Headlines of interest, late August, 2015…

BloombergFed Up Investors Yank Cash From Almost Everything Just Like 2008

Independent.ie‘Black Monday’: Hundreds of billions wiped off world stock markets in worst plunge since 2008

ZeroHedgeBill Gross Asks The $64 Trillion Question: Is China Dumping Treasurys?

Telegraph (Ambrose Evans-Pritchard) – China’s market Leninism turns dangerous for the world

Wall Street On Parade (Pam and Russ Martens)- Forget China, Here’s What’s Really Frightening U.S. Stock Investors

Real News Network (Michael Hudson) – Smoke and Mirrors of Corporate Buybacks Behind the Market Crash

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What World War III looks like: Asia/Pacific front…

ZeroHedgeCaught On Tape: Another Huge Chemical Warehouse Explosion Rocks China

Caught On Tape: Massive Explosion At US Weapons Depot In Japan

RTRussia, China kick off active phase of Sea of Japan naval drills

Wayne Madsen ReportAugust 25-26, 2015 — Chinese asymmetric warfare: sabotage operations at forefront of strategy

In 1999, two colonels of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, Senior Colonels Qiao Liang and Wang Xiangsui, published a book titled, “Unrestricted Warfare.” The book was an instant hit with the Chinese reading public. It also sent shock waves through the Pentagon and its phalanx of not-for-profit think tanks and became required reading at West Point…

The Chinese authors were actually calling for an innovative strategy in fighting future wars. In order to compensate for what was then viewed by Beijing as superior American military strength in the Pacific region, Chinese military strategy was fine-tuned to accommodate “asymmetric warfare,” which means a war without traditional boundaries.

Although the Pentagon and its congressional “yes men” and media plants have hyped the Chinese cyber-security threat, it is another component of the Chinese strategy, clandestine sabotage of and military attacks on vital infrastructure installations, including factories, ports, electrical power plants, that is of greater significance. The recent suspicious mega-explosion at the port of Tianjin, a major Chinese commercial center, and at a chemical plant in Shandong, are examples of the types of facilities that would be attacked by Japan, which has adopted its own version of the Chinese asymmetric warfare strategy to combat what it sees as a Chinese military threat.

However, it is Japan, under the imperial revanchist prime minister Shinzo Abe, that has brought home the menace of a resurgent militaristic Japan to China. It should be recalled that in 1937, Japan took control of Tianjin, what was then known as Tientsin, and maintained economic control of Shandong, then Shantung, ever since the end of World War I. Japanese revanchists and militarists view Tianjin and Shandong as lost Japanese territories.

It is significant that Abe is boycotting the 70th anniversary celebrations, including a massive military parade, in Beijing of the Victory over Fascism just as German Chancellor Angela Merkel snubbed Russia and did not attend a similar parade in Moscow. Abe has also refused to apologize to China for Tokyo’s war atrocities in China in World War II. Abe merely issued a statement of “remorse.” The failure of Abe to apologize, something done by past prime ministers, set off a series of indignant protest from not only Beijing but from Seoul and Pyongyang, as well. South Korean President Park Geun-hye will join Vladimir Putin in Beijing for the 70th anniversary military celebration. She ignored pressure from Washington and Tokyo to boycott the celebration. By fomenting heightened tensions between the West on one hand and Russia and China on the other, Abe and Merkel appear nostalgic for the old Axis alliance.

Abe, according to WMR’s sources in Japan, has old links to the fascist terrorist group Aum Shinrikyo, which attacked the Tokyo subway system with deadly Sarin gas in 1995. In 2000, Aum Shinrikyo changed its name to Aleph and, although it has been accused of being anti-Semitic, oddly chose the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet as its new name. Aleph and its cult members, many of whom are Gladio-like operatives for the Japanese intelligence agency Naicho, is believed to ultimately answer to Abe. Though branded a terrorist group, Aleph is in a unique position to commit acts of sabotage in China without exposing the fingerprints of Abe or the Japanese government.

Chinese asymmetric warfare strategy has, as one its its basic principles, a doctrine known as “anti-access/area denial” (A2/AD). This doctrine calls for denying the use of port facilities and logistical support to the U.S. Seventh Fleet in mainland Japan, Okinawa, and Guam. Targeted ports include Yokosuka, the headquarters of the Seventh Fleet, and Sasebo.

The deadly explosions in Tianjin and Shandong were followed by an explosion at the U.S. Army Sagami General Depot in Sagamihara, near the Yokosuka U.S. naval base, which stores fuel, ammunition, and compressed gases for the U.S. military forces in Japan. The Sagami depot is exactly the type of facility that would be targeted in a Chinese A2/AD operation, although it would not be a primary target. If, however, the Chinese were responding to what it believed were an act of asymmetric warfare against two of its major industrial assets, the port of Tianjin and the Shandong chemical factory, it would choose a secondary or tertiary U.S. military target, such as the Sagami depot.

Chinese A2/AD strategy calls for minimizing civilian casualties, whether it is in what China refers to the “first island chain” — Japan, Okinawa, Luzon, Borneo, and Taiwan — and the “second island chain” — Guam, Saipan, the Bonin Islands, and the Volcano Islands. The Chinese understand that it would not help their cause with fellow Asians to be responsible for a large number of Asian civilian casualties in denying the Americans military access to the first and second island chains. They are perfectly content to allow the Americans to maintain the distinction of indiscriminately targeting Japanese civilians in World War II with two nuclear bombings of cities and conventional fire bombings of Tokyo and other cities.

The Chinese have a different strategy for what is known as the “third island chain” — the Aleutians, Hawaii, and the South Pacific island states and territories. This chain would be targeted with mainly non-lethal unconventional warfare, including cyber-attacks, a massive propaganda campaign, especially directed at ethnic Pacific islanders, and communication satellite outages resulting from the use of ASAT, or anti-satellite, weapons.

A day before the Shandong explosion, a suspicious explosion ripped through the basement of the One Wilshire building in downtown Los Angeles. The explosion, which injured four people, and resulting power failure knocked out data services to Level 3 data network customers. A number of Internet Service Providers saw their operations disrupted, with the effects of the outage being felt as far away as Britain. Such Internet “choke points” are highly-favored sabotage targets in asymmetric warfare campaigns.

The authors of “Unrestricted Warfare” stated that in their view, nations could inflict grievous harm on the economies of other nations without taking major military action. The authors saw attacks on data networks as one such unconventional action. The Chinese colonels saw a combination of traditional military action and non-military operations as a “grand warfare method.”

