July 23, 2014

Greek Orthodox community in Gaza shelters Muslims fleeing war


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About 1,000 Palestinian Muslims fleeing Israeli shells devastating their Gaza neighborhood have found shelter in a building they otherwise would rarely if ever enter, the city's 12th-century Greek Orthodox Church.

St. Porphyrius monastery is the heart of the small Greek Orthodox community in Gaza. The church dates to the Crusades in the 12th century. Since Sunday, more than 700 evacuees, all of them Muslims, have crowded into the courtyard for what they hoped was refuge.
     “I was just saying to my friend, ‘Relax, this is the safest place in Gaza,’ when the first rockets hit,” said Majid al-Jamal, 22, who works in a body shop and was struck on the head by a piece of flying brick Monday night. 
That is when four Israeli missiles struck the tombs in the small church cemetery. Shrapnel peppered the school next door. Jamal said militants fired rockets, from the cemetery or nearby.
     “A child was born, right here, right after the airstrike,” said Archbishop Alexios, leader of the church. “I think the fear pushed the baby out.” 
Israel says mosques, schools and hospitals are being used to fire rockets or cache weapons. Prime Minister Benjamin Netantayu said Hamas is “targeting our civilians and hiding behind its civilians. That’s a double war crime.”

Only about 1,400 Christians - Orthodox, Catholics and Protestants - live among the 1.8 million Muslims, meaning they make up 0.08 percent of the population in the crowded Gaza Strip dominated by Hamas, an Islamist group.

When the then Pope Benedict quoted a medieval scholar describing Islam as violent and irrational in 2006, unknown militants attacked five churches in Palestinian areas, including Saint Porphyrius - even though it is Orthodox, not Catholic.

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MYSTERIOUS DEATHS - Goldman Sachs Managing Director Suddenly Found Dead


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Melissa Melton (Activist Post) - Another high level banker has been found dead. Nicholas Valtz, a 39-year old managing director at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. in New York, was found dead last Sunday afternoon in Napeague Harbor where he had reportedly gone earlier that day to kiteboard. Valtz’ body was found still tied to his kite.

Kiteboarding, also called kitesurfing, combines elements of windsurfing and paragliding which can garner speeds of up to 40 mph. His brother told Bloomberg that Valtz was still new to the sport.
     “As a cross-asset sales executive, he helped manage orders for trading clients and pitch them products and ideas among different types of securities. His wife, Sashi Valtz, also works at Goldman Sachs as head of global third-party research sales, according to her LinkedIn profile,” Bloomberg reported.
     While the majority of articles have made it clear the police are still investigating this incident and the cause of death is yet unknown, the Daily Mail already ran with the headline, "Goldman Sachs managing director, 39, found dead after kiteboarding accident".
The incident marks the 15th reported death of a senior banking and finance executive in recent months as just a few weeks ago, JP Morgan Executive Director Julian Knott shot his wife Alita to death with a shotgun before turning the weapon on himself.

Zero Hedge posted the recap of recent banker deaths below after a 52-year-old female banker at France’s Bred-Banque-Populaire jumped from the 14th floor of the bank’s Paris headquarters back in April:

*Note: The count is not actually 16, as #2 on the list Karl Slym was not actually a banker but the managing director of a major car company.

  1. William Broeksmit, 58-year-old former senior executive at Deutsche Bank AG, was found dead in his home after an apparent suicide in South Kensington in central London, on January 26th. 
  2. Karl Slym, 51 year old Tata Motors managing director Karl Slym, was found dead on the fourth floor of the Shangri-La hotel in Bangkok on January 27th. 
  3. Gabriel Magee, a 39-year-old JP Morgan employee, died after falling from the roof of the JP Morgan European headquarters in London on January 27th. 
  4. Mike Dueker, 50-year-old chief economist of a US investment bank was found dead close to the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in Washington State. 
  5. Richard Talley, the 57-year-old founder of American Title Services in Centennial, Colorado, was found dead earlier this month after apparently shooting himself with a nail gun. 
  6. Tim Dickenson, a U.K.-based communications director at Swiss Re AG, also died last month, however the circumstances surrounding his death are still unknown. 
  7. Ryan Henry Crane, a 37-year-old executive at JP Morgan died in an alleged suicide just a few weeks ago.  No details have been released about his death aside from this small obituary announcement at the Stamford Daily Voice. 
  8. Li Junjie, 33-year-old banker in Hong Kong jumped from the JP Morgan HQ there. 
  9. James Stuart Jr, Former National Bank of Commerce CEO, was found dead in Scottsdale, Arizona, the morning of Feb. 19. A family spokesman did not say what caused the death. 
  10. Edmund (Eddie) Reilly, 47, a trader at Midtown’s Vertical Group, committed suicide by jumping in front of LIRR train. 
  11. Kenneth Bellando, 28, a trader at Levy Capital, formerly investment banking analyst at JPMorgan, jumped to his death from his 6th floor East Side apartment. 
  12. Jan Peter Schmittmann, 57, the former CEO of Dutch bank ABN Amro found dead at home near Amsterdam with wife and daughter. 
  13. Li Jianhua, 49, the director of China’s Banking Regulatory Commission died of a sudden heart attack. 

Lydia _____, 52 – jumped to her suicide from the 14th floor of Bred-Banque Populaire in Paris.

In other news, billionaire Jeremy Grantham, co-founder and chief investment strategist of a Boston-based firm with $117 billion in assets under management, says he is positive another horrific stock market crash is coming and will be “unlike any other” the modern world has seen…

Newsmax Money News reported:
    “We have no right to be surprised by a severe and imminent stock market crash,” explains Mark Spitznagel, a hedge fund manager who is notorious for his hugely profitable billion-dollar bet on the 2008 crisis. “In fact, we must absolutely expect it.”
    Billion-dollar investor Warren Buffett is rumored to be preparing for a crash as well. The “Warren Buffett Indicator,” also known as the “Total-Market-Cap to GDP Ratio,” is breaching sell-alert status and a collapse may happen at any moment.
The author Melissa Melton is a writer, researcher, and analyst for The Daily Sheeple, where this first appeared, and a co-creator of Truthstream Media. Wake the flock up!


Greek Parliament Hosts Exhibit On The Restoration of Democracy


The Hellenic Parliament in Athens, Greece
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Greek President of the Republic, Karolos Papoulias, is set to inaugurate an exhibition dedicated to the 40th anniversary of the restoration of Democracy. The exhibit is going to be hosted at the Eleftherios K. Venizelos hall at the Greek Parliament.

According to Greek press reports, it showcases official legislative and constitutional documents, newspaper and magazine front covers, photographs and various videos from the time, as well as posters, political banners, ballots from the 1974 elections and referendum that took place one year after the Cypriot tragedy and the collapse of the military dictatorship.

This period in contemporary Greek history was characterized by a sense of uncertainty and danger, with the political personnel of the country facing many challenges in authoring the Constitution and restoring Democracy in Greece. The exhibit is going to open to the public in September.


