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The International:Part I : Oil, Drugs, Guns and Kissinger Associates

NOVANEWS

by Dean Henderson

The recent epidemic of international bankers jumping out of windows to their death reminds us of the coziness between the Eight Families’-controlled finance cartel and the intelligence community.

(Excerpted from Chapter 18 of my book Big Oil & Their Bankers…)

At the nadir of Four Horsemen/Gulf Cooperation Council/CIA petrodollar drugs for guns recycling scheme quietly sit the international banksters.  Through every major scandal and behind every despotic regime stands a global financial oligarchy- ultimate beneficiary of the world’s addiction to oil, guns and drugs.

The oil wealth generated in the Persian Gulf region is the main source of capital for these bankers. They sell the GCC sheiks 30-year treasury bonds at 5% interest, then loan the sheiks’ oil money out to Third World governments and Western consumers alike at 15-20% interest.  In the process these financial overlords – who produce nothing of economic import- use debt as their lever in consolidating control over the global economy.

Oil and Drug Money Overlords

The international bankers oversee Persian Gulf oil wealth generated by their Big Oil tentacles.  Chase Manhattan called the shots at Iran’s central Bank Markazi, then looted the Iranian Treasury as insiders Rockefeller, Kissinger and McCloy whisked their Shah puppet into exile.  Chase had close ties to the Saudi SAMA central bank and Venezuela’s central bank, where Rockefeller-controlled Exxon Mobil “is the CIA”.  Chase launched the Saudi Industrial Development Fund which doled out contracts to Chase-owned multinationals during the Saudi modernization drive, then bought Saudi Investment Banking Corporation, which did exactly the same. [1]  World Bank Presidents Eugene Black and John McCloy both came from Chase.

Morgan Guaranty Trust presided over the House of Saud oil kitty.  SAMA, created as the Kingdom’s Central Bank as the ink was still drying on the US/Saudi Security Agreement, was run by IMF goon Anwar Ali, who was handled by the “Three Wise Men” or “White Fathers”,  the most powerful of which was John Meyer, chairman of Morgan Guaranty Trust’s International Division and later chairman of Morgan Guaranty.  Meyer funneled SAMA petrodollar royalties into Morgan, which was investment counselor to SAMA. [2]  Morgan was banker to Bechtel and ARAMCO. Stephen Bechtel sat on Morgan Guaranty’s board, as did Chevron Texaco CFR insider George Schultz and Sulaiman Olayan, the Bechtel straw man crucial to recycling Persian Gulf petrodollars into international banks.

Olayan owned half of Saudi Bechtel and big chunks of Chase Manhattan, Occidental Petroleum and CS First Boston, where he was director until 1995.  Olayan founded Saudi-British Bank, a big player in the secretive Eurodollar market. He had a shady Caribbean partnership with Barclays and Jardine Matheson, which control Israeli finance and HSBC, respectively.  He was board member at American Express alongside Henry Kissinger and Edmund Safra- whose crooked Republic Bank is part of the HSBC cesspool.  Olayan Group’s bankers were CS First Boston, Saudi-British Bank, Saudi Hollandi Bank (subsidiary of ABN Amro- now Royal Bank of Scotland) and Chase. [3]  Through these relationships Olayan was the glue that bonds the House of Saud to its Four Horsemen American, British and Dutch family owners.

In 1975 Morgan Guaranty took a 20% stake in Saudi International Bank in London, whose executive director was Morgan Guaranty Trust Director Peter de Roos.  SAMA owned a 50% share, while Bank of Tokyo, Deutsche Bank, Banque de Nationale de Paris, National Westminster Bank and Union Bank of Switzerland each owned 5%. [4]  Citibank bought 33% of Saudi American Bank.  SAMA was advised by Merrill Lynch and Baring Brothers (now part of Royal Bank of Scotland), assuring both New York and London control over oil proceeds. The White Fathers firmly held the reins over House of Saud ARAMCO oil revenues.

Morgan Guaranty was investment adviser to the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, central bank of the UAE, where monarch and primary BCCI shareholder Sheik Zayed held the purse strings.  Morgan Grenfell, the London arm of the House of Morgan, advised the GCC government of Qatar and UAE gold market emirate Dubai.  Grenfell- now part of Deutsche Bank- owned a large share of Jordan’s central bank and financed weapons sales to Oman, Jordan and Saudi Arabia.  When Saudi Lockheed arms dealer Adnan Khasshoggi bought Arizona-Colorado Land & Cattle Company in 1974, US investment arm Morgan Stanley swung the deal.  When Khasshoggi bought a 17,000 acre dairy farm and a million acre cattle ranch in Sudan, Morgan Stanley helped again.

In 1984 Morgan Grenfell led the push for North Sea oil exploration.  Sir John Stevens of Grenfell advised Iran’s Bank Markazi.  Stevens was a Bank of England insider, where Royal Dutch/Shell Chairman Sir Robert Clark was board member.  Morgan Stanley occupied the top 16 floors of the Exxon Building in New York. It handled the 1977 sale of BP shares by the British government to Kuwait’s al-Sabah clan. [5]

Jardine Matheson Chairman David Newbigging sits on the International Advisory Board at Morgan Guaranty and is arguably Hong Kong’s most powerful man.  Chairman of Morgan et Cie, the bank’s international division, was Lord Cairncatto; who sat on the London Committee of HSBC, was Chairman of Morgan Grenfell and member of the Inner Council at the Royal Institute of International Affairs. [6]

HSBC and Kleinwort Benson control Hong Kong’s Sharps Pixley Ward gold monopoly. HSBC owns British Bank of the Middle East, which monopolizes Dubai’s thriving gold market; Edmund Safra’s Republic Bank of New York, which dominated the old Lebanese gold markets; and Midland Bank, clearing agent for the drug-riddled Panamanian government.

Through every major scandal and behind every despotic regime stands a global financial oligarchy – ultimate beneficiary of the world’s addiction to oil, guns and drugs.

Until recently, HSBC’s Sharps Pixley and Samuel Montagu subsidiaries joined Cecil Rhodes-founded Standard Chartered’s Mocatta Metals, Johnson Matthey and N.M. Rothschild & Sons in London each day to unilaterally fix the price of gold.  The latter two fixers have interlocking board directorates with both HSBC and Anglo-American- the Oppenheimer-controlled conglomerate whose Engelhardt subsidiary monopolizes world gold refining. [7]  The Oppenheimers also control Rio Tinto and DeBeers- the Cecil Rhodes-founded monopolizer of the global diamond trade.  Anglo-American’s Bermuda subsidiary Minorco plays a big role in Silver Triangle gold/diamond/drug swaps.

Diamond cutting is financed by the Belgian Lambert family, cousins to the Rothschilds; and Barclays Bank, whose board boasts Sir Harry Oppenheimer and four other members of Queen Elizabeth’s Knights of St. John Jerusalem – the most of any firm in the world. [8]  Canadian banking giants Bank of Nova Scotia, Bank of Montreal, Royal Bank of Canada, Toronto Dominion Bank and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce; join British giants National Westminster, Barclays, Lloyds and HSBC, in presiding over Caribbean Silver Triangle drug money laundering.

Bank of Nova Scotia is the biggest gold dealer in the Caribbean and owned the 200 tons of gold recovered from vaults beneath the ruins of the World Trade Center in late 2001.  The biggest investment bank in the Caribbean is known as ITCO- a joint venture between Anglo-American, Barclays, N. M. Rothschild and Royal Bank of Canada.  Lloyds Director A. D. F. Lloyd is brother-in-law of the 10th Earl of Airlie- chairman of the Warburg-controlled Schroeder Bank which financed Hitler.  The Earl’s wife is a granddaughter of Otto Kahn, leading partner at Kuhn Loeb.  Winston Churchill’s mother-in-law was an Airlie.  Churchill’s cousin Viscount Cowdray owns a big stake in Lazard, where the Kennedy family banks. [9]  Lazard controls the Financial Times, the Economist and Penguin Books.

Saudi-controlled Citigroup and Baker-controlled Texas Commerce – now a JP Morgan Chase subsidiary- helped Raul Salinas pilfer the Mexican Treasury.  Rothschild-controlled Bank of America- founded as the Bank of Italy under the umbrella of Amadeo Giannini’s Transamerica holding company- formed a $3 billion joint venture withBanco Ambrosiano, bought looted Continental Bank, provided seed money for BCCI and cleared deals for BNL.  At the time Bank of America was the world’s largest bank. [776]

According to Chicago researcher Sherman Skolnick, Bank of America was the conduit for dirty money generated by Swiss/Israeli Mossad fugitive financier Marc Rich, and for the funny money that vanished amidst the Enron cesspool.  Skolnick adds that Nugan Hand Bank morphed into Household International – a sub-prime lender based in Chicago, whose lawyer until his mysterious canoe accident was former CIA Director Bill Colby. [10] Household is now a subsidiary of HSBC.

