Paraguay president backs off re-election bid

•April 19, 2017 • 1 Comment

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-39625409

The President of Paraguay, Horacio Cartes, says he will no longer seek re-election after his bid to change the constitution triggered rioting.

He said he had been inspired by Pope Francis’s call for peace and dialogue.

Demonstrators set fire to the Congress building last month in protest at a secret Senate vote to allow second terms.

Paraguay suffered under decades of dictatorship until 1989 and many oppose presidential re-election.

Senators say they will continue to campaign for a vote in the lower house.

They argue that Paraguay is the only country in Latin America that does not allow second terms and it needs to modernise its constitution.

During the riots, police shot dead a demonstrator which triggered calls for crisis talks backed by Pope Francis.

They fell apart when the main opposition, the Liberal Party, boycotted them.

The conservative president had the backing of his leftist rival Fernando Lugo, who was president from 2008 to 2012 and also wants to run again.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horacio_Cartes

———–

“He said he had been inspired by Pope Francis’s call for peace and dialogue.”

oh really?

not the protests?

“They argue that Paraguay is the only country in Latin America that does not allow second terms and it needs to modernise its constitution.”

there is nothing modern about dictatorships..

401

US neo-liberals becoming unhinged over IS

•April 19, 2017 • 5 Comments

https://www.rt.com/op-edge/384780-friedman-nyt-isis-support-us/

Thomas Friedman appears to become aroused by the prospect of war. It’d be more appropriate for The New York Times to let him manage this affliction from the safety of his private space than on the pages of the newspaper.

Especially when the Pulitzer Prize winner is calling for America to effectively ally itself with ISIS in Syria.

The definition of a “chicken hawk” is relatively straightforward. It’s a person “who strongly supports war or other military action, yet who actively avoids or avoided military service when of age.” And, according to Wikipedia, “generally the implication is that chicken hawks lack the moral character to participate in war themselves, preferring to ask others to support, fight and perhaps die in an armed conflict.

For years, many Europeans have been equally fascinated and appalled by how the American media is jam-packed with these jokers. Because in a country where the military is so omnipresent, you’d imagine it’d be easy to find people from an armed forces background to comment on conflict? After all, they are the experts. And I’d certainly take them more seriously than some dweeb, who’d probably be afraid of his own shadow, fighting from the safety of a Macbook Pro.

That said, every soldier I have ever met has always hated war. Now, this isn’t to say there aren’t military men who love and embrace combat. It’s just I’ve never encountered them. Maybe it’s because they are the ones who don’t last too long on the battlefield? Who knows? However, on the Russia beat, I’m subjected to the ramblings of chicken hawks on a daily basis, and I think I’m reasonably qualified to rank them when it comes to turpitude, immorality, depravity and downright baseness. Let’s call it the ‘iniquity index,’ for want of a better term.

Some are clearly doing it for money because the war business rewards its supporters and there are valuable ‘fellowships’ to be had. Others for the notoriety, as it seems the easiest way to fast track your frown onto CNN or Fox these days. And here’s the sinister, ominous and black-hearted part; a significant amount of chicken hawks do it because they seem to get off on war. Watching it, not participating in it, of course. Like Apocalypse Now’s Lieutenant Colonel Kilgore without the inconvenience of actual napalm in the morning.

———–

friedman is a major globalist propaganda pusher..

pushing to drop the veil and fully align with IS..like they arent already..

whatever this guy prints we can be assured its the will of the “system”..

401

Over 60 children killed in Aleppo bus convoy bombing

•April 18, 2017 • 15 Comments

https://www.rt.com/news/385065-children-unicef-aleppo-killed/

The UN Children’s Fund has condemned the killing of more than 60 children in a recent Aleppo bomb attack targeting evacuees.

“After six years of war and human carnage in Syria… six years of heartbreak for so many Syrian families… there comes a new horror that must break the heart of anyone who has one,” the statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake said Sunday.

