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Iran To Get Upgraded Russian S-300 Missiles

An S-300 missile

In 2007, Russia agreed to supply Iran with five battalions of S-300 medium-range air defense missiles. They designed to defend military, industrial and other strategic sites against enemy air attacks.

Russia’s technology is the most sophisticated air defense systems in service, able to destroy targets with pinpoint accuracy. Its newest generation S-400s have both medium and long range capability.

In 2010, then President Dmitry Medvedev agreed to observe Security Council Resolution 1929 – imposing new sanctions on Iran on top of earlier ones. He annulled the 2007 S-300 contract.

It’s reinstated. On August 19, responding to whether selling S-300s to Iran violated Washington imposed sanctions, Sergey Lavrov said:

“The US sanctions are no concern of ours. We only fulfill our international obligations, above all, with regard to sanctions. This is the decision of the UN Security Council.”

“All other unilateral restrictions imposed bypassing the Security Council in violation of the general norms of the international law are of no interest to us.”

“So, let our American colleagues study the issue. Perhaps it will useful for them to come to the conclusion that far from all corresponds to their vision of international law.”

Days earlier Deputy Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said “the decision on possibly supplying S-300 to Iran has already been made by the Russian president, and technical issues of this matter are being discussed. This is an exclusively bilateral issue. Participation of third countries is not envisaged and is not required.”

In April, Putin lifted the ban on supplying Tehran with S-300s after P5+1 countries and Iran signed a preliminary nuclear agreement.

Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov calls it a done deal. “As things stand now, this topic is closed,” he said.

“We have reached full understanding on the matter together with our Iranian partners. The question has been fundamentally solved. The rest is just technical details.”

Delivery will be later this year, fulfilling earlier agreed on terms. Other countries sold S-300s include China, Algeria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Cyprus, Kazakhstan and Vietnam.

State Department spokesman Admiral John Kirby said “(w)e certainly object to” the sale. He commented following Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehqan saying Tehran would receive Russia’s latest S-300 technology.

“All (upgraded) changes (made) by the Russians over these years will be implemented on the S-300 system that is going to be delivered to Iran, and we will receive the system soon,” he explained.

Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis said “(w)e have long expressed our concerns over reports of the possible sale of this missile system to the Iranians.”

Last April, Netanyahu railed against it – demanding Russia halt its planned delivery. “Israel will do whatever is necessary to defend the security of the state and its citizens,” he blustered.

Washington and Israel want Tehran vulnerable to US and IDF air attacks. S-300s installed make them less likely. Security Council sanctions don’t ban them.

Putin military and technical cooperation aide Vladimir Kozhin said Iran will get fully upgraded S-300s, the latest technology for this generation of surface-to-air defense missiles.

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”. Visit his blog site at

The Sabbatean Sabotage Of Humanity (VIDEO)


One of the primary tap roots of the evil we’re witnessing and being subjected to today leads straight down the Sabbatean pipeline. Much of the derivation of most of the current satanic, Luciferian practices that are being exercised on humanity can be easily traced to the twisted Kabbalist occult origins of cleverly hijacked so-called Biblically based Judaistic teachings that have thoroughly permeated every religious, social, political and economic structure in today’s world.

It’s much older than that, but it appears it was distilled from ancient practices and even bloodlines and funneled into fiercely willing accomplices found in the ruthless warring Ashkenazi tribe and other lineages that have since wormed their way into every facet of control in modern society. Their history is sordid, their doctrines nefarious, and their intent total domination of humanity at any cost.

Sabbatean refers to a certain Kabbalist lineage dating back to Shabbatai Tzvi who ran with the twisted occult teachings of a denizen of the deep satanic occultist named Isaac Luria. Shabbatai later gained massive power and notoriety and eventually proclaimed himself the messiah du jour. His subsequent influence is very alive today in the many forms into which it has since morphed.

The psychopathic nature of this aggressive swarm not only has no conscience nor empathy, but is supported and justified by a plethora of perverted Luciferian precepts that defy comprehension to the average human. This is what fuels their despotic fires and draws in carefully selected subhuman psychotic accomplices from all quarters. All is permitted and justified, and those who believe in empathy and any sense of good or conscience are dismissed as dumb sheep that deserve to be manipulated, abused and handily slaughtered.

Their credo and underlying belief in a nutshell: We shall bring destruction, perversion and chaos to precipitate the return of our true god under whom we shall have full reign over humanity. And we can do whatever the hell we want without compunction or conscience. Anything under any guise.

Yes. That’s in their liturgy. Read it for yourself. That pretty well justifies anything, as encapsulated in such themes as the Mossad’s “By deception thou shalt do war”, the Fabian society’s wolf in sheep’s clothing insignia, the Skull and Bones, the arrogant All Seeing Eye insignia, the Jesuit pledge, and whatnot, to name only a few obvious manifestations.

Hence their ruthless wars, economic rape, false flags, deliberate disinformation, and destruction of anything that stands in their way of worldwide domination and parasitic abuse. They recognize no boundaries nor rules. For them, there are none and we’re inferior fools for thinking that right and wrong have any other meaning than to keep the ignorant enslaved.

You need look no further than the rabid genocidal behavior of Israel and its minions and the parasitic worldwide banking cartel for the most obvious outcropping of this Luciferian mindset.

True History – Do Your Due Diligence

This is not hidden history except in relation to today’s constricted mainstream knowledge and controlled media and education. It’s out there to be found for yourself. These perverts have been outcast from governments, societies and even fundamental Judaism and other religions and governments time and again for centuries. Until today. This is why the notion of conspiracy is so fiercely fought, a close second to “anti-semitism”, both clearly connected hands-off subjects.

That’s the entire meme they’re working under. Blatant exploitation and oppression while deceitfully, and vociferiously, denying it exists.

They very slyly took refuge over the centuries via their mainstay tactics – disguise and deceit – and soon pretended to be Christians, Freemasons, Catholics, Muslims and so-called moderate Jews as they unscrupulously melded into and swept through unsuspecting western and middle eastern society, thanks to a lot of apologists and subsequent softening to what people’s gut was telling them about this ruthless economic and political takeover by certain very distasteful, clearly destructive and self serving parasites on the body politic.

This complete reversal of the truth has been shoved down humanity’s throat; that these are poor persecuted and very special people deserve our protection and unquestioned sanctity and help. Guess who originated that meme?

Unfortunately all Jews have been thrown under the bus, a sacrifice the Sabbateans are more than willing to make as clearly demonstrated in the highly distorted and propagandized holocaust, as if that was the only incident in history of any importance.  It’s also said by scholars that of the (much lower number) of those that perished in Nazi camps, only the non Sabbateans were killed.

I wouldn’t be surprised in the least.

In tackling this subject you can start with the rise of Shabbetai Tzvi, where he learned his Kabbalist teachings and claimed to be the messiah, and his passing of the bastardized baton to the even worse Jacob Frank. Frank was a known Satanic Kabbalist who recruited the ruthless money lender Rothchilds family and Adam Weishaupt to found the Bavarian Illuminati, just one branch of this virus upon humanity.

Research this subject for yourself and connect your own dots, it’s all available information. Here’s an enlightening summation given in a radio interview that will help begin to put the dots together. Follow the links on all of these subjects – there’s a lot to learn and I cannot possibly cover it all here.

Shabbetai Tzvi, The Satanic Jewish Messiah of 1666

The Light of Truth Kills the Parasites

I see these sick bastards as a virus, or bacteria. A parasitic, off-balance heartless consuming dark energy simulation, nothing original, that has no will of its own and will not stop until it has either consumed its host, which kills itself ultimately as well, or is fully combated and dissolved. I liken it to a fungal infection on your skin that only grows and proliferates in the dank darkness of ignorance and absence of light.

The best medicine? Sunshine and fresh air.

The fact that these same forces are generating the chemtrail canopy over our precious planet blocking the sun’s light and energy and hence healing effects is a perfect analogy, and no doubt part of the dark reality they’re attempting to foist on humanity.

I know this is a nasty subject but we need to have this greater perspective under our belts as a tool of understanding within our current predicament. Thankfully vibrational light has many frequencies and cannot be suppressed no matter what anything does to try to block it.

Let’s rise and shine, without fear. It’s the light of truth and love they cannot stand. Manifest in every possible way and keep connecting the dots and sharing that truth with others. These types of awakenings have a massive effect, as dispelling any and all illusory restraints contributes to the overall energy released!

Hence the empowering expression of relief, “Ah, now everything is coming to light”.

Turn it up – let’s get these disgusting cockroaches out of our home.

Much love, Zen

By Zen Gardner at

Greek PM Calls Snap Elections


Last Thursday, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras resigned and announced snap elections, likely in late September – a ploy hoping for enough voter support to remain in power before ordinary Greeks feel the pain of greater austerity he agreed to after pledging no more in January.

His SYRIZA-led coalition holds a slim majority. Polls astonishingly show he remains popular – at least compared to alternative choices.

Greece is like most other nations. Monied interests rule. Ordinary people have no say. Whatever party or coalition rules, their welfare gets short shrift at best, entirely ignored at worst.

Tsipras and most SYRIZA officials proved they’re as supportive of monied interests as right-wing parties PASOK and New Democracy.

However snap elections turn out, business as usual will triumph. Long-suffering Greeks are assured of greater pain and sacrifice ahead – leaving them increasingly out-of-luck on their own.

