The Israeli regime has reportedly cut off the water supply to some 45,000 Palestinians residing in the areas around East al-Quds (Jerusalem), local sources say. ● Residents of Shuafat refugee camp said on Wednesday that their water had been cut off for nearly three days, while a number of other Palestinian suburbs near al-Quds had also been without water for 20 days. According to the residents, the Israeli water authority started to gradually reduce the water supplies about two weeks ago until it completely stopped. However, the Israeli water company, Gihon, has denied the water shut-off to the Arab areas. Khaled al-Khalidi, a member of the Shuafat’s popular committee, said the Tel Aviv regime had gone back on a UN-brokered agreement to provide water service to the Palestinian refugees.
Ukraine signed a $10 billion shale gas production-sharing agreement with U.S. Chevron on Tuesday, another step in a drive for more energy independence from Russia. ● The deal to develop its western Olesska field followed a similar shale gas agreement with Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) in January and boosts Ukraine's leadership at a time of fraught relations with Moscow over gas supplies. "The agreements with Shell and Chevron ... will enable us to have full sufficiency in gas by 2020 and, under an optimistic scenario, even enable us to export energy," President Viktor Yanukovich told investors shortly before the signing.
[He had to go. -But wasn't Yanukovych a duly elected president? Yes, he was. Rothschild & Friends selected him themselves for his election in 2010...so they already knew that. But it still wasn't enough. They wanted more.]
Paul Craig Roberts ■ The Looting Of Ukraine Has Begun
The totally corrupt anti-American Obama regime is trying to appoint the head or former head of the Israeli Central Bank as the Vice Chairman of the Federal Reserve. The scuttlebutt is that Obama has been paid tens of millions of dollars to deliver the US Federal Reserve to Israel’s control. I don’t know whether to believe this or not, but considering the corruption of all sectors of the US government, I would not be surprised by anything. In Washington there is nothing that cannot be bought. You can read about it here and make up your own mind. Don’t expect any honest reporting from the presstitute media. Obama, of course, will lie through his teeth, and so will the media. Whatever the truth turns out to be, it will be the opposite of the Obama regime’s explanation.
Revealed in error [???], the official files that show Britain will NOT support military action against Russia
Cameron's adviser Hugh Powell left file on display to photographers. The document revealed [that] Britain will not impose sanctions against Russia [and] will not support military action against the country either. Also disclosed: Russian investors will not be frozen out of City of London. Hague and Cameron claimed today they would 'get tough' with Russia. ● Britain will not impose sanctions or support military action against Russia, according to a briefing paper that was revealed in error yesterday. The document became public when one of David Cameron’s advisers left it on display to press photographers before a Downing Street meeting. The blunder by Hugh Powell, who is deputy national security adviser, also shows that the Government has no plans to freeze Russian investors out of the City of London. Instead, the briefing paper recommends that the UN should take the lead and possibly send monitors to Ukraine. The document says: ‘
UK should not support for now, trade sanctions...or close London’s financial centre to Russians.’
In what US officials said was a “penalty” for Russia’s backing of Crimean secession from the Ukraine, the Obama Administration has suspended all military ties with Russia. Pentagon officials say that all military-to-military engagements, including joint exercises, meetings, and conferences have been placed “on hold” indefinitely.
The move is the first of what Obama Administration officials say will be a series of punitive actions designed to isolate Russia internationally, as well as economically. The Pentagon downplayed reports of ship movements in the region, saying they have not changed any military planning or operations as a result of the Crimea situation.
