10.29.14- Does This Look Like A Housing Recovery To You?
Michael Snyder

We just learned that the homeownership rate in the United States has fallen to the lowest level in 19 years.  But of course this is not a new trend.  As you will see in this article, the homeownership rate in the United States has been in a continual decline for more than 7 years.  Obviously this is not a sign of a healthy economy.  Traditionally, homeownership has been one of the key indicators that you belong to the middle class.  When people define "the American Dream", it is usually one of the first things mentioned.  So if the percentage of Americans that own a home has been steadily going down for 7 years in a row, what does that tell us about the health of the middle class in this country? Read More

10.28.14- Things That Make You Go Hmmm: This Little Piggy Bent The Market
Grant Williams

About 18 months ago, I had a very pleasant chat with a gentleman by the name of Luzi Stamm.

You may detect some measure of surprise in my words, and the reason for that is quite simple: Luzi Stamm is a politician; and, as regular readers will know, I am no fan of that particular class. But Herr Stamm was different.

An MP representing the Swiss People’s Party, Stamm was spearheading a federal popular initiative which needed 100,000 signatures in order to comply with the Swiss parliamentary system’s rigid framework regarding referendums. Read More

10.27.14- Christmas in October - Desperate Measures
Jim Quinn

The desperation of retailers grows by the day. I head to Wal-Mart and Giant in Harleysville every Sunday morning at 7:00 am. to do my weekly grocery shopping. I go to Wal-Mart at opening to avoid the freaks we see weekly on the People of Wal-Mart post. The workers at Wal-Mart are only a small step above the customers. They can barely communicate, rarely look you in the eye, and generally act like they are prisoners in an asylum.

I’m in winter/bad times ahead prep mode. I had a load of fire wood delivered yesterday which I wheelbarrowed to the back yard and stacked with my already decent sized stack. Read More

10.25.14- This is the only -no risk- way I know about to guarantee a 20% return
Simon Black

I’m going to make you a deal.

For the rest of your life, I’m going to be your silent partner. You’re going to pay me 20% of everything you ever make. Forever.

In return, I’m not going to do anything. I won’t add value to your life or your business. In fact, I’m actually going to be destructive.

For the rest of your life, I’m going to make you fill out a bunch of stupid forms. If you own a business, I’m going to make you hire employees that you don’t need and incur all sorts of costs just to handle all the excess paperwork. Read More

10.24.14- Low Inflation? The Price Of Ground Beef Has Risen 17 Percent Over The Past Year
Michael Snyder

Thanks to the Federal Reserve, the middle class is slowly being suffocated by rising food prices.  Every single dollar in your wallet is constantly becoming less valuable because of the inflation the Fed systematically creates.  And if you try to build wealth by saving money and earning interest on it, you still lose because thanks to the Federal Reserve's near zero interest rate policies banks pay next to nothing on savings accounts.  The Federal Reserve wants you to either spend your money or to put it in the giant casino that we call the stock market.  But when Americans spend their paychecks they are finding that they don't stretch as far as they once did. Read More

How to start a war and lose an empire
Dmitry Orlov

A year and a half ago I wrote an essay on how the US chooses to view Russia, titled The Image of the Enemy. I was living in Russia at the time, and, after observing the American anti-Russian rhetoric and the Russian reaction to it, I made some observations that seemed important at the time. It turns out that I managed to spot an important trend, but given the quick pace of developments since then, these observations are now woefully out of date, and so here is an update.

At that time the stakes weren’t very high yet. There was much noise around a fellow named Magnitsky, a corporate lawyer-crook who got caught and died in pretrial custody. Read More

10.22.14- Is The US Government The Master Criminal Of Our Time?
Dr. Paul Craig Roberts

As I read this notice from ClinicalTrials.gov, a service of the US National Institutes of Health, the US Government and Pharmaceutical corporations have been conducting ebola tests on humans.

This is official confirmation of Dr. Boyle and Dr. Broderick’s reports that the US government has conducted ebola experiments. Perhaps the vaccine was not effective, and those on whom the experiment was conducted came down with ebola and perhaps also employees in the US bio-warfare laboratories located in Africa where the experiment was conducted. Read More

10.21.14- Perpetual Debt Slavery
Dr. Jeff Lewis

There is an unspoken difference between debt that is designed to be paid back and debt (disguised as perpetual flow) to finance pre-existing streams of debt service.

The second type of debt is a Ponzi large enough to make Bernie Madoff blush.  And crash the system. In the current system, debt is money for nothing used to create asset bubbles. Including the equity lift-off we see today. Read More

10.20.14- The Enlargement of the Dialectic Collapse
JC Collins

As discussed and defined in the post The First False Flags, a process of Cultural and Socioeconomic Interception, which we will call CSI, has been taking place since at least the early 1600’s.  This is a process where international banking interests use hidden strategies and methodologies to effect change on the macroeconomic level.

The disorganized masses, the large majority of the population for which the CSI is targeted, are intentionally divided and confused about the broader mandates and purposes of the international bankers, or Money Changers. Read More

10.18.14- Weekend Rant: Financial World: House Of Cards Built On Sand
Michael Noonan

Take heart PM community, your turn is coming.  What is happening in the stock market is a harbinger of what is sure to come for gold and silver, at some point in the future.  When? Ah, that elusive question the answer to which so many want to know, the same answer to which so many so-called prognosticators have serially gotten wrong over the past few years.  The best answer is patience.

It is highly unlikely that a single bank, at least in the Western fiat central banking system, is solvent.  All, repeat, all banks are insolvent, propped up by the Rothschild system that few can successfully challenge. Read More

10.17.14- A Black Swan Takes Flight
Tom Chatham

The threat of a pandemic is ever more present today than it was one month ago. The spread of a pandemic through American communities has some potential to be used for nefarious purposes. With the distrust in government today, it is natural to be suspicious of how this event is being handled at higher levels.

