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Jan 17, 2017

The confession of the criminal John Kerry


The war against Syria is the first to have been waged, for more than six years, in the digital era. A wealth of documents which should have remained secret for many years have already been published. Although they have been released in different countries, so that international public opinion is unaware of them, they already enable us to piece together the events concerned. The release of a recording of comments made in private by John Kerry last September reveals the policies of the Secretary of State and obliges all observers — including ourselves — to review our previous analyses.

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The broadcast by The Last Refuge of the complete recording of the meeting between Secretary of State John Kerry and the members of the National Coalition (22 September 2016, at the Dutch delegation to the United Nations) calls into question what we thought we knew about the US position on Syria.
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First of all, we believed that while Washington had launched the operation known as the «Arab Spring» in order to overthrow the secular Arab régimes for the benefit of the Muslim Brotherhood, it had left its allies to assume the second war against Syria on their own, as from July 2012. Since these states pursued their own objectives — recolonisation for France and the United Kingdom, theft of gas reserves for Qatar, expansion of Wahhabism and revenge for the Lebanese civil war for Saudi Arabia, annexation of the North of the country for Turkey on the Cypriot model, etc. — the original objective had been abandoned. However, John Kerry states in this recording that Washington has never stopped seeking to overthrow the Syrian Arab Republic, which implies that it supervised the work of its allies at every stage. It follows that, over the last four years, the jihadists have been commanded, armed and coordinated by NATO Allied LandCom (ground forces command) based in Izmir (Turkey).
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Second, John Kerry confirms here that Washington could go no further because of international Law and the position of Russia. Let’s be clear about this - the United States have never ceased exceeding their rights. They have destroyed most of Syria’s oil and gas infrastructures, on the pretence of fighting the jihadists (which is allowed under international Law), but without having been invited by President el-Assad (which violates intenational Law). However, they did not dare to deploy their troops on the ground and openly fight the Republic, as they did in Korea, Vietnam and Iraq. For that job, they chose to put their allies in the front line — leadership from behind — and to support mercenary forces without discretion, as they did in Nicaragua, at the risk of being sanctioned by the International Court of Justice (UN internal tribunal). Washington does not want to engage in a war against Russia, which, although it had not opposed the destruction of Yugoslavia and Libya, stood up and drew a new line which must not be crossed. Moscow has the capacity to defend the Law by force if Washington were to openly engages in a new war of conquest.
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Third, John Kerry confirms here that Washington hoped for the victory of Daesh over the Republic. Until now — on the basis of the report by General Michael Flynn on 12 August 2012 and the article by Robin Wright in the New York Times on 28 Septembre 2013 — we had understood that the Pentagon intended to create a «Sunnistan» straddling Syria and Iraq, in order to cut the «Silk Road». However, he admits that the plan went much further than that. Probably, Daesh was to take Damascus, and then be chased out by Tel-Aviv (in other words, they would be pushed back to the «Sunnistan» which had been allotted to them). Syria would then be shared between Israel in the South, Daesh in the East, and Turkey in the North.
This point enables us to understand why Washington gave the impression of no longer being able to control events, of giving its allies «free rein» — indeed, it engaged France and the United Kingdom in the war by leading them to believe that they would be able to recolonise the Levant, while in fact it had planned to divide Syria without them.
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Fourth, by admitting that Washington «supported» Daesh, John Kerry recognises that it armed them, which destroys the rhetoric of the «war on terror».
- Since the attack against the al-Askari mosque in Samarra, on 22 February 2006, we knew that Daesh (originally known as the «Islamic Emirate of Iraq») had been created by the national director of US Intelligence, John Negroponte, and Colonel James Steele — on the model they had used in Honduras — in order to put an end to the Iraqi Resistance and to spark a civil war.
- We knew, since the publication by the PKK daily, Özgür Gündem, of the minutes of the planning meeting held in Amman on 1 June 2014, that the United States had organised the joint offensive of Daesh on Mosul and the Kurdistan Regional Government on Kirkuk.
- We now know with certainty that Washington has never stopped supporting Daesh.
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Fifth, we had interpreted the conflict between the Allen/Clinton/Feltman/Petraeus clan on one hand, and the Obama/Kerry administration on the other, as being concerned with the question of whether or not to support Daesh. This interpretation was wrong. Both sides had no qualms about organising and supporting the most fanatical of jihadists. Their disagreement concerned only the recourse to open warfare — and the risk of potential conflict with Russia — or the choice of secret action. Only Flynn — Donald Trump’s current security advisor — is opposed to jihadism.
If, in a few years, the United States should collapse as the USSR did, this recording of John Kerry could be used against him, and against Barack Obama, before an international court — but not before the International Criminal Court, which today is discredited. Having recognised the extracts of this conversation which have been published by the New York Times, he would no longer be able to contest the authenticity of the whole dossier. The support that Kerry offers to Daesh violates several UN resolutions and constitutes proof of his responsibility and that of Obama in the crimes against humanity committed by the terrorist organisation.
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Pete Kimberley

