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Iran Arrests 4 Saudis on a Vessel inside Its Territorial Waters*

Iran Arrests 4 Saudis on a Vessel inside Its Territorial Waters*

By Tyler Durden

On June 19, just around the time it emerged that Israel had been secretly funding Syrian rebel groups and was explicitly aligned with Saudi Arabia in the Syrian conflict, Saudi media reported that the kingdom had captured three members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps from a boat as it approached the kingdom’s offshore Marjan oilfield. The Saudi Centre for International Communications added that the boat carried explosives, and the Iranians aboard “intended to carry out terrorist act in Saudi territorial waters” with the Marjan Saudi offshore oilfield allegedly targeted.  In other words, Saudi paraded that it had caught what appeared to be three Iranian terrorists belonging to IRGC, suggesting this was an operation ordered from the very top.

Of course, Iran’s take on things was different: Iran’s Tasnim news agency said that Saudi border guards had opened fire on an Iranian fishing boat in the Gulf on Friday, killing a fisherman. It said the boat was one of two Iranian boats fishing in the Gulf that had been pushed off course by waves. So on one side terrorists, on the other fishermen: about par.

Three weeks later, there has been no resolution to this alleged hostage crisis, however in a new development, on Friday Iran’s Fars news agency reported that Iran has returned the favour.

According to the Iranian news agency, Iran’s Revolutionary Guards – this time on the offensive – intercepted a Saudis boat for violating Iran’s territorial waters, and arrested the four passengers on board.

According to the Fars report, the boat came from the Saudi port of Darien and violated Iranian naval water borders where it was stopped by the Revolutionary Guards in the waters of the Bushehr province in southern Iran.

The Iran source told Fars that the IRGC had started an investigation regarding the four passengers on board the boat.

So far there has been no official statement on any Saudi news agency either confirming or denying the report, which likely means that a “behind the scenes” transfer of hostages on both sides is already in place.

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Related Topics:

Iran Seizes Arab Vessels Entering its Territorial Waters*

Terror Attacks in Iran Were Joint Saudi-Israel-U.S. Project*

Saudi Arabia Cuts Ties with Qatar for Not Wanting War with Iran*

Hacked Emails Show Top UAE Diplomat Coordinating With Pro-Israel Think Tank Against Iran*

Russia and Iran Escape the Petro-dollar*

Russia, Iran, Turkey Reach Consensus on De-escalation Zones in Syria*

Iran Sticks to Nuclear Deal in Spite of Threats from Warmongers*

Aged U.S. Hawks Planning for Iran at Adelson Backed Conference*

U.S. Fires Captain Detained by Iran in January*

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‘Unless G20 Summit is Held on a Deserted Island, there will be protests’

‘Unless G20 Summit is Held on a Deserted Island, there will be protests’

People walk during the protest demonstration at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, July 7, 2017. © Fabrizio Bensch / Reuters

 

It is not so much the case where these economic summits are being held, it is the fact that increasingly the powers that be are no longer able to rule in the old way, political commentator and writer John Wight told RT.

Violence broke out on the streets of Hamburg during a mass demonstration against the G20 summit on Thursday. Police deployed water cannon and tear gas against protesters who hurled bottles and reportedly refused to remove their masks.

RT: Do you think questions should be asked about holding the G20 Summit in Hamburg at all, given the logistics and layout and size of the city?

John Wight: Unless you hold these events somewhere in the middle of the Atlantic on a deserted island then these protests are going to take place. It is not so much the case where they are being held, it is the fact that increasingly the powers that be are no longer able to rule in the old way and people are not willing to be ruled in the old way. And they have a point when you consider the disaster that is taking place both within a global economy and ensuing untenable and exponential levels of inequality. Not only within states but also between states, you have the issue of climate change. You have a growing crisis on the Korean peninsula, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, South and East China seas. This is a growing crisis. These scenes are the norm and unless these world leaders are willing to meet on a desert island in the middle of nowhere, then these [protests] are going to be happening increasingly, unless there is a serious structural change.

“I think it was a deliberate decision because everybody knows that Hamburg has a community of young radicals that are ready to resort to violence. And also everybody in Germany knows that the police of Hamburg have a record of a lot of violence and rudeness against protesters themselves. This was a riot that was bound to happen. I think it was a very deliberate decision. Angela Merkel could have held the meeting in a castle somewhere in Bavaria or on some island of the coast of Germany, and they wouldn’t have had to deploy [thousands of] police…This whole thing is a show of force…Everybody is reporting on these violent clashes, but everybody is forgetting that there were 12,000 peaceful protesters and these peaceful protesters are being thrown into one bag with a few violent young radicals…The government is trying to tell the people that if you protest against us or the system, you are going to be associated with violence and radicalism.” – Ernst Wolff, journalist and author

RT: Do you think the authorities were correct to respond in that way?

JW: It is inflaming things but authorities are between a rock and a hard place because of the threat of terrorism, a very real threat. Obviously, we’ve had an increasing spate of terrorist attacks throughout Western Europe, so they are mindful of the possibility of something of that order. After all, we are talking about world leaders. So obviously there is going to be a heavy security presence. Questions will obviously be asked, but I think ultimately it is due to a status quo that more and more people are growing angry about, given the levels if inequality, the march to war, the tensions all over the world. And this is all fitting into this growing ocean of anti-politics. And it is this anti-politics that fed Brexit, fed the election of Donald Trump, and so forth. This is now the rule rather than an exception. And if the authorities want to forestall these scenes, then they have to do something about their own role in creating the conditions in which these protests are emerging.

Culture of violent protests’

RT: Both the protesters and police were ready for violence. What is your impression about what is happening in Hamburg?

Dr. Rainer Rothfuss, geopolitical analyst and consultant: For me this is a clear sign of disintegration of European societies. If you see such a form of taking the rights of democracy, as the protesters claim, to the streets. Of course, these are mostly peaceful protesters; roughly 1,000 among the 12,000 who have the tendency to become violent or to cover up their faces. But the scenes in the streets and which you could also see at former incidents, like the G8 Summit in Heiligendamm in 2007, and two years ago in Frankfurt when the European Central Bank opened its doors, it really gives you the impression that society is heavily under tension. And I ask myself, ‘How will the media blame Russia for this?’ because they claim [Russia] is attempting to disintegrate European society. No! It is internal problems, it is a confrontation between left-wing representatives who don’t believe any longer in the system that it really pursues … the interests of normal, less-favored people in the society. It is becoming like a culture of a violent protests. And I think it is a dangerous development.

RT: The focus in the U.S. and Russia is largely on Donald Trump meeting President Putin. How do you see that going?

Janice Atkinson, independent British European Parliament member: It is the only game in town, it is the only story in town. The two most powerful men in the world are going to be talking and they are going to be talking about the threat of Western civilization as Trump was talking about in Poland…High on their priority is going to be the defeat of ISIS, because that is our common enemy. The defeat of terrorism and security threats, the security is linked to the nation states, taking back the control of our borders, stopping the flow of migration out of Africa and the Middle East and trying to get to grips with the Middle East. That is what they should be talking about. Forget the Paris Climate Change agreement, let the Europeans and the others warble on about that. That’s is not the greatest threat we face at the moment.

“Let’s hope something positive will come out of it. But a word of caution: President Trump comes facing hostile atmosphere back home in America, hostile atmosphere – apart from Britain – most of the European Union leaders are hostile to him. We have seen a thawing of relations with the French president, who extended an invitation to him for Bastille Day. In general, he will need to appear to be tough so will probably will make some lip service, tough talk against Russia. He will have to do that for the domestic audience and to get some brownie points in Europe, in general.” – Adel Darwish, journalist and co-author of ‘Water Wars: Coming Conflicts’

RT: Vladimir Putin has worked with previous US leaders: Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton. How likely is a working relationship with the current US leader?

