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French Spying Double Standard

 French President Francois Hollande leads a meeting about new WikiLeaks allegations of U.S. spying on French presidents. Charles Platiau/Pool EPA/Landov


French President Francois Hollande leads a meeting about new WikiLeaks allegations of U.S. spying on French presidents.
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No one likes to be the subject of surveillance, but the fact is that we all are. But France is a special case, as was Germany a few months ago. Neither of these two Eurpean countries enjoys being snooped on by the NSA, but they do exercise their own power to spy with unlimited might on their own citizens.

After leaked documents revealed that the United States had spied on German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, and after the US denied such practice in a categorical way, we now know that the NSA also spied on the last three French presidentes. This, of course has also been denied by the US presidente, Barack Obama.

The French were not pleased after they learned they had been, as a government, spied on by the US, however, the very own French Parliament, with the collaboration of Prime Minister Manuel Valls, now has thrown its support behind a new spying bill that has no legal limits whatsoever.

The initiative to allow full spying capabilities on anyone and without judicial controls was presented and promoted by Valls himself two months ago and the French Parliament gave the green light to establish the same kind of spying practices seen in Police States such as the United States to be used indiscrimnately.

The justification for giving the French government a blank check on surveillance without any kind of oversight is the same that other governments have given since 9/11: “National Security and the need to protect the Homeland”.

The controversial French law enables massive telephone and cyber tracking of data without judicial control now that the National Assembly approved amendments to favor the proposal which politicians in France say is “essential” to the government, but suicidal to its detractors, which include various human rights organizations.

The debate coincided with the scandal emerged after the confirmation that the highest French leaders, including the last three presidents have been spied on by the American National Security Agency (NSA).

Critics compared the law to the US Patriot Act, which after 9/11expanded the powers of the intelligence agencies in that country. In a move that is consider insufficient to protect civil liberties, President François Hollande had announced he would send the legal text for review to the Constitutional Court.

According to the new law, born shortly after the jihadist attacks last January in Paris, telecom operators, search engines and social networks must install a kind of black box for any suspicious behavior. The data obtained will be automatically transmitted to the information services for analysis. This is the same type of system implemented in the United States, where telecom companies serve as data collectors for the NSA -many say they are completely controlled by the NSA- which in turn vacuums all the data from their servers to snif it all of it.

French agents, hitherto are not covered by the law in many of its practices, may use systems called Imsi Catcher. With them, they can capture and record data from phones or computers of alleged suspects without a warrant and of all who may be connected or not to that suspect. They may also be used, now legally, to bug private places or to attach markers to track cars. The agentes may eve enter private homes if they see fit.

At the last moment, the Assembly removed a clause introduced last week by the socialists which would have given the legal basis for spies to snoop on foreigners visiting France with only the authorization of the Prime Minister.

Applications for espionage practices can be carried out by the ministers of Defense, Economy, Finance, Justice and Interior. The requests will be sent to a National Control Commission for Information Technology composed by four MPs, two members of the State Council, two judges and a computer expert. If these members do not see any objections, the Commission will send requests to the prime minister, who will then rubber stamp the requests.


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.

U.S. Admits Paying Terrorists For Services Rendered In Syria

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By: Brandon Turbeville | Activist Post –

When researchers such as myself have reported that the United States is funding al-Qaeda, Nusra, ISIS and other related terror organizations in Syria, we were not kidding. Still, despite the fact that even the U.S. government itself has admitted that it was funding terroristsdirectly and indirectly through Saudi Arabia, the suggestion was met with disbelief, ridicule, or either entirely ignored.

Now, however, the United States government has admitted that it funds terrorists on the ground in Syria yet again, this time placing an individual dollar amount on the assistance provided.

According to the Pentagon, Syrian “rebels” being trained and “vetted” by the United States are receiving “compensation” to the tune of anywhere between $250 to $400 per month to act as America’s proxy forces in the Middle East. Reuters reports that the payment levels were confirmed by the Pentagon and also that the Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter and Navy Commander Elissa Smith both separately admitted the fact that these “new” terrorists are receiving a stipend.

Reuters also reported on alleged obstacles the Pentagon claims it is facing regarding the ability to train the death squad volunteers due to a lack of ability to “vet” them appropriately as well as a bizarre incident where fighters abandon the mission after having received training from the US military. The reason provided by the Pentagon was that the fighters did not want to sign a contract to avoid fighting Assad. But, in the same report, the Pentagon states that there was no such contract – only one requiring them to “respect human rights” and “the rule of law,” so the reason provided for the disappearance of these fighters lacks legitimacy. One can only speculate as to where these “trainees” disappeared to.

Of course, “human rights” and the “rule of law” have never been concerns before, even as the United States has funded, armed, trained, and directed jihadists on the ground from the very beginning of the Syrian crisis. Neither has there been any concern over the presence of “moderate” rebels that have never actually existed in Syria. After all, it should be remembered that the United States own Defense Intelligence Agency was recently forced to release and declassify documents which admitted that not only did the US know that the “rebellion” was made up of al-Qaeda and Nusra forces but that these organizations and similar groups were attempting to create a “Salafist principality” in the east of Syria and West of Iraq. The DIA docs also show that the US was supporting all of these efforts. In reality, of course, the US was directing these efforts.

Make no mistake, the United States is not funding “moderate vetted rebels” to fight ISIS or al-Qaeda. The US is funding jihadist terrorists and mercenaries to work alongside ISIS and al-Qaeda (if they are not members of these organizations already) to overthrow the secular government of Bashar al-Assad. Virtually every person of a moderate persuasion in Syria has long come over to the side of the Syrian government. Indeed, there was never such a thing as a moderate rebel in Syria to begin with and the reality on the ground has not changed since.

Thus, revelations that the United States is funding a mercenary army to overthrow Assad is nothing new. The only revelation contained in these recent reports are the chicken feed denominations of money that the terrorist savages are accepting for their services in barbarity and treason on behalf of the agenda of the Anglo-American world order.


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

The Pope’s Top Climate Change Advisor Does Not Believe In God – But He Does Appear To Believe In ‘Gaia’

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What kind of people is Pope Francis surrounding himself with?  The fact that this Pope decided to choose German professor John Schellnhuber as his chief climate change advisor is raising a lot of eyebrows.  Schellnhuber doesn’t believe in God, but as you will see below, he does appear to believe in ‘Gaia’.  Schellnhuber has also advocated for the establishment of an “Earth Constitution”, a “Global Council” directly elected by the citizens of the world, and a “Planetary Court” that would serve as the pinnacle of a planetary legal system.  In addition, he believes that the “carrying capacity” of our planet is less than one billion people.  This is the man that the Pope has chosen to advise him on the issue that Pope Francis has made the centerpiece of his papacy.

The concept of ‘Gaia’ has deep roots in ancient paganism.  Many of the advocates of the ‘Gaia hypothesis‘ do not consider themselves to be religious, but in reality it is a kind of “scientific pantheism”.  This quasi-scientific theory was popularized by James Lovelock in his book entitled “Gaia: A New Look At Life On Earth“, and apparently this is a theory that Schellnhuber endorses.  The following is an extended excerpt from a recent article by William M. Briggs

In the Gaia Principle, Mother Earth is alive, and even, some think, aware in some ill-defined, mystical way. The Earth knows man and his activities and, frankly, isn’t too happy with him.

This is what we might call “scientific pantheism,” a kind that appeals to atheistic scientists. It is an updated version of the pagan belief that the universe itself is God, that the Earth is at least semi-divine — a real Brother Sun and Sister Water! Mother Earth is immanent in creation and not transcendent, like the Christian God.

What’s this have to do with Schellnhuber? In the 1999 Nature paper “‘Earth system’ analysis and the second Copernican revolution,” he said:

Ecosphere science is therefore coming of age, lending respectability to its romantic companion, Gaia theory, as pioneered by Lovelock and Margulis. This hotly debated ‘geophysiological’ approach to Earth-system analysis argues that the biosphere contributes in an almost cognizant way to self-regulating feedback mechanisms that have kept the Earth’s surface environment stable and habitable for life.

Geo-physiological, in case you missed it. Cognizant, in black and white. So dedicated is Schellnhuber to this belief that he says “the Gaia approach may even include the influence of biospheric activities on the Earth’s plate-tectonic processes.”  Not the other way around, mind you, where continental drift and earthquakes effects life, but where life effects earthquakes.

He elaborates:

Although effects such as the glaciations may still be interpreted as over-reactions to small disturbances — a kind of cathartic geophysiological fever — the main events, resulting in accelerated maturation by shock treatment, indicate that Gaia faces a powerful antagonist. Rampino has proposed personifying this opposition as Shiva, the Hindu god of destruction.

So why would the Pope rely on the “expertise” of someone that does not believe in God, but that argues that “Gaia faces a powerful antagonist”?

Perhaps someone should ask him.

And someone should also ask the Pope why he is hanging around with someone that believes that our planet is overpopulated by six billion people

Schellnhuber is most famous for predicting that the “carrying capacity” of the earth is “below” 1 billion people. When confronted with this, he called those who quoted him “liars.” But he then repeated the same claim, saying, “All I said was that if we had unlimited global warming of eight degrees warming, maybe the carrying capacity of the earth would go down to just 1 billion, and then the discussion would be settled.”  And he has often said that this temperature tipping point would be reached — unless “actions” were taken.

