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Jun 23 08:39

Obama urged to impose sanctions on China over hacking allegation

Republican presidential hopeful Senator Marco Rubio has called on US President Barack Obama to stop rhetoric against China and impose sanctions on the country over the hacking allegation.

Jun 22 16:52

Rickards: The State of US-China relations

Jun 22 10:58

China Counters Rothschilds in Asia

• Rothschild-controlled banking nations now facing deflationary pressures.

China, working with the governments of the United Kingdom and other European powers, has moved further to boot New World Order-controlled institutions like the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank from Asia, another sign of declining United States financial power.

Jun 22 10:58

US stations 1,200 special forces in Asia-Pacific

The United States Pacific Command has stationed more than 1,200 special forces troops in the Asia-Pacific along with the latest advancements in weapons technology to contain China’s rising presence in the region, reports the Beijing-based Sina Military Network.

Jun 21 19:33

BRICS Bank to commence business on 7 July

The BRICS New Development Bank will be launched at the first session of its Board of Governors in Moscow on 7 July, Russian officials have confirmed.

Russian Deputy Finance Minister Sergei Storchak announced at the St Petersburg International Economic Forum on Friday that the BRICS Bank will be ready for action after the maiden meet of the governors.

The New Development Bank will provide a financing alternative to the World Bank, where the five large emerging markets have sought more clout.

BRICS leaders also announced the establishment of the BRICS Contingent Reserve Arrangement, a 100-billion-dollar fund from which the BRICS member countries will be allowed to draw funds when going through a crisis.

The bank is set to be headquartered in Shanghai. India has already announced the first president of the Bank.

Jun 21 13:00

Trapping Russia to Prove a Negative

The prove-a-negative trap is the Big Lie technique of Nazi propagandist Josef Goebbels: there is no substance to the allegations and there is no obligation to present evidence to verify, thanks to the dutiful and unquestioning nature of Western corporate “journalism”.

The United States and its Western allies are trying to ensnare Russia in an audacious disinformation trap over the Ukraine conflict. That trap involves imposing an insoluble conundrum on Vladimir Putin’s government, which we might call “prove a negative”. It is a familiar conceptual device that Washington has used elsewhere, against Iraq and Iran for example, in order to pursue what are otherwise illegitimate geopolitical aims.Russia is being held up as the guilty party that is undermining the shaky Minsk ceasefire; and Western economic sanctions are being extended “until Russia implements the ceasefire”.

Jun 21 09:56

The Myth of Global ‘Free’ Trade

The key to TTIP is the so-called Investor-State Dispute Settlement mechanism that essentially gives corporations free reign to sue governments using a “failure to implement” provision, if state policies or legislation interfere with profits. But is this all about trade?

There was a direct, crucial “secret” agenda linking the G7 meeting in Germany and the Bilderberg meeting in Austria last week; the advancement of the virtually secret negotiations towards the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), the massive free trade agreement between the US and the EU.

Even though the corporate powers behind TTIP are itching for a deal to be reached before the end of 2015, serious (negotiation) trouble remains.

Jun 21 09:50

Trump for President? — Paul Craig Roberts

This is not my endorsement of Trump for President. It is merely my speculations on how we might think of how large egos might be brought into our service.

Celente put it well. If you look at the sorry collection that aspires to be the CEO of what continues to be described as the “exceptional, indispensable, most important country with the largest economy and military, the world’s only Superpower, the Uni-power,” you see a collection of nobodies. America is like the last days of Rome when contenting factions fought to put their puppet on the throne.

In actual fact, Trump might be our best candidate to date. By all accounts, he is very rich. Thus, he doesn’t need the office in order to become rich by selling out America to interest groups.

Jun 21 09:47

Alison Weir Replies to JVP Leaders’ McCarthy-like Attacks

It is time to stop fighting among ourselves, for JVP and others to stop their witch hunts against deeply committed writers and activists, for JVP to stop its attempted censorship and domination of the Palestine movement, and for all of us to get on with our desperately important work.

With the publication of my book last year, “Against our Better Judgment: The hidden history of how the US was used to create Israel,” the attacks seemed to escalate.

It appeared that some JVP leaders were attempting to thwart my talks and prevent people from learning the facts that my book and my talks contain.

Jun 21 07:10

Alex Jones warns ‘JADE HELM 15 not a drill’ but rather a “cover for military occupation”

On Saturday, June 20, radio talk show host and alternative news figurehead Alex Jones released an “emergency alert” videocast on YouTube stating that the “elite are now evacuating” the United States ahead of Jade Helm 15, which Jones now says is not a drill.

