Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Lord Stirling's News Blog EUROPE


 Lord Stirling's News Blog EUROPE

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Western Powers agree to resume talks with Iran ~ link ~ Western powers have agreed to an Iranian request to resume negotiations on its nuclear program, even as politicking GOP presidential candidates and Israel’s prime minister kept up the war rhetoric.

The last set of talks broke down early last year after an extremely limited amount of time was given to diplomatic efforts. A deal was developed in which Iran would halt 20 percent enrichment in exchange for swapping enriched uranium for foreign-made fuel rods for the Tehran research reactor. Iran initially rejected the deal, but reluctantly agreed after Brazil and Turkey joined in the discussions. By that point, the Obama administration rejected Iranian acquiescence, probably eager to show their muscle through sanctions and isolation.

Iran also announced on Tuesday that it would give UN nuclear inspectors access to its Parchin military complex. IAEA officials were denied that access weeks ago, which fueled speculation about Iran’s nuclear enrichment.

Six British soldiers killed in Afghanistan ~ link ~ That is six men with families and loved ones who will never take another breath, or kiss their kids, or grow old.  All totally unnecessary.  A war based on the 9/11 False Flag operation by the Neocons and Mossad.  The British Government needs to get the hell out of Afghanistan!  Stirling     

Six British soldiers are missing, presumed dead, after their armoured vehicle was caught in an explosion in the single biggest British loss of life in the Afghan campaign for six years.

The deaths on the eastern border of Helmand province bring the British death toll in the Afghan campaign to 404.

Syria key to Iranian defenses against West ~ link ~ This is why Israel/US/UK/France/NATO/GCC states have organized/funded/armed the "rebels" (who are mostly non-Syrians).  Lately the military alliance has grown in the face of the 'Western' threats.   Stirling       

If Iran’s nuclear development facilities were bombed by the U.S. or Israel, the planning of both attackers and defenders would have to take into account the newly improved, long-range surveillance and intelligence-gathering facilities in Syria and Lebanon. Russian radar and communications specialists have just completed improvements to Syria’s early warning capabilities that double radar ranges and establish a surveillance network covering all of the eastern Mediterranean, Israel, Jordan and northern Saudi Arabia.

The importance of this upgrade is that it encompasses many of the key aerial approaches both to Syria (in the event of multinational military intervention) and Iran (if the U.S. or Israel attacked Tehran’s uranium enrichment capabilities). For Israel to attack Iran, it would likely have to fly through ­Syrian, Turkish, Jordanian or Saudi airspace.

Are we headed for a 'Bay of Pigs' in Iran? ~ link ~ There is an inevitability about sanctions imposed for political reasons. Serious negotiations and compromise are precluded, and the appetite for ever-stronger sanctions grows with the realization that past efforts were a failure. If you set an impossible objective and then begin imposing sanctions to achieve it, the result is always more sanctions, until you arrive at the point where there are no more sanctions and only force remains.

We are approaching that point.

Super Tuesday Super Rhetoric: GOP hopefuls tell AIPAC they support Iran attack - with videos ~ link ~ It is really shameful that Americans have allowed a tiny minority of their population, and a tiny foreign nation, to hijack its foreign policy, its Congress, its Supreme Court, and its Presidency.   In the end it will not turn out well.   Stirling     

On Super Tuesday, establishment GOP candidates pledged their fidelity to the foreign policy objectives of Israel and AIPAC as they strived to outdo each other in belligerent rhetoric aimed at Iran. Romney, Santorum and Gingrich promised to support an Israeli attack some analysts predict will occur in June. 

Israel is ready to attack Iran, but are the Israelis? ~ link ~ Most do not want a war, but their insane evil war hawk government under Bibi 666 Netanyahu wants WAR, MORE WAR, AND EVEN MORE WAR!  Stirling      

Several prominent Israeli leaders, including a number of past heads of Israeli intelligence agencies, have come out against attacking Iran. But Israel as a state has been very clear on their commitment to using military force to prevent the nuclear arming of Iran should it come to that.

A new poll came out this week however, that had some surprising findings on the subject. While Israel as a state may be prepared to attack Iran, Israel as a people are decisively not, at least not without American support. Despite years of saber rattling on the part of the Netanyahu government in the hopes of convincing the world that this needs to happen without haste, he has apparently not convinced anywhere near a plurality of Israelis on the subject. According to the poll, a whopping 81% of Israelis do not favor invading Iran without American consent and support. Pretty decisive numbers to say the least. And it is worth mentioning that the Israelis are not a people prone to worrying what others think about them. They have typically acted in their own best interests without spending too much time worrying about international public opinion. If America were to approve the strike, two thirds of Israelis would support moving forward.

