Shamir Urges Trump: “Bring Me The Head Of Jeff Bezos”

Here is what Donald Trump should call for this morning. This is the right time to up his ante in the struggle against the Lgenpresse. All his efforts to fix the sinking ship of the US society are in vain with a breach below the waterline. If the Fake News applauds every jerk in a mantle who stops a presidential decree, the jerks will multiply and president’s decrees will be worth what? A collector’s rarity. A quirky exhibit from the days of Donald Trump’s short-lived presidency. The fake news media ridiculed the POTUS so completely, that this big man with big orange hair shrunk down to Lilliput’s finger.
Trump can’t get out of his disposition by foreign policy acts. Forget about North Korea. It is a big hedgehog: a lot of bother to catch and kill, many prickles and no meat. The only thing Kim wants to tell Trump is ‘I am not a soft target, go look elsewhere’. Is North Korea dangerous? Only for those who want to step on it.
P G Wodehouse’s Mr Mulliner argued with anti-smoker lobby: ‘They come and tell me that if they place two drops of nicotine on the tongue of a dog the animal instantly dies and when I ask them if they have ever tried the childishly simple device of not placing nicotine on the dog’s tongue, they have nothing to reply They are nonplussed. They go away mumbling something about never having thought of that before.’

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Aug 13, 2017.

N.Korea Issues Standing Order To Execute Former S.Korea President

Two days ago, Japan’s Asahi Shimbun newspaper reported that former South Korean President Park Geun-hye had made plans to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, adding that Ex-president Park, who was impeached in a corruption scandal earlier this year, signed a document approving a ‘leadership change’ in North Korea back in 2015. According to the Japanese outlet, South Korea’s intelligence agencies were to prepare operations to carry out the plan.
The report noted that the plotters considered arranging accidents, with a car accident or the derailment of a train carrying Kim Jong-un on the table. Park’s administration also reportedly considered staging a coup in North Korea.
The military activities of South Korea’s communist neighbor, including its nuclear arms development programs, apparently motivated the alleged plot, Asahi Shimbun notes. Tension between Seoul and Pyongyang spiked in August of 2015 as the countries exchanged fire after the North fired a projectile at the border city of Yeoncheon. However, the plans to assassinate the North Korean leader were not picked up by President Moon Jae-in’s administration after Park’s impeachment, the daily reports.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jun 28, 2017.

Major Developments Strongly Suggest The End Of Unipolar World Order

With Moon Jae-In’s victory in South Korea, the period of tension on the Korean Peninsula is likely to end. With the rise to power of the new president, South Korea can expect a sharp decline in hostilities with North Korea as well as a resumption of dialogue with China.
An expected and highly anticipated victory was confirmed in South Korea on May 9, with candidate Moon winning South Korea’s presidential race over his rivals Hong Joon-pyo (Liberty Korea Party) and Ahn Cheol-soo (People’s Party). After the resignation and arrest of former President Park Geun-hye over an immense corruption scandal, public opinion turned away from her party in favour of the main opposition representative, a center-left lawyer specializing in humanitarian issues.
Moon spent several years in the opposition party advocating for greater cooperation in the region and dialogue with Pyongyang as well as with Beijing, representing quite a contrast to Guen-Hye’s pro-Americanism. Along the lines of Duterte in the Philippines, Moon intends to resume dialogue with all partners in order not to limit his options in the international arena. Such an approach reflects the essence of the multipolar world order: cooperation and dialogue with all partners in order to achieve a win-win outcome.
Looking at the situation in the region, the victory of a politician who seems to have every intention of negotiating an agreement rather than supporting military escalation seems to provide for a hopeful future for China and her neighbors. The level of cooperation and trade between South Korea and China is fundamental to the economy of both countries, so a return to the negotiating table over the issues surrounding the deployment of THAAD are a hopeful sign that the business communities of China and South Korea value deeply.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on May 15, 2017.

