51:51 minute dose of FEAR and INSPIRATION

I’ve composed a YouTube playlist of five videos that I want you to treat like a 51 minute short film. This is a story about the world today told through separate videos made by separate creators that I tied together in a musical fashion.

The elements I’ve included:

1. A video from RT documenting what appears to be a sudden conflict between Occupy Oakland protestors and the police. Tear gas used. YESTERDAY.

2. Alex Jones ranting because he can’t go to sleep. The guy is brilliant and bold, to the point that it is driving him crazy.

3. David Icke on the situation of humanity. An extremely important and well spoken message.

4. Ron Paul on NDAA. This stuff is HAPPENING.

5. “The Greatest Speech Ever Made” — the speech from “The Great Dictator” accompanied by moving music and images.

 

Here is the link. A Great Call Against Tyranny

Post Hiatus Update

It has been four months since my last post. Some personal lessons regarding this blog:

  • I’m way too busy to do a quality post everyday for free.
  • I still value staying up to date with current events and I feel the need to share important news, just on a less regular basis.
  • Looking back, I was often correct in my analysis and predictions about world events. However, there were quite a few posts that succumbed to unwarranted paranoia. I’m going to try to keep it strict business this time around.

So… How about some thread updates??

  1. Gaddafi is dead. The Libyan TNC has taken over but there is still just as much violence as before. This is because there are tons of rival factions in Libya who want power. The only thing that has changed in Libya since the western “humanitarian intervention” is that a cooperative central bank is now up and running. Oh, and the international oil companies are happy. Didn’t see that coming…
  2. Egypt is waking up to the fact that their new boss is the same as their old boss. The initial ousting of Mubarak was really just a military coup. The military has been in power far too long and the people of Egypt are rallying once again to demand regime change. What was hailed as an epic victory for the Egyptian people was really just another victim of the Hegelian Dialect of Problem-Reaction-(generally worse) Solution
  3. Syria–Lots of people are dying. This is Libya part two. In fact, as of yesterday we are getting the first calls for humanitarian intervention from France, sound familiar? Let’s compare and contrast:
    • Both have (had) dictators the West no longer wants in power.
    • Both will be invaded under the pretense of humanitarian intervention to support the rebel factions that the United States public knows nothing about. In the case of Libya, the TNC had ties to al-Qaeda. It wouldn’t be surprising if the rebels in Syria were western-backed mercenaries to wreak havoc and start violent crackdowns.
    • Here’s the main difference: China and Russia, particularly Russia, won’t allow a UN resolution to be passed for intervention in Syria, especially after the “No Fly Zone” resolution for Libya was taken as a permission slip to drop humanitarian bombs. Russia has supplied Syria with missiles and defense systems in the past and they feel that a western intervention would be crossing the line (see Russia-US tensions in the video below). Therefore, in order for western intervention to take place in Syria, it will have to be outside the UN, most likely with another “coalition of the willing”.
    • Earlier Posts: I’ll Repeat Myself: Syria is Next; Bandits Wreaking Havoc; On TV: Libya. Behind the Scenes: Syria;
    • Important News: PR Campaign for Military Intervention in Syria Begins; Syria Unrest: Arab League Ponders Sanctions in Cairo
  4. Russia — THIS:

I can’t believe it has been nearly half a year since my last post, time really does fly. Hopefully this blog will once again (and more effectively) serve as a source of aggregated news on topics that you want to read about. I’d love to get into the Eurozone crisis, Goldman Sachs, and the boiling tensions between the Anglosphere and Iran, but these topics deserve their own posts. Expect them in the upcoming weeks. Thanks for reading (or watching)!

Oslo and Utoya: Rebranding Terrorism

I’m back. I take one week off and look what’s happened. Imagine what can happen in three months…

What happened in Oslo, Norway and the small island of Utoya is horrible. 93 people were killed in all (mostly children), supposedly by one deranged man. It is terrible to see these events take place in our world and they certainly rouse the emotions of the public. But this is where discernment comes in. You have to always be suspicious of the information given to the public about these events. Because these types of events trigger fear and pity, people are more willing to accept an explanation without investigation. This leaves plenty of room for manipulation. As Rahm Emmanuel so succinctly expressed, “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste”. Crises are the problem in PROBLEM-REACTION-SOLUTION. So let’s look at the recent problem in Norway from this perspective.

In some cases you can’t ignore the preparatory brainwashing before the problem. Take a look at the $10 million dollar PsyOp campaign by the Department of Homeland Security. The video literally feels like it came straight out of Orwell’s 1984.

“If You See Something, Say Something”

In July 2010, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), at Secretary Janet Napolitano’s direction, launched a national “If You See Something, Say Something™” public awareness campaign –a simple and effective program to raise public awareness of indicators of terrorism and violent crime, and to emphasize the importance of reporting suspicious activity to the proper state and local law enforcement authorities. The campaign was originally used by New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), which has licensed the use of the slogan to DHS for anti-terrorism and anti-crime efforts.

