CHINA

Nov 21 09:25

China nuclear forces significantly expanding

Nov 21 09:16

UN resolution on Iran mockery of justice

The UN consciously or unconsciously plays into the hands of the pro-Israeli pressure groups in Canada and only puts on an ugly show of duplicity in imposing a ruling against the Islamic Republic.

The farce becomes more markedly absurd when you consider the plethora of human rights abuses going unpunished in the world with the UN laying a lid of ignorance on these blatant violations.

Iran has strongly lambasted the UN resolution, saying that “the UN’s legal mechanisms have turned into a tool in the hands of the West.”

The irony of the resolution is that the measure was initially drafted by Canada which has itself a disgracing history of human rights abuse against the aborigines in the country. Further to that, Ottawa has constantly and vehemently thrown its full-throated support behind Tel Aviv in its inconceivably ruthless crimes against the people of Palestine.

Nov 20 08:40

Europe Veering From US Abyss Over Russia?

One hopes that Europe is beginning to part ways with the US direction on Russia – a direction that is leading to an abyss.

It’s long overdue but better late than never that Europe might just be back-pedaling on America’s aggressive agenda towards Russia. The business-like visit to Moscow this week by Germany’s Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier suggests that Europe can come to its senses to seek a diplomatic resolution of the escalating tensions over the Ukraine crisis – tensions that could spark a wider continental war, or worse.

Steinmeier met with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in which the pair stressed the need to find a political end to the violence in Ukraine.

Nov 20 08:12

Asian demand for crude to drive switch to renminbi

The increasing demand for crude in Asian countries such as China was enough reason for the region to prepare to pay for trade in the Chinese currency renminbi (RMB), an HSBC official said.

Georges Elhedery, HSBC head, Global Banking and Markets (Mena), noted that the region was slow to adopt RMB since trade between the Middle East and China was still highly dependent on the greenback.

“The Middle East has been slow in adopting RMB but we’re starting to see a shift in the region towards the Chinese currency,” Elhedery told Gulf Times in a meeting with reporters at the HSBC offices in Doha.

He explained that minimal oil and gas exports to the West have made the region dependent on Eastern buyers such as South Korea, Japan, and China, which was critical in setting the international price of crude.

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Yet another nail in the coffin of the US dollar as the global reserve currency.

Nov 18 19:04

Updating JFK In Berlin: “Ich Bin Ein Palestinian”

When President John F. Kennedy told the world on June 26, 1963. “Ich bin ein Berliner”, he was asserting his solidarity with Berliners separated by a wall.

Barack Obama has two more years in which to find his “pairing of the man and the moment”. His presidency has been badly marred by his unwillingness to denounce the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land and people.

The inhumane blot of the occupation cries out for Obama action.

Nov 18 19:01

US and Europe Conceal Their Bankruptcy with Hostility to Russia

The real threat to the world is economic collapse and poverty.

Without any solutions and in fact only exacerbating these problems, the US and European leaders are hiding behind a false agenda of non-issues, such as security, and in particular alleged «Russian aggression».

US President Obama was joined by European leaders last weekend in trying to turn the G20 summit in Australia into a forum for baiting Russia, rather than dealing with the more onerous problem of a failing world economy

Nov 18 10:45

US and Europe Conceal Their Bankruptcy with Hostility to Russia

The real threat to the world is economic collapse and poverty.

Without any solutions and in fact only exacerbating these problems, the US and European leaders are hiding behind a false agenda of non-issues, such as security, and in particular alleged «Russian aggression».

US President Obama was joined by European leaders last weekend in trying to turn the G20 summit in Australia into a forum for baiting Russia, rather than dealing with the more onerous problem of a failing world economy.

Nov 18 08:05

Yuan can become dominant world reserve currency – survey

The Chinese yuan can overtake the dollar as the leading international reserve currency, a new poll of institutional investors indicates.

The authors of the survey, conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit and commissioned by State Street financial services, polled 200 senior executives at institutional investors with knowledge of their exposure to yuan assets. Half of the respondents were from the firms headquartered in mainland China (including Hong Kong and Taiwan) and the other half were based elsewhere.

The report accompanying the survey points out that by the end of 2013, the yuan has risen to become the second-most-used trade financing currency and ninth-most-used currency for payments globally.

Nov 18 08:04

China opens up $4.2tn stock market to world via Hong Kong

The Chinese mainland is now open for business, at least in terms of its $4.2 trillion capital market. The Shanghai and Hong Kong stock exchanges are now linked giving foreign investors access to the tightly-controlled Chinese capital markets.

Nov 17 11:56

Russian Blue Chips Might Dump London En Masse, Re-list in Hong Kong

With East-West relations at rock bottom, Russia's leading blue chip companies are toying with the idea of abandoning the London Stock Exchange as the long preferred venue for listing their shares, and moving to Hong Kong.

Nov 17 09:36

What did the Brisbane G-20 summit accomplish?

President Barack Obama was equally effusive, saying the gathering was not a “chinwag,” an Australian word for meaningless talk. Rather, he said, “it has been a good week for American leadership.” At a press conference, Obama listed expanding trade, a visa accord with China, and “a big advance on climate change” as tangible achievements.

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So the headline accomplishment is a deal to take seriously a problem that was made up in the first place. Left unsaid in this article is the agreement by the G20 to consider bank savings accounts as investments in the bank, subject to loss if the bank gets into trouble.

Nov 16 13:39

It’s Time to Buy China

Nov 16 12:28

Bob Carr: Why I’m now a friend of Palestine rather than Israel

Bob Carr is a former NSW premier and foreign minister. This is part of an address he gave to the Australian Friends of Palestine Association in Adelaide last night.

Israel has gone from secular to religious. The ultra-Orthodox and religious Zionists hold 30 of the 120 seats in the Knesset. It has gone from cosmopolitan to chauvinist, with some ministers -espousing a brand of radical -nationalism like that of France’s Le Pen or Austria’s Jorg Haider.

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Nov 16 10:12

NSA monitoring situation: China training Pakistani troops along India border

The report, accessed by PTI, said these military manoeuvres were being conducted at forward defence locations of Pakistan which are usually manned by border guarding personnel– the Pakistan Rangers.

Preliminary inputs analysed by BSF also showed some Pakistan Army units have taken over paramilitary posts of Rangers opposite Sriganganagar sector.

BSF also found a handful of new observation towers have also been set up by Pakistan in recent past along Abohar and Gurdaspur sectors in Punjab.

The BSF intelligence reported that phone intercepts along the border indicate that Pakistan Army and Rangers are planning to deploy snipers and sharp shooters at strategic locations and posts to target Indian soldiers and assets.

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IF, IN FACT THIS REPORT IS TRUE (and note that there is a bit of weasel-wording here), why on earth would China be doing that, and at this point?!?

It appears that Pakistan is attempting to respond to the breakdown of the ceasefire with India, with some help from China; unfortunately, this is being spun as China-sponsored aggression.

Nov 16 08:46

‘Russia uses language Washington understands’

To keep pandering with futile diplomacy and to not reciprocate the show of force with Washington and its minions would be the really reckless option. You don’t encourage a bully. Instead, you have to square up and push back.

Has Russia reached the limit of its diplomatic tolerance of the US and its NATO allies? The announcement this week that Moscow is to begin deploying long-range bombers in the Gulf of Mexico – America’s own backyard – suggests so.

Nov 16 08:43

Cameron the Euro Demagogue Creates Own Nightmare

Having whipped up a political storm on EU finances to forestall UKIP, Cameron is set to reap a whirlwind of his own making.

November, the month associated with Halloween and spooky forces, appears to be presenting British Prime Minister David Cameron with a nightmare that could end up resulting in his head rolling as leader of the Conservative Party.

Nov 15 12:43

The Fall of the Berlin Wall and the Multiplication of Western Walls

The Walls of Freedom and the Walls of Prison

The notion that Germany was ‘unified’ democratically is of dubious historical accuracy. The consequences of a powerful unified Germany have not led to a peaceful prosperous Europe and Germany’s current role in world politics, particularly its policies toward the Middle East, North Africa and the Ukraine, has been anything but peaceful.

Nov 15 12:36

‘Russia uses language Washington understands’

To keep pandering with futile diplomacy and to not reciprocate the show of force with Washington and its minions would be the really reckless option. You don’t encourage a bully. Instead, you have to square up and push back.

Has Russia reached the limit of its diplomatic tolerance of the US and its NATO allies? The announcement this week that Moscow is to begin deploying long-range bombers in the Gulf of Mexico – America’s own backyard – suggests so.

