Category: America

Insider Alan Greenspan Warns of Explosive Inflation: “Tinderbox Looking For a Spark”

According to Greenspan, something big is coming

 

by Mac Slavo | SHTFplan.com | March 9, 2015

Last month it was revealed that former federal reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, the architect of U.S. monetary policy under four Presidents, is anticipating a significant market event as a result of the trillions of dollars that have been pumped into the system over the last several years. According to Greenspan, something big is coming.

His comments were shared by well known resource analyst Brien Lundin, who joined Greenspan for private discussions at last year’s New Orleans Investment Conference. In his latest interview Lundin further clarifies Greenspan’s private thoughts on current economic and monetary policy and sheds light on the former Fed Chairman’s suggestion that ‘something big is coming.

Greenspan made some good points to me… He was concerned about inflation… He was specifically concerned in relation to the outstanding, or excess, reserves which are close to three trillion dollars being held on the Fed balance sheet now… That money is just hanging over the U.S. economy like a big water balloon of liquidity and it’s just searching for a pin.

In fact, Greenspan referred to it as a tinderbox of explosive inflation looking for a spark.

Greenspan believes that in five years gold will be “measurably higher” than current levels because of the excess liquidity that will eventually be released into the open market. Such an event will undoubtedly lead to riots across America as the general public, woefully unprepared for rapidly rising prices when the pin finally pops the dollar bubble, loses access to affordable critical supplies like food, gas and other resources.

The collapse of the dollar, an inevitability suggested by Alan Greenspan, will be a game changer that results in the quadrupling of the cost of living for the average American.

All the while, as the United States stands on the brink of the most important event of our lives and in a world of extreme monetary and economic instability, stock markets are at all time highs. What’s more, the very resource sectors that matter – energy, agriculture, gold and the precious metals mining companies that get it out of the ground – have been decimated recently:

Most people [at the investment conference] seem to share my belief that we’re bouncing around the bottom… that we’ve not necessarily seen the absolute lowest prices in metals but that they can’t go much lower than this because we’re right around the all-in cost of production… Your downside risk is may be 20% but the upside risk for really good companies that have good projects is on the order of 300% to 400% once the market gets back into gear.

As noted by Brian Lundin, with the demand from central banks and the global public, coupled with the obvious fundamental problems inherent within the system, the price of gold should have been rising but has been crushed instead. This, of course, bodes well for investors and those who intend to protect themselves from the collapse to come. The reality of the situation is we’re in trouble and Alan Greenspan, arguably one of the most informed insiders on the planet, has implied that it’s more than likely unstoppable:

He [Greenspan] seemed to believe it was somewhat inevitable that the release of those reserves would create much higher inflation… the Fed just hopes they can get out of this alive… a normalized interest rate environment, which is what they say they seek over the longer term, is fiscally impossible for the U.S. at this point in time.

This is a well known fact within Fed circles and those on the inside are positioning themselves with hard assets for what will ultimately end in a collapse of the U.S. dollar and the American way of life.

 

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Goodbye Greenback? History Indicates The Dollar Has Almost Run Its Course – China Announces New “World Currency – The Renminbi!

By Susan Duclos – All News PipeLine
There is a lot of Internet chatter about a new billboard China has erected, shown below, which announces a new “World Currency,” which they say is the Renminbi and looking at the history of dominant reserve currency, as the US Dollar is now, shows that the US is nearing the end of its dominance as well as the benefits that status affords the US.

The billboard shown above was spotted near the airport in Bangkok, assuring that anyone landing at one of the world’s busiest airports would see it, announcing “RMB: New Choice; The World Currency.”  Simon Black on March 4, 2015, states the following:
It means that China is literally advertising its currency overseas, and it’s making sure that everyone landing at one of the world’s busiest airports sees it. They know that the future belongs to them and they’re flaunting it.
And it’s true. The renminbi’s importance in global trade and as a reserve currency is increasing exponentially, with renminbi trading hubs popping up all over the world, from Singapore to London to Luxembourg to Frankfurt to Toronto.
Multinational companies such as McDonald’s are now issuing bonds in renminbi, and even sovereign governments are issuing debt denominated in renminbi, including the UK.
Read the rest at Sovereign Man.
While many may wave this away as a China blowing hot air, a historic look and dominant reserve currencies show that typically reserve currency transitions run in cycles that last somewhere between 80 and 110 years per cycle. As shown in the chart below, the US Dollar has held it’s status since 1921, bringing it to a 94 year streak, indicating that the Dollar has almost run its course.

The bottom line as explained by EconomicReason.com is “The US is trying to postpone the crisis by printing money, however this is creating currency wars with nearly all major central banks in the world. As history has shown us time and again, causing this delay through money printing will only aggravate the problem, not only not preventing the inevitable, but indeed making the transition more painful and costly.”
We have seen warnings from financial gurus, investors, forecasters, trends analysts and more warning that the US Dollar is on it’s last legs and that the central banks coninue to manipulate events in order to help the Dollar maintain its status for a little longer, but that those manipulations are rapidly approaching the wall and they will be unable to prevent the US Dollar from crashing for much longer.
China and other countries have been publicly calling for the Greenback to be replaced as the primary reserve currency and the currency wars have heated up recently with more and more countries bypassing the Dollar.
Will the Renminbi be the replacement? According to recent reports highlighted by The Economic Collapse website, some very interesting statements have been made about this strengthening of the Renminbi, shown below.
The following comes from CNBC

The tightly controlled Chinese yuan will eventually supersede the dollar as the top international reserve currency, according to a new poll of institutional investors.

