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03/27/18

  Trump Approves Sale of Anti-Tank Weapons to Ukraine

Stephen Lendman

Washington has been supplying Ukrainian putschists with weapons and munitions since 2014.

They’re used for naked aggression on Donbass, along with homeland repression.

In December, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert lied, saying the Trump administration is supplying Ukraine with “enhanced defensive capabilities as part of our effort to help Ukraine build its long-term defense capacity, to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity, and to deter further aggression.”

False! They’re for offense, not defense. Ukraine’s only enemies are invented ones.

Donbass freedom fighters want democratic rule Kiev rejects, governing ruthlessly, guilty of war crimes and horrendous human rights abuses.

Washington’s 2014 Ukraine Freedom Support Act (UFSA) authorized lethal and non-lethal aid, including sniper and assault rifles, hand grenade launchers, mortars and shells, portable stinger missiles, anti-tank and anti-armor missiles.

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  11 Nations Sign TPP Deal

Stephen Lendman

Signatory countries include Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam - America withdrew, China excluded.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation earlier called TPP “a secretive, multinational trade agreement that threatened to extend restrictive intellectual property (IP) laws across the globe and rewrite international rules on its enforcement.”It’s NAFTA on steroids, a stealth corporate coup d’etat, a giveaway to corporate predators, a neoliberal ripoff, a freedom and ecosystem destroying nightmare.

Corporate predators and lobbyists representing them wrote the agreement, exclusively benefitting business interests at the expense of public health and welfare.

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  Trump Agrees to Meet with North Korean Leader: Hold the Cheers

Stephen Lendman

Kim Jong-un invited Trump to meet face-to-face “as soon as possible,” according to South Korean National Security Adviser Chung Eui Yong, saying:

“North Korea will refrain from any further nuclear or missile tests. I told President Trump that at our meeting (in Pyongyang), North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said he’s committed to denuclearization” - provided his country’s security is guaranteed, what’s been unattainable throughout the post-WW II period. On Thursday, Trump tweeted: “Kim Jong Un talked about denuclearization with the South Korean Representatives, not just a freeze.”

“Also, no missile testing by North Korea during this period of time. Great progress being made but sanctions will remain until an agreement is reached. Meeting being planned!”

According to Chung, a meeting between both leaders will take place by May. North Korea will suspend nuclear and ballistic missile tests ahead of and during talks.

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  Trump Announced Steel and Aluminum Tariffs

Stephen Lendman

An earlier article, I asked if Trump intends waging trade war, notably against China.

In late January, his administration announced 30% tariffs on imported solar panels and modules, declining over a four-year period to 15%.

Stiff tariffs on imported washing machines and parts were also imposed – 20% (for the first 1.2 million units, 50% above this total) and 50% respectively for year one, reduced to 16% (40% above 1.2 million units) and 40% respectively by year three.

On Thursday, Trump announced imported tariffs of 25% on steel, 10% on aluminum, aimed at China, the world’s largest producer of these commodities.

The announcement came at a time its top economic official Liu He (expected to be named financial and industrial policy vice premier) is in Washington, discussing bilateral trade and economic relations with Treasury Secretary Mnuchin and National Economic Council director Gary Cohn.

On Friday, China’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying slammed what she called US “protectionist tools.”

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02/28/18

  Russia’s March Presidential Election

Stephen Lendman

Scheduled for March 18, eight candidates seek Russia’s highest public office, including:

Sergey Baburin (All-Russia National Union party)

Pavel Grudinin (Communist Party)

Vladimir Zhirinovsky (Liberal Democratic Party)

Ksenia Sobchak (Civil Initiative party)

Maxim Suraikin (Communists of Russia)

Boris Titov (Party of Growth)

Grigory Yavlinsky (Yabloko Party)

Vladimir Putin, running as an independent

US and Russian electoral politics are world’s apart. Aspirants for federal, state and local elections in America are money-controlled, notably candidates for the nation’s highest office.