U.S. CITIZEN DETAINED IN NORTH KOREA, THE SECOND IN TWO WEEKS

An American citizen has been taken into custody on suspicion of ‘hostile acts’ against the North Korean government, officials said Sunday.
‘A relevant institution of the DPRK detained American citizen Kim Hak Song on May 6 under a law of the DPRK on suspension of his hostile acts against it,’ the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said. DPRK is an acronym for North Korea’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
‘A relevant institution is now conducting a detailed investigation into his crimes,’ the Agency added.
An employee of the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology, Kim is the fourth American citizen to be held by the North Korean regime, and the second to be detained in just two weeks.
Another U. S. citizen, Kim Sang Duk, also known as ‘Tony Kim,’ was arrested on Apr. 22 at Pyongyang Airport under suspicion of similar charges, ‘committing criminal acts of hostility’ against the regime.

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on MAY 10, 2017.

South Korea Removes President Park Geun-hye

A South Korean court removed the president on Friday, a first in the nation’s history, rattling the delicate balance of relationships across Asia at a particularly tense time.
Her removal capped months of turmoil, as hundreds of thousands of South Koreans took to the streets, week after week, to protest a sprawling corruption scandal that shook the top echelons of business and government.
Park Geun-hye, the nation’s first female president and the daughter of the Cold War military dictator Park Chung-hee, had been an icon of the conservative establishment that joined Washington in pressing for a hard line against North Korea’s nuclear provocations.
Now, her downfall is expected to shift South Korean politics to the opposition, whose leaders want more engagement with North Korea and are wary of a major confrontation in the region. They say they will re-examine the country’s joint strategy on North Korea with the United States and defuse tensions with China, which has sounded alarms about the growing American military footprint in Asia.

This post was published at NY Times

South Korea’s Ex-President Refuses To Vacate Residence After Impeachment, Two Dead During Protests

As discussed last night, in a historic ruling, the South Korean Constitutional Court upheld an impeachment decision against President Park Geun-hye, removing her from office on Friday over a graft scandal involving the country’s conglomerates at a time of rising tensions with North Korea and China. The ruling sparked protests from hundreds of her supporters, two of whom were killed in clashes with police outside the court.
Park becomes South Korea’s first democratically elected leader to be forced from office, capping months of paralysis and turmoil over a corruption scandal that also landed the head of the Samsung conglomerate in jail. A snap presidential election will be held within 60 days. Her ouster caps a 5 month-long political scandal, whose verdict exposed fault lines in a country long divided by Cold War politics. The ruling to uphold parliament’s Dec. 9 vote to impeach her marks a dramatic fall from grace of South Korea’s first woman president and daughter of Cold War military dictator Park Chung-hee, both of whose parents were assassinated.
While Park’s conservative supporters clashed with police outside the court, elsewhere, most people welcomed her ouster. A recent poll showed more than 70 percent supported her impeachment. Hundreds of thousands of people have for months been gathering at peaceful rallies in Seoul every weekend to call for her to step down.


This post was published at Zero Hedge on Mar 10, 2017.

In the Banker War on Cash, New Zealand and Canada Are the Next Major Countries on the Banker Hit List

As we warned more than 4 years ago in this article here, the criminal banking cartel’s end game involves restricting freedom of speech and curbing any criticism of their criminal banking industry by banning cash and imposing an end game of 100% digital money upon all of us. Now with the benefit of 4 more years, there can be little doubt that indeed, that the banking industry has advanced their war against all of us by accelerating their war on cash, and attempting to disguise this war on cash as a war on corruption.
Any logical person would understand the vast irony in such a statement, especially since bankers are leading these false charges of a war on cash as a war on corruption, not only given the fact that the banking industry is the most corrupt industry on the planet, but also given the fact that bankers provide much of the dirty money that feeds global stock markets by laundering tons of dirty money for the world’s most violent drug cartels. Recall that in 2012, HSBC bankers had to pay a $1.9B fine for willingly laundering hundreds of millions, and more likely billions of dollars, of dirty money for the largest and most murderous Mexican drug cartels. Though HSBC CEO Stuart Gulliver unconvincingly denied approving of these transactions, any logical person would conclude that it is next to impossible for the CEO of a bank not to know that origin of the source of hundreds of millions of dollars of cash flowing into his bank.
In addition to profiting handsomely by conducting business with the largest, most violent drug cartels in the world, such as the Sinaloa drug cartel, HSBC bankers were also convicted of openly conducting business with terrorists linked to Al-Queda, Hezbollah, and Russian mobsters, and for openly moving money for rogue states like North Korea and the Sudan. In fact, Jack Blum, a former US Senate investigative attorney, stated, ‘[HSBC bankers] violated every goddamn law in the book. They took every imaginable form of illegal and illicit business.’ Of course HSBC bankers were not the only bankers convicted of laundering huge sums of illicit money and profiting from this illegal act. Wachovia bankers, Standard Chartered bankers, Citibank bankers, Wells Fargo bankers, and dozens of other bankers were also found guilty of these criminal activities as well, exposing the systemic criminal nature of the banking industry.

