Archive | July 17, 2015

British Pilots Bombing Syria in Secret*

British Pilots Bombing Syria in Secret*

By Sarah Lazare

British pilots have been secretly carrying out airstrikes in Syria, despite the government’s own pledge to hold a vote in parliament before launching bombardments in the country, the London-based human rights organization Reprieve discovered through a freedom of information request revealed Friday.

In the initial request, Reprieve asked the Ministry of Defense (MoD):

“Have any UK military personnel conducted airstrikes in Syria or Iraq using non-UK equipment? If so, how many, where and using whose equipment?”

In response, the MoD said:

UK military personnel embedded with the USA, French and Canadian armed forces have been authorized to deploy with their units to participate in coalition operations against ISIL. UK embeds operate as if they were the host nation’s personnel, under that nation’s chain of command. These personnel include pilots flying… strike missions against ISIL targets using the equipment of those units. Of these three nations only the USA and Canada are operating in Syrian airspace.”

The reply means that UK pilots have been involved in airstrikes in Syria, under the command of U.S. or Canadian forces.

The UK is participating in the bombings despite the fact that the House of Commons rejected military intervention in Syria in a vote two years ago. Moreover, Defense Secretary Michael Fallon previously pledged to hold a parliamentary vote before launching airstrikes in Syria, but no such vote has taken place.

“It is alarming that Parliament and the public have been kept in the dark about this for so long,” said Jennifer Gibson, Reprieve staff attorney.

“Yet more worrying is the fact that the UK seems to have turned over its personnel to the US wholesale, without the slightest idea as to what they are actually doing, and whether it is legal.”

“We need an open and honest debate about UK involvement in Iraq and Syria,” Gibson added.

“We can’t have that, though, until the UK comes clean about what actions its personnel are already undertaking.”

The UK has been carrying out airstrikes in Iraq since last September.

The Stop the War Coalition said Friday’s revelations “reveal both the government’s contempt for democracy and its subservience to Washington foreign policy.”

“Stop the War demands the government publicly commits to an immediate end to British bombing of Syria,” the organization continued.

“More widely we call for an end to military and diplomatic support for Saudi Arabia in its war on Yemen and for a stop to the bombing campaign in Iraq.”


Related Topics:

U.K. Lifts Restrictions on Arms to Israel*

Britain is arming Saudi Arabia in Yemen Conflict*

U.K: Tory MP Behind ISIL Oil Trade*

U.K.’s Intelligence Chairman Resigns – part of the battle to stop WW3*

US Senate to Maintain Funding for Overseas Abortion, Population Reduction*

US Senate to Maintain Funding for Overseas Abortion, Population Reduction*

There… it couldn’t be clearer, abortion is a form of eugenics. The fewer people the easier it to control…

The U.S. foreign aid policy blocking funding for groups that perform or promote abortion overseas has long been a political football, alternately instated and rescinded by different presidential administrations. A recent effort to codify the restriction – known as the Mexico City Policy – into law hit a wall in a U.S. Senate committee last week.

Last year, the Republican Party took control of the Senate for the first time since 2007. When it came time to draft an appropriations bill on foreign operations, the Senators included language that would prohibit U.S. funding to groups overseas that perform or promote abortion. The bill also proposed a cap on funding for population reduction programs, which would reduce their annual allocation by almost $200 million. Funding to the controversial United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) was cut due to its complicity in China’s one-child policy. The House of Representatives, also under Republican control, drafted a counterpart bill containing similar provisions.

At the appropriations hearing, Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen introduced an amendment that stripped the pro-life policy provisions from the bill, removed the funding cap on contraception, and restored funding to UNFPA. The Shaheen amendment passed by a 17-13 vote due to three defecting Republican senators – Mark Kirk of Illinois, Susan Collins of Maine, and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

Republican Senators will not likely bring this compromised bill to the floor for a vote, in which case the status quo will be maintained through a continuing resolution or an omnibus bill as it has been since President Obama took office.

The Mexico City Policy, first introduced under Republican President Ronald Reagan in 1984, has been enacted by executive order under subsequent Republican presidents and removed under Democratic administrations for three decades.

Direct foreign aid funding for abortions is prohibited by U.S. law under the Helms Amendment, which was adopted in 1973 and remains in effect. However, groups receiving U.S. aid can still perform and promote abortions provided they keep funding sources separate. By entirely blocking U.S. funding for abortion-promoting groups operating internationally, the Mexico City Policy provides additional pro-life protections.

In the committee mark-up Senator Shaheen, the recipient of $1 million in campaign money from abortion groups, cited a World Health Organization publication to argue that the Mexico City Policy led to increased abortions overseas. However, the 2011 study relied on indirect measures of abortion rates and employed a questionable method of grouping countries based on their “exposure” to the Mexico City policy.

Senator Lindsey Graham, ranking member for the State and Foreign Operations appropriations subcommittee, told his colleagues

“[The Senate bill] will not be accepted by the House,” he said.

Recognizing that an overwhelming number of Americans oppose funding abortions, Sen. Graham stated that the rescinding of the Mexico City policy “takes public tax-payer dollars in an area with most Americans do not wish it to go.”

Even in a Republican-controlled Congress, pro-life language in appropriations bills faces an uphill battle, since President Obama would likely veto any legislation containing it. Pro-life U.S. legislators have repeatedly attempted to permanently codify the Mexico City Policy provisions in law, even as pro-abortion legislators have attempted to permanently remove them, but without control of both chambers of Congress as well as the Presidency, neither side is likely to claim an outright victory.