Normal everyday people are screaming for a quarantine of people from infected regions of the world but the government seems reluctant to do that simple thing to stop the spread of this disease. That in itself begs the question if this is intentional and part of some larger plan. Read More

10.16.14- Impact of FATCA – and the Case for Physical and Regional Diversification
The Daily Bell

The height of idiocy: US Government hijacks the whole Swiss banking system ... True story ... One of our SMC members just received a package from HSBC giving him and his wife a deadline to comply with FATCA—US' global tax law ... Suddenly they had just four weeks to prove that they were not US taxpayers, all because at one point they had purchased a service that gave them a US phone number. And now they, as Canadian citizens and residents, have to submit a fully completed W8BEN IRS form, along with a government issued photo ID and a detailed letter of explanation to make it very clear that they were not in fact Americans. – Sovereign Man Read More

10.15.14- Five Bills in the Land of the Free that are straight out of Atlas Shrugged
Simon Black

“John Galt is Prometheus who changed his mind. After centuries of being torn by vultures in payment for having brought to men the fire of the gods, he broke his chains—and he withdrew his fire—until the day when men withdraw their vultures."

Sick of the overbearing regulation, taxation, and entitlement mentality in society—in the book Atlas Shrugged, John Galt went to one entrepreneur after another to convince them that they just didn't need to put up with it anymore. Read More

10.14.14- Crash Alert: Examine Your Exposures
Jim Quinn

Do you believe this time is different? Then buy stocks on margin come Monday morning. Do you believe the Federal Reserve can permanently elevate stock markets? If so, borrow against your house and buy stocks with both hands on Monday. Do you believe stocks are undervalued, despite a century of data indicating they are 50% overvalued? If so, backup the truck and buy Twitter, Apple, and Amazon stock. Do you feel lucky?

Present conditions create an urgency to examine all risk exposures. Once overvalued, overbought, overbullish extremes are joined by deterioration in market internals and trend-uniformity, one finds a narrow set comprising less than 5% of history that contains little but abrupt air-pockets, free-falls, and crashes. Read More

10.13.14- The Economic ENDGAME Has Arrived
Jim Willie

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10.11.14- An End Still Not In Sight
Michael Noonan

Miscellaneous, with a central not-so-apparent binder. Do they relate to gold and silver? In a way, yes.

At the end of September, Yahoo ran a picture of Putin along side of Stalin. Not too much in the way of suggestive association at play here by the media intent on pleasing the elites and federal government. The caption was what the two have in common, both from Russia certainly being one. What we know for sure is that neither ever won a Nobel Peace Prize, and neither has been responsible for inciting wars all across the globe and bombing other countries into submission, so Obomba is one-up on them in that regard, but his photo did not appear in the line up. Read More

10.10.14- The New World Order Bio War
Tom Chatham

For several years many people have had the opinion that the global elite have had a plan to kill off a significant portion of the worlds population and take complete control of the resources and people. The raping of the worlds financial assets by these people has insured that they must do something to cover their tracks in a way to avert repercussions on themselves from an irate population. A global holocaust that puts people in survival mode would lend itself nicely to the police state being erected to contain the people.

Dave Hodges has uncovered some evidence that a company named Crucell developed a fully effective Ebola vaccine in 2006. The CDC has patented the Ebola virus and can now demand to be paid royalties for any vaccine used against the virus. Read More

10.09.14- The US ranks #36 in the world for respecting property rights. Is this freedom?
Simon Black

In 1863, the United States of America was in the midst of a devastating civil war.

Thousands of people had just lost their lives at Gettysburg, and Sherman was preparing for his march to the sea, laying waste to Atlanta in the process.

New York City was embroiled in the most violent riots in its history.

The southern economy was in shambles with the prices of staple food items skyrocketing, and citizens of the Union were stuck paying income taxes for the first time ever. Read More

10.08.14- Michael Savage: 1 month left to save America
World Net Daily

New 'prophetic' book warns nation ahead of mid-terms

When Barack Obama introduced himself at the 2004 Democratic National Convention declaring there was only one America – “not a liberal America and a conservative America” and “not a black America and white America” – many instantly envisioned him as a future presidential candidate with a unique heritage and extraordinary rhetorical skills that would enable him to unite a nation divided over political ideology and race.

Not long into his presidency, however, it became apparent to many, including some liberals, that Obama’s leadership and policies had only exacerbated the divisions. Read More

10.07.14- Washington Is Destroying The World
Dr. Paul Craig Roberts

The aggressive and mindless stance that Washington's warmongers have taken toward Russia and China have shattered the accomplishment of Reagan and Gorbachev.

Reagan and Gorbachev ended the cold war and removed the threat of nuclear armageddon. Now the neocons, the US budget-dependent (taxpayer dependent) US military/security complex, and the US politicians dependent on campaign funds from the military/security complex have resurrected the nuclear threat. Read More

10.06.14- The New World Order-
A 6000 Year History

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10.04.13- Poverty Report Contradicts GDP Claims
Paul Craig Roberts

It is amazing how the government manages to continue selling Brooklyn Bridges to a gullible public. Americans buy wars they don't need and economic recoveries that do not exist.

The best investment in America is a highly leveraged fund that invests only in large cap companies that are buying back their own stocks. Many of the firms repurchasing their stocks are borrowing in order to push up their stock prices, executive "performance bonuses," and shareholders' capital gains. The debt incurred will have to be serviced by future earnings. This is not a picture of capitalism that is driving the economy by investment. Read More

10.03.14- High-Frequency Trader Indicted for Manipulating Commodities Futures Markets
Federal Bureau of Investigation

CHICAGO—In the first federal prosecution of its kind, a high-frequency trader was indicted for allegedly manipulating commodities futures prices and illegally profiting nearly $1.6 million as a result of trading orders he placed through CME Group and European futures markets in 2011. The defendant, Michael Coscia, was the manager and sole owner of the former Panther Energy Trading LLC, of Red Bank, N.J., which he formed in 2007. Read More

10.02.14- Top Doctors: Ebola May Become Airborne … And May ALREADY Be Transmissible Via Aerosols
WashingtonsBlog

Michael T. Osterholm – director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota – wrote in the New York Times last month:

Viruses like Ebola are notoriously sloppy in replicating, meaning the virus entering one person may be genetically different from the virus entering the next. The current Ebola virus's hyper-evolution is unprecedented; there has been more human-to-human transmission in the past four months than most likely occurred in the last 500 to 1,000 years. Each new infection represents trillions of throws of the genetic dice. Read More

10.01.14- Ebola In America: The Confirmed Case In Dallas, Texas Could Change Everything
Michael Snyder

The day that many of us hoped would never arrive is here.  Ebola has come to America.  Air travel between the United States and the countries of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone should have been totally shut down except for absolutely essential personnel but it wasn't.  And now our nation may end up paying a great price as a result.  On Tuesday, the CDC announced that there is a confirmed case of Ebola in Dallas, Texas.  We know that this individual is a male and that he traveled by air from Liberia to Texas on September 19th.  At that time, he was not exhibiting any symptoms. Read More

09.30.14- Will You Die From Fukushima?
Steven Starr

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09.29.14- No, America isn't Communist. It's only 70% Communist.
Simon Black

"The proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains. They have a world to win. Workers of the world, unite!"