Tibor Rosenbaum’s Geneva-based Banque de Credit Internationale (BCI) was predecessor of BCCI, skimming profits from Meyer Lansky casinos and drug deals to finance MI6 and Mossad skullduggery, including Permindex. [11]  Lansky got his start in organized crime with financial help from the Rothschild family.  Robert Vesco got his wings from the Rockefeller-financed Mary Carter Paint Company.  Santos Trafficante is their successor.

CS First Boston was founded by the Boston Perkins family with opium proceeds and served as paymaster for both the JFK hit and the assassination attempt on French President Charles de Gaulle.  Both Richard Holbrooke, Obama Afghan envoy and chief architect of the Dayton Accords; and Dick Thornburgh, Bush Attorney General during the BNL cover-up, worked at CS First Boston alongside Sulaiman Olayan.  The bank teamed up with BP Amoco to grab the first 20% of Russian Lukoil.

Kiss Ass

Kissinger Associates clients included the BCCI-owned National Bank of Georgia and BNL- which worked with the Iraqi Central Bank to arm Iraq through numbered accounts at Bank of America, Bank of New York, Chase Manhattan and Manufacturers Hanover Trust.  BNL’s clearing agent on these transactions was Morgan Guaranty Trust.  Chase Manhattan Bank’s Board of Directors mirrored BNL’s Consulting Board for International Policy.

Henry Kissinger is tight with both Chase Manhattan and Goldman Sachs, which helped the drug-infested Bank of New York and CS First Boston loot Russia’s Treasury.  When the CIA mob was done looting S&Ls, Goldman Sachs swooped up billions in assets for a song.  Chase Manhattan’s International Advisory Board includes Y. K. Pao of Hong Kong Worldwide Shipping, Ian Sinclair of the Canadian Pacific heroin express and G. A. Wagner of Royal Dutch/Shell. [12]  Pao was Vice-Chairman at HSBC.

According to Chicago researcher Sherman Skolnick, Bank of America was the conduit for dirty money generated by Swiss/Israeli Mossad fugitive financier Marc Rich, and for the funny money that vanished amidst the Enron cesspool.

Kissinger Associates’ board is even more shadowy and powerful, a Masonic Freudian slip since kiss ass is what they do when old money talks.  Co-founder Lord Carrington, board member at both Barclays and Hambros, chairs both the Bilderberger Group and the Royal Institute for International Affairs.  KissAss board member Mario d’Urso of the Kuhn Loeb banking dynasty, heads Jefferson Insurance, the US joint venture ofAssicurazioni Generali (AG) and Riunione Adriatica di Sicurta (RAS).

AG of Venice is keeper of the immense fortunes of the old Venetian banking families who funded the Crusades and the Holy Roman Empire.  Its board included Elie de Rothschild; Baron August Von Finck, the richest man in Germany; Baron Pierre Lambert, Rothschild cousin and the money behind Drexel Burnham Lambert; Jocelyn Hambro, whose family owns Hambros Bank- which owned half of Michelle Sindona’s Banca Privata; Pierpaolo Luzzatto Fequiz of the powerful Italian Luzzato family which had ties to Sindona’s Banco Amrosiano; and Frano Orsini Bonacossi of the powerful Orsini family whose members sat in the original Roman Empire Senate.  The biggest shareholders of AG are Lazard Freres and Banque Paribas. [13]

Paribas – now the world’s biggest bank – is controlled by the Warburg family, while Lazard is dominated by the Lazard and David-Weill families.  The British Lazards are now part of the Pearson conglomerate, which owns the Financial Times, the Economist, Penguin and Viking Books, Madame Tussaud’s and extensive US interests.  The French Lazard Freres is tucked under a holding company known as EuraFrance.  Lazard handles money for the global elite including the Italian Agnellis, the Belgian Boels, the British Pearsons and the American Kennedys.

RAS board members include members of the Giustiniani family – descended from Roman Emperor Justinian, the Dora family – Genoese financiers of the Spanish Hapsburg monarchs, and the Duke of Alba – who descends from the Spanish Hapsburg monarchy.

Another powerhouse on the Kiss Ass board was Nathaniel Samuels, another Kuhn Loeb old hand from the Samuel clan that controls much of Royal Dutch/Shell and Rio Tinto.  Samuels was Chairman of the Paris-basedBanque Louis-Dreyfus Holding Company, which descends from the Louis Dreyfus grain trading dynasty- one of the Four Horsemen of Grain.  Lord Eric Roll is another board member at KissAss.  Roll is chairman of the Warburg family investment bank S. G. Warburg.

The Kiss Ass Asian powerhouse board member is Sir Y. K. Kan of Hong Kong, who represents four old money Chinese families that control the Bank of East Asia.  Kiss Ass client BNL’s P-2 Freemason roots can be traced back to Banca Commerciale d‘Italia, where P-2 was founded.  The bank’s Swiss subsidiary Banca de la Svizzera bought 7% of Lehman Brothers in the 1970’s.

The Lehman family made their fortune running guns to Confederate forces while smuggling southern British opium family plantation cotton to the Union.  When Lehman Brothers client Enron collapsed, UBS Warburg swooped in to seize Enron OnLine for $0. When Lehman went belly up in 2008, it was Barclays that feasted upon its carcass.


  • [767] The Chase: The Chase Manhattan Bank N. A.: 1945-1985. Harvard Business School Press. Boston. 1986. p.231
  • [768] The House of Morgan. Ron Chernow. Atlantic Monthly Press. New York. 1990. p.606
  • [769] “The Olayan Group: Fifty Years of Forging Business Partnership”. Advertisement. Forbes. 7-7-97
  • [770] “Now the Desert Kingdom’s are Thirsty for Cash”. John Rossant. Business Week. 3-18-91. p.32
  • [771] Chernow. p.612
  • [772] Dope Inc.: The Book that Drove Kissinger Crazy. The Editors of Executive Intelligence Review. Washington, DC. 1992. p.125
  • [773] Ibid. p.194
  • [774] Ibid. p.200
  • [775] Ibid. p.445
  • [776] “A System out of Control, Not Just One Bank”. George Winslow. In These Times. October 23-29, 1991. p.8
  • [777] “The Enron Black Magic: Part III”. Sherman Skolnick. http://www.skolnickreports.com1999.
  • [778] Hot Money and the Politics of Debt. R.T. Naylor. The Linden Press/Simon & Schuster. New York. 1987. p.22
  • [779] The Editors of Executive Intelligence Review. p.339
  • [780] Ibid. p.98

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The International: Part II: The Offshore Petroleum Standard

NOVANEWS

by Dean Henderson

 

(Excerpted from Chapter 14: Saddam’s Banker in Atlanta: Big Oil & Their Bankers…)

The London-controlled Eurodollar market is a convenient vehicle for recycling the huge slush fund of petrodollars generated by the Four Horsemen.  A Eurodollar is simply any convertible currency existing in a country other than its country of origin.  A key feature of the Eurodollar market is its lack of regulation and secrecy.  The strength of the British pound, unjustified on purely economic grounds, has to do with the multi-trillion dollar Eurodollar petro-slush fund which London attracts; in tandem with the string of British Protectorate off-shore banking centers which facilitate the Eurodollar trade and markets for narcotics, diamonds, gold, platinum, plutonium and arms.

Major offshore banking centers such as the Cayman Islands, the Bahamas, Bermuda, Turks & Caicos, Antigua, the Isle of Jersey, the Isle of Man, Hong Kong, Dubai and Liberia all fell under British Crown control. The House of Windsor warrants every Freemason lodge in the world, employing the secrecy which the craft affords in conducting Black Nobility endeavors.  The US incurs billions of dollars in debt deploying its Hessianized military around the globe to protect these monarchs and their old-money ilk.

In SE Asia the CIA protected and advanced HSBC Crown opium routes.  After the Vietnam War international investors lost confidence in the US dollar, betting that the US would have trouble repaying its massive war debt to the international bankers.  In 1968 French President Charles de Gaulle added to the crisis when he began demanding payment to his country in gold instead of dollars to protest US involvement in Vietnam.

When Nixon took the US off the gold standard huge amounts of capital flowed out of US banks and into the London-based offshore Eurodollar markets.  The dollar had been spread around the globe during the Vietnam War creating a huge oversupply of dollars unmatched by an equally robust demand.  Some surplus dollars were mopped up through loan-back programs organized by the US mega-banks via Treasury bill sales, which helped prop up the US debt.

But the war debt and dollar surplus caused the US to lose control of its domestic money supply and Nixon was forced to devalue the dollar by 11% in 1971.  The bleeding continued. In 1973 Nixon pushed the dollar down another 6%.  Since even US multinationals now produced most of their goods from overseas export platforms, import prices surged and severe inflation was close behind.  Nixon responded by imposing price controls, but the multinationals diverted scarce commodities like wheat to export markets where they could make more money.  The international bankers grew impatient with Nixon.