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Top Scientists Tell Russia Foetus is Human. Ban Abortion.*

Pro-Nazi Roots of Planned Parenthood was Never Hidden*

U.N. – NWO’s Ordered Allow Homosexuality and Abortion or Forget Aid*

WHO Tells Governments they must Provide Abortion and Sex Change*

Eugenics: Kenya’s Catholic Bishops Charge U.N. for Sterilizing the Population*

USAID and Sterilization Camps In India*

Virginia to Compensate Victims of Forced Sterilization*

Rockefellers Funded Eugenics Initiative to Sterilize 15 Million Americans*

Post-Ebola Syndrome or Fluoroquinolone Poisoning?*

Cancer as a Case Against Abortion

Bilderberg 2015: Global Command & Control System‏*

European Medicines Agency Investigating HPV Vaccines*

European Medicines Agency Investigating HPV Vaccines*

By Norma Erickson

Sunday, July 12th Svenska Dagbladet (a Swedish newspaper) released a story giving hope to hundreds of Danish families whose lives turned upside-down when their daughters began to experience multiple new medical conditions after HPV vaccine injections. This newspaper announced the European Medicines Agency (EMA) was launching a probe into possible side effects of the highly controversial HPV vaccines. Finally, these families believed they might get some answers as to why their daughters had transformed from healthy athletic girls to mere shadows of their former selves.

The Svenska Dagbladet article went on to state:

For years, talk of possible risks and side effects from HPV vaccines was rejected by authorities, doctors and drug companies. The decision by EMA in London, which is to be presented on Monday, according to SvD’s sources, is therefore likely to create harsh reactions.

Within a few short hours, the story was confirmed by multiple other news outlets.

A Medscape article stated the EMA had started a review on human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccines to ”further clarify aspects of their safety profile,” although the agency also points out that this review ’does not question that the benefits of HPV vaccines outweigh their risks.” This report also noted that the EMA would make no recommended changes in the use of HPV vaccines while the review was being conducted.

An ABC News article reported,

The European Medicines Agency says it has started a review of cervical cancer vaccines to see if they are linked to two rare conditions, but emphasized it hasn’t changed its recommendations for how the shots should be used.

An article in The Local, from Denmark stated:

At the request of Denmark, which has seen an increasing number of young girls suffer side effects, the European Medicines Agency said on Monday that it will take a closer look at the HPV vaccine.

The review is being carried out by EMA’s own side effects committee, PRAC, which according to Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet has had internal disagreements over how to handle mounting suspected evidence of medical risks connected to the vaccines.

The Daily Mail (UK) article reported:

The safety of the HPV vaccine has today been thrown into doubt as health experts launch a review of the jab amid concerns over its side-effects.

The European Medicines Agency’s probe will focus on rare reports of two conditions, complex regional pain syndrome and postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome

The EMA was quick to note the review does not question that the benefits of HPV vaccines outweigh the risks.

Suddenly, parents around the world began to experience the same kind of hope those in Denmark did. Someone was finally going to listen to what they had been saying for months, sometimes years. Instead of brushing off their daughters’ (and sons’) new symptoms as psychosomatic, their children’s new medical conditions would be examined as possible side effects of the HPV vaccines they all had taken.

This 3 minute Danish news report (with English subtitles) gives an indication of how much families around the world are depending on the outcome of a serious scientific investigation.

The documentation provided by the European Medicines Agency regarding this investigation raises many questions about the voracity of their efforts. Let’s start by taking a critical look at the press release distributed by the EMA on July 13th regarding this review.

The first two paragraphs of this press release state:

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has started a review of HPV vaccines to further clarify aspects of their safety profile. These vaccines have been used in around 72 million people worldwide and their use is expected to prevent many cases of cervical cancer (cancer of the neck of the womb) and various other cancers and conditions caused by HPV. Cervical cancer is the 4th most common cause of cancer death in women worldwide, with tens of thousands of deaths in Europe each year despite the existence of screening programmes to identify the cancer early. The review does not question that the benefits of HPV vaccines outweigh their risks.

As for all licensed medicines the safety of these vaccines is monitored by the Agency’s Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC).

The following statements from the EMA press release are not strictly accurate:

  • Statement: These vaccines have been used in around 72 million people worldwide.
  • Fact: No one knows how many people have been injected with HPV vaccines because the vast majority of countries do not record administered doses. At any given time, many of the distributed doses they do keep track of may be in storage awaiting administration.
  • Statement: Their use is expected to prevent many cases of cervical cancer…
  • Fact: Note they use the words ‘expected to’ NOT ‘proven to’.
  • Statement: Cervical cancer is the 4th most common cause of cancer death in women worldwide,
  • Fact: No mention is made of the fact that over 80% of these cancer deaths occur in low to middle income countries, NOT the European Union.
  • Statement: …with tens of thousands of deaths in Europe each year, despite the existence of screening programmes to identify the cancer early.
  • Fact: There may be ‘tens of thousands’ in Europe, but for the European Union the cervical cancer mortality rate is 3.7/100,000MUCH lower than the rate of serious adverse events being reported worldwide after HPV vaccinations. Denmark for instance currently reports serious adverse events at a rate of 200/100,000 injected.

