WEEKEND: NKorea ready to launch rocket by Super Bowl kickoff…

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Satellite images North Korea’s Sohae rocket launch site show apparent fueling activity, and a US defense official believes launch could happen this weekend

Satellite images taken this week of North Korea’s Sohae rocket launch site show apparent fueling activity seen in the past one to two weeks before a rocket launch, a US think tank said on Friday.

North Korea has told UN agencies it will launch a rocket carrying what it called an earth observation satellite some time between 8 and 25 February, triggering international opposition from governments that see it as a long-range missile test.

Commercial satellite images from Wednesday and Thursday show the arrival of tanker trucks at the launch pad, said Washington-based 38 North, a North Korea-monitoring project. It said the presence of the trucks likely indicated the filling of tanks within bunkers at the site rather than a rocket itself.

“In the past, such activity has occurred one to two weeks prior to a launch event and would be consistent with North Korea’s announced launch window,” the report said.

A US defense official said on Thursday activity detected at the site was consistent with a launch in the time frame given by Pyongyang. On Friday, a US government source said US intelligence agencies believed North Korea could be ready by the US Super Bowl kickoff on Sunday, which will be Monday Korea time.

On Friday, Barack Obama spoke by telephone with President Xi Jinping of China, North Korea’s main ally and neighbor and agreed that North Korea’s planned launch would represent a “provocative and destabilizing action”, the White House said.

The US president and Xi also said they would coordinate efforts to respond to North Korea’s nuclear test last month and said they would not accept North Korea as a nuclear weapon state.

“The leaders emphasized the importance of a strong and united international response to North Korea’s provocations, including through an impactful UN Security Council Resolution,” the White House said.

Washington and Beijing have appeared divided over how to respond to North Korea, with the United States urging tougher sanctions and China stressing the need for dialogue.

Earlier on Friday, Xi told South Korea’s president that China was dedicated to maintaining peace and stability on the Korean peninsula.

“We hope all sides can act bearing in mind the broader picture of maintaining peace and stability on the peninsula, and calmly deal with the present situation,” China’s Foreign Ministry quoted Xi as saying.

The 38 North report said activity could also be seen around a building at the launch site used in the past to receive and assemble rocket stages.

It said the imagery showed vehicles including one or two buses and a crane and added: “This level of activity compares favorably to that seen prior to the previous launch in 2012.“

The report said the images indicated no significant changes at the launch pad itself, where work platforms on the gantry towers remained folded forward. It said coverings obscured whether a space-launch vehicle was present on the pad.

“Although there is no activity indicating an imminent launch, the gantry tower and launch pad complex appear to be capable of conducting a launch within the announced launch window,” it said.

North Korea says it has a sovereign right to pursue a space program. But it is barred under UN Security Council resolutions from using ballistic missile technology.

Coming so soon after North Korea’s fourth nuclear test on 6 January, a rocket launch would raise concern that it plans to fit nuclear warheads on its missiles, giving it the capability to strike South Korea, Japan and possibly the US. West Coast.

The United States has deployed missile defense systems that will work with the Japanese and South Korean militaries to track the launch.

CITI WARNS: WORLD ECONOMY TRAPPED IN ‘DEATH SPIRAL’

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Could lead to further weakness in oil prices, recession and a serious equity bear market…

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BY KATY BARNATO

The global economy seems trapped in a “death spiral” that could lead to further weakness in oil prices, recession and a serious equity bear market, Citi strategists have warned.

Some analysts — including those at Citi — have turned bearish on the world economy this year, following an equity rout in January and weaker economic data out of China and the U.S.

“The world appears to be trapped in a circular reference death spiral,” Citi strategists led by Jonathan Stubbs said in a report on Thursday.

“Stronger U.S. dollar, weaker oil/commodity prices, weaker world trade/petrodollar liquidity, weaker EM (and global growth)… and repeat. Ad infinitum, this would lead to Oilmageddon, a ‘significant and synchronized’ global recession and a proper modern-day equity bear market.”

Stubbs said that macro strategists at Citi forecast that the dollar would weaken in 2016 and that oil prices were likely bottoming, potentially providing some light at the end of the tunnel.

“The death spiral is in nobody’s interest. Rational behavior, most likely, will prevail,” he said in the report.

Crude oil prices have tumbled by around 70 percent since the middle of 2014, during which time the U.S. dollar has risen by around 20 percent against a basket of currencies.

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The world economy grew by 3.1 percent in 2015 and is projected to accelerate to expand by 3.4 percent in 2016 and 3.6 percent in 2017, according to the International Monetary Fund. The forecast reflects expectations of gradual improvement in countries currently in economic distress, notably Brazil, Russia and some in the Middle East. 

