Pearl Harbor Event WARning
Something big is about to happen. So many say that they can feel it in their bones.
There is yet another challenge coming our way after the first of the year and that has to do with the world’s arms race and World War III preparations as the new cold war is moving towards a hot war. As many of us noted last summer, we were witnessing the emergency infrastructure shift from peacetime to martial law. Remember the consistent scenario which has been revealed on this site: Medical Martial law followed by military martial law which will culminate in World War III. We are in the quiet time. When the clock strikes midnight on January 1, 2015, we will begin another countdown, the countdown to Armageddon.
Russia’s violation of “the territorial integrity… of Ukraine must not be allowed to stand”, she added.
In the interview, Mrs Merkel also accused Moscow of trying to make countries in the western Balkans economically and politically dependent on Russia in order to gain influence there.
She said she was “convinced” that the “common European response to Russia’s actions is correct”.
In the weeks that followed, Russia annexed Crimea, in Ukraine’s south, and pro-Russian separatists took control of Donetsk and Luhansk, declaring independence.
More than 4,300 people have died and almost one million have been displaced since conflict began in April, the UN says.
To that end, the resolution directly involves the US government in the conflict by calling on the US president to “provide the government of Ukraine with lethal and non-lethal defense articles, services, and training required to effectively defend its territory and sovereignty.” This means US weapons in the hands of US-trained military forces engaged in a hot war on the border with Russia. Does that sound at all like a good idea?
The stated rationale for the United States casting on Tuesday one of the very lonely votes it sometimes casts at the United Nations General Assembly, on matters on which almost the entire world sees things differently, warrants some reflection. The resolution in question this time endorsed the creation of a nuclear weapons-free zone in the Middle East and called on Israel to join the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, to renounce any possession of nuclear weapons, and to put its nuclear facilities under the safeguards of the International Atomic Energy Agency. A nuclear weapons-free Middle East and universal adherence to the nonproliferation treaty are supposedly U.S. policy objectives, and have been for many years. So why did the United States oppose the resolution? According to the U.S. representative’s statement in earlier debate, the resolution “fails to meet the fundamental tests of fairness and balance. It confines itself to expressions of concern about the activities of a single country.”
You know something doesn’t wash when the contrary views are as overwhelmingly held as on this matter. The resolution passed on a vote of 161-5. Joining Israel and the United States as “no” votes were Canada (maybe the Harper government was thinking of the Keystone XL pipeline issue being in the balance?) and the Pacific powers of Micronesia and Palau.
One could look, but would look in vain, for sound rationales for the inconsistency. If anything, the differences one would find should point U.S. policy in the opposite direction from the direction it has taken. It is Iran that has placed itself under the obligations of the nonproliferation treaty and subjects its nuclear activities to international inspection. Since the preliminary agreement to restrict Iran’s nuclear program that was negotiated last year, those inspections are more frequent and intrusive than ever. Israel, by contrast, has kept its nuclear activities completely out of the reach of any international inspection or control regime. As for actual nuclear weapons, Iran does not have them, has declared its intention not to have them, and according to the U.S. intelligence community has not made any decision to make them. Neither Israel nor the United States says publicly that Israel has nuclear weapons, but just about everyone else in the world takes it as a given that it does, which would make it the only state in the Middle East that does.
The last time Israel ignored Syrian sovereignty and attacked Bashar al Assad’s nation without fear of reprisals was in the spring of 2013, when the US was eager to launch an all out war, and tear apart the last country that stood in the path of the Qatari natural gas pipeline to Europe (and was thus desperate for a provocative pretext). As a result of last minute Russian intervention, the war was avoided following the now traditional John Kerry snafu, but not before Syria had declared Israel’s attack An “Act Of War.’ Moments ago, following a year and a half hiatus, Israel, which had not made many headlines on the geopolitical arena in recent months, launched another bomb raid on Syria, and as AP reports, Israeli warplanes carried out two airstrikes Sunday near Damascus, one near the city’s international airport and a second outside a town close to the Lebanese border, Syria’s state news agency said.
The reason for the unexpected attack, and provocation, are unclear: while Israel has tried to stay out of the war in neighboring Syria, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has repeatedly threatened to take military action to prevent Syria from transferring sophisticated weapons to its ally Hezbollah. According to Israel Breaking News, it is possible that the IDF were targeting an arsenal of S-3000 rockets, although with Israel unwilling to confirm it launched the attack in the first place, it would be difficult to get confirmation.
