As the US and India Defense Ministers prepare to sign a LEMOA treaty, which will enable the two country to use each other’s military bases, there is still a significant amount of confusion and controversy around the act. Manohar Parrikar, the Defense Minister of India, has left to the US to meet with US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter. This meeting is expected to end with signing of LEMOA act, a treaty which will enable the two countries to use each other’s military infrastructure.
Interestingly, the media coverage description of the act is highly controversial. Forbes, for instance, is quick to say that LEMOA will enable “US armed forces… operate out of Indian bases.” “The US Navy plans to deploy 60 percent of its surface ships in the Indo-Pacific in the near future. Instead of having to build facilities virtually from the ground up, as in Afghanistan and Iraq, the US has the benefit of simple arrangements for the tremendous Indian facilities,” Forbes’s Charles Tiefer writes. However, the Indian Defense ministry officials insist that no US troops will be deployed in India, and the bases will be used only for berthing or refueling of each other’s warships. “This pact that has been agreed in principle will only facilitate military logistics cooperation such as joint military exercises and did not entail stationing of any US troops on Indian soil,” the officials said, adding that this agreement should not be viewed as a move by New Delhi to support Washington in forming any alliance against China. Ironically, Forbes says exactly the opposite:
Just yesterday, we noted how the media coverage of Clinton and Trump’s health has become “outright bizarre” (see “American Electorate Loses As Partisan Media Coverage Of Candidate Health Turns Outright Bizarre”).
In that post, we pointed out the following tweet from a New York Times columnist who was not “enthused” by all the conspiracy theories surrounding Hillary’s health and suggested that “Google should fix this.”
A few days after wowing thousands of Republicans at a rally in Jackson, Mississippi, “Mr. Brexit” Nigel Farage, penned a letter (presented below) to the Daily Mail describing Trump as the “new Ronald Reagan.” Even though he stopped short of endorsing Trump, a decision he made after condemning Obama for interjecting himself into the Brexit discussion, he did note that he “would not vote for Hillary Clinton even if she paid me.“
“I did not endorse Trump, because I had condemned President Obama for telling us what to do in our referendum.”
“But I did say that if I was a US citizen I would not vote for Hillary Clinton even if she paid me.”
“Perhaps if I donate to the Clinton Foundation her views on me might soften.“
Despite his obvious distaste for Hillary, Farage, not one to hold back, also had some criticisms of Trump saying he has “made a lot of mistakes.” He also noted Trump’s tendency to go off script saying that his “acceptance speech in Cleveland appeared to be disjointed” and “didn’t flow“. That said, in the end, he points out that everyone makes mistakes noting that “virtually everyone thought that Ronald Reagan was unfit to be the US President before he made a huge success of his two terms.“
Former Congressman Barney Frank, one of the architects of the failed Dodd-Frank “Wall Street Reform” act” called on the apolitical Federal Reserve to keep interest rates low fearing that if the American economy slipped into recession Hillary may lose. One of the central tenets of the Trump campaign is that the US economy has been artificially inflated due to the Federal Reserve flooding the market with cheap money and that when the central bank eventually reverses its backdoor stimulus policy the reality of the country’s economic woes will come crashing all at once. It appears that is a view shared by Hillary’s top financial expert Barney Frank.
Frank advised the Federal Reserve Board “not to risk destabilizing the market” and perhaps the broader economy a few weeks before Election Day. “I think it would be a mistake to do this close to the election,” Frank told The Hill. “It will be interpreted, over interpreted.” The problem with historically low interest rates that have yet to creep upwards eight years into the crisis is that it removes the market’s risk control mechanism leading to the inflation of asset bubbles as businesses are always able to cover gaps in their balance sheet with loads of cheap credit. It has long been expected that the Federal Reserve would soon move to raise interest rates in order to prevent the development or worsening of such economic bubbles, but many market insiders believed that this would likely not occur until after the election season – the last time such an action was undertaken was under Alan Greenspan in 2000 which led to a softening of the US economy perhaps stripping support from Al Gore. The US economy ultimately entered a recession by March 2001. Whereas the interest rate was raised form 4.6% to 6.3% in 2000, the interest rate remains near zero today where it has remained since Jan 2009 – a level that has never before been seen in the United States prior creating concern among many economists that the Obama recovery may have just be a cheap money barrage that will end when the country turns off the (metaphorical) printing press.
The Democratic nominee doubled down on the disturbing tactic of drumming up anti-Russia hysteria in a bid to smear Donald Trump and to label any reports not favorable to her candidacy as akin to treason. It is only 72 days until the next US President is elected and it already seems as though the fate of US-Russia relations will be irrevocably marred by a theory hatched by Hillary Clinton’s campaign that marks President Vladimir Putin as the “godfather” of what was once known as the “vast right-wing conspiracy.”