The move may seem like a reckless ratcheting up of tensions between the old Cold War rivals. The Tupolev Russian strategic bombers in question are nuclear-capable, and as expected the decision to patrol the Caribbean seas sparked a stern response from Washington, warning Moscow of risks.

Nov 15 09:29

What really happened in Beijing: Putin, Obama, Xi — and the back story the media won’t tell you

Courtis had a curious exchange with Putin during some of the economic forum sessions in Beijing. He asked if Russia would provide North Korea security guarantees if it agreed to renounce nuclear weapons.

Putin replied in part: “Your question is too clever. This is not the moment yet even to raise that question, let alone answer it. Often, the problem in the world is not that small countries, who feel they are under siege, are unwilling to change. Rather, it is that the bigger countries are all piling on like bullies in the school yard – and they don’t know when to stop.”

I hope Kerry and Obama were listening at that moment. As Courtis heard it, “I think Putin was signaling to the West that there will be no more help from Russia with sanctions on North Korea, or anywhere else. One could also read Iran, Syria, Venezuela, etc., into that line of reasoning.”

Nov 14 13:05

Obama Slammed for Iran Outreach

American neocons are furious that President Obama reportedly sent a letter to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei apparently urging concessions on nuclear talks and referencing joint interests in combating Islamic State radicals, but the letter may reflect smart diplomacy, says ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar.

The bursts of criticism — from those who inveterately oppose any dealing with Iran, and those who inveterately oppose anything Barack Obama is doing, which include some of the same people — of a letter Mr. Obama reportedly sent to the supreme leader of Iran can readily be dismissed for multiple reasons.

Nov 14 11:58

China's silky road to glory

If there were any remaining doubts about the unlimited stupidity Western corporate media is capable of dishing out, the highlight of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Beijing has been defined as Russian President Vladimir Putin supposedly "hitting" on Chinese President Xi Jinping's wife - and the subsequent Chinese censoring of the moment when Putin draped a shawl over her shoulders in the cold air where the leaders were assembled. What next? Putin and Xi denounced as a gay couple?

Let's dump the clowns and get down to the serious business.

Nov 13 18:30

China Tries to Save Earth; Republicans Furious

In June, after the Obama administration had announced its Clean Power Plan, The Wall Street Journal editorial page mocked its ambition by explaining what has become a vital tenet of right-wing dogma: limiting our carbon emissions would serve no purpose, since other countries in general, and China in particular, would never agree to limit theirs. “Mr. Obama's logic seems to be that the U.S. should first set a moral example by imposing costs that reduce our prosperity,” sneered the Journal’s editors, “This will then inspire China (8.7 billion tons), which produces and consumes nearly as much coal as the rest of the world combined, to do the same to its 300 million people who still live on pennies a day. Good luck persuading Xi Jinping.”

Nov 13 15:03

Lame duck out of the Silk Road caravan

There’s hardly a more graphic illustration of where the multipolar world is going than what just happened at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Beijing.

Take a very good look at the official photos. This is all about positioning – and this being China, pregnant with symbolic meaning. Guess who’s in the place of honor, side by side with President Xi Jinping. And guess where the lame duck leader of the “indispensable nation” has been relegated. The Chinese can also be masters at sending a global message.

Nov 13 14:53

Lame duck out of the Silk Road caravan

There’s hardly a more graphic illustration of where the multipolar world is going than what just happened at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Beijing.

Nov 13 10:14

President Putin Pledges to Increase Trade with China and Asia to Rebuke Sanctions

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Obama faces an impossible task at APEC and the G-20. Russia has products other nations want to buy, while all Obama has to offer is speeches and dubious promises.

Nov 13 09:56

CNN plummets to lowest ratings in 23 years

Shimrit Sheetrit, the spokesperson for Cooper’s program, did not immediately respond to a request for comment regarding the historic ratings low.

Also see:CNN President Jeff Zucker to visit D.C. amid newsroom discord

Nov 13 09:48

Adelson and Saban Try To Out-Hawk Each Other

What do you get when you put two of the largest pro-Israel donors — Sheldon Adelson and Haim Saban — on one stage?

(These are desperate and dangerous men. A threat to world peace.)

For participants at the Israeli American Council’s inaugural conference, this meeting of Jewish finance titans produced several historical insights about the roots of the Palestinian people (Adelson: they have none); a bit of advice on how to deal with Iran (Saban: “bomb the sons of bitches”); and some media criticism (Adelson: “I don’t like journalism” — especially not the Forward.)

Nov 13 08:41

Obama goes to China, tries to dress cool, gets absolutely roasted by some guy on Twitter

Fox News has obtained new documents from a government agency which contain detailed proposals for presidential action that could lead to legalization for undocumented immigrants.
Mike Emanuel reported this evening that sources say President Barack Obama was briefed on the plan before his Asia trip.

Nov 12 16:35

China’s Military Outpacing US Technology

Nov 12 14:30

U.S.- China Climate Deal—Less Than Meets the Eye?

Yesterday, U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping issued a "joint announcement on climate change" in which each country made pledges about how they intend to handle future emissions of their greenhouse gas emissions. Mother Jones hailed the announcement as a "game-changer." Maybe not.

Nov 12 12:55

The Berlin Wall Just Another Brick in The Wall

Let’s not just bring down all the walls; let’s bring down the system behind them. For, as the Pink Floyd song goes, the Berlin Wall is just another brick in the wall – the much bigger ideological wall is Western capitalism.

The 25th anniversary marking the fall of the Berlin Wall was an occasion to propagandise the past simultaneously with the present.

Nov 12 12:07

Pax Pacificana? US, China agree to avoid military conflict

The US president has announced Washington’s and Beijing’s agreement to avoid military confrontation by reducing Air Force- and Navy-related incidents. Barack Obama secured the deal after long talks with his China’s Xi Jinping at the APEC summit.

Nov 12 10:51

APEC Summit in Beijing

The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit is now underway. The subtext of the meeting is the transformation of international politics, and sub-subtext, a Russia-China rapprochement directly in the path of US global military-political-economic dominance, unilateral hegemonic power since World War II vs. an until recently slowly emergent decentralization of the world power system shaking its foundations and today rapidly a qualitative shift to a new ballgame in which America is no longer the exclusive center or chief architect of the international order.

Nov 12 10:16

U.S., China Unveil Ambitious Climate Change Goals

The United States and China pledged Wednesday to take ambitious action to limit greenhouse gases, aiming to inject fresh momentum into the global fight against climate change ahead of high-stakes climate negotiations next year.

President Barack Obama announced that the U.S. would move much faster in cutting its levels of pollution. Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed to cap China's emissions in the future — a striking, unprecedented move by a nation that has been reluctant to box itself in on global warming.

"This is a major milestone in the U.S.-China relationship," Obama said, with Xi at his side. "It shows what's possible when we work together on an urgent global challenge."

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THIS is the only thing coming out of these negotiations, as unhinged as it is from actual climate science, because it was the only thing which be seen as an escape and "win" from the other pressing issues on which Obama had "no game" here.

The monetary shift to the Yuan is not going to stop; neither is the increased military spending by the Chinese government and its development of weapons which may at least rival, if nor surpass, those of the US military; nor is China's push to control the South China seas.

In other words, this loose agreement was the only thing that Obama could take away from this conference without looking like an abysmal failure.

Nov 12 09:13

CHINA JAILS CIA’S UIGHUR IMAMS

More recently the CIA surrogate, the State Department’s National Endowment for Democracy, has fanned the flames of unrest in China’s Xinjiang where separatists are calling for a state they dub East Turkistan.?
China has imprisoned around two dozen Uighur Muslim leaders in the western region of Xinjiang for “illegal religious activities.”

The convicted suspects were given prison terms ranging between five and 16 years, according the China’s state-run news service.

Aljazeera reports China is concerned enemies of the state in Xinjiang may receive support from Islamists in nearby Pakistan and Afghanistan.

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The timing of this revelation, with Obama in China for the APEC conference really, really BITES for him!

But attempted destabilization, courtesy of the US government, has always been a tool in its arsenal of "statescraft".

Nov 12 08:20

What China-Japan APEC Talks Could Mean for Investors

Yet it’s clear the country that gave us spectacular double-digit gross domestic product (GDP) growth for years is now struggling. The Chinese economy has already seen its growth slow, coming in at 7.3% in the third quarter, the slowest pace since 2008. And it isnow threatening to fall short of the 7.5% target set by the government. At this point, it doesn’t look like the target will be met. In fact, there are whispers that the target could be cut to seven percent in 2015 if the global economy doesn’t experience a stronger recovery.

Pundits and China bears have been calling for the great collapse of China, specifically in the real estate and financial spaces. Yes, there is softness here, but we have yet to see a bigger crack form. You can bet the Chinese government will do whatever is necessary to reinforce its economy’s weak points. And China can definitely do this, given the fact that the country has about $3.0 trillion in reserves.

