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Aug 24 11:01

California Governor Blames Texas For California's Policies That Caused The Homeless Crisis

Authored by Mac Slavo via SHTFplan.com,

California’s authoritarian governor, Gavin Newsom, blamed the state of Texas for California’s homeless crisis. Rather than put the blame directly on the policies California has instituted that stifle free enterprise and punish heavily those who produce, Newsom said it’s the fault of Texas

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely Unbelievable!!

Aug 24 10:55

Is The US Becoming A Third World Nation?

Authored by Charles Hugh Smith via OfTwoMinds blog,

This is a chart of an informal kleptocracy which cloaks itself in the faux finery of democracy and a (rigged) "market" economy.

Back in the day, nations that didn't qualify as either developed (First World) or developing (Second World) were by default Third World, impoverished, corrupt and what we now refer to as failed states--governments that were incapable of improving the lives of their people and the machinery of governance, generally as a result of corruption and self-serving elites, i.e. kleptocracies.

Is the U.S. slipping into Third World status? While many scoff at the very question, others citing the rise of homelessness, entrenched pockets of abject poverty and the decaying state of infrastructure might nod "yes."

These are not uniquely Third World problems, they're symptoms of a status quo that's fast losing First World capabilities.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Although I respect this author greatly, I would honestly suggest, that the Unhinged, Surveilled State of Amerika, is already a third world, failed nation.

As a Christian pacifist activist, I cannot, ever, endorse violence as a way of "fixing this", although there are some movements in this county, Antifa most specifically, who fervently believe this to be a remedy to all this country's ills.

A Communist & Anarchist Movement That Explicitly Endorses Violence, Antifa is a revolutionary Marxist/anarchist militia movement that seeks to bring down the United States by means of violence and intimidation. As a September 2017 report in The Atlantic notes, Antifa is responsible for “a level of sustained political street warfare not seen in the U.S. …

I thoroughly believe that the only things which can possibly save this country, will be a return to both fact, and to pragmatism.

And the first issue I feel we, as a nation, need to address, is the cost, both to states and the Federal Government, of illegal immigration.

We, both as a country, and as individuals, tend to have "big hearts", and want to be kind and compassionate to those less fortunate than ourselves; but unfortunately, we have reached a tipping point of nearly no return, regarding illegal immigration.

And as Mike frequently mentions, illegal is neither a race, nor an ethnic stereotype; it is a status of not living in this country legally.

And one must ask, why, within certain circles, is this being "pushed" as the unavoidable "new normal" for this country?!?

The answer is very easy to understand. IF illegal aliens are not only granted free admission to this country, but are also allowed to vote as illegals, without having to show proof of citizenship, they will then skew election results to such a degree, that Americans will be forced to live under a one-party rule in perpetuam.

This will not be a "democratic republic"; this will be a "hard dictatorship", recognizable by both its methods, and its goals.

And post-election, what will happen to these people?!? They will be collectively "thrown under the proverbial bus" and treated as totally irrelevant, by the party encouraging them to vote illegally, because they "no longer matter, once the election is over."

This is all about political power, and the maintaining of that political power, no matter the consequences for the rest of us. Many of these people who migrate illegally, come with zero job skills, for what it will take to work in this country, and are also completely illiterate in English.

So how is this currently "Thirdworldastan culture" manifesting in some of our once-great cities, which used to be the envy of the world?!?

Typhoid Fever, Typhus & Tuberculosis: Are L.A.'s Medieval Diseases Coming To Your City?

Diseased Streets

Seattle Stinks

Although I have to hold my nose at some of the more Draconian elements of Australian immigration law, there is one thing the Ozzies have understood correctly; citizenship, should be looked on as a gift, and a privilege for those being invited to become Australian citizens, and therefore is based on a merit system. These people understand that they must adhere to the laws of their adoptive country; this way, Australia gets "the best of the best of the best", in terms of immigration candidates, both in terms of language skills, and professional capabilities.

