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this calls for an owl

We read this and find it very plausible, except for the preliminary rational that enriching uranium had anything to do with why Japan would be made an example of:

Did the Dimona Dozen Murder the Fukushima 50

Speaking of the camera, note the language here:

March 19, 2011:

http://blog.etcenter.org/2011/03/israeli-firm%E2%80%99s-3d-surveillance-cameras-watch-damaged-nuclear-core/

Hi-tech security cameras installed by an Israeli defense firm are recording events at the damaged core in Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant, says a report by The Jerusalem Post.

Magna BSP—based in Arava, Israel—specializes in producing and installing stereoscopic sensory and thermal imaging cameras, and is the contractor that installed cameras around the nuclear core that has been overheating and where explosions have occurred.

Magna’s head, Haim Siboni, said the thermal cameras also have the ability to detect the presence of radioactive clouds in the air. “Using these special cameras, we can also identify radioactive clouds, due to the spectrum that our cameras can sense,” Siboni said.

However, despite having the ability to gain remote access to its computer system—which is receiving the cameras’ images—Magna officials have not accessed the images because the company has not been authorized to do so, according to Siboni.

LET’S REPEAT WHAT THAT SAYS.

DESPITE having the ability to gain remote access to the computer system, which is functioning and capturing images, Magna officials have not accessed the images, because they are not authorized to look.

Does any of that sound remotely plausible to anyone?

First of all, they say their camera survived the explosions? And is still operating? And sending pictures from inside the biggest nuclear disaster in human history? But they won’t look at them? Because some unknown higher authority has not let them?

What can we say. That calls for an owl.

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And there’s more juicy “goodness” from the light unto the nations, same link up top:

Arava-based Magna BSP, which specializes in producing and installing stereoscopic sensory and thermal imaging cameras, has been contracted to place cameras around one of the Fukushima plant’s six nuclear cores – the one that has been experiencing explosions and overheating.

The Israeli defense firm’s thermal cameras were installed due to their ability to detect presence of radioactive clouds in air. Magna has also been asked to secure a second core at the Fukushima plant in the near future.

Here’s a prayer that the cameras do their work quickly and Israeli firms and relief organizations can continue aiding and rebuilding Japan.


So *another* camera, reported March 16? One was not enough? Who really asked for the second camera? And a prayer TOO, that the “cameras do their work quickly”? Right. That links over to a Jpost article about ZAKA and IsraAID, who we learned about during the Haiti earthquake.

Entering the wayback machine: February 2010

say anything

National Menorah

“Nazis don’t have the right to put up a sign next to the Holocaust museum in Washington.” ~ Newt Gingrich

Ground Zero maybe going to run out of steam now that it has been exposed as a CFR psyop?

The connections to the CFR have been METICULOUSLY DOCUMENTED.

There is a conspiracy to dominate the planet. It is not one of Christians, not Muslims, not Jews, not even Zionists, but rather godless nihilistic megalomaniacs. The globalists play each and every angle, whatever will work in a certain geological location, upon a certain cultural paradigm. The goal of meticulously documenting the CFR connections above to the foundations funding “Imam” Faisal Abdul Rauf, was to illustrate how large the CFR is. It illustrates how interconnected the CFR is with other think tanks and foundations.

Upon the CFR’s 2009 roster, you can find authors of what you read in the bookstore, in the pages of Newsweek and Time magazine, the commentators you see in news editorials and the expert commentators brought onto mainstream media news shows.

See: Kenny’s Sideshow The CFR/Globalist/Zionist Hegelian Dialectic New York Mosque Conspiracy

See: aangirfan Promoting the Moslem Bad Guys

And speaking of Newt Gingrich…

In the twelve years since he resigned in defeat and disgrace, he has been carefully plotting his return to power. As 2012 approaches, he has raised as much money as all of his potential rivals combined and sits atop the polls for the Republican presidential nomination. But just who is Newton Leroy Gingrich, really? An epic and bizarre story of American power in an unsettled age.

“He believes that what he says in public and how he lives don’t have to be connected.” ~ Marianne Gingrich
See: don’t let that stop you

internet 1, hasbara 0

court rules she was tricked into behaving like a slut

True story.

Jerusalem District Court ruled that consensual sex between a Jewish woman and an Arab posing as a Jew constituted rape.

On Monday, the court sentenced Sabbar Kashur, 30, an Arab from Jerusalem, to 18 months in prison as part of a plea bargain for rape by deception.

Kashur met a Jewish woman in downtown Jerusalem in 2008 and introduced himself as a Jewish bachelor seeking a serious relationship, the indictment said, according to media reports. The couple then went to a nearby building and had consensual sexual intercourse; Kashur then left.

The woman filed a complaint after realizing that Kashur was not Jewish.

The court ruled that the consent for sex was obtained under false pretenses.

“If she hadn’t thought the accused was a Jewish bachelor interested in a serious romantic relationship, she would not have cooperated,” the judges wrote.

http://www.jpost.com/Israel/Article.aspx?id=182113

amy-winehouse29

The poor girl was confused.

that might leave a mark

Reportedly, the Mavi Marmara has a sister ship that was sold to a Greek company and is called “Dream.”
Was “Dream” used in a staged production of the Mavi Marmara raid?

Via suraci, Chuckyman, something very interesting….

Yeah, um, please explain…..?