Soon the existence of the Watergate tapes was leaked to the press by CIA informant Alexander Butterfield, whose official job was White House Liaison to the Secret Service- officially an arm of the privately-held Federal Reserve.  Transcripts of the Watergate tapes were handed over to investigative reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein of the Washington Post by a White House source identified only as Deep Throat.  Researchers agree that if there was a Deep Throat it had to be either Secretary of State Henry Kissinger or General Alexander Haig- who stepped in for H. R. Haldeman as Nixon’s Chief of Staff during Nixon’s final days.

Haldeman was fired by Secret Service Chief Robert Taylor, who now commands the private security network blanketing Rockefeller family business interests.  Kissinger- who married a Rockefeller aid and stores his valuable papers at Rockefeller’s Pocantico Hills, New York estate- recommended Haig as a successor to Haldeman.  Haig later succeeded David Rockefeller as chairman of Chase Manhattan Bank.

Nixon CIA Director Richard Helms was fired as CIA Deputy Director of Plans just before his former boss- President Kennedy- was assassinated. [781]  Watergate plumbers Hunt, Sturgis, Quintero, Barker, Diego and Martinez; who precipitated Nixon’s difficulties, were all involved in CIA Operation 40, from which the JFK assassins emerged.  It was Kissinger, not Nixon, who created the Watergate Plumbers as a special White House investigating unit.  Nixon Attorney General John Dean said later that it was David Rockefeller who suggested that Kissinger create the Plumbers.

…the existence of the Watergate tapes was leaked to the press by CIA informant Alexander Butterfield, whose official job was White House Liaison to the Secret Service- officially an arm of the privately-held Federal Reserve.

Nixon used his knowledge of Helms’ involvement in the JFK hit to extort CIA support for CREEP (Committee to Re-elect the President) and used Haldeman to get under Helms’ skin.  Helms commented that he wanted Nixon to “disappear”, while the CIA huddled around their Butterfield-fed tapes, hoping to hear the “smoking gun” that could be used to get rid of Nixon without another Dallas-style bloodbath.  Nixon White House aid Charles Colson wanted the President to fire Helms and launch an investigation into a “CIA conspiracy against the President”.

Colson said later that Nixon was a captive of Rockefeller lieutenants Kissinger and Haig during the last months of his Presidency. [782]  They pressured Nixon to step down.  When he refused, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff sent a message to commanders of US military forces around the world stating, “Upon receipt of this message you will no longer carry out any orders from the White House.  Acknowledge receipt.”[783]

Nixon resigned five days later.  33rd Degree Mason and Warren Commission FBI mole Gerald Ford of the wealthy Michigan Ford family was appointed President.  Ford’s Vice-President was Nelson Rockefeller. His CIA director was George Bush Sr.  Kissinger remained Secretary of State, while Alexander Haig was named Supreme Allied Commander of NATO Forces in Europe.  The Rockefeller palace coup had been accomplished.

The Petroleum Standard

Nixon’s infamous Saturday Night Massacre, during which he fired Archibald Cox, Elliot Richardson and William Ruckleshaus; occurred just three days before OPEC members met in Kuwait City to launch the 1973 oil embargo.  When OPEC oil ministers met in Tehran later to discuss a new posted price for crude oil, the Rockefeller stooge Shah of Iran pushed for an oil price hike.  While Saudi King Faisal was ordering a 25% reduction in his country’s oil exports to support the embargo, the Shah was signing the Tehran Agreement, which guaranteed the Four Horsemen an unlimited supply of oil.  King Faisal was assassinated a short time later.

Henry Kissinger busied himself creating the International Energy Agency, which the French refused to join, calling it a machine de guerre. [784]  Nixon’s demise, Kissinger’s IAE and the Shah’s sudden desire for a high oil price coincided with the 1973 introduction of an oil spot futures market and a simultaneous bolstering of the London Eurodollar market.  The international bankers could manipulate oil prices via the spot market, while funneling a fresh torrent of embargo petrodollars into offshore tax havens.  But how could the international bankers stop the slide of the US dollar?

Kissinger led an NSC project aimed at retrieving the $20 billion the US was spending on Middle East oil.  This Rockefeller-backed effort resulted in a 1973 IMF meeting in Nairobi, Kenya where Morgan Guaranty Trust officials convinced SAMA head Anwar Ali to launch a London-based Saudi merchant bank which could be a major force in the Eurodollar market.

A second Rockefeller-backed meeting took place in Lagos, Nigeria in 1979. It too coincided with an Arab oil boycott.  Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker, who later chaired the Trilateral Commission, traveled to Lagos, then on to Kuwait City.  He instructed Nigerian and Kuwaiti dictators to bump up prices on their premium grades of crude and to accept payment only in US dollars.  Nigerian Bonny Light, considered the world’s finest crude oil, and Kuwaiti Light Sweet Crude became the world’s benchmark crude oils. Other countries were forced to then dollarize their oil markets. [785]

The US dollar was saved.  Through the New York and London oil spot markets the bankers could now control not only the price of crude, but the value of the US dollar, which was now by default pegged to the price of crude.  Big Oil quit reinvesting oil proceeds into the Middle East. Instead, GCC sheiks were told to buy 20 and 30-year US dollar certificates of deposit at the mega-banks which own the Four Horsemen, whose crude profits were deposited in these same banks as CDs under the names of the sheiks.  The banks adopted a policy of fractional reserve lending, whereby they could loan out $1 for every $.66.6 coined.  The banks were now able to loan $60 million to Latin American countries at a cost of only $70,000/year in interest payments to the Arab CD-holders.

Texas Governor John Connolly, the Hunt Brothers and Saudi billionaire Sheik Khalid bin Mahfouz became aware of this scam.  They joined British banker Jon May in attempting to corner the silver market and use the proceeds to launch the Bank of Texas, independent of the Federal Reserve crooks.  May was born to a wealthy British family and traveled the world setting up over 4,000 trust accounts.  He discovered a “minute cartel” that controlled exchange and interest rates and global banking policies.  He found that, “the provision or non-provision of money was all-controlling”. [786]

The international bankers could manipulate oil prices via the spot market, while funneling a fresh torrent of embargo petrodollars into offshore tax havens.

Citibank Chairman Walter Wriston once spelled out the loaded game which the cartel operates when he stated bluntly, “If Exxon pays Saudi Arabia $50 million, all that happens is that we debit Exxon and credit Saudi Arabia.  The balance sheet of Citibank remains the same.  And if they say they don’t like American banks, they’ll put it in Credit Suisse. All we do is charge Saudi Arabia and credit Credit Suisse. Our balance sheet remains the same.  So when people run around waiting for the sky to fall there isn’t any way that money can leave the system.  It’s a closed circuit.”[787]

May tried to set up alternative lending facilities. He was harassed by local police everywhere.  In London the heat was ordered by Inspector General Goldsworthy.  May put a tail on him and found that he was involved in drug trafficking.  He moved to the US where he was jailed on bogus charges.  Many Third World governments, aware of the Fed scam, contacted May in search of a new avenue through which to borrow money.  The Shah of Iran had just gotten involved with May when he was ousted.  May says the Shah was healthy until he was flown to a US Air Force Base. [788]

Deutsche Bank President Alfred Herrhausen was involved in the silver market effort and was soon assassinated.  The official version of his death followed the P-2 Gladio formula and blamed Germany’s Baader Meinoff Red Army faction, but retired US Colonel and Edward Lansdale South Pole- assignee Fletcher Prouty thinks Herrhausen was killed by the CIA at the behest of the international bankers.  Herrhausen was an advocate of Third World debt forgiveness. He had laid out a plan for debt relief at an IMF/World Bank gathering in Washington two months before his death.  At the meeting Herrhausen embarrassed Citibank President Walter Reed, taking several sharp public jabs at him. [789]

An Austrian industrialist working with Jonathan May was declared insane.  The CIA trained mercenaries in Belize, most probably on land owned by Bush golfing buddy and Carlos Marcello associate Walter Mischer, to assassinate the Nigerian dictator with whom Volcker cut his deal because they were afraid he would talk.  Jonathan May, who remains in a Minnesota jail, says these same Belizean-trained mercenaries were also deployed for the Herrhausen assassination. [790]

On October 3, 2005 the Wall Street Journal reported that the Saudis and the other nations of the GCC had once again surpassed China and Japan as the biggest buyers of US Treasury bonds due to the dramatic increase in oil prices to nearly $70/barrel.  Were high oil prices now necessary to prop up the wobbly US dollar? In June 2007 the six GCC nations posted $1.6 trillion in foreign assets.  Dubai was becoming an international financial center rivaling London and had purchased stakes in Standard Charter, HSBC and Veuthes Bank. Halliburton moved its headquarters to Dubai in 2007.