The survey of 200 institutional investors – 100 headquartered in mainland China and 100 outside of it – published by State Street and the Economist Intelligence Unit on Thursday found 53 percent of investors think the renminbi will surpass the U.S. dollar as the world’s major reserve currency.

Optimism was higher within China, where 62 percent said they saw a redback world on the horizon, compared with 43 percent outside China.

And without a doubt we are starting to see the beginnings of a significant shift.

Just consider this excerpt from a recent Reuters report

China’s yuan broke into the top five as a world payment currency in November, overtaking the Canadian dollar and the Australian dollar, global transaction services organization SWIFT said on Wednesday.
Then we are reminded in the video below that China owns $1.3 trillion of the United States’ debt, as well as sinking more money into America’s economy  and buying up US real estate, as they ask “how much of the US does China own?
The answer may shock you.

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Bacteria That Kills In 48 Hours ‘Accidentally Released’ In America – Remember The Georgia Guide Stones And Illuminati Promises Of Global Genocide!

By Stefan Stanford – All News Pipeline – Live Free Or Die
A deadly bacteria that kills within 48-hours and can be turned into a deadly bioterror weapon has ‘mysteriously escaped’ a ‘high security’ Lousiana lab and federal investigators have no idea how far it has spread, nor do they know how it escaped from the lab just 4 months ago. While telling us “we’re taking this extraordinarily seriously” and “it’s very disturbing to us”, the disease ‘melioidosis’ which it causes can kill up to 50% of those it infects and is most easily spread via contaminated water and soil and in Australia, where it occurs naturally, people are warned to ‘stay out of heavy storms’ to avoid it.
While public officials tell us that at this time, there are no public health threats to Americans, we are warned by Steve Quayle to remember the threats to humanity’s survival made on the Georgia Guide Stones.:
“REMEMBER THE GEORGIA GUIDE STONES AND ILLUMINATI QUOTES ON GLOBAL GENOCIDE–IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN HUMANITIES LEVEL AT 500 MILLION YOU MUST FIRST ANNIHILATE  CLOSE TO 6 BILLION PEOPLE. SUPER PLAGUES AND TERMINAL VACCINES ARE THE GLOBALIST’S FINAL PUSH TO ACCOMPLISH GLOBAL GENOCIDE” STEPHEN QUAYLE

While this accidental release is being called ‘just the latest’ of a series of significant biosafety ‘accidents’ at some of the top US labs involving the ‘release’ of bio-terrorism agents, it leads us to ask why so many frequent ‘accidents’ at such ‘secure’ facilities lately? A USDA scientist has already been sickened after being exposed to this bacteria. Are all of the recent ‘accidents’ at these labs in preparation of unleashing a ‘doomsday plague’ in preparation of taking out the needed 6 billion?

Several countries have studied using the bacteria as a bioweapon because strains can be obtained from the environment and engineered to be resistant to multiple antibiotics.
Dr. Jimmy Guidry, the state’s health officer, said the fact that authorities decided to call the news conference on a Saturday afternoon during 
Mardi Gras should not be construed as a reason to panic. He said once the scientist’s blood test revealed a possible exposure to the bacteria, a decision was made to inform the public.

“We don’t want the public to know we have information that they don’t have,” Guidry said. “We want people to know we’re on top of this. We don’t want people to think we’re holding something back.”

While Andrew Lackner, director of the Tulane primate center tells us “there has never been a public health threat”, this story from Russia Today counters by telling us that after weeks of investigations by federal and state agencies, they have no way of knowing how far the deadly bacteria has spread.
Coincidentally, or not, the stocks for Soligenix Inc, a company that is working on a treatment for the disease Melioidosis recently made a ‘highly explosive’ move after their stocks hit an all-time low in 2014.
While the 1st video below from Journeyman Pictures shares with us an ABC Australia special on Melioidosis, the 2nd video is a shocking new release from a weather modification conference in which we’re told that meteorologists want to ‘gatekeep’ science data proving weather modification, leading us to ask: are those who are seeking to do harm to Americans seeding deadly diseases such as Melioidosis into our weather in an attempt to spread super plagues across America?
Melioidosis attacks the lungs and has a wide range of symptoms – fever, headache, muscle and joint pain, loss of appetite – so it’s often mistaken for pneumonia or tuberculosis.

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U.N. special envoy: Netanyahu recognizes signs of times

‘If Americans think we can sit back and do nothing, they’re sadly wrong’

Published: 14 hours ago

A U.N. special envoy says Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress on Tuesday made clear he is thinking in “scriptural terms” and believes himself to be called to protect his people at this critical time.

Laurie Cardoza-Moore, who was named special envoy for Middle Eastern affairs to the World Council of Independent Christian Churches for her expertise on Middle East affairs and Jewish-Christian relations, said Christians need to think of their own actions in the same terms.

In an interview with WND after Netanyahu addressed a joint session of Congress, Cardoza-Moore observed: “The prime minister spoke about the long history of the Jewish people over 4,000 years. He understands that he has been called at this hour for a time such as this.

