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Thursday, December 31, 2015

A Christmas Message from Michael C. Cottrell and Al Hodges

Originally Posted at Dinar Chronicles:
Michael C. Cottrell and Al Hodges Christmas Message 2014 Revisited

Sent: Thursday, December 31, 2015 5:39 PM
Subject: Al Hodges Christmas Message 2014 revisited


Please distribute wide and far.

AL:

SINCE NOTHING HAS FINALIZED (OTHER THAN THIS BEING THE 25TH CHRISTMAS), I AGREE WITH YOUR PREMISE.

PLEASE SEND IT OUT ---- SO THAT ALL CAN BE REMINDED AS TO WHAT THIS IS ABOUT.

THANKS,

MCC

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Al Hodges Christmas Message 2014 revisited. The first line is attorney Al Hodges speaking:

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I RECEIVED THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE FROM MY CLIENT, MICHAEL C. COTTRELL THIS MORNING; PLEASE BE SO ADVISED:
PLEASE POST THE FOLLOWING VERBATIM :

"I, MICHAEL C. COTTRELL, B.A.,M.S., DO HEREBY SWEAR AND AFFIRM THE FOLLOWING FACTS:


1. THAT THIS IS THE 24TH CHRISTMAS I AND MY FAMILY HAVE HAD TO ENDURE THE TORTURE OF THE BUSH-CLINTON-FEDERAL RESERVE CABAL (RAT) GANG...WITH ALL THE MENTAL AND PHYSICAL ATTRIBUTES OF FORCED ECONOMIC DEPRIVATION --- DUE TO THE THEFT OF MY NAME, PASSPORT AND SIGNATURES, AND CORPORATE AUTHORITIES FOR PENNSYLVANIA INVESTMENTS, INC. (EST DEC 1984), NIAGARA SECURITIES, INC. (EST JAN 1990), AND JANUS, LLC. (EST 2002).

2. THAT THE EFFECTIVE LOSS OF THE OPERATIONAL AUTHORITIES OF DELMARVA TIMBER TRUST AND THE ABOVE REFERENCED COMPANIES WERE STOLEN BY A GROUP THAT WAS UNDER THE DIRECT OR INDIRECT CONTROL OF G.H.W. BUSH, SR. (OFAC 2001 AND THE CONTINENTAL BANK OF ILLINOIS), RICHARD B. CHENEY (JAN 2002), G.W. BUSH (2000 THRU 2008), BARAK OBAMA (2009-PRES)-- AND NEAL BUSH, J.E.B. BUSH, JEFFERSON CLINTON, AND HILLARY CLINTON, SECRETARY OF TREASURY PAUL H. O'NEAL, SECRETARY HENRY M. PAULSON, JR, AND SECRETARY OF TREASURY LEVY;

3. THAT WRITTEN NOTICES WERE SUBMITTED FOR REDRESS TO THE WHITE HOUSE, THE UNITED STATES TREASURY, AND HER MAJESTY QUEEN ELIZABETH II AND TO HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH --- TO NO AVAIL.

4. SINCE DECEMBER 31, 2010, UPON THE FAILED ATTEMPTS BY THE G-7 AND G-20 TO IMPLEMENT THE NEW TRANSPARENT BANKING SYSTEM (PARTIALLY OR WHOLLY BASED ON DATA SUBMITTED BY MICHAEL C. COTTRELL, B.A., M.S. AND CHRISTOPHER STORY) TO HER ROYAL MAJESTY QUEEN ELIZABETH AND THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH (VIA MR. CHRISTOPHER STORY AND ATTORNEY A. CLIFTON HODGES (CSBN 046803)) ---- THE MEMBERS OF THE G-8 AND THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA HAVE TAKEN A DIFFERENT TACK TO ELIMINATE THE ABOVE MENTIONED BUSH-CLINTON-FEDERAL RESERVE "RAT" CABAL AND THE BANKRUPT FIAT AND DERIVATIVE SYSTEM THAT HAS BEEN DESTROYING THE WORLD'S ECONOMY;

5. THAT ON OR ABOUT 21 MARCH 2013 APPROXIMATELY 200+ COUNTRIES SIGNED A "GOLD TREATY" THAT DESIGNATED THE LOAN, ENMASS, THAT WOULD SATISFY THE BASEL III LIST AND ELIMINATE THE FIAT AND DERIVATIVE SYSTEM ONCE AND FOR ALL, WHICH INCLUDED THE SPECIFIC NAME AND PLACEMENT OF MICHAEL C. COTTRELL, B.A., M.S. AS PART OF THE IMPLEMENTATION;

6. THAT DURING THE AUGUST 2013 G-20 MEETING A FURTHER SET OF AGREEMENTS WERE SIGNED BETWEEN THOSE TREATY MEMBERS, INCLUDING THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA AND THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION TO INCLUDE ADDITIONAL STEPS THAT MAY BE NECESSARY TO ENSURE THE COMPLETE IMPLEMENTATION OF SAID "GOLD TREATY";

7. THAT DURING THE AFOREMENTIONED TIME PERIOD AN INTENSE EFFORT WAS TAKEN BY THE BUSH-CLINTON-FEDERAL RESERVE FIAT SYSTEM TO DELAY OR DESTROY THE IMPLEMENTATION OF SAID TREATY THAT INCLUDED BRIBERY, EXTORTION, MURDER, ATTEMPTED MURDER AND THEFT BY CONVERSION, AND FRAUD BY DECEPTION;

8. THAT THIS DELAY OPERATION HAS RECENTLY INCLUDED THE EXTENSIVE LIES AND DECEPTION BY THOSE MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES TREASURY REGARDING THE "PAYMENT OF FUNDS TO MICHAEL C. COTTRELL, et al., AND OTHERS". HOWEVER, THESE "PAYMENTS" HAVE BEEN THE SUPPOSED FUNDING OF ACCOUNTS WITH WELLS FARGO BANK, et al., BUT NO ACCESS TO SAID FUNDS;

9. IT IS NOW REPORTED, TO ME, THAT THE THOSE IN POWER OF THE UNITED STATES TREASURY HAVE BEEN CONTINUOUSLY SUBMITTING FALSE INFORMATION REGARDING THE RELEASE OF THE CODES TO ME AND THE FUNDING OF THE NEW UNITED STATES TREASURY TO IMPLEMENT THE "GOLD TREATY" TO DELAY THE COLLAPSE OF THE FIAT AND DERIVATIVE SYSTEM--- TO THE POINT OF NUMEROUS REPORTS THAT I HAVE BEEN PAID OR IN THE PROCESS OF BEING PAID" --- THIS HAS BEEN AND IS A LIE. I HAVE NOT BEEN VISITED NOR CONTACTED TO RECEIVE SUCH INFORMATION OR PAYMENT --- AS OF THIS MOMENT (06:00 AM EST, SATURDAY 20 DECEMBER 2014)."

I, MICHAEL C. COTTRELL, B.A., M.S., PRESIDENT OF PENNSYLVANIA INVESTMENTS, INC., LOCATED AT 1157 WEST 7TH ST., ERIE, PA 16502, DO HEREBY SWEAR AND AFFIRM THAT THE ABOVE INFORMATION IS TRUE AND FACTUAL.

/S/ Michael C. Cottrell 20 December 2014
President
Pennsylvania Investments, Inc.
(814) 455-9218

FURTHER, I HAVE BEEN ASKED NOT TO PARTICIPATE IN THE "GURU" SITES SINCE MY POSITION DOES NOT INVOLVE PARTICIPATION IN THIS MATTER. HOWEVER, IT IS MY OPINION THAT IT IS TIME TO PUBLICLY DENOUNCE AND IDENTIFY (MEANING --- THE NAMING OF NAMES WHO LIE OR DECEIVE US IN PUBLIC POSITIONS) ALL THOSE WHO ARE PART AND PARCEL TO ANY DECEPTION REGARDING THE "GCR" AND ALLOW THE INTERNATIONAL INTERPOL TEAMS ARREST AND HAUL THESE "RATS" TO THE HAGUE FOR PROSECUTION FOR CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY.
AS WE ARE ALL AWARE, PEOPLE ARE DYING DUE TO THE LACK OF FAITH OR ADEQUATE HEALTH CARE AND SUFFICIENT FUNDS TO PURCHASE AVAILABLE MEDICINE TO SUSTAIN LIFE. IT IS TIME TO FIGHT WITH ALL OUR BEING TO END THIS CRIMINAL OPERATION AND RESTORE THE CONSTITUTIONAL REPUBLIC, GOVERNMENT, TO THE PEOPLE.....AS WAS INTENDED BY THE CREATORS OF THIS NATION.


THE GOAL OF THE RATS IS TO DEMORALIZE THOSE OF US WHO WANT A RETURN TO THE ORIGINAL CONSTITUTION AND THE RULE OF LAW.

MCC

A.Clifton Hodges (CSBN 046803)
HODGES AND ASSOCIATES, PLC
4510 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Suite 201
Westlake Village, CA 91362
TEL: (805) 371-7515
FAX: (805) 371-7514
E-Mail: al@hodgesandassociates.com

Alex Jones, Robert Spencer and Paul Joseph Watson Are All Zionist Whores

Alex Jones, Robert Spencer, Paul Joseph Watson, and Pamella Geller Are All Zionist Whores

By Jonas E. Alexis on December 30, 2015

Robert Spencer, who styles himself a “leading scholar of Islam,” is one of the most dishonest and weirdest Zionist writers I have ever encountered since I started doing research on these issues.


“Don’t look at the screen behind me. It’s a secret.”
…by Jonas E. Alexis


Listen to this. Since the so-called war on terror has started, “casualties have increased by 4,500 percent”![1] There is more:

“Between 2007 and 2011, almost half the world’s terror attacks took place in Iraq and Afghanistan—two countries under active occupation by the United States.”[2]

The big questions are simple: Who is causing all these casualties? Who are the real culprits? Muslims? Hezbollah? Assad? Iran? North Korea? Japan?

Well, according to the prevailing vision, the United States and its allies (Israel and Saudi Arabia) have virtually nothing to do with this. They are the good guys fighting terrorism and spreading democracy and freedom.