INSIDE SCOOP - Malaysia Airlines Shoot Down Could Be Blamed On Ukrainian Army “Defector”


by Paul Joseph Watson (Infowars) - In an attempt to explain away the existence of evidence which shows Ukrainian troops firing the missile that brought down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, Washington may be preparing to fix the intelligence by pinning the blame on a “defector” in order to absolve Kiev.

As reported on Monday, award winning former AP and Newsweek reporter Robert Parry was told by an intelligence source that the U.S. is in possession of images which show men dressed in Ukrainian Army uniforms operating the Buk missile system which shot down MH17.

If proven accurate, such information would completely eviscerate Washington and Kiev’s already shaky narrative that Russian-backed separatist rebels were responsible for the attack.

The U.S. State Department now appears to be shifting the emphasis of its narrative to discount the possibility that Kiev itself was responsible for shooting down MH17. As the L.A. Times reported on Tuesday that:
     “U.S. officials said it was possible the SA-11 [anti-aircraft missile] was launched by a defector from the Ukrainian military who was trained to use similar missile systems.”
Blaming the incident on a “defector” would allow the U.S. to explain why the culprit was wearing a Ukrainian Army uniform when he shot down the airliner.
     “That statement about a possible “defector” might explain why some analysts thought they saw soldiers in Ukrainian army uniforms tending to the missile battery in eastern Ukraine. But there is another obvious explanation that the U.S. intelligence community seems unwilling to accept: that the missile may have been launched by someone working for the Ukrainian military,” writes Parry, adding that, “We may be seeing another case of the U.S. government “fixing the intelligence” around a desired policy outcome, as occurred in the run-up to war with Iraq.”
Over the last 48 hours, the State Department’s narrative has been widely discredited because of Washington’s inability to provide hard evidence based on anything other than dubious social media posts and YouTube videos uploaded by the Ukrainian government.

During a remarkable exchangeon Tuesday between AP reporter Matt Lee and U.S. State Department Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf, Lee backed Harf into a corner and forced her to tacitly acknowledge that the United States’ case is entirely built on little more than alleged social media posts.

The U.S. later admitted that it had uncovered no evidence whatsoever that linked Russia directly to the attack.



Tsipras: Brutality in Palestine must end


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The brutality Palestine is experiencing must end, main opposition SYRIZA party leader Alexis Tsipras said on Tuesday during a rally and march to main Syntagma Square to protest the Israeli army military campaign in the Gaza Strip.

The event, according to a dispatch from the state news agency, was organised by Leftist and Palestinian groups and immigrant communities.
     "Palestine is in perpetual war - this war must stop at some point; this brutality cannot be tolerated," Tsipras said. "When civilians and children are killed at beaches facing the same sea that borders the European continent, we cannot remain passive, because if this happens on the other side of the Mediterranean today, it can happen on our own side tomorrow. I want to note that the voices of solidarity movements are, for the first time, uniting under a strong movement within Israel," he added.
A just and peaceful solution will create a viable and democratic Palestinian state on the 1967 borders, as the United Nations resolutions also call for, he added.

The protesters gathering at Syntagma then marched to the European Commission Representation offices in Greece and the United States Embassy.

ANA/MPA


The Netherlands Mourns For MH17 Crash Victims


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(RIA Novosti) – Wednesday, July 23, was declared a national day of mourning in the Netherlands for the victims of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, which crashed last week in eastern Ukraine, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said Tuesday.

The first bodies of the crash victims arrived in the Netherlands on Wednesday, Agence France Presse said.

The identification of the remains may take several weeks and even months, the prime minister added.

(It should be reminded that on July 17, Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, heading from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur crashed in eastern Ukraine, near the city of Donetsk. All 298 people on board died, including at least 192 Dutch passengers.)


Greek Prosecutors Tackle Cases of Tax Violations Via Task Force


Greek financial prosecutors have managed to tackle well over 427 serious cases of tax evasion and cases of money laundering, thanks to assistance that was provided to them by the Task Force, which has been headed by (Germany's own) Horst Reichenbach.

A report in To Vima claims that the Task Force helped Greek authorities to investigate some 2,628 cases of suspected tax violations, with prosecutors managing to seize assets that are way beyond 205 million Euros, and that stemmed from some 427 cases.

In its latest report, the Task Force claims that it managed to help improve tax administration and combat money laundering, which in turn led to an overall improvement of the domestic business environment. Parallel to this, the Task Force’s actions resulted in an increase of investment to Greece, as well as the modernization of national health care services and a gradual restriction of unemployment.

(HellasFrappe does not know why the Task Force is so excited with its achievements, because we have yet to see their successes on the real economy. We will receive this news with a grain of salt (as always), because it was published by the pro-memorandum Greek media).

France Decides To Deliver Warship to Russia Despite US, UK Criticism


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France will go ahead with the delivery of the first of two Mistral warships to Russia – despite protests by the US and UK, prompted by Moscow's stance in the Ukrainian crisis. The ship is nearly completed and will be presented in October.

French President Francois Hollande said the plan to deliver the two Mistral helicopter carriers was made in Paris and will go forward despite calls from the US and UK.
     “The Russians have paid. Should we repay 1.1 billion euros if the boat was not delivered to the purchaser?” he asked while speaking to reporters late on Monday – the night before EU foreign ministers are to meet in Brussels to discuss tougher sanctions on Russia over the Ukrainian crisis.
     "For the time being, a level of sanctions has not been decided on that would prevent this delivery," he said. “The contract was signed in 2011, the boat is almost finished and should be delivered in October."
On Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law exempting the deliveries of France's Mistral-class helicopter carriers to Russia from value-added tax (VAT) payments, which will be in effect from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2016. The law was adopted to prevent an increase in the cost of the contract regarding the Mistral ship deliveries.

France will be the first NATO country to supply Russia with military equipment. Under the 1.2 billion euro contract (US$1.6 billion) signed by Russian defnse exporting company Rosoboronexport and French DCNS in June 2011, Russia is to receive two Mistral-class helicopter carriers. The first one, the Vladivostok, will be received in October. The second, the Sevastopol, will be delivered at the end of next year.

‘French officials say Paris must keep its word’

Hollande’s decision has found support among French officials, despite going against the wishes of the US and UK.

Read More - RT



Conspiracy or Truth - Bush Jr., Netanyahu & Other Nazionists to be Arrested Soon


The arrest of nazionist mass murderers like George Bush Jr. and Benjamin Netanyahu and their fellow cabalists is imminent, says geopolitical analyst Benjamin Fulford in his weekly review. He bases his information on what he claims are Mossad and other sources. Fulford claims that these criminals and their fellow top cabalists have already been banned from traveling to over 180 countries and soon will be banned from traveling outside of their jail cells.