Jun 21 06:57

A biotech startup has managed to 3-D print fake rhino horns that carry the same genetic fingerprint as the actual horn. The company plans to flood Chinese rhino horn market at one-eighth of the price of the original,undercutting the price poachers can get

A San Francisco biotech startup has managed to 3D print fake rhino horns that carry the same genetic fingerprint as the actual horn. It plans to flood Chinese market with these cheap horns to curb poaching.

Jun 21 02:53

Have Chinese Markets Hit Top? Bob Hoye

Jun 20 12:48

In the USA – “I Cannot Write!”

The West is finished, its culture dead. What is left is unattractive, even horrifying. There is no heart, no compassion, and no creativity.

It was the first time in many years that I had missed my column, my essays, for several weeks.

I was shocked by the state in which I found the United States.

I couldn’t breath. I lost the ability to write. I felt anger building inside me. The anger was suffocating, strangling me. It was unhealthy anger, mixed with frustration! It was not that sacred anger one feels when going to a battle against great evil. It was also somehow petty, indescribable, and pathetic. It was breaking me, humiliating me.

I hated the fights I had to fight here.

I tried to see the reality that was surrounding me with different eyes but wherever I looked I saw only a dysfunctional, sad, collapsing country and culture.

This visit broke me. It exhausted me. It thoroughly depressed me.

Jun 20 06:44

China's stock market is about to collapse

Jun 19 16:34

Jens Stoltenberg: NATO’s Mr Zig-Zag

So, who is rattling sabres here?

Obviously, the NATO alliance is on a dangerous, threatening roll toward Russia’s borders. American-led war games, thousands of troops and tanks, missiles, warplanes and warships have proliferated at dizzying speed over the past year, from the Baltic to the Black Sea. Currently, NATO is conducting its biggest-ever war manoeuvres in the Baltic region, and yet when Russia takes reasonable defensive measures, Stoltenberg accuses Moscow of sabre-rattling. Just this week, prior to the Russian ICBM announcement, the Pentagon told the Paris Air Show that it was considering the stationing of its new generation of stealth F-22 and F-35 fighter jets in Europe – another contravention in a whole series of audacious contraventions of the 1997 Russia-NATO Founding Act which forbids such NATO military expansion.

Jun 19 15:11

Alison Weir Replies to JVP Leaders’ McCarthy-like Attacks

I hope JVP will desist from its attacks on those it dislikes, and will instead focus on the often excellent work it is doing and that its members want.

I feel strongly that we all contribute important things to the movement for justice and peace in Palestine.It is time to stop fighting among ourselves, for JVP and others to stop their witch hunts against deeply committed writers and activists, for JVP to stop its attempted censorship and domination of the Palestine movement, and for all of us to get on with our desperately important work.

That’s what I intend to do.

—Alison Weir

Jun 19 14:54

Solar Energy is Driving China’s Voracious Demand for Silver (800 M oz!)

Jeff Brown presents us with some stunning statistics regarding the amount of silver required by China to meet its 5-yr plan to install 100 gigawatts of solar (by 2020).

It takes 236 metric tonnes of silver per gigawatt of solar energy. This translates into 8.3 million ounces per gigawatt of solar energy output. If China installs 100 gigawatts in the next 5 years, this will require 26,300 metric tonnes, which is 731.6 million ounces of silver.

“It looks like China is trying to get its hands on all the silver it can find.”

Jun 19 13:15

Robotic Warfare Part of Pentagon Strategy to Defeat Eurasia

Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work expounded upon the US’ military strategy in Eurasia during a speech at the Army War College Strategy Conference on 8 April, revealing critical insight into the Pentagon’s formal approach to forthcoming conflicts.

Work’s words should be read in full by any strategist endeavoring to understand the imperatives that guide the world’s most armed forces. He elaborates on the theoretical foundations of American military might, including how the Pentagon plans to counter the three types of wars supposedly being waged by Iran, Russia, and China.

The main strategic innovation being presented is something called the “Third Offset Strategy”, which in practice amounts to electromagnetic anti-missile rail guns and seamless combat integration between man and machine.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A short memo to Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work: why are you not preparing for peace?!? A peace that involves hard, good-faith negotiations, and people working together for the common good?!?

I come from San Francisco, and that's earthquake country. So are parts of China, and Iran. Can you imagine if the best experts from all these countries came together to create an affordable building material that was quake-resistant? What if they could develop an earthquake prediction system that really worked, so we can save lives?!?