This post was published at GoldSeek on 29 January 2017.

Daytime Military Drills In Tampa Used To Condition The American People – Episode 982b

The following video was published by X22Report on May 27, 2016
FBI may receive the ok to read emails without a warrant. Obama admin deletes conflict of interest disclosures from website. Poroshenko places Rasmussen on his advisory board. Poroshenko places sanctions on Russian media. Russia extends food band. NATO has drill in the Baltics. UK sends more ships to coast of Libya. IS traps 100,000 Syrians between Turkey and Syria border. US has troops in Syria many more than is being reported. North Korea is being linked to the cyber attacks that stole millions of dollars from Asian banks. Daytime Military drills took place in Tampa Florida, these drills are being used to condition the American people for an upcoming event.

Good Riddance To Both – -Washington Neocons Hightailing To Hillary

The rise of Donald Trump is threatening the power of neoconservatives, who find themselves at risk of being marginalized in the Republican Party.
Neoconservatism was at its height during the presidency of George W. Bush, helping to shape the rationale for the U. S. invasion of Iraq.
But now the ideology is under attack, with Trump systematically rejecting each of its core principles.
Whereas neoconservatism advocates spreading American ideals through the use of military force, Trump has made the case for nationalism and a smaller U. S. military footprint.
In what Trump calls an ‘America First’ approach, he proposes rejecting alliances that don’t work, trade deals that don’t deliver, and military interventionism that costs too much.
He has said he would get along with Russian President Vladimir Putin and sit down with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un – a throwback to the ‘realist’ foreign policy of President Nixon.
As if to underscore that point, the presumptive GOP nominee met with Nixon’s Secretary of State and National Security Adviser, Henry Kissinger, earlier this week, and delivered his first major foreign policy speech at an event last month hosted by the Center for National Interest, which Nixon founded.

This post was published at David Stockmans Contra Corner on May 23, 2016.

America’s Imperial Overstretch

This week, SU-24 fighter-bombers buzzed a U. S. destroyer in the Baltic Sea. The Russian planes carried no missiles or bombs.
Message: What are you Americans doing here?
In the South China Sea, U. S. planes overfly, and U. S. warships sail inside, the territorial limits of islets claimed by Beijing.
In South Korea, U. S. forces conduct annual military exercises as warnings to a North Korea that is testing nuclear warheads and long-range missiles that can reach the United States.
U. S. warships based in Bahrain confront Iranian subs and missile boats in the Gulf. In January, a U. S. Navy skiff ran aground on an Iranian island. Iran let the 10 U. S. sailors go within 24 hours.
But bellicose demands for U. S. retaliation had already begun.
Yet, in each of these regions, it is not U. S. vital interests that are threatened, but the interests of allies who will not man up to their own defense duties, preferring to lay them off on Uncle Sam.
And America is beginning to buckle under the weight of its global obligations.

This post was published at David Stockmans Contra Corner by Patrick J. Buchanan ‘ April 15, 2016.

Death and Despair in China’s Rustbelt

In a snow-covered valley in northeast China, an hour from the North Korean border, a street with brightly-painted apartment blocks hides a story of fear and anger as dangerous to the country as its rollercoaster stock market or sliding currency.
The frozen alluvial river plain that was once at the forefront of the Communist Party’s first attempt to build a modern economy has now fallen behind, leaving a valley of brutal murder, protests, anger, suicide and regret.
This is the city of Tonghua in China’s rustbelt, where a desperate handful of steelworkers has gathered each week outside the management office of their mill in freezing temperatures to demand months of wages they say they’re owed. The answer, according to interviews with workers and residents, is always the same: there is no money.
This is the last vestige of protests that once drew thousands, and which, one fateful day nearly seven years ago, ended with a manager being beaten to death.
Since then, the city’s once-vaunted state-run steel mills have slipped inexorably into decline, weighed down by slumping global markets, a changing economy, and the burden of costs and responsibilities to the people of the town they fostered.