“More than 60 children reportedly killed in an attack on a bus convoy yesterday outside Aleppo. A convoy of families who for so long had already known so much suffering. Now the survivors must bear such a new and terrible loss,” the statement added.

Lake urged not only for regret, but for action to ensure that the war ends soon, saying, “We must draw from this not only anger, but renewed determination to reach all the innocent children throughout Syria with help and comfort. And draw from it also the hope that all those with the heart and the power to end this war will do so.”

While Syrian state media reported up to 40 fatalities on the day of the blast, on Monday the toll rose to 125 people killed, according to local human rights groups. The attack came at the same time as the Syrian government was carrying out the internationally-brokered evacuation of two towns.

“This is one of the worst, most horrifying massacres. We urge our president Assad to help us out. What happened can’t be described. Oh, dear God! We don’t know what to do,” a woman outside an Aleppo hospital told Ruptly on Saturday.

———-

utter carnage..

where are ivankas tears for these children?

More than 60 children reportedly killed in an attack on a bus convoy yesterday outside Aleppo. A convoy of families who for so long had already known so much suffering. Now the survivors must bear such a new and terrible loss,” the statement added.”

fucking hypocrites..

401

Trump withholds Syria sarin evidence

•April 18, 2017 • 1 Comment

https://consortiumnews.com/2017/04/12/trump-withholds-syria-sarin-evidence/

After making the provocative and dangerous charge that Russia is covering up Syria’s use of chemical weapons, the Trump administration withheld key evidence to support its core charge that a Syrian warplane dropped sarin on a northern Syrian town on April 4.

A four-page white paper, prepared by President Trump’s National Security Council staff and released by the White House on Tuesday, claimed that U.S. intelligence has proof that the plane carrying the sarin gas left from the Syrian military airfield that Trump ordered hit by Tomahawk missiles on April 6.

The paper asserted that “we have signals intelligence and geospatial intelligence,” but then added that “we cannot publicly release all available intelligence on this attack due to the need to protect sources and methods.”

I’m told that the key evidence was satellite surveillance of the area, a body of material that U.S. intelligence analysts were reviewing late last week even after the Trump-ordered bombardment of 59 Tomahawk missiles that, according to Syrian media reports, killed seven or eight Syrian soldiers and nine civilians, including four children.

Yet, it is unclear why releasing these overhead videos would be so detrimental to “sources and methods” since everyone knows the U.S. has this capability and the issue at hand – if it gets further out of hand – could lead to a nuclear confrontation with Russia.

In similarly tense situations in the past, U.S. Presidents have released sensitive intelligence to buttress U.S. government assertions, including John F. Kennedy’s disclosure of U-2 spy flights in the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis and Ronald Reagan revealing electronic intercepts after the Soviet shoot-down of Korean Airlines Flight 007 in 1983.

Yet, in this current case, as U.S.-Russian relations spiral downward into what is potentially an extermination event for the human species, Trump’s White House insists that the world must trust it despite its record of consistently misstating facts.

In the case of the April 4 chemical-weapons incident in the town of Khan Sheikhoun, which reportedly killed scores of people including young children, I was told that initially the U.S. analysts couldn’t see any warplanes over the area in Idlib province at the suspected time of the poison gas attack but later they detected a drone that they thought might have delivered the bomb.

According to a source, the analysts struggled to identify whose drone it was and where it originated. Despite some technical difficulties in tracing its flight path, analysts eventually came to believe that the flight was launched in Jordan from a Saudi-Israeli special operations base for supporting Syrian rebels, the source said, adding that the suspected reason for the poison gas was to create an incident that would reverse the Trump administration’s announcement in late March that it was no longer seeking the removal of President Bashar al-Assad.

If indeed that was the motive — and if the source’s information is correct — the operation would have been successful, since the Trump administration has now reversed itself and is pressing Russia to join in ousting Assad who is getting blamed for the latest chemical-weapons incident.