By contrast, Citi forecasts the world economy will grow by only 2.7 percent in 2016 having cut its outlook last month.

Overall, advanced economies are mostly making a modest recovery, while many emerging market and developing economies are under strain from the rebalancing of the Chinese economy, lower commodity prices and capital outflows.

Stubbs added that policymakers would likely attempt to “regain credibility” in the coming weeks and months.

“This is fundamental to avoiding a proper/full global recession and dangerous disorder across financial markets. The stakes are high, perhaps higher than they have ever been in the post-World War II era,” he said.

Just 151,000 new jobs were created in January in the U.S., in the latest sign that the world’s biggest economy is slowing. Economists are concerned about an industrial or manufacturing recession in the country, following some warnings from companies in earnings seasons and recent weak manufacturing activity and durable goods orders data.

However, some analysts say markets are overegging the prospect of a global slump.

“Many markets are now pricing in a significant probability of recession and when we talk about recession, we’re talking particularly about a U.S. recession. Do you think that is likely or not? To me, the odds are too high; the market is pricing too high a probability,” Myles Bradshaw, the head of global aggregate fixed income at Amundi, told CNBC this week.

Russians WREAK HAVOC On Refugees Who Molested Their Women!!!

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Would-be rapist refugees were brutally assaulted by Russians after they groped and molested women at a night club on Saturday in Murmansk, Russia.

The 51 refugees had previously been ordered to leave Norway for “bad behavior” and move to Russia.

The refugees tried to flee the scene but were captured by a group of Russians who brutally assaulted them sending 18 to the local hospital.

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VIDEO TV reporter is sexually assaulted by a man at Cologne carnival amid scores of attacks

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The Daily Mail blocks out the attackers face – protecting the identity of the savage. That is a metaphor for the media’s reportage of the migrant crisis.

If this is going on in front of the cameras, imagine the goings on behind them.

TV reporter is sexually assaulted live on air as she reports on how migrant New Year rapes are overshadowing the Cologne carnival – which saw 22 sex attacks last night alone

RTBF journalist Esmeralda Labye was reporting from the Cologne carnival
While live on air, a man sexually assaulted her by grabbing her breast
Police are looking for two men, wanted in connection with the attack
Police have confirmed that there were 18 reported cases of sexual assault and 181 people arrested at the carnival

By Tom Wyke for MailOnline, February 5, 2016:

A Belgian journalist has spoken about the horrific moment she was sexually assaulted by a man live on television.

Radio Télévision Belge de la Communauté Française (RTBF) journalist Esmeralda Labye was reporting from the Cologne carnival when a man of European appearance grabbed her breast.

‘At first they were just making faces behind me. Then a hand landed on my breast. I was shocked,’ she said, according to The Local.

The attack on the reporter comes as Belgian police revealed that 22 sexual assaults were reported last night on the first evening of the carnival.181 people were arrested at the carnival.

Radio Télévision Belge de la Communauté Française (RTBF) journalist Esmeralda Labye was reporting from the Cologne carnival when she was attacked. MailOnline is not alleging or claiming that anyone who is pictured in this photograph is responsible for this attack

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TV reporter is sexually assaulted live on air as she reports on how migrant New Year rapes are overshadowing the Cologne carnival – which saw 22 sex attacks last night alone

RTBF journalist Esmeralda Labye was reporting from the Cologne carnival
While live on air, a man sexually assaulted her by grabbing her breast
Police are looking for two men, wanted in connection with the attack
Police have confirmed that there were 18 reported cases of sexual assault and 181 people arrested at the carnival

By Tom Wyke for MailOnline

Published: 07:57 EST, 5 February 2016 | Updated: 11:06 EST, 5 February 2016

A Belgian journalist has spoken about the horrific moment she was sexually assaulted by a man live on television.

Radio Télévision Belge de la Communauté Française (RTBF) journalist Esmeralda Labye was reporting from the Cologne carnival when a man of European appearance grabbed her breast.

‘At first they were just making faces behind me. Then a hand landed on my breast. I was shocked,’ she said, according to The Local.

The attack on the reporter comes as Belgian police revealed that 22 sexual assaults were reported last night on the first evening of the carnival.181 people were arrested at the carnival.
Radio Télévision Belge de la Communauté Française (RTBF) journalist Esmeralda Labye was reporting from the Cologne carnival when she was attacked. MailOnline is not alleging or claiming that anyone who is pictured in this photograph is responsible for this attack
Police are looking for two men, wanted in connection with the attack and for making rude gestures to the camera while Ms Labye was reporting. MailOnline is not alleging or claiming that anyone who is pictured in this photograph is responsible for this attack
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Police are looking for two men, wanted in connection with the attack and for making rude gestures to the camera while Ms Labye was reporting. MailOnline is not alleging or claiming that anyone who is pictured in this photograph is responsible for this attack

The shocking incident took place in the Alter Markt district of town. Video footage has emerged showing the moment of the attack.