That thesis is a bold lie from start to finish and has lost its moral and political ground when evidence after evidence showed that Israel, the United States, Turkey, and ISIS have been going to the same night club and cocktail parties and exchanging ideologies for years.

But why aren’t other so-called alternative media deconstructing this lie and telling their viewers the whole truth? Why aren’t people like Alex Jones and Paul Joseph Watson seriously looking at those issues?

Why do those useful idiots continue to look at the Syrian refugee crisis as the real problem when those same useful idiots are not willing to examine the people who caused the so-called crisis in the first place?

Why aren’t Zionist whores like Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer looking at this situation objectively? Why is Spencer in particular playing into the hands of his oppressors?



“Geller and I are whoring for Zionism. Boy, that job pays well. Yahoo!”

Spencer, who styles himself a “leading scholar of Islam,”[3] is one of the most dishonest and weirdest Zionist writers I have ever encountered since I started doing research on these issues. His recent Zionist propaganda, The Complete Infidel’s Guide to ISIS, contains a torrent of factual errors that will probably fill Grand Canyon two miles deep. I can only address one here and provide a refutation of Spencer’s overarching perversion of history and truth.

Spencer begins his book by saying that that ISIS is “embarking upon a reign of terror unmatched in recent memory—rivaling the atrocities of Hitler, Stalin, Mao, and Pol Pot.”[4]

First of all, I am really confused here. Haven’t we been told ad nauseam that the Holocaust was unique?

Jewish scholar Jacob Neusner declared that “the Holocaust…was unique, without parallel in human history.”[5] Daniel Goldhagen made similar claims in his dishonest book Hitler’s Willing Executioners.[6] French Jewish historian Pierre Vidal-Naquet espoused similar views.[7]

Many Jewish writers indirectly advocate this form of doctrine in one way or another. For thought-police Deborah Lipstadt, downplaying the “uniqueness” of the Holocaust is to be a Holocaust denier.[8]

German historian Ernst Nolte made the mistake of comparing the Holocaust to other crimes that have committed in history, such as Stalin’s extermination of the Russian people, the Armenian genocide, and Pol Pot’s crimes against humanity. For this, Lipstadt labeled him a Holocaust denier. Historian Joachim Fest defended Nolte on historical and rational grounds, and received the same treatment.[9]

So, should we call Robert Spencer a Holocaust denier? Where is Deborah Lipstadt when you need her?

Second, is Robert Spencer willing to trade whatever honesty he had for public ridicule? Is he willing to sell his intellectual soul by comparing Stalin’s war of extermination to ISIS’ terrorist crimes?

Obviously Spencer has chosen to dump the scholarly literature and has gone to the Zionist slaughter house. In other words, he has been committing historical and intellectual suicide because he has been programmed by essentially Talmudic categories, which is to say that he has to abandon the truth whenever it doesn’t fit his ideological weltanschauung.

A little bit of history here. By 1937, two years before Hitler came to power, Stalin had already starved and executed as many as ten million peasants.[10] This period in history—from 1929-1937—is known as the Red Holocaust.[11]

By 1938, a total of 9.7 million perished, and from 1939 until 1953, another 9 million lost their lives.[12] From 1937-1939, Stalin executed 50,000 clergymen alone.[13] Stalin’s terrorism began as early as 1918, when

“he ordered the execution of all suspected counter-revolutionaries. Stalin burned villages in the countryside to intimidate the peasants and discourage bandit raids on food supplies a decade before he became Red tsar.”[14]

Even after World War II, Stalin did not stop terrorizing the peasants.[15] Minority groups such as the Greeks, Germans, Turks, Orthodox Christians, Lithuanians, and Vlasovites also fell prey to Stalin’s ethnic cleansing.[16] Can those crimes be even remotely compared to what ISIS is doing in the Middle East?

Continue Reading:

How did Hitler Get Away - Operation Grey Wolf

How Did Hitler Get Away? Did the US Government Help? CSS Special Report 

Dave Hodges | The Common Sense Show
Dec 30, 2015



Dave Hodges and James White uncovered a riveting scenario that has never been fully investigated until now, with international journalist Gerrard Williams who makes a powerful case for the Führer’s escape to a remote enclave in Argentina-along with other key Nazis—where he is believed to have lived comfortably until 1962. Following years of meticulous research, the authors reconstruct the dramatic plot-including astonishing evidence and compelling testimony, some only recently declassified. Impossible to put down, Grey Wolf unravels an extraordinary story that flies in the face of history. THIS IS A VERY COMPELLING INTERVIEW!!!

Click here to listen to the 12-30-15 broadcast.

Excerpt from Grey Wolf: The Escape of Adolf Hitler 


At Midnight on April 27th 1945 Adolf Hitler, Eva Braun, and her brother in-law SS General Hermann Fegelein slipped away from the hell of the Führerbunker through a secret tunnel in Hitler’s personal quarters in the devastated Reich Chancellory to the Berlin Underground. They were replaced by doubles chosen by Reichsfuhrer Martin Bormann and his close associate SS-General Heinrich “Gestapo” Mueller.

Hitler and his party walked through the Underground tunnels to the exit at Fehrbelliner Strasse. Waiting for them on the cleared roadway of the Hohenzollerndamm was a Ju52 transport aircraft piloted by SS Captain Peter Baumgart of the secretive Luftwaffe Unit KG 200. The group flew to Tonder in Denmark, where the party took a second JU52 to the Luftwaffe base at Travemunde.

Changing planes again the party boarded a long-range JU 252 and flew to the Spanish Military base at Reus, 80 kms south of Barcelona, in Spain.

Continue Reading:
http://www.thecommonsenseshow.com/2015/12/30/how-did-hitler-get-away-did-the-us-government-help-css-special-report/

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Iraq Threatens Military Action if Turkey does not Withdraw Troops

Iraq urges Turkish troops pullout, threatens military action




Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari speaks during a news conference in the capital city of Baghdad

… from Press TV, Tehran



Turkey is playing tough with Iraq, who has now threatened military action

[ Editor’s Note: Turkey keeps pushing its “unsaid hand” that it has permission to be in Kurdistan to train their troops with Kurdish permission, and hence it is none of Baghdad’s business.

The Iraqi government has handled the issue with kid gloves so far, but this is the first time it has mentioned the military option if Turkey continues to stiff arm the Iraqis, who are on 100% solid legal ground.

The Kurdish region is not a separate country, but a region of Iraq, which does not entail running its own separate foreign policy. And while Kurdish oil smuggling has always gone on through Turkey, having Turkish troops coming and going at their own pleasure is not going to go down well in Baghdad or the UN.

Obama has already been on the phone to Erdogan strongly suggesting a troop pull out. But we see Turkey countering that Obama pressure with the highly-publicized new relationship (war council) between Saudi Arabia and Turkey, both Sunni Muslims along with the Kurds, a united front against the Shia Muslims in Iraq and yes, in Iran, also.

It seems that the new council is taking the position that if Turkey can use the ruse of sending troops into Iraq for “anti-terrorism” operations — when we all know it has been supporting ISIL– then the the Saudis may do so from the south if they choose, giving Baghdad two fronts to consider, and their success against ISIL being replace with both Turkish and Saudi “anti-terrorism” forces in western Irag to keep that Syrian border under their physical control during the political negotiations.

The Saudis have lost their mind with this strategy of following Turkey into any conflict, because they have admitted to having a $5 billion expenditure in the Yemen war, and having to switch over to mercenaries to fight, due to their own troop losses. They are dangerous people, clearly out of the realm of their own competency. They could end up destabilizing themselves, and paying for it… Jim W. Dean ]
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– First published … December 30, 2015 –

The Iraqi foreign minister has once again called on Turkey to withdraw its troops from northern Iraq, warning that Baghdad may otherwise take military action against Ankara.

Iraq seeks a peaceful resolution of the issue, but if there is no other solution and if “fighting is imposed on us, we will consider it to protect our sovereignty,” Ibrahim al-Jaafari told a press conference in Baghdad on Wednesday.

The remarks came more than three weeks after Turkey deployed some 150 soldiers, equipped with heavy weapons and backed by 20 to 25 tanks, to the outskirts of the city of Mosul, the capital of Iraq’s northern province of Nineveh.

Ankara claimed the deployment was part of a mission to train and equip Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga forces in the fight against Takfiri Daesh terrorists, but Baghdad denounced the uncoordinated act as a violation of Iraq’s national sovereignty.

Later, Turkey announced that it had begun withdrawing troops following an appeal by US President Barack Obama. At that time, however, al-Jaafari cast doubt on Ankara’s claims, saying the Turkish forces would be relocated from one area to another on the Iraqi soil.

The northern and western parts of Iraq have been plagued by gruesome violence ever since Daesh mounted an offensive in the country in June 2014.

The Iraqi army together with volunteer fighters has been engaged in operations to liberate militant-controlled regions. Over the past few days, the Iraqi army advances against terrorists have gained momentum.

On December 28, Iraqi forces fully liberated the city of Ramadi, the capital of the western province of Anbar, from the grips of Daesh elements. They are also planning to recapture Mosul, which fell into the hands of Daesh terrorists in June last year in the first stage of terrorists’ advance through Iraq.

Russia FM Names Two Syrian Terrorist Opposition Groups

Russia FM names two Syrian opposition groups Moscow considers terrorists

http://www.veteranstoday.com/2015/12/30/russia-fm-names-two-syrian-opposition-groups-moscow-considers-terrorists/

By GPD on December 30, 2015

Sergey Lavrov said Jaysh al-Islam regularly shells residential quarters of Damascus while Ahrar ash-Sham directly grows from Al Qaeda, which is banned by the UN Security Council



The way out of the Syrian crisis is written in the latest resolution of the United Nations Security Council, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in an interview with the Zvezda television channel. “There is a way out,” Lavrov said. “It is written in the latest resolution of the UN Security Council. I watch our talk shows where many people take all that very close to heart. They say this won’t work, as the resolution lacks specific agreements on terrorists, on who will represent the opposition delegation.”