So I must ask myself, since when has asking for the best possible candidates for US immigration become some kind of a crime in this country?!?

Because such a desire for excellent immigration candidates, has been transmogrified into a "crime", by the same people who absolutely, could not get over the results of the 2016 election, when all they could offer up as a Presidential candidate was a completely tone-deaf woman, and had more baggage than does Kim Kardashian on a photo-shoot.

And how is their "circular firing squad" doing ahead of the 2020 elections?!?
By how it is qualifying participation in the next Television debate, Tulsi Gabbard is asking for the selection process to be changed, because if not, she will be excluded from the next debate: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s presidential campaign is calling on the Democratic National Committee to revise its list of debate qualifying polls in an effort to help the Hawaii Congresswoman qualify for the upcoming third DNC debate hosted by ABC News

And why would the Dems want her out of the debate?!? Is it, perhaps, because she is a Veteran who has seen combat, and is waaaay to "pro-peace" to satiate the financial desires of the US's military industrial complex?!? BINGO!! I am sensing, at this point of the campaign, we are looking at Biden Vs/ Trump, and President Trump could very well win handily.

And concerning Illegal immigration, the US government also needs to learn to use foreign aid as both a carrot and a stick, encouraging foreign countries to take better care of their own people, with some absolutely verifiable "yardsticks" check by American officials, and if monies are siphoned away by that countries' oligarchs, that aid stops, period, end of discussion.

The other issue is the appalling state of American education; literacy, logic, and numeracy, have been replaced by goose-stepping conformancy, and a vomiting forth of the sound-bites they have been trained to do vomit, rather than being able to think clearly, and independently, about the logic, or illogic of any statement.

The success of private schools, in teaching these values intelligently, is a known fact; so why will public schools not amend their teaching methods to achieve the same outcomes?!?

Because, at this point in its history (yet another symptom of American decline), the US government wants "sheeple" who will believe every bit of codswallop it tries to ram down people's throats, in order to get them to accept everything it says, no matter if it has any relationship with reality, or not.

Aug 24 10:48

The Hidden Costs Behind Every Government Program

By Gor Mkrtchian

When the State constructs a new bike lane, school, or begins a new space mission, the natural inclination of the majority is to cheer this new endeavor as progressive. We possess one new structure or have accomplished one new task than before; society has moved forward, the thinking goes.

The State is responsible for truly technically impressive or beautiful accomplishments like the Apollo missions, the Moscow Metro, the Palace of Versailles, etc. that most would agree clearly produce benefits for society.

Confronted with these concrete and widely celebrated examples of government accomplishments, how can libertarians deny that state action is sometimes a benevolent force in society?...

Aug 24 09:23

Telecom Lobbying: $80M in 2018 and $1.2B Since 1998. Details On Who Spent How Much and Why This Matters

By B.N. Frank

Lobbyists have a bad name for good reason. Activist Post has reported before about telecom and tech companies spending beaucoup bucks to sway elected officials and government employees to force the installation of risky technology – including utility “Smart” Meters and 5G – in communities across the U.S.

Thanks to Comparitech.com for providing more nauseating details in this recent article, “How much does your ISP spend on lobbying?”...

Aug 23 20:05

Abandon sinking US dollar ship? Top UK bankster pushes for new 'synthetic hegemonic currency'

Bank of England head Mark Carney has urged his fellow central bankers to embrace tech like Facebook's Libra to build a multipolar system, warning against "swapping one currency hegemon for another" - unless it's their hegemon.

Carney declared that a Libra-like currency – with a few tweaks to silence critics – can bring about a new "multipolar international monetary financial system" (IMFS) during a speech at the Fed-sponsored Jackson Hole Economic Policy Symposium on Friday. Acknowledging that the dollar's days as the world reserve currency are numbered, he gushed that "technology has the potential to disrupt the network externalities that prevent the incumbent global reserve currency from being displaced" – and to ensure that central banks are properly positioned to take the helm in whatever system replaces it.

