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In March, Kyrgyz authorities were “spoken to” about their pressure on independent news channels.

In its letter, the OSCE has called on the Kyrgyz government to respect its international obligations to protect freedom of speech and to restore access to a number of online media sources and to Azattyk Radio (the Kyrgyz Service of RFE/RL). Similarly, “Press freedom violations seem to be increasing in frequency and intensity,” Reporters Without Borders and other groups have lamented. Since 10 March, agencies like ferghana.ru, centrasia.ru and paruskg.info (whose editor Gennady Pavlyuk was murdered last December) have been blocked.

Local sources report that independent media have been pressured not to report certain news or lose their licence. Consequently, many have refrained from publishing articles critical of the government. The opposition press has also been targeted. All 7,000 copies of the newspaper Forum were seized by the police in Bishkek on 15 March without any explanation, whilst its editor, Ryskeldi Mombekov, and five other journalists were detained. President Kurmanbek Bakiev appears eager to prevent news from reaching Kyrgyz that a businessman close to his inner circle was arrested in Italy on suspicion of mafia links. Mr Yevgeny Gurevich is a financial consultant to the Central Agency for Development, Investments and Innovation, which is run by the president’s son, Maksim Bakiev.

Not just “mafia links,” but links right to Berlusconi and other very highly placed people. Here’s the news that Bakiev wanted suppressed:

BISHKEK — A business associate of Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiev’s son says he will step down as head of his company after a warrant was issued for his arrest in Italy, RFE/RL’s Kyrgyz Service reports. Yevgeny Gurevich, who is also known as Eugene Gourevitch, told journalists through a representative in Bishkek today that he is leaving all his posts to “fix misunderstandings [that have] occurred in Italy.” Italian media reported on March 9 that a judge in Rome had issued an arrest warrant for Gurevich, who is accused of embezzling some $2.7 billion from divisions of Telecom Italia and the Fastweb telecom company between 2003 and 2006.

So March 9th Italian media report the arrest warrant for Gurevich, and March 10th the websites are blocked. Because it’s not just Gurevich.

He is being charged with criminal conspiracy and money laundering as part of a bigger case involving dozens of others. Gurevich has reportedly held a U.S. passport since 1990. The MGN Group has been actively involved in the Kyrgyz investment market since 2008. It has numerous holdings, including banks, and is one of Kyrgyzstan’s most powerful conglomerates. MGN became a major partner of Kyrgyzstan’s Central Agency for Development and Investments, which is led by President Bakiev’s son, Maksim Bakiev. The acronym MGN is thought by many to stand for Maksim, Gurevich, and Nadel, the last name of businessman Mikhail Nadel. Both Gurevich and Maksim Bakiev have repeatedly denied having business ties with each other.

Kyrgyzstan’s state Development Fund, which reports directly to the president, announced today that it has annuled all agreements it has made with MGN.

As noted yesterday, MGN stands for Maksim, Gurevich, Nadel. In other words, the Kyrgyzstan president’s son, Gurevich the Kyrgyz Jewish banker, and Nadel the Russian Jewish oligarch.

MGN’s mission: “to realize the investment potential of Kyrgyzstan and Central Asia.” MGN receives a license in November 2008, and by the end of 2009 manages assets of $250 million. Key sectors of the Kyrzyg economy came under MGN management.

The Kyrgyz leadership also plays a prominent role in NATO logistics for Afghanistan. In Bishkek, Gurevich is considered the most influential financial consultant and government agencies and state corporations use his services.

Kyrgystan’s population: approximately 5,000,000. The number of Jews in Kyrgystan: approximately 1,200.

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Connections to Italy:

In Italy, the allegations include laundering money through fictitious companies set up in the UK, Switzerland, Panama and Luxembourg. (Excellent article at Russian Mafia.)

One of the people named in the warrant is Gennaro Mokbel. Allegedly Mokbel used his contacts in the Calabrain mafia to elect his friend to the senate. Mokbel has alleged relations to right-wing extremists including terrorists. He collects photos and memorabilia of Mussolini and Hitler. Italian newspapers suspect the group has connections with intelligence operatives, police and political leaders. One suspect, Paul Anthony O’Connor was often accompanied by a former agent of MI6.

Being confident that none of his calls could have been intercepted, Mokbel openly chatted on the phone. In one of the angry calls to “his” Senator - Nicolas Dia Girolamo - he is believed to go outraged: “You may become the president of Italy, but for me you will always be a doorman, or to be more precise - my slave.” The newly elected senator, as suggested, meekly replied: “Please forgive me.”

From November 1-3, 2009, the richest Jews in the world gathered in the luxurious palace of Silvio Berlusconi, as his personal guests. (On December 13th, a man struck Berlusconi in the face with a replica of the Milan cathedral. Maybe some symbolism there…)

The event is held regularly in various capitals of the world, the Israeli national fund “Keren Ha-Yesod” - International Leadership Reunion (ILR). Only the elect are invited to attend. 180 people.

Members of this Congress offers luxurious balls, inspections of palaces and villas of Italian nobility, traveling on Jewish places of Rome and visit closed to normal tourist facilities Vatican.

Oooh, that’s so nice.

The fund attaches great importance to the “business elite of post-Soviet space” — the CIS countries.

International Leadership Reunion (ILR) - an exclusive club sponsors “Keren Kha-Yesod,” brings together hundreds of leading businessmen and philanthropists. Among the members of this elite club are the following: Sheldon Edelson (USA), representatives of the De Rothschild dynasty, members of the Safra family, Mendel and Robert Kaplan (South Africa), Charles and Edgar Bronfman (Canada), Frank Lowe (Australia), Richard Pratt (Australia, New Zealand), Pierre Besnaynu (France) and many other representatives of the financial elite of various countries, including Russia and other CIS republics.

They “raised” $40 million dollars in three days. Look at these statements:

On three days’ stay in Rome, the largest Jewish philanthropists portal IzRus told a representative of the Keren Ha-Yesod, “in Russia Ronny Vinnikov. He said that the commemorations have begun in a symbolic location - near the Arch of Titus, which depicts the victory of the Romans over the Jews and the imposition of the menorah from the Temple of Jerusalem (AD 70). Former Chief Rabbi of Israel Yisrael Meir Lau asked the guests: “Where are those Romans and where are we? the language of the Emperor Titus long been told of his empire was nothing left, and Jews have preserved their language, have created their own state, and revived their culture.”

Then, Jewish philanthropists, accompanied by a government escort motorcyclists have visited the palaces of the president and prime minister of Italy, met with Speaker of Italian Parliament, the Mayor of Rome and the chief rabbi of the country. In one of the palaces of Italy’s best opera singers sang “Hatikva”. At the Villa Madama, the official residence of the Prime Minister for receiving heads of state, the Jewish oligarchs met at a top level - with a solemn guard, saluting each guest as a leader of a foreign power. By the way, the ball to Jewish patrons of the palace came from Berlusconi and the Ambassador Russia to Italy Alexei Meshkov.

“The joy of Jewish organizations and beneficiaries, the ranks of the world of philanthropy is increasingly supplemented by people of the” Russian “origin - those who live in the CIS, Europe, USA, Canada and Israel. The arrival of these people to charity - this revolutionary moment,” - said Ronnie Vinnikov. He expressed the hope that the leaders of world Jewry “open the door to benefactors of the CIS could go with the right foot to the leading position in the Jewish world.” According to Vinnikov, vote-rich Russian Jews should be equally heard on all matters of collection and distribution of funds from donations.

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Connections to the US (surely just a start):

In 2005, the NYT reported that Pentagon’s Fuel Deal is Lesson in Risks of Graft-prone Region.