Greece’s dominant political establishment doesn’t give a damn about their welfare – just its own and the monied interests it serves.

Announcing his decision to step down on national television, Tsipras said “(t)he political mandate of the January 25 elections has exhausted its limits, and now the Greek people have to have their say.”

It bears repeating. They have none whatever. Elections in most countries are meaningless – worthless exercises achieving nothing for ordinary people. A previous article quoted famed political and social activist Emma Goldman (1869 – 1940) once saying if they “changed anything,” they’d be banned.

Tsipras, like Obama, promised hope and change. They delivered worse than ever business as usual. Nothing in prospect suggests relief for millions of ordinary Greeks deserving better than crushing austerity gravely harming their welfare, security and futures.

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”. Visit his blog site at

Horrific Mistreatment Of Migrant Refugees


Refugees fleeing war zones, persecution, or poverty and unemployment are the world’s least welcome people. America bears full responsibility for millions leaving Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Donbass and elsewhere – seeking safe havens in Europe or countries bordering their own.

Hungary deployed thousands of police to its border with Serbia. It’s “under attack (by) increasingly aggressive migrants,” according to Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s chief of staff. Around 130,000 arrived this year so far – triple 2014’s number.

Over 160,000 arrived in Greece – about 50,000 in the last month alone. Welcome mats don’t greet them. Conditions are deplorable. Families sleep outside because of overcrowding.

Sanitation is lacking. Little medical care or nutritious food is available. Babies are given sugar water instead of milk.

A UNHCR report said 60 million people were forcibly displaced by end of 2014. Globally one in every 122 people are asylum seekers, refugees or internally displaced persons. More than half the world’s refugees are children.

Last month, Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said Greece’s Dodecanese Islands reception center is on the verge of collapse.

Thousands of migrants sleep outside or in abandoned buildings for lack of accommodations. They haven’t enough food, clean water, medical care, and basic sanitation.

In Kos, hundreds sleep on floors “amidst rubble and shattered glass in an overcrowded, dilapidated building.” MSF teams do their best “treating conditions linked to unhygienic living conditions, including scabies and skin infections.”

Desperately needed humanitarian aid isn’t available in amounts needed. MSF’s Stathis Kyroussis called the situation “a violation of Greece’s and the EU’s obligations toward asylum seekers and migrants…”

Given Athens’ struggling economy, it can’t cope on its own. Help from EU member states is needed. MSF’s Lesvos emergency coordinator said “(l)eaving people to fend for themselves in a field full of garbage or in an abandoned building where there is hardly any water or latrines is simply unacceptable and is putting people’s health at risk.”

Growing thousands needing shelter, toilets, organized food distribution, access to medical treatment and other essentials aren’t getting it.

Despite urgent calls for help, there’s been little or no improvement. Migrants are increasingly on their own to survive. Thousands perish at sea from drowning, starvation, thirst or weather conditions en route to safe havens. Arrivals don’t find it.

A July Amnesty International report said “migrants heading for Europe fac(e) abuse and extortion in the Balkans…at the hands of the authorities and criminal gangs…”

They’re abandoned by EU policymakers – left “trapped without protection Serbia and Macedonia…” Deplorable conditions await them wherever they arrive. According to AI’s Europe and Central Asia deputy director Gauri van Gulik:

“Refugees fleeing war and persecution make this journey across the Balkans in the hope of finding safety in Europe only to find themselves victims of abuse and exploitation and at the mercy of failing asylum systems.”

“Serbia and Macedonia have become a sink for the overflow of refugees and migrants that nobody in the EU seems willing to receive.”

Both countries “have to do much more to respect migrants and refugees’ rights. But it is impossible to separate the human rights violations there, from the broader pressures of the flow of migrants and refugees into and through the EU, and a failed EU migration system.”

“As increasing numbers of vulnerable refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants become trapped in a Balkan no-man’s land, the pressures on Serbia and Macedonia are mounting.”

“These stresses, like those on Italy and Greece, can only be resolved by a much broader rethink of EU migration and asylum policies.”

Migrants come from the Middle East, North Africa, Turkey after arriving by sea, then to Greece followed by land travel to Macedonia, Serbia, Hungary and other EU destinations.

They endure nightmarish conditions along the way and after arriving – including beatings, financial extortion and other abuses.

A previous article discussed Britain’s appalling centers for refugees and asylum seekers. They’re locked up indefinitely like criminals with no concern for their welfare or right of appeal. They endure torture and other forms of abuse.

Conditions are so bad, some migrants attempt suicide. Detainees are left to rot. Some give up in despair.

A separate article discussed Syria’s refugee crisis – the gravest since WW II, nearly half the nation’s population internally or externally displaced, fleeing Obama’s war to hellhole refugee camps, largely on their own with minimal lifeline help.

RT International interviewed Dr. David Isaacs. He faces possible prison for exposing Australia’s horrific mistreatment of migrants on Nauru island 3,300km northeast of Brisbane, he explained.

“I am breaking the law by talking to you about this, and I could even go to prison for doing this,” he said. “Anyone who works there – doctors, teachers, nurses – could go to prison for two years for telling the truth about what is happening.”

Things are so bad, he felt he had no choice. One young girl “tr(ied) to hang herself,” he said. Many children developed PTSD. Migrants endure “mental torture.” Conditions are hellish.

Letters written by children said they live in dirty tents, flooded during rainstorms. Officers “treat (them) like animals.”

Isaacs compared Nauru  detention centers to “prisons.” A former employee responsible for security speaking on condition of anonymity said waterboarding and other forms of torture are used.

A May Australian parliamentary inquiry found rampant child abuse. Many detainees complained of sexual assault. No one was held accountable. No changes in deplorable conditions were made.

Refugees and asylum seekers increasingly are unwanted – especially as their numbers grow exponentially from mostly US-devastated war-torn countries and others where they’re abused. The end of their long anguished nightmare is nowhere in sight.

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”. Visit his blog site at

All Out Warfare On Political Correctness


The bastion of Totalitarian Collectivism is based upon a culture of political correctness. Before authoritarians impose their rigid formulas for shaping and defining a false reality, the ground needs to be prepared for molding public opinion. The details and narrative of mind control works best when people have already adopted an urbanity of collective singularity. The nature of “TC” is the next level beyond political correctness.

Peer pressure may be expected during school adolescence but part of growing up requires a level of maturity to distinguish between facts, moral conduct and social values arrived at through sound and rigorous intellectual scrutiny. The primary source of mental malady comes out of media. As the media covers their daily inventions from papier-mâché substance from toilet paper sagas the public sinks deeper into the fog of war. The conflict that pervades the minds of the remaining rational thinkers becomes a struggle for survival.

Analyzing the merits of the dished out information from the media barons, is an experience like being put on the “Strappado Wrack” of political torture. While these media outlets share the spotlight that places the focus on the intended outcome, the strings of propaganda are being pulled by government intervention in the reporting process.

Rarely are the barbs of establishment mass medium used as an attack on the ruling elites. When a lonely threat rises out of the “PC” orthodoxy, the reams of paper used to put down a rabid dog come at no expense. Protecting the appointed order is the purpose behind professing the conformity of compliance.

Eradication of dissent is the supreme use of applying political correctness to the national consciousness. One way or the highway has become stick to your side of the center line or get run off the road. Meaningful political discourse is almost impossible in an environment where socialized purity has become a fatal blood disease. The Sepsis condition caused by an overwhelming immune response to accepting a fictitious version of certainty is a terminal infection.

A glaring example of the beginnings of an upside down world is outlined in Political correctness has replaced British Politics! It is noteworthy that the two primary totalitarian European regimes of the twentieth century were engaged in their own versions of ideology dogma.

So how did it all start? Political Correctness started in a think tank (called The Frankfurt School) in Germany in 1923. The purpose was to find a solution to the biggest problem facing the implementers of communism in Russia. Why wasn’t the wonderful idea of communism spreading? Read the short history here, the full history and purpose here or watch a 22 minute documentary here.

The Frankfurt school recommended (amongst other things):

  •  the creation of racism offences
  • continual change to create confusion
  • the teaching of sex and homosexuality to children
  • the undermining of schools and teachers’ authority
  • huge immigration to destroy national identity
  • the promotion of excessive drinking
  • emptying the churches
  • an unreliable legal system with bias against the victim of crime
  • dependency on the state or state benefits
  • control and dumbing down of media
  • encouraging the breakdown of the family

It was no coincidence that the same themes of cultural destruction affect the British Empire after the “so called” victory over fascism. The cultural Marxism that emerged in the post war era has an undisputed record of causing the decline and destruction of Western Civilization.

Missing in the conformist and accepted version of recent history is the role and influence of the tribal architects of de-constructing traditional values and Christian heritage. Admitting the linkage of the war on humanity with the tenants of “Political Correctness” is a crucial step in the bitter struggle to overcome the movement to stamp out the free exchange of knowledge and backdrop of our common bonds.

In a series of videos from Red Ice Creations, entitled Minority Rule: The Rise of Political Correctness is an unfinished documentary directed by the late Byron Jost (A Line in the Sand). The focus of the documentary is the role of the organized Jewish community in creating political correctness. Interviewees include Dr. Kevin MacDonald, Dr. E. Michael Jones, Dr. James Sanchez, and Canadian free speech activist Paul Fromm.

Review the evidence and ask who exactly benefits from the devastating dismantling of our European legacy? A “PC” culture is not compatible with individual freedom or social liberty.

