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Video: “Israel Is Only Defending Itself”

July 18th, 2014

israel-flagPaul Joseph Watson: Is Israel really just defending itself, or is the Zionist state’s bombardment of Gaza a pre-meditated war crime?

Israel has killed over ten times more Palestinians in the past week Read more…

Defense, Government, World News

Hamas Just Attempted To Create A Horrific Nuclear Disaster In The Heart Of Israel

July 11th, 2014

war middle eastAfter the horrors of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, how insane do you have to be to fire missiles directly at a major nuclear facility?  No matter what side you are on in the conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians, everyone should be able to agree Read more…

Economy, Government, World News

Will Israel Be The First Cashless Society On The Entire Planet?

May 27th, 2014

currencyWill Israel be the first cashless society on the entire planet?  A committee chaired by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s chief of staff has come up with a three phase plan to “all but do away with cash transactions in Israel”.  Individuals and businesses would still be permitted to conduct cash transactions Read more…

Currency, Economy, Government, World News

Why Starting A War With Syria Is A Really Bad Idea

August 28th, 2013

syriaWhile most of the country is obsessing over Miley Cyrus, the Obama administration is preparing a military attack against Syria which has the potential of starting World War 3.  In fact, it is being reported that cruise missile strikes could begin “as early as Thursday“.  Read more…

Economy, Government, World News

Israel Announces “Security Zone” In Syria

February 4th, 2013

isrealKurt Nimmo: Israel is considering a “buffer zone” stretching ten miles into Syria “to protect itself from fundamentalist rebels on the other side of the border,” the Sunday Times reports. Read more…

Government, World News

Syria Vows Retaliation For Israeli Attack

January 31st, 2013

syriaKurt Nimmo: The Syrian ambassador to Lebanon, Ali Abdul-Karim Ali, said from Damascus on Thursday that Syria “has the option and the capacity to surprise in retaliation” for Israel’s attack Read more…

Government, World News

Time To Buy This Emerging Market: Investing in Israel (NASDAQ:TEVA, NASDAQ:CHKP, NASDAQ:ESLT, NASDAQ:GIVN)

December 3rd, 2012

Nathan Rothschild is credited with creating the stock market axiom “Buy on the sound of cannons, sell on the sound of trumpets.” The phrase means that the beginning of a war is a good time to buy stocks – as there is usually a Read more…

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Ballistic-Missile Defense System: Shield Your Portfolio With Israel’s “Iron Dome” (LMT, RTN)

December 2nd, 2012

Michael Robinson: Israel has a radical new ballistic-missile defense system, known as the Iron Dome, and it has saved countless lives during the last couple of weeks. Read more…

Government, Markets

Israel, Hamas, Hezbollah, Syria and Iran: There Will Be War In The Middle East

November 15th, 2012

Michael Snyder: The military action that we are watching in the Middle East right now is just a preview of coming attractions.  Tensions in the region are rising with each passing day, Read more…

Economy, Government, World News

If U.S. Troops Fight WWIII, Who Fights The Coming American Civil War?

September 27th, 2012

U.S. troops available for deployment to fight a full-blown war is 1.4 million, with an additional 2.1 million, if all of NATO were to oblige. Read more…

Currency, Government, Markets, World News

WWIII Within Days; Food-For-Guns Program Next, Says Informant

September 20th, 2012

Dominique de Kevelioc de Bailleul: War drums beat in the Middle East and, now, the drums suddenly beat strongly between two Asian mights.  That, on top of a global financial system on the brink of entering the slide to hyperinflation has many thoughtful analysts suggesting Read more…

China, Economy, Government, World News

Former State Dept. Veteran Drops Bombshell: WWIII Starts Sept. 25, 2012

September 18th, 2012

Dominique de Kevelioc de Bailleul: Speaking with Infowars’ Alex Jones, former Assistant Deputy Secretary of State Dr. Steve Pieczenik says Israel plans to attack Iran before the U.S. elections of Nov. 6., and, that an attack on Iran will assuredly kickoff WWIII, according to him. Read more…

Economy, Government, World News

Did Barack Obama Just Make A Deal With Israel To Delay The War With Iran Until After The Election?