Most people remember Karl Marx's most potent points and phrases, and the mountain of corpses his disciples left behind, especially in the 20th century.

However, most forget or don't even know the specific policies that Marx advocated. Read More

09.27.14- Will Russia and China Hold Their Fire Until War Is the Only Alternative?
Paul Craig Roberts

Obama's September 24 speech at the UN is the most absurd thing I have heard in my entire life. It is absolutely amazing that the president of the United States would stand before the entire world and tell what everyone knows are blatant lies while simultaneously demonstrating Washington's double standards and belief that Washington alone, because the US is exceptional and indispensable, has the right to violate all law.

It is even more amazing that every person present did not get up and walk out of the assembly.

The diplomats of the world actually sat there and listened to blatant lies from the world's worst terrorist. They even clapped their approval. Read More

09.26.14- When Humans Lose Control of Government
Phillip K. Howard

A decades-long obsession with writing excessively detailed laws had made it impossible for real people to get anything done.

The Veterans Affairs scandal of falsified waiting lists is the latest of a never-ending stream of government ineptitude. Every season brings a new headline of failures: the botched roll-out of Obamacare involved 55 uncoordinated IT vendors; a White House report in February found that barely 3 percent of the $800 billion stimulus plan went to rebuild transportation infrastructure; and a March Washington Post report describes how federal pensions are processed by hand in a deep cave in Pennsylvania. Read More

09.25.14- The War on Poverty: 50 years of failure
Robert Rector

The welfare state perpetuates itself by rewarding dependency

This year marks the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson’s launch of the War on Poverty. In January 1964, Johnson declared “unconditional war on poverty in America.” Since then, the taxpayers have spent $22 trillion on Johnson’s war. Adjusted for inflation, that’s three times the cost of all military wars since the American Revolution. Read More

09.24.14- Silicon Valley Corporatists
James Hall

Remember the days when an entrepreneur would perfect their whiz kid ideas in a garage and bring them to market? Did Steve Wozniak ever envision the behemoth that Apple would become and the cult camp that worships every new product that flows from their robotic coolie assembly lines? Riots Over Rotten Apple Mania describes an example of the forbidding underbelly of corporatist business model that Apple exemplifies so dramatically. Notwithstanding this record of 21th century sweat factories, do the venture vulture capitalists of Silicon Valley interject added value in the products and services they fund or do this culture of touting IPO offerings simply game a system to print money based upon imaginary dreams? Read More

09.23.15- Must See: Border Patrol Insider Speaks Out: "They're Anticipating A Large National Crisis… Something Drastic"
Mac Slavo

The southern border of the United States has never been safer. There is no credible threat from terrorists. And, the government has everything under control.

That’s the narrative being disseminated to the masses and it’s being done in such a way that anyone who disagrees is labeled a racist, an alarmist, or an anti-government extremist. Read More

09.22.14- Rigged Gold Price Distorts Perception of Economic Reality
Paul Craig Roberts and Dave Kranzler

The Federal Reserve and its bullion bank agents (JP Morgan, Scotia, and HSBC) have been using naked short-selling to drive down the price of gold since September 2011. The latest containment effort began in mid-July of this year, after gold had moved higher in price from the beginning of June and was threatening to take out key technical levels, which would have triggered a flood of buying from hedge funds.

The Fed and its agents rig the gold price in the New York Comex futures (paper gold) market. The bullion banks have the ability to print an unlimited supply of gold contracts which are sold in large volumes at times when Comex activity is light. Read More

09.20.14- 2014 "Anatomy of a Great Deception"
David Hooper

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09.19.14- Scotland Sells out to the Dole
Martin Armstrong

In America, the support for Scottish Independence was overwhelming running 80%+ Scottish Flags were appearing everywhere – even in Philadelphia they hung one-off the bridge. But in Scotland where people rely upon handouts from Britain (dole), self-interest prevailed.

With all 32 council areas in Scotland now declared, the No (unionist) secured 55% of the vote with Yes (independence) achieved 45%.

The fate of Scotland now looks rather bleak. The turnout was the strongest in the NO camp largely because the elderly who rely on pensions were scared they would lose the dole. Read More

09.18.14- The NEXT Reserve Currency
Jeff Nielson

The U.S. dollar is dying an ugly death. The U.S. government knows it, and the bankers who run the U.S. government are certainly aware of it – since they are the ones who have (already) undermined its value to worthlessness.

Naturally, the dollar's ugly death is never mentioned in the Corporate media. Even with the manipulation choke-hold which this banking cabal has over our so-called "markets"; it would be extremely difficult to pump-up the value of the dollar to its present, absurdly fraudulent level if everyone knew that this was a dying currency – which will be obsolete (and thus officially worthless) in a few year's time. Read More

09.17.14- Revisionism and the Freedom Movement
Ralph Raico

The King of Prussia, Frederick II ("the Great"), confessed that he had seized the province of Silesia from the Empress Maria Theresa in 1740 because, as a newcomer to the throne, he had to make a name for himself. This caused a war with Austria that developed into a worldwide war (in North America, the French and Indian War), and went on to 1763. Of course, many tens of thousands died in that series of wars.

