!!!!! Iran war rhetoric and the ‘Trump-ordered’ dawn raid in Yemen: WWIII isn’t ‘coming’ – It’s happening NOW, by Niall Bradley. . . this article tells the story of ‘how! . (It’s long, but don’t let that stop you — allow the author to lay the groundwork and give you the background.) You can read just part of the positive conclusion below. It goes way beyond PCR’s fearful words (article below)! Way beyond. It will blow you away! I don’t know how I missed this article. If correct — and I believe it is, it makes the next four articles moot!
What is unfolding in Yemen – and Syria, and Iraq, and elsewhere – is that the US is gradually being forced out of the Middle East, thanks to a set of coordinated moves by Russia, China and Iran. Envisioning ‘World War III’ as a ‘grand spectacle’ between great powers that ends in nuclear holocaust keeps people in fear and ‘on side’, distracting them from the ugly business of divvying up the planet’s natural (including human) resources, and the real day-to-day horrors this brings to places like Yemen and Libya and Syria. It’s not winner-takes-all ‘world war’; it’s risk-assessed proxy warfare. Non-western countries have learned the (until recently) hidden rules of the game; and they’re in the process of applying those rules to turn the tables on the Empire.
[…] It is also part of a broader strategy to tempt Russia towards closer relations with the US/EU while sacrificing its growing close relations with China, viewed by Trump, as it was by Obama and Clinton, as the chief obstacle to the U.S. dominant global leadership. As a critical part of the deal, Russia is expected to accede to sacrifice its budding alliance with Iran.
Now the human drama watch begins; will Putin cave in to the demands of the West to renounce his allies in exchange for the improved relation and the dropping of sanctions?
The West has in hand some very powerful means of persuasion, including increased Russian access to the huge European energy market, restored western financial credit, access to Western technology, and a seat at the global decision-making table, all of which Russia badly needs and wants. Consider that three Russian proposed natural gas pipelines to Europe have been stalled since sanctions were imposed over Ukraine, leaving billions of dollars on the table.
Foreshadowing all of this was a news leak late last year in Germany’s Bild Zeitung, that Kissinger has drafted a plan to officially recognize Crimea as part of Russia and lift the Obama administration’s economic sanctions.
What this means for Russia, just now emerging from nearly two years of recession, is a possible return to prosperity, an offer that any national leader would find hard to resist.
Putin’ supporters refuse to believe that the strong-minded autocrat will turn against his EurAsian friends, particularly China given the signed momentous multi-billion dollar energy deals with Russia, as well as Russia’s central position in the roll-out of the China’s enormous Silk Road project.
The problem for Russia is that the opportunities for participation in Chinese Silk Road ventures require heavy upfront investment with profits only linked to a distant future, while the Russian government budget is in dire need now. Instead, the Western promises, for example, such as pipelines, can be built in one year on already existing and ongoing projects with the EU, with guaranteed financing and payoffs.
Russia’s also understands that despite its emerging friendship with Iran, Iran is also the single strongest competitor to Russia for the European and Asian energy markets.
What are the signs that Putin may accede to the new deal?
Sott Comment: There’s a flurry of Middle East meetings: Trump hails Erdogan as strategic partner and NATO ally
Equally, Turkey announced on Tuesday that the first session of the Turkish-Saudi Arabian bilateral coordination council in Ankara on Thursday would bring the Saudi Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir to the Turkish capital. Al-Jubeir is expected to meet Erdogan. (By the way, Erdogan is also due to travel to Saudi Arabia in the weekend.) Now, consider the following:
- Trump calls King Salman of Saudi Arabia and the Crown Prince of UAE Sheikh Zayid on January 29;
- NSA Michael Flynn comes out with his famous statement on Iran in February 1;
- Trump meets King Abdullah of Jordan on February 2;
- NSA Flynn makes a second threatening statement on Iran on February 3;
- Trump calls Erdogan on Feb 7;
- Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir visits Ankara on February 7-8;
- CIA chief Mike Pompeo to meet Erdogan in Ankara on February 9;
- Erdogan is due to travel to Saudi Arabia in the weekend.
It won’t require much ingenuity to connect the dots and figure out what the surge of diplomatic activity relates to. It’s Iran, stupid!