JA: There’s more in common with Putin and Trump than there ever was with the previous presidents. Particularly, Obama, who was just a puppet for the rest of the world leaders. But these two men actually understand each other. Trump has written “The Art of the Deal;” Putin gets the art of the deal – Putin is trading on the world’s states with energy, trying to do business in spite of the sanctions levied against him. Trump understands that he is a businessman. The art of the deal, and what I would advise them is: “Come on guys, you can do this!”

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Melania Trump trapped in Hamburg guesthouse as G20 protests rage

 

Melania Trump is unable to leave her Hamburg accommodation due to G20 protests taking place outside, her spokeswoman confirmed to German media. The demonstrations are keeping the US first lady from attending an event with the spouses of other world leaders.

“We have no security clearance from the police to leave the guesthouse,” spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham told German news agency DPA.

Grisham also called the situation “unfortunate,” according to NBC’s chief White House correspondent, Hallie Jackson.

German riot police use water cannons against protesters during the demonstrations during the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, July 6, 2017.© Pawel Kopczynski

 

German riot police use water cannons against protesters during the demonstrations during the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, July 6, 2017. © Fabrizio Bensch

German riot police confront protesters during the demonstration at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, July 6, 2017. © Hannibal Hanschke

 

Anti-G20 protesters light garbage in the middle of a road in the Schanze district following clashes with German riot police in Hamburg, Germany, July 6, 2017. © Kai Pfaffenbach

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On July 5th, 2017, 20k people participated in a #NoG20 “Rave-Demo” which danced through the streets of Hamburg. As the street party ended and people dispersed, police began arresting individuals in the area.

The event held July 5th was dubbed a “demo rave” and started near the harbor in Hamburg, Germany. Unicorn Riot livestreamed the action.

The mobile rave had multiple music trucks each with different types of music from Hip Hop to EDM. The moving dance party wound its way through Hamburg swelling to an estimated twenty thousand people. The police mostly kept their distance while thousands danced. The demo passed Rote Flora, a squat in Hamburg and was greeted with flares, colored smoke, and fireworks.

When the rave ended it had met riot police in the street and while for a moment things seemed on the verge of escalation, people inside the crowd kept it focused on dancing.

We spoke to people in the rave who said the day was about having fun and enjoying yourself. While people seemed willing to engage the police, people kept the focus on the music and dance. When dancers seemed intent on moving through the police lines, others would dance towards them and get them back to the music.

While today featured 20,000 people with thousands of riot police in town as well, things remained relatively calm until later into the night. When numbers thinned, police started sending snatch squads into the crowd who sprinted after people they seemed to target. Bottles once again shattered among the police.

Unicorn Riot witnessed multiple arrests as other people in crowd tried to remind people that the summit had yet to start. Rumors are that in the next days we will be witnessing one of the largest black blocs in history. Police already have flexed with armored vehicles and water cannons, but the rest of the weeks marks the day people say they will fight for the streets.

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One of the largest anticapitalist black blocs in history was attacked before they were able to march. The day before the G20 Summit was slated to begin, police in Hamburg attacked the march from behind for refusing to de-mask. The march then turned into hours of running street battles.

Before the march could leave the port area, it was stalled as liaisons communicated with police. Police began issuing threats if protestors did not remove their masks. Protesters then de-masked and were attacked about fifteen minutes later by rampaging hordes of police officers punching, kicking, and beating protesters.

Protesters that were stuck on the road were beat when they attempted to climb up to the side portions of the street to get away from the violent rampage.

Water cannons were frequently used from the beginning of the repression and all through the night.

These protests occurred on the day that Putin, Erdogan, and Trump arrived. Most of those involved in the protests believed that worldwide capitalism needs to be destroyed, and had no interest in symbolic action.

People fought back the heavily armored police by throwing bottles, fireworks, paint, and more. The protest, which was estimated at around 10,000, was dispersed into many fragments. Many splintered, but well organized militant groups of anti-capitalists then roved through Hamburg wrecking havoc to corporate shops, luxury cars, and creating barricade road blocks.

Actions went deep into the night, as barricades on fire were a common sight. Not long after barricades throughout the city were lit, police sent force units to beat people, water cannons to put out fires, and armored personnel carriers with plows in front to push aside the barricades.

The Welcome to Hell march was able to re-generate itself and finally leave the port hours after the violent crackdown. The march got attacked multiple times as it made its way deeper into the St. Pauli neighborhood.

Police indiscriminately beat press, bystanders, and hundreds of innocent protesters seeking to demonstrate against capitalism and the G20. Some people were seen unconscious getting taken away on stretchers and others were receiving medical help at the scene.

Watch the livestream of the protests that happened after the police rampaged through the crowd at the starting point.

Unicorn Riot journalists were injured throughout the day. One’s knee was badly sprained when forced to leap over a wall as police ran into crowd swinging batons and fists. Unicorn Riot also lost a camera when a police officer punched it when our journalist was standing to the side documenting an arrest. All our collective members were struck by police officers at various times as we documented the Welcome to Hell protests. Much of our camera gear was damaged by water cannons.

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Another World is Possible!

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At the World Economic Forum-Africa Germany Pitched a Dubious New G20 Corporate Strategy*

G20 Meets In China To Fight Anti-Globalism and Usher In New World Order*

Putin Reveals ISIS Funded by 40 Countries, Including G20 Members*

Latest G20 Summit a Spectacle of Political Bankruptcy*

G20 Reasons Why Your Fortune is Not Your Own!

Brazil’s Social Democracy Party Abandons Temer Government*

Brazil’s Social Democracy Party Abandons Temer Government*

Brazil’s President Michel Temer attends a ceremony at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia. | Photo: Reuters

 

Last year, Temer’s party also left the governing alliance before the impeachment of former President Dilma Rousseff.

Brazil’s Social Democracy Party, PSDB, announced Thursday that it will no longer participate in the government of President Michel Temer.

Currently, the PSDB directs four ministries under Temer’s administration, including Foreign Affairs, Cities, Secretary of Government and Human Rights.

The announcement comes as the scandal-ridden leader faces corruption charges and a possible impeachment. 

“During these last days, the party, without any imposition of the leaders (of the House and the Senate), is naturally evolving towards the departure of the government, not to oppose the government of Temer, but to stop participating in the government,” Tasso Jereissati, interim president of the PSDB, said to Globo television.

Temer is being accused of receiving and approving bribes in the largest corruption investigation in the country’s history, known as Operation Car Wash. Federal police launched an investigation against the former vice president and alleged that they had strong evidence that he was complicit.

The appointed president was one of the main architects of impeachment manoeuvers against former President Dilma Rousseff after his right-wing Brazilian Democratic Movement Party left the governing alliance with the Workers’ Party, or PT.

Criminal charges against Temer have to be approved by about two-thirds of the lower house of Congress. A total of 341 out of the 513 lawmakers would have to vote in favor. Only then can the Supreme Court issue a conviction. If approved, Temer could be suspended for 90 days while awaiting impeachment proceedings.

The PSDB has experienced an internal split between those who believe that it is necessary to separate themselves from Temer and those who await more evidence and the outcome of his trail.

The party’s former head, Senator Aecio Neves, was removed from office in May by the Federal Supreme Court, but was later reinstated as part of the same corruption scheme investigation.