Forum link: http://www.aspsystems.fi/wtf/forum.php?showmsg=25786

The unraveling of this tall tale on the high seas began on the morning of Friday, June the 4th when the poster known as Shadow made the following remark to another forum poster known as JayRodney:

“I had a close look at web pics of the Mavi Marmara and the ship in the vid that shows the Turks attacking the IDF as they land. I do not believe it is the same ship. Compare them though, I’d like your opinion on it.”

To which JayRodney responded: “I have to conclude by my initial observation ‘Mavi Marmara’ should be visible 36-37 seconds into the video. Octo is getting screen shots and we will make the best comparison based upon available evidence.

I think it’s safe to call shenanigans. It looks suspiciously like Mossad Productions, I’d say the margin of error is less than 1%. This is most assuredly propaganda.”

Then the proverbial bomb was dropped, irrefutable evidence provided in the form of an animated .gif file:

The poster known as Octo said: “ok, the pics are from slightly different angles, but to the best of my knowledge at approximately the same place of the ship(s) superimposed: doesn’t even look like the same ship to me.”

Proof positive! The boats name should have been visible in at least one frame of the SKY NEWS video. Not only is the ships designation ‘Mavi Marmara’ conspicuously absent, but the entire vessel is clearly different; it’s not the same boat!

This IDF footage is clearly fabricated, I wonder how the Israeli government will explain this away?

I believe the technical term is “busted.”

those whom the gods would destroy they first turn mad

via SOTT

if you criticize Israel you’re a Nazi?

via Goon Squad:

the sheikhs of abu dhabi

We learn of Sheikh Ahmed bin Zayed’s family from aangirfan. Among the points made:

  • The bank known as BCCI was founded in 1972 with the support of Sheik Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan, former ruler of Abu Dhabi and head of the United Arab Emirates.  BCCI was involved with money launderers and drug and arms traffickers. The CIA used BCCI to funnel money to Osama bin Laden’s men. BCCI helped Saddam Hussein funnel money to Banca Nazionale del Lavoro (BNL) which worked with Henry Kissinger. (From Bush to Osama bin Laden in one - Conspiracy Times)
  • A 2008 UN report said the UAE (which includes Abu Dhabi) has become a ‘major exporting and trans-shipping area’ for heroin. (Also see: Drug dealers see UAE as a transit hub, 2/21/09)
  • Sheikh Ahmed al-Nahyan was ranked 27th on the Forbes list of the most powerful people in the world.
  • Sheikh Ahmed al-Nahyan was the brother of the leader of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Khalifa al-Nahyan.
  • In January 2010, another brother, Sheikh Issa al-Nahyan, was cleared of torturing an Afghan merchant in 2004, despite video footage of the incident.
  • Sheikh Ahmed headed Abu Dhabi’s sovereign wealth fund, the largest of its kind in the world.
  • Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed al-Nahyan is a half brother of Sheikh Khalifa. Sheikh Mohammed and his brothers are expected to try to gain control of Abu Dhabi’s sovereign wealth fund.

Another half brother, Sheikh Mansour, controls the *second* largest UAE sovereign wealth fund, IPIC.

Is the family divided into factions? Was a faction trying to get Ahmed out of the way? It’s possible. It’s a big family. There are bound to be disagreements and power struggles.

Sheikh Ahmed with his father (source)

See fascinating hi-res pics of family members here.

See the list of brothers and their relation to each other here (scroll down).

There are discrepancies about the crash that killed Sheikh Ahmed, whether it was an accident or something else.

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Who controls the vast wealth of the UAE?

April 2007, the ADIA and ADIC boards are set as follows, for a term of three years:

President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, in his capacity as Ruler of Abu Dhabi, yesterday issued two decrees revamping the board of directors of Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (Adia) and Abu Dhabi Investment Council (Adic).

Membership of the new Adia’s board of directors shall include
Sheikh Sultan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan,
Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan,
Sheikh Ahmad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan,
Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan,
Sheikh Mohammad Bin Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan,

Membership of the new Adic’s board of directors shall include
Sheikh Sultan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan,
Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan,
Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan,
Sheikh Hamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan,

In November 2007, ADIA purchased shares of Citibank. That turned out to be a disastrous investment and is now a lawsuit.

In April 2009, ADIA hired a Rothschild consultant to work with a new team, InvestAD. Was this consultant hired *away* from Rothschild, or was he still working *for* Rothschild?

Expecting the global economic crisis to prompt a spate of mergers and acquisitions, the Abu Dhabi Investment Company (ADIC) has hired a senior investment banker from Rothschild to build a team to give advice on cross-border investment. The company, originally created in 1977 to invest on behalf of the Abu Dhabi government, is now expanding its range of financial services, including offering investors funds focused on the Middle East and Africa and acting as an advisor for international money managers.

To extend its reach, ADIC has hired Alex Carré de Malberg as head of investment banking to lead its advisory business for M&A and capital-raising. With financial turmoil lifting the cost of capital and stalling investment projects across the world, he believes investors in the Middle East will come into play as assets are reshuffled.

March 17, 2010, a report says Sheikh Ahmed’s brother, the leader of the UAE Sheikh Khalifa al-Nahyan, restructured ADIA’s board. However, everything looks exactly the same as April 2007.

President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has issued Decree No 2 of 2010 restructuring the board of Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) under his presidency.

Issued in his capacity as Ruler of Abu Dhabi, the decree named the following as members of the board :

Shaikh Sultan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the President’s Representative,

Gen. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces,

Sheikh Ahmed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Zayed Foundation for Charity and Humanitarian Works, who also acts as the Managing Director,

Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs,

Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Finance Department

March 27th the glider goes down, Ahmed is killed, and the Spanish pilot is rescued in “good condition.” Or did he suffer from internal bleeding and require several operations?