Journalist, Banned from Facebook & Outspoken on Mainstream 'Fake News,' Dead of Heart Attack at 56


‘On January 13, journalist and author Udo Ulfkotte, who spoke out about mainstream and fake news, reportedly died from a heart attack. Ulfkotte had been an editor at the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
Ulfkotte published a book explaining how the CIA had a hand on every significant journalist in Europe, which effectually gave Washington control over European opinion and reduced knowledge of and opposition to Washington’s control over European heads of state. Essentially, there are no European governments independent of Washington.
Ulfkotte recently went on public television stating that he was forced to publish the works of intelligence agents under his own name, adding that noncompliance with these orders would have resulted in him losing his job.’

Jan 13, 2017

Secular Stagnation Theory: Challenge to DeLong, Summers, Bernanke, Krugman, Keen, Pettis, Edwards

via Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis, January 12, 2017
Some interesting charts came my way today regarding the income inequality debate.
Let’s start with some charts, then explore the meme of the day that rising income inequality is behind “secular stagnation”.
I challenge economists Brad DeLong, Larry Summers, Ben Bernanke, Paul Krugman, Steve Keen, Michael Pettis, Albert Edwards (and anyone else), to respond to this post.
The Financial Times article US’s flawed economic recovery divides Trump and Obama supporters has a pair of interesting charts on income growth and income inequality. Here is the first.
Income Growth
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That is an interesting, albeit extremely biased chart. Had the chart broken out the top .01% instead, it is highly likely even the top 1% might have looked weak by comparison.
Of course the bulk of the gains went to the top 1%, as it should be. Were they supposed to go to zero-skilled teenagers removing baskets from automated fryers at McDonald’s?
Real Household Income
Here’s a look at the situation from an unbiased perspective courtesy of Doug Short at Advisor Perspectives: Monthly Median Household Income Since 2000.
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At the median level, household income rose from $40,804 to $58,221. That’s a jump of 42.7%.
But inflation ate up the entire increase, and a tiny bit more, as the next chart shows.
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The median household is actually worse off than 17 years ago. And many would dispute the alleged CPI, making matters even worse.
It’s safe to assume that at least 50% of households are worse to much-worse off than they were 17 years ago.
Progression of Income Inequality
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Top 1% Share Synopsis
  • Percentage of income going to the top 1% went from under 15% to over 20% at its peak in the Bill Clinton administration.
  • Things spiked under George Bush but the chart shows the percentage income going to the top 1% finished the administration where it started.
  • Under President Obama, the percent of income going to the top 1% went from about 18% to about 21%.
  • The entire jump from under 15% to 21% of income going to the top 1% occurred under Clinton and Obama.
  • Under Reagan, start to finish, the percent of income going to the top 1% went from about 10% to over 14%.
Secular Stagnation Thesis
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Secular Stagnation Thesis
Brad DeLong discusses Larry Summers’ “secular stagnation thesis” in Three, Four… Many Secular Stagnations!
DeLong list 17 reasons, and his number one reason is “High income inequality, which boosts savings too much because the rich can’t think of other things they’d rather do with their money.
Pin the Tail on the Donkey
At no point does either DeLong or Summers pin the tail on this donkey. Neither can, because income inequality is a symptom of the problem.
That problem started the moment Nixon closed the gold window. The event is now described as “Nixon Shock”.
Indeed it was. Unencumbered by a need to redeem gold, credit exploded.
Credit Market Before and After Gold Window Closed
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Gold Window Synopsis
  1. Total credit exploded from $1.7 trillion to $63.5 trillion at the end of 2015.
  2. To service that growing pile of debt, the Fed had to keep slashing interest rates.
  3. Instead of allowing consumers to benefit from technological advances that are inherently price deflationary, the Fed sought to increase inflation. This is to the benefit of the banks and already wealthy.
  4. A policy of 2% inflation coupled with no restraints on trade deficits (thanks to removal of the gold window), encouraged the outsourcing of jobs.
  5. After the dot-com bubble burst in 2001, the Greenspan Fed stepped on gas blowing the biggest housing bubble on record. Then the Fed bailed out the banks, the asset holders and the wealthy. This chain of events left the median person being worse off than before.
  6. Given that executive pay is based on performance, rising share prices further benefited the top 1%.
  7. Fed policy itself, coupled with rampant expansion of credit thanks to Nixon closing the gold window is totally responsible for the rising income inequality from 1971-present.
Attacking Symptoms
Instead of attacking the symptoms of the problem, as Summers and DeLong do, let’s be honest about the real problem. Let’s also be honest about the alleged scourge of deflation.
There is no answer because history and logic both show that concerns over consumer price deflation are seriously misplaced.
The BIS did a study and found routine deflation was not any problem at all.
Deflation may actually boost output. Lower prices increase real incomes and wealth. And they may also make export goods more competitive,” stated the BIS study.
For a discussion of the BIS study, please see Historical Perspective on CPI Deflations: How Damaging are They?
The final irony in this ridiculous mix is central bank policies stimulate massive wealth inequality fueled by soaring stock prices.
Grasping Reality With Both Hands
Delong’s blog is entitled “Grasping Reality With Both Hands“. It would behoove, Delong, Summers, and Ben Bernanke to do just that.
A good starting point is “why” income inequality is rising as opposed to investigating ridiculous wealth-transfer schemes and government stimulus projects in a fool’s mission to fix a problem that Summers, DeLong, Bernanke, and Krugman all fail to understand.
Brad DeLong, Larry Summers, Ben Bernanke, Paul Krugman, Steve Keen, Michael Pettis, and anyone else, have at it. Where am I wrong?
Mike “Mish” Shedlock

