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Εγχειρίδιο χειρισμού κρίσεων λόγω πολιτικών ΔΝΤ από τη CIA! / Already confirmed: Civil liberties under attack! / Greece's creditors gone completely insane! / How the global financial mafia sucked Greece's blood / ECB's economic hitmen / Η Μέρκελ επιβεβαιώνει τα σχέδια των γραφειοφασιστών! /Greece: the low-noise collapse of an entire country/ How the neoliberal establishment tricked the masses again, this time in France / Ενώ η Γερμανία προετοιμάζεται για τα χειρότερα, η Ελλάδα επιμένει στο ευρώ! / Ένας παγκόσμιος "proxy" πόλεμος κατά της ελευθερίας έχει ξεκινήσει! / In reality, McCarthyism never ended in America / Ο επικεφαλής του "σκιώδους συμβουλίου" της ΕΚΤ επιβεβαιώνει ότι η ευρωζώνη είναι μια χρηματοπιστωτική δικτατορία! /With a rising Jeremy Corbyn and a declining Angela Merkel, Brexit has been upgraded to play a much more critical role / Δημοψήφισμα για Grexit: η τελευταία ευκαιρία να σωθεί η Ελλάδα και η τιμή της Αριστεράς / Populism as the new cliche of the elites to stigmatize anyone not aligned with the establishment / Δεν γίνεται έτσι "σύντροφοι" ... / Panama Papers: When mainstream information wears the anti-establishment mask / The Secret Bank Bailout / The head of the ECB “shadow council” confirms that eurozone is a financial dictatorship! / A documentary by Paul Mason about the financial coup in Greece / The ruthless neo-colonialists of 21st century / First cracks to the establishment by the American people / Clinton emails - The race of the Western neo-colonialist vultures over the Libyan corpse / Επιχείρηση Panama Papers: Το κατεστημένο θέλει το μονοπώλιο και στις διαρροές; / Operation "looting of Greece" reaches final stage / Varoufakis describes how Merkel sacrificed Greece to save the Franco-German banks / France officialy enters the neo-Feudal era! / The US establishment just gave its greatest performance so far ... / A significant revelation by WikiLeaks that the media almost ignored / It's official: the US is funding Middle-East jihadists! / Οι αδίστακτοι νεο-αποικιοκράτες του 21ου αιώνα / How to handle political unrest caused by IMF policies! / Πώς το νεοφιλελεύθερο κατεστημένο ξεγέλασε τις μάζες, αυτή τη φορά στη Γαλλία / Οι Γάλλοι νεοαποικιοκράτες επιστρέφουν στην Ελλάδα υπό 'ιδανικές' συνθήκες / Μεγαλώνει ο πανικός της Γουόλ Στριτ μπροστά στην προοπτική των κρυπτονομισμάτων

20 February, 2018

While Bush's neocons forced North Korea to restart its nuclear program, a second attempt for a nuclear agreement was destroyed by Obama


While Washington's hawks keep pushing for war in the Korean peninsula, the corporate media assist their effort through the ordinary propaganda, depicting North Korean leadership as, more or less, an evil regime. Very few things about the US destructive policies and actions in the region are known to the American public, like, for example, the fact that the US had put barriers to the unification of the two Korean states and had literally flattened North Korea in the Korean war.

While Jimmy Carter tried to put the foundations for a nuclear agreement with North Korea, all the US administrations afterwards seem to be pushing for war, sabotaging every effort for a viable agreement that would remove nukes from the Korean peninsula.

Tim Shorrock, journalist and expert on US-Korea relations, spoke to Abby Martin about the dirty US tactics against North Korea, especially when Bush's neocons - the ones who brought absolute chaos in the Middle East after pushing for US invasion in Iraq - decided to close all doors against any prospect for a deal with North Korea.

As Shorrock states:

In the late 80s, North Korea under Kim Il-sung were looking at having nuclear weapons and part of the reason was because until 1991, the US had hundreds of tactical nuclear weapons in South Korea, these kind of hand-held weapons that US soldiers would carry their nuclear weapons.

And, of course, the US 7th fleet is in Yokosuka-Japan and very close to Korea and there are ships there that have nuclear arms, planes, and Okinawa, the US bases are there, and so they saw building a nuclear capability it was a way of defending themselves.

Jimmy Carter went to North Korea, met with Kim Il-sung and they hammered out what became this agreed framework under which North Korea agreed to end its nuclear program, stopped its production of plutonium at this plant.

When Bush took over in 2001 with all these neocons in his government, like John Bolton and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, were against this agreement, any agreement with North Korea. And in his State of the Union address Bush labeled North Korea as part of the axis of evil with Iran and Iraq. So, this was like the last straw for the North Koreans. They said, 'OK we now see that you believe we're back in enemy status', and so they pulled out of the agreement themselves and started proceeding on their plutonium program. By 2006, they had built their first atomic weapon and tested their first weapon in 2006.

In 2005, there was a declaration by all South and North Korea, US, Japan,China and Russia, that Korea itself would not be nuclear, would not allow nuclear weapons north, or south. All countries agreed to that agreement and had been violated by the US because at the time the US was still imposing sanctions.

When Obama came in 2009, he and his people sort of had this idea that somehow the problem of North Korea would go away because it was going to collapse and they did not want to negotiate directly with North Korea. So, even Bush was willing to have direct talks to them, Obama was not.

Germany seeks new spy satellites to get intel ‘independently from US’

Berlin has launched a new satellite program for its intelligence service (BND) in an attempt to escape US influence in spying matters, Die Zeit daily reports. The project has already proven to be costlier than planned.

Germany plans to spend €400 million ($465 million) on two of the “latest-generation satellites” for its foreign intelligence service. The budget committee of the German parliament (Bundestag) already approved the financing of the costly project back in early November 2017.

