Rich, bikini-clad Iranians on Instagram: ‘So, where’s the problem?’

Plunging cleavage, mini-skirts, bleached hair and champagne: it’s all there… in the Islamic Republic of Iran. On the Instagram account "Rich Kids of Tehran", young Iranians from the Iranian elite post pictures to show off their bling. The Western media can’t believe its eyes. But in Tehran, it’s basically a non-event.
It’s THE most talked about Instagram in the Western media right now. The Iranian account is based on the "Rich Kids of Instagram," an account that reposts photos of young and wealthy Americans. "Rich Kids of Tehran" shares photos that young Iranians have posted showing the gleaming bodywork of their luxury cars, their poolside afternoons with friends at private villas, and their lavish parties. More than 90,000 followers tune into this account to get glimpses of these glamorous lifestyles.
If the Kim Kardashian-style pics are intriguing so many people, it’s because they were taken in Iran. It’s a country where alcohol is forbidden, where women must be veiled and wear loose clothing in public and where even men are advised to adopt “Islamic hairstyles."

This post was published at France24

De-Dollarization Continues With Iran And Russia Creating A Joint Bank – Episode 491

The following video was published by X22Report on Oct 13, 2014
Greece does not want anymore loans from the IMF, they are preparing to exit. Russia two largest banks are pushing forward in creating an identical SWIFT system. Russia and China agree to a currency swap. Iran and Russia agree to create a joint bank to bypass the dollar. The US is now using voice prints to spy and locate people. Ebola devastates the economies of three West African countries as they were on the verge of recovery. Ground troops are on there way to Iraq, the advisories will now switch to combat mode. Syria creates special team to deal with the Islamic State.

Obama’s New Oil Wars

Washington Takes on ISIS, Iran, and Russia By Michael T. Klare TomDispatch.com
October 13, 2014
It was heinous. It was underhanded. It was beyond the bounds of international morality. It was an attack on the American way of life. It was what you might expect from unscrupulous Arabs. It was ‘the oil weapon’ – and back in 1973, it was directed at the United States. Skip ahead four decades and it’s smart, it’s effective, and it’s the American way. The Obama administration has appropriated it as a major tool of foreign policy, a new way to go to war with nations it considers hostile without relying on planes, missiles, and troops. It is, of course, that very same oil weapon.
Until recently, the use of the term ‘the oil weapon’ has largely been identified with the efforts of Arab producers to dissuade the United States from supporting Israel by cutting off the flow of petroleum. The most memorable example of its use was the embargo imposed by Arab members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) on oil exports to the United States during the Arab-Israeli war of 1973, causing scarcity in the U. S., long lines at American filling stations, and a global economic recession.
After suffering enormously from that embargo, Washington took a number of steps to disarm the oil weapon and prevent its reuse. These included an increased emphasis on domestic oil production and the establishment of a mutual aid arrangement overseen by the International Energy Agency (IEA) that obliged participating nations to share their oil with any member state subjected to an embargo.
So consider it a surprising reversal that, having tested out the oil weapon against Saddam Hussein’s Iraq with devastating effect back in the 1990s, Washington is now the key country brandishing that same weapon, using trade sanctions and other means to curb the exports of energy-producing states it categorizes as hostile. The Obama administration has taken this aggressive path even at the risk of curtailing global energy supplies.

This post was published at Lew Rockwell on October 13, 2014.

The Oil Weapon: A New Way To Wage War

Washington Takes on ISIS, Iran, and Russia.
It was heinous. It was underhanded. It was beyond the bounds of international morality. It was an attack on the American way of life. It was what you might expect from unscrupulous Arabs. It was ‘the oil weapon’ — and back in 1973, it was directed at the United States. Skip ahead four decades and it’s smart, it’s effective, and it’s the American way. The Obama administration has appropriated it as a major tool of foreign policy, a new way to go to war with nations it considers hostile without relying on planes, missiles, and troops. It is, of course, that very same oil weapon.
Until recently, the use of the term ‘the oil weapon’ has largely been identified with the efforts of Arab producers to dissuade the United States from supporting Israel by cutting off the flow of petroleum. The most memorable example of its use was the embargo imposed by Arab members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) on oil exports to the United States during the Arab-Israeli war of 1973, causing scarcity in the U. S., long lines at American filling stations, and a global economic recession.
After suffering enormously from that embargo, Washington took a number of steps to disarm the oil weapon and prevent its reuse. These included an increased emphasis on domestic oil production and the establishment of a mutual aid arrangement overseen by the International Energy Agency (IEA) that obliged participating nations to share their oil with any member state subjected to an embargo.

