the place in terms of its approach to the region and the region’s large stores of energy. The Middle East has been run in the post-World War I period variously by despots, family dynasties or theocracies. There has been only one consistent democracy in the region since World War II, and that is Israel. At present, there are at least five live conflicts in the region:
(1) secularists and reformers versus Islamist hardliners; (2) Shia Muslims versus Sunni Muslims;
(3) the Syrian civil war;
(4) the Kurds versus Turkey and Iraq for self-control; and
(5) Israel versus its enemies.
Europe has a quite limited ability (and even less desire) to assert itself in the region, having eviscerated its military forces through years of budget cuts. America is currently in the position of a reluctant hegemon, and its strategy to deal with the immediate threat of ISIS (which is ironic given that ISIS is fighting Assad of Syria, meaning that America is effectively using military force to protect Assad and also sort of partnering with Iran, an ally of Assad’s) is very likely to be doomed to failure. We (along with most experts) strongly believe that air strikes alone (the strategy du jour) will not defeat or even significantly degrade the militant group. Thus, America needs to become realistic and generate an intelligent approach or else face being perceived as having been defeated, with all of the collateral consequences that this perception entails.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 11/08/2014 –.

Republicans Win Big, War with Russia, More on Ebola and JPMorgan Trouble

The following video was published by Greg Hunter on Nov 6, 2014
The mainstream media said the mid-term election would be close, and it turned into a blowout. Now, all the blocking that outgoing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was doing for President Obama is going to be unblocked, and expect many pieces of legislation to land on the President’s desk. Yes, the President can veto legislation, but then he will be known as the President of ‘no.’
It’s been revealed President Obama secretly wrote a letter to the Supreme Leader of Iran asking for his help in fighting the Islamic State. I thought Iran was on the State Department terror list. I thought the U. S. and other nations were trying to get Iran to curtail its nuclear program. I thought we were asking Sunnis to overthrow Assad in Syria that Iran (Shia Muslim) is helping to stay in power. Confused? So am I.
Financial war is raging between the West and Russia. The ruble is way down in value. The Russians are going to make the use of dollars illegal and force people to close dollar denominated accounts. There are sanctions from Europe and the U. S. on Russia and vice versa. Now, we hear of a cyber-threat from Homeland Security called ‘Black Energy’ that can shut things like nuclear power plants down.
There is another investigation into JP Morgan, this time, over its foreign exchange business. I am not optimistic of getting any convictions. The government hasn’t convicted a single high profile banker for massive and obvious crime. That said, there is a new star witness against JP Morgan, and Matt Tiabbi of Rolling Stone lays out the case in a story titled ‘The $9 Billion Witness: Meet JPMorgan Chase’s Worst Nightmare.

Saudi Cut In Oil Price For US May Lead To Price War

Saudi Arabia’s move to cut the cost of its oil to US customers has injected fear into the oil markets, bringing the price of OPEC crude below $80 and suggesting to some observers that the cartel is preparing for a global price war.
OPEC production has remained level despite worldwide demand, and as a result, on Nov. 5, the cartel reported that its basket price – the average price of its leading grades of crude oil – had dropped to $78.67 a barrel the day before, the lowest in about four years. And US production has reached its highest level in more than three decades, creating a buyer’s market for oil.
Saudi Arabia cut its price for US customers on Nov. 3. Meanwhile, along with Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Iran, two other major OPEC producers, also are cutting prices to Asian customers this month.
The reason for the Saudi move is a matter of some dispute. Some observers of the global oil market view the Saudi price cut to US customers as an effort to undermine the boom in American production of oil from shale.
‘The market reacted to it very negatively, thinking, ‘Here we go, we’re going to have a price war in the United States,’ ‘ Anthony Lerner, a senior vice president of industrial commodities at brokerage R. J. O’Brien & Associates LLC, told The Wall Street Journal.
But another person familiar with the Saudi decision, whose name was not disclosed, told the newspaper that the aim was merely to lure US refiners to buy cheaper oil from Saudi Arabia and thus increase their profits.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 11/06/2014.

OPEC shaken by Saudi price move

Saudi Arabia showed little concern for fellow OPEC members by unilaterally cutting its oil prices to the U.S. this week, a move that casts doubts on the cartel’s credibility and its ability to find a common plan to stabilize the slumping energy market.
And while OPEC struggles to find consensus, oil prices risk remaining low — or falling further — to the benefit of consumers and businesses in the U.S. and worldwide.
OPEC is already riven by differences among its members on what the ideal price level should be. That is exemplified in the rivalry between heavyweights Saudi Arabia, which can withstand lower prices, and Iran, which relies on a stronger market to remain profitable.
The Saudis’ unexpected move on Monday to cut prices to the U.S., aimed at protecting their market share there, will exacerbate those conflicts — weighing on the market and hurting most other OPEC members economically.

