August 30, 2016

Banks are preparing for an ‘economic nuclear winter’

The first half of 2016 has been a roller-coaster for financial markets. A combination of uncertainties surrounding the U.K.'s vote to leave the European Union and weaker-than-expected corporate earnings results across the region means a tough second half looms.

European banks, in particular, have had a very tough six months as the shock and volatility around Brexit sent banking stocks south. Read more + video.

CNBC

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European Banks Prepare For "Economic Nuclear Winter" - Zero Hedge
- 5 biggest banks now own almost half the industry (video) - CNBC

‘Banken bereiden zich voor op economische nucleaire winter' - BNR

TTIP talks between EU & US have de facto failed – German economy minister



Talks between the EU and the US on the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, or TTIP, have essentially failed, German Vice Chancellor and Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel has said. Read more.

RT

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Germany's Gabriel sounds death knell for TTIP - DW
Opinion: Good-bye TTIP! But what now? - DW

Onderhandelingen TTIP gaan volgens Europese Commissie door - NU

'Onderhandelingen hndelverdrg TTIP zijn mislukt' (audio) - BNR
'Einde TTIP ls VS niet beweegt' (audio) - BNR

August 28, 2016

The Ancient Order - [r]evolution

The Broken Chessboard: Brzezinski Gives Up on Empire

The main architect of Washington’s plan to rule the world has abandoned the scheme and called for the forging of ties with Russia and China. While Zbigniew Brzezinski’s article in The American Interest titled “Towards a Global Realignment” has largely been ignored by the media, it shows that powerful members of the policymaking establishment no longer believe that Washington will prevail in its quest to extent US hegemony across the Middle East and Asia. Brzezinski, who was the main proponent of this idea and who drew up the blueprint for imperial expansion in his 1997 book The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy and Its Geostrategic Imperatives, has done an about-face and called for a dramatic revising of the strategy.

Here’s an excerpt from the article in the AI: “As its era of global dominance ends, the United States needs to take the lead in realigning the global power architecture. Read more.

CounterPunch

Related,
Brzezinski Vision for a Power Sharing World Stymied by Ignorant Americans Leaders, Citizens - 4th Media

Toward a Global Realignment - American Interest
Zbigniew Brzezinski on Foreign Turmoil (video) - Bloomberg

Former CIA Deputy Director Publicly Advocates for Bombing Syria's Assad



This would be illegal under international law - and qualify as terrorism - but that hasn't stopped the U.S. before, says former intelligence analyst Ray McGovern.

TRNN

August 27, 2016

The Myth of Russian Aggression: Follow The Money



According to US defense contractors, the “Russian threat” is good for business

In this video Dan Dicks of Press For Truth breaks down the propaganda that seeks to set the stage for world war three.

Press For Truth 

'Nooit Meer Oorlog: Vandaag is het met dat eerbiedwaardige Vlaamse pacifisme maar triestig gesteld'

'Vertwijfeling, radicalisering en polarisering blijven niet beperkt tot dolgedraaide zelfmoordterroristen. Ook verantwoordelijke bewindslieden van tamelijk welvarende en tamelijk beschaafde EU-lidstaten vallen er aan ten prooi', schrijft Edi Clijsters van Vlinks.

Het is al lang geleden dat de jaarlijkse IJzerbedevaart vele tienduizenden Vlamingen samenbracht onder de leuze die daar op de IJzertoren ten behoeve van vriend en vijand in liefst vier talen gebeiteld staat: "Nooit meer oorlog - Plus jamais de guerre - Nie wieder Krieg - No more war". Een vertwijfelde kreet. Een boodschap van hoop. En een aansporing tot persoonlijk en collectief engagement om die hoop ook in werkelijkheid om te zetten. Lees meer.

Knack

We Have to Talk About the Boy in the Ambulance...



I wasn't going to, but then I saw the CNN anchor pretend to cry...