Eurodollars and Third World Debt

With all mechanisms in place, a tidal wave of dollar-denominated petro-cash flowed into the London-controlled offshore Eurodollar markets, cementing the US-British “special relationship” which props up the House of Windsor.  The Arab oil embargo of 1973 was the coup de grace to the plan.  In 1976 the American Jewish Congress singled out J.P. Morgan and Citibank for their “pivotal roles in the implementation of the Arab boycott”.  Both Chemical Bank and Morgan executives argued against tough anti-boycott legislation before Congress. [791]  In 1963 the Eurodollar market was worth around $148 million.  By 1982 it was worth $2 trillion.

The ability of corporations and the wealthy to hide their billions in the euro markets is a chronic problem for both the US Treasury and its Third World counterparts.  In 1950 US corporations footed 26% of the total US tax bill.  By 1990 they were covering only 9%, contributing to massive budget deficits and a $2.4 trillion US debt.  It’s worse in poor countries, who borrow the sheiks’ money from the international bankers at exorbitant interest rates, then watch helplessly as IMF oligarch cronies make off with the loot through BCCI-type bankster stings, sending the cash right back into the vortex of the offshore Eurodollar market.

The New York Times estimated that from 1978-1987 Latin America alone lost $600-$800 billion to this type of capital flight, an amount nearly equal to the combined debt of the Third World.  The great African revolutionary leader and Tanzanian President Julius Nyerere wondered, “Should we let our people starve so that we can repay our debts?

The international bankers answer was an unequivocal “yes”.  Their Club of Rome arm, over caviar and pate, advocated depopulation of the world’s undesirable poor.  By 1982 the total external debt of the Third World was $540 billion, with 70% of that owed to Western mega-banks.  The top nine US banks held Third World debt at 233% of primary capital.  From 1974-1982 international bank lending jumped five-fold to over $1 trillion.  Profits derived from lending petrodollars to the Third World at the seven largest US banks went from 22% to 60% of total earnings.  The biggest victims were Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and Yugoslavia. [792]

US money center banks formed Financial Services Holding Company to present a unified front as a creditor cartel vis-à-vis Third World debtors.  Its board has included Federal Reserve Chairman Allen Greenspan of Morgan Guaranty, John LaWare of Chase Manhattan and William Rhodes of Citigroup.  Similar cartels include the Institute for International Finance, the Paris Club and the World Bank- whose IMF whipping boy is marched out to enforce the financial oligarchy’s loan conditions.

If countries are unable to repay these usurious loans, their resources are handed over to the bank’s multinational clients as via the 1995 Mexican debt crisis.  The banks tack on millions for their arduous efforts in debt rescheduling ala the $50 million Mexican front-end fee.  Investment banking giants Lehman Brothers, UBS Warburg, Lazard Freres, Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch and CS First Boston take the lead in the profitable arena of default, as advisers to debtor governments.

When the prospects look bleak for recovering bad loans, the bankers have a habit of offloading their bad debt onto US taxpayers as via the Brady Plan, which was formulated by Bush Secretary of Treasury and Dillon Read investment banker Nicholas Brady.  The Brady Plan provided small debt write-offs to Third World debtor nations designed to lure them back into the high-interest borrowing fold.  Larger amounts of debt were tabulated as special charges on bank balance sheets, allowing them to claim huge capital loss tax advantages, while soon to be worthless Brady bonds were peddled to an unwitting American public.

With all mechanisms in place, a tidal wave of dollar-denominated petro-cash flowed into the London-controlled offshore Eurodollar markets, cementing the US-British “special relationship” which props up the House of Windsor.

The world’s gold standard had been replaced by a petroleum standard.  According to US Treasury, from 1974-1980 OPEC plunged $117 billion into the Eurodollar market.  SAMA began loaning directly to US multinationals.  In 1975 AT&T received a $100 million loan from the Saudi Central Bank.  The IMF got on the petrodollar gravy train, borrowing $10 billion from SAMA in 1980. [793]  The international bankers moved offshore, often through joint ventures, to take advantage of the petrodollar bonanza they had engineered.  Manufacturers Hanover Trust linked up off-shore with N. M. Rothschild & Son.  Chase Manhattan joined Deutsche Bank, National Westminster Bank and Mitsubishi Bank to form Eurodollar player Orion Banking Group.

By 1982 the euro market had assets of $2 trillion, while US M-1 money supply stood at $442 billion.  The US debt skyrocketed while the fat cat bankers which US forces are deployed to protect got “filthy rich”.  One year following the seminal events of 1973, international money center banks saw their assets increase 72%. [794]

Economist John Maynard Keynes advocated the creation of an “international pool of money”.  The offshore Eurodollar market is an Olympic-size pool and the Illuminati bankers are swimming in it.


Footnotes:

  • [781] Plausible Denial: Was the CIA Involved in the Assassination of JFK? Mark Lane. Thunder’s Mouth Press. New York. 1991
  • [782] The Rockefeller File. Gary Allen. 76’ Press. Seal Beac, CA. 1977. p.175
  • [783] The Robot’s Rebellion: The Story of the Spiritual Renaissance. David Icke. Gateway Books. Bath, UK. 1994. p.219
  • [784] The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money and Power. Daniel Yergin. Simon & Schuster. New York. 1991. p.608
  • [785] Behold a Pale Horse. William Cooper. Light Technology Press. Sedona, AZ. 1991. p.333
  • [786] Ibid
  • [787] The Money Lenders: The People and Politics of the World Banking Crisis. Anthony Sampson. Penguin Books. New York. 1981
  • [788] Cooper. p.333
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Over their Dead bodies A film by Arab Loutfi ”VIEDO”

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Cheerleading Ukrainian Fascism

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by Amerikanzis

 Cheerleading Ukrainian Fascism – by Amerikanzis

 

American Nazi Allies spreading facism with beatings, death threats and arrest warrants

American Nazi Allies spreading facism with beatings, death threats and arrest warrants

[ Editors Note:  We apologize for the reassembled jumble below from brother Lendmann, but it was filled with too much good quote material that we did not want you to miss that part.

Lendmann is a good news researcher but we get the most complaints about his writing, which is not really writing at all, but what appears to be notes for his radio shows.

What he sends out is really advertisements for his radio shows. I have stitched the long list of single sentences into paragraphs for some semblance of readability and tried to block quote the key quote material.

What we have on parade below is not only a huge disaster for an incompetent State Department and government, but a media also vying for the incompetency gold medal.

I think is time to start demanding resignations from the State Department, especially all the infiltrators put in at the behest of political funders as payoffs for their support.

With the Supreme Court having opened the doors to political funding from international drug dealers and foreign Intel agencies, they have been welcomed with open arms by both political parties as a permanent funding source.

Marching for freedom?...I don't think so.

Marching for freedom?…I don’t think so.

I will be the first to say it, and will coin the phrase…America is being “Ukrained’ itself, via incompetency on a scale hard to believe in foreign policy.

The only bright spot now is Iran, which makes as all wonder how did it escape. “Dear Iran, can you teach the rest of us how to do it?”

It would not be too much of a stretch to say that the main goal of our foreign policy is seeing to it that as many innocent people as possible get killed or become refugees so we can blame it on someone else and threaten to retaliate against them.

I apologize for the lack of good news. But if you think I am exaggeratingthe bad news, please point out to me where. Thanks… Jim W. Dean ]

 

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by  Stephen Lendman

Major media scoundrels praise what demands condemnation. They reinvent history doing it. Managed news misinformation substitutes for legitimate journalism. More on this below.

Ukraine’s fascist coup against its democratically elected government was made in the USA.

Washington’s dirty hands manipulated things. Billions of dollars were spent doing it. Obama got another imperial trophy – if he can keep it. Events remain fluid. It’s uncertain how they’ll play out. For now, neo-Nazis control western Ukraine. Eastern areas reject them. Internal conflict may follow.

Kiev fascists are consolidating power. They ordered dozens of former ruling Party of Regions’ officials arrested. They have a growing enemies list. Anti-neo-Nazi Ukrainians are being attacked. They’re stoned and beaten. Some are lynched. Intimidation is widespread. Police states operate this way. Opposition isn’t tolerated. Eliminating it is prioritized.

Natalia Vitrenko is a Progressive Socialist Party of Ukraine leader. She’s fiercely populist. She’s strongly anti-Western. She condemns predatory monied interests. She does so for good reason. In late 2009, she predicted something similar to what unfolded.

On February 23, she headlined “USA and EU Are Erecting a Nazi Regime on Ukrainian Territory.

” Fascist coup plotters “us(ed) armed force” to seize power, she said. They “committed criminal acts.” “Washington and Brussels” lied. They “told the world and all mankind that Euromaidan (was) a nonviolent action of the Ukrainian people, to make a European choice and protect democracy and European values…”

They instituted “a Nazi coup.” They enlisted “insurgents” and “terrorists…” At issue is “serv(ing) the geopolitical interests of the West.” “Indisputable evidence” proves it, she said. Government by coup d’etat is “unconstitution(al).” So is exceeding “the powers of the Parliament…” Democratically elected President Viktor Yanukovych “was deprived of his constitutional powers in gross violation of the Constitution.”

