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Russia’s Modest Proposal To Greece: “Exit Europe And We Will Lift The Food Import Ban”

Russia’s Modest Proposal To Greece: “Exit Europe And We Will Lift The Food Import Ban”

Russia’s Modest Proposal To Greece: “Exit Europe And We Will Lift The Food Import Ban”

By Tyler Durden | Zero Hedge

Russia's Modest Proposal To Greece: "Exit Europe And We Will Lift The Food Import Ban"

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It has not been a good week for Greece: first we learned that its treasury has run dry as Greece have stop paying all taxes ahead of the elections (and likely after), making further reforms virtually impossible as the government simply does not have the cash to promote economic changes; then we found out that first two then all four of the largest Greek banks have submitted Emergency Liquidity Assistance requests to the ECB to preserve liquidity in light of a deposit run that is picking up pace. And yesterday, adding insult to injury, Spiegel leaked that while seeking preapproval from Merkel for his QE program to be announced next week, Draghi told the Germans that Greek bonds won’t be among the securities monetized by the ECB.

It almost makes the Greeks wonder what’s the point of staying in the Eurozone and keeping the Euro if all it leads to is 50% youth unemployment, 25% total unemployment, and unprecedented pain and suffering as a result of the internal devaluation that will continue indefinitely since Greece, courtesy of the Euro, is unable to engage in an external one.

Of course, the Greek population will be able to voice its opinion next Sunday when it holds general elections, which will almost surely be won by Tsipras who has threatened on numerous occasions to renegotiate the Greek bailout, something Germany has made quite clear is not a topic for debate, and that a Grexit is assured if Greece thinks it can hold Europe hostage with threats of Eurozone collapse.

And just to make things interesting, overnight Russia told a beleaguered Greece, and specifically its hurting farmers, that it “may lift its ban on food imports from Greece in the event it quits the European Union” according to Russian Minister of Agriculture Nikolai Fyodorov who spoke in Berlin on Friday.

If Greece has to leave the European Union, we will build our own relations with it, the food ban will not be applicable to it,” Fyodorov said as reported by Tass.

In other words, Russia has casually thrown out feelers to Greece (and any other peripheral European country) and given it the option of joining the greater Russian sphere of influence (because the USSR 2.0 and satellites is still not trademarked), should it decide that 5 years after the first Greek “bailout” things for the country caught in an endless depression are as good as they will get with a bunch of Goldman bankers in charge.

Fyodorov also said that European Union countries, which felt discomfort from the slump in proceeds from exports of foods to Russia, were asking Russia to cushion the impacts of the Russian food import ban by expanding other types of imports. “We are looking at such possibility,” he said, adding that these countries offer new formats of cooperation in those areas that are not covered by the Russian food sanctions.

One such format apparently is the “hint” that should the European Union finally implode after years of kicking the can, then Russia will be more than happy to pick up the pieces.

Insanity? Perhaps, but just 48 hours ago crazier things happened, when a central bank which until Monday telegraphed the rock solid determination of its monetary policy not to mention the Swiss Franc’s floor, shocked the world when it became the first western bank to admit defeat in currency wars which have cost it a balance sheet the size of its GDP.

The ball is now in Greece’s court.

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Putin Strikes Back: Russia Cuts Off European Gas Supplies, Starts Selling Dollars

Putin Strikes Back: Russia Cuts Off European Gas Supplies, Starts Selling Dollars

Putin Strikes Back: Russia Cuts Off European Gas Supplies, Starts Selling Dollars

By Mac Slavo | SHTFplan.com

Putin Strikes Back: Russia Cuts Off European Gas Supplies, Starts Selling Dollars

BRICS leaders at the G-20 summit in Brisbane, Australia, 15 November 2014. Image credit: Roberto Stuckert Filho [CC BY 3.0]

Vladimir Putin has been silent lately. But if anyone thought he had been shamed into defeat or marginalized, then think again.

In the last few hours Russia has announced two key strategic decisions that show they are not going to stand idly by while their economy and way of life are destroyed by Western forces.

First, presumably in response to stiff sanctions leveled by the United States and the European Union after the annexation of Crimea last year, Russia has cut off 60% of Europe’s gas supplies right in the middle of winter. This has caused an almost immediate crisis in six European nations that have seen a complete cut-off to their supplies – Bulgaria, Greece, Macedonia, Romania, Croatia and Turkey – with more to follow. According to reports via Zero Hedge, the effect has been almost instantaneous.

Without Russia residents across Europe have no way of staying warm.

Vladimir Putin ordered the Russian state energy giant Gazprom to cut supplies to and through Ukraine amid accusations, according to The Daily Mail, that its neighbor has been siphoning off and stealing Russian gas. Due to these “transit risks for European consumers in the territory of Ukraine,” Gazprom cut gas exports to Europe by 60%, plunging the continent into an energy crisis “within hours.” Perhaps explaining the explosion higher in NatGas prices (and oil) today, gas companies in Ukraine confirmed that Russia had cut off supply; and six countries reported a complete shut-off of Russian gasThe EU raged that the sudden cut-off to some of its member countries was “completely unacceptable,” but Gazprom CEO Alexey Miller later added that Russia plans to shift all its natural gas flows crossing Ukraine to a route via Turkey; and Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak stated unequivocally, “the decision has been made.”

Russia has taken similar steps in the past because of non-payment but turned the gas supplies back on once deals were reached.

This time, however, there won’t be a deal.

Russia says it will deliver the gas through Turkey, and then it’s up to the European Union to build the infrastructure that will transport it to the rest of the continent, as noted by Bloomberg.

“Transit risks for European consumers on the territory of Ukraine remain,” Miller said in an e-mailed statement. “There are no other options” except for the planned Turkish Stream link, he said.

“We have informed our European partners, and now it is up to them to put in place the necessary infrastructure starting from the Turkish-Greek border,” Miller said.

“The decision has been made,” Novak said. “We are diversifying and eliminating the risks of unreliable countries that caused problems in past years, including for European consumers.”

Europe, of course, does not have the necessary infrastructure in place for this, and Vladimir Putin most certainly knew this before he shut off the spigots.

Second, and perhaps even more significant than the overt move to show Europe who’s boss, Putin took a direct shot at the United States.

Also from Zero Hedge:

As Bloomberg reports Russia may unseal its $88 billion Reserve Fund and convert some of its foreign-currency holdings into rubles, the latest government effort to prop up an economy veering into its worst slump since 2009.”