You see, I do not want to live in the world it appears US Deputy Secretary of Defense Work wishes to build; a world of fear, manufactured hatred, and loathing, and ultimately war. I see the possibilities for collaboration on many scientific fronts, for example the use of 3D printing in the medical arena.

It seems to me that there is a horrifically communicable mental illness in DC, and this mental illness has to do the making of money through war at all costs, no matter how much the people of the warring countries have to suffer. And it is this simple:

"War's never fought for the reasons you're given,
those in power keep feeding you lies
And the reasons you're made to keep fighting and killing
should come as no big surprise.
It's not about freedom, or glory, or honor,
or preserving the American Way;
It's all about money, control, greed and power,
and making those who resist go away...
And making those who resist go away..."

(*From the soon to be released song by Claire Rivero, "War's never fought for the reasons you're given")

Jun 17 21:51

Carter Takes Over - Seven Days in May?

What we can expect is more military adventurism, more needlessly provocative displays of force which increase the probability of another world war. Carter’s belief that the military can be used to achieve political objectives suggests that he would not be opposed to implementing a risky plan to lure China into a conflict that would exhaust its resources while “tying down significant portions of its war-fighting capacity”.

Jun 17 14:06

IMF Turnaround on the Yuan

Jun 17 13:31

The Bretton Woods Petrodollar System Just Took Another Hit From Russia And China

Sanctions imposed on Russia have little to do with Ukraine or the supposed aggressive behavior of Vladimir Putin.

They are a direct response to a Russian move out of the petrodollar system that has ruled since the 1944 Bretton Woods Conference that established the US Dollar as the global world currency and created the World Bank and the IMF as the institutions upholding its hegemonic rule.

Jun 17 12:05

Shanghai Containerized Freight Index Totally Collapses, Top Carriers Wage Price War to Form Global Shipping Oligopoly

This is what two unnamed container shipping executives, one from an Asian carrier, the other from a European carrier, told the Wall Street Journal about the containerized-freight fiasco on the China-Europe route:

“We are now shipping at an absolute loss. With the bunker-adjustment-factor surcharge at $300 for Asia-Europe, we are losing more than $50 per box.”

“Unless by a miracle demand grows, we are up for heavy losses in the next quarter and maybe the rest of 2015.”

The rate for shipping a container on that route, after plunging for months, is now below even the cost of fuel.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Europeans (and Americans) don't have the money to buy imported goods from China any more.

Jun 17 09:24

China–United States: A Framework for Rapprochement

One of the outcomes of the Chinese military delegation’s visit to the United States led by the Vice Chairman of the country’s Central Military Commission, General Fan Changlong, was the launch of a new cooperation mechanism between the ground forces of the two countries. While we shouldn’t read too much into what these agreements could mean – they are hardly ground-breaking – they do allow for broader military cooperation between Beijing and Washington, and thus cool the explosive potential of mutual distrust in Chinese–U.S. relations.

Jun 17 08:48

China, Australia sign free trade agreement — media

China and Australia signed on Wednesday a free trade agreement thus finalising decade-long negotiations. The ceremony took place in Canberra.
The China Central Television (CCTV) says under the agreement China exempts from duties and taxes 97% of Australian goods. Canberra, in its turn, lifts duties for 85% of goods imported from China. Besides, Australia will offer to Chinese citizens between 18 and 30 a work quota of 5,000 jobs or training and will allow into the country 1,800 Chinese medical professionals, cooks, teaches of the Chinese language and mortal arts.
CCTV reports in 2014 the trade turnover between the countries was $136.9 billion. By late 2014, China’s aggregated investments in Australia reached $75 billion - thus, in investments China is second after Hong Kong.

Jun 17 08:30

The great TPP deathtrap for India, China and the other 10 member-nations

By Jon Rappoport

The terms of destruction.

The clues are all there in Obamatrade and Obamacare.

The truth emerges out of the shadows of secrecy…

Let’s start here. The TPP is a trade treaty, coming down the homestretch toward ratification, involving 12 nations which account for a staggering 40% of the world’s GDP. The TPP encompasses 775 million consumers.

Waiting in the wings is something much larger. It is the intention, up the road, to fold India and China into the treaty...

Jun 17 07:50

China Rising — Pepe Escobar

Americans have to eventually share their preeminent position with China.”

As intellectual acumen and cross-cultural expertise go, it would be hopeless to expect self-described “Don’t Do Stupid Stuff” Obama administration foreign policy advisers — as well as Pentagon functionaries/hacks — to understand the complexities of China.

For instance, they would be incapable of evaluating all the myriad ramifications included in Professor Alfred McCoy’s masterful deconstruction of US-China geopolitics.