Aug 23 18:18

Doing What You Want With Your Money Is a Fundamental Right

By Jamie Redman

Since the birth of Bitcoin, crusaders fighting for the separation of money and state discovered a new payment tool that bypasses the nation state’s control over the monetary system. For over ten years now, lots of people have been using digital currencies to hide from prying eyes of governments in order to free themselves from a system that contributes to insanity.

The Separation of Church and State Has Proved Humans Can Remove the Monetary System From State Control

It can take years, decades, and even centuries for humans to realize certain concepts used within society are immoral. Things like genocide, chattel slavery, and religious persecution have all been deemed unethical. Over the last century, throughout a great majority of countries worldwide, the separation of church and state has become the norm...

Aug 23 10:51

Scott Adams: Trump’s China Tweet on Overstock CEO

Comments at: https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/1164920964200583168?s=20

*** WARNING *** This video is F-bomb heavy *** WARNING ***
Is China using 50,000 American Fentanyl deaths per year…
…as a bargaining chip for a trade deal?
China said they would take care of the Fentanyl pushers…and didn’t
Two problems: China Fentanyl and immigration
One solution: Move production to South America
President Trump: “Our great American companies are hereby ordered”

Aug 23 10:38

Stocks Plunge After Trump Lashes Out at China, Vows to Retaliate “This Afternoon”

By Tyler Durden

Anyone who was hoping for a quiet end to the week is currently having a panic attack, as first China announced new tariffs on the US, then Powell’s J-Hole speech came and went, and then, as we expected, Trump responded to China’s trade war escalation when in a barrage of 4 tweets he lashed out at Beijing, saying, “We don’t need China and, frankly, would be far better off without them“, and ordered “Our great American companies… to immediately start looking for an alternative to China, including bringing your companies HOME and making your products in the USA.”

He also ordered “all carriers, including Fed Ex, Amazon, UPS and the Post Office, to SEARCH FOR & REFUSE, all deliveries of Fentanyl from China (or anywhere else!). Fentanyl kills 100,000 Americans a year. President Xi said this would stop – it didn’t.”...

Aug 23 10:21

All along the watchtower: The follies of history

The ultimate American imperial dream is to engineer a Chinese vassal state

Aug 23 09:42

Where the World’s Banks Make the Most Money

Aug 23 09:26

Productivity per hour of work by country

Aug 23 09:07

How’s That Recession Coming, Dave?

Aug 23 09:02

Gold Is Knocking On Key Breakout Level

Aug 23 08:39

Say No to the “Cashless Future” — and to Cashless Stores

By Jay Stanley

I went to a counter-serve restaurant recently, and when the time came to pay for my order, took out my wallet, presented a $20 bill, and was told, “Sorry, we don’t accept cash.” I was flabbergasted. What happened to “legal tender for all debts public and private,” as it says right there on the bill?

This has now happened to me at three separate establishments in recent months. The rise of cashless establishments is happening amid continuing hype over the supposed dawn of a “cashless future” and agitation by some very powerful interests that would love to see cash disappear. The credit card companies love it, naturally, and tech industry associations have also pushed for the concept.

Meanwhile, a backlash has prompted several cities and states including San Francisco, Philadelphia, and New Jersey to ban cashless stores ...

Aug 23 08:21

Inverted Yield Curve Is Actually Bullish

Aug 23 08:15

The Push to Kill Cash – Australia’s Proposed Ban Shows It’s Not Conspiracy Theory

By Graham Smith

The supposed coordination of governments and tech companies to create a one-world, cashless society is often viewed as little more than fodder for silly YouTube conspiracy videos. After all, cash is still king in daily life, even in extremely high-tech, innovative societies like Japan. Upon closer examination, though, current realities like Australia’s proposed cash transaction ban for 2020, the continuing removal of higher denomination bills from several world economies, and the creation of centralized, state cryptocurrencies by governments worldwide cannot be ignored.

These trends signal a global push to kill paper money in the name of safety, security, and financial inclusion...