In general, though, states have been much more circumspect about revealing the true reasons for their wars as well as the methods by which they conduct them. Pretexts and evasions have proliferated. In democratic societies, these are endorsed—often invented—by compliant writers and intellectuals. Read More

09.16.14- This seems to be going well (chart)
Simon Black

Gallup released a new poll late last week showing how many (or few, as it were) Americans are ‘satisfied’ with the direction of the country. 23%. That’s it. 76% are NOT satisfied. Only 1% aren’t sure.

The chart to the right shows the astounding, long-term decline since 2000.

Note, this is a trend that has outlasted three Presidents and six Congresses. It’s not about a single politician, or even ALL the politicians. It’s about the system itself. Read More

09.15.14- The Price of Gold and the Art of War, Part I
Darryl Robert Schoon

If you wait by the river long enough, the bodies of your enemies will float by - Sun Tzu, The Art of War, Fifth century BC

Only fools and the ideologically impaired believe that today?s capital markets are free. In free markets, prices are determined by supply and demand. In capital markets, supply and demand considerations are subordinated to capitalism?s increasingly dysfunctional monetary menses, i.e. credit flows, emanating from central banks. Of all markets, today?s gold markets are the least free. Read More

09.13.14- Investment Tips from a former Mob Boss...Interview with Michael Franzese
CNBC

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09.12.14- The Great Unwinding and The Aftermath
Tom Chatham

As global currencies wage a race to the bottom, citizens of the world are kept distracted by insignificant things to keep them calm right up to the end. The end will be the destruction of many world currencies and the savings of those invested in them. When that happens those who have lost everything will panic, and for good reason. The conspiracy theorists and sound money people will be proven to be prophets but none of that will matter by then. Read More

09.11.14- 9/11: AMERICA'S REICHSTAG -- Why The Truth Is More Important Than Ever
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09.10.14- Economic Reality of a Wealth Tax
James Hall

Proponents of big government, from both the left and right, share one important trait; namely, both spend their waking hours dreaming up new schemes to tax wealth. Only a blind, deaf and dumb observer of economic imbalance would deny that the massive accumulation of worldly assets into the hands of the smallest number of robber barons in all of history is at the core of most social unrest and global instability. However, adopting a Marxist outlook on the evils of the bourgeoisie simply confuses the nature of the financial magnates, while blaming the hard pressed merchant class for conducting beneficial business. Creation of tangible wealth is the greatest achievement in the uplifting and improvement of the human condition, when that stream of riches flows between and among entrepreneurs and business proprietors. Read More

09.09.14- Defects in Ratification of the 16th Amendment
Liberty for Life

Over time in our experience under the rule of law of a constitution we have been worn down and weaned away from using the Constitution as our guide. Instead, we have accepted man's laws as the "legal" rule of the land, and compromised our own principles with absolutism. What if states did not require employers to withhold taxes from employee paychecks? Your state must find the fiber to 'stand their ground' for the US Constitution. Read More

09.08.14- Top Russia Expert: Ukraine Joining Nato Would Provoke Nuclear War
WashingtonsBlog

U.S and NATO Responsible for Ukraine Crisis … and West Has Agreed to Cover Up Details About Shoot Down of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17

Stephen Cohen is one of America’s top experts on Russia.  Cohen is professor emeritus of Russian studies and politics at New York University and Princeton University, and the author of a number of books on Russia and the Soviet Union.

Cohen says that the West is mainly to blame for the crisis in Ukraine: Read More

09.06.14- Weekend Rant:
NWO = Deceit, Debt, & War. PMs A Casualty
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Michael Noonan

[Last week, we said, "Next week, we will cover a brief history, a track record of the Rothschild banking dynasty that has controlled all Western countries for a few centuries." See Elite's NWO Losing Traction.  Expect [More] War, at least as it pertains to the US.]

If you want to know why your holdings of physical gold and silver have remained under suppression, it is because both are anathema to paper fiat currencies, and the ones who are in control, the moneychangers, will not tolerate competition against their fiat Ponzi monopoly scheme. Read More

09.05.14- Mind Control: Orwell, Huxley, and Today's Reality
Richard K. Moore

We are clearly able to see the structural patterns of each kind of mind-control regime. This can help us recognize precursors – signs that such a future is coming our way, if not here already.

Dystopian Predictions

In 1984, George Orwell paints a picture of a dark, gray world. People are afraid to say anything contrary to the official party line, and surveillance is universal. Even thinking contrary to the party is a crime, and thoughtcrimes may be treated by radical psychological intervention. Read More

09.04.14- Why Is Independence So Frightening To Some People?
Brandon Smith

In past articles I have examined the nature of power and division in our society and have always come to the same conclusion, that there are only two types of people: the people who want control over others and the people who just want to be left alone. However, there are also subgroups that swim within the boundaries of each end of the spectrum. Often, psychologists and self-help gurus attempt to promote the idea that the defining quality of the average person's life is whether he is a follower or a leader. I have seen this spectrum applied to every political and social organization. Read More

09.03.14- The Morning After: What Happens When A Government Destroys Its Currency
Simmon Black

Imagine this scene:

"Everyone in the country was in shock. People's net worth had devalued more than 53% overnight."

"The value in savings accounts dropped in half and neither merchants nor consumers knew how to react because they had never been through something like it before…" Read More

09.02.14- The Rise and the Fall of the Bankster Part 3
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09.02.14- Bankers Endgame Draws Nigh
James Corbett

...the promise of central bank funny money, which is really all that's needed these days to send investors into a tizzy and to keep the longest bull market in recent history ascending into the stratosphere.

The market is giving itself another congratulatory pat on the back this week as the S&P flirts with the 2000 point territory. Another week, another high. Another month, another psychological market barrier crashed through with abandon. Read More

09.01.14- Labor's Demise Is America's Demise
Dr. Paul Craig Roberts

Thoughts for Labor Day

Labor Day is a holiday that has outlived its time. Like Christmas, Labor Day has become a time-out period. As Christmas has become a shopping spree, Labor Day has become the last summer holiday.

The holiday originated in 1887 to celebrate the contribution made by American workers to the strength and prosperity of the United States. Read More

08.30.14- Weekend Rant: I Blame The Central Banks for the Coming Bond Bubble Disaster
Chris Martenson

The current bubbles in financial assets -- in equities and bonds of all grades and quality -- raging in every major market across the globe are no accident.

