Published on May 19, 2012
Thanks to L.
Published on May 19, 2012
Thanks to L.
Wed Mar 11, 2015 11:17PM
Iran’s parliament (Majlis) speaker says the country’s assisting Iraq to fight the ISIL prevented the terrorist group from invading other countries in the region.
If Iran had not helped Iraq, ISIL would have invaded countries in the region too, Ali Larijani said at a press conference held at the end of his visit to Qatar on Wednesday.
“Iran stood in the face of the ISIL to help Iraq and also the (other) countries of the region, although the main responsibility rested on the shoulders of the people of the country,” he said.
The ISIL currently controls parts of Iraq and Syria. It started its campaign of terror in Iraq in early June 2014. The heavily-armed militants took control of Mosul before sweeping through parts of the country’s Sunni Arab heartland.
Iran has repeatedly stressed that it will not interfere militarily in Iraq and Syria, but that it will continue to provide support for both countries against ISIL in the form of defense consultation and humanitarian aid.
Iraq’s President Fuad Masum and First Vice President Nouri al-Maliki have acknowledged Tehran’s assistance in the anti-terror campaign.
The visit saw the senior Iranian official meeting with Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Foreign Minister Khalid bin Mohammad Al Attiyah, and Chairman of the Qatari Consultative Assembly Mohammed bin Mubarak al-Khulaifi.
Meeting with the Qatari foreign minister, Larijani said, “The Islamic Republic of Iran treats the Qatari emir’s observations regarding the regional issues as positive and is after the expansion of cooperation based on mutual respect.”
“The establishment of security and development in the Middle East region would materialize through the assistance of all the regional countries,” the Iranian official added.
The Qatari official said what the countries shared was more than what they differed on and that they had to take steps towards the development of bilateral relations based on common ground.
Larijani said Iran’s nuclear talks with the P5+1 group — Britain, France, China, the United States and Russia plus Germany — have featured progress.
However, he said, “We had to prioritize an intellectual perspective of the talks over a business-minded one.”
Iran and the P5+1 are seeking to seal a comprehensive nuclear deal by July 1. The two sides have already missed two self-imposed deadlines for inking a final agreement since they signed an interim one in the Swiss city of Geneva in November 2013.
Although it has some confidence in Ukraine’s latest truce, NATO is unaware to what destination the Ukrainian military and the independence fighters have withdrawn their heavy weapons.
“We have seen the withdrawal of some heavy weapons, but it’s unclear to what destination,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stated at a joint press briefing with the Supreme Allied Commander Europe, General Philip Breedlove in Brussels.
“The ceasefire seems to be holding, but it remains fragile. It must be respected,” he added.
The Alliance, however, claims it continues “to defend all Allies against any threats” and is flexing muscles in Europe. For the purpose, it is currently staging NATO maritime exercises in the Black Sea.
In a separate move, the United States is sending 3,000 troops and equipment to the Baltic region for training.
Latvia has confirmed that more than 120 armored units, including tanks, have arrived from the US.
NATO claims that its measures are defensive, proportionate, and in line with NATO’s international commitments.
If you haven’t heard Nigel Farage before, you’re in for an interesting ‘listen’! ~J
Personally, I don’t think Gordon Duff or anyone else should be DEMANDING anything from President Putin! Is this the way to enlist Putin’s help?
What Putin ‘knows’ or has on the war mongers in D.C. is his to use wisely in the interests of his country — first, exactly as he has stated. Then, I believe his intention is also in this process to help rid the planet of these criminals, but he must look at a far larger picture than Gordon Duff appears to understand. Does Duff really have any in-depth understanding of the man —and what he is contending with — of whom he makes this request? I have to wonder.
Surely, President Putin has his finger on the pulse. Why then isn’t he releasing these documents? Could it be that he is holding the war mongers in check with this information until the situation is as close to perfect as possible? Is he using these documents to hold things together until the preparations and infrastructure to support the new financial system are in place? Surely, Putin is very aware that huge numbers of people are dying, that others’ lives are being completely destroyed, but at the same time Putin must also be aware that if he should act precipitously, the results for humanity and our planet could be catastrophic.
While I understand Gordon’s plea, again, I wonder if he understands the master with whom he is dealing. I have watched President Putin masterfully maneuver to keep his country and the planet out of war, and I think I’m going to allow him to play his own game! I think Putin will make his move at exactly the right time. ~J
PS * Please see my brief comment on a Related Post below.
March 10, 2015
President of the Russian Federation
23, Ilyinka Street,
Moscow, 103132, Russia.
Political divides within the US now clearly threaten world peace. Pro-Israeli factions within the US are working, not only to sabotage a nuclear settlement with Iran but go much further. Recent lapses in judgement and decorum by General Breedlove of NATO, covert US aid to ISIS/ISIL and moves by certain US factions in support of terrorist factions in Libya and across Africa have raised the stakes.
We at Veterans Today, in consultation with staff members and unlisted associates, some former Soviet and Russian intelligence officials known to you, are aware that the intelligence services of the Russian Federation have files in their possession, some kept for many years, that should now be made available. As our initial request, we ask for the following documents we know to be in Russian keeping
These are only a small percentage of the materials you have available, materials that, quite frankly, will not be of value if world events continue their current levels of deterioration.