This post was published at David Stockmans Contra Corner by Bloomberg Business ‘ March 3, 2016.

Revisiting The Wisdom Of Randolph Duke: ‘Something’s Wrong – – Sell! Sell!’

‘Mortimer: That’s not right. How can the price be going down?
Randolph: Something’s wrong! … They’re selling, Mortimer! … You, idiot! Get back in there at once and sell! Sell!’
Billy Ray, we are not looking good this morning.
S&P 500 futures were some 35 handles lower at last check following aNorth Korean nuclear test and a dismal Chinese non-manufacturing PMI report. We appear likely to test Monday’s lows on the opening.
‘What we have learned from history is that we haven’t learned from history.’ – Benjamin Disraeli
Let me underscore this morning that rationality wilts and gets sedated in the market when large doses of effortless money are administered (i.e. Federal Reserve stimulus).
At best, a calm occurs. At worse, an unrealistic ‘bull market in complacency’ forms. Investors come to believe that central bankers will indefinitely prevent our markets from returning to normal ‘price discovery.’ A new paradigm emerges in which players convince themselves that history doesn’t matter.

This post was published at David Stockmans Contra Corner by Doug Kass ‘ January 10, 2016.

Imperial Washington, Merchant Of Death – -US Arms Exports In 2014 Leap By 40% to $36 billion

WASHINGTON – Foreign arms sales by the United States jumped by almost $10 billion in 2014, about 35 percent, even as the global weapons market remained flat and competition among suppliers increased, a new congressional study has found.
American weapons receipts rose to $36.2 billion in 2014 from $26.7 billion the year before, bolstered by multibillion-dollar agreements with Qatar, Saudi Arabia and South Korea. Those deals and others ensured that the United States remained the single largest provider of arms around the world last year, controlling just over 50 percent of the market.
Russia followed the United States as the top weapons supplier, completing $10.2 billion in sales, compared with $10.3 billion in 2013. Sweden was third, with roughly $5.5 billion in sales, followed by France with $4.4 billion and China with $2.2 billion.
South Korea, a key American ally, was the world’s top weapons buyer in 2014, completing $7.8 billion in contracts. It has faced continued tensions with neighboring North Korea in recent years over the North’s nuclear weapons program and other provocations. The bulk of South Korea’s purchases, worth more than $7 billion, were made with the United States and included transport helicopters and related support, as well as advanced unmanned aerial surveillance vehicles.
Iraq followed South Korea, with $7.3 billion in purchases intended to build up its military in the wake of the American troop withdrawal there.

This post was published at David Stockmans Contra Corner on December 29, 2015.

Kim Young-sam, RIP – – -The Heroic Leader Who Stopped Ashton Carter’s War In Korea

Former president Kim Young-sam was laid to rest in Seoul at a state funeral on Thursday. Elected to the National Assembly at age 25, he first broke with autocratic President Syngman Rhee and later was expelled from the Assembly by General turned President Park-Chung-hee, the current president’s father. Kim then battled Park’s successor, Chun -Doo-hwan, who was forced to hold elections in 1987.
Kim was elected five years later, completing the transition away from military rule. The troops stayed in their barracks, though his reputation suffered when the Republic of Korea was engulfed by the Asian economic crisis and his son was arrested on bribery and tax charges. But Kim’s most important success overshadowed such blemishes: he may have prevented the Second Korean War.
That was no modest feat, given the position of President Bill Clinton, Secretary of Defense William Perry, and Assistant Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, the current Pentagon chief. The three were ready and willing to plunge the peninsula into another conflict, which could have been as horrific as the first one.
Early during Kim’s tenure the first Korean nuclear crisis exploded. The so-called Democratic People’s Republic of Korea embarked on a nuclear program, centered at Yongbyon. The U. S. government decided to strike. Kim then received a phone call at dawn from Clinton. In his memoir Kim recounted that he told his counterpart that airstrikes ‘will immediately prompt North Korea to open fire against major South Korean cities from the border.’ Most at risk was Seoul, which is the country’s political and cultural heart. Half of the ROK’s population resides in the Seoul-Inchon area.
War was a truly mad idea, but apparently became official Washington policy with little thought. In 1993 Carter was appointed to direct a DOD task force which, reported West Point’s Scott Silverstone, ‘drafted a paper for the National Security Council that recommended a military attack on Yongbyon.’ Carter’s colleagues reported that he ‘wanted military options taken very seriously.