Reuters/RIA Novosti: Kremlin aide warns US of response if sanctions imposed
Yahoo: Lavrov slams threats of 'sanctions and boycotts' over Ukraine
Jason Ditz: Trade Talks Cancelled as Obama Threatens Russia Sanctions
RT.com: Yanukovich sent letter to Putin asking for Russian military presence in Ukraine
Jason Ditz: Tensions High, But Russian Troops Staying in Crimea
The Backstory to the Russia-Ukraine Confrontation: The U.S. and NATO Encirclement of Russia
Russia And China Stand In Agreement On Ukraine – And That Is Very Bad News For The United States
Obama’s Strategy Of Fomenting Revolution In Ukraine Is Backfiring Dramatically
12 Signs That Russia Is Ready To Fight A War Over Crimea
The London gold fix, the benchmark used by miners, jewelers and central banks to value the metal, may have been manipulated for a decade by the banks setting it, researchers say. ● Unusual trading patterns around 3 p.m. in London, when the so-called afternoon fix is set on a private conference call between five of the biggest gold dealers, are a sign of collusive behavior and should be investigated, New York University’s Stern School of Business Professor Rosa Abrantes-Metz and Albert Metz, a managing director at Moody’s Investors Service, wrote in a draft research paper.
Paul Craig Roberts and Dave Kranzler: Market Manipulations Become More Extreme, More Desperate
Paul Craig Roberts and Dave Kranzler: The Hows and Whys of Gold Price Manipulation
Paul Craig Roberts and Dave Kranzler: Why is the Fed tapering?
Full draft text of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership leaked
The number of homeless families seeking shelter in the Washington, DC has risen by 135 percent from the same time last year, surging past earlier official expectations of a 10 percent increase, according to various news sources. The growing rate of homeless families seeking shelter is almost unprecedented, bringing the entire family shelter system to maximum capacity by late January. Nearly 300 individuals fill DC General, a former hospital-turned-family shelter, with another 125 families filling up the District’s only other family shelter. In fact, the city has had to put an additional 436 families with a combined 849 children in motels in the District and in the neighboring Maryland suburbs.
What is surprising is that where the FT article once was, readers
can now find only this.
Global gold prices may have been manipulated on 50 per cent of occasions between January 2010 and December 2013, according to analysis by Fideres, a consultancy. ● Two days ago the FT released a clear, informative and fact-based article, titled simply enough "Gold price rigging fears put investors on alert" in which author Madison Marriage, citing a report by the Fideres consultancy, revealed that global gold prices may have been manipulated on 50 per cent of occasions between January 2010 and December 2013. ● To those who hve been following the price action of gold in the past four years, gold manipulation is not only not surprising, but accepted and widely appreciated (because like the Chinese those who buy gold would rather do so at artificially low rather than artificially high fiat prices) and at this point, after every other product has been exposed to be blatantly and maliciously manipulated by the banking estate, it is taken for granted that the central banks' primary fiat alternative, and biggest threat to the monetary status quo, has not avoided a comparable fate. ● And since we can only assume the article has been lost to FT readers due to some server glitch, and not due to post-editorial consorship or certainly an angry phone call from the Bank of England or some comparable institution, we are happy to recreate it in its entirety. Just in case someone is curious why gold price rigging fears should put investors on alert.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper must join Canada’s premiers at the negotiating table to discuss medicare reforms or the country’s public health-care system will grow weaker, medical privatization will spread and national unity will be imperilled, says Roy Romanow. The former Saskatchewan premier, who led a royal commission on health care a decade ago, made the comments in an exclusive interview with Postmedia News. Romanow said he is worried the Harper government has adopted a deliberate strategy to leave health care to the provinces — possibly to foster the development of more private, for-profit medical companies. [...] Romanow expressed anxiety at signs coming from the federal government. In December, federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty surprised his provincial counterparts at a meeting in Victoria by unveiling a non-negotiable long-term funding plan that falls short of what some provinces had hoped for. Federal health-care transfers will continue to increase by six per cent until 2016-17. After that, increases will only be tied to economic growth including inflation — currently roughly four per cent — and never fall below three per cent.
In December 2008, two brief conversations from Ms Yellen and Mr Bullard appear to have set the scene for both the scale and focus of the Fed's actions over the ensuing years... ironically it was Janet Yellen's fear of a "rising" labor force participation rate and Jim Bullard's rapid realization that the US was "moving to a Japanese-style deflationary, zero nominal interest rate, situation at an alarming pace." Topics that now are quickly ushered away as nonsense by the mainstream economist crystal-ball gazers...