Parliamentary coup plotters defend the indefensible. They’re “militants and terrorists.” They usurped power lawlessly. They’re “carry(ing) out lynchings or exercise blackmail and kidnapping(s).” “…(N)eo-Nazi repressive state machinery” runs things. Washington and Brussels express support.

Fundamental freedoms are disappearing in plain sight. Coup plotters “are massively burning the offices of political parties they do not like…” They “publicly announced” criminal prosecutions against anyone opposing their ideology and goals. “On behalf of the Progressive Socialist Party of Ukraine, we declare that we do not recognize the legitimacy of this coup (or its) authorities.” “We appeal to the European Parliament and the UN Security Council” for “immediate intervention” against what happened.

European leaders support Ukraine’s coup. They helped instigate it. They partnered with Washington. They allied with fascist extremists. They called violent street thugs heroes. So did Washington.

On February 25, Deputy Secretary of State William Burns called it “an honor to pay tribute, on behalf of President Obama and the American people, to the many brave Ukrainians who gave their lives in the pursuit of a just and democratic Ukraine.”

He lied calling fascist street thugs “peaceful protesters.” “All of us are inspired by the acts of genuine heroism, and selflessness, and sacrifice that we have seen here,” he added. Ukrainians “can count on the strong and continued support of the United States.”

On February 24, White House press secretary Jay Carney expressed similar views. He said parliament coup plotters acted lawfully. Yanukovych “undermined his legitimacy,” he claimed.Washington supports the new coup d’etat regime. It backs a similar one in Egypt. It endorses some of the world’s worst despots. It turns a blind eye to their ruthlessness.

It’s longstanding US practice. Independent democratic governments are deplored. They’re targeted for regime change. Ukraine is Washington’s newest victim. Other independent leaders await similar treatment. Media scoundrels cheerlead lawlessness. They endorse Ukrainian fascists. They turn a blind eye to their extremism. Imperial priorities matter most.

previous article discussed New York Times editors’ support for Ukrainian coup plotters. They lied claiming Washington and EU partners aren’t “promoting a government dominated by (ultra)nationalists.” They accused Putin of inventing “Western conspiracies behind all challenges to his will.” They falsely claim Ukrainians “believe their future is with the values and practices of the West.”

Tens of millions of Ukrainians feel otherwise. Expect many more to join them once events further take shape. Once they realize they were had. Once they taste IMF-mandated neoliberal harshness. Once freedoms they cherish end. Once reality replaces illusions.

Slawomir Sierakowski masquerades as a left-of-center political observer. His opinions reveal otherwise. Times editors gave him featured op-ed space. He took full advantage headlining “Has the West Already Lost Ukraine?” He called toppling Yanukovych the right thing to do. EU membership “is an attractive economic arrangement” for Ukraine, he claimed.

It makes Ukraine low-hanging fruit for plunder. It assures the worst of neoliberal harshness. It includes mass layoffs, deregulation, deep social spending cuts, wage freezes or cuts, unrestricted free market access for EU corporations, corporate friendly tax cuts, marginalizing trade unionism, and harsh crackdowns on nonbelievers.

Sierakowski one-sidedly supports Western interests. At the same time, he bashed Putin.He’s concerned that Russia and China may “outbid” their Western counterparts. He ludicrously claimed “neither the European Union nor America can resort to the same type of brutality (these) nondemocratic regimes” employ.

He called Western power “soft.” He turned a blind eye to its imperial ravaging.”Thanks to Ukrainians,” he said, “the new situation offers an opportunity to reverse the West’s drift.”Washington and EU partners “must make clear to Russia that it will not abide further meddling in Kiev’s political course,” he said. On the one hand, he turned a blind eye to neo-Nazis usurping power. On the other, he urged strong Western support for their lawlessness.

Times editors shamelessly feature what no respectable counterparts would touch. Doing so is longstanding NYT practice. Washington Post editors are neocon propagandists. New WaPo owner Jeff Bezos has CIA ties. He’s in bed with the devil. He has a disturbing history currying favor with national security officials. His CIA connection mocks free press reporting and opinion.

It shows in one-sided editorials. On February 24, WaPo editors headlined “Ukraine’s next chapter,” saying:

Ukraine’s “corrupt president” is gone. So is “the immediate prospect of domination by Russia.” “Kiev is now controlled by pro-Western parties…” They’ll join the EU, they say. Further trouble is possible.

Ukraine needs bailout help. Without it, sovereign debt default looms. In 2001, Argentina faced the same dilemma.It made the right choice. In December, it halted all debt payments to domestic and foreign creditors. Earlier IMF debt bondage didn’t help.

Nearly $100 billion in debt was restructured. It was done on a take-it-or-leave-it basis. Bondholders agreeing to terms took stiff haircuts. They had no other choice. It was better than losing everything. In 2010, most holdouts capitulated on similar terms. From 2003 – 2007, sustained economic growth followed. Debt restructuring and currency devaluation helped enormously.

Ukraine can benefit by adopting a similar policy. Not with pro-Western fascists in charge.Expect ordinary Ukrainians to bear the burden of debt bondage. IMF structural adjustment harshness will impoverish them more than already.

Don’t expect WaPo editors to explain. They want Western interests served. They want popular ones sacrificed in the process.They’re concerned about a possible “split along geographic lines as Russian speakers in the east of the country, perhaps supported by Moscow, reject the new political order.”

They want Western leaders telling Putin “not to obstruct Ukraine’s change.” “What’s not clear is whether” he’ll agree, they said. First signs aren’t encouraging, they believe.”A foreign ministry statement Monday alleged that ‘a course has been set to use dictatorial and sometimes terrorist methods to suppress dissenters in various regions.”

WaPo editors disagree. They turned a blind eye to neo-Nazi extremism. Doing so shows support. Their scoundrel media counterparts do the same thing.

Wall Street Journal editors endorsed Ukrainian coup plotters. Bret Stephens is deputy editorial page editor. On February 24, he headlined “Ukraine vs. Homo Sovieticus.” The revolution was televised, he said. “Will it now be squandered,” he asked?

On the one hand, he acknowledged the legitimacy of Yanukovych’s 2010 electoral victory. He quoted international observers calling it an “impressive display of democracy.”On the other hand, he claimed his presidency was “brutal and venal.” In other words, toppling him lawlessly was OK. Stephens exchanged emails with Ukrainian friends, he said. “It was encouraging,” he added.

One said: “Bringing back to power people who already were accused of corruption would be a betrayal to (dozens of) people who died.”Another said: “Maidan is not ready to compromise for what we were fighting (for) – freedom, responsibility for action and honesty.”

One more added: “What I can say for sure (is that) Ukrainians started to identify themselves as a nation. And we don’t want ‘new’ politicians…acting in the same way – corruption, nepotism, impunity.”

According to Stephens, these voices are “authentic ones – the winning ones.” He’ll maintain “faith with (his) brave and idealistic friends who risked their necks at the barricades.” He reflects virtually universal scoundrel media opinion. On the one hand, lawless coup plotting is ignored. Rule of law principles don’t matter.

On the other, toppling a democratically elected independent government is OK as long as a subservient pro-Western one replaces it. Other Western editors and commentators expressed similar views. Los Angeles Timescontributor David Horsey headlined “Ukrainians steal their future back from Yanukovych and Putin.” Ukrainians “yearning to be free have spoken loud and clear,” he said. Like other scoundrel media commentators, he ignored what readers most need to know – the truth.

Chicago Tribune editors said “(e)lected governments that trample freedom forfeit their legitimacy.” They endorsed Egypt’s illegitimately toppling democratically elected Mohammed Morsi.They wrongfully blame Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro for US-manipulated street violence.They blame Yanukovych the same way. They hold him responsible for fascist thug street rioting. Toppling him was OK, they believe.

Leaders they dislike “may be evicted by popular (or any other kind of) movements,” they said.”(O)nly people who deserve to be trusted with power” should have it, they added. They ignored US police state lawlessness. They turned a blind eye to Obama and likeminded congressional members trampling on fundamental freedoms.

They’re mindless of their intent to destroy them altogether. No nation causes more harm to more people than America. None abuse power more egregiously. None more reprehensibly ignore rule of law principles. None more imperil humanity’s survival. Don’t expect Tribune editors to explain. Or their scoundrel media counterparts.

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Netanyahu: “Peace? No Thanks But I’ll Accept The Box of Chocolates”

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Netanyahu: “Peace? No thanks but I’ll accept the box of chocolates”

By  Alan Hart

 

Yes, these are chocolates

Yes, these are chocolates

I have long thought that Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, a senior member of the PLO’s Executive Committee and the Palestine Legislative Council, is the most articulate spokesperson in Israeli occupied territory for her cause. Her latest comment is a bleak assessment of the prospects

for getting a real peace process going. She was responding to a statement by an Obama administration official that both Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and Palestinian President Abbas will be able to “express reservations about individual provisions” in the framework document Secretary of State Kerry is preparing. Here’s what Ashrawi said:

A framework that allowed each side to voice reservations would be self-negating… Any document not based firmly on international law will become a box of chocolates. You can pick and choose what you want… Why have it? Is it just to maintain a semblance of progress? Is it meant to buy more time? Or is it not to admit we have failed?

My answer to her lead question is that the purpose of the framework document when it comes will be a combination of all three – to maintain a semblance of progress, to buy more time and to give the impression that Kerry’s mission has not ended in predictable and widely predicted failure.

On 26 February the headline over a story in the New York Times by Mark Landler was Shrugging Off Past Setbacks, Obama Plans Personal Role In Middle East Peace Bid. Its main point was that when he receives Netanyahu in the White House on Monday 3 March (Netanyahu will be in Washington to deliver more fire and brimstone to AIPAC’s annual conference), Obama will “press” him to accept the framework document as a road map (yes, another one!) for final status negotiations to be concluded by the end of this year.

On the basis of what has been reported to date about the likely content of Kerry’s framework document, I can’t see why Netanyahu needs to be pressed into accepting it. The content appears to give him what he most wants – the scope to blame Abbas and the Palestinians for the failure of negotiations while Israel continues its colonization of the occupied West Bank and, with Egypt’s assistance, its siege of the Gaza Strip prison camp.

So why, really, is Obama about to become personally engaged again?

The answer, it seems to me, is contained in the following paragraph from Landler’s NYT story.

“The challenge for the White House has been to redeploy the president only when it is believed he can make a critical difference. With Mr. Kerry’s self-imposed deadline nearing, and with little indication that Mr. Netanyahu and Mr. Abbas have resolved key differences, that moment is now, the official said. ‘The president wouldn’t want to run any risk that it was the lack of his involvement that would make the difference between success and failure,’”

So Obama’s personal re-engagement is not for the purpose of getting a real peace process going by reading the riot act to Netanyahu. With his legacy probably occupying more and more of his quiet thinking time, Obama is preparing to play his own part in the blame game – covering his backside. My guess is that when the game ends, Obama, rather than using the leverage he has to require Israel to be serious about peace on terms the Palestinians could accept, will walk away from the conflict and tell his fellow Americans and the world that he can’t want peace more than the Israelis and the Palestinians themselves.

I would like to be proved wrong.

Footnote:

My headline quote is poetic license.

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Close the EU to I$raHell settlement products

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This week, a legal report was presented in Brussels that concluded that international law indeed obliges the E.U. to prohibit all imports into the EU from the illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.

By Willem-Gert Aldershoff and Michel Waelbroeck

 Haaretz.com

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In July 2013, the European Commission adopted guidelines announcing that the EU would no longer fund Israeli entities in the occupied Palestinian territories. A few years earlier, theEuropean Court of Justice clarified that settlement products are not entitled to preferential treatment under the EU-Israel Association Agreement.

These settlement products, however, often continue to be sold under the “Made in Israel” label. For this reason, the EU is now finalizing guidelines to make clear that under EU consumer protection law, retailers must specify the correct origin of products imported from Israeli settlements. One formula being envisaged is to label these as “Products from Israeli settlements (West Bank /East Jerusalem/Golan Heights)”.

The European Commission is also preparing a document to inform firms of the possible legal consequences of doing business with Israeli entities in the territories.

The EU has let it be known that it does not intend to publish these two documents as long as the discussions between Israel and the Palestinians continue, so as not to hinder them. This explanation is unsatisfactory, since the documents do nothing more than put into practice the EU’s legal obligations to its own citizens, whether consumers or businesspeople.

This week, a legal report was presented in Brussels that concluded that international law indeed obliges the EU to take further steps – it must prohibit all imports into the EU from settlements. The report is sponsored by the National Center for Development Cooperation (CNCD-11.11.11), a Belgian umbrella organization coordinating NGOs and trade unions, and the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH). The report will form the basis of these organizations’ campaign to demand a complete end to imports to the EU of settlement products. Its author, François Dubuisson, teaches international law at the Université Libre de Bruxelles.

John Dugard, former UN Special Rapporteur for Palestine

John Dugard, former UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories

In a foreword, former UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and international law professor John Dugard stresses the relevance of Dubuisson’s analysis, explaining that the report “comes at an important time as there is confusion among EU states as to their obligations on this subject.

Dubuisson makes it clear that settlements are unlawful under international law and that states are obliged not to assist the settlement enterprise by doing business with settlements or by permitting their products to be sold in EU countries.”

The report describes the numerous violations of international law resulting from Israel’s settlement policy. It explains why the EU must not simply issue formal condemnations, as it has done in the past, but take practical steps to ensure that Israel complies with its obligations, which can be summarized as follows:

Firstly, Article 49, paragraph 6, of the Fourth Hague Convention (which Israel has ratified) prohibits an occupying power such as Israel from transferring parts of its civilian population into the territory it occupies; in other words, it prohibits the establishment of settlements in Palestine;

Secondly, Article 1 of the same convention obliges the EU not only “to respect“ but also “to ensure respect” for its provisions;

Finally, international customary law imposes a duty on all members of the international community, including the EU, not to recognize as lawful or render aid or assistance in maintaining a situation created by a serious breach of a peremptory norm of international law.

Allowing economic relations with Israeli settlements and importing their products into the EU contributes to their prosperity and assists in their development, contrary to the international law principles just described.

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François Dubuisson, Professor of International Law at Université Libre de Bruxelles

Based on a thorough analysis of these principles and a comprehensive review of recent developments showing a growing awareness of the illegality of the settlement enterprise in EU Member States and elsewhere, Dubuisson argues convincingly that the EU must proactively adopt concrete measures to halt business relations with firms established in the settlements and prohibit imports of settlement goods.

These measures do not constitute a boycott of Israel, but address exclusively Israel’s settlement policy and its consequences.

By advocating a more active role for the EU regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Dubuisson paper brings an important contribution to the current debate on defining what this role should be.

It also constitutes an invaluable reference document for all those who strive to find a just solution to the conflict, and sends a clear message to EU policymakers as to the approach they should adopt.

Willem Aldershoff, held various positions in the Departments for International Relations and Justice and Home Affairs at the European Commission and is now an independent advisor on EU policy on Israel and Palestine, Brussels.

Michel Waelbroeck, previously a visiting Professor at the Law Schools of New York University and Michigan University, the European University Institute in Florence and Columbia University, is Emeritus Professor of European Law at the Université Libre de Bruxelles

Source: Haaretz

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The humiliation! I didn’t make “top 10 anti-semites” list

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Congratulations to VT Senior Editor Gordon Duff, who made the Zio-cons’ enemies list of “America’s top ten anti-Semites.”  Though I’m happy for Gordon, I’m also a little jealous. So Iwrote the following letter:

Dear David Hornik,

I am writing to protest my exclusion from your Top Ten Anti-Semites list. These days, if you aren’t being called an anti-Semite, you aren’t working hard enough for truth and justice. Since I like to think of myself as working hard for truth and justice, being left off your list is a real slap-down.

It is especially honorable to be called an anti-Semite by the worst sort of ultra-Likudnik neocon scum. I assume that means you, since your zio-astroturf propaganda website hosts people like Michael Ledeen, the Operation Gladio mass murder and 9/11 suspect whose political philosophy is “enter into evil.”

What did I do – or didn’t I do – to be left off  your list of courageous truth-tellers? (OK,  calling Thomas Friedman a “courageous truth-teller” may be a bit of a stretch.)

Here is your top ten list, in order:

#1. Louis Farrakhan

#2. Students for Justice in Palestine

#3. Thomas Friedman

#4. Ali Abunimah

#5. Ron Paul

#6. Pat Buchanan

#7. David Duke

#8. John Mearsheimer

#9. Willis Carto

#10. Gordon Duff

I admit that these are all big-name people with major accomplishments under their belts. I guess I have some serious work to do before I can join their august company.

So what would I have to do to make the list? If I were to, say, read five more books on the Nazi holocaust, and continue to discover more information casting doubt on the official narrative, would you put me on your top ten list? Reading only five books,* along with several papers, has already shaken my faith in the existence of mass human gas chambers, an official extermination order and program, and the figure of six million Jewish deaths. My willingness to think critically about historiography, and investigate before I jump to conclusions, ought to qualify me as an anti-Semite, right?

I am also perfectly willing to express even more disgust for Israel than I already have. If there are any uncomplimentary adjectives I have not yet hurled in the general direction of the Zionist entity, just let me know and I will hurl them forthwith.

Honestly, I will do almost ANYTHING to get on your list. I’ll get a swastika tattooed on my big toe. Wipe with the Israeli flag and post it on youtube. Mud-wrestle Abe Foxman. You name it, I’ll do it.

Finally, if you are still in doubt as to my anti-Semitic credentials, I can tell you one last thing: I am pretty sure that I do not like gifelte fish. Though I have never eaten a gifelte fish, I know that I do not like the Norwegian version, which is called lutefisk, and which I have never eaten either, and have no intention of ever eating. (Feel free to add me to your list of the top ten anti-Norwegian bigots, if you ever get around to making one.)

Sincerely

Dr. Kevin BarrettEditor, Veterans Today

*The five books:  Denying History by Shermer and Grobman; Debating the Holocaust by Thomas Dalton; Denying the Holocaust by Deborah Lipstadt; Hitler’s War by David Irving; and Zionism in the Age of Dictators by Lenni Brenner. Of the five, Dalton’s book is the only one that gives revisionist arguments a hearing; it seems to be the best available book on the revisionist-vs.-antirevisionist arguments. But the other four, in various ways, also undermine the careful reader’s faith in the official narrative.

The above books (read over the past few years) are in addition to the mainstream WWII stuff I’d already read:  Shirer, Toland, Waite, Bullock, etc.

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Where is the other half of this film? A critical look at the film reviews of “Silvered Water: Syria Self-Portrait”

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Ossama Mohammed comforts Wiam Simav Bedirxan by PHOTO : AFP

Ossama Mohammed comforts Wiam Simav Bedirxan by PHOTO : AFP

Lilly Martin, Op-Ed News

A film about the war in Syria has been shown at the Cannes Film Festival. It was received with a standing ovation for the woman who shot the film in Homs, and the director who developed the film in Paris. Ossama Mohammed and Wiam Simav Bedirxan teamed up to produce a film about the war in Syria, shot in Homs by Wiam. Ossama had left Syria and was living in Paris, when Wiam contacted him from Homs, and the project began after their discussion of her videos of Homs.

Ossama Mohammed said he believed the Syrian regime wanted to destroy the story of each individual that opposed them and that his film could give them a voice. Ossama Muhammed is a well-known critic of Syrian President Bashar al Assad. He used his expertise in film to present his own personal attack on the Syrian regime. His work is not art, but it is pure political propaganda.

Film has been used as war propaganda many times. Johnny Rico wrote on the subject of war movies as propaganda,http://warmovies.about.com, “Top War Films Used as Political Propaganda”.

“Sometimes it’s to give visual presence to an unknown story of war, or to simply viscerally entertain. But other times, it’s to push a political agenda and sway perspectives. Pushing propaganda is one of the cardinal violations of my rules for war films. In short, this film floods the viewer with all of these troubling narratives and horrific descriptions in the hopes of striking a strong emotional cord, without any accompanying explanation or nuance.”

I live in Syria. I have never left Syria. I have buried my friends and neighbors from 2011 to 2014. My own home in Latakia has been attacked; my summer cottage has been occupied and destroyed in Kassab. My neighbors in Ballouta and Kassab have been massacred and made homeless. My neighbors have been kidnapped and are still held and tortured. I am supporting a refugee family from Aleppo.

You will not see any of my personal experience in Syria told in this film. You will not see any of my neighbor’s experiences in Syria in this film. The film “Silvered Water: Syria Self-Portrait” is missing the other half of the film, in order to be a complete and whole picture about the Syrian war. This film shows you one side only. It shows a brutal regime, with a brutal military who torture, rape, maim and kill innocent civilians.

Where are the equal numbers of civilians tortured, raped, maimed and killed by the rebels, and their Al Qaeda affiliates? There are two deadly sides fighting in Syria, two killing machines in Syria. But, this film shows a two-sided war from one side only. For every war crime and atrocity committed by the Syrian government and the military, I can show and document an equal number of war crimes and atrocities by the rebels and their associates the Radical Islamic terrorists.

The innocent film audience will be moved, swayed and emotionally affected. They will come away from the film with a feeling of hatred and disgust at such a regime or military that could treat human beings in Syria with such viciousness. However, those innocent viewers do not understand the full picture. They have been handed half a film and told to make up their minds.

When will we see the other half of this film? When will all the Syrian people’s suffering be viewed equally? Why should some Syrian’s suffering be more important to watch than others? The director Ossama Mohammed found his perfect partner in the camera of Wiam Simav Bedirxan. Both partners had one political view and their combined efforts have produced a one-sided war-propaganda film about Syria, shot in Homs.

If anyone wants to re-construct the other half of this film, all they have to do is go to www.YouTube.com and watch the hundreds of beheadings, eating of raw dead flesh and other war crimes committed, videoed and uploaded by the Free Syrian Army and their Radical Islamic affiliates. There are countless websites documenting the war crimes of the Free Syrian Army, and anyone can go through those documents by using www.google.com. You can look for news articles and videos on Jibhat al Nusra, Islamic Front, Al Qaeda and Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. These are all the rebel fighting groups in Syria that are fighting the Syrian regime. The war crimes and atrocities are documented and videoed on the internet.

I will just give you just two examples of what the rebels have done to my own neighbors. On the night of August 13, 2013, in the village of Ballouta, they entered the homes of sleeping civilians. There was no Syrian regime or Syrian Army presence in the village whatsoever. This was a purely civilian rural location near the border with Turkey, and near Latakia. The terrorists went from house to house killing whole families. Men, women and children were slaughtered. There were no bombs, no cross fire, no battle. The rebels, who are opposed to the regime of President Assad, cut the pregnant belly open of one woman and hung the fetus in the trees by the umbilical cord. There were survivors, who ran and hid in the forests and were eventually taken to shelter at a school in Latakia, where their stories began to be told as eye witnesses to a massacre and war crime. Some survived the massacre, but were kidnapped. These kidnapped people numbered about 100 and were composed of a few adult females, some teenagers, and the rest were very small children. Recently, in Latakia about half of those kidnapped were released in a deal worked out that also included rebels in Homs. The kidnap victims who were released told of being kept nine months in Selma, under the ground, without light. They told of torture and suffering, including the eyes of one small child being gouged out by the rebels and one small boy being shot through the head for no reason except for the pleasure of killing. Still, there are about 50 kidnap victims being held by this same rebel group, who claim they are fighting the regime of Bashar al Assad. How do kidnapping, killing, and torture of small children fit into the heroic freedom-fighter image?

Another part of the film you will never see in “Silvered Water: Syria Self-Portrait” is how in the dead of winter in Aleppo, with heavy snow on the ground, rebels attacked and entered a private mental hospital in Aleppo. Ibn Khaldoun Hospital was attacked in January 2013. They killed and abused some of the staff and patients. They kidnapped one mental patient who is personally known to me. The kidnappers called his father and demanded a ransom to free him. The ransom amount was agreed upon. Then the phone calls stopped. The family feared the worse. Finally, one day a man called and said they had rescued the patient and taken him to another hospital in Aleppo. Because the rebels had thrown him into the snow, he had frost bite on his feet which required the partial amputation of his foot. His crime: being mentally ill and in a private hospital with no connection to the regime or government of any kind.

I am a human-rights activist. I care about people who are suffering inside Syria regardless of their political opinions. I hate the abuse and torture of any person in Syria, regardless of who is the abuser. I also hate the one-sided depiction of the war in Syria. By showing one side only you are helping the conflict to continue without resolve. Showing one side is feeding the flames of war, torture and death. Film: as a tool of torture and a weapon of war. We all lived in Syria in peace and respect of our neighbor’s rights before and it can be done again. The Syrian people are fully capable of resolving political differences among themselves without international intervention or interference. The propaganda-war film, “Silvered Waters: Syria Self-Portrait,” is an attack on the suffering Syrian people from the south shore of France.

http://www.thenational.ae/world/middle-east/syrian-womans-film-on-horrors-of-homs-receives-standing-ovation-at-cannes

http://variety.com/2014/film/reviews/cannes-film-review-silvered-water-syria-self-portrait-1201183212/

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/silvered-water-syria-portrait-cannes-704357

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2014/05/cannes-world-live-20145186232671943.html

http://stcommunities.straitstimes.com/movies/2014/05/17/syrian-womans-siege-homs-film-gets-standing-ovation-cannes

http://warmovies.about.com/od/TopPicks/tp/10-Most-Propaganda-Filled-Films.htm

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Assad thanks Russia for help against terrorism

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Syrian president, still embroiled in civil war, praises key ally for ‘defending global stability in the face of the West’.

Times of Israel

Syrian President Bashar Assad Saturday thanked key ally Moscow for its support during a meeting in Damascus with a Russian delegation led by deputy premier Dimitry Rogozin, state media said.

The meeting comes days after Russia vetoed a draft UN resolution that would have referred crimes committed in Syria to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Assad expressed “his appreciation for the Russian position of support for the Syrian people in their war against terrorism,” state news agency SANA said, using the government’s term for its opponents.

Two weeks away from a controversial vote that is expected to return him to power, Assad stressed “the significance of Russia defending global stability in the face of the West, which is trying to impose its hegemony in the region”, SANA added.

Rogozin, who headed the delegation, is also special envoy to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s and heads the country’s Military-Industrial Commission, according to his Twitter account.

Moscow has backed Damascus financially, politically and militarily ever since the outbreak of a revolt demanding political change in Syria in March 2011.

