"The damage caused by the war in Syria stands at 4.7 trillion Syrian pounds ($31.3 billion dollars),” Halqi said in an exclusive interview with Damascus-based Arabic-language al-Baath newspaper on Tuesday.
He went on to say that the budget earmarked for reconstruction this year is about 50 billion Syrian pounds ($345 million), which is up from 30 billion pounds ($207 million) last year.
Ukraine - Dneproetrovsk: Neo-Nazis beat Russian people - video ~ link ~ Russia will not stand for this!!! Stirling
Ukraine hikes tensions again: Says Russian Army concentrated near eastern border for 'Quick Invasion' ~ link ~ As I have been saying, the chances of a Russian thrust into eastern Ukraine are very high and the chances of Russia and Belorussia taking all of the Ukraine are high. The real question is: What comes after this??? Total global economic collapse or World War III or both? As I said on Dr. Deagle's Nutrimedical Report Show yesterday (with 5 to 6 million listeners) I suspect that this Crisis was created as the trigger for a global economic collapse, and to influence a later WWIII but it could be WWIII upfront. And remember folks, this is real life and a developing story/tragedy. We of the television age expect things to happen so fast, but often real life is not like that...it takes time. Stirling
French Foreign Minister: Russian participation in G8 meetings suspended ~ link ~ Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has said the Group of Eight suspended Russia’s participation in their meetings. However, President Putin is still invited to visit France on June 6.“At the moment, he is still invited. As for the G8 as a political formation for the dialogue of all big states together, we have decided to suspend the participation of Russia, there will be seven countries that gather [for the summit] – without Russia,” Fabius told Europe 1 radio.
France plans to hold a grand celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Allied Forces landing in Normandy.
EU "aid" destroyed Portugal ~ link ~ The same kind of "aid" that they plan on giving to the Coup Government in the Ukraine! Stirling
Ron Paul: Crimea Secedes - So What? ~ link ~ The good doctor has good sense! Stirling
Eleven days after contact was lost with Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 and its 239 passengers and crew, there has been minimal progress in determining precisely what happened or where the plane ended up.
Did Flight MH370 land in the Maldives or Diego Garcia: The full updated summary ~ link ~ Well over a week after the disappearance of flight MH370 - which now is the longest official disappearance of a modern jet in aviation history - with no official trace of the missing plane yet revealed, the investigation, which as we reported over the weekend has focused on the pilots and specifically on Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah, earlier today revealed that on his home-made flight simulator had been loaded five Indian Ocean practice runways, among which those of Male in the Maldives, that of the US owned base at Sergio Garcia, as well as other runways in India and Sri Lanka - all notable runways as all are possible landing spots based on the flight's potential trajectories. The Malay Mail Online reported, "The simulation programmes are based on runways at the Male International Airport in Maldives, an airport owned by the United States (Diego Garcia), and three other runways in India and Sri Lanka, all have runway lengths of 1,000 metres."
“We are not discounting the possibility that the plane landed on a runway that might not be heavily monitored, in addition to the theories that the plane landed on sea, in the hills, or in an open space,” the source was quoted as saying. At this point the facts in the case are about as sketchy as any "data" on US Treasury holdings, but here is what was said on the record:
Maldives Islands residents report sighting of 'low flying jet' ~ link ~ This is 'one the way' to Diego Garcia! Stirling
MH370: Area of plane search now size of Australia ~ link ~ An international land and sea search for a missing Malaysian jetliner is covering an area the size of Australia, authorities said on Tuesday, but police and intelligence agencies have yet to establish a clear motive to explain its disappearance.
Investigators are convinced that someone with deep knowledge of the Boeing 777-200ER and commercial navigation diverted Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, carrying 12 crew and 227 mainly Chinese passengers, perhaps thousands of miles off its scheduled course from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.
But intensive background checks of everyone aboard have so far failed to find anyone with a known political or criminal motive to hijack or deliberately crash the plane, Western security sources and Chinese authorities said.
Dumping the Dollar to deliver a deathblow to US Imperialism ~ link ~ First the Rothschild-headed Global Banking Cartel set up the UK as an Empire to do their bidding. Once the British Empire was used up, they switched to the USA. Now the American Empire is ending. Stirling
“The US dollar as world reserve currency is the source of American imperialism,” wrote Paul Craig Roberts in an article published on Press TV website.
The Dominoes Begin To Fall In China ~ link ~ Forget tapering. Forget Ukraine. The largest single risk to the world economy and financial markets right now is China. What’s going on in China reminds me a lot of what I witnessed firsthand when I lived in South Korea in the 1990s, before that economy’s crash in 1998.
Just as China now, South Korea was an immature, state-controlled financial system funneling cheap money to well-connected and politically favored large enterprises. Fuelled by a steady diet of cheap money, these companies kept adding capacity with no regard to profitability or return on capital. They simply focused on producing more stuff and expanding their size. They employed more people, and everyone was happy. But, all the while, they were borrowing more and more money, until eventually they collapsed under the debt load when liquidity dried up.
Citi on International Finance as War By Any Other Means ~ link
When America pulled off a coup in Australia ~ link ~ Good One. Stirling
Spy Agencies seek to store Aussies' web-browsing histories and end encryption ~ link ~ Fascism 'down under'. Stirling
The Australian Security Intelligence Organization (ASIO) is pushing for laws that would make telecommunications companies retain their customers’ web-browsing data, as well as forcing web users to decrypt encrypted messages.
In these post-Snowden times, when people around the world are furious over revelations that their communications’ ‘metadata’ has been scooped up by a vast, US-built surveillance network, Australia’s ASIO is looking to further bolster its phishing powers, as opposed to scaling them back as many people clearly favor.
Around 14 billion years ago, waves of gravity rapidly pulsated through space immediately following the Big Bang, experts announced Monday at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.