These are dollars which Russia would have otherwise recycled into US denominated assets. Instead, Russia will purchase even more Rubles and use the proceeds for FX and economic stabilization purposes.

“Together with the central bank, we are selling a part of our foreign-currency reserves,” Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said in Moscow today. “We’ll get rubles and place them in deposits for banks, giving liquidity to the economy.

Call it less than amicable divorce, call it what you will: what it is, is Russia violently leaving the ranks of countries that exchange crude for US paper.

What we are seeing are the strategic moves that will eventually catalyze the next great war. And make no mistake, this is exactly what’s in store for the world should these escalations continue.

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Were 11 Spanish Anarchists Arrested for Using Secure Email?

Were 11 Spanish Anarchists Arrested for Using Secure Email?

Were 11 Spanish Anarchists Arrested for Using Secure Email?

By Jason Koebler | Motherboard.vice.com

Were 11 Spanish Anarchists Arrested for Using Secure Email?

A boy waves an independentist flag in the town hall square in Barcelona. Image credit: Jordi Boixareu/Flickr

In mid-December, 11 Spanish anarchists were arrested by Catalan police in Barcelona, and it now appears they were detained at least in part because they were using an encrypted suite of secure communication tools known as Riseup.net. At the moment, seven of them are still waiting to stand trial. No formal charges have been made public.

Early media reports suggested that those charged may have played a role in the destruction of ATMs around the city in 2012 and 2013, but that report hasn’t been confirmed, because the Spanish judge presiding over the case has refused to make the official police report public. However, Judge Gomez Bermudez noted this week that the defendants “were using emails with extreme security measures, such as RISEUP.net.” The defendants were also accused of having a book called Against Democracy and of having a “internal organizational and bureaucratic structures.”

The email service they use shouldn’t be one of the determining factors in whether they’re arrested.

In the activist world, RiseUp.net is a pretty well-known secure email service that’s run by a nonprofit collective in Seattle. The website Security in a Box, which is run by a human rights NGO and reviews various encryption and personal security services, notes that it’s “managed by trustworthy advocates of internet privacy and security.” It also says, however, that using a RiseUp email address could draw the eyes of authorities, which of course is the concern here: “An unusual email service may attract unwarranted attention. It might make more sense in some situations to blend in by using a popular email service in your country.”

Protesters in Catalonia on Catalan Independence Day. Most of the people arrested in December were Catalan. Image: ​Eric Burniche/Flickr

Protesters in Catalonia on Catalan Independence Day. Most of the people arrested in December were Catalan. Image credit: ​Eric Burniche/Flickr

And that’s the problem. In this case, there’s at least the appearance that the use of secure email and chat protocols somehow led to the arrests, members of the collective at RiseUp noted. It’s very possible that the Spanish government has hard evidence that those arrested had committed or were actively planning to commit a crime—but if it does have that information, it’s not saying. Instead, the implication is that the use of encrypted communication channels is somehow implicitly related to criminal activity.

“We reject this Kafka-esque criminalization of social movements, and the ludicrous and extremely alarming implication that protecting one’s internet privacy is tantamount to terrorism,” Riseup.net wrote in a blog post about the arrests.

“Riseup, like any other email provider, has an obligation to protect the privacy of its users. Many of the ‘extreme security measures’ used by Riseup are common best practices for online security and are also used by providers such as Hotmail, Gmail or Facebook,” the collective added. “However, unlike these providers, Riseup is not willing to allow illegal backdoors or sell our users’ data to third parties.”

Josh Levy, the advocacy director at Access, a New York-based civil liberties group, told me that though we don’t know whether these people were involved in illegal activity, it’s highly concerning that governments are now pointing to encryption as something inherently associated with it.

“Whether or not they were doing illegal activity, what email service they use shouldn’t be one of the determining factors in whether they’re arrested,” Levy said. “Given that this particular email service is used by activists around the world, I don’t think it’s much of a leap to say that this shows authorities elsewhere are more actively monitoring people who make the choice to use a secure email service.”

More details are sure to come out, but for now, the Spanish government isn’t talking. Lawyers for those detained maintain the group’s innocence. And with little transparency in the whole process so far, it’s unfortunately looking like using secure internet services can make you a target.

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Video: Thousands protest against ‘terrorist’ arrests in Spain

Catalan police had arrested 11 people accused of belonging to anarchist terrorist organizations. The group is thought to been behind explosions in banks and churches in the past.

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Was Attack in France Retribution for Calling for End of Russian Sanctions?

Was Attack in France Retribution for Calling for End of Russian Sanctions?

Was Attack in France Retribution for Calling for End of Russian Sanctions?

By Kenneth Schortgen Jr

Attack in France

Journalists, policemen, and emergency services in the street outside the office, a few hours after the Charlie Hebdo January 2015 attack. Image credit: Thierry Caro [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Back in June of 2014, the U.S. Department of Justice issued a historical fine against French bank BNP Paribas after a French minister and the former CEO of Total Oil called for an end to the petrodollar system. In fact, just months after CEO Christophe De Margerie publicly issued this call, the head of France’s largest oil company was killed in a freak accident in Moscow when a snowplow happened to run onto the tarmac and hit his plane just before takeoff.

But on Jan. 7, a new tragedy against the French nation took place and may have possibly been tied to national policy decisions as well. Earlier today, three Islamic militants attacked the offices of a satirical newspaper and killed 12 people just days after French President Francois Hollande called for the EU nation to end its support of U.S. sanctions against Russia during the upcoming Ukraine talks in Astana.

Twelve people have died and three others were critically injured as gunmen opened fire at the office of a Paris-based satirical newspaper today, police said, an attack that France’s president called a “terrorist operation.”

The shooting at the office of Charlie Hebdo was a “cowardly attack,” said French President Francois Hollande, speaking at the shooting scene. – Good Morning America

In 2014, U.S. hegemony over the global reserve currency lost ground against both Russia and China as the two nations brokered an agreement to sell oil in a currency other than the dollar. This act was the first major crack in the 42 year petrodollar system, and coupled with the Yuan moving up from 13 to 20 percent in global trade, the U.S. is quickly losing monetary power over their allies in both Europe and the West.

