Web Research Links for the Week of 3/2/20

Fair Use Notice: This site may contain some copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of vital issues which already exist in the public domain. – Note: These links are posted at the top of the page as the week progresses. Links from previous weeks can be found under the “Current Quicklinx” button above. If you have a link you would like to share, please put it into a comment.

Russia Just Told The World, “No.” – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/russia-just-told-world-no – “All of this adds up to Russia holding the whip hand over the global market for oil… The ability to say, “No.”.. And they will have it for years to come as U.S. production implodes…  Because they can and do produce the marginal barrel of oil… That is why oil prices plunged as much as 10% into today’s close on the news they would not cut production… There is a cascade lurking beneath this market. There is a lot of bank and pension fund exposure in the U.S. to what is now soon-to-be non-performing fracking debt… Liquidations will begin in earnest later this year… But the market is handicapping this now… I cannot overstate how important and far-reaching this move by Russia is.  If they don’t make a deal here they can break OPEC. If they do make a deal it will come with strings that ensure pressure is lifted in other areas of stress for them… The knock-on effects of oil plunging from $70 per barrel to $45 over two months will be felt for months, if not years.”

MbS Widens Purge: Dozens Of Royals And Army Officers Swept Up After Powerful Princes Arrested – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/mbs-widens-purge-dozens-saudi-royals-army-officials-swept-after-powerful-princes – “It appears the resumption of MbS’ purge of any power rivals or centers of influence is back on after a year-long lull following the Oct. 2018 murder and dismemberment of journalist Jamal Khashoggi is officially back on… The WSJ reports: “Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has embarked on a broad security crackdown by rounding up royal rivals, government officials and military officers in an effort to quash potential challenges to his power, Saudi royals and advisers familiar with the matter said Saturday… This includes ‘dozens of Interior Ministry officials, senior army officers and others suspected of supporting a coup attempt…’.”

After State Of Emergency, Cuomo Hints At Mass Quarantines For New York – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/after-state-emergency-cuomo-hints-mass-quarantines-new-york – “He said, ‘if we need to close schools, we will close schools.’ Already, several prep schools in NYC have shuttered over fears of the virus. Schools are among the various venues which, like  cruise ships, concentrate a large number of people in a small space and in light of the unprecedented contagion of the coronavirus, any possibility of social-spreading has to be minimized…  Cuomo said there’s “no reason” at the moment to shutdown mass transportation in the city, however that clearly will change when the number of cases spike, and the fact that Cuomo is contemplating it means that this will likely be the next escalation in the fight against the pandemic. We noted on Saturday, Amtrak shuttered several non-stop lines from Washington, DC, to NYC on declining demand for travel due to the virus outbreak… Separately, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), told NBC News on Sunday that if the virus continues to spread, ‘Americans should reconsider attendance at large gatherings.’ All suggestive that mass quarantines, currently seen in China, Italy, and other hard-hit countries, could be coming to the US.”

The Full Impact Of Raging Covid-19 Has Yet To Show Its Face – by Bruce Wilds – https://www.zerohedge.com/health/full-impact-raging-covid-19-has-yet-show-its-face – “A big part of getting real information about how fast this virus is spreading comes from the fact we simply don’t know. Slow-moving incompetent governments with strong agendas generate and control both the data and the narrative. Whether the goal of a government is to limit panic, deflect criticism from its failings, or simply generate the impression they have control of the situation we pay the price. The long latency period before someone shows symptoms makes it is quite possible for a person to be carrying the virus but show no signs whatever when they arrive at the airport and pass through screening… While economies around the world are being shaken by the coronavirus markets are also coming up against the same lack of real information when it comes to assessing the real damage being done or how long it will last. As the title of this piece indicates the impact of this raging virus has yet to show its face. It may be years before we know the extent of the carnage this pandemic inflicts upon financial markets as well as the streets where people live. Covid-19 may be the catalyst for a global economic reset long overdue or simply a huge bump in the road.”

Empires of the Steppes Fuel Erdogan Khan’s Dreams – by Pepe Escobar – https://www.unz.com/pescobar/empires-of-the-steppes-fuel-erdogan-khans-dreams/ – “Russian diplomatic sources confirm that no one in Moscow believes any word, promise or cajoling emanating from Erdogan anymore. So it’s useless to ask him to respect the Sochi agreement. Imagine a Sun Tzu-style meeting with the Russian side displaying the very picture of self-restraint while scrutinizing Erdogan on how much he is willing to suffer before desisting from his Idlib adventure… Those non-nonsense proto-Mongols: What ghosts from the past evolve in Erdogan’s unconscious? Let history be our guide – and let’s go for a ride among the empires of the steppes… What history has shown is an east-west Eurasian axis across the steppes, from Central Asia to Anatolia, through which nomad tribes, Turk and Turkmen, then the Ottoman Turks, migrated and progressed, as conquerors, between the 7th and the 17th centuries: a whole millennium building an array of sultanates, emirates and empires. No wonder the Turkish president pictures himself as Erdogan Khan or Sultan Erdogan… Erdogan Khan has proclaimed, “Idlib is mine.” Syria and Russia are responding, “No, it’s not.” Those were the days, when turcophone empires of the steppes could just advance and capture their prey.” – Comment: Fantastic historical perspective from the inimitable Escobar

