the dreadful, impotent misery of the well-known secret forum finally boils over, as one of the longest-serving contributors goes completely batshit crazy

All this will be was deleted when the moderators wake up and see it woke up and saw it – RB

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this is mainly just lists, but it manages to get in a snipe at jacob lew of the pindosi treasury

Pindosi, Asian, European «Allies» Pivot away from Washington
Wayne Madsen, Strategic Culture, Apr 1 2015

Obama’s much-heralded «Pivot to Asia» lies in tatters as European and Asian «allies» of Pindostan march away from the heavily Pindosi-influenced Asian Development Bank (ADB) and International Monetary Fund (IMF), as well as the Pindosi-led World Bank, to join China’s Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). The latest Pindosi «ally» to ignore warnings from Washington about Beijing’s intentions in establishing the bank is South Korea. Previously, the UK shocked Washington by announcing that it would join the AIIB, the first of Pindostan’s NATO partners to announce such a move. The British were soon followed by France, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, and Germany in signing up for the AIIB. Even the hopeless and hapless neocon prime minister of Australia, Tony Abbott, expressed a willingness to abandon his friends in Washington and join the Chinese-led bank. Although Abbott threw a sop to Washington by saying he wanted to know more about Chinese governance policy over the AIIB, where China is to invest some $50b and have a 30% voting share, it was clear that Australia would be the latest Pindosi «ally» to pivot to China.

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The mass rush of Pindostan’s «allies» to sign up for the AIIB resulted in Pindosi Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew making a beeline for Beijing. Lew has been unsuccessful, along with his Japanese counterpart, in leaning on countries, particularly Australia and South Korea, to avoid the AIIB and recommit to the World Bank, IMF, and ADB. Officially, Lew was in Beijing to urge the Chinese to increase the value of the yuan in order to «help the world economy». However, it is clear that Lew, in an act of desperation, was trying to curb the clout of not only the AIIB but the New Development Bank, established in Shanghai with a $50b Chinese investment, by the BRICS bloc: Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa. The AIIB was originally established in Oct 2014 by China, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Laos, Myanmar, Mongolia, Nepal, Oman, Qatar, Sri Lanka, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam as charter members. Later, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Jordan, the Maldives, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Taiwan, Tajikistan, and Thailand signed up as Asian members, and Austria, Brazil, Denmark, Georgia, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Russia, Switzerland, and Turkey joined as non-regional members. The multi-national rush by Asian and non-Asian countries, many of them long-standing «allies» of Pindostan, left the Obama administration bewildered and its «pivot to Asia» a laughing stock. Only Japan, interested only in maintaining its hegemonic position over the ADB, joined Washington in snubbing the AIIB.

While Lew was in Beijing desperately trying to use the diminishing power of Wall Street and the City of London to influence the world’s financial system, Chinese president Xi Jinping was addressing delegates at the Boao Forum in Hainan. The forum, a Chinese-led alternative to the Davos Forum in Switzerland, heard Xi commit China to treaties of friendship with all of its neighbors in order to push for China’s «Silk Road» project: a rail, highway, commercial air, and maritime initiative linking China to Europe, the Middle East, and beyond. Instead of hearing lofty speeches from billionaire poltroons like George Soros and members of the Rothschild and Rockefeller banking clans, delegates heard Xi and other Chinese leaders put tangible offers of sustained development on the table, including projects ranging from new port facilities in Sri Lanka and Myanmar to high-speed rail lines from China directly to Western Europe and the Middle East. Expounding on an old Chinese proverb, «close neighbors are better than distant relatives,» Xi eclipsed Obama’s military-oriented «pivot to Asia,» which has seen a buildup of Pindo air and naval forces in Australia, the Philippines, South Korea, Guam, and Japan, and instead called for «seas of peace» and a sustainable and a cooperative security umbrella for Asia. Among those in the audience in Hainan were Nepali Pres Ram Baran Yadav, Sri Lankan Pres Maithripala Sirisena, Indonesian Pres Joko Widodo, Malaysian PM Mohammed Najib, Ugandan Pres Yoweri Museveni, Zambian Pres Edward Lugu, Qatari PM Abdullah al-Thani, and India’s Tata Industries chairman emeritus Ratan Tata. Australian Governor-General ‘Sir’ Peter Cosgrove, who normally represents Queen Elizabeth II in Australia, also attended, representing an unusual high-level, albeit ceremonial, Australian presence at the Chinese forum.