The last fifty years has seen the acceleration of attacks on all aspects of Western thought, morals and political discourse. In a New Yorker essay, Not a Very P.C. Thing to Say, Jonathan Chait is quoted: “The PC movement has assumed a towering presence in the psychic space of politically active people in general and the left in particular.

From the BBC, Anthony Zurcher comments on the substantial danger in allowing a “PC” culture to sack the landscape in, A political correctness war that never really ended.

“Chait defines this new political correctness as mainly an internecine war among liberals, where “more radical members of the left attempt to regulate political discourse by defining opposing views as bigoted and illegitimate”. It is at its heart, he says, illiberal and anti-free speech.

Among the examples he cites of modern-day PC extremism are calls for white males to “check their privilege”; trigger warnings on articles and college curricula; small slights called “microagressions” that, taken together, create a hostile environment for the unempowered; demands for inclusive language for trans-gendered persons; and protests that have prevented controversial lecturers from appearing on university campuses.”

Sincere traditionalists defend free speech, but the war against true American values and a rational way of life was started by the very pseudo intellectuals, who are converts to the sick and demented collectivist handbook written in a Marxist language and implemented by the monolith media and education indoctrination structure.

The natural counter weight to such an endemic perversion can be seen in the Donald Trump phenomena. “PC” is grounded in culture but is realized in economic despotism.

 Donald Trump vs. Davos Man appears in The Economic Populist.

“Trump’s economic policies and theoretical framework challenge the Establishment’s basic operating assumptions to the core. The Establishment economic policy is globalist neoliberalism. They want to decrease the importance of national borders and national sovereignty in order to make the world safer for international finance and commerce, hence their support for mass immigration and sovereignty compromising “free trade” deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Trump’s opposition to “free trade” deals and open borders and unabashed advocacy of economic nationalism directly challenges the Establishment consensus in a way that no other candidate dose. All the major candidates in both parties with the possible exception of Bernie Sanders actually take Establishment neoliberal presumptions for granted.”

Trump, the person is not the issue, but his economic nationalism is at the core in the clash against the “PC” war against civilization. The Radical Reactionary column, Playing the Trump Card for Political Correctnessaddressed the initial reaction to his candidacy. Since that time excitement has transitioned into a movement. The “Silent Majority” that gathered to attend the Mobile, Alabama rally understand that the enemy of the nation is the mindset that talks tolerance, while advocating and promoting the elimination of all that is worth preserving and defending.

Jeff Crouere writes in the Christian Post, Donald Trump Wins in Battle Against Political Correctness.

“America today is replete with cowards who are afraid to “tell it like it is.” Fortunately, one of the rare truth tellers is running for President. Let’s see if the American people want the truth or if they want to maintain their belief in fiction, supported only by politically correct lies.

Today, our problems are so severe, it is time for not only tough talk, but, more importantly, strong action. Political correctness is a very serious affliction that has done incredible damage to our country. It will eventually destroy America if it is not pulled up by the roots and finally eradicated.”

Are you one of those cowards who are so timid to think about, much less, discuss the origins of the “PC” doctrine? Progressive academia is a sewer of tribal censorship. The stakes cannot be higher. The very survival of our society is being shattered by allowing the “PC” proponents from going unchallenged.

The enthusiasm for Trump recognizes leadership and guts. To paraphrase Douglas MacArthur, there is no substitute for results.

For any citizen who has retained even the most modest level of brain cells, you must see the truth in the Trump statement: “You know, this country is so politically correct. Nobody wants to take a stance on anything.”

Now you know this is the prevailing posture for professional politicians, but what about you, your family, neighbors and fellow workers? There is no escape from the combat. The totalitarian collectivists are dedicated to your destruction. You are neither a victim nor a bully, but a target for elimination. Act accordingly at your own peril.

SARTRE is the pen name of James Hall, a reformed, former political operative. This pundit’s formal instruction in History, Philosophy and Political Science served as training for activism, on the staff of several politicians and in many campaigns. A believer in authentic Public Service, independent business interests were pursued in the private sector. As a small business owner and entrepreneur, several successful ventures expanded opportunities for customers and employees. Speculation in markets, and international business investments, allowed for extensive travel and a world view for commerce. He is retired and lives with his wife in a rural community. “Populism” best describes the approach to SARTRE’s perspective on Politics. Realities, suggest that American Values can be restored with an appreciation of “Pragmatic Anarchism.” Reforms will require an Existential approach. “Ideas Move the World,” and SARTRE’S intent is to stir the conscience of those who desire to bring back a common sense, moral and traditional value culture for America. Not seeking fame nor fortune, SARTRE’s only goal is to ask the questions that few will dare … Having refused the invites of an academic career because of the hypocrisy of elite’s, the search for TRUTH is the challenge that is made to all readers. It starts within yourself and is achieved only with your sincere desire to face Reality. So who is SARTRE? He is really an ordinary man just like you, who invites you to join in on this journey. Visit his website at

Two Reports Ignore Obama’s Aggression On Yemen


Obama bears full responsibility for waging US-orchestrated, Saudi-led naked aggression on Yemen – raging nonstop for nearly five months with no end in sight, another horrific war crime on his rap sheet.

UNICEF and Amnesty International (AI) issued new reports omitting what’s most important to explain.

UNICEF titled its report “Yemen: Childhood Under Threat,” saying “nearly 400 children have been killed and over 600 others injured since the violence escalated some four months ago.”

It began on March 25, nearly five months ago. Casualty figures reported way undercount reality. Total deaths by Saudi terror bombing, ground fighting, starvation, disease and overall deprivation can only be estimated – likely at least double official reports, maybe far more, along with many thousands injured, some maimed for life.

A humanitarian crisis of epic proportions exists nationwide. Over 80% of Yemenis are food insecure. People are starving to death out of sight and mind. Healthcare is unavailable or in short supply in most provinces.

UNICEF reported “(d)isrupted health services (hundreds of facilities shut down), increased levels of child malnutrition, closed schools and higher numbers of children recruited by fighting groups are among the effects of the conflict now ravaging the Arab world’s poorest country.”

“This conflict is a particular tragedy for Yemeni children”, said UNICEF’s Julien Harneis. “Children are being killed by bombs or bullets, and those that survive face the growing threat of disease and malnutrition. This cannot be allowed to continue.”

Around 10 million Yemeni children don’t get enough to eat – 20 million overall, including youths and adults. Acute malnutrition reached epidemic proportions. Well over 1.5 million are externally or internally displaced.

UNICEF reports 900 hospitals and health facilities closed since March along with 3,600 schools. US supported Saudi blockade created a humanitarian crisis. Small amounts of aid only are allowed in – way too little to matter, a deliberate attempt to starve people to death or kill them for lack of medical treatment for wounds or diseases.

AI titled its report “Yemen: Bloody trail of civilian death and destruction paved with evidence of war crimes” – ignoring US/Saudi naked aggression, the supreme high crime against peace.

Yemenis face daily terror bombings – including against civilian neighborhoods, hospitals, schools, mosques, food storage areas, shelters and other nonmilitary targets.

Saudi-recruited death squads, its own forces and UAE’s commit horrendous war crimes. Houthi fighters are defending their country against foreign invaders.

AI’s Donatella Rovera holds both sides responsible for ongoing conflict – instead of laying blame where it belongs.

Saying “(a)ll the parties to this conflict have displayed a ruthless and wanton disregard for the safety of civilians. The report depicts in harrowing detail the gruesome and bloody trail of death and destruction in Ta’iz and Aden from unlawful attacks, which may amount to war crimes, by all parties.”

It ignores Obama’s full responsibility for aggression complicit with Riyadh – to return Yemen to US client state status and give Saudi Arabia more influence over its southern neighbor, perhaps steal some of its territory.

AI is right accusing so-called “coalition forces” of (i)ndiscriminate attacks that result in death or injury to civilians amounting to war crimes.”

It fails to explain Houthi fighters respond in self-defense against foreign invaders threatening Yemeni sovereignty. It’s their fundamental right and responsibility.

No UN “commission of inquiry” is needed to “investigate alleged war crimes” when the whole world knows Washington, Riyadh and complicit partners bear full responsibility for horrific genocidal crimes against millions of defenseless Yemenis.

It’s time AI and UN authorities laid blame where belongs and demanded responsible officials in culpable countries be held accountable for their high crimes.

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”. Visit his blog site at

Egypt’s New Anti-Terror Law Targets Press Freedom

A protester rallies in support of Al Jazeera journalists Abdullah al-Shami and Mohammed Sultan, who were detained by Egyptian authorities, in front of the Press Syndicate in Cairo

Egypt is a coup d’etat installed, US supported fascist police state. Anyone challenging regime authority is targeted for elimination.

Thousands of political prisoners languish in hellish gulag conditions. Many others resisting for their fundamental rights are murdered, disappeared or sentenced to death by hanging judges.

Junta leader/US War College graduate General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi rules like a modern day pharaoh. Challenging him risks imprisonment or death.

Police states call all forms of legitimate resistance “terrorism.” On Sunday, Sisi signed a new anti-terror law, effective August 17.

Amnesty International’s Said Boumedouha said it “strike(s) at the very heart of basic freedoms. (It) vastly expands the Egyptian authorities’ powers and threatens the most fundamental rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association.”