MONSANTO’S JEWISH SUPREMACIST HISTORY

by James Wilar Upton


PHOTO CREDIT: MARCH-AGAINST-MONSANTO.COM
Monsanto is a multinational corporation whose very name induces a range of negative reactions – from disgust, to concern, to outrage over its latest injustices. While people are highly aware of its most prominent scandals, few are aware of the considerable Jewish involvement in Monsanto, from its very inception. Let us start from the beginning…
Jewish author Walter Ehrlich, in his book Zion in the Valley: The Twentieth Century [1997], writes on page 3:
“The Monsanto family was a longtime Sephardic Spanish family that fled the Inquisition to Holland. Isaac Rodriguez Monsanto eventually emigrated to America, later bringing over his brothers and sisters. The family became prosperous merchants, shippers, fur buyers, and bankers in New Orleans, despite the Code Noire. Furthermore, they practiced their Judaism openly, but some in succeeding generations abandoned their ancestral faith. In 1896 Olga Mendez Monsanto married John Francis Queeny, hard-driving chemical entrepreneur. He and his son Edgar Monsanto Queeny created the Monsanto Chemical Company, naming it after Olga Mendez Monsanto.”
Let us review the above. For those unaware, “Sephardic” indicates those Jews from Spain, Portugal and parts of North Africa. The Code Noire was a decree passed by King Louis XIV (of France) in 1685, which, among other things, outlawed all religions except Catholicism and ordered all Jews out of France’s colonies. The fact that the Monsantos not only operated in New Orleans and became incredibly rich and prominent, but also practiced their Judaism openly implies an immense amount of power and influence. Next we learn that in 1896, a gentile entrepreneur married a member of the rich, Jewish Monsanto family, fathered a child with her, and later created the Monsanto Chemical Company, giving it his wife’s family name. It bears reminding that despite being ethnically half-Jewish, since Edgar Monsanto Queeny had a Jewish mother, according to Jewish tradition he was Jewish, period.
Frequently, we are told that such Jewish families have a long history of championing civil rights and freedoms, motivated by their own experience with such things as the Code Noire. Before continuing on, let us step back in time, to discuss the Monsanto family’s involvement in the slave trade.
In The Early Jews of New Orleans [1969], published by the American Jewish Historical Society, Jewish author Bertram Wallace Korn writes on page 17 that Isaac Monsanto traded in a variety of merchandise, from “bullocks to slaves. The latter were not only bought and sold singly, but en masse. In 1768 the firm had an interest in a contracted shipment of eighty slaves who were, however, never delivered to New Orleans. Monsanto made frequent purchases at auction, the most important on record being the Trianon plantation of the late Chevalier Bernard de Vergès … ”. On page 61 Korn reiterates this theme, stating that “Many of the Monsanto brothers’ transactions were in slaves … ”.
Jewish author I. Harold Sharfman, in his book Jews on the Frontier [1977], writes (page 187): “Jacob Monsanto, son of Isaac Rodriguez Monsanto, one of the very first known Jews to settle in New Orleans, owner of a several-hundred-acre plantation at Manchac, fell in love with his slave, Mamy or Maimi William. He baptised and made her his mistress. Their daughter Sophia grew up to be a lovely quadroon.”
Discussing the Monsanto family’s activities in Louisiana during the late 18th and early 19th centuries, Jewish author Saul S. Friedman writes in Jews and the American Slave Trade [1999], page 179: “Benjamin, Jacob, and Manuel Monsanto were involved in all sorts of successful business transactions (dry goods, food, salt, meat, ship’s cable). They also dealt in slaves ‘in the manner of the times’ and mostly for resale. Family records indicate that the Monsantos were not great slaveowners. Benjamin owned 17, Angelica 8, Eleanora 4, Manuel 12.”
Here we are told that the Monsanto family bought and sold slaves for profit, but this is downplayed because after all, they only kept 51 slaves for themselves.
Chemical Warfare, the Birth of Nuclear Weapons, and Soviet Spies
In his book Faith, Hope, and $5,000, The Story of Monsanto [1977], a book commissioned by the Monsanto company itself, author and Monsanto Director of Public Relations Dan J Forrestal writes on page 28 that Olga’s family crest (the Monsanto family crest) bore the phrase, “in bello quies” (“calm in war”). Indeed, on page 95 he writes, “At the close of 1941 Monsanto had four major war plants under construction or on the drawing boards”, including “two for the Chemical Warfare Service”.
On page 103 he writes, “War’s end also enabled Edgar Queeny to report that Dr Charles A Thomas had led the group of scientists (in 1943 and 1944) who refined the 94th element, plutonium, preparing the way for the development of the atom bomb.”
On page 54 of her book, The World According to Monsanto [2008] (also available in video documentary form), French author Marie-Monique Robin (winner of the French Senate’s Best Political Documentary award and the Rachel Carson prize) writes, “Monsanto embarked upon large-scale production of DDT in 1944, at a time when its ties to Pentagon strategists had become extremely close. In 1942, in fact, its research director, Charles Thomas, had been invited by General Leslie R. Groves to participate in the … Manhattan Project …”
In fact, Monsanto had been deeply involved in the Manhattan Project, which was run by Jewish physicist Robert Oppenheimer, assisting in the development of the first nuclear weapons. Specifically, Monsanto managed the Dayton Project, where Russian Jewish spy George Koval (codenamed Delmar) operated.
The National Academies Press Biographical Memoirs (1994), biography 18, Charles A Thomas, states on page 343, “Less well known was Dr. Thomas’s involvement in the purification of polonium, which was a part of the triggering device for the Nagasaki bomb. This work was done in several different buildings in Dayton, Ohio … “; on the same page is stated that after the war, “ … in 1946 he was appointed by Dean Acheson to serve with Robert Oppenheimer, David Lilienthal and others on a special Board of Consultants formed to appraise matters relating to international inspection and the nuclear potential of various nations.” David Lilienthal, for those not aware, was the head of the US Atomic Energy Commission (and the son of Austro-Hungarian Jewish immigrants).
Returning to Russian Jewish spy George Koval (Delmar), Smithsonian Magazine’s May 2009 article entitled George Koval: Atomic Spy Unmasked describes Koval’s unfettered access to Monsanto’s nuclear research laboratory at Dayton: “On June 27, 1945, after almost a year at Oak Ridge, Koval was transferred to a top-secret laboratory in Dayton, Ohio. This may have been his most damaging placement; it was there that the polonium-based initiator went into production. Once again, Koval was designated a health physics officer, free to roam the installation.” The article later notes that although United States officials believed the Soviets were years from developing a nuclear weapon, “ … on August 29, 1949, the Soviets detonated their first atomic bomb, at their Semipalatinsk Test Site in Kazakhstan. The device was a plutonium weapon. Not until 2007 did Russian military officials disclose one crucial factor in their accelerated achievement: the initiator for that bomb was “prepared to the ‘recipe’ provided by military intelligence agent Delmar—Zhorzh Abramovich Koval,” the Defense Ministry newspaper Krasnaya Zvezda reported when Koval received his gold star.“
Agent Orange, Dioxin, and Intentional Destruction of Foreign Food Supplies

Jan 11, 2017

Pope Francis Now International Monetary Guru

Neo-Papist transmogrification. We highly recommend the economic thought of one of Francis’ storied predecessors, John Paul II, which we have written about on previous occasions. In “A Tale of Two Popes” and “Papal Eco-Hysteria”, we have contrasted Francis and John Paul II and quoted from the latter’s seminal encyclical “Centesimus Annus”, which probably contains the most clear-headed thinking on human liberty and economics that has ever emerged from the Vatican. Francis strikes us as a throwback to a completely discredited and dangerous ideology by comparison. Lately he is even calling for the establishment of a global central bank!
Besides being a self proclaimed expert on global warming and a vociferous advocate of societal-wrecking mass immigration, it looks as if Pope Francis has entered the realm of global economics specifically, international monetary policy.
In an 18-page document issued through the Vatican’s Office of Justice and Peace, Bergoglio has called for, among other repressive and wealth-destructive measures, the establishment of a “supranational [monetary] authority” to oversee international monetary affairs:
“In fact, one can see an emerging requirement for a body that will carry out the functions of a kind of ‘central world bank’ that regulates the flow and system of monetary exchanges similar to the national central banks.”*
The paper, “Towards Reforming the International Financial and Monetary Systems in the Context of a Global Public Authority,” contends that a world central bank is needed because institutions such as the IMF have failed to “stabilize world finance” and have not effectively regulated “the amount of credit risk taken on by the system.”
Naturally, as one of the planet’s preeminent social justice warriors, Bergoglio claims that if a world central bank is not commissioned, than the gap between rich and poor will be exacerbated even further:
“If no solutions are found to the various forms of injustice, the negative effects that will follow on the social, political and economic level will be destined to create a climate of growing hostility and even violence, and ultimately undermine the very foundations of democratic institutions, even the ones considered most solid.”
Bergoglio acknowledges that if a central monetary authority is established it will mean a loss of sovereignty and independence among nations, but such “costs” are well worth the overall societal and economic gains:
“Of course, this transformation will be made at the cost of a gradual, balanced transfer of a part of each nation’s powers to a world authority and to regional authorities, but this is necessary at a time when the dynamism of human society and the economy and the progress of technology are transcending borders, which are in fact already very eroded in a globalized world.”
A globalist pope. Argentina, where Francis hails from, was once the fifth-richest country on the planet in terms of GDP per capita. It was ruined by statism, interventionism and inflationism and was never able to regain its past glories. And yet, the policies Francis advocates are precisely the ones that produced the economic downfall of his homeland.