The uprising morphed into an insurgency after Assad’s regime unleashed a massive crackdown on Arab Spring-inspired protests.

More than 160,000 people have been killed in the conflict and nearly half the population has been forced to flee their homes.

On Thursday, Russia and China vetoed a draft UN Security Council resolution that would have referred the situation in Syria to the ICC, and that could have seen war crimes committed by all sides in the conflict investigated.

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Enough is enough in Ethiopia

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Rally in Ethiopia

It’s time for the people to rise up

By Graham Peebles

There are tentative signs that the people of Ethiopia are beginning to organize themselves and stand up against the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) government, a brutal dictatorship, albeit one dressed in Western democratic garb.

After 23 years of suppression at the hands of the EPRDF, simmering discontent and anger appear to finally be spilling over onto the streets. Robbed of hope, the people have had enough, enough of the wide-ranging human rights abuses, the denial of constitutional rights, the arbitrary imprisonments and torture, the regime violence, the displacement of people from ancestral land, the partisan distribution of aid and the rising cost of living.

The right to peaceful protest

As with many democratic principles, the right to protest is enshrined in Ethiopia’s constitution. Written in 1991 by the EPRDF, the legally binding document of liberal correctness is routinely ignored by the regime, whose response to public protests has been consistently violent.

Last year Addis Ababa witnessed the first mass demonstrations since 2005, when,according to Human Rights Watch, “security forces killed dozens of protesters [some estimate that up to 200 people were murdered by government forces] and arbitrarily detained thousands of people across the country”.

Unsurprisingly, since then the streets have been quiet – until 2013 that is, when in June thousands found the courage to march through the capital demanding the release of political prisoners, “respect for the constitution” and “Justice! Justice! Justice!” And again in November, when enraged demonstrators gathered outside the Saudi Arabian embassy in Addis Ababa and cities across the world to protest against the appalling abuse meted out to Ethiopian migrants in the Gulf state. Many hoped this united response was the beginning of a coordinated movement of collective action, a long overdue movement for change.

Ethiopia is young, 65 per cent of the population are under 25, the median age is a mere 17 and, like protest movements elsewhere, it is the young who are leading the way. They see clearly the injustices, the violations of fundamental freedoms and the duplicity of a government that presents a democratic face to its international allies and benefactors while brutalizing its own people.

Since 25 April, students have demonstrated throughout the Oromia Regional State, protesting against the government’s sinister-sounding “Integrated Development Master Plan”. The Oromo people constitute Ethiopia’s largest ethnic group – around 27 million people – almost a third of the population. They have been marginalized and discriminated against since the 19th century, when Empress Taytu Betul (wife of Menelikk II) chose the site of Addis Ababa for the capital. As the city grew Oromos were evicted from their land and forced onto the margins – socially, economically and politically.

As with tyrants everywhere, the paranoid EPRDF is hostile to all forms of dissent, no matter the source. However, it reacts with greater levels of brutality to dissenting voices in Oromia than perhaps anywhere else in the country, and “scores of Oromos are regularly arrested based on their actual or suspected opposition to the government,” Amnesty International reports.

The proposed “master plan” would substantially expand the boundaries of Addis Ababa into areas of Oromia surrounding the capital. “Protestors claim they merely wanted to raise questions about the plan – but were answered with violence and intimidation”. They feel that smallholder farmers and other groups living on government land (all land in Ethiopia is government owned) would once again be threatened, leading to large scale evictions to make way for land leasing or land sales, as has happened elsewhere in the country.

In addition, many Oromos see the proposed expansion as a broader threat to their regional and cultural identity, and say the scheme is “in violation of the constitutionally-guaranteed protection of the “special interests” of the Oromia state”,according to Amnesty International.

Killing, beating, intimidating

University campuses have formed the beating heart of the protest movement that has now spread throughout the region. On 29 April around 25,000 people, including residents of Ambo town in central Oromia, participated in a city wide demonstration, in the largest show of opposition to the government’s plans to date. Somewhat predictably, security forces, consisting of the federal police and military special forces known as the Agazi, “responded by shooting at and beating peaceful protesters in Ambo, Nekemte, Jimma and other towns, with unconfirmed reports from witnesses of dozens of casualties. A witness told Amnesty International that on the third day of protest in Guder town, near Ambo, the security forces were waiting for the protesters and opened fire when they arrived.

She said five people were killed in front of her. A source in Robe town, the location of Madawalabu University, reported that 11 bodies had been seen in a hospital in the town. Another witness said they had seen five bodies in Ambo [80 miles west of Addis Ababa] hospital.

While the government says that “at least nine students have died” during the protests, “a witness told the BBC that 47 were killed by the security forces” – a misleading term for government thugs, who are killing, beating and intimidating innocent civilians: Amnesty reports that children as young as 11 years of age were among the dead. In addition to killing peaceful protesters, large numbers have been beaten up during and after protests, resulting in scores of injuries. According to the main Oromia opposition party, the Oromo Federalist Congress (AFC), hundreds or “several thousands” were arbitrarily arrested and detained incommunicado. Given the regime’s history, those imprisoned face a very real risk of torture.

In many cases the arrests took place after the protesters had dispersed. According to Amnesty International, “security forces… conducted house to house searches in many locations in the region, [looking] for students and others who may have been involved”. Squads of government thugs reportedly beat local residents in a crude attempt at intimidation. Amnesty reports the case of a father whose son was shot dead during a protest, being “severely beaten” by security forces, who told the bereaved parent “he should have taught his son some discipline”.

The Oromia community has often been the target of government aggression, and recent events are reminiscent of January 2004, when several Oromia students at Addis Ababa University were shot and killed while protesting for the right to stage an Oromo cultural event on campus. Many more were wounded and, according to the Oromo Support Group, and 494 were arrested and detained without charge or trial.  Human Rights Watch reported how “police ordered both male and female students to run and crawl barefoot, bare-kneed, and bare-armed over sharp gravel for three and a half hours; they were also forced to carry each other over the gravel.” The police, Human Rights Watch goes on to say, “have repeatedly employed similar methods of torture and yet are rarely held accountable for their excesses”.

The recent level of extreme violence displayed by the state is not unusual and takes place throughout Ethiopia; what is new is the response of the people. Anger at the security forces’ criminality has fuelled further demonstrations in Oromo as friends and family of those murdered have added their voices to the growing protest movement. This righteous stand against government brutality and injustice is heartening for the country and should be supported by international donors and the UN. Those arrested during protests must be immediately released and investigations into killings by security personnel instigated as a matter of utmost urgency.

Tools of control

The government’s heavy-handed reaction to the Oromo protests is but the latest example of the regime’s ruthless response to criticism of its policies. Political opposition parties, when tolerated at all, have been totally marginalized, dissenting independent voices are quickly silenced and a general atmosphere of fear is all pervading. Despite freedom of expression being a constitutional right, virtually all media outlets are either government owned or controlled; “blogs and internet pages critical of the Ethiopian government are regularly blocked and independent radio stations, particularly those broadcasting in Amharic and Afan Oromo, are routinely jammed,Human Rights Watch says.

The EPRDF has created “one of the most repressive media environments in the world”. Reinforcing this condition, “the government on 25 and 26 April arbitrarily arrested nine bloggers and journalists in Addis Ababa. They remain in detention without charge,” Human Rights Watch reports.

International human rights groups (whose activities have been severely restricted by the stifling Charities and Societies Proclamation of 2009) as well as foreign journalists are not welcome, and reporters who attempt to reach demonstrations are turned away or detained, making it difficult to confirm the exact numbers of those killed by government security personnel.

The UN Human Rights Council recently reviewed Ethiopia’s human rights record under the Universal Periodic Review.

Since the first review in 2009 the human rights situation has greatly deteriorated. The EPRDF rules the country through fear and intimidation, it has introduced ambiguous, universally condemned legislation to control and intimidate – the Charities and Societies Proclamation law and the Anti-Terrorism Proclamation especially.

Freedom of assembly – another constitutional right – is not allowed or, as can be seen with the Oromo protests, is dealt with in the harshest manner possible.

The Internet and telecommunications are controlled and monitored by the government and phone records and recordings are easily obtained by security personnel.

Arbitrary arrests and false Imprisonment of anyone criticizing the government is routine as is the use of torture on those incarcerated.

In the Ogaden region the regime is committing gross human rights abuses which constitute crimes against humanity, and in Gambella and the Lower Omo Valley large numbers of indigenous people have been forcibly moved into government camps (villagization programme), as land is sold for pennies to international companies.

In short, human rights are completely ignored by the government in Ethiopia.

As the people begin to come together and protest, international pressure should be applied on the regime to observe the rule of law and uphold the people’s fundamental human rights.

We are living in extraordinary times, times of opportunity and change, times of great hope. With elections due next year, now is the time for the various ethnic groups and factions inside and outside Ethiopia to unite, speak with one voice and demand their rights to freedom and justice.

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