WASHINGTON, Nov. 14 - Soon after the American invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, the Pentagon opened an air base in neighboring Kyrgyzstan and made a deal to get jet fuel from the only two suppliers in the country. The companies just happened to be linked to relatives of the country’s president. Now the two businesses are under scrutiny by Kyrgyz prosecutors and F.B.I. agents who are looking into whether the president at the time, Askar Akayev, and his family pocketed hundreds of millions of dollars, partly from Pentagon fuel contracts, before he was ousted this year.

…Pentagon officials say the two businesses, Manas International Services Ltd. and Aalam Services Ltd., were used not because of their connections but because they were the only ones with facilities to transport and store fuel at the air base in Bishkek, the capital. Though the Akayevs may have benefited, the officials said, Pentagon rules do not bar contracts with companies that have ties to a foreign leader.

An internal F.B.I. report given to Kyrgyz prosecutors in September found that the two businesses might have been involved in money-laundering through accounts at Citibank in New York and the Dutch bank ABM Amro. The companies also had transactions with “a myriad of suspicious U.S. shell companies” associated with Mr. Akayev, his family and arms traffickers, the report said.

…Lacking its own facilities in Bishkek, Avcard, a Maryland aviation fuel company, proposed using Manas and Aalam as its only subcontractors there, said Warren E. Boin Jr., a company vice president. The Pentagon awarded the Maryland company the contract in early December 2001 without soliciting any other bidders, documents show. Kathryn Fantasia, a Defense Energy Support Center official, said in an interview that Avcard had been brought in because it had promised to meet the military’s needs, using Manas and Aalam or other suppliers.

Soon after the fuel deliveries began, Avcard’s president, Linda Kropp, said she had learned that Aydar Akayev, the president’s son, was a part owner of Manas. The general manager of Manas boasted about the Akayevs’ involvement, she said. She then asked about Aalam, where an executive told her that Adil Toiganbayev, the president’s son-in-law, was one of the owners, she said. The discovery led her to call Ms. Fantasia and Deborah L. Vankleef, the Defense Energy Support Center officials responsible for the fuel contract, to report that the president’s family members were benefiting from the deal. “They said they were aware of it from other sources and there really wasn’t anything they could do about it,” Ms. Kropp said. Ms. Hampton, the agency’s spokeswoman, said the two women did not recall that conversation.

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According to this writer, the coup was about the base. I would just add: At the very least.

Russia considers the Central Asian Republics as its sphere of influence. ALl of them used to be part of the USSR. US encroachment into Central Asia is not welcome. Only those living in caves may not know the goings on in Bishkek. Kyrgyzstan’s deposed president, Kurman Baki (Russianized to Kurmanbek Bakiyev) took the Russians for a ride, and now he has paid for it. He tried to hoodwink the Russians by promising to shut down the US base. Mr. Kurmanbek did actually shut down the American base, he then took the Russian money ($2 billion) worth more than the total budget of the country and then double crossed Moscow by allowing the US to operate a base. Mr. Kurmanbek thus was trying to be very smart. The coup was all about the US base.

If Washington thought that Mr. Kurmanbek would get away with his double dealing then there are a few naive diplomats working in the State Department.

who wants a pulitzer prize?

So have no fear of them, for nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. - Jesus Christ

In 1999 an obscure book published in Italy caused a stir and had to be discredited as nothing more than rumors and innuendo and sour grapes.

Steamy Vatican book creates stir

By Orla Guerin in Rome

A controversial novel of illicit sex and corruption in the Vatican is raising temperatures inside and outside the Catholic church.

And as if the setting of Gone with the Wind in the Vatican was not bad enough, it is now suspected that the author - I Millenari - is in fact a group of priests.

Only one of them has publicly admitted his involvement: Monsignor Luigi Marinelli, a 72-year-old retired priest.

Now, the Vatican has begun disciplinary proceedings against him, and he is expected to be stripped of his authority to say Mass at a disciplinary hearing in the autumn.

But he claims he is being victimised for telling the truth.

“A healthy and holy church is not afraid of the truth, even if that truth is uncomfortable,” he said. “Those who have taken this action may want to teach a lesson to those of us who have been brave enough to write in this way.”

The book is full of colourful but unsubstantiated tales of sex, cronyism and corruption - like the one about the bishop being blackmailed by his illegitimate daughter.

Vatican sources claim Monsignor Marinelli is angry and bitter because during his 45 years in the church, he failed to secure high office.

It is a claim he strenuously denies.

The Vatican failed in its attempt to get him to withdraw the book from sale.

Indeed, the move backfired badly, with the publicity resulting in sales of 100,000 copies in the last three weeks alone.

Book-sellers say the novel, published by Kaos Edizione of Milan - is now out of print.

Foreign language editions are expected to be published in the autumn.

“It’s certainly scandal-mongering,” said Monsignor David Lewis, “and I think most laymen throughout the world have such good common sense that they would see immediately that this is a project of a … not necessarily a sick mind, but a person who is so overcome with rancour and anger that he sometimes … his mind is obscured.”

But Marco Tusati, a long-time Vatican watcher for the Italian newspaper La Stampa, believes the book shouldn’t be taken too seriously.

“There are scandals and maybe they are like everywhere else,” he said. “But I don’t think they are so mysterious and colourful and picturesque as the people think they are.”

Oh dear.

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A book reviewer, before dismissing it as being unsubstantiated, tells us the following details:

In the 300 pages of his work, the author accuses the Vatican, among other things, of favoring a “consumerist Church”, (p. 16), of suppressing freedom of expression (p. 20), and of being a grand gossip center (“un villaggio de lavandaie”).

He says that Vatican diplomacy began with the betrayal of St. Peter (p. 22) and that a system of absolute and unlimited power reigns internally in the Holy See (p. 32), a system contrary to the fundamental rights of the human person (p. 35). He accuses the Vatican of unjustly brandishing the anathema of heresy against those who denounce this “cancerous infection” inside the Holy See and follow “the passion of the mystical Christ” (p. 40).

He also accuses the Vatican of habitually shielding the crimes committed by career-climbers in “court conspiracies” (p.43), and of covering up the theft of files that recount the dissatisfaction of subordinates with their superiors (p. 57-9).

The book further accuses John Paul II of being a plaything in the hands of the Curia, which sends him off traveling so that it can direct the internal politics as it so desires (p.63). The majority of those chosen to become Bishops, it goes on to say, are chosen by the exchange of favors, and not by merit (p. 79), and the author says that even the lower dignities are bought and sold in the “marketplace of monsignors” (pp.85-6). He compares maneuvers of ecclesiastical politics to Mafia tactics (Cosa nostra)(p.103), with subordinates forced to obey silently and mindlessly (p. 106). He states that it is very common for those who do not walk the line to be cast “into the dust and the mud of calumny”(p. 109). He compares the control that the Prefecture of the Pontifical House exercises over the Pope to a Masonic stratagem (pp. 109-10), and affirms that the Curia is controlled mainly by two currents, the Piacentini (those who come from Piacenza) and the Romagnoli (those who come from Romagna) (pp.113-122). “Morality in the Vatican is infested with intrigue, corruption, favoritism and endorsements,” says the author (p. 126). Backstabbing and denunciations are also the common orders of the day (p. 130).

Homosexuality is viewed with complaisance in the Vatican, he accuses, and then names Paul VI as one implicated (pp. 135-44). He tries to describe with details the career struggle of the ambitious and points to those linked to Masonry as those who are most successful (p. 161). To climb the career ladder, some who knew “the weaknesses” of Paul VI threatened to expose these things to the press (p. 169).21 He affirms that, with the knowledge of Msgr. Giovan Battista Montini (the future Paul VI) when he was the pro-Secretary of State of Pius XII, a Jesuit priest delivered to the Soviets a list of Bishops and priests who were there in clandestine, and that these were imprisoned and killed (p. 170).