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

THE KHORASAN GROUP: TERRORIST FLAVOR OF THE MONTH

All the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting.
–George Orwell, Homage to Catalonia
Obama has scammed the world into war…again. He is unlikely to repeat the facilitating lie this time, however. It was too thoroughly and quickly debunked for him to take the risk. Besides, there is no need. Iraq and Syria are already being bombed. Instead, the lie is now forgotten except by critics of Obama or of war.
The Lie And Why The Liars Told It
In early September, as he prepared to bomb Iraq and Syria without approval from Congress or the United Nations, Obama faced a dilemma. America had been actively at war for 13 years, ever since the 2001 U. S.-led invasion of Afghanistan. The public was war-weary. And the public would be voting Republican or Democrat in only two months time. How could he bomb with public support and without losing the election?
The situation was especially problematic for three reasons. There was general consensus that the new military front on terrorism would consume years and might require U. S. boots on the ground. Iraq and Syria posed no provable or imminent threat to the American homeland nor did they commit an act of war. And Obama had no constitutional, congressional, U. N. or other authority to launch yet another war.
In an article (Sept. 28) entitled ‘The Fake Terror Threat Used To Justify Bombing Syria,’ journalists Glenn Greenwald and Murtaza Hussain explained how Obama solved his dilemma. The solution ‘was found in the wholesale concoction of a brand new terror threat…’The Khorasan Group’. After spending weeks depicting ISIS as an unprecedented threat – too radical even for Al Qaeda! – administration officials suddenly began spoon-feeding their favorite media organizations and national security journalists tales of a secret group that was even scarier and more threatening than ISIS, one that posed a direct and immediate threat to the American Homeland. Seemingly out of nowhere, a new terror group was created in media lore.’ (Note: Khorasan is a former province of Iran. The term is sometimes used to reference a more general Afghanistan-Pakistan-Iran region.)

This post was published at Dollar Vigilante on 2014/10/8.

Left and Right Agree: War Is Popular

Common wisdom would purport that those on the so-called ‘right’ are and have always been hawkish and pro-war, while those on the proverbial ‘left’ have always been the tree-hugging, peacenik, anti-war folks. For many conservatives, unfortunately, this is more or less correct. However, progressives have once again airbrushed their own past, which is about as anti-war as, well, war.
Much of this perception is relatively recent and primarily boils down to the Iraq War. The neoconservative warmongering was in full swing and for his part, Barack Obama gave a rather pleasant speech about his opposition to the war before it began. In his book, Obama elaborated,
What I sensed, though, was that the threat Saddam posed was not imminent, the Administration’s rationales for war were flimsy and ideologically driven, and the war in Afghanistan was far from complete.[1] Not terribly bad, at least for a politician.
Obama then proceeded to escalate the war in Afghanistan, go to war with Libya without Congressional approval, authorize airstrikes in Iraq as well as drone strikes in Yemen, Somalia, and Pakistan while saber-rattling at Syria, Iran and the Ukraine. Even the American withdrawal from Iraq he oversaw -which is now being ballyhooed by clueless neoconservatives – was hardly different than the schedule George W. Bush had already agreed to.

This post was published at Ludwig von Mises Institute on Thursday, October 09, 2014.

U-Turn on ISIS? West Must Work With Putin, Assad and Iran

As the spread of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) continues, calls are now coming for the West to work with those it has specifically gone out of its way to make enemies with over recent months and years. In order to understand why, we need to examine how the international system actually works.
States, particularly from when viewed from a realist perspective, can be said to be the most powerful actors in the international system. This is due to fact that there is no, overarching, coercive and binding authority higher than that of a state, which might be the case if there were a world government. This organizing principle is called international anarchy. States therefore have an interest in their own self-preservation, and the preservation of other states, to ensure that the case for their legitimacy and existence remains.
ISIS represents a non-state actor within the international system. While it claims to govern and control vast territories across the Middle East, a lack of recognition from nation states, the most powerful international actors, leaves their claims severely wanting. As stated above, it is in the interest of states to preserve the existence of both themselves and others, to maintain claims to legitimacy. A non-state actor such as ISIS, which is encroaching upon and invading the territory of internationally recognized nation states, is a direct threat to the legitimacy of the states system. In order to counter such a threat, it falls to those who stand to lose the most to fight back; and in this case that is all nation states. So, we enter into a scenario where any nation state is a potential ally. But, the problem is that the West has framed the states in the region, along with other potential friends, as enemies not allies.


This post was published at 21st Century Wire on OCTOBER 7, 2014.