In 2016, around $6.5 billion was spent on presidential and congressional elections combined, according to OpenSecrets.org - including primary races, most money spent for advertising, largely on television.

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02/26/18

  Mapping Trump’s Empire: Assets and Liabilities

James Petras

The US empire spans the globe; it expands and contracts, according to its ability to secure strategic assets, willing and able to further military and economic power to counter emerging adversaries.

The map of empire is a shorthand measure of the vectors, reach and durability of global power and wealth. The map of empire is changing -- adding and subtracting assets and liabilities, according to the successes and retreats of domestic and overseas power centers. While the US empire has been engaged in intense conflicts in the Middle East, the imperial map has been enlarge elsewhere at lower cost and greater success.

Enlarging the Empire

The US empire has substantially increased its scope and presence in several regions, especially in Latin America. The additions and enlargements include Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Central America, Peru and the Caribbean. The most important asset redrawing the empire in Latin America is Argentina. The US has gained military, economic and political advantages. In the case of Argentina, political and economic advances preceded military expansion.

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News

04/24/18

  Gunmen Assassinate Mayor in Central Mexico

The mayor of Mexico's Tlanepantla in the central Pueblo state died Thursday after gunmen opened fire at his car, the state prosecutor general’s office said.

The car carrying Jose Efrain Garcia was shot at after it was blocked by several vehicles on the road between the towns of San Pablo Actipan and Tepeaca, This is the latest death in a string of assassinations of mayors and other officials across Mexico. Last year, armed men shot and killed Soto Duarte, the mayor of Pungarabato, and Stalin Sanchez Gonzalez, the mayor of the Paracho.

  UN admits ‘refugees’ are ‘replacement migration’ for Europe and other low-fertility countries

In 2000, the United Nations’ Department of Economic and Social Affairs issued a report, Replacement Migration: Is It a Solution to Declining and Ageing Populations?, which proposes “replacement migration” for countries with an aging and declining population. Replacement migration refers to the international migration that a country would need to prevent population decline and population ageing resulting from low fertility and mortality rates.

  Iran dumps dollar for euro in foreign trade transactions

As part of its years-long effort to reduce reliance on US currency amid a deepening standoff with Washington, Tehran has announced it will start reporting foreign currency amounts in euros rather than dollars.

The governor of Iran’s central bank (CBI) Valiollah Seif said that Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei had welcomed his suggestion of replacing the dollar with the euro in foreign trade, as the “dollar has no place in our transactions today.” The new policy could reportedly encourage government bodies and firms linked to the state to increase their use of the euro at the expense of the American currency.

  10 dead, 15 injured after van plows into pedestrians in Toronto (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

The Toronto Police Department said that ten people have been killed and 16 more are injured.

Toronto’s Sunnybrook Hospital said five of the injured are in a critical condition and another two are in a serious condition. The hospital said on Twitter that its emergency department is on lockdown as an “added precaution.”

04/16/18

  Drug Use Is Detectable on Your Fingerprints

The new methods use biometrics to analyze biochemical traces in sweat found along the ridges of a fingerprint. And those trace chemicals can quickly reveal whether you have ingested cocaine, opiates, marijuana, or other drugs

  With a Mushroom Cloud Background, Russia State News Warns Citizens to Stockpile Food, Prep for War

A Russian state television news segment on Tuesday urged citizens to stockpile non-perishable goods and water as the impending threat of a “catastrophic” conflict with the United States intensified over potential western military strikes against the Syrian government.

  Macron, May get earful from MPs after Syria strikes bypass French, British Parliaments

Emmanuel Macron and Theresa May were put in the crosshairs by their own parliaments Monday for failing to secure a UN mandate – or even a parliamentary debate – before ordering missile strikes against Syria.

British Prime Minister Theresa May faced criticism from numerous MPs for failing to seek parliamentary approval before attacking Syria on Saturday. Speaking before the Commons, with May sitting nearby, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn "reminded" the prime minister that she is "accountable to this Parliament, not to the whims of the US President." Corbyn pointed out that May's "predecessor came to this House to seek authority for military action in Libya and in Syria in 2015, and the House had a vote over Iraq in 2003," adding that "we clearly need a War Powers Act in this country to transform a now broken convention into a legal obligation."

