to 120 US military personnel are operating out of two secret drone
bases in Somalia, carrying out attacks on Al-Shabab militants and
working with African Union peacekeepers, a new report has revealed.
2015-07-03 US: Recovery? What recovery? ==========================
The US government released its monthly jobs report for June showing the
unemployment rate falling to a seven-year low. However, analysts say
the picture may be deceiving, as labor participation also dropped to a
38-year-low for those 16 and older.
The June jobs report from the
Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which is intended to give a snapshot
of the state of the US labor market, shows that the country’s
unemployment rate fell to 5.3 percent from 5.5 percent in May, with
American companies adding 223,000 new jobs. However, more people left
the workforce and the percentage of Americans with jobs fell, dropping
to 62.6 percent for those 16 and older.
2015-07-03 WIKILEAKS: US targeted a list of German state high offices ======================
The so-called “Target Office of Primary Interest” list, created by the
NSA for the years 2010-2012, allegedly contains 69 high-ranking German
officials, including current economy minister and Vice-Chancellor Sigmar
“Today’s publication further demonstrates that the
United States’ economic espionage campaign extends to Germany and to key
European institutions and issues such as
the European Central Bank and the crisis in Greece,” said Julian
Assange, WikiLeaks editor-in-chief, in the press-release on Wednesday.
He also claimed that the UK provided assistance to the NSA.
Read more ‘Espionnage Élysée’: WikiLeaks claims NSA spied on Hollande, Sarkozy and Chirac
"Merkel’s chief of staff “made clear that abiding by German law is
indispensable” and that any violations will be pursued", Merkel’s
spokesman Steffen Seibert said in a statement.
“Beyond that, the
cooperation between German and American intelligence services that is
essential for the security of our citizens is burdened by such repeated
incidents,” he added, as cited by the Washington Post.
2015-07-02 Nobel Prize winner Stiglitz on Greek default (and he left out Iceland) ============================ Argentina Shows Greece There May Be Life After Default By Joseph Stiglitz, Martin Guzman, The Huffington Post Both in Argentina and Greece, restoring debt sustainability required a deep sovereign debt restructuring. READ MORE»
2015-07-02 Cold War 2.0 - defections? ======================== Egypt, Greece, and now Saudi Arabia? It looks like the US attempts to isolate Russia are having an opposite effect... jz ___________________
article originally appeared at OilPrice.comThe news from the recent St.
Petersburg Economic Forum, which took place from June 18 to 20,
inspired a torrent of speculation on the future direction of energy
2015-07-02 WIKILEAKS: Trade in Services Agreement - Press release =======================
Today, 1500 CEST Wednesday, 1 July 2015, WikiLeaks releases a modern
journalistic holy grail: the secret Core Text for the largest 'trade
deal' in history, the TiSA (Trade In Services Agreement), whose 52
nations together comprise two-thirds of global GDP. The negotiating
parties are the United States, the 28 members of the European Union and
23 other countries, including Turkey, Mexico, Canada, Australia,
Pakistan, Taiwan and Israel.
Today's publication happens the week
before the next TiSA negotiating round that begins on Monday, 6 July.
WikiLeaks is also today publishing the full agenda for next week's
negotiations, which shows that discussions will focus on Financial
Services, Telecommunications and the Movement of Natural Persons.
WikiLeaks is also publishing a previously unpublished Annex text – the
secret TiSA Annex on Government Procurement. The draft Annex aims to
reduce procurement regulation to ensure that TiSA governments will not
favour local services over services supplied by foreign multinationals.
WikiLeaks is also publishing the new negotiating texts for three highly
controversial TiSA annexes: the annexes on the Movement of Natural
Persons, the Domestic Regulation Annex and the Transparency Annex. All
three texts include negotiating positions of each of the participant
countries in the TiSA negotiations, and illustrate developments from
previous versions of the TiSA annexes, also published by WikiLeaks.
WikiLeaks has also released 36 pages of our own expert analysis.
While the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the
Transatlantic Trade and Investment Pact (TTIP) have become well known in
recent months, the TiSA is the largest component of the United States'
strategic neoliberal 'trade' treaty triumvirate. Together, the three
treaties form not only a new legal order shaped for transnational
corporations, but a new economic "grand enclosure", which excludes China
and all other BRICS countries.
According to statements made in
April by US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, parts of the triumvirate
are "as important" to the US engagement with Asia as "another aircraft
carrier". All three treaties have been subject to stringent criticism
for the lack of transparency and public consultation in their
negotiation processes. TiSA drafts are classified for a period of five
years after the completion of the treaty.
According to NSA
interceptions of French treasurer Jean-Francois Boittin published by
WikiLeaks on Tuesday "Washington is negotiating with every nation that
borders China... so as to 'confront Beijing'."
The TiSA Core Text
shows how this negotiation aims at going beyond the GATS agreement,
substantially further restricting what governments can do in services.
There are far more extensive criteria for commercial firms, including
foreign ones, to force governments to protect their corporate interests.