Transcript of video:

The downing of remote controlled Israeli owned so-called “Malaysian Airlines flight MH17,” filled with dead and decomposing bodies, was one dirty trick too many for the nazionists and a turning point against them has now been reached within the world’s secret agencies and governments, according to multiple sources.

What we first saw in Syria were are now seeing in the Ukraine; a failed attempt to use a manufactured incident to start a war. The nazionists created “Sarin gas attacks on civilians” in Syria and now “dead HIV scientists” in the Ukraine and used it to try to fool the US military into attacking. Only this time in the Ukraine, even more so than was the case with Syria, nobody is taking the bait.

We can see this in the nazionist controlled corporate propaganda media “attack Russia” PR campaign. For example, UK nazionist puppet Prime Minister David Cameron has asked German PM Angela Merkel and French President Francois to press for more sanctions against Russia’s Vladimir Putin but this is just a PR stunt according to MI5 sources. Cameron had to do that because he was being blackmailed by a nazionist media baron with threats to publicize his cocaine habit and his wife’s heroin addiction, the sources continued.

In any case, in the past such a public campaign by nazionist puppet leaders and the corporate propaganda media was used to condition the masses to accept an up-coming military event. Now though, nobody is buying it. No army is ready to do their bidding and even most the hired goons have stopped listening to them.

Furthemore, the internet and social media part of the nazionist campaign to vilify Russia “has been a total wipeout,” say sources in MI5 and other agencies.

For example: the U-Tube presented as proof of rebel and Russian cooperation was shown to have date stamps from before the shootdown, the tweets from “a Spanish air traffic controller in Ukraine” actually came from London , the internet Putin assassination angle was fake ( Putin is too smart to overfly Ukraine) and the film being shown of the plane being shot down was from the daytime even though the plane was supposed to have been shot down at night.

They are clearly losing the plot.

This entire “Malaysian plane” incident is being managed out of the State Department and by the Rand corporation, according to US based CIA sources.

Now Germany and France are so disgusted by the nazionist stunts being run out of Washington D.C. and Tel Aviv, they have decided to join the BRICS alliance, according to CIA sources in Europe. The Germans and French are systematically purging their governments of nazionist agents.

And for good reason.

The fake Malaysian plane filled with bodies from the morgue stunt was the nazionist response to the announcement last week by the BRICS nations they had set up a development bank and a financial stabilization fund as a way to by-pass the cabal controlled World Bank and IMF.

Think about it, here we have a group supported by over 188 nations announcing a plan to peacefully build economic infrastructure and the US and Israeli nazionists puppet governments react by shooting down a plane.

Huh?

The other reactions were to brutalize the Gaza strip and keep pumping up a fake immigrant crisis in the US.

Furthermore, the WDS was also sent a whole new series of threats by these nazionists thugs last week. According to the latest threats “World War 3 has started,” the “US armed forces are ready to invade Russia,” etc. Do not believe it for a minute.

As mentioned before, the armed forces of Russia, China, the United States and elsewhere have already come to an agreement to never let themselves be fooled into starting another world war.

Also, the campaign to rebrand the Muslim Brotherhood as ISIS is falling apart as the ever more ridiculous pronouncements coming out of ISIS via Jerusalem are becoming a joke. Check out this link for an example:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iraq/10971080/Jihadi-Vogue-magazine-lampoons-Iraqs-Islamic-State-warriors.html

What we are witnessing is clearly the end game for the nazionists. Let us recap some of the big changes that have taken place in the campaign to oust these psychopathic killers from the top levels of world power. The Queen of the Netherlands plus the Kings of Spain and Belgium have resigned, the top Warburg family member committed suicide, Richard Rockefeller died, Senator J. Rockefeller resigned, pope malevolent resigned, 200 nazi US military officers have been fired, former French President Sarkozy was arrested and now, last week 660 pedophiles were arrested in the UK.

The Vatican has also fired over 400 pedophiles and is continuing a major purge of the Catholic church. The Vatican bank, which was used by the cabal to bribe world leaders, has shut down over 3000 corrupt accounts.

We also received an e-mail last week from a source in a major charitable foundation who said “Bush Sr. passed away on Friday apparently from food poisoning, I hear bad fish. This has been confirmed via his personal security. It should hit the news sometime this week.” However, subsequently he was trotted out for a photograph in a local newspaper near his family’s estate in Maine.

http://www.seacoastonline.com/articles/20140715-NEWS-140719848

In the picture nazionist Fuhrer Bush Sr. appears to be resorting to his old trick of acting senile, which he is not. Bush is not going to avoid arrest by pretending to be a poor senile old man; he is one of history’s worst mass murderers and will face justice, you can count on it.

The slow unraveling of the nazionist stealth takeover of the United States will continue its now unstoppable path. The Zionist brainwashed slave colony known as Israel will also be freed. If the so-called Jews (the word did not exist until the 19th century) study the history of Babylon they will found out that circumcision was historically something that was done to the males of defeated slave races. The Europeans who have been brainwashed into thinking they came from ancient Judea will be set free. The world as a whole is well along in the process of being freed from Babylonian debt slavery.

There is expected to be a lot going on this autumn after a summer lull. Hopefully, if we all push for it, we will finally have or fall of the Berlin wall, or fall of the Babylon Fed Ziggurat, type of event in the US then.


Source - YouTube


July 22, 2014

Progress Report 3.4.5.6.7 - Help Us To Save HellasFrappe Campaign



Today I decided to post the 3. 4. 5. 6. 7th progress report together. The news is not that good, we only received one more donation of 20 euros as stated in the pay pal pic that I have decided to post below.

The campaign began last Tuesday and as you can see only two donations were made. One was from Mr. Theo Petrou, and the other from Kathleen Koutrouboussis. I want to personally extend my gratitude to both these frappers for acting on my call.


It might be a modest sum if one takes into consideration that there are thousands of people logging into the blog everyday, but at least it gives me the hope and satisfaction in knowing that all of the hours and work that I am pouring into this project are not going unnoticed and are rather appreciated. The sum is no way near the initial goal of 2000, but I am not going to throw in the towel as of yet.

One of HF's contributors from Sydney, Australia (Sandy) advised me that if I explain why we need these funds then maybe people would get inspired to make a donation. HellasFrappe needs these funds to broaden its information network and secure its technical needs. Without these two vital elements there is no blog. It is that simple. The trouble is that some of our readers believe that the person next to them will make the donation, and they tend to ignore our fundraising campaigns -which is quite a natural reaction- but what they do not realize is that the person next to them is also thinking the same thing and thus donations are never made.

This is unfortunate because we need these funds to operate the blog. People tend to forget that HF is not affiliated with any government agency, NGO, association and/or lobby. IF we were then fundraising campaigns such as these would not be necessary. Our strength and survival depends on you the reader. So please make a donation today if you appreciate the work we do as well as believe in HellasFrappe's purpose.

It was a bad week for fundraising, but but the above donations are certainly better than none.