Schellnhuber is also an unashamed globalist.  In a previous article, I discussed how he believes that we need a global government, a global constitution and a global court that would have authority over all the other courts on the planet.  The following is an excerpt from a very disturbing article that he authored

Let me conclude this short contribution with a daydream about those key institutions that could bring about a sophisticated — and therefore more appropriate — version of the conventional “world government” notion. Global democracy might be organized around three core activities, namely (i) an Earth Constitution; (ii) a Global Council; and (iii) a Planetary Court. I cannot discuss these institutions in any detail here, but I would like to indicate at least that:

the Earth Constitution would transcend the UN Charter and identify those first principles guiding humanity in its quest for freedom, dignity, security and sustainability;

the Global Council would be an assembly of individuals elected directly by all people on Earth, where eligibility should be not constrained by geographical, religious, or cultural quotas; and

the Planetary Court would be a transnational legal body open to appeals from everybody, especially with respect to violations of the Earth Constitution.

So why is Pope Francis surrounding himself with such people?

Does he have similar hopes for the future?

Without a doubt, the Pope’s latest encyclical fully embraces Schellnhuber’s views on climate change, but it doesn’t stop there.  The Pope also expressed a very negative view of human progress, and he appeared to be echoing many of the exact same talking points that radical environmentalists have been hammering us with for years.  The following comes from a recent article by Steven Malanga

The encyclical, whose title is derived from a line from St. Francis of Assisi’s Canticle of the Sun (“Be praised, My Lord, through all your Creatures”), is being welcomed by some in the scientific community because it proclaims that climate change is real and that humanity must address it. But the nearly 38,000-word document—most of which is not about climate change—actually reads like a giant step backward for the Church’s social teaching: a rejection of technological progress; a dark, narrow vision of human nature that ignores the enormous gains the world has made in alleviating human suffering; and an almost antihuman call, reminiscent of the most radical environmentalists, to reduce human activity drastically as the only way to save the planet. As Michael Shellenberger, president of the Breakthrough Institute and co-author of An Ecomodernist Manifesto, observed: “When [the] Pope speaks of ‘irrational faith in human progress’ I want him to visit the Congo to see what life is like when there is no progress.”

So what does all of this mean?

Could it be possible that this Pope is far more radical than most people ever imagined?

If so, what does that mean for the future of Catholicism?

Please feel free to tell us what you think by posting a comment below…


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.

Grexit Is Now Probable As Greek Banks Get Shut Down For A Week

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Is this the beginning of the end for the eurozone?  For years, European officials have been trying to “fix Greece”, but nothing has worked.  Now a worst case scenario is rapidly unfolding, and a “Grexit” has become more likely than not.  On Sunday, the European Central Bank announced that it was not going to provide any more emergency support for Greek banks.  But that was the only thing keeping them alive.  In order to prevent total chaos, Greek banks have been shut down for at least a week.  ATMs are still open, but it is being reported that daily withdrawals will be limited to 60 euros.  Of course nobody knows for sure if or when the banks will reopen after this “bank holiday” is over, so needless to say average Greek citizens are pretty freaked out right about now.  In addition, the stock market in Greece is not going to open on Monday either.  This is what a national financial meltdown looks like, and the nightmare that has been unleashed in Greece will soon start spreading to much of the rest of Europe.

This reminds me so much of what happened in Cyprus.  Up until the very last minute, politicians were promising everyone that their money was perfectly safe, and then the hammer was brought down.

The exact same pattern is playing out in Greece.  For example, just check out what one very prominent Greek politician said on television on Saturday

“Citizens should not be scared, there is no blackmail,” Panos Kammenos, head of the government’s coalition ally, told local television. “The banks won’t shut, the ATMs will (have cash). All this is exaggeration,” he said.

One day later, the banks did get shut down and ATMs all over the country started running out of cash.  The following comes from CNBC

Despite a tweet from Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis that his government “opposed the very concept” of any controls, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said later Sunday that he had forced the country’s central bank to recommend a bank holiday and capital controls.

The Athens stock exchange will also be closed as the government tries to manage the financial fallout of the disagreement with the European Union and the International Monetary Fund. Greece’s banks, kept afloat by emergency funding from the European Central Bank, are on the front line as Athens moves towards defaulting on a 1.6 billion euros payment due to the International Monetary Fund on Tuesday.

So what is the moral of this story?

Never trust politicians – especially when a major financial crisis is looming.

All over Greece, people are taking photos of very long lines at the ATMs that actually do still have some cash.  Here are just a couple of examples…

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Of course those that were smart enough to see this coming took their money out of the banks long ago.  And even as late as last week, people were pulling more than a billion euros out of the banks every single day.  Without direct intervention by the European Central Bank, most Greek banks would have totally collapsed by now

Customers have been withdrawing money in vast quantities ever since Syriza came to power, fearing that if Greece is thrown out of the single currency their euro savings will be converted into drachma – likely to be worth far less.

In the last week, the sums being taken out have risen to well over one billion euros a day, moved either to foreign banks or stashed in notes under mattresses.

It has been a slow and steady run on Greece’s banks which is now speeding up – for the finish line may well be in sight. Until now, the country’s banks have been kept afloat by €88 billion in loans from the European Central Bank.

So now that the banks are shut down, what happens next?

Needless to say, economic activity in Greece is going to come to a grinding halt.  In addition, very few foreigners are going to want to travel to Greece or deal with Greece financially until this crisis is resolved somehow

An extended bank shutdown and tough capital controls will likely wreak further havoc on the Greek economy by scaring away tourists and chilling commercial activity.

And with Greece unable to borrow from financial markets, and apparently unwilling to strike a deal with the only institutions prepared to lend it money, it will find itself sliding rapidly towards exit from the euro.

When the Greek banks finally do reopen, which of them will still be solvent?

Will some of them need “bail-ins”?

Will account holders be forced to take “haircuts” like we saw in Cyprus?

For the moment, what we do know is that the banks will all be shut down until at least July 6th.  Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has called for a national referendum to be held on July 5th.  The Greek people will get a chance to vote on whether or not the latest creditor proposals should be accepted.  But the funny thing is that Tsipras and the rest of Syriza are already encouraging the Greek people to vote no

Greece’s parliament has voted in favor of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ motion to hold a referendum on the country’s creditor proposals for reforms in exchange for loans, the Associated Press reported. Tsipras and his coalition government have urged people to vote against the deal, throwing into question the country’s financial future.

The vote is to be held next Sunday, July 5. It has raised the question of whether Greece can remain in Europe’s joint currency, the euro.

So why hold a referendum if you just want everyone to vote no?

It is because Tsipras does not want to solely shoulder the blame for what comes next.  A “no vote” would essentially be a vote to leave the euro and go back to the drachma.  The following comes from the Daily Mail

Should Greeks vote against the new bailout, most economists believe Greece will be forced to quit the single currency and return to the drachma. The country could even eventually be forced out of the EU, though Greek politicians have long argued a Grexit would not be the automatic result of default.

However, next week’s referendum is likely to be billed as, in effect, an in-out vote on the euro.

If Greece does default and ends up leaving the euro, the short-term economic consequences for Greece will be catastrophic.

But the rest of Europe will feel a tremendous amount of pain as well.  In fact, we are already getting a sneak peek at coming attractions.  As we approach Monday morning in Europe, Asian stocks are crashing big time, and European futures are absolutely cratering.  It should be very interesting to see how Monday plays out.

In addition, the euro is already way down in early trading.  If Greece does ultimately leave the euro, the value of the euro is going to plunge like a rock.  As I have warned repeatedly, the euro is heading for parity with the U.S. dollar, and at some point it will drop below parity.

And once Greece is out, everyone is going to be speculating who the “next Greece” will be.  Expect bond yields for Italy, Spain, Portugal and France to go skyrocketing.

Just a couple of days ago, I issued a red alert for the second half of 2016.  We are entering a period of time when the global financial system is beginning to unravel.  Most people still have a tremendous amount of faith in the system and assume that those running it are fully capable of keeping it from collapsing.  In fact, many have accused me of being crazy for suggesting that the global financial system is in imminent danger of imploding.

A very wise man once said that “pride goeth before destruction”.  Our arrogance and our blind faith in the fundamentally flawed systems that we have established will contribute greatly to our undoing.

Events are starting to accelerate greatly now, and it is just a matter of time before we see who was right and who was wrong.


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.

Evo Morales Authorizes Drilling For Oil In Protected Lands

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(The Real Agenda) Morales lashed out at what he called the American Empire’s desire to have “untouchable, intangible” territories in the third world to make up for their own crimes against the environment.

The need to discover new oil reserves has been the camouflage for the Bolivian Government to allow oil exploration in protected areas.

Despite the fact that such areas have been reserved for environmental conservation, the Evo Morales administration decided to open them for oil exploration.

The measure has been strongly rejected by environmental and indigenous associations, who Morales had gained confidence in the past as a member of one of those indigenous groups.

The government has responded harshly and ensures the public that it will expel from the country all non-governmental organizations that oppose the development of the oil industry on conservation lands.

According to government documents, the Morales administration intends to have oil companies pay a meager 1% of their investment to the communities located near the land that will be exploited.

The government of Evo Morales recently approved a decree that authorizes oil exploration in all areas protected by Bolivia’s environmental laws. The move generated the support of the oil industry and strong criticism from several environmental organizations.