This is not exactly a good start if one wants to instill public confidence in the outcome of a safety investigation. How can one trust the outcome of an investigation being conducted by an agency that has so little regard for accuracy in their press releases?

Let’s move on to the additional announcement issued by the EMA on the same date which states:

The current review will look at available data with a focus on rare reports of two conditions: complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS

a chronic pain condition affecting the limbs) and postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS, a condition where the heart rate increases abnormally after sitting or standing up, causing symptoms such as dizziness and fainting, as well as headache, chest pain and weakness).

Reports of these conditions in young women who have received an HPV vaccine have been previously considered during routine safety monitoring by the PRAC but a causal link between them and the vaccines was not established.

Both conditions can occur in non-vaccinated individuals and it is considered important to further review if the number of cases reported with HPV vaccine is greater than would be expected.

In its review the PRAC will consider the latest scientific knowledge, including any research that could help clarify the frequency of CRPS and POTS following vaccination or identify any causal link.

This section raises several questions in the mind of even the most casual observer.

  • How can they say these two conditions are rare before the investigation is completed?
  • Since the two conditions have been considered previously, have any communications been issued to medical professionals alerting them to watch for these conditions after HPV vaccines?
  • Why are they only looking at the frequency of CPRS/POTS following vaccination?
  • How can an ”expected rate” be determined without examining the frequency of CPRS/POTS in unvaccinated people of the same age group as those receiving HPV vaccines?
  • Since CPRS/POTS are just now being considered as a potential adverse reaction to HPV vaccines, how can evidence of a potential causal link possibly have been established?

Why were POTS and CRPS chosen for this investigation?

If one wanted to get into a truly serious discussion, they would ask why two rare, difficult to diagnose conditions were chosen to be examined instead of looking at all of the serious symptoms recipients of HPV vaccines are reporting. Is it because the symptoms of both are commonly seen in many other disorders making these two conditions difficult to diagnose?

As a matter of fact, the currently used diagnostic criteria for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CPRS) was only published in 2007. Even that set of diagnostic criteria is under review for proposed changes. How is the average medical professional supposed to make an accurate diagnosis of this disorder when the experts can’t agree on how to do so?

The same is true of POTS diagnostic criteria. Post orthostatic tachycardia syndrome is not a disease, but simply a cluster of symptoms that are frequently seen together. Since POTS is not a disease, it is fair to say that POTS is caused by something else. However, figuring out what is causing the symptoms of POTS in each patient can be very difficult, and in many cases, patients and their doctors will not be able to determine the precise underlying cause. This makes it pretty convenient for the stakeholders, wouldn’t you say?

Quite frequently people live with these two conditions for years without receiving an accurate diagnosis. Could that be the reason the EMA chose these two disorders to examine?

These facts make it relatively easy to keep the number of reports low, particularly when quoting the rates against distributed doses instead of administered doses.

Where does that leave all of the HPV vaccine recipients who currently exhibit the symptoms of these two disorders but have not obtained a diagnosis yet?

Unreported with no diagnosis and consequently no treatment protocol!

Who does the EMA turn to in order to investigate these potential safety concerns?

Believe it, or not – In order to examine potential safety concerns with Gardasil/Silgard, Gardasil 9 and Cervarix the Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) is going to question the Marketing Authorization Holders (MAH’s). The Marketing authorisation holders for these products are GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals, Merck Sharp & Dohme Limited, and Sanofi Pasteur MSD.

How insane can one get? These are the very organizations which stand to lose the most should a safety issue be proven regarding HPV vaccines. Does anyone in their right mind think these organizations are going to be transparent when it comes to anything that could substantially affect their bottom line?

The EMA did mention examining data, but will this data come from anyone outside the marketing authorization holders’ control?

Why did the PRAC make no mention of efforts to interview the families of those affected?

Why are they making no apparent effort to talk to physicians on the ground – the people most likely to have experience observing new medical conditions after HPV vaccine administration?

Is the PRAC going to extend their probe to include examination of peer-reviewed publications indicating possible safety concerns surrounding HPV vaccines? Better yet, how about talking to the authors of these publications?

So, what hope do thousands of affected families have?

In this particular instance, there is a great deal of hope. The EMA may have been able to conduct their investigations like this in the past. This time it will not work.

Parents of those with new medical conditions after HPV vaccine administration are not isolated and alone. They have united around the world. They do not want further clarification – they want the truth. They are watching.

Medical and scientific professionals with genuine concerns about the safety, efficacy and need for HPV vaccinations are speaking out. They are willing fight to protect the health of future generations. They are watching.

Business as usual will no longer suffice. Medical consumers around the world will accept nothing less than open, honest scientific investigations regarding HPV vaccine issues.

The families of those negatively affected by HPV vaccine use will not surrender until their children’s health issues have been properly investigated, successful treatment protocols have been designed, and mechanisms put in place to guarantee this type of medical experimentation never gets out of hand again.

Citizens of the world will no longer stand back and allow government health officials to betray the public trust!



Related Topics:

Gardasil Robs 16-Year Old of Her Ovaries!

Death and Autoimmune Diseases the Price of HPV Vaccines on 24,000 Indian Girls

Scientists Explain Why HPV Vaccines are Unsafe*

The Eugenics of HPV Vaccine*

17 Year Old’s Life Ruined by the Gardasil Vaccine*

German TV Airs Muslim Prayers*

German TV Airs Muslim Prayers*

A live coverage of ‘Eid prayers from a mosque near Munich also includes speeches by Catholic and Protestant leaders.