The Sagami explosion was shortly followed by another at the Nippon Steel plant in Kawasaki, next to Haneda Airport, which serves Tokyo. Airport passengers were quoted as fearing that there was a link to the Kawasaki and Sagami explosions in Japan and those that occurred in China. In this case, the “crowd sourcing” of the causes of the explosions may be more correct than official government statements and corporate media accounts.

This week, the Chinese and Russian navies began “Joint Sea II” exercises in the Sea of Japan. It is the first time that the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has conducted exercises in the Sea of Japan. In addition to live-fire drills, the two navies are conducting “anti-sabotage” operations, which is interesting in the wake of the industrial explosions in China and Japan.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Navy is conducting a major exercise in the South China Sea with the navies of Singapore, Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, and Indonesia. The exercise is called CARAT, Cooperation Afloat and Readiness Training, and is directed against China’s increasing military presence in disputed maritime and island zones in the South China Sea. The U.S. Navy ships participating in CARAT are home based at Yokosuka, in Japan, the site of the Sagami explosion…

ReutersU.S. plans more Asia-Pacific drills to counter China reclamation

It’s already contaminated so we may as well send it back to Japan…

FOX 5 (San Diego) – Transfer of USS Ronald Reagan to Japan to begin Monday

Foxtrot AlphaWhat Is This Mysterious Underwater “Robot” That A Chinese Fisherman Caught?

The never resolved Korean War has been defused for the time being (thank Laibach?)…

Yonhap News AgencyKoreas reach deal on defusing tensions

RTKim Jong Un praises ‘landmark’ accord with S. Korea, talks unity & trust

Middle-East front…

Middle East EyeSaudi troops enter northern Yemen, reports

This following Yemeni army gains in border province of Jizan…

PressTV  – Yemen forces capture two Saudi military bases

Israeli raid on Quneitra in Syria kills five civilians

Fars News AgencySyrian Army Shoots Down Israeli Fighter Jet over Quneitra

SputnikDamascus Hit by Several Missile Strikes Leaving One Dead, Dozens Injured

Voltairenet (Thierry Meyssan) – The Russian army is beginning to engage in Syria

TarpleyTurkish Pals of ISIS Czar John Allen Helped Nusra AKA Al Qaeda Capture US-trained Syrian Mercenaries; Goal Was to Shield ISIS Butchers; Case Is Far Worse Violation of US State Secrets Than Petraeus or Hillary; Erdogan Must Be Expelled from NATO; Obama Needs to #FireAllen4ISIS !

the real SyrianFreePress NetworkMercenary-terrorists confess being trained in Turkey by US, Qatari and Saudi personnel

Penny for your thoughtsKurd/ISIS Symbiosis: ISIS takes Syrian border towns

Moon of AlabamaThe Wars In Syria And Iraq Are Also Water Wars – More Will Come

Spilling over into Europe…

ThereAreNoSunglassesDestroy Countries, Create Refugees—NOW DEAL WITH THEM

ReutersTruck of migrant corpses, new boat sinking intensify Europe’s crisis

LiveLeak Germany: Heidenau police officers injured in weekend of anti-migrant riots

Hungary Police Use Tear Gas on Migrants

E. Europe soon to explode?…

Fort Russ (translation of Novorossia.su)- Source: Poroshenko is planning an operation to destroy DPR and LPR with NATO support

RTNATO stages huge airborne drill in Europe, says ‘acting in purely defensive manner’

SputnikUS to Deploy Battle Tanks, Infantry Fighting Vehicles to Poland in 2016

Translation of Réseau VoltaireBackground behind NATO expansion: new members, new customers

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In other international news…

MondoweissIsraeli nukes are finally newsworthy– as US gov’t both releases and gags info

While Netanyahu may be mad, there are fortunately sane elements of the Israeli government…

Middle East EyeIsraeli army blocked Netanyahu’s plans to attack Iran: Barak

Al MonitorWorld tunes out Netanyahu’s broken record on Iran

Accused murderer of Boris Nemtsov…

Caucasian KnotZaur Dadaev to stay in custody

Latin America…

SputnikUS Ramps Up Military Presence in Latin America

Instituto ManquehueWith no DEA in sight, Bolivia keeps reducing coca fields

Xinhua – Bolivia threatens to expel unfriendly NGOs

AllGovHillary Clinton Emails Reveal Questionable Support for Overthrow of Elected Government in Honduras

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Domestic…

Common Sense ShowThanks to Congress the UN Plot to Confiscate American Guns Took a Giant Step Forward

On cue…

LiveLeakWDBJ Live Shooter Filmed Himself as He fired

WillylomanVery Serious Problems with the WDBJ Shooting Story

APAP sues over access to FBI records involving fake news story

Counter Current NewsPrivate Prisons Threaten To Sue States Unless They Get More Inmates For Free Labor

Liberty BlitzkriegNorth Dakota Becomes First State to Legalize Drones Weaponized with Tasers, Tear Gas, Rubber Bullets & Sound Canons

Free Thought Project“Stop F**king Crying!” SWAT Raids Wrong Home, Holds Naked Mom at Gunpoint in Front of Children

Counter Current NewsRetired Army General Says He’s ‘Ashamed To Be An American’ After Brutal Arrest by Police

Boiling Frogs Post (John W. Whitehead) – The Raping of America- Mile Markers on the Road to Fascism

Natural NewsWhy did Obama nationalize the U.S. food supply with executive order 13603?

ViceHow Eric Holder’s Corporate Law Firm Is Turning Into a ‘Shadow Justice Department’

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Spook news…

The catch-22 of legal standing in NSA cases: you must prove that you personally are being spied upon. Without clearance, however, it is an unprovable proposition…

Washington PostFederal appeals court weakens lawsuit against NSA’s bulk phone data collection

NRKUSA asked Norway to arrest Edward Snowden

IntelNewsGerman government charges CIA spy with treason

Intelligence OnlineToyko’s new intelligence agency

Google takes on NGA in GEOINT

CryptomeSAIC Whistlebreakers

Directions MagazineNGA’s ‘seismic shift’ to open collaboration

Defense SystemsAir Force looks to get the MOAST out of open architectures

DARPA awards second deal for Phase II of ALIAS

Modern Tokyo TimesDeaths of Lee Rigby and Anas al-Liby: Murky Roles of MI5 and MI6 in Relation to Al-Qaeda and Islamists

California CourierTurkey Pays CIA Director & Lobbyists To Misrepresent Attacks on Kurds & ISIS

Khaama-PressReports: Mullah Mansour says Taliban lost hand when Hamid Gul died

NewsweekCIA Plans Huge Release of Top-Secret Reports From the 1960s

Wayne Madsen ReportAugust 24-25, 2015 — CIA archives: Langley had its hands heavily involved in treason against President Carter

Declassified Central Intelligence Agency archives indicate that the top brass at Langley was concerned about press reports in 1980 that not only did the Ronald Reagan-George Bush-William Casey campaign team engineer an “arms-for-no-hostages” deal with Ayatollah Khomeini’s government in Iran — thus ensuring the U.S. embassy hostages would remain in Tehran until after the November presidential election — but also tipped off Iran about President Jimmy Carter’s planned attempt to rescue the hostages using military force.

