Sunday, August 20, 2017

At Least Four Killed as Militants Shell Damascus Int'l Fair - Source

Sputnik | Aug 20, 2017

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At least four people have been killed and four others injured after militants shelled an international fair in Damascus, a Syrian security forces source told RIA Novosti.

The Damascus International Exhibition is taking place from August 17 to 26 in the country’s capital, the first time it has taken place in 6 years after its suspension amid the war in the country. There are official delegations and about 1,300 businessmen from Arab and other countries, the Syrian prime minister told Sputnik earlier.

The local source told RIA Novosti that the shelling came from Eastern Ghouta on Damascus' outskirks controlled by anti-government armed militant groups.

"Four people were killed and four others injured when rocket-propelled projectiles fell at the Damascus International Fair," the source said.


The shelling comes amid a ceasefire in Syria.

Before the war broke out, the Damascus International Industrial Fair in Syria used to be one of the largest in the Middle East region. The first time it was held was in 1954, and the last time in 2011.

Earlier, the director general of the fair said that 43 states, including Russia, are taking part in the fair this year. A total of 70,000 people are expected to visit the fair.

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Empire Files: Human Rights Hypocrisy - Colombia vs. Venezuela

teleSUR | Aug 19, 2017

Colombia and Venezuela: two neighboring countries that receive extremely different treatment by the US Empire and the mass media.

While Colombia is known for one of the worst human rights records in the world, it remains a top recipient of US military aid and enjoys uncritical press coverage in Western media--all while Trump threatens military intervention against Venezuela over unsubstantiated allegations.

To contrast the human rights realities, Abby Martin interviews human rights attorney Dan Kovalik, who has recently returned from both countries.

Kovalik has done extensive work in Latin America and was an observer to the recent Constituent Assembly election in Venezuela. He also serves as Associate General Counsel of the United Steelworkers union, teaches International Human Rights at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, and is the author of the new book "The Plot to Scapegoat Russia."




Alert: Dollar & Markets at Risk to Plummet – John Williams

USA Watchdog | Aug 20, 2017 | Greg Hunter

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Economist John Williams is putting out a rare “Alert” on his popular ShadowStats.com newsletter. What does Williams see that scares him?  Williams explains, “There are several factors.  Number one, I think we are at risk of an extreme market reaction just tied to the economy slowing down unexpectedly against headline expectations.  That is going to mess up the Fed’s planning for raising rates and liquidating their balance sheet.  That is going to force them back to quantitative easing (money printing).  That, in turn, will savage the dollar.   As the dollar plummets, so will U.S. stock prices.  They are heavily supported by the influx of capital from abroad. . . . Given the underlying fundamentals in the markets and in the economy, I think all the components are in place for one of the great financial panics of all time.”

Williams says this is why gold is poised to go up. Williams says, “Gold is the ultimate hedge against all the craziness in the world and very bad financial markets, dangerous currency markets and bad inflation.  Physical gold is the ultimate hedge because it retains its value over time. . . . I have been looking for it to go higher, and it is going to go a lot higher as the circumstances deteriorate.”

At some point, Williams says, “You are going to see a plunge in the dollar. . . . All of a sudden, they are going to stop raising rates . . . and as the economy deteriorates and puts more financial stress on the banking system, they’ve got to go back to quantitative easing. They can’t let the banking system fail.  They have propped up the dollar, but you are going to see a plunge in the dollar.  The fed does not have to actually move to quantitative easing for the dollar to tank, you just have to have the markets shift in sentiment to that effect, and you will see the dollar tank.”

Williams says, “A big factor in the dollar’s value is political stability or the perceived political stability. Right now, you have a circumstance in Washington where there is tremendous political discord.  I can’t remember seeing anything like this in the past.  The President has effectively had his options shut off in terms of moving the economy.  I was looking for him to get elected because of the weakness in the economy. . . . This intensifies the problems for the economy, but I can tell you right up front it’s a big negative for the dollar. . . . If you have a move for impeachment for the President, that will tank the dollar.”

What does John Williams’ gut tell him to do before this Fall? Williams says, “I would be out of the stock market, and I’d have my money in gold.  I mean physical gold, physically owning the gold. . . .Suppose the things I am looking for begin to break.  You may see rioting in the streets.  You may see disruptions in the supply chains to grocery stores.”

Join Greg Hunter as he goes One-on-One with economist John Williams at ShadowStats.com.

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There is some free information on ShadowStats.com. Economist John Williams also puts together detailed reports on all aspects of the economy without accounting gimmicks to make things look better than they actually are.  For example, if unemployment was calculated the way the government did it before 1994, it would show a 22% unemployment rate.  Williams gives what I call the “real stats” in his weekly reports.  Click here to subscribe.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

US-led Coalition Warplanes Bomb Syrian Army In Kadir Village In Central Syria. ISIS Attack Follows – Reports

SouthFront | Aug 19, 2017

Warplanes of the US-led coalition have carried out airstrikes on the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) Tiger Forces in the village of Kadir in the province of Homs, according to pro-government sources.

The airstrikes were reportdly followed by an ISIS attack in the area. Kadir is an important village located at the Resafa-Sukhna road, north of the Kawm oasis.

If reports are confirmed, it will be another sign of the long-standing US campaign aimed at undermining the anti-ISIS efforts of the Syrian-Iranian-Russian alliance in the war-torn country.

Earlier, spokesperson for the United States Department of State, Heather Nauert, said that the US has no plans to remain in Syria after ISIS is defeated. How could such statements be reliable amid the US actions on the ground?

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