Clueless and Dangerous – the False Promise of Redistribution

While the document demonstrates that Bergoglio has not a clue of basic monetary theory, it shows again that the “pope” is a radical socialist who has more in common with the loony ideas of Karl Marx than he does with Roman Catholicism.
The ongoing and deepening financial crisis that Bergoglio seeks to address is not because there has been no global central bank to regulate more effectively the money and credit flow of the various nation states, but the crisis is because of the machinations of central banking.
Central banking, through the fraudulent practice of fractional-reserve banking, has been the culprit in almost every financial calamity that has beset the Western world since the institution was first created.
If Pope Francis was truly interested in solving the financial crisis and alleviating the income gap between rich and poor, he would call for the abolition of this evil institution and advocate the re-establishment of an honest international monetary order based on gold and silver as money.  But, as a good neo-Marxist, Francis is more concerned with the redistribution of wealth from rich to poor.
The new gospel according to Marx?
Cartoon by Ramirez

Yet, as sound economic theory has shown, this Leftist ideal is a scam.  Redistribution of income never enhances the conditions of the poor but instead enriches the politically-connected elites and impoverishes the middle class.
Unlike what Bergoglio believes and what is taught in nearly all college and university economics classes, wealth can only be created by real savings (the abstention from consumption) and the investment of those savings into the production of capital goods which, in time, creates consumer goods.
To foster such an environment, however, there must be a sound monetary order not open to manipulation via inflation and credit expansion by central banks.
As he has been accused by several of his cardinals for espousing heretical views on re-marriage and the reception of the Sacraments, “Pope” Francis’ position on international money and banking matters is equally erroneous.
Jorge Bergoglio’s “pontificate” has been an unmitigated disaster plagued by constant scandal so it would be wise of him before it is too late to remember the ominous words of the Founder of the institution he now heads about the grizzly consequences that are in store for those who bring about scandal.
There is actually no such thing as “distribution” that is distinct from production, or at least there shouldn’t be. It is the creation of wealth that should be the focus, not its “distribution”. Capitalist modes of production have lifted billions of people worldwide out of abject poverty and helped an unprecedented number of them to attain “middle class” status. The idea of socialist redistribution is based on an erroneous view of the economy as static – a fixed pie over which people must fight. But a progressing economy based on voluntary human cooperation (i.e., capitalism) is not static.
Cartoon by Mike Lecter
References:
*Baxter Dmitry, “Vatican Calls for ‘Central World Bank’ and ‘Global Authority.‘”   Your News Wire.com  2 January 2017.
Image captions by PT
Antonius Aquinas is an author, lecturer, a contributor to Acting Man, SGT Report, The Burning Platform, Dollar Collapse, The Daily Coin and Zero Hedge. Contact him at antoniusaquinas[at]gmail[dot]com https://antoniusaquinas.com/.

Jan 10, 2017

Israeli UK Embassy Scandal: Officer Who Sought to Destroy Tory Leader Worked for Strategic Affairs Ministry