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Left unsaid is that China's former growth was powered in large part by exported to the US. But the American consumers are not buying anything from China or anywhere else; their wealth having been stripped away by the war economy and Wall Street money-junkies. This is an inevitable downside to globalism. When one nation starts to fail (the US) it drags down the rest of the world with it.

Nov 12 07:28

China’s Military Budget Could Soon Be As Big as America’s

China May Be Closing the Gap on U.S. Military Superiority

Nov 11 13:22

Adelson and Saban Try To Out-Hawk Each Other

What do you get when you put two of the largest pro-Israel donors — Sheldon Adelson and Haim Saban — on one stage?

For participants at the Israeli American Council’s inaugural conference, this meeting of Jewish finance titans produced several historical insights about the roots of the Palestinian people (Adelson: they have none); a bit of advice on how to deal with Iran (Saban: “bomb the sons of bitches”); and some media criticism (Adelson: “I don’t like journalism” — especially not the Forward.)

Adelson and Saban, one a mega donor to the Republican Party, the other a top backer of the Clintons, may have their differences when it comes to U.S. politics. But on Israel, both engaged in one-upmanship, trying to outdo each other’s hawkishness.

Nov 11 12:13

China Turns Up the Rhetoric Against the West

Even as his government was making red-carpet plans to host President Obama this week, the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, praised a young blogger whose writing is best known here for its anti-American vitriol.

In one widely circulated essay published by state news outlets titled “Nine Knockout Blows in America’s Cold War Against China,” the blogger, Zhou Xiaoping, argued that American culture was “eroding the moral foundation and self-confidence of the Chinese people.” He compared unfavorable American news coverage of China to Hitler’s treatment of the Jews. In another essay, he said the West had “slaughtered and robbed” China and other civilizations since the 17th century, and was now “brainwashing” it.

Nov 11 12:10

China hoarding gold to challenge U.S. dollar

In a world filled with fiat currencies, how important is gold’s role in the financial system? Proponents often view the precious metal as a hedge against economic chaos, while critics typically claim gold is hardly more than an unproductive rock. Interestingly, some countries appear to believe gold is quite important, and one former Fed chair explains why.

Alan Greenspan, who served at the helm of the Federal Reserve for nearly two decades, recently penned an op-ed for the Council on Foreign Relations discussing gold and its possible role in China, the world’s second-largest economy. He notes that if China converted only a “relatively modest part of its $4 trillion foreign exchange reserves into gold, the country’s currency could take on unexpected strength in today’s international financial system.”

Nov 11 09:09

Petrodollar Panic? China Signs Currency Swap Deal With Qatar & Canada

The march of global de-dollarization continues. In the last few days, China has signed direct currency agreements with Canada becoming North America's first offshore RMB hub, which CBC reports analysts suggest "could double maybe even triple the level of Canadian trade between Canada and China," impacting the need for Dollars.But that is not the week's biggest Petrodollar precariousness news, as The Examiner reports, a new chink in the petrodollar system was forged as China signed an agreement with Qatar to begin direct currency swaps between the two nations using the Yuan, and establishing the foundation for new direct trade with the OPEC nation in the very heart of the petrodollar system.

Nov 11 09:05

Obama urges China to be partner in ensuring world order

U.S. President Barack Obama said on Monday a successful China was in the interests of the United States and the world but Beijing had to be a partner in underwriting international order, and not undermine it.

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"The first thing you have to do to ensure world order is drop the Yuan and adopt the Dollar!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Nov 11 08:50

Another Fake Bin Laden Story — Paul Craig Roberts

Any SEAL who was so totally stupid as to kill the unarmed “Terror Mastermind” would probably have been courtmartialed for incompetency. Look at the smiling face of the man Who Killed Bin Laden. He thinks that his claim that he murdered a man makes him a hero, a powerful comment on the moral degeneracy of Americans.

The Pentagon claims that O’Neill by claiming credit has painted a big target sign on our door asking ISIS to come get us

What unbelievable nonsense.

Nov 11 07:34

Obama at APEC

China and Russia offer carrots, not sticks. Obama is polar opposite. Couched in duplicitous diplomatic rhetoric.

"It is wonderful to be back in China," he said. His sixth trip as president. Second this year.

Shamelessly calling America "a thoroughly Pacific nation." Code language for wanting it to be its backyard. Dominion in a part of the world not its own.

Nov 11 07:00

What China's Newest Fighter Jet Looks Like

Nov 10 15:04

Snyder heads to China; will he bring back pandas?

Knowing the economic payoff of having the cuddly animal at a zoo can ring up, Snyder would like to add Detroit to the elite list of zoos that have them.

Nov 10 12:16

Ruble-yuan settlements will cut energy sales in US dollars – Putin

Doing away with the US dollar and switching to ruble and yuan payments will significantly increase Russia and China’s say in energy and financial markets, Vladimir Putin has said, adding that the first deals are already underway.

In short the President said the US dollar has no future, and that the ruble and the yuan have better long-term prospects.

“Payments in rubles and yuan are very promising. Switching to such a large-scale work means that the impact of the dollar on the global energy sector will objectively decline. This is not bad either for the global economy, or the world of finance and the world energy markets,” Putin said at the APEC Business Summit in Beijing Monday.

“It will help expand our capabilities in mutual trade and influence both world financial and energy markets," the president said.

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"NUKE THE BASTARDS!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Nov 10 12:10

Russia’s Vulnerability to EU – US Sanctions and Military Encroachments

President Putin has the backing of the vast majority of Russian people; he has the scientific and professional cadre; he has allies in China and among the BRICS; and he has the will and the power to “do the right thing”. The question remains whether Putin will succeed in this historical mission or whether, out of fear and indecision, he will capitulate before the threats of a dangerous and decaying West.

The US-EU sponsored coup in the Ukraine and its conversion from a stable Russian trading partner, to a devastated EU economic client and NATO launch pad, as well as the subsequent economic sanctions against Russia for supporting the Russian ethnic majority in the Donbas region and Crimea, illustrate the dangerous vulnerability of the Russian economy and state. The current effort to increase Russia’s national security and economic viability in the face of these challenges requires a critical analysis of the policies and structures emerging in the post-Soviet era.

Nov 10 12:03

Will the blackmail of British Jewish funders backfire?

The story in The Independent On Sunday was not quite as explicit as its headline. Its message was not that very many Jewish funders had already pulled the plug on funding for the Labour Party but that they were intending to do so.

Question: What’s the difference between the Zionist lobby in America and the Zionist lobby in Britain?

Answer: In America it gives money to politicians to make them. In Britain it denies them money to break them.

What is Miliband’s crime in the eyes of wealthy British Jews who have been contributing to Labour Party funds?

He condemned Israel’s last war on the Gaza Strip which he described as “wrong and unjustifiable.” He also accused Conservative Prime Minister Cameron of being wrong not to have condemned Israel; and he added that Israel was “losing friends in the international community day by day.” (Which is true).

Nov 10 11:57

Discovering Iran — Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich

Marcel Proust said: “The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” During the past two decades, I visited Iran on numerous occasions staying 10-14 days at a time. This time around, I stayed for 2 months and heeding Proust, I carried with me a fresh pair of eyes. I discarded both my Western lenses as well as my Iranian lenses and observed with objective eyes. It was a formidable journey that left me breathless.

It is hard to know where to start a travel log and how to describe a newfound world in a few pages. However, given the obsession with the status of women, it is perhaps appropriate to start with the women in Iran as I perceived them.

Nov 10 10:49

Obama leaves for China, Myanmar, Australia tour

Obama left Washington in the pre-dawn hours en route to an air force base in Alaska, where his plane refueled before traveling on to Beijing.

The US leader was accompanied on his eight-day trip, which also includes visits to Myanmar and Australia, by his national security adviser Susan Rice and several other top aides.

The China leg of his trip will be dominated by Obama's meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing, where the White House said it expects "candid and in-depth conversations."

The relationship between the two superpowers, which US Secretary of State John Kerry has called the "most consequential" in the world today, has been marred by tensions over the South China Sea, cyberspying and human rights issues.

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In this set of meetings here, Obama is doing what Obama does best; campaigning. But of course, it's not for votes; it's for certain financial opportunities and considerations, which he most likely will not get.

China is avoiding doing business transactions in the dollar, and this trend is not going to stop.