By Basma Atassi

German TV has broadcast live Muslim ‘Eid prayers from a mosque in a town near Munich, a move that is the first of its kind in the country’s history.

The prayers, at 4:45am local time on Friday, were aired from the Penzberg Mosque on public TV and radio broadcaster Bayerischen Rundfunk.

The sermon marked the beginning of the ‘Eid ul-Fitr holiday and the end of the fasting month of Ramadhan.

Lead preacher Benjamin Idriz hailed the move as historic for Muslims in Germany [Photo provided by the Penzberg Mosque]

The broadcast was part of a wider two-hour coverage on the Muslim holiday that will include the sermon, narration of the Islam’s holy book Qur’an, Islamic chanting, and speeches by Christian Catholic and Protestant priests.

Ahead of the sermon, Benjamin Idriz, the preacher who led the prayers, told Al Jazeera the move was historic for Muslims in Germany.

“In the sermon, I will deliver messages to both Muslims and non-Muslims in Germany. I will talk about the common values, and will urge the German society to open up to Muslims and visit their mosques, and also urge Muslims to open up to the German society,” the Macedonian-born German preacher said.

The emergence of “extremist groups” like the ISIL has added psychological pressure on Muslims in Germany, the 43-year-old preacher said.

He said that broadcasting the ‘Eid programme will help the Muslim community feel more welcome and as an integral part of Germany.

The move comes just two weeks after German Chancellor Angela Merkel attended an iftar, the meal to break the Ramadhan fast, for the first time as the head of government. At the event, she said that Islam “is a part of Germany”.

Centre of worship

At least 1,000 worshippers were expected to perform prayers in the mosque in the Bavarian town of Penzberg, with many coming to the small town of from elsewhere in the country.

The prayer hall of Penzberg Mosque, one of the most prominent Islamic places of worship in Germany, has a capacity of 300 to 400 people. The organisers had equipped other rooms in the mosque to accommodate the crowds.

The cubic mosque, built in 2005, has an impressive contemporary architecture, with steel sheets covering the minaret in the form of Arabic calligraphy.

Germany is believed to be home to nearly four million Muslims.

More than 200,000 asylum seekers registered in 2014, most of whom came from African and Middle Eastern countries.

The rise in asylum applications has been followed by a growing trend of xenophobic attacks targeting non-European migrants. In 2014, there were 150 attacks by right-wing groups in Germany on accommodations housing asylum seekers.

Earlier this year, a grassroots movement by the name of PEGIDA, or Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West, organised protests that Merkel called “racist”.

Idriz had told Al Jazeera that, in his Friday sermon, he would call on Germans “to take care of refugees and help them integrate in society”.

Source *

Related Topics:

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Apology to German Muslims from the PEGIDA Movement*

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God-consciousness After Ramadhan

Ramadhan Reflections: Should I Be Interacting With People Who Aren’t Muslim?‏

U.K: Tory MP Behind ISIL Oil Trade*

U.K: Tory MP Behind ISIL Oil Trade*

Nadhim Zahawi, a Kurd has been the Conservative MP for Stratford-on-Avon since 2010

A member of the UK Parliament has been accused of playing a pivotal role in ISIL terrorists’ black market oil business.

According to some reports published on social networks, Nadhim Zahawi is involved in trading oil derived from ISIL-controlled fields in Iraq.

Reports say Nadhim Zahawi, the Conservative MP for Stratford-upon-Avon, has been buying crude at a very low price (between $12 to $30 per barrel) from ISIL terrorists and transporting it to Israel and European markets through Turkey and the Mediterranean Sea.

The Tory MP, who sat on an influential House of Commons Select Committee during the last parliament, has already been involved in oil business with the Kurdistan Regional Government.

Born in Iraq to Kurdish parents, the Tory MP is believed to have significant influence in the region.

Known as millionaire MP, Zahawi owns shares in Genel Energy, another Kurdish oil explorer.

The allegations against Zahawi come against the backdrop of reports that ISIL terrorists sell oil through certain regional countries including Turkey and Iraq’s Kurdistan region.

Back in 2014, David Cohen, US Treasury under-secretary for terrorism and financial intelligence said middlemen from Turkey and Iraq’s Kurdistan region buy oil from ISIL terrorists.

Cohen said ISIL is earning some $1 million a day from black market oil sales.

Reports say ISIL controls nearly a dozen oil fields in northern Iraq as well as Syria’s Raqqa province.

Last year, in a briefing to the European Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee, EU Ambassador to Iraq Jana Hybas-kova announced that some European countries have purchased crude from the ISIL.

The ISIL terrorist group has captured parts of northern Iraq and neighbouring Syria. The terrorist group has carried out heinous crimes such as public decapitations and crucifixions against all ethnic and religious groups.