Corbyn said during his remarks on Monday:

There is no more serious issue than the life and death matters of military action. It is right that Parliament has the power to support or stop the Government from taking planned military action.

04/09/18

  Panama severs relations with Venezuela

Panama has severed its diplomatic ties with Venezuela after the imposition of sanctions by Caracas on senior Panamanian officials amid an escalating diplomatic row.

Venezuela said on Thursday that it was halting “commercial” relations with Panamanian officials and companies, including regional airline Copa, for alleged involvement in sabotaging the Venezuelan economy, according to Reuters.

In response, Panama later in the day ordered Venezuela’s ambassador out and recalled its own envoy to the country.

  28m apply for 90,000 jobs at Indian Railways

28 million people have applied for a job with Indian Railways after its latest nationwide recruitment drive.

The world's 10th largest employer is offering 90,000 positions across the country to prospective engine drivers and other workers.

  Online Sales of Bible Banned in China

A number of online sellers received “instruction” from the Cyberspace Administration of China, the regime’s internet censorship bureau, to remove sale listings of the Bible and other Christian materials before March 30.

  Petro-yuan to launch renminbi as global currency & kneecap petro-dollar

The trade war between the US and China has already begun. China has plans to promote the renminbi as a reserve currency. Yuan-backed oil futures can shatter the US dollar dominance on the crude market If the world trade enters into a death spiral of reciprocal economic sanctions, keeping oil trade in dollars will be a matter of strategic importance for the US

  London struggling to fight unprecedented crime spike

Officials in the UK capital London are struggling to control an unprecedented surge in crimes as murder rate is predicted to surpass the highest numbers in the early 2000s.

Concerns peaked in February and March, when London surpassed New York City in terms of homicides for the first time in history.

Both cities are similar in terms of population and size

  US states of Texas, Arizona announce troop deployments to Mexico border

The US states of Texas and Arizona have announced plans to send reserve troops to the border with Mexico after President Donald Trump ordered the deployment of thousands of soldiers to combat illegal immigration and drug trafficking.

The Texas National Guard said on Friday it would send 250 troops to the border within 72 hours, while Arizona's governor said he would send 150 soldiers next week.

Every US state has a National Guard unit, which consists of several thousand reserve forces under mixed state and federal control since 1933.

"The Texas national guard is preparing to immediately deploy with supporting aircraft, vehicles and equipment to the Texas-Mexico border."

  India Builds Over 14,000 Bunkers In Preparation For War With Pakistan

Government of India is planning to construct 14,460 bunkers for civilians in five border districts along the international Indo-Pakistani border, reports The Times of India.

The state-owned National Buildings Construction Corporation (NBCC) will build these bunkers in populated regions that rest within 3 kilometers (1.86 miles) from the de facto border between the two countries, which have experienced an increasing amount of incursions by the Pakistani Army. To safeguard civilians from Pakistani shelling across the border, NBCC will build 13,029 small bunkers and 1,431 more massive community bunkers. The Times of India said the construction program would cost around 4.157 billion rupees (US$63.8 million).


Videos

01/18/18

  "Smart" Meters - MUST SEE!!

Rick D. Hallbeck (Trick D)

Everyone and anyone who uses electricity should know what these devices do and to what they are connected. And know your rights!

01/03/18

  BREAKING From NYC!!! He Was Just FOUND DEAD After Exposing HILLARY!!!

TODAY NEWS

"Another day and another dead body with a connection that cannot be ignored as Hillary Clinton’s body count seems to be on the rise once again, after a brief reprieve of no sudden, mysterious casualties. The latest is possibly the most shocking yet in the truly startling trail of dead bodies that keep accumulating around this crooked woman with major secrets she’s desperate to keep hidden no matter who has she has to kill off to ensure it."