On April 8th, Khalifa Mohammed al-Kindi, previously chairman of InvestAD, is named as head of ADIA. The board has also been reshuffled to include Sheikh Hamed.

On April 14th, Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed al Nahyan is appointed managing director of ADIA.

April 14 (Bloomberg) — The Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, one of the world’s largest sovereign wealth funds, appointed Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed al Nahyan as its managing director, succeeding the late Sheikh Ahmed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Sheikh Hamed currently heads the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince’s Court and is chairman of the Higher Corporation of Specialized Economy Zones. He is the half brother of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, president of the United Arab Emirates, and a younger brother of Sheikh Ahmed.

April 15th, Khalifa reshuffles the ADIA board again.

The board will be chaired by the UAE President. The members are

Sheikh Sultan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President’s Representative;

General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces;

Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs;

Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chief of Crown Prince’s Court as Managing Director;

Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Department of Finance

The only change, essentially, is Sheikh Hamed replaces Sheikh Ahmed. Sheikh Hamed is brought *into* the board and goes immediately to the Managing Director slot vacated by the deceased Sheikh Ahmed.

Also reported on April 15th, the Sovereign Wealth Fund decided to cancel the advisory group headed up by the Rothschild consultant hired last year. I guess that wasn’t such a good idea after all.

April 15 (Bloomberg) — Invest AD, an Abu Dhabi government- owned money manager, shut its investment banking advisory team and canceled plans to offer a property fund, citing market conditions. Invest AD’s investment banking unit was headed by Alex Carre de Malberg, who joined the company last year from Rothschild & Sons Ltd.

Just a case of bad timing then?

Invest AD is closing its investment banking advisory function, counting among the casualties Alexandre Carre de Malberg – the high profile hire it lured from Rothschild to head up the operation.The Abu-Dhabi investment company entered the investment banking fray about a year and a half ago – precisely when things took a turn for the worse. In 2009, total investment banking fees generated in the Middle East were $649m, or a 43% slide on 2008, according to Thomson Reuters figures. More recently, however, things have been looking up for Middle East investment banking deals. Data from mergermarket shows that the volume of M&A deals in the first quarter of 2010 is up 83% on the same time last year.

That’s funny because, you know, Goldman Sachs made a crap-load of money “precisely when things took a turn for the worse.”

“Well they are the most powerful firm on Wall Street but actually they are an outlet of the Rothschild’s who have spread their power under different names into this century and the prior one.” (source)

And now it looks like a criminal case against GS will be “difficult” because the case is “highly complex” and GS would be able to make “multiple arguments in its defense.”

The best lawyers money can buy, no doubt.

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Would the Zayed family willingly cooperate with the Rothschilds?

Sheikh Ahmed’s father, Sheikh Zayed

Here is some history of the family, in particular the father, Sheikh Zayed.

Ahmed was born in 1971, the son of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al-Nahyan, the widely loved “father of the nation”, and, for four decades, ruler of Abu Dhabi and founding President of the UAE. Ahmed was born the year of the federation of the seven emirates, a long-held dream of his father to unite the Trucial States. Ahmed’s mother, Mouza bint Suhail bin Awada al-Khaili, was one of Sheikh Zayed’s nine wives.
Ahmed was one of the youngest of Sheikh Zayed’s 27 children — one of five sons and two daughters of his marriage to Sheika Mouza. Educated in Abu Dhabi, young Ahmed grew up as his father became one of the wealthiest men in the world. The UAE sits on what is estimated to be a tenth of the world’s oil reserves, and of this Abu Dhabi has 95 per cent. Yet Sheikh Zayed was admired for his modest lifestyle (his early years were heavily influenced by the Beduin tradition), as well as his piety, his tolerance and relatively liberal rule. On Sheikh Zayed’s death in November 2004, his eldest son, Khalifa, became Ruler of Abu Dhabi and President of the UAE.

Sheikh Zayed and his sons (source)

In 1976 the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority was established and has remained under the control of the ruling family. At Sheikh Ahmed’s death, six al-Nahyan brothers sat on ADIA’s board of directors along with three trusted family advisers. Sheikh Ahmed was appointed to head the authority in 1997 and was regarded as “hands on”. For six years before his appointment he worked as a European equities analyst alongside ADIA colleagues on an open floor and continued to eschew the customary honorific “Your Highness”. Despite a reported investment of $7.5 billion in the ailing Citibank by ADIA, the Financial Times recently estimated the authority’s total assets at between £260 billion and £294 billion. It also noted that, in its 34-year history, ADIA’s senior management had granted only four interviews.

Though I am certainly no expert, it does seem from a cursory review of the available information, that Sheikh Zayed was a fine man and deserved the many very nice things written about him. That doesn’t happen too often.

This conclusion is supported by the story of the Zayed Center. Everything you need to know about the Zayed Center can be summarized by the ADL’s breathless charges of anti-semitism against it. (http://www.adl.org/anti_semitism/zayed_center.asp)

The UAE decided to close the Zayed Center in 2003, after it caused severe Jewish hyperventilating.

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So what happens next?

At the beginning of April, it looked like brother Mansour would come out ahead for ADIA. He is one of the flashier brothers.

