Risking a regional war to allegedly avenge the death of an individual who was already avenged raises questions, especially for a President standing for re-election. The United States claims that the assassination was also intended to act as a “deterrent” against potential, future Iranian attacks, yet it is hard to justify the murder of a top general of a foreign power on foreign soil as a preemptive and preventative measure as opposed to one that would invite escalation. This is particularly true given that those that have most often sought an escalation in tensions between Iran and the U.S. and its Middle Eastern allies do not live in Tehran and Baghdad, but instead in Washington D.C. and Tel Aviv.
The current pressure facing both Trump and Netanyahu in their respective policies is only the latest factor that has pushed both administrations into a renewed and increasingly desperate push to satisfy the decades-old effort of Iran hawks in both countries to stoke war and “reshape” the Middle East in favor of the U.S.-Israel axis.
And even after today’s dip, the S&P 500 is up nearly 29% for the year, and the Nasdaq 35%, despite lackluster growth in the global economy, where many of the S&P 500 companies are getting the majority of their revenues.
Mega-weight in the indices, Apple, is a good example: shares soared 84% in the year, though its revenues ticked up only 2%. This is not a growth story. This is an exuberance story where nothing that happens in reality – such as lacking revenue growth – matters, as we’re now told by enthusiastic crowds everywhere.
Until just a couple of months ago, the touts were out there touting negative interest rates soon to come to the US and thus making stocks the only place to be. Those touts have now been run over by the reality. Now they’re touting QE4 by the Fed, or whatever. And people were looking for any reason to buy.
The unanimity of it all was astounding. I’ve seen this before, but not in this magnitude.
An alarming United Nations report released Tuesday said global temperatures are on track to rise as much as 3.9°C by the end of the century, meaning only drastic and unprecedented emissions reductions can stave off the most devastating consequences of the climate crisis.
“We need to catch up on the years in which we procrastinated,” Anderson said. “If we don’t do this, the 1.5°C goal will be out of reach before 2030.”
“Failure to heed these warnings and take drastic action to reverse emissions means we will continue to witness deadly and catastrophic heatwaves, storms, and pollution.”
“Jakarta is a capital city that is literally sinking. Under the weight of pollution and rising sea levels, Indonesia’s government has decided to simply pack up and move elsewhere.They, along with 1.5 million government workers, will soon be headed for the island of Borneo.The rest of Jakarta’s 30 million residents will be abandoned to live in a hugely polluted, impoverished and sinking city.”
President Jokowi, a megalomaniac from the provincial city of Solo (Central Java) is at war with anything socialist. He is fully determined to sell his country to the West. He is getting rid of almost all remaining labor protection laws, and he is inviting Western companies to “invest” in Indonesia, giving them tax holidays and many other incentives. Recently he met President Donald Trump, behaving embarrassingly, like a boy scout, begging him to visit Indonesia, and to invest.
While people all over the world are fighting and dying, trying to defeat outrageous turbo-capitalism, Jokowi is falling head over heels in love with long time discredited Thatcherite and Reaganite dogmas.
People are being robbed of everything, including their land, their environment, as well as public spaces, beaches, rainforests, cities, villages and rivers. And even economy is collapsing.
Huge protests against Amazon in France, Germany, Spain and other parts of Europe for causing overconsumption that destroy the environment, also for its predatory business pricing and inhumane treatment of its employees.
If you can, stop buying from Amazon, avoid it altogether. It is that simple if you want to do something for the world we live in.
Police Remove Protesters From Amazon Site in Lyon, France
French Social Security: The Lies of the State (Fake News)
French minister of economy and finance Bruno Le Maire stated on TV that there is a deficit of 5,4 Billions Euro in Social Security(Secu) budget in 2019 and a deficit of 5,1 Billions Euro next year in Secu. In fact in 2019, Social Security or Secu has a surplus of 11 Billions Euro. Along with the pension fund (CSG) of 5 Billions Euro, so total of 16 Billions Euro was actually used to pay the debt caused by the financial crisis (bail out of bankers and others). The financial crisis of subprime mortgages loans in 2008 was not caused by the people but by the incompetence and greed of the bankers and financiers of the world. This is another type of transfer of wealth from the middle class and the poor to the super rich. This is social injustice, a lie and fraud done to French citizens and all other citizens living in France. In a fully functioning democracy, Bruno Le Maire, Macron and his cabinet should be brought to justice for lies, fraud and embezzlement of public funds or taxpayers' hard-working earned money.
Thousands protest against new criminal code in Indonesia
Student Protesters' Demands:
1) Reject Criminal Code bill, mineral mining bill, land bill, correctional procedure bill and labor bill, revoke KPK law and Natural Resources Law,pass sexual violence law and domestic worker law
2) Remove KPK's(Anti Corruption Commission)leaders with shady past who were chosen by House of Representative
3) Ban Indonesian military and National Police officer from holding public office
4) End military occupation in Papua and other regions and an immediate release of political prisoners and activists
5) End criminalization of activists
6) End deforestation and the burning of forests in Kalimantan and Sumatra and sanctions corporations responsible for fires and revoke their business permits
7) Resolve human rights violations and put human right abusers on trial, including those at the highest level of government and give the victims and their families the right for justice