“That’s also why he referenced the presence of Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel in the chamber. Prime Minister Netanyahu understands that the threat of a nuclear armed Iran today is the same kind of threat as the threat to Israel that existed seventy years ago.”

She described the mood in Congress as “sobering,” as lawmakers “hung on every word that Prime Minister Netanyahu said.”

She noted that several people complained to her that United States was stuck with Barack Obama while Israel was led by Netanyahu, whom Cardoza-Moore called “the Churchill of our age.”

Pamela Geller, author of “Stop the Islamization of America: A Practical Guide to the Resistance,” agreed with Cardoza-Moore’s assessment of Netanyahu’s address.

Geller told WND, “Netanyahu’s speech was statesmanlike and magisterial – powerful, straightforward and scary. He was in complete command. Obama should be learning from him, but instead he petulantly vowed not to watch.”

WND reported Netanyahu warned America that a bad deal with Iran would only pave the way for the rogue nation to get a nuclear weapon, and talk-radio icon Rush Limbaugh described Netanyahu’s speech as a “direct punch” at Obama.

Geller said Netanyahu was “interrupted 40 times with cheers and standing ovations, and with good reason.”

“Despite Islamic and leftist efforts to compel congressmen to boycott the speech, the Congress was packed,” she noted. “So once again, Obama and the Democrats are on the wrong side of history. Worse still, the Democrats viciously and petulantly attacked Netanyahu after the speech. They hit bottom and keep digging, knowing that the ‘enemedia’ will cover for them.”

Cardoza-Moore also believes that the Obama administration is standing on the wrong side of history by jeopardizing America’s alliance with Israel.

“It’s insulting and pathetic that the United States of America supposedly threatened the aircraft of our friend and ally because they were going to destroy the nuclear threat in Iran. We should be supporting and endorsing that. After all, as Ambassador John Bolton has said, Iran constantly lies about its intentions,” she said.

“Iran presents a threat not just to Israel but to the United States of America. They have missiles capable of reaching us. If Americans think this is a game, and if they don’t take what the Obama administration is doing seriously, we are in trouble.”

But Cardoza-Moore doesn’t just think Iran is a threat to the United States because of its military capabilities.

Referring to Netanyahu’s repeated biblical citations, Cardoza-Moore said: “Prime Minister Netanyahu clearly has grounded his position in Scripture. And Christians need to remember what Scripture tells us about this moment.

“This is a time of judgment and decision. We have a responsibility to stand up and defend Israel. We will be judged one day and stand before the throne. We will give an account for what we did or were unwilling to do when our brother Israel was threatened. Now is a critical time for every Bible believer.”

Pastor Mark Biltz, author of “Blood Moons: Decoding the Imminent Heavenly Signs,” agrees that “mankind could see this next year as one of the most historic when it comes to finding either peace or war in the Middle East.”

Biltz told WND that it is highly significant that Netanyahu is speaking before Congress “on the very same day that all the Jews were to be destroyed by a Persian madman as recorded in the Book of Esther, the festival of Purim.”

Netanyahu clearly recognized the connection Biltz identified, as he referenced Purim in the second paragraph of his address and described the current Iranian government as “another Persian potentate” trying to destroy the Jews.

Biltz said, “Only a few weeks from now, we have the elections in Israel, and the nation will have to elect the one who will have to resolve the Iranian nuclear problem.

“And it’s at this time biblical signs in the heavens and signs on earth abound. All of this comes in the middle of the Blood Moon tetrad falling on Passover (in April) and the Feast of Tabernacles (in September).”

He said: “We also have a total solar eclipse that will plunge Northern Europe into darkness on March 20. In Jewish tradition a total solar eclipse means judgment coming upon the nations. What’s more, it happens on the first of Nisan in the biblical calendar, the very day of the grand opening ceremony of Moses tabernacle and fire from heaven lighting the altar and the beginning of the Jewish New Year.

“Everything is coming to a head into the perfect storm.”

While Netanyahu and Christians are looking to Scripture for guidance, the Islamic Republic of Iran is drawing on a different source of inspiration. According to Geller, Iran’s supposed deal with Barack Obama is not a real treaty, but a pause to prepare for a war that is grounded in Islamic practice.

Geller observed: “When Obama admitted afterward (didn’t he say he wasn’t going to watch?) that ‘there was nothing new’ in Netanyahu’s speech, he was admitting that what Bibi said was true, a devastating indictment. Obama said that Bibi ‘offered no viable alternative’ – I disagree. Bibi gave alternatives to a nuclear Iran and surrender to mullahs. The ’10-year’ armistice that Obama is selling is temporary. It’s a hudna, a tactical pause to arm and get war ready, inspired by the 10-year hudna that Muhammad agreed to in the Treaty of Hudaybiyya.”

Geller believes instead of listening to Netanyahu, Obama is “out-radicalizing the radicals.” However, she sees a silver lining in Obama’s hostility, because “so many MORE people will see Netanyahu’s speech because Obama went on the attack than would have otherwise.”

In this time of crisis, Cardoza-Moore counsels Christians to ground their political actions in something deeper than politics.

“Jews and Christians aren’t just connected because of freedom but because of faith. As a Judeo-Christian nation, we have a biblical responsibility to stand with Israel.

