Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund Asset Development Plan (Greek Privatization Plan) Leaked (PDF)

by Scott Creighton

The privatization plan concocted by the Troika’s International Monetary Fund, European Commission and European Central Bank has been leaked online. It includes a vast array of nationally owned businesses, infrastructure and public services including:

  • airports
  • gas transmission systems (pipelines) (keep in mind: the Turkish Stream gas pipeline)
  • golf courses
  • hotels
  • shipping ports
  • railways
  • marinas
  • motorways (toll roads)
  • oil refineries
  • various “other real estate tenders” in Argos, Veroia, Stylinda, Kefalonia, Nafplion, Chalkidiki, Mesinia and Athens
  • telecommunication services
  • the public power service (electric services)
  • public gas services
  • the postal services
  • and two water supply services

It’s called the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund Asset Development Plan (PDF) and essentially, it’s the selling off of nearly all of the potentially profitable government functions of Greece.

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Syria condemns US-South Korea provocations against DPRK

(And so do I)

from Sana News Agency

Syria expressed on Sunday its strong condemnation of the U.S.-South Korean military exercises and propaganda targeting the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

“Syria has been following with concern the latest developments in the Korean Peninsula,” said Foreign and Expatriates Ministry in a statement.

It referred to the continued U.S.-South Korean joint military exercises and the “provocations” which South Korea carried out across the border with the DPRK “that are aimed at disrupting [the latter’s] security and stability.”

[read more here]

Cheonan Redux: South Korea Steps Up Provocation of North After a South Korean Land Mine Injures Two South Korean Soldiers

by Scott Creighton

South Korea appears to have been given the go-ahead to step up their provocation of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) in these, the latter stages of President Peace Prize’s tenure.

Recent reports have the South Koreans lobbing artillery shells into North Korea supposedly in response to a “rocket attack” launched by the north. This is all confirmed by South Korea’s Defense Ministry.

The Press TV article, like every other one I have read, takes the claim of South Korea’s ministry at face value, not asking for any form of confirmation that the North did in fact commit an act of open aggression by firing a rocket into South Korea. In fact, the only article I can find with any details on that crucial aspect of this event only offers the following information:

South Korea said its detection equipment had spotted the trajectory of a suspected North Korean projectile launched at around 3:52 p.m. (0652 GMT), which did not appear to have damaged the loudspeaker or caused any injuries. Reuters

According to Reuters, the area around a military base where the rocket supposedly struck was evacuated of all civilian prying eyes, making it easier to plant evidence perhaps.

There have been no reports out of North Korea of either the rocket attack or the shelling.

Shades of Tonkin perhaps? Or better still, the PCC-772 Cheonan?

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Payment for services rendered: Obama prepares to cash in on presidency

by Patrick Martin, WSWS

An article in the Monday edition of the New York Times, headlined “With High-Profile Help, Obama Plots Life After Presidency,” describes the ongoing discussions between the US president and groups of supporters and cronies about plans for Obama after he leaves the White House on January 20, 2017.

These discussion are “part of a methodical effort taking place inside and outside the White House as the president, first lady and a cadre of top aides map out a postpresidential infrastructure and endowment they estimate could cost as much as $1 billion,” the Times reports.

This figure was chosen after a review of the experiences of Obama’s immediate predecessors. Bill Clinton, according to this account, made the “mistake” of raising too little money initially for his presidential library in Little Rock, Arkansas, forcing him to make repeated fundraising appeals in subsequent years.

George W. Bush raised $500 million for his library, an ample sum, but “Obama’s associates set a goal of raising at least $800 million — enough money, they say, to avoid never-ending fund-raising. One top adviser said that $800 million was a floor rather than a ceiling.”

And that is only the funding for the library, to say nothing of the forthcoming Obama Global Foundation, apparently modeled on the vast and lucrative enterprise set up by Bill and Hillary Clinton, which has raised billions over the past 15 years.

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The Color Revolution and Destabilization Campaign in Turkey is Fully Underway: Turkey In Political Crisis As Violence Spirals

Reuters

Gunmen opened fire on Turkish police outside an Istanbul palace and eight soldiers were killed in a bomb attack in the southeast on Wednesday, heightening a sense of crisis as the country’s political leaders struggle to form a new government.

The Istanbul governor’s office said two members of a “terrorist group” armed with hand grenades and an automatic rifle were caught after attacking the Dolmabahce palace, popular with tourists and home to the prime minister’s Istanbul offices.

There were no reports of casualties.

Militants from the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) meanwhile killed eight soldiers with a roadside bomb in the southeastern province of Siirt, the military said, intensifying a conflict there after the breakdown of a two-year ceasefire last month.

The unrest in the NATO member state comes weeks after it declared a “war on terror,” opening up its air bases to the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State, launching air strikes on Kurdish militants, and detaining more than 2,500 suspected members of radical Kurdish, far-leftist and Islamist groups.

The latest attacks also come a day after Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu gave up on efforts to form a new government after weeks of coalition talks with the opposition failed, paving the way for a new election potentially within months.

[read more here]

The “ISIS™” Operandi: What is Happening in Libya? Part 1

by Scott Creighton

First we review the Modus operandi, or the “method of operations” of President Peace Prize and NATO

When the people got tired of our puppet dictator in Yemen, Ali Abdullah Saleh, a legitimate people’s revolution removed him from power and in his place they allowed a phony, one candidate “election” to take place in 2012 (orchestrated by Hillary Clinton’s State Department) and they got another puppet of the West, Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

Once it was clear he was no different that the previous dictator, in Sept of last year, the Houthis from the west rose up and took control of the nation, evicting our puppet ruler and effectively taking control of the country.

The current government of Yemen is deemed “illegitimate” by Western/NATO interests while they fully back the current neo-Nazi, fascist government in Ukraine which came to power via a US-backed bloody color revolution last year as well.

These same Western interests also support the illegitimate junta currently ruling Thailand which also came to power in a US backed coup in 2014.

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Ayn Rand “Institute” Promoted Their fascist, Oligarch Worshiping Selfish Ideology on Twitter – Gets WRECKED in Comments from Real Human Beings

by Scott Creighton

This is funny as shit.

You think the oligarchs who have been paying billions since the Lewis Powell memo of ’71 have been winning when it comes to their plan to turn us all into sociopathic, selfish drones with nothing more than self-serving service to their greatness on our minds?

Think again.

Just now the Ayn Rand Institute promoted (paid for) a Tweet on Twitter to be shoveled down the throats of everyone on the service. I received the ridiculous message (Ayn Rand “institute”? Higher learning associated with their childish drivel? Now that’s funny) and was offended that it was there so I clicked on it in order to leave an appropriately sarcastic message. That’s when I was pleasantly surprised to see the response. By a count of about 99 to 1 the replies are definitively negative. The Ayn Rand “institute” got completely WRECKED with their little promotion idea. Absolutely, totally WRECKED.

So I figured I would post them here for you to see. Enjoy.

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