Thursday, September 18, 2014

Obama’s Coalition of the Unwilling-to-Be-Identified-By-Name - The Intercept

Obama’s Coalition of the Unwilling-to-Be-Identified-By-Name - The Intercept: "The big news out of the new “Global Coalition to Counter ISIL” meeting in Paris was that “several” Arab nations were willing to join President Obama’s latest bombing campaign."

Who they are and what they will be doing is so ambiguous and vague as to not exist. See this from Forbes: The Obama Administration's Member-less Coalition Against The Islamic State: What Good Are Allies Anyway?

European Parliament - dumb and getting dumber.

European Parliament Calls For Cancellation of South Stream Agreements: "In a resolution adopted Thursday, the European Parliament called on the EU leadership to cancel agreements with Russia, including on the construction of the South Stream gas pipeline."

The primary of Southstream is to provide  European customers unfettered access to gas supplies.

Occupy group abolishes nearly $4 million in student loan debt — RT USA

Occupy group abolishes nearly $4 million in student loan debt: "On the third anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement, an offshoot group announced that it has erased $3.8 million worth of private student loan debt."

Best yet - it only cost them $100,000. See Occupy abolishes $4 million in other people's student loan debt.

Ukraine Has No Facilities, Materials and Means To Produce Nuclear Weapons | Analysis & Opinion | RIA Novosti

Ukraine Has No Facilities, Materials and Means To Produce Nuclear Weapons: "Ukraine has no facilities, none of the necessary materials and no means to produce nuclear weapons, Executive Director of the Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation, Elena Sokova told RIA Novosti Thursday."

Monday I noted that Ukraine had threaten to develop nuclear weapons program, but the story above puts the lie to Ukraine threats. Is Ukraine becoming another North Korea? Little immature men scurrying around making threats trying desperately to get attention.

Sanctions against Iran central banks struck

‘EU court rescinds Iran central bank sanctions’: "A top European court has struck down restrictions imposed by the European Union against the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) on an alleged charge of circumventing US-led sanctions against the Islamic Republic.
"In a judgment on Thursday, the Luxembourg-based EU’s Court of Justice said it “annuls…the EU March 23, 2012 [ruling] concerning restrictive measures against Iran in so far as it listed Central Bank of Iran.”
"'The reasons [for sanctions] relied on are so vague and lacking in detail that the only possible response was in the form of a general denial,' the court ruled on Thursday, adding that “those reasons therefore do not comply with the requirements of the case-law."

A bit of background: "At the beginning of 2012, the US and EU imposed sanctions on Iran’s oil and financial sectors with the goal of preventing other countries from purchasing Iranian oil and conducting transactions with the Central Bank of Iran."

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Hear that in New Zealand - wait - its a different tune

'Snowden may well be right': New Zealand PM doesn’t rule out nation being spied on by NSA: "Prime Minister John Key said Edward Snowden ‘may well be right’ in his claims that the NSA has access to communications from New Zealand. The politician, however, said he ‘did not believe’ mass surveillance was taking place."

See Snowden: New Zealand's Prime Minister Isn't Telling the Truth About Mass Surveillance - The Intercept

Politicians just have to qualify everything. No straight talk, but then they would not be politicians.

Ron Paul simple answer to ISIL that might work

Ron Paul: War on ISIS is Foolish Continuation of 24 Years of US War in Middle East: "For people who truly desire to defeat ISIS, Paul suggests the best practical way to accomplish this goal is for the US to “just walk away.” Paul explains:
I would think that, if you don’t like ISIS, just walk away and Syria and Iran will take care of them and they’ll get rid of all the radicals just as Saddam Hussein did. There was no al Qaeda in Iraq [when Hussein was president] and there is no al Qaeda in Iran."