Morales replied to the latter with a harsh speech, delivered at the bottom of a newly opened oil well, in which he threatened to deport non-governmental organizations that oppose the expansion of the hydrocarbon industry, which he said is the engine of the national economy, and said that Bolivians will not become, as these organizations intend them to be, in the “Park Rangers” of the developed countries.

Morales also said that “forest reserves have been created since the start of the American empire”, which wants “untouchable, intangible” territories in the third world to make up for their own crimes against the environment. In contrast, he said, “we have an obligation to explore all we have.”

NGOs have been threatened for questioning the Bolivian government, which says it intends to lead the global fight against global warming by implementing a development model that respects indigenous foundations and the “rights of Mother Earth”, but that takes measures as the one it has just passed.

“With this approval, the government has crossed a red line,” says environmentalist Cecilia Requena, “because it does not concern an area or a particular project, but all the parks and indigenous territories, at any time in the future”.

The environmental movement is also concerned with the fact that oil companies won’t have to show indigenous people the necessity and safety of their projects, a process that until now was required before drilling in protected land. The need to carry out “prior consultation” before drilling in land that belonged to indigenous has now been replaced with a payment of 1% of the investment destined to be used in protected areas.

“Surely there will be conflicts between the oil companies and indigenous people” says Requena, “and the government wants to avoid them by threatening the NGO’s with expulsion”.

Oil experts argue that there are new technologies that allow exploitation in sensitive natural sites without causing serious damage, but neither the NGO’s not the indigenous people have been show such technologies or the degree of disruption they will have on their land.


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.

ISIS: US Proxy Foot Soldiers

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Washington recruits, arms, trains, funds and directs ISIS terrorists the same way they used Mujahideen fighters in the 1980s against Soviet Russia in Afghanistan as well as Al Qaeda and likeminded takfiri groups today.

They’re US proxy foot soldiers against independent governments Washington wants replaced with pro-Western ones, or in the case of Iraq, weakened and balkanized like Yugoslavia for easier control.

Iraqis don’t believe America wants ISIS defeated. On June 25, the Wall Street Journal reported Anbar province Sunni Iraqi “unanim(ity) about whom to blame for their misery.”

Shiite lawmaker Alia Nusseif said “(w)e don’t have any trust in Americans anymore…ISIS is being used as a tool by America to divide and weaken Iraq.”

Former policeman Wassen Khaled said he “hold(s) Americans responsible for destroying Anbar.”

“We all know that America is providing ISIS with weapons and food, and that it is because of American backing that they have become so strong,” an Iraqi free from Ramadi added.

The Journal, of course, downplayed what it called “conspiracy theories” while admitting this view “represent(s) political reality with real-world consequences” – notably ISIS advances despite months of US bombing Iraqi infrastructure, not their fighters.

US officials lie about waging war on their elements. General Thomas Weidley is chief of staff of Washington’s so-called task force against the Islamic State. Claiming America’s “mission is to defeat Daesh (ISIS)” and bombing has had a “devastating” effect is polar opposite truth.

Washington created the Islamic State. A previous article explained Judicial Watch obtained a declassified 2012 Pentagon intelligence report anticipating ISIS (the Islamic State – IS) emerging from US support for Al Qaeda and other takfiri terrorists.

It predicted what happened, saying “(i)f the situation unravels there is the possibility of establishing a declared or undeclared salafist principality in eastern Syria…and this is exactly what the supporting powers to the opposition want, in order to isolate the Syrian regime, which is considered the strategic depth of the Shia expansion (Iraq and Iran).”

It anticipated “dire consequences” for Iraq – including the fall of Mosul and Ramadi, saying:

An “ideal atmosphere” was created “for AQI (Al Qaeda in Iraq) to return to its old pockets in Mosul and Ramadi.”

“ISI (Islamic State of Iraq) could also declare an Islamic state through its union with other terrorist organizations in Iraq and Syria, which will create grave danger in regards to unifying Iraq and the protection of its territory.”

Supporting powers include Washington, Turkey, other rogue NATO partners, Gulf states and Israel. They created and supported takfiri terrorist groups to destabilize Syria, establish a Salafist Principality, isolate the Assad government and topple it.

Pentagon intelligence confirmed US support for ISIS and takfiri terrorists – not opposition as officially reported.

Bassel Idriss, commander of a so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA) brigade, admitted working jointly with takfiri terrorist groups, including ISIS – providing US-supplied weapons besides what Washington supplies them directly by airdrops and through Saudi channels.

London-based Conflict Armament Research reported “significant quantities” of US weapons used by takfiri terrorists marked “property of the US government.”

America’s phony war on ISIS uses its forces for its own imperial interests. On Sunday, Fars News listed 10 ways ISIS accumulates huge amounts of money.

1. Selling oil using Turkish firms for $1 million daily.

2. Selling ancient Syrian monuments through Turkish middlemen for billions of dollars.

3. Selling body organs.

4. Collecting ransoms for released hostages.

5. Trafficking non-Muslim women.

6. Selling antique Syrian and Iraqi manuscripts and artifacts.

7. Selling intelligence gained on their battlefields to Ankara spy agencies.

8. Turkish financial and logistical aid during the Kobani occupation.

9. Help from Turkish charities.

10. Over $1 billion annually trafficking heroin, according to Russia’s Drug Control Service head Viktor Ivanov.

Plus enormous amounts of US aid, much channeled through Riyadh. Middle East wars rage endlessly. Stoking conflict and instability serve US interests. Expect no resolution any time soon.


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.

Expect Fireworks, Gold, Silver And Greece Referendum (VIDEO)

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Our system is corrupt to the core. The Greek people know this first hand. Sunday, Taki, GoldSilverWorlds, and me discussed what is happening in Greece right now and how the Troika, along with the Greek government have kept the citizens ignorant about expectation regarding the debt that has been issued. The upcoming referendum, scheduled for a vote on July 5, has only presented one side to the people and very few people know what Tsipras has discussed with Putin or what it means for Greece to join the BRICS.

We discuss the current state of the precious metals miners and Taki is very upbeat about what is happening and the possibilities for the miners in the coming months and years. This leads to gold and silver and what is happening with the massive short position and open interest on the CRIMEX. Taki provides us with some great insight as what has happened and what may happen within the next few months. Let the fireworks begin!!

 

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Does The IMF Actually Want To Cause A Greek Debt Default?

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When it comes to geopolitics, there are often wheels working within wheels that are working within wheels.  Once in a while we get a peek behind the scenes, but for the most part the machinations of the global elite remain shrouded in mystery most of the time.  And sometimes the global elite appear to be doing things that, on the surface, do not seem to make much sense at all.  What is going on in Europe is a perfect example of this.  If everyone was negotiating honestly, I believe that a Greek debt deal would have been reached by now.  As this endless crisis has stretched on month after month, it has become increasingly apparent that more is going on here than meets the eye.  In particular, the IMF has been standing in the way of a deal time after time.  So what do IMF officials want?  Are they looking for the “unconditional surrender” of this new Greek government in order to send a message to other governments that would potentially defy them?  Or could it be possible that the IMF actually wants a Greek debt default for some other insidious reason?

When the latest Greek proposal was embraced with enthusiasm by EU officials, many hoped that this meant that the crisis would soon be resolved.  But it turns out that there is still one very important player that is not happy, and that is the IMF.  The following comes from the Wall Street Journal

But the IMF is still unhappy with key aspects of Greece’s new economic proposals and German officials were irritated by the speed with which the commission welcomed them, warning that much work needs to be done.

Greece’s plan calls for reducing the deficits in its pension system and government budget by relying heavily on raising taxes and social-security contributions, whereas the IMF wanted bigger spending cuts.

The Washington-based IMF has said Greece’s economy is already too heavily taxed and that too many additional tax increases would hurt economic growth, making it harder to pay down Greece’s debt.

It is still short of everything that should be expected,” IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde said Monday, suggesting Greece will have to modify its proposals significantly to win the IMF’s backing.

So what would make the IMF “happy”?

Would anything short of total capitulation by the Greek government suffice?

Meanwhile, members of Syriza are expressing a high level of frustration with the compromises that Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has already agreed to.  At this point, there is even doubt whether the current Greek proposal could get through the Greek parliament.  The following comes from Bloomberg

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is facing the first signs of dissent within his own party over his latest plan to end a five-month standoff with creditors.

Some of Syriza’s more radical and populist lawmakers expressed opposition Tuesday to the proposal as the deal’s backers called on members to see the bigger picture.

Personally, I cannot support such an agreement that is contrary to our election promises,” Dimitris Kodelas, a Syriza lawmaker associated with former Maoists, said in an interview. “I do not care about the consequences of my decision.

Despite all of the optimism that we have seen this week, the odds of a Greek debt deal getting pushed through are looking slimmer by the day.

And even if a deal somehow miraculously happens, all it would really mean is that the can has been kicked down the road for a few more months

Assuming Tsipras can force the deal through the Greek parliament, and that key creditors such as the IMF and Germany accept it too, it will do little more than buy time for negotiations on yet another rescue.

The final tranche of cash from the existing bailout should be enough to meet repayments due to the IMF and European Central Bank through the end of August. But the Greek government will then have to find more than two billion euros for both institutions in September and October.

If this week concludes with agreement between Greece and its creditors, it won’t be long before the next chapter in this drama,” said Angus Campbell, senior analyst at FxPro.