This post was published at David Stockmans Contra Corner on November 27, 2015.

Park Geun-hye Reaffirms South Korea’s Dependence On America: Time To Retire U.S.-ROK Alliance

South Korean Park Geun-hye meets President Barack Obama in Washington today. Nominally it’s a meeting between equals. But Park will reaffirm her nation’s continuing dependence on America. Although the Republic of Korea is well able to defend itself, its head of state apparently is seeking enhanced security aid and approval for engaging North Korea.
The U. S.-ROK alliance is a testament to Public Choice Economics, which analyzes the interests of public bureaucracies and organizations. The treaty was inked in unique circumstances, the aftermath of the three-year Korean War, which left the South wrecked and vulnerable to Pyongyang, allied with both China and the Soviet Union.
That world is gone. Entirely. Completely. America’s security commitment is an anachronism, a leftover from a distant era. But no matter. Like a zombie, the alliance staggers on.
There’s no doubt why Seoul continues to support the security relationship. Despite sometimes feeling humiliated when Washington attempts to determine ROK security policy, the South nevertheless saves money and is safer relying on the global superpower for protection.
As Scott Snyder of the Council on Foreign Relations put it, the ROK is ‘at the epicenter of a geostrategic danger zone.’ Better to be cossetted than endangered. Added Snyder, the ‘alliance is vital to lessen South Korea’s vulnerability to North Korea and rising Asian rivalries.’ A related point was made by Van Jackson of the Center for a New American Century. Objecting to my contention that the South should defend itself, he argued that America’s defense commitment helps deter the North from attacking the ROK. Of course, that is the usual point of defense: prevent a war from happening and win it if it occurs. But, notably, the U. S. guarantee acts as a deterrent for the South, not America, meaning the alliance serves South Korea, not the U. S.

This post was published at David Stockmans Contra Corner on October 16, 2015.

U.S. Drops Fleas with Bubonic Plague on North Korea

This happened some 63 years ago, but as the U. S. government has never stopped lying about it, and it’s generally known only outside the United States, I’m going to treat it as news.
Here in our little U. S. bubble we’ve heard of a couple versions of a film called The Manchurian Candidate. We’ve heard of the general concept of ‘brainwashing’ and may even associate it with something evil that the Chinese supposedly did to U. S. prisoners during the Korean War. And I’d be willing to bet that the majority of people who’ve heard of these things have at least a vague sense that they’re bullshit.
If you didn’t know, I’ll break it to you right now: people cannot actually be programed like the Manchurian candidate, which was a work of fiction. There was never the slightest evidence that China or North Korea had done any such thing. And the CIA spent decades trying to do such a thing, and finally gave up.
I’d also be willing to bet that very few people know what it was that the U. S. government promoted the myth of ‘brainwashing’ to cover up. During the Korean War, the United States bombed virtually all of North Korea and a good bit of the South, killing millions of people. It dropped massive quantities of Napalm. It bombed dams, bridges, villages, houses. This was all-out mass-slaughter. But there was something the U. S. government didn’t want known, something deemed unethical in this genocidal madness.
It is well documented that the United States dropped on China and North Korea insects and feathers carrying anthrax, cholera, encephalitis, and bubonic plague. This was supposed to be a secret at the time, and the Chinese response of mass vaccinations and insect eradication probably contributed to the project’s general failure (hundreds were killed, but not millions). But members of the U. S. military taken prisoner by the Chinese confessed to what they had been a part of, and confessed publicly when they got back to the United States.

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on September 8th, 2015.