War with Russia Would be Hell on Earth – Look at the Terrifying Power of These Russian ‘Flame-Thrower’ Missiles (Video – 45sec) – https://russia-insider.com/en/war-russia-would-be-hell-earth-look-terrifying-power-these-russian-flame-thrower-missiles-video

Police Quarantine California Neighborhood After Coronavirus Death – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/health/police-quarantine-california-neighborhood-after-coronavirus-death – “Police in the Sacramento suburb of Rocklin, California ordered residents on one residential street to stay inside their homes as officers in protective gear patrolled the area as a sheriff’s helicopter circled overhead, according to WIBW… The reason? A man who became California’s first coronavirus victim lived on the block… Residents were kept in the dark until after they were allowed to leave their homes, according to the report…’The Placer County Health Department issued a brief statement shortly after the police presence, stating: “Law enforcement partners are currently responding to enforce a health officer’s order. We cannot share any additional information to protect patient confidentiality.’..The orders were given under sections of California Health and Safety Code that allows Placer Health to “enforce regulations requiring strict isolation, or quarantine if the action is necessary for the protection of the public health.” –WIBW… The quarantine order came one day after Placer County Public Health announced the death of the 71-year-old resident.” – Comment: As per the video embedded in this article, Placer County Public Health still refuses to identify the quarantined peoples’ neighbor who died.

Munich Security Conference Presents Heavily Biased Research Into Advent Of Right-Wing Extremismhttps://southfront.org/munich-security-conference-presents-heavily-biased-research-into-advent-of-right-wing-extremism/ – “The Munich Security Conference, apart from conventional sources of presumed danger for the west, such as Russia and China, also looks at the advent of right-wing extremism… The report from the conference, specifically mentions that great resources have been spent on “the war on terror” fighting jihadism after 9/11, but right-wing extremism was allowed to spread almost without issue… At the same time, it (the MSC Report) heavily misrepresents the number of jihadist extremism events and fatalities. Even a simple glance of various open sources of information would reveal that there are easily over 100 cases of Islamic extremism between September 1st, 2001 and December 31st, 2018. And even if the numbers of events are realistic in the presented graphs, it is also showing that the fatalities are much higher, in regard to the number of events when right-wing and jihadist extremism are compared… This is a very apparent example of attempting to fit facts to the desired narrative and not constructing the narrative based on what has really happened and working from there.” (underlined emphasis added)

Idlib Militants Violate Ceasefire Agreed By Turkey And Russia On March 5: Russian Militaryhttps://southfront.org/idlib-militants-violate-ceasefire-agreed-by-turkey-and-russia-on-march-5-russian-military/ – “Over the last 24 hours, the Russian party of the Russia-Turkey Commission on violations of the Joint Agreement has registered 19 cases of firing in the provinces of: Idlib-3, Latakia-7, Aleppo-9… The Turkish side has registered 1 cases of ceasefire violations in in the provinces of Idlib-1.”

Saudi Arabia Detains King’s Brother, Nephew Over Alleged Coup Attempthttps://southfront.org/saudi-arabia-detains-kings-brother-nephew-over-alleged-coup-attempt/ – “Saudi Arabia  has detained two senior members of the royal family – Prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz, the younger brother of King Salman, and Mohammed bin Nayef, the king’s nephew – according to reports citing sources with knowledge of the matter… The Wall Street Journal reported the detentions of the two royals on Friday and said they related to an alleged coup attempt. Bloomberg also reported the detentions, saying the pair were accused of treason… Mohammed bin Nayef’s younger brother, Prince Nawaf bin Nayef, had also been detained, according to the New York Times… The sources said royals seeking to change the line of succession view Prince Ahmed, King Salman’s only surviving full brother, as a possible choice who would have the support of family members, the security apparatus and some Western powers.. In late 2018, a video emerged of Prince Ahmed facing protesters outside his London residence and in which he seemed to criticise King Salman and his crown prince for the war in Yemen… ‘Don’t blame the entire family … Those responsible are the king and his crown prince’ he said. ‘In Yemen and elsewhere, our hope is that the war ends today before tomorrow.’ ”

Italy ‘QUARANTINES’ 16 MILLION people in Lombardy & 14 other provinces in attempt to stop coronavirus outbreakhttps://www.rt.com/news/482590-italy-quarantine-lombardy-coronavirus/ – “Italian PM Giuseppe Conte has signed an emergency decree, virtually locking down the Lombardy region and 14 other provinces until April 3, to curb the spread of coronavirus that killed at least 233 across the country so far… While the central government stopped short of enforcing a mandatory quarantine and introducing a complete travel ban, calling it a “reduced mobility” regime, the bill virtually banned citizens from entering or leaving the “red zones” unless for an emergency or ‘essential work reason.’ ”

US ‘BLOCKS’ UN from supporting Russian-Turkish ceasefire in Syria’s Idlibhttps://www.rt.com/news/482531-us-blocks-un-syria-ceasefire/ – “Though Nebenzya refrained from naming the culprit, both AFP and TASS reported that it was the US that vetoed the statement, citing diplomatic sources on East River… Having pulled back its small contingent in Syria – there in violation of domestic and international law – to seize and hold oilfields, the US has nevertheless sought to influence the situation on the ground by egging on Erdogan to invade Idlib in force… US envoy to the UN Kelly Craft actually went into Idlib and met with the “White Helmets,” the so-called civil defense actually operating hand in arm with militants affiliated with Al-Qaeda. She later went to Ankara and met with Erdogan on the eve of his trip to Moscow, but apparently to no avail… Washington’s special envoy for Syria James Jeffrey also visited Turkey, promising “ammunition” and supplies for the Turkish army’s incursion into Syrian territory – only for aides to walk that back afterward as nothing more than routine cooperation with a NATO ally.”

