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US Paid Iran Another $1.3 Billion In Cash In Form Of Swiss Francs, Euros And Other Currencies

One month ago, a scandal erupted when it emerged that the US had made a $400 million cash delivery to Iraq (in foreign currencies) to facilitate the release of 4 US hostages held by the regime; many promptly called it a ransom payment. Overnight the WSJ confirmed that this was just a part of a bigger shippment of cash, when it reported that the Obama administration followed up a planeload of $400 million in cash sent to Iran in January with two more such shipments in the next 19 days, totaling another $1.3 billion.

Frontrunning: August 31

  • Treasuries Extend Drop in August on Fed Outlook as Dollar Gains (BBG)
  • Oil slips on dollar strength, still set for monthly gain (Reuters)
  • Trump to make dramatic trip to Mexico before immigration speech (Reuters)
  • Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz Beats Back Florida Primary Challenge (WSJ)
  • Ban cash because... SWIFT discloses more cyber thefts, pressures banks on security (Reuters)

Frontrunning: August 25

  • Stock futures lower as countdown to Yellen speech begins (Reuters)
  • Italy quake death toll nears 250 as rescuers search demolished towns (Reuters)
  • Central bankers eye public spending to plug $1 trillion investment gap (Reuters)
  • Chelsea Clinton Plans to Stay on Board of Family Foundation (WSJ)
  • Bond Traders Are Desperate for Direction From Yellen in Jackson Hole (BBG)

"A Date Which Will Live In Infamy" - President Nixon's Decision To Abandon The Gold Standard

Instead of impeachment proceedings and his ultimate resignation for the juvenile break in at the headquarters of the nation’s other ruling crime syndicate, Nixon should have been imprisoned for this deliberate and destructive act which has led, in large measure, to the nation’s crushing and insurmountable debt burden, reoccurring booms and busts, and now economic stagnation.

President Obama Violated The Law With His Ransom Payment To Iran

The circumstances of Obama’s enormous cash transfer to our terrorist enemies raise serious questions about whether American policy against paying ransoms to terrorists has been flouted. But that should not obscure a more fundamental issue: The president has violated the law.

State Department Admits Obama Lied - $400 Million Payment To Iran Was Contingent On Prisoner Release

If you define "ransom" as "a payment exchanged contingent on the release of a hostage" then you find yourself forced to admit that President Obama lied last week when he aggressively denied (and was irked at the question) that he paid Iran a $400 million ransom for the return of 4 hostages.  Today, The State Department's spokesperson John Kirby told the truth that the Iran payment was contingent on the prisoner release... but of course spun this 'ransom' payment as masterful diplomacy "deliberately leveraging the moment."

Obama Lied: New Details Confirm $400 Million Given To Iran Was Indeed "Hostage Ransom"

For the self-described "most transparent administration ever" it appears keeping the lies straight is becoming harder and harder. Having slammed the press, Donald Trump, and anyone who dare mention the "lack of logic" in paying a $400 million ransom for 4 Iran hostages, WSJ reports that Treasury officials have confirmed that Obama lied and in fact, the tightly scripted exchange of cash was specifically timed to the release of several American prisoners held in Iran. Trump was right again.

Insanity In Japan

Of all the developed countries, Japan is in the worst condition economically. Most others, including the United States, are following the same path to insanity though. Unlike Japan, other countries may have time to implement policy changes that will allow them to avoid Japan’s desperate circumstances.

US Government Releases Redacted "28 Pages" Missing From 9/11 Report

Unleash the revisionist history. The missing 28 pages from the 9/11 report begin as follows: "While in the United States, some of the September 11 hijackers were in contact with, and received support from, individuals who may be connected to the Saudi Government..."

Could The IRS Empty Your Bank Account?

"I'm just waiting for the government to do the right thing," he says. "Not just for me, but for everyone in this same situation. The government shouldn't have taken our money, and they need to give it back."

Noam Chomsky On The Breakdown Of American Society & A World In Transition

The US is facing uncertain times. While it remains the only global superpower, it is no longer able to influence events and outcomes to its liking, at least not for the most part. Frustration and worry about the risk of upcoming disasters seem to far outweigh US voters' hopes for a more rational and just world order. Meanwhile, Noam Chomsky argues, the rise and popularity of Donald Trump is occurring due to the fact that US society is breaking down. In this exclusive interview with Truthout, Noam Chomsky addresses contemporary developments in both the United States and around the world and challenges prevailing views about class warfare, neoliberalism as the outcome of economic laws, the role of the US as a global power, the status of emerging economies and the power of the Israel Lobby.