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Temer Formally Accused of Corruption*

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Brazil’s Key Corruption Judge Who was Killed in a Plane Crash Demands Investigation and Protection from Temer*

Key Temer Aid Resigns as Scandal Closes in*

Brazil’s Coup President Michel Temer to Lift Ban on Foreign Ownership of Land*

Canadian Company to Construct Brazil’s Largest Open-Pit Gold Mine—in the Heart of the Amazon*

Brazil’s Coup Government Moves to Scrap Environmental Regulations*

Brazil Just Approved 20-Year Spending Freeze to Punish the Poor*

90,000-strong Child Porn Ring Busted on ‘dark web’*

90,000-strong Child Porn Ring Busted on ‘dark web’*

© Charles Platiau / Reuters

 

Police in Frankfurt swooped on suspected paedophiles after busting a massive child pornography website on the ‘dark web’. The site had almost 90,000 users who swapped graphic images of children and arranged meetings to abuse them.

The forum, known as ‘Elysium,’ had existed on the internet’s darkside since the end of 2016.

Frankfurt public prosecutor’s and Germany’s BKA Federal Police said they arrested several people connected to the forum, including the sites suspected operator, a 39-year-old man living in Frankfurt.

The unidentified man was arrested on June 12 when police raided his apartment seizing the server used to host the site.

Elysium had more than 87,000 users worldwide who utilised the platform to disseminate horrifying pornographic images of children as well as arranging appointments to abuse children.

“Among the child pornographic images and video files exchanged by the members of the platform were recordings of the most serious sexual abuse of children, including toddlers and depictions of sexual violence against children,” prosecutors said in a statement, as cited by Reuters.

Authorities have not divulged how many suspects have been arrested. More details will be made available in a press conference Friday.

This latest bust comes just two months after nearly 900 members of a global ‘dark web’ paedophile ring spanning Europe and the Americas were arrested following a two-year investigation by the FBI and Europol.

The website’s founder was handed a 30-year jail sentence.

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Related Topics:

Paedophilia becoming the Accepted Norm in Germany*

The Paedophilia Past of Eurozone’s Chancellor Merkel’s Coalition Party*

Army Colonel Sobs in Court as he’s Sentenced to 12 years in Child Pornography Case*

Nearly 400 Children Rescued and 348 Adults Arrested in Canadian Child Pornography Bust*

Pornography and the Social Engineering of Human Sexuality*

My Kid Is Reading What? Common Core or Pornography?*

Take-down of the American Public School System and its Teachers*

Take-down of the American Public School System and its Teachers*

Have large American public school systems become a secret Intel hotbed for mind-control of students and taxpayer asset-stripping?

A mind is a terrible thing to waste

 

By Preston James

Note: This is a long article. It is being presented as a white paper investigative report of what happened when American Intel is turned against mainstream America and deployed to covertly wage war against the public school system by invading it, hijacking it and asset-stripping it.

This report is about an investigation of the take-down of a wealthy public school system which was the first national test of a carefully crafted covert Intel plan to take down every single American public school system, step-by-step.

This take-down of the American public schools systems by Intel is truly a secret war being waged against all American taxpayers and parents of school-aged children who use public schools. It is high time parents began their own deep investigations, and take corrective action by electing well-informed school boards.

Even now, after many public school systems have been taken-down by American Intel, school board members are notably naive and have no clue about the sophisticated Intel operation that has been deployed. These board members have been craftily deceived by two-faced, sociopathic school administrators.

Hopefully this article will help wake up the taxpayers, the parents, the teacher-victims and the naive school board members, who have no clue about this American Intel covert operation deployed against their schools that is hidden in plain sight.

In 1913 the BT/RKM/COL Banksters hijacked America with the passage of their Federal Reserve Act, which was completely illegal and unconstitutional.

And ever since, this hijacking of the American monetary creation and distribution system has enabled these Banksters to craftily and covertly strip away the fruits of the labour and accrued assets of American workers on a continuing basis.

The unlimited “issue at will” Federal Reserve Debt-notes have provided the Ruling Cabal the means to buy, bribe, influence, human compromise, and manipulate almost every elected and appointed USG official.

This BT/RKM/COL Ruling Cabal has viewed the USA as a mere stepping-stone to taking over the whole world and a means to establish a Luciferian occult-based Globalist NWO one-world government run out of Jerusalem. It is now clear that their Globalist NWO agenda is an inter-generational obsession that goes back many generations.

Early on these Globalist Banksters realized that to attain their long term Globalist NWO objectives they had to gain complete total control of the American masses.

And they realized that they had to hijack the mass media and public educational systems to do this effectively

The Ruling Cabal knew they had to consolidate such institutions in order to easily control them. They created numerous, special think-tanks, non-profit foundations and advisory boards which created policies. The Cabal imposed these policies through the control they exerted over elected and appointed officials through bribery, human compromise and high-level influence peddling.

Keeping the American masses occupied with work, entertainment, war, and political and class infighting (while stealing them blind) became key policies of the Banksters.

These Globalist Banksters have well understood that the biggest threat to the completion of their agenda is a well-informed American public; citizens who were well-educated in true American history, folks who understood the US Constitution, Bill of Rights and what the American Founding Fathers were attempting to do with the American Revolution to gain independence from an oppressive British Regime.

Soon after 1913, the Ruling Cabal realized that it was essential to mind-control the American masses through the public school systems, and they began a long process over the next 75 years to create policy to control their curricula, and concocted plans to eventually infiltrate them and hijack them.

This article contains what must be described as a “fictional account” of what they were able to do in one large, wealthy suburban school system about 12.5 years ago, which was an initial trial or field test to take down a large, wealthy, urban public school system.

Normally, this kind of information is never allowed to reach the light of day. But thanks to the Internet, the World’s New Gutenberg Press (which itself is truly revolutionary), we are now seeing the beginning phases of a complete end to all secrecy that cannot be stopped.

Somewhat Gladio

The take-down of the American public school systems – how it is being done now.

The American public school systems are being taken down one by one, with a progressive roll-out of a sophisticated Intel operation that is being implemented in the larger Urban public school systems.

Preparation for this operation has been set in place for many years with the progressive shift to Globalist curriculum and educational policies, followed by the installation of high-powered psychotronic emitters, which produced remote brain entrainment.

These Globalist educational policies that have been rolled out in the public schools, as well as in many institutions of the USG, now certainly form the crux of the Ruling Cabal’s six Controlled Major Mass Media (CMMM).

What are these Globalist values by which the U.S. Public school systems have used to condition the minds of students to favor Globalism?

They consist of:  political correctness, diversity, sex role confusion, narcissism, situational morality, group think, hysterical and nonsensical “zero-tolerance” policies, and dependency on the state to provide for their needs.

Mind-kontrol is the key to creating good Global citizens in school.

Initially the first form of mind-kontrol deployed in the public schools was “cultural control” through standardized textbooks that selectively omitted important American history, and subtle but real establishment of Globalist values.

But now, the mind-control deployed has expanded to include the deployment of sophisticated covert psychotronic mind-control involving computerized “U.N.” lighting, high-powered Wi-Fi, and in some cases, specialized EMF transmitters inserted in the ceilings and ventilation.

Penetration of wifi in children’s brains

 

Now for a concrete example how one public school system has been taken down, asset-stripped and covertly turned against the students, the parents and the teachers.

And all done while hidden in plain sight with no serious public awareness until they crossed a certain line and went too far, at which time, certain interceptions were initiated.

Consider the following account “fiction” because it is not a good idea to completely disclose current major Intel operations. You can thank the Editors of Veterans Today for allowing such an article. Try finding this type of information anywhere else. This article goes about as far as is possible at this time.

There are parts of this story that cannot be told to protect the innocent from further harassment, but most readers can get a pretty complete idea of what was done and just how evil and sinister this take-down operation in this first test school system was. Suffice to say that limited but significant corrective (interception) actions were initiated by certain entities, and these did meet with some success in blocking these operations at this particular school system and stopping the tyrannical abuse, unwarranted firings, induced illnesses and murders.

Those who learn of the details of this secret test in this particular school system have been shocked at just how sociopathic and heartless the perps in administration are who did all this. So far no justice has been delivered from any court of law – and won’t be – since all American courts have been fully compromised by American Intel on behalf of the Ruling Cabal.