Related Topics:

U.S. is Buying Disputed Iraqi Kurdish Crude Oil*

U.S. Changes its Mind on Seizing Kurdish Iraqi Crude Oil*

Plunging Oil Prices, ISIS and the Secret U.S – Saudi Deal*

U.S. Destruction of Syrian Oil Infrastructure has nothing to do with ISIS/L*

Pentagon and Israel behind Tunisian Ramadhan Attack*

Staged ISIS Beheading Video Hacked from McCain Staffer*

Obama: “We’re Training ISIL”‏

ISIL fighters’ Given Death Sentences for Iraq Massacre*

The E.U.’s Dictatorship*

The EU’s Dictatorship*

By Eric Zuesse

The Constitution: it’s here: Treaty consolidated 13-03-2014.pdf

That’s the treaty establishing (which was originally done in 2012) the ultimate lending-fund for what the EU now officially considers to be a permanent economic crisis in Europe, of member-nations that are experiencing “severe financing problems,” and that are therefore continually ripe for asset-stripping by aristocrats.

It’s called the European Stability Mechanism.

It’s anything but that. Here is what it actually does:

In other words: it establishes the European bureaucracy to serve global aristocrats, so as to help them asset-strip the European populations of corrupt member-nations. These bureaucrats get transferred back-and-forth between this bureaucracy and the big financial institutions (which also are dependent upon the same billionaires), so that these bureaucratic servants of the aristocracy can themselves gradually emerge as aristocrats, basically joining (now becoming principals, no longer merely agents of) the aristocratic financial war stripping the public.

Here are some key provisions of this “Treaty,” or Europe’s (or the EU’s) new constitution:

Article 34. Professional secrecy. The Members or former Members of the Board of Governors and of the Board of Directors and any other persons who work or have worked for or in connection with the ESM shall not disclose information that is subject to professional secrecy. They shall be required, even after their duties have ceased, not to disclose information of the kind covered by the obligation of professional secrecy. 

Article 35. Immunities of persons. 1. In the interest of the ESM, the Chairperson of the Board of Governors, Governors, alternate Governors, Directors, alternate Directors, as well as the Managing Director and other staff members shall be immune from legal proceedings with respect to acts performed by them in their official capacity and shall enjoy inviolability in respect of their official papers and documents. …

Article 36. Exemption from taxation. 1. Within the scope of its official activities, the ESM, its assets, income, property and its operations and transactions authorised by this Treaty shall be exempt from all direct taxes. …

It’s a “Mechanism” (basically, a government) to transfer to the aristocracy the public’s assets, which are the lands and pensions and healthcare and educational systems, which, in a democracy, are supposed to serve the public, but which, in an aristocracy, serve instead the billionaires. In Europe, aristocrats are still in charge.

For example, one confidential document, dated 11 June 2013, “Real Estate Based Asset Financing for the Hellenic Republic,” has this:

“The Hellenic Republic [Greece] holds a diverse collection of assets, many of which have been scheduled for sale as part of its commitments under the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the European Commission, the International Monetary Fund, the European Central Bank [the three members of ’The Troika’], and the Hellenic Republic. The sale of state-owned assets is a one-off opportunity to raise capital for the Hellenic Republic [to be able to repay banks, which had lent to Greece at an 18% interest rate — and thereby already enriched aristocrats heavily at the public’s expense — and now retrospectively taxpayer-guaranteeing those junk bonds, which global aristocrats had bought through those banks, granting these 18%-interest-rate junk bonds a retrospective AAA+ equivalent taxpayer-guaranteed status, courtesy of the politicians who were supposed to have represented the public].”

Furthermore: “This would help increase the privatisation proceeds beyond the amount currently forseen in the MoU. The majority of the real estate is undeveloped land, with substantial potential,” which “potential” won’t be enjoyed by the Greek public via a future improved Greek national economy and increased tax-income into the Greek Government, but instead enjoyed by global aristocrats, who will be buying that “undeveloped land” now, before its value soars — so that aristocrats will be in on the rip-offs of the Greek public, both coming, and, now, going.

The document specifies that,

“A large part of the Greek real estate portfolio is suitable for tourist development, and given Greece’s climate and leisure and holiday potential this is the key source of potential value for investors.”

In other words: whatever desperate Greeks will still remain in Greece after all of the stripping of the assets of the state, will now become available, at rock-bottom subsistence wages, to serve tourists, while the billionaire owners, throughout the world, will be reaping the profits, from that land (including the beaches and new hotels), and from their slaves there (serving those tourists). This is commonly called “the free market”: the more desperate and poor the public (the Greeks serving those tourists) are, the more profit the aristocracy (the owners of those resorts) will receive.

After Barack Obama’s coup overthrew Ukraine’s democratically elected President in February 2014, Ukraine’s soaring debt is already being treated this way (being set up for privatization), even before Ukraine joins the EU (if it ever will). Similarly, privatization followed the junta that Obama protected (if he didn’t even place them into power) in Honduras in 2009.

There is nothing basically new about this. Benito Mussolini introduced privatization in Italy during the 1920s. Admiring his success with that wealth-transfer to aristocrats, Adolf Hitler then took it up in Germany during the 1930s.

Nowadays, this is called “libertarianism” in the United States, and “neo-liberalism” in Europe. It’s just standard economic theory, being put into political practice. Another term for it is “austerity” (as the public calls it), or (to employ the economist’s euphemistic phrase for it) “fiscal consolidation.”

What Mussolini and Hitler started is now being put into practice increasingly around the world, but it is no longer overtly called “fascism.” Mussolini and Hitler were defeated in WW II, and so the label “fascist” needed to be changed, but the aristocracy, which financed fascists’ rises, has by now emerged victorious (in the U.S. and not only in Europe), using deceit (including these new labels), instead of relying upon mere bombs and guns. There are enough fools (‘libertarians,’ or believers in ‘the free market,’ etc.), so that victory comes far cheaper via such deceits (mental coercion) than via violence (physical coercion — coercion against the body). (But, of course, war, too, can be profitable.)