Department of Homeland Security — SOURCE LINK

Here’s the video:

Note:

Terrorist Ratio Whites to Minorities = 4:1

“Patriots” Reporting on Fellow Citizens Ratio Whites to Minorities = 1:7

Department of Homeland Security Denies “Racial Overtones” in ‘White Middle Class Terrorists’ Video

Excerpts from Infowars.com

Following widespread outrage yesterday, the Department of Homeland Security has ludicrously denied that a video it released encouraging Americans to report suspicious activity contains “racial overtones,” despite the fact that the overwhelming majority of people depicted as terrorists in the clip are white middle class Americans.

[…]

The video is blatantly a deliberate effort on behalf of the DHS to imply that the most likely terrorists are white Americans, while also communicating to minorities that they are under threat and need to report white people to the authorities for behavior such as writing in a notepad, talking to a police officer, or using the camera on a cell phone.

Imagine if the shoe had been on the other foot. As Jihad Watch points out, if the DHS put out a video in which every single terrorist was an Arab or a black man, and every single citizen who reported them to authorities was a white middle class American, there’d not only be an outcry but also, “Lawsuits. Oodles and oodles of lawsuits.” Every human rights organization in the U.S. would be scrambling for a piece of the pie.

[…]

In actual fact, the video serves a very useful purpose for the DHS as it fits perfectly with their obsession to frame white, politically active Americans as domestic extremists and terrorists, who by no coincidence are also the biggest roadblock when it comes to expanding the DHS-driven takeover of America through TSA-staffed checkpoints and stifling “security” measures that have nothing to do with stopping terrorists and everything to do with creating a police state.

Read entire article HERE.

It’s true. Terrorism is being rebranded from strictly Muslim to incorporating “Right Wing Extremists” and “Christian Fundamentalists”. Take a look for yourself. This document was given to police in Missouri, identifying white, middle class men, heavily involved in politics and against a New World Order, as potential terrorists and modern militia men. It goes as far as saying many of these people are “Ron Paul supporters” and connects people on opposite sides of an extreme spectrum (from Christians to White Supremacists) into one common, dangerous category. Download the pdf from the link below and read it for yourself.

MIAC 2009: Modern Militia Movement

Okay. As for Oslo…

It seems really odd that a few days after the DHS’s ‘White, Middle Class Terrorists’ video went out, A WHITE MIDDLE AGED TERRORIST STRUCK A LOW KEY GOVERNMENT BUILDING AND CHILDREN’S CAMP.

Here’s a timeline of the entire scenario, courtesy of The Telegraph: Norway Terrorist Attack: Live Coverage

Exclusive: The Oslo Terrorist in his Own Words: Bomber Predicted Europe Will Soon “Burn Once Again”

Excerpts from Washington Times

Suspected Norwegian terrorist Anders Behring Breivik, in custody following a shooting and bombing rampage on July 22 that left 92 people dead, believes that the number of Muslims in Western Europe is “reaching critical mass” and that “there is a core of Cultural Communist elites in Western Europe who really want to destroy Western civilization, European traditions, national solidarity and Christianity.” But he believes an impending economic meltdown will generate armed grassroots resistance in Europe. He spelled out his beliefs in what he saw as the threats to the European identity posed by radical Muslims and multiculturalists in a series of messages obtained exclusively by The Washington Times. The messages were sent to a source who corresponded with Mr. Breivik on Facebook in July 2009.

Read entire article HERE.

 

I don’t really have any solid conclusions to draw other than nearly one hundred people are dead and I’m disgusted. But here’s what else I know.

1. This just so happened to be right after Norway decided to pull out of Libya. Also choosing Norway as a target shows that peaceful countries are also affected by this new brand of terrorism.

2. This shifts the face of terrorism from Muslims to EVERYONE. This also clearly demonizes cultural conservatives, farmers, and anti-NWO sympathizers.

2.1. The Department of Homeland Security released a video where white middle class men are the primary terrorists, although they claim it wasn’t on purpose. Then a white, middle class, anti-Islam, right wing extremist bombs a government building and goes on a shooting spree (of non-muslims?)

2.2. The shooter’s friend concludes that he must have been brainwashed. See video.

2.3. It took 90 MINUTES for the police to arrive on the island. SWAT went in by BOAT even though media helicopters were on the scene.

Excerpt from AP “Norway Police arrive 90 minutes after firing began”

A SWAT team was dispatched to the island more than 50 minutes after people vacationing at a campground said they heard shooting across the lake, according to Police Chief Sveinung Sponheim. The drive to the lake took about 20 minutes, and once there, the team took another 20 minutes to find a boat.