Pentagon Sends Troops to California Border amid Fears of Border Rush – by Paul Goldberg – https://newsthud.com/breaking-pentagon-sends-troops-to-california-border-amid-fears-of-border-rush/ – “Some of the 30,000 migrants waiting in Mexico rushed for the border February 28 when the court declared the MPP program to be illegal. The court then quickly put a stay on its decision to block the MPP  (Migrant Protection Protocols) until March 12, pending any Supreme Court intervention… Administration officials are sending the troops to the border out of fear the migrants will try to overwhelm the border defenses on March 12… Officials also said the extra troops could help prevent the migration of people with diseases, such as the Covid-19 disease from China.”

Turkish Military Establishes Another Position In Greater Idlib, Deploys Large Reinforcements (Videos)https://southfront.org/turkish-military-establishes-another-position-in-greater-idlib-deploys-large-reinforcements-videos/ – “On March 8, the Turkish military established yet another “observation post” in the Greater Idlib region in northwest Syria… According to opposition sources, the new “observation post” was set near the town of Zardana in the northeastern Idlib countryside, 15 km away from the governorate’s city center (Note: Idlib City).”

WHO Is Lying To You? (2hr 10min) This is the Jan. 9th episode of Del Bigtree’s HighWire, from ICAN (Informed Consent Action Network) https://www.icandecide.org/ , including a retrospective of HighWire’s work in 2019 and coverage of last December’s WHO “Vaccine Safety Summit,” where the Globalists pushing the Vaccination Agenda spilled the beans about their plans to keep people under the spell of Vaccine “Safety and Effectiveness.” And good luck with that…

Erdogan Loses the Battle, But the War Is Far from Over – by The Saker – https://www.unz.com/tsaker/erdogan-loses-the-battle-but-the-war-is-far-from-over/ – “From the above we can also deduce the following: 1) Erdogan’s Blitzkrieg has failed. Initially, the Turkish drones inflicted major damage on the Syrian forces, but the latter adapted extremely quickly which resulted in what the Russians jokingly referred to as “dronopad” which can roughly be translated as “dronerain”. 2) The Turks were clearly shocked by the Russian decision to bomb a Turkish battalion. What apparently happened is this: two Syrian Su-22 (old Soviet aircraft) bombed the convoy to force it to stop, then a pair of Russian Su-34 (the most modern Russian all-weather supersonic medium-range fighter-bomber/strike aircraft) dropped heavy ordinance on the convoy and surrounding buildings killing scores of Turkish special forces). Both sides decided to “blame” the Syrians, but they don’t fly Su-34, and everybody knows that. 3) Erdogan understood that he either had to double down or declare victory and leave. He wisely chose the latter, at least as a temporary measure. 4) Neither NATO nor the EU showed any signs of wanting to join Turkey’s war on Syria (because that is what we are really dealing with here), and neither did the US. Since I cannot call that decision “wise” (there is no wisdom of any kind left in western regimes), I will call it simply “prudent” as Russia was not about to allow Turkey to invade Syria. 5) Iran, Hezbollah, and Libya all declared their willingness to fight the Turks for as long as needed and anywhere where needed… In spite of these developments, it is pretty clear that internal Turkish politics will continue to force Erdogan to engage in what is politely called “neo-Ottoman” policies aka phantom pains for a lost empire. The obvious solution for Russia is to further arm the Syrians, especially with modernized versions of the Pantsir SAMs which have proven very effective against drones, MLRS rockets and even mortars.” Comment: Another super-fine article from The Saker

Map Update: M4 Buffer Zone Agreed By Russia And Turkey In Greater Idlibhttps://southfront.org/map-update-m4-buffer-zone-agreed-by-russia-and-turkey-in-greater-idlib/ – “This map provides a general look at the M4 buffer zone agreed by Russia and Turkey in the framework of the March 5 ceasefire deal on Idlib. According to the deal, the buffer zone should be cleared from radicas and joint Russian-Turkish patrols should be launched in the area. The problem is that the town of Jisr al-Shughur and its countryside are controlled by the Turkistan Islamic Party, an al-Qaeda affilated terrorist group. Therefore, al-Qaeda members should disappear from the area somehow, or a military action to implement the deal is needed.”