Presumably, however, the “geospatial intelligence” cited in the four-page dossier could disprove this and other contentions if the Trump administration would only make its evidence publicly available.

The dossier stated, “Our information indicates that the chemical agent was delivered by regime Su-22 fixed-wing aircraft that took off from the regime-controlled Shayrat Airfield. These aircraft were in the vicinity of Khan Shaykhun approximately 20 minutes before reports of the chemical attack began and vacated the area shortly after the attack.”

So, that would mean – assuming that the dossier is correct – that U.S. intelligence analysts were able to trace the delivery of the poison gas to Assad’s aircraft and to the airfield that Trump ordered attacked on April 6.

Still, it remains a mystery why this intelligence assessment is not coming directly from President Trump’s intelligence chiefs as is normally the case, either with an official Intelligence Estimate or a report issued by the Director of National Intelligence.

———–

they cant produce what they dont have..so obfuscation will reign..

“I was told that initially the U.S. analysts couldn’t see any warplanes over the area in Idlib province at the suspected time of the poison gas attack but later they detected a drone that they thought might have delivered the bomb.”

oh..a drone..which could be launched by anybody?

“analysts eventually came to believe that the flight was launched in Jordan from a Saudi-Israeli special operations base for supporting Syrian rebels, the source said, adding that the suspected reason for the poison gas was to create an incident that would reverse the Trump administration’s announcement in late March that it was no longer seeking the removal of President Bashar al-Assad.”

game plan in effect..

401

What Erdogan’s narrow referendum victory means for Turkey

•April 18, 2017 • 1 Comment

http://www.smh.com.au/world/what-erdogans-narrow-referendum-victory-means-for-turkey-20170417-gvmatv.html

On Sunday evening in Ankara, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim stood on the balcony at the headquarters of his Justice and Development Party, or AKP, and hailed a referendum victory that will put him out of a job.

The “Yes” camp in Turkey’s referendum, led by Yildirim’s boss, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, appeared to win a slender victory over the “No” vote, getting about 51 per cent of the vote. Turks approved constitutional amendments that would scrap the country’s parliamentary system, including the office of the prime minister, in favour of a presidency with expanded powers.

“There is no loser in this referendum, but only one winner: Turkey and its noble Turkish people,” said Yildirim.

But the tiny margin of victory and the howls of protests from the opposition tell a different story.

“Up until today, Turkey’s opposition always thought that it lost fair and square,” said Selim Sazak, a fellow at the Delma Institute. “This, however, is a game-changer.”

Erdogan’s critics say the amendments will entrench one-man rule and establish a de facto dictatorship. His supporters argue that given Turkey’s history of coups – including a defeated attempt last July – civil strife and failed coalition politics, a stronger executive is needed.

———-

it means the slaves have voted themselves into irrelevance..the dictator is entrenched..and anyone who questions him with be gulen devotees or crusader agents..

51% is fraudulent..i dont believe it..

401

Fears grow over mystery Russian compound in Nicaragua

•April 18, 2017 • 3 Comments

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11835679

US officials are keeping a keen eye on a Russian complex nestled on the edge of a volcanic crater in Nicaragua.

The center, which is believed to be a satellite station, has been built near the Laguna de Nejapa in Managua – the capital of the Central American nation, according to Daily Mail.

The Washington Post reports the local government described the complex as, “simply a tracking site of the Russian version of a GPS satellite system”, but not everyone is convinced it isn’t something more sinister.

“Clearly there’s been a lot of activity, and it’s on the uptick now,” a US official and expert on Central America, told the newspaper.

Other officials said there are concerns the hub could be a “dual use” facility, meaning it could house equipment and workers with the ability to conduct electronic surveillance against American citizens.

From where the compound is located, it offers those who are based there a clear view of the US Embassy about 10 miles away in the heart of Managua.

One local spoke about the type of people working at the GPS centre.

