Iran Targets Weakest of EU Members (PIIGS) with their Counter Sanctions Plan in Order to Threaten Entire European Union

by Scott Creighton

Press TV has announced that Iran is going to cut oil supplies to 6 of the EU nations that voted to support the US/British oil and banking sanctions imposed on Iran last month including Netherlands, Spain, Italy, France, Greece and Portugal. Notice something interesting there? The countries are mainly the nations designated as the “PIIGS” countries that the EU and European Central Bank so called them due to their poor economic standing after the bank-made global economic crisis of 2008: Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece, and Spain (PIIGS). Only Ireland has been left off that list of countries who will feel the brunt of Iran’s counter sanction proposal.

This announcement has been made prior to Iran’s parliament’s approval of the bill enacting this counter sanction into law, but few would anticipate the defeat of such a measure.

Is it a coincidence that the weakest of the EU nations and two of the leading globalist movers and shakers are being targeted by the Iranian plan? Of course not. The obvious threat here is to seriously weaken the economies of these 4 troubled nations and in so doing, blow the EU completely apart. Everyone understands that Greece alone nearly brought the EU to a crippled end and now, with Greece and the three other weakest economies in the cross hairs, it would seem that Iran’s plan to combat the dishonest sanction campaign is to target them where they are weakest and thus topple the EU in the process.

Beyond Pretense: The Global Free Market Wars Finally Acknowledged (and another U.S.S. Liberty event on the horizon?)

by Scott Creighton

UPDATE: After all attempts to frame Iran have failed thus far, a Jerusalem Post article (written by a former Israeli intelligence officer turned Operation Mockingbird style “journalist“) suggests Iran will provide the needed pretext for the war themselves by attacking a U.S. warship. Get that? They failed to frame Iran for everything from rigged elections to 9/11 and now, out of the blue, they expect Iran will make the unusually stupid move of attacking a U.S. warship and setting themselves up for regime change and perhaps a million dead Iranians in the process.

A Prison Planet article about this frightening prediction mentions Gulf of Tonkin and the USS Maine false flag attacks but for some reason never mentions the prolonged Israeli attack on the U.S.S. Liberty (see details at the end of this article) which looked to pull us into their conflict with Egypt until a Russian sub was spotted nearby watching the hours long attack and the Liberty simply refused to sink. Go figure.

UPDATE 2: Chris Mathews covered the Israeli assassination of the Iranian nuclear scientist yesterday. You might think that is good, but it is not because of HOW they covered it; they are setting up a narrative explaining WHY the Iranians would launch a military attack of some kind against the U.S. Navy. And that is EXACTLY the same thing the Jerusalem Post wrote about the other day.

The story line according the Hardball goes something like this:

  • The Obama administration doesn’t want a conflict with Iran (even though it’s obvious that they do want a regime change in Iran)
  • The new sanctions on Iran are making them desperate (even though South Korea, China, North Korea, Venezuela, Russia, Pakistan, India and others are not going to abide by them, and neither is Halliburton for that matter)
  • The Israeli attack on a nuclear scientist is going to prompt Iran to attack the U.S. (even though they know it was not the U.S. that killed their scientist and even though there are Israeli ships in the Gulf as well as U.S. ships)
  • There are mentions of Iran firing a missile at a U.S. warship or mining the Straight of Hormuz (does that remind anyone of the Cheonan incident, or is it just me?)
  • Israel will then “help” the United States and be the good guys by striking back at Iran.

Mathews and Hardball are not helping us by exposing the underlying truth in this situation but rather they are laying the groundwork for the official narrative of another false flag attack even before it plays out. The Iranians would never launch an attack on a US warship because Israel killed another of their scientists. That premise is ludicrous at best. And yet, there it is.

UPDATE 3: British Prime Minister has gone to meet with the Saudi Royal family just days after the Saudi ruling regime killed protesters and hours after the British issue a warning to their citizens about traveling to that region due to “conflicts” escalating.

UPDATE 4: According to the complicit MSM, an “independent news service” known as irannuc.ir is claiming that the Iranian people buried the nuclear scientist chanting “death to the US. death to Israel” and they claim that Iran (quoting unnamed sources) is planning an attack against the West in retaliation. Of course the only videos of the burial show mourners saying “death to the terrorists”

It appears the “independent news service” (read as US financed destabilization campaign NGO) is helping to push the “Iran is going to attack” narrative.

This irannuc propaganda is already on Fox News and MSN alike.