Additionally, earlier today noted activist Fabian Calvo went online and published an announcement posing the question of whether the U.S. is implementing a secret war to overthrow Russian Vladimir Putin. And after evidence has surfaced that points to the Kiev coup as being instigated by Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland and elements of the CIA, Washington appears to have no compunction on pursuing any and all means to keep their status as the sole global superpower intact.

Nearly all splinter terror organizations have their origins tied to one of the main Western intelligence agencies, and that includes Al Qaeda, ISIS, and rebels fighting in Benghazi and Syria. And with several overt and covert attacks on France that coincide with policy changes or announcements made to indicate their moving closer to Russia than to the United States, it is not out of the realm of possibility that today’s horrific attack on a controversial newsman could actually be retribution for France’s audacity of thinking to remove themselves from the umbrella of America’s policy towards Russia.

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10 Tons of Fireworks Explode at Warehouse in Colombia

10 Tons of Fireworks Explode at Warehouse in Colombia

10 Tons of Fireworks Explode at Warehouse in Colombia

By RT

10 Tons of Fireworks Explode

Not your usual fireworks display: two people have been injured, and 17 homes damaged, after a huge blast rocked a fireworks warehouse near the Colombian capital of Bogota.

The blast in the town of Granada caused a massive blaze, which firefighters responded to. Rescue teams say they have been unable to approach the site close enough to find out if anyone else has been hurt.

It is believed that about 10 tons of fireworks were kept at the facility.

The warehouse was a part of a local family business: they have been organizing fireworks displays all over the country and abroad for the past 18 years.

The cause of the incident remains unknown.

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Video: 10 tons of fireworks explode at warehouse in Colombia

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St. James Island Exposed: The Elites Best Kept Secret, Until Now

St. James Island Exposed: The Elites Best Kept Secret, Until Now

St. James Island Exposed: The Elites Best Kept Secret, Until Now

By Shepard Ambellas | Intellihub

St. James Island Exposed: The Elites Best Kept Secret, Until Now

Little St James Island. Estate of Jeffrey Epstein. Image credit: Navin75

Jet-setters from around the world meet on a private island for ‘orgies’ and other sexual acts with young, sometimes underage, women

LITTLE ST. JAMES, U.S. Virgin Islands (INTELLIHUB.COM) — If you can name it — it has likely taken place on the lavish private island off the coast of Florida which boasts a beautifully landscaped plush luxury estate complete with its own helipad, privy only to certain members of the global elite.

Owned by Jeffery Epstein, a wealthy American financier and convicted sex offender, Little St. James Island appears to be somewhat of a gathering place and is a well desired hangout among key figureheads, actors, and royalty to the likes of former U.S. President Bill Clinton, Kevin Spacey, and even Prince Andrew.

However, the people attending the lavish residence are likely not there to discuss “cutting edge scientific and medical research” as the Epstein VI Foundation would like you to believe, but rather experience full-on sexual encounters with underage girls as young as fourteen.

That’s right, just like a scene out of the Hollywood blockbuster film Eyes Wide Shut, starring Tom Cruise, from wild parties to prostitution, orgies, and even underage sex, Little St. James has it all, seemingly a gathering point frequented by prominent jet-setters, and it’s all being exposed. The cat is out of the bag so to speak.

Back in 2005 police conducted an 11 month-long undercover investigation on Jeffery Epstein and his estate after the mother of a 14-year-old girl went to police after suspecting her daughter was paid $300 for at least one sexual act on the island in which she was ordered to strip, leaving on just her panties while giving Epstein a massage.

Although police found tons of photos of young women on the island and even interviewed eyewitnesses, Epstein was hit with a mere slap on the wrist after “pleading to a single charge of prostitution”. Epstein later served 13-months of his 18-month service in jail.

In 2008 Epstein was hit again, this time with a $50 million civil suit after another victim, a woman, filed in a federal court claiming that she was “recruited” by Epstein to give him a “massage” but was essentially forced into having sexual intercourse with him for $200 which was payable upon completion. The women were coming out of the woodwork.

Now Bill Clinton is back in the press and not for his controversial relationship with Monica Lewinsky, but rather his friendship with Jeffery Epstein. In fact, flight records indicate that Bill would frequent the island paradise during the 2002 and 2005 era while Hillary, Bill’s wife, was a Senator in New york.

‘I remember asking Jeffrey what’s Bill Clinton doing here kind of thing, and he laughed it off and said well he owes me a favor,’ one unidentified woman said in the lawsuit, which was filed in Palm Beach Circuit Court.

The woman went on to say how orgies were a regular occurrence and she recalled two young girls from New York who were always seen around the five-house compound but their personal backstories were never revealed.

“At least one woman on the compound was there unwillingly”, reported the Daily Mail in a recent article. The woman was allegedly forced to have sex with “politicians, businessmen, royalty, academicians” at the retreat. Just one of  “more than 40 women” that have come forth with claims against Epstein, showing the vast scale of the man’s dark operations, which aren’t limited only to Little St. James.

Little St James Island. Estate of Jeffrey Epstein. Image credit: Navin75

Little St James Island. Estate of Jeffrey Epstein. Image credit: Navin75

Moreover Epstein was invited to Chelsea Clinton’s wedding in 2010 amongst 400 other guests, demonstrating his close friendship with the Clinton family.

To top it all off blue blood Prince Andrew was allegedly one of the house’s visitors. On Friday, the Duke of York was named in a federal lawsuit filed against Epstein, whom the FBI once reportedly linked to 40 young women. Filed in 2008 in the Southern District of Florida, the $50 million lawsuit claimed Epstein had a “sexual preference and obsession for underage minor girls … gained access to primarily economically disadvantaged minor girls in his home, sexually assaulted these girls.”, as reported by the Washington Post.

Additionally it was also reported that Donald Trump used to hangout with Epstein back in the day. In fact the Trumpanator himself has even commented previously on Epstein’s taste for “younger” women also pointing out that Epstein “is fun” to be around.

While it’s unknown how deep Trump was in with Epstein, pardon the pun, Trump’s friendship demonstrates the type personalities which surround Epstein, with money being the common tie.

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North Korea Super-EMP Weapon

North Korea Super-EMP Weapon

North Korea Super-EMP Weapon

By Ken Jorgustin | Modern Survival Blog

North Korea Super-EMP Weapon

North Korea may possess, or may be in the advanced stages of developing a Super EMP weapon. As the U.S., pundits and media continue to downplay every threat made by Kim Jong Un and North Korea, there is little doubt by some experts that they are working feverishly towards furthering their nuclear capability and a position of dominance whereby they can proclaim the ability to strike a lethal blow to the United States.