They are a deliberate creation. The intentional results of policy.

Therefore, when they burst, we shouldn't regard the resulting damage as some freak act of nature or other such outcome outside of our control. To reiterate, the carnage will be the very predictable result of some terribly shortsighted decision-making and defective logic. Read More

08.29.14- Full Spectrum Dominance
Chris Hedges

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08.28.14- Hope and Sorrow - The Circle of Life
Jim Quinn

"Actual happiness always looks pretty squalid in comparison with the overcompensations for misery. And, of course, stability isn’t nearly so spectacular as instability. And being contented has none of the glamour of a good fight against misfortune, none of the picturesqueness of a struggle with temptation, or a fatal overthrow by passion or doubt. Happiness is never grand." Aldous Huxley, Brave New World

When you drive the PA Turnpike for 7 hours you have a lot of time to think. Our trip to Altoona was bittersweet. My oldest son is beginning his senior year at Penn State. He has his whole life ahead of him. But you never know for sure. Read More

08.27.14- New definition of retirement =
work until you die

mybudget360

Half of Americans have little to no savings for what will likely be a long and drawn out retirement.

The ideal vision of retirement is one of constant leisure supported by a sizable nest egg. Building a nest egg takes decades of discipline and careful planning. Unfortunately, many Americans did not adequately prepare and combined with the casino like financial system, many have been washed out of the system. Many retiring baby boomers are going to use Social Security as their primary crutch for retirement income. Read More

08.26.14- Forbidden History the Ultimate Taboo
SARTRE

People are dumb because they do not know and refuse to learn the real history behind world events. Educational institutions do not function as seekers of truth, but as gatekeepers for narratives that defy common sense and defame historical facts. Society fosters the ultimate taboo against chronicles that differ with the established story of distortions and misdirection. Anyone who dares waver from accepted limits and suppositions immediately is a quack or an extremist. The dreaded label of being a conspiracy theorist, used to smear and marginalize researchers and pundits, is the height of anti-intellectualism and character assassination. Read More

08.25.14- Obama Destabilizes Europe's Economy: Sanctions Deepen the Recession
Prof. James Petras

The Obama Administration actively pressured Europe to impose harsh sanctions on Russia in order to defend the violent takeover ('regime change') in the Ukraine.  England, France, Germany and the rest of the European regimes gave in to Washington's demands.  Russia responded by imposing reciprocal sanctions, especially on agriculture goods, and is establishing alternative trading partners and increasing trade with China, Iran, Latin America and Africa. Read More

08.23.14- A lot of conservatives are moving towards Rand Paul on police militarization issue
Nick Gillespie

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08.22.14- The Ferguson Missouri spectacle
Ol' Remus

Remus has a few words for you about the North Saint Louis dustup. Let's start with some empty calories from DC:

President Barack Obama called the police shooting death of an unarmed black teenager a tragedy and called on Tuesday for thoughtful response after two nights of violent protests, looting, arrests and tear gas in a St. Louis suburb. He promised a full investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice into the case, which has provoked outrage in the largely African-American town of Ferguson.
Carey Gillam at reuters.com

Isn't that just too precious. Lets look at the "largely African-American town of Ferguson": Read More

08.21.14- Six Myths About Money and Inflation
Patrick Barron

The following are six of the most prevalent economic myths that appear time and again in the mainstream media. I will give a brief description of each and a brief description of the economic reality, as seen from an Austrian perspective.

Myth 1: Increased money leads to economic prosperity.

This Keynesian myth postulates that increasing aggregate demand through increasing the money supply will lead to more spending, higher employment, increased production, and a higher overall standard of living. Read More

08.20.14- The US Gold in Fort Knox is Secure, Gone, or Irrelevant
Gary Christenson

In 1950 the US owned about 20,000 metric tons of gold – approximately 640,000,000 troy ounces.  By August 15, 1971 when President Nixon "temporarily" closed the "gold window" that hoard had decreased to about 8,100 tons (Fort Knox, the NY Fed, and other locations).  The US government had been overspending, exporting dollars oversees, and other governments had "cashed in" those dollars for gold.  At that rate of decrease, the US gold hoard would have been entirely dissipated by now.  Perhaps it is gone!

President Nixon had a choice – default on the US promise to redeem dollars with gold, or reduce spending.  Like any prominent politician he chose to continue spending and to blame the problem on someone else. Read More

08.19.14- How The U.S. Dollar Reserve Currency Dies… Slowly At First, Then All At Once
Steve St Angelo

By any objective measure Reserve Currencies — particularly the US dollar — are dying. The question most analysts get when discussing the reality of the US and world economic/financial situations is, if things are so dire, why doesn't it feel like it? (***see dire links below )  If all the facts stated about $6 trillion annual (GAAP basis) US budget deficits or US government total debt and obligations in excess of $90 trillion are true, why does the system still "function"???  Social Security recipients receive checks, the military is still paid, the garbage gets picked up, and stores still have stocked shelves. Life seems hectic but generally "normal". Read More

08.18.14- Pentagon's 1033 Program is Preparing for War Against the Civil Population
Martin Armstrong

There is a growing awareness that the militarization of domestic police forces is the effective declaration of war against the civilian population in the United States. The local police force's abusive militarized response to protesters in Ferguson, Missouri is sparking outrage around the world.

The military style local police forces in the United States are about as un-American and unconstitutional as you can get. This incident in Ferguson, Missouri that has been witnessed as brandishing military weapons of war against unarmed citizens is in all honesty simply treason against everything the Founding Fathers fought a revolution against. This is NOT what a “free democratic” nation does to its own people. Read More

08.16.14- Weekend Rant: The Psychospiritual Electrochemical War on Humanity
Zen Gardner

Perhaps the best literal manifestation of our current induced containment and control system is the electro-chemical invasion of our atmosphere via the chemtrail program. Begun decades ago, our very breathing environment has been radically altered by massive dumping of electrically excitable nano particles and chemical toxins to not only restrain our connectivity with natural and empowering energies, but transmit and maintain severely disempowering health, mental and spiritual influences. Read More

08.15.14- Price Fixing - A Shed of Broken Tools
Dr. Jeff Lewis

"The essence of propaganda consists in winning people over to an idea so sincerely, so vitally, that in the end they succumb to it utterly and can never escape from it."
-Goebbels

Despite hearing it over and over, the meaning of "all markets are rigged" is completely lost on the most hopeful. Of course, hope is fear gone badly.