He also declares that Masonry has infiltrated the whole Vatican (pp. 223-242), emphasizing that Paul VI was particularly pleased to choose Michele Sindona and Roberto Calvi, known Masons, to important administrative roles in Church finances (p. 226). He emphasizes the “condemnation to a forced retirement” that is the sentence for ecclesiastics who disagree with the reigning politics (pp. 250-1).

It may be unsubstantiated, but it certainly has the ring of truth.

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About a year later, exactly a year to the day before 911 in fact, a disturbing incident happened at Pope John Paul’s daily mass. A young woman behaved as if possessed by the devil. The pope failed to cast out her demons.

September 11, 2000: Devil defeats the Pope in Vatican exorcism

THE Pope carried out an impromptu exorcism on a teenage girl after she began “screaming insults in a cavernous voice” during an audience in the Vatican City, it emerged at the weekend.
Despite the Pope’s efforts and those of his chief “Satan-buster”, Fr Gabriele Amorth, the girl remained “possessed”. The Devil’s voice “sneeringly laughed from within her” at the Pope’s failed attempt to drive him away….The paper said that although there may have been other instances of people being possessed in the Vatican, last week’s incident had been “spectacular” and Satan had “shown his muscles”….Constrained by Vatican guards, she was said to have displayed “a super-human strength” as she violently pushed them away. Bishop Gianni Danzi, Secretary-General of Vatican City, intervened and sought to calm her by showed her a crucifix. But she began “insulting him, uttering disconnected phrases, and speaking in unknown tongues”.

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Many have written about the scandalous popes of history. The Vatican’s chief exorcist, Father Gabriel Amorth, 84, also recently spoke about ‘evidence the devil is in the Vatican.’

What you didn’t know about the Popes of Rome

“Most frighteningly for John Paul, he had come up against the irremovable presence of a malign strength in his own Vatican and in certain bishop’s chanceries. It was what knowledgeable Churchmen called the ’superforce.’ Rumors, difficult to verify, tied its installation to the beginning of Paul VI’s reign in 1963. Indeed, Paul had alluded somberly to ‘the smoke of Satan which has entered the Sanctuary,’ an oblique reference to an enthronement ceremony performed by Satanists in the Vatican. Besides, the incidence of Satanic pedophilia ‘rites and practices’ was already documented among certain bishops and priests as widely dispersed as Turin in Italy and South Carolina in the United States. The cultic acts of Satanic pedophilia are considered by professionals to be the culmination of the Fallen Archangel’s rites.”

Adding fuel to the fire is ex-Jesuit Robert Kaiser with his recent book Clerical Error. Kaiser states that Malachi Martin was something of a confabulist who lived for 30 years as a kept man under the roof of Manhattan socialite Kakia Livanos, the ex-wife of Greek shipping magnate Stavros Niarchos. Kaiser goes on to say that Martin also stole his wife Mary from him at one point in the 60s when all three were quartered in Rome. Kaiser also surmises that Martin may have been a paid lobbyist for the American Jewish Committee.

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Henry Makow, referencing that last link, recently wrote about Malachi Martin, “former” Jesuit (Sabbatean), as well. Sabbateans long ago infiltrated the Catholic Church, exacerbating the Church’s other spectacular corruption problems.


Bursting the Malachi Martin Bubble

Martin’s books exposed satanic practices in the Catholic church, and the Pope’s role in the New World Order. While pretending to be against world government and the decline of traditional faith and practice, Martin went a long way to discredit the church. His many books were published by Illuminati mind-controller Simon and Schuster, which was a sign that something was fishy….Martin was the secretary to Cardinal Augustin Bea, a Marrano who spearheaded the Schema and a general liberalization of church dogma and practice. According to an article in Wikipedia, Martin passed confidential documents to the American Jewish Committee, which is a front for Illuminati bankers. He also wrote under pseudonyms many inflammatory articles for Illuminati magazines like Harper’s describing the foot dragging of Vatican conservatives.

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Aangirfan relays the latest abuse story to percolate up before our astonished eyes.

A report by a UK parliamentary committee, in 1998, contains a reference to a young boy who was abused by the Roman Catholic church’s Christian Brothers (terrifying).
The Christian Brothers competed as to who could be first to rape the boy 100 times.
The boy described being in terrible pain, bleeding and bewildered.
The boy tried to beat his own eyes so they would cease to be blue as the Brothers liked his blue eyes.
The boy was forced to masturbate animals.
The boy was held upside down over a well and threatened in case he ever told.
The fact they acted without shame is terrifying.

Don’t look away. That is somebody’s child.

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Meanwhile, the Clash of Civilizations model proscribes that Islam and Christianity destroy each other. This requires a little meddling behind the scenes.

Despite all the fear mongering, however, the Muslims do not pose a threat. The Muslim world has been sufficiently weakened due to their own internal corruption, in addition to the subversive activities the Western powers that, by WWI, the Allied powers were able to brush aside the forces of the Ottoman Empire, which by that time had crumbled to near dust. Since, the Muslim world has been in disarray, incapable of uniting to even represent Islam, let alone defend its cause….Therefore, so as to rile the masses of the Western world against Islam, it has been necessary to artificially foment militancy in the Muslim world, by creating terrorist groups, to create the illusion of Islam’s competition with the “democratic” West.

Check. Now as for the Christians…

…What is meant by democracy, however, is secularism. Because, the goal of the Illuminati had been to separate religion from the state, to replace it with a rule of their own. Through the widespread propaganda of the eighteenth century, they discredited Christianity as conflicting with the findings of science, and defined the Christian Church as an organization rife with corruption and greed. While it is certainly true that the Church was fraught with abuse, the citizens of the West were told to throw the proverbial baby out with the bathwater, for it was not its moral teachings or the common worshipper that were inherently corrupt, but the upper echelons of its politically minded hierarchy.

Now, however, we will see that the Church is, indeed, rife with corruption and greed. And evil. Has this been known for a very long time? Yes indeed. Has it been covered up for a very long time? Oh yes.

Will it be covered up one more time? I’m thinking, no.

The corporate media has decided to cover this scandal quite thoroughly. Note the vigorous journalism applied, in this case. Perhaps we will see a “resurgence” of journalistic standards, at long last, for the task of destroying the Catholic Church. What better topic to reinvigorate the moribund Jewish-dominated media and rebuild their shattered reputations than by taking down the Catholic Church? I mean, c’mon, who wants a Pulitzer Prize?!? As long as they don’t go down a few specific dark alleys, this looks like a win win win.

So I think this time it will stick. The Catholic Church will be weakened as much as Islam has been weakened. And that would be just dandy for those with grand plans for world domination.

In The Genesis of Genocide, we learn about the use of scapegoats.

One method to atone for these sins was the use of scapegoats. In each ceremony, two goats were used; one was sacrificed through being slaughtered to appease God’s desire for death and the other ’set free’ by being sent into the wilderness to carry their sins and guilt and blame away from the Jews and thus redeem themselves at the cost to two ‘beasts’. One bears the punishment; the other bears the blame.

Well, I think we have the two scapegoats required to settle the fight for Jerusalem.

Jerusalem (source)

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Things will come out, and it won’t stop with the Catholic Church. Do they really think they can orchestrate a controlled demolition and remain unscathed? It kind of reminds me of 911, pulling down the twin towers of Islam and then Christianity. Watch out Israel. I think you’re Building 7.
Do you see all these great buildings? Not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down. - Jesus Christ

Rome: “the promised land for foreign mafias”

The UK has a very serious crime problem. Where do all these criminals come from?