China Sold Second-Largest Amount Ever Of US Treasurys In December: And Guess Who Comes To The Rescue
While we will have more to say about the disastrous December TIC data shortly, which was released early today, and which showed a dramatic plunge in foreign purchases of US securities in December - the month when the S&P soared to all time highs and when everyone was panicking about the 3% barrier in the 10 Year being breached and resulting in a selloff in Tsy paper - one thing stands out. The chart below shows holdings of Chinese Treasurys (pending revision of course, as the Treasury department is quite fond of ajdusting this data series with annual regularity): in a nutshell, Chinese Treasury holdings plunged by the most in two years, after China offloaded some $48 billion in paper, bringing its total to only $1268.9 billion, down from $1316.7 billion, and back to a level last seen in March 2013!
Brother Nathanael Kapner ■ Monetary reform is the mother of all reforms. Every other reform depends on it. || I’m calling for a Nationalist Monetary Reform Convention to take the issuance of money out of the hands of the Fed’s Jewish bankers and into the hands of the people. This convention will vote to create a new monetary policy ready at hand for new leaders to adopt when the Fed crashes. The theme is money creation by the nation for the nation within the framework of a nationalist government. The issuance of debt-based money by the Jewish-owned Fed will be annulled. The Convention’s coalition of conservatives and liberals will put aside fiscal policies and focus on monetary policy that benefits both sides. This cooperation of left and right is against all Jewish social engineering. Jewry’s ‘divide and conquer’ bites the dust right here.
They know a crisis is coming. They have ‘reform’ plans all ready to go that will enslave us ten times worse than the Fed. One of their plans is the Jewish Austrian School’s privately-issued, commodity-backed currencies instead of government-issued money.
Don’t fall for it. There’s nothing wrong with private currencies but when you oppose government-issued currency you’re working for the Jews. That’s because you’re opposing: “nationalism” – the only force that can halt the advance of the one world Jewish police state. How will the coalition work? Who is included and who is excluded from participating? Reform parties from all political realms can come to the Convention and argue their positions. But anti-nationalists will be excluded whether they’re internationalists or anarchists. When gold promoter Mike Maloney says ‘gold is good and fiat is bad’ in his “Hidden Secrets Of Money” he wrongly makes the government the bad guy.
Josh Marshall ■ This is not principally about working to get money to buy insurance. It's needing to operate in a health care insurance system in which the ability to purchase insurance is not only tightly tied to employment in general but in many cases to particular jobs if you have some condition or genetic tendency that makes no one else want to hire/insure you. Let's put the point even more precisely, the issue is the inability of many people to purchase health care coverage at reasonable rates and/or without massive exclusions without a job that allows you to participate in a group health plan. Cutting that chain between employment and access to coverage allows some people to retire early, leave the work force, start their own business, work as an independent contractor. It allows people to make that el dorado thing, rational economic choices. There's nothing wrong with that. Chaining people to particular jobs on the threat of losing access to health care is simply wrong.
Anonymous/Paul Craig Roberts ■ Obamacare: The Final Payment–Raiding the Assets of Low-Income and Poor Americans || The anonymous Obamacare expert, who provided us a year ago with the most complete account of Obamacare available, has returned with an explanation of estate recovery. Obamacare herds the poor into Medicaid which requires some enrollees to forfeit homes and other assets they might have to the state to cover the cost of their medical care. The research article below is meticulous and demonstrates that Obamacare was not enacted to serve the people.
