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Geoengineered Disasters In Latin America

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There’s nothing natural about the recent climate disasters in Chile, Peru, Ecuador and Colombia. 7 years’ worth of rain just fell in Chile in 12 hours, while several feet of hail was dumped on areas of northern Ecuador and southern Colombia, both on or very near the equator.

Tell me that’s by natural causes.

We know the hydrological cycle has been completely disrupted via massive aerosol spraying and its manipulation by a worldwide array of HAARP type technologies. As Dane Wigington pointed out:

More alarming articles and studies are surfacing each day which confirm the rapidly changing state of Earth’s life support systems and climate. Humanity has decimated the planet in countless ways and the repurcussions are becoming catastrophic…

Atmospheric aerosol saturation greatly effects wind patterns and diminishes precipitation overall causing droughts of unprecedented scope and scale. The disruption in the hydrological cycle can also cause record rainfall as rain which was kept from falling in one location migrates elsewhere to come down in a deluge.  (more>)

First the news from Chile and Peru:

Next, the freak hail storms in Ecuador and Colombia:

Meanwhile, Brazil is experiencing its worst drought in over 80 years:

Supplying Water in Brazil’s Worst Drought in Nearly a Century

Brazil is struggling to supply enough water to its 200 million people, amid the worst drought in 84 years.

São Paulo’s 20 million citizens face having their tap water cut off five days a week, in a bid to conserve dwindling resources. Some 17% of Brazilian towns have declared a state of emergency.

In the centre and southeast of the country, electricity supplies are threatened as water levels drop to 18% in the reservoirs for hydropower generation.

“We have never seen such sensitive and worrying situation as this,” admitted the minister of environment, Izabella Teixeira. (more>)

Conclusion

These changes are not due to “global warming”. Certainly the climate goes through changes and the solar cycles and other natural influences directly affect the earth, with minimal effects from mankind’s doing. Except one. The ongoing insane geoengineering programs in their effort to control the weather are a known and thoroughly tracked program and more responsible for these types of freak rain and snow events and record drought conditions than anything else.

Chemtrailing is being seen all over the earth. This has consequences. Massive spraying over the Pacific is being used, amongst other things, to divert precipitable clouds and moisture up and around California and is causing catastrophic drought conditions in California, while the unnaturally driven rainfall drops in areas that barely need it, often bringing huge temperature fluctuations, drought, flood conditions and massive, unnatural hail and snowfalls.

While the US is doing its most intense “experimentation” on itself, their target is the entire world, and clearly Latin America is no exception. These are only recent drastic events there but no doubt there’s a lot more to the story. Weather control is massive power, and in the hands of psychopaths it does not bode well for humanity if it persists.

Track these events for yourself. Go to sites like geoengineeringwatch.org and dutchsinse.com to get the inside scoop of what they’re up to.

And inform others. These programs need to be exposed. Time is of the essence.

Love, Zen


By Zen Gardner at ZenGardner.com.

Chechnya Threatens To Arm Mexico If U.S. Sends Weapons To Ukraine

Ukraine's voluntary militia called the Azov Battalion holds artillery training in east Ukraine's village of Urzuf that sits west of the port city of Mariupol on the Azov Sea, March 19, 2015. Marko Djurica/ REUTERS

Ukraine’s voluntary militia called the Azov Battalion holds artillery training in east Ukraine’s village of Urzuf that sits west of the port city of Mariupol on the Azov Sea, March 19, 2015. Marko Djurica/ REUTERS

The Chechen parliament have threatened to send weapons to Mexico in retaliation to the U.S. Congress calling for defensive lethal aid to be sent to Ukraine.

On Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly in favour of sending arms – the resolution was passed 348 to 48.

U.S. senator for Wisconsin Ron Johnson branded it “absolutely necessary” that president Obama provide lethal and nonlethal military assistance to Ukraine, in light of the attacks by Russian-backed rebels on civilians in Mariupol in January.

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US-Created Violence And Chaos In Yemen

Photo credit U.S. Air Force photo/Brian Ferguson/Salon

Photo credit U.S. Air Force photo/Brian Ferguson/Salon

Yemen is one of many examples of what happens following lawless US intervention.

Obama waged drone war on Yemen throughout his tenure – indiscriminately killing many hundreds of defenseless victims, mostly civilians.

Like Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya and Palestine, Yemen is a cauldron of violence and instability threatening to spin entirely out-of-control.

In January, Houthi forces ousted US-backed Ab-Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s regime. They took over the presidential palace.

They extended control to other parts of the country. Last year, Obama ludicrously touted Yemen as a success story.

Saying US strategy “of taking out terrorists who threaten us, while supporting partners on the front lines, is one that we have successfully pursued in Yemen and Somalia for years.”

US interventionist strategy created violence, instability and chaos in both countries – much like virtually elsewhere else Washington intervenes lawlessly.

Houthis control the capital Sanaa, Taiz (Yemen’s 3rd largest city), other areas, and head toward seizing Aden.

In February, Hadi fled there from Sanaa. Declared himself still president.

Reports now indicate he fled the country after Houthi forces approached Aden.

They seized al-Annad air base near Lahij – about 60 km from Aden. Hadi established it as a temporary capital.

US personnel were evacuated from the country. Witnesses saw a convoy of presidential vehicles leaving Hadi’s residence on a hill overlooking the Arabian Sea.

Reports indicate he fled by boat as Houthis advanced. AP said he left with aides around 3:30PM local time Wednesday – in two vessels under heavy security.

His destination wasn’t disclosed. He’s scheduled to attend an Arab summit this weekend in Egypt.

AP reported Houthis “closing in on Aden…(T)he city’s fall appears imminent” as of midday Wednesday.

Yemen heads toward exploding in full-blown civil war. Involving IS fighters for good measure – US proxies used to help Washington regain control.

If things turn out like Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria, years of fighting may follow on top of what’s already happened.

Hadi asked UN officials to authorize foreign military intervention.

Saudi Foreign Minister Saud Al Faisal warned Riyadh may take “necessary measures” if Houthis don’t resolve things peacefully – with no further elaboration. More on this below.

Hadi’s Gulf State allies evacuated their Aden-based diplomatic personnel. Earlier they relocated them from Sanaa.

Houthis occupied Yemen’s capital last August. Seizing the presidential palace in January forced Hadi’s resignation.

Houthi leader Abdel Malik al Houthi leader’s cousin Mohammed Ali al Houthi was declared new president.

Hadi was placed under house arrest. He escaped, fled to Aden, organized supportive military forces, and now apparently fled Yemen altogether.

The Houthi Supreme Revolutionary Committee called on security forces and civilians to fight what it called “terrorist forces across the country.”

Obama bears full responsibility for Yemeni chaos. Drone warfare followed his December 2009 missile attack on Al Majan village.

It killed dozens of civilians, including women and children.

UN special advisor on Yemen Jamal Benomar addressed an emergency Security Council session on Yemen via video conference.

Things are headed for a “rapid downward spiral,” he said.

“Emotions are running extremely high and, unless solutions can be found, the country will fall into further violent confrontations.”

“Events in Yemen are leading the country away from political settlement and to the edge of civil war.”

Humanitarian crisis conditions affect over 60% of the population. UN sources call Yemen “a patchwork of simmering feuds.”

On March 20, suicide bombers targeted Sanaa mosques during Friday prayers – killing at least 126, injuring scores more.

Yemen grows increasingly violent and chaotic. A meaningless Security Council statement said:

“(T)he solution to the situation in Yemen is through a peaceful, inclusive, orderly and Yemeni-led political transition process that meets the legitimate demands and aspirations of the Yemeni people for peaceful change and meaningful political, economic and social reform.”

Violence continues unabated. Last weekend, Saudi and other Gulf states issued a statement backing Hadi’s regime.

They announced their willingness to use “all efforts” to defend it.

Saudi Arabia deployed heavy weapons along its border with Yemen. A porous 1,800 km border separates the two countries.

Conditions remain chaotic. Houthis claim they seized Aden. Reuters said Hadi’s defense minister was arrested.

So far, Saudi forces haven’t moved cross border. Air strikes may be planned – maybe joint ones with Washington.

Hadi wants Security Council authorization for force – “to provide immediate support for the legitimate authority by all means and measures to protect Yemen and deter the Houthi aggression,” he said.

Yemeni military officials calling themselves the Higher Committee to Preserve the Armed Forces and Security reject foreign intervention, saying:

“We express our total and utter rejection of any external interference in Yemeni affairs under any pretext and in any form and from any side.”

“All members of the armed forces and security and all the sons of the proud people of Yemen with all its components will confront with all their strength and heroism any attempt to harm the pure soil of the homeland, its independence or its sovereignty or to threaten its unity and territorial integrity.”

Last month, Houthi leader Abdel Malik al Houthi accused Saudi Arabia of wanting Yemen divided along sectarian lines, saying:

“Our elder sister, the Saudi kingdom, doesn’t respect the Yemenis and wants to impose here in Yemen the sequence of events and divisions that happened in Libya.”

Whether Saudi forces intend attacking Yemen remains to be seen. What Obama has in mind matters most.

He’s engulfed large parts of the region in conflict and chaos. Maybe he’ll compound it by greater intervention in Yemen.


Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at [email protected]. His new book is titled “How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War”. www.claritypress.com/Lendman.html Visit his blog site at www.sjlendman.blogspot.com.

 

Russia Has Constructed Massive Underground Shelters In Anticipation Of Nuclear War

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Did you know that the Russians have a massive underground complex in the Ural mountains that has been estimated to be approximately 400 square miles in size?  In other words, it is roughly as big as the area inside the Washington D.C. beltway.  Back in the 1990s, the Clinton administration was deeply concerned about the construction of this enormous complex deep inside Yamantau mountain, but they could never seem to get any straight answers from the Russians.  The command center for this complex is rumored to be 3,000 feet directly straight down from the summit of this giant rock quartz mountain.  And of course U.S. military officials will admit that there are dozens of other similar sites throughout Russia, although most of them are thought to be quite a bit smaller.  But that is not all that the Russians have been up to.  For example, Russian television has reported that 5,000 new emergency nuclear bomb shelters were scheduled to have been completed in the city of Moscow alone by the end of 2012.  Most Americans don’t realize this, but the Russians have never stopped making preparations for nuclear war.  Meanwhile, the U.S. government has essentially done nothing to prepare our citizens for an attack.  The assumption seems to be that a nuclear attack will probably never happen, and that if it does it will probably mean the end of our civilization anyway.