Investors want desperately to believe that the real market exists. They believe that the pricing mechanism is legitimate - a fair expression of the markets. Read More

08.14.14- The IMF, the SDR, and the Dollar:
One Big Happy

Gary North

The SDR is a fake currency issued by the International Monetary Fund.

It was invented in 1969, the first year of the Nixon administration. It was a stop-gap measure to save the fixed exchange rate system of currencies, which came into existence in 1946, when the 1944 Bretton Woods system was implemented.

A fixed exchange rate is a government-imposed price control on currency prices. It cannot survive. No price control system ever does. This is the heart of the matter. When you think "fixed exchange rates," think "price control." Read More

08.13.14- Don't Be Surprised If Silver Is the Target
Bill Holter

Russia took some very stern retaliatory steps this past week in response to being sanctioned, sanctioned again, and sanctioned further for good measure. Up until this point, Mr. Putin had remained somewhat restrained and I would say almost stoic in his responses by never trying to “one up” the sanctions, only matching them so far. This may have now changed and unfortunately for the West, Russia’s retaliation is coming at a poor time.

Russia has retaliated by banning all food imports from the U.S. and Europe for 1 year. Previously, they had put a moratorium on doing business with U.S. consulting firms which included high tech and energy. Read More

08.12.14- Global Nausea
James Howard Kunstler

Any American influence left in Iraq should focus on rebuilding the credibility of national institutions. – Editorial, The New York Times

Gosh, isn't that what we spent eight years, 4,500 lives, and $1.7 trillion doing? And how did that work out? The Iraq war is just like the US financial system. The people in charge can't imagine writing off their losses. Which, from the policy standpoint, leaves the USA pounding sand down so many rat holes that there may be no ground left to stand on anywhere. We'll be lucky if our national life doesn't soon resemble The Revenge of the Mole People. Read More

08.11.14- What if There's a Real War in Ukraine?
Eric Margolis

Russia and the West are at war – over fruits, veggies, pork and bank loans. The cause is Ukraine, a vast emptiness formerly unknown to the western world, but now deemed a vital national security interest worthy of a risking a very scary war.

Economic embargos such as those launched by the US against Russia may seem relatively harmless. They are not. Trade sanctions are a form of strategic warfare that is sometimes followed by bullets and shells. Read More

08.09.14- PMs Will Rise With "Dollar" Demise, Just Not Soon.
Michael Noonan

What do you get when a bunch of unelected bureaucrats band together?   The EU.  How is the EU different from the US?  There is no difference, except that the US has the illusion of electing bureaucrats.  The de facto corporate federal government remains undiscovered by the vast majority of US citizens.  Thanks goes to the Rothschilds for setting everything up.

When one utilizes the axiom, “Follow the money,” all roads lead to the Rothschilds and their formula of gaining control of a nation’s money supply and then making all the rules. While that is the simplified version, it is no less insidiously true. Read More

08.08.14- The Dating Market: Anarchy in Action
Julian Adorney

To defenders of the state, "anarchy" is a scary concept. They claim that we need government intervention to protect us or all hell will break loose.

But in fact we live anarchy every day, in one of the most crucial aspects of our lives: dating. Every day people meet, date, have one-night stands, fall in love, and break up; all without government intervention. Read More

08.07.14- Will Putin Realize That Russia Holds The Cards?
Paul Craig Roberts

More evidence, about which I hope to write at length, is piling up that Europe has acquiesced to Washington's drive to war with Russia, a war that is likely to be the final war for humanity. By Russia's low key and unthreatening response to Washington's aggression, thereby giving the West the mistaken signal that Russia is weak and fearful, the Russian government has encouraged Washington's drive to war.

It appears that the Russians' greatest weakness is that capitalism has raised enough Russians to a comfortable living standard that the war that Washington is bringing to them is scary, and they want to avoid it in order to continue living like decadent Western Europeans. Read More

08.06.14- Currency Wars and the Inevitable Banquet of Consequences
Jesse's Café Américain

"We have been silent witnesses of evil deeds; we have been drenched by many storms; we have learnt the arts of equivocation and pretence; experience has made us suspicious of others and kept us from being truthful and open; intolerable conflicts have worn us down and even made us cynical.

Are we still of any use? What we shall need is not geniuses, or cynics, or misanthropes, or clever tacticians, but plain, honest, and straightforward men. Will our inward power of resistance be strong enough, and our honesty with ourselves remorseless enough, for us to find our way back to simplicity and straightforwardness?” - Dietrich Bonhoeffer Read More

08.05.14- All Hell...
James Howard Kunstler

That tractable beast, World Opinion, was apparently looking the other way when US video war-gamers blew up wedding parties and donkeys by remote control in Pakistan, Yemen, and Afghanistan, not to mention the now long ago shock-and-awe bombardment of poor innocent Iraq. It's not paying much attention these days to the remorseless advance of ISIS (or ISL or the Islamic State) as it cuts a psychopathic swath through the Middle East marked by wholesale executions of civil servants, beheadings of "infidels," and the occasional crucifixion of suspected enemies and traitors. UN Secretary Ban Ki Moon is so busy issuing condemnations of Israel that he has forgotten to ask Hamas the elementary question: What part of... quit firing rockets... don't you understand? Read More

08.02.14- Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth
Richard Gage

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08.02.14- Weekend Rant: Global Pandemic
and Quarantine

JC Collins

A Very Convenient Ebola Outbreak

Along with sovereign debt defaults and social unrest there needs to be additional events leading into and acting as causative factors in any economic collapse or transition. A global quarantine to fight the Ebola outbreak would offer such a factor.

There are many questionable matters surrounding this outbreak, none more so than the movement of patients around the world. This goes against Quarantine 101 measures to battle lethal pathogens such as Ebola. Read More

08.01.14- America 'Under the Dome':
Who dies in food wars?

