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The Cyber Wars Begin: Obama Says US "Must Retaliate" Against China For Historic Data Breach





The US has determined that the Chinese cyber attack on the databases of the Office of Personnel Management "was so vast in scope and ambition that the usual practices for dealing with traditional espionage cases [does] not apply," The New York Times reports. In short: "this agression will not stand, man."

 
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Al-Qaeda Attacks CIA-Trained Syrian "Freedom Fighters"; Commander Captured





"We warn soldiers of (Division 30) against proceeding in the American project. We, and the Sunni people in Syria, will not allow their sacrifices to be offered on a golden platter to the American side."

 
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Secret Memo Reveals US Was Aware Of Americans Killing Zimbabwe Lions; Only Concern Was Getting Caught





"One safari operator accused an American, by name, of killing a lion illegally and then smuggling its hide out through South Africa.  Given the rampant smuggling of other animal products across Zimbabwe's southern border (reftel), this is not unlikely.  As reported in reftel, American hunting dollars are vital to Zimbabwe's conservation efforts, but there are also serious risks that Americans could be implicated in smuggling and poaching operations."

 
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The Real Story Behind Turkey's US-Backed "War On Terror"





To let the media tell it, recent "attacks" - including a suicide bombing that killed 32 people earlier this month - have prompted Turkey to officially join the fight against ISIS. In reality, Ankara's motivations can be explained not by a desire to rid the world of "terrorists", but by considerations of political expediency and by an autocrat's insatiable thirst for power.

 
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The End Draws Near For Syria's Assad As Putin's Patience "Wears Thin"





In a defiant speech delivered over the weekend, Syria's Bashar al-Assad insisted that "defeat ... does not exist in the dictionaries of the Syrian Arab army," even as the strongman admitted that his military faced a debilitating shortage of manpower. Meanwhile, WSJ says Russian officials are "showing more openness to discussing alternatives to Mr. Assad as his regime loses territory."

 
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White House Denies Snowden 'Pardon' Petition, Warns "We Are Living In A Dangerous World"





After two years and a massive 167,000 signatures, FirstLook reports that The White House has officially denied a hugely popular whitehouse.gov petition calling for NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden to be “immediately issued a full, free, and absolute pardon,” saying thanks for signing, but no, stating that "Mr. Snowden’s dangerous decision to steal and disclose classified information had severe consequences for the security of our country and the people who work day in and day out to protect it." While acknowledging that "this is an issue that many Americans feel strongly about," Lisa Monaco, President Obama’s advisor on homeland security and terrorism, said in a statement, "we live in a dangerous world."

 
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Frontrunning: July 28





  • Fed Officials May Offer More Clarity on Rates (WSJ)
  • Stocks rebound, shrugging off volatile and weak China (Reuters)
  • Three-Day Selloff Knocks 11% From China Shares (WSJ)
  • China shares fall again as Beijing scrambles to calm markets (Reuters)
  • VAT hikes to make Greek destination less popular (Kathimerini)
  • Varoufakis - Something is rotten with the eurozone’s hideous restrictions on sovereignty (FT)
  • EU denies Varoufakis 'tax control' claims (FT)
 
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Frontrunning: July 27





  • Chinese shares tumble 8.5 percent in biggest one-day drop since 2007 (Reuters)
  • Japan’s Economy Shrank Last Quarter, Top Forecaster Says (BBG)
  • Creditor teams in Athens to work on third bailout (AFP)
  • Tsipras’s Paradox Is Six Months of Pain and Enduring Popularity (BBG)
  • Goldman-Backed Instant Messaging Company Seeks New Investment (WSJ)
  • Best Buy will sell the Apple Watch on August 7th (Engadget) - when is it coming to Dollar General?
  • Senate votes to revive Ex-Im (Hill)
  • U.S.-Turkey Deal Paves Way to Set Up Buffer Zone in Northern Syria (WSJ)
 
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Furious Coal CEO Lets It All Out: "Obama Is Nation's Great Destroyer"





"His legacy will be that of the nation's greatest destroyer, and he certainly is the greatest enemy that I, personally, and my family and employees, have ever had."

 
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The Eurasian Big Bang: How China & Russia Are Running Rings Around Washington





Tehran, Beijing, Moscow, Islamabad, and New Delhi have been actively establishing interlocking security guarantees. They have been simultaneously calling the Atlanticist bluff when it comes to the endless drumbeat of attention given to the flimsy meme of Iran’s "nuclear weapons program."  And a few days before the Vienna nuclear negotiations finally culminated in an agreement, all of this came together at a twin BRICS/SCO summit in Ufa, Russia -- a place you’ve undoubtedly never heard of and a meeting that got next to no attention in the U.S.  And yet sooner or later, these developments will ensure that the War Party in Washington and assorted neocons (as well as neoliberalcons) already breathing hard over the Iran deal will sweat bullets as their narratives about how the world works crumble.

 
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Attention America's Suburbs: You Have Just Been Annexed





It’s difficult to say what’s more striking about President Obama’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) regulation: its breathtaking radicalism, the refusal of the press to cover it, or its potential political ramifications. The danger AFFH poses to Democrats explains why the press barely mentions it. This lack of curiosity, in turn, explains why the revolutionary nature of the rule has not been properly understood. It will take time for the truth to emerge. Just by issuing AFFH, the Obama administration has effectively annexed America’s suburbs to its cities. The old American practice of local self-rule is gone. We’ve switched over to a federally controlled regionalist system. Now it’s strictly a question of how obvious Obama and the Democrats want to make this change — and when they intend to bring the hammer down.

 
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Liberty Movement Needs More Innovations To Counter Technological Tyranny





The great lesson from history that each consecutive generations seems to forget is that the tools of tyranny used outward will inevitably be turned inward. That is to say, the laws and weapons governments devise for supposed enemies abroad will ALWAYS and eventually be used against the people they are mandated to protect. There is no centralized system so trustworthy, no political establishment so free of corruption that the blind faith of the citizenry is warranted. If free people do not remain vigilant they will be made slaves by their own leadership. This is the rule, not the exception, and it applies to America as much as any other society.

 
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11 Signs That America Has Already Gone Down The Toilet





Just when you think that the depravity of the United States cannot possibly get any worse, something else comes along to surprise us.

 
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US Government Reinstates Arm Sales To Bahrain Despite Rampant Human Rights Abuses





One of the many destructive myths Americans like to tell themselves is that the U.S. government is a staunch defender of human rights and democracy around the world. In reality, nothing could be further from the truth.

 
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John Kerry "Very Disturbed" By Iran Vow To Defy American Policies





Surprise! Just days after the 'deal' to bring world peace a little closer amid much crowing by the Obama administration (ahead of Congress' 60-day decision process), Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei on Saturday vowed to defy American policies in a speech punctuated by chants of "Death to America" and "Death to Israel". As Reuters reports, US Secretary of State John Kerry said the speech was "if it is the policy, it's very disturbing, it's very troubling," seemingly surprised at the rhetoric.

 
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