July 25, 2014

ANALYSIS - Is Washington Escalating Orchestrated Ukrainian “Crisis” to War?


The following article was written by Dr. Paul Craig Roberts . For those of you who are unaware, Mr. Roberts was US Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy and he was also an associate editor of the Wall Street Journal. In his latest post he is very critical of Washington and certain US politicians who suddenly presented a new bill aimed at preventing, what they claim, is further aggression by Russia towards Ukraine. And all this during a period when the US and Ukraine have yet to produce any evidence proving the Russian involvement in the destruction of the Malaysian airliner two weeks ago, pr towards the security of Europe. He even goes as far as saying that the new bill comprises a declaration of war. While he notes that these provocative moves are presented as necessary by Washington war mongers to counter Russian aggression for which there is still no evidence.

Here is the article, enjoy

Despite the conclusion by US intelligence that there is no evidence of Russian involvement in the destruction of the Malaysian airliner and all lives onboard, Washington is escalating the crisis and shepherding it toward war.

Twenty-two US senators have introduced into the 113th Congress, Second Session, a bill, S.2277, “To prevent further Russian aggression toward Ukraine and other sovereign states in Europe and Eurasia, and for other purposes.”

https://beta.congress.gov/113/bills/s2277/BILLS-113s2277is.pdf

The bill is before the Committee on Foreign Relations.

Note that prior to any evidence of any Russian aggression, there are already 22 senators lined up in behalf of preventing further Russian aggression.

Accompanying this preparatory propaganda move to create a framework for war, hot or cold with Russia, NATO commander General Philip Breedlove announced his plan for a deployment of massive military means in Eastern Europe that would permit lightening responses against Russia in order to protect Europe from Russian aggression.

There we have it again: Russian Aggression. Repeat it enough and it becomes real.

The existence of “Russian aggression” is assumed, not demonstrated.

Neither Breedlove nor the senators make any reference to Russian war plans for an attack on Europe or any other countries. There are no references to Russian position papers and documents setting forth a Russian expansionist ideology or a belief declared by Moscow that Russians are “exceptional, indispensable people” with the right to exercise hegemony over the world.

No evidence is presented that Russia has infiltrated the communication systems of the entire world for spy purposes.

There is no evidence that Putin has Obama’s or Obama’s daughters’ private cell phone conversations or that Russia downloads US corporate secrets for the benefit of Russian businesses.

Nevertheless, the NATO commander and US senators see an urgent need to create blitzkrieg capability for NATO on Russia’s borders.

Senate bill 2277 consists of three titles: “Reinvigorating the Nato Alliance,” “Deterring Further Russian Aggression in Europe,” and “Hardening Ukraine and other European and Eurasian States Against Russian Aggression.”

Who do you think wrote this bill?

Hint: it wasn’t the senators or their staffs.

Title I - deals with strengthening US force posture in Europe and Eurasia and strengthening the NATO alliance, with accelerating the construction of ABM (anti-ballistic missile) bases on Russia’s borders so as to degrade the Russian strategic nuclear deterrent, and to provide more money for Poland and the Baltic states and strengthen US-German cooperation on global security issues, that is, to make certain that the German military is incorporated as part of the US empire military force.

Title II - is about confronting “Russian aggression in Europe” with sanctions and with financial and diplomatic “support for Russian democracy and civil society organizations,” which means to pump billions of dollars into NGOs (non-governmental organizations) that can be used to destabilize Russia in the way that Washington used the NGOs it funded in Ukraine to overthrow the elected government. For 20 years Russian government negligence permitted Washington to organize fifth columns inside Russia that pose as human rights organizations, etc.

Title III - deals with military and intelligence assistance for Ukraine, putting Ukraine, Georgia, and Moldova on a NATO track, expediting US natural gas exports in order to erase European and Eurasian energy dependence on Russia, preventing recognition of Crimea as again a part of Russia, expanding broadcasting (propaganda) into Russian areas, and again “support for democracy and civil society organizations in countries of the former Soviet Union,” which means to use money to subvert the Russian federation.

However you look at this, it comprises a declaration of war. Moreover, these provocative and expensive moves are presented as necessary to counter Russian aggression for which there is no evidence.

How do we characterize a bill that is not merely thoughtless, unnecessary, and dangerous, but also more Orwellian than Orwell?

I am open to suggestions.

Ukraine as it currently exists is an ahistorical state with artificial boundaries. Ukraine presently consists of part of what was once a larger entity plus former Russian provinces added to the Ukrainian Soviet Republic by Soviet leaders. When the Soviet Union collapsed and Russia permitted Ukraine’s independence, under US pressure Russia mistakenly permitted Ukraine to take with it the former Russian provinces.

When Washington executed its coup in Kiev last year, the Russophobes who grabbed power began threatening in word and deed the Russian populations in eastern and southern Ukraine.

The Crimeans voted to reunite with Russia and were accepted.
This reunification was grossly misrepresented by Western propaganda. When other former Russian provinces voted likewise, the Russian government, kowtowing to Western propaganda, did not grant their requests.

Instead, Russian president Putin called for Kiev and the former Russian provinces to work out an agreement that would keep the provinces within Ukraine.

Kiev and its Washington master did not listen.

Instead, Kiev launched military attacks on the provinces and was conducting bombing attacks on the provinces at the moment the Malaysian airliner was downed.

Washington and its European vassals have consistently misrepresented the situation in Ukraine and denied their responsibility for the violence, instead placing all blame on Russia. But it is not Russia that is conducting bombing raids and attacking provinces with troops, tanks, and artillery.

Just as Israel’s current military assault against Palestinian civilians fails to evoke criticism from Washington, European governments, and the Western media, Kiev’s assault on the former Russian provinces goes unreported and uncriticized.

Indeed, it appears that few Americans are even aware that Kiev is attacking civilian areas of the provinces that wish to return to their mother country.

Sanctions should be imposed on Kiev, from which the military violence originates. Instead, Kiev is receiving financial and military support, and sanctions are placed on Russia which is not militarily involved in the situation.

When the outbreak of violence against the former Russian provinces began, the Russian Duma voted Putin the power to intervene militarily. Instead of using this power, Putin requested that the Duma rescind the power, which the Duma did. Putin preferred to deal with the problem diplomatically in a reasonable and unprovocative manner.

Putin has received neither respect nor appreciation for encouraging a non-violent resolution of the unfortunate Ukrainian situation created by Washington’s coup against a democratically elected government that was only months away from a chance to elect a different government.

The sanctions that Washington has applied and that Washington is pressuring its European puppets to join send the wrong information to Kiev. It tells Kiev that the West approves and encourages Kiev’s determination to resolve its differences with the former Russian provinces with violence rather than with negotiation.

This means war will continue, and that is clearly Washington’s intent. The latest reports are that US military advisors will soon be in Ukraine to aid the conquest of the former Russian provinces that are in revolt.

The presstitute nature of the Western media ensures that the bulk of the American and European populations will remain in the grip of Washington’s anti-Russian propaganda.

At some point the Russian government will have to face the fact that it doesn’t have “Western partners.”

Russia has Western enemies who are being organized to isolate Russia, to injure Russia economically and diplomatically, to surround Russia militarily, to destabilize Russia by calling the American-funded NGOs into the streets, and in the absence of a coup that installs an American puppet in Moscow to attack Russia with nuclear weapons.

I respect Putin’s reliance on diplomacy and good will in the place of force. The problem with Putin’s approach is that Washington has no good will, so there is no reciprocity.

Washington has an agenda.

Europe consists of captive nations, and these nations are without leaders capable of breaking free of Washington’s agenda.

I hope that I am wrong, but I think Putin has miscalculated.

