A two-state peace deal may be cooking in the “kitchens” of the White House and the Knesset. “MK Bezalel Smotrich (Jewish Home) on Tuesday evening warned that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is drawing up a diplomatic move that will result in the establishment of a Palestinian state. “In recent weeks, there have been too many indications that the Prime Minister is quietly cooking up a process that will lead to the establishment of Palestine,” Smotrich wrote on Facebook.
Why has a peace deal suddenly become possible? Is Trump promising something that will please the Palestinians more than anything that has been offered in the past? See a possible reason here.
WARS & RUMORS THEREOF
MIDDLE EAST WAR JUST GOT ANOTHER UPTICK
Russian elite units land on Egypt-Libya border
Russian elite units armed with attack drones were detected on Tuesday, March 14 landing at the big Egyptian air base of Sidi Barrani in the Western Desert near the Libyan border, US military sources reported The incoming Russian troops took up position 95 km from the Libyan border and 240km from the eastern Libyan oil and gas terminals at Tobruk port in eastern Libya. They arrived after their Libyan ally suffered a major defeat. Officials in Washington, Moscow and Cairo declined to comment on whether or not the Russians had acted in coordination the Trump administration. According to DEBKAfile’s military sources, the Russians an Egyptians appear to be preparing to support a counter-offensive by Hafter’s militia to recover the oil facilities.
Nothing says “victory against terror” like two competing global powers’ militaries, operating without coordination, in one frontline Middle Eastern town whose status is disputed by hordes of armed proxy fighters “within hand-grenade range of one another,” as one U.S. general puts it. That’s the situation facing about 100 Army Rangers and their Russian counterparts in Manbij, a Syrian city liberated from ISIS late last year and now claimed by quibbling Kurds and Turkish-aligned fighters, according to Military Times…
The European Leadership Network (ELN) think-tank produced a 2015 report entitled Preparing for the Worst: Are Russian and Nato Military Exercises Making War in Europe more Likely? The report analysed recent war games including a Russian exercise involving 80,000 military personnel and a set of Nato war games comprising 15,000 personnel. It went on to say that, “Both exercises show that each side is training with the other side’s capabilities and most likely war plans in mind…
US & GLOBAL ECONOMY
How The Federal Reserve Is Setting Up Trump For A Recession, A Housing Crisis And A Stock Market Crash
Most Americans do not understand this, but the truth is that the Federal Reserve has far more power over the U.S. economy than anyone else does, and that includes Donald Trump. Politicians tend to get the credit or the blame for how the economy is performing, but in reality it is an unelected, unaccountable panel of central bankers that is running the show, and until something is done about the Fed our long-term economic problems will never be fixed. For an extended analysis of this point, please see this article. In this piece, I am going to explain why the Federal Reserve is currently setting the stage for a recession, a new housing crisis and a stock market crash, and if those things happen unfortunately it will be Donald Trump that will primarily get the blame.
As President Donald Trump plans a slew of policies that could dismantle key parts of Barack Obama’s presidential legacy, the former president seems to be returning to his roots as a Saul Alinsky-style radical community organizer. This time Obama and his associates’ objective is to stop Trump’s domestic and foreign policy agendas on virtually all fronts – immigration reform, border security, the roll back of the controversial Obamacare system and more. According to some accounts, Obama and his associates may be seeking no less than Trump’s impeachment. The strategies for disruption seem to include everything from nonprofit front-group activism and the filing of legal motions to support for protest movements targeting Trump and top administration officials.
ISLAM & NEW WORLD ORDER
Aggression resumed its escalation between Turkey and the Netherlands, with Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus exclaiming from Ankara that “Europe’s politicians are under fascist, neo-nazi influence” and in response, Turkey will suspend all high-level diplomatic meetings and cancel all flight permissions for Dutch politicians. Kurtulmus also says the Dutch ambassador to Turkey, who was traveling when the diplomatic row started, won’t be allowed to return, and said that Turkey’s government plans to advise parliament to withdraw from a Dutch-Turkish friendship group.
MANMADE AND NATURAL DISASTERS
Poultry at three possible sites in Alabama are being investigated over suspected bird flu concerns. Aviagen, a large poultry breeding company, said on Tuesday that it euthanized chickens over disease concerns, according to Reuters. Officials in the state ordered a “stop movement order for certain poultry.” “With three investigations of avian influenza in north Alabama on three separate premises we feel that the stop movement order is the most effective way to implement biosecurity for all poultry in our state,” Dr. Tony Frazier, a state veterinarian, said in a statement. Antibodies for bird flu were detected by Aviagen, but a spokeswoman for the company told Reuters that the flock reported “no evidence of clinical disease.”