“The US cannot stop China’s rise. It just has to live with a bigger China, which will be completely novel for the US, as no country has ever been big enough to challenge its position. China will be able to do so in 20 to 30 years.” (Lee said that at the Future China Global Forum in Singapore, in 2011. Under Xi, China is already challenging the U.S.’s position.)

Jun 17 07:35

Syriza: Plunder, Pillage and Prostration

How the ‘Hard Left’ embraces the policies of the Hard Right

Greece has been in the headlines of the world’s financial press for the past five months, as a newly elected leftist party, ‘Syriza’, which ostensibly opposes so-called ‘austerity measures’, faces off against the “Troika” (International Monetary Fund, the European Commission and European Central Bank).

Early on, the Syriza leadership, headed by Alexis Tsipras, adopted several strategic positions with fatal consequences – in terms of implementing their electoral promises to raise living standards, end vassalage to the ‘Troika’ and pursue an independent foreign policy.

We will proceed by outlining the initial systemic failures of Syriza and the subsequent concessions further eroding Greek living standards and deepening Greece’s role as an active collaborator of US and Israeli imperialism.

Winning Elections and Surrendering Power

Jun 17 07:32

American dreaming, from G1 to Bilderberg

G1 plus junior partners? Bilderberg? Get a job; you’re not the only show in town, any town.

What’s the connection between the G7 summit in Germany, President Putin’s visit to Italy, the Bilderberg club meeting in Austria, and the TTIP – the US-EU free trade deal – negotiations in Washington?

We start at the G7 in the Bavarian Alps – rather G1 with an added bunch of “junior partners” – as US President Barack Obama gloated about his neo-con induced feat; regiment the EU to soon extend sanctions on Russia even as the austerity-ravaged EU is arguably hurting even more than Russia.

The “civilized” G1 + junior partners could not possibly argue whether they would collectively risk a nuclear war on European soil over a Kiev-installed ‘Banderastan’, sorry, “Russian aggression.”

Jun 17 07:28

Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich Interview with Al Etejah Iraqi TV: U.S. Manufactured Crisis in Iraq

The Iraqi government is calling for more foreign international assistance to help fight the Daesh terror group.

Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich says.the United States created ISIL, aka Da esh, so why would they want to fight them. Every effort is being made to divide the Iraqis.

Also see:
Back to Iraq: The First 450 Soldiers Are on Their Way

Jun 16 10:08

Russia Embraces Yuan in Move Against U.S. Dollar Hegemony

Russian financial authorities, energy companies and state-controlled banks are stepping up their use of China's yuan currency as Western sanctions spur diversification away from the U.S. dollar.

In recent weeks, major Russian institutions have lined up to announce moves to use the yuan, which will likely emerge as the key challenger to global dollar supremacy this century.

The dollar's status as the world's reserve currency has amplified the impact of U.S. sanctions imposed last year over Moscow's actions in Ukraine by making financial institutions nervous of violating U.S. rules, prodding Russia to embrace other currencies.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The dollar is going to be going through some very tough times in the not too distant future.

What concerns me is how willing some of the pols are to even contemplate war against both Russia and China to prevent this. And there is no guarantee that, in a conventional military conflict, that the US military can provide a positive outcome, because we do not have the money, the troop strength, or the manufacturing to underpin a positive outcome.

Jun 16 05:50

US, China strike deal, set to hold joint military drills

The US and China have signed a rare agreement to strengthen ties and develop a more productive military relationship. However, mistrust still remains, with Beijing saying progress can only be made if Washington respects China’s South China Sea ambitions.

Jun 15 13:05

China Mocks G7 As "Gathering Of Debtors", Warns "Confrontation Will Be A Disaster For Europe"

Vladimir Putin didn’t get an invite to the Angela Merkel-hosted G7 Summit in Bavaria last week, which means the Russian President not only missed out on two days at the scenic Castle Elmau, but also on lederhosen shopping with US President Barack Obama who, judging from eyewitness accounts and a variety of amusing photo ops, channeled his inner Clark Griswold upon touching down in the Bavarian town of Krun. The G7 isn’t pleased with Russia’s ‘behavior’ in Eastern Europe and so, Moscow has been expelled from the cool kids club until such a time as the Kremlin agrees to uphold Western democratic values.

Jun 15 10:54

NICARAGUA CANAL PROTEST: THOUSANDS OPPOSE ATLANTIC-PACIFIC PLAN

Thousands of Nicaraguans have held a protest against the planned construction of a canal linking the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

The $50bn (£32bn) scheme, being built by a Chinese firm, will be longer, deeper and wider than the Panama Canal.