All that has to be done to quash any case is for the CIA’s attorney or any major Intel counsel to call the judge and invoke national security waivers. I am well aware of several cases where this was done to protect various covert operations and major law breakers.

However there is a final high court of final judgment awaiting these perps in the next life. And a fair number of the perps have already descended into their own private misery for what they have done as they have grown old and weak.

For some the harvest will be a very bad day – for others, perhaps a gratifying day

 

Minnesota History lesson

This article is about what occurred in a wealthy suburban school on the west side of the Twin Cities in Minnesota about 12.5 years ago. There is no evidence so far that this process which began in this school as a test case has ever been abated. It most likely is being taken to every major public school system in America. How far that process has spread is arguable but I would expect it is becoming the norm. I have been told that it is now present in some of the large urban schools in Illinois, and probably in many other states too, if not all.

In this imaginary school, there were select teachers who were profiled as problems, and who were “set up” to be fired without any legal justification at all. This profiling included any conservatives and especially Christians of any denomination. Any teacher who was judged to have high moral values or rock-solid integrity was identified as a potential problem to the roll-out of this well-planned covert operation.

The actual process of  American Intel taking-down a public school system.

And this operation involved four parts: the removal of any teacher with strong integrity and conventional moral values; the  installation of a new Globalist based value system in this school system; serious mind-control operations of students; and major asset-stripping of taxpayer funds, some of which to be pocketed personally by the perps, and with a large chunk going to various Intel entities for black ops.

Teachers with identifiable deviant behaviour, moral weakness, lack of character or deficient integrity or who displayed a Globalist bent were greatly favoured. It was expected that they would easily go along with all the new policies such as mandated sex role confusion training, political correctness, and situational morality training.

Teachers profiled to have strong morality, integrity and character were expected to become problems with the roll-out of this new curriculum. Secret policies were set up to manipulate the administration to get rid of these targeted teachers one by one using various “solutions”, which were all quite evil, some deadly.

New teachers that didn’t meet the preferred profile had their contracts suddenly non-renewed at the end of their first year for no good reason, even if they were great teachers. This was a technicality allowed in their contract in the fine print. This was tough on the teachers who bought homes in the district. It was quite unexpected by them, since this rarely happens in teaching.

Numerous teachers were abused, harassed, tyrannized and driven out. A pall of fear of an abusive administration manipulated by one woman who functioned as a kingpin engulfed the school. This lady also given no official ruling power ran the show and, on her word alone, careers were extended and others ended. The term “vicious” was used to describe this lady numerous times by those that knew her.

Some teachers allegedly had porno ads placed on their computers by a technician that ran the computer system. The teacher was then accused of using a school computer to access porno and wrongly forced out. Every single case of this (there were more than a few) was based on a false charge. The School System was paying a great deal of money for special blocking software filtering that made such access impossible.

There was testimony provided that these porno ads were put on the teachers’ computers by the school itself. Names have been changed to protect the innocent, who have been abused enough. Numerous subtle but effective interceptions were initiated by “friendlies” to counteract the tyranny and damage being done to teachers as the incidents surrounding Peter’s abuse were exposed to the right folks.

Such interceptions were limited because, when two major Intel agencies, the FBI, the US Department of Justice, the State Dept. of Education and the governor were arrayed against the victims (the list is very long) and anyone trying to help – you can imagine how it was quite difficult to intercede.

Despite this, these interceptions were effective over time, but sadly no perps had to face American justice, which they should have had to. Many serious felonies were committed, some capital crimes. These perps will have to await justice in the final court of law when they stand before Almighty God to answer for their total abuse of power.

The appearance of a “smoking gun” affidavit detailing the extreme abuse of “Peter” and other teachers by heartless and unimaginably cruel school administrators.

A smoking gun affidavit was obtained, and this stopped the abuse-of-teachers part of the process cold in its tracks at this first test school, saved lives, and prevented numerous induced illnesses in this particular first field test school that was being covertly attacked by American Intel.

Below is an affidavit which was provided by a witness, a stand up man who just couldn’t allow the abuse to go on any more when he finally realized how bad it was. School administration worked craftily to keep abused teachers from talking. Most teachers and staff were afraid to discuss how certain teachers were abused, except those who were in on it, and who bragged about it to each other and enjoyed their power.

The subject on whose behalf this affidavit was written has recovered, is teaching again and is fully restored. The school had gained a judgment for their legal expenses against him, but dropped such action as soon as this affidavit appeared on the scene. The perps in school administration were afraid of complete exposure, because they realized that the Intel Agencies would merely cut them loose, deny any part and let them take the full legal consequences.

The perps that ran these operations are some of the most cruel, soulless individuals imaginable. They had absolutely no humanness in them at all, and their pure evil showed through in their grotesque abuse and tyranny of teachers. There was nowhere for abused teachers to go. Board members did not act when they contacted them, because they always believed what the school administration claimed, and labeled the abused teachers as malcontented for being corrected for bad behaviour.

The school administration created a system of fear that made most teachers afraid to talk to each other. The classrooms and teacher lounge were bugged with mics and cameras, and the excuse was that this was necessary to satisfy new regulations. The only places not bugged were buses for handicapped students, because this was prevented by federal regulations.

Intel agencies specialize in establishing good deniability. Complete disclosure could still come, by the way, because numerous political enemies of the perps have the complete file (and it is voluminous) and may decide to use it.

The following affidavit reveals some extremely abusive treatment of teachers by the school administration. But remember, this is the mild stuff and merely the tip of the iceberg. On page 9, “Larry”, who gave the affidavit, says he was an army soldier and served his country, and that before something happens to him, he “needs to tell what he has seen firsthand”.

School Affidavit (1)

Teachers voted with their feet

Some teachers were harassed by the administration to the point that they just quit and went elsewhere. A number of them were interviewed, and they all told basically the same story.

The teacher “Peter” mentioned in this witness affidavit was a man who now believes he was poisoned by the school administration with enzymes that caused his heart attack, and he believes this was an attempt to murder him.

Soon after Peter was harassed, abused, made deathly ill, and driven out, two more large suburban schools surrounding the Twin Cities of Minnesota were taken down. Both had infiltration by ex-military in their administrations with Intel connection, one became linked to child sex trafficking, and both were involved in theft of significant taxpayer funds through crafty schemes.

Some teachers in the public school system that abused Peter were made seriously ill (some murdered) by covert Intel means. This school where Peter was abused, made sick and driven out served as the first test of this covert Intel operation to take down the public school systems in America. This take-down operation included spraying special bio-engineered enzymes on some of the teachers’ desks when they were judged too difficult to drive out, and this caused various kinds of serious illnesses, some even fatal cancers. And all because it was anticipated that any teacher who did not meet the Globalist profile had to be driven out one way or another, selecting from a menu of sinister and sometimes lethal methods.

This particular school that abused Peter and drove him out was an initial field test for the Intel covert operation to take down all the American public schools over time. And we now know that this plan also involved the installation of various psychotronic mind-control means, such as special “U.N.” computerized lighting; EMF transmitters; then high-powered Wi-Fi; and even at times, the dispersion of special mind-kontrol drugs, such as scopolomine and various bio-engineered toxins that were deployed against teachers who had been profiled to be a risk to the take-down process.

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The “Borg” multiply and spread

The success obtained during the first field test was then taken to a large business and then to other public school systems, as fast as implementation could be attained.

This national CIA/NSA covert operation program was kicked off by the visit of Bush2 to this High School where the first field test was run, the school system that employed Peter. Shortly after that, a second test was done in a local large sporting goods store, part of a national chain that went broke and was bought cheap and appeared to have become a CIA proprietary. And then the test was taken to two other local public school systems.