This post was published at Washington Post

Prepare for War: Obama Asks Congress for ISIS War Authorization; Republican Hawks Have War Plan Prepared; Clinton-McCain?!

Prepare for war. Where? Syria, Iraq, Russia, Iran, China, anywhere and everywhere.
Warmonger in chief, senator John McCain wants troops in Syria, arms for Ukraine, an examination of “China’s continued encroachment in the south China Sea”, and an investigation into warming relations with Iran.
McCain is set to take over as head of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Expect the other party of war, the Democrats, to cooperate. On Wednesday, Obama Asked Congress to Authorize Islamic State War.
After insisting for months that he has all the authority he needs to launch the airstrikes already under way against the radical Sunni group, Obama reversed course and called for a new authorization for the use of military force a day after his party lost control of the Senate.
‘The world needs to know we are united behind this effort and the men and women of our military deserve our clear and unified support,’ Obama said yesterday at a White House news conference.
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold hearings on the U. S. role in Iraq and Syria beginning next week, Senator Robert Menendez, the panel’s chairman, said in a statement.

This post was published at Global Economic Analysis on Thursday, November 06, 2014.

FEMA Camp Mass Incarceration Is A Goal of the Ebola Crisis

For a number of years, the topic of FEMA Camps (i.e. American concentration camps) have been rumored to exist. Jesse Ventura, on his show, Conspiracy Theory, revealed to the public the existence of FEMA Camps in such a dramatic fashion that the episode has been banned from public viewing.
Through the years, there has been much speculation about the existence of FEMA Camps and their true purpose. Recent events surrounding the recent Ebola crisis, is making it clear that the camps, as well as other co-opted public facilities (e.g. stadiums, malls, etc.) will be used to enforce medical martial law for both the sick as well as anyone else who the government determines is a (health) risk to the well-being of the public. Am I saying that the camps will be used to house political dissidents. This is undeniably true. This article traces the inception of FEMA camps to the present and intended purpose. This article will also expose the fact that it will not just be Ebola victims going to these camps where there will be medical facilities.
REX 84 REX 84 is the ‘granddaddy’ of the modern era FEMA camp legislation. When the REX 84 FEMA Camp program was created by people such as Lt. Col. Oliver North, who wasboth National Security Council White House Aide, and NSC liaison to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and John Brinkerhoff, the deputy director of ‘national preparedness’ programs for FEMA’s role in the creation of the camps, our ultimate fate for future generations of Americans was sealed.
The existence of the Rex 84 plan was first revealed during the Iran-Contra Hearings in 1987, and subsequently reported by the Miami Herald on July 5, 1987.
‘ These camps are to be operated by FEMA should martial law need to be implemented in the United States and all it would take is a presidential signature on a proclamation and the attorney general’s signature on a warrant to which a list of names is attached.’
‘The (FEMA) camps all have railroad facilities as well as roads leading to and from the detention facilities. Many also have an airport nearby. The majority of the camps can house a population of 20,000 prisoners.
Currently, the largest of these facilities is just outside of Fairbanks, Alaska. The Alaskan facility is a massive mental health facility and can hold thousands of people’.

This post was published at The Common Sense Show on October 30, 2014.


I believe I made a statement in a post or comment a few months ago that we would never see gasoline below $3.00 per gallon ever again. Well, last week I saw gasoline advertised for $2.95 per gallon. Peak cheap oil must be a false storyline. Facts must no longer matter.
I WAS WRONG Make sure you take a screen shot. It might never happen again. I mean it might be the last time you ever see me admit that I was wrong, with the likes of SSS, Llpoh, and Stuck ready to pounce on any sign of weakness.
I failed to anticipate a drastic global economic slowdown and the lengths to which Obama and Saudi Arabia would go to try and destroy the Russian and Iranian economies. The energy independence crowd is crowing that the shale oil miracle has achieved nirvana for the American people. There is one law that works the majority of the time – supply and demand.
The reason prices have crashed is because worldwide consumption has stopped growing due to recession in Europe, stagnation in the U. S., and a slowdown in China. There has been no dramatic increase in supply. Adjusted for population growth, the number of miles being driven by vehicles in the U. S. are are at the same level they were in 1995, and down 9% from the 2005 peak. This is not due to engine efficiency. Gas guzzling pickups, SUVs and sports cars still acount for 75% of vehicle sales. The vehicle miles have declined because commerce has been reduced, requiring less trucking, and people without jobs don’t have to drive to work.

This post was published at The Burning Platform on 27th October 2014.