September 5th, 2012

Michael Snyder: Barack Obama cares about Barack Obama far more than he does about either Israel or Iran.  And as far as Barack Obama is concerned, delaying the coming war between Israel and Iran until after the election is what is best for Barack Obama. Read more…

Government

Middle East Conflict: 19 Signs That Israel And Iran Are On The Verge Of War

September 3rd, 2012

Michael Snyder: There is going to be war in the Middle East.  It is just a matter of time until it happens.  Israel has decided that there is no way that it can ever allow Read more…

Economy, Government

The Winds of Change: Colombia Passes the Victims Law

May 25th, 2011

“Today is a frankly historic day!” exclaimed German Vargas Lleras, the interior and justice minister in Colombia, this morning

Ordinarily, we take blather from politicians with a 40-pound bag of water softener salt.

But this time, as we have taken a more intense interest in Colombia of late, caught our attention…

The “Victims Law,” the passage of which Mr. Vargas Lleras refers to, aims to compensate people victimized by four decades of violence.

For millions of Colombians, it could mean the return of ancestral lands they were forced to flee. The United Nations refugee agency estimates 3.4 million Colombians – among a population of 46 million – are “internally displaced.”

Drug gangs, the left-wing guerrillas, the right-wing paramilitaries… They’re still around, but we saw firsthand in March, they’re not as omnipresent as they once were.

Of course, sorting out the rightful ownership of 10 million acres of land will take years. But we daresay for Colombians, the passage of the “Victims Law” to which Mr. Vargas Lleras was referring is as big a deal as the end of apartheid was for South Africans.

The Victims Law marks a decisive break with the past.

By way of contrast, we continue to witness the dithering in Washington over a US-Colombia “free trade” agreement.

Today and tomorrow the Senate Finance Committee hears testimony about trade agreements for South Korea and Panama. Somehow, these two have gotten tied up with the Colombia agreement as a package deal in the minds of many Republican lawmakers.

Meanwhile, the White House is holding off on submitting the treaty to the Senate until lawmakers agree to fund a “job training” program for people who would supposedly be thrown out of work by this agreement.

Oy. We have our own qualms about a “free trade” agreement codified in hundreds of pages of documents; the section on “intellectual property” alone runs 33 pages, for example.

But really, what’s so bad about a deal that allows the textile maker we met in Medellin to ship his jeans to the United States tariff free in exchange for getting American cotton tariff free?

Seems like a good deal for everyone.

Why else has the US government spent billions trying to help the Colombians fight the FARC? What other interest would the gringos have in a motley gang that started out as a left-wing guerrilla force and morphed into drug-running thugs?

“Plan Colombia” started as a key front in President Clinton’s prosecution of the “War on Drugs.” The US sent in planes to spray coca crops and US Special Forces to work alongside Colombian police and soldiers.

Among the program’s illustrious accomplishments…

  • Coca cultivation largely fled Colombia…only to shift to Peru
  • US street prices of cocaine were nearly unchanged
  • Colombia became the No. 3 recipient of US foreign aid, after Israel and Egypt.

The authors of Freakonomics examined the evidence and wondered aloud if Plan Colombia amounted to “a $5 billion failure.”

Perhaps.

But folks on the ground in Colombia attribute the military aid given them by the US and intelligence handed over by the CIA and Mossad, the Israeli intel outfit, with helping to rout the guerillas and restore relative calm after nearly 40 years of fear.

Crimes Committed in Colombia 2000-2010

Yesterday, the Colombian military rescued 100 people the FARC had taken hostage three days before. The hostages, it turned out, were guarded by all of three guerillas.

When we were in Bogota in March, the FARC kidnapped 23 oil workers. Twenty-one escaped on their own within hours… the two others were rescued by the end of the next day.

Developments like these give the folks we’ve met along the way confidence that the security situation is increasingly in hand. And the passage of the “Victims Law,” redistributive as it is, Colombians are getting their rebuild on right quick.

Hence, for a short time, the opportunity in “perception arbitrage” we see developing in the land of El Dorado.

[Ed Note: At the Phnom Penh shareholders meeting of Leopard Capital last Thursday, the firm laid out plans for the first-ever agriculture fund in Colombia, targeting, to begin, palm oil production in the rich valley south of Cartagena before the northern spur of the Andes rises toward Medellin. The idea is new enough their plan hasn’t even graced the pages of the Leopard website yet.

In the meantime, we recommend you check out the two Colombian plays – both easily available to US investors – we discuss in the most recent issue of Apogee Advisory. Get your copy (along with Ron Paul’s “lost” gold bible) right here.]

Addison Wiggin
for The Daily Reckoning

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