Large Explosion At Iran Nuclear Site Kills Two Amid Speculation Of Another Israeli Sabotage

It was just yesterday when, in an interview with CNN, Israel PM Netanyahu reminded the world that before there was ISIS, there was Israel’s most loathed enemy Iran, and told Fareed Zakaria that in addition to combating ISIS, Netanyahu said Israel and other moderate Arab states see Iran’s nuclear program as a ‘twin’ challenge that goes hand-in-hand with stopping the spread of radical Islam. From that point on it was only a matter of time before something exploded.
That something took place a few hours ago when a large explosion took place near a suspected nuclear site in Iran has reportedly killed two people and according to the Washington Free Beacon, promptedspeculation of sabotage at a military site long suspected of housing Tehran’s clandestine nuclear activities, according to Iran’s Defense Industries Organization (DIO), which operates under the country’s Ministry of Defense.
The Free Beacon, citing Fars New Agency, reports that one explosion rocked a production plant late Sunday night in east Tehran, near the Parchin nuclear site. The explosion at a facility referred to as a ‘production plant’ caused a fire that killed two workers, according to Fars, which cited information provided by Iran’s DIO.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 10/06/2014.

Iran mulling oil swap with Russia

A trade official in Iran said the issue of oil swaps may be on the table along with refinery construction during possible talks with Russian investors.
Hassan Khosrowjerdi, head of the Iranian Oil, Gas and Petrochemical Products Exporters Association, said he plans to lead a delegation to Moscow to discuss trade relations in the energy sector.
"Iranian companies have good experience in swap and transit, particularly under the conditions of sanctions," he said Wednesday. "These experiences should be exported to other countries."
Western governments had expressed concern over the possibility that Iran was working on an oil-for-goods swap deal with Russia. Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh has said the Iranian government endorsed such a deal, but nothing was formalized.

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U.S. Government & CDC Are Not Disclosing Everything About Ebola – Episode 482

The following video was published by X22Report on Oct 2, 2014
August factory order plunge most on record. President Obama reports that the economy is recovering and looking good. Chinese renminbi is now directly tradeable with the Euro. Russian and Iran decide to use their own currencies and bypass the dollar. CDC not giving all information regarding Ebola. Report filed that emergency response teams have been a given a heads up for October Ebola crisis. Argentina believes the central bankers/US Government are coming after her next. US stopped importing oil from Nigeria. Turkey approves operations in Iraq and Syria. U. S. moderate rebels (paid mercenary terrorists) bombed a school with a children.

Who Is Buying The Islamic State’s Illegal Oil?

In June 2014, computer files captured from a courier for the Islamic State shortly after the fall of Mosul revealed that the group had assets of $875 million, largely gained in the sacking and looting of Mosul and its central bank.
The size of the group’s bank account has now risen to an estimated $2 billion dollars, thanks in part to revenues from ransom paid for kidnapped foreigners and more pillaging. However, oil remains the group’s primary source of income.
The 11 oil fields that IS controls in Iraq and Syria have made it a largely independent financial machine. Reports show that IS-controlled fields in Iraq produce between 25,000 and 40,000 barrels of oil per day, at an estimated value of approximately $1.2 million, before being smuggled out to Iran, Kurdistan, Turkey and Syria.
That doesn’t account for revenue from oil fields that IS has held much longer in Syria, which take the Islamist group’s daily profit to just under $3 million.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 10/01/2014.

US Bombed Wrong Refineries in Syria; Iran Seeks to Stop Oil Price Slide; Sanctions Won’t Impede Arctic Drilling

US Bombed Wrong Refineries in Syria
Oil is in the news in many countries in many ways. Let’s take a look starting with a couple of paragraphs buried in the Financial Times report Barack Obama Admits US Underestimated Isis.
Allied aircraft on Sunday struck three makeshift oil refineries in an area controlled by Isis in an expansion of attacks intended to damage the militant Islamist group’s financial infrastructure.
Oil has proved crucial to financing Isis’s operations, netting several million dollars a day. But the observatory said the refineries struck early on Sunday, in and around Raqqa, were owned by civilians and not Isis. A separate air strike on a plastics factory on the outskirts of Raqqa resulted in the death of a civilian, the group said.
So, we blow up refineries owned and operated by civilians and it is buried in the news, with no hint of an apology or restitution offered to the refinery owners or to Syria.
Russia Discovers Vast Pool of Oil
Russia’s state-run OAO Rosneft said a well drilled in the Kara Sea region of the Arctic Ocean with Exxon Mobil Corp. struck oil, showing the region has the potential to become one of the world’s most important crude-producing areas.
The announcement was made by Igor Sechin, Rosneft’s chief executive officer, who spent two days sailing on a Russian research ship to the drilling rig where the find was unveiled today. The well found about 1 billion barrels of oil and similar geology nearby means the surrounding area may hold more than the U. S. part of the Gulf or Mexico, he said.