Aug 23 07:45

How Amazon and Silicon Valley Seduced the Pentagon

By James Bandler, Anjali Tsui and Doris Burke

On Aug. 8, 2017, Roma Laster, a Pentagon employee responsible for policing conflicts of interest, emailed an urgent warning to the chief of staff of then-Secretary of Defense James Mattis. Several department employees had arranged for Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon, to be sworn into an influential Pentagon advisory board despite the fact that, in the year since he’d been nominated, Bezos had never completed a required background check to obtain a security clearance.

Aug 23 07:16

Cities Unveil Unethical Homeless Reporting, While LA Pushes Anti-Homeless Law

By Aaron Kesel

The cities of San Francisco and Seattle are testing a new way to report homeless encampments or “tent cities” via dialing 311 or using an app. Meanwhile, LA lawmakers are pushing to ban homeless people from parks, schools, and other designated areas.

There's one problem conflating homelessness into other public service issues as the author writes for Smart Cities Dive, "people aren't potholes." ...

Aug 22 17:51

Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne quits as ‘deep state’ remarks cause uproar

With his company’s stock in free fall, Overstock.com CEO Patrick Byrne resigned as CEO on Thursday effective immediately, after he stunned investors by disclosing his entanglements with the “Deep State” as we reported previously.

Byrne, 56, who founded the company in 1999 and took it public three years later, will be succeeded by director Jonathan Johnson who was with the company for 17 years and has recently served as president of Overstock’s blockchain business, Medici Ventures.

Aug 22 13:13

Mapping Out Mortgage Debt Across the U.S.

Aug 22 12:31

Venezuela’s Health Care System Is in Shambles, but Markets Are Already Responding

By Byron Carson

Hospitals are supposed to help people, not become a source of their ailment. Generally, hospitals do help people. According to the data and graphing tools of Gapminder, rates of child mortality and malnourishment are negatively correlated with the number of physicians per 1,000 people and the number of hospital beds per 1,000 people. Similarly, the percentage of a population surviving to age 65 increases with the number of physicians and hospital beds.

Aug 22 12:12

What a Nobel Peace Prize, the Federal Reserve, and Endless War Have in Common

By Joe Jarvis

It was ten years ago that Congressman Ron Paul released his book, End the Fed. It immediately shot to number six on the New York Times Bestsellers list.

Paul’s message was that the Federal Reserve was created to bail out banks. It privatized profits for them and socialized losses for the rest of us. He said the system works against us by killing competition among banks and hiding taxes through inflation.

War funding is the main reason the government needs this hidden tax power...

Aug 22 11:16

Tariffs Accelerate Trucking and Shipping Slide

By Peter C. Earle

Trucking and transportation firms more broadly are both seasonal and cyclical businesses, and some of the earliest signs of damage from the current administration’s trade war with China are beginning to reveal themselves. Traditionally a leading indicator, transportation and shipping data often take two to three quarters to show up in broader national economic statistics. They have the added benefits of being without the anchoring biases that other economic indicators are and, being drawn from disparate sources, cannot easily be manipulated.

While truck, air transport, and maritime shipping activity were brisk in the early stages of the tariff war last summer (2018) — and even referred to as a “boom” at the time — the pace of the downturn over the last six to eight months makes the reasons behind last summer’s improbable surge clear: retailers were hurriedly attempting to stock inventories in advance of additional hostilities or stalled negotiations...

Aug 22 10:58

Top 10 Signs We Are Entering a Recession

Aug 22 10:11

American Apocalypse: The Government’s Plot to Destabilize the Nation Is Working

“The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out … without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, intolerable.” — H. L. Mencken

The U.S. government is working hard to destabilize the nation.

No, this is not another conspiracy theory.

Although it is certainly not far-fetched to suggest that the government might be engaged in nefarious activities that run counter to the best interests of the American people, doing so will likely brand me a domestic terrorist under the FBI’s new classification system.

Observe for yourself what is happening right before our eyes.

Aug 22 09:21

Yemen: Coalition Warships Attack Fishing Boats

(Beirut) – Saudi-led coalition naval forces have carried out at least five deadly attacks on Yemeni fishing boats since 2018, Human Rights Watch said today. Coalition warships and helicopters have been involved in attacks that killed at least 47 Yemeni fishermen, including 7 children, and the detention of more than 100 others, some of whom were tortured in custody in Saudi Arabia.

The coalition attacks on fishermen and fishing boats appear to be deliberate attacks on civilians and civilian objects in violation of the laws of war. Coalition officials who ordered or carried out the attacks or tortured detainees are most likely responsible for war crimes.

Aug 22 09:13

How Will Airports Keep Up With Travel Demand?

Aug 22 08:44

Our Wile E. Coyote Federal Reserve

Aug 22 08:15

Central Banks Are Purchasing Gold at Record Highs. Why?

By Nicholas Anthony

As reported by Dion Rabouin at Axios, an unprecedented shift toward gold has been led by the financial authorities of the world in what appears to be a move away from the US dollar.

The World Gold Council reported that central banks bought a historic high of 374.1 tons of gold this year. While this move accounts for only 16 percent of total gold demand, it offers an inside look into the minds of the central bankers. It was only seven years ago that a survey of economists revealed significant disagreement with regard to the potential benefits of a gold standard. Do central bankers not agree with leading academic economists or is a different motive at play?...

Aug 22 08:12

GDP Ain’t What it Used to Be!

Aug 22 08:08

Strategic analysis on the construction of new energy corridor China–Pakistan–Iran–Turkey

Highlights

This paper explores the current situation of cross-border energy pipelines of China, Pakistan, Iran and Turkey. Then it analysis strategic objectives of the four countries.


It is proposed to build China-Pakistan-Iran-Turkey energy corridor between China, Pakistan, Iran and Turkey, which is of great significance to realize the energy strategic objectives of the countries.

Aug 22 07:39

What’s Russia Up to in the Iranian Port of Chabahar? The North-South Transport Corridor (NSTC)

There have been wild reports over the past few weeks about Russia’s activities in the Iranian port of Chabahar, with some sources even alleging that Moscow plans to open up a naval base there.

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An interesting sequence of events has recently taken place that makes many wonder what Russia’s up to in the Iranian port of Chabahar. It’s widely known that Russia, Azerbaijan, Iran, and India are cooperating on the North-South Transport Corridor (NSTC) project to integrate each of their economies more closely together, with Chabahar being this initiative’s terminal port in connecting India to the other three and also Central Asia.

https://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/Iran-Aims-To-Start-...

https://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/Chinese-Constructio...

Aug 22 07:34

Seattle residents blame inefficient elected officials for homeless problem, say they've 'lost faith' in system

The District of Criminals bears most of the responsibility for the destruction of America and its' People.

SEATTLE -- The richest man in America calls Seattle home. So do thousands of others who are forced onto the streets because they are too poor, too addicted or too detached from reality. At night, the city's homeless sleep wherever they can -- in tents crammed in parking garages, in parks or under highway overpasses. Some feel victimized by a society that has moved on without them. Others feel preyed upon by politicians eager to push pet projects and scattered initiatives that make themselves look good but do little else. Sick of stepping over used condoms, broken lighters and needles, residents say they are heartbroken to see the city they've loved turn into a dangerous, drug-infested den of filth and human misery.

Aug 22 07:29

Amazon workers hospitalized after warehouse robot releases bear repellent

An Amazon robot tore open a can of bear repellant at the company's New Jersey warehouse on Wednesday, hospitalizing 24 workers. One employee is in critical condition, according to ABC News, while 30 others were treated on the scene. The 1.3-million-square-foot Amazon fulfilment center in the town of Robbinsville, New Jersey, employs more than 3,000 people.