I call on all Frappers to make a small donation in order to help me continue this project. You know you can rely on HellasFrappe everyday for the latest news and reports. Can I rely on you in helping me to keep this blog afloat? If yes then make a contribution today and let us continue to seek for the truth together.

Hopefully at the weekend I will have better news for all, at least I am hopeful.

Once again thanks to our two readers

Much Love
Marina Spanos
Editor HellasFrappe

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Initial Campaign Appeal

Dear Friends HellasFrappe needs your help.

HellasFrappe is starting a new fundraising drive. This time the goal is to raise 2,000 by the end of July, 2014. These funds are urgent and that is why this special appeal is being made today.

We are τtherefore calling on all our readers to dip into their pockets and make a contribution/donation of at least 20 dollars/euros so that we may continue operating.

Over the past few months, we have been hit hard by the crisis, and we have downsized greatly, but we cannot (and must not allow) this blog to shut down because of a lack of funds.I have personally sent out an appeal to many of my readers in the past to donate to the blog, and thankfully some people did. But it was unfortunate that others didn't.

This time I am once again sending out an appeal to all of you to donate to the blog, and I urge you to do this today so that this blog can continue to operate.

You will notice the relevant donate button at the side (top-mid part) of the current page you are viewing, or at the end of this article.

Please click on this button and make a small donation.

In an effort to thank our readers as well as signal out all of those who make any sort of donation,  I will also post a progress report daily with the names and amounts that have been contributed. (Unless otherwise stated by the contributor for privacy reasons).

This is my way of personally thanking all my HellasFrappe readers for their support as well as for their devotion to this blog.

Along with the progress report, I will also personally organize a frappe party at a Piraeus cafe at the end of July where we could all meet and exchange opinions and views on any given topic. These gatherings will continue for all of those who make contributions, and the results of these gatherings -or the subjects analyzed- will be then published in the blog as well, including a video, and a podcast.

Thousands of people log into HellasFrappe everyday, if all of you contributed a small amount (small or big) -or the minimum 20 dollars/euros that have been indicated then the sum of 2000 euros will raised in several hours.

So, what do you say Frappers?

Will you, and can you help?

Having to come out and ask all of you for contributions every so often is not really my cup of tea, nor is it pleasant, but I have to do it in order to keep this blog going.


Much Love
Marina Spanos
Editor HellasFrappe

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SHOCK - ISIS Torches 1,200yr-old Church - Rapes, & Ethnically cleanses Christians


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Christians in Iraq today face death, rape and/or confiscation of property and yet the world community continues to remain silent. Why hasn't the head of the Catholic Church reacted to this news? Why hasn't the head of the Greek Orthodox Church reacted to this news? It is more than evident that the ISIS is persecuting Christians in the very same way the Nazis persecuted the Jews in World War II, and this alone should alarm all of us. So why all the silence? Why aren't world leaders condemning these actions? Why are they allowing these atrocities to happen? Why are some nations indirectly supporting these barbarians by selling them arms and weapons. Can't they see that these monsters are killing innocent people because they do not share the same religion? What other excuse or reason is there? Is this what the superpowers have designed for this world? The staging of a religious war so that they can force their own beliefs down our throats? We here at HellasFrappe are appalled by this news, and call out to all Christians to unite and spread overall awareness about this issue. Post this article on your timeline, speak about it to your communities, your local church and to your friends and families. RAISE some noise! If our political and spiritual leaders are afraid to raise their voices against these barbaric acts because they have been sucked in by the system, then we have to force them to do so.

By Kurt Nimmo (Infowars) - The Islamic State, formerly ISIS, has burned the Syriac Catholic Diocese in Mosul to the ground, according to the Chaldean, Assyrian and Syriac website Ankawa4all.com and the Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Sako.

Earlier this month members of ISIS took sledge hammers to the tomb of the biblical prophet Jonah in Mosul.

Thousands of Christian Iraqis fled the city after ISIS ordered them to either convert to Islam, pay a special tax or leave. The deadline for the order was Saturday.

Al Arabiya reported on Sunday many Christians evacuated the city on Friday and is not clear if any remained after the deadline.
     “Christian families are on their way to Dohuk and Arbil” in the nearby autonomous region of Kurdistan.
     “For the first time in the history of Iraq, Mosul is now empty of Christians,” said the Patriarch Sako.
     “When this goes on like this, Mosul soon will be emptied of Christians,” a source for the World Watch Monitor in Iraq said last month.
     “This could be the last migration of Christians from Mosul.”
Since the U.S. invaded Iraq in 2003 around half a million Christian Iraqis have fled the country. Radical Islamists have burned churches, destroyed monuments, killed clergymen and persecuted Christians.

Mosul has long been one of Iraq’s principal Christian centers. Iraq hosts one of the oldest Christian communities in the world and the faith has existed in the Mosul area for nearly 2,000 years.
     “Those clinging on in Iraq face forced conversion to Islam, torture, kidnap, the seizure of homes and property, rape and murder. An unknown number of churches and monasteries have been destroyed,” writes Penny Young, reporting for History Today.


Malaysian Crash - Guilt By Insinuation & How Propaganda Works


The following article was written by Dr. Paul Craig Roberts. His analysis of the downing of the Malaysian Jetliner is spot on. He raises some pretty good arguments against his own country and he especially criticizes the US mainstream media for unleashing a negative war against Russian President Vladimir Putin by insinuating that he is behind the tragedy. He also presents a heap of evidence about the case (that only vindicates the various reports that we have already published here on HellasFrappe over the past few days). Roberts also questions why the US is relying on information that is directly contradicted by the Russian satellite photos and endless eye witnesses on the ground that were presented by the Russian Defence Ministry on Monday night. It should be reminded that Mr. Roberts was Assistant US Secretary of Treasury for Economic Policy and associate editor of the Wall Street Journal. He was also a columnist for Business Week, Scripps Howard News Service, and Creators Syndicate. etc. He has had many university appointments. His Internet columns have attracted a worldwide following, while his latest books include The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and Economic Dissolution of the West and How America Was Lost. You can visit his site HERE

Here is the article, enjoy... it's quite revealing.

(Dr. Paul Craig Roberts) - Why hasn’t Washington joined Russian President Putin in calling for an objective, non-politicized international investigation by experts of the case of the Malaysian jetliner?

The Russian government continues to release facts, including satellite photos showing the presence of Ukrainian Buk anti-aircraft missiles in locations from which the airliner could have been brought down by the missile system and documentation that a Ukrainian SU-25 fighter jet rapidly approached the Malaysian airliner prior to its downing. The head of the Operations Directorate of Russian military headquarters said at a Moscow press conference today (July 21) that the presence of the Ukrainian military jet is confirmed by the Rostov monitoring center.

The Russian Defense Ministry pointed out that at the moment of destruction of MH-17 an American satellite was flying over the area. The Russian government urges Washington to make available the photos and data captured by the satellite.