Physical Gold Will Soon Break Free from the Paper Market in Spectacular Fashion – by Brandon Smith – https://www.investmentwatchblog.com/physical-gold-will-soon-break-free-from-the-paper-market-in-spectacular-fashion/ – “For example, precious metals act as investment competition against equities as well as currencies. Suppressed metals prices push investors into other assets like stocks or the dollar, giving a temporary boost to flailing markets… In my article  ‘The Eternal Relationship Between Gold And Global Crisis’, I outlined the long history of gold price spikes following international disaster events. But I also pointed out that metals manipulation by banks is almost always a factor before prices rise. In 1962, when the Cuban Missile Crisis triggered record demand for gold on the London market, central banks utilized price suppression through selling of reserves in a policy called “The Gold Pool”. This was intended to force investment back into the U.S. dollar… If the pandemic situation becomes chaotic enough, we may even see physical metals trade take over completely while paper markets disappear. No one wants to have money tied up in an asset they can’t touch during a crisis event. If you don’t hold it in your hand, you don’t really own it… The timing of this decoupling is hard to predict. During the credit crash of 2008, gold had a dramatic run up until autumn, after which prices dropped dramatically. This was then followed by a steady rally from 2009 through 2011. I believe we are currently at the stage of price suppression which may cause weak hands to sell. I recommend not only holding fast to your metals but also using price drops as an opportunity to buy physical while you can.”

Heavy Clashes Break Out In Southern Idlib Few Minutes Into New Ceasefirehttps://southfront.org/heavy-clashes-break-out-in-southern-idlib-few-minutes-into-new-ceasefire/ – “Despite this escalation, no airstrikes on Greater Idlib have been reported, so far. The Turkish military is also refraining from engaging in the clashes… While the ongoing clashes don’t represent a serious violation of the ceasefire, the situation may escalate further in the upcoming few hours.”

Bernie Sanders Admits He’ll ‘Drop Out’ if Biden Has Most Delegates at Convention –  Socialist Sanders appears on MSNBC with defeatist admission – by Savannah Pointer – https://neonnettle.com/news/10534-bernie-sanders-admits-he-ll-drop-out-if-biden-has-most-delegates-at-convention – “Embattled socialist presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has admitted he will drop if former Vice President Joe Biden has the majority of pledged delegates ahead of the Democratic National Convention. Biden, who has since gained endorsement from Presidential candidate dropouts like Mike Bloomberg and Pete Buttigieg, gained traction during Super Tuesday as CNN touted his “juggernaut” comeback.”

Putin And Erdogan Sign Agreement On Idlib, Ceasefire Begins At 00:01 March 6https://southfront.org/putin-and-erdogan-sign-agreement-on-idlib-ceasefire-begins-at-0001-march-6/ – “Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that he has negotiated an agreement to resolve the ongoing tensions in Idlib province with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The two countries have agreed following “uneasy, but productive” talks that they should not reduce their efforts in the fight against terrorism… Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated that his country will be sending additional forces to Idlib province under a new agreement with Russia, but that the status of Turkey’s Operation Spring Shield will be “changed”. Erdogan added that starting at midnight between 5 and 6 March a ceasefire regime will be established in Idlib for both Turkish and Syrian forces. At the same time, the Turkish president said that the army reserves the right to respond to any actions of the Syrian forces… It includes the following items: 1) The cessation of all hostilities along the existing line of contact from midnight on March 6th; 2) Russia and Turkey create a six-kilometer-long security corridor north and south of the M-4 highway in Syria: 3) Russia and Turkey agreed on March 15th to begin joint patrols along the M-4 highway in Syria.” – Comment: It seems that the war will continue on approximately the same basis for all parties.

Turkish-Backed Militants Attack Saraqib In Last Ditch Effort To Block M5 Highwayhttps://southfront.org/turkish-backed-militants-attack-saraqib-in-last-ditch-effort-to-block-m5-highway/ – “Militants advanced towards Saraqib’s city center as well as the nearby towns of Dadikh and Kafr Battikh. However, the fierce resistance of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and intese Syrian and Russian airstrikes prevented them from making any gains… According to pro-government sources, dozens of militants were killed and injured during the clashes near Saraqib. The city’s vicinity is witnessing partial calm now… The new Turkish-backed attack on Saraqib coincided with a Russian-Turkish presidential summit in Moscow, where the escalation in Greater Idlib was discussed… The attack was clearly an attempt to block the M5 highway, which runs through Saraqib, ahead of a ceasefire expected to be implemented after the Russian-Turkish summit. Turkey is eager to block the strategic highway, linking Damascus and Aleppo.”

Fist Fight In Turkish Parliament Ahead Of Putin-Erdogan Meetinghttps://southfront.org/fist-fight-in-turkish-parliament-ahead-of-putin-erdogan-meeting/ – “The meeting was initially supposed to take place in Ankara, as per Erdogan’s words, but it turned out that it would be in Moscow… Erdogan is accompanied by Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusolglu and Defense Minister Hulusi Akar, among other high-profile government representatives… The two leaders are set to discuss the recent developments in Syria, including cease-fire violations in the Idlib de-escalation zone, “a stronghold of opposition forces” in Syria since 2011… ‘This is a tension that harbors the risk of coming to a faceoff. The previous meetings between the two leaders always played a role that facilitated situations, yet now everyone is trying to gain territory as the meeting draws near and both sides know that their performance on the field will affect the negotiating table,’ said Oytun Orhan, of the Center for Middle Eastern Strategic Studies (ORSAM), in an interview with Daily Sabah.