China has a trade surplus. As reported on 7 November, 2014 in businessinsider.com:

China recorded a better-than-expected trade surplus of $45.41 billion in October, customs said Saturday, but weaker export and import growth could be a worrisome sign for the world's second largest economy. October's trade surplus expanded 46.3 percent from the same month last year, exceeding market expectations for a $42.3 billion surplus, according to a survey of 11 economists polled by The Wall Street Journal. Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/afp-china-trade-surplus-expands-to-45.41-bn-in-october-2014-11#ixzz3Igij9KAv

The US has a trade deficit. As reported by AP on 4 November 2014:

The U.S. trade deficit rose in September as exports slumped, a sign that the world's biggest economy is starting to feel the impact of weakening global growth. The Commerce Department said Tuesday that the trade deficit rose 7.6 percent to $43 billion in September. That marks the first increase in four months. A deficit occurs when a country imports more than it exports. Economic slowdowns in Europe and China appear to have hurt demand for American-made goods. Since September, the dollar has appreciated in value more than 4 percent against the euro to $1.25, making U.S. products less competitively priced abroad. Exports fell 1.5 percent to $195.6 billion, led by declines in shipments of industrial supplies, consumer products and capital goods such as engines and computers.

And "...cyberspying and human rights issues" will be on the agenda?!?

Please.

As if the US government wasn't spying on China (and everyone else, apparently, after the revelations of NSAgate!!)

And after the Patriot Act, US torture of prisoners of war, the Homeland Security Act,the NDAA, and the way Americans are treated by police, Obama doesn't have much "wiggle room" on those two issues at all.

Nov 10 10:17

Beijing $40 billion offer to revive the historic Silk Road, starts Central-Asia geostrategic competition

Beijing says it will spend $40 billion to revive the historic Silk Road and connect China with Central Asia, the Middle East and Europe. Chinese President Xi Jinping said the ambitious project is designed to “break the connectivity bottleneck” in Asia.

The “Silk Road Economic Belt” initiative, announced by Xi Jinping in 2013, is designed to allow capabilities of Chinese state-controlled construction companies to further expand its already booming trade with central Asia and Europe by diversification of Chinese trade routes, lowering transportation costs, opening up new markets, and an expansion of the Chinese sphere of influence beyond Asia. It will also secure the supply of Uranium and rare metals from Central Asia.

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IF the Chinese government is able to get this process to succeed, it will be a remarkable feat.

I would suspect that long-term, strategic planners from all kinds of Russian and Chinese think tanks are already having consultations as to how and where these two countries could collaborate, probably easily eclipsing the US's plans for the region.

The economic, and trade ties would absolutely strengthen immeasurably between China and Russia, should they decide on practical collaboration here.

Nov 10 10:14

CHINA SET TO PUMP BILLIONS INTO RUSSIAN REAL ESTATE CONSTRUCTION

Russia's Vnesheconombank (VEB) is poised to get billions of dollars from China Development Bank for investment in Russian real estate, news agency RIA Novosti quoted VEB head Vladimir Dmitriyev as saying Monday.

Nov 10 09:59

Canada joins global financial powerhouses with gain of yuan trading hub

An agreement to make Canada a trading hub for the renminbi shows China’s quest to make the currency a global reserve continues at full speed.

Nov 09 21:47

Canada’s ‘Remembrance Day’: righteous or rancorous?

With Canada’s annual “Remembrance Day” just around the corner, it would be wise to broach the issue of “remembering” those Canadians who fought and died in the two bloodiest conflicts in world history with some humility and skepticism.

With all things considered, “Remembrance Day” amounts to little more than a glorification of war and an exercise in jingoism and self-aggrandizement. It re-enforces the insulting myth of the “good” and “necessary” wars. It encourages the refusal to recognize the wrongs committed by “our side” in those bloody conflicts. This‘day of reverence’ for our soldiers acts as a mind control mechanism to deceive the public into believing that our government has always acted benevolently and in the interests of the people, when in fact the opposite is true.

Nov 09 21:44

Kiev Recalls Geneva Only to Erase Minsk

Kiev’s incorrigible lying always leads eventually to the truth.

Kiev’s President Petro Poroshenko this week called on his fawning Uncle Sam to resuscitate the Geneva format of peace talks. This forum was first convoked back in April between the US, European Union, Russia and the Kiev regime, with the latter arrogating the title of «Ukraine».

Then only two days after this sudden nostalgia for Geneva, the Kiev regime was accusing Russia of a major cross-border military invasion into eastern Ukraine.

Nov 09 21:41

Lavrov v. Kerry in Beijing

Responsible leaders prioritize efforts more than ever for world peace. Anathema to Washington. Permanent war is official U.S. policy. One nation after another is targeted, ravaged and destroyed. Wealth, power and unchallengeable dominance alone matter. World peace hangs by a thread.

Obama represents the worst of US rogue leadership. Threatening world peace.
Turning truth on its head saying “…Russia’s actions against Ukraine remind us we have more work to do to fully realize our shared vision of a Europe that is whole, free and at peace.” Washington bears full responsibility for Ukrainian crisis conditions. Rogue EU partners share it.Establishing fascist governance in Europe’s heartland. For the first time since Nazi Germany’s WW II defeat.

Fuck the EU’: US diplomat Victoria Nuland’s phonecall leaked - video dispels any myth that Russia is responsible for the mess.

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Nov 09 21:36

Russia’s Vulnerability to EU – US Sanctions and Military Encroachments

President Putin has the backing of the vast majority of Russian people; he has the scientific and professional cadre; he has allies in China and among the BRICS; and he has the will and the power to “do the right thing”. The question remains whether Putin will succeed in this historical mission or whether, out of fear and indecision, he will capitulate before the threats of a dangerous and decaying West.

Nov 09 18:26

Study: China’s reliance on coal costs over 600,000 lives in 1 year

Coal has proved to be a boon for humans: to this day, it is still used to produce an enormous quantity of energy across the world, which can be used to power anything, from a light bulb to a hospital. Unfortunately, exploiting its potential also kills people, as a recent study by Tsinghua University and the Ministry of Environmental Protection shows.

Nov 07 07:40

Coast Guard to keep out Chinese boats

Patrollers with Japan Coast Guard are warning suspected Chinese poachers to keep away from islands in the Pacific. They concerned the crews may try to dock to escape a severe tropical storm.

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This will cause a major diplomatic upset! You do not deny sailors shelter from a storm!

Nov 06 17:14

U.S. Technological and Military Superiority is Rapidly Falling Behind the Chinese

If there's one thing that America is good at, it's going to war. After decades of falling incomes, overcrowded prisons, and outsourced jobs, somehow we've managed to maintain our military capabilities above all else. Perhaps movies, elections, and pop music are a close second, but they're nothing to write home about. We make war and war machines, and that's about the limit of our superiority these days.

However, that last bastion of superiority is beginning to fall apart, and it has the military-industrial-complex worried about our future (i.e. their jobs). According to Frank Kendall, an undersecretary for the Defense Department, we're rapidly approaching a future where nations like China could reach a technological parity with the United States.

Nov 06 16:27

Washington’s Middle East Wars

CrossTalking with Ken O’Keefe, Majid Rafizadeh, and Peter van Buren.

What is Washington’s strategy against the Islamic State? Is the Islamic State a creation of the United States? Is the war on terror really a war on Islam? Will the US make amends with Iran in order to defeat the Islamic State? What is Washington’s endgame?

As ever an articulate Ken O’ Keefe injects some teeth and meaning into the discussion. At the outset he disagrees with all of the panelists. He notes it is beyond naive and extremely generous on the part of analysts to say America is making mistakes that are resulting in unintended consequences and America’s numerous think tanks are “running out of ideas.”

Nov 06 15:59

China Builds Anti-Drone Laser Tech

China has developed an anti-drone laser technology that can apparently shoot down a low flying drone within a two kilometer radius.

Nov 06 09:14

Prepare for War: Obama Asks Congress for ISIS War Authorization; Republican Hawks Have War Plan Prepared; Clinton-McCain?!

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Prepare for war. Where? Syria, Iraq, Russia, Iran, China, anywhere and everywhere.

Warmonger in chief, senator John McCain wants troops in Syria, arms for Ukraine, an examination of “China’s continued encroachment in the south China Sea”, and an investigation into warming relations with Iran.

McCain is set to take over as head of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Expect the other party of war, the Democrats, to cooperate.

Nov 06 04:22

“When ancient theologies are used for modern political ends…”

The Israeli regime does a first-rate job of demonizing itself by its lawless, brutal conduct…. by taking billions of American taxpayers’ dollars and purchasing weapons of horrific destruction to inflict death and misery on its neighbors. Israelis may not behead innocent Palestinians but they sure as hell butcher them in huge numbers with high-tech weaponry paid for by America, then whine when their victims hit back with whatever unsophisticated devices they can lay hands on…

In a House of Lords debate on the Middle East the other day Lord Risby, who opened proceedings, set the tone and spoke of moving to “a final acceptance of the Palestinian reality”. He reminded the House that he and other Members had written an open letter calling for the formal recognition of Palestine by the United Kingdom.