But the demonstrators fear it will have huge environmental costs and force thousands off their land.

Nicaragua's government says the canal will bring vital investment to one of Central America's poorest countries.

Some among the protesters, who were mostly farmers, accused President Daniel Ortega of selling Nicaragua to the Chinese.

Initial site work began last December, with completion due in five years.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It's all about the money; the politicians in Nicaragua give little or no care to the situations of Nicaraguans this is going to hurt than do the political leadership in the US does about what TTP will do to ordinary American citizens, should it actually get passed.

Jun 15 09:31

‘Inventing new dragon to slay’: Clinton’s archaic campaign tactics slammed by Russian FM spokesperson

Hillary Clinton is running for US president on promises to protect Americans from “traditional threats” like Russia and a “rising” China, which Russia’s FM spokeswoman described as coming directly from populist pamphlets of the last century.

Jun 14 20:05

Hawkish Hillary Clinton and Her Israel-First Political Sugar Daddy Haim Saban

Considerable attention has been devoted to the millions of dollars Bill and Hillary Clinton have received from wealthy individuals and corporations for their foundation and for themselves.

Hillary Clinton’s greatest billionaire backer has been Haim Saban, a dual United States-Israel citizen and hardline supporter of Israel, who has openly commented, “I’m a one-issue guy, and my issue is Israel.”

It would not be beyond the realm of possibility that those who handed over tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Clinton Foundation (some of which took place while Hillary was Secretary of State) or to the couple themselves for speaker fees expected favors in return.

Jun 14 14:58

Russia, China Decrypt Snowden Files

Jun 14 14:01

Ukrainians Dispossessed, Americans are next — Paul Craig Roberts

Americans are already dispossessed of their livelihoods and careers and their pensions are next. Wherever we look, the fate of populations under Western influence are the same. The Ukrainians are exploited, the Greeks, the British, the Americans.

Apologists for exploitation claim that the rich are richer because they are smarter. But the stupidity of the rich is everywhere visible. The greedy fools have destroyed their domestic US market. Really, how stupid can you be? How do Americans buy when they are forced by offshoring out of well paid manufacturing and software engineering jobs into being waitresses, bartenders, retail clerks and part-time Walmart workers in order that corporate bottom lines improve? Who buys the stuff that sustains the profits? Not Americans who no longer have the incomes to do so.

Jun 14 11:01

China? Have Grandmaster, will travel

As intellectual acumen and cross-cultural expertise go, it would be hopeless to expect self-described “Don’t Do Stupid Stuff” Obama administration foreign policy advisers — as well as Pentagon functionaries/hacks — to understand the complexities of China.

Jun 14 09:17

Nicaragua canal protest: Thousands oppose Atlantic-Pacific plan

Thousands of Nicaraguans have held a protest against the planned construction of a canal linking the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. The $50bn (£32bn) scheme, being built by a Chinese firm, will be longer, deeper and wider than the Panama Canal. But the demonstrators fear it will have huge environmental costs and force thousands off their land.

Jun 14 07:31

China Confirms Hypersonic Missile Test

Jun 14 04:51

BRICS Central Bank experts meet in Turkey to finalise joint Monetary Fund

BRICS central banks experts are holding a two-day meet for drafting an operating agreement on the BRICS Contingency Reserve Arrangement (CRA) this weekend.

Jun 14 02:06

12 Craziest-Looking Chinese Buildings

Jun 13 09:34

China confirms test of supersonic nuclear delivery vehicle

Chinese defence ministry has confirmed the test of a supersonic nuclear delivery vehicle, a move described by the US as an “extreme manoeuvre” amid tension in the South China Sea.

The fourth successful test of hypersonic glide vehicle - which the US has dubbed the “Wu-14” - was carried out on Sunday. It was the People Liberation Army’s fourth test of the weapon in 18 months.

“The scheduled scientific research and experiments in our territory is normal, and those tests are not targeted at any country and specific goals,” Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post quoted the defence ministry as saying.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

FLASHBACK 2010 - An ealry test of the system?

Jun 13 05:57

China forbids its construction workers from building Israeli settlements

Israel’s talks on migrant workers with China are deadlocked due to Beijing refusing to allow its citizens to participate in the construction of settlements in the occupied West Bank.

Jun 12 14:45

Obama’s Stupid Propaganda Stuff

Obama spouts stupid propaganda stuff that is ultimately damaging to the American Republic.