Paul B. Farrell

Horror master Stephen King's "Under the Dome" is a vision of America's future. Trapped in a massive bubble world warning us to wake up. Get into action. Forget today's market gurus predicting 40% stock crashes. King's "Dome" sees how our 21st century America has become a critical mass of bubbles of our own making, guaranteed to self-destruct, unless we listen to the warnings:

Big Jim, the town mayor with a god-complex, secretly develops a solution with a science teacher: Reduce town population. As food, water and other supplies get scarcer at restaurants, gas stations, a secret alliance between religion and science to conserve resources, but also eliminate people. Read More

07.31.14- Where Do We Circle The Wagons?
Tom Chatham

As I mentioned in a previous article, we are being overwhelmed with one crisis after another in rapid fire succession. This is meant to keep everyone off balance and prevent any meaningful defense by the population. Before we can react to one crisis another rears its ugly head and diverts our attention causing many to ignore the recent crisis for the new one. Its all planned that way.

So how do we defeat this plan? We cannot fight every crisis with the hope of winning. We can only try to see the bigger picture and build a wall that can keep the problems far enough away from us to carry on with our own agenda. Read More

07.30.14- Seizing Control of Our Destinies
Julian Rose

In 1381, at a time of great repression for the British agricultural work force, an extraordinary people's revolutionarynamed Wat Tyler sprang to his feet and announced "England should be a nation of self governing communities" to which he added " No lord shall exercise lordship over the people, and, as we are oppressed by so vast a horde of bishops and clerks, the property of the holy church should be taken and divided."

His colleague, the priest John Ball, spoke out with equal fervour "The lords' claims to be more lords than we are rests solely on their power to force us to labour that they may spend." Read More

07.29.14- War Is Coming
Paul Craig Roberts

The extraordinary propaganda being conducted against Russia by the US and UK governments and Ministries of Propaganda, a.k.a., the "Western media," have the purpose of driving the world to war that no one can win. European governments need to rouse themselves from insouciance, because Europe will be the first to be vaporized due to the US missile bases that Europe hosts to guarantee its "security." Read More

07.28.14- The Relationship Between Body pH and Disease (and other facts you're not supposed to know)
Sarah C. Corriher

Prelude: The Unholy Business of Health Care

Could it be that the most respected of industries is actually the most corrupt of all? Decades ago, the medical establishment went to war to silence a purported quackery of holistic medicine and chiropractors. The purported perversion of medicine which the establishment fought so viciously to quell was the contention that vitamin C is beneficial. It has become a conveniently forgotten history, but more importantly, a rewritten history. The new history is that the allopathic establishment discovered the benefits of vitamin C, and it totally never tried to destroy alternative researchers who were reporting its benefits. It is still spoken of as little as possible. Read More

07.26.14- Weekend Rant:
Default of a different kind

Ol' Remus

It's said the human intellect is the highest achievement of evolution, but as George Carlin said: look what's telling us that. Mankind supposedly triumphed because of his toolmaking genius and organizational skills and language and ability to plan and provide for the future. None of these are the real reason. Man prevails because he has a hole card: he's the most creatively violent species the planet has ever produced. Deny it and you deny your own true self. If you've ever weeded a garden you have an understanding of the principle. Read More

07.25.14- What If Democracy Is a Fraud?
Andrew P. Napolitano

What if you were allowed to vote only because it didn't make a difference? What if no matter how you voted the elites always got their way? What if the concept of one person/one vote was just a fiction created by the government to induce your compliance?

What if democracy as it has come to exist in America today is dangerous to personal freedom? What if our so-called democracy erodes the people's understanding of natural rights and the reasons for government and instead turns political campaigns into beauty contests? Read More

07.24.14- What Putin Knows
Mike Whitney

”We have repeatedly called on all parties to immediately stop the bloodshed and sit down at the negotiating table. We strongly believe that if military action in the East of Ukrainehad not beenrenewed on the 28th of June, this tragedy wouldn't have happened. However, no onehas the right to use this tragedy to pursuetheir ownpolitical aims. Such events should unite and not divide people.”

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07.23.14- The Third World War
Tom Chatham

Many people feel WWIII is looming closer. For those in North America the next world war is well under way but it will not be exactly what they had planned on. The mass of humanity crossing the southern U.S. border is nothing less than a Third World war being waged on the first world countries of America and Canada.

This is all part of the planned North American Union that will be forced on the citizens of those countries. Prosperous citizens have the means to protect their rights but impoverished citizens can only beg for government assistance or flee to some other place. Read More

07.22.14- The US Department of
Love, Peace, and Lollipops

Jon Rappoport

At the 4th Plenary Meeting of the One Size Fits All Global Planning and Distribution of Goods and Services Commission, it was pointed out by a member that one size does not fit all.

This member was later rebuked in private by David Rockefeller IX, who said, "We tell people they're all equal, and meanwhile, we decide who eats and who doesn't, who has water and who doesn't, who works and who doesn't, who can travel and who can't, who lives and who dies. Don't you see, you ninny? One size fits all is a cover story." Read More

07.21.14- MH17 and MH370: What are the Odds? And What's the Fallout?
Stephanie

How often, in the past 40 or 50 years, have we heard about a Malaysian airplane going down? And now, we've had two in the past six months. What are the odds?

I'm not the only one who immediately entertained the thought that MH17 and MH370 are, in fact, the same airplane. One goes missing - it is still not found - and then a mere months later, another Malaysian plane mysteriously flies over military airspace in one of the most contentious hotspots in the worldand gets shot down. Read More

07.19.14- Government attempts to regulate Bitcoin. Government will fail.
NotQuant

The news that New York State’s top financial regulator has announced the first-ever set of regulations for firms doing business in the BitCoin space shows just how deep the government misunderstanding of BitCoin goes.

On Thursday, Benjamin M. Lawsky, the superintendent of financial services, announced proposed regulations for virtual currency companies operating in New York. The "BitLicense" plan, which includes rules on consumer protection, the prevention of money laundering and cybersecurity, is the first proposal by a state to create guidelines specifically for virtual currency. Read More

07.18.14- They're Lying To Us, Part 4: Fake Pensions
John Rubino

Most people learn by the age of 10 or so that making promises is easier than keeping them. That’s why really big promises like corporate pensions and national retirement/health care programs are so easy to screw up. Offering someone a cushy retirement or a lifetime of healthcare feels great and generates massive goodwill from the recipient. So elected officials and corporate executives tend to over-promise in the moment and leave the hard part - actually making good on those promises - for their successors. Read More

 

07.17.14- Are we there yet?
Ol' Remus

Imagine everything familiar collapsing like an accordion in the time between your morning coffee and your first midday yawn. It may happen just that way. In fact, it's difficult to see how it can happen any other way.