Truthstream Media

August 24, 2016

Turkish special forces enter Syria



The office of the Turkish prime minister says the army has entered northern Syria to conduct an operation against Daesh terrorists

The operation is launched with the backing of US warplanes on the border town of Jarablus. Turkish media say the town has also been hit by heavy Turkish artillery fire and airstrikes.

It comes after foreign-backed militants announced an upcoming assault from Turkish territory on Jarablus. They said it is aimed at preventing the Kurdish YPG militants from taking over the town. Turkey considers the Kurdish armed group as a terrorist organization.

It is not clear whether the foreign-backed militants have entered Syria along with Turkish forces.

PressTV

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- Turkish tanks enter Syria to clear ISIL from Jarablus - Al Jazeera
LIVE: Turkish military, coalition forces launch 'Euphrates Shield' operation in Jarablus - Hurriyet

Turkish Syria operation a response to Daesh, PYD threat - AA
The Latest: Syrian government, Kurds reach truce in Hasakeh - Business Insider

August 23, 2016

‘I don't give a sh*t about them’: Philippines president threatens to leave ‘stupid’ UN



Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened that the country could leave the UN after the organization urged the Asian nation to stop executing and killing people linked to the drug business and threatened that “state actors” could be punished.

RT

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Duterte Threatens to Withdraw Philippines From UN, Hits US - NY Times
Philippines' Duterte Excoriates His Critics, the US and UN - teleSUR

August 21, 2016

Death of Aleppo



Al Jazeera World follows the everyday lives of Aleppo residents living amid the ongoing conflict and destruction.

Al Jazeera

Top US commander warns Russia, Syria

(CNN) - In the most direct public warning to Moscow and Damascus to date, the new US commander of American troops in Iraq and Syria is vowing to defend US special operations forces in northern Syria if regime warplanes and artillery again attack in areas where troops are located.

"We've informed the Russians where we're at ... (they) tell us they've informed the Syrians, and I'd just say that we will defend ourselves if we feel threatened," Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend told CNN in a telephone interview Saturday from his Baghdad headquarters. Read more + video.

CNN

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US ready to target Russian, Syrian jets in Syria: Pentagon - PressTV

Yemen: 100,000 strong rally in support of Houthis



Tens of thousands of people rallied in Sanaa’s central square on Saturday in a powerful display of support for the Shiite Houthi rebels and Saleh.

Demonstrators cheered a recently established Supreme Political Council that includes representatives of the Houthi movement, as well as supporters of Saleh.

RT

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Saudi jets strike Yemen’s capital during 100,000 strong rally in support of Houthis - RT

The Final Nail In The Coffin Of U.S Supremacy and Hegemony



In this video Luke Rudkowski covers the latest geopolitical news of China joining forces with Iran, Iraq, Turkey and Russia determining the future of Syria.

The U.S is being left out of this important international influential decision and with other escalations this looks like a grave future for U.S foreign policy. Sources.

WAC

Related,
New Russia-China-Iran Alliance Could Push the US out of Much of the Middle East - Anti-Media

August 19, 2016

Ankara considers military ties with Russia as NATO shies away – Turkish FM



Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has lashed out at NATO, saying the alliance is not fully cooperating with Ankara.

In an interview with Sputnik, he hinted that Turkey would consider military cooperation with Russia.


August 18, 2016

We Are Being Groomed for the Next Big War



Oops, forgot the leaked NATO email about their plot to get Russia involved... then again, this video could be ten hours long, too.

Truthstream Media

Cannabinoids remove plaque-forming Alzheimer's proteins from brain cells

Salk Institute scientists have found preliminary evidence that tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and other compounds found in marijuana can promote the cellular removal of amyloid beta, a toxic protein associated with Alzheimer's disease.

While these exploratory studies were conducted in neurons grown in the laboratory, they may offer insight into the role of inflammation in Alzheimer's disease and could provide clues to developing novel therapeutics for the disorder. Read more.