According to documents held in the CIA archives until they were declassified in 2012, officials of the Carter White House suspected that the Reagan-Casey team had a mole inside the National Security Council. Moreover, this mole was believed to be directly passing classified information on the military operation to rescue the hostages, Operation Eagle Claw, planned for April 24, 1980. The operation was complex and dangerous. Delta Force commandos were to land at an initial staging area in Khorasan province, code named Desert One. They would then fly 260 miles to a second staging area in the Tehran suburbs, code named Desert Two, where they would link up with CIA agents on the ground in Iran and local Iranian support personnel. The U.S. and Iranian team were to drive to the U.S. embassy compound in trucks and then engage the student hostage takers, and, if the plan worked, free the hostages and exfiltrate them to Deserts One and Two and eventual freedom when they reached Saudi Arabia.

The CIA’s director of security, Robert Gambino, the George H. W. Bush loyalist, retired from the CIA in early 1980 to join the Bush presidential campaign. He then switched to the Reagan-Bush campaign after Reagan selected Bush at the July nominating convention in Detroit. Gambino is mentioned in the documents as a liaison between William Casey and disloyal elements within the CIA. Gambino also gave Jeb Bush his CIA indoctrination in 1977 prior to Jeb leaving for a two year assignment as vice president for Texas Commerce Bank, owned by James Baker, in Caracas. Jeb Bush and Gambino initially worked together on George H. W. Bush’s campaign in 1980. They both joined the Reagan-Bush campaign in July after Reagan was nominated by the Republican convention in Detroit with Bush as his running mate. Initially, it appears that the CIA group working against Carter was dealing with both the Reagan and Bush presidential campaigns in early 1980. Although Bush beat Reagan in the Iowa caucus and the New Hampshire primary, Reagan went on to win most of the later primaries.

The classified information on Eagle Claw and negotiations with Iran were passed to Casey, Richard Allen, Ed Meese, and Judge William Clark. Essentially, these four men were operating a spy operation targeting the Carter White House using one or more moles within the National Security Council. Bush agents within the National Security Council were also active. These included Stefan Halper whose father-in-law was Dr. Ray Cline, former deputy director of the CIA. Cline’s network of agents, including Ted Shackley, forced to retire from the CIA in 1979, extended to the Carter National Security Council and CIA officers who were thought to be loyal to its director Admiral Stansfield Turner. However, these old Bush loyalists were loyal not to Turner but to Bush and Casey. Halper, Cline, and Jeb Bush’s pal Gambino worked together to ensure as much intelligence as possible was passed from the White House to Allen, Casey, Meese, and Clark. Many CIA officers recalled how Carter’s first choice to head the agency was Ted Sorensen, the aide to and speechwriter for President John F. Kennedy. Many CIA old timers, who were called “cowboys” by President Carter, feared that Sorensen would unlock the secrets of Langley’s involvement in the assassination of his old boss, JFK. They strenuously blocked Sorensen’s nomination…

As Jeb Bush condemns President Obama for the P5+1 nuclear deal with Iran, it should be recalled that he, like his father, committed treason against a sitting president in 1980. Ironically, the treason concerned Iran. Jeb Bush’s opposition to Obama and the Iran nuclear deal should be seen in light of his treasonous past rather than in a mere policy difference with the current president. As President Carter begins treatment for cancer, the country owes it to him to fully explain the treason of the Bush family, Ronald Reagan, and their cohorts and cronies in 1980. It does not matter how many continuing classified documents need to be leaked to give Jimmy Carter a sense of satisfaction that it was high treason, not political ineptness, that sank his presidency.

A little unsolicited advertising here: There is much more behind the WMR paywall. We cannot recommend this site enough – for a mere $30 a year you get intelligence briefings that on certain days we dare say rival what POTUS gets in his CIA morning briefing.

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Miscellanea…

Free Thought ProjectConsumer Reports Study Finds that Nearly All Ground Beef Sold in America Has Feces in It

GuardianPesticides in paradise: Hawaii’s spike in birth defects puts focus on GM crops

ENENewsFukushima nuclear waste detected along Southern California coast — Highest levels seen anywhere in North America since testing program began — 8.4 Bq/m3 of radioactive cesium measured near beach between Los Angeles and San Diego

Radiation Expert: Horrific health toll from Fukushima — “Impossible not to be moved by scale of deaths and suffering” — Thousands to die of cancer and that’s just the tip of the iceberg — Number of dead babies significantly increased in many areas of Japan — Government actions unconscionable

CounterpunchFukushima: Thousands Have Already Died, Thousands More Will Die

At the hands of a Fukushima cleanup worker…

Japan TimesPolice link adhesive tape found on bodies of slain Osaka boy, girl

Daily Mail‘VIP gang accused of three murders’: I was quizzed about Heath, spy chiefs and Army bosses in child sex probe says ex-MP

AangirfanHARVEY PROCTOR; WORLD WIDE CHILD ABUSE

InfowarsHillary Clinton Sanctioned Child Rape in Afghanistan

John of “The Beatles“…

Daily MailJihadi John – ‘I will go back to Britain… and will carry on cutting heads off’: In a chilling new video, man said to be hooded butcher vows to return… and murder all unbelievers

While our ratings have dropped, proving that indeed Sex Sells Wxxx News, nevertheless this is one of the reasons we left Google’s blogspot…

Truthstream MediaSocial Engineering 2.0 Google Algorithm Poses “Serious Threat to Democratic System”

Korea tensions escalate as Laibach performs Sound of Music in Pyongyang

[Updates below. Editor’s note: so much for the free flow of knowledge – that which is supposed to distinguish the “free world” from authoritarian regimes. Due to restrictions common to many U.S. internet service providers, we are unable to access the original KCNA articles for this story, relying instead on approved news sources.]

KCNA WatchSlovenian Laibach Band Gives Performance Here

Pyongyang, August 19, 2015 21:19 KST (KCNA) – The Laibach Band of Slovenia gave a performance at the Ponghwa Art Theatre on Wednesday.