President Barack Obama must know better regarding the crisis in Ukraine, but he insists on reciting the propaganda lines drafted by his neoconservative and “liberal interventionist” advisers blaming everything on Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Watching his behavior in the White House over the past six-plus years, I’ve come to suspect that – if he had been a national politician amid the Iraq War fever – he would have gotten in line just like ambitious Sens. Hillary Clinton, John Kerry and Joe Biden did. Even as President, a position that gives him enormous power to push back against Official Washington’s “group think,” he won’t.

Jun 12 14:42

WPost Plays Ukraine’s Lapdog

Ukraine’s Prime Minister Yatsenyuk and Finance Minister Jaresko are on a U.S. trip to drum up weapons and money to crush the ethnic Russian resistance in the east – and they are finding a lapdog U.S. press that won’t ask them tough questions.

There once was a time when the U.S. news media investigated U.S. imperial adventures overseas, such as Washington-sponsored coups. Journalists also asked tough questions to officials implicated in corruption even if those queries were inconvenient to the desired propaganda themes. But those days are long gone, as the Washington Post demonstrated again this week.

Jun 12 12:36

Steer Clear of Overvalued Chinese Shares

Jun 12 09:37

Buh-Bye, $$$! Russia considers issuing state debt in Yuan

Russia is about to take another major step towards liberating the Ruble from the Dollar System. Its Finance Ministry just revealed it is considering issuing Russian state debt in Chinese Yuan. That would be an elegant way to decouple from the dependence and blackmail pressures from the US Treasury financial terrorism operations while at the same time strengthening the bonds between China and Russia–Washington’s worst geopolitical nightmare.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"You can't DO that!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Jun 12 08:33

A Chinese Ebola Drug Raises Hopes, and Rancor

After a nurse who contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone was discharged Wednesday from a Rome hospital, a doctor there described the experimental treatments the patient had received as “absolutely miraculous.”

They included MIL77, a product from China that was also given to a British Army nurse who recovered from Ebola at a London hospital in March. It is a near copy of what many believed was the most promising Ebola therapy: a cocktail of antibodies known as ZMapp, the result of a collaboration between the United States and Canada.

Jun 11 13:39

Adelson’s Anti-BDS Event Links Money To Action

The “secret” Vegas weekend focused on planning for, and funding, a campaign to kill BDS in its academic cradle.

With U.S. billionaires both funding and setting up its top down strategy with Israeli-inspired organizations on American campuses, Israel’s successful invasion of U.S. institutions takes another major step toward “occupying” American institutions.

Four days after the Salon posting appeared, The New York Times buried two paragraphs about the Vegas event inside a longer story which featured the success Israel was enjoying in gaining anti-BDS support in state legislatures in South Carolina and Illinois.

This campaign against American supporters of Palestinian freedom, was prompted by the alarmed awareness among Israeli leaders, and their U.S. allies, that the BDS movement is rapidly gaining ground.

Jun 11 13:17

A Rapprochement Or Just Wishful Thinking?

Iranian people have no problem with a rapprochement with the United States...…?Iran could prove to be a powerful strategic partner to the United States, as long as its independence and regional influence are not threatened.

While Mr. Obama had, realistically speaking, no better alternative in choosing the timing for his administration’s foreign policy reorientation, a meaningful follow-through to implement his vision after his term in office expires would need a new Chief Executive with similar convictions; and, as things appear now, that prospect seems somewhat in doubt.

The current jockeying by potential candidates for the 2016 presidential elections is a perfect example of how true national interests are sacrificed for the sake of personal gains.

Jun 11 12:27

Oppose the US-Australian war drive against China!

The Socialist Equality Party will hold public meetings in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney to oppose the reckless preparations by the Obama administration and the Abbott government for war with China over its territorial claims in the South China Sea.

Jun 10 14:43

A Rapprochement Or Just Wishful Thinking?

The current jockeying by potential candidates for the 2016 presidential elections is a perfect example of how true national interests are sacrificed for the sake of personal gains.

Iran could prove to be a powerful strategic partner to the United States, as long as its independence and regional influence are not threatened.

Jun 10 13:12

China Launches Internet Police, Governments Everywhere Jealous

By James Holbrooks

On June 1 China’s Ministry of Public Security announced the formation of an Internet police force that would actively patrol social media. For Chinese citizens it was official confirmation of what they already knew—the government is monitoring their speech. Dubbed “Internet Police Inspection and Law Enforcement,” the program consists of a network of social media accounts tasked with, among other things, preventing the spread of “improper” words and detecting “illegal and harmful information.”...