And no matter what happens by the end of this month, it is a virtual certainty that the economic depression in Greece will just continue to deepen.

At this point, normal economic activity in the nation has pretty much ground to a halt.  Just consider the following excerpt from a recent Zero Hedge article

“Business-to-business payments have almost been paused,” one Athens businessman says. “They are just rolling over postdated cheques.”

For Greek banks, mortgage loans left unserviced by strategic defaulters have become a particular headache, especially since the Syriza-led government says it is committed to protecting low-income homeowners from foreclosures on their properties

“There’s a real issue of moral hazard . . . Around 70 percent of restructured mortgage loans aren’t being serviced because people think foreclosures will only be applied to big villa owners,” one banker said.

For a long time, I have been warning that the next major economic crisis would begin in Europe before spreading across the entire globe.

Greece has a relatively small economy, but Italy, Spain and France are going down the exact same road that Greece has gone.

And what IMF officials are doing right now is that they are setting a precedent for future debt negotiations that they know are almost certainly coming with other countries in the future.

Sadly, most of my readers (being Americans) don’t really grasp the importance of what is going on over in Europe.  We are watching a horrific train wreck unfold in slow-motion, and what is going to happen over the next few weeks is going to have massive implications for the entire planet.


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.

Lula, Dilma And Brazil Sink Deeper Into The Hole

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(The Real Agenda) With no clear leadership, no public confidence on the country’s institutions or its leaders, Brazil seems to be getting deeper and deeper into a political and economic hole. However, in the middle of all the mud, there is still the ocassional joke to lighten up the mood. The last one was that Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva is now considering a new presidential run in 2018.

Sadly for Lula, the Worker’s Party (PT) and their faithful followers, the polls do not provide a bright future. Yes, only six months after Dilma began her second administration, there are polls measuring public interest in the 2018 elections.

Something does not work well, at least for Dilma, Lula and the PT, when the former President confesses to a religious group that he, the President Dilma Rousseff and her party (PT) are at the “bottom of the well”.

Before reaching six months of her second term, Rousseff appears, in effect, with 65% of popular rejection. That rejection now comes from practically all regions of the country and includes people from all walks of life.

Neither Lula nor Dilma seem to remember when was the last time they gave good news to the citizens. He says he asked the President and “she did not remember.” Neither did PT senators, Representatives or Union leaders.

Dilma is criticized for having promised in the election campaign something she did not do afterwards. Lula says that there is something that is held as sacred in Brazil, and that is the rights of the workers. Dilma herself said so during the campaign, but later changed her mind. “I never will touch the rights of workers,” she promised.

Lula criticized Dilma because only “fine people” visit Dilma’s Presidential office, which has promoted criticism against Dilma and the government because it seems she abandoned the poor.

Not too long after ending his speech with religious leaders, Lula learned about the latest poll results that provided evidence of the collapse of the PT, Dilma and even Lula himself should he decide to run for office again.

According to the latest numbers, if elections were held today, the opposition leader from PSDB, Aecio Neves, who ran against Rousseff last year, would win the election. Neves would also defeat Lula by a margin of ten points.

The reasons for these very adverse data are to be found on several fronts: first and foremost there is the economy. The country is embroiled in a crisis that affects consumption, investment and unemployment.

Government forecasts that the Brazilian GDP will increase by a meager 1.2% this year, while senior ministers say the economic recovery will begin to be felt in the fourth quarter. Ordinary citizen are much more pessimistic.

According to the same survey, the majority of Brazilians are convinced that the economic situation, unemployment and inflation will be much worse in the coming months.

Even Lula and Rousseff recently referred to the absolute lack of popularity of the government.

As if that were not enough, there is still a threat that has befallen on the former leader, and that could bounce on President Rousseff. During the last phase of arrests related to the corruption plot at Petrobras, authorities caught one of the most powerful businessmen in the country, Marcelo Odebrecht, President of the Odebrecht construction company, the largest company in the sector in Brazil and one of the largest in Latin America.

Marcelo Odebrecht, a personal friend of Lula, is in jail, accused of bribing officials of the oil company to reach agreements that would favor Odebrecht. Lula has traveled to many countries as a businessman using his influence and contacts to open markets for the construction company.

Brazilian media says the arrest of Odebrecht narrows the fence around Lula. Some also note that Odebrecht keeps confidential information that can be staggering for the reputation of the former president and that could bounce right on Dilma’s shoulders.


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.

Attempted US Color Revolution in Armenia?

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On June 19, Armenians began protesting an announced 17 – 22% electricity price increase amounting to about $85 more annually for most Armenians.

Utility and other price increases happen often in countries worldwide – not generally a cause for large street protests continuing for days, at times violent resulting in police using water cannons and making mass arrests.

So-called Electric Yerevan in Armenia’s capital bears disturbing similarity to Ukraine’s EuroMaidan uprising, recent Macedonian protests, ongoing Ecuadorean ones, earlier ones in Venezuela, and numerous other past US attempted color revolutions – some succeeding, other failing.

They’re staged for the same reason – wanting independent governments replaced with pro-Western ones Washington controls.

Armenia and Russia are strategic allies. They’re Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and Eurasian Customs (Economic) Union members.

Russia is Armenia’s largest trade partner. Over two million diaspora Armenians reside in Russia. Yerevan lets Russian military forces use two bases on its territory.

Washington wants Russia marginalized, weakened, contained and isolated. It wants it stripped of allies. It wants its sovereign independence destroyed.

It wants regime change like in all other independent countries. Electric Yerevan has all the earmarks of another US attempted step in this direction.

President Serzh Sargsyan expressed willingness to meet with protesters saying:

“Make up a group of three to five people and the president of Armenia will see them. The rest of the protest participants have to return to Freedom Square” in central Yerevan.

They refused demanding the announced electricity price hike be cancelled. Washington responded to what’s ongoing, saying:

“(W)e are concerned about reports of excessive police use of force to disperse the crowd on the morning of June 23, as well as several reports of abuse while in police custody.”

“In addition, we are troubled by reports that journalists and their equipment were specifically targeted during the operation.”

“It is imperative that the Government conduct a full and transparent investigation of reports of the excessive use of force by the police to the full extent of Armenian law.”

When around 250,000 Brits rallied in London against punishing austerity days earlier, US officials were silent.

Nor is Israel criticized for daily persecution of Palestinians, mass political imprisonments, torture, wars of aggression and other high crimes – vicious state terror by any standard.

When killer cops in America murder, nothing is done at the federal, state or local levels to stop them.

When governments of independent nations react responsibly to violent protesters, fierce US criticism follows.

It bears repeating. Electric Yerevan has all the earmarks of another attempted US orchestrated color revolution. Protests continuing for days with leaders inciting them are well planned and orchestrated.

In early June, a so-called Civic Contract group was formed – led by government opposition member Nikol Pashinyan, previously convicted of organizing disruptive protests.

In May 2012, he became an Armenian National Assembly member. He was involved in violent protests following 2008 presidential elections.

He was wanted along with others for “committing premeditated actions intended to seizing of state power by force, of provocation and organization of mass disorders accompanied with murder in Yerevan.”

After two years in prison, he was granted amnesty and released – along with several other opposition government figures.

He wants President Serzh Sargsyan ousted by snap elections or other means. During Civic Contract’s founding weeks earlier, he said:

“We are setting up a party that does not intend to be in opposition for long and expects to assume power in the republic of Armenia in the foreseeable future by gaining a popular vote of confidence.”

Indications are George Soros is involved in what’s ongoing – funding opposition protesters. US dirty hands orchestrate disruptive actions in numerous countries worldwide. Armenia appears one of the latest.


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.

Tsipras Totally Caved In To The Troika

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Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, has offered new concessions to creditors in pensions and increases in VAT, two of their red lines he had still to yield on to achieve an agreement that would unblock the next financial rescue of the banks and avoid default.

Specifically, the Government of Syriza accepts delaying the retirement age to 67 years and to penalize early retirement. It also increases social contributions, as contained in the latest proposal submitted to the troika.

In regards to the VAT, Greece undertakes the task to apply it to most products at the general rate of 23%. The reduced rate of 13% will be limited only to energy, basic food and hotels, while there will be a reduced rate of 6% for medical supplies and books.

In all, Athens is expected to generate an additional income of 0.38% of GDP this year and 0.74% of GDP in 2016 with the increase in VAT and 0.37% and 1.05%, respectively, with the new conditions in the pension system.

In addition, Tsipras proposes increasing corporate tax from 26% to 29%, apply an extra fee of 12% to higher corporate profits of up to half a million euros, slightly trim the defense budget next year and increase the luxury tax including private yachts.

Overall, Greece’s latest offer would generate additional revenues topping 1.51% of GDP this year and 2.87% of GDP in 2016.

The Greek delegation maintains that these measures are sufficient to meet the new targets of primary surplus discounting interests-which were set by the troika: 1% of GDP in 2015, 2% in 2016 and 3% in 2017.

The package includes tough measures that will find rejection at home, especially the increase in all contributions to Social Security.

Tsipras also accepted the most controversial measure of all: gradually eliminating allowances for pensioners, a measure that will start in 2018, and replace it for pensions in 2020, as well as increase from 4% to 5% the contributions of pensioners to the health system.