US bunker-busters, aerial refueling for Israel alongside diplomacy for Iran ~ link ~ The Obama Administration continues to talk diplomacy while it continues to arm Israel and expand US forces in the Middle East area.   A good rule of thumb is to 'watch what they do, not what they say'.   Stirling      

 American sources disclosed Tuesday March 6, that President Barack Obama had decided to let Israel have weapons systems suitable for long-range military operations and strikes against fortified underground targets. They include four KC-35 aerial refueling aircraft, doubling the number already in the Israeli Air Force's inventory, and GBU-31 Direct Attack Munition-JDAM bombs of the type which serve US bombers especially those based on aircraft carriers.
This news came together with the announcement that European Union’s Catherine Ashton had proposed to Iran that long-stalled nuclear negotiations be resumed with the Six World Powers.

Will Saudi Arabia support an Israeli attack on Iran in June? ~ link ~ (Note: This is the article referenced to in the above story/link.)

One of the great cliches of war-craft is that the enemy of my enemy is my friend. This expression comes to mind in considering the plausibility of a claim made in my recent conversation with a weapons dealer. He thinks that this June, Israel will use Saudi Arabia as its base for an attack on Iran’s suspected nuclear site.

Why would Saudi Arabia support Israel instead of attacking it? The answer there is that Saudi Arabia is dominated by Sunnis; whereas Iran’s leaders are Shi’ite. My source believes that Saudi Arabia’s rage against the Shi’ites exceeds its dislike of its Jewish neighbors.

Meanwhile, my source claims that along with launching missiles on the nuclear site in Iran, Israel will also occupy southern Lebanon in order to take control of millions of missiles that Iran has stationed there to launch aerial attacks on Israel in the event of an Israeli airstrike on Iran.

Israeli Cabinet Minister demands air, sea blockade on Iran ~ link ~ This joker needs to be told to 'go to hell'!   Stirling      

An Israeli cabinet minister Tuesday called on placing Iran under an air and sea blockade if it does not stop its presumed drive for nuclear arms. "The time has come for the United States to place a clear ultimatum and deadline before Iran, and say that 'if Iran does not stop its drive for nuclear weapons by such and such a date, an air and sea blockade must be imposed'," Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz said Tuesday in an interview with Israel Radio.

Netanyahu Calls the Shots ~ link ~ There are several things missing from the march to war that we are seeing playing out at AIPAC this week. First is the complete absence of any casus belli. Media and political rhetoric aside, Iran has threatened neither Israel nor the United States and the intelligence agencies of both countries agree that Tehran has not made the decision to construct a nuclear weapon (if it indeed has the ability and resources to do so). Second is the “security threat” to the United States coming from Iran, cited by President Obama. What exactly is it and how does Iran, a backward country with an ailing economy and a military unable to project its power beyond its own borders threaten the US? How can it possibly endanger the United States to such an extent that a war which can have catastrophic economic and political consequences might be justified?

Syria: Game over for Western Propaganda - with video ~ link ~ Oh, I wouldn't say 'over'.  These shameless bastards get caught in a lie, they just go right on telling more lies.   Stirling     

Why should the West intervene in Syria when it turns out “activists” giving daily body counts, the sole source of “evidence” for the UN’s ever climbing grand total, are caught not only lying, but staging entire interviews complete with fake gunfire directed “off stage?” Why should the US, UK, EU, or the West’s stable of Arab proxy-regimes be allowed to arm Syrian rebels admittedly carrying out their own horrific atrocities? Clearly Syria’s opposition have turned out, just as they have in Libya, to be craven, murderous, and ultimately deceitful extremists – making any further contact with them by the West a direct violation of their own national and international laws. 

WAR: Marching toward Syria: Eyes cast on Iran ~ link ~ While all the incessant warmongering directed toward Iran at the annual AIPAC policy conference in Washington was grabbing the headlines, the momentum for Western intervention into Syria continued to steadily build.  All those neo-con "real men," it appears, just might prefer to go to Tehran via Damascus.

Taking to the Senate floor on Monday, Arizona Senator John McCain, one of the first supporters of arming the Free Syrian Army, upped the ante by calling for a U.S.-led air campaign against Syrian military targets.  McCain deemed such an escalation necessary to establish “humanitarian corridors.”  “The United States should lead an international effort to protect key population centers in Syria, especially in the north, through airstrikes on Assad’s forces,” the intervention-hungry McCain declared.

