Iran Wants to Dump Dollar in Crude Oil Trade

(Iraq wanted to go off the dollar in crude oil trading, so we invaded the country under the guise of 9/11, then Yellow Cake from Niger, then WMDs and then finally because he was killing his own people. Libya was setting up the whole of Africa to go off the petro dollar so we regime changed that country via a “humanitarian intervention” similar to the last lie told to us by George W. Bush regarding Saddam. Now we have Iran making the same noise about leaving the dollar.)

RT

Iran wants post-sanctions’ oil contracts denominated in dollars and have buyers pay in euros, Reuters reported. Tehran is also keen to receive money owed to it since the pre-sanctions days in the European currency.

The country’s crude deliveries are to be restored soon, with companies such as the French giant Total, Spanish refiner Cepsa and Litasco and the trading arm of Russia’s Lukoil already holding contracts. Reuters source at state-owned National Iranian Oil Co (NIOC) told the agency that Tehran wants to receive payment in euros.

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Bernie Sanders is Not a Socialist and He is NOT Leading Some Kind of “Revolution” – We Deserve Better

by Scott Creighton

Bernie Sanders has burned himself into the hearts and minds of young, idealistic Americans across the country and as his poll numbers indicate, his message of a more economically balanced nation waiting in the wings just a vote away is resonating with a lot of people.

In order to further his cause, Bernie describes himself as a democratic socialist and many young, naive people who don’t really understand what a socialist is, believe him. But he is not a socialist.

Bernie Sanders is a lie. He’s a fraud. Or, he’s a coward. Or all of the above. But make no mistake about it, he’s no better than Hillary Clinton because he will do and say whatever he has to in order to serve the masters of the universe just like she does. And his “revolution” is as much of a sham as Ron Paul’s used to be.

All you have to do is look back at Libya and research Bernie’s role in the illegal, immoral operation and you will see what Bernie Sanders really is. Then go to the polls and look for “none of the above”

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German spy agency says ISIS sending fighters disguised as refugees

from Reuters

Islamic State militants have slipped into Europe disguised as refugees, the head of Germany’s domestic intelligence agency (BfV) said on Friday, a day after security forces thwarted a potential IS attack in Berlin.

Hans-Georg Maassen said the terrorist attacks in Paris last November had shown that Islamic State was deliberately planting terrorists among the refugees flowing into Europe.

“Then we have repeatedly seen that terrorists … have slipped in camouflaged or disguised as refugees. This is a fact that the security agencies are facing,” Maassen told ZDF television.

 

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Senate Democrat Says It’s Time To Cut Off Support For Saudi Arabia’s War In Yemen

from the Huffington Post

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) called for the U.S. to cease military involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen, doubling down on his critique last week of America’s relationship with Saudi Arabia.

Murphy, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told HuffPost’s Friday podcast of “So That Happened” that he hasn’t yet heard a legitimate defense of the Obama administration’s policy of providing military assistance to the Saudis in their aerial war in Yemen. That war has killed thousands of civilians and deteriorated conditions in an already unstable country.

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Photo of Hillary Taking it to the Big Financial Masters at Goldman Sachs back in 2005

by Scott Creighton

Last night Hillary Clinton said she’s not the establishment candidate or in service to Big Banking and the Wall Street masters of the universe. She was angry that the Sanders campaign had “smeared” her good name by suggesting all that money she takes from Big Banking and Finance has strings attached to it. As proof, she said before the crash of 2008 she was going after companies like Goldman Sachs telling them they were going to wreck the economy so they should stop.

Then again, she also said at one time she came under sniper fire at an airport and that the Benghazi attack was a spontaneous thing caused by a ridiculous film (made by a guy working for the FBI)

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Dr. “Andy” McGuire, Formerly in the Medicaid Privatization Business, Denies Sanders an Iowa Recount

by Scott Creighton

Dr. Andrea “Andy” McGuire, chairwoman of the Iowa Democratic Party, has officially denied the Sanders campaign request for an evaluation of the Iowa caucus results as compared to the data published on the Microsoft vote tally software used to determine Hillary Clinton won the election by .2 of a percent. In most states a result this close would trigger an automatic recount just to be sure. McGuire has flat out refused to allow one leaving only Microsoft’s say-so as the official verdict in the matter.

The Sanders campaign is rechecking results on its own, going precinct by precinct, and is already finding inconsistencies, said Rania Batrice, a Sanders spokeswoman. The campaign seeks the math sheets or other paperwork that precinct chairs filled out and were supposed to return to the state party. They want to compare those documents to the results entered into a Microsoft app and sent to the party.

“Let’s compare notes. Let’s see if they match,” Batrice said Wednesday.

Dr. Andy McGuire, chairwoman of the Iowa Democratic Party, dug in her heels and said no. Des Moines Register

As others have pointed out, Dr. “Andy” McGuire has no business being in a position to make that kind of decision. Not only does her car sport a license plate that reads “HRC 2016” but she was also co-chair of Hillary’s 2008 presidential campaign in Iowa and has held fundraisers for Hillary in her own home.

Sanders is expected to win handily in New Hampshire. The polls are so lopsided right now in favor of him, they couldn’t possibly get away with stealing it via electronic voting machines without risking exposing their election rigging tool, so they’ll have to let this one go. And that means Bernie, if he had won Iowa, would be way out ahead of Clinton in the early stages of the race and that would put to bed the notion that he is “not electable”

In fact, during the caucus when Sanders was ahead, the pundits were already talking about when Hillary should get out of the race since he was expected to win New Hampshire. It’s no small thing, Hillary pulling out the ‘win’ in Iowa.

That said, should someone like Dr. McGuire be in a position to deny the Sanders campaign access to the hard copies of the voting tallies from the caucus? Obviously not. She’s effectively still on the Clinton campaign staff.

But there is something else at play here as well. She is ideologically opposed to Sanders’ Medicare For All policy and possibly even financially invested in keeping him from achieving it. That means she is definitely opposed to keeping us from having single payer healthcare because at one time she headed up a Medicaid privatization program in Iowa.

For “Andy” McGuire, Bernie Sanders’ revolution is the last thing she wants to see take shape in this country and therefore, helping Microsoft steal the Iowa caucus for her neoliberal candidate doesn’t seem like much of a stretch of the imagination.

Dr. Andrea “Andy” McGuire, president and chief operating officer for the Iowa plan, was previously chief medical officer of American Republic Insurance Co., Photo by Duane Tinkey

Dr. Andrea “Andy” McGuire, president and chief operating officer for the Iowa plan, was previously chief medical officer of American Republic Insurance Co., Photo by Duane Tinkey

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Tear gas, Molotov cocktails deployed during general strike in Greece

from RT

Tear gas and Molotov cocktails have been deployed during a demonstration in Syntagma Square, Athens, where around 50,000 Greeks marched on parliament during a general strike.

Groups of youths then broke away from the crowd and began hurling stones and petrol bombs at police on Thursday. Officers responded with rounds of tear gas and stun grenades, witnesses told Reuters.

The protesters are demonstrating against pension reforms that are part of Greece’s third international bailout.

“They [government] should be strung up here, in Syntagma Square,” pensioner Nikos Ghinis said as he marched in central Athens.

“I’m getting €740 euros ($826.21) a month for 40 years of work…I’m (demonstrating) here for my children and grandchildren,” he said.

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