The performance was given under the joint name of the DPRK-Europe Association for the Promotion of Cultural Interchange, the Traavik Art Company of Norway and the Laibach Band of Slovenia. Put on the stage were such numbers as world famous songs and songs on the theme of peace against war.

Performers showed well the artistic skill of the band through peculiar singing, rich voice and skilled rendition. Korean song “Arirang” was also put on the stage.

Among the audience were officials concerned, people in Pyongyang, a European regional delegation for friendship and cultural interchange, diplomatic envoys, representatives of international organizations and staff members of foreign embassies here and foreign guests staying in the DPRK.

FACTWatch Laibach become the first western group to play North Korea

Their gig in Pyongyang was filmed by the state news agency, KCNA, and appears to show the band performing at the capital’s Ponghwa Art Theatre. The audience seemed appreciative, if fairly bemused by the show, which was accompanied by images styled from North Korean propaganda posters.

Formed in communist Yugoslavia, Laibach are known for their eclectic cover versions, and last night’s show included ‘Across The Universe’, ‘The Final Countdown’, a traditional Korean folk song, and several songs from The Sound of Music – said to be used as an English teaching aid in DPRK – including ‘Edelweiss’, ‘Do-Re-Mi’ and ‘The Hills Are Alive’.

Watch a video from the Guardian… and check out more footage from BBC News.

Rehearsal footage…

VKLaibach prepares concerts in DPRK (North Korea)

Japan Times (AP) – Slovenia rock band Laibach taps Nazi-era-themed standard for Pyongyang debut

Slovenian avant-garde rock group Laibach is known for pushing the envelope — wearing military uniforms on stage, toying with socialist and Marxist themes, making visual references to authoritarian symbols.

In Pyongyang, they played songs from “The Sound of Music.”

The group, known for its growling, visually charged style of music, performed Wednesday before a full house at a concert hall in Pyongyang in one of North Korea’s more unusual attempts at opening the door to what is generally seen as the decadent and vaguely threatening pop culture of the West.

The “Sound of Music” choice had some subversive elements of its own, as the original was set in the era of Nazi Germany…

The group’s North Korea appearances — they plan to hold another concert on Thursday — are being called the “Liberation Day Tour” and coincide with the 70th anniversary of the Korean Peninsula’s liberation from Japanese colonial rule.

Meanwhile, Kim Jong Un lets Seoul know what he thinks of their “music”…

NK News (August 20th) – North Korea fires on S. Korean loudspeakers

North Korea fired on South Korea’s recently installed propaganda speakers on Thursday at 4 p.m. using counter battery artillery, according to local media.

The attack was directed towards the Yoncheon 28th Division, but the loudspeakers were reportedly undamaged. People living in Hwangsan-li and Sanmgot-li, Yoncheon-gun, Gyeonggi-do have been evacuated from the area.

South Korea reportedly fired back with dozens of 155mm shells, though there was no further response from the DPRK. Seoul will also hold an emergency council meeting on the attack, the Yonhap News Agency reported.

Yonhap News Agency (08/21 01:10) – N. Korea convenes emergency meeting over tensions with S. Korea

North Korea convened an emergency meeting of its Central Military Commission on Thursday night, state media reported, after the two Koreas exchanged artillery fire across their heavily armed border.

The North’s Korean Central Broadcasting Station reported that the North is closely watching how South Korea will respond to its warning that it would take strong military action unless the South stops border propaganda broadcasts and dismantles broadcast facilities within 48 hours.

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Updates, August 21/22

KCNA WatchKim Jong Un Guides Emergency Enlarged Meeting of WPK Central Military Commission

Pyongyang, August 21, 2015 06:39 KST (KCNA) — The situation of the country is now inching close to the brink of a war due to the continued anti-DPRK political and military provocations by the U.S. imperialists and the south Korean puppet forces.

The broadcasting for anti-DPRK psychological warfare, resumed by the south Korean puppet military gangsters in all sectors of the front under the pretext of doubtful “mine explosion” case which occurred in the demilitarized zone of the western sector of the front on August 4, is still going on day and night. And the leaflet-scattering operation against the DPRK, kicked off with mobilization of die-hard reactionary organizations, has gone beyond a tolerance limit.

Psychological warfare against the DPRK is, in essence, an open act of war against it.

In this regard, the General Staff of the Korean People’s Army on August 20 sent an ultimatum to the south Korean puppet Ministry of Defense that a strong military action would be launched at once unless it stops the anti-DPRK broadcasting for psychological warfare and removes all psywar means within 48 hours.

DW (21.08.2015) – North Korea declares ‘quasi state of war’

Pyongyang on Friday declared a “a quasi-state of war in frontline areas.” Tensions remain high on the heavily armed border…

Pyongyang had threatened to take further action unless Seoul ended its loudspeaker broadcasts.

The public announcements had been causing tense relations between the North and the South.

After a lull of 11 years, South Korea had started broadcasting anti-Pyongyang propaganda into North Korea…

…Defense officials said South Korea will continue the loudspeaker broadcasts despite the threats.

Yonyap News Agency (08/22 02:35) – N. Korea says it is ready to go to ‘all-out war’

The North’s foreign ministry issued the warning, claiming once again that the country never provoked Thursday’s exchange of fire with South Korea and accusing Seoul of fabricating the allegations that the communist nation fired first.

“Our military and people are prepared to risk an all-out war not just to simply respond or retaliate, but to defend the system our people chose,” the North said in a statement carried by the country’s official Korean Central News Agency.

“The situation has reached the verge of war and can no longer be reversed,” it said.

August 22. A reversal has come. As of 6PM KST, talks are underway between the two Koreas. Has Laibach’s music for peace inspired a thawing of relations?…

Yonhap News Agency (08/22 18:40) – Rare inter-Korean talks raise hope for improved ties

Hopes grew for improved ties between South and North Korea following Saturday’s surprise announcement of high-level talks planned for later in the day.

The talks, scheduled for 6 p.m. inside the Demilitarized Zone, would be the first government-level meeting between the sides since October, indicating how bad inter-Korean ties have become in recent months…

The last time the two Koreas held ministerial talks was in November 2007.

“(Today’s) high-level contact between South and North appears to be unprecedented in level or format,” said a government source, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

On the agenda will likely be the mine explosion, the artillery exchange, as well as humanitarian issues, such as resuming temporary reunions of families separated by the Korean War.

North Korea specifically requested that Unification Minister Hong Yong-pyo be present at the meeting.