Back in 2001, the Argentine economy all but collapsed. In a matter of days, the country went from mild recession to full-blown economic crisis. The currency went into freefall. Police were out in the streets shooting protestors. Unemployment and crime rates soared overnight. And the nation defaulted on its debt. - Simon Black at sovereignman.com, July 10, 2014 Read More

07.16.14- Hippies
Johnny Silver Bear

Talking 'bout my g-g-g-generation...

Today is Saturday, October 22th, 2011. We are quickly approaching the tenth anniversary of the Silver Bear Cafe which will come in January, 2012. Over the last ten years your editor has scoured, sourced, verified, formatted, re-formatted, adorned, posted and archived over twenty thousand essays and articles from the minds of gracious free thinking pundits around the globe. Most of these patriots are ignored by the mainstream media (an industry that, coincidentally, happens to be owned by the "Darkside"). Read More

07.15.14- 9/11 Rogue Agenda-A Video Odyssey
Charles Ewing Smith

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07.14.14- And Now, Something Entirely Different - Ukulele weeps
Jake Shimabukuro

(Editor's Note: In our "doom & gloom" world, one must really search for uplifting moments. For all you do, this one's for you. - JSB)

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07.12.14- Weekend Rant: Washington's Arrogance Will Destroy Its Empire
Paul Craig Roberts

Alone among the governments in the world, Washington requires sovereign governments to follow Washington's laws even when Washington's laws contradict the laws of sovereign countries.

The examples are endless. For example, Washington forced Switzerland to violate and to repeal Switzerland's historic bank secrecy laws. Washington executes citizens of other countries, as well as its own citizens, without due process of law. Read More

07.11.14- They're Lying to Us, Part 3: The Fake Stock Market
John Rubino

For the average person trying to decide how to feel about the economy, the single biggest data point is the stock market. When share prices are rising, the implicit message is that finance professionals — who, after all, dedicate their lives to understanding such things and should therefore know what’s happening — have decided that life is good and getting better.

So the rest of us relax and go shopping. Known as the “wealth effect,” this tendency of asset prices to affect consumer behavior is now a key policy goal of the US and pretty much every other major government. Read More

07.10.14- The Deteriorating Economic Outlook
Paul Craig Roberts, Dave Kranzler, and John Williams

The third and final estimate (until the annual GDP revisions) of first quarter 2014 real GDP growth released June 25 by the US Bureau of Economic Analysis was a 2.9% contraction in GDP growth, a 5.5 percentage point difference from the January forecast of 2.6% growth. Apparently, the first quarter contraction was dismissed by those speculating in equities as weather related, as stock averages rose with the bad news.

Stock market participants might be in for a second quarter surprise. The result of many years of changes made to the official inflation measures is a substantially understated inflation rate. Read More

07.09.14- Playing Russian Roulette With Open Borders
Tom Chatham

Much is now being made of the recent immigrant influx that carries many different problems. It will put even more pressure on the social net that many now depend on due to a declining economy. The addition of tens of thousands of new people that need government services will no doubt cause a decrease in services to those already getting it.

About 48 million Americans now need food stamps just to have enough to eat. Additional mouths to feed will no doubt put more strain on the food supply that is now rising in price due to money printing, drought, crop failures and livestock diseases that have decimated herds and led to multi-decade lows in supply. Read More

07.08.14- Declaration of Independence In the 21st Century
Nomi Prins

While much of America marks July 4th with fireworks, barbeques and family gatherings, people should also take a moment to pause and consider the state of the very freedoms, liberties and rights that the Declaration of Independence was produced to acquire for the population.

At a mere 1302 words subject to editorially consent by its creators, the Declaration of Independence from British monarchical rule listed clear intentions of the-then 13 colonies that wanted to become the United States of America. Read More

07.07.14- The Truth Versus Washington DC's Propaganda Machines
Bill Moyers

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07.05.14- Freedom: Summed Up In One Image
Barry Ritholtz

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07.04.14- The Death Of The Rust Belt
Michael Snyder

I Their names are familiar to all of us: Cleveland, Flint, Youngstown, Saginaw, Gary, Toledo, Reading, Akron, Flint and Buffalo were all once booming manufacturing cities that were absolutely packed with thriving middle class families. But now most of the manufacturing jobs are gone and all of those cities are just shadows of their former selves. When you drive through many of these communities, you will notice that a lot of people have a really hollow look in their eyes.

Decades of slow, steady economic decline have really taken a toll, and even the architecture in these cities looks depressed. But despite all of the decay, there is still evidence that there was once something truly great about these communities. Will we be able to recapture that greatness before it is too late? Read More

07.03.14- Similarities Between 1914 And 2014
Claudio Grass

As we approach the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, the (non-mainstream) media is starting to talk about the parallels between then and now. Could it be true that there are similarities? In this article, I would like to discuss some of the intriguing, and frankly disturbing, parallels I see between the period just prior to WWI and today. I think that understanding these parallels is of utmost importance, not only because the events leading up to WWI are, in my view, also the indirect cause of the Second World War, but they are important to understand the similar problems we could be facing today. Read More

07.02.14- Meltdown America
Casey Research

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07.01.14- Oil, Money, & War
James J. Puplava

In this timeless and re-released article Jim outlines three major powershifts of the 21st century stemming from the ongoing struggle of resource scarcity. Both historical and forward looking, "Oil, Money, and War" analyzes the dynamic relationship between these three forces and their ongoing role in reshaping our modern world.

Introduction

The next war has just begun. The era of peace and stability that we have come to know is over. We are entering an era in history, not of peaceful economic competition between nations, but a time of warfare between tribes, ethnic groups, religions, and economic systems. This war will be unlike other wars. Read More

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