If Putin had accepted the former Russian provinces requests to reunite with Russia, the conflict in Ukraine would be over. I am certain that Europe would not have joined Washington in any invasion with the purpose of recovering for Ukraine former provinces of Russia herself.

When Washington says that Putin is responsible for downing the Malaysian airliner, Washington is correct in a way that Washington doesn’t suspect.

Had Putin completed the task begun with Crimea and reunited the Russian provinces with Russia, there would have been no war during which an airliner could have been downed, whether by accident or as a plot to demonize Russia.

Ukraine has no capability of confronting Russia militarily and had no alternative to accepting the reunification of the Russian territories.

Europe would have witnessed a decisive Russian decision and would have put a great distance between itself and Washington’s provocative agenda. This European response would have precluded Washington’s ability to gradually escalate the crisis by gradually turning the temperature higher without the European frog jumping out of the pot.

In its dealings with Washington Europe has grown accustomed to the efficacy of bribes, threats, and coercion. Captive nations are inured to diplomacy’s impotence.

Europeans see diplomacy as the weak card played by the weak party. And, of course, all the Europeans want money, which Washington prints with abandon.

Russia and China are disadvantaged in their conflict with Washington. Russia and China have emerged from tyranny. People in both countries were influenced by American cold war propaganda. Both countries have educated people who think that America has freedom, democracy, justice, civil liberty, economic wellbeing and is a welcoming friend of other countries that want the same thing.

This is a dangerous delusion.

Washington has an agenda.

Washington has put in place a police state to suppress its own population, and Washington believes that history has conveyed the right to Washington to exercise hegemony over the world.
Last year President Obama declared to the world that he sincerely believes that America is the exceptional nation on whose leadership the world depends.

In other words, all other countries and peoples are unexceptional.

Their voices are unimportant.

Their aspirations are best served by Washington’s leadership.

Those who disagree–Russia, China, Iran, and the new entity ISIL–are regarded by Washington as obstacles to history’s purpose.

Anything, whether an idea or a country, that is in the way of Washington is in the way of History’s Purpose and must be run over.

In the late 18th and early 19th centuries Europe faced the determination of the French Revolution to impose Liberty, Equality, Fraternity upon Europe. Today Washington’s ambition is larger. The ambition is to impose Washington’s hegemony on the entire world.

Unless Russia and China submit, this means war.

paulcraigroberts.org


Kurdistan President to Iraqi Christians: "We will live & die together"


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Kurdistan Regional President Massoud Barzani has made an impassioned statement to all Iraqi Christians in the wake of their forced migration from Mosul. He tells Iraqi Christians not to think about immigration abroad, stating that the Kurdistan Region will stand against the terrorists and protect their land and lives.

Barzani reiterated his support for the Christian community of Mosul who has recently been subjected to a number of acts of violence in the hands of the ISIS terrorists.

Barzani stated that the Kurdistan Region will continue to support the fleeing Christians and will utterly condemn the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS) acts of terrorism against the Christians of the Nineveh plains.
     “We will all either die together or we will live together with dignity,” said Barzani.

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OECD: Alcohol Consumption Below Average In Greece


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Most of you might be shocked with the following story, but we decided to publish it here on HellasFrappe because we are seriously concerned about the mental well being of some officials at OECD.

Contrary to the stereotypical depiction of Greeks who do nothing more than drink and dance the Zorba all night, an OECD report on health in 2013 apparently shows that alcohol consumption in Greece is bellow average figures.

The study, according to Greek press reports, reveals that the average person in Greece consumes no more than 8.2 liters of alcoholic beverages per year, when the OECD member-state average is 9.4 liters. The study apparently points out that since 1990 there has been a significant reduction of some 23% in alcohol consumption in Greece – which it notes is one of the greatest in the styd.

Furthermore, at the age of 15, only 25% of boys and 20% of girls admit to have been drunk at least twice in their life, a full 5% less than OECD average scores for both sexes. Binge drinking amongst the younger generation also appears to be a rather uncommon occurrence.

We here at HellasFappe are in the opinion that the OECD should conduct a survey on how much money Greek people spend every week at the supermarket, and turn away from providing us with useless information about alcohol consumption. The only reason we decided to publish the report is based on the various stereotypes about Greeks and their habits. It is pitiful that an organization like the OECD cannot run a report on how six years of austerity and poverty have brought the average Greek family to its knees. It might pride itself on reports such as the above, but we propose that it instead focus on the fact that Greek people are finding it harder and harder to cope with day-to-day life and the high price of foods and services (that its member states sell us).


74% of Germans Against Permanent NATO Bases in Poland & Baltics


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Nearly three quarters of Germans would oppose NATO having permanent NATO military bases in eastern Europe as requested by Poland and the Baltic states because of a perceived threat from Russia, according to a new poll released on Wednesday.

Russia is an important trading partner for Germany and the source of more than a third of its gas - a relationship that has encouraged caution in Chancellor Angela Merkel's response.

But Germans are also have a broader distaste for overseas military actions, as demonstrated by a separate Forsa poll for Stern magazine in which 71 percent of people opposed sending German troops abroad even when diplomacy or sanctions fail.

In the Forsa poll for the Internationale Politik magazine's latest edition due on Friday, 74 percent of people surveyed were against the idea while only 18 percent supported it. Opposition to permanent NATO bases in eastern Europe was higher in former communist eastern Germany, Forsa said.

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Orthodox Monastery Sets Out to Dominate Finnish Whiskey Production


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An Orthodox monastery in Finland is set to become the country's largest whiskey producer, according to local media reports.

The monastery, which is already in the wine-production business, is prepared to invest millions of euros into the construction of a distillery, Finnish MTV News reported Wednesday. It expects to produce 120,000 liters of the spirit annually.

The finished product will be bottled at Finland's historic Hermannin Winery, the oldest in the country.

Bottles of Valaam Whiskey will reach liquor stores in spring 2018.

The spirit will be produced in the New Valaam Monastery in Finland, which was established in 1940 by monks who had been evacuated from their old monastery in Russia's Karelia.

The original Valaam Monastery was occupied by Soviet forces shortly after the evacuation, but was reopened in 1989, and is now frequented by President Vladimir Putin. Unlike the Finnish monastery, it does not produce any alcoholic beverage

Read More at the Moscow Times

NEW BOOK - The Globalization of NATO: Military Doctrine of Global Warfare


The following excerpts are from a new book titled "The Globalization of NATO". The 411 page book, with complete index, which is written from Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya, and published from the Clarity Press (2012), is now available directly from the Global Research news site.

The world is enveloped in a blanket of perpetual conflict. Invasions, occupation, illicit sanctions, and regime change have become currencies and orders of the day. One organization – the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) – is repeatedly, and very controversially, involved in some form or another in many of these conflicts led by the US and its allies.

NATO spawned from the Cold War. Its existence was justified by Washington and Western Bloc politicians as a guarantor against any Soviet and Eastern Bloc invasion of Western Europe, but all along the Alliance served to cement Washington’s influence in Europe and continue what was actually America’s post-World War II occupation of the European continent.

In 1991 the raison d’être of the Soviet threat ended with the collapse of the USSR and the end of the Cold War. Nevertheless NATO remains and continues to alarmingly expand eastward, antagonizing Russia and its ex-Soviet allies.

China and Iran are also increasingly monitoring NATO’s moves as it comes into more frequent contact with them.

Yugoslavia was a turning point for the Atlantic Alliance and its mandate. The organization moved from the guise of a defensive posture into an offensive pose under the pretexts of humanitarianism.

Starting from Yugoslavia, NATO began its journey towards becoming a global military force. From its wars in the Balkans, it began to broaden its international area of operations outside of the Euro-Atlantic zone into the Caucasus, Central Asia, East Africa, the Middle East, North Africa, and the Indian Ocean.