The loss of such a low-key, progressive government exec could not come at a more sensitive time for Abu Dhabi.  The city-state and its mysterious ruling family has been under an intense spotlight the past few months during its awkward, stilted showdown with debt-laden fellow emirate, Dubai. Though Abu Dhabi did fork over $10 billion and Dubai seems to have worked out a stop-gap deal with creditors, no outside party- that is to say, no one who is not an Al Maktoum or an Al Nahayan- knows what exactly went down. Are relations tense? Fine? Warm and fuzzy? The answer matters to many- Dubai’s creditors (including major banks), small-time investors, other GCC residents- pretty much anyone who would stand to lose if Dubai were to implode. So far, creditors have warmly welcomed Dubai’s proposed repayment plan based largely on their sense that it has Abu Dhabi’s (aka Uncle Money Bags) tacit approval. But no one knows for sure.

Sheikh Mansour became a household name in the UK since buying the Manchester City soccer team. It seems he’s made one lucky deal after another. It seems that by purchasing this soccer team, he has even bumped Roman Abramovitch down a peg or two. Hmm.

A year ago, Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahayan was virtually unknown outside the very small, very rich emirate of Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates and home to 95% of the country’s oil wells. Today he is a household name in the U.K., as the potential savior of beleaguered soccer club Manchester City and a powerful, if controversial, investor in Barclays.

Remember that Rome is the “promised land for foreign mafias” and organized crime rings launder money through legitimate business interests such as sports teams.

Am I saying that is what happened here? No. I’m just saying it happens.

Mansour also heads the *second* largest sovereign wealth fund of the UAE, IPIC.

Sheikh Mansour is married to Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s daughter (one of his two wives). Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is the ruler of Dubai.

What makes Mansour somewhat unique among the numerous bright sons of the late Shaikh Zayed is that he maintains excellent links with both his full-brother Muhammad bin Zayed and his father-in-law Muhammad bin Rashed. At the same time, however, he follows the instructions of his full-brother, while he merely chooses what suits him from among the suggestions of his father-in-law. With Dubai badly in need of financial support from Abu Dhabi, Shaikh Muhammad bin Rashed is gradually learning to accept the fact that Shaikh Mansour usually ignores any advice from the Dubai ruler which is not acceptable to the Abu Dhabi crown prince.  (source)

But the two men share a close adviser: Amada Staveley. She has helped them both to purchase UK sports teams, among other investments.

She is hot stuff. She turned down a marriage proposal from Prince Andrew.

It is also worth noting here Dubai’s problems and the role of various Rothschild advisers along the way.

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But as it turned out, Sheikh Hamed got the nod for ADIA.

Sheikh Hamad, back in JANUARY 2004, made the following remark:

“We can no longer rely on the traditional principles of the past, as they are not applicable any more. Globalisation has become an inevitable reality with which we must interact. No country, region or society can remain on the sidelines and pretend they will not be affected by this rapidly changing world order”.

He then privatized the National Petroleum Construction Company (NPCC).

ADNOC’s 70% share in the NPCC was transferred to the General Holding Corp. (GHC) chaired by Shaikh Hamed, who has reconstituted its board of directors to include representatives of the GHC and of the 30% shareholder, the Athens-based Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC).

CCC is a huge contracting company founded by Palestinians over fifty years ago, now based out of Athens.

A December 2004 story about the company reveals the following:

  • The giant U.S. company Bechtel joined forces with CCC in Yemen and other Arab Gulf states to carry out a number of massive projects in the 1950s.
  • CCC also acquired a company in the United Kingdom and the firm earned a strong reputation in only a few years.
  • In 1988, CCC acquired the American firm Morganti Group with annual revenues of $300 million in the U.S. alone.
  • Recently, CCC signed huge contracts with Qatar and Khazakistan, which sit on large quantities of oil and gas.
  • Khoury, who regularly visits Beirut, is very fond of Lebanon and dreams of returning the company to its roots. Many Arab states are inviting CCC to move its headquarters to their capitals.
  • Khoury said that CCC is now pinning high hopes on Africa. “This continent holds the key to the future of CCC and other firms. There are projects more than we can handle,” he said with confidence.

I can just imagine the people who would like to control CCC, and deprive the Palestinians and the Lebanese of this asset.

It seems that a lot now rests with Sheikh Hamad.

Sheikh Hamad bin Zayed

asking for trouble

The Netherlands (source)
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Geert Wilders of the Netherlands is a right-wing politician. He may be a CIA-Mossad asset and a crypto-Jew / Sabbatean.

aangirfan: Geert Wilders ‘has Jewish-Indonesian origins’

  • Geert Wilders, is a Dutch politician, and possibly a CIA-Mossad asset.
  • Wilders’ Party for Freedom is the second largest Dutch party in the European parliament.
  • Wilders is a strong supporter of Israel and has criticised countries he sees as enemies of Israel.[13]
  • Wilders supports implementing Israel’s administrative detention in the Netherlands, a practice heavily criticized by human rights groups.[26]
  • Wilders believes that he has Jewish ancestry.[6]
  • The Dutch newspaper Telegraaf reported in May 2007 that Geert Wilders had been accompanied by the Dutch General Intelligence and Security Service for years.
  • During that time, Wilders had been regularly meeting officials at the Israeli Embassy in The Hague.[12]

Dr.M’s Analysis: Exposed: Geert Wilders is a Zionist Jew

Pretending to be atheists and/or members of other faiths is a very old tactic employed by Sabbatean Jewry so this is hardly surprising. As if visiting “israel” 40 times, living on a kibbutz (illegal “israeli” settlement) for years, wearing a kippa and banging his head on the wailing wall, and reporting to the local “israeli” embassy once a month while claiming to be a Mossad agent wasn’t enough gefilte fishy enough. …In June a genealogist said he had found several Indonesian ancestors of the populist Dutch politician known for his rabid anti-immigrant and anti-Islam ideas. Now anthropologist Lizzy van Leeuwen describes how his roots can be seen as the driving force behind his outspoken views….The 6-page article reveals that Wilders’ grandmother, Johanna Ording-Meijer, came from an old Jewish-Indonesian family and that Wilders lied about this in his 2008 biography.

