Israel

When Cash Is Outlawed... Only Outlaws Will Have Cash

If the Benjamin is killed, it will “deter illicit activities” they say, apparently taking us all for complete idiots. Very organized criminals all over the world could be heard rolling on the floor laughing their heads off at this pronouncement.

Frontrunning: February 19

  • Stocks knocked back as oil rally falters (Reuters)
  • Still no deal for Britain on EU reforms after all-night talks (Reuters)
  • Oil Falls Near $30 as Rising U.S. Crude Stockpiles Expand Glut (BBG)
  • PBOC to Raise Reserve Ratios for Banks That Don't Meet Criteria (BBG)
  • China’s Top Securities Regulator to Step Down (WSJ)

Bilal Erdogan Accused Of Money Laundering In Italy

Bilal Erdogan, son of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and alleged patron saint of Islamic State's illicit oil trafficking enterprise, is being accused on money laundering in Italy. His lawyers "have nothing to say."

Frontrunning: February 18

  • Oil extends rally towards $35 after Iran welcomes output freeze (Reuters)
  • Overproduction Swamps Smaller Chinese Cities, Revealing Depth of Crisis (WSJ)
  • House Flipping Is Making a Comeback in Las Vegas (BBG)
  • Trump leads Republican field nationally by more than 20 points (Reuters)
  • Turkey blames Kurdish militants for Ankara bomb, vows response in Syria and Iraq (Reuters)

"Bigger Than Watergate" - Hillary Clinton And The Syrian Bloodbath

The U.S. policy was a massive, horrific failure. Assad did not go, and was not defeated. Russia came to his support. Iran came to his support. The mercenaries sent in to overthrow him were themselves radical jihadists with their own agendas. The chaos opened the way for the Islamic State, building on disaffected Iraqi Army leaders (deposed by the US in 2003), on captured U.S. weaponry, and on the considerable backing by Saudi funds. If the truth were fully known, the multiple scandals involved would surely rival Watergate in shaking the foundations of the US establishment.

How Far Will The U.S. Go If Turkey Invades Syria?

The Government of Turkey has now put itself in a position whereby it must act rapidly and precipitously to avoid moving to an ultimately losing strategic position in the war against Syria, which could result in being forced back to fight a full-scale civil war to prevent the break-up of the State into at least two components, one being a new Kurdish state. The Obama Administration, with less than a year to run on its term, is also throwing caution to the winds, and is empowered in this by the diversion of U.S. political attention on the November 2016 Presidential elections. President Obama hopes to move the U.S. into an irrevocable military action in Syria before the Washington political establishment can warn him off it. And he might succeed.

In Milestone, Iran Ships First Oil To Europe Since Sanctions Lifted

In case you haven’t noticed, Iran is on a roll. Much to the chagrin of Israel and any number of GOP lawmakers in the US, the nuclear accord is a done deal and creates a $100 billion windfall for Tehran. That's in addition to the billions upon billions in extra revenue the country will be able to generate each month now that the economic noose has been removed from the country's neck. On Sunday, in yet another milestone, Iran loaded its first cargo of oil to Europe since sanctions were lifted.

Neil Howe Warns The 'Professional Class' Is Still In Denial Of The Fourth Turning

"The world has fundamentally shifted over the last decade, especially since we’ve emerged from the Great Recession... But the professional class has been very slow to understand what is going on, not just quantitatively but qualitatively in a new generational configuration that I call the Fourth Turning. They don’t accept the new normal. They keep insisting, just two or three years out there on the horizon, that the old normal will return – in GDP growth, in housing starts, in global trade. But it doesn’t return."

Paul Craig Roberts: Are Americans Too Insouciant To Survive?

Superpower America required a more dangerous enemy than a few lightly armed jihadists, so the “Russian threat” was created. To drive home the threat, Russia and her president are constantly demonized. The conclusion is unavoidable that the insouciant American people are being prepared for war.

Is The US Leading Saudi Arabia Down The Kuwaiti Invasion Road?

Saudi Arabia and Turkey are both pushed into a corner over the shifting power base in the Middle East. The paranoia and desperation, like Saddam in 1990, could very well cause both countries to commit to the very act of aggression which will lead to their ultimate demise and removal from a position of influence within the region. Are we on the verge of another war?

Why The 'Sultan Of Chaos' Is Freaking Out

The only leverage the ‘Sultan’ may enjoy at the moment. From Brussels to Berlin, sound minds are terrified that the EU is now actually hostage to Erdogan’s Kurd “priority”, while Ankara is doing next to nothing to fight massive migrant smuggling. And that explains German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s own desperation. How could the alleged most powerful politician in Europe falls for such a crude extortion racket? The ‘Sultan’ wants a lot of cash, a lot of concessions, and even a further shot at entering the EU. Otherwise, he won’t turn off the tap on the grim refugee flood. No wonder the regime change rumor mill is frantic. In Ankara? No; in Berlin.

Iran Says No Thanks To Dollars; Demands Euro Payment For Oil Sales

Iran enjoys trolling the United States. In fact, it’s something of hobby for the Ayatollah, who has maintained the country’s semi-official “death to America” slogan even as President Rouhani plays good cop with Obama and Kerry. In the latest humiliation for Washington, Tehran now says it wants to be paid for its oil in euros, not dollars.

Paul Craig Roberts: There Is No Freedom Without Truth

Conspiracies are real. There are many more of them than people are aware. Many government conspiracies are heavily documented by governments themselves with the official records demonstrating the conspiracies openly available to the public. These conspiracies alone are sufficient to chastise those uninformed Western peoples who go around saying, “our government would never kill its own people." False flag attacks are used by governments in order to pursue secret agendas that they cannot publicly acknowledge. It is late in the game. If you do not stand up for truth, you will have no freedom as there is no freedom without truth.

How Corruption Cripples America's Military

Amongst all corrupt aristocracies (and that’s every aristocracy), America’s takes the cake. The International Criminal Court will begin to have credibility if and when it starts to prosecute American leaders such as George W. Bush and Barack Obama, but not a minute before that time. Western gangsters lead the world right now, and Western political leaders are their agents — merely fixers, for those elite gangsters.