It has virtually turned the Mediterranean Sea into a NATO lake with the NATO Mediterranean Dialogue and the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative, while it seeks to do the same to the Black Sea and gain a strategic foothold in the Caspian Sea region.

The Gulf Security Initiative between NATO and the Gulf Cooperation Council seeks to also dominate the Persian Gulf and to hem in Iran.

Israel has become a de facto member of the military organization.

At the same time, NATO vessels sail the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden. These warships are deployed off the coasts of Somalia, Djibouti, and Yemen as part of NATO’s objectives to create a naval cordon of the seas controlling important strategic waterways and maritime transit routes.

The Atlantic Alliance’s ultimate aim is to fix and fasten the American Empire. NATO has clearly played an important role in complementing the US strategy for dominating Eurasia. This includes the encirclement of Russia, China, Iran, and their allies with a military ring subservient to Washington.

The global missile shield project, the militarization of Japan, the insurgencies in Libya and Syria, the threats against Iran, and the formation of a NATO-like military alliance in the Asia-Pacific region are components of this colossal geopolitical project.

NATO’s globalization, however, is bringing together a new series of Eurasian counter-alliances with global linkages that stretch as far as Latin America. The Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) have been formed by Russia, China, and their allies as shields against the US and NATO and as a means to challenge them.

As the globalization of NATO unfolds the risks of nuclear war become more and more serious with the Atlantic Alliance headed towards a collision course with Russia, China, and Iran that could ignite World War III.



July 24, 2014

GOD HELP US - ISIS Terrorists Order Female Genital Mutilation of 4mln Women in Mosul


Sunni militants from the Islamic State have ordered all girls and women aged 11 to 46 in and around the city of Mosul to undergo female genital mutilation, the UN reported. The potential number of victims is estimated at 4 million.

The shocking news, adding to an already long list of crimes reportedly committed by the militants since the takeover of northern Iraq last month, was broken by UN resident and humanitarian coordinator in Iraq, Jacqueline Badcock.
     "This is something very new for Iraq, particularly in this area, and is of grave concern and does need to be addressed," she told reporters in Geneva by videolink from Arbil on Thursday.
     "This is not the will of Iraqi people, or the women of Iraq in these vulnerable areas covered by the terrorists," she added.
The Islamic State, formerly known as ISIS, has taken over large portions of Iraq with the goal of establishing a fundamentalist Sunni Islamic state in the territories of Iraq and Syria. Since then they have launched a campaign to cleanse ethnic and religious minorities in the territory they control, sending thousands of refugees fleeing for their lives.

Source - RT


BUSTED - Germany's Daimler Being Investigated For Giving Bribes To Greek Officials


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The following article was first published by Makedonia in Greek, was then translated by TPPI and following this it was republished on the PressProject news site.

Greek and German investigators are exploring a case of apparent corruption in the purchase of 29 Mercedes brand articulated buses by the Organisation of Urban Transportation of Thessaloniki (OASTH).

The investigation is part of the wider investigation which began about four years ago and concerns bribes which appear to have been given to numerous state and private company officials in about 22 countries by the German car manufacturer Daimler, maker of Mercedes-Benz vehicles.

The investigation into Daimler began following scrutiny of the global sales practices of the German car manufacturer by the US Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The trigger for the American investigation were allegations of secret accounts and cases of bribery.

The bribes were either paid in cash or in the form of luxury vehicles or even properties, as in the case of a Chinese official who was found with an apartment in Houston.

Daimler admitted that it had paid bribes worth tens of millions to officials of foreign governments and towards executives of private companies in at least 22 countries in order to secure hundreds of millions of dollars worth of sales of its vehicles in the ten year period between 1998-2008.

More specifically, American investigators accused the German company that it was, “involved in the long-standing practice of bribery” in order to secure deals in countries including Russia, China, Turkey, Egypt, Nigeria, Iraq, Hungary, Greece, Latvia, Serbia, Montenegro, Croatia, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Indonesia, Turkmenistan, Thailand and at least five other countries.

The audit of OASTH

Aside from the evidence of the Daimler bribes collected by American investigators which implicated Greece, the case as far as our country is concerned ‘came together’ even further from other findings. According to court sources, the investigation in Greece which has concerned the Greek legal system since 2012, was given a significant boost when an account was identified in a neighbouring country through which it appears money was transferred that was destined for the bribery of state officials and executives of private companies in Balkan countries.

According to reliable information, last October German financial inspectors, accompanied by their Greek counterparts, made a surprise raid on the offices of OASTH. According to the same sources the inspectors demanded all of the files which concerned the purchase of 29 articulated Mercedes buses which were purchased by the organisation in 2007-2008.
     “Indeed Greeks and German inspectors came and asked us for details about that purchase,” the president of OASTH Christos Stefanidis confirmed. He stated that, “that procurement of the buses took place after an international tender which had been announced in 2004.” According to Mr Stefanidis, “The Organisation, beyond that visit by the inspectors, has had no other trouble.”
Mercedes vehicles purchased by the state in Greece include the luxury passenger cars bought by government services, parliament and ministries, military vehicles, trucks, people carriers, waste disposal trucks, fire trucks, and ambulances. For the procurement of these numerous tenders have been issued both at a state and municipal level, as have for their yearly maintenance. Clients of Mercedes of course include OASTH and its counterpart in Athens, OASA.

President Schulz’s stonewall

Following the revelation that the case of the Daimler bribes also concerns our country, the head of the company in Athens was transferred to Thailand while there were also other extensive administrative changes including that of the position of Head of Sales and Marketing.

The issue of German bribes in Greece was raised in the European Parliament by the SYRIZA MEP Nikos Chountis. Last April Mr Chountis asked the European Commission to investigate the bribes which were given in Greece from various companies including Daimler. He also asked the European Commision to explore why Germany was the only country of the EU that had not ratified, “either the Criminal Law Convention on Corruption of the Council of Europe, nor the UN’s Convention against Corruption”, and asked whether “the competent services of the Commission are following the particular case.”
    “To my great surprise I saw, instead of an answer on the part of the Commission, an answer from the offices of [Parliamentary President] Mr Schulz because he deemed that the issue was, ‘beyond the competency and responsibility of the Commission,” Mr Chountis stated to 'Makedonia'.
The Syriza MEP attributed Mr Schulz’s position to the fact that he himself is German and to the fact that at that time (shortly before the European elections) the President of the European Parliament was attempting to secure the support of the German chancellor for the position of the head of the Commission. (Read also TPPI's story regarding the MEP's question and Mr Schulz's answer).

Note that with regards to the bribes Daimler paid towards officials in the US, the German car manufacturer admitted its guilt and settled the case out of court, paying the American government damages worth 185 million dollars. Also of note is the suicide of the then head of Daimler in Nigeria. In Greece the judicial investigation continues.



It’s like 1938: Outbreaks of anti-Semitism on the rise across Europe


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Political and religious leaders apparently told the Daily Mail people of Jewish faith are being attacked and abused on the streets of Germany as though the country were back in the Nazi era. Murderous slogans dating back to the days of Hitler, says the relevant report, have apparently been chanted at pro-Palestinian rallies all across Germany, while in France Jewish-owned shops have been attacked and burned. The article even quoted Israeli ambassador to Germany, Yakov Hadas-Handelsman as saying that Israelis were being pursued in the streets of Berlin… "as if we were in 1938.’ The article troubles us greatly here at HellasFrappe because we do not endorse and/or support violence of any sort. We might not agree with what is happening in Gaza, and we definitely condemn the killing of innocent people there -from both sides-, but we will never side with people who, from their anger, commit violent acts against other people because of their faith, or because of the mistakes of their leaders. (Why can't we all just get along?)

The following is a few highlights from the article itself:
     In Germany, there have been reports of protesters chanting ‘Jews to the gas chambers’. Police in Berlin have banned race-hate slogans that reappeared after being originally used in the days of the Nazis.
    Officers had to protect an Israeli tourist at the weekend after protesters spotted his yarmulke (a small, round cap) and reportedly charged towards him shouting ‘Jew! We’ll get you.’
    Fourteen people were arrested in the western city of Essen on suspicion of planning an attack on a synagogue. The imam of a Berlin mosque is under investigation after allegedly calling on Muslims to murder ‘Zionist Jews’.
    In Paris, hundreds of protesters have attacked synagogues and set fire to shops in the suburb of Sarcelles, nicknamed Little Jerusalem.
    Posters urged anti-Israel demonstrators to join ‘a raid on the Jewish district’, saying: ‘Come equipped  with hammers, fire extinguishers and batons.’
    Witnesses said several hundred youths marched on a synagogue chanting ‘Death to Jews’ and were beaten back by riot police using tear gas. The protesters then targeted a shopping centre, a kosher grocery and a Jewish-owned chemist.
    Dieter Graumann, president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, said the rise in attacks was a terrifying reminder of an era that was thought to be in the distant past.
    He said: ‘We are currently experiencing in this country an explosion of evil and violent hatred of Jews, which shocks and dismays all of us.
    ‘We would never in our lives have thought it possible any more that anti-Semitic views of the nastiest and most primitive kind can be chanted on German streets.’
    Roger Cukierman, of the Representative Council of Jewish Institutions in France, said Jews were living in fear.
    He said: ‘They are not shouting “Death to the Israelis” on the streets of Paris. They are screaming “Death to the Jews”.’
    One long-time resident of Sarcelles, called Laetitia, told the France 24 TV channel: ‘We called our town Little Jerusalem because we felt at home here. We were safe, there were never any problems. And I just wasn’t expecting anything like this. We are very shocked.’
Read the full article titled: It’s like 1938, says Israeli ambassador to Germany: Outbreaks of anti-Semitism on the rise across Europe (Daily Mail)


Greek Municipalities Refuse To Declare Their Employees To State


For three years the Greek state has tried and failed to count the total number of employees in local municipalities. And if the Ministry of the Interior has information about those who work in the central services of municipalities and municipal bodies which function as Legal Public Entities, the same is not the case with the 133 Legal Private Entities of municipalities (out of a total of 693) which refused to participate in the census.

The developmental municipal enterprises refuse to send the information under the excuse that ‘they don’t burden the state budget given that they are chiefly funded through programs’ such as European Structural Funds.

In reality however they are a ‘part’ of the state, given that they receive state funding through the municipal owned shares. At such enterprises it is estimated that 12,000 people are employed of which 6,000 make up the boards which handle the funds as they see fit. It is worthy of note that many of these enterprises should have shut because they are loss making, yet the relevant bodies have not, to this day, proceeded with any of the necessary audits.

And the chaos has no end. Some employees are paid excessively for no reason while others have not been paid for months, some operate under special conditions and others are not listed anywhere, many different types of contracts and means of hiring make up the riddle that the government is trying to solve in local government with meagre results.

Germany Secretly Planning to Join BRICS, Says US Analyst


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Paul Joseph Watson (Infowars) - Financial analyst Jim Willie sensationally claims that Germany is preparing to ditch the unipolar system backed by NATO and the U.S. in favor of joining the BRICS nations, and that this is why the NSA was caught spying on Angela Merkel and other German leaders.

In an interview with USA Watchdog’s Greg Hunter, Willie, a statistical analyst who holds a PhD in statistics, asserted that the real reason behind the recent NSA surveillance scandal targeting Germany was centered around the United States’ fear that Europe’s financial powerhouse is looking to escape from an inevitable dollar collapse.
     “I think they are looking for details on assisting Russia on dumping the dollar. I think they are looking for details for a secret movement for Germany to get away from the dollar and join the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.) This is exactly what I think they are going to do,” said Willie.
Earlier this month, the BRICS nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), announced the creation of a new $100 billion dollar anti-dollar alternative IMF bank to be based in Shanghai and chaired by Moscow.

Putin launched the new system by saying it was designed to, “help prevent the harassment of countries that do not agree with some foreign policy decisions made by the United States and their allies,” a clear signal that Russia and other BRICS countries are moving to create a new economic system which is adversarial to the IMF and the World Bank.

Offering an insight into the attitude of the western elite towards Russia, comments made by the likes of former US ambassador to Iraq Christopher R. Hill suggest that Moscow is increasingly being viewed as a rogue state. Back in April, Hill said that Russia’s response to the Ukraine crisis meant that Moscow had betrayed the “new world order” it has been a part of for the last 25 years.

In another sign that BRICS nations are moving to create an entirely new multi-polar model adversarial to the west, the five countries are also constructing an alternative Internet backbone which will circumvent the United States in order to avoid NSA spying.

Willie also ties the Germany’s move into last week’s shoot down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, which has been exploited by the U.S. and Britain to push for more stringent sanctions on Russia despite the fact that they have had little effect so far and only appear to be harming the trade interests of countries in mainland Europe.
     “Here’s the big, big consequence. The U.S. is basically telling Europe you have two choices here. Join us with the war against Russia. Join us with the sanctions against Russia. Join us in constant war and conflicts, isolation and destruction to your economy and denial of your energy supply and removal of contracts. Join us with this war and sanctions because we’d really like you to keep the dollar regime going. They are going to say were tired of the dollar. . . . We are pushing Germany. Don’t worry about France, don’t worry about England, worry about Germany. Germany has 3,000 companies doing active business right now. They are not going to join the sanctions—period.”



Will EU Ban Export of Technology for Offshore Exploration to Russia?


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(RIA Novosti) - European Energy Commissioner Gunther Oettinger called on banning the export of technology for offshore oil and gas exploration, particularly in the Arctic, to Russia as part of sanctions due to the Ukrainian crisis.
     "I've always argued in favor of the fact that energy supplies from Russia - oil, gas, uranium etc - should not be included in these sanctions, but the Russians see off shore oil and gas in the Arctic, for example, as a good potential for the future. But this can only be developed by hardware and software from the West, by drills and equipment that their industry cannot supply," Oettinger said at a press-conference.
The European Commission is due to introduce a new package of sanctions targeting Russia’s financial and defense sectors on Thursday.

With the escalating crisis in eastern Ukraine, where the stand-off between Kiev's special forces and independence supporters has grown in violence, killing hundreds of civilians since April, the EU threatened to impose sanctions against whole sectors of Russian economy, and has been looking to decrease its dependence on Russian gas.
     "We think that now given the need for security in the gas sector because of the situation in Russia and Ukraine we are thinking of more objective and ambitious energy saving targets," Oettinger said.
     "I think that it will put Europe again in the cadre of energy efficiency and will certainly reduce our dependence on the importation of fossil fuels for the next years and will allow us to produce energy while being less reliable on importation," he said.
A RIA Novosti poll among analysts showed earlier that the possible ban on equipment and technology export to Russia would affect its offshore exploration of gas reserves in the Arctic, where both Russian and Western energy companies have seen a large revenue potential.

Russia's joint project with US ExxonMobil in the Kara Sea, as well as the projects with European partners of Russia's largest oil company Rosneft - Norwegian Statoil and Italian Eni - in the Barents Sea, Sea of Okhotsk and the Black Sea would suffer from the ban, the survey showed.

Last week, the US Treasury introduced the so-called Sectoral Sanctions Identification List that affects companies and institutions in defense, energy and banking sectors of the Russian economy. The move followed the Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash in eastern Ukraine.

Earlier this year, the United States and the European Union imposed targeted sanctions against a number of Russian officials and companies as a response to Crimea’s reunification with Russia.

Russia’s Foreign Ministry has repeatedly called the language of sanctions counterproductive and said these measures would have a boomerang effect on European economies.


SHOCK - Ex-Al-Qaeda Operative Tells Reporter On LIVE Tv That Qaeda/ISIS Is Run By CIA (VIDEO)


Brandon Turbeville (Activist Post) - More evidence has been entered into the files of public record that terrorist organizations such as al-Qaeda, ISIS, and the al-Nusra Front are completely controlled by the CIA and other Western intelligence agencies.

In fact, according to Nabil Na’eem, founding member of the Islamic Democratic Jihad Party and a former commander of al-Qaeda, all current al-Qaeda affiliates are nothing more than offshoots of an overarching CIA terror operation. He also claimed that these groups will eventually be turned against Saudi Arabia, despite the fact that Saudi Arabia has acted as a bankroller and facilitator for them for years on end.

Na’eem made his statements during the course of an interview with al-Maydeen, a Beirut-based news agency that serves a number of countries in the Middle East.

Na’eem first referenced the Project For A New American Century and the Bernard Lewis plan to break up the Middle East, re-establish national boundaries, and create a region made up of petty squabbling and weak “micro-states and mini-states” when he stated the following:  Na’eem: Bernard Lewis founder of Fourth-Generation Warfare said so, he said: we do not need trans-continent armies that would awake nationalism and they return to us as bodies like what happened in Afghanistan & Vietnam, but we should find agents inside the (targeted) country who will carry out the task of the soldiers, and we need a media tool to falsify truths for the people, and money to spend on them. This is the Fourth-Generation Warfare, agents instead of soldiers.
    Interviewer: This is an alternative army, a war by proxy?
The interviewer questioned Na’eem further by asking whom groups like ISIS are actually fighting, referring to targets like Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. Na’eem responded by stating,
     Nabeel Naiem: Yes of course.
     Interviewer: Between who (this war)? We are talking about armies on the ground, Al Qaeda and all what branches out of it, these armies work for the account of which battle and between who? 
    Nabeel Naiem: It works for the US Intelligence (CIA).
    Interviewer: Who it fights?    Nabeel Naiem: The regimes, they put a plan in 1998 called Clean Break (PNAC)... 
The interviewer questioned Na’eem further by asking whom groups like ISIS are actually fighting, referring to targets like Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. Na’eem responded by stating,
     “It fights both Sunnah and Shiites, when they entered Sammerra, Sheikh Ali Hatimi, head of Anbar Tribes said: ISIS entered Sammerra and killed a thousand Sunni in cold blood ... and it kills Shiites and kills Christians and kills whoever it faces, ISIS considers all people infidels and their bloods are free.”
Although Na’eem spent a significant amount of time attempting to explain the absurd logic of death squads fighters and members of jihadist organizations like ISIS, Nusra, and the like, the most powerful information is revealed when he turned to the nature of the controlling structure and directorship of these groups.

Na’eem stated,
    For instance, Issam Hattito, head of Muslim Brotherhood responsible for leading the battles against Bashar Assad, where does he reside? Is he in Beirut? Riyadh or Cairo? He’s residing in Tel Aviv.
    Ahmad Jarba, does he stay in Riyadh, Cairo or Tehran? He’s moving between New York, Paris and London, his employers, who pay his expenses..
    When Obama was exposed and it was learned that he’s arming ISIS and Nusra Front with American and Turkish weapons said: ‘We will stop the arming because the American weapons were leaked to Nusra..’ Didn’t Obama say that?
    Leaked?! You discovered it was leaked after 2 years war?!
    Nusra Front fighters are 10,000 and ISIS fighters are another 10,000, all 20,000 fighters using American weapons, and Obama claims after 2 years he discovers his (American) weapons are leaked to them?! Are you thinking we are fools?
    This is a conspiracy against the region, and I told you Netenyahu & Dick Chenney put the Clean Break plan in the year 1998, and it’s destroying 4 countries, they start with Iraq, then Syria then Egypt then Saudi Arabia. It’s called Clean Break plan (PNAC), well known.. Using radical groups in the region.
    The legal case (former Egyptian president) Mohammad Morsi is being tried for, the case of communicating (with the enemy) and contacting Ayman Zawahri was an assignment of Issam Haddad by Obama in person on 28 December 2012, he was at the White House in a meeting with the CIA, he says in his confessions when interrogated by the public prosecution in the case..
    Interviewer: How did you get it?    Nabeel Naiem: These public prosecution confessions are published and are available.. Obama entered (the meeting room) and gave the CIA team a paper and left, they read it and told him: it’s required by the Muslim Brotherhood to contain the radical groups in the region starting with Hamas & Al-Qaeda, so he called Ayman Zawahri through Rifa’a Tahtawi, head of presidential court, who happens to be Ayman’s cousin from Rifa’a Tahtawi’s phone.
    Ayman (Zawahri) talking to Mohammad Morsi and Morsi says to him: Peace be Upon You Emir (Prince) of Believers, we need your people here in Sinai, and I will provide them with expenses, food and water and prevent security from pursuing them..
    This was recorded and sent to the public prosecutor and this is what Mohammad Morsi is being tried for.
    If you ask how I got to know this? I was in Channel 2 of Egyptian TV, and with me was General Gamal, 1st secretary of Egyptian Intelligence, who recorded the call and written it down and based on it the memo was written and handed to the Public Prosecutor.
Indeed, Na’eem points out that these leaders are comfortably residing in the countries that they have sworn to fight as enemies.

The TV presenter asked him: Is it allowed for the Intelligence Services to tap the telephone of the president of the republic?

He replied: I’m not tapping the president’s phone, I was tapping Ayman’s (Zawahri) phone and found the president talking to him, telling him Peace be Upon You Emir of Believers, so I wrote down the tape, wrote a report and submitted to the head of intelligence..

She asked him: Did you inform the president?

He replied: It’s not my job, I do not deal with the president (directly), I deal with the head of intelligence and that’s my limits.

She asked him: What did you write in your investigations and your own report, what did you write after you wrote down the tape (contents)?
      "I swear to God he told her, & I was in the same studio,: I wrote that Mr. Mohammad Morsi Ayyat president of the republic is a danger for Egypt’s National Security. So the ignorant should know why the army stood by the side of the people on 30 June, because the president is dealing with Al-Qaeda organization, and it’s recorded, and he’s being on trial for it now, and head of intelligence wrote that the president of the republic is a danger on Egypt’s National Security.
      This is the task of these groups in the region. When Obama said he supported Morsi’s campaign with 50 million (Dollars), and when (Yousuf) Qaradawi said: Obama sent us 60 million Dollars for the Syrian ‘Resistance’, God bless you Obama, and we need more..
     Did Obama convert to Islam or America became a Hijabi (wore a burqa, veil)?
     I ask Qaradawi: When Obama supports the Syrian opposition, is it to establish the Caliphate? And return the days of the Rashideen Caliphates? Or Obama converted to Islam or America became a Hijabi to support the Syrian opposition?
     This is the work of agents (spies), exposed and debunked, and we don’t want to fool ourselves and hide our heads in the sand, the region is under a conspiracy and it’s to drag Iran to a war of attrition..
     The first statement ISIS announced after the fight with Maliki it said: ‘We will head to Najaf & Karballa and destroy the sacred shrines’, they dragged the legs of Iran (into Iraq).
     Iran said they’ll defend the sacred shrines, it has to, it cannot (not defend them), this is what’s required,
     It’s required to clash Saudi and Iran in the 100 years war, an endless war, it exhausts Saudi resources and its monies, and it exhausts Iran resources and its monies, like what they did during the days of Saddam in Iraq (with Iran). This is what we should understand, fight and stand against..
In this lengthy statement, Na’eem drew attention to a number of serious issues. First, he revealed that a number of leaders and commanders of death squads and jihadist organizations fighting against secular governments in the Middle East are actually issuing orders and residing in places like Tel Aviv, New York, Paris, and London.

Indeed, Na’eem points out that these leaders are comfortably residing in the countries that they have sworn to fight as enemies.

These commanders give orders for attacks, war operations, and murders all while the intelligence agencies of respective nations sit idly by and lift not a finger to stop them.

Second, Na’eem highlighted the fact that the Muslim Brotherhood is yet one more Western-controlled group with deep connections to other terrorist organizations operating across the region.

In fact, as Na’eem pointed out, the Muslim Brotherhood not only works closely with death squad and terrorist organizations across the world, it acts as a guiding and controlling entity which takes its own orders directly from Western intelligence agencies.

Third, Na’eem pointed out that, not only has the plan of balkanization of the Middle East been in existence since at least as far back as 1998, but it also involves the ultimate destruction of Saudi Arabia, one of the most active participants in the funding and training of death squad fighters in the entire region and, indeed, the world.

In this regard, Na’eem was pressed further on the future of Saudi Arabia to which he replied by stating,
    It was meant when Muslim Brotherhood lay their ground in ruling Egypt, problems would start in Saudi in 2016 and in the whole Gulf (GCC), this is not my words, this what the head of national security in United Arab Emirates Dhahi Khalfan said, he arrested those who confessed.
    From where did Dhahi Khalfan get this? They arrested cells which confessed in details: If Muslim Brotherhood settles in Egypt, they’ll start exporting problems to the Gulf (GCC) through their existing cells, and destabilize the security of the Gulf, and this is what Dhahi Khalfan, head of national security in UAE said, not what I say.
    Look, they have a book being circulated in London titled The Rule of Al Saud, in this book they called the Saudi family as Kuffar (infidels), and that it is unjust, and it steals the monies of the Saudis, and it’s an infidel doesn’t rule by God’s commands, and only applies Sharia law on the weak while the strong and the princess no law being applied on them, a book to educate the Saudi youths abroad to fight a war against the Saudi government, they also say: we call on the kingdom to become a constitutional monarchy, ie. the king doesn’t rule, like the British queen, and this trend is being supported by America and Britain and the people working on this are residing in London, the nest of spies, all the spies of the world reside in London..
    Their goal is to divide the region in order to achieve Israel’s security.
    Israel is a weak and despicable state, by the way, geopolitical, Israel is not a state, like Qatar, is Qatar a state? Qatar is only a tent and a man sitting it with his money and that’s it..
    There are countries like Iran, Saudi and Egypt, in geography it exists until the end of times, and there are countries called the Satanic Shrubs, it’s just found you don’t know how, like Israel and Qatar, it can vanish in one day and you won’t find it..
    So for Israel to guarantee its existence, all the surrounding entities around it should be shredded.. Kurds to take one piece, Sunnah take one piece, Maliki takes one piece.. each sect has their own piece just like Lebanon they keep fighting between each other, once they finish beating each other they drink tea then go for a second round beating each other..
    Interviewer: I want to get back to the factors in regards with the Saudi Kingdom, you mentioned what is planned for based on this ideology, and you know better, you have experience and you talk about examples and evidences, but how they will enter?
    True there was a statement by the Saudi ministry of interior in last May claiming they dismantled a cell that follows ISIS of 62 members, as they stated, but how they’ll enter (Saudi), what are the factors they’ll be depending on to enter?
    Nabeel Naiem: I’m telling you they are preparing for the revolution against the ruling family, that it’s a corrupt family, this family steals the money of the Saudis, talks about the roots of the family..
    Interviewer: From inside the kingdom?
    Nabeel Naiem: From inside the kingdom, and there are strong Takfiri members inside the kingdom, because as you know the difference between Wahhabi and Takfiri ideologies is as thin as a single hair, thus there are a lot of youths who follow this (Takfiri) ideology, add to it the feeding against the kingdom and its government and against the ruling family, it’s very easy for him to blow himself up with anything..
    Interviewer: So it will be only based on these factors, we don’t want to disregard an important point that groups of the ISIS are from the Gulf countries, and there are reports that the (governments of GCC) are turning a blind eye away from recruiting a number of them and sending them to fight in Syria and in a number of other countries including Iraq, as per these reports, could there be recruiting to use inside the kingdom? To move inside the kingdom?
    Nabeel Naiem: Yes, yes, most are Saudis & the move will be like that but they were hoping for the Muslim Brotherhood government in Egypt to settle in power, that’s why when (Saudi) king Abdallah supported the 30 June revolution (in Egypt), he did so based on the information he has of what will happen in the region
    Why did he stand against the Muslim Brotherhood? Saudi was always containing the MBs, and if the MBs (Muslim Brotherhood) ever made money, it was from Saudi, and Mohammad Qotb, the father of all Takfir in the world, spent 40 years of his life in Saudi, he wrote a book called The Ignorance in the Twentieth Century, and he claims we’re living in an ignorance more than the one in the days of the prophet PBuH, and Saudi hosted him and he was teaching in the university.. What made them go against them (MBs)?
    Because the Muslim Brotherhood have no religion, no nation, not safe to be with them, they’ll betray anyone. 
Apparently now convinced that not only is the existence of the nation state threatened at a base level in the Middle East by the deployment of such groups as ISIS, al-Qaeda, and its affiliates, Na’eem himself even suggests that the immediate goal should be to rescue the state itself from the hands of the Western-backed groups like those mentioned above. In conclusion, Na’eem stated:
    What I want to tell you, the efforts of all Islamic countries, Sunnah and Shiites, must combine, to eradicate these groups, because these groups are the claws of colonialism in the region, it’s not on religious bases, there are members of ISIS who do not pray, so in Al-Qaeda, there are members who didn’t pray a single kneeling, there must be a combination of the countries efforts to organically eliminate these groups by security and by intellect, disprove their ideology.. 
While it is unclear just how much identification Na’eem holds with at least the stated goals of al-Qaeda and its affiliates, it is clear that he was able to operate within the networks of the organization for some time before realizing that it was merely a proxy army of the CIA and other Western intelligence agencies. It is now imperative that the Western public begin to examine the same evidence and come to the only logical conclusion that can be drawn from it – that Al-Qaeda, al-Nusra, ISIS, and all terror organizations like them are nothing more than the CIA’s Arab legion.

The writer of this article, Brandon Turbeville, is an author out of Florence, South Carolina. He has a Bachelor's Degree from Francis Marion University and is the author of six books, Codex Alimentarius -- The End of Health Freedom, 7 Real Conspiracies, Five Sense Solutions and Dispatches From a Dissident, volume 1 and volume 2, and The Road to Damascus: The Anglo-American Assault on Syria. Turbeville has published over 300 articles dealing on a wide variety of subjects including health, economics, government corruption, and civil liberties.

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IOBE: Greek economy to grow by 0.7 % in 2014


The Greek economy is expected to grow by 0.7 % in 2014 following six years of recession, while the unemployment rate is apparently going to drop to 26.7 % according to the quarterly report on the Greek economy of Institute for Economic and Industrial Research (IOBE).

In the report (link of report in Greek at bottom) IOBE says that "the transition of the Greek economy to a modest growth later this year will lead to a small decline in unemployment for the first time since 2008."

It adds that developments in the labor market come with a delay of 2-3 quarters from productive activity, therefore the unemployment rate fall will be felt from the third quarter.

See IOBE Report (in Greek) by Clicking HERE

Greek Orthodox Church Condemns Attacks on Christians


The Greek Orthodox Patriarchate condemned the attacks on Mosul's Christians, calling on states funding extremist organizations to stop immediately.
     "We strongly ... condemn the attacks against the Christians of Mosul," a statement by the Patriarchate said, "and the exerted coercion forcing them to change their belief, pay a tax or leave their homes, while having their properties confiscated."
     "These fundamentalist movements," the statement added, "are the most dangerous for ... coexistence."
The statement called on states that provide fundamentalist groups with any direct or indirect foreign support to "immediately stop all forms of material, logistic, military and moral support," saying that the terrorist groups threaten "the people and peace of those states first."
     "Christians and Muslims are two lungs of one Eastern body," the Patriarchate said, "and we condemn anything that harms the reputation of the forgiving Islamic religion, with which we have experienced the peace and fraternity."
Separately, the Orthodox Church condemned the Israeli offensive against Gaza, calling the international community to act urgently and end the attacks.
     "We call on the international community stop the fire machine in Gaza and break the vicious siege imposed on our brothers in Palestine," the Patriarchate said, saying that the Palestinian cause remains the central cause.
     "The Palestinian people's insistence on their land and their eagerness to go back to it remain a source of hope to every person suffering in this East," the statement said, but a stigma on the forehead of those whose 'human rights' stop at the Palestinian borders."

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Troika gets it wrong again according to IMF analysts


According to an analysis produced by IMF researchers, drastic wage cuts in Greece have failed to improve competitiveness and contributed to a fall in productivity as domestic demand collapsed. The conclusion is presented in a recently released ‘Staff Discussion Note’ (pdf) titled Adjustment in Euro Area Deficit Countries: Progress, Challenges and Policies produced by Thierry Tressel, Shengzu Wang, Joong Shik Kang, and Jay Shambaugh. It should be noted that the analysis does not necessarily represent the views of the IMF itself.

The document makes clear that the adjustment approach demanded in particular by European institutions for Greece has largely failed so far, achieving little other than soaring unemployment and a collapse in domestic demand.

According to the authors the main ‘deficit economies’ - namely Ireland, Portugal, Spain and Greece) have seen their current account deficits narrow (the balance of exports to imports). However, and particularly in the case of Greece, this is largely due to a fall in imports due to a collapse in domestic demand rather than an improvement in exports. Indeed the Greek manufacturing sector remains smaller than before the crisis.

As the paper puts it:
     “A large share of the decline in current account deficits is related to slumping activity. Thus, progress with respect to reducing external imbalances and rebuilding competitiveness has been associated with large internal imbalances, notably very high unemployment.”
In Greece unit labour costs have dropped thanks to large wage cuts. However the huge slump in output means that productivity has actually fallen despite widespread job losses.

Furthermore the analysts conclude that the reduction in labour cost has not led to a significant improvement in competitiveness for Greece’s exports despite the many bold predictions that the opposite would occur. This is in part due to weaker demand in surplus Eurozone countries.

Overall the report makes depressing reading concluding that high levels of unemployment are likely to remain in struggling periphery countries for a very long time. The authors stress that moving forward structural reforms would be more beneficial that further wage cuts.

The report effectively criticizes the approach adopted by the troika and its European institutions and recommends a change in course. In particular many in the German government might do well to pay attention to this line which echoes a sentiment oft repeated by many economists who see the country’s fixation on keeping interest rates low unnecessary protracting the recovery of periphery countries and excerbating trade imbalances:
     “Further monetary easing can also play an important role in supporting demand and facilitating internal rebalancing, by boosting demand everywhere, especially in the surplus economies with healthier financial systems, and supporting relative price adjustments, which are easier to obtain with inflation rates close to 2 percent than at the lower levels that are forecast to prevail over the short to medium term.”
The authors also recommend initiatives to increase lending to small and medium enterprises (SMEs), completing the process of creating a banking union, and greater fiscal union.

Yet the last, as the authors note, is politically difficult to say the least, even as European officials condemn Greece’s economy to a long depression all while wagging their fingers at Greek workers and ignoring the signs of their own failures.

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July 23, 2014

Conspiracy or Truth - Shock German Move To Russia Spells Obama Doom


A shocking new report prepared by the Russian Ministry Of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) circulating in the Kremlin on Wednesday states that Germany’s Federal Foreign Office (FFO) contacted Moscow requesting an accelerated membership course for their joining the BRICS economic community as they plan to leave the European Union (EU), a move Russian experts said would “spell doom” to the Obama regimes “dream of empire”.

BRICS is the acronym for an association of five major emerging national economies: Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa and as of 2013, the five BRICS countries represent almost 3 billion people with a combined nominal GDP of US$16.039 trillion and an estimated US $4 trillion in combined foreign reserves. As of 2014, the BRICS nations represented 18 percent of the world economy.

Opposing BRICS is a global financial system organized by the West and dominated by the US which forces nations to conduct their international business in the unstable US dollar, making their economies swing back and forth with the winds of policy crafted in Washington, D.C., and New York City.

The West has ceded influence in institutions like the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) only grudgingly, and to the BRICS, today’s financial system is out of touch with the changing times, and ill-suited to support the world’s up-and-coming economic titans.

According to this report, Germany became “alarmed” this week after the Obama regime ordered the EU to “ignore and not comment on” the evidence provided by Russia relating to the Malaysian Airlines 17 flight shot down over Ukraine last week proving it was a “deliberate action” ordered by Kiev officials with CIA involvement.

German intelligence sources, this report continues, confirm their US counterpart’s assessment that Russia had no involvement in the downing of this aircraft and further confirm that the Obama regimes case using YouTube videos and Tweets to blame Russia is “unraveling like a cheap sweater” under the increasing realization that dubious social media-sourced evidence is essentially all there is.

Most damning about the Obama regime accusations against Russia relating to the downing of MH-17, this report says, were German intelligence confirmations that these same YouTube videos and Tweets seeking to prove Russian involvement have proven to be “manipulated” and, instead, prove Ukrainian military forces were to blame.

Important to note, MoFA experts in this report say, is that Germany in knowing of the coming showdown between the Obama regime and Russia, had secretly planned to join the BRICS nations economic bloc in 2011 when its Bundesbank (Central Bank of Germany) demanded a full repatriation of Germany's entire US $141 billion gold reserve from the US Federal Reserve where it was stored.

On June 24th, 2014, this report continues, Germany was forced to give up on its plan to repatriate its gold from the US after being told by the Obama regime that it would only get its gold back in seven years, clearly showing that the US central banking cartel did something nefarious with the metal it had been entrusted to safeguard.

In countering the Obama regimes move, however, this report says, Germany withheld from being converted into Euros over US 13 billion worth of its former currency Deutsche Marks, and since 2011 have had their printing presses working overtime printing more.

Making Germany’s move to BRICS and away from the Obama regime even more urgent, this report warns, are the Americans planned attack on the Bundesbank similar to their one on France’s largest bank BNP Paribas that was punished with a US $9 billion legal fee after France refused to cancel the Mistral warship shipment to Russia, and which promptly led Banque de France (French National Bank) head Christian Noyer to warn that “the days of the US Dollar as a reserve currency are numbered”.

Agreeing with Noyer, this report says, is Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff who stated last week at the start of the seventh summit of the BRICS nations that the five big emerging economies “are moving toward a new global architecture”; an economic structure Germany desperately needs as the “boomerang effect” of the Obama regimes sanctions on Russia are beginning to destroy the Germany economy.

Equally as critical behind Germany’s move to join BRICS, this report says, was the Obama regimes CIA spy ring uncovered spying on top German officials causing Germany to order the CIA station chief in Berlin to leave their country.