Needless to say, the Russians are very secretive about their massive underground facility at Yamantau mountain, and no American has ever been inside.  The following is what Wikipedia has to say about it…

Large excavation projects have been observed by U.S. satellite imagery as recently as the late 1990s, during the time of Boris Yeltsin’s government after the fall of the Soviet Union. Two garrisons, Beloretsk-15 and Beloretsk-16, were built on top of the facility, and possibly a third, Alkino-2, as well, and became the closed town of Mezhgorye in 1995. They are said to house 30,000 workers each. Repeated U.S. questions have yielded several different responses from the Russian government regarding Mount Yamantaw. They have said it is a mining site, a repository for Russian treasures, a food storage area, and a bunker for leaders in case of nuclear war. Responding to questions regarding Yamantaw in 1996, Russia’s Defense Ministry stated: “The practice does not exist in the Defense Ministry of Russia of informing foreign mass media about facilities, whatever they are, that are under construction in the interests of strengthening the security of Russia.” Large rail lines serve the facility.

Back in 1996, the New York Times reported on the continuing construction of this site.  U.S. officials were quite puzzled that the Russians were continuing to build it even though the Cold War was supposedly over at that point…

In a secret project reminiscent of the chilliest days of the cold war, Russia is building a mammoth underground military complex in the Ural Mountains, Western officials and Russian witnesses say.

Hidden inside Yamantau mountain in the Beloretsk area of the southern Urals, the project involves the construction of a huge complex served by a railroad, a highway and thousands of workers.

Within the U.S. intelligence community, there was a tremendous amount of debate at that time regarding the purposes of this facility, but what everyone agreed on was that it was going to be absolutely massive…

A report in Sovetskaya Rossiya said the project involves construction of a railroad, a modern highway and towns for tens of thousands of workers and their families.

The complex is as big as the Washington area inside the Beltway,” said an American official familiar with intelligence reports.

A couple of years later, a top U.S. general said that he believed that the complex at Yamantau had “millions of square feet available for underground facilities”

In 1998, in a rare public comment, then-Commander of the U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM) Gen. Eugene Habinger, called Yamantau “a very large complex — we estimate that it has millions of square feet available for underground facilities. We don’t have a clue as to what they’re doing there.”

It is believed to be large enough to house 60,000 persons, with a special air filtration system designed to withstand a nuclear, chemical or biological attack. Enough food and water is believed to be stored at the site to sustain the entire underground population for months on end.

A few years after that, in 2003, there was an article in the Washington Post by Bruce G. Blair in which Yamantau was mentioned as a potential key target for U.S. nuclear war planners…

Die-hard [U.S.] nuclear war planners actually have their eyes on targets in Russia and China, including missile silos and leadership bunkers. For these planners, the Cold War never ended. Their top two candidates [i.e., targets] in Russia are located inside the Yamantau and Kosvinsky mountains in the central and southern Urals.

Both were huge construction projects begun in the late 1970s, when U.S. nuclear firepower took special aim at the Communist Party’s leadership complex. Fearing a decapitating strike, the Soviets sent tens of thousands of workers to these remote sites, where U.S. spy satellites spotted them still toiling away in the late 1990s.

But the Russians have not just been building giant underground facilities deep in the Urals.

They have also been constructing thousands of new underground bomb shelters in major cities such as Moscow.

The following is an excerpt from an RT article in 2010…

Nearly 5,000 new emergency bomb shelters will be built in Moscow by 2012 to save people in case of potential attacks.

Moscow authorities say the measure is urgent as the shelters currently available in the city can house no more that half of its population.

In the last 20 years, the area of air-raid defense has been developed little, and the existing shelters have become outdated. Moreover, they are located mostly in the city center, which makes densely populated Moscow outskirts especially vulnerable in the event of a nuclear attack.

In order to resolve the issue, the city has given architects a task to construct a typical model of an easy-to-build shelter that will be located all over the city 10 to 15 meters underneath apartment blocks, shopping centers, sport complexes and parks, as in case of attack people will need to reach the shelters within a minute.

Of course all of this construction cost the Russians a lot of money.

One estimate put the cost at “anywhere from half a billion to a billion dollars”

Though the bunkers are supposed to be designed to shelter the population in the event of a nuclear attack, government officials say it’s only a precaution and they do not expect such an attack or nuclear outbreak (e.g. Chernobyl) to occur. Neither RT or the Russian government provided estimates for the cost of the facilities. A Popular Mechanics article that reviewed a number of different types of bunkers and building practices had varying prices depending on the type of shelter. Since the proposed Russian bunkers would hold roughly 1000 people each (based on the population count and other details), one could estimate that the lowest price point for a bunker this size, with basic necessities like bathrooms and reserve food for a day or two, may run in the area of around $100,000 – $200,000. This would put a conservative price tag for 5000 shelters anywhere from half a billion to a billion dollars. A significant investment, indeed.

So what about us?

Has the U.S. government constructed any bunkers for the survival of the general population in the United States?

Of course not.  In the event of a nuclear war, I guess they just expect pretty much all of us to die.

The Russians also recently finished work on a brand new national defense center in Moscow that contains extensive underground facilities

Russia is launching a new national defense facility, which is meant to monitor threats to national security in peacetime, but would take control of the entire country in case of war.

The new top-security, fortified facility in Moscow includes several large war rooms, a brand new supercomputer in the heart of a state-of-the-art data processing center, underground facilities, secret transport routes for emergency evacuation and a helicopter pad, which was deployed for the first time on Nov. 24 on the Moscow River. The Defense Ministry won’t disclose the price tag for the site, but it is estimated at the equivalent of several billion dollars.

In addition, the Russians have also been developing a new anti-ballistic missile system that is designed to keep U.S. nuclear missiles from getting to their targets in the first place.

The U.S. doesn’t have anything like the S-500 that is currently being developed by the Russians.  At the latest, it is scheduled to be deployed in 2017, but there are rumors that it is already starting to be deployed today.  The following comes from military-today.com

The S-500 is not an upgrade of the S-400, but a new design. It uses a lot of new technology and is superior to the S-400. It was designed to intercept ballistic missiles. It is planned to have a range of 500-600 km and hit targets at altitudes as high as 40 km. Some sources claim that this system is capable of tracking 5-20 ballistic targets and intercepting up to 5-10 ballistic targets simultaneously. It can defeat ballistic missiles traveling at 5-7 kilometers per second. It has been reported that this air defense system can also target low orbital satellites. It is planned that the S-500 will shield Moscow and the regions around it. It will replace the current A-135 anti-ballistic missile system. The S-500 missiles will be used only against the most important targets, such as intercontinental ballistic missiles, AWACS and jamming aircraft.

Sadly, most Americans are not interested in this stuff at all.

These days, most Americans just assume that the Russians are “our friends” and that a war with Russia could never possibly happen.

What they don’t realize is that the Russian people see things very, very differently.  Today, 81 percent of Russians have a negative opinion of the United States.  Our interference in the conflict in Ukraine has made the Russian people very angry, and there are many over there that now believe that a shooting war with the United States is inevitable.

And this week things between the United States and Russia got even more tense.  Barack Obama has already announced that we will be sending “non-lethal” military aid to the Ukrainians, but now the U.S. House of Representatives has overwhelmingly passed a resolution that calls for Obama to send “lethal” military aid to the government in Kiev…

Yesterday, in a vote that largely slid under the radar, the House of Representatives passed a resolution urging Obama to send lethal aid to Ukraine, providing offensive, not just “defensive” weapons to the Ukraine army – the same insolvent, hyperinflating Ukraine which, with a Caa3/CC credit rating, last week started preparations to issue sovereign debt with a US guarantee, in essence making it a part of the United States (something the US previously did as a favor to Egypt before the Muslim Brotherhood puppet regime was swept from power by the local army).

The resolution passed with broad bipartisan support by a count of 348 to 48.

According to DW,  the measure urges Obama to provide Ukraine with “lethal defensive weapon systems” that would better enable Ukraine to defend its territory from “the unprovoked and continuing aggression of the Russian Federation.”

“Policy like this should not be partisan,” said House Democrat Eliot Engel, the lead sponsor of the resolution. “That is why we are rising today as Democrats and Republicans, really as Americans, to say enough is enough in Ukraine.”

If Obama does decide to send lethal military aid to the Ukrainians, the Russians are going to flip out.

Sadly, neither side seems very interested in peace at this point.

We just continue to take even more steps along the road toward World War III, and it is a war that the United States is completely and utterly unprepared for.


Michael T. Snyder is a graduate of the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia and has a law degree and an LLM from the University of Florida Law School. He is an attorney that has worked for some of the largest and most prominent law firms in Washington D.C. and who now spends his time researching and writing and trying to wake the American people up. You can follow his work on The Economic Collapse blog, End of the American Dream and The Truth Wins. His new novel entitled “The Beginning Of The End” is now available on Amazon.com.

Free Speech Is Not Free In Costa Rica

Former Costa Rican ambassador to Caracas, Federico Picado.

Former Costa Rican ambassador to Caracas, Federico Picado.

By: The Real Agenda News -

Free speech is an illusion. Speaking freely is not allowed if it irritates the status quo. Not even in a so-called free democratic republic can people express their thought freely.

The government of Costa Rica decided yesterday to dismiss its accredited ambassador to Venezuela because of statements he made in support of Nicolas Maduro and how he has responded to the threats made by the US President, Barack Obama.

Ambassador Federico Picado Gomez Chavez, who appears to be a supporter of the Venezuelan ideology, was fired by the government of Luis Guillermo Solís due to his “unwise” words uttered in an interview published Sunday in a local newspaper.

In his statements, Picado defended the granting of special powers to President Maduro after Obama publicly declared Venezuela a threat and ordered the freezing of assets to seven Venezuelan officials linked to violent events in 2014.

“Keeping in mind the terms of proportionality against the severity of the statement issued by Obama, Maduro must be invested with extraordinary abilities so that in the Cabinet, he can issue decrees with the rank, value and force of law, as established in Article 2013 of the Venezuelan Constitution,” said Picado.

As a result of Picado’s statements, a sector of Costa Rican politicians increased its criticism for what they consider to be a soft position by the Solís government regarding political developments in Venezuela.