“If Americans think we can sit back and do nothing, they are sadly wrong. It’s all coming to a head, and do not thi

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Franklin Graham: New Obama danger for Christians

‘The storm is coming, I believe’

Published: 20 hours ago

Cheryl Chumley

Globally known evangelist Franklin Graham says President Obama is so sympathetic to those of the Muslim faith, he’s actually endangering Jews and Christians, opening the doors for them to be persecuted in the United States.

“We’re going to see persecution in this country because our president is very sympathetic to Islam, and the reason I say that … is because his father was a Muslim, gave him a Muslim name, Barack Hussein Obama,” Graham said in an interview on “The 700 Club” on the Christian Broadcasting Network.

“His mother married another Muslim man. They moved to Indonesia. He went to Indonesian schools. So, growing up, his frame of reference and his influence as a young man was Islam. It wasn’t Christianity; it was Islam.”

Graham’s remarks aren’t much of a surprise to those who listen to him frequently. He’s been an outspoken critic of Obama’s presidential policies and has decried what he’s characterized as a curious White House reach-out to Muslim groups, such as the Muslim Brotherhood.

“There are Muslims that have access to him in the White House,” he went on, CBN reported. “Our foreign policy has a lot of influence now, from Muslims. We see the prime minister of Israel being snubbed by the president and by the White House and by the Democrats, and it’s because of the influence of Islam. They hate Israel and they hate Christians, and so the storm is coming, I believe.”

His statements come as at least one top unnamed U.S. official told the New York Post that American intelligence and military authorities are worried ISIS is prepping for a mass killing of Christians. The terrorist group targeted several villages known for their Christian populations in Syria last week, abducting a reported 300 men, women and children.

“What is very disconcerting is that they rounded up all of these people and we know from experience that they usually kill their captives on film and in the most brutal fashion,” the officials said, according to the Post.

“Remember, they’ve already gone from beheading one person on camera to, most recently, beheading 21 people on camera. This could very well turn into an on-camera slaughter of major proportions.”

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Thousands Of Military Vehicles Lined Up Outside Of Underground Bunkers In America – What Are They Preparing For Now?


By Stefan Stanford – All News Pipeline – Live Free Or Die

Susan Duclos and I took a great interest in the new videos below put out by YouTube videographer Professor Doom1 as we are actually SHOWN where many of the military vehicles on trains are going to across America, to US Army Depots which are spread out across the country. While this linked story from ABC10 about California’s Sierra Army Depot answer’s ONE of the ‘why’s’ there has been so much military movement here in America recently, our follow-up research has opened a totally new ‘Pandora’s Box’ that you can investigate yourself via the internet; we’ll tell you how below this ABC10 story clip ‘why’. :

America’s wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are winding down and billions of dollars of military equipment is coming home. That gear, from high-tech weapons systems to soldiers’ boots, is stored at dozens of military depots across the country. Sierra is one of those depots, occupying 36,000 acres of Lassen County high desert between Susanville and Reno.

Most depots have a specialty and Sierra’s is storing non-essential equipment. That is gear not included on a unit’s standard list of authorized equipment – things like night vision goggles, rifle scopes, radios and generators.

After watching Professor Doom’s videos, I decided to use Google Earth to check out a few of the US Army Depot’s myself to see what I could find out via the ever present ‘eye in the sky‘…to say that I found a ‘few’ military vehicles would be a huge understatement. To see that military vehicles are lined up EVERYWHERE surrounding underground bunkers at the Red River Army Depot in Hooks, Texas, only begins the mystery.
While we KNOW that the Red River Army depot in Texas has historically been used as a location to store explosive ordinances underground, what we’ve found in the screenshots below bring up more questions than answers. WHY are there THOUSANDS of military vehicles lined up outside of these underground bunkers? Are they dropping off munitions to be stored there or are they picking up munitions for their ‘next battle’, possibly here in America? We also have to remember that many of these images for Google Earth were taken back in 2014…what is going on now? (You can check out all of these depots yourself by clicking on links to Google Earth). There are many more screenshots of what we’ve found below videos; we’d love to know what our readers think.
We’ve also heard reports of UFO activity near Red River Army Depot as well as one report of a possible underground prison system at this location. Is Red River Army Depot a secretive ‘NWO’ command center of some type?

This next screenshot shows Red River Army Depot again further zoomed out…countless military vehicles surrounding underground bunkers that you’ll see much more clearly upon zooming in seen next 2 images below it.
This next screenshot is interesting as it shows the bunker roofs before they were covered over with grass.

This screenshot shows the Red River Army Depot in its’ entirety. Storage of vehicles surrounding bunkers shown in more detail above is at middle/left of this screenshot.

The Letterkenny Army Depot in Pennsylvania also houses many military vehicles, though not near bunkers but out in the open.
While Bluegrass Army Depot near Richmond, Kentucky also has the underground bunkers, presumably for the storage of munitions, we did not see any military vehicles lined up outside of their location on that particular day.

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Last days? Heavenly signs abound during Netanyahu speech

‘Our own nation will be judged depending on how it acts in this moment’

Published: 3 days ago

Religious leaders are warning that the United States is nearing a day of judgment based on its treatment of the nation of Israel.

What’s more, they say, signs in the heavens are coinciding with what is shaping up to be an unexpectedly controversial address by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on March 3 and a fiercely contested Israeli election weeks later.

Pastor Mark Biltz of El Shaddai Ministries warns that “our nation will be judged” based on whether the United States sides with or against the Jewish state.