The former Chief Rabbi in the UK, Lord Sacks, got up and made a speech I found so preposterous that I reproduce it here in full.

Nov 06 04:14

America’s Moribund Democracy a Harbinger of More War

The US mid-term elections, which saw the Republican Party take control of the Senate and extending their hold over the House of Representatives, proves one thing: money can buy an election, but it can’t buy democracy. That indictment of eviscerated democracy in America, however, is a portent of more foreign

Congressional elections this week saw $4 billion being poured into media campaigns – a record high. But even with this largess, the majority of American voters were underwhelmed by what was on offer.

The Republicans may have bought the election results this week – from an embarrassing minority of the US population – but this is far from a mandate.

All in all, the Republican dominance emerging this week in Congress spells a hardening of Washington’s foreign policy – or, more accurately, an even more reckless American militarism riding roughshod over diplomacy and international law.

Nov 05 20:46

US trade deficit with China hits record high

Nov 05 18:48

More than 40% of China's arable land has degraded, making it difficult to feed the world's largest population

More than 40% of China's arable land is suffering from degradation, seriously reducing the country's capacity to produce food for the world's biggest population, Xinhua reported Tuesday.

Nov 05 15:44

China factory whirs overtime to make Ebola suits

Far from the Ebola hot zone, the sewing and gluing machines at a factory in China have been whirring more than usual to produce crucial yellow suits that protect the front-line medics more than 11,000 kilometers (7,000 miles) away in West Africa.

Nov 05 11:23

Qatar to become Middle East clearing hub for China's yuan

Qatar will become the Middle East's first hub for clearing transactions in the Chinese yuan, in a step that could over the long run help Gulf oil exporting countries reduce their dependence on the US dollar.

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Qatar just went from "friend" to "kill those bastards" over in DC!

Nov 05 09:16

National Economic Suicide: The U.S. Trade Deficit With China Just Hit A New Record High

Did you know that we buy nearly five times as much stuff from the Chinese as they buy from us? According to government numbers that were just released, we imported 44.9 billion dollars worth of stuff from China in September but we only exported 9.3 billion dollars worth of stuff to them. And this is not happening because our economy is so much larger than China’s. In fact, the IMF says that China now has the largest economy on the entire planet on a purchasing power basis. No, the truth is that this is happening because our economy is broken. Every month, we consume far more wealth than we produce. Because the outflow of money is far greater than the inflow, we have to go to major exporting nations and beg them to lend our dollars back to us so that we can pay our bills. Meanwhile, the quality of the jobs in this country continues to go down and our formerly great manufacturing cities are rotting and decaying.

Nov 04 15:03

National Economic Suicide: The U.S. Trade Deficit With China Just Hit A New Record High

Did you know that we buy nearly five times as much stuff from the Chinese as they buy from us? According to government numbers that were just released, we imported 44.9 billion dollars worth of stuff from China in September but we only exported 9.3 billion dollars worth of stuff to them.

Nov 04 10:12

China Sets Up Currency Trading Hub in Canada

TORONTO, Canada (Globe and Mail): Ottawa and Beijing have struck a deal that would see this country designated as a trading hub for China’s renminbi currency, a benefit that will lower the cost of doing business for Canadian companies seeking Chinese markets.

The hub would likely be based in Toronto, sources say.

There are still details to be worked out but sources say this is expected to be announced during Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s trip to China that begins this week.

Nov 03 13:51

How The Petrodollar Quietly Died, And Nobody Noticed

Two years ago, in hushed tones at first, then ever louder, the financial world began discussing that which shall never be discussed in polite company - the end of the system that according to many has framed and facilitated the US Dollar's reserve currency status: the Petrodollar, or the world in which oil export countries would recycle the dollars they received in exchange for their oil exports, by purchasing more USD-denominated assets, boosting the financial strength of the reserve currency, leading to even higher asset prices and even more USD-denominated purchases, and so forth, in a virtuous (especially if one held US-denominated assets and printed US currency) loop.

Nov 03 13:39

Hong Kong “Democracy” Protests CIA Backed

• U.S. government would prefer China have political system CIA can easily influence.

• Hardline communists slowly move country toward classic national socialist model.

Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)-backed “democracy” protests in the Chinese territory of Hong Kong erupted several weeks ago, as United States intelligence agencies manufactured resentment over the vetting of candidates to govern the city.

Nov 03 13:26

Canadians fall for NWO death-trap

We are being led like sheep into a quagmire here. Harper has absolutely no concern for ordinary Canadians, and certainly doesn’t give a damn about anyone over there in the Middle East (except for his beloved Israeli friends). He does what he is told by Washington and Tel Aviv, dutifully reciting the scripts prepared for him by his neocon puppet-masters.

Gullible Canadians who believe the recent ‘terror’ incidents in Ottawa and Quebec are a defacto justification for our country’s participation in the anti-ISIS coalition in Iraq and Syria aren’t aware of the Machiavellian geopolitical maneuverings that gave birth to ISIS in the first place.

Nov 03 12:18

China and Russia Want to Pull Germany into Their Economic Orbit

They envision a Eurasian economic zone, using new trade routes, the so-called "New Silk Road", to make it irresistable

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With the raw deal Germany got from the ECB, I would not rule out such a dramatic shift in economic alliance!

Nov 03 11:21

China unveils anti-drone laser weapon able to shoot down ‘small aircraft’ within 5 seconds

China has developed and successfully tested a highly accurate laser defense system against light drones. The homemade machine boasts a two-kilometer range and can down “various small aircraft” within five seconds of locating its target.

Nov 03 09:11

19 Very Surprising Facts About The Messed Up State Of The U.S. Economy

The US and its friends are driving down the price of oil and natural gas to hurt the Russians. Result-Driving down the cost of oil below the cost of production. Which shuts down the US Shale gas industry and creates more unemployment.
They drive down the price of gold and silver to hurt the Chinese and Russians and instead the lower prices allow the Russians and Chinese to uy more gold and silver. Morons!

#13 The average cost of producing a barrel of shale oil in the United States is approximately 85 dollars. Now that the price of oil is starting to slip under that number, the "shale boom" in America could turn into a bust very rapidly.

Nov 03 08:37

Mandatory Mandarin: Portuguese kids take compulsory Chinese class

A town in northern Portugal has made Chinese obligatory for 8- and 9-year old school children, in order to boost the kids’ abilities for future competition in the thriving Chinese market.

Nov 03 08:06

US Struggles to Keep Asia in Dark Age. US-Funded “Newspapers” and “Activists”

US-funded newspapers promote US-funded NGOs in their efforts to halt infrastructure projects that would reduce flooding, produce clean, renewable energy, and provide jobs and development for millions.

Nov 03 07:45

China PMI Data Signal Slowdown

Nov 02 18:40

China will move to Linux by 2020 in 'de-Windowsifying' process

CHINA HAS DISCLOSED plans to move its systems to a state-endorsed version of Linux by 2020.

The Red State, which earlier this year denounced Microsoft Windows 8 as a spyware tool on the lunchtime news, has been developing its own flavour of Linux, based in part on an earlier attempt based on Ubuntu, called Kylin.

Nov 02 15:56

US officials: Netanyahu is a ‘chickenshit’ & ‘coward’

Goldberg ( for the Atlantic) keeps a running list of all the things US officials have ever called Netanyahu in interviews, and it’s not small. “Aspergery” popped up, among other things. But it is the first time high-ranking officials have expressed their views of the Israeli leader in such a “gloves-off manner.”

US-Israeli relations have sunk to new lows after Obama administration officials were cited calling Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a “chickenshit” and “coward” engaging in political posturing, instead of efforts at Middle-Eastern de-escalation.

Netanyahu has repeatedly said he will not halt construction of 1,000 new housing units, which are considered illegal under international law, when built beyond the established 1967 ‘green line.’

Nov 02 15:50

Ray McGovern Brutally Arrested at Entrance to David Petraeus speaking event

Ray McGovern was arrested while attempting to attend an event featuring former CIA head General David Petraeus, former right-wing Center for a New American Security president Lt. Col. John Nagl, and neocon foreign policy commentator Max Boot.

Why McGovern was denied entry. Brutalized for trying. Why neocons were featured.

McGovern planned challenging Petraeus the way he questioned former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld in 2006.

Nov 02 15:47

A History Lesson: What ISIS Learned from IRGUN

There is an irony growing out of this conundrum: ISIS in Syria borders the Israeli state; the Islamic State as envisioned by ISIS includes areas designated for Eretz Israel.