Footage filmed from a helicopter that showed the gunman firing into the water added to the impression that police were slow to the scene. They chose to drive, Sponheim said, because their helicopter wasn’t on standby.

“There were problems with transport to Utoya,” where the youth-wing of Norway’s left-leaning Labor Party was holding a retreat, Sponheim said. “It was difficult to get a hold of boats.”

Read entire article HERE.

So that’s what I have found out about these “twin attacks” in Norway. We’ll see how quickly information is released and what comes up. I won’t be surprised if they say the man was involved with a highly connected group of right wing extremists whose influence spreads all over the world just like another version of al-Qaeda. Then the establishment will have TWO false flag groups to blame events on and steal the rest of our liberties. Well… not steal; elicit us to demand them to take our liberties. That way it’s “our idea”.

Wall Street Journal Strikes Back!

This will most likely be the last post I do this week. So if you are a regular reader, check in next Monday for a fresh update.

If you are looking for clarity on the NewsCorp/Murdoch situation, I think this article gives a great deal of insight as to what journalists are feeling in the field right now. It’s clearly a media war and neither side is innocent. How I see it is NewsCorp got caught first, which gives NewsCorp’s competitors the chance to try and rip the entire company’s reputation to shreds before they caught with similar illegalities. The Wall Street Journal isn’t having it.

A Tabloid’s Excesses Don’t Tarnish Thousands of Other Journalists

Excerpts from Wall Street Journal — July 18, 2011

When News Corp. and CEO Rupert Murdoch secured enough shares to buy Dow Jones & Co. four years ago, these columns welcomed our new owner and promised to stand by the same standards and principles we always had. That promise is worth repeating now that politicians and our competitors are using the phone-hacking years ago at a British corner of News Corp. to assail the Journal, and perhaps injure press freedom in general.

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At least three British investigations into phone-hacking and payments to police and others by the now-shuttered News of the World tabloid are underway, with 10 arrests so far. News Corp. and its executives have apologized profusely and are cooperating with authorities. Phone-hacking is illegal, and it is up to British authorities to enforce their laws. If Scotland Yard failed to do so adequately when the hacking was first uncovered several years ago, then that is more troubling than the hacking itself.

It is also worth noting the irony of so much moral outrage devoted to a single media company, when British tabloids have been known for decades for buying scoops and digging up dirt on the famous. Fleet Street in general has long had a well-earned global reputation for the blind-quote, single-sourced story that may or may not be true. The understandable outrage in this case stems from the hacking of a noncelebrity, the murder victim Milly Dowler.

The British politicians now bemoaning media influence over politics are also the same statesmen who have long coveted media support. The idea that the BBC and the Guardian newspaper aren’t attempting to influence public affairs, and don’t skew their coverage to do so, can’t stand a day’s scrutiny. The overnight turn toward righteous independence recalls an eternal truth: Never trust a politician.

[…]

We also trust that readers can see through the commercial and ideological motives of our competitor-critics. The Schadenfreude is so thick you can’t cut it with a chainsaw. Especially redolent are lectures about journalistic standards from publications that give Julian Assange and WikiLeaks their moral imprimatur. They want their readers to believe, based on no evidence, that the tabloid excesses of one publication somehow tarnish thousands of other News Corp. journalists across the world.

[…]

In braying for politicians to take down Mr. Murdoch and News Corp., our media colleagues might also stop to ask about possible precedents. The political mob has been quick to call for a criminal probe into whether News Corp. executives violated the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act with payments to British security or government officials in return for information used in news stories. Attorney General Eric Holder quickly obliged last week, without so much as a fare-thee-well to the First Amendment.

The foreign-bribery law has historically been enforced against companies attempting to obtain or retain government business. But U.S. officials have been attempting to extend their enforcement to include any payments that have nothing to do with foreign government procurement. This includes a case against a company that paid Haitian customs officials to let its goods pass through its notoriously inefficient docks, and the drug company Schering-Plough for contributions to a charitable foundation in Poland.

Applying this standard to British tabloids could turn payments made as part of traditional news-gathering into criminal acts. The Wall Street Journal doesn’t pay sources for information, but the practice is common elsewhere in the press, including in the U.S.

The last time the liberal press demanded a media prosecutor, it was to probe the late conservative columnist Robert Novak in pursuit of White House aide Scooter Libby. But the effort soon engulfed a reporter for the New York Times, which had led the posse to hang Novak and his sources. Do our media brethren really want to invite Congress and prosecutors to regulate how journalists gather the news?

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Phone-hacking is deplorable, and we assume the guilty will be prosecuted. More fundamentally, the News of the World’s offense—fatal, as it turned out—was to violate the trust of its readers by not coming about its news honestly. We realize how precious that reader trust is, and our obligation is to re-earn it every day.