At present, it is unknown how many public school systems have been taken-down to entrain Globalism in the students and to asset-strip large amounts of taxpayer funds for “off the books” black ops. The original plan was to eventually take down every single public school system in America. It’s a good bet that most large urban public schools have been taken down by American Intel by now, after the plan has been actively and successfully deployed for over 15 years.

EMF Emissions: Someone who worked at the large sporting goods store where the second field test was implemented claimed that some of the employees (including one manager) had snapped mentally with no prior issues, having to be taken away by paramedics, soon to recover as soon as they were away from the premises, which just happened to have had high EMF emissions far beyond accepted European Health standards.

This same situation occurred in two different schools targeted for take-down just after Wi-Fi was installed, and involved a teacher or teacher’s aide snapping mentally. In both of these schools, the school administration was stacked with ex-military and Intel.

Collaboration with Agencies: In the first school (the first test), there was a lot of proof that this was going on, but the FBI and local LE had absolutely no interest in investigating it, even after evidence was presented to the US Attorney. It is now apparent that the FBI knew about it all along, kept it covered up, and was in on it, along with other American Intel agencies.

Porno Ads Seeded on Computers: Despite the fact that the particular High School where the first test was done had an expensive contract with a computer security service and extensive firewall software to prevent such, porno ads were placed on certain negatively profiled teachers, who were then fired. This computer security company was also responsible for the computer security of numerous other public schools and the state government networks; and was known by insiders to have been associated at a certain level with 9-11-01. The company was allegedly tapping all computers it was supposed to be protecting, and doing this for various Intel agencies, at least one foreign-based.

Embedded Intel Assets: The first High School used for the mind-control test allegedly had Intel assets embedded in high positions of responsibility in its administration who were skimming millions of dollars through various well-disguised ways, like over-billing federal programs for handicapped students who were no longer there, charging tax payers for substitute teachers that never appeared, and paying huge fees for friends consulting over worthless issues.

One estimate was that over 20 million dollars were skimmed off over a ten-year period. So, it seemed evident that this was not only about conditioning the students to be good global citizens, but was an important means to rip off millions from the local taxpayers – a large portion going to Intel for black ops funding.

Multiple Agencies: It soon became evident that there was high-level Intel involvement from more than one Intel agency at this school in administration and other departments including the computer department. It didn’t take long to figure out that this public school system was viewed as a money cow to be milked.

It was disclosed by someone who worked there that he had personally seen the administration using two sets of books. Another disclosed how non-existent, imaginary substitute teachers were being paid; and the USG was being charged for transportation for handicapped kids no longer there.

In the first school, numerous older teachers who did not fit the desired profile were harassed and made so unhappy most just quit. One person in administration (not the superintendent or even a principal) in particular appeared to be the kingpin running this tyranny against teachers that kept many in fear for their jobs.

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Case Study

Let’s take the case of one teacher, whom we will give a pseudonym of Peter. Pseudonyms of teacher victims will be used to protect the innocent from further retaliation. This fine teacher Peter, who had a spotless teaching record of many years, had porno ads put on his computer by the school itself, without any awareness on his part. Just out of the blue, the school administration bushwhacked him and called an immediate meeting with no explanation and had the local police chief present. They tried to manipulate Peter to admit he did it, when he actually knew nothing about it, and the school administration tried to convince the police Chief who was there to arrest him. Turns out the local police chief was an honest man with integrity, and he refused, claiming there was no evidence to justify an arrest.

This same police chief was allegedly later taken to Langley on a short-term junket and asked to sign away jurisdiction for this city to Federal LE on any case when requested by the feds, and in return his department would be given armored cars, machine guns, and expensive specialized swat gear.

The chief allegedly refused, and then supposedly came down with a strange neurological case of “CIA Flu” and had to retire. The new chief allegedly got with the program, signed the agreement and received the equipment under the 1033 military surplus acquisition program.

Persecution of Peter

Justice perverted

 

This teacher “Peter” who was wrongly accused of accessing porno on his school computer had many prior years of a spotless record with zero complaints. Peter was too distrustful of administration to keep working there and resigned after the school agreed to a positive severance package.

However, not only did the school system not follow this agreement they signed, they wrongly and treacherously started action with the State Department of Education to have his licenses revoked under the “bad morals” clause.

The first judge laughed and said everyone gets those postage stamp-sized ads and that he had too, and there was no evidence that this teacher “Peter” had done anything wrong or ever accessed any porno.

Because of the high-level of influence the school district had through the governor, they were able to have the first judge removed and another one put in his place. This second judge agreed to reconsider the case (double jeopardy), but after examining all the facts, she too ruled that Peter had done nothing wrong, and that there was no evidence he had accessed porno on his school computer.

Peter then hired an attorney and sued the School System for damages for abusing him. Turns out the lawyer defending the school system worked for the same law firm that the governor of the state was a kingpin at. 

When Peter was deposed as a witness at this firm, while sitting in the lobby next to the secretary right before the depo, he heard the secretary page the school’s attorney and state “Governor XXX is on the phone and wants to talk to you about the deposition”.

At this point it became obvious that the governor was in on this Intel operation at a very high level.

In this first school I had talked to some of the teachers who were harassed. I talked with two who unexpectedly became ill with strange diseases, one got cancer. Any teacher that did not fit the desired teacher profile was at risk for being targeted, harassed, and driven out, or even poisoned.

One teacher was made quite ill and had to take a medical leave and was seriously harassed and driven out for that.

As this unfolded, a woman “Sylvia” was sent in as teacher to observe this covert operation and see what was going on and was allegedly doing this for another un-involved major foreign Intel agency. She was driven out by making her sick.

At that point it seemed evident to me that the whole op had then been completely unmasked by another un-involved agency, which would probably be motivated to use the information for political purposes.

Now the cat was out of the bag, and it is pretty certain that quite a detailed file was assembled and circulated among the governor’s political enemies to be used at a later date. It was clear that those involved in this scam were now exposed and the governor would probably never be able to become president because his political opponents in high positions of the opposite party had the file and would likely use it later as necessary to derail him.

The tyrannized, abused teacher Peter who sued the first school had his case wrongly dismissed by a crooked judge.

Peter then proceeded to meet with the U.S. Attorney who had been a friend of his family and shared all the evidence of major RICO crime and theft of millions of taxpayer’s dollars. The U.S. Attorney led him to believe this would be a big prosecution, but then suddenly and unexpectedly retired to “spend more time with his family”. The case was pushed aside and died at that point.

Then, Peter turned in the complaint to the Inspector General for the US Department of Education. He was led to believe it would be a big prosecution, and then strangely everything was dropped with no explanation.

He didn’t even try to go the State Department of Education, because they had already shown themselves to be dirty. Peter’s teacher’s union was also compromised and offered no real help at all. In fact, it seemed pretty obvious that the union attorney tried to entrap him and help the school administration, but failed. A union rep tipped him off in confidence that the fix was in, and the union was compromised and dirty.

But it was also clear that the local LE, including the FBI, would never investigate, because it seemed apparent that the CIA and NSA were both involved in this operation, and the FBI was running a cover up for them.

For several years after, Peter was blackballed, and could only find a teaching job at an Indian reservation that had become an independent sovereign nation and had dropped out of the State Educational System.

After working at the reservation teaching for several years and doing a great job, he was finally able to get back into another large public school system nearer his home. When he started there, another teacher newly hired from the U.K. came up to him and said, “we have been watching you and we are glad you are here”.

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Mark’s experience

More examples of the serious abuse of teachers in this first school, which was an apparent high-level covert Intel operation, a major first test of the take-down of a school system in America.

The school administration of this same school attempted to set up a well-respected coach, “Mark”, who was a man with high moral integrity and who had a father who was a highly respected coach of a major NFL football team. Mark hired an attorney who had been well-informed of the administration’s game. This attorney was able to get the school to back off and drop all charges and Mark kept his job.

