ISRAEL STRIKES GAZA
As West Celebrates Christmas Eve, Israel Lights up the Global Press
- Border Killing Ignites Fresh Tensions. Israel launched a series of air strikes shortly after a Gaza sniper shot an Israeli civilian laborer as he performed maintenance work on a border fence. The man was airlifted to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
- Mainstream Media Lays Low as Israel Launches Air Strikes on Christmas Eve. The mainstream media was virtually silent after Israeli air strikes launched against Gaza killed a three-year old Palestinian girl on Christmas Eve. An independent report found that the DrudgeReport.com, FoxNews, along with several other major news outlets kept silent on the story. Meanwhile, the story was top news across numerous international outlets.
- Israel Announces New Settlement Construction. Tensions were increased when Israel announced new plans to build another settlement in disputed territory.
- Report: Israel Passes U.S. Military Technology to China. Yet another investigation has revealed that Israel recently transferred secret U.S. missile technology to China. The revelations forced the head of defense exports for the Israeli Defense Ministry to resign amid U.S. anger. But this should be no surprise to those who have long observed Israel’s selling of U.S. state secrets. Whether it was the 69 Patriot missiles that Israel attempted to sell to China, or the sale of U.S.-style jet fighters and tanks, the booming Israel-Chinese trade in secret U.S. military hardware and technology is worth several billions of dollars.
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Inside this Issue
“Profiting From the Coming Paper Money Collapse”
Investors put $346 billion into mutual funds and exchange-traded funds that own stocks this year as of Dec. 23, the largest annual inflow on record.
A surge in online shopping this holiday season left stores breaking promises to deliver packages by Christmas, suggesting that retailers and shipping companies still haven’t fully figured out consumers’ buying patterns in the Internet era.
Rising interest rates and rising stock values? How long can this last?
Total vehicle sales are expected to be up at least 4 percent year over year, with the industry anticipating all-time record consumer spending on new vehicles, according to a forecast.
The Nikkei stocks index soars higher on data showing the U.S. economic recovery is accelerating…
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“World News Headlines That We Are Tracking”
The six energy-rich Arab monarchies of the Gulf are seeking to strengthen ties with China.
Until now, the Gulf states have relied on the US fifth fleet stationed in Bahrain to protect their vast oil fields.
Both Russia and China have closely studied the end of the Cold War and how the U.S. ultimately defeated the U.S.S.R. by bankrupting it. Two decades later, it looks like Moscow and Beijing are trying to return the favor.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has warned war could break out “without any prior notice” amid heightened tension on the Korean Peninsula.
Yet another attempt at regional integration…
In unusual video, former NSA contractor Edward Snowden slams the government surveillance state; reminds bankrupt U.S. government that “asking is always cheaper than spying.”
But Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu downplays the threat posed by the American spy machine…
The Obama administration moved late Friday to prevent a federal judge in California from ruling on the constitutionality of warrantless surveillance programs authorized during the Bush administration, telling a court that recent disclosures about National Security Agency spying were not enough to undermine its claim that litigating the case would jeopardize state secrets.
Federal intelligence officials are declassifying eight documents about the origins of controversial surveillance systems created under former President George W. Bush.
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