It adds to existing regime tools to crush dissent. It “place(s) a gag order on journalists attempting to independently report facts as they perceive them. It is a plain effort by the authorities to blackmail and intimidate journalists who challenge the official narrative.”

In July, Prime Minister Ibrahim Ibrahim Mahlab lied saying “(w)e do not target the freedom of the press or the freedom of expression by the new anti-terrorism law.”

Weeks earlier, Egypt’s press syndicate called the prospective new law blatant media censorship. Its under-secretary Gamal Abdel-Rehim said it’s “an outright violation of the constitution, and will legally impose a new penalty to publish crimes.”

It’ll “transform journalists into machines automatically publishing official statements without thinking. It denies them the right to obtain the information from different sources and restricts the (sourcing) process to one entity” – the government.

Journalists can be prosecuted and imprisoned for publishing anything junta authorities want suppressed. It’s called a “terrorist crime,” content verbally or in writing “disrupting the course of (police state) justice,” contradicting official regime statements.

Last month, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) wrote Sisi expressing “concern about the deteriorating climate for press freedom in Egypt.”

Article 71 of Egypt’s constitution states: “No freedom-restricting penalty shall be imposed for publication or publicity crimes.”

Junta officials make their own rules. Record numbers of journalists are imprisoned in Egypt since CPJ began keeping records.

They “face unprecedented threats.” At least 18 are behind bars – denied due process and judicial fairness. The threat “is part of an atmosphere in which authorities pressure media outlets to censor critical voices and issue gag orders on sensitive topics. Entire outlets, such as Al-Jazeera and the Turkish Anadolu news agency, have been banned from operating or forced to close their offices,” CPJ explained.

Sisi uses the fabricated pretext of national security or interest to suppress human and civil rights, including press freedom. Restrictions place entire areas off-limits to cover.

One local reporter unnamed for his safety said “(j)ournalism is over in the Sinai. The only (thing) we can do is tell the army’s story. Anything else is a prison wish.”

Journalist arrests are brutal – involving home raids, beatings, confiscation of property,  confinement in overcrowded, unsanitary prison cells, denial of family contacts or counsel and torture.

At times, victims are denied the right to attend their own court hearing or sentencing. They’re unable to defend themselves in person or through counsel. They’re automatically guilty.

Extreme sentences often follow. CPJ cited six journalists given life sentences together with dozens of other defendants. Many others are held indefinitely in pre-trial detention with no set court hearing.

The new anti-terror law can prosecute Internet users for “harming social peace” and/or “threatening national unity” – for simply expressing views junta authorities want suppressed.

No one is safe in Sisi’s Egypt. Wrongful brutalizing imprisonment awaits anyone criticizing regime policies. Police state ruthlessness is official policy – ignored by Washington. One rogue state supports another.

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”. Visit his blog site at

23 Nations Around The World Where Stock Market Crashes Are Already Happening


You can stop waiting for a global financial crisis to happen.  The truth is that one is happening right now.  All over the world, stock markets are already crashing.  Most of these stock market crashes are occurring in nations that are known as “emerging markets”.  In recent years, developing countries in Asia, South America and Africa loaded up on lots of cheap loans that were denominated in U.S. dollars.  But now that the U.S. dollar has been surging, those borrowers are finding that it takes much more of their own local currencies to service those loans.  At the same time, prices are crashing for many of the commodities that those countries export.  The exact same kind of double whammy caused the Latin American debt crisis of the 1980s and the Asian financial crisis of the 1990s.

As you read this article, almost every single stock market in the world is down significantly from a record high that was set either earlier this year or late in 2014.  But even though stocks have been sliding in the western world, they haven’t completely collapsed just yet.

In much of the developing world, it is a very different story.  Emerging market currencies are crashing hard, recessions are starting, and equity prices are getting absolutely hammered.

Posted below is a list that I put together of 23 nations around the world where stock market crashes are already happening.  To see the stock market chart for each country, just click the link…

1. Malaysia

2. Brazil

3. Egypt

4. China

5. Indonesia

6. South Korea

7. Turkey

8. Chile

9. Colombia

10. Peru

11. Bulgaria

12. Greece

13. Poland

14. Serbia

15. Slovenia

16. Ukraine

17. Ghana

18. Kenya

19. Morocco

20. Nigeria

21. Singapore

22. Taiwan

23. Thailand

Of course this is just the beginning.  The western world is going to feel this kind of pain as well very soon.  I want to share with you an excerpt from an article that just appeared in the Telegraph entitled “Doomsday clock for global market crash strikes one minute to midnight as central banks lose control“.  You see, the Telegraph is not just one of the most important newspapers in the UK – it is truly one of the most important newspapers in the entire world.  When it speaks on financial matters, millions of people listen very carefully.  So for the Telegraph to declare that the countdown to a “global market crash” is “one minute to midnight” is a very, very big deal…

When the banking crisis crippled global markets seven years ago, central bankers stepped in as lenders of last resort. Profligate private-sector loans were moved on to the public-sector balance sheet and vast money-printing gave the global economy room to heal.

Time is now rapidly running out. From China to Brazil, the central banks have lost control and at the same time the global economy is grinding to a halt. It is only a matter of time before stock markets collapse under the weight of their lofty expectations and record valuations.

I encourage you to read the rest of that excellent article right here.  It contains lots of charts and graphs, and it discusses many of the exact same things that I have been hammering on for months.

When one of the newspapers of record for the entire planet starts sounding exactly like The Economic Collapse Blog, then you know that it is late in the game.

Others are sounding the alarm about an imminent global financial crash as well.  For example, just consider what Egon von Greyerz recently told King World News

Eric, I fear that this coming September – October all hell will break loose in the world economy and markets. A lot of factors point to that, both fundamental and technical indicators and this indicates that we could have a number of shocks this autumn.

Sadly, most investors will hold stocks, bonds and property and will see any decline in value as an opportunity. It will be a long time and a very big fall before they realize that the system will not help them this time because the central bankers have run out of ammunition to save the global financial system one more time. Yes, we will see more massive money printing, but it will just make things worse. And at some stage, which could be quite soon, real fear will set in, a fear of a magnitude the world has not experienced before.

Hmm – there is another example of someone talking about September.  It is funny how often that month keeps coming up.

And of course most of the major stock market crashes in U.S. history have been in the fall.  Just go back and take a look at what happened in 1929, 1987, 2001 and 2008.

The “smart money” has been pulling their money out of stocks for quite a while now, and at this point a lot of others have hopped on the bandwagon.  The following comes from CNBC

The flight of investor money from U.S. stocks has turned into a stampede.

In fact, the $78.7 billion leaving domestic equity-focused funds has been worse in 2015 than it was even during the financial crisis years, when the S&P 500 tumbled some 60 percent, according to data released Friday by Morningstar. The total is the highest since 1993.

Domestic equity funds surrendered $20.4 billion in July alone and have seen $158.6 billion in redemptions over the past 12 months. Even a strong flow of money into passively managed exchange-traded funds has been unable to offset the stream to the exit among retail investors, who generally focus more on mutual funds than ETFs.

A global financial crisis has already begun.

So those that were claiming that one would not happen in 2015 are already wrong.

Over the coming months we will find out how bad it will ultimately be.

Sometimes I get criticized for talking about these things.  There are a few people out there that don’t like all of the “doom and gloom” that I discuss on my website.  Apparently it is a bad thing to talk about the things that really matter and we should all just be “keeping up with the Kardashians” instead.

I consider myself just to be another watchman on the wall.  From our spots on the wall, watchmen such as myself all over the nation are sounding the alarm about what we clearly see coming.

If we saw what was coming and we did not warn the people, their blood would be on our hands.  But if we do warn the people, then we have done our duty.

Every day I just do the best that I can with what I have been given.  And there are many others just like me that are doing exactly the same thing.

Those that do not like the warning message are going to feel really stupid when things start falling apart all around them and they finally realize how wrong they truly were.

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

Europeans To Bail Out French And German Banks

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(The Real Agenda) The 86 billion euros from the third so-called financial rescue approved for Greece will be paid by citizens whose governments are members of the European Union. The interests on the loans requested by the Greek government will be paid in perpetuity by the Greek people.

The third bailout will be disbursed over the next three years. The details and conditions of the program will be reviewed every two months, according to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) issued by the parties involved in the negotiation.

Athens major lenders called the Stability Mechanism (SM), draws annual contributions from the Member States-, the European Commission, the European Central Bank and, if Greece overcomes its first review in October, also the International Monetary Fund (IMF). This is what is now known as the quartet of creditors.

The new program is part of the remaining lending capacity of the SM, which is 455 billion euros. Thus, the new program approved on Friday does not require any new contributions from the Member States of the euro area.

The SM allegedly mobilizes funds on the basis of capital already signed to by the Member States.

Of the contribution of every member of the SM

The IMF has not yet issued a statement about its potential contribution to the bailout program. In fact, the IMF has said in multiple occasions that the third bailout is doomed to fail, so any contributions from the organization would be considered a surprise.

“The Fund first wants to analyze the program”, said its managing director, Christine Lagarde, via teleconference.

Right now, the Greek debt is unsustainable, as it has reached over 200% of GDP and no fiscal relief seems to be strong enough to stabilize the country. The IMF also wants to see substantial and immediate reforms in the pension system.

Once Athens passes its first review from creditors in mid-October, the IMF will decide whether to participate in the rescue or not.