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Walt’s experience

Another teacher “Walt” who had been there over 20 years and was close to retirement was fired by this same school administration. Walt was told that one of his black students had complained that he had made racist remarks.

Walt hired an attorney who had also become well-informed of the administration’s game to drive teachers out who had too much moral integrity.

Here is why the school decided to rehire Walt and remove the complaint. Turns out this man was the only white singer in a large black Gospel choir. Walt was close friends with many black musicians and highly respected and loved in the black community as well as by students and fellow teachers at this school.

When this fact was brought forth, the school dropped charges but they retaliated by giving Walt two part-time jobs and refused to honor him when he retired soon afterwards. The school refused to mention him in their bulletin or have a party for him like they did with the other retirees. He had grounds to sue them for damages, but just wanted to get away from them and enjoy his retirement benefits that he worked so hard for over many years.

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Conclusion

The amount of suffering of so many good teachers endured at the hand of evil soulless perps in administration is unimaginable, it was pure tyranny. Most teachers and staff kept quiet because they were afraid of being harassed, fired or blackballed and prevented from ever teaching again and losing their retirements.

The actual suffering of those who were driven out, made ill (some were murdered) is staggering in scope, but never became known by the general public of the city involved.

Because of the large amount of taxpayer money ripped off, the FBI should have instituted a major investigation, and numerous RICO indictments should have been made soon after the U.S. Attorney was provided smoking-gun evidence. Because the FBI itself is a large RICO operation serving the Ruling Cabal that mandated this operation in the first place, it of course helped keep everything covered up.

The prominent law firm was rewarded for keeping the lid on and this matter from reaching the newspapers. They moved into new, lavish offices. But not too long after that, the chickens came home to roost, and the firm collapsed and is no more.

About 12.5 years have passed, and various means were successfully utilized to get the responsible administration removed. The new administration appears to be cleaner, but the use of advanced psychotronics remains, as does the Globalist, cultural mind-kontrol agenda, so the gains have been limited.

It is unknown if two sets of books are still being used in the first school, but I would expect that is the case, since the school system is still asking for more taxpayer money all the time, when millions have apparently been ripped off. And this money did not go to the teachers, either.

Based on the fact that Wi-Fi has been weaponized and is now deployed in almost every public school and many private ones, it is a good bet that this test case from the first public high school has been taken to most other large public schools in America, where vast amounts of taxpayer funds are being ripped off for Intel’s black operations, while two sets of books are used.

My best guess is that it has become normal practice for all large public school systems to have become embedded with sheep-dipped CIA and other Intel ops.

The public school systems in major urban areas are adapting Globalist policies created and administered by the U.S. Department of Education. And this has created a situation of conformity of most large, urban public school systems to the same Globalist value set.

The U.S. Department of Education needs to be shut down, just like the CIA and some other Intel agencies that oppress and tyrannize good Americans rather than serving We The People as they are supposed to do.

Unless things start changing, it can be assumed that American Intel will eventually covertly take down every large urban public school system in America and will continue its asset-stripping of many millions of USD from the American taxpayers each year. And while stealing millions, it will continue to mind-control their children to become ignorant of history, dumbed-down, morally compromised, and sexually confused good Global citizens.

And it is also clear that this is all being done on purpose – to transform students into good, mind-controlled Global Citizens and to raise massive “off the books” funding for black operations.

Since Agenda 21 succeeded only partially, the locusts have swarmed back around to besiege the world with Agenda 2030

 

And it seems certain that students who have been mind-kontrolled to become good Global citizens when they grow up will continue to accept a non-draft based American mercenary army that engages in perpetual, illegal, unconstitutional foreign wars of aggression.

This of course will ensure that the stream of profits will continue to flow to the Ruling Cabal, to crooked politicians and to the families that own major blocks of stock in the defense industry.

*BT/RKM/COL Babylonian Talmudics/Rothschild Khazarian Mafia/City of London Banksters aka the Ruling Cabal

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U.S. DoJ Files Civil Action to Forfeit Thousands of Ancient Iraqi Artifacts Imported By Hobby Lobby*

U.S. DoJ Files Civil Action to Forfeit Thousands of Ancient Iraqi Artifacts Imported By Hobby Lobby*

By Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of New York

Cuneiform Tablets Were Falsely Labeled as Product “Samples” and Shipped to Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., and Two Corporate Affiliates

Earlier today, the United States filed a civil complaint to forfeit thousands of cuneiform tablets and clay bullae. As alleged in the complaint, these ancient clay artifacts originated in the area of modern-day Iraq and were smuggled into the United States through the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Israel, contrary to federal law. Packages containing the artifacts were shipped to Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. (“Hobby Lobby”), a nationwide arts-and-crafts retailer based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and two of Hobby Lobby’s corporate affiliates. The shipping labels on these packages falsely described cuneiform tablets as tile “samples.”

The government also filed a stipulation of settlement with Hobby Lobby, in which Hobby Lobby consented to the forfeiture of the artifacts in the complaint, approximately 144 cylinder seals and an additional sum of $3 million, resolving the civil action. Hobby Lobby further agreed to adopt internal policies and procedures governing its importation and purchase of cultural property, provide appropriate training to its personnel, hire qualified outside customs counsel and customs brokers, and submit quarterly reports to the government on any cultural property acquisitions for the next eighteen months.

The complaint and stipulation of settlement were announced by Bridget M. Rohde, Acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, and Angel M. Melendez, Special Agent-in-Charge, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), New York.

“American collectors and importers must ensure compliance with laws and regulations that require truthful declarations to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, so that Customs officers are able to scrutinize cultural property crossing our borders and prevent the inappropriate entry of such property,” stated Acting United States Attorney Rohde.

“If they do not, and shippers use false declarations to try to clandestinely enter property into the United States, this Office and our law enforcement partners will discover the deceit and seize the property.” Ms. Rohde thanked U.S. Customs and Border Protection for its role in intercepting shipments and safeguarding the seized antiquities.

“The protection of cultural heritage is a mission that HSI and its partner U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) take very seriously as we recognize that while some may put a price on these artifacts, the people of Iraq consider them priceless,” stated Special Agent-in-Charge Melendez.

According to the complaint and stipulated statement of facts filed with the court, in or around 2009, Hobby Lobby began to assemble a collection of historically significant manuscripts, antiquities and other cultural materials. In connection with this effort, Hobby Lobby’s president and a consultant traveled to the UAE in July 2010 to inspect a large number of cuneiform tablets and other antiquities being offered for sale (the “Artifacts”). Cuneiform is an ancient system of writing on clay tablets that was used in ancient Mesopotamia thousands of years ago.

In October 2010, an expert on cultural property law retained by Hobby Lobby warned the company that the acquisition of cultural property likely from Iraq, including cuneiform tablets and cylinder seals, carries a risk that such objects may have been looted from archaeological sites in Iraq. The expert also advised Hobby Lobby to review its collection of antiquities for any objects of Iraqi origin and to verify that their country of origin was properly declared at the time of importation into the United States. The expert warned Hobby Lobby that an improper declaration of country of origin for cultural property could lead to seizure and forfeiture of the artifacts by CBP.

Notwithstanding these warnings, in December 2010, Hobby Lobby executed an agreement to purchase over 5,500 Artifacts, comprised of cuneiform tablets and bricks, clay bullae and cylinder seals, for $1.6 million. The acquisition of the Artifacts was fraught with red flags. For example, Hobby Lobby received conflicting information where the Artifacts had been stored prior to the inspection in the UAE. Further, when the Artifacts were presented for inspection to Hobby Lobby’s president and consultant in July 2010, they were displayed informally. In addition, Hobby Lobby representatives had not met or communicated with the dealer who purportedly owned the Artifacts, nor did they pay him for the Artifacts. Rather, following instructions from another dealer, Hobby Lobby wired payment for the Artifacts to seven personal bank accounts held in the names of other individuals.