To ascertain an opinion of what may really be happening there, look into what they have been doing and what they are doing, rather than what others say they are not doing. After all, if a threat such as this is real, we will likely not hear about it from our political establishment. No need to panic the sheeple… at least until the lights go out…

What is electromagnetic pulse?

EMPactAmerica.org defines it as the following.

Electromagnetic pulse (EMP) is a high-intensity burst of electromagnetic energy. An EMP can be caused by a natural event like a severe solar storm or a malicious act using a weapon like a high-altitude nuclear burst. National experts have concluded that consequences of a natural or man-made EMP event could be long-lasting, continent-wide and cripple the U.S. critical electricity-dependent infrastructures, which are highly vulnerable and largely unprotected. An EMP can paralyze, perhaps beyond recovery, the national critical infrastructures (power, communications, transportation, banking and finance, food and water) that sustain modern civilization and the lives of the American people.

Some agree that a sufficiently high altitude EMP burst could bring down the electrical high-tech infrastructure and power grid of the continental 48, resulting in the eventual deaths of up to 80% of the U.S. population. With a seemingly outrageous assertion like that, one might be foolish to outright ignore it without at least a reality check or risk assessment.

There are a number of high level reports that have been generated which discuss the issue of EMP and its potential impacts on America, including the following.

EMP Commission Executive Report (2004)
EMP Commission Final Report (2008)
EMP High Impact Event Risk to the North American Bulk Power System (2009)
EMP Study Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (2010)
EMP Military Planning for a Catastrophic Critical Infrastructure Event (2011)

Power grid failure scenarios and the high altitude EMP (HEMP) threat is not science fiction. It is real. While many may agree that such an act of War would bring on mutually assured destruction to the aggressor, many would also agree that some of the aggressors, terrorists and rogue states in this world are not of sound mind, at least according to our own perceptions and definitions. Many are willing to sacrifice themselves and die for their beliefs and motivations.
Dr. Peter Vincent Pry, who holds two Ph.D.s (in International Relations and U.S. History) and a certificate in nuclear weapons design from the USAF Weapons Laboratory, recently wrote of his concerns in an article published on FamilySecurityMatters.org, Understanding North Korea and Iran, in which he spells out what North Korea has been ‘doing’, and the potential threats thereof.


Dr. Pry is President of EMPACT America, and has served:

on the Commission on the Strategic Posture of the United States;

as Director of the United States Nuclear Strategy Forum;

on the EMP Commission;

as Professional Staff on the House Armed Services Committee;

as an Intelligence Officer with the CIA responsible for analyzing nuclear strategy;

and as a Verification Analyst at the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency.


North Korea’s Nuclear Program

Summary of Dr. Pry’s statements…
Nuclear test, October 2006
Nuclear test, May 2009
Successful long-range missile test, December 2012
Successful nuclear test, February 2013

The justification for North Korea (and Iran) being a non-threat is from the false notion that North Korea has not successfully miniaturized nuclear warheads for missile delivery, that they are intending to develop higher yield warheads for conventional destruction, and that they are pursuing a nuclear missile warhead.

According to Dr. Pry, “Miniaturization to develop a nuclear warhead is not difficult to do, and can be accomplished even without nuclear testing.”; “North Korea and Iran both have strategic reasons to mislead and conceal from the West the true status of their nuclear and missile programs. They intend that the U.S. and its allies will underestimate those programs, fail to act in time to stop them, and be strategically surprised when North Korea and Iran become nuclear super-powers,”

Nuclear testing is not necessary to develop nuclear weapons, especially today. Even “Little Boy” the first atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, without testing. If this could be done in 1945, certainly it could be done today.

Today, there is no need to reinvent the wheel. There is a vast amount of declassified information about U.S. nuclear weapons development. North Korea and other nuclear weapon states are using modern 21st Century technology to develop their nuclear weapons program, and get help from each other and from China and Russia.

North Korea has already mastered miniaturization and is already armed with nuclear missiles.

In 2011, the Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, Lt. General Ronald Burgess, testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee that North Korea has weaponized its nuclear device into warheads for ballistic missiles. In 2009, European intelligence agencies headquartered in Brussels and supporting NATO concluded that North Korea has armed with nuclear warheads its Nodong missiles capable of striking Japan. The CIA’s top East Asia analyst publicly stated that North Korea had successfully miniaturized nuclear warheads for missile delivery in a 2008 interview.

Source: Family Security Matters.org

 

North Korea’s Super-EMP

Summary of Dr. Pry’s statements…

The mainstream argument is that North Korea’s current “nuclear devices” are not a real threat because of their low explosive yield similar to the Hiroshima bomb compared with those within the U.S. arsenal and others, and that their delivery methods are not accurate enough to place them reliably on target of a major city. Here’s the thing though… North Korea is very happy with this misconception. Here’s why…

According to Dr. Pry, “In fact, almost certainly, North Korea now possesses a highly advanced third generation nuclear warhead that could destroy the United States with a single blow.”

(emphasis added)

In 2004, the Congressional Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Commission was warned by a delegation of Russian generals that Russia had developed a “Super-EMP” nuclear warhead, and that design information for this weapon had leaked to North Korea.

A Super-EMP warhead is a nuclear weapon specially designed to produce an enormous burst of gamma rays that generates an extraordinarily powerful electromagnetic pulse, capable of destroying even the best protected electronics, thereby paralyzing military forces and blacking out power grids and collapsing critical infrastructures everywhere–across an entire nation the size of the United States.

Apparently, one of the signatures of a Super-EMP weapon is that it has a very low explosive yield, just several kilotons because the weapon is converting the energy of the nuclear warhead into gamma rays.

In 2004, the Russian generals told the EMP Commission that North Korea was getting help developing a Super-EMP nuclear weapon from contractors from Russia, China, Pakistan and elsewhere, and could probably test such a weapon “in a few years.” A few years later, in 2006, North Korea tested its mysterious “nuclear device” that produced an explosive yield of only several kilotons, and so was derided by the Western press as a failure–but hailed as a success by North Korea.

In 2012, a military commentator for the People’s Republic of China told a Hong Kong journal that North Korea has Super-EMP nuclear warheads.

One nuclear EMP warhead attack could collapse the national electric grid and other critical infrastructures–communications, transportation, banking and finance, food and water–that sustain modern civilization and the lives of millions.

A Super-EMP attack on the U.S. would cause much more damage than a primitive nuclear weapon, and will likely result in catastrophic consequences that will be irreversible. A Super-EMP attack would inflict maximum damage and virtually ensure a world without America.

Russia has something called the Fractional Orbital Bombardment System (FOBS), that would use an ICBM like a Space Launch Vehicle to put a nuclear warhead into orbit, like a satellite. They have apparently shared this with North Korea. Instead of using the ICBM to lob a warhead on a more accurate arcing ballistic trajectory, the FOBS would loft the warhead into a partial orbit. FOBS could reach any nation or threaten any target anywhere on Earth.

The missile test in December 2012, was actually a FOBS test.

Thus, North Korea already possesses an ICBM and poses a mortal nuclear threat to the United States, and to all nations on Earth–right now.

North Korea, during the successful test of its ICBM on December 12, 2012, orbited a satellite weighing 100 kilograms (about 200 pounds). One design of a Super-EMP warhead would be a modified neutron bomb, an Enhanced Radiation Warhead (ERW) because it produces not only many neutrons but also many gamma rays. Gamma rays cause the EMP effect. The EMP field is so large that detonating anywhere over the U.S. would have catastrophic consequences.

North Korea orbited its satellite around the Earth at an altitude of about 500 kilometers. The trajectory of North Korea’s satellite is no accident–they deliberately aimed for and achieved this orbit and altitude, as announced before their launch.

An ideal altitude for making an EMP attack that places the field over the entire lower 48 United States is… wait for it… 500km.

The primary purpose of FOBS is a surprise attack. The first warning of the attack would be ‘lights out’. North Korea and Iran have made clear in their threats that they wish to take down the United States. They perceive themselves to be at war with the U.S. and would like nothing more than to destroy the largest and most successful society on Earth.

Have you heard this information anywhere before? Probably not. These threats are manipulated and downplayed by our own government and their willing accomplices in the press and elsewhere.

The question is… Are you ready?
Some information sourced from FamilySecurityMatters.org under Creative Commons License

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CIA Claims Responsibility for Half of Cold War UFO Sightings

CIA Claims Responsibility for Half of Cold War UFO Sightings

CIA Claims Responsibility for Half of Cold War UFO Sightings

By RT

CIA Claims Responsibility for Half of Cold War UFO Sightings

The Central Intelligence Agency has admitted that it was responsible for at least half of reported UFO sightings in the middle of the last century due to its secret, high-altitude reconnaissance flights.

The 1950s and ’60s was an intense period when a number of Americans reported UFO sightings and alien visitations. These sensational events lent cinematic credence to a number of Hollywood space blockbusters, including Steven Spielberg’s “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” and “ET,” and George Lucas’s “Star Wars.”

Now it appears the unidentified flying objects were more fact than fantasy, while the mind behind them was not quite alien.

This week, the CIA took to social media to claim responsibility for at least half of UFO sightings in the 1950s and 60s.

“Reports of unusual activity in the skies in the ’50s? It was us,” the agency tweeted, while acknowledging the section on UFOs attracted the most attention to its website in 2014.

The CIA tweet linked to a heavily redacted 272-page document, entitled ‘The CIA and the U-2 Program, 1954-1974’ that described reconnaissance missions at altitudes in excess of 60,000 feet that sparked speculation on the ground.

“High altitude testing of the U-2 soon led to an unexpected side effect – a tremendous increase in reports of unidentified flying objects (UFOs),” the 1998 report noted.

The CIA said that many of the people who reported UFO sightings around this time were commercial pilots, who caught occasional glimpses of the high-altitude aircraft while flying at considerably lower altitudes.

The silver wings of the U-2 spy planes “would catch and reflect the rays of the sun and appear to the airliner pilot, 40,000 feet below, to be fiery objects,” it revealed.

“At this time, no one believed manned flight was possible above 60,000 feet, so no one expected to see an object so high in the sky.”

In general, the CIA document admitted to being responsible for “more than half” of the UFO sightings, many are left wondering what or who was responsible for the other half of reported sightings.

The agency’s previously unclassified document said the CIA could not explain to people who believed they had really witnessed UFOs a true cause of some of those sightings.

To the Soviet Union, however, the U-2 spy plane was not so “unidentified.”

On May 1, 1960, an American U-2C spy plane, piloted by Gary Powers, was shot down in Russia’s Urals region by surface-to-air missiles. The sensational incident was to be a major embarrassment for US President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who was forced to admit that the US had engaged in secret espionage activities.

Powers parachuted safely from the aircraft and was convicted of espionage against the Soviet Union, but was released in a prisoner swap with US officials in February 1962.

Today, the wreckage of the U-2 aircraft, as well as items from Powers’ survival pack, are on display at the Central Armed Forces Museum in Moscow.

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Putin sends New Year greetings to Obama, recalls responsibility of Russia, US

Putin sends New Year greetings to Obama, recalls responsibility of Russia, US

Putin sends New Year greetings to Obama, recalls responsibility of Russia, US

By Itar-TASS

Putin sends New Year greetings

Russian President Vladimir Putin. Image credit: © Alexei Druzhinin/Russian presidential press service/TASS

Vladimir Putin said Russia and the US have a special role in resisting global challenges and threats

MOSCOW, December 31. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has addressed US President Barack Obama with New Year greetings, saying that both countries are responsible for world stability and can cooperate on the basis of equality, the Kremlin’s press-service has said.

“In his message to US President Barack Obama the Russian head of state pointed out that next year both countries will mark the 70th anniversary of a victory for which they had fought shoulder to shoulder as anti-Hitler coalition allies,” the statement runs. “The Russian president said that historical date is a reminder of the responsibility Russia and the United States bear for maintaining world peace and stability and their special role in resisting global challenges and threats.”

“It was noted that Russian-US partnership might develop successfully with reliance on the principles of equality and mutual respect,” the press-service said.

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Said another way in a related article from Al-Arabiya‎;

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday sent a New Year’s greeting to U.S. counterpart Barack Obama, saying the two countries share mutual responsibility to ensure world peace.

In a statement showing Putin’s New Year’s messages to heads of state across the world, the Russian leader addressed Obama despite the crisis in U.S.-Russian relations over Ukraine, saying the “Russian-American partnership could have been developing successfully.”