Aid workers allowed into Syria's Baba Amr ~ link ~ link A team of aid workers from the Syrian Arab Red Crescent has been allowed to enter the battered Homs district of Baba Amr, the first time since the restive area fell to Bashar al-Assad's forces.

March Kaptur defeats Congressman Dennis Kucinich, wins Democratic primary ~ link ~ Also see ~ link ~ link ~  Dennis has been a strong anti-war voice in Congress...AIPAC has hated him for a long time and put lots of money down to defeat him.  Once again, a tiny minority, acting in support of a tiny racist aggressive foreign state, acts to control and bully the American Congress.   Stirling      

FBI won't cut off your Internet for another 4 months ~ link All those computer users whose Internet access was about to be cut off by the FBI can breathe a bit easier.
Late yesterday (March 5), federal Judge Denise Cote granted the federal government another 120 days to keep running several Domain Name System servers that were keeping hundreds of thousands, and possibly millions, of infected computers online.

The servers had been due to be shut off this coming Thursday, March 8, after the previous 120-day mandate given in the original protective order had run out. The new deadline is July 9. 

America is a Great Country, but its attitude overseas needs work ~ link ~ America is held hostage by the Global Banking Cartel through their control of the American money supply via the Federal Reserve System private central bank.  Further it is held hostage by the Zionists via their AIPAC and other PACs and other special interest groups/corporations and industries.  We must drive a stake through the evil black heart of the Fed and take money out of the political process.  Unless we do that, at best we will end up with a Third World police state, at worst we will mostly end up dead in a Third World War.   Stirling      

35 Shocking Statistics that prove that things have gotten worst in America ~ link Most Americans know that things used to be much better in the United States, but they don't have the facts and the figures to back that belief up. Well, after reading the shocking statistics in this article nobody should be left with any doubt that things have gotten worse in America.  There are less jobs, incomes are down, home values have plummeted, poverty is up, consumer debt is way up, dependence of the government has skyrocketed and government debt is totally out of control.  Sadly, it hasn't really mattered which political party has had control over the White House.  Things have gotten worse under Obama, they got worse under Bush, and they got worse under Clinton.  We are in the midst of a horrific long-term economic decline and the American people desperately need to wake up.

The following are 35 shocking statistics that prove that things have gotten worse in America....

EU Greek Debt Crisis live ~ link ~ Royal Bank of Scotland and HSBC confirm they will participate in the €206bn Greek debt swap, joining a list of 30 banks holding 39.3pc of the bonds as markets steady ahead of 'default' deadline. 

Greek holdouts buoyed by overnight Argentina Bond precedent ~ link ~ The World is getting to be a very small place.  Something happens on one side of the World and quickly effects something else.   Stirling    

I cast the Last Vote of my Life Yesterday! I shall Never Vote Again - Federal nor State Level, they are All Puppets of their Masters! ~ link ~ Good One!  The reality is that the voting system using computers, that is used in most of the USA, is totally fraudulent and cannot be made safe.  That is why they use it! Stirling       

Understand there is not one difference between any person in government at any level, they are all game playing.  There is no democracy left in the United States and don't believe a single word any of the puppets are promising that are running for president.

This is my promise, I shall never step foot into a voting booth again.  The voting is fraud here in the U.S. just like it is fraud elsewhere in the world.  All votes are turned to be what those who control the machines want them to be.

 Ron Paul has had the votes stolen from him, through out the state primaries.

The information that
Kucinich lost his seat helps solidify the knowledge of elections stole.  Kucinich actually voted for the people and not corporations or banks.  He was like Ron Paul and stood with Ron Paul.  I can't believe those in his district would vote against our constitution.

I can now say, I will no longer play their game nor will I be a part of it.  I am free from their having me be a part of taking away our freedoms.  By not participating I am now not helping their agenda along.   I will now be working against the agenda and not sanctifying it with a vote welcoming it and thus gives my permission to it.


Indiana: The Resistance Rises: Reinstating the 'Castle Doctrine' ~ link ~ I am really pleased to see this bill making its way through the Indiana General Assembly.   Stirling      

The text of SB 1 states that its legislative purpose “is to protect citizens from unlawful entry into their homes by law enforcement officers or persons pretending to be law enforcement officers. Both citizens and law enforcement officers benefit from clear guidance about the parameters of lawful home entry, which will reduce the potential for violence and respect the privacy and property of citizens.”
To that end, the bill recognizes that an individual “may use force … to prevent or terminate a law enforcement officer’s unlawful entry.” 