“I have no idea,” she told the Times, when asked about rumours it was a spy centre, before adding: “They are Russian, and they speak Russian, and they carry around Russian apparatuses.”

The increase in activity is the latest in a growing string of similar upticks by Putin’s government in recent years – including sending troops into Crimea, backing Ukrainian separatists, and the country’s involvement in Syria and Iraq.

Security experts, according to the Times, believe this could be different however, as it could be a direct response to American activity in Eastern Europe.

And while the US is not entirely alarmed, it is on alert – and acting accordingly.

A new State Department chief appointed to the country was moved there from the Russian desk.

————

“The center, which is believed to be a satellite station, has been built near the Laguna de Nejapa in Managua – the capital of the Central American nation, according to Daily Mail.”

and there would be american ones as well..

“The increase in activity is the latest in a growing string of similar upticks by Putin’s government in recent years – including sending troops into Crimea, backing Ukrainian separatists, and the country’s involvement in Syria and Iraq.”

401

What happens if China stumbles?

•April 17, 2017 • 1 Comment

http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/what-happens-if-china-stumbles-a-140-billion-doomsday-scenario-20170411-gvimlc.html

Australia is more exposed to the economy of a single nation – China – than at any time since the 1950s, when Britain was our major trading partner.

While the gains from that economic relationship have been huge, the risk if China’s economy slows are potentially just as large, new modelling warns.

The analysis, from Deloitte Access Economics’ Chris Richardson, to be released on Wednesday at the National Press Club, says that if economic growth in China halved from its current rate of about 6.7 per cent to 3 per cent, Australia would be forced into recession as the nation “just doesn’t have the ammo to fight it off anymore”.

The damage would include:

  • $140 billion wiped from national earnings for families, businesses and government in the two years to 2019
  • 500,000 people would lose their jobs
  • house prices would fall by about 9 per cent
  • the share market would drop in value by 17 per cent
  • the Australian dollar would drop 15¢ and inflation would rise
  • business sales and profits would drop by 8 per cent and 19 per cent respectively.
  • $40 billion would be wiped off the federal budget bottom line in 2019-20 alone.

Mr Richardson, in his speech to the Press Club, is quick to add that Deloitte Access is not forecasting a China crisis – although he does warn that China is too reliant on debt, has built too much, has over-capacity in everything from steel to housing and its economy is still reliant on stimulus.

“In fact, China looks stronger today than at any time since 2011. So this isn’t our view of what is most likely. But it is entirely plausible,” he will state.

In addition, compared to the global financial crisis in 2008-09, Australia’s interest rates and dollar are already low, while the federal budget is in the red and household borrowing has risen. All of these factors make it harder for Australia to resist falling into recession.

The so-called “China stumbles” scenario is one of three that have been modelled by Deloitte Access Economics using its new “Horizon” economic model. All three are alternatives to the Treasury’s “most likely” scenario for the economy.

The other two options to be set out by Mr Richardson present far rosier possible futures for Australia.

The “best and brightest” future would see Australia successfully ride the wave of a rising Asian middle class, with an economy 2.5 per cent larger than it otherwise would have been, an additional $800 billion of national income over two decades and stronger wages growth.

Crucially, it would also see Canberra embrace economic reforms.

“That may be a tall order … politicians are struggling to get the message across that reforms bring benefits,” Mr Richardson will note.

The third scenario, examining the so-called “cyber smart” option, would see Australia take a leaf out of Israel’s book and embrace technology to drive growth.

“Going cyber smart would have some pretty big benefits for the average Australian,” Mr Richardson will note, with 60,000 extra people in jobs, higher wages and a rise in Australian living standards.

———–

i do believe its coming..we do have a bubble thats very susceptible to pricks..it will go pop in the near future..

“In addition, compared to the global financial crisis in 2008-09, Australia’s interest rates and dollar are already low, while the federal budget is in the red and household borrowing has risen. All of these factors make it harder for Australia to resist falling into recession.”

401

 
%d bloggers like this: