This Week in the World Affairs Brief:

PREMATURE WAR TALK

Many alternative news watchers were concerned this week by three big statements that directly or indirectly warn about an imminent third world war. A senior NATO official said that the world would “probably be at war” sometime this summer, referring to an escalation of Russia’s barely-disguised stealth invasion of Ukraine. Globalist billionaire George Soros cautioned about tweaking the ire of the Chinese dragon, claiming that China was on the verge of economic collapse and would be looking for an external excuse to rally her people to go to war. The third is really from last year but it was brought up again in context with the others: Chinese PLA Professor Han Xudong warned that Beijing should prepare itself for a third world war which could arise out of the conflict between the United States and Russia over Ukraine. While I have been at the forefront in warning about this upcoming world war, these warnings are all premature and wrong as to the specific provocations and timing. This week I’ll try to help readers sort out the hype and hysteria from the reality. You can request a one-time free sample of the briefs by sending an email to editor@worldaffairsbrief.com.

Also:

  • Phony Air War against ISIS
  • Central Bank Corruption and Deception
  • Boy Scouts Crumbling before the Gay Agenda
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Acclimating the Citizenry to Life in a Police State

posted by askousen - Friday, May 29 2015
Only now-after the Departments of Justice, Homeland Security (DHS) and Defense have passed off billions of dollars worth of military equipment to local police forces, after police agencies have been trained in the fine art of war, after SWAT team raids have swelled in number to more than 80,000 a year, after it has become second nature for local police to look and act like soldiers, after communities have become acclimated to the presence of militarized police patrolling their streets, after Americans have been taught compliance at the end of a police gun or taser, after lower income neighborhoods have been transformed into war zones, after hundreds if not thousands of unarmed Americans have lost their lives at the hands of police who shoot first and ask questions later, after a whole generation of young Americans has learned to march in lockstep with the government's dictates-only now does President Obama lift a hand to limit the number of military weapons being passed along to local police departments. — Rutherford Institute

UN Finds Credible Ties Between ISIS And Israeli Defense Forces

posted by askousen - Friday, May 29 2015
"We've always been at war with Eastasia!" So goes the famous line from George Orwell's novel 1984. And so, too, can our forces today claim over a number of groups we find in the Middle East. In many ways, the enemy of my enemy is my friend when dealing with the Middle East, and in the battle between ancient tribal groups, when you lack an enemy, sometimes you need to make one. In a new report from the UN, it is revealed that the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) were maintaining regular contact with members of the so-called Islamic State since May of 2013. Initial reports from the IDF stated that this was only for medical care for civilians, but that story fell apart when the UN observers identified direct contact between IDF forces and ISIS soldiers, including giving medical care to ISIS fighters. — Atlas Monitor

US military pilots complain hands tied in 'frustrating' fight against ISIS

posted by askousen - Friday, May 29 2015
U.S. military pilots carrying out the air war against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria are voicing growing discontent over what they say are heavy-handed rules of engagement hindering them from striking targets. [Actually, they are artificially strict rules meant to let the enemy survive to serve their purpose of scaring the US people.] — Fox News

How Long Will Conservative Christians Continue to Support the Boy Scouts?

posted by askousen - Friday, May 29 2015
It was bad enough when the Boy Scouts named war criminal Robert Gates as its president. Now he is calling for the ban on gay scout leaders to be ended. How long will conservative Christians continue to support the Boy Scouts? The ban on gay scout members has already been lifted. There are, of course, other reasons to avoid the Boy Scouts, as these LRC articles here and here, and this blog post, point out. — Lew Rockwell

Banks Buy Their Way Out Of Currency Manipulation Scandal

posted by askousen - Friday, May 29 2015
...It is the second reprimand derived from in less than six months. This time, the banks have also admitted guilt in the fraud, which can lead to criminal charges against its employees. Don't hold your breath for those criminal charges, though. No single banker has gone to jail in recent history despite multiple and continuous violations of existing law. — The Sleuth Journal

China puts weapons on its new artificial islands

posted by askousen - Thursday, May 28 2015
...More substantially, Australia's intelligence agencies are upgrading the strategic threat assessments which will inform the Abbott government's first Defence White Paper, according to government sources. Late on Wednesday, Australia's top defence official, Dennis Richardson, brought Canberra's growing concerns into public view by telling a Sydney forum that China's "unprecedented" land reclamations raise questions of "intent" and risks of "miscalculation". "It is legitimate to ask the purpose of the land reclamation - tourism appears unlikely," said Mr Richardson, delivering the annual Blamey Oration at the New South Wales state Parliament. — Sydney Morning Herald