April 2010: Mr. Wilders needs to go to trial, but somehow the court has managed to kick his trial date down the road a few months, from June to October, via Dutch News

MP Geert Wilders will go on trial for inciting hatred and discrimination in October, not June as first thought, the Volkskrant reports on Tuesday. Amsterdam court said it had been forced to make the change because of scheduling problems. The court says it needs five days to hear evidence in the case. The MP faces five charges religious insult and anti-Muslim incitement. In January, the public prosecution department extended the prosecution case to include inciting hatred of Muslims, Moroccans and non-Western immigrants.

Zimbabwe (source)
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From the comments at aan’s post about Wilders, suraci brings to our attention another person of Dutch heritage, Nicholas van Hoogstraten, a Briton, and his links to Zimbabwe and the loathsome dictator Robert Mugabe.

January 2008: Nicholas van Hoogstraten - Zimbabwe arrest, Telegraph.co.uk

Property tycoon Nicholas van Hoogstraten has been arrested in Zimbabwe over allegations that he was illegally trading in foreign currency. The 62-year-old Briton, a vocal supporter Zimbabwe’s president, Robert Mugabe, is accused of receiving rent on a string of properties he owned in foreign currency, which is illegal in Zimbabwe….His latest arrest comes despite his reported friendship with Mr Mugabe, whom he once described as “100 per cent decent and incorruptible”….He said officers had also seized more than 100 pictures from the house, and understood that some showed Mr van Hoogstraten and the 22-year-old woman naked and in “compromising situations”.

January 2006: Jane Kelly meets Nicholas van Hoogstraten, Times Online. Mr. van Hoogstraten asks, where are the bodies? Where indeed?!? We ask the same thing about the many disappeared people of the world, and yet we do not conclude that no crime has been committed just because we don’t know what happened to the bodies. Then again, our brains obviously work differently than Mr. van Hoogstraten’s.

“I’m not immoral, never have been. I am amoral, that’s different,” snaps Nicholas van Hoogstraten, a stickler for accuracy (at least his own version of it). “The things the papers write about me. I’ve never threatened anyone or killed anyone — where are the bodies?” When Hoogstraten asks a direct question, accompanied by a beady stare, you often feel yourself fumbling for an answer…….Hoogstraten keeps nothing in his own name. “Of course I wouldn’t think twice about having people killed, if they threatened me,” he says, “but if I was to do it, it would be done properly by professionals not obviously connected with me, it would be a professional contract killing.”

This month it was reported that Mr. Mugabe, along with people from Israel, South Africa and China, are reportedly smuggling lots of diamonds out of Zimbabwe every day. Some of the diamonds are from the Marange field, owed by Andrew Cranswick, a native Zimbabwean. Cranswick purchased the field for a nominal sum. De Beers had let a claim on the field lapse, but the field turned out to be very productive.

Bob’s Dirty Diamonds, by Jon Swain, Senior Foreign Correspondent, The Sunday Times, London

African Consolidated Resources (ACR), set up by both white and black Zimbabweans, was looking for new mining opportunities in Zimbabwe. It pegged a claim to an abandoned, unexploited field, bought for a nominal sum on the chance of finding diamonds there. Problems arose when diamonds were found….

Although the Zimbabwe High Court ruled in September that ACR clearly owns the Marange field, Cranswick, the CEO, has a colossal fight on his hands to get it back from the government. In February the Supreme Court ordered all mining to cease pending a final ruling on ownership. Its judgment has been ignored. Meanwhile, millions of dollars from the diamonds are being siphoned off by President Mugabe, his diamond-loving wife, Grace, and their greedy inner circle to enrich and entrench themselves in power a few years longer.

…Last year, a gang of Israeli diamond smugglers put out a contract on him [Cranswick - ed.] to make sure he did not get in the way of their supply of diamonds smuggled out of Marange. Now, impeccable sources told me that beside his name in secret government files is written the word “Bull-Bar” — CIO code for a person designated to meet with a “road accident”.

…Secret government documents obtained by The Sunday Times show that quite the reverse happened. Cranswick’s long-drawn-out legal process had given Mugabe’s lieutenants and their foreign backers — Chinese, Israelis, South Africans — time to entrench their systems for keeping control of the fabulously rich field. The old operation in which an ad hoc set of diggers plundered the diamonds on their behalf amid general lawlessness has expanded into a new, sophisticated money-making machine largely hidden from the eyes of the world.

The documents set out the measures that are being taken. The Chinese army is helping to construct a military airstrip on ACR’s field with a one-mile-long runway capable of taking the biggest military transport planes. Armed Chinese soldiers are on the site. There are shipping containers filled with weapons. This move follows arms-purchasing visits by Chiwenga to China last year. A tented army camp has been set up under a retired brigadier, and millions have been invested in state-of-the-art mining machinery capable of extracting thousands of carats of diamonds an hour. A sophisticated operation is also in train to get the most valuable stones out of the country. Stones worth $3m-$7m are smuggled out every day. The Chinese embassy in Harare is involved in smuggling some out in the diplomatic bag, according to Zimbabwe intelligence leaks, and one of the key figures is a Chinese man with links to Grace Mugabe — all in defiance of the Supreme Court’s order to halt all mining at Marange.

Since that report, other news from Zimbabwe indicates that Mugabe — and presumably his allies — are not going anywhere for the moment.

After visit with Ahmadinejad, Zimbabwe set to welcome North Korea World Cup team, CSM, April 25, 2010

Several days ago, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe rolled out the red carpet for Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, reportedly in celebration of a secret deal for Zimbabwe to receive Iranian oil in exchange for access to the large amounts of uranium ore thought to be under its soil. …The rogue regime’s national soccer team is coming to Zimbabwe May 25 to train ahead of the World Cup in neighboring South Africa. For many Zimbabweans, however, news of the arrangement is unacceptable.

Funerals for Zimbabwe politicians spark debate over national hero designation, VOA, April 28, 2010

Officials and rank-and-file members of both formations of Zimbabwe’s Movement For Democratic Change set aside past differences on Wednesday to mourn three top officers of the MDC grouping of Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara who were killed in a highway accident in Midlands province on Saturday….ZANU-PF official Alice Nkomo, killed in a separate road accident the same day on the Bulawayo-Plumtree highway, has been declared a provincial heroine and was to be laid to rest on Thursday in Bulawayo.

South African facilitators due back in Zimbabwe for another round of negotiations, VOA, April 28, 2010

Mr. Zuma himself met with the three leaders in March and said they had agreed on a “package of measures” moving toward the resolution contentious issues, such as the fate of Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Governor Gideon Gono and Attorney General Johannes Tomana, both political allies of Mr. Mugabe….

High court dismisses ACR challenge, allows sale of diamonds from Marange, Reuters, April 28, 2010

A High Court ruled on Tuesday that the government could sell diamonds, dismissing a challenge by junior miner African Consolidated Resources to stop Zimbabwe from auctioning precious stones mined from its claims in Marange.

The Mugabe regime, clearly in tight with the diamond business, which is run by Jews, is also now in tight with Iran.

Iran has inked a deal to buy uranium from Zimbabwe.

Ahmadinejad and Mugabe, AFP photo

Iran has struck a secret deal with Zimbabwe to mine its untapped uranium reserves in a move to secure raw material for its steadily expanding nuclear programme.

The agreement was sealed last month during a visit to Tehran by a close aide to Robert Mugabe, the Zimbabwean president who last weekend celebrated 30 years in power, The Sunday Telegraph has learned. In return for supplying oil, which Zimbabwe desperately needs to keep its faltering economy moving, Iran has been promised access to potentially huge deposits of uranium ore – which can be converted into the basic fuel for nuclear power or enriched to make a nuclear bomb.

…The uranium deal will heighten fears in the West that Iran is stepping up its nuclear programme, which intelligence agencies believe is intended to lead to the development of nuclear weapons in the near future.

Why on earth would Ahmadinejad, a supposedly smart guy, do something so incredibly stupid as tangling Iran up with this crooked psychopathic nutjob Mugabe, not to be trusted under any circumstances, and with God only knows how many criminals running all over Zimbabwe conducting the blood diamond business and certainly whatever sorts of jobs money can buy, unless he wants trouble?

the point B list

To refresh our memories on Paraguay: the Bangkok of Latin America, and not for nothing, in which we learn about the Tri-Border Area, the Jesuits, Chabad, organized crime, government corruption, and human trafficking, not necessarily in that order. The average American doesn’t hear about Paraguay, though it’s an organized crime paradise. Why is that? Paraguay not ready to come out of the crock pot yet? Maybe soon.

Paraguay (source)
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Back in 2002, think tanks discussed the Islamic threats bubbling in South America.

After September 11th, the U.S.-led “war on terror” moved swiftly into Afghanistan. Once the heavy combat had diminished, speculation turned to what the next target would be. The Philippines, the former Soviet republic of Georgia, Yemen, Somalia, and Indonesia were all discussed as possibilities. Except for a few disparate stories, the tri-border region of South America received little attention as a locus of terrorist activity despite a recent history of Islamist terrorist activity. But this region, which already has a history of mass casualty Islamic terrorism, is also an area of concern. (http://www.nti.org/e_research/e3_16a.html)

Oh, the Philippines (Abu Sayyaf), check. Georgia, check. Yemen, check. Somalia, check. Indonesia, check.

Last but not least…the Tri-Border Area….

Board of directors for that think tank include Ted Turner, Sam Nunn, Pete Dominici, Richard Lugar, etc. See think tanks: where experts go to reverse engineer plans for world domination.

At think tanks, experts figure out how to get from point A to point B. First they decide on point B, and then they reverse engineer how to arrive there from point A. When insiders do this, they call it “brainstorming” or “war games” or “simulations.” When outsiders do this, they call it “terrorism.”

This explains how a list put forth in 2002 seems so very incredibly prescient in 2010. You see, that list was not a prediction, that was a plan. That list of countries was point B: places where terrorists (will definitely) cause trouble, (just as soon as we get our people around to it).

The Tri-Border Area is on the point B list. That’s why we might pay attention to this area of South America — a very strong contender for an upcoming hot spot. Probably guaranteed.

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Bolivia will also soon have a satellite built and partly financed by China. Allegedly the low orbit satellite will help track drug cartels and smuggling.

Also, three journalists were recently threatened with kidnapping, allegedly by the Paraguayan People’s Army, a leftist group allegedly linked to FARC. The letter used newspaper clippings to threaten two reporters and Senate leader Miguel Carrizosa, and to demand the release of six EPP prisoners. Here’s the letter.

Super-wily EPP terrorists don’t leave any clues for handwriting analysts. Ha!
Paraguay has passed a bill imposing a temporary suspension of constitutional rights in parts of the country in a crackdown on violence, it is reported.

The 30-day suspension in parts of the north gives the armed forces greater powers to combat a left-wing group. The Paraguayan People’s Army (PPA) is responsible for killing four people, sources in the country’s congress said. The emergency will allow troops and police to detain suspects and ban public meetings for 30 days. President Fernando Lugo asked for the measures three days ago after a police officer and three farm workers were killed in an attack on Wednesday.

Investigators in the country claim the rebels belong to the PPA, a small group with suspected links to left-wing rebels in Colombia. “These fugitives of the Paraguayan People’s Party should be captured, because everyone has the right to live in peace,” Mr Lugo said as he defended his request for a state of suspension, AFP news agency reported on Saturday.

So this is like the Patriot Act for Paraguay. Temporary, sure. Let’s suppose something goes wrong in the meantime and they maybe have to extend that or make it permanent… ? But really, nothing to worry about because this guy Lugo is a great guy. He loves the people he would never do anything like that. Wait till you see…

[First of all, he's a real ladies' man. AND a Roman Catholic bishop.

kiss kiss hug hug

The 39-year-old added that Lugo gets full marks between the sheets, and claims six other women will soon step forward to claim he also sired their children. "I can guarantee that Lugo is a phenomenon in everything, not only in politics," she said. (NY Daily News, Forget Monica Lewinsky... 4/23/09)

One of his lovers was a teenager, which technically makes him a pedophile.

"Viviana at her Confirmation, the age when she was sexually abused by Bishop Lugo."

Bishop Lugo's Harem

If the many alleged paternities of Lugo are proved true, we would be facing the case of a Catholic Bishop who – at a time when he was fully exercising his orders and episcopal functions – simultaneously had sexual affairs with three to seventeen different women. Even in this post-Vatican II era where we have witnessed all types of moral corruption, Lugo sets a remarkable record of depravity.

Here I believe we have a good X-ray vision of the kind of man presented by important sectors of the Church and the media as “the Bishop of the poor” and a sincere combatant against corruption.]

So, anyway. For everyone NOT paying attention, the official narrative goes that he’s a big lefty liberation theology priest who loves the poor, fights for the people, (ok so he loves the ladies too), blah blah blah. It all seemed so promising at first. He enjoyed the strong support of the Paraguayan people.

He got elected in April 2008.

At the beginning of November he fired all his military leaders without explanation.

ASUNCION, Paraguay — Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo fired his military chiefs Wednesday, a day after denying he had worries about a coup amid calls for his impeachment. In a statement given to journalists at the presidential palace, Lugo named new commanders for the army, air force and navy without explaining his reasons. The new chiefs will assume their posts Thursday, said the statement signed by the president….

Since winning the presidency last year and ending 61 years of domination by the conservative Colorado Party, Lugo has been trying to push reforms that aim to benefit Paraguay’s numerous poor. He has criticized an elite class that “sits comfortably in air-conditioned offices,” while the poor “survive on just one meal a day if they are lucky . . . without safe drinking water, surrounded by misery.” Lugo’s rivals have been searching for ways to force him out of office before his term ends in August 2013. Last week, a majority of lawmakers threatened to mount an impeachment trial over comments he allegedly made in a poor neighborhood that some interpreted as a call for class warfare. Lugo denied saying that.

That article is dated 11/4/09.
The US immediately announced a big donation of equipment to form an elite counter-terrorism unit for the Paraguayan Army.

On 4 November 2009, the United States announced they would donate US$1.39 million in equipment towards the formation of an elite unit of highly trained troops in the Paraguayan army. Backed by US funding (sources put the total amount of the expedition at US$3 million) and training from SOUTHCOM, the troops are trained in counterterrorism strategies and are to be equipped with the latest gear and technology. Yet in spite of their training as counter-terrorism experts, how and why they are used will be up to the discretion of Paraguayan authorities, according to Liliana Ayalde, the US ambassador to Paraguay.

…The US has a vested interest in keeping Paraguay terrorism-free. The loosely regulated tri-border area, particularly Ciudad del Este, is listed as a rising area of activity for terrorist activity such as training and money laundering, and US authorities have been monitoring the region for signs of Hezbollah, Hamas, and other terrorist cells. Thus, any aid that is used to combat terrorist forces in Paraguay may be money well spent, and Paraguay’s recent history battling what are considered homegrown terrorist organizations such as the Paraguayan People’s Army (EPP) is likely seen favorably by Washington.

Aha so it’s all good. The US helps to fight terrorism. The US respects the sovereignty of Paraguay. The EPP is becoming a household name, though the movement has obscure origins. Hmmmm.

The future of the EPP will depend on how President Fernando Lugo, a former Roman Catholic bishop, chooses to act. Will the president allow for a military offensive, including search-and-destroy missions, against the EPP, should its activities continue? Or will Lugo’s religious background affect his decisions?

Oh HAHAHAHA! I’m sure he doesn’t mean to be so coy. Of COURSE Lugo’s religious background will affect his decisions. No doubt he’s a Sabbatean, just pretending to be a Catholic, but obviously not taking Catholicism all that seriously, which means that absolutely nothing will hold him back from search and destroy missions to get the wily EPP terrorists, with their shady backgrounds. He’s already on the case requesting special powers from the Paraguayan congress! Check!

No problemo.

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Perhaps, also, maybe, Lugo works for the CIA? Could that be the explanation for all this juicy cooperation?

Fernando Lugo and George W. Bush

1. Ties to the CIA, NGOs, and known operatives

All the scaffolding of the CIA and its extensions and derivatives such as USAID, the National Endowment for Democracy and the media addicted to empire, was played by Bishop Fernando Lugo on 20 April.  In Paraguay, noticed that NGOs received heavy donations from the arrival in the country by Ambassador James Cason, a known destabilizing sponsored by Otto Reich. The aim of the covert operation was to meet the alternation in power, placing the bishop Fernando Lugo as president of Paraguay.

James Cason, Ambassador, Paraguay Singing Sensation. (”James Cason, the U.S. Ambassador to Paraguay, has achieved rock star status in that country. Literally.”)

Public Diplomacy and Covert Propaganda: The Declassified Record of Ambassador Otto Juan Reich

2. Ties to youth and charitable groups, “civil society”

Among the many organizations benefiting from these dollars distributed by the administration of George W. Bush who supported the campaign of the bishop, stood Management and Local Youth House, which financed with funds from USAID and IAF Tekojoja movements and LDCs, as in Nicaragua, the NED and other agencies of the CIA led alternative choice Violeta Chamorro in 1989. NGOs and voluntary-what we now know as civil society, are known as an extension of the neoliberal policies of the U.S. worldwide.

3. Promoting democracy through NGOs, using them to control the media, promoting nepotism

The CIA and the U.S. Agency for International Development (AID or USAID) have a central role in the scheme of promoting political ideas and facts favorable to the empire, and they added a new agency, created in 1983, named The National Endowment for Democracy (NED). In Paraguay, the NED has a total control over the press media, which returns a list indicating which political referents can promote. …U.S. Ambassador James Cason, like a Pied Piper dedicated to singing Paraguayan folklore, was determined to align all NGOs and foundations that receive U.S. dollars cleric behind the president, nephew of the CIA Epifanio Méndez (turned in by Agee) and that perpetuate the family tradition today.

[About Epifanio Mendez Fleitas "His life unfolded in the worlds of politics, music and intellectual activity. Thus, he held various positions in government (he was police chief between 1949 and 1952 and chairman of the Central Bank of Paraguay from 1952 to 1955 ). It was clear and undisguised criticism against the first signs of what became the long and bloody dictatorship of General Alfredo Stroessner ( 1954 - 1989 ) which earned him jail, torture and a lengthy exile in Uruguay , the Argentina and United States of America."]

[About Philip Agee: "In 1968 Philip Agee was finally disgusted with his dirty work as a CIA officer in Ecuador, Uruguay, and Mexico. He submitted a letter of resignation and immediately slipped into Cuba, then went to France and Britain. As he wrote his memoirs while scraping by on handouts, he frequently wondered if some of the people who were helping him could be trusted. The answer was "no" -- a typewriter that one friend loaned him was discovered to contain a homing transmitter. Finally his book "Inside the Company" was published in 1975, launching his career as history's most celebrated anti-CIA activist. The CIA kept harassing Agee, even though he retains his U.S. citizenship and has never been charged with a crime. He was expelled from Britain, France, and Holland, and his U.S. passport was revoked in 1979. Today he lives in Germany, is still trying to get his passport back, and does speaking tours on U.S. college campuses."]

4. Ties to Freedom House and our best friends

The charge of distributing the dollars for “change” was Dr. Carl Gershman, president of the NED. The Freedom House functioned as a funnel through which passed granting the NED funds, and most of them ended up in the pockets of outstanding communicators. Radio Nanduti through Freedom House, received large sums of money from the National Endowment for Democracy (NED).

Leonard Sussman, CIA and the Executive Director of Freedom House, a visit to Paraguay in late 1987, led by Humberto Rubin, establishing contacts with various organizations to receive funds after the NED. The aim was to “grow” the idea of change.
Fernando Lugo and Hillary Clinton

Since then, these organizations promoted the scaffolding structure that now controls everything in Paraguay can be said, paradoxically, under the guise of defending freedom of expression.

This article sums it all up, the way many powerful forces came together to bring Lugo to power.

To have the backing of a warlord who ruled the country for decades, the assistance of the U.S. State Department and a group of companies in over 130 countries worldwide, and over one hundred powerful companies including hotels, travel agencies, fisheries, food factories, weapons industries, farms, resorts, restaurants, printing and publishing, is the dream of any Latin American politician….Not surprisingly, the favored of the Catholic fraternity, Ambassador James Cason and the press have sealed a pact with far-right supporters of late dictator. Earlier, during the transition, is characterized by profit from the gifts of the largest drug trafficker in U.S. history, General Andres Rodriguez, famous for his partnership with heroin dealer Auguste Ricord. Then agreed to a figurehead dictator’s son, Juan Carlos Wasmosy, and finally with the stem of one of his top ministers, Luis Angel Gonzalez Macchi. . .

All the scaffolding of the CIA and its extensions and derivatives such as USAID, the National Endowment for Democracy, NGOs and the press that subsidize addicted to the empire, was made available to the Bishop Fernando Lugo by James Cason, destabilizing star of W. Bush.

It’s not for nothing. A set up like this does not happen by accident. It will not be wasted.

UPDATE:
Iran’s growing influence in Latin America, 4/24/10
Hezbollah, Hamas activity in Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay, 4/23/10