Read entire article HERE.

 

Quick Links

1. Obama’s Senior Moment: “I’ll be turning 50 in a week.”

Could it be that he doesn’t remember his fake birthday??

2. Too Big to Fail? 10 Banks Own 77 Percent of All U.S. Banking Assets

3. Moody’s Suggests U.S. Eliminates Debt Ceiling

 

 

 

Tyranny Grows Over Home Gardens

So growing fresh vegetables in your front lawn is illegal now?? I knew there were uptight neighborhood groups but never should the government be able to come to your house and tell you what is and what is not “suitable” for your land, especially if you are just growing food to survive and eat well. We don’t want to eat your genetically modified tomatoes!  We’re sick of the food prices that have been artificially jacked up to erode the middle class and create a society divided into elites and slaves! This is NOT OKAY. If the government mandates that it is not “suitable” to grow food in your front lawn, we have a big problem. What happens when it’s not suitable for your backyard? Sorry, slippery slope, I know. But I don’t want to get anywhere near a slippery slope when it comes to food security! We need to make sure this stops by following this case to a conclusion we agree with, growing our own gardens to override the system, or demanding we retain this right. The more often this happens, the more we’ll recognize its significance and stop this nonsense.

Woman Faces Jail Time For Growing Vegetable Garden in Her Own Front Lawn

ABC News — July 12, 2011

Julie Bass faces the prospect of going to jail for what she’s growing in her front yard.

The illegal growth is tomatos. And zuchinis, peppers and other edible and what normally would be legal plants.

The officials in Bass’ hometown of Oak Park, Mich., have charged her with growing “vegetable garden in front yard space.” If convicted, she could spend up to 93 days in jail.

Bass said that the criminal charge “blew my mind.” “Sometimes we laugh because it seems so silly and sometimes we cry because it’s so pathetic. A lot of times it does not seem real,” she told ABCNews.com.

Bass has insisted on a jury trial and a pre-trial hearing is set for July 26. If the case goes to court Bass’ attorney Solomon Radner does not believe that a jury will convict his client of a crime.

“Michelle Obama plants vegetables on White House front lawn. I don’t think the jury is going to think that it’s suitable for the White House, but it’s not suitable for Oak Park,” said Radner.

The first lady’s office, which is encouraging growing fresh vegetables to help fight childhood obesity, declined to comment on the Oak Park vegetable case.

Bass got the idea to plant a garden in front yard after it was torn up over a busted sewage pipe.

“There were piles of dirt outside and we knew we had to do something,” Bass said. “We looked into putting in sod but it was shockingly expensive, so we starting looking into other books to do something a little more cost effective. We found pictures in a bunch of different library books of garden beds. It was perfect and we had a blank canvas.”

Read entire article HERE.

Mexico: U.S. Banks Launder Drug Money, Feds Ship Them Guns

I’ve stumbled upon quite a bit of compelling information. My goal is to paint a broad scope picture of the U.S. Government’s involvement in black operations such as the Mexican drug trade. It looks to me like the big banks that have hijacked America are fueling the fire for the Mexican drug wars that are taking thousands of lives to this very day. It seems that they want complete control of the drug trafficking across the border. They admit to doing this and what do they get? A $100 Million dollar slap on the wrist! No jail for bankers… why? Because “they are too big to fail”.

1. If you haven’t heard about “Operation Fast and Furious”, read my post from June 18th HERE. It’s pretty short — one extended excerpt and a few comments.

2. From today, July 9, 2011:

At Least 40 Killed in Mexico in 24hr Period

MEXICO CITY — Battles between the vicious Zetas gang and other drug cartels led to the discovery of more than 40 bodies in a 24-hour span, a government official said Saturday.

At least 20 people were killed and five injured when gunmen opened fire in a bar late Friday in the northern city of Monterrey, where the gang is fighting its former ally, the Gulf Cartel, said federal security spokesman Alejandro Poire.

Eleven bodies shot with high-powered rifles were found earlier Friday, piled near a water well on the outskirts of Mexico City, where the gang is fighting the Knights Templar, Poire said. That is an offshoot of the La Familia gang that has terrorized its home state of Michoacan.

He said another 10 people were found dead early Saturday in various parts of the northern city of Torreon, where the gang is fighting the Sinaloa cartel headed by Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.

“The violence is a product of this criminal rivalry … surrounding the intent to control illegal activities in a community, and not the only the earnings that come with it, but also with transporting drugs to the United States,” Poire said in a news conference.

Read entire article HERE.