President Putin has repeatedly stressed that the investigation of MH-17 requires “a fully representative group of experts to be working at the site under the guidance of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).” Putin’s call for an independent expert examination by ICAO does not sound like a person with anything to hide.

Turning to Washington Putin stated:
     “In the meantime, no one [not even the “exceptional nation”] has the right to use this tragedy to achieve their narrowly selfish political goals.”
Putin reminded Washington:
     “We repeatedly called upon all conflicting sides to stop the bloodshed immediately and to sit down at the negotiating table. I can say with confidence that if military operations were not resumed [by Kiev] on June 28 in eastern Ukraine, this tragedy wouldn’t have happened.”
What is the American response?

Lies and insinuations.

On July 20th, says Roberts, the US Secretary of State, John Kerry confirmed that pro-Russian separatists were involved in the downing of the Malaysian airliner and said that it was “pretty clear” that Russia was involved. Here are Kerry’s words:
     “It’s pretty clear that this is a system that was transferred from Russia into the hands of separatists. We know with confidence, with confidence, that the Ukrainians did not have such a system anywhere near the vicinity at that point and time, so it obviously points a very clear finger at the separatists.”
Kerry’s statement is just another of the endless lies told by US secretaries of state in the 21st century. Who can forget Colin Powell’s package of lies delivered to the UN about Saddam Hussein’s “weapons of mass destruction” or Kerry’s lie repeated endlessly that Assad “used chemical weapons against his own people” or the endless lies about “Iranian nukes”?

Remember that Kerry on a number of occasions stated that the US had proof that Assad crossed the “red line” by using chemical weapons. However, Kerry was never able to back up his statements with evidence. The US had no evidence to give the British prime minister whose effort to have Parliament approve Britain’s participation with Washington in a military attack on Syria was voted down. Parliament told the prime minister, “no evidence, no war.”

Again here is Kerry declaring “confidence” in statements that are directly contradicted by the Russian satellite photos and endless eye witnesses on the ground.

Why doesn’t Washington release its photos from its satellite?

The answer is for the same reason that Washington will not release all the videos it confiscated and that it claims prove that a hijacked 9/11 airliner hit the Pentagon. The videos do not support Washington’s claim, and the US satellite photos do not support Kerry’s claim.

The UN weapons inspectors on the ground in Iraq reported that Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction. However, the fact did not support Washington’s propaganda and was ignored. Washington started a highly destructive war based on nothing but Washington’s intentional lie.

The International Atomic Energy Commission’s inspectors on the ground in Iran and all 16 US intelligence agencies reported that Iran had no nuclear weapons program. However, the fact was inconsistent with Washington’s agenda and was ignored by both the US government and the presstitute media.

We are witnessing the same thing right now with the assertions in the absence of evidence that Russia is responsible for the downing of the Malaysian airliner.

Not every member of the US government is as reckless as Kerry and John McCain. In place of direct lies, many US officials use insinuations.

US Senator Diane Feinstein is the perfect example. Interviewed on the presstitute TV station CNN, Feinstein said:
     “The issue is where is Putin? I would say, ‘Putin, you have to man up. You should talk to the world. You should say, if this is a mistake, which I hope it was, say it.’”
Putin has been talking to the world nonstop calling for an expert non-politicized investigation, and Feinstein is asking Putin why he is hiding behind silence. We know you did it, Feinstein insinuates, so just tell us whether you meant to or whether it was an accident.

The way the entire Western news cycle was orchestrated with blame instantly being placed on Russia long in advance of real information suggests that the downing of the airliner was a Washington operation. It is, of course, possible that the well-trained presstitute media needed no orchestration from Washington in order to lay the blame on Russia. On the other hand, some of the news performances seem too scripted not to have been prepared in advance.

We also have the advanced preparation of the YouTube video that purports to show a Russian general and Ukrainian separatists discussing having mistakenly downed a civilian airliner.

As I pointed out earlier, this video is twice damned. It was ready in advance and by implicating the Russian military, it overlooked that the Russian military can tell the difference between a civilian airliner and a military airplane. The existence of the video itself implies that there was a plot to down the airliner and blame Russia.

I have seen reports that the Russian anti-aircraft missile system, as a safety device, is capable of contacting aircraft transponders in order to verify the type of aircraft. If the reports are correct and if the transponders from MH-17 are found, they might record the contact.

I have seen reports that Ukrainian air control changed the route of MH-17 and directed it to fly over the conflict area. The transponders should also indicate whether this is correct. If so, there clearly is at least circumstantial evidence that this was an intentional act on the part of Kiev, an act which would have required Washington’s blessing.

There are other reports that there is a divergence between the Ukrainian military and the unofficial militias formed by the right-wing Ukrainian extremists who apparently were the first to attack the separatists. It is possible that Washington used the extremists to plot the airliner’s destruction in order to blame Russia and use the accusations to pressure the EU to go along with Washington’s unilateral sanctions against Russia. We do know that Washington is desperate to break up the growing economic and political ties between Russia and Europe.

If it was a plot to down an airliner, any safety device on the missile system could have been turned off so as to give no warning or leave any telltale sign. That could be the reason a Ukrainian fighter was sent to inspect the airliner. Possibly the real target was Putin’s airliner and incompetence in implementing the plot resulted in the destruction of a civilian airliner.

As there are a number of possible explanations, let’s keep open minds and resist Washington’s propaganda until facts and evidence are in. In the very least Washington is guilty of using the incident to blame Russia in advance of the evidence. All Washington has shown us so far are accusations and insinuations. If that is all Washington continues to show us, we will know where the blame resides.

In the meantime, remember the story of the boy who cried “wolf!” He lied so many times that when the wolf did come, no one believed him. Will this be Washington’s ultimate fate?

Instead of declaring war on Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Somalia, and Syria, why did Washington hide behind lies? If Washington wants war with Iran, Russia, and China, why not simply declare war? The reason that the US Constitution requires war to begin with a declaration of war by Congress is to prevent the executive branch from orchestrating wars in order to further hidden agendas. By abdicating its constitutional responsibility, the US Congress is complicit in the executive branch’s war crimes.


Will The South Stream Pipeline Place Serbia in Conflict With EU?


With the decision by Bulgaria to suspend construction of the South Stream natural gas pipeline, there is more pressure on Serbia, which is balancing its longstanding ties with Russia against its desire to join the European Union.”The Serbian situation is the most difficult because it ‘paid ‘ the entrance to the pipeline by giving to Gazprom low prices for NIS (Naftna Industrija Serbia – Oil Company of Serbia) and Banatski Dvor (and underground gas storage in Vojvodina),” Jelena Milic, director of the Centre for Euro-Atlantic Studies for Belgrade, told SETimes recently.
    “It is not regulated by the energy agreement with Russia what will happen if Russia gives up the project or if it will not be able to realise its obligations. Serbia counts on incomes of transit and to pay back its debts to Russia,” Milic said.
Following the instructions of the European Commission (EC), Bulgaria froze construction plans for South Stream, a 2,380-kilometre long pipeline that would transport Russian gas to Eastern Europe and beyond, bypassing Ukraine and putting additional financial pressure on Kiev in its dispute with the Kremlin.

Bulgaria ended its participation after the EU said the project does not comply with its competition and energy legislation. But Serbia still plans to participate in the project.

Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic, who met with Russia Prime Minister Dimitry Medvedev in Moscow on July 7th, said the two countries plan to sign a South Stream agreement soon.

Milic told SETimes that it is important for Serbia to sync its legislation with the EU as well as implement its Third Energy Package, with which South Stream is in conflict.

Vucic said that Serbia would like to become a member of the European Union.
    “I have never concealed that Serbia wants to become a part of the EU, but at the difficult moment Serbia does not want to damage good, friendly relations with Russia,” he said.
Read full article: South Stream puts Serbia in conflict with EU (Turkish Weekly)


BUSTED - Soros Behind Coup & Mass Murder Of Innocent Lives in Ukraine


By Kurt Nimmo (Infowars.com) - George Soros told CNN’s Fareed Zakaria (in May of 2014 that) he is responsible for establishing a foundation in Ukraine that ultimately contributed to the overthrow of the country’s elected leader and the installation of a junta handpicked by the State Department.
     “First on Ukraine, one of the things that many people recognized about you was that you during the revolutions of 1989 funded a lot of dissident activities, civil society groups in eastern Europe and Poland, the Czech Republic. Are you doing similar things in Ukraine?” Zakaria asked Soros.
     “Well, I set up a foundation in Ukraine before Ukraine became independent of Russia. And the foundation has been functioning ever since and played an important part in events now,” Soros responded.
It is well-known, although forbidden for the establishment media to mention, that Soros worked closely with USAID, the National Endowment for Democracy (now doing work formerly assigned to the CIA), the International Republican Institute, the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, the Freedom House, and the Albert Einstein Institute to initiate a series of color revolutions in Eastern Europe and Central Asia following the engineered collapse of the Soviet Union.
     “Many of the participants in Kiev’s ‘EuroMaidan’ demonstrations were members of Soros-funded NGOs and/or were trained by the same NGOs in the many workshops and conferences sponsored by Soros’ International Renaissance Foundation (IRF), and his various Open Society institutes and foundations. The IRF, founded and funded by Soros, boasts that it has given ‘more than any other donor organization’ to ‘democratic transformation’ of Ukraine,” writes William F. Jasper.
This transformation led to fascist ultra-nationalists controlling Ukraine’s security services. In April it was announced Andriy Parubiy and other coup leaders were working with the FBI and CIA to defeat and murder separatists opposed to the junta government installed by Victoria Nuland and the State Department. Parubiy is the founder of a national socialist party in Ukraine and currently the boss of the country’s National Security and Defense Council.

Now that the billionaire “chocolate king” Petro Poroshenko is president of Ukraine, the effort to wipe out all opposition in eastern Ukraine will pick up steam. Poroshenko is a near perfect choice for the globalists and EU apparatchiks. He sat on the Council of the National Bank of Ukraine and collaborated with the IMF, Wall Street and the European Commission.

Poroshenko and the February coup leaders are now killing civilians in Donetsk as the effort continues to dislodge and eradicate “pro-Russian militants” and “terrorists,” i.e., armed resistance fighters going up against Right Sector enforcers possibly accompanied by American mercenaries with the help of the CIA. Civilians are also victims in “rebel”-held Slovyansk and neighboring Kramatorsk as retaliation against resistance to the junta in Kyiv intensifies.

The military response with its overly fascist character, including the terrorist torching of a trade union building in Odessa by “pro-regime rioters” (i.e., Right Sector paramilitaries), can be directly attributed to the activism of George Soros and the hands-on approach of the U.S. State Department, various NGOs (which are, in fact, government and Wall Street fronts), and USAID, NED, and the malattributed “Freedom House,” etc.

Following the murder and expulsion of those opposed to the IMF lording over the government and the people of Ukraine, Russia can expect further provocation, especially now that it has stepped away from supporting the resistance. The financial elite and their EU collaborators are determined to diminish and ultimately eliminate any challenge by Russia and the BRICS as these countries move to counter the neoliberal financial agenda.
     “The buildup of NATO air and ground forces along the borders of Russia in eastern Europe and President Barack Obama’s American power-influencing trip to Asia have a single purpose,” Wayne Madsen wrote earlier this month. “The seen and unseen forces who dictate policy to their political puppets in Washington, London, Paris, Brussels, Berlin, and other vassal capital cities have decided to smash BRICS – the emergent financial power bloc encompassing Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa.” 

BlackRock Ranks Greece As Dead, Says Is At Risk of Sovereign Default


Greece has once again been ranked dead last Sovereign Risk Index produced by the Blackrock Investment Institute, coming behind countries including Argentina, Ukraine, Egypt and Venezuela.

The index for the second quarter of 2014 was released a few days ago. According to the firm the BlackRock Sovereign Risk Index (BSRI):

“Breaks down the data into four main categories that each count toward a country’s final BSRI score and ranking: Fiscal Space (40%), Willingness to Pay (30%), External Finance Position (20%) and Financial Sector Health (10%).

  • Fiscal Space includes metrics such as debt to gross domestic product (GDP) and the debt’s term structure.
  • Willingness to Pay measures a government’s perceived effectiveness and stability (as well as perceived corruption).
  • External Finance Position includes exposure to foreign currency debt and the current account balance.
  • Financial Sector Health gauges the banking system’s strength.


Needless to say on all fronts Greece achieved a negative score.

Of course Greece was not the only eurozone country near the bottom, with Portugal Italy and Ireland all in the bottom ten while Spain eked its way up to number 38. The bottom of the table overall looked like this:

41 Ireland
42 Hungary
43 Slovenia
44 Italy
45 Argentina
46 Portugal
47 Ukraine
48 Egypt
49 Venezuela
50 Greece

While it is not the first time that Greece has been at the bottom of the table, the fact that countries such as Egypt and Ukraine with their domestic strife are still considered less likely to default than Greece indicates that the country’s bailout program has yet to convince many that it is achieving its aims.

The table in full:

Photos and article PressProject

OPINION - Only by cutting out the dead wood can the west have a new life


The Slog - I don’t know if many of you realise this, but the wood chippings one can produce (with the hire of a machine for the purpose) after felling trees will smother the growth of anything – up to and including even couch grass. Couch grass roots in all directions and the more you pull it out, the more directions it roots in.

You can apply Agent Orange, napalm, domestos, anthrax and Mario Draghi to couch grass, and the little bugger will keep spreading. But dead wood kills couch grass systemically: it starves it of light (not that it needs much) and then poisons the ground level leaves.