SB1 is not an innovation; it simply restores an explicit understanding of Indiana’s “castle doctrine,” which was subverted last year in the Indiana State Supreme Court’s Barnes v. State ruling. As a wire service report observed at the time, that ruling effectively nullified the core protections contained in the Fourth Amendment and the equivalent provision in the Indiana constitution, as well as protections and immunities recognized by "common law dating back to the English Magna Carta of 1215.” The 3–2 decision last May 12 held that Indiana residents have no right to obstruct unlawful police incursions into their homes. 


Why Europe is experiencing higher oil prices than America ~ linkIt seems to me that this time around, Europe, and in particular the Eurozone, is the area of the world getting hit the hardest by high oil prices. Part of this has to do with the relative level of the Euro and the US dollar. If we look at the price of Brent oil (a European oil) in Euros (Figure 2), we find that prices now are as high as now as they were in mid-2008.

Economic Recovery for Whom?  ~ link ~ Government by and for the banksters!  Good article, take the time to read it all at the link.   Stirling      

The truth about "economic recovery" is that, for the mass of people, it is untrue. For the top 10 percent and especially the top 1 percent - those who brought global capitalism into crisis in 2007 - recovery has been real. They got the huge bailouts from Bush and Obama. They got the trillions in government loans at low interest that they then lent back to the government at higher interest rates (so much for how profits are capitalists' rewards for "taking risks"). To pay for its expensive bailouts (hyped as "stimulus plans"), the US government chose NOT to tax big businesses and their rich executives. Doing that, we were told by business and government alike, might "hamper the recovery."

So, the government borrowed trillions to "fund the recovery." And from whom? From the same banks, insurance companies, large corporations and rich executives whom the government had bailed out and NOT taxed. When those creditors began to worry that the US government's debt was becoming too high to sustain, they demanded that government cut back public services and use the money instead to pay interest and principal back to those creditors. And so it does.

German public sector strike continues ~ link ~ Tram, train and bus services went out of service on early Wednesday, causing severe disruption in the most populous state of North Rhine Westphalia. Commuters also faced difficulty getting to work in Cologne and Stuttgart.

The strike follows the Monday and Tuesday protests, in which Thousands of German public sector workers in three western states walked out of their jobs after demands for wage increases of 6.5 percent were blocked in talks last week. 



Factors that could make $5/gallon gasoline the norm in America ~ link


Blind Fed owns more US Treasuries than China ~ link ~ Merk Funds' Axel Merk just issued a commentary in which he points out, astonishingly, that the Fed "now owns more U.S. government debt than China." The ramifications are immense.

Flood damage investigations not over for US nuke plants ~ link ~ The summer of 2011 was one of the hardest ever on American nuclear power plants. After the Fukushima Daiichi disaster, U.S. nuclear plants were required to inventory and test emergency equipment , and undergo emergency drills to make sure safety systems were in place and working properly. One of the biggest threats to the safety of any nuclear power plant would be a prolonged loss of electrical power because the plants need to be able to continue pumping water over the radioactive fuel to keep it cool.    Failure of one or more dams upstream from a nuclear power plant may result in flood levels at a site that render essential safety systems inoperable.

In the immediate aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, Japanese officials assured everyone that the problems at Fukushima Daiichi were limited and controllable, everything was alright; everything was under control. It took a only took few days for that house of cards to be destroyed, only to be re-built, destroyed, and resurrected many times over,  in a perpetually endless cycle.

$1 billion of TSA scanners made worthless by Blog - with video ~ link ~ link ~  Love It!  Stirling   

Uganda government squabbles, while children die of mysterious disease ~ link ~ Someone testing a new disease in out-of-the-way Africa?  Stirling     

The Ugandan government has come under fire for its handling of a mysterious disease that has killed hundreds of children in the northern part of this impoverished East African nation.

The illness, called nodding disease and characterized by symptoms similar to epilepsy, has afflicted more than 1,000 children since June. Its cause is unknown, and there is no cure. Victims often nod their heads uncontrollably. Many also suffer mental retardation and stunted growth.

Brazil looks to benefit from US renewable fuel standard mandates ~ link ~ US rules on ethanol usage will favour Brazilian cane sugar producers and could lead to a surge in imports in the coming years, according to a research note from Rabobank International.

However, if Brazilian imports do surge, US legislators will likely act to change the rules, the analysts warned.

Jazz: Windy - Wes Montgomery - video ~ link 

Crocodile-like camel fossils found ~ link   

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