The Graham-Blumenthal Bill: A New Path for DOJ to Finally Break Encryption – by Joe Mullin – https://www.activistpost.com/2020/03/the-graham-blumenthal-bill-a-new-path-for-doj-to-finally-break-encryption.html – “Members of Congress are about to introduce a bill that will undermine the law that undergirds free speech on the Internet. If passed, the bill known as the  Eliminating Abusive and Rampant Neglect of Interactive Technologies (EARN IT) Act, will fulfill a long-standing dream of U.S. law enforcement. If passed, it could largely mark the end of private, encrypted messaging on the Internet… The Department of Justice and the FBI have long seen encryption as a threat. In 1993, the Clinton administration promoted the installation of a “Clipper Chip” in consumer devices that would allow for easy government eavesdropping using key escrow. When researchers repeatedly demonstrated that this flawed idea would compromise privacy and security for everyone, not just criminals, the idea was scrapped. But U.S. law enforcement agencies spent the next 25 years villainizing the widespread adoption of encryption and highlighting a series of awful criminal acts in their efforts to scare elected officials into requiring backdoors… What “best practices” would that (government “child protection”) commission demand in the name of protecting children? We know that offering backdoors to encryption would be high on the list. Attorney General William Barr has demanded “lawful access” to encrypted messages, over and over again. So have his predecessors. The practical result would be to force companies like Apple and Facebook, which offer encrypted messaging services, to choose between protecting user security and privacy and risking unlimited liability for crimes against children committed using these services. Some have likened this anti-encryption scheme to holding car manufacturers liable for injuries caused by defective designs. But really, it’s more like making Toyota pay when a bank robber makes a getaway in a Prius.”

From the Wonders-Never-Cease Desk: Coronavirus solution: Shanghai government recommends vitamin C for COVID-19 – by Jonathan Landsman – https://www.naturalhealth365.com/shanghai-government-covid-19.3315.html – “The government of Shanghai, China has announced its official recommendation that COVID-19 should be treated with high amounts of intravenous vitamin C. (1) Dosage recommendations vary with severity of illness, from 50 to 200 milligrams per kilogram body weight per day to as much as 200 mg/kg/day… These dosages are approximately 4,000 to 16,000 mg for an adult, administered by IV.  This specific method of administration is important, says intravenous therapy expert Atsuo Yanagisawa, MD, PhD, because vitamin C’s effect is at least ten times more powerful by IV than if taken orally. Dr. Yanagisawa is president of the Tokyo-based Japanese College of Intravenous Therapy. He says, ‘Intravenous vitamin C is a safe, effective, and broad-spectrum antiviral.’ ” (emphasis added)

How The Coronavirus Is Being Used To Control You And Remove Your Rights (57 min) – Ryan Cristian of The Last American Vagabond interviews Spiro Skouras on his reporting on the nature of  “COVID-19”:

Turkey in Syria: Down a Blind Alley in an Unwinnable War? – by Tony Cartalucci –  http://landdestroyer.blogspot.com/2020/03/turkey-in-syria-down-blind-alley-in.html – “Fighting in northern Syria has escalated as Syrian forces retake the last remaining bastions of foreign-funded militants and encircle, cut-off, and in some cases catch in the crossfire their Turkish backers… Turkey had been making some promising steps in the right direction since Washington’s disastrous proxy regime-change war in Syria began unraveling – yet it still maintains a problematic position inside Syrian territory, backing what are unequivocally terrorists and obstructing Syria’s sovereign right to recover and restore order within its own borders… Indeed – hostilities in Idlib will undoubtedly drive fleeing militants and their families toward the Syrian-Turkish border and inevitably compound Turkey’s already large refugee problem. Yet this is not Syria’s doing, nor that of Syria’s Russian and Iranian allies. It is the doing of malign US foreign policy that Turkey had initially played a key role in facilitating – and at times still appears to be eagerly abetting… The refugee crisis in Turkey itself was cynically used several times in the past by Ankara and its Western allies at the time for political leverage in demonizing Damascus and to justify more direct Western intervention against Syria.”

Putin-Erdogan meeting: a storm is expected over the “mother of all battles” in Idlib; Ayn al Arab is at stake – by Elijah J Magnier – https://ejmagnier.com/2020/03/04/putin-erdogan-meeting-a-storm-is-expected-over-the-mother-of-all-battles-in-idlib-ayn-al-arab-is-at-stake/ – “Turkish President Recep Tayyib Erdogan had decided to attack Russia, Iran and Syria when he sent his army to Idlib and bombed Russian and Iranian allies on the Idlib front. The Turkish president is feeling strong and believes he is holding many good cards to play against his Russian counterpart President Vladimir Putin. He trusts he is in a position to bomb Iran’s allies, despite the fact that they hold armed drones, precision missiles and experienced Special Forces that can hit Turkey very hard in the case of war… The conflict Erdogan envisions between Russia, Iran and Syria on one side and Turkey on the other would suit the US and Israel. They would be happy to see Presidents Putin and Erdogan sinking into the Syrian quagmire and Hezbollah losing more men in the Levant. Negotiations, intense battles and attempts to reshuffle the military situation are taking place behind the scenes. President Erdogan is trying to improve his military position on the ground before his meeting with President Putin in Moscow tomorrow Thursday- but to no avail. Stormy negotiations can be expected.” – Comment: Very fine and detailed analysis by Magnier

Russian Commentary on the Putin Erdogan Summit – Putin should not believe Erdogan – https://www.veteranstoday.com/2020/03/04/russian-commentary-on-the-putin-erdogan-summit/ – “The expert believes that after the meeting between Putin and Erdogan, ‘the war will continue, one way or another.’.. ‘If you evaluate the behavior of Turkey in Syria and Libya, then the only thing Putin can say to Erdogan: ‘Listen, if you are not a fool, then stop everything that you do here,’ he said… The Turkish side, according to Vladimir Anokhin, should react to this with statements about a possible change in its attitude and position… ‘As a result, in my opinion, they (Turks) will tighten their tail, there will be political statements, but there is no faith for them,’ summed up Vladimir Anokhin.”

Trump Just Gave Israel the Ability to Attack Iran’s Nuclear Sites with F-35s – The U.S. State Department has approved an Israeli request to buy eight KC-46A Pegasus aerial tankers. – by Michael Peck –  https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/trump-just-gave-israel-ability-attack-irans-nuclear-sites-f-35s-129377 – “If Israel does decide to bomb Iran, the U.S. government has made it a little easier… The U.S. State Department has approved an Israeli request to buy eight KC-46A Pegasus aerial tankers. Including support equipment, spare parts and training, the deal is valued at $2.4 billion, with the first aircraft arriving in 2023… The sale ‘supports the foreign policy and national security of the United States by allowing Israel to provide a redundant capability to U.S. assets within the region, potentially freeing U.S. assets for use elsewhere during times of war,’ said the State Department’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency. ‘Aerial refueling and strategic airlift are consistently cited as significant shortfalls for our allies.  In addition, the sale improves Israel’s national security posture as a key U.S. ally.’ ”

Internal “Investigation” Finds it Was “Proper” to Taser, Tackle Grandma Over Asking for Warrant – by Matt Agorist – https://www.activistpost.com/2020/03/internal-investigation-finds-it-was-proper-to-taser-tackle-grandma-over-asking-for-warrant.html – “Barbara Pinkney of Bradenton, in Manatee County, Florida wanted to see the warrant from the cops who had come to her home attempting to arrest a man who she says did not live there. Because she was steadfast in her decision to see the warrant, Pinkney, a 70-year-old grandma who had never been in trouble with police before, was tasered multiple times, thrown to the ground and arrested. Now, after they “investigated themselves” the department has found that tasering the grandmother over asserting her rights was “proper.”..’The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office said it found that the deputy’s level of applied force was lawful, proper and in accordance with agency policy,’ the report from the internal investigation released last month  reads... This grandma is now facing charges of obstruction and battery on a law enforcement officer, according to a probable cause affidavit obtained by WFLA. To make matters that much worse, the incident unfolded at 7:30 a.m. on the day after Christmas — which also happens to be Pinkney’s birthday… ‘We heard a knock at the door. Actually, there wasn’t a knock. I think they kicked the door. Bam! Bam! At the door,’ Pinkney said.”

FEMA Is Preparing For Coronavirus “Emergency Declaration” – by Mac Slavo – https://www.activistpost.com/2020/03/fema-is-preparing-for-coronavirus-emergency-declaration.html – “FEMA officials are preparing for an “infectious disease emergency declaration” by the president that would allow the agency to provide disaster relief funding to state and local governments, as well as federal assistance to support the coronavirus response, according to agency planning documents reviewed by NBC News.… The Trump administration would have to use the 1988 Stafford Act to enable FEMA to provide such disaster assistance. Emergency declarations are most often used in the event of natural disasters but can be used to help manage disease outbreaks. ‘To me, this is another indication that the president and the White House are finally aware of the gravity of the situation,’ said Michael Coen, who was FEMA chief of staff during the Obama administration. ‘They need to consider all tools available to them and have contingencies for action.’ ”

China, 5G, And The Wuhan Coronavirus: The Emperor’s New Virus –  https://www.electricsense.com/5g-coronavirus/ – “Could there be a link between the Coronavirus and 5G? Researcher and building biologist Paul Doyon has just spent the last 18 months in China. He’s written a brilliant article laying out the evidence. And how you can protect yourself—an EMF based protection strategy. Warning: this is a heavy science based article with nearly 100 references to studies—neither Paul or myself want to be accused of fear-mongering… However, as someone who had become very sick and had his immune system break down and was sick for six months looking for answers before even suspecting that living in close vicinity to several cell phone towers was actually what was causing the problem and making him sick, I feel I cannot in good conscience remain silent, and I strongly suspect that China and the rest of the world are looking under the wrong stone for what is actually the problem here… At the moment, with 10,000 recently installed 5G antennas plastering its city, Wuhan is probably one of the most 5G-electropolluted cities on the planet.”