Biltz believes signs in the heavens and correlations with feast days on the biblical calendar show such a judgment may be coming soon.

“When Netanyahu speaks before Congress on March 3, this is the day before the Fast of Esther when the enemies of Israel, specifically Persia/Iran, had planned to destroy the nation of Israel,” he said. “The next day is Purim, which celebrates the day Israel achieved victory over Iran. The timing significance of this is just as important as the timing of the blood moon.”

Biltz, author of “Blood Moons: Decoding the Imminent Heavenly Signs,” warns that the next blood moon is scheduled to appear over Passover, which begins April 3, just one month after Netanyahu’s speech.

And this will be preceded two weeks earlier by a total solar eclipse on March 20, three days after the Israeli election, and coincides with Nisan, the beginning of the New Year according to the biblical calendar.

Total eclipses don’t take place on any other known planet, point out intelligent-design scientists. They only take place on Earth, the finely tuned planet where life exists that can actually view them. Biltz points out that the Bible says in Genesis that the sun, moon and stars were created specifically as signs for mankind, so His creation would know about the feasts (or appointed times) to have relationship with their Creator.

These prophetic warnings come amid unprecedented tumult in the American-Israeli relationship.

President Barack Obama and other leading Democrats say they will not be attending Netanyahu’s speech, and the White House condemned House Speaker John Boehner’s invitation as a breach of protocol.

Rep. Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, is circulating a letter signed by 22 other House Democrats urging Boehner to delay the speech.

Top staffers in the Obama administration are also heavily involved in the political opposition to Netanyahu, who faces an election on March 17.

“God tells us in Genesis 1:14 that the heavenly bodies were created to serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years,” Biltz said. “But the word seasons is better translated as divine appointments, and here we have a solar eclipse and then a blood moon falling on the New Year and Passover respectively – all at a time when the Jewish state is under great persecution. God is trying to tell us something about a divine appointment.”

Pastor Ray Bentley of Maranatha Chapel in San Diego, California, enthusiastically agrees with Biltz and warns that Christians need to be “praying like they never prayed before.”

“Rabbis have a saying,” Bentley said, “that the word coincidence is not a kosher word. These kinds of signs show we are in a powerful, phenomenal time, a time of great testing for both Israel and the world.”

Bentley believes Israel is facing a “second Holocaust” and that Christians need to become more vocal in their defense of the Jewish state.

Pastor Biltz agrees and says the fact that Israel has become a partisan issue is nothing less than tragic.

“This shouldn’t be political,” Biltz said. “This is about the survival of Israel. Iran is the issue of the day. It is developing nuclear weapons. And our own nation will be judged depending on how it acts in this moment.”

Both Biltz and Bentley cited Joel 3:2 to justify their positions. The verse says the nations will be judged by God for having scattered the people of Israel among the nations and divided its land.

As Biltz puts it, “God says he will divide the sheep from the goats, one nation from another, and he will do it on the basis of those who supported Israel and those who didn’t.”

Laurie Cardoza-Moore, founder of Proclaiming Justice to the Nations and special United Nations envoy for the World Council of Independent Christian Churches, said Israeli-American nations are at a crucial juncture.

“This is a critical turning point,” she said. “It seems that with Obama’s presidency, every year that goes by the relationship between Israel and the United States becomes more strained, and not because of the Israeli prime minister. The overwhelmingly majority of Americans support Israel and believe Israel has the right to defend itself against terrorism. But this president is trying to undermine Prime Minister Netanyahu.”

Cardoza-Moore believes Obama’s agenda goes behind simple opposition to Netanyahu.

“I see this as anti-Semitism,” she said. “The president of the United States has bought into the BDS movement.”

The BDS movement is the “Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions” campaign taking root on college campuses and in churches around the country. The goal of the campaign is to economically strangle the Jewish state to force concessions to the Palestinians.

However, Cardoza-Moore believes Netanyahu will receive a rapturous reception in Congress, “the body that really represents that American people. You will see standing ovation after standing ovation for this man.”

Pastor Bentley warns that “the nations will be judged collectively” on what they do in this moment. And he believes Christians need to be talking just as much about prophecies of the End Times as they do about prophecies of the past.

“We are told that Israel will be alone during this time,” Bentley said. “We may be seeing the beginnings of that process.”

Cardoza-Moore sees the controversy over Israel as core to the survival of the United States.

“There will be judgment upon this nation based upon how we act right now,” she said. “That’s all I can say.”

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Putin: Will he go nuclear?

The Ukraine crisis has turned into a potentially apocalyptic nuclear stand-off as President Vladimir Putin primes Russia for conflict with the West. But how scared should we really be?

By Marc Bennetts

7:00AM GMT 15 Feb 2015

Earlier this month, as fighting raged in eastern Ukraine between pro-Russian rebels and forces loyal to the Western-backed government in Kiev, Dmitry Kiselyov, the pugnacious, middle-aged journalist who heads Russia’s main state news agency, gazed defiantly into a TV studio camera. “What is Russia preparing for?” he asked. As if in reply, the director cut to an ominous backdrop image of an intercontinental ballistic missile emerging from an underground launch silo.

“During the era of political romanticism, the Soviet Union pledged never to use nuclear weapons first,” Kiselyov told the audience of Vesti Nedeli, his current affairs show, one of the country’s most widely watched programmes. “But Russia’s current military doctrine does not.” He paused briefly for effect. “No more illusions.”