“Nevertheless, that resolution clearly gives a double signal. First, we want the political process to start in January. Second, we want the UN to choose a delegation being guided not only by an opposition group, but by the results and composition of participants of all meetings that have taken place over the past 1.5-2 years,” he said. “Out of them, mentioned were the Moscow meetings, the Cairo meetings and the recent meetings in Riyadh,” Lavrov said. “It has been also clearly stated that terrorists should have no place behind the negotiating table, and we have questions regarding some participants of the latest round of meetings, as they represent two groups that we believe are terrorist,” he said.

“Jaysh al-Islam regularly bombs the residential quarters of Damascus – it’s them who hit our embassy by mortar fire. The second one is Ahrar ash-Sham, which directly grows from Al Qaeda, which is banned by the UN Security Council,” Lavrov said. “But the Syrian saga all the same has a chance on the basis of that resolution, which, of course, should be specified,” the minister said.

UN Slams Israel and Supports Sovereignty for Palestine

UN supports sovereignty for Palestine and slams Israel

http://www.veteranstoday.com/2015/12/30/un-supports-sovereignty-for-palestine-and-slams-israel/

By Stuart Littlewood on December 30, 2015

Resolution severely criticises the 'Occupying Power'



by Stuart Littlewood

Can this be true?

Something important and, freedom lovers may think, rather wonderful seems to have happened at the United Nations, and it went largely unreported in mainstream media. The UN General Assembly approved a draft resolution ‘Permanent sovereignty of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and of the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan over their natural resources’(document A/70/480).

It was adopted by 164 to 5 against (Canada, Israel, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, United States), with 10 abstentions (Australia, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Honduras, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, South Sudan, Togo, Tonga, Vanuatu).

What’s so wonderful? The draft resolution pulls no punches and must have thoroughly annoyed the insatiable state of Israel, which has evil designs on the natural resources – oil, gas and water – belonging to its neighbours. The resolution is long but nicely crafted, and is reproduced here pretty much in its entirety as an aide-memoire of Israel’s long history of contemptuous disregard for its obligations.

The General Assembly,

Recalling its resolution 69/241 of 19 December 2014, and taking note of Economic and Social Council resolution 2015/17 of 20 July 2015,

Recalling also its resolutions 58/292 of 6 May 2004 and 59/251 of 22 December 2004,

Reaffirming the principle of the permanent sovereignty of peoples under foreign occupation over their natural resources,

Guided by the principles of the Charter of the United Nations, affirming the inadmissibility of the acquisition of territory by force, and recalling relevant Security Council resolutions, including resolutions 242 (1967) of 22 November 1967, 465 (1980) of 1 March 1980 and 497 (1981) of 17 December 1981,

Recalling its resolution 2625 (XXV) of 24 October 1970,

Reaffirming the applicability of the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, of 12 August 1949, to the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and other Arab territories occupied by Israel since 1967,

Recalling, in this regard, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and affirming that these human rights instruments must be respected in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, as well as in the occupied Syrian Golan,

Recalling also the advisory opinion rendered on 9 July 2004 by the International Court of Justice on the legal consequences of the construction of a wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, and recalling further its resolutions ES-10/15 of 20 July 2004 and ES-10/17 of 15 December 2006,

Recalling further its resolution 67/19 of 29 November 2012,

Taking note of the accession by Palestine to several human rights treaties and the core humanitarian law treaties, as well as to other international treaties,

Expressing its concern about the exploitation by Israel, the occupying Power, of the natural resources of the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and other Arab territories occupied by Israel since 1967,

Expressing its grave concern about the extensive destruction by Israel, the occupying Power, of agricultural land and orchards in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including the uprooting of a vast number of fruit-bearing trees and the destruction of farms and greenhouses, and the grave environmental and economic impact in this regard,

Expressing its grave concern also about the widespread destruction caused by Israel, the occupying Power, to vital infrastructure, including water pipelines, sewage networks and electricity networks, in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, in particular in the Gaza Strip during the military operations of July and August 2014, which, inter alia, has polluted the environment and negatively affect the functioning of water and sanitation systems and the water supply and other natural resources of the Palestinian people, and stressing the urgency of the reconstruction and development of water and other vital civilian infrastructure, including the project for the desalination facility for the Gaza Strip,

Expressing its grave concern further about the negative impact on the environment and on reconstruction and development efforts of the thousands of items of unexploded ordnance that remain in the Gaza Strip as a result of the conflict in July and August 2014,

Recalling the 2009 report by the United Nations Environment Programme regarding the grave environmental situation in the Gaza Strip, and the 2012 report, “Gaza in 2020: A liveable place?”, by the United Nations country team in the Occupied alestinian Territory, and stressing the need for follow-up to the recommendations contained therein,

Deploring the detrimental impact of the Israeli settlements on Palestinian and other Arab natural resources, especially as a result of the confiscation of land and the forced diversion of water resources, including the destruction of orchards and crops and the seizure of water well by Israeli settlers, and of the dire socioeconomic consequences in this regard,

Recalling the report of the independent international fact-finding mission to investigate the implications of the Israeli settlements on the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of the Palestinian people throughout the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem,

Aware of the detrimental impact on Palestinian natural resources being caused by the unlawful construction of the wall by Israel, the occupying Power, in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including in and around East Jerusalem, and of its grave effect as well on the economic and social conditions of the Palestinian people,

Stressing the urgency of achieving without delay an end to the Israeli occupation that began in 1967 and a just, lasting and comprehensive peace settlement on all tracks, on the basis of Security Council resolutions 242 (1967), 338 (1973) of 22 October 1973, 425 (1978) of 19 March 1978 and 1397 (2002) of 12 March 2002, the principle of land for peace, the Arab Peace Initiative and the Quartet performance-based road map to a permanent two-State solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as endorsed by the Security Council in its resolution 1515 (2003) of 19 November 2003 and supported by the Council in its resolution 1850 (2008) of 16 December 2008,

Stressing also, in this regard, the need for respect for the obligation upon Israel under the road map to freeze settlement activity, including so-called “natural growth”, and to dismantle all settlement outposts erected since March 2001,

Stressing further the need for respect and preservation of the territorial unity, contiguity and integrity of all of the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem,

Recalling the need to end all acts of violence, including acts of terror, provocation, incitement and destruction,

  • Taking note of the report prepared by the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia on the economic and social repercussions of the Israeli occupation on the living conditions of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and of the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan, as transmitted by the Secretary-General,
  • Reaffirms the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people and of the population of the occupied Syrian Golan over their natural resources, including land, water and energy resources;
  • Demands that Israel, the occupying Power, cease the exploitation, damage, cause of loss or depletion and endangerment of the natural resources in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and in the occupied Syrian Golan;
  • Recognizes the right of the Palestinian people to claim restitution as a result of any exploitation, damage, loss or depletion or endangerment of their natural resources resulting from illegal measures taken by Israel, the occupying Power, and Israeli settlers in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and expresses the hope that this issue will be dealt with within the framework of the final status negotiations between the Palestinian and Israeli sides;
  • Stresses that the wall and settlements being constructed by Israel in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including in and around East Jerusalem, are contrary to international law and are seriously depriving the Palestinian people of their natural resources, and calls in this regard for full compliance with the legal obligations affirmed in the 9 July 2004 advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice and in relevant United Nations resolutions, including General Assembly resolution ES-10/15;
  • Calls upon Israel, the occupying Power, to comply strictly with its obligations under international law, including international humanitarian law, and to cease immediately and completely all policies and measures aimed at the alteration of the character and status of the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem;
  • Also calls upon Israel, the occupying Power, to bring a halt to all actions, including those perpetrated by Israeli settlers, harming the environment, including the dumping of all kinds of waste materials, in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and in the occupied Syrian Golan, which gravely threaten their natural resources, namely water and land resources, and which pose an environmental, sanitation and health threat to the civilian populations;
  • Further calls upon Israel to cease its destruction of vital infrastructure, including water pipelines, sewage networks and electricity networks, which, inter alia, has a negative impact on the natural resources of the Palestinian people, stresses the urgent need to advance reconstruction and development projects in this regard, including in the Gaza Strip, and calls for support for the necessary efforts in this regard, in line with the commitments made at, inter alia, the Cairo International Conference on Palestine: Reconstructing Gaza, held on 12 October 2014;
  • Calls upon Israel, the occupying Power, to remove all obstacles to the implementation of critical environmental projects, including sewage treatment plants in the Gaza Strip and the reconstruction and development of water infrastructure, including the project for the desalination facility for the Gaza Strip;
  • Calls for the immediate and safe removal of all unexploded ordnance in the Gaza Strip and for support for the efforts of the United Nations Mine Action Service in this regard, and welcomes the efforts exerted by the Service to date;
  • Encourages all States and international organizations to continue to actively pursue policies to ensure respect for their obligations under international law with regard to all illegal Israeli practices and measures in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, particularly Israeli settlement activities and the exploitation of natural resources;
  • Requests the Secretary-General to report to the General Assembly at its seventy-first session on the implementation of the present resolution, including with regard to the cumulative impact of the exploitation, damage and depletion by Israel of natural resources in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and in the occupied Syrian Golan, and decides to include in the provisional agenda of its seventy-first session the item entitled “Permanent sovereignty of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and of the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan over their natural resources”.

This is strong stuff. But given the UN’s record will the action ever suit the words?

Astonishingly, the Israel-adoring UK government voted for it. Let us make a mental note of those 5 countries – Canada, Israel, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, United States – which claim to be freedom loving but are evidently bent on denying the poor Palestinians theirs. And the birdbrained 10 – Australia, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Honduras, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, South Sudan, Togo, Tonga, Vanuatu – which are so lackadaisically uncommitted to the principle of universal human rights that they sat on the fence. Maybe international civil society would like to prod them with a sharp BDS stick to concentrate their minds.

At least one country, happily, is taking a tough line – Brazil, which, says the BBC, has yet to approve the appointment four months ago of Israel’s new ambassador. Not only is the new man, Dani Dayan, a former chairman of the Yesha Council which promotes illegal Israeli settlements on stolen Palestinian lands, but Israeli prime minister Netanyahu broke the news of the appointment on Twitter before telling Brazil, according to reports.

As even Netanyahu must know, the transfer by an occupier of part of its own population into territory it occupies is considered a war crime, so why should Brazil play host to a foreigner with such a vile record? Israel is threatening to downgrade relations to “secondary level” if Brazil does not give approval to the appointment. And Israeli deputy foreign minister Tzipi Hotovely says that Dayan would not be replaced if his appointment isn’t accepted.