The president of Costa Rica immediately distanced himself from the words of his ambassador while Foreign Minister Manuel González, ordered the initiation of disciplinary proceedings against the ambassador for providing statements that compromise the official position of Costa Rica.

Solis, who advocates multilateralism in foreign policy, has merely advocated dialogue and respect for human rights in the violent conflict between the government of Caracas and dissidenting groups.

The Costa Rican president came to power in 2014 with broad support from social, political and trade union organizations, and in some cases also sympathize with the policies driven by Hugo Chavez in Venezuela.

This was the case of Picado. Numerous pro-Chavez statements he issued were reported on by the national media in order to make a storm out of a glass of water.

Picado was coordinator of the International Relations Committee of the PAC, the president’s Party, until he became ambassador to Caracas in Solís government. Solís himself told reporters that he has always known Picado’s position and that the problem was not that he said what he said, but that he said it publicly. This, according to Solís, breaks the rules of behavior that must be followed by diplomats.

The traditional press in Costa Rica has played an important part in Picado’s dismissal. Just as the Costa Rican government, the press in this country is nothing more than an empty vessel where foreign interests place their propaganda and agendas which is then fed to the the masses.

In the case of Picado’s statement, it directly offended Costa Rica’s Big American Brother which Costa Rica is heavily dependent on in economic, political and commercial aspects.

According to a traditional newspaper known as La Nación, Picado acted as a “spokesman for President Nicolas Maduro in Costa Rica, on such sensitive issues as repression and imprisonment of democratic opponents, including the mayor of Caracas, the special powers granted to the president, the onslaught against freedom of expression, tensions with the United States, commodity shortages and economic policy in general.”

The Costa Rican government has denied any kind of political pressure from the United States regarding the statements issued by the former ambassador to Venezuela.


Luis R. Miranda is an award-winning journalist and the founder and editor-in-chief at The Real Agenda. His career spans over 18 years and almost every form of news media. His articles include subjects such as environmentalism, Agenda 21, climate change, geopolitics, globalisation, health, vaccines, food safety, corporate control of governments, immigration and banking cartels, among others. Luis has worked as a news reporter, on-air personality for Live and Live-to-tape news programs. He has also worked as a script writer, producer and co-producer on broadcast news. Read more about Luis.

Secret US Intelligence On Yemen Compromised

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On March 25, the Los Angeles Times said Houthi rebels obtained secret intelligence documents on so-called US Yemeni counterterrorism operations.

They included names and locations of confidential informants, as well as plans for further targeted drone strikes.

The Times said “US intelligence officials believe additional files were handed directly to Iranian advisors by Yemeni officials who have sided with the Houthi militias…”

Damage to US Yemeni intelligence is “severe,” said the Times.

“The US still plans to fly armed drones over Yemen from bases in Saudi Arabia and Djibouti, but officials acknowledged that their ability to identify and find terrorism suspects has been severely hampered by the loss of the intelligence files and the power struggles within Yemen’s security services,” according to an unnamed source the Times quoted.

Houthi forces took control of Yemen’s National Security Bureau. It worked closely with CIA and other US spy agencies against the interests of its own people.

Obtaining information on its secrets exposes some of America’s dirty imperial agenda – its long war on humanity for unchallenged global dominance.

Compromised US intelligence got Obama to halt Yemeni drone strikes for two months, said the Times.

In February, US embassy personnel were evacuated. Last weekend, “US special operations and intelligence teams” were taken out of the country.

Before Saudi-led March 26 aggression, the White House revealed it’s maintaining close communication with ousted US-installed stooge president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.

His whereabouts remains unknown. Members of his regime are being arrested.

Houthis announced a $20 million reward for Hadi’s capture. Airstrikes targeted his Aden compound.

Reports on Wednesday indicated he fled by sea. His destination wasn’t revealed.

Last August, Houthi uprising began. In September, they seized key Sanaa government facilities.

On Wednesday, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said US officials were in touch with Hadi earlier in the day.

“(H)e is no longer at his residence, which you’ve seen in reporting, but we can certainly confirm,” she said.

“I’m not in a position to confirm any additional details from here about his location.”

“We have been in touch with him over the last several days. And as all of you know, Ambassador Tueller has seen him in person and has traveled from Jeddah to go see him.”

“In terms of our counterterrorism cooperation, as my colleagues at, I believe, DOD said yesterday, there’s no question our preference would be to have a presence on the ground.”

“And that’s certainly – that’s why we have diplomatic – diplomats in embassies around the world, is to have that on-the-ground coordination.”

“But we maintain means of working with, monitoring, going after some of the threats that face us, and that’s ongoing.”

“And even if you look on the diplomatic side, though Ambassador Tueller and his close team are not based in Yemen, they have been able to continue to communicate with President Hadi and communicate with others and, obviously, with the UN about the political process moving forward.”

Psaki added she has no “on-the-ground update” about Houthi advances.

She confirmed they seized Al Anad airbase. She provided no further information.

She ludicrously claimed Washington is working with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf allies for resolving Yemen’s conflict “peaceful(ly).”

She said nothing about US responsibility for regional turmoil.

Asked if Washington plans direct military involvement, she begged off saying “I’m not going to get into (any possible US actions) and certainly any action anywhere would be something the Department of Defense would speak to.”

Last year, Obama lied calling Yemen as success story.

Asked if it’s still a model for US counterintelligence operations, Psaki turned truth on its head saying “we still have a number of successes to point to in terms of our efforts to push back on al-Qaida and our successes in doing that in coordination with authorities.”

Al Qaeda is one among other US-created groups – used strategically as both enemies and allies.

Don’t expect Psaki to explain. She’s paid to lie, not tell hard truths. She admitted conditions in Yemen are “difficult…volatile…on the ground for a range of reasons.”

Violently out-of-control best describes things. Reuters said John Kerry spoke with Saudi and other Gulf states’ foreign ministers.

An unnamed senior State Department official said:

“He commended the work of the coalition taking military action against the Houthis and noted the United States’ support for those coalition efforts – including intelligence sharing, targeting assistance, and advisory and logistical support for strikes against Houthi targets.”

“The ministers all expressed their support for political negotiations as the best way to resolve the crisis, but also noted that it is the Houthis who have instead waged a military campaign.”

“They agreed to stay in close contact going forward” – code language for Washington and Gulf state despots declaring war on Yemen to restore US-installed puppet rule.

If Washington has many more “success stories” like Yemen, planet earth may be set ablaze.


Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at [email protected]. His new book is titled “How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War”. www.claritypress.com/Lendman.html Visit his blog site at www.sjlendman.blogspot.com.

New Leak Detected At Fukushima Nuclear Plant

New Leak Detected At Fukushima Nuclear Plant

More bad news from the site of the Fukushima disaster — a leak directly into the seawater was detected at the plant. The new leak, which caused radiation contamination to escalate up to 70 times greater than usual, has been swept under the rug by the company that operates the plant, Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO). This company was the prime voice who claimed that contamination levels were falling. [1]

Fukushima’s History of Incidents

This story is just one more in the endless nightmare of radioactive water pollution caused by the meltdown. In March 2011 after the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami that Japan suffered, the plant started to release contaminants into the surrounding water.

Damaging Health Effects Have Resulted

As of August 2013, medical examiners noticed an increased risk of thyroid cancer, leukemia, and breast cancer across multiple age groups and genders in areas near the affected water and the plant. The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster has been likened to the 1986 Chernobyl Incident in the fallout of consequences from the radioactive material and the effects it had on nearby citizens. [2]

Can Nuclear Power Disasters Be Prevented?

This newest incident sparks several questions in regards to preventing further nuclear power plant incidents. Are companies doing enough to research better ways to not only handle incidents when they occur, but also to prevent new incidents from happening? The International Atomic Energy Agency has urged Japan to explore other ways to discharge of the power plant waste water in the future.

How many people will continue to be affected by this incident in the years to come?

-Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM

References:

  1. IBN Live. Fresh nuclear leak detected at Fukushima plant in Japan. CNN. 2015.
  2. World Nuclear Association. Chernobyl Accident. World Nuclear News.

Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM has studied natural healing methods for over 20 years and now teaches individuals and practitioners all around the world. He no longer sees patients but solely concentrates on spreading the word of health and wellness to the global community. Under his leadership, Global Healing Center, Inc. has earned recognition as one of the largest alternative, natural and organic health resources on the Internet.

Vykom: Strategic Nonviolent Action Against Untouchability

Gandhian Nonviolent Struggle and Untouchability in South India
By: Robert J. Burrowes -

Why does nonviolent action work? And how good was Mohandas K. Gandhi as a nonviolent strategist? If you want high quality evidence in your search for answers to these two questions then I encourage you to read Professor Mary E. King’s latest book on the struggle against untouchability, unapproachability and unseeability in the south Indian village of Vykom during the 1920s. See ‘Gandhian Nonviolent Struggle and Untouchability in South India: The 1924–25 Vykom Satyagraha and the Mechanisms of Change’ http://www.oup.co.in/product/academic-general/sociology/111/gandhian-nonviolent-struggle-untouchability-south-india-192425-vykom-satyagraha-mechanisms-change/9780199452668

History is not always considered instructive and yet the major achievements, and failures, of nonviolent activists throughout the twentieth and now twenty-first centuries can be better understood if we understand what happened at Vykom.

King’s book describes the nonviolent struggle that took place to open the roads surrounding the local Brahmin temple to everyone. For centuries, any person or animal could walk on those roads except those Hindus without caste – the ‘untouchables’ – whose proximity was considered ‘polluting’ to higher castes. From April 1924 to November 1925, upper caste Hindus and others conducted a satyagraha (loosely, a nonviolent campaign) to put an end to this blatant discrimination but relied heavily on strategic guidance from Gandhi.

The Vykom struggle was designed by Gandhi to eliminate untouchability by ‘converting’ the high caste Hindus ‘by sheer force of character and suffering’. Within a decade of the Vykom campaign the narrative that emerged, and which has persisted to this day because of its unquestioned promulgation in several well-known books on nonviolence, is that this was achieved.

However, after protracted research in sometimes obscure places, including the morgues of newspapers no longer published, the viewing of colonial and archival records, and interviews of a diverse and extensive range of scholars, Professor King presents new evidence that the suffering of activists – whether untouchable or caste Hindu – was ineffective in ‘converting’ orthodox upper-caste Hindus in Vykom.

So what actually happened? What did the settlement achieve? King tries to correct historical misunderstandings and argues that conversion (as distinct from accommodation and coercion, for example) is rarely the mechanism of change in a nonviolent campaign. She also identifies and evaluates shortcomings in Gandhi’s leadership, particularly on this point.

King is well qualified to undertake this study of the previously neglected Vykom satyagraha. She participated in the civil rights movement in the United States in the 1960s led by the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr and has been a prominent scholar in the field of nonviolence ever since. Moreover, she is thorough, as the extensive footnotes in her book illustrate.

The Vykom satyagraha was an early example of the strategic application of nonviolent action even if it was some twenty years after Gandhi started using it strategically. And while he emphasised the importance of moral suasion to ‘melt the heart’ of opponents, and this is an emphasis that appears throughout his writing, King points out that Gandhi was also politically astute and, by 1905, was well aware that ‘even the most powerful cannot rule without the co-operation of the ruled’. Power in any struggle is important and must be wielded, albeit nonviolently.

Nevertheless, in relation to Vykom, as King points out and documents, the perseverance of the satyagrahis in self-suffering – for example, by standing in flood waters for hours at a time, withstanding without retaliation the atrocities inflicted by hooligans and the police (which led to some deaths and serious injuries, such as blindness), and imprisonment – on which Gandhi insisted, cannot be said to have ‘melted’ the hearts of the caste Hindus who controlled access to the temple roads. Moreover, Gandhi’s strategic guidance limited the satyagraha in other ways too. So understanding why a settlement was eventually achieved requires a more sophisticated analysis, which she then offers.

I would be less critical of Gandhi than King, however. I do not disagree with her documented shortcomings of his strategic guidance and, given my own research into human fear, agree with her that ‘melting hearts and minds’ is often a forlorn hope, especially if someone is terrified. A terrified individual clings with phenomenal tenacity to what makes them feel safe. In short, if you have been terrorised into adopting certain beliefs (about untouchability or anything else), they are not accessible to change without profound psychological healing from the fear that holds those beliefs in place. Realistically, melting hearts and minds can only happen with those who are not (unconsciously) terrified.

But Gandhi did understand the need to use power. He was just engaged in a lifetime effort to work out how to do this both ethically and effectively. His solution was nonviolent action designed to maximize the chance of ‘melting hearts and minds’. Even if he was wrong, it seems to me he was working from a sound orientation: that is, his ongoing experimentation was valuable. If he wasn’t ‘hard line’ about certain points that he thought he had learned, then he couldn’t later discover their weaknesses and abandon them. And the liberation of India after thirty years of strategically applied nonviolent action is evidence of his capacity as a strategic thinker, even if he made mistakes. What might other stalled liberation struggles achieve if they boasted a leader of Gandhi’s calibre?

Since his time, in virtually all contexts, nonviolent leaders have adhered strictly to certain principles while still being more flexible than was Gandhi. Partly, this has been due to the collective nature of most nonviolent leaderships. For example, Martin Luther King Jnr had many colleagues on whom he relied, several of whom had travelled to India to learn from or about Gandhi, as Professor King documents. Gandhi had no forebears (in the strategic application of nonviolence) or genuine peers, even if several of his fellow satyagrahis were trusted colleagues.

My own sense too, is that Gandhi had a ‘deep strategy’ in which his strategies to liberate untouchables or even India were, ultimately, only subsets. What was this ‘deep strategy’? The transformation of each individual into a fearless Self-realized human being. And it is only if we recognize this ‘deep strategy’ that apparently inexplicable tactics, like insisting that Hindus fight their own internal battles without support from people of other faiths, can be understood.  My own sense is that Gandhi would have happily lost many political and cultural ‘battles’ if his ‘war’ to liberate the human spirit could be won.

So you can see why I like Mary King’s book so much: it got me thinking, deeply. It is invaluable precisely because of its sophistication in raising important but subtle questions about nonviolence, social change and Gandhi in a most unusual way. Given the carefully documented historical evidence of nonviolent struggles that is increasingly available, what does nonviolence mean, ultimately, to you? And what is your sense of how nonviolent action should be applied?

If you want to read more about Mary King’s efforts as both an activist and scholar of nonviolence, then you can find out more on her website: http://maryking.info/ You won’t be wasting your time.


Robert J. Burrowes has a lifetime commitment to understanding and ending human violence. He has done extensive research since 1966 in an effort to understand why human beings are violent and has been a nonviolent activist since 1981. He is the author of ‘Why Violence?’. http://tinyurl.com/whyviolence His email address is [email protected] and his website is at http://robertjburrowes.wordpress.com

Hillary Clinton: The New York Times Will Never Tell Us This

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By: F. William Engdahl | New Eastern Outlook -

If she wasn’t such an ice-cold-hearted person, one might almost feel sorry for Hillary Rodham Clinton. Now, before she even officially declares her candidacy for the Democratic Party nomination in 2016 to become successor to Barack Obama as President, she lands in the middle of another very ugly scandal. This new scandal might well spell the end of her presidential obsession, and that of her obsessive husband Bill Clinton to get back into the power loop.

The new scandal involves Haiti, that tormented island in the Caribbean which gets hit not only by earthquakes but also by the ravages and looting acts of the Clintons and their friends and relatives. It involves obvious misuse of Bill Clinton’s position in Haiti since the January 2010 earthquake that killed more than 300,000 Haitians. It involves nepotism with the brother of Hillary Clinton. It involves Hillary directly, and it involves a foundation owned by the Clinton family which works closely with a reputed Mexican narco kingpin and some of the dirtiest Clinton political associates from their days in Washington.

Charity begins at home…

The timing of events here is important. On March 5, the popular web blog Breitbart published a story taken from an about-to-be-released new book by award-winning journalist, Peter Schweitzer titled, Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich. The book details facts around an unprecedented award for a gold mine, the first such granted in Haiti by the government in 50 years, to an obscure North Carolina company named VCS Mining to mine the Morne Bossa.

VCS Mining according to Schweitzer, had on its board of directors Tony Rodham. Never heard of him? Hillary Clinton’s family name is Hillary Rodham and Tony is her brother. Not only that, but the mining company also lists another board member, former Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive. Bellerive co-chaired the “charitable” Interim Haiti Recovery Commission with former US President and Hillary’s husband (at least legally), William Jefferson Clinton.

Moreover, the terms of the first new gold mining license granted by the Haiti government were made with no Congressional involvement and the state of Haiti got royally cheated. The terms of Rodham’s gold windfall upset members of Haiti’s senate: The government’s royalties under the deal were just 2.5 per cent, half the customary rate. And VCS mining has an option to renew the terms for 25 years.

On March 6, one day after the March 5 story hit, VCS Mining on its scanty website (which reveals no single name of any officers or directors nor any annual report or financial report), published an “Immediate Press Release.” It denied that Rodham or Bellerive played any role in the highly suspicious and strange deal. Even more bizarre is that the press release is the only statement on the company’s entire website.

Further search in the company directories of Bloomberg/BusinessWeek to find names of the current board turned up…..nothing. In a report on the company dated March 12, 2015, Bloomberg wrote, “There is no Other Board Members data available.” Did the company scrub their records to hinder further embarrassing scandals that would jeopardize Hillary’s presidential bid which, until two weeks ago when the State Department email scandal broke, looked like a done deal?

The Clinton Foundation, State Department and Haiti

It is looking more and more likely that the emails Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton wrote in the years she was Secretary, which she refuses to turn over in full as required by law to the US Government, would contain explosive revelations about her role in Haiti after the earthquake.

It has just been revealed that she used a private email address run on her own server, during her years at the State Department, and never had a ‘state.gov’ address as required for government official business. She ran all her professional emails through her own Internet domain, ‘clintonemails.com.’ When she left office her emails left with her. That included emails that would have dealt with her response to the Haiti earthquake. The Federal Records Act requires employees of executive branch agencies to keep all of their emails and make all of them available for permanent retention.

She was Secretary of State from January 21, 2009 to February 1, 2013. In December, 2012 Hillary’s brother’s company got the lucrative gold mining contract. During her time in State, the State Department through its USAID disbursed $3.6 billion for Haitian “earthquake relief.”

The plot gets uglier. While she was doling out billions in US taxpayer dollars to unspecified projects in Haiti, husband Bill Clinton was serving as UN Special Envoy for Haitian earthquake relief as co-chair with Jean-May Bellerive of the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission. At the same time, Bill was head of the Clinton Foundation, which claimed to have raised $36 million from “private contributors” for Haiti relief. However, the Clinton Foundation, at the time Hillary was Secretary of State, also accepted money from countries that Hillary Clinton dealt with while Secretary, including the UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Iran, brazen conflicts of interest should Clinton become president. In one case the Clinton Foundation accepted a “gift” of $500,000 from the Algerian government to “benefit earthquake relief efforts in Haiti.” Hello?

So to sum up, to date Hillary as US Secretary of State handed out billions in USAID money in Haiti. Husband Bill was taking money for his private foundation from foreign governments that Secretary Hillary deals with in an official capacity. Then the day she resigns from the State Department in February 2013, Hillary joined their daughter and Bill to become a named principal in the now named Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation. And brother Tony Rodham just happens to be lucky and land a lucrative gold mining contract in Haiti at the same time? I think the trials and tribulations of Hillary Rodham Clinton have only begun.

The Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation

Then we have to look more closely into the Clinton Foundation and there we find interesting people chosen to be on their Board of Directors. Bruce Lindsey serves as the chairman of the Board for the Clinton Foundation. He has been described as Bill Clinton’s Consigliere, as in the mafia lawyer who cleans up messes in the family. Lindsey has been at Bill’s side since their days in Little Rock when Bill was governor and Hillary a lawyer with the Rose law firm.

Lindsey was Clinton’s White House Counsel for all eight years. Now he is chair of the Clinton Foundation. During the Clinton presidency, Lindsey was accused by Republicans of soliciting Asian money for Democrats and for Clinton’s legal defense fund on the Monika Lewinsky-ted impeachment trial. Lindsey was present at White House meetings with shady Clinton fund-raising figures such as John Huang and James Riady. Republicans at the time also suspected Lindsey–who oversaw White House document-gathering in response to congressional subpoenas–was “cleansing” documents to keep information from the Congressional panels.

Now we continue looking at today’s Clinton Foundation board of directors and lo and behold we find Ms Cheryl Mills. Never heard of her? She was Hillary’s Chief of Staff at the State Department and as it states in her bio, she “served as counselor and chief of staff at the US Department of State where she managed the foreign policy and operational priorities for the $55 billion agency.” Mills was Manager of foreign policy and operational priorities for Hillary Clinton? Did she also play a dirty role in the Haiti scandals with Bill Clinton’s Interim Haiti Recovery Commission when Hillary’s USAID was splashing billions of US taxpayer dollars into something or some ones in Haiti? We may never know because it comes out in the latest State Department “email-gate” scandal that not only Hillary refused to use official US Government internet email for state business. Fellow member of the board of directors of the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, Cheryl Mills also used the private clintonemail.com email address for her government correspondence.

‘World’s Richest Man’

Then another member of the exotic Clinton Foundation board is a mining and motion picture mogul, Frank Giustra. In 2007, Frank Giustra and Bill Clinton launched something called the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership. Their stated purpose was to create “social and economic development programs in parts of the world where poverty is widespread, including Colombia, Peru, Mexico, and Haiti.” That morphed into the Clinton Giustra Sustainable Growth Initiative (CGSGI). The two men then brought in a third, a Mexican named Carlos Slim, who matched their initial $100 million fund. The three men apparently enjoyed working together so in 2010, just after the Haiti earthquake, with Clinton as Special UN Envoy to Haiti, they established another $20 million fund to finance small businesses in earthquake-ravaged Haiti.

According to the annual Forbes list of the world’s richest people, Carlos Slim is probably the richest, just passing Bill Gates to be worth an estimated $81.6 billion. He owns Telmex, the largest telecom in Mexico and a network of banks and companies and airlines. He even bought himself blue-blood WASP respectability several years ago by rescuing the ailing New York Times for a mere $250 million.

As well, Carlos Slim is in the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees of the RAND Corporation, a major Pentagon contractor and leading neo-conservative think tank behind the US CIA strategies of Color Revolutions, “swarming” and such. That has interesting implications for US national security.

The most interesting parts of Carlos Slim’s career however are its overlaps with the Mexican drug cartel. Mexican journalists speak openly that Slim amassed his colossal fortune not just by charging the highest phone rates in Latin America. According to award-winning journalist Daniel Hopsicker, Carlos Slim, the philanthropy partner of the Clinton Foundation, “has long-standing business ties with wealthy Mexican businessmen suspected of involvement in Mexico’s so-called ‘Cartel of the Southeast,’ the drug trafficking organization based in Cancun which came to light two years ago with the crash on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula of an American-registered (N987SA) Gulfstream jet carrying nearly four tons of cocaine.”

According to Hopsicker, Fernando Chico Pardo, a top level business associate of Carlos Slim, left Slim’s employ with the latter’s blessing, to take over Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste, S.A. de C.V., (ASUR), a publicly-traded corporation which Mexican sources say moves large quantities of cocaine through Cancun International Airport, which ASUR runs and manages. ASUR controls a dozen Mexican airports. Pardo, according to these reports, was Slim’s alter-ego and right-hand for 16 years. He still has a seat on the board of Carlos Slim’s holding company and Pardo’s brother, Jaime Chico Pardo, is President of Slim’s major holding, Mexican telecommunications giant Telmex.

Mexican well-researched press reports claim that Fernando Chico Pardo’s Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste, S.A. de C.V., (ASUR) is involved in the drug trafficking major leagues, and was reportedly complicit in the big “drug move” in September of 2007 which ended with an American Gulfstream jet carrying 4 tons of cocaine crashing in the Yucatan.

Hopsicker adds,“the Gulfstream (N987SA) was known to belong to the CIA in Columbia and Central America, and to fly for the DEA as well…according to exclusive reporting in NarcoNews.”

Hillary and ‘Sweet Mickey’ Martelly

Presumptive US Democratic Presidential candidate, Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Clinton Foundation has activities in Haiti with Carlos Slim, Mexican giga-billionaire and reputed business associate of leading Mexican drug cartel figures, who sits on the Executive Board of Washington’s Pentagon and CIA-linked RAND Corporation and who owns a major stake in the New York Times. Hillary’s kid brother, Tony Rodham, wins the sweetheart gold mine concession in Haiti with a company that barely exists. It all begins to stink like the cesspool outside the factory pig farm manure dump of Smithfield Foods in Mexico.

Leading Haitian lawyer and a genuine human rights activist, Ezili Dantò, charges that UN Envoy to Haiti, Bill Clinton as head of the Haitian relief fund was responsible for some $6 billion of international relief aid received. “Less than 1% of this amount made it to the Haitian government. Bill Clinton had total control of the balance.” She adds, “Hillary and Bill Clinton ‘opened Haiti’ as their private asset to liquidate. They used the resources of the World Bank, the State Department, USAID, the UN, the Private Military Security Contractors, the US military, and the Fed’s passport and visa issuance capabilities. They got kickbacks called ‘donations’ from anyone who wished to buy from them a piece of Haiti lands, oil, iridium, uranium or gold. The Clintons have used governmental power to conduct their private business and called it ‘helping poor Haitians.’”

Dantò adds that Bill Clinton made no attempt to conceal his Haiti aid corruption. Neither did US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton: “They pushed their own Haiti staff members into nominal positions of power to rubber stamp their edicts. Haiti Prime Minister Gary Conille, who succeeded Jean Max Bellerive, worked as chief of staff for Bill Clinton and as a UN development expert.

“Cheryl Mills, another Clinton staffer named in the Clinton “email-gate” scandal and who today is on the board of the Clinton Foundation, also served as the United States’ representative on the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission (IHRC).

Dantò elaborated further that, “Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Cheryl Mills, her chief of staff at the State Department, brought intense US pressure to bear on the Haitian government and Electoral Council to advance Martelly, who finished third, to the first place in the runoff, insuring his election as President in March, 2011. Hillary Clinton revoked the visas of several Haitian officials she felt were not complying, prematurely announced the election dispute was over, threatened to cut off aid if the doctored elections and OAS ruling to advance Martelly to the second rounds were not accepted by Haiti. The US even threatened to forcibly remove Haiti president Preval if he didn’t comply and put Martelly in the elections.”

Martelly, known in Haiti by his musician name, Michel ‘Sweet Micky’ Martelly, backed the CIA-created right-wing paramilitary Front for the Advancement and Progress of Haïti and proposed to re-instate the Armed Forces of Haiti, which were disbanded by former Haitian President Aristide in 1995 because they were the terror arm of deposed dictator ‘Baby Doc’ Duvalier. The CIA ousted the popular Haitian nationalist, democratically-elected Aristide, and forced him into South African exile. According to Ezili Dantò, Hillary and Bill Clinton engineered the Presidency of Martelly, a cocaine-loving rock keyboard musician, to cover up their corruption.

She adds, “The quake monies benefited Clintons’ cronies, the Clinton Foundation big business donors, the Clintons’ luxury spa resort and hotel partners, the military industrial/intelligence complex and the usual Washington beltway bandits, like Chemonics. The holocaust for Haiti continued. What’s worst was the Clintons’ use of shock and trauma-the cataclysmic 2010 earthquake and 2010 UN-imported cholera traumas-to push the 2010 doctored elections down the Haitian people’s throats to outright dictatorship.”

It’s beginning to look like Hillary Rodham Clinton faces far more scrutiny for her dealings than she hoped for. But one thing is certain. The New York Times, formerly America’s most respected newspaper of record, will never tell us this about Hillary’s murky dealings in Haiti. Why? Look no further than Carlos Slim, that paper’s second largest stockowner and long-time business partner of Hillary’s foundation in Haiti.


F. William Engdahl is strategic risk consultant and lecturer, he holds a degree in politics from Princeton University and is a best-selling author on oil and geopolitics, exclusively for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”.


First appeared: http://journal-neo.org/2015/03/20/hillary-the-new-york-times-will-never-tell-us-this/

UN Denounces Israeli Abuses Against Detained Palestinian Children

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500 children were killed and hundreds of thousands were found to be psychologically unstable after the last Israeli attack in Gaza.

The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Makarim Wibisono, called on Israel to “cease the abuse of lots of kids” that the Israeli regime holds in detention.

“I am extremely concerned about the treatment given to the Palestinians, including children in detention centers in Israel,” said Wibisono as he presented his latest report to the Human Rights Council of the UN during its twenty-eighth session.

“As we speak, scores of Palestinian children are in Israeli detention centers. I appeal to Israel to take the relevant decisions dramatically and immediately to cease the abuse,” he added.

Wibisono echoed a report from the United Nations Children’s Fund published two years ago in which it was concluded that the abuse of children in the detention system appeared to be widespread, systematic and institutionalized.

“No child deserves to go through terrifying nights of arrests, physical and verbal abuse, denial of access to a lawyer, and humiliation,” said the reporter, who recalled that Israeli children living in illegal settlements in the occupied territories “are not treated in the same way. “

The rapporteur assumed that since the report was published, Israel conducts interrogations in a language that the child can understand, but claims that this does not occur in cases of children who throw stones, which is the most common charge against them .

Wibisono remembered the price paid by Palestinian children in Gaza after the last conflict, which left 500 dead and 400,000 children in need of psychosocial support.

“The ferocity of the destruction and the high proportion of civilian lives lost in Gaza raises serious questions about Israel’s compliance with international humanitarian law and the principles of proportionality, distinction and precaution in attacks”.

“The high number of hospitals, ambulances, schools and private homes destroyed despite the special protection that is granted to them, is an example of this,” he added.

Moreover, Wibisono expressed his “dismay as most people take it lightly when excessive use of force by the Israeli security forces ends in injury or death of Palestinians.”

He recalled the case of two Palestinian teenagers who posed no threat and were killed in cold blood last May at the hands of Israeli security forces.

The speaker again asked Israel to let him enter their territory to carry out his task more accurately and fairly, and reminded that “peace begins when human rights are respected.”


Luis R. Miranda is an award-winning journalist and the founder and editor-in-chief at The Real Agenda. His career spans over 18 years and almost every form of news media. His articles include subjects such as environmentalism, Agenda 21, climate change, geopolitics, globalisation, health, vaccines, food safety, corporate control of governments, immigration and banking cartels, among others. Luis has worked as a news reporter, on-air personality for Live and Live-to-tape news programs. He has also worked as a script writer, producer and co-producer on broadcast news. Read more about Luis.

North Korea To Obama: Return Nobel Peace Prize

Nobel Committee Chairman Thorbjorn Jagland (L) presents U.S. President Barack Obama with the Nobel Prize medal and diploma during the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Raadhuset Main Hall at Oslo City Hall in Oslo, Norway on December 10, 2009. UPI/Pete Souza/The White House  | License Photo

Nobel Committee Chairman Thorbjorn Jagland (L) presents U.S. President Barack Obama with the Nobel Prize medal and diploma during the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Raadhuset Main Hall at Oslo City Hall in Oslo, Norway on December 10, 2009. UPI/Pete Souza/The White House
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Pyongyang claims U.S. is preparing for nuclear war and that President Obama is violating nuclear non-proliferation treaties.

SEOUL, March 23 (UPI) – North Korea’s state-controlled media blasted President Barack Obama for the nuclear weapons policy of the United States and demanded Obama return his 2009 Nobel Peace Prize for violating the U.N. Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.

Yonhap reported North Korea’s newspaper Rodong Sinmun denounced the U.S. president on Monday, stating Obama’s call for the dismantlement of North Korea’s nuclear program, a backhanded move – just a few weeks after Obama observed the 45th anniversary of the U.N. treaty on nuclear weapons on March 6.

North Korea’s state-controlled news outlet claimed the U.S. has 2,900 nuclear warheads in its possession.

“It is an absurd lie, an insult to humanity and a criminal act,” the Rodong Sinmun stated, referring to U.S. censure of North Korea’s nuclear weapons program and call for non-proliferation under Obama’s nuclear arms reduction treaty with Russia, signed in April 2010.

Under the treaty’s terms, the number of U.S. and Russian strategic nuclear missiles will be halved by 2021.

North Korea said the current supply of U.S. nuclear weapons violates the U.N. non-proliferation treaty and claimed the U.S. is preparing for a nuclear war.

“It would be best (for Obama) to return his Nobel Peace Prize, which was won on the grounds of absurd lies,” the Rodong Sinmun wrote.

In January, President Obama declared financial sanctions against North Korea in response to the hacking of Sony Pictures, reported Politico. The Obama administration said North Korea was behind the attack.

On March 17, Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, said an Internet outage in North Korea was a retaliatory strike against Pyongyang for the hacking of Sony Pictures but declined to identify the agency responsible for the retaliation.

Source: UPI

 

Fukishima Power Plant Nuclear Meltdown Confirmed

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By: Claire Bernish | The Pontiac Tribune -

On Thursday, just over four years since a deadly earthquake and subsequent tsunami crippled the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) confirmed a long suspected theory: complete meltdown in the No. 1 reactor.

TEPCO and the International Research Institute for Nuclear Decomissioning (IRID) have been studying the interior of the reactor using tomographic imagery to determine precisely where the fuel is, or in this case isn’t, located. The xray-like images confirmed no fuel remained in the building itself, likely having melted through the floor into a holding unit below.

We presume that despite the meltdown, the fuel is still in the containment vessel,” said Tomohisa Ito, spokesman for IRID, “but we still need to directly check the situation one day using remote-controlled robots.”

TEPCO has faced major obstacles in the battle to contain the radioactive disaster. Immediately after the plant was knocked offline, which some suspect may have started with the earthquake instead of the ensuing tsunami, hydrogen explosions caused radioactive winds to spread over an area wide enough to have warranted more significant evacuations than were carried out. Japan’s leaders, though at first unaware of the technology available to track this emission, downplayed the severity of the problem in what is seen by many as a PR issue in a country so reliant on atomic energy.

A massive influx of groundwater has further complicated the issue. Rain from the site and further inland naturally permeates the soil and makes its way to the sea, but it’s pouring into the basements of the buildings which house the reactors. At a rate of 75 gallons per minute, it mixes with tainted cooling water from cracks in the reactors and becomes highly radioactive. The basements themselves are considered too risky for people to enter. How to best contain this waste water is anyone’s guess as the enormous tanks designed for that purpose are notoriously faulty, even though they continue to be built for that purpose.

In February, the discovery was made that TEPCO had knowledge of cesium-laced water leaking directly into the ocean from a drainage ditch it was using for runoff from the roof of Sector 2. The company had known about this for ten months, but failed to release the information.

Four years after this began, TEPCO has developed a plan for containment, but the company’s history of secrecy and deception about the scale of the problem has many people doubting its efficacy. First, filters would be installed in the ground to collect the leaking water, filter the radiation, and then pump it back out to sea. Second, an enormous ice wall would be created in the ground as a fortress around the basements to prevent further groundwater from creeping in.

The news of complete meltdown makes this the second worst nuclear disaster next to Chernobyl. Reactors No. 2 & 3 are also scheduled for imaging, and it is widely suspected they also suffered complete meltdown.

Rebranding Al-Qaeda’s Jabhat Al Nusra As “Moderates”

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By: Maram Susli | New Eastern Outlook -

The CIA backed and armed Syrian rebel group, Hazm brigade disbanded and its members have defected to Al Qaeda linked Jabhat Al Nusra (JAN) and ISIS. Hazm brigade also left behind a warehouse of US provided weapons, including anti-tank TOW missiles, which JAN has seized. With no one left to arm against the Syrian state but JAN, the US State Department has attempted to rebrand JAN as a non-Al Qaeda moderate force. The next step of the plan is to allow US proxy Qatar to openly arm JAN. However, the audacious campaign has so far been an abysmal failure.

Hazm Brigade Provided Plausible Deniability

The latest defection and disbanding was not the first time that the US backed Hazm brigade had handed over US provided weapons to Al Qaeda, the last incident occurring in December of 2014. It was previously asserted that the US administration advertised the ‘moderate’ Hazm brigade in order to maintain plausible deniability whilst knowing the heavy weapons they provide, such as anti-tank missiles, would eventually end up in the hands of Al Qaeda.

Indeed, former-US ambassador Robert Ford recently admitted through his twitter account to Syrian journalist Edward Dark, that the US knew the Syrian rebels they were backing were allied to Al Qaeda. With the announcement that Hazm brigade had disbanded, the State Department has lost their cover to aid al Qaeda whilst maintaining plausible deniability.

Rebranding Al Qaeda

NATO media has acknowledged that JAN is the most powerful group fighting the Syrian state besides ISIS. JAN also have widespread support amongst all other insurgents groups in Syria. Given the level at which the US has committed itself to an anti-ISIS narrative, they have little left to paint as a moderate force but JAN. Though, the US has launched strikes against JAN in one instance, earning the ire of all Syrian insurgent groups who protested “We are all JAN”. Suggestions to train a new insurgent group from scratch have been called unrealistic. Hence NATO media has been running a PR campaign for JAN’s new found moderation.

The New York Times suggested that JAN may ‘cut ties with Al Qaeda in the hope of receiving more military aid”. Reuters reported that if the group were to lose its Al Qaeda ties that Gulf states could provide more support openly.

“Sources in the group have said it was considering severing its ties to al Qaeda, a move that could result in more support from Gulf Arab states hostile to both Assad and Islamic State.”

The word of “more” tentatively suggests the New York Times and Reuters acknowledge that Gulf states have already provided some support to Al Qaeda in the past.

BBC analysis written by Dr. David Roberts, suggested that Qatar funding and arming JAN (Al Nusra Front) may be a good thing. In an article titled “Is Qatar bringing the Nusra Front in from the cold?” he writes,

“Secondly, the Nusra Front has pledged to concentrate its efforts on removing the Bashar al-Assad government, as opposed to attacking the “far enemy” (ie Western states). On this point, the Nusra Front is aligned tightly with Qatar, which also is implacably against the government and fundamentally believes that the situation in Syria will only improve if he is removed.This is why Qatar is hoping to bring the Nusra Front in from the cold. If the state can get the group to eschew its al-Qaeda affiliation and adhere to a broadly moderate Islamist platform, Qatar can officially commence, with Western blessing, the supply of one of the most effective fighting forces in Syria.”

The IBtimes downplayed JAN’s ties to Al Qaeda, stating:

“Though JAN is al Qaeda’s only branch in Syria, the group often downplays its role in al Qaeda Central’s long-term plan to establish an Islamic “emirate” in favour of marketing itself as a Syria-centric opposition group focused on the revolution and overthrowing Assad.”

Finally, In an article headlined “Accepting Al Qaeda,” the Council of Foreign Affairs (CFR) advised that the US must keep ‘Al Qaeda afloat to contain ISIS’’. Unlike other articles, the CFR doesn’t bother to suggest that JAN drop their Al Qaeda affiliations, instead suggesting the US should accept them in spite of their Al Qaeda affiliations. This would be the second time the CFR would recommend the US make friends with Al Qaeda. They had previously labeled the Ahrar Al Sham insurgent group “Al Qaeda worth befriending”. The CFR is considered to be US’s “most influential foreign-policy think tank”. In 2009, Hillary Clinton welcomed the fact that the CFR had set up an outpost down the street from the State Department, saying “I won’t have as far to go to be told what we should be doing.”

A Difficult Task

It was always going to be a difficult task to convince the American people to support a group they have been constantly told was responsible for the death of thousands of US soldiers and civilians. They were reminded by their own government every year to “never forget 9/11” and their young men were sent to die to avenge the incident, now they are being asked to forget just that.

But the task of rebranding JAN has been fraught with other difficulties, the main being that Al Nusra is not co-operating with the US-Qatari plan. In an angry statement, JAN denied US media reports that they were breaking ties with Al Qaeda. The AFP wrote that JAN had rejected “any plan to break away [from Al Qaeda ] and become a more internationally acceptable rebel force.”

But the AFP falls short of explaining how dropping a label would make JAN more internationally acceptable and no longer a ‘terrorist’ organisation. When ISIS shed it’s al Qaeda label, it did not stop ethnically cleansing minorities or beheading Syrian soldiers. Al Qaeda is after all just label, it is practically an imaginary organisation with practically the only men on the ground being the insurgents of JAN. Al Qaeda is more of an ideological affiliation, rather than an affiliation to a real organisation

The very fact that the NATO run media suggests changing JAN’s label would make them moderate, illustrates that the only distinction between the Al Qaeda and those groups NATO media calls moderate, is nothing but a label. They have very little ideological differences and commit equally abhorrent war crimes. Further illustrating this is, the fact that the Hazm brigade fighters found it easy to defect to JAN and ISIS and shows that the ‘moderate’ fighters had little trouble embracing Al Qaeda’s ideology.

Another difficulty is while Jabhat Al Nusra was condemned as a terrorist organisation, NATO run media was allowed to report on their war crimes. It is difficult to run a PR campaign for a group that has claimed responsibility for many car bombings which targeted civilians. It was also widely reported that Jabhat Al Nusra kidnapped UN peace keepers and later taunted them with the heads of murdered Syrian soldiers. Just like ISIS, JAN has been busy destroying Syria’s historical sites, though unlike the case with ISIS it was under-reported across NATO run media.

In 2012, it became increasingly obvious the Syrian state was fighting a sectarian and religiously motivated insurgency that was linked to Al Qaeda. It is possible that the US labeled JAN a terrorist organisation, as it needed a scapegoat to pin all rebel warcrimes on and to with which to set apart other insurgent groups. The policy may have backfired when JAN grew to be the main insurgent group fighting the Syrian state. During this time the US no longer needed JAN to act as the scapegoat as ISIS rose to fill in that role.

Indeed it also required for the US to label at least one insurgent group as a terrorists organisation, in order to pursue a long term objective of fighting a perpetual war “on terror”. However, the time frame of the rise of JAN seems to be inconvenient for the United States. Such a narrative shift was likely meant to occur after the successful over throw of the Syrian government. Creating terror to overthrow a government and then going back in to fight it, has been the template which was applied to Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya. But unlike in Iraq and Libya, the Syrian government remains firmly in place. As a result the US has been forced to pursue two conflicting policies and narratives at once, fighting terror and funding terror.

Apart from perpetual war, the rise of Al Qaeda linked groups better suits other long term US objectives. Such groups are more fundamentally opposed to Hezbollah, Iran and Russia. They are also more likely to pursue a policy of ethnic cleansing which would more easily lead to balkanisation. Finally the advantage of a mostly Al Qaeda force is that it is cheaper to run, as they are funded mostly by Gulf states who launder money through donations to pro-Al Qaeda Wahabi mosques. The US may find it easier to convince Qatar to foot the entire bill for the insurgency, arguing that they can’t do so whilst maintaining plausible deniability. It is interesting to note that, some Hazm brigade members believe the US set them up to fail by not providing them enough resources. Perhaps Hazm brigade were always left in a state weaker than JAN so that JAN would be able to loot the TOW missile arsenal, but perhaps JAN killed the goose that laid the golden egg.

One of the biggest hurdles in the plan to allow Qatar to openly fund JAN arises from the fact the the UN Security Council has already condemned and sanctioned both JAN and ISIS, unanimously adopting a Russian-drafted resolution. This effectively makes it illegal to fund JAN under international law. But there have already been accusations of US-ally Qatar sponsoring JAN and Qatar has done little to deny them.

The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamid II, told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour that there are groups that the US considered terrorists in Syria which Qatar does not, avoiding naming JAN outright. UK Prime Minister David Cameron and Washington have gone as far as to admit that individuals in Qatar were also bank rolling ISIS, perhaps as a means of blackmailing their Qatari ally in the future. Qatar was able to openly transfer millions to JAN, under the guise of paying ransom for abducted nuns and UN peacekeepers. BBC analyst Dr David Roberts does not question Qatar’s ties to JAN but, referred to the hostage taking as ‘JAN helping Qatar release hostages’.

Whilst Qatar has provided funding to JAN in the past, openly arming JAN would allow Qatar to transfer a lot more money and perhaps heavier weaponry through the US. But without first removing JAN off the UN sanctions list it would be too difficult for the UN to ignore. Though there have been set backs to the US-Qatar open arming plan, they may continue trying in the coming weeks. Regardless, funding for JAN and the insurgency is not going to dry up any time soon, with or without plausible deniability.


Maram Susli also known as “Syrian Girl,” is an activist-journalist and social commentator covering Syria and the wider topic of geopolitics, especially for the online magazineNew Eastern Outlook”.

First appeared: http://journal-neo.org/2015/03/23/rebranding-alqaeda-s-jabhat-al-nusra-as-moderates/

 

Putin Targeted For Assassination-Will This Mean WW III Or Russian Civil War?

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Many in the independent media are proclaiming that a massive coup, which includes security personnel, top military leaders and top Russian businessmen, led by Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu is intent on removing Putin and restoring relations with the West. I wish these reports were accurate, but the recent course of actions strongly suggest that the opposite is in fact true.

Will a Russian Coup Lead to a Russia Civil War?

According to ZN,UA, a Ukrainian publication, former Russian presidential adviser Andrey Illarionov has stated Vladimir Putin will be removed from power within the next few days and the forces of a “big blood” are poised to take over Russia. The forces of big blood are a group of hardliners who will undoubtedly push the world to the brink of World War III and beyond when they assume full power. As I write these words, there are reports that Russian government and key business figures are being taken to underground facilities. Does this mean that World War III is days away? It could, but not necessarily. This could be nothing more than blustering and posturing on the part of the Russians. However, blustering is not normally accompanied by a coup and that is what we are witnessing in Russia.

Removing the Popular Putin Is Not a Simple Task

There are complications in carrying out the coup. Putin is enormously popular among the Russian people. Subsequently, a bigger picture looms; Will the Russian people support such a coup? More importantly, many of those who are reporting on this issue are overlooking this fact as well as the popularity that Putin enjoys in some circles of the Russian intelligence community as well as in certain parts of the military. Putin’s removal from power is a prescription for civil war because of his popularity. And because of the role that Ukraine and some of the former outlying Soviet states play in the formation of the emerging Eurasian Union, a Russian civil war would spill over to Asia and Europe and ultimately lead to World War III. If a country was ever in need of a false flag, the Russian hardliners could use one right now. This would go a long way towards securing the popular support that this coup will ultimately require. One piece of speculation has Putin being assassinated and forces connected to Western interests are implicated. Thus, the world would have its Archduke Francis Ferdinand moment.

The Facts Don’t Support a Peaceful Resolution

Putin disappears for 10 days, he returns, appearing to have gained 20 pounds in water weight, NOT looking like himself and has done nothing but engage in a series of military drills designed to antagonize the West. In actuality, the military antagonism of the West was the byproduct of whoever was running Russia during the Putin disappearance.

The speculation that Russian Defense Minister, Sergey Shoygu, has rescued Russia from Putin’s warlike tendencies and plans to restore relations with the West when the coup is complete is not supported by the recent facts.

Since Putin Disappeared from March 5th-March 15th Russia Has Been In War Mode

Since when does a Defense Minister increase war preparedness drills in preparation for negotiating peace with his enemies? The notion that Russia is moving toward a position of negotiation, conciliation and peace is laughable given the following chain of events.

The following is a small sample size of the Russian war preparations which transpired during Putin’s disappearance.

The Russian Northern Fleet was brought to full combat alert at 8:00 a.m. Moscow time (05:00 GMT), on March 16, 2015. The alert included 38,000 military personnel, 3,360 pieces of equipment, 41 ships, 15 submarines, and a total of 110 airplanes and helicopters. The exercises, which will be run on land, sea and air and will subsequently conclude in five days. The mission is to provide support for existing Russian military forces in the Arctic.

Various units of Russia’s signals troops began a massive large-scale communications field exercises in nine regions of the Eastern Military District. Russian public relations representatives stated, “The drills envision the use of advanced relay broadcast stations, mobile video-conferencing systems, modern radio stations and satellite communications that were put in service with the Eastern Military District in 2014-2015.” The purpose of this drill would be to coordinate aircraft, mobile forces and troops movements.

On March 12, Eastern Military District press head Col. Alexander Gordeyev said that a military exercise involving anti-air defense troops started in the region. Why would Russia be simultaneously practicing offense and defensive maneuvers in the same region? Smart money says that Russia plans to attack Lithuania and it is clear from these Eastern Region drills, Russia expects NATO to retaliate by air. THESE ARE OMINOUS SIGNS THAT THE RUSSIANS BELIEVE THAT WW III IS INEVITABLE!

In alliance reminiscent of World War I, “Air Force officials from Russia and Serbia agreed at a planning conference in the Russian Defense Ministry on March 12 to carry out joint tactical drills in September this year,” stated spokesman Col. Igor Klimov. Klimov further added that both Serbian and Russian pilots will work to intercept air targets while Mi-8 military transport and combat helicopters will work on tactical landings, covering ground units from the air while firing missiles at ground targets at the site.

In the never-ending series of military exercises with live firing drills, this past Wednesday, March 11, in Russia’s southern and western regions and in the Far East, the Defense Ministry held a drill in which 30 sorties with live firing of missiles and rockets were held in the Stavropol territory.  

Russian army artillery personnel in the Southern Military District began scheduled drills using new Hosta and Tornado-G systems. Over 8,000 Russian army artillery personnel began exercises in Crimea, South Ossetia, Abkhazia, Armenia as well as other areas on Thursday, March 12th.

“NATO jets scrambled out of Lithuania to intercept 11 Russian warplanes flying with their transponders veered off over the Baltic Sea”. 

According to a powerful and influential member of the Russian Oligarchy, the owner of the ‘Alpha Bank’s‘ Oleg Sysoyev, has stated that pro-war elements are gaining power at the Kremlin.

A tweet, listed below, indicates that Shoigu launched a surprise inspection of key Russian troops and equipment with regard to the war readiness of nearly 80,000 Russian troops.

SHOIGU: NORTHERN FLEET SURPRISE CHECK INVOLVES SOME 76,000 SERVICEMEN, OVER 10,000 TANKS AND ARMORED VEHICLES — IFX

Russian “Alpha Bank’s” Oleg Sysoyev says war faction gains power in Kremlin

On March 14th, Venezuela and tens of thousands of Russian troops staged a military exercise to counter an alleged U.S. threat, deploying soldiers and partisans across the country to march, man shoulder-fired missiles and defend an oil refinery from a simulated attack.

DO THE ABOVE RUSSIAN MILITARY ACTIONS LOOK LIKE RUSSIA PLANS TO NORMALIZE RELATIONS WITH THE WEST? 

Conclusion

With all due respect, anyone who thinks that Putin has been deposed by more moderate and peaceful forces in Russia are mistaken. Whether Putin has been deposed by war hawks or this coup will result in a bloody civil war, is irrelevant. Unless there is a dramatic diplomatic breakthrough, the world is on a clear path to World War III.


Dave Hodges is the host of the popular weekly talk show, The Common Sense Show, which airs on Sunday nights from 9pm – Midnight (central) on the Republic Broadcasting Network and its 29 affiliate stations. Dave also hosts a website (www.thecommonsenseshow.com) in which he writes daily articles on the geopolitical state of affairs both nationally and internationally. The theme of Dave’s show and website centers around exposing the corruption and treason which has invaded the presidency and Congress as well as their corporate and banking benefactors. Dave is an award winning psychology, sociology, statistics and research professor. He is also a former college basketball coach who retired as the winningest coach in his college’s history. A mental health therapist by training, Dave brings a broad based perspective in his fight against the corrupt central banking cartels which have hijacked the US government. Dave and his wife, Nora have one son and they presently reside in rural Arizona approximately 25 miles north of the greater Phoenix area. Dave was drawn to the fight for freedom when the globalist central banking forces, led by Senator John McCain, attempted to seize his home and property and that of 300 of his neighbors, without one dime being offered in compensation. This attempted public theft of private property was conducted for the purpose of securing cheap land in which the globalists intended on putting in an international highway through their area known as the Canamex Corridor. Dave’s community appointed him the spokesperson and eventually his community won their fight against the bankers and their front man, Senator McCain. This event launched Dave’s career as a broadcaster and an investigative journalist. Dave’s website presently enjoys over a half a million visitors every month.

France Prepares For Widespread, Unlimited Spying Practices

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By: The Real Agenda -

False-flag events such as the Charlie Hebdo attack serve just fine for governments to justify outrageous policies and procedures which would otherwise be even more unjustifiable and unacceptable.

The supposed threat that terrorism presents to western nations serves many purposes. After 9/11 it was used to justify government powergrabs on many areas, and in the last few years is the cornerstone of increasing cyberspying practices by countries like the United States, England and now France.

If plans in France work out as planned, its secret services may be able to ‘legally’ infiltrate and monitor ‘potential terrorists’ using various techniques of espionage with a simple administrative authorization or without it in case of emergency or imminent risk, according to a bill unveiled by French newspaper “Le Figaro”. This bill sounds and smells a lot like American versions of spying proposals that are already in effect.

The project of the French Socialist government, which will be adopted on Thursday by the Council of Ministers, supposedly aims to provide “a comprehensive legal framework” to secret agents in their intrusive activities into the private life of average citizens with a clear focus on “the principles and purposes”, says the bill.

The drafters set a “limiting” list of reasons justifying the use of “special techniques”. Among them are the national defense, foreign interests, economic or scientific policy, prevention of terrorism and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction as well as violence that disrupts the public peace.

As it happens with legislation adopted in other European nations and in the United States, the problem with this type of proposals is that, due to its broad terms, it gives the government the ability to interpret its text in multiple ways to accomodate whatever it wants to frame within the limits of the law.

Specifically, spies can access data connections or intercept communications such as phone calls and emails with a simple administrative approval, without obtaining court approval.

That includes listening through IMSI receptors such as computers or mobile devices; the installation of GPS in vehicles to track their movement; interception of all types of communications even encrypted ones and the placement of microphones and cameras.

The authorization to adopt these procedures may be requested by the Ministers of Defense, Interior and Finance and are subject to the direction and approval of the Prime Minister. Again, as in the case of the Americans, the French Parliament is concentrating more and more power on one political figure and less on the legislative body itself.

According to the bill, the head of government and other authorities should also be informed without delay where the secret services have launched an operation for reasons of urgency with “an imminent threat or a very high risk which renders them unable to perform the operation later.”

The bill provides for the establishment of a National Commission for the Control of Information Techniques (CNCTI) in front of which will be judges of the State Council and the Supreme Court and parliamentarians advised by engineers, lawyers, computer and encoding specialists.

The CNCTI, which replaces another body established in 1991, will “recommend” the interruption of any technique they are using for spying if it is deemed irregular, and may refer to the Council of State, which ultimately could order the destruction of the elements obtained.

Beyond this adversary proceeding, the secret services must destroy the information collected within twelve months and after five years when they are data connections.

One of the peculiarities of the bill is that it requires that telecommunications operators and Internet providers are obligated to extend the period of retention of data connections from one to five years, and transmit it to the secret services at their request.

As decribed above, the new French bill is a direct copy of the policies used by the American National Security Agency which are now being codified as ‘legal’ in France.

The bill also allows for the “immediate collection” of the data of suspects, and anything else that offers clues to the spies such as decrypted and encrypted conversations or information.

The proposal to have this particular practice responds in part to a series of needs identified after the wave of alleged jihadist attacks that took place in France in early January.

As it happened in the UK and in the United States, false flag events such as the Charlie Hebdo attack serve just fine for governments to justify outrageous policies and procedures which would otherwise be even more unjustifiable and unacceptable.


Luis R. Miranda is an award-winning journalist and the founder and editor-in-chief at The Real Agenda. His career spans over 18 years and almost every form of news media. His articles include subjects such as environmentalism, Agenda 21, climate change, geopolitics, globalisation, health, vaccines, food safety, corporate control of governments, immigration and banking cartels, among others. Luis has worked as a news reporter, on-air personality for Live and Live-to-tape news programs. He has also worked as a script writer, producer and co-producer on broadcast news. Read more about Luis.

Ukraine Sets Up War Stage Between Russia And The United States

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Ukraine has given two steps in opposite directions. On one hand, it has approved a so-called new status that allegedly gives autonomy to the Easter regions of Lughansk and Donetsk. On the other hand, it has approved the deployment of both American and Polish militaries on its soil for ‘training purposes’.

The first step seems to be one in the right direction and a direct result of the Minsk negotiations led by Russia and five other European nations. The second step is a direct threat to Russia because American, Polish and quite possibly NATO operatives will be very near the Russian border.

The government led by Vladimir Putin has been clear about Ukraine allowing foreign troops, particularly American troops on its soil. Putin has said his government will not sit and watch should American military step on Ukrainian soil. He has said such a move is direct threat to the Kremlin and that Russia will not hesitate to respond.

Despite such a clear statement, the Verkhovna Rada, or Ukrainian Parliament has approved the deployment of US troops in the country to participate in military exercises.

The Ukrainian Army plans to hold three joint exercises involving US troops and two other ones with Polish troops this year.

According to the Ukrainian constitution, Parliament must authorize in each case the entry of foreign troops in the country, which is what the Rada has done.

Both the approval of foreign troops and the new status for the autonomous regions in the East came while Russia celebrates the first anniversary of the return of Crimea to Russian territory. It was a year ago that Crimeans voted to become part of Russia given the deterioration of affairs in Ukraine.

Ukraine has done for the Eastern provinces what it refused to do for Crimea, as the Verkhovna Rada approved a law of self-government for areas under rebel control in the eastern regions of Donetsk and Lughansk, which was a request made during the peace meetings in Minsk.

As a condition for receiving such autonomy for a period of only three years, the eastern provinces are asked to hold local elections under Ukrainian law and international democratic standards under the presence of observers from other countries.

The eastern provinces and Russia have rejected the proposal from Kiev because it violates conditions of the peace agreements signed last February 12 which argues that Kiev cannot directly link the granting of autonomy to the elections.


Luis R. Miranda is an award-winning journalist and the founder and editor-in-chief at The Real Agenda. His career spans over 18 years and almost every form of news media. His articles include subjects such as environmentalism, Agenda 21, climate change, geopolitics, globalisation, health, vaccines, food safety, corporate control of governments, immigration and banking cartels, among others. Luis has worked as a news reporter, on-air personality for Live and Live-to-tape news programs. He has also worked as a script writer, producer and co-producer on broadcast news. Read more about Luis.

Syria Shoots Down U.S. Drone Over Latakia

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Brandon Turbeville | Activist Post –

On March 17, 2015, the Syrian military apparently shot down a U.S. Predator Drone drove over the Northwestern city of Latakia in Syria.

The United States has confirmed that it lost contact with a drone but has stated that it was unclear whether or not the drone had been shot down.

Syrian state media has described the drone as “hostile” but has not given any further details.

Sana news agency stated, “Syrian Air Defense systems shot down a U.S. UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) north of Latakia Province.”

The Pentagon has stated that it is “looking into” the incident.

It is important to note that, while some drones are used for reconnaissance, Predator drones are outfitted for both surveillance and warfare. This calls into question whether or not the drone (already a violation of Syrian sovereignty and territorial integrity) was preparing to launch such an airstrike against the Syrian government or whether it may have been a provocation to coax the Syrian military into shooting it down.

After all, the United States has been looking for any justification it can get its hands on in the last few months in order to take direct military action against Syria.

The downing of the drone will mark the first time Syrian and United States militaries proper have clashed.

Such an incident was bound to happen, however, as the United States afforded itself the right to bomb targets inside Syria a year ago.

In February, the United States announced that it was going to allow phantom “moderate rebels” (aka ISIS, al-Qaeada, al-Nusra, etc.) to call in airstrikes against their opponents, making the U.S. officially al-Qaeda’s Air Force.

The shootdown of the drone comes as the United States and its proxy forces are accusing the Syrian government of using chemical weapons in Idlib province.

No credible evidence has been provided proving that the Syrian government has used those weapons, leading many informed observers to suspect that the US is once again engaged in a propaganda campaign against the secular government of Bashar al-Assad.

All previous claims of the use of chemical weapons, while blamed on Assad by NATO and the U.S., were later determined to have been deployed by the jihadist rebels funded by the West.


Brandon Turbeville is an author out of Florence, South Carolina. He has a Bachelor’s Degree from Francis Marion University and is the author of six books, Codex Alimentarius — The End of Health Freedom, 7 Real ConspiraciesFive Sense Solutions and Dispatches From a Dissident, volume 1 and volume 2, and The Road to Damascus: The Anglo-American Assault on Syria. Turbeville has published over 500 articles dealing on a wide variety of subjects including health, economics, government corruption, and civil liberties. Brandon Turbeville’s podcast Truth on The Tracks can be found every Monday night 9 pm EST at UCYTV.  He is available for radio and TV interviews. Please contact activistpost (at) gmail.com.