The first phase of the week-long drill, dubbed Beit-ol-Moqaddas 27, began on Thursday and will continue in two other regions across the country.
Arm-ageddon ~ link ~ Answer is Satan!!! Stirling
The Pentagon has announced new multibillion dollar arms contracts with the regimes in Israel and Saudi Arabia, America’s primary allies in the Middle East. Both are knee-deep in military conflicts destabilizing the region.
The $1.9 billion deal with Israel implies supply of some 3,000 Hellfire precision missiles, 250 AIM-120C advanced medium-range air-to-air missiles, 4,100 GBU-39 small diameter bombs and 50 BLU-113 bunker buster bombs. The order also includes 14,500 tail kits for Joint Direct Attack Munitions for 220kg and 900kg bombs and a variety of Paveway laser-guided bomb kits.
Israeli media sees the deal as “compensation” for the rapprochement between Iran and the US, which Washington sees as trying to get Tehran’s nuclear program under control.
USA retaliates at Chinese Escalation - Warns that Sea 'Sandcastles' could "Lead To Conflict" ~ link ~
China is working diligently to construct man-made islands atop reefs in the Spratly archipelago where Beijing shares disputed waters with the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan. For its part, Washington is none too pleased with the effort and in a fantastic example of ironic rhetoric and American hypocrisy, The White House is shouting about violations of territorial sovereignty and Chinese “bullying”.
The Pentagon meanwhile has said the US may consider confronting China in the region with surveillance aircraft (and CNN crews apparently) and war ships, a move China has gently advised against, telling Washington that it might be in everyone’s best interest if the US “refrains from risky and provocative actions," and now, China looks to have conducted a practice bombing raid on Wednesday.
The manoeuvre came as US-based CNN reported that the Chinese navy repeatedly warned a US surveillance plane to leave airspace over artificial islands that Beijing is building in the disputed South China Sea.
Welcome to 'Oligarch Recovery' - 82% of American construction is luxury units ~ link ~
Ah the banks. The taxpayers bailed them out so that they could turn around and steal billions by criminally rigging the financial markets, yet they can’t be bothered to finance projects for the middle class.
The reason everything is being built for the wealthy, is because all the gains from the oligarch recovery have gone to the wealthy. This is no accident. It’s how the bailouts were designed, and how the status quo operates. Our socio-economic system since 2008 can be best described as serfdom, and nothing is going to change until people admit this, rather than hanging on to false hopes that they one day too will become an oligarch. It’s not gonna happen.
How MSM deceives the public about 'Fast Track' and the 'Trade Bills' ~ link ~ Understand this, any such bill passed by Congress that authorizes a Fast Track approval for treaties that attempts to get around the Constitutional requirements for a treaty is NOT legal or constitutional without a full Amendment to the US Constitution itself!!! So when they try to say that "we are enforcing the treaty provisions" and blocking gun ownership, and US courts supervision within America, etc., remember that THERE IS NO TREATY to enforce unless it is passed by two-thirds of the Senators voting!!! Stirling
U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew says, “China isn’t ready for currency reserve status,” and would certainly like to see the Chinese blocked from entry, preserving the dollar’s status as the world’s go-to currency and primary mechanism of exchange for global international trade.