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The presence in Hainan of leaders who have committed to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, an «anti-NATO» bloc of Eurasian nations, indicates that countering Pindosi and NATO expansion and the anti-Russian moves by Washington were discussed, even though the subjects were not on the official agenda. Present at Boao were Armenian Pres Serzh Sarsgyan, Austrian Pres Heinz Fischer, Kazakh PM Karim Massimov, and Brazilian Supreme Court Chief Justice Ricardo Lewandowski, as well as Russian First Deputy PM Igor Shuvalov. Pindosi «allies» at the Boao Forum included Dutch PM Mark Rutte, Swedish PM Stefan Löfven, and Thai Foreign Minister Gen Tanasak Patimapragorn. There was no high-level Pindosi government presence at Boao. However, Microsoft founder Bill Gates and Pindo entrepreneur Elon Musk were present. At the Boao Forum, Xi outlined China’s support for the Maritime and Silk Road (MSR) projects for which China has already anted up $40b in the Silk Road Development Fund. The Silk Road encompasses a number of branches, including the Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar corridor (BCIM) and the Pakistan-China Economic Corridor, which connects Pakistan and China through Pakistan’s Azad Kashmir province. The Maritime Route part of the Chinese project connects Chinese ports to those in Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, India, Sri Lanka, Greece and Kenya.

Pindostan, through its military operations in Southeast Asian region, has tried to wean Vietnam, the Philippines, and other nations away from China and into the Pindosi orbit. However, Washington, which has nothing financially to bring to Asia’s table, has been rebuffed by countries more interested in Chinese development money than in Pindosi warships, aircraft squadrons, and barracks full of Marines. Even the government of Okinawa, which hosts a large Pindosi military presence, has rejected plans by the Pentagon to build a new USAF base on the island. Rather than a «pivot to Asia,» Washington’s policies have earned it a «pivot away from Washington and Tokyo» by the independent-minded governor of Okinawa, Takeshi Onaga. In Washington, Jacob Lew told a congressional committee that he wanted assurances that the AIIB was committed to workers’ rights, environmental issues, and anti-corruption. This missive comes from an individual who was the chief operating officer of Citigroup’s Alternative Investments division, which helped hide Citigroup’s ill-gotten gains during the 2008 bank meltdown in such non-transparency tax havens as Bermuda and the Cayman Islands. Lew also represents an administration that has implemented trade and energy policies that have been devastating to organized labor and the environment, as witnessed by the movement of Pindosi jobs abroad and permitting renewed dangerous fossil fuel drilling in the devastated Gulf of Mexico.

However as unwanted as it is by Washington, the transfer of global financial control from Wall Street and City of London to the new development banks and funds of Beijing and Shanghai is a «fait accompli». in a recent article in «Global Times», Cambridge University Senior Fellow Martin Jacques succinctly summed up Washington’s new dilemma, not only in Asia, but worldwide:

The Pindosis have boxed themselves into a corner, increasingly deserted by all and sundry. As has been pointed out, they would have been better off joining the AIIB, but this was never a serious option because such a move would have been rejected by the Pindosi Congress. The AIIB is a classic manifestation of China’s economic power in the region and the kind of influence that it now exercises. Pindostan cannot compete with this: its offer in the region is military strength. But in the longer run, economic power trumps military strength, as we have seen so clearly demonstrated over the last two decades.

The world is recognizing that the era of «Pax Pindosia» is now over. Taking its place is a new «Pax Sinica» bolstered by support from the BRICS alliance and China’s new partners in the AIIB and New Development Bank.

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as usual, i am awestruck by kurt nimmo’s skill (here, his exploitation of the twittersphere to make his point for him)

Saudis Committing War Crimes in Yemen
Kurt Nimmo, Infowars, Mar 31 2015

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The opening salvo of the Saudi war on Shi’ism is turning out to be a disaster for the average Yemeni.

Indiscriminate bombing is resulting in “disturbing reports of civilian casualties,” according to the International Committee of the Red Cross. The ICRC said:

Every effort must be made to protect civilian life and property from attacks.