Putin said the coming year will mark 70 years since the end of World War II when countries united against Adolf Hitler.

“This historic date is a reminder of the responsibilities of Russia and the U.S. for supporting peace and international stability, their unique role in countering global challenges and threats,” the statement said.

 

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New Snowden Documents Reveal Wider Net of NATO ‘Kill List’ Targets

New Snowden Documents Reveal Wider Net of NATO ‘Kill List’ Targets

New Snowden Documents Reveal Wider Net of NATO ‘Kill List’ Targets

By Andrea Germanos | Common Dreams

Snowden Documents Reveal Wider Net of NATO 'Kill List' Targets

Apache helicopters flying in Afghanistan in 2011. Image credit: DVIDSHUB/flickr/cc

Reporting by Der Spiegel shows low-level suspected Taliban, drug traffickers targeted for killing

Newly revealed documents show that NATO’s “kill list” for Afghanistan operations included not just senior Taliban leaders but those suspected of being low- and mid-level operatives as well as drug traffickers, Der Spiegel has reported.

Some of the secret documents, which are from 2009 to 2011, are from the trove released by Edward Snowden, the German paper states.

“The documents show that the deadly missions were not just viewed as a last resort to prevent attacks, but were in fact part of everyday life in the guerrilla war in Afghanistan,” Der Spiegel reports.

As part of a strategy the White House called “escalate and exit” that started in 2009, NATO troops would start with a “cleansing” phase—killing insurgents. The paper cites Michael T. Flynn, the head of ISAF intelligence in Afghanistan, as saying during a briefing: “The only good Talib is a dead Talib.”

Among the documents cited and made publicly available by Der Spiegel is the Joint Prioritized Effects List (JPEL). It lists, with names redacted by the paper, 669 targets, their code names and one of four priority levels. The location for some of those on the list is across the border in Pakistan.

In contrast to claims made by the U.S. government regarding those targeted for assassination, one person who was put on the list in the summer of 2010 was an Afghan soldier named Hussein. Not a senior operational leader posing an imminent threat, Hussein was merely suspected of being part of an attack on ISAF forces, and his placement on the list was meant to use his death as a deterrent, the paper reports.

Der Spiegel reports that the search for the men on the list relied sometimes on only their cell phone signal, and that the NSA and its British counterpart, the GCHQ, maintained a list of these numbers. Voice recognition could be used to warrant an airstrike.

The paper quotes a secret British report from October 2010 as stating that the use of cell phone signals was “central to the success of operations.”

Risks of civilian casualties from strikes against those on the list were weighed, but seemed to be often accepted, and “civilian” only referred to women, children and elderly.

“The rule of thumb was that when there was estimated collateral damage of up to 10 civilians, the ISAF commander in Kabul was to decide whether the risk was justifiable,” Der Spiegel quotes an ISAF officer who worked with the lists for years as saying.

An example of civilian casualties caused by the hunt for those put on the list is given in another document cited by Der Spiegel, which reveals a botched missile strike at supposed mid-level operative Mullah Niaz Mohammed. It instead killed a boy and wounded his father.

The reporting also explains how the wide net of those targeted for assassination covered those deemed to be narcotics traffickers.

It cites an NSA document as saying insurgents “could not be defeated without disrupting the drug trade.” Drug traffickers’ names were added to the JPEL in October 2008.

This exposes a vicious death cycle. While the U.S.-led war purported to combat opium poppy cultivation, years of occupation have rendered record high cultivation levels.

As Matthieu Aikins exposes in a Rolling Stone article this month, Afghanistan: The Making of a Narco State, “the Afghan narcotics trade has gotten undeniably worse since the U.S.-led invasion,” and the U.S. has “all[ied] with many of the same people who turned the country into the world’s biggest source of heroin.”

The new reporting comes a day after the United States and NATO formally ended the 13-year combat mission in Afghanistan, though President Obama announced the extension of that war just a month ago. Thousands of troops are remaining, and, as the Los Angeles Times reports Monday, combat operations rules will allow continued U.S. airstrikes on the country.

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US Armed Rebels Gave TOW missiles to Al Qaeda

US Armed Rebels Gave TOW missiles to Al Qaeda

US Armed Rebels Gave TOW missiles to Al Qaeda

By Maram Susli | Activist Post

US Armed Rebels Gave TOW missiles to Al Qaeda

Image credit: SGT Amber Robinson. [Public domain]

US-supplied TOW anti-tank missiles have ended up in the hands of Jabhat Al Nusra, Syria’s branch of Al Qaeda. The US provided the missiles to CIA-vetted Syrian rebel faction Harakat Hazm in May. A video posted by Al Nusra shows the weapons being used to take over Syrian military bases, Wadi Deif and Hamidiyeh in Idlib province.

A story that should have been headline news of Obama’s arming of Al Qaeda across all US media, largely went unnoticed. The only evidence of the story in the mainstream media can be found in the International Business times and the Washington Post. However both articles try to cast doubt on the claims that Al Nusra has TOW missiles, choosing to quote the Syrian Opposition Council spokesman Oubai Shahbandar who downplayed the incident, calling it an “Al Nusra psyop”. The New York Times did not headline the story and instead buried the information in an article headlined “2 Military bases in Syria Fall to Rebels”. However, The New York Times claimed the TOW missiles may have plaid a central role in Jabhat AL Nusra’s takeover of the bases.

Contrary to Shahbandar’s and the mainstream media’s insinuation that the evidence is an ‘Al Nusra pysop’, it is known that the US armed-and-trained Harakat Hazm group had signed a ceasefire agreement with Jabhat AL Nusra in November in the same region of Idlib Province. At that time Al Nusra had claimed TOW and Grad missiles were now in their hands.

It is questionable whether or not Al Nusra had ‘seized’ the arms as the New York Times suggests, or if it had simply been given the arms by Harakat al Hazm. Rather than fighting Al Nusra, Harakat Hazm has had no problem uniting with them. Currently Harakat al Hazm are united with Jabhat al Nusra, in Handarat Aleppo, and are jointly fighting the Syrian Army. The militant employing the TOW missile in the video, shows clear proficiency in its use, indicating that he has directly or indirectly benefited from US training.