It began in the lead up to the Democratic National Convention when faced with damning evidence in the WikiLeaks file dump, campaign manager Robby Mook reached into his bag of tricks and pulled out the Russia card blaming the country’s intelligence services for the document leak exposing the complicated scheme between the Hillary camp, the DNC and the corporate media to create false narratives about Bernie Sanders in order to propel Clinton to the nomination. That once defense damage control shield has since been converted into a sword, despite a lack of evidence linking Russia to the WikiLeaks file dump – there is evidence that Russia, as well as several other countries have hacked the DNC in 2016 and in previous cycles but that is separate and apart from being the source of leaked documents. The tactic is now being employed to slander the reputations of a decorated US three-star general and to defame opposition media outlets into oblivion. Once again, Robby Mook took to the television circuit last Sunday to say that even with the ouster of Paul Manafort who faces investigation for failing to adequately report his financial ties to the Yanukovych regime (as is Hillary’s chief strategist John Podesta), “all of the Russians are not yet out of the campaign.” Mook went on to say that three-star US General Michael Flynn, the man who accurately predicted the rise of Daesh (or ISIS), was a security risk and should not be allowed to attend classified intelligence briefings with Donald Trump because he is “on the payroll of the Russia Times, a Kremlin propaganda outfit.” There is, of course, no such thing as the Russia Times (presumably he meant RT which stands for Russia Today), Michael Flynn is not on the payroll of RT, and neither RT nor Sputnik are government controlled.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump linked illegal immigration and employment Saturday, pledging to start deporting offenders as soon as he is sworn in should he become the White House’s next occupant.
“On Day One, I am going to begin swiftly removing criminal illegal immigrants from this country –- including removing the hundreds of thousands of criminal illegal immigrants that have been released into US communities under the Obama-Clinton administration,” Trump said in Des Moines, Iowa.
Trump’s Democratic rival Hillary Clinton served as secretary of state during President Barack Obama’s first term in office. The next president will be sworn in on January 20.
“I am going to build a great border wall, institute nationwide e-verify, stop illegal immigrants from accessing welfare and entitlements and develop an exit-entry tracking system to ensure those who overstay their visas are quickly removed,” Trump warned.
The document, published ahead of a general election in March, calls for the closure of all mosques and Islamic schools, a ban on the Koran, and “no more immigrants from Islamic countries.” A ban on “Islamic headscarves” in public is also proposed, as well as the prohibition of all “Islamic expressions which violate public order.” All these measures will, Wilders argues, save the country €7.2 bn (US$8bn).
Two rocket-carrying ships were expected to deliver the rocket to Qinglan Port in Wenchang in a week, the Shanghai daily reported. The newspaper added that Long March-5 was planned to carry the lunar probe in 2017 and could be used to launch both Mars probes and Beijing’s space station modules. Long March 5 is China’s largest ever rocket. It is developed by the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology (CALT) under the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC).
Facing accusations that it acted aggressively toward a US warship in the Persian Gulf this week, Iran has defended its actions. This comes amid reports of a series of close encounters between US and Iranian vessels that took place in the region this week. On Tuesday, four Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps vessels intercepted the guided-missile destroyer USS Nitze near the Strait of Hormuz. US officials described the interception as “unsafe and unprofessional.”
On Thursday, Iranian defense minister Gen. Hosein Dehghan defended Tehran’s actions, adding that the Revolutionary Guard would perform similar intercepts in the future if necessary. “If any foreign vessel enters our waters, we warn them, and if it’s an invasion, we confront,” he told Tasnim news agency. Dehghan’s comments came hours before reports surfaced that four similar incidents occurred in the Persian Gulf this week. According to US officials, one instance involved the USS Squall. Operating in the Northern Persian Gulf, an Iranian ship came within 200 yards of the American vessel. Crewmembers aboard the Squall fired three warning shots into the water.
The recent DC Leaks, of over 2,500 documents from George Soros NGOs, has shed a bright light on how the billionaire uses his vast wealth to create global chaos in an never ending push to deliver his neo-liberal euphoria to the peasant classes.
While Soros has managed to thoroughly destabilise the European Union by promoting mass immigration and open borders, divided the United States by actively funding Black Lives Matters and corrupting the very corruptible US political class, and destroyed Ukraine by pushing for an illegal coup of a democratically elected government using neo-nazi strong men…one country that Soros has not bee able to crack has been The Russian Federation.
Russia’s political pragmatism and humanist value system rooted in a traditional, “nation-state” culture most likely infuriates Soros.
Russia is Soros’ white whale… a creature he has been trying to capture and kill-off for nearly a decade.
Unfortunately for Soros (and fortunately for the entire planet) the Russian government realised the cancerous nature of Soros backed NGOs, and took the proper preventative measures…which in hindsight, and after reviewing the DC Leaks memos, proved to be a very wise move.