There was nothing out of the ordinary about this reminder that Russia reserves the right to use nuclear weapons in response to a “threat” to its statehood. Since the start of the crisis in Ukraine, which has massive geostrategic importance for Russia, state-controlled TV has engineered an upsurge in aggressive anti-Western sentiment, with Kiselyov as the Kremlin’s top attack dog.

Last spring, as Washington warned of sanctions over Russia’s seizure of the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea, Kiselyov boasted about his country’s fearsome nuclear arsenal. “Russia is the only country in the world realistically capable of turning the US into radioactive ash,” he declared.

Kiselyov’s blood-curdling comments will have had the Kremlin’s implicit backing, analysts say. “This threat of nuclear war should be taken seriously,” said Sergey Markov, a political strategist. “In Russia, we believe that Ukraine has been occupied by the US. And that this occupation is not about democracy, or even money, but that it is the first step in a war against Russia. The US is seeking to undermine our sovereignty, neutralise our nuclear potential, and steal our oil and gas. Under these circumstances, the danger of nuclear confrontation is very real.”

Some 5,500 lives have been lost in the almost year-long conflict in Ukraine, where pro-Russian rebels in the east have carved out two self-declared “people’s republics”. The crisis was sparked by the February 2014 overthrow of Ukraine’s pro-Russian president, Viktor Yanukovych, in what Kremlin officials say was a coup orchestrated by the US. In addition, President Vladimir Putin has spoken of what he called a “Nato legion” fighting alongside the Ukrainian army.

While there is no proof that Nato forces are in action in Ukraine, US officials have suggested that Washington could supply weapons to Kiev to assist its battered army. The proposal sparked a furious response: Viktor Zavarzin, of Russia’s defence committee, warned of the “irrevocable consequences” of such a move.

In turn, the West has accused Russia of providing both troops and weaponry to the rebels, a charge Putin has consistently denied.

A ceasefire thrashed out by the leaders of Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany – the second attempt to bring peace to the devastated region – was set to come into effect today at one minute past midnight.

Amid these tensions, Kiselyov is not the only one pushing the possibility of nuclear confrontation with the West. Russia’s Zvezda TV channel, owned by the defence ministry, has also been preparing its audience for the worst. “Russia and the US are on the verge of nuclear war,” read a headline on its website last week. The article cited an analyst from the Moscow-based Politika think tank, Vyacheslav Nikonov, which said a nuclear exchange between the two former Cold War-era foes was increasingly likely because the US wanted Russia to “disappear” as an independent country. “This is not in our plans,” he said.

Russia has the world’s largest stockpile of nuclear weapons, with 8,400 warheads compared with a US total of 7,500. A day after last week’s peace talks in Belarus, Russia’s nuclear forces staged large-scale exercises, soon after navy nuclear combat drills in the Arctic. All of which causes concern in the West. Michael Fallon, the UK Defence Secretary, said earlier this month that he was worried Russia had “lowered its threshold” for the use of nuclear weapons, while “integrating nuclear with conventional forces in a rather threatening way.”

The prospect of nuclear war is also being talked up by pro-Kremlin movements. In a clip posted online last month, a Kalashnikov-wielding member of the Moscow-based, pro-Kremlin National Liberation Movement (NOD) vows global nuclear devastation in the event of the defeat of Russia’s interests in Ukraine. “If we lose, we will destroy the whole world,” intones a young NOD activist named Maria Katasonova. She sweeps a circle with her arm, and the screen is filled with a virtual image of an explosion as the planet is consumed in an atomic inferno.

“Russians will not sit by and watch as their country’s sovereignty is threatened by the US,” Katasonova told The Sunday Telegraph last week. “If our country is in genuine danger, we really will use nuclear weapons.”

Katasonova is a follower of Alexander Dugin, a hardline nationalist thinker who has called for the destruction of the US. Dugin – described as “Putin’s brain” by the respected US-based Foreign Affairs journal – is something of a fanatic. He combines political activities with occultism, and often speaks of his belief that the world must be “brought to an end”.

So what’s going on? Is Moscow really preparing its people for the unthinkable – nuclear confrontation? Or is all this simply North Korean-style bluff and bluster? How many minutes are left until the Kremlin’s doomsday clock strikes midnight?

“It is, of course, a disgrace and an embarrassment to my country that such things are being said on national television,” said Lev Ponomaryov, a veteran human rights activist and Soviet-era dissident. “But statements about nuclear war are mainly for domestic consumption. In particular, they are directed at the more radical, nationalist members of society – those who have been fighting as volunteers in Ukraine, or support the rebels there.”

While Putin denies that regular Russian troops are fighting in Ukraine, he has hailed the hundreds, if not thousands, of apparent volunteers who have travelled to what the rebels call “Novorossiya” – “New Russia”. A number of these fighters have become folk heroes back home; in particular, Igor Strelkov, the ultra-conservative enthusiast who spent much of last year commanding rebel forces in Ukraine’s Donbass region.

“I think these people frighten the Kremlin even more than they scare me,” said Ponomaryov. “The authorities are afraid that they could one day turn their weapons against them, and the government will do anything to keep them on side.”

State television’s war rhetoric is not confined to the nuclear. In recent days, one Kremlin-run channel has discussed how long it would take for Russian tanks to “reach Berlin”, while in east Ukraine, bloody and bruised government soldiers were abused by a notorious rebel commander in front of Russian television cameras.