Vladimir Putin Is The Leader Of the Moral World – Paul Craig Roberts

Dear Friends,
Vladimir Putin’s remarks at the 11th meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club are worth more than a link in my latest column. These are the remarks of a humanitarian political leader, the like of which the world has not seen in my lifetime. Compare Putin to the corrupt war criminal in the White House or to his puppets in office in Germany, UK, France, Japan, Canada, Australia, and you will see the difference between a criminal clique and a leader striving for a humane and livable world in which the interests of all peoples are respected.
In a sane Western society, Putin’s statements would have been reproduced in full and discussions organized with remarks from experts such as Stephen F. Cohen. Choruses of approval would have been heard on television and read in the print media. But, of course, nothing like this is possible in a country whose rulers claim that it is the ‘exceptional’ and ‘indispensable’ country with an extra-legal right to hegemony over the world. As far as Washington and its prostitute media, named ‘presstitutes’ by the trends specialist Gerald Celente, are concerned, no country counts except Washington. ‘You are with us or against us,’ which means ‘you are our vassals or our enemies.’ This means that Washington has declared Russia, China, India, Brazil and other parts of South America, Iran, and South Africa to be enemies.
This is a big chunk of the world for a bankrupt country, hated by its vassal populations and many of its own subjects, that has not won a war since it defeated tiny Japan in 1945 by using nuclear weapons, the only use of such terrible weapons in world history.
As an American, try to image any known American politician, or for that matter any professor at Harvard, Princeton, Yale, or Stanford capable of giving an address to an educated discussion group of the quality of Putin’s remarks. Try to find any American politician capable of responding precisely and directly to questions instead of employing evasion.
No one can read Putin’s remarks without concluding that Putin is the leader of the world.
In my opinion, Putin is such a towering figure that Washington has him marked for assassination. The CIA will use one of the Muslim terrorists that the CIA supports inside Russia. Unlike an American president, who dares not move among the people openly, Putin is not kept remote from the people. Putin is at ease with the Russian people and mingles among them. This makes him an easy target for the CIA to use a Chechnya terrorist, a Jihadist suicide bomber, or the traditional ‘lone nut’ to assassinate Putin.
The immoral, wicked, and declining West is incapable of producing leadership of Putin’s quality. Having defamed Putin, assassinating him will cause little comment in the Western media.
Here are Putin’s remarkable remarks:

This post was published at Paul Craig Roberts on October 25, 2014.

U.S. Is Now Directly Arming The Islamic State To Push The Agenda Of Removing Assad – Episode 498

The following video was published by X22Report on Oct 21, 2014
Europe is now introducing a new austerity plan so each country can receive more debt. McDonald’s sales are down. Existing home sales pushed up by condos and speculators. CEO of Total dies in plane crash, he mentioned that oil does not need to be sold in dollars. Swedish banks start enforcing FATCA rules.21 cities in US say its illegal to feed homeless. Liberia sees the Ebola spreading slower. The U. S. enforces screening for West African countries. Obama getting ready to push his EO for illegal amnesty through right after the elections. Iran doesn’t trust the US coalition fighting the Islamic State. U. S. directly arming Islamic State and sending humanitarian aid to them.

US War on Iran Takes Bizarre Turn

It is not merely hyperbole when it is said the US created terrorist organizations like Al Qaeda or the so-called ‘Islamic State.’ It is documented fact. The current conflict in the Middle East may appear to be a chaotic conflagration beyond the control of the United States and its many eager allies, but in reality it is the intentional, engineered creation of regional fronts in a war against Iran and its powerful arc of influence.
It is not Western policy that indirectly spurs the creation and perpetuation of terrorist organizations, but in fact, direct, intentional, unmistakable support.
This support would manifest itself in perhaps the most overt and bizarre declaration of allegiance to terrorism to date, US Army General Hugh Shelton on stage before terrorists of the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq (MEK) and their Wahabist counterparts fighting in Syria, hysterically pledging American material, political, and strategic backing. MEK was listed for years by the US State Department as a foreign terrorist organization, but has received funding, arms, and safe haven by the United States for almost as long.
General Hugh’s speech titled, ‘Making Iranian mullahs fear, the MEK, come true,’ was most likely never meant to be seen or fully understood by Americans. In titled alone, it is clear that US foreign policy intends to use the tool of terrorism to exact concessions from Tehran. If the true nature of America’s support for terrorist organizations like MEK were more widely known, the current narrative driving US intervention in Iraq and Syria would crumble.

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on October 21st, 2014.

“Saudi’s Policy Of Downplaying Oil Prices Will Backfire On Them”

Saudi Arabia wants to use lower oil prices to pressure Russia to change its stance on Syria, to antagonize Iran, and to force US shale gas out of the market, Pepe Escobar explains the possible blowback…
Via RT,
RT: Russia’s economy is surely being hit by the falling oil prices. But what about other oil producers like the OPEC states?
Pepe Escobar: A lot of people are being hurt. There are more or less 20 nations that need oil at least for 50 percent of their budget. Among these nations we’ll find especially a mix of African countries and Persian Gulf countries, that includes Saudi Arabia and Iraq as well, Venezuela and Ecuador. So it’s very complicated, it’s not only to hurt Russia…
RT: Saudi Arabia is one of the OPEC members and it is supposed to collaborate its oil price policy with other members. Why it is acting like this?

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 10/21/2014.