With Hobby Lobby’s consent, a UAE-based dealer shipped packages containing the Artifacts to three different corporate addresses in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Between one and three shipments arrived at a time, without the required customs entry documentation being filed with CBP, and bore shipping labels that falsely and misleadingly described their contents as “ceramic tiles” or “clay tiles (sample).” . After approximately 10 packages shipped in this manner were received by Hobby Lobby and its affiliates, CBP intercepted five shipments. All of the intercepted packages bore shipping labels that falsely declared that the Artifacts’ country of origin was Turkey. No further shipments were received until September 2011, when a package containing approximately 1,000 clay bullae from the same purchase was received by Hobby Lobby. It was shipped by an Israeli dealer and accompanied by a false declaration stating that the bullae’s country of origin was Israel.

In executing the stipulation of settlement, Hobby Lobby has accepted responsibility for its past conduct and agreed to take steps to remedy the deficiencies that resulted in its unlawful importation of the Artifacts. Hobby Lobby has agreed to the forfeiture of all of the Artifacts shipped to the United States.

The government’s case is being handled by Assistant United States Attorneys Karin Orenstein and Ameet B. Kabrawala.

E.D.N.Y. Docket No. 17-CV-3980 (LDH) (VMS)

Exhibit A
Sample Images of the Defendants in Rem

Cuneiform Tablets

Clay Bullae

Attachment(s):

Download Cuneiform In Rem Complaint .pdf

Component(s):

USAO – New York, Eastern

Contact:
John Marzulli
Tyler Daniels
United States Attorney’s Office
(718) 254-6323

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Recolonalization: G20 Compact with Africa in Berlin: Implications for EU-Africa Relations*

Recolonalization: G20 Compact with Africa in Berlin: Implications for EU-Africa Relations*

By Marco Zoppi

The proposed formula contains appealing guidelines for initiating economic development in Africa, but it does not address long-term stability and protection from risks and global volatility. Risks are only understood as risks for the investors. Thus, this development strategy embraces the prevailing neoliberalism that re-enacts colonialism.

On June 12-13, Berlin hosted the latest initiative of the G20 Compact with Africa, an international conference that brought political leaders together under the promising title “Investing in a Common Future”. The Berlin meeting is part of a well-framed roadmap of high-profile international gatherings: finance ministers and country representatives have already sat around the same table in Washington and Durban earlier this year, and many of them will meet again for the European Union-African Union summit in November.

The Compact with Africa (CWA) aims at providing a framework to “significantly increase private and infrastructure investment in Africa”, relying for this purpose on the expertise and assistance of G20 member countries as well as international organizations, such as the African Development Bank (AfDB), the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank (WB). The latter trio has recently issued a concept paper that contains the instruments envisaged for boosting private investments.

Now that a number of African countries seem to have already committed to the set of measures promoted by the CWA (Ethiopia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Morocco, Rwanda, Senegal and Tunisia), and more could do the same in the near future, a debate about the very nature of this partnership is gaining momentum. The leading question is, of course, whether the CWA should be read under the renowned rubric of “neocolonial” interventions in Africa, or as a brand new, concrete opportunity for economic growth. This short article attempts to address precisely that fine line between continuity and rupture with the past, integrating thus a historical perspective in the analysis of the matter. In doing so, I focus especially on the role of the European Union (E.U.), which beyond being a G20 member, is undoubtedly also the actor most interested in co-determining Africa’s future.

The context

Let us begin the analysis with two fundamental considerations: the E.U. needs both effective governments and solid markets in Africa, now more than ever. In fact, in the European order of things, the current pace of emigration from Africa has become unsustainable. The disastrous joint management of migration flows and quotas displayed by European governments fans the flames further, fuelling anti-Europe and anti-migrants sentiments throughout the continent, eventually corroding solidarity between member states. Against this backdrop, measures like the externalization of controls and asylum applications, or ad hoc deals with African governments do not have prospects of yielding lasting results. This has also implications in terms of security and the fight against terrorism, violent extremism and transnational organized crimes: the European Commission and E.U. foreign policy chief Mogherini stated that “never before have E.U. security interests been so intertwined with Africa”, as proved also by the numerous E.U. military training missions carried on in Africa.

The necessity to find viable solutions for the long-term introduces the second consideration, which regards Africa’s socio-economic outlook: we have learned that migration flows do not concern only asylum seekers, but have acquired the character of a complex and structural economic phenomenon that involves individuals relocating from the periphery to the perceived center of global wealth. This mass relocation could expand further, as the continent’s population is predicted to rise considerably in the next decades ahead. It has been estimated that Sub-Saharan Africa alone will need 18 million new jobs each year up to 2035 in order to absorb the new labour market entrants: in view of this, African states need to be able to develop internal and regional markets that can generate enough jobs. Currently only 3 million jobs are being created yearly. Not an easy task, considering that African economies remain vulnerable to fluctuations in commodity prices, which can significantly affect economic performances (as occurred in 2015-16).

For European governments, that discrepancy between demographic growth on the one hand, and job opportunities in African markets on the other, is clearly a source of preoccupation. At the same time, though, Europe sees in Africa also future opportunities for revitalizing its stagnant economy. Italy’s former president Giorgio Napolitano, who has often addressed Euro-African relations during his political career, commented after Berlin that the “general interest of Europe lies” also “in the prospect to satisfy future labour force needs within its own economies in a selective and regulated fashion, and to open new opportunities of joint development with the African continent”. African workforce stands out again at the horizon of possibilities, when it comes to filling specific gaps, finding solutions to counterbalance Europe’s ageing population, and developing new trades.

A continued partnership

The context in which the CWA talks took place appears to confirm that the concerned political actors perceive Europe and Africa to be close partners. The idea of joint African and European development, and the ultimate relevance of this partnership for European integration itself, is not new. As a matter of fact, it represents a file rouge that has connected the history of the two continents for decades, ever since the 1950 foundational Schuman Declaration, which mentioned “the development of the African continent” as one of Europe’s “essential tasks”.

“In this way”, the documents continued, “there will be realised simply and speedily that fusion of interest which is indispensable to the establishment of a common economic system”.

Sixty years after that historic document, there is evidently still “a lot to do” in order to “ensure that trade flows between Europe and African countries really benefit everyone”, as German Chancellor Merkel commented in the opening speech of the Berlin conference. The element of novelty is that Europe now is far more exposed to the socio-economic consequences of unequal trade, and to the shortcomings of the reforms promoted by international organizations.

Resorting to old ideas and instruments?

Continuity and rupture with the past emerge also in the pronounced preference for private and market solutions enshrined in the CWA. As highlighted in one analysis of the initiative:

“the G20’s Compact does not have the right balance between public and private financing but is heavily prone towards the private side, with all the implications for predatory-financing abuse that are well understood”.

In effect, the trio’s report accords priority to the private sector and the market for what concerns “commercial” infrastructures (such as transport, energy or water sector projects), whose gap deters investment. African governments are mainly in charge of reducing risks and creating a favorable business environment, concurring to form an “integrated approach to create the conditions for a surge in private investment, including by removing constraints that currently hamper capital flows from some industrialized countries”. This, in turn, will favour also the improvement of “non-commercial” infrastructures (urban road networks, basic education and health infrastructure). The over-emphasis placed on sending “a strong signal to private investors” comes with limitations: for example, the discouraging omission of recommendations for sustainable and ecologically-friendly development in the CWA. Jann Lay (Acting Director of the GIGA Institute of African Affairs in Hamburg) speaks about four omitted items: investment in education; G20’s responsibility in creating an uncertain trade and investment policy environment; the social and environmental risks associated with private investment; and the commitment to a sustainable development agenda, as implied by the 2030 Agenda.