The entirety of the ‘Greek bailouts’ is bailouts of the aristocracy, not of the public; it’s just like America’s ‘Wall Street bailouts,’ which bailed out the banksters instead of the cheated MBS investors and homeowners. The ‘Greek bailouts’ were actually loans, not ‘bailouts’ at all; and after the loans turned sour, taxpayers were forced to buy them from the aristocrats, who were the ultimate recipients of the actual bailouts. The lenders never bailed anybody out, but instead were bailed out by the public. However, in the Greek case, the people who are blamed are the Greek public, who are being stripped. After all, such blame-the-victim is the natural response, for believers in ‘the free market.’ But it would be like blaming the stripped pension funds, and the underwater homeowners, for having caused the bailouts of Wall Street. Calling them ‘bailouts of Greece’ is the reverse of what they actually are, which is an ongoing stripping of the Greek public. (Other European publics should be angry against the aristocrats they’re bailing out, not against the Greek public, who never benefited from those loans, and who aren’t the people that socked away some or all of those borrowed funds into Swiss or other accounts abroad.) It’s like blaming a raped woman for having been raped. That’s conservative, in the extreme. It’s fascist.

The EU’s dictatorship is by the aristocracy, against the public. It’s just like the U.S. dictatorship — competing parties, both or all of which represent the aristocracy, against the public; none representing the public, against the aristocracy. Conservatives support it, because they support the aristocracy. (A reader replied to this, “it isn’t just the doctrinaire conservatives that support the new aristocracy it is the majority of the public”; but the majority of the public is conservative, they’re devoted to myths; so, that’s not contradicting my assertion, it’s just restating the tragedy.)

This is why inequality is high, and soaring. Democracy is disappearing.


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Anti-Austerity Protests Sweep Through Europe

German Police Officers Take Off Helmets & Marched With German Citizens Against Rothschild European Central Bank!

European Descent into a Policed State!

How Top Central Banks Can Bankroll European Banks

Central Bank of Cyprus Ordered all National Banks to Close!*

IMF and EU Taking Ireland for Everything it’s Got*

Banksters Turning the Ukraine into the GMO Basket of Europe*

Ukraine and the NWO Crisis’s*

Spain to Use the Military Where U.K. Used Emotional Blackmail to Stop Secession*

CIA not Amused at the Rising Left in Spain*

European Central Bank Forcing Greece into Perpetual Debt*

Troika Plotting ‘Regime Change’ in Greece*

Greek Civil Servants: the EU is Like a Noose Strangling People’*

Cashless Society: Push of a Button can Empty Your Credit Card Account*

Hackers Steal $1bn from Banks*

From the Seed – Dinner Table, to be under EU Control

Rising Energy Prices, Yes – Free Energy, No = Big Profits!

IMF Eyes on Pensions and Your Savings Account

Social sciences and the destruction of individuality

Bertrand Russell on the Manipulation of Society*

Between the State of the City of London and the Crown*

Global Pathocracy*

The Return of Feudalism

“Is This The Truth About Tax’s”

Eurozone Grinding to a Halt*

Open Letter from Former NSA Director and Veterans on NATO’s Ukraine Pretext for WWIII*

USA Drone Base in North Africa*

USA Drone Base in North Africa*

By Thomas Gaist

The US military’s Africa Command (AFRICOM) is preparing to develop at least one new US drone and Special Forces base in North Africa, according to military officials cited by the Wall Street Journal.

The new base would initially host surveillance drones, but could soon be expanded to launching attack drones and Special Forces ground troops. New cadres of US military and intelligence forces stationed in North Africa would gather intelligence about targets associated with Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL), US officials told the Journal.

“The presence of ISIL and other extremist groups in Libya, particularly in eastern Libya, is of significant concern to the US,” General Carter Ham, former commander of AFRICOM and now a consultant with an elite Washington strategy firm, told the Journal.

“Not only has ISIL already conducted deadly attacks in Libya and Tunisia, eastern Libya remains a significant transit point for foreign fighters seeking to join ISIL in Syria and Iraq,” he continued.

The Obama administration is prepared to order new airstrikes against Libya if the intelligence agencies so advise, according to White House officials, though such strikes would stop short of a “concerted, Iraq-style bombing campaign.”

Camp Lemonnier, a U.S. Naval Expeditionary Base located at the Djibouti-Ambouli International Airport

As the Journal openly states, the new US facilities in North Africa may be used as staging areas for US bombing runs and Special Forces missions against targets inside Libya in the near future.

Washington is in talks with a handful of North African governments over new basing arrangements, but the precise locations planned for the new AFRICOM facilities have not been revealed.

Official recognition of Tunisia as a “major non-NATO ally” on Friday suggests that Tunis is a leading candidate for the expanded US military presence. The US State Department upgraded Tunisia to special ally status on Friday.

Any new US bases in North Africa will come in addition to a network of US military facilities, garrisons, and covert small-unit deployments that already spans the entire continent. AFRICOM has maintained some level of military presence in literally every single African country for years. US forces under AFRICOM were engaged in live military operations in at least 13 countries as of 2014.

Since at least 2009, the U.S. military has been using defense contractors to run surveillance flights in unmarked PC-12 aircraft from out of Uganda. The U.S. government provided small unarmed drones to Uganda and Burundi.