Another change appreciated by European partners is the calendar. Tsipras proposed to implement its proposals before the January 1, 2016 but now, after pressure from creditors he agreed to do so “immediately”.

Tsipras accepted the fiscal targets set by creditors: 1% of primary surplus, excluding interests, in 2015, 2% next year, 3% in 2017 and 3.5% in 2018, as proposed in the 11 pages document send to Brussels by his administration.

“The Greek government’s response to the requirements of institutions for fiscal targets is absolute and complete,” according to the document signed by Tsipras himself on its front page. “The measures included exceed the targets set by the troika”.

After approved, the new measures will mean an increase in revenue of 1.5% of GDP this year and 2.9% in 2016. The Eurogroup has advanced that Greece’s offer has been “well received” and is “a good negotiating start” to achieve a political agreement at the summit tonight and a definitive agreement later this week.

Pending any ore demands from Brussels in the last few hours of negotiations, it seems that Greece will stay in the Euro and that its people will continue to be slaves to Brussels and its austerity measures for at least 3 or 4 more years. It also seems that after a lot of noise during his political campaign, Tsipras has much less of a spine to resist the pressure from the Troika.


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.

Saudis Brutalize Migrants

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Saudi Arabia is one of the world’s most ruthless regimes. International law principles are systematically breached.

The Kingdom is ruled by the despotic Saudi monarchy. Democracy is strictly forbidden. So are free and open expression, press freedom and regime criticism.

Human Rights Watch’s 2015 World Report said ruling authorities “continued in 2014 to try, convict, and imprison political dissidents and human rights activists solely on account of their peaceful activities.”

“Systematic discrimination against women and religious minorities continued. Authorities failed to enact systematic measures to protect the rights of 9 million foreign workers.”

They “subjected hundreds of people to unfair trials and arbitrary detention. New anti-terrorism regulations that took effect in 2014 can be used to criminalize almost any form of peaceful criticism of the authorities as terrorism.”

Fundamental rights people in civilized societies expect don’t exist – including no free expression or religion, electoral choices, due process, or judicial fairness.

So-called “breaking allegiance to the ruler” or “trying to distort the reputation of the kingdom” subjects “offenders” to long prison terms or capital punishment – by beheading, firing squad or stoning.

Longstanding abuses of migrant workers in Saudi Arabia are horrific. A Filipino worker called it a “bad dream.”

A Bangladeshi said he “slept many nights beside the road and spent many days without food. It was a painful life.”

Migrant workers experience extreme exploitation amounting to virtual slavery – even though former King Faisal abolished the practice in 1962.

It exists in new form, exacerbated by religious, racial and gender discrimination. Most migrants are from other Middle East countries, Asia and Africa.

They’re paid sub-poverty wages for 12 or more hours a day work under poor or appalling conditions. Women are vulnerable to rape and other forms of sexual abuse.

Anyone charged with an offense (real or contrived) is subjected to horrific treatment – including torture, forced confessions and brutal punishments.

A May 10 Human Rights Watch (HRW) Report discussed horrific abuses against so-called undocumented migrant workers titled “Detained, Beaten, Deported: Saudi Abuses against Migrants during Mass Expulsions.”

Since 2013, hundreds of thousands were deported. Victims describe serious abuses – including “beatings and detention in poor conditions before” deportations, said HRW.

Many arrive back in their countries of origin destitute – “unable to buy food or pay for transportation to their home areas, in some cases because” all their personal property was confiscated.

HRW’s Sarah Leah Whitson said “(m)any of the hundreds of thousands of migrants Saudi Arabia has deported in the last year and a half have been sent back to places where their safety is threatened.”

HRW interviewed 60 victims. None “were allowed to challenge their deportations or apply for asylum.”

Anyone not working for a designated employer is subject to deportation – so-called “undocumented workers.”

Thuggish Saudi police and labor authorities conduct raids on neighborhoods and business, checking IDs.

As of April 2014, 427,000 migrants were deported. They became undocumented by fleeing abusive employment.

Under Riyadh’s kafala (sponsorship) system, migrants can’t change jobs without employer permission. They’re vulnerable to appalling abuses without redress.

In detention awaiting deportation, they get inadequate food and no medical care under poor sanitation conditions. Anyone complaining is abusively treated.

Saudi Arabia isn’t a Refugee Convention signatory. It ignores all international humanitarian and human rights laws. Its own citizens are treated abusively. It’s no surprise how horrifically migrants are mistreated.

It’s within its legitimate right to deport undocumented migrants. International law requires they be treated with dignity and not returned to nations where they risk persecution or death.

According to Whitson, “(i)n seeking to enforce its labor laws, Saudi Arabia needs to be aware that these same laws sometimes encourage abuses that lead workers to become undocumented.”

“Saudi Arabia will never solve its (undocumented migrant) problem…until it fixes its labor system to root out long-term systemic abuses.”


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.

The Greek Bank Holiday: This Is What An Economic Collapse Looks Like

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A “bank holiday” sounds like such an innocuous thing, doesn’t it?  Playful, a well-deserved rest, maybe even fun. If you’d like to learn more about the fun of such a holiday, look no further than the streets of Greece, where people have been informed the banks will be closed for the next week. Why? Because the European Central Bank has stopped sending in the money that was keeping the Greek financial system afloat. Had people been able to go to the bank and withdraw their money, the banks would be unable to function. So, the banks said, “Nope, you can have $60 if you want to wait in line for long enough to get it.” Yes, you’re understanding this correctly: the banks are keeping afloat using the money from people’s accounts. The Greek stock markets did not reopen today. This is a last-ditch effort from the Greek government to prevent total economic collapse. The situation there is dire, and much like Venezuela, it’s a case study for anyone who believes that an economic collapse of our own financial system is imminent here in America. We need to pay attention to what’s going on in Greece. This is what a real economic collapse looks like. It isn’t a Mad Max scenario or a scene from some other post-apocalyptic movie. It’s quiet desperation, long lines, and a sick feeling in the pit of your stomach as you wonder how you’ll feed your kids and keep a roof over their heads. It’s the discovery that you thought you had been doing the right thing financially, but you were deceived. It’s the realization that everything you worked for your whole life is gone, The lesson in one sentence: if you don’t have your money in your hand, you’d better have tangible assets like a pantry full of food and the supplies needed for complete self-reliance.

Here’s how it affects the citizens of Greece

First of all, this article isn’t about the poor financial decisions of the Greek government, whether social aid programs should exist, or if a bailout should have occurred in the first place. It’s about the real-life ramifications of an economic collapse on ordinary citizens who depend on fiat currency, consumer goods, and the availability of their wages when they need them. A decree published by Greek Prime Minister Alex Tsipras cited “the extremely urgent and unforeseen need to protect the Greek financial system and the Greek economy due to the lack of liquidity caused by the Eurogroup’s decision on June 27 to refuse the extension of the loan agreement with Greece.” The following restrictions will be in place:

  • All banks are closed until July 6
  • ATM withdrawals are limited to 60 Euros per day (the equivalent of about $60 USD)
  • People using bank cards from other countries will not be limited to 60 Euros per day (so this won’t affect tourists aside from the long lines.)
  • The Athens stock exchange is closed today.
  • Pensions and wages will be unaffected – which means they’ll still be electronically deposited into the accounts that no one can access.
  • Debit and credit card payments will continue to work.
  • Online transactions within the country will continue to work
  • Foreign transactions will be prohibited without Ministry of Finance approval
  • Urgent expenditures ““necessary to safeguard a public or social interest” must be approved by a banking commission
  • Interest surcharges for this week are prohibited
  • Banks that break these rules will be charged a fine of 10% of the value of the transaction

The statement issued by the prime minister allows for the bank holiday period to be shortened or extended by his discretion.

Greeks are scrambling to stock up on food and fuel.

Despite the fact that Greece has been clinging to the lifeline cast to them by the European Central Bank for several years now, people are still hit hard by the bank closures.  It’s easy to say, “Why on earth do they have money in the bank?” However, their system is much like ours – it’s nearly impossible to function without a bank account. For example, pension payments and wages are nearly all paid by automatic deposits directly into one’s bank account. If you have a car payment or a mortgage payment, it comes out of your bank account – you don’t go and pay cash for it. The system is designed so that access to your money is not your own. An article on Zero Hedge featured Tweets with photos of the long lines for grocery stores, ATM machines, and fuel stations as people desperately try to turn their Euros into tangible assets.

This is affecting stock markets everywhere.

This isn’t just a problem that affects Greece. Stock markets across the globe are plummeting in the aftermath of the bank holiday. In London, the FTSE dropped by 2%.  The French and German markets dropped by 4%, and the European banking shares dropped by a hefty 10%. Tokyo lost 3% and Hong Kong dropped by 2.5%. Michael Hewson, chief markets analyst at CMC Markets UK, said we can expect the effects to be far-reaching. “The Greek butterfly looks set to cause a tornado in financial markets.  In the process we could well also find out if this event turns out to be the equivalent of the butterfly flapping its wings in New Mexico, going on to cause a hurricane in China.” This far-reaching effect is probably because Greece can be expected to default on $1.77 billion dollars in debt to the IMF.