Jun 10 10:20

The PetroYuan Is Born: Gazprom Now Settling All Crude Sales To China In Renminbi

Russia’s third-largest oil producer, is now settling all of its crude sales to China in renminbi, in the most clear sign yet that western sanctions have driven an increase in the use of the Chinese currency by Russian companies.

Russian executives have talked up the possibility of a shift from the US dollar to renminbi as the Kremlin launched a “pivot to Asia” foreign policy partly in response to the western sanctions against Moscow over its intervention in Ukraine, but until now there has been little clarity over how much trade is being settled in the Chinese currency.

Gazprom Neft, the oil arm of state gas giant Gazprom, said on Friday that since the start of 2015 it had been selling in renminbi all of its oil for export down the East Siberia Pacific Ocean pipeline to China.

Jun 09 11:12

Meet RCEP: Yet Another Big Bad Trade Agreement No One Has Heard Of

Rival free trade agreements battling it out for economic supremacy in the Pacific region

Jun 09 09:54

The Safe Bet May Be Greece Joining the BRICS

Demands for more austerity for Greeks at the G7 may have just pushed Athens to join the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) and Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO)

Jun 09 09:52

Israel says China demands no workers in settlements

China has told Israel it will not allow migrant builders to work on settlements in the occupied West Bank, a senior Israeli government official said on Monday.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged during his reelection campaign to step up settlement construction, and cabinet ministers in his new government have called for more building in the occupied territories, which is seen as an obstacle to peace with the Palestinians.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good for China!

Jun 09 08:08

Japan ramps up pressure on China at G7 summit

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, undoubtedly backed by Washington, used the two-day G7 summit in Germany, which ended on Monday, to elevate sharpening disputes with China in the East China and South China Seas to the international stage.

Jun 08 22:03

Beating Uncle Sam at His Own Game

Washington has thrown down the gauntlet in the South China Sea. If Beijing wants to preserve its independence and surpass the US as the world’s biggest economy, it’s going to have to meet the challenge, prepare for a long struggle, and beat Uncle Sam at his own game.

Jun 08 14:43

Did “China” Really Say “War” With the United States is “Inevitable”?

Spoiler: No.

It would seem a certain amount of foreign affairs reporting starts out as pabulum fed by the government and its loyal allies to available journos, who further if incompletely digest it and then crap it out on the digital pages of various newspapers, magazines, and think tank white papers for the delectation of a somewhat undiscriminating public.

Jun 08 13:28

An Economic Reason for the US vs. China Conflict

There are many reasons that the US is pushing on China in the South China Sea. Two articles have been published on Counterpunch in recent weeks exploring “why?” None mention an important economic reason that has, at least in part, motivated the US to go to war and is very much at stake in the growing dispute with China: the value of the dollar.

Jun 08 13:24

Beijing not yielding to Washington’s ‘bullying tactics’

Concerns over China-US relations’ future heightened last week after a US spy plane flew over some of China’s islands and reefs in the South China Sea. While the international community is anxious to know China’s response to the apparent US provocation, the fact is, Washington’s move has made Beijing’s case for reclamation and construction work in the South China Sea much stronger.

Jun 08 08:53

China responsible for data breach: US Homeland Security chairman

The chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security has accused China of engaging in a data breach that targeted four million US federal employees.

Jun 08 08:05

The 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre Is a Myth: British “Black Information Operation”

une 4, 2015 will for many mark the 26th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre.

What it should actually mark is the anniversary of one of the more spectacular UK black information operations — almost on a par with the mythical Iraqi weapons of mass destruction.

Jun 08 08:03

Russia, China Not to Accept America’s Vassalage Status Despite US Pressure

The US is playing with fire by instigating a military standoff off Russian and Chinese borders, while neither the South China Sea nor Ukraine can be considered America’s backyards; Washington needs to understand that neither Russia nor China will accept its vassalage status, according to the Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia.

Jun 07 09:42

Greece Explores BRICS Development Bank Membership

Athens is mulling over the position of a member of the BRICS New Development Bank.

Jun 07 04:48

Hungary becomes 1st EU nation to join China’s Silk Road network

Hungary has signed an agreement with China officially joining Beijing’s ambitious Silk Road network, a Chinese Foreign Ministry statement said.

Jun 06 09:29

So Long Big Apple! Chinese Firms Look to Drop NYSE Listings, Return Home

A number of Chinese tech firms have become disenchanted with the United States and are looking to drop their listings in New York and return home to Beijing, where stock markets are surging.

Jun 06 01:39

Peace Negotiations or War Preparations?