But state-run media’s fever-pitch, anti-Western TV programming is not only pandering to the radicals, it is also creating them. “Nationally televised broadcasts, such as those presented by Dmitry Kiselyov, have scared people, and led to increased hostility in society,” said Lev Gudkov, who heads the independent, Moscow-based Levada-Center polling agency. “We have seen a drastic change in the collective consciousness of the Russian people over the last year or so.”

The figures are startling. The number of Russians who believe their country and the US are now mutual enemies has increased tenfold in a year to 42 per cent, according to an opinion poll. The total professing a negative attitude to the US has almost doubled.

The statistics are backed by everyday incidents, from the racist image of a banana-munching President Barack Obama laser-beamed on to the wall of the US embassy in Moscow, to the T-shirts with slogans hailing Russia’s nuclear missiles, on sale across the country.

“Of course I don’t want an atomic war with the West,” said Yegor Denisov, a twentysomething computer programmer. “But we have to defend ourselves from our enemies. And this,” he said, gesturing at the ballistic missile on his newly bought T-shirt, “will help us do that.”

Although state media broadcasts have clearly had a pernicious influence on society, putting the country on a war footing and boosting Putin’s approval ratings, Peter Pomerantsev, a UK journalist who worked in Russian TV in the 2000s, believes they are mainly intended for a Western audience.

“I wouldn’t take these statements about nuclear war literally,” said Pomerantsev, whose book, Nothing is True and Everything is Possible, dissects the Kremlin’s media manipulation tactics. Talk of impending nuclear conflict is “one of Putin’s mind-benders”, part of what he called an attempt to convince the West that the former KGB officer is this “crazy, unpredictable” leader whom it would be advisable not to push too far.

But the lines between fantasy and reality can all too often get blurred.

“There is always the danger that games somehow slip into reality – you start off playing with these narratives, and you end up stumbling into a real conflict,” said Pomerantsev.

The Kremlin’s masters of reality have uncorked the atomic genie. It is to be hoped they show the same aptitude when it comes to putting it back in the bottle.

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Obama warns Netanyahu: Don’t sour Iran talks with Congress speech

US president says difference in stance on Tehran is separate from the decision not to meet with PM during his Washington visit; Netanyahu says he’s determined to speak to Congress to ‘prevent dangerous agreement’ with Iran.

Yitzhak Benhorin, Gilad Morag

US President Barack Obama on Monday warned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu against souring nuclear negotiations with Iran with his planned Congress address.

“It does not make sense to sour the negotiations a month or two before they’re about to be completed and we should play that out. If, in fact, we can get a deal, then we should embrace that,” the president said in a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

 “If we can’t get a deal, then we’ll have to make a set of decisions and, as I’ve said to Congress, I’ll be the first one to work with them to apply even stronger measures against Iran,” he said.

 “But what’s the rush? Unless your view is that it’s not possible to get a deal with Iran and it shouldn’t even be tested. And that, I cannot agree with, because as the president of the United States, I’m looking at what the options are if we don’t get a diplomatic resolution. And those options are narrow, and they’re not attractive,” the president added.

 However, despite the “real differences” between the American administration’s position and that of Israel on Iran, “that’s separate and apart from Mr. Netanyahu coming to Washington,” Obama said.

 When asked about the decision not to meet with Netanyahu when the Israeli prime minister visits Washington next month to address Congress on the Iranian threat, Obama reiterated that the decision was made due to the proximity to the elections in Israel.

 Her added that “as much as I love Angela, if she was two weeks away from an election, she probably would not have received an invitation to the White House, and I suspect she wouldn’t have asked for one.”

 He went on to say that the decision also “has to do with how we do business, and I think it’s important for us to maintain these protocols because the US-Israeli relationship is not about a particular party.”

  Netanyahu is due to address a joint session of Congress about Iran’s nuclear program on March 3, just two weeks before Israeli elections, following an invitation from John Boehner, the Republican speaker of the House.

 Boehner’s invitation has caused consternation in both Israel and the United States, largely because it is seen as Netanyahu, a hawk on Iran, working with the Republicans to thumb their noses at Obama’s policy on Iran.

 As a result, Israeli officials told Reuters they are considering whether Netanyahu should speak to a closed-door session of Congress, rather than in a prime-time TV address, so as to drain some of the intensity from the event, a source said.

 Another option is for the prime minister to make his speech at the annual meeting of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee in Washington the same week, rather than in Congress.

 Officials in Netanyahu’s office said that for now his schedule had not changed. “In the past days the prime minister has been approached several times about his trip to the United States,” one official said. “At the moment there is no change in the plans.”

 The American president warned the prime minister not to let the relationship between the United States and Israel be “clouded with what could be perceived as partisan politics.”

 “This isn’t a relationship founded on affinity between the Labor Party and the Democratic Party or the Likud and the Republican Party. This is the US-Israeli relationship that extends beyond parties and has to do with that unbreakable bond that we feel and – and our commitment to Israel’s security and the shared values that we have,” Obama said.

 Netanyahu, meanwhile, was not concerned about what his visit may do to US-Israel ties. “From the state’s establishment to this day, there have been significant disagreements between Israel and the US and relations remained strong. This will be the case this time as well,” he said during a launch event for the Likud’s Russian-language elections campaign.

