This Week in the World Affairs Brief:

DANGERS HIDDEN IN THE TPP AGREEMENT

The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement involves 12 countries from the Asia-Pacific region including Australia, Japan, Mexico and Canada. The deal is expected to cover about 40 percent of the global economy and is being sold as way to exchange goods more freely. But none of the so-called free trade agreements (GATT, NAFTA, etc.) have been about free trade even though they do reduce some trade barriers. In reality, free trade has been the promise that lures countries into accepting globalist agreements that guarantee access to markets for large international corporations, but not individuals, and the past agreements have dozens of restrictive provisions relative to labor, the environment, tariffs, and regulations that make markets anything but free. The TPP has similar problems but it also has dangerous, secret provisions that allow it to be self-expanding and to change core provisions without the permission of individual nations. You can request a one-time free sample of the briefs by sending an email to editor@worldaffairsbrief.com.

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Louisiana Gov. Jindal Signs Religious-freedom Executive Order

posted by askousen - Tuesday, May 26 2015
Taking a stand for religious liberty, Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal (shown) signed an executive order Tuesday granting new protections to businesses that do not wish to service faux weddings. The move came mere hours after the Louisiana House Civil Law and Procedure Committee killed a religious-freedom bill that would have accomplished the same goal. — The New American

McConnell Strategy Falters and Patriot Act Powers Likely to Expire

posted by askousen - Tuesday, May 26 2015
The dogged insistence of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on renewing the expiring portions of the PATRIOT Act intact has created a logjam in the Senate that will likely lead to those provisions expiring at midnight on May 31. — The New American

Obama Usurps Local Police With Fake "Ban" on Militarization

posted by askousen - Tuesday, May 26 2015
After having drastically accelerated the militarization of local police forces by the federal government, Obama is now having second thoughts about it - or so the administration and the establishment press would have you believe based on widely reported "de-militarization" edicts issued last week. But while the decrees were framed by virtually all of the establishment media as reining in federal programs that provide military gear to law enforcement, the real agenda, as usual, is about empowering Washington, D.C. - in this case, to exert even more control over local police departments across America. — The New American

Russia launches massive air force exercise with 250 aircraft

posted by askousen - Tuesday, May 26 2015
The Russian military has launched a massive exercise involving 250 aircraft and other weapons. The Defense Ministry said in a statement Monday the drills will involve air force and air defense units of the Central, Western and Southern Military Districts totaling 12,000 servicemen. Combat aircraft will deploy to temporary bases and air defense systems will be sent to the Ashuluk and Kapustin Yar shooting ranges in southern Russia for training with live ammunition. It also said long-range Russian bombers will launch cruise missiles at practice targets at a Siberian firing range. — AP

Still Secret and Secure, Safe Rooms Now Hide in Plain Sight

posted by askousen - Tuesday, May 26 2015
..."It looked like any old walk-in closet," Mr. Kerrey said of the 8-feet-by-12-feet bulletproof space inside the third-floor master bedroom (a space the former Navy SEAL said he had little use for). "There was nothing about it that gave it away as anything but a place to hang your clothes." — NY Times

"Living," "Evolving" Dangers Are Hidden in ObamaTrade (TPP & TTIP)

posted by askousen - Friday, May 22 2015
Will the U.S. Congress vote to approve "free trade" agreements that are, according to the agreements' authors, "living agreements" that will constantly change and "evolve"? This mutational feature of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) should be of top concern to members of Congress - and their constituents. However, this critical aspect of the secretive agreements has received virtually no attention in the establishment media. — William F Jasper/The New American

What law says the text of the TPP must remain secret?

posted by askousen - Friday, May 22 2015
...Members of Congress are scuttling around like weasels, claiming they can't disclose what's in this far-reaching, 12-nation trade treaty. They can go into a sealed room and read a draft, but they can't copy pages, and they can't tell the public what they just read. Why not? If there is a US law forbidding disclosure, name the law. Can you recall anything in the Constitution that establishes secret treaties? Is there a prior treaty that states the text of all treaties can be hidden from the people? I see no authority anywhere that justifies withholding the text of the TPP. — Jon Rappaport

Report: Chinese Navy's Fleet Will Outnumber U.S. by 2020

posted by askousen - Friday, May 22 2015
China has plans to grow its navy to 351 ships by 2020 as the Chinese continue to develop their military's ability to strike global targets, according to a new report. The 2014 U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission recommended to Congress the U.S. Navy respond by building more ships and increase its presence in the Pacific region – a strategy they U.S. military has already started. — Defense Tech

This was the biggest political science study of last year. It was a complete fraud.

posted by askousen - Friday, May 22 2015
....LaCour was set to become an assistant professor at Princeton this July. Any reference to that job has been removed from his homepage. But the page still features a long list of media outlets that have covered his research. Just about every place you can think of covered the same-sex marriage study: This American Life, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Science Friday, Bloomberg Politics, Huffington Post, and, of course, me at Vox. We all got it wrong. Personally, I believed the study was sound because it came from sources I trust. Ironically, Broockman - who'll start as an assistant professor at the Stanford Graduate School of Business this fall - was the one who first alerted me to the study he'd wind up exposing as a fraud. David's an old friend and often passes along papers he thinks I ought to cover. Here's what he said on LaCour and Green: "Deep. Compelling. Awesome ... The most important paper of the year. No doubt." — Vox.com

China says Philippines breaking code of conduct by building in South China Sea

posted by askousen - Friday, May 22 2015
China has accused the Philippines of violating a 13-year-old informal code of conduct in the South China Sea by building on disputed islets, a move that comes after repeated criticism of China's construction work. China and the 10-member Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) signed an agreement in 2002 to refrain from occupying and building new structures on uninhabited reefs and shoals in the sea. — The Guardian

THE COMARADERIE BETWEEN THE JUSTICE DEPT. AND BILDERBERG 2002 & 2011

posted by askousen - Thursday, May 21 2015
Only a handful are aware of the partnership between the Bilderbergs founded in 1954, and the U.S. Justice Department, a camaraderie and partnership we will explore in the this column. Anyone who has done enough research about 'secret' societies cannot come to any other conclusion that their ultimate goal has always been to destroy our republic and drag America into their utopian nightmare of a one world government. In The Ties between the Katzenbach Memo, Warren and 9/11 Commissions we looked at then deputy attorney general Nicholas Katzenbach's memo to Lyndon Johnson's right hand Bill Moyers, where the deputy attorney general recommend: put J. Edgar Hoover's FBI in charge of covering up President John F. Kennedy's public execution. — Devvy Kidd/News With Views

BAKER IN IRELAND ATTACKED BY GOVERNMENT FOR HIS CHRISTIAN CONVICTION

posted by askousen - Thursday, May 21 2015
..In a legal opinion written for the Asher Bakery case by leading Human rights QC Aidan O Neil, he emphasizes the following scenarios as an example of what could happen if the McArthurs loose [sic], and cites the following: - A Muslim printer refusing a contract requiring the printing of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed - An atheist web designer refusing to design a website presenting as scientific fact the claim that God made the world in six days - A T-shirt company owned by lesbians declining to print T-shirts with a message describing gay marriage as an "abomination" • A printing company run by Roman Catholics declining an order to produce adverts calling for abortion on demand to be legalized — News With Views

Military-Industrial Congressional Complex - No Debate Allowed

posted by askousen - Thursday, May 21 2015
...Ironically, a good deal of this "emergency" money will go to President Obama's war on ISIS even though neither the House nor the Senate has debated – let alone authorized – that war! Although House leadership allowed 135 amendments to the defense bill – with many on minor issues like regulations on fire hoses – an effort by a small group of Representatives to introduce an amendment to debate the current US war in Iraq and Syria was rejected. — Ron Paul/The Daily Bell

Domestic surveillance fate unclear after lengthy Senate talk

posted by askousen - Thursday, May 21 2015
... Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, the most libertarian-leaning of the major Republican presidential contenders, dominated the Senate floor from 1:18 to 11:49 p.m. Wednesday to decry the National Security Agency's mass collection of phone data without warrants. In doing so, he highlighted deep divisions within Congress - and among his party's presidential hopefuls - over the program whose existence was exposed by former contractor Edward Snowden, now living in Russia. Paul wasn't coy about the political overtones. His campaign issued a fundraising appeal while he slowly paced and steadily talked in a mostly empty Senate chamber. It also told reporters that several conservative House Republicans were available for interviews after they sat a while in support of Paul in the Senate. — AP

Boy Scouts president says ban on gay leaders cannot stay

posted by askousen - Thursday, May 21 2015
Boy Scouts of America President Robert Gates said on Thursday the group's ban on adult gay leaders cannot be sustained, a move that could open the door to ending the policy that has caused rifts in the 105-year-old organization. [Ed: Time to look at other scouting options] — Reuters

David Cameron pledges to cut immigration, punish illegal workers

posted by askousen - Thursday, May 21 2015
...The new Conservative-only government will cut the demand for skilled workers from abroad and force banks to take action on the accounts of migrants who are in Britain illegally, Cameron said Thursday in a speech at the Home Office in London. A new taskforce led by him will hold every part of government to account "on our relentless drive to properly control immigration." [Ed: Many Britons are anxious to see open immigration policies cut back, but words are cheap. These proposals are extremely limited and sound more like excuses to impose on banks and business hiring.] — Live Mint

How China stealthily built a 'kill chain' in the South China Sea

posted by askousen - Thursday, May 21 2015
The last year has seen some unusual construction going on in the South China Sea. China has been building small islands from existing reefs with the purpose of placing military bases - including airfields - on them. These new islands will give China additional military presence in the region, and reinforce Beijing's claims on a region rich in fisheries and potentially wealthy in natural gas. The islands are in effect permanent aircraft carriers - on station 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. — The Week

Special Operators Are Using Rapid DNA Readers

posted by askousen - Thursday, May 21 2015
...On Wednesday, representatives from the U.S. Special Operations Command revealed that they were testing two rapid DNA readers in forward locations. The operators feed in a DNA sample, and the reader compares it against a database that matches DNA to identities. The machines weigh some 60 pounds, so they aren't small. And they aren't cheap: each costs about $250,000. But they can give a result in 90 minutes, a process that used to take weeks. — Defense One

Police chiefs group offers drone-use policy

posted by askousen - Thursday, May 21 2015
Model law enforcement drone guidelines: No weapons, limit deployment, keep them in operator's sight — UT San Diego

After boosting trade pacts, Hillary Clinton gets millions from speeches to traders

posted by askousen - Wednesday, May 20 2015
...In addition, the Biotechnology Industry Organization paid her $235,000 for a speech in San Diego, and the Advanced Medical Technology Association paid her $265,000 to speak in Chicago. Both groups have joined the broad ranks pushing for passage of the measures over the last couple of years. "I suppose that those in favor of the free-trade agreements know that when push comes to shove, Hillary Clinton is going to be on their side anyway," said Craig Holman, who lobbies Congress for the consumer watchdog group Public Citizen. "Providing her with a lot of money is one sure way to keep her in their camp. . . . That's how you buy influence: Find ways to hand cold cash over to the Clinton family." Clinton's husband, former President Bill Clinton, has made the speaking tour a cash cow for more than a decade, and separately he made about $13 million, bringing the former first couple's total to $25 million from speeches in the 14 1/2-month period. — McClatchy News

Katie Pavlich: The protected, connected liberal media elite

posted by askousen - Wednesday, May 20 2015
...This time, it's former Clinton White House communications hack and current ABC anchor George Stephanopoulos. Stephanopoulos was busted by the Washington Free Beacon last week for donating a total of $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation without disclosure to his employer or the audiences he serves. The revelation came less than one week after Stephanopoulos conducted a harsh interview with Clinton Cash author Peter Schweizer, where he accused him of having a lack of evidence to support his claims that Hillary Clinton traded political favors for donations to the Clinton Foundation during her time as secretary of State. Stephanopoulos defended the Clintons and the Clinton Foundation and claimed ABC News had done a thorough investigation and found no wrongdoing - all while hiding his own donations to the organization. ABC hasn't announced any plans to reprimand Stephanopoulos - after all, he was just helping to protect the environment and fund AIDS research. — The Hill

Cancer charities allegedly misused $187 million for concerts and dating sites, U.S. says

posted by askousen - Wednesday, May 20 2015
...Law enforcement from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, along with the Federal Trade Commission, are charging Cancer Fund of America, Cancer Support Services, Children's Cancer Fund of America and the Breast Cancer Society and some of their executives with taking money that donors had given to help cancer patients and using it to on themselves as well as their families and friends. — Mashable

Staff quit Clinton Foundation over Chelsea

posted by askousen - Wednesday, May 20 2015
...Several top staffers have left the foundation since Chelsea came on board as vice chairman in 2011. "A lot of people left because she was there. A lot of people left because she didn't want them there," an insider told me. "She is very difficult." Onetime CEO Bruce Lindsey was pushed upstairs to the position of chairman of the board two years ago, so that Chelsea could bring in her McKinsey colleague Eric Braverman. — Page Six

Russia says soldiers captured in Ukraine are not on active duty

posted by askousen - Wednesday, May 20 2015
...Despite the Kremlin's staunch denial of active Russian troops in Ukraine the Russian defense ministry has admitted that the two men are indeed Russian nationals and have served in the country's military at some point in their lives. In video from Ukraine's Armed Forces one of the Russian soldiers says that just before he was captured by the Ukrainian side he tried to kill himself. — Ukraine Today

Rand Paul: I plan to do 'everything humanly possible' to try stop the Patriot Act

posted by askousen - Tuesday, May 19 2015
...He said he could demand 60 votes and not give consent to proceed - "that I will do, so I will do a formal filibuster." "Whether or not that means I can go to the floor - some of that depends on what happens, because - you have to get to the floor when the floor allows you to come, so whether that happens or not, I will filibuster the Patriot Act, and I'll do everything I can to try to adhere to the courts - the courts have now said the bulk collection of records is illegal," he said. "They should stop immediately." — Washington Times

Ukraine crisis: 'Russian special forces' captured

posted by askousen - Tuesday, May 19 2015
Ukraine's military says its forces have captured two Russian soldiers fighting with rebels in eastern Ukraine. The troops were seized in the town of Shchastya, near the line of separation. A video emerged apparently showing one of the soldiers - which it said were members of Russia's elite special forces - saying during questioning that he was a sergeant from the central Russian city of Togliatti. — BBC

Stephanopoulos, ABC have not fully disclosed Clinton ties: Schweizer

posted by askousen - Tuesday, May 19 2015
...If Stephanopoulos had disclosed his donations to the very foundation I was there to talk about, perhaps it would have put the aggressive posture of his interview with me in context. But he didn't. And even though he has apologized to his viewers for keeping this information from both his audience and his bosses, there is much that Stephanopoulos has yet to disclose to his viewers. Indeed, far from being a passive donor who strokes Clinton Foundation checks from afar, a closer look reveals that Stephanopoulos is an ardent and engaged Clinton Foundation advocate. — USA Today

Wire-tap scandal brings thousands out against Macedonian leader

posted by askousen - Tuesday, May 19 2015
...Since February, he has faced a wave of embarrassing revelations against him and his ministers, contained in taped conversations that appear to expose tight government control over journalists, judges and the conduct of elections. Opposition Social Democrat leader Zoran Zaev says the tapes, which he has dubbed "bombs", were made illegally by the government, part of a mass surveillance operation targeting 20,000 allies and opponents alike, and leaked to him by a whistleblower. — Reuters

Fitch downgrades Chicago but keeps investment-grade rating

posted by askousen - Tuesday, May 19 2015
...Moody's Investors Service dropped the city to junk on Tuesday. Standard & Poor's Ratings Services also downgraded the city this week to 'A-', which leaves a split among rating agencies: only Moody's believes the Windy City's $8.1 billion of unlimited tax general obligation debt is below investment grade. — Reuters

Republicans claim enough votes to pass fast-track trade bill

posted by askousen - Tuesday, May 19 2015
Top Republicans predicted on Sunday that both chambers of Congress would muster the votes to pass the "fast-track" authority sought by President Barack Obama to negotiate major trade deals, despite opposition from Obama's fellow Democrats. "Yes, we'll pass it. We'll pass it later this week," Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said in an interview with ABC. — Reuters