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Egypt: 4 journalists sentenced to 3 years

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4 journalists sentenced to 3 years for disseminating false news, belonging to banned group

Mada Masr 

In what appears to be an ongoing Zionist puppet Sisi security crackdown on media personnel, four journalists were sentenced to three years in prison by the Sayeda Zeinab ‘Criminal’ Court on Sunday. They were convicted of disseminating false information and belonging to a banned organization.

Abu Bakr Khallaf

Electronic Media Syndicate chairperson Abu Bakr Khallaf was the only defendant present in the courtroom for the sentencing — the three other journalists were tried in absentia.

Khallaf allegedly made his LE1,200 bail on Monday, defense lawyer Hany al-Sadeq told the local rights group Journalists Against Torture Observatory, but it is unclear whether he has yet been released from detention. The first hearing in his appeal has been scheduled for March 17.

Khallaf was arrested on July 21 after the Zionistnpuppet-run Egyptian Trade Union Federation summoned him to their headquarters for interrogation on charges of operating the Electronic Media Syndicate (which was established in 2011) without a license. He was also accused of affiliation with the Muslim Brotherhood.

The other journalists in the case — Mohamed Adly of the privately owned Al-Tahrir newspaper, Hamdy Mokhtar of the privately owned Al-Shaab newspaper and videographer Sherif Ashraf — were arrested while reporting outside the Zeinhom morgue on July 1. The journalists say they were there to report on the deaths of nine Muslim Brotherhood leaders fatally shot by Zionist puppet Sisi police forces in a 6th of October City apartment on that day.

Rights organizations including the New York-based Human Rights Watch have questioned whether police claims of a “shootout” with the nine men were covering up a case of  “extrajudicial execution.”

The Journalists Syndicate’s Liberties Committee will hold a session on Tuesday to discuss the three prison sentences issued in absentia, according to a statement posted to the syndicate’s official website. In that meeting, the committee also plans to discuss the referral of six journalists — including three chief editors — to judicial hearings at the request of Justice Minister Ahmed al-Zend.

The committee will seek to resolve these cases in favor of the journalists, as well as five other lawsuits that have been filed against media workers, the syndicate said.

On Monday, the prosecutor general ordered investigations into charges that high-profile journalist and editor Ibrahim Eissa and his colleague Ahmed Samer insulted the judiciary. The investigations were ordered after a lawsuit was filed against the two men for defamation.

Samer was targeted for his article, “The state that spurns itself,” published in the privately owned Al-Maqal newspaper, which is edited by Eissa. The article discussed the recent prison sentence levied against reformist preacher Islam al-Beheiry for religious commentary on his talk show.

As of last month, at least 32 journalists were in detention across Egypt, the Liberties Committee said, of whom 18 were arrested while reporting in public space.

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FBI conducting Hillary Clinton corruption probe


“Unusually high number” of FBI agents working on Clinton public corruption probe
Independent researchers have long detailed the sordid history of the Clinton crime family, from documented drug running operations, to suspicious murders, all the way to accusations of pay to play corruption at the families “charitable” foundation.

Both Bill and Hillary Clinton have deep ties to criminal activity yet have somehow remained largely outside the cross-hairs of law enforcement. Amazingly, that is all possibly about to change.

On Monday multiple shocking reports surfaced that detail the fact that the FBI is not only investigating Hillary for improper use of a personal email account to conduct official government business but, more importantly, they are also conducting a massive corruption probe into the intersection between Clinton’s work at her family foundation and her time at the State Department.

“The agents are investigating the possible intersection of Clinton Foundation donations, the dispensation of State Department contracts and whether regular processes were followed,” one source said, according to Fox News

The report contained quotes from multiple sources, including at least one in the intelligence community, who noted that agents within the FBI would be furious if a prosecution didn’t end up happening due to the fact that others have been jailed with much less evidence.

“One intelligence source told Fox News that FBI agents would be “screaming” if a prosecution is not pursued because “many previous public corruption cases have been made and successfully prosecuted with much less evidence than what is emerging in this investigation,” the Fox News report continued.

“The FBI is particularly on edge in the wake of how the case of former CIA Director David Petraeus was handled.”

Following the report by Fox was yet another shocking revelation in regards to the Clinton public corruption probe, this time revealed by a reporter with the Washington Examiner.

The Examiner article quotes remarks made by former U.S. attorney Joseph DiGenova that indicate that the Clinton public corruption probe has actually been going on for months despite only recently making headlines.

“Joseph DiGenova, who was appointed by President Ronald Reagan, said the FBI’s foundation probe “has reached such a proportion of inquiry that it’s starting to sneak out,” but that it was sparked months ago by information pulled from Hillary Clinton’s private server and from the tax filings of corporations that have donated to the charity,” noted the report. 

Shockingly, DiGenova claimed that over a hundred FBI agents are currently working on the corruption probe which they apparently strongly feel should lead to some sort of criminal charges being leveled at the Democratic Presidential hopeful.

“There are now, I am told, 150 agents working on this case,” DiGenova told the Washington Examiner Monday, noting that was “a very unusually high number” of investigators to be working on one case.”

According to DiGenova, the FBI is quietly preparing subpoenas for the foundation’s financial records and other key pieces of evidence.

For her part, Hillary Clinton responded to the reports in the tried and true Clinton way, meaning she just straight up lied about the reality of the situation. (That or she is so arrogant that she is actually completely unaware of the criminal corruption investigation she now finds herself knee-deep in.)

A reporter for the Des Moines Register asked Clinton about the FBI probe and, according to a Tweet sent out by the reporter, Clinton responded by saying, “No, there’s nothing like that that is happening.”

Clearly she is in for a surprise.

Note: With the news that an actual criminal corruption investigation into Hillary Clinton is finally taking place, a recent independent investigation by Intellihub founder Shepard Ambellas has become even more important to read and spread to your friends and family.

Criminal Roots: A shocking exposé on the Clinton family and their rise to power 

On another note, the fact that the FBI is actively investigating Clinton with over a hundred agents seems to confirm the past reports that President Obama and his inner circle absolutely despise the Clinton’s and have leaked damning information about them to the media. There is simply no way that the FBI could be conducting such an investigation without the blessing of president.

This should get interesting to say the least.

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The real 2016 State of the Union: Things couldn’t be better for Wall Street

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Lance Roberts

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Tomorrow night, the President Obama will deliver his final annual “State Of The Union” address. Just recently, the President gave a preview of his upcoming speech from the White House. 

While Obama promises to frame his speech around the “things we need to do over the years to come,” he will use his bully pulpit to focus on his record of achievements (especially those related to the environment and trade) and push for further restrictions on gun ownership.

With the 2016 Presidential Election fast approaching, this is one of the final chances the White House will have to give a boost to the Democratic voters following the beating they took in the 2012 mid-term elections. The message sent then, even by traditionally Democratic states which elected conservative representatives, was of a broad loss of faith in “hope and change.”

For the Democratic party, it is imperative to regain those votes. It is from this priority that the President will paint a decisively positive economic picture during his upcoming speech. He hopes that by pointing to a falling unemployment rates, economic growth and higher confidence levels; it will give voters a sense of confidence in the President’s accomplishments.

The question is whether the majority of the voting public will agree with the President’s message?

Before the President takes to the podium with his bullish optimism, he might want to consider the following charts.

Government Debt Since 2009, Government debt has surged by $7.75 Trillion and by the end of the next budget cycle will approach $20 Trillion in total. The problem is that during the current Presidential term, real economic growth has risen by just $2.08 Trillion. However, even this number is inaccurate as the current government debt levels do not include other liabilities of the government such as social security and other social welfare programs.

The following chart quantifies it a bit better when you look at cumulative increases in debt and real, inflation adjusted, GDP.
Yes, the economy is growing, however, that growth has come at a huge cost of a debt burden that will be amplified if borrowing costs rise with increases in interest rates. Furthermore, considering that President Obama admonished the previous administration’s increase in debt,the explosion in the amount of debt required to generate economic growth (currently $3.71) is unsustainable longer term.

Employment 

The President will address the recent employment report and point to a 5.0% unemployment rate as evidence that the economy “is back.” While the current Bureau of Labor Statistics employment reports do currently show the unemployment rate at 5.0%, that number is obfuscated by the more than 93 million workers that are currently not counted as part of the labor force.

As I have discussed many times previously, when it comes to economic strength it is full-time labor that leads to household formation and higher consumption.

Furthermore, the rate of employment must be faster than the rate of population growth, otherwise, you are just treading water. The chart below shows the amount of full-time labor as a ratio of the working age population.

Currently, 49.23% of the population is employed full-time which is a rate lower than when the President entered office. Furthermore, as noted above, the employment ratios are deceiving when you realize that the population has grown faster than employment leaving a rising number of individuals no longer counted as part of the labor force.
Importantly, when the employment-to-population ratio or the labor-force participation rate is discussed, the plunging levels in these ratios are often dismissed simply as a function of the “baby boomers” heading into retirement. However, if we factor out those individuals by only looking at the employee-to-population ratio of 16-54 aged individuals as a percent of that age group the picture fails to improve.
While the unemployment rate has certainly plunged to just 5.0%, one would be hard pressed to find 95.0% of the population that “wants to work,”actually working.Personal Incomes 

The annual rate of change in personal incomes has been on a decline since the turn of the century. This is a function of both the structural shift in employment (higher productivity = less employment and lower wage growth) and the drive to increase corporate profitability in the midst of weaker consumption.

The chart below shows the disparity between corporate profits and employment and wages.

While corporate profitability has surged since the financial crisis, those profits have come at the expense of employees. Since 2009, wages for “non-supervisory employees,” which is roughly 80% of the current workforce has been on a steady decline.

 

The problem with this, of course, is that the real cost of living continues to rise.Government Assistance 

Of course, the issue of declining incomes and rising “income inequality” is really best shown by the level of social benefits as a percentage of disposable incomes today. Today, roughly 1-in-3 households receive some form of government assistance.

It is here that the President will be most challenged in presenting his “economic” story. While he will point to rising asset prices, improved headline employment numbers and economic growth as reasons to be “optimistic,” with almost 80% of the country living roughly paycheck-to-paycheck it will be a hard argument to win.Housing 

When it comes to the economy, it is home ownership that is the reflection of economic well-being. Since 2009, the government has poured trillions of taxpayer dollars into the housing market to try and increase activity. The effect of those injections has been marginal to say the least.

However, as I stated above, it is ultimately household formation that leads to higher levels of consumption and stronger economic growth. The current recovery, as shown by the chart below, was NOT driven by individuals buying homes to live in, but rather speculators buying homes, primarily for cash, and turning them into rentals. With homeownership currently near its lowest levels since the early 1980’s, it does not suggest a resurgent economy is in the making.

 

Economic Prosperity However, it is the economic prosperity of an individual that truly determines how they will vote at the polls. A recent Fed Reserve survey of consumer finances shows the real disconnect between Wall Street and Main Street economics.

With net worth, incomes, financial assets and business equity ownership at levels substantially below where they were when the President took office, it is not surprising that the Administration is focused on trying to justify their record.While the data, as reported by government agencies, has been massaged, tweaked, and recalibrated to provide more optimistic output, it is hard to fudge the economic standards by which the majority of the country lives with. Like a game of “Civilization,” the recent mid-term elections sent a pretty clear message that the “serfs” are not happy in the “kingdom.”

Defining The State Of The Union 

While the President will do his best to put a positive spin on the current economic environment, and the success of his policies, when he gives his“State of the Union” address, it would be worth remembering whom he is actually addressing.

It is also worth considering that much of this is likely the reason that Donald Trump is surging in Conservative polling.

As with all things – it is the lens from which you view the world that defines what you see. For Wall Street, things could not be better. For Main Street, most everything could be better. The President has a lot of “convincing” to do if he expects to change voter’s attitudes between now and the 2016 Presidential election.

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Ex-inmate Shaker Aamer interview: Gitmo designed to ‘destroy human beings’

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Shaker Aamer speaks as he is reunited with other detainees from Guantanamo outside the U.S. Embassy in London January 11, 2016.

Guantanamo is run by psychologists with the sole purpose of destroying the human beings it holds, Shaker Aamer told RT in an exclusive interview. The US prison camp, from which he was released in October, is starting its 15th year of work.

“Guantanamo is being run by one concept: how to destroy a human being,” Aamer, who regained his freedom on October 30 of last year after being held at Gitmo without charge since 2002, said.

According to the 49-year-old, the most effective measure used by the prison authorities over the years has been to denigrate the Muslim faith, which is practiced by most Gitmo inmates.

“Guantanamo is being run by psychologists, by psychiatrists. They know nothing will affect us more than insulting our religion. Nothing will make us break like grabbing our Holy Koran and throw it in front of us or just opening it like that, you know, searching in them: ‘Oh, you know, you are hiding something,” he said.

Aamer blasted the term “enhanced interrogation techniques,” which is used by the US politicians to describe what is being done to the prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay.

“Let’s practice that enhanced techniques on you!” he said addressing “all these senators, all these congressmen.”

“Keeping a man for nine days not going to sleep or even lay down on the floor, the freezing cold floor… hog-tied [tying the person’s limbs together, rendering him immobile]… rectal-feeding people, which is truly is not feeding because we know why they are doing it. If that all is not torture – what’s torture?” the ex-detainee wondered.

According to Aamer, the prison authorities at the US-run prison, which is located on a bay in Cuba, deprived the inmates of the most basic necessities, claiming they could be used to commit suicide, after a series of such incidents were caused by harsh treatment.

He displayed his prison blanket, which he said he last saw back in June 2005 when “three brothers got killed. I say got killed even if they did it themselves.”

“After that they took all these blankets in the name of ‘they might use it to kill themselves.’ I can tell people: ‘Please, look at it. It’s brand new.’ It’s with the same fold, I didn’t even unfold it,” the former prisoner said.

Aamer pointed out that the clothes which were given to him on his release from Gitmo had never belonged to him.

“It’s brand new clothes that’s been shoved in my bag to tell the world this is what he was wearing… And you can see the silliness: I wear size 11, and they shove the shoes that are size 8,” he said.

“Some brothers out there are freezing because of the air conditioning and they (prison authorities) cannot give this, but I get new things,” the ex-detainee added.

Aamer, who used to reside in Britain, was captured by bounty hunters in Kabul, Afghanistan in 2001. The Saudi national was accused of being an associate of Osama Bin Laden and transferred to Guantanamo in 2002, but was never charged with any crime.

He was cleared for release in 2007, but the process of getting home took more than eight years.

For a long time, Aamer was labeled the last British resident held in Guantanamo, with activists around the globe campaigning for him to be given his freedom.

Despite US President Barack Obama’s promise to close the detention camp back in 2009, over a 100 inmates remain at Guantanamo today. The prison in Cuba was established in 2002 to house captives taken in the “war on terror” and has hosted 779 inmates since.

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Insignificant arrest of El Chapo versus the longstanding CIA global drugs business

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Stephen Lendman


Drug lords come and go, El Chapo’s arrest of little consequence, doing nothing to stem the flow of illicit drugs. Business as usual continues.

His operation and others like his pale compared to CIA global drugs trafficking – a topic the media won’t touch.

Its involvement began in 1947, its first year of existence. In his book titled The Politics of Heroin: CIA Complicity in the Global Drug Trade,” Alfred McCoy documented CIA and US government complicity in drugs trafficking at the highest official levels.

It continues today in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, South and Central America, facilitating the global supply of illicit drugs.

Gary Webb’s expose of CIA involvement in Nicaraguan drugs trafficking, supporting the Contras, dealing with Los Angeles crack dealers, made him a target for vicious vilification – hounding him out of journalism into deep depression, either committing suicide or succumbing to foul play.

He regularly received death threats. Credible sources believe he was murdered to silence him. Unidentified individuals were seen breaking into and leaving his residence before his demise.

In his books and other writings, Peter Dale Scott explained “(s)ince at least 1950 there has been a global CIA-drug connection operating more or less continuously” to this day.

The global drug connection is not just a lateral connection between CIA field operatives and their drug-trafficking contacts.

It is more significantly a global financial complex of hot money uniting prominent business, financial and government, as well as underworld figures,” a sort of “indirect empire (operating alongside) existing government.

Iran-Contra and Afghan opium cultivation for global heroin trafficking are two among numerous other examples.

Hundreds of billions of dollars of annual revenues are produced – a US government-supported bonanza for the CIA, organized crime and Western financial institutions, heavily involved in money laundering.

A 1996 Peter Dale Scott affidavit on CIA drugs trafficking explained his research into longstanding US government involvement.

“(G)overnments themselves, and the links they develop with major traffickers, are the key both to the drug-trafficking problem and to its solution,” he explained.

America is one of numerous governments involved, the most harmful and disturbing because of its imperial power and global reach, influencing or affecting virtually everything worldwide.

A 2013 UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNDOC) World Drug Report called Israel a major international cocaine trafficking hub.

A 2012 State Department International Narcotics Control Strategy Report called “Israel’s illicit drug grade…regionally focused…more of a transit country than a stand-alone significant market.”