Aug 22 07:27

Amazon, Microsoft, 'putting world at risk of killer AI': study

Washington (AFP) - Amazon, Microsoft and Intel are among leading tech companies putting the world at risk through killer robot development, according to a report that surveyed major players from the sector about their stance on lethal autonomous weapons.

Aug 22 07:22

Roughly Half of Trump Voters Would At Least Partially Blame Him for a Recession

The economics are controlled by the central banksters privately owned federal Reserve,not by Trump or any other politician.
As long as the American people keep voting and voting for democrats and republicans this country is doomed.
We need a repeat of 1776. The chances of that happening with the fat,lazy,ignorant,insouciant,apathetic population we have are zero to nil!
Better get ready for one hell of a Nantucket Sleighride!

President Donald Trump has promised a booming economy as a key part of his 2020 pitch. Voters — including his own supporters — might hold him to that.

Aug 22 07:12

Zendrive Can Turn Drivers Smartphones Into Insurance Surveillance Devices

By MassPrivateI

Leave it to Zendrive to create a safe driving app that can turn your smartphone into an insurance surveillance device.

Zendrive encourages people and companies to download their safe driving app which uses a person’s smartphone to detect unsafe driving habits.

Their video claims that they do not track or identify individual drivers, but towards the end of the video they boast that “it is easy to identify, coach and improve unsafe drivers.”...

Aug 21 09:34

Fat cat bosses earn 117 times more than average UK worker, despite pay-cut – report

A new report from the High Pay Centre and Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) – an independent non-party think tank – shows that the (average) median pay of FTSE100 bosses was actually down 13 percent in 2018, but still a huge £3.46 million.

The research also shows that CEOs’ pay dwarfs that of the average (median) full-time worker’s salary which stands at £29,574 per year, meaning they take home 117 times more cash.

Aug 21 09:33

Japan exports, RV sales, Tariff delays

Aug 21 09:21

Federal Reserve. Not Federal. No Reserves.

Aug 21 09:15

Just When You Think You Own Your Own Private Property…

By Simon Black, Sovereign Man

Tom turned 60 recently, and he’s thinking about retirement. After two decades of cracking eggs and frying bacon at his restaurant, he’s ready to spend more time with his family. And fortunately for Tom, he’s sitting on an extremely valuable asset: his real estate. Tom’s diner is located in downtown Denver in an area that has been heavily redeveloped.

In fact, a local real estate developer offered Tom nearly $5 million for his land; it’s an ideal spot to build condominiums given how popular downtown Denver has become.

After hearing about the deal, five local residents filed an application with the city to have Tom’s Diner declared a historic landmark...

Aug 21 09:09

Portland residents, business owners want city officials to 'fix' homeless problem

PORTLAND, Ore. – In the summer of 2019, Fox News embarked on an ambitious project to chronicle the toll progressive policies have had on the homeless crisis in four West Coast cities: Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Portland, Ore. In each city, we saw a lack of safety, sanitation and civility. Residents, the homeless and advocates say they've lost faith in their elected officials' ability to solve the issue. Most of the cities have thrown hundreds of millions of dollars at the problem only to watch it get worse. This is what we saw in Portland.

Aug 21 08:40

The Real Reasons Why The Media Is Suddenly Admitting To The Recession Threat

By Brandon Smith

One thing that is important to understand about the mainstream media is that they do tell the truth on occasion. However, the truths they admit to are almost always wrapped in lies or told to the public far too late to make the information useful. Dissecting mainstream media information and sifting out the truth from the propaganda is really the bulk of what the alternative media does (or should be doing). In the past couple of weeks I have received a rush of emails asking about the sudden flood of recession and economic crash talk in the media. Does this abrupt 180 degree turn by the MSM (and global banks) on the economy warrant concern? Yes, it does...

