John James Newsletter No. <54>

The John James Newsletter 54
10 April 2015

Power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs.
Thomas Jefferson

Is this why our weather in Australia has become so interesting?
The map shows that much of ocean warming in the past decade has occurred in the Southern Hemisphere.
http://e360.yale.edu/feature/how_long_can_oceans_continue_to_absorb_earths_excess_heat/2860/
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Greece draws up drachma plans, prepares to miss IMF payment
‘We are a Left-wing government. If we have to choose between a default to the IMF or a default to our own people, it is a no-brainer.’ Greece is drawing up drastic plans to nationalise the country’s banking system and introduce a parallel currency unless the eurozone takes steps to defuse the simmering crisis and soften its demands.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/11513341/Greece-draws-up-drachma-plans-prepares-to-miss-IMF-payment.html

Is The Hidden Hand Behind the Islamic State Militants Saddam Hussein’s?
Theold-regime Iraqi officers are in command: they make the tactics and the battle plans.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article41447.htm

Why is Assad Still in Power?
Syria is split along geographic and demographic divides grow ever more intractable. There is no realistic prospect of a military victory for any side. The plight of ordinary Syrians gets more desperate as extremist groups take advantage of the chaos. The only solution is a negotiated political settlement that includes the ruling regime that represents the central state, the Syrian army and a sizable chunk of Syrians. At the end of the day, it is the enemy you negotiate with to end war, not your friends.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article41421.htm

What Would Happen If Martial Law Was Declared In America?
A WELL-REFERENCED HISTORY OF A TREND
There is concern that an upcoming eight week military exercise on US soil known as “Jade Helm” is a dress rehearsal for the imposition of martial law when you would have no rights, and the federal government would be able to do just about anything it wanted to do.

What Would Happen If Martial Law Was Declared In America?


Army Manual Outlines Plan To Kill Rioters and Demonstrators In America
http://www.infowars.com/army-manual-outlines-plan-to-kill-rioters-in-america/

Studies conclude climate change will cause less severe winters in the long term
A cold wave as powerful as the January 7, 2014 event could cease to exist by the end of the century.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang/wp/2015/03/31/studies-conclude-climate-change-will-cause-less-severe-winters/?postshare=4571427881186043

North sea cod stocks bounce back, analysis shows
Cod was heavily overfished in the North Sea in the 1980s and 1990s but since 2006, with stringent regulations imposed on the industry, there has been a steady recovery and stocks are approaching the level of maximum sustainable yield, the measurement widely accepted as the gold standard of responsible fishing.
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/apr/08/north-sea-cod-stocks-bounce-back-analysis-shows

Soaring dollar puts the world on sale for America
The US currency’s value has surged over the last nine months, reaching levels against some world currencies last seen more than a decade ago. In Europe, it now costs just $1.09 to buy one euro, down from $1.37 a year ago and almost $1.50 four years ago. The rapid devaluation of other currencies against the dollar is being abetted by foreign governments and their central banks.
http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-king-dollar-20150405-story.html#page=1
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Environmental Terrorism Cripples Palestinian Farmers
According to the Palestinian Authority and the Applied Research Institute Jerusalem approximately 800,000 olive trees have been uprooted since Israel occupied the West Bank and Gaza in 1967. Following a farmers’ eviction, Israel settlers can argue that the land has been abandoned and then move in and take it over with Palestinians having little legal recourse. No action will be taken against the settlers by the Israeli police.
http://www.ipsnews.net/2015/04/environmental-terrorism-cripples-palestinian-farmers/
Palestinian Authority becomes member of international criminal court
This could open the way for Israelis to be prosecuted for war crimes – despite Israel not being a member – and for the prosecution of Palestinian militants such as Hamas. This may bring accountability to years of conflict.
http://www.theguardian.com/law/2015/apr/01/palestinian-authority-becomes-member-of-international-criminal-court?CMP=ema_565

US Climate Plan ‘Treats the Wound But Does Not Stop the Bleeding’
As the White House unveils blueprint for emission reductions ahead of UN climate talks, groups warn that unless US moves beyond fossil fuels it will not avert climate catastrophe
http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/03/31/us-climate-plan-treats-wound-does-not-stop-bleeding

New Report Debunks Myth That GMOs are Key to Feeding the World
Traditional methods ‘shown to actually increase food supplies and reduce the environmental impact of production’
http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/04/01/new-report-debunks-myth-gmos-are-key-feeding-world

Assessing The Iranian Framework Deal
The deal is a spectacular victory for all, with tougher arrangements far beyond expectations. The months and year ahead are significantly difficult and all the players have to take a measured approach with careful moves to reach a final agreement.
http://www.countercurrents.org/abbasi050415.htm
Full text on preliminary nuclear accord with Iran
http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/04/02/us-iran-nuclear-text-idUSKBN0MT2CY20150402

The Oil Price War
Oil prices fell more than 50% between June 2014 and March 2015. The fall started when Saudi Arabia oil began to flood the markets. Some analysts believe that it is an attack on the growing shale oil industry in the US, while the US is betting that the low oil prices will destroy the three major oil producers which are not under its political and/or military control: Iran, Venezuela and, of course, Russia.
http://www.countercurrents.org/venturini050415.htm

Fateful Steps That Led to the Crisis in Ukraine (Part Two)
The objective was to humiliate Ukraine’s Russian-speaking population. The radical nationalists of western Ukraine, for whom the rejection of Russia and its culture is an article of faith, intend to force the rest of the country to fit their narrow vision, with its roots in irrationalism, fascism and the anti-Semitism and the ethnic massacres of WWII.
http://www.opednews.com/articles/Conclusion-Fateful-Steps-by-Thomas-Riggins-Culture_Democracy_Fascism_Ideology-150402-297.html

US and CIA Interventions Since World War II
If you check out American foreign policy of the past century… invasions … bombings … overthrowing governments … occupations … suppressing movements for social change … assassinating political leaders … perverting elections … manipulating labor unions … manufacturing “news” … death squads … torture … biological warfare … depleted uranium … drug trafficking … mercenaries … It’s not a pretty picture. It’s enough to give imperialism a bad name.
See chapter 40 for Australia – 1973-1975: Another free election bites the dust
http://williamblum.org/books/killing-hope/

Over 200,000 troops during the first Gulf War were exposed to nerve gas
When the Iraqi weapons plants and storage sites were bombed, poisonous plumes floated across the desert to thousands of troops on the Saudi border. Sirens wailed daily, but officers announced that the chemical-detection alarms were faulty. They were not. A Czech detection unit found “trace concentrations of sarin”.
http://www.newsweek.com/how-us-nerve-gassed-its-own-troops-then-covered-it-317250

By 2050, Muslims will make up about 10 per cent of the Europe’s population
The Hindu population is projected to rise by 34% worldwide, from a little over 1 billion to nearly 1.4 billion by 2050. By that time, Hindus will be third, making up 15%, followed by people who do not affiliate with any religion, accounting for 13%. The people with no religious affiliation currently have the third largest share of the world’s total population
http://www.timesofoman.com/News/49804/%E2%80%98India-to-pip-Indonesia-as-country-with-most-Muslims-by-2050%E2%80%99

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