Brother Nathanael Kapner ● America’s in trouble, money trouble. And the crunch is coming soon. Do you feel helpless? Do you think our rulers are too powerful to beat? They’re not invincible… just shrewd. We can outwit them. A National Convention on Monetary Reform can turn the tables. ● No, we don’t own the media. Jews own TV, academia, the think tanks, not to mention the banks themselves. But we can make an end run. We can call for the new inevitable: A National Convention For Monetary Reform. This is a battle for the American nation against the International Jew. Apart from their own Zionist nationalism, Jews fear American nationalism because it embodies the patriotic feeling of the majority— the Gentiles. Jewry brainwashes the Gentiles to scorn nationalism because it’s the most effective check against their plan for a One World Government. You see, the Jews and their dupes—whether communists or Austrian School ‘free-traders’—are internationalists. To the Jew, “international” is a code word for “anti-Gentile.” Anti-nationalism means Jewish supremacy. Don’t fall for it. ● Why is monetary reform the key to take back our country from our oppressors? Are you against Wall Street corruption? Corporatocracy? Are you pro big government? Pro small government? Your opinion means nothing. Without taking back the power of money creation from the Jews—as the Constitution mandates—you have no say on what the government should be, how it spends money, or what laws it makes. So long as Jews have the power to create money—(everyone knows they run the Fed)—there’s no end to the Hillary Clintons, the Barack Obamas, and the Ted Cruzes who can be bought. That’s why monetary reform is the mother of all reforms. “Give me control of a nation’s money and I care not who makes its laws,” said Mayer Amschel Rothschild. ● Money creation should be by the nation for the nation. “Coin money” for the people not the Jewish rulers. That’s the answer. Now, what would a National Monetary Reform Convention look like? Who would be welcomed and who would be banned?
Speaking at the recent Davos economic conference - widely considered to be the elite economic forum to discuss trends and political strategy - an expert in artificial intelligence and machine learning, Jeremy Howard, had some stunning announcements that indicate a major shift in employment is set to occur very soon. As Howard states in the video below, we have hit a critical threshold where machine intelligence is performing better than even the leading experts in the fields of medicine, science, and banking among others. This has vast ramifications, as this crossover coincides also with the replacement of skilled and non-skilled human labor with robots. Between the two events, people from all economic classes are being threatened with replacement in an unprecedented way. It is being called technological unemployment - a type of permanent unemployment that greatly exacerbates our current recession/depression, because the lost jobs most likely will never return.
Kate Randall ■ A wave of layoff announcements over the past week has exposed the reality of the economic “recovery” touted by the Obama administration and governments worldwide. Deep-going job cuts are hitting the manufacturing, pharmaceutical, technology and retail sectors across North America, Europe and Japan. Despite stagnant revenues, reflecting sluggish economic growth, companies are reporting booming profits. These profit gains are almost entirely due to a relentless assault on jobs, wages and working conditions being carried out by the ruling class. The layoff of tens of thousands of workers comes amid news of unprecedented compensation packages for the heads of major US corporations. It is combined with ruthless austerity measures in the US and across Europe. As the chasm between rich and poor continues to grow, social programs and benefits upon which millions rely are being gutted.
Native American communities along proposed route vow resistance against 'black snake' pipeline. Native American communities are promising fierce resistance to stop TransCanada from building, and President Barack Obama from permitting, the northern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline. "No Keystone XL pipeline will cross Lakota lands," declares a joint statement from Honor the Earth, the Oglala Sioux Nation, Owe Aku, and Protect the Sacred. "We stand with the Lakota Nation, we stand on the side of protecting sacred water, we stand for Indigenous land-based lifeways which will NOT be corrupted by a hazardous, toxic pipeline." Members of seven Lakota nation tribes, as well as indigenous communities in Idaho, Oklahoma, Montana, Nebraska and Oregon, are preparing to take action to stop Keystone XL. “It will band all Lakota to live together and you can’t cross a living area if it’s occupied,” said Greg Grey Cloud, of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, in an interview with Aboriginal Peoples Television Network. “If it does get approved we aim to stop it.”
The US Senate voted Tuesday to pass $8.7 billion in cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as food stamps, as part of a package of agricultural legislation. ● The Senate vote follows the bill’s passage in the House of Representatives last Wednesday. President Barack Obama is expected to sign it by the end of the week. Twenty-two Republicans joined 46 members of the Senate Democratic caucus to vote for the bill, while 23 Republicans and nine Democrats voted against it. In a statement following the vote, the White House came out unequivocally in support of the measure, which will slash food benefits for 1.7 million of the most vulnerable people in the US, including large numbers of children and disabled people. ● The bipartisan support for slashing one of the few programs aimed at alleviating widespread poverty and hunger in the United States comes amidst record social inequality. With the support of the Obama administration, tens of billions of dollars are handed to the banks every month through the money-printing operations of the Federal Reserve. The annual cuts in food stamps, which will have such devastating consequences for the most vulnerable sections of the population, amount to only 0.04 percent of the total wealth of the richest 400 individuals in the country.
