The contemporary U.S. foreign policy which is hardwired on counterterrorism posturing has been on a losing streak — Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, to name a few. In the Horn of Africa, it is facing some serious challenges: China’s checkbook diplomacy, Ethiopia’s hegemonic adventures, and the indirect effect of the so-called Arab Spring.
Adelson hosting secret anti-BDS fundraiser and strategy summit ~ link
Nutcase Israelis try to prevent Christians from praying at the site of the Last Supper ~ link
US Defense Secretary signs joint statement on military issues with Hanoi ~ link ~ Vietnam should do the smart thing and stay out of the Washington push towards war in Asia! Stirling
US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter traveled to Haiphong and Hanoi yesterday as part of his 11-day tour through the Asia-Pacific region, prosecuting Washington’s campaign toward war against China in the South China Sea. During his stay, Carter worked to further enmesh Vietnam in the imperialist military agenda of the United States.
Carter arrived in Vietnam from Singapore, where he delivered a plenary address at the Shangri-La Dialogue denouncing Beijing for its land-reclamation activity in the South China Sea, which he condemned as “out of step with international rules and norms.”
US-led Air War in 10th month as ISIS advances in both Syria and Iraq ~ link ~ Like most things out of Globalist/Zionist controlled Washington and NATO, the so-called "Air War" is all BS/lies/scams!!! Stirling
With the US-led air war against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) now in its 10th month, the Islamist militia continues to make territorial gains in both countries, inflicting serious losses on the military in Iraq as well as both government forces and rival Islamist “rebels” in Syria.
In its latest attack on Monday, ISIS launched a devastating suicide bombing against an army base just north of the Iraqi city of Fallujah, killing at least 45 members of the security forces and wounding scores more.
Russian Foreign Minister: US must coordinate Syrian airstrikes with Damascus ~ link ~ Also see ~ link ~ What ... you mean actually 'hit' the ISIS instead of spending millions to bomb empty sites!!! Stirling
Lavrov also said that the Takfiri group is advancing in Iraq, Syria, Libya and Afghanistan, warning that the terrorist group can go “very far, very far” and can threaten Russia if not reined in.
“They already make a lot of progress in Iraq, in Syria” and are expanding into Libya “and even in northern Afghanistan, which is very close to Central Asia, which is next door to Russia,” Lavrov warned.
ISIL is operating in Syria and Iraq, where government forces are active fighting the terrorist outfit back.
Hacked Emails expose Soros as key Ukraine Coup Junta Puppet-Master ~ link ~ And his strings are being pulled by the Rothschilds and their strings are being pulled by Satan himself!!! Stirling
Just days after George Soros warned that World War 3 was imminent unless Washington backed down to China on IMF currency basket inclusion, the hacker collective CyberBerkut has exposed the billionaire as the real puppet-master behind the scenes in Ukraine. In 3 stunning documents, allegedly hacked from email correspondence between the hedge fund manager and Ukraine President Poroshenko, Soros lays out "A short and medium term comprehensive strategy for the new Ukraine," expresses his confidence that the US should provide Ukraine with lethal military assistance, “with same level of sophistication in defense weapons to match the level of opposing force," and finally explained Poroshenko's "first priority must be to regain control of financial markets," which he assures the President could be helped by The Fed adding "I am ready to call Jack Lew of the US Treasury to sound him out about the swap agreement."
While attention is focused on the TPP the equally important TTIP is being ignored ~ link ~ These largely secret "trade" agreements are really just one more important coffin nail in national rights and freedom for the people. They intend to get around the US Constitution and the constitutions of as many nations as possible with TPP and TTIP. That this is unconstitutional does not matter to the Globalists and their bought-and-paid-for political whores!!! Stirling
With all the attention turned to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), currently negotiated by the U.S. with 12 Asian countries, few seem to notice anymore the equally important Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the European Union and the United States. The two deals are similar in essence: They both seek to advance the beacon of free trade by tearing tariff and non-tariff barriers, with the promise of creating jobs and delivering a much-needed economic boost to the nations involved.
However, both trade agreements have been plagued by concerns raised by consumer groups, academics and politicians of all stripes over the so-called Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS), an arcane mechanism that allows aggrieved corporations to challenge the validity of government regulations that can impact their bottom line in extrajudicial tribunals. According to critics, the threat of expensive lawsuits from multinationals can leave governments afraid to act in citizens’ favor, a phenomenon known as regulatory chill. Activists are increasingly skeptical of any measure meant to protect the profits of corporations, seen as largely responsible for the near collapse of the financial system and the start of the Great Recession.
Adding insult to injury, the fact that trade negotiations are conducted in secret did not advance the cause for the TPP and the TTIP and an amendment to force the White House to make the texts public was struck down in the Senate. As expected, Capitol Hill has been the scene of some particularly thespian speeches given by opponents and proponents of the ISDS, most recently evidenced on May 22, when the Senate overwhelmingly rejected another anti-ISDS amendment from Senator Elizabeth Warren.
Florida Court rules off-grid living illegal ~ link ~ In a sane, rational and constitutional nation the judge would be impeached for violating the US Constitution and for being a fascist jerk! Stirling
Japan wants Permanent UNSC seat ~ link ~
Along with Germany, Brazil and India, Japan has been pushing the UN to increase the number of the permanent and non-permanent members of the Security Council. The group, known as G-4, has called for an expansion of the Council’s membership to 25-26 countries, up from the current 15, which includes five permanent and 10 non-permanent members. Discussions are currently underway about the proposed reforms in the UNSC, with the UN General Assembly launching a debate on the subject.
FIFA President Sepp Blatter resigns and calls for new elections ~ link
Eric Zuesse: Bernie Sanders will win the White House ~ link ~ Could be. Hillary has a Great Deal of Baggage and her polling numbers are not good. Sanders is generally 'outside the box' of the Washington political establishment. However, he is a member of the 'tribe' and this will not fly with many. Stirling
On May 12th, I presented my analysis of the polling as of that time, headlining, “The Early Signs of Whom The Next U.S. President Will Likely Be: Presidential Polls Look Confusing Regarding Bernie, But Downright Bad Regarding Hillary & All Republicans.” Based on the net-favorability ratings of candidates in the first poll that had really meaningful results on that most important of all factors (which poll had just been published), and also based on the latest available reliable poll of Americans’ ideological preferences (which had been taken in 2011, but that’s okay because ideology changes only very slowly), I concluded that Vermont U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders was likely to surprise on the upside at the start of his contest, and that, “Sanders would probably be able to crush any Republican except perhaps Rand Paul, if he were to win the Democratic primaries.” He is already surprising on the upside (though pundits haven’t yet caught on that Hillary’s a dud), and so I am now predicting that Sanders will win, first, the Democratic nomination, and then the White House.