Undeterred by arrests, soccer boss Blatter plots another great escape

posted by askousen - Thursday, May 28 2015
... Blatter comes across as an amiable character with eccentric ideas about football but he has shown in the past that he possesses a ruthless instinct for survival and extraordinary political nous. In 2001, FIFA faced potential financial ruin following the collapse of its marketing partner ISL/ISMM and Blatter was subjected to intense pressure to reveal details of FIFA finances. He recovered from that obstacle and today his federation boasts reserves of more than $1 billion. Blatter faced further troubles in 2002 when FIFA's then secretary general Michel Zen-Ruffinen claimed Blatter's 1998 election victory was based on bribery and corruption. Blatter threatened legal action but never followed up the threat and when he beat Issa Hayatou of Cameroon by 139 votes to 56 in that year's election, Zen-Ruffinen was soon out of a job. Four years ago, he was elected unopposed after his only rival, Mohamed Bin Hamman, was investigated in a cash-for-votes scandal and forced to withdraw. — Reuters

Corrupt FIFA Has Clinton Foundation Ties

posted by askousen - Thursday, May 28 2015
The Clinton global charity has received between $50,000 and $100,000 from soccer's governing body and has partnered with the FĂ©dĂ©ration Internationale de Football Association on several occasions, according to donor listings on the foundation’s website. Several top FIFA executives were arrested Wednesday in Zurich and face corruption charges stretching back two decades, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Involvement with the embattled body extends beyond the foundation to Bill Clinton himself. The former president was an honorary chairman of the bid committee put together to promote the United States as a possible host nation for the 2018 or 2022 World Cup. — The Daily Beast

Spouses of Guest Workers Now Eligible for Work Permits Under Obama Actions

posted by askousen - Thursday, May 28 2015
In February, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Leon Rodriguez announced that, come May, the Obama administration would be extending employment authorization eligibility to a category of immigrant previously ineligible to work in the U.S. - dependent spouses of H-1B immigrants. — Breitbart

Federal Panel Lets Injunction Against Obama's Immigration Actions Stand

posted by askousen - Thursday, May 28 2015
A federal appeals court on Tuesday denied the Obama administration's request to lift a hold on the president's executive actions on immigration, which would have granted protection from deportation as well as work permits to millions of immigrants in the country illegally. Two of three judges on a panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, in New Orleans, left in place an injunction by a Federal District Court judge in Brownsville, Tex. The ruling comes in a lawsuit filed by Texas and 25 other states against actions President Obama took in November. Many of the initiatives were scheduled to take effect this month. — NY Times

2016 GOP field grows more crowded

posted by askousen - Thursday, May 28 2015
Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), who, in 2012, won the Iowa caucuses and finished second overall to eventual nominee Mitt Romney, is expected to announce his second consecutive presidential bid from Pittsburgh on Wednesday. On Thursday, former New York Gov. George Pataki (R), a long shot, will most likely hit the launch button from New Hampshire. And Monday, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) will enter the race from his hometown of Central, S.C., becoming the fourth senator to throw his hat into the ring. — The Hill

Putin classifies information on deaths of Russian troops in peacetime

posted by askousen - Thursday, May 28 2015
President Vladimir Putin on Thursday declared deaths of Russian soldiers during special operations carried out in peacetime to be classified as a state secret, a move that comes as Moscow stands accused of sending troops to fight in eastern Ukraine. Putin, who has repeatedly denied any involvement of Russian troops in a pro-Russian separatist rebellion there, amended a decree that had previously classified as secret deaths of servicemen only during war time. — Reuters

Putin, FIFA and the soccer cold war

posted by askousen - Thursday, May 28 2015
...Mr. Putin even compared the pressure on Mr. Blatter to the U.S. efforts to arrest National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden (who now lives in Moscow) and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. "Unfortunately, our American partners use such methods to achieve their selfish aims and illegally persecute people. I do not rule out that in the case of FIFA, it's exactly the same," he said. The Kremlin liked the way FIFA was being run just fine. At a 2010 meeting in Zurich, the organization selected Russia as 2018 host ahead of three other contenders – joint bids from Spain/Portugal and Belgium/Netherlands as well as one from England – that appeared to have fewer questions about them. At the same 2010 meeting, FIFA also awarded the 2022 World Cup to Qatar, choosing it over the U.S., among other bidders. Mr. Putin was deeply involved in pushing for Russia to be named 2018 host, and reportedly used his close relationship with Mr. Blatter to help swing the voting Russia's way. — The Globe and Mail