Since Brazil is Israel’s largest trading partner in South America you’d think the Israelis would watch their manners. The Brazilians, hopefully, won’t allow themselves to pushed around by Tel Aviv’s insufferable thugs

VT Article: How did America Become So Great?

How did America Become so Great?

http://www.veteranstoday.com/2015/12/29/how-did-america-become-so-great/

By GPD on December 29, 2015

by Christopher B. Kuch, PhD


If you’ve lived overseas as I have for over a decade you frequently hear anti-American speeches and unbelievable beliefs from foreigners about America and Americans. I’m not talking about the usual brain dead moron beliefs that we did not go to the moon, caused AIDS in Africa to kill Muslims, Kennedy was killed by George W. Bush, we created cancer to kill Muslims, the earthquake that hit Turkey in August 17, 1999 was caused by the U.S. military, and 911 did not happen.

I’m talking about the belief that most Americans own a gas station, we are all cowboys and shoot each other, and half the population lives on the streets. This paper reviews why America has become one of the strongest and best countries in the world.

Where most other nationalities would have loved to be born and be able to relocate to. Most Americans believe that although we have some problems (exasperated by our current president), our country is the best place to live, otherwise there would be a mass migration out of the country. So how did we become so great?

Is it Because we Control the United Nations?

No Russia and China frequently veto our requests. There are about 185 countries in the U.N., we only have one vote. The American flag is not bigger are higher than the other flags as most Muslims believe. Typically many countries are anti-American. It was created to resolve world problems and maintain peace.

Today, it is a big “anti-American axis block” which should be moved, to say Moscow. We could send some 18 year old high school graduate there as our representative with no authority. If we stopped funding the U.N. it would collapse—we pay about 22% of its budget. We could form a United Democracies with our true friends and dissolve NATO (Kuch, C.). The U.N. has done nothing to make America great. Absolutely nothing!



Is it Because of our Military?


America did not start out with a large military. It was very small. Now it is the best in the world but that only makes America safe. As a result, we can protect our country from foreign invaders until recently by Muslim terrorists. Is it because we spend 50% on military budget. No we spend about the same average 4.32% on military budgets per GNP as most countries (The World Fact Book).

Although we do spend about $577,100,000,000 compared to the next biggest China at $145,000,000,000 we have in our arsenal huge sledge hammers that cost much more and they don’t have (Global Fire Power. Com, 2015). It’s called our Navy’s aircraft carriers.



Is it Because of our Nuclear Weapons?

No there are about 35 countries in the world that have them. Below is a list of the major arsenals by country (Macias, A. 2014).

World Nuclear Forces, 2014
Country Year of first

nuclear test Deployed warheads* Other warheads Total 2014
USA 1945 1920 5380 7300
Russia 1949 1600 6400 8000
UK 1952 160 65 225
France 1960 290 10 300
China 1964 250 250
India 1974 90–110 90–110
Pakistan 1998 100–120 100–120
Israel . . 80 80
North Korea 2006 6–8 6–8
Total 3970 12 350 16 300

Source: SIPRI Yearbook 2014

Is it Because we Control other Countries?

Then why doesn’t our flag fly over theirs? Why are they not American citizens? Why is it that they don’t pay American taxes or serve in our military? For those idiots that belief we control their country, just look at your governments and ask them if they are our puppets. If they are, they should be fired, you should be speaking English, and Christianity should be the main religion in your third world country. For those that believe we control them, please don’t travel to God’s country or attempt to immigrate here. We have enough idiots and don’t need anymore.

Is it Because of our Big Businesses?

It was until our government decided to tax the heck out of them and mandate all kinds of environmental regulations. As a result many American companies said enough and went overseas. Yet, some remain. How did they become so big? Invested in themselves and hired the best trained workers. Attempted to get a lower tax rate so that they can invest back into the business and hire more people, build new factories, and invest in more technology. According to Muslims, America owns all the oil in the world. Does not look like it to me according to Wikipedia 2015 largest companies of the world by revenue. View the chart below.


Ranking Name Industry Revenues Billions Employees Headquarters


1 Walmart Retail $485 2,200,000 Arkansas
2 Sinopec Oil and Gas $461 358,571 Beijing
3 Petro China Oil and Gas $439 1,668,072 Beijing
4 Royal Dutch Shell Oil and Gas $421 94,000 London
5 ExxonMobile Oil and Gas $394 75,300 Texas
6 Saudi Aramco Oil and Gas $378 60,000 Dhahran
7 BP Oil and Gas $359 83,900 London
8 State Grid Electric $333 1,564,000 Beijing
9 Toyota Automotive $326 326,000 Japan
10 Samsung Comglomerate $305 489,000 Suwon

But we do have our fast food. This is a list of the top 10 franchises according to franchisedirect.com 2015.

Rank Franchise Name Country Industry

1 SUBWAY® USA Sandwich & Bagel Franchises

2 McDonald’s USA Fast Food Franchises

3 KFC USA Chicken Franchises

4 Burger King USA Fast Food Franchises

5 7 Eleven USA Convenience Store Franchises

6 Hertz USA Car Rental & Dealer Franchises

7 Pizza Hut USA Pizza Franchises

8 Ace Hardware Corporation USA Home Improvement Retail Franchises

9 Wyndham Hotels and Resorts USA Hotel Franchises

10 Groupe Casino France Food & Grocery Retail Franchises

Is it Because of our European Immigrants?

At the beginning yes. But in the last 100 years we have seen a change to Asian and Hispanic countries migrating to the US. America has always allowed immigrants from every country. Some have went on to become famous inventors, innovators, business leaders, and scientists. It is only natural for people to want to live and pursue their dreams in a country that will allow them to.

Some immigrants come for jobs, others come because of suppression, while others come for the ability to act and behave the way they want without an overreaching government dictating what they can and cannot do. As long as we continue to restrain the government from reaching into our personal lives, this country will survive. Immigrants have contributed to the advancement and sustained greatness of America.

Only recently have we had a terrorist problem within our borders. It has never came from European, Asian, or Hispanic ancestors. It is our increase in allowing middle easterners, mainly Muslims immigrating to the U.S. One only needs to look at the explosive volatile chaotic region for our present day internal terrorist problems.

White 79.96%, black 12.85%, Asian 4.43%, Amerindian and Alaska native 0.97%, native Hawaiian and other Pacific islander 0.18%, two or more races 1.61%. Hispanics, and about 16% are counted within the White population as they are from Mexico, Cuba, Columbia, Panama, Costa Rico, etc. (World Fact Book, July 2012 estimate).

Is it America’s Resources?

No, yet we are blessed with an abundance of all natural resources, we buy many resources from other countries. Countries that have nothing to sell to feed their people but sand. We give away millions of dollars of food to third world countries every year. More so than any other country.

If we owned the oil in the Middle East, why are we paying so much for it? We have plenty and perhaps should shift our foreign import oil to South and Central America. Leave the Middle East to swim, bath, and drink their oil. Finally, we have lots of fresh water. It’s called the great lakes. So that argument falls short.

Is it Because of a Christian Religion?


No we are a secular country. Yet, in the opinion of the author the underlining principle is Christian beliefs. That all men and women are equal under God. For over half the population we believe that by example we live our lives in order that others will see the glory of Christ. That as a predominately Christian population we are taught to love others including our enemies.

The fact is that in many Muslim countries churches are forbidden to be built. Furthermore, in these Islamic countries there are religious police or agencies. Frequently non-Muslims are not allowed to hold high public office, serve as high ranking military officers, and be in a high ranking public positions. Some so called “moderate Islamic countries” do not even allow non-Muslims to work in the public sector in low ranking positions.

However, in America we have laws that are enforced against religious discrimination. Furthermore, in our government there are persons of many faiths. In summary, it is our Christian heritage that permits other religions to build places of worship, pray, and practice their beliefs in an open manner. The opposite is true in most Muslim countries.

Answer:

So, why is it that America is so great? Even brain dead morons from other third world countries can google and see that we have the strongest economy, strongest military, ranks very high on social happiness scales, and has more freedoms than any other country. How can our great country be called racist, “religist”, and selfish when we support Arab countries and Israel equally?

Where we give more humanitarian aid to foreign countries than any other country. Maybe it’s just America is the best we can do in the world by allowing all people of different races, ethnicities, and religions to live and pursue their dreams with a limited government—the key is limited government and limited laws. Where people can protest without fear of being imprisoned. Maybe it’s because we have a free press—albeit mostly liberal and anti-republican.

Perhaps, it is because we have limits on our government and don’t trust it. Maybe it’s because millions of Americans have weapons that any future overreaching government cannot afford to suppress. It’s just called the American constitution and people in our government should not pick a fight with it including our empirical president and the legislative creating liberal Supreme Court.

Global Fire Power.Com. “Going to War is never a Decision to be Taken Lightly,…” February 17, 2015.

Kuch, Christopher B. Coalition Partners Not! Creating a United Democracies. Forthcoming.

Macias, Amanda. “Nine Nations Have Nukes-Here’s how many each Country has.”Business Insider. June 17, 2014.

The World Fact Book. “Country Comparison: Military Expenditures”, “U.S. Ethnic Makeup.” 2012-2014. https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/rankorder/2034rank.html https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/us.html

Dr. Kuch holds a PhD, MA, and MS in criminal justice. He has spent most of his career as an adjunct faculty member in social sciences. He has written about a variety of local and federal police issues. He lives in Istanbul, Turkey and is on the adjunct faculty at Galatasaray University.

Countries Rush for Conquest of Antarctica

On a glacier-filled island with fjords and elephant seals, Russia has built Antarctica’s first Orthodox church on a hill overlooking its research base, transporting the logs all the way from Siberia.

Less than an hour away by snowmobile, Chinese laborers have updated the Great Wall Station, a linchpin in China’s plan to operate five bases on Antarctica, complete with an indoor badminton court, domes to protect satellite stations and sleeping quarters for 150 people.

Not to be outdone, India’s futuristic new Bharathi base, built on stilts using 134 interlocking shipping containers, resembles a spaceship. Turkey and Iran have announced plans to build bases, too.