3. From yesterday, July 8, 2011:

Los Zetas King Pin: We Bought Guns Directly from U.S. Government

One of the kingpins of the infamous Los Zetas drug running gang has told Mexican federal police that the group purchased its weapons directly from U.S. government officials inside America, a revelation that will only serve to heighten suspicions that the Obama administration’s Operation Fast and Furious program was a deliberate attempt to undermine the Second Amendment by stealth.

Under Operation Fast and Furious, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives “Sanctioned the purchase of weapons in U.S. gun shops and tracked the smuggling route to the Mexican border. Reportedly, more than 2,500 firearms were sold to straw buyers who then handed off the weapons to gunrunners under the nose of ATF.” Some of the weapons were later used to kill US Border Patrol agents like Brian Terry.

However, according to the testimony of Rejón Aguilar, one of the original seven members of Los Zetas who was recently captured by police, in some cases Mexican drug gangs did not have to wait until the firearms reached the border – they purchased guns directly from the US government itself inside America.

In an interview with Mexican federal police that was later uploaded to You Tube and translated, Aguilar sensationally blows the whistle on how the Zetas’ weapons were obtained straight from U.S. federal authorities.

“They are bought in the U.S. The buyers (on the U.S. side of the border) have said in the past that sometimes they would acquire them from the U.S. Government itself,” Aguilar told police.

“There were buyers for a time – because they weren’t our people, they were buyers on the other side – telling us that even the American government itself were selling them,” added Aguilar.

The video interview can be seen at the bottom of the page.

A Spanish-language newspaper story on the issue that was translated for us by Larry Pratt states, “Last Sunday, members of the Federal Police detained in the state of Mexico Z-7, one of the 14 leaders and founders of the Zetas who in one of his main statements affirmed that there are elements of the United States government who are furnishing arms to the Mexican cartels.”

Read entire article HERE.

4. The U.S. Military is growing opium in Afghanistan! So I am supposed to believe that we took over these fields and won’t remove the opium because we are doing the Afghan people a common decency by respecting their “culture”? What a bloody joke. The CIA is making bank off black operations like this.

 

5. From June 29, 2010:

Banks Financing Mexico Gangs Admitted in Wells Fargo Deal

Just before sunset on April 10, 2006, a DC-9 jet landed at the international airport in the port city of Ciudad del Carmen, 500 miles east of Mexico City. As soldiers on the ground approached the plane, the crew tried to shoo them away, saying there was a dangerous oil leak. So the troops grew suspicious and searched the jet.

They found 128 black suitcases, packed with 5.7 tons of cocaine, valued at $100 million. The stash was supposed to have been delivered from Caracas to drug traffickers in Toluca, near Mexico City, Mexican prosecutors later found. Law enforcement officials also discovered something else.

The smugglers had bought the DC-9 with laundered funds they transferred through two of the biggest banks in the U.S.: Wachovia Corp. and Bank of America Corp., Bloomberg Markets magazine reports in its August 2010 issue.

This was no isolated incident. Wachovia, it turns out, had made a habit of helping move money for Mexican drug smugglers. Wells Fargo & Co., which bought Wachovia in 2008, has admitted in court that its unit failed to monitor and report suspected money laundering by narcotics traffickers — including the cash used to buy four planes that shipped a total of 22 tons of cocaine.

The admission came in an agreement that Charlotte, North Carolina-based Wachovia struck with federal prosecutors in March, and it sheds light on the largely undocumented role of U.S. banks in contributing to the violent drug trade that has convulsed Mexico for the past four years.

Wachovia admitted it didn’t do enough to spot illicit funds in handling $378.4 billion for Mexican-currency-exchange houses from 2004 to 2007. That’s the largest violation of the Bank Secrecy Act, an anti-money-laundering law, in U.S. history — a sum equal to one-third of Mexico’s current gross domestic product.

“Wachovia’s blatant disregard for our banking laws gave international cocaine cartels a virtual carte blanche to finance their operations,” says Jeffrey Sloman, the federal prosecutor who handled the case.

No big U.S. bank — Wells Fargo included — has ever been indicted for violating the Bank Secrecy Act or any other federal law. Instead, the Justice Department settles criminal charges by using deferred-prosecution agreements, in which a bank pays a fine and promises not to break the law again.

Read entire article HERE.

6. Alex Jones does a great job summing this stuff up. I appreciate his hard work to wake up America. The guy knows so much about the dark side’s tactics that he can’t sleep because he has to inform the people.

 

I encourage you to read the entire articles, they contain a wealth of valuable information that I didn’t include in this post. I agree with Alex: “It’s all hidden in plain view; break out of your trance! Foreign banks have taken over America and they wrapped their tyranny in the American flag!”

Egypt: The “Greatest Moment” Wasn’t So Great

Live Updates: A Blow by Blow Account of Egypt’s Revolution Part II

Earlier this Year

Democratic, Oligarchic, or Islamic Revolution in Egypt?