BalkanistThe Hills are Alive: Laibach in Pyongyang

 

Headlines of interest, mid to late August, 2015…

Market meltdowns follow hot August sun around the globe…

ZeroHedge – China’s “Judgment Day” Arrives – Malicious Sellers Slam Stocks Below Communist Floor

Blood On The Streets Of Europe – Stocks Crash By Most In 4 Years, Bond Risk Surges

Carnage: Worst Week For Stocks In 4 Years, VIX Soars Most Ever

Another Black Swan? Syriza Outcasts Form New Political Party, Will Push For Grexit

MarketwatchOpinion: Germans begin the looting of Greece

This means war…

Wall Street JournalJ.P. Morgan Names Former Army Chief of Staff Raymond Odierno as Adviser

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It is claimed that aliens saved planet Earth in the Cold War…

21st Century WireNASA Astronaut: Aliens Prevented Nuclear War on Earth

Will they save us now?…

News.com.auWorld war brews in space between China, US and Russia

Breaking Defense – US Wargame Pits Army Missile Defenses Against Russian Jamming

Defense SystemsThe key to stronger communications? Vacuum tubes.

Why? Because the electromagnetic spectrum is getting crowded and the Defense Department not only has to make more efficient use of it, but it also is increasingly concerned about operating in contested environments where adversaries could jam or otherwise interfere with signals that are essential to military operations.

Such as…

Indian Strategic StudiesPerformance of Russian SIGINT and Electronic Warfare in the War in the Ukraine

Russian Radio (21 April 2014) – Russian Su -24 scores off against the American “USS Donald Cook”

A bomber without any weapons, but having onboard equipment for jamming enemy radar, worked against a destroyer equipped with “Aegis”, the most modern system of air and missile defence. But this system of mobile location, in this case the ship, has a significant drawback. That is, the target tracking capabilities. They work well when there is a number of these ships which can coordinate with each other somehow. In this case there was just one destroyer. And, apparently, the algorithm of the radar in the “Aegis” system on the destroyer did not load under the influence of jamming by the Su-24.

Let the games begin…

TelegraphNato launches largest airborne drills in Europe since end of Cold War

TASSLarge troop contingents being redeployed to Russia’s western regions

IntelnewsSweden conducts spy flights over Russia amidst heightened tensions

RTKissinger: ‘Breaking Russia has become objective for US’

Ukraine TodayUS plans to expand Ukraine drone coverage

The SakerIs Ukraine On The Cusp Of A Real Uprising?

Fort Russ (translating PolitOnLine.ru) – Yatsenyuk will flee the ruins of Ukraine because “it’s not his historical homeland”

ObserverIn Modern Ukraine, People of Color Need Not Apply

East Asia…

RTJapan stages 1st regional drills with West – as PM Abe stops short of apology for WWII atrocities

SputnikChinese to Build Giant Floating Fortresses

DailyMailWas badly stored cyanide to blame for the catastrophic Chinese warehouse blasts that killed 50? Panicked families flee ‘toxic cloud’ after secretive officials refuse to list deadly chemicals kept on site

Stamp out the conspiracy theories! Chinese government worried that the apocalyptic explosion makes it look bad demands secretive local authorities reveal the cause as death toll climbs to 114

The Unhived MindDid the Rod of God weapon hit Tianjin?

Natural NewsBOMBSHELL: China and America already at war: Tianjin explosion carried out by Pentagon space weapon in retaliation for Yuan currency devaluation… Military helicopters now patrolling Beijing

PC WorldTianjin explosion shuts down Chinese supercomputer

ZeroHedge – Cyanide Thunderstorms Feared As Mystery Deepens Around $1.5 Billion Tianjin Explosion

“Mystery” Cyanide Foam Covers Streets In China After Tianjin Storms As “Massive Fish Die-Off” Photographed

LiveLeakThailand explosion

Aangirfan – BANGKOK BOMBS; INSIDE JOB; CIA

Middle East/North Africa…

Moon of AlabamaYemen: U.S. Doubles Down, Saudi-UAE Invasion Stuck

Medium (Nafeez Ahmed) – Officials: Islamic State arose from US support for al-Qaeda in Iraq

FOX News – Turkey’s strikes on Kurds could drag US into new front, military sources fear

Turkey’s escalation against Kurds (with U.S. as dupe enabler) was precipitated by what was likely a false flag bombing in Suruc. ISIS was the “hook,” but the PKK being the meat of the matter …

Boiling Frogs Post – Sibel Edmonds on Turkey, Syria & the Kurdish Question

Penny for your thoughtsFormer top PKK commander Osman Ocalan speaks.

Obama to Erdogan: “Your’e on your own”…

BGNNewsThe United States announces it will withdraw Patriot systems from Turkey

Middle East Eye8 soldiers killed, Kurdish mayors arrested as southeast Turkey erupts

Global Research (Stephen Lendman) – Israel Planning Ground Operations in Syria? US-NATO-Israel Plans to Balkanize Syria, Redraw the Map of the Middle East

DW – Evidence that ‘Islamic State’ used chemicals on Kurds, says Bundeswehr

GuardianBeheaded Syrian scholar refused to lead Isis to hidden Palmyra antiquities

Daily MailThe Mediterranean’s grim tide – shocking never before seen pictures of migrants’ bodies washed up on beach in Libya

Libya HeraldIS kills 38 in Sirte, threatens to use gas; HoR members call on international community for help

ReutersIn Egypt, the ‘disappeared’ resurface on TV as ‘terrorists’

Latin America…

Radio Havana – U.S. Embassy in Cuba Officially Reopens

Deutsche Presse-AgenturNew mega protests across Brazil against Rousseff

Wayne Madsen citing Fulha de S. Paolo: Descendant of Brazilian royal family behind anti-Rousseff protests (in Portuguese). Headline: “Descendent of Brazilian Royal Family is one of the leaders of anti-Dilma group.” The French and Russians had the right idea when it came to dealing with their royals: guillotines and firing squads, in other words, no direct descendants.

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Domestic U.S…

Like Ronald Reagan, Donald Trump is poised to deliver a shot of cocaine to the American body politic, beset as it is in economic malaise. The rush is invigorating, and fondly remembered, but it soon fades away. Such has been the reality of the U.S. economy with the dismantling of its manufacturing infrastructure, accelerating since the 1980’s, as the hop-heads of Wall Street delivered shot after shot of bubble after bubble, and as the entrepreneurs of Silicon Valley developed (and manufactured overseas) the digital shackles that would render the sturdy American labor force into peep-show pod-people.

Trump wants to make America great again? We wish him the best of luck. He’s going to need it.

Hollywood Reporter (cover) – Reagan did it. I can too.

We speak figuratively, of course. In the case of one of Trump’s rivals for the nomination, however, the cocaine was quite literally being delivered to American nostrils………

Infowars  (Madsen) – Jeb Bush Linked to Drug Cartels, Money Laundering

ZeroHedgeClinton E-Mails Reveal “Top Secret Drone Talk” As She Hands Over “Blank” Server To Feds

Reuters – Dozens of Clinton emails were classified from the start, U.S. rules suggest

Free Thought ProjectBecause of People Taking Action, the Rate of Cops Being Charged for Murder Has Increased 5-Fold

Intellihub – Jade Helm: Woodland military train convoys seen in four states stretching as far as the eye can see

N.Y.TimesFacial Recognition Software Moves From Overseas Wars to Local Police

InterceptCIA Torture Tactics Reemerge in New York Prison

We can’t decide where the domestic news ends and the spook news begins…

ProPublica – NSA Spying Relies on AT&T’s ‘Extreme Willingness to Help’

Cryptogon – NSA Preparing Quantum Resistant Encryption Algorithms

Wall Street JournalHunt for Chinese Man in U.S. Fuels Political Intrigue

MirrorGareth Williams: MI6 body-in-bag spy ‘killed by agents who broke back into flat to cover tracks

Update on story linked in previous installment…

HaveeruTourists deny Maldives’ Diego Garcia allegation

Wayne Madsen ReportAugust 19-20, 2015 — The mysterious trip to Pedros Banhos islands

Last week, a group of seven people, three Americans, a Canadian, a Hungarian, and Italian tour operator named Giorgio Rosi Belliere, all from NATO countries, as well as a Sri Lankan cook, were intercepted by a helicopter from the Maldives Coast Guard when it appeared that their boat, crewed by 16 Maldivians, attempted to enter the waters of the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT), which is also the home to the U.S. military base on Diego Garcia. The group of foreigners were briefly detained by authorities on Gan island in the southern Addu atoll of the Maldives before being released. Maldivian authorities initially charged the group with trying to illegally enter Diego Garcia.

The so-called “adventurers” told Maldivian authorities that they were bound for the uninhabited atoll of Peros Banhos, which was previously inhabited by native Ilois. The natives, who operated coconut plantations, were expelled by the British in 1970 and resettled on Mauritius to make way for the U.S. base on Diego Garcia. The “tour group” heading for Peros Banhos claimed they intended to go “whale watching.”…

The has been recent international interest in the islands of the Indian Ocean ever since the recent discovery on the coast of Reunion of a barnacle-encrusted airplane wing part, a flaperon, said to be from a Boeing 777. There were initial reports, which turned out to be false, that the wing part came from the missing Malaysian Airlines flight 370 Boeing 777 that disappeared last year on its route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. French search teams scoured a 4000 square mile swatch of ocean off Reunion but found nothing that could have come from MH-370. Australian marine scientists said that given the prevailing currents and wind direction, the flaperon could not have come from MH-370, which is believed to have crashed somewhere in the eastern Indian Ocean.

However, the Western crew of “whale watchers” were caught trying to sail to Peros Banhos at the very same time some other debris, believed by some to have been from MH-370, washed ashore. The debris, which consisted of two pieces of honeycomb-like material and some metallic objects, were sent to Malaysia for analysis. The debris was found on North Male Atoll, Baa Atoll, and Noonu Atoll.

The Malaysians concluded the debris did not come from the missing Boeing 777. On the evening of March 8, 2014, the day that MH-370 went missing, local villagers on the Maldivian island of Kuda Huvadhoo in Dhaal Atoll said they saw a plane fitting the description of the Boeing 777 go down near the island. A fire extinguisher was later found on the beach of the island. Island witnesses said they saw a “jumbo jet” painted white with red stripes. The plane was said to be flying low and was very loud. Some islanders said they had never seen such a large plane fly over the islands. There were only three airports in the Indian Ocean that could have handled the safe landing of a Boeing 777: Male International Airport in Maldives, Mahe in the Seychelles, and Diego Garcia.

Although Malaysian authorities stated that the flaperon found on Reunion definitely came from MH-370, it is known that Boeing manufactures wing parts in India and that often factory rejects are simply thrown into the Indian Ocean. It has become almost a sport for people to find MH-370 debris on the Indian Ocean coastline, however, these “finds” are often industrial trash and debris unrelated to the missing plane, including a Malay “jawi” script Koran found on the beach in Reunion. Muslim Malays are found in South Africa, Australia, and Madagascar, as well as in Malaysia, Brunei, Mindanao, and Indonesia.

Traveling on MH-370 from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing were 20 employees of the Malaysian subsidiary of the U.S. high tech firm Freescale Semiconductor of Austin, Texas, manufacturer of some of the world’s most powerful microchips. Four of the Chinese employees of Freescale who had recently been awarded patents for their advanced chips, were passengers on the MH-370. A major investor in Freescale in the Carlyle Group, which, after the deaths of the Chinese patent holders, stood a good chance of acquiring the patents. One of Carlyle’s chief investors in George Soros, who has always had a beef with Malaysia and its former prime minister Mahathir Mohamed over the latter’s condemnation of Soros and unnamed Jewish co-conspirators, but believed to be the Rothschild family, over the financial attack on the Malaysian ringgit in the 1990s.

The mystery of the purported Indian Ocean “whale watchers” will likely remain a mystery. The Maldivian authorities decided not to charge the Westerners with any crime, released them, and the identities of the Westerners, save for the Italian “tour operator,” have not been disclosed. Knowledgeable sources have told WMR that Maldives, like Montenegro, has become an almost personal fiefdom of the Israeli-connected Rothschild family. Jailed former Maldivian president Mohammed Nasheed has been supported by Soros-financed “color revolution” groups in Maldives since his ouster by a new government that is less inclined to cozy up to Israel, Soros, or the Rothschilds.

La Compagnie Benjamin de Rothschild, a branch of the Edmond de Rothschild Group, is heavily-invested in Maldives and Israeli tourists have flocked in large numbers to the islands. Not all Israelis on holiday are “tourists” and it remains to be seen if a certain group of whale watchers trying to enter two restricted island groups in the BIOT: Diego Garcia and Peros Banhos.

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Miscellanea…

Infowars (Paul Craig Roberts) – FBI EVIDENCE PROVES INNOCENCE OF ACCUSED BOSTON MARATHON BOMBER DZHOKHAR TSARNAEV

Memory HoleHochsprung Email Suggests Sandy Hook Vacated Months Before Massacre Event

Aiken StandardSavannah River Site on lockdown due to “security event” in key area

Japan Times – Japan raises warning level on volcano 50 km from just-restarted nuclear plant

ENENews – Giant whales found dead up & down Pacific NW coast, scientists ‘baffled’ over surge — 25+ carcasses reported in past month — Gov’t: “Troubling… Definitely a pulse of deaths” — Experts: “Alarming spike… Exceptionally rare to see a dead humpback” — Concerns about unidentified pathogen

Official: “Thousands of Millions” of fish wash up dead in Alaska — Piles of them… I have never seen anything like it… First time we’ve ever heard of this

The Common Sense ShowThe Reason Why the Elite Are Hiding Deep Beneath the Earth

If we survive the mass extinction, there is hope…

RTArtificial leaf could revolutionize energy industry – Aussie scientists

Foiled by our Dr. Frankensteins…

Venture BeatWatch a Boston Dynamics humanoid robot wander around outside

Defense SystemsAir Force wants to meld humans and machines for ISR analysis

33rd SquareResearchers Use Brain-Machine Interface to Control Exoskeleton

Ohio State University – Scientist: Most complete human brain model to date is a ‘brain changer’

Finally, what modern day minstrelsy looks like – the shoe polish is gone, but somehow they are able to pull it off. First it was the NAACP’s Rachael Dolezal…

Guardian (12 June 2015) – Civil rights activist Rachel Dolezal misrepresented herself as black, claim parents

And now…

BreitbartDid Black Lives Matter Organizer Shaun King Mislead Oprah Winfrey By Pretending To Be Biracial?

Transgendered, transracialed, transabled…

Taki’s Magazine (Jim Goad) – The Emperor’s New Stump

Netanyahu considering Sampson Option?

Israel may be preparing for a unilateral nuclear strike against Iran. Dramatic expressions in the August 10th Al Monitor article – Bibi, king of the Jews – suggest that Netanyahu is reaching a level of paranoia which may bring him to do the unthinkable. Ben Caspit, interviewing “one of the people closest to the Israeli prime minister on condition of anonymity,” asks “Why do you say ‘above his head?’” in reference to the statement that “Bibi realized that President Obama was going to appeal to American Jewry above his head” in advocating the P5 + 1 deal. Caspit reminds that U.S. Jewry are American citizens, loyal to their nation first even if they do support Israel interests; he then mentions Jonathan Pollard as the traitorous exception. The response:

“I well remember Jonathan Pollard,” my source responded. “But we are in a different situation now. Before Pollard, it was true — American Jews were obliged to be loyal to the United States and the president. But before the ‘destruction of the Third Temple,’ they are beholden to the Jewish nation. This is a historic event, they cannot remain on the sidelines.”

Our emphasis. Caspit explains the expression:

This reflects Netanyahu’s precise state of mind: that the Jewish people are facing the “destruction of the Third Temple,” that is, the annihilation of the State of Israel, the third sovereign Jewish national entity. No less.

The significance of this should not be understated. Historically, Israel has demonstrated its willingness to engage the nuclear option when its leadership perceives (credibly or not) an existential threat to the nation. In Seymour Hersh’s book The Sampson Option (1991), the chapter “Nuclear Blackmail” (Pgs. 222-240) recounts the decision to arm at least three nuclear warheads (code named “Temple”) on October 8, 1973, at the outset of the Yom Kippur War, when Syrian and Egyptian forces were feared by Golda Meir and her advisers to be on the brink of a complete rout of Israeli defenses. There is some dispute as to whether the situation was as dire for Israel as Meir’s “kitchen cabinet” believed, yet psychologically shrouded by the fog of war, the most horrific of hallucinations are evoked. As such, Meir and Dayan were faced with either a Masada scenario or the Sampson Option. Both entail the destruction of Israel, but where the former is a collective suicide, the latter gives the satisfaction of destroying Israel’s enemies in the conflagration. Hersh explains:

With a nuclear arsenal there would be no more Masadas in Israel’s history, a reference to the decision of more than nine hundred Jewish defenders—known as the Zealots—to commit suicide in A.D. 73 rather than endure defeat at the hands of the Romans.

In its place, argued the nuclear advocates, would be the Samson Option. Samson, according to the Bible, had been captured by the Philistines after a bloody fight and put on display, with his eyes torn out, for public entertainment in Dagon’s Temple in Gaza. He asked God to give him back his strength for the last time and cried out, “Let my soul die with the Philistines.” With that, he pushed apart the temple pillars, bringing down the roof and killing himself and his enemies. For Israel’s nuclear advocates, the Samson Option became another way of saying “Never again.” (Pgs. 136-137)

So it was that 1900 years after Masada, defense minister Moshe Dayan ominously said “this is the end of the Third Temple”. Justifiably or not (and we think not), Netanyahu likewise appears to be approaching such a desperate level of psychological horror. Caspit continues:

The Iranian nuclear project threatens the existence of this Jewish entity, a direct existential threat, palpable and crushing… this is a “to be, or not to be” war on the Jewish homeland, a war for the very existence of the Jewish people. No Israeli leader could keep silent in the face of events of such historic proportions. Certainly not Netanyahu, who views himself as destined, from the day of his birth, for this truly messianic mission.

“Messianic” talk such as this evokes the memory of Bibi’s older brother Jonathan “Yoni” Netanyahu who indeed was a sacrificial savior for the more than100 Israeli hostages held by Palestinian hijackers in the Entebbe, Uganda airport in June 1976. By the legend, he was the only Israeli commando to die in the raid; hence, like Sampson, in defeating the Palestinian terrorists, Yoni also perished, and in so doing the Jewish hostages were saved. The effort of Yoni and Bibi’s father, Benzion Netanyahu, however, who pleaded with the Roosevelt administration for the rescue European Jewry from flames of the Third Reich, was a tragic failure. The family history is then most instructive in gauging Bibi’s psychological state. Caspit:

When people try to explain to Netanyahu that the agreement is a done deal, he reacts furiously. He will not back down. He will fight until the end. This insistence reflects a fatalistic, messianic, alarmist worldview in which everything is either black or white, overlooking that most of life is conducted amid shades of gray. To those who practically risk their lives in trying to discuss this with Netanyahu, the prime minister responds that Israel has nothing to talk about with the Americans at the moment. In half a year, Israel will receive everything it can get now, he says.