The two reconnaissance satellites, which are now being constructed by the Bremen-based aerospace company OHB, are expected to be able to identify and capture images of objects as small as an A4 paper sheet. They are scheduled to be launched into orbit in 2022, where they will be able to keep an eye on “any place on Earth” within 24 hours, according to a “top secret” intelligence document obtained by Die Zeit.

The ambitious project is apparently aimed at making Berlin less dependent on Washington, as the German security services are said to rely heavily on satellite data provided by their US partners.

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The US military will have more robots than humans by 2025

Armed with a budget of over $700 billion for the coming year – which will likely continue to grow over the course of Trump’s Pentagon-controlled presidency — the Pentagon’s dystopian vision for the future of the military is quickly becoming a question not of if but when.

by Whitney Webb

Part 1

While cyborg soldiers and fully automated weapons have long been fodder for futuristic sci-fi thrillers, they are now a reality and, if the Pentagon gets its way, will soon become the norm in the U.S. military. As Defense One reported last Thursday, the Army had just concluded a live-fire exercise using a remote-controlled ground combat vehicle complete with a fully automated machine gun. The demonstration marked the first time that the Army has used a ground robot providing fire in tandem with human troops in a military exercise and, as Defense One noted, “it won’t be the last.

Indeed, last week’s exercise represents just the latest step in the Pentagon’s relatively quiet tip-toe into converting the U.S. Armed Forces to a machine-majority force. Faced with low recruitment and an increased demand for soldiers, the Department of Defense is seeking to solve that problem altogether while also increasing the military’s firepower and force in combat.

Though unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), better known as drones, are the most well known of these devices, the Pentagon has been investing heavily — for decades — in a cadre of military robots aimed at dominating air, sea, and land. In 2010, the Pentagon had already invested $4 billion in research programs into “autonomous systems” and, since then, its research wing — Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, better known as DARPA — has been spending much of its roughly $3 billion annual budget funding robotic research intended for use in military applications.

According to former U.K. intelligence officer John Bassett, DARPA’s investments in robotics and automated weapons will not only quickly become the norm in the U.S. military, they will soon replace humans, who are set to become a minority in the U.S. military in a matter of years. During a recent speech, Basset – a 20-year veteran of the British spy agency Government Communication Headquarters (GCHQ) and very familiar with U.S. military research – warned that the U.S.’ attempts to “stay ahead of the curve” will result in the Pentagon’s deployment of thousands of robot soldiers over the next few years. The upshot, according to Basset, is that the U.S. Army will have “more combat robots than human soldiers by 2025” – just seven years from now.

The mechanization revolution in the military, however, isn’t set to stop there. According to the Army’s official Robotic and Autonomous Systems (RAS) strategy, the Army plans to have autonomous “self-aware” systems “fully integrated into the force” between 2031 and 2040 along with the complete automation of logistics. The strategy also states that, by that time, the Army will have a cadre of robots at its service including “swarm robots” that will be “fully powered, self-unpacking and ready for immediate service,” along with advanced artificial intelligence designed to “increase combat effectiveness,” particularly in urban combat zones.

Now that ground robots are undergoing testing alongside human soldiers, the Army’s vision along with Basset’s prediction are set to become the new reality of the U.S. military.

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Πώς ο Τραμπ ανοίγει τον δρόμο στην Κίνα και τη Ρωσία

Μέρος 2ο - Η αποχώρηση από την TPP

Ήδη από την πρώτη μέρα στο Οβάλ Γραφείο και όπως είχε υποσχεθεί προεκλογικά, ο Τραμπ απέσυρε τις ΗΠΑ από τη συμφωνία Trans - Pacific (TPP) μεταξύ των χωρών του Ειρηνικού. Υπενθυμίζεται ότι, στην αμφιλεγόμενη συμφωνία συμμετείχαν 12 χώρες (Αυστραλία, Μπρουνέι, Καναδάς, Χιλή, Ιαπωνία, Μαλαισία, Μεξικό, Νέα Ζηλανδία, Περού, Σιγκαπούρη, Ηνωμένες Πολιτείες και Βιετνάμ), οι οποίες αντιπροσωπεύουν το 40% της παγκόσμιας οικονομίας. Η Κίνα ήταν εκτός. Άλλωστε, η συμφωνία ήταν το οικονομικό αντίβαρο στην αυξανόμενη επιρροή της.

Ο Μπαράκ Ομπάμα είχε ορίσει την περιοχή Ασίας -Ειρηνικού μια από τις γεωστρατηγικές και οικονομικές προτεραιότητες του. Τελικά, δεν πρόλαβε να στείλει τη συμφωνία για έγκριση στο Κογκρέσο.

Στην πραγματικότητα, το πρώτο εκείνο διάταγμα που υπέγραψε ο Τραμπ ήταν ένας θρίαμβος για την Κίνα. Όπως είχε δηλώσει τότε, ο Michael Froman, ο άνθρωπος που διαπραγματεύθηκε τη TPP από πλευράς ΗΠΑ «μετά από τόση συζήτηση περί σκληρών μέτρων απέναντι στην Κίνα, με την Πρώτη Πράξη του Τραμπ τής παραδίδουμε τα ‘κλειδιά’ και δηλώνουμε ότι εγκαταλείπουμε την ηγετική μας θέση στην περιοχή, γεγονός επιζήμιο γεωστρατηγικά».

Ο Τραμπ υποστήριξε ότι απέσυρε τις ΗΠΑ από την TPP για να προστατεύσει τα συμφέροντα των Αμερικανών εργαζομένων από χώρες με φτηνό εργατικό δυναμικό, όπως το Βιετνάμ και η Μαλαισία που είχαν προσχωρήσει στη συμφωνία.

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