The American Thinker – February 14, 2011

President Obama’s remarks about Egypt were somewhat detached from the reality of the situation, trying to seize an event and give it historical significance, applying the notion that this was some historical moment of “freedom.”

Essentially what occurred was a palace coup. Mubarak was pushed out by the military and the end result is that a military “junta” has now assumed control of the government of Egypt. It remains to be seen if this is a moment for freedom or democracy.

The Egyptian military leadership is an oligarchy, and how much they will allow constitutional changes for greater democratic space is yet to be seen. So far they have suspended the Egyptian constitution and dissolved the parliament and will plan for elections in six months. For sure they will not want the Muslim Brotherhood to have much if any governing role; if they do, that will begin to put Egypt on a slow track to an Islamist state and directly impact their stakeholder interests.

While I can take short term comfort in the fact the military is maintaining order and not allowing Egypt to devolve into chaos, and our national security pundits are breathing a sigh of relief that the Army and military remain our “friends,” I have also seen the rapid impacts revolutionary changes and elections can have on military institutions as well.

Read entire article HERE.

Egypt Welcomes the New Boss – Same as the Old Boss

Trends Research Institute – February 16, 2011

The Egyptian people in Liberation Square celebrated, the world leaders weighed in, and the global media parroted the tale of “history in the making.” The big bad Hosni Mubarak has”listened to the voices of the Egyptian people” and has bowed to their demands to finally end his 30-year presidential rule.

On February 11th, the news came in a brief statement made by freshly anointed Vice President Omar “Egypt is not ready for democracy” Suleiman: ”In these grave circumstances that the country is passing through, President Hosni Mubarak has decided to leave his position as president of the republic. He has mandated the Armed Forces Supreme Council to run the state.”

Following the announcement, Nobel Prize recipient (and the West’s favorite opposition leader) Mohamed ElBaradei said it was the “greatest day” of his life and that “the country has been liberated.”

The “greatest day” was summed up in a USA Today headline: “Mubarak resigns; military takes over in Egypt.”

Trends Journal subscribers didn’t have to wait until February 11th to know the outcome of this “history in the making.”  In our February 1st Trend Alert we forecast:

As we will see in Egypt, military coups will be disguised as regime changes. Already the public is being conditioned to view the Egyptian military as beloved liberators. But in fact they are simply another arm of the autocratic government, no more familiar with democratic ideals than the dictator they replace…who had himself been drawn from the ranks of the military.

Yet, despite those in charge being the antithesis of democracy, President Obama proclaimed, “Egyptians have made it clear that nothing less than genuine democracy will carry the day. The people of Egypt have spoken – their voices have been heard and Egypt will never be the same.”

As with Egypt, in the “Democratic” USA, politicians, media and the nation-at-large put their trust and better judgment in the hands of their glorious, benevolent, military men and their magnificent war machines. Yet, as history has long proven, military rule, (decried as “juntas” in countries the US does not do business with) is invariably brutal and only infrequently does legislative power return to the people. If elections are held they are usually rigged and the only change is a change of clothes – from a tailored General’s uniform to a tailored Armani suit.

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

In what appears to be a concession to protestors, the Council has promised to stay in power only on a temporary basis, and to hold fair and open elections within six month’s time…which is essentially the same election timetable proposed by Mr. Mubarak.

While no one can predict whether the military rulers will relinquish power and allow free elections, what can be assumed is that they will not willingly forego the estimated $2 billion in annual US aid the Egyptian government receives.

Since Mubarak’s exit, Beltway policy wonks and political front-men have been urging Washington to funnel funds to “pro democracy” groups in Egypt as part of an effort to influence the shape of the next government, to insure “stability” and support US foreign policy interests.

Trends Forecast: The developments in Tunisia, Egypt, and now spreading to Yemen, Algeria and beyond, are the manifestation of a trend long in the making – one we predicted in our “Off With Their Heads 2.0” Autumn Trends Journal. Not confined to North African and Middle Eastern nations, what is now unfolding is a prelude to a series of civil wars that will lead to regional wars, that will lead to the first “Great War” of the 21st century.

Read entire article HERE.

Today

Egypt’s “Twitter Revolution” Reloaded

RT – “Egypt’s Twitter Revolution Reloaded”

Hundreds of thousands of angry protestors have gathered in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, unhappy that the revolution’s goals are not being achieved. Egyptian activists have been calling for a million people to gather there.

­One noticeable addition to the rally is the presence of the Muslim Brotherhood activists. During the uprising in February, when some 800 people were killed and several thousand were injured, the radical movement was not welcomed by the protestors. Now they are part of the protesting crowd.

And the apparent absentees are security forces. The demonstrators are making sure that no police are present at Tahrir Square. Civilian activists are doing security checks of those suspected of having weapons.