Other lenders involved in the organization are believed to be “indispensable”, according to the president of the Eurogroup Jeroen Dijsselbloem. If the IMF joins the third program, the amount of money that each institution must disburse would be reduced.


The SM is the body on which Greece depends the most for the third bailout. States that contribute more, which depends on the state of their economies include Germany with 17 billion euros, or 27% of the total;, France with 13 billion, or 20% of the total; Italy with 11 billion, just over 17 % of the fund; Spain with 7 billion, almost 12% of the total; and the Netherlands, with about 6% of total. The other euro zone countries provide approximately 14 billion.

In sum, it will be the taxpayers of these countries the ones who will rescue German and French banks, who are the true recipients of the third bailout. The interests incurred into by the government of Greece will be charged to the people of Greece, who will continue paying them in perpetuity to the SM or otherwise the country will lose the majority of its most valuable assets.

Of the timeline of the approval of the program and third bailout

Germany: The Bundestag will meet on Wednesday 19 at 9 am to discuss the agreement and proceed to vote on the third program.

Estonia: Parliament will vote on Tuesday.

Netherlands: It will first discuss the program with Eurogroup chairman, Jeroen Dijsselbloem. Voting is not strictly necessary but is expected to be held on Wednesday.

Spain: The vote in favor is not necessary although it will held. It is also planned for Tuesday.

Austria: Austrian Finance Minister forwarded the agreement to the economic affairs committee that will meet on Tuesday.

Luxembourg: Parliament’s vote is not required but officials will meet “in the coming days.”

Lithuania: Parliament’s approval is needed although the third bailout will be discussed. The program was given approval by the Lithuanian government on Tuesday.

Latvia: The approval of both the Government and the Parliament is required.

Slovakia: Parliamentary approval is not necessary although a debate will take place. The House committee will meet next Thursday 20th.

Finland: Already approved the program last August 13. One day before the celebration of the Eurogroup.

Slovenia, Italy, Cyprus, Malta, Ireland, France and Belgium: no need to vote the program in their parliaments.

Portugal: The parliament will also vote this week.

Of the timeline of disbursement

Once past the approval by national parliaments, Greece should receive 26 billion for the first installment this Thursday. The 19 members of the euro, having ruled on Friday in the Eurogroup the possibility of granting a second installment to the government of Alexis Tsipras, will make Athens use some of the money from the first part of the loan to pay for payments that the country missed on previous debt. It is more than 7 billion to IMF and 3.5 billion to the ECB due this Thursday.

The Eurogroup agreed on Friday to split the first installment as follows: 10 billion will go to a SM Special Fund for “immediate” bank recapitalization. The Commission, however, has clarified the test to the Greek banking system which will be done by the ECB could take “weeks”.

Once it is identified the exact needs of the Greek banks, Athens must use 10 billion euros for recapitalization. Another 13 billion euros will be used to meet debt maturities, payment of pensions and salaries of public officials, and another 3 billion will go to other identified needs “later”.

Of the guarantee fund and of the money that will go to that fund

The Fund consists of state assets to be kept in Greece and that should be ready by mid-October “at the latest” and that has to generate a profit of 50 billion euros within the next 30 years. Half of the fund will go to recapitalize the Greek banking system, which will become part of the privatization fund. About 25%, or 12,5 billion, will focus on productivity and growth, that is, to generate employment; and the other 25% will be devoted to debt repayment.

Of the likely losses Greece will have after its collapse

Almost all state assets including energy, electrical systems, infrastructure, banking… Everything that can be privatized will be privatized. The Greek government, however, wants to clarify that there are other ways to issue guarantees that are unrelated to privatization and also can generate the same benefits as concessions and rent. Most likely, if Greece fails to make a single payment or meet one single condition of the program, the SM, under the program’s conditions, will simply loot the country.

Of the next steps

After the parliaments approve the third bailout, Greece must receive a liquidity line corresponding to the first installment of 26 billion on Thursday, August 20th. With this, it must pay due amounts to the ECB which total 3,5 billion euros.

In addition to implementing a package of 35 priority measures, Athens urgently needs to reform its pension system and create the foundations of the privatization fund. Thus, in mid-October, the IMF will decide whether it joins the third program or not. But the road is full of obstacles. The biggest one is a motion of confidence to Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, to be announced also on the 20th of August.

Of the outcome of the vote of confidence

If Tsipras is given the vote of confidence, early elections would be postponed until after the first examination of creditors. Greek government sources said that the elections could be convened between late October and late November.

If Tsipras fails the vote of confidence, it is likely that elections will be held in mid-September, before Greece presents its accounting to its lenders.

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.

Donald Trump Makes Ukraine’s Enemies List

Donald trump Ukraine’s Enemies List

There’s nothing redeeming about a demagogic billionaire con man, self-styled celebrity, ideologically over-the-top like all other Republican and Democrat presidential aspirants – other than his in-your-face bravado shaking up an otherwise dull race for the White House.

No matter who wins in November 2016, business as usual will again triumph. Candidates differ in style alone. On all issues mattering most, they in lockstep – cardboard cutouts of each other.

So why did Trump make Kiev’s enemies list? More on this below. The regime is run by a US-installed gang of criminal misfits – guilty of virtually every crime imaginable, including major civil and human rights abuses, grand theft, bankrupting Ukraine’s economy, and waging war on its own people.

Regime authorities created a list of state enemies. Included are a French and US actor, Chinese leader Xi Jinping, former French presidents Nicolas Sarkozy and Valery Giscard d’Estaing, France’s Marine Le Pen, former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, Czech President Milos Zeman, and Donald Trump among others.

They’re called threats to Ukraine’s national security. Based on a so-called 10-point “threat level,” they’re categorized either as “Enemies,” “Traitors,” Separatists,” or “Agents of the Kremlin Worldwide.”

Anyone of note supporting or sympathetic to Russia for any reason is automatically included in the latter category.

Numerous Russian notables were named – including Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, and Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill.

He was accused of “working to split Ukrainian society through manipulations based on the religious feelings of the Orthodox believers in Ukraine” – as well as using church resources to “assist terrorists in Donbass.”

Notably Vladimir Putin wasn’t named. Why wasn’t explained.
International news agency Rossiya Segodnya head Dmitry Kiselyov was listed – called a “militant propagandist…provocateur (and) key actor in the information war against Ukraine.”

So was the news agency’s editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan. Crimean Prosecutor Natalya Poklonskaya was included for “conniv(ing) in the annexation of Crimea (and being) one of the first (Crimeans) to swear allegiance to the Kremlin.”

Various Donbass political and military officials were listed. They’re already labeled “terrorists” – for rejecting fascist rule, demanding democratic rights everyone deserves, verboten in Ukraine.

Trump made the list for “believing that as US president, he would become friends with Vladimir Putin, for sympathizing with him” – as well as “criticizing US policy (on) Ukraine.”

Named enemies “await a tribunal.” It’s hard believing even a regime as outlandish as Kiev’s would resort to a ludicrous stunt like this. At the same time, named “enemies” can’t ignore their designation.

Independent journalists, activists a former MP, and regime opponents included in an “enemies of the state” database were murdered in Ukraine. At least one current MP/interior ministry advisor, Anton Gerashchenko, urges readers of his Facebook posts to provide names of state enemies not yet listed – citing Article 17 of Ukraine’s constitution, stating in his words and interpretation:

“The defense of national sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, ensuring its economic and information security is one of the external functions of the state, and is the business of all the people of Ukraine…Everyone who reports a name to the website, or another (resource) is doing the right thing.”

Since lawlessly installed by Washington in February 2014, the regime is responsible for numerous murders of opposition figures, many others disappeared or imprisoned. Fascist police states operate this way.

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”. Visit his blog site at

Brazil Wants Dilma And Lula Behind Bars

Thousands of demonstrators take part in a protest against the government of Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff, in front of the Brazilian National Congress, in Brasilia, Brazil, Sunday, March 15, 2015. Protests have been called for across Brazil to demonstrate against President Dilma Rousseff, whose popularity has never been lower as she faces a sputtering economy and a massive corruption scandal. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

Thousands of demonstrators take part in a protest against the government of Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff, in front of the Brazilian National Congress, in Brasilia, Brazil. Protests have been called for across Brazil to demonstrate against President Dilma Rousseff, whose popularity has never been lower as she faces a sputtering economy and a massive corruption scandal. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

(The Real Agenda) Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo saw the largest protests in the country.

Thousands of people protested Sunday against Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and the Workers Party (PT) in at least nine states and the capital, Brasilia, in events organized by groups advocating the removal or resignation of the president and/or a military intervention.

They were numerous posters and banners with the slogan “Get out Dilma” and “Get out PT” among the thousands of protestors who gathered in large numbers all over the nation.

As it occurred in the previous two marches held since January, after Rousseff started her second term, organized groups propose explicitly military action as a solution for the current political and economic crisis that is shaking the Rousseff government, who according to recent polls, has seen her popular support slip down to only eight percent of the electorate.

The Brazilian President convened on Sunday with her closest ministers to assess the impact of mass demonstrations.

News reports detail that the meeting at the Planalto Palace -headquarters of the Presidency, in Brasilia, was attended by the head of the Civil Cabinet, Aloizio Mercadante, and the ministers of Social Communication, Edinho Silva and Justice, José Eduardo Cardozo.

The president is going through the most critical moment of her administration since taking over the country for the second time although over 70% of the electorate now reject her actions as president.