What we can learn from the collapse of the Greek economy

If you’ve been paying attention to the goings-on in Greece, you probably recall the 2010 riots, when a harsh austerity program was introduced as part of the terms of a bailout from the IMF (International Money Fund) the European Commission, and the European Central Bank (ECB). In actuality, the country has been floundering financially since 2007, when their first recession hit. This most recent crisis has occurred because the bailout money, which was divided into four major payments, may not be continued, which will result in massive debt defaults. Does any of this seem familiar? Our own government has been working on a deficit for may years, except instead of taking money from loan sharks entities like the IMF, our government has opted to just print more up and pretend it’s backed by something besides dreams and fairy dust. If things progress on our current route, what you’re seeing in Greece right now could be our future. And not a distant 20-years-down-the-road future. Our near future. How do you prepare for something like this? Well, first things first, you don’t leave your money in the bank. It’s perfectly understandable to have your paychecks deposited and your payments withdrawn, but once your bills are paid, the rest of it needs to come out. Then, keep enough on hand to meet your bills for a few months and invest the rest in tangible assets like preps, tools, and information. I personally don’t keep more than the bare minimum needed for monthly bills in the bank. I have a serious mistrust of these establishments, especially after what we witnessed a couple of years ago in Cyprus when the government there took money directly from people’s accounts, triggering panic and bank runs across Europe. We aren’t protected here in the United States either – it is blatant that the banking industry is setting us up for the potential of a similar situation. Deposit accounts are no longer legally protected and the Federal Reserve passed a policy that in the event of an economic crisis (think “bank run) that accounts can be frozen to preserve the liquidity of the banks. All of this seems to point in the direction of what we’re seeing in Greece, doesn’t it? It seems like the game pieces are being moved around the chessboard to be able to legally seize or control whatever you have in the bank. Most folks who are paying attention to the financial news in our country are not big fans of fiat currency, but at this point in time, it’s a necessary evil. Please don’t clog the comments section raving about the fact that cash is not real money. While I realize it is backed by nothing but happy thoughts, it’s still important to remember that in the world that exists today, government issued currency is most likely to be the unit of trade needed.  Most mortgage companies don’t accept payments in gold ingots, and your mechanic might look at you funny if you present him with a pile of silver coins to pay for a car repair. I recommend that you keep at least one month of expenses physically on hand, in cash.  This is instantly available, easily recognizable as money to those who are uniformed, and simple to trade for goods or services.

What do you need to survive the end of the consumer lifestyle?

Once you have the money set aside to keep you afloat, it’s time to go hard into preps.  Think about what you need for self-reliance: what if you could never again just go to the bank, get money, then purchase the things you need? Look no further than the collapse of Venezuela to see the items that are extremely scarce there. “What can you store?” is not the right question to ask. “What can you make?” – that’s the right question. Your focus has to be on long-term sustainability, frugality, and self-reliance.  Don’t get me wrong – a stockpile is sensible and an essential course of action. It should definitely be part of your preparedness plan. However, you need to also be ready for the time when the supplies in your well-stocked pantry are no longer available.  You need to be able to meet as many of your own needs as possible or you’ll end up being one of those people wearing dirty clothes because you can’t find laundry soap or going hungry because you can’t find any food at the stores – or can’t afford it if you can find it. You need to be ready for the end of a consumer-driven lifestyle, because quite frankly, there may soon come a day when there are no consumer goods to be had. Here are some ways to work on your self reliance:

It’s only by reducing your need for the things sold in stores that you can exempt yourself from the chaos and desperation that will erupt when or if an economic collapse situation occurs here. Knowledge and skills are among the most important things you can “collect” to prepare for an economic collapse. However, if you haven’t been at it your entire life, it’s difficult to remember everything. Create a library of references to help you in your quest for self-reliance.  These are some of my favorites:

Once you have an amount saved that is greater than your one month of cash, and once you have all the tangible preps you can store, only then should you consider investing in precious metals. Gold and silver retain their value far better than the dollar, and the metals are easily liquidated if an emergency arises and it becomes necessary to change them to fiat currency. This being said, metals are harder to spend, and it takes a little bit of effort to cash them in, so it can help deter you from spending unwisely if you tend to have difficulty saving money. Reputable companies exist that allow you to do all of your transactions online and have the metals shipped to your home, taking the hassle out of acquiring them if you happen to live in a remote area.

World events are our crystal ball

I’ve been warning specifically about this impending financial doomsday since the beginning of the year. In my New Year’s Day post, I wrote:

Not only would your money be worthless, here a few more ways the current economic trends may still affect you.

Prices will go up. We’ve seen an almost unprecedented increase in the price of food over the past couple of years, even as the quality of the food available plummets. This is due to massive droughts, early freezes, and basic cost-of-living increases.

Unemployment will continue to ripple through the country.  Those without jobs now are equal to the number of unemployed during The Great Depression. As the economy plummets, that number will almost certainly exceed the previous highs.

Obamacare mandates will continue to impoverish the middle class.  The most ill-conceived policy in history, Obamacare has increased monthly payments while decreasing coverage for nearly every person who is gainfully employed.  And, if you refuse to procure coverage through Obamacare, expect attempts to penalize you into compliance. This is adding to the unemployment rate as employers struggle to keep their doors open and drop full time staff to avoid having to pay their portion of the O-care payments.

Rents will increase.  If you don’t own your home, prepare to pay higher rent as landlords try to cover their losses of income in other sectors. Foreclosures will be on the rise, which means there will be fewer homes available.

The bottom line is, income will remain the same, decrease, or even disappear entirely for many of us.  Meanwhile, the price of darn near everything will go up.  Expect to pay more for things like keeping your utilities on, feeding and clothing your family, keeping a roof over your heads. Aside from that, those dollars you are carefully saving? They are only providing you with the illusion of security.

Bloggers like Michael Snyder and Mac Slavo concur that we are right on he edge of a crisis the likes of which our generation has never seen. Pay attention to the breaking news out of Greece. On July 5, the decision will be made whether any further bailouts will be headed their way. If none are forthcoming you can expect the bank holiday to be extended indefinitely. Also note that:

The events occurring in the European banking systems (Cyprus and Greece in particular) are a glimpse into our future. I can’t ring the warning bell any louder than this. Our way of life is about to change, and you can prepare for the new reality or be one of those desperate people in long lines, hoping for some mercy from the people who put us in this situation.


Daisy Luther is a freelance writer and editor who lives in a small village in the Pacific Northwestern area of the United States. She is the author of The Pantry Primer: How to Build a One Year Food Supply in Three Months. On her website, The Organic Prepper, Daisy writes about healthy prepping, homesteading adventures, and the pursuit of liberty and food freedom. Daisy is a co-founder of the website Nutritional Anarchy, which focuses on resistance through food self-sufficiency. Daisy’s articles are widely republished throughout alternative media. You can follow her on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter, and you can email her at [email protected]

The Middle East Is A Refugee Ticking Bomb

Turkish soldiers stand guard as Syrians wait behind the border fences near the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province

“Sixty-five percent of the refugees are under 25, are marginalized, desperate and frustrated by the lack of a just solution,” says Christofer Gunness, from UNRWA.

Regional vulnerability has always existed here but in recent years has exploded with the crisis in Syria and Iraq, the expansion of the Islamic State and instability and crises in countries such as Yemen, Libya, Egypt and others in the area.

In the case of the Palestinians, this vulnerability “is added to several other layers of vulnerability that were already there, because they are dispossessed and exiled for so long.”

“This year more than ever the Palestinian refugees do not feel they have a home, a safe place anywhere. And that is leading many to risk their lives and those of their children. They crawl on boats to escape their situation,” says Christofer Gunness, spokesman for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA).

“On paper it is very clear what has to happen: they have to give them a viable state and a just solution to their right of return,” which could, for example, mean that there is a pact so that there is compensation but that, in any case, “it must be a solution agreed by the parties”. Today there are more than five million Palestinian refugees registered with the UN.

According to Gunness, it is necessary for the international community to find a solution to the more than five million refugees that are trying to leave their own land due to war conditions and points out that thousands of them are being forced to undertake exile due to increased violence in the region.

“The Palestinian refugees have been in a state of dispossession and exile for 67 years pending a political solution,” said Gunness, the most visible face of UNRWA, which calls “political actors to resolve what can only be described as a time bomb. “

“Sixty-five percent of the refugees are under 25, are marginalized, desperate and frustrated by the lack of a just solution and, in the current climate of the Middle East, with so many people standing up against governments and revolting themselves in various ways, the revolts are part of the fuel that could catch fire suddenly with very alarming and dramatic consequences, “he explained.

The increasingly adverse situation in the region has given rise to new phenomena among Palestinian refugees. Some, escaping the war in Syria, have come back from exile and ended up in the Gaza Strip, while others have gone to sea in boats to try to reach European shores.

“For Europeans it is important to realize that with the increasing regional vulnerability, the Palestinians find it difficult to achieve security and dignity in the Middle East, which increasingly means they will cross dangerous areas taken by rebels and risk their lives at sea to get to Europe,” said Gunness.

Europeans “will have to decide whether to provide an on-site solutions in the Middle East, including through a properly funded UNRWA, or if they want to deal with the Palestinians when they reach Europe.”

Refugees beyond Gaza

The refugee epidemic is not limited to the Palestinians. There are half a million lives affected in Syria, of which 45,000 have fled to Lebanon and 15,000 to Jordan. A total of 750,000 are in the West Bank and 1.2 million in Gaza.