More than a century has passed since explorers raced to plant their flags at the bottom of the world, and for decades to come this continent is supposed to be protected as a scientific preserve, shielded from intrusions like military activities and mining.

But an array of countries are rushing to assert greater influence here, with an eye not just toward the day those protective treaties expire, but also for the strategic and commercial opportunities that exist right now.

“The newer players are stepping into what they view as a treasure house of resources,” said Anne-Marie Brady, a scholar at New Zealand’s University of Canterbury who specializes in Antarctic politics.

Some of the ventures focus on the Antarctic resources that are already up for grabs, like abundant sea life. China and South Korea, both of which operate state-of-the-art bases here, are ramping up their fishing of krill, the shrimplike crustaceans found in abundance in the Southern Ocean, while Russia recently thwarted efforts to create one of the world’s largest ocean sanctuaries here.

Some scientists are examining the potential for harvesting icebergs from Antarctica, which is estimated to have the biggest reserves of fresh water on the planet. Nations are also pressing ahead with space research and satellite projects to expand their global navigation abilities.

Building on a Soviet-era foothold, Russia is expanding its monitoring stations for Glonass, its version of the Global Positioning System. At least three Russian stations are already operating in Antarctica, part of its effort to challenge the dominance of the American GPS, and new stations are planned for sites like the Russian base, in the shadow of the Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity.

Elsewhere in Antarctica, Russian researchers boast of their recent discovery of a freshwater reserve the size of Lake Ontario after drilling through miles of solid ice.

“You can see that we’re here to stay,” said Vladimir Cheberdak, 57, chief of the Bellingshausen Station, as he sipped tea under a portrait of Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen, an officer and later admiral in the Imperial Russian Navy who explored the Antarctic coast in 1820.

Antarctica’s mineral, oil and gas wealth are a longer-term prize. The treaty banning mining here, shielding coveted reserves of iron ore, coal and chromium, is expected to come up for review by 2048 and could be challenged before then. Researchers recently found kimberlite deposits hinting at the existence of diamonds. And while assessments vary widely, geologists estimate that Antarctica holds at least 36 billion barrels of oil and natural gas.

Beyond the Antarctic treaties, huge obstacles persist to tapping these resources, like drifting icebergs that could imperil offshore platforms. Then there is Antarctica’s remoteness, with some mineral deposits found in windswept locations on a continent that is larger than Europe and where winter temperatures hover around minus 70 Fahrenheit.

But advances in technology might make Antarctica a lot more accessible three decades from now. And even before then, scientists are seeking to determine how climate change could start to reshape the access to some Antarctic regions, potentially destabilizing the continent’s ice sheet or depleting krill populations in the Southern Ocean.

Scholars also warn that the demand for resources in an energy-hungry world could raise pressure to renegotiate Antarctica’s treaties, possibly allowing more commercial endeavors here well before the prohibitions against them expire.

The research stations on King George Island offer a glimpse into the long game on this ice-blanketed continent as nations assert themselves, eroding the sway long held by countries like the United States, Britain, Australia and New Zealand.

Being stationed in Antarctica involves adapting to life on the planet’s driest, windiest and coldest continent, yet each nation manages to make itself at home.

Bearded Russian priests offer regular services at the Orthodox church for the 16 or so Russian speakers who spend the winter at the base, largely polar scientists in fields like glaciology and meteorology. Their number climbs to about 40 in the warmer summer months.

Inside the Bellingshausen base, satellites beam Russian television directly to flat screens on the wall. Researchers disappear for hours into a library with science fiction and detective novels. Others seek refuge in Bellingshausen’s banya, or sauna, where they unwind while sipping their ration of a couple of beers a week. Authentic flourishes include a broom of birch branches with which researchers can gently whip themselves.

“We sacrifice some of the nice things in life to go to Antarctica,” said Oleg Katorgin, 45, a construction supervisor who spent much of the past year at Bellingshausen. To help the time pass, he paints murals of idyllic tropical beach scenes, with mermaids. His paintings hang on the walls of the billiards room at Bellingshausen and a recreation area at an adjacent Chilean base overlooking Maxwell Bay.

China has arguably the fastest-growing operations in Antarctica. It opened its fourth station last year and is pressing ahead with plans to build a fifth. It is building its second icebreaking ship and setting up research drilling operations on an ice dome 13,422 feet above sea level that is one of the planet’s coldest places.

Chinese officials say the expansion in Antarctica prioritizes scientific research, but they also acknowledge that concerns about “resource security” influence their moves.

China’s newly renovated Great Wall station on King GeorgeIsland makes the Russian and Chilean bases here seem antiquated.

“We do weather monitoring here and other research,” Ning Xu, 53, the chief of the Chinese base, said over tea during a fierce blizzard in late November.

The cavernous base he leads resembles a snowed-in college campus on holiday break, with the capacity to sleep more than 10 times the 13 people who were staying on through the Antarctic winter.

Yong Yu, a Chinese microbiologist, showed off the spacious building, with empty desks under an illustrated timeline detailing the rapid growth of China’s Antarctic operations since the 1980s. “We now feel equipped to grow,” he said.

As some countries expand operations in Antarctica, the United States maintains three year-round stations on the continent with more than 1,000 people during the Southern Hemisphere’s summer, including those at the Amundsen-Scott station, built in 1956 at an elevation of 9,301 feet on a plateau at the South Pole. But American researchers quietly grumble about budget restraints and having far fewer icebreakers than Russia, limiting the reach of the United States in Antarctica.

Scholars warn that Antarctica’s political flux could blur the distinction between military and civilian activities long before the continent’s treaties come up for renegotiation, especially in parts of Antarctica that are ideal for intercepting signals from satellites or retasking satellite systems, potentially enhancing global electronic
intelligence operations.

Some countries have had a hard time here. Brazil opened a research station in 1984, but it was largely destroyed by a fire that killed two members of the navy in 2012, the same year that a diesel-laden Brazilian barge sank near the base. As if that were not enough, a Brazilian C-130 Hercules military transport plane has remained stranded near the runway of Chile’s air base here since it crash-landed in 2014.

Still, Brazil’s stretch of misfortune has created opportunities for China, with a Chinese company winning the $100 million contract in 2015 to rebuild the Brazilian station.

Amid all the changes, Antarctica maintains its allure. South Korea opened its second Antarctic research base in 2014, describing it as a way to test robots developed by Korean researchers for use in extreme conditions. With Russia’s help, Belarus is preparing to build its first Antarctic base. Colombia said this year that it planned to join other South American nations with bases in Antarctica.

“The old days of the Antarctic being dominated by the interests and wishes of white men from European, Australasian and North American states is over,” said Klaus Dodds, a politics scholar at the University of London who specializes in Antarctica. “The reality is that Antarctica is geopolitically contested.” 


Correction: December 29, 2015

An earlier version of this article referred incompletely to a treaty banning mining in Antarctica. It is expected to come up for review by 2048; it does not expire then.

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/12/29/world/countries-rush-for-upper-hand-antarctica.html?_r=1

Dire 2016 Predictions of One of The Top Economists In The World

The S&P 500 falls more than 20% as it finally succumbs to the incipient global recession.

Janet Yellen states in the 1st half of 2016 that the Fed will not be willing to increase the Fed Funds Rate any further and subsequently hints at another round of QE before the end of 2016.

As a consequence of this tacit admission of failure by the Fed to save the economy from the Great Recession, the US Dollar crashes below 90 on the DXY.

Gold and the miners will be the major winners next year as they will be the primary beneficiary of a global slowdown, continued low nominal interest rates, negative real interest rates and a watershed turn in the value of the USD as the yellow metal surges to $1,250. The second place winner will be shorting high-yield debt (which is currently a profitable trade for PPS clients) and buying put options on high-flying NASDAQ momentum stocks that are trading at monstrous PE ratios and whose prices will collapse because of a deceleration in the US economy.

The Ten-year Note yield will fall below 2% by June on pervading recession concerns.

Finally, after the dust settles from this anticipated huge selloff, there will be a tremendous opportunity from owning high-divided paying foreign stocks, which have already been mercilessly beaten down during the commodity bear market debacle of the last few years.

Why will 2016 be different from 2015: Simply because the Fed has finally started to raise interest rates and will continue to slowly do so until the US economic recession fully manifests. Whether or not Ms. Yellen has finished rate hikes or if the Fed can get in one or two more before the bottom falls out is largely irrelevant. The fact remains that Q4 GDP growth is barely above 1%, according to the Atlanta Fed GDP model. Any additional rate hikes will only expedite the inevitable slowdown as the global recession has already hit US shores. The catalyst for this imminent recession is that asset prices and debt levels have increased to a level that can no longer be supported by incomes and economic growth.

I cannot stress how important the watershed change in US monetary policy will be for markets in early 2016. The major markets (meaning currencies, bonds and equities) have been anticipating a graceful exit from QE and the trillions of dollars’ worth of deficit spending that have been deployed since 2011. In other words, the entire world of capital markets have been banking on the success of central banks. In the vanguard of this belief has been the universal carry trade of going long the dollar and equities, while shorting precious metals.

I believe in realities not fantasies. I’m betting that you cannot solve the debt crisis evident during the Great Recession by taking on a record amount of debt, and that you cannot fix the asset bubbles evident during the Great Recession by artificially pushing them to record high prices through QE and ZIRP. It is this reality that will take its vengeance in 2016. And it is the unraveling of this delusion that is the basis of Pento Portfolio Strategies’ investment model that is the opportunity we are prepared to profit from.

http://kingworldnews.com/the-dire-2016-predictions-by-one-of-the-top-economists-in-the-world/

FBI Groomed Mentally Disabled Teen With a 51 IQ into an “ISIS Terrorist”

By William N. Grigg

It isn’t clear what use ISIS or the Pakistani Taliban would have for an 18-year-old American student with an estimated IQ of 51, is marginally verbal, and has little ability to perform routine tasks like tying his shoelaces. Peyton Pruitt, described by family and school officials as a developmentally stunted child, displays little understanding of terrorism and has no skills a terrorist group would covet. However, he is able to participate in online chats, which made him an irresistible target for FBI agents trolling the Web in search of patsies to cast in Homeland Security Theater productions.