In spite of this revelation, there is evidence to suggest the US is still arming the FSA with TOW missiles. Videos continue to emerge of Harakat al Hazm employing Tow Missiles. The US government has not made a statement on whether or not they have stopped providing the rebels with TOW missiles and munitions.

FSA and Al Qaeda collaboration

The alliance between FSA faction Harakat Hazm and Al Nusra in Aleppo, is not a new or isolated occurrence. US-vetted rebels have in fact have been allied with Al Qaeda for much of the Syrian War, with localised clashes over control being rare. The leader of the “Syrian Revolutionary Front,” Jamal Ma’arouf, touted as a moderate by the West, admitted to The Independent that he has openly fought battles alongside Jabhat Al Nusra and refuses to fight against them. In 2012 the Free Syrian Army (FSA), referred to as the ‘moderate rebels’ by the US State Department, fought along side Islamist State In AlSham (ISIS) in Aleppo against the Syrian military for control over Menagh Airbase. The FSA head of Aleppo Military Council Abdul Jabbar Al Oqaidi, who has met with US Ambassador Robert Ford, was filmed with ISIS Emir Abu Jandal praising ISIS for helping take the base using a suicide car bomb. As late as September 2014, FSA commander Bassel Idriss said that they had joined forces with ISIS and Jabhat Al Nusra in Qalamoun Mountain.

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China To Launch Yuan Swap Trading With Russian Rubles On Monday

China To Launch Yuan Swap Trading With Russian Rubles On Monday

China To Launch Yuan Swap Trading With Russian Rubles On Monday

By Tyler Durden | Zero Hedge

China To Launch Yuan Swap Trading With Russian Rubles On Monday

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The world was slow to wake up to the new reality in which China is now the de facto IMF sovereign backstop, as Zero Hedge described two weeks ago in “China Prepares To Bailout Russia” when we noted that a PBOC swap-line was meant to reduce the role of the US dollar if China and Russia need to help each other overcome a liquidity squeeze, something we first noted over two months ago in “China, Russia Sign CNY150 Billion Local-Currency Swap As Plunging Oil Prices Sting Putin.”

In fact, it was only this week that Bloomberg reported that “China Offers Russia Help With Currency Swap Suggestion.” But in order to fully backstop Russia away from a SWIFT-world in which the dollar reigns supreme, one extra step was necessary: the launching of direct FX trade involving the Russian and Chinese currencies, either spot or forward – a move away from purely theoretical bilateral FX trade agreements – which would not only enable and make direct currency trading more efficient by sidestepping the dollar entirely, but also allow Russian companies to budget in Chinese Yuan terms. It is no surprise then that this is precisely the missing step that was announced overnight, and will be implemented starting Monday.

From Bloomberg:

China will allow trading in forwards and swaps between the yuan and three more currencies in a bid to reduce foreign-exchange risks amid increased volatility in emerging markets.

The China Foreign Exchange Trade System will begin such contracts with Malaysia’s ringgit, Russia’s ruble, and the New Zealand dollar from Dec. 29, it said in a statement on its website today. That will extend the yuan’s swaps trading to 11 currencies on the interbank foreign-exchange market.

A plunge in Russia’s ruble this month to a record low sparked a selloff in developing nations’ assets, leading to a surge in currency volatility. The new contracts come amid efforts by China to increase the international use of the yuan, as the world’s second-largest economy promotes it as an alternative to the U.S. dollar for global trade and finance. Malaysia and Russia are China’s eighth and ninth biggest trading partners, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

This will provide companies with better hedging tools, and at the same time, make currency trading more efficient,” said Ju Wang, a senior currency strategist at HSBC Holdings Plc in Hong Kong. “China won’t stop yuan globalization or capital-account opening because of the volatility in emerging market currencies.”

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Christmas Column

Christmas Column

Christmas Column

Paul Craig Roberts
Christmas Column, December 24, 2014

Christmas Column

Dear Readers, thank you for your support in 2014. Although you have kept me working yet another year past retirement age, I find it encouraging that there are some Americans who can think independently and who want to know. As Margaret Mead said, it only takes a few determined people to change the world. Perhaps some of you will be those people.

My traditional Christmas column goes back to sometime in the 1990s when I was a newspaper columnist. It has been widely reprinted at home and abroad. Every year two or three readers write to educate me that religion is the source of wars and persecutions. These readers confuse religion with mankind’s abuse of institutions, religious or otherwise. The United States has democratic institutions and legal institutions to protect civil liberties. Nevertheless, we now have a police state. Shall I argue that democracy and civil liberty are the causes of police states?

Some readers also are confused about hypocrisy. There is a vast difference between proclaiming moral principles that one might fail to live up to and proclaiming immoral principles that are all too easy to keep.

Liberty is a human achievement. We have it, or had it, because those who believed in it fought to achieve it. As I explain in my Christmas column, people were able to fight for liberty because Christianity empowered the individual.

The other cornerstone of our culture is the Constitution. Indeed, the United States is the Constitution. Without the Constitution, the United States is a different country, and Americans a different people. This is why assaults on the Constitution and assaults on Christianity are assaults on all of us. There is not much that we can do about these assaults, but we should not through ignorance enable the assaults or believe the government’s claim that safety requires the curtailment of civil liberty.

In a spirit of goodwill, I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a successful New Year.
Paul Craig Roberts

The Greatest Gift For All

Christmas is a time of traditions. If you have found time in the rush before Christmas to decorate a tree, you are sharing in a relatively new tradition. Although the Christmas tree has ancient roots, at the beginning of the 20th century only 1 in 5 American families put up a tree. It was 1920 before the Christmas tree became the hallmark of the season. Calvin Coolidge was the first President to light a national Christmas tree on the White House lawn.

Gifts are another shared custom. This tradition comes from the wise men or three kings who brought gifts to baby Jesus. When I was a kid, gifts were more modest than they are now, but even then people were complaining about the commercialization of Christmas. We have grown accustomed to the commercialization. Christmas sales are the backbone of many businesses. Gift giving causes us to remember others and to take time from our harried lives to give them thought.

The decorations and gifts of Christmas are one of our connections to a Christian culture that has held Western civilization together for 2,000 years. In our culture the individual counts. This permits an individual person to put his or her foot down, to take a stand on principle, to become a reformer and to take on injustice.

This empowerment of the individual is unique to Western civilization. It has made the individual a citizen equal in rights to all other citizens, protected from tyrannical government by the rule of law and free speech. These achievements are the products of centuries of struggle, but they all flow from the teaching that God so values the individual’s soul that he sent his son to die so we might live. By so elevating the individual, Christianity gave him a voice.