In Farnworth, near Bolton, Greater Manchester (the upper red zone on the map):

A wealthy businesswoman was forced to watch her nine-year-old son being threatened at knifepoint by travellers during a vicious raid. Clare Topcu, 46, was tied up and her young son Demir beaten when the two yobs burst into their luxury farmhouse in the dead of night whilst stealing roof slates….At Bolton Crown Court, one of the attackers Romanian traveller Visinel Andrei who claimed to be 16, was allowed to be named and given six years youth custody after he admitted robbery and false imprisonment….He told officers he had been pressured into taking part in the robbery by older Romanian men and that he had gone into the house with another man who has not been caught. (Mail on Sunday)

“Romanian traveller?” There must be someone at every newspaper whose job is to make up euphemisms.

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In December 2009, the Telegraph UK reported on organized mafias in Rome. The organized crime syndicates have decided to cooperate with each other, as it’s better for business if they don’t go stepping on each others’ toes.

The impoverished south of Italy has been the traditional power base for the country’s four mafia groups – Sicily’s Cosa Nostra, the Camorra from Campania, the ‘Ndragheta of Calabria and the lesser known Sacra Corona Unita in Puglia….In moving north, mafia gangsters have developed a new, less overt modus operandi. Rather than collecting protection money from restaurants, shops and businesses, as they do in southern cities like Naples and Palermo, they are laundering the proceeds of crime by buying into legitimate enterprises [restaurants, etc. - ed.]. …The city’s international airport at Fiumicino, and the sea port of Civitavecchia just to the north, have become key points for drug trafficking. Criminal activity in Rome was now on a par with southern Italy, Libera Informazione claimed.

And to make matters worse, the organized crime families in Italy have joined forces with organized crime rings from other countries.

Mafiosi had become much more powerful and sophisticated in recent years, expanding into prostitution, drug trafficking, the counterfeiting of consumer goods and illegal building. In a disturbing trend, godfathers have struck up alliances with Chinese, Russian, Albanian and Romanian organised criminals operating in Rome, with the capital now “the promised land for foreign mafias”.

In July last year, police arrested seven alleged mafia members suspected of attempting to buy into the Lazio soccer team [to launder money - ed.]. … After the offer was turned down, the Casalesi allegedly tried purchasing shares in the club through front companies based in Switzerland or Hungary. Police said the attempt to acquire a soccer club was “a new phenomenon”.

The mafia has no shortage of cash to invest. An Italian think tank, Eurispes, estimated earlier this year that criminal syndicates earned 130 billion euros, or nine per cent of Italy’s GDP, in 2008. Drugs made up nearly half the revenue, followed by the illegal dumping of environmental waste.

Rome

I believe it. And you know who else keeps popping up? Spain. You know when you don’t see someone for months on end and then all of a sudden you bump into them five times in one week? It’s like that. Ever since I started looking into the Sabbateans, I see Spain every time I turn around.

But look how they work together. If you focus on Russians or Romanians or Spanish or British, you lose the picture. They work together.

Traces of drugs found on 99% of British bank notesCocaine hidden in frozen fruit, requiring labs to separate and prepare for saleSeven tons of cocaine seized in multinational operation, some dissolved in tubs of molasses, requiring labs to separate and prepare for sale…I guess the drug traffickers know people with nice big laboratories to reconstitute their drugs. How convenient is that?

Investigators in Tenerife have decided that Scott Miller took his own life by ramming a dagger into his throat - despite continuing claims that he was murdered by gangsters. ….A Tenerife journalist, who has investigated the case, believes Miller’s business interests may have been a front for laundering money raised through drugs and arms dealing.

The Romanian Mafia are suspected of controlling much of the south of the island and have previously demonstrated their ruthlessness in dealing with anyone who threatens their operation.

The journalist, who asked not to be named for reasons of personal safety, said: “It is possible Miller failed to cover up his tracks properly and that meant the police started asking awkward questions. “I believe a contract killing was arranged to stop their inquiries getting any further.” The journalist alleges Spanish police recorded Miller’s death as suicide because they are running scared of the mafia, and to close down damaging publicity about the presence of criminal gangs in the holiday island.

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In December 2009, aangirfan wrote about the Romanian election, revealing longstanding ties to the CIA and the KGB.

“According to CIA officials, cited by the New York Times, ‘one jail (secret CIA prison) was a renovated building on a busy street in Bucharest, Romania’. (European Commission Demands Investigations Regarding CIA Secret … / Report details CIA prisons in Europe)

Romania, which is in NATO, has troops in Iraq and in Afghanistan. The 1989 revolt in Romania led to the fall of Ceausescu.

An article apparently written by former Securitate officers (’Was This Your Revolution? This is How It Was!’ Democratia, No. 36, 24-30 Sept. 1990) describes how the CIA and KGB organised the fall of Ceausescu.

Reportedly, key figures in the revolt were working for the CIA and KGB, including Militaru (allegedly a KGB-CIA double agent) and the former Securitate officer and adviser to Ceausescu, Dumitru Mazilu (allegedly a CIA agent), and Silviu Brucan (allegedly both a CIA and KGB agent).

Reportedly, just before the revolt, there were ‘massive arrivals of so-called Hungarian tourists in Timisoara and Soviet tourists in Cluj’.

Aha, like “Hungarian travelers?” The foreign travelers arrive and all hell breaks loose? That sort of thing?

aangirfan: Do Jews run the security services?

In 2006, The Sun reported on the expected UK crime surge when Romania and Bulgaria joined the EU.

In a Sun exclusive yesterday we told how a leaked Cabinet memo shows Britain faces a leap in crime when Romania and Bulgaria join the EU on New Year’s Day. …There are fears that, from next January 1, along with the legitimate workers and holiday-makers coming to our shores there will be many people from the criminal underbelly of the two nations. Immigration Minister Liam Byrne and EU minister Geoff Hoon compiled the leaked report that has been forwarded to Tony Blair and the heads of MI5 and Scotland Yard.

The mafia gained their toehold in the two Balkan nations at the end of the Eighties as the Berlin Wall fell and they cut loose from the Soviet Bloc. As soon as the communists moved out, the gangsters took control of much of the free enterprise that seemed likely to succeed. Soon they were dealing in drugs, people trafficking and fraud.

That’s funny. You know, the oligarchs — Russian Jews — made a bloody fortune at the same time.

The oligarchs’ rise to prominence dates back to the late 1980s and the first meetings of a group of egghead economists known as the “young reformers”. When communism was toppled in 1991, these ambitious young men persuaded Yeltsin to let them kickstart Russia by smashing the centralised economy, liberalising prices and selling off state assets.

Gee Wally, do you really think there’s a connection?

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The Romanian mafia seems to specialize in human trafficking, human slaves.

2005: Sex trade’s reliance on forced labor… and 2010: Czech Mafia Ruthlessly Exploits Bulgarians, Romanians…

A report published by local Czech non-governmental organizations and specialist Czech police departments has revealed mafia exploitation of Bulgarians and Romanians. The documents, announced on Thursday, claims that a significant increase in human trafficking from Bulgaria and Romania for cheap labor has been observed, with the citizens of both countries being turned into true slaves. After the accession of both countries to the European Union in 2007, “the importation of a work force from Romania and Bulgaria” increased dramatically due to the lack of a required work permit in the Czech Republic for the those citizens. “This criminal business turned out to be very profitable for the local mafia, which makes millions of Euros a year”, said the report.

Many of the trafficked women end up in Spain.

“Police say that around one third of the women they have rescued from prostitution rackets over the last two years are Romanian. They also believe that Romanian mafias have virtually complete control over prostitution networks in Catalonia, Valencia and Murcia, as well as a significant share of the sex industry in Andalusia and the Balearic Islands.”

And now, March 2010, the so-called Russian Mafia abroad includes up to 300,000 people and dominates organized crime throughout the world (this article is well worth reading in full):

In today’s “Versia,” Ruslan Gorevoy says that law enforcement personnel in many countries — including Spain, Greece, Hungary, Italy, France, Mexico, “and even the US” — have been surprised by how “confidently” criminal groups consisting of people from the former USSR now dominate their national criminal worlds (versia.ru/articles/2010/mar/01/russkaja_mafija).

Indeed, the “Versiya” reporter continues, the Russian groups, which include “up to 300,000 of our compatriots,” have succeeded in pushing aside local groups and establishing their own “spheres of influence” to the point that they no longer need to “clarify relations with the help of arms.”

Of course, the “Russian mafia” is another euphemism, since the top people carry Israeli passports.

The state of Israel is a major factor in the rise in power of the Jewish Mafia, Jewish drug dealers, child porn pushers and slave traders. The CIA has commented that there is no major “Russian” Mob figure that does not carry an Israeli passport but the Israeli state refuses to take any action against the gangsters. The power of the Jewish gangs is wielded more ruthlessly than any other criminal gang. All of whom are free from prosecution in Israel. Israel does not consider these to be crimes so long as the victims are non-Jews and the Israeli state will not extradite its citizens to non-Jewish countries.

So why are they all meeting in ROME? Well for one thing, because it’s convenient, and for another thing, because the Sabbateans are also in Rome. So we’re good, see?

Church of the Gesu (Jesuit headquarters), Rome

^^^^^^^

In closing, here’s a 2004 story from The Sun, found on this message board.

This is organized crime, trafficking poor little girls into sex slavery in the UK and elsewhere, and please note, dumping them into the ocean if that seems more convenient.

From OLIVER HARVEY in Vlora, Albania
THE Sun today exposes a sex slave scandal in which 1,400 innocent young girls a year are smuggled to Britain to work as prostitutes. The racket is run by the Albanian Mafia and I tracked down one of its key figures in an undercover operation. I posed as a pimp from London and within minutes of us meeting he offered to ship children to the UK for me - for only £527 each. And - with sickening callousness - he boasted he would transport ten for the price of nine. We reveal the sordid trade only 48 hours after police smashed an African child-slavery gang importing kids to London.

I travelled to Albania to infiltrate the sex-slave trafficking mobs. The investigation led me to hear accounts from a string of girls who had been raped, beaten and forced to work in brothels abroad. Some were sold like animals by their families for £1,000. The underworld - in Albania and Britain - is reaping huge profits from the booming business.

Our rendezvous with the Albanian mobster was at the isolated Kalaja restaurant on cliffs towering above the Ionian Sea. A contact in the Albanian criminal fraternity in London had put us in touch with a middleman in the smuggler’s paradise of Vlora, southern Albania. After a flurry of mobile phone calls we were told to meet the hoodlum at 3pm. I arrived ten minutes early with a bodyguard and an interpreter. Meanwhile, Sun photographer Dan Charity hid in a room 100 metres from our table.

Call … Gyjmi and minder A beige saloon car pulled up at the restaurant soon after and two thick-set men in their 40s got out. One, wearing slacks, Italian loafers and sporting a chunky signet ring, was introduced to us as Nasi Gyjmi. The other, clad more casually, was his henchman. I told cigar-puffing Gyjmi through the interpreter I needed girls smuggled to the UK. He replied: “No problem. We can take them by boat to Italy.” Then he added: “If you pay for nine you get number ten free.”

I asked how much it would cost and he replied: “One thousand euros (£700) for an adult.” “I can take children across but they must be with an adult. “They’re cheaper. I’ll do it for 750 euros (£527).” He explained: “We have to wait for good weather and dodge the patrols.” I tried to haggle but he said through gritted teeth: “This is my last price.” I said I would would have to check with my boss in London then we shook hands and parted. The ease with which I could have struck a deal then and there shocked me. It proved the people smugglers were undeterred by an Albanian government clampdown ordered in the wake of international pressure.

There was evidence of that blitz by the authorities on the outskirts of Vlora where several rubber speedboats had been confiscated. Such craft are used to carry men, women and children the 100 miles to Italy. The treacherous night crossings last around three hours. Sometimes they end in tragedy, with the human cargo hurled overboard to their deaths to make it easier to evade intercepting Italian vessels.

Clifftop … restaurant where meeting was held But, for the smugglers, the risks are worth it. Some of the speedboats can carry 40 people - raking in up to £28,000 a trip. Albania’s poverty and ancient clan system have allowed organised crime to flourish since its Communist regime fell in 1991. Even the manhole covers on the streets of capital Tirana have been stolen and sold for scrap. Gang bosses can be seen in top- of-the-range Mercedes - stolen to order in Germany - weaving past horse-drawn carts

Some mobsters have made fortunes from drug empires stretching to New York. But, increasingly, they are turning to the lucrative sex industry. In Rome and Milan they have eased out the Italian Mafia to take over prostitution and vice rackets. And in Britain they are operating in London, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Hull. They are also believed to have made inroads in Telford, Shropshire. As many as 33,000 Albanian women are believed to be working as call girls in the West. Many girls are snared by pimps who pose as caring lovers. A third of those trafficked are simply abducted.

Seized … cops on a confiscated smugglers’ boat One aid worker told The Sun how a 14-year-old was snatched from the streets of Tirana recently as she went to school. She was beaten and forced to work as a prostitute in the city’s top hotels before fleeing to a safe house. She is now too terrified to return to her classes.

Britain’s National Criminal Intelligence Service has said: “The use of kidnap by traffickers appears to be on the increase in the ex-Soviet and Balkan region, in particular with organised criminals in Kosovo and Albania.” Albania, with a population of 3,544,841, has also become the clearing house for the illegal movement of people from eastern Europe, thanks to its location. Thousands of girls from countries including Moldova, Russia, Romania and the Ukraine are wooed by promises of a new life in the West. They arrive via Albania’s neighbours Montenegro and Macedonia. Pimps take them either by boat to Italy or walk them over the mountains into Greece, to the south. They are then given false documents and travel on to work in brothels and saunas in Britain.

The United Nations Children’s’ Fund- UNICEF - confirmed yesterday that child trafficking to Britain was soaring. Spokeswoman Soraya Bermejo said: “We welcome efforts by The Sun to highlight this awful practice. The life of a child has become cheap.”

unauthorized terrorist incident and worldwide tentacles of money laundering (hawala)

1. “terrorist” on a Dubai-bound plane incident in India brushed under the rug as a “family dispute” — sociopath son wants his dad’s property so pulls this stunt… oh that’s a little inconvenient for our war on terror. nevermind!!

That’s why Arif Khan laid the ‘terrorist on board’ trap for his father, who was on the same flight, say police; the latter has been detained

A son’s desire to see his father behind bars may have been behind the drama surrounding the Emirates flight yesterday. The Dubai-bound flight, with 356 passengers and crew on board, was grounded for four hours in Mumbai, after an anonymous phone call before takeoff warned about the presence of a ‘terrorist’ on board.

A businessman Shahbaz Khan and his wife Munira were detained. The MRA Marg police believe that the caller was none other than their son Arif, who is embroiled in a property dispute with them.

Sanjeev Kokil, senior police inspector, MRA Marg police station, said, “I am cent sure that the son has done this. If the Sahar police ask for our help, we will prove this. Arif, at regular intervals, comes out with a plan to frame his father, so that he can lay his hands on his property.”

Kokil added that when Shahbaz was contesting the Assembly elections in 2009 from Colaba “Arif made a call to the Election Commissioner, saying his father had a criminal background and should not be allowed to contest”.

Criminal record

Arif and his father are locked in a dispute over a flat belonging to Shahbaz, which is currently leased to a tenant. Arif was even sent to seven days’ police custody for stealing from the tenant’s home. Said Kokil, “In June 2009, he entered the tenant’s house and stole everything. He even put up his nameplate on the door, stating that he was the owner of the property.” When cops arrested Arif, he confessed.

The father and son have also registered a number of non cognizable complaints against each other.

“Shahbaz always helps the poor, helps them get treatment at local hospitals. His son has ruined him,” rued Kokil.

Neighbours say

When MiD DAY reached Arif’s house on Modi Street in Fort, a female family member said, “Shahbaz and Munira have gone to Dubai and Arif is not at home. When Arif returns, I’ll ask him to call you.”

A neighbour said, “Arif is stupid. All the people in the building are fed up of him. Wonder how the father is tolerating the son. He is always shouting at his father and disturbing the building.”

Another neighbour added, “Arif has not only given a bad name to his family, but also to the entire building.”

DCP Zone 8, Brijesh Singh said, “We cannot confirm any thing. Whether the arrested people are members of a  terrorist group or if the call was a hoax — everything is under investigation.”

A senior ATC official said, “We got a call from the airport manager around 9.55 am that a terrorist was on the flight and sent a message to the captain not to take off.”

An Emirates spokesperson said, “We handed over a passenger and his wife to the  police. We are cooperating with them.”

source: mid-day

2. India: IAS officer with 220 bank accounts, assets worth millions

An Indian Administrative Service Officer (IAS) in Chhattisgarh has been found to have a staggering 220 bank accounts and assets worth millions of rupees. This was revealed after the income tax department raided his residence here, official sources said on Saturday.

The IT department raided the houses of some IAS officers and businessmen in Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh in the past two days. Chhattisgarh’s Bharatiya Janata Party government is waiting for a final report from the IT department about Agriculture Secretary BL Agrawal’s assets to initiate action against him. IT officials searched the residence of Agrawal as well as business establishments of his close relatives on Thursday. On Friday, the officials similarly raided his chartered account Sunil Agrawal’s house and came across documents suggesting that the IAS officer had amassed assets disproportionate to his known income.

The officer had at least 220 bank accounts, several of them opened on fake names and addresses, and a few in the names of his domestic helps.

Efforts to contact BL Agrawal failed. A man who answered his mobile telephone said Agrawal was busy in a meeting.

Income Tax department sources said they were analysing the documents and papers they seized. Some documents suggest he might be involved in hawala transactions, the sources said.

The Madhya Pradesh government had on Friday suspended a Bhopal-based IAS couple - women and child development department principal secretary Tinu Joshi and her husband Arvind Joshi, principal secretary of the jail and parliamentary affairs department. IT department found Rs three crore in unaccounted cash in a raid on their residence on Thursday. Brajesh Gupta, Director General of Investigations (I-T) for Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, said bank notes stuffed in a suitcase were recovered from the residence of the couple.

source: mid-day

3. hawala transactions: part of money laundering
Hawala (also known as hundi) is an informal value transfer system based on the performance and honor of a huge network of money brokers, which are primarily located in the Middle East, North Africa, the Horn of Africa, and South Asia….In the most basic variant of the hawala system, money is transferred via a network of hawala brokers, or hawaladars. A customer approaches a hawala broker in one city and gives a sum of money to be transferred to a recipient in another, usually foreign, city. The hawala broker calls another hawala broker in the recipient’s city, gives disposition instructions of the funds (usually minus a small commission), and promises to settle the debt at a later date.

The unique feature of the system is that no promissory instruments are exchanged between the hawala brokers; the transaction takes place entirely on the honor system. As the system does not depend on the legal enforceability of claims, it can operate even in the absence of a legal and juridical environment. No records are produced of individual transactions; only a running tally of the amount owed by one broker to another is kept. Settlements of debts between hawala brokers can take a variety of forms, and need not take the form of direct cash transactions.

more @ wikipedia

also see: Interpol http://www.interpol.int/Public/FinancialCrime/MoneyLaundering/Hawala/default.asp

also see: IMF http://www.gdrc.org/icm/hawala.html

See? they know all about it.

4. India: SIFO (serious fraud investigation department) not all the serious — unlikely to get power to track funds parked abroad. that might impinge on the money laundering!

NEW DELHI: The government has said it is not considering to give the Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) the powers to trail money stashed abroad by corporates.

A corporate fraud investigating body under the corporate affairs ministry (MCA), the SFIO has for long been seeking powers to carry out investigations abroad. The SFIO is one of the agencies probing the multi-crore Satyam scam on which it has submitted a 14,000-page report.
“Not just during Satyam, but even before that we have been asking the MCA to permit us to carry out investigations abroad. We cannot trail funds abroad, therefore, we could not completely probe the Satyam fraud,” an SFIO official said.

Set up in 2003, the government plans to give the SFIO more teeth in the new Companies Bill, which was tabled in Parliament last August. However, the government officials say allowing the SFIO to probe cases related to routing of money outside the country is not a part of the proposal.

When contacted, Corporate Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said, “No, there is no proposal to allow the SFIO carry out investigations abroad. There is no point. We do not want duplication of work, as the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate are already equipped to do that job.”

Diversion of funds is a Companies Act violation, but when funds are hived off abroad it becomes a hawala transaction, and falls under the ambit of the ED, the minister explained.

The proposals to give the Serious Frauds Investigation Office more teeth for investigation, is mostly based on the recommendations of the V Vepa Kamesam Committee, Khurshid had earlier said. Giving the SFIO powers to trail money stashed away abroad is, however, not part of the committee’s suggestions.

The eight-member committee has suggested that the SFIO be given exclusive jurisdiction to probe and prosecute entities involved in financial frauds, besides also probing cases related erring entities/individuals like chartered accountants and company secretaries.

The committee is of the opinion that power of search and seizure, and attachment should be entrusted with the SFIO as available with the Income Tax authorities, Customs, Enforcement Directorate etc. It has also suggested that the SFIO be empowered to take up a case suo moto and even on a source-based information if a corporate fraud has been committed.

The committee has also called for the SFIO having flexibility to outsource the services of experts like chartered accountants, legal experts
etc and officers joining the investigating agency on deputation be ensured protection of their existing pay and allowances, sources said.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/economy/finance/SFIO-unlikely-to-get-power-to-track-funds-parked-abroad/articleshow/5546719.cms

5. 1/18/10: enough evidence to arrest hawala kingpin: Naresh Jain — linked to Dubai, Pakistan, Italy, Dawood Ibrahim

New Delhi: A Delhi court today said there was “sufficient material” with Narcotics Control Bureau to arrest alleged hawala kingpin Naresh Kumar Jain for his reported complicity in international drug trafficking trade.

“The accused has rightly been arrested. There is sufficient material to effect his arrest under the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act,” additional sessions judge Sanjiv Jain said.

The court, which extended the judicial remand of Jain till February 1, trashed his plea that he has “wrongly” been arrested by NCB, that too at the instance of Enforcement Directorate (ED).

“The accused is involved in nefarious activities of drugs trade and money laundering… investigation has revealed that the proceeds of the drugs trade were being laundered through hawala banking,” Rajesh Manchanda, special public prosecutor for NCB, told the court.

Jain was being supported by Dubai-based Ahmed Parvez, a Pakistan national, who is now being prosecuted in Italy, in the hawala trade, the prosecutor claimed.

Besides NCB, ED has also filed a separate case against Jain under various provisions of Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) for his alleged hawala transactions relating to proceeds of drugs trade.

Naveen Kumar Matta, special prosecutor for ED, had earlier informed another court that the probe into the money trail of Jain was at a “crucial” stage. Jain was arrested by NCB on December 6 last year for allegedly financing and transporting narcotic drugs.

The accused, who used to run M/s Kumar Trading Company in Dubai, was arrested there as well after it came to light that sale proceeds of drugs, running into several crores of rupees, were credited in the firm’s account, the ED had said.

The money was transferred into the account of the company from Europe, China and Africa, it said.

The accused was also under the surveillance of the US authorities which had confiscated $4.3 million from Jain in June last year, they added. It also alleged the accused had financed persons involved in drug syndicate in India and abroad.

He allegedly laundered money for global terrorist Dawood Ibrahim and financed narcotic cells.

source: DNA india

6. 2/7/10: REMINISCENT OF HADJICOSTIS MURDER, gunmen kill Nepal media baron with alleged Dawood links in broad daylight near French, Indian and British embassies in Kathmandu

KATHMANDU: Twelve years after Mirza Dilshad Beg, a controversial – and powerful – Nepali MP with links with Dawood Ibrahim and the ISI, was gunned down on a public road in Kathmandu by a rival gang, a Nepali media baron, also rumoured to have the same connexions, shared the same fate.

Jamim Shah, a Nepali of Kashmiri origin who headed the Space Time Network, was gunned down in broad daylight near the French Embassy in Kathmandu’s crowded Lazimpat area on Sunday, close to the Indian and British Embassies. Police told TNN two masked men on a motorcycle fired at Shah’s car around 2.55 pm, hitting both him and his chauffeur, Mathura Man Malakar. Shah, in his 40s, was shot in the chest and died while being treated at the nearby Teaching Hospital. Malakar has been hit in his left thigh.

Though police were informed about the number of the motorcycle, no arrests had been made till the time of writing this report. Shah ran the Channel Nepal television station that in 2000 instigated anti-India riots when it falsely reported Bollywood star Hrithik Roshan as saying that he hated Nepalis. Four people died in the violence that followed and scores of Indian shops and businesses came under attack. Though the channel was banned for some time, it was lifted once the furore receded.

Shah also ran a newspaper, Space Time, that carried anti-India propaganda. In 2004, he came under the ire of the Indian government who asked Nepal to freeze the assets of Space Time Network, alleging that it was funded by Dawood. Shah is also believed to have had ISI links. However, he had stoutly denied both allegations.

Shah’s killing comes after the arrest of Yunus Ansari, son of former Nepal minister Salim Miya Ansari. Ansari was caught recently after Nepal police busted a fake Indian currency network that ran from Karachi. Yunus Ansari is currently behind bars.

source: times of india

7. f**k India group on Facebook may be banned, complaint lodged with President’s office

Youtube videos belonging to India or Pakistan have been a favourite ground for warring groups from the two countries to vent their ire.Going by the war of words, one can easily imagine the fate of track two diplomacy. It shows that if such groups are let loose they will wage a bitter war than what the armies from both sides could achieve.
F**k India - a group on the social networking website, Facebook - has solicited a similar response.
The web page that shows “F**k India” written in the middle of the national tricolour says Pakistan Zindabad in its description.

But, as the anti-group is getting stronger with the membership going up by leaps and bounds, the web page may soon be banned.

Naresh Kadyan, an animal rights activist, has written to the President of India on February 7 demanding an immediate ban on the site, and has recommended corrective measures to the department concerned.

Forwarding the url link to the objectionable website, Kadyan, has written in his complaint : “I have seen many hate material on the web about India and our beloved leaders. Few years ago, I moved a public interest litigation in the Punjab and Haryana High court, seeking removal of vulgar content from Youtube. Following my plea, the controversial Gandhi pole dance was also removed from the Internet.”

“There are many communities on Facebook that spread hate against India, violating National Flag Code of India as well. Hence, you are requested to look into the matter for concerned authorities to take legal action against offenders and promoters. Both Orkut and Facebook may also be directed to filter such content,” the letter to the President read.

more @ source: mid-day

8. Africa: Atiku deals with the Mafia

Three months after his re-election as Nigeria’s Vice President, in August 2003, Atiku Abubakar was the guest of Domenico Gitto, who anonymous risk consultants and media sources say is a member of the Italian mafia clan Provenzano and owner of Gitto Construzioni Generali Nigeria Limited. The meeting was held at Mr. Gitto’s home in Sicily, Italy.

This revelation, based on NEXT’s ongoing investigations into the connections between foreign interests and Nigerian politicians, also shows that a major fallout of Mr. Atiku’s visit was a significant jump in the fortunes of Gitto Construzioni which subsequently earned contracts worth over N100 billion from different tiers of government in Nigeria.

Mr. Atiku was accompanied on that trip by his wife, Jennifer Douglas Abubakar; two of his political associates, Boni Haruna, then governor of Adamawa State, and Musa Adede, a former senator; as well as two Italian business associates, Gabrielle Volpi, and Angelo Perucci, believed to be members of a different mafia family.

Garba Shehu, the former Vice President’s media officer told NEXT when contacted on this matter that “Atiku has always wanted more world renowned companies to compete for construction business in Nigeria” and that “When Gitto made an entry into the country, Intels of which he (Atiku) is a shareholder bought 5% stake. Intels became unhappy with Gitto at certain stage and decided to divest. That ended the relationship.”

The Gitto revelation further puts Mr. Atiku in a negative spotlight at a time when he is under harsh scrutiny for money laundering by congressional investigators in the United States.

Last Wednesday, the United States Senate’s permanent sub-committee on investigations, which is affiliated to the committee on homeland securities and intergovernmental affairs, stated in its report that “from 2000 to 2008, Ms. Douglas (Jennifer Abubakar) helped her husband (Atiku Abubakar) bring over $40 million in suspect funds into the United States, including at least $1.7 million in bribe payments from Siemens AG, a German corporation, and over $38 million from little known offshore corporations, primarily LetsGo Ltd. Inc., Guernsey Trust Company Nigeria Ltd., and Sima Holding Ltd.”

more @ next

terrorism, racism, immigration, “science,” used toward depopulation, resource control

1. in Georgia foreigners (which ones?) form bandit groupings to conduct terrorist acts in Russia

Foreign instructors train terrorist groups in Georgian military bases to conduct terrorist acts in Russia, stated deputy Interior Minister of Russia Arkadiy Yedelev at yesterday’s meeting in Vladikavkaz, devoted to results of work of the Ministry in North Ossetia - RIA Novosti. “And first I’ll name the regions they see as conflict ones, able to destabilize situation in North Caucasus in general and in the South of Russia: North Ossetia, Ingushetia, Dsagestan, Chechnya, Kabardino-Balkaria, Karachayevo-Cherkessia,” Yedelev said.

The deputy Minister called on republican police to “take most seriously the increased activity of structures and unions, including religious ones, spreading radical ideas.” He added that Muslim clergymen, calling on struggle with religious extremism, receive more and more threats. He also highlighted the threat of escalation of the conflict in the South of Russia remains real.

source: georgia times

2. racism in Russia as Ghanian man murdered in cold blood

As lawlessness and racism grips Russia, Africans living in the Country have been victims of racist attacks time and again. The Russians are known to be systematically racist as their hatred for blacks goes unabated. Africans in Russia, Germany, France and Italy have been victims of racist attacks ranging from their houses and living areas being burnt down to them being stabbed on the streets by racist gangs and also being killed in cold blood. It has become very rare for governments in this countries to pursue would be perpetrators of such heinous crimes.

It has been reported that a group of unidentified attackers has stabbed to death a Ghanaian national in Russia’s second largest city of St. Petersburg, The 25-year-old man was taken to hospital in critical condition, with some 20 injuries to his head, neck, chest, kidney, stomach and limbs. He died several hours later. According to the Russian authorities, an investigation into the attack has been launched. Whether this investigation will be followed-up with a conviction is another matter. Russia has seen a wave of racially motivated crime since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Attacks by gangs of youths on foreigners and people with non-Slavic features are a routine occurrence in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Voronezh, which hosts many foreign university students.

source: newstime africa

3. similar incident in Ukraine recently: Lebanese man killed in Kiev

The body of a 47-year-old Lebanese, who was killed in Ukraine, arrived in Beirut overnight as his family urged Beirut authorities to ask officials in Kiev to follow up the investigation into the murder of Mounir Abdo Mansour.The National News Agency quoted Mansour’s family members as saying Thursday that they are planning to visit the Ukrainian embassy in Beirut to urge judicial authorities in Kiev to probe the man’s murder.The family told NNA it was not the first time that a Lebanese was attacked in the Ukrainian capital. It said authorities there have also previously tampered with evidence at crime scenes to cover up the “heinous crimes” rather than bringing perpetrators to justice. “Lebanese youth are killed without restraint from anyone,” Mansour’s sister, Rima, told NNA. “Involved officials should interfere to follow up the issue.”

source: naharnet

4. African immigrants in Italy: a shadow of things to come

To give a dog a bad name in order to hang it has become synonymous to the plight of African immigrants in Italy. The Italian government under Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, and his Interior Minister, Roberto Maroni have been accused of exploiting and inciting xenophobia and racism. Africans live in a war zone without protection.

…Italy, according to some Analysts, is now a climate reminiscent of Mississipi Burning, a 1988 film loosely based on the real-life murders of three civil rights workers in Mississippi in 1964. Analysts have also said the Italian regulations give support to fascistic elements and it does not only undermine the basic democratic rights of refugees, but those of the entire working population. At the same time, the government’s campaign against immigrant workers is increasingly being used to provide a scapegoat for the country’s economic demise and deflect blame away from the ruling elite.

more @ afrik.com

5. Italy slammed for deep-rooted racism after violence

Italy took a sharp turn to the right in 2008 when conservative leader Silvio Berlusconi swept to power for a third time in coalition with the anti-immigration Northern League. Their campaign emphasized pledges to fight illegal immigration and crime, often closely linking the two.

The humanitarian group Medecins Sans Frontieres accused Italy of “hypocrisy” over the plight of the African migrants.  “Everyone — the authorities and employers — is aware of the miserable conditions of these immigrants,” said Loris de Filippi of MSF’s Italian branch. “Throughout southern Italy, illegal immigrants work for us in a situation that resembles slavery,” De Filippi told a news conference. “There is widespread hypocrisy.”  “It is high time that the Italian authorities set about improving conditions for the seasonal workers,” De Filippi added.

Alessandra Tramontana, an MSF medical official, said conditions were “often worse than in refugee camps in Africa”. Seasonal workers are “victims of a perverse economic and political system that exploits them and at the same time tolerates them, but then criminalizes them,” MSF said in a 2007 report.  As part of an investigation launched last year, police Tuesday arrested 11 suspected members of the ‘Ndrangheta mafia in Rosarno amid allegations that the unrest was linked to organized crime. The ‘Ndrangheta, heavily involved in drug trafficking, is considered the most dangerous of Italy’s four organized crime syndicates. Alberto Cisterna, a national-level anti-mafia judge, said he was convinced that ‘Ndrangheta operatives fired on immigrants “to prove that they control the area.”

more @ naharnet

6. Italian FM to visit Uganda in growing interest in African OIL

KAMPALA, Jan. 13 (Xinhua) — Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini is scheduled to visit Uganda this week as Italy’s interest in the East African country’s oil sector continues to grow.    Patrick Guma, spokesman for Uganda’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, confirmed to Xinhua by telephone on Wednesday about the minister’s visit on his seven-nation African tour, including Mauritania, Mali, Ethiopia, Kenya, Egypt and Tunisia. During the visit, Frattini will meet Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and Foreign Minister Sam Kutesa.

Frattini in a statement ahead of his visit said Italian interest in Africa continues to grow, describing Africa as a continent with enormous potential in human capital, a major supplier of raw materials and a market of 900 million consumers.

“Italy is focusing with new and closer attention on the African continent, in the conviction that there is a different Africa from the one traditionally depicted as a land of poverty, disease and endemic conflicts,” he said in a statement carried by the state owned New Vision daily on Wednesday. …    Museveni recently said the development of the oil sector including oil production will be done through the private sector including international companies.

Uganda’s recently discovered oil has attracted a lot of international attention, with its reserves in the western part of the country estimated to hit billions of barrels.   The country, however, lacks enough funds to build a medium-sized oil refinery to meet domestic and regional oil demand.    Oil experts say the country needs more than 2 billion U. S. dollars, a third of the country’s national budget to construct the refinery.

more @ chinaview

7. IITA to intensify fight against deadly cassava disease in sub-Saharan Africa

Dar es Salaam (IITA) – The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and its partners the Agricultural Research Institute (ARI), Tanzania, and the National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO), Uganda, have received a US$2.4 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to identify and use molecular markers for faster and more accurate breeding of cassava varieties resistant to Cassava Brown Streak Disease (CBSD). The disease, which is caused by the Cassava Brown Streak Virus (CBSV) and results in a dry rot in the tuberous roots rendering them inedible, is one of greatest threats to food security in sub-Saharan Africa. Cassava is an important staple food from which over 200 million people derive over 50% of their carbohydrate intake. It is a hardy crop that does well during times of drought and in poor soils. It requires little inputs such as fertilizer and the whole plant is useful from the leaves to the roots.

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8. UN report paints grim picture of condition of world’s indigenous peoples

UNITED NATIONS, Jan. 14 (Xinhua) — The world’s 370 million indigenous peoples suffer from disproportionately, often exponentially, higher rates of poverty, health problems, crime and human rights abuses, the first ever United Nations study on the issue reported here Thursday.

The report stressed that self-determination and land rights are vital for their survival….“Every day, indigenous communities all over the world face issues of violence and brutality, continuing assimilation policies, dispossession of land, marginalization, forced removal or relocation, denial of land rights, impacts of large-scale development, abuses by military forces and a host of other abuses,” the report’s authors said at a news release here.

Although indigenous peoples make up only 5 percent of the global population, they constitute around one third of the world’s900 million extremely poor rural people. In both developed and developing countries, poor nutrition, limited access to care, lack of resources crucial to maintaining health and well-being and contamination of natural resources are all contributing factors to the terrible state of indigenous health worldwide.

The study repeatedly identifies displacement from lands, territories and resources as one of the most significant threats for indigenous peoples, citing many examples, including in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Hawaii, Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Colombia.

Indigenous peoples, who are the stewards of some of the most biologically diverse areas, accumulating an immeasurable amount of traditional knowledge about their ecosystems, also face the dual and somewhat contradictory threats of discrimination and commodification.

They face racism and discrimination that sees them as inferior, yet they are increasingly recognized for their unique relationship with their environment, their traditional knowledge and their spirituality, leading to external efforts to profit from their culture which are frequently out of their control, providing them no benefits, and often a great deal of harm.

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