According to news reports, the Saudis bombed a refugee camp in at Haradh, killing 40 people, including women and children. The Independent reports today:

The International Organization for Migration said 40 people were killed and 200 wounded, while Doctors Without Borders said at least 34 injured people were brought to a hospital in Haradh which it supports and a further 29 were dead on arrival.

In addition to targeting civilians, the Saudis are reportedly engaging in other war crimes. From Albawaba:

Members of the Saudi-led coalition are preventing a plane carrying medical supplies from landing in Sanaa, a spokeswoman for the ICRC told Reuters on Tuesday.

The UN has also expressed alarm over the number of civilians killed during the Saudi offensive. Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, the UN high commissioner for human rights, said:

The situation in Yemen is extremely alarming, with dozens of civilians killed over the past four days. The country seems to be on the verge of total collapse.

In addition to violating Yemen’s national sovereignty and killing civilians, the Saudi “Decisive Storm” offensive last week imposed a naval blockade on the country.

Moreover, the closure of airports in Sana’a, Aden, and Hodeida have prevented international aid from reaching the victims of the Saudi military operation. The Russians have also voiced concern over the rapidly evolving situation.

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this is a nice little buy-a-defector publicity gimmick one often sees employed against russia

Iranian journalist seeks political asylum at nuclear talks
Reuters, Mar 30 2015

DUBAI – An Iranian journalist who previously served as a media advisor to President Hassan Rouhani has sought political asylum in Switzerland where he was reporting on Iran’s nuclear negotiations, Iranian news websites reported. Iranian news website Tabnak named the journalist as Amir Hossein Motaghi, who helped Rouhani win in the 2013 presidential elections. Britain’s Daily Telegraph reported him as telling IraneFarda, an opposition news website based in London:

I can only write what I’m told. My conscience will not allow me to carry out my profession in this manner any more.

Motaghi was in Lausanne covering the nuclear talks for the Iran Student Correspondents Association (ISCA) but that organization said it had now ended its relationship with him. The Iranian Foreign Ministry said in a statement cited by Fars News:

Following reports of a known person seeking asylum … ISCA informed the ministry it had cut all ties with this individual.

The Swiss authorities declined to comment. Celine Kohlprath, spokeswoman of the Swiss state secretariat for migration, said:

For reasons of protecting personal data, we never give any information about individual cases.

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walnuts is pissing in the wind with this one

McCain Suggests Israel “Go Rogue,” Blow Up Iran Negotiations By Starting War
Zaid Jilani, Alternet, Mar 29 2015

As Iran talks appear to be coming to a close with a successful agreement (well, no, actually: the French will block any agreement, IMHO – RB) that would both lead to the lifting of international sanctions and restrictions that would prevent the country from obtaining nuclear weapons, most in the international community are relieved. Yet Republicans have teamed up with their counterparts in the Israeli political system to do everything they can to obstruct a deal, with tactics such as drafting new sanctions legislation and warning the Iranian leadership that the nuclear agreement will not outlast Obama. But this past week, Walnuts McCain ratcheted up this sabotage to a new level. During a floor speech he gave on Mar 24, the senator suggested that Israel “go rogue” and that if they don’t they may not survive the next 22 months of the Obama presidency. He said:

The Israelis will need to chart their own path of resistance. On the Iranian nuclear deal, they may have to go rogue. Let’s hope their warnings have not been mere bluffs. Israel survived its first 19 years without meaningful Pindosi patronage. For now, all it has to do is get through the next 22, admittedly long, months.

Recall that McCain is head of the Senate Armed Services Committee and a former Republican presidential candidate. His call for a foreign state to openly obstruct Pindosi policy and in the process initiate a catastrophic regional war is perhaps unprecedented for someone of his senior position.

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my guess is that the french delegate will prevent agreement, so that the usraeli right wing can triumph without taking the blame

Iran demands lifting of sanctions for ‘irreversible’ moves, says insider
Gareth Porter, Middle East Eye, Mar 31 2015

As the P5+1 and Iran agree to continue talks on a possible joint statement past a midnight deadline into Wednesday, the most contentious issue in Lausanne still appears to be how and when sanctions on Iran will be lifted. Virtually all the details of the negotiating positions of the two sides remain cloaked in secrecy. However, Middle East Eye has learned from an informed source in contact with negotiators in Lausanne that the core issue remaining to be resolved is whether the P5+1 will end some sanctions as soon as Iran has taken what it is calling “irreversible’ actions to implement the agreement. Iran has already made some significant concessions on the sanctions issue, the source revealed.

Iran and the P5+1 have agreed that unilateral Pindosi and European sanctions as well as UNSC sanctions that related to Iran’s nuclear programme could be “suspended” rather than being lifted permanently at the beginning of the implementation of the agreement. The Iranian delegation is also not contesting that the UNSCRs that forbid assistance to Iran’s ballistic missile program and other military programs can stay in place, the source said. But the remaining bone of contention is that the P5+1 has insisted on maintaining the entire legal system of sanctions in place, even after the sanctions have been suspended, until the IAEA has reached the conclusion that Iran’s nuclear programme is entirely for peaceful purposes, a process that it admits could take many years. Pindosi and European officials have been telling journalists on background for months that maintaining the sanctions architecture in place is necessary to ensure not only that Iran implements the agreement fully but also that it has no ambitions to obtain nuclear weapons. But Iran has pointed out to the Pindosi and European negotiating teams that it is being asked to carry out curbs on its nuclear programme that are effectively irreversible, and which should be reciprocated by the P5+1 with termination of some sanctions in each case, according to the source.

The source gave examples of Iranian concessions which Iran argues would be irreversible if implemented, including the redesign of the Arak heavy water reactor, the elimination of its stockpile of low-enriched uranium, and the ratification of the Additional Protocol by the Iranian parliament. Iran is demanding that the agreement include language calling for the timely ending of sanctions in response to the actual implementation in each case. Iran has agreed to redesign the Arak heavy water reactor, which the P5+1 had called a proliferation threat because of the roughly 10kg/yr of plutonium that it would produce. The redesign that Iran has agreed to carry out would reduce the output of plutonium to 1kg/yr, according to the source in contact with the negotiators. Therefore, they expect the P5+1 to go beyond merely suspending sanctions to reciprocate the implementation of the agreement. A senior Iranian official told the International Crisis Group last June that the redesign of the Arak reactor would involve the replacement of the ‘calandria’, the vessel that holds the reactor core, with a smaller one. The officials said it would take years for Iran to reverse that change and restore the original reactor.

Frank Von Hippel of Princeton University, a former assistant director for international security in the White House Office of Science and Technology, confirmed in an interview with MEE that the agreed plan for redesigning the Arak Reactor does indeed involve the replacement of the ‘calandria’ and is therefore, in practical terms, irreversible. Von Hippel also said the Iranian agreement to reduce its stockpile of low-enriched uranium to a very low level, on top of the reduction in the number of centrifuges to roughly two-thirds of the present operational level, would take about three years to reverse. Iranian negotiators are not that concerned about the P5+1 refusal to lift sanctions until Iran’s provides full information on the “Possible Military Dimensions”, according to the source. The PMD issue is not a problem, the source said, because Iran is prepared to give the agency all the access it needs as part of the agreement. The much more serious Iranian concern is the P5+1’s insistence that the IAEA must also verify the peaceful nature of the programme, as though the implementation of the agreement were not sufficient evidence. Iranian negotiators have pointed out to Western diplomats that the IAEA could take up to 15 years to arrive at a final judgment, as it did in the case of South Africa, the source said. A senior Iranian official told the International Crisis Group last November that IAEA officials, responding to Iran’s question about the time required, had refused to rule out the possibility that it would take more than ten years to complete its assessment of Iran’s case.

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i often wish there was some way of destroying the mass media and leaving only the internet

smithA 1987 Pindosi DoD study found that scientists at Israel’s Weizmann Institute, pictured above, worked on lasers to enrich uranium used in Israeli nuclear weapons.