Formerly only those with power had a voice. But in Western civilization people with integrity have a voice. So do people with a sense of justice, of honor, of duty, of fair play. Reformers can reform, investors can invest, and entrepreneurs can create commercial enterprises, new products and new occupations.

The result was a land of opportunity. The United States attracted immigrants who shared our values and reflected them in their own lives. Our culture was absorbed by a diverse people who became one.

In recent decades we have lost sight of the historic achievement that empowered the individual. The religious, legal and political roots of this great achievement are no longer reverently taught in high schools, colleges and universities or respected by our government. The voices that reach us through the millennia and connect us to our culture are being silenced by “political correctness” and “the war on terror.” Prayer has been driven from schools and Christian religious symbols from public life. Constitutional protections have been diminished by hegemonic political ambitions. Indefinite detention, torture, and murder are now acknowledged practices of the United States government. The historic achievement of due process has been rolled back. Tyranny has re-emerged.

Diversity at home and hegemony abroad are consuming values and are dismantling the culture and the rule of law. There is plenty of room for cultural diversity in the world, but not within a single country. A Tower of Babel has no culture. A person cannot be a Christian one day, a pagan the next and a Muslim the day after. A hodgepodge of cultural and religious values provides no basis for law – except the raw power of the pre-Christian past.

All Americans have a huge stake in Christianity. Whether or not we are individually believers in Christ, we are beneficiaries of the moral doctrine that has curbed power and protected the weak. Power is the horse ridden by evil. In the 20th century the horse was ridden hard, and the 21st century shows an increase in pace. Millions of people were exterminated in the 20th century by National Socialists in Germany and by Soviet and Chinese communists simply because they were members of a race or class that had been demonized by intellectuals and political authority. In the beginning years of the 21st century hundreds of thousands of Muslims in seven countries have already been murdered and millions displaced, because their religion does not submit to Washington’s hegemony.

Power that is secularized and cut free of civilizing traditions is not limited by moral and religious scruples. V.I. Lenin made this clear when he defined the meaning of his dictatorship as “unlimited power, resting directly on force, not limited by anything.” Washington’s drive for hegemony over US citizens and the rest of the world is based entirely on the exercise of force and is resurrecting unaccountable power.

Christianity’s emphasis on the worth of the individual makes such power as Lenin claimed, and Washington now claims, unthinkable. Be we religious or be we not, our celebration of Christ’s birthday celebrates a religion that made us masters of our souls and of our political life on Earth. Such a religion as this is worth holding on to even by atheists.

As we enter into 2015, Western civilization, the product of thousands of years of striving, hangs in the balance. Degeneracy is everywhere before our eyes. As the West sinks into tyranny, will Western peoples defend their liberty and their souls, or will they sink into the tyranny, which again has raised its ugly and all devouring head?

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Rallies Staged in Over 30 Spanish Cities Against Tough New Anti-protest Law

Rallies Staged in Over 30 Spanish Cities Against Tough New Anti-protest Law

Rallies Staged in Over 30 Spanish Cities Against Tough New Anti-protest Law

By RT

Rallies Staged in Over 30 Spanish Cities Against Tough New Anti-protest Law

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More than 30 cities in Spain have expressed their anger over the so-called ‘gag’ legislation that criminalizes social protest and, demonstrators say, curbs the freedom of expression.

The slogan of the movement is “Gag Law, why do they want to shut us up?” and unites several groups of citizens spearheaded by the “We Are Not Criminals” civil platform.

The demonstrators also believe that the legislation would allow the deportation of immigrants. “No Human is Illegal,” was another of the slogans of the demonstrations.

In Madrid, police have cracked down on the protest after checking the participants’ IDs. Security has been stepped up in the areas where the rally took place.

The Barcelona rally saw around 12,000 people participating, according to estimates.

On Thursday, the Cortes, the lower house of the Spanish parliament, approved the law, dubbed the “Ley Mordaza” or “Gag Law” by its critics. The ruling conservative People’s Party dominated the vote, despite all the opposition forces voting against the legislation.

The new law stipulates that organizers of unsanctioned rallies will receive a fine of up to €600,000 ($745,000). Citizens who refuse to obey the police or try to prevent evictions, are set to get a €30,000 fine.

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French Ex-airline Boss Claims Cover-up on MH370

French Ex-airline Boss Claims Cover-up on MH370

French Ex-airline Boss Claims Cover-up on MH370

By France 24

French Ex-airline Boss Claims Cover-up on MH370

Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER. Image credit: Laurent ERRERA from L’Union, France [CC BY-SA 2.0]

Former airline boss and famous French author Marc Dugain argued Thursday that there had been a cover-up in the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, speculating that the passenger jet could have been hacked and then shot down by the US.

Dugain, a well-respected French author, argues that the Boeing 777 carrying 239 people crashed near Diego Garcia, a British island in the middle of the Indian Ocean used as a strategic air force and intelligence base by the US military, in the six-page article in Paris Match.

The US has always officially denied that flight MH370 came anywhere near Diego Garcia.

The latest theory into the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 on March 8, 2014 has all the ingredients of a spy thriller and has grabbed the French public’s attention.

The former boss of Proteus Airlines travelled to the neighbouring Maldives where residents told local media that they had seen an airliner fly in the direction of Diego Garcia. Their claims were promptly dismissed by the authorities.

“I saw a huge plane fly over us at low altitude,” a fisherman on Kudahuvadhoo island told Dugain. “I saw red and blue stripes on a white background” – the colours of Malaysia Airlines. Other witnesses confirmed the sighting.

Fire on board?

Dugain speculates – adding to the numerous other existing hypotheses about what happened to flight MH370 – that a modern aircraft such as Malaysia Airlines’ Boeing 777 could have been hijacked by a hacker.

“In 2006, Boeing patented a remote control system using a computer placed inside or outside the aircraft,” he noted. This technology lead Dugain to the idea of a “soft” remote hijacking.

But the writer also suggests that a fire could have led the crew to deactivate electrical devices, including transmission systems.

Whatever the initial reasons for leaving its flight path, Dugain suspects that the plane then headed to Diego Garcia, where a number of scenarios may have played out – including the US Air Force shooting it down for fear of a September 11-style attack.

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