It’s so hot in India right now the roads are literally melting: At least 1,400 dead in month-long he

posted by askousen - Thursday, May 28 2015
...Meteorological officials have said the heat would likely last several more days - scorching crops, killing wildlife and endangering anyone labouring outdoors. Officials warned people to stay out of the sun, cover their heads and drink plenty of water. Still, poverty forced many to work despite the risks. "If I don't work due to the heat, how will my family survive?" said construction worker Mahalakshmi, who earns a daily wage of about $3.10 in Nizamabad, a city about 150 kilometres north of the state capital of Hyderabad. Cooling monsoon rains were expected to arrive next week in the southern state of Kerala and gradually advance north in coming weeks. — National Post

Hamas tortured, killed Palestinians in 2014 Gaza war, Amnesty International says

posted by askousen - Wednesday, May 27 2015
...Amnesty International detailed the abuses in a report entitled "'Strangling Necks': Abduction, torture and summary killings of Palestinians by Hamas forces during the 2014 Gaza/Israel conflict." According to the London-based human rights group, some 23 Palestinians were shot and killed and dozens more were arrested and tortured by Hamas, which rules Gaza. The Palestinians targeted were either political rivals of Hamas, including members of the Fatah party of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, or people the militant group had accused of cooperating with Israel, Amnesty said. — CBC News

104,000 taxpayers have personal info stolen from IRS website

posted by askousen - Wednesday, May 27 2015
More than 100,000 taxpayers have had their personal tax information stolen from an IRS website as part of an elaborate scheme to claim fraudulent tax refunds. The information was stolen from an online system called "Get Transcript," where taxpayers can get tax returns and other tax filings from previous years. In order to access the information, the thieves cleared a security screen that required knowledge about the taxpayer, including Social Security number, date of birth, tax filing status and street address, the IRS said Tuesday. "We're confident that these are not amateurs," said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. "These actually are organized crime syndicates that not only we, but everybody in the financial industry, are dealing with." — SL Tribune

How a Judge Managed to Acquit the Cleveland Cop Who Fired 49 Rounds

posted by askousen - Wednesday, May 27 2015
...Perhaps. Except O'Donnell, who weighed the facts and the law on his own because no jury was given an opportunity to hear the evidence, went to incredible lengths to find no fault with Brelo - charged with two counts of voluntary manslaughter after unloading 49 rounds in the direction of Russell and Williams, 15 of them from atop the 1979 Chevy Malibu the two victims occupied. The overall police response in the case - including the 22-minute hot chase and the 137 shots cops fired during the confrontation - was deemed such a massive institutional failure, the Department of Justice opened a probe into the Cleveland Police Department. What the DOJ found was awful, and a just-announced settlement with city officials will explore ways to remedy patterns of constitutional violations. — NY Magazine

White House finalizes clean water rule, setting up clash with Congress

posted by askousen - Wednesday, May 27 2015
...Opponents, led by the American Farm Bureau Federation, say the rule will give the federal government more power over land-use decisions and will "make it more difficult to farm or change a farming operation to remain competitive and profitable." The EPA and Army Corps were caught in a deluge of comments on the issue – more than 1 million in all. The EPA said it was caught by surprise by parts of the push-back, and McCarthy said in November that she was "not prepared for...criticism that we did no outreach before we put the rule out." [The Bee only specifically mentions nice sounding instances of EPA restrictions on pollution but avoids the real criticisms raised by the Farm Bureau and other opponents: control over streams, ponds and wetlands including those that are only wet part of the year.] — Sacramento Bee

Trick or Truth: What the EPA Isn't Telling You About Its Latest Clean Water Act Rule

posted by askousen - Wednesday, May 27 2015
The American Farm Bureau Federation today released a legal analysis, "Trick or Truth? What EPA and the Corps of Engineers Are Not Saying About Their Waters of the U.S. Proposal." The seven-page paper shows how a recent Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers "Q&A" misleads the public about their proposed expansion of federal jurisdiction over waters. The Trick: The EPA and Corps of Engineers claim to answer important questions about the rule. The Truth: The agencies withhold and misstate key information to hide the true impact of the rule. — Ditch the Rule

Swiss authorities investigating World Cup votes following arrests of 7 FIFA officials in US corrupti

posted by askousen - Wednesday, May 27 2015
...However, FIFA Wednesday ruled out a revote of the World Cups won by Russia in 2018 and Qatar in 2022. Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko, who is also a FIFA executive committee member, told The Associated Press "we've got nothing to hide." [Sure! 7 officials are arrested for corruption but it doesn't affect the most important recent decisions.] — Fox News

Louisiana Gov. Jindal Signs Religious-freedom Executive Order

posted by askousen - Tuesday, May 26 2015
Taking a stand for religious liberty, Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal (shown) signed an executive order Tuesday granting new protections to businesses that do not wish to service faux weddings. The move came mere hours after the Louisiana House Civil Law and Procedure Committee killed a religious-freedom bill that would have accomplished the same goal. — The New American