End of Israeli ‘Nuclear Ambiguity’ Good For Peace
Grant Smith, AntiWar.com, Mar 31 2015

An Israeli-conceived, Pindosi-enforced farce masquerading as “grand strategy” is finally dead. For years the Israeli government refused to confirm or deny its nuclear weapons program. The February release of the Israeli section of the DoD-commissioned report “Critical Technology Assessment in Israel and NATO Nations” (PDF) killed off the policy while setting off an Internet conflagration last week (the most vicious unfolding over Twitter). At one side of the political spectrum, the document’s release was evidence of “a shocking breach” by the Obama administration and betrayal of Israel by some media outlets for even reporting it. At the other it revealed a “highly successful partnership of Pindosi and Israeli military science” despite zero evidence that Pindostan intended such “Atoms for Peace” gifts as Israel’s Soreq nuclear reactor to be used for anything but peaceful purposes. The five tragedies of “ambiguity” and benefits to be gained by its demise are only slowly emerging from the rubble.

  1. Ambiguity was premised on presidential fear of the Israel lobby. The history of so-called “ambiguity” is sordid, which is why it was classified for decades. Until the very end, JFK waged a two-front battle against Israel going nuclear and the undue influence of the Israel lobby. Both the LBJ and Nixon administrations considered withholding conventional military aid in order to keep Israel from going nuclear. In the end, fear of Israel’s Pindosi lobby, rather than any legitimate Pindosi national security concern, was the linchpin of “ambiguity.” As recently declassified administration papers put it, fears of a “Zionist campaign to try to undermine“(PDF) Nixon encouraged him to sign Pindostan on.
  2. Pindosi presidents lied about Israel. As Prof John Mearsheimer once characterized it, the key question to ask about Israel’s opacity policy was, “who are you fooling?” No Middle East national leader or Western elite ever doubted Israel has nuclear weapons. A statistically significant poll last year reveals that the majority of Pindosi adults believe Israel has nuclear weapons. Since nobody is actually fooled by so-called, “ambiguity,” compliance by Pindosi presidents must have been for some other important purposes. Presently, only a few understand how abusive the policy truly was to non-proliferation, taxpayers and the rule of law.
  3. Non-proliferation undermined. The premise of many self-appointed proliferation experts has been that “ambiguity” reduced nuclear proliferation. They point to the fact of Saudi Arabia and Egypt not going nuclear as an outcome of Israel’s not opening flaunting its nuclear arsenal. Yet proliferation did occur, from Israel, and from Pindostan to Israel. There is credible evidence that Israel offered South Africa’s apartheid regime nuclear weapons and know-how, a harsh blow to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Worse still, by purloining material, technology and know-how from Pindostan, which then usually abstains from enforcing its own export control laws and the Atomic Energy Act, Israel’s program puts Pindostan in violation of the NNPT.
  4. Skewed information, skewed debate. The Pindosi government gags federal workers, under threat of prosecution, from honestly discussing Israel’s nuclear arsenal. In elite media, the current Pindosi debate about nuclear proliferation in the Middle East focuses almost entirely on Iran, a non-nuclear weapons holding signatory to the NNPT. Israeli journalists and foreign correspondents in Israel are gagged by military censors from discussing Israel’s nukes. Elite media networks are beholden to the Pindosi government policy due to their need to maintain “access” to sources. But journalists also, as reported in the WaPo, felt the need not to “out friends.”
  5. Pindosi taxpayers defrauded. Beyond flouting the NNPT, what is the other real reason Israel, its Pindosi lobbying organizations like AIPAC, and presidents have been content to promote and maintain an ambiguity policy nobody actually believed in? Money. All Pindosi aid to Israel since 1976 has been delivered in direct violation of the Symington and Glenn Amendments to the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 which forbids Pindosi aid to nuclear states outside NNPT. By publicly pretending it could not “speculate” about or know the status of the arsenal, the presidential ambiguity policy has been used to violate these important nonproliferation laws. The end victim has been the Pindosi taxpayer who, adjusting for inflation, shelled out $234b in illegal aid to Israel since 1976.

Pindosi taxpayers, all 122 million of them, should immediately (or at least before Apr 15) begin looking for ways to claim their $1,910 average credit for unlawful taxes transferred to nuclear Israel. It is now the Federal government’s problem figuring out how to “claw back” that illegal aid. The establishment news media, after recognizing its many decades of failure, should now begin asking the real questions. The first and most obvious is, “precisely who does Israel target with its arsenal of hydrogen bombs?” Are such weapons aimed at regional rivals dominated by Israel’s conventional superiority, or more plausibly, at coercing major power support for other policies just as dubious and harmful as “ambiguity”?

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