The US strategy of war through negotiations has mixed results. Where it confronts a burgeoning world power, such as China, it has failed. With a weak, disarmed state like Libya, it succeeded beyond its wildest dreams (or nightmares). With “middle level powers” like Cuba and Iran, it has secured political concessions but has not yet eroded the security and defense capabilities of the governments. In the case of Colombia, Washington is deeply embedded in the regime and has openly embraced a naked military solution.

Jun 05 09:58

Facing Major Data Breach, US Tries to Blame China

The US Office of Personnel Management today confirmed a major security breach in which some four million federal employees had their personal information taken, in what is believe to be the biggest single breach of government computer networks in history.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And JUST in time to help push the Cybersecurity bill, too!

Jun 05 09:57

An Economic Reason for the US vs. China Conflict

There are many reasons that the US is pushing on China in the South China Sea. Two articles have been published on Counterpunch in recent weeks exploring “why?” None mention an important economic reason that has, at least in part, motivated the US to go to war and is very much at stake in the growing dispute with China: the value of the dollar.

The dominance of the dollar in world trade is critical to its value and to the US economy. Once the US abandoned the gold standard, it signed firm agreements with Saudi Arabia and all of Middle East OPEC nations that bound them to sell oil in dollars. Because of this agreement the dollar is often referred to as the “petrodollar.” The value of the dollar/petrodollar rests on its being the currency of international trade, not only for oil, but for weapons and food and everything else.

Jun 05 07:54

China says hacking claims irresponsible, asks for more trust

China responded Friday to allegations it was involved in a hacking attack on U.S. government computers by saying such allegations are unproven and irresponsible, and that it wishes the United States would trust it more.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Chinese hackers have broken into the federal Office of Personnel Management Database (honest) but trust us when we tell you classified documents on Hillary Clinton's private email server were safe (honest)." -- Official White Horse Souse

Jun 04 10:58

More than 60% of China's underground water rated unfit for human contact

Nearly two-thirds of China's underground water, and a third of its surface water, were rated as unsuitable for direct human contact in 2014, the environment ministry said on Thursday.

Jun 04 09:40

For sale on Alibaba: bad loans

Jun 04 09:08

CHINA’S INTERNET POLICE LAUNCH ‘SPEECH INSPECTIONS’, CHILL CRITICAL VOICES

According to a statement from the Ministry of Public Security, the Internet Police will be patrolling major social media platforms including Weibo and WeChat round the clock to prevent illegal information from spreading under a shared username and account “Internet Police Inspection and Law Enforcement” (??????). The Internet police teams are meant to detect “illegal and harmful information,” prevent improper words and deeds, publish case reports, and guard against cyber criminals. They will “educate and warn” those who misbehave and crack down on those who violate the law.

Jun 03 12:59

WikiLeaks releases secret TISA docs: The more evil sibling of TTIP and TPP

WikiLeaks has released 17 secret documents from the negotiations of the global Trade in Services Agreement (TISA), which have been taking place behind closed doors, largely unnoticed, since 2013. The main participants are the United States, the European Union, and 23 other countries including Turkey, Mexico, Canada, Australia, Pakistan, Taiwan and Israel, which together comprise two-thirds of global GDP.

Jun 03 12:09

Never Mind FIFA, How about a Crackdown on the Banksters?

The belated focus of American and British authorities on the alleged wrongdoings at FIFA can be readily seen as both ludicrous and laughable when we compare that with the absolute dearth of interest by these same authorities in applying law enforcement where it ought to be applied – on the Wall Street and City of London banksters.

Both the timing of the US-launched corruption probe – in the week of FIFA’s annual conference and leadership election – plus the way that senior American and British officials, not to mention the publicity of Western news media, have weighed-in to rebuke FIFA suggests that it is all part of a coordinated political campaign authored at the highest level of government. That, in turn, suggests that there is an ulterior political agenda behind the supposed criminal crackdown on FIFA, and that the ulterior agenda is the Western objective to undermine Russia.

Jun 03 09:36

What does Obama hope to achieve from bullying China?

US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter is willing to risk a war with China in order to defend “freedom of navigation” in the South China Sea. Speaking in Honolulu, Hawaii on Wednesday, Carter issued his “most forceful” warning yet, demanding “an immediate and lasting halt to land reclamation” by China in the disputed Spratly Islands.

Jun 03 09:15

Hope fades as families head for stricken China ship

Holding a photo of her husband on her iPad, Chen Suhua recalled their trip to the United States where they spent nine days on a cruise ship sailing to Cuba.
Half a year later, the 73-year-old retiree choked back tears as she contemplated the fate of her husband who, along with over 400 others, remained missing on Wednesday after a cruise ship capsized in the Yangtze River in southern China.

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