Urgent Market Update: Currency Oblivion Coming (28 min) – by Mike Maloney of GoldSilver.com

COVID-19 Coronavirus: A Fake Pandemic? Who’s Behind It? Global Economic, Social and Geopolitical Destabilization – by Prof Michel Chossudovskyhttps://www.globalresearch.ca/covid-19-coronavirus-a-fake-pandemic-whos-behind-it-global-economic-and-geopolitical-destabilization/5705063 – “The media hype and disinformation campaign regarding the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus have created a Worldwide atmosphere of fear and uncertainty following the launching of   a global public health emergency by the WHO on January 30th… The fear campaign is ongoing.  Panic and uncertainty. National governments and the WHO are misleading the public… ‘About 84,000 people in at least 56 countries have been infected, and about 2,900 have died’ says the New York Times. What they fail to mention is that 98% of those cases of infection are in Mainland China. There are less than 5000 confirmed cases outside China. (WHO, February 28, 2020)… While COVID-19 is a matter of Public Health concern, at the moment, there is no real pandemic outside Mainland China. Look at the figures… At the time of writing, the number of  “confirmed cases” in the US was 64… A low number and the media is spreading panic… Meanwhile, there are  15 Million Cases of Influenza in the USA.”

Leadership Problems Of Turkish Operation Spring Shieldhttps://southfront.org/leadership-problems-of-turkish-operation-spring-shield/ – “The rapid growth in ranks and responsibility is primarily due to the fact that after the failed coup in 2016, many, if not most of the experienced officers in the Turkish army were cleansed. Mostly they were sent to prison… Tens of thousands have been arrested in relation to the failed coup, in all spheres of the country… Nearly 290 coup-linked court cases have been launched, 261 of which ended with 3,239 defendants convicted, according to justice ministry figures… Most recently, in June 2019, a court sentenced 151 people to life in prison, including General Akın Öztürk, former commander of Turkish Air Force, and the most senior officer involved in the coup. 128 people received “aggravated life” sentences, which indicates harsh conditions without parole, for their role in the coup, with another 23 receiving standard life sentences… The failed coup resulted in mass arrests, with at least 40,000 detained. Arrested were also least 10,000 soldiers and, for reasons that remain unclear, 2,745 judges.”

Assad Says Current Disagreements With Turkey Are “Illogical”https://southfront.org/assad-says-current-disagreements-with-turkey-are-illogical/ – “In an interview with the Russia-24 TV, al-Assad sent a friendly message to the Turkish people, questioning the motives behind their country’s military intervention in Syria: ‘I ask the Turkish people, what is your issue with Syria? what is the issue that a Turkish citizen deserves to die for? What is the small or large hostile act that Syria took against Turkey during the war or before the war? completely nonexistent,’ the Syrian President said, according to a report by RT on March 4… Al-Assad went on to say ‘there are intermarriages, there are common families, there is a daily interest relationship between Syria and Turkey, there are groups in Turkey of Syrian Arab origin, and there are groups in Syria of Turkish origin … So it is not logical that there will be a dispute between us and them.’ ”

Turkey Merged Its Observation Posts In Idlb With Terrorist Bases: Russian Militaryhttps://southfront.org/turkey-merged-its-observation-posts-in-idlb-with-terrorist-bases-russian-military/ – “He added that Turkish observation posts were merged with terrorist bases and attacks on settlements in the government-held area as well as Hmeimim airbase became regular. So, in Februarty 2020, he said, Syrian government forces had to contribute own efforts to turn the Sochi deal into reality… The spokesperson noted that now, 18 months since the signing of the agreement, internationally-recognized terrorist groups Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, the Turkestan Islamic Party and Horas al-Din were pushed back to the north, the border with Turkey… ‘Amid the total cynicism and the West’s fake concerns over the humanitarian situation in the Idlib de-escalation zone, only the Russian centre for reconciliation of the opposing sides and the legitimate Syrian government deliver to the liberated areas all the needed assistance for local residents daily’, Konashenkov said… ‘Syrians, tormented by terrorists, were not even aware of the existence of numerous pseudo-protectors in Europe and the United States, and of the prodigal humanitarian assistance, which was allegedly delivered over the past years.’ ”

Another Turkish-led Attack On Saraqib Ends With Disasterhttps://southfront.org/another-turkish-led-attack-on-saraqib-ends-with-disaster/ – “On March 4, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies repelled another Turkish-led attack on Saraqib city in eastern Idlib… The attack was launched in the early morning hours by al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and the National Front for Liberation (NFL). As usual, the Turkish military supported militants with artillery and rocket strikes… Despite the Turkish support, militants failed to reach Saraqib city. The SAA’s 25th Special Forces Division and Lebanon’s Hezbollah repelled the attack in the outskirt of the city. The Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) and the Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) provided the city’s defenders with a close air support… Turkish combat drones were not able to support the attack. However, the Turkish Air Force (TAF) made a failed attempt to shoot down a Syrian warplane near the city… Initial reports indicate that Turkish-backed militants sustained catastrophic losses in the attack. Some pro-government sources claimed that up to 150 militants were neutralized around Saraqib.”