A battle of beliefs looms in the mid-East with both sides committed to their respective god given lands, both driven by fanatical believers in the righteousness of their cause, both determined to prevent the other from succeeding.

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Nov 02 08:55

British banker linked to gruesome Hong Kong slayings

A 29-year-old British banker has been arrested in Hong Kong in connection with the grisly murder of two women, a rare occurrence in a city known for its low homicide rate.

Hong Kong police said in a statement on Saturday that a 29-year-old foreign man had been detained earlier that day after two women were found dead in an expensive apartment in Wan Chai, a central city district known for its night life.

The man has not been charged.

Police declined to give the name or the nationality of the man, whom local media and a source with knowledge of the situation have identified as being a Bank of America-Merrill Lynch banker.

Nov 01 13:45

UK’s Exeter University students in historic landslide vote to boycott Israel

Hats off to Exeter University’s students. They have made history and given an unambiguous message to apartheid Israel that the era of impunity is over.

Students at Britain’s Exeter University have made history by turning out in record numbers to vote in favour of boycotting the apartheid state of Israel.

More Boycott Divestment and Sanctions actions:

Nov 01 13:41

Ballots or Bullets: Democracy and World Power

Brilliant work by James Petras. A very timely and comprehensive survey of the root problem facing the planet – Washington’s despotism.

The article reads like a manifesto for a very doable and desirable call to popular action. It makes an irrefutable argument.

–We must through the force of reason contain and defeat “the reason of force”: the political insanity that informs Washington’s ‘will to power’.
–We must degrade the empire to rebuild the republic.
–We must turn from intervening against democracy abroad to building a democratic welfare republic at home.

Nov 01 08:49

The Day Israel Attacked America

Al Jazeera investigates the shocking truth behind a deadly Israeli attack on a US naval vessel. This EXCLUSIVE Al Jazeera documentary throws new light on exactly what happened that fateful day of Israel’s attack on the USS Liberty and the cover up that followed.

The veterans were extraordinary. One after another, they were generous with their time, uniformly eloquent and passionate and above all, honest in their recollections.

In Texas we interviewed Bobby Ray Inman, an intelligence officer with a glittering track record at the CIA, Naval Intelligence and as a former director of the NSA. My contacts in the UK intelligence world had always told me “he is one of the good guys” and I quickly discovered why. He was frank and clear.The top Israeli commanders, he explained, had known exactly what they were doing when they attacked the Liberty and when it came to holding them to account, the US government rolled over for them.

Nov 01 06:05

China Completes First Mission to Moon and Back

Oct 31 13:23

Ukrainians and Novorussians sit down and talk

Something fantastically interesting has happened in Novorussia: two senior Novorussian commanders, Igor Bezler and Alexei Mozgovoi have attempted to communicate with those Ukrainians who are on the other side.

Clearly, both Bezler and Mozgovoi are first and foremost anti-Nazis and both of them see that there is not “Novorussian solution”. Mozgovoi explicitly stated that he thinks that both sides could live together if the Ukrainians got rid of their Nazis and oligarchs.

I see that there is hope because the bottom line is this: both sides have much more in common than what separates them!

Oct 31 13:17

The Dirty Dozen MPs who prolong the Palestinians’ misery…

Where is their ‘common humanity’?

Jonathan Simon Djanogly is a British politician, solicitor and Conservative Member of Parliament for Huntingdon

Mr Djanogly was parachuted from London into the ultra-safe Conservative seat vacated by John Major. He has enjoyed a very soft ride so far. But by voting the way he did, he effectively condemns more Palestinian children to die in their parents’ endless struggle for freedom and creates the distinct impression that he is not in tune with British values of decency and compassion.

In the local newspaper where I used to live somebody wrote in demanding to know why local MP Jonathan Djanogly was one of the 12 who voted to deny Palestinians their statehood and right to self-determination in the recent House of Commons debate.

Oct 31 13:07

Absent from the War against the Islamic State: Israel’s Status as an American Ally and the Example It Provides for U.S. Foreign Policy

The fact of the matter is that the Islamic State actually benefits Israel by causing problems for those very states that do actively oppose Israel and support the Palestinians, such as Syria. What the Islamic State is causing in the Middle East is perfectly attuned with the view of the Israeli Right—as best articulated by Oded Yinon in 1982—which sought to have Israel’s Middle Eastern enemies fragmented and fighting among themselves in order to weaken the external threat to Israel. Currently, these divisions are not only plaguing Syria and Iraq, but also Turkey, where ethnic Kurds are rioting because of the government’s unwillingness to help their brethren in Syria, and Lebanon, where the Shiite group Hezbollah—allied with Iran, Israel’s foremost enemy—is being assailed by the radical jihadist Nusra Front, which has the support of many Lebanese Sunnis.

Oct 31 13:00

Chinese Billionaire Signs Deal for 100 year Takeover of Nicaragua’s New ‘Grand Canal’

Plans are afoot for a new Nicaraguan canal which that would dwarf the existing Panama Canal to its south, but the only problem is that the project will effectively partition central America’s largest lake.

Although the deal has been fast-tracked by the Ortega government, the local population do not support it at all, not least of all because the project will decimate Lake Nicaragua – the region’s most valuable natural resource.

Local residents are threatening nothing short of armed insurrection, if (or when) Chinese bulldozers show up: “There is going to be a massacre because we are not leaving our land, our lives, and we’ll fight for it until death.”

Oct 31 07:48

China corruption: Record cash find in official's home

nti-corruption investigators in China have reportedly found the equivalent of $33m in cash at an official's home - the biggest such haul to date.

More than 200m Yuan (£20m) were found and four out of 16 counting machines broke whilst measuring the notes, a prosecutor said.

Oct 29 12:50

Attempts being made to suppress Russia, BRICS in international arena — experts

Attempts are being made to suppress in the international arena not only Russia but the entire BRICS developing-nation assembly of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, Russian experts said on Wednesday.

“The current situation shows that there are attempts to suppress not only Russia but also the BRICS given that the global role of this association has only intensified,” Vladimir Davydov, director of the Russian Academy of Sciences' Institute of Latin America, said at a Moscow-Brasilia video conference.

Oct 29 06:54

Honeywell probed by US for F-35 Fighter China-made parts

The US Justice Department is investigating export and import procedures at Honeywell International Inc after the firm included Chinese parts in equipment it built for the F-35 fighter jet, Reuters reported.

Oct 27 09:58

Stock markets threatened by collapse in Chinese consumer demand

The capitulation of the Chinese consumer threatens to drag stock markets around the world into a death spiral as one of the pillars of global growth is undermined.

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"Oh yes, this is all China's fault. Blame China!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Oct 27 07:37

NEO – Hong Kong’s Umbrellas are ‘Made in USA’

William Engdahl brings us the real deal behind the protests in Hong Kong. Guess who? You are right, just another US color revolution with all the usual suspects participating.

The key stars are the National Endowment for Democracy (aka… Overthrows-R_US, the funder), and the National Democratic Institute, that handles the logistics.

We Cold War children grew up listening to our government tell us that what we are doing now was a bad thing when the Soviets were doing it. But now, when there is no Cold War, the US has picked up the expansionist model of the old Soviet Comintern’s world revolution mantra.

Oct 27 07:36

Hong Kong’s “Occupy Central” is US-backed Sedition

The goal of the US in Hong Kong is clear – to turn the island into an epicenter of foreign-funded subversion with which to infect China’s mainland more directly.

Oct 24 07:58

Big nations snub Beijing bank launch after US lobbying

China will officially launch a new $50 billion Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank on Friday as it steps up its challenge to global financial institutions like the World Bank that it feels are dominated by America and its allies.

But only 20 mostly small economies, many of them effectively client states of China, will become founding members of the bank at Friday's ceremony in Beijing after Washington lobbied furiously to stop other countries from signing up.

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Oct 22 11:13

Turmoil in Hong Kong, Terrorism in Xinjiang: America’s Covert War on China

China is facing increasing pressure along two fronts. In its western province of Xinjiang, terrorists have been stepping up destabilization and separatist activities.

In China’s southeast Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong, protests have disrupted normality in the dense urban streets, with protest leaders seeking to directly confront Beijing while dividing and destabilizing both Hong Kong society and attempting to “infect” the mainland.

Oct 21 08:32

Hong Kong officials meet student protesters for talks

Hong Kong officials have ended their first round of talks with students, with the government's chief negotiator saying she hoped for further meetings with protest leaders.

Oct 21 08:05

China opens record breaking 4,000 ft long Bridge?

