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Is the Central Bank of Russia Preparing for US-Style Banker Bailout?

The CBR suspended market-to-market rules and will “eased rules on bad loan provisions and risk weightings” while preparing for a bail-out by the Russian people if an injection of “extra capital and liquidity” from the private sector is necessary. The Central Bank of the Russian Federation (CBR) is at the forefront of “growing signs of tension” for the entire Russian Banking system and the move of the CBR to “temporarily suspending accounting rules and readying plans to inject capital and liquidity into the sector in a bid to ease the pressure” – in other words, a bail-out.

Child abuse inquiry is being deliberately sabotaged by Government

The Government is deliberately sabotaging the inquiry into historic claims of child abuse to protect “high profile figures,” a Labour MP has claimed. Simon Danczuk, the backbencher who has led the calls for an inquiry into allegations of abuse dating back decades, said the problems which had dogged the probe set up last summer appeared to have been “quite deliberate mistakes by people in central Government.”

The War to Start All Wars: The 25th Anniversary of the Forgotten Invasion of Panama

As we end another year of endless war in Washington, it might be the perfect time to reflect on the War That Started All Wars - or at least the war that started all of Washington’s post-Cold War wars: the invasion of Panama. Twenty-five years ago this month, early on the morning of December 20, 1989, President George H.W. Bush launched Operation Just Cause, sending tens of thousands into Panama.

Oil Price Crash Triggered by the Fed? Amazing Chart

Correlation is not causation. Just because two things occur at the same time doesn’t mean that one causes the other. I get that. But when the Fed buys $3.6 trillion in assets with freshly created money, and when it represses the cost of capital for Wall Street to zero for a six-year period, and when other central banks follow with similar policies, well then, something is going to be impacted.

Time: Right-Wing Militias Are The Real Threat To Cops

Time Magazine warned of a growing threat to cops nationwide in September 2010. The nationally renowned publication argued that sinister individuals would launch targeted attacks against police officers and even ambush them in their patrol cars.

Understanding the Aggressive US Stance towards Russia

While Russia is of course guilty of crimes, the US is guilty of the same and far worse crimes, and isfervently supporting many other criminal groups and states. Thus, to understand why US extremists (not the US public) in control of the state are putting us all in serious potential danger by choosing to target nuclear Russia, we have to look back, and, of course, beyond the narrative peddled by the aggressors themselves.

Belarus In Full-Blown Hyperinflation Panic: Blocks News, Online Stores; Bans All FX Trading For 2 Years

"We have to do something with these Belarussian rubles," exclaims one Belarussian as she shops to turn worthless rubles (BYR) into physical assets. As AFP reports, The Belarussian currency was dragged down by the slide of the Russian ruble last week, leading authorities to impose draconian measures, forbid price increases even for imported goods, and warn people against panic. Now, however, in an effort to stem the flood of hyperinflating domestic prices, authorities have blocked online stores and news websites to stop the run on banks and shops as people scramble to secure their savings.

Hezbollah leader’s senior bodyguard was Mossad agent

The man who directed the personal security detail of the secretary-general of Lebanese militant group Hezbollah was an agent of Israeli intelligence, according to multiple sources in Lebanon. The agent, who was arrested earlier this year by Hezbollah’s counter-intelligence force, and is now undergoing trial, was able to penetrate the highest levels of the Shiite militant group, and leaked sensitive information to Israel for several years prior to his capture.

Federal Reserve Gives Yet another Gift to Big Banks

If there are 12 days of Christmas, America’s big banks are on Day 3 because they’ve already gotten two big presents this year. The first came earlier this month when Congress repealed the “swaps push-out” rule, a restriction on trading derivatives not backed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC).

Leaked CIA docs teach operatives how to infiltrate EU

Wikileaks has released two classified documents instructing CIA operatives how best to circumvent global security systems in international airports, including those of the EU, while on undercover missions. The first of the documents, dated September 2011, advises undercover operatives how to act during a secondary airport screening. Secondary screenings pose a risk to an agent’s cover by focusing “significant scrutiny” on an operative via thorough searches and detailed questioning.

Private Floating Arsenals Roam Earth's Waterways Covertly

Floating armouries – ships packed to the gunnels with machine-guns, ammunition and other military equipment – are operating in international waters with a "worrying lack" of regulation. A new report has warned that the vessels could pose a threat to "regional peace and stability".

Debt Collectors Hound Millions of Retired Americans

I may be hard to imagine Grandma unable to pay her bills or Grandpa being hounded by debt collectors. But for millions of Americans, this is the harsh reality of retirement. Faced with a fixed income and constantly rising cost of living, many seniors now spend their "golden years" juggling bills and fending off debt collectors.

$10 billion UN-linked climate change fund wants immunity from prosecution

The Green Climate Fund, (GCF) a United Nations-affiliated piggy-bank intended to finance climate change projects around the world, is determined to win sweeping U.N.-style immunities from prosecutions for its global operations--even though the U.S., its biggest contributor, opposes the idea, and the U.N. itself says its own diplomatic immunities can’t cover the outfit.

Blackwater Lobbyist Will Manage House Intelligence Committee

After lobbyist-run SuperPACs and big money efforts dominated the last election, legislators are now appointing lobbyists to literally manage the day-to-day affairs of Congress. For the House Intelligence Committee, which oversees government intelligence operations and agencies, the changing of the guard means a lobbyist for Academi, the defense contractor formerly known as Blackwater, is now in charge.

Christmas ornaments, children's toys found to be heavily contaminated with toxic chemicals, heavy metals

Experts have issued a series of warnings about several holiday decorations and children's toys which have been found to be heavily contaminated with heavy metals and toxic chemicals. Unfortunately, the items aren't just limited to one small store; instead, they're linked to a slew of popular chains. In a nutshell, researchers urge being very mindful of what's purchased at Target, Walmart, Walgreens, Kroger, Dollar Tree, CVS and Lowe's. According to experts at an environmental non-profit, The Ecology Center, two-thirds of the 69 seasonal holiday products they tested were laden with at least one hazardous chemical.

Scottish orphans used in ‘military experiments’

The allegations centre on at least four institutions where thousands of children are said to have been experimented upon in conditions described as “like something out of Auschwitz”. It is alleged that Porton Down, the top secret military facility in Wiltshire, was involved in trialling drugs for use in the Cold War on youngsters who were regarded as “feeble-minded”.

VIDEO: New “muzzle” law sparks protests across Spain

Thousands of demonstrators have taken to the streets of several Spanish cities to express their anger at a new public security law. Approved by the country’s parliament last week, the new legislation sets large fines for offences such as burning Spain’s flag or holding protests outside government buildings.

The War on Drugs Just Got Even More Vile: Police to Begin Inspecting Your Poop, Seriously

As the wasteful, immoral war on drugs continues in police states around the world, authorities are always looking for ways to track the use of “illicit” drugs. It’s the intelligence aspect of their war, and some of the methods literally reek. Introducing “sewage epidemiology,” coming soon to a community near you. Sewage epidemiology is a rapidly expanding field that can provide information on illicit drug usage in communities, based on the measured concentrations in samples from wastewater treatment plants.

CIA Travel Advice to Operatives

The highlighted box titled “The Importance of Maintaining Cover––No Matter What” at the end of the document provides an example of an occasion when a CIA officer was selected for secondary screening at an EU airport. During the screening his baggage was swiped and traces of explosives found.

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