I have a former woodchip patch near my Rosemary herb crop here, and seven years on the place where it was remains bare.

Dead wood kills healthy life. There is a lesson for us all in this.

Most of the world’s faux democracies are now led by dead wood.
The US has a President who had the opportunity to be the next Abe Lincoln, but wound up very quickly morphing into the deader than dead wood cabin that housed Abe as a child. The Prezz now lives, in fact, in Uncle Tom’s cabin.

The UK has a Prime Minister in David Cameron whose delivery is wooden and his creative brain dead to the reality of anything beyond his own pathetically backwards-looking philosophy.

France’s President Francois Hollande manages to be both dead wood and waterlogged: he was dead in the water from the moment he beat the appalling Nicolas Narcozy by not being Nicolas Narcozy.

Germany’s leader Angela Merkel has been dead from the heart upwards ever since she switched from being DDR petrified forest to CDU dead wood 10 seconds after German reunification.

Ask any Athenian who knows Antonis Samaras, and they will tell you that Antonikis is thicker than a plank that has been to Deadwood University, the better to obtain a First in woodentopness.

(They’re not a lot nicer about his predecessor George Papendrywood).

The Australian PM Tony Abbott has, since his election to power, been doing an astonishingly lifelike and yet at the same time lifeless impression of a coolabah tree.

Dead wood promotes the proliferation of but one thing: the structurally destructive belief system we have come to know and loathe, neoliberal economics. Neoliberalism is the termite that burrows into the timbers of socialised civilisation…..and, eventually, causes the house to collapse.

But the presence of termites in the dead wood (indeed, even the decision to elect dead wood as the building material of choice) is no accident. From dead wood is paper made. And from paper is currency made…. currency that has no worth beyond what some pestilent termite says it’s worth, but from which the dead wood we elect to use can amass a fantasy wealth.

So it is that termites persuade us to vote for dead wood. And then dead wood in turn tries to persuade us that termites are A Very Good thing.

Some celebrity termites whose names you might wish to note: Rupert Murdoch, Goldman Sachs, the US Federal Reserve, the Bank of England, the European Central Bank, the Bank of Japan, George Soros, J P Morgan, Boris Johnson, Deutsche Bank, Hillary Clinton, The Barclay Brothers, Richard Desmond, Richard Field, Paul Dacre, Mario Draghi, Lord Mandelson, and of course not forgetting Tony Blair.

Some dead wood the termites have invaded: Evangelo Venizelos, George Osborne, Barack Obama, Alex Salmond, Herman van Rompuy, Ed Balls, Wolfgang Schäuble, Mario Rajoy, Recep Erdogan, and of course not forgetting the Daddy-lush of them all, Jean-Claude Juncker.




Russian Institute: NATO Attempting to “Revolutionize The Current World Order”


New World Order (film)
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According to analyst and activist Daniel Taylor at oldthinkernews.com the tense situation between Ukraine and the United States is outlined in a paper released earlier in July by the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies (RISS). The author claims that a week prior to the downing of Malaysian flight 17, the institute had warned that the West was refusing “to adhere to the principles and norms of international law and the rules and spirit of the existing system of international relations.”

Much like the United States Army War College Strategic Studies Institute, RISS provides “…information support to the Administration of the President of the Russian Federation, the Federation Council, the State Duma and the Security Council as well as to Government offices, ministries and departments”.

The July 9th paper warns that the United States and NATO are attempting to create a “new world order” out of the Ukrainian situation that will impose totalitarian global laws and regulations. The basis of this system, warns RISS, will be a “single system to issue money”. The authors state that because this system will meet resistance, the threat of war needs to be maintained.

Ukraine, the authors write, is a testing ground for the establishment and its drive for world government. As the IMF and the global elite take over Ukraine,
    It seems that in addition to specific operational objectives, setting a formal and informal foreign control of key functions of the Ukrainian authorities may have the task of testing technologies… and disappearance of the sovereignty of independent States.
The fact that this information is coming from an obviously pro-Russian perspective does not detract from the fact that this agenda has been well documented and observed for decades by researchers across the globe.

The recent incident involving flight MH17 has pushed the already tense situation with Ukraine closer to war. Despite unclear evidence about who was responsible for shooting down the aircraft, the Obama administration and others are still moving forward unblinkingly with a warpath agenda.

Award winning reporter Robert Parry recently stated that an inside source told him that satellite images show Ukrainian troops shooting down MH17.

Concerns about false flag events are underpinned by declassified documents like Operation Northwoods which sought to hijack and crash civilian aircraft. In 2006 it was revealed that Prime Minister Tony Blair and U.S. President George Bush planned to paint a U2 spy plane in UN colors and fly it over Iraq with the hopes that it would be shot down and spark a war.

Daniel Taylor is an independent researcher, activist, and webmaster of oldthinkernews.com. You can find out more about him and his site oldthinkernews.com


NWO Disorder: Division Between East & West Threatens To Plunge World Into Chaos


From Chaos to Order
(Photo credit: Wiertz Sébastien)
The  following article first appeared on the Economic Collapse Blog. The author, Michael Snyder, is a skilled and knowledgable writer and activist who heads The American Dream and Economic Collapse blogs. 

Michael Snyder (The Economic Collapse Blog) - In general, over the last several decades the world has experienced an unprecedented era of peace and prosperity. The opening up of relations with China and the "end of the Cold War" resulted in an extended period of cooperation between East and West that was truly unique in the annals of history. But now things are shifting.

The civil war in Ukraine and the crash of MH17 have created an enormous amount of tension between the United States and Russia, and many analysts believe that relations between the two superpowers are now even worse than they were during the end of the Cold War era. In addition, the indictment of five PLA officers for cyber espionage and sharp disagreements over China's territorial claims in the South China Sea (among other issues) have caused U.S. relations with China to dip to their lowest point since at least 1989.

So could the emerging division between the East and the West ultimately plunge us into a period of global chaos? And what would that mean for the world economy?

For as long as most Americans can remember, the U.S. dollar and the U.S. financial system have been overwhelmingly dominant. But now the powers of the east appear to be determined to break this monopoly.

Four of the BRICS nations (China, Russia, India and Brazil) are on the list of the top ten biggest economies on the planet, and they are starting to make moves to become much less dependent on the U.S.-centered financial system of the western world.  For example, just last week the BRICS nations established two new institutions which are intended to be alternatives to the World Bank and the IMF...
    So in their summit, from July 14 to 16, the five BRICS announced two major initiatives aimed squarely at increasing their power in global finance. They announced the launch of the New Development Bank, headquartered in Shanghai, that will offer financing for development projects in the emerging world. The bank will act as an alternative to the Washington, D.C.—based World Bank. The BRICS also formed what they’re calling a Contingent Reserve Arrangement, a series of currency agreements which can be utilized to help them smooth over financial imbalances with the rest of the world. That’s something the IMF does now.
    Clearly, the idea is to create institutions and processes to supplement — and perhaps eventually supplant — the functions of those managed by U.S. and Europe. And they would be resources that they could control on their own, without the annoying conditions that the World Bank and the IMF always slap on their loans and assistance.
This comes at a time when both China and Russia are seeking to emphasize their own currencies and move away from using the U.S. dollar so much.