A Perfect Storm on the Horizon. Turkey’s Hegemonic Ambitions – by Askiah Adam – https://www.globalresearch.ca/perfect-storm-horizon/5705253 – “Russia is pushing back the Turkish Army in Idlib. As the Turks broke through the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) defence the latter called for air assistance from Russia. The fighters came and victory was the SAA’s. With that all uncertainty is gone. Russia will keep its promise of maintaining the integrity of the Syrian state, even when an “ally” is attempting to force her to break that promise. Relations with difficult Turkey is no reason for Russia to betray a decades-old major ally inWest Asia… After all, to all intents and purposes, Ankara is proving to be an unworthy ally irrespective of the benefits given and promised. Appeased many times — including the intentional downing of a SU-24 Russian fighter in 2015 near the Syria-Turkey border; and the assassination of the Russian envoy to Turkey. But Turkey appeared to straddle both East and West. Trump was defied and the purchase of the Russian S-400 air defence system went through. However, many saw that sale as Putin’s foolishness knowing that President Erdogan was not a man of his word. And, it has been reported that apparently, Ankara is threatening to deploy the S-400 against Syria in the current conflagration. Thus proving the skeptics correct… It would appear that a Russian intervention of the sort that puts paid to any terrorist victory is the only way. But then the armies of other nations will step in to try a push back of the victorious SAA from their ownSyrian territories as if they had no right to them. A total and final victory cannot but come from a determined strike against invading forces. But as Idlib has proven Syria cannot be restored intact without Russian support. The question then is, are the powers, NATO et al, edging towards   a World War? One does get the impression that at this time the US and its NATO allies are erring towards thebelief that they can win such a war.”

“What Are The Odds?” – A Timeline Of Facts Linking Covid-19, HIV, & Wuhan’s Secret Bio-Labhttps://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/what-are-odds-timeline-facts-linking-covid-19-hiv-wuhans-secret-bio-lab – “Having been permanently banned from Twitter for sharing the publicly-available details of the man who ran the show as far a bat-soup virology in Wuhan’s super-secret bio-lab – which is now a common talking point and rapidly shifting from conspiracy theory to conspiracy fact – we thought a reminder of how we got here was in order… Scott Burke,  CEO of crypto-related firm Groundhog, unleashed what we feel may be the most complete timelines of facts to help understand the controversial links between COVID-19 and HIV, and COVID-19 and Wuhan Institute of Virology… Want to go down a (strictly fact-based) rabbit hole? – Here is the full slightly-edited-for-formatting twitter thread…”

Hillary Clinton Ordered To Give Sworn Deposition After Judge Tosses ‘Preposterous’ Defense – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/political/hillary-clinton-ordered-give-sworn-deposition-over-emails-benghazi-after-judge-tosses – “Lamberth also said that he is troubled by the fact that both Clinton and the State Department want discovery to end… ‘[T]here is still more to learn. Even though many important questions remain unanswered, the Justice Department inexplicably still takes the position that the court should close discovery and rule on dispositive motions. The Court is especially troubled by this. To argue that the Court now has enough information to determine whether State conducted an adequate search is preposterous, especially when considering State’s deficient representations regarding the existence of additional Clinton emails. Instead, the Court will authorize a new round of discovery -Judge Lamberth – Furthermore, Lamberth found that Clinton’s prior testimony in the case – mostly given through sworn answers, was insufficient… ‘The Court has considered the numerous times in which Secretary Clinton said she could not recall or remember certain details in her prior interrogatory answers. In a deposition, it is more likely that plaintiff’s counsel could use documents and other testimony to attempt to refresh her recollection. And so, to avoid the unsatisfying and inefficient outcome of multiple rounds of fruitless interrogatories and move this almost six-year-old case closer to its conclusion, Judicial Watch will be permitted to clarify and further explore Secretary Clinton’s answers in person and immediately after she gives them. The Court agrees with Judicial Watch – it is time to hear directly from Secretary Clinton.’ -Judge Lamberth

‘Why Are We Being Charged?’ Surprise Bills From Coronavirus Testing Spark Calls for Government to Cover All Costs – by Jake Johnson – https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/03/02/why-are-we-being-charged-surprise-bills-coronavirus-testing-spark-calls-government – “Sarah Kliff of the New York Times reported Saturday that Pennsylvania native Frank Wucinski “found a pile of medical bills” totaling $3,918 waiting for him and his three-year-old daughter after they were released from government-mandated quarantine at Marine Corps Air Station in Miramar, California… ‘My question is why are we being charged for these stays, if they were mandatory and we had no choice in the matter?’ asked Wucinski, who was evacuated by the U.S. government last month from Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak… ‘I assumed it was all being paid for,’ Wucinski told the Times. ‘We didn’t have a choice. When the bills showed up, it was just a pit in my stomach, like, “How do I pay for this?” ‘ ”

Why A Bear Market Will Lead To A Dollar Collapse –  by Alasdair Macleod – https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/why-bear-market-will-lead-dollar-collapse –  “Falling equity markets this week are likely to signal the onset of a bear market, responding to a combination of the coronavirus spreading beyond China and persistent indications of a developing recession… This has provoked a flight into US Treasuries, with the ten-year yield falling to an all-time low of 1.1141%. This will prove to be a mistake, given US price inflation which on independent estimates is running close to ten per cent, exposing US Treasuries as badly overpriced… After this short-term response, much higher US Treasury yields are inevitable. Foreigners, who possess more dollars and dollar investments than the entire US GDP will almost certainly sell, driving bond yields up and the dollar down, leaving the Fed the only real buyer of US Treasuries… This article goes through the sequence of events likely to destroy value in US financial assets and the dollar as well. And what goes for the US goes for all other fiat-currencies and their financial markets.” (underlined emphasis added)

This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *