“It is certainly desirable that all societies have systems by which to guard their core values, and that justice and peace be preserved…But the values needed to ensure these things lie beyond the realm of the law, in ethics and culture and religion.” ~ John Laughland

By Catherine Austin Fitts

John Laughland is Director of Studies at the Institut de la Démocratie et de la Coopération  (The Institute of Democracy and Cooperation) in Paris. John is a British historian, author, philosopher, and journalist widely respected for his expertise in international law, his analysis of European and global politics and his efforts to promote the rule of law.

This week on The Solari Report, John joins me to discuss the state of Europe and the future of the US-European relationships.  Given continued struggles to manage debt loads and popular backlash against austerity programs, tensions in NATO, fighting in Ukraine, sanctions against Russia and the ramifications for the European economy, an influx of immigration from the Muslim countries, triggered in no small part by US wars in the Middle East,  continental Europe is managing challenging times.

I know of no one better to address these issues. I first heard John speak after the publication in 1997 of his book The Tainted Source: Undemocratic Origins of the European Idea. His brilliant insights regarding the flaws of the European Union have more than stood the test of time. For background, access our previous report with John here.

This is the last week of the month, so our next Money & Markets will be posted next week on Thursday, February 1.

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“My preference is to live neither as dependent or victim, rather to look reality squarely in the face and use the resulting intelligence to live a free and inspired life. This includes building wealth in changing times.” – 2014 Annual Wrap Up

By Catherine Austin Fitts

This week on The Solari Report, Jon Rappoport joins me to discuss the most intimate part of our 2014 Annual Wrap Up.

How do we manage to live a free & inspired life? How do we create a vision for our future which is more attractive to our time and attention than the shrieking and manipulations around us? How do we calmly navigate in the midst of political instability and volatile financial and commodity markets?

As always Jon helps us to live the life we choose to lead, not the one others attempt to herd us into.

Enjoy the web presentation for the Wrap Up first – you will get essential perspective on what is happening and what’s ahead.

In Money & Markets I will review recent geopolitical and financial developments.

In Let’s Go to the Movies, I will discuss the new Denzel Washington action thriller “The Equalizer”.

Talk to you Thursday!

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by Glenn Greenwald

One of the many pressing stories that remains to be told from the Snowden archive is how western intelligence agencies are attempting to manipulate and control online discourse with extreme tactics of deception and reputation-destruction. It’s time to tell a chunk of that story, complete with the relevant documents.

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by Bloomberg

Billionaire venture capitalist Jim Breyer is heading to the Swiss Alps this year with an upbeat message. “This is a magical time,” says Breyer, founder and CEO of Breyer Capital and a partner at Accel Partners. “Innovation is happening in centers of excellence around the world faster than ever before.” His optimism contrasts with the trouble-ahead warnings that business and government leaders will hear this week at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Japan and Europe are expected to grow only about 1 percent this year, and one-time dynamos like Brazil, China, and Russia are losing speed.

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by Jeff Black and Simon Kennedy

Mario Draghi led the Central Bank into a new era, pledging to buy government bonds in an asset-purchase program worth at least 1.1 trillion euros ($1.3 trillion) to counter the threat of a deflationary spiral.

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by Joseph P. Farrell

As you can tell, this week we’ve been primarily focused on geopolitics and financial news (as distinct from last week’s focus on some technological issues and their implications). And this has certainly been a week of geopolitical news, all of them summing to the same thing: Mr. Putin is battening down the hatches for a long-term contest with the West and with the USA in particular.

The first indicator is a highly significant one, as Russia’s State Duma is considering legislation banning “undesirable foreign groups”

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“To feel the love of people whom we love is a fire that feeds our life.”
~ Pablo Neruda

By Catherine Austin Fitts

I spoke to a colleague last week. We had not spoken for a year or more. Each time I speak with him we grow apart.

I remember when I first met him. He was full of light and laughter. He was a gifted, talented man. He was a caring, generous man.

He felt compelled to provide alternatives to the falsehoods that abound around us. So he gave of his time and talents. Over time, I saw him drained by what he saw going on around him and his efforts to do something about it. He carried the burden well.

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By Catherine Austin Fitts

They have a name for men who round up innocent children and send them to prisons where they make uniforms for the military at great expense to the taxpayer. I am not going to use that name here. I leave it to your imagination to describe my assessment of Eric Holder, currently Attorney General of the United States.

Holder just announced that the Sheriff of Nottingham business of sharing asset forfeiture profits with local and state police has been “limited”. According to the Washington Post, “Since 2008, thousands of local and state police agencies have made more than 55,000 seizures of cash and property worth $3 billion under a civil asset forfeiture program at the Justice Department called Equitable Sharing”. Since the practice started long before 2008, I wonder how much of the US economy the Sheriff of Nottingham and his sidekicks have claimed.

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