The ever-louder trumpeting of the threat or supposed threat of Islamist terrorism emanating from Libya is a sure sign a further deepening of the new scramble for Africa is being prepared.

While it is true that Libya has now become the primary hub and sanctuary for far-right militant groups, Islamist and otherwise, this is the direct responsibility of Washington. Together with its NATO allies, the US waged an illegal war and subversion campaign against the country, supporting reactionary Islamist forces linked with and essentially identical to those of ISIS, as part of efforts to overthrow both the Libyan and Syrian governments.

Just as with the ongoing imperialist-orchestrated military interventions throughout West Africa, Central Africa and the Horn of Africa, the threat of Islamist extremism is serving as the all-purpose pretext for efforts by the former colonial overlords to militarize the entire Mediterranean and reassert their own interests in both Northern and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Having ransacked Libya, flooding the surrounding countries with weapons and militants that have profoundly destabilized the political structure of the entire region, US imperialism is preparing new catastrophes further afield.

A “key hub of the U.S. spying network” in Africa, Ouagadougou Airport is the home of a classified surveillance program code-named Sand Creek that includes “dozens of U.S. personnel and contractors” operating a “small air base on the military side of the international airport

In remarks Monday, US State Department spokesman Admiral Kirby John pledged continuing US involvement in the civil war in Nigeria, issuing harsh denunciations of the Islamist group Boko Haram, the favoured bogeyman and central pretext for an expanding US-led military build-up in West Africa. In the wake of the ascension of a US-backed former dictator to the Nigerian presidency and the deployment of thousands of US and US-backed troops on Nigeria’s north-eastern border, the meaning of such comments is clear.

The pretext of fighting ISIS is also being advanced to bring forward the US-backed military dictatorship of Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Cairo, the Saudi monarchy, the Gulf States and other reactionary imperialist-aligned governments to serve as super-empowered US “regional partners.” The US-backed Saudi-led Arab coalition, which has bombed Yemen relentlessly since late March, is preparing to assume a regional role beyond Yemen, including potential operations in Libya, Iraq and elsewhere.

Diori Hamani International Airport in Niamey, Niger has hosted PC-12 surveillance flights since 2012. On February 22, 2013 President Obama sent a letter to Congress that approximately 100 troops would be sent to Niger to support “intelligence collection” and “facilitate intelligence sharing with French forces conducting operations in Mali, and with other partners in the region.”

Egypt has already launched its own air force intervention in Libya and was recently green-lighted to purchase US-made F-16 warplanes. It is speculated to be another favoured staging ground for the US drones.

Washington’s military adventures on the continent have proceeded for years in relative harmony with those of its European counterparts, with the imperialists enjoying the advantages of a friendly division of labour in their efforts, steadily escalating in the wake of the dissolution of the USSR, to re-impose direct political and military control in Africa.

In March 2012 U.S. Army General Carter F. Ham, the head of U.S. Africa Command, testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee about the need for spreading intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) efforts in “assist the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Central African Republic and the Republic of South Sudan to defeat the Lord’s Resistance Army in Central Africa.” According to the Washington Post, the airfield at Nzara is one of the locations intended as a future base for surveillance flights.

Such friendly relations will not last. Washington’s own latest escalation of US forces in North Africa is being prepared not merely against ISIS but in anticipation of struggles with rival powers, including Germany, Italy and France, for control of the strategically critical region. The Europeans have moved to reassert their own grip over former colonial domains in the region, including the vast oil resources of Libya, which was the continent’s leading oil producer prior to the 2011 war and continues to possess large reserves.

The danger of open conflicts between the main imperialist powers, each of which is determined to carve out the largest possible slice of Africa, has reached a new level in recent months, with the Italian government’s revelation of its own proposals to intervene in Libya with thousands of ground troops.


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Texas Challenges Federal Reserve with a Gold-backed Bank*

By Alex Newman

The State of Texas is setting up a gold-backed bank that will allow depositors to bypass the controversial Federal Reserve System and its fiat currency in banking and commerce, according to the state representative who authored the recently enacted law. Under the measure, passed overwhelmingly by lawmakers and signed in mid-June by Republican Governor Greg Abbott, Lone Star State officials will establish and operate the Texas Bullion Depository for anyone who would like to deposit and trade in precious metals. The implications are as big as Texas.

While some analysts have said the move may be another sign heralding Texas’ eventual secession from the union, or preparation for financial Armageddon, its advocates say the depository simply makes financial sense. Among other benefits, the institution will provide more options to consumers weary of the increasingly troubled traditional banking and monetary system, which is viewed by the public with growing suspicion. And experts say the effect of making it easier to use sound money in commerce could be far-reaching.

Among other immediate effects, the law creating the first state-level gold-backed bank in the nation, House Bill 483, will involve repatriating about $1 billion of Texas gold from New York. Conflicting news reports and official statements say the state’s precious metals stockpile is being held either by HSBC in New York, or by the powerful New York Federal Reserve Bank, a privately owned outfit cloaked in secrecy with immense power over the U.S. economy. First, though, officials will need to select a home for the Texas depository.

“Today I signed HB 483 to provide a secure facility for the State of Texas, state agencies and Texas citizens to store gold bullion and other precious metals,” said a statement issued by Governor Abbott, a popular conservative governor, after the ceremonial signing.

