Greek austerity assault on human rights, caused my IMF and EU. Tent cities popping up in Detroit and around the country. Real estate imploding, sales decline again. Declining oil prices might unleash civil unrest in some countries. Two police officers gunned down in NY. U.S. government and central bankers pushing war between the police and people. People of Yemen and Libya attacking oil ports. More lone wolf attacks this time in France. Anonymous says North Korea did not attack Sony. North Korea internet goes dark. US provoking as many countries as it possibly can to get the war started.
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Current News – 12.22.2014
- Four years of brutal austerity measures in Greece have highlighted the poverty and inequality in the country undermining democracy, a damning new report by the International Federation for Human Rights
- The organization also said that the austerity measures and “a failure to tackle the fundamental social needs” have triggered a sharp rise in unemployment that has “exacerbated pre-existing inequalities.”
- The government’s moves also forced the most “vulnerable” sections of the population to “pay the highest toll” in the crisis.
- The organization said that not only the Greek authorities are to blame, with the EU and IMF also violating their “obligations under international law” that forced the struggling Greek economy into “draconian” bailout deals.
- The city’s homeless numbers swelled over the past decade as manufacturing and other jobs disappeared and homes were lost during the national foreclosure crisis. About 16,200 of Detroit’s 680,000 residents — almost 2.4 percent — are believed to be living on the streets or in temporary shelters.
- existing home sales plunged 6.1% – the most since July 2010 (against an expected 1.1% drop)
- Every part of America saw a collapse:
- November existing-home sales in the Northeast declined 4.2
- In the Midwest, existing-home sales fell 8.9 percent
- Existing-home sales in the South decreased 3.2 percent
- Existing-home sales in the West dropped 9.6 percent
- On December 19, 2014, the Baltic Dry Index fell to 803 points, down 11 points
- The recent drop in oil prices should persist, helping to boost global economic activity by up to 0.7 percentage points next year, two senior IMF economists wrote
- Saudi Arabia said it would not cut output to prop up oil markets even if non-OPEC nations did so,
- DEMAND FOR OIL SLOWED MORE THAN EXPECTED:
- Oil-dependent economies will be hit worst – and first. other countries dependent on oil revenues — Venezuela, Nigeria, Iran, and Russia — want prices to rise sooner rather than later, “so they can balance their books and salvage their teetering economies,“
- Central bankers are counting on the dramatic fall in oil prices to trigger social unrest and political uncertainty.
- The Belarussian currency was dragged down by the slide of the Russian ruble last week, leading authorities to impose draconian measures, forbid price increases even for imported goods, and warn people against panic. Now, however, in an effort to stem the flood of hyperinflating domestic prices, authorities have blocked online stores and news websites to stop the run on banks and shops as people scramble to secure their savings.
- Just a week ago we detailed how China was preparing to bailout Russia’s liquidity crisis via the 150 billion yuan swap line the two nations agreed in October. we got confirmation as two Chinese ministers offered support for Russia. China will provide help if needed and is confident Russia can overcome its economic difficulties, Foreign Minister Wang Yi was cited as saying; “Russia is an irreplaceable strategic partner on the international stage.” Isolated?
- It seems the corporate media are oddly quiet about the 31% surge in the value of the Ruble in the last 6 days…
- the latest plan to end gun violence – by encouraging concerned children to steal their parents’ firearms from them and turn them in at schools, or perhaps police precincts.
- The PSA video above shows a young teen dramatically rifling through his parents’ drawer, only to take out a handgun and put it in his backpack, all while his mother is downstairs reading.
- The next day, he brings the gun to school, sits through class, and places it on a startled teacher’s desk before asking, “Can you take this away? I don’t feel safe with a gun in my house.”
- U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents have had their authority to detain illegal aliens reduced, some have been disarmed, and now they are seeing cuts in their paychecks.
- U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, which operates under the Department of Homeland Security, was removing about half of the M4 carbine rifles from the hands of border agents, citing safety issues that needed to be corrected. But Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, wasn’t buying the excuse, saying the M4 was one of the most reliable weapons in the world.
- The illegals get put in a camp or holding facility, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement takes over from there.
- “ICE has reduced their criteria on who they will hold in camp and many are just being released,”
- One agent said most Americans would be shocked to see the criminal records of the average illegal male immigrant.
- “The attitude is ‘Oh, he’s got only a couple of DUIs, he’s not really that bad of a guy. If they don’t have multiple DUIs on their record the prosecutors and the judges look at them like ‘huh, only two DUIs and one domestic violence? Let’s release him for now and give him a court date and we’ll determine his status later.’”
- U.S. president Barack Obama said in a TV interview set for broadcast on Sunday that he will do “everything I can” to close the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba,
- Obama promised to shut the internationally condemned prison when he took office nearly six years ago,
- President Obama signed yet another annual defense bill which explicitly forbids closing the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, leaving a pledge to close the site, made on his first day in office, unresolved.
- Both Officers were sitting in their vehicle in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn when, shortly before 3 pm on Saturday, the apparent shooter, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, approached the car and killed both.
- Brinsley, 28, had driven from a suburb of Baltimore, Maryland to Brooklyn after shooting and wounding his former girlfriend. The young man, who was clearly mentally unbalanced and evidently suicidal, seems to have been motivated in part by the police killings of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and Eric Garner in New York City.
- In the coming days and weeks, the killing of Liu and Ramos will be used to justify a crackdown on protests in New York and elsewhere and an escalation of police violence.
Other police officers shot down in cold blood
- July 13th.Detective Melvin Santiago was shot and killed (white). His killer, Lawrence Campbell, was black. Did Obama appearing before national television, no
- Jeffrey WesterfieldGary, Indiana police officer who was shot to death on July 6, 2014 (white), his killer, Carl LeEllis Blount, Jr. was black. Did Obama appearing before national television, no
- Police departments across big cities in the US are warning officers to take extra care after a spate of cop killings. Officers are advised to wear bulletproof vests a
- A message from the New York Police Department (NYPD) union told cops that they should respond to every radio call with two cars, “no matter what the opinion of the patrol supervisor,”
- President Obama has engaged in “propaganda” encouraging people to “hate the police,” former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani
- “We’ve had four months of propaganda starting with the president that everybody should hate the police,” Giuliani said during an appearance on Fox News early Sunday. “The protests are being embraced, the protests are being encouraged. The protests, even the ones that don’t lead to violence, a lot of them lead to violence, all of them lead to a conclusion: The police are bad, the police are racist. That is completely wrong.”
- A former French airline CEO Marc Dugain claims that the US may have shot down Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 and then covered it up,
- In a six-page article published by French weekly Paris Match, Dugain claims that the Boeing 777 may have got into trouble and as it was approaching the US military base on the British territory of Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean, it was shot down. US forces may have feared the plane was attempting a 9/11 style attack on the base, Dugain said.
- “It’s an extremely powerful military base. It’s surprising that the Americans have lost all trace of this aircraft.
- Ukraine may stop supplying electricity to separatist-held eastern regions if the territories do not adhere to consumption limits imposed across the country due to an energy crisis, coal supplies are non existent.
- Russia’s Deputy Defense Minister said France must decide by the end of the year if it will deliver two mistral class warships or give Moscow a refund.
- He also reportedly said that the second option of a refund ‘might even be preferable.’
- Iranian military has sent warning signals to extra-regional reconnaissance aircraft flying near the country’s borders over the past few days, a senior Iranian commander says.that several of the reconnaissance aircraft that received the warnings over the past two days were U-2.
- The ultra-high altitude aircraft are operated by the US.
- The al-Qaeda terrorist network in Yemen warned on Sunday that buildings in the country belonging to French energy giant Total are “legitimate targets” for the militants’ operations,
- The al-Qaeda militants cautioned Muslims working for Total in Yemen to stay away from the buildings
- Military planes loyal to Libya’s recognized government attacked on Sunday an opposing force that is seeking to seize the country’s two biggest oil ports, officials said.
- Fighting between Libya’s competing governments has spread to a third oil port, curbing gas exports to Italy and cutting crude production to less than needed to cover the North African country’s own domestic requirements, officials said.
- The paratroopers’ deployment is scheduled for nine months, and they will once again be labeled trainers,
- Since June, the U.S. military has been slowly stockpiling massive amounts of its gear coming out of Afghanistan at a depot in Kuwait, in preparation for ultimately shipping it across the border into Iraq for an allied offensive against the Islamic State group.
- The facility’s warehouses and large asphalt yards now are home to roughly 3,100 vehicles, most of them MRAPs – the mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles There is also some electronic equipment and other supplies at the depot,
- The U.S. military and its allies are reportedly planning for a massive spring offensive to help Iraq
- A French man shouted (“God is great” in Arabic) as he smashed his vehicle into a crowd of people, injuring 11, one day after another French man shouted the same phrase in an attack on three police officers.
- A South Korean nuclear plant operator’ computer system was hacked. The perpetrator has leaked blueprints and manuals, says if his demands for three reactors’ closure aren’t met, those living near the facilities should “stay away” from home.
- A Twitter user called “president of anti-nuclear reactor group in Hawaii” has claimed responsibility for the leaks.
- Having confirmed unequivocally, in a statement by the FBI and reiterated by President Obama, that “the North Korean government is responsible” for hacking Sony, it appears the YouTube-less ‘evidence’ the FBI provided is being questioned by the hacking-collective ‘Anonymous’ and former Lulzsec hacker Sabu. the hackers blasted, the North Koreans “don’t have the technical capabilities,” and added “we all know the hacks didn’t come from North Korea, and “all of the evidence FBI cites would be trivial things to do if a hacker was trying to misdirect attention to DPRK.“
- North Korea’s access to the Internet has been hit with outages and is offline today, according to a network-monitoring company, days after the U.S. government accused the country of hacking into Sony Corp.’s files.
- North Korea, which has four official networks connecting the country to the Internet — all of which route through China — began experiencing intermittent problems yesterday and today went completely black, according to Doug Madory, director of Internet analysis
- “The situation now is they are totally offline,” Madory said. “I don’t know that someone is launching a cyber-attack against North Korea, but this isn’t normal for them. Usually they are up solid. It is kind of out of the ordinary. This is not like anything I’ve seen before.”
- Marie Harf, a spokeswoman for the U.S. State Department, told reporters in Washington today she can’t confirm reports of cyberattacks on North Korea and won’t say what steps the U.S. may take in response to the Sony attack.