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Israeli minister Gil Erdan meets with Conservative Friends of Israel MPs during the London visit, when he also met with Shai Masot
By Richard Silverstein | Tikun Olam | January 10, 2017
The Guardian has uncovered a major element of the Shai Masot scandal. I speculated in my last post about this story that Masot worked for an Israeli intelligence agency. No one I consulted found it likely it could be the Mossad.  Masot was too public and too pushy to be Mossad. Others speculated that he worked for the IDF intelligence unit, AMAN, since he had until recently been an IDF Major. But his LinkedIn account noted that he’d left the IDF.
Now the Guardian has put two and two together and gotten closer to key elements of the story. He worked for the Strategic Affairs ministry headed by ambitious Likud pol, Gil Erdan. His agency has been tasked with mounting a global campaign against BDS. At a conference in Israel, one of Erdan’s fellow ministers even threatened BDS activists with “civil elimination,” a term dangerously close to ‘assassination’ in colloquial Hebrew. Erdan’s budget is huge ($34-million devoted to fighting BDS alone) as the latter has become the bête noire of the Israeli state–named as Public Enemy Number 1; the new “existential threat” to the “Jewish state” and Jewish people.
The Israeli foreign ministry, according to the Guardian story, recognized the danger of what Masot was doing and its London staff wrote a cable warning that freelancing of the type Masot was engaged in was extremely dangerous because funding UK organizations directly with Israeli state funds would jeopardize the non-profit status of any UK non-profit who accepted them. In videos, Masot boasts about founding pro-Israel astro-turf groups which were local in name only. Masot pulled the strings both financially and politically. He also boasts about collaboration with Conservative Friends of Israel and offers 1-million pounds to a Labour Friends of Israel MP in order to encourage other MPs to participate in junkets to Israel. Joan Ryan, the MP before whom he dangled this bauble didn’t seem to have a clue as to the danger it posed to her. She merely joked to Masot that she didn’t expect he was carrying the 1-million in a bag on his back!
One telling passage from the MFA cable confirms that the Israeli government is far more aggressive in creating such astroturf groups in the U.S. than it has been so far in Britain:
“Attempts to act behind our back have happened before and will happen again, but ‘operating’ Jewish organisations directly from Jerusalem, with no coördination and no consultation, is liable to be dangerous,” it said. “Operating like this could encounter opposition from the organisations themselves, given their legal status: Britain isn’t the US !”
This calls to mind the multitude of Israel Lobby groups which closely coördinate their activity with the Israeli government, and perhaps more. They include StandWithUs, The Israel Project, Christians United for Israel, CAMERA, and many others. In fact, then-deputy foreign minister Danny Ayalon boasted on an Israeli TV show that his ministry was funding a SWU lawsuit against the Olympia Food Coop.
This reinforces my strong impression developed over the years that many of these groups, which are ostensibly independent U.S.-based groups are either fully or partially “operated” by the Israeli government. I have even reported on several projects of these NGOs which were explicitly funded by the government. This should endanger their non-profit status and force them to register as agents of a foreign government. But our IRS hasn’t chosen to tangle with the Israel Lobby or even the settler lobby (though it should).
Returning to the Strategic Affairs ministry, it released this statement in response to the September MFA cable. It indicates that the ministry either lied or was totally ignorant about what its own operatives like Masot were doing in Israel’s name:
“We work in coordination with the Israeli embassy in Britain and the Foreign Ministry. Every action is done according to the law and in accordance with government decisions and the ministry’s authority. We regret there are elements in the Foreign Ministry who don’t understand the division of responsibilities between the ministries and prefer to deal with struggles of honor instead of focusing on our goals.”
Someone back in Tel Aviv should be eating crow about now. But given the abysmal lack of accountability in virtually everything done in the government, it’s doubtful anything will come of it. … Full article

Jan 8, 2017

Building Totalitarianism in Europe – The Last Coup of Victoria Nuland

via Voltairenet.org7 JANUARY 2017
by Dimitri Konstantakopoulos

Since April 2016, US neoconservatives have been trying to change the status of Cyprus. It is for them both (1) to reunite the island (2) to deprive it of its army (3) but also to deploy the Turkish army under cover of NATO. The inevitable Victoria Nuland, who should have become Secretary of State if Hillary Clinton had been elected president, is maneuvering. This plan is supposed to tie Turkey to NATO and prevent its rapprochement with Russia.


The President of the Republic of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, receives the US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, Victoria Nuland.