Police are looking for two men, wanted in connection with the attack and for making rude gestures to the camera while Ms Labye was reporting.

‘My piece to camera was chaotic, people showing middle fingers, a man who was having fun miming a sex act behind me and above all the hand placed on my breast,’ Ms Labye said.

There was also 143 reported cases of bodily harm and 30 robberies, according to the report.

Fears over the security at the festival prompted police to double the number of officers on patrol to more than 2,000 in an effort to reassure the public.

The move came after an unprecedented series of robberies and sexual assaults mostly targeting women on New Year’s eve.

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Fears over the security at the festival prompted police to double the number of officers on patrol to more than 2,000 in an effort to reassure the public

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Despite the increased police presence at the festival, 81 people were arrested at the carnival

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Police say the attacks were mostly carried out by foreigners, fueling debate in Germany about the country’s ability to cope with the huge number of migrants that have arrived over the past year.

Still, some revelers said the city felt emptier than in previous years, though the wet weather could have been to blame.

The New Year’s assaults sparked a nationwide uproar, the removal of Cologne’s police chief and a heated debate about integration at a time when Germany has seen huge numbers of refugees come into the country. Almost 1.1 million asylum-seekers arrived in Germany last year and most of the attackers in Cologne were described as being of Arab or North African origin.

Cologne prosecutors say they have received 1,037 criminal complaints over the New Year’s events, including 446 allegations of sexual assault, three of them rape.

Criminal proceedings have begun against 50 individuals, of whom 11 are in custody, said Cologne prosecutor Ulrich Bremer. Most of the suspects are from Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia, he said. Several are asylum-seekers.

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German intel gets over 100 tip-offs on ISIS militants among refugees – report

German security service BfV reportedly received more than 100 tip-offs that ISIS militants had infiltrated the country among refugees, according to a recent report. The news comes as massive nationwide anti-terror raids took place this week.

The head of the German domestic intelligence service (BfV), Hans-Georg Maassen, told a gathering of politicians that the agency had received more than 100 warnings indicating there were Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) militants staying in Germany as refugees, newspaper Berliner Zeitung reported Friday, without citing its sources.

However , some cases of “baseless defamation” were among those tip-offs, Maassen added, according to the newspaper.

German security services have remained on high alert since the November terror attacks in Paris which claimed the lives of more than 130 people.

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Earlier this week, police and security agents all across Germany were scrambled to search for suspects allegedly planning a terror attack in the country, with Berlin seen as the most likely target. Well-known tourist attractions including Alexanderplatz train station and the Cold War-era Checkpoint Charlie could be among the targets of a possible attack, according to preliminary media reports.

On Thursday, a police special force unit raided four flats and two businesses in Berlin, detaining four men accused of allegedly having ties to Islamic State. They were suspected of being involved in planning an attack, police spokesman Martin Redlich told RT.

One of the suspects, a 49-year-old Algerian, was arrested in a three-bedroom flat in Berlin’s predominantly immigrant district of Kreuzberg. He was living there on a fake French passport, local media reported, and owned two shops nearby Alexanderplatz and Checkpoint Charlie. Redlich could not confirm the landmarks were the targets, however.

The spokesman said police had acted on a tip-off, but he provided no further details.

Similar raids also took place in the German regions of North Rhine Westphalia and Lower Saxony. In Berlin alone, 450 police officers were engaged in the operation, German media reported.

The main suspect was a 35-year-old Algerian man detained during Thursday’s raid in the town of Attendorn. Said to be a possible leader of an IS terrorist cell, he was also being sought by Algerian authorities over allegations he is a member of the terrorist group.

He entered Germany in autumn 2015, having traveled the so-called ‘Balkan route.’ At that time, the 35-year-old was registered in Bavaria as a refugee.

Both men had been monitored since the end of 2015, after security services had received a tip-off they might be IS infiltrators.

Another unnamed 26-year-old Algerian, who also registered as a refugee and lived in a shelter in central Hannover, is suspected by the police to be the cell’s communication agent. He is also thought to have possible ties to Belgian Islamists. He has traveled to the Molenbeek district of Brussels, known for harboring jihadists, at least once in recent weeks. Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the mastermind behind the November’s Paris attacks, was a Molenbeek resident.

Germany took in over 1.1 million refugees in 2015, and fifty-four percent of Germans believe the terror threat in the country is on the rise because of the high number of incoming migrants, according to the latest Spiegel poll.

CODE 291: SWEDISH POLICE COVER-UP THOUSANDS OF CRIMES INVOLVING “REFUGEES”

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Rapes, assaults, terror threats kept secret

Paul Joseph Watson – FEBRUARY 5, 2016

Swedish police have covered up thousands of crimes involving migrants over the past four months, all of which have been classified under a secret ‘291 refugee code’ designation, it has been revealed.
According to a report in Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet, around 5,000 incidents have been kept secret, including 559 cases of violence, 194 assaults, two terror threats and four rapes.
The article explains that the incidents have been covered-up because of a directive from the National Operational Department that any information pertaining to the behavior of “refugees” be censored.

Official sources blamed the violence on “traumatized people” being kept in “overcrowded places,” with NOA commander Thomas Wallberg adding that it was “sad” the information wasn’t made available to the public.
Wallberg also “told the newspaper that there are even more incidents than the Swedish newspaper has (not) been given access to,” reports Speisa.
Police have also been ordered not to reveal how much resources they have used to deal with refugees entering Sweden, with one officer telling Dagens Nyheter that the secret code was “absolutely ridiculous”.
Last month, Svenska Dagbladet also reported on a directive that police were not to give descriptions of refugee criminals involved in “everything from minor traffic accidents to serious crimes like robbery, abuse and murder” so as not to appear “racist”.
However, accusations of Swedish police covering up crimes linked to migrants stretch back further, with details of the molestation of women by Muslim migrants at a music concert in Stockholm last summer being kept under wraps so as to “avoid an anti-immigrant backlash”.
Authorities have been caught hiding crimes committed by migrants from the public in several other European countries, including Germany, where details of the New Years Eve sex attacks on hundreds of women in Cologne were initially buried.
Police in Detmold also refused to divulge details about the rape of a 13-year-old girl at a migrant camp because they did not want to “give legitimacy to critics of mass migration”.
Germany’s top broadcaster ZDF is also refusing to run crime stories about Muslim rape suspects because, in the words of Editor in chief Ina-Maria Reize-Wildemann, “We don’t want to inflame the situation and spread the bad mood. [The migrants] don’t deserve it.”
Earlier this week, former head of ZDF Bonn Dr. Wolfgang Herles revealed that the station takes orders from the government on what to report and that journalists are, “not allowed to say anything negative about the refugees”.
As we highlighted back in October, police in Finland were also ordered by the country’s national police board not to publicly identify migrants as criminal suspects over concerns that doing so would encourage a ‘racist’ backlash against the wave of asylum seekers entering Scandinavia.

Obama: TV Shows Need More Muslim Characters Who Aren’t Terrorists

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BY DANIEL NUSSBAUM

During his first visit to a U.S. mosque as president, President Obama weighed in on the issue of diversity in Hollywood casting by calling for American television shows to feature more Muslim characters “that are unrelated to national security.”

Speaking at the Islamic Society of Baltimore Wednesday morning, Obama said Muslim-Americans often feel “invisible” in the United States.

“And part of what we have to do is to lift up the contributions of the Muslim-American community, not when there’s a problem, but all the time,” Obama said.

To that end, Obama — a big fan of the TV series Homeland and The Knick — said that American television shows need to include better representations of the Muslim community. He added that most coverage of Muslims or Islam in America is driven after acts of terrorism “or in distorted media portrayals in TV or film.”

“Our television shows should have some Muslim characters that that are unrelated to national security,” he said. “It’s not that hard to do.”

“There was a time when there were no black people on television,” Obama added. “And you can tell good stories while still representing the reality of our communities.”

Obama’s comments come as the issue of the lack of diversity in Hollywood films and television has exploded over the past month. In January, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences came under fire after nominating exclusively white actors in all four top acting categories at the Oscars for a second consecutive year, which led to the reemergence of the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag and threats of boycott from top industry stars like Will Smith and Spike Lee.

Meanwhile, television networks have fared better at increasing the diversity of their programs. Last month, CBS announced that it had begun looking for a “diverse” lead for its new Nancy Drew reboot, and said the character would “not be Caucasian.” An all-Latino remake of Norman Lear’s classic 70s sitcom One Day At a Time is in the works at Netflix, and ABC is prepping an African-American-led television adaptation of the 1989 John Hughes movie Uncle Buck.

Obama is not the only one who would like to see more Muslims portrayed normally on television. Last month, Iranian-American author and talk show host Reza Aslan said he was “waiting for a Muslim All in the Family” to hit television screens, referring to another classic Lear sitcom.

“Muslims are never going to feel like a part of the American family until people start to make fun of them on TV,” Aslan said at the Television Critics Association winter press tour. “That’s how minds have always been changed in this country.”