“In Syria people suffer from siege. The same happens in Yarmuk, where starvation takes place in seven of the twelve Syrian camps that are severely affected by the conflict and where people live under a blockade since January. As a consequence, children have died due to the cold weather and those are managed tp stay alive live in absolute hopelessness…

In that place, there is no prospect of employment, there are power outages, no decent access to water and one of the houses destroyed one year after the conflict has not been rebuilt,” said Gunness.

In the West Bank people “live with the daily humiliation of the excesses of the occupation: the violence of Israeli soldiers, the demolition of their homes, grandchildren see their grandparents humiliated at military posts, the expansion of settlements, and as if that wasn’t enough, Palestinians have to deal with violence committed by settlers” .

While in Lebanon people “are excluded from many professions”, in Jordan “state schools are under threat of terror, so nobody wants to send their children there,” he added. “But the most important fact is that no one wants to be a refugee. Everyone wants a place to call home,” he reflected.

After so many years, the refugee camps are no longer tents but many have become slums with streets so narrow that you can touch the sides of the houses with open arms: they need light, air and suffer the problems of overcrowding, social exclusion and, some drug abuse and violence.

“It is outrageous that lack of political decisions allow this in the XXI century. It is absurd that these people are subject to ignominy and humiliation. In Gaza, there were 80,000 people in need of food aid in 2000 and now there are more than 860,000. It has increased eleven times,” laments Gunness.

“I do not think it’s in the interests of nobody, and certainly not Israel, to have about two million people blocked and desperate,” he says, adding that the Gaza economy could flourish Israel allowed it.

The spokesman said that UNRWA, which spends between 30 and 35 million dollars a month to care for the refugees is in a crisis of liquidity and funding, with a deficit of 101 million dollars, the organization will run out of money by September.

“We regret that our existence after 65 years as this existence is the symbol of failure, the failure of the international community to reach a just solution for the Palestinian refugees,” he laments. Gunness remembers that until a solution is not reached, the number of refugees and their situation will grow worse.


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.

Slicing And Dicing Greece To Pay Bankers

Western societies are banker occupied territory. Financialization let monied interests scam ordinary people of incomes, savings, jobs, homes, overall welfare and futures.

Profits alone matter. Paying bankers first is standard practice. Eurozone straightjacket membership mandates rules no just societies would tolerate, including foregoing the right to:

• control their own money to monetize debt freely;

• legislate fiscal policies to stimulate growth; and

• devalue their currency to make exports more competitive.

Tiny Greece is forced to accept the same system as economic powerhouse Germany – no matter the obvious inequities.

It’s debt entrapped way beyond its ability to repay. The more bailout help it accepts, the deeper the financial hole it digs.

Along the way, it’s forced to thirdworldize its country, impoverish its people, eliminate social justice, and sell off its public lands, tourist sites, islands, ports, and other crown jewels at fire sale prices.

The end game is real life Greek tragedy – transforming a once developed country into Guatemala, Bangladesh or Haiti.

Corrupt Troika (IMF, EU and ECB) officials are systematically looting Greece, plundering it – waging devastating financial war harming ordinary people most, destroying the futures of an entire generation of youths and whatever is left for most others.

An emergency EU summit continues in Brussels. Reports indicate likely Athens capitulation to outrageous Troika demands.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker called an 11th hour new Greek government  proposal a “major step” toward final agreement in days.

“I am convinced that we will come up with (one) in the course of the week for the simple reason that we have to find an agreement this week,” he said. More below on leaked details of Greece’s latest proposal.

On Tuesday, the ECB provided Greek banks with nearly one billion euros in the wake of a run on deposits draining their reserves – the third cash infusion in recent days with perhaps more needed to stave off bankruptcy.

Brussels called Greece’s latest proposal “detailed, credible and impressive.” One unnamed official said it’s “the first big positive sign from the Greeks. It’s the most comprehensive proposal they have made.”

Dutch Finance Minister/Eurozone chairman Jeroen Dijsselbloem called the plan “a basis to really restart the talks again and really get a result” – at the cost of selling out millions of ordinary Greeks.

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras signaled capitulation by letter accompanying his latest proposal saying “requirement of (creditor) institutions for covering the fiscal gaps for 2015-16″ will be absolutely and completely met.

On top of years of punishing job cuts, wage freezes or reductions, and loss of vital social benefits, Athens intends more – despite pledging no more austerity.

Leaked details indicate increased VAT revenues, higher pension contributions, raising the retirement age from 62 – 67, eliminating early retirement and greater retiree out-of-pocket costs for healthcare among other concessions.

Pension rates stay unchanged letting Tsipras claim he didn’t cross his red lines no matter how untrue – regardless of how much more he hurt ordinary Greek citizens suffering horrendously already.

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schauble along with some of his counterparts called for imposing capital controls – to curb bank withdrawals.

Athens has a 1.6 billion euro IMF payment due at end of June with lots more coming later on – an endless draining of its wealth to assure predatory bankers are paid above all others.

Troika officials want a deal by week’s end to assure continued payments despite the harm to Greece’s economy and people. They want it all until there’s nothing left to steal. How much longer ordinary Greeks will put up with governance betraying them remains to be seen.


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.

UN Investigation Accusses Israel And Hamas Of War Crimes

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A UN report has accused the Israeli army and Hamas of committing war crimes in Gaza during the war of 2014.

The group of independent researchers led by the American Mary McGowan Davis requires Israel to provide further details on the targets hit during the offensive for further evaluation.

The report also condemns the execution of suspected “collaborators” at the hands of Palestinian groups. “The scale of the devastation and human suffering in Gaza is unprecedented and will impact generations to come,” said McGowan Davis.

The expert group accuses Israel of committing violations both in the context of hostilities in Gaza, as carrying out murder, torture and ill-treatment in the West Bank.

“The commission is concerned that impunity prevails across the board for violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law allegedly committed by Israeli forces,” the report said.

Regarding Palestinian armed groups, the commission denounced the “indiscriminate nature of the projectiles fired at Israel and aimed to attack civilians, which violates international humanitarian law and may constitute war crimes.”

“The commission collected substantial information pointing to serious violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law by both Israel and Hamas,” the study notes. In some cases, “these violations can be considered war crimes,” says the document.

Israeli military operation against Gaza, conducted between July and August 2014, killed 2,251 Palestinians -1,462 of them civilians and 551 children-, while on the Israeli side there were 67 soldiers killed along with six civilians.

Refugees on the own Land

Along with the report on war crimes in Gaza, the UN informed that half the Palestinian people continue to be displaced and without access to a place they can call home. This situation takes place while conditions in Gaza continue to deteriorate with refugees taking shelter all over the Middle East.

According to Christofer Gunness, spokesman for the United Nations Refugee Agency, (UNRWA), it is necessary for the international community to find a solution to the more than five million refugees that are trying to leave their own land due to war conditions and points out that thousands of them are being forced to undertake exile due to increased violence in the region.

“The Palestinian refugees have been in a state of dispossession and exile for 67 years pending a political solution,” said Gunness, the most visible face of UNRWA, which calls “political actors to resolve what can only be described as a time bomb. “

“Sixty-five percent of the refugees are under 25, are marginalized, desperate and frustrated by the lack of a just solution and, in the current climate of the Middle East, with so many people standing up against governments and revolting themselves in various ways, the revolts are part of the fuel that could catch fire suddenly with very alarming and dramatic consequences, “he explained.

The increasingly adverse situation in the region has given rise to new phenomena among Palestinian refugees. Some, escaping the war in Syria, have come back from exile and ended up in the Gaza Strip, while others have gone to sea in boats to try to reach European shores.

“For Europeans it is important to realize that with the increasing regional vulnerability, the Palestinians find it difficult to achieve security and dignity in the Middle East, which increasingly means they will cross dangerous areas taken by rebels and risk their lives at sea to get to Europe,” said Gunness.

Europeans “will have to decide whether to provide an on-site solutions in the Middle East, including through a properly funded UNRWA, or if they want to deal with the Palestinians when they reach Europe.”


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.

12 Signs That The United States And China Are Moving Toward War

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If the United States and China are supposed to be such “great friends”, why are both sides acting as if war is in our future?  Thanks to events in the South China Sea and the blatant theft of the personal information of millions of U.S. government workers, tensions between the United States and China are the highest that they have been in decades.  Most Americans typically assume that a real, actual shooting war between the U.S. and China could never possibly happen, but as you will see below the Chinese are actually spending a lot of time and money preparing for precisely such a conflict.  In fact, the Chinese are working feverishly to develop new offensive weapons systems that would only be used in such a war.  Of course it is extremely unlikely that a military conflict between our two nations will happen in our immediate future, but without a doubt we are moving in that direction.  And this is how wars typically happen – things build up over a period of time before they finally reach a breaking point.  Just think about what took place between the United States and Japan in the lead up to our war with them.  There were years of diplomatic troubles before Japan finally made the decision to launch a “surprise” attack on Pearl Harbor.  Right now, I believe that we are moving into a similar period of diplomatic trouble with China.  Initially, this will likely affect our trade relationship with the Chinese, but ultimately it could be much more than that.  The following are 10 signs that the United States and China are moving toward war…

#1 China’s moves in the South China Sea have greatly angered Obama administration officials.  Some of the islands that China has grabbed are also claimed by Malaysia, Vietnam, Taiwan, Brunei and the Philippines.  The United States is bound by treaty to defend the Philippines in any conflict with China, and Brunei, Malaysia and Vietnam are all slated to be parties to the new super secret global trade treaty that Obama is currently negotiating.  The following comes from Business Insider

China’s reclamation of more than 2,000 acres of land on disputed islands and atolls in the South China Sea since last year has raised international alarm over its territorial ambitions. Washington took the unusual step last month of publicizing a U.S. military surveillance flight that showed the massive scale of China’s island-building.