11/13/17

  YOU'RE ABOUT TO WITNESS WHAT WAS AN IMPOSSIBILITY JUST ONE YEAR AGO

SGTreport

"It was 17 sealed indictments in Washington DC, it's now 31. Heads are about to roll. And President Donald Trump has played the Obama-Clinton crime cartel like a fiddle. You are about to witness something that was deemed to be an impossibility just one year ago."

08/26/17

  The Vikings 1958 Kirk Douglas, Tony Curtis, Ernest Borgnine,Janet Leigh, James Donald

Виталина Блинова

"A slave and a Viking prince fight for the love of a captive princess."

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  • Stephen Lendman Washington has been supplying Ukrainian putschists with weapons and munitions since 2014. They’re used for naked aggression on Donbass, along with homeland repression. In December, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert lied, saying…
  • Stephen Lendman Signatory countries include Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam - America withdrew, China excluded. The Electronic Frontier Foundation earlier called TPP “a secretive, multinational…
  • Stephen Lendman Kim Jong-un invited Trump to meet face-to-face “as soon as possible,” according to South Korean National Security Adviser Chung Eui Yong, saying: “North Korea will refrain from any further nuclear or missile tests. I told President Trump…
  • Stephen Lendman An earlier article, I asked if Trump intends waging trade war, notably against China. In late January, his administration announced 30% tariffs on imported solar panels and modules, declining over a four-year period to 15%. Stiff tariffs…
  • Stephen Lendman Scheduled for March 18, eight candidates seek Russia’s highest public office, including: Sergey Baburin (All-Russia National Union party) Pavel Grudinin (Communist Party) Vladimir Zhirinovsky (Liberal Democratic Party) Ksenia Sobchak…
  • James Petras The US empire spans the globe; it expands and contracts, according to its ability to secure strategic assets, willing and able to further military and economic power to counter emerging adversaries. The map of empire is a shorthand measure…
  • Stephen Lendman Numerous shooting incidents in America turned out to be false flags. Most often suspects are killed. Dead men tell no tales. False flag incidents aim to stoke fear. The 9/11 mother of them all launched endless US wars of aggression, the…
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Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks World War III by Stephen Lendman

Synopsis by Clarity Press

Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks World War III provides insight into today's gravest geopolitical crisis since WW II. Possible global war looms. Viewed from the perspective of Western mainstream media, the crisis arose due to pro-democracy activists overturning a brutal dictatorship, which led swiftly to Russian incursion into Ukraine and annexation of Crimea. Viewed from the perspective of the 22 highly-credentialed analysts who have contributed to this anthology, it’s an entirely different story. Obama's pivot is global, in pursuit of unchallenged worldwide dominance, leading to multiple direct and proxy wars. Neocon- dominated Washington seeks to marginalize its Russian and Chinese rivals, surrounding both countries with US bases. Ukraine is in the eye of the storm, the crown jewel of NATO eastward expansion, the last step in Washington's drive to incorporate all former Soviet republics and Warsaw Pact countries into NATO and install missile defense sites on Russia’s very border.

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THE 2001 ANTHRAX DECEPTION The Case for a Domestic Conspiracy by Graeme MacQueen

review by Prof. Edward Curtin

The anthrax attacks that followed those of 9/11 have disappeared from public memory in ways analogous to the pulverization of the Twin Towers and World Trade Center Building 7. For the towers, at least, ghostly afterimages persist, albeit fading like last night’s nightmare. But the anthrax attacks, clearly linked to 9/11 and the Patriot Act, are like lost letters, sent, but long forgotten. Such disappearing acts are a staple of American life these days. Memory has come upon hard times. With The 2001 Anthrax Deception, Professor Graeme MacQueen, founding Director of the Center for Peace Studies at McMaster University, calls us back to a careful reconsideration of the anthrax attacks. It is an eloquent and pellucid lesson in inductive reasoning and deserves to stand with David Ray Griffin’s brilliant multi-volume dissection of the truth of that tragic September 11th. MacQueen makes a powerful case for the linkage of both events, a tie that binds both to insider elements deep within the U.S. government, perhaps in coordination with foreign elements.

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