The protestors say that even though high-ranking officials of the Mubarak regime, including the president himself, are to stand trial, its legacy is still very much alive.

“We got rid of Mubarak, but Mubarak’s dictatorship is still alive and well,” says Hossam al-Hamalawy, an influential social networker with a Twitter army of some 30,000 followers.

The taste of freedom won at Tahrir Square was short-lived. The military is in full power, mass media are being choked and oppression is still rampant.

“It’s worse than before I think. They weren’t catching activists as much as they are doing now and taking them to prison. I guess now they are being really violent. They want to kill the revolution. They stole it in the first place,” says activist Nawara Mourad.

Activists have a number of demands for the current government, which, they feel, is not running Egypt in the right direction.

“The military trials of civilians have to stop immediately. This is one of the major demands we’re putting forward,” al-Hamalawy says.

Others include transparent trials for the fallen regime and the purging of corrupt officials.

“Unfortunately people had this kind of revenge with Mubarak, that when he fell they felt it’s over, they thought the country would be cleaned up but it’s not the truth,” believes Mourad.

Earlier this week, protesters began camping out on Tahrir Square preparing for what they call the second phase of the revolution.

“People like myself have been arguing for taking Tahrir to the factories, taking Tahrir to the universities, taking Tahrir to places of work. Meaning in every workplace we have in Egypt there is a mini-Mubarak waiting to be overthrown,” Hossam explains.

The revolution will not stop, activists say. Mourad was never interested in politics until January. During the protests she was shot with 23 pellets by riot police, 20 of which are still in her leg. The pain is finally gone but her perseverance is not.

“The barrier of fear is gone,” she says, adding she will continue to fight until the end: “I want every Egyptian citizen to be treated as a human being.”

Every protester has their own vision of the Egypt they are fighting for. Some want a Constitution and then free elections. Others think the new laws should follow the vote. But the one thing that brings them all together is that this Egypt is not the end.

Original article HERE.

London Media Moguls Receive Heavy Blow for Hacking Phones

Rupert Murdoch

James Murdoch

Rebekah Brooks

Murdoch Investors Take Fright

Excerpts from Financial Times of London – “Murdoch Investors Take Fright”

Rupert Murdoch, chairman of News Corp, has strongly backed Rebekah Brooks, the executive at the centre of a phone-hacking scandal, even as he denounced the “deplorable and unacceptable” behaviour at the News of the World.

Mr Murdoch’s intervention in the scandal that has outraged the public and rocked the coalition government came as investors took fright at the damage being inflicted on his global media group.

During heated Commons exchanges, Mr Cameron announced separate enquiries into the original police investigation of phone hacking in 2006 and the behaviour of the press but gave no indication of their precise remit, composition or timing.

He condemned the News of the World’s conduct as “absolutely disgusting”. “I’m sure everyone in this House, indeed this country, will be revolted,” he said.

Mr Murdoch repeated his promise that his company would fully co-operate with police amid accusations that senior newspaper staff also broke the law by paying police for stories.

The 80-year-old News Corp chairman stood by Ms Brooks, who runs News International, in spite of repeated calls in parliament for her dismissal.

Ms Brooks was editor of the News of the World when newspaper employees are alleged to have hacked into voice mail messages of thousands of people, including those of Milly Dowler, a murdered British schoolgirl. It also emerged that the families of servicemen who died in Iraq and Afghanistan may also have had their phones hacked.

Read entire article HERE.

Bestselling UK Tabloid Closes Over Phone Hacking Scandal

RT – “Bestselling UK Tabloid Closes Over Phone Hacking Scandal”

News International, a British newspaper publisher owned by media mogul Rupert Murdoch, announced the closure of the News of the World tabloid, which has been mired in a widening telephone hacking scandal.

The UK’s bestselling Sunday paper is to close after its final, ad-free issue this coming weekend. Proceeds from the final issue which will go to charity, James Murdoch, who heads the newspaper’s European operations, announced Thursday.

The scandal, which has cost the 168-year-old newspaper prestige and advertisers, has featured sensational allegations that the newspaper bribed police and hacked the voicemails of a murdered teenager as well as the relatives of terrorism victims and fallen soldiers.

Read entire article HERE.

 

The Arctic Dispute: A New “Cold” War?

Not only is the world going to fight over oil control in the Middle East, it is going to have to settle disputes in the Arctic! Hardly surprising. With civilizations built on the Ponzi-scheme assumption of infinite growth, it is only a matter of time before we start killing each other for the rights to drill for oil in the slowly melting arctic region.

US and Russia Stir Up Political Tensions Over Arctic

The Guardian

The seventh ministerial meeting of the Arctic Council in May looked set be a mundane affair, with its focus on signing a new search-and-rescue agreement and handover of the chairmanship to Sweden.

