Israeli warplanes scrambled after Syrian jets spotted near the Lebanese border ~ link ~ This was in response to Syria using its fighters to attack ISIS and related forces operating against Syrian Government forces within Syria. Stirling
Israel Air Force fighter jets were scrambled in the skies over the North on Saturday morning after higher-than-usual movement of Syrian aircraft was detected near the Syrian-Lebanese border.
Nuland's mastery of Ukraine Propaganda 'Perception Management' ~ link ~ link ~ link ~
An early skill learned by Official Washington’s neoconservatives, when they were cutting their teeth inside the U.S. government in the 1980s, was how to frame their arguments in the most propagandistic way, so anyone who dared to disagree with any aspect of the presentation seemed unpatriotic or crazy.
During my years at The Associated Press and Newsweek, I dealt with a number of now prominent neocons who were just starting out and mastering these techniques at the knee of top CIA psychological warfare specialist Walter Raymond Jr., who had been transferred to President Ronald Reagan’s National Security Council staff where Raymond oversaw inter-agency task forces that pushed Reagan’s hard-line agenda in Central America and elsewhere.
The Ukraine Mess is the worst of many foreign policy disasters in the Obama White House ~ link ~
He and the military leadership insisted on a useless and destructive intervention in Libya, with devastating consequences throughout northeastern Africa, and in the Syrian civil war they searched in vain for “moderate” rebel allies to overturn Bashar al-Assad. Obama would later rue the lack of Assad’s cooperation when the forces of the Islamic State arrived. With respect to Israel, President Obama accepted complaisantly—until one week ago—the defiance and disdain of Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
He left dealings with Europe, and with the United States’ most important and dangerous interlocutor, President Vladimir Putin of Russia, under the controlling influence of a neoconservative cabal in the State Department, committed to reckless policies of American and NATO expansion in Northern Europe.
Netanyahu's main crime is not playing politics - It is Warmongering ~ link ~
Meanwhile, as reported by Al Jazeera, a number of former and current military officers earlier suggested that Netanyahu’s decision to accept House Speaker John Boehner’s invitation to speak to Congress had infuriated the US military, which was beginning to view Israel as a strategic liability.
It is interesting that this is what seems to have soured the normally subservient US political establishment on Israel and Netanyahu. After all, it could easily be argued that Israel was a strategic liability for the US long before this. Israel is the largest recipient of US foreign aid since World War II, receiving billions of dollars military assistance a year over the last ten years, and many more billions over the decades prior. What does the US get in return for this assistance? For one, it’s dragged into supporting any and every war fought (and started) by Israel, including its last three wars in Gaza, which killed a total of more than 3,500 Palestinians, the vast majority of which were civilians, or its adventure in Lebanon which left more than 1000 Lebanese dead. The casualty figures don’t quite capture the brutality of conflicts, which also involved the maiming and large-scale displacement of civilians, the destruction of homes, and the evisceration of essential infrastructure like health care facilities and running water.
Did second highest ranking US military officer leak information on a classified Israeli - US operation to cyber-sabotage Iran's nuclear program? ~ link ~
The former second highest-ranking officer in the US military allegedly leaked sensitive information about a covert US-Israeli cyber attack on Iran’s nuclear program to stop the “insane” operation, an American scholar and journalist in Wisconsin says.
Retired General James E. “Hoss” Cartwright, who served as deputy chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, has been the target of a US Justice Department investigation into a leak of information about a highly classified operation to hobble Iran’s nuclear enrichment capability through cyber-sabotage. The investigation, however, has been halted over fears it could confirm the joint US-Israeli covert operation, according to current and former US officials, the Washington Post reported Wednesday.
Porky: 11 EU states will deliver weapons to Junta ~ link ~ That's eleven EU nations whose citizens need to vote out these jerks as soon as possible! Stirling
Following a bombing 'accident' on the Burma - China border PLA sends reinforcements to the border region ~ link ~ link ~
Germany has reacted with anger and defiance to Greek government demands for multibillion-euro reparation payments over first and second world war atrocities.
Greece’s justice minister, Nikos Paraskevopoulos, said Athens was prepared to approve a court ruling to seize German property in the country – including the Goethe Institute, the German Archaeological Institute, German schools and holiday homes if Berlin refused to pay €341bn (£240bn) in compensation.
China has become the primary banker for Latin America ~ link ~
The loans granted by China have changed into an instrument of foreign politics. At the same time these loans permit China to forge closer ties with fundamental allies and reduce the influence of financial institutions under the aegis of the United States in strategic areas.
Furthermore, the building of strategic partnerships with some South American countries has to be highlighted. The 90% of all loans granted last year were issued to the following countries: Brazil consolidated itself as the main recipient with a loan of 8.6 billion dollars, followed by Argentina, which was granted 7 billion, Venezuela with 5.7 billion and lastly Ecuador, with 820 million dollars.
Global Currency Soon: China talking to the IMF about including the Yuan in SDR Basket Currency ~ link ~
It looks like things are moving a lot faster than anyone could have imagined. Last week, reports circulated that China was positioning itself to become the world’s next reserve currency, and even putting up billboards advertising the global importance of the renminbi to travelers in the Asian world.
Now, China is making public moves to make that a formal reality – a process that has been going on behind the scenes at least since the 2008 financial crisis. China’s leaders are reportedly in talks with the IMF about the process of drafting the renminbi into the Special Drawing Rights (SDR) basket of currencies, which include the U.S. dollar, the British pound, the Euro and the Japanese yen.
The State Against the French Republic ~ link ~ The Zionist/Rothschild-pupper President of France wants to legally ban "conspiracy theory" speech/writings!!! Stirling
At the request of President François Hollande, the French Socialist Party has published a note on the international “conspiracy theorist" movement. His goal: to prepare new legislation prohibiting it to express itself. In the US, the September 11, 2001 coup established a "permanent state of emergency" (Patriot Act), launching a series of imperial wars. Gradually, the European elites have aligned with their counterparts across the Atlantic. Everywhere, people are worried about being abandoned by their States and they question their institutions. Seeking to retain power, the elites are now ready to use force to gag their opposition.
San Paulo Brazil almost out of water ~ link ~
In Sao Paulo, a major metropolitan city of 20 million, the main water reservoir has fallen to just 6 percent of its capacity, and the peak of the rainy season has recently passed.
The drought is more heavily concentrated around Sao Paulo, but other cities in Brazil's southeast, which is heavily populated, are also facing shortages and could eventually experience some rationing as well. Rio de Janeiro, a favorite tourist spot, is one of the cities that is facing less dire drought conditions.