Although Pruitt is unable to use the bathroom without assistance, the FBI and the St. Clair, Alabama Sheriff’s Office are pretending that he was part of a plot to provide “material assistance to terrorism” on the basis of online conversations with FBI agents posing as recruiters for ISIS and the Taliban. He remains incarcerated in the St. Clair County Jail on $1 million bond.

Following an evidentiary hearing on December 22, Judge Alan Furr refused to reduce the bond and referred the case to a grand jury. In what might be an indication of the case, the FBI, rather than seeking charges under a federal statute, is assisting the effort to prosecute Pruitt under an Alabama state anti-terrorism statute.

Anthony Pruitt, Peyton’s father, told the judge that he had given his son a laptop computer for Christmas last year. The teenager had been part of a program for handicapped people at the E.H. Gentry Technical Center – a school for deaf and blind children — until last May, when his father withdrew him. It was during his time at Gentry that Peyton was lured into compromising Internet conversations with FBI agents. The father didn’t know anything about that activity until his son’s arrest in November.

If he had known that his son was being trolled by federal agents posing as terrorist recruiters, Anthony Pruitt testified, “I would have gone to the school, smashed his computer into a billion pieces and grounded him for life.” Owing to the legal expenses involved in trying to protect his son, Pruitt explained, he has “lost everything – my home, my land, my job.”

As a younger child, Peyton was diagnosed with “Mental Retardation, Intellectual Disability, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, and Attention Deficit Disorder.” Educators have described him as an invalid who cannot distinguish between reality and fantasy.

During the probable cause hearing, prosecutors argued that Pruit was reading bomb-making instructions in al Qaeda’s online magazine, Inspire, and communicating with people identified as overseas jihadis – by way of a messaging service called Wickr — about potential sites for an attack. Prosecutors insist that they were shown a considerable amount of information during a meeting with the regional FBI director, but that supposed evidence was not presented during the pre-trial hearing.

During that hearing, defense attorney Gibson Holladay asked investigator Tommy Dixon:

All you’ve got is Peyton’s statement [following his arrest], right? You couldn’t tell me if Peyton contacted Santa Claus or a terrorist, can you? Was it a bomb or a recipe for banana pudding? You don’t know, do you?

In cross-examining defense witness Helen Waldrop, an employee at the Gentry Center, St. Clair County District Attorney Richard Minor insinuated, without directly claiming, that Peyton “could quote the Koran” and had accessed an encrypted website. Assuming those statements to be true, neither would constitute actual evidence of a crime or criminal intent, and both could reflect efforts of FBI provocateurs to manipulate the suggestible young man into doing something that would fit the familiar Homeland Security Theater narrative.

The FBI employs a large number of agents who specialize in talent-scouting marginalized and emotionally troubled young men and – using skills similar to other child predators – luring them into pre-scripted “terrorism plots.” In one such case, that of the “Newburgh Four” in New Jersey, the trial revealed the use of a Pakistani career criminal named Shahed Hussain, who was described, on the record, by a federal prosecutor as a “terrorism facilitator.”

Craig Monteilh, a convict-turned-FBI “terrorism facilitator,” has described that procedure in a civil rights lawsuit he filed against the agency. About a decade ago, Monteilh was approached by two FBI agents who explained that they acted “pursuant to a National Security Directive called OPERATION FLEX, which was signed by President Bush as executive order #12356.” In exchange for assistance with his legal troubles, Montielh was recruited for the purpose of “organizing terrorist activities, making reference to ‘jihad’ (Holy War) and organizing terrorist plots and activities.”

His chief assignment was “to infiltrate and spy on the activities of the members of the [Irvine, California] Mosque in an effort to uncover potential terrorists and plots against the Government. He was instructed by his handlers to act in a manner that suggested that he was a terrorist.… His actions made many of the members of the Mosque uncomfortable and the Attorney for the Mosque … contacted him in an effort to get him to stop attending regular prayers.” (Emphasis added.)

Disturbed by Monteilh’s efforts to promote violence and incite terrorism, several people who attended the mosque, working with CAIR, contacted the FBI. Rather than thanking them for their vigilance, the FBI targeted one of them – an Afghan refugee named Amadullah Sais Niazi – for retaliation, accusing him of lying about a distant relative in a naturalization application and threatening him with prison unless he, too, became an informant.

Nearly every “terrorist plot” supposedly foiled by the FBI since 2002 has followed this script, or some variation on it. When our supposed protectors go to such lengths to entrap and prosecute mentally retarded teenagers, it’s difficult to believe we face an existential terrorist threat.

http://www.activistpost.com/2015/12/immoral-patsy-how-the-fbi-groomed-mentally-disabled-teen-with-a-51-iq-into-an-isis-terrorist.html?utm_source=Activist+Post+Subscribers&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=65e9bb88d7-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_term=0_b0c7fb76

Brain Scans show Compulsive Gamers have Hyperconnected Neural Networks

Brain scans from nearly 200 adolescent boys provide evidence that the brains of compulsive video game players are wired differently. Chronic video game play is associated with hyperconnectivity between several pairs of brain networks. Some of the changes are predicted to help game players respond to new information.

Other changes are associated with distractibility and poor impulse control. The research, a collaboration between the University of Utah School of Medicine, and Chung-Ang University in South Korea, was published online in Addiction Biology on Dec. 22, 2015.

“Most of the differences we see could be considered beneficial. However the good changes could be inseparable from problems that come with them,” says senior author Jeffrey Anderson, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of neuroradiology at the University of Utah School of Medicine.

Those with Internet gaming disorder are obsessed with video games, often to the extent that they give up eating and sleeping to play. This study reports that in adolescent boys with the disorder, certain brain networks that process vision or hearing are more likely to have enhanced coordination to the so-called salience network.

The job of the salience network is to focus attention on important events, poising that person to take action. In a video game, enhanced coordination could help a gamer to react more quickly to the rush of an oncoming fighter. And in life, to a ball darting in front of a car, or an unfamiliar voice in a crowded room. 


A new study led by the University of Utah School of Medicine and Chung-Ang University provides evidence that several regions of the brain are hyperconnected in adolescent boys diagnosed with Internet gaming disorder (lines between colored areas, colored areas represent specific brain networks). Some of the changes may help game players respond to new information, others are associated with distractibility and poor impulse control. (Credit: Jeffrey Anderson)

A new study provides evidence that several regions of the brain are hyperconnected in adolescent boys diagnosed with Internet gaming disorder (lines between colored areas, colored areas represent specific brain networks). Credit: Jeffrey Anderson

“Hyperconnectivity between these brain networks could lead to a more robust ability to direct attention toward targets, and to recognize novel information in the environment,” says Anderson. “The changes could essentially help someone to think more efficiently.” One of the next steps will be to directly determine whether the boys with these brain differences do better on performance tests.

More troublesome is an increased coordination between two brain regions, the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex and temporoparietal junction, a change also seen in patients with neuropsychiatric conditions such as schizophrenia, Down’s syndrome, and autism. Hyperconnectivity between the two regions is also observed in people with poor impulse control.

“Having these networks be too connected may increase distractibility,” says Anderson. At this point it’s not known whether persistent video gaming causes rewiring of the brain, or whether people who are wired differently are drawn to video games.

http://www.psypost.org/2015/12/brain-scans-show-compulsive-gaming-changes-neural-connections-for-better-and-worse-39914

China's New 5th Generation Jet Entered Production



China’s stealthy Chengdu J-20 fifth-generation combat aircraft may have gone into preliminary production according to state-owned Chinese media.

http://sputniknews.com/military/20151230/1032505388/china-stealth-jet-production.html

Beijing official news agency, Xinhua, published photos of thenewest J-20 aircraft, coated in primer paint, earlier this week.

An editorial published next to the photos proposes that the new stealth warplane has entered initial production. Xinhua noted that the serial number is an indication of that fact, as it has been changed from the 20XX designation of earlier iterations to 2101. But the news agency did not definitively state that the warplane has entered full production.

According to the Chinese, the J-20 will become the first full-fledged Chinese fifth-generation fighter but any concrete information about the new warplane’s systems is scarce.

The news agency notes that the J-20 won’t be able to reach its full potential until China develops engines with a thrust-to-weight ratio of ten-to-one.

Beijing is aware that it needs to develop jet engines that can be compared to the Pratt & Whitney F119 and F135, which are installed on the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor and F-35 Joint Strike Fighter respectively. China is working on developing its own jet engines, but thus far, its efforts have come to nothing.

China recently made a deal to buy two-dozen advanced Sukhoi Su-35S Flanker-E fighters from Russia, which have a pair of powerful NPO Saturn AL-41F1S afterburning turbofans. China might want to take some of the technology from the AL-41F1S to advance its own engine development, although the new Russian engine—which is an upgraded development of the earlier AL-31F—has yet to prove to be satisfactory for Moscow’s own PAK-FA development.

As magazine The National Interest noted even without new engines, the addition of the J-20 should greatly boost the competences of China’s air force.

“It’s not clear that the J-20 is an air superiority fighter—rather it might be specifically designed to eliminate support aircraft like tankers and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft like the AWACS that enable U.S. air operations over the Western Pacific,” the publication wrote.

It might also have a maritime strike role as part of Beijing’s anti-access/area-denial strategy. The lack of supersonic cruise proficiency might deter the J-20 in that role, but there is a good chance it still poses a significant threat even as it is, noted the National Interest.

Mountain Goat: UU6851 - "There is NO 72 hour RV window"

UU6851 – “Read my Lips (again) there is NO 72 hour RV window”

Hello Everyone,

Thanks everyone for the nice Christmas wishes. The family and I had a great Christmas and proceeded it with a safe and wonderful trip to Nuremburg for the Christkindlemarkt. Now we are back and the news is pouring in.

Today there is lots of news. Some of it will amaze you since we have been waiting so long for it. We can now see more of the pieces to the puzzle being played out and the process goes forward. However we must wait and watch and not overdue and assume the information we are getting with rumors or conjecture to serve our own purposes. This is not fair to those wanting for the truth and so relax and lets see if we can find it.

I can tell you without a shadow of a doubt there is NO 72 hour window or any window for an RV until at least late Jan early Feb 2016 and this too is dependent on accomplishing certain goals, one of which is victory over ISIS and another is establishing the needed laws to fix the military and the judicial system.