PCR Interviewed by King World News: The Fed Must Choose Between The Banks And The Dollar
Paul Craig Roberts on Another World Is Possible
Global share markets experienced significant falls yesterday amid concerns that the predictions of improved economic and financial conditions in 2014 may not be fulfilled. Equity markets have had their worst start to the year since 2010. Wall Street had the biggest downturn with the Dow Jones index down 326 points, or 2.08 percent, while the S&P 500 index lost 2.28 percent. Over the past two months, the Fed has “tapered” its asset buying program by $20 billion, a significant factor in the turbulence in “emerging markets” that has seen a number of central banks lift their interest rates. This has led to the view that the present market downturn could be the start of something more than a “correction.” In Europe the German Dax index was down 1.3 percent, the French CaC index fell 1.3 percent, while in Britain the FTSE100 index was 0.7 percent lower. In Tokyo, the Nikkei index was down 8.5 percent for the month of January. The outlook for the eurozone is also causing downward pressure with predictions that the inflation rate will come down even further in January—a sign of further economic contraction. Moreover, the European Central Bank may move to cut interest rates again.
Paul Craig Roberts & Dave Kranzler: Why is the Fed tapering?
A third banker has committed suicide within the space of a week, once again prompting speculation that some kind of financial collapse could be just around the corner. ● "Mike Dueker, the chief economist at Russell Investments, was found dead at the side of a highway that leads to the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in Washington state, according to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department. He was 50," reports Bloomberg. Dueker fell down a 50 foot embankment in what police are describing as a suicide. He was reported missing on January 29 by friends, who said he had been "having problems at work." Dueker's apparent suicide follows those of London banking executives Gabriel Magee and Bill Broeksmit.
Les situations de mal-logement se sont encore aggravées en 2013, témoigne la Fondation Abbé Pierre dans son dernier rapport annuel, en notant "des avancées" en matière de politique du logement, mais "une réponse insuffisante aux besoins immédiats". ● Alors que les 60 ans de l'appel de l'Abbé Pierre en faveur des sans abris, durant l'hiver 54, sont célébrés le 1er février, la Fondation, qui a repris le flambeau du fondateur des communautés d'Emmaüs, évoque "un élargissement et une accentuation de la crise du logement", qui apparait comme "sans précédent". Elle estime à 3,5 millions le nombre de personnes confrontées au mal-logement, et à plus de 10 millions les personnes touchées par la crise du logement, selon Patrick Doutreligne, délégué général de la Fondation. On compte notamment 141.500 sans-abri. Le dispositif d'hébergement "ne permet pas de répondre à toutes les situations de précarité", note la Fondation.
The partial sale of DONG Energy to Goldman Sachs took a shocking turn this morning after Annette Vilhelmsen, the head of government coalition party Socialistisk Folkeparti (SF), announced that she would step down as head of the party and the party would leave the government coalition. ● Vilhelmsen called a meeting this morning after she was unable to obtain a consensus in her party on agreeing to the government’s pending DONG/ Goldman Sachs agreement, which is set to be decided on in parliament later today. “
It’s been a dramatic 24 hours. I must admit that there has been disagreement in the party, at a national level and in the parliament group,” Vilhelmsen said at the press conference at Christiansborg. “
I couldn’t gather the party.”
A New York bill to cut off state funding to the American Studies Association over its Israel boycott has the support of 48 lawmakers. That means that Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who authored the bill, is just 28 members short of garnering a majority of the state assembly to back the legislation targeting the ASA. The legislation would prohibit colleges from giving funds to the ASA or other academic groups that have supported a boycott of universities in countries that host schools given credentials by New York state. If the bill passes, colleges would not be eligible for state aid during the academic year if they violate the legislation. Practically, it would mean that university funds given to students and faculty to travel to ASA events would be cut off.
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