 On nuclear negotiations with Iran, the US president said issues and gaps in negotiations have been “sufficiently narrowed and sufficiently clarified” and that the so-called P5+1 group has now offered Iran a deal that “allows them to have peaceful nuclear power but gives us the absolute assurance that is verifiable that they are not pursuing a nuclear weapon.”

 The issues, he said, were no longer technical but rather political. “The issue now is whether Iran has the political will and desire to get a deal done,” Obama said.

 

The US president also said he does not believe an extension would be “useful” unless Iran can agree to the basic outlines of a deal.

“If Iran has no aspiration to get nuclear weapon, there should be a possibility to get a deal,” Obama said. “They have to make a decision.”

 Netanyahu, meanwhile, said he was determined to go to Washington and address Congress.

 “While there are those who are focusing on protocol or politics, “A bad deal with Iran is forming in Munich that will endanger Israel’s existence. According to reports, the agreement will allow them to produce dozens of nuclear bombs. As prime minister, it is my duty to do everything to prevent this dangerous agreement and that’s why I’m determined to go to Washington and present Israel’s position before the members of Congress and the American people,” he said.

 Meanwhile, Sen Bernie Sanders, an independent, is the first senator to announce he won’t attend Netanyahu’s speech. Democratic Reps. John Lewis and Jim Clyburn are among a handful in their party who have pledged to boycott Netanyahu’s speech.

 “The president of the United States heads up our foreign policy and the idea that the president wasn’t even consulted – that is wrong,” Sanders said. “I am not going. I may watch it on TV, but I’m not going.”

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Report: White House Preparing Military Response If Diplomacy With Russia Fails

by Mac Slavo | SHTFplan.com | February 10, 2015

The world is now on the cusp of total war. This is the claim made by former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury Paul Craig Roberts in arecent editorial. And though doom predictions are quite popular given what’s going on in the world as of late, to disregard Roberts’ assessment as fear-mongering or hype would be short-sighted and dangerous. No, this time is not different, and if political leaders around the world, especially in the United States, Russia and Europe, don’t come to an agreement on the future of Ukraine then it is only a matter of time before we eventually cross the line into a scenario from which there is no return – for all we know, we may have already crossed it at this point.

While the American media has generally ignored the broader implications of what’s happening in Ukraine, often dismissing it as Europe’s problem and one that has no long-term ramifications for the U.S., the fact is that the United States is directly involved in not only the political machinations behind the scenes of Ukraine’s new government, but military operations as evidenced by recent videos showing armed American-English speaking personnel on the ground during the recent artillery shelling of the city of Mariupol.

This weekend European leaders from France and Germany met with Vladimir Putin to negotiate a peace settlement. President Obama attended as well, but the Nobel Peace Prize winner seems to be there just as a formality because he made no effort to put forth a peace plan of any kind.

In fact, if anything, Obama suggested that he is prepared to take things to the next level if Vladimir Putin doesn’t agree to the West’s demands. According to a report from the BBC President Obama has made it clear that the United States is on a war footing with Russia and we are now exploring all available options to deal with Putin should things in the Ukraine sour.

US President Barack Obama says yes to diplomacy, but then adds: “Now, it is true that if, in fact, diplomacy fails, what I’ve asked my team to do is to look at all options.

“What other means can we put in place to change Mr Putin’s calculus? And the possibility of lethal defensive weapons is one of those options that’s being examined.”

While Europe maintains that they want to find a solution in the Ukraine, it seems that the United States is making demands that Russia refuses to agree to.

But Russia is having none of it. This morning a Kremlin spokesman was quoted by Russian media as saying that “nobody has ever talked to the president in the tone of an ultimatum – and could not do so even if they wanted to,” an obvious response to whatever negotiations were taking place behind closed doors.

Russia and the United States have sparred back and forth for decades, but the situation in the Ukraine seems to be the most serious since the end of the cold war and one that could escalate to widespread conflict should cooler heads not prevail.

President Obama, of course, isn’t the only one leaving military options on the table.

Vladimir Putin himself recently warned that Russia will not put up with the West’s “hostile acts” and suggested nuclear consequences are one possible outcome if a peace deal is not reached:

He accused Barack Obama of adopting a “hostile” approach in naming Russia as a threat to the world in the U.S. president’s speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Sept. 24.

“We hope that our partners will realize the futility of attempts to blackmail Russia and remember what consequences discord between major nuclear powers could bring for strategic stability,” Putin told Serbia’s Politika newspaper on the eve of his visit to the Balkan nation today.

Putin said that Obama had identified Russian aggression in Europe as one of the three “major threats facing humanity,” alongside the Ebola virus and Islamic State.

“Together with the sanctions against entire sectors of our economy, this approach can be called nothing but hostile,” Putin said.

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Last month the Russian President ordered strategic nuclear bombers to fly over the English channel into civilian air traffic corridors as a show of force to the West. He’s also reportedly sent bombers along the west coast of the United States from Alaska to California, and it has been suggested that the flybys may have also been responsible for a widespread outage of air traffic control systems in Los Angeles.

What’s happening behind the closed doors of national security meetings in the United States and Russia will remain hidden from the public. Unfortunately, we’ll be the last to know and should these leaders fail to come to an agreement in Europe we may only find out once the missiles start flying.

It’s starting to look like the world really is on the cusp of total war.

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