Much of the public is eager for the impeachment of President Trump. A poll last week found that 40 percent of Americans already “support” impeaching him, and the same survey — by highly regarded Public Policy Polling — found that another 12 percent are “not sure.”
From the outset of his presidency, Trump has been violating the U.S. Constitution in a way that we have not seen before and should not tolerate. It’s time for members of Congress to get the impeachment process underway.
The media, Steve Bannon and the second civil war. . . for those who are busy, this to the-point article may well define Steven Bannon and Trump, as well. If true, they are both frightfully out of touch with reality!
The entire system is pushing everyone toward chaos, repeating the word ad nauseum, stirring people up into an all-out left-right frenzy.
So many people are just blithely talking about a new civil war… like this is the new normal now.
Well yesterday The Guardian actually posted an op-ed by Paul Mason titled, Trump’s advisers want a new civil war – we must not let them have it where he wrote about how Newt Gingrich and Steve Bannon are engaging in “dangerous fantasies” about how America is at war.
But Gingrich isn’t really the point of the article. The main focus is on Trump’s chief strategist Bannon.
Here’s the gist:
Donald J. Trump and The Deep State, by Prof. Peter Dale Scott. . . a fascinating article that demonstrates the many complexities of our situation.
When it comes to mindless excess in the war on terror, it is difficult to compete with the 70+ fusion centers bankrolled by the Department of Homeland Security. They began to be set up around the nation shortly after 9/11 as federal-state-local partnerships to better track terrorist threats. But the centers have been a world-class boondoggle from the start
Fusion centers do a far better job of stoking paranoia than of catching terrorists. Various fusion centers have attached the “extremist” tag to gun-rights activists, anti-immigration zealots, and individuals and groups “rejecting federal authority in favor of state or local authority” — even though many of the Founding Fathers shared the same creed. A 2012 DHS report went even further, stating that being “reverent of individual liberty” is one of the traits of potential right-wing terrorists. Such absurd standards help explain why the federal terrorist watchlist now contains more than a million names.
Federal management is so slipshod that a 2012 Senate investigation found that the federal estimates of spending on fusion centers varied by more than 400 percent — ranging from $289 million to $1.4 billion. A DHS internal report found that 4 of 72 fusion centers did not actually exist, but that did not deter DHS officials from continuing to exaggerate the number of such centers. The Washington Post highlighted a few of the dubious findings: “More than $2 million was spent on a center for Philadelphia that never opened. In Ohio, officials used the money to buy rugged laptop computers and then gave them to a local morgue. San Diego officials bought 55 flat-screen televisions to help them collect ‘open-source intelligence’ — better known as cable television news.”
According to the Wash Times, citing one U.S. official directly involved in the transfers, a roughly $300 million precision-guided missile technology package for Riyadh and a multibillion-dollar F-16 deal for Bahrain are now in the pipeline ready for clearance from the new administration. The deals, if approved, would send a clear signal about the “priorities of the new administration.” For one it would suggest that Saudi Arabia is once again a clear beneficiary of US weapons exports, which would suggest that the proxy war in Yemen, fought largely with US-made weapons, will continue. The source spin is that the US delivery is meant to help defend the Saudis from potential ISIS terrorist threats, as well as concerns about Iran.
“These are significant sales for key allies in the Gulf who are facing the threat from Iran and who can contribute to the fight against the Islamic State,” said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. “Whereas the Obama administration held back on these, they’re now in the new administration’s court for a decision — and I would anticipate the decision will be to move forward.”
If confirmed, it would suggest that contrary to expectations of a military de-escalation in the middle east, the Trump administration will contribute further US military involvement, both direct and indirect, in the region. Already Trump has vowed to create “safe zones” in Syria, a decision which critics have blasted as assuring even more US troops are sent into harm’s way.
[…] So yes, both gasoline stocks and supply remains at extremely high levels, but what set off alarm bells is not supply, but demand: the EIA last week reported that the 4-week average of gasoline supplied – or implied gasoline demand – in the United States was 8.2 million barrels per day, the lowest since February 2012. And, as Reuters adds, U.S. refiners are now facing the prospects of weakening gasoline demand for the first time in five years.
