20 January 2014
US says Iran cannot go to Geneva peace talks on Syria - with video ~ link ~ The "peace talks" are a joke. Syria has said that it will not accept any "opposition" Cabinet members, whereas the "West" says these talks are all about removing Assad from office and replacing him with the "opposition" (the "opposition" as in the foreign mercenaries funded and controlled by Israel/USA/France/UK/GCC states). This deciding what to talk about up front is a typical Israeli strategy to win the talks before they even begin. Only fools would accept this. Stirling
American officials accused Iran of failing to back the aim of the talks, which is to set up a transitional government in war-torn Syria.
Iran, a key ally of the Syrian regime, said it would not accept any conditions put on its participation.
Russian FM Lavrov: Syrian talks hypocritical without Iran - with video ~ link ~ Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says the upcoming international talks about the Syrian crisis will resemble “hypocrisy” without Iran's participation.
Iran's UN invitation puts Syria peace talks at risk ~ link ~
On the eve of the peace talks on Syria, the Geneva-2 conference is on the verge of collapse with the Western-backed Syrian opposition threatening to boycott it unless an invitation for Iran to attend is withdrawn by 19:00 GMT Monday.
Syria's main opposition group, the National Coalition, which had earlier bowed to Western pressure to join the talks that include President Bashar Assad’s government, is now saying it will not attend the talks if the UN does not retract its invitation to Iran.
Iran: Curbs on uranium enrichment begin ~ link ~ Iran has begun curbing uranium enrichment under a deal which will also see international sanctions eased, says the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the UN nuclear watchdog.
EU suspends portion of sanctions against Iran ~ link ~
US studying plans to 'rescue' Americans if terrorists strike Sochi Olympics ~ link ~ I have real concerns about the coming Olympics in Russia. If the globalists/West/Israel do a False Flag Attack against the Olympics held in Russia, they should be under no illusions that Putin will sit back and take it and allow the globalist mainstream news media to blame it on some Muslim 'terrorists'. The Russian Bear is apt to hit back and hit back HARD!!! Any attempt to place American troops into Russia to 'rescue' Americans would itself trigger World War III if the False Flag had not already done so. Stirling
US military and intelligence officials have been studying contingency plans for evacuating Americans from the Winter Olympics in Sochi, south Russia, next month in the face of concerns about possible terror attacks by militants.
The officials believe there would be major obstacles to mounting a large-scale rescue effort as Russia has historically been reluctant to allow foreign military forces – especially those of the US – on Russian territory, according to a source familiar with Obama administration discussions.
Israel splitting Palestinian families - with video ~ link ~ Israel continues to act the bully, crapping all over the civilians in the lands that Israel controls by military force in direct violation of International Law. And people in Israel think that they are disliked because people are just antisemitic!!! Stirling
Assad: Significant chance I will stand for next elections ~ link ~ In other words, the war mongers can go to hell. Stirling
Japan drops No-War Pledge ~ link ~ Not a good sign of things to come. Stirling
UAE to introduce compulsory military service ~ link ~ Another major move towards a Regional Mideast War! Stirling
The United Arab Emirates is planning to introduce mandatory military service for young men, which might triple its military potential in case of a regional conflict.
All adult Emirati males under 30 will soon be obliged to serve in the military, the prime minister of UAE Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has announced.
Elites call for "Extraordinary Crisis" to Preserve New World Order - video ~ link
Iran and Russia ruffle US feathers with oil-swap deal ~ link ~ This morning's apparent U-turn in US-Iran relations - when the US demanded the UN rescind Iran's invite to the Syrian peace conference having somewhat instigated their invitation in the first place - is a little confusing for some. However, as OilPrice's Joao Peixe points out, reports are emerging that Iran and Russia are in talks about a potential $1.5 billion oil-for-goods swap that is sure to upset the powers that be in Washington.
North Korea begins to fortify border with China ~ link ~
North Korea has been building concrete machine-gun pillboxes along the border with China since December as the Chinese staged massive military drills in the area.
North Korea Reform Radio quoted a North Korean source as saying each platoon of the border guard units stationed at strategic points along the Apnok and Duman Rivers has been ordered to build three concrete machine-gun emplacements. Officers of each brigade and battalion are looking for rebar and cement outside their camps.
Up to 100,000 protesters clash with police at large Ukraine rally - with photos ~ link ~ Let me tell you the Russians see this as a globalist/Western driven/financed and directed attack on Russia. This on-going crisis in the Ukraine has wide global strategic implications!!! Stirling
Denouncing as unconstitutional last Thursday's hurried vote in parliament by Yanukovich's supporters, they called for moves to set up a parallel structure of power - including a people's assembly and a new constitution.