McConnell Strategy Falters and Patriot Act Powers Likely to Expire

posted by askousen - Tuesday, May 26 2015
The dogged insistence of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on renewing the expiring portions of the PATRIOT Act intact has created a logjam in the Senate that will likely lead to those provisions expiring at midnight on May 31. — The New American

Obama Usurps Local Police With Fake "Ban" on Militarization

posted by askousen - Tuesday, May 26 2015
After having drastically accelerated the militarization of local police forces by the federal government, Obama is now having second thoughts about it - or so the administration and the establishment press would have you believe based on widely reported "de-militarization" edicts issued last week. But while the decrees were framed by virtually all of the establishment media as reining in federal programs that provide military gear to law enforcement, the real agenda, as usual, is about empowering Washington, D.C. - in this case, to exert even more control over local police departments across America. — The New American

Russia launches massive air force exercise with 250 aircraft

posted by askousen - Tuesday, May 26 2015
The Russian military has launched a massive exercise involving 250 aircraft and other weapons. The Defense Ministry said in a statement Monday the drills will involve air force and air defense units of the Central, Western and Southern Military Districts totaling 12,000 servicemen. Combat aircraft will deploy to temporary bases and air defense systems will be sent to the Ashuluk and Kapustin Yar shooting ranges in southern Russia for training with live ammunition. It also said long-range Russian bombers will launch cruise missiles at practice targets at a Siberian firing range. — AP

Still Secret and Secure, Safe Rooms Now Hide in Plain Sight

posted by askousen - Tuesday, May 26 2015
..."It looked like any old walk-in closet," Mr. Kerrey said of the 8-feet-by-12-feet bulletproof space inside the third-floor master bedroom (a space the former Navy SEAL said he had little use for). "There was nothing about it that gave it away as anything but a place to hang your clothes." — NY Times

"Living," "Evolving" Dangers Are Hidden in ObamaTrade (TPP & TTIP)

posted by askousen - Friday, May 22 2015
Will the U.S. Congress vote to approve "free trade" agreements that are, according to the agreements' authors, "living agreements" that will constantly change and "evolve"? This mutational feature of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) should be of top concern to members of Congress - and their constituents. However, this critical aspect of the secretive agreements has received virtually no attention in the establishment media. — William F Jasper/The New American

What law says the text of the TPP must remain secret?

posted by askousen - Friday, May 22 2015
...Members of Congress are scuttling around like weasels, claiming they can't disclose what's in this far-reaching, 12-nation trade treaty. They can go into a sealed room and read a draft, but they can't copy pages, and they can't tell the public what they just read. Why not? If there is a US law forbidding disclosure, name the law. Can you recall anything in the Constitution that establishes secret treaties? Is there a prior treaty that states the text of all treaties can be hidden from the people? I see no authority anywhere that justifies withholding the text of the TPP. — Jon Rappaport

Report: Chinese Navy's Fleet Will Outnumber U.S. by 2020

posted by askousen - Friday, May 22 2015
China has plans to grow its navy to 351 ships by 2020 as the Chinese continue to develop their military's ability to strike global targets, according to a new report. The 2014 U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission recommended to Congress the U.S. Navy respond by building more ships and increase its presence in the Pacific region – a strategy they U.S. military has already started. — Defense Tech

This was the biggest political science study of last year. It was a complete fraud.

posted by askousen - Friday, May 22 2015
....LaCour was set to become an assistant professor at Princeton this July. Any reference to that job has been removed from his homepage. But the page still features a long list of media outlets that have covered his research. Just about every place you can think of covered the same-sex marriage study: This American Life, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Science Friday, Bloomberg Politics, Huffington Post, and, of course, me at Vox. We all got it wrong. Personally, I believed the study was sound because it came from sources I trust. Ironically, Broockman - who'll start as an assistant professor at the Stanford Graduate School of Business this fall - was the one who first alerted me to the study he'd wind up exposing as a fraud. David's an old friend and often passes along papers he thinks I ought to cover. Here's what he said on LaCour and Green: "Deep. Compelling. Awesome ... The most important paper of the year. No doubt." — Vox.com

China says Philippines breaking code of conduct by building in South China Sea

posted by askousen - Friday, May 22 2015
China has accused the Philippines of violating a 13-year-old informal code of conduct in the South China Sea by building on disputed islets, a move that comes after repeated criticism of China's construction work. China and the 10-member Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) signed an agreement in 2002 to refrain from occupying and building new structures on uninhabited reefs and shoals in the sea. — The Guardian