In Netanyahu’s view, the Americans will compensate Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states for the agreement, and then they will be forced to compensate Israel as well to preserve their long-standing commitment to Israel’s “qualitative military edge.” No, Netanyahu is not worried about the compensation package or about planning for the day after. “There are not enough stealth squadrons in the world that can compensate the Jewish people for a nuclear bomb in Iran,” Netanyahu says. “There is no sum of money or security coordination that can offset the tangible dangers facing Israel and the entire world from this agreement.”

The fatalism of his statements suggests that Netanyahu isn’t thinking in terms of nuclear blackmail, such as was the case in October of ’73 when Meir and Dayan leveraged the specter of mushroom clouds over Cairo and Damascus against the Watergate-beset Nixon administration in order to refurbish the Israeli army and air force.They did so successfully, thus insuring the eventual defeat of the Arabs. Given Netanyahu’s firm belief however that Iran is determined to acquire nuclear weapons and to use them for the annihilation of Israel, neither economic support, nor the supplying of conventional weapons, nor the release of Jonathan Pollard can compensate in a zero sum game that has gone nuclear.

The world then is at the mercy of the phantasms haunting Bibi’s nightmares. If he believes that he has been pushed into a corner from which there is no recourse, there is no telling what he might do. As a former Israeli government official – smarting from Eisenhower’s rebuff during the 1956 Suez War – told Seymour Hersh:

“We got the message. We can still remember the smell of Auschwitz and Treblinka. Next time we’ll take all of you with us.” (Hersh, ibid. Pg. 42)

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Further reading…

Haaretz (May 24, 2015) – The Father, the Son (Bibi) and the Spirit of Catastrophe

Algemeiner (June 24, 2015) – Prime Minister Netanyahu Visits Hero Brother Yoni’s Jerusalem Grave for Annual Ceremony (VIDEO)

Lt. Col. Jonathan (Yoni) Netanyahu official memorial web site

TabletBibi Netanyahu’s Brother Wasn’t the Only Israeli Killed in Entebbe Raid

Samson BlindedThe Biography of Benjamin Netanyahu

Warner D. Farr, LTC, U.S. ArmyTHE THIRD TEMPLE’S HOLY OF HOLIES: ISRAEL’S NUCLEAR WEAPONS

Carol MooreISRAELI NUCLEAR THREATS AND BLACKMAIL

Timothy Alexander GuzmanA “Nuclear-Free Zone” in the Middle East? Why Israel will not Join the Non-Proliferation Treaty

Headlines of interest, early to mid August 2015…

International…

Middle East EyeEgypt allegedly sends ground forces into Yemen quagmire

UAE sends conscripts into Yemen battle, leaving Emirati families shocked and angry

Death sentences spark pro-Gaddafi protests

Al Monitor – Israel faces rise in Jewish terrorism

What’s US really doing at Turkey’s Incirlik Air Base?

VoltairenetLe role of the Erdoğan family within Daesh

Al Manar – Putin to Turkey Envoy: Tell Erdogan He Can Go to Hell along with ISIL Terrorists

RTUS ex-intelligence chief on ISIS rise: It was ‘a willful Washington decision’

Penny for your thoughtsP5+1 is a distraction. Early Seeds of Iranian destabilization cross the Turkish border

ThereAreNoSunglassesThe Anatomy of A Psywar

Mail & Guardian – US frets over its sole base in Africa

Indian Ocean Newsletter – Diplomat dust-ups in Djibouti

Fort Russ (translation of Русская весна) – The Ambassador of Latvia to NATO: our biggest threats are the inflow of Ukrainian refugees and the outflow of our population

Greek ReporterGreek PM Calls on Europe to Help Face Migration Crisis as Greece Has Record Number of Immigrants and Refugees

naked capitalismGreece Says It Has Reached a Deal with Creditors; New Research Says Germany Comes Out Ahead from Lending to Greece Even with 100% Default

MercoPressArgentine embassy in US launches website on the struggle with ‘vulture funds’

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Domestic U.S….

Counterpunch (Eric Draitser) – Puerto Rico: Troubled Commonwealth or Debt Colony?

KRQENew Mexico calls out feds over mine spill

GuardianChicago police detained thousands of black Americans at interrogation facility

Wilyloman“Criminals” Fire on Cops in Ferguson After 1 Year Anniversary March for Michael Brown Concluded

APConstitutional convention sparking buzz, but odds still long

Seattle TimesBlack Lives Matter protesters shut down Bernie Sanders; later rally draws 15,000

PieczenikFox News Entered into the Hunger Games- Sparing No One in Order to Create Ratings: It Failed Miserably.

Liberty BlitzkriegThe New York Times Warns About the Pentagon Labeling Journalists “Unprivileged Belligerents”

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Spook news…

Strategic-Culture (Wayne Madsen) – Partners in Crime: NSA, US Justice Department, and Telecom Firms

AFPAerial Assault drone is armed with hacking weapons

CryptomeWikiLeaks Stratfor Emails Contain Malware

WikiLeaksTarget Tokyo

McClatchy – ‘Top Secret’ emails found as Clinton probe expands to key aides

Washington PostFormer top CIA official arrested at BWI for allegedly trying to bring gun through security

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Miscellanea…

i24 NewsSaudi King Salman blamed 9/11 attacks on Israel: US official

BBCBin Laden family on Blackbushe Airport crash plane

MirrorSir Edward Heath child abuse claims: The brothel, the former PM and police cover-up at centre of probe

AangirfanEDWARD HEATH – THE BIGGER PICTURE

NDTVMaldives Arrest Foreigners Heading for US Military Base

news.com.auMH370 debris can’t be on Reunion Island and the Maldives at the same time, says expert

SputnikRussia to Create Multimillion Dollar Arctic Monitoring System by 2025

Defense News – Electronic Warfare: What US Army Can Learn From Ukraine

Independent‘Gene drive’: Scientists sound alarm over supercharged GM organisms which could spread in the wild and cause environmental disasters

DWScotland to ban genetically modified crops

WHO publishes glyphosate carcinogen report: IARC Monograph

ENENews – Millions of fish dead in Pacific Northwest — Ocean conditions have ‘gone to hell’ — Salmon covered in fungus, red lesions all over, big gaping sores — Extinction concerns, “it could be the end” — Experts: It’s crazy… Unprecedented… Catastrophic… Worst they’ve ever seen

International Astronomical UnionCorrected Sunspot History Suggests Climate Change since the Industrial Revolution not due to Natural Solar Trends

European Southern ObservatoryCharting the Slow Death of the Universe

LiveLeak – Largest Cocaine Offload in History