Europeans face savings 'meltdown' that could threaten EU ~ link ~ This is what happens when the worst and most evil bastards in the world, the Global Banking Cartel, set up something like the EU and control most of the governments in it!!! Stirling
The chart that shows why EU's Barroso is a liar ~ link ~ Despite record levels of unemployment across Europe (most specifically among the youth), record high (and surging) levels of loan delinquencies, and collapsing credit creation, the leaders of the EU continue to peddle their own brand of dis-information and willful blindness. While UKIP's Nigel Farage tongue-lashings are normally enough, EU's Barroso this morning unleashed the following:
Obscene wealth: World's 85 richest have same wealth as 3.5 billion poorest says Oxfam ~ link ~ Actually the real numbers are much worse than this, as the real wealth of the Rothschilds, Rockerfellers and the other members of the Global Banking Cartel families is always massively undereported!!! There does come a point where wealth is only important as power and where people have to question if it is in the interest of the Human Race if so few have so very much power over all the rest. Stirling
“It is staggering that, in the 21st century, half of the world’s population — that’s three and a half billion people — own no more than a tiny elite whose numbers could all fit comfortably on a double-decker bus,” Oxfam chief executive Winnie Byanyima told a news conference.
Greek unpaid electricity bills grow by 4 million Euros per day - Over 700,000 pay in installiments ~ link ~ More improvishment of the masses by the Global Banking Cartel bastards!!! Stirling
Judging by the collapsing Greek yields, which at this rate may drop below US bonds soon enough, the Greek economy has never been stronger. Sadly, manipulated bond levels driven by yet another bout of pre-QE euphoria (suddenly the conventional wisdom is that the ECB will conduct QE in a few months as first explained here in November) no longer reflect anything besides a massive liquidity glut and momentum chasing lemmings. Alas, as usual the reality on the European ground is much worse. The latest example comes from the Greek Public Power Corporation which has reported that Greek households and corporations are finding it increasingly difficult to pay their electricity bills. In total, debts to the power utility from unpaid bills currently amount to some €1.3 billion and growing at an average rate of €4 million per day. Also known as the Grecovery.
Not surprisingly, it is the poorest households who have the bulk of the debt. Remember: "the rich hold assets, the poor have debt."
The Retail Death Rattle ~ link ~ link ~ If ever a chart provided unequivocal proof the economic recovery storyline is a fraud, the one below is the smoking gun. November and December retail sales account for 20% to 40% of annual retail sales for most retailers. The number of visits to retail stores has plummeted by 50% since 2010. Please note this was during a supposed economic recovery. Also note consumer spending accounts for 70% of GDP. Also note credit card debt outstanding is 7% lower than its level in 2010 and 16% below its peak in 2008. Retailers like J.C. Penney, Best Buy, Sears, Radio Shack and Barnes & Noble continue to report appalling sales and profit results, along with listings of store closings. Even the heavyweights like Wal-Mart and Target continue to report negative comp store sales. How can the government and mainstream media be reporting an economic recovery when the industry that accounts for 70% of GDP is in free fall? The answer is that 99% of America has not had an economic recovery. Only Bernanke’s 1% owner class have benefited from his QE/ZIRP induced stock market levitation.
Bank of America is actively preparing for the Chinese January 31 Trust Default ~ link ~ Last week we were the first to raise the very real and imminent threat of a default for a Chinese wealth management product (WMP) default - specifically China Credit Trust's Credit Equals Gold #1 (CEQ1) - and its potential contagion concerns. It seems BofAML is now beginning to get concerned, noting that over 60% of market participants expects repo rates to rise if a trust product defaults and based on the analysis below, they think there is a high probability for CEQ1 to default on 31 January, i.e. no full redemption of principal and back-coupon on the day. Crucially, with the stratospheric leverage ratios now engaged in such products, BofAML warns trust companies must answer some serious questions: will they stand back behind every trust investment or will they have to default on some or potentially many of them? BofAML believes the question needs an answer because investors and Trusts can’t have their cake and eat it too. The potential first default, even if it’s not CEQ1 on 1/31, would be important based on the experience of what happened to the US and Europe; the market has tended to underestimate the initial event.
The Influenza Deception ~ link ~ Big Pharma at it again! Stirling
With the latest round of hysteria regarding the prevalence of the annual flu season and the “need” for the flu vaccine in full swing, one unaccustomed to reading the details of government statistics and the arguments for or against vaccination might justifiably be terrorized into running to their local vaccine dispensary and rolling up their sleeves. Indeed, the average person encountering the reports of infection, hospitalization, and death will justifiably be stirred into a frenzied state of panic.
The vaccine makers, pharmaceutical companies, and their representatives also known as medical doctors, are, of course, waiting with open arms and needles locked and loaded. With statistics such as “hundreds of thousands” of infections and “tens of thousands of deaths” by the flu virus being repeated ad nauseam, it is understandable why many hapless individuals rush to take toxic vaccines unaware of the hazardous ingredients they contain.
Martin Luther King, Jr. had a Dream - Obama has a Drone ~ link ~ Obama’s Drone Policy Is Backfiring
Another Polar Plunge for USA ~ link ~ Another bone chilling polar plunge is coming for much of the Midwest and Northeast by Tuesday and along with painfully low temperatures will come some of the heaviest snow in years for some areas.
Temperatures hit -42C in Norway cold snap ~ link
Sweden's -40C freeze wreaks traffic havoc ~ link
Freezing in Mexico ~ link
Both the BBC and the Daily Mail warn of a Mini-Ice Age ~ link