Aug 21 07:51

Obamas To Release Anti-Trump Movie On Netflix

Aug 21 07:37

IN "EXPLOSIVE" LAWSUIT WALMART SUES TESLA OVER SOLAR PANEL FIRES, CLAIMS SOLARCITY PURCHASE WAS A BAILOUT

SOURCE: ZEROHEDGE
Until now, the general public was only aware of the remarkable ability of Tesla cars to spontaneously combust, that is at least when they are not smashing into random things while on autopilot. It now appears that Tesla's solar panels (some may be unaware that several years ago, Elon Musk tried to unsuccessfully pivot Tesla into a solar power company as well as that's where a few billion in government subsidies were to be found) are just as combustible.

On Tuesday, Walmart sued Tesla, after its solar panels atop seven of the retailer’s stores allegedly caught fire, alleging breach of contract, gross negligence and failure to live up to industry standards. Walmart is asking Tesla to remove solar panels from more than 240 Walmart locations where they have been installed, and to pay damages related to all the fires Walmart says that Tesla caused.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I honor this man's genius, but he absolutely needs a "business nanny", who can help avoid incidents like this, by insisting on a strict, unimpeachable quality control protocol, for ANY of the products which bear his name.

Aug 21 07:32

TALIBAN PEACE TALKS MUST NOT IGNORE CIA-FUNDED AFGHAN MILITIAS, REPORT SAYS

SOURCE: THE INTERCEPT

After 18 years of war, and months of direct talks, the United States appears to be on the brink of reaching an unprecedented peace agreement with the Taliban that would bring about U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan.

A draft agreement was reached in March, and negotiators in Qatar have reportedly been ironing out the details ahead of a September 1 deadline — including exactly when U.S. troops will withdraw and when a permanent ceasefire between the parties will take effect. The U.S. is reportedly also seeking assurances from the Taliban that it won’t harbor foreign terror groups like ISIS and Al Qaeda and will engage in dialogue with the Afghan government after the U.S. military leaves.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As much as President Trump desperately needs a win here, ahead of the 2020 elections, I am not holding my breath,, that an accord will actually be reached, before the 1 September deadline.

And the reason I say this, is that there are too many unexploited resources desired by the world's leaders, that they will really ever be willing to let Afghanistan go.

As stated by a Google Article regarding mining in Afghanistan:

"Afghanistan has over 1,400 mineral fields,[1][2][3] containing barite, chromite, coal, copper, gold, iron ore, lead, natural gas, petroleum, precious and semi-precious stones, salt, sulfur, talc, and zinc, among many other minerals.[1][4] Gemstones include high-quality emerald, lapis lazuli, red garnet and ruby. According to a joint study by The Pentagon and the United States Geological Survey, Afghanistan has an estimated US$3 trillion[5] of untapped minerals."

You have to look at this with the sang froid eye of a violently, unhinged, despotic government, which wants to regime change a country, to make it more western centric, and expropriate resources to which the US government has no right, then selling them only for US dollars.

This is the MO the US has taken, ever since the invasion of Iraq, and the consistent pattern is so in your face, that I become thoroughly amazed when Americans don't get it.

Don't get me wrong; I would love for peace to happen for Afghanistan; however, given the embarrassment of riches this country has, I wouldn't expect this peace to last very long.

But a country attempting to stabilize Afghanistan right after the US leaves, will be China.

And the interesting thing about that, is that China, in its growth, doesn't want to fire a single shot;they want to make deals, as their way of broadening their economic reach, and clout.

Slowly but Surely, China is moving into Afghanistan

Feature: Direct flights between China, Afghanistan promote trade, people-to-people exchanges

This should be a "teachable moment", to the US government, but most probably will not be.

And I say that, because relations between China and the US have absolutely plummeted, under the watch of President "Wreck-it Donald" Trump. The issues concerning the South China Sea, and the US treatment of Taiwan,have not earned him much support in Beijing, not to mention the sanctions and tariffs which have been placed against various Chinese individuals and corporations.

Losing Afghanistan, through a series of Afghani agreements with the Chinese, will prove to be one of the most stinging, dismal failures of President Trump's record, if the future trajectory of Chinese/Afghani relations continues to hold true.

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