The authorities continue to be concerned with illegal pharmaceutical sales, retail businesses which are suspected money-laundering enterprises, and corruption accusations against public officials.

An earlier State Department report said “the Israeli drug market continued to be characterized by high demand in nearly all sectors of society and a high availability of drugs including cannabis, ecstasy, cocaine, heroin, hashish and LSD.”

Israel is heavily involved in money laundering. Both activities operate in tandem, involving hundreds of millions to billions of illicit dollars.

Headlines highlight Mexican drug lord El Chapo’s reported arrest after a gun battle near his Sinaloa home, according to Mexican officials, ignoring high-level ones complicit in drugs trafficking.

He escaped Mexican captivity twice before. Extradition to America may follow this time. His operations continue as usual, with or without his involvement.

Drugs trafficking is big business, corrupt governments like America and business interests heavily involved. The CIA relies on it for huge amounts of revenues.

It bears repeating. Drug lords come and go. Dirty business as usual continues unabated – unreported by presstitutes, ignoring what demands public exposure.

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US-led bombing raids on Syrian civilian and industrial infrastructure

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Syrian UN envoy: US-led bombing raids on Syrian civilian and industrial infrastructure costing country billions

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Bombing raids in Syria by the US-led coalition target civilian and industrial infrastructure worth billions of dollars, while Western airstrikes aim to exhaust the “capacities of the people” and halt post-war reconstruction, Syria’s envoy to the UN says.

“Those attacks aim at devastating capacities of the Syrian people and complicate development and reconstruction of the country,” Bashar Ja’afari was quoted as saying by TASS on Tuesday.

The Western coalition’s air raids are hitting facilities critical for ordinary Syrians to survive, he stressed, mentioning recent bombing of water tower facility in the province of Raqqa that deprived people of an access to pure water in surrounding villages and towns. In October 2015, the coalition’s warplanes bombed Radwaniyah area outside Aleppo, severely damaging two power plants, with the damage estimated at €1.2 billion, Ja’afari added.

Except the civilian infrastructure, Ja’afari stressed, Syria’s oil and gas industries are also targeted. In early January the coalition bombed and hit oil refineries 80km away from Raqqa, he said.

Syrian oil is also being stolen by Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) and “delivered to Turkey’s refineries owned by the son of [Turkish President] Erdogan, then to Turkish port of Jeyhan, and then to Israel,” the envoy told journalists. “It’s quite a profitable business. “Purchasing oil from terrorist groups is prohibited by the UN Security Council’s resolutions, Ja’afari reiterated.

He went on to address humanitarian situation in a town of Madaya where inhabitants are said to be dying of starvation. He dismissed the Western accusations Damascus is hampering deliveries of aid as having been falsified to undermine the Geneva peace talks, according to TASS.

“Every time when a step forward is made towards political reconciliation in Syria, information on certain incidents is fabricated to slander the Syrian government and negatively impact the political process,” he said.

The bloody conflict has been ongoing in Syria since 2011, claiming the lives of some 220,000 Syrians while around 12 million people are in constant humanitarian need, according to the latest UN Human Rights Office’s estimates. Some 7,632,500 Syrians have been internally displaced, with 4,194,554 seeking refuge outside the country.

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US Senator: Saudi Arabia and Turkey are greatest threats to world peace

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Va. Senator Dick Black

Republican Virginia state Senator Dick Black said Saudi Arabia and Turkey are the greatest threats to world peace in an interview with RT, adding that Saudi Arabia’s “absolute barbarity” is overlooked because of its long-standing relationship with the US.

“I believe that Saudi Arabia and Turkey are the two greatest dangers to world peace,” Senator Black told RT. “It is Saudi Arabia, through the Wahhabist doctrine, that is spreading terrorism across the globe. It’s not Iran, it’s not Syria or any other country.”

Saudi Arabia’s state-sponsored teachings of Wahhabism promote an ultra-conservative, austere version of Sunni Islam. Meanwhile, Black told RT that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan intends to impose an absolute dictatorship.

“Erdogan has a dream of becoming a new Ottoman Empire,” Black said. “He’s a very calculating, very vicious individual and, I think, a great danger. Erdogan won an absolute majority of the Turkish parliament, which will enable him to rewrite the constitution. Once he had that total power to impose an absolute dictatorship – which he intends to do – and he publicly said that his model is that of Adolph Hitler.”

At its height in the 16th and 17th centuries, the Ottoman Empire encompassed southeast Europe, western Asia, the Caucasus, North Africa and the Horn of Africa. During World War I, the Ottoman Empire declared a military jihad on France, Russia, and Great Britain, but ultimately lost.

The Adolph Hitler comment Black referred to comes from an interview back in January when Erdogan told journalists that he wanted to transform his office into a US-style executive “super-presidency,” through constitutional reforms.

“In a unitary system (such as Turkey’s) a presidential system can work perfectly,” said Erdogan, according to Agence France-Presse. “There’s already examples in the world and in history. You can see it when you look at Hitler’s Germany.”

After that analogy caught news headlines, the president’s office said in a statement that it was “unacceptable” to interpret Erdogan’s remarks as endorsement of Nazism.

“Our president…has declared that the Holocaust and anti-Semitism, along with Islamophobia, are crimes against humanity,” a press statement read, adding that Hitler’s Germany “had disastrous consequences” for the political system and could not be held up as a model.

Erdogan’s party, while controlling a majority of seats in the parliament, does not command the required two-thirds necessary to change the constitution without the support of other parties.

Senator Black thinks the civil war in Syria would never have happened without the efforts of Saudi Arabia and Turkey. He said the war in Syria was not a domestic uprising or part of the Arab Spring, with civilians seeking democracy. Instead, he called it an uprising of hardcore jihadists, aided by the CIA and MI6, with the help of Saudi Arabia and Turkey. Saudi Arabia was able to control governments across the world with its financial strength, and the Turks had their own agenda with regard to Europe, Black argued.

“Virtually all arms, ammunition, equipment, supplies, jihadists, medical support – all of it comes from Turkey. Right now, ISIS sends 44,000 barrels of oil per day – stolen barrels, most of it from Syria – across the border into Turkey,” said Black.”The State Department has publicly said that there’s only a trickle of oil that gets into Turkey, but I have personally spoken to Kurdish activists … [who] observed hundreds of ISIS oil tankers carrying stolen Syrian oil into Turkey on a daily basis.”

Black said Turkey is “actively assisting the ISIS rebels,” and also “helping the Al-Nusra rebels which are linked with Al-Qaeda.”

“In both places we’ve got terrorists, and in both places their major support comes out of Turkey. And it comes out of Turkey with approval from the highest levels of government.”

As for Saudi Arabia, Black believes the latest spike in tensions between the Saudis and Iran is proof of how Washington has been turning a blind eye to Riyadh’s actions.

“The US has been so in bed with the Saudi Arabians for so long. The Bush family – Herbert Walker Bush, George Bush, Jeb Bush – all of them have been closely tied with the dictatorship of Saudi Arabia,” he said. “The same thing with the Clintons – Bill, Hillary – very closely tied to the money from Saudi Arabia. And because of this Saudi Arabia has been able to do the most outrageous things,” said Black.

“We tend to condemn various secular nations in the Middle East because they do don’t do this quite right, or that quite right. And yet we overlook the absolute barbarity of the Saudi Kingdom, their absolute dictatorship.”

Black said that there is not a single Christian church in Saudi Arabia, but the US is quick to condemn other countries lacking in religious freedoms.

“What’s happening is that they [the Saudi family] are trying to restore some of the hostility between Shiites and the Sunnis. The Saudis massacred 47 people,” Black told RT. “I’m sure some of them were genuine criminals, but many of them were simply political opponents. And then there was an inevitable reaction which they knew there would be. And the Saudis, in typical fashion, have now shown a sense of outrage that people would be angered by the level of their debauchery – and this is typical of the Saudis.”

Black served in the US Marine Corps and retired as a Colonel in the Judge Advocate General (JAG) corps before being elected to the Virginia legislature. He maintains that the Assad government is effectively fighting against Islamic State and protecting the remaining Christians of Syria. Its fall, he says, would allow IS to quickly seize Jordan and Lebanon, and continue its drive westward.

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Western aggression: US Navy planning permanent deployment in Mediterranean

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US Navy weighs permanent deployment in the Mediterranean to respond to Russia’s increased naval capabilities, a senior Navy official said. As part of global rivalry, not countering Moscow at sea entails the “risk of falling behind,” another Navy chief warned.

The US Navy is considering “long-term” deployments in the Mediterranean in addition to the ongoing use of four guided missile destroyers stationed in Rota, Spain, the senior Navy official told Sputnik on Tuesday.

“You could say it’s because of the migrant issue and the tax that that has put on European navies, and then certainly because of the increased Russian naval presence and capability,” he added. Washington is also in touch with its NATO allies to see what amount of naval capacities the Europeans are able to stand up.

“The reason for those discussions… at the top of that list, again, is the increased Russian presence and what it means,” the official reiterated.

Comment: Russia’s military buildup exists because of the West’s continued aggression against them. It’s like the US lives in another world where they haven’t staged a coup in Ukraine and surrounded the Western border of Russia with NATO military bases. If Russia put military bases in Canada and Mexico, you can be certain that the US would be forced to military respond to those actions. But when Russia does that, it’s “aggression”.

Since the mid-1990s, Washington has had no permanent presence in the Mediterranean. However, over the past year, the US Navy has moved four Arleigh Burke-class destroyers into the Mediterranean as part of its ballistic missile defense (BMD) program in Europe, which Moscow has described as dangerous and destabilizing.

Earlier Monday, another top Navy officer, Chief of Naval Operations Adm John Richardson, said during a speech at the National Press Club that the 25-year period of America’s absolute dominance at sea has now gone, as both Russia and China have advanced their military potential dramatically.

“When the Soviet Union dissolved, the Cold War ended, we really entered a period where we were not … challenged at sea, not in a very meaningful way. That era is over,” Adm Richardson warned.

As for Moscow’s military power, the Russian Navy “is operating at a frequency and pace not seen for more than two decades,” Richardson said, citing Russia’s naval task force in the Mediterranean consisting of up to 10 combat and support vessels since the end of 2012, including the Varyag guided-missile cruiser that joined the mission last week.

In early 2015, Vice Admiral Joseph Mulloy, US deputy chief of naval operations for capabilities and resources, said the Chinese Navy has more diesel and nuclear attack submarines than America does. Some of them are “fairly amazing” and the Chinese “submarine forces are growing at a tremendous rate.”

Richardson did not provide any details of possible countermeasures the US Navy may take. In the Navy’s new strategy, dubbed “A Design for Maintaining Maritime Superiority” and released in early January, says Washington’s adversaries – notably Moscow and Beijing – are seeking to exploit what Richardson called the “three global forces”: traffic in the ocean, the global information system and the increasing rate of innovation.

Moscow’s revised maritime strategy, introduced in July 2015, specifically addressed stepping up Russian naval presence in the Black Sea, as well as in the Arctic and the Atlantic. New warships and submarines are also being commissioned for the Russian Navy to extend its regional and global reach.

“If we do not recognize and adapt to the changing character of the game, we are a navy that is at risk of falling behind … our competitors,” Richardson said.

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Western hegemonic destruction versus Russian stability, justice and freedom

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Mark Taliano

One of the unstated goals of imperial warfare is to make hapless civilians pay a price for having the temerity to be born in a targeted nation.

Prior to the illegal invasion of Iraq, for example, the Western oligarchies imposed sanctions which destroyed water treatment infrastructures and killed about 700,000 children, and about 1 million other innocent Iraqis. These consequences were all planned and projected. There was nothing accidental about the mass killings. It was simply imperial punishment for living in Iraq. Part of the calculus for such barbarity is that Imperialists hope that such punishments will demoralize local populations, and possibly make them reject their leaders. It falls under the euphemistic categories of “destabilization” and “collateral damage”. More accurately, it is targeted mass murder.

Why did the Western oligarchies choose to destroy Iraq and its people? It had nothing to do with Weapons of Mass Destruction, or terrorism, or any other of the creative lies perpetrated by cooked intelligence reports and public relations agencies. More accurately, CIA asset Saddam Hussein had decided to stop using the US dollar for foreign trade. Once Iraqi oil fields were under U.S control, oil sales were switched back to the dollar. Multitudes of innocent people were slaughtered – and continue to be slaughtered – for the US dollar, oil, and oligarch profits. Whereas Iraq under Hussein was free of Wahhabism, and other assorted Western-supported terrorists, now it is a hotbed for terrorism, and innocent Iraqis are still paying for their temerity.

Libya, like Iraq, was also a well-developed nation. Under Gaddafi, it had become the most prosperous nation in Africa, but innocent Libyans are still paying the price for having been born there. Hillary Clinton’s recently-disclosed e-mail records demonstrate that Libya had decided to create an international reserve currency based on Libya’s gold dinar. Consequently, NATO planes provided air-cover for its al Qaeda proxies, Muammar Gaddafi was murdered, and now Libya too is a hotbed for terrorists, including the liver-eating ISIS variety. The country has been successfully “destabilized”.

These are common imperial tactics, all masked by the duplicitous oligarchies. Ukraine is being destroyed and destabilized in a similar fashion, and to serve hidden imperial agendas, as is Syria.

Syrians are lucky though. The Syrian army, Russia, Iran, and affiliated forces such as Hezbollah are successfully defeating the Western terrorist proxies, including al-Nusra Front and ISIS.

All of this mass death and destruction points to huge geo-political shifts, as it shines a light on the forces of justice and freedom and opposing forces of death and destruction.

Russia and its allies represent stability, international justice and freedom, while the Western oligarchies represent the opposite.

The “Saker”, a self-described military analyst, decodes the differences in the following chart: MSM would have us believe an inverted version of this interpretation, but Western claims are not sustainable.

The destruction of each country that opposes its largely unstated agenda demonstrates that the “AngoZionist Unipolar Imperial Model” seeks global dominance, and that the rule of international law does not apply to it when international law contradicts its illegal hegemony. The unipolar model does not tolerate alternate societal or economic models, it entrenches the rule and prosperity of the predatory 1% oligarch class, and it is based upon tacit notions of white supremacism. The innocent “other” is disposable.

Internationally, Russia and its allies, described as the “Russian Multipolar Model” offer the opposite, within a framework of international law and order.

But Western populations are exposed to a constant diet of sophisticated corporate propaganda, so they are largely immune to the truth. Currently, the Orwellian notion that “white is black, and black is white” describes the degenerate Western mind-set. These dangerous delusions may well lead us to an unthinkable nuclear war between the “Anglo-Zionist” coalitions, and the forces supporting the “Russian Multipolar Model”.

Historical memory informs us that we are following the wrong path.

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Zio-Wahhabi regime admits using cluster bombs against Yemen

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Spokesman for Saudi Zio-Wahhabi military, Brigadier General Ahmed al-Asiri

Saudi Zio-Wahhabi regime has admitted that its military has used cluster bombs in the aggression against Yemen. The spokesman for the Saudi Zio-Wahhabi military said Tuesday that Riyadh had used cluster bombs in an air strike on the northwestern areas of Yemen.

Zio-Wahhabi Ahmad al-Asiri claimed however that the military used cluster bombs just once in Hajjah Province to attack cars belonging to Yemeni fighters. The attack was carried out nearly nine months ago, when Zio-Wahhabi regime began the campaign, the military official said.The news comes against the backdrop of a growing body of evidence on the use of cluster bombs by Saudi Zio-Wahhabi army. The United Nations and other international organizations say investigators have found remnants of such bombs in Hajjah and around the Yemeni capital, Sana’a.

The UN human rights office said in early January that it had received reports that Saudi Zio-Wahhabi forces used cluster bombs in Hajjah, adding that a UN team found remnants of 29 cluster submunitions in the village of al-Odair. Local sources in Hajjah also confirmed the repeated use of the bombs in attacks against villages, saying the airstrikes had caused significant loss of life among the civilians.

Reports have emerged over the past days showing that Saudi Zio-Wahhabi warplanes have repeatedly pounded with cluster bombs the positions of the Houthi Ansarullah movement and its supporters in Sana’a. Zio-Wahhabi aggression began on March 26, 2015 and in a bid to undermine Ansarullah and restore power to the fugitive former C.I.A puppet, Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi.

On January 8, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern over Saudi Zio-Wahhabi regime intensifying airstrikes against civilians. He said, if proved, Riyadh’s use of cluster bombs in the capital, Sana’a, may amount to a “war crime.”

Ansarullah and volunteer fighters have also hit back by targeting the Saudi Zio-Wahhabi military positions in southern Saudi territories. On Tuesday, at least two Zio-Wahhabi soldiers were killed in a rocket attack launched on several Zio-Wahhabi bases in Jizan Province, according to Manbar al-Yemen, a pro-Houthi website. Attacks were also reported on bases in the neighboring Najran Province, without immediate reports available on potential casualties.

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