In Rio de Janeiro, some called out not only for the president but also her predecessor and political godfather, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, to be put in jail.

Both Lula and Rousseff are associated with the corruption scandal in the state oil company Petrobras, under which senior officials government and PT officials have been sent to jail. Along with the politicians, the Federal Police also caught executives from major national construction companies as well as the former treasurer of the Worker’s Party (PT), Joao Vaccari Neto, on suspicion of illegally raising funds for the Rousseff election campaign.

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Corruption is one of the triggers of the protests against the government, along with the economic crisis, in a country on the brink of depression and rising inflation and unemployment.

“The military has to act,” Ricardo Barbosa, 49, said while participating in the rally along Copacabana beach.

The main groups that called the protest were the Movement for a Free Brazil (MBL), Vem Pra Rua, and Revoltados On Line (Outraged On Line). Supporters of these groups arrived at Avenida Paulista with their cars and loudspeakers to lead the protests. With them were pro-military groups like the Nationalist Democratic Union (UND) and Patria Amada Brazil.

In Brasilia, the act on the Esplanade of Ministries included the participation of some politicians, including opposition Senator Aloysio Nunes Ferreira, who ran for vice-president with Aécio Neves, who Rousseff defeated in the second round election last October.

Nunes ruled that attendance at the protests was smaller than in the past, and said that regardless of the number of demonstrators, opposition to Rousseff is “oceanic”.

In the North Eastern region of the country, Federal deputy Jarbas Vasconcelos said that the resignation of the president is “the only way for Brazil.”

Vasconcelos called for the departure of the President of the Chamber of Deputies, Eduardo Cunha, who broke relations with Rousseff’s government and promoted more government spending despite having compromised with the Rousseff administration to support austerity measures. Cunha is also suspected of having received funds diverted from Petrobras.

Brazil’s new hero

Among the novelties of the new protest against the Government of Brazil, in a total of 26 states, is the fact that the protesters seem to have found a new hero.

They have substituted former political idol, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva by Judge Sergio Moro, who is exposing the viscera of political and corporate corruption in the operation Lava Jato.

Instead of being cheered, Lula was identified as a Mafia Don, and was referred to as “The Boss”. Protesters tore the image of his face and called him a “traitor”.

Brazilians are dissatisfied with the government, which they blame for the economic crisis that is touching the pockets of the people. Brazilian discomfort was already evident before the demonstrations.

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What is new is that for the first time, the great challenge of the Brazilian society is the fight against corruption, which contradicts those who were defending the idea that Brazil was comfortable with it , as it was something consubstantial with the idiosyncrasies of the country that was reflected in the famous ‘Brazilian way of doing things’.

Sunday’s demonstrations have brought even more awareness about corruption with judge Moro’s support increasing as he wages war on corruption and carries out a type of cleansing that ends up with the imprisonment of corrupt government officials and corporate executives.

The onslaught against the hero Lula, against Dilma Rousseff and their party is linked precisely with the discovery of new hero [Moro], who sent to jail people who are suspected of having used illegal money to finance the party while enriching themselves.

Lula, considered not only the founder but the indisputable soul of the PT, without whom, they say, the PT would disappear, is now covered by the same cloud of popular outrage against corruption.

If one day Brazil painted itself with the red color of the PT, street demonstrations now show that Brazilians are discolored and have adopted the green and yellow that dominates all manifestations. It seems that the people here have found meaning to simply and above all be Brazilian.

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.


Black Magic: Satanists Rule The World, Not Politicians, Bankers Or Military Heads

Black magicians rule the world, not politicians, bankers or military heads. Black magic harnessed through Satanic ritual is the dark force behind it the NWO conspiracy.

Black magicians rule the world, not politicians, bankers or military heads. Black magic harnessed through Satanic ritual is the dark force behind it the NWO conspiracy.

Black magic is the force that rules the world, so it is the Satanic black magicians which constitute the true controllers of the world – at least in the human earthly realm. The Satanic black magicians pull the strings, not politicians, corporate bosses, military heads, intelligence chiefs or even international bankers – although they also hold many of those roles. The NWO (New World Order) elite fulfill a hidden role and an outer, more respectable public role. While many Satanic black magicians are also businessmen and bankers, their true ruling power comes from Satanism and the twisted use of humanity’s creative power (black magic), which they then use in their secular roles in society.

Symbols Rule the World

Remember the saying of the Chinese sage Lao-Tzu, who said that “symbols rule the world, not rules or laws”? Symbols communicate at a deeper level than words, because they are decoded by the right, intuitive brain, whereas words are decoded by the left, logical brain. Symbols are able to penetrate more deeply into our subconscious, which is why the elite are so obsessed with their occult corporate and governmental logos of red crosses, rising suns, all-seeing eyes, pyramids, 666, the rings of Saturn and inverted pentagrams (check out the work of Freeman who has done a great job exposing this). Words attempt to rule the world, but they can never be as powerful as symbols.


Corporate logos are full of occult symbology.

Likewise, black magic rules the world. Governments and corporations attempt to rule the world, but they can never be as powerful as black magic.

Before looking at the evidence of elite use of black magic, it is worthwhile remembering a defining aspect of Satanism: the inversion of everything. Black is white, bad is good, wrong is right. This is why the inverted pentagram is such a popular Satanic symbol. George Orwell touched on this in 1984 when he wrote of the ruling class’ propaganda: “War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.” Even mind control, developed by the Nazis first in Germany and later at the CIA, uses Satanic principles to confuse its victims, by telling them that pain is pleasure and pleasure is pain, and eventually breaking down victims so they can no longer distinguish between the two.

Bohemian Grove, Skull ‘n’ Bones and Other Secret Societies


Elite figures talking at Bohemian Grove, before the black magic rituals. Note Nixon on the right, and Reagan on the left – at a time when he was not yet president.

There are some secret societies which are mostly political and economic in nature, such as groups like the Trilateral Commission or the CFR (Council on Foreign Relations), who go around convincing the world about the great benefits of globalization (the elite buzzword for centralization of power), global governance and free trade agreements like the TPP. There are others, however, whose purpose is shrouded in more mystery, but seem to involve black magic and Satanic ritual, such as the worshipping of dark gods/entities, the acting out of sexual orgies/fetishes and sacrifice, whether mock or real.

The Bohemian Club, located in San Francisco, is one such group. Every summer in the USA, many key figures of the US elite gather in the tall redwoods of northern California at Bohemian Grove. People such as Henry Kissinger, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, George Bush and other US presidents have attended. Alex Jones successfully infiltrated the Grove once, and was able to videotape one of the rituals that took place there, known as Cremation of Care, which involved hooded figures performing a mock sacrifice black magic ritual beneath a 40 foot owl.

skull and bonesOn the other coast of America, at Yale University in Connecticut, lies an old secret society founded in 1832 by William Huntington Russell and Alphonso Taft, known as the Skull ‘n’ Bones society, and its members as “bonesmen”. The late professor Anthony Sutton did some great research on Skull ‘n’ Bones. Members have admitted having to undergo strange initiation rituals such as making sexual confessions in a tomb, while outsiders have heard chilling howls and screams emanating from the windowless Skull ‘n’ Bones crypt.

If you think these secret societies are just perverted people messing around, ask yourself: why would the elite, many of whom are obsessed with power, be involved with them? Why would they engage in such black magic rituals unless they were getting something in return – like more power? These guys control the printing presses of the world, and some have more money than they could possibly spend. It’s power they want, not money. Money is just a means to an end. Is it just a coincidence that in the 2004 US presidential election, where George Bush Jr. and John Kerry were running against each other, that both were bonesmen, with a membership total of around 300 in a country of 300+ million people? Did MSM news anchor Tim Russert get bumped off for asking too many questions to Bush and Kerry about the secret society?

Kubrick, Eyes Wide Shut and Secret Elite Rituals of Sex and Sacrifice

The ordinary person will never be initiated into a Satanic secret society, nor get close enough to witness what really goes on in there. It is therefore interesting when someone who does get close to that world decides to spill the beans and show the world what’s going on. Such a person was Stanley Kubrick, the late great film-maker who many suspect (with strong evidence) was part of the US Government’s fake Apollo moon landing in 1969. Kubrick may have cut a deal with the devil in making a fake moon landing for the elite, because when he handed over the tape for his last film Eyes Wide Shut, he was found dead 4 days later of a heart attack, despite the fact those close to him said he was in fine health and had no history of heart trouble.

Kubrick depicts a black magic scene where women circle a leader, then drop their clothes to become naked, and are later involved in a massive orgy, where all the participants where masks to hide their true identities. Kubrick hints in the film that this Satanic-sexual black magic ritual also involves sacrifice and murder, by implying that one of the women/prostitutes was killed during or at the end of the ritual.

At the Heart of Black Magic: Demonic Possession

Black magic at its core is really about demonic possession. Since the world is made of energy, not matter, and since energy moves in waves which have frequencies, the Satanic rituals are designed to entrain the energetic bio-frequencies of the participants with that of other dark entities, so that there is a vibrational match. Once there is a frequency resonance or lock, an exchange can then take place: energy, intent or information can go from one being, place or dimension can be transferred into another. This works both ways: the person gets possessed and receives information from certain dark entities, while the dark entities also take something from the person. This theme of possession crops up again and again when exposing the worldwide conspiracy, and has been going on a long time, e.g. Hitler was reported to be demonically possessed by his aide Hermann Rauschning.