China says the islands are its sovereign territory, but Washington argues that the continuation of building work and militarization of the islands could enflame complex territorial disputes with China’s neighbors, with whom the U.S. is seeking to forge closer ties while preserving freedom of navigation in sea lanes crucial for world trade.

#2 In China, there is talk that a war may be necessary to defend China’s interests in the South China Sea.  In fact, a newspaper that is a mouthpiece for the Communist Party actually stated that war with the United States “is inevitable” if the U.S. continues to insist that the Chinese must halt activities on those islands…

Coinciding with the publication of the white paper, an editorial in The Global Times – a tabloid newspaper mouthpiece for the ruling Communist Party – issued a warning to the US to halt its protests over the South China Sea.

Last week, China’s foreign ministry revealed it had lodged a complaint with the US over an American spy plane that flew over parts of the disputed archipelago.

The article read: “We do not want a military conflict with the United States, but if it were to come, we have to accept it.”

It added that China should “carefully prepare” for the possibility of war with Washington and that “if the United States’ bottom line is that China is to halt activities, then a US-China war is inevitable in the South China Sea”.

#3 The theft of the information of up to 14 million federal workers is being described as “an act of war“.  At this point, the Obama administration appears convinced that this horrible act was committed by the Chinese government

Cybersecurity is another source of acrimony that’s up for discussion, given fresh urgency by the massive security breach that led to the theft of personal information of as many as 14 million current and former U.S. federal employees. The Obama administration believes that China’s government, not criminal hackers, was responsible for the breach that included detailed background information on military and intelligence personnel.

China has denied involvement in the break-in and says it is also a victim of cyberattacks.

So was China behind this theft?

Perhaps we will never know for sure, but without a doubt this incident has raised tensions between the two nations.

And as tensions continue to increase, it is likely that the cyber espionage being committed by both sides will only get worse.  Ian Bremmer, the founder of Eurasia Group, recently told Business Insider that he believes that a “virtual war” between our countries has already begun…

We should be very clear: China is at virtual war with the United States, and the threat is far higher than that of terrorism, which gets the lion’s share of attention — and, in the post-9/11 world, funding.”

#4 China recently conducted a series of massive military exercises that simulated an attack against Taiwan.  Since the U.S. is committed to protecting Taiwan, a real conflict of this nature would almost certainly involve the United States.  The following comes from an article that was posted on janes.com

In a new analysis by Richard Fisher and James Hardy, IHS Jane’s reports that “A series of Chinese military exercises between late May and early June showcased the ability of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to project land, air, and naval power into the area around Taiwan.”

The exercises demonstrated the People’s Liberation Army’s plan to use civilian ships during emergencies to help boost its forces.

“To compensate for the relatively small size of its formal naval amphibious transport fleet the PLA has co-funded construction of a large number of ferries used by civilian companies. They will be made available to the PLA during emergencies and are a frequent element in civil-military transport exercises,” Fisher and Hardy write.

#5 According to Paul Joseph Watson, thousands of Chinese merchant ships are being retrofitted for military purposes.  The only possible conflict in which the Chinese military would need “thousands of merchant ships” would be a war with the United States…

China is set to retrofit thousands of merchant ships for military purposes so they can be used in the event of a war, another disturbing indication of growing tensions between Beijing and Washington.

Shipping industry publication TradeWinds reveals that China is preparing a new fleet of “war-ready ships” to serve as “a reserve military logistics wing” in the event of a naval conflict.

The new policy will apply to “containerships, ro-ros, multipurpose ships, bulkers and other ships,” with shipbuilders receiving a government subsidy to pay for the cost of making the vessels “militarily useful.”

#6 The Chinese have developed a “carrier killer” missile which was specifically designed to destroy U.S. aircraft carriers.  There are some that have suggested that these new missiles may have made U.S. aircraft carriers obsolete

Nevertheless, some have suggested that the DF-21D has rendered the supercarrier obsolete. While it depends on how we use the term “obsolete,” it’s probably too early to make that claim. China has expended vast time and resources determining how to kill US carriers, which suggests that the Chinese military takes carrier capabilities seriously. Moreover, the number of countries with both the interest and technical capability to develop the system of systems necessary to operate an ASBM is probably limited to two for the foreseeable future, with only Russia joining China.

#7 The Chinese now have the capability of equipping their nuclear missiles with MIRV warheads.  According to Bill Gertz, this has significantly equalized the balance of power between the U.S. and China…

China carried out a long-range missile flight test on Saturday using multiple, independently targetable reentry vehicles, or MIRVs, according to U.S. defense officials.

The flight test Saturday of a new DF-41 missile, China’s longest-range intercontinental ballistic missile, marks the first test of multiple warhead capabilities for China, officials told the Washington Free Beacon.

China has been known to be developing multiple-warhead technology, which it obtained from the United States illegally in the 1990s.

However, the Dec. 13 DF-41 flight test, using an unknown number of inert maneuvering warheads, is being viewed by U.S. intelligence agencies as a significant advance for China’s strategic nuclear forces and part of a build-up that is likely to affect the strategic balance of forces.

#8 Of much greater concern than the MIRV warheads are the new hypersonic glide vehicles that China has developed.  These ultra-high-speed missiles are capable of carrying nuclear warheads and represent a huge threat to the United States

China recently conducted the second flight test of a new, ultra-high-speed missile that is part of what analysts say is Beijing’s global system of attack weapons capable of striking the United States with nuclear warheads.

The latest test of the new hypersonic glide vehicle (HGV) known as Wu-14 took place Aug. 7 at a missile facility in western China, said U.S. government officials familiar with details of the test reported in internal channels.

#9 The Chinese Navy is building a series of extremely quiet ballistic missile submarines.  These subs could potentially creep up to our coastlines and rain nuclear missiles down on us within just a few minutes.  The following comes from an article by Bill Gertz

The Chinese Navy has deployed three ballistic missile submarines at sea capable of striking the United States with nuclear missiles, the commander of the U.S. Northern Command said Tuesday.

Adm. William Gortney, the commander, said the submarines are a “concern” and will be able to strike the United States when fully deployed with missiles and warheads.

The missile submarines are deployed in the South China Sea at a base on Hainan Island, according to a defense official.

#10 The Chinese have developed submarine-based nuclear missiles that could potentially reach all 50 states from the waters of Hawaii

China could soon target the United States with sea-based nuclear weapons as it is reinforcing its submarines with long-range nuclear ballistic missiles, a US congressional report has found.

China’s military is set to acquire a reliable, hard-to-destroy sea-based nuclear deterrent, with a dozen JL-2 missiles that are being mounted on its JIN class submarines, according to a report submitted to Congress by the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission.

The missiles have a strike range of around 7,350 km, meaning they can reach all 50 US states if they are launched from waters west or east of Hawaii.

#11 At a time when the U.S. military is actually shrinking, Chinese military spending is increasing each year by double digits

China’s government in March announced a 12.2 percent increase in military spending to $132 billion. That followed last year’s 10.7 percent increase to $114 billion, giving China the second-highest defense budget for any nation behind the U.S., which spent $600.4 billion on its military last year.

#12 The Chinese military is not the only one preparing for a war between our two nations.  It turns out that the U.S. military has been conducting military exercises that are specifically geared toward simulating a conflict with China.  The following comes from the BBC

Watching the US Navy close up like this, it is hard not to be slightly awed. No other navy in the world has quite the same toys, or shows them off with the same easy charm.

But as I stand on the deck filming my report on how “the US is practising for war with China”, I can see my host from the Navy public affairs office wincing.

You get used to hearing the PR rhetoric: the US Navy “is not practising for war with any specific country”. But the US Navy has not assembled two whole carrier battle groups and 200 aircraft off the coast of Guam for a jolly, either. This is about practising what the Pentagon now calls “Air Sea Battle”.

It is a concept first put forward in 2009, and it is specifically designed to counter the rising threat from China.

Like I said, a war between the United States and China is not going to happen in our immediate future.

But it would be a grave mistake to assume that it could never happen.

Over in China, their military operates under the assumption that a war between the two superpowers will definitely take place at some point, and the Chinese are working feverishly to figure out ways that they can come out on top in such a conflict.

Yes, the Chinese have become exceedingly wealthy selling us goods.  In the process, we have lost thousands of businesses, millions of jobs and we now owe the Chinese more than a trillion dollars.  The Chinese never intended to have a balanced and fair trading relationship with us, because it has always been their plan to emerge as the sole, dominant superpower on the entire planet.

Once our debt-fueled economy collapses, the Chinese won’t have too much use for us anymore.  Instead, we will just be a barrier in the way of their goal of total global domination.

If you don’t think that the Chinese view us in this manner, just read some of the white papers produced by the Chinese government and the Chinese military.  They do not consider us to be a “friend” at all.  Rather, they consider us to be an enemy that must ultimately be vanquished.

Sadly, most Americans seem to assume that the global community is just one big, happy family these days.

In the end, we will likely pay a very great price for being so naive.


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.