Today’s News


Today is Wednesday December 30th and yes we are now fully in the final week of December and still no RV.

Some say the RV must happen prior to Jan 1st 2016 or the IMF will take it over. Really?

I can not find even a shred of evidence to even suggest such a plan. If you find it please bring to forums. I am not saying this may or may not be the case but I have not heard any such news or read of it. But Jan 1st is only a couple days away and still no RV. So what do you think?

So if we are to study this ongoing RV saga, we must dig deeper than what some “secret” sources or rumors being spread around with a stick of sound evidence. We must dig deeper than what is on the bank screens or what is being said in the mosques…lol…lol….

We must dig very deep and go to aspects of the currency auctions and the plan to diversify Iraq’s economy. So let’s look today more as these aspects and see if we can make some sense of them and gain appreciations for the pulse and heartbeat of Iraq (what is truly happening and what their political leaders are thinking).

Before I go any further in today’s news I want to clarify one issue that still has many spell bound. Months ago now these so called intel “gurus” told you that the salaries were being cut in half in preparation for the RV. At this time I disputed this claim and said it was all nonsense and had absolutely nothing to do with the RV. So once again I am correct and have proven these wrong. My advice is stop following these senseless leaders.

Oh – so what pops out in the news recently? Low and behold ! - an article telling us directly from Abadi that the salaries will NOT be reduced and that this is propaganda being spread by the “fifith column” (which is Maliki and his goons). Did I not tell you this was the case? Funny how mnay are vented on bashing me but I am always correct and prove it. …..lol….lol…..

Are you convinced now or will you continue to be ignorant and keep watching so see the salaries reduced as a sign of some future RV? This is all so foolish and ridiculous I almost have to cry over people being so ignorant in the entire RV process. It is very sad I even have to bring this article to you to prove my point.

I also want to add that the economic advisor in the article below is telling us that the economic process is NOT A SECRET and they are keeping the people informed, just as I have already told you many times in the past that there is no conspiracy here to fool us so we don’t know about the timing of the RV. It is not all about the RV. The RV is the ultimate prize not the process.

I quote directly from the article below – “the government does not hide anything about the economic situation in Iraq, and will have a position with every situation and in every interview incident”

Article Begins

ABADI ECONOMIC ADVISER DENIES STAFF TO REDUCE THE SALARIES AND ACCUSED "FIFTH COLUMN" OF BEING BEHIND THE RUMORS

The appearance of Mohammed Saleh. Abadi economic adviser denies staff to reduce the salaries and accused "fifth column" of being behind the rumors

Author: AHF, BS, MJ
12/29/2015

Long-Presse / Baghdad
Denied economic advisor to Prime Minister Council, on Tuesday, the government flew to reduce employees' salaries by half, and was charged with fifth column of being behind the rumors Thus, he stressed that the government does not hide anything from the people, with regard to the economic situation.

Economic Adviser to the Prime Minister and the appearance of Mohammed Saleh said in an interview to the (long-Presse). "The reports that directed the government to reduce the days of the official working hours of staff and reduce salaries for half rumors sick and miserable."

He accused the benefit of "the fifth column of being behind these rumors is part of the psychological warfare at a time when Iraq is fighting a war against terrorism and achieve big victories."


Saleh asked "Who is that talking about such subject and what are its powers," asserting that "talking about this topic at the moment is very bad talk about victories intended to distort Iraq on terror".

Prime Minister Economic Adviser explained that "the government does not hide anything about the economic situation in Iraq, and will have a position with every situation and in every interview incident."


Some local media quoted sources as saying that the Cabinet is considering a proposal to reduce staff time in half, in exchange for giving them half the salary, to overcome the expected budget deficit in 2016.

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Update: Needed Laws

WOW! Looks like we are finally going to get the Federal Court law and a few others in a basket of laws in the opening session of parliament in the new year.

Amnesty is one of them. Wow again! We have waited soo long for this law.

But I noticed no National Guard law, at least not as of yet.

What is so important about the National Guard law?
It will give Iraq the blanket of security it needs for any significant revaluation of their currency. It also ensures that there are no private militias or Kud forces that can benefit from the revaluation and can use the funds to appose the Iraq security forces and military that may be necessary to take them out, if they do not cooperate once the National Guard law is passed and implemented. Note also they recently overtook Ramadi and did not use any Iranina Kud forces or private militias in doing so.

Why is it taking so long for the National Guard law?
This law will NOT BE IMPLEMENTED until they complete the ISIS fighting operations and can then legally designate the private militias as either “for us” or “against us”.
The good news in Abadi is telling us with complete confidence they are coming to liberate Mosul and then he tells us this is the key to the final victory over ISIS in Iraq. I have heard they have been planning this strategy for a very long time and it should go swiftly.

When can we expect to see the National Guard law implemented?
I am convinced that this will occur just after ISIS is beaten in Mosul and the liberation is announced. Let’s watch and see if I am correct. If you want a timing I would say sometime in January and this is a know target since they already have told us they “postponed” the launching of the 50k notes until late January and that these notes were to “pave the way” for the deletion of the 3 zeros.

So you see we do actually have a timeline only many of these so called intel “gurus” do not like future dates so far out because they can’t hype you up now and keep you in suspense over them. So they simply ignore it even though the news is overwhelmingly telling us there will be no RV window until at least this new target timeframe. This gives them time to complete these needed laws including the National Guard law and that is what I believe they are going to do (or attempt to do).

So once the Federal Court law and the National Guard law are passed, they can’t stall the prosecution of Maliki and his goons any more and will be forced to deal with them. They are also slowly stripping him of his monetary power since there is a 5 billion lawsuit against him. Also he will no longer have his so called private armies (or militias) to do his dirty work (bombings, etc..) once the National Guard law is in place. They are also going after hundreds of billions stolen during that 8 year administration that is now in Jordan, Lebanon, etc..bank accounts. I believe this is the long term strategy too to help pay for the many deficit loans.

It is all coming together very nicely.….lol…Just have patience !

And….YES…these laws are necessary and important prior to any RV. All you so called “gurus” can put that in your pipe and smoke it (along with the other hallucinating weed you are already smoking).

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LEGAL REPRESENTATIVE: 3 LAWS READY TO VOTE IN THE NEW LEGISLATIVE TERM, INCLUDING THE AMNESTY LAW

12/29/2015

Parliamentary Legal Committee announced that the new legislative term will vote on three important laws in the forefront of a project of the Federal Court Act.

A member of the Committee to Morshedi: "There is a set of laws has first and second reading and completed discussions on them between the blocs and parliamentary committees and you just need to vote in agreement with the leaders of the blocks."

"The ready-made laws of the vote is the Federal Court and the Federal Service and amnesty, as well as a draft e-Crime Bill and the Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Law."

He pointed out, "it was narrowing differences in the Federal Court Act except for paragraph 12 of the draft law concerning the quorum convene and vote on decisions of the Court."

"The general amnesty law is still under discussion for the study of the compatibility of the draft law with constitutional provisions and then introduced to a vote," noting that "the parliamentary Commission included a proposal for the inclusion of liquor within the project Drug and Psychotropic Substances Act, which is currently prepared with the Committee on Health and Environment in Parliament."

Morshedi pointed out that "the inclusion of liquor that the draft law came as psychotropic substances according to the opinion of the Committee on Health and the Environment of the proposal adopted by a number of deputies," pointing out that "the House vote to adopt that view will make the liquor is prohibited by law."

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Update: Currency Reform

We still await for the “official” word from the CBI to allow the distribution of the new lower denominations. We know this must first be accompanied with a significant increase in value and we are told it will be a 1:1 par value with the US dollar.

This is NOT the RV but an inflation adjustment and only an incentive to “dedollarize” the economy and reverse the trend in demand from the US dollar to the Iraqi dinar thus increase the demand for the new lower denominations. This would thus allow Iraq to withdraw or “de-dollarize” their economy as they would suck up US dollars are replace them with the lower denominations. This would happen because the citizens would migrate towards the new dinar since it would be worth more than the dollar.

Do they need a very significant increase in order to do this?
NO! All they need in-country is a value to the new dinar to be just over a dollar to create this incentive.

Is this the RV we have been waiting for?

NO! – this move to a 1:1 par with the US dollar is just an inflationary measure they will undertake. The full RV ($4.00+) we are waiting for will come later and will depend on how stable the economy is and how this whole process works out. It may take longer or it may be shorter than a couple weeks.

Again it saddens me I have to keep telling everyone this news too. Sometimes you just have to buckle down and listen to those that know the RV process and what is holding it up. If you have been reading my news letters you are one of the informed people and do not have to resort to listening to all out there about an everyday / any day / any moment RV situation. Simply put the RV is NOT going to happen until we see the needed laws and hear news of the currency reform process starting up once again. Right now we are on-hold again with the project to delete the zeros until late January / early February 2016. So relax!

When late January / early February 2016 comes around and we do get news about the “project to delete the zeros” to inform us it is moving forward once again, then go back and re-read this news letter and know that I am correct in my news and telling the truth to you. If this doesn’t convince you I give up….lol….

Update: Iraqi Economy

Does the article below seem like déjà vu to you?

What makes Iraq think the bond drive this time will be any more successful than it was in the past ? They are now strapped with debt from borrowing to pay their 2015-2016 deficits to IMF, China, Germany, Japan, etc.. Do they know something we don’t know?

To all you conspiracy people out there. If you want a conspiracy this may be the one for you –

Did you every read the book “Confessions of An Economic Hit Man” partly autobiographical book written by John Perkins published in 2004. Go read it and then think about what is now happening with Iraq. Can they be stalling the reinstatement of their currency for a reason? Now there is even talk of bankruptcy in 2016 of the price of oil does not rise soon. Does the IMF want to control the resources of Iraq and this is how they are going to do it. Just look at all their loans. Wow! Something is going on.

"Economic hit men” (EHMs) are highly paid professionals who cheat countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars.