The most delicate issue with CWA approach is arguably that of privatization itself, as it is closely connected with the legacy of the neoliberal agenda and of the loan-schemes known as Structural Adjustment Programs (SAPs) initiated by IMF and WB, that is, the same international organizations now spurring the CWA. SAPs are deemed by many as culpable for Africa’s “lost decades” in the 1980s and 1990s (for recent critical approaches to neoliberalism in Africa, see Soludo and Mkandawire 1999; Mensah 2008; Muiu and Martin 2009). According to many scholars and analysts, problems of unemployment, poor governance performances and deteriorating terms of trade in Africa were all derived from, or made worse, by SAP packages, which prescribed indeed liberalization, privatization, currency devaluation, cuts in public expenditure and salaries among other things. Quite interestingly, the austerity programs so criticized in Europe in the aftermath of the 2007-08 financial crisis contained very similar measures to those seen with SAPs. And the fact that recently the IMF has (partly) apologized for the effects of the policies it had promoted under the flag of the free market ideology has surely not helped selling the CWA arguments to the skeptics out there.

Privatization has certainly matured a negative connotation in Africa. For Prempeh, it has opened the way for “accumulation by dispossession”, namely “the defining hallmark of the continent’s incorporation into the capitalist system”. Yet, the state does not fare well either in terms of reputation as agent for development. It has been argued that incompetent, corrupted governments, and too much “statism” in general, have prevented or delayed in Africa the formation of domestic entrepreneurship and capital groups that could outdo foreign enterprises. On the other hand, even comparatively more efficient nation-state machineries are not saving Europe either, from reckless financial manoeuvres and tax avoidance by multinational companies.

CWA: Development for whom, and by whom?

We could discuss state and market forever. I believe, though, that the interpretative key for CWA consists, first of all, in seeing the “global market”, in all its components (doctrines and financial dynamics), as the outcome of a competition that has grown unequal over time and not as a sort of neutral ground of exchange. This inequality is visible in the legacy of colonialism, which at the time of independence left several African economies relying on exportation of (few) primary commodities, with scarce levels of diversification, industrialization, and with an almost absent domestic capitalist class. Inequality has grown further through the ill-functioning of Western-like states, which have been too often ruled by shortsighted leaderships, revealing themselves to be exceedingly vulnerable to neo-patrimonialism. Inequality continues with illegal deprivation of resources.

Once we have refreshed our minds on the historical roots of inequality, we can argue that the crucial criteria to assess the CWA at the policy level are thus linked to its concrete capacity to interrupt the aforementioned trends. The CWA should promote an alternative development model that is not based on primary production, but looks instead at boosting secondary or tertiary products. An effective and path-breaking cooperation should interrupt the cycle that makes of Africa a continent for cheap and unskilled labor that is primarily oriented at producing raw products for Western industries and markets. Understood in this sense, the kernel of the matter is not about the balance between states or the free market: one has to ponder who the private investors in Africa will be, considering that the continent presents, also for the reasons above, lower numbers of entrepreneurs and corporate groups, as well as of educated, skilled, people to cover key positions.

In this discourse, it is quite surprising to see not a single mention of African diaspora in the CWA. Surely, diaspora can be subsumed in the category of private investors, as it indeed is, yet I believe that it is quite outmoded imagining development without referring explicitly to diaspora and their local knowledge, as privileged development partners.

In these circumstances, one may wonder about the real risks involved in exposing service provision in African states to further vulnerability on the global markets, and about what are the instruments put in place to protect African consumers. Here, the CWA should have been more accurate in indicating how it intends to secure that services will not be provided only by foreign enterprises; that there will be opportunities for high-skill acquisition by Africans; that Africa’s wealth will not massively flow outside the continent; finally, that African states will have the instruments to deal with the social costs of global capitalism (tax evasion; environmental risks; social security). In other words, in order to translate CWA in a long-standing development, liberalization should come with a modicum of strategies (e.g. special agreements; protection; subsidies to local firms) to reduce dependence on foreign companies. These points should be central in a growth strategy that aims at marking a break with the past.

Besides the intricate workings of neoliberalism, we should not overlook the influence of ideology and knowledge for policymaking. Mensah has rightly maintained:

“Arguably, more than the production and consumption of material goods, it is in the creation of knowledge that the West seeks to sustain its hegemonic grip on the ‘Third World’ under a purportedly value-neutral development discourse”.

Eventually, we are back to an issue that is old as time, which concerns the understanding of what “development” means per se. Prominent Guyanese intellectual Walter Rodney underlined this problematic aspect already in the early 1970s, when he remarked that the notion of development is “tied in with the state of the society as a whole”. Development is never only an economic phenomenon, but involves far deeper socio-political matters, not least the way people control and give sense to their lives, as well as the kind of values and aspirations cherished by each and every society. Nevertheless, as Mkandawire and Soludo have recently noted, “[n]o other region of the world has been so dominated by external ideas and models” as Africa. Think of the influential Chinese economic development model in Africa. Think also about the essentialization of development in terms of variations in the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), which one retrieves also in the key CWA documents. GDP is not just a number, free from ideology: giving prominence to GPD means embracing the idea of perpetual growth, and more broadly, believing in the expansion of production as solution to socio-economic problems (see Lepenies 2016). Development, intended as modernization and super-consumerism, may not be a generalized ambition— therefore, the poorest countries do not represent “simply the rich North before its take-off” (Kalb, Pansters, and Siebers 2004).

Even worse, while reliable GDP indexes and other indicators require thorough data collecting, researchers show that economic as well as statistical estimates in Africa have to be taken with a grain of salt, because we are often in front of “poor numbers” (Jerven 2013) and “guestimates” (Bevan 2008, 208) in reason of their low accuracy.

However, this theme exposes another essential aspect of the issue: Africans are not great fans of their indigenous economic models, and often we are not even aware of the loci of African knowledge production and diffusion. While this state of things is set to change, as initiatives of indigenous knowledge valorization and deconstruction of Eurocentrism in school curricula are on the rise, a more intense circulation of ideas and intra-continental exchange of experiences is definitely needed, especially among political elites, and will be beneficial for future policymaking. Ruptures with current understandings of development will pass also through these processes.

Conclusion

The general impression is that while CWA’s economic formula contains appealing guidelines for initiating economic development (infrastructures; investments; service delivering), it does not address with the same adequacy long-term stability and protection from risks (from the environment to debt management) and global volatility. Risks are only understood as risks for the investors. The development strategy discussed in Berlin, thus, embraces for most part the still prevailing economic credo— the self-regulating market, and subsequently re-proposes similar measures seen already in the recent past, at least in the general framework of action presented so far.

Hence, the analysis provided in this article has helped putting in the right perspective Shizha’ and Abdi’s assertion that “neo-liberal globalization and development paradigms”, de facto, “re-enact colonialism”, in tragic continuity with the past. Yet, even if we put aside the ghosts of (neo-)colonialism, elements of criticism persist in policy formulation. Since privatization tends to divert development in the direction of profit maximization, we should think in advance about who will manage the balance “lucrative vs. socially-needed” services, for example.

Also, since the market is volatile by definition, a thorough discussion should clarify how do we ensure that skills and capital will remain in place, when corporations and international funds will move towards greener pastures. Otherwise, development will be short-lived. The E.U., which perceives itself as a stakeholder in the future of Africa, could play a more significant role in relation to these issues, becoming the main promoter of a model that insures also African citizens from rapacious private interests. For the moment, however, the E.U. has not matured yet the position of “a truly responsible and capable global actor” (Mayer 2012, 457). This position is no longer sustainable, especially since Europe and Africa are integrated within an increasingly connected system in which socio-economic effects of development and global trade are felt on both sides.

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