The Horrific Phenomenon of Missing Children


Artist David Dees’ impression of what goes on at Satanic black magic rituals like the Bohemian Grove. Sad to say, it’s probably very accurate. Note elite figures (from left) Blair, Bush, Obama, Greenspan, Gates, Brown, Clinton, Rockefeller & Turner.

It is also black magic that is behind the unspeakable and unconscionable phenomenon of missing children. These children are being deliberately kidnapped and taken down into elite controlled underground facilities where they are mind controlled, turned into slaves and where some of them are even sacrificed at Satanic rituals. If that is too difficult to believe, listen to the testimonies of various mind control victims, researchers, Illuminati defectors or ET contactees, such as Cathy O’Brien, “Mary Anne“, “Svali“, Alex Collier and many others.

Conclusion: Focus on the Deepest Aspects of the Conspiracy

Although it’s important to focus on and expose all aspects of dysfunction in our society – including political corruption, mainstream media consolidation and deception, smart meters, GMOs, toxic vaccines, geoengineering, the militarization of police, fake terrorism, false flag ops, UN Agenda 21, transhumanism and the human microchipping agenda – in order to transform and heal them, it’s crucial to realize that, at a fundamental level, they are all connected. All these issues and more are manifestations of a more primordial evil or unconsciousness in our midst – Satanic black magic. The secretive rituals conducted at Bohemian Grove and elite mansions tell us more about who rules the world than political think tanks or banking cartels, although of course there is an overlap.

If humanity is to rise up and overcome the conspiracy, we must focus our attention on the root of evil (not the branches), and use “white magic” in greater force – the harnessing and funneling of our creative powers to make a world of peace, freedom and love. We must continue to expose the deepest aspects of the conspiracy. At the same time, we have to ensure we are not letting the elite siphon off our precious thoughts, emotions and powers to create their nightmarish world, but rather, using those energies within us to create the world we want with positive intention, focus and conscious manifestation.









Makia Freeman is the editor of The Freedom Articles and senior researcher at, writing on many aspects of the global conspiracy, from vaccines to Zionism to false flag operations and more, and also including info on natural health, sovereignty and higher consciousness.

Israel Planning Ground Operations In Syria?


Israel partnered with Obama’s war on Syria since conflict began in March 2011. It supports ISIS and other takfiri terrorists – providing arms, treating wounded fighters in Israeli hospitals.

It conducted half a dozen or more terror bombings on Syrian targets as well as several cross-border attacks.

It’s kept a relatively low profile in partnering with Obama’s war to topple Bashar al-Assad, eliminate a regional rival and isolate Iran ahead of likely greater destabilization and possible war on the Islamic Republic based on fabricated threats – the same scheme used to ravage other regional countries.

On Sunday, Israeli media reported IDF preparations for possible Golan Heights ground operations on Syria’s side of the border if alleged terror attacks occur against Israel – likely false flags it can use as justification for aggression.

Israeli media reported state propaganda about threatening Islamists along Israel’s border. The IDF on high alert in response conducted a large-scale drill last week simulating three scenarios: countering a claimed terrorist attack on Israeli forces, a ground incursion into Syria, and repelling an alleged Iranian directed Hezbollah attack.

Fact: No evidence suggests Islamic State or other terrorist elements in Syria turning on their sources of support.

They haven’t attacked Israel or its military any time throughout nearly four and a half years of conflict. Nor has Iran or Hezbollah – neither indicating any intention to do so.

Israeli claims about earlier Iranian and Hezbollah attacks on its territory from Syrian Golan positions or Lebanon are a complete fabrication – used as pretext for possible aggression.

On Sunday, an IDF source lied claiming “(i)t’s clear that Iran is behind all of the (Golan area) terror attacks…in the past two years. The Iranians are using the border –  they establish units – whether it’s (Jihad) Mughniyeh (a Hezbollah member Israel killed), (Samir) Kuntar (a Palestine Liberation Front operative), and more – to carry out” attacks.

These and similar reports are part of Israel’s propaganda war (at times turning hot) against Iran, Syria and Hezbollah.

Longstanding US/Israeli plans call for balkanizing Syria – part of their scheme to redraw the Middle East map, first by likely establishing a buffer and no-fly zone with Ankara in northern Syria.

US warplanes have been bombing Syrian infrastructure targets for nearly a year on the pretext of targeting ISIS. Turkey is involved attacking Kurdish forces in Syria.

Perhaps Israel now plans joining them more directly by sending troops cross-border into southern Syria – against Assad, not nonexistent terrorist threats. Will Libya 2.0 follow?

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”. Visit his blog site at

10 Things That Are Going To Happen Within 15 Days Of The End Of The Shemitah (VIDEO)


Is a great shaking coming to America?  An amazing convergence of events is going to take place during the last several weeks of September 2015.  Many are suggesting that this could indicate that something really big is about to happen.  In fact, some vendors of emergency food are reporting shortages because so many people are stocking up on food and supplies in anticipation of what is coming.  And of course the list I am about to share with you is not necessarily exhaustive.  There are events that are currently unknown or unanticipated that could also fall during this time frame.  But without a doubt, the incredible confluence of events that we already know will happen appears to be unlike anything that we have ever experienced before.

It all starts with the end of the Shemitah year on September 13th.  If you are not familiar with the Shemitah year, please see this article.  During the last two cycles, we witnessed historic stock market crashes on the very last day of the Shemitah year (Elul 29 on the Biblical calendar).  For example, if you go back to September 17th, 2001 (which was Elul 29 on the Biblical calendar), we witnessed the greatest one day stock market crash in all of U.S. history up until that time.  The Dow plunged 684 points, and it was a record that held for exactly seven years until the end of the next Shemitah cycle.

On September 29th, 2008 (which was also Elul 29 on the Biblical calendar), the Dow plummeted 777 points, which still today remains the greatest one day stock market crash of all time in the United States.

Now we are in another Shemitah year.  It began in the fall of 2014, and it ends on September 13th, 2015.

So will we see a stock market crash in the United States on September 13th, 2015?

No we will not, because that day is a Sunday.  So I can guarantee there will not be a stock market crash in the U.S. on that day.  But as author Jonathan Cahn has pointed out in his book on the Shemitah, we have witnessed major stock market crashes happen just before the end of the Shemitah year and we have also witnessed major stock market crashes happen within just a few weeks after the end of the Shemitah year.  So we are not necessarily looking at one particular date.

And this time around, a whole bunch of critical events just happen to fall in the period of time immediately following the end of the Shemitah year.

The following are 10 things that are going to happen within 15 days of the end of the Shemitah…

September 14th – Rosh Hashanah

September 15th – The Jade Helm military exercises are scheduled to end.

September 15th – The 70th session of the UN General Assembly begins on this date.  It has been widely reported that France plans to introduce a resolution which will give formal UN Security Council recognition to a Palestinian state shortly after the new session begins.  Up until now, the U.S. has always been the one blocking such a resolution, but Barack Obama has already indicated that things may be different this time around.  If alarm bells are going off in your head as you read this, then you probably already understand how significant this event could potentially be.

September 20th to September 26th – The “World Week For Peace in Palestine Israel” sponsored by the World Council of Churches.

September 21stThe UN International Day Of Peace.  Could this be the day when the UN Security Council resolution establishing a Palestinian state is actually adopted?

September 23rd – Yom Kippur

September 23rd – Pope Francis arrives at the White House to meet with Barack Obama.  Some have suggested that the timing of this event is highly unusual

Francis is the 266th pope who will be meeting with President Obama on the 266th day of the year, leading one Internet preacher to wonder if “something is being birthed” on that day, since 266 days is the typical human gestation period from conception to birth.

September 24th – The Pope addresses a joint session of the U.S. Congress.

September 25th to September 27th – The United Nations is going to launch a brand new sustainable development agenda called “The 2030 Agenda“.  The following is an excerpt from an article that I just wrote about this insidious new plan

If you didn’t like “Agenda 21″, then you really are not going to like “The 2030 Agenda”.  Next month, the United Nations is going to launch “The 2030 Agenda” at a major conference that will be held from September 25th to September 27th in New York City.  The Pope is actually traveling to New York to deliver an address which will kick off this conference.  Unlike Agenda 21, which primarily focused on the environment, the 2030 Agenda is truly a template for governing the entire planet.  In addition to addressing climate change, it also sets ambitious goals for areas such as economics, health, energy, education, agriculture, gender equality and a whole host of other issues.  As you will see below, this global initiative is being billed as a “new universal Agenda” for humanity.  If you are anything like me, alarm bells are going off in your head right about now.

September 28th – This is the date when the Feast of Tabernacles begins.  It is also the date for the last of the four blood moons that fall on Biblical festival dates during 2014 and 2015.  This blood moon falls on the very first day of the Feast of Tabernacles, it will be a “supermoon”, and it will be clearly visible from the city of Jerusalem.  There are many that dismiss the blood moon phenomenon, but we have seen similar patterns before.  For example, a similar pattern of eclipses happened just before and just after the destruction of the Jewish temple by the Romans in 70 AD.

Many have also suggested that the Large Hadron Collider “is scheduled to perform a controversial experiment in September“, but so far I have been unable to find any solid confirmation of this.  If someone will send me some solid proof of this, I will be glad to write about it.