According to Perkins, his role at Main was to convince leaders of underdeveloped countries to accept substantial development loans for large construction and engineering projects while making sure that these projects were contracted to U.S. companies. Later these loans would give the U.S. political influence and access to natural resources for U.S. companies. He refers to this as an "economic hit man." Although he states that throughout his career he has always worked for private companies, and suggests a system of corporatocracy and greed, rather than a single conspiracy

Just saying……… maybe things are not always what they appear to be…..!

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IRAQ REVIVES PLAN TO SELL BONDS TWO BILLION DOLLARS IN 2016 

Finance Minister Hoshyar Zebari h d

Twilight News / Finance Minister Hoshyar Zebari, on Monday, that Iraq has revived a plan to sell two billion dollars in bonds in 2016 at a time when the government is working on the face of the danger posed by al "Daash".

Zebari said in an interview with the agency "Reuters", and followed up Twilight News, that the 2016 draft budget provides for the government to sell bonds two billion dollars if lacked the resources to finance its spending target.

And was suspended bond sale plan - the first of its kind offered by the Iraqi government in the international market in about ten years - in October as investors demanded a yield of 11 percent, Zebari said he is very high.

Zebari said that the government hopes to conclude a better deal if you decide to resort to the bond market in 2016 with the achievement of the armed forces continuing victories on "Daash" and support the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund to the government's financial center.

It will facilitate the international institutions' confidence in the country's sovereign bond issuance process, expressing his belief that the liberation of gray will boost his country's position.

Iraq in 2006 and sold bonds worth $ 2.7 billion worth in 2028 and received a rating of -B agency Fitch Ratings in August.

Article Ends

Update: Nori al-Maliki Syndrome

I really, really liked this article below because it is telling us first of all they are sick and tired of Maliki and want to find a way to prosecute him if not for his crimes in Mosul or Sticker AFB than for his other corruption and stealing the wealth from Iraq. So now we see yet another attempt to bring him down by a huge lawsuit. Appears he has too much money to buy off the judicial system and pay for all his body guards. Appears this suit will be the “big” test for the judiciary system. So will they proceed in this lawsuit? Could this be the beginning of the end for Maliki? Will this bring him financially down (what I feel is really needed to bring him down).

I quote from the article below – “He concluded by saying: Again I say that the Iraqi judiciary to the big test new phase and we hope that God willing, the judiciary succeed at this stage that the al-Maliki did not disappoint in blackmail national figures”.

Article Begins

JAMAL AGENT "OPEN FIRE" ON NURI AL-MALIKI AFTER A LAWSUIT FOR COMPENSATION FOR $ 5 BILLION 

Baghdad -Arac Press -28 December 2015

Shen secretary-general of the Islamic National Accord Movement beauty agent, on Sunday, very scathing on the head of a coalition of law Nuri al-Maliki attack, promised to call set up by him a clear indication of "bankruptcy-Maliki and his failure to return to political project ".

He had earlier set up Nuri al-Maliki lawsuit against the agent asking him to five billion dinars in compensation for "insult to his reputation" during a television interview on the 30th of August.

The agent said in a statement received L / Iraq Press /, a copy of it, that "to raise this call many connotations, and were not that first interview, which not expose them to approach and behavior and the actions of al-Maliki, which are well known to all Labib and followers."

He said the secretary general of the Islamic National Accord Movement: I am aware that al-Maliki was before this trying to evaluate a lawsuit against me to Catch or Jail and that when he was at the head of the government, but he saw that it was not in his interest and the benefit of that spotlight will shine on the agent more and more, and that al-Maliki knows exactly mainstream and the great line that I belong to him, and also knows that he will not be able to meet this inherent line.

And Sheikh agent said that the work done by al-Maliki, a clear indication of his bankruptcy and failing to return political project, and so began heals my wounds and begging some positions here and there, perhaps get some gains, in particular, and it was not only the money stolen and stolen and disappeared in the past eight years, and an estimated three hundred billion dollars.

Also demonstrates that work on the level of degradation of al-Maliki and is asking me to five billion dinars in compensation for the insult to his reputation, and I ask all honorable Iraqis the following question: Is that comes Baathists and handing them over Iraqi army command then these leaders to hand over a third of the area of Iraq to Daash, you He has a reputation and honor? And does he have the dignity? , If this man's reputation and dignity and honor what he has such a criminal act and kept silent about it.

The al-Maliki in this work demonstrates the extent Anahtath Almujdan in dealing with politicians in the Iraqi political arena, and al-Maliki is unfortunate that up to this point.
It seems that al-Maliki has been implicated in this case also dragged him before in more than one case, and it is regrettable to say that al-Maliki did not use the mind, and did not rely on the experts and advisers in the management of state affairs, and only what al-Maliki arrived begging for sympathy from officials stage in the Islamic Republic of Iran in order to Almawa his face and back onto the political process again, and had happened when I was invited to a conference in Tehran and given his speech at the opening session, but that did not satisfy him, especially after the word that I gave at the closing session, which explained the truth of what happened in Iraq, and stressed that the supreme religious authority, and we are proud of always been the decision maker in preventing al-Maliki that up to a third term, and is thwarted by some officials in Iran's plan in that Almawa the face of al-Maliki and back onto life Political again, and I ask Maliki: What do you want to do?

He continued: I think that the judiciary began to wake up these days, and is a major test, and required him to prove his courage in making decisions true, and should not be supportive of the criminals the likes of al-Maliki, and the Liberation of Iraq, and harbors, and blackmailing citizens for the interests of these corrupt.

He concluded by saying: Again I say that the Iraqi judiciary to the big test new phase and we hope that God willing, the judiciary succeed at this stage that the al-Maliki did not disappoint in blackmail national figures

Update: Fighting ISIS

The articles below speak for themselves. We await further news on progress but we know now they are moving on Mosul again and this is excellent news…..the “final” blow to ISIS in Iraq….and so we hope!

Article Begins

ABADI SPEAKS...MOSUL THE CROWNING JEWEL NEXT! 

@HaiderAlAbadi: We say with complete confidence we are coming to liberate Mosul, with the unity and resolve of this great nation and its brave sons We will work to ensure that 2016 will be the year of final victory and will mark the end of Daesh presence in Iraq

Article Ends

Article Begins

(REUTERS) EXCLUSIVE: IRAQI ARMY NEEDS KURDS' HELP TO RETAKE MOSUL - ZEBARI

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The Iraqi army will need the Kurds' help to retake Mosul, the largest city under the control of Islamic State with the planned offensive expected to be very challenging in a region home to rival religious and ethnic groups, an Iraqi minister said. Mosul, 400 km (250 miles) north of Baghdad, has been designated by the government as the next target for Iraq's armed forces after they retook the western city of Ramadi, the first major success of the U.S.-trained force that initially fled in the face of Islamic State's advance 18 months ago.


Retaking the mostly Sunni city of Mosul would be hard as the local and regional players in northern Iraq have diverging agendas. The region is a mosaic of different ethnic and religious groups lying between Turkey, Syria and Iraqi Kurdistan.

It would effectively mark the end of the caliphate proclaimed by Islamic State in adjacent Sunni areas of Iraq and Syria, Iraq's Finance Minister Hoshiyar Zebari told Reuters in an interview.

"Mosul needs good planning, preparations, commitment from all the key players," Zebari, a Kurd, said on Monday in Baghdad. "Peshmerga is a major force; you cannot do Mosul without Peshmerga," he said, referring to the armed forces of Iraqi Kurdistan, an autonomous northern region close to Mosul.


Kurdish forces have positions east, north and west of Mosul while Iraqi security forces backed by Shi'ite militias have positions in Baiji, south of Mosul.

The city had a population of two million before it fell to the militants in June 2014, in the first stage of their sweeping advance through northern and western Iraq.The battle of Mosul would be "very, very challenging", Zebari said. "It will not be an easy operation, for some time they have been strengthening themselves, but it’s doable."Given the extent of the area that needs to be secured around Mosul during the attack, the army may also need to draw on local Sunni forces and possibly the Shi'ite Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF) in support roles, he said. The PMF, known in Arabic as Hashid Shaabi, is a loosely knit coalition of mostly Iran-backed Shi'ite militias set up to fight Islamic State. The government sidelined the PMF in the Ramadi battle to ensure air support from the U.S. which is reluctant to be seen fighting on the same side as the Iranian-backed militias.

'FINAL BLOW'


Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Monday that Islamic State would be defeated in 2016 with the army planning to move on Mosul. "We are coming to liberate Mosul and it will be the fatal and final blow to Daesh," he said in speech praising the army's "victory" in Ramadi. "It's there (Mosul) where Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared his caliphate," Zebari said, referring to the group's leader. "It is literally their capital."


The Iraqi Kurdish president, Massoud Barzani, discussed plans for the liberation of Mosul with Lieutenant General Tom Beckett, Britain's senior defense adviser, in September, according to Kurdish TV Rudaw.


Peshmerga forces, backed by US air strikes, in November dislodged Islamic State from Sinjar, a town west of Mosul that is home to Iraq's Yazidi minority who suffered at the hands of Islamic State when it overran the area in August 2014.

Barzani said at the time the capture of Sinjar "would have a big impact on liberating Mosul," as the Yazidi town lies on the road to Raqqa, Islamic State's stronghold on Syrian territory.
Arab Sunnis and Shi'ites are concerned that the Kurds could use the battle as a mean to expand the territory under their control, said Wathiq al-Hashimi, chairman of the Iraqi Group for Strategic Studies, a think-tank in Baghdad.

The Kurds are concerned that the Shi'ites would use their presence to bolster the influence of the central government in Baghdad, he said.

"The Peshmerga's involvement will be inevitable but could further complicate the battle in Mosul if not enough guarantees have been taken from the regional leadership that they will not use it to expand their territories," said Hashimi.

Article Ends

One more item today:

Let’s not forget to keep praying for the success of THESE IRAQI AND COALITION SOLDIERS. I believe their success is in part some of the acceleration of the process we are now witnessing.

“Lord, protect Abadi and all who stand with him in righteousness, the Iraq and Coalition Soldiers who are fighting the good fight against terrorism, that they would be shielded from the enemy and would be Victorious against them! We ask that the Victory comes swiftly and healing of the Iraqi peoples and all whom have been effected by these evil doers can begin! Amen!

Till next time…. Auf Wiedersehen!

Peace and Luv To Ya All,
Mnt Goat

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