Interesting pictures and a scary little tale at the end

Oct 20 10:14

Turkey and China to mediate between Afghanistan and Pakistan

Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Sun Weidong said on Sunday the cooperation among China, Afghanistan and Pakistan would benefit the region and emphasized that building mutual trust and friendly consultations between these countries should be encouraged to promote cooperation.

He made these remarks in his keynote address on the opening day of China-Afghanistan-Pakistan trilateral dialogue here.

A collective regional approach toward countering issues and meeting challenges was emphasized by diplomats, scholars and researchers at the dialogue.

Thanking Pakistan-China Institute Chairman Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed and German political foundation, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS), Pakistan, Resident Representative Ronny Heine for jointly organizing the two-day international conference, Ambassador Weidong said both Afghanistan and Pakistan were close neighbouring countries and were good neighbours to China.

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Regional dialogue here, to heal some of the wounds, and ratchet down the tensions, is far preferable to the kind of outside intervention (including extrajudicial assassinations) the US military has been providing here, and may form the basis of real cooperation between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

I wish this process luck.

Oct 20 07:50

Hong Kong leader claims ‘external forces’ are behind violent protests that have rocked the territory

Hong Kong's leader Leung Chun-ying has claimed that 'external forces' are behind the violent protests that have rocked the territory.

Chief Executive Leung said in a televised statement yesterday that he believes foreign powers are involved in the unrest, echoing accusations made by China.

But the students behind the pro-democracy protests firmly denied the claim, saying that Leung was 'just making it up'.

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If Hong Kong is starting to look like Kiev ... it is NOT a coincidence!

Oct 19 09:34

WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION FOUND IN HONG KONG

Mainland Chinese state-run media has been running editorials and opinion pieces to criticize the Umbrella Revolution in Hong Kong, with emphasis on the destruction the street occupations have brought to ordinary people.

The Umbrella Revolution has also been labeled as “Color Revolution” backed up by foreign forces, in particular, the United State. Pro-Beijing law makers passed a motion on October 10 demanding an investigation of the mobilization of the massive sit-in action under the Legislative Council?Powers and Privileges) Ordinance.

Oct 18 08:34

It's Starting: Russians and Chinese Are Ditching the Dollar and Europeans Are Using Renminbi in Their Reserves

From the throne of the world’s reserve currency, the Federal Reserve, with the power to print the US dollar, feels dangerously omnipotent.

They can get away with just about anything. For now.

The central bankers get to print dollars and spend them at current prices, before the stuff hits the wider market and diminishes its overall value.

And for the time being they don’t really face any consequences. The whole world just absorbs it. Other countries really have no other choice.

But they’re getting tired of putting up with this abuse, and the unrest is growing. New alliances are being made, this time to dethrone the dollar.

Just this week yet another currency swap agreement was made between the Chinese and Russian central banks. This time for 150 billion renminbi.

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It is not a question of IF the US dollar is going to fall and fail; it is a question of when.

And to attempt to prevent that, look for this country to enter into wars it most likely cannot possibly win, with an horrific cost in blood and money.

Oct 18 08:26

Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Goes Beyond Security to Include Trade

China recently reaffirmed that it backs India and Pakistan becoming members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO). At the 14th meeting of the Council of Heads of States of SCO on 12 September, Chinese President Xi Jinping called for full membership for SCO observers, including India and Pakistan.

Oct 14 07:05

Government To Investigate Chinese Firm's $2 Billion Purchase Of Waldorf-Astoria Hotel

U.S. officials said Monday they are reviewing the Oct. 6 purchase of the Waldorf by the Beijing-based Anbang Insurance Group, which bought the hotel from Hilton Worldwide for $1.95 billion. Terms of the sale allow Hilton to run the hotel for the next 100 years and call for "a major renovation" that officials say has raised eyebrows in Washington, where fears of Chinese eavesdropping and cyber espionage run high.

Oct 13 09:45

China, Russia Sign CNY150 Billion Local-Currency Swap As Plunging Oil Prices Sting Putin

One place where Russia has been hit the hardest as a result of tumbling oil prices, is the crashing currency, with the Ruble hitting new record lows against the USD on a daily basis. In fact, as Bloomberg reports, Russia has been forced to spend a whopping $6 billion in just the past 10 days to slow down the tumble of the RUB.

Russia’s central bank intervened in the past 10 days to stabilize the ruble, central bank Governor Elvira Nabiullina told lawmakers in Moscow today. The action, which comes as President Vladimir Putin orders a withdrawal of Russian forces from Ukraine’s border, has so far failed to halt the ruble’s decline amid a domestic foreign currency shortage stemming from sanctions. The cost of swapping rubles into dollars widened to a record.

Oct 13 07:12

China will use gold and gold pricing to force global currency reset

On Sept. 30, statistician and economist Dr. Jim Willie was a guest on the Caravan to Midnight radio show to talk about current financial, economic, and geo-political events. During his three hour interview, Dr. Willie stated that one of the purposes behind China's creation of the new Shanghai gold exchange is to eventually take over global price controls for the monetary metal away from the Comex, and then force a global currency reset by raising the price of gold to its true or actual value.

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If the price of gold cannot be kept low, people will abandon the stock market and their savings accounts for the metal. Worse, the holders of gold commodities contracts will be unwilling to settle the contracts for the cash value if gold is heading up, and the sellers of those contracts, who printed and sold far more contracts than they have gold to cover, will default.

Oct 13 06:53

China Claims US Behind Hong Kong Protest!

Oct 11 07:13

Home> InternationalJapan, US Revising Defense Plans With Eye on China

Japan and the United States are revising their mutual defense guidelines for the first time in nearly two decades to respond to China's military expansion and increase Japan's role in regional defense.

An interim report released Wednesday says the U.S. and Japan are pursuing a wider partnership that requires "enhanced capabilities and greater shared responsibilities."

The revision, the first since 1997, comes at a time of heightened Japan-China tensions over islands claimed by both countries in the East China Sea, as well as continuing concern about North Korea's missile and nuclear weapons development.

"What we need to address today is quite different from what we were aiming for in 1997," Koji Kano, a Defense Ministry official in the Japan-U.S. cooperation division, told reporters earlier this week. "The point is how Japan and the U.S. can respond better in the current environment."

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Translation: the US government is looking at a war against both China and Russia.

Oct 08 09:29

China builds military airstrip on disputed island, reports state media

Beijing has completed a runway for military aircraft on a South China Sea island also claimed by Vietnam, state-run media reported, as it asserts its territorial claims in the area.

The newly built facility stretches across Woody Island, part of the Paracel chain, China’s Xinhua news agency said late Tuesday.

The Paracels are also claimed by Vietnam and Taiwan, and tensions between Beijing and Hanoi rose this year over Chinese construction and oil exploration there.

The runway is Beijing’s latest physical assertion of control in the area, two years after it declared a city named Sansha centered on Woody Island — known as Yongxing in Chinese — to administer vast swathes of the South China Sea.

Vital shipping routes run through the waters and they are believed to sit atop vast oil and gas deposits. Parts of the sea are also claimed by the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan.

Oct 08 08:59

IMF: China overtakes US as world’s largest economy

Chris Giles at the Financial Times flagged up the change. He also alerted us back in April this year that it was all about to happen.

Basically, the method used by the IMF adjusts for purchasing power parity, explained here.

The simple logic is that prices aren’t the same in each country: A shirt will cost you less in Shanghai than San Francisco, so it’s not entirely reasonable to compare countries without taking this into account.

Though a typical person in China earns a lot less than the typical person in the US, simply converting a Chinese salary into dollars underestimates how much purchasing power that individual, and therefore that country, might have. The Economist’s Big Mac Index is a great example of these disparities.

So the IMF measures both GDP in market exchange terms, and in terms of purchasing power. On the purchasing power basis, China is overtaking the US right about now and becoming the world’s biggest economy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is the reason that we may well be looking at a major war between the US and China; it would be the US government's (ill-advised) attempt to put China's economic growth on hold.

Oct 07 06:47

Russia, China capable of defeating US in nuclear war: Prof. Fetzer

An eminent American political commentator says Russia and China are capable of defeating the United Sates in a nuclear war.

In an interview with Press TV on Monday, Professor James Henry Fetzer also said that Americans must wake up to the fact that a nuclear exchange would kill hundreds of millions of people.

He said, “The very idea that the United States should be concerned that Russia and China are giving every indication that they are not going to back down from American and Western encroachment in the Middle East and in Eastern Europe, is incredibly naïve on the part of any American authorities because we have been undertaking one provocative action after another.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Even if the US "wins" a nuclear war with Russia and China, it will be by a thin margin and the difference will hardly be noticeable for ordinary people living in the rubble.

Oct 06 08:54

Hong Kong civil servants back at work as protests subside

Hong Kong civil servants returned to work at the government's headquarters Monday as pro-democracy protests which have paralysed the area for more than a week subsided in the face of a deadline to disperse.

Dozens of workers streamed along a footbridge and into the Central Government Offices complex in the harbourside Tamar district, an AFP reporter saw. Several hundred protesters remained in the area, well down on past numbers.

Oct 05 12:55

HOW TO COOK UP A FAKE "PEOPLE's UPRISING"!

INGREDIENTS

A ton of American cash from the CIA and/or George Soros
Small army of undercover CIA agents
Controlled "Human Rights /Pro Democracy" groups
Idealistic "Western wannabee" college brats
Easily manipulated do-gooder "libtards"
Professional signs & banners written in English
Bribable / blackmailable journalists
Bribable / blackmailable politicians
Bribable / blackmailable academics
Corrupt Union bosses
Violent "Agent Provocatuers"

Oct 03 06:58

US Now Admits it is Funding "Occupy Central"

Just as the US admitted shortly after the so-called "Arab Spring" began spreading chaos across the Middle East that it had fully funded, trained, and equipped both mob leaders and heavily armed terrorists years in advance, it is now admitted that the US State Department through a myriad of organizations and NGOs is behind the so-called "Occupy Central" protests in Hong Kong.

Oct 01 09:55

Police officer taps Hong Kong protester on shoulder, then pepper sprays him directly in the face

New video of a protester in Hong Kong being sprayed directly in the
face with pepper spray by a police officer is quickly becoming a symbol
of fight for greater freedom in the one-time British colony.
In the video a grey haired protestor can be seen with his back to the
police line. Suddenly an officer reaches out and taps the man on his
shoulder which makes the man turn, Instantly the officer can be seen
pepper spraying the protester directly in the face at close range.

Oct 01 08:58

Is the U.S. Secretly Egging On Hong Kong Protesters?

The mass demonstrations in Hong Kong are dramatic, indeed. And given that Hong Kong has long enjoyed a more liberal existence under British rule, protests against a more authoritarian Chinese government (at least it used to be more authoritarian) are not entirely surprising.

But Chinese officials accuse the U.S. of egging on the protests.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Of course the US is behind this. If they can bring down the current Chinese government and replace it with one friendly to US interests, then BRICS will be destroyed before it goes active in January!

This continues a well-established practice by the United States of overthrowing democratically elected governments around the world and replacing them with US puppet rulers.

Instances of the United States overthrowing, or attempting to overthrow, a foreign government since the Second World War. (* indicates successful ouster of a government)

China 1949 to early 1960s
Albania 1949-53
East Germany 1950s
Iran 1953 *
Guatemala 1954 *
Costa Rica mid-1950s
Syria 1956-7
Egypt 1957
Indonesia 1957-8
British Guiana 1953-64 *
Iraq 1963 *
North Vietnam 1945-73
Cambodia 1955-70 *
Laos 1958 *, 1959 *, 1960 *
Ecuador 1960-63 *
Congo 1960 *
France 1965
Brazil 1962-64 *
Dominican Republic 1963 *
Cuba 1959 to present
Bolivia 1964 *
Indonesia 1965 *
Ghana 1966 *
Chile 1964-73 *
Greece 1967 *
Costa Rica 1970-71
Bolivia 1971 *
Australia 1973-75 *
Angola 1975, 1980s
Zaire 1975
Portugal 1974-76 *
Jamaica 1976-80 *
Seychelles 1979-81
Chad 1981-82 *
Grenada 1983 *
South Yemen 1982-84
Suriname 1982-84
Fiji 1987 *
Libya 1980s
Nicaragua 1981-90 *
Panama 1989 *
Bulgaria 1990 *
Albania 1991 *
Iraq 1991
Afghanistan 1980s *
Somalia 1993
Yugoslavia 1999-2000 *
Ecuador 2000 *
Afghanistan 2001 *
Venezuela 2002 *
Iraq 2003 *
Haiti 2004 *
Somalia 2007 to present
Libya 2011 *
Syria 2012
Ukraine 2014
China 2014(?)

Sep 30 14:44

US steps up interference in China amid Hong Kong pro-democracy protests

The United States has stepped up its interference in China’s internal affairs, saying Washington “supports the aspirations of the Hong Kong people” amid continuing pro-democracy protests in the Chinese territory.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said on Monday Washington backs “universal suffrage in Hong Kong in accordance with the Basic Law and we support the aspirations of the Hong Kong people.”

Earnest said the legitimacy of Hong Kong’s chief executive will be greatly enhanced if he is elected by universal suffrage according to the Basic Law.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"But those Scottish voters can go pound herring!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Sep 30 12:13

G-77, China condemn coercive sanctions against Iran

In a resolution issued on the sidelines of the 69th annual session of the UN General Assembly in New York on Friday, foreign ministers of the Group of 77 plus China for the first time explicitly rejected as unacceptable the imposition of unilateral economic sanctions against Iran.

Such sanctions would have adverse consequences on the development of the Iranian nation, the resolution said, calling for the immediate removal of the bans.

The illegal US-engineered sanctions on Iran have been imposed based on the accusation that Tehran is pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program.

Sep 30 10:40

Hong Kong Riots US Gov Plot?

Sep 30 10:36

China Accuses U.S. of Fomenting Hong Kong Unrest

The U.S. has certainly promoted regime change worldwide, often by using non-governmental organizations as front groups to funnel money to dissidents who will overthrow the government.

For example, USAID has been called the “new CIA”, and FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds told Washington’s Blog that the U.S. State Department is involved in many “hard power” operations, often coordinating through well-known “Non-Governmental Organizations” (NGOs). Specifically, Edmonds explained that numerous well-known NGOs – which claim to focus on development, birth control, women’s rights, fighting oppression and other “magnificent sounding” purposes or seemingly benign issues – act as covers for State Department operations. She said that the State Department directly places operatives inside the NGOs.

Edmonds also told us that – during the late 90s and early 2000s – perhaps 30-40% of the people working for NGOs operated by George Soros were actually working for the U.S. State Department.

Sep 30 10:23

HONG KONG PROTESTS PART OF HILLARY'S "CHINA WILL PAY" THREAT

Today's big story tells of a "spontaneous" student uprising and a horrible "crackdown" taking place in Hong Kong (part of China for past 20 years). As loyal readers of The Anti-New York Times are well aware of by now, yet unbeknown to most of the silly young University punks of Hong Kong, these types of protests are the clear handiwork of the CIA. The fact that factory workers have joined the students is further evidence that this is a "color revolution' maneuver.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am sure that Hillary will see this as revenge on China for standing up for Assad, but I think the primary agenda is to wreck BRICS before it fully activates in January!

Sep 30 10:19

Office opposes foreign interference in HK

The Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the HKSAR — discussing media tycoon Jimmy Lai Chee-ying’s meeting with a former US official — said it opposed foreign forces interfering in Hong Kong’s affairs.

A special edition of Eastweek showed Lai, owner of Next Media and Apple Daily, meeting Paul Wolfowitz, a former US deputy secretary of defense in George W. Bush’s administration. The pair met on Lai’s private yacht for five hours in late May.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US hand in the China protests is showing itself!

Sep 29 13:05

Stunning Drone Clip Reveals Massive Size Of Hong Kong Protest

For those curious why the Hong Kong protests over the weekend have sent shivers across the world’s capital markets, pushed the Hang Seng 2% lower, and impacted both European and US futures, not to mention leading to worries that China may get involved any second and result in another Tiananmen square event, the following clip from HK’s Apple Daily, taken by a drone, shows just how massive the demonstrations, which according to some estimates involved just why of 100,000 people, taking place in Hong Kong are.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The crowd doesn't look all that large. Certainly smaller than Egypt's revolution that ousted Mubarak. About the size of the manufactured crowds the US created in Iran in 2009 and Ukraine last January!

Sep 29 12:17

Hong Kong police prepared to escalate use of force against pro-democracy protestors

Police are prepared to use escalating levels of force to dislodge tens of thousands of pro-democracy protestors from the central business district of Hong Kong, says the son of a former senior official.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is feeling like another one in a long series of US-backed covert attempted overthrow of a foreign government. Since the end of WW2 the US has tried to covertly overthrow the governments of over fifty nations, succeeding about half the time. Successes include Iran in 1953 and Chile in 1973. Failures would include Iran in 2009, and I think at this point one could hardly call last January's overthrow of the elected government of Ukraine a stunning success!

Sep 29 09:29

LATUFF’S SPOOF ON PLAYING WITH FIRE IN HONG KONG

Hong Kong Protesters Defy Officials’ Call to Disperse
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