Even in the Western media, it is being admitted that China's yuan is "a growing force in global finance", and according to CNBC the use of Chinese currency in international trade is growing very rapidly...
    Of the German companies profiled, 23 percent are using the renminbi to settle trades, up from 9 percent last year, while usage in Hong Kong rose to 58 percent from 50 percent and to 17 percent from 9 percent in the U.S.
    Usage of the renminbi among French companies - a new addition to this year's list - was high at 26 percent.
And of course Russia has been actively pursuing a "de-dollarization strategy" for months now.  Each new round of economic sanctions pushes Russia even further in the direction of independence from the U.S. dollar, and Gazprom has been working hard to get large customers to switch from paying for natural gas in dollars to paying for natural gas in euros and other currencies.  For much more on this, please see my previous article entitled "Russia Is Doing It – Russia Is Actually Abandoning The Dollar".

At this point, it seems clear that Russia plans to permanently decouple from the U.S. economy and the U.S. financial system. Just today we learned that Vladimir Putin plans to make Russia less dependent on U.S. companies such as IBM and Microsoft, and any future rounds of sanctions are likely to cause even more damage to U.S. firms that do business in Russia.

But potentially much more troubling for the U.S. economy is the startling deterioration in the relationship between the Obama administration and China.  Some analysts are even describing this as "a tipping point"...
    One day, the United States indicts five PLA officers for cybercrimes; the next, the United States claims victory in WTO disputes over car tariffs and rare earth minerals. All this is happening while the United States promises enduring support for Asian allies, and it has moved openly to challenge the legitimacy of Chinese territorial claims in the South China Sea. Meanwhile, China is busy creating facts on the ground and water. Last month, a $1 billion Chinese oil rig set up operations in territorial waters claimed by Vietnam. In the East China Sea, Chinese SU-27 fighter jets have come within 100 feet of Japanese surveillance aircraft.
    This was all capped at the recent Shangri-La Asian Security dialogue in Singapore (Asia’s annual defense-ministers meeting): Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel bluntly described China’s behavior as “destabilizing, unilateral actions.” The PLA deputy chief of staff, Lt. Gen. Wang Guanzhong, accused the United States of “hegemonism.”
    The mood has soured, more than the usual ups and downs of big-power relationships.
    The question now is not whether a “new type of relationship” is in the offing, but rather, whether U.S.-Chinese relations have reached a tipping point.
Most Americans could not care less about what China is doing in the South China Sea, but to the Chinese this is a very, very big deal.  In fact, China just sent a surveillance vessel to Hawaii as a bit of payback for what they regard as U.S. "provocations" in the region.

In the old days, China would have probably never have done such a thing.  But China is gaining confidence as the gap between the U.S. military and the Chinese military rapidly closes...
    Away from the Chinese military’s expanding capabilities in cyberspace and electronic warfare, Beijing is growing the size and reach of its naval fleet, advancing its air force and testing a host of new missiles, the Pentagon said Thursday.
    An annual report to Congress on China’s evolving military capability concluded that the modernization was being driven in part by growing territorial disputes in the East and South China seas, as well as by Beijing’s desire to expand its presence and influence abroad.
In fact, the Chinese military has grown so powerful that we are now seeing headlines such as this one in The Week: "China thinks it can defeat America in battle".

And the Russian military has made tremendous strides as well. Putin has been working hard to modernize the Russian nuclear arsenal, the Russians now have a "fifth generation" fighter jet that is supposedly far superior to the F-22 Raptor, and they have nuclear submarines that are so incredibly quiet that the U.S. Navy refers to them as "black holes".

If Russia and China stay united, they are more than capable of providing a counterbalance to U.S. power around the globe.

But even if military conflict is not in our immediate future, the breakdown in relations between East and West could still have a dramatic impact on the global economy.

Over the years, the U.S. and China have developed a highly symbiotic relationship that fuels a tremendous amount of economic activity all over the planet.  Each year, we buy hundreds of billions of dollars of products from the Chinese.  Just imagine what our stores would look like if we took everything that was "made in China" out of them.  And after we send them giant piles of our money, we beg the Chinese to lend it back to us at ultra-low interest rates. This arrangement has allowed China to become extremely wealthy and it has allowed Americans to enjoy a massively inflated standard of living fueled by ever increasing amounts of debt.

So what happens if this relationship starts breaking down?

Without a doubt, it could potentially lead to global chaos.

So keep a close eye on this emerging division between the East and the West.  It could end up being far more important than most would ever dare to imagine.


Islamic State on the hunt for Christians, marks homes with "N"


credit Voltaire Network
The Islamic State marked Christian homes with an "N" (for "Nazara", meaning Christian), on 17 and 18 July 2014 in Mosul, while at the same time issuing a statement enjoining them to convert to Islam, pay a tax for being infidels, or die.

A mass exodus ensued, but the number of displaced persons is still uncertain. The jihadists having in addition confiscated the cars, people had to leave everything behind and try to reach Tel Afar on foot, some 70 kilometers from Mosul.

On the 18th of July, the Islamic State targeted the major Christian sites (photo: the Syriac Catholic Archdiocese of Mosul set on fire).

Despite the appeals from the patriarchs and bishops of the Levant, the "Westerners" de facto supported the jihadists - who have been perpetrating the same type of abuses in Syria for the past three years - on the grounds that they constituted the price to pay for their fight against the "Alawite dictatorship" (sic). The only difference here is the deadline given Christians to flee: two days against the seven they had in Syria.

Before the Anglo-American invasion of Iraq in 2003, there were 1.5 million Christians in the country. Persecuted by the jihadists before the eyes of the occupation troops, 1.2 million fled the country, mainly to seek refuge in Syria. Only 200,000 Christians still remained in Iraq during the invasion by the Islamic State.

Voltaire Network

Vast Number of Greek State Workers Hired With Fake Diplomas


Fake-Barnstar
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It looks like more public sector workers will be looking towards the exit door in the days to come. According to press reports, Greek public inspectors recently discovered that there has been a large number of civil workers who used fake diplomas (or posted fake credentials) that were working in various municipalities and public organisations in and around the Attica region.

Specifically, an article in the To Ethnos newspaper claims that in a random sample of 5,000 employees’ at least 316 were hired after posting fake credentials.

The Internal Audit Service, which is a part of the Ministry of Public Administration, has been going over these files. On its part it revealed that it is suspected that most of the people referred to have submitted fake high school diplomas to the state in order to be hired. And if that wasn't enough, some files even show that some employees altered their grades on their diplomas so that they can improve their chances of being hired.

Source in Greek: To Ethnos


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