This post was published at Global Economic Analysis on September 29, 2014.

Russian Sanctions – Huge Mistake

Politicians just keep making the same mistake over and over again. They perpetually turn to sanctions bankrupting private business with no respect whatsoever as the USA is wiping out farmers in Europe. But worst of all, there is not a single incident where sanctions have EVER worked even once. They often remain in place beyond a decade even as in Iran, but there is no change in politics.

This post was published at Armstrong Economics on September 28, 2014.

Washington’s Secret Agendas – Paul Craig Roberts

One might think that by now even Americans would have caught on to the constant stream of false alarms that Washington sounds in order to deceive the people into supporting its hidden agendas.
The public fell for the lie that the Taliban in Afghanistan are terrorists allied with al Qaeda. Americans fought a war for 13 years that enriched Dick Cheney’s firm, Halliburton, and other private interests only to end in another Washington failure.
The public fell for the lie that Saddam Hussein in Iraq had ‘weapons of mass destruction’ that were a threat to America and that if the US did not invade Iraq Americans risked a ‘mushroom cloud going up over an American city.’ With the rise of ISIS, this long war apparently is far from over. Billions of dollars more in profits will pour into the coffers of the US military security complex as Washington fights those who are redrawing the false Middle East boundaries created by the British and French after WW I when the British and French seized territories of the former Ottoman Empire.
The American public fell for the lies told about Gaddafi in Libya. The formerly stable and prosperous country is now in chaos.
The American public fell for the lie that Iran has, or is building, nuclear weapons. Sanctioned and reviled by the West, Iran has shifted toward an Eastern orientation, thereby removing a principal oil producer from Western influence.

This post was published at Paul Craig Roberts on September 28, 2014.

The Business Deal of the World

Was Europe Traded for the Middle East?
The geopolitical strategy at play in the proxy resource wars between the east and west has shifted once again with the US strikes on Syria. The response by Russia and China over this unilateral move by America will likely be very telling of the larger strategy at play here.
So far the response has been muted with only statements of slight disgruntlement, such as Russia stating that the US strikes violate Syria’s sovereignty.
The arrival of the Chinese naval ship into an Iranian port a few days ago very well could have been pre-positioning in preparation of the US strikes. This would mean the China knew the strikes were going to happen which in turn means a geopolitical business deal was arranged between them and America.
On the Russian front we have Ukraine forces moving artillery back from the front lines and the present truce is holding. ExxonMobile and Rosneft continue on their planned artic oil ventures.
Also announced over the last 24 hours is the Bank of China Hong Kong Asset Management and Citigroup have created a joint venture to expand high yield bond funds in Europe.

This post was published at Silver Bear Cafe on September 26, 2014.

Could Iran Be Trading Oil With Russia For Nuclear Support?

With the help of a few former Soviet neighbors, Iran is set to revitalize their crude oil exports after the profound effect of past sanctions.
Not only has Russia offered to provide goods and services in return for Iranian oil, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan have proposed reinstating oil swap deals. Oil swaps in general are not new, as they are often used to optimize logistical obstacles. In Iran’s case, it is the supply of crude oil to their refineries in the north from countries closer than Iran’s own oil fields in the south. An oil-for-goods arrangement has also occurred in the past, notably with Saddam Hussein’s Iraq trading oil for food under the auspices of the United Nations.
However, the sanctions against Iran by American and European countries do not make allowances for any such humanitarian trade. Therefore, coordinated efforts by Russia, Azerbaijan, and Kazakhstan could potentially bring more Iranian oil into the global oil market. Iran has offered nearly 500,000 barrels a day to Russia to export from their southern ports in exchange for food and electricity generation expertise. An excess of more than 500,000 barrels a day from Iran, most likely directed at India and China, will notably alter regional oil demand requirements.
Sanctions Inhibiting Iran’s Energy Sector
It wasn’t until 2006 that much of the developed world joined in sanctioning Iran, and finally, in 2011 and 2012, they had a notable effect on Iran’s ability to export crude oil and other petroleum products. With limited access to international finance, oil, and insurance markets, U. S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns said, ‘Iran may be losing as much as $50 billion to $60 billion overall in potential energy investments [annually].’

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 09/26/2014.