Unlike excess supply, which may have numerous factors, when it comes to a plunge in end product demand the implication can beonly one: the US consumer is very ill, especially when considering that gasoline use has grown every year since 2012, despite fears that demand has topped out amid the growth of fuel efficient cars, urbanization and a graying population.
Authoritarians At The Gate: How One High School Is Ripping Its Community Apart . . . now, for many, s coming closer to home.
We strongly advise you to put down all sharp objects before reading the following…
Not since the Vietnam War have I seen as much strife and personal hostility within an otherwise friendly community.
Thank the administration of New Trier High School in north suburban Chicago. This story is about the madness on college campuses now being crammed down into a public high school. More importantly, it’s about an angry brawl now growing rapidly.
Oblivious to how identity politics have divided the country, the school is holding an attendance-mandatory All-School Seminar Day with the stated goal of “understanding today’s struggle for racial civil rights.”
That sounds fine, but the problem is that it serves no such goal. The agenda is brazenly and unquestionably one-sided, divisive, political and radically left. Understanding civil rights, as New Trier sees it, doesn’t mean challenging students to sort through competing ideas. It means force-fed dogma.[…]The newspaper interviewed Tatyana Koryagina, a senior research fellow in the Institute of Macroeconomic Researches subordinated to the Russian Ministry of Economic Development (Minekonom) on the subject of a recent conference concerning the fate of the U.S. economy:
[…] Koryagina: The known history of civilization is merely the visible part of the iceberg. There is a shadow economy, shadow politics and also a shadow history, known to conspirologists.
There are [unseen] forces acting in the World, unstoppable for [most powerful] countries and even continents.
Ashley Mote (EU):
“Mr President, I wish to draw your attention to the Global Security Fund, set up in the early 1990s under the auspices of Jacob Rothschild.
“This is a Brussels-based fund and it is no ordinary fund: it does not trade, it is not listed and it has a totally different purpose. It is being used for geopolitical engineering purposes, apparently under the guidance of the intelligence services.”
“I have previously asked about the alleged involvement of the European Union’s own intelligence resources in the management of slush funds in offshore accounts, and I still await a reply. To that question I now add another: what are the European Union’s connections to the Global Security Fund and what relationship does it have with European Union institutions?
“Recently, Ashley Mote of the European Union (EU) asked this volatile question in a public EU meeting, a question never answered, as Mr. Mote, merely by asking this question, was immediately scratched from the White House Christmas card list and placed on its top ten hit list.
The Illuminati’s cash cow, grazing freely on the World wide pasture of greenbacks, isn’t called “Elsie” but instead is called the Global Security Fund, a name actually meaning in the secret cult’s language Global Terrorist Fund.
In simple terms, it’s a gigantic illegal trust fund, estimated by undercover overseas financial investigators at 65 trillion dollars, set-up for “Illuminati rainy days” and established when it is desperately needed in a pinch for bribery, assassinations and sponsoring World wide terrorist activities to divert attention from their banking mafia.
Although the fund is cloaked in secrecy and made possible by the Western civilization’s Federal Reserve banking system, investigators trying to pry into the Illuminati’s secret treasure trove have uncovered some interesting facts.
Shut it! West’s free speech challenges are sign of systemic insecurity, by Finian Cunningham
Former Defense Secretary William Cohen told RT’s Larry King what he thinks of President Trump’s Cabinet picks, why he is uncomfortable with the president’s decision making, and what he thinks of putting Iran on notice.
Despite thousands of civilians killed in Yemen by the Saudi-led coalition, the UK is continuing to supply the Saudis with arms – a fundamentally wrong policy that the British people will not benefit from, says Bahraini political activist Saeed al-Shehabi.
The EU should lift sanctions against the Syrian government and fight the real enemy, and that is ISIS, said Belgian MEP Filip Dewinter. He added it’s a shame Europeans are doing nothing to solve the humanitarian crisis in Syria.
Widely used pesticides and insecticides, climate change, and introduced species are factors for bumblebees as well as other species of bees being endangered, Mark Floegel, beekeeper & Greenpeace research director, told RT America’s Anya Parampil.