Victoria Nuland, the US Assistant Secretary of State, did not spend much time and energy with Christmas and New Year celebrations this year. She has another very urgent and pressing problem to solve, before leaving the State Department, and this is the “Cyprus conflict”. The way she wants to solve this conflict is by transforming a second member of the EU, after Greece, into a protectorate. As the proposed solution for Cyprus is higlhy unstable, powers outside the EU will be provided also with a bomb inside it, that is with the possibillity of provoking a Bosnian-type conflict inside, not outside EU borders.
In the same time she wants also to get Turkey admitted immediately to the EU, by the window of the “Cypriot settlement”. By virtue of the provisions of the “Cyprus settlement” under consideration now, Turkey is invested after January 12 with many of the rights and powers (and none of the obligations) of the member-states. It will also legalize in Geneva, its military presence and its right to intervene militarily inside the European Union.
Such an outcome of the Geneva conference will have enormous strategic consequences for Europe and for the Middle East, transforming the whole “Eastern Meditarranean”, a sea lane of vital importance, into a kind of “Mare Nostrum” of the “Naval Forces”, excluding from there any “foreign” strategic influence (German, Russian or Chinese) and laying one more foundation for encircling Russia from the South with a kind of “security belt” and trying to hinder its access to the “warm seas”, a centuries long dream of British imperial planners. It will constitute the deeper change of the Mediterranean strategic landscape, since the eruption of the so-called Eastern Question or, at least, since the Greek national revolution, two centuries ago.

Annan Plan – Creating a Frankestein “state” in Cyprus

The type of settlement Mrs. Nuland wants to impose on Cyprus is a new version of the Annan Plan, rejected by the overwhelming majority of Cypriots during the 2004 referendum, in spite of enormous pressure they had suffered and a real terror campaign against them, warning the day of Doom would come on the aftermath of a No vote. The Annan Plan is violating all essential provisions of European, International and Constitutional Law, including the UN Charter. In the light of its provisions, it represents the most comprehensive effort undertaken, since the defeat of Nazism, in 1945, to impose a totalitarian system in any western country.
The Annan plan is instituting a kind of Frankestein state in Cyprus, where, among other things, the rule of majority (democracy) will be formally abolished, where there will be permanent vetos of the two Cypriot communities in every level of decision making and in all branches of power (executive, legislative, judicial), and, in the very probable case that system would be brought to an impasse, foreign judges will decide everything. In reality, the new “state” will be governed by foreign judges, concentrating upon themselves, three centuries after Montesqieu, all powers.
The solution provides for imposing to the new “state” a complete disarmament status, that is forbid it from the right of self-defense and the means to exercise it (an army). And do it in a permanent terms, not as a temporary measure, as it happened with Germany and Japan after the 2nd World War. In Orwellian terms, this is called “Cyprus demilitarized”. In reality there will be many traffic problems there provoked, because of the military vehicles of Britain, Turkey, other NATO countries and Police cars from various “Christian and Muslim countries” which will be present there. Britain and Turkey will have the legal right to intervene militarily inside a territory of the European Union.

“Fuck” Referendums

Mrs. Nuland does not want to wait for any referendum. She knows that she can hardly win a second referendum in Cyprus (or in any other European country these times) on such terms. She has no time, she leaves the State Department on the 20th of January and she wants to end her career with a triumph, that is succeeding where MacMillan, Johnson, Kissinger, Bush, Annan, before her, failed miserably. There are also more essential reasons she wants to solve (or to create?) now this problem. Both the Greek and the European crises may enter a new and more dramatic phase next year. As for the Middle East, adjacent to Cyprus, it is waiting now for a Big Deal or a Big War.
The only way to do what she wants, in order to circumvent the provision for a referendum, is to have the President of Cyprus Mr. Anastasiades and the leader of Turkish Cypriots Mr. Akinci sign all that, or as much as they can of that. Then, Mr. Tsipras, Mr. Erdogan and Mrs May will endorse them and they will do something else also, legalize the Turkish military presence inside the European Union for some indefinite, as we write period. Mr. Juncker plans also to be there to applaud all that in the name of the European Union. The State Department has already warned the US Congress to be ready to adopt bills on Cyprus and the Commission altered all its programs for January 12. That day, CNN will announce to all the world that the Cyprus conflict has already been solved. When people will realize what happened, and they will begin to tear their hairs, there will be no Obama or Nuland to answer any questions. (And maybe that arranges many more people than one can figure out).