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Iraqi Shias organize a massive demonstration against the proposed US SOFA

Al-Manar reports: Muslim Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr urged Iraqi lawmakers on Saturday to reject a planned US-Iraqi security deal as tens of thousands of his followers poured on to the streets of Baghdad in a massive anti-American protest. “When the agreement is in your hands, the destiny of Iraq and its people is also in your hands,” Sadr said in a statement, speaking to MPs, whose approval is necessary once

Parsing Mr. Paulson’s Bailout Speech: The Unprecedented Giveaway of Financial Wealth Story

by Michael Hudson for Global Research Mr. Paulson’s bailout speech on Monday, October 13 poses some fundamental economic questions: What is the impact on the economy at large of this autumn’s unprecedented creation and giveaway of financial wealth to the wealthiest layer of the population? How long can the Treasury’s bailout of Wall Street (but not the rest of the economy!) sustain a debt overhead that is growing exponentially? Is

Obama will not win. Why? Rednecks.

I don’t like Obama. Not one bit. And I *want* to believe that most Americans are not Rednecks. But my friend, American Goy, thinks otherwise. I think he point of view should be heard. Here is what he thinks:——- The real America Do you think that America is what you see in the big cities, with educated, centrist elite who are smart, erudite and surf the web for news? Who

Tips for New Paupers (a must read for non-Americans)

Unemployment. I thought I would never – ever- experience that. I had great Ivy League degrees, five languages, plenty of connections with the high and mighty and I was darn good at what I was doing. And then, one day, I got fired. Not for not doing my job, but for doing it. Doing it too well in fact. That story still cannot be told, but I will sum it

Russia sends a very clear message to the West (and to itself)

Russia has recently embarked on the most massive military maneuvers since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991. Interestingly, the role of the Ground Forces was this time rather limited and it is the Navy and the Air Force which took center stage. The maneuvers, code name “Stability 2008” included the use of Tu-95MS and Tu-160 strategic rocket bombers, IL-86 inflight refueling aircraft, Tu-22M3 intermediate range heavy bombers, A-50M

Stocks skyrocket upwards – are you buying?

Following a concerted action by most major governments stocks have rebounded and have powerfully surged upwards on Monday: (click on image for closer look) Is anyone (besides traders) really buying this?! Have anyone heard anything which should lead us to believe that the fundamental (structural and political) issues which have triggered last week’s panic have been addressed? Is there any reason to believe that the dollar, and therefore the entire

Does US Play NATO and UN Cards Against Russia?

Very interesting article from the New Slav Media (NSM) website Does US Play NATO and UN Cards Against Russia? NSM remarks: For me something wrong is going on behind the doors of US and UN. I read many times that two ways were taken under serious consideration to achieve world government/domination – 1) dissolving UN and creating sort of new League of Democracies (a’la McCain), 2) or through UN takeover.

A shot summary of what has been happening in the world economy

“The US plan has done nothing at all about the debt crisis itself. It’s bailed out the creditors, but not a penny of the actual debts, the subprime mortgage debts, are addressed. Without any of the media knowing, the Federal Reserve over the last few months has given $850 billion of cash for trash already. This is what the $700 billion discussion in Congress was supposed to be about, but

So is there a difference between Obama and McCain? A guide for non-Americans

The readers of my blog know that I see no substantial difference between Obama and McCain, I have said so many times. The choice between these two is about as meaningful as the choice between the SA and the SS in Nazi Germany or between the Trotskysts and the Stalinists in the Soviet Union. In the context of the USA, I like the following metaphor: the choice between the two

Thousands of Troops Are Deployed on U.S. Streets Ready to Carry Out “Crowd Control”

By Naomi Wolf, AlterNet Background: the First Brigade of the Third Infantry Division, three to four thousand soldiers, has been deployed in the United States as of October 1. Their stated mission is the form of crowd control they practiced in Iraq, subduing “unruly individuals,” and the management of a national emergency. I am in Seattle and heard from the brother of one of the soldiers that they are engaged

FEMA sources confirm coming martial law

From the Wayne Madsen Report via via Palestinian Pundit “(FEMA) sources that the Bush administration is putting the final touches on a plan that would see martial law declared in the United States with various scenarios anticipated as triggers. The triggers include a continuing economic collapse with massive social unrest, bank closures resulting in violence against financial institutions, and another fraudulent presidential election that would result in rioting in

Secret Bush Administration Plan to Suspend US Constitution

“Continuity of Government” (COG) Provisions activated in 2001 by Tom Burghardt for Global Research Ten months before the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld approved an updated version of the U.S. Army’s secret operational Continuity of Government (COG) plans. A draft document published by the whistleblowing website Wikileaks entitled, “Army Regulation 500-3, Emergency Employment of Army and Other Resources. Army Continuity of Operations (COOP) Program,” dated

Brazil, Argentina abandon US dollar (for bilateral trade)

Press TV reports: Brazil and Argentina have launched a new payment system in their bilateral trade, doing away with the US dollar as a medium of exchange. The two Latin American nations started the Payment System on Local Currency (SML) on Monday following a last month agreement inked by their presidents to use local currencies in a bid to end transaction in dollars. On Thursday, Argentine Central Bank President Martin

700 billon for the bailout, another 630 billion for “defense” and the exchanges are crashing again…

MARKET DATA – 18:26 UK FTSE 100 4589.19 down -391.06 -7.85% Dax 5387.01 down -410.02 -7.07% Cac 40 3711.98 down -368.77 -9.04% Dow Jones 9784.50 down -540.88 -5.24% Nasdaq 1827.20 down -120.19 -6.17% BBC Global 30 5013.73 down -194.94 -3.74% There goes the 700 billion dollars bailout. Oh, and by the way, the Imperial Congress also passed a 630 billion dollars “defense” bill.

Top Israeli official openly calls for war crimes in the next Israeli war against Lebanon

Al-Manar TV reports: Israeli reserve Brigadier General Gabriel Siboni called for striking Lebanon’s infrastructure in case of a new war. In an article published on the Israeli Institute for National Security Studies’ internet site, Siboni said that the “current predicament facing Israel involves two major challenges. The first is how to prevent being dragged into an ongoing dynamic of attrition on the northern border similar to what in recent years

Uncle Shmuel grants US citizenship to 16 key terrorist figures

Press TV reports: The US has granted citizenship to 16 leading members of the blacklisted Mujahedin Khalq Organization (MKO), an Iraqi security official says. The official told Fars news agency that the MKO members who were given US citizenship were directly engaged in acts of terror against Iranians and the Iraqi people. According to the security official, the terrorists, who had earlier exited Camp Ashraf, were reportedly transferred to a