Changes to scheduling bring more services than GATS under two main
rules regarding commercial businesses working in foreign jurisdictions:
non-discrimination in favour of local companies and market access
abilities to not limit the size and shape of foreign companies in the
The text also shows TiSA expanding the GATS agreement to
include new "disciplines" such as those on domestic regulation,
transparency and eCommerce. TiSA is also of great worry to developing
countries, a number of whom will be bound by this agreement, as it does
not give any of the GATS provisions for them, but instead gives greater
protections for foreign growth into the countries, with protections for
national services far lesser than GATS'.
Today's publication of
the TiSA Core Text adds to WikiLeaks' prior publications of numerous
secret TiSA annexes. The text reveals the ideological and legal
underpinnings of the TiSA, and provides the overarching context for each
of the TiSA annexes.
According to World Bank figures, "services"
comprise 75% of the EU economy and 80% of the US economy. For a typical
developing country like Pakistan, services comprise 53% of its economy.
The TiSA covers the majority of the global economy.
2015-07-02 GERMANY: A US vassal state? ==========================
PUTIN: "If the German foreign politics continues to serve US interests,
in the future we should directly discuss German affairs with the US."
2015-07-02 The Rabin assassination and government corruption in Israel ================== My latest piece in OpEdNews.com. A different perspective on Israel and US-Israel relationships. jz ______
Over the past year the State of Israel has been rocked by never-ending
corruption scandals, involving the highest levels of the justice and law
enforcement systems. However, the modus operandi has so far involved
covering it all up through a series of bizarre show trials. The most likely
reason: Key figures in the recent corruption scandals, Ruth David --
former Tel-Aviv District Attorney, and Efraim Bracha -- senior Israel
Police commander, were also key figures in perverting the Rabin
assassination investigation for the benefit of the powers that be.
Regardless of the squabbles between Netanyahu and Obama, the US stands
firm behind the powers, which took over control of the State of Israel
following the assassination...
2015-07-01 ISRAEL: Gaza massacre exposes Israel at its worst ========================
A major Israeli newspapers published a piece calling Israelis, who
collaborate in investigation of the Gaza massacre, "Traitors", who
should be killed... The Gaza massacre and the year since then showed
increasing repression of Freedom of Speech, Freem of the Press, Freedom
of Assembly and Demonstration in Israel.
2015-07-01 US: News from the American Gulag ===================== Thousands Kept in Solitary Confinement in Illinois Prisons
Olivia Exstrum, The Chicago Reporter: A class-action lawsuit filed this
week is challenging the widespread use of solitary confinement by the
Illinois Department of Corrections. About 2,300 state prisoners are kept
in solitary confinement, often for relatively minor offenses. Read the Article and View the Infographic
Nighttime hearing and “Restraining Order” on
anti-banksters activist Barak Cohen – actions of a lawful court of
the State of Israel? //
ברק כהן ו”באים לבנקאים” -
של בית משפט על פי חוקי מדינת ישראל?
Efrat Obni conducted a late night hearing, outside the normal
operating hours of the Court with no clear reason. The hearing was
not conducted in the normal courtroom. The hearing was purportedly
conducted “behind closed doors” - with full media coverage. The
hearing fails to appear in the Calendar of the Court... Perversion
of court process and court records, conduct of simulated court
process, and the publication of simulated court records have become a
routine in the Israeli courts over the past decade. Implementation
of fraudulent IT systems in the courts enables such conduct. The
courts and the legal profession is the core of government corruption
in the State of Israel today.
July 1 – Joseph Zernik, PhD, filed a request with Presiding Judge
of the Tel-Aviv Magistrate Court to provide a certified statement on
the records, that the July 23, 2015 nighttime hearing and the July 25
“Restraining Order” by Judge Efrat Bosni were actions of a lawful
court of the State of Israel. The hearing and the “Restraining
Order” were conduct following request by Bank HaPoalim CEO Zion
Keinan, and purportedly imposed a far reaching Prior Restraint on
Free Speech by anti-banking fraud activist Barak Cohen.
(bilingual – English-Hebrew) – below
ברק כהן -
של בית משפט על פי חוקי מדינת ישראל?
נערך בשעות הלילה,
לשעות הפעולה השגרתיות של בית המשפט ללא
סיבה נראית לעין,
שלא באולם הדיונים הסדיר של השופטת אפרת
סוקר בהרחבה בתקשורת,
מופיע ביומן בית המשפט...
הליכים למראית עין ופרסום כתבי דין למראית
עין הפכו לשגרה בבתי המשפט של מדינת ישראל
בתי המשפט היא קדקוד השחיתות במדינת ישראל
קינן – מנכ”ל בנק הפועלים,
דורון – נשיא בית המשפט השלום ת"א.
צרניק הגיש לנשיא בית המשפט השלום ת"א
אביחי דורון בקשה לאישור הדיון בליל יום
של מר ציון קינן -
ברק כהן – פעיל “באים לבנקאים”,
של בית המשפט השלום ת"א
על פי חוקי מדינת ישראל.