So alarmed has Germany become over the Obama regimes spying on them, Russian intelligence experts in this report say, their top government officials are now forced to store their smartphones and tablet computers when sensitive discussions take place, and typewriter sales are now surging in Germany too as CIA/NSA fears are forcing even of the most common of people to keep their secrets safe.

As to the American people themselves being aware of the catastrophically dangerous West-East struggle for global economic supremacy now ongoing, and with each passing day is leading to open conflict, this report doesn’t say.

However, in a recent poll conducted by Politico, it found that most Americans aren’t paying the least bit of attention to the war propaganda coming out of Washington… a deliberate ignorance they will surely pay for much sooner than later.

Sorcha Faal
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Greek Orthodox community in Gaza shelters Muslims fleeing war


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About 1,000 Palestinian Muslims fleeing Israeli shells devastating their Gaza neighborhood have found shelter in a building they otherwise would rarely if ever enter, the city's 12th-century Greek Orthodox Church.

St. Porphyrius monastery is the heart of the small Greek Orthodox community in Gaza. The church dates to the Crusades in the 12th century. Since Sunday, more than 700 evacuees, all of them Muslims, have crowded into the courtyard for what they hoped was refuge.
     “I was just saying to my friend, ‘Relax, this is the safest place in Gaza,’ when the first rockets hit,” said Majid al-Jamal, 22, who works in a body shop and was struck on the head by a piece of flying brick Monday night. 
That is when four Israeli missiles struck the tombs in the small church cemetery. Shrapnel peppered the school next door. Jamal said militants fired rockets, from the cemetery or nearby.
     “A child was born, right here, right after the airstrike,” said Archbishop Alexios, leader of the church. “I think the fear pushed the baby out.” 
Israel says mosques, schools and hospitals are being used to fire rockets or cache weapons. Prime Minister Benjamin Netantayu said Hamas is “targeting our civilians and hiding behind its civilians. That’s a double war crime.”

Only about 1,400 Christians - Orthodox, Catholics and Protestants - live among the 1.8 million Muslims, meaning they make up 0.08 percent of the population in the crowded Gaza Strip dominated by Hamas, an Islamist group.

When the then Pope Benedict quoted a medieval scholar describing Islam as violent and irrational in 2006, unknown militants attacked five churches in Palestinian areas, including Saint Porphyrius - even though it is Orthodox, not Catholic.

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MYSTERIOUS DEATHS - Goldman Sachs Managing Director Suddenly Found Dead


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Melissa Melton (Activist Post) - Another high level banker has been found dead. Nicholas Valtz, a 39-year old managing director at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. in New York, was found dead last Sunday afternoon in Napeague Harbor where he had reportedly gone earlier that day to kiteboard. Valtz’ body was found still tied to his kite.

Kiteboarding, also called kitesurfing, combines elements of windsurfing and paragliding which can garner speeds of up to 40 mph. His brother told Bloomberg that Valtz was still new to the sport.
     “As a cross-asset sales executive, he helped manage orders for trading clients and pitch them products and ideas among different types of securities. His wife, Sashi Valtz, also works at Goldman Sachs as head of global third-party research sales, according to her LinkedIn profile,” Bloomberg reported.
     While the majority of articles have made it clear the police are still investigating this incident and the cause of death is yet unknown, the Daily Mail already ran with the headline, "Goldman Sachs managing director, 39, found dead after kiteboarding accident".
The incident marks the 15th reported death of a senior banking and finance executive in recent months as just a few weeks ago, JP Morgan Executive Director Julian Knott shot his wife Alita to death with a shotgun before turning the weapon on himself.

Zero Hedge posted the recap of recent banker deaths below after a 52-year-old female banker at France’s Bred-Banque-Populaire jumped from the 14th floor of the bank’s Paris headquarters back in April:

*Note: The count is not actually 16, as #2 on the list Karl Slym was not actually a banker but the managing director of a major car company.

  1. William Broeksmit, 58-year-old former senior executive at Deutsche Bank AG, was found dead in his home after an apparent suicide in South Kensington in central London, on January 26th. 
  2. Karl Slym, 51 year old Tata Motors managing director Karl Slym, was found dead on the fourth floor of the Shangri-La hotel in Bangkok on January 27th. 
  3. Gabriel Magee, a 39-year-old JP Morgan employee, died after falling from the roof of the JP Morgan European headquarters in London on January 27th. 
  4. Mike Dueker, 50-year-old chief economist of a US investment bank was found dead close to the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in Washington State. 
  5. Richard Talley, the 57-year-old founder of American Title Services in Centennial, Colorado, was found dead earlier this month after apparently shooting himself with a nail gun. 
  6. Tim Dickenson, a U.K.-based communications director at Swiss Re AG, also died last month, however the circumstances surrounding his death are still unknown. 
  7. Ryan Henry Crane, a 37-year-old executive at JP Morgan died in an alleged suicide just a few weeks ago.  No details have been released about his death aside from this small obituary announcement at the Stamford Daily Voice. 
  8. Li Junjie, 33-year-old banker in Hong Kong jumped from the JP Morgan HQ there. 
  9. James Stuart Jr, Former National Bank of Commerce CEO, was found dead in Scottsdale, Arizona, the morning of Feb. 19. A family spokesman did not say what caused the death. 
  10. Edmund (Eddie) Reilly, 47, a trader at Midtown’s Vertical Group, committed suicide by jumping in front of LIRR train. 
  11. Kenneth Bellando, 28, a trader at Levy Capital, formerly investment banking analyst at JPMorgan, jumped to his death from his 6th floor East Side apartment. 
  12. Jan Peter Schmittmann, 57, the former CEO of Dutch bank ABN Amro found dead at home near Amsterdam with wife and daughter. 
  13. Li Jianhua, 49, the director of China’s Banking Regulatory Commission died of a sudden heart attack. 

Lydia _____, 52 – jumped to her suicide from the 14th floor of Bred-Banque Populaire in Paris.

In other news, billionaire Jeremy Grantham, co-founder and chief investment strategist of a Boston-based firm with $117 billion in assets under management, says he is positive another horrific stock market crash is coming and will be “unlike any other” the modern world has seen…

Newsmax Money News reported:
    “We have no right to be surprised by a severe and imminent stock market crash,” explains Mark Spitznagel, a hedge fund manager who is notorious for his hugely profitable billion-dollar bet on the 2008 crisis. “In fact, we must absolutely expect it.”
    Billion-dollar investor Warren Buffett is rumored to be preparing for a crash as well. The “Warren Buffett Indicator,” also known as the “Total-Market-Cap to GDP Ratio,” is breaching sell-alert status and a collapse may happen at any moment.
The author Melissa Melton is a writer, researcher, and analyst for The Daily Sheeple, where this first appeared, and a co-creator of Truthstream Media. Wake the flock up!


Greek Parliament Hosts Exhibit On The Restoration of Democracy


The Hellenic Parliament in Athens, Greece
The Hellenic Parliament in Athens, Greece (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Greek President of the Republic, Karolos Papoulias, is set to inaugurate an exhibition dedicated to the 40th anniversary of the restoration of Democracy. The exhibit is going to be hosted at the Eleftherios K. Venizelos hall at the Greek Parliament.

According to Greek press reports, it showcases official legislative and constitutional documents, newspaper and magazine front covers, photographs and various videos from the time, as well as posters, political banners, ballots from the 1974 elections and referendum that took place one year after the Cypriot tragedy and the collapse of the military dictatorship.

This period in contemporary Greek history was characterized by a sense of uncertainty and danger, with the political personnel of the country facing many challenges in authoring the Constitution and restoring Democracy in Greece. The exhibit is going to open to the public in September.


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