Just recently, author Jonathan Cahn released a new video in which he expressed his belief that a “great shaking is coming to America and the world.”  He points to the Biblical pattern of desecration preceding judgment, and he is convinced that we recently witnessed a historic act of desecration here in the United States…

Many have asked Cahn whether America is headed for revival or shaking.

He is convinced that revival can come out of shaking.

Personally, I believe that we will not have revival unless there is shaking.

As a nation, we have unapologetically embraced evil, and our culture has been going down the toilet for decades.  We are extremely proud, arrogant, greedy and cold-hearted.  I do not believe that there is any hope for our nation unless we are shaken to our core.

I am fully convinced that the months ahead are going to dramatically change life in America, but whether it happens right now or not, I am 100 percent convinced that a great shaking is coming to this nation at some point.

So what about you?

What do you believe?

Please feel free to share your thoughts by leaving 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

Almost 240,000 Immigrants Crossed Mediterranean Sea To Europe In 2015

Immigrants Crossing Mediterranean Sea To Europe In 2015

(The Real Agenda) The number of immigrants who crossed the Mediterranean to reach Europe so far this year is now at 237,000.

The number has already exceeded the total of those who managed to cross last year, said today the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

The average daily number of rescues in Mediterranean waters has hit a thousand. Most of these rescues concentrate mainly on the coasts of islands of Italy and Greece.

Just today, the European Commissioner for Immigration, Dimitris Avramopoulos, said that the world is facing “the worst refugee crisis since the Second World War”, and called on Europe to assist them in a “decent” and “civilized ” way.

“The number of immigrants and asylum seekers who have arrived in Europe by sea in 2015 is approaching a quarter of a million, according to analysis by IOM,” said his spokesman Joel Millman.

At this rate, immigrants who have managed to cross the Mediterranean will reach 250,000 this month. Throughout 2014, a total of 219,000 immigrants completed the perilous journey in search of a better life in Europe.

Deaths in the Mediterranean have also set a record this year and the two wrecks recorded in the last week -from boats on their way to Italy- increased the number of deaths to 2,030 people, said the organization.

The latest incident occurred earlier this week, when a rubber boat began to deflate because of the weight and the heat. When everything was said and done 120 occupants had drowned.

The latest figures from the Greek authorities indicate that 134,988 immigrants arrived this year into its territory from Turkey, while Italy received another 93,540 immigrants. In the latter country, most immigrants are of Eritrean nationality, accounting for more than 25,000 individuals.

Far behind appear immigrants from Nigeria, with about 12,000 cases, which are followed by people from of Somalia, Syria, Gambia and Bangladesh.

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 Using Chemical Weapons Against Kurds

isis used chemical weapons against kurds

Washington and Turkey are allied against sovereign Syria and regional Kurds on the pretext of fighting ISIS.

They’re imported terrorists from scores of countries serving US imperial interests – using chemical weapons against Syrian civilians. Germany’s Defense Ministry says they’re used against Kurdish forces in northern Iraq – maybe supplied by Turkey or Washington.

A spokesman said “a chemical weapons attack” occurred southwest of Abril – delivered with mortar or artillery shells. ISIS and other imported terrorists used chlorine gas, sarin and other toxic agents in Syria and Iraq numerous times earlier.

In late June, Syria’s Rajm al-Tfihi village in northeastern Al-Hasakah governorate was targeted. An undetermined poison gas was used. Victims experienced vomiting, breathing difficulties, eyes, nose and throat burning, severe headaches, muscle pain, as well as impaired concentration and mobility.

Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) issued a statement saying chemical attacks were likely. Militia fighters captured industrial grade gas masks from ISIS – “confirming that they are prepared and equipped for chemical warfare along this sector of the front.”

Northern Iraq Kurdish authorities cited evidence of ISIS terrorists using chlorine gas in a January car bomb attack.

In July, the Conflict Armament Research group and Sahan Research reported ISIS targeted Kurdish peshmerga fighters with one or more projectiles containing an unknown toxic chemical agent weeks earlier.

Clinical effects observed were “consistent with a chlorine chemical agent,” both groups reported. Projectiles released a yellow gas “with a strong smell of rotten onions.”

Imported terrorists are responsible for all chemical weapons attacks – not the Assad government wrongfully blamed. No evidence against it exists. Yet false accusations persist.

Last December, Iraqi reported “ISIL terrorists bombarded Baghdadi district of western Anbar province with mortar shells loaded with chlorine gas,” – citing an unnamed security official.

“Baghdadi district suffers from lack of food, medical supplies and milk for children which caused death for four children,” he said. Water is in short supply.

Last fall, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) reported the near-total destruction of Syrian chemical weapons. Yet baseless accusations of Assad using them persist.

Last weekend, Sergey Lavrov said “(s)ometimes there are publications that (say) undeclared (chemical weapons) could remain in Syria. They are all being checked. In regard to this matter, it is necessary to avoid any unfounded accusations, and to present only the facts that confirm (alleged) fears.”

“I guarantee that all these facts will be rechecked, and we have every reason to believe that the Syrian government will continue to work closely with us.”

Last week, the Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution to identify parties responsible for using chemical weapons in Syria – so perpetrators can be held accountable.

Ban Ki-moon and OPCW authorities will establish a “joint investigative mechanism” – a panel of experts to “identify to the greatest extent feasible individuals, entities, groups or governments who were perpetrators, organizers, sponsors or otherwise involved in the use of chemicals as weapons.”

Work will continue for a year or longer. Syria and other parties involved in the conflict are required to cooperate. It’s laughable to expect cooperation from terrorists entirely responsible for these incidents.

When they persist, expect Washington and rogue partners to wrongfully blame Assad every time. Obama’s war to topple Syria’s government is in its fifth year. Nothing in prospect suggests resolution.

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”. Visit his blog site at

Venezuela’s Savage Scarcity


Although not recognized by the Maduro administration, Venezuela’s inflation rate reached almost 100% in the first quarter of 2015.

In Venezuela the government controls the body responsible for publishing real inflation data. That is why it is impossible to know the official inflation rate in the country. However, it is estimated that in early 2015, Venezuelans already had a 90% inflation rate on basic food items.

In a statement released last Friday, the Supreme Tribunal of Justice (TSJ) of Venezuela rejected the demand from an NGO that that would have forced the Central Bank of Venezuela (BCV) to inform the public about the real rate of inflation.

Although in the past publishing the inflation rate was an unimportant event, the performance of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) has become a state secret in Venezuela.

The last officially reported inflation rate was last February when the BCV recorded a monthly variation of the CPI of 5.6% compared to January 2015. Since then, the Central Bank, controlled by the Executive, has gone six months without publishing these figures.

The Maduro regime usually applies a tourniquet to the flow of official statistics, as it considers, it could revive the political debate and feed the “media conspiracy” that regularly denounces government secrecy on the real state of the economy.

The same practice used to hide the real inflation rate is now being used to conceal the number of murders and other forms of crime since 2005, as well as the number of people that got sick with dengue or chikungunya.

Last July the organization Transparency Venezuela -associated with Transparency International- submitted to the Supreme Court a “demand for abstention” against the Central Bank President, Nelson Merentes, a mathematical finance minister in the cabinets of Hugo Chavez and Maduro. The lawsuit accused Merentes of “breach of obligation in the publication of key economic statistics of the country.”

However, in its decision 935 of August 4, the Political-Administrative Chamber of the Supreme Court dismissed the appeal by claiming that the applicants had not taken sufficient steps to obtain the data from the Central Bank. The NGO, in a press release distributed last Friday, described the decision as as with little or no surprise “but nonetheless not outrageous.”

So the official silence regarding inflation, one of the scourges that most cringes everyday life in Venezuela, has now received official court approval.

President Nicolas Maduro rarely refers to the phenomenon, and when he does, it relates it to a “weapon of economic war”, that according his opinion, the speculator bourgeoisie wages against the revolution.

Inflation in Venezuela is acquiring a kind of supernatural status: people feel its effects, but cannot determine or understand its existence.

Savage scarcity

For Venezuelans, one of the consequences of not knowing the real inflation rate is being unable to access basic food products.

People need to travel great distances to find basic food products. Something as simple as a water bottle is not easily available and at times is only found in private clubs, but not in the supermarket shelves.

For several months, bakeries and supermarkets have had almost no bottled drinking water to sell to the public.

In recent weeks, the lines grew longer it was hard for people not to go to the black market to stock up. Outside the watchful eye of the Maduro regime manages the most savage form of government.

The price of mineral water is at least twice real value. So far in August, with the increasing scarcity and shortages, costs are skyrocketing, while the salary of Venezuelans remains at its lowest.

In some parts of the country, Venezuelans seem to live in a war zone. People are only allowed to by a certain amount of food and their purchases are determined by the last number of their identity card.

If a family runs out of milk for their children, they need to wait until it is their turn again. But even when people are allowed to purchase basic food products, sometimes milk and other basic items are not available in the supermarket.

In some parts of the country, informal vendors constantly target families to sell them products at twice their market price, but only people with cash in hand are able to purchase from them. Those who are lucky to have money do not hesitate and buy what they can.

Nicolas Maduro’s government sets prices at a level that, according to him, is fair for everyone, which in the case of staple food items, must be printed on the containers and packagings of the products.

This indicator is set by adding production costs plus non-production costs and a maximum profit margin of 30% of the production cost. However, such prices are not always maintained because of runaway inflation, whose official indicator is not known since December.

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.