The Syrian Army General Command is expected to release a statement soon regarding the Israeli airstrikes.
A Lebanese TV correspondent reported that Israel struck 10 crucial intelligence-linked locations in Syria that belong to Iran. The outlet reported that explosions were heard near the Israeli-Lebanese border, allegedly the result of IDF maneuvers.
The IAF has struck Syria several times since the start of the three-year conflict, mostly destroying weaponry such as missiles that Israeli officials said were destined for their longtime foe Hezbollah in neighboring Lebanon..
The two-state solution is the only path to peace, US Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday in Washington, less than 24 hours after Economy Minister Naftali Bennett dismissed that as unrealistic.
Without referring directly to Bennett, Kerry said that he was well aware that for many people in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, “the idea of real peace sounds dubious at best, and impossible to many.”
But, he added, he could not stress enough “how strongly the United States flat out rejects the notion that peace is a pipe dream.
In fact, the need for a two-state solution is stronger now than it was a year ago.”
Filed under “it’s funny coz it’s not funny.” The State Department’s Jen Psaki appears to forget her mic is hot following the most cryptic piece of propagandist misinformation regarding the acquittal of Egypt’s ex-leader Hosni Mubarak… “that was ridiculous”
Mostafa Ahmed Awwad, 35, (photo above) of Yorktown, Va., was arrested Friday on an FBI affidavit that reads like it came from a Tom Clancy novel. Federal prosecutors in Virginia say that during his conversations with the undercover, Awwad arranged to use a dead-drop location along a secluded hiking trail to pass secrets about the Ford, which is being built in Virginia for delivery to the Navy in 2016.
Retired rear admiral Fred Metz, head of the Navy’s carrier and air station program until 1991, told the paper its bad enough for the schematics of any Navy vessel to be given away. “But it’s worse to give away the Ford’s,” he said. “There is a whole lot of new technology on it we haven’t seen before.”
Who says macroprudential regulation doesn’t work: according to the BIS, notional amounts of outstanding OTC derivatives contracts fell by 3% to “only” $691 trillion at end-June 2014. This is also roughly equal to the total derivative notional outstanding just before the Lehman collapse, when global central banks volunteered taxpayers to pump a few trillion in capital to meet global variation margin calls. Clearly the system, in the immortal words of Jim Cramer, is “fine.”
None of that is a surprise. One place, however, where a brand new source of systemic risk and contagion has emerged, is the massive shift away from dealer counterparties to “other” financial institutions as counterparties. In percentage terms, this has soared from under 50% around the time Goldman crushed its biggest fixed income competitor, Lehman Brothers, to just over 75% today.
it just may indicate that traditional banks are getting the hell out of the derivative dealing market (see Deutsche Bank and CDS) for reason that will soon become apparent. In the meantime, none of this should be of concern to anyone: after all the S&P just had an uptick from its all time highs, so clearly all is centrally-planned, er, well.
the recent Swiss gold referendum that failed last weekend was initiated by the population’s desire to have the Swiss Franc backed in part by gold, and where their central bank would repatriate offshore gold and hold it in reserve in their own vaults. Author Willem Middelkoop, who wrote the book, “THE BIG RESET”, just came out and stated in Belgium: “According to media reports Belgium will start to repatriate foreign held gold reserves. – Harvey Organ, Silver Doctors http://www.examiner.com/article/first-the-dutch-and-now-belgium-appears-to-be-next-central-bank-gold-run London Gold Pool Repeat? Dutch Central Bank, Germany, France’s new presidential front runner and now Belgium all… Just after I reported on the repatriation of 122.5 tonnes of gold by The Netherlands from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (FRBNY) and about the Eurosystem allocating as much of its gold reserves as possible – a global run on gold which can only be seen in advance of a reform of the international monetary system, the next Eurosystem member has come forward, Belgium.
So we have to do again with the mysterious death of someone important in the financial world. A thoroughly successful professional who is found dead in the North Sea. Murder or suicide? Geert Tack voluntarily crept in the icy waters of the North Sea or was he given a helping hand by someone?
The U.S. economy, despite rosy characterizations by President Obama recently, is still abysmal for far too many Americans who are still struggling to make ends meet, put food on the table and remain in their homes — a condition that will only worsen with the president’s recent executive amnesty, “legalizing” millions of illegal aliens.