Holder Is Staying One Step Ahead of the Burning Bridge

For months, my sources have told me that Obama will not serve out his entire second term if he does not eradicate the Syrian/Iranian threat to the Federal Reserve’s petrodollar.
Inside sources state that Obama will either be impeached and convicted for high crimes and possibly even treason. Former Attorney General, Eric Holder, has been with Obama every step of the way. Simply put, if Holder stays, he goes to jail, and he knows it.
The fallback plan is for Holder to resign, take the blame for no less than five scandals and then have Obama pardon him before Holder can be prosecuted. With Holder taken the fall for the major scandals of the Obama administration, the trail of criminality ends with Holder’s resignation. This is Obama’s way of staying one step ahead of the burning bridge.
The Facilitation of Criminal Banking I have interviewed for HSBC Vice-President, John Cruz, as he has detailed how he attempted to inform federal authorities about the criminal money laundering organization present at his bank. Included in the notification of Federal sources was none other than Eric Holder.
When HSBC’s criminal money laundering scheme, on behalf of the Sinoloa drug cartel became common knowledge, Holder excused his passive support by saying that the economy would have suffered if HSBC had been taken down.

This post was published at The Common Sense Show on September 26, 2014.

The Muddle of 21st Century Warfare

Rouhani Blames the West for Rise of Islamic State, Demands Apology … Iranian president Hassan Rouhani, whom the Obama administration has considered enlisting in the fight against the Islamic State, blamed the growing threat of the jihadist group on the West’s involvement in the Middle East. – National Review
Dominant Social Theme: Those crazy Iranians are at it again. Who believes them anyway?
Free-Market Analysis: In our efforts to cover elite memes and their successes and failures, we occasionally notice significant signposts – reports that indicate the strengthening or weakening of a given thematic element.
Chief among the instruments in the global toolkit are war and various kinds of economic disintegration. War gives government officials access to tremendous powers they would not otherwise be able to justify. Economic ruin also empowers officials while impoverishing citizens and making it more difficult for the middle class to monitor democratic erosions because they are too busy struggling to pay the bills.
But what we call the Internet Reformation has made such manipulations more apparent – easier to spot. And that brings us to the above article excerpt reporting on Iranian president Hassan Rouhani’s speech to the United Nations. There, he virtually accused the West of creating various factions of “Islamic” terror.

This post was published at The Daily Bell on September 26, 2014.

The Real Reasons For U.S. Airstrikes In Syria – Breaking The Assad Regime

With the recent and ongoing airstrikes launched against Syria by the United States and its ‘regional’ and NATO allies, a number of questions have arisen from a variety of quarters who remain entirely confused as to the ongoing angles of the players involved in the Syrian crisis. Confusion, of course, is a natural state resulting from the mainstream media’s attempt to conceal the fact that the United States and NATO/GCC are entirely responsible for the Syrian crisis to begin with as well as for the massive seizure of territory across Iraq and Syria by ISIS militants. These same media outlets have also played a major role in the obfuscation of the understanding of the crisis by providing false delineations and name changes bound to confuse an American population already afflicted with a short attention span.
With even the basic facts surrounding the Syrian crisis forced into obscurity by mass ignorance of their existence, the facts surrounding the recent US bombing of Syria have also given way to more questions.
For that reason, a number of points must be made regarding the recent events and those that will unfold in the future inside Syria.
Information Does Not Equal Coordination
The recent airstrikes by the United States and its allies allegedly against ISIS positions in Syria have been soundly condemned by both Iran and Russia. Both countries have accurately pointed out that the airstrikes were a violation of Syria’s national sovereignty and a violation of international law. Syria, however, has refrained from outrage and has even stated that the United States informed it of the attacks before they took place.
Syria’s reaction has caused many to believe one of two things: First, that the United States truly is focused on eliminating ISIS; and, second that the United States and Syria are now working together to achieve this end.

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on September 25th, 2014.

Boots On The Ground, Army Is Deploying A Division Headquarters To Iraq- Episode 475

The following video was published by X22Report on Sep 24, 2014
Australia’s central bank warning about housing bubble. U. S. biggest share of lowest paying jobs. New home sales explode, while mortgage application decline. FED uses the ‘c’ word contained. Ebola vaccines do not exist as of yet, meanwhile Liberia is welcoming US troops to help fight Ebola. Russia finds mass grave with decapitated heads in Ukraine. U. S. army preparing to send in troops to Iraq. Central bankers/U. S. Government continues to bomb Syria hitting strategic targets, none are ISIS. The terror group known as Khorasan is now being linked to Iran. Corporate media and Government Officials are letting the people of America to expect a false flag terror attack.