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Nobody is going to want to hear this, but everything I’ve been reading and learning is pointing towards a financial collapse in America that occurs at the end of this year, or into the next. First of all, Putin, China, the BRICS, etc. do not yet have their financial infrastructure in place, and we are hearing this finally will be done by the end of the year. Secondly, I published an article, Zerohedge: The Global Dollar Funding Shortage Is Back With A Vengeance And “This Time It’s Different” in which a scenario was described, a scenario of collapse that the dollar is apparently locked into with no way out, but not for at least three to six months. Because a long time ago, I also gleaned the info that the Euro (EU) will collapse first, I’m wondering if we are now preparing to watch the collapse of the EU, before it all comes home to America. . . As always, of course anything can happened, but I think we are also watching a very carefully controlled demolition in order to prevent as much loss of life as possible, and if we are lucky the best, safest scenario will occur — even if it takes longer than we may like. ~J
Is this the end of the last great run for the U.S. stock market? Are we witnessing classic “peaking behavior” that is similar to what occurred just before other major stock market crashes? Throughout 2014 and for the early stages of 2015, stocks have been on quite a tear. Even though the overall U.S. economy continues to be deeply troubled, we have seen the Dow, the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq set record after record. But no bull market lasts forever – particularly one that has no relation to economic reality whatsoever.
This false bubble of financial prosperity has been enjoyable, and even I wish that it could last much longer. But there comes a time when we all must face reality, and the cold, hard facts are telling us that this party is about to end. The following are 7 signs that a stock market peak is happening right now…
#1 Just before a stock market crash, price/earnings ratios tend to spike, and that is precisely what we are witnessing. The following commentary and chart come from Lance Roberts…
The chart below shows Dr. Robert Shiller’s cyclically adjusted P/E ratio. The problem is that current valuations only appear cheap when compared to the peak in 2000. In order to put valuations into perspective, I have capped P/E’s at 30x trailing earnings. The dashed orange line measures 23x earnings which has been the level where secular bull markets have previously ended. I have noted the peak valuations in periods that have exceeded that 30x earnings.
At 27.85x current earning the markets are currently at valuation levels where previous bull markets have ended rather than continued. Furthermore, the markets have exceeded the pre-financial crisis peak of 27.65x earnings. If earnings continue to deteriorate, market valuations could rise rapidly even if prices remain stagnant.
#2 The average bull market lasts for approximately 3.8 years. The current bull market has already lasted for six years.
#4 Usually before a stock market crash we see a divergence between the relative strength index and the stock market itself. This happened prior to the bursting of the dotcom bubble, it happened prior to the crash of 2008, and it is happening again right now…
The first technical warning sign that we should heed is marked by a significant divergence between the relative strength index (RSI) and the market itself. This is noted by a declining pattern of lower highs in the RSI as stocks continue to make higher highs, a sign that the market is “topping out”. In the late ‘90s this divergence persisted for many years as the tech bubble reached epic valuation levels. In 2007 this divergence lasted over a much shorter period (6 months) before the market finally peaked and succumbed to massive selling. With last month’s strong rally to new records, we now have a confirmed divergence between the long-term relative strength index and the market’s price action.
#6 As I have discussed previously, we usually witness a spike in 10 year Treasury yields just about the time that the stock market is peaking right before a crash.
Well, according to Business Insider, we just saw the largest 5 week rate rally in two decades…
Lots of guys and gals went home this past weekend thinking about the implications of the recent rise in the 10-year Treasury bond’s yield.
Chris Kimble notes it was the biggest 5-week rate rally in twenty years!
#7 A lot of momentum indicators seem to be telling us that we are rapidly approaching a turning point for stocks. For example, James Stack, the editor of InvesTech Research, says that the Coppock Guide is warning us of “an impending bear market on the not-too-distant horizon”…
A momentum indicator dubbed the Coppock Guide, which serves as “a barometer of the market’s emotional state,” has also peaked, Stack says. The indicator, which, “tracks the ebb and flow of equity markets from one psychological extreme to another,” is also flashing a warning flag.
The Coppock Guide’s chart pattern is flashing a “double top,” which suggests that “psychological excesses are present” and that “secondary momentum has peaked” in this bull market, according to Stack.
“All of this is just another reason for concern about an impending bear market on the not-too-distant horizon,” Stack writes.
So if we are to see a stock market crash soon, when will it happen?
Well, the truth is that nobody knows for certain.
It could happen this week, or it could be six months from now.
In fact, a whole lot of people are starting to point to the second half of 2015 as a danger zone. For example, just consider the words of David Morgan…
“Momentum is one indicator and the money supply. Also, when I made my forecast, there is a big seasonality, and part of it is strict analytical detail and part of it is being in this market for 40 years. I got a pretty good idea of what is going on out there and the feedback I get. . . . I’m in Europe, I’m in Asia, I’m in South America, I’m in Mexico, I’m in Canada; and so, I get a global feel, if you will, for what people are really thinking and really dealing with. It’s like a barometer reading, and I feel there are more and more tensions all the time and less and less solutions. It’s a fundamental take on how fed up people are on a global basis. Based on that, it seems to me as I said in the January issue of the Morgan Report, September is going to be the point where people have had it.”
Time will tell if Morgan was right.
But without a doubt, lots of economic warning signs are starting to pop up.
One that is particularly troubling is the decline in new orders for consumer goods. This is something that Charles Hugh-Smith pointed out in one of his recent articles…
The financial news is astonishingly rosy: record trade surpluses in China, positive surprises in Europe, the best run of new jobs added to the U.S. economy since the go-go 1990s, and the gift that keeps on giving to consumers everywhere, low oil prices.
So if everything is so fantastic, why are new orders cratering? New orders are a snapshot of future demand, as opposed to current retail sales or orders that have been delivered.
Posted below is a chart that he included with his recent article. As you can see, the only time things have been worse in recent decades was during the depths of the last financial crisis…
To me, it very much appears that time is running out for this bubble of false prosperity that we have been living in.
I will be back in a bit. I’m trying to break things up so I’m not sitting at a computer for hours.
Also, yesterday some of you couldn’t leave comments. There was a problem with them, and last night I found over 240 of them in my junk mailbox. :)