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For years I have been using the phrase “The Global Free Market Wars” to explain what is happening around the world. I didn’t coin the phrase, I don’t know who did, I wish I had. The pretense is coming to a end.  The Global War on Terror is and has been since it’s inception, a fraud. A lie. 935 lies for Iraq; 1 Big Lie for Afghanistan (built on literally tons of smaller lies); NGO lies for Libya; a Fox News generated lie for Pakistan; a retroactive lie for Yemen; a lie of omission for Sudan; an opportunistic lie for North Korea; and finally, a string of lies for Iran.

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DEBTOCRACY (FULL – ENG Subs)

Neoliberalism is a crime, it’s a crime against humanity, and it is the now the established religion of the elite and political classes.

As is pointed out in this film, even if this odious debt we face here is in fact completely legitimate, which of course it is not, but even if it is, it is immoral and illegal to kill a nation’s own people in order to pay it off. And that’s exactly what they are doing when they attack the social safety net, the public education system, Social Security, and the health care policies of America.

“What they are in effect saying is that they are going to default in their obligations to the Greek people. And I don’t understand how a social democratic, socialist popularly elected government can turn to it’s own voters and say “we are going to default on you rather than defaulting on the financial institutions”

Watch the movie.

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The Federal Reserve Cartel: Part I: The Eight Families

(Another must read. Also read the post below by Michael Hudson.)

by Dean Henderson, Left Hook Blog

The Four Horsemen of Banking (Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup and Wells Fargo) own the Four Horsemen of Oil (Exxon Mobil, Royal Dutch/Shell, BP and Chevron Texaco); in tandem with Deutsche Bank, BNP, Barclays and other European old money behemoths. But their monopoly over the global economy does not end at the edge of the oil patch.

According to company 10K filings to the SEC, the Four Horsemen of Banking are among the top ten stock holders of virtually every Fortune 500 corporation.[1]

So who then are the stockholders in these money center banks?

This information is guarded much more closely. My queries to bank regulatory agencies regarding stock ownership in the top 25 US bank holding companies were given Freedom of Information Act status, before being denied on “national security” grounds. This is rather ironic, since many of the bank’s stockholders reside in Europe.

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Replacing Economic Democracy with Financial Oligarchy

(A must read)

by Michael Hudson, Information Clearinghouse

Soon after the Socialist Party won Greece’s national elections in autumn 2009, it became apparent that the government’s finances were in a shambles. In May 2010, French President Nicolas Sarkozy took the lead in rounding up €120bn ($180 billion) from European governments to subsidize Greece’s unprogressive tax system that had led its government into debt – which Wall Street banks had helped conceal with Enron-style accounting.

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The Strauss-Kahn Set-Up and the Globalist Assault on Greek Sovereignty

by Scott Creighton

Now that Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been successfully removed from the equation, the globalist financial institutions are free to cash in on the Great Recession they created.  They’re attempting to hammer the people of Greece into submission with new “unprecedented” levels of privatization of public assets and even calls for “outside institutions” to take over some aspects of governing their country… like tax collection to start with. The buzz-word here is “sovereignty” and Greece is only the beginning.

“In order for the country to get future bailout money, the country will have to give up some sovereignty.

Specifically, according to a bombshell FT report, outside authorities will take over various functions related to tax collection (a big time problem in Athens) and privatizations.”  Business Insider

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Videos of Police Brutality in Spain

(H/T Prison Planet)

Could you imagine the outcry if this were taking place in Iran? We would be at war in hours.

They are wearing riot gear, masks, no name tags, no faces… beating on children.

Go here to watch new videos being uploaded now.

In this video, watch the fascist thugs get chased from the square by thousands of protesters.

One of our “democratic” partners in the Global Free Market Wars shows us how they deal with protests (ie: the will of the people) when it comes to pushing their austerity measures programs on their own people.

Watch as Spain unleashes their own jack-booted thugs (dressed out like Storm Troopers in black) on young Spanish protesters.

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The Fake Color Revolution is Back in Iran – Globalist Destabilization Efforts Under Cover of Egypt’s Real Revolution

by Scott Creighton

In every crisis, real or manufactured, there is… opportunity.

Contrary to Julian Assange’s assessment, the current wave of pro-democracy movements in the Middle East (recently called a “virus” by John McCain) was not created by the CIA honeypot called Wikileaks. Nor, as the one-time Lyndon LaRouche follower Webster Tarpley has put it, was it all a CIA destabilization plan. There are causes that track back to the United States, English banks, and Wall Street which mainly deal with accelerating food prices due to rampant speculation, a global wave of unemployment due to a planned demolition of the global economy, and the despotic dictatorial rule by U.S. and British friendly puppet regimes, so yes, you can trace the roots of these outbreaks back to the global interests the CIA serves.

But these uprisings are mainly in countries that already serve our “national interests” ie our banks and multi-national corporations and many of them are critically important to ongoing venture capital programs like Egypt (Suez Canal) and Yemen (Hunt Oil Pipeline) for starters.

So why lite those fires when the outcome is uncertain at best?

C.I.A. destabilization plans are used in countries that are not already friendly to our interests (see above) such as Cuba, Venezuela, North Korea, and of course… Iran.  The differences between the real revolutions and the fake ones are very important. We cannot forget.

the struggle against power “is the struggle of memory against forgetting.” Milan Kundera

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Wikileaks™ Cables Used to Remove Irish Foreign Minister on the Eve of the Announcement of the IMF Austery Plan

by Scott Creighton

On Nov. 30th 2010, Wikileaks released a cable written by Ambassador Thomas C. Foley which purports to implicate Irish Foreign Minister Dermot Ahern in complicity with the widespread extraordinary rendition program being run by the CIA and U.S. military during the Iraq war. This “leak” was designed to embarrass Ahern and there is no way of validating it’s authenticity or the legitimacy of the statements made by Foley.  The cable suggests that Ahern was simply providing a measure of diplomatic neutrality to the U.S. by following their request to not inspect certain flights landing in Ireland as the GWOT progressed; turning a “blind eye” to U.S. crimes against humanity. And yet the press coming out of this practically implicates Ahern in war crimes. As you will see, the cables don’t say anything of the sort and the timing of these Wikileaks releases, right before the publication of the new IMF forced Irish Finance Plan of 2011 (set to be released today), perhaps has more to tell us about the real purpose behind these cables than anything else.

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American INGSOC: “New World Order” unword – replace with “New International Order”

by Scott Creighton

See? All those conspiracy theorists were so wrong, so stupid. There is no “New World Order”. How paranoid is that?  But there will be a “New International Order”.  We need it to keep us safe and spread democracy.   Everyone knows that…”  a random Amerian progressive

In perhaps his most Orwellian speech to date, Barack Obama addressed the cadets at West Point yesterday. Though his language was stunningly dishonest to the point of a Cheneyesque caricature, the real horror lies just behind the context of what he is saying and goes straight back to the double-speak that defined his election campaign.

Gone is the man who campaigned on ending the “mindset that keeps taking us to war” and in his place is a Disney theme-ride automation programmed to read a script that would have made George Orwell blush.

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Greek government announces major pension cuts

(The Greek middle class has completely abandoned the working class. There are calls now from the billionaire owned papers to suspend the constitution in order to deal with the popular dissent in Greece. The Greek government in collusion with the IMF and the EU are calling for a pension freeze, massive tax increases on that frozen pension, and stripping holiday bonus pay. Factor all that in with the huge tax increases, pay rate reductions, and privatizations and what you end up with is the standard of living of the working and poor classes being attacked right out in the open, with the “liberal elites” arguing they need to suspend the constitution to deal with the slave uprising.)

By Robert Stevens and Alex Lantier, WSWS

On Tuesday, the Greek government announced a massive cut in pension benefits. The bill was prepared in consultation with International Monetary Fund (IMF) and European Union (EU) officials in a cabinet meeting the night before.

The measure is the latest in a series of cuts carried out by Prime Minister George Papandreou’s social democratic government, following the outbreak of the Greek debt crisis. It comes on the heels of a nationally televised May 2 announcement of a €30 billion austerity plan, including massive wage cuts, sales tax increases, and privatisations, in exchange for a joint IMF-European bailout.

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Euro aid package inaugurates offensive against working class

by Peter Schwartz, WSWS

Last weekend, European leaders and finance ministers agreed to a rescue package for the euro which inaugurates the most comprehensive offensive against the working class since the end of World War II. This offensive must be repulsed by the combined resistance of the European working class.

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Greek Parliament approves deep social cuts in face of mass opposition; Stock markets fall sharply on fears of unrest

by Joe Kishore and Alexander Lantier, WSWS

The Greek Parliament voted to approve €30 billion in cuts to jobs, wages, pensions, and social spending Thursday, the day after a general strike against the measures. The cuts were agreed to by Prime Minister George Papandreou as part of a loan package from European governments and the International Monetary Fund.

Mass opposition to the measures panicked stock markets, expressing growing concern in ruling circles that global social unrest will disrupt plans to make the working class pay for government deficits. Markets fell sharply in Asia, Europe, and the United States.

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