“With the passage of this bill, the Texas Bullion Depository will become the first state-level facility of its kind in the nation, increasing the security and stability of our gold reserves and keeping taxpayer funds from leaving Texas to pay for fees to store gold in facilities outside our state.”

The law protects the assets from seizure by the feds or other forces, too.

There will be many other benefits as well, according to supporters. While other states have in recent years passed legislation declaring gold and silver to be legal tender, analysts say Texas’ new depository could help supercharge the growing movement for an honest and sensible monetary system founded on real money rather than debt-based paper notes conjured into existence by a private banking cartel. Indeed, one of the chief aims of gold-and-silver-as-currency proponents is to restore sound money — and the Texas law could help pave the way.

Tenth Amendment Center chief Michael Boldin, whose organization promotes states’ rights to rein in the feds under the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, called the law

“an important first step towards gold and silver as commonly-used legal tender in the state.”

He said the move has the potential to open the market to sound money, even in day-to-day transactions.

“By making gold and silver available for regular, daily transactions by the general public, the new law has the potential for wide-reaching effect,” Boldin added.

The Tenth Amendment Center also highlighted the constitutional implications. Noting that Article I, Section 10, of the U.S. Constitution prohibits state governments from making anything other than gold and silver a tender in payment of debts, Boldin said the bill takes Texas a step toward fulfilling that long-ignored constitutional obligation.

Such a tactic would undermine the monopoly the Federal Reserve system by introducing competition into the monetary system,” he said.

Other experts also highlighted those effects.

“Over time, as residents of the state use both Federal Reserve notes and silver and gold coins, the fact that the coins hold their value more than Federal Reserve notes do will lead to a ‘reverse Gresham’s Law’ effect, where good money (gold and silver coins) will drive out bad money (Federal Reserve notes),” explained constitutional-tender expert William Greene in a paper for the market-oriented Ludwig von Mises Institute.

As this happens, a cascade of events can begin to occur, including the flow of real wealth toward the state’s treasury, an influx of banking business from outside of the state — as people in other states carry out their desire to bank with sound money — and an eventual outcry against the use of Federal Reserve notes for any transactions,” added Greene, who also testified in favor of the law in his capacity as a private citizen.

The new law can also help protect depositors from other downsides of the present monetary regime — the risks inherent in fractional-reserve banking, for example — while still providing many of the conveniences associated with a bank account. Indeed, the depository will engage in many of the functions associated with traditional banking: The ability to store wealth for safe-keeping, the ability to write checks against deposits to transfer funds, and so on.

But in other respects, the institution will function very differently from a traditional bank. For instance, depository accounts will not pay interest, according to the law, nor will the deposits be loaned out to borrowers under the prevailing fractional-reserve banking regime. In an interview on the popular TruNews radio program, the state lawmaker behind the law celebrated the way in which the institution will operate as a major benefit for potential clients.

“This is different than your traditional bank — a traditional bank lends money,” said Texas Representative Giovanni Capriglione, who authored and sponsored the legislation.

“Especially if you’re in Greece right now, you know that if you go to the bank, and everybody went to the bank to try to get their deposits out, there’s not enough paper money to cover it. That causes a whole bunch of concerns. What this depository does is, it doesn’t allow that — if there are 5,000 bars of gold in there, there will be 5,000 gold bars there, and you’ll be able to access your deposits directly upon demand.”

Depositors will also be able to write checks against their gold deposits to pay others, continued Rep. Capriglione, calling the measure a “big deal.”

“You can write checks to individuals who have gold depository accounts, and you’ll also be able to write checks to individuals and corporations who don’t have gold depository accounts,” he explained.

“We set up a system of depository agents so you can have any corporation, any group, basically start a depository agent, and they can send and receive through this depository system, outside of the Federal Reserve System.” Public entities will also be able to participate.

It will not be just Texas citizens, governments, agencies, and businesses taking advantage of the new options, either.

“We are not talking Fort Knox,” Capriglione told the Star-Telegram newspaper.

“But when I first announced this, I got so many emails and phone calls from people literally all over the world who said they want to store their gold … in a Texas depository. People have this image of Texas as big and powerful … so for a lot of people, this is exactly where they would want to go with their gold.”

Some conservative and liberty-minded activists expressed concerns about the law because it creates yet another state agency. However, writing in the market-oriented Ludwig von Mises Institute, economist Ryan McMaken argued that the benefits outweigh the downsides in this case.

“While the Texas depository is a government-owned enterprise, it nevertheless is an improvement since it is a case of decentralization (and arguably nullification) which provides alternatives to the federally controlled monetary and banking systems,” he said.

“As Hayek and other Austrians noted for decades, a decentralization of the monetary system is a key first step in moving toward more sound money.”

The depository will be run by an administrator appointed by the Texas Comptroller, whose office will oversee the institution. The chief of the Texas depository will have to be approved by various state executive and legislative officials. Any profits made will be handed to the general revenue fund, potentially benefiting taxpayers beyond the savings associated with repatriating the state’s gold. The full text of the law is available here.

A similar bill was introduced in 2013 but did not gain traction. This year, though, lawmakers approved it by a landslide margin, with 140 to 4 in the Texas House and 27 to 4 in the state Senate. Now, energized activists in other states are hoping to see similar measures across the country — with the ultimate goal of eventually restoring sound money and an honest economy free from the clutches of the Federal Reserve.


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