But the atmosphere in Nuuk, the capital of Greenland, was electrified by the first visit to such a forum by the United States, courtesy of the secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, secretary of the interior Ken Salazar, and a host of other heavy-hitters.

The message was clear: the US is putting itself at the centre of the debate about the future of the far north at a time when a new oil and mineral “cold rush” is under way as global warming makes extraction more easy.

Read entire article HERE.

Rush for Arctic’s Resources Provokes Territorial Tussles

The Guardian

Two nations on opposite sides of the Nato military alliance divide – Russia and Norway – have signed a deal over who owns what in the Barents Sea. But there are plenty of other territorial tussles going on – some between good friends.

The United States and Canada still disagree on the setting of the boundaries in the Beaufort Sea – an area of intense interest to oil drillers.

Similarly, Canada has yet to resolve a dispute with Denmark over the ownership of Hans Island and where the control line should be drawn in the strait between Greenland (whose sovereignty remains with Denmark) and Ellesmere Island.

But of even greater significance in a world of melting ice floes is control of the North West Passage. Canada insists that it has sovereignty over the sea route and therefore must be asked about usage. The US sees it as a potential area of open water which gives it automatic right of passage for its battleships.

Canadians were incensed when Americans drove the reinforced oil tanker Manhattan through the passage in 1969, followed by the icebreaker Polar Sea in 1985, both without asking for Canadian permission.

The Svalbard archipelago, north-west of Norway, is already covered by an international treaty signed in 1920. But that does still not stop friends like Britain and Norway having disagreements over the way the treaty has been interpreted.

Norway has been given sovereignty and responsibility for administering the fishing rights and safeguarding the environment.

But it is also meant to give other signatories to the treaty – Russia, the US, China and the UK – equal rights to exploit Svalbard’s natural resources four miles onto the continental shelf. The problem is that Norway does not regard the archipelago as having its own shelf, leaving scope for conflict. A major oil discovery off Svalbard would undoubtedly trigger a row.

Meanwhile the US and Russia still have a disagreement over the exact maritime border from the Bering Sea into the Arctic Ocean. A deal was signed with the then-USSR, but Russia has refused to ratify it.

All Arctic nations still have a major disagreement over who owns bits of the continental shelf in the Arctic Ocean, most particularly the 1,800km Lomonosov ridge. Claims are being submitted under the Law of the Sea Convention.

Original article HERE.

 

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Denmark Puts Up Borders

Denmark has put up borders to stop the flow of illegality of both drugs and immigrants. This is a move that is hitting the desks of EU officials and ruining their days. Denmark signed the Schengen Agreement in the late nineties which abolishes internal borders and allows passport free movement amongst member countries. The only borders that are checked are the ones between Schengen and Non-Schengen countries. See the map below. BBC December 2008 — Q&A: Schengen Agreement

Why now? Most likely because NATO is bombing Libya and Denmark doesn’t want the African Immigrants. I must admit: pretty hospitable. Some fear this move might have a domino effect around Europe but it seems doubtful, mainly for the reason that Denmark is operating under special circumstances. They signed the agreement but made sure they had special status in regards to Title IV of the EC Treaty that has to do with the free movement of persons.

Denmark fences itself off from the EU, raising disintegration fears

RT — “Denmark fences itself off from the EU, raising disintegration fears”

Denmark is to put the barriers back up on its borders with Germany and Sweden. The move is not going down well with EU colleagues who say it violates Europe’s much-heralded open border agreement.

From Tuesday, 50 Danish customs officers will be stationed at the country’s borders to perform spot checks on vehicles. The move is part of a plan approved by parliament last Friday, which also see permanent buildings installed on the borders.

The Danish government insists that the re-establishment of border checkpoints is meant to prevent drug flow and illegal migrants from entering the country. The move is regarded as a bad sign by left-wing politicians and the opposition in Denmark itself, where many are seeing it as a concession to nationalists which may damage the country’s economy.

It has also been strongly opposed by EU officials in Brussels, and especially by Denmark’s neighbor Germany. They insist that this is a violation of the Schengen Agreement on open borders in Europe. They also say that this is not at all a wise move to make at a particularly volatile time for the European Union when members states are bickering over border disputes as well as over money issues. Some believe this may even herald the end of a united Europe.

But Danish officials insist that their move will not cause any damage to the free flow of goods, tourists and transportation across the border.

It is not the first time the issue has raised its head in the European Union recently.  Earlier this year, France and Italy entered a bitter dispute over the flow of illegal migrants across their borders.

The situation has been aggravated by the extremely volatile situation in North Africa. Most of the migrants who come to Europe and flood countries like Denmark